ceitfianna: (Jane thoughts consume me)
I just put in my nominations which are pretty much what they were last year without a lot of changes. I know that I will offer all of these and ask for some of them.

My nominations.

The Old Kingdom-Garth Nix
-Prince Sameth

Tommy and Tuppence-Agatha Christie

Seven Realms Series-Cinda Williams Chima
-Han Alister
-Raisa ana'Marianna

Magids' Series-Diana Wynne Jones
-Maxwell Hyde
-Roddy Hyde
-Nick Mallory

I woke up this morning feeling sore and as if I'd been doing a lot when I really hadn't. I almost didn't go to the library for my volunteering but did and I'm glad I did. Its always nice to feel connected to the local library and deposited the check I got from Comcast.

Once I got home and did some various things like trying to pay a bill but it didn't seem to work and paying another, I realized what was off. This bill is late because I didn't note the date it was due and know I missed some job application dates which has left me feeling like I'm failing at being an adult. I know I'm not, this is just a weird sort of transition I'm going through but there are jobs out there that I want to apply for and will and I'm putting myself out there. The weather is beautiful and I'm going to do something to feel better today, not sure what yet.
ceitfianna: (Up end in sight)
This morning I was again woken by a hopeful phone call from a school, this time on the east coast. I will find something. Also moving is proceeding forward as my bank account goes down due to bills but I'll figure it out. The heat finally broke here as a major thunderstorm swept through and then left the sky looking beautiful.

Clouds )


Nov. 28th, 2012 07:20 pm
ceitfianna: (sad face Tumnus)
Today was a mainly good day, but since I made it home, its been not as good. I've been waiting for a package and came home early in the hopes of catching it. Nope, I found the note from UPS on the door and now I have to drive out and get it.

Then I finally changed my address with the bank but it hasn't seemed to have changed online and I would like to update the online places I pay, yet don't want to until I know the change went through. I tried to switch it on one place and it went, nope not right, if need be, I'll drive out to the bank and say, look, is this changed? Also I'm looking at some of my bills and having a little flail, I can afford these bills, but the holidays are coming and I've barely started my shopping. I will figure this out, today was just an awful moment of ah, I hate money sometimes. None of this is huge, but with my back slightly hurting, its got me a mood of don't wanna at the world.

My work day was pretty good, I had a great talk with the facilities head, who is becoming one of my main allies and someone I talk to a lot. He's been at the school for fifteen years and was able to fill in more history for me. I love learning from different people their takes on the school. It was interesting to hear him talk about how the school can be slow to change and compared it to a Mom and Pop shop. I can kind of see that, people like things how they like them and I'm seeing that with some of the gaming. There are some kids who are just like ban games and the loudest ones usually don't spend that much time in the library. The ones who do will speak up and go, look its really about five guys who are loud and distracting, we can find a compromise.

It makes me hopeful to hear other kids speaking up and saying, we don't have to go all or nothing, that's stupid. I think a compromise will be found though its going to take a lot of talking. Since how its been for most of the students for the past few years is going to change as I think some gaming when its not disruptive is okay. I want the kids to feel comfortable to hang out in the library whether that's sitting on tables and talking, playing games, napping or studying. Thankfully most of them do seem to get that, but I don't know, it worries me to hear some kids going ban them without seeming to think it through. This discussion is happening and I'm a part of it and helping them think so I think that's good. It's just complicated and tiring as well. One of the big issues and something that I think is just part of the school environment is that Middle Schoolers and High School students approach the world in very different ways, sometimes they really help each other, but other times they bump up against those differences and its hard. There's not that much space in the library or the school and there is a real community, but there are moments when I think, yeah, separating middle and high school is a good idea.

In good job news, my desk arrived though now I need the time to be able to rearrange the library and set up, which is difficult. The library is rarely fully empty and during the day that's when I grab food and after school is when kids hang out. My parents are coming to visit this weekend, so I don't know when its going to happen. A head's up that I'll be quiet over the weekend due to them arriving.

A part of my job that I love is that kids are taking books out, sometimes they don't know how to take books out and that still has some kinks but they are. I have conversations about books, find books and have those great moments of yes, this is a library. I think some of kids get surprised to realize, oh yes, Kate can help me find the books I want. Though I do have hard moments of knowing the book I want and its not there because the collection's still so small. Another thing I need time for is to label, catalog and add a lot of donated books to the collection. It will happen, but some days, its hard to see it happening. Today I was looking at the back room and feeling like I've barely made a dent as there's so much stuff there, but I then I remind myself, I had little time before school started. I arrived two weeks before school began, had orientation, welcome back stuff for all the teachers and the long weekend before the first day, I just wanted to stop. I have ideas of what I want to do and do slowly chip it away. The other librarian had so many mugs around for storing pens and other stuff, I've been emptying them out and donating them to the kitchen shared mugs. I just need to keep doing things like that and it will change. Kids are coming to me and being sent to me and asking for help as are teachers, that's more important than the physical stuff.

My Yuletide has kind of stalled on me as I've just not been in the right writing place for it. I have the ideas but its a plotty one and that's not my normal style of story, so its hard. It's also a new fandom for me, but someone in the fandom says that its working and over the break, [personal profile] dodger_sister read what I had and liked it. It worked for her even though she's not in the fandom, which is always a good sign. I'll get back in the right headspace at some point and get it done. I've yet to finish my Yuletide until within a day or two of the deadline. At this point, its over the minimum length and I know the shape of it.

Another reminder that I'm sending out cards, please leave your address here if its changed or I've never sent you one before. Thank you, I have a lot of addresses from last year, but there are new people following and I'd love to send you guys cards. Though they might not go out until late in the holidays, they will go out.

Full Days

Aug. 11th, 2012 11:24 pm
ceitfianna: (pirate ducky)
Life is being all sorts of full and surprising at me. On Thursday, I went to meet with my mentor at the public library but my car was terribly dead. My mother gave me a ride but it gave the day a bit of bump. The meeting ended up being hopeful and wonderful, but after a nice lunch at a wonderful new Italian place, my bank in Michigan called to check that me using my card in Delaware wasn't fraud. I also learned that they hadn't properly changed my address yet so that had to be done.

Then I got to baking for the Democratic event that evening which was lovely but a lot, one woman was shooting ideas of what I could do at me, it was lot. I'm all for confidence and thinking I can accomplish a lot, but I wasn't sure what she heard. It does make me hopeful for the Democratic party as this candidate is grassroots all the way.

Friday, I woke up, got pulled into a Captain Awkward series of amazing posts and the Olympics before going must call AAA. I did and it turns out that a little interior light that I thought was automatic wasn't, my battery was charged without a problem. As the AAA guy was leaving, I had a call from the school in Michigan who wanted to talk to me again. Today I had a long phone interview and I'm a finalist, which leaves me kind of breathless and then I watched Olympics' diving with my parents on my laptop. Oh Tom Daley, you're amazing, I know an American won, but they all did fantastic dives. Last night I also dreamed of being lost around Christchurch on my way to a job interview and going, I know Wellington not Christchurch, quite apt. I hate being lost and this was a dream where I couldn't turn where I needed to and so was feeling like I know where I need to get but can't get there.

Another wonderful thing is that I've introduced my parents to Jim Henson's Storyteller, which they love, they even though they were adults in the 60s and 70s an 80s, never knew of his darker stuff. I get to introduce my parents to Labyrinth and Henson, Henson was the kind of creative soul that makes me hope and believe that the world can change by stories and people. In other odd but happy news. I got back my security deposit from Ann Arbor, they took off some for holes and carpet but not enough to make me go that's unfair and money is good.

Oh and the weather has been exciting here, lots of clouds and storms that hit hard and then leave, yet the sky stays grey. It's made everything cooler and is a nice reminder that Delaware is by the ocean.

Now yesterday, I wrote a few FridayFics, not terribly many as honestly I was busy and so were many other people. Life just keeps on happening. This is what I wrote and my [Bad username or unknown identity: ineedmyfics"]'s story is finally more in progress. It's been moving slower than I like but it'll happen.

Words spill out )
ceitfianna: (Hiding Cat)
I would like this week to have a few things go right on the first try. The movers were late sending out the online confirmation but that's done. There's a email from the my student loans telling me to go look at a message from them but I don't want to. Last time I did the amount of interest made me want to cry, that will get put off a little longer.

My body keeps feeling off as in having asthma issues that I haven't had in a while. Allergies have rarely made me wheeze, its disturbing and disconcerting, I would like to not fall apart. My ear also seems to have healed, but it feels like it needs more. I also haven't been sleeping properly so I keep having points during the day where my temperature feels off and I just want to fall over and hide for a time. End of body rant and worries.

Meebo messenger's been shut off and I can't find a replacement that will let me get into chat, not even AIM Express which is messed up. I've got a five hour shift today and I'm already feelings a bit out of it, need chat and its wonderful community. So guys, I'm online but can't get into chat.

I'm going to do some meme answers, try to figure out who to do Happy Hour with tonight and maybe even write more on a fic that I should write. Perhaps tomorrow is a good day to go to the movies and hide from the world for a little bit.

Icon meme first.

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.

These five icons were chosen by [personal profile] bjornwilde

At one point I started watching Gossip Girl, I think I finished the first season but that was it. I found this icon and I love it as it shows the best of female friendship, two friends just being together.

[personal profile] anthologia made this icon and it feels quite apt for where I am at the moment, looking towards the future and not knowing what's ahead. Its peaceful and beautiful.

I loved Inception and this was by far my favorite scene in it because there was a clear sense of this isn't true reality. I wish honestly that there had been more of this but loved what there was. It was harder than I expected to find an icon of this moment.

This is a scene from the movie Atonement which I'm not a fan of. Its a gorgeous movie with wonderful actors, but I hate, hate the story. If I could have removed the actual plot, I might have liked it better. Its a heartbreaking movie about how a badly thought out and rather selfish choice that destroyed lives and to me that the person who did the wrecking never really got it. The atonement that's supposed to be the payoff felt weak to me. I have a fair amount of icons from this movie for Will as James MacAvoy spends a lot of time in it looking older than his age and hurting. I use this icon for war related things and general sadness.

My mother's originally from Carmel by the Sea so I spent my childhood spending one or two weeks there and visiting my grandmother, aunt, uncle and cousin. I also grew up not far from the Atlantic ocean in Pennsylvania and my parents now live on the Delaware shore. I'm happiest when water is within walking distance for me. I loved that about Wellington, not only was the water right there but the waterfront was someplace I wanted to be. There was the public library and Te Papa and places to sit and watch the world go by. Everything for me feels a little more possible by the water. This icon is my beach, water one.

Now another round of the five topics meme.

Comment to this post saying "FIVE!" and I will pick five things I would like you to talk about. They might make sense or 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, hopefully for the rest of eternity!

(I don't really care if you say "FIVE" or let me know some other way. Just for the record.)

These five are from [personal profile] crazyfurries

Five more words )

Now all this writing has been feeling a little more even keeled and now to plot who will do Happy Hour in Milliways.
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.

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: (lost in a library)
So I've been talking a lot in general terms about this amazing job agency I've connected with. Thanks to them I have a phone interview on Wednesday and as part of the documentation they put together for me, I had to write a personal/education statement. I'm really happy with how it turned out so I'm going to share it here.

Also my bank account is into the positive again, everything's not fully sorted out yet but at least I'm not worrying about looking at it.

My views on teaching and reading )
ceitfianna: (sad face Tumnus)
This week has gotten off to a rocky start for me. I have all these work things I want to be writing but my body hasn't been nice. I've been sore and tired and just wanting to curl up as rather depressing stories took over my brain.

Also I've been feeling unhappy about weight and stuff like that but I'm trying not to focus on it too much as that never works for me. Soon there will be farmer's market and seeing family and it'll get sorted. I'm feeling in limbo, but this current job avenue makes me hopeful that maybe I won't be in it for too long.

My dreams last night were weird as well, which I think added to this a little off feeling that the bank stuff added to. The first dream, I woke up to two guys in my house who were taking me away to an asylum. It was terrifying as I felt trapped and was conscious of itches I couldn't reach until I woke myself up. The second one wasn't scary just odd of going on a family outing but I had to get to work soon and so couldn't enjoy myself.

Today when I went into pick up an extra shift, I learned that something I thought had been cleared up over a bill hadn't and I'd gone into overdraft. Thankfully my bank is nice and its in the process of being sorted out but it sucks. I was looking forward to seeing The Hunger Games later today as I did work early but I guess it'll have to wait, maybe Friday or on the weekend.

Now I'm just trying to get my head back to focusing on job things and all the letters I was excited about writing that have been rather derailed by money stress. Sometimes being an adult is a pain.

The good part is that the weather is being beautiful here again and finally feeling like Spring. Its sunny and a little chilly but not as cold as it has been. As I've been doing extra shifts, I keep walking by beautiful flowers and taking lots of pictures.
ceitfianna: (Tom on the banister)
The new job angle has turned around so fast on me, it's amazing. They're already referring me to jobs and all I have to do is write cover letters and keep getting them documentation. I actually feel like I'm going to get a job at some point in the near future. Someone's not only on my side but thinking, let's see how we can help you and get you placed. I just want to bottle this feeling and bring it out on bad days.

Otherwise life is being fairly good, the weather's gone back to being cold again and I feel like I might be fighting off a cold of some sort but nothing too horrible. As long as I rest and eat properly I'll be fine and don't worry too much about the end of the month bills. I have a plan to take care of them with a touch of stretching until my next paycheck.

I'm hoping to be visiting the East Coast at the end of April, beginning of May for a niece's birthday party and to get away from Ann Arbor for a bit. Hopefully some visits can actually happen this time. Sadly my winter break was minute and there wasn't time but my parents aren't that far away and with my car, things are possible.

My writing bug is starting to come back. Today's DE about What Ifs finally prompted me to share an AU idea that's been sitting in my head for a while and that I might make into a story. On Twitter I also shared another little fic idea. I think I'll add a sort of prompt to this.

If there's a fic idea, we've talked about that I mentioned writing at some point. Leave it here and I'll try and write you at least a hundred words or any ideas. Be warned if the idea has been simmering in my head, it might be larger. Make me write for you!
ceitfianna: (running towards a happy ending)
Monday is hitting me rather hard and I don't like it. Last night around work wasn't great. On my walk up, there was a guy who I passed that just made me nervous and then on the walk back, my ankle started hurting. I'm trying to ready myself to do more pushing myself in job things. I need to send out more apps, write a librarian blog post and tomorrow I'm talking with a staffing agency. Overall I just wish I felt more hopeful, but that's a hard thing to call into being. I'm also feeling sad as I realize how many paid accounts I need to get my pup icons, but I'll manage that, it's just another nagging, money thought.

So that means I need distraction and am going to ask for prompts or picture requests. I will get to the Valentine's Day ones, I promise. My writing has just been coming in odd fits and starts lately. Also you don't have to do both memes. I'm just putting them down as they're the ones that seem to get my creativity going the most.

Give me a prompt of a lyric, line of poetry, or picture plus characters and/or setting. As always RP characters are always welcome.

Tell me something to photograph.

Little Meme

Jan. 4th, 2012 12:40 am
ceitfianna: (Default)
My bank sucked last week but rocked this week. They reversed all the overdraft charges and have already given me a credit for the stolen money.

Also I don't have to start driving north until the end of the week. So have a brilliant meme that [personal profile] walksbyherself posted before I fall over into sleep.

Comment with a pair of characters (one has to be mine) and I'll give you ramble type paragraph from my character's POV on how they views yours.

ETA: I think that should fix the html problem. I'm still figuring out typing usernames on these various services.
ceitfianna: (Default)
My Christmas was rather nice as Christmas Eve was my present night with my parents and then on the day we drove up to New Jersey and had another present session with my brother and his family. We spent the night and it was nice but we left pretty early the next day. The day after Christmas was spent quietly, I do love being able to just be with my parents.

Yesterday though was awful and I've been feeling very worn out. I've figured out how to crosspost between the two journals but I know I'll be poking at things as I miss all my icons and my layout. Yet I'd rather not lose track with anyone because they're moving over here, I just hate feeling pushed and so haven't done my various RP journals yet. And I know that many of you love DW and I'll adjust, I'm simply low on energy. So that means that I'm going to crosspost and then go and edit for the right icon on LJ as I haven't figured out which of my many icons to bring over here.

Now what made yesterday so horrible was I woke up to an overdraft notice in my Ann Arbor bank account because my card was stolen and used. I called them and filed a claim to say that wasn't me, but there was another overdraft again. I'm sure it's a case of the two bank parts not talking to each other but I hate it. Also yesterday the weather was utterly horrible, raining and blustery but I went out in it. A local book chain here is closing, Atlantic books and it's near a nice little pub so I drove out as driving and good music do help and found some great reads. I've also been rereading Jonathan Strange and Mr. Norrell, which is a book that I love for all that it's rather depressing at points. Then with my parents we went to a dinner party with some of their friends which was so terribly mixed. There were gorgeous menorahs, fantastic homemade latkes and borscht but there was a whole round of conversation about freaks and so much patronizing language. My mother said that couple was known for being flippant, but it really hit me the wrong way to hear them basically go it's annoying when patients go and research online. Yet earlier they were going but you should never censor books no matter how horrible, I wanted to hide in a hole.

There was some RP after that was nice and I have ideas for those of my gift fics that I have left. I promise that I haven't forgotten them, I've just been very low on creativity and energy the past few days.

The nice news is that my Yuletide keeps getting Kudos and at least one or two comments which is nice. It's a small fandom and I seem to write Yuletides that aren't easy for the general public but that's okay. The person it was for liked it.
ceitfianna: (Dean time rambles on)
My kitchen is stocked, I've slept and feel like I'm regaining my normal schedule after a busy but good break. Since so much happened that I want to talk about it, this is going to be a long and rambling entry.

First off, a reminder, my holiday card post is here.

As there's so much that did happen, I'm going to try and go through chronologically in the hope I don't miss anything.

Days Full of Blessings and Work )

I think that's everything, but I might be missing smaller things along the way. I decided that I'm going to drive down over the Christmas break because I finally have a flexible enough schedule that I can do it. That means I'll hopefully be in Delaware on December 20th. My parents are going to be off in NYC from the 21st to the 22nd, so I have some time then to connect with people. As I'll have my car and also the lovely house, there are options.
ceitfianna: (pumpkin pie)
For those of you that celebrate Happy Thanksgiving, I hope you have a great day. I'm about to head north to spend Thanksgiving at my brother's place and will be back tomorrow. I might be on a little today but I wouldn't expected to be around a lot.

The biggest thing I'm thankful for at the moment is that I was granted forbearance on my student loans and don't have to worry about that for a while longer. Yesterday I sent off another job application and I feel blessed.

Have a wonderful day everyone! I'm so lucky to have all of you in my life.
ceitfianna: (peaceful Demeter)
I made it safely to the East Coast yesterday and it was a long day of travel as I first flew to Baltimore and then a train to Wilmington. It was cheaper than flying to Philadelphia but combined with fighting off some kind of sickness, I wasn't good for much. It sadly started off even more tiring because my cab driver to the airport kept harping on the national debt and seemed like he wanted an argument or an agreement and it made me mad. Thankfully the other person in the shuttle was from DC and spoke up to say some intelligent things but it wasn't a good start to the day.

Today so far I went shopping with my mother for Thanksgiving prep, got my Yuletide assignment which I like and it gives me an excuse to reread a favorite book of mine.

Now I'm sitting at my computer and my joints are feeling a little wobbly and my throat keeps going from not too bad to croaking and since both my parents are getting over a pretty bad cold, I'm hoping to not get sick.

In my email I found that I didn't get another library job but I sent an email to say thank you for letting me know. Now if I can just make my student loan stuff work and put together at least one job application I'll feel useful. I'll be online tonight as I have a late shift but then I'll be truly on vacation and I need it.
ceitfianna: (Charles+Raven-here to hold you)
GEMINI (May 21-June 20): In Santa Cruz there used to be a nightclub that
featured live rock bands on a big stage but enforced a strict policy
forbidding its patrons from dancing. The one time I went there, the music
was loud and infectious, and I naturally felt the urge to move in vigorous
rhythm. Moments after I launched into my groove, a bouncer accosted me
and forced me to stop. I think this situation has certain resemblances to
the one you're in now, Gemini. Some natural response mechanism in you is
being unduly inhibited; some organic inclination is being unreasonably
restrained or dampened. Why should you continue to accept this?

Once again Unce Rob is incredibly on the nose. I feel like I spent most of yesterday having to find ways to say things, so people wouldn't be angry while I was worn out and a mess.

Other than the job stuff, most of what's been going on with me is working to make lots of things fall into line. I was woken this morning with a question about my healthcare that I'm signing up for and I don't know the best way to contact the government to say, I can't afford to pay back my loans yet. And my well meaning parents are poking me about it which makes me fret. If we were RPing or anything yesterday especially after about 5:30 pm, I was so quiet because I was working to find my balance again. Today I've been working on healing myself and giving myself permission to go, the interaction I had was horrible. My supervisor looked over the transcript and said I did the right thing and she's sorry I had to go through it.

I spent a huge part of today wandering around Barnes and Noble and finally ended up buying The Goat Rodeo Sessions by some of my favorite artists. For dinner I'll have another tasty night of leftover tamale pie. Next time I make it, I think I'll use tomato paste or sauce instead of just diced tomatoes, it will stick together better.

In other things I'm proud of, I made a gorgeous collage of Flat Stanley pictures for my niece that I'm going to send. It's more than a month later and I hope that's okay. Things are getting better and by this time next week, I'll be on the East Coast with my family and for that I'm incredibly grateful. Soon I'll be putting up a post to collect addresses as I'll be making and sending out holiday cards and maybe writing some fic gifts. I haven't decided on the second one yet, but I probably will as I love writing gifts.
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 )
ceitfianna: (dreams)
The past two nights my dreams have been restless and hard to leave behind when I wake. Last night I seemed to have tumbled into a murder mystery crossed with I'm not sure what. James McAvoy was there speaking in his lovely Scottish accent and we had to get somewhere but the only boats we had were more like baskets. A river was flooding and I was trying to help find something but I didn't know what or where to look. I've had worse anxiety dreams, this one was just tricky as the images stayed with me. Using a basket like coracle and the water washing everything away.

The night before last I dreamed I was in a place that felt like something out of Star Trek, all corridors and no windows but I was with the Avengers. Somehow I had a bow that wasn't a bow that I knew and I had to help. I was at the end of this line with all the heroes to the front and I didn't know how to fire the weapon.

Now neither of these dreams were truly nightmares, they've just stuck with me and I'm hoping that writing them out will someone help them not bother me as much.

Mainly I've been doing well, this is my last week of having two closing shifts in a row and I have various things planned before I head off to see my family at the end of August. I'm feeling good and spending my time reading great books like Ptolemy's Gate by Jonathan Stroud. Also I have a googledoc full of jobs to apply for and most of them are fairly easy since I already have a great cover/application letter written. The dreams are just my subconscious going you're in transition and what comes next is still up in the air. I need to keep reminding myself that I'm good at transitions and this time, I know what I want and have the tools to do amazing things.

There's a tiny bit of money worry, but I can deal with that. The nice thing about seeing my family at the end of the month is my next paycheck won't be hit as hard.
ceitfianna: (Jane thoughts consume me)
The last few days have been full of good and bad in equal measure, I'm so happy about the fic I wrote for the A Picture Worth a 1000 Words meme and posted both of them on my Ao3 account. Also I found a great sale at one of my favorite stores that I can rarely afford so I have a pendant with a bourbon ad, a little charm that says do more, a bracelet that says explore possibilities and some gifts. I have yet to get the ball chain on the necklace to attach but that's doable.

Then I got a call that my Delaware debit card number had been stolen and I had to call another number to order another one. That annoyed me, since it seems logical to connect those, oh and I have to call the fraud number again to confirm which purchases weren't me. They're also not open on the weekend so that call has to wait until Monday. I'm glad they're checking but it makes me feel horribly on edge as I have to keep doing things again. In the meantime, I'll be okay for money and have an even better reason to get a shredder and a stronger file thing to organize my paperwork.

In good news, my last reference finally got in touch with me and I sent off my first job application for a Youth Services' job in Paris, Kentucky. I have no idea if I'll even get an interview but its a start and that makes me feel so happy and hopeful. The next job applications will be easier. Also I've been watching Baccano! and its really good and its keeping me up late. I'm hoping to see Harry Potter soon as I want to but for me I connect have to get it when it comes out more with the books than the movies.

The weather's gone hot again which isn't fun and next week the Art Fair starts which will make getting anywhere exciting due to all the visitors. I think that's all for now so back to watching things and enjoying my AC.


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