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Sep. 17th, 2017 03:26 pm
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Have been full of cold for most of this week but just about managed to get through it, thank goodness! I think my class are starting to get used to me and my expectations, which is good, but they've got a long way to go before SATS, particularly in calculation! I had a lovely, lazy day yesterday, sitting on the sofa with kittens, doing very little work, but it does mean I've left myself quite a few weekend tasks to do today - I need to think about rebalancing my workload a little bit to manage this 5 day week thing a bit more effectively. This weekend, I've been mostly conserving energy in the evenings due to the cold, but I am going to have to try to plan a bit more housework in during the week now that I don't have Friday to catch up with. I suppose in theory, there's the alternative of getting someone in to do some cleaning but I'll wait and see how the new salary settles in before going for anything quite so decadent :)

Long day!

Sep. 17th, 2017 02:46 am
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Breakfast with partner and metamour Leopard Girl.

Seanan McGuire event in Silverdale. We brought tribute, and were briefly Seanan's favorite. (Diet Dr Pepper and candy corn. Seanan is a being of predictable tastes.)

Mini muffin tin quest!

Partner made a note they should chat with our mutual friend in London about stuff. Hooray, viable communities.

Dinner for the extended polycule, with many dishes thanks to Trader Joe's. (Rice, orange chicken with extra zesty sauce but no carrots since we ran out, BBQ pork buns, pot stickers, spring rolls, and green beans. The rice and green beans weren't pre-packaged, and I do a little customization to the chicken by adding orange peel and scallions. The gyoza and bao steam over the rice, and the spring rolls could bake with the chicken. The green beans start frozen and get gently fried with seasonings. Usually it's butter and Montreal steak seasoning, but Stray Puppy Girl is very lactose intolerant, and Leopard Girl dislikes red pepper. So I went for sesame oil, garlic, onion, pepper, salt, ginger, a packet of soy sauce that needed using, and the excess teriyaki sauce from the other night. It turned out well. To my immense gratification, my partner really likes all the iterations of the green beans that I have made so far. Generally they disappear immediately.)

Club night. Without going into excessive detail, one of the groups near the people I was with were having a hilarious time, and kept setting each other off giggling. That prompted our group to giggle. The glee was infectious.

Everyone is spending the night. We hauled the camping pads out of the alleged guest room (it is currently not in a state for guests as my textiles have exploded all over it) and they're set up next to the futon in case it turns from cozy to crowded in the middle of the night. Things are well set up for breakfast, and there should be cheesecake at some point (thus the mini muffin tins).

Fucking ableist bullshit

Sep. 13th, 2017 09:51 pm
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I have for whatever reason been on a horror movie kick lately. Because sometimes it's fun watching people be horribly surprised when a ghost summoning in a haunted mansion goes horribly wrong or whatever. Especially when they do stupid stuff along the way.

One movie had a somewhat satisfying ending (bad guy gets trapped in a room rull of angry ghosts of people that were killed as a result of his douchenaggery!) in a way that was completely antithetical to the setup (spooky ghosts that were scaring the protagonist and family, are ... suddenly friendly to her wtf).

But the one I just finished watching makes me want to *kick things*. And I don't know what's worse, the fact that it was written this way or the fact that I saw it coming.

CW: anti-autism wtfery. Also spoilers for unnamed movie.

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That beauty and the beast project I'm playing with? I keep being tempted to make the Beast autistic, and the enchantress or fairy or whoever cursed him into beast form just totally misread him (or he said something true but impolite and pissed her off) and is an asshole for what she did, or something.

I worry about doing it wrong, because -- as much as I suspect I have some aspergers-y traits, I am totally not autistic, and risk falling into cliches -- but at least I wouldn't be *points upward* THAT fucking wrong

First rehearsal, whee

Sep. 11th, 2017 11:11 pm
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So I don't know if you remember my choir dilemna from a bit ago (teal deer version: a combination of "do I have energy for choir at all" and "this other group is doing some pretty awesome stuff and my usual group is kind of blah") but I ended up going with the other group, which is doing fun stuff -- Mozart Requiem in November (in collaboration with an unaffiliated orchestra), a December concert that's some sort of collaboration with handbells, a spring concert that includes the Rutter requiem and Lauridsen's Lux Aeterna.

It's going to take some adjusting to get used to the evening rehearsals; luckily it's once a week, but it's 7-9:30, which means I'm up well past my bedtime, as opposed to the 4-6 rehearsals I'm used to), but I like the feel of the group way better. It was fun to sing again, even if we *did* take the kyrie at like quarter speed and did some of the movements on "da" instead of words. (I am very aware of the fact that I have done the Requiem multiple times, so have plenty of familiarity, and even if it were the first time I'm a damn good sightreader, but that not everyone is me, and not everyone has seen it before, and so I can be patient ... at least for a bit, lol)

I feel vaguely guilty not doing my usual chorus -- I suspect it's going to be low numbers, and it's quite possibly the conductor's last year, though he's been "close to retirement" for at least three or four years. But I don't have energy to do both, and the choir I'm not doing this year hasn't really been feeling fun lately, just more of an obligation. And I wasn't getting paid enough for that. The Chorale director is better about realizing that we're there to have fun -- by singing, yes, but the other director would sometimes get upset at the choir for not being professional level, and that kind of isn't fun to endure. (Not that the upset wasn't justified -- there were times that we'd be going over really basic stuff in the week before performance -- but it was a bit demoralizing.)

Anyway. Yay for being back singing -- and fucking yay for it being fun again.

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Sep. 11th, 2017 10:54 pm
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Note to self:

Trying an app does not commit you to continuing with that app.

Really. Even if the app gives bonuses for daily activity.

The world will not end if you stop doing the crossword apps (you know, the ones that you find at best mildly annoying and at worst frustrating). Nor do you have less moral value for "giving up". And while crosswords are supposedly good for your brain, so are other things; it's less that crosswords are magic bullets, and more that using your brain is good. So is sleeping, and reading, and other things you could be doing with the extra time.

If you don't find a game actually *fun*, it's okay to stop doing it. I promise.

With love,
Me

#

(Note to future self: if crossword apps turn out to be super duper important after all, I apologize for stopping. -you know who)

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Sep. 10th, 2017 04:08 pm
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Well, the first week is done and I'm really pleased with how it went. The kids seems lovely - a little boisterous but very engaged with their learning. I'd forgotten how much they learn in a year though - they seem very young to me right now! All the staff were really welcoming, which was lovely and I feel like it's going to be a really positive working environment. I've got two TAs to work with (one 4 days a week and a different one on Fridays) and *they* both seem nice, so all in all, I feel like it's been a pretty good start. I was very knackered by Friday - I'd forgotten what working full weeks was like - but hopefully that won't last. I also picked up a mini-cold but that seems to have mostly gone already, fortunately. Slightly annoyingly, I realised that I needed to re-plan English for the week coming up because half the class had already studied the book I chose, but it didn't take much work, so not the end of the world. Next week is baseline assessment tests, which should be interesting!
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Unrelatedly, the worst part of Ravelry being down is I can't commiserate with my rav peeps about the "horror" of rav being down. Kind of like when your internet goes out so you try to send an email saying you have no internet...

Anyway. I haven't done more writing up the apps I like best, but one of my newer ones did a "we will give you 50 gems for leaving a review in the App Store", and I figured the information may as well go here too. I've added a bit of detail so it more matches the previous rec post, but it's only one app this time. (Not necessarily my favorite though... but high on the list. I may eventually get to reviewing the more meh apps/games, but I'm doing the ones I like first.)

Diggy's Adventure

Indiana Jones meets The Mummy meets "smash all the pots" video game rpg logic, with a charming retro feel and a sense of humor.

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Sep. 7th, 2017 09:57 pm
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So, I'm three days in to my new job. It's starting off slow; my first day, almost all I did was read the Policies and Procedures manual. Today I ground through stultifying online trainings like Professional Conduct over Telephone and E-Mail and Maintaining a Respectful Workplace that exist largely so people who behave poorly can't say someone didn't explain common sense to them.

But meanwhile, I've sat in on my supervisor doing a family intake interview, and sat in on case conference, and reviewed the assessment tool they're developing for me to use and made a major revision suggestion which my supervisor said was a very good idea, and the small happy twang of my job my job my job is going off inside my chest. These early days of preparation, of grounding at home office and orientation to the work atmosphere, are important before I dive into clinical work where I will mostly be at my worksites solo, one therapist with a locking wheely-cart against a giant mountain of need. On the other hand, I'm happily anticipating the dive.

TW Money and budgeting

Meanwhile: I was looking for something crunchy and miserable to read at the local library now that The Origins of Totalitarianism is finished (I KNOW, don't look at me like that) and instead, I found All Your Worth by Elizabeth Warren and Amelia Tyagi. Oh, wow. I've been nervously chewing over the idea that I "ought" to have a more structured plan with my money now that I'm going to have some; for the last ten years my plan has been "panic a lot and try not to spend anything, inevitably fail". (It's been nice that my mother had tight money last year; she used to say, "Lis, why don't you go to counselling and get physiotherapy and buy new shoes???" and not understand when I'd explode with stress. Now she says, "Wow, you've been living like a churchmouse for a decade!") Most budget systems give me panic attacks, especially things designed by and for accountants; what works to best for me has felt like a shamefully bastardized system of spreadsheets and looking at my bank balance through my fingers. And now... I wish I'd read this book a long time ago.

The book says right up front, "Most financial advice books are about helping rich people become more rich. This is about helping people who feel panicked and out of control with their money, like they never have enough, to gain stability, peace of mind, and the ability to weather life's ups and downs."

And honestly, if there's anyone I trust not to bullshit me about financial stuff, it's the authors of The Two Income Trap, who fucking KNOW how batshit today's economy is. (My dad and older brother love capitalist self-help books and seminars; dipping into them has always been stress-provoking and unhelpful.)

Their system is really simple, really intuitive, and makes me feel calmer and happier and more in control before I've implemented a single bit of it; I can see how I've been smart about money all along, but am reaching now for some tools to be truly wise with it. I can imagine a long-term strategy. And I'm not trying to wrap my brain around a bunch of terms and concepts that feel like Greek to me. It feels good.

(I'm not sure how it would work with seriously limited incomes, like disability pensions or unemployment stipends; all their examples so far are people with full-time jobs and regular paycheques. I suppose you could take their basic sorting system and adjust the ratios, though.)

First paycheque comes down the pipe in... twenty-six hours. I'm looking forward to it.

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Sep. 7th, 2017 01:59 pm
ysobel: Artwork of a curled-up stick figure trying to stave off crushing darkness (depression)
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Ugh.

Too much shit going down right now.

CW: pet death (not mine)

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and on top of all the aide shit (for those not on my access list, short version = getting into a screaming fight sunday that included lies and gaslighting and emotional manipulation (incl textbook DARVO) on my aide's part, subsequently firing said aide and changing locks and dealing with emotional rollercoaster aftereffects) I'm just

a complete mess

(understatement)

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