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    • CommentTimeOct 10th 2011
    good things....
    my flatmate, after a serious talk about being a grown up, has come through today with six weeks back rent which means I can pay the bills and put food in the cupboards. It had got a bit irritating and was causing some friction with my girlfriend and so I'm very glad it's dealt with. He assures me that the rent is gonna be on time from now on and I'm hopeful that he will be. He's an old friend and I'd hate for us to fall out over this shit.
    more good things
    last night I finished third in the final tournament of my local pub's poker league. Was dead chuffed because I haven't had a cash finish in ages despite being quite happy with my game. It meant I finished fourth in the league of thirty or so people over thirty weeks of play. New season begins tomorrow and I'm hoping my luck stays good.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
    I brewed my first beer today! Liquid malt extract. It was from a super cheap homebrew set I got for my birthday, nothing grand, but still neat. It came with a can of extract for a golden lager and one for a golden ale and some extra sugar to add to each batch, but since the book I'm reading (How to Brew by John J. Palmer) says NOT to use the sugar and just use more malt extract instead (so that the yeast have plenty of other non-sugar nutrients to work with), I just used both cans of extract for the one batch. I figure since they're both light colored beers it should be fine, and the one extract, despite being called a lager, still came with ale yeast, so that works out, too. Anyway, now it's just hoping the fermentation goes well over the next two weeks and then I can bottle it all up, sugar prime the bottles, and carbonate. And then, homebrew!
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    I rambled in the open mic, but to put the good bits succinctly:

    I got the rest of my stuff from NJ, I was social with awesome people, my roommates and I are cool, I saw a doctor who was very nice and patient who gave me antibiotics, and my macbook has been retrieved from Apple looking like a completely new computer.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
    That's a lot of good stuff!
    • CommentTimeOct 11th 2011
    Took the night off. Bought some Maple Syrup Stout, took a really hot shower and watched stuff. Feeling mellow.
    • CommentAuthorDarkest
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2011
    Just got done watching End of Evangelion. Brain hurts but I have finished the entire series. Also Niche Comics is nearly ready for decoration.
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    Well, I thought I was going to go on a date today or tomorrow, but it looks like that isn't happening. Bummer, but oh well. I've been trying No Doz as an alternative to coffee so I can be high energy at work, and it seems to work very well so far. And while the wifi at home is messed up, but I'm getting lots of hours at work and... I'm listening to Broken Social Scene's self titled album and I'm so tired that I'm going to leave it at that because my mind is all uhhhhhhhhhh.
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    I'm daaaancin' like a monkey! Monkey dance!

    This is going to change the course of my life.

    Also, I got my alternative format school books finally, and Disability Services will write to my professors to get me all sorts of extra time and a chance to catch up.
    • CommentTimeOct 12th 2011
    @Rachael! Yayyyyyyyyyy!!!

    As for me...less of a good day thing and more a vile hug:

    I *like* doing community service. Except when I HAVE to. I like putting my ear right up to people trying to do more than slide through another day...until the backlash of fighting to survive smacks me.

    Left alone with another person doing mandated hours at a community food place (hand out boxes of dry goods), running two conversations in two languages with two ladies, both with children, and I'm trying to remember the very few details I know about all the paperwork they need. Spanish convo started first so we get to the part where she gets her box o' goods before my English speaker does. English speaker does not like this and starts telling me I'm giving the other woman preferential treatment; that I'm discriminating against her. I hold my breath for a moment then explain if she lets me finish we can get to the part where she gets a box of food too. But these are details I need her to know because there's a lot of stuff (other services) I can't do alone and there's simply nothing I can do about that.

    I could get defensive, I guess. I could note that I consider my ability to speak Spanish and help people a gift that I'm routinely grateful for simply because of the opportunity for communion it gives me, not because mi gente come before everyone else. But meh.

    People aren't exactly thrilled to come to the center, but some are friendly and many are just quietly accepting. The lady had this defeated thing about her. Like she was tired inside, but super strong on the outside. Wilting...but then it was hot as blazes today. After she left I looked over her family/housing situation where it notes who else is in the home and the state of income. On the line for husband it read "deceased." She has four kids.

    I hope she finds respite and support.
      CommentAuthorAlan Tyson
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    Rachael, that's wonderful! Hahahaah!
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    Today I reached the back-break point in a major website development project - the bit where everything starts to come together and you can see the light at the end of the tunnel. After a week spent drowning in code and not seeming to get anywhere it's a glorious feeling indeed.

    Additionally, after several weeks of frightening penury my bank account has crept back to the minimum level that I consider healthy. I can't start splashing cash around, but I can at least go to bed at night not worrying about how I'm going to eat. A few more weeks of the austerity measures I've implemented should see me well and truly back in the black.

    Oh, and next week I go to see Stephen Fry with some good friends. And (perhaps even better) get the money off them that they owe me for the tickets :)
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    @Rachael: GO GO GO!

    I have made a Thing, a tie-in to my current Weaponizer serial. Who Is Mister Sticks? It's a kind of epistolary novella done up in blog form. G'wan, have a look.
    • CommentAuthorFlabyo
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011 edited
    Apparently last month I got a payrise and decent performance bonus. I didn't know about it because our payroll is online now and I don't always check it, so didn't notice until I logged into my bank account to pay my credit card bill.

    My line manager was meant to give me a letter and talk to me about it, but I was off that day, and deadline pressrue meant he forgot.

    I'm still in a love/hate relationship with my job at the moment, but it's more to do with future career prospects than the work itself really. And it's always nice to actually be recognised for the work I am putting in (been a good few years since my last rise, and haven't had a performance bonus for a similar amount of time for various reasons)

    I will be celebrating by finally buying a chaise for my lounge, as lying propped up on a cushion on the floor to play videogames is playing merry hell with my back (haven't had a sofa for a few years, old one wouldn't fit in this flat and haven't really had the spare cash for one till now)
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    About 48 hours ago I did my first glyph thanks to The Previous Landlord's Blog (that no one reads).

    It worked, but not in a way I expected. Still more than a bit freaked out about it.
    • CommentAuthorArgos
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011
    I finally got a decent workout in after the last two weeks. Last week was when I got my IUD inserted, so I was just resting and taking it easy, but all the resting made me lazy and then this week I didn't workout much either. Also, the new hormones have made me all kinds of hungry and abounding in sugar cravings (as I am wont to do when I get hormonal), so I wasn't eating well either. ANYWAY, it wasn't my best workout session, a little weaker than most, but still a solid one. Also I realized that I am now 25 pounds down from what I weighted in July 2010. And I can do 3 real pushups now, so that's all exciting.
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    My daughter got offered a school place in the infant school that's on the same site as the one her older sister goes to. She's been on the list for nearly two years. It means moving schools, which is sad as we like the one she's at but it also means that my partner doesn't have to do the logistically impossible school run where she's meant to simultaneously drop the girls off at two schools that are two miles apart... which will remove an awful lot of stress from her life and pretty much guarantee that all of them go to the same place.

    So... result!!
    • CommentTimeOct 13th 2011 edited
    My Mapplethorpe book came in today and I'm having fun going through the photos and starting to feel the spark of creativity again.

    I also have Thor on my computer.

    And I'm currently ripping the entire studio discography of Led Zeppelin.

    Oh yes, it will be a good night.
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    Goddamn I love Whitechapel!

    I had reason today to Google a rumour I'd once heard about a rather eccentric pirate radio station. What was the number one result?


    Who needs Wikipedia when we have Whitechapel? :D
    • CommentTimeOct 14th 2011
    If all's well that ends well then today was pretty sweet. In fact the entire morning was a giant pain and largely unproductive (thankfully not financially a waste, but only through a fluke of a careless cashier). Having to walk half a mile in brutal heat is my version of "it could be worse; it could be raining." Just enough time in bleak enough conditions to make me think about all the things in my life that are wrong. Finally got my shit sorted, dropped attempts to get the first task of the day and headed home to regroup. Got a leisurely chill in AC, ate nicely and was much more composed for the rest of my day.

    Visited a friend who improved this new-to-me lappy so now I can write in ??? - any type! So exciting! Visited with his wife who is way to sweet to deserve the breast cancer she is currently fighting. Was ignored by their child.

    Had a sandwich with rather spicy mustard. Yummy, yet it feels like I'm being punched in the nose. Mmh chai latte. And then improv class. Had to shake off a bit of rust. Recalling that I can't just get into breath and body but have to jump into being social and I was still way in my head instead out among the people I was sharing space with and it showed. Neato quotient: another dude from a different class joined up tonight - we were both referred by the same teacher. (smug note of smugness: Dude is a tall, broad black guy who can be a bit imposing. He can intimidate people who make assumptions, but with the first words out of his mouth there is absolutely no doubt he's a nerd and a sweetheart. smug because I already knew him so got to watch the class have to learn it for themselves. };>)

    We hung out after for a little while talking about the two classes. It's good to bounce thoughts and experiences around with other people, to check if they see what I see. He cracks me up a little. He's fighting with himself feeling like he has talent but firmly in his head where talent means something different. There's always something interesting about a struggle like that, as far as I'm concerned. Anyway, the thing is he's almost 10 years younger than me and has almost no real training - BUT he has real talent. I LOVE watching talented people harness their ability with practice and come out with skill. This is gonna be fun!

    Picked up an apple pie at McD's. Meant to have ice cream by they failed me... Nice, nice day all the same.
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    My life's been quite damn stressing and shitty lately for various annoying reasons, which has reflected to my dreams also. Apparently my brain decided that enough is enough and decided to give me a spontaneous sunny holiday. I was in dream-version-Cyprus, we were there for three days, spent time planning the trip with a map that had all kinds of fun attractions (The Cave of the Sculptors), took nightly walks in a marina, followed fun evening events and bought souvenirs, went to a small cruise (the water looked nice and I felt a bit sad I didn't have my scuba gear). We talked the similarities with local and Hungarian place names, and ate massive ice-cream portions you could build yourself from a vast selection of ice cream, sauces and sprinkles.

    Oooo-kay. :D

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