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Susan
25 January 2015 @ 08:48 pm
So it turns out that if you're salaried employee for the county council (like I was, even if it was only twelve hours a week), you get paid every month for the work you did that month.

If you're working a relief contract (like I am), you get paid every month for the work you did in the proceeding month.

THINGS THAT WOULD HAVE BEEN GOOD TO KNOW BEFORE I GOT MY PAYCHECK: THAT.

I am fine! Roughly! All I'm saying is that it's good that I did some relief work in December and barely took any holiday last year so I got all of that in cash this month! At least I'm out of my overdraft!
 
 
 
Susan
25 January 2015 @ 08:46 pm
The phrase "vent my spleen" just makes me picture a spleen being fired off into space where all of the angry feels freeze and shatter and maybe burn up as I zoom away in my spaceship, and that is a very comforting image.
 
 
Susan
25 January 2015 @ 11:30 am
I would like everyone who thinks I'm even vaguely a nice person to see me when my ex-housemates are in town, because if that doesn't disabuse you of the notion nothing will.

(GO HOME OH MY GOD GET THE FUCK OUT OF MY CITY I DON'T WANT TO HAVE TO DEAL WITH YOU ANYWAY AND I DON'T WANT TO FEEL ANGRY ANYMORE FUCK OFF FUCK OFF FUCK OFF
 
 
Susan
21 January 2015 @ 10:16 pm
I HAVE A GREAT-NEPHEW NOW! HIS NAME IS JENSEN! YAAAAY!
 
 
Susan
19 January 2015 @ 01:40 am
For those wondering: we are always on the topic of books here. Always and forever.

So, I may or may not have a standing order at my friendly local comics shop, where they may or may not know me by name and just tell me whether anything has come in for me when I walk in the door. I mean. That is a thing that is within in the realm of possibility! I may or may not also have what I'm referring to as my unofficial pull list at the library, where I'm just abusing my free reservations to work my way through entire manga series as best I can. *cough*

(Truth: I used to just stalk release dates on Amazon and email the shop a couple of weeks before anything I wanted came out, because social anxiety yay! Until they realised what I was doing and just asked me if I wanted to set up a standing order and they'd get everything in for me. I'M GOOD AT THIS.)

I just thought I might as well share what is on my pull lists, and then people can make reservations and/or mock me relentlessly. Sound good?

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What you should take away from this is that a) I follow a lot of manga series, and b) I have too much free time. Like, the buying list isn't too bad? The actual collected volumes only come out once or twice a year. But I am SO THANKFUL that I have the option of going through the library for things, because OH MY GOD some of these are either really hard to get hold of, or they're massively long series that I don't think I should invest in. IF I'D KNOWN HOW LONG SKIP BEAT WAS I WOULD HAVE RUN BEFORE IT RUINED MY LIFE, is what I'm saying here. (I know I usually tl;dr about my feelings on things, but I do have a draft of a post with my intense manga feels waiting for me to type it up, so I'm saving most of it till then.)

I need to find out if either of the library systems I'm in have the rest of Sailor Moon, because I think I got to volume 8 before my local library stopped dealing to me buying new volumes, so I'm really behind! ... Oh, no, they don't have that but they do have the last volume of Bunny Drop. ... I kinda want to read it? But also my feelings about that series turned into extreme horror after the time skip so I'm not sure I'm going to be comfortable looking at kid!Rin stories... *reserves it anyway*
 
 
Susan
19 January 2015 @ 01:12 am
Hey! Quick update on where Lex and I are at job-wise.

I mentioned that Lex's contract expired at the new year, right? Since then he's been back at the head office in Manchester, waiting for them to find him a new placement while he applies for pretty much every software testing job within an hour and a half of Nottingham. His last placement let him out early on Wednesday and had him start late on Thursday, so that meant he had a chance to come home mid-week and see his friends (and me!) as well as at the weekend, but because the main office is a strict 9-5:30, he's kinda stuck there all week. And there is no work for him to do, so as far as I can tell he spends his days job hunting, looking at Magic: the Gathering spoilers, and faffing about on reddit. We are crossing fingers and toes that at least ONE of the places he's applied to gets back to him!

And I know for a fact that I mentioned that my contract was being cancelled! I think I'm technically not supposed to be on a zero hour contract, I'm on a twelve-hour relief contract (so if my library can't fill in my hours, another library will?). So far, I've been running out of my main library, and they've been giving me at least one extra shift each week! Yay, practice at actually working full days again, after a full year of mostly half days! The only down side is that they haven't actually... Given me a contract yet. Yay, awkward work limbo? I need to get it sorted by the end of the month, because my line manager got sick of doing the same will-they-won't-they contract renewal dance I'm doing and she's escaped to a good job at a university library. :D I'm so excited for her!

The especially weird thing about working so much is the travel, because my brain keeps going "Okay, and each day I'm only ACTUALLY earning around £14 because two hours of my wages each day goes on getting to work, and we might not be better off because of the extra train fare!" and it's like "No brain, we can relax, today we're working 9am-7pm, we will be rolling in it." ... Well, I say that. It's going to be weird when I get my paycheck, because I might actually earn over £450 for the first time since I quit working at the call centre. I did some maths, and if I'm right, it should be over £700? If it is I will cry, I swear to god, I haven't had that much money in like a year and a half. I'll be able to pay all of my rent! And my bills! And buy my own food! I won't have to leech off Lex! I might even be able to sock some money away for when my student loan payments start in August! Just the idea of it is fucking magic.

And that is the current state of affairs in regards to our work lives: status is still quo, we are still theoretically okay.

(Oh god the beta update page has changed! This is... Really peculiar, but my text box still works so fuck it.)
 
 
Susan
18 January 2015 @ 11:14 pm
This week I have been BAD AT READING owing to finding my copy of Theatrhythm: Curtain Call, which periodically eats my life! (It's SO MUCH FUN, guys. If you like Final Fantasy music, this game has ALL OF IT! Also I have the unbeatable team of Tifa, Lightning, Garnet and Vanille. I cannot express how much I enjoy imagining them all sitting around in a bar/café in between quests.)

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Susan
16 January 2015 @ 12:13 pm
[personal profile] renay accidentally reminded me that I hadn't told the internet this story yet, so I should really fix that.

So, I went into work on Saturday! All is normal, I breeze into work, sign in, say good morning to all of the other early birds - and the duty manager nabs me. "Susan," she says to me. "You're going to need to move your reservations, they're a hazard." And at this point I'm just like "Okay? Sure? What?" because I'd been in on Wednesday and I'd had two reservations tucked away safely in my tray - all staff members have a tray with their name on for things like internal post and reservations, they're on a bookcase in the staff room.

So, I go upstairs, still confused, walk into the staff room - oh. There are books in my tray, in the tray above me, on the shelf below me - books, everywhere, all with labels saying that they were for me!

... Yeah, it seems during the two days that I was off, I ended up getting SEVENTEEN reservations in at once. And at that point I'd still not only maxed out my library card, but overridden some of the limits so that I could try to clear the decks from earlier in the week.

... I might have a problem, guys.

(This is part of why I've been reading like a bastard this last fortnight - to clear space on my library card for all of the OTHER library books I want. Oh god what is my life.)
 
 
Susan
15 January 2015 @ 11:38 am
Me reading Until Death Do Us Part 6: You know what, all I want from the fandom is Mamoru's murder adventures across Chechnya,
Me reading Until Death Do Us Part 7: HOLY SHIT ITLS MAMORU'S MURDER ADVENTURES ACROSS CHECHNYA!

(Also, I just want Mamoru and Haruka and Igawa to have the semi-functional crime fighting sibling relationship they had in the first three volumes. DAMN YOU LATER VOLUMES, WHY YOU GOTTA BE LIKE THAT?!)
 
 
Susan
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