block breaking

So, yeah, it's been six weeks since the first blizzard, and we've had snow every weekend since then. I'm about to go nuts. Hate snow. Haaate. Do not want.

Ahh, writer's block, how I adore thee... sigh. Been trying to write more on the book, or even on one of the fics. Semi-successful. I had a bit of fun running one of the scenes through the Bonsai Story Generator, though. Most of it's gibberish, but a couple amusing "poetry" pieces came out of it.

“Guess I may ask…” Best if you do so.
I thank her toward Pacarin, and its pyre.
Although he had her fingers as she is lost.
We will find a Metalshaper sitting there, hunched over his shoulder to find a lust for him.
Turning a bit of flesh.

Poetic pr0n? Aw, how euphemistic!

Idris had no salt-stains or red rings from crying out two shimmery blue-metal chips.
“I’ll buy it, then,” he could hardly feel.
Turning the horse by the chill.
Ah, yes.
Perhaps it is no pleasure.

Yes, perhaps it is, Idris, if you're crying coins :P

Anyway, that was my Random LJ Post of Doom. That and the Travesty Generator are way too fun to play with when you're supposed to be writing :P
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    Therion - Schwarzalbenheim

Just a-thinkin'.

Mrr, I do rarely feel like writing in this, but I guess tonight I do. Some stuff happening outside of the usual, which doesn't often occur (I discourage such, heh).

So, my coworker just died, on Friday morning. It was kind of not a surprise, though the actual learning of it was definitely a shock. He'd been in the hospital for a few months, and had many problems: diabetes, Crohn's, prostate cancer and leukemia. So... yeah, it wasn't a surprise. Might even have been a relief. But still, we worked together for five years, we were friendly enough but he was much closer with some of the others. I keep wondering if I ought to feel... sadder about it all. Sure, there was the initial shock, and I cried a little, and I could definitely feel I was getting a bit shaky, but afterward, I dunno, I went home and looked at funny things. I guess there's just no use in being depressed, as regretful as I do feel. It just seems so useless. I guess it's better to just remember the fun things...

It hasn't been too good for the museum people this month either; my old boss' son was just killed in a car accident. He was a paramedic and his wife is too, and she was actually called to the scene before they realized. I saw pictures of his parents on their local newspaper's website, these people I know looking so devastated, and then a huge argument on the newspaper's website in the comments on the article about the respect given by the media and aaah. It's just one of those things that make you ponder mortality and futility and man, lately I just go read some comics and try to forget about all this stuff. (Ah, yes, scans_daily has turned me into some kind of Marvel ho now, dammit.) Better than just rehashing it in my head over and over, I s'pose. Yeah. Get it out here and then go on, sounds good to me. I guess there's a reason for this LJ after all :P

Speaking of comics, I'm getting all excited about the one I'm working on... even though it's related to fandom, that's by a very tenuous thread, so I can play around with it and develop my drawing and coloring all I like. So I guess I'll just continue to see how far I can go with it. I sure wouldn't be able to do it for a living, but it does make me think that I'd enjoy being a colorist... at least then I wouldn't be drawing, inking, coloring and writing the darn thing, heh!

So, yeah, that's that. We're seriously understaffed at work right now - the part-time person left for a better job, which leaves two employees to cover the whole week, at least until they hire someone else. There have been a trillion calls and applications/resumes submitted, so hopefully that will be soon. I just hope this new person meshes okay with all of us, since before this nearly -everyone- was hired because they knew someone already working here, or at the very least they were known in town. So a complete stranger as a coworker will be a new thing for me. I have looked at some of the people turning apps in and wondered how they will deal with all the quirks of a workplace like this, and some of them, I just don't know :P It seems to inspire a kind of odd loyalty in those of us who have been working here so long; the "newest" employee now has been working here five years or so. I guess we'll be finding out!

Oh yeah, I went off on random stuff and totally forgot: today I found a cat at the museum! I took her to the shelter but there were no descriptions of anyone looking for her yet, so I left her info and am keeping her unless someone calls looking. I'll probably put up some signs too, since I know I'd want my cats back if they were lost! She's very sweet and friendly but kind of skinny, so she may have been out there a while. She'll have to stay here at my parents' house for a while because I already have my cats at the apartment, but I guess I need another reason to come visit here more :P
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evil peanut

like, ow.

So, I never thought I'd be glad to find out I'd broken my ankle...

See, I've had this chronic ankle and foot pain for over a year now. Unlike the kind that gets better after work when you take your shoes off, it's just been hurting all the time, especially when I'm standing a lot at work.

So I finally went to the doctor again, and then to a podiatrist, where they took ankle x-rays instead of just feet ones.

Well! Four years ago, when we were moving out of our old house, I was running through the backyard for some reason, and wearing some tall shoes at that, when I turned my ankle in a dip in the ground. Thought it was just sprained, got an Ace ankle bandage, and went on with moving for the first time in nine years. I didn't want to go to the doctor about it because I'd gone about a "broken" arm in seventh grade and it turned out to be just a pinched nerve, and I didn't want to waste time and money on it.

Buuut, turns out I'd actually broken it! You could see right on the x-ray the little line where the fracture had healed. O_o I'm actually really glad to know that this pain has an actual cause, since the last times I went in to the doctor about it, nothing really happened or helped.

So instead of being a wimp over a "sprain", I actually was the opposite, heh. The doctor said that if I'd gone in at that time they would have had to do surgery on a fracture like that, and that he'd only seen one other who had walked around on a fracture and he was a guy in a rodeo, so that amused me. Of course, I do wish I'd gone in because it would probably spare the pain now, but alas, can't help that...

So, thanks to this I have a kind of arthritis in my ankle there, because the bones are no longer aligned perfectly, like they are in the other ankle. I also have achilles tendonitis in both feet, which I knew about already, but it really sucks. :P My foot's all taped up and I have to keep it on for five days, and hopefully that will help things, because I'd rather have an orthotic than physical therapy/cortisone/surgery, bleh.

And that is more than you ever wanted to know about my feet!
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    Leaves' Eyes - The Thorn

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You fit in with:

Your ideals mostly resemble that of a Humanist. Although you do not have a lot of faith, you are devoted to making this world better, in the short time that you have to live. Humanists do not generally believe in an afterlife, and therefore, are committed to making the world a better place for themselves and future generations.

20% spiritual.
80% reason-oriented.

Take this quiz at

Hmm, makes sense, I guess. I'm "officially" agnostic, though, mrah.

Arrgh, damn wind again! We had a big ol' windstorm that knocked the glass in my sliding door from the frame on one side a few weeks ago. (I am too pathetic to remember or look back to see if I posted about that.) Anyway, it hasn't been fixed yet and we're having more wind. It always comes from the west, grrr. Nothing in its way! I guess I will have to borrow some duct tape from work here and reinforce it...

There was a mini-blizzard that came from absolutely nowhere as we were going to work today, dropped first rain and then snow, and after ten minutes it was sunny again. Now that's my kind of blizzard. Been enjoying all this 40/50-degree weather lately, very much!
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    That damn Thomas book playing "Oh Suzanna" or something

meat and two veg

Sooo, went to the the work holiday party (1 of 2) last night. Lots of people but it went off nicely and there was lots of free food, yum. As we were clearing up there was some extra, though, and I'd asked if I could have some of the veggies. I'd just gone to the store and I realized all I'd gotten were tasty and yet very carbalicious items, so I was planning to get some veggies on the way home.

They gave me the entire tray - same as the first one which had managed to feed 70 people. Supplemented by other items, of course, but still. I'm never going to finish this thing before it goes bad. But now I have veggies to go with my potatoes and rice and so it is all good now!
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    Matthew Good - Double Life

Everyone else is doing it!

Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In February I pulled over and changed dasmeg's flat tire (15 points). Last Thursday I ruled Canada as a kind and benevolent dictator (700 points). In September I pushed halo2298 in the mud (-17 points). Last Monday I pulled sharraroarke's hair (-5 points). Last Friday I signed my organ donor card (28 points).

Overall, I've been nice (721 points). For Christmas I deserve a toy train!


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I was even nicer in the first one but still got a train. I guess you can get away with a little hair-pulling, eh, Santa? *smirk*

Well, on Monday we had a windstorm - turns out Golden was where some of the highest-speed gales were, too. Also, I am on the fourth floor facing west, and the winds were coming from the west. So that meant 90 MPH winds straight at my cheap-ass sliding glass door. Luckily I was off so I could get maintenance over right away to duct tape the glass back in :P otherwise it would have sucked because the next day snowed ickily. It was freezing anyway though with the wind getting in by bending in the frickin' frame.

It's sunny today. I am quite happy~
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    CCR - Bad Moon Rising


Blaaah, I am in such a crappy mood right now. My Saturdays are gone, dammit, now I have Fridays again and I wasn't expecting it. So it's even crappier. The upside is that it tends to be quiet enough that I can get stuff done (including my own stuff) without having to constantly jump up.

I want to draw so bad. Besides us actually getting another chapter of "Ragnarok" out which is inspiring me on that, I also want to do LoD pics, and I've been reading comics lately (woo Green Arrow!) which makes me want to try my hand at non-anime drawing for a bit. I'm almost afraid to start, though - I mean, DC superheroes? It feels like sacrilege to even try! :P Ah well. At least I have a few days off in a row because of yet-another-holiday-I-don't-celebrate, so I can try at least.

Heh, so at work we have this train table for the little kids to play with their Thomas stuff, and every day we have at least one who cries when they have to leave from it. Anyway, a bit less often than that, but often enough, I hear little kids who, while playing, go "choo choo"! And while that may not seem at all odd, considering they're playing with train toys, it's the way they say it. It's like a TV doctor goes "breathe, damn it, breathe!" That same desperation and intensity, trying so hard against all the odds to make that train real - "Chooo! Chooo!" I have to try not to laugh every time I hear it.
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    "Tears of a Clown" is in my head. For no good reason, graah!


Stolen from Matt's journal!

A - Age you got your first kiss: Seven. With tongue, even. *smirk*
B - Band listening to right now: Bella Morte
C - Crush: Ummm...
D - Dad's name: Steve
E - Easiest person(s) to talk to: Emily, Krista, Lore
F - Favorite bands at the moment: Nightwish!
G - Gummy bears or gummy worms: Gummy bears.
H - Hometown: Golden, CO! Geez, I still kept saying I lived there even when I lived in Arvada for three years.
I - Instruments: I played the alto sax, and the soprano/tenor recorder. Go me. Haven't played 'em in years, though.
K - Kids: At least one, but two would be nice. An even number, at least. Odd numbers aren't so good :P
L - Longest car ride ever: Well, I drove about 15 hours this summer but we did stop for lunch and stuff.
M - Mom's name: Cindy
N - Nicknames: Swifty, Amy
O - One wish: Never having to worry about money.
P - Phobia(s): Big creepy-crawly things.
Q - Quote: Can't think of one off the top of my head. I totally remembered the preamble to the Constitution the other day, though. I guess school was good for something!
R - Reason to smile: Getting praise for writing just because of its merits!
S - Song you sang last: Fleetwood Mac's "Storms"
T - Time you woke up today: 10-ish
V - Vegetable you hate: Broccoli
W - Worst habit(s): I say 'heh' waaaay too much in IMs.
X - X-rays you've had: Arm, ankle
Y - Yummy food: Kung pao chicken!
Z - Zodiac sign: Taurus-Gemini
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    Mediaeval Baebes - Love Me Broughte

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I have a WAY too overactive imagination, apparently.

The big ol' coffee percolator pot on the counter somewhere behind me is making these little high-pitched sigh/moan "oooh" noises, with a background sound of water plop-whooshing. I'm sure that's the sound it usually makes, but...

I can think of nothing but public bathrooms! And what you'd rather NOT hear in the stall next to you.

I'm still looking forward to some coffee, though. Work sucks, especially with the Thomas event coming up yet again. Only 8,000 more tickets left to sell! At least we're ahead this year.

And, I am SO hating the phone company right now. I've been in my new apartment over a week now and still no phone line. I called it in nearly two weeks ago and they've screwed me over twice. Now I have to wait till Tuesday to have a phone/internet at home. Lovely. I feel like I'm missing so much, even though the comics I check will still be there, etc. Can't play NWN! And, even though I just lurk on KC mostly, I like to keep up with what's happening. Ah well.

Have my blue belt test today. Not looking forward to it. So many people, urrrgh. Even though I know my stuff considering I've been a purple belt for, like, half a year or more.

Coffee machine's stopped moaning, now. I guess it's been (ful)filled...? *ba-dum-ching!* Thank you, thank you, I'll be here... *checks clock* seven more hours. *sigh*
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    Random babble. And coffee machine noise.