venting

Nov. 27th, 2014 11:22 pm
canadiandiamond: (Grr. Argh.)
So, while browsing through Facebook I saw someone share a meme, featuring a picture of OJ Simpson receiving his verdict, with text saying something like 'Remember when all the white people rioted after the OJ acquittal? ME NEITHER' on it. I can't remember exactly, I've closed the page and don't want to look it up again, but yeah.

I bit my lip and scrolled on, not wanting to say anything, but then thought about the links and tweets I've seen about what it means to be an ally, what people can do to help, etc. I'm far from an activist or anything like that but I did go back and made a comment on the post to clarify the differences as politely as possible: at least there was a trial for OJ, which was made public and televised even, and the decision was released at an appropriate time, etc. And added a link to an article about the pumpkin riots too because, well. Ugh.

Hopefully the person will consider what I wrote, even if they don't agree with it, though it'd make me sad to think this person really does feel that way. :/

Right. Off to bed, early rise in the morning for me.
So, it's November, which means NaNo and Yuletide are on the go. I found inspiration for both, kind of, by perusing the Dear Author letters for Yuletide prior to November, finding an awesome suggestion for something that I think could work as a long story. It's not to whom I was assigned in the end, not even the same fandom, but how awesome would it be to get a 50k+ treat for Yuletide, haha? So I went with it, but have stalled out very early on at like, what, 1300 words or so. :/

I haven't even started my main assignment yet, which requires catching up a bit on the fandom - I knew that'd be likely when I offered it and yet I still did, and now can't find the DVDs which I'm sure I previously bought to watch grr arg - and I have apps for XP to do too, and yet. Nothing is coming out.

I've been at my desktop for the last bit, which has a whole host of other issues: the computer chair I use is broke-ish, meaning I can't lean back or else I'll fall out, which bothers my back after awhile (and has indirectly lead to me gaming more on the consoles as they're used while I'm on the couch, now that I think about it), and the effing wireless headset I have is pretty much dead now. I broke one of the sides of it awhile ago but taped it up and have still been using it, but now it cuts out way too often, a few times a minute even, grrr. Going to have to get a cheap pair of plug in ones instead I think, completely unplugged it and cast it aside tonight, so fed up in general so that was the breaking point hah. I need a new set anyway, but yeah.

Also I've had a bad foot for like the last week now, which it looks like it may be gout. Both sides of my family have diabetes so I wasn't sure what was going on, and I had a great aunt who actually had her legs amputated because of it, so I was a little freaked out last week and made Sara take me to the ER at like 1 in the morning last Tuesday. It was nothing like that thankfully but they said it could be gout. It got better for awhile but over the weekend it's flared up again and today it was still sore and painful at times. I popped some more Tylenol and need to make a doctor's appointment but I have no idea when I'll actually get time to see someone. Work is so effing busy still, even with three of us there now, and that's a whole 'nother rant I don't want to have now, ugh.

Ok, off for bed, because it's ok I don't have my apps finished and it's ok that I have very little done for NaNo or Yuletide, and it's ok I can't play all the games I keep buying but don't get around to playing for awhile, etc. etc. So easy to get down on myself but I know I shouldn't, but still. Mreh. Sleep will help, as will some time off which I should remind myself to look into tomorrow, even if it's just a long weekend or something, because I think I really need it.
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I should be sleeping but I slept in super late today due to being up way late last night. I got up early yesterday morning to play some Destiny, then yy cousin came to visit last night and we gamed for several hours, followed by more gaming with a buddy of mine out west. I ended up going to bed close to 3:30am, which is almost unheard of for me these days, and waking up after 1:00pm today, likewise almost unheard of lately. 'Twas a good day though, so much gaming, wow. Destiny by myself, Far Cry 3 co-op with my cousin, and NHL 14 co-op with my buddy. Good times.

Back to work tomorrow and it's the first day with the new lawyer. I've been counting down the days because man am I ever burned out. I may even try to find some days to take off later in October or November to make up for the last month or so, because damn. It's been so hectic. I like being busy but it sucks coming in nearly every day and having someone ask "so who's doing this trial/settlement conference/hearing tomorrow?" or likewise. So much crap kept popping up at the last minute that left my double or even triple booked, it's so damn stressful. With the new person taking off the departed lawyer's calendar that should hopefully come to an end because damn. Everyone's been very nice in accommodating me and my no-idea-where-I'm-supposed-to-be daily routine but it's so tiring and stressful, I won't miss it at all.

Other than that, wondering what to do with XP. The changes to the game are a few months off but we're discussing it now to see where everyone's head is at. I'm not 100% sure what I'm doing yet but I have a good idea, I think. It could change for sure but I think I'm just going to start over altogether. Lots of people seem to be aging people up though and I want to have younger characters so I don't know where that's going to leave me, so I need to think about that too. Don't want to overthink it just yet though, but we'll see what happens I suppose.

For now though I should already be asleep, whoops, so off I go. Only a few more sleeps until hockey starts too, which is awesome. :)
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Been a busy time here as of late, lots on the go. We had a vacation in Mexico last month, actually we left a month ago today, how did that happen? Wow. But yes, it was only for a week but it was a fantastic week. I keep meaning to write up a review on TripAdvisor but haven't, maybe that'd be too final or something, I don't know. I really should though, before I forget too much.

But yes, that was awesome, and then I came back and ended up getting sick for a few days. That ate up most of my first week back to work, along with a holiday, and then last week I was off to Halifax for a work conference. So it's been a lot of coming and going for me, more vacation/quasi-work than work until tomorrow. And then I have three weeks currently earmarked for more annual leave in August, though I don't know if I'll use all of that or just two and change, we'll see.

I've been trying to write more too, mostly little 100 word drabbles here and there but other stuff too. I'm hoping that'll stick as there's a lot I want to try but I haven't been able to do anything in months until lately. We'll see how that goes too I suppose, been reading more too which usually helps feed into the writing, so that's good. Mexico helped with that as I did get a fair bit of reading done, not as much as I'd hoped but way more than I do here at home.

And on that note, off to read a bit before sleep. :)

An update

May. 11th, 2014 10:26 pm
canadiandiamond: (Let's go!)
I've been meaning to write an entry for ages, ever since Christmas actually, but haven't until now. Life's been crazy busy and it's hard to believe that much time has passed, yet here we are. A lot of it has been due to work, and then in turn coming home from work I've been losing myself in video games for the most part as a way to unplug.

Work itself has been good, but very, very busy. April was especially difficult, as the other lawyer in the office was gone for five weeks, from the end of March until the first full week of May. During that time I had a long trial that ate up virtually the entire month, too, with a difficult subject matter, all of which lead to me being drained. Honestly I'm still recovering, and it's probably going to take awhile - May is fairly busy too, though with the other lawyer back and the awesome news that we're getting another one for the office it'll get better.

As a reward for surviving it, we've booked a week long trip to Mexico for June, which is going to be awesome. I've never been and I'm really looking forward to being able to relax and just do nothing for so long. I'm usually not one for warm weather but being at an all inclusive resort will be a much different scenario than being here and having to work and such, I'm sure.

With respect to gaming, I've been playing tons of Marvel Heroes, omg. Through various buy one, get one free sales and cheap random hero boxes, combined with spending in game currency I've earned from playing, I own almost every hero (I think I'm at 27 of 33, holy crap) and have been trying to play them all. The level cap is 60 and I've got 5 there so far, with a few more at 25-30 or so. You get a bonus to your xp the more that you level characters, up to 200% total, and I think I'm at 90%+ bonus now so levelling isn't bad at all. It's fun and it's been a great way to not think about work once I get home, heh.

Other than that, I've been trying to read and write more but I've been failing miserably. The NHL playoffs have consumed a lot of my time too, so between that and my newfound passion for Marvel Heroes I've had very little free time outside of that. That's another thing I'm looking forward to during our vacation, taking a few books with me and reading on a nice, warm beach somewhere. The writing, though, I don't know what to do about that. I've taken part in a few exchanges but haven't really been happy with my work, other than the latest one which got a very kind review from its recipient. We'll see how that goes I guess.

Oh, and speaking of travel, I'll be going to a conference for work in July, which is awesome. It's only in Halifax but I like it there, and it'll be a nice little break to get away for a bit. It's coming less than a month after my week off in Mexico but still, it'll be nice. Then a few weeks after -that- my in-laws will be visiting and I'll be off for another few weeks.

It's going to be a nice summer, I think, and I desperately need the break, so I can't wait for it to start. With the addition of the third lawyer here's hoping things get back to normal sooner rather than later, because this pace has been crazy. I still wouldn't go back to private practice, but I really can't wait for this to get easier as well. While there's pretty much no financial stress these days, there's a different kind of stress that's more manageable but managing it is another job in and of itself. We're just long overdue for a break and we'll be getting it soon, along with much needed help, so things are starting to look up.
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Taken from [personal profile] calliopes_pen:

1) Make a list of fifteen characters first, and keep it to yourself for the moment.

2) Ask your f-list to post questions in the comments. For example: "One, nine, and fifteen are chosen by a prophecy to save the world from four. Do they succeed?", "Under what circumstances might five and fourteen fall in love?", "Which character on the list would you most want on your side in a zombie invasion?"

3) After your f-list has stopped asking questions, round them up and answer them using the fifteen characters you selected beforehand, then post them.
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I keep meaning to make a post to list all the old Xbox 360 / PS3 games I own that I've not yet finished (many not even played -.-) in an attempt to both shame myself into playing them and to turn it into a to-do list / achievement for myself to cross them out. In that vein, tomorrow I'm either going to dive back into FFXIII-2 or Dragon Age to try and finish them. I'm not that far into either, sadly, but hope to make progress soon. I've been playing Red Dead Redemption too so maybe I'll do that instead, I'm over halfway through that I think.

On the writing front, recently submitted two fics for an exchange, one as my assignment and one as a treat. The person I gifted hasn't commented or anything which is a bummer and is like the third straight exchange I've done where that's happened. I'm either a pretty terrible writer or people suck, though I suppose it's most likely a combination of both, more of the former than the latter. Mreh. It's kind of got me off writing again for the present, though I do have Yuletide to do too but there's tons of time for that. NaNo, though, there's a lost cause at this point; even though I did come up with an idea I love, there's just no way it's getting 50k before the end of the month. We'll see what happens I suppose.
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update!

Nov. 5th, 2013 11:08 pm
canadiandiamond: (*snugs*)
Keep meaning to do this but keep getting side tracked, so in the interest of time here's a little update by way of bullet points beneath the cut.

Stuff! )

changes

Sep. 15th, 2013 09:45 pm
canadiandiamond: (Unstoppable)
Things have been very busy as of late, but it's been going well. I've officially got one month punched at the new job (as does [livejournal.com profile] believeitup with hers) and last week consisted of four days of training, from Monday to Thursday. They actually had me booked for two weeks of training, which was just ridiculous, and they shortened it to only one, which in turn became four days. Two weeks might've been appropriate for someone just starting out, perhaps the second week would be shadowing a senior solicitor around to all the different courts and whatnot, but I didn't need it. Neither did the other two trainees with me, one who had 12 years at the bar (I'm just shy of 9), albeit mainly in NS, and the other who used to work with Legal Aid before, as well as the Crown, and who was also a judge, haha. It was great information though, for the most part, and it was really nice to put faces to a lot of names. I learned how to input my hours into the computing platform we use, and consequently have to backtrack and figure out just exactly what I did in order to post it, heh, but it's good to know going forward it'll be easier.

I've also replaced my desktop, which broke a few weeks ago or so now. At first I was looking at online sites to custom build my new rig, but I was unable to build one for less than $1,500.00, and that was before delivery, haha. So instead I checked out the local stores and got a nice little mid-level machine that was on sale for only $549.00, a huge difference, and it'll be more than capable for what I want to do - surfing, writing, playing the odd MMO or game. My old machine, which was 5+ years old I think, could do all of that, on lower settings for some games, but the point is this is still a huge upgrade and I'm happy with it. The one MMO I've been playing lately, Marvel Heroes, ran fairly slowly on the old one with all low settings but this machine can handle the highest settings with no problem, which is awesome. And with the money I "saved" I picked up a new Xbox 360 for $100.00 off at Best Buy, since my old one is completely dead, so that's something too. Just need to get a special hard drive transferring device to move my old data onto the new one, since I can't do so via USB with the old one being completely dead now, d'oh.

There's not much else to report at this time. I'm hoping to have a good chat with my boss about a Christmas / early January break, as I still want to go to England with my buddy around that time. Before I go booking any tickets though I need to be sure I can go. I know I have more than enough vacation time, I just need to make sure he's going to be around, since I won't be. It shouldn't be a problem but I think I saw his calendar mention something about holidays around that time. Here's hoping he just meant holidays in general, for Christmas / New Year's, and not that he'll be going anywhere himself.

Writing is going well, but I've been pretty slow with it for the most part. Which is ok, since I haven't had a looming deadline for awhile now, but there's some new challenges I'll be signing up for that'll fix that, as well as Yuletide time coming up very soon. Having a desktop should help with that too, I'm hoping, so we'll see how that goes. :)
So, tomorrow is the first day of both my and [livejournal.com profile] believeitup's new job, holy crap. We both knew it was coming but it's hard to believe it's almost here, that it's really happening. Very excited, pretty nervous too, but it's going to be ok, I know it will be.

Off to bed now that I've made myself post something, haha, will try to update more going forward now that the stress and hustle of cluing up my former job is now behind me. :)
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Review of Man of Steel under the cut. As the cut says, warning for serious spoilers within.

Warning: spoilers within! )
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