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cat_77: Katie being awesome (Katie)
Monday, November 28th, 2016 07:39 pm
Having some stress/anxiety issues right now. Sorry for not responding to the AO3 comments yet, and sorry for not posting the fics that are pretty much ready.
cat_77: OTP (head/desk)
Sunday, August 14th, 2016 12:44 pm
I swear I will get to answering comments soon, for really.

Life got weird, both health- and family-wise, and then I done gone got me a promotion. Little on the frightened side for that last one, but it starts tomorrow so I better suck it up and move on.

I swear I'm not avoiding things by watching every scrap of Olympic coverage I can find. Okay, mostly not. :)

Anyway, will respond soon.
cat_77: Katie being awesome (Katie)
Sunday, May 29th, 2016 02:10 pm
Sorry for the lack of posts/stories/etc. I do have a series pretty much ready to go that I might get the chance to post this weekend.

Anyway, an extremely short version of the current real life shenanigans that have been keeping me busy goes as follows:
1) Tons of new stuff to do at work.
2) Helping son with his own real life adventures.
3) Had a cancer scare that sent me into overdrive and less daily panic attacks and more week-long attacks. Turned out benign, which is of the good, but it took a while to get to that point. Now I just have the physical and financial scars, but those are doable (work insurance is not the world's best, but far better than a lot of other places).

Not posting for sympathy, just for updates and such even though I know very few people still read this site.


cat_77: old tree w/color (tree)
Tuesday, April 19th, 2016 09:32 pm
Finished my third 5K on Saturday. Been running and working out and, yes, writing when I can and am horribly behind on replies again. I swear I am not ignoring people!

Also? My coworkers were kind enough to gift me with the cold that has been going around. I don't get sick. I get allergies and sinus infections from those, but not colds. I hate this. I may, possibly, have taken far too much cold meds and really need to stay away from things that will create permanent records right about now. I am breathing though. Lightheaded and goofy and giggly, but breathing.

I promise I will try to respond to things soon!

Thank you, as always, for your patience!
cat_77: Katie being awesome (Katie)
Monday, January 25th, 2016 07:37 pm
Had the following exchange at the gym when I finished using one of the machines:

Random Father: Excuse me, are you done with that one?
Me: Yep, it's all yours.
Random Father's Son: Aw, man, you couldn't say no, could you?
Me: Sorry, dude.
Father: Tell you what, you only have to do the weight she was doing.
Son: [wary] What weight was it?
Father: 75 lbs
Son: No.
Father: Are you saying that a woman, a girl can do more than you?
Son: Yes. Yes, I am.

I may have laughed out loud.
cat_77: (chocolate (text))
Sunday, November 8th, 2015 02:44 pm
Ran my first 5K today! It was the Chocoholic Frolic because, really, if you're going to make me run over three miles there sure as hell better be chocolate at the end. :)

Final time of 37:25 - shaving four and a half minutes off of my best time during training!

Yes, this is (partially) what I have been doing instead of writing for the past month or so...
cat_77: Katie being awesome (Katie)
Friday, October 23rd, 2015 08:13 pm
I totally missed that Yuletide signups had started. My fight with the new LJ format issues means I tend not to go there as much anymore. My fight with DW constantly either reloading a page or locking it up entirely means I haven't been there as much either.

Hint: The world uses a lot more mobile devices now, make your damn site compatable.

Anyway, I am honestly thinking of not signing up for Yuletide this year. I'm not seeing as many fandoms that I like to read and/or write for as usual, and don't know if I'd have the time to offer anything either. I obsess about what I'm obsessed with, and right now that includes:
- Avengers fic
- Specifically Bucky/Darcy fic (I don't know, it just works for me)
- Working out
- Training for the upcoming run
- Regretting working out and training when my body protests with far too much pain
- Stressing about work

This may change, possibly soon, but that's where my head is at right now.
cat_77: (Hands - Freya & Merlin)
Monday, July 6th, 2015 11:36 am
Back from CONvergence Con where I spent pretty much every day since last Wednesday doing something for the con.

Full disclaimer: I volunteer at the con and am a member of the convention committee. My views may be biased, but in weird ways.

Anyways, helped with move-in and set-up on Wednesday and then both worked with my department and attended panels and the like from Thursday through Sunday, save for when I was called away for still con-related stuff, but not directly at the con for a few hours.

It was fun, but damn am I tired. So glad that I have figured out to take the following Monday off of work as well so I can try to catch up on some sleep.

Check out the main site for general info about the con and guests and the like. Check out the #cvg2015 tag on Tumblr and Twitter for pics far better than anything I got. I will say that multiple guests to the con have stated publically that they have liked this one better than some of the others around. Maybe it's the Minnesota Nice schtick, or maybe it's because we actually try to pay attention to them as something more than monkeys to perform on command. Whatever it is, we're nice to them, they're nice to us, and it makes it far lower stress all around. :)

There were some awesome costumes and cool panels and beautiful artwork too. That's not to say there weren't some grumpy drunks and assholes along the way as well, but there's going to be that pretty much anywhere.

Anyway, I am rambly, which is a sign of how awake I am. I still need to prep for mom's visit later this week as well, so...
cat_77: (chocolate (text))
Sunday, April 26th, 2015 07:27 pm
Crawling out of the abyss of mandatory overtime to offer a half-hearted wave.

My days have been spent at work, poking at the gym, and/or poking at a fic I really want to finish by the end of the week. Unfortunately, the gym poked back, or maybe the fact I'm not twenty anymore did, and I appear to have caused some injury to myself, specifically my knees. It was probably when Eldest and I tried to outdo each other, to be honest. I have an appointment tomorrow wherein I hope my doc doesn't just do what she usually does and tell me to go to "a specialist in the field, just in case."

Attempting and failing to stay off of Tumblr for a bit as apparently very few people feel the need to tag their Age of Ultron spoilers. I usually don't mind minor things, but there is something to be said about the element of surprise in a movie, you know?

In other news, I resisted the urge to put ghost pepper salt in the kids' pasta tonight, so that totally deserves a reward of the chocolate type, right?
cat_77: (mordred hates you)
Monday, February 9th, 2015 08:16 pm
So E signed us up for LA Fitness tonight as a surprise. Apparently they do an assessment of your physical standing and such - mandatory - when you begin. I believe I will set new lows for their numbers. With my bad wrists and worse shoulders? Planking it should rock. The step test should feel great on my knees as well, though that I'm far more used to. I have absolutely no idea what an "overhead squat" is though.


Did I mention I screwed up my shoulder again this weekend? In new and differently painful ways?

It's for the best though, and I know it. I need to get in better shape lest this whole wiggy joints thing controls my life. I had a friend at work that was a personal trainer for the same place and he said they are decent people willing to work with you and guide you to what you should and should not do. I guess I get to find out how much is should not versus how much is want not, huh?
cat_77: (mordred hates you)
Sunday, February 8th, 2015 11:17 am
I am debating joining a gym. I am somewhere in between both being in okay shape and being completely out of shape, but I know I could do better.

So, here's the thing: there's a YMCA pretty much at the end of our block, but they charge more than the gyms that are like a mile away and then have additional charges for anything extra like classes. Planet Fitness is by far the cheapest, but their site doesn't really tell you what they have and Wikipedia says they have no pool, which E desperately wants for her little swimmer heart and, let's face it, we are both more likely to go if we go together even if we aren't doing the same things when we're there. LA Fitness has a pool and individual machines, but neither of the locations near us do the basic classes save for a cycling one so I think I'd be more on my own?

Limitations: I have horrible joints and regularly dislocate my shoulder and screw up my ankle. Like, we're talking every few months here. It's genetic and annoying and whatever. I also have asthma of the exercise-induced variety, thus the lack of regularly working out because that whole not breathing thing sucks.

Anyone have any preferences or horror stories or stories of success for any of these places?
cat_77: baby dragon! (Aithusa)
Sunday, January 4th, 2015 02:40 pm
I made the mistake of looking up one possible item for an outfit for Con. There's decent sales right now while places try to clear out their inventory and everything.

I bought a dress. I don't even wear dresses that often, but I bought a dress. It was in my size and had 3/4 sleeves even (a must since most sleeves are too short but you can't tell with the 3/4 ones) and is totally Peggy Carter-esque and since I switched departments I'm going to be required to go to the meet and greet dinner and will need something for that and it's quite nice and was only $32.00 and... I bought a dress.

Now someone talk me out of buying a corset-like top from here? I'm not even sure if she uses boning and there were a few recent complaints about timeliness, which isn't really an issue since Con is in July, but they are hella cute?
cat_77: (chocolate (text))
Tuesday, December 31st, 2013 08:45 pm
Will likely post a year in review thing tomorrow on my day off. It's mostly the [community profile] hc_bingo list plus the Respiration series and not even a handful more.

I am currently sipping vodka and eating brownies and relying on spell check way too much for this post. Like, seriously, autocorrect has changed half the words or more. And, seriously, the vodka [personal profile] wolfie74 got me is really good.

So, um, happy secular new year and all that?
cat_77: (chocolate (text))
Friday, November 1st, 2013 09:14 pm
Back in the days of [community profile] camelot_fleet, we'd have a weekly post that included a thread on tea. Now said tea could be actual tea, or some other drink, or the joke that tea meant lesbian sex. Anyway, it was a tradition of sorts.

Sipping at a tea tonight that I had gotten a sample of during our trip to New Orleans. It's called "Black Chocolate" and has, oddly enough, black tea mixed with chocolate. So fricken good. I found the site for the store where we got it tonight, and had to share. Here is the link to Black Chocolate Tea in particular, and you can browse from there. We also love the Pirate's Bite spice mixture, but tend to like things a bit hotter than most, so be warned.

It looks like they have several locations across the US now so maybe there's one close enough to try free of shipping if you happen to be in the neighborhood? The closest one to us in apparently in Wisconsin. It still might be worth it. Or, you know, not since we've been there and know what we like already.
cat_77: Avengers (Avengers)
Tuesday, August 20th, 2013 05:54 am
So I was home sick yesterday and we actually got the cable to work and we actually found where the animated series of Avengers Assemble was hidden in the On Demand options [hint: not by name, but by Kids -> Disney XD -> Avengers Assemble, though it also comes up if you search by "Marvel" but you have to do this for each episode you want to watch].

No, not all the eps were there. Yes, some had painful, cheesy, "this is the lesson of the episode" moments. Yes, I laughed my ass off at most of them anyway.

The voice for Tony threw me (as [personal profile] wolfie74 said, he sounds like a 16 year old and, sorry Adrian Pasdar, you kinda do for this one), but eventually you get used to it. Besides, there is enough snark and background interactions to distract from that: trained heroes fighting over cookies, Clint, Tony versus Cap versus tech, Clint, Tony simply pulling out his wallet every time Thor breaks something, did I mention Clint?

So, yeah, overall it was pretty damn entertaining. And I don't think it was just the fever since [personal profile] wolfie74 was laughing too.
cat_77: Picture of Ghost with booze (cat)
Friday, August 16th, 2013 06:08 pm
The best thing about having a cat? You can have a long week day of mass stupidity, and you still smile and sigh when they curl up around your arm while you're trying to type.
cat_77: MN (MN)
Friday, February 1st, 2013 08:56 pm
We're in the midst of MN winter which means the following: days upon days of the base temp (not including windchill) being between -5 and -15 degrees (F), windchills of -35 to -45 degrees (F), weather fluctuations setting off migraines, an office space that cannot keep warm to save its sorry little soul, and the obligatory sinus/ear infection.

But, hey, we also randomly get snow (just not like we did two years ago where it was piled higher than the cars) and ready made excuses to drink as much hot chocolate as we can, with or without augmentation of the alcoholic kind, so there is an up side.

I have been writing, for really, but nothing is ready yet. One story is just barely begun with like less than 2K, one is almost done (75% maybe?) with 9K, and one is taking over my life with 16K and probably not even halfway completed, which usually means no one will read it but, whatever, I'm having fun writing it. Would like to clean up a huge Sherlock one I wrote a while back, but doubt I will get around to it anytime soon. Maybe I should do one of those WIP memes?

I currently have no plans to participate in the awesome [ profile] halfamoon this year, but highly recommend anyone and everyone go check it out. 14 days devoted to awesome female characters of awesomeness - what's not to like?

Anyway, that's sort of a status update for now: writing fic, reading fic (some very wonderful stuff I should probably make a recs post about sometime), work, family, and being sucked into the black hole that is Tumblr. [For anyone interested, I am waitingtodance over there. I had a grand idea for a theme and such at one point, but now it's pretty much moved on to "ooh, pretty!" territory.]

So, yeah, that's life?
cat_77: MN (MN)
Thursday, November 22nd, 2012 01:52 pm
My father has asked for exactly one thing all year, and I have been unable to find something even close. I looked for his b-day in August to no avail, and now can't find it for Christmas either.

The U of MN had t-shirts this year for various sports (basketball started it, I think) that said, "No More Minnesota Nice" on them. I cannot find them anywhere. They may have been the ones that come with the student tickets, but usually you can find them or something similar after the tickets sell out. This year? Zip.

I have googled. I have looked at the U of MN online sites. I have looked at Etsy and Cafe Press. No go. Anyone have any suggestions? Please and thank you?
cat_77: (chocolate (text))
Sunday, August 12th, 2012 02:48 pm
Will totally post about the trip to New Orleans when I can. Normally, I'd email myself the pics from my phone, resize them to make them more journal-friendly, and make a post. Unfortunately, my mini that I use for this seems to think the ";" key is awesome beyond belief and I cannot type anything without a few dozen of those appearing and yes, we have tried cleaning it. I also don't have a photo resizing program or a way to upload the pics on the iPad, which is odd but a question for another day.

I also do the majority of my writing on the mini. The reason for this was two-fold:
1) my iPad keyboard can be frustrating due to thinking I am typing something I am not (seriously, the autocorrect loves me... or something).
2) my iPad program decided about a week in that spell check and grammar check are totally not necessary and disabled the option without a way to turn it back on. Given iPad comes with an internal spell check for all programs, this is truly impressive.

So we got my Bluetooth keyboard to finally work, but this leaves one final issue:
Does anyone know of a good word processing program for iPad?

I have been debating buying Pages, but would love some feedback on it if possible. Can you switch between US and British spell/grammar checks? I have DropBox, so I should be able to save to that, open on the server, and download to my external for safekeeping as well, I think. It just seems weird that, for a supposed learning tool, the word processing options are so limited.

cat_77: Black Widow (Black Widow)
Sunday, July 1st, 2012 10:03 am
Bullet points are like friends, they keep you in place:

- It is 90* here. It has been 90* or higher for most of the week. It will continue to be 90* or higher for most of next week.

- We have no AC at home.

- Will be at CONvergence from sometime Thursday through sometime Sunday. The theme this year is Awesome Women of Sci-Fi. Sophie Aldred is one of the guests of honor. I can't wait to see [personal profile] wolfie74 fangirl all over her. We're also helping Youngest, Eldest, & friends with the Teen Room as the adult contacts. It's been interesting seeing some of the behind the scenes of con.

- There is AC at the hotel.

- I have totally been writing... a little bit. Have a few ideas for [community profile] hc_bingo, both mapped out and in progress, but it's been slow going due to work and not really being in a writing groove at all so far this year.

- I will totally play catch up on comments... soon? Sorry!

- I have also fallen into Avengers fandom somehow. I'd blame [ profile] donutsweeper and [ profile] threnodyjones, but I kinda sorta asked them for recs, so that might toss that argument out the window. That said, more recs are always welcomed. *g*

- It's after 10 am. I should probably go eat breakfast. And maybe even feed Eldest & Youngest in the process.