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  1. That really is his best "smiling for the camera" face; he doesn't like his smile for some reason (even though his regular smile is really very nice), so I have to coach him to smile for pictures. He was also super tired after working overtime all week. We've already met a couple of the neighbors, one of whom has two very friendly doggos who made sure we knew we were adjacent to their territory. Everybody has been very friendly and welcoming, and it seems like a lovely neighborhood! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  2. It's official: WE HAZ A HOUSE! This is such an important occasion, I figured it warrants a picture with our ACTUAL FACES! (though this doesn't preclude my being a purple cat on the internet; prosthetics are quite good these days) Official moving day is likely going to be the first Saturday in February, though we'll know more once we've finished scheduling ALL THE THINGS! We're getting the bulk of the interior work done before we move all our stuff in, so we'll be getting all the walls repainted (they are currently different shades of gray, black, and green; it made sense for the previous owner's decor, but does make the rooms feel smaller), the wood floor in the living room/dining room/stairs refinished, the venting system in the attic redone, and a double handful of smaller miscellaneous stuff patched up. We're also paying a cleaning company to deep clean the kitchen and bathrooms, because after renting various places for the past 12+ years, we're tired of cleaning up other people's grime before we move into a place. Huzzah!!! --OneBoot :D
  3. Acquired: One (1) residential single-family dwelling unit. See also: Home. Huzzah!!!! --OneBoot :D
  4. Most of the figures are all boxed up already, but I know that most of the surprise minis were non-human ones. We tend to have a lot of weird monsters show up in our Pathfinder games, and I love being able to say "Wait, we've got a mini for that!" MrBoot once said that we encountered something, I think it was a hermit crab but I don't remember for sure. I jumped up, rummaged through a couple of drawers, and pulled out a mini of one. One of the players declared in awe: "Wow, you really DO have a mini for everything!" It's funny how long some "cheapo" products can last. We've got a cheap microwave from Target that we've had since we got married, and I've been wanting it to die so we can replace it with a higher-powered one. It's been over 12 years, and it's still running.... Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  5. I can neither confirm nor deny that I have discovered miniatures in my hobby room I didn't even realize existed. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  6. We've finally begun The Great Packing. So far it's mostly consisting of decluttering and either finding homes for stuff in drawers or boxes, or getting rid of it. This is mostly on me, since I'm a collector of stuff whereas MrBoot is more minimalist, but it's getting done. My painting/hobby room is the worst mess, since I never properly organized it when we moved here. I'm cleaning out drawers that have been slowly accumulating assorted hobby supplies over the past several years. A few additional Sterilite plastic bin/drawer things have been deployed to assist with this. I currently have plans to install a huge pegboard in my new painting room so my blistered minis have a place other than "random drawer" in which to live. I will also be setting up a dedicated streaming area there, so I won't have to keep hauling my main computer + peripherals back and forth for virtual events. The plan is to start streaming painting once a week to start, after everything gets settled in. I'm thinking either "Shiny Sunday" or "Sunday Shinies" has a nice ring to it. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  7. I feel this on a deep level. Given that our home loan is now approved, barring a few more bits of paper and a whacking big check, it's finally starting to feel REAL. Closing date has been moved up from January 22nd to the 15th (which was completely expected on all sides), and I'm suddenly faced with the reality that we're going to be the actual owners of an actual house in two weeks!!! I feel the following two comics are appropriate here (substitute title for lease): (Images courtesy of xkcd.com) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  8. Do yourself a favor and take measurements of yourself before you buy (distance from eyes to elbows is a surprisingly important one, since you'll want your keyboard at elbow height but your monitor at eyeball height). Otherwise you end up with a silly one like I (had) at work: monitor too high when sitting, but too low when standing, plus the keyboard tray is about chest height. Like, did the person who designed this thing even try to USE it?! I relocated the thing to a nearby unused office. In unrelated news, the house buying thing continues to move forward relatively smoothly. The holidays have been throwing all kinds of interesting wrinkles into things, but in general it's going well. Closing date moved from Jan 22nd to the 15th, which is not unexpected, and also doesn't really affect us much, since we'll stay at our current place for a few weeks afterward, getting the floors refinished and walls repainted, etc. while there isn't heaps of boxes and furniture everywhere. I haven't even started packing yet, I'm having such a hard time believing it's actually happening, lol. The nice thing is that our new place is only a few minutes away from where we currently are, so we should be able to gradually move most of our stuff over ourselves then just hire a small moving truck for a few hours to move the biggest stuff. It's what we did the last time we moved, and it worked so nicely (having a minivan is the best thing EVER). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  9. I've discovered a hack for this: if items are in plastic bins rather than cardboard boxes, they become "storage" (as well as being easier to move). That's happened to us 3 times since March. Twice we were able to tell the delivery driver they were at the wrong address, but the first time there was no knock or anything. I felt so bad, it appeared to have been someone's breakfast from Taco bell, but it had been sitting on our porch for at least a few hours (the soda no longer had ice in it), and there was no information on the receipt so we could let the intended recipient know. I've only had food delivered once, many years ago, and it flustered me so badly I've never done so since. I didn't realize one was supposed to tip the delivery driver, and the driver acted rather insulted when I didn't tip for the delivery of $50 worth of pizzas. I know better now, but I still would much rather pick it up and spare myself the hassle. My sister, on the other hand, who has 3 kids under the age of 5, LOVES deliveries. For her, any tip amount is worth not having to wrassle children into and out of the car. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  10. I've found great inspiration in this MST3K clip: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RFHlJ2voJHY I'm actually serious; this bit inspired my creation of Rock Hardabs, the most fightery fighter who ever fightered! He has since become a beloved NPC in more than one of our Pathfinder games. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  11. House inspection went better than I'd been afraid of; not a great deal of repairs needed, and it looks like the ones that need to be done for safety reasons aren't likely to be egregiously expensive. Serious Paperwork is now commencing with the Financial Peoples. I'm still reading my way through nearly 100 pages of legal disclosures and other related loan stuffs. My gosh it's actually happening. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  12. Oh yes, there are 4 bedrooms (1 more than the place we're currently renting), so having a dedicated hobby room won't be an issue. Deciding which one, on the other hand, will be fun. There's the master and two others upstairs (it's a bi-level split design), with a bigger one downstairs. The downstairs one is tempting, but I'd be rather cut off from the main living areas. I'm trying my best not to make too many plans or get super excited until after the inspection, but it's SO HARD. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  13. Note to self: 608 Sorry I've been rather AWOL lately, but I've been a bit distracted by life. Such as the fact that we put an offer on a house last week, had it accepted, and will be getting the official inspection done tomorrow before we decide to make everything all official. So, yes, that's a thing that's happening! I have to keep reminding myself, because it all feels a tad unreal (much like the rest of this year lol). Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  14. @Crowley *sends lots of hugs for Lucy* @Chaoswolf Thanks for the adorable floof! I'll file it away with my other "adorable cat pictures for when things are kind of manky." I'm doing better since Wednesday; life moves on and such. Work is getting better too. A week and a half ago, I was rather abruptly transitioned into a new set of responsibilities at work, given that I was the only one on my team that not only took good notes during the training for data entry into a specific program (the disease reporting system for all of Washington state), I set out to learn everything I could about it. So now I'm suddenly the main person in charge of doing that thing (the curse of competence?). It's really felt like being handed a life ring and dumped into the ocean, but I've finally figured out how to swim, so to speak. The full-time staff have all been very patient with my frequent questions as I've been wrapping my head around the whole project and all the little quirks and intricacies involved, and it's gone from an overwhelming challenge to an enjoyable one. I've also been granted (they sorta requested, actually) to pull a bit of overtime to try and catch up with the many inches of papers that need to be entered, but I enjoy the work and extra money is cool too. What's also nice is that my Awesome Supervisor and I are totally on the same page, and he actually gave me a limit on how many hours I could work extra, since as he put it "You seem to be like me, in that you like to work, and I'm going to do what I wish someone had done for me and make sure you take care of yourself." Yeah, he totally gets me. When I'm handed a job, I want to do it well, and I want it done RIGHT, and I always hate the 'getting up to speed' part of learning a new process, since it means I'm going to be slow and clumsy while paperwork piles up. So having the opportunity to work more and catch up is actually LESS stressful for me than thinking about how behind I'm getting. I'm weird like that, lol. I don't recall if I mentioned it, but as part of the change, I also got my own office!! It's essentially a glorified cubicle (permanently built walls rather than flimsy ones), but having my own space is soooooo nice. The best part is I don't have to wear my mask for 9 hours straight, and I get to listen to my own music! Even though I'm still a temp worker, I'm feeling like these are all good signs that they like me enough to find a way to keep me as an actual employee. Fingers crossed! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  15. Yesterday was absolutely the most Monday-ist Wednesday ever. Bit of a downer, so I stuck it behind a spoiler. I'd laugh about it all, but I'm just too darn tired. Maybe tomorrow. --OneBoot
  16. Not Scottish, but I can offer a word of unknown etiology! Manky (adj.) - Mildly to moderately disgusting; see also gross. Like a kitchen sponge when you haven't used it in awhile. Or the state of your inbox after a two-week vacation. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  17. Friend!! Glad to see you back, and I'm happy you found a good doctor! PT exercises aren't much fun, but they can work wonders (they have for me, anyways). Lots of hugs and happiness for you! Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  18. Urgent care's diagnosis: Yep, you hurt your back! Here's a prescription for a muscle relaxer and a pain med, and call your regular doctor if it's not better in a week. 'Bout what I expected, to be honest. So I guess I'll see how things go the next few days and go from there. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  19. Yep, I've already scheduled an eval with my favorite PT clinic (unfortunately my favorite PT apparently no longer works there ), and as soon as MrBoot is done with work, we'll toddle over to the local Urgent Care. I predict they'll tell me to apply ice, heat and pain meds, give me a prescription for a muscle relaxer and a referral for PT, but you're right, it's best to be safe. Meanwhile I'm considering ordering one of those claw/stick things, since I'd forgotten that anything on the floor right now might as well be on Mars. One that looks like a T-rex, naturally, so I can make it go RAWR and pretend to nom MrBoot's hair. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  20. Gotta love the one skeleton who is Way Too Close to the camera. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  21. Thanks for the advice, I hadn't considered an impinged nerve. And yes, this is definitely different from normal; previous times it felt more like my lower back just decided to stop working, while this time it felt like I'd been hit by lightning, it was so sudden. I just figured it was worse this time because my core muscles were already fatigued from doing rolls at my dojo (for the first time in many months). As usual I ignored the small warning signs that I should have taken things more slowly. I'll bow to your more extensive experience and ask a medical professional to check it out. :) Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  22. Well, this is just lovely. I sprained my back pretty badly last night when trying to drag/lift a full laundry basket, and have now had to sharply reduce the number of things on my "can do these things today" list. I thought I could still go to work, since all I do is sit and type, but when I nearly passed out just getting out of bed, I decided maybe not a good idea. Currently propping my sorry self semi-upright in my computer chair. I'd rather be lying down, but if I need to use the bathroom, trying to go from horizontal to vertical is...not a fun activity right now. Sorry to complain, but it's an incredibly frustrating situation. This isn't the first time it's happened, but it's definitely the worst. When it happened it literally knocked me to the floor, where I got to contemplate the underside of the table for awhile. I'm still trying to figure out how cake batter ended up underneath there, lol. --OneBoot :)
  23. Having worked at two libraries, can confirm this is exactly what happens. Work has been interesting. Not only have I impressed various people with my ability to answer a phone (and therefore am receiving cross-training at the front desk, I've apparently become The Person Who Creates Procedure Documents. I seem to have a knack for taking a process and turning it into step-by-step instructions. Which is why I've now been tasked with creating a whole-department document for a procedure I was only trained on last week. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  24. This. Guindy had a lightning strike right outside her window, and it fried most of her electronics (the surge protector failed the one job it had). The odd thing is that she said the lights didn't even flicker, nor did the building lose power. Which reminds me, it's about time to replace a couple of ours, they're a few years old. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
  25. Here's mine! m ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ ▅ Might the first word be monsters? EDIT: Never mind, it appears I am behind the times. Huzzah! --OneBoot :D
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