Christmas (with photos)
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My Christmas present was, I think you'll agree, AWESOME:



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Pretty damn good day. (Well, the coloring was a few days ago, but still. Christmas present is Christmas present.)

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Clean start
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Started trying to catch up on my reading list and got overwhelmed, so I'm declaring amnesty for myself and starting anew from here. Hugs to all who need them, and my email inbox is always open if there's anything you need me to know.

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State of the Serene
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Have been spending most of my online time elsewhere, but I miss this place. No, not Facebook. SparkPeople.

Health and food talk, probably not interesting to anyone who's not me, and possibly triggering to folks who prefer not to read diet talk.Collapse )

So yeah, I'm back. I'll still keep my food and body stuff mostly on SparkPeople, but I wanted to give a little update on where I've been.

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Things are better before they're better
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Or something. My bosses are listening; they're circling the wagons and finding ways to relieve my overwork and stress, and they're forbidding me from working late or taking on tasks that shouldn't be my responsibility.

SO relieved. So grateful.

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Breathe, Serene, breathe
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The Best Job Ever has become a pile of stress. But I'm dealing with it, because in general, I love this job, and the stress feels temporary. However, I'm putting this here to affirm that if it's still like this in two months, I'm gone.

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I didn't quit
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I'm a quitter.

I say that not to insult myself, but as a matter of fact. I'm actually moderately proud that I know how to quit things, and I tend, generally, to quit things that are no longer fun for me. I'm pretty good at ending jobs, hobbies, friendships, and books that are more annoying than rewarding.

I've quit school a lot.

This time I didn't quit.

I've been almost done with school for around twenty-five years.

Now, well and truly, I'm actually done.

I didn't quit.

Go, me.

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My story is up
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My favorite of my [community profile] pod_together projects is up! Thanks so much to [personal profile] leish/quintenttsy for the beta-reading, podcast, art, music -- basically every single thing besides the writing itself. It was fun to do, and it's lovely to hear the finished product.

Something to Hold, on AO3, my first work of fanfic.

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Pod_together
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It's been a heck of a week, so I didn't get a chance to tell y'all that [community profile] pod_together is up! It was my first stab at fanfic (and probably my last; more about that under the cut). My pieces will be up tomorrow (Saturday) and Tuesday, but there's lots to choose from, with a variety of fandoms represented. (Both my stories are Harry Potter things: a love story told in letters, and another told in sonnets.)

Anywho, if you like reading and/or listening to fanfic, go check 'em out! I'm going to go listen to some, myself, just now, and I'll come back and point you to some of my favorites.

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De-cranked
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Cranky day made better by:

Another great link roundup from [personal profile] jae, especially this very lovely (and loving) story: http://mentalfloss.com/article/48844/how-working-class-couple-amassed-priceless-art-collection

Clean sheets day, yay!

Fresh, delicious watermelon

An all-breakfast weekend -- I made waffles for breakfast, and then breakfast-for-lunch was shredded wheat and eggs that I didn't have to cook; breakfast-for-dinner will be mushroom omelettes and some kind of potatoes. Yesterday was, hmm, let's see. Breakfast: egg/bacon/cheese/potato/spinach burritos at The Berkeley Bowl. Lunch: Some breakfast pot pies we had in the freezer from our last Grocery Outlet run. Ham, cheese, and egg, from Marie Callender's. Dinner: sausage wraps (croissant dough baked around sausages).

And last but not least, Tramadol. I don't take it often, but when I do, wow, I really appreciate it.

(Dreamwidth auto-completed my "Music" field for me. He sure does love that game.)

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Science Fiction books I have(n't) read (yet)
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Courtesy of  [personal profile] firecat . Except where I've already read or expressed no interest in the book, please read all books as having ???? annotated -- that is, should I?</span>

Key:
Have read
Have started but not finished
Want to read or re-read
Hated!
XXXX No interest in reading
(I added this one)
!!!!! Loved!
????? Should I read this?

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