lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
Had a very pleasant visit back home, with good (if a bit cool) weather to top it off. Didn't go on the whale watch, but I did eat a plentiful amount of seafood during my week + stay - pad thai with shrimp at a restaurant in Newburyport, boiled lobster at Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit, fried clam strips at Woodman's in Essex, and baked haddock at Westside in Peabody. Om nom nom nom.

The drive south was mostly uneventful with traffic only becoming a problem in Virginia (naturally). Still, I managed to make it home in a little over 9.5 hours, which is a southbound record for me. The cats were almost out of their minds with happiness to see me, and they have both been pieces of furry Velcro since. I took today off to recover from the drive and do things like grocery shopping, laundry, and, most importantly, garden maintenance.

click here for gardening goodness )

I've thoroughly enjoyed having this little green patch this season, and I've been learning a lot about what I want to plant next year and how I want to do it.
lothiriel_1: (going nuts)
Things I WANT to do today:

1. Leave work. Now.
2. Go straight home.
3. Take a nap.
4. Play with my scrapbooking stuff all night
5. Stay up late and sleep in tomorrow.


Reality:

1. I'm stuck here for another 2+ hours.
2. I need to go to the gym.
3. I need to prepare for my oral comprehensive exam as much as possible. It's next Friday (OMGs!! OMGs!! OMGs!!).
4. I have to open the store tomorrow morning, so sleeping in isn't possible, therefore staying up really late isn't advisable.

It's almost over, it's almost over, it's almost over...
lothiriel_1: (going nuts)
Unless I hear otherwise (the "otherwise" being "you really screwed up and need to do it over"), my written Comprehensive Exams are 1/3 complete.Read more... )

That's about it, I guess. Just trying to stay awake at this point, and get everything done.
lothiriel_1: (cutter john aaiigh)
If nothing else, it has been a very productive day, and it's not even over yet. boring domestic crap follows )

boring love life crap follows )

not-so-boring-but-far-off trip planning follows )

Anyway, those are my activities and musings for the day - it's dinnertime, and I have one last serving left of the venison stew I made last week (mmmmmmm...). Then it's back to MP/comp exam studying for the evening.

Hope you've all had a great weekend!
lothiriel_1: (Default)
Lo, there do I see my Mother
And my Sisters and my Brothers..
Lo, there do I see the line
Of my people back to the beginning..
They do bid me to take my place among them..
On the shores of Tir na Nog,
Where the Brave may live forever.
Please welcome

ALBANNACH!!! )
lothiriel_1: (holy crap)
I am in full-on study mode right now, and my Population Ecology notes have been my near-constant companions for the last week. Seriously, they've been with me everywhere.

I've gotten a bit frightened in looking at some of them, though. I've been reviewing the homework assignments I had for the class and I'm at a loss when it comes to explaining how the hell I learned to do all that stuff. Even though the tests were take-home, you still had to know which equations to use and in what order. I'll turn a page in my notes to find a sheet full of numbers and tables and graphs and my mind starts going into panic mode.

It's calculus, coming straight for us! Shields up! Take evasive action!

Guess I need to contact the prof who taught that class and see if he can send me a couple of practice problems that I can play with.

Saturday I spent the day scrapbooking at a breast cancer benefit crop called ScrapPink. I didn't do any photo work this time, but I did get a lot of the journaling done for the pages I did at the crop I went to last month. I estimate that my Scotland album is about 40-50% done. I'm really pleased with how it's turning out.

This week will be pretty uneventful until Saturday, when I plan to drive to Williamsburg for the Scottish Festival (Albannach! WOO-HOO!). Other than that, it's business as usual.
lothiriel_1: (take cover)
Stayed home today, since I felt lousy all day yesterday. Slept late this morning, and took a 3 hour nap at mid-day. Feeling much better now, and will head back to Hell tomorrow.


Okay, let's get the not-so-great part over with first.

I got rear-ended on Friday afternoon. I'd gone to the gym around mid-day. I was due at the store at 4:00, so I finished with enough time to shower and get something to eat before work. I'm stopped at a red light on route 1 north, when movement makes me check out the rear-view mirror. The car behind me is pretty close and getting closer. Driver doesn't seem to notice that traffic in front of her is actually not moving.

THUNK!!!

*sigh*

Damage to the Pixie is pretty minimal, to my eyes at least. The rear bumper has two punctures (from the bolts holding her front license plate), with "drag" marks. I'm filing through her insurance so that I don't have to fork out money I can't spare for the deductible. Adjusters for both my and her insurance companies are coming to my work tomorrow to check the damage. Wheee. Just what I fucking needed. I'm fine physically, BTW - she wasn't going fast and I wasn't hit very hard at all. I'm just more pissed off and exasperated than anything else.


On a lighter note, I'm swimming again. The gym is having a swimming challenge during the month of August. The challenge is to swim the pool equivalent of the distance between a couple of local landmarks (about 15 miles). I've already done 3 miles (between Friday and Saturday). I was a bit sore on Saturday from the exertion the previous day - it actually took about 7-8 laps before I really loosened up. I still have decent form, and once I hit my stride, I can keep going, thanks to good endurance built up from other cardio exercise. Go me!

Other than that, not much else to report. Store is fine, base job is okay - no major drama at either location right now.
lothiriel_1: (yawn)
Holy cats, I need a nap.

Busy weekend. I worked at the store 5.5 hours on Friday night and 12.5 hours on Saturday. Then I returned to the store yesterday afternoon for a special event/demonstration, which was fun, but it really cut into my normal Sunday routine of domestic Goddess chores.

It was worth going to the demo yesterday, though, if only for my mode of transport alone. I went with a friend (also a neighbor) – she drove. If you were in the Central Park mall area in F’burg yesterday around 5:30-6:30 pm and you encountered a black mustang convertible with the top down, 2 women and 2 kids, and the sound of Led Zeppelin and Def Leppard blasting from the stereo speakers, well, that would have been us.

Now I’m here at work (the only one on time, as usual – lots of traffic on 95 north this morning, though), struggling to stay awake. I woke up from a very odd and intense dream around midnight and it took a little while for me to go back to sleep. Guess I’ll be hitting the sack early tonight.

Not much else to report, other than to say ONLY 11 DAYS AND A WAKE-UP LEFT!!!!
lothiriel_1: (pox on your first born)
Ahem )

Thank you. We now return you to your regularly scheduled LJ.
lothiriel_1: (dandelion break)
It was a quiet, but fairly productive weekend. Friday night I worked the crop at the store - good sales that day, plus I managed to get out a bit earlier than usual.

Saturday )

Sunday )

In other news, More updates - refrigerators, cats, travel planning, etc. )


That's it for now, I guess. I expect to be hearing from [livejournal.com profile] genevieve2006 about her newest pending arrival (son #3), whose due date is next week, but could probably show up at any time.
lothiriel_1: (no not them)
Quick update - the positives:

1. Fridge is still working. This is a good thing, since I went grocery shopping on Saturday.
2. Boomerang is still getting along - his med dosage was increased to 2x/day, so hopefully he'll start showing signs of improvement soon.
3. Great day at the store on Saturday! Good sales, made lots o'money, and had no problem customers.


And a quick negative, because really, would it truly be my life without one?

I woke up at about 2:15 this morning with a SHARPSHARPSHARP pain in my right ear. I'd rolled over from my left side to the right and as soon as my ear hit the pillow, it HURT LIKE A MOFO. It's still sore now (especially if I touch it - naturally, I'm avoiding that activity), and sometimes the pain is related to my head position (lean head to right, wince in pain). Damn. Guess it's probably an infection. So I'll be off work at 12:30 today to head to the doctor to be checked out. I haven't had an ear infection since I was a little kid - I wasn't prone to getting them like some kids, and I only slightly recall having had one at all.

Sigh... Well, back to work for a while. I'll do a travel plans update in another post later today or tomorrow.
lothiriel_1: (it dices it slices)
I came home from the store last night and immediately went downstairs to the circuit panel. Flipped the switch off, waited a few seconds, flipped it back on, then returned upstairs. Pulled the fridge away from the wall, (not as scary a situation as I thought it might be, dust- and grime-wise), unplugged it, unscrewed the back panel, and vacuumed the floor and fridge coils. Cleaned out some of the ruined food and put it in the garbage bin (thank goodness for Wednesday trash days). Put a plastic bottle of water in the freezer as a sort of gauge. Went to bed.

The fridge appears to be working now, and the bottle of water is frozen. Thank ALL the Gods. I have no idea whether it was the switch-flipping or cleaning that solved the problem, but for right now, I'm pretty happy. I really didn't want to have to shell out $500+ for a new refrigerator right now.
lothiriel_1: (cutter john aaiigh)
Who the hell is the ref who's officiating this game?!? I need to call for a do-over! I can't recall if this sort of crap was in the Wheel of the Year reading that [livejournal.com profile] etainwilson did for me on New Year's - I need to check the notes she sent...

All right, I've got a little good news to crow about and plenty of bad news to whine about. Let's get the crap over with first.

Refrigerator is dying )

Windshield is dying )

Tax refund is dead )

Cat is dying )

Hey, if you've been glossing over the bitchy parts, stop now.

Highland dance weekend in review )

So now I'm at work. At the moment, no one else is here, so it's very quiet. It would be nice if it stayed that way, but the way my luck's been running, I'm not holding out much hope of that. Anyway, if you've gotten this far, thanks for reading.

Only 80 days until Scotland...

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Feb. 20th, 2008 06:34 am
lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
Busy, busy, busy...

New-sy, but kind of boring )

I guess that's it for now. Time for another cup of coffee. At least I get to leave early today for a dentist appointment - I have a feeling I'm going to be in bed by 8:00 tonight...

Happy 2008!

Jan. 2nd, 2008 08:29 am
lothiriel_1: (it was the booze)
Yeah, I know it's the 2nd. So what? The new year won't officially start until I remember to write "2008" on my checks each and every time. Should happen sometime in March.

Blah, blah, blah, etc. ) Guess that's about it for now - probably should get back to the grind...
lothiriel_1: (going nuts)
Between having Friday the 21st through Tuesday the 25th off, work for 3 days, off for two, work for one (today), off for another, work for two more, then have my regular Friday off (in addition to the weekend), I'm not completely sure if I'm coming or going.

Yes, of course I love having the time off - who wouldn't? I just think I would have preferred the time off all in one chunk, instead of broken up like this. It just feels weird.

And I get to look forward to another 4 day weekend in January (MLK Day, with my regular Friday off) and in February (President's Day, with my regular Friday - my birthday! - off).
lothiriel_1: (fanny twist workout)
Christmas happened. Got some cards, got some money to put towards my trip (the refund for my f'ed up US Air tickets has gone through, by the way). I had 5 days off over the weekend (Friday through Tuesday). I worked 2 of the days at the store, ran errands on a third, and spent Christmas day at a friend's house. I now need a day off to recover. :)

The office is blissfully quiet this week - everyone except for the GIS contractor is off until next Wednesday. It's wonderfully calm, peaceful, and cigarette-and-flatulence-smell-free. I do have some tasks to accomplish, but most of them require my receiving a major document first. So far, the document has not arrived. I've gotten done what I can, though.

I've kind of slacked off in the gym/working out department over the last few days. I was planning to go yesterday, but traffic was so slow and heavy, due in one part to rain, and the other part to everyone and their dog driving through northern VA during the afternoon commuting time. Seriously, most of the cars I saw had out-of-state tags. I hope I don't have a traffic repeat today - I need to be at the store by 1600 (I would have been over 30 minutes late yesterday). I'll try to get to the gym on Saturday, which will be my next opportunity to go.

Not much else to report, really.
lothiriel_1: (looking sharp)
No major drama at work, which is always a good thing.

Found out that my request for a time extension for my Master's degree was approved. That was getting down to the wire - I was originally supposed to graduate in January. Yeah, right. Plus, my request to change from thesis option to Master's project was also approved. YAYYYYYYY! That's stress relief like you wouldn't believe.

My cat Boomerang apparently has nothing major physically wrong with him. I took him to the vet on Friday, where it turns out he's lost 2.3 pounds since last year. Not so good. Decided to spring for the whole lab work-up for him, which was NOT a cheap proposition. All tests came back within normal ranges. The litter box issues have improved through my adding an extra box. Still need to call the vet back today and find out why she thinks an antibiotic might put him back onto a normal, um, elimination pattern.

Dance class last night was good. M. (the instructor) surprised me and my classmate (A.) with "Most Improved Dancer" trophies. A. and I have been pretty active with the dance stuff - we've both done the Christmas parades for the last two years, and we both participated in a special workshop this past February. A. has arranged dance demonstrations and volunteered at a local competition, and I did the medal test this fall and performed in front of a couple dozen people whilst camping a while back.

Not a bad start to the week - hopefully the trend will continue...
lothiriel_1: (Default)
My morning commute starts at about 0515, which means I get up at 0430. The morning routine consists of showering, getting dressed, taking care of the cats, putting my lunch together, and jetting on out the door. Breakfast and coffee wait until I arrive at work.

The fact that coffee doesn't happen until around 0600 means that I'm not exactly the most awake person whilst driving. Plus, I've done the drive so many times that I go into this auto-pilot mode. I think long haul truckers refer to it as "road hypnosis" - I call it "sleep driving".

I usually get to work with no clear recollection of the drive. For instance, this morning I don't remember going by a certain exit. I know I did, because I made it to work, but I can't recall even seeing the signs for Thornburg. The new traffic lights on route 1 just south of the base? Yep, no memory of them whatsoever. They must have been green, 'cause I just motored on through. The roads were wet from recent rain, so I wasn't able to use cruise control, which meant I had to devote some amount of concentration to the gas pedal. I plugged my iPod into the converter and cranked up the volume - even sang along on occasion - but I couldn't tell you now what songs played.

All this may sound like I'm not paying one whit of attention to what's going on around me, but in truth I must be, because I've never gotten into an accident or gotten a moving violation ticket. I just get this weird tunnel vision that only registers the information that I need RIGHT THEN and filters out the rest.

Now, if only I could let go of negative life memories the way I let go of the morning's drive, I'd be able to pare my spiritual baggage down to a carry-on.
lothiriel_1: (happy opus)
It's been a heck of a week. Not necessarily bad, just frustrating at times.

Today was my Friday off, which I typically use for extended workouts at the gym and errand-running. Today's workout was a good one - 30 minutes of running on the treadmill, 25 minutes on the rowing machine, and weight training. After I was done with the weights and sufficiently sweaty, I headed off to the locker room for a shower.

I'd chosen a locker near the showers and a couple of curtained changing stalls. When I got there, there was a woman who looked to be in her late 20s-early 30s and a little girl who looked to be about 7 or 8. As I was getting my shower stuff ready, I heard the little girl whispering and her mom answering "Yes, she does look like Princess Leia, doesn't she?"

I turned around and the mom was smiling at me. Me?, I thought. Princess Leia? Turns out they were serious (I guess it was how I had my hair styled at the time - you Four Quarters folks are familiar with the pigtails I wore this summer).

I told the little girl "thank you" with the biggest smile on my face and told her it was the nicest thing I'd heard all week. The mom said "It's true, Carrie Fisher is gorgeous and so are you."

TOTALLY made my day. Completely. And yes, I told her so, and complimented her on her gorgeous daughters (an older girl - about 10 - had just come out of the showers and agreed with the Princess Leia assessment) and the fact that the good genes must run in the family, since mom was beautiful herself.

It's one thing to be complimented on your looks when you're dressed up, have make-up on, and your hair done, but it's something else entirely to have someone tell you that you're beautiful when you're wearing sweaty workout clothes.

They left the locker room before I was finished dressing after my shower and the older girl called out "Bye, Princess Leia!" as they did so. I walked around with the silliest grin on my face and misty eyes for the rest of the afternoon.

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