uncertain, question


When I was a little kid, Skipper's once gave out a bicycle reflector as their kid's meal toy. I did not happen to go to Skipper's that week, so I did not get one. (I don't remember how I learned about the promotion - it's possible that a friend of mine had one.)

For the next several years, every time I went to Skipper's I would ask if the toy was a bicycle reflector (it never was) and fill out a comment card telling them to have bicycle reflectors as their kid's meal toy. I suspect this made the job of reading and tallying customer comments a little more surreal for someone. However, it was totally ineffective as a method of getting a bicycle reflector.

Anyway, I bring this up because I'm starting to feel similarly about job applications.

(Side note: I've been spending less time online and more time walking outside, so I have no idea what y'all are up to these months. Sorry! Feel free to let me know in the comments.)

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Annabelle (princess mode), princess

Pretty much offline

So, I haven't actually been caught up on my Typical Internet Obligations since....um...November, I think.

Basically, I sprained my ankle again on Thanksgiving, and my computer set-up was not conducive to elevating it. Then I decided to be really militant about doing the PT this time in hopes of the ankle getting better, and that kind of sucked up all of the fucks I could give, leaving none left for getting caught up on everything in the internet.

Then, in January, just as my ankle was starting to recover, I found out that the Teacher Standards and Practices Commission in my state changed the license renewal rules without bothering to tell anyone, and I now needed 25 hours of professional development before I could renew my license in May as opposed to the zero I needed before the change. That took up pretty much all of my spare time from January through March, and I was again out of extra fucks to give about getting caught up online.

By now, the backlog was pretty overwhelming.

Also, I decided that if I had to spend the equivalent of a used car on my goddamn ankle (PT, new orthotics, expensive new hiking boots with proper ankle support) I was going to appreciate it. Otherwise, I would have been better off to get the car and hobble around. (My poor car needs the dashboard fan repaired. Depending on what is wrong, it will cost between $5 and $500. Finding out which would cost about $45 since they have to take stuff apart. I've borrowed the van from my dad until I have $500 spare so I don't have to pay the $45 twice if it's an expensive fix.) So, I've been making a point of taking a long walk every single day, which further cuts into my online time.

So anyway, if there is anything going on that I really need to know about, call or text me and don't assume I'll see it if you post it here or Twitter, or really even if you email me (I'm currently trying to dig out April's email). I'm not sure how hard I'll try to get back into the internet again. My computer is pretty much in need of replacement and I'm both broke and angry about Secure Boot, so I don't really have a clear path to replacing it. (I want both a new desktop and a tablet that is almost, but not entirely, unlike anything I think I could actually buy.)

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Christmas Card Post!

I've been really terrible about posting online this year and so my year has stayed pretty much undocumented. I've decided to solve this problem by sending out Christmas cards and including what would be a typical Christmas letter if I had normal, grown-up accomplishments but will, instead, contain at least some of the following things I never got around to writing about online this year:

  • con reports for the three conventions I went to (ConFlikt, SpoCon, and OryCon)
  • trip reports for the two trips I took to see extended family in Idaho
  • a trip report for time several generations of my family went to Sunriver and my mom decided to take both the dog and the turtle along
  • injury reports for the two times I sprained my goddamn ankle (only one of which was on a family trip to Idaho)
  • a picture of Annabelle the Basset Hound in a different funny outfit than last year

If any of you internet-people would like a card, please fill out the following poll:

If you can't fill out the poll for some reason, leave a comment letting me know and I'll work out some other way to get your address. LiveJournal people without Dreamwidth accounts should be able to vote in the poll on Dreamwidth by logging into Dreamwidth with their LiveJournal OpenID.

I don't mind sending out cards to people I don't know well, but if you're not someone I follow on Dreamwidth, LiveJournal, or Twitter I'd appreciate a heads-up on how you found me and why I might know you so I can keep some sort of context going in my head. Reciprocal cards are not required, but are welcome.

Speaking of LiveJournal and Twitter, I've been kind of terrible at keeping up with them lately. Don't assume I've seen anything you've posted at either place in November or December. I might have, but it's not a sure thing. I've been keeping up with Dreamwidth, because it's less overwhelming and also Dreamwidth pages don't make my ancient computer slow down horribly the way LJ's new comment pages do. (I know, I know, custom comment pages like all the cool kids use, but I'm still using an S1 style over there and never got around to figuring out how to port it to S2 and blargh. I also know about their new friends page plans and am not happy because I hate change and my computer hates fancy, so it's a double blargh. I may go to keeping up with LJ through RSS feeds and a desktop RSS reader. I can't even think of a good way to make Twitter less overwhelming; it's just a really unpredictable timesuck because so much of it is links to articles that I may or may not care about and casual conversations between people I semi-know, so checking it can take anywhere from a half an hour to eight hours, and I avoid checking it because I don't have the eight hours right now.)

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bounce, silly, adventure, happy

Thank you, person or persons!

So, today has been kind of a strange (but awesome!) day for me in Dreamwidth-land.

There's a post in [site community profile] dw_biz about a possible future icon add-on feature and I've been following along and commenting (I have opinions on basically everything I read about ever, pretty much regardless of whether or not it affects my life in any way, so I love places like [site community profile] dw_biz where I can actually share those opinions in a useful and non-annoying way).

In the process of poking around the various FAQs and the DW shop to better inform my opinion on icon add-ons, I discover that someone (or several someones) has apparently gifted me some DW points, because I now have 350 of them and I know I haven't bought any. This is pretty cool, but I can't figure out who and I'm not sure whether or not that's intentional (because I can't find any associated "history" page to tell me when they were given and possibly tell me who, just that I have them now) so I decide to open a support request and see if there's such a "history page" and I just didn't find it.

I also go to eat dinner, because food is a good thing and I should really remember to eat instead of being on the computer all day.

When I come back from dinner, not only is there an answer to my support request (donated without an attached note, so they can't tell if it's meant to be anonymous or not and thus, understandably, won't tell me who gifted it, gift happened back in December) but I notice that I now have a paid account (since it lists account status by your name in the support area for troubleshooting reasons). Some additional person has just bought me two months of paid time (thank you, person)!

So, um, it's been a pretty neat day Dreamwidth-wise.

I've since dug through my email, which I pretty much completely didn't read in December between my head injury and the holidays, and discovered the original points were gifted by [personal profile] sandrylene. Thank you, and, um, this is why it took me so long to get around to thanking you.

Also, anyone else who's been wondering why I haven't been responding to your email, it's probably because I'm really terrible at email and never checked it for about a month. I'm sorry. It is almost certainly nothing personal.

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uncertain, question

Trying to make a go of this Dreamwidth thing

So it's been several weeks and the LJ changes are still, in fact, really annoying to me (and breaking all kinds of things, to the point that I'm still finding new broken things on a regular basis, such as current mood disappearing from my friends page), and LJ hasn't shown any signs of undoing them (ideally accompanied by profuse apologies and process changes to make them not happen again), so I'm trying to find more to do on Dreamwidth in an effort to slowly shift the bulk of my reading over by the process of not finding more things on LJ to read whenever I have more time, but instead finding more things to read on Dreamwidth.

Anyway, the upshot of this is that I've been following lots of links and adding people and communities on Dreamwidth that sound vaguely interesting but I have no real pre-existing connection to. I plan to keep doing so whenever I've Bored On The Internet for at least the next week or two. If you're finding my journal as a result of that, this post is mostly my way of saying hi and letting you know that I'm adding people based on them saying something interesting somewhere and not based on, say, going to school with you in the 8th grade (although if any of you happened to go to my tiny hippy school in Portland that'd be a pretty awesome coincidence).

Also, between the possible new visitors and a curiosity about how many people are still reading actively in such a way that they might have questions, I'm throwing this post open to questions from the peanut gallery. I don't see any easy way to disable IP logging for just this entry so I'm keeping that on, and thus be aware that your anon comments may not be quite as anon as they could be. Aside from that, feel free to ask questions either anon or logged in (you can use OpenId to comment with your LJ account here if you prefer). I may or may not actually answer them, but I'll try. Some questions may be answered with "that's not something I discuss in unlocked posts" - I use a bunch of filters for different things rather than post vanilla locked posts so there's no clean way to do a locked question post without people getting a bunch of copies in a row.

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studying, school, typing, writing, working

Student loan hell

For whatever reason, one of my two student loans has changed servicers twice in the past few months (the other one changed last year, and it was a pretty terrible experience as well - I posted about it here but they've avoided doing anything obnoxious since, thankfully).

The previous time, in October, this involved them sending me an email 5 days before my bill was due informing me that they weren't actually going to get my bill printed in time due to the new processor but that I needed to send my payment in on time anyway, which was pretty obnoxious (particularly since the email didn't include how much the bill was for and I don't have online stuff set up with them, so I had to look at my checkbook to figure out how much the loan payment probably was). They then, of course, applied that payment late and sent me out the next month's bill noting that I now owed for two months (they were nice enough not to charge a late fee). After quite a bit of musical hold and automated phone menu hell I determined that they'd gotten my payment and I just owed the normal amount. Thankfully, the next month's bill also reflected this version of reality.

In December, I received a letter that they were changing payment processors again. Since the previous new processor hadn't exactly impressed me with their competence I hoped for the best from this. Unfortunately, I got the letter on the 23rd or so, and had already mailed my payment for the month to the old processor (my payments are due the 28th). The letter said that they'd forward the mail for 30 days, though, so it should work out fine.

Yesterday, I got a bill from the new processor, apparently run on the 29th, showing that they never got last month's payment. I was too damn cranky to call them today and ask if they've found my check yet, but tomorrow I guess I get another round of musical hold and automated menu adventures to see if they've gotten my check yet as I'm really not interested in making a double payment on my loans right now, nor am I interested in being reported late in payment to the credit bureau when I am, in fact, paying my loan on time.

I don't even have the words to be clever or snarky about all of this. I feel so trapped since it's a student loan and therefore not the kind of thing I can refi with a new company that hasn't pissed me off (I am a big fan of my local credit union in terms of financial institutions that have yet to piss me off). I can't afford to pay it off early, so I feel like I'm stuck dealing with this nonsense on an unpredictable basis until 2017.


I'm beginning to wish I'd never gone to grad school to become a math teacher in the first place. I can't find a damn job in this economy, these loans are almost as much as renting a room in someone's house each month, and I get undeserved accusations of not making payments regularly and a lot of stress sorting them out. I liked teaching when I could find work, but this is all pretty much ass.

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studying, school, typing, writing, working

Thoughts from New Year's

So, as I do most years, I went up to Seattle for Sean's birthday party on New Year's Eve. I meant to do an actual post about this, but then I got All Caught Up On The Internet instead of writing a post and I want to go to bed eventually, so you're getting more of an outline.

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Anyway, that was New Year's. I'm going to try to actually be active on Dreamwidth this year and see if I can recapture the spirit of online journaling, but I don't hold out a lot of hope that I'll stick with it. I just don't find what I have to say about my day as interesting as I did when I was younger, and I don't think I'll ever get back to the long, rambling, oversharing, whiny entries I used to write on my first webjournal (which is probably for the best).

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studying, school, typing, writing, working

Screw it

Screw you LiveJournal and the horse you rode in on.

(Yes, I am mad about them re-doing the comments pages. I WAS USING THOSE OPTIONS. Also, encouraging people to post more damn videos and images in the comments where they can't be put behind a cut is the last thing I want.)

I am now closing comments on LJ on my crossposted posts going forward. I plan to continue to crosspost the posts themselves for both public and locked posts for the time being. I'll make another post if that changes. Commenting will now be on DW only.

Anyway, my understanding is that Dreamwidth doesn't require invite codes through the end of the year, so I encourage you to get a DW account. If you don't, feel free to comment with your LJ account using OpenID, which will also let you see and comment on any friends locked posts you're able to see on LJ. If I don't already know who you are on Dreamwidth and you don't mind your LJ and DW being linked to the same person, pleaser comment here with both your LJ (using OpenID) and DW accounts to let me know that you're the same person so I can add you to the appropriate filters and such.

I apologize for the extra login step for those of you who are usually on LJ yet want to comment, but I'm really sick of how LJ treats the userbase these years and it's time to take one more step away from using them for my personal stuff. To my knowledge, they never even addressed anyone's concerns from the last news post and just went ahead and implemented the changes despite it being less functionality without explaining why the change was necessary.

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studying, school, typing, writing, working

Adventures in head injury

This is going to be stupidly long and rambly post about how my week has been going. Since I know not everyone has time (or interest) to read such a thing, I'll summarize the important parts above the cut:

1) I am now home from the hospital.
2) I am basically fine.
3) I have health insurance, so hopefully this won't spiral into a giant, credit-destroying financial disaster and I'm not asking for donations from people or anything of that sort.

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