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Aug. 18th, 2017 05:22 pm
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Joy)
Today was kind of stressful for a whole bunch of reasons. Plus, we had a ton of smoke blowing in from BC, so it was dark and smokey on top of that. Lovely. But! There are also lots of nice little things, so I'm going to concentrate on that instead.

✿ I found out that there is a lovely little walkway down by the Snye! Normally, I don't go to that area - when I was growing up, that part of the city was kind of sketchy. But it's really clean and nice now. Hopefully it won't be so smokey tomorrow; it would be so nice to go down there in the morning for a good, long walk.

✿ I asked directions from a stranger, and Did Not Die. (...I unfortunately didn't find the thing that I was looking for, either, but that's not the point.)

✿ To reward myself for Not Dying, I had cake. And it was delicious. Chocolate and raspberry with white chocolate shavings, mmm... It was quite a cake, though. I kind of wish I could have shared with someone (but only kind of). It was a lot of cake for one man to handle. (But I defeated it! So. ;V )

✿ Did a little bit of driving practice today! Result: I Did Not Die, I did not damage the vehicle, my mother did not have a heart attack, and I did not have to go out into the smokey air for a second time! Groceries were obtained! Practical left-turn practice happened! Driving during construction also happened! ... xD It was a short but fruitful session.

✿ There was a LGBT display at the library (yay!) and one of the books they had available was the manga My Brother's Husband by Gengoroh Tagame. Started reading it this afternoon; holy shit, is this manga ever adorable. And it isn't all that often that I get to read about a Canadian character in works by authors from outside Canada, so that is really nice. (Though I must admit that I find it funny that the first thing out of Mike's mouth is... profuse apologies. xD It makes sense with the situation but ffffff. Very Canadian.)

✿ It's always so nice to be able to watch artists streaming while they work. <3 Caught some of Elli's stream yesterday and today, and it's just very relaxing to watch. Plus, getting previews of what people are working on is always cool. I am SO happy to hear about the Tistow bookmark set (even though it will be a while before this comes out xD ) Prints are lovely, but kind of a pain because I have so little room in my living space. But bookmarks, now, THAT's something that I have room for, AND something I can use. Most excellent.

✿ I'm going to try a new brownie recipe tomorrow! This one, which is gluten-free and uses black beans in place of flour. I don't have GF requirements, but the idea of using beans as a flour replacement just seemed really interesting to me, so I'm looking forward to trying it. Plus, my pal Tesla recommended this one, soooo hopefully it'll turn out as nice for me as it did for her. Have any of you tried something similar?

So. Yes. Lots of nice little things. I feel pretty good. Have a nice weekend, everyone. <3
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
Well. It sure was nice having four days off - even though I feel like I did absolutely nothing with that time. (Which is ridiculous, because I did do things! Lots of things! Oh, well.)

I've had plenty of things that I want to write about, but as soon as I sit down to do it, my brain goes "Hell no". So... Suppose that'll have to wait for another time. (Mostly consists of: music blathering, cosmetics gushing, more DDADDS game progress, and some stuff about OCs that I've been meaning to jot down.)

Oh, an update on my driving woes: the lesson did not go badly. I'm pretty relieved. The instructor didn't think I was awful at it, either; just in need of a bit more practice. I suggested that I might consider taking the test some time in October, and she agreed that it sounded doable. So... that's something to aim for, I guess. (Ugh fuck that's two months away crap goddamnit sonova -)

I finished a SSSS OC fic that I've been working on for months*. It's 6k or so, which isn't all that long, but it's pretty long for me, and it reminds me of why I rarely write anything in that range. It's just more work than I want to deal with. Still, I'm happy with it. (And so, so glad to be done with this thing, ugh.)

It's nice to work on self-indulgent nonsense like this. Started another very self-indulgent thing yesterday, aaand... I'm just having a blast working on it. It's so dumb, but Iiii don't caaaaaare.

Oh, and one DDADDS thing before I wrap this up - I stumbled over this ficlet and oh man, things I never knew I wanted: Damien and Mary parting rude fools from their cash. It's too bad anon probably won't come back to that (considering it's a 100-word thread) so we won't get more details/the full story. Also, apparently Mat making mixtapes for Damien is a thing I need in my life. (It's cute. They're both cute. Too cute. Okay, apparently I ship it.)
yuuago: (DDADDS - Damien - Hair up)
✿ I think my mint is dead. And the pansies are on their way out. Not quite sure what happened there, but my guess is a combination of mediocre soil + starting them late. Ah, well. I didn't use all of the seeds; I saved some for next year. We'll see what happens when I try again.

✿ Not looking forward to my driving lesson tomorrow. People keep pressuring me to schedule an actual driving test, which is annoying for the usual reasons, but also because the individuals who are saying this are not in a position to know whether I'm ready or not, and refuse to listen to what I have to say about it. Lovely. Ugh, I'm so sick of this. ...Anyway, point is, I feel even more anxious because of all that nonsense. But I'm sure it will be fine once I actually get in the car.

✿ I've heard The Dark Tower film has been getting not-so-hot reviews. That's disappointing; I liked The Gunslinger, so I was hoping the film version would be good. I'll probably end up going to see it just so I can drool over Idris Elba, though, provided I can find the time. Since I'm not particularly attached to the series - I only read the first book, and that was recently - maybe I'll enjoy it more than those who are more invested in it.

✿ ...Nothing else to say for today, except that I'm so glad I get to sleep in tomorrow. (Don't have to get up at 5, hooray!)
yuuago: (DenNor - Be with you)
Ugh, I am Not Looking Forward to the rest of this week.

Grumble grumble grumble )

Yyyyeahhh. So. Lots of things that I don't want to do, but that need to be done anyway. Joy.

Upside: I remembered a nice little thing that I saw at the cafe this weekend. When I was at the cafe, I saw that there were some infocards advertising Pride YMM. <3 <3 <3 I did not expect to see that at all. I would have expected it at the small indie place downtown (where I did see one pinned to the message board last week), but I wouldn't have expected them at a major chain. It just... It's such a small thing, but it felt so good to see that.

I'm pretty excited about this, even though it's nearly an entire month away. Need to decide how I'll do my makeup for it... I have plenty of bright colours; it's just a matter of deciding which ones. 8) And of course there's always the question of: dark lipstick, or no? I love black, and I have one that wears really well (it's the one by MUFE, best I've ever tried) but hmm, in the August heat, I really don't know.... Not to mention that black lipstick is so high-maintenance in general; I would wear it more often if it weren't such a pain in the ass. IT TRANSFERS SO MUCH, no matter what. And forget about trying to, say, drink coffee while you're wearing it. Hooo boy. (Yes, yes, I know, all lipsticks transfer, but... there's a world of difference between a good NARS matte vs every black lipstick I've ever tried in my life, I'm just saying.)

Oh, and I've ordered a wig for it, since I couldn't find the ones that I had in storage. I'm a little unsure about the quality - I had a choice between a nice black one, or an okayish blue one, and... While black is probably more wearable, well, fuck it. It's Pride, and I want to have blue hair. 8) 8) 8) I'm sure I can tame it to look decent, anyhow.

It's nice to have something to look forward to.

Also, I checked this morning, and the rainbow crosswalk has not been vandalized. I'm surprised and pleased.
yuuago: (Spiritual - Marzanna - Close)
☆ Driving once again leaves me frustrated. I have difficulty lining up the vehicle when parking, and of course my father is no help. "You just have to line it up along the imaginary centre line and -" Dude, if you didn't notice, I have difficulty with spatial processing... grumble, grumble. Yes, it does indeed look like another professional lesson is in order - with the last one, we didn't have much time to practice parking at all. Something to focus on for the next....

☆ Pleasant surprise today: RAINBOW CROSSWALK. Saw it from the bus while I was heading to work. Looks like Pride YMM's request was granted. I'm so glad. It's just so nice to see. ...Part of me is like "Just wait, it'll be vandalized before the end of the week" but - hopefully that won't actually happen, and when I go downtown on Saturday morning I'll be able to get some pictures of it. <3

☆ Year in Hereafter: Fuck yeah, the print version is finally available! *_* Via gumroad. I'm very happy about this. <3 It'll be SO nice to read it through in print... Paper format is just so much more to my taste. (And shipping isn't as much as I thought it would be, which was nice.) I had been thinking about paying for a second set to do a raffle, similar to what I did with the SSSS book, but I don't know if that will be possible at this time for various reasons. ...Anyway. Comic-wise, we're moving toward the pages I have seen previews of. 8) I am extremely excited. 8) EXTREMELY.

Trivial personal former relationship venting )
yuuago: (NorIce - Rest)
I HATE DRIVING.

And parking.

And highway driving.

And intersections.

And that thing where you're going 70 and SUDDENLY you have to go 35.

And parking.

And changing lanes.

And merging.

And parking.

...I should probably pay for another professional lesson, but ugh, money. And scheduling. And human interaction. And questions like "You seem nervous. Why?" Gee, I dunno, ma'am, it might be because I'm behind the wheel of a death machine. Just a guess.

/throws up hands

Braindump

Jul. 17th, 2017 08:38 pm
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Best friends)
I swear, you look at some photos of pysanky once, and Pinterest becomes convinced that you have some kind of egg fetish. IT'S NOT EASTER, LEAVE ME ALONE.

Finished the draft for my Rare Slash exchange fic. Now I can breathe a little, yay. Though I won't really be able to breathe until it's finished and uploaded. I think this will be the last exchange for a while - I can't think of anything that I really want to do in the near future, except for Trick or Treat, which is still a while away. There are lots of personal things that I want to work on right now (and treats for others, possibly...)

I went driving for the first time in a while - and wore my new glasses, of course. Oh man, what a difference! My prescription is very slight (can't remember what it is, but - very borderline) and if I were an experienced driver, I might not need them. But, never mind. It's such a relief to be able to see everything clearly. Hopefully I'll be a little more confident now. I still hate driving - especially pointless driving for No Reason. It makes me want to finish my library books as soon as possible, just so I'll have an excuse to drive somewhere with a purpose... xD Actually, that's not a bad idea.

Oooh also, my mate Scout did some lovely art of Marzanna for me! Voila. (Unsure if they still have slots open, but they might, worth giving a poke if curious.) ...I think that Slavic mythology stuff might become that thing that I request when I want to commission somebody but can't think of anything specific. xD It's pretty cool to see the differences in interpretations.
yuuago: (Tistow - Veeti - Glance)
Learning to drive continues to be a nerve-wracking experience. But I was lucky tonight - traffic was low, and it wasn't too sunny out, so visibility was good. And I did some practice in an area I haven't driven in before, and that went fine. So. Could have been worse.

Seriously considering using some of my vacation time for driving lessons. The lessons are so expensive that if I took a handful of them, it would easily match the cost of a plane ticket to... anywhere, really. And doing it during the daytime (rather than trying to squeeze it in after work) would ensure that I'm properly awake. Well, I'll have to think about it some more.

...Anyway. There isn't much going on over here, really. My seeds are continuing to grow. We haven't had any more problems with smoke (yet). The lilac trees smell lovely. Hopefully we'll get more rain soon.

I hope you're all having a pleasant week so far.
yuuago: (OzNZ - Friends)
Because I'm too tired for a proper entry -

✿ I went mucking around in the woods yesterday! I saw three deer! And found a trail that goes deep down to the stream! And did some bushwhacking, and scouted out the general location of a geocache, but since I had neither a pen nor swag on me, I decided not to prod for the exact spot. (Note to self, go back there this weekend. ...And wear gloves. And possibly thicker trousers. ROSEBUSHES EVERYWHERE, I WILL NEVER BE RID OF THEM.)

✿ Apparently when given the choice between nervewracking highway driving practice or parking practice on small roads, I'll choose the highways. Blurgh. WHY do people let their kids play on the road?! And WHY does nobody drive the speed limit here?!

✿ I'm working stacked shift all through this week, and all through the next (with the exception of Victoria Day). I'm gonna die. (When will this fic get written? WHO KNOWS)

✿ Pokemon Go victory: I FINALLY HAVE A BLISSEY. And I earned the 1000KM badge! It's too bad that the badges don't stack; I'd like to earn another one, for another 1000KM. ;) But at least it tracks how much you've walked even after you get gold. And ALSO I finally found an opportunity to stick a pokemon into the gym near my workplace, the one with low turnover - which means that I get 10 coins every day without having to do anything at all. It's glorious.

✿ I have discovered that our library has some of Sapkowski's Witcher novels, so I might have to pick some up this weekend, see how I like them. My mate Tik says she found them kind of blah, but I can't not give them a try, because holy shit, medieval fantasy Poland. I need more of that in my life. :V And apparently Netflix is going to be doing a Witcher tv series? Which is surprising - and I admit that I raised eyebrows a little - but maybe it will be good? Or at least better than the Polish TV series, which I am informed is terrible (of the "let's pretend this never happened" sort, not the "so bad it's good" sort).

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May. 7th, 2017 08:40 pm
yuuago: (YiH - Mika - Comfortably share silence)
✿ Today was driving practice downtown. IT WENT WELL. Turns out that Sunday mornings are an excellent time for driving in the areas that make me the most nervous. So, I expect I'll be doing more of that in the future. Starting next week. Which is great, because it means that if I drive down to the library, it means that I have enough time and energy to spend exploring the nature trails on Macdonald Island and along the river. I don't get to do that when I take the bus.

✿ I bought some boots yesterday, and I'm completely enamoured with them. Stylish dark brown leather lace-ups. They don't just look good, they're comfortable, and they fit properly, and considering how much of an ordeal it can be for me to find shoes like that... I'm happy. I feel like I'd actually be able to wear these on a regular basis, unlike my other ones, which all have heels on 'em. I mean, I love wearing heels, but considering my typical weekend wanderings are anywhere from 5-10km... well. Anyway, they make me feel very stylish and handsome, and I can hardly wait to wear them at every opportunity. (It's been kind of hard to motivate myself to dress fashionably without appropriate footwear, y'know?)

✿ You know, I've lived in this house for 17 years, and it's only just now that I discovered there is enough room on my windowsill for some flowerpots. Soooo, now I have some seeds planted for rosemary and spearmint. I'd hoped for sage too, but wasn't able to find it available anywhere - ah, well. This is a nice start, anyway. I'm not sure where on earth I'll put them in winter, assuming this is successful, but we'll see how it goes.

✿ I got SO much writing done today! It helps that for a good portion of Saturday, I had the house to myself, which meant that I could write at the kitchen table, where there's lots of room and light, and nobody to pester me, unlike usual. Amazing what can happen when there isn't someone poking their nose in my business every five seconds. :V I managed to make some progress on my NOFM assignment, which is nice. Also the Vesa/Suvi "accidental courting" thing that I started earlier this week. Aaaand I finished the draft for the Joona/Anssi thing I started for Porn Battle (and who knows, maybe I'll have finished editing it by the time the next amnesty session goes up in June-ish). So, yes. Good weekend for writing. I'm really happy about it.

✿ Today I went geocaching and this time I actually FOUND THE THING. I swear, I've been past this place twice before, looking for it, and the container was right in front of my face the whole time. [/facepalm] Wandering around in the woods is something I've never done enough of, and I'm starting to get more confident when it comes to mucking around in the bush, so hopefully I'll be able to get out there more often and find some more caches. I'm really curious about the condition of the ones in the Birchwood - I have a feeling that a lot of them might have been damaged, but you never know. Anyway, I've bought some thick gloves to deal with the rosebushes, and with luck I'll be able to set aside time for some wandering before the mosquitoes become intolerable. Unfortunately, it's already bear season, but ehhhh one can't have everything, I guess.
yuuago: (YiH - Jaakko - What?)
By the look of it, I'm going to need to get glasses. I was on the fence about it, partly because the optometrist seemed to be on the fence too. ("Well, you don't necessarily need them right NOW, though of course you will in the future...") Buuut today's driving session kind of drove home that yeah, I need it. There's no getting around it.

I mean, you're kind of supposed to be able to read the names on the street signs before you're basically on top of 'em, right?

How inconvenient. And annoying. Ah well, at least I only need 'em for this one thing. (Well, and for reading the behind-counter menu at cafes, heh. But I can deal.)

Speaking of driving: I still utterly detest it, but I'm getting better at it. I think. Or at least I'm getting better at the specific stuff we've been working on. ...We're going to do some driving through the city on the weekend, and I'm really not looking forward to it, because I really hate driving in traffic. It jogs my anxiety like nothing else. But I'm not going to get comfortable with that unless I do it more often, so there we are. At least it'll be nice to get to the library more quickly - it normally takes about 40 minutes, not because of the bus ride, but because of how much walking is required to get to the bus stops.

...Aaanyway....

[/looks at to-do list]
[/looks at the weekend]
[/looks at the amount of hours in a day]

Fuck it, I'm going to have to get up at the asscrack of dawn again, aren't I. I wish time-turners really existed.
yuuago: (Iceland - Hmph)
I HATE PARALLEL PARKING.

And left turns.

And highway driving.

And intersections.

And left turns at intersections.

And driving in general.

But today I hate parallel parking the most, because it's ALL I DID for the entirety of this practice session and I am thoroughly sick of it.

It doesn't help that I'm practising in a vehicle spectacularly unsuited to learning in. Fun.

Grumble grumble grumble, oh well, sigh I'll get the hang of it eventually....

That was my evening. I hope you all had a less frustrating one. >8|

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Feb. 22nd, 2017 10:17 pm
yuuago: (Pokemon - Decidueye - soft)
☆ Reading Wednesday: Somewhat in the middle of reading a poetry collection, Calling down the sky by Rosanna Deerchild. I say "sort of" because I've kind of put it on hold for now, since I'm having difficulty focusing. It's very strong poetry and I really love her style (it's, hmm, I guess you could say it's both sparse and conversational at the same time - very minimal in form, and with a very strong "vocal" note to it). The subject is (mainly) the experiences of survivors of the residential school system, and it has a really raw note to it.

...Aside from that, I've been listening to an audiobook of Neil Gaiman's Coraline, mainly. It's been ages since I've read the book or watched the film, and I've forgotten almost the whole thing, so it's really interesting to experience it again.

☆ Delicious things: polenta with sausage and mushrooms. And blackberries for dessert. The polenta we used was storebought, and all through supper mum kept going on about how it isn't the same as how it was when her Friulian relations made it when she was a kid, blah blah blah preservatives. Well, I do have a book of Friulian recipes, and the polenta looks like one of the few things that it's possible to make from scratch without altering the ingredients (so many of them require ridiculously specific stuff that you can't get in this frozen wasteland). So... maybe we'll try that some time soon. If we're feeling adventurous.

☆ Night-driving lesson #2 went well. Once again, I did not crash into anything. I did forget to turn the headlamps off after we were done, though. Going to have to remember to... not forget that. Um. That would be bad. Oh well, IT'S A START.
yuuago: (A Redtail's Dream - Silence)
Because most of today was craptastic, so I should jot down some things that weren't -

☆ I listened to last year's Eurovision music all through today, and I'm starting to get kind of pumped for the next one, even though it's still quite a few months away. <3 It's something to look forward to, at least. A lot of the 2016 songs have grown on me a TON... there are still some that I'm not crazy about, but a lot of them, I really love them now. <3 And some remind me of my OCs... which means inspiration for self-indulgent stories, yes. 8) Ahhh I hope some day I'll be able to go to a Eurovision again... going to it with friends last year was really fun, even considering all the troubles going on back home with the wildfire.

☆ After finally figuring out the trading system in Pokemon Sun, I've managed to get a few Moon-exclusives that I didn't have access to, as well as some others that were giving me trouble (female Salandit, and Spinarak for some reason). Even though it's such a small thing, I'm so amazed that it's possible to trade with nothing but a wireless connection. The only Pokemon game I'd ever played, until I finally caved and got a 3DS when X came out, was our old Pokemon Yellow, which my brother and I had to share as kids. Naturally I didn't have any friends who played it, so of course anything that you had to trade for was completely out of reach. I love living in the future, oh my god.

☆ The SSSS page for today is fucking hilarious. Reynir petting the owl as if it's a dog? Of course he would. And then the twist. 8) Kiraly said it's like something out of a fanfic, and she's 100% right. Oh my gods. This page is a gift. That panel with poor Onni-owl's !!! face is also a gift.

☆ Chocolate Box fics were revealed today, so I can mention the YOI Leo/Guang Hong story that I wrote, City of Love. Recip liked it, and it was received very well generally, so I'm happy. <3 And my other recip liked the SSSS stories I wrote for her - some Sigrun/Tuuri fluff and a Reynir/Lalli poem, so I think that overall it was a good experience for me, even though I wrote a lot less for it this year than I did last year.

☆ I went driving at night for the first time ever. I did not crash into anything. And visibility was better than I expected. I'm still not ready to drive on any major roads in the dark, but it's a start. We've found a good place to practice left turns, which is good because that's one of the major things that I need to focus on.

☆ Fresh pineapple for dessert is delicious, and it's even better when you don't have to cut it up yourself.

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Feb. 15th, 2017 07:56 pm
yuuago: (Norway - Very okay)
☆ Wow, is it ever nice out! I'd forgotten how good it feels to be able to wear a normal amount of clothing, rather than winter gear. Went out today with minimal layers and it felt great. SO FREEING. (Of course, this mild weather is not exactly season-typical, and that is worrying, but whatever. I'll enjoy this while it lasts.)

☆ Real life is kind of a pressure cooker right now (to put it mildly) so I've been spending some time offline, trying to deal with that. Success has been... uh... varied. But! Hopefully with the weather turning, and the days getting longer, it'll be easier to deal with things. (That sounds kind of weird, I guess, but - it's just hard to get motivated when it's freezing and pitch black out, you know?) On the upside, one recent RL-related positive is that my optometrist appointment went well; I don't need glasses. What a relief. I don't need yet another thing to worry about right now. And also, I've made an appointment for a driving lesson... on Friday. Probably would have been useful to practice more before paying for something like this, but eh, in other ways it's better to just go to a professional. I might end up paying for a whole set of them, who knows. (I neeed to get my license, good lord.)

☆ Chocolate Box fics have been revealed!* And I received three wonderful gifts! I feel so spoiled. <3 I haven't had a chance to look at the rest of the collection yet, but I'm sure everything else is awesome too. In particular, I have my eye on the SSSS stuff (apparently there's a great Signe/Michael fic in there, I can hardly wait). And there's over 30 fics in the YOI section, so there's bound to be something to my taste. And of course I always look at the art, no matter what fandom it is. :) Anyway, my gifts were as follows -
+ Keep it Close. A Redtail's Dream, Jonna/Riikka, G, 3.2k. Pining with eventual get-together! *_*
+ Like a feather on the ice. Yuri on Ice + Hetalia crossover, Phichit + Thailand gen, G, 3.9k. Phichit has a mysterious friend and this is basically the crossover I've been wanting for a while, haa. <3
+ Not Your Style. Yuri on Ice, JJ/Leo, 18+, 2.4k, set a year or two before canon. *_* There is nothing I do not love about this; it's the kind of fic I've been wanting to read with them for quite a while now. <3

☆ Fests/Exchanges! I'm still on hiatus from signing up for things, and will be for the foreseeable future, but that doesn't mean I haven't been keeping an eye on things. Signups for [community profile] smutswap start next week (Schedule). I threw some things in the tagset, so who knows, maybe there will be requests I can treat. Also, the Porn Battle Prompt Stack is starting up over at [community profile] pbam; prompts are open until February 22. On the fence as to whether I'll toss some prompts in there - I do have ideas, but I'd feel bad for prompting without writing anything. We'll see.

☆ Gen2 is coming to Pokemon Go soon (according to details over at [community profile] pokestop) and oh my gosh, I can hardly wait. The game has been so grind-y lately, it'll be nice to work with something completely new. Though I expect that some of the game changes will cause it to be kind of buggy at first. We'll see...!

☆ I've started listening to an audiobook version of Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets (unfortunately, Philosopher's Stone wasn't available at the time) and ohhh man, it's reminded me of how much I used to love that series. I haven't read the books in ages, and now I'm feeling so nostalgic. Looks like I'll end up listening to the entire rest of the series, probably. xD There is SO MUCH that I've forgotten about how these stories go! I mean, yes, I've seen the movies and so on, and rewatched some of the early ones a few years ago, but it just isn't the same. And now there's a part of me craving Hogwarts AUs for so many other series that I like. (Especially for A Redtail's Dream, because Fred and George make me think of Joona and Jonna. The thought of those two as wizards is just too funny.) Though as usual my preferences lean more toward fanart, hm.

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Jan. 28th, 2017 09:11 pm
yuuago: (SSSS - Signe)
Today has been an emotional rollercoaster, so I'm just going to note down a few things that went well. So:

☆ I had driving practice today. My first time driving in snow! Even though I haven't gone driving for over a year, it was surprisingly painless. I was a little nervous, but I only went sliding once, and that was on a small deserted side-street, so... no big deal. It's going to take a lot more before I can do the test, of course, but at least I'm not as behind as I expected. Next major challenge is going to be driving in the dark, though. Definitely going to have to try that. Nnnot looking forward to it, but it's unavoidable!

☆ Was going to work on Chocobox treats, but my mind was bleh, so instead I turned things around and started on a self-indulgent nonfandom thing with my original characters, Jacques and Rose. Apparently pointless slice-of-life family fluff in a cozy setting was exactly what I needed. Ahhh times like this, I wish I didn't hate drawing, it would be nice to draw a scene with them together~

☆ I started reading Thomas King's The Back of the Turtle and oh my gosh, I'm not even 50 pages into it, but it's so good. Which is to be expected - his stuff is typically pretty awesome - but still. I wish I hadn't taken so long to read this one; large hardcovers always make me hesitate, since they're so heavy, but eh. Worth it.

☆ It was REALLY nice out today, so I was able to go for a nice long walk after driving practice. Lovely fresh air. Delightful. <3 Unfortunately I discovered that yeah, there's no way to deny it, I do have holes in my sneakers. Oh, well. It's only a problem when things are kind of melty out. New shoes can wait until spring.... In the meantime, I'll just enjoy the nice weather.

☆ Two words: Caramel brownies. :9 Oh yes.

Aaanyway. To-do for tomorrow:
-Edit Chocobox assignment
-Edit Suvi/Vesa fic
-Work more on that original thing
-Take a look at what the library has on the specifics of Treaty 8
-And maybe some, uh, light reading. I'm thinking Wodehouse, maybe.
-To top it all off, a niiiice long walk. <3 Yes.

Okay.

Jan. 20th, 2017 09:02 pm
yuuago: (Iceland - Hmph)
/backdates

So. Today I decided that this spring, I'm going to work really, really hard, and get my driver's license. And then I'm going to start the process toward moving out.

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May. 20th, 2015 09:41 pm
yuuago: (Denmark - Smile)
Today has been nice and productive. Yay!

☆ Worked on some driving today. Mum says I'm coming along rather well. That's good. But I do need more practice - especially the bane of my existence: Left turns at busy intersections where the lights don't have a left-advance. So much hate, ugh. But, I can work on that.

☆ I went for a run and I feel good. Yay! Leading up to it, I always feel like "Ugh, I don't want to do this". And even after it, I usually feel like "Ugh, I wanted to use that time for something else". ... But, it still feels good, so.

☆ Worked on some Norwegian today. I've been neglecting it for weeks. My grammar skills were nothing impressive before. Now they have seriously deteriorated. BUT... well, I'll take it one sentence at a time. Still going to be a while before this letter is finished - I love writing to my study partner, because she's so fun to talk to, but the downside of it is that the replies don't come quickly because 1. it's in Norwegian and 2. I get so chatty and the letters keep getting longer... whoops.

☆ Work is going well. I'm keeping up with things. Not sure what the state of the backlog will be before I leave, but I have a couple of weeks to put it all together. Concentration has been smooth sailing because I realized earlier this week that I have a ton of episodes of News From Lake Wobegon to catch up on, as I haven't listened to it in months, so I've been going through that. It's nice. There are a lot of things about those stories that I identify with - the people in that small town remind me a lot of my mother's side of the family. So, it's comforting. And sometimes a little painful when it hits close to home, but that can be good too. And there's such a comfortable atmosphere about it, the sort of atmosphere that I try to channel in my writing a lot of the time, so it's nice to get that from a different source than what I would usually turn to.

☆ Going to have to start working in the garden on the weekends, I think. I don't particularly want to - I actually don't enjoy it very much, and there are usually other things that I'd rather be doing - but mum has started putting things together, now that we probably won't get any more nights below 0C (probably). So, I should do some of it so that she doesn't have to. But I'll have to take a look - it's a big job because our garden is huge, but she's very particular about Things Getting Done Right, but of course if you offer help she'll refuse it, and she won't very well tell you what needs to be done if you ask what needs to be done, so. Uh. I guess I'll have to figure it out somehow.
yuuago: (BlackJack - Snap)
Finally finished and posted my fic for Nordipalooza Fest. I'm glad to have that off the to-do list! It turned out well enough, I suppose. (It's here if anyone feels the need to read some NSFW Norway/Denmark PWP. And it's crossposted to [personal profile] roesslyng too of course) The only thing that I regret is that I didn't have enough time/energy to write the fic that I wanted to write originally, that historical thing about the Battle of Narvik. But, since I have it started, I'll be able to finish it at another time. I fully intend to.

☆ Right now I definitely feel like "I DON'T WANT TO WRITE ANY MORE EVER" but this feeling will only last until the end of the week, I'm sure. ;p

☆ Since that deadline project is out of the way, I hope to be able to be a bit more social. Catch up on some of the responses/letters I owe people. But it's hard to say. There are some things I probably won't catch up on - entries I've missed... if there's anything you want me to see, drop the link here, otherwise I might not see it on account of being distracted by something shiny.

☆ I'm quickly running out of time to get driving practice done. I need it by early July... there's not much time left. Where on earth is the year going?! I feel like it was March just yesterday, arrrrgh. Anyway. Need... more practice. :/ Going to have to make an itemized list of the things that'll be on the road test, and which of those I need to work on the most, probably.

☆ Feeling a little stressed out for no particular reason. Not fun! Think I'll handle this with a run, and watching some Rome. Kind of had to stop watching a while due to working on other things. I'm up to episode 4 now, I think. Still enjoying it. Can hardly remember anything about how it goes, mind you. I think there is a lot that I forgot/missed/never watched the first time around. But, anyway, it reminds me of how much I used to enjoy Classical Studies. Good times....

☆ Eurovision coming up this Saturday! Disappointed that I'll miss the semifinals, but that's all right. Listened to some more of the songs, but only a few of them. Someone pointed me toward Macedonia's entry. I like it! Not a winner, and not my favourite of the ones I've heard so far (that would still be Italy) but it's one I can see myself listening to it. I also gave a listen to Iceland's entry, which I found... underwhelming. Maybe it'll be more interesting on stage? And Malta's entry - I'm usually not impressed with their entries, and this one isn't all that remarkable, but the video makes me want/hope for played-live strings in the stage version. That would be cool. Montenegro's entry is nice, but I don't like it anywhere near as much as I liked their entry from last year, that one was so good.
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