AAAAAAARGH. Fuck you too Win 8

Sep. 29th, 2014 10:50 pm
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So the Adobe Reader on Win 8 is one of those affairs with no X for you to close the window, it takes up the whole fucking screen and you have to fiddle around the sides for all the other controls and commands and I still hadn't quite figured out how to CLOSE FILES. All this while I was told, just swipe from top to bottom to close the window! But turns out it's not the same as CLOSING A FILE.

So for the last few days I've been figuring out how to do highlighting and annotations in the reader, and thought I was quite getting the hang of it, but then I tried to open another file and Reader was like WOOP! TOO MANY FILES OPEN! CLOSE SOME? And I was like, uh, okay, and closed a couple of them.

EXCEPT it didn't register as having saved my fucking annotations (and in one of them I'd spent a couple of days carefully poring over it and making a lot of highlights). So now I have to fucking re-read two of the three things I've read over the last week and re-do my annotations.

NNGGGHHH. Technology is supposed to get more user-intuitive not fucking harder to use what is the point of all this functionality if it's so fucking hard to learn?
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My jeans no longer fit well >:{ And this after I patched them up so nicely!! I've also bought some new blouses which need long trousers, and winter is coming. I guess I WILL cut down on cookies this fall and try to work out more now that I'm no longer in seminars.

If I lose just three inches off the waist I'll be fairly happy. And maybe some cardio exercise will help with the fatigue as well.

NaNoWriMo ideas

Sep. 28th, 2014 08:26 pm
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So... on Facebook I was like "porn? romance novel? YA novel? Hmmm" and everyone was like "ALL OF THEM" except I am not suicidal and I don't think people understood that each phrase meant a completely different idea that would be difficult to overlap while still maintaining cohesion. Also it will have to be written alongside a dissertation prospectus. I aim to use NaNo for getting started on a new manuscript, not necessarily to hit the 50k wordcount (which from past experience I know is possible, even when I'm doing seminars and TA'ing at the same time, hence why I just dropped off from doing it the last couple of years... and the trouble of getting downtown to events here is a HUGE turn-off. However, there appears to be a pretty strong contingent of UCR students so I may try to rally with them instead).

So if any of you were curious as to which ideas I'm currently wrestling with, here they are under a cut to save your f-list )

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Sep. 28th, 2014 06:00 pm
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I was so good today and got out of bed by 8.30am. At noon I went out to Hunter Park, met Nalo there to ride a train. Got back at 1.20pm. At 2pm, I decided, a short nap couldn't hurt, and I'm out of bed at 5.30pm.

I feel like complete crud right now because my body feels like it didn't get enough sleep and I'm kinda mad because I had such difficulty sleeping last night. Like, constant tossing and turning.

>_< I'm going to go a whole week without napping next week. I really want to set a pattern where I go to campus in the morning until noon, come home, eat lunch, rest, then head back out around 4pm to continue working.

Three Good Things

Sep. 27th, 2014 11:16 am
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Positivity Meme, Take Two!

1. The oral surgery that worried me so much went better than I had expected, and though it wasn't exactly pleasant, it could have been worse. And that one yucky step, which I feel is the worst part of the implant process, is now over! And today chewing doesn't hurt as much, so I can eat regular food, which is a huge relief.

2. The third series of Legend of Korra is out on DVD on 12/2, so I've pre-ordered it for Ms. 6 for her Christmas present. That way she won't have to bug adults to stream it for her, when she's done with series two. I love giving her stories, because she loves stories so much. And I like that Korra and its previous show, Avatar, offer complex narratives in which, as Chris Boucher once said, "There are no good guys. There are no bad guys. There are only better guys, and worse guys." Well, okay, these shows aren't as morally complex as Blake's 7. But for kid shows, they are.

3. My beta reader got back to me on my new writing project with many encouraging words.

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Sep. 27th, 2014 12:44 am
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- I think p much all the stories have gone through a first round of edits! Gonna start the second round tomorrow.

- Chi is back in town! I missed her. She was still heavily jetlagged from her flight (got in yesterday).

- I scanned a lot of stuff in today! Which means I learned how to use the scanner at work. I can't use mine; it's too sensitive. There're some issues with the larger books, of course, but I'll figure that out.

- Nalo met with me for dinner and we talked about further things to suggest. She had more stuff for me to scan too. And loaned me a book of Ursula LeGuin non-fiction essays. I think that might be nice to balance off the non-fiction for the first class, and LeGuin is easy to read.

- I had difficulty waking up. Both this morning, and from my afternoon nap. It's a bit distressing, esp since I haven't been sleeping well at nights. I think it's because even though superficially I'm not jetlagged, my body doesn't realize that nighttime is actually nighttime, not daytime. ARGH. I don't really know how to fix it except to keep waking up earlier. I may try to refrain from napping in the afternoons for the next while.


Sep. 25th, 2014 04:30 pm
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What Follows is live!

"How would an Immortal deal with the End Times?

The world will inevitably come stumbling into apocalypse, and They will be there to witness it. Dryads, demi-gods, deities of every pantheon- is it possible for the Eternal to handle an ending with grace?

Should it come through disease, disaster, or religious fervor, discover What Follows… "


And... tomorrow I go for the biopsy. Wish me luck.

Wednesday Reading

Sep. 24th, 2014 09:21 am
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Jonathan Strange & Mr Norrell has been languishing unfinished at the foot of my bed. I am in the last third of The Comanche Empire by Pekka Hamalainen.

The bathroom book, Forty Miles a Day on Beans and Hay: The Enlisted Soldier Fighting the Indian Wars, is also still in progress. It's an interesting comparison to the Hamalainen so far as scholarship is concerned!

And I just started another book for preview.

Three Job Things

Sep. 23rd, 2014 09:36 am
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1. I have a job. I get paid for the job. Yay job.

2. I have a job. I get paid for the job. Yay job. It could be a lot more boring than it is. I could have terrible co-workers, but I don't. Right?

3. I have a job. I get paid for the job. Yay job. Other people would be happy to have my job. My job has fast internet and access to JSTOR. I have dental insurance that will cover at least half of my expensive dental work! I can pay my rent! I can buy food! I can even go on some trips! Yay job.

Busy Weekend!

Sep. 22nd, 2014 09:07 am
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This weekend, I wrote about 1000 words on the new project and did the most urgent load of laundry.

Saturday afternoon, I helped a friend move furniture around in her new house, followed by dinner at sidewalk tables that allowed for much people-watching of Jazz Festival folks. I found myself wishing I'd kept a tally of the number of snapbrim hats versus trilbies. But one guy had a fez with a long tassel; I think he won the Battle of the Jazz Hats.

Sunday was mostly devoted to the Adorable Tots, and included the first episodes of The Legend of Korra and considerable swing-pushing at Smith Playground.

I'm looking forward to having Thursday off the dentist, and maybe Friday as well if there is much soreness.
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w: *digging around in the laundry basket looking for socks*

me: None of our socks match. *grump*

w: *lays socks out on the bed with his clothes* These match just fine.

me: No they don't, look at them, they have incremental differences!

w: I didn't realize you were gonna get all "This sock has hopes and aspirations--that sock is dead weight."

me: *glaaaaares*


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Sep. 21st, 2014 12:33 am
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I got really bored and thus I am now on Facebook. I am kind of not seeing the big deal about it, tbh. I'll probably just use it for my dissertation research and chatting with friends but the bulk of my personal life blogging will still remains here on DW, and on Tumblr.

Today was a complete bust. I didn't even have breakfast. I walked outside a couple of times but that was it.

I, uh, found a funnel spider living on my dustpan if that counts as something interesting.

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Sep. 18th, 2014 01:03 pm
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Yesterday from around 10am to 3pm, I was on a Peer Panel for the orientation for Masters level international students. Practically none of them were in Humanities, which made me wish I went to the PhD one too. It was pretty fun. My co-panelist was an Environmental Toxicology PhD from Zimbabwe and we covered a pretty huge range of topics.

I also tried using my new Asus Transformer in bed last night and it worked out pretty great! But I feel really bad at how many fingerprints I left on the thing at the end of the night.

This morning I went with HH to Best BUy so I could get a new micro-USB adapter for my ASUS, because I am kind of over using plug converters when getting local adapters is so much cheaper than it used to be. I need to clear my table, write a letter, go see the doctor (and the apologize for making an appointment for a Pap and having to tell her that my period JUST started).

I also need to figure out what to do about my garden. It's covered by a lot of leaves right now which are never going to mulch properly in this weather. I found my earthworms, but they're using their humus as bedding right now, so I'll have to fix that tonight. I think I also just need more earthworms, speed up production.
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I spent an hour on the elliptical last night, at level one; it's the first time I've done that, ever. Before, my longest time was 45 minutes, but I was reading fanfic and I felt pretty good. Also, it was level one, which was a lovely contrast to level 10 from Monday.

It was weird because I didn't have a good day and I was resistant to going, and I felt generally sore and tired. But the reading was a good distraction, and I went up to the fourth floor where it was a bit less crowded, which also helped my mood.

Then I did 3 sets of 10 bench presses with 20-pound dumbbells and a couple of sets of tricep kickbacks with my right arm, using a 7.5 pound weight. My arm did shake a bit, but I remember when I first started doing those in PT, and 3 pounds was rough. I also tried to do deadlifts with the dumbbells, but I was really tired by then and only did one set.

I was definitely more relaxed after all that, if a little shaky from hunger. My pre-workout Luna Bar had run out, but I had another waiting in my locker. Then I went home and had high-fiber cereal and Greek yogurt.

Wednesday Reading

Sep. 17th, 2014 11:46 am
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I haven't been reading much lately. I'm writing, and choir has started again, and all that. Except for a few things for previews, I'm still working on the same books from my last report.

I did really enjoy this Hawkeye and Bucky and Captain America and Black Widow fanfiction story that uses Hawkeye characterization from the current comic series: The Only Guy Steve Knows Who Lives In Brooklyn by Chex. It's set post-"Winter Soldier."

3 Positives

Sep. 17th, 2014 08:49 am
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Grimly, I post three positive things. With many capitalized words.

1. I am writing a New Thing, and it's flowing, so even though it's (on purpose) not at all my usual thing, that is Progress. It means I am not lazy and that I can write things, I really can. And trying Something New is good. Stretching is good.

2. I am going to cons in October and November, and I will see friends, and I will have fun. I will. And I will Not Compare my writing career to that of other people. Right?

3. We started BWV 21 last night, one of the Bach cantatas I have never sung before (there are lots of those!). It's one of his earlier ones so it has lots of intriguingly tricky bits. And it ends with a lot of "Alleluias," which is one of my favorite words to sing.


Sep. 17th, 2014 09:22 pm
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I am slated to have a biopsy done next Friday.

It will be done as day surgery.

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