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The state of me

I am so discombobulated. I think "I should post!" and then when I go to do so... the brain, she blanks out and I stare at the screen and wibble.

So what's been happening?

So there was the cruise thing - that was fun, but way too short.
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Back at home, we're still in reno mode with holes in the walls and piles of lumber outside my door.
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The business trip to Nashville... well. It was annoyingly unproductive.
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Oh, also! I sold a thing on Etsy just before I was leaving! Totally unexpected, to someone I don't even know, so that was cool! I have had friends buy stuff and say nice things, but complete stranger - cool!

Mental Health, PTSD and ACE

I usually use my LJ for fandom fun and games, sometimes for whinging about work, and occasionally for real life reflections on various things. Today is option three. Mental Health Stuff...Collapse )

Hello Friday, my old friend...

TGIF ad infinitum.

WORK: the project is mostly ironed out. I have taken a deep breath and tried to exhale all my frustration and annoyance. I have no control over other people and their willingness (or unwillingness) to try and understand how things work. The chips have fallen and the aftermath is what it is.

Yesterday, on a project call, I calmly told the liaison for the project that her new changes could not be incorporated, if she wanted it released on time, so sorry. Also, even if we release on time, the changes will require a new intake that we will submit to the vendor for pricing, as the old project is now completed and closed, thanks very much.

HOUSE: We got notice that they are doing the upstairs carpets next week. Of course - since I am going AWAY OUT OF TOWN this weekend, which meant last night and tonight is scrambling trying to get walls patched up so the kids can paint their rooms this weekend and they have time to dry before the new carpets go in. YARGH. Not the worst scenario, and I'm sure glad they didn't wait till this evening at 4pm to post the notice, but I'd thought they would be at least another week. It's just a little tighter than I like.

This is what the kid's rooms look like now. It's amazing how many pin hole, nicks and scratches you get on the walls over the course of almost two decades.

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WEEKEND: Holy cow. Mini cruise tomorrow. I'm feeling seriously extravagant. I've always felt like cruises are something that only rich people can do, and that I would never, ever be able to afford something like that. It's still mind bogglingly expensive, but when I broke it down and compared it to a traditional vacation, I guess it's not that crazy expensive compared to being in a hotel and paying airfare and meals.

So, flisties - what are you doing this weekend?


Ranty McRanty Pants

Feel free to skip if you are not in the mood.

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May. 3rd, 2016

I have mailed out over 20 postcards and cards in the last few days. I've heard back from a couple folks that they got them, but I had one returned - unfortunately, the Canada Post automated scanning picked up the postal code on my return address tag instead of the addressee. I dropped it back in the mail - I've never had *that* happen before!

In completely unrelated news, I'm doing something new this weekend. I will be going on a cruise with a bunch of my girlfriends.

Ok, it's a mini turn around cruise - just to re-position the ship. It's one night, so less that 24 hours on board - Vancouver to Seattle and then we're catching the bus home. But it's a taste of what it would be like. I already think I'd like to go on a longer one.

One of the gals I'm going with has never been to Seattle even through she's lived in Vancouver her whole life, so she wants to go to the Space Needle before we go home. I've always wanted to go to the EMP, but our bus leaves at 1 and it doesn't really feel like enough time to fully appreciate it.

I am hoping that it will be a nice break after the hectic craziness of life with renos.

NEW FIC: Just Another Thursday (SGA, PG13)

Finally done and posted - with many thanks to melegan and outsideth3box for feedback and suggestions. Those ladies *rock*!

Fic Title: Just Another Thursday
Author: shaddyr
Artist: pattrose
Pairing(s):Could read as Gen or McShep
Rating: PG13
Warnings: None
Summary: "...well, I have an idea that might possibly save the town,” he said. “Or it could just get us killed and not make any difference, I’m not sure. But at least… well at least, we’d be trying to do something that might help.” He huffed in annoyance. “And just so you know, I fully blame you for this cultivating this, this *need* to try to do something to make a difference instead of just running off to go hide in the safety of a cave like a normal, sane person would-”

“Bitch at me about how I’ve destroyed your self-preservation instincts while we’re moving,” he said as he gave Rodney a nudge to start him back down the trail.

Link to fic: Just Another Thursday on AO3

Link to art: Will supply URL once I have it. For now, the preview:
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And we're off...

7 Postcards sent - whoo!

Anymore takers?


In the process of packing up some craft stuff, I found a bunch of old Vancouver postcards. There are a couple that are more recent - maybe less than 20 years old - but mostly they are from the late fifties, back when the aquarium was first opened. And wow, talk about changes to the skyline!

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My day started with a couple of work emails, an easy question from a manager on IM, followed by a knock on my door from the piping guys (who are very friendly) coming in to insulate the pipes.

Which means getting back into all the holes all over my walls and ceiling to insert said insulation...

I am so confused as to why they didn't just insulate them when they were in here installing them. Two birds, one stone, n'est-ce pas?

So, I made the piping guy show me how to disassemble the new tap assembly (we used to have 2 taps hot and cold, now it's a combined tap) so if it ever starts leaking (they always do), I can fix it myself. He said there were instructions, I made him show me anyway. I do better if I see in practical application rather than just read instruction. I am now confident that if that sucker starts leaking, I can replace it myself like I did with the old taps.


Seriously, you have NO IDEA. NONE.

Bliss is a long, hot shower IN MY OWN BATHROOM.



Geek by Shaddyr

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