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 )
kaffyr: (See the Sky)
Sunday After the Deluge

It took me far too long after my last post to get back online. In part, that's because I last posted the night before the local elections that I had to cover on April 4.

Local election verbiage under the cut ) 

If you've gotten to this point in the post, you'll deserve a pat on the back. Also, you'll have figured out that I was completely wrung out by Wednesday night. I was. I barely managed to drag myself through Thursday and the first half of Friday. By 2 p.m. Friday, I was done. 

The weekend has been a time of getting things done that have nothing to do with my weekday work. I even cleaned the bathroom floor, getting down on hands and knees with a brush and getting into the (eurgh) corners. Yes, it made me happy. Yes, I took a shower after cleaning the bathroom floor. 

Now, my beloved husband is making a late dinner for us, and that is a more than reasonable way to end the weekend. 

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 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: (Badly Written)
I Am Running Around in All Directions

I am not quite acting like a chicken with its head cut off (and yes, children, that was a thing in the days when one might dispatch a chicken for dinner), but whatever I'm doing is very close to that. I shall search for a simile when I have time. 

So it seems as if I definitely must complete three days' work before the end of Thursday, because the medical procedure I'm undergoing on Friday has been moved up from 1 p.m. to 10 a.m. And I just realized that I'm supposed to attend a meeting Thursday night, in the midst of preparing for my procedure. The combination of meeting and procedure prep is, for a variety of reasons undoubtedly known to those of you over 50, unrealistic. I am praying that the meeting will actually be viewable online; then I can cover it from home, which will a much more suitable locale, given the prep necessities.

(What? No, I'm not going to spell it out for you, although the hint I gave you ought to be enough. I will say that, in addition to that for which I'm prepping, I'll be undergoing an endoscopy at roughly the same time. God, I love growing old.)

Yesterday I realized that, by covering one story last Thursday, in The Place That I Have Come to Loathe, I missed another meeting in my regular and much-preferred beat. Luckily, I was able to cover that meeting by archived video. Hurrah for 21st century tech. 

And therefore I'm off! Perhaps I'll have enough energy to check back in later today. I'd like that.  

Dept. of Good Things

Thursday, 13 October 2016 05:44 pm
kaffyr: (See the Sky)
Stuff I'm Happy About

Since I think I've spent too many recent posts bitching and moaning about stuff, here are some random — very random — things about which I'm happy. 

I remembered, thanks to this neat piece at Tor.com, how much I adore Cordwainer Smith. He is, as the writer states, one of the Great Peculiars of SF&F. Anyone out there a reader of his work? 

In what is a first for me, or certainly for the first time in a long time, I started and completed a news feature story in the same day, without the nerves and trepidation which that task has lately engendered in me; what's more, I feel as if I've done a good job. 

After two days of undoubtedly necessary rain, we had a glorious fall day. 

I managed to confirm that my iPad and laptop bag, which I'd mistakenly left in a union meeting when I grabbed the wrong bag, was safe, and that I could swap the bags tomorrow. Relief!

I am not achy today, and that's good. 

Kitties!

And tomorrow is Friday. Hurrah!
kaffyr: A cartoon dog ponders reality (Subjective pup)
Things I Have Done Lately

1. Obsessed over every episode of Game of Thrones, without ever watching a single episode. Yes, I've watched every scene on YouTube that YouTubers can offer me, loads of reviews and responses. No, I don't have HBO, and ... it's stupid of me. But I'm going to be so upset at the end of the season next Sunday. 

2. Thrown out all the Marion Zimmer Bradley books I've had on my shelf for years. I'd thought I'd keep a couple of books of hers that were important to me because of how they shaped my love for SF&F, and for the sense of wonder they engendered in me. In the end, I couldn't keep any of them. It was a decision a long time in coming, and it was the first time in my life I have ever thrown books out. I don't believe I shall ever do it again. But for me it was the right thing to do. I couldn't stomach giving them to a second-hand store. 

3. Picked up the partly empty drink cup a well-made up gym rat had left on her seat as she headed out the L train door to get to a Cubs game, handed it to her (or her friend, the even more made-up gym rat) and "asked" her to throw it away in a garbage can once she got onto the platform, since "I believe it belongs to you." She did. I am ashamed of being petty about their looks. I
 should not be that way, since I support anyone's right to decorate their body in the way they see fit. I can only point to my upbringing and say it's hard to escape the attitudes I grew up experiencing when it comes to make-up. On the other hand, I am very glad I told her pick up her damn trash. Politely. 

4. Became an employee of tronc. Yes, tronc. tronc. tronc.  Mother of fucking god.

5. Wrote a little more of "Hearts & Moons." Go, me. 
kaffyr: Dancing French cracked geniuses (Sometimes you need to dance)
The Weekend. Dear Lord, the Weekend

Monday: Sinead 
Tuesday: More Sinead
Wednesday: Union rep at two discipline hearings, 1 clearcut, 1 less so. Learned I'd be getting another town added to my beats, with at least 3 more beats in said town.
Thursday: Can't remember, because of Monday-Wednesday. Not enough stories written
Friday: Results of discipline hearings. Teh Suck. Not enough stories written.

BUT ... This 



Also, old-fashioned jazz, and a mimosa. 

And a very handsome husband.

Maybe things are looking up?

Dept. of Saturday

Saturday, 30 April 2016 06:30 pm
kaffyr: Hayao's realistic Pompoko raccoons yawn in our faces (Pompoko yawns)
Finally, Some Relaxation

I'm sitting on the laundromat, washing the coverlet that one of the cats puked on (which is too large for our home washer), trying to dry off - it's been pouring cold rain much of the day - and recovering, not only from my earlier trip to Costco,but from two weeks of nonstop activity. 

I slept past noon today, which I apparently needed to do. Last night I went to a gathering of former (and current, of course) Pioneer people. It was a good evening; I ran into a woman who'd been an ad rep back in the first years I'd been with the company,back in 1983-84. We were both hired by Rocky, and we realized we probably went back further (farther? I can't remember) than anyone else there. I'd always liked her, and it turned out she'd always liked me; something that's always good to learn. 

I had to tell her about Rocky and Nick, while she had to let me know about the recent death of another old original, Lou Rubino, who'd managed our back shop. Getting old rather mandates those jobs, but it's always sad. I was very touched when she said she'd always thought of Nick and I as a team - perceptive woman - and that she'd respected what she called our passionate dedication to journalistic ethics. We didn't think "ad side" noticed. Silly us.

As I sit here, BB is going over the MCU/who crossover I just finished as a delayed fandom_stocking story. It topped 4,000 words because I can't do short, apparently. 

And tonight is steak, bubbly, BB, and more relaxation. 

I am grateful.



kaffyr: Calvin face palms (Calvin face palm)
OH, CRAP 

Crap, crappity crap.
kaffyr: (Twelve's a soldier)
Zygons and Work Weeks and More, Oh, My ...

This week's been better than last week. It's not less busy, mind, since I had a meeting last night, one tonight, a union meeting tomorrow night and a staff meeting tomorrow afternoon (gah) plus a union-company meeting Thursday afternoon. But the week doesn't yet seem as out of control and unpleasant as it did at this time last week. Of course, given the two union meetings, that could always change, but I'm choosing to look at the good side of the coin right now.

Thoughts on Zygon invasions and inversions )

Anything else? Yes, I got exercises done again; go, me!

A final thought: the level of self-deception on the part of the 3,546 GOP candidates who still think they can be president just reminds me that most members of that party don't really live in the real world.  At least two of the original five Democratic candidates woke up and smelled the coffee, if one could say nothing else about them. 


kaffyr: Animation of a Ghibli film scene, water rolling into shore. (Anoesis)
Yeah. Monday. 

I forgot to mention last week that BB had an endoscopy scheduled for 8 a.m. this morning, to check on possible reasons for some recurring pain (if you're at all familiar with his health history, you'll understand why abdominal pain is something we always pay attention to.) So up at 6 a.m. and off to the hospital. I hate getting up that early. The outcome ... BB got his duodenum stretched, but there's not much that the gastro doctor can point to as a cause of the pain. So ... more investigation, and another endoscopy next month. 

I got more information on the guy about which I ranted on Friday, but didn't really have much time to share it with my editor, because I had to write one story left undone from last week, and then got an unexpected obituary story for a person who played an important part in my town's history, which required two or three interviews. And the undone story took all day, after we got back from the hospital. I simply take too much time writing stories that shouldn't take that much mental or temporal effort. 

I worked on the story so long that I didn't get a chance to drive out to a meeting I had to attend. So I attended it online. Oh. Lord. That's all I need to say about that meeting. 

No time to exercise, no time to relax - but I did get the chance to eat some chocolate, and I did get to pat cats. So there's that. 

I really have to find more positive things to write about.

Wait, wait! Birthdays! 

Happy birthday back on Oct. 24, 
[personal profile] lolmac ! You single-handedly reminded me how much I enjoyed SG1, and sometimes your posts are the one thing in any given day that makes me smile. 

Happy belated birthday, too, to [livejournal.com profile] cosmiccoz. Wherever you are, I truly hope life has taken a turn for the better. 

Dept. of Wednesday

Wednesday, 30 September 2015 07:47 pm
kaffyr: Still from Arakawa Under the Bridge (Arakawa afternoon)
Various Things Make Posts

The important things first: many of you know [personal profile] canaan . She's superbly cool, talented, and a fantastic human being. She's also in need of some support right now. The good news is that she now knows what illnesses she's fighting; the bad news is that she's fighting those illnesses in the U.S., where single payer health care or even ethical insurance-driven health care are things we can't even begin to hope for. (Yes, she has some insurance coverage; no, not nearly enough.)  Here's her GoFundMe page. As she says elsewhere, she knows many of us don't have a lot to give - but if you can't give money, help spread the word, eh?

Less important things: I've returned to exercising every day, and, with the boot off my foot, I've been able to restart one exercise I couldn't do for the summer, because it put too much stress on the foot. Go, me (she says, somewhat exhaustedly, having just completed said exercises. I still hate exercising. The difference now is that I'm doing them. Once I start, I feel like I can't stop until the entire regimen is done. That's a big change for me.)

I'm trying to organize my Thursday and Friday so that I can get stories into the woman I'm reluctantly calling my boss before I'm off for a few days while my brother is here. We'll see how that goes. 

Right now, I'm going to have a tiny bit of ice cream, watch Agents of SHIELD, and stumble off to bed. 


kaffyr: A typical day in the BSG!verse (Frakkin' Watchtower)
Why Postpone, When You Can Just. Not. Do. It....

It's a simple feature story. Why in heaven's name (or hell's, or purgatory's or limbo's) can't I just do it? 

AAAAAAaaaaaaaauuuuuuuuugh.


Dept. of In Haste

Thursday, 27 August 2015 10:28 pm
kaffyr: Japanese building w/flowers on blue ground (Blue Nippon)
Moar Stuff

1. I was unfriended the morning after I made my last post; a brief email conversation with the person in question made it appear as if my comments about the Puppies had done it, although I could be wrong. Given that this was when the Puppies and their friends were licking their wounds ... it doesn't surprise me. The person was reasonably polite in the brief email exchange; they said they were tired of reading comments about people they knew but that the commenters didn't. I understand the emotion. However, having friends myself who I am aware have been, not to put too fine a point on it, dead wrong about things, and who probably deserve to be called on those things, the argument "You don't know them like I do" has less strength than this person thought it did.  tl;dr: it was the person's loss, not mine. 

2. I finally got my Green Card renewal application done online, and paid online. That's not the end of it, of course; I still have to have a new picture taken, and the pics have to meet the rather arcane measurements required by the immigration section of the Department of Homeland Security, and I still have to get an appointment to go in and get my biometrics done (biometrics, in this case, meaning nothing more elaborate than my fingerprints, or thumbprint.) But at least the process is underway. Go, me. 

3. My current boss's final day is tomorrow. They're having a little get together for him down at the George Orwell Memorial Building tomorrow afternoon. I may have enough done to go down there, but if I don't get down there, that's OK; he's trying to set something up for his staff outside, possibly two weeks down the line. And he wants to invite my previous fantastic uber-boss; that would be fantastic. 

4. Work today sucked so very much that at one point I was in tears. I have recovered from that point. And I've been able to actually undertake a post for the first time - again - in days, and I'm listening to jazz. These things go a long way toward helping me forget Teh Suck. 

Right now, however, I'm dead tired, so I'm going to toddle off to bed, without telling you any number of things I'd undoubtedly meant to tell you but which I've forgotten. There were the Totally Unexpected Cosplayers wandering down a totally non-cosplay-type neighborhood street the other day, for example ... ah, but my bed is calling to me. All my love, my dears, and I hope you all have a wonderful Friday. 

Dept. of In Haste

Thursday, 16 July 2015 08:43 am
kaffyr: Rory and Amy having a rabbit hole day (Rabbit hole day)
I Aten't Dead, Part Deux

1. Pluto - I love living in the future. I watched the press conference live yesterday, and clapped along with everyone else. w00t!!1!
2. Still have to go to a largely useless editorial meeting down at the Dark Tower's secondary location in near-downtown.  (It's not completely though, I must admit, but given that I sort of half-expect a verbal throw-down between my new uberboss and my Guild unit chair - you all remember Crazy Union Puppy, right? - I'm not expecting it to be pleasant.)
3. A few more words on Chapter 25. 
4. Will be getting an MRI on my left foot, courtesy of my awesome rheumatologist. I love that woman.
5. And now I have to dash!


kaffyr: (Bored in Porco Rosso)
Two Days 'til Vacation

And I'm going to make it, I swear.

How do I know I need it?

Because this is the extent of my posting ability.

I will, perhaps, have more to say tomorrow, but that's not a given. Tomorrow, we are supposed to begin using our new editorial platform. Tomorrow we've all been told to begin handing in reports, prior to 9 a.m., about what stories we intend to get done that day. Am I surprised? No. I'm just muttering, "Thirty-six months until early retirement, I don't care how penurious my existence will be after that, 36 months, 36 months, I can live on cardboard and peanut butter if I have to, 36 blessed months ...."

Dept. of Exhaustion

Thursday, 22 January 2015 08:24 pm
kaffyr: Fantasia - night and the profile of a hill (Dark and lovely)
 Training Day

Getting up relatively early to go in to learn a new editing platform shouldn't have taken it out of me like it did. This getting old shit is ...

... better than the alternative, I suppose. Heh.

But still, yeah, I am wiped. Going to bed.

kaffyr: Rory and Amy having a rabbit hole day (Rabbit hole day)
 Just Two Things

  • Happy almost-belated birthday to the estimable [livejournal.com profile] beamjockey; I hope your day was great!
  • I hate Microsoft Outlook. That is all. 
  • OK, three things: did you know that the art of fixing a water main is actually pretty darned interesting? No, you did not. But I know, because I learned about it today. And took pictures of a broken water main being repaired. I even got hit in the head by a small bit of rock that was being blown out of the hole by a huge water sucking vacuum. Physics, baby ....
  • OK four things. Dreamwidth isn't letting me make bullet points tonight. Argh. EDIT: now it is. Yay.
  • And four: my mouth hurts, Bert! 
kaffyr: Princess Jellyfish goes to work (Reporting for duty)
Fighting Nerves With Good Stuff

Have you ever had a situation in which you've been gearing up, nerving up, for some task that, for whatever reason, intimidated you? And you finally get up the nerve to do it - and then you find out that the task can't be done; not because you were incapable of doing it, but because something else interferes?

I've had one of those days.

Boring yammer about email )
So there I was, all geared up to do something I was a little nervous about doing - and unable to do anything. Frustration? You damn betcha.

The entire day felt a little like that to me: two steps forward, one step back, or attempting to take a few steps, only to discover I was blocked.

Bitching about medical plans )
Still, there were some unambiguously good things that happened today. We checked our snail mail, and discovered, via a final paper check, that the ST did indeed pay me all the vacation accrual I was due, plus enough more that it was clear they'd finally switched us to a calendar year ... I will not bore you with the minutia, but this means that we need to let the HR people at the Trib know that they can switch us over to a calendar year, because they think we're still on an anniversary year. (All of which probably reads like Cyrillic to you; just ignore. Heh.) This was good. It also means I have enough money to take vacation this year.

And the curry was even better on the second day, so I decided to provide a link to both the recipes I used, so anyone who wants to can try them.  Here's the
curry roux recipe,  And here's the beef curry recipe. I'd love to hear from any of you who decide to try one or both of them, to hear what you think, good or bad. I put much more cayenne in the recipe than she calls for, by the way. 

We watched two more Korra episodes, and I hope to devour a few more tonight. I'm also thinking I should hunt down some episodes of The Librarians, since a lot of people seem to like it, and I think it would be up my alley.

Ah, I see I'm beginning to ramble, so I'll cut this one off.




kaffyr: Rory and Amy having a rabbit hole day (Rabbit hole day)
Several Things Make a List
  • Medical stuff )
  • Work: things are still crazy. Still making a deliberate and considered effort not to be freaked the fuck out. Vacation transition madness continues. Still focusing on fuzzy kittens with all my will.
  • Christmas Day: Successfully pulled off dinner for nine. Enjoyed the company; the company enjoyed us. Loved giving out the presents - partial shares in water buffaloes (and a couple of shares of goats) through Heifer International. Plus book store gift cards, because everyone needs something more than a water buffalo. Got some neat things; the Doctor Who Book of Monsters from one of my friends who is a proto-fan, a book about British Kings and Queens, Gerald Durrell's A Zoo in my Luggage, which I've loved since I read it as a child. Oh, and BB's going to get me my first tattoo ... yesssssss! Got a back spasm.
  • Writing: Trying to work on [community profile] fandom_stocking  and thus far I have one story finished up, just about half an hour ago. With maybe three days to go before it closes, this is as unproductive as I've been in years. We shall see whether writing what I did today may have loosened the log jam in my brain at all.
  • BB: in bed all day with a cough and a temperature that got to about 102.8 before falling a little. I am worried.
And now, to bed, with heating pad and extra pillows because, yes, the back is still wonked. 
 

kaffyr: (Side-eyeing Coulson)
Very Quick Things
  • Cold on the way out, back spasm threatening. I will threaten it back, and frighten it way the hell out away from my muscles.
  • BB's thyroid biopsy came back negative for cancer. Since the tests indicate some thyroid problems, there may still be a connection to his ongoing fever, etc. We will find out when we talk to his doctor later this month. In the meantime, we are glad it isn't cancer. If that sounds less than ecstatic, it's only because we still don't have an answer to what is making his life miserable. Sometimes you can get so desperate to find out the reason for an illness that you begin to eye something definite with something uncomfortably close to approbation.
  • Saw the first half of the Who finale, Dark Water. I am willing to wait to see what the second half brings; I enjoyed it more than BB did, and he didn't not enjoy it. Was not surprised by the reveal, since I (and practically everyone else) had spotted that one from, oh, the first episode of S08. I'm reasonably pleased by it although I have never had the great affection for the character in question that others have. (Fascination and appreciation, yes, and some thoughts on the character's evolution, but not affection.) Why am I being this obtuse when everyone on my list who wants to see it has seen it? Because some of them may not have, so I'm trying not to be spoilerific.
  • And, out of nowhere, and thanks to posts elsewhere, all the scattered thoughts I've been having, the "I know there's a meta inside me waiting to get out" thoughts, the ones that have been swimming around aimlessly and without direction throughout this season (one I've regarded as extremely variable in quality, one I've been surprised to see viewed as a near masterwork by a lot of people I respect), have finally started coalescing. Mind you, that could be a mistake on my part. I thought they were coalescing around episode 3 and they didn't. So I shouldn't promise anything ....
  • Tomorrow, I get to go down to the legendary and fearsome Tribune Tower, to meet my new owners. Yes, it's on a deadline day, but they did at least apologize for making the mass meeting a last minute thing. More, after that happens.

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