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text 2019-01-01 19:01
Back to work tomorrow, with accompanying ice storm

Yesterday I commented that the weather in my area has been relatively nice lately - some rain, but no snow, and "chilly" temperatures at worst.


Well, that's about to change. We're supposed to get an ice storm. Ugh. I need to go hunting for my Yaktrax (stuff you slip over your shoes to give you traction on ice), just in case I decide it's safer to walk to work tomorrow rather than drive. Proper road and sidewalk de-icing is not a thing in this area, so my first ice storm here was a shock. I'm a bit better prepared now.

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text 2018-12-21 20:57
Bookcase upgrade!

I just ordered myself a bookcase upgrade. It's a little over two times as tall as the bookcase it'll be replacing (or I may use it to replace the "media case" that's deep enough for DVDs and no deeper - not the best use of space on my part). My shelf space problem is dire enough that I doubt it'll help me get everything I own onto proper bookshelves, but it'll at least give me a place to put the stuff that's currently in piles on my living room floor.


It's from a proper furniture store, so they'll deliver it (!) and I won't have to put it together (!!!). Exciting. I may have to sit down and plan out how long I'd have to save to upgrade two of my other bookcases. While this was cheaper than I expected, it still cost a few times as much as a bookcase from Walmart.


And yes, I'll post a picture once it's been delivered and filled up.

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text 2018-11-24 22:00
'Tis the season for apartment maintenance issues

I feel like my apartment maintenance issues time themselves for holidays in November and December. It's nice that I'm home to notice them, but not so nice that it's harder to get someone to come fix them. This one appears to be some kind of leak in my bathroom. There's water under the tiles closest to my tub and toilet, but I can't tell where it's coming from. It's definitely not from a recent shower or bath. I'm working on getting the floor dry, although that won't help much if there's really a leak somewhere.

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text 2018-10-21 22:51
Just got back from watching Venom...

...and I liked it.


I decided about an hour before the movie started that I was going to go see it, so I was in a bit of a rush, but judging by the theater showtimes it looked like it'd be gone after Wednesday. It was either go today or see it on DVD later.


I don't think I've ever read any of the Venom comics, and the one preview of the movie I vaguely recalled seeing didn't excite me. But I heard that Eddie and Venom were surprisingly fun together, so I figured I'd give it a shot.


I wish the portion of the movie prior to Venom's introduction had been about half as long, and I'd love to see a superhero(ish) movie in which the main dude does not have a girlfriend or any girlfriend-related drama. The only plus was that Anne didn't require any saving, but that's at least partly because Venom left her behind.


That said, Venom and Eddie were great to watch together, like some kind of weird buddy comedy. You have to be relatively okay with lots of casual death, though. It reminded me a little of Deadpool in that respect. Eddie only seemed to be bothered if Venom ate them, but lots of people were definitely dead by the end of the movie, even if Venom didn't bite their heads off.

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text 2018-10-13 02:19
Non-book post: I have a new car

I feel awkward and panicky about it for a variety of reasons. And I'm fighting a inner voice that keeps saying "why did you do that, you don't even like driving and the old car still worked." But now I have fancy things like cruise control, power door locks, a car alarm, a back-up cam, and Bluetooth. I listened to an audiobook over my car speakers on the way home, without having to dig out an adapter (or just give up and listen via the phone speakers with the audio all the way up, my usual method). So that's pretty cool. Also, the new car doesn't look diseased, or make a weird whining noise sometimes when I turn. Or any weird noises at all, for that matter.


I think I'm going to start The Haunting of Hill House TV series tonight, in the hope that it will help my stress headache go away. I had thought buying this car would be less stressful than buying my previous one, because that was rushed and had to be done ASAP, whereas I'd been planning this purchase for a few months and was as prepared as I was ever going to be. Looks like the amount of stress was pretty similar, though, just a different sort.

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