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Lo, there do I see my posts.
Lo, there do I see my tweets.
Lo, there do I see my gifsets and my picspams.
Lo, there do I see the line of my blog, back to the beginning.
Lo, they do call to me.
They bid me take my place among them on the Internets,
Where the geek may live forever.

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astro_noms: (send in the clones)
I'm trying to find a design for a business card (just a simple calling card, really, something I can hand out to people with my contact info on it), and I can't find anything that I really like. I was looking at moo.com, but it's like, 25 EUR for 100 cards, and if I go with something in Poland, it's like 10 PLN (about 3 EUR). Except that none of them are really catching my eye and yelling "me, me! pick me!" *sigh* I'd try designing my own, but my design-anything mojo is thoroughly dead these days and everything I try to do ends up looking like crap. I should try and get the website up and running before I do up the business cards - so I dunno, they can have some consistency - but every time I sit down to do it, I end up poking at WordPress for a few minutes and then getting distracted by something else. I went on a long-ish bike ride with G. on Saturday, and oh boy, am I ever out of shape. Actually, I'd go so far as to say I have no shape (as opposed to being in or out of one). Add "get out and move some more" to the neverending list of things I need to do. Although I guess it could have been worse - I get tired quickly, especially riding in the sun, which exhausts me no matter what I'm doing, and I'm still having trouble with my throat, so breathing through the mouth = dry throat = coughing = too many stops on the way. I need to take the bike in for a tune-up, though, because right now it's dirty as hell and there's a bunch of things that need to be replaced/tightened/fixed in order for it to be usable in the long run. That and I need to get a gel padded seat, because ow, my ass. On a bright note, I got an e-mail this morning with the billing for March, and it was really nice to confirm the amount that will be coming in in a couple of weeks. Since I'm working with G. these days, we split it 50-50, but it's still a lot of money. Like, almost twice as much as we made in February. April is going to be probably similar to February, but that's the downside of working freelance - you never know how much work you're going to get in a given month, and then you have to wait 45 days before getting paid. I was thinking of trying to find a job right away this summer, but with my mom coming to Poland in August and expecting me to spend time with her, and then the internship in Brussels in October, I'm wondering if maybe it wouldn't be better to stick to freelancing for now and then start looking in the fall. IDK, I have to think about that. There are some translation projects coming our way for the summer, so I think we'll be OK money-wise, but it'd be nice to have something regular and consistent to fall back on. And now, I'm going to go finish the work that's due today and then go to my phys-ed class. Maybe I'll even take my bike there instead of riding the tram across town. :D
astro_noms: (dinosaurs can love too)
  • shopping therapy really does help a bit when you're feeling like crap
  • I'm starting to find it easier and easier to stick to the "I'm not afraid of colors" mantra when shopping - mostly evidenced by this bag I got myself today
  • my cat is (for some reason) terrified of balloons - like, run and hide under the bed scared - I was hoping he'd enjoy playing with it for at least a while, but nope, not happening
  • going off the antidepressants I'm taking for my PMDD-related troubles actually helps me with my libido and not feeling like I'm either numb or so sensitive that the barest touch leaves me feeling like I'm bruised
  • if I want to get off the antidepressants I'm taking for my PMDD-related troubles, I'm going to have to find some other way to deal with it, because being able to get off and not feel bruised isn't really worth the emo-fest I go through every month
  • the emo-fest makes it really hard to function in the real world, because even the slightest inconvenience/frustration/sad thing/cute animal makes me want to curl up and cry until I pass out
  • there is something equally frustrating (especially when your iron is as crappy as mine), embarrassing (because seriously, who does that anymore), and satisfying (because ahhh, sliding in under the nicely covered duvet) about making the bed with freshly ironed sheets
  • the feeling only lasts for a day or two, and then the sheets get all wrinkled and covered with cat hair anyway
  • bullet point lists are a good way to get out some things that I want to get out but don't really feel like talking about in detail
  • I can't wait until it's warm enough to sleep with my windows open again
astro_noms: (lanterns)
So I've been fighting like, EXTREME dizziness/vertigo the last couple of days, and I'm starting to get really worried. Although it could be anything - symptom of migraine, symptom of depression, imbalance of something in my body, water in the ear, hell if I know. I have a referral to a neurologist, and if things aren't better by this afternoon (I woke up this morning with the beginnings of a pre-period migraine, the timing checks out, so maybe that's it) I may head to the hospital and see what they do with me. I don't really want to, because I have a crapload of translation to work on, but I guess I need to start taking care of myself. Plus, if I don't get better, G.'s going to drag me to the doctor himself.

On top of that the cat is sick (caught a cold or something and now he's got a weird meow and gross snot coming out of him - the vet game me something to boost his immune system and we'll see how he's doing next week), so we're not exactly having a good time.

Speaking of not having a good time, there is a shady e-book site scraping AO3 and Wattpad fics and selling them. You can go to ebooks-tree.com and search for your writing handle to see if you're in there. One of my fics was (it's not even an original fic!) so I already sent in a DMCA takedown notice - this post tells you how to do that on this site. Bleh.

And now I'm going to go back to bed for a bit more, because my migraine pill is kicking in and I'm feeling quite woozy on top of the very woozy I was already feeling.
astro_noms: (kitty!)


What? It's not like you're gonna sleep on ALL the pillows.

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Mar. 18th, 2015 03:47 pm
astro_noms: (i am jack's lack of enthusiasm)
Darlings on DW, a question - can anyone recommend a good source for layouts? I'm out of the CSS/layout making game these days, so I'd prefer something ready-made, but the places I used to look are kinda deserted these days, and I don't know where people go for them now.
astro_noms: (all a little mad here)

And remember, the Ides of March is not about just stabbing. It's about coming together to stab in groups.
Don't stab anyone!
astro_noms: (to infinity)
I don't know if it's the changing season weather, or if it's the fact that it's shark week, or something else entirely, but these last few days have been bad ones for headaches. A week or so ago, I had the standard pre-period migraines, and this time it was four days of near constant pain that the sumatriptan didn't really do much for. It'd make it go away for a while, and then it'd start up again, so my backup of pills is kinda dwindled down right now. I need to remember to drop by the pharmacy tomorrow and see if maybe the additional box they were going to bring in for me is still there, or if I fucked up again and left it too long. *sigh* These last few days have been pretty nasty, headache-wise, too, which isn't helping in getting the translation that's due on Thursday. It'll get done, because we're more than half done and it's not too difficult (just really mind-numbingly tedious and repetitive), but it would be nice not to have it hanging over my head.

The meeting with the vice principal (or rather, deputy head of school to use the BrE parlance) went well yesterday, for all that it lasted about 5 or 6 minutes. We talked about what they expect me to do (basically, translating the promotional material for the school and the stuff for their website) and that was it, really. She talked about how the school is in renovations these days, so space is at a premium, and maybe I'd be willing to do the work remotely, which I'd be OK with, but I'm pretty sure that working on-site is actually part of the point of the internship, so the uni people in charge of it probably won't agree. Which doesn't really matter to me - as long as I have a place to sit down and an internet connection, I can work. I guess we'll see what the admin people say. This week is supposed to be for signing the contracts, so I'll find out soon.

My brain is so full of marketing mumbo-jumbo and corpo-speak that I can't think straight. But this job is going to pay quite a bit, so I guess I've got no choice by to sit here and chip away at it until it's done. Bleh. Also, why can't it be spring already? I'm ready for warmer weather and not having to bundle up when I sit in front of a computer. </whinge>
astro_noms: (rainbow umbrella)
I have a meeting at the school where I'm doing my internship today. I originally got the impression that it was some kind of fancy language school, but no, it's an actual school school, with all three stages (elementary, middle, high school) in the facilities. They listed "familiarizing yourself with the operations of a school" in the description of the internship program, but seeing as I'm going in as a translator, we'll see how that all works out.

Of course, I wouldn't be me if I didn't screw something up. We have a compulsory phys ed component this semester, so I signed up for something called "stretching body," which is something something slow-paced and done to music, and the classes are on Monday afternoons. When I talked to the woman from the school on Friday, I told her I had the afternoon free, but had to be done in time to get to my 5pm class. And then I called this morning, and confirmed the meeting, and then... then I looked at the schedule. And discovered my class doesn't start at 5pm, it actually ends at that time. But since I already confirmed the meeting, and internship/work is more important, I ended up writing to the instructor and telling her I had an emergency meeting at work and wouldn't be able to make it. Hopefully I can make up the class (I think you're allowed to have one absence anyway before they start docking marks), or go to one tomorrow, just to get the organizational bits out of the way. Either that, or she'll write back saying not to worry and I'll just go next week.

*sigh* Fucking adulting.

I still need to figure out what I'm going to wear today, and ugh ugh, I don't want to be a grown-up. :(
astro_noms: (i shall call him squishy)
I woke up today with a migraine, took half a pill, felt it kick in (or rather, felt the side effects), but it wasn't until I realized I was trying not to cry from the pain that I figured I should probably take the second half. Spent the rest of the morning in bed with the drapes drawn and the cat locked out of my room so I could rest. Which means I'm still a little woozy and mostly feeling wiped, and in absolutely no shape to do any challenging work. Which means that the translation that's due tomorrow morning is going to require extra careful proofreading, because when I'm like this, I'm prone to making lots of stupid typos and errors.

The good thing about the translation work is that I'm getting more jobs these days, and I had an e-mail from one of the project managers stating that she'd like to "establish closer cooperation" with me. I'm not sure what this means exactly, but I'm hoping it'll translate (heh) into more work coming more regularly, which will give me a bit more financial stability.

I also got into the internship program, and I get 120 hours starting in March at a language school as a translator. I'm not holding my breath on the internship turning into a contract for full/part-time work, but maybe I can make some contacts that'll get me some additional freelance work. *fingers crossed*

Ugh. Being an adult is overrated.

Also, if someone could please tell me how to make my cat STFU and stop yowling, that'd be awesome. The pheromone collar doesn't seem to be working anymore, and he goes into the other room from where we are and sits there, crying for attention. But when we try to pet him/play with him, he acts like we're insulting him. #catsareassholes
astro_noms: (that's captain asshole to you)
I bought Bucky a dangly toy on a string recently, and he loves it SO MUCH OMG. It's kinda freaky to see your cat's eyes dilate ALL THE WAY as he prepares to pounce on it. But while I'm super glad he loves it, I'm kinda starting to regret it, because he wants to play with it ALL THE TIME, and when it's put away, he goes around the house looking for it and yowling at the top of his lungs. I guess there's still a bit of training to do with him, to get the concept of "quiet time" across to him. On the other hand, when we do play with him, it's a good way to tire him out and get him to sleep through the night and let us sleep in the morning, rather than waking us up at 5 am.

We'll be looking at changing apartments at the end of this school year, to get something a little bigger and nicer (this apartment isn't bad, but the administration is HORRIBLE and full of useless putzes who barely get anything done), and when we have something, we'll probably get a second cat. And then we can look at building them a cat tree with dangly toys attached. Of course, knowing my luck with cats, Bucky will completely ignore it, and who knows about the second cat? I mean, Bucky doesn't even react to catnip the way a cat should. We've tried a spray and the regular dried stuff, and nothing, he just turns his nose up at it and avoids it. *hands*

Now that I have a PC, I can play games, and I've been using gaming as a way to keep from going insane with all the stress of school and stuff. So far, it's working great! I've got about 2/3 of AC: Brotherhood to go, plus the Mass Effect trilogy, and a few others I've been picking up here and there (mostly at Steam sales) with the hope of being able to play them sometime in the future. Well, now I can! *evil laughter* If anyone's interesting in some Star Wars games, Humble Bundle has a really good deal on SW games: right now there are nine games, with more coming soon, including Knights of the Old Republic I and II, Force Unleashed I and II, and a bunch of others. As it stands, it's $115 worth of games. I installed STFU this morning, and wheee, I missed being able to go around Force-blasting stormtroopers around. :D :D :D

I've got three out of four grades for this term already (including my MA seminar, thank the Flying Spaghetti Monster). The fourth one is my French grade, which theoretically should be only the exam grade, but the instructor's convinced we're supposed to get a semester mark and an exam mark, so who knows. The exam is made up of four parts (writing, reading comprehension, listening comprehension, and oral), so she's split it up into two parts: today is part one, and then the second one on Tuesday. And then I'm done with the semester, whee! Not sure how much "free" time I'll actually have, since I can't really just take a week off entirely, but hopefully we can unwind a bit and recharge for the last semester. There's a few things I need to get done over the break, like fixing my bed and organizing the upcoming translation projects, but it's doable. I'll have to go see my grandparents for a few days, so that'll be my "do nothing but try to relax" time during the break.
astro_noms: (now panic and freak out)
So the university (or rather our department) is doing its damnedest to fuck us over by introducing a proposal to change the date we have to submit the final versions of our MA theses - from two weeks before the defense to TEN WEEKS. Which means that we might have to have them ready by just after Easter, or else have to defend in the fall. Apparently everyone at the department board meeting was against it, and the dean was the one who pushed for it, they're going to have him "think it over" and issue a final ruling that nobody will be able to appeal. And to make matters worse, nobody from the student council was at the meeting, which they're supposed to attend so they can, you know, look out for our interests.

Which is, of course, bullshit. And it not only affects us but also our thesis supervisors, who have to put together the exam commissions and find reviewers and everything else that much earlier. But, you know, who cares about that? There's some office monkey somewhere higher up in the hierarchy, possibly in the ministry of education, who incidentally has no idea what the fuck they're doing, who decided to show off by submitting a proposal like this, and now everyone's running with it. Without a moment's thought for the students. And now nobody knows what's happening, and everyone's in a panic, and don't even try to figure out how to plan the next six months of your life because fuck you, that's why.

I'm personally leaning towards deferring my defense till the fall anyway, because that'll give me a little more time to finish my thesis without having to, as our supervisor told us to do, cutting whatever's not needed and just getting it done. I may hate this university, I may hate my institute, I may hate my advisor, and I may hate the useless, unimaginative, lifeless husk that I call my thesis, but goddammit, I've made it this far, and I'd like for this thing to actually be something more than throwing up half-digested bits of other people's research and calling it a thesis. *siiiiigh*

We found all of this out on Tuesday, and I've been so fucking pissed off since then, I can't think straight. I have an essay to write for tomorrow, plus a cover letter and a resume to put together (also for tomorrow) so I can apply for the internship program they're offering this year. If I get into the program, it's 120 hours over two months, with the possibility of being offered a job with the company we intern with. Which means that I'll have less time to work on my thesis, which means I probably won't make the deadline, whether they move it or not. But the thing is, the internship is going to be a lot more useful to me in my professional life than a degree nobody cares about me having. So that's pretty much my decision made for me.
astro_noms: (zp: stabbity)
OMG. I made this red lentil soup-type thing yesterday while we were waiting for the meat for the proper supper to defrost, and it is SO GOOD. I have to remember to make sure I have some coconut milk the next time I make it, because that really adds a lovely bit of flavor to it. But it's so simple! My grandmother always makes soup with chicken soup portions, but this is just some olive oil and maybe a bullion cube if the flavor needs kicking up a notch (although I find that if you season it right, you don't need the bullion). And it's done in like, half an hour, or however long the lentils need to cook. Throw in a tablespoon of coconut milk (or I suppose cream or yogurt would work, too), and it's an awesome bit of soupy goodness. The boys didn't want to eat any of it, so I'm having the leftovers for a late breakfast/lunch this morning before I go to class.

Video card update: we took the fancy video card out, turned on the card integrated into the motherboard, and lo and behold, the problems have stopped. I'm taking the card in to the shop today so they can send it in for repairs/replacement, but since the integrated card seems to be working fine, I'm not too worried. I mean, I can't play, say, Assassin's Creed II on the highest settings, but taking some of them down to medium makes it work just fine, so when I need to take a break from writing, I run around Florence, stabbing some dudes. It takes a bit of focus to get all the key combinations right on the keyboard (I need to get a controller, I think), but so far, I've managed to die only once, and that was only because I wandered into an area that was unavailable and got desynchronized.

Mom's coming to Wrocław tomorrow evening, meeting with some friends, and then we're taking the train to Lubań. That's the theoretical plan, but I guess we'll see how it works out in reality. I need to figure out how much time I can spend with her and my grandparents (because I do actually want to spend some time with her) and still have enough time to work on my thesis. We're supposed to bring what we have in on Tuesday, and I have a lot of work left before what I have is suitable for showing to anyone. Plus, I have a term paper to write, although that's not due until February 4, and since it's only 1200-2000 words, I can probably knock that out in a day or so. Still, all of the work gives me an excuse to come back to Wrocław earlier should I need one. Fingers crossed that I don't.
astro_noms: (HAMMER GUY!)
So I've had to make peace with data loss and give up on the idea of recovering the contents of the large external drive. :( Alas, I've gotten used to losing whatever data I put on an external sooner or later over the years, so it's not as hard a blow as it might have been. It was only movies and tv shows, so it's not like I can't replace them should I need them (assuming I can remember what they were...). A bigger annoyance is that I think I've lost some graphics files, probably due to the multiple moves of files back and forth and fucked up file sizes, but oh well.

Everything else is working now, although the graphics driver still seems to be a bit wonky and crashes randomly. It seems to be a known issue, not only with AMD drivers, so here's hoping we can get it figured out. I've got Steam running and a bunch of games queued to install, so hopefully the graphics issue won't interfere with that.

This week is finishing some assessments for school and putting in some more work on my MA thesis. I have to give a presentation on it tomorrow, but that should be easy. The fact that I get sick to my stomach every time I have to go see my thesis supervisor (I think I've figured out why we don't use the term "thesis advisor" - that implies actual helpfulness, rather than uselessly standing around and telling people how to do shit) pisses me off to no end. But oh well, one more semester, and it'll be over. There's an instructor at our institute who's basically come out right and said that if she had her habilitation (basically a higher doctorate, you can't be the advisor to a doctoral student without it), she'd invite me to stay on and keep going with my doctorate. I'm not really considering a doctorate right away (if at all), so by the time I decide to go for it, maybe she'll have her habilitation done. I brought up the idea of a PhD with my supervisor, and he was all "PhDs are for hobbyists, I wouldn't recommend it," which admittedly, did a lot to push me towards actually considering it. I'm not going to go into it without some financial security, so at least a year of work will be necessary before I make another 4 year commitment. I'm thinking of possibly doing a post-diploma course in literary translation next year, but I haven't decided on that yet.

My mother's in Poland this week, helping a friend of hers with some research in Warsaw and I think Krakow, and then she's coming to visit my grandparents for the weekend and staying for a few days. I'm hoping I can keep the amount of "omg you have to do a doctorate, you have SO MUCH POTENTIAL!" talk to a minimum, although I'm not holding my breath. My mother is very achievement-oriented, especially if they're my achievements that she can brag about. She's theoretically bringing me her old iPhone 5S (assuming she actually upgraded to the 6 like she said she would), which will come in handy, because my poor old 4 is slowly dying. It'll be nice having a slightly larger screen.

I hope she doesn't decide she wants to come visit me in Wrocław, because the apartment is a mess, there is a motorcycle in my room (and another one in G & B's room), and I really don't want to have to hear her "this place is shit, I can't believe you live here, it's so gross" lecturing again. We're moving at the end of the school year anyway, mostly because we want a slightly bigger place with a common space where we can work and have a TV and stuff) and also because the administration is horrible and full of useless twats who can't answer a simple question without making me want to strangle them. Ahem. So, yeah, here's hoping I can keep Mom away from here and just go straight to my grandparents'.
astro_noms: (external brain cells)
So I have a new computer! I've temporarily named him Heisenberg, but that may yet change. G picked out the components that would best suit my needs (normal usage, some Photoshop, plus gaming capabilities so I can finally play some of the games I've bought on Steam, oh my God, I'll finally be able to play Assassin's Creed II again, AHHHH), and then I ordered everything and we put it together yesterday. It's SO SHINY (in a metaphorical way, because everything is actually quite matte) and fast and AWESOME. I picked up a used monitor, and it's SO WEIRD going from a 15 inch monitor on a laptop to a 22 inch monitor on my desk. But I have to say, it's nice having a full HD monitor. I had some problems with the display driver, but I'm hoping that today's umpteenth reinstall with just a few things changed fixes it.

The biggest problem now will be getting the hard drives to work - I've got the drive from the laptop hooked up and I'm accessing it with MacDrive, because obviously, the two platforms can't possibly be compatible without having to stand on one leg and waiting for the moon to be in the right phase. We're going to dump the data from that to a backup drive, format it with the PC, and then I'll have a 750GB drive again. The biggest pain is the fact that the 1.5 TB drive that we took out of the external case and plugged into the computer doesn't seem to be working. It's formatted in a way that should let the PC and the Mac both see it (exFAT), but something seems to be wrong and while Disk Management sees that there's a drive, the entire file structure is gone. This would be bad, because that's the drive all my TV shows and movies are on, but not completely tragic should we have to just wipe and format the thing. Hopefully we can at least get an idea of what's on there, so I can try rebuilding my collection if I need to. Then again, maybe this is a good thing, a fresh start of sorts...

And then once I have the drives sorted, I can finish setting things up to my liking, and then I'll be all set. *crosses fingers* Here's hoping we can get it all done today. :D
astro_noms: (coffee coffee coffee)
My Mac laptop is on the fritz - the monitor has the well-known dark streaks on the bottom, but this time it's not just a matter of putting the display to sleep and waking it up again, and since the laptop is over 6 years old, there's no point in fixing it. I may look at buying a monitor so I can just hook it up that way and have a desktop for now while I squirrel away the money to build a proper PC. I've been using my grandparents' PC laptop for now, mostly because I'm afraid to take it anywhere for fear the display with the cracked bezel and wonky lid will just crap out on me completely. This of course is not without its problems, such as finding a desktop mail client that doesn't make me want to vomit when I look at it, Windows keyboard shortcuts (although that's the least of the problems), and just generally getting used to everything looking different. Six years of a totally different look/function combo is hard to shake.

My mom's coming to Poland next week, spending a week in Warsaw on a research trip with a friend of hers, and then spending a week with my grandparents. She's (most likely) bringing me her iPhone 5 - they just upgraded to the 6, I think - which is good timing, because my iPhone 4 is starting to get wonky, too. The curse of me using electronics, I guess. I might also be getting an iPad mini, I guess as a Christmas present? IDK. It'll be nice to have a tablet again, if only so I have something to fuck around online during boring classes. >_>

A little while ago I bought an external power pack from Anker, which gives me a lot of extra juice to go on. I've been playing quite a bit of Ingress lately, which eats up battery power like whoa, so the powerbank lets me play without worrying about my phone (or mobile wi-fi router, since it can charge two devices at the same time) dying before I'm done. Even if you don't do anything as battery-intensive as Ingress, I highly recommend the Anker, if only for the peace of mind of having a backup power source. I've charged the phone 5-6 times almost to full before the power bank needed recharging, so there's that.

Here, have a cat picture:

astro_noms: (winter lights)
OMG. Thank you, mysterious paid account gift giver! Seriously, I opened the e-mail this morning and got all teared up.

♥♥♥♥♥
astro_noms: (all a little mad here)


  • I am at my grandparents' for the holidays, as usual, and I'm determined to try and enjoy myself rather than focusing on the fact that the memories of my bad x-mas experiences outweigh the memories of the good and as a result, I'm not very fond of them. So far, it's been not bad, but there's still tomorrow's preparations for Chrismas Eve dinner to get through. As long as I can make it through that, there'll be a couple of days' peace while we all sink into food comas.
  • I'm trying not to let my grandparents' obviously and visibly declining health (or maybe it's just old age?) or the fact that my aunt who lives next door got a very bad cancer diagnosis today (the words "malignant" and "metastasis" came up) affect my mood. #fuckcancer
  • I'm in a deep, dark hole as far as my MA thesis is concerned, and I have no idea how I'm going to get out of it. I know what I want to write, I know how to write it, I have the research and the materials, but I'll be damned if I can actually motivate myself to sit down and write the fucking thing.
  • My mom's coming to Poland for a week-long research trip in January, and while she's requested that I take some time off to spend it with her, I'm not sure that's going to be possible, given that it's going to be right at the end of the semester and I'm going to have a crapload of work to get done.
  • I didn't get around to renewing my passport on time, which means no February trip to New York for me this year (which I actually didn't know was in the cards until my mom asked if I wanted to go today). Not that I really would have considered it very seriously, given how far behind I am on my thesis, but it would have been nice to have the option.
  • The cat continues to be simultaneously the most adorable and the most irritating cat ever. I brought him with me for the holidays, and he's been spending a lot of time outside, which of course means that when we go back to Wrocław, he's going to be pining for the fjords outside, and given that we live on the 7th floor of an apartment block, it's not going to be easy to give it to him. I guess I'll have to make sure the balcony gets catproofed again so I can at least let him out. That and we'll have to keep buying the calming collars which, while they don't entirely cut down on the yowling, at least cut down the volume and actually do make him a bit calmer and gentler.
  • My DW account has expired, and other than the lack of the extra icons, I don't really notice a difference. I'm not going to renew it right now, because I rarely have time to post anyway these days. Hopefully if/when I get my fucking MA thesis done, my brain will reboot and I'll have more time/energy/brain power to write more.
  • I've resigned myself to the fact that we're not going to get a proper winter with snow and everything (or at least not in time for Christmas), and I've moved on to wishing it was spring already so I can take my bike outside and start learning to ride it. G and I have taken it apart and put it back together a couple of times, and I'm learning a lot about the mechanics and specifics of it, but dammit, I want to actually get out there and ride.


Here, have a picture of the cat cosplaying as a motorcycle engine. I'm not sure what purrs prettier, the cat or the engine. )
astro_noms: (av needs no pants)
What's that saying about the definition of insanity? Doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different outcome? It feels like I'm stuck in a loop of exactly that right now. I know I shouldn't do it, I know it's not going to change anything (because it hasn't the last several dozen times) and yet, every time I tell myself "ok, no more, stop it right now," I end up back where I started. And every time nothing changes, I think "oh, hey, now I get it, it's not going to work, I should really stop," but then I find myself doing it again anyway.

Stupid brain. Stupid feelings. Stupid everything.
astro_noms: (cute owl)
Is there anyone reading this who knows Hebrew (or who knows someone who knows Hebrew) who could help me out with this? The three Hebrew fragments are names of God - the first one is, as best as I can decipher, "Eloah, El, Shaddai", and the third is Adonai (please tell me if I've got it right) but I can't figure out what the second one is supposed to be... The rest of the text is in Polish, which I don't need any help with. :D



The rough English translation of everything else is as follows:

Besides the prologue and the epilogue, the word "Everlasting" is not found anywhere in the book, but Job and his companions use the old Semitic words אלוהּ ,אל ,שדי (Eloah, El, Shaddai) “almighty” to indicate God. The word [second bit goes here] (Job 12:9) was most likely added – as old manuscripts confirm – as a result of a copier’s mistake, instead of אֲדֹנָי (Adonai) (cf. Job 28:28).

*sigh*

Jul. 27th, 2014 06:06 pm
astro_noms: (i am jack's lack of enthusiasm)
The forecast for the next five days is temps above +30C, which basically means crappy sleep, lack of energy, and daily (if not constant) headaches for me. I have stuff to translate for Friday, which would probably be doable even by myself, but G. is helping me with that, so I'll be OK. I've been running the fan pretty much non-stop during the day this weekend, because it's the only way to make things bearable. It'll probably mean the electricity part of our bill will be a little higher (although I'm not quite sure how that works, we don't get an actual bill, it's just part of the lump sum payment to the housing association), but if that's what I have to do to make it through the summer, so be it.

Since the semester ended six weeks ago, I've visited my grandparents once. Every time I talk to them, Gran asks "when are you coming home?" and I keep telling her "when I have time." My mom's coming to Poland on August 5th, so I guess my time for making excuses is running out, and I'll have to spend at least a couple of weeks there. It's not really a hardship, but being at my grandparents', with my mom there, means that I have to be "on" all the time, and I can't just shut myself away for a couple of days when I feel the need. Although I guess it's good timing for a trip out of town, since they're renovating our balconies, which means having to keep windows/balcony doors shut to keep out dust, dirt, and unwanted visitors, and if the heat continues the way it is, that will make the apartment very hard to handle.

My cousin A., who lives in Ireland, is getting married at the end of August, and I've got an invite to the wedding, but… I don't really want to go. I mean, I want to go but I also don't, if that makes sense? I don't know if my mom's husband is coming for the whole time my mom will be here, or just for the wedding, but she said they'll probably be taking a road trip to France and then a ferry across the Channel, and that I can catch a ride with them. The thing is, even if I only have to cover the cost of the ticket back, it's still more money than I'm comfortable spending on a trip for a wedding. I'd rather spend it on a trip that *I want to take, or put it towards something that *I want to do, not something that I "should" do because of ~~family obligations. I don't know… I guess I have most of August to figure out what I want to do, but the way I feel right now, I really don't feel up to going to a wedding and interacting with people—or spending several days in a car with my mother and her husband for that matter.
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