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Friday, May 6th, 2016
6:59 pm
Send me a character name and I’ll tell you three things I have in common with them and three things I don’t.

Or at least I'll try. If I don't know the character at all, I might have to refuse.

Current Mood: curious
Thursday, December 22nd, 2011
5:01 pm
Moving to Dreamwidth
Well, not quite. I've had my Dreamwidth account for a while, but I've been crossposting from Dreamwidth to LJ since then.

This will most likely be my last crossposted post, though. I am keeping the LJ to keep up with the friendslist there, but:

1. If you want to continue to read my posts, please follow me to http://silverfox.dreamwidth.org/
2. I have unfriended those of you that I know to be crossposting from Dreamwidth on LJ. That does not mean that I no longer want to be friends. I just pefer to follow you on Dreamwidth.
3. If you have a Dreamwidth account and I haven't friened you over there, please tell me where to find you.

Current Mood: determined
Monday, July 23rd, 2007
9:25 pm
Grrrrrr ...
Okay, I just hate reviewers who state their wishes in the shape of an order.

I hate them even more when they're ordering me to change a deliberate "mistake".

And it only gets worse, if that order is the only thing they have to say.

Using a capital at the beginning and a full stop or exclamation mark at the end of the order would have been a good idea, but let's not get technical. I'm terrible at punctuation myself, never know where to put commas.

As a tip to reviewers, though. If you want me to do something, try finishing the sentence with "please" rather than "you american" (which besides being factually wrong should be capitalised, but technicalities ...).

Current Mood: enraged
Wednesday, July 18th, 2007
8:25 pm

Your Score: Akkadian

You scored

You are Akkadian, a blend of the incomprehensible symbols of the Sumerians with the unwritable sounds of the early Semitic peoples. However, the writing just doesn't suit the words and doesn't represent everything needed, so you end up a schizoid mess. Invented in Babylon, you're probably to blame for that tower story. However, crazy as you are, you're much loved and appreciated, and remain actively in use by records keepers long after schools have switched to other languages.

Link: The Which Ancient Language Are You Test written by imipak on OkCupid Free Online Dating, home of the The Dating Persona Test

Current Mood: amused
Friday, July 13th, 2007
9:54 pm
I just had to nick this for a userpic.

Here's the even cuter original: http://mfrost.typepad.com/cute_overload/2007/07/foxes-say-in-fe.html

Current Mood: tired
9:38 pm
Writer's Block: By Any Other Name
If you could rename yourself in real life, what would you choose, and why?

I think I'd go with Silverfox to Srallansre as I've been using on the net for years. Silverfox at the very least. It's the name I actually identify with.

Current Mood: tired
Friday, July 6th, 2007
7:40 pm
No, I haven't seen te Transformers movie yet. Not sure whether they're even showing it here already, probably not and none of my RL friends like big robots for some weird reason.

Instead I went to the comics shop today to pick up my subscription. Well, what do you know they have the movie in comic form. All four issues already. :)

Even better as it turned out, they had Megatron issue 1. I meant to just leaf through the comics quickly on the way back, but ended up reading Megatron all the way through and not glancing at the others. This is good. I can believe it and my heart's with Megatron (which isn't a surprise since Starscream isn't around). The only thing that's got me puzzled is the announcement at the end "next month evil rages on!" Please somebody point out good and evil in this comic as they seem to have gotten a bit mixed up. (Yep, just the way I like it.)

Current Mood: content
Tuesday, July 3rd, 2007
5:25 pm
I just want this behind me really ...
Went to our employees' representative with that reference. "Oh, wonderful. I've got a meeting with these guys tomorrow. Can I take this along to show them how not to write a reference?"

So we discussed what should be in there, I turned it into proper sentences ("That was fast!" Hey, I'm a writer. I had sentence fragments already and you said it should be short.) and he promised to get me a new reference with that text. "But why wasn't this written by your boss?" How should I know?

So far so good. I felt quite happy.

Three hours later employee representative comes to me with ... three sheets of paper? I only need one reference ... And it wasn't the reference. It's a notification that there's a job opening in the ministry. Head of the library of the Museum of Army History. He said to sleep over it.

My immediate gut reaction was NOOOO! I want out of the ministry and I've given up on the thought of becoming a librarian too often. And then I started feeling guilty. I don't have anything else, yet. Am I so lazy that I secretly want to be unemployed? Isn't it my duty to take back my notice and try for that job? Regina kept pointing out that I can just hand in a new notice if I don't get it. It'll "only" take three more months until I ca leave. She also told me I'd gone all pale and was I about to collapse?

So I looked at this thing. My English is better than they demand, but the French probably not good enough. (I also doubt five words of Finnish are what they meant by sufficient knowledge of northern languages for library purposes, but than that wasn't a must have criterium.) I do not have any officers training. Women weren't even allowed in the army when I was that age. Not that I'd have been likely to sign up anyway. Don't have the librarian course at the national library either, but most likely nobody will outside the library. (You're not allowed into the course without a job at a library.) And department head duties? I really, really don't want to be anyone's boss ever. :(

So no, please no, I don't want to apply for this.

Got home. Mum had called the bookshop woman who'd said she'd thought Mr. XXX had already taken care of it and gave Mum his number. Mum being Mum called him right away (wince). He said he hasn't contacted me yet, because he's currently got two meetings everyday and he'd call her(!) back. She could pass the date on to me. I guess that's a no, but I told Mum that he probably really is bus and my application is for October. If I tell her what I really think, she'll pressure me into taking back that notice and applying for the library job and maybe she'd be right, but I still don't want to ...

It's all left me feeling depressed and exhausted. Maybe I should just go to bed and hope the world will look better tomorrow, but first my horse needs exercise, food and water.

Current Mood: depressed
Monday, July 2nd, 2007
5:06 pm
I got my reference today. Well, it is titled reference at least. I wouldn't have recognised it as such, if somebody hadn't thoughtfully labeled it as such. In hasty translation it reads:


XXX born on April 20th 1974, living in XXXXXX stood in use in the "higher service of the Austrian Ministry of Defence" from September 1st 1999 to and including August 31st 2007.

That's it. The worst part is that it feels very much in tune with the employer/employee relationship I've experienced there. They've always made me feel like a piece of furniture, but how do you explain to a possible new employer that this says more about the ministry than it says about me?

Current Mood: annoyed
Sunday, July 1st, 2007
9:06 am
Not all of it, but close enough
If you're maybe noticing that you're older than you used to be, and are feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that you haven't accomplished as much as you/other people in your present or past/annoyingly critical voices inside your head think you should have, and if you're maybe feeling something like "I'm not a real grownup like everyone else," and if you're maybe also feeling sad/angry/confused/worried/frustrated that your body isn't working the way it used to, and you're maybe thinking, "if that's true then how am I going to DO all those accomplishments that I/other people/voices in my head think I ought or want to do?", and maybe you're also wondering how are you going to dig out from under the accumulation of habit and procrastination and self-doubt to some sense of satisfaction in your life again, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, June 30th, 2007
8:19 am
Back! *hugs home*
So I'm back. Turns out only that one guy and a driver came along for the trip. My co-workers told me they serve excellent food in St. Johann, but we ended up only sleeping there. The meeting was at a different base with no sleeping quarters available as was the speech and tour the day before. (It took hours to get there, but we should have driven more slowly. I could have done without standing around for an hour listening to that speech.)

Ate in Salzburg instead. Tip for anyone ever likely to eat at Salzburg's army base: Go to the Unteroffiziersmesse. The Offiziersmesse my serve a wider selection of foods, but the people working at the Unteroffiziersmesse seem to be actual waiters. As in they manage to serve coffee without asking you to repeat the order twice, dropping any dishes on the way and taking 15 minutes to figure out how to enter it into the register. (Okay, so the other guys tried, too, they were just quite obviously not trained for the job, and the food was good once they managed to serve.)

Mostly the trip was boring. And all this for a 50 minutes meeting ... ah well, most likely I won't be around for the next one anymore and it's scheduled in Vienna anyway.

Current Mood: tired
Wednesday, June 27th, 2007
8:20 pm
Business Trip
What will hopefully be the last ever business trip of my life starts tomorrow morning. Apparently we're planning on an entire workday for driving there, then Friday 9am the actual meeting starts. Also scheduled to return on Friday. (Dad's spontaneously decided not to go to a meeting with his friends, just in case I return after the last bus leaves Vienna at night and need a lift. ... In other words he's expecting me back Saturday rather than Friday. This is not encouraging.

I so hate traveling and this job! ... Don't like one of the men I'm going with either. The other I practically don't know, except for that nasty note he wrote to my boss about an issue he never bothered to notify me of fist. (First thing I heard of the matter was my boss wanting a written explanation ... Well, he got two or three pages ...)

Sphinx, since you're not online I'm saying good bye here. Will hopefully see you Saturday. *hugs*

Current Mood: depressed
Saturday, June 23rd, 2007
10:21 am
Yay, my favourite meme coming round again! This time all in active NO characters.
Pick 12 characters you like, and then answer the questions below the cut about them. Obviously first choose your characters before you see the questions.

1. Crowley
2. Aziraphale
3. Lucifer
4. Belial
5. Loki
6. John
7. Anathema
8. Sphix
9. Pollution
10. Pepper
11. Luna
12. Wensleydale

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Current Mood: crazy
Wednesday, June 20th, 2007
8:55 pm
I've done this before, but ... it's still oh so true! *hugs entire friendslist*
If there are one or more people on your friends list who make your world a better place just because they exist, and who you would not have met (in real life or not) without the Internet, then post this same sentence in your journal.

Current Mood: hot
Monday, June 18th, 2007
9:41 pm
Nicked a meme off musegaarid
Meme: List seven songs you are into right now, no matter what the genre, whether they have words, or even if they're not any good, but they must be songs you're really enjoying now. Post these instructions in your LiveJournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

1. Three Black Crows, Blackmore's Night http://www.blackmoresnight.com/blackmore_audio_clips/02-GOR%20-%20Black%20Crows.mp3
2. Where Are We Going From Here?, Blackmore's Night http://www.blackmoresnight.com/moon_castle_pages/lyrics/ghost_lyrics/where_are_we_going_from_here.html
3. Windmills, Blackmore's Night http://www.blackmoresnight.com/moon_castle_pages/lyrics/village_lanterne/windmills.htm
4. When Everyone Forgets, ThouShaltNot (off Where's Neil When You Need Him, No idea who they are otherwise. No link either.)
5. You Say The Battle Is Over, John Denver http://www.lyricsfreak.com/j/john+denver/you+say+the+battle+is+over_10152119.html
6. The Foxfire Suite, John Denver http://www.lyricsfreak.com/j/john+denver/the+foxfire+suite_20073798.html
7. Skye Boat Song ... um Scottish folksong ... What? They've got bagpipes. http://www.glasgowguide.co.uk/wjmc/speedbon.shtml

Tagging, if they want to: teh_jenna, tactile_contact, draconn_malfoy, jjblue1, nettle_mooneye, malicehaughton, the_starhorse

No obligation, people. I just thought you might enjoy this.

Current Mood: curious
Friday, June 15th, 2007
6:56 pm
Urgh ...
According to my department's job description we're not supposed to have anything to do with invoices *glare at invoice checking department*, payment reminders *glare at systems department ... who to be honest shouldn't either* or actually paying anything. That is why we do not have a budget, nor access to the computer program to check it. Hence, dear budget department, no I do not know what position that damn invoice is to be paid from, nor do I have any way to find out. Nor do I know how to fix that problem, if that company keeps insisting that that almost illegible paper with all the strikethroughs is a valid contract (What are the terms and conditions of that thing? I can't see any.) and to refuse to negotiate any other. All I can tell is that, yes, those invoices need paying, so somebody who has the authority please do!

Those invoicing problems are the only things I meant to that I couldn't fix this week, so it's actually a surprisingly good result, but it still doesn't change the fact that they had me in tears of frustration at one point yesterday. (No, nobody saw and nobody cares.) - I finally decided to prevent total nervous breakdown by sending the invoice on to the invoicing address for IT-contracts (not that they have anything to do with audio-video-systems, but maybe they won't notice?). Actually I'm sure it'll come back. This one is a boomerang. Hopefully I'll be gone by that time, though.

Current Mood: cranky
Monday, June 11th, 2007
9:00 pm
Notes To Self Mostly
Next smith visit 13.06.2007. (Just in case I get forgotten again and need a quick way to check how overdue it is. ;) )

Bank business the day after that, so I won't be on AIM most likely.

Boss joked(?) today that he saw to it that my notice was incorrectly submitted, so they can stop me leaving on that technicality. Immediate boss keeps telling me I have three months to revoke my notice. (Leave me alone already! I'm looking forward to getting away!)

Boss also thinks two weeks isn't that long to wait for a reaction to my application, which is a relief. I haven't applied for a job in so long I don't even remember how long these things normally take.

I also seem to have a rather misbehaved horse at the moment ... Or maybe I increased her food too fast compared to the exercise. I'm just not sure how much her leg can take. Bucking sure doesn't do the leg any good. (Not to mention the cowardly rider used to having a horse that just doesn't buck.)

Current Mood: tired
Thursday, June 7th, 2007
9:00 am
The Catar Chapter 21
Disclaimer: Not mine, I just like to play with them for a little while.
Sort of Not-Disclaimer: I picked the names for all the clan-masters about two years ago, quite a while before actually starting to write the fic. At that time I'd never read any Neil Gaiman book, so the Catar Stardust is not a tribute to the novel Stardust ... Then again can I make him a tribute anyway?

Notes: Things are still going slowly. This was supposed to have both the Spanish cats and Lightdance, but then Firewheel and Rascal wanted some space ...

Chapter 21: Hidden Things
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Current Mood: sleepy
Saturday, June 2nd, 2007
9:51 am
Feeling Free
In case you were wondering, yes I did hand in my notice on Thursday. It wasn't easy, but I'm glad I did.
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But all of that doesn't really matter. I'm feeling happier than I have in a long time. People keep telling me that I look happier and even my voice has changed. And all that with three months of work still to get through and without having a new job yet. It was the right decision to make.

Current Mood: good
9:46 am
Name a character and I'll tell you three (or more) facts about them from my own personal pseudo-canon.

I reserve the right not to have three facts for every character or them not applying to every fic I write.

Current Mood: happy
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