Another day.... another.... nothing.

Jun. 29th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Again, a day off...

And again, other than walking the dogs, not much else was achieved...

When Oz & Craige got home from their European trip, in addition to the JB HiFi gift card and some nougat, they also bought me a t-shirt from Salzburg. An appropriate t-shirt. Sheep. (Well, I AM from New Zealand, after all!). And a black sheep. Giving the finger. Not that I give people the finger much, but hey...

So here, have a picture of me in the new t-shirt. At least I remembered to TAKE a picture!

What else can I write about? I'd like to write about deep & meaningful stuff.. but that only seems to come to me when I'm just about falling asleep, or waking up. When I'm relaxed, and have better brain waves. I seem to constantly need some sort of mental stimulation, and can't quieten my mind. Maybe that's why I go to bed, but tend to spend hours on my iPad, playing games, checking Facebook, looking at the news, playing games, checking my (non-existent) bank balance, etc. I'm like a vampire - sleep all day, party all night. Except without the partying. *sigh*




Black Sheep

At least I managed a smile...

Not. Much. Done.

Jun. 28th, 2017 11:00 pm
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A day off work...

And what do you think I did?

Well, it's not a lot.

Other than take the girls and Orson for a walk. That's pretty much about it. Kind of sad, isn't it?

So, for months, and months and months and sometimes more than a year or 2, I've had all these reminders in my iPhone / iCal of things I need to do. People I want to catch up with for lunch. Little chores that I need to catch up on. Things I want to buy. Websites I need to look at in more detail. And I just keep changing them... lots of them. Because in the last (almost) 2 years now, I've gotten stuck in a pattern of procrastination, and inability to motivate myself or get excited about doing anything. I'm just so... blasé about everything. I can't commit to anything. I just sit around on my days off, hoping for overtime, or sleeping the day away.

And it's kind of frustrating. And really, really (and ultimately) sad. Because I complain about people not inviting me to things, but I just can't be bothered following through on social events. No wonder people don't call me. And probably have lost faith / trust in me, because I've become unreliable through constantly cancelling or changing things. And I truly have NO idea how I can change the way my mind operates, and just get out there and DO stuff.

Almost every day, I log in to iCal, and change at least 20 items to within the coming week or 2, on a day where I THINK I will do it... but I never do. I wonder if iCal on the iMac actually shows the original creation date of an event? I should check... that would be very VERY scary indeed!

To give you an example, quite some time ago, I made a post about boots. I do rather have a thing for boots - especially interestingly styled ones. This post was actually made FOUR YEARS AGO! And in the comments, the lovely Steve, AKA [profile] putzmeisterbear, made a comment about how much he liked some of the boots. So I put a reminder in my iCal to buy him the boots, as a surprise. Do you think I've ever done so? The boots probably no longer exist for sale, unless their old stock, in an odd size, in a small store somewhere in a small town, where they've been put on sale, but no one has bought them... I still like them! Steve probably does too!

So I'll actually keep the reminder, on the off chance that one day, I actually have free funds, and am able to do something like this. Just a small show of friendship, as well as appreciation for the times he showed me around, or caught up for a meal when I've been in San Francisco... Sorry Steve! :-(

Anyway.... here's Orson, looking content on my knee. Watching me change all these calendar reminders once again, and he's judging me... LOL




Being judged...

Oh, to know what he's thinking....

Horrorstör

Jul. 23rd, 2017 08:10 pm
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While I was traveling for work last week, I read a book I bought last year called "Horrorstör," a horror-comedy novel. I learned of the book from a post by [personal profile] barak and I thought it sounded like a real hoot.

The story deals with a group of employees at a Ikea-type store called Orsk, which sells various ready-to-assemble furniture with odd Scandinavian names. One night, the manager asks two employees to stay the night in the store with him to investigate who is damaging store property before a corporate auditing team arrives the next morning.

As the evening progresses, the employees find that the entity damaging the store property is of the supernatural variety and that they are all in danger because of it.

As someone who has worked retail in the past, I found the forced business culture and sayings as terrifying as the supernatural activity itself. I don't want to give any more of the story away, but I really enjoyed the story. It was a fairly quick read, as I breezed through it on the flight out and the flight back home. I especially like the way the book looks like a catalog and has pages describing various Orsk home and office products, which gradually become more and more disturbing as the story advances and each has an order number containing "666."

According to the Wikipedia page for the novel, the rights have been optioned for a television series. I would recommend not reading the Wikipedia page as it contains spoilers for the book.

Workin' overtime...

Jun. 27th, 2017 11:00 pm
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A rostered overtime shift today.... I finished last night around 2.00am, so by the time I got home, it was straight to bed, try to get 7 to 8 hours of sleep, and then up again at lunchtime to start at 2.29pm. But hey - I'm not complaining. If it had stayed a day off, as originally rostered, then I probably would have just stayed in bed all day...

*sigh*

A couple of weeks ago, I was in Woollies to grab some groceries, and two of the young checkout girls were having a discussion about coconuts. And they were discussing as to whether a coconut is a fruit or a vegetable.... and that got me thinking - what IS a coconut? So I had to do some research, and came across a very interesting article indeed. A coconut is certainly not a vegetable, but it IS not only a fruit, but also a a nut and a seed!

I'll put the link HERE, if you're interested, but the part that explains it the best is as follows:

"In strictly botanical terms, a coconut is a fibrous one-seeded drupe; in other words, a dry drupe. Now, you might be thinking – what in the world is a drupe? A drupe is basically a fruit in which a fleshy part encompasses the hardened outer part, which in turn houses a seed inside. A drupe has three layers: the exocarp (the outermost ‘hardened’ layer), the mesocarp (the ‘fleshy’ middle part) and the endocarp (the hard layer surrounding the seed). Other examples of drupes are mangos, almonds, peaches, plums and cherries."

So, there you go! Now you know!

Baby, it's dark...

Jun. 26th, 2017 11:00 pm
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Started work at 6.03pm this evening.... a very late shift start!

Of course, do you think I actually did anything else today? Of COURSE not...! *sigh*

I truly have to wonder what's going on with me... It can't be purely psychological. Is there a physical problem with me? A combination of the two? It's quite... bizarre. Have I just fallen in to a habit of laziness? Or is there something darker and deeper going on?

I'm constantly self-analysing. I worry about my heart health... As a young kid, I could never really sprint or do sudden exertion, as I'd get quite breathless. I was diagnosed as having "Exercise Induced Asthma", and given a spin-haler. I've never really suffered from respiratory problems since my early teens though, but the breathlessness when making sudden strong physical movements, such as moving a heavy object, or quickly running up a flight or 2 of stairs still occurs. Maybe I have some undiagnosed heart problem? As always, I should really get a referral to a specialist, but it's the money involved in doing stuff like that, that prevents me from doing anything about my health - that, and the fear that maybe now as I approach 50, I might have hardened arteries, and could need a stent, or something more drastic...?

Anyway, an uneventful shift. Woollies had a special on Lindt, so I bought myself a healthy super dark option. But it's just TOO high a cocoa percentage, as it's quite bitter. No wonder it's healthy - you can't eat more than a square or two at a time! LOL

Funnily enough, I was scrolling through Facebook during a break, and a friend in Europe posted a picture of the exact same brand and "model" of chocolate - except that the script was in a foreign language - German, I think... I had to take a pic and post it as a comment on their picture...



Healthy chocolate...

I'm here...

Jul. 21st, 2017 11:00 pm
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Yes.

I'm here...

It's the 21st of July, and I have about just under 4 weeks of LJ posts to catch up on.

I'd like to say that I've been busy, but all I've done is work and sleep. Occasionally I'll eat, but mainly sleeping and working. I had a cold, too, (which I'll write about later), which actually knocked me about a bit more than normal. I've also been quite morose, lethargic, completely unmotivated and basically not bothered with doing anything, or bothered about anything. Sort of that "numb" state and feeling again.

But - I've got a few days off work, which I actually LOCKED off, as we're now so understaffed that overtime is pretty much guaranteed. But I just needed a few days off to try to catch up with... life.

It's been cold at night here - getting down to around 6ºC some nights (around 43ºF), and as this is an old 50's suburban fibre house with no insulation, I can feel it. We don't run the heating all night, but I leave one side of the bed on low (with the electric blanket), and that keeps me warm. I don't like having a heavy, winter-weight doona on me.

I have SO much to do. A lot to write about. Hopefully I'll find the energy and motivation to do so, as this LJ is really the one constant that I try to maintain...

I charged the battery on my Olympus PEN EP-3 today, and took a pic of Millie. She looks a bit sad. Or wistful. Or both. She was waiting for her afternoon walk... Which I did, as Stu was at work, and Andy has a chest infection.



Millie

Wistful? Or sad?

Odds and Ends Again

Jul. 11th, 2017 08:38 pm
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It's only Tuesday. Ugh. It just seems like it is definitely crawling along.

  • Over the weekend, I helped my mom move to her new room at the nursing home. She had a single as long as she did rehab. When her rehab stint ended, she had to move into a room with a roommate. Change is not easy for anyone, so I went down to try to ease the transition, which was surprisingly easy. Mom was in good spirits and very clear-headed for a change. I found out last night through my sister that Mom had fallen in her new room, tumbling out of her wheelchair when she stood up to water her plant. As good as she's doing according to the physical therapist, the reality of it is that she cannot live on her own anymore. Luckily, nothing was broken this time.


  • I'm not feeling the post-issue malaise that usually comes with posting my comic book. I've been so busy on weekends and at work that I've not noticed. Tonight, with softball canceled due to rain, I found myself oddly out-of-sorts with nothing that I HAD to do.


  • My newest TV binge watching has been "Schitt's Creek". I've heard of this show for a couple of years, but I finally managed to buckle down and watch it. OMG! How have I missed this?? I've always been a fan of Eugene Levy (who is a wonderfully furry daddy bear) and Catherine O'Hara. Levy's son Daniel also stars and writes the series, and he's very handsome and furry himself. The comedy is both silly and biting. The story of a very rich family who loses it all and has to move to a rural community is prime with possibilities. Seasons 1 and 2 are on Netflix streaming, season 3 is on DVD right now.


  • I'm teaching class next week. We usually have 5 or 6 instructors for 30 students, but several of the instructors are unavailable, so we're down to three instructors and one newbee, so I'll be teaching half of the class this round. I'll tell the students to set their universal translators to "hillbilly" (*writing down this joke for class*)

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