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Well. It's been a couple of weeks and things look good. I've made friends with everyone in my department (that's not hard, there's only three of them) as well as many of the other people in my location. The training is a bit haphazard, but I'm dealing with that well enough, and doing my best to try to fix it so that people trained after me have an easier time.

Apparently, they'd hired someone just before me who had been catastrophically bad, so I'm exceptionally good-looking in comparison. Not that I'm not a good worker/employee, but my natural tendencies to ask intelligent questions and find my own work are set off by the previous disaster.

The first week was mostly reading (so many manuals), but I finished that at least a day ahead of when I was expected to, and with copious notes as well. I then moved on to learning everything I could in the actual lab, which has been entertaining.

Now, what I'm doing is dividing my time between doing everything I'm allowed to in the lab and writing out Training Instructions, including "recipe" sheets for the various repeated tasks, so that new hires don't have to try to figure out what part of the overly complex and esoteric (and abstract) SOP documents apply to the thing they're currently doing.

My boss seems a bit nonplussed by me and my enthusiasm, but he'll get used to it. He doesn't seem unhappy, so that's good.

I'm still stuck on the day-shift schedule, which sucks balls. I'm looking forward to going to Tues-Sat 1-9:30pm. I'll have Mondays and mornings to myself. Woo. I failed my first attempt at the competancy test, but in a really odd way. Apparently, it's common to fail it a couple of times, so I'll take everyone's reassurance and not stress out.

I'm beginning to get used to the schedule - the first week was unexpectedly tiring. (Not helped by the fact that we had a big bbq that first weekend, so I had a lot of personal work over the first weekend.)

Anyway, I haven't gotten anything creative done in weeks, so I'm off to do some writing.
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So, I took the job. It's not perfect, but it's a job-in-the-hand and I'm not foolish enough to pass that up, especially at this point in my career. I'm well warned about their work practices, and I'm very much an adult who's worked in toxic places, so I'm comfortable going into what might not the the most excellent job situation.

Really, though, right now I'm just delighted that I have a job finally, and that I'll be able to go back to paying my own bills and stuff. I'm so tired of being a Kept Woman, oh my gooooood.

I start May 30. The shift is Tues-Sat, 1-9:30 pm. It's always against commute, and I'll be coming home when it's cooler (it gets HOT where the job is). Oh, and the title is Volatiles Analyst, so I'll even have something reasonable to put on my resume later.

I'm hoping that Geordie and I will be able to go on a short trip between now and the 30th, to celebrate.

Phew
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Well, it's been a day, hasn't it? I managed to get into a huge argument with a friend on FB about the United chaos - he's a pilot and has always been much further Right Wing than I (given that he IS right wing and I'm profoundly Left), so for some reason, he felt like he HAD to defend the airline.

He tried several directions of attack, but he's not as bright as my friends and I, and in the end, he couldn't stand up to every one of us refuting everything he was trying to say. I did enjoy explaining why the no-fly list is unconstitutional.

Anyway, other than that, the day was nice. Geordie took Merrie and I out to lunch at a really nice Thai-ish buffet place near where he used to work. We ate tons of delicious food for not much money, then stopped at the store on the way back to get milk and odds and ends. We also stopped at Daiso for a new vegetable steamer (ours was old and was beginning to hold odors) and plant markers for the new seeds and stuff I've put out in the garden.

Oh! Merrie and I have started several seeds! We've got two kinds of tomato, an unknown cucumber (saved seed from last year, but I don't remember what it was from), a small melon, two kinds of corn (glass and yellow), catnip and ... something else, I think. Right, three kinds of peas, a dwarf bean bush (the bush is dwarf, the beans are full length), and we planted out some garlic cloves which had sprouted. Oh, and two kinds of carrot.

I need to put potatoes back in - I might go back to the local organic nursery and pick up some more of their organic potato starters, although I usually have good luck with regular old sprouted 'taters.

I've got a lace shawl pattern nearly ready for test knitting, another one that just needs to have the pattern written out for testing (literally, just the words. The damned thing is charted out already and everything.) and I managed to get some actual fiction writing done today.

Now I need to go to bed.
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I remember that someone on my flist lives in or near Portland - can I ask a question?

What's Happy Valley like? We're flirting with moving up there (if Geordie gets a job there) and it's so different price-wise from down here in the SF Bay Area that I have a hard time telling what's a good area and a bad one.

Do you have any hints or tips?

Thanks tons!

*stress*

Jan. 30th, 2017 12:33 pm
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Phone job interview today in half an hour and wow, but I'm distracted by the political mayhem going on.

Augh.

Okay, focus. I've gone over the skills I have that they're asking for, I'm looking at their website to see if there's anything I can find to ask about (other than things like contract conversion rates, which aren't appropriate to ask at this early stage), I've wrapped myself in knitting and blankets so I don't shiver audibly on the phone, I've finished a cup of coffee and had a good meal, one of my cats is snoozing in the room as a good-luck charm...

Argh

Jan. 27th, 2017 07:06 pm
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I'm posting this here because this doesn't cross over (much) with my Facebook feed.

I've a couple of 'friends' - more acquaintances - on Facebook who post things which make me so frustrated. They're petty little things, and not anything I need to be involved in, but sometimes I just want to say what I think instead of being politely encouraging (as is 'polite' now) or simply ignore things.

For example, one woman is 'on a journey of self-actualization' and yeah, we all need to know ourselves and all that jazz, but every single picture she posts is of her own face, but mostly blurred. Her eyes are usually sharpened and then the rest of her is Artfully Softened.

Yes, what she posts isn't my business. It's not the constant selfie-dom that really bugs me, it's the goddamn fuzzing. FFS, lady, you look the way you look (in her case, she looks quite attractive by any standard, certainly from the collarbones up, which is all she ever shows), so why the fucking Gaussian Blur-o-Rama?

It doesn't help that every one of these posts is over a slightly passive-aggressive statement about Learning To Love Oneself and Loving One's Flaws, to which all her friends jump in with the expected compliments and reassurances.

I'm aware that my annoyance with her doing this is my problem, so I don't say anything to her about it. Just ... sometimes I wish I could be direct with her.

Anyway, I'm going back to writing, now. Petty rant over!

Adobe?

Jan. 26th, 2017 12:40 am
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Do I want to spend $25/year to be able to convert pdfs to word and excel sheets from Adobe? I've tried the free online methods and they're not working for the documents I have.

Well, poop

Jan. 23rd, 2017 07:03 pm
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I didn't get the job I interviewed for on Wednesday. I thought I'd done pretty well - two of the three interviewers seemed to like me quite a bit. The hiring manager especially seemed to like me.

However, I got an email from the recruiter today that said I didn't get the job and had this feedback from the company.

1. The role being entry level and her desire to be in a lead or supervisory role within 6 month.
a. It is great to have goals and to be ambitious but it need to be realistic.
2. Not answering questions during the interview and interrupting the interviewers.
a. She was enthusiastic and excited to be here but it is concerning when candidates don’t allow interviewers to finish their statements or answer the question they were asked.


I am pleased that I got real feedback, but I'm a bit confused. I didn't say I wanted to be in a supervisory role in 6 months, that's much too fast. I don't want to be doing basic entry level tasks after a year or so, sure, and I know I said that.

I will admit I probably jumped the gun with some of the questions. That's something I can fix immediately.

However, the not answering questions? That one's bugging me. One of the questions I got was this: "Why did you choose to get a science degree?"

Um? Because I like science? A friend of mine says I should say things like, "It's always been my dream. Even as a small child I loved the idea of science."

Also, the same interviewer asked me how I work with people who are different from me. By doing my work and getting along with others. Seems basic to me, but yeah, I guess I've got to come up with an answer for this.

***

There were three interviewers. The first and second went well - very well, it seemed. The third interviewer was very different; she just didn't seem to like me. She's the one who asked both of the above questions, and she kept saying that the job is 100% boring repetitive tasks.

***
This was an entry level manufacturing job at a company which gets really bad marks on glassdoor. The complaints are all that there's no training and no management, that the entry level jobs are literally labeling tubes for 8 hours a day 5 days a week, with random unpaid overtime and no chance of movement.

The first two interviewers made a point of saying that there's a shiny new training program and that no one has to do repetitive tasks all the time, although there are points in the manufacturing cycle where that is the main task.

The third one asked me why, if all my experience is in research, I'm applying for manufacturing jobs. I said that research is all that's done in school and that all my experience is academic. And that I understand that manufacturing is vital and important - if we don't make the things to help people, there's no point in inventing the cures at all.

The third interviewer used to be in charge of the manufacturing department and recently changed departments - right before the new people create a training program. Any bets about what's going on in the management?

***
I'm frustrated with not getting the job, although it was just barely above my minimum pay and for a company that doesn't sound great. The coming management fight looks uncomfortable.

I mean, it would be nice to have gotten a job, but maybe it's okay to have missed out on this one.
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It's been a nice weekend. Geordie and I spent all of Saturday in the house, cuddled on the couch and watching movies and random stuff on youtube. I got a friend onto Skype, so we can talk more, which is really great.

Today, we went out and just drove around in San Francisco and Alameda, stopping off at a nice grocery store at the end and bringing home half the veggies in the world. Geordie made slow-cooked ribs for dinner (delicious, omg) and I made quick 'pickled' cabbage using a packet of seasonings from Daiso. I like it, but I'm not sure I'd call it pickling, as it doesn't use vinegar but mostly seasoned salt. (Tasty, just not pickled.)

I've a lot of plans for the coming weeks, including (I hope) a job interview either Wednesday or Friday. I'm hoping for Wednesday, as I don't really want to be out of the house on Friday, Inauguration Day. I want to be home, hiding under the fucking bed.

Also, is there anyone out there who's both a Tolkien fan and knows if there's an Albanian version of the Lord of the Rings. Specifically Albanian, and ... more the Silmarillion, now that I think of it. I'd like to know if there's a specific name other than Annatar used for that particular version of Sauron in an Albanian translation.

Anyway, it's later than I wanted to go to bed and I'm not sleeping in tomorrow, no matter how much it's too cold outside of my bed.
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Let's start 2017 off in a positive way with a Pay It Forward meme. The first 6 people to comment will receive a surprise from me at some point in 2017 — anything from a book, a ticket, something home-grown or made, a postcard, absolutely any surprise! It will happen when the mood comes over me and I find something that I believe would suit you and make you happy.

If you can, post this in your own journal and pay it forward. Let's do more kind and loving things for each other in 2017, without any reason other than to make each other smile and show that we think of each other.
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So, I haven't been keeping up the daily records here, but I've been writing them out by hand. I think I should post them here and back date them, so I have a continuous record here. I like writing them out by hand and I have a nice little moleskine book with page-a-day space. It's supposed to be a To Do Diary sort of thing, but I find that unless I can see my whole week or month's schedule, I forget that something's due until the day it's due.

Which brings me to my car registration; I should have gotten the renewal form in the mail and haven't. I'll be going online and getting that done tonight, oh golly yes.

I got an email from a recruiter; one of the jobs he'd been talking to me about last year has decided they do want to interview me. The company gets pretty awful reviews on glassdoor, but they're paying over my minimum, the job is temp-to-hire, it's swing shift (which gives me mornings to spend doing creative things, or sleeping), and it's a job, which is really the thing I need. Without the first job, no matter how terrible, I can't get the second job, which will (one hopes) be better. Etc...

I'm hoping to get today's chapter of my fanfic finished early. I've got most of it thought through in my head, now I just need to get it out through my fingers. Then I can knit and hang out later tonight with Geordie.

Dammit, I forgot to get something out of the freezer for dinner. Argh.

I think that's it for now. Time to stop procrastinating.
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Already Monday, in the New Year. The past two days have been relaxing and quiet, which I think is a hopeful start for this year.

I bought a Page-A-Day moleskine journal in a pretty purple, because I want to keep better track of my daily life - the little daily boring bits. These two days haven't been super exciting, but it's nice to write things down anyway.

Geordie got me a drawing tablet for Christmas. I'm really excited - my old one was was, uh, 20 years old or so? Anyway, this one's got active pen pressure and the active area is HUGE. There's a lot I want to do with it, and one of my goals for the year is to learn more about how to draw with my eyes on the screen and not on my hand. Phew, it's trickier than it sounds.

I'm still working on setting goals for the new year, but they'll include publishing my writing, getting a job in my field, blogging regularly (on Medium and maybe Wordpress), and reading and reviewing at least 30 books.

Tomorrow I've got several errands to run and I'll be taking Merrie out to practice her driving.
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Well. It's 11:16pm my time, Pacific Standard Time, and we're opening a bottle of (inexpensive) champagne to help drink away 2016.

It has been a fucking awful year for many - deaths both personal and public have filled every single month, sometimes as many as one death per day. I'm hoping that 2017 is better. Golly, I hope so.

I don't have much to say that's intelligent. Everything I could say has already been said more and better by everyone else.

Just, let's work together on fixing what we can, okay?

I'll see you on the other side, filled with champagne and fruitcake.
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It's 10:30pm on Christmas and I'm so tired. Nearly a week ago, we all had a major blow-up between us (started by Merrie, who went completely off the rails and was angry at Geordie about something that he hasn't done, hadn't done, and wouldn't do. This led to a few days of tenseness and anxiety, but now things are mostly smoothed over. It's sort of like papering over giant cracks, but with enough paper, they'll hold weight.)

About three weeks ago, one of my old friends through my ex-husband got back in touch with me on Facebook. I mean, she got in touch with me at all on Facebook, just I hadn't heard from her in about seven years.She said they missed us and wanted to be in touch, regardless of their relationship (and my lack of relationship) with my ex.

So today we went to their house for a while. I haven't been there in seven years - it was amazing. Everyone remembered me, there were so many familiar faces. Her family is huge, both in number and in size. She and her husband are both taller than me (not hard) but also large. Their children, who are just about Merrie's age, are GIANTS. Taller and bigger than Geordie, the two boys, and the girl is just about his size and weight. Very nice to hug, honestly, but I felt so TINY.

We'd started a turkey roasting before we left, got there about 2, ate gumbo and dessert, chatted with so many people (and made a few potential job contacts?!), and then had to leave in a hurry when my ex-husband showed up. (We'd known he was going to come to the party, he comes every year.)

At home, we finished cooking the turkey, made sides, ate Traditional Christmas Dinner with a bottle of champagne, and then I cleaned the kitchen. Now there's laundry finishing, my feet are sore, and I could totally just go to sleep. (I'm sure the half-a-bottle of champagne isn't helping).

We have cats snuggling and nice knitting to do, while we watch a classic Christmas movie, Die Hard I.

Oh, I've gotten to the heel of a pair of complicated fair isle socks. I haven't been working on them steadily until recently. Once I finally got going, they started moving right along. Of course. They're very pretty.

I hope you had a good holiday and that you're enjoying yourself as much as you can.
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Well. Up again mostly on time and out into the cold house. I don't know what's up with this house - in the summer it's sweltering and in the winter it's freezing. In summer, we leave the front door open (the wooden door, not the metal security door - that's always closed and locked) and the house is nicely aired out, but by September, if you leave the door open past 2pm, the house heats up and then won't cool down until midnight. I mean, it heats up more - it'll get plenty warm even with the door closed.

In the winter, the house never gets warm. We've got a heater and it's chugging along, but the house just never warms up properly, no matter how much sun there is. We can get the house to basically tolerable if chilly, but no warmer. My toes hate it.

Anyway, I drew some cards - I haven't mailed holiday cards (in years), but this year feels like it needs a little more cheer spread around, so I'm planning on sending out End of Year cards. I'm drawing little ACEO sized 'coloring cards' to include for people. I can get about three done at a time before I start to feel like there's something more urgent to do.

I got those done, I made a nice brunch of cooked rainbow chard, a fried egg, and fried tomato slices (dry fried, really, in a ceramic nonstick pan) and then started painting a gift for some friends. (Which reminds me, I need to check with them about having us swing by on Christmas.) (Done.)

Now I need to write this week's fanfic chapter.

We're having Chinese food for dinner - it's tasty and relaxing. And we don't have to cook it!
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Monday, I baked the fruitcakes. I'm looking forward to eating them in another week. All the recipes say they should be left, with frequent boozy bathings, for at least two weeks. We're starting to get boxes of gifts delivered - it's a fun time of year.

Also, I finally made the stars I wanted to from the soda and beer cans I've been saving. My hands got a bit cut up, but I like the stars. I'll be making more. We went out after dinner to get beers in interesting cans.

Tuesday was much more exciting. Merrie wants to learn how to drive and we were going to get her professional lessons, but they're super expensive. Since she's already had some lessons, in an automatic, I'm going to teach her some driving in mine. I have a manual, which I love. We went out to Alameda, to a part of the island which is mostly deserted during the day. She drove! She practiced going through the gears and then surged and burbled her way around on the roads. Yes, I've got insurance for her - no worries.

We stopped at Starbucks; there was a HUGE branded mug there - easily big enough to be a large plant pot. It was a hundred bucks, so far too expensive to buy, but oddly tempting.

On Wednesday, Merrie and I went to see Moana (for the second time) at the local theater here in Hayward. We stopped into the little bookstore here and I found copies of two books I used to have but lost. (They might be buried in the boxes I have in storage, but for now, that's as good as lost.) Native Tongue and its sequel, Judas Rose. I'm about halfway through Native Tongue, but I haven't had a chance to finish it yet.

Thursday was Merrie's birthday!!!!! We hung out and had a relaxing morning, then Geordie came home from work and we went out to sushi dinner. Then, we ate the delicious birthday cake I make for her every year: Birthday Cake.

Friday was quiet. I got housework done and fought this week's chapter of my ongoing Hobbit fanfic to a standstill. Sometimes the chapters are easy, sometimes they're awful. Ugh.

Saturday, I picked Merrie up at work. We went to get Fenton's ice cream (which she'd wanted for second dessert on Thursday) and then she drove a bit more.

Sunday Geordie and I went up to Napa and drove around through the nice day. Chilly, but very pretty. We stopped into V Sattui (a great winery) and then came home in the gathering dark.

Monday was mostly housework for me - I got the front room cleared up a bit, caught up on the kitchen and laundry, and got some presents wrapped.

Today I went out with Merrie to the post office and mailed a couple of things to the UK. Then she went off to meet a friend for Rogue One and I came home to see Rogue One with Geordie. If you've seen it, I'd love to talk about it.

Now it's bedtime!
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Well, there's this friending meme going on at LJ and I've added a bunch of people. It wouldn't hurt to have an introduction post, I guess.

Hmm. Let's see. Who am I?

I'm short, let's get that out of the way first. I'm 4'9" tall. I'm 46, with a midsummer birthday, and no difficulties with being my age. I'm not a member of the Age Is Just A Number clan, I just ... don't mind getting older. (Well, the persistent lower back ache is stupid, as is my increasing need for reading glasses.)

I was born in Manhattan, I spent a few years as a wee tot travelling around the country with my mom (I don't remember most of that), and then we settled in the California Bay Area and I haven't really left. I lived in DC for my last year of high school. I've been married and am now divorced - if you go far enough back in my journal, you might see someone named Fred. He's my ex. I've got a 24 year old daughter and three cats. Currently, I'm partners with Geordie, a strapping Northumberland Lad. We live in the Bay Area and travel around when we can. We'd like to live, we think, in or around Portland Or (or Vancouver Wa), or maybe Vermont. Or Cape Breton Island, if I write a multimillion dollar novel.

I just finished getting two Bachelor of Science degrees, one in Biochem and one in Forensic Biology. I'm hoping to get a job soon, although if anyone wants to pay me to write and do generally creative things, I guess I'm up for that as well. I like science, I like labwork, and I'm pretty willing to turn my hand to a variety of things, biochemistry-wise. What I'm really personally interested in is bioremediation, but that's a tough field to get into. Having the Cheeto as a president isn't going to make that field a growing one any time soon, although it's depressingly obvious that he's going to help make it more necessary. Maybe I'll have the experience I need to get into it when there are actual jobs. *sigh*

Politically, I'm Very Far Left. VERY left, especially compared to many in the US. I'm strongly feminist and supportive of LGBTQIA rights. I am more aligned with Millenials than Boomers, but am squarely GenX in age. Also, I'm an atheist, born and bred. I don't care if you're religious as long as you don't pressure others into following the rules of your religion.

I'm a knitter, a crocheter, a writer, a cat owner (ownee?), I draw, paint, weave, embroider, make floral hair clips and am working on getting an etsy shop up and running. I'm crap at advertising, though, which is getting in my way.

I can't think of anything else. I know there's more to know, but I guess we'll have to figure it out on the way.

OH, I'm 110 weeks into a One Chapter per Week Hobbit fanfic on AO3: Unexpected Music, a Bagginshield fic (with Mature bits), which doesn't follow canon, but is a Rock and Roll Modern AU. I've written a bunch of Potterfic as well - it's all linked on AO3, of course.

DR: Dec 4

Dec. 5th, 2016 12:20 am
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Up late again - I'm not getting to sleep quickly but somehow after 6am I'm sleeping very hard. Dunno what's up, but I wish it would quit.

Anyway, up late again, but we went out almost right away. After a quick stop at Starbucks for coffee (in our own mugs), we drove around a bit, ending up going over the Dunbarton Bridge. In Redwood City we found a nice little diner and ate. I had the Obama omelette (olives, bacon, artichoke hearts, mushrooms, american cheese) and Geordie had a Joe's Omelette (something like Joe's Scramble, but in omelette form). Very nice (although Obama was a bit salty, heh). Good coffee, good service, good food. We should remember it.

After that, we drove around more, just randomly. Geordie called his mom (every Sunday) and I knitted while they chatted about general stuff. We drove through San Francisco, then back over the Bay Bridge. In the interests of not going straight home (and because I wanted to) we went to the Half Price Books in Dublin. I got three Trashy Romance Novels to read for mindless relaxation and research, and a book about bookbinding with two binding methods I haven't seen before.

After that, we got frozen soup dumplings and pot stickers and candied jujube at Ranch 99 Market. I was expecting the 'sour' jujubes to be hard candies but they're actually the real fruit! They're not at all sour, and they're quite nice. I've been thinking of making fruit cake and these would be great in it. I'll soak them for a few days in booze.

Then home to find that Merrie had not only cleaned the cat boxes as I asked her to, but had taken out the trash as well. We ate the food from Ranch 99 for dinner and I started to knit a pair of fingerless mitts in Crocodile Stitch. (Or if that doesn't work, Images, so many images)

Mine aren't as smooth as many of the ones I've linked to, because I'm using Noro sock yarn which isn't even in size - some of it is nearly as thin as thread and other bits are much thicker. It's a pretty mix of dark red, orange, blue, green, yellow, and dark blue. I'm looking forward to making them. (I try to have a pair of mitts for every jacket pocket I have and I've some empty jackets, so ...)

Also, I finished the lace shawl. It's very nice! I'll need to download the charting pattern I use and work up the chart (and pattern) and then post it for testing. THEN, I can put the pattern up for sale! Go me!
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Well, it's been a relaxing holiday. We didn't go out much, which is unusual for us. We sort of hunkered down at home, enjoying being cozy on the couch and entertaining ourselves with home things.

Geordie made super delicious roast potatoes this morning, which we had with home made bacon and fried eggs. We have so much food in the fridge and the freezer's also full... I'm not exactly complaining, but, there's no room. Maybe I should make a turkey pot pie. OH, or tetrazzini. That's always tasty. I've got the mushrooms for it.

In fact, that's tomorrow's dinner. Delicious.

We didn't go out to get a new washer. We thought about it and we've pretty much decided which we're going to get, but we just ... stayed home. We did finally go out to get late-night-coffee, which was nice. I got hot caramel apple cider, which I get once every holiday season, and a holiday spice flat white (which is nice once, but so sweet. I normally get plain coffee with milk, so the seasonings are often more than I want).

I got a good chunk of this coming week's chapter written already, which is great. I'd love to get ahead on this story, and be able to write original stuff as well. Maybe if I just get organized (I say this every day).

I've got some errands to run tomorrow, including running past the Dollar store to pick up some little tubs of wet cat food to give to the local stray cat when she comes by. There was something else I wanted to get ... anyone remember what it was? Me, neither.

I'll also bake some cookies - I've been craving lavender shortbread, which means I'll make lavender sugar syrup first. Also, I want to make pomegranate syrup. I should make a batch of my black cherry caramels as well. Hmmm.

Monday

Nov. 21st, 2016 10:19 pm
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So, I just got pinged on facebook by someone who is good friends with my ex-husband. She and her family are people I love to bits, but when my ex and I broke up, I wasn't sure whether or not they wanted to stay friends with us.

She saw my name and immediately sent a friend request, which I immediately accepted. I'm so happy to be back in touch with them!

She has three kids and they're all doing really well.

***

I'm working my way through an old design of mine which I charted out years ago and never did anything with. I don't know why I didn't finish it, but I'm nearly halfway through. Once it's finished and blocked, I'll write it up and put it on Ravelry to be tested, then on Ravelry to sell. I don't think it'll be very expensive, maybe only $3.00.

On Saturday, we went to get fresh live crabs from Pillar Point. We got 5 for about $60; at $6/lb, that's about 2 lbs each. Merrie and I went through the legs of three and the body meat of about 1.5. The rest is in the fridge, but soon I'll freeze it for crab cakes later.

Sunday, we made Turkey Dinner. We're not sure what we're doing for Thanksgiving, so we wanted to make sure we had a turkey. I'd like to have a chest freezer so we could store 2 or 3 turkeys. I love turkey. Anyway, today we had leftovers, which were delicious.

I've had a couple of writing ideas, so I spent time today plotting; some time went to plotting something currently on the hop and some time went to plotting the new thing. I also downloaded a couple of programs which I'd forgotten I'll need.

Giftmas is coming and we're all starting to pester each other for What We Want. (Spoilers: we don't know. World peace.)

I'm thinking of sending out cards - would any of you be interested in getting cards from me?

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