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2017-09-21 12:06 am

short list

Wwork is somethin' all right
I made a pie
I am going to a pie party tomorrow!
That's a party where we eat pie. yum!
I put dicks on my pie. We can then eat a dick.
It's an apple pit
I did some tagmoddng
I am tired
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2017-09-19 10:56 pm

stupid hands, stupid weather, stupid knitting :(

My hands are sore, I guess I'm paying for the progress I did over the weekend. I did two rows tonight and it was agony (one knit row, one purl), and they're still hurting despite drugs. My hip is bothering me too. Maybe it's time for aleve instead of ibuprofen.

Gee I can't wait until I'm actually old... -_-
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2017-09-18 12:11 am

*Knitting intensifies*

Game today was excellent! We had some cool combat stuff with some traumatic Confusion hijinx, got a bet brain, and probably went to participate in/start a riot. I hope someone remembered the spoon!

I also got a fair bit further o my chart. I am now into my third box of beads - probably 4 was an overestimate, but I guess this chart and the next are incredibly heavily beaded, so maybe not? I have about 1/2 charts left to go, If I have less than 1/4 of this box left when I'm done I'll feel vindicated for my overcautiousness, but if I have more than than I'l just feel silly. So we'll see. I'm very definitely at the 'want to just knit until it's done' stage, which is unfortunate because my knitting time is rather limited :(

Worked on more tag mod stuff tonight... and now, sleep! We have an extra dog this week, which means I have to get up extra early, bleh. I should be sleeping already, probably.
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2017-09-16 11:24 pm

another busy weekend

I went to the Powwow at the museum today, and it was fun! I mostly wanted to go to some of the workshops and talks and such, but I missed a few of them. I caught the end of the one on the medicine wheel, and the end of the one on traditional harvest stuff. I did catch the whole one on traditional food, but a native dietitian, which was neat, and most of the one on corn as well, and in general I learned a lot throughout the day, which was my goal. The only things I bought were a taco and some quilt raffle tickets for one of the indigenous support services places that has some cool programs.

Then I came home and fell asleep for a while, because it was quiet and I hadn't had tea (and I even survived the day without much of a caffeine headache, wooh!) The kids were having a sleepover, which meant pizza for dinner, and then I did a little bit of RP for Underworld, and a whooole lot of tag modding for Yuletide! We've gone through maybe... 1/3 of the tags, but we start with the easy stuff so that doesn't mean too much. I'll do some more before or after game, or both. But for now, I'm ired and my allergies are acting up (I hope), so it is bedtime!
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2017-09-14 11:32 am

Blogging from work!

Naughty naughty, I know...

I'm waiting for my anitvirus to tell me that a program is safe to install, even though I know it is :p

A Big Thing is happening at work after literally years of negotiation! It is exciting!

My hair is green! Well, part of it... (image below cut) )

Tonight is poutine and kitting!

Someone left me kudos on this story form Jukebox a few years ago and it reminded me how much I love it. I think this might be one of the best stories I've come up with, though probably the actual writing could be improved in some areas:

Embers Just Waiting for Breath (7306 words) by Measured_Words
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Fire in the Head - Sharon Knight (Song)
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Original Characters
Additional Tags: Bards, Storytelling, Songs, Bechdel Test Pass, Fae & Fairies, Ordeals, Faustian Bargain, Madness, Megaliths, Rituals, Fire, Pilgrimage, Folklore

Efa goes to the Giant's Chair
To make a Feyre pact...

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2017-09-13 11:32 pm

The greenening!

My hair has been engreened! Just the underneath.

I've tried to green my hair in several previous occasions, but this is the first time I've dared to bleach it. So far so good, though it is still wet and I'm not blowdrying it twice in one night! But I am pretty excited.

Work was dumb and annoying today but I persevered.

I think that's it! Tomorrow is poutine and knitting. Not at the same time.
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2017-09-13 12:06 am


I did some things are work today but it was mostly pointless. We got an AED though, and had a little walkthrough on how to use it. Though really it tells you what to do so it isn't so bad.

We ordered from a Korean/Japanese place tonight and it was tasty! Tomorrow I have an errand to run out in the work side of town, so I'll be late getting hme and may wind up just grabbing something while I'm out. And the day after that is knitting, and I'm going to get poutine!

There are Coyotes down by the rover. The river that is across the street beyond a vacant overgrown meadow/lot. There are coyotes basically across the street from my house. I saw one there last yer once, but this was *multiple*. They've been going *nuts* every time there there are sirens. I'll have to be careful when I take the dogs out, though it is usually light enough on either side of the day that it shouldn't be too much of a problem. One of the neighbours is going to call the nature conservancy that owns the river parks, so maybe they can put up signs and warn other people.... There are far too many outdoor cats in this area. I mean with the river right there, I would think it is a bad idea period but the weather has been so mild this past year that the coyotes were pretty much an inevitability. I do think my neighbour is correct that it means there aren't as many people living along the river this year, so that's.... probably good? Assuming it is because they have somewhere else to go!

If you are interested, remind me and I will post a pic of the street so you can get a better sense of the proximities. It's dark out now though. And I'm off to bed!
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2017-09-12 12:04 am


Spent a bunch of time at work scanning an ice cream paddle. I mean testing new software :V

Tonight was a Fuck Squad night! We explored a dungeon. Which was less kinky than it sounds, all things considered :V

I found out that some on my fav in game LARP characters got retired after I left game for the weekend, and I has a sad about missing that :( Ahh well, it can generate more RP, I suppose.

And now, bed!
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2017-09-10 11:20 pm

changing it up!

This was a larp weekend! Technically the next game is in two weeks, but I've already told myself no. I'm going away to Toronto for the weekend with Nary the following weekend, and then back to Toronto with geek girls folks the weekend after *that* (just a day trip though). That's too many weekends away, I think, and too close together. ON the other hand, what's one more? :V

We're on our final storyline for Thirteen, and I'm sad :/ I really liked that game! But I think the GM was finding it hard to sustain, in terms of coming up with stories, and not get sidetracked into worldbuilding. So we're going to go back to Adventure World and do something set in that campaign world's early history. I think it is going to be sort of another kingdom-level game too, like the Scaermar game I was in a few years ago in College Station. We're using the Game of Thrones RPG rules this time, which will be interesting. Our GM is going to need to write up a lot of stuff, so we'll see how that goes ;) Another option that was tossed around was going back to Ashland, but I don't think we have the right mix of players for it, unfortunately. I'm not really sre we have enough players for this new game either, but I guess we'll see.

In non-gaming news.... I bleached the underside of my hair on a whim! Longpig was doing her roots, but since she basically has no hair these days there was a loooot of bleach left over. So hey! Now the underside of my hair is blond. Not platinum blond, because my hair doesn't do that, but really frickin' blond comparatively. I'll try and get a picture tomorrow when it is all dry. Next step - get some good green hair dye, or mix up some green and black, maybe..... I'm going to try and get to Sally Beauty some day after work this week, assuming they are open late enough! Otherwise, it'll be the weekend.

For now though - bedtime! I'm still wrecked from LARP @_@
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2017-09-07 11:45 pm


Today was just as stupid as yesterday at work, and possibly more so. Bleh.

But I got all my stuff together for LARP, got a bit of knitting done, and did some long-overdue wrangling.
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2017-09-06 11:49 pm

I don't even know

Work was stressful today - we started getting alerts and warning s about problems with out network storage. We've been planning to transition off of it but haven't yet, probably for Reasons. So I had to flail around and try and figure out how to back things up, and where, and what another solution could be. We did have a little private cloud NAS server thing just kicking around (the tech at my work is really ridiculous in some ways), but I haven't figured out how to set it up on the network so that people can actually get to it.

Tonight I made sugar cookie bars that I got a recipe from via yulechat folks (thanks [profile] donusweeper!), and unpinned the shawl I blocked and finished p the baby sweater for my cousin. Which I *need* to mail tomorrow if it has the slightest chance of arriving on time....so we'll see I guess. I need a card and some kind of wrapping or bag, which I can get tomorrow at loblaws I guess. I also need a few other things like tea for work, and some larp things. We're having an in-game crafting competition? I'm not really sure how that is supposed to work, but hey, sure!

I also futzes around with yarn and needles for my next in-game project, which is socks. Worsted weight bootsocks, basically. I'm settling on a pattern, but first I need to figure out how big they need to be.

Uuuuhhh... I feel like I *was* going to write something here hat was actual *thoughts* and not just a catalogue of things I did, but they're gone now. Such is my life.

Thanks to the folk who tumbld at me that I am stardust and they love me! But I'm not sure there are ten people on tumblr who even know who I am and that's just an awkward meme to continue <3
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2017-09-04 11:05 pm

good game

Kids go back to school tomorrow!

I finished my dyes this AM, then did some pet things, then played a game with HD (everything Burrito! It's an Adventure Time game that is pretty fun), and then did basically anything I could to not make any notes for the game I was running tonight.

I think it went well! People had fun. I didn't have a super clear ~resolution! but no one died, they had one really rough fight, they got to do some RP things. I tried to give everyone their time at the table, so to speak. Once they willing went with the orcs I feel like their choices were more curtailed, but things worked out. One character almost got put into a melee 'for fun' fight with an orc which would have been amusing, because they had no idea what was happening and the one character who could understand what was not translating very well :V

And all the food we had was delicious - meatloaf and root veggies and guacamole and meatballs and salad and edamame and brownie pie :3

and now I am going to shower and sleep forever.... back to wok tomorrow :/
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2017-09-03 11:56 pm

Busy Sunday!

And a busy Monday too, I expect...

Today I:
Collected more plant tops of queen anne's lace while walking the dogs
Also collected some Mystery Nuts
Did a load of laundry (lingering in the dryer)
Made my QAL dye
Put yarn in that dye
Blocked a shawl
Played in a game
Collected ragweed, made dye with it, and put some yarn in it
Scoured a different skein of yarn
Picked out and made NPCs for my game tomorrow
Did a bunch of knitting on my shawl.

So I guess I'd probably best go upstairs, put new sheets on the bed, and go to sleep @_@
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2017-09-03 01:05 am

Two days

...is how long I think it's been?

Yesterday I finished reorganizing space at work. On Tuesday when I go in, I'm going to finish up (for now) with that collection.

I wound up volunteering to run a one shot on Monday. I have the characters ready and a basic idea in my head.... that's all I really need, right? People seem excited, anyway.

Played Arkham Horror for the first time in aaaages tonight! It was good times.

In other news I have some kind of annoying rash around my neck? I dunno what the deal is.

I'm up too late, again. Time for a shower and sleep forever! The rest of the fam is going on a day trip tomorrow, and I'm hoping to get some dyeing done during game. Wererogue rearranged the living room today too, and I like it but it keeps catching me off guard. It's like it's divided into two spaces now instead of one.
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2017-08-31 11:50 pm

happy birthday, Longpig!

Probably she'll see this somewhere, anyway.

I made cupcakes, and I got her one of those dodgy Chinese-manufactured ~assymetrical hoodies~ from a facebook ad. It was not as bad as some of the reviews said (reviews I only looked at after I'd ordered, because I'm clever that way), but not all I'd been hoping for. It is a cotton polyester blend, in that it is mostly polyester and probably there is some technical standard minimally being met? The arms are tight but it is wearable and she seems happy enough with it, anyway. I guess I could have gone a size up. Knitting was nice tonight, and I'm glad I cajoled her into coming out. I'm about 2/3 of the way into chart 11 (of 13) of Pulled by the Sunset.

Work was BUSY today! Not only with self-assigned projects, but just lots of people in and around doing various research things. And more of the same tomorrow! I'm hoping to get some things Put Away tomorrow, and I need to contact one of the grad students to do the same.

So much to do, so little time....

Time for bed! Before midnight! I mean, not by much, but I'll take it...
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2017-08-30 11:56 pm

Busy night

I started a project at the end of the day after accomplishing almost nothing for the rest of the day. Wooh? Hopefully I haven't bitten off more than I can chew :p I just want to get some things put away :p

Then I came home, took the dogs out, and went running errands, including a 'grabbing dinner' errand. My eldest nephew had dental surgery today (they couldn't get him numbed with a local anesthetic, so they had to use a general), and since his parents were dealing with that today, dinner didn't get made. So I went out and got a rotisserie chicken when picking up stuff to make cupcakes for Longpig's birthday tomorrow.

So I made cupcakes, which turned out *really* well - dark chocolate filled with cherry pie filling, and 'iced' with stabilized whipped cream.

I also called my dad for his birthday, which was today.

(for everyone playing along at home, everyone in my immediate family has/had their birthdays all in a row in August. Mom = 29, dad = 30, sister = 31. I'm off on my own in October :p)

I also finished The Stone Sky! Which I enjoyed. I wasn't sure what the resolution would be but I did figure out why the narration was set up as it was before it was *too* heavily telegraphed. I really enjoyed the whole series, but it is late and I should shower and go to bed, not try to write out my spoliery meta thoughts. And this is why you never get any real content ;p
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2017-08-30 12:01 am

Tuesday Timing

I dunno, I'm just reaching for titles at this point ;p

Work was good! Everyone wants to do flotation this week though @_@ busy busy! N is back for a few days, but he is going to Quebec City at the end of the week, so who knows when I will her back on any of the stuff I did while he was away. Or the people he asked me to contact, etc. Whatever. I finished a draft of the 'this is how the database is meant to be used/work' thing that I put together, because I think that is more useful than just a step by step guide for doing specifi things. It's so variable. We do need to work on some 'translation' guides for data entry, but I might ask my counterpart at the other facility to assist with that.

I also had some good conversations with J about his post-doc project, which is putting together a project portal for various kinds of heritage research, to put researchers in touch with communities - the communities suggest the projects and the researchers - students and faculty - can pick from various ideas and know that a: they will have support for the research and b: that since it is community driven it is muuuuch more likely to be competitive for grant-based funding. We've been tossing around with ideas for SA (some of which are Really Cool), and also brainstorming other sorts of things, and he keeps saying things like "we should write a paper." hah :V Who has time for original research ;p

In non-work news, it is Longpig and Wererogue's anniversary today (also my mom's birthday), and they went out to dinner, and I got to take care of the kids. Which included making a quick dinner when I got home - cheese and tomato omelets with cucumber slices and snap peas. wooh! They both ate everything, pretty much, so I'll call it a win. And they were pretty good at bedtime. Other than that, I finished weaving in the ends o the baby sweater, which is now "blocking" before final assembly. It's cute but heavy! ahh well. I am going to have back out of the actual shower though - a Toronto day trip is pricey, and the place where the shower is being held is not convenient from public transit.

I should go to bed. I've been really bad about getting in to be before midnight lately. I was on track for it tonight but something something the internet happened.

Night all!
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2017-08-29 12:21 am

Behold! A post!

Today felt like a wasted day at work, but I don't think it really was. I mean,not my best, maybe, but things happened!

I got the baby sweater done, now I just have a zillion ends to weave in...
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2017-08-27 11:43 pm

Diablotin Day!

Today was a game day, and although the session was super great and engaging, I still managed to get a bunch of other things done! I think I just had a lot of nervous energy about things nd needed to putter.

I got two pots of dye done and two skeins dyed.... though they didn't come out very dark. I need to figure out what the issue is. Maybe I need to mordant harder? Mordant twice! Be more patient about stuff sitting in the dye?

IN one of the cases today I didn't want to because I accidentally used one of my iron-mordant tubs and I didn't want to screw up the wool if there was too much residue :(

I also read up some afterwards and I think I needed to be rougher on my black-eyed susans. The dye was not nearly as green as I was hoping for, and it didn't take up well despite the bath being super dark :/ anyway. I have two pale yellow/green skeins, at least, and one more skein to try out :)

I also baked banana bread!

And I am allllmost done the sleeves on the baby sweater for my cousin :3 then allll the end weaving an blocking, then final assembly.

Tomorrow I need to get cat litter and change out the kitty box, too. I hate not being able to do it on Sunday, but I also don't mind not doing it >.>

I've been keeping friends and folks in Texas in my thought - Harvey is a mess that only looks to get messier. Take care of yourselves!
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2017-08-27 12:14 am

Long day!

This morning I woke up and lazed around and then rolled out of bed in a hurry because there was a counter-protest for an anti-Islam group in town and screw that noise. One of my neighbours is a city councilor and I heard about it through her. So I spend about 3-4 hours standing in the sun singing and yelling at fascists and playing a handmade drum that someone gave me.

Then later this afternoon was taco fest! Which was PACKED but delicious, and I saw a variety of folks! I was going to hook up with some other friends for a going away shindig, but then I got called home because one of my nephews (the older one) had fallen off his chair at dinner and possibly broken his finger (It isn't broken but it is really badly bruised on the joint), and Longpig needed backup because the kids were having a sleepover and she was having a not great health day.

Anyway! It was a mostly good day, all told, but now I am overdue for a shower, some stretching, and sleep - sorry for not elaborating further!