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posted by [personal profile] drew at 12:51am on 15/01/2009
Still alive. Work crushing self and will to live. Have lost 7 pounds (20% of goal!) since 1/5. Know this pace will not keep up; steeling self for February :-|

Oh, and CEO announces medical leave; stock plummets. Surprise!
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So [livejournal.com profile] popoffacork authors are live, and I can reveal that I wrote [the thin line between "maybe" and "yes"] (Jon/Spencer, It's not a fall so much as a headlong stumble) for [livejournal.com profile] afterthefair.

I was actually reallynervous when I saw I got Cristen because ack, someone I know! Who may think the story I write is crap! But her prompt was basically "I like Jon/Spencer and I like fluff" which is... not the hardest prompt she could have given. This is not 100% fluff, but it's nearly that, and I really, really like these two together. A lot.

It's three fifteen in the afternoon, so there's nothing good on TV, but Jon's lying on the couch anyway, remote in hand, flipping channels in a scanning pattern. Spencer wonders if his brain is even processing the images as they flicker past. "We're... whatever, right?"

"What?" Jon doesn't stop with the remote, but the pace of channel-changing gets slower.

"We're. I moved your flip-flops out of the way."


Now I can go reply to the comments on the story! Or... I will do that tomorrow. Yes, tomorrow. Now zzzzzzzz.
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 03:20pm on 01/01/2009 under
For [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year, I wrote [where the lovelight gleams], Latter Days, Aaron/Christian. The holiday season means something to Aaron. Will it be the same in LA?

Now to reply to comments!
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 06:28pm on 31/12/2008 under
So, 2008. You mostly sucked as a year. I was thinking about it, and I have almost nothing to show for this year, despite feeling incredibly busy all the time. I only wrote two things all year (for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and [livejournal.com profile] popoffacork); I sang some shows with some groups, but didn't do any theater; I have the same job I started the year with (albeit with a raise) and am working more hours for what feels like running in place. I did have a very nice vacation to Alaska with my family, though, so I'll count that in the plus column. But really, this just feels like a lost year.

For 2009, I have a few goals, but I'm not going to call them New Year's Resolutions because I will inevitably break them if I tie them to the year.

1. Lose 30 pounds from my heaviest, preferably by the time my college reunion rolls around in early June. I want to weigh somewhere between 165 and 170 pounds, down from a high near 200. I'm about 190 now, so this is doable, but it's going to take work. There are some related goals here, like cutting back my soda intake to one can per week (it's not *that* much higher than that now, but I need soda to disappear from my life and gradually is easier than all-at-once), going to the gym as often as possible, and getting at least eight hours of sleep a night. Some of them seem mountainous, as goals go, but I will work to get buy-in from coworkers and my roommate to try and keep me on-track.

2. ONLY ONE SINGING GROUP OR SHOW AT A TIME. This is going to be nearly as hard as (if not harder than) #1. I am a sucker; I say "yes" way too easily. But I have to remember that I get flustered when I'm doing more than one group at a time, and it means I end up not going to the gym enough, not taking care of myself, etc. I do enjoy it, so I'm not cutting it out completely, but it will take careful management to do #1, and this is part of it.

3. Take the GMAT and decide about business school. My new boss guy is actually helping here, because he really thinks I should go, so he's been nagging me about signing up for the GMAT. As anyone who knows me well will know, nagging (i.e. constant reminders) is one of the ways to get me to do things. I am still not 100% sold on the idea of going to business school, but I have some time -- applications to start school in the fall of '10 (i.e. class of '12) will be due in the fall of '09 -- and I should be able to figure it out by June so I can start working on applications. Part of this decision will be based on career trajectory, so we'll see what happens there.

4. Get laid. 'nuff said. Well, not exactly. I mean, I'd like what I've wanted for years -- a reasonably-attractive member of the same sex who's within a few years of my age who happens to like me back and isn't boring or crazy. Sounds easy, right? Right.
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 11:58pm on 30/12/2008

Annoyed (and annoying) ibanker-type is so desperate for friends and company NYE that he's inviting random people from the plane to his party. And there's apparently some ad he put up on Craigslist? You can smell the money and desperation coming off this guy in waves.

In related news, I'm back safely on the west coast. It remains to be seen about my bags, though - baggage carousel still has not started moving.

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posted by [personal profile] drew at 05:19pm on 27/12/2008
Mom's new sewing machine is impossible to thread. No, wait, that's not entirely accurate. It's a Singer, the new Simple line, and it has this wacky front-loading bobbin (I have never seen a front-loading bobbin before -- it is *weird*) that is just. It drives me crazy. I have figured out how to thread the needle from the top thread. I have figured out how to wind the bobbin and insert it into the bobbin case. I have figured out how to insert the bobbin case into the machine. But when I try to make test stitches, the thread bunches up below the fabric ("birds nesting") or somehow the thread gets caught on the bobbin case and the thing stops.

THIS IS DRIVING ME INSANE.

At this rate, I'm going to teach myself basic sewing machine repair to fix her old one, and take this one back to the hellacious place from which it must have been spawned. Eesh.
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Me: [unwraps awesome camera lens]
Mom: That's Christmas and your birthday. Just FYI.
Me: [grins, takes lots of pictures]

...

Parents: [unwrap book I made them with photos from Alaska] Oh my god.
Me: [beams] Now you see why I wanted the camera lens?




Nothing really unexpected this year, as the camera lens was, indeed, very expensive, and I am both happy to have it and capable of buying myself additional presents if I feel so inclined. You know, after my credit card payment clears.

Two hours until the turkey goes in the oven and I start thinking about boiling potatoes to be mashed. It's depressingly green here -- not a trace of snow in sight. Now to read lots and lots and lots of [livejournal.com profile] yuletide stories!

ETA: and in "only my brother" news, Thing2 managed to slice his hand open and Mom is taking him to the ER for stitches. WTF, Thing2? You couldn't leave your knife alone on Christmas Day? ::facepalm:: Tidings of comfort and joy indeed.
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I got *two* presents for [livejournal.com profile] yuletide this year!

[Back In My Life] is a Broken Hearts Club fic that is so true to the movie that it feels like unwatched scenes you didn't know were on the end of the DVD. This is that kind of story where your heart grows sixteen sizes and you just beam for the next three hours.

[Straight] is a Bring It On ficlet in which Jan may not be as straight as he tries to make us think he is in the movie. Also includes one of the best expressions I have ever heard: "camp as a row of tents". GLEE.

Thank you so much to my writers!
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 04:22pm on 24/12/2008
No way, nohow was I going to be shopping today, so I sent Thing1 to the grocery store for ingredients for tonight's traditional chicken cacciatore dinner. I've got to start cooking in about half an hour so it'll be done in time for us to go to Mass at 8pm, but I have to say that this has been one of the more laid-back Christmas vacations I've taken. No last-minute shopping (and by that I mean shopping once I've flown back east -- I managed to get everything I needed either online or before I left), not much Actual Work, and a mostly-amenable family. I fly back west in six days and I think that's plenty: Christmas tomorrow, some plans for Friday, a party at a friend's house Saturday, and then just a lot of relaxation and cooking for the last few nights :) (I really, really like my Mom's kitchen)

Fixed the wireless issue -- mmm, unpublished firmware upgrades!

The weather has taken a turn for the more annoying, getting both warmer (to roughly 50F today) and rainy -- it's like I brought San Francisco back east with me :-/ I don't know what it's going to take to have a white Christmas, and with my parents eyeing a move down south, that becomes even *less* likely. Ahh, well.

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide goes up tonight! I'm quite happy that I'm still on west coast time, because it means I'll get to read a bunch of things tonight!

Happiest of holidays to you and yours.
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 12:51am on 23/12/2008 under
Guys, this is frustrating the hell out of me and anything you could do to even point me in the right direction would be *super* helpful. I'm looking in particular at [livejournal.com profile] apetslife, who I know does network admin stuff, but anyone who can help will have my undying gratitude.

Basically, my parents' DSL modem will connect to their computer using a static single IP address, but will also broadcast a wireless signal. My brother's IBM laptop has no problem connecting to this network, but neither my MacBook nor my work MacBook Pro will connect -- the network is unsecured and I know I've connected to it in the past, but now each time I try I get a "connection timeout". I have tried power-cycling the modem. I have tried resetting it to its factory settings. I'm about at my wits' end here -- and of course I'm the techie in the house. I called Apple's tech support, who are usually very good, and they're stumped. I'm going to call Verizon tomorrow, but argh, Verizon tech support is like being stuck in the seventh level of hell. The modem is a POS made by Westell specifically for Verizon -- it's a VersaLink 327W. Both of my MacBooks are running Mac OSX 10.5.6 (i.e. latest update).

Anything?
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 01:56am on 22/12/2008

Safe at my parents' house. Wireless router currently borked up and won't let me on the network with either of my Macs (work or personal), but has no trouble with iPhone. Weird.

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posted by [personal profile] drew at 04:48pm on 21/12/2008
Airport sighting: dozens and dozens of MacBooks, a zillion iPod earbuds, and more iPhones than you can shake a stick at.

It's good to be my employer right now.
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 11:48am on 21/12/2008

Current delay: 30 minutes. I think.

:-/

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posted by [personal profile] drew at 11:35pm on 20/12/2008
Going to bed now. Tomorrow I'm flying back east, though who knows how long it'll take to get there -- my roommate's flight was delayed for 3 hours and now she's stuck in Minneapolis until Monday. A coworker's flight was delayed Friday night for 7 hours -- they took off at 4am. It appears that holiday travel is even more of a nightmare than usual. And this is why I always build in a day or three on either side of my holiday trip.
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 02:06am on 19/12/2008
Willing the brining turkey to brine faster. Argh. I have 45 minutes left before I can take it out of the brine and go to bed.

I'm done with substantive work for the year! V. v. excited about this fact, too. Also? Office holiday parties = frickin' weird. Can't really be uproariously funny, because your boss's boss's boss is there, and can't be super-stiff because everyone is trying to effect a shiny happy manner. Whee.

Tomorrow I've got the Christmas party for some friends, Saturday I see some other friends and go hunting at the mall for some stuff for my brother, and then Sunday I fly back east. (I keep alternating between "home" and "back east" when I talk about it. Conflicted much, self?)

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide is done. (THANK YOU, SEKRIT UNNAMED BETA!) [livejournal.com profile] popoffacork is done. (THANK YOU, SEKRIT UNNAMED BETAS!) Now all I've got left to do is sit back and wait for my holiday stories to come rolling in :)
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I leave in five days. HOLY CRAP. I still need to get something for my office holiday party (white elephant gift, under $25 -- any suggestions?), and something for each of my brothers, one of which won't tell me what he wants or even likes. :-|

In other news, my work computer's hard drive died yesterday. I was without work computer for basically 24 hours with nothing but my iPhone for work email. I felt so helpless! Just makes you realize how much of work is computer-based, especially at a computer company.

Writing [livejournal.com profile] yuletide and desperately trying to keep the story happy. The source material has a lot of angst, and I'm in a bit of an angsty place myself, but I'm trying to hold to the request. Love the fandom, though. LOVE.

BONUS! Just checked Weather.com and apparently there will be snow (um, flurries, but it counts!) for Christmas! \o/
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And that's a wrap. Seven concerts in a month. Not bad, if I do say so myself.

Now to all the things I put by the wayside during concert season -- like writing, cooking, and the like. Still thinking hard about [livejournal.com profile] yuletide... and trying to assure myself that I can really get this done by Friday (because I have this horrible fear that the database is going to crash on Saturday, so I have to get it done early!). I will not default. I will not default. I will not default. ::mantras::

Reprint, now with bonus writing actions for myself:
W10: work, help A+J move
Th11: work, dress rehearsal
F12: work, concert
Sa13: help other!J move, 2 concerts

Su14: climbing, concert (attend, not sing), caroling, a little bit of work
M15: work, cookie-baking party, WRITE
T16: work, maybe climbing, WRITE
W17: work, gym, WRITE
Th18: work, holiday party for work, WRITE + REVISE
F19: work from home, holiday party for friends, REVISE + SUBMIT
Sa20: last-minute shopping, breathe?
Su21: fly back east

ONE MORE WEEK. Holy crap.
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[livejournal.com profile] between_names, I got your card today. Thank you!

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I am seriously counting the days until I fly back east. Every year, I'm all "oh, this year will be different; I won't end up super-over-committed" and then... I end up super-over-committed. SURPRISE.

W10: work, help A+J move
Th11: work, dress rehearsal
F12: work, concert
Sa13: help other!J move, 2 concerts
Su14: climbing, concert, caroling
M15: work, cookie-baking party
T16: work, maybe climbing
W17: work, gym
Th18: work, holiday party for work
F19: work from home, holiday party for friends
Sa20: last-minute shopping, breathe?
Su21: fly back east

I'm also wishing I could rant about some work stuff, but, you know, nondisclosure and whatnot. Sigh. Suffice it to say, my boss and her boss are being incredibly stupid about some things lately and it comes from not knowing our systems or the data nearly well enough, in addition to not understanding where my time goes. I feel like I keep, for lack of a better term, whining about work *at* work, and that's not the best recipe for success :-|

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The weird thing, for me, about Folie À Deux is that it is immediately recognizable as a Fall Out Boy record. And part of that has to do with it being a lot like Infinity On High, but IOH wasn't all that much like From Under the Cork Tree, so, you know. I have only listened to the first half of FÀD, but I already knew Patrick's vocal tics and where he would take the melodies even before he got there. This is kind of weird, but also kind of comforting, like a really old comfortable t-shirt. Maybe some of the orchestration is new and different, but this is not a New And Different Fall Out Boy Record the way IOH was. Am I wrong?

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Now is the time on Sprockets when we write [livejournal.com profile] yuletide.
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posted by [personal profile] drew at 09:40pm on 08/12/2008

(yes, I know LJ is not Twitter. hush.)

we can has xmas tree too! )

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Oh god, I am *so* out of practice. ::flails wildly:: Also, I really really love the source material for my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide story. I just have to figure out how to channel the mood. How is [livejournal.com profile] yuletide due in two weeks? Eep.

Status:
[livejournal.com profile] popoffacork - first draft done and beta'd; revisions in progress done; submitted!
[livejournal.com profile] yuletide - concept hashed out, but needs work

In other news, I had a kick-ass climbing day, and the most delicious omelet for brunch. And I have, mysteriously, lost about ten pounds in the last three weeks. Not exactly sure how that happened, especially since the last three weeks included Thanksgiving, but I'll take it! Ten down, twenty more to go...

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