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As these things go...

Yesterday I went to see The New Mikado with my roommate (It's de-Japanese'd so that the problematic bits of it are mostly non-existent). It was pretty amusing. However, having had approximately three hours of sleep due to going to frolic (Had fun, left kind of early, danced a fair amount, was hit on about five minutes after walking in so slightly good for my ego though the guy in question was a social butterfly and promptly disappeared for the rest of the evening...which was fine)

Anyway, so the theater was hot, the overture very long and I started dozing off a bit in the first act, at least enough to have one of those quick dreams that one sometimes gets...or at least I do.

One of them was dreaming that I'd left a stove burner on and I needed to go home right now and turn it off.

I hadn't cooked anything that morning so I knew it wasn't true but I still had a nagging feeling that the stove was on.

Anyway, later...by the time I got home the feeling was gone and the stove was demonstratively NOT on so I probably would have forgotten it entirely. Except later I made a quesadilla with the stove, went in my room and ate it. Went back to wash the plate and noticed the stove seemed quite warm. Checked the burner. It was off. Splashed water on the burner. Immediate steam. Fiddled with the knob a bit. Couldn't get it to turn off even though the light wasn't staying on when the knob was in the off position. Finally ended up putting on an oven mitt and pulling the heating element out so that I could submit a fix request.

Anyway, one of those random coincidences/psychic flashes I guess. And an actually useful one though, dear universe, lottery numbers would be even better? Just in case you're wanting to help out again.

Very glad nothing awful happened as that could have been bad.

I don't think I posted last week. Did another room escape, this one was "The kingdom of cats" Nice to not have something so gritty, mostly it was puzzles instead of find the key. Highly enjoyed even though we just barely made it out because they gave us extra time

Other than that, new roommate moved in on Monday. He seems to be working out thus far. He's had a bit of relationship drama in the last week but he's not being unpleasant about it so I'm pretty impressed even if he's 19. Still need to have the chat with him about chores in the near future so we have some division of labor.

Okay, off to a meeting. The first of many today, I fear.

Just desserts

Lavender blueberry mousse for dessert tonight. I wanted to do rose blueberry but the thought didn't occur to me till too late to get rosewater.

The rest of the menu is:
Green salad
Chicken rolls stuffed with mushrooms, leeks, rosemary, lemon and monterey jack cheese in a madeira sauce
Roasted garlic mashed potatoes
Roasted broccoli.

ETA If I ever do make this with rose instead of lavender I should see if I can find some rose petals to candy as a garnish.


Aug. 2nd, 2016

We (95% sure) have a roommate!

He's said he's moving in but until the papers are signed I'm still a little twitchy. He is, unfortunately both straight and very young. Not that the straight part is a problem (obviously since we offered the room to him!) but it does mean some of the occasional shenanigans involving playing dance games in underwear and stuff may be awkward for him. These things don't happen often but they do happen. So we'll see how that goes. I suspect the more likely amusement factor would be that he has a girlfriend and she could conceivable walk in on such things *laugh*

The young is...not unexpected since only someone without a lot of stuff would take the room. I was originally assuming that we wouldn't go with him because he'd said in his original e-mail that he was a barrista and planning on going back to school-neither of these things are reassuring when it comes to rents in Mountain View. However his dad came with him for the first part of the interview and mentioned that in shortfalls he would be covering the bills and that we shouldn't worry about that (I assume dad wants his son to be OUT so he can live again *laugh*)

But really, what one me over was the first thing he said after greeting us was "You have a lot of books!" in a tone that made it sound like this was a virtual wonderland to live in. I highly approve of such attitudes, as you might imagine ;-)

So, for the never ending birthday weekend post, part 3
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Sadly I have a lunch thing to go to now so the escape room and the rest of the day shall have to wait. If nothing else this is inspiring me to write more on lj than I have in ages!
Another weekend has come and gone resulting in...nothing much really. I'm definitely more fried that I am willing to admit to even myself. I spent most of the weekend playing puzzle quest marvel superheros and reading instead of doing things like, I don't know, laundry.

I did get most of the way through cleaning the storage unit in the process finding many, many comics that I'd forgotten about that were mostly in astonishingly good shape given they've been in a non-weather/vermin protected bowling bag for approximately eleventy-mumble years (I think it may even be perilously close to voting age, honestly) So they have been rehomed into a bit that actually seals and the temptation to go through them and read bits and pieces is high, though that requires finding space in my room for them instead of storage so...we shall see.

Other than that bike boy turned us down citing the room being small. He's been sufficiently high maintenance that I can't find it in myself to be too disappointed though I'm very tired of looking for a roommate and wincing at the additional expense for my roommate and I (Mostly my roommate, he's been very nice about covering the extra rent but it's not terribly fair to him. Need to figure out something awesome to do for him. We have another person coming tonight though I don't have terribly high hopes for him as he mentioned he's a barrista and...y'know, expensive. We'll see though. The search will have to be put on hold for a bit after him if he doesn't fit/take it because my roommate is going to New York for a week starting Wednesday.

I'm pondering going to a happy hour hosted by the gay and lesbian staff group this Wednesday myself. I've never gone and I don't know anybody so the idea is vaguely terrifying but I'm also in a rut with not meeting new people and think it would be nice to possibly meet someone interesting. Which, I doubt, but you never know. Perhaps more on that later.

And now, on to the fun bit. Part two of the birthday trip. I shall put it behind a cut because I've already babbled incessantly and it's going to be full of far more babble, I'm sure.

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Leaving it here for the moment as I have a meeting to go to in a minute. I'll try and wrap it up sometime today if I can.
So I've been wanting to post something longer for a couple of weeks now but my work deadline was definitely interfering (there were a number of 10-12 hour days in there. Granted I was working from home a lot more than is typical, which was nice, but I'm still pretty burnt out on the other side of the deadline (though not really on the other side of the deadline, more on that in a bit))

I just realized I nested parenthesis which I don't think is valid english but it amuses me so I'll let it stay.

So what's been going on aside from boring work deadlines?

Still haven't found a roommate. The bike guy has been given a "we need an answer by today" e-mail so there's still a possibility there though he's beginning to feel extremely high maintenance so I'm not sure how I really feel about him. However, the hope of getting someone in so that my roommate isn't covering yet another month of rent is minimal this late in the month if he doesn't take it.

But in better news, despite having to cancel my day off for my birthday and the Monday after a very good time was had on the southern Californian Disney and puzzle hunt adventure. I shall put this part behind a cut as I suspect it is likely to be long.

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I'm actually going to stop here for the moment as this is getting rather long and the puzzle hunt part promises to be even longer. I want to post before going to lunch as my luck the computer would crash and I'd lose everything I've already written :-)
Brief update.

Just had another roommate turn us down. Uncle died. Work sucks.

Anyone have a bed I can hide under?
Last night, exhausted from work, allergies and the fact that I'm not sure there's not been a single week in the last month where there wasn't horrible news about more people being shot I was playing a game where I make little dwarves dance to my will. As one does when they feel the need to pretend to be a benevolent god. Then my phone rang.

Looking at it I was unnerved to see it was from my mom's phone...now, mom doesn't call me. She never calls me. On major holidays and my birthday I have to call my mom instead of her calling me (incidentally she gets sad/upset if I don't call on those days without a prior excuse about why I can't call on my birthday. Mom...bit of a martyr complex as much as I love her ;-)

So she only calls when there's bad news.

Which there was. One of my uncles had fallen and hit his head. His wife, my favorite aunt growing up though we've drifted quite a bit apart these days, had been for the last few years working in San Jose while maintaining an apartment in Gilroy where my uncle was staying (he was a shut in who hadn't worked in years...the last time I visited them I saw neither hide nor hair of him for the six hours that I was at their house)

This meant he wasn't found for quite some time, had bleeding in his brain and, while in the hospital, is presumed to be only supported on life support now and even if he survives the removal of said support, likely to have sustained major brain damage.

So that happened. Apparently the police were very rude and unpleasant to my aunt about why she wasn't there when he fell. Because people don't need to, you know, work and stuff.

Anyway, I'm sad but not devastated by this although perhaps it will hit me later and I'll be more upset. In some ways it may be something that actually makes my aunt's life easier (which I sort of feel horrible for saying but it's how I feel a bit)

Today walking into work one of my colleagues, as the first thing she said to me, commented that I looked exhausted. Yes. Yes I am. I could greatly use time where I didn't have a single thing to worry about. This does not, however, appear to be on the horizon anytime soon.

In other news we have two more roommate interviews this evening after which I hope that we will be able to make a decision/secure someone to pay the third of the rent that I can't afford to really help pay.

Stop the world, I want to get off

Actually it's not as bad as all that but I couldn't think of anything wittier.

Once again a long absence from posting. This time it's 99% to blame on work as I have a huge deadline I'm in the midst of (Long story short. We usually budget sponsored research across the whole school but this year they asked me to do it across the departments instead. This increased the amount of work by a factor of 12. And no that's not an exaggeration. Also we're doing the new process in a brand new system that still has bugs in it. My life is fun right now)

However I'm seizing the moment to write because A) I love you all and B) I got to a point where I need to start digging into the budgets in more detail and I figured that milestone lets me take a tiny bit of a break, especially as I have to leave early for book club tonight (Daughter of Smoke and Bone by Laini Taylor)

So you get my babbling for a bit.

We still haven't found a roommate. There are two sort of on the hook right now (and one that's being flaky) but one would be decided on the basis of only a phone call as he's moving up from San Diego to work at Stanford. He is also a straight non-furry so I can see it being a bit fraught possibly.

The other my roommate may be meeting tonight in my absence. Given that he kind of liked the guy that horrified me by, while we were sitting at the dining room table discussing the room and complex, got up and started going through the kitchen cabinets, taking stuff out and commenting about the contents. I was fairly sure if we'd let him move in he'd have done the same thing with our bedrooms! So this meeting without me may not be the best idea but what can you do?

The flaky one we both liked but he's in limbo with not being sure if he'll land a job in SF or down our way. So it's fairly understandable why he might not want to commit to one or the other.

In other news...well, there really isn't any other news. I am fried. Very, very fried. I do have a short vacation for a trip to southern California with friends to do a puzzle hunt (my roommate designs them as a job/hobby and is tailoring this one to us) So that will be fun but it's right before my deadline is actually, you know, due, so that's a bit stressful too.

I stop being the answer to life, the universe and everything a week from tomorrow.

First drawing I've finished in a long time

Half tempted to try painting this in gray scale with just light tints in places because I always like when people do that with photographs.

The scan isn't that great, getting a shadow on the page but my scanner is sort of balanced on the bed right now rather than being on a flat surface due to tv drama and rearranging stuff. Still, it turned out not so bad, I suppose. I find I've been not wanting to draw animals that much as late. I'm sure that will pass soon.



Trying to be much better about posting (though I haven't had a chance to catch up with READING this week) It helps if I have a picture or something I want to post which is why you've been getting inundated by them lately.

The weekend was pretty good. I actually took Friday off as I wasn't feeling very well so by the time Saturday rolled around I felt up to actually getting some stuff done. Which was good as my brand new, shiny, new handmade coffee table was due to arrive. Which it did.

For those playing at home, a somewhat sad picture of it.

New coffee table

Hand made redwood all from the same tree. It raises and lowers so it can be used as a sideboard and it also can be folded up and moved out of the way should we need the space free. Very happy with it.

Also on Saturday my friend Kurt stopped by so there were mimosas, games and cooking shows. Good day.

Sunday I took it a bit easy other than doing laundry since I had done a great deal the day before.

Work doom approaches in the sense of the budgeting process starting up soon (technically it HAS started but I can't do anything yet) It's new this year and a lot more work so it will remain to be seen how insane I am by the end of it.

Did not go running during lunch or before work today. Fail. I need to start doing that again. Instead, however, I baked the following lemon handheld fruit pies a la hostess (I didn't frost them though. Started to but then decided to see how they are without)

Homemade lemon fruit pies

Other than that I'm in a better head space about some things than I have been in a long time. Other things remain screwed up but one thing at a time, right? ;-)

Oh, and in case you're wondering, no movement on the roommate situation yet.




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