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Announcing a day off. This one is going to have to be the last, as… - The Phantom Librarian
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fernwithy
fernwithy
Announcing a day off. This one is going to have to be the last, as I want to finish before I move. I'm also about four scenes away on my outline from connecting the current stuff to the end stuff, and I've got to figure out how the paths join up and bring in all the other stuff from the year.
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From: kobegrace Date: December 5th, 2007 05:37 am (UTC) (Link)
Good; days off are lovely things. Supposedly wonderful for one's sanity and complexion, I believe. Use it wisely! :)
hobbitguy1420 From: hobbitguy1420 Date: December 5th, 2007 06:23 am (UTC) (Link)
Sanity? whazzat?

In any case, Fern, we don't begrudge ya a day or two off. Recharge tha batteries, brush off the dust of the road, and come back fresh and ready, says I.
From: kobegrace Date: December 5th, 2007 05:37 pm (UTC) (Link)
OMG. Your userpic is hot.
hobbitguy1420 From: hobbitguy1420 Date: December 5th, 2007 06:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
o.o Thanks.

can honestly say I've never heard *that* about my Hobbit outfit before.
alkari From: alkari Date: December 5th, 2007 06:45 am (UTC) (Link)
A day off? What do you mean, woman, announcing a day off?! You've been totally slack lately, not writing much at all - how dare you want a whole day off just to plan some simple little story!!

*fans herself in complete shock - then hands Fernwithy a large box of Honeydukes' chocolates for mental recovery and inspiration*


fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 5th, 2007 02:20 pm (UTC) (Link)
Many thanks. Melted properly, Honeydukes chocolate can serve as an adhesive to put the plot strings together, which is good, as the plot sort of looks like a pom pom just now. ;p
redlily From: redlily Date: December 5th, 2007 11:49 am (UTC) (Link)
Are you leaving the Bay State??
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 5th, 2007 02:18 pm (UTC) (Link)
I am. From a blue state with a Republican presidential candidate running to a reddish state with a Democrat running. Off to the great southwest, home of apartments with three-digit rents and swimming pools. It's not exactly by choice (never found a roommate to split rent with), but my mom and grandma are out in New Mexico, and I have a job waiting for me in January, so...
obsfuscation From: obsfuscation Date: December 5th, 2007 03:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's a big change! Have you lived in NM before? Best of luck with the move and moving preperations.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 5th, 2007 03:52 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have, for two and a half years, and my mom's lived there since '96, so I'm not unfamiliar. Which means I know how much I'm going to end up needing a car. Gulp. So don't want to be a driver.
carlinpaddy From: carlinpaddy Date: December 5th, 2007 04:11 pm (UTC) (Link)

Driving

I didn't want to learn to drive at first either, but you get used to it. In fact now if I don't have keys to a vehical (or other transportation) I feel slightly clausterphobic. I always want to be able to get back home in case my grandparents or sister need me. And driving isn't that hard, just don't space out. :P
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 5th, 2007 04:29 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Driving

Oh, I know how to drive. Had to do it when I lived in NM before. I was very glad to give it up when I came back east, and am not fond of the thought of doing it again, though it does open the possibility of going outside the city more. But I've had the commuter rail if I get all itchy-footed, and the buses get me where I want to go (mostly), so I haven't felt cooped up much. It will be nice to leave for work when I feel like it, instead of when I have to catch the bus, and to get to where I actually live and work instead of getting almost there. But I'm a very bad driver. Two years of practice never got me beyond feeling like it was slightly possible to make a left turn without risking life and limb of myself and everyone else on the street. (Though I did have a harrowing escape from a lump of broken concrete that might have killed me. Apparently, I drive better in emergencies than I do in every day sorts of situations, and can perform complex trigonometry in my head when trying to figure out the trajectories of large things bouncing toward my head.)
hermia7 From: hermia7 Date: December 5th, 2007 06:40 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: Driving

Well, that's a good skill to have! (The bouncing concrete trig, that is...)
I just got my license in April (I was 26) and I only drove for a couple months before we moved to Boston. To my intense chagrin my job is in the suburbs--GAH. So I take the bus but it's WAY less ideal that it would have been if I were staying in town. The schedule is super-irregular at night and I end up waiting 30 minutes most evenings. That will be cold once I'm back in town! Anyway, my husband thinks I should get a car, and I am so freaking terrified of driving in Cambridge/the suburbs that I don't know what to do. Ack. ack ack ack.
anj1290 From: anj1290 Date: December 6th, 2007 04:19 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Driving

This was amusing to read, just because I'm the opposite--I'm a southerner born-and-raised recently moved to the northeast, and NOT driving was incredibly weird to me at first (public transportation? looking up schedules? what? :-)). I have so much fun driving whenever I go back home to visit.

Best of luck with the move, Fern!
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2007 05:54 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Driving

Not to mention, NM drivers tend to be pretty horrible =)

If you end up in Albuquerque, they've put in a Rapid Ride route in addition to the regular bus routes, and it actually runs on schedule pretty reliably. I take it down to UNM every day for class, and can actually depend on getting there on time ;) So there are actually viable non-driving options now to get to a lot of the city.

Hope you enjoy your time in New Mexico, though! It's got a bad rep, but I love it here =) It's the mountains.

-Amber (sothenwefell)
redlily From: redlily Date: December 5th, 2007 10:39 pm (UTC) (Link)
Oh dear!! Not just leaving Massachusetts, but leaving the East Coast altogether!!

I'll pray for you. ;P
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 5th, 2007 07:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
Enjoy your day off - how I wish I had an evening without any obligations.
Normally I would be disappointed not to find an update, but today it doesn't matter - I hadn't read yesterday's yet, as my computer was infested with chizpurfles. Of course, they tell me it's a virus, but I'm quite convinced it's really chizpurfles.
*nodnod*

now, back to whimpering and desk-chewing*

~Hermione Stranger~
marycontraria From: marycontraria Date: December 5th, 2007 08:40 pm (UTC) (Link)
LOL - I thought about posting earlier today to say something similar: normally I'd have been really disappointed at the lack of update, but this morning when I got up I had a test to study for, so it was probably for the best that I didn't have a new chapterlet to spend half an hour obsessing over...

(Hope you've enjoyed your day off, Fern. You deserved it. :))
darth_pipes From: darth_pipes Date: December 5th, 2007 10:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
Best of luck with the move, Fern. :)

I'm sure you'll be all right driving. Even Ron Weasley got his license. ;)
nundu_art From: nundu_art Date: December 6th, 2007 01:04 am (UTC) (Link)
You're moving? I must have missed that! Staying in Beantown or moving on?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 6th, 2007 02:53 am (UTC) (Link)
Out to Albuquerque. Pretty soon, too!
hobbitguy1420 From: hobbitguy1420 Date: December 6th, 2007 03:34 am (UTC) (Link)

Albuquerque

Well, at least you'll live in a city whose name is tons of fun to say*


*although possibly not to spell...
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 6th, 2007 04:24 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: Albuquerque

It's even got a Weird Al Song. (Disturbing video warning. I hadn't seen it until I searched YouTube, though I knew the song from the last time I lived there.)


Edited at 2007-12-06 04:35 am (UTC)
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2007 05:35 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, speaking as Washingtonian-Orgonian-Californian-Idohan-Bostonian-New Hampshirite-Utahn-bit of China-liked the UK-and actually have been in Canada but not long enough-ite, yeah, moving's hard.

Oh, and my dad always said the difference between an ultra-conservative-as-far-to-the-right-as-you-can-get Republican in Boston and a pinko-commie in Idaho is the address. Not sure what that makes you in New Mexico.

My mom just says that, when she went to register as a Republican voter in Boston, they looked at her as though she'd announced having some terrible, fatal illness and said, "But, you're so _young_"
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: December 6th, 2007 05:56 am (UTC) (Link)
Oh, and my dad always said the difference between an ultra-conservative-as-far-to-the-right-as-you-can-get Republican in Boston and a pinko-commie in Idaho is the address. Not sure what that makes you in New Mexico.

Very true.

New Mexico... hmm. Not quite Idaho. I'd say it's pink, but given the alternative meanings of pink in politics, I'll say it's "light red." Which would make me "light blue" there. I probably won't be installing a gun rack on a pickup truck any time soon.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2007 05:58 am (UTC) (Link)
Well, as an authentic New Mexican (well, not born, but raised), I can say that we are generally a swing state - not an especially important one, unfortunately, but it's pretty evenly split politically most of the time. Or more honestly, a lot of people don't really give a crap =(
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2007 06:23 pm (UTC) (Link)
Washingtonian-Orgonian-Californian-Idohan-Bostonian-New Hampshirite-Utahn-bit of China-liked the UK-and actually have been in Canada but not long enough-ite :lol:!!! Guess that makes me a Virginian-twotimeGeorgian-Kansasian(?)-twotimeTexan-twotimeGerman-twotimeNorth Carolinian-Arizonian-Massachusettite(?)-traveledenoughtobeaBrit-beentotoomanycountriesandstatestocount-Alabamian. I don't find moving hard at all! About the only place I would happily return to live is El Paso, Texas. I miss trees taller than me.
From: (Anonymous) Date: December 6th, 2007 06:25 pm (UTC) (Link)
Whoops, I meant wouldn't happily return. I loved Albuquerque, except for a really bad plate of spaghetti I had there once (cook too in love with sage).

This is Nundu, by the way.
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