daeseage: Jade napping, using Bec as a pillow; from the webcomic Homestuck (Default)
I think my New Year's Resolution each year for the past few years has been to keep better records -- a planner, a journal, a budget. Anything, really. And yet again this year I am attempting to journal. We'll see how it goes. Feelings don't really belong here, in public, where people might read them, but longer updates and things can be fun to write, so I shall try to keep better track of them.

For the record, today is January 3rd, 2013, I haven't posted since July, I finished my undergraduate career several weeks ago, and I am attempting to stave off boredom, now that the holidays are over and there is still another week minimum before I will start working. In the last week, I attended several performances of the Reno Chamber Orchestra's annual Nevada Chamber Music Festical with EB, finished Rose Macaulay's "The Towers of Trebizond" and Terry Pratchett & Stephen Baxter's "The Long Earth", and didn't mail off thank you cards or finish very belated Christmas presents for my sisters and EB. I should maybe work on that...

I think I've really enjoyed the holidays this year, although there has been the looming worry of un/underemployment hanging over my head since about October. That's when things started to unravel, as my dad was avoiding me after coming out, midterms were picking up, EB was getting sick, and all I wanted to do was sleep. I ended up quitting rugby after spraining my ankle on Halloween at practice, and I'm still glad and sorry that I did so -- I was starting to make friends, and now I will have to start all over again with another group. But that's okay, since that's one of my Resolutions!

By Thanksgiving, I was practically in a panic -- sister the younger was having issues at home with my dad and in danger of failing some classes, and I was stressing about possibly moving her up here for her last semester and never being able to go home again. My dad still wasn't speaking to me, so the plan to go home for the long weekend to dogsit and keep him company while sister 2 and my mom were at a soccer tournament was scrapped, as was going back to the seed company, since I wouldn't have any place to live while I got settled. I ended up sleeping most of it and eating some of EB's family's Thanksgiving dinner leftovers. I don't know how she handles not being out to them and their apparent craziness. My family does some infuriating things sometimes, but I couldn't handle them not loving me for who I was. Even my dad's silent treatment was more him trying to process things, and the rest of my family has been incredibly supportive. I knew that graduating would be a surefire way to prove that I am still who I have always been and to make him proud, and I did barely scrape this semester together with straight Ds, and he did start calling again and everyone but sister 1 who is stuck in New York came up for graduation and went out to lunch and met EB and now I feel like I have a family again for sure.

Maybe that's why Christmas at home was such a relief.

And there I go, calling it home again, when it's not really. I only spent 4 days there, and yet I was itching to be back in Reno, where I belong, before we even got Christmas dinner on the table. I missed the quiet of my apartment and curling up with EB and all of the little things that I've become to used to. I left her my keys, since my roommates were out of town with their families so she could sleep somewhere safe and quiet and warm between overtime shifts, and she was there when I returned on the 26th, and that was like coming home. She then spent the best part of the last week staying at my apartment, and it felt so right. She found a house in midtown that we're going to look at soon. Together. To live in. The both of us. Together. I am so excited I could about burst!

The last few years have been nervewracking, and I don't really expect 2013 to be a walk in the park, but the first few hours of the New Year were some of the best of my life, and I think that makes for a really auspicious start! Here's to a new home, new friends, and a new job in the New Year!
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Earlier this week a coworker of my mother's gave her half a flat of apricots from a family friend who runs a local orchard. In the interests of actually consuming all the apricots before they went horribly bad in all sorts of interesting and unusual ways, we thought we'd try making preserves! Only neither my mother nor I have ever done any sort of canning at all. Ever. And to top it off, our go-to recipe book didn't have an apricot-specific recipe.

Which meant improvisation time! It turned out all right, so here are some step-by-step instructions for a pretty tasty sort-of freezer apricot jam!

clicky-here for humorous guidelines )

About 6 hours after finishing, I checked the pop button-thing on the glass jars in the freezer, and they seem to have sealed alright with no cracks! In the interests of testing before releasing this to the internet at large, I tried some of the jam in the fridge on some coconut butter crackers that have been lying around, challenging me. It's still pretty runny, sort of the consistency of honey (we leave ours on the counter year-round, so ymmv), but I think it might thicken after being in the fridge longer. Perhaps the pectin shouldn't have been heated? It's pretty delicious anyway -- albeit very sweet -- and passes as a cracker/toast spread! If anyone has canning/preserving tips I would love to hear them! -- my tomatoes will be ripe soon, and there are going to be more than I can possibly give away!
daeseage: Jade napping, using Bec as a pillow; from the webcomic Homestuck (cuddle times)
A tribute to an amazing grandmother )
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I got this idea from Sarah Dessen (one of my favorite YA authors, whose blog I may or may not subscribe to via RSS so I haven't missed a post in 4 years...).  I figure I may not be able to justify writing something as often as I would like, but 5 items every Friday shouldn't be too bad, right?
Anyway, here goes:

1.  I'm getting back on track with all my school stuff, and it feels sooooo great.  I let myself get behind, blaming the con and then being sick, and it was wrong and it was lazy, and while I enjoyed catching up on the Homestuck and Sherlock fandoms (oh I nerrrrd so hard) it's been seriously detrimental to my actual, required productivity.  I've let a few more assignments than I really should have slide, but I'm able to pretty much start fresh right now, just in time for midterms so I should be okay. =]

2.  My grandma's in the hospital after an MS flare-up and some really bad eating/self-medicating choices, and I'm really worried about her.  I'm driving home this weekend to go see her (when depends on whether not someone can take over my shift tonight.  Stupid homecoming bonfire.).  I can't really afford it, and my mom says she'll probably be fine, but I'd never forgive myself if she took a turn for the worse and I didn't take an opportunity to see her.  If anyone knows any nice florists in the Sacramento Area please let me know so I can pick up something pretty for her on my way there.  Otherwise it's Raley's flowers.  I'm also thinking of trying to find some Rita Mae Brown or Poirot audiobooks at the library.  I'm pretty sure the local one has some; I just hope they're not on the wrong side of the county!

3.  S is doing better at Basic Training, and I'm so happy that she's coping better.  I haven't heard from her directly, but she called home again this past Sunday and my mom played relay and updated me on her letters.  I wish the one that she said she sent me would come -- it's been almost 2 weeks!  I want to know what she thinks of His Dark Materials.

4.  I updated my iPhone to iOS 5 the other day, and I actually really like it!  I don't watch videos through iTunes very often so the the split of music and videos doesn't affect me much (I may change my mind if I ever put those genetics and ecology video lectures from iTunesU back on, but meh.)  I really like the addition of the Reminders app -- I'm awesome at ignoring To-Do lists, but this one is always right there, and items slide right off once I check them, so there's not a horrid mess of crossed-out words obscuring the remaining tasks.  I wish that Apple would allow you to remove stock apps that you have no use for, though.  I have no use for Stocks, GameCenter, Compass, or Notes, and I just want them to go away!  It's not like there couldn't be a stored copy in iTunes in case I ever changed my mind.

5.  I have read an incredible number of fabulous Homestuck fan fiction in the last couple weeks, and I'd really like to pimp a few of my favorites:

Not What We Planned On by elemental is a great post-SBURB fic!  I love the characterization, especially the interactions between characters.  It's fairly lighthearted at first, but shit has just started to hit the fan in the last couple updates.  For anyone who likes podfics, she's planning to record the whole thing, and has snippets of chapters available to listen to here.  It's up to 6/14 chapters and already 70,000+ words long, so you've been warned!
Actually, that's the only one I'm going to rec this week, because I really want you to go read it!  It's rated Teen for language, and for those of you concerned about these things, there are a couple ships, but it honestly only adds to the story, even if they're not your ships. =]


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