Help?

Jul. 22nd, 2017 03:27 pm
silailo: (belldandy)
Would anyone here be willing to beta read a one-shot fic for me? It's almost 1800 words. No fandom knowledge is required. I'm just looking for quick feedback.

It's one I'd been working on for a while, but it stalled because I couldn't figure out where it was going and how to end it. I'm just afraid it's boring, and at this point I'm not even sure I'm going to post it.

Normally I don't get beta readers, but in case it would be really helpful.
silailo: (compass)
My LOUD ROOMMATE came back yesterday about 1am. I heard her come in and got up to go to the bathroom, and she saw me and apologized because she thought she woke me up. I said no, this is usually the time I wake up to go to the bathroom, which is true.

She used the shower tonight. ;_; At least I got to use it for a night while it was clean. Our cleaning inspection is on Monday. We'll see if she cleans the hallway. There are balls of hair floating around the edges. If she doesn't clean, and management doesn't see any of it.... I'm not sure how observant they really are.

I think she has a fascination with murder and slasher movies. But who am I to judge when I just started watching Castlevania on Netflix? Honestly, though, this show might be too violent for me. It's crossing my Baccano! threshold in many ways. I only decided to watch it because I've had an interest in vampire-themed shows, like Vampire Hunter D and Trinity Blood. Neither are as gory as this, though. At least the art is nice, and the voice acting seems good. Maybe that's because it isn't dubbed.

EDIT: Wait, there were only four episodes in the first "season"? WTF.

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I just went to go check the status of my graduate application. Last time, it said, "Complete and ready for review." I thought maybe this meant they received all my letters of recommendation to fully complete my application, but I wasn't sure.

But today it had a new line that said, "Decision: Contact Admissions Office". What....?? And at the bottom was a new button that said "Confirm your enrollment." Wait, does this mean I was accepted?

I clicked on the button and it said it saved my decision. Uhhh.....

So I'm not entirely certain what's going on. It sounds like I was accepted, because otherwise I don't think they'd ask me to confirm my enrollment. But I haven't gotten an email or letter or anything else.

Hopefully I'll get an acceptance letter soon. I put my Idaho address down as my current address, whereas my parents' address in WA is my permanent, so maybe I'll get a letter here at the apartment.

I'm actually a little excited about this.
silailo: (belldandy)
One thing I've been trying to do more is accept that I make ridiculous mistakes and that's okay. My whole life I've tended to beat myself up about making dumb mistakes that in the end don't really matter.

I really needed to get my car washed this week. It's been a while since its last wash, but the last place I went to wanted $12 for the wash I needed so I could get my undercarriage done. Their cheapest is $7, which is fine, but I didn't look at the cheapest price when I was there.

I wanted one of those places where you do it yourself. I found one and went to see how much it cost and what sort of payment it took. I was super happy to see they took card, so I immediately started in, except right after I started I realized I didn't have any towels!

Panicked, I completely forgot to use the scrub brush to scrub the dirt off my car, so I just rinsed and hurried over to the Walgreens across the street to pay $7 for a bundle of cheap terry towels that were stained with something weird, but I didn't care because I needed something ASAP. By then most of the water was almost dry, and all I did was smear the dirt all over my car. -_-

I said screw it, and went to the automatic car wash place for the $7 wash. I used the towels to dry off what their driers didn't get. However, I noticed there were some prominent scratches on my trunk and wondered if they'd always been there. I had read reviews online about this place scratching peoples' cars, but I always figured it was just people with those super expensive cars who always complain about everything hurting their precious, precious car. Maybe they were right? My car is old, so a few extra scratches isn't going to hurt its appearance.

Now that I know better, am better prepared, and how to use the DIY car wash, I will go there next time and only spend maybe $3-4 washing my own car.


In other news, I went out to the field today! I also let my supervisor know that I wanted more projects to do. There are certainly many things he wants me to do, but since he got back from California a few weeks ago, he's been struggling to answer 250+ emails. This is down from 300+ after he deleted the irrelevant stuff he didn't need to answer. He was in the office all day, answering those emails, meeting with people, and doing whatever else. I'm glad I stepped up and got myself a field assignment.

My roommate with the dirty feet has been gone for a few days. I don't know why, don't care, and don't know when she'll be back, but tonight I decided to scrub her footprints out of the bathtub. It actually takes a little effort. I guess it's the oils. I hope she's not back for a while yet because I want to shower without the shower mat I've been using to shield my feet from her grossness.

No change

Jul. 19th, 2017 06:20 pm
silailo: (belldandy blue)
There hasn't been any improvement at work. Yesterday I went with my supervisor and a bunch of other employees to go look at a mine that was going to open again at some point. It's been in operation on and off for something like a hundred years, and it was mostly about where they would put drill pads and roads and stuff. I felt a bit out of place because I didn't know exactly why I was even there. I don't think it was necessary to bring me along.

My supervisor had to leave early because his wife texted him and said their young son was really, really sick and throwing up a lot. So I spent the rest of the trip as the only representative of the archaeology crew and having pretty much everything go over my head. But I think my supervisor already got the gist of what our part in this project would be and what he needed to do. At least it burned up 10 hours and it was way better than languishing in the office trying to look busy.

I had a feeling he would not be in today because of that family emergency. It didn't sound like something a kid would recover from quickly.

I got a text from him early this morning, telling me now he was sick. I knew that might happen because I've had what his son has, and it's extremely contagious. My whole family got sick once, all in quick succession. I just hope I don't get it because I was in close proximity in a truck with him for most of yesterday and I don't know if he was already carrying whatever it is. It's weird because the AFA was also sick last weekend with something similar and he thought it was just food poisoning.

So I spent the day in the office messing around in GIS (first time I've touched it all season), renaming PDF files (there are a few thousand to rename, all those files I scanned), typing up my notes, getting my field photos off my phone and sorted into folders with photo logs, finishing what I could on a site form, and shifting the files in the cabinets because there were a few I had to put in that wouldn't fit. It would help if people didn't stuff things in to the point where you can't take one out without taking out twenty all at once.

My disappointment over this situation has returned. This is getting really embarrassing.

Yesterday my supervisor said a few days ago someone came into the office saying she and another person had been volunteers a couple of years ago and would be interested in doing it again. He looked at their notes for some sites they had monitored and was impressed. He seemed interested in the possibility of using them to monitor sites because we get some kind of brownie points for working with volunteers.

Um, how about you use me to monitor sites, since that's what you hired me to do?

I am so bothered by this. I'm so bothered by all of this.

Today I was in the mail room making new labels for the file cabinets when the lady who manages the budget came in to make some copies. She asked what I was up to and I explained what was going on with the files. She said she thought we had a lot of fieldwork to do, and I said, "What fieldwork?" I told her I was pretty much a sitting duck when no one else was around to work with me. No one ever gives me projects in the field to do on my own, and the few I have been given are stalled. She said I wasn't hired to do filing in the office all day, to which I heartily agreed.

I was so embarrassed by this interaction, but she seemed to understand my frustration. At this point three people know of my plight. But if the person who manages the budget knows about it, I know she's going to mention it to someone. She knows what's going on with the money and where it should be spent, and she will argue that no one should be wasting the already-strapped budget on seasonals they don't use.

I was going to mention some of my concerns to my supervisor today, but, alas, he was out sick, so..... And he might be sick tomorrow, too, and I have nothing--almost absolutely nothing--to do.

Last year I was outside every day to where I almost couldn't stand it anymore and welcomed time in the office. Now it feels like a treat to just step out in the parking lot. At least when I was in the office on my old forest they had our noses to the grindstone filling out paperwork.

I'm dreading tomorrow. If my supervisor is out sick again, I don't know what I'm going to with myself. I am so tired of this.

I'm not sure what he'll be doing if he does come in. According to his calendar he has something going on, but I don't know if he'll opt to answer his email and missed calls instead. If he comes in, I really don't want to get close to him because I'm afraid he might still be contagious or something.

Sometimes I wonder if this would be happening if I was a guy.

EDIT: There may be something I could do tomorrow if I'm alone. I will try to do something.

Oh, and the AFA called my phone today but didn't leave a message. I didn't call back because if he didn't leave a message, it wasn't important.

EDIT: Yeah, I think I'll try to go out tomorrow to these recreation residences that need some stuff done, like a little survey. I'll have to make a phone call first because I'm not a hundred percent sure which road we took last time, and I need to know a bit more about what needs to be done. If my supervisor is in tomorrow, I'll ask him what he thinks about it. I need to show I have initiative, not just to my supervisor, but to the people who have seen me bumming around the office. Ah, the curse of being a timid, passive person...

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So the other day I wondered if my LOUD ROOMMATE was still in college. She's doing some kind of internship here, but she's from Ohio. She never mentioned if she was still in college or if she had graduated. I secretly hoped she was still in college, because then she might move out before I have to leave. My university is on a quarter system*, unlike most other institutions. I thought, if this girl is still in college, and it has semesters, then she'll have to leave by sometime in August. I wouldn't have to leave until early September.

But right now she's on the phone talking about "when classes start again," and she mentioned Columbus, Ohio. Being the weirdo I am, I decided to look up what universities were in that area and when their fall semesters start. At least one starts in late August, like really late. The other starts in mid-August. I stopped there since those were the two major public schools I saw first. I'm not sure if she goes to a private one, if there is one. She's Catholic apparently, so I don't know if there are private Catholic universities there.

I bought a bathtub mat to use in the shower because she continues to leave dirty footprints in the tub, and because I am not a paid housekeeper I finally said screw it and stop scrubbing them out. I take the mat out at the end of my shower, dry off one side, and roll it up. It seems to dry out well on its own. I leave it in plain sight on some shelves in the bathroom, so I don't know if she's noticed.

She leaves water all over the floor, too. Ugh.

The stove is a complete mess. She left an old pot of mac 'n cheese to harden into cement, and another pot with some kind of liquid that's been sitting there for more than a week. There's grease all over the stove and the counters beside it. Sometimes there's hair on it. How in the ever living eff do you get hair on the stove top when you're cooking? Are you brushing your hair??

The other day I decided something that surprised me: I really don't like her. I rarely do this, because people, no matter their flaws or quirks, usually give me enough reason to like them more than not. Even that guy I lived with at the bunkhouse who was super messy and kind of a dick gave me enough reason to like him.

This chick? No. I'm not sure what set me over the edge. I've lived with messy and gross people before but I've never disliked them. They always had some redeeming qualities. It's like that pet that ruins your furniture and pees on your carpet but they're too cute to strangle.

I guess maybe it was that time she left her door open for a minute and I saw a hard cider bottle in her garbage can. I try not to glance in peoples' rooms when they leave the door open, but curiosity got the best of me (I figure others might do the same, so I keep my room clean). We are not allowed to have alcohol here. As long as no one sees it in your hand or at your mouth, you can't get in trouble. It shouldn't bother me, though, because it should fine if she wants to have an alcoholic beverage in her room. It's not like she's getting wasted and running around naked. She may or may not be 21 yet, it's hard to tell, because she sort of acts like she's 18. But again, it's not causing a problem.

It might bother me because I grew up with one of those "don't break the rules or you are a bad person" mentalities. Maybe it's my Christian upbringing. Or maybe it's because some people break rules because they think they can do whatever they want and don't think anyone should tell them what to do.

But, anyway, it was kind of the straw that broke the camel's back. Combined with all the other senseless grossness she creates, I decided her quirks do not agree with me.

Thus, I hope she leaves soon, preferably before me. It would be glorious to have a clean bathroom and stove top.




*They had tried to convert to a semester system, along with the community colleges, for a variety of reasons. It was vehemently opposed by the faculty and a lot of students, and the whole thing failed. The other private universities and high/middle/elementary schools are on semesters.
silailo: (belldandy blue)
I got a message about two weeks ago about a job I had applied for back when I was on unemployment last January, but I was at work when I got it, and I forgot to call them back to let them know I wasn't interested anymore. I figured, meh, why bother? But really I should've called them back, because I would still like to be considered for future openings. I'm afraid I might've made a bad impression by not calling back. It's an applicant pool, andI don't know if/when my application expires. My other application for the same place--but different position--still says "forwarded to hiring official for consideration," so I guess that means I can still be considered.

I'm going to need a job for the fall and there's really not a whole lot out there that doesn't make me queasy (customer service). Seasonal work for the holidays might not jive well with my school schedule if I get into grad school. If I'm in school again, archaeology is out of the question.

Right now I'm trying to update my resume, both on paper and on various job search websites.

YEAH DONE

Jul. 16th, 2017 04:13 pm
silailo: (mingchao pale)
Glass From Heaven Will Save Them is DONE!! POSTED. FINISHED. I'M SO GLAD.

Clocked in at a little over 51,000 words. Wow, that's the shortest multi-chaptered fic I've ever written. LOL It was only four chapters longer than planned. :P

At first it wouldn't let me mark it as complete at 14 chapters, so I emailed AO3 support. Then I realized it was because I had uploaded a bunch of drafts when I was trying to figure out my last problem. Whoops.






Now I can move on.

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When my parents came to visit, we went to City of Rocks National Reserve.

Photos under the cut )

Honestly, I'm a little disappointed in my Canon Rebel. I thought it would take way better pictures than this, but really it's no better than my point-and-shoot. It might be because I don't know how to take decent pictures to save my life, or work an expensive camera, in which case I can probably take great photos with my point-and-shoot if I knew how to fully utilize its features.

Mail probs

Jul. 14th, 2017 05:40 pm
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In addition to my last post, ever since I moved here we've been getting the wrong mail. We're supposed to return it to the office, but I usually get home too late. The office closes at 6pm, and I like to end work at 5:30. But then I think the manager leaves whenever she wants to, because even if I do to get there ten minutes before closing, the office will be closed already, or sometimes it's been closed all day. It's not open on weekends.

I don't typically pick up the mail, either, because someone has already done it by the time I get home. I think it's my LOUD ROOMMATE who does it because she gets home before I do, and we're the only two here in the evening. It could be some of the other girls do it because a lot of them work nights, and they're not here when I get back.

This problem could be easily solved if people just checked the mail to make sure it's ours. That way they could take it back to the office long before it closes.

Granted, the office might be closed for the reasons I stated above, but most of the time it shouldn't be.

It takes a while for someone to finally have the time to take the mail back. It can sit on our table for a week. And it isn't just other peoples' junk mail. Sometimes it appears to be bank statements or bills.

Yesterday someone brought back a piece of mail from the VA and a hospital. It was for a guy I met at the pool about a month ago who said he was a combat vet and needed multiple surgeries.* There was no reason for the postal worker to get this mixed up. The office had been closed all day, so no one could return it. I left a note on the table begging someone to take it back ASAP because I didn't want it sitting there for a week, and I would be gone all day at work. When I got home, it was gone.



*I should've just taken it to him since his address was on it, assuming he was home. He lives in a building close to mine.

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Remember my last post about how disappointed I was about work? Well, I heard two interesting stories at work the other day that made me think.

So, the last forest archaeologist was on this forest for about eight years. Then, a few years ago, he went through a major mental health crisis following a bad divorce. Twice he threatened to commit suicide, once by jumping off a bridge, and another time he wanted to shoot himself in the head with a nail gun. He was admitted to an inpatient facility while another archaeologist detailed in his place. Later he got a job on another forest and moved, and I've heard it's one of the worst forests in that particular state. Word is he's still having issues.

I was pretty shocked to hear this story. I don't know if this is why the Heritage Program here is in such chaos, or if it's always been like this. The story on my old forest was the archaeologist before the current one got sick with cancer and eventually passed away. As he got worse, the program started to come apart at the seams. Now they're trying to put it back together again. This may be the case for the forest I'm on now. They're definitely trying to clean stuff up. They act like everything is in disarray, and the office certainly looks like it.

Then I learned the current forest archaeologist didn't sell his house in the state he moved from. Some people had made an offer on it, but then backed out of the deal after the inspector supposedly gave them the wrong impression about his inspection report. But the archaeologist's family is already here, so now he has to pay rent and a mortgage until his house sells. His family will be strapped for cash for a while. I had no idea he was under that much stress. His job is hard enough as it is.

I realized then that I needed to help in any way I can, even if it's something small. At that point, I stopped being angry. But in order to be the most effective, I need to have the kinds of tasks that will reduce their workload, and that includes fieldwork and more relevant office work. This is why they hired me. They told me they had to fight to get funding to hire a seasonal, so unless they use me to my fullest potential, they'll have a hard time justifying the costs next time around. I'm pretty sure other people in the office have seen me sitting around doing almost nothing.

Today I went out on a UTV with a district ranger and someone from rec. I needed to survey a proposed trail reroute. They told me their funding for various trail projects will disappear at the end of September, and they need all the paperwork ready to go by the start of September. They've kept putting it off because our Heritage office has put off our end of the work for whatever reason. The ranger couldn't understand why because supposedly we've had plenty of time to do it. Now they can't put it off anymore. So I told him I'd get started right away on the report and tell our archaeologist the details.

It's all so frustrating because the assistant archaeologist, the person who knows the most about the goings-on around here, where stuff is at in the files/computer, and what's expected of us by the state, isn't here. I guess he's doing some projects up north with that crew (who actually are with the Forest Service, but a different forest). This is partly why I feel abandoned. The person who should be training me is training someone else who's not even on our forest. I don't know the whole story behind why he's doing this, but from the way it sounds, it wasn't entirely his choice.

It felt so good to get out and feel useful today, though. I don't care that I had to work on a Friday and worked more than 40 hours this week. When I got back to the office my supervisor let me start filling out a site form for something I found today.




But, ugh, now my loud roommate is home. Let the door-slamming, muttering, and LOUD NORMAL TALKING VOICE commence.

Also, I think I've gained a little weight. I eat high calorie food because during the work season I figure it's okay because I burn so many calories in the field anyway. But since I haven't been out in the field much... Man, I wish I could cook more so I can eat healthier food, but our kitchen is so............blech. And there isn't much room available to store my own cookware. Pretty much all the drawers and cabinets are taken. I was lucky to get one drawer for my silverware and I share a cabinet with someone for my pot and pan. There's absolutely no room on the counter for my coffee maker. The only available area that has at least a little room gets splattered with grease. One girl just has to have her Kitchen Aid, blender, food processor, toaster, toaster oven, and something like five canisters of shake mixes on the counter, which takes up 50% of the counter space. She doesn't use most of them that often.

The rest of it is taken up by everyone's dish drying mats with dishes that are always sitting on them, except me because there's no room for me anyway. I finally had to unload the dishwasher with one girl's crap still in it from two days ago. I set it all on the dirty table, because there was literally nowhere else to put it.

Someone put a box of random trash in the pantry and there's a box of moldy strawberries sitting on it. WTF.
silailo: (bottle rose)
[personal profile] kalloway and [personal profile] iteria , this is the offending text. The sentence in bold is the one I had to delete so it would post. I couldn't even type it up in the reply box.

offendingtext


Since removing the sentence is of no consequence--and may actually be better--I was happy to get rid of it.
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To compound my annoyances, I also still--STILL--can't upload my fic's latest chapter to AO3. Support finally got back to me and recommended I restart my WiFi network, clear my cache/cookies from my browser, use a different browser, start my browser in safe mode, none of which worked.

The weirdest part is that it seems to be a certain section at the end of my chapter that's causing the problem. If I remove that scene, everything is fine. So I thought to simply divide the chapter into two parts (it's pretty long, so it'll do fine), figuring maybe the size is making things wonky. The first chapter uploads fine, but not the second which contains the problem section.

I tried stripping all the fancy stuff by pasting it into Notepad. No good.

I tried retyping the problem section into AO3's chapter text box. No good.

It's only when I reach a very specific point in the problem section that I get the error message.

The next thing I want to try is using a different WiFi network. Since my apartment complex's clubhouse WiFi never works, I might go to Starbucks at some point this week and try.

I just don't understand how mere text can interfere with my internet network. The person from AO3 support said it has to be something on my end because their side is fine. I believe them, but I don't understand. It's almost like something doesn't want me to post that section.

I'd hate to completely rewrite the chapter from scratch in hopes it might work. I don't have the mental energy to do that, and I want to be done with this fic.

EDIT: OH MY GODS I CAN'T EVEN UPLOAD IT TO DREAMWIDTH.

EDIT 2: I narrowed it down to a single paragraph! Then I narrowed it further to a single sentence! Once I removed it, I could post the rest!!!! WHY DID THIS HAPPEN, I DON'T UNDERSTAND??????

Pissed

Jul. 10th, 2017 04:37 pm
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So far things have been really disappointing at work. Like I said in my last entry, I'm going on three weeks with only two actual days in the field. I don't think this happened when I started my first season with the Forest Service. They were pushing us out within the first week.

I finally got access to my employee account today, after calling the Help Desk about getting access to a computer without a Linc Pass. Linc Passes are used to login into our computers by inserting a card into the computer, but they were only issued to permanent employees, whereas seasonals just used regular login credentials. But now there is a new rule that says everyone, including seasonals, must have a Linc Pass to use a computer. This is a problem because it can take months to get one. The Help Desk person I spoke to was able to grant me a 30-day exception to use a computer without a pass (and only one computer), but it will be longer before I get my own pass. When I told him I was only going to be working for two months, he pretty much said I wasn't likely to get a pass. So what the heck am I supposed to do once my 30-day exception expires?

To make matters worse, I don't have my own computer and probably won't get one. When I arrived, my supervisor had a computer for me, but it was taken away because it had belonged to another employee who had gotten a new computer recently. An old computer can't be used by anyone else, according to The Rules™. I never got to use it.

So not only do I get a limited time to access a computer, I don't even have a computer to do my work on.

What am I even supposed to do in the office????? I can't do what I was hired to do. I can't just shuffle files around when my job description says I'm supposed to be writing reports, filling out site forms, doing GIS, surveying, monitoring... These are the skills I've been cultivating over the last two seasons. I was under the impression that I would expand on my skills and work more independently. I was told this summer would be really fun. This is not fun. At all.

I pretty much spent eight hours deleting emails I'd gotten over the winter (yes, we continue getting emails, even when we can't access our email accounts), scrolling through AgLearn to find something to read about (not a lot there), updating some old account info, playing around on my phone, and reading a book. I didn't want to look through the files again because if I have to look at any more files I'm gonna throw up.

To be fair, my supervisor just came back from two weeks of annual leave to move his family up here from California. He had 300+ emails to sort through, a ton of phone messages, and some other work needed for some upcoming fieldwork this week, which may or may not happen depending on whether or not he can get ahold of someone. So tomorrow might another day in the office.

The assistant forest archaeologist is up north training a tribal crew. Call me jealous, but it makes me fume knowing they are getting more field experience than I am right now. Neither of them are with the Forest Service, and I'm pretty sure one of them has no interest whatsoever in doing archaeology. Can I trade places with him, please??

My short time here is precious and needs to be spent gaining valuable experience. So far a good portion of two weeks has been wasted sitting in the office doing mostly nothing. I feel like I can't do my work properly or use my skills.

My desire to return next year is shrinking fast. I am so bored, and I feel abandoned.
silailo: (bottle rose)
Oh my gosh, I still can't add a chapter to my fic on AO3! I don't see anyone else complaining on other social media sites. Is it just me? I probably won't hear from them until tomorrow. *impatient*

I'm debating with myself about how much music I should buy and what artist. I was looking at my iTunes wishlist, but knowing Amazon sometimes has mp3's for cheaper, I checked them, too. One I really want to get is Lecrae's Anomaly. I never thought I'd be into rap, let alone Christian rap, but this guy blows my mind. You don't hear songs like Dirty Water from Christian musicians. My mouth hung open while listening to the lyrics. I'm pretty sure there are references to the Flint water crisis in there.

Another album I was eyeing is Susan Aglukark's Blood Red Earth. I only have two albums by her, and to be completely honest I'm not super crazy about her music, but I did like the other two CDs I have of hers. I've been following her Twitter and really enjoy her posts about indigenous rights in Canada. It was through her Twitter that I discovered William Prince and I was sold on him after hearing You Got Me. He's a wonderful lyricist.

I've also had Kerrianne Cox's Return To Country on my wishlist. I have her other two albums and would like to have the last one.

Then there's Broken's Walls' The Father's Dance. I have just one of their albums, mainly because I wasn't totally sold on their sound, but I've been following their Facebook for a few years and kinda grew attached. I should buy more of their stuff.

It's funny, for a Christian I really don't listen to a whole lot of Christian music, mostly because so much of it sounds generic and it just doesn't interest me. That's probably why I was drawn to Lecrae and developed an interest in Broken Walls. I tried Third Day's Move a while back and totally loved it, except when I listened to their other albums I hat. I don't know why that one album turned out so different from all the others. Did someone else write the music?



I need to be at work tomorrow by 6am. Actually, we have to be rolling out of the parking lot by 6am. We have to drive something like three hours north for work-related reasons, and then drive back later. This means I need to be up a little after 4am. Which means I need to be in bed about 8pm, in about an hour, but I took a nap this afternoon so I have no idea if I'll be able to get to sleep at a reasonable time. And I hope whoever's in the shower right now will be done soon because I need to shower and start getting ready for bed. My roommate has a few friends over from out of town for a couple of days, so I don't know who's in there. One of the friends is a guy. OUR FEMALE SANCTUARY HAS BEEN VIOLATED.
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Here's a list of crap stuff I bought at YesStyle:

Cat Print Wall Hanging Pocket - I'm hoping to use this in the bathroom. Didn't plan on getting it at first, but it's cheap. I got the one with the blue design.

Hair Massage Brush - Been wanting this one.

Heart Suction Walls Hooks - These went out a stock and disappeared from the site, even though I wanted them. I found what looked like the same thing on Amazon but it didn't get good reviews. I think sometimes people don't know how to use suction hooks properly. Oh well, they're cheap.

Cartoon Print iPhone 6 Plus Waterproof Pouch - Okay, so I don't have an iPhone 6 Plus, just a 6, but with my phone's case I figured it would fit just fine. This is the one thing I really didn't need since I bought something similar at Walmart a few weeks ago. But these are so gosh darn cute and I've wanted one forever. I got the green one with watermelons since they didn't have the strawberry one in stock.

Sun Protection Arm Cooling Sleeves - Not sure how good these can be based on the price. I was eyeing the same thing on Amazon for $10. Hope my arms are skinny enough. :P I'm not out much money if they don't work out. I got the fingerless blue ones.

Etude House Zero Sebum Drying Powder - I've always wanted to try something by Etude House, particularly this kind of product. There was another similar one but they apparently don't make it anymore. The container was so cute, too.

Check Face Towel - Here's the guy that's going to hold up my order. I have the wash cloth version and love it so much I wanted to get the bigger one, too. I bought the blue version.

Laundry Bag - I did my laundry today wishing I had one of these for my bras. I bought two, the pink and green ones.

USB Warming Mouse Pad - Looks like I bought the last one in stock! Totally didn't plan on buying this but I needed something to get me to the $35 limit for free shipping, lol. Plus my hand does get cold sometimes when I use my mouse. I figured why not. I got the purple one, but there are two different purple ones pictured, and the site only lists one in their selection, so I'm not sure which one I'm getting.

And that, my friends, is how I waste money.
silailo: (belldandy blue)
Just made an order at YesStyle again. Put it on the good ol' credit card to pay later. I bought some stuff that I'd been wanting for a long time but never got because I convinced myself I didn't need it or already had something similar. But today I said screw it, I'm buying it. Only one thing wasn't in stock, which means I could wait up to two weeks before my order is shipped, but I'm okay with that because it's something I've been wanting forever but they just didn't have in stock. Again, I said screw it, I'll order and wait. A few other things were once out of stock but were back in. A pleasant surprise.

So far I haven't had any problems ordering from them, despite knowing the risks of ordering from a site like theirs (you get what you pay for), and sometimes their prices are higher than average. I just don't buy clothes--typically. I bought a shirt once and it was okay quality, but I might not do it again.
silailo: (Firepower)
Maybe I'm being a little too hard on my roommate. Despite our differences, she's actually a nice, sociable person. I think she's introverted like I am, too.

It's going to be crazy hot here next week, but it'll be a bit hotter in the town where I used to work, which is weird because I'm further south now in a drier place. But I'm higher in seal level, so maybe that has something to do with it. The other day I was working at 7000 feet.

I did some survey by myself for the first time ever. I don't know how many acres it was, but in total it probably took about six hours. It was difficult because it was on a slope at a ski resort. It was nice to move at my own pace, and because it wasn't in some remote wooded area, and close to a road, it wasn't scary (I have some seen some spooky woods that I would never want to be alone in). The resort has an abandoned chair lift that the owners want to take out and reinstall a new one.
Pics under the cut )

Yikes

Jul. 1st, 2017 03:13 pm
silailo: (compass)
Good lord. So the roommate whose room is next to mine is the loudest person I've ever met. Her "normal" speaking voice is borderline yelling. It's like she's trying to talk to you from across a large room. I noticed that upon first meeting her. It sets my nerves on edge because I'm really sensitive to shouting, thanks in part to growing up with a volatile mother.

Not only that, but she's always slamming the doors, cupboards, drawers.... If I didn't know any better, I would think she's angry about something, but she's not, that's just how she is. It reminds me of my mom when she's angry and slamming things around. My roommate will close the door to her room and it'll rattle the walls. I just want to sit in my room and enjoy the quiet, until she starts moving around, and it's like little shots through my nerves.

She mutters to herself a lot, too. I had to turn on my little fan this morning because she was in her room muttering to herself and I couldn't stand it.

She cooks meat every night on the stove and doesn't clean up the grease splatter, either. The last person I knew who did that was the guy I lived with at the bunkhouse during my first season with the Forest Service.

In other news, I did a little bit of shopping today. I'm sad because I had to stop myself from spending needlessly, but I bought a sterling silver necklace chain that was on sale because I liked its design, and I thought it was a pretty good deal (super cheap). I went around to some other stores but didn't buy anything. I went home because, frankly, I was sick of people.

I thought about seeing a movie this weekend, but again, don't want to spend the money. I'm a little worried because I can't access my employee account at work yet, so I can't fill out a timesheet. Everything got really messed up and delayed after the hiring freeze, so the onboarding for recent hires is backed up, and they told me it'd take about ten days before I can have access to my account. I don't know what this will mean for my paycheck if my timesheet is late. I'll have to ask. I'm going to be really upset if I have to wait until the next pay period to get paid! I'm supposed to be putting money into my savings, not taking money out!

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