Friday, January 8, 2010

Iris, AKA “Princess Hellion”

Friday, January 8, 2010
Waning Moon
Mars Retrograde
Mercury Retrograde

We’ve only had about two inches of snow, so it’s not too bad, but I’m glad I don’t have to go anywhere today. When it stops snowing, I’ll go dig the car out, before the temperatures plummet and I have to hack my way through the ice tomorrow.

Because tomorrow, I do have to go out. I have to pay some bills, hopefully get some more decorations to storage, and, around noon, go set up a site for a colleague, then retrieve her at 11 PM and drive her to the site. Her jobs overlapped by a day, so she’s bringing me in to cover the 12 hour overlap.

Yesterday was — well, yesterday, and I’m glad it’s over. Took a load of decorations to storage. Headed to White Plains. Went to Target, which was a madhouse. Bought bins and sheet protectors. Wanted to go to Home Goods, but it was later than I’d hoped (traffic), so I headed back, hauled the bins up, hauled more decorations and the laundry down, picked up Chinese food, dropped the decorations off in storage, and headed to my friend’s place. Did my laundry and just hung out. I’d brought my computer, but just didn’t feel like doing anything except sitting in a big chair by the fireplace reading and looking out at the garden.

Today, I will alternate between writing and ironing. Once the holiday fabric is ironed, I can pack it away in its new bin. I’m not driving to storage today — I’ll drop off a load of stuff tomorrow on my way to the site. It’s not like these are full carloads — basically, every time I have an errand, I take down whatever I can carry and swing by storage on my way to the other errands. Much more convenient having storage five minutes away rather than down in the city with the hateful folks at U-Haul. Yet another instance when dealing with local, family-owned businesses trumps corporations.

I got a story idea during meditation. Yeah, sure, not supposed to do that, but hey, it popped out fully formed. Will make some notes — don’t want to take any focus away from the steampunk.

I could use some quiet.

Michelle, they do have the rules for construction here, but they’re never enforced. Remember when they were doing all that asbestos removal a few years ago, right under my windows? Scumbags. It’s cheaper for them to pay the teeny, tiny fines than to actually solve any problems. Until the regulations are tightened to something where, if a developer has X number of violations, he forfeits his rights to develop the property, nothing will change. Current rules and consequences are a joke. They’ve certainly cost a lot of lives in NYC, and who knows what kinds of long term effects a lot of it will have all over the area.

I do enjoy watching the snow fall when I get to stay inside, though! 😉

Have a great day, everyone. Elsa’s hanging in there. Sometimes she seems better, sometimes not.


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Saturday, August 8, 2009

Saturday, August 8, 2009
Waning Moon
Pluto Retrograde
Jupiter Retrograde
Uranus Retrograde
Sunny and warm

Quick post because there’s too much going on and not enough hours in the day.

Got a good batch of work done yesterday a.m., plus getting to Trader Joe’s to stock up on cat food. Then, I was called in to another site job for an emergency during the late afternoon and evening, and I’ll have to go back today after my Genius Bar appointment. They’ve been really good to me, so I don’t mind helping them out, but I also got in some client work I wasn’t expecting until the middle of next week, and I’m going to have to do it piecemeal in and around the site job next week. There was no way I could turn around that amount of material in a couple of hours and give it the attention it needs, even if it was the only project on my desk (which it wasn’t).

AND meet the deadlines for my own work.

I got some work done on “Plot Bunnies” and finished the second mystery this morning. I need a new title. However, it’s different enough in tone and style that it does fit under the “Devon” name rather than the “Ava” name under which “Plot Bunnies” will submit. And, with the latter, I think I only have to cut about 60 words — not 1500, like in the first.

I have my work “cut out” for me — pun intended!

I have to pack up and move three sets of bookcases and files from in front of the phone jack before the Optimum guy shows up next week. Got started on that and will stop at Target after the Genius Bar appointment to pick up, you guessed it more bins. I’ll do a little bit each day when I dash back for the hour or so to feed the cats.

Sending the Verizon marketing materials back unopened and marked “Refused.”

Ran out of ink on the big printer, so I have to deal with that in the next couple of days, since I’ve got to print out postcards and sent them to a friend who offered to distribute them for me. Also have to do a little research on a reasonable quote for a big project. The guy wants a for-hire on something that is usually done by royalties — he swears there won’t be any; I think he’s full of it. For-hire is a way higher price than royalties, in my book, so I’m sure I’ll price myself out of his budget.

The cats and I were all settled down to sleep late last night when the familiar heaving noise all cat owners know and hate so well filled the room. I turned on the light to find that Violet, the littlest cat, heaved up the biggest fur ball I’ve ever seen. We all just stared at it. I said, “How can something that big come out of something so little?” Not fun to clean up, but at least she’s feeling better and we know the Petromalt does its job!

I’ve got to clean out the litter boxes, get to the bank and post office, and get over to the Genius Bar. I hope we can get this issue resolved once and for all.

Have a great weekend.


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