piplover: (I don't care!)
My company has switched over to Ubunto, and I have to say, I'm not impressed.  It took me an hour yesterday to get everything set up and working, and even then I stil had troubles.  Files weren't loading, pages weren't coming up, and when they were, they were freezing or incomplete.  Urgh.

All this to "save money."  Which I laugh at, because I can already tell that this will probably cost them more in lost hours than in just paying for the license for Microsft. 

Not much else going on. Mostly just working, going home to crash, and then back to work.  I am so happy I have Memorial Day off, even if I'm only being paid for 8 hours when I work a 10 hour day.  

It's been kind of chilly the last few days, and rainy.  Perfect weather for sitting at home with a good book and cup of tea. Hmmmm. Tea.  

Also, I've found I've become addicted to hidden object gams.  Like, seriously, I love those stupid things.  I will lose an entire day playing the thing.   The plots are usually weak and the graphics not that great, but try and pull me away before I finish the quest.   I've limited myself to buying only one per week... or maybe two if I get a free one with my punch card. *grin*

Also, Plants VS Zombies. Most addictive game ever! 

I totally need a geek icon.  How do I not have one yet?
piplover: (Enduring)
So, I'm at work, and even though it's been busy today, I'm bored. I'm bored of customers complaining to me, and dealing with whining and pettiness.  I'm bored of the stupid. 

And because I'm bored, I've been thinking of things, and rambling down memories and trying to figure things out. So this is going to be a long, rambling post with probably no redeeming factors. 

Rambling rambles this way )

Yeah.  That's all I got now.  
piplover: (Stayed in bed)
Ever have a day where you just want to reach through the computer screen and wring someone's neck?  Or just bang your head against the desk until your head stops hurting at the stupidity?  I seriously have to refrain from asking some of my customers if they are always this stupid or just doing it to piss me off.  I honestly don't know what the answer would be.  Probably a yes.  

I really hate stupid people.  And I really, really hate most of my customers.  Not all of them, but a very large majority.  
piplover: (Flames!)
Got my paycheck today and found out I was shorted about $250.  After the hassle of the last time I was shorted, I just opted to have it placed on my next paycheck, but this means that some of the things I was going to do I can't.  

Stupid work.

This is the third time this has happened, and each time it's really inconvenient. 

Thank Gods I  have enough food in the fridge I don't need to buy any groceries.  The kitties are all set, too, thank goodness.  I just hate when everything goes to bills and there's only a bit left over to last til next payday.  

Sigh. 

I can see!

Feb. 28th, 2011 02:27 pm
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Or, I will be able to, when I get my new glasses in!  No contacts for right now, as I couldn't afford both, and I hadn't realized how off my perscription was until I could actually see again!  However, he did put them in my eyes so I could see what they are like, and he said if I do decide to get contacts, they would only be for partial wear, as with my job staring at a computer for over 8 hours a day they wouldn't work out.  

For those of you who wear contacts, my hat is off!  It didn't hurt or anything, but wow, that was weird!  I think they would be good for when I want to dress up and show off my eyes, but otherwise I don't think I would wear them very much, lol.  Still, I like that I have the option.

I like my new frames, they're fun and pretty at the same time.  And I'll be able to see!  Apparently, my astigmatism went from diagonal to vertical. Not sure how that happened, lol.  

Still working out plans with my sister.  She apparently told my mom she wants to go to Poland for 4 days?  I'm not sure how excited I am about that idea. On the one hand, it would be great to see if we could find any family who lives over there still, or at least what happened to them in WWII.  On the other hand, I only have 10 days, 9 with the day lost to traveling, and I want to meet a lot of you and just relax and have fun. Soooo... I'm not sure. I may have to tell her next year!  Or maybe shave it down to 3 days.  We'll see.  Plus, I have to be able to afford it, and money is going to be a little tight as is.  I won't have a whole lot to spend, but I'll have enough to buy some trinkets, pay for transport, and dinners out.  I'll have more information the closer I get to going over.  OMG, I'm so excited!

Also, I've been trying to work out every day.  I know it's not a kick ass workout, but I figure a little is better than nothing.  So my goal is to lose 10 pounds before I go over, because I doubt there's any way I can lose the 30 that I really want to.  Still... I'm working on it!  

I'm still torn between if I want to cut my hair. I think it's cute the way it is, but I can't do much with it. And I really like how I look in a bob.  So I'll think on it a bit more and decide mid March what I want to do.  That way I can either just get it trimmed or get it cut before I go over.  

Still dealing with writer's block. Urgh! It feels like all my creativity went down the drain. I tried to write this weekend and just kept deleting everything.  Sigh. 

Take care all!  *Hugs*
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Hi, all!  I'm sorry I've been quiet lately.  I'm trying not to let pain and depression get me down, and I think I'm starting to climb back up from that hole I was in for a while. 

I went to a sci-fi convention last weekend and had a really good time. I think it helped that I wore my belly dance costume both days, and received so many compliments.  Considering that I weigh more than I am comfortable with, it really made me feel good to have so many people, both men and women, tell me I looked sexy and hot.  I even got felt up a few times, lol!  Both with my consent!  Also, I even got a kiss!  Heeee!  Nothing is going to come of it, but it was nice to flirt and be sexy for a while! 

It was fun, being with people who accept me for who I am, and it reminded me how isolated I became when I went to work from home.  I still like working from home, but I'm really going to try and make sure I get out more and spend time with people.  

I got my vacation time approved at work, so all that is worked out. The only snag I've encountered is that my plane from England is coming in so late to Seattle that there aren't any flight to my hometown until the next day. Gar!  That means I either have to spend the night in the airport, or get a cheap hotel so I can get a few hours sleep before going back to the airport, and yuck!  So I have to see if I can figure it all out and make things work. I may end up catching a later flight on the day after I get back to the sates, and then taking the day after off.  I really want a day to recover from flying and airports and to just spend with the kitties.  

I'm really getting excited about going to England, looking forward to seeing my sister again and some of you all who I've never met in person!  I'm also getting nervous!  Usually flying doesn't scare me, but with long trips, I keep thinking, "Well, wouldn't it suck if the plan crashed!"  So I'm trying not to think about the bad stuff, and just concentrate on the good bits.

I have been searching for a new job, and found one that looked like it would have been really fun, but because it was through the VA center an the person in charge wasn't in, I think I probably missed it.  I'm not too disappointed, because I don't think the timing would have worked out, but I am going to be getting a lot more serious when the trip is over with.  

I'm trying to work on a few stories but my brain seems to have fizzled out.  I owe two people auction stories, which I am trying to get down, and some fills from a Sherlock Holmes community I'm on. There's one story, I call it the angry story, that I really want to finish, but it's very emotionally draining, so I have to give myself enough time to recover form it, lol.  

[livejournal.com profile] forcryinoutloud , [livejournal.com profile] elayna88 , Thanks so much for the gophers!  You guys are awesome!  Thank you so much!  

*Hugs to you all*  My flist rocks!

Hello!

Jan. 24th, 2011 07:26 pm
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Hi, everyone!  I'm still alive!  Wow, I've been quiet this year. 

Not a whole lot going on, however.  I'm still looking into other jobs, but right now nothing is very viable.  Either it's a really big pay cut or it's only a temporary position, so I'm doing my best to see if I can find anything in the company that won't make me go insane and praying I can interview without making myself look like an idiot.  

I had another date last week.  We went bowling and he kicked my ass.  It was fun, but I'm not really feeling any sparks.  He's going to make me dinner next week, so we'll see how that goes.  I'm not really expecting anything, but if nothing else, I figure he's fun and we can be friends.

Haven't written anything in a week or so. It feels weird after the writing spree I was on for a while.  I need some plot bunnies!  

Anyway, that's about it for me. I had a great birthday and received some wonderful gifts, and have just basically been hibernating the past few weeks, lol.

Take care all!
piplover: (Sherlock love)
Still alive!  I had to leave work 3 hours early yesterday, but that was due to the fact I was back on phones, my stress level was through the roof, and I had a migraine and a stomach ache that wouldn't go away. I'm doing much, much better today.  They have us back on chats, and I've been able to finish most of the Christmas baking.

Usually my best friend and I bake a few days before Christmas and arrange goody baskets, but this year she's dealing the drama, drama, drama and didn't have time, so I'm on my own.  I managed to make the chocolate dipped pretzels last night, and I baked the pumpkin spice bread earlier today.  Now I'm baking cookies between work, and will probably get the stuffing all prepared for tomorrow, when I can just throw it in the oven. 

That means all I'll have to do tomorrow is make the chocolate mint truffles, which hopefully shouldn't take more than a few hours. 

Because I have to work on Christmas (Bastards!!) my family is celebrating tomorrow, so I'm in the home stretch now.  So long as I can get the majority of the baskets made up and the truffles done and the stuffing prepared, I'll be really happy.  Sheesh.  

Can it be 2011 now?  I mean, I know we all said 2010 had to be better than 2009, and it turned out to be the year from hell, but really, I have high hopes for 2011.  

Also, if I have to take calls on Christmas, I will seriously cry.  I've already promised myself I won't let it make me sick, so if it starts to become too unbearable, I'll just leave early as sick.  That's the most they can expect of me,  I think.  

Anyway, I hope the rest of you are having a good week and for those who celebrate, I hope you have a wonderful Christmas! 
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Hello, all.

I just wanted to say I'm sorry for the last few posts.  I'm trying not to be so negative, but work really just ambushed me this week, and I had to vent somewhere.  When they tried to tell me I HAD to work on Christmas Eve as well as Christmas Day?  That was the straw that broke the camel's back.  I very politely told them that there was no way I could do that, and that I would not be working Christmas Eve, thank you very much.

I worked an overtime shift of 4 and a half hours today, which wasn't bad, and will help with the bills.  Halfway through they put us back on chats, thank God.  Most of the customers were perfectly reasonable, but I've found I'm just extremely loath to take phonecalls.  So I still think I am going to be looking into alternate jobs this summer, when things have calmed down and after I've gone to England, lol. 

I do know I'm lucky to have a job, and I'm thankful for it.  But I'm not going to put my mental or physical health on the back burner because I'm afraid of change.  This job is nice for a while, but I don't want to do it for the next 5 years.  I don't even want to do it for the next 2 years!  

Anyway, I'm in a much better mood today. I got most of my Christmas shopping done, and I've been watching Christmas movies the past few hours. Plus, I went over to my mom's and talked to her for a while, so that was really nice.  

All in all, I think I'm just tired and stressed and basically trying to survive the holiday.  I hope you're all doing well!

Hello!

Dec. 12th, 2010 03:19 pm
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Hello, everyone!  Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but Christmas has been taking its toll on me, and I don't want to fill up my list with my whining.  I've been trying to keep my spirits up and not be depressed by the crazy customers or the fact I  have to work a regular shift on Christmas day.  Yeah, still feeling the sting of that one.

But my family is going to be celebrating on Christmas Eve, so I'm trying to stay upbeat and just enjoy the season as much as I can. 

So, enough of that.

The cats are doing well, and I'm doing all right.  My stomach is still being touchy, and I'm trying to take it one day at a time and not worry that I'll never be 100% again.  I have good days that are becoming more, so I'm going to be happy about that and deal with the pain when I have to.

My apartment is all decorated, I have pumpkin eggnog in the fridge, and since I'm working from home I can have all the Christmas music or movies on in the background that I can stand.  Plus, my two little monsters are keeping me company!

Also, I talked to my manager and asked about the possibility of being able to work from home a few days a week and coming in to the building the others.  I think that would be a great way to keep my stress down and save on gas, but also get me out of the apartment and around people.  I don't know if I will be able to, but the question has been asked and they're looking into it for me.  

Also also!  I talked to my sister yesterday and it turns out March will not be a good time for me to visit, as she will be trying to survive finals and essays out the wazoo.  So I'm going to head over in April.  Now I have to find out if I want to arrange to be there for the royal wedding, or skip that madness and go a bit earlier to miss it, but still get some of the excitement.   Any thoughts from my England friends?

I'm really looking forward to seeing her and London again.  And also meeting some of you who have been so amazing to me, but who I have never met face to face.  My sister said pretty much anytime after the first week in April, so anyone have any ideas? 

I'm also looking forward to meeting her boyfriend.  He's a royal marine and will have just come back from Afghanistan.  He sounds like a very nice man who is treating my sister well, but I think it would be great to just meet him!  I didn't even meet my sister's ex-husband until right before her wedding, lol!  Not that they are anywhere near there.  They have only been dating for a few months. But still....

I'm looking forward to visiting some of the pubs near where she lives and trying not to make a fool of myself.  My sister is a drinker, and so are a lot of her friends.  I am not.   We're very much two totally different people, and we don't go in the same circles at all.  But still...  I think it will be fun!

Also, going in April will give me more time to lose the weight!  I still have my heart set on losing 30 pounds before I head over.  I know I can do this!  I just have to really work at it.  My main problem is getting out and exercising.  Recently I've been so tired that's it's a struggle just getting out of bed in the morning.  Part of it is the cold weather, and another is fighting depression.  But I think once Christmas has passed, I'll feel a lot better and able to take on the world!

Plus, I'll have more vacation time saved up, and more money, lol!

So, this is where I stand right now.  I've sent out the most of my Christmas cards, just have to get a few more stamps and then the rest will be shipped out.  I have all but one of my presents bought, and I'm just hoping to survive in relatively good spirits.

Anyway, not much else to report!  I'll be starting to post my massive Holmes epic probably next week (SQUEE!!) and I'm getting excited about that.  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and you are all doing well.  Take care!

Ick!

Nov. 23rd, 2010 09:37 pm
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Something in my apartment is creating an unfortunate smell!  I don't know if it's my neighbor's cooking, or something the cats did, but I'm not finding anything that is causing the reek.  Ick!  And since I'm working, I can't really do a more thorough search. 

*Shudder*

In other news, it finally stopped snowing!  The roads are horrible.  They closed the work site down yesterday at 4pm, but because I'm working from home I got to work my full shift, so I didn't miss any hours.  I think we got about  5 inches, which is practically unheard of, especially for this time of year!

I had to call the Humane Society today.  It's about 12F (-11C) and there were two dogs who have been practically living in one of my neighbor's cars.  It was bad enough when it was 60F out, but now that it's below freezing?  I really worry they won't  make it through the night.  So I talked to my apartment manager, and called the Humane Society, and they are sending a police officer over tomorrow to talk to the people.  The manager talked to the woman, and a few hours ago I saw the car with the dogs drive away and it hasn't returned, so we'll see what happens. I just don't understand how people can be so cruel! 

But I'm all warm in the apartment, and the cats are snuggled in their beds, so everything, apart from the damn smell, is going good.  How is everyone else doing?
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Hi, all!  Not a whole lot going on with me, so I've been pretty quiet.  I seem to have gone into hibernation mode recently, and even if I go to bed early (11pm) I can't seem to wake up earlier than 10am.  Since I work from 1pm to 10pm, 11 is about the earliest I can manage.  Still, it doesn't really make for a productive day when I have to drag myself out of bed and give myself a little bit to get my brain working.  So I've mostly been catching up on emails and LJ in the morning and then working until 10 and then, if I'm feeling particularly wide awake after work, I'll read or watch tv until I head to bed.

Yeah, it's not exactly thrilling. 

But I have Thanksgiving off, and the Fri and Sat off after, so that will be nice.  My bro and his fiance have the day with us, since her family gets them for Christmas.  Lots of food next week!

On the fic front, my story is being currently edited, and once that's done it will go for a second edit and then I'll start posting.  I'm getting excited!!  

Take care all!

Hello!

Nov. 13th, 2010 01:27 am
piplover: (Hello Adipose)
Hi, all!

I'm still alive.  I haven't really been doing anything much lately except work and sleep and work.  The new schedule is still throwing me off. I like being able to sleep in, but getting off at 10 makes it hard to get to sleep much before midnight, and I find myself sleeping until abut 10.  I'm trying to get my body used to going to be at midnight, getting up at 9, and then going for a long walk.   I still want to lose 30 pounds before I go to England, so hopefully I can keep this up. I have to keep watching my diet, too.  Not eating out, which I can't really afford anyway, and eating healthy.

In other news, OMG, I'm almost finished with my giant Holmes story!  It's a little over 80000 words now, and will probably end up abou 85000.  Umm.  Would anyone like to beta it for me?  It goes from PG-13 to NC-17, which is a first for me, but I don't think it's too bad.  Or does anyone know where I can find a beta? I figure once I get it finished and have someone do  a look over I can start posting.  Yay!

Also, on the Sherlock front, I got a new jacket!  Or, well, actually, I don't have it yet, I put it on layaway, but I'll have it next payday!  It's really warm, and so pretty!  It's a deep gray wool, almost military.  I'll have to take a picture when I get it and show you all my new coat! Really, I haven't had a new coat in, goodness, years. I love my military trench coat, but it doesn't fit me very well now that I've gained weight.  I was 40 pounds lighter when I first got it, after all.  But I call this new one my Sherlock coat because it kind of looks like the coat Benedict Cumberbatch wore in the new Sherlock series.  Heee.  I'm such a geek!  

Not much else going on, really.  In a sudden urge to be productive I've gone back and started tagging my journal, because I'm horrible and didn't tag ANYTHNG!  So that's being fixed.  It's been kind of weird, reading all my old posts.  I've been posting since 2004, so there's been a lot of stuff to tag!  I'm in 2009 now, though, so almost done! 

OK, I hope everyone is doing all right.  Have a great weekend, everyone! 

(((HUGS)))
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I am officially working from home. I deployed yesterday and got everything set up.  It's a bit awkward, what with having only one functioning cable jack and modem.  *cough* stupid apartment! *cough* 

I'm going to try and see how much a two port modem will cost, because right now I have to keep unplugging my computer and plugging in the work one.  Annoying.  

It's rather relaxing, though.  I have the TV turned on to the music channel and my cats bothering me, lol.  Rodney actually managed to turn the power strip off, luckily not while I was working with a customer.  Eep!  But it's in a much more secure area now, and that shouldn't  be a problem again.  

It was kind of nice to roll out of bed, shower, and then just pop on the computer.  I got to sleep in an extra hour, and this will be really nice when my schedule changes. I won't have to be driving late at night, and I won't miss my TV shows, lol.  The pause button is great!  

Now I have a kitty laying on the couch next to me, and the customers don't bother me at all, lol.  Still, I miss the people I work with, and I think I need to be around others while I work.  So once the holidays are over, I'll be heading back to the building.  

Until then, however, I'm kind of enjoying working in my comfy slippers and PJs!
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Or, well, I guess it was a draw.  :-)  My company, for volunteer month, has allowed those of us who were interested to volunteer one day this month on a regularly scheduled work day.   We got paid for the day, even though we didn't do our regular job.  So today I, along with 7 others, went to a local wildlife refuge.  We spent the first 3 hours chopping down huge reeds near a small lake that were encroaching on the nature trail, and then after lunch we cleared out more near the bird viewing house, two of us trying desperately to avoid landing in the water and the third finding out the hard way her hip boots had a hole in them, lol.  

Then we walked two miles around the refuge, picking up garbage.  The group I was with was incredible.  I don't think I've laughed that hard in a long time!  Even though the work was dirty and hot, we were all in really good spirits.  

But OMG, so tired!  My arms hurt from using the clippers and rake, and I know I'm going to feel it tomorrow.  But work was very nice, and let us go at 3 rather than 5, as was the original plan, so rather than have to sit at my desk for another two hours in smelly, dirty clothes, they told us to get out because we stank, lol!

I'm really glad I got to do the refuge.  Some of the volunteer opportunities were things like helping at a battered women's shelter, or helping a local charity collect donations at a hockey game.  Some people worked at a retirement home, and others helped baked cookies for something.  I think ours was the most physical, but even though I'm tired and sore, I wouldn't have traded it for anything, nor the people I worked with! 

So... Yeah, that was my day!  How are you all doing? 
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I was so good today, if they gave awards for being an adult, I would so win! Considering that I did pretty much nothing the past two days, I'm rather proud that today I:
  • Paid the rent.
  • Did laundry.  And hung it up!
  • Cleaned the bathroom.
  • Vacuumed.
  • Dusted.
  • Moved stuff from a three drawer thing to the drawers of the desk in the hallway and then moved the first set of now empty drawers to the kitchen.  More storage, yay!
  • Rearranged my sister's boxes of stuff that I'm storing for her so they're no longer in the way and the kitty room once more looks semi presentable. 
  • Made dinner.
  • Wrote about 10 pages on my massive story. At 160 pages I'm getting close to almost done!  \0/

Whew!  I didn't even take a nap today!  The only things I didn't get done which I had wanted to was thoroughly scrubbing the kitchen and  getting my desk cleared off, because I put in for work from home. It's not something I particularly want to do, as there is a very great danger of becoming the hermit cat woman, but since work has moved my team into a teeny tiny room with barely space to breath, it seemed the better option.  

But I can clean the desk off later, once I actually hear something.  Until then, I'm just kind of happy my apartment no longer looks like a pig sty. 

How is everyone else doing?  How was your day today? 

EEP!

Sep. 30th, 2010 08:40 pm
piplover: (Hello Adipose)
At work today a huge bug hovered over my team's cubicles for nearly 5 hours. It was a junebug, or a stinkbug. No one was brave enough to get a good look. It started just hanging out on one of the pillars, and then scared us all half to death when it flew off and up to the lights that hang down.

This thing was monstrous! I think we all spent several hours keeping a wary eye on it, afraid it would get it into its buggy head to land on one of us. We all swore that if it did we would not be responsible for any screams that might follow. Not exactly a great thing on the call floor.

At one point, about 7 of us were all standing, watching it make its way across the lightbar, until one of the guys became brave enough to get a stick and try and poke it. When it flew off, we all cringed away and covered our heads.

We named it Killit. None of us had the heart, or courage to, though.

I hope it won't be in tomorrow!

It was all hilarious, in a terrifying kind of way.

LOL!!

Sep. 15th, 2010 04:49 pm
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I just had a guy ask me if a dog treadmill could support his ostrich.  0_o 

Bwhahahah!  Some days, I really like my job. 
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You know, I don't  mind sharing my flat with a ghost.  Not a problem.  It's a quiet ghost, doesn't usually bother me.  But I draw the line at taking a bath with it.  When the shower curtain started to close on its own, I told it quite firmly to get out because I don't like peeping Toms.  It seemed to stop, but who knows?  

One more day of work, and then the weekend!  Yay!  Think good thoughts for me.  If I make it all through tomorrow, this will be the first full week I've worked since January.  Fingers crossed!!
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I get a headache.  I woke up with a migraine this morning.  Took some med and was only an hour late to work, but I'm about at the end of my rope, so I'll be heading home soon.  How is everyone else doing?  I hope it rains again.  There's nothing quite like laying down with kitties, a hot cup of tea, and the sound of rain.  Even if the changing pressure gives me headaches, it's a nice treat.  

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