ceitfianna: (breaking each other)
This day has been good then awful. I had lunch with my brother and niece, read the paper and went to turn on my laptop and it didn't work. I troubleshooted but a stupid spill last night didn't make it happy. At least in the phone, the help desk guy was understanding. I just feeling thrown off. So tomorrow I go to the nearest Apple Store and try not to fret too much. I know I can manage but I'll be traveling soon and my life seems full of waiting and hoping at the moment. This is just one more thing to worry about.

Since I was in a book mood, I read a wonderful romance novel called Three Weeks with Lady X and now I'm having a late dinner. I'll be happy to know what's going on tomorrow but for now will be slow on my threads.
ceitfianna: (stormy ship)
The weather this weekend has been windy and at times quite rainy and apparently knocked out the power at my school. Last night I had a hard time getting to sleep, I was just awake, which meant I stayed up to finish reading my latest Christie mystery and kept the bedside lamp on to insure I didn't oversleep. I didn't, I even got to school earlier than I did last week, but almost no one was there and the middle school head told me there was no school. They were meant to have called me to let me know but I didn't see any message and now I have the day off. I went and actually had breakfast at my hotel and am now sitting in the Starbuck's in Birmingham, which is becoming sort of my local cafe. Due to sleeping oddly, I'm a bit sore and I'm considering going to a movie later today as its that sort of day.

Yesterday was unexpectedly exciting as I got hugely lost, while the storm was raging. There are two Barnes and Nobles not too far from where I am and I decided to explore the one I hadn't been to before. It turns out that one is sort of close to where I'm staying and has a much bigger selection, so I plan on going there more often. On the way back, I decided to stop at a grocery store as I've been feeling sick and getting some good herbal tea seemed a good idea as well as a chance to grab a quick dinner.

At this point I was on one of the big main roads and I knew that if I turned around, I should be able to get right back on the street I needed. That didn't happen because when I finished grocery shopping, it was pouring sheets of rain and windy enough that it was going sideways. There were points when driving that I felt my car shift from the force of the wind. I thought I knew where I was well enough to find my way back, but sadly this wasn't true. Instead I ended up going the wrong way, but it wasn't easy to figure out due to rain and most of the streets look the same.

I pulled over and got directions back to where I needed to be but somehow either didn't take as many u-turns or too many u-turns and ended up on the right street going the wrong way. I didn't catch just how far off I was until I hit the end of the road. I need to explain something about Detroit streets to show just how far gone I was. The big streets around Detroit go by something mile, the Detroit city limit is 8 mile, the place my hotel is on is called Maple and 15 mile. So I turned onto 15 mile and took it to a point that it dead ended into another street, I think I was actually close to the shore of Lake Michigan. Basically I ended up in the next county over as I work and am staying in Oakland county. I'm posting up the map, because I'm still kind of boggling at how I was on the right track but so much the wrong way.


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The weather was amazing to drive through as I kept going in and out of the storm, which meant sometimes the rain was in sheets, then drips but the wind was always there and the light was fantastic. I ended up getting two beautiful pictures of it and getting home to find out that I actually bought a tasty frozen dinner and had a nice hard cider. It was the sort of adventure that was good to have on a weekend when I didn't have anywhere to be, but it left me feeling a bit worn out today. Batty reminded me that I can make my phone directions tell me when I'm going wrong, which would probably help. Though when I had a GPS that spoke to me at the job interview in Rhode Island, it annoyed me more than it helped me. It's just a matter of figuring out what works for me.

I have my Yuletide sign up pretty much set, I know my requests; two that I keep doing in hope that I'll finally get them and two new ones. I'm still debating on my last offer and need to put in the details of my Yuletide letter. My offers haven't changed that much either as I've learned what I can write and there are some I'd love the chance to write.

I'm also posting in this post a list of what I have accomplished since starting at my new school and what's in the works. In time, this list will hopefully grow into a professional blog post, but for now as I'm feeling tired and worried about what parent-teacher conferences are going to be like, I need to have this down.

What I've done )
ceitfianna: (candy raspberries)
This weekend has been long, tiring and surprisingly good. I went to Kids Read Comics yesterday and it was wonderful, events like that are why I want to be a librarian.

Though things have been good, they've also been one thing after another as I got the moving estimate and it was huge and didn't seem fully filled in, so I'm waiting on that. I hope to get the movers settled by tomorrow.

Also starting on Wednesday night, my trackpad was acting up, which was annoying. Today I took it to the Apple Store and they got me a new one and now its working again, which makes me happy. I have an idea for a librarian blog post to write and need to get to do more writing on my Narnia exchange but I signed up for [community profile] ineedmyfics and feel good.

That means its time for a meme, this is the first of two lovely memes that [personal profile] in_the_blue posted recently, the other one requires more thought.

1. Reply to this post with Dance with me, and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.

[personal profile] in_the_blue chose these icons:



This icon is called Taking Wing and [personal profile] synchronicity2 made it and I love the beauty and hopefulness of it.



These are the Weasleys and they're my favorite part of Harry Potter as I love the joy they have with life and each other. They also remind me of my own family since there are a lot of us and we can be silly and love each other so much.



This in my mind is Will from the Disney Robin Hood and I love his expression of oh god, what now? That is one of my favorite versions of Robin Hood, it just works for me and makes me happy.



Tiwa, [personal profile] piwakawaka is the name of my Changeling OC who turns into a bird called a fantail. This icon is of a beautiful statue made by a New Zealand artist of a fantail and I love the movement of it and how it has the feel of traditional carving but it its own thing. If I could, I would own so much fantail art as these little birds are quick and brave and remind me of New Zealand.



I loved the movie Up and the beauty of this moment spoke to me in that sense of far to go but the end is in sight. I made this icon as I couldn't find one that someone else had made.

Probably tomorrow I will start writing answers to the next meme which is five topics to write about. I hope everyone's week is going well. Life has been full of far too many ups and downs of late. Here's for more ups than downs.
ceitfianna: (breaking each other)
Last night I didn't actually sleep. I meant to, I planned on it but it never happened. The darkness in my apartment was just too deep that I didn't even try. Instead I wore down the battery on my phone and laptop watching The Hollow Crown, which is amazing and reading Courtney Milan novellas and listened to the NPR music app, I love that app.Though my two cheap purchases yesterday were amazing, the little flashlight from 826 Michigan, which has yet to need new batteries. Then I also bought one of those handheld fans which have water in them, useful thing.

I've spent the majority of my day cafe hopping in search of AC and free wifi and feeling almost pummeled by the weight of the heat today. I also just realized that I somehow missed dinner and after work have to get my car from the parking garage, pick up a person for Kids Reads Comics and drop them where they're staying then head home.

According to DTE, my power should be restored between 9:30 and 11:30 tonight which would be wonderful. I think my frozen food should be okay as its all precooked stuff.

I've yet to get an estimate from Two men and a truck, so I'm guessing they lost power and haven't had a chance to email me. This worries me as I really want to get the moving company settled. Depending on how things go, I'll either email them or phone them tonight just to go, I want to hire you, please don't forget me. Since I've been up almost all day today, I've written a lot of FridayFic as they're a wonderful distraction from everything.

Tweeted stories )
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
I haven't actually posted in a few days as I've started to get into the meat of figuring out moving back to Delaware in August. Thankfully its not as confusing as it could be, most of its closing things down, clearing out and figuring out estimates and stuff like that. For those of you who've used moving companies, how does this all work? Apparently I get estimates for my stuff and dates and all. My parents have done it but I'd love thoughts from others as its at the moment a new thing for me.

Work is being busy as I have to try and find ways to get my August shifts covered as I'd prefer to actually go east with my stuff and parents but if I need to cover shifts I will. Though I find it ironic that next month, I get a two dollar raise, I don't know what to make of that. More money is good but getting it as I'm on my way out is odd.

In other I'm doing far too much stuff news, the Ann Arbor District Library is hosting Kids Read Comics on the weekend of the 6th and 7th when I work Friday, Saturday and Sunday but I volunteered for Sunday. Its the kind of event that I want to help organize and run as a librarian so I'm going to do what I can to be involved even if it means I fall over on that Monday.

I'm also still getting job referrals for school, or at least one that I sent off my cover letter for. I hope I interest them. Also I've discovered that my iPhone's to do list plus Evernote makes me feel so much more organized as I like lists where I can cross things off.

Now for a new round of the icon meme, this time started of by [personal profile] crazyfurries:
1. Comment with the word "Chimera" to engage the game.
2. The selection of five of your icons will commence.
3. Please generate your own entry with the backstory/explanation/snarky commentary behind the selected icons.
4. Watch the cycle of a game begin anew.



Keyword: Fred and Ginger Dancing
I have an incredible soft spot for early musicals especially Astaire and Rogers and when I started looking for more icons, I found this one. Its one of my life is good icons, because dancing is something I love and their joy is obvious. The image is from when they're singing "Let's call the whole thing off", which is the song where you say potato, I say potato comes from. I also have a CD of all the music they did together, it makes me happy and I wish I owned more of their movies on DVD.



Keyword: Taking Wing
Ali [personal profile] synchronicity2 made this icon and I love the simplicity of it. It's one of my contemplative icons for when life is seeming rather big.



Keyword: Weasley's family
I adore the Weasley's, I think they're probably my favorite part of the entire Harry Potter series as they remind me a lot of my own family. They're loud, a little big and messy and full of love and will welcome people in with open arms. I love this icon because the image captures them and my kind of happiness, being surrounded by those I love about to eat too much and just be together.



Keyword: Feathered face
I first found this icon while I was looking for Tiwa icons but its since become one of my favorites. Birds make me happy as does acting and there's something about this icon that holds a lot of how we're all rather complicated. Sometimes we wear masks and try being someone else, but we're always happy.



Keyword: Candy raspberries
Raspberries are one of my favorite things to eat and I also love the candy ones, I happen to have a rather awful sweet tooth. This is one of my happy icons as its simple, bright and makes me smile.
ceitfianna: (sad face Tumnus)
One reason I decided that I never wanted to work back to back closing shifts was because of how it completely messed up my sleep schedule the first summer I did it. Due to doing some trading to get to interviews, I had to do it this week, Wednesday and Thursday nights I didn't get home until about 12:25 and sleep came far later. Last night it was even worse than usual, I think I might have slept by about 5 am and then I woke up at 8 am, I even got out of bed and was picking out my clothes before I really looked at the clock. Then I was able to sleep a little more until a little after 10 am, the school in Ohio called to say they went with someone else, but they did tell me I was very gracious. I'm oddly impressed with myself as I wasn't that awake when I spoke to them, but I've always been good on the phone. Then I managed a little more sleep but I spent the night grinding my teeth and so woke up with my jaw feeling sore, not terribly rested and grumpy.

[personal profile] yakalskovich, this is why I wasn't that happy to be greeted with random RP squeeing when I was pinged.

The weather has also set in for summer and is hot and gross, but I had Thai iced tea with lunch and am reading an amazing book by Lindsey Davis about Vespasian. Tonight after work I'm going to call my very best friend and then I have a long weekend.

Life is feeling long at the moment, but things have been accomplished this week. I haven't missed a shift, I wrote a librarian blog post: Where I fit as a librarian: not either/or but and. I'm quite proud of it as a lot of those thoughts have been sloshing around in my head since I started doing these interviews and it felt nice to write them.

I have a wonderful new iPhone that I'm enjoying and I'm going to actually start spending my tax refund. It's this weird thing where I'm used to watching every penny so I'm careful about a book here, a movie here, groceries bills that when I have a good chunk, I sort of want to hold it. Which to me feels silly, so my plan is upgrade LibraryThing-add in all my books, get myself a proper massage, wander around Barnes and Noble and Dawn Treader and buy books, buy apps and books for my iPhone and remind myself that I will find a job. I'm also trying to get up the nerve to go bug the bank again, I was going to do that today before work, but honestly don't have the energy.

Now I'm going to go play around in wonderful FridayFic prompts and fantastic tags and feel better.
ceitfianna: (Dean rock on)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): "Sometimes I think and other times I am," said
French poet Paul Valery. Most of us could say the same thing. From what I
can tell, Gemini, you are now entering an intensely "I am" phase of your
long-term cycle -- a time when it will be more important for you to
exclaim "woohoo!" than to mutter "hmmm;" a time to tune in extra
strong to the nonverbal wisdom of your body and to the sudden flashes
of your intuition; a time when you'll generate more good fortune by
getting gleefully lost in the curious mystery of the moment than by
sitting back and trying to figure out what it all means.


This horoscope makes me giggle, Uncle Rob as I just came home with an iPhone, my birthday's in about two weeks and life feels hopeful. My dream last night wasn't fun but life is good.

I have an iPhone4 that I'm in the midst of setting up and figuring out how best to use it. Its going to be my computer away from home as my laptop is really more of my home computer.

That means that my question for everyone is what apps do I need? What apps are fun? What apps are worth it? Share my squee and tell me what I should put on my phone.

My phone always needs a name and I kind of think its going to be Cerebro because it helps me reach out into the world. The guy who sold it to me was a Marvel geek as well and as he was doing the set up, we discussed Avengers and X-men movies which is the kind of amazing sign I adore.

Bad dreams

May. 22nd, 2012 12:50 pm
ceitfianna: (Jane thoughts consume me)
This morning I woke up feeling unsettled after a dream of being back in New Zealand in a hospital but being chased down. Something had transformed a lot of people there, many I considered friends in the dream to take me down for some reason and it was terrifying. I had to hurt people which really bothered me and I woke up feeling sore and a little tired. I think part of this dream comes from the fact that the nervousness of waiting to hear about the jobs keeps bubbling up in me as I would love one of these jobs.

Thankfully or not, it depends on the shift, this week all the shifts I traded out come due and I worked yesterday afternoon and will work Thursday closing on top of my other shifts. At least this keeps me busy and yesterday's DE promptfest is also accomplishing that. One of the things I was doing this weekend was going back through prompts I've filled and posting them on Archive of our Own on the Milliways' collection. In the process I almost doubled the amount of fic I have posted, which makes me smile along with discovering older fic I'd forgotten about.

My prompts that I'm still working on are over here. I adore that the first one I filled could fit perfectly into the Erik and Charles meeting OOM, that makes me feel like my writing is going in the right direction.

My big project for today is to update my phone to a smartphone, my parents and I decided that its best to do it now instead of waiting until I get a job. My current phone isn't dying but its not been working as well as it might so I'm going to get an iPhone. I'm looking forward to it and would love recommendations for apps I need to get.

This week I'm also going to be brave and head back to the bank to see if I can do anything with them. I haven't talked to them in a while with life being so busy but I'm going to do one more try to get my money back.

I think today will improve, its just that dream left me ill at ease. I have books I want to write about as well, I'll try and manage that later.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
I like this variation on the question meme that was last seen over on [personal profile] in_the_blue.

My day has kept getting better by the way. I had tasty soup from Whole Foods and all the Dooms over in [community profile] milliways_bar which keep making me beam. When Milliways is active and creative, there's no other group of people that I want to talk with, write with and truly create with.

Comment to this post, and I will list seven things I want you to talk about. They might make sense or they might be totally random.

Then post that list, with your commentary, to your journal. Other people can get lists from you, and the meme merrily perpetuates itself.


1. What was your second choice for a career after library science?
Education, I always wanted to be a teacher but it never quite worked for me. One of the big problems was that most programs for learning to be a teacher don't fit well with learning other things. So if I did education as an undergrad, I suddenly had a lot less choice in my classes so I didn't. Then the same thing happened when I considered being a school librarian. The thing thing about being a librarian is that teaching and education is a huge part of it and so that career fits within this one.

2. Cats or dogs, and why?
Cats, always cats, because they don't ask much of you but when they give, they give so much. I grew up with cats, an old tiger kitty who I adored, a young kitten who didn't live long and then Suzi, my tabby who we were each other's. I hope it's not too long before I can have a cat again.

3. Three albums (CDs, whatever) you'd want with you on a desert island, assuming you had some way to play them?
This is quite difficult as the music I like listening to changes so much depending on my mood. Thus these are the three for today.
The Dubliners 40 Years
The Master and Commander soundtrack
Jakob Dylan Seeing Things

4. You can only play one RP character for the rest of time. (I know, it's a Sophie's Choice, but...) Which one and why?
Actually this one's not too hard for me. It would be Will Scarlett, because I've known him in various forms since I was twelve and I could shift him and change him for many games. I actually have done that already and he's always there and waiting.

5. What would you say is your personal style of dress?
Comfortable, simple and colorful. My daily outfit is usually a pair of pants, one of my sweaters that are all in various jewel tones and jewelery to fit the sweater. Today I'm wearing black pants, a red v-neck sweater with a necklace from New Zealand that has a miniature woven kete or basket and earrings that are red with the image of a peacock in them. I love when I find a piece of jewelery that works perfectly with something I own. I do love getting dressed up, pretty skirts make me happy but the main choice for me is always, "Can I walk in it?"

6. What will your next computer purchase be?
Probably some sort of smart phone as I got my beautiful MacBook Pro for my birthday this past summer. Though an e-book reader is also a consideration but I think the smartphone will come first.

7. Do you want kids some day?
Yes, I really do. I love my nieces and spending time with them but I want my own kids. One reason I've always wanted to be involved in education is because it allows me to be around children and nurture and inspire them.
ceitfianna: (Default)
I always find it interesting to do this year in review meme so I'm going to post it as my sister in law and nieces play hearts. Life is feeling pretty good at this point. My banking stuff is finally sorted after another phone call where someone reversed the overdraft charges and sped up my credit for stolen money. It's progress which I'm grateful for.

Also I've created mirror journals for all of my RP ones though the only differences is that Tiwa and Jane's journals don't have their underscores. I started some of the imports but then realized that honestly those can wait as with some of them that will be a project. Today was wonderful, our family went for a walk out by Cape Henlopen and I split off at one point and had a nice quiet second half of the walk and took some gorgeous pictures along with having an idea for a fic. The afternoon has been lazy and since the weather in Delaware is amazingly good, my father set up the chiminea we have outside so the girls could have s'mores.

We spent some nice time being chilly, drinking wine and eating sugar, I also took some good pictures. I love having my family close and discovering my brother and I have very similar music tastes as he gave me a playlist full of Ryan Adams. Currently there's lamb cooking in the oven and lots of delicious wine. I hope everyone's New Year is wonderful. I feel blessed to have spent this year with all of you and hopefully next year I can meet more of you.

Looking back on 2011 )

Still Here

Nov. 13th, 2011 12:53 pm
ceitfianna: (long road)
This week has been long and I keep meaning to write about it but end up being tired. So I'm going to do that today. I think a lot of that long comes from a feeling of responsibilities piling up on me.

In the good realm of things, I now have three appointments set up with people who know about the library and private school world over Thanksgiving break. I'm going to find a job somewhere.

The major bad is that on Thursday I found out my debit card number had been stolen again, which makes me want to hit things. I'm doing everything I can to protect it and the bank moves quickly but it's another sign that I need to be on my own and supporting myself so I don't rely on a bank in another state.

As that happened on Thursday when I had plans for doing other things, my list of stuff to get done got pushed back. I also stayed up far too late on Thursday night doing wonderful RP with [livejournal.com profile] mercuriaz and the Matt Jamison plot, which meant I was kind of bleary on Friday morning.

I also did my Yuletide nominations: Homeward Bounders-Jamie, Joris, Helen, Konstam
Old Kingdom-Sameth, Nicholas Sayre, Ellimere, Yrael
3:10 to Yuma-the entire Evans' family
All of these I know how to write and would love to read and for the second two I tried to pick characters that might be forgotten.

Yesterday was quiet for me but I am taking steps to accomplish more on my list. My Flat Stanley pictures are uploaded so I can soon print and send them off to my niece. I have ideas for writing as RPing Charles is taking up my brain for him, but I want to finish the dream fic. Today I'm going to take care of some insurance stuff and try making a tamale pie. One of the things on my list is dealing with my student loans. Those of you who pay them, what's the best way to contact and say, hey, I can't afford these right now. I keep meaning to talk to someone on campus about them but don't know who. I'd appreciate any ideas.

Now to end with some pictures of things from a while back starting with my haul from Conclave.

My Wicked Girls' shirt, my new sleepshirt, bracelet, earrings and book.

Close up of the jewelry )
ceitfianna: (four elements)
I just got off the phone and finally have my wireless connection set up, which is a relief. I had to call Linksys since apparently I have to do clone thing for my Mac and had to pay them some money, but its set. Also it was that weird feeling of I've set up a lot of wifis and fixed my parents so I know a lot of the basic steps and I think the tech lady appreciated that she didn't have to explain a lot. I wouldn't have known to do that but I think my mother mentioned having to do the same when she got her new laptop as well. Honestly calling Apple probably would have been simpler as I have AppleCare but I'm not used to thinking about the fact that I have a computer company that will help. Either way, my apartment is now wifi ready again.

Oh and I found out that one of my debit cards' numbers has been stolen again. It sounds like from the fraud guy that there has been an uptick in this happening in general as thieves are stealing from merchants which is hard to protect against. Its annoying but the banks I work with have been very good at getting me reimbursed and a new card, which is good as I had a scare of thinking I'd overdrafted today.

Today I also started reading a book that so many other people on my flist will love-historical cross dressing, world exploration, botany, science, gender roles and tall ships. Its called The Discovery of Jeanne Baret: A Story of Science, the High Seas, and the First Woman to Circumnavigate the Globe and the writing is fantastic which is a nice bonus as the history itself is fascinating. [livejournal.com profile] bookelfe, this is right around your sweet spot and one reason I have it is because I'm trying to read more nonfiction as inspired by you. So at the Borders' going out of business' sale I got myself a pile of interesting nonfiction, this is one of them.

Since this is all rather serious and I'm feeling a little jittery, I think I'm going to finish this post with some beautiful pictures that I've taken lately.



This was the beautiful place where the reception of my brother's wedding was held.

Grapes and Butterflies )

Odd Day

Aug. 11th, 2011 06:52 pm
ceitfianna: (Books don't forget to fly)
I went to bed early and slept incredibly well and late. Then I woke up to sync my iPod so I could go to this library job thing meet up. That's where things went awry. I have an old account that uses my AIM screenname but Apple isn't using them anymore. Now instead of easily showing me how to connect that account with my current one, it said create a new account. I've sent an email to Apple support but it made me feel grumpy and my desk chair is bugging me and my back's hurting.

Tomorrow I think I'm going to finally do my office shopping to get a new chair, a shredder and a new folder for my paperwork. And see Captain America and maybe even grocery shopping, my pantry is so bare. Depending on timing, I might do some Borders' shoppping too as I'll have more money again.

To combat this, I went out to a cafe and almost finished rereading Pamela Dean's Tam Lin, I may take another net break and just finishing read it. I'm also I think going to do some various memes, first the 100 greatest scifi/fantasy books meme, last seen on [livejournal.com profile] genarti's journal. Then later today, I'll do the first entry in the 10 days of you meme that [livejournal.com profile] wanderlustlover has been doing.

Bold if you've read, italicize ones you fully intend to read, underline if it's a series you've read part but not all of. I've also occasionally used underlining for books I started but didn't finish, and commented accordingly.

The book list )

I'm disappointed that there isn't more Urban Fantasy on there, but I know its a popularity contest. Charles De Lint would have been on my list along with Diana Wynne Jones, Pamela Dean, Kij Johnson, Garth Nix and others.

Edit as I missed the 100th book when I did my copy and paste job but its on their now.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
I'm two days out from my last assignment and I already feel so much lighter and tired. This is the feeling I'm used to at breaks as my body goes, no more classes and then I fall over. I don't think the realization that I'm fully done will feel real for a while yet. My plans for doing things are slowly progressing.

I have ideas of yummy dishes to make from the neglected vegetables in my fridge and plans for tidying my flat and getting some new clothes. Does anyone know good pea dishes? I know what I want to do with the cabbage and sweet potatoes but I'm stuck on the peas.

On my way to work today I stopped into a local martial arts place to pick up a sheet about Tai Chi classes. This is part of idea to finally take a dance or something class to get moving again as there's such choice in Ann Arbor. It should be much more possible as I won't have classes just work and job searching and I know I'll enjoy it.

Also in terms of fun things I get to play with, I have a hundred dollars to play with at the app store and on iTunes from my new computer. So far I've bought one rather silly game but I'm not sure what else, there are so many things. Oh and with the caveat that I don't have a smartphone of any sort just my MacBook. For those of you with Macs, what are you favorite apps and why?

Also my mother sent me a generous gift card to Lush, which I'm having lots of fun playing with. I'm thinking that I'm also going to send some books back to amazon for some spending money on there and maybe finally get around to selling the bags of books in my hallway. If I get really productive, I might even clean out my closet too.

One of my other plots for this week is to pick the next round of jobs to apply for and send some more hopes out there.
ceitfianna: (American flag)
I think I missed the parade and everything again due to sleeping but its so nice to not have to wake up for class.

Happy Fourth of July!

This is one of my favorite holidays because I've been able to experience a great range of celebrations for it mainly small towns in different places. America isn't always an easy country to love but its home for me and while I love living abroad, this is where my family is.

Soon I'm going to walk up to downtown and see if anything's still going on and grab some food before enjoying the rest of this beautiful day.

Oh and I completely forgot to mention that on Friday, my proper diploma from Victoria University arrived.

My computer transfer is going very well, I love Dropbox. I still haven't sorted out how to get all my playlists but that's doable and I need to actually fix my wireless. I get lazy since its so simple to just hook my computer to the wifi.
ceitfianna: (goddess with bird)
After I wrote my last journal entry on Monday night, things started to slowly get better. Since [livejournal.com profile] dynastessa and I have been playing Tom and Jane from Becoming Jane, we've been plotting how to give them a happy ending. I started to write a possible what happens next fic and its at 1299 words and I had more ideas when I was walking to campus. One thing that's helped with getting this going is reading Georgette Heyer's The Corinthian and I'm going to be happily reading her books for years. The characters are charming, the details are perfect and the plots make me giggle. I think I might for fun toss Penelope Creed into Mixed Muses at some point if I can find the right PB as she's an utter pleasure. I quite understand why Richard Wyndham fell in love with her.

Yesterday was quiet, I went grocery shopping but chose to walk to the local health food place instead of driving and so I have fresh peas and more chickpeas with which to make glorious summer dishes. The best part of yesterday was the Milliways' love meme and I feel truly, incredibly blessed by Milliways, because it introduced me to so many of you amazing people that are my friends. Thank you and I'm lucky to have you in my life, which I can never say enough.

Today started a little rough as I introduced my ipod to my new computer, I'm going to email Apple about it since they helped before. Its rather silly, when my brother years ago gave me a big gift certificate to iTunes, I used my aim screenname for it but when I purchased an iPod, I created an Apple id. My music is divided between the two and my ipod and computer are confused as the iPod used to belong to a PC and so while some of my music is on my computer, most of it isn't and my playlists aren't there. I'll be able to make it work out, but it made me grumpy. Once I've got it set then I'll do the awesome music meme. I need access to my A Bit of Everything playlist for it.

Oh and I haven't heard anything from the guy at North Quad, which is making me antsy. I sent it him a completely casual email about wanting to talk again and maybe have coffee on Monday, nothing as yet. Its bothersome and is starting to make me get all doubtful and nervous.

Good news is that I just received an email from the University of Victoria that says: Your BAHONS degree was granted at the 27 June University Council meeting and the degree certificate were sent out to you by courier yesterday.

Now to start the next step of job hunting and working on my grant writing as I have the next week fairly open thanks to the semester break and holiday.
ceitfianna: (found my wings)
I just wrote a post on my librarian blog over here on the Book Festival. It was a great learning experience and just the kind of thing I really hope to keep doing. By the end of the day, I was incredibly worn out but felt proud and good, if I can organize things like that in my career, I'll be happy.

I've finished syncing all my files to Dropbox and moved my big laptop off my desk so my new small one is now sitting on my desk. My chair is reaching the point where its just making my back hurt and I think I'm going to do some shopping possibly on Tuesday to find a new thing to hold my paperwork and a new desk chair.

I still need to reset my wireless so it works with my new computer, I've never done it before so I'm a little nervous about that. My next two weeks are going to be quite relaxing due to the mid semester break and the fourth of July, I'm hoping to get a lot of writing done. I need to start on a draft of my grant and I have many OOMs that I want to get done or started.

In simple and happy news, I love my igneuitea, its so easy. And I started The Corinthian today and promptly read about sixty pages, I'm so glad there's so much Heyer for me to read. I think I'm going to end up tossing Pen into Mixed Muses at some point as she's charming and wonderful though if I do, she can't meet my Jane Austen. I might have to write fic.

Now I'm going to do the next two rounds of the question meme.
Comment with "Come at me, bro," and:
→ I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can get to know you better.
→ Update your journal with the answers to the questions.
→ Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions.

First from [livejournal.com profile] moofoot
Tell me true )

And in an odd way of coming round to the beginning, questions from [livejournal.com profile] austen.
Who are you )
ceitfianna: (koru)
Today has been a hopeful day for me in a lot of ways. I began by doing all my normal computer stuff on my new laptop, which was wonderful. At the moment I'm using Google Chrome and really liking it as it seems to do all the things I want. I do miss colored tabs a lot and so might go back to Firefox later or go between them, it all depends.

Now the first big thing I had today was a meeting with a woman in the SI Career office and I got there early and since I'd brought Lark, my new laptop, got online. I love that I can actually just carry my laptop so easily, it makes me feel rather professional and good. The meeting I had was fantastic, she basically told me, you're doing everything right and now its time to start writing cover letters and applying. I think I impressed her with all the things I'd done so far.

After that I headed over to the main library as I needed to turn in my timesheet and discovered that I'm going to have a lovely boost to paycheck from helping with the Ann Arbor Book Festival, which might go towards a new office chair and a pad for under it. My current one's wheels have been breaking since I bought it and at some point it was shifted and now sits oddly with my desk and doesn't work. The rest of my afternoon has been spent transferring files to Dropbox and thus to my new laptop and its going so quickly, I love it.

Tomorrow I get to see X-Men First Class again, yay for more James' being Charles Xavier and that's all. Saturday will be terribly busy with the book fair but there's the break between the semesters coming up so I'm going to have some more time. I have a whole bunch of answers to the five question meme to post but I think I'll do that separately so its neater.

Now I just need to figure out what moment in time to post Jane in from in the Mixed Muses' post, I think in Plymouth.
ceitfianna: (sad face Tumnus)
My Linksys' wireless doesn't like Macs and I'm trying to sneak around it. So far I've been reading long and helpful things all over the net but none of them seem quite right. My mom tried to access the wi fi with her iPod Touch and even with the right password wasn't let on, [livejournal.com profile] the_croupier couldn't get on with his Mac yet PCs connect.

Before I go calling Comcast, Linksys or Apple, I was wondering if anyone else has had this problem. Currently my lovely new laptop is attached to the wireless through a cord and I've yet to try it on other wifis but I plan on doing that tomorrow. I'd rather not carry it around with me today as I have a late shift, but tomorrow I can test it.

I'd appreciate any suggestions as this is annoying and I can work around it but I'd like to enjoy the fact that my new laptop is small and I can sit on the couch with it.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
I have a new laptop and I'm enjoying switching over from one laptop to another without being in the midst of a crisis. Its rather relaxing. My new laptop is a MacBook Pro that's silver and has a 13 inch screen and is named Lark since she's light and quick. When I bought her, I got iWork and Microsoft Office for Mac while she has iLife and the normal Mac OS already installed. So far I've downloaded AIM, Firefox, Chrome and Dropbox, which I'll be upgrading as its a better way to transfer files than my external hard drive as that can't go from PC to Mac. I also need to figure out why my wireless router and my laptop don't seem to talk to each other, its probably something simple. Once I fill out a rebate form I'll get 100 dollars to spend at the app store and I need to introduce my iPod to the laptop. What's a pain is I actually have two accounts for iTunes and will be creating an Apple account, I really hope they figure out a way to merge them at some point.

So Mac users and lovers of my flist, what are your favorite programs and add ons that I should go find?

In other news, I had a fantastic visit with my parents and they left me with lots of great bottles of wine and a bottle of gin, as it gets hotter, I'll be having some gin and tonics. I drove them to the airport this morning and I'm currently finishing up some slide shows for Manga Mania, which is coming along really well. I love having a chance to go find images of heroes to share with kids.

I recently finished rereading The Wizard of London from Mercedes Lackey and it reminded me why I enjoy her Elemental Masters' series so much. The plots tend to be vaguely related to fairy tales, on this reread I noticed that this book has some of the Snow Queen story inside it. The first book of this series that I read was Phoenix and Ashes and it kept me awake since I just was so deeply into it. The idea of being able to connect to nature and the creatures and worlds in there clicks with how I see the world. I admit that not all of these books are as good, but Lackey's world building for the Elemental Masters makes sense for me. When I'm walking and feeling really angry, one of the things I say aloud is; Fear, Fire, Wind and Water and it helps to center me. I think this is an area I need to explore more.

I've also been reading A Tale of Time City by Diana Wynne Jones and I'm enjoying it. As always its her characters that I love more than the plot and this is a rather classic quest plot though the ideas and settings are wonderful. I enjoy that I can see variations on these characters in other books and its making me want to go read more Connie Willis since time travel is a tricky thing to write.

Since I've collected some more questions, I'll soon be posting another round of the five questions meme and might go find some more. My flisters, you always ask questions that make me smile and think. Also today I plan on doing some writing as I'd love to actually post a Sameth OOM this week.

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