crossover_chick: Doc looking very sarcastically over his shoulder (BTTF: in a sarcastic mood)
I mean, I know it's gotta get done. We have to keep our database up to date for a variety of reasons. It's just kind of boring and irritating. Mostly because no one follows the format we've sent out for their files. Which means me and my coworker have to spend ages trying to clean them up. Grrr... Happily my supervisor is willing to help out with the whole mess, but still. This is not going to be a fun ride. At least I got a high five from one of my bosses for getting an e-mail reminding people to send their files in by the end of the week to work...

Weather was fairly gloomy today -- we're getting whatever Jose decides to shove at us over the next few days. Which hopefully is just some rain and wind... Hurricane Maria is already causing new terrors down in the Caribbean. I feel so sorry for all those people. I'm not entirely sure there's going to be a Caribbean LEFT once hurricane season is over. :(

On a more personal note, got some more written/edited on "Fixing You" -- into the tea party proper with Nell and William. Slicing here, dicing there, rewriting everywhere~ It's all coming together, slowly but surely. I also got a little more of my VictorLuvsAlice queue done -- good thing I was a day ahead on my Sims playing thanks to the previous week's long weekend! And I caught up with all my websites and such. Typical Monday stuff, honestly. Guess I can't complain.

And now that I am all caught up on everything, I should hit the sheets. Night all, sleep tight!
crossover_chick: gif with Doc and Marty trying to get out of being written into twisted AUs (Default)
Sorry for the lack of a post yesterday -- I spent pretty much my entire Saturday finishing up my room and shelves, and when I finally got to the website to update you all, I kept getting 504 Gateway timeout errors. Finally just gave up and kept watching OutsideXBox videos. As you do.

But yeah, Saturday turned into "Let's Finish This Room Day!" I wasn't expecting it to take so long, but -- well, I have a lot of stuff. Mostly a LOT of Minimates. Mom and I are pretty sure I own every BTTF one they ever made. And we ran into some delays too, such as:

-->Me trying to figure out where the heck to put all the old packaging (finally remembered "Oh hey I have drawers under my bed!" and stuffed them all in there -- SO MUCH FLOOR SPACE now, it's amazing)

-->My small Maudeline Everglot toy statue breaking when we moved it (her head's always been wobbly and falling out, but this time the head broke off the little neck stump you insert into the body! Cue Mom fiddling around with bits of pins and nail glue to force her head to go back on. Succeeded in the end, but what a bitch to pull off!)

-->Fixing my curtain rod (it was taped together because the dowel Mom picked was just a TINY bit too short to reach all the way -- we ended up cutting another rod and making a sort of sleeve to go over the short end and get it stabilized)

-->Running to Wal-Mart to pick up some poster putty for the Minimates (and a new window shade to replace a broken one in my room). If you're unfamiliar with poster putty, it's a putty, kind of feels like chewing gum, that you can roll into shapes and use to stick up posters to walls. Mom googled it and found people recommending it to hold Minimates in place. I can attest to its strength -- I have a ghost Minimates from one of my Ghostbuster sets hanging from a shelf CEILING.

But despite all this, and the fact we kept having to move shit to fit in more shit, we finally got it all put up! Here's my tumblr post with pictures! (It's easier to link you to that rather than deal with a hosting website.) I'm very proud of it all. :D Long Saturday, but good Saturday.

Of course, that means I had to spend today catching up on videos and such. Fortunately, I didn't have too much, but Helloween did post a couple of very long sets of Zelda and Secret of Mana. Good stuff, but hard to fit in! Darkwood also remains terrifying (Helloween died for the first time thanks to a savage man with a shadowy friend -- fortunately death isn't permanent in this game). . .

But not as terrifying as Twilight Fields in the Medical Pavilion in BioShock! D: I finally got a chance to go back and melt the ice there and pick up some of the goodies I missed (after finally properly holding off the horde in Langford's office -- died once, but there's a Vitachamber right inside, so. . .) -- but I wasn't expecting it to be so CREEPY! Especially in one bit where you can see a Dr. Grossman Splicer's shadow mutilating a corpse around a corner, so you head over with gun at the ready to get him -- and then it goes PITCH BLACK just as you reach the stairs at the corner, so you back off, and then the lights come back on, but they're flickering -- and the doctor's GONE. Nowhere to be found near that corpse. Fortunately, I was expecting an ambush, so when he showed up again out of a cold storage locker, I was prepared to kill him, but DAMN. That's the spookiest the game has ever been! Fort Frolic isn't much better -- just a few minutes into this "artiste's" domain, and already I'm on-edge. Bastard is creepy as hell, and knowing that I should expect some of his "statues" to still be alive doesn't help the fear factor. Yikes.

Well, on that lovely note, I really have to go to bed -- regular work week this week, bleh. Hope you guys had a good weekend! Night all, sleep tight!
crossover_chick: gif with Doc and Marty trying to get out of being written into twisted AUs (Default)
Although it's for a good reason -- Mom decided to research the best stuff to sticking Minimates to a shelf so they'll stay in place, and she found something that can be bought at Wal-Mart! So we're going up there tomorrow to pick some up. After that, it's just actually sticking the Minimates into position, touching up what's left of the paint scratches, maybe rearranging a last item or two, and then pictures! And my room will be pretty much Officially Done! About time after two months. . .

Not too much else to report on for today. It looked like it was going to rain earlier, but it cleared up into being pretty sunny. And kinda muggy -- seriously, the past couple of days have felt more like summer than most of summer. Made it hard to sleep comfortably too :( Tonight's a little better, and I have the giant fan that usually lives in the living room, so that helps. Still, I'll be glad when it cools down and dries out a bit again. Which -- probably won't be for a while, as the latest track for Jose has him at least winging us. . . I know it's not going to be nearly as bad as Irma and Harvey, but still. No more hurricanes, plskthx

Writing today consisted of finishing up revisions on that AU piece so I can post it on tumblr this upcoming Thursday. The action scene was an absolute BITCH to get right -- the clip it's based on happens SO FREAKING FAST. Some things are just hard to translate into words. Especially when you're an author who specializes in people having silly conversations and engaging in introspection. I think I pounded it into an acceptable shape, though. I guess we'll see what everyone thinks when they actually read it.

Most of the rest of the evening has been spent catching up on various websites, especially tumblr (BUSY day today on there -- complete freaking opposite of yesterday). I'm all well-read and ready for the weekend! Well, almost -- got queues to do for Valice Multiverse and main tumblr, and some PMs to answer. But hey, that's pretty much every Friday night, and it's not like I have to get up super early. So yeah -- off to start on all of that. Night all!
crossover_chick: Victor leaning over to look at a blue butterfly in a glass jar (CB: i has a happy thing)
Yup, they're finally officially up! Bolted to the wall and everything! It actually all looks pretty cool. Mom and I started unpacking all the boxes in my room and putting stuff up this evening -- I took a whack at it myself before supper, but ended up needing the help just thanks to there being SO MUCH stuff to put away. (We haven't even started on the vast collection of Minimates yet.) It's not fully done yet, but hopefully by tomorrow everything will be in place. Would be nice to finally be able to have everything OUT and get all these damn boxes out of my room.

Unfortunately, this does mean that I didn't have any time to write today. :( However, as if in anticipation, my tumblr dashboard was REALLY quiet -- so quiet, in fact, I went ahead and got my Friday queue ready. So I didn't have to worry about that. And the Valice Multiverse queue was almost entirely stuff I'd prewritten replies to at work, so -- yeah, that all worked out at least. Small steps, small steps.

Right now, though, I need to wrap up what I'm doing and get to bed. Friday's another work day, and I've got a semi-busy weekend ahead. (Touching up my room's paint, and Mom's going on about throw pillows now. . .) At least I'm ahead on most videos -- though it looks like the end of The Sim Supply's Parenthood series might be up soon. Need to block out some time to watch that. :) As it stands, good night!
crossover_chick: picture of Alice (Wonderland) in front of the swirling purple Wonderland tunnel (AMA: Alice down the rabbit hole)
Yup, they're up! Technically -- the headboard part of the whole mess still needs to be put up, and the shelves bolted into -- well, I'm not sure. The floor? The wall? My bed? At any rate, while they're staying up, they apparently need a little extra stabilization. Also the nightstand shelf needs to be put on too. But at least there are actual shelves in my room! And hopefully by tomorrow, Friday at the latest, I can put my stuff on them.

Mom and I actually went to get the fabric for the headboard part after work today. Took a while to find something we actually liked -- decent purple fabric was in short supply, as was decent gray fabric. But we managed to get something in the end, along with foam bits and batting. (Mom wants to make it cushy.) She drove us up to the fabric place, but I drove us back -- mainly by going straight up the road. Turns out the fabric place is a lot closer to our new house than I thought -- I was expecting a hell of a drive! (Which, actually, I sort of got. . .traffic was awful and I had to scoot really close to the car in front of me twice while going through intersections in order not to block the cross-lanes.) So that's kind of nice. Still threw off my afternoon routine, though -- no "Fixing You." I instead opted to edit a story snippet that I was thinking of posting for AU Thursday on my blog.

And then I had to CLAW my way through the tumblr dash backlog because of how much people were posting. Good thing I already had one post in the queue, and an appropriate reblog sitting in drafts. Dunno what I'm gonna do for Friday, but I should have a little more time to figure it out tomorrow night. (I hope. . .)

As it stands, I need to get to sleep tonight for another day at work tomorrow. Night all, sleep tight!
crossover_chick: gif with Doc and Marty trying to get out of being written into twisted AUs (Default)
But then, that's what happens when you wake up and discover your mother with the "oh damn they've been fighting again" face. Over my bookcases no less -- apparently Dad didn't realize the plan called for some special middle shelves. It all got hashed out, but it resulted in more boards needing to be cut and stained, a process that takes a while (especially for drying), so no bookcases, and no going up to the fabric place to pick out fabric for the headboard.

Ah well -- it was still a pretty good Tuesday despite that. Very low-key compared to yesterday, but I got pretty much everything on my to-do list done:

-->Wrote some more on "Fixing You" -- Victor vs the Burtonsville mob (they're, ah, not happy to see him in the village). Got a chance to use some more Victorian slang, which is always a plus. Now he, Alice, and Fixxler just have to survive tea with his parents. Fun.

-->Caught up on my remaining videos -- Linkara (the first two issues of "Ultimate Iron Man," which -- don't feel like Iron Man comics AT ALL (Tony's not even in the first one! It's all about his father and mother, and stupid gene experiments), and even in-universe were eventually retconned as a stupid TV show); Outside XBox (fun gaming stuff, as usual); and Helloween (more Darkwood -- he has ventured briefly into the Silent Forest and survived another night of monsters! Not without a lot of anxious whimpering, though XD).

-->Played BioShock -- I've gotten my Insect Swarm plasmid (still looks creepy, but fortunately it's not too bad in-game), made the Lazarus Vector, just barely survived a robot assault on my person by the fucker that is Andrew Ryan, and am parked in the lab about to spray the vector all over the dying trees. I've actually played past that point, but what happens is Splicers all coming out of nowhere, Atlas yelling at me to block some door, and me upsetting a local Big Daddy and getting myself killed. It's all very frustrating. >( At least I'll have a couple of days to ponder it and refine my strategy. And figure out how to block the door I'm supposed to block.

-->Made my muffins -- breakfast is the most important meal of the day, after all.

-->Caught up on both tumblrs and did my queues.

And I was able to fit in the time to get a frozen hot chocolate from the local Dunkin. :) So all in all, pretty good day.

And I've got work tomorrow, so I'd better wrap it up here. Night all, sleep tight!
crossover_chick: Victor leaning over to look at a blue butterfly in a glass jar (CB: i has a happy thing)
Off to Cape Cod today for our minigolf tour. Unfortunately, one of the places we planned to visit, Harbor Lights, was closed, but we were able to do the other three stops on our list. In order:

-->Cape Escape Adventure Golf: The farthest away in Orleans, MA, and probably the one with the simplest set-up. Fairly basic course with some tricky holes and nice scenery -- one big lake with a fake boat drifting around on it, and another big pool with fountains and a ton of koi fish (who immediately came up to us as we passed -- I think they're used to "people = food"). The quietest of the three we went to, despite us arriving around 11:00. Mom and Dad were a little "meh" on the course -- I liked it simply because I managed three holes-in-one. XD

-->Skull Island: A repeat for us. I believe I talked about it last year, but as a refresher, it's a tropical island-themed course with lots of plastic wildlife, grass huts, and (of course) a giant skull. Also one pirate-looking kid on a high lookout. Kinda busy, with one group of six who kindly let us go before them because they knew they were going to take a while on each hole. Fun stuff, as it was last year, and I got another hole-in-one here.

-->Pirate's Cove: The other repeat from last year (actually, a double repeat, as we went back last year to do the other side -- it's two courses in one). Again, refresher -- pirate-themed double-course (Captain's and Blackbeard's), with lots of stuff to look at (a half-sunken ship, a whole one, lots of pirate dummies), sound effects, and fun pirate facts on every hole. This is easily our favorite thanks to the complexity. Also everyone else's favorite -- this was definitely the busiest of the three. No holes in one for me here, sadly. Though I still finished off the day by having the most.

After all that, we headed over to Lindsey's Family Restaurant for a late lunch/early dinner. My parents had the seafood bisque and clam cakes (though I ate one of the latter), and I had some of their homemade root beer (tasted fine, though Mom was puzzled that it wasn't super-fizzy, as that is apparently a hallmark of homemade soda), and some BBQ short ribs baked into mac and cheese (did not know that could taste so good! Seriously, really cheesy, and the meat was super tender). And that filled us up for the ride back home. All in all, a really nice day out. :) I'm glad the weather cooperated -- it was seriously gorgeous out. Sunny, low 80s, just a perfect day for this sort of thing.

Got home around 4:40 (slightly earlier than a summer workday) -- here's what I've been doing since:

-->Wrote a short for "The Technicolor Phase" (as I wasn't really in a "Fixing You" mood) -- I had a pretty strong idea for Emily getting a color from Barkis, only to learn that "someone important" can also mean "the guy who murders you." Poor girl. . .but I have plans to make this better as the fic goes on through poly shenanigans, so. . . I've also been trying to decide who gets what colors from who, and which ones I want to write about. I mean, Bumby has to give both Lizzie and Alice colors, but I'm not sure which ones. . . This fic was easier when I was focusing on the colors Victor got from his three girls. You just had to expand the prompt out, Vic. . .

-->Went ahead and played some BioShock, since we'd all kind of mutually agreed supper wasn't happening (though we did have ice cream later -- just out of the freezer, though) and I didn't have to worry much about being interrupted. Ended up having a pretty solid play session going through the Farmer's Market. I've found a ton of goodies in various places, picked up a bunch of audio diaries, killed another Big Daddy (though I died once shortly before taking off that last bit of health, then had to track it down and wait for it to get another Little Sister -- that was annoying), slaughtered a bunch of Splicers, and hacked all the things. I am currently holed up with a friendly security camera, TWO friendly security bots (whom I hacked after triggering an alarm), and a friendly turret. ALL HAIL THE SECURITY QUEEN~ Seriously, Winter Blast is so frigging useful for this. . . Anyway, planning to pick up tomorrow with the search for honey samples and distilled water.

-->Caught up on my webcomics, then went to YouTube and discovered, to my delight, that another episode of Parenthood had been uploaded by The Sim Supply! So I went ahead and watched that. Poor James was the epitome of frustration this set, mainly because Max was having all sorts of problems with his needs. Not to mention he had a hell of a time getting Max's designated girlfriend to actually LIKE him. I feel your pain, buddy. *eyes Emmett and Nikal, who happily seem to be past this phase at last* But he succeeded at wooing her in the end. Of course, now his new goal is for her to fall in love with Max's younger brother. . . XD He also managed to tank Emotional Control enough to get the negative trait, though we'll see if it sticks -- it's just BARELY over the line.

-->Caught up on tumblr and did my usual little reblog spree. Rather glad this is one of my nights off the Valice Multiverse! I need that bit of breathing room.

Speaking of breathing room, also glad I took the two days off -- though tomorrow looks to be on the busier side. Mom and I are going to choose some fabric for my new headboard tomorrow, and I think the idea is to get as much of it assembled as possible so we can get it done and out of the way. Trust me, I am all for it. Should still have time for writing, Bioshock, and some YouTube videos, though.

And on that subject, there's one on BioShock's opening level that's calling my name over there. Night all!
crossover_chick: gif with Doc and Marty trying to get out of being written into twisted AUs (Default)
Not nearly as busy as yesterday, which is nice. Hell, setting up the Valice Multiverse RP queue was basically nothing -- one comment. Dunno what happened to everybody, but whatever. I gotta get up at eight tomorrow for the minigolf trip to Cape Cod, so a quieter night is right up my alley. Also got the VictorLuvsAlice queue set up, along with some prompts drafted for future use. Hooray for not being totally behind!

Other things of interest:

-->Forgot to mention this yesterday -- we watched the final episode of MST3K The Return, and -- it ends on a WEIRD note. I don't know if I should say any more because of spoilers, but -- well, it's both a rather unfitting end to the series if they don't get their second series (just a bit too dark and unsatisfying), and I'm not sure how they're going to explain it if they DO get it. (Although I guess they could use the joke I was SURE they were going to use at the end of the episode but didn't. . .) At least the movie was good fun.

-->Helloween Marathon on the YouTube front -- the next two sets of Darkwood (which is very creepy and now occasionally features vagina monsters), and the first set of his new Link To The Past LP (which is very cute and full of Helloween zipping around and failing at easy boss fights XD). Also submitted my votes as to the names of the characters in his OTHER Saturday LP, Secret of Mana -- I am like 99% sure at this point the girl is going to be named Alice. Pretty much EVERYBODY was voting for it. XD

-->Got to Geekcon in Sims 4 with Emmett! And took Nikal along because why the hell not. Emmett had a good time -- got to explore space in a rocket, play some Blicbloc, bought the festival T-shirt, and got a picture with a cosplayer. . .which was very easy because said cosplayer was Marty. XD (Don't know what the hell he was cosplaying as, but hell. Still cute.) I also made Emmett and Nikal best friends under the impression Sims could have more than one -- nope, removed that modifier from him and Marty. Grr. I'll reset it when I get a chance. At least flirting with Nikal is still going well. I guess the relationship does have a shot after all.

And -- well, that's about it, really. Like I said, low-key. :p But tomorrow's going to be an adventure (two new mini-golf places, and two old ones), so I need to get to bed. Night all!
crossover_chick: Doc in goggles and holding a big old plug with the words "feeling sparky..." (BTTF: feeling sparky/creative)
Here's the breakdown:

-->Usual changing of the sheets and cleaning, as is habit now on Saturday mornings.

-->Went up with Mom to Michael's to get a display case for my BTTF jacket that I got signed by Christopher Lloyd, Bob Gale, Claudia Wells, and Jeffery Weismann. Managed to snag one for 50% off thanks to a sale. Mom drove up, and I drove back -- glad of that, too, because the ride up hit some super-heavy traffic. And some idiots who couldn't figure out how to merge into a lane. *sigh* Jacket is now safely on display inside.

-->Talked about various measurements with Mom and Dad throughout the day -- apparently these shelves really ARE happening. Finally! No actual shelving yet, but lots of plans being made.

-->Wrote another page on "Fixing You" -- mostly just Victor and Alice banter, talking about Burtonsville being colorless and explaining why Victoria isn't with them (since I mentioned in an earlier chapter that Victor was going to write her and ask her along). Simple, but good.

-->Caught up on all The Sim Supply's current Parenthood videos -- Max ALMOST has all the bad traits locked in. Emotional Control is juuuust out of reach right now, but as James is getting surprisingly bad at taking care of his needs. . .well, getting that settled might just be a matter of a few more tantrums. :P He also had a completely chaotic "dinner party" with some new neighbors, and accidentally tried to get Max to seduce the MOTHER of the family because he kept mistaking her for the teen daughter. *snort* He's such a wreck at this game sometimes. . . Apparently he's already recorded up to the end, so the final few episodes should be showing up soon! Yay~

-->Played Sims 4 myself -- skipped ahead to Eric and Nikal's place because I think Geekcon is coming up in the game again and I want to give Emmett the chance to go. They were both at Skye Fitness for some reason -- I ran with it and had them get breakfast from a food stand, then had Nikal exercise for a bit before work. (Eric I sent home -- he had another day off, so no point in him sticking around the gym.) She had a good day -- no promotion, but some new inventions/upgrades. Plus some advancement in her romantic life -- she and Emmett are getting along again! Don't get it, but whatever. It is nice when they actually get to be cute together. As is usual lately with my families, I also remodeled their house -- added a hallway, decreased the size of their bathroom, and increased the size of their study. Looks a lot nicer, I gotta say. And has more room to display some of their collectibles.

-->Currently doing the RP thing, which is pretty busy tonight -- at some point, I also have to try catching up on my main tumblr and getting the next chapter of Secundus up on AO3 so I can queue it up for tomorrow. Aaaah, so much to do at night. . .

Okay. Time to get back to work. Night all, sleep tight!

Oh Friday

Sep. 8th, 2017 11:29 pm
crossover_chick: Doc snoozing on his couch (BTTF: exhausted)
It was rather exhausting, so let's do list form:

-->Traffic in morning -- still pretty bad, but a slight improvement on yesterday (I was right on time thanks to leaving a bit earlier). Traffic in the afternoon -- NIGHTMARE. Mom was a bit late in getting me thanks to being tied up just about everywhere, and the jams for me started pretty much right out of the gate at work. The worst part was people trying to shove their way across intersections and getting stuck there, and then nobody getting to go. Absolutely miserable. Took almost a full half-hour to get home. REALLY hoping that's not the new normal. :(

-->That import file I was trying to make at work crashed and failed yet AGAIN. My supervisor managed to run it from home (she was working from there), and I got the two littler ones done, but the last export -- well, first it didn't save in the format it was supposed to, and then I got an out of memory error message and the application crashed once more in the middle of try #2. I eventually had to give up and upload just what we had to the file-sharing site, after writing an apologetic e-mail. Feels like I had a super-unproductive Friday.

-->. . .although I did get the PM sitting in my inbox done. So that's something, at least.

-->Was too worn out after all that nonsense (mainly the traffic getting home) to do anything on "Fixing You" -- but I did get writing done. On Thursday I talked about an old prompt I liked where everyone starts out with vision in shades of gray, and as they meet their romantic and platonic "soulmates" the colors fill in. I'm fond of this idea as it supports my poly feelings for Victor, Victoria, Emily, and Alice -- they can all give each other a color. And near the end I mentioned I could probably get a series of shorts out of the idea. My Saturday post is a reblog of a song I connected to the AU a while back, "The Technicolor Phase," and in the tags I mentioned that, if I was to do those shorts, I'd probably use the song title as the story title.

Guess what the new LibreOffice document in my Documents folder is called. My original idea was to do them all from Victor's perspective (and in fact my writing today was his first color chronologically -- brown), but I'm thinking I might actually mix it up a bit and do it from a bunch of different ones. Mostly because I've expanded out the idea to "anyone who is going to be important to you gives you a color" and -- well, I got to thinking what color Barkis gave Emily, and what Bumby gave poor Lizzie and Alice. . . The original "backstory" to it was also more Forgotten Vows, but I think I might go in a more poly direction instead. . . It's a good backup series for when I'm not in the mood for "Fixing You." :)

-->Played BioShock, because even if I don't have the extra time on Fridays I still like my vidya games. Besides, I had a very simple goal -- finish off Arcadia and get to the Farmer's Market. A goal that I achieved with a minimum of being shot at, happily. Hacked a bunch of stuff, killed a bunch of Splicers, studiously avoided upsetting a Big Daddy, got the last audio diary I was missing, and got out of the level with a good amount of both health kits and EVE hypos. I am now in the Farmer's Market, hunting down honey samples and distilled water. Gotta make me a tree-reviver! And, uh, pick up a certain Plasmid. . . I feel like Insect Swarm is probably useful, but DAMN does the manifestation hit my squicks. D: Still, angry bees are angry bees.

-->Watched some YouTube videos (PopCulture Detective -- some interesting stuff on "adorkable misogyny" and "toxic masculinity") and caught up with tumblr. Currently going to do the Valice Multiverse queue (not a lot to it, but then again, kinda glad of that. Need a low-key one).

-->Project of the weekend looks to be my headboard bookshelves. Am taking the position of "believe it when I see it." Apparently we're going to get the case for my jacket tomorrow, so we'll see. . .

And that's about it from me now. Time to do that queue. Night all!
crossover_chick: Doc looking very sarcastically over his shoulder (BTTF: in a sarcastic mood)
I MEANT to make a 10:04 post, but got caught up in catching up on tumblr/doing my ValiceMultiverse queue and missed it. Kind of goes with the rest of my day, honestly:

-->Came within inches of having an accident when I was leaving our neighborhood this morning (some lady who decided she was going to go through a stop sign when it was my turn -- I put my brakes on just in time)

-->Traffic again horrible getting onto the highway -- good thing we left five minutes earlier!

-->Some idiot on a bike NEARLY went out in front of me at one intersection, and two kids on bikes (without helmets) came flying up the middle of the road when I was going to turn at another -- again, braked in time, but goddamn

-->Afternoon was spent fighting with our database program to do a specific import file (we use it to sync up our gifts with those from our processing company) -- it would get ALMOST all the way to the end, then go "disk full." Tried it three times, at about an hour each time. First time it just failed, second and third it full-on crashed. So that was fun.

-->More awful traffic on the way home, though less people nearly running into me (though a lot of people passing me because I wasn't going the 90 mph they wanted)

-->Patriots are doing awful in a night game that seems poised to go on forever

So yeah, not the best day. Very glad tomorrow's Friday, even if it's a "have to stay there until 4:30" one.

Okay, so I don't end this on a totally grumpy note, a couple of good things that happened today:

-->Reviewed two Corpse Bride fanfics I've been meaning to review because I had some time after queuing

-->Got my main tumblr queue done up through half of Sunday

-->Wrote another page or so on "Fixing You" (Victor and co are finally entering the town)

-->Weather has gone back to being halfway decent and is not too hot or wet to sleep tonight

Now let's hope that latter list outpaces the former tomorrow. Fingers crossed. Night all!
crossover_chick: Doc looking very sarcastically over his shoulder (BTTF: in a sarcastic mood)
Paying bills -- it's always fun. *sigh* At least the ones we get can be paid online. And aren't overly expensive. And of course there was another fight with getting the Cox account to work. . . God damn I hope that's finally settled now. *deep sigh*

Managed to push past it after supper and get another page done on "Fixing You," at least. Which -- involves Alice getting mad that Pastor Galswells once clonked Victor, which then turned into a discussion on "my favorite OTP couple survives things that should have killed them/seriously injured them/left serious scars with barely a scratch" (aka Victor's head smacks into a headstone so hard it MOVES and he runs into the same tree twice, and Alice recovered from severe burns with no visible scarring on her face and hands). Rather odd little detour for the fic to take, but hey, whatever works. My original idea wasn't, so. . .

After that I watched some stuff on YouTube, then I caught up on my tumblr, updated my queue for VictorLuvsAlice (helps that I had a few posts ready and waiting to go in the drafts), and put up another Mallow Hallow snippet on AO3 (for said queue): Necessities. And chatted with my friend about her artwork and suchlike. So I guess I had a pretty productive evening in the end. *shrug* Shouldn't complain. After all, just watching the Weather Channel proves it could be a LOT worse.

At any rate -- time for bed. Still got two days to go at the job. (Which is getting a few more interesting things to do with rosters coming in for updating. . .) Night all, sleep tight! Hope you're all safe what with the hurricanes on one side and the wildfires on the other. :(
crossover_chick: picture of Alice (Wonderland) in front of the swirling purple Wonderland tunnel (AMA: Alice down the rabbit hole)
Yes, with school officially in session almost everywhere (almost because a coworker's kids don't start school until tomorrow and thus had to hang out with her at the office today) and everyone done with taking summer vacations, the roads are now pretty jam-packed! I ended up being three minutes late thanks to a) encountering a school bus immediately upon trying to leave the neighborhood and b) heavy congestion on the highway. Mom and I are already talking alternate routes and earlier times to leave to avoid at least the former. I didn't even know the bus came down our way! Welp, learn something new every day. . .and I didn't get in trouble for three minutes, since my coworker got in at the same time and my supervisor didn't make it in until about 9. Traffic beat all of us today. Still, not something to get in the habit of doing.

Work itself was much the same as it always is -- though we're starting to get rosters in from parishes for clean-up, so that's going to be an interesting project. (We're trying to stop so many duplicates/wives of married couples already in the system showing up.) At least it'll be a break from my DeceasedFinder -- that's slowly but surely inching closer to being done, though, so that's something. Whew.

After work, wrote some more on "Fixing You" -- revised the bit of the Unseen University magazine we see, and expanded some on Victor's history with Galswells. I don't actually have the pastor appear in this chapter at all, but Victor DOES get a rather unpleasant "welcoming party" once he's inside the village walls. . . Nothing too bad happens, but he does get shouty. Which, given how nasty I have his home village be to him, well, you can't blame him.

After that was more catch-up on stuff, and doing the RP queue -- ValiceMultiverse had a GLUT of questions. Ah well, keeps me in business, I suppose. That and watching a few short WhatCulture videos was basically my night. Nothing too out there, which I guess is good for a work night. Now if only it would cool down for a little bit. . . (Yeah, the day after we take out our air conditions proves to be hot and muggy. Irony at its finest, everyone.) Supposed to be a lot cooler and rainier tomorrow, though. I get the feeling fall is going to be as unsettled as the rest of the year's weather has been. At least we don't have to worry about hurricanes -- if you're in Irma's path and can get out of there, I think I would do so. :( Also apparently the west coast is on fire. Fun.

Anyway -- I gotta get to bed. Might steal a fan from the living room to help cool things down further in here. . . Also might move some boxes just to be sure nothing gets wet if rain starts coming in the windows overnight. Which it shouldn't, but -- better safe than sorry. *nods* Night all!
crossover_chick: Doc in goggles and holding a big old plug with the words "feeling sparky..." (BTTF: feeling sparky/creative)
Pretty quiet one over here -- once again, spent the day in. At least the weather's taken a turn for the nicer. Here's the highlights:

-->Wrote some more on "Fixing You" -- got past my block and finally wrote the Victor/Alice fight that scene always needed. It's short, but still kinda painful. And the ending, with Victor not even letting himself think of Alice as beautiful because he thinks it just encourages his "sick" thoughts. . . Well, it is partially about helping him through that, so. . . Starting the "going Downstairs" chapters tomorrow!

-->Watched the two latest Linkara episodes (a silly Thunderbirds Are Go review that contained some good story stuff -- plans are being made to take down the threat once and for all; and a crossover with the Critic on the comic adaptation of Burton's first Batman -- comic just okay, Critic discovering Linkara's storyline segments aren't skits but are supposed to actually be happening was hilarious); a guy talking about why he likes Bloodborne for an hour and a half (he likes the playstyle it encourages and the level design a ton, both things I can get behind), and a short video from Helloween on a mobile game coming to Steam about flinging little creatures into baskets of sugar (Fjong! . . .That's the name). So, uh, a bit all over the place there. XD

-->Played BioShock -- spent some time getting killed while desperately searching the level for those audio diaries I missed. Finally gave up, restarted from an earlier save, and decided to just follow the plot arrow.

THE DIARIES I WAS LOOKING FOR WERE IN THE SPOT I WAS SUPPOSED TO GO ANYWAY. *facepalm* Freaking figures. . . Well, anyway, collected those, got a bunch of other goodies, somehow managed to avoid getting killed by turrets and security camera (and even managed to hack the lot), got the plot-important item, and got rolling again on restoring those trees. Sort of -- lady who was going to help me ended up being killed by Ryan. Figures. But she left the recipe for the tree-reviving stuff in her safe, which she gave me the combination to before dying. Also left me a chemical thrower -- nice. :D I also tried out the Hypnotize Big Daddy plasmid -- got one splicer off my back, which was nice. And I saved another Little Sister, as you do. Next up -- the Farmer's Market! After I make sure I've got all the goodies in Langford's office. (Had to rush a bit because her security lockdown only lasted so long...)

-->Did a bit more of my main tumblr queue just now -- Sims 4 posts up! Hopefully people will like them.

And that's it -- which is good, cause I gotta get to bed. At least it's a short week. And I've got another long weekend right ahead, which (if the weather doesn't turn horrifically nasty thanks to Irma) should include a Cape Cod trip. Fingers crossed, people! Night all!
crossover_chick: gif with Doc and Marty trying to get out of being written into twisted AUs (Default)
In contrast to how weekends usually work lately, today was the truly awful-weather day -- off and on heavy rain right up until the evening, when the clouds finally broke. Fortunately I had no big plans for the day, and indeed spent most of it just hanging out online. The highlights:

-->Wrote some more on "Fixing You" -- Victor waking up from his nightmare and the aftermath. I'm having a bit of trouble getting everything into words lately. I mean, I KNOW what I want to say, it's just -- saying it is a bit tricky. I'm muddling through, but there's going to be further polishing needed later, I know that much. (Although maybe part of the problem is simply that part of the aftermath involves some manner of Victor and Alice fight, and I've never enjoyed writing those. Hmm.)

-->Played more Sims 4 -- Jennifer finally had her baby! Yes, singular -- she and Marty are now the proud parents of Douglas McFly! I am both a little disappointed it's not twins and a little RELIEVED it's not twins. Sims 4 babies aren't too hard to take care of, but two at once might be a little taxing. So far so good with Douglas, though. Marty also got promoted at his job, so that was nice. :) Got them a bathroom renovation with the funds (was going to buy them a hot tub, but there wasn't any room on the lot). So yay, another baby in the world, and I can finally move on to Emm -- wait a sec. Hmmm. Actually, if I skip over to Nikal and Eric just this once. . . I think I can get Emmett to Geekcon! That should be next up in the festivals. . . I'll try it! Poor guy's been waiting to go for a while. (And so have I. Only festival I haven't attended yet!)

-->Did a Helloween marathon after a video looking at some of the changes between the various installments of the Sims series and some OutsideXBox stuff. Watched him play some Destiny 2 beta (no clue what that's all about, but it looks pretty!), the first few nights of Darkwood (a surprisingly creepy top-down horror game about survival and escaping a mysterious wood that's grown all over a certain town), and the last set of Illusion of Gaia (which got confusing at the end with Kara suddenly becoming the Light Knight counterpart to Will's Dark powers? And them having to defeat a comet that supposedly accelerates evolution but had apparently put the Earth's continents back in their Pangea state, more or less, and made human civilization vaguely medieval? I don't know. Helloween seemed to enjoy it).

-->And, since it's a long weekend, I'm doing a double round of the RP thing. Starting a new thread with my friend Nebby featuring Nell at her character's bakery. This is gonna be interesting. XD

-->Also, tumblr fanart announcement: Battle ready Victor and Alice! I'd completely forgotten about sending her that ask, actually. XD That was a nice surprise today.

Okay, back to catching up on things and preparing for reblog mania. Night all, sleep tight!
crossover_chick: gif with Doc and Marty trying to get out of being written into twisted AUs (Default)
Well, they're ALL cleaning Saturdays -- I'm trying to make that a habit so I don't have the same issues I had back at the old house -- but today was a little more intense because I also did the living room (at Mom's request). Nothing too major -- it still only took me like an hour to do both rooms, vacuuming and dusting -- but pushing around that vacuum does give you a workout. But hey, my room is clean for another week, and I even dusted my ceiling fan. So that's good.

As for the second part of the title -- not only did I play Sims 4 today, I marathoned the three most recent episodes of The Sim Supply's Parenthood LP! On my end, Marty was invited out to a surprise dance party in the Windenburg Ancient Ruins -- I had him accept and bring Jennifer along. They had a good time -- in fact, they got to woohoo in a bush. XD Jennifer STILL hasn't had the baby/babies yet, though. Darn it, woman, get a move on! I need to see who and how many kidlets we're dealing with! *shakehead* On The Sim Supply's side, Max is almost completely an awful person! XD He's gotten four of Max's Core Values -- Responsibility, Conflict Resolution, Empathy, and Manners -- completely into the red, resulting in negative traits. All that remains is Emotional Control, and that's pretty darn close. Max also has a sucky fast food job now for after school, which James is actively making him do awful at. There are also plans for him to get a girlfriend, only to immediately lose her to his younger brother once said brother, Angel, ages up. Gotta make him as miserable as possible, after all! (The idea of this LP is that it's a "prequel" to one of his other ones, the Super Sim Challenge -- Max in that one is all about fulfilling every aspiration and basically doing EVERYTHING a Sim can do in the game. This series shows WHY Max is so obsessed with excelling -- he had a shitty childhood in a poor house with neglectful (if not actively cruel) parents, and thus had a bad start in life.) I'm looking forward to the next bit -- this LP is such a delightful little train wreck. XD

Pretty quiet day otherwise. Mom made brownies, which was nice. They're really good too, very chocolately. I wrote some more on "Fixing You" -- added a quick bit to Chapter 3, since I really wanted to set up Alice realizing she could take Victor to Wonderland and them making plans on when to do that, then moved onto the start of Chapter 4. Which is a super-creepy nightmare! No, seriously, I am going to have to tag the shit out of this, I think. There is -- disturbing imagery. Why am I so good at that in this universe, seriously. . . At least I know for sure this fic is going to end very happily. And we watched the Christmas-themed episode of the new MST3K with dinner -- which, amusingly, started off with a joke about watching it around Labor Day from the Mads. XD Awful Italian film about Santa nearly having to give up all his Christmas presents to a miserly fellow who somehow bought the North Pole and is now charging him rent he doesn't have. Did have one good idea I liked, though -- the idea that Santa remembered this one kid (now all grown up and a kindly lawyer), simply because he's the only kid who ever sent him a thank-you note. You could probably build something genuinely sweet and good around that.

And now I'm doing the RP thing, catching up on my main tumblr dash, and preparing to upload another chapter of "Secundus" to AO3. So back to work I go! Night all, sleep tight!
crossover_chick: Victor leaning over to look at a blue butterfly in a glass jar (CB: i has a happy thing)
Which held a few surprises, such as:

-->Newbury's has changed locations! It's now on the opposite side of the mall from where it was, closer to the escalators. Looks like a shoe store is going to have the old space. The new store is a lot brighter lit with more toys, but the comics section is looking damn sparse indeed. I actually DID find a BTTF comic, but it's one from later in the story than where I left off. I'm probably just going to have to keep ordering them off -- getting them in physical stores doesn't seem to be happening anymore. I did at least manage to pick up a new pair of sunglasses (my old pair got busted).

-->Dave & Buster's has rearranged the layout again a bit! A few games have exchanged places, and one of my favorites (a ball-tossing dino-themed game) has gone bye-bye. :( I managed to hit most of my other favorites, though. It was fun to go around and play there again. I've missed the trips I used to take up there. Have to figure out a new way to manage them now that I'm in a new house. (None of us are fond of trying to manage that parking garage!)

-->Dairy Queen has some new Blizzards! I went ahead and got the Triple Truffle -- what I assume was vanilla ice cream mixed with three different types of filled-truffle-type candies (fudge, peanut butter, and caramel). Pretty damn tasty.

So yeah, it was a good time. I also got my next dentist appointment set up afterwards, so that worked out pretty nicely too. One less thing to worry about.

Other things of note:

-->Took a short break from "Fixing You" to write a Dirk-Gently-AU-related piece (feeling kind of inspired thanks to all the people squeeing about the upcoming Season 2 on my dash) -- took a bit of pounding into shape, but I think I got it working. At least I'm still well-settled for potential AU Thursday posts.

-->Also taking a short break from Valice Multiverse -- just not really feeling the RP thing today. I plan to be on actively both Saturday and Sunday nights, so I think everyone will survive one night of me not queuing.

-->Played some Bioshock -- went hunting down some of the audio diaries I missed. Took me a while to find them, mostly because it took me a while to get back to where I started (they're near the beginning of the area). Got a few good splicer shots on the way back, at least -- I appear to have researched Leadhead Splicers to the max! (Or was it Thuggish? No, pretty sure Leadhead, since they're shooting at me.) Also a couple good Little Sister shots. Also found another safe, and all sorts of goodies lying around. I know I should be working on the main quest, given the whole "Ryan just killed the trees GIVING US ALL OXYGEN AND KEEPING US ALIVE" thing, but the game isn't penalizing me for taking my time, and I still have more diaries to find! Currently holed up in a Saturine lair, after machine-gunning the damn Houdini Splicer who lived there. Felt good, let me tell you -- those guys are BASTARDS.

-->And currently on the website/tumblr dash catch-up side of things. As I do on Friday nights. Actually, I haven't really started the tumblr bit, so I'd better get on that. *waves* Night all!
crossover_chick: gif with Doc and Marty trying to get out of being written into twisted AUs (Default)
Though, again, not a heck of a lot to say. Let's have a few bullet points:

-->Work was pretty dull again. Slowly chipping away at the last of that DeceasedFinder thing. On the plus side, tomorrow is an official half-day (last one of the summer!), and I've decided to hike over to the mall after work and spend a couple of hours in Dave & Buster's and wandering around Newbury's. I haven't been in ages, and I think stretching my legs over there will be a good break from the routine.

-->Finished off what is now Chapter 3 of "Fixing You." Basically rewrote the entire thing after the very beginning -- I think it's a lot better than what came before, but I had to cut a lot about Victor and Alice learning about magic. I moved the relevant paragraphs over to my "general notes" document on the series so I can see if anything can be salvaged for later chapters. Gonna start Chapter 4 shortly, which shall introduce Victor's POV -- and also the kind of nightmares he's been having. That'll be fun!

-->Caught up on tumblr things and did both my Valice Multiverse queue and some more of my Victor Luvs Alice one. Mostly ahead on the weekend now, which is good. :)

And -- that's really about it, except for me watching an Outside XBox video and dancing to some music on YouTube. *shrug* Not a very exciting day. But that's all right. Long weekend ahead! We'll see what comes of it. For now, should get some sleep. Night all!
crossover_chick: Doc looking very sarcastically over his shoulder (BTTF: in a sarcastic mood)
Not entirely sure what triggered it -- I think I'm just a little sick of rather boring days at work and the fact that it's been almost two months since we closed on this house and started moving in, and a huge chunk of my stuff is STILL in boxes. I'm tempted to take some time to unpack this weekend and put everything I can in the drawers under my bed, because at least then I won't have to sit here and look at these damn boxes. I mean, I know there's just a lot of work to do around this house in general still, and the books my dad sells for a living absolutely have to come first, but. . . *sigh* I don't know. I just feel like I've been shunted to the side while Mom and Dad fight about how many books Dad's accumulated over the years.

Anyway -- some positive things about today:

-->Got another page done on "Fixing You," finally coming to the reason for Chapter 3's existence -- Fixxler telling Victor and Alice he can get them Downstairs, and planning the big trip to see Alice's family again

-->FINALLY finished my reply to that huge PM I got a while back and sent that off

-->Posted the new first chapter to the Mallow Hallow Snippets, Arrival, and moved "Soak" to Chapter 2

-->Did the VictorLuvsAlice queuing (up to halfway through Saturday, and I definitely know what song I'm featuring) and reblog burst for the night

-->Watched a rather amusing video from rabbidluigi where he talked about the game that made his username an actual character (turns out he thinks it's pretty good! And not just for having "him" in it XD Or getting trips to Paris to play the demo because Ubisoft know a marketing opportunity when they see it).

So yeah, all that was good at least. And if I can get through tomorrow and Friday (however much there is of it), I've got a three-day weekend to look forward to. So that's nice as well.

Of course, gotta get through the next couple of days first. Hopefully tomorrow I won't have such a case of the grumpies. . .for now, good night all!
crossover_chick: picture of Alice (Wonderland) in front of the swirling purple Wonderland tunnel (AMA: Alice down the rabbit hole)
Definitely felt like it today too -- high was in the low 70s, and it was kinda dull and cloudy all day. Tomorrow's supposed to be rainy. Feels almost like summer never was. :( Now I'm worried we're going to end up having an extra-long period of blah chilliness for winter. . .ugh, why can't I live in one of those places where it's warmish all year round? The only time I ever really want to see snow is on Christmas, and after we had one where it was 70 degrees out. . .yeah, I can live without the white stuff. Meh.

At any rate, not a lot to report about today. Work was the usual. Got another page on "Fixing You" -- Victor and Alice are trying out a pair of enchanted glasses that will let them see their (and other people's) auras. Did the Valice Multiverse queue and got a good chunk of the Victor Luvs Alice queue done. Finishing up catching up on the main dash and preparing for bed. Pretty much all the usual. I don't have a particularly exciting life. But then you guys all knew that. :p

Okay, time for bed -- still got three days to get through of this week. At least there are cookies, and a near-certainty we'll get to leave early in some fashion on Friday. Night all!

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