borealgrove: (Meltwater)
The scones were unreal, and I finished baking them around 10pm yesterday, because when it comes to baking, ridiculously late is how I roll.

The reason I made them was in order to celebrate my partner finally getting a job offer after about a year of searching--he started this week and things seem to be going well, so the very least I could do was bake up a treat! It's definitely a weight off of the both of our minds that he's out of that job roadblock, and now we can do adulty things like put money into savings accounts, and plan for the future. Such forbearance. Much adult.

Ahem.

On the subject of jobs, I got to spend the better half of this week getting paid to write and edit, which I always enjoy. The writing was for a manual (so, a little dry), but it was writing nonetheless, and my manager seemed pretty happy with the end result. On the flip side, having spent several days this week writing how-tos has left me feeling pretty drained by the time I get home. My next chapter of FS is almost done (and what isn't has been plotted out), so all I really need is to sit down properly and finish it up. Any day now. Maybe even this evening, once I get this post out of the way.

Besides, for the first time in I-don't-even-know-how-many-weeks, I have no plans for the weekend. None. Not a one. That's not to say I won't end up accepting an invitation to go somewhere board game cafe, but at the moment, no plans. Except stay home and write.
borealgrove: (Angel of Procrastination)
I felt like yesterday was Friday... which made the workday today feel incredibly long. It was either that, or the fact that I was kept up (more or less willingly) until about 1:30 am last night because my partner and his friend (who was staying over) could not stop giggling and trying to scare me with ghost stories. I scare easily. I also start to act drunk if I'm too sleepy. Weird night.

We did get a very impressive thunderstorm though, and some green lightning flashes behind a wall of clouds, which I had definitely never seen before. This prompted some very lazy research with the help of google, where I concluded, after viewing one webpage, "yep... it's a thing".

I've finally settled on crossposting from DW to LJ; while I much prefer DW in general, there is still a large chunk of fandom left on LJ (or still figuring out the logistics of moving), so I'd probably miss a lot of fun if I stopped all activity on my LJ. Comments are open on both my journals, and I'll be checking friend posts on both sites, so... I think that's about it. See you wherever I see you!

My excellent plan for this weekend was to catch up on all my messages and then focus on starting the ACBB fic and getting a good chunk of FS chapter 11 written out. In short: not agreeing to do A Fun Thing with people. That being said, I've already agreed to an escape room tomorrow (this time I roped my brother and his girlfriend into our group, so we should avoid the massive stranger fail of the previous escape attempt). An escape room will probably lead to other activities like: going out for ice cream and/or supper, going shopping, and/or going to a board game cafe. Which are all things that spell less time spent on writing. I need to kick my butt into high gear. Maybe pull an all-nighter by getting hopped up on tea. Terrible idea. Great idea.

Played some Mass Effect 2 over supper (what kind of casual frickin day is this?), and Garrus still has not sent me information regarding his loyalty mission. I know it'll happen eventually, after I complete a handful of other, random missions but... come on. I want to start flirting with this Turian already. Throw me a bone Bioware! Interesting choice of words.

Finally, this webpage conforms perfectly to my interests: These are Truly Useful Cat Smileys!

I've gathered some cute cat smileys to use on Twitter and blogs! Happy cats, sad cats, pawing cats, content cats, determined cats, sleepy cats... I've collected lots★

Okay, that's enough out of me. Time for tea and crab apple writing mode.

...ah, what the hell. I'm making that into a damn tag.
borealgrove: Death beckons, draws them close. (She Draws Them Close)
I kept meaning to sit down and write a lengthy account of the past week (or so), but so much time has now passed that the best I feel able to muster is writing down the highlights.

I have two jobs within the same company, and have a full, otherwise-normal schedule... but for several days, my manager at one of the workplaces took a well-deserved vacation, so I was asked to fill in. This meant working slightly longer hours, having to put some things at the other workplace on the back burner, and doing a little bit of running back and forth. It was great experience, and only for a few days, but it was exhausting. I would come home, slump onto the floor, groan, and then get up and play Mass Effect. I didn't have time to write at work (breaks? what breaks?) and was too drained to get into it when I got home. The Easter long weekend was a nice reprieve, at least, but even then I couldn't get myself in a relaxed enough place to write properly and instead became fixated on moving to DW and refreshing my Tumblr dashboard. Fun fun.

Getting back to a normal schedule has helped a little, in that I'm writing lots of notes during my breaks (and I've made a cursory effort at a scene tonight), but I'm still waiting for that burst of inspiration and creativity that always seems to hit me at least once a month. Aaaaanytime now, brain...

The big event of this past weekend was that I got a haircut.

A big event, because I last cut my hair about a year ago -- several disappointing hair cuts/stylists in a row had just made me really, really reluctant to make the trip to any salon. Instead I was doing my own bleaching/dyeing and just kind of ignoring my multiplying split ends. But this past weekend, while combing my hair, the split ends got a little too cozy with eachother (read: my comb kind of got stuck), and I had to admit that I was in need of a trim. So I went in and chopped off about half of my hair! Intentionally. The stylist I tried this time acted the way I felt: wary, cautious, but ultimately friendly. So for the first time in I-don't-even-know-how-many years, I actually had a good experience. I may even let her dye my hair for the summer! Gasp! Of course, I have to decide on the colour first...

Last week also marked the beginning of my participation in two writing fests:

[community profile] hpdrizzle, in which I got my first choice of prompt (yay!) and After Camlann Big Bang, which is not prompt-based, and is for BBC Merlin. I have never written a Merlin fic before, but I've been a fan of the show since it first aired, and once I wrap up my current rewatch (I'm on the 5th season and slowly watching my heart get crushed--always a fun time), I will be working on my ACBB fic. I already have the plot mostly mapped out, I just want to have canon facts fresh in my mind before I start to write it. As for the [community profile] hpdrizzle fest, I have a lot of time to complete my submission, and already have the basic plot mapped out for that one as well. I am very excited to write both, but I must prioritize, and make sure that I am also consistently updating For Safekeeping as well.

I really do need to stop saying yes to all the fun activities and shows my friends propose to me to go do on the weekends. :p


Holy crap, I'm exhausted and bleeding and cranky.

Bedtime!
borealgrove: (Out of Bounds)


The one very bright spot in my week was that I got to see Mother Mother: they were amazing, I spent the whole show dancing and singing along to all of the songs like a madwoman. I have now seen them three times, and they performed an incredibly fun show each and every time. They're easily my favourite Canadian band, and they just keep releasing more and more addictive material.

...which is saying something, because I really love The Balconies and Tegan and Sara.

But anyway, their latest album, No Culture, came out right before the tour started, and I devoured that album, just played it on loop for days, because it is so good. Here's Baby Boy, one of my favourites from the album (I got to see it live alfkmgkldsdmslk):



I love the huge rhythm changes, the "gasping" after he plunges into dangerous water... amazing. In terms of the new song I danced hardest to at the concert, though, that would be The Drugs. So much love. I am already looking forward to seeing them again when they come back to my city. ♥


Anyway, that's the good stuff. The not-so-good stuff was that I had to come in early and stay late several days this week because of an issue at work (now resolved), but there were some passive-aggressive digs being tossed my way during the week which made things that much more stressful and frustrating.

So. Thank you, weekend, for just... being here for me. Love you, bud.
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