marcicat: (kitteh hug)

1. Summer foods consumed: popsicles, ice cream, hot dogs, food truck bbq: check!

1a. Summer foods yet to be consumed: maybe some kind of iced coffee drink?

2. Summer plants: still alive!

2a. Summer plants admission: I’ve actually swapped out two of the originals for coleus cuttings.

3. Summer activities: just did a fun google search on the difference between walking and hiking, and there are some strong opinions out there. Anyway, some of that.

3a. Summer activities yet to come: Eclipse!2017, heck yeah!

4. Summer hours at work: a dumb idea, but does give us something new to talk about.

4a. Summer work event to come: the company-wide meeting with food and “team-building activities.” This year’s theme is “Survivor.” Foreshadowing, or just poor planning?

5. Summer weather: it sure is summer out there!

5a. Summer weather update: the weather at this exact moment is actually amazingly nice; kudos to you, nature!

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marcicat: drama llama (drama llama)

I am Not Great at crisis thinking. As in: Monday night, an electrical outlet in my apartment started making noise. It was that alarming crackling static sound that immediately makes you think ‘is that catching on fire?’

And there’s me, staring at it like that’s going to do anything (a watched outlet never ignites?) and wondering if you can use water on an electrical fire. (PS: not recommended)

It only lasted a short time — maybe ten seconds — and then the noise stopped and my post-crisis brain kicked in. Circuit breaker turned off, outlet not hot to the touch, googled ‘electrical outlet made weird noise,’ left message at apartment office about the problem.

Now I am waiting for my electrician appointment, and feeling grateful that the problem outlet is not on a circuit with anything too important.

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marcicat: (sky circles)

Explored some nearby walking trails this weekend! SO MANY MOSQUITOES. SO MANY. I used two kinds of bug repellent and wore long pants and a long-sleeved shirt, which helped a lot. (As in, still tons of bugs, but it didn’t feel like I was constantly under siege.)

And every so often I’d hit a part of the trail where there was a breeze, and birds singing, and sun on the trees, and it was just — amazing.

The boulder was a bit disappointing, but I did get to walk on a trail called “The Driftway” to see it. And I did not get lost! (Well. I did not get lost more than once. Which is good for me!)

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marcicat: xkcd grownups (xkcd grownups)

Things I have done while trying to figure out what to post today:

1. read a Supergirl fic

2. checked tumblr

3. checked facebook

4. read a chapter update on a WIP Avengers AU fic

5. deleted three ad emails

6. made my bed

7. took my vitamins

8. checked the directions for my walking adventure today

9. moved the plants back into the sun

10. read an article about grocery stores

At this point it’s basically a life strategy. Plan to do something, procrastinate, get bored with procrastinating, get some other stuff done, write about procrastinating, call it a day.

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marcicat: nano mug (nano mug)

My life as a rebel and a rule-breaker: today I put in a load of laundry 20 minutes before “quiet hours” officially end!

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fleece time

May. 4th, 2017 06:50 am
marcicat: xkcd sunset (xkcd sunset)

Yesterday at work I actually said to someone, “I don’t have a bathrobe. I have a home fleece.”

Which made perfect sense to me! (Maybe not to them? IDK, who can tell?)

But then I got to thinking, and I thought I should celebrate ALL my fleeces!

*the home fleece — for when I walk in after work and it’s a bit chilly; acceptable substitute for blankets when I have to get out of bed in the morning; the *most* cat fur

*the work fleece — lives at work for times when extra coziness or warmth is needed; lifesaver when I spill something on my shirt; can’t bring it home (see: cat fur)

*the car fleece — for when it was hot before, but now it’s cold and the car fleece is all warm from the sun; safety fleece

*the winter pajama fleece — because it’s cold in the winter; my most well-loved fleece of all time; shows up in a bunch of pictures of me because the benefit of wearing regular clothes as pajamas is that you can wear your pajamas all day and it looks like regular clothes!

*the 3-season pajama fleece — for when it’s not winter anymore but still not quite t-shirt-all-the-time weather

Basically fleece is The Best, and since it is sadly frowned upon to bring a cozy blanket everywhere on the off chance you might get to take a nap, a fleece is a perfectly stealthy alternative!

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

Work Wednesday! As in, I will be at work today! Working!

Yeah, not much excitement on the work front this week. The boss is interviewing for some new team members, which is one of those things that always makes me glad I’m not the boss.

Also I slept in a little this morning, so I’m feeling a little discombobulated by the whole timeline of the day. Am I early? Am I late? Why does my computer tell me when my phone is ringing? WHAT’S HAPPENING?

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marcicat: (tree with rainbow swirls)

Yesterday I was super excited to get my new sneakers, so you might imagine my dismay when I opened up the box to see that one of them still had the security tag on it.

Let me back up. Yes, I paid for them. Yes, I ordered them from a reputable company. Yes, I have a receipt.

Okay, back to the story. So I’m concerned. My biggest concern is that this may be an ink-containing tag which will cause some shenanigans if I try to wrangle with it.

So this morning I live chat the company, and I’m all ‘so, security tag.’ And the very nice person tells me “it’s likely you might damage the item if you attempt to remove it yourself.”

Which is golden, right? Because that’s retail-speak for “We’re not liable if you ruin the shoes being an idiot,” and not retail-speak for “The tags are tamper resistant, absolutely don’t touch them.”

So, I googled a bunch of “how to remove a magnetic security tag” info, and I have now liberated my sneakers from their security shackles. Winning!

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marcicat: (kashmir mountain goat)

I just checked my FICO score. (Trivia fact google has just taught me: FICO stands for “Fair Isaac Corporation.” Would not have guessed that in a billion years.)

This is not a thing I had on my to-do list for today, or even woke up and decided to do. But I have a credit card that sends me these emails every so often that say “Your credit score has changed,” and I feel like I should go look at it, just on the off chance that it reveals some kind of information I didn’t already know.

So I got one of those emails, and first I had to dig out my log in information, and then I looked at the score for a few minutes, and dutifully read the little explanations of “things impacting your score.” And I looked at the graph showing my score history, and then I decided I’d done my adulting duty for the day and left.

I’d say it must be time to go back to bed after that achievement, but I actually just got up. Maybe I should check my blood pressure next, just to really lock in my grown-up badge for the day.

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marcicat: (aquarius dreamsheep)

I decided to try one of those 30 day challenges (it’s not really a challenge? it’s mostly to keep me from over-focusing on other things) — anyway, it’s 30 days.

But my difficulty with month-long things like that is that I constantly feel like I am just barely keeping up. (Which is the point of it, I get that, you do one day at a time, but my brain is not always keen to get on board that logic train.)

This time around, I decided to start the 30 days five days early (aka it was still March). At the time, it was just because I was excited about starting and I figured that any time I’m excited about doing something good for me I should probably dive in and do it before the feeling fades.

But so far I am super impressed by how effectively that decision has convinced my brain that I am winning this challenge. (It’s the 6th, but I’m on day 11! I am *crushing* this goal!) I mean, it’s all imaginary, but if the choice is between my brain having an unwarranted feeling of success versus an unwarranted feeling of impending failure, I’ll go with door number one.

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marcicat: (agh a monster)

As it is currently far too cold out for me to want to do anything outside (after mid-March I require temps to be *at least* above freezing to go tromp around in the forest), and since I’ve already slept in for an extra hour, it must be time for weekend chores!

(Normally this would not be super exciting. But I have a coupon! It’s the little things, really.)

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marcicat: (owl heart)

So far today, I have:

1. Gotten out of bed!

::throws confetti::

2. Fed the cat!

::more confetti::

3. Placed an order online!

::seriously glad this isn’t real confetti b/c then I’d have to clean it up::

Anyway, now I guess I should go do more things?

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marcicat: (tree with rainbow swirls)

Plans for today:

1. movie
2. pasta
3. cake

WHAT A GLORIOUS DAY! <3

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marcicat: (aquarius dreamsheep)

Things I Imagined I Would Do Today:

ALL the things!!!*

[*shoutout to Allie Brosh and Hyperbole and a Half]

Things I Actually Did Today:

Uh. Well, technically the day isn’t over? So there is still a theoretical chance that I could do all many some a few more than zero of the things. Victory will be mine!

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#reality

Jan. 14th, 2017 10:11 am
marcicat: kismet sleeping (kismet sleeping)

Caturday fantasy:

Cozy morning lie-in, cat sleeps on bed next to me.

Caturday reality:

Cat bats at my face until I get up to feed him, then steals my spot on the bed.

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marcicat: (cat with heart)

Some good things:

*walked my first 5K (and bounced my second!)
*explored the local state park
*went back to the mountains

Some milestones:

*first car wash
*first mattress purchase
*first trip to Florida

Some movies:

*Star Wars (two of them!)
*Star Trek Beyond
*Ghostbusters

Some stuff I learned:

*stickers are surprisingly motivating for me
*I am more likely to have fun reaching a set point by exceeding a moderate goal than falling short of an ambitious goal
*I have no idea what I’m doing, and that is far less uncommon than I once thought

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marcicat: snowflake (love water)

My goal for this year was 366 posts (leap year!). I missed three days in August (hiking!), and then two in November (Florida vacation!), all of which were made up for by double-post-days during nanowrimo. (Word count updates, ILU.)

Total posts: 364 as of today, but I have two more written and ready to go for Friday and Saturday!

First post:
(January 1, 2016)

It’s officially been 2016 for more than 9 hours here! So far I am doing awesome with my goal to sleep more — I was asleep for at least seven of those hours!

Random post:
(from April 2nd, talking about the new bathroom signs at work)

I would say thank goodness the person without triangles makes it clear that bringing an accessory isn’t a requirement, but based on the hand positioning, it’s entirely possible they’re bringing in the tractor, so who knows.

Goal for 2017:

365 posts? I don’t know, the once a day thing is kind of nice.

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marcicat: (froggy heart)

Going with an approximation on this one, I’ll say about 1500 pictures. (Some of the pictures on my phone weren’t taken by me, not sure how to count those…)

Most Common Subject: cat!

Kismet, such a star <3

Most Pictures in One Day: Florida!

Penguins!

Randomly Selected Photo*:

Also Florida!

[*Used a random number generator based on the iphoto number of the first picture of the year and the last. Which — would have been a way easier way to estimate the number of total pictures than what I actually did.]

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marcicat: (hershey kiss)

310 pinboard tags this year! Approximately. I mean, a lot of those were non-fic-related — recipes, and wishlist things, and just general helpful links.

(Seriously, it looks like I should go back to January and just start re-reading. Look at all those Star Wars cuties!)

Let’s see, in an entirely unscientific survey, the fic links appear to have the following rough breakdown:

A Lot Of:
Star Wars
Avengers

A Surprising Amount Of:
Fantastic 4 / Spiderman
Harry Potter

Timely Cameos By:
Zootopia
Supergirl

Classic Standbys:
Merlin
Teen Wolf
Star Trek

Where Did This Come From:
Leverage

As far as I can tell, my top tag is “AU.” Not shocking.

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marcicat: kismet sleeping (kismet sleeping)
Between the two of us, the cat and I ate 14 times yesterday. That seems like a lot. It includes snacks, though. (Yes, the cat gets snacks too.)

And then I went to sleep and felt all cozy and bundled up in blankets, until the snowplow noise woke me up. (Which is not to say I am not Super Grateful that the parking lot is sort of cleared! But I dreamed someone was dragging one of those rolling trash cans back and forth in front of the building, which was weird, and now I'm all sleepy even though the fitbit assures me I slept for seven hours.)

The weather report looks somewhat encouraging. I mean, not really, because it's only supposed to reach 15F degrees on Friday, and that just sounds Too Cold For Me, but on a short-term and parameter-limited basis, it looks like the driving might not be too bad for me (late morning). Which is encouraging!

As is surely clear by now, I had no idea what to write about today. So this was my rambling Monday morning train of thought about food and weather.

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