kaffyr: Animated rain falls on the bathhouse from Spirited Away (Bath house in the rain)
How Was Monday, You Ask?

My back still hurts. 

And I had to pick up a dead squirrel in our courtyard (don't worry; I used a garbage bag.) Poor thing. 

On a less facetious note - I am so sorry to hear of the apparent terrorist suicide bombing in Manchester. Blowing up a bunch of youngsters at a concert ... I have no words ....


kaffyr: (Clara didn't ask for this)
Things I Did This Weekend

Saving bandwidth, because that's how I usually roll. )

My vacation begins Friday. I can hardly wait. 

Dept. of Music and Joy

Wednesday, 17 May 2017 08:46 pm
kaffyr: (Sen Waits)
 July in May

The last couple of days in Chicago have been in the mid-80sF, although tomorrow is supposed to be only in the 70s.  I didn't mind it; I was able to drive to an assignment, and to a doctor's appointment, with the windows down today. (Yesterday was warm enough that I had to put the car's AC on - and I have to get the AC refrigerant topped off, probably when I'm on vacation week after next, because it wasn't very cool.)

I spent four hours yesterday being trained on the new editorial program the Trib is using. Our trainer said we'll have to get trained on yet another system later this summer; apparently they had to go to this interim system first, but it's a lot of training for very little return. 

The newspaper company I used to work for, the Chicago Sun-Times, is about to be swallowed up by the newspaper company it sold my chain to back in 2014. I have very conflicted feelings about that, none of them good, but they're complex enough that I'm not going to go into them now. Maybe later. 

Another thing I may want to go into at another time: how impressed I've been with the second season of Attack on Titan. 

But for now, have this Bob Mould song. It's gorgeous. 




Dept. of Mondays

Monday, 15 May 2017 06:43 pm
kaffyr: (Deficiency weekly)
Today Has Been a Difficult Day for Me

For various reasons that are pretty much all work-related, today found me weeping at my desk. Only for a short time, and I'm back in control now, but my spirit still feel a little leaden. 

Rather than dwell on that, or write something that sounds like a plea for sympathy, what I would love to hear from all of you out there: 
  • Something really nice that happened to you today.
  • Something funny that happened to you.
  • A lovely picture you saw that you could describe to me, or that you have and could share with me now.
  • A song or piece of music that lifted your spirits recently, and that you think I might like.
  • A joke. 
  • Cats, pictures or gifs thereof. Those always rock.
  • A gif that might make me snort with laughter. 
  • Any reminder of good things in the world, human or otherwise. 

Thank you all - and I'll try to do the same thing for any of you when I'm less of a fucking wet-blanket. 

Dept. of Monday

Monday, 8 May 2017 09:43 pm
kaffyr: (Dalek ballerina)
I Swear I'm Gonna ...
  • Be a more cheerful person for the rest of this week; 
  • Comment on posts about Who episodes ([personal profile] promethia_tenk  and [personal profile] elisi , I feel like I'm missing out on all kinds of chewy goodness, because I'm so spoonless. So, yeah, soon.) 
  • Say things of import. Perhaps not vast import, but at least a modicum of import. 
  • Get more fic writing done - although here, I can say that I've gotten the first half of Chapter 27 of Hearts and Moons completed, which means I"ll soon have two completed chapter to post, and only 1.5 or 2 more chapters to go. If I can just get past the Zeno's paradox of never being able to get to the end because one is always half-way there, that is. 

Dept. of This and That

Sunday, 7 May 2017 07:09 pm
kaffyr: Hayao's realistic Pompoko raccoons yawn in our faces (Pompoko yawns)
Things What I Have Been Doing

All under here )

Dept. of Questions

Sunday, 2 April 2017 01:50 pm
kaffyr: A cartoon dog ponders reality (Subjective pup)
I Am Binge-Watching "Stranger Things"

Is this a good thing? I mean, I think it is, and now I'm trying to convince BB to watch it so that we can talk about it. But I'd love to hear from any of you who have seen it (I'm on the 7th episode and will probably just go through and watch the 8th today before I do ... you know ... housework or sewing or stuff *cough*).


kaffyr: Snark about fanfic (Adulthood? It's fanfic)
Based On Something BB Said

A search was conducted. 

I can now more or less confidently tell the world that there is no Huntley-Brinkley fanfic. 

I am disappoint.

(no subject)

Monday, 27 March 2017 09:15 pm
kaffyr: (Tired of typesetting)
This Is Me Today


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I'm sure I'll be a nicer mammal tomorrow.  
kaffyr: Animation of a Ghibli film scene, water rolling into shore. (Anoesis)
Today I Made Pumpkin Pie

And I successfully used up some leftovers in the fridge to make a decent fettuccine dish for supper. These are both successes. And I realized that something I thought I had to get done in three days was actually something I don't have to get done for 9 days. That's lagniappe. 

I also listened to a lot of Joe Hisaishi music. And now I'm going to bed, knowing I don't have to get up early in the morning. That's the best part. 

No, perhaps tomorrow will be the best part. 
 

Dept. of Bedtime

Thursday, 23 March 2017 09:41 pm
kaffyr: Hayao's realistic Pompoko raccoons yawn in our faces (Pompoko yawns)
 Not A Bad Day ...


... but an exhausting one. Goodnight all.

Dept. of Mittwoch

Wednesday, 22 March 2017 08:52 pm
kaffyr: (Maia airships court)
Wednesday Observations

1)  I was driving home this afternoon, and I noticed one of those little bobbing-head dogs in the rear window of the car in front of me. Then I realized it was a real dog. A little mop dog, with a little sweater-thing on, poor thing. It was somewhat bigger than the bobbing-head toys, but not that much. His or her head wasn't bobbing. The little thing had its head on its paws, and it looked as if it wanted to be somewhere else. Or perhaps it was just enjoying the sun. I'd like that to be the case. 

2) I'm trying to figure out a way to feed Alex canned pumpkin. All the veterinary advice (from his vet and from Teh Intarwebz) on what might be his particular problem states that feeding a cat canned pumpkin provides much needed fibre and - wait, what? 

Yeah, send me the addresses of cats who actually willingly will eat mashed up vegetable gourds, and I'll show you ... nothing, because, no, there are no cats - No. Cats. Ever. - who will willingly eat pumpkin. I am as sure of this as I am of my own soul. I like pumpkin. I really like pumpkin. But I am not a cat. My cat is a cat. He looked at me with as much disdain as a cat can muster when presented with this. And cats do disdain very well. He actually moved backward to get away from the pumpkin. And, asyouknowbob, cats find it very hard to back up. "Back up" is not in their lexicon. 

Except when they are presented with mashed pumpkin. 

We already know he hates all the various petromalt-type goos that cats are supposed to love. Hah. He eyes that with the same extreme distaste with which he eyed pumpkin. Possibly because we've taken to rubbing the goo on his paws and/or muzzle in a desperate attempt to get it into him by forcing him to clean himself ....

Maybe if I put catnip in the pumpkin?

3) To all those in the world today dealing with war or terror attacks, from Syria to London - my thoughts are with you. 

Dept. of Sunday

Sunday, 19 March 2017 06:29 pm
kaffyr: (Maia airships court)
Observing the Oncoming Storm Week

I'm almost afraid to say this, kinehora, but I'm feeling better about myself than I did at the end of last week. That took working some self-imposed non-paid work-related overtime this weekend (about 11-12 hours over two days), which has caused BB to side-eye me a bit, but ultimately he understood that, if it took that to stop me beating myself up about the work situation, then it was - barely - worth it. As a union rep, I should be reading myself the riot act, but mental and emotional self-care trumps the contract - something I wouldn't tell many of my younger colleagues, who routinely let themselves be coerced into working hours and hours without putting in for the OT. They're getting coerced, though, so I have to stand behind them and give them the strength to resist doing that. What I'm doing is, as I've said, quiet self-care. 

Yeah, sure, whatever, dude. So long as you believe it.  

We're having corned beef and cabbage tonight, two days too late, if one believes strictly in holiday-centric menus. I used to dislike boiled cabbage with a great and adolescent hate. As I've gotten older, I've discovered that I like it every so often. Today is "every so often."  

So tonight I'll spend a little time with BB and go to bed early so that I can get up and take a running leap at the week. Wish me luck - and may your week be a good one!

Dept. of Saturday

Saturday, 18 March 2017 11:13 am
kaffyr: (Bruce doubts that)
Wish Me Luck

In an effort to make Monday less apt to be the first through ninth circles of Hell, I'm doing some workday work on Saturday. I'm giving myself two hours to get some reasonable things done, (checking backgrounds on candidates, uploading a police blotter, sending emails with questions to the candidates I haven't reached yet, which probably means having to hunt up emails, and telling people they can call me on Sunday), and then I"m going to tell myself to relax again.

And, hey, I may even have something to say beyond this, later today. We'll see.  
kaffyr: Doc Yewl from Defiance (yewlyay)
I Got to 15 Days ...

... and then the week that truly was from hell hit me. Last night I lost the last of my spoons. I went to bed without having posted anything. 

Still, I have been better at posting this month than I've been for quite some time. And, hey, I'm getting back up on the bicycle, and posting now, amn't I? Which, when I put it that way, sounds extremely defensive, but then I've been feeling rather defensive for the past 48 or so hours. 

I'm not going to go into all the awfulness of Wednesday through today, at least not today. And certainly, my stress is ongoing, as is the difficult time at work. But tonight, my beloved took me out to our favorite sushi place, and it was so relaxing just to sit and talk with him, drink miso soup and eat chirashi and mackerel jaw, that I don't want to think about anything else.  (BB actually pointed out, when I said that, that it's the only one we go to, but that's not completely true and anyway, even if we did go out to other sushi places, this is the one I think I'd like the most.)'

It's Friday, and I am home, and I'm going to watch something enjoyable with BB, and then I'm going to go to bed and cuddle with him, put my head on his chest, and try to unknot my stomach. 


Dept. of Discomfort

Thursday, 9 March 2017 09:55 pm
kaffyr: (Bored in Porco Rosso)
Is It Friday Yet?

I'm heading to bed, because I think I'm getting a head cold.  I'll try to catch up with everyone tomorrow. 

The car's working again, after almost $300 worth of work. (It wasn't the radiator.)

I made a mashed cauliflower casserole for supper. Yes, I know it sounds horrible; it wasn't. It was reasonably good. Unfortunately, cooking the cauliflower in water in order to make it soft enough to mash brought out all the odors that roasting cauliflower doesn't. Urgh. Maybe I should be glad my nose is starting to plug up.

Ah, me. 

Dept. of Minimal Effort

Wednesday, 8 March 2017 09:44 pm
kaffyr: (Bored in Porco Rosso)
This is a Placeholder Post

Because I'm exhausted. 

I can tell you two things that I have realized today. 

After getting a McDonald's Shamrock shake, I remembered that I don't like Shamrock shakes. It's a good thing I only got a small one, because I felt less guilty pitching it. 

Also? Meatball sandwiches are, architecturally speaking, stupid.

But I was a good union rep. today, and that makes up for the fact that I either have a hole in my radiator (my car's radiator), or a loose hose somewhere.  

Dept. of Monday

Monday, 6 March 2017 08:14 am
kaffyr: A happy smiling superintelligent Corgi (Ein is happy)
Starting Out Hopeful

I got up and into working condition really early today. I managed to write the letter we'll be sending to our condo unit owners, announcing a 3 percent assessment fee increase, and I'm actually posting this before I start to work on my business laptop. In my books, that counts as getting out of the starting blocks rather well. 

And to keep this post from being completely self-referential, is anyone out there on my f'list watching The Expanse? If so, do you want to geek out about it? I"m finding it to be destination viewing, and some of the best science fiction I've seen on television since Battlestar Galactica.

Dept. of Sunday

Sunday, 5 March 2017 07:22 pm
kaffyr: Hayao Miyazaki's Kiki scrubs the floor in animation (Kiki scrubs)
Getting Ready for the Week

Tonight is one of those nights where I don't particularly have anything to say. That makes it a night when saying something, even if it's just a comment that I'm incapable of actually saying anything worth hearing, is a matter of sheer determination. Still, that's what the project requires. I want to be able to look back on March and say I accomplished my goal, even if that was only to be wordy without wisdom. Eventually, if I relearn the art of thinking in bursts longer than 140 characters or 10 seconds at a time, I can start writing things that are more worthwhile. 

Exercise for the mind. Perhaps I can make a better go of it than I have of exercising for the body. 

(Apropos of that, I'm going to try getting out at least once a day to walk around the block. A friend once told me her mother used to chivvy her children out of the house by saying they needed to shake the stink off them. It's a crude comment, but it's stayed with me. Walking around outside and noticing there's a world beyond my desk, my phone and even the broad world of the Internet could help me shake my own existential stink away.)

Monday offers me a new chance to be efficient, and to go to bed Monday night happy with myself and what I've gotten done, or what I've at least attempted in good faith to get done.  I'm, again, determined. 

I hope you all had good weekends. 

Goals, Day 3

Friday, 3 March 2017 05:09 pm
kaffyr: (Happy Kyouso Giga daughter)
Thanks much to [personal profile] lost_spook  for something cheerful!

This lovely vid made me much more cheerful than I'd been before I watched it. 





And today is Friday; I have dined on turkey croquettes and maple-glazed fried parsnips (courtesy of BB) for supper. Our kitty, Alex, is feeling better after a trip to the vet, and I had a very productive Thursday and Friday. So I am pleased. And tomorrow BB, FB, and our friend Neil go to Hausermann's for their annual February orchid show.

I am a happy camper.  

Dept. of Mondays

Monday, 9 January 2017 09:19 pm
kaffyr: Snark about fanfic (Adulthood? It's fanfic)
Adulting Is Haaaaaard

And I'm 61. 

Also, writing is getting less hard. 

But I'm still 61. 

Faced with further contemplation of all those facts, I am going to bed. 

Bonus comment. I have new slippers, about which I am overwhelmingly excited. 

See previous comments about being 61. 

ETA: Augh. I should have made it clear that yesterday was not my birthday, which was back last September. I was just whining about being old. Thanks to all for the birthday wishes, they will make my 62nd birthday, eight months or so from now, extra nice. 




Dept. of Chagrin

Monday, 2 January 2017 12:47 pm
kaffyr: Animation of a Ghibli film scene, water rolling into shore. (Anoesis)
 A [community profile] fandom_stocking  Apology

Folks, for the first time since 2011, when  I fell in love with 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  - the only "-athon" I write for, and the one that has given me such joy - I am most probably not going to be able to fill anyone's stocking. 

When I signed up myself, I was full of plans; I'd just finished the last two promised 2015 stocking stuffers, and I'd thought that had primed my creative pump. And, as I always do each season, I thought perhaps this was the year that I could focus on drabbles, or at least shorter stories. Plus, I had my vacation coming up, and I'd be able to write something every day ....

Yeah. Didn't happen. I can't even figure out definitively why, although last night I told BB it might be that finishing up those 2015 stories had, instead of priming the pump, run the well dry. God knows, this has been a terrible writing year for me; it's the first time since 2007 that I haven't been able to get at least one chapter of Hearts & Moons completed. 

The events of November also have affected me, perhaps more deeply than even I thought. 

Yesterday, the day before my vacation ended, I suddenly wrote two paragraphs of something, and I thought, "Aha! Adrenaline junkie time! You can at least get two stories done before my vacation, and perhaps a third one before the stockings go live ....

And then this morning, I burned my left index finger, ironing a shirt. It's bandaged up now, and doesn't hurt too much, but the bandage makes typing incredibly frustrating. I'm down from 80-plus words a minute to, I don't know, 30-40, what with having to fix up mistakes. GAAAAAAaarrrhh!

tl;dr - after burbling about 
[community profile] fandom_stocking , and looking forward to it, I don't think I can take part. I don't say it can't happen. Anything can happen, of course, and one never shuts the door, but - and there's an end to the sentence. 

Perhaps next year more of us can hang stockings, and I can fill all of them. 

*sighs, heads off to the grocery store*
kaffyr: (Rabbit Mom 2)
Not Dead, Not Even Really Sleeping

It's just that I'm not doing much at all, or at least it seems that way. 

In what I suppose I can call some sort of victory, I finally finished my 2015 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  stories. 

You read that correctly. My 2015 stories. As 
[community profile] fandom_stocking  2016 is well underway. 

Sweet weeping god of fanfic on a rubber crutch. 

Tomorrow, I have another endoscopy, to see if the infection I had in my throat has been taken care of. I'm going to head for bed, but first? I guess I'll upload that last 2015 story and alert its recipient. Who may well be bemused, amused, and confused. 

Then it's on to this year!

...
....
.....

*twitches, remembers she hasn't even started her holiday cards, twitches some more*

Dept. of Thursday

Thursday, 17 November 2016 06:56 pm
kaffyr: (Happy Kyouso Giga daughter)
Cauliflower, Capons, Early Deadlines

I have just roasted cauliflower florets after tossing them with coarsely chopped garlic, red pepper flakes, salt and olive oil. It is really, really good. I don't know why I didn't think about roasting cauliflower before the age of 61. (Me, not the cauliflower.) I have a new side-dish for Thanksgiving!

I was playing around with the idea of having a capon rather than a turkey for thanksgiving dinner. After some thought and reading, I've decided not to do so. I'll just go with a smaller turkey and slow/moist roast it. 

Can you tell I'm going into Thanksgiving dinner mode? Doing so makes me happy. We're having FB and Em, our friend JT, Drs. Gonzo and Bob (not my BB, a different Bob), and maybe a couple of others. BB has asked that we don't talk about politics. Knowing our friends, that may be impossible, but we'll try to minimize the talk. As he says, he'll even be willing to watch football if it stops the political talk. "I want to be thankful," he says, and I understand. 

Early deadlines, early deadlines, early deadlines. Lord, what a pain. And I signed myself up for a Saturday evening assignment, which is also a bit of a pain, although it'll be an automatic 6 hours of pay. 

And now, to sit with my beloved and watch anime!
kaffyr: Keep Calm & dive behind the sofa (Dive behind the sofa)
Thoughts, In No Particular Order

I have been thinking of Leonard Cohen's music today, having been reminded of it via an add on our local jazz radio station for a one-hour remembrance of him. I only got to hear the last 20 minutes or so of it, but it's made me want to listen to his albums, both the early and the later ones. I really want to hear his last one; "You Want It Darker." I heard the title song, and it's Cohen at his elliptical, emotionally unsparing and beautiful best. I don't know what I love about his music more, the words, the imagery, the love he bears for everything he views ... perhaps, too, the past week's events beyond his death have kept him in my head. 

Facebook and Livejournal share the creepy practice of telling you about upcoming birthdays of people who have died. I got one such notification today and was reminded that we all live on, on the internet.

I completed (I think) a conversation over on LJ, in my last post; because I didn't put the post under a lock, this person wandered in and launched into a strong attack on my progressive stance. I decided to try to engage; although the effort wasn't ultimately successful, I'm glad I didn't simply ignore the person. At the very least, he challenged me to think about the best way to respond to his claims. I do worry, from time to time, about living in my own liberal/progressive echo chamber, and requiring myself to step outside that chamber, even if it's just in the tiny way I did with this conversation, is probably a good thing.

BB and I are finally getting into the latest run of anime titles. I'm extremely impressed with one that has the rather unprepossessing English title of "Flip Flappers." I'm not even going to try to describe it, except to say that if you liked FLCL, chances are you'll like this one, too. 

Last night I got the chance to hear Father Michael Pfleger speak in person for the first time. He impressed the hell out of me. 


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