tielan: (AVG - maria)
Friday, December 9th, 2016 06:55 pm
I bought a bag of peaches at the market yesterday and the scent of them is filling the house. I'm going to a friend's place for dinner, but not for a nother 30 minutes and I'm HUNGRY thanks to the smell of peaches.

To The End Of Love is NEARLY FINISHED. I'm trying to decide on whether to do the sex scene or not. Thoughts?

And finally, Hans Zimmer, composer and conductor, will be perform in Sydney in May, and I am contemplating a platinum ticket to go see him...
tielan: (SGA - teyla)
Friday, December 9th, 2016 01:55 pm
Reading up on Ralph Lawrence Carr, Republican governor of Colorado back in 1942 (for Reasons). Most noted for standing up against (Democrat) FDR's institution of the Japanese Internment camps with this speech before Colorado farmers:
But the Japanese are protected by the same Constitution that protects us. An American citizen of Japanese descent has the same rights as any other citizen.... If you harm them, you must first harm me. I was brought up in small towns where I knew the shame and dishonor of race hatred. I grew to despise it because it threatened [pointing to various audience members] the happiness of you and you and you.
It's believed that speaking out cost him his political career.


Some links I've been collecting over the last couple of weeks.

Being White Isn't An Identity, It's Just What You Ought To Be.

Lessons from Jews: What To Do About Trump

Stephen Hawking says it's a Dangerous Time When We Can Destroy The Planet But Not Escape It.

I think the thing that Hawking misses completely is that even if we could escape it, we'd only take our humanity - both the bad and the good - with us.


A little dark humour: For POC, the non-straight, and non-Christian, America died on November 8th, 2016. For white Evangelicals, however, it was just Tuesday.


I admit, I'm liking a lot of what John Pavlovitz has to say about Christianity generally, but American Christianity specifically.

Jesus Is Just Alt-Right: Resisting A Racist Messiah

rambling ruminations )
tielan: (Default)
Thursday, December 8th, 2016 07:31 am
I have too many things to do right now.

  • Get my resume out. I need to restructure it, because 20 years of work at a dozen different clients is a bad and brain-blowing way to try to inform someone of your skillsets. On the other hand, I made the recruiter I saw yesterday laugh when I noted that I'd been working with this system for two decades and was practically an 'old lady of SAP'. (Note: I look like I'm in my late 20s, so most people boggle when I talk about being middle aged, let alone 'old'.)

  • Contact former co-workers asking if they know anyone who's looking for contractors.

  • Sort out present for younger stepbro with whom we are having 'Christmas Dinner' on Monday. Also possibly sort out present for older stepbro and wife.

  • Sort out presents for my cousins' kids. Six of them: five are receiving quilts - the youngest is 2 and probably won't appreciate one just yet; I'll give him a couple of years. I have at least two that need quilting and I can get those done reasonably fast - no fancy quilting, just the standard fiery curls.

  • make up fliers for New Years Eve street party: apparently I'm the only one who's willing to do it - park down the road, people bring a dish, the kids run around screaming, it's all good. If the worst comes to the worst we can probably hold it at our house. Or possibly at the house of the guy down the road who's just sold his place...

  • call endodontist: I'm going to have the RC redone, even though I suspect the tooth will eventually have to come out. A friend had the same symptoms that I did, but her tooth ached and ached and ached and ached until it went nuclear and HURT LIKE THE FUCKING GET ME TO HOSPITAL. I don't know that I want to wait that long (although it might turn out cheaper)

  • garden things: I want to grow ALL THE THINGS. Right now, the tomatoes are going off (they always do) the early corn I planted is rotting with only one decent cob in a planting of about 20, and has been significantly overtaken by the later corn. I need to plant another set. I have a capsicum that is doing nicely, a brussels sprout that probably isn't going to make it through the summer, and a couple of eggplants that are doing their level best to grow as fast as possible. Oh, and an oakleaf lettuce that's gone a little monster.

  • fruit trees: grargh argh. don't even ask.

  • yuletide: haven't even started, although I got a missing piece of the puzzle last night, so that's helpful.

  • captain hill secret santa: no idea what i'm going to write for this - do I write one of my existing plotbunnies even if it gives me away? Or do I start something entirely new?

  • treats and stockings and whatnot: [community profile] fandom_stocking | [community profile] chocolateboxcomm are up and running, and I have a dozen YT treats and no time or brain to write them...

  • I know that technically, not working should give me more time to do this. But it's that whole 'expanding resources' paradox that some of us experience; we always overbook ourselves, whether the resource is time, money, or justice for the world. (Ironically, miserly people in mind are also miserly in money, time, and justice for the world. It's like it's not how much money or security you have, it's whether you're capable of decency in the first place, and then you'll use your resources accordingly...)

  • gifts: for my bible study ladies, for my spiritual mentor, for various friends...

  • cards: gotta get these out, dammit ( I do this every year.)
tielan: (Default)
Wednesday, December 7th, 2016 08:28 am
I'm being made redundant on the 31st Jan.

The usual redundancy period is 4 weeks, they're giving us 6-7 weeks out of deference to Christmas/end of year/holidays. I get paid regularly up until then, unless I find a job sooner and then I can take the redundancy sooner, along with the redundancy package.

The redundancy package is pretty much a quarter of a year's salary for me, so I won't be left destitute.

Hopefully I can get a job in the new year (which means starting applying now) for contract work, which pays rather better.

Between now and then, I'm on 'garden leave' which is basically where you're still employed by the company, you get paid, but you're not actively working for them. It's kind of a preventative leave, to keep you from, say, destroying their systems or their reputation with clients by badmouthing them.

As things go, I'm pretty okay with it. I've been made redundant before, with rather less notice, and I've stretched a redundancy payout before. I don't have to worry about income over the holiday period, and my sister and I deliberately made the decision not to mortgage ourselves to the hilt, so the payments are fairly marginal and she's mostly the one making them.

Mostly, right now, it's the inconvenience of having to scramble for a new job.
tielan: (Default)
Tuesday, December 6th, 2016 03:26 pm
Outcome of meeting: more or less as expected. Just the timing to be managed/sorted out.
tielan: (Default)
Monday, December 5th, 2016 08:06 am
My card post: DW | LJ leave your address, and whether you mind a seasonal card or not.

My 2016 wishlist meme: DW | LJ: fic, covers,

I've signed up for [community profile] fandom_stocking again, but with the specific request of no graphics. I don't actually use the graphics I'm given, I'd rather fic bits here and there.
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Sunday, December 4th, 2016 08:30 pm
The Rules )

Let's make some wishes come true this year!

my wishlist 2016 )

I've spotted one or two of these around, but if you want to drop your link to your wishlist, I'll see what I can do!
tielan: (Default)
Friday, December 2nd, 2016 07:54 am
Your creative goal always exceeds your creative capability.

My youngest sister, B2, inherited her ability to flail from our father, who last night enacted the 70-year-old-man version of what B2 does when faced with a situation that's not to her satisfaction.

If they don't offer me a redundancy on Tuesday, I'm going to be rather annoyed.

December is going to be crazy busy this year creatively, since November was pretty much a wipeout. I have fic exchanges that aren't written, and gifts that are unmade, and so many things to do...

A person who has the time on social media to criticise but not sympathise is not a friend.

Everything is growing right now. EVERYTHING.

Better an evening spent with ladies of like mind and loving spirit than to go drinking with work colleagues, even #onelasttime.

I hate this part of trouble ticket support: basically scrounging time every day to make up a full day. UGH.
tielan: (don't mess with)
Wednesday, November 30th, 2016 01:38 pm
It feels like Friday, rather than Wednesday - it's been such a busy week so far.

I have utterly and completely failed NaNo - 11K at most, not counting any words I eke out tonight - I won't make 40K in a night, I just don't have the time between work and tonight's meetup with the women from bible study, the Christmas Party tomorrow night, followed by my old church's Gingerbread House Event...

Which reminds me: must look up Gingerbread Houses, and make some royal icing if I want good icing options (instead of the cheap stuff they provide). We're a competitive lot of gingerbread house decorators at my old church!

The re-filled tooth actually feels like it's settling some. Of course, I haven't tried chewing anything hard yet, I'm going to give it a week or so before I try crunching anything. Upper tooth is as it has been for the last 8 months. *shrugs*
tielan: (Default)
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 12:09 pm
Work certification scraped a pass with 65% (pass mark was 60%).

Not that it will induce work to keep me on...
tielan: (don't make me shoot you)
Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 08:23 am
I had another filling re-done this afternoon. Right side lower jaw.

my right side is not lucky side )
tielan: (AtS - Faith)
Friday, November 25th, 2016 10:36 am
From [livejournal.com profile] valeria_sg_1:

When you read this, you're tagged. Take a picture of you in your current state, no changing your clothes or quickly putting on makeup. NO PHOTOSHOP.

friday face )
tielan: (SGA - JT4)
Wednesday, November 23rd, 2016 11:38 am
If you'd like a letter/card from me, leave your name, mailing address, and what you'd like in the screened comments below.

Specify your preferences, just be warned that I do send out Christmas cards as well as general post, and you might get one if you don't explicitly indicate otherwise.
tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 11:11 am
First thing: I want you to stay calm if you're terrified of making something for me. STAY CALM.

Second thing: Everything in this letter (okay, except the requirement of Steve/Maria as a pairing) is OPTIONAL. If you can't do any of what I'm suggestion, go for what you can and don't stresss it.

Third thing: Thank you so very much for participating - our teeny tiny corner of fandom needs all the Maria/Steve we can produce! I will love whatever you've created because you've enlarged the fandom just that little bit.

currently blank, still a placeholder )

tielan: (SGA - what?)
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 11:03 am
Last week I was studying for Certification.

This week, I'm studying for Certification, working with two different clients, being sent requests for time, assistance, and investigation.

Maybe I should have written my Yuletide assignment earlier...
tielan: (meh)
Tuesday, November 22nd, 2016 09:18 am
For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.

~Hebrews 4:12~

Sometimes I think I rather like the liturgies of the old Prayer Book. While liturgical recitations can easily become rote, they also have some really good ways of phrasing things.

May need a faith icon.
tielan: (Angel)
Monday, November 21st, 2016 01:14 pm
Drop me a character/prompt if you're looking at a toxic Thanksgiving and I'll try to write a small something for you by Thursday.

tielan: (MCU - Maria/Steve)
Monday, November 21st, 2016 10:57 am

I was hoping for 10 participants, so far we only have 6. Then again, that was canvassed back at the start of November and, as Nanny Ogg once said, we've all passed a lot of water since then. If you're so inclined, go sign up, please!

Captain Hill Secret Santa Collection

If you need an AO3 account, then contact me ASAP, please!