psyche29: Marvin the Martian, arms crossed with text "very angry indeed" (very angry indeed)
NOT COOL, CREATE ENTRIES BETA PAGE. YOU JUST ATE MY POST AND NOW I HAVE TO TRY TO REWRITE IT.

YES, I AM CAPSLOCK ANGRY WITH YOU RIGHT NOW.
psyche29: White background with text "Congratulations, universe. You win." (universe wins)
I am so behind the times, friends. 2012 has been here for 25 days now, and it has been a rough start for our house.

A rough outline of The House of Sick. )

Needless to say, I have not been available to do much of anything lately. I've been trying to keep up on reading entries, but in the interest of saving time because my God, I do not have the spoons, feel free to comment and let me know what all I've missed!

And also, HAPPY NEW YEAR to everyone! ♥♥♥
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (rainbow eyes)
Minor Gift Squee ) I just had to share that. :D

Related to that, Christmas was absolutely lovely at our place! Everything went so smoothly, and it was just a really nice, long weekend all around. I hope all of you had a similarly smooth weekend full of good food and better company, whatever you happen to celebrate! ♥

It's back to work today, and man, has my mood gone downhill. Things are Not Okay at the moment, but all the same, I'm enjoying this four-day workweek business, especially knowing it happens again next week! How about the rest of you?
psyche29: Tea in a white cup and saucer, sitting on a pink placemat (tea)
Just fiddling with the "create entries" beta on DW.

And also, seeing how my new layouts look for both DW and LJ. Not too shabby. :)
psyche29: The teeth of the Monster Book of Monsters, text "Good Books Don't Bite" (good books don't bite)
I had an email from my sister today because she saw this picture and thought of me.

And you know, I think I love this more than our current tree:

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I love it so much, I kind of wish I'd thought of it!
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I can't decide if what I can smell is burnt popcorn, or Cheerios®.

Given the time of day, I would guess at burnt popcorn. But weirdly, all I want is a bowl of Cheerios®.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (fairycake)
Cleared a quarter of a million dollars out of old accounts so far, and it's only just coming up on lunchtime.

I should not be this hungry, but oh GOD, I am starving. The kind of starving where you feel the first couple bites moving all the way down your throat. I can hardly wait the five minutes left to go scarf that damn sandwich my hubby so thoughtfully made me this morning. EDIT: Obviously, it's well after lunchtime, now - that sandwich was way good.

1. Foooood. )

2. Shopping. )

3. Christmas Cards. )

4. This Song. )

So despite the inherent craziness of the holiday season, I think we're probably ahead of where we usually are at this point, and that's pretty cool. :)

Yum.

Dec. 12th, 2011 02:22 pm
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (tastes like happy)
Found a recipe online last week for "chicken and sweetcorn soup." The directions for it weren't very clear, and called for ingredients that weren't actually in the ingredients list, so I went hunting online for other sites that might have posted it.

Y'all, there were so many different variations, I ended up cobbling together my own! And it turned out great; it made quite a bit, but was tasty and chock-full of chicken and veggies. Well, veggies I'll eat, anyway. I made it with my dad in mind, so there's no rice or potatoes in it, or noodles. All of which would have been great, but-.

My measurements leave something to be desired, I know, but considering I threw this together with only a few bare-boned ideas, it will have to do.

One vague - but tasty - recipe, coming up! )

Wow, that's way more vague than I meant it to be. But that's about how I did it. Start to finish, it took maybe two hours, total. Hubby and I kept nudging the temperature up once everything but the cornstarch had been added; by the time we decided it was time to eat, we had it up on medium.

It made a LOT (two big margarine containers full of the leftovers, plus another smaller container), and of course, it was better today than yesterday - had some for lunch a few hours ago. ;)

In other news, ZOMGSOBUSY. I don't ever seem to know whether I'm coming or going, I tell you what. Two weeks till Christmas for us, and it's hurtling toward me like a freight train. Time just goes faster and faster the older I get, you know?
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (earth laughs in flowers)
It's Friday, it's payday, and I'm mostly relaxed. My irritating coworker is gone today and I'm looking forward to the weekend - even if tonight's adventures include Thing 1 and Thing 2 spending the night at our place with Boychild. I foresee much noise and probably a bit of shushing, among other things.

Sarah, mother of Things 1 & 2, just had surgery on Monday. She had a melanoma on the bottom of her pinky toe, and had to have a biopsy and then most of the pinky toe amputated. The biopsy on the lymph nodes and surrounding areas came back negative, thankfully. Even so, we're giving her a bit of a quiet break by taking the boys overnight, which is nice for both her and Boychild, even if noisy for hubby and I.

Think I'll make this for family dinner on Sunday - sounds full of awesome.

Just got off the phone with my sister; apparently, Dad just missed the last step at home and is being seen right now for a swelling ankle. Shit. He already can't walk very well - although truth be told, that surgery has done wonders for him. He's lost over 70 pounds now, and was doing better. We'll have to see what the doc says; might have to do dinner at their place on Sunday instead!

Hope everyone has a lovely weekend!
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (fairycake)
1. Nothing too new from Friday's post. I went to the doctor; I am showing signs of "ulnar nerve compression," and have been referred for physical therapy and possibly an EMG. I don't want the EMG because it requires sticking my arm with several sharp things, so we'll see if PT helps, first. The only thing that didn't fit with the UNC diagnosis was the swelling, so they're going to keep an eye on it.

Also, it has been recommended that my workspace have an ergonomic evaluation by the safety education coordinator - who will have a field day because none of these workstations are ergonomically correct in any way whatsoever.

So now I have a wrist brace thing, which I have discovered I hate. Passionately. But I wear it most of the time. I have to take it off here and there because DAMN, it is irritating - and a little painful - but I'm mostly behaving myself.

2. Boychild had his very first school dance on Friday. A Halloween dance, of course; he and one of his best friends, Thing 1 (Thing 2 is one grade behind them in another school), went together to eat free pizza and see what exactly a "dance" is all about. Neither of them danced apparently, but they played pool and ate pizza and drank soda and ogled some girls they don't want to admit to finding attractive. I am assuming this is typical 13-year-old boy behavior; both are interested in the possibility of more dances.

I feel bloody OLD. Didn't I just get home from a junior high school dance five days ago? *sigh*

3. Hubby and I killed time while the boys were at their dance by first hitting up Trader Joe's - they have so much great stuff. We picked up some pumpkin cream cheese and gingersnap cookies (dip the cookies in the cream cheese and ZOMG, autumn treat heaven, I shit you not), some chai mix and cereal, and "toscana cheese brushed with cinnamon," which is the reason I wanted to go in the first place. SO. GOOD.

After that, we spent the rest of our time in Barnes & Noble, ogling books. [livejournal.com profile] superbeffie, I picked up The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, and proceeded to devour it. I still need to read the other two, but I read the first and am willing to discuss it with you if you want!

4. Made cheeseburger chowder for dinner yesterday, and the crock pot just wasn't big enough. Had to move it into a huge canning pot to finish cooking the last couple hours. Our crock pot has served us very well for 11 years, but we're going to need to pick up another for bigger jobs, I think. Regardless, the soup turned out great and I have leftovers for lunch. Nom.

5. Boychild has not yet decided whether he's going to trick-or-treat tonight. We've left it up to him, but whether or not he goes, this is his last year. He carved a pumpkin last night (after getting Grandma to clean it for him, the wimp), and it's on the balcony now.

6. Huh. I don't think I have a six. Guess that means I'm done for now!


HAPPY HALLOWEEN!!
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I am flailing a bit at the thought of typing up All The Words. I haven't posted in ages, it seems - indeed, I am not even certain when my last post WAS. Summer. Probably.

Shall we see if I can sumarize?

1. Boychild started seventh grade and turned 13. Same curriculum, but new school, new approach to classes (he's got eight different ones and has to move between them, whereas in previous years it's been one teacher and mostly the same classroom). There has been much struggling, both for him and for us, and tears on both sides to prove it. Things are smoothing out some now, but it's going to be a work in progress.

A little grainy, as I saved it from hubby's FB with my phone, sorry... )

2. Work is...better. I am still swamped, both overloaded and manager-admitted-underpaid, but-. Changes - big ones - are in the works. I just got my yearly review today, and it was actually really, really good. I was given more info than my other coworkers are being given because the manager is expecting bigger things from me. As a result, I feel very secure in my position, and am aware that doors will be opened in various ways soon, and all I have to do is step through them. I can be open minded, and he is aware that he'll need to give me details in some areas. I'm not feeling the need to seek employment elsewhere, so as far as I'm concerned, things are looking so much better than they were a year ago, even six months ago.

3. Dad had gastric bypass at the beginning of September. He's lost 70 pounds so far, has already lost several clothing sizes, is back into a belt he hasn't been able to use for five years, and is *this far* from being considered "no longer diabetic." This is a HUGE deal, and means that the surgery was really the right thing for him.

4. Sister number three (child number four of the five of us) went through extensive psychiatric testing over the last several months, and the results are in - she will never be able to hold down any kind of meaningful work, or be a functioning member or society. She will probably always live with my parents. While the diagnosis vexes me (I do not pretend to understand how depression or mental illness work), at least now she can apply for disability benefits and possibly bring in *something* to help with my parents' expenses.

5. Sister number two (child three) had her baby girl at the end of August. Eja Alessandra was born 25 August at 12:30 AM EST, 5 pounds, 10.2 ounces and 19 inches long. She was healthy at birth and mom came through it better than her first one. A day later, some kind of enzyme or something stopped working or started working or (Jesus, can we tell I'm not even remotely clued in to illness-related stuff?!) whatever, and baby had a partially collapsed lung, among other things. It was touch and go for a couple days, and then my sister and her hubby moved the baby to a children's hospital, where she immediately began improving. God bless children's hospitals, as well as their incredible staff!! Eja is happy and healthy now, and getting bigger each day.

A few pictures of my pretty niece! )

6. Try not to pass out with this news: I am going to the doctor today. Not for most of the things I should also probably be seen for, but-. Last month, my right elbow started hurting. It only took a day or two for it to shift and spread down the outer part of my forearm and into my outer wrist and the ring and pinky fingers.

It's affecting my work speed; it hurts to add more than a couple pages of figures. Typing too long hurts. Sometimes writing - the act of holding the pen itself - hurts. And lots of other things are affected, too: I can't really open my own soda bottles anymore, or lift a pot of pasta to drain it, etc. I get out of having to help carry in the groceries, but that's not exactly a trade-off I can fully enjoy, as it hurts to do a host of other things I never actually realized used those particular areas.

I had to wait to be seen, unfortunately, but the day is here, so we'll see what's what, hopefully. Everything I've read points me away from carpal tunnel and mostly in the direction of tennis elbow, but again - we'll see what's what.

On the TMI scale... )

7. We had our week at the lake in August, which was lovely, and we just had a long weekend up in Duluth, which for the first time ever was GORGEOUS, weather-wise. I would LOVE to live up there. I never, ever get tired of it, even in the rain and gloom and snow. There weren't many leaves left on the trees, but the ones that were there were that stunning autumn red.

8. I've been writing quite a bit, working on my next-gen HP piece I started years ago. I'm revamping quite a bit and writing new scenes, too, and enjoying every second of it. Speaking of HP, one of these days I should post another of my one-shots.

9. Um. I think that's everything? If you'd like me to expand on anything, please let me know! I am reading entries, but haven't commented in ages; I will work on that, but am making no promises as we head into the ever-busy holiday season. Please know that I read you all and am thinking about you. ♥
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (water and lemons)
Impractical?

Well, yeah...probably. A lot.

But still...this bathtub would be AWESOME.

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via Boston Home magazine

What do you think?
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (what addiction)
I haven't seen it yet. I want to, but at the same time...I am filled with trepidation.

Harry has been such a huge part of my life. I can't even imagine how dull and dreary my life would have been all these years had I not read these incredible books, met these incredible people and become friends with so many of them. I would certainly be more narrow-minded without this - without this saga, without these friends, both fictional and not.

Still - every commercial, every preview for this last installment makes my heart hang heavy in my chest. A lump forms in my throat and my eyes sting. I'll probably put off seeing it for a little while; I can't force myself into something my heart is currently flailing so hard against.

And too, I don't want to let go of this magic, this world. I have this fear that to do so would drain away the vibrancy of life. Irrational, yes, but-. I'm just...sad.
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (earth laughs in flowers)
Hubby put a new OS on my phone, so I thought maybe I'd try posting photos a little more often to keep it a little more organized.

The last week, in pictures. )

In other news, it's the weekend! Very happy about this. Tomorrow, it will be exactly 4 weeks till we leave for the lake. Looking SO forward to it; I can already feel myself winding down. Better warn my boss. *hee*
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (source of our power)
OK, so I've been wanting to post my fic here for a while, but was worried everyone would hate it, or roll their eyes, or whatever other excuses made themselves up in my mind. So I never did, but have decided that I'm being stupid and can't expect people to like my stuff if I never really put it out in the places I happen to spend the most time.

I write only Harry Potter at the moment, though I have thoughts swirling in my head for a few of my other loves and may at some point branch out into them. Until then, though, it's Harry for me...and for you, too, should you decide you want to read.

All that said, please keep in mind that the first six I'll post are pieces that I wrote between two and five years ago. They are one-shots, four written for challenges or advent calendars, and two just for fun before that.

The one I'm posting today is one I know [livejournal.com profile] superbeffie will hate (sorry, Beth), but I offered [personal profile] kate first pick, and she chose my Harry/Ginny piece.

The details:

Title: In the Air
Pairing(s) or Character(s): Harry/Ginny
Word Count: 1041
Summary: Christmas is in the air; can you feel it?
Rating: Not so good with these...safe for all ages, I guess?
A/N: Written around Christmas 2007 for an Advent Calendar project in which I was participating. Maybe a little OOC, now that I look back at it, but I like it anyway. ;) Posted here on ff.net.

In the Air )
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (tastes like happy)
I've been promising pictures for quite a while, but just never managed to get them off my phone...till now.

And as it's been many, many moons since the last time I really posted any, there are a TON. While epic picspams are certainly awesome, they are very time-consuming to put together, so I'm abbreviating them to the most pertinent pictures.

Pics under the cut! )

And that, my friends, is the seriously abridged version of the massive amounts of pictures I pulled off my phone and camera. ;)
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (rainbow eyes)
Good gravy, this year has seemed like such a whirl of activity. I'm finally, finally feeling like I maybe don't have to be everywhere at every moment, and things have calmed down here and there a bit.

1. Work has been SO MUCH BETTER since we got shifted over to the new manager. She is very, very smart and extremely fast-paced, but it's not overwhelming at all because she listens to us, has made a point to be very open and up-front with us about changes (whether or not they impact us) in the department we're now a part of, and is making another point to learn WHY we do things the way we do.

She's expressed to me that she values me and what I do so highly that, should layoffs come around again and our area is under the microscope, she will fight tooth and nail to keep me. That's a big load off my shoulders, believe me.

The only bad thing, really, is that we still have nine months to go before Mr. Useless retires his ass out of here for good. At this point, it's just about waiting him out, and occasionally bitching out frustrations as needed. *rolls eyes*

2. Boychild "graduated" from sixth grade on June 8, and with the best report card we've seen in a while. Reading every week really paid off for him, much as he hates it, so one of the few rules we placed on him for the summer is that he must read one chapter and summarize it every single day. He just finished The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe yesterday, and is starting Prince Caspian today.

He is trying very, very hard not to admit it, but he really did enjoy the book. ♥

His other rule for the summer is that he must learn to ride the bike his Oma picked up for him. He is twelve, and it is high time. He is fighting it with every breath in him - he has got some kind of mental block about putting his feet on those pedals. We made sure the bike was of a size that the seat could be lowered enough to keep his feet flat on the ground, because that gives a modicum of control to him in terms of not falling over. But while we can get him on it and he can walk himself along and even get up a bit of speed and balance enough to coast ten and fifteen feet, the idea of actually putting his feet on the pedals - even though they can touch the ground any time he wants! - sends him into panic mode. I do not get it. Thoughts? Suggestions?

3. Chapter is Dark! WOOT. This means I have two months ahead of me in which all I have to do is print out labels for a grand officer reception and collect mail. Steph took charge of the newsletter, so now all I have to do with it is check her editing and item placement, and she does all the rest. YAY!

4. I finished my [livejournal.com profile] hp_porninthesun piece, and am so pleased with it. That's the second fest I've participated in, and it's definitely fun being a writer. I've forgotten - both times - that there is someone else writing something for me, too! I get so excited to see what people think of what I wrote that it doesn't even register that I'll get my own gift. And I love that.

Speaking of writing, I've been wanting to post my fanfic on my journal. BUT-. I don't want to force anyone to read it, so I've been toying with the idea of setting up a filter so people can opt out if they want. Much as I'd love it, not everyone is into Harry, and even those who are seem to have moved beyond it into other fandoms sometimes, so-. You know.

5. I have pictures of my plants! ... On my phone. Once I figure out how to get them OFF my phone, I'll post them. I finally have tiny tomatoes growing! And my green beans are sprouting! YAY!

That's all I can think of for now, especially as it's go-home time. Hopefully I'll get back into the swing of posting regularly - I miss it.
psyche29: Emma Watson with her head to the side and mouth wide open in a laugh, text "laugh" (laugh)
We're bad parents.

But with this particular Boychild, we can't help it.

He was assigned to a group, and each group had to pick a topic and do a presentation on it. Boychild's group was himself...and three girls. Needless to say, any opinion he might have had was shown the door before it could be given, and so the rest of his group chose the topic.

Apparently there was a list, and the girls decided to nab "Animal Abuse" from it.

I don't think I need to say that of course hubby and I don't condone abuse of animals, but I feel I should because we laughed so, so hard at this particular assignment he brought home.

I am going to include it here, verbatim, to give your midweek a lift:

No, really. Verbatim. I checked it twice. )

My Thoughts On This )

BRB, LAUGHING FOREVER.

In other news, my garden has been planted and growing for a couple weeks now. We finally are getting warmer weather (i.e. no more snow), and already I'm a little afraid of my tomato plant and my green beans. They are growing in leaps and bounds. The petunias are keeping to themselves, for the most part, which is a relief.

I'll post pictures when I get them off my phone. ;)
psyche29: A brown eye with rainbow eyeliner all around it (not doing shit today)
DW Meme )

:O

Apr. 28th, 2011 11:35 am
psyche29: little girl watching something with an uncertain look on her face (mary secret garden)
Well, holy shit.

There was a meeting this morning for my little team - me, my two other cash application peeps, and the two people from the cash office, one of whom is the supervisor for us. Also in attendance was our current manager - the bane of everyone's working existence - and the hospital's new controller (not comptroller - I verified).

And beginning Monday, all five of us will be reporting to the controller instead of the collections manager.

Picture me with my jaw on the floor.

I'm looking at this as a good thing, but there are clearly SO. MANY. THINGS that no one thought of when this decision was made. I brought up at least three different things that our current manager should have considered and so obviously didn't, judging by the new person's stricken "deer in the headlights" look.

She thought it was going to be a straight up transfer, but there are more things involved than they seemed to consider; job classes/titles, the possibility of moving us down to the basement, and the file system that I alone understand or have access to store, to name a few things that are - or should be - Relevant To Their Interests.

I'm currently most obsessed with the idea that someone who speaks English as a first language will finally be in charge, and seems willing to hear what I have to say instead of talking over me. I think my hopes are a little higher than past gained wisdom might be comfortable with, but I can't help it.

Still, we'll see where this goes, and how. There are Many Things to discuss, several of which no one considered. It may not necessarily be smooth, but I'm hoping that's a light at the end of the tunnel and not a shitload of oncoming traffic ready to flatten me again.

We Shall See.

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