rhia_starsong: (angel!john)

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ETA: I have decided to unlock most of this journal; a few entries will still be flocked, but most of my ramblings will now return to public status. :)
rhia_starsong: (OTW Member)
I felt like I needed to post here to show off my new OTW Member icon!  Ao3 has become so much more awesome over the years since I first became a member; if you haven't done so, please contribute to their current fundraising campaign.  I know we all use the Archive so much these days, so please support such a great feature.  /PSA

God, this has been the week from crazy-land.  Monday was the October bank holiday, which sounds good, but just meant that I lost a day of work with a loan closing coming up next week.  Then, my co-worker is in Europe for a week, so I got dragged along on two site visits, for which I had to get up around 4 AM on both Tuesday and Thursday.  I didn't leave the office until after 9 PM last night, so I'm dead tired.  But!  In spite of the craziness, still loving the job.  And I'm going to visit family this coming weekend, so that will hopefully go well.

Back we go

Apr. 11th, 2017 09:05 pm
rhia_starsong: (sam/toby the look)
 Well, here we are again, people flocking to DW since LJ and the Russian mob are back at it. Perhaps this migration will be more complete and we can just stay here. We'll see.  I'll try to connect with all my friends here over the weekend. 

ETA: This was a much faster and easier import than the last mass exodus!  I'm falling in love with all my old icons that went inactive when I gave up my paid account, and the fandoms that gave rise to them.  I wish I had something witty or clever to contribute, but these days I use up all my brain power at work.  
rhia_starsong: (john gate)
So, since updating via iPad is such a pain, I've...kind of not?  However, I have recently purchased an actual computer again, mainly so I can finish work at home instead of in the office (though, our office is so goofy, that hasn't worked out yet), so--update!

The job is really interesting, but a very big challenge.  There's a lot of math involved, which has never been my subject, so I'm really having to stretch myself.  Also, most of my coworkers are political idiots, but I try to ignore that (not easy).  However, they pay me well and I'm mostly enjoying it.  I've become very well acquainted with Excel these days, since that's what we do our underwriting in.  I'm sure absolutely no one but me has any interest in that, though, so I'll stop there.

I'm mostly trying to ignore the absolute shame of this country right now, so I won't want to either kill myself so as not to be witness to the end of our democracy and human decency (which would suck), or figure out if there are assassins who would hit the entire capital on inauguration day (very tempting, in the you'll thank me later sense).  It is not a good time to be an American.

(On a side note, my brand new computer features the right shift button on the outside of the up arrow key, meaning I keep hitting the up arrow instead of capitalising things.  Irritating.)

My parents have had a hard time of it this year; they went to Canada in July and my mom ended up fracturing her pelvis in two places, then on Monday my dad had to have his hip replaced.  They're doing well now, but it's been a process.  A long process.

I guess my life is pretty boring otherwise; I'm getting ready for my choral society's series of Christmas concerts starting tomorrow, although it won't be quite as fun as it should be since the director cut all my favourites!  :(

Hopefully there's actually still someone who bothers to read this...
rhia_starsong: (facepalm)
So, I'm out getting lunch, and I pass a woman who had the stupidest tattoo I think I've ever seen: a semicolon behind her ear. Nothing else, just the random punctuation mark. If you're going to mark up your body, shouldn't it at least mean something important? Sigh.

ETA: Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] wings128, for pointing me toward http://www.upworthy.com/have-you-seen-anyone-with-a-semicolon-tattoo-heres-what-its-about to show that it's actually for a great cause: suicide prevention.  So, my faith in humanity restored for the day, I sit corrected!
rhia_starsong: (Jack more fic)
Filched from [livejournal.com profile] wings128, who posted the loveliest bookcase I've yet seen and challenged us to post our own bookcases, here is the messy shelves as seen from my bed at home.

You'll totally notice the many books crammed sideways on top of others when I ran out of room--these are just my favourites to re-read. There are a few others in my spare room and downstairs. Can't own too many books, after all.
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
So, after several days, my answers to the meme from [livejournal.com profile] wings128:

The first ten songs on my iPod's shuffle in order:

1. Got A Hold On Me - Hanson
2. Maybe World - Mary Chapin Carpenter
3. Anvil Chorus - Glenn Miller
4. Firefly-Main Title - Sonny Rhodes
5. In The Mood - Glenn Miller
6. Hey - Hanson
7. Invincible - OK Go
8. American Patrol - Glenn Miller
9. Been There Before - Hanson
10. Flesh and Bone (Battlestar Galactica Season 1) - Bear McCreary

Awesome, my drive to work in the morning will be filled with good music, looks like.

Um, I don't know ten people on LJ anymore, so whoever sees this and feels compelled to answer, consider yourselves tagged?
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] wings128! Hope it's a great one!
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
I realised all my fairies/wizardesses/whatevers were looking more like Wings, so here's one that's more Rhia (plus some extra elf guy).

They let the females have much better fashion sense in this game.
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)

Hopefully this post turns out properly from my iPad... I had to try the adorable fairy from [livejournal.com profile] wings128!

ETA: As mentioned in a comment below, the LOTR-themed wizards.

ETA 2: game here
rhia_starsong: (john gate)
Wow, I didn't realise how long it had been since I last updated!  Nothing much to tell, but I figure I'll post anyway.  Work is still pretty good; we've hired a couple more paralegals, whom I like.  Half the office was out on Friday, which was kind of nice, since it was quiet, and kind of boring at the same time.  I'm house-sitting this weekend, and then Monday is my dad's birthday.  I'm making the most sinful non-chocolate dessert recipe in our family, my grandmother's goofy bars.

Today was my yearly shopping trip to the good mall.  I needed some more spring work trousers, and I was looking for a new purse as the ones I have are finally wearing out.  Since I got both of my old purses on sale and kept them for so many years, I was reluctant to spend a lot of money on a new one.  But I did have some coupons, so it wasn't as bad as it might have been.  I also paid way too much for a pair of khakis, but they're comfortable and look nice, so whatever.
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] aadarshinah!  Hope it was a good  one!
rhia_starsong: (Default)
So, my family has finally finished joining the 21st century--Mom and I bought the iPhone 5s today.  I had a 3G once a long time ago, so not such a big deal (although after years of having nothing but a basic phone since, it sure is nice), but Mom has never had anything more complicated than a phone that dials and maybe takes pictures that she never figured out how to use.  So we'll see.

Buying the damn things was a big ordeal, though; they were only on sale at Best Buy; okay, fine, we also had a cashback thing through the credit card company for buying online if you go through their portal; nice, right?  Yeah, until you go to order.  First, it turns out you already have to have a plan from your phone carrier that works with smartphones before you can order, so we had to call Verizon and do that first.  Okay, fine.  We had some nice stuff from them, including waiving the activation and upgrade fees.  Neat.  So, you would think we're home free and can order the phones, right?  Not so much.  Best Buy's website tried to charge us the upgrade fee Verizon had already waived.  When we contacted Best Buy, they told us they couldn't change it.  So we'd have to buy in the store, thus missing out on the cash back.  So we called the card company to see if they would give it to us anyway, since it was hardly our fault Best Buy's website sucks.  No dice.  Mom and I had gone out to Best Buy at lunch, and it turns out we should have just bought them then, because the store didn't charge for anything but the phones themselves.  Go figure.  So I'll be setting up Mom's phone tomorrow, not that it will take much time.

Still, I'm very excited to finally get rid of the old flip phone.  We both got the space grey colour, so we'll have to get different cases to be able to tell them apart.

Since our president gave us today off (originally only tomorrow was a paid holiday) I had time to do this, as well as make a key lime pie this morning (yes, it was very good!) and other holiday stuff.

Hopefully all of you will have a wonderful winter/summer celebration of your choice (or have already done so), and we'll see you in the new year.
rhia_starsong: (Default)
Well, I guess there are still a few of you out there...  Anyway, time for another drive-by update.  I kind of feel like they're all 'this week at work', but since I don't really have a hobby other than you guys (fandom), oh, well.  In the exciting life of Rhia, we had two more near-disasters with the Christmas tree (we've never had this many problems with a single tree before), got almost all the rest of the decorations up, and are working on the candied pecans.  I want to take some in to work, to contribute to the holiday fattening-up.  ;)

Speaking of work, I was terribly excited to find out that we do indeed have an office Christmas party, and it will be at a ritzy restaurant in town next Thursday night.  On the company expense account.  Susan asked us all what kind of wine we wanted with dinner.  o.O  Should be fun, as I really like all my co-workers.

Also, I'm putting this out to the Universe, as Wings says: one of my friends at work (an asset manager) told me that the company might be hiring three new AVPs (asset managers) and he thought I should let Erin know I would like to be considered, because I do such a great job at my job that I would be good at the AM job.  I was very flattered, and decided, 'what the hell, why not?' and let Erin know.  She said essentially she'd talk to Tom about it, but I figure I lose nothing by mentioning it.  I love the job I do now, but the AM job would pay more (and be a ton more responsibility...); if I don't get it, I've still got a job I love.

My cat is eyeing me with disfavour at the moment since I put some Burt's Bees cuticle stuff on my fingers earlier and she doesn't like the smell of it or the feel of it on her fur, or something.  Oh, well.  Everyone's a critic.  I actually semi-seriously considered kidnapping one of my cats to sit on my lap and keep me warm at work this morning.  It's freezing here, and the office is always somewhere between 67 and 71 F (way too cool for winter, when it's 20-40 F outside).  Alas, Mom thought it was a bad idea, so the cat stayed here and I froze.

rhia_starsong: rule,britannia (britannia)
It's a good sign when they start giving you more work, right?  I'm kind of brain dead these days after working on SBA liquidation plans.  The trouble is, they're long and not all that complicated unless you haven't been working on that loan very long (at all).  So I'm taking loans that I have maybe a passing familiarity with and am trying to detail our plan to liquidate the assets left, how the borrowers got into the state they're in, etc.  Fascinating, but very time-consuming and filled with 'I have no idea if that's what they're looking for, but whatever' moments. 

Right now I'm working on one where the obligors haven't given us any financial information (P&L statements, balance sheets, nothing) since loan origination in 2006.  And of course, since they're tens of thousands of dollars behind on their loan and also in delinquent property taxes up to their eyes (the IRS actually froze their accounts at one point), they're no longer talking to us.  So I'm having to guesstimate whether these people have anything other than the houses they put up as collateral for us to bother with.  It doesn't look like it.

But.  I have done one of these and have another to follow.  That's good, right?  I sure hope so!

At home, we went and got our Christmas tree on Saturday last, and got it up and all the 10,000-plus lights on it on Sunday (around watching the too-exciting Panthers game!).  Nice, but then that night we discovered the tree stand had been leaking onto our carpet (it went right through the protective mat) all day.  So the tree was sitting in the middle of the living room the last few days, waiting for the carpet to dry.  Dad had to pick the thing up, lights and all, to get it out of the stand and into the new one.  I went out on Sunday night to Lowe's to get a new one at 7:30 and it was already below freezing!  I want hazard pay for this. ;)

Mom and Dad are headed out of town this weekend, which is why we were in a bit of a hurry to get the lights on, as it takes both me and Mom to do it.  But the tree is the only decoration we've managed to get up so far.  I think it's going to go a lot slower this year with me working.

How are you doing, dear flisters?  It's been raining here since last night; the kind of really cold soaking (hovering around freezing or just above all day) that makes it miserable out.  I nearly hydroplaned off the road on the way in this morning, but lived to tell about it.

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: (angel!john)
I'll do this meme.  Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] wings128:

Read more... )
P.S. [livejournal.com profile] wings128, I'm afraid you're watching all the worst exports my country has to offer!  Also, I'm a tad embarrassed to admit to watching some of these...
rhia_starsong: (Vincent)
Happy Birthday, dear [livejournal.com profile] neevebrody!  I hope it was a great one!  Thanks for all the lovely Joe you bring us every day!
rhia_starsong: (Josh victory is mine)
Finally! My Panthers won big time. It was a 38-0 thrashing of the NY Giants at home. I'm still so excited. It was our first win of the season, which makes it even better. Plus, the Georgia Bulldogs won yesterday pretty big, so it was a great weekend here in Carolina.
rhia_starsong: (angel!john)
Happy birthday, dearest Wings!  Here's wishing you two hot colonels...  B445_zpsbf7c48dd

And no lemons!


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