Tuesday, December 03, 2019

December Currentlies

I'll be honest here: I came fairly close to just not even bothering with this post. More and more, this blog feels like a relic of the past, and more and more even posting this here often feels kind of pointless. So I don't know whether you'll see anything from me in January or not. But, well, it seemed wrong not to at least round out the year. So, for the moment, here I still am. And here this still is.

Current clothes: Blue jeans. A gray long-sleeve t-shirt with a picture of a spacewalking astronaut on it. Blue socks with a design featuring the planets of the solar system. Brown work boots.

Current mood: Not too bad, all things considered. (Said "things" mainly being my as-usual weird-ass work schedule and accompanying bizarre sleeping patterns.) Just a little frazzled, maybe, because I'm posting this fairly quickly, as I have somewhere to be soon.

Current music: Nothing much.

Current annoyance: My "somewhere to be soon" is, in fact, a dentist appointment. So my current annoyance is teeth. Are they or are they not the stupidest body part? I'm gonna go with yes. Yes, they are.

Current thing: Having lots of things I want to do with my time and not nearly enough time to do them in, and still somehow spending far too much of my life doing dumb time-wastey things.

Current desktop picture: Still The Good Place.

Current book: Gold Fame Citrus by Claire Vaye Watkins. I'm about two thirds of the way through, and I swear, the more of this novel I read, the less I know how I feel about it.

Current song in head: "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon. Which I'm pretty sure is not, in fact, a song about me.

Current refreshment: I just ate a bacon cheeseburger for lunch. It was good.

Currently watching: Recently finished watching Chernobyl. Which I thought was going to be tough to watch, but, honestly, after reading Voices from Chernobyl, which it seems to have been largely based on, the TV series was nothing. Seriously, that book was probably one of the most painful things I've ever read in my life. The series was very good, though, and its themes are depressingly relevant today.

Current happy thing: Hey, I did get enough sleep today! That's always a real happy thing for me.

Current thought: Carly, please, I have never owned an apricot scarf in my life.

Saturday, November 02, 2019

November Currentlies

I'm not even going to ask where the time goes anymore. It is November now, and I will accept this fact.

Current clothes: A white t-shirt from LibraryThing, a website I use basically every day. Blue sweatpants. Socks that say "Just give me a cup of tea and a good book and leave me alone," because it's nice to have socks that reflect your values and interests.

Current mood: Generally OK, but a little annoyed at how little I've gotten done so far today.

Current music: Nothing much. Bizarrely enough, I think the most recent thing I may have listened to was, er, a metal band fronted by a parrot. I don't know where I find these things, either.

Current annoyance: There are many of them, but the most immediate one is that a few minutes ago I made the mistake of petting the cat and then rubbing my eye, and now my eye is all itchy and it's driving me nuts.

Current thing: Based on my upcoming answers to "current book" and "currently watching," I think you might say that it's catching up on weird stuff from the 1990s that I'd somehow missed until now.

Current desktop picture: It's still The Good Place.

Current book: Wizard and Glass by Stephen King. Four books in, and I'm still not sure whether it was worth finally starting this series, but I guess I'm committed to it now, or something.

Current song in head: "I Go to Extremes" by Billy Joel, which has been stuck in my head off and on for days now, for some reason.

Current refreshment: A cup of chai.

Currently watching: Neon Genesis Evangelion. Which... The more I watch of this show the less I understand it, but the more I find myself responding to it. I'm not sure that makes any sense whatsoever, but I guess it does track with everything I've heard about it.

Current happy thing: No work tomorrow!

Current thought: Just give me a cup of tea and a good book and leave me alone! Except not just yet, because I really do have to put laundry away and do the dishes, and a whole bunch of other stuff right now. Sigh.

Wednesday, October 02, 2019

October Currentlies

Well, here we are in October. I don't have a whole lot to say about September. It was a lot less interesting than August, which is no bad thing.

Current clothes: Right now, I'm wearing a giant bath towel, because I just got out of the shower.

Current mood: My mood seems to consist of a layer of genuine good cheer over a slightly deeper layer of irritation.

Current music: Nothing much. Still spending most of my listening-to-things time trying desperately not to fall further behind on the gazillion podcasts I'm subscribed to and failing miserably.

Current annoyance: It's that time of the year, and my sinuses are bothering me. They're not too awful today, but I woke up with one hell of a sinus headache yesterday. Sigh.

Current thing: Trying to do less time-wastey stuff like, I dunno, sitting mindlessly in front of my computer clicking random things on the internet, and more time doing stuff that's useful or actively enjoyable. It's an on-going, long-term project. How well it's going is... debatable.

Current desktop picture: In honor of the start of the final season, I switched from the Good Omens wallpaper to The Good Place wallpaper. (This is a switch that entertains me since, while they're both unique in many ways, I'm pretty sure I could write a multi-paragraph description that would fit both equally well, starting with the general tone and working all the way down to details like "and there's a supernatural entity who wears bow ties." Possibly I find this more amusing than I really ought to.) I really like this image, but I'm not sure I'm going to keep this wallpaper for long, sadly, as my icons don't stand out from it very well.

Current book: During-the-Event, a sort of post-apocalyptic/dystopian thing. It's... Eh, it's OK.

Current song in head: There's been been a strange mishmash of songs in the ol' brain lately. Right now, I seem to be alternating between "A Thousand Years" by Christina Perri and "Come as You Are" by Nirvana. Which may be the weirdest medley ever.

Current refreshment: Nothing at the moment. But I'm kind of thirsty. After I put some clothes on, I should make some tea or something.

Currently watching: Just started season 2 of Disenchantment.

Current happy thing: My sinuses may currently hate me, but, hey, at least I finally seem to be over the bronchitis! The lungs are still occasionally producing some goo, but I'm pretty sure that's just the allergies at this point. Because if my body doesn't have an invader to fight off, it will just go ahead and invent one. Sigh. But! For the first time in two months, I can actually recognize my own voice as sounding like me! Huzzah!

Current thought: Right. Time to get dressed and get on with my day, I guess. Onward!

Monday, September 02, 2019

September Currentlies

It seems that August is over. Somehow. And a strange, strange month it was. Things really did get nuts when I came back from vacation at the end of July, and not in a good way.

Vir ended up having to have seven teeth pulled, poor kitty. And then for weeks afterward, his eyes were still pretty runny and weepy, which had me very worried. The vets gave me several different kinds of eye drops and ointments to use on him, which was no fun for either of us. But either the last thing they tried actually worked or it finally just cleared up on its own, because he's looking reassuringly bright-eyed again now. Thank goodness. And they said his mouth was healing up nicely.

Which probably means he's better off than I am, as I still have the cough I brought back from Alaska. I keep thinking it may be getting a bit better, but that could be wishful thinking. My voice is at least slightly better now, even if it is still pretty raspy and tends to get weak if I use it too long. I did go to the doctor, after a couple of weeks, but as usual they just gave me antibiotics, and, as usual, they did nothing whatsoever. It's like they're perennially optimistic that this time -- this time! -- it will actually be a bacterial infection. Ah, well. At least I don't have pneumonia, although I do have a hefty bill for the x-ray that told me I didn't have pneumonia. Yay.

Anyway. On to the usual.

Current clothes: A gray Doctor Who t-shirt with a picture of the TARDIS and a lot of scribbings in Gallifreyan. Blue shorts. White ankle socks.

Current mood: Eh. Kind of okay, I guess?

Current music: Nothing at the moment. My listening-to-things time is currently very much devoted to trying and failing not to fall further behind with all the podcasts I'm subscribed to.

Current annoyance: Aside from the cough (which is annoying on many, many different levels)? Well, I realized yesterday that water was pouring out of my swamp cooler, and probably had been for days. I had to shut the water off to it, which means I can't use it, which is annoying because it's still in the mid-90s here during the day. Meanwhile, my bathtub drain is clogged up, and every time I shower I end up with water up to my ankles. Clearly I need to get the plumbers in to deal with both of these problems, but, of course, its a holiday weekend. Oh, and also I'm on night shifts, which means I'm going to have the choice between not getting this stuff fixed for another whole week, or losing several hours of badly needed sleep.

Current thing: I don't even know, man. Time passes, and I don't seem to have done anything with it when it's gone.

Current desktop picture: Still the guys from Good Omens. I really want to go and watch that again.

Current book: The Prey of Gods by Nicky Drayden.

Current song in head: It's gone quiet now, mercifully, but it was the theme song to Family Guy. (See current viewing.)

Current refreshment: Nothing, but I'm thirsty. I should go drink something. The doctor did tell me to stay hydrated so I can cough up more mucus. Yum.

Currently watching: I was watching Family Guy. I think I saw an episode or two, ages ago, wasn't impressed by it, and never bothered watching any more, but I figured I'd give it another shot. I only got about eight or nine episodes in, though. The thing is, it has moments where I find myself thinking, "Yes, I see what you did there. That was sort of clever." But I never actually laugh. I do, however, sometimes find myself cringing a little. So I'm going to cut me losses and stop now.

Current happy thing: Well, I now have a bright-eyed kitty with a nicely healing mouth.

Current thought:The first season of Family Guy came out in 1999, which is much earlier than I thought it was. And more than once, I sort of found myself thinking, "Oh, wow, I'd completely forgotten, but this is what passed for edgy parody in the 90s, isn't it?" and feeling vaguely uncomfortable. I'm pretty sure I never expected that back when I was actually living in the 90s.

Friday, August 02, 2019

August Currentlies (And Other Stuff)

Well, it's been quite an eventful month. First, I turned 48, which is a number that seems largely meaningless except for the fact that it's inching disturbingly towards the big five-oh, and that just feels deeply, viscerally wrong. I am not this old. I cannot possibly be this old. What the hell even is time?

Second, I just got back from a week's vacation in Alaska with my mother and sister, talking scenic train rides through part of the state and visiting Denali National Park. We didn't get to see much of the mountain itself, which apparently is not uncommon, as Alaska has lots of cloud cover. But we saw a lot of wildlife, including a startling number of grizzly bears (fortunately at a distance and from the safety of a bus). My sis and I even took a rafting trip down a (very cold) river.

Basically, it was all completely beautiful. And, I gotta tell ya, I could get used to almost perpetual sunlight. All day, every day, it basically felt like the equivalent of a pleasant spring morning (or possibly afternoon). I never had any sense of what time of day it was, but in a way that was the exact and utter opposite of the feeling I get when I get so far out of sync with the sun due to the shift work that my circadian clock just breaks. That feels deeply strange, even surreal. This felt completely natural, as if time was something I just didn't even need. Very odd, but very cool.

So that was all great, although it was marred a little bit by the fact that I managed to catch an unpleasant chest cold at the very end, which certainly made the plane flight home even more annoying than long plane flights usually are. I'm still coughing. I just hope it doesn't settle in and turn into bronchitis the way such things seem to do for me about half the time.

Also not great: I boarded the cat at the vet's while I was gone, and after I picked him up, I noticed one of his eyes was weeping mucus a little. I was worried he'd picked up something while he was in there, so I took him back to have it checked out. Turns out, he's got a bad tooth abscess. Which he's apparently had for quite some time, the poor thing. It may be the stress of being stuck at the vet's worsened it to the point where it finally became obvious. Aaaand, now he needs antibiotics and dental surgery, on top of all the other things he needs. Poor kitty. Also, AAAAARGH.

Anyway. On to the usual state-of-things meme thingy.

Current clothes: Blue sweatpants. My white "tea rex" t-shirt, featuring a monocled T-Rex drinking tea. White socks.

Current mood: Very out of it, in that way that I often get when I've just come back from vacation, except exacerbated no doubt by not feeling super well.

Current music: Nothing much.

Current annoyance: So many, many, many things, but most prominently this stupid cough.

Current thing: Trying to recover from traveling and catch up on the million and one things that seem to need doing upon my return.

Current desktop picture: It's still the main characters from Good Omens. Because they are the best.

Current book: The Wisdom of Crowds by James Surowiecki.

Current song in head: "What about Love?" by Heart, because I heard it the other day in some public place or other. I've been struck lately by how often 80s music seems to be cropping up in such places now. It seems very strange to me, but then I think, back in the 80s, was there lots of 50s music being played like that? And, you know, I think there was. (Which just makes me feel even older, because surely in the 80s the 50s were ancient freaking history. Right?)

Current refreshment: Moroccan Mint tea. (Aka green tea with mint. Very tasty.)

Currently watching: I haven't had the chance to watch anything yet since I got back. There's going to be a lot of stuff on the DVR to catch up with. Also, I still haven't finished Kolchak: The Night Stalker. Well, honestly, it's not the kind of thing you can binge-watch, at all.

Current happy thing: Alaska really was beautiful. Well, is beautiful still, I'm sure. I just can't see it at the moment, because I'm in New Mexico.

Current thought: I have also added to my lifetime list of animal species consumed, thanks to a caribou sausage breakfast burrito I ate in the dining car of the train. I'm not sure why that feels like some kind of accomplishment.

Tuesday, July 02, 2019

July Currentlies

Not sure where the heck June went or how we're this far into the year already, but here we go:

Current clothes: Blue shorts. A gray t-shirt that says, "I'm not lazy, I'm prolonging the probable heat death of the universe by conserving energy," which is the kind of physics joke that amuses me unreasonably. White ankle socks.

Current mood: I'm in a really good mood, and have been for the last couple of days. I've got some extra time off this week. I've been getting enough sleep. I've been getting some things accomplished, while not stressing out about the things I haven't gotten accomplished. And all of life's little pleasures seem somehow more pleasurable than usual. It's pretty great. I'm fully expecting it all to dissolve tomorrow morning when I have to get up and go to work, but I'm enjoying it while it lasts.

Current music: Nothing much.

Current annoyance: Still the stupid hot flashes, although I think they maybe haven't been quite as bad for the last week or two.

Current thing: My televisual enthusiasms continue to fluctuate rapidly. Right now I'm mostly fighting off the urge to go and watch Good Omens again. Possibly on a loop. I maaaaay have just bought the script book and the making-of companion, too.

Current desktop picture: Current desktop picture, unsurprisingly, relfects the current televisual enthusiasms, so The Orville is out for the moment and Good Omens is in.

Current book: On the Move by Oliver Sacks.

Current song in head: I think it's mostly been a medley of Queen lately.

Current refreshment: Mint tea.

Currently watching: For a while now, I've been watching Kolchak: The Night Stalker off and on. It's a TV show from 1974 about a reporter. But no matter what he's sent to investigate, it always turns out to be a vampire or an alien or an evil spirit or something. I find I have interesting mixed feelings about it. Part of me keeps thinking, geez, is this was TV was like in the 70s? How on Earth did we watch this stuff? But part of me finds it rather charming, in its own quaint way. (And then all of me feels very, very old at how antiquated the television that aired when I was a child seems now.)

Current happy thing: Being in a good mood, having time off work, and getting enough sleep! I mean, really, how often does all that happen? Especially that last part.

Current thought: When is someone gonna bring me that dump truck full of money so I can retire and have time off of work and enough sleep all the time?

Monday, June 03, 2019

June Currentlies

No, I didn't forget that it was time to check in here again!

I don't know that there's a whole lot to say about May, though. I think the most interesting thing that happened was that I confirmed to myself once again that, why, yes, if you only go bowling once every decade or so, your skills at the game really will not come back to you in any appreciable way. Oh, well. It was fun trying, anyway.

And now, your regularly scheduled... whatever this is.

Current clothes: Blue jeans. A blue shirt that says "Visit Mars: satisfy your curiosity" on it, with a very happy-looking Mars being roved by a very not-to-scale Curiosity Rover. It's cute! Also blue socks with the planets of the solar system on them. I really like these socks.

Current mood: A bit tired, but generally pretty good.

Current music: Not much at the moment.

Current annoyance: There are many of them but the biggie is that I am almost forty-eight and my body has decided that it is now "old lady" time. Result: hot flashes. Freaking hot flashes. Lots of them. Actually the last few days haven't been quite as bad, mercifully, but at the worst, I can have the damned things more than once an hour. It's kind of awful. And what is this even about, anyway? Why would my body chug along happily enough for a few decades and then just suddenly lose its ability to thermoregulate properly? Evolution, what is even wrong with you?!

Current thing: Aging, apparently. Well, they say it beats the alternative, but I think there really ought to be more than one alternative.

Current desktop picture: Still the Orville crew.

Current book: Bad Blood: Secrets and Lies in a Silicon Valley Startup by John Carreyrou. Which is a great book to read if you want to be angry at the world.

Current song in head: Nothing much at the moment. Which I am very grateful for. I had Jonathan Coulton's "Re: Your Brains" stuck in my head for most of May, and... Well, actually, for the first couple of weeks it was kind of fun, but even Jonathan Coulton eventually gets unbearable if it echoes around inside your head long enough.

Current refreshment: Ooh, the kettle should be hot now. Brb, getting some mint tea.

Currently watching: I just finished Good Omens. Which I really enjoyed, if only because of how perfectly cast the two leads are and how weirdly adorable they are together.

Current happy thing: I've been in some kind of a mood where I'm happy about lots of completely random things lately, which is in itself very much a happy thing. It's certainly better than those moods where I'm randomly annoyed about everything.

Current thought: Come on Tom, just let me in so I can eat your stupid brain, will ya?