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Holding myself accountable.

Wrote 1,001 words.


Read four chapters in the new book I'm reading.

So tired.

Must be to work by 7:00 in the morning.

Must sleep.
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I did so much today.

In addition to that, I wrote 1,002 words.

Journaled at breakfast.

Finished reading my 10th book of the year.

And started reading book #11. I'm 56 pages in, I think.

I also finished a series of emissary quests in World of Warcraft.

And I started a new character and did opening quests in Final Fantasy 14.

Now, I'm going to get ready for bed and crash. I am soooo tired.
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It's HUGE and CLUNKY and I need to cut a million words out of it.

But that's tomorrow.

Right now, I'm going to sleep.

The Celestial Ball is finished.
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As of late, my area of SoCal, and that in which I work, has been blessed with what some areas call "June Gloom", only, obviously, it's not June yet. It's been cooler than usual (normally high 60's to mid 70's) and overcast most of the day.

Yesterday, it crept up to 80 and was humid, which wasn't as pleasant, but, hey...

Along with these gray days has come surprise rain showers overnight. Quite frequently, really.

Occasionally, they linger into the morning, which is greatly enjoyed.

I woke this morning to another overnight shower. The ground and cars outside my window are delightfully soaked.

I know a scorching summer is just around the corner, but I'm really enjoying this weather right now.
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We had our Christmas party at work yesterday. As this was my first year at the celebration, I didn't know what to expect. I'd heard bits and pieces of details from various people, but really couldn't put them together to get a good picture of what the party would be like.

We have 270 employees, so it was a fairly large event.

They'd cleared out one section of the new warehouse in the back of our current building, decorated it, set up tables, a stage and...ready for this?

They call it a gift wall.

The company uses American Express cards, two of which have $100,000 limits. For everything that they spend on the cards (maybe there are 7 cards total), they accumulate points. They save all the points for the Christmas party, and then they use the points to purchase gifts for the gift wall.

They also have a fund set up where they accumulate funds that they use for the party, but still...the amount of LARGE ticket gifts amazed me.

On either side of the stage, they'd stacked pallets and then arranged the gifts so that there were, indeed, two "walls" of gifts, ranging from 40 inch color flat screen TV's and big electric vehicles that kids can ride, all the way down to smaller kitchen appliances and such, with a range of many size and priced gifts in between.

It just...blew my mind.

Each table (and there were over 30, I think), had a supervisor, manager, or director seated at it. Other employees drew numbers as they entered, so they knew where to sit. There was, of course, some table-hopping, which worked out fine for my table.

We had some vendors attend. Some, I've had positive interaction with. Some...not. Thankfully, they chose NOT to seat me at a vendor table, so nobody could question me about payments during the party. I appreciated that.

We started with catered lunch. From a company named Blue Agave.

There was TONS of food. Our table got to go first because we were against the opposite "wall" (which was a HUGE tarp that hung ceiling to floor).

They served us a Mexican chicken dish, carnitas with pico de gallo, cheese enchilada with green sauce, rice, beans, salad, chips and salsa of varying types/guacamole. (This was all on ONE plate.) There were deserts, too, for those who partake.

OMG, amazing food. Totally delicious.

Next came the recognition of people who had reached their 10 year mark with the company. I think there were 8 to join the 10-year rank, one of whom was in the accounting department.

Then...the GIFT WALL. This was astounding.

They call employee names one at a time, in the order of their years of service. And EACH EMPLOYEE gets to choose a gift. Everybody. Those who have been there longer get first choice, which is as it should be. But, EVERYBODY gets a gift. How amazing is that?

I got a wonderful 7 quart, deep electric skillet, because it's something I'd been wanting. Actually it was nicer than those I'd been eyeing because I would, of course, look at something cheaper.

I didn't "take what I could get". There were many things left when I got my turn. In fact, I had to decide between several things I wanted. The point is: there were many things I could have had. Such as...a kayak. Which, obviously, wouldn't do me much good where I live, LOL.

There was also a party game, where table folks used the contents of a box in the center of the table to dress up their management person. I was dressed up as Santa, and there was fun had by all. It was great.

I was also given a scented candle by one of the ladies who reports to me.

My boss gave me candies, kettle corn, and a $25 gift card to Regal Cinemas...so I can go to the movies without feeling guilty. :) And I passed the candies and kettle corn along to the kids.

The president of the company and his wife gave me a lovely (expensive) Christmas card and two gift cards: a $50 VISA gift card and a $25 VISA gift card.

I was, of course, quite flabbergasted by all the gifts. I really appreciated it all.

Left work around 3:30. I could have escaped sooner, but I helped clean up and did a few final things around the office.

Even stopping at the grocery and waiting in the check-out line long enough to catch 7 high-level Pokémon on Pokémon Go, I still got home a little before 5:00 and it was still a little light out. (I can't tell you the last time I got home before dark.)

So, beautiful day. Even down to the fact that so many companies were closed yesterday between home and work, that traffic wasn't bad.

Quite delightful.
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But, I just got home and I am totally exhausted.

One night, Amanda worked until 12:30 AM. Two others, until 11:30 PM. Which means that, by the time I picked her up, I didn't get to bed until 1:00 AM or later.

I slept in the past few mornings until 5:30 AM, but that didn't make for more than 4 - 5 hours of sleep each night, and I'm about to drop.

So...I stand with the 25 words I wrote this morning. (Because I stopped to fix oatmeal for Amanda and me, for breakfast.)

I did accomplish purchasing a turkey tonight. In fact, I purchased two.

One is 14-1/2 lbs and the other is a baby at 7-1/2. I'd have rather had a little larger turkey than 14-1/2, but, hey, it was probably my only chance to buy one and have any hope of it thawing in the fridge in time for Thanksgiving, so...no complaint.

The other will make a nice little evening meal turkey dinner. One of the kids can put it in the roaster on a day off and it'll be nice and juicy by the time I get home.

Started reading a new book at lunch today. I picked up some lunch and just sat in the car and read. And, realized what a great stress-reducer reading a captivating story is.

Wanted to read more tonight, but...there's always tomorrow, right?

Good night, Dreamwidth. Sleep tight.
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Remember when Amanda worked at Disneyland before? She was there almost five years.

Until she began having unexplained panic attacks.

Went on FMLA.

And, ultimately lost her job.

All the while, there was no explanation as to why the panic attacks started, what caused them, how to stop them. People figured it was because of stuff that happened to her as a child.


Guess what happened Sunday night while Amanda was at work?

If you guessed PANIC ATTACK, you're right.

But, this time, we know what caused it. A person caused it. A person that other people have trouble with, too, caused it.

Amanda has been working the festival of foods. Her Sunday shift was TWELVE hours. 10:45 AM - 10:45 PM.

They had 20 people counting out in a small room with only two computers and the cash lead started yelling at people.

Normally, where Amanda works in the park, they only count cash. Not coupons or credit card tickets.

This woman wanted all those 20 people crammed together to count EVERYTHING.

When Amanda's till was off (not in cash) the first time around, the woman started screaming at her.

Amanda got stressed, counted again, and it was still off. One ticket. So the woman screamed more.

Until Amanda had a panic attack. This one bad enough that she started crying and couldn't stop.

Another cast member, who had finished counting out came to help her, and then a kindly lead came as well. She said the lead helped her relax and calm down.

It was just two credit card tickets stuck so tightly together that they had trouble finding it.

Amanda was all shaky and wobbly by the time she got to the car. AT MIDNIGHT.

And, because the cash lead kept her so long, she should have taken a second "lunch" and got dinged for a lunch penalty. (Though the nice lead told her not to worry about that.)

So far, she hasn't had another attack. She worked again yesterday. Until 11:30 PM. She worked with the cash lead again and said that woman was so nice she was a different person. So Amanda wonders if someone said something to her about the incident.

Word got around and everybody was asking Amanda if she was okay.

She recovered faster, from a worse attack than she used to have, so...

I'm hoping they won't start all over again.
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For a writing workshop or retreat...there are some simple and subtle changes I'd make.

Disclaimer: This is for Type 2 diabetes. Type 1 diabetics take insulin and can adjust their insulin dosages so they can eat things I cannot. I already have insulin, but my body can't use it, so I take meds and change my diet to make it easier for my body to process that insulin.

If I was providing a Continental breakfast, I'd include boiled eggs and regular/steel cut oatmeal. Nothing in it. I'd make available butter and/or milk to accompany it. Many Continental breakfasts do include fruit already, but too much fruit is bad for me, too. (Some fruit is okay. Also, some fruit, I have to avoid totally.)

For snacks, I'd make sure there was some fruit and some nuts and some cheese. Not all sweets and junk.

For lunches and dinners, I'd make sure there were options that included wheat/rye bread if sandwiches were provided. I'd make sure there was salad as an option instead of chips/fries.

For restaurant meals, if each individual orders and pays for their own, there is generally NO problem. I can exchange a potato for additional veggies most places.

If there's pasta of any sort, I can't eat it unless it's wheat. I'd never ask someone to make that kind of change, but it would be nice if there's at least salad included in a pasta meal. That, I can eat.

I just avoid deserts altogether. When I'm home, I provide for sugar free/no sugar added items if I want them, but when I'm out, I just avoid altogether. It doesn't bother me until people start questioning me about why I'm not having desert. :)

PLEASE NOTE: I am not suggesting that writing workshops or retreats should actually do the above. I'm just speculating about what I'd do if I was in charge of something like that...just so folks can see that it's NOT a huge deal accommodating diabetics. Most people just don't think about it, I guess.

If I'm able to prepare food and have easy access to a grocery store, I can prepare my own. Easy is the key word. Many workshops and retreats are in off season and are some distance from stores and restaurants.

I will definitely pack nuts for the upcoming writing retreat, but I can't pack anything that would spoil and I'm not going to have the ability to prepare my own food.

It's just something I think about when I travel. Not to be a pain in the ass, but because I have to.

EDITED TO ADD: I do realize that many hotels have a set catering menu for breakfasts and lunches provided for a group. In that case (and I realize organizers most likely can't do anything about this), it would be nice if the hotels didn't ban outside food from being brought into their venue.
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Can you recommend a good hotel at the airport?

Can you recommend a good hotel near King's Street Station?

Also, what sights would you recommend to fill one day?

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Songs in the Darkness
11137 / 105000
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The cat must sit on top of the manuscript I'm editing.
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He's at the vet now for surgery.

He's almost 9 years old, so there are concerns.

He'd eaten this morning (yes, I told vet) so that's a concern.

I covered the first $200, just barely.

However, he must return to the vet every 3 days to be checked and have his dressings changed/etc.

That's $25/visit, and will probably entail 5 visits.

So, I'm trying to raise money, which means, of course, that I'm posting about it here on LJ.

It kills me to do this because I've done it so much in the past. (And everyone has always been so kind to help.)

This time, though, I'm not asking people to give me money.

If anyone can afford it, I'm asking if you can loan small amounts until November 15, which is the next time I get paid. I'm trying to raise $150 total, in case anything additional pops up. (That would give me $25 leeway.)

The morning of November 15, before I head out to work, I'll hit refund on Paypal and send your money back.

If Malik's issues had waited until next paycheck, I could have covered everything without breaking a sweat, but things never happen when it's convenient, so...here I am AGAIN, asking for help.

I thank everyone for reading. I super thank anyone who can loan. I promise the money will be back to your paypal account morning of the 15th.

And, I'd certainly appreciate any good thoughts for my big kitty. I just want him to be okay.
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If you're a friend of [livejournal.com profile] blairmacg, then you've already seen this, however, I'd like to boost the signal myself, here, too.

This is a lady I attended Viable Paradise with and I've beta read this book, as well as future episodes of the story.


The saints favor her, else-wise a peasant girl like Kate Carpenter would never be apprenticed to the kingdom’s master healer. But her patron saint also marks her ready for the duty of tending to a mission that must cross the ice-bound mountains. Their little kingdom faces invasion by a vast empire and desperately needs allies; across the snow-filled pass, through the deathly thin air, is a country that’s held off the empire and may be willing to lend an army.

Kate knows about frostbite and the everyday injuries of wilderness travel. She can heal those.

She’s not ready for the attentions of a ne’er-do-well knight and the kingdom’s only prince, though.

And she isn’t ready for the monsters that harry them night and day, picking off their archers first, wearing the party to exhaustion, pushing Kate beyond the limits her healing abilities.

She must keep them alive, or her blood will be on the snow too.

If you'd like to read a sample of the book and learn how to win a copy, you can check it out here: http://discipleofthefount.blogspot.com/
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I am upright this morning. That's a good sign.

I have a chest aching cough. Not the kind I usually get, but I'm sucking on a cough drop in hopes of holding off coughing as long as possible.

Got the Charter folks coming today (hopefully) to set me up with their broadband and phone. Boys will take care of that while I'm at work.

Hope to get some writing done, though I'm not sure my brain cells are firing on all thrusters yet.

If not, I'm going to put together the new story in either plot point/outline form or synopsis form and see how I like what I've got.

Then I'll set about planning for the next pass.

All in all, better than yesterday, when I was flat on my back 85% of the day.
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I'd like you to meet Lilli.

The Beauty That is Lilli )

Isn't she beautiful?

That is Lilli. Connie captured her perfectly.

Her armor is lovely and the detail on her helmet is absolutely amazing. Not to mention the spear. I adore the spear, too.

I actually adore everything about it.

So I'd like you to meet the artist.

Her name is Connie Tran and her LJ handle is [livejournal.com profile] iidx_girl.

Connie, you're AMAZING.

Thank you so much again for giving me the image of a character I've had in my mind forever.
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