FUBAR

A 23-post collection

Fixed today? Pls?

I took my erratic lappy up to the Apple Store as a good owner should... and it’s going to be five days to get it back once it’s been repaired.

Of course it behaved like a saint when it was seeing the techsperts. The bugger.

They’re replacing the entire keyboard which, as you might know, is pretty much the entire business end of a laptop. Seems to me it might be quicker to make a complete clone/backup of my lappy on an identical machine, give me that, and do whatever with the old one, including a factory reset.

I have not installed any physical markers on my lappy, like a “This machine disturbs fascists” sticker or whatever, so I wouldn’t know it from an identical silver MacBook Air and think that they’re firkin geniuses in the back. I’m easily fooled that way.

But no, I’m lappyless for the interim and doing all my work on the iPad Pro

NBN is sending out A. Guy to come and look at our connection and figure out what has been going amiss with our ability to reach out and connect with everyone. I hope it happens same day, because it’s already been a week of hell and phone data is where they make the moneys. Lots of moneys.

May A. Guy be swift, and competent, and never try to sell us a line. Because if they tell us that it’s the ISP, there will be explosions.

This promises to be interesting. Especially since I have just lost the cursor on my web browser.

I need every luck there is.

Okay, so here's the PLN...

I have something dodgy happening with my lappy, so I made an appointment with the Apple Store to get it looked at. For some reason, it can't recognise it is a lappy for a good five minutes if opened whilst plugged in to power. Weird. I suspect a connection gone askew.

This thing isn't even a year old, I'm sure. I'm getting very upset about the frailty of Apple products. I mean, otherwise, they're pretty reliable, but... Do one wrong thing to

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Day 6: 7 days of free internet left

It's almost been an entire week and here's what we know:

  • It's not the internet service provider
  • It's the NBN
  • The connections to the NBN have possibly got water in them or got eaten by a wombat or something and we suffer because of it.

So (I hope) Beloved has got onto A. Guy, who is going to take a look at everything and sort shit out.

Meanwhile, I continue to at minimum push out the Instant and then vanish off the

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Day 5: 8 Days remain

I gotta stay focussed. I gotta work on my nonsense and then stay the fuck away from my assorted devices that need the interwebs to work.

I gotta do a brat run, money run, organise shit... but that's literally hours away.

Beloved and I wasted 3/4 of the weekend on getting shit together to even start on the kitty kondo. BUT... We have all the wood cut to measure and we should start making the notches to slot in soon enough.

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9 Days Remain

The system remains down for the third day in a row and I am fretting.

I'm going to take my show on the road and find a cafe somewhere with free parking and free wifi. That should see me okay on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, when I'm not expecting people over.

I hope that this is all fixed by Monday, which would be a blessing. For all of us, belike.

My PLN's to dive into finishing a fanfic or two have been

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Okay, so here's the sitch...

My phone data resets today, so I now have a lot of gigs I can use.

HOWEVER...

  • I have no idea when the interwebs will be back online
  • Even receiving emails costs data
  • I go through 1-3G of data just publishing an Instant
  • There's only 40G in my plan

Therefore, I have just a little over ten days' worth of internet IF I stick to just doing my Instant and buggerall else.

Even then, the data resets on the month. If this

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ARGH!

The internet is still down. Alas. The gigabytes-to-money rate is atrocious - $10 per 1G of data.

Therefore, I'm staying off the webs for as long as I can wrangle it. At least until these shenanigans are sorted the heck out.

The good news is - I now have five episodes of Inter-Mission wrapped and ready for export. The bad news is that I can't publish until the leak in the datapipes is fixed and we have bit pressure again.

So. Apologies

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Thursday

Not only do I have a crook Mayhem to fret about, but there's also a cleaning day. Mayhem's earliest appointment to see the Doc is right about exactly in the afternoon when I need to be watching for Chaos, so there's going to be some juggling there.

Fun times.

I dunno what the everloving eff is up with my bod. I'm under macros but over calories and it's either proof that calories are made up bullshit or something else be going on.

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Murgledy

I.

Hate.

Cyclones.

Between one and two AM, this morning, I couldn't sleep for the pain in my face. And of course I couldn't be arsed getting up for painkillers because one firkin AM.

Ugh.

So yeah. I'm not on all cylinders this morning.

Mayhem is under the weather because local tummy bug, and my money run is going to include dropping off a piece of paper because doctor's notes have to happen.

He should be fine tomorrow. I, however, am not

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Anthology Pending

I have immense trouble with sequential numbering. Anyone with the right amount of search chops plus my archives will be able to tell you that.

So of course I'm going through the latest Year of Instants to be absolutely, positively certain that I have all my ducks in a row.

Alarming discovery #1 - I somehow have three hundred and sixty-eight chapters when I should have three hundred and sixty-five.

Alarming discovery #2 - I somehow missed putting in an entire story

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Last Day!

It's the penultimate day before I take the long-arse journey back home. Richer for experience and poorer for cash [eh. Whaddayagunnado] but definitely a happier person for all the experiences.

I now know how to pan for gold. Got bupkiss but the experience, but I know how to do it. The trick is not spending a fortune in the chase for the mother-load. That ship done sailed more than a century ago.

The PLN, such as it is, is to be certain

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I should have my own calendar

It's going to be the tenth of January before I put the last words into 2018's Year of Instants. I'm ten days out of sync with the calendar as it stands.

I may request some twofer prompts so I can get close to resyncing with the calendar. The last attempt didn't end well because successive disasters, but I'm willing to give it another go. Otherwise, it would just get worse.

I'll be home by the Big Day, and theoretically able to quickly

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Game night tonight!

Obviously, I didn't finish novelising the last installment of Gerroff's adventures. I'll get there. It's just... really low priority.

The mystery of the multiple postage companies has been solved so much that I can timeline the events:

  1. Stevia Company sends me my stevia via Shipping Company 1
  2. AusPost won't take none of that shit
  3. Shipping Company 1 returns parcel to Stevia Company
  4. Stevia Company sends me my stevia via Shipping Company 2
  5. Who immediately just send it of via Australia Parcel Post
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GAH!

Several things have gone wrong with my day including the original text for this post going missing.

  1. Parcel delivery missing without a trace
  2. Twice
  3. Place that used to have Stevia is completely without it
  4. So super delayed on today's story I can't even
  5. I JUST got back from the run-around and got a message that my postal locker has a parcel -_-
  6. Decide to finish the Instant at least so that SOMETHING got done today
  7. Mayhem has plans to be a
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FUBAR Day!

Mayhem needs some paperwork signed at his traineeship. I, therefore, have to uproot my usual Friday routine, get a transit card, travel with Mayhem to the city, sign documents, travel back, go home, and then fulfil my usual daily tasks.

At least I'm taking my lappy with me so I can work on my novel in transit. One bright point is that I get my 1K words in relatively early so I can focus (ha!) on other things.

What it means to

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