snacky: (snacky laughing)
I am writing and posting this entry on my laptop!

This is remarkable because my laptop has been on the verge of death for several weeks now. It's a 2012 Macbook Pro, so it's already had a pretty good life, by laptop standards. Last year, it had a problem starting up (it wouldn't), so I took it in to the local Mac repair place (not an Apple Store, but an "Apple certified" repair shop), and they did some kind of repair magic and got it to work again. One thing they suggested was replacing the hard drive with a solid state drive in the future, so I kept that in mind.

Unfortunately it's been super slooooooooooooooooow ever since, and it crashes when I have more than one program open, and sometimes it crashes so hard that all I can do is shut it off and walk away. So that's been frustrating. About two months ago, the trackpad started to die, and then the crashes got even worse, so off I went to the Mac repair shop again. They had me leave the laptop and said they'd order a trackpad and quote me on replacing the HD with an SSD.

So replacing the trackpad was a reasonable cost, but they didn't recommend replacing the HD because the laptop is so old that Apple considers it a "legacy" product, and they wouldn't be able to warranty the work because of the age, blah blah I didn't understand anything but "too old." Still, they gave me the quote, and with parts and labor, it was going to be around $600 to swap out the drive.

I said "no thank you" and I went online and found a couple of guides on how to replace the HD in an old Macbook Pro with an SSD, and said to myself, "Oh, I think I can do this." When I picked up the laptop from the Mac repair shop, the customer service person was like, "I have a 2009 Macbook Pro and I swapped the drives and it's still working great!" So like, hint taken, my friend.

I bought an SSD and the tools I needed from Amazon. Everything arrived yesterday, so last night I cloned the old drive to the new, and then this morning I opened up the computer and swapped the drives and AMAZINGLY I didn't screw it up, and now everything is working great. It's all speedy and I can open multiple programs at once, and iTunes doesn't take 20 minutes to open, and I can actually use Photoshop Elements again!

So now I feel extremely techie! And I've very pleased with my accomplishment, and I had to share it with you all.

Oh, and the trackpad works great again!

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In other news, I watched The Umbrella Academy and I loved it. I went in with no expectations and I was delighted by the messed up family of would-be superheroes. Anyone else watching?
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Hello! It’s minus 8 degrees (F) here and luckily I had the day off for MLK Jr Day, because the roads are RIDICULOUSLY bad after all the snow and ice yesterday. Hopefully they’ll be better tomorrow, because my commute will be awful.

And I only live a 10 minute drive from work, so people who have a REAL commute will have it much worse.

Also I got a cortisone shot in my left knee today! Wheeeeeeee! I know how to have fun on my day off, don’t I? I’m currently icing and elevating it, and hopefully all will be better soon.

I did a lot of reading over the long weekend — I’m currently in the middle of GRRM’s Fire and Blood, or as I like to call it, “Ugh, Targs.” It’s a bit of a slog. For every Targaryen woman I’m enjoying learning about, at least ten die in childbirth, or are married off at age 11, or are sexually abused/raped/imperiled in one way or another. And FYI, fuck Jaehaerys, “greatest Targaryen king ever” my fat ass. All the male Targs should have been set on fire (happily, many of them were!). I think I might have to put the book on hold for a while.

How’s everyone else doing, DW?

Techy stuff

Jan. 6th, 2019 10:19 pm
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My cable company sent me a new modem yesterday. It was unexpected! They sent me an email saying "we're sending your new equipment" and I had to call them and say, "what new equipment?" and they were like, "hmmm someone was supposed to send you an email" WHICH GUESS WHAT, THEY DIDN'T.

In any case, they were sending me a new modem, at no charge, to upgrade my speed. They said I had one of the oldest modems and the speed was Not Good.

So okay, I got the modem yesterday, I followed the instructions to hook it up, and of course, it didn't work. So I had to call the cable company and they had to flip some switches on their end (I guess? Maybe they pushed buttons?) to get my tv, internet, and phone to work. But it finally did, so that was a relief. Then I had to go out to the local cable store to return the old modem, so they wouldn't charge me for it.

I didn't really get a chance to test it out until today, and you know what? It really IS super fast! I'm kind of amazed at how quick I can use the internet! I'm also amazed that I didn't realize how slow it was until today.

In other tech news, my laptop (a 2012 Macbook pro) is not doing well. I think the hard drive is dying and I'm planning on swapping it out with a solid state drive. Also the track pad only works intermittently, which is SUPREMELY FRUSTRATING. I don't know what the deal with it is -- it could be the battery, which fucks things up in Mac laptops often, or it could be that the trackpad is really just... dying, I guess. Which means I'm looking at a trip to the local Apple store.

Once my finances improve, that is. Thyroid cancer is not just bad for your health, it is bad for your wallet. :(
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Hi DW! I hear this is the place to be! Gotta clean the joint up!

So, how about that Avengers trailer? I maybe teared up at work. I am lucky I have the kind of job where I can a) watch trailers during the day, and b) cry about them. My coworkers felt bad for me, so they bought me sushi for lunch.

But I am ready for the movie RIGHT NOW.

*************

State of the Snack:

1) Work: going well, see above. Crazy time of year though, and I’m looking forward to the semester break. Looks like a promotion in my future, so that’s something to look forward to.
2) Health: eh. Cancer recurrence, seeing the doctor in January, probably going to have surgery in February. I feel... okay? I’m constantly tired, often weirdly hungry, I am having some side effects from swallowing radiation (salivary gland infections, dental issues) and I no longer sleep well. It could be much worse, I know! But honestly, thyroid cancer is kind of a pain in the ass.
3) Fandom: fun but omg the drama in my corner of the ASOIAF/GoT fandom is just Too Much for a Fandom Old.

************

Now remind me to post something every day, and then I can officially call DW home again.

Ugh

Mar. 8th, 2018 09:32 am
snacky: (snacky popcorn)
For some reason my university decided not to close even though there's a foot of snow on the ground and it's still piling up. It's kind of weird because it's spring break and there aren't any students around, but evidently we are all essential personnel and must be here.

I've been up since 4 when they started plowing in the condo complex. After a while I gave up on sleep and when I realized that my school wasn't closed, I got up and went in to work. If I have to dodge downed trees and wires to be here, they can pay me overtime for coming in early. Call it hazard pay.

The downside is that since I've been up since four, I'm ready for a nap now. The upside? There's only 4 other people in the entire building. No one else in my department came in. They're all "working from home" or taking a vacation day. The problem with being the low on the totem pole is that I can't work from home, and the problem with having cancer is that I've used up all my sick and vacation time, and can't spare a day for snow. So I was coming in even if I was snowshoeing it.

Hopefully when I doze off, my snores won't echo through the empty halls.
snacky: (listen do you want to know a secret?)
Guys. Guys. So many things I haven't told you. I got a delightful new job, started going to boot camp, AND last night I joined a gym (separate from the boot camp).

Beneath, find the State of the Snack! )
snacky: (listen do you want to know a secret?)
So tomorrow I go for steroidal spinal injections. Finally. If all goes well, they should help ease the pain from the pinched nerve, and increase my mobility. If it doesn't go well, then... my only other option is surgery. So cross fingers for all going well! :D
snacky: (snacky smash)
1) I have no idea what's going on with Livejournal, but it's become next to impossible for me to use at work. Strangely, this is not any of work's doing. There seems to be some problem with Firefox and LJ not playing nice with each other. I can't comment on entries, nor can I read long comment threads (can't expand). I've followed LJ's suggestions, but none of them work. Basically, I'll have to use another browser just to read LJ. SIGH. LJ, I want to keep using you, but you make it so hard. ETA: If you comment on this entry on LJ, I can't reply, it won't let me. :(

2) If you follow me on the Facebook, you will have seen this already, but if not, here's Snacky health news: I am having an MRI today to determine a diagnosis for my back and leg pain. The x-rays already showed arthritis (severe facet arthopathy was the term used), so the MRI is to figure out why I have terrible nerve pain and numbness in my legs (spinal stenosis is a suspect).

So I have to lie flat and unmoving on my back for 35 minutes for the MRI. Aaaaaand due to the pain, that's one thing I have a lot of trouble doing. I've been practicing for a week, can only make it to 12 minutes without moving. So my wonderful doctor has given my a combo of sedatives and pain pills to take, in the hope that I will be able to make it the entire 30 minutes.

Basically I will be doped out of my mind. :D Which is probably good, since I've been having massive anxiety about this whole thing.

3) So I think my new boss is a bit of a flake. First there was the whole review thing where she tried to give me a review for a year when she only supervised me for 6 weeks. Yesterday, she sent out the new edition of our email newsletter, and asked me to link to it on the website, FB, and Twitter. She asked me the same thing last month, and I said I couldn't link to an email, unless she had a link to give me, since I can't just link to inboxes. But she didn't have a link, since she builds it as an email in Constant Contact. So I suggested that I would make a news post on our website and FB and Twitter about it, and link to our sign-up form, so people could sign up to receive the email. And she said, "Oh, that's a great idea!" So that was what we did last month.

I reminded her we had this conversation last month, and she was like, "Oooooh. Right. Well, can you recreate it on the website?" I told her I could, but it wouldn't look exactly like the email, since she's using Constant Contact's templates, but I could recreate it the best I could. "Won't that be too much work?" she asked, and I said, not really, if that's what she wanted me to do. But then I reminded her that the reason she wanted an email newsletter was so that people would sign up and give us their contact info, which she wants for funding/donor campaigns, and if we put the newsletter on the website, aren't we defeating that purpose? "Good point!" said she. "Keep doing what you're doing!"

I'm wondering if we'll have this conversation again next month.
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Hello, everyone! Let's talk Yuletide!

First I got the MOST AWESOME GIFT EVER:

On the Plains of the Crimson King (22575 words) by magistera
Chapters: 8/8
Fandom: The Stand - Stephen King
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: No Archive Warnings Apply
Characters: Fran Goldsmith, Stu Redman, Lucy Swann, Leo Rockway, Jess Rider
Additional Tags: The Stand
Summary:

Eight years after Randall Flagg was defeated, life goes on in the much-reduced circumstances of post-Trips America. But when Fran and Stu's son begins to have disturbing (and all-too-familiar) dreams, it's a sign of change to come.



Listen, if you love The Stand, hurry up and read this. It is perfect, and is exactly what I wanted for this fandom, and I am totally in love with it.


Second, I wrote this story:

Turn and Face the Strange (1838 words) by Snacky
Chapters: 1/1
Fandom: Newsflesh Trilogy - Mira Grant
Rating: General Audiences
Warnings: Author Chose Not To Use Archive Warnings
Relationships: Georgia Mason/Shaun Mason
Characters: Georgia Mason, Shaun Mason
Additional Tags: Yuletide, Christmas, Post-Canon, Series Spoilers
Summary:

The clone was a 97% match to the old Georgia Mason. Shaun and George notice the 3%.



Newsflesh! Oh my god, I was so glad I got this assignment, since I really wanted to write in this fandom. I had fun with this story, and I think it was well-received! My recipient left me a really awesome comment, and I got some other nice comments and recs. Big thanks to [personal profile] musesfool and [personal profile] bedlamsbard for their awesome and helpful beta. I always think how lucky I am to have friends who can beta for me, and they both really came through this time.

*************

So I am off from work until Monday, which is lucky for me since we're having a big snowstorm here. But I am safe and warm and snowfree, thanks to my upstairs neighbor who has shoveled our driveway and cars three times already today.

God, I am going to have to buy him a bottle of some really good drink, aren't I?

I hope everyone is having a happy new year so far!
snacky: (snacky summer snax)
So, in June, my old laptop died. It was a five year old Macbook. I replaced it with a new Macbook Pro, which is running the latest version of OS X - Mountain Lion.

In July, my old desktop died. It was a seven year old iMac. I was mainly using it as a backup to the laptop, and I stored all my music on it, because it was so old and ran so slow and basically had no more upgrades left in it. It didn't even have enough memory to upgrade the OS, so it was still running Snow Leopard.

I did not replace it, because I had just bought a new computer. I pulled all the music and files I needed off the backup drive, and said goodbye.

Last week, my modem died. I had kind of forgotten how old it was - eleven years old. So, not a surprise it died, I guess. Anyway, Verizon sent me a new one, free of charge. And I set up the new network, everything worked, super easy, la la la.

Except for the wireless printer. Which can see the new network, but can't log into it. You have to set up the login with the wireless printer connected via USB to the computer.

But the computer is too new, and the printer is too old (four years old) to do this. HP doesn't update the drivers to work with Mountain Lion. It took three phone calls to HP to determine this.

Now, if the old iMac hadn't died first, it would have been easy to set it up using that, with the old OS. But no, everything fell apart in the wrong order.

So now I have a wireless printer that still prints, but not wirelessly, and my mother can't print at all, since she's got a Chromebook and can ONLY print wirelessly.

Obviously my house is under a technology curse (downstairs neighbor had to get a new modem last week too).

It's tax-free weekend in MA. I am buying a new printer, and giving the old one to my brother.

Nothing else better die.
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Guys, guys, I got my new laptop! My old one died two weeks ago, which I didn't tell you because... my old laptop died.

I had my EVEN OLDER desktop for use in emergencies, which was basically getting the NFE matching done and prompts sent out and that took forever because, yeah, that's an old iMac.

Anyway, this is a brand new MacBook Pro and it's all shiny and has lots of RAM and a huge hard drive, and I am glad I got it custom built, even though it took me longer to get it. And I was able to recover all my files from the old laptop! \o/ Thank god for Time Machine, this is not the first time it's saved my ass, I'll tell you what.

Anyway anyway, hi! I missed you all, did you notice I was gone? :D [personal profile] bedlamsbard I can finally get that beta done!
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Thank you to everyone who called and texted and tweeted to check in with me yesterday. I wasn't in Boston. My nephew was down by the finish line, but he's fine. Understandably upset, but fine. He smartly called his parents immediately after it happened, before cell phone service was shut down, and they called the rest of the family, and we knew he was okay, but oh, it was still such a relief when he called me and I heard his voice.

I am just so relieved and thankful that everyone I know and love is okay, and so heartsick and grieving for those who weren't as lucky.

I used to live in Boston, and worked in Kenmore Square, ages ago. My company was always closed on Patriot's Day, as the Marathon route went right by our front door. But my coworkers and I used to go in and watch from the roof, and cheer the runners on. I've also waited at the finish line for friends, cheering on everyone who crossed.

And what keeps going through my mind is "Why? How could they do that? There are families there, there are kids there, don't they know that? Don't they understand? It's the Marathon!"

And of course they understood. Of course they knew that. They packed the explosives with projectiles, to do the most harm possible. They wanted to cause that kind of destruction, grief, and terror.

I don't think the answer to "why?" which I suppose will come when they catch the person responsible for this, will ever make any kind of sense to me.
snacky: (listen do you want to know a secret?)
This is how my day started: I was walking into work, looked down, and saw that I was wearing two different colored shoes, a blue shoe on my left foot, and a black one on my right.

In my defense, I own two pairs of the same shoe in different colors, so I didn't notice a difference in fit or feel, and my closet is really small and really dark, and really it's just a miracle that this hasn't happened before.

My Boss and the Peruvian Poodle cracked up, and PP assured me that "no one would ever notice." BUT I NOTICE, PP. I NOTICE.

Luckily, I have a spare pair of matching shoes I keep at my desk, so I don't have to carry shoes with me on snowy days when I am wearing my boots. Also luckily, they are black shoes, which is what I was aiming for.

Meanwhile, The New Girl just said, "Oh my god, something is wrong with me, I know the word but I can't remember it! What's the word for when you write something, but you copy someone else's writing and pass it off as your own?"

"Plagiarism?" we all replied.

She said, "Thank you! I am having a bad day, obviously."

So, how's your day going?
snacky: (snacky princess snax)
My friend told me on Easter that she thinks she's developed an allergy to peanut butter.

Friend: I've eaten a lot of peanut butter eggs this year. A lot. *shifty eyes* I had to buy the kid's Easter candy twice. And I started getting a rash on my chest. So I think I might be allergic to peanut butter now. My father developed a peanut allergy when he was 60, and I'm afraid I might be developing it now.
Me: That sounds like you are! *explains how my allergy (not to peanut butter) started with a rash*
Friend: But I love peanut butter! How will I live without peanut butter?!
Me: I don't know but you'll --
Friend: -- maybe it's the chocolate! Maybe it's not the peanut butter?
Me: I suppose you could try them separately?
Friend: I had peanut butter crackers the other day, and I got the rash.
Me: ...so not the chocolate then.
Friend: Well, everything else is fine! I mean, my tongue doesn't swell up, and my throat doesn't close, and my lips don't feel fuzzy, so...
Me: ...so the plan is keep eating peanut butter until full-blown anaphylaxis sets in?
Friend's Sister: THANK YOU!

I'll keep you updated, if she goes into a Reese's peanut butter cup related coma.

*************

I went to the dentist again yesterday. Words you never want to hear from a dental professional: "Wow, your gums look like hamburger."

:(

We are trying something with the crown, to hopefully heal my gums and my irritated tooth. My dentist is a loon, but he's a good guy.
snacky: (snowflakes)
Back here... )
snacky: (snowflakes)
I made my way outside to shovel. The hope was that I could clean out the parking lot entrance so we could move our cars.

It was a fool's hope... )

So now we just wait for a plow to come to clean out the school parking lot, so we can move our cars. The driving ban is still in effect until this afternoon, so it's not like we're going anywhere.
snacky: (listen do you want to know a secret?)
I've had a long week, (capped off yesterday by Adventures in Gynecology, whoo hoo! D:). It included work hijinks, family drama, friend drama, and a very long, very graphic, very detailed discussion with a health insurance rep over whether an endometrial biopsy was a surgical procedure or not, and how it should be covered under my health insurance.

Good times, good times. And sadly, I am out of wine. I may turn to the hard stuff.

*************

One good thing is that I have two really great doctors. I am always worried about told, "you just need to lose weight" and being fat-shamed prior to any visits. I don't know why! Neither of them have ever done that to me - they've always been willing to listen to me and work with me to find solutions to any health problems I have, but I think I have just internalized so many messages about how any health issues I have would just disappear (POOF!) if I was skinny. So I always go into doctor appointments stressed out and ready to fight (which may explain why my blood pressure is always so high at the start of the visits), and it turns out I never have to do this at all.

So, it's a relief, and I'm just grateful to have them both.

************

[profile] kate_nepevu is continuing the words and deeds meme here and my thread is here. Feel free to say nice things about me! I wouldn't mind it at all! :D
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Hello! I could tell you about all the drama going on in my house (technically outside of the house) right now, but it is too long and involved and makes me crazy to think about. Basically, two things can sum the whole thing up:

1) Real life is not a reality show. Behaving like you think you're on a reality show is unappealing, horrible, and basically just demonstrates how crazy you really are.

2) There are times when life and the things we have to do seem hard, and overwhelming, and impossible. I understand this and have found myself in this position before. But if you are a woman, the solution to all these hard things is not to just lie down and say, "I can't do it! I need a man!" and ignore all the very real problems you have in your life until a man can come along to fix them.

Honestly. You don't want to know.

*************

Work is going well! My boss let me go home early last Friday, because she had been out sick all week with the flu (sweeping my company like the plague) and I had filled in for her on several critical issues with the president of the company. She said, "I just want you to know I really appreciate you. I appreciate you and all you do."

This is such a change from the last batch of asshats I used to work with, that I was a bit overwhelmed when she said it.

Speaking of the last batch of asshats, I had dinner with my former coworker and friend F last week, and she reports that the asshats are still asshatting about, that they can't keep anyone in my former position, and they have eliminated the position of my supervisor, after the last one quit and told them she wasn't taking their blaming bullshit anymore. Things are not going so well, F says. In fact, she is looking for another job herself.

Oh, how my heart breaks from them. Not.

*************

Last but not least, a meme! By way of [personal profile] musesfool:

Pick a character* I've written and I will give and explain the top five** ideas/concepts/etc I keep in mind while writing that character that I believe are essential to accurately depicting them.

* Try to make it someone I've written (including characters I RP'ed) or recently in order for me to answer.
** May not actually be five.
snacky: (snacky popcorn)
Hello! I came through the Frankenstorm unscathed. We had flickering power all afternoon, and last night at 7 p.m., we lost it for good. My landlord fired up the generator to keep the sump pump in basement going (we learned our lesson in previous power outages when the basement has flooded), and I spent the evening listening to the generator, reading by flashlight, and being horrified by the pictures out of New York on Twitter.

I had an uneasy sleep, worried about not waking up in time for work, but I did and got ready in the dark. As I was walking out the door, the power came back on and will hopefully stay on for good. I don't live along the coast, but my city is at a high elevation, and we always get wicked winds, no matter what. And those winds always lead to massive power outages.

I am just pleased that the power is back, and I won't have a repeat of last year's Snowpocalypse, which caused me to spend a week in the dark. V. depressing. And Sandy hit exactly a year to the date later, which had me jittery.

But I am fine, and in any case, would rather be in the dark than under a few feet of water. Poor New York and New Jersey. :(
snacky: (sex therapist to the suburbs)
1) I have a date for my surgery: Friday, October 5. Sadly, my plans to get my family to give me an iPad as a recovery gift have fallen through, since the recovery is only expected to be a few short days. But! Imagine a life without my right hand constantly being numb and in pain (okay, you don't have to imagine it, but I will)! It will be glorious, iPad or no!

2) Today I almost drove off the road on the way to work, not due to numbness in my hand, but due to the bizarre spectacle of a woman on the side of the road, in flesh-colored leggings, a red v-neck shirt that was cut extremely low, with like, black fluttery sleeves attached to it, and a giant fur hat on her head. The giant fur hat had these long side flaps that came down and wrapped around her neck, and it basically looked like a howler monkey was sitting on her head and trying to strangle her. It almost beats a goose in a sack for odd things I have seen on my way to work. If only it were an actual howler monkey.

3) Cut for bodily TMI )

4) I am still pondering Yuletide! This puts me behind the times, I bet. I'm sure everyone else has all their nominations locked in already. I saw that someone was going to nominate The Montmaray Journals but I am still thinking I should nominate it, just to get all the characters in. Other things I want that other people are nominating include Code Name Verity, and the Austin & Murry-O'Keefe Families, Political Animals and Young Avengers.

I kind of want to nominate the Beany Malone/Katie Rose series by Lenora Mattingly Weber, but I fear that I am the only person who has read these and it would be a wasted nomination. Ditto on Norma Johnston's Keeping Days books.

Then there are things I want to see nominated not just for requesting purposes, but because I could write them: The Stand, Northern Exposure, Space: Above and Beyond, Mary Poppins, Buckaroo Banzai, The Melendy Family, Little Women, Tales of the City, and Brideshead Revisited.

Hmm, tiny fandoms of my heart lean heavily to books.

Oh Yuletide, you are causing me agita! What to do, what to do?!

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