kshandra: long-haired woman silhouetted against a stormy sky (Bad)
2017-03-14 11:05 am
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Unsurprising, but unsettling nonetheless.

[personal profile] gridlore took my car to the shop this morning; we had a coupon for 90K service, and as Bailey just hit 100K last month, she was certainly due.

They gave Doug a list of follow-up work (prioritized, at least) that, at a glance, is probably going to be over a grand in parts and labor.

Doug's actually thinking about registering Bailey as non-operational and being a single-car household for now; I've got a month to mull that over, yet. And I'd already been thinking that next year's tax refund was going toward a new-to-us car; this news has basically made that a certainty.

But I'm so far behind at work I think I'm first, and I don't have time to think about this right now.
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
2017-03-12 09:58 pm

Today is the first day of the rest of my medication.

Saw my doctor this week about changing my diabetes medication. The one I was originally prescribed, while it had worked beautifully for me when I was first on it four years ago, had done nothing but cause me severe gastrointestinal distress (leaving-work-early severe on more than one occasion), and it never went away. If I tried taking it during my meal, I had massive bloating; if I took it more than X minutes after I ate, it was cramps and worse. One of my fellow coworkers is a diabetic himself and had been telling me for several weeks "Look, it's none of my damn business, but you need to get off of that stuff," and I finally did something about it.

Of course, me being me, and compliance being something I struggle with on the best of occasions, having one of my meds revolt on me meant that taking any of the rest of them rapidly went out the window, as well. So the labwork I had done this weekend is going to be a mess, but I'm braced for it.

Anyway, tonight I took my first dose of Januvia; I've got four weeks worth of free samples, and we'll see if my insurance will cover the script outright or if I'm gonna have to fight for it. (It looks like the manufacturer has a copay card for it, as well, so I've got options if it comes down to that.)
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
2017-02-27 12:34 pm
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Om nom OUCH.

So, thanks to an Invisible Internet Friend I got a referral code for a free week of Blue Apron meals. I made the first one of them yesterday...and while the food was AMAZING, it was a rather horrifying lesson in just how out of shape I am.

None of the steps in the recipe was all that difficult, but the fact that they were supposed to happen simultaneously meant there was no way for me to stop and let the pain reside before starting in on the next ingredient. [personal profile] gridlore was listening to me make my way around our really-not-that-big kitchen and almost stopped me in the middle of cooking. (Sadly, said kitchen size means that getting something like a lab stool on wheels so I can sit while I cook is most likely a non-starter.) We'll make at least one of the other two recipes before the ingredients go bad, but I've cancelled the account going forward.

(For the record, the recipe in question was their Lamb & Beef Stew. I am absolutely keeping the recipe card.)
kshandra: White text on a blue button: "Better watch now, because things could go wrong in a hurry." (Keith - Better Watch Now)
2017-02-15 10:30 am

Requesting a do-over

Got a call from Amtrak this morning saying that our train trip for this weekend was cancelled (mudslides on the track w/no estimate for clearance), leading to a call to the Morris to cancel our room for the village summit. [personal profile] gridlore went to the lab for bloodwork, only do discover that half the stuff on the order needed a 12hr fast, and he ate breakfast on the way there.

Can we go back to bed?
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
2017-02-03 01:53 pm
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The saga of the Free Trailer Beowulf

As I mentioned last fall, [personal profile] gridlore and I have come to the conclusion that we are just Too Damn Old™ to keep fussing with a tent on-playa every year. So we did our taxes as soon as all of the paperwork was in, determined what our budget was (an attempt to apply for financing fell about as flat as I had expected, so we were strictly cash-on-the-barrelhead), and started searching in earnest.

Then one of my coworkers sent me a link to something he found on OfferUp - for a THIRD of our budget.

A blank canvas

It's little more than a bed with walls around it, but that was all we were really looking for, anyway. And we knew that with that low a price tag, odds are we were going to wind up putting as much money into it again to get it ready to use.

Little did I know just how much sweat-equity would be involved... )

I've got some serious New Relationship Energy for this thing, lemmetellya. We've got the exterior artwork planned out (I ordered a custom stencil for the back which turned out beautifully), and little by little I'm getting stuff together for the interior. Found a storage ottoman on Craigslist to brace the lower half of the bed (the head is permanently mounted, but the foot is a free-floating piece of plywood so you can convert it to a couch during the daytime); I picked up an area rug from Freecycle last night, but it may be a little too MOOPy (which is a concern for me even though it'll be indoors the whole time). My boss is going to spot-weld the trailer for us next week, and will likely help us replace the cracked plexiglass window. (Doug was highly amused by how this became a group project in the 36 hours we had it parked behind the warehouse before moving it to storage.)




As I was leaving dinner Tuesday, I recognized a group of people walking towards the restaurant - including my very first boyfriend from HS. Much to my amazement, he sent the rest of his party in to get a table, then walked me back to the truck, where he took my hands and asked my forgiveness for the way he'd treated me when we were dating. "I was an ass, and a beast, and to put it in AA terms, I'd like to make amends." As the saying goes, you could have woken up to find the Sphinx with a new nose and not been more surprised than I.
kshandra: jointed teddy bear, standing upright, wearing a faux-leather flying helmet and jacket, goggles, and "silk" scarf (Aviator)
2017-01-05 11:08 am
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Holy crow, you guys.

A friend of mine is putting together a fundraiser for his daughter's health expenses, and I pulled up our link in the process of giving him some pointers.

Over eight months after the trip - a year after winding up our efforts - we are still the 11th most-funded campaign in the Celebrations category.

We will be talking about this trip for the rest of our lives...and we have all of you to thank for it.
kshandra: Animated text: Closing paragraph from the 01/08/11 Special Comment - icon made with http://wigflip.com/minifesto (Default)
2017-01-02 06:20 pm
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#TheResistance

Senator-Elect Kamala Harris asked her consituency for our priorities in the coming years. If you're a resident of California, you can fill out the survey here: http://www.kamalaharris.org/landing/e151209/

A friend shared his responses, and they were so well-thought-out I used them to frame my own.

As a member of a sexual minority, married to a disabled man, my first and most important priorities are as follows:

  1. Single-payer health care in this state, if not nationwide.
  2. Protections for the LGBTQ community in health care, housing, jobs, parental rights, and education.
  3. Protections for Muslims, Jews, and other religious minorities in freedom of worship and speech, housing, jobs, and education.
  4. Protections for all persons of color, regardless of immigration status, in freedom of speech and assembly, health care, housing, jobs, and education.


I realize this is a lot to ask for, particularly of a first-term senator. But if these issues aren't addressed, many people I love and care about - my husband, my family, my friends and colleagues - will be in grave danger.
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
2016-12-31 09:52 am
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State Of The Journal

This used to be a first-day-of-the-year meme, but doing it on the last day makes sense, too.

Free DW Account, Created on 2009-05-01 (#152315)
31,173 comments received, 3,996 comments posted
5,327 Journal Entries, 190 Tags, 0 Memories, 72 Icons

Permanent LJ Account, Created on 5 March 2001 (#69080)
30,599 Comments received, 48,206 Comments posted
5,323 Journal entries, 182 tags, 61 memories, 211 userpics

There used to be a lot more minutiae involved with this, but I don't have the brainpower to try and figure it out across the two platforms right now. (I did take this opportunity to start moving my RSS feeds from LJ to DW.)
kshandra: figurine of a teddybear seated at an office desk, looking at a computer (ComputerBear)
2016-12-24 07:05 pm

Note To Self:

Never switch between HTML and Rich Text when making a post AGAIN.
kshandra: Frank the Goat, swearing in comic-book fashion. Text: "LiveJournal: Proudly uniting foreheads with keyboards since 1999" (Livejournal)
2016-12-24 05:46 pm
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Friending Meme

Stolen from [personal profile] miintikwa - see also [livejournal.com profile] 2017revival

Name: Kirsten/K`shandra/Koosh
Age: 46
Location: Silicon Valley
Tumblr/Goodreads/IG/etc: If there's a kshandra on the site, it's 95%+ likely to be me.

Describe yourself in five sentences or less:
Stolen from my abortive attempt at LJ Idol Season 9: Life long San Francisco Bay Area resident, married since 1991 to [personal profile] gridlore, also a Bay Area native. I'm morbidly obese and middle aged. I trend toward the introverted side of ambiversion, and self identify as a recovering depressive (directly analogous, IMO&E, to being a recovering alcoholic). My passions are science fiction conventions and Burning Man, both attending and volunteering; my current Default World boss is someone I work with in the desert. I have too many stuffed animals and not enough bookshelves, too many half-finished craft projects and not enough hours in the day to finish them.
Top 5 Fandoms:
I'm old enough that I remember the days before that word became quite so balkanized - but I also realize that it was a time when the word referred to F&SF to the exclusion of most all else, so I'm coming around on that point. If I had to give a list, it would probably be (in no particular order) 80's music, classic Doctor Who (I'll watch New!Who, but it's never captured me in quite the same way), [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's Toby Daye novels, Kushiel's Legacy, and the Marvel Cinematic Universe. I'm an erstwhile pundit fan and still moderate Texts from the Anchor Desk (officially the co-mod, but the blog founder hasn't been on Tumblr in a while).
I mostly post about:
Day-in-the-life stuff, with occasional descents into the land of memes.
My last three posts were about:
One about seeing The Nutcracker with my mother and two about the death of my grandfather.
How often do you post? How about commenting?
I'm better about the latter than the former, though truth be told I'm not very good at either. ;-) I took part in NaBloPomo last month in the hopes that it would get me posting on a regular basis again, and it's helped a little bit, but I'm still nowhere near as prolific as I was in the early days of my journal.
A GIF to describe how your day has been so far:
kshandra: illustration of the classic drama masks (Comedy/Tragedy)
2016-12-18 08:11 pm

In which Koosh has Opinions On Dance

[personal profile] murphymom and I went to the Fathom Events screening of The Nutcracker as performed by the Bolshoi Ballet, originally recorded in 2014.



I was surprisingly underwhelmed. )
I will say it wasn't all a letdown. I appreciated the fact that the Nutcracker doll was performed by a different, younger dancer, to make the transformation into the Prince all the more dramatic. I loved the behind-the-scenes footage we got before each act, with the dancers wearing leggings, down vests, etc., to keep their muscles warm before going on (including one person who I swear I saw wearing a Pikachu onesie). And getting to see the building itself was a treat.

In all, it was a good way to spend time with my mother for her birthday...but I think next year I may look for a local live production that doesn't cost the earth.
kshandra: Cartoon: Garfield face-down in his cat bed, a single Z in a word balloon over his head (Z)
2016-12-07 11:38 pm

The Next Day

It did not surprise me in the least to wake up this morning showing signs of a depressive episode, despite being at therapeutic levels with my meds. A death in the family will do that to a person.

I was NOT, however, expecting to come home from work and sleep for almost four hours. ([personal profile] gridlore was surprised I woke up at all...)

Now to see if I can get myself BACK to sleep, so as not to completely mess myself up before a solo day in the office tomorrow.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
2016-12-06 07:47 pm
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James Breed, June 15 1939 - December 6 2016

papajim

That which is remembered, lives.
kshandra: Close-up of a single lit candle against a black background (Candle)
2016-11-30 04:27 pm

Last Chance To See

So the news about my grandfather has gone from "days, maybe hours" to "not as bad as all that" to "he may not make it to next weekend." And I've spent much of today in conversation with [personal profile] gridlore, [personal profile] murphymom, and my sister, trying to work out whether going this weekend is viable. And I realized in the midst of that discussion that part of why I was stressing so much over making this work is that I didn't get to see Aunt Mary that one last time (which in itself carries residual guilt from blowing off Nana's last birthday...jesus, twenty years ago now).

Mom has multiple things keeping her from making the trip this weekend (not the least of which is she's moving on the 7th, to the second - third? - housing arrangement she's had since the fire in May). Amanda has said that if money is the only thing keeping Doug and me from making the trip, tell her how much and where to wire it. Knowing I get paid on the 9th has certainly been part of my motivation for waiting till next week to drive down, but more of it is thinking I was going to need that much time to collect the spoons the trip is going to take (both in terms of the emotional weight of the journey and the simple fact of trying to do it all in 72 hours). There's a definite chance that if I do go this weekend, Doug won't be in a condition to go with me, which sucks, because he was hoping to stop on the way back and visit a dear friend from high school who has at least as many health challenges as he does, and they may not have many opportunities left, either.

And I fucking hate that I have reached an age where having to think in terms of "the last time I'll get to see this person" is going to become a regular occurrence.
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
2016-11-29 01:39 pm
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One foot in front of the other...

After a discussion with [personal profile] gridlore, I made arrangements at work to start coming in late two days a week so we can hit the Y in the morning. It's become abundantly clear that if I try to leave it for after work, it just ain't gonna happen. The plan is for Tuesdays and Fridays.

So of course Doug was up half the night dealing with body!fail, and I had to go on my own today. :-P

There was a circuit-training class starting just as I finished with the treadmill, so I didn't actually get on any of the other machines, but I was able to get my Fitlinxx account reactivated, and dropped off our annual financial aid paperwork*. Besides, when I checked in on Swarm I discovered that this was the first time I'd made it back over since before we went to Istanbul, so twenty minutes of walking was probably as far as I should push myself, anyway. (It wasn't as bad as my first aquatic therapy session, at least, where I sat huddled in the locker room wrapped in my towel for half an hour afterward, barely managed to pull my jeans on over my swimsuit, and then went to sleep for three hours as soon as I got home. But my hips are decidedly NOT happy with me this afternoon.)

* My phone rang from an unfamiliar number while I was writing this up; turns out they need ALL of our most recent tax return, and not just the part I turned in this morning. Feh.
kshandra: Sinfest character Slick sits at his laptop, poking the keyboard; the words "refresh refresh refresh" hover over his head (5-Minute-Refresh)
2016-11-28 07:33 pm

Rainy days and Mondays...

Scenes from a chat window.

[personal profile] kshandra: I really think the fucks I have to give currently can only be measured in irrational numbers.
[personal profile] gridlore: That good, huh?
[personal profile] kshandra: It's not even that bad a day. It's just the weather, and [beloved relative entering home hospice care], and the fucking election (still), and and and.
[personal profile] gridlore: https://days.to/until/mlb-season-opening-day
[personal profile] kshandra: http://burningman.org/countdown/
[personal profile] gridlore: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8V9TCD0TTtk
[personal profile] kshandra: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wbdWt3UDXhs
kshandra: "DONE!" written in purple stencil-font lettering at a 45 degree angle (Done!)
2016-11-27 10:08 pm
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Small Business...Sunday? Eh, close enough.

As previously mentioned, [personal profile] gridlore and I had Plans for Small Business Saturday, which all went immediately out the window between our collective bad night's sleep and the weather. So today we gave it another shot.

And lucked out, because not only was Game Kastle's Black Friday sale still running, the book Doug wanted was discounted even further. So between today's score and the Thing I have planned for him to open on the day itself, his $WINTERHOLIDAY shopping is done, and he now has a budget for me in return.

From there, we checked out Illusive's new location in the Franklin Mall. There are a lot of fun little restaurants in there (including a Japanese place with a tatami room); I'm going to need a dining companion to check some of them out.

After that, a quick stop for groceries, and then back home. I missed the Harvest Festival craft show this weekend, but that was going to be an all-window-shopping trip out of necessity, so it's probably just as well.
kshandra: Composite image of a sprig of white jasmine and the word Jasmine on a golden background (Jasmine House)
2016-11-26 09:21 pm
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Inspired by a tattoo photo on FB...

I need someone to design me a pair of stained glass windows for my Lottery House. (Everyone has a Lottery House in their dreams, don't they?)

In one panel, a vine with the Thirteen Night-Blooming Flowers, and a scroll reading "All Knowledge Is Worth Having." In the other, a spiral adorned with the Thirteen Jewels and a scroll reading "Everything Has A Price."

Take that, Sarah Winchester!
kshandra: Cover artwork from Trans Siberian Orchestra's "The Christmas Attic" (Christmas)
2016-11-25 10:38 pm
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A day like any other...

Back to work this morning, with the remainder of the meatballs from yesterday in the slow cooker in the office kitchen. I don't know how many of our drivers availed themselves of the opportunity when they got back today, but I feel better for knowing I did something. I still have very fond memories of my first T'giving as a SuperShuttle driver, where the admin staff had turkey with all the fixings waiting for us in the yard as we got back from the Hell On Earth known as SFO on Thanksgiving morning. (When you walk in the door to start your shift at 4am, and are immediately 30 minutes behind schedule? And stay that way until about 10am? Yeah, we EARNED that hot meal.)

Left the office around 2:30 (and was already the last one in the building when I did), came home and crashed HARD. (I don't remember sleeping that poorly last night...) I had unfortunately missed a text message from [personal profile] gridlore before I left work, asking me to stop for soda on my way home, so I went back out when I got up.

And promptly struck out on almost everything I went looking for at the store. :-P Starbucks is doing a weekend promotion for bonus reward points; the in-store location at Safeway was already closed when I got there. I went to Safeway instead of a store closer to home because I knew they have sold pre-made green bean casserole in holiday seasons past, and didn't really want to make a full batch if I'm the only one who eats it; couldn't find a single one. They didn't even have the larger size jars of Doug's favorite salsa when I went to pick that up.

Picked up take-out on the way home because my stomach informed me that if I ate another meatball today I would regret it. ;-)
kshandra: pixie with purple wings aloft before a full moon (Good)
2016-11-24 08:31 pm
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...another Thanksgiving dinner that couldn't be beat...

Home from [personal profile] gridlore's mother's home, where we had dinner with his now-sister C, her wife L, and [tumblr.com profile] senshi76. I brought grape jelly meatballs for an appetizer, which everyone LOVED, and "Grape jelly?!" became an instant family meme.

C's toast at the beginning of the meal was perfect: "Here's to being the only family in the country tonight that doesn't have to worry about politics coming up over dinner!" As it happened, the only politics we talked about were the politics of Westeros (C&L are both waiting for the series to end before reading the books; Doug and I have read all of the books, but have only seen about half of the first season; my MIL is current on both).

Senshi and I had a fabulous conversation about various aspects of gender on the ride home (in addition to having a trans* parent, they are becoming more public about identifying as non-binary). Doug got the comment of the night, though, by noting "I'm not cisgender, I'm cislunar. I present as male and I'm about 240,000 miles out of it."

I have one more bag of meatballs to add to the sauce and toss back in the slow-cooker to take to work tomorrow. (Yes, I have to go back to work tomorrow. As I noted earlier in the month, babies don't stop pooping.) And we've got some tentative plans for Small Business Saturday. For now, though, I think it's time to queue up "Alice's Restaurant" (because I haven't been to Church yet this year!) and relax for the rest of the evening.