impy: TJ from Recess wondering WTF? (TJ wtf)
2017-09-20 09:15 am

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This is going to be short because I'm tired, ever so tiiiiiiiiiiiiiired.

Went to Target yesterday in search of Halloween. I've been hearing how many a Target is fully stocked with their Halloween goodness but ours had a very picked over dollar spot (one lady had her cart parked in front of one section and her second kid throwing shit in another part of it), most of the candy out, a good chunk of the costumes being put out, and a small amount of decor. Sigh. I considered some lights and a wall art sticker thing before deciding I didn't really want any of it so I put it all back. Also, those unicorn/fox/whatever else costume heads are terribly disturbing. The black cat is kind of cute but the unicorn is nightmare fuel.

I didn't realize Target had remodeled so my usual spots have moved and I am displeased. Plus we went later than I like to go when all the homeschool moms have descended with their kids and it's basically Hell On Earth.

Came home and finished reading The Wicked Heart and I'm not sure I have the words. Spoilers sorta? )

AG wise, because I'm too lazy to do two posts: new stuff is showing up at Kohl's. New Wellie PJs and a dress as well some Truly Me shtuff. Costco's got an exclusive set but the reviews have been mixed at best and I gather TRU has some new stuff too, if you've got a store nearby that's doing AG goodies.

And now I sleep.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-15 09:22 am

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Huh. Can't tell if my headache was a lack of caffeine one or if the meds kicked in. On the one hand, I should probably cut my soda intake. On the other, I have. I'm just not ready to cut it completely. :p


I don't really have anything to say so this is mostly just I'm not dead. I should probably hit the hay soon because they're doing work on the place next door and as near as I can tell, all the work seems to involve finding the place on the wall where my head is and then hammering there for four hours straight.


I think I promised to blather a bit about Nanea's books, didn't I? Well, I've read the non-Journey books for her now and I have a few thoughts.

Spoilers, I suppose. )
impy: Pretty Little Liars Emily holding a coffee mug, looking super sweet. (PLL: Emily Sweet)
2017-09-12 12:46 pm

AG: GOTY 2018

And apparently I go away for one day and GOTY2018 leaks.

Luciana Vega, people:
Purple streaks ahoy. )

Had to call and get my AG reward certificate. On the plus side, I also got a free shipping code. *eyebrow wiggle* So we'll see what mischief I can get into with that.

The ultimate downside? This morning when I was debating whether or not to go out on my balcony, I noticed a water stain on my ceiling. This is not good. So I emailed both the landlords and have heard nothing back. Which is probably for the best as I am wound up tighter than... I really don't know where I was goin' with that so meh. On the plus side, I did inspect every other ceiling in the house and only that one spot. It is also possible, though not likely, that I simply just never noticed it before. But I doubt it because after Matthew, I let them know about a tree branch that needed to be cut in that area and I feel pretty sure I would have noticed it then.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-12 10:29 am

I liiiiiiiiive

Remind me the next time a storm comes along and SCE&G is singing their praises about just how prepared they are for everything to laugh and laugh. Also, Comcast.

To be fair, the power here was back on relatively quickly. Not sure my brother isn't still without power though. But that's skipping ahead.

Where did I leave you yesterday? I believe it was mid-morning and the dog seemed to believe she needed to go outside every five seconds, even if it was just to stand in the rain while I shivered. Around eleven the power started to seriously flicker, so I turned the computer off and then naturally things stabilized. I turned on the tv and wound up falling down the Criminal Minds rabbit hole for an hour and was just about to start another when we got one of those annoyingly loud emergency weather bulletins. This one was for a tornado warning and guys, if I've never mentioned it before, let me say it now: tornadoes are on my short list of things that make me panicky. So I switched to the weather channel and it was doing... I dunno. I switched to Live5 because I guess I keep expecting the ghost of Charlie Hall to make them less weather porn and more reliable. Also, anyone else live in an area where one channel has basically had the same news anchors since their childhood? Just me? Okay then.

Anyway, for a good two minutes you couldn't hear or read anything because the freakin' warnings were drowning each other out. Helpful. Not. I woke Mums up because I'd rather she was awake already if things went to shit really quickly. And then I watched and wondered at the stupidity on display. This is a tangent so we'll put it here on its own:

They had a camera downtown on the Battery and Bill Walsh was making a huge deal about how unsafe the area was. Honestly, it kind of went without saying since you could see the waves coming up over the wall and splashing over into the street where a car was quickly being submerged. Naturally there were idiots out walking in the street or along the wall as the water raged. Our weatherman kept predicting the person walking along the Battery itself would be washed away and of course the guy was fine because of course he was. None of this is really worth mentioning except that BW kept getting upset because they'd had a crew out there but pulled them back because it was "too dangerous." He repeated this at least three times and so I assumed that the footage we were seeing was because someone had left a camera sort of like the ones they use for traffic or the Folly Pier or something.
Yeah, no. Eventually the crew they had out there comes on camera and starts 'reporting' when a rescue worker has to wade out into the street to rescue a couple of people who might or might not have been the dumbasses we'd just seen wading down the street. The only person who fell on their ass? The rescue worker. I turned the station when they started interviewing the dumbasses on the street while still trying to pretend that they cared about anyone's safety. Send. Those. Asses. Home. Or to a shelter if they're the ones who live in the homes shown (doubtful as uh, those places are pricey).

Tornado warning went away and I calmed down a bit and Mums and I watched for a bit longer and then the power started to flicker again. And went out. This was around 1:30, btw. I don't remember why I noticed this, but I did. I think it's because I went up to get my flashlight and my phone to call SCE&G and noticed the time then. *shrug*

The rain was coming down like crazy at this point. I peeked out the front door occasionally and you could see it coming down in sheets. The patio nextdoor was flooded and the parking lot was pretty much under an inch or so of water everywhere, though obviously more in the middle (where it dips) and at the end where the storm drains and things are. The street was underwater by this point due to the tides and rain. Mums and I looked at one of my magazines and then she fell asleep while I read Nanea's second book. (We'll talk about that at another time.) When I was done with that, I was really tired so when Mums stirred, I asked if she wanted me to leave my flashlight or take it with me. The inside of our place is pretty dark, especially on days when it's already really dark outside, so even with the backdoor shutters open, it was still really dark.

Took my flashlight and went upstairs, hopeful that maybe the power would be back soon. I dozed for about ten minutes when the dog let out her song of I must go out and I must go out NOWWWWWWWWWW. So I suited up and Mom hooked her up and out we went and immediately we were drenched. Like the dog was outside while I was still inside and she was immediately soaking wet. She actually seemed to be considering saying fuckit, I'm going back in but I guess the call of nature was too great for her. So out we went.

I'm not sure which is scarier- not being able to see what the wind and rain are doing but hearing things and fearing the worst, or being able to see the trees sway back and forth and actually see the gusts of wind as they try to knock you off your ass. Luckily I didn't really have time to dwell on this as the dog had other issues to deal with. Which we did. This is how I learned that the street was definitely completely under water, btw. As was the parking lot. She didn't seem to mind when I dragged her home, though if the wind hadn't been scaring me, I might've seriously considered grabbing the Dawn, sudsing her up, and letting the storm wash her. We were that soaked at that point and neither of us was thrilled.

Mums found me a towel and I found the dog one and we dried off. I tried to sleep but my room doesn't have a window: it has sliding glass doors. That show me the trees dancing. I... was not soothed by this sight. But I didn't want to close the drapes because it was my light source. Eventually I decided the cat would let me know if anything happened. This was around 4:30, I think. Tried to call SCE&G again but their line was busy. I snickered to myself and eventually I dozed only to wake up to cramps from hell. Yay. Went back to sleep and woke up again, but not sure what woke me. Then I realized it was the fact that we'd obviously had and lost power again. Also, it was quiet. No wind, no rain. Huh. So I got up and checked my phone which told me that hey, I'd missed a call. SCE&G had called to say hey, you have power. Guys, we had power for less than five minutes. I really don't even think it was that long.

Also, it was strange to realize in the two minutes it took me to check my phone, we went from minimal but still there light to pitch black. Creepy. This was around 8pm, for those playing along at home. Mums and I had dinner and I took the dog out and that's when I realized the universe was fucking with me. See, Mums had taken the dog out a few times during the day but every time she did, it was during a lull and either not raining at all or just drizzling. When I took the dog out, the wind and rain kicked back into gear. To be fair, it was just drizzling this time. But the dog was not interested in doing anything but standing and trying to get me to swim across the street so she could go to the pond. Uh, no. The power clicked back on while we were out and you could hear everyone celebrate, but when I looked back down at the dog I realized that things had gotten darker. It was a literal blink and it went out moment.

Dragged the dog back because the storm seemed to be kicking back up a notch. I think the power came back for good *knock on wood* around 9:30, so it wasn't out too long. Alas, my internet is still very much out. As is the tv.

Before going to sleep, Mums and I checked on the kittens and I called work to see if they were open. Turns out they don't just give the "sorry, we are closed" speech until you try and reach a department. Huh. Wonder if they were closed Sunday as well. Checked in with my brother who was without power and whose car apparently got hit by a tree limb. Fell asleep.

This morning, my walk showed me that the pond apparently rose til it was halfway to the street (so well over the usual banks) and a few smaller trees had fallen over. I'm about to go see if I can get a better look at whatever fell down to our left. Wish me luck.

Annnd we're back. Turns out that it was just a bunch of small and medium limbs and a slightly flattened (due to all the water, I presume) bush. So that's good. Wandered around back and was once more reminded why I hate going back there after it rains. The mud looks disgusting. Ick. Also, even if it doesn't rain for a week, it'll be wet back there for at least six more days.

Work is still playing the 'we're closed' message. Wonder if they actually are or if it's just the phone system is shot. Mums isn't being helpful with the voicemail password so no idea if work has left a message on the home phone. I hate that when I get an idea in my head, it'll bother me until I see it through. Now I'm all MUST CHECK MESSAGES NOW. I guess the dog and I have that in common. :P

Comcast is back, checked messages and not a peep from work who, at last check, is still playing the closed message. Peeked at FB and the news and it appears they 'closed' the bridges yesterday, shortly after we lost power. By closed I mean put them at threat level red or some such nonsense. Just... close the damn bridges like you used to. Without that, stores and shit stay open because, and I quote, "It's not like the bridges are closed." No one from work on my FB list has said anything one way or the other so I dunno what's going on.

Let's see. What else have I learned through my skip through the news? The Folly Boat (I'm sure I've shared the wonder that is the Folly Boat) was thought lost and then saved. There are a few reports of the 'rescue' I mentioned above. Yes, it was the same two jackasses on film earlier who had to be rescued. Asshats.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-11 08:02 am

Monday update

It started raining last night around seven-ish, and this morning it's ramped up from drizzle to full on giant raindrops being hurled through the air like water balloons. I know this because the dog has been out at least four times since I got up around 4:30. That number seems low. Maybe it's been five times...

It's chilly and dark and windy and wet. I neglected to make sure my hoodie was washed so that's going through the dryer now.


Hoodie dried so the next time the dog dragged me out I stayed relatively dry. The hoodie did not. The street is starting to flood and the pond is pretty close to max capacity. The dog is also not shutting the fuck up so the headache I thought I ditched is now coming back full force.

Dog. You are very small and the winds are very big. You do not want to spend the whole damn day outside. I do not want to spend the whole day outside. I do not trust the branches and limbs to not fall and smack me in the face. I mean, the last hurricane I did really well until I slid on the walkway after a walk with the dog and screwed my knee, ankle, and toe up... and I had days off of work after that to recover. That is not the case this time.

This has been your mid-morning update.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-10 07:56 am
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Meanwhile, in AG news

Huh. Well. Unexpected news is unexpected. Kit's getting a Costco bundle this fall and you know what that means: she's probably going to get cubed. See: Caroline and Samantha for precedent.

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I'm not sure what to make of this, honestly. On the one hand, I was always under the impression that Kit sold pretty well (as in top 3), possibly due to the short hair making her less of a threat to parents who wanted to get their kid a doll but not immediately realize that maybe, just maybe, giving a $115 doll to a 3 year old was a mistake. The shorter hair masks that, at least for a bit. (None of this is to say that shorter hair isn't awesome. Because it is. It's just that if I had a buck for each time some mom mentioned Kit's hair as a selling point for gifting her kid the doll, I'd be able to buy a couple of CYO dolls. Yes. It's said that often.) Oh, the sweater is the new item in this bundle.

The lovely lady at Lissie&Lilly does point out that if AG is throwing out past trends and just trying to catch more people's attention, that having Kit be the doll of choice in a Costco bundle makes sense. Unlike Caroline or even Sam at the point they did the bundle, Kit still has a pretty large collection at this point. If gifted with the bundle, a kid isn't going to feel cheated when they go online or in store and look at her section and think that's it?

On the other hand, I haven't been a fan of Kit's BF revamp, clothing wise except for *peeks* her new Meet and her blue dress. *shrug*

So I suppose it's possible she's not getting the cube, or if she is it won't be for awhile. Sam took a year or so. I guess it'll also depend on when/if we're getting a new BF character next year.

There's also a BF sale going on at AG where it's Buy 1, Get 1 50% off. New stuff (like ME's skating set) is included, as are books though I find that unless they're on clearance, AG books are cheaper literally anywhere else.

Oh, and there are 20% off coupons floating around. I got my catalog but not a coupon to be seen. Shocked. I am ever so shocked. /sarcasm

Let's see. Yesterday Loki escaped and was apparently out for hours before he blew his own cover and came down the hall singing. When I eventually tried to take him back upstairs, we were fine until the last few steps when he freaked out and did the rabbit kick to the chest. So much blood. And pain. Ozma and Loki met, officially, and both hissed like crazy. Not sure if they'd ever get along if given enough time or if Ozzie just isn't interested in other animals. My brother swears he's coming to get the kittens this week after the storm passes, so we'll see.

Gotta go spend the next forever and a day updating the laptop, just in case. Also, doing laundry. Could be worse- I could have dish duty, but I'm letting Mums have that joy.

Oh, and gotta haul the trash out. I did take a walk earlier this morning and it was eerily quiet.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-09 07:11 pm

Note to self, update icons

Also, probably look into an icon package because yeah. Anyway, let's begin with the Irma update. Weather today, for what little I've been awake, has been quite nice. Sunny, breezy (a-duh) and other than the freakin' lovebugs being out in full force, it's been nice anytime I went outside. And I was out quite a bit right after I got up this afternoon/evening. Had to check on the various things outside our townhouse to see if anything needed to be put away. It doesn't really sound like that's much of a concern at this point however I like to be sure, y'know? Other than dragging the welcome mat inside or out on the back porch we seem to be good.

Work called this morning as I was trying to get Widget to take his damn pill and let me know that they'd changed their minds about closing indefinitely for the storm. We'll still be closed tonight (huzzah!) but open back up in the morning and work as usual come Tuesday for me. I don't think he heard me, but G ain't gonna be happy. The one employee I know is most likely to be affected by whatever we'll get is the one they're screwing. Guys, she lives downtown. It floods on normal high tide. Throw in the higher than average moon related tides and storm surge and yeah, no. Sigh.


Now I don't remember where else I was going with this. I have run myself off a tangent cliff. Oh no.

On the plus side, I'm awake for my night off. How often does that happen? And the freezer has a decent stock of strawberry daiquiris.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-09 08:01 am

Oi

Soooo... I'm guessing, based on the weather report, that we're supposed to spend Monday getting rain and wind and continuing storm surge. It'd be nice if at any time during the hurricane hunting they'd actually just spell it out like, "Hey. Saturday is going to be lovely and cool, a little breezy, but so long as you stay out of the water you'll be fine. Sunday the wind is gonna kick it up a notch and then Sunday evening is when things get... interesting." Something. Anything. Oi.


It's been interesting to gauge people's reactions to Irma around here. Some people are still fleeing while others are just shrugging their shoulders and figuring it's not likely to be all that bad, storm surge aside. I wonder if the church down Bees Ferry is going to go under and stay under again? I hope anyone who lives over that way who had the flooding last year for Matthew either did something to remedy the issue or got the hell out of here. It's also definitely been obvious which people had money or family ties that could help get them out of town because those people are long gone.

Not thrilled with the people who eyed the many signs around the store that let them know we were closing this evening and would re-open whenever possible and then said, "wait, y'all still doin' that?" Um, yes. Most of the people who work at the store do not live on the island and not a one of us wants to be stuck in a new store that was obviously built shoddily with windows that are now at eye-level just so you can get your freakin' cigarettes without bother. Buy extra and wait for us to re-open.

I did find out that my store is on the short list as a priority to re-open. Yay. [/sarcasm]

Shifting gears: if Nanea is going to basically just make everyone shit on Molly all over again, the fandom can go fuck themselves with some flaming pitchforks.


Kay. I'm gonna go take a small nap and then try and do some stuff around the house.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-08 10:09 am
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My short day is even shorter because Mums overslept. Of course, it's possible that today's meeting with the various store managers/DM/corporate/whoever will wind up with the store closing since the weather people are adamantly pointing out that while we've moved out of the cone of dooooooooom, we're still pretty likely to get tropical storm levels of crap and uh, the city floods at the drop of a hat. To say nothing of the fact that I work on an island.

Won't lie, I want them to close tonight because I would very much like time to try and run around and do what I need to do around the house without having to worry about getting sleep before work. Guess we'll see.


This morning I rang up a fair number of people and it seemed split half and half on those who were staying and those who were going. A lot of the ones leaving were upset because they didn't feel they really needed to now OR the places they're running to are most decidedly in the cone of doom now. That's gotta suck.

4:50 edit: Work tonight, closed tomorrow and they're not sure when we'll re-open. Which makes sense- they got a lot of flack last year for people not being able to get their prescriptions before the storm so this year they're cutting it as close as they can. And they won't know about re-opening until they see what happens.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-07 09:16 am

G'ah

I loathe the whiplash I'm getting from each update. One will be "ohshitohshitohshit!!!" and then the next is "dude, relax."

So. To my hurricane friends, whatcha doin'?
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-06 10:24 am

Rain rain...

So the rain they kept forecasting for the last three days finally showed up. It brought a little storm with it. And by little, I mean the sky was pretty dark even when I got off work this morning and I worked til 8am. While waiting at the light, we saw lightning tell something to go to hell. If you told me that wasn't lightning so much as a staff held by a god/goddess, I'd believe it-it was that big.

Also the rain was so heavy that I couldn't see the truck in front of us and at first I just assumed he'd zoomed away. Nope, the first time we hit a light I realized he was still in front of us and not that far, either. The rain was just so heavy that we couldn't see his lights. o_O Good times.

Peeked at the Irma track when I got home and just peeked again and wow, that's a massive shift in just a few hours. Before it seemed to be going right up through Florida and now it's looking like it's shifting East enough to possibly ride the coast. No, storm. Keep going East. Do not come a gunnin' for me. But who the hell knows. It's interesting how little things changed for the first couple of days and now in a matter of three hours things have shifted dramatically. Not waking up for the midday update so we'll see where we are at dinner, I guess.

Did my quick Halloween flyby and saw this year's BBW house went up. I knew it was going to be expensive (I think it showed up in Canada first?) but oh, oh that price is insane.

7pm edit: I do not like this current track, so I'm gonna go sleep and see if it's any better when I wake up.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-05 11:40 am

Stress in advance, it's what I do

*eyes tropics* *eyes idiots in comment sections on weather reports* The next idiot who screams, "This is moving just like Hugo!" is gonna get smacked so damn hard their great-great-great grandkids will feel it.

No. No it isn't. Like... at all. Short of this thing making a massive shift super fast, it is nothing like that. NOTHING.

I'm kind of impressed with how a good chunk of the local weather guys aren't doing their usual We're all dooooooooomed, stay tuned! routine, though maybe that has more to do with the fact that parts of the country just went through hell and they've learned not to be complete asshats. Or maybe they're saving it for a couple of days from now.


But it's about a week out and every update is basically "dunno yet."


In other news, I need to get the address for the PBS book I need to send out on my way home from work tomorrow. Also, I'd like to feel better cuz I feel kinda off still and I don't know why.
impy: Lorelai Gilmore making her forks fight with the text 'Take That!' (crazy)
2017-09-04 02:08 pm

Blergh, storms

Can't open FB without getting people being weird about Harvey and freaking out about Irma. Hurricane season is exhausting and awful. I do need to re-find the link Liz had for a good place to donate for Harvey that isn't evil.


In other news, I woke up this morning and cleaned my room. Sort of. It was more of re-arranging of things and I'm not sure how I feel about it. I do like where some of my DVDs are now, though, so that's a plus.

I'd forgotten that my dresser weighs about four billion pounds and the hope chest, which looks like it weighs a ton, weighs nothing.
impy: Sweet Valley Twins Jessica looking pissed in new glasses with the text 'someone is going to PAY for this.' (pay for this)
2017-09-04 12:02 am

In which I am an idiot

Sooooooo... Saturday the power flickered just enough to make everything turn off and then on again. And this somehow triggered the computer into freaking out with the internet and I spent my day off dozing (I was tired, k?) and when I woke up I had to do battle with the computer. For hours I toiled, getting more and more frustrated. I even had to break out the ethernet cable that I'd finally, finally managed to coil up so it wouldn't kill anyone...

Yeah. I figured out the problem, eventually. I'm just not sure how it only became a problem Saturday. (Wrong password saved. Then why were you working the last however long?!)


I now have a headache that feels like it's just going to set up shop and live here forever. ;_; It's not being helped by the light overhead that is clearly in the process of dying as it's flickering like mad.


Onto more pleasant topics:

I braved Widget's room Sunday to check on the kittens. They shall forever be kittens to me, even though I would bet good money that Loki is bigger than Ozma. He definitely outweighs her. I still see them as kittens, even though I've seen them since then. DD was the first one to say hello and Loki didn't show up until I was pretty much ready to go. They swarm Widget, though, and that's kind of adorable. He's still being a butt, but he's not quite as much of one? I don't know how to describe it, but he's still very much in the "I has a pet and it needs me" phase. The fact that they actively like him probably helps a lot. (I went in again this evening to check on something and he had both of them draped across him and it was kinda adorable.)


Apparently Molly's books are being BeForever-ized next February. This likely means she'll be back like Felicity was/is and Addy and Sam are transitioning to now. Flagship stores get them actually in their cube case and anyone else needs to go online to get the doll/accessories/one outfit.

I'll admit, I'm curious as to how they'll change Molly. The general consensus seems to be that she'll get the non-pie bangs like Sam, but will she also get new eyebrows? Will she get lipstick ala Felicity? Will they tweak her glasses again? What about the outfit? Inquiring minds and all that.

That said, it'll be weird (not bad, just weird) having Molly and Nanea around at the same time. It also begs the question of what about Kirsten? Or the NOLA girls? Give me the option of cubed Marie Grace, AG! ... and that sounds disgusting but there you go. Oh, and I don't get people upset that Molly's Journey book is taking place at camp. I feel like Molly's regular books pretty much give you a really solid baseline for at home adventures and that the camp setting is probably the one with more choose your own adventure possibilities.


Oh, new mysteries for next year:
Nanea: The Legend of the Shark Goddess is killing me with the title. Killing me.

Kit: Menace at Mammoth Cave is another Kit mystery. This is what, lucky #7? I mean, Kit's probably the best fit for mysteries but her last couple have been kinda... meh? Plus poor Addy has been stalled out at 1 for years now. Of course, there's Charlie in this one soooo... I mean, I'll buy it.

Rebecca: The Showstopper is Rebecca's fifth mystery. I have been pretty meh at most (all?) of her previous mysteries so this is the one I'm least excited about. Everyone else is all "Why does Kit get another?" while I'm going, "Ugh. Rebecca." I wish Melody was getting another one or Kirsten or... I dunno. Sorry, Beckers. You're lovely but your mysteries do very little for me. But we do get Ana, so that's nice.


Huh. The room is spinning so maybe I was less regular tired and more coming down with something. Kay, back to bed, I think.
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-09-02 09:44 am

that was weird

Last night at work got weird. Well, this morning is more like it. Because it's just me, I have a list of chores to do and I have to work them around customers and things. Sooooooo sometime around 3:30 I go out and sweep the parking lot. It's starting to rain at this point and I grumble and try to figure out how good a job they're getting. With the lightning and the rumble of thunder in the distance, I figure I'll get the big stuff and anything I find on my way to the big stuff. It still takes awhile because the parking lot is pretty big these days.

I go inside and start vacuuming. This doesn't take long because I have given up on being able to get sand out of anything at this point. Maaaaaaaybe five minutes have passed since I came inside, btw. I go to vacuum in front of the second set of doors and the wind is blowing like crazy. I don't realize it at the time, but it sends a bunch of stupid leaves and stuff in that I have to go back and pick up because fuck if I'm going to try and vacuum that section again. Yeah, the wind is raging and then, as I'm winding the cord back up, the power goes out and comes back... and goes out again. So the registers all go down and shiiiiiiiit. Because for some reason, the new store takes forever and a freakin' day to recover from a power outage. I don't know why, but it does. I'm told to lock the doors, so I do, and as I'm locking the inside set of doors, the guy who sits in his car for hours (I'm talking 3+) knocks on the door and wants to know why we're closed if we're supposed to be 24 hours. Dude. You watched the lights go off and on and off and on. I felt really bad when he said he was scared but since there wasn't a tornado or something obviously racing towards us and my boss told me to lock up after making sure no one was inside... I'm sorry, dude. Go down to the Teeter?

Anyway, so after missing the storm trying to blow me away by less than five minutes, I then spent the next hour and a half waiting for the registers to come back to life. Seriously, it took an hour and a half.


And now my head is splitting, so I'm going to take something for that and go snuggle with Ozzie. Oh, and the kittens did appear yesterday but I was busy trying to reach through the phone and strangle the UPS people to mention it.

eta: my big YC order arrived today. Huzzah! I realized the other day that the piece I thought would be the biggest was probably actually going to be one of the smallest and I was worried I wouldn't like it nearly as much considering I was expecting it to be at least twice as big but I think I'll be able to find a place for it far more easily now. The raven piece I was most looking forward to is pretty awesome and I cannot describe the weirdly awesome Jack-o-lantern holder because when I'm holding it, it's pure magic. The light hits it and I probably get little ghosts with hearts for eyes in my eyes. When it's just sitting there, chillin' with no light action? It's nice but not hold my breath nice. Hold it, magic. Going to have to experiment with lights!

But most importantly, my BBW box was returned to me today! I realized I should've bought a pocketbac to put in the ghost kitty, but maybe she'll already have one. Or think it's just as cute as I do. Either way, they're adorable. I'm a little sad that one looks pristine and the other looks a little dingy but clearly this ghost kitty has just had a more... interesting life. The Haunted House light is amazing.

Now, really. Headache be gone.
impy: Ghoulia Yelps ready to destroy everything with the text 'Die Now.' (MH: die now)
2017-09-01 07:35 pm

Fuuuuu....

No, UPS, you can't just deliver my package to another unit and consider that ok. It's now 'lost' because the #4 on this side says she doesn't have it and the one across the way isn't answering the door. I'm beyond pissed because when I called and was told about the mis-delivery I was told that in order for the drivers to have to deliver to just my door I have to sign up with the My UPS thing.

How about not being too lazy to go to the correct goddamn door? I was home all morning so this "no one answered" bullshit isn't flying.

Anyway, they can't send someone out to the mystery door until Tuesday. I emailed BBW so maybe they'll be more helpful.

You have to work to be worse than my mailman but I'll be damned if UPS didn't pull it off.
impy: Pretty Little Liars Emily holding a coffee mug, looking super sweet. (PLL: Emily Sweet)
2017-09-01 09:31 am

September

I thought I'd post one of those hello, September things only I fell down the rabbit hole and eventually September lost all meaning as a word. It stopped looking remotely correct and now I've got a headache. o_O

On the flipside, I was dreading work last night and it was actually really good. I didn't have to count all the cigs by myself, though I did have to start as soon as I got to work. It didn't take too long (there was a break when the system went down, which is why I normally don't start when I first get in) and McLane was a little later than usual which meant I got to sit for a few minutes while G did the parking lot. And by the time I got home, my ankle hurt less than it did when I went in to work. Go figure.


Today the plumber is supposed to come and fix my shower. It started dripping/running Tuesday out of the blue and while I let our landlords know, they missed that part of the email and yesterday it went from dripping to full on running. I'm hoping to just sleep through the fixing.

Also, my brother is allegedly bringing the kittens (who are now totally cats) by this evening. We'll see a) if that happens and b) how that goes. They're supposed to stay in Widget's room though unless they're really, really chill I'm betting they'll find their way out into the house at large. I'm a bit worried as to what this will mean for my Halloween decorating but I'm more worried about how Angel will react. I'm hoping she treats them like she does the ducks, which is to say she ignores them completely. It's funny watching the one duck who has realized Angel just doesn't care try and convince the other ducks that so long as they stop freaking out she won't even notice them. The duck version of "be cool, man, be cool!" amuses me.


Bought a new bra last week and it arrived yesterday but I haven't tried it on yet. Not sure if I'm brave enough just yet.

I had something else to say that was less fluffy but I can't think of it now. Maybe I'll remember later?
impy: tori from jackie's strength video (Default)
2017-08-30 11:20 am

that didn't last long

"Well, I should be good for awhile, shopping wise."
BBW: Sooooooooo... that ghost kitty pocket pak thing is in stock now. You wants?

...dammit.

However, I basically just paid shipping since I had a gift card. :D So I caved and bought two of the ghost kitties and the haunted house wallflower plug in. I'm willing to wait on other things to appear and maybe go on sale but I wanted those enough to cave at 25% off.
impy: (BSC: MA loves)
2017-08-29 08:52 am
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Na-na-na-na-Nanea

Man, I've been in a funk for a couple of days. It's weird because it's not all the time, just a few hours here and there. I'm blaming my period and the flea explosion downstairs. I think it's getting under control but still... one bite and I'm itching for weeks.

I mention this only because it's why pictures and Nanea squee have not appeared yet. I opened Nanea... Sunday? Sunday, I think and didn't take her out of the box because have you seen what she comes in? White shorts in dust and cat central? No ma'am. But I did want to make sure there wasn't some big, glaring problem that would require talking to CS (I gather their phone lines are seriously understaffed at the moment.) and so I had to do battle with the box. I guess when they changed the packaging for just about everything at the start of the year they also started using those little plastic seals on the doll boxes, too? Meh.

K. Nanea's mold is like if Josefina and Marie Grace had a little baby. I specifically used those two because Josefina's got the surprised brows that Nanea seems prone to and well, only MG has used her mold. So far. Maybe one day, AG. Maybe one day. I remember when MG first came out and people started getting her, people were obsessing over her eyes and the placement and whether there was a weird crimp or something near the sockets. I remember this because once I heard about it and saw a particularly funky one, I had to spend ten minutes eye-balling my poor MG. Yeaaaaaaah. Nanea's got a similar thing in that her eye sockets are SO round that you can see for miles what feels like the whole eyeball and it's disconcerting. Really disconcerting if you're not prepped for it, honestly. My attention went straight to her eyes and then a little to the left and I was staring into her dolly skull and it was not a good time to be had. So I put her back in her box and told her we'd try this again later because clearly I was In A Mood.

Yesterday, I attempted to pop her out of her box. That took some work, lemme tell you. Mostly trying to get the book out without it getting damaged. Wtf, AG. I shouldn't have to destroy the box to get the book out. I really miss the little book tray they used before. I'm old and set in my ways, doll company. Work with me! And also really, if I had to work that hard to not fuck up the book, what do impatient kids do? I assume the new packaging is a way to save money (and adhere to the laws in say, Mexico, Canada, and perhaps whatever European expansion they keep hinting at) but if you have to replace borked books, that's not saving money.

I will say that her hairnet didn't really get caught up in anything, which was a first and so there I was. Face to face with Nanea and her eye sockets of doom. No, no, I kid. But I sat there, apparently in a funk once more, and wondering if perhaps I had made a grave mistake.
FF a few hours and some chocolate later and I went back to Nanea. Third time is the charm, dammit.

So I changed her outfit. Her Meet is one I like in pictures and I like the way it feels and looks but those white shorts basically scream "dirt magnet!" and I stress. So of course I put her in Melody's new outfit because white tights are so much less of a dirt magnet, right? *eyes roll out of head* It took a bit but Nanea and I eventually managed to make friends. Mostly because Ozma was very, very interested in Nanea. She flumped down next to us and just looked at her like, "and you will be my new friend and you can start loving me any time. Thank you."
Nanea! )

Onward. I read her book and really, really missed the illustrated books. Keep them in the giant collected forms, AG, but throw me a friends and family picture at the front or back, ok? Also, I am cheesed that her book cheerfully announces that it's available as an e-book. No, no you aren't. Not yet, anyway. Sigh.

Nanea and Maryellen would get along rather well. Both act before they think and both mess up. A lot. Their hearts are in the right place but don't leave a bucket of paint around either one. I am really pleased that there wasn't a big, huge friend fight in her first book. They had a disagreement but it wasn't a huge thing and it made sense. And reading the book made me really want Nanea's dog. This rarely happens with the pets, especially the dogs, but uh, yeah. That's a reunion that's going to happen.
impy: Lorelai Gilmore making her forks fight with the text 'Take That!' (take that)
2017-08-27 09:29 am

Book ramble

Let's talk books, shall we? We shall. We'll start in the land o' kiddos, I guess. I re-read Tenney's books because they were on my Kindle and why the heck not. I'm not sure if I ever mentioned/mini-reviewed them here, so we'll do that now.
I liked Tenney's stories way more than I expected to. Truly, a country singer/songwriter at the ripe ol' age of like, 12 who gets a record deal is not really something that I would think appealing. But I was curious and since I knew I wasn't likely going to buy Tenney (ever) I'd have to read the books. They're definitely fluffy but they're fun. I thought they'd veer more into total wish fulfillment and they're remarkably grounded, all things considered. It's sort of like how all the Historical stories require you to accept that Kirsten's house burns down but there's a house right nearby they can buy so it' s not a problem, or that Rebecca wound up in a movie and got a rock thrown at her when speechifying... like, these aren't your every day things to happen, but they could. In theory.

While I'm not jumping at the idea of buying Tenney, I'm glad we're getting more books.

Onward. I found and read Addy's Journey book and that is essentially a love letter to one Addy Walker. Seriously. It was fun so I'm not complaining.

I finally accepted that I'm not going to get Gabby in the next... month or so (ha...likely longer. Woe) so I caved and bought her books for my Kindle. I enjoyed them but they (and Tenney) both played out one of my least favorite tropes: the bully who suddenly becomes your friend because you're nice to her. Ummmm... no? No, your average bully will not stop making your life hell, kids, if you are nice to them. Especially if you are nice to them when other people (their bullies?) have just kicked them when they are down. They will be out for blood and the moment you cross them, you will light up like the bullseye you are. I'm not saying that you should never be nice to people, even those who are awful to you but... I wouldn't be holding out on them being your bestest best friend in a matter of days, either.

I will say that Gabby's stories did seem to try and subvert this a little in that Gabby's bully obviously thought Gabby had been mean first. Like... it was painfully obvious this was where that storyline was going once we moved beyond "oh no, it's HER!" So her conversion I'll buy. Tenney's started out a little more believable than it progressed to by the end of book 3. I'd buy that Holliday (is that her name?) made friends with Jaya and that she made more of an effort to be nice to Tenney when Jaya asked her to and when she realized Tenney wasn't completely awful. I don't buy that she'd be ride or die for Tenners quite so quickly.

Annnnnnnnd then I caved and bought Z's first book. It was weird reading about someone 'playing' with AG dolls in an AG book. So very weird. Once the story veered off from that, I enjoyed it more but it was still very, very strange reading a book that had a character who made AG stop motion vids as her thing. o_O


Finally, I read Shadowed Souls which is a short story collection that defied all the odds and had every single story be good. Some were excellent, some were simply good, but not a one did I think, "Well, there's twenty minutes I'll never get back," or anything similar. In fact, I think the one story I had the most issues with was the Dresden story and that's because it's been so fucking long since I read a Dresden book that I'd forgotten what Molly was up to and also it read less like Molly and more like Dresden himself. Which isn't a bad thing when you're in need of a Harry Dresden fix but not so great when you know that Molly should have her own distinct voice.
Then again, Mums is less enamored of the other story (stories?) she's read in it so take my love with a grain of salt. That said, the paranormal books we enjoy don't always have major crossover with one another. We both thoroughly enjoyed Kim Harrison's Rachel Morgan series but I suffered through LKH's Anita and Merry books and she never did. Smart woman, though I maintain that Merry's first few books were worth the pain.


Annnnnnd now I think I'm going to go check on the cat and open my box. Nanea!