rhia_starsong: (kitty!)
So today at work I got my first employee review.  I am apparently literally a model employee, and my boss said so many nice things about me I was blushing.  Of course, I'm hoping this translates into a raise at the end of the year; praise is nice, but money's better.  :)

Still enjoying work a lot; we're almost full up in the office, so I have lots to do most of the time.  However, since I get up every morning while it's still dark, I'm about to fall asleep right now.  Yay, weekend.
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.  :/ 

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: (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.

rhia_starsong: (Josh victory is mine)
Exciting new polling today; my home state (which is, once again, one of those infamous 'battleground states') is polling 2 points in favour of President Obama.  As one of the grassroots volunteers, this is especially rewarding.  So, insert plug here for Americans to go vote; Early Voting is already going on in, like, thirty states.  I've been mainlining MSNBC today.  Conclusions: I kind of love Martin Bashir, men saying anything about women's bodies needs to stop yesterday, and this election needs to hurry up and be over.  Also, I miss Keith Olberman.
rhia_starsong: (chibi!bug john)
Well, apparently procrastination can pay off; that film paper and annotated bibliography I did literally at the last minute?  I got an A+ on both.  That, or this school really has no standards.  All the final grades aren't in yet, but in the two that are posted on the web, I got As.  This brings me up to just shy of a 3.0 overall GPA!  This is exciting, guys.  

On the down side, I'm sick again.  It's the sore throat with nasty white stuff all over, really gross, really painful.  I went to the doctor two days ago, and the rapid strep test was negative, but all the symptoms point to either strep or some other bacteria, so he prescribed antibiotics.  I opted to get it all over with and get the enormous penicillin shot instead of taking 10 days of oral antibiotics.  It leaves you kind of sore, and it goes in the hip.  Ouch.  But worth it; I think it's beginning to work.  I was supposed to drive down to visit my dad and stepmom in Alabama, but I'm not making a 7-hour drive by myself feeling like this.  It's a little disappointing, because this is the longest break from school I'll have until I graduate in December, and I haven't seen them since this past December.  Oh, well.  

There was a rare bird sighted nearby a few days ago, but I couldn't go see it at first because I had to study for finals, and by the time I could go, it was not there.  It was a purple gallinule, which kind of looks like a little kid got into the paints and coloured it in:

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