omfg.

Aug. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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Today is Sat Aug 19.

That means I have seven days to pack and clean, three days to move, and half a day to clean before I have to hand back the keys to this here apartment. (Double-counting the day on which we get the keys to our new apartment. And WHY did I not ask for Mon 28 off too? My sorry ass is going to be cleaning that day from eight to three-thirty and working for that paycheck from four to midnight!)

This apartment does not look moving-ready. This apartment looks like the aftermath of Hurricane Alex—send in the Red Cross!

My todo list has seven sections. Each section has from four to fifteen bullet points. While most are once they're done they're done, some of them will need done more than once this week. (Six of the day's bullets are four instances of "eat" and two of "feed cat", and "rest 10min for every 20min working" will appear as often as it damn well needs to, but that's totally beside the point.)

My anxiety level is already RED ALERT. My spoon level has spent a lot of time recently at DANGER DANGER, and isn't terribly far above that now. (I got my psych doc to prescribe lorazepam for as-needed over the next couple weeks, in order to calm my shit because 100% focus on calming centering breaths means nothing else gets done and less than 100% focus on etc was for days meaning being on the verge of an anxiety attack, but. And no, having other warm bodies to help—except on Sat 26, which is furniture hauling day—is not apparently an option; I keep asking.)

I need all the cheerleading I can get!

I wonder how it got there..

Aug. 19th, 2017 09:04 am
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tree in abandoned building

Probably via bird poop? Or wind.

Friday Report

Aug. 18th, 2017 07:35 pm
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[personal profile] adair posting in [community profile] unclutter
Well, I've moved some books on, but I have mostly put a batch in boxes in the garage. We have a friend visiting who will need to sleep on our fold-out couch. In order to fold it out the area where I stashed books for Books to Prisoners and books I hope to read some day had to be emptied. I moved a few books on, but as time got short I had to just box them up, label the boxes, and stack them in the garage. The room looks nicer now, but when Mike leaves the books will have to come back so I will keep on dealing with them rather than forgetting them.

I did manage to shred the letters from B2P that I brought home for that purpose, so something was accomplished, but the shredder froze up with three letters left. I hauled some small cardboard boxes to B2P to use for shipping. I put a batch of newspapers in a bag to take to B2P for packing. I found places to put some of the things piled on the desk so Mike will have a place to put his computer. Trying to clear surfaces is the project for tomorrow.

Mid-week Anti-procrastination Post

Aug. 17th, 2017 06:58 pm
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Well, it's a little belated but we've not got to the weekend here yet, so I figure we're still good to call it a midweek anti procrastination post.

So what have you been tackling? How's that motivation going? What's your priority absolutely must not be procrastinated task?

If you're in need of a challenge or a little encouragement.... Hmmm, now let me think... How about 10 minutes (or whatever time suits) to tackle something clothing related - suggestions include : sorting washing into loads that can be done together, actually tackling a load of laundry, handwashing some items, folding some dry clothes, ironing, re-organising a drawer, shelf or wardrobe space to make it more user friendly. I'm sure there are other related tasks. Ooh, I've thought of another - repairing an item e.g. sewing a button on.

Set the timer for the amount of time you think you can spare or manage energy wise and go for it. Surprise yourself with just how awesome you are! And share with us.

Good luck, team! You're awesome!

Mid-week uncluttering

Aug. 16th, 2017 09:11 pm
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How is your uncluttering going at this, the mid-point of the week?

I lost the day to reconciling book reviews across three platforms, and cycling through open and closing All! The! Tabs!. I'm not finished, but at least I'm closer...

Banded demoiselle

Aug. 16th, 2017 01:39 pm
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Banded demoiselle
Banded demoiselle perched on the roof of the woodshed. The toddler was delighted.

We get these damselflies as well as dragonflies flitting through our canal-side garden every year, but they don’t often stop and say hello.
[personal profile] penta posting in [community profile] factfinding
So, I have another character being drawn up (by another player) for the same game for which I posted highly detailed questions about Israel (admittedly probably too detailed) - only he's playing Russia, and he's trying to draw up a character who served in the Soviet Army as an officer semi-realistically. (It's *after* the character's military career that everything goes interesting.)

I want to write him a summary of the Soviet Army officer's career path, what service branches are available, etc., but nothing I can find tells me the basic stuff. It's all focused on generals and stuff. (Looked on Wiki, looked on Google, neither helped. I found a monograph on dtic.mil that was from 1975 and provided *some* detail, but expected me the reader to know more than I do to make sense of stuff.)

To quote his draft summary: "(1) Early life.  Born in 1959, he follows a similar course to Putin (joining the military instead, but attached as an "adviser" to one of the Soviet Bloc countries after a tour in Afghanistan which gave him a scar on his upper right arm from a Taliban attack).  He resigned with a TBD officer's rank in the middle of the 1991 coup attempt (a la Putin; he's simply younger) rather than join in the attempt (which he percieved as doomed)."

He's trying to figure it out in more detail than that, but the problem is that he (the player) and I (the GM, one of two, responsible for helping him draw up his character - he does the important work of figuring out policies and stuff, the meat of gameplay, himself) can't find anything much about anything re the company-grade and field-grade officers of the Soviet Army and how they were trained, or how their careers progressed, or anything.

In specific:

1. As the character was born in 1959, presume he enters officer training from civilian life sometime around 1977. How long is his officer training, and how is it decided whether he goes, say, infantry or airborne troops?

2. What's the career path like from initial officer training (including "what rank does he enter service at?" - the materials I can find state "Lieutenant", but the Soviet Army has 3 Lieutenant ranks!) to, say, battalion command?

3. What additional school-type training would he undergo during that career path, and at what times during his career? (I can help the player figure out good tour-of-duty mixes once I have that information.)

4. What service arms existed in the Soviet Army? I often hear of officers referred to as a "Colonel of Infantry", "Colonel of Air Defense", "Colonel of Strategic Rocket Forces" - but what are the possible options for the "of x" formula?

5. Were ordinary officers even assigned as "advisors" to Warsaw Pact forces, or only Political Officers?

I know these are really detailed questions in some regard. I'm trying to keep them general, but even the general stuff is hard to figure out. My objectives for this are:

A. Figure out what rank, highest, would have been plausible for what I'm currently thinking is a fairly obscure-ish Russian serving as a Soviet Army Officer from 1977-1991 - if the player wants lower, cool, but I as GM need to have a clue what's "too high".

B. Figure out what his career would have looked like - where would he have served, at what levels, doing what? (Especially key to figure out when he would have served in Afghanistan.)

C. Figure out if the early life posited is *plausible*.

I thus don't need to know deep details (at least not until a player requests a detailed bio of their Russian adversary from their intel people, at which point I may be back...), but only be able to work out a summary. I can do the hard part of the work myself and with the player, but I need help figuring out the foundational stuff before I begin that.

(Edited to add: Link to something Google *did* dredge up for me, and my note that what I was sent was a draft summary of the character, not a full bio. We'll be working on the full bio once we have the summary agreed to.)

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Aug. 15th, 2017 02:03 pm
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It's not just about going through your closet or medicine cabinet. It's about finishing projects.

(and cookies)

I've decided to rip out some more knitting projects that I've lost interest in years ago. Reclaim the materials and find something good to do with them. And rejoice that I have more yarn without having to spend a dime!

Mystery No More - Killdeer

Aug. 15th, 2017 12:59 pm
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I'm fairly sure I saw this bird swooping over our lake, possibly eating insects. It was hard to get a clear picture of it as it kept walking around and didn't stay standing long. Does anyone have any idea what it is? Read more... )

Decreasing annoyance

Aug. 14th, 2017 10:09 am
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Sometimes, for me, uncluttering isn't so much about getting rid of things (although that can be a great side effect) but about dealing with something that annoys me. So, this morning, I've just spent a productive 5-10 minutes sorting through my scrap paper pile, and I feel so much more relaxed about it that I did.

As a household with three kids, one of whom is through high school, and the other two still in high school, we've generated a lot of 'unused' paper through the last decade -- mostly half used scrapbooks and note books. We have a shelf that this gets put on, and then any time anyone needs to make notes or doodles, they grab paper out of there. However, there are different 'grades' of such paper, depending on how easy it is to get more/the proportion of it in the stack. And every time I see one of the kids grab some of the coloured construction paper (which means I usually can't read the notes), the heavier card stock, the graph/manuscript/dotted thirds lines paper, I take a moment to go 'don't use that, use the real scrap paper'. And mostly they do, but sometimes they just grab what is on top. And when what is on top is what has just come out of someone's desk drawer, it could be anything.

The sorting was pretty simple. I took the top 15-20cm off the pile (of ~30cm), and then anything I didn't care about that was roughly A4 sized went straight back on. Coloured paper and construction card were put in one pile; all the other 'precious' paper types in another, and scrap that was smaller than A4 was either sorted into a notepad pile or binned. The 'precious' papers have been put at the other end of the shelf (vertically, between existing dividers), and the small note pads have been put on top, so that they can be used first. Random bits of card, covers off scrapbooks, pieces too small, all in the bin.

And now I have a neat and tidy shelf, and I know that if I grab the top piece of paper off the active pile, it will be something I can throw out after I've used it, because it really is scrap.

weekend uncluttering

Aug. 13th, 2017 08:56 pm
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How is your weekend uncluttering going?

I know I sorted something out yesterday, but I've already managed to forget it (apart from making sure the open pack of biscuits was finished, as per yukonsally's suggestion yesterday). Friday, I took a randomish swatch of knitted yarn that I think might have been the start of a scarf (it was in a bag donated to me; the yarn was one of those matting ones, so frogging it wasn't an option) plus three scarves that had turned up from various places and gave them to a school teacher friend who is going to put them in some collection in their classroom (she was asking for blue things for a water cycle, and two were blue).

Today, I sat at the desk, and tidied a corner. Someone had pulled partner's collection of playing cards out and kind of distributed them across the space, so I sorted through and put them back in their pigeon hole. A couple of cards that didn't match any of the sets were binned (they were the wrong size for contributing to a cheat deck), and a set of Donkey cards that were too dilapidated for small hands also went in the bin. Plus some other bits of paper.

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Aug. 11th, 2017 09:14 am
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Sometimes, decluttering means eating that last serving of ice cream or the last cookie in the package.

Be good to yourselves this weekend!

Brimstone butterfly

Aug. 10th, 2017 08:39 am
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Brimstone butterfly
[Macro image of a female brimstone butterfly sitting on a green leaf, with lovely veined and spotted green wing underside on display.]

I am thrilled to have taken this photo. Brimstones visit our garden every summer, but I've never seen one actually have a lengthy rest in it, let alone allow me to get this close with my giant macro lens and pap it repeatedly.

Mid-week uncluttering

Aug. 9th, 2017 09:02 pm
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Which of your uncluttering goals have you progressed so far this week?

I have been weeding email, which has built up some while I have not had a working computer. Another two days at this rate will see me at zero, if no more comes in....

I have also been eyeing off the books on my bedside table, and wondering whether abandoning unread and then donating might be better for some of them than forcing myself to get through them. I guess I'll go for 'anything not read by the end of August' will leave the house, assuming I've read at least that many other books in the time (which looks likely)

reading game PDFs

Aug. 8th, 2017 09:30 pm
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I was wondering what folks would recommend as a solution for reading tabletop RPG and other PDFs? I used to do this on a Kindle DX, but sometimes the graphics-heavy ones would cause it go slow, and then my DX broke, and I don't think they make new ones anymore so I don't trust them? I have a Kindle Paperwhite, but the screen size is a no-go because they typically make some full-sized (8.5"x11" or thereabouts). And ideally I'd like to be able to just load them from my desktop using a USB cable. I have an older iPad, but it doesn't have the USB thing and it's no good to me because my husband and daughter steal it to play games. XD Help?

Anti-procrastination Tuesday

Aug. 8th, 2017 06:19 pm
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Tuesday has rolled around and it's a bit of a disappointment (principally because I spent a good portion of the day believing it was Wednesday...). But all said, it's still time to stop procrastinating and get stuff done. So what'll it be? What are you tackling today? (or tomorrow, or both if you feel like it?)


Are you in need of a little challenge? A little outside motivation? So hmmm, what could it be? For a small challenge, can you repeat the one we used at the weekend - find five things and take them to their correct home. For something bigger - repeat the challenge as many times as you have energy for - 2, 3, 4 or 5 - just imagine the progress you'll have made. As an alternative, set a timer for 5 minutes and tackle a job for that amount of time - 5 minutes worth of washing up, five minutes worth of cleaning, five minutes worth of vacuuming, five minutes of sorting papers - it doesn't matter which but you'd be amazed how much difference a concerted five minutes of action can make - just to prove you're awesome - Wonder Woman and Superman have nothing on you!

Weekend Uncluttering

Aug. 7th, 2017 08:36 am
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What did you find to declutter this weekend?

I spent most of the weekend out of the house, so all I've managed is to decrease the number of books I'm partway through reading, and the number of remnant balls of yarn lying around waiting to be knitted into current projects.

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