Busy day

Feb. 6th, 2017 08:17 pm
clare_dragonfly: A cartoon eight-year-old boy holds up a book and looks at it with shock and anger. (Calvin & Hobbes: angry book)
We had a lot of work at work today. A lot of the time, maybe 60% of the time, I am sure we could get away with only having a team of two editors. And then there are days like today, where something would have slipped, been late, or just been shoddily edited with only two (there are three of us). Huzzah, my job is safe!

Domestic

Feb. 5th, 2017 08:43 pm
clare_dragonfly: Claudia from Warehouse 13 all in purple, text: if I only could make a deal with God (WH13: Claudia: deal with god)
Yesterday my husband made latkes. Today he made a big batch of soup, chopped some cabbage for me to put in my burritos, and vacuumed most of the house. He's such a good wife!

I'm being tongue-in-cheek when I say he's a wife, of course. But I really appreciate that he works around the house to help and support me, and to encourage me in my dream (our shared dream) of making a living with writing. Neither of us cares that I make more money in my day job than he does in his, or that we don't stick to "traditional" gender roles in our marriage.

We both do dishes, though.
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
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clare_dragonfly: drawing of a man in a brown turtleneck, looking away, text: time for a hundred visions and revisions (Writing: visions and revisions)
My husband and I ran some errands. I have a second loaf pan now! The sandwich bread recipe I've been making produces two loaves, so it will go much faster to be able to bake both at the same time. We also got a splatter shield for him to use when making latkes so everything else doesn't get so gross, and he made latkes today and they were delicious.

I've also gotten a bunch of publishing-related housekeeping done. There are featured tags on my Patreon page now! Hopefully I'll remember to switch them around from time to time...

However, we still need to finish cleaning up all the holiday stuff (we took our Christmas tree down a couple of weeks ago, but there are still lights in the window and a few other things about) and vacuum the apartment.

Obligations

Feb. 3rd, 2017 09:36 pm
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
I have to post something! I don't know what to post. I am tired and nothing I did today is very interesting.
clare_dragonfly: woman with green feathery wings, text: stories last longer: but only by becoming only stories (Default)
My husband has a cold, and took a day off work earlier this week. I keep thinking I'm getting the cold, but so far any symptoms have only lasted a few hours at a time... maybe I'm just allergic to our apartment.
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
Here's a list of all the books I read in January. If you've read any of them, want to read any of them, or are just curious what I thought, I'd love a comment!

1. Vegan: 100 Everyday Recipes by Love Food - ***
2. A Confederation of Valor by Tanya Huff - ***
3. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone by J. K. Rowling (reread) - *****
4. Cress by Marissa Meyer - **** 1/2
5. Power and Magic: The Queer Witch Comics Anthology - ****
6. Adulthood Is a Myth by Sarah Andersen - ****

I'm pleased to say that I'm doing very well on my Game of Books challenge: my monthly goal is 25 points, and for January, I achieved 29 points!
clare_dragonfly: Reid standing with his hands together, text: the profile suggests that the UNSUB is an itsy bitsy spider. (CM: Reid: itsy bitsy spider)
Bennet’s parents came into her room. She looked up from her comic book and stood. They looked serious, dressed all in gray as they did for raids. She wondered why they were coming to talk to her now. She’d been old enough to stay home alone during raids for a few years now, trusted enough to give the appropriate lies to any police who might come to the door.

Though they hardly ever did.

“Bennet, we have a raid tonight,” her father began.

She gave a short nod. “I know.”

“Well, you’re eighteen,” her mother said. “We think you’re old enough now to come with us. Would you like to?”

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clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
So the other day when I posted about Le Guin and my reading journal, I hadn't noticed that one of the items included in The Wild Girls is a bibliography. It actually has a list of all of Le Guin's published works up until, presumably, the publication of the book (2011). I guess I have that list I was looking for!
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
In addition to the furniture from my great-aunt's apartment, my parents brought me some of her other things. There's a bag of many pairs of pretty, old-fashioned leather gloves; I tried on one pair, but it was quite a bit of effort to get on, so I hope some of the other pairs are bigger.

But the more exciting gift was hidden underneath the gloves: quite a few books, many of them illustrated books by Maurice Sendak. And some of them are signed, to my great-aunt, by Sendak himself!

Time

Jan. 29th, 2017 09:33 pm
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
Why can't I have a three-day weekend every weekend?
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
My parents brought the new-to-me bureau, that belonged to my great-aunt, down today. It's really gorgeous! I'm not sure what kind of wood it is, but it's real wood with a dramatic grain; the brass drawer pulls have a very interesting design.

It's also a lot bigger than my old IKEA bureau, with more space in the drawers. The only problem is that it's quite a bit higher off the floor than my old one, and I can hardly use the top two drawers. I can just sort of see into the second-highest one, so I put some things in there that I don't use very often. The top drawer is just empty. Hopefully, I can get my husband to use it (he has shelves--he doesn't like to put things in drawers).

I had to stay up kind of late to put everything away, but at least my socks are much better organized now!
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
I haven't actually been using the reading journal I mentioned last week all that much, but when I finished the book I was reading last night and picked up an Ursula K. Le Guin out of my TBR to read next, I suspected that might push me to write a bit more. I think I was right. It's a very short book, but so far I've filled nearly a handwritten page in my bullet journal: two fairly long quotes and one reaction.

I really need to make a comprehensive list of the Le Guin I haven't read yet so I can go through it systematically. I haven't yet found a book of hers I didn't like (though there have been two or three I didn't love), and they always, always make me think.

I'm kind of wishing I had the reading journal a few months ago when I reread The Handmaid's Tale. It would be nice to look back at my thoughts on it now.
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
Those jerks. Sigh. (Actually, I like them well enough, from what I've seen so far. Both Democrats.)

The problem is, I can't really call during business hours. So I called after I got home and changed and stuff. I called their local offices first. #1: Endless message loop, no way to leave a voicemail (unless I select a specific staffer, only identified by name, maybe? I'll try that next time). #2: Mailbox full. I tried their DC offices. #1: Mailbox full. #2: Finally left a message. Maybe it'll do some good.

One of the many frustrating things is I don't know exactly what to talk to them about--what exactly is going on right now. When they'd done the budget vote where Republicans put in the thing about defunding the ACA, the news made it sound like a done deal that we couldn't do anything about it--not true. Now I'm trying to resist Trump's cabinet picks, but I can't find any information about when confirmations are happening! Maybe they don't know yet? Possibly because the Republicans went on retreat? I don't even know, and I'm actively trying to keep up with the news.

Podcasts

Jan. 25th, 2017 08:56 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
I always find the nearly-ubiquitous ads for Audible on my podcasts slightly amusing. I mean, it makes sense! Get the people who are already spending time listening to audio entertainment and/or information to give you money for more entertainment and/or information.

The thing is, I can barely keep up with the podcasts I listen to (right now I'm almost a week behind). I don't have time for audiobooks! And the ads usually go something like "want to read more books, but can't find the time?" No, that's not actually my problem at all. The time for reading is easier than the time for audio.

Continuing

Jan. 24th, 2017 09:39 pm
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
One of my friends at craft group is going to make me a pussy hat. I'm #7 on her list right now. She meant to bring extras to the march to give away, but she ended up giving them all to friends and family!
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
My hundred-year-old great-aunt recently had to move out of her apartment, where she lived alone, to a nursing home. My family is now clearing out the apartment. Today my husband drove up to meet my mom and load our new-to-us huge, beautiful bureau and matching bedside table into her van. My parents will be bringing it down on the weekend. I'll be using it to replace one of my aging IKEA bureaus, and uh... I don't know where we're going to stick the table. But my husband is very excited about it.

Also, a couple of you asked about the reading journal post. I found the link: https://sarahditum.com/2017/01/03/how-to-keep-a-reading-journal/

The March

Jan. 21st, 2017 08:30 pm
clare_dragonfly: Claudia from Warehouse 13 all in purple, text: if I only could make a deal with God (WH13: Claudia: deal with god)
The Women's March on Washington was incredible. While I was in it, I mostly felt stressed and overwhelmed, because crowds and I do not get along. But I'm glad I pushed through that and went.

Seeing all the women (and men, and people of other genders, and dogs), all the signs, all the images and news headlines, all the marches around the world, makes me feel really proud and inspired to have been involved. To have helped make history.

Sigh

Jan. 20th, 2017 09:00 pm
clare_dragonfly: Prentiss from Criminal Minds grimacing, text: well, this sucks (CM: Prentiss: this sucks)
So tired.

...Part of this is hormones.

Anyway, I'll be marching tomorrow, in solidarity with women and people of other genders in DC, in the country, and in the world.

Books!

Jan. 19th, 2017 08:44 pm
clare_dragonfly: A red rose laying on an open book, text: read a book (Reading: read a book)
First off, I'm feeling just fine today. My teammates were both back at work, but they both went home early. I'm hoping my immune system continues to rally!

I read a blog post yesterday on keeping a reading journal (I can't find it again because I read the darn thing at work). I thought it was a great idea and immediately started one in my bullet journal. The author of the blog post keeps her reading journal separate from her bullet journal, but I didn't like the idea of lugging around a second journal, and I don't think I'll write as much as she does.

Of course, today I forgot to bring it to work, so I didn't write anything during my lunchtime reading. I'm not sure I would have anyway. One comment (on one of the three-plus books I'm reading) plus whatever I put on Litsy is probably enough...

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