silailo: (cacti)
My new Asus laptop came in the mail today. It's 13" as opposed to 15" like my old Toshiba laptop, and I'm wondering if I'll regret it. But I was interested in portability, and it weighs less than 3 pounds (I'll have to buy an external CD player). I'm also wondering if this will make me no longer need my Surface. It wasn't until I looked at both laptops side by side that I realized how old my Toshiba was.

I went to two junkyards today with my dad to find a new mirror for my Toyota Tercel. The glass on the driver's side mirror suddenly fell off one day and broke. Only at one junkyard did we find my car's exact model and year (1997), but we tried other years to see if those might work. Most of the time the driver's side mirrors were missing. We got two mirrors from a slightly older model, but they didn't fit, so we had to take them back. The 1997 we found didn't have the driver's side mirror, either, but I managed to find the glass in another one of different year, and it looked like the right one when we compared it to the 1997.

Well, my dad completely forgot that he had replaced my car's old mirrors several years ago with ones from a different car. They aren't the originals like the 1997 in the junkyard. So the glass wasn't going to fit perfectly, but he said he was going to make it work.

We could've tried other junkyards, but we favored these two because they let customers go in and salvaged parts themselves, instead of being escorted about, and it was cheaper.

We also salvaged a windshield fluid tank because mine has a small crack in it, which makes it leak a little. We won't know if it'll fit until we try it. It came off one of the older models at the first junkyard we visited, and it took my dad some time to get it loose.

My dad and I discussed the possibility of me buying a new car. It's been on my mind for a long time, but I don't need a new car, at least not yet. My little Toyota just hit 150,000 miles, and we noticed it's started to burn oil more quickly, and sometimes it'll belch a little blue smoke from the tailpipe. I would love to get a used Subaru Outback or a new Kia, but I think it would be wise right now to keep the money in my savings for school expenses until I graduate.

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Because of [community profile] onedeadplotbunny . As of 9/30/2017. I have not done well at keeping up with this.

Plot Bunny List:

  1. The Long Dark (Et Cetera fanfiction) COMPLETE
  2. "Eden" (working title) Et Cetera fanfiction. COMPLETE
  3. Gold Tone Memory - "Keysong" prequel about how Elwood found Chiss. Two and a half chapters written.
  4. "Key song" (working title). First chapter written.
  5. For table prompt "Prayer" -> Chiss takes care of sick Elwood ("Keysong") COMPLETE
  6. Short story about when Elwood and Ezra met Felsic.
  7. Et Cetera: Get stuck in a haunted house and must escape a vampire.
  8. Et Cetera fic focused on Benkate's origins. One chapter written. Abandoned
  9. "Train to Oblivion" (working title) Four-fandom western crossover. Almost two chapters written. Abandoned
  10. How Elwood and Windlon first met. COMPLETE
  11. Long Dark sequel....maaaaaybe.
silailo: (compass)
I kind of wish I could do Yuletide this year, but over the last few years I just haven't cared enough to write for any fandoms. I might go through the requests to see if I could treat anyone, but I told myself that last year and never found anything interesting. :\ This is the time of year where I feel like writing fandom-y things for some reason, and the last two times I did Yuletide I really enjoyed it. I considered other writing exchanges but still... Just couldn't get into it and I had no interest in the requested fandoms. I should just write drabbles or something. :\

School goes. I filled in for a TA in a lab today, which sort of sucked because the lab involved math and the students were having a hard time understanding the instructions, and they began to think the textbook was wrong. I had to call the teacher to ask her about it, and she said the textbook was indeed correct. I just felt like a useless dunce because I didn't get it, either (even simple math can be a challenge for me). But after that, no one had any other questions and they all finished it in about a half an hour. I have to do this again on Thursday, but at least now I have a better understanding of how it works. The teacher only told me about it and gave me the instructions just yesterday.

It's hard enough getting back into the discipline of homework, but getting a cold over the weekend didn't make things any easier. This is the first time I've been sick in two years. I used to get a cold at least once every year, but after I graduated with my BA I seemed to stop getting sick. I blame it on those stupid buses. They are such germ traps. On Friday I noticed my throat started feeling funny, which is a sure sign that I'm getting sick. By Saturday I could barely function. I felt better on Sunday, but then I started coughing. At night I wake up every few hours to cough. Really not a good start to the quarter. Today I'm still coughing, and I'll get these random coughing fits where I have to scramble for a cough drop because it's the only thing that'll stop it. For some reason it always happens on the bus. Always. Or in the library in some quiet area.

And now I have the hiccups. -_-
silailo: (mingchao pale)
Wow wow wow, I haven't posted in a long time.

Last weekend I moved back home and yesterday I started school. I had to unpack as much as I could before classes, so I was super busy.

A lot has changed in the anthropology department since I was there last. I knew there had been changes, but I didn't know the extent. A lot of teachers have retired, mostly in the geography department (we are actually considered a single department, though). I don't know any of the students, except one guy I graduated with is lurking around somewhere because he's finishing up his Master's thesis. Classrooms have changed with new desks and whatnot, and others have been cleaned out from all the junk that had been stored in them for years.  Although the school is slowly rebuilding/remodeling the buildings on campus, I doubt the anthropology-geography building will be done any time soon, so I think they're trying to do what they can to make improvements. It looks pretty nice, in my opinion.

I don't have much homework yet, which I'm glad for because I want an easy weekend. ^^; I am really not excited about homework again.
silailo: (Mingchao gun)
Sometimes when I feel stuck on a piece of writing, and I haven't touched it in a while, I tell myself to just write one hundred words. That's all. It'll give me some sense of progress, even if it isn't much. So I did it with an original story I haven't worked on in a few months.

And, sometimes, I'll find I want to continue. That's not the case this time, but at least I got in one hundred words, am I right? :)

Penned in

Sep. 9th, 2017 04:35 pm
silailo: (she monster)
I don't know why I do this to myself on the weekends when I know it's best for me to just stay in until Sunday when I go do my grocery shopping. But I guess I have so little time to do anything else during the week that it's a bit like releasing a dam.

And there will be whining )
silailo: (compass)
Heh, I found this on my hard drive.

Drawing(s) under the cut )

Pfft, I don't even draw anymore. I wasn't very good at it anyways. ._.

It's not in sequential order, by the way. I think the most recent is the second one in the top row. Not even sure which one's the oldest. I guess you can't really tell because I never drew often enough to improve!

Yisssss

Sep. 8th, 2017 08:27 pm
silailo: (bottle rose)
I have been chosen for the assistantship.

So I cancelled the data specialist interview and withdrew my application for the custodial job. Sure, the stipend is a pittance compared to what I'm getting now, but a tuition waiver more than makes up for it.
silailo: (adios)
Well, the third season of Twin Peaks was a nope for me. I get that it's been 25 years and that it's not reasonable to expect it to be the same as the old series because TV has long since changed, but the producers sure took advantage of the newfound freedoms provided by their new TV network.

It wasn't because I thought it was terrible. It was because it had become "not my cup of tea," whereas the old series very much was. Too much sex, too much violence, the F-word peppering almost every sentence, and scenes that dragged on for so long that I grew bored and scrolled through Instagram until it ended. There was nothing in it that I had loved about the previous seasons. It was too dark and depressing for me. I didn't even finish the tenth episode.

I hated to drop it, because I normally don't drop what I start, but I wasn't going to drag myself through another six hours of it when I wasn't even enjoying myself. I cared what happened to the characters, but I read a mild spoiler stating nothing is really resolved in the end anyway. Nope, not going to put up with that.





I'm glad I pirated it. I would've cancelled my subscription before the month was out.

silailo: (pencils)
One thing I'm looking forward to when I get home is our fast internet. The internet here was fine all summer until the fall semester started for the local college. Of course, this means with more people we'll have slower internet. Not surprising. But good grief, I checked our internet speed a few days ago and it was 20mbps. Now it's 3.5mbps. At home we get 120mbps. I didn't expect the same speed of internet here as at home, but still... Yeesh. Is it really because a lot of people are using it, or...? I don't know much about how these things work.
silailo: (cacti)
So I have an interview set up for a data specialist position at my school on September 18, but they told me there could be a chance they may hire someone before then because they are hoping to hire sooner. They put me out that far because I can't come in for a physical interview until then. I guess they can only hire local people who can be there for an in-person interview, which sucks for students coming from out of town or out of state. Seems kind of unfair for non-locals since this job is supposed to be for students.

I also got a call about a cleaning job I had applied for, but they also wanted an in-person interview, so they told me to give them a call when I get back in town.

Right now I'm trying to start a cover letter for a custodial position at school. A cover letter. To be a janitor. The listing doesn't state a cover letter is needed but when I click to apply, it says it needs both a resume and a cover letter. Ugh. I don't have any prior custodial experience but I have some transferable skills and experience. It'll be a pretty short letter. :P

 I am willing to shovel manure to keep me from dipping into my savings.
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For all my work hours I have to assign a job code associated with a project or department's budget. This forest I'm on is different from my old one where I pretty much had one job code because our work was always with the same project (timber management). Also, on this forest it's apparently okay for me to use whatever job code has funding available. So, for my last few time sheets, I was instructed by the budget officer to use whatever code was left for the money that was set aside for my position.

Well, my supervisor didn't get the memo. I'm not sure why he didn't see it last time, but he saw it this time, and today he let me know that he had to reject my time sheet because I wasn't using the code associated with fire work. He told me I needed to use those codes, and he could approve it by Monday if need be (Monday is Labor Day, dummy. We're not working!). I have no more days left for that code which is why I didn't use it.

I let him know what I'd been instructed to do, so he told me to just resubmit it and he'd approve it.

I completely forgot.

It's almost 9pm and I just now got around to resubmitting it. I texted him a little while ago to tell him what had happened. I'm not sure how he'll respond. I don't know how supervisors approve time sheets, if they get an email about it (which they can only access on our work computers in the office) or go through the Forest Service's HR website (which they can access through regular internet). I'm hoping it's the latter so he doesn't have to take the time going back into the office.

I'm sort of annoyed with him, but it's more my fault because I had all day to resubmit the darn thing.

Going to be popping another Benadryl tonight. Is it unhealthy to keep taking those every night? I just need to get to sleep and stay asleep because otherwise the people upstairs are going to keep me awake. I'm thinking these apartments are just cheaply made and that my upstairs neighbors aren't being louder than normal. It seems odd that I should be able to hear them opening a desk drawer. But none of this would be a problem if they went to bed at a normal time and weren't up almost all night scuffling around.

I'm starting a new tag called "apartment living". :P
silailo: (Mingchao gun)
I got a VPN out of curiosity and because it might come in handy in the future. I decided to try it out on the word "torrent," since no matter what I did, that word would not allow me to post on here or on AO3 if it was in the text box.

It works. >:)
silailo: (Firepower)
Took two off-brand Benadryl last night and slept wonderfully. I only woke up once at 1am to go to the bathroom, and I could hear the people upstairs walking around, but I went back to sleep until morning. It's tempting to do this every night so I can get proper sleep, but I'm not sure it's healthy to take pills like that all the time. The melatonin I took the other night didn't do jack for me when normally it does. I would rather take that than Benadryl. However, I need time to sleep this stuff off, which means sleeping in, but I can't do that during the work week, now can I?

Trying to get caught up on things has been a bit of a challenge. I have a bunch of things I've been meaning to do and if something isn't urgent I won't get around to it very quickly. The eclipse weekend really put me off schedule, and when I came back I felt like I'd been gone for a month.

I've done absolutely nothing creative for probably two or three weeks. I've been busy updating my resume, applying for jobs, and working my tail off at work.

I am now registered for the classes I need this fall. The only thing I'm waiting on is information on the GSA appointment. I set up my profile on the website where they announce job opportunities aimed at students and alumni, and I saw a few assistantships there for other departments, but I'm not sure if these are for undergrads or grads.

Trying to find a job for the winter will be a bit tough. I'm "overqualified" for most jobs I apply for, but I apply anyway. I applied for two cleaning positions that involve cleaning offices and other businesses. I'm interested because they are part-time, and one of them said it's a good job for people who just want a little work on the side or are students. And it's weekends. It's funny because I was thinking this summer about how I'm not a paid housekeeper and refuse to clean up after my roommates. But then again I do like cleaning. It's so weird how I look forward to the cleaning inspections.
silailo: (belldandy blue)
Long story short, eclipse weekend was exhausting. Since my aunt lives in the path of totality, I got to see a total eclipse, which was pretty cool--both figuratively and literally because it did cool down as the moon moved in front of the sun. It also got dark enough to see a few stars and the horizon looked like either morning or evening. I didn't think I'd be that excited as the time came, but the most excited person I think was my cousin, haha.

But I say it was exhausting because I didn't get very good sleep. I slept on the floor, which was fine because I have an amazing REI sleeping pad, so I was perfectly comfortable. But I slept in the office which was right next to the living room and kitchen area, and I was usually the first person to bed while everyone else would stay up till almost midnight. Add small children into the mix and I had a hard time getting to sleep. I lived on coffee.

Then the new people now living in the apartment above me stay up past midnight, one or two in the morning. I'm not the only one who's noticed, but I may be the only person who's bothered. I get that some people are night owls or have insomnia, but this is ridiculous because apparently it's more than one person. I asked two of my roommates if they've heard noises above their rooms late at night and they said yes.

At one point I called the night manager to make a noise complaint, but it went to his voicemail and I didn't bother leaving a message. Maybe it's not really worth it. The only thing that really bothers me is how sometimes they knock things around. And now that our new beds are higher off the floor, we have to slide off our beds onto the floor, which may account for some of the loud thumps I hear.

Yesterday I bought silicone ear plugs because the regular foam kind hurt my ears anymore. I need something that doesn't hurt as much when I sleep on my side, because I'm really not a back sleeper. The silicone ones feel a little better, but they can bother me a bit after a while, and they don't block out as much noise. But still, a bit more comfortable than the foam ones. I managed to fall asleep before midnight and got somewhat better sleep.

Really, though, I think what really keeps me up is my anger at the noise, not so much the noise itself, so I've been trying to manage that.

It's affected me at work. I can drive as much as four hours a day, and fighting exhaustion while I'm driving is extremely dangerous. I drank an entire 5-Hour Energy yesterday, even though I usually just sip it over a two or three day period (I can't drink a whole one at once). I have zero motivation or desire to do my work because I am too darn tired to care. I need to catch up on my sleep.

Sadly, I have to work tomorrow because I didn't work on Monday. I would've liked a three day weekend to get the rest I need, but I'll have to settle for two days.

I waffle between looking forward to going back home and dreading it. This is one instance where I'm looking forward to it.

Update

Aug. 12th, 2017 09:04 pm
silailo: (belldandy blue)
I haven't been on Dreamwidth much because I've just been too tired or mentally/emotionally exhausted to care. In fact, I haven't cared a whole ot about anything, except watching Twin Peaks. I was really bored and wanted to watch something since I've had no interest in reading or writing, and if I'm not careful I'll do nothing but spend money on weekends, all because I'm bored.

Even though I have a Netflix subscription, I don't use it that often because I'm just not into movies or TV shows. I only got it for Bob's Burgers, until Netflix started dropping seasons. I'm not sure it's even still on there anymore. So I tried a few shows but couldn't get into them, didn't like the acting, the story/plot was dumb, etc. So I tried Twin Peaks because I'd heard some good things about it, and the new series seemed like a big deal. Since it's late and I'm thinking of going to bed, I will save the keyboard smashing for tomorrow. I binge-watched a whole bunch of episodes today. I might finish it tomorrow. The new series is through Showtime but I don't have a subscription. :( I'll have to think on it.

Work goes. The eclipse is next Monday and I will be traveling north to visit my aunt, who happens to live in the path of totality. My other two fellow workers will have to camp out at some sensitive historic and archaeological sites to keep an eye on them. One site is a historic building that's listed as a "designated viewing area" on a map put out by our forest. Uh, thanks a lot, guys. Make our jobs harder, why don't you?

Been looking at jobs to apply for, and plan on applying to a bunch tomorrow. My FAFSA came back with an "award", if you can call loans an award--which I don't. Personally I find it offensive. I declined it. I will try to pay for tuition out of pocket for as long as I can. But so much hinges on whether or not I find work this winter.

silailo: (bottle rose)
So, LR is finally gone. I went about the bathroom scrubbing away all evidence she was ever there. I cleaned her side of the counter because she didn't do it before she left, but to her credit she didn't muck it up after our last clean inspection, so she probably didn't think she needed to clean it. But I'm a freak so I thought it needed to be cleaned.

She left a hand print on the wall. She wore a lot of makeup and didn't seem to ever wash her hands after putting it on. I would find smudges and prints on the walls, her door, the light switches...

I also cleaned the bathtub a little, to get her dirty footprints out. It was sooooooo nice to shower without using the mat.

Then I threw those dirty, awful, disgusting shower rugs in the dumpster. I am not spending the money washing crap someone else left behind. I'll just keep using my bathroom slippers. If a new roommate decides she wants to get a shower rug, so be it. I won't use it.

My next plan of action is to mop the floor.

Lately I realized I'm kind of annoyed that I don't have a whole shelf in the pantry to myself. There are now two cleared shelves I can move my stuff to, but when I first moved in I had about half a shelf because I was relegated to the one where previous tenants decided to abandoned their crap. I hate the idea of throwing out perfectly good stuff, so I didn't do anything with it, but I think I need to bitch-up and toss it all. That is my shelf, not a dumping ground for abandoned garbage. Later I'm going to Walmart to get some garbage bags. We need some anyway. One of the girls who moved out apparently owned the Costco-size box of bags, so she took it with her, leaving us this little box from Walgreens that only had a few bags left. She also owned all the cleaning supplies that had been stored in the pantry, and the shelves it sat on. It's all gone now.

It sounds like we officially have neighbors upstairs. I only thought so because I've been hearing someone walk around up there, above my room and above the kitchen. It was luxurious to have that apartment vacant all summer (with the exception of the Chimp Hoard), but the college across the street will be starting fall classes soon, and more and more people will be moving in.

As for work right now... I spent the day in the office, which I chose to do because frankly I was done roasting outside for the week. I've had plenty of fieldwork to do on my own, so I'm happy for that, but I just needed a change today. On Monday I plan on tackling a project I've been sort of avoiding because it's a two-hour drive away or more, in area I've not been to, on roads I don't know the condition of. I'm sort of gun shy of roads after earlier this week.

I'm really glad the weekend is here. I want to walk down Main Street in town and see what kinds of shops they have. The road is under construction in some parts, but I think the stores are still accessible by foot.

Photos

Jul. 30th, 2017 04:28 pm
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I did finally make it to the burn scar to survey the dozer line. I took a break at the end and this was my view:

Read more... )


I did a site assessment while I was there, and I finished up just as a thunderstorm was moving in.

On Monday--assuming I'm not pulled away from any of my projects--I'm going to go up to another burn scar I didn't make it to last week because of the road. I found out from someone else that the road is fine and that I should be able to get through with my truck. The fire engines were able to do it, after all. But I was also told they had to fly people in. o_o

These were some of my views on the way there last time:

Read more... )

silailo: (pencils)
Last night I tried to watch Penny Dreadful and had to turn it off after thirty minutes. Now, when the genre tag said "horror," I had hoped it just meant the subject matter of monsters, not gore. I was wrong. Also, a graphic sex scene within the first fifteen minutes. No thanks. Otherwise, it looks like it'd be a really interesting show. Sadly, it's not my cup of tea.

To "scrub" my mind of that debacle I watched Kung Fu Panda 3. Definitely not as good as the last two. I had trouble taking the villain seriously and he just didn't seem all that scary. Also, the pacing just seemed way too fast, especially in the beginning. There was no emotional reaction for me when Po met his bio dad, and the whole scene just didn't seem normal for the situation. There were several instances of this throughout the film.

I also watched Moana the other day. Slightly disappointed, but I still liked it. I don't know if maybe it was the voice acting, script, characters, or what that bothered me. As with Kung Fu Panda 3, the pacing felt kind of fast in some places. I guess kids these days have such short attention spans that writers can't afford to drag out any scene for more than two minutes. Oh well. I still thought it was way better than Frozen, and I mainly watched it to hear Te Vaka's music. But it's no Lion King. People keep waiting for the next Lion King and I just don't think Disney will hit it again any time soon. I looked at their list of upcoming films, and all I see are sequels, live-action adaptations, book adaptations, and other stuff that sounds uninteresting. Well, I'm not a kid anymore and I haven't been for a long time, so I guess maybe my tastes changed.


My roommate is set to move out this Tuesday. I'm so excited. I mean, I wish her safe travels and hope she finds happiness in life, but I sort of want to clean to bathroom.

silailo: (Firepower)
I just went to move my laundry from the washer to the dryer and my clothes were all tangled up around the agitator! >:( Turns out it was either a bra or pair of underwear. The underwear somehow got wrapped around the agitator. Took forever to untangle everything! I've rarely had an issue like this, and it's sort of the reason I wanted to try out those mesh laundry bags I got on YesStyle. But the bags are way too small to put much in them, so I just put some socks and a few underwear in each. Now I'm going on Amazon to buy bigger ones. My work pants and work shirts were in that load and if any of them are damaged beyond repair, I'd hate to fork over the money to buy more. They're not cheap. :(

I called the department chair earlier today and left a message, but I doubt I'll hear from him. He's extremely difficult to get ahold of. I'll have to keep calling and emailing. Maybe he's has Fridays off?

One "course" is called Thesis and it's one of the requirements for obvious reasons, but there's not really a way to sign up for it. I wonder if it requires some kind of approval by the instructor.

What's bothering me right now are the GIS classes. I thought I heard that these were supposed to be "graduate level" GIS classes, but their titles and descriptions are exactly the same as the introductory courses. I do not want to retake classes I've already had. That's a total waste of money. I know I won't have to take Geomorphology or go to a field school again, so maybe I can get out of the GIS stuff. That'd be awesome because that would knock out 10 credits from the required 45 I need to do.

I've tried registering for one course but it won't let me because of a "prerequisite and test score error." I have no idea what classes have prereqs because the program's not even in the university catalog yet.

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