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Thought associations

So, like most big companies, we have a water cooler and big bottles of water delivered.  Many of the others in the office will empty the bottle but leave it on the cooler.  It’s annoying, but I can deal.

I actually get a giggle most of the time, because dealing with the water bottles makes me think of RK (Riverkid from Apoc).  When I worked and lived in North Carolina, he is the one who delivered the water to where I worked.  I know that he doesn’t do it any more, or he didn’t the last time I actually talked to him, but it’s still an interesting association.  It’s only been in the last couple of months that he has really come to mind.

It’s possible that Asheville is on my mind because my sister lives in North Carolina and is wanting me to move near her.  I know that I miss living in the mountains, whether it’s Vermont or the Smoky mountains in North Carolina.  I miss being able to hike up the mountains and be out in nature. Here in OK, it’s too hot most of the time.

One of the things I like doing here in OK is digging crystals at the salt plains.  The problem with that, is it’s a huge flat area and any heat outside is only magnified.  https://www.fws.gov/refuge/salt_plains/visit/dig.html. I’m thinking I’ll suggest we go again closer to the end of September.  It’s surprisingly relaxing to be digging in the mud, but we really need to be taking an extra set of clothes next time. I was crusted with selenite when I came home last time.

It might be time to start looking at geocaching or something like that to find more things to do. When the temperature is over 90F every day, it’s hard to want to be outside. I guess, since it’s getting ready to cool off, it may be time to look for other things to do.

Laterness and g’nite.

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More robotics

So, after boasting about my middle child and only daughter programming a robot for her STEM class final, my youngest is applying to be in Robotics club.

Apparently, they only have 10 kids total who can do it, and only 2 out of the 4th grade – the remaining 8 will be out of the 5th grade. We haven’t heard yet if he made it into it, but I think it’s cool that he’s showing interest.

One of these days, I need to find the book that I bought myself years ago. I know it’s out of date some, but it was something about how to made my own robot.  Most of it includes buying some of the stuff from places that I didn’t have access to at the time.  That’s one of the downfalls of it being before the Internet, and I lived in Northeastern Vermont.  There wasn’t much around back then.  Now it’d be much easier for me to find the parts I need.  I make no guarantees that I’ll do it, but I think it’d be good to work on it with both kids. They have the interest.

I also got some programming and logic games for the youngest for Christmas. If I can get the dog to leave us alone while sitting on the floor, then maybe we can start out with that. I want to encourage my kids to learn all of this, even though the girl wants to be a vet, or a chef. She hasn’t quite decided.  At 13, she has time. The youngest wants to be an engineer.  His older brother knew what he wanted at 9 as well. He wanted to be a computer programmer.  He hasn’t been far off with that.

It is getting late, but I haven’t been updating as often as I originally planned.  So, I’m taking it a bit at a time and going to do what I’m supposed to. That means that I’m going to write as often as I can, and I’m going to do what I need to.  I also write on 750words.com, but I don’t think that my profile is public. Actually, since I write about what’s on my mind, I really hope it’s not LOL. There are things I say there, that I wouldn’t stay here.

Since it’s well after midnight.  I’m going to say laterness and g’nite.

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My blue heaven

Someone told me the other day that I take too much on myself. I’ve been told the same before, and I know it’s right – I started to say suspect, but I have a dear friend I could see rolling their eyes at me saying that it might not be correct. That’s a good reason why I’m always stressed out. I guess I just like to borrow trouble. It’s not the first time I’ve been told that.

So my goal in the next few weeks is to find a way to let go of all of these things that I’m taking on.  It’s not only my responsibility. It’s something other people can handle too.  The constant worrying has made it hard for me to sleep well. I’m hoping that letting go of things means I can sleep better.

I had been adding exercise every day before the Comic Con at the beginning of the month.  Then I was physically exhausted for several days. I’m starting back on the exercise train. The dog is happy with the walks. She tries to drag me down the street when the kids get on the bus in the mornings because she thinks it needs to be a daily occurrence. Poor baby, it’s been raining, so I haven’t wanted to walk.

 

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Limbo – and not the game

LOL so I started this post a week ago, and had to stop.  But, all I got done was the title.  Now I get to figure out what I was going to talk about.  I’m pretty sure that I know what I was going to say.  There’s so much of my life that’s in limbo right now.

My job.  So the company I was working for was bought out by another company a year ago.  I was offered a job with this new company back in October, but so were other people.  People who have since had their jobs downsized.  We’re moving to the new company system sometime next year.  No one is able to tell us how things will go once we move to the new system.  Which means I don’t know if I will have a job after next September or not.  I’ve been trying to focus on writing to see if I can pay down the new Jeep and try to reduce our bills to get by longer.  Other than that, I have absolutely no idea what I’m going to do if my job is gone.  If I do still have a job in a year, hey my bills will be lower than they are now.

Maybe that’s the only thing on my mind. I know that I’m having issues with stuff at work – more than typical, but it’s all under some of the changes that would be going on anyway.  It’s growing pains from stuff the old company did before it was bought by the new one.

I’ve been feeling blah.  I’m having issues making decisions. I know that there’s so much that I should be doing, but I also know that the stress is overloading my brain and making it hard to do anything.  I think the stress overload from work related issues, plus the stress of not knowing if I’ll have a job next year has my brain paralyzed.  No big deal, except for when I’m trying to apply for web writing jobs.

After serious thought today, I’m thinking that I should make an early night of it tonight. I’m going to finish the afghan I’m working on and go to bed by 9:30 (don’t laugh, I can do it).  In the meantime, I’m going to do some relaxing and taking care of myself. All the fun stuff, crochet, write and watch Netflix.

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The Twilight Zone and general business

I listened to the most recent podcast for Nerdificent this morning, and now I want to watch the Twilight Zone.  I can remember watching these shows when I was younger, and I found some of them unsettling.  Now, I suspect that I’d probably find them as unsettling, but not as creepy.

I have been trying to focus on writing at least weekly on here, but during the summer, there’s not much to update.  I mean I go to work, the kids go to a day camp, I go home and try to stay cool.  The staying cool is sometimes difficult here in Oklahoma.  Last Friday, the temperature display in my car said it was 114F.  I suspect it might have only been 109F, but that’s hot enough.

Sadly, I rent died on Apoc.  Of course, my morts are only level 4 or thereabouts, so I can only get money by going to the training academy.  I should see how much my fighter can kill there in the meantime.  I guess I could work my way back up to having decent rent money and EQ, but I seem to time it when no one is on, so it’s boring to regen with no one to talk to.

I have been doing some interesting things.  I signed up for 750words.com, and have met the goal of writing 750 words for each of 17 days so far this month.  Considering I spent a lot of time not writing in the last 6 years, that’s actually pretty good.  I’ve also been doing web writing and blog writing for a client website and my own business.  I’m working on getting more clients, and know that’s going to take some time to build up.  I’m also working on one of the stories that I started years ago when I was MUDding more, and am hoping to eventually finish the 4 stories that I have started – most of them haven’t seen the light of day because I didn’t have anyone to share them with.  My husband isn’t much of a reader, sadly.

I haven’t touched my characters on Wasteland 2 in the last few months.  I’m at a point where I’m stuck, so I need to get through the place where I’m stuck so I can finish the game.  I’m trying to find my way to one of the other locations, and every time I try, I find more radioactive sites that I need to avoid.  I should probably search it to see if I can figure out how to get to the locations where I need to go.  Google is my friend 😉  That’s how I do so well with Excel at work *grin*

There’s actually going to be a Comic Con here in town next weekend (August 4th and 5th).  It’s the first one here – they’re saying first annual, so we’ll see if it keeps up.  I was talking to my hairdresser about it, and he said that he’d laugh if anyone went to it in costume because he was thinking that it was more for businesses to get their stuff out there.  Then I saw something on Facebook about a costume contest.  Which now has me wondering what I can make for a costume in a bit over a week.  Not that I’d want to compete in the contest, but I think it’d be fun to go in costume.

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New podcast list

I’ve talked before about listening to HowStuffWorks poodcasts, including Stuff You Missed in History Class, and Stuff They Don’t Want You to Know.  I hadn’t been listening to much other than the Missed in History podcast, because I started listening from the beginning.  I think I got to the end of November 2017, before I got sidetracked when downloading podcasts for the trip last month.

I had heard an ad for a new podcast sometime in April or May.  The new podcast was called Nerdificent.  This one just sounded so cool that I stopped with the Missed in History podcast, which I’ll pick back up soon.

This podcasts talks about everything from table top games, to Power Rangers, Twitch to violence in video games.  The hosts are people who have been on other nerd podcasts, like Nerdist and Midnight – well that’s the only one I can think of at the moment.

The thing I like about this podcast isn’t that it’s stuff I don’t actually already know.  I mean I listened to their Avengers podcast after I watched the movie.  Instead, it just makes me giggle at some of the memories the podcast triggers.  Like the discussion about Dungeons & Dragons or Power Rangers – which I watched some with my oldest.

That’s what I like about the TechStuff podcast as well, so I’d say this means I’ll continue listening to them.

 

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Time for some Yum

When we were in Vermont last month, one of the places that I decided we needed to stop was Al’s French Frys.  It’s been over 20 years since I’ve been there – at the time I was still married to my oldest son’s father.

When we were up there, we stayed at a resort in the northeastern part of Vermont (the Northeast Kingdom).  When we left, it should have taken us only 90 minutes to get from Barton to the Burlington area.  Unfortunately, because of construction on route 100C, it took a lot longer than normal.

I was insisting I wanted to eat at Al’s, so I wouldn’t stop for lunch anywhere else.  My husband started grumbling that he was hungry, and this place better be worth the wait.  We finally got there fairly early in the afternoon, but a bit later than the normal lunch hour.  We didn’t have to wait in line to place our order.  All we needed was to wait for them to cook the food fresh.  The layout of the restaurant has certainly changed a lot since I was there.  When I was there in the 90’s, the lines went out the door.  They now have 2 registers and 2 lines.

My kids thought the 50’s style decor was cool.  I just appreciated that they still had vinegar on the table.  That’s something you can’t get in Oklahoma, bottles of white vinegar to put on your fries.  Of course, I don’t really eat fries any more either.  While I was on vacation, I made an exception.

I don’t remember what my husband and kids ordered – my kids probably got chicken tenders, but I got the fried clams and french fries.  I forgot how good fried clams are when they are fresh, and fresh out of the fryer.  That’s one of those reasons I miss living on the east coast.  The fresh seafood is so good.  Add in the white vinegar on the fries – which my husband and step son had never heard of, and I enjoyed my food.

When we left, my husband said it was worth the wait.

 

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My little geek

This year, my middle child and only daughter took a STEM class. In this class, she did various things, including take pictures and work on the yearbook.

At the end of the year, the members of the class had to do a project. The project she chose was to program an M-Bot. One of her other classmates programmed an M-Bot to do a specific routine. One of her classmates built something to hold a baritone horn. Another created stress ‘toys’ for the kids to play with. Another used touch circuits to play a game – and another used them to run lights.

My music loving daughter programmed hers to play Happy Birthday since the final presentation was on my birthday.
I was actually pretty impressed. No, it’s not difficult to program something to make the same few notes and play Happy Birthday, but it’s still pretty cool for a 13 year old girl to choose.

This is my artist, and the 2nd of my 3 self-proclaimed geeks. Even if my oldest doesn’t admit it – he may, I haven’t asked – he is a geek and a gamer just like his mom. My youngest two like to challenge themselves – I think it’s the competition between them. They push each other more than I thought they would.

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Back at work

Last week, I didn’t say much, but I was definitely a frustration crier.  Then we had the memorial for my stepdad, and I couldn’t make it through the memorial without crying.  I had a bunch of funny anecdotes that I said during the memorial in Florida in February.  This time, all I could do is talk about how I missed him.

I meant to talk about how he didn’t bother chasing one of my brothers down the road when that brother broke another brother’s arm.  He sat in the brother’s room and just waited for him to come back.

Or he was kicked by a cow (that we named Faith), and he hit her over the back, breaking his own arm.  The cow made it to the dinner plate.

Or I spent a lot of time being his helper – his grease monkey, and he is why I learned so much about working on the house, or on a car, or even general knowledge about plumbing. So many times I helped with his work on the apartments we owned and rented to people.  I can’t tell you how many hours I spent painting and helping him with soldering, and other work needed on the apartments that had been vacated – preparing them for the next tenant.

I’m back at work this week.  Too much on my mind, and trying to get everything together to send to the dealership in Pennsylvania.  I checked my work email while on vacation, so I was able to catch up fairly easily.  On the other hand, my work has been reduced lately because of a sales slow down.  I’m hoping that it’s only temporary.

I’ve been wondering if I should actually start with my writing again.  I know that I’ve been posting more often, but I miss my fiction writing.  I miss coming up with my stories.  I don’t miss the writing I was doing for Textbroker, but that wasn’t very creative.

The problem that I have with the creative writing is that I got discouraged.  I submitted a good story and it was rejected, so I dropped the writing.  I don’t want to let that rule my life any more.  I was told it was a good story, it just wasn’t what they were looking for.

The writing I was doing for Textbroker has given me the ability to work on my copywriting website.  I’m able to pretend that I’m writing for someone else – which is good, because I’m not much of a person to promote myself.

I think all of it is tied together.  I had issues with things someone told me repeatedly.  I let all of this stay in my head.  It all just colored my view of things.  I know that a lot of people have issues with self confidence.  I just need to let it go and work past my fears.

So, obviously I’m starting the working past my fears by opening up more here.  I still won’t mention where I work, and I still won’t mention names, but I think I can work things out better by getting it all out on paper or on the screen.

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Ugh craptastic

So, we get from Oklahoma to New York, and the clutch went out. On a Sunday. In the middle of the interstate off ramp.

We had to pay for a tow, then a hotel. I walked the .5 miles to the dealership at 7:30 am. They couldn’t look at it until after noon. Total cost was quoted at $1800 not counting the tow and unexpected hotel stay (I had already sent my portion of the cost of the resort).

So we traded the car. Got something cute, but crappier gas mileage. The funeral is tomorrow, now today (Tuesday). We were stuck if we were going to make it to the memorial.

I’ll adjust. I liked the dealership. They bent over backwards for us, considering that I was upside down on the car and they had a huge repair to do.

The master cylinder/slave cylinder is a problem on Dodge Darts for 2013 to 2015. I’ve been wanting to get rid of the car since my last trip to New York. It was sticky at the end of that trip. I don’t feel cheated by the dealership, just discouraged.

I missed out on a day and a half with family. I spent my older sister’s birthday without my family around. It may be the 2nd birthday after she died, but I think it was harder not being in my normal routine.

It’s just been an overwhelming couple of days, and I’m not sure tomorrow’s memorial service for my stepdad will help. I’ll get through it though.

Signal is spotty, so I’ll be hit or miss, but it will be nice to be at the lake again. Relaxing will be nice 🙂

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