Spring

May. 2nd, 2017 09:16 pm
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
Ah, I love it when the weather warms up and I can walk around barefoot in the house. (My feet get cold really easily.) The floor feels so nice against my toes. I don't know why it feels so much nicer than the inside of my soft fuzzy slippers, but there you go.

Stickers!

Apr. 19th, 2017 08:39 pm
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
My NARAL "she persisted" sticker arrived in the mail! (For a while they had a promotion where if you signed up for their email list you could get the sticker for free--I don't know if that's still going on.)

It's a beautiful sticker, but it's so big--four inches square. I never know what to do with stickers this big. My laptop is full, and there's no way I'm covering up any part of my glorious, copyright-infringing decal of Snow White's stepmother offering her the Apple apple. I could put it on the front cover of my bullet journal. That would be a nice inspirational spot to see it a lot, except that I'm almost through this journal, so it won't be a nice inspirational spot for more than a couple of months. My next bullet journal will probably be one with a pretty cover, though, so maybe the current one is the best place for it.

Snow day!

Mar. 14th, 2017 08:56 pm
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
Today was a snow day! It was great (after the first few hours when I was uncertain whether I would be able to drag myself into work--or more accurately, have my husband drag me into work, as he's the one who drives--and not have to use PTO). I wish I'd gotten a bit more sleep, but it was still both a relaxing and a productive day. I think the fact that I didn't have any expectations, since I thought I might go to work, helped it be a lot more relaxing than weekends usually are.

Also, I only left the house to shovel, so that was great.

Allergies!

Mar. 9th, 2017 08:18 pm
clare_dragonfly: Prentiss from Criminal Minds grimacing, text: well, this sucks (CM: Prentiss: this sucks)
Apparently the tree pollen is out in full force. Ugh. If I hadn't noticed an increase in symptoms when I went outside for an afternoon walk (there are all kinds of decorative flowering trees in the parking lot at work), I would have thought I was getting a cold. I am so snotty and sneezy and gross.

Actually, the weird thing is that I used to get nasty sinus headaches as my main allergy symptoms, while being sneezy and snotty was much more a sign of a cold. This is the first time I'm aware that I'm having these symptoms consistently for allergies. I haven't had a really bad sinus headache for a long time--maybe due to no longer living with either a bird or a dog (I'm allergic to feathers and dog dander)? I haven't had a really bad headache in general for months...

Ack

Feb. 28th, 2017 09:28 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)
Where did the time go?! Oh, right, I went to craft group, then did yoga, then finished my Patreon story and did all the stuff for the image and... might have gotten a little distracted on Twitter.

I'm seriously just writing this post for the Habitica gold >.>

Plumbing

Feb. 22nd, 2017 08:53 pm
clare_dragonfly: quill pen and spiral notebok (Writing: quill and notebook)
We had a few minor plumbing problems in our apartment, and I let our landlord know about them a few days ago. Yesterday he came in and fixed the toilet, so when you flush it, it just flushes and you don't have to push the handle back up again. Today he sealed up the hole behind the sink, replaced the sink faucet and drain, and replaced the showerhead. It's awesome having a responsive landlord (who is also my upstairs neighbor).

Soda

Feb. 21st, 2017 08:49 pm
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
We didn't go to the big grocery store where I have Tuesday craft group today, because I was feeling icky and forgot my knitting bag anyway. So we stopped instead at the smaller organic market and impulse-bought some black cherry cream soda. Wow, this is delicious! I'm not a big soda drinker and I'd better not buy more of this soda, to keep it that way...

Park

Feb. 19th, 2017 08:01 pm
clare_dragonfly: pink dragonfly in green frame, text: Clare (!Clare-Dragonfly)
Wow, it was a gorgeous day out today. I took advantage of the weather for a hike in my local park. Sadly, my husband didn't want to come with me, but I had fun exploring and trying to find the new-to-me paths that the county parks app is showing me. I could find both ends of one, but couldn't make them connect, so I'll have to try again when more green is growing--it might be easier to tell then.

Tea

Feb. 13th, 2017 08:39 pm
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
I really like this thing where people give me free tea. Recently at work there was a tin (quite a pretty tin!) of orange cranberry rooibos with a note on it saying "try and take if you want." I was nice and patient--I figured I should let other people give it a try--but when it was still there at the end of the day I nabbed it. Free tea!

Time

Feb. 11th, 2017 09:01 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)
Where did this day go?!

Seriously... I did not do that much. At least, I didn't think I had. I certainly haven't checked off most of the things on my to-do list, which I thought was quite reasonable for a weekend day. And yet, my day is gone.

At least I have bread to show for it, though I'm not entirely pleased with my bread pans being different sizes. I'm tempted to go back to Bed Bath & Beyond and buy another one of the same bread pan I got last week so I will have two same-sized loaves in the future.

Up Above

Feb. 10th, 2017 08:44 pm
clare_dragonfly: This is ridiculous. What am I doing here? I'm in the wrong story. (Into the Woods: wrong story)
I dropped one of my hair clips down the sink. (Our bathroom sink doesn't have a drain thingy in it to block it when I do stuff like that. We should probably get one, but eh. Rental.) I couldn't reach it with my usual means, tweezers, so I enlisted my husband in hopes that his bigger hands would help.

He eventually got it out while I was doing something else, but wouldn't tell me at first how he did it. Then he explained that he'd used one of the pipe cleaners from on top of the fridge.

Apparently, there has been a pack of pipe cleaners on top of the fridge since we moved in, a year and a half ago.

He says there's a whole world taking place a foot above my head...

He also tried to convince me that there's a rabbit living on top of the kitchen closet, but I know that's not true. He wouldn't be able to resist presenting it to me when I am feeling sad.
clare_dragonfly: Abby from NCIS, text: squee! (NCIS: Abby: squee)
We are having some lovely, unseasonably warm weather in Maryland right now. I know it won't last very long--it's supposed to snow on Thursday--but I'm enjoying it while I can. I mean, I also kind of hate it because it's an obvious sign of climate change... but the nice weather puts me in such a good mood.

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!
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: 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!

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