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25 January 2013 @ 04:30 pm
The one thing I wanted to get done today was get to the post office and send off the four letters I have waiting; they just sit there staring dolefully up at me, a terrible reminder that I can't just walk out to a postbox.

I thought I lucked out by having a post office around a half-mile from my house, but alas Google Maps lied to me and it is just a drop-box; I will be forced to go the mile to Thayer Street, which isn't really much fun in the cold. Mind, I'd have to go to the post office even if I were living back in MA since I don't have exact stamps for domestic, let alone international. That was just an easy drive in a familiar place. Even in England I had post offices every which way I needed to go and one on campus. *Whinges more.*

So no, no post sent. I have to brave one-way streets before that. Instead I withdrew a tenner from the ATM nearby to activate my new bank card and said, well, at least serendipity has put a liquor store in my path. (The kind young woman working there was the one to confirm that it was just a drop-box and that once upon a time Google had tricked her similarly.) So I said, "Well then, instead I'll just have to buy some cheap wine" and she said something about silver linings, as you do.

Now I have some cheap twist-off moscato and, my friends, I will be drinking it out of a rainbow mug. (therealsnape, put that potato down; no throwing things at poor young adults!) This is partially out of my love of rainbows (I purchased the mugs for the house) but mostly out of the sad fact that we have no wine glasses. (Lots of mason jars for drinking water...) So before you judge me (*snerk*), I bid any of you not currently in my phase of life or one similar to think back to your early/mid 20s and consider if you were the sophisticated, sagacious selves you are now. If you were, well, my hat is off to you. If you were not, do try for some compassion or even empathy. (;

To think I put trousers on for this. Now that I've written up this post, I'll start with the drinking and get back to the lesbian webcomic Unicorn Plan-It with random productivity, like poking at more job sites *sigh*, all without leaving my room.

[Crossposted from dreamwidth.]
Current Mood: blahSlightly irked.
lash_laruelash_larue on January 25th, 2013 09:41 pm (UTC)
Job-hunting is worse than moving. I am beyond fortunate to be past that stage of life. At least as long as Pat is still working, anyway.

For some reason sexagenarians with a history of heart attack are not in great demand. Go figure.

At least you use some sort of glass. Just stay away from Richard's Wild Irish Rose. Even I could never choke that down. If there is a Walmart around they have a brand that's like 3 bucks a bottle that doesn't taste like kerosene.

Keep Fluffy warm if you can,
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Cupcake!cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 09:47 pm (UTC)
I can't say I've been enjoying job hunting, no. Especially when I pass a Dunkin Donuts that's a one minute walk form my house and go, "If I were any of my friends, I could apply there just to tide me over. But I can't stand or sit too long without terrible pain. Damnit." It's really not been great with my mental-health-about-my-disability thing. But I'll find something.

Stay away from Richard's Wild Irish Rose. Will do!

Not sure where the nearest Walmart is and I do try to avoid them on principle, but sometimes I get desperate. A brand of moscato? What do you suggest for cheap drinking from Walmart? :P

Trying to keep Fluffy warm. She sure wasn't pleased with our little excursion today.

Love right back!
lash_laruelash_larue on January 25th, 2013 09:54 pm (UTC)
The brand is Oak something. They don't have moscato that I've seen, Merlot and Chardonnay and a couple others. I actually like it, but I surely don't have either Bear's or TRS's palate.

But wtf, it works.

Dumb question, but do you have a heating pad?

Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Let it Snow.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 09:58 pm (UTC)
Oh, I haven't got TRS' or Bear's palate, either. :P You wouldn't happen to know what the sweetest of the Oak-something brand is? (That's actually quite fitting, actually, given my serenity-oak email.) I still don't know enough about alcohol to know which brands of what are sweet enough that I'll stand the chance of liking them.

I do actually have a heating pad! I have not been unknown to plug it in next to my computer and keep it on my lap, but my housemate/good friend is having terrible monthlies at the moment and I've lent it to her.

Thankfully it's just the sort of I'm-uncomfortable stiffness with a bit of dull-throb pain, which is really not too bad and something that I can pretty much ignore entirely.
lash_laruelash_larue on January 25th, 2013 10:24 pm (UTC)
Oak Leaf makes something called "sweet White" but I've not seen that at Wally World.


You can look for local sellers there, I think.

White Zinfandel, which is pink, is kind of sweet too.

Email me your new address, please,

Kiwi Crocus: Ani D || Grinning.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 10:30 pm (UTC)
Oak Leaf! That's perfect! My wax seal is an oak leaf, too. (;

(I love the way they talk about wine. "[W]e carefully select grapes from the finest vineyards across California to marry the unique microclimates throughout the growing regions." It just makes me laugh.)

I'll have a look! I'm always looking for other things beside port to enjoy. Fortified wine isn't always the best idea, not in all situations ( :P ), and there aren't always cheap ports available. (I find it a touch odd that I tend to prefer cheap and bad port to other good wines, but I guess I wasn't created to be consistent or conventional.)

Will do!
Kiwi Crocus: Zoë Lewis || Rotary phone.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 09:48 pm (UTC)
Think anyone would be up for a chat this evening? I feel I've been out of touch with the crew!
lash_laruelash_larue on January 25th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
I've tried, but people might fear a discourse on cat poop.
Kiwi Crocus: Seasons || Fake snowflake.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 10:00 pm (UTC)
I live with 8 cats and there are two cat litters in the downstairs kitchen/dining-ish areas. My life is a study in cat poop.

But I suppose not all experience some things. Perhaps we might trick them with a nice piece of fanart, or the like?

(I have friends outside the HP fandom, so it can get a bit odd when I host it and one of my other friends comes in knowing no-one but me, and not being big on the fandom either!)
lash_laruelash_larue on January 25th, 2013 10:25 pm (UTC)
Just tell them I'm an old weirdo that you picked up at a soup kitchen.

Kiwi Crocus: Nature || Birds of a feather.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 10:32 pm (UTC)
Given you're a hell of a lot better with any sort of food and more charitable than you'll ever give yourself credit for (and for a low self-swipe at my unemployed status), I think it's a lot more likely that it's the other way around. :P
minervas_eule: kissing Ronminervas_eule on January 25th, 2013 09:49 pm (UTC)
That's very unkind of Goggle Maps to plant false hopes about ones neighbourhood.... :-(

I certainly did drink wine out of cups in times of unrefined living conditions, even not that long ago.... camping for example - so no need to take your hat off :-))
Kiwi Crocus: Seasonal || Candles in the snow.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 09:52 pm (UTC)
Yes, it was rather unkind of our friend Google! It didn't make any sort of differentiation between a real office and a drop-box; it should work on that.

I suppose I'll just have to get better about getting the right stamps (like I'll need some 1-cent stamps to go with my old, not-worth-enough current stamps) so I can just drop letters in the box.

Ah, but I'd take my hat off to you any day, Minnie! :D Thank you for the empathy, though. (;
lash_laruelash_larue on January 25th, 2013 10:40 pm (UTC)

That icon looks like Rupert is about to slip her the tongue...

minervas_eule: Maggie and Judiminervas_eule on January 25th, 2013 11:10 pm (UTC)
He looks like a goldfish on dry land to me (don't know if this is a common expression in English, it is in German) ...
lash_laruelash_larue on January 25th, 2013 11:13 pm (UTC)
We usually say fish out of water, but close enough.

I wish him well, but I'm not a big Rupert fan.

Kiwi Crocus: HP || Sibyl || Hug everyone else.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 10:42 pm (UTC)
Welp, Minnie, ya killed Lash. :P *Cackles.*
therealsnape: Intelligence and Elegancetherealsnape on January 25th, 2013 09:50 pm (UTC)
Poor you! I hope the wine tastes acceptable from the rainbow mug. And I wouldn't dream of throwing Nigel at you. He'd merely finish the bottle.
Kiwi Crocus: HP || Sprout || OLSB.cranky__crocus on January 25th, 2013 09:55 pm (UTC)
The wine tastes perfectly acceptable from the rainbow mug. :D The mug reminds me, actually, that I have two videos to post for you lot. Perhaps you will get a slightly-tipsy Kiwi post after all. (Not that you haven't seen me with one glass in me on more than one occasion, in person.)

Snorted into my mug. Now I'm just picturing Nigel lounging around in my mug like it's a hot-tub (never mind that it's obviously not hot; I imagine such a thing would bring to mind pots of hot water for a spuddly one, and that it'd be the furthest thing from relaxing).
zee: alice smilezofbadfaith on January 26th, 2013 12:47 am (UTC)
If it makes you feel any better about the rainbow mug (and not wine glasses), I'm currently drinking wine out of a Chicago (The Musical) mug. :D

It's awesome.
And I love mugs.
Kiwi Crocus: Rainbow || Starry starry night.cranky__crocus on January 26th, 2013 12:58 am (UTC)
It does, actually! Cheap Wine in a Mug Cheers! :D And of course Chicago is awesome. C:

I love mugs too. Especially fun ones.
CaroRulescarorules on January 26th, 2013 04:59 pm (UTC)