thistlechaser: (Buh?)
Monday: We discover a massive problem at work. Every single one of our company's tools in customer hands stopped working. Customers pay hundreds of thousands of dollars per year for our software licenses. I worked a 19 hour day.

Tuesday: Arrive to work five hours later, on next to no sleep, to find out all the work I did on Monday wasn't necessary... and that I had to do the same amount of work again, just in a different way.

Wednesday/today: Woke up to find my (personal) computer didn't work. EEEEK! When I wiggled the mouse to wake it from sleep, it made the right sounds as if it were waking up, but the monitors didn't come on. I cut the power, after a moment turned it back on, and it booted for a second, then died. Then, on its own, booted for a second, died. Booted for a second, died. Over and over on its own. My hardware knowledge is very limited, but opened it up and saw nothing bad that I could tell. Tried a different outlet. It wasn't dusty, but blew it out anyway. No difference.

Took it to a repair place. They checked the power source and other hardware, said it had no issues. He reset the BIOS and reset something else (and did something with some battery... but it's not a laptop) and it booted up after that. At first I thought "YAY!" but everyone I describe the issue to thinks that likely wasn't really the issue, so now I'm still worried. (That's especially a pain since my tower is so massive. It's a custom gaming machine, and it's really hard for me to carry around, it's so heavy. If I dropped it...)

But the place fixed it, and it was only $150. I thought it would be more, so yay. Hopefully yay.

And then... bees. Yes bees. BEES. In my apartment. They came in through my fireplace. At first one, then three, then a hell of a lot more. I grabbed my cat and got out of my apartment. Unfortunately I was not at all dressed to go out in public. (Sweat pants and a sweater, both I used to wear when I was 170 pounds heavier, so my pants were basically falling off me and I was swimming in the top.) Went to the leasing office and they sent a man to deal with the bees. I suppose he killed them? I waited outside.

He said he closed the fireplace vent (WHY do apartments have fireplaces anyway? And why wasn't the vent closed already?). Then either another bee got in or it was one that escaped the killing spree. I ended up taking a black garbage bag and taping it over the fireplace. It's not like I was ever going to use it for a fire anyway, and I keep stuff in front of it so I can't hardly see the bag.

Ugh. What will tomorrow bring? A plague of frogs?
thistlechaser: (Kyo Kitty Freaks Out (Fruits Basket))
In hopes of getting my deposit back, I've been cleaning my apartment from top to bottom for a couple weeks now. I've cleaned the ceiling (really, I dusted it and made sure no cobwebs were on it). I cleaned the floor. I cleaned every little thing in between.

And yet I still won't be getting my full deposit back. Not unless I pull out the fridge and the range and clean under/behind them. Seriously. How am I supposed to move the fridge? And I wouldn't think the range could even be pulled out! It must be hooked into the cabinet/counters somehow...

Plus, since I have a cat, they're going to use a blacklight on the carpet to look for pee. That's fine with me, as she's never once peed outside of the box... except google tells me it picks up saliva as well, which means it will show where she had hairballs. They told me if the blacklight picks up anything, they'll have to replace the carpet and do some kind of treatment to the floor.

Sigh. I really feel like this is a scam. I've lived here two years. How can they not expect there to be some wear and tear and some cleaning needed? It's probably stated in that 55 page lease I signed that you have to give it back in the same condition you got it in.

I'm tired of being an adult.
thistlechaser: (Avatar: Zuko)
My back isn't broken yet, but I'd really appreciate it if the world would stop piling straw onto me.

[Rereading this post, I decided to add something positive to each point -- the other side of the coin. I'll add it in brackets.]

Weight: Two months ago I had hit my lowest number ever (200.2 SO CLOSE to being under 200!) and I never was able to get below it. I've gained seven pounds as of this morning (though this morning is unofficial, five pounds gained from official weighing date). It's just so amazingly frustrating as I'm not cheating, I'm not eating badly. [On the plus side, I'm off my high cholesterol medication, which means I'm down to one single prescription. As I used to be on four different diabetes meds and two other ones, that's a wonderful thing.]

Exercise: With my toe still not healed (seriously, I've had an open wound on my toe for months now, and I've been on antibiotics just as long) I can't do my usual exercises. There are still hand weights and pushups, but that's not the same as aerobic exercise. Which of course adds into the weight problem... [The good part is I'd be ready to do knee-high pushups if only I were willing to try. I worry that the position might put too much stress on my healing toe though. SOON! And then next will be doing pushups on the floor!]

Running: I decided there's no use waiting. Once my toe heals (if it ever does...) I'm going to try to start running. I wanted to use that "couch to 5K" app... but apparently my phone is too old to run it. An iPhone 4 is NOT that much older than an iPhone 6! It's utter BS that I cannot run what appears to be a simple app on my current phone! [All my life, I've wanted to be able to run. It was the one thing I felt like I was missing out on when I was heavier. I'm not sure if it will work for me, it might kill my knees, but I'm excited to try. SOON! As soon as my toe heals!]

Money: Adding into all that, money is still really rough. As in I'm living on my savings even though I have a full time job in the tech industry. This adds into the other issues, as in constant doctor bills for my toe ($250 per visit, weekly visits, even with insurance) and being unable to splurge and upgrade my apparently-ancient phone... [Hard to see a positive one on this point. At least I'm not homeless?]

Toe: I'm really so sick of dealing with it. My toenail was removed over a year ago, and it's never healed up since then. It reopened/re-got infected a couple months ago, and the infection is resistant to all antibiotics other than one. The pills cost $250 per pill, and I have to take them twice a day, and I'm on my third 10 day renewal of them, so the insurance company is being an ass about it. It's a constant fight with them to get my renewals, and they won't even cover a full renewal at once. I have to pick up 5 days, then the other 5 days on the day I run out of them, and the insurance has to approve it every time. It's nonstop calling, stress, and worry that I'll run out before the renewal is approved. [At least I do have insurance, so it's not all out of pocket?]

Vacation: I had the "good" idea to get a mileage credit card so I could fly home to visit my mother for free. I spent enough on it (and paid it off) to get the miles I need, but apparently it takes EIGHT WEEKS to credit the miles to you. Add to that the EXTREMELY limited number of seat options, and I doubt I'll be able to go home in June. (Seriously, a month ago, when I checked what was available in June, there were six seats for the whole month.) [Blah.]

Taxes: My mother's tax guy offered to look at my taxes and see if he could do better than the $1,000 TurboTax says I owe, but it's been about three weeks and I haven't heard back from him, even though I've emailed him multiple times since then. It's less than ten days until I have to file... [Well, I'm prepared for the worst. If he can't do any better, I was already mentally prepared to pay that $1,000...]

Life isn't supposed to be like this, you know? I work a full time "good" job. I have health insurance. I live about as far from an extravagant lifestyle as you can get. I have no children and no debt. [Hopefully things will get better soon... Money is unlikely, not until my lease is up and I can move to a smaller/cheaper place, but hopefully my toe will heal up soon and I can get back to exercising, which will help with the weight issue...]

This post was like talking to myself! :P
thistlechaser: (Angry scribble cat)
Know what's worse than doing your taxes once? Doing them twice.
Know what's worse than doing your taxes twice? Doing them three times.
Know what's worse than doing your taxes three times? Doing them four times.
Know what's worse than doing your taxes four times? Doing them five times.
Know what's worse than doing your taxes five times? Doing them six times.

That's right. I did my taxes SIX times today. Part of it was TurboTax's fault, part of it was TurboTax's fault (again), part of it was mine(?), and who knows about the rest.

First time I did it, it looked perfect. I didn't have the issue I had last year: Somehow, though I LOST money on a retirement account, I had to pay $1,000 more in taxes -- I did my taxes without the retirement account form, did it with it, and the difference was $1,000 more I had to pay. However, I got all the way to the end before I noticed TurboTax now starts you in Premium (paid) even when you select free (you have to jump through a couple hoops to stay in free mode). The only way to downgrade to free was to clear your taxes and start over... So I did that.

And then last year's problem returned: That retirement account, which LOST money again this year, increased my taxes by nearly $1,000.

Thinking it was the free version of TurboTax that made the differences, I sighed and went to do it again. $60 to pay for TurboTax premium is still better than $1,000 higher taxes... But that didn't change anything, I still owed $1,000 more with that one form, even though I entered everything exactly the same.

So why stay on Premium if it wouldn't help? I cleared my data and started over again in free...

Then I started questioning myself -- why, when I entered the exact same data couldn't I reproduce the original results? So I switched back to Premium and carefully (so carefully) went through it all again. Yet I still owed the $1,000 more.

So... back to free once more for the final time.

During my first time doing it, when it was doing the final check before you can submit, it told me I had to check this box. Box 6, a:



And somehow checking that box made almost $1,000 difference. Notice the number listed ($5.35), somehow deducting that on Schedule A could make $1,000 difference? So I think maybe that first time I did it, I ran into some kind of a bug... So I'm trying not to kick myself for not just submitting it that first time, since maybe the IRS would have noticed the difference and that would have lead to trouble. Still, maybe it wouldn't have...

(It doesn't let you edit the forms directly unless it wants you to, so there's no way for me to just go back and check the box now.)

I'm so annoyed at that darned retirement account. It's done nothing but lose money -- I would have more money now by a lot if I had just left it sitting in a saving account. Hell, I'd have more money now if I kept it under my mattress. My mother pushed me hard to invest it, so finally I just gave in. While I know she was only trying to help me, that damned retirement account has been nothing but trouble since then, and if I take my money out now, I'll just lose even more...

Grump, grump, grrrr.
thistlechaser: (Halloween cat)
Monday last week, my heat died. Took them two days to get a temporary fix working (somehow they rigged the AC to blow heat instead, so I could only have heat in the daytime, I had to turn it off at night since it didn't click on and off on its own -- I had to turn it on and off by hand). They said it would take 2-3 WEEKS to order a new unit, but until then they'd put a used compressor in.

That was Friday. Today, Monday, the damned thing is dead again. And it's after hours, so I'm going to have to go all night without heat. Again.

I'm so damned sick of being cold. I pay a lot of money to live in this apartment, heat is a basic thing that should work.

---

Since someone else asked, I uploaded that Go Down, Aaron book to my webspace. Though I don't recommend it, feel free to read it if you like. (Reminder: It's NWS/porn.)
thistlechaser: (Little Haku)
Okay, listen world. Do you really think I needed no heat today? When it's going to go down to 40 and there's been no heat in my apartment since this morning? Seriously?

Apartment complex sent a guy, he couldn't fix it, so I have to wait until tomorrow for a professional service person to come out.

What's going to go wrong next? I'd list options, but I'm afraid to give you ideas.

This is seriously the worst year ever. I'd really like to catch a break soon, please.

Send warm thoughts in lieu of comments.
thistlechaser: (Men hugging)
I know I'm generally preaching to the choir in my LJ, but this was just so horrible I had to write about it anyway.

I was watching the news when a story came on. Mitt Romney apologized for bullying gay people while in college. My first thought was "A horrible thing to do, but at least he's apologizing", but then the story went on. This only came out because FIVE people came forward about his acts of bullying gay people.

Here's a story on one case, Romney followed a classmate most thought was gay, and when the kid was alone, knocked him down and cut off his long hair. The school photo of Romney at the time make him look at least 20.

Good job, man. Apologize now, only after it comes out in the media. He claims he doesn't remember this happening at all. (Abuse so many gay folks that it all blurs together, huh?)

I wish I didn't know who I would vote for, so I could say this decided it for me, but I can't. This makes me so angry. It makes me sick to my stomach that this will make some people like him more.
thistlechaser: (Watchful cat)
Okay, okay, I was willing to laugh at this whole 'world ends on Saturday' crap, until a news story today. One of the insane people who actually believes that is having his pets put to sleep today. Because, you know, the world is ending tomorrow.

D: D: D:

At least the guy says "that he intends to wait until the earthquakes hit Denver before he starts killing his pets" so maybe, maybe he actually means that.

This guy has serious mental problems, someone should be looking into getting him some help.
thistlechaser: (Watchful cat)
Okay, okay, I was willing to laugh at this whole 'world ends on Saturday' crap, until a news story today. One of the insane people who actually believes that is having his pets put to sleep today. Because, you know, the world is ending tomorrow.

D: D: D:

At least the guy says "that he intends to wait until the earthquakes hit Denver before he starts killing his pets" so maybe, maybe he actually means that.

This guy has serious mental problems, someone should be looking into getting him some help.
thistlechaser: (Default)
Every year I put off doing my taxes longer and longer. It's annoying enough to do them when you get money back, but when you have to pay hundreds...

This year was no different. I got $50 back from state, had to pay $500 to federal. And the $50 back is knocked further down by paying $30 to e-file...

Ugh. Well how about some cat pictures! It's so very odd having a young cat. How she jumps! From standing on the floor onto my desk (or kitchen table or counter...) with ease! It's amazing, it's so high compared to how small she is!

And the positions she can sleep in! (Yeah, she's really asleep there even though her eye is cracked open.)

I caught a shot of her that I should add into the porn section of my hot-hot-hot-catlove.com site (100% work safe). Miss Ellie! Proper young ladies Do Not touch themselves there! Stunning shot of all the cat hair, huh? The chair is a really cat bed, that's why. It's kept next to my desk chair for easy kitty-patting access.

I wonder if I was wrong to start so early to try to get her used to being picked up. She's still sometimes skittish around me, if I move too fast, hover over her, or bring two hands in as if about to pick her up. I've paused the effort for now. It'll be easier once she's fully comfortable around me, and she'll become comfortable faster if I stop picking her up (even though it's just for a second and then I set her right back down).

Edit: And wow, [livejournal.com profile] veloxe finds the bestest videos. I think the guy in white is the western cousin of that Christmas Condom Fairy. He shows up about a minute in...

thistlechaser: (Default)
Every year I put off doing my taxes longer and longer. It's annoying enough to do them when you get money back, but when you have to pay hundreds...

This year was no different. I got $50 back from state, had to pay $500 to federal. And the $50 back is knocked further down by paying $30 to e-file...

Ugh. Well how about some cat pictures! It's so very odd having a young cat. How she jumps! From standing on the floor onto my desk (or kitchen table or counter...) with ease! It's amazing, it's so high compared to how small she is!

And the positions she can sleep in! (Yeah, she's really asleep there even though her eye is cracked open.)

I caught a shot of her that I should add into the porn section of my hot-hot-hot-catlove.com site (100% work safe). Miss Ellie! Proper young ladies Do Not touch themselves there! Stunning shot of all the cat hair, huh? The chair is a really cat bed, that's why. It's kept next to my desk chair for easy kitty-patting access.

I wonder if I was wrong to start so early to try to get her used to being picked up. She's still sometimes skittish around me, if I move too fast, hover over her, or bring two hands in as if about to pick her up. I've paused the effort for now. It'll be easier once she's fully comfortable around me, and she'll become comfortable faster if I stop picking her up (even though it's just for a second and then I set her right back down).

Edit: And wow, [livejournal.com profile] veloxe finds the bestest videos. I think the guy in white is the western cousin of that Christmas Condom Fairy. He shows up about a minute in...

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