cmk418: (tarasenko)
So the job thing might be ending (how many times have I said that since I started there?). They are talking about disbanding the program completely which might take a month or two if they do it. I don't know. All I know is that I'm going to be running around like a chicken with my head cut off the next few days.

Hockey is going very well. Went to the Blues season opener & saw my boy Tarasenko score 2 goals. And the Hawks are currently 4-0 so that's beyond good.

Things with the ex are still going but we've come to the conclusion that it's probably not going to develop into anything other than friendship at this point.

And lastly, my New Year's resolution came true... I got my car.

(Couldn't get the photos thing to work here, but I posted a pic on LJ if you want to see it)
cmk418: (bionic woman)
It's late in the day but I hope that all of you had a Merry Christmas (or a really nice Sunday). I am just glad today is for the most part over with - I love my family, but there are times when I just want to get away from them and that was pretty impossible to do this weekend.

Still working on Magi. I will have it in by the deadline. Absolutely - even if I have to sit at my desk and write porn fanfic Tuesday morning at work, I will have it done and in a shape that's acceptable to me.

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] michele659 for the cookie on my profile page. It brightened my day seeing it and your note.

Cut in case anyone wants to avoid my little pity-party )

Sigh. Onto something better. I was given a Kindle for a Christmas present. Any recs on some really good, not depressing, not overly fluffy reads? Maybe some older stuff so I won't necessarily break the bank getting it.

Arrgh

Dec. 22nd, 2011 11:01 pm
cmk418: (dino-sleeping)
Trying to figure out the deal with these comments - sometimes the subject lines are there, sometimes they aren't, sometimes my icons are doing funky things. I'm sure it'll be somewhat rectified by the new year. Fingers crossed. I'm not going to lose any sleep over it.

My mom is going to have hip surgery in a week. She has hip dysplasia, which basically means they're going to have to rebuild her like the bionic woman and it also means that she'll have to be off her feet for six weeks which is a bit of a drag, but since she's been in pain for the better part of the year and laid up for the past couple of months another few weeks should be cake.

I am ready for Christmas, but I'm also ready for it to be over. I like New Year's Day so much better - there's something about just having the slate clean and being able to make a fresh start and I'm sure there are people who can do that every moment of every day, but I'm not one of them so I'm just going to celebrate the hell out of the new year and pray that it improves upon this past one.

Still employed. The newest thing is that it might go through January. Or March. Or June. Or October. Basically nobody knows anything.

Saw "Moneyball" at the end of November but haven't seen anything since then. There are a few dozen movies that I want to see, but I have no idea when it's going to happen.

I travel to Chicago in less than a month. I think I'm going to need it.

I'll probably post again in a day or two, so I'll just wish everyone "Happy 1st Day of Winter!"
cmk418: (NaNo)
Just thought I'd drop a quick 'hello' to my f-list before I'm pulled under the depths of NaNo. The briefest of updates:

Happy about the Cardinals winning the World Series.
Still employed.
Thrilled about the request I'm writing for Oz Magi.
7K words into my novel and I want to get another 1000 at least by the end of the night.
Looking forward to seeing my beloved Blackhawks in St Louis next week.

TTFN
cmk418: (Costigan)
So, I'm doing my good deed for the day, taking my mom to the library so she can tutor this guy she's been helping for years. I pull into the parking lot, park (manage to scrape the cinderblock curbs in front of the car) but nothing too big, get out of the car and open the door.

Which happens to bump into the guy's car next to me.

Next thing I know, this South St. Louis punk is screaming at me because I hit his car. I'm thinking "no", hit the curb. My mom is explaining that the car hit the curb with his rude but reasonable wife. The guy is yelling that I have damaged his $40K car with my door (there was a miniscule scrape - more like an impact dot, really). His wife keeps going on and on, insulting my mom, which was uncalled for, and then she says "it's not that big a deal, the car has hail damage anyway, insurance is going to cover it."

Good god, all that drama for that. I'm still keyed up. The yelling at me went on for a good few minutes - it was ridiculous.

Some people are just too high-strung for their own good.
cmk418: (firefly-quote-naked)
Had today off from work. And tomorrow as well. I know it's coming close to the end of my job, but still I really enjoy being away from that place.

Went to see "Bad Teacher" with my dad. It had some funny moments and stayed pretty consistent in terms of character throughout which made me happy. (Has nothing on X-Men: First Class though). And the Timberlake was charming.

Something that made me giggle from Cracked.com - 5 Things That Are Totally Unrelated to Hot, Hot Lesbian Sex

So I need a kick in the ass to get me writing something. So prompt me. You know the drill. Fandoms - OZ, Buffy, Justified, Life, Mad Men (if it's listed in a tag, it's probably fair game, but those are the fandoms I'm most willing to write about at the moment.)
cmk418: (Costigan2)
Saw "X-Men: First Class" today. Loved it. It's the best movie I've seen in the theaters in a while and well worth getting out to see it.

Updated my resume finally. I've been talking about it for ages and have gotten it into working order. I sent it over to my temp place and told them to keep an eye out for anything long term for me.

Went to the ballgame last night. We had some really good seats that came available, so we took advantage of them (instead of sitting in our usual section). Twenty two rows behind home plate under cover is a heck of a lot better than heat central in the top section over in right field. It was fun and the Cardinals wound up winning. (I wouldn't have minded being there the night before to see Pujols hit his 2000th, but 2001 wasn't too shabby).

I get to spend a good portion of my workday tomorrow arranging file folders. Yippee. Actually, it's a nice busy-work project that if we go through everything will probably take another month, maybe two to complete. Until they find something else for us to do.
cmk418: (hockey)
It's our semi-annual family gathering (the other is the Sunday before Thanksgiving) for mom's side of the family. It's ridiculously hot outside today - first day in ages, I should be grateful, but I really am not thrilled about spending hours in the 90 degree heat. Hopefully, there will be a few more cousins there this year - last year was really disappointing with the underrepresentation. To put it in perspective, my mom has 9 brothers and sisters who are local, 8 of whom have kids (and most of the kids now have kids as well) so the place where we're going can be literally overrun if everyone shows up. Last year though, there were only about 8 of us cousins (I'm the oldest of the bunch), so it was a little underwhelming.

The cooler is packed, the niece is dressed and we're just waiting for the folks to get back from church so we can go.

In other news, I'm going to Chicago in three weeks. My sister and nephew are coming along too, which should be all right. It's been since President's Day that I've been there so it's a wonder that I haven't gone completely mental by this point.

Glad Boston is in the Cup finals, although I think they are bound to break my heart (but I also said that about a certain team last year, and look how that turned out!)

This was also posted at DW, but I haven't set up for crossposting yet.
cmk418: (Default)
It's our semi-annual family gathering (the other is the Sunday before Thanksgiving) for mom's side of the family. It's ridiculously hot outside today - first day in ages, I should be grateful, but I really am not thrilled about spending hours in the 90 degree heat. Hopefully, there will be a few more cousins there this year - last year was really disappointing with the underrepresentation. To put it in perspective, my mom has 9 brothers and sisters who are local, 8 of whom have kids (and most of the kids now have kids as well) so the place where we're going can be literally overrun if everyone shows up. Last year though, there were only about 8 of us cousins (I'm the oldest of the bunch), so it was a little underwhelming.

The cooler is packed, the niece is dressed and we're just waiting for the folks to get back from church so we can go.

In other news, I'm going to Chicago in three weeks. My sister and nephew are coming along too, which should be all right. It's been since President's Day that I've been there so it's a wonder that I haven't gone completely mental by this point.

Glad Boston is in the Cup finals, although I think they are bound to break my heart (but I also said that about a certain team last year, and look how that turned out!)
cmk418: (Big Love)
Apparently, miracles can still occur in politics - they passed the bill that had me potentially unemployed at the end of June, but they did it while striking the amendment that would have cut our funding - they still have to figure out where the money goes, but I'm a little more optimistic today than at this point last week.

I have managed to respond to all the visible comments on Graffixation, still need to comment on one more story and piece of artwork in the batch, but for the moment I am done - of course, as soon as any other comments are unscreened, I'll respond to anything else that's out there. It's been a wonderful experience and thank you again to everyone who took part.

Work has been rather horrid this past week. With the potential shutdown, people have been hyper-vigilant about tracking files and getting things through the system, but with four admin staff people, who do they keep coming for all their nonsense? Yours truly. I took a mental health day today to de-stress.

hockey stuff behind the cut )
Did some gardening the other day. I planted two tomato plants and two pepper plants so hopefully they'll produce some delicious results later this summer.

I also discovered a lovely coffee shop in the neighborhood - not a Starbucks, but one of those great little independent places that were kicking around all over the place in the 90s. I will definitely be going back, especially since they have the equivalent of a free book exchange in their back room, so between donating and acquiring, it'll be a good thing.
cmk418: (Costigan)
So the job that was going to March of next year, and then shortened to December of this year, has been shortened once again. To July 1.

As in 2 months from now.

So, I am looking at unemployment sooner than expected. Hope my temp place will be able to get me something fairly quickly.

They only informed us of this yesterday afternoon. The state senate is voting on a bill to send the remainder of the stimulus funds that we received back to the federal government. If it passes, we lose our funding and the chances of the bill failing are pretty slim.

And I also have the delightful job of being the contact person for those clients who are calling to find out their status in the program. I think I'll keep the phone on "Do Not Disturb" for the next two months.

Thank god I'm still staying with the folks. It's one less thing to worry about.
cmk418: (Justified-Art)
Been a while since I really posted something over here and I didn't want people to start thinking that I'd fallen in, so here I am.

The job is coming to a swift conclusion. We've got less than 9 months and then we're out of there, unless it happens sooner and considering they laid off 9 temps last week, I probably should start updating the ol' resume.

Considered doing Script Frenzy this year, but talked myself out of it again.

I have been writing. I did a strange little River/Serenity drabble for the porn battle over at [livejournal.com profile] femslash_today. If anyone feels inclined to read it, it's here. Yes, I'm pairing people with spaceships now, it has gone that far.

I'm jonesing for some McManus/Murphy fic, either to write or to read.

Hockey - honestly, I just don't know. It's been a weird season. My beloved Blackhawks getting into the postseason is still hovering somewhere between "if" and "we could wind up in first in the Central if we take the 3 against Detroit" (stop laughing, [livejournal.com profile] suespur). The Blues are out of it which is really quite disappointing considering how they started. I'm not freaking out too much about the sale of the team, since it's pretty much a cyclical thing here - I've been through at least 4 of the Blues' ownership changes, so I have faith they'll find somebody to keep them here.

Allergy season is kicking my ass right now. It's Mucinex every 4 hours, which is just as awful as it sounds. Why can't anyone make decent tasting couch medicine? Seriously.

That's it for the moment.

This-n-that

Feb. 2nd, 2011 06:28 pm
cmk418: (Justified)
Spent the last couple of days at home due to the nasty (ice, snow, cold) weather. Work was actually cancelled yesterday and since they were shortening the day today and presumably not sending anyone out, it seemed a little silly to have to be there.

Haven't written anything recently, but I'm thinking of doing a few drabbles for the [livejournal.com profile] halfamoon community. Things based on female characters, more in fitting with canon. Suggestions are welcome.

Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] michele659 for the very cute puppy, who will keep me thinking warm thoughts until spring training gets here!

Still making my way through the DVD of the first season of "Justified". Have to finish the last two episodes by next Wednesday's season 2 premiere. I'm looking forward to it.
cmk418: (LA Confidential)
So, yesterday was a bit of a write-off but this morning has so far made up for it. I did something today that I haven't done in 11 years which was walk along Belmont Harbor as it was snowing. It was absolutely beautiful.

The margarita portion of the margarita & waffles weekend will take place in a few hours - yes, I am going to fill my body with frozen strawberry margaritas and then walk back in a snowstorm, why do you ask? Waffles will have to wait until tomorrow.

I picked up "Inception" and "The Social Network" on DVD. Planning on watching them at some point tonight or early tomorrow morning. This trip is more like a retreat than anything else, so there's not a lot of sightseeing involved. And it's a little cold. And, snowing. Staying indoors sound like a really good plan.

Will make a recs list for Oz Magi & some other things in the next post.
cmk418: (Costigan)
On the bus from hell, heading toward heaven for me a.k.a Chicago. We were expected into Chi-town at 1:30 but developed some air pressure issues (no pressure, no brakes - which I'm told are somewhat important). The climate in here was upwards of 80, with the heat still pumping - we weren't allowed to open the emergency windows to let in cool air, and then as soon as the bus got rolling again it got down to 40. Not fun.

But we're heading to Chicago and right now that's all that matters.

There is a wonderful prompt over at [livejournal.com profile] hardtime100 that is basically a request for Pre-Oz moments. I've been having fun with it, and I think that other people would too. End PSA.

Looking forward to the Magi reveals - I think I've figured out four stories (not including my own) and two art pieces, but I have no idea who fulfilled my wish at this point. And I want to run a rec list and give credit where credit is due.
cmk418: (charlie prince)
I find myself with many, many different ideas of things that I would love to see the OZ fandom take on. Comment fic-athon featuring minor characters, something exclusively about the staff, something AU based (my mind is more centered on pre- and post-series stuff rather than Keller and Beecher fighting dragons). I don't know if any of these would get a response.

Non-fandom related work stuff )

Been trying to get organized with tracking my what I write. I managed to get all the fics that I was missing from last year onto my list, so that's good.

I'm really loving Magi this year. The diversity is great. I've enjoyed the three McManus fics that I've read, the artwork and one vid that I've looked at, Miguel Alvarez and Ryan O'Reily who are all over the place, and I really love the Schibetta fic that was written for me (it's definitely a different look at Peter than I've seen before, but not out of character.)

"Justified" should be "on demand" fairly soon. I'm looking forward to rewatching Season 1 - either there or on DVD and then jumping into Season 2.

As for my beloved Blackhawks, well... at least they won tonight.

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Nov. 23rd, 2010 10:07 pm
cmk418: (bionic woman)
Test results, etc. )
cmk418: (Vicennes)
In a little over 11 hours, I will be headed to Chicago for a couple days of R&R. I really don't know why I don't do this more often, because after four months of being around my family, I need a break.

NaNo is going all right. I haven't written today, but I'm up to 17K words so far.

I have a thing for ritual and the annual selecting of [livejournal.com profile] oz_magi prompts is one of them. Sit there with the list and an ink pen drawing little arrows to the prompts that I like and think I can write. It's fun being able to take part every year although by December 15 (mark your calendars, folks), I will probably be going through the annual ritual of "What the heck am I going to write for Magi?"

Work is a little bit iffy right now, and I'm glad to be leaving it for a couple of days. They are going to be combining two departments in one space - not sure when it's going to happen and they really haven't where we admin temps are going to fit into the whole scheme of things. Although one flow chart did seem to list the title of Customer Service Support Manager for essentially what I have been doing for the past year. No word yet on if I'll be collecting a manager's salary soon, but it's highly unlikely.

The Blues (local hockey team) are playing extremely well, as are the L.A. Kings. Not so much my beloved Blackhawks, but there's still a lot of season left. (Although if they don't win when I'm at the game on Wednesday, I'll be supremely peeved.

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