rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
Hi, guys, it's, um, been a while?  Sorry.  You know how it is--you spend all day (literally) staring at a computer screen at work, and then don't really want to look at one at home, even for fun.  I thought I'd try to do like [livejournal.com profile] aadarshinah and post updates more regularly (not promising daily), so here goes.

Work is still pretty awesome.  I get to do so much fun stuff, and we keep hiring new people, which means I get to help them, too.  Nothing makes you feel good quite like being able to answer people's questions and solve their problems, which is essentially my job.  We did have a bit of a stir yesterday, though, in another part of the building.  We're in a big office building uptown (what this backward city calls 'downtown' anywhere else), and the bottom floor is a bank.  Apparently, yesterday morning a guy came in and gave one of the tellers a note demanding money.  He never showed a weapon, and no one was hurt, but they shut the branch down for a while, and we made the news.  I'm glad we're up on the 15th floor.  They haven't caught the guy yet as far as I know, but they had really good images, so it probably won't be long.

In exciting news, one of the attorneys who does work for us is flying in from CA this weekend and taking us to the Panthers game (the local NFL team)!  I'm a huge Panthers fan, have been since high school, so I'm really excited.  Apparently, these are pretty good seats.  Here's hoping my Cats can give me a win on my birthday!

I had lunch this weekend with my friend from school, which was fun.  She took me out for an early birthday lunch and we hung out for a while.  Life is pretty good.

How are you doing, internet friends?
rhia_starsong: (Default)
Hello, internet, it's been awhile, hasn't it?  I've neglected you shamefully.  I thought I'd do a quick update in between chores today. 

Last weekend was my great-aunt's 90th birthday.  She lives in Maryland, so it's about a seven hour drive, if you stop once or twice.  Mom and I wanted to visit her, so I took Friday off from work and we drove up that morning.  The GPS, which we've sarcastically nicknamed Miss Know-it-all, kept trying to get us to turn around for about fifty miles; it was trying to get us to go north into Annapolis then south back into Waldorf, when all we had to do was stay on the road we were on.  Fortunately, we knew this, so we didn't waste time going the other way.  (Mom and Dad started calling their GPS by that name a while back; they still had the voice turned on, and it had a way of sending you out of your way at times, sort of acting like it knew everything, and the voice sounded a bit snippy every time it had to re-calculate the route.)

At any rate, we got there, and the trip was really good except the hotel stay.  The first night, we were very tired from the journey and all, so we went to bed somewhat early.  I have a very hard time falling asleep in rooms other than my own, so I wasn't really sleeping well anyway, and then at 1:30 AM this group of people comes noisily down the hall to the rooms right around us.  They were laughing and talking rather loudly, but then someone turned on music!  People called the desk, and the guy came up to tell these people to be quiet, but they instead became louder, so they called a police officer to do the same.  That finally worked, except for the little brat that went yelling down the hall, banging on people's doors.  At least it was quiet again.  The hotel refunded our first night due to this.

Saturday, we took my aunt shopping in Annapolis, which was very pretty.  The Naval Academy was apparently having a parents' weekend, so all the students were out with their families, in their dress whites.  So [livejournal.com profile] wings128 will be very jealous!  Aunt Minnie, who met her husband back during the war when he was stationed in Atlanta, said she always had had a weakness for a man in uniform.  ;)

The ladies of her church threw a big luncheon for her on Sunday, which was very nice, and the trip back was fine though we had some nasty rain in spots.  Work this week was busy but good; a fellow Davidsonian started on Monday, so that was cool.  The weather is once-in-a-lifetime unseasonably cool right now, which is fantastic!  Other than that, I have nothing much to report.

How have you all been?

rhia_starsong: (flyboy)
I know several others are plugging this already, but the backlot is holding another slash pairings tourney, and SGA is on there with McKay/Sheppard.  Now, even if you're not normally a McShep fan, please vote in this so we can make a good showing!  Last time, we almost beat out Dean/Castiel from Supernatural; not bad for a fandom that's been off the air for a while!  You can vote once an hour from each mobile device you have, so let's show all these new fandoms that we're not 'dead'!

Here's the link to the voting site: http://logo.to/18uL8Re.

meme thing

Jul. 9th, 2013 08:17 pm
rhia_starsong: (oxford comma)
I picked this up from [livejournal.com profile] wings128 and figured I'd give it a go.  Unfortunately, it kind of highlights how boring my life is.

What was the last book you read?

Into the Black: Odyssey One by Evan Currie and Jingo! by Terry Pratchett

What was the last TV show you watched?
Jeopardy! tonight; there's not really anything else good on TV any more.

What was the last movie you saw?
Uh, it might have been The Hunger Games...last year.  Again, they totally quit making movies I care about.

What was the last album you listened to?
Well, I listen to my iPod on shuffle, so I don't usually listen to a single album at a time.

What was the last video game you played?
Dragon Age a couple of years ago.

Bonus round: What was the last fanfic you read?
Reread By My Side by rinkafic.

So, um, yes, see how boring my life really is, internet!

rhia_starsong: chibi!john asleep (chibi!sleepy john)
I've been neglecting you terribly, I know, internet, but...

Yes, well.  This is an incredibly sleep-deprived entry, as I missed so much sleep last night.  The idiot speedway apparently has some kind of outdoor movie night now that they've got the biggest screen in the world, or something, so the damn movie could be heard all the way at my house last night, followed by freaking fireworks until past 11 pm; when you get up at seven every morning, that's not good.  Even after that, I couldn't seem to really sleep, and finally I gave up this morning around six-thirty.  So I'm really tired.

But.  Yesterday I went to the big bookstore in the mall which was having a one-day sale and bought several books.  One of them was a book by an author I'd never heard of, but I liked the sound of the summary, so I gave it a shot.  I love it.  Totally recommending this book here.  It's military sci-fi, so Stargate fans pay attention.  The author is Evan Currie, and the book is Into the Black: Odyssey One.  It's really good on the military stuff, including a section where he essentially says, yeah, combat pilots have to know almost as much about how their craft work as the people who built them, so they're anything but stupid (which, after some time in the SGA fandom, is refreshing--we all know how many fics treat the military as dumb, even pilots like Sheppard or Mitchell). 

The main premise is that, in a post-WWIII Earth, the North American Confederation sends out the brand-new space ship Odyssey, under the command of Eric Weston, on a shakedown cruise of the universe.  Weston was a former fighter jockey in the Marines, and there are lots of Special Forces members of our military as well as Canada's in his new crew.  There are some aspects that resonate a lot with the Stargate universe, but only on the surface.  It's a fascinating and compelling action read with linguistics, philosophy, combat tactics, tragedy, and triumph.  I won't give away any more of the plot, other than to say there are alien humans and alien beasties, and there's a war.  Um, it's a lot better than it sounds from my lame description?  Seriously, though, if you like the mix of military and science that marks the best of Stargate canon and fandom, I think you ought to give this book a go.  It's in paperback, so not as expensive, and I'm fairly sure there will be a sequel, since it's left very up-in-the-air as far as the ending goes.

Anyway, that was mostly the purpose of this post.  I'm a little over halfway through the book, which is nearly six hundred pages in an oversized paperback, though I peeked at the last page, as I am wont to do.  ;)  Which is how I know the ending.  And I'm still feeling compelled to read the rest because it's that good.  There's really interesting science, too; a lot of it is based on things I know are fairly current in actual science, like tachyon properties, and it makes nice extrapolations in the best tradition of the genre.  The alien society they encounter is interesting and somewhat mysterious, even at the end of the book, and the alien enemy is pretty frightening.

So.  What's on your summer reading list, guys?  I also picked up some more Discworld novels, which are an addiction of mine, and the latest Foreigner novel I'd been wanting to own since I read it back in March.  I had to stop myself from spending all of my first paycheck there, since it was only a week's pay.  I should get paid again at the end of this coming week, and it will be the normal two weeks' pay this time, which is good, since I keep having to buy gas for my car and it keeps getting more expensive.  :/ 

rhia_starsong: (Default)
I was trying to come up with something witty to say here as an intro, but came up blank.  How are you doing these days, internet?  I never see you anymore except after work and on the weekends.  My cubicle is situated where my double screens are really visible, so about the only thing I can do besides, you know, the stuff they're paying me for is keep my personal email down to a manageable level.  But the work is pretty interesting.  On Monday, I made the two-hour drive down to our other office (and the three-hour drive back) for training, and learned more than I could ever have imagined about commercial business loans.  I now know about SBA loans, conventional loans, securitizations, and allonges.  At least a little.  And even though it sounds kind of boring, it really isn't.

My job is sort of all-encompassing.  I find things, draft letters and emails for attorney engagement, appraiser engagement, BPOs (don't ask me what that stands for; I asked the first day and promptly forgot in the midst of all the other jargon), and site visits.  The stuff my office does is for "special servicing" loans, which essentially means loans that are in default. 

So today was pretty good, I even had time for some crosswords and a few games of solitaire.  But I realised that I didn't bring enough to eat for lunch, so, in desperation I turned to the Keurig coffee machine and tried to make the stuff as sweet and flavoured as possible--it didn't really work.  Oh, well. 

And, and, and, I get paid this Friday!  Which is good, because I have to pay for gas for my car every few days now, and it's pretty damn expensive.
rhia_starsong: (Default)
Well, in spite of the weather, I made it home alive today.  I ended up getting to work about 20 minutes early this morning because traffic actually co-operated fairly well, so I decided to leave work early.  That was a really good thing, because when I was within half a mile of the interstate exit I get off on to go home (so about five minutes from home), the skies--already ominous-looking--opened up and rain was falling sideways so hard we all were going about 15 miles an hour with our flashers going.  Fortunately, my car is low to the ground and has excellent traction, so all the ponding which was very deep in places didn't even make me hydroplane.

One of the poplars in our yard wasn't so lucky, though; the straight-line winds we had were gusting between 50 and 70 mph, about the force of a hurricane.  It brought down one of our trees in the backyard onto my old swingset. 

On the plus side, tomorrow is casual Friday, so I get to wear jeans and sneakers to the office, and then on Monday I have to drive to our office in Greenville (about two hours from here in good traffic) but I also get to wear jeans!  It's neat working uptown (this city is stupid and what most cities call downtown is uptown here), with the bronze elevators with neat designs on the doors and wood panelling inside and the marble floors, but it's expensive to park ($140/month) and you have to dress up.  Oh well.

meme thing

Jun. 10th, 2013 08:18 pm
rhia_starsong: (Jamie)
So, in honour of my first, successful day at the new job, a meme I grabbed from [livejournal.com profile] wings128:

1. You can ONLY answer 'Yes' or 'No'

2. You are NOT ALLOWED to explain ANYTHING unless someone messages or comments you and asks.


Kissed any one of your LiveJournal friends? — Yes

Been arrested? — No

Kissed someone you didn't like? — Yes

Slept in until 5 PM? — No

Fallen asleep at work/school? — Yes

Held a snake? — Yes

Run a red light? — Yes

Been suspended from school? — No

Experienced love at first sight? — No

Totalled your car in an accident? — No

Been fired from a job? — No

Fired somebody? — No

Sung karaoke? — No

Pointed a gun at someone? — No

Done something you told yourself you wouldn't? — Yes

Laughed until something you were drinking came out your eyes? — No

Caught a snowflake on your tongue? — Yes

Kissed in the rain? — No

Had a close brush with death (your own)? — No

Seen someone die? — Yes

Played Spin-the-Bottle? — Yes

Smoked a cigar? — No

Sat on a rooftop? — No

Smuggled something into another country? — No

Been pushed into a pool with all your clothes on? — No

Broken a bone? — No

Skipped school? — Yes

Eaten a bug? — No

Sleepwalked? — No

Walked on a moonlit beach? — No

Ridden a motorcycle? — No

Dumped someone? — Yes

Forgotten your anniversary? — No

Lied to avoid a ticket? — No

Ridden in a helicopter? — No

Shaved your head? — No

Blacked out from drinking? — No

Played a prank on someone? — No

Hit a home run? — No

Felt like killing someone? — Yes

Cross-dressed? — No

Been falling-down drunk? — No

Made your girlfriend/boyfriend cry? — Yes

Eaten snake? — No

Marched/Protested? — No

Had Mexican jumping beans for pets? — No

Puked on an amusement ride? — No

Seriously & intentionally boycotted something? — Yes

Been in a band? — No

Knitted? — Yes

Been on TV? — Yes

Shot a gun? — Yes

Skinny-dipped? — No

Given someone stitches? — No

Eaten a whole habanero pepper? — No

Ridden a surfboard? — No

Drunk straight from a liquor bottle? — Yes

Had surgery? — Yes

Streaked? — No

Been taken by ambulance to a hospital? — Yes

Tripped on mushrooms? — No

Passed out when NOT drinking? — No

Peed on a bush? — No

Donated Blood? —Yes

Grabbed electric fence? — No

Eaten alligator meat? — No

Eaten cheesecake? — Yes

Eaten your kids' Halloween candy? — No

Killed an animal when NOT hunting? — No

Peed your pants in public? — Yes

Snuck into a movie without paying? — No

Written graffiti? — No

Still loved someone you shouldn't? — No

Thought about the future? — Yes

Been in handcuffs? — No

Believed in love? — Yes

Slept on a certain side of the bed? — Yes


So, the job was pretty neat.  I like my co-workers so far, and it looks like there will be enough interesting work to keep me busy and not bored.  Also, I am now the official Keeper of the Office Keys, including the extra/guest key fobs to let people into the office.  I'm thinking of putting up a sign in my office/cubicle thing that says 'Gatekeeper'. 

The lady that had the job before me apparently quit without notice and didn't even come back to clean out her desk, so we also spent part of the day cleaning out her crap (including tea bags, a bajillion packets of salt and pepper, antacids, and personal paperwork) as well as trying to determine what to do with the various files she left.

I have decided I quite like having two monitor screens, but despise the desktop keyboard.  It's too big, and it's one of those that curves around a bit at the bottom, thus making typing harder.  :(  Oh, well.

They took us out to lunch today, which was really nice.  I even got to leave at the leisurely hour of 9 this morning, though, as if to make up for it, tomorrow I have to be there at 8:30 because the president of the company is coming and she gets there early.

rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash!  Hope you have a great day!
rhia_starsong: (sheppard smiley)
Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] nentari, dear!  Hope it's a good one!

Repost

May. 21st, 2013 09:30 am
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
I'm reposting this link to [livejournal.com profile] amycat8733's post on how to fix the US Congress:

Slap down the prima donnas.
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
rhia_starsong: (Vincent)
Okay, so I've never done one of those LJ anniversary posts, but I see some of you doing them.  I was just on my profile now and saw that tomorrow is this journal's eighth anniversary.  Where does the time go?  I've gone through a lot of changes in eight years, and most of them are chronicled in here.  Except that whole year when I kind of ignored it.  Anyway, happy anniversary to me?
rhia_starsong: (Default)
Whee!  I got my totally awesome-looking 'Hawkguy' comic yesterday, courtesy of the fabulous [livejournal.com profile] pocky_slash.  Thanks, Kait!  It looks cool so far; I got a few pages in last night before bed.

In other non-news...well, that's about it.  Doing some re-reading, working back through my favourite C.J. Cherryh novels, including the Foreigner books, and discovered I had missed the three or so latest, so I've got those to read this weekend.  Still such an amazing series.  I even managed to impress my mom; normally, she just doesn't get why I read SF/F, and she looked at one of them the other day and asked whether the books all seem alike after a while.  I told her no, and why, but she seemed really surprised when I told her that, at heart, the Foreigner series are political thrillers.  Point to me.

We'll be watching the Super Bowl tonight, not that we particularly care who wins since our sorry team finished 7-9, like most of the rest of the league.  Although, Luke Kuechly did get Defensive Rookie of the Year, so that's something good.  Anyway, I'll put in a vote for the Ravens, just because.  Not that I really think any of the rest of you care overmuch. ;)

rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] scrollgirl!  Hope it was a great one!
rhia_starsong: (chasewtf)
And here is the best thing I've seen all day: Michele Bachmann is so crazy she's trying to hold paychecks hostage for silence on potential illegal campaign activities.  My favourite part is the "Rasputin-like" debate coach.  How does this bitch keep getting elected?  ::sporfle::
rhia_starsong: (flansquee!)
Birthday wishes for [livejournal.com profile] captain_bookcat today!  Happy birthday, Vivi!  Hope you make it a great day.
rhia_starsong: chibi!john asleep (chibi!sleepy john)
Happy New Year, everybody.  We had morons (otherwise known as teenage neighbours) setting off firecrackers outside our door until nearly midnight, so everyone here is tired and cranky.  We've already had at least two arguments before anyone even got breakfast.  Oops?  Probably not the best way to start a new year, but I don't believe in superstition unless it has to do with sports.  Like the Bud commercial says, it's only weird if it doesn't work.

At any rate, I hope those of you who believe in resolutions find them easy to keep and that everyone has a healthy and prosperous (in all senses of the word) new year.
rhia_starsong: (kitty!)
Well, here we all are, still alive; guess that'll put a temporary halt to those doomsdayers and save me from having to hear about stupid shit that doesn't make sense or matter--oh, wait, the news still reports on Congress.  Oh, well.

I had lunch and shopping with a friend yesterday; we had our customary Chinese from our favourite local place, and then did a little shopping in the rain.  It's turned cold (for here) now, though--the mountains might be getting some snow, I think.  Fortunately, I live about two hours south and east of the mountains, so it's just clear, windy, and cold here.

Happy Winter Solstice/Non-doomsday to all who celebrate such things!  It's hard to believe that there are only four days to Christmas.  We have a little bit of a light load under the tree this year, as we seem to have mostly given each other gifts during the year or bought things that the other person already knows about.  Although, Dad and I just decided to wrap a couple of those anyway, just to have more things under the tree.

I've been enjoying the holiday cards from friends and relatives.  It was funny, though; a couple weeks ago I got my first Christmas card of the season, and it was from the White House!  The cards, in case you haven't seen a picture of them, feature the First Dog, Bo, with a cute little scarf playing in the snow in front of the White House.  It's a really pretty painting.  The card will be going in the same envelope with the stuff I got from when my elementary school class wrote to the president back in the day.  I don't know what the other kids said in their letters, but I distinctly remember asking for a picture of Socks the cat.  I got both an autographed picture of President Clinton (ho-hum when you're that age) and an 'autographed' picture of Socks, which delighted me.  Of course, being nine, I didn't really know that they're signed by a robo-pen, but I still have them in the original envelope nearly twenty years later.  I'm still not sure how they managed to get a cat to agree to an ink-print of his paw, as just about every cat that's ever owned me would (rather justifiably, I think) claw you for that, but whatever.

In case I'm not in a posting mood in the next few days, I'll go ahead and wish all who celebrate a Merry Christmas and everyone a peaceful year to come.

rhia_starsong: (chibi!hurt john)
Okay, I feel like I should do some sort of update, but, like [livejournal.com profile] stunt_muppet, I never really know where to start.  I guess I'll start by making people jealous and saying I finished all my holiday shopping in one day on Amazon and didn't break fifty bucks, which is good since I still have no income.  I've got a few leads on things that might become possible job openings in the new year, so we'll see what comes of that.  I've been out of school for a year this month, although I guess you could count the six months of paralegal classes and that makes it only five months.  We'll go with that since it makes the fact that I still don't have a job sound less loser-like.  :/

Speaking of paralegal, I finally got my letter that says I passed the state bar!  They even gave me a nice certificate that I can frame and put in my office should I ever be employed and actually have an office in which to put it.  I squeed really hard when I got it in the mail today.  It came in a large envelope that the mail man had to ring the doorbell for, and I looked at the address label, which said it came from the state bar, and I told myself, 'well, surely they wouldn't spend all this money on an envelope like this if it was bad news'.  :)

Both of my football teams lost this past weekend, which sucked donkey balls, especially since each could have (should have) won.  Sigh.

My computer hard drive is sounding/acting suspiciously like it needs to be replaced, but I've been putting off finding out for sure.  I guess I need to determine that so I can beg for a new hard drive for Christmas.  Better than a new laptop, both because this one was very expensive and I'm not through using it, and because I hate changing computers.  I get used to the way one works, and I don't want to get a new one.

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