San Diegans?
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Out of curiosity, how many of my DW peeps (dweeps?) are in San Diego?

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Luxury
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I may be a little addled.

I spent the last few hours mucking out the garage, sat down for a break with some crackers and chopped liver, and when I ran out of crackers, started eating the liver with my fingers (not the one I'm typing this with), because the bagels are All The Way Over There. The addled part is how decadent it feels.

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Queer here
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Thanks to [personal profile] supergee for noting that it's National Coming Out Day (NCOD). I doubt there's anyone here who doesn't already know this, but Hi, I'm queer!

(I'm also a lot of other things that might freak people out, but unlike [personal profile] supergee, I don't think those things are relevant to this day.)

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I know I keep saying this, but...
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...wow, what a week.

Spent most of the week covered in dust and grime, clearing out my mom's place with James, and the rest of it seeking work. Can't decide which is harder on me, or makes me feel mightier!

Today was really good, though: interviewed for a long-term temp gig that I want, and I think I will be offered; got moved forward in the process for another two jobs; had a nice shopping trip with James; had excellent Thai food for lunch and excellent Mexican food (yay!) for dinner; bought surprise Jewish breakfast for my mom for the morning; and now, we're watching an Oddities marathon.

This weekend, we're gonna work our asses off getting the rest of the workroom cleared out. But right now, I'm not thinking about that. For the moment, it's just me, James, the gang at Obscura, and my beloved comfy chair.

Ahhhh.

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The joys of homeownership?
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So part of the reason mom wanted us down here is to get her house in shape so that when she dies (in a long time, I hope), it's easier for me and James to either live in or sell.

I'm really clear on being, at heart, a renter.

Still, there's a certain amount of satisfaction, and even some fun, in working with James to clear and clean and strip and toss and scrub and and and, so the house can be livable. Mom is already excited because we're organizing her garage, which we need to do before we can redo the floor in the workroom, which we need to do before we can rip out the walls and upgrade the electricity in the apartment, and so on.

Once I find work, James and Chuck (the handyman) are on their own with this stuff, mostly, but until then, I'm feeling pretty mighty.

Oh, and our stuff came today, so I'm typing this from the comfy chair! Yayyy!

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Until things cool down, literally and figuratively...
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...then I think these laundry-list posts are most of what I have in me. Eventually, you may hear from me on subjects other than me me me, but for now, me me me is what I have energy for. Today, in brief notes:

but there are MANY brief notes!Collapse )

I would love to hear how you've been lately. I've lost touch with folks as my job has eaten my life, but for now, no job = more life.

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A week
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A week ago today, I quit my job and we packed our stuff and moved to San Diego just in time for a brutal heatwave. Our new place is up a flight of stairs, so it's extra-hot in here. Plus, it's really run down and our stuff is en route, so it kinda feels like we're camping. I don't much like camping, but the company is good, and my mom is SO HAPPY. So it's totally worth it.

Tomorrow, we'll go yard-saling with mom, take a few cold showers, and then have dinner with my dad and the Non-Wicked Stepmother. Next week, we're ripping out the disintegrating kitchen cabinets. Ikea and Lowe's and Target are starting to feel wealthy when they see us coming.

Tired and hot and missing my comfy chair, but also happy at the progress we've made already, in just five days. I even cooked three meals in my new kitchen today!

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Recs, please? Pretty please?
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I've been mostly away from DW/LJ for a super-duper long time. Now, I'm not on Facebook, and unemployed, so I need reading material like whoa.

Help?

Who are five people/feeds you think I should follow? If it helps, here are some things I'm interested in:

Feminism
Queer stuff
Cooking, especially veg*n food and home cooking and food porn and -- well, cooking
Books and reading
Gardening
Lefty politics and a lot of the hippy shit that goes with it
Atheism & similar flavors of unbelief
Geeks and geekery and sciencey stuff

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Some adventures are so big...
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...they require a playbook:

Photo on 9-30-14 at 9.26 PM

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Settling in
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We drove to San Diego on Sunday. Yesterday (Monday), we cleaned and shopped and hung out with mom. I took her to the hospital for a sprained ankle she got a week ago, and we went out to dinner together. It was nice.

The apartment needs a TON of work, but we're tackling things a little at a time.

This got long, and is just babbling about our apartment stuffCollapse )All the work and trouble aside, though, we have a shower that works well, my mom is happy to pay for materials and labor to get the place in shape, and we're happy being together and working on this extensive (oh, man, very extensive) home-improvement project. When we're done, we will have a cute little apartment, a very functional project room (with a sewing machine, our exercise equipment, and the piano), and a beautiful backyard with lots of plants and places to sit and hang out in the shade.

Eventually.

Some day.

I hope.

The kid misses us, and I hope she finds a way to move down here soon. I don't exactly miss work, but I loved my job and wish I could have brought it with me.

Mom took us to dinner with her friend, who was having a birthday, and my uncle. It was fine. I don't think I've ever been to Black Angus before. Mom has been having a good time feeding us since we've been here. She doesn't cook much any more, which I would mind, except that her food safety awareness has gotten even worse as she's gotten older, and I'm afraid to eat the things she cooks, so I'm sort of glad we've been going out instead. We agreed to have Sunday dinner at her place once a week, and this week she's planning to make roast beef. There are worse ways to die than by eating my mom's amazing roast beef.

Tomorrow, applications open for grad school. I plan to apply. If I get in, I have almost a year to get ready to be a student again.

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