Reminder: Summer Mini Challenge

Sep. 16th, 2017 04:33 pm
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This is just a reminder that my


is still ongoing! There is still one week to go, to complete the table of your choice and earn fabulous feedback and a nifty banner :) All fandoms (and original work) is welcome, and you don't have to be on my personal f-list to join in the fun. If you're interested in participating, click on the banner for more information =)

The deadline for entering/completion is September 22nd, 2017.

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Sep. 15th, 2017 09:22 am
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Huh. Can't tell if my headache was a lack of caffeine one or if the meds kicked in. On the one hand, I should probably cut my soda intake. On the other, I have. I'm just not ready to cut it completely. :p


I don't really have anything to say so this is mostly just I'm not dead. I should probably hit the hay soon because they're doing work on the place next door and as near as I can tell, all the work seems to involve finding the place on the wall where my head is and then hammering there for four hours straight.


I think I promised to blather a bit about Nanea's books, didn't I? Well, I've read the non-Journey books for her now and I have a few thoughts.

Spoilers, I suppose. )

AG: GOTY 2018

Sep. 12th, 2017 12:46 pm
impy: Pretty Little Liars Emily holding a coffee mug, looking super sweet. (PLL: Emily Sweet)
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And apparently I go away for one day and GOTY2018 leaks.

Luciana Vega, people:
Purple streaks ahoy. )

Had to call and get my AG reward certificate. On the plus side, I also got a free shipping code. *eyebrow wiggle* So we'll see what mischief I can get into with that.

The ultimate downside? This morning when I was debating whether or not to go out on my balcony, I noticed a water stain on my ceiling. This is not good. So I emailed both the landlords and have heard nothing back. Which is probably for the best as I am wound up tighter than... I really don't know where I was goin' with that so meh. On the plus side, I did inspect every other ceiling in the house and only that one spot. It is also possible, though not likely, that I simply just never noticed it before. But I doubt it because after Matthew, I let them know about a tree branch that needed to be cut in that area and I feel pretty sure I would have noticed it then.

I liiiiiiiiive

Sep. 12th, 2017 10:29 am
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
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Remind me the next time a storm comes along and SCE&G is singing their praises about just how prepared they are for everything to laugh and laugh. Also, Comcast.

To be fair, the power here was back on relatively quickly. Not sure my brother isn't still without power though. But that's skipping ahead.

Where did I leave you yesterday? I believe it was mid-morning and the dog seemed to believe she needed to go outside every five seconds, even if it was just to stand in the rain while I shivered. Around eleven the power started to seriously flicker, so I turned the computer off and then naturally things stabilized. I turned on the tv and wound up falling down the Criminal Minds rabbit hole for an hour and was just about to start another when we got one of those annoyingly loud emergency weather bulletins. This one was for a tornado warning and guys, if I've never mentioned it before, let me say it now: tornadoes are on my short list of things that make me panicky. So I switched to the weather channel and it was doing... I dunno. I switched to Live5 because I guess I keep expecting the ghost of Charlie Hall to make them less weather porn and more reliable. Also, anyone else live in an area where one channel has basically had the same news anchors since their childhood? Just me? Okay then.

Anyway, for a good two minutes you couldn't hear or read anything because the freakin' warnings were drowning each other out. Helpful. Not. I woke Mums up because I'd rather she was awake already if things went to shit really quickly. And then I watched and wondered at the stupidity on display. This is a tangent so we'll put it here on its own:

They had a camera downtown on the Battery and Bill Walsh was making a huge deal about how unsafe the area was. Honestly, it kind of went without saying since you could see the waves coming up over the wall and splashing over into the street where a car was quickly being submerged. Naturally there were idiots out walking in the street or along the wall as the water raged. Our weatherman kept predicting the person walking along the Battery itself would be washed away and of course the guy was fine because of course he was. None of this is really worth mentioning except that BW kept getting upset because they'd had a crew out there but pulled them back because it was "too dangerous." He repeated this at least three times and so I assumed that the footage we were seeing was because someone had left a camera sort of like the ones they use for traffic or the Folly Pier or something.
Yeah, no. Eventually the crew they had out there comes on camera and starts 'reporting' when a rescue worker has to wade out into the street to rescue a couple of people who might or might not have been the dumbasses we'd just seen wading down the street. The only person who fell on their ass? The rescue worker. I turned the station when they started interviewing the dumbasses on the street while still trying to pretend that they cared about anyone's safety. Send. Those. Asses. Home. Or to a shelter if they're the ones who live in the homes shown (doubtful as uh, those places are pricey).

Tornado warning went away and I calmed down a bit and Mums and I watched for a bit longer and then the power started to flicker again. And went out. This was around 1:30, btw. I don't remember why I noticed this, but I did. I think it's because I went up to get my flashlight and my phone to call SCE&G and noticed the time then. *shrug*

The rain was coming down like crazy at this point. I peeked out the front door occasionally and you could see it coming down in sheets. The patio nextdoor was flooded and the parking lot was pretty much under an inch or so of water everywhere, though obviously more in the middle (where it dips) and at the end where the storm drains and things are. The street was underwater by this point due to the tides and rain. Mums and I looked at one of my magazines and then she fell asleep while I read Nanea's second book. (We'll talk about that at another time.) When I was done with that, I was really tired so when Mums stirred, I asked if she wanted me to leave my flashlight or take it with me. The inside of our place is pretty dark, especially on days when it's already really dark outside, so even with the backdoor shutters open, it was still really dark.

Took my flashlight and went upstairs, hopeful that maybe the power would be back soon. I dozed for about ten minutes when the dog let out her song of I must go out and I must go out NOWWWWWWWWWW. So I suited up and Mom hooked her up and out we went and immediately we were drenched. Like the dog was outside while I was still inside and she was immediately soaking wet. She actually seemed to be considering saying fuckit, I'm going back in but I guess the call of nature was too great for her. So out we went.

I'm not sure which is scarier- not being able to see what the wind and rain are doing but hearing things and fearing the worst, or being able to see the trees sway back and forth and actually see the gusts of wind as they try to knock you off your ass. Luckily I didn't really have time to dwell on this as the dog had other issues to deal with. Which we did. This is how I learned that the street was definitely completely under water, btw. As was the parking lot. She didn't seem to mind when I dragged her home, though if the wind hadn't been scaring me, I might've seriously considered grabbing the Dawn, sudsing her up, and letting the storm wash her. We were that soaked at that point and neither of us was thrilled.

Mums found me a towel and I found the dog one and we dried off. I tried to sleep but my room doesn't have a window: it has sliding glass doors. That show me the trees dancing. I... was not soothed by this sight. But I didn't want to close the drapes because it was my light source. Eventually I decided the cat would let me know if anything happened. This was around 4:30, I think. Tried to call SCE&G again but their line was busy. I snickered to myself and eventually I dozed only to wake up to cramps from hell. Yay. Went back to sleep and woke up again, but not sure what woke me. Then I realized it was the fact that we'd obviously had and lost power again. Also, it was quiet. No wind, no rain. Huh. So I got up and checked my phone which told me that hey, I'd missed a call. SCE&G had called to say hey, you have power. Guys, we had power for less than five minutes. I really don't even think it was that long.

Also, it was strange to realize in the two minutes it took me to check my phone, we went from minimal but still there light to pitch black. Creepy. This was around 8pm, for those playing along at home. Mums and I had dinner and I took the dog out and that's when I realized the universe was fucking with me. See, Mums had taken the dog out a few times during the day but every time she did, it was during a lull and either not raining at all or just drizzling. When I took the dog out, the wind and rain kicked back into gear. To be fair, it was just drizzling this time. But the dog was not interested in doing anything but standing and trying to get me to swim across the street so she could go to the pond. Uh, no. The power clicked back on while we were out and you could hear everyone celebrate, but when I looked back down at the dog I realized that things had gotten darker. It was a literal blink and it went out moment.

Dragged the dog back because the storm seemed to be kicking back up a notch. I think the power came back for good *knock on wood* around 9:30, so it wasn't out too long. Alas, my internet is still very much out. As is the tv.

Before going to sleep, Mums and I checked on the kittens and I called work to see if they were open. Turns out they don't just give the "sorry, we are closed" speech until you try and reach a department. Huh. Wonder if they were closed Sunday as well. Checked in with my brother who was without power and whose car apparently got hit by a tree limb. Fell asleep.

This morning, my walk showed me that the pond apparently rose til it was halfway to the street (so well over the usual banks) and a few smaller trees had fallen over. I'm about to go see if I can get a better look at whatever fell down to our left. Wish me luck.

Annnd we're back. Turns out that it was just a bunch of small and medium limbs and a slightly flattened (due to all the water, I presume) bush. So that's good. Wandered around back and was once more reminded why I hate going back there after it rains. The mud looks disgusting. Ick. Also, even if it doesn't rain for a week, it'll be wet back there for at least six more days.

Work is still playing the 'we're closed' message. Wonder if they actually are or if it's just the phone system is shot. Mums isn't being helpful with the voicemail password so no idea if work has left a message on the home phone. I hate that when I get an idea in my head, it'll bother me until I see it through. Now I'm all MUST CHECK MESSAGES NOW. I guess the dog and I have that in common. :P

Comcast is back, checked messages and not a peep from work who, at last check, is still playing the closed message. Peeked at FB and the news and it appears they 'closed' the bridges yesterday, shortly after we lost power. By closed I mean put them at threat level red or some such nonsense. Just... close the damn bridges like you used to. Without that, stores and shit stay open because, and I quote, "It's not like the bridges are closed." No one from work on my FB list has said anything one way or the other so I dunno what's going on.

Let's see. What else have I learned through my skip through the news? The Folly Boat (I'm sure I've shared the wonder that is the Folly Boat) was thought lost and then saved. There are a few reports of the 'rescue' I mentioned above. Yes, it was the same two jackasses on film earlier who had to be rescued. Asshats.

Monday update

Sep. 11th, 2017 08:02 am
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
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It started raining last night around seven-ish, and this morning it's ramped up from drizzle to full on giant raindrops being hurled through the air like water balloons. I know this because the dog has been out at least four times since I got up around 4:30. That number seems low. Maybe it's been five times...

It's chilly and dark and windy and wet. I neglected to make sure my hoodie was washed so that's going through the dryer now.


Hoodie dried so the next time the dog dragged me out I stayed relatively dry. The hoodie did not. The street is starting to flood and the pond is pretty close to max capacity. The dog is also not shutting the fuck up so the headache I thought I ditched is now coming back full force.

Dog. You are very small and the winds are very big. You do not want to spend the whole damn day outside. I do not want to spend the whole day outside. I do not trust the branches and limbs to not fall and smack me in the face. I mean, the last hurricane I did really well until I slid on the walkway after a walk with the dog and screwed my knee, ankle, and toe up... and I had days off of work after that to recover. That is not the case this time.

This has been your mid-morning update.

Meanwhile, in AG news

Sep. 10th, 2017 07:56 am
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Huh. Well. Unexpected news is unexpected. Kit's getting a Costco bundle this fall and you know what that means: she's probably going to get cubed. See: Caroline and Samantha for precedent.

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I'm not sure what to make of this, honestly. On the one hand, I was always under the impression that Kit sold pretty well (as in top 3), possibly due to the short hair making her less of a threat to parents who wanted to get their kid a doll but not immediately realize that maybe, just maybe, giving a $115 doll to a 3 year old was a mistake. The shorter hair masks that, at least for a bit. (None of this is to say that shorter hair isn't awesome. Because it is. It's just that if I had a buck for each time some mom mentioned Kit's hair as a selling point for gifting her kid the doll, I'd be able to buy a couple of CYO dolls. Yes. It's said that often.) Oh, the sweater is the new item in this bundle.

The lovely lady at Lissie&Lilly does point out that if AG is throwing out past trends and just trying to catch more people's attention, that having Kit be the doll of choice in a Costco bundle makes sense. Unlike Caroline or even Sam at the point they did the bundle, Kit still has a pretty large collection at this point. If gifted with the bundle, a kid isn't going to feel cheated when they go online or in store and look at her section and think that's it?

On the other hand, I haven't been a fan of Kit's BF revamp, clothing wise except for *peeks* her new Meet and her blue dress. *shrug*

So I suppose it's possible she's not getting the cube, or if she is it won't be for awhile. Sam took a year or so. I guess it'll also depend on when/if we're getting a new BF character next year.

There's also a BF sale going on at AG where it's Buy 1, Get 1 50% off. New stuff (like ME's skating set) is included, as are books though I find that unless they're on clearance, AG books are cheaper literally anywhere else.

Oh, and there are 20% off coupons floating around. I got my catalog but not a coupon to be seen. Shocked. I am ever so shocked. /sarcasm

Let's see. Yesterday Loki escaped and was apparently out for hours before he blew his own cover and came down the hall singing. When I eventually tried to take him back upstairs, we were fine until the last few steps when he freaked out and did the rabbit kick to the chest. So much blood. And pain. Ozma and Loki met, officially, and both hissed like crazy. Not sure if they'd ever get along if given enough time or if Ozzie just isn't interested in other animals. My brother swears he's coming to get the kittens this week after the storm passes, so we'll see.

Gotta go spend the next forever and a day updating the laptop, just in case. Also, doing laundry. Could be worse- I could have dish duty, but I'm letting Mums have that joy.

Oh, and gotta haul the trash out. I did take a walk earlier this morning and it was eerily quiet.

Note to self, update icons

Sep. 9th, 2017 07:11 pm
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
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Also, probably look into an icon package because yeah. Anyway, let's begin with the Irma update. Weather today, for what little I've been awake, has been quite nice. Sunny, breezy (a-duh) and other than the freakin' lovebugs being out in full force, it's been nice anytime I went outside. And I was out quite a bit right after I got up this afternoon/evening. Had to check on the various things outside our townhouse to see if anything needed to be put away. It doesn't really sound like that's much of a concern at this point however I like to be sure, y'know? Other than dragging the welcome mat inside or out on the back porch we seem to be good.

Work called this morning as I was trying to get Widget to take his damn pill and let me know that they'd changed their minds about closing indefinitely for the storm. We'll still be closed tonight (huzzah!) but open back up in the morning and work as usual come Tuesday for me. I don't think he heard me, but G ain't gonna be happy. The one employee I know is most likely to be affected by whatever we'll get is the one they're screwing. Guys, she lives downtown. It floods on normal high tide. Throw in the higher than average moon related tides and storm surge and yeah, no. Sigh.


Now I don't remember where else I was going with this. I have run myself off a tangent cliff. Oh no.

On the plus side, I'm awake for my night off. How often does that happen? And the freezer has a decent stock of strawberry daiquiris.

Oi

Sep. 9th, 2017 08:01 am
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
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Soooo... I'm guessing, based on the weather report, that we're supposed to spend Monday getting rain and wind and continuing storm surge. It'd be nice if at any time during the hurricane hunting they'd actually just spell it out like, "Hey. Saturday is going to be lovely and cool, a little breezy, but so long as you stay out of the water you'll be fine. Sunday the wind is gonna kick it up a notch and then Sunday evening is when things get... interesting." Something. Anything. Oi.


It's been interesting to gauge people's reactions to Irma around here. Some people are still fleeing while others are just shrugging their shoulders and figuring it's not likely to be all that bad, storm surge aside. I wonder if the church down Bees Ferry is going to go under and stay under again? I hope anyone who lives over that way who had the flooding last year for Matthew either did something to remedy the issue or got the hell out of here. It's also definitely been obvious which people had money or family ties that could help get them out of town because those people are long gone.

Not thrilled with the people who eyed the many signs around the store that let them know we were closing this evening and would re-open whenever possible and then said, "wait, y'all still doin' that?" Um, yes. Most of the people who work at the store do not live on the island and not a one of us wants to be stuck in a new store that was obviously built shoddily with windows that are now at eye-level just so you can get your freakin' cigarettes without bother. Buy extra and wait for us to re-open.

I did find out that my store is on the short list as a priority to re-open. Yay. [/sarcasm]

Shifting gears: if Nanea is going to basically just make everyone shit on Molly all over again, the fandom can go fuck themselves with some flaming pitchforks.


Kay. I'm gonna go take a small nap and then try and do some stuff around the house.

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Sep. 8th, 2017 10:09 am
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
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My short day is even shorter because Mums overslept. Of course, it's possible that today's meeting with the various store managers/DM/corporate/whoever will wind up with the store closing since the weather people are adamantly pointing out that while we've moved out of the cone of dooooooooom, we're still pretty likely to get tropical storm levels of crap and uh, the city floods at the drop of a hat. To say nothing of the fact that I work on an island.

Won't lie, I want them to close tonight because I would very much like time to try and run around and do what I need to do around the house without having to worry about getting sleep before work. Guess we'll see.


This morning I rang up a fair number of people and it seemed split half and half on those who were staying and those who were going. A lot of the ones leaving were upset because they didn't feel they really needed to now OR the places they're running to are most decidedly in the cone of doom now. That's gotta suck.

4:50 edit: Work tonight, closed tomorrow and they're not sure when we'll re-open. Which makes sense- they got a lot of flack last year for people not being able to get their prescriptions before the storm so this year they're cutting it as close as they can. And they won't know about re-opening until they see what happens.

G'ah

Sep. 7th, 2017 09:16 am
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I loathe the whiplash I'm getting from each update. One will be "ohshitohshitohshit!!!" and then the next is "dude, relax."

So. To my hurricane friends, whatcha doin'?

Rain rain...

Sep. 6th, 2017 10:24 am
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
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So the rain they kept forecasting for the last three days finally showed up. It brought a little storm with it. And by little, I mean the sky was pretty dark even when I got off work this morning and I worked til 8am. While waiting at the light, we saw lightning tell something to go to hell. If you told me that wasn't lightning so much as a staff held by a god/goddess, I'd believe it-it was that big.

Also the rain was so heavy that I couldn't see the truck in front of us and at first I just assumed he'd zoomed away. Nope, the first time we hit a light I realized he was still in front of us and not that far, either. The rain was just so heavy that we couldn't see his lights. o_O Good times.

Peeked at the Irma track when I got home and just peeked again and wow, that's a massive shift in just a few hours. Before it seemed to be going right up through Florida and now it's looking like it's shifting East enough to possibly ride the coast. No, storm. Keep going East. Do not come a gunnin' for me. But who the hell knows. It's interesting how little things changed for the first couple of days and now in a matter of three hours things have shifted dramatically. Not waking up for the midday update so we'll see where we are at dinner, I guess.

Did my quick Halloween flyby and saw this year's BBW house went up. I knew it was going to be expensive (I think it showed up in Canada first?) but oh, oh that price is insane.

7pm edit: I do not like this current track, so I'm gonna go sleep and see if it's any better when I wake up.

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