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I've been meaning to journal, or at least record thoughts, for a long time, and having seen some other friends make conscious decisions to do so during this pandemic made me think I should try to. Which I promptly didn't do. But I'm here now?

Things have been very, very strange. I work and live in residence at a university and just about two weeks ago now the university made the decision to send all of the students home for the rest of the semester and transition to remote/distance learning. We are by no means the only ones to do so, but it is still a strange thing. I actually knew in advance that this would happen (not much advance, mind), but that didn't actually help all that much since it's not like I could tell anyone. My actually-pays-me job ground to a complete standstill for two reasons: 1) I had to help my own students process the announcement and the fact that they needed to pack up and leave in less than a week and 2) I shifted to help students across the university with the logistics of getting home, which meant mostly sitting in dining halls helping them book flights and answering questions that I had no answers to, because information kept being updated. Pretty much all of my colleagues also shifted to some form of helping-everyone-else, too. On the plus side, our work can, in this moment at least, pause like that with no harm done. Starting back up is a different story.

I went into work on Monday, but worked remotely for the rest of the week. We've been doing twice-daily virtual check-ins, mostly to stay connected rather than actually track what needs to be done. I actually don't mind it as much as I thought I would. That said, I am getting increasingly frustrated with my boss, which is not new but certainly being exacerbated by being thrown out of the office's usual routine. I need to really sit down and think about how to manage these new circumstances, since I believe we're officially working remotely until further notice. Yesterday evening I stopped by my office to get my monitors and docking station, since working on just my laptop wasn't doing it for me. I don't have a very large table on which to place these things, so I may downgrade to just one monitor (I usually use two), but time will tell.

My next task, and I hope to get myself to do it tomorrow, is to put together a proposed schedule. I suspect that I am not well-built for working from home, and I know that have a schedule, or at the very least a routine, will help a lot. Our morning check in is at 10am, so on weekdays I at least have to be up and dressed by 9:45 so I'm ready for that. I made myself get out of bed at 9:45 this morning, despite my usual tendency to sleep in on the weekends, because I knew I'd never get up. I've also made an effort to open the curtains in my bedroom, both for the light and for the act of getting up, which makes me make my bed (I'm already in the habit of making my bed daily). I've also been trying to be in bed by 11-11:30pm every evening, to make getting up in the morning easier. Weekends will be difficult, since I'm both in the habit of waking up late and also staying up late.

None of this is helped, of course, by the fact that I brought my car in for necessary service on Thursday, found out they had to completely replace a 1-year-old tire because it was unfixable (turns out I drove over a screw and it punctured the sidewall), needed my brakes done, the drivebelt replaced, and that they were going to re-do the air conditioning thing they did in October to check for leaks (my fault, I didn't go back after two weeks like I should have, but still annoying). This was on top of the inspection and oil change I needed anyway. All-in-all I dropped $1200 on it. Then. THEN! I ran errands yesterday and my tire pressure indicator light was on, so I went to get air and one tire was low. The brand-spanking-new tire, to be clear. Short version, I went back this morning and something-something there's a system that can cause leaks and it wasn't an issue with the tire itself, but rather that system and it would be $200 to fix. Not terrible, except I asked them to take a look at the AC again, if possible, to see if the dye they injected showed anything/they could actually diagnose the problem. Well, turns out the compressor needs replacing and that will be $1000. So...I'm in unexpectedly in the market for a new car, because between the work I got done on Thursday and this new $1200 quote, that's pretty much equal to the actual value of my car (it's 10+ years old), so not worth doing. But I refuse to not have air conditioning in the summer, and judging by spring, this summer's going to be brutal. I'm in a fine enough place financially to be able to afford this, particularly since there are some decent deals since no one is going out of the house right now, but I hadn't planned on needing to do this for another year or two, so I haven't done any research. I spent this evening looking at cars, trying to decide if I want another of the car I already have or not. I have an appointment on Monday to test drive some Toyotas, so we'll see how that goes. Argh. Not something I wanted to be doing right now.
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Fandom Stocking!

I signed up for fandom stocking this year with my DW account (the_lost_city). If you haven't heard of it, it's a place where people can stuff someone's stocking with fic/drabbles, fanart, links, cute pictures, or just holiday/December greetings. Sort of a like a fic exchange. You don't have to know them, and can go searching for other stockings in your fandom or with your interests and leave little things.

If you feel like stopping by my stocking, you can find it here: here. You don't have to have a DW account to comment, and all comments, on all stockings, are screened until around January 6, 2014.
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Teen Wolf fic: Alright already (we'll all float on), unrequited Derek/Stiles, Derek/OFC, Stiles/OFC

Do not post my stories on other websites. You do not have permission to do so. This includes Goodreads, Ebooks-tree, FanFiction.Net, personal blogs, and any other posting and/or reviewing site.

Title: Alright already (we'll all float on)
Author: _thelostcity
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Genre: pre-slash/het
Characters: Derek, Stiles
Pairing: unrequited Derek/Stiles, Derek/OFC, Stiles/OMC
Categories: angst, unrequited love, heartbreak
Rating: G
Warning: none
Spoilers: None
Disclaimer: These characters belong to TPTB, MTV, et al. No copyright infringement is intended.
Author’s notes: This piece was inspired by DevilDoll's AMAZING ficlet, which can be found here on tumblr: I highly recommend reading that one first. Summary quote is from DevilDoll's ficlet.

Summary: The problem is—the problem is during that year, Derek falls in love.

And so does Stiles.

But not with Derek.

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So when you take cough medicine at 3am, you should probably quadruple-check the dosage so you don't accidentally take 3 times the dosage (also 150% of what you're supposed to take in a 24 hour period) and wake up 7 hours later high as a kite. Sucks more because the meds aren't working and I can't take more :( and I'm *still* high.

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pico .todo

I miss telnet and my to-do list(s). Now I need pico .toread and pico .tosee as well.

I just watched Bride of Frankenstein, which was quite good :) I've also been watching lots of other movies, mostly starring Chris Evans. Aside from that, I spend entirely too much time on tumblr and I need to get back to writing. ASAP. First, I need to re-activate my writing muse. My reading muse has been in absolute overdrive, particularly where Avengers fic is concerned (Steve/Tony is my new OTP), though I only know the movieverse, so it's a little confusing.

But anyway. Writing vibes. I needs them.
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Two posts in one day!

So I read both Divergent and Insurgent (by Veronica Roth) today, and I really, really want the third book to be available. Sadly, it's not. Because Insurgent only came out this year.

For those not familiar with this series, it's another utopian/dystopian society. It's futuristic, like the Hunger Games; divided into sections of society, also like HG; but there are no kiddie death matches. It's also somewhat unclear if it's also post-apocalyptic.

Anyway, I'm going to whine about the not-as-good-as-it-should've-been editing job. It's only noticeable to me in Insurgent, but there are some bits where it clearly wasn't read by someone paying enough attention.
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I did like it, though, and would recommend it if you're into that sort of thing. I think if you like HG then you'll like this. There's lots more things to say, but I read two 500 page books today (though the font was kind of big), so I should probably go to sleep.
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Divergent by Veronica Roth

Anyone on my flist read Divergent by Veronica Roth? Do you own it? If so, would you be so kind as to transcribe pages 25 and 48 for me? I bought the first paperback edition yesterday, but sadly those two pages are just black blobs. The library seems to be out and I'm having a hard time finding a hardback copy (all of the paperback editions I've found have the same problem), so I can't get the pages for myself. I'll offer you a story in return (though my writing fandoms are rather limited) and love you forever.

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Woo! AMC's Ultimate Marvel Marathon today. I'm actually already there. I wasn't sure how crazy the lines would be, but it turns out the theater didn't even open until 10 (I got here at 9:30ish), but there wasn't much of a line. There's actually only about 30 people in the theater right now, but there are 2 screens open for this marathon.

They're giving out limited edition Avengers themed 3D glasses, I got the Ironman ones, but I'm wondering if I should try to swap for Captain America instead. Very difficult decisons, I know. There's also a fancy pass so you can go in and out all day, and an Avengers comic (Ultron Quest). Happy early bday to me.

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I broke my necklace at the gym, though. I'm disappointed but also baffled. I take it off and generally thread it through one of the zippers on my bag and when I pulled my back out of the locker after my workout I wasn't paying attention and caught the necklace on the locker. The result is a broken clasp. The baffling part is the fact that I cannot, for the life of me, figure out what happened. The clasp is broken, yes, but it's also not actually damaged. The pieces pulled apart, but there is no break anywhere that I can see. Nor can I see any way whatsoever to put the pieces back together. It's like they just passed through one another. Either that or it's like that magic ring trick where those solid rings are all connected until they're not, and then separated until they're not. Completely baffling.

In other news, I have to get blood drawn again tomorrow. Sigh.

In other other news, I'm going to AMC's Ultimate Marvel Marathon on May 3! I'm not super into the Marvel movies (actually, I've only seen Ironman 1 and Thor), but I'm not not into them so I thought it would be fun. Unfortunately, I will be going by myself since Thursdays are kind of hard for other people. Not that I have a problem going by myself, but it would've been more fun with people I know. onlyonechoice has been giving me Avengers tips, but if anyone else wants to add things they think I should know, please do!

I'm just getting into Doctor Who (new Who), too. I'm only about three episodes in, but I'm liking it very much :) Cheesy sci-fi, woo!

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Also, dammit! The Bruins just lost Game 7. :(