So okay...

Jan. 13th, 2011 05:30 pm
ostarella: (Default)
One step closer to retirement - age-wise, anyway. No longer able to say "I'm almost 56." Hit it dead on today.

Yawn.

My brother went down and got a cake - I shall, no doubt, have it completely devoured before the weekend. And feel suitably guilty and nauseous for having done so.

In other news, have a ton of stuff to get done today (my One Day Off). Have another chapter from JFM's last fanfic to beta - sorry it's taken so long :(  And one for Billy, as well - taken even longer. I am so remiss in these things lately. No excuses. Just haven't had my mind on writing. Too damn cold for that.

Saw an old friend of mine the other night at work - the jack of all trades who buys any mechanical junk he can get cheap and rebuilds it - just for the fun of it. He's going to keep an eye out for an old bus, RV, whatever. I just cannot see me going through another winter up here. If I have to ask for a transfer via work to the southern states next winter, I'll do it. I'm just so tired of being cold all the time.

Got Fang one of those laser toys the other day - she was scared of it at first. Not so Petey. He still chases the damn thing around the floor. Fang has gotten the hang of it as well now, so we (my brother and I) put them both through their paces at regular intervals.

So okay. That's it for now. Thought I better put something out here or people might think I'd fallen off the face of the earth. (Well, except for a couple forums where I continue to resist the PC mode... EG)

So okay...

Jan. 13th, 2011 05:30 pm
ostarella: (Default)
One step closer to retirement - age-wise, anyway. No longer able to say "I'm almost 56." Hit it dead on today.

Yawn.

My brother went down and got a cake - I shall, no doubt, have it completely devoured before the weekend. And feel suitably guilty and nauseous for having done so.

In other news, have a ton of stuff to get done today (my One Day Off). Have another chapter from JFM's last fanfic to beta - sorry it's taken so long :(  And one for Billy, as well - taken even longer. I am so remiss in these things lately. No excuses. Just haven't had my mind on writing. Too damn cold for that.

Saw an old friend of mine the other night at work - the jack of all trades who buys any mechanical junk he can get cheap and rebuilds it - just for the fun of it. He's going to keep an eye out for an old bus, RV, whatever. I just cannot see me going through another winter up here. If I have to ask for a transfer via work to the southern states next winter, I'll do it. I'm just so tired of being cold all the time.

Got Fang one of those laser toys the other day - she was scared of it at first. Not so Petey. He still chases the damn thing around the floor. Fang has gotten the hang of it as well now, so we (my brother and I) put them both through their paces at regular intervals.

So okay. That's it for now. Thought I better put something out here or people might think I'd fallen off the face of the earth. (Well, except for a couple forums where I continue to resist the PC mode... EG)

Birthday

Jan. 14th, 2009 07:19 am
ostarella: (Smiles)
Yesterday was my 54th birthday. I took the day off from guilt. I took a long hot shower, lay wrapped in a blanket watching movies, did some writing, and didn't allow myself to think about the dishes I hadn't washed, or the dusting I hadn't done, or the fact that I still haven't taken down the Christmas tree. (I kinda like having its lights on while the rest of the house is dark at night.)

And I wrote up my funeral arrangements.

Not as morbid a thing to do on one's birthday as it would seem. I've always looked at my birthday as basically my New Year's Day. The day I sit back and reflect on what I've done, what I didn't. Think about the things I should have done and then move on, dismissing regrets and making plans.

And one of those things I should have done is make plans for my demise. Considering the health issues over the last few months, it was the sensible, practical and caring thing to do. Save my family the headaches and stress we went through when my parents died.

So I now have life insurance selected to pay off any debts (and the costs of getting rid of my body) and my wishes are all written down - the funeral home I want to handle things, the cremation, the memorial service, where to scatter my ashes. Even the music and the kinds of flowers I want. Tells my family where my important papers are, who to contact. The only thing I got stuck on was who to ask to give the eulogy. I guess because I'm not even sure I want one. I'm not really having a "funeral" as such. I think I want it to be more of a kaffee-klatsch. Of course, considering the relationship I have with my ever-shrinking family, and that most of my friends are scattered over the four corners of the earth, a "standard" funeral would probably be overkill anyway. But it's said that funerals are for the living, not the dead, so there needs to be something, I guess.

Another idea is to give my own eulogy via DVD. Of course, that wouldn't really be a eulogy as much as my "last words" to my family. And I kinda like that idea. A chance to say all the sappy things I'd never say in "real life", even though I've wanted to. But we're of solid, stoic Norwegian/German/Scots stock, so displays of emotion are... well, discouraged. I guess that's another good reason for funerals. It gives people the "excuse" to let it all hang out.

So anyway, I feel better having that accomplished. I took my time, thought about things, changed my mind and then thought some more. At least now it's done and I can send a copy to my brother and my son, so they'll know in advance what to do. No surprises, no stressing over the necessities.

Peace of mind. That's nice.

Birthday

Jan. 14th, 2009 07:19 am
ostarella: (Smiles)
Yesterday was my 54th birthday. I took the day off from guilt. I took a long hot shower, lay wrapped in a blanket watching movies, did some writing, and didn't allow myself to think about the dishes I hadn't washed, or the dusting I hadn't done, or the fact that I still haven't taken down the Christmas tree. (I kinda like having its lights on while the rest of the house is dark at night.)

And I wrote up my funeral arrangements.

Not as morbid a thing to do on one's birthday as it would seem. I've always looked at my birthday as basically my New Year's Day. The day I sit back and reflect on what I've done, what I didn't. Think about the things I should have done and then move on, dismissing regrets and making plans.

And one of those things I should have done is make plans for my demise. Considering the health issues over the last few months, it was the sensible, practical and caring thing to do. Save my family the headaches and stress we went through when my parents died.

So I now have life insurance selected to pay off any debts (and the costs of getting rid of my body) and my wishes are all written down - the funeral home I want to handle things, the cremation, the memorial service, where to scatter my ashes. Even the music and the kinds of flowers I want. Tells my family where my important papers are, who to contact. The only thing I got stuck on was who to ask to give the eulogy. I guess because I'm not even sure I want one. I'm not really having a "funeral" as such. I think I want it to be more of a kaffee-klatsch. Of course, considering the relationship I have with my ever-shrinking family, and that most of my friends are scattered over the four corners of the earth, a "standard" funeral would probably be overkill anyway. But it's said that funerals are for the living, not the dead, so there needs to be something, I guess.

Another idea is to give my own eulogy via DVD. Of course, that wouldn't really be a eulogy as much as my "last words" to my family. And I kinda like that idea. A chance to say all the sappy things I'd never say in "real life", even though I've wanted to. But we're of solid, stoic Norwegian/German/Scots stock, so displays of emotion are... well, discouraged. I guess that's another good reason for funerals. It gives people the "excuse" to let it all hang out.

So anyway, I feel better having that accomplished. I took my time, thought about things, changed my mind and then thought some more. At least now it's done and I can send a copy to my brother and my son, so they'll know in advance what to do. No surprises, no stressing over the necessities.

Peace of mind. That's nice.
ostarella: (Smiles)
Just for fun (and because I was a bit bored) I did some checking on beliefs about how the day you were born affects your personality.

I think most of us know this poem... )

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