Thurs. May 12, 2022: Making the Most of Tech Issues

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Thursday, May 12, 2022

Waxing Moon

Pluto and Mercury Retrograde

Sunny and warm

Just like that, we leapt into summer. It’s gorgeous, and as long as the humidity stays low, I’m fine about it.

Details of how we’re setting up our garden spaces are over on Gratitude and Growth.

The computer announced it was doing the Windows11 Upgrade at 7:30 in the morning. It took 14 hours. Not a happy camper.

Fortunately, nothing was on deadline or in the script queue, or I would have been screwed.

I mean, Mercury Retrograde and all that, but fourteen hours?

I let it run, and went about my non-computerized day. Yeah, I know, it says you can use the computer while it’s upgrading up until the point where it needs to restart, but that simply wasn’t the case. I managed to get the blog up, and check email, and that was a struggle. So I closed down the tabs and let it run uninterrupted. And it still took 14 hours.

I went to the library to drop off and pick up books, and to get my Commonwealth catalogue sign-in issues resolved. Because I need my access to the Commonwealth Catalog!

Went to pick up my mother’s prescriptions, and to go a quick grocery shop.

Home, and we did some repotting (even though it wasn’t a planting day, according to my calendar, but the new plants can’t wait until Saturday). We ran out of potting soil, so that’s on the list for today’s errands.

I’d made a sesame-poppyseed dressing for which my friend Artie gave me the recipe when he’d visited the Cape house several years back. I made it before we started the repotting, so it blended by the time lunch rolled around. I tried to re-create the spinach and strawberry salad he’d made us. It wasn’t as good as when he made it, but it was still good. And the recipe makes plenty of dressing (which is really good), so I put it in a glass jar, labelled it, and we can enjoy it with other salads.

We started setting up the back balcony, which is also detailed in the G&G post. It’s still a work in progress, but we’re getting there, and it’s a lovely space. The rug is a little short; if we can find another one to match it, that will unite the space better. We also put down the rug and rearranged the enclosed front porch (also detailed in the G&G post).

And collapsed onto the chairs on the porch with a cocktail when we were done!

But both spaces feel really good now. We can enjoy using them until it gets too cold in the autumn.

Since I couldn’t do any computer work, might as well get this done, right?

Made a mushroom-spinach crabmeat concoction for dinner, wrapped in phyllo, and remembered how much I loathe working with phyllo. It was decent, but the mushrooms overpowered it, and the crabmeat wasn’t a high enough quality to hold its own. Also made a batch of lime cilantro mayonnaise, and a big batch of curried chicken salad. Used up all the cilantro I bought, which had already started to fade, although I bought it this morning.

The Radio Theatre Project wants to do “Pier-less Crime” later this month. I’m delighted. I love working with them. They’d hoped to do it when everything shut down, so there was a delay, but they’ve performed the entire Frieda/Laz trilogy.

Once I figure out how to make the dirigible play work, they’ll get first crack at it.

I have two scripts in my queue, one for today, and one for tomorrow. I’m way under my pay goal with that client this pay period, but I earned more than expected from the client for whom I finished the five-month project (the contest), so it balances out.

Meditation this morning, and then I want to get some writing done. Later this morning, we are going to run some errands, and then it’s script coverage in the afternoon. I have to learn how to navigate Windows11. It looks different, but as long as I can do what I need to do, I’ll adapt. It wasn’t working well at all this morning, so I wiggled some keys, not really knowing what I was doing, but it works now.

I have a ton of email to slog through, some paperwork to do, and catch up on Ello. But somehow, it will all get done. I’m trying to retrain the stress sense memory from last year not to be so reactive to every little thing this year.

Spending the early morning first writing session of the day in the lovely garden spaces helps. Tessa isn’t sure about the rug on the porch. It feels strange under her paws. But Charlotte was really sweet with her (for once) showing her all the new stuff this morning. And the two scout crows peered in and made a few comments. Willa was still in bed. She “helped” yesterday and is Very Tired today.

Have a good one!

Friday, April 6, 2012: Planting and Premieres

Friday, April 6, 2012
Waxing Moon
Mars Retrograde
Saturn Retrograde
Sunny and cool

I didn’t get online until 4 PM yesterday. When I pulled out the car to go to yoga, I saw a big package lying on the front steps. Turned out to be 7 more bushes. Once I got back from yoga, it was all about running around getting pots for them, more soil, and planting. So, in 48 hours, I planted 8 trees and 9 bushes. I’m a little sore!

Got some editing work done, and a nice chunk on the second harpy book in the writing sprint. I’m starting to like it again, which is always helpful — liking the book you’re writing! There were a few weeks when it was touch and go — I felt frustrated, like I was spinning my wheels, but not getting anywhere.

Juggled appointments for this, that, and the other. Tried to get over my irritation with a client who’s trying to dump more work on me without paying any more. The client has several of us working — most of the others in the organization put in, maybe, two hours a week. I’m putting in a lot more, getting paid the same, and now the client wants to dump things outside of the realm of my job responsibilities on me without compensation. The answer to that is “no.” I am finishing up the current commitments, and then we will part ways. Irritation is a waste of time and energy — I’ve set my boundaries, I need to stick to them. The time/money/energy is no longer working in this relationship. The client continues to want more for less. I’m tired of being exhausted, frustrated, and miserable, and then having to scramble for additional work because the client’s payments are, shall we say, fluid. Therefore, it’s not going to work. These transitions are always tough, but I’m a business person. This is my business, not my hobby. Pay me what I’m worth (or at least for the work I do) or find someone who’s willing to work under your changing business model.

I need to do some more work on “Town Crier”. I like the basic structure, but I need to raise the stakes on a few things.

Watched the premiere of SCANDAL last night with mixed feelings. (Spoiler alert) There’s an actor on it whose work I adore, so that kept me with the show when I considered turning it off. The writing, the acting, the pacing are all excellent. However, I have a problem with glorifying someone who “fixes” the problems of prominent jerks, repeatedly stating that “it’s not about justice.” That’s one of the reasons we’re in the current mess we’re in — because too many prominent people are getting away with unjustified crap. Yes, she has to face her own betrayal and appears to do an about-face at the end, but it came across like a personal desire for revenge, not about doing the right thing. Suddenly, I’m supposed to believe chickie has a moral compass? I don’t think so. Karma’s rightly kicking her butt, and I want to see it kicked a lot harder for what she’s done. I also had a problem with the other story line, about the war hero whose female “best friend” is murdered and the guy turns out to be gay. It’s supposed to be this heartwarming, “be true to yourself” moment, yet it’s made clear that IT DOESN’T MATTER who murdered the girl. Even the “war hero” shrugs off the murder so he can come out of the closet. Points up another problem in our society — women’s lives are not valued, and they continue to be devalued. The girl’s death was tangental, and that angered me. The lead in this is a woman, the creator is a woman, yet both story lines dismissed and destroyed female characters. I have a problem with that. Do people like this exist? Yes, of course. And I think they should face harsh consequences for helping people get away with what’s wrong. I’ll give it one more episode, and if I don’t see any adjustment in the attitude that women are worthless unless they can pay a fixer, I’m not watching anymore, much of a fan as I am of the work of some of those in the show. Like I said, the writing and acting are strong, but the underlying premise and its justification don’t work for me. Much as I like the actress, I’m not rooting for the protagonist of the piece, because I think what she’s doing is wrong and should have dire consequences for her.

We have company coming tomorrow, and I’m behind on everything. I’ll have to work like crazy today and also clean the house from top to bottom.

I better get going, then, hadn’t I?

Devon

Don’t forget the 1-Day Dialogue Seminar
on April 14!