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(With apologies to e.e. cummings.)

This doesn't begin to approach one of [personal profile] rubyelf's nature walk posts, but I wanted to write about it anyway.

I didn't have time to drive to the Y this morning, so I headed out to the B-Line, whose trailhead isn't a mile off my apartment. It's been raining like nobody's business off and on, and some patches of yards were a little waterlogged, with the grass peeking up just centimeters above a puddle. I passed smallish, slightly run-down houses set back from the road, and it occurred to me that if you transplanted them a few hundred miles and a different cultural landscape, they wouldn't be out of place in an Appalachian holler. (Or maybe the landscape isn't so different; here in Indiana, we were settled from the South, and my own Grandma's ancestors came west from Maryland and Virginia and then north from Kentucky. Lolmom once said that of all the places we lived when I was growing up, she liked Maryland best because it reminded her of Indiana. Perhaps I like Bloomington because it reminds me of Maryland; Indiana was only half-remembered before I came back when I was seventeen.)

I passed a large, well-kept green swathe in back of one of the little houses. The near West side, where I live, was populated by working-class people in the late 1800s and early 1900s, and the little houses, tidy on their small lawns, remind you of this. At first, I thought, "Huh, that's interesting, I didn't know their yard was so big," and then I looked up and saw the tombstones: oh, of course, this is probably part of White Oak. White Oak's two hundred years old, or almost, but it's still a working cemetery and you can still buy a plot there.

The B-Line isn't far from civilization, though you can pretend it is. I was alone, and went farther in than I ever have before; on both sides, in the wooded area, there was yarrow, and small thistles, and violets. There was honeysuckle growing around the fence that separates the trail from the train tracks, too; I almost felt as if I had stepped into someplace outside of time. The sky was grey, though it wasn't raining yet.

It was a nice walk. I might need to make a point of walking on the B-Line more often.
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So, for the three people who aren't aware of this by now, I had myself sterilized in March. Since I had hysteroscopic sterilization rather than a ligation (Essure, the trade name, is safer and more effective than having one's tubes tied), I had to go in for a follow-up HSG in June. Here follows the annoyance of dealing with Hospital's billing department. This isn't really a rant, just a minor annoyance.

Round 1: In July, I receive a bill for $343. The bill states that Hospital has not received my insurance information, which is bullshit because I provided my current insurance card at the time services were rendered. While I do have $343, I would vastly prefer not to take it out of my savings, and I would also vastly prefer that my insurance pick it up, since my sterilization met my deductible for this year and this kind of thing is the reason why I carry insurance.

Round 2: I call the billing department, only to find that they have billed my Lol-Mart insurance. I explain that I don't have any coverage through that carrier anymore and haven't done since 2010, and that they should have a copy of my current insurance card on file. They can bill my insurance or they can eat $343, whichever. I provide them with claims information for my insurance, and am told that they will file a claim.

Round 3: I receive an adjusted bill for $12.69, since Hospital has billed my insurance. That's more like it! I mail a check for $12.69. Subsequently, my bank account shows that my check has cleared. Like an idiot, I think we're done here.

Round 4: I receive another bill for $12.69, which doesn't show anything different to the previous bill. WHAT FAGGOTRY IS THIS. Lolmom thinks it's due to the nature of their billing software, which is probably set to send out bills at certain intervals, and that it just crossed in the mail.

I mean, if I do in fact owe them another $12.69, I will gladly pay it, but I would like to make sure I do in fact owe them $12.69 before I do that. I would also like this to not wind up in collections over something that isn't my fault.

Ow My Head

May. 27th, 2012 10:44 pm
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Oh, look, someone just booked a room for InConJunction and now has to go. Experts speculate that this tack will work for Ikasucon as well.

In unrelated news (related in the broader sense of "going to events"), I went to the Rendezvous at Vincennes today. I had gone in 2010 and wanted to go last year, but other and more important events prevented me, so it was nice to go this year.

Pictures of Eighteenth Century Big Battel (my favorite part of the event) coming tomorrow, but right now I have a recurring pounding headache and think I may have inhaled Pollen From Across The Wabash in Vincennes (which is on the Wabash River, which constitutes the Illinois state line), because when I went to work after the Rendezvous (yes, I almost always do volunteer for overtime), I was sneezy and sniffly and hadn't been earlier.

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This morning, I rolled out of bed, went to go get my every-other-weekly pedicure (because my feet get nasty without much provocation and I'd rather pay someone for them than do it myself), and found that it was much colder in the house than outside. My toenails are relatively subtle this time, if one can consider fluorescent pink to ever be subtle. (We're moving into sandal weather, so I have to look normal for a while. I don't favor shy and muted colors.)

Then I went to go get my ears pierced. (This is going to be the last hole in my lobes; I'm going to gradually move on to other stuff after this.) This is my third lobe piercing (for both ears), so I know the drill by now; the pain wasn't as bad as when they try to draw blood at the doctor's office, but now we've moved on to the HOLY SHIT MY EARS ARE ITCHY AND THERE ISN'T ANYTHING I CAN DO ABOUT IT stage.

And THEN I went to the library downtown, where they were having a small book sale, and since I cannot help myself if I see books, I immediately relieved them of a stack from the history and biography sections and they relieved me of $13. I got A Delusion of Satan (about the Salem Witch Trials), which I'd only been wanting forever, and Chrysanthemums and Thorns (which I seem to recall [livejournal.com profile] duokinneas read a while back but that was about 5 years ago so I don't even know). I got other stuff, but that's what springs immediately to mind.

Anticlimactically, I then came home and made dinner. We had smoked turkey sausage on the grill pan (I'd wanted to grill outside, but the sky kept making noises like it was going to rain), cheesy biscuits, and coleslaw. The coleslaw was a little on the Cajun side, so I halved the cayenne pepper to avoid cruelty to lolmom, whose delicate system cannot tolerate the spicy food.

Lolmom has finally had the porch roof fixed, after lo these many years; one of the parishioners at her church is in construction and does roofing, and they're friendly, so when he hit a slow patch, they came over earlier this week to fix the roof. No more need we worry about it caving in and killing the next person who steps foot on the roof! Lolmom is very excited about this, as it means that once the porch is hosed off, she can go outside and enjoy the weather. She's especially looking forward to this on Mother's Day (for the British and Australians on the flist, our Mother's Day is in May), when X-chan will come up again to help her clean out the garage and we'll have tea for dinner. (I told lolmom I could either spend the day in the garage or the kitchen and to pick what she wanted. She chose the kitchen. I have no idea what the tea menu is going to be, aside from turkey and avocado sandwiches.)

I am looking at the beginnings of a draft and I have given one of the main characters a tail and I do not for the life of me remember why this is. I assume it will be important at some point.

Also: [livejournal.com profile] arisha, I owe you a response to your lengthy comment on Troy, Achilles' character arc, &c. Will get to that but probably not tonight; still have things to do that aren't done. (Go me.)


Jan. 24th, 2012 08:14 pm
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Hey guys. My monitor, which is elderly, is slowly dying and I can only take so much of it at one time (everything is green and blurry and I have to read text in 20 pt. bold font in a Word doc if I want to read it at all, also forget writing anything). I don't get paid until next week, so this is unfortunately a back-burner issue now; I'm trying to keep part of this paycheck back in case I need to have my brake pads and rotors replaced and not just adjusted like I'm expecting. (It may be later than next week; I do still have a car payment to make out of that check, though I'm hoping the 8 hours of overtime I'm putting in this week will help.) The library is not out of the question, but I dunno - I'm busy.

It's lolmom's computer, so I guess I could make her buy it, but since I use it more than she does, that just seems really shitty. There is also the part where Best Buy makes her disoriented and confused.

Anyway, nobody be too upset by radio silence plz. I'll be back as soon as I can see things on a screen again.
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+ This morning, I called my boss to tell her I was going to be late to work because it was snowing and the standard Tri-State response to snow is THEY IZ FLAKES FALLING FROM THA SKAIZ, WUT DUZ I DO???. For people who yap about how they's bo'n and bred here, like that's something to be proud of, they seem to magically forget that OH HEY, IT USUALLY SNOWS DURING THE WINTER HERE. Jesus I hate Evansville so fucking much. Resuming to the main thread of our narrative here, my boss didn't get my voicemail until after she came in, because she too was made late.
+ I was going to do some overtime BUT SNOW TOOK IT AWAY FROM ME. Basically, it was still snowing when quitting time rolled around, and I am leery of driving in snow especially when it is dark and I can't see the snow I'm driving in. I did make it home safely, thanks to the grace of the gods alone.
+ Immortal snippets of dialogue:
They might even be kind of funny without you seeing us in action! )
+ If you think the Army of Darkness deserves pie, or if you just have an irrational prejudice against the Army of Darkness and would like to keep them from getting pie, don't forget to vote!
+ I'm home, I'm safe, I'm warm, I'm comfortable, and that's what really matters.
+ ♥
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+ Boiler has been replaced, to the tune of $10K, but at least the heat works now. YEAH.
+ Christmas came and was somewhat uneventful. X-chan was going to go up to Grandma's but sprung a flat, and of course there was no place to fix it on Christmas Eve, so she stayed with us. We watched A Christmas Story (after I struck out in my efforts to find White Christmas at the 'Mart) and the MST3K version of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, also ate salmon with avocado and pomegranate salsa for Christmas dinner. (Nomnomnom.) Lolmom loved the new slippers I got her, will probably like sweaters but we don't know how they fit yet. X-chan was pleased to receive the dinosaur necklace so at least that was a hit. (I also gave her Flambards, the BBC series after which she was named.)
+ Went to investigate whether the toilet had overflowed just now, slipped on wet floor, came down heavy on my ass. OW. I can feel a bruise forming, ready to wreak havoc at a time known only to me.
+ Back to work tomorrow. Then I have another three-day weekend and another four-day work week. Then I will have a normal work week, crowned by ANOTHER three-day weekend. Experts anticipate I'll be fucked up until February!


Oct. 5th, 2011 08:16 pm
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I hope to return to the land of the living sometime.

I just don't know when that's going to be.
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+ I'm going to try to start posting my food & exercise logs in here, because I took a flying leap off the wagon yesterday (poor food choices) and today (which I will not go into details about other than to say that it could be aptly named the Donut Ballocaust of 2011).

+ I have worked 120 hours in the last pay period. Actually, I think it was slightly over that.

+ Then most of it got sucked away because savings and I had a car payment I wanted to take care of sooner rather than later, and, oh, I went to the car dealership this morning to get the oil changed and have the power steering flushed and somehow I let myself be talked into getting all the filters replaced. (They told me I needed my windshield wipers replaced, too, and while I've never found the service to be anything but good there, I'm not giving them $26 for something that costs me $19 for parts and 15 minutes for labor and that I can do myself at home). I also finally got an estimate on the busted taillight casing (we don't know how that happened; I came out to the car one morning and found bits of red plastic in the bushes).

+ My day basically looked like this: Get up. Get in the shower, get dressed, go to dealership. Go to work for 4 hours. Get pedicure. Come back to work for 3 hours. BUT! I made my quota for the whole weekend today, so I can be off tomorrow :D

+ I think I'd like a hot bath, assuming the drain in the tub is working properly.

+ ♥

An Update

Aug. 31st, 2011 10:19 pm
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So tired. Will have to work this weekend. Had the second of my cavities filled this morning and it feels weird because I'm not used to it. (I'm not used to fillings period--I never had any before this year.) Fell off the wagon yesterday, hard, and am now getting back on, which is going to be very interesting because they're giving us pizza for lunch tomorrow. I'm planning to bring my own lunch and resist the siren song if at all possible. Also I stocked up on more trail mix, which is hilarious and pathetic at once.

But! MONEY, because avarice is the besetting sin of all my race. :D
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Shit, I could have SWORN I hit "restore from saved draft".

First off: Sorry I haven't been around much. We have mandatory overtime at work and I basically worked the equivalent of 6 days instead of my usual 5, plus 4 and a half hours today before I ran out of work. (NOT COOL GAIZ.) I've been too tired to feel like being fun on the Internet. :\ I am reading along at home, though. I had a couple of episodes where I was dizzy and had serious concerns about fainting at the wheel after an 11-12 hour day, so had to jump off the wagon a couple of nights last week; I've started packing extra food in case I need something to eat, and trail mix is my new best friend. (It's pretty much the only thing I can eat from the vending machines, and if I go to the Fresh Market and get some, there's a little less sugar in the dried fruit, so all the better.)

Oh, and despite being told when I called the main security office that my employee badge should get me into the building, IT DIDN'T. I had to get a security guard to let me in; fortunately, the guards at our building are pretty nice, and it helps that we all see each other every day, so they know me and know that I work there. I sent an e-mail to request access, though, so hopefully we won't have this problem next week.

Anyway, after work today, I came home and slept for five hours and that was the best thing ever.

Also, I had the much-dreaded consultation with the oral surgeon on Thursday. Behind a cut because some of it is gross. )

And that's it, I'm going to bed.
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I just stupidly went on Realtor.com again and they knocked the price of my house down. I know it's better to wait until I've got my credit built back up again (not that it was lawsuit-bad or bankruptcy-bad, but I took a hit due to the recession, a brief period of unemployment, and a long period of underemployment) and have been at my job longer.

It's just incredibly hard to ignore the voice in my head saying BUY IT BUY IT BUY IT NOW NOW NOW NOW THIS COULD BE YOUR ONLY CHANCE, even though I know that's not true and there will likely be more houses in the future when I'm more financially ready to move.

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So it's like this:

I have had zero trouble getting into LJ. I probably wouldn't know there were outages if I hadn't heard people twittering and facebooking and the like about them.

I don't have any intention of leaving. I've been here nearly 9 years. I am told that I'm hurting fandom's feelings by not moving. Frankly, I don't care, because while I enjoy my personal fandoms I also have a job and other things to worry about besides ZOMG SOMEONE GOT BANNED FOR HARRY POTTER SLASHFIC.

However: in the event that the site goes down and never comes back up, there are other ways to get ahold of me. Some of you haven't known me that long, so I won't be emotionally devastated if you'd rather not keep in touch, but there's a list of places I am here. Feel free to stalk as you will. :D
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So this morning, I was lying in bed, not wanting to get out because I agreed to come in at 7 a.m. per my boss' request (my usual hours are 8:00-4:30), and I kept hearing this odd yipping noise. At first I thought it was a bird noise, but on second thought it sounded more like a cat noise; I've had a cat all my life, and I know cat noises when I hear them. So I thought, "God damn it, Oliver," and rolled over.

Yay kitten! )

Other stuff: I went swimming yesterday and am incredibly sore, though I choose to see that as a good thing. Also, Continuing Adventures of Passive-Aggressive Man, to be featured at a later date.
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A conversation I had last night with lolmom when we were both punchdrunk. We were talking about my wisdom teeth, since I finally got a referral from my dentist.

Lolmom: lol maybe u cans kepe ur teef n hav tehm in, liek, a neklas or sthg
l33: Yeah. I'll tell people I removed them myself.
Lolmom: lol
l33: In the wilderness. With a flint knife.
Lolmom: lolol ppl wil b impresst
l33: It will give off this nice "don't fuck with me" vibe.

You know, because my normal personality isn't offputting enough :D
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1.) Laundry.
2.) Made a squash-bacon-and-mozzarella quiche for dinner. It is quite tasty. :9 (Actually, I just made the filling; lolmom offered to make the crust, so I took her up on it.) We are curing salmon in the basement right now, and there is leftover potato salad that I made the other night, and we actually have menu plans. WIN.
3.) Watched King Arthur. Again. I think I prefer T.H. White's quasi-medieval treatment to the gritty Romano-British version, but, hey, Clive Owen. Also Romans.
4.) Cranked out a page each on two fics I'm writing (hopefully to arise for [livejournal.com profile] arisha's pleasure in the near future). Finally figured out how to rearrange the second of these fics so it doesn't suck as much. :D
5.) Caught up on LJ comments.

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LOLMOM update: Lolmom had been going to take the money from the insurance company and repair the car herself. The body shop estimated that the repairs would run around $4300, with the caveat that they hadn't actually looked at some of the interior damage yet and it might be more or less. After they actually did take a look at the damage, it turned out to be about $6500, so lolmom decided to take the car to the salvage yard and buy a new car (she'd already talked to the bank and knew she could get a loan, which is not a surprise since her credit is really good). So she went out on Thursday and bought a Chevy Equinox.

LIFE IN GENERAL update: I have been learning to work the update folder at work (where loan officers and title companies send things like updates or ohai-can-you-change-the-loan-amount or ohai-can-you-change-the-effective-date or ohai-when-can-we-expect-this-commitment), and have found that this inexplicably has not caused me to die. The main reason I've been learning to work the update folder is because one of my co-workers who usually handles that is going to be on vacation next week, but hey, it's a new job skill.

Also: I am trying to get my life into some semblance of order. HURRAH. Today, I have accomplished absolutely nothing other than remembering to pick up my meds (which I called in last night), reading a bit, and doing the laundry. (Of course, it doesn't help that the goddamn POWER was out for four hours today. FUCK YOU VECTREN ENERGY DELIVERY. YOU FUCKING SUCK. WHEN I LIVED IN BLOOMINGTON, WHERE EVERYTHING IS BETTER, WE DIDN'T HAVE THIS PROBLEM because we had underground lines.)

Oh, and I wrote a page of The Piece I Kind Of Like Okay and hacked out a few lines on The Piece I Don't Like Why Am I Writing It. Basically, I have adopted this new agenda of making myself write for things I want. We'll see if it works out, but at the moment I at least got something written today, so hurrah.

I Return

May. 30th, 2011 07:34 pm
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There's a longer post in the works about the wake and funeral, which I need to get out of my system but haven't finished yet. I don't know when that's coming; sometime this week, I suppose. Anyway, the main thing is: I went, and yesterday my aunt Diane and I drove back up from Savannah (she lives in Indianapolis and wanted to miss race day, and I wanted one day that WASN'T about the funeral). My skin has decided to turn on me, and I've been eating almost nothing but horrible road food (other than the two decent meals I had at Phil and Heidi's). Also I have to be back at work tomorrow.

So that's it, really. I'll get back to LJ comments and the like at a later date.
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So: getting ready to head down to Savannah. After I pull laundry out of the dryer, take a shower, pack a suitcase, run the dishwasher, scoop out the cat box, grab lolmom's hairbrush and the air mattress, mail my credit card payment, and gas up the car. I anticipate having a monster leg cramp and being exhausted by the time I pull into the hotel parking lot.

I don't anticipate returning until Monday. Thanks to everyone who left condolences on my last post; I will reply individually later, but for now know that it's much appreciated.

And that's it, I've got to get a shower.
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Okay, so this is a tale of my misspent youth. It was going to appear last night but didn't because I fell asleep at the computer. It also has the dubious benefit of telling you what kind of person I am.

I've always been kind of obsessed with history, by which I mean unchecked Asperger's level obsession. This kind of segued into an interest in archaeology, which is something I'd still like to do with myself, because archaeologists don't have to teach and because it's sort of like science without a lot of math and because OMG IT'S THE PAST AND YOU CAN TOUCH IT. I come by this kind of thing honestly; my father was similarly obsessed. When I was growing up, I liked to read about history, and also about mummies and bog bodies. If I was out of books about mummies and bog bodies, I would swipe anything my father foolishly brought home from the library.

So there was a mummy in it one time. )

And that's all you get, 'cause I have grocery shopping to do. After I answer my LJ comments. Yes.


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