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Jul. 19th, 2014 12:11 pm
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I'm still around, I've just been very spotty on updating on pretty much everything. I've been writing a lot (the stuff people can see is on my DeviantArt site ( http://sorien.deviantart.com/ )- The other stuff I have some hope of submitting for publication maybeIhopekindawithluck...

But we'll see. :)

Spaz and Lady are for the most part fine, though Spaz has gotten brattier- I think it's because the apartment is smaller than the house was.

Other than that, things really haven't changed a whole lot. I'll try to post here more, but no promises!
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Okay. I'm up. Today I head out with friends on the drive to Chicagoland and Midwest Furfest! I've got all my crap packed, and aside from a few dishes in the sink I'm essentially ready to go. I'm looking forward to this- I definitely need a vacation.

In the previous three weeks ending last Thursday, I want through one of the longer bouts of insomnia I've had. I think it was longer than usual because there were multiple things contributing to it- stress (of course), a need for a change, bedding overdue for a change, allergies and I really need a new mattress.

Other than that, things have been mostly quiet... Mostly. Two weeks ago while coming home from work I had the tie rods on the front right wheel snap whilst on the ramp from 35W Northbound to New Brighton Boulevard. For those that don't know, the tie rods are what hold the wheel in place and allow it to turn. Well, they snapped and that wheel no longer turned!

After a three hour wait and a tow to my folks place, I got home using my mom's car. a few days later it was fixed, and its back running fine.

That pretty much sums up recent events. I'll post again from the con.
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And another post- less than a month between! I've been peeking in here more frequently, and I'll try to do so even more often. Nothing bad has happened in the interim, though going to MFF is still vaguely iffy. I have most the money needed, but I need to get registered and get the train tickets still... And another person in the room! I can do this. I had one person ask about it, but that was like... Pre-April, and I've not heard a word since.

Worst case I get floor-flop space, which would certainly be a cheaper option! Either way I plan to be there if it is at all possible.

Things proceed apace with Chris' attempts to get support benefits from the State and Feds, and I really can't judge the progress at this point- He did get the modern equivalent of food stamps, but I dunno how long that program lasts.

Other than that, the cats are fine. Well, other than Spaz being brain-damaged. So that's it for now!
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... Since I last posted here. Me and Chris are doing decently, living in our apartment here in New Brighton. A lot has changed, but a lot really hasn't- life goes on with the routines continuing as usual... Just with fewer people around and less space!

Changes that have taken place include [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain's Vanguard game of a year's length coming to an end, The Sunday Gaming Group going on an extended hiatus (we pick up again sometime in September from the looks of things), And my having eliminated a TON of accumulated crap from my life. 18 years in a house allows a LOT of accumulation!

Still, I miss the place. I had more space, and a lot more privacy- I can't play loud music here, for example, because of neighbors above, below and beside. I liked having my OWN washer and dryer, too.

The apartment does have SOME advantages- lower overall bills, INCREDIBLE water pressure and far less drama. Anyway, those are the highlights- I'll maybe try to post more often, but no promises. :)
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WE HAVE AN APARTMENT! It's at Hillside East Apartments, off of Old Highway 8 about 3/4 mile north of County Road D / 37th Avenue. 2 bedrooms, 1 bath, second floor with 900 square feet and a small balcony. Its a REAL nice area, and we (Me and Chris) move in on July 18. Woohoo!

This is the layout: http://tinyurl.com/6o8kx9j

The work on the house approaches the finish line- the carpet will go in next week, probably Wednesday, and mostly what's left is little fiddly things. We'll be on the market the first week of June, I think.

I can't wait til all this is DONE.
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First, on Friday my game was cancelled. Not a problem, we'll play again a week from this coming Friday. However, my Sunday group DID get together, and we played the Horror Campaign; Our Heroes are still trapped in the future, and things are getting worse. Our allies keep getting nailed by the Bad Guys, and we keep getting our gear stripped. Right now, Bill (my character) has been killed again, but he gets better from that (read the past entries to see why), Jackie has been captured by the vampires, and Greg has been possessed by the spirit of Dr. Beck, and temporarily has strange, quantum-physics-based powers. With these, we MIGHT have a shot at popping the darkness-bubble over Boston, fulfilling our deal to get access to a way back to our proper time!

Oy.

Other than that, life is. Something screwy happened today right after work, but it's dealt with for the moment. It was rather easy to deal with, actually. We'll see if there's any fallout.
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Wow. I've been SLACK here. A lot has happened since my last post, good and bad, plus a big decision was made... One that I really never wanted to make. Checking, my last post was... November. Huh. At least it was shorter than the break before that!

Anyway... For Chrismas, I sold most of my comics for the money for gifts. This isn't a bad thing at all- I wasn't reading them, and they were just taking up space in the closet. So, they're gone. I've been culling my possessions slowly but surely in general too, for more space and less clutter. Christmas this year, despite being the lowest-budget one so far for me was really good. The gathering with family was on Christmas Day, and the friend's party was on January 6th. I got some VERY cool stuff- Big Band music, a set of 50 Martial Arts and bad '70's flicks, the restored Metropolis (Fritz Lang's version- I have the anime), and the Lacakdaisy collection of online strips, Volume 1 were the prizes- bit ALL of what I got was cool!

Now... To the other stuff. I've for the last year been wrestling with finances. Not anyone's fault but my own, but there you go. Thus... In November I finally decided. I'm selling the house this year. I'm not sure exactly when, but the current aim is probably early Summer. I'll be cleaning and painting inside, and continuing the disposal of crap that I no longer want or need. I've already donated some furniture and stuff to Savers.

The work inside the house isn't TOO bad, but its daunting for someone who slacks like I do, and more daunting as I'm likely to have to do it all myself. The goal is to get a good price- which in this market could be dicey. I should be able to get enough to kill the mortgage and the credit card, which will be good enough.

I'm actually planning on getting a double-wide trailer in a park to live in. This SOUNDS bad, but the newer trailers are effing palaces. I've run the numbers, and I CAN afford a nice, if not new one for a total monthly payout of $950. That includes EVERYTHING billwise, excluding groceries, gas for the car, and the insurance on the car. I won't be living high-on-the-hog, but I'll be able to afford it MYSELF. Which is the goal.

So, that's where things are now. I'll try to start keeping this updated again, so people know what's up at Plague House.

Oh! Spaz and Lady are just fine, and are pretty much as they always are.
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I got the background check stuff for the new posting... If I stay here, I'll actually have a low-level security clearance! I also talked to one of the guards there, who pointed out some things I could do to make sure I actually get an appropriate account INSTEAD of it. Its in the union contract- I can bid to get specific posts when they come available! So there IS a little light at the end of the tunnel, and it ain't the train!

This whole situation is still bullshit, but maybe its getting better.
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Here's a little update.

I'm felling better these days, aside from a self-induced bout of sleeplessness; I stayed up WAY too late several days in a row and messed up my schedule. I think I've gotten it squared around, because I did sleep today. Several good things have happened of late as well, the biggest of which is that I now have a new(er) car- Its a white 2001 Buick LeSabre, formerly my brother's car.

As I posted a while back, my old burgundy LeSabre had a major mechanical problem where the support spring on the front wheel beoke loose and was resting on the tire. Dad took it to work on, and I was driving his car (white 1999 LeSabre) while this was happening. He found a LOT more to fix while he was working on it...

Anyway, while this was going on, my brother found a steal on a Olds minivan- given he has kids, this was a better vehicle for him and he got it. This created a situation where he now had a spare vehicle he didn't need. Also, a friend of his at work turned out to be looking for a cheap, reliable car.

So it went down like this: his friend is buying my old car, I'm getting HIS car, he's got the minivan and dad has his car once again. Yay!

In other news, I'm FINALLY getting caught up on the bills- Yay reduced stress! I've dealt with the electric bill and made a serious dent in the gas and water bills; I should have one of those two totally caught up after I get paid this week, and while the credit debts are still a problem, things are improving there too, slowly. When the Bush-Bullshit-Bucks come I'll be paying off the computer loan, and that'll leave just the two credit cards, which I may consolidate to make easier to deal with.

Inch by inch...

I have still a LOT of cleaning to do; I wanna get it done before the arrival of the new roomie and before the arrival of the new cats late in May, around my birthday- Hopefully, I can get that done.

Ramblerambleramble...

But thats most of it. This weekend is the Vanguard campaign and the start of the next Traveller set on Sunday- I'm looking forward to both, tho my character Goblin ISN'T looking forward... ;)
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Just so those people who watch this know, I'm okay for the most part. I'm coping with losing Luna... Mostly. I still have bad days. But I'm getting better with time. As to other things, life continues apace, and I've other worries as well, but nothing that will really keep me down- mostly bills and the disasters that keep happening this year to family and friends. I still hate this fucking year.

On the good side of things (kind of) I've talked myself into having my knees looked at- hopefully it'll just be exercises or such to get them better. I may also get my head examined (no joke) because I've been having more trouble with headaches since I slammed into that glass partition at work- I'm thinking there's a bit of bone or something jabbing into a nerve or a similar minor problem.

I've also started work on the next Buffy Horror writeup, the 19th. I'm up to the 6th page, 3 pages into my notes. I think it'll hit about 10 or so pages when done. I have to ask Scotty for a few names before it goes live tho.
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Well, I slept, finally. I got about 5 1/2 hours during the day after a decent meal (pizza) and a melatonin tablet. I'll likely take that again today and for a few days more to make sure things are sorted again. Other than that, things are boring- I did finally pick up the comics that I've had piling up at the comic shop... THAT stung a bit, but O well.

Really, thats about all. Well, except for having to go to a mandatory work meeting on Sunday at 6. Bleah.
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Here's a general update on whats been up, as I've been posting less than usual here. First off, Happy Birthday wishes for [livejournal.com profile] ataramos and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn! Giftage is in the works! Next up, the actual news of life- Not much. Other than the 35W bridge collapse, life here has been pretty quiet. I got a couple of new pics done recently, and I may post them here soon- they're of my City of Heroes characters ShadowMatch and Genetic Blue. I've been playing a bit less recently, though the addiction is still in full force.

At work I've been able (in the nights that I've been in the 'sit on my ass' post in suite 300) to watch a few movies on the laptop- So far, I've rewatched 'Fight Club', 'The Quick and the Dead', 'Die Hard' and 'Die Hard 2: Die Harder', and a few others that I've forgotten at the moment. It's got me wanting to go on another DVD buying spree. ;)

In general Gaming news, the Saturday Vanguard game is on hiatus until mid-September for various reasons- I'm looking forward to the return to that game! In the Sunday group, we did the last of the set for Traveller; I'll have that written up either tonight (its 0210 as I write this, so I doubt that'll happen) or early this coming week. Next up would be Werewolf, but due to scheduling conflicts it looks like another 'filler' run of the Buffy Horror will take place.

Further- My roomie [livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii has started a journal for the posting of Rikti War Stories; its at http://community.livejournal.com/invasionjournal/ I dunno if its open to all, so ask him. I might have something short for that soon.

And that's pretty much it for now. I'll post again if there's something else.

Edit: Damn, I got it done. Next post is the Traveller writeup!

So then...

Jun. 23rd, 2007 05:17 pm
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Just a lil post to say I'm alive and kicking for the most part. I'm still playing City of Heroes, but I'm not playing near as much as I was. I can't see kicking the habit entirely tho- I'm way too much of a Supers-junkie for that.

As to other things, I'm (hopefully with a bit more ambition than of late) contemplating what to do around the house, both in terms of cleanup and rearrangement of rooms... The front room especially. You see, I got this MASSIVE desk from work, and put it out there. Now... its a nice desk, but it it just too frigging huge. I'm considering whether I should keep it or just throw in the towel, get rid of it and find a smaller desk for the front corner at a garage sale. What do people think? A smaller desk would be easier to integrate, definitely.

I'm also thinking about getting rid of some of the chairs up front and maybe trying to find cheap replacements... But we'll see what comes.

I've also gotten back into music, or rather the acquisition of CDs. I've dumped the vast majority of my currently-held CDs onto the laptop, and I'm seriously entertaining the idea of getting one of the high-capacity Ipods... Gah. I can't BELIEVE I'm considering this! If I do, it won't be til after August, as I'll have to save up for it. I won't be getting it on credit!

Beyond that, life is dull. I'm not having to walk as much at work as we're now stationing one person in a suite on one end of the complex, whose duties consist of sitting there. Yay! So, two to three days a week I'm over there. Needless to say, the knees hurt less. Also, its been allowing me to write more, as I'm no longer having a coworker sitting right there. :)

That's about it for now, really.
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I'm fine, no disasters, alarums or escursions here. Yesterday I just didn't feel like being online (fried in the morning, just not in the mood in the evening), and today I'm busy with gaming, a birthday party and work. I'll reappear tomorrow morning in all odds. Unless I'm too tired, in which case it'll be Sunday evening or later.

See people when I do!
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Life progresses as it is wont to do so far, no real problems. In good news tho, I'm getting a new mattress and box-spring for my bed, and prolly new linens too- its a Simmons pillowtop, I don't recall the exact model- It'll be here late this week. Oh, and I'm sleeping again, for the most part.

I so live on the wild side. :P
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Waltons Law of Politics: A Fool and his money are soon Elected.

Makes a lot of sense, huh?

Anyway. Rambling on- Life continues. The car is dead still. Apparently, the new starter that was put in decided that it had nothing to live for, and spontaneously fried itself. O well. It means I have to suffer on with Dad's luxury-boat for a while longer. O. How. I. Suffer. I Cannot. Go. On... (giggle!)

Beyond this, This weekend is the oft-delayed Annual Turkey Feed that I normally throw in November. We've combined it with [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain's Anti-Valentines Day party. :) I've got a 21.35 pound bird waiting at the butcher shop, and the rest save for my homemade mashed potatoes is potluck. :) I am looking forward!

If you know me and are in Minnesota, or close enuf to get here, you're invited. :)

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