marcicat: (starburst)

Sooooo, I’m super excited to be traveling with starandrea next month to see the eclipse! And of course, packing is my favorite part of trips. (Really, it is. I don’t know why.)

And I had this debate with myself, because it’s a three day trip and that’s counting the travel days on either side, so it’s not like an enormous amount of advance packing needs to happen. But on the other hand, it’s a three day trip, which is basically the most fun to pack for because you really don’t have to leave anything out. There’s none of this ‘I wonder if I can get away with wearing the same pants the whole time to save space in my suitcase’ — just bring three pairs! There’s plenty of space!

I decided I could start planning a month in advance, and this morning I woke up and was all, ‘close enough!’ Let the list-making begin!

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marcicat: (blue footed bubi)

Traveling notes! (Because after Two Whole Plane Trips I feel I have gained much wisdom.)

1. You would think one water bottle would be enough. It’s not. Always two.

2. Cargo pants that convert to capris are stellar travel pants, because you can put things in the snappy pockets and not worry about them falling out. Downside: extra security pat down both times.

3. If you want to do the chewing gum thing to help with plane takeoff pressure, but don’t love gum, gummy bears make a great alternative!

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Disney day!

Nov. 4th, 2016 05:32 am
marcicat: (rainbow giraffes)

Headed to Epcot. Florida v. fun. Currently ignoring my nano novel.


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marcicat: (badger bali)

It’s trip day! I will be going to FLORIDA, for the FIRST TIME IN MY WHOLE LIFE!

(For real, I have never been to Florida. I don’t really travel? So this is very exciting!)

Also it is still November, so: current nano word count: 3368

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Sep. 29th, 2013 07:37 pm
marcicat: (anteater)

There I was, my last morning in Baltimore, enjoying the sunshine.

And then I saw this.


Guess where I was when I took that picture? Yes, I was ON THE SKYWALK. I’m *hoping* that it was just the bit beyond the sign that was, you know, dangerously in need of repair. (I peeked; it was rubble.) But it did not fill me with confidence, and I decided it would be prudent to enjoy the sunshine from a location on the other side of the building.

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marcicat: kismet sleeping (kismet sleeping)

Less than 24 hours before I am off to the airport! Hopefully I managed to get enough stuff done today that I am adequately prepared. Exceptionally prepared would be even better, but I’ll take adequately.

Current status: total freakout mode
(looking forward to the moment when this shifts to cool competence mode — fingers crossed it’s soon)

Pre-trip to-do list: short but vital
(apparently I only have one hairbrush; that never seems important until I’m packing to go somewhere)

Travel companion meter: cautiously optimistic
(hope springs eternal)

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marcicat: (duckling)

When I depart for my lovely work-cation, I will of course be bringing along my nook. Reading is one of my favorite ways to pass time on an airplane, because it tends to keep me calm and help me forget about the fact that I’m, you know, on an airplane. (Seriously, I never used to have trouble flying. Now? Mm, not so great at it.)

I will confess there are no actual books on my nook. Just lots and lots of fanfic. (Thank you, AO3, for making that so easy!) But I would love to have some new stories to look forward to for the journey. Here’s the kicker: I’m flying Southwest, so I’ll probably have a person on either side of me, and one of them will be a coworker. I really, really would prefer not to be reading any explicit violence or sex while someone is potentially reading over my shoulder.

So — any suggestions for good fics with a mild rating?

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marcicat: (penguins sliding)

One week and a day until the big work-cation! Someone told me this week, “I can’t believe that’s next week — it’s coming up so quickly.” And I wanted to say, “Really? Because I feel like I’ve already gone and come back at least three times, with all the energy I’ve expended just thinking about it.” (But I didn’t. I’m sure I said something completely inane, like, ‘oh yes, me too.’)

Current Status: woohoo?
(still enough time that it feels *relatively* likely I will be ready to go by next Wednesday)

Pre-Trip To-Do List: long
(but we’ve reached the window where things are actually getting crossed off for good, so that’s nice)

Travel Companion Meter: wavy
(carpool agreement has been suggested but not confirmed; her car looks unfortunately similar to a rumbly deathtrap, so I’m not sure if I want the answer to be yes or no at this point…)

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marcicat: xkcd sunset (xkcd sunset)

Just two weeks (and a day) before my trade show work-cation!

Current status: woohoo!
(still early enough that it seems doable and awesome)

Pre-trip To-Do list: still growing
(so far, for everything I check off, I seem to add at least two more)

Travel Companion Meter: mild to moderate concern that said companion will bail at the last minute, causing problems for everyone
(interestingly, I had this same concern about a different person last year — maybe it’s just me?)

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marcicat: (cookies)

In roughly a month and a half, I’ll be traveling south for a work-cation! (The same venue as last year, though the finagling of a ticket this year required some tricksy work politicking.)

Last year I went with the store mom — very easy to travel with, and could rock the mom voice any time it looked like things were getting dicey. This year I’m going with her co-boss, who is both more flighty and more outgoing than me. On the other hand, we were actually born in the same year, so any time we are together it’s like we bubble over with pop culture references only funny to eighties kids.

(I’m pretty sure that after four days together, we will either hate each other or be the best of friends.)

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marcicat: (black cat in snow)

This has been maybe the least relaxing three days off I can remember. Which is probably a good thing, really, since they haven’t exactly been horrible. I’m just a little — on edge.

So I spent this evening watching ‘Captain America: The First Avenger.’ (I had to cover my eyes in the train scene. It better turn out okay in Cap2!) And now I kind of want to reread Film Studies (by copperbadge), and also that one where Tony accidentally travels back in time, meets Steve during the war, and impersonates his own uncle.

[note: against all odds, searching my pinboard for the phrase "time travel" actually produced the story I was looking for: it's The Twice-Told Tale, by arysteia]

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marcicat: (winter deer)

Add this to the list of songs that are awkward to find yourself singing when you look over and see an officer of the law in the car next to you. Thursday morning, driving through a school zone, cop parked on the road:

Me (singing loudly and probably out of tune): “Yeah, every now and then you gotta raise a little hell; hope we get lucky and stay out of jail’”

Me: ::sees cop::

Me: ::suddenly very glad it’s not summer, so my windows aren’t rolled down::

So come on, come on,
Baby, I’m buying
I got enough to last us all night and
You got the kiss that tastes like honey
And I got a little beer money
Tonight, Tonight
Baby, we’re drinkin’;
Lets wake the town that never stops sleeping
You got the kiss that tastes like honey
And I got a little beer money

-Beer Money (Kip Moore)

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marcicat: (heart wings)

One last thought about my work-cation — specifically, flying with a nook tablet. On the flight out, I forgot all the security rules. I sent my backpack through the scanner thing without taking out the nook, my quart-sized bag full of less than 3 oz. bottles, anything. I remembered to take my watch off. That’s about it. (Note: this did not lead to any additional bag searches, which I find hilarious after starandrea’s post about setting off the scanners.

That’s totally not the point of the post, though. Because one of the things that really differentiates the nook tablet from the kindle is that it doesn’t have the looks-like-paper screen. This has occasionally been something I regret (like the one time I tried to read it outside). But on a plane, the seats are super close together. And I spent part of the flight reading the Sky Mall catalog over my coworker’s shoulder, so I know it’s easily done. And I have a lot of not-exactly-G-rated fics on my nook.

Clearly this is all leading to me reading Asymptote (by tahariel) on the plane (which was great, but *totally* not the fic I thought it was when I picked it), with my former boss on one side and a total stranger on the other. And I’m thinking, ‘Well, this is suddenly awkward. But wait! It’s not a looks-like-paper screen! They probably can’t read it AT ALL from their angles!’

I’m telling you, it was a relief. Thanks, nook tablet!

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marcicat: (awww giraffe)

Okay, technically day 2 of the work-cation was yesterday, which would make today officially post-work-cation day 1. Or something.

The Good News:
No one got injured, fired, or drunk enough to say anything truly regrettable. (Woohoo!)

The Bad News:
The work-cation is a decent way to force staff bonding, but it creates a pretty significant divide between those who went on the trip and those who didn’t. It’ll all settle out after a couple weeks, but it feels a little awkward right now.

All The News In Between:
It’s fun to have had new experiences, even if they weren’t on the top of my “hey, I’d like to do that!” list. Also, special thanks to my coworker roommate, who stepped in as my “don’t get lost” buddy and kept me on track whenever we walked anywhere.

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marcicat: (cookies)

1. Souvenir of the day: a 2012 lobster boat racing calendar, along with the quote “With some duct tape and a few beers, it’s amazing what can seem like a good idea.” (Truer words…)

2. My roommate and I have officially named this the year of crazy cat people. Because honestly, we work together, and if we don’t want to talk about work, there aren’t a heck of a lot of safe alternative topics. So we talk about our cats. A lot, actually.

3. I attended my first baseball game today, which was interesting. When I am back on a computer where I can open up bunches of tabs, I’ll link some fun baseball fics (very common in Live Free or Die Hard fanfic that I have bookmarked).

4. On a less social note, I did skip out on the “gelato and beer” trip out on the town this evening. Yikes. It’s not that these aren’t lovely people, it’s more that there must be a finite number of coworker-appropriate stories we can tell, and once we hit the limit, it’s all gonna be downhill from there.

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Jan. 20th, 2012 10:57 am
marcicat: (puffin)

Due to reasons I often find baffling, I end up getting a lot of emails sent to my work address by UPS. Shipping confirmations and delivery confirmations, for the most part, which are all essentially dull, though I try to open them and at least *check* what they say, since every once in a while there’s that ‘the package weighed *HOW* much? and we signed for that?’ moment.

Today I got my favorite kind — the UPS Exception Notification. As far as I can tell, I get those when UPS was planning to deliver something, but then didn’t. (Often due to weather-related reasons, although I have noted a slightly cranky tone in the ‘YOU WERE CLOSED’ ones.)

I think this is my favorite so far:

This notice alerts you delivery of the following shipment has been rescheduled.

Exception Reason: LATE TRAIN

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marcicat: (unicorn puking rainbows)

And *now* my car is giving me the “Low Washer Fluid” warning. On the up side, at least it tells me that in words, as opposed to using some kind of pictorial representation.

Already it feels like it’s been a long week, and it’s only Tuesday!

Here’s an ewok instead.

(Credit: Lucy Ravenscar on Ravelry, via Good Stuff Happened Today)

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marcicat: (starburst)

The Mystery of Mailing

On November 14 (note: a Monday), a package was shipped to me. Estimated delivery: 1-3 days. I even got a handy link to track the Post Office’s progress on my box. Yay!

Little did I know of the MYSTERIOUS MYSTERY lurking between Ohio (where my box started) and New Hampshire (where I am). Tracking started out just as expected:

November 14: URBANA, OH

From there it traveled to the bustling hub of Columbus, OH, and by November 16th was as far as Memphis, TN. Then, the Mystery Spot.

On November 17th (note: a Wednesday), the package was “processed through USPS sort facility” in (this is straight from the tracking site) UNKNOWN, UN. And disappeared off the grid for three days. What happened in UNKNOWN, UN? I’m not sure I even *want* to know.

The package re-appeared today, tracking through New Hampshire for delivery. Not exactly 1-3 days, but far better than being lost in UNKNOWN-ville forever.

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marcicat: (yin yang hearts)

I am *this close* to being the proud owner of a Blue Car. Since I currently drive a Red Car, this is obviously going to be a big change for me.

When I got the Red Car, the woman selling it gave me a guardian angel clip for the visor. A quick glance through the Blue Car, and I realized it comes with an angel clip too!

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marcicat: (peace dreamsheep)

1. I spent yesterday in a happy spiral of ‘I should post something’ – ‘maybe a fic rec’ – ‘I should read something that I could rec.’ Hours of reading, not any posting.

2. The car situation is still frustratingly in limbo. Also, it’s really irritating when you’re actually waiting for a phone call, because then you have to pick up the phone when it rings, and usually it’s a telemarketer.

3. Speaking of telemarketers, we’ve been seeing an upsurge in calls lately. I’ve started just hanging up when I hear the call center noise in the background. I’m trying to work up the gusto to start a sales pitch of my own in that pause while they switch back to my line. (Note: To anyone who might call me — if you’re somewhere crowded, like a train station, or something, and I hang up on you, sorry in advance. Call right back, okay?)

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