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Dept. of Getting Back on the Horse

 Winter Freeze, Brain Thaw (I Hope)

It's been far too long since I posted anything, and, as a sort of resolution for 2015, I'm going to try to post something every day. Yes, yes, you in the back, chuckling into your beard, you heard right. What's more, I'm going to try to post something worth reading. And I'm going to try to interact with people on their journals — so what do you think about that? 

Ah, still chortling. 

Well, I don't blame you. 

It's true. My ability to maintain a healthy posting habit has not been stellar in the past. But I swear I'm going to try. Just as I'm going to try to find something positive to say about my life. It probably won't be daily, but I am going to try to do it regularly. I think I read something, possibly on one of my friends' journals, which speculated that forcing one's self to actively think about positives can make one eventually feel more positive. Using externals to force a change in the internals, as it were. 

So: what have I been up to?

Let's see ... we had a very lovely New Year's Eve dinner, courtesy of our good friends, then went over to their house to see in the New Year. I got well and truly potted; the dinner was also a wine tasting - four courses, four different wines, plus champagne, and a martini before dinner ... dear lord, how did they handle it, those drunken lords of yore? (Mind you, I had little hangover problem the next day, but really, when BB is kind of snickering at me, it does give one pause.) Still, we saw in the New Year with friends we loved, and that was very important. 

We haven't gotten rid of our tree yet; BB came down with a godawful chest cold and that has pretty much wiped him out, while I'm dealing with trying to get back into full-bore work mode after the holidays (and dealing with the jaw clenchingly byzantine fun of the actual Jan. 1 changeover from one employer to another, of which we will not speak.) So it sits, shedding needles like a boss while still being ever so pretty. I stopped watering it three or so days ago, thinking we were taking it out at that point; needless to say, it only goes on for an hour or so each night. It will be gone by this weekend, consigned to the Chicago Park District's mulching pile. 

Much of my radio silence was because I actually managed to get stories written for [community profile] fandom_stocking . After folks told me that I had until Jan. 5, I managed to crank out about seven (and of course the one I finished up at 1 a.m. Jan. 6 turned out to be the longest one.) I am pleased, not only because I think I've been able to write stories the recipients might like, but because I could write at all.  (I also made a greeting card that some folks will get, I think. Maybe.) All in all, though, I am a happier camper about stuffing stockings than I was the last couple of times I posted. </user>

And with that, I suppose I will call it a night. Tonight I get to go out to supper with my union local prez and our executive director (the ones who had, for lack of a better term, a falling out and/or constant lack of communication skills) and act as a facilitator to try to get them to work together. Yes, that's precisely what the dinner is for. I told them they had to pay for my dinner, and pick me up so that I didn't lose my neighborhood parking space. I have also told one of them — and will tell the other when I see him — that if either of them talks over me (or each other), or raises their voice during this exercise, I am taillights. I will get up and walk out and catch the el home. 

So wish me luck, especially given that it's dropping into the single digits as we speak, and going out represents a labor of love all by itself. It is cold in the MIdwest, and I do not like the cold. 

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Jan. 7th, 2015 01:21 am (UTC)
You have the same resolution as me....I never make personal ones, as I don't believe in making big as goals like...but little ones that seem more achievable lol. But yep, I want to post more and I want to comment more...so going to give that a proper go this year.

Not the once a day tho....I tried that for a month last year and failed I think lmao. So best of luck to you on that ^^

Jan. 7th, 2015 04:20 am (UTC)
Not the once a day tho....I tried that for a month last year and failed I think

Heh ... A man's reach should exceed his grasp, else what are the stars for?

Or something like that ... heh ....

Forgive my silliness. I just got back from the union mediation dinner I talked about, and I am reeling from dealing with two unreasonable people. My brain keeps saying "No! Go to Sleep!"

And hey - you commented, and I responded! It's a pretty good start, I think!
Jan. 7th, 2015 05:38 am (UTC)
Bless you, sweetie. I would definitely love hearing more from you, even if it is just a positive thing or two about the day! Miss your Face, even as I know you are always so busy! (Reminds me, need to call you soon - because though you ARE busy, I know you want me to call).

So glad you had a fantastic ringing in of the New Year, even as the aftermath wasn't so fantastic. Hope BB feels better soon - and really...tree being up a little while never hurt anything in my book!

Jan. 8th, 2015 05:37 pm (UTC)
Hello, my dear - I'm so sorry to have been AWOL around here, not least because I love hearing from you, and reading your livejournal. You always manage to find the glints of sunshine, no matter how cloudy it gets, and that helps make my day.

And yesssssss call me soon! I have a meeting to cover tonight, but it's an early one (some folks think that 5 p.m. is a good time to meet. Some folks have more money than good common sense, but I digress), and I'll probably be back before 9 p.m.

BB is feeling a little better today, the cough is much less, and he felt like eating breakfast, which is a big step forward.

As for the tree, I think it's leaving tonight. When the lights on the lower limbs fall down because there are no more needles to anchor them, then it's time. Heh.
Jan. 7th, 2015 07:33 am (UTC)
Posting more resolutions, I have the same trouble as you sticking to those! ♥ Good luck! And positives do feel pretty nice, they can't fix a hellish day but they're always a ray of light or a silver lining :)

Great to hear your holidays finished nicely ♥ Good luck in that dinner, sounds like an adventure, lol. And good luck at work, plus may BB get better soon! ♥

(Ohhh, and writing! Congrats! :D)
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:40 pm (UTC)
they can't fix a hellish day but they're always a ray of light or a silver lining

That's the very thought that I had, and I need as many rays of light and silver linings as possible.

The dinner was amazing, and, since I didn't have much of a hangover on New Year's Day, I figure everything went fine.

I hope your 2015 is going well, and I promise to drop by your journal more often; it's fun!
Jan. 9th, 2015 07:00 am (UTC)
I can imagine! ♥

Good to hear about the dinner! And aw, thank you :) *hugs*
Jan. 7th, 2015 12:31 pm (UTC)
Aw, hope your evening went okay and you didn't get too frozen! Happy New Year also and good luck with any resolutions!

Looking forward to fandom_stocking whenever it eventually goes live. I couldn't do very much at all this time, and keep feeling that I should make use of the extra time, but am not getting anywhere at all. I'm sure your fics are all marvellous!
Jan. 8th, 2015 05:42 pm (UTC)
Looking forward to fandom_stocking whenever it eventually goes live.

It actually went live only a day late, despite the mod being sick with a headache, so I was very impressed. (And I got your stocking stuff, and loved it!)

I had fun writing what I did, and if they make the recipients smile (or put a tear in their eye), then I will be very pleased.
Jan. 9th, 2015 10:15 am (UTC)
Aw, well, you certainly put a smile on my face! :-)
Jan. 7th, 2015 02:45 pm (UTC)
I'm glad you had a nice New Year's Eve:)

Well done for getting a second wind and doing some stockinging:)
Jan. 8th, 2015 07:00 pm (UTC)
It was a wonderful New Year's Eve!

And thank you again for the wonderful stocking stuffer you gave me!
Jan. 9th, 2015 04:58 pm (UTC)
I'm pleased as punch you liked the fic so much. I did another with evil!wallpaper, but the ending was much more typically S&S. It does feature a women seeing patterns though and more yellow!
Jan. 8th, 2015 04:18 am (UTC)
Seven Stocking stuffers! Whoa, well done!

I have been thinking, the last month or two, that my posting has really dropped off. The thing is, I'm writing as much as I always have, just not as many LJ posts. I miss posting, and so I'm going to change that, too. Thanks for the push!
Jan. 8th, 2015 07:01 pm (UTC)
I miss posting, and so I'm going to change that, too.

Testify, sister! (And thanks so much for the lovely story.)
Jan. 8th, 2015 06:13 am (UTC)
I'm going to try to post something every day.

Yeeah, I gave up on that one for another year already m'self, although I did at least start an ongoing project as a framework to encourage myself to make more-regular posts...
Jan. 8th, 2015 07:02 pm (UTC)
We shall see how well I do, given all the crazy things at work I'm avoiding trying hard to get to, and such.

"More regular posts" = much more common sense, I think. Heh.
Jan. 8th, 2015 04:43 pm (UTC)
Happy New Year, and best of luck to you in your job situation. Job stress is so horrible.

Also, good luck dealing with the cold. We had a subzero night in Boston (I had to leave pretty much all my heaters running just to keep the temps in my condo scratching 60 F), which resulted in multiple transit delays this morning.

I imagine Chicago is so much worse, though.
Jan. 8th, 2015 08:19 pm (UTC)
We had a subzero night in Boston (I had to leave pretty much all my heaters running just to keep the temps in my condo scratching 60 F),

Whoah ... did the cold do in the regular furnace or heating system? That sucks! Right now the temperature is 6 degrees (at 2:17 p.m., and we've gotten another half inch of snow in the last hour and a half, without the snow appreciably warming anything up. Yesterday it made it up to 4.8 around my neck of the woods.

Cold sucks all the time for everyone, but Boston may get a little bit of the Atlantic current whose name I now inconveniently forget, the one that makes Nova Scotia a little warmer in the winter than you'd think it would be.
Jan. 9th, 2015 04:44 pm (UTC)
No heating failure. My building has wimpy electric heat and no insulation, so it's like a drafty barn when the weather is frigid. You have to basically run the heat nonstop.

Back to balmy mid-twenties today--much nicer!

Yes, Beantown gets the moderating influence of the ocean, but it's still bloody cold. My recollection is that Syracuse was much worse--I was there 2 years for grad school, and my God, winters there are BRUTAL. It's so cold, and it snows constantly from October through April. My second year, we had 200 inches of the stuff!
Jan. 9th, 2015 08:21 pm (UTC)
Back to balmy mid-twenties today--much nicer!

Urgh. Still in the single digits around here. And you're right, the farther into the midwest you get, you harder the winters are.

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