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24 August 2012 @ 01:25 am
 
So sleepy. Multiple nights with little and frequently-interrupted sleep. But not all from bad things--one from a trip to the zoo. Elephants, giraffes, red pandaaaaas!

Living. Today drove two 14s around and my charge (the one I was being paid to drive) again played Justin Bieber. And this time I knew the voice well enough to ask, "Is this Bieber?" as I was pulling out of McDonald's (where they had asked to go for lunch). I also carried around some hay, cleaned two stalls, and fed two horses. And visited with the guy whose collectibles I'm selling--got a big new set of Huge Arse Collectibles (bigger than the ones I just successfully sold) and laksjdlfkjasdf. I don't understand people who collect these things. I try to, since I'm selling them to other people who collect these things. But huge figurines of random Halloween things that stay around in boxes? Little ceramic houses and animal treasure chests? Trying, trying. But I got free dinner out of it and got to play with two great labs (one who is a cone-head for the moment) and two great cats (one who patted me on the shoulder, randomly, and the other who decided to be a slinky on the stairs).

I loved the human animals well enough, but the quadruped animals were the shining stars of my day.

I've also come to the realisation that I basically run a ridiculous version of Kiki's Delivery Service. And that since I hate shipping so much, I'm just going to pretend that every time I bring a parcel to the post office, it's brought into the back and handed off to a fast-flying witch or wizard on a broom--many of them ex-Quidditch players who still like the chance to get paid some to fly fast.

Because that is how the world has to work in my head for my personal world to function. And for me to not hate the US postal service with all my mental might grrr.

Also I feel like the only person in my generation who doesn't want a touchpad-Internetted-can-do-everything phone. I just like having, you know, a phone. That calls. And texts (which is newish, I guess, but mobile phones have been texting for as long as I've had one). I have a laptop, a netbook, and a Kindle Fire (...my father is a software developer, technology's his thing, and my laptop frequently breaks down?); do I really need a phone that does all the same things? My friends have them, so I know they're fun, but it also seems like too much constant distraction in my palm at all times. Sometimes I Facebook stalk, but I don't want Facebook stalking me. I shan't have you, WiFi-or-whatever phones! Thou shalt not take me! Qwerty phones with no Internet for the less-procrastinating win! The guy at Verizon Wireless thought I was crazy. And kept checking his touchpad-mini-computer-phone as I asked questions. Great service, I tell you.

When alone, I have started making long groaning sounds in which I just let my body get all the frustration out. It's like "ohm"s for less well-adjusted and -trained people. Just a nice long "uuuuueeeeeerrrrrrggggghhhhhhhhhhhhh" in the car on the ride home.

I also feel as though I've caught a bit of a head cold off a friend, but it isn't as bad as what she seemed to have (she has a teeeeeerrible immune system) so that's good. *Shakes fist anyway.* But I am not as bothered as usual, which is odd. It seems to come and go.

And my hip operation scars need to stop itching.

That's me, checked in for the moment with random stuff that came to my tired-arse, Bieber-tainted mind. One more frustrated groan before bed.
 
 
 
CaroRulescarorules on August 24th, 2012 04:59 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't mind a smartphone but the bill that come with it is just outrageous..

I am contemplating getting a netbook to bring with me when I travel..
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 24th, 2012 06:59 pm (UTC)
That's another thing--the bill for a Smartphone! One of my friends has very little money, has to pay lots of people off, and can't always afford food and cat litter...but pays $90 a month for a smartphone. I don't get it. (Although ze doesn't have a laptop, so at the moment zir phone is also functioning as a laptop to keep ze reachable. So at least that part makes a little sense, though having the computer back would be less expensive given ze's already helping to pay for Internet!)

I do quite like the netbook. It's so easy to move around. I've lent it to a friend when she went to travel and it was very useful for her.

(It's especially useful for me because my laptop's battery doesn't charge, so if the adapter gets unplugged *poof* goes the laptop! So I have to power it all the way down if I want to bring it anywhere else, which means instead I tend to just use it as a desktop that doesn't move for the most part.)
Seek: facepalmcoldthermistor on August 24th, 2012 06:41 pm (UTC)
Don't worry, I feel the same way as you. My mum thinks I'm weird/abnormal for not wanting a smartphone. Personally, I've got a lot of reasons for 'em but it boils down to some other reasons including that I feel...y'know. With the Internet, people can impose on you more'n more often. You're expected to be available, you take that connection for granted, it loses depth...

I guess what I meantersay is that I like carrying a normal phone. I like having times of the day where people have to bother to remember my number, to call me up, or even give me a text. I like times when I'm not being assailed with apps, the fact that there's part of my day when I'm...not at the mercy of e-mails and instant messaging and social networking--all of that, y'know? And I agree about the constant distraction.

The only thing is my Nokia is dying soon and I don't know if I can find a non-smartphone. Sigh. Oh well. Short of it is: you are not alone! ;)
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 24th, 2012 07:04 pm (UTC)
Hahaha, that's a bit funny since my mother is one of the only one who considers me sane. She was forced into getting a Droid so it could be an "extra" in case my Da's broke down (which is further funny, since hers died first). She likes some parts of it, but in general has never really enjoyed having a droid.

Yes, I don't want it to be expected of me that I will be at beck and call through any form of communication ever! I like having my inbox be something I attend to at certain times, so I'm not expected to reply every second of every day. Same with Facebook messages. I like that to reach me sometimes, one has to text or call.

I have a Samsung Intensity that I got for Christmas and I do like it, although the backlight on the keyboard doesn't work so well anymore. My friend was getting rid of an LG EnV3 or whatever and it actually takes video (which is neat) and has a bigger keyboard that does light up (which I appreciate), so I changed over to that for free. I went to the Verizon store because it was doing that turn-off-randomly-because-of-the-battery-placement that is common for the phone. Seems there's nothing I can do about it it, and I'm definitely not going to upgrade up to a smartphone. If I feel too frustrated I'll go back to the Intensity, which I still do very much like.
Seekcoldthermistor on August 24th, 2012 07:22 pm (UTC)
Heh, that's sort of inverted, definitely! My mum tried getting me to get an iPhone. That really didn't work out. Also, pretty much agreed with why you don't like to use smartphones...

Hmm, I should consider the LG and the Samsung, see if the store has 'em. I'm awfully fond of Nokia (through habit, more than anything else) but after more than four years, my phone's starting to force me to reset the time and date at the oddest of moments...and the problem is, I do need the alarm to work (heh.)

At least it's great to stay strong, knowing someone else (two someones?) don't want to use smartphones either!
Hopelessly Prosaicncp on August 24th, 2012 06:55 pm (UTC)
So sleepy. Multiple nights with little and frequently-interrupted sleep.

My first thought: "Since when does Kiwi have a baby?"
Kiwi Crocuscranky__crocus on August 24th, 2012 07:06 pm (UTC)
Hahahaha I can definitely see that thought in that statement!

I do not, thankfully; I wouldn't have the slightest idea of what to do with them. (I'm better with children once they walk and talk in sensible sentences.)