Thunderstorms last night and this morning, which I don't object to at all, except for the bit where I have to get out of bed and leave the house while it's still raining. :P Water shoes and quick-dry dress, ahoy!
T is coming over tonight to pick up the bulk of the books that are Going Away. I can't WAIT. Couldn't haul a load downstairs this morning because of the rain, so it's going to be a lot of one-armed hauling tonight, but it will be worth it! We'll have to keep Shoba (the black German Shepherd downstairs) inside while I'm working, as he's developed a worrisome tendency to think I am an Invader, despite knowing me for almost two years. He blocked me at the top of the stairs coming home last night, and growled with enough sincerity that I didn't think pushing it would be good. It wasn't a big thing, J was right there to make him knock it off, but I worry that he's not feeling well and it's making him cranky (he has lymphoma). Fortunately, his huge fluffy white counterpart Juno still thinks I'm awesome. Juno has no discretion, but that's fine. :)
I'm really settling in well at the job, I think. The vast majority of calls I get are simple cases where I look up a code, find it needs no pre-authorization, and let the caller know and send them on their way within three minutes or so. A dozen or so calls a day require more effort, filling out a computerized form specifying service date, procedures, attending doctor and facility, and so forth—generally, ten to fifteen minutes or so, maximum. And I get a few calls from ordinary members, mostly ones who dialed the wrong department by mistake and I can send on to the right place.
Even the 11 to 8 shift is turning out not to be as bad as I'd feared, on the whole. The hour lunch does give me time to go farther afield for lunch, run errands, try new places, and so on. And the last couple hours of the shift, when the only places still open and calling in are in the Mountain and Pacific time zones, are quiet enough that I can read a book nearly uninterrupted. I can't read ebooks on the computer the way I could in the old customer service job, alas, but I have plenty of print books on my shelves that I've always meant to get around to but never had found the time for yet. I've worked through several of those so far.
Another really nice thing is that there's a medical clinic for employees and members built right into the office building's front lobby. I checked out a sleep study machine from them a few weeks ago, and had a blood draw there on Monday, and today I go in to find out the results. It's certainly a lot easier going in to see a doctor where I work than it is having to trek afield to some other medical center!
The one thing I need to bear in mind is that I only barely passed those audits. I find myself making the same kind of mistake repeatedly on some of my calls, and I need to evolve coping strategies to make sure I cut that out. I need to make sure I keep my average up; I don't have any excuse not to get 100% every time.
Got New Books, got a couple of Hallmark xmas ornaments (but missed out on the Marvin one..sigh) and then headed towards Btown. Made a few stops before arriving at the Powells site. We had decided on eating before the event at Pastini, and when we walked up, there was MK Hobson, seems that David was having a small meetup before the event, so we joined in for dinner. It was kinda fun to converge.
The event had a nice turnout.
Swung by the Btown Freddys, it seems that they are all undergoing a revamping process (and yes, I think if they put more vampires in and less moving stuff about while upgrading their stores....) and we cant find things in our store here, but, I did find the bins of plastic section, and they did have some of the more portable ones with handles in the lids.
I am going to give tonights signing a miss, yes its Brenda Cooper and Nancy Kress, but I am really tired. I am going to try and paint my new posts though, its just sitting outside and applying paint. No driving or having to think, and no having to look for books, because everything is in such a jumble now.
First Canada thistle blooms (which tells you something about how New England views Canada), cotoneaster and evening primrose flowering in town, milkweed starting to form pods.
No roadkill, not even a flattened squirrel.
Roads got sorta-dry, still cloudy, got out on the bike. Thick air. Did not die.
15.29 miles, 1:15:05
Just a couple of these things, & it pays for itself. For example, the Fiction River anthology alone [nearly 800 pages!] is 8.00 on Kindle. The Uncollected Anthology Year One [490 pages] is only available as a $24 paperback. Afaik, this is the only e-book edition. The Grayson trilogy is excellent, romance-with-woo-woo fun; the Rusch Diving series has great buzz. The Faerie Summer is a 20-book e-book set.
Throw in the others, & that's a lot at an excellent deal. Squee!
filkferengi, off to buy it now
The story so far: They changed their terms of service the beginning of July, to forbid "3rd party hosting" for free accounts. They didn't bother to send out any notice of this. Instead, last week they started sending me repeated nastygrams, accusing me of nefarious practices (that I hadn't know were a problem, see: lack of notice), and demanding that I upgrade to a paid account. Last Wednesday, after I investigated and discovered what the issue actually was, I deleted my account. They gave me 48 hours to change my mind, so the account should have been gone by Friday night.
Just now, I got another of those identical nastygrams. I figured something had gone wrong with the deletion, so I headed back over to Photobucket to see what's up. I can't log in, meaning my account is in fact gone (GOOD!). So WHY AM I STILL GETTING EMAILS ABOUT MISUSE OF MY DELETED ACCOUNT??!!!!!!!!!
Got some of the errands run, got the visor clip reinstalled on the van, where the screw had fallen out, and thus the clippie itself. Went to Williams Sonoma to use the birthday gift certificate up, I got cherry balsamic vinegar for both myself and the sister creature. Killed a bit of time at Portland Nursery, and yes, I committed plant there.
Made it to the signing, I had to park a couple blocks away, right in front of a homeless squat by Ben & Jerry's, which explains why there was a parking spot.
The sister met me for the signing, and it was a pretty good talk. Got my book signed, and I thought I wasnt going to buy anything there, but, when walking by the remainder racks, I found a couple of books I had missed out on ...sigh.
sister creature and I went to eat afterwards and then home to the cranky cat.
Today, New Book Tuesday of course! Some errands, the Post Office and then to David Levine's signing at the Beaverton Powells.
It was a good expedition, and mostly funded in one way or another by Himself's stage-magic work. But now I'm back up here in Colebrook, where the humidity is higher than the temperature and the temperature is high enough by itself to be uncomfortable -- nothing like it was down below, but as always, it's what you're used to. We had a thunderstorm and a downpour earlier, but it was one of the ones that don't leave cooler and drier air behind them, just more humidity. (On the other hand, it did lay some of the pollen, so that helps a bit.)
Tomorrow I have to phone the car people and make an appointment to get the brakes fixed, because they are making a Bad Noise. We also need to get the exhaust manifold fixed, but the brakes need to come first.