I’ve been spammin’ links left and right because I’ve been bumming around my research crap for a while now. Eh. Don’t click the miscl category, you’ll never hafta see the stuff.

But it’s hot today, and I can’t look at another lawyer site. I just can’t. Not today. Not another stumble-upon link, not another…I can’t do it. Not today.


I thought I’d babble about real stuff for a bit.

As some of you know, Tyger and I are starting to look at moving out of California. Financially speaking, we don’t really have much choice. It’s more expensive to live in this state than it is to live in NYC, even, looking at some of the apartment prices. But that said…

I love snow, I really do. But anywhere that’s really within my comfort and price range is too far from a city to not own a car. And owning a CAR where it snows is a pain in the ass. I’d really like to move to Boston ITSELF, and yes, there’s some nice apartments there, but moving twenty minutes outside the city lowers the rent by a ridiculous ammount.

Some would point out that the cost of gas and upkeep for a car balances that out, and yeah, they’d mostly be right. But I can choose to garage a car for a bit and not drive it when times are tight, and I kinda can’t go to a landlord and say “Sorry, can’t afford to pay that extra bit of rent this month.” They’re unlikely to accept that with an open mind.

Of course, even if I’m not driving the car, I need to have insurance and that costs a monthly bill. However, again if I’m not driving it right then, I CAN let the insurance lapse and pick it back up BEFORE I go back to driving the vehicle.

It’s a real dilemma. I’d really rather be in a city. I like being in a city. But Tyger kinda needs a bit more rural for that. There’s a nice halfway point up by Seattle, but…well, Seattle. It rains nine months of the year in Seattle. And again, car. Would need one. To get TO Seattle, as the place we’re looking at is not exactly within walking distance.

But then the other place we’re looking at is technically in Rhode Island, though it’s advertised as the Boston area…well, it’s a tightly packed area, so that makes sense. However, again, not close enough to not need a car.


So, either way, we’ll be taking some road trips to check out the different places we’re thinking of moving. At the moment our basic criteria are that we have some kind of coastline near us, be it ocean or Great Lake – because of course, always in the running is Skokie, Ill, where most of my family still lives. We’d have a HUGE support network there, and lots of my father’s friends have offered to help us find a place if we move there – one in particular offered us his TARDIS, but I’m pretty sure it’s non-functional at the moment. Plus, my great aunt and I are pretty close, and she adores Tyger – we stayed there during our trip last year – and would LOVE to have us close by.

So we’ll be lookin’ round.

Of course, anywhere we move has to also have a Jamba Juice. That’s just a given, right? And do NOT tell me there’s a “Juice it Up”. If you think that’s the same thing you have never been inside either one or the other. They are NOT the same. And also ew.

Bleh. This is going to be a long road.

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I read too fast.

Seriously. I got so used to reading three and four-hundred word files in a day or so that faced with a slightly-longer-than-average novel, I ate through it in a single day.

Here’s the thing: Ender’s Game was daunting to me in file form at one point, so I held off. I bought the ebook because everyone said it was a great book, but I never got around to reading it.

So when I pulled it up on a whim last night, I thought “I’ll read this over the next week” because I like to have something up in the background to read.

Except that lately, I’ve been reading through SERIES’ of files, and it didn’t occur to me that the fact that I had to change files two and three times a day meant I was reading faster and faster.

I started really READING at around two pm. At nine, I was done. This is with normal background reading while I did other stuff through the day.

I wanted to have something to read over the week.

I did not meet this goal.

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The pressure of TV

I like watching certain television shows, as many of us do. But since my office is in the…well, office, and the TV’s in the livingroom, I find myself falling behind

And look how fast we’ve arrived at my current topic.

See, first it’s just a week or so.

“Have you seen the new Once Upon a Time?”

“No, I’m gonna just watch it on Hulu or the DVR next time the TV’s free.”

OK, but I work all the damned time. So soon I’m not just behind a week, it’s been four, and the old one’s gonna fall off Hulu and end up on HuluPlus soon, and it’s in HD so it’s taking up a TON of room on the DVR and we need to get that off there – my not watching is now keeping OTHER people from watching THEIR shows and I need to sit my ass down and watch the thing already except I really don’t have the time so I tell them to delete it and I’ll real fast watch it on Hulu tomorrow but tomorrow I get a call from a client or get caught up in the budget and now I have a day before the oldest one’s going to fall off…

When I reach this point, the major part of my brain is going “Oh, fuckit. It’s just TV. In a year you can buy the freakin’ DVDs. This is just not that crucial.”…but the other part of my brain is pointing out that I said the same thing about Royal Pains, White Collar and Leverage, all of which I am also now so behind on that if I don’t buy the DVDs, I’ll never get caught up.

So I should watch them. But I really don’t have the time or energy to do that. It’s attention taken from the things I want to give my attention to during the hours that I don’t HAVE to be working, and as much as I want to know how Emma’s going to break that curse, I also kinda wanna level that IronMan challenger on Wyrmrest to 85, and I’d like to get my Sims together already, maybe without using a cheat this time, and I’d really, really like to finish that book I’m reading because I’m so very much not reading enough lately and as a professional WRITER I kind of need to be reading on a regular basis.

So TV tends to lose, and once again, here’s a show I really DO like, and everyone else in the house is into and watching regularly…and I’m not. For god’s sake, I still have the Doctor Who Christmas Special sitting on my harddrive waiting for me to watch it, and the new season starts up soon. And really, after allll that nagging to get my mother watching it, and she finally IS, I seriously need to stay caught up on that show if absolutely nothing else.

I have this picture in my mind – six months down the road, in my new apartment with Tyger, we’re sitting in front of the TV, DVD boxes stacked up in order of importance, watching through every show I fell behind on over the last three years.

I think she’s gonna kill me.

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