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Aug. 21st, 2022

Misha - Finding Home B&W

[sticky post] Master Fic List -- updating in progress

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Mar. 16th, 2014

Simpsons - Burn em Ralphie

Hey again

St. Patrick's Day tomorrow! I have my corned beef prepped to put in the crock pot in the morning. I cook mine with apple cider. Most use beer, but I prefer a sweeter meat. I even put apples in there.

I had an MRI on Friday, and I will see the doctor for the follow-up this Thursday. I also have some kind of test for the nerves in my hand too. But take a look at one of the images from my MRI. I'll fill you in when the doctor tells me what it is exactly, but based on this image I'm guessing something is wrong. You can also see my fat neck, LOL.

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The first three fingers on my left hand go from tingly to now completely numb pretty much all the time.

Work still sucks, and they fired the only other person there that helped me wash the sandblasted crystal. That means on top of everything else I have to do, now I'm the only one who has to scrub, rinse, pack, and ship EVERYTHING. You know how long it takes to wash 20 engraved candy dishes bending over a too-short tub? The boss continues his arrogant sexist ways as well, and one of these days I know he's going to say something and I'm going to flip my shit and get fired. Look, just because I'm a woman and I disagree with you, does not mean you raise your voice at me. This guy, man. I feel like whenever I try to explain myself about anything he gets angry at me because I don't automatically back down to him. I'm not his goddamn kid!

Anyway, everything is the same and I'm hanging on because I need to survive. My hand hurts and the job sucks and that's pretty much it. Nothing even happy to post about anymore.
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Feb. 22nd, 2014

SPN - Cas leaning to right

Checking in!

I haven't been around for a while because I'm pretty much exhausted when I get home. At least I'm not bored in work, but some days are very stressful and irritating because I'm at the end of the line of production. So if someone waits until the last minute to do something everything gets backed up. I've had to miss lunch a bunch of times because I know if I take a break I won't be able to ship items out.

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Jan. 11th, 2014

SPN - Cas leaning to right

Yay, writing!

Luckily my deancas_xmas story hasn't been posted yet (the challenge is through AO3), which meant I took the opportunity today to add more to it so that I wouldn't be completely embarrassed when it went live. I did a marathon writing session the other weekend -- which I never should do again -- and it was missing a lot. Today I went back and edited stuff and added 1,757 words and a much better ending than the crap one I came up with.

The whole reason I signed up for the challenge is because I haven't written anything since I lost my job in 2010, when I wrote my Big Bang. It was so good to write something again!

Work is going well, although sometimes I have bad days when my loud Austrian boss gets cranky and shit rolls downhill. Then other days he sees me prepping 250 gift bags early for use at an upcoming trade show and says, "You are doing such a wonderful job. God, I love you!" LOL. I don't mind the work. I'm always busy, and although sometimes stressful, I feel needed and useful for the first time in a long time. On Friday I got a card from a client saying how impressed they were at the careful wrapping and presentation of the item. Fan mail!

I even bought myself a new phone! The Samsung Galaxy S4. I love my girlfriend 2.0! I haven't had a phone since my flip phone I got in 2009. It's nice finally moving into the smartphone generation.

Jan. 4th, 2014

MishaJensenJiB2013

What's happenin'

I got my first check on Friday, a result of fruitful labor. Labor! So exciting. As I started in the middle of a pay week it's two days short, which means the next paycheck will be bigger and will allow me to guesstimate how much I'll actually be taking home every two weeks. I have to take my girlfriend out for a celebratory meal with all this cold hard cash I'm raking in.

I am having problems with my left arm/shoulder though. I know it's a result of all the lifting I've been doing in work. If I bend my arm for any length of time my fingers start to tingle, and sleeping has proven impossible for about a week now. I'm getting about two hours at a time before my arm wakes me up because of pain, or because it's tingling or feeling numb. I'm guessing there might be a pinched nerve somewhere, whether it's my shoulder or neck or elbow. Suffice it to say, my fingers are tingling in the time it took me to write this paragraph.

It's snowing again, for crying out loud. We already have about a foot on the ground, and they're forecasting another 3-6 by tomorrow. And then Monday the high temperature for the day will be -7. That's -21 for you Celsius fans. I have never been in weather that cold. Sure we had our 0 temps now and again back in New York/New Jersey, but a *negative* for the high? Never. I'm going to be bundling up like crazy. I'm getting more used to the really low temps out here in Chicagoland, but I'd rather not experience -20 with the wind chill as they're predicting.

That's all I'll leave you with, because I have to write my deancas_xmas challenge. Of course I waited until the last minute! It's due by midnight tomorrow. I guess I work better under pressure. We'll see, LOL.

Dec. 25th, 2013

Simpsons - Holiday Smithers

It's that time of year!

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Happy Holidays, Merry Christmas, and everything else to everyone!
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Dec. 23rd, 2013

Simpsons - Holiday Smithers

I'm a workin' gal

Update on the job thus far.

If you haven't heard, I am now in charge of packing and shipping for a small company that makes high-end engraved crystal awards and drink ware, among other things. I have to wash the pieces after engraving, clean them, wrap them carefully, and ship them.

I started last Wednesday, the 18th. A college kid is training me, since he was trained over the summer by the packing and shipping guy who was retiring. It was actually really stressful, since there's a precise way everything has to be placed into gift boxes. I was having problems figuring out the right boxes to use to put stuff in. Add to that there's a whole wall of different sized gift boxes not in any size order.

There is no inventory system. The women who place orders routinely come back into the warehouse area looking for stuff. There are no computerized orders, nor is there a customer database. Everything is paper -- and there are physical file cabinets. It's like 1995 again.

I'm on my feet all day, although when I have a chance to sit I do. I'm in the back of the work area and am alone all day (which I absolutely love) so I can do my own thing. I learned a lot my first three days, and today I think I did much better when the college kid wasn't there. I went at my own pace and figured things out on my own, and I also bent the rules a little when it came to packing shit. Using common sense is much better than stupid rules.

The boss is a large, loud, late 60-something German who I hope never gets mad at me. I'm precise when I ask him questions, and I confirm his intent when he tells me to do things so I'm sure not to screw something up. I'm used to doing stuff like this when my father has asked me to do things in the past. He's another guy you don't want to piss off.

I'm sore as hell, though -- I'm leaning over sinks or counters all day which means my back hurts, and I wish my damn plantar fascitis would go away in my right heel. It hurts to walk all day. Ugh.

Aside from stuff like the place being disorganized and my sore back, I finally feel like a productive member of society again! They rely on me to make sure everything is packed safely done on time. I do wish I were getting paid a little more -- this is definitely worth more than $11 an hour.

BUT! I can't complain because I HAVE A JOB! This is the best Christmas in four years.

Dec. 17th, 2013

Simpsons - Holiday Smithers

I go to work tomorrow!

Goodbye 2 a.m. bedtimes and Tumblr-ing until all hours, and then waking up whenever I want. That was kinda bitchin'.

Goodbye also to having my girlfriend buy me things I need, like shampoo and basic necessities because everything is so frigging expensive. Why is body wash almost $4? And why is mayonnaise almost $5?

Goodbye to some of the crippling depression I've been suffering. Hopefully.

My girlfriend bought me a Congratulations card tonight in celebration. And my first real paycheck I'm taking her out to dinner. The last time I paid for dinner was the night I got laid off, January 19, 2010. Hooray for that.

I guess I shouldn't put the cart before the horse. Let's hope I don't fuck anything up and I can hold onto this job for a while. I talked to the boss on Monday because she invited me to the company Christmas party. How nice is that? I declined though, and said that I'd rather meet co-workers in an office setting rather than a social one. I can't think of anything more awkward. While we were on the phone I asked if I should pack a lunch and anticipate a full workday, and she said yes, that I'd probably be working close to 40 hours a week. This may be a full time thing after all.

Now I have to retrain myself to get back into working hours, LOL. I deserved the few years sleep I think, after having to get up at 5:30 every morning and commute 3 hours round trip every day into Manhattan. I'm going to miss looking at the clock and then rolling over to go back to sleep.

Dec. 14th, 2013

Simpsons - Holiday Smithers

Carrrrds

maddiec24 I got your card today! Thank you, and I always love the photo you include.

And pride_of_erin I have yours too, mate. I sent yours out today!

I signed up for the Dean/Cas Secret Santa exchange this year, and although the prompt was completely open-ended, I was having trouble what to do with it. Still wrapping my brain around it -- why can't I be one of those prolific writers? Ugh, I can never think of anything having to do with plot. All I want to do is write dialogue.

Dec. 10th, 2013

Simpsons - Homer happy

GOOD NEWS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I GOT A JOB. A JOBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBBB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

The small company I interviewed with the other week wasn't promising if you recall. But they called me today and said they were changing their website and making some "staff changes" and wanted to know if I would join them.

It's still the packing and shipping role, with the added role of sending out email blasts about their changed website. I'm sure there may be other opportunities to be had, perhaps writing item descriptions online or something. The office is close enough for me to walk to, and they don't work weekends!

It's $11 an hour, part time. This is the first real work I've had since 2012, when I was working for an absolute moron at CVS for a month.

I do hope the part time means something like 32 hours a week and not 12. But beggars can't be choosers.

Now I can buy some small Christmas presents for the first time in four years, and help with the bills! OH, AND GET A NEW PHONE! I've been using my Samsung flip phone from 2009 without a QWERTY keyboard. It's a goddamn workhorse this phone, even if the camera doesn't work. I'm planning on getting the Galaxy 4. EEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

January 19th is the fourth anniversary of me losing my career as an editor and writer. So now I can technically say I've only been out of work for THREE years instead of four.

I start a week from today.

HUZZZZAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHHH

Dec. 6th, 2013

Simpsons - Holiday Smithers

Christmas card post

It's that time of year again, kids. If you would like a Christmas card from me please comment to this screened post.

If we have exchanged cards in the past, chances are you'll be getting one this year as well!

And holy cow, I was about to use hashtags when I went to add my tags. I've been on Tumblr and Twitter too much, LOL.

Dec. 3rd, 2013

Simpsons - Holiday Smithers

It was my birthday.

Had a pleasant birthday. My girlfriend bought me a shiatsu food massager and Chinese food for dinner; I got texts from my brother and sister-in-law; my mom and dad called; and numerous friends here wished me happy birthday. Now I'm going to eat some cookies.

Oh, and I still don't have a job.

Nov. 23rd, 2013

Elementary - Holmes orange chair

It was paying the same hourly rate I made in 1998

I got a call today from the owner of the small company I interviewed with. She said they hadn't made any decisions yet, but would be "deciding in the next few weeks" and that it was "really nice to meet you" and...

Whoo, they seem like bad liars.

I called on a Tuesday afternoon and interviewed on Wednesday morning. That tells me they really didn't have anyone else lined up.
They had a guy doing double duty, filling in for the position I interviewed for. They are short handed.
The Christmas season is coming up, and if they really wanted me they would want me to get in there right away to start learning in anticipation of this.

There is no way I'm getting this job.

Nov. 21st, 2013

MishaJensenJiB2013

Catching up!

*sigh* There are things I'd like to talk about related to TV shows and fandom and things, but there is hardly anyone around here anymore. It's kinda depressing. And considering it's my only outlet for friendship and staying sane, it's doubly depressing.

I guess I've been more active on Twitter, where I can post short, pithy bon mots of 140 characters. It's more suitable for my snark.

So I joined Tumblr today, in the hopes of somehow connecting over there, and despite reading blogs there for a while I still hate it. Maybe I can post drabbles or short stories there, since fandom is incredibly active, but it's still confusing to me. The dashboard isn't customizable. Why do people bother to pretty up their blogs if everyone reads stuff right from their dashboards anyway? I guess it's like a Flist, but at least I can skip=whatever and make sure I don't miss stuff.

And trying to track who said what or where people have found things is frustrating.

What I did before I joined was to bookmark Tumblr blogs I found interesting, and then click on them every night. Doing that I'm able to know where people left off from the day before and what, if anything, they've posted that's new. Using the Tumblr dashboard makes it almost impossible to see this.

Maybe it'll get easier as I go along and learn the culture and etiquette? I find it strange that reblogging other people's work makes blogs popular. Most of them don't have any original content. Who wants to look at the same 5 gifs over and over?

Well, whatever. I need a primer or someone to explain how all this shit works since it's definitely not user intuitive. I am using the surprisingly original rhymephile.tumblr.com There's nothing on it yet. Perhaps when I figure out how to use it.

I also had an interview today (the first in over a year) for an hourly position doing shipping and handling for a small company nearby. They previously had students in the position and needed someone full time. It's packing boxes and keeping track of inventory. It's $10 an hour and I would be thrilled to get it. That being said, I'm not sure what more I could have done to convince the owners that despite my college degree and 15+ years as an editor and writer, I'm pretty sure I can learn to put styrofoam peanuts into a cardboard box and put a label on it.

I felt like the owner was lying when he said they'd be interviewing other people. Really? Am I some sort of uncouth misanthropic hideous troll creature that I can't get a job packing fucking boxes?? He said I'd hear by the end of the week, but who knows. Mom asked me how it went today. I couldn't answer her truthfully because every time I've done this I thought I did well. I think I'm just constantly interviewing like shit? Who knows. I don't anymore. I've lost whatever thing people say you need to "show off who you really are" in an interview.

Nov. 13th, 2013

MishaJensenJiB2013

Dean and Cas soundclips from Supernatural episode 9x06 "Heaven Can't Wait"

Remember when I used to do this all the time? I felt like doing it for this episode.

All clips of dialogue are mp3 and zipped in one file.

Feel free to distribute to Tumblr with a mention of my name or a link back here. It's not difficult making these, but definitely time-consuming.

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Oct. 26th, 2013

XF I Want to Believe

X-Files binge on Sunday!

Anyone feel like watching a few hours of Mulder and Scully hunt down monsters? Of course you do!

The site X-Files News is having a binge and Tweet-a-thon tomorrow, Sunday, starting at noon Central Time. That's 1 p.m. Eastern and 10 a.m. Pacific. Or you can click here to find out your exact start time.

You queue up the X-Files episode on DVD or Netflix, and then follow @TVBinges and @XFilesNews to live tweet along with the presenters with the hastag #XFilesBinge

Here's the list:

EPISODES ARE AS FOLLOWS (ON CENTRAL TIME)
12:00 PM CST – “Squeeze” – S01E03
1:00 PM CST – “Irresistible” – S02E013
2:00 PM CST – “Syzygy” – S03E13
3:00 PM CST – “Chinga” – S05E10
4:00 PM CST – “Milagro” – S06E18
5:00 PM CST – “X-Cops” – S07E12
6:00 PM CST – “The Gift” – S08E11
7:00 PM CST – “Hellbound” – S09E08
8:00 PM CST – “Home” – S04E02

You can come and go as you please, watching or not watching what you want, and pop in on Twitter when you feel like chatting. I'm looking forward to it. I do have to man a photo booth for a few hours tomorrow (just got a text) so I'll miss some.

Oct. 23rd, 2013

Despicable Me - Edith

I feel weird...

I'm going to work tomorrow! Well, okay, don't get *too* excited. It's a three-hour thing where I stand there and help at a portable photo booth for an office party.

The guy who owns this party rental company put out an email on a local mailing list requesting help, and the woman I dogsat for forwarded me the email. In fact, I'm walking the dogs tomorrow and then going on to this office party.

The party rental company has things like games and blow-up bouncy houses and stuff to rent so you could have a carnival in your backyard. He's having a busy week with a bunch of Halloween parties and needed the help.

But I get $13 an hour under the table, and that's better than $0!

Oct. 17th, 2013

MishaJensenJiB2013

#spiritday

Today, October 17th, GLAAD celebrates Spirit Day. Millions wear purple on Spirit Day as a sign of support for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) youth and to speak out against bullying.

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I updated my Dean/Cas high school bullying story "In This Secluded Spot I Respond As I Wouldn't Dare Elsewhere" with a banner in support. ♥

Oct. 11th, 2013

MishaJensenJiB2013

Let's talk about The Tomorrow People

Despite reviewers saying it was another formulaic teen CW drama, I really enjoyed the pilot. I thought the universe dynamics were really cool, and it has potential. Superhumans with the ability of telekinesis, teleportation, and telepathy fighting against a government group known as Ultra that wants to destroy them all? Fun!

Let's also discuss that Luke Mitchell, the actor playing John Young, favorited my tweet below, but then took it down almost immediately, probably because he still would like to stay employed. I also not-so-secretly admit to wanting to watch the show just for him when I saw the extended trailer last month. And I don't feel so bad for it, because he's 28! The series also features Mark Pellegrino as the lead baddie.

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The tweet is in reference to a line another character says in which the "Wet" was taken out of "wet dream." But it was obvious the actor said it -- you could read his lips. And really? Most of the entire CW audience is made up of an age group that deals with things like that on a constant basis. Of course, showing Jedikiah (Pellegrino) shooting a character in the head is okay though.

Oct. 7th, 2013

OUaT - The Queen B&W

Dammit, Once Upon A Time

You used to be so good! I loved Season 1 and its bouncing back and forth between Storybrooke and the Enchanted Forest realm, and the sexy minx Regina and her awesome evilness. Rowr, Lana Parilla. I'm going to miss her. She was one of the main reasons I tuned in.

In Season 2 it got wobbly with some really weak scripts and far-fetched plotting. Now in Season 3 it's like some horribly written, often poorly acted shadow of itself. I watched last week's premiere and I'm done with it. Ugh. The whole stupid thing with Henry being taken to Neverland because "The Home Office" requested it was so bad. The scripts have gotten beyond even suspending disbelief, and I'm done with hearing stupid Emma keep calling Henry her son over and over when Regina is the rightful adoptive parent who raised him from a baby! I mean, yeah, Emma is his biological mother, but she's known the kid for two years at most. And what about everyone from Storybrooke? They've built up important characters for two years and now they only want to focus on the main cast? Meh.

Whatever, one less thing to have to record I guess.

My girlfriend bought each of us a LaZBoy rocker-recliner tonight after we (really employed-with-the-money her, while I offered suggestions as to which chairs suited my large ass best) went furniture shopping. We've been sitting on the floor since we moved in to the new place here last Thursday, and my back and hips are killing me. Ooh, they are really nice, they rock, recline far enough that you can lie flat, and they were on sale (which is important because LaZBoy is damn expensive!). The living room is going to look like Chandler and Joey's from Friends since we only bought the recliners (this apartment is too small for a full-sized couch, really). We're both fine with it.

I only wish they were being delivered in time to watch Show on Tuesday. The chairs are coming Wednesday.

Oct. 2nd, 2013

Doctor Who

Broadchurch and more

I finally caught the final episode of Broadchurch OnDemand this afternoon, because it aired right in the middle of our move last week. I am really glad they are bringing it back for another series. It was phenomenal. It was emotional and tough in all the right places.

Caught up with Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. too, and the pilot was pretty good. I think my favorite character is Ming Na's, even though we don't know much about her yet. And I'd really like to know what really happened to Coulson. I hope they don't drag it out until they tell us.

The Goldbergs on ABC was okay, and the Michael J. Fox show was fine but not especially memorable. Rebel Wilson's Super Fun Night wasn't really funny either. I'm still behind on Elementary.

Next week Show comes back. Can't wait! It's nice when we're going into Season 9 and I'm still excited to see what happens.

Sep. 30th, 2013

Elementary - Holmes

Holy shit, *that's* over with

I have been going non-stop since Thursday. What's today? Sunday? GAH. This is the first calm moment I've had.

Thursday: NINE hours of moving, 3 hours over the moving quote, because four floors and an elevator didn't help. The guys moving took FOREVER even though they were literally hustling to get stuff moved. We don't even have a couch, and I got rid of most of the furniture! Big things moved: an IKEA entertainment center, a credenza, a 40-inch LCD TV, a 27-inch CRT TV, and Grandma's 1948 Admiral TV. That was it. The rest was boxes. I sold more than half of my DVD collection and a bunch of books. It still took forever to move everything even though we were bringing stuff down to the end of the hall so they could pack it into the elevator. If we hadn't of helped we never would have gotten done. I thought hiring movers was supposed to be easier! It was also really damn expensive. Like $1000 expensive! This is why I've always moved myself in the past.

Friday: Some minor unpacking in new place, then back to old place to pack up stuff I didn't want the movers to touch, like my subwoofer, computer, glass tops for a TV and component stand, and other stuff. Took all day.

Saturday: Seven hours of cleaning the old place from top to bottom. Jebus. Packing up and moving out garbage and small leftover crap.

Sunday: Back to old place for final vacuuming, and walk-through. Stop at Bed, Bath, and Beyond for stuff, stop at Wal Mart and Petco. Stop at supermarket for a few things to eat. Takes 5 hours.

Monday: Go change address on license and registration, which need to be done in person with proof of residency and all this other shit. In NY I did it online and they sent me a new license in the mail. Also want to go to Homegoods to look at cute decorating thing because I love Homegoods.

I am covered in bruises...all over my arms, my legs, and even my stomach from where I was lifting boxes (I am quite a sturdy gal with a fair amount of muscle). My fingers are cut up from handling tape and cardboard and from packing in general. I am super dehydrated still. My feet hurt and I broke my damn middle toenail *again*, which always happens when I'm doing stuff on my feet for long periods. The first time it broke was in Vancouver when I was on vacation in 2006. It was never the same after that hours-long walk around Stanley Park, LOL.

It's really, really quiet here. You can't hear anything, even from upstairs (we're on the second floor). We face a large open field. There are no screaming children or thumping music or vibrating floors or wafting cigarette smoke into the windows. *deep breath* Ahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh

The place is a mess and I am behind on what's happening with everyone here. I missed the premiere of Elementary and some other stuff I wanted to see because I was too exhausted to get the cable set up. I'll catch up with On Demand. But we're moved, and I told my girlfriend she needs to stay at her job for the next 20 years because I do NOT want to do this again in the near future.

Now I have to unpack...

Sep. 23rd, 2013

Elliot pointing

Things I have done so far

+ Movers are booked for September 26.
+ Junk taken away (including couch; sitting on floor currently), which actually happened Tuesday.
+ Sold the air conditioner for $30.
+ Waiting for woman who works in office of current apartment complex to pay me $50 for cedar chest, table with folding leaves, and bistro table that I paid $120 for for staging the apartment back in NY. Moved said furniture all by myself into a storage locker here for her to come pick up. If she doesn't pay me I'm gonna be pissed, but at least we don't have to take the stuff with us.
+ Burned my arm on the oven rack so that I have an inch-and-a-half awful wound on my forearm that looks like it was applied with Lucifer's pitchfork, I swear, and is going to leave a horrible scar
+ Donated a bunch of stuff to Goodwill, which I dislike because their CEO pays himself millions, but better than Salvation Army which hates the gays
+ Updated a bunch of stuff online with new address
+ Went to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, home of Laverne & Shirley, on Saturday to see the Mystery Science Theater 3000 farewell tour with a live view-and-riff of some god-awful monster movie, which was a really fun break from all the shit I've been doing

Things that I have to do before this is done:

+ Get copy of the punch list from last year to make sure I wrote on there that there are stains on this carpet because they never freaking cleaned the carpets before we moved in
+ Change driver's license and registration, which requires a trip to the DMV (which Illinois does not have. I must go to an office of the Secretary of State, but that's stupid so I'm calling it the DMV)
+ Renew shitty Comcast for another year but complain enough so that the discount is reapplied
+ Cancel the DVD portion of Netflix because I haven't been using it, but after I watch Beasts of the Southern Wild
+ Finish packing the kitchen and the pantry, the hardest part of any move
+ Eat more cans of stuff so packing the pantry won't be as hard as stated above
+ Try not to be filled with anxiety and panic because the packing is going fine, it's just taking time
+ Hopefully not have to make FIFTH trip to Home Depot for goddamn boxes


Oh, and in completely unrelated news, they canceled The Killing. Bastards.
Also, Comcast had better be up and running by Thursday night so we can watch the premiere of Elementary.

Sep. 17th, 2013

Elementary - Holmes orange chair

Ugh, the moving process

You ever have those days/weeks when there's a giant list of things to do that if you start to think about them your head feels like it might explode? Holy crap, that's how I feel lately, with all the preparation it takes to move yet again.

Not that I won't mind getting the hell out of here, but I wish I could step on a Star Trek transporter and just beam the shit out of all our stuff and simply be at the new place.

Luckily organization and prioritization are things I'm good at. Still...I'm feeling slightly overwhelmed. And everything that has to be done costs so much money!

I've been working on getting rid of the stuff we can't bring with us, since we're not going to have as much space in the new place. That means calling the junk guys to come and get rid of stuff. Yesterday I drove 20 minutes to finally find a place I could sell my $300 window air conditioner for only $30. I got $10 for a DVD/VCR combo but $30 for the air conditioner I used three times back in NY, the one I had to buy when the one that was already in the apartment blew up and the owner wouldn't replace? Yeah. God. It's better than having to donate it, I guess.

The junk guys are coming Saturday to take the loveseat and the rug and the dining room set. That costs money too.

And of course the movers are costing a lot. My girlfriend is paying for all of this because I continue to be a worthless lump without a job. I'm going to try to find something when we move. Retail maybe? Washing dishes? Whatever will make ideal use of my expensive college degree it took me 12 years to pay off.

So I have a giant list of things to do, and my girlfriend left on business all this week. We move next Thursday. GAH.

Sep. 12th, 2013

B/K comfort

My childhood is burning!

Ugh, you guys. First it was Superstorm Sandy that wiped away part of Casino Pier in Seaside Heights. Now Funtown Pier in Seaside Park, in the next town that is attached by the Boardwalk, is on fire. A six-alarm fire now.

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They said it started at Kohr's ice cream and custard stand on the boardwalk, which was built in 1919 and has been destroyed. The winds are so fierce there today that the embers are blowing and engulfing everything. They also lost Three Brothers Pizza, which had some incredible pizza. A firefighter mentioned live that the historic carousel in Seaside Heights was also burning, but they haven't said anything else about it. I hope that's not true. I hope they get it under control, but right now I have a feeling it's going to be moving into Seaside Heights, which is where the pier collapsed during Sandy and the roller coaster fell into the ocean. God.

If you're interested you can go to New York's ABC 7 online and watch the coverage, which is what I'm doing since I'm all the way out here in freaking Illinois. abclocal.go.com/wabc/live

ETA: Wow, Routes 37 and 35 are closed and 10 blocks are on fire. UGH

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