floatingleaf: (green eyes)
Guess what? Yesterday I received another letter from the city, regarding the aforementioned parking ticket (which the guy who bought my car had assured me he was going to pay). They explained to me that if I sold the car without removing its license plates, which were registered in my name, I might still be liable for any violations - UNLESS I can provide sufficient documentation of vehicle transfer.:/ Which, of course, I cannot provide, because I do not have it. The new owner does, but he (surprise, surprise!) ignored my request to send me a copy.:/ So I paid the damned ticket. It was only fifty bucks, after all. Read more... )
floatingleaf: (victory)
OMG... I sold it. O_O The car, I mean. About three hours ago. For $750. Not to either one of the guys who had seen it last week, btw. To a completely different person, who emailed me yesterday. Read more... )
floatingleaf: (puzzled orli)
Almost sold the car today. A guy came over, poked at it for a while and asked me what my lowest price would be. I told him about the other guy who had offered me $700. He said he'd pay the same, but he didn't seem 100% sure, so I told him to think about it and call me back on Monday (I'll be going to visit my parents for Easter this weekend, and I'd prefer to use the car while I still have it, instead of begging my sister & brother-in-law to pick me up on their way there and being dependent on their schedule). Read more... )
floatingleaf: (lucifer & angel)
So, in addition to not receiving comment notifications (I am getting SOME, but I found at least one lengthy comment to one of my recent posts that I was never notified of, so I suspect there might be more), I am apparently not seeing some posts by mutual friends on my friends' page. Great.:/ You disappoint me, LJ. I wish I knew how to quit you... *snort*

Also, there is a kink meme going around, and I haven't done a meme in a while.;) So here goes (I am assuming this refers to what I read, not to what I write, since everyone knows I write mostly sappy fluff with a touch of very mild kink here and there...:P):

Kink Meme )
floatingleaf: (winter)
Did I just make a post whinging about jury duty?... Let's forget about that one. It's a non-issue right now. Life surely has a way of making you realize how petty your problems were... by increasing them tenfold.:/

My car died on me - again - last night as I was driving home from work. And by died, I mean just randomly stopped moving in the middle of the road. With no warning whatsoever. Read more... )
floatingleaf: (pensive Sinead)
So... the car has been fixed. The total came up to almost $700.:/ )

In other news, the laptop gave me a scare again yesterday - it went into stand-by mode, but refused to be revived. Touching the sensor pad didn't elicit any reaction, pressing the on/off button didn't either... even unplugging the damn thing didn't work, since obviously then it automatically switches to battery power. So it was basically on, but totally unresponsive. Read more... )

Also, I almost went to a yoga class today. Almost, because - predictably enough - I didn't make it there on time, and since the guidelines posted on the yoga center's website clearly state that you're actually supposed to arrive EARLY for a class to sign up and stuff, I decided not to make an idiot of myself and didn't bother coming in.:/ BUT!... )
floatingleaf: (green eyes)
My car failed the emissions test today. I kind of expected this, because the "check engine" light has been on for a while - but still, there was a glimmer of hope that maybe it's something minor and it will pass anyway. Well... no such luck. With a 14-year-old car, you don't get "minor" problems anymore.:/ You get problems anywhere upwards of a few hundred bucks.:[ )

ehhh

Dec. 27th, 2009 11:57 pm
floatingleaf: (beautiful stranger)
So... here I am, back home after the usual Christmas visit with my parents. Which was a bit longer this time, because my junk pile of a car decided to break down completely on Christmas Day, no less. Apparently the muffler incident was just a prelude. This time it made a dead stop in the middle of the road, about half-way between my parents' house and my apartment in the city. Luckily, I was just driving by a store, so I managed to make half a turn into the parking lot before the wheels stopped moving. I called my parents, told them where I was and then just sat there in the darkened car for about an hour, watching frost patterns appear on the windshield as the engine cooled down. Fortunately, my parents got there before my feet went completely numb. We pushed the car a bit more towards the curb and just left it there while they took me back home. Read more... )
floatingleaf: (vanishing point 2)
I lost my muffler this morning on my way to work. I kid you not. I knew something was wrong with it as soon as I started the engine, because, you know, it ROARED. But I thought, oh crap, I'll just stop somewhere on my way back home tonight and have someone look at it. But then, as I was driving, I kept hearing some odd rattling & clanging sounds in addition to the roaring... and finally, lo and behold, the whole thing just FELL OFF. I clearly saw it detach itself from the car and clatter away to the curb. I probably should have stopped to pick it up - but I was kinda stunned, as well as, typically, running late for work, so yeah. I kept driving. Just another instance of my precious old pile'o'junk falling apart on me right in the middle of the road, lol. Doesn't really faze me that much anymore.;P Read more... )
floatingleaf: (prison)
Just a friendly piece of advice tonight: if you happen to have a GPS unit, never ever leave it in the car. And I don't just mean take the GPS with you; take also the plastic holder that is attached to your windshield. Otherwise someone might still break into your car, just to have a look around and see if the GPS happens to be in there somewhere.:/

Yes, this is what happened to me last weekend. My GPS was safe at home, but I still had to pay well over a hundred bucks to replace the broken window (my insurance wouldn't cover it, because the cost was lower than my deductible).

These are the joys of living in the city, in an area where you have to park on the street. Yes, I want a nice suburban condo with a guarded parking lot for residents. Not that I needed much more convincing on the matter - but if I did, this timely incident just might work. *sarcastic smirk*
floatingleaf: (green eyes)
I feel so lethargic today. No energy whatsoever. I woke up with a migraine - no idea why, I haven't had a migraine in months - and ended up staying in bed till around noon, waiting for Excedrin to take the worst of the pain away. Then I had some breakfast, skimmed through email/flist and... took a nap. Seriously. WTF is wrong with me? Well, I finally dragged myself into the much needed hot shower, did the full run of neck/shoulder/mid-back stretches, had some lunch, read a bit... and then it was time to start cooking the food for next week. There goes another Sunday. I had hoped I might manage to get myself together enough to put some clothes on and go for a walk, since the weather was really nice for once... but somehow that didn't happen. And by the time I finished cooking, it was getting dark already. *sigh*

more pointless blabber under the cut )

RL crap

Mar. 25th, 2009 11:15 pm
floatingleaf: (prison)
My car wouldn't start this morning. No idea why - it seemed perfectly fine last night. Had to take public transportation to work. Was an hour late. Have to get up earlier tomorrow so it doesn't happen again. Same thing Friday, of course. No clue how I'm going to get to my chiropractic appointment on Saturday morning. Probably won't make it.:/ Same goes for the regular weekend grocery shopping trip. The only two stores close enough for me to walk there are Aldi (cheap, but mostly crappy stuff - hardly anything I usually buy) and Jewel (expensive - haven't shopped there since I started my 'saving on groceries' plan). And 'close enough to walk' doesn't necessarily mean 'close enough to walk carrying fifteen heavy bags of food'. I'm so looking forward to pulling a shoulder muscle - especially since I won't be able to see my chiropractor.:[

Oh, and why yes, I have just recently spent $360 to fix the car, haven't I?

Life sucks.:(
floatingleaf: (dark aragorn)
Happy St. Patrick's Day, flist.

I'm not feeling particularly bright or green right now, actually, but I have promised myself to at least try to post tonight, so here goes.

Life lately is just so... blah, I guess. )

In other unrelated news, I watched Zeitgeist last weekend. Or the first part of it, anyway. It was recommended to me by a coworker, who sent me the link to the website:

http://www.zeitgeistmovie.com

It didn't surprise me all that much (I had seen Loose Change before, on the recommendation of the same coworker), but it certainly depressed me - more than I'd like to admit, I suppose. Because it makes way too much perfect sense to be dismissed as leftist propaganda. I feel like I finally connected the dots that were there in front of me all along - and in this case, it's not a good feeling. Because the picture that emerges is way too much to handle. And I feel duped and powerless and so outraged and yet so pointless, insignificant and weak. This is what reality does to me. I can't handle it. Please give me back my pink, pretty bubble. It's not like I can change anything. I can only lose my sleep over it, or have nightmares. Or feel ashamed to be a human being, because human beings are the most heartless, evil creatures on earth. Which is why they have to invent mythical dark forces - to cover up their own bottomless darkness. And it's not like I didn't know this already - it's just that I've tried very hard to avoid dwelling too much on it. And this film forced me to open my eyes right into the harsh sunlight, so to speak.

I could ramble on, but I do want my 6+ hours of sleep, so it's time to go. Sorry for being such a downer tonight. So inappropriate for the occasion. Blame it on my coworkers, though. Some of them think too much, instead of just mindlessly dragging their feet under the yoke like everyone else.:P

yadda yadda

Mar. 7th, 2009 07:47 pm
floatingleaf: (halder)
Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] gairid:

The Blogalyser reveals...

Your blog/web page text has an overall readability index of 14.

This suggests that your writing style is conventional
(to communicate well you should aim for a figure between 10 and 20).Your blog has 24 sentences per entry, which suggests your general message is distinguished by verbosity
(writing for the web should be concise).

CHARACTER MATRIX



male malefemale female
self oneselfgroupworld world
past pastpresentfuture future

Your text shows characteristics which are 53% male and 47% female
(for more information see the Gender Genie).
Looking at pronoun indicators, you write mainly about yourself, then the world in general and finally your social circle. Also, your writing focuses primarily on the present, next the past and lastly the future.

Find out what your blogging style is like!










Verbosity, hmmm?... Now, if I could spend as much time posting as I want to and never can, you'd see verbosity.:D
As for the predominantly male characteristics of my text, I really don't know what to think about that.;) Must be the slash fic with all the male pronouns, I suppose.:P

mundane blabber under the cut )
floatingleaf: (slightly mental)
-10F/-20C today. Had to take public transportation to work, because my car is stuck in the frozen snow yet again. I knew it was stuck as soon as I parked it last night - there was this sudden shift as the tires slid into the groove. And I thought I had picked a relatively safe, even parking spot.:/ Anyway... standing around waiting for a bus/train in such hellish temperatures is NOT FUN. After about five minutes, everything starts to hurt. Your fingers hurt. Your toes hurt. Your face hurts. Your fucking LUNGS hurt as you breathe. After 15 minutes you're almost ready to fall over, and then want to hug the bus driver and thank him for rescuing you from certain death as he arrives.;)

I got home nearly three hours ago, and my toes are still tingling. Started the car (it actually starts!... groaning and wheezing a lot, of course, but man, a 12-year-old car starting in this weather is nothing short of a miracle... lol), poured some salt around the tires and moved back and forth a bit, but I don't hold high hopes for being able to get out of my parking spot tomorrow morning. So... public transportation again. It's supposed to be a bit warmer, though - as in somewhere around 5F/-15C. A hell of an improvement, really. And then almost up to the freezing point over the weekend (we were laughing at work today, saying it's gonna be a heatwave... lol). I wonder if that means I'll be able to get my car out. I'm stocked up on groceries for the time being, but will have to shop at some point next week - and I can't really do any substantial grocery shopping without my car.:(

Anyway... the tingling toes seem to suggest I'm still alive, but my brain feels numb. The two mugs of piping hot tea I had after dinner are making me pleasantly woozy. All I can think of right now is my WARM, comfy bed. I need SLEEEEEP. *yawns*

Wake me up sometime in April, k?... *passes out*

bleh

Mar. 21st, 2008 08:25 pm
floatingleaf: (prison)
Want to hear a funny story featuring an incredibly stupid woman?... Who is, of course, yours truly?... I bet you do. So... here goes. I locked myself out of my car this morning. With all my keys, purse, cellphone etc. INSIDE the car. How in hell did that happen?... Well, it happened precisely BECAUSE I am paranoid about getting locked out of my car. *nods*

Let me explain. )

In other non-exciting news, msn hotmail just played an ugly trick on me and fucking ATE the draft of my message. It was a looong email to a friend, and I was almost done with it, but wanted to save to finish later. And the shitty thing told me it had saved it - except the 'saved draft' is now blank. WTF????... I spent HOURS writing that email over the past week or so. Why does shit like that never happen with short, unimportant messages you can retype in 30 seconds?...

Anyway... I don't seem to be spouting positive energy today, so I guess I'll just shut up. Maybe try to chill out by watching a movie or something...
floatingleaf: (sultry)
So, it seems that the big LJ suspension scare is over. I was nervous there for a moment, even though my most questionable interest is probably "elladan/elrohir" - provided, of course, that the anti-freak police knows who they are and realizes they are actually brothers.:P Very fictional brothers, and certainly very mature (hundreds of years old... LOL), but still. I'm sure some people might possibly be offended at the idea of them having a sexual relationship. But then, some people seem offended by the very existence of gays, lesbians or transgendered individuals - which, of course, does not mean that said individuals should pretend not to exist. It is not possible to please everyone, and LJ is definitely not the place to start trying, IMHO.

That said, I sincerely hope I don't get suspended because I posted a few little ficlets implying twincest between Tolkien's characters. In fact, will probably post another one in the near future (if the muses continue to cooperate).:P

I have contemplated going "friends only" - but there are reasons I don't want to do that, so I'd rather wait until it becomes absolutely necessary. It's kind of sad that some people have to do that, IMO. Even if I totally understand why. I just used to think that LJ was this wonderfully open community, where you met new friends just because you were "out there" on the web... and well. Uhm. Yeah. It sort of isn't anymore. *sigh*

In other totally irrelevant news: )
floatingleaf: (beautiful stranger)
So, the doctor looked me over today, and one of the first things she said, even before taking a blood & urine sample, was that I needed to lose some weight. Bah. Like I didn't know that already. *pouts*

She also said that 'knowing' wasn't enough. Hmphhh. Guess she's right.:/

On the up side, though, I only paid a $20 co-pay, since it apparently qualified as a wellness/preventive care visit. So far, so good. Now they are gonna do some tests, and hopefully give me some answers. I don't know if the tests are included in the co-pay, or if they're gonna send me a bill later. I guess I'll find out.:)

BUT, regardless of that, I am getting $600 back on my tax return!!! YAY! :D

Oh, and btw, last Saturday some idiot drove right into my back bumper. It cracked under the impact and is dangling stupidly now, making this annoying rattling noise. Oh, the joys of city traffic. *scowl* The guy seemed really embarrassed and apologetic about it, so I'm hoping he gave me his REAL phone number and will pay for the repair like he said he would. Not that I wouldn't have better things to do with my time than visit an auto body shop next weekend.:/

OK. End of stupid, pointless post. *shrug*
floatingleaf: (beautiful stranger)
Today I spent half the afternoon at a service station, waiting to have my car fixed... again. I just received the vehicle emission test notice, and since the darned "check engine" light was on (it's always on in my car, for one reason or another... lol), I figured I'd better get it checked out. And of course there was something leaking (don't ask me what, I'm losing track of the endless list of repairs on this old piece of junk anyway). The part in question cost only about 13 bucks... but I paid over $200 for labor (would have paid about $600 if I let them do everything they "recommended"; but I said to just fix whatever makes the stupid light go on, so I can pass the bloody test... and I'll worry about the rest later ;P). Oh well... I guess that's nothing compared to all the other stuff I'd had to fix since last winter. First there was the entire exhaust system, which I had almost literally dragging against the ground while I drove... then there were the brakes (squeaking and grinding as all hell before I even noticed there was anything wrong with them... lol), then the catalytic converter... whatever that is.;P Not counting some other minor things. I'm not even sure I want to check the invoices and add it all up, but it's probably more than the whole car cost in the first place (I bought it used; or, to be precise, my mother bought it for me when I moved to the States). I wonder, how many more parts are there that can possibly go out of order before I am finally able to get a new one?... Somehow I don't think they offer car loans to unemployed people with no credit... *sigh*

In other exciting news, I am PMS-ing like crazy. My whole body feels tense and jittery, my boobs hurt, I wake up three times a night from strange, disturbing dreams... just icky. I used to think it was going to become more bearable as I get older, but no. It's actually getting worse. Or at least more unpredictable. I used to know exactly how I was going to feel on the first or second day of my period, or the 2-3 days before it... but now I can feel like it's already started for an entire week before it actually starts, or not even realize it has started and be glad it's being so mild... only to begin feeling like complete and utter shit on the third day. Weird. Just weird. And annoying as all hell. Fuck.

Anyway. /pointless post. Sorry. I really wish I had more interesting things to say. I'd better just go and try to get some sleep...
floatingleaf: (green eyes)
So Christmas is over. I survived. Of course there was plenty of delicious food and gifts and all, and it felt good to see my sister again, but still... I'm glad to be back on my own. When I am with my family, I somehow never end up doing what I really want to do, reading what I want to read, listening to the music I like, seeing the movies I really want to see, or basically doing much of anything I wouldn't consider a waste of time. Plus, checking email or finding any sort of info online is actually a chore, not a pleasure on my dad's ancient, sputtering PC (that I have to fight my sister to actually access anyway). So yeah... there's only so long I can take this for. So here I sit at work, feeling like I can breathe freely once again... *insert a smirk of profound irony here*

And by the way, they are expecting me back there for New Year's Eve - and even though I have my doubts, I think this might actually be a better option than a noisy party full of strangers. *sigh*

In light of what I just said, I can't believe how frighteningly accurate this meme is.:P

floatingleaf is blah.
I've met prosthetic legs with more get-up-and-go than you. Could you be less melancholy and go out and do something?
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In other news, I am not seeing [profile] melacita, who has come down with the flu. Some evil forces must be conspiring against us.;) Anyway, I hope she gets better soon.

Also, my car chose the cheerful holiday season to have a major breakdown of the entire exhaust system, which has fortunately been fixed for a mere 800 bucks. *snort* I probably wouldn't have had to pay so much if I had noticed earlier that something was not quite right... but, as my dad aptly pointed out, I am a woman. *scowls*

And, last but not least, I have snagged some lovely icons from [profile] akashaelfwitch, one of which I proudly present. Time to give Viggo a break and actually use some other pics now and then.;)
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