I...am a librarian


Oy, life. So it's been almost a month since I updated last. Some stuff has happened but mostly I'm trying to get used to the fact of my new life. I've been back up to the house twice, both times for Sunday breakfast. It was strange, mostly because I just got up and left afterward. I wonder if I'll get used to that, or if it will always seem weird driving home from old-home.

Still working six days a week, which is good money wise. If all goes to plan (which I'm not really expecting it will), I will be completely out of credit card debt by this time next year. If I keep to my budget, I can even afford to pay for Sirens outright, and if I do put it on a card I should be able to pay it off immediately. Which is good.

Script Frenzy is kind of stop-and-go for me. I was trying for an original and failed, so I went back and my goal is to finish the Bet Me adaptation I'm doing. We'll see how that goes.

And that's the update on my life. Not much to show for a month of no updates, but there you go.

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Diana Tregard

Hello Internet, I've missed you!

Okay, so it was less than a week that I didn't have internet access at home, except for a neighbor's spotty wireless.

But I have successfully purchased internet, installed it so it works, and am now connected. Roommate now also has a stronger, more reliable wireless connection for ease of access.

I missed my internet!

So yes. I moved out last Sunday. Thanks to the help of three and then five wonderful and super helpful friends, I moved in less than four hours. There's still some stuff up at my parents' house that I didn't get (my trash can for one, grr) and I need to go up and get those, but the vast majority of my stuff was moved super quick.

I thanked my friends with pizza.

I still haven't been able to completely unpack, but that's a lack of motivation rather than anything else. I just look at the boxes of stuff and sigh, then find something else that needs attention. But I'll get there.

Maybe I'll just chuck it all...

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Books! 2

Random Icon is Appropo

I'm thinking that I want to start a Shared Universe kind of thing with my Post-Apocalyptic Thing I started for NaNo year before last. I think it has great potential to be interesting in most parts of the world and I would love to hear what people in India, China, Africa, or the like would do with the rules I've set up.

Thing is, I'm not sure how to go about it. I could make an announcement on LJ, see if there's anybody who finds the universe I created as compelling as I do who wants to try to write for their area (or an area they are intimately familiar with). I'll probably do that on my fandom journal, since I'm pretty sure that'll reach more of an international audience than just mine. Hm. Maybe I can post something to LJ's noticeboard. Do they still have that?

I would first need to work out the exact laws of the world, both in how the Disappearance happened and how the magic system works, which has been a major problem for me all along, trying to figure out a magic system that won't make other geeks want to throw books across the room (*cough*HarryPotter*cough*).



Anyway, I turned in the rental application yesterday. Hopefully they'll approve and I won't have to have my parents co-sign for me, and maybe I'll still get to move in less than a month. Whoo!

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Sit! Stay! Come! Heel!

I don't know. I'm looking at dog training manuals, so I can work with my friends' dogs while they're out of town. Their first dog learned some bad habits from his newer playmate, and the newer playmate is just plain crazy. To be totally fair, though, she was kept in a kennel for most of her first year of life, because her owner was working and her owner's mother didn't want to be bothered.

Which just makes me want to scream from the rooftops: Don't get a pet unless you're willing to care for it!

Ugh. It makes me so mad.

But I did start wanting a dog, so hopefully several housesitting jobs will cure me of that. I do not have enough energy to keep up with a dog right now, and since I'm moving to an apartment that's already at its max pets level, then a dog is not happening. Of course, I'm rooming with someone with a dog, so there's that.

In other news, I really need to come up with something to bring to work for dinners. The pasta salad I made was okay, but I think it started to go bad at the end there. Same goes with the spinach salad I made. I need to boil up some pasta to bring with me, since some nice person left a couple of jars of pasta sauce in the break room for free. So I've got those, and some pasta, and maybe some chicken I can grill up for myself (see if that Foreman Grill is still working!).

Well, I needed to go shopping tonight for some necessities anyway, I'll just see if there's any chicken on sale. If not I'll stick with pasta and maybe add some veggies. But I should make a plan for next week, especially because I'm going to be house sitting.


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Tiger Yawn

Days off and doing stuff

Not on days off, mind. Days off are for doing laundry and not much else. However, they make me want to do stuff, and that's always dangerous. Mostly I'm motivated by something I see, but sometimes it's just something that occurs to me at some point.

Cases in point today about being motivated by stuff I see: I now have a fierce desire to get a puppy. Because I made the mistake of watching the Puppy Bowl on Animal Planet, and they were so stinking cute I can't even believe it.

The other case in point of the day is catching a favorite scene from What Women Want, when Mel Gibson and Holly Hunter are working on an ad campaign for Nike and they make running sound awesome. I'm not sure my knees would ever hold up to running because they suck, but I could definitely get off my ass more and walk. We have a fraking treadmill, after all, and my key fob gets me into the city employee's gym, so I should really take advantage.

I probably won't, since it would involve actually getting up off my ass and doing something before work tomorrow, but feeling like I want to feels like a good step? Maybe if I keep visualizing it, stuff will happen?

...yeah, probably not.

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I...am a librarian

To Buy or Not To Buy

That is the question. (Ugh. I can't believe I just faux quoted Shakespeare.)

I have two flights that I'm going to have to buy this year. If I buy them right now, I'll put them on my card and have them done. I'll also have the price match thing from Orbitz so if someone books one cheaper in the meantime I'd get money back.

The downsides of this are pretty bad, though. I tend to lose things like confirmation (although I think that would happen less with the organizational methods of gmail), and it'll jack up the balance on my credit cards again, lessening my ability to pay.

I have to buy a ticket to my cousin's wedding in June, which, if I buy it right now will cost $399. I also have to buy a ticket to Sirens (www.sirensconference.org WOO!) in October, and if I book it now it's only $293.

*sigh* Decisions, decisions, decisions. Ugh. Either way, I'm not going to pay off the one card until June/July of next year, and the other until well into 2014. Why did I do that to myself?

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Just gonna stop counting.

Update time! Must be in the lab.

Good news is, I'm getting over being sick. Just a quick cold/mild flu thing, but it's almost gone aside from the sinus issues. I'm thinking those might be allergy-related so I'm going to switch to my generic-brand Zyrtec in a day or so.

Bad news is, I've gotten re-addicted to us.howrse.com. Ugh. I really shouldn't have looked again, but I did. Horsies! Horsies I can train! I'm weak to that kinda thing, what can I say?

Um...Not much to say, really. Work is back in full swing, 39 hours a week (minus the odd sick day or vacation). Between now and March I hope to build up enough of a nest egg that I can move out in March and have some little money outside of rent, gas, groceries, and credit card payments.

Oh yeah! I did get something good! I got the title to my car!! Whooo! I own my car free and clear! Indy is mine! Now I just have to see if it'll cost me anything to change the title over to my name. On the eHow site it says I would need new tags, but that seems kind of ridiculous ...which means it's probably true.

That's all I can think of just now.

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What am I looking for?

8 Days this time...

Whoops again!

Okay, so My Library is open again! Whee! It's almost all new and shiny! Actually, it's all rather dusty and Chaotic, but I'll take it over closed. I really missed my library, and I'm ridiculously happy for it to be open again.

So I'm actually very optimistic about the remodel, which surprises me, because this has been my library for a very long time. And it's getting changed, but so far it still feels like my library. I'm very proprietary, and I didn't want my library turning into Other Library, which feels more like a bookstore and not nearly helpful enough.

So, I'm looking at moving out in March, to live with my friend in the small town between my neighborhood and the city. This seems to be on track *knock wood* and going okay. We introduced our pets on Saturday, and aside from a short chase incident, it wasn't that bad. My friend has a pug and I have a cat, so at least one is not going to eat the other.

My grandfather might be coming to live with us. Probably not, since I don't think he wants to live in Colorado again, but it's a possibility. My sister still shows no signs of wanting to move out, so I can only imagine my mom's stress levels if both her hard-of-hearing father and her hard-of-head daughter are living here.

Also, my mom is apparently going to Mexico in March. I wasn't expecting that, but I think she'll have fun, as long as it's not too hot. My mom does as well as I do in hot climates.


I think that's all I've got for now.

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Four days since the last post. But two of those days were spent doing work not involving staring at a computer screen, so I guess that's a win.

Biggest news in my world right now is that the re-opening of my library has been moved back three days, to Friday the 13th. Whee! This gives our department, at least, so much more time to cope with changes and make things work just a little better. We lost some workers (not related to the closure, just shitty circumstances), but we're not hiring because my supervisor doesn't want to be training someone while we have so much chaos. Understandable.

So, work is starting up again. Until we re-open, I'll just have circulation shifts, going in and prepping for opening. Starting Monday, I'll be back with my full-time schedule again. Hmm. I should either make some things to bring for dinners four days a week, or go and buy something for that.

I can't go grocery shopping for myself just yet, unless I can get together with my friends and get the last of my money for pet-sitting. That would be good. Oh, and I do have a check of Christmas money from my uncle that I can cash. That should at least get my kitty her food and litter. I should do that soon.

I was mad social in the last week. Spent several days hanging out with people, and lots of talking and catching up with friends I hadn't seen in a while. It was good, but. Maybe I shouldn't cluster the social-ness so much. I felt a little drained afterwards.

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Baby Dixie

Eye Strain and Finances

I think I'm staring at computer screens (or TV screens, or iPod screens) too much. My eyes have been itching and aching for days, and it's not fun at all. I don't like it. I think I probably need new glasses too, and I know I need new prescription sunglasses because I have to squint like crazy to read signs with smaller print.

However, since it's not prohibitive to my life and limb, it's not a priority.

I did, however, finish paying off my car yesterday! Whee! They will send me my title in about 10 days, they said. Now I have to go to the courthouse and get the car put into just my name (if that won't screw up the insurance stuff, must check with that). I'm going to be a chicken and stay on my family's car insurance plan, and work on paying off my credit cards. With mostly minimum payments and only the one job, I can have both cards paid off by April of 2013, which isn't great, but it's better than just lingering in CC debt.

Will probably find out today about how many hours I'll have in the coming weeks, which will pretty much determine how early in March I can move out. Ugh. Work is so chaotic, almost no one knows what's going on at all.

Got to hang out yesterday with a friend I haven't seen since my birthday. It was fun, we spent most of the time just talking and ranting at each other. We tend to agree with each other at the top of our lungs. It's kind of hilarious.

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