Sorry these are late again. Yesterday was more fun with intermittent power outages, so I didn't even bother trying to post them. But first, as promised, the Saga of the Ignoramus Utility Workers Continues.
I don't think I mentioned it, but the night before Thanksgiving, we started having issues with our lights flickering again. So we call the management company on Monday (they were closed all weekend and a call to the emergency number was met with a "call us back if goes out completely" response). MC says that we need to call the power company directly, as the electrician says the guy from Ameren didn't do a thorough job when they were supposed to have fixed it last time. So we call Ameren. They say their guy fixed the problem on the pole by the transformer, so it's something in the building. So we call the MC back. They call the electrician. Once we finally got past damn near the whole day of finger-pointing (electrician says it's the thing on the pole, Ameren says it's in the building, electrician insists no, it's the thingy by the transformer, Ameren *finally* relents and sends a truck out to fix it. At nearly 7:30 that evening, which had to cost a bundle of OT for them, which I'm assuming AT&T will also get the bill for since their guy caused the problem in the first damn place. But that's not my problem, thankfully. If the forecast weren't for the forecast calling for rain all day Tues, I'm sure they would have waited and we would have had another night of Dancing With Lights to endure.
So there I am watching Prison Break, and it's almost to the end (and of course, it was their "fall finale" and wont' be back until Jan 22). There's like ten minutes left and it's really getting good. So of course, at this point there is a "plink" and the lights all go out. And stay out. But the guys are back there working and I'm praying that they'll get it back really, really fast. (Yeah, yeah, I know, but it was the damn finale!) So I wait. And wait. I go grab the lantern and click it on. Still waiting. There is knock on the door. Neighbor next to us saw the lantern light and comes by to check if we have power. Nope, I say. He's not happy that they didn't warn us, as his wife didn't get the computer shut down before the outage. So while we're standing there talking, it comes back on. Yes!! I'm thinking I might actually have a shot at catching the very, very end of the show. I grab the remote and turn tv & cable box back on. Box comes back on and seems to take forever to reset, but finally does. And what does the clock say? 8:01. ::headdesks
:: So I have no idea what the hell happened and I won't find out until the end of next freakin' JANUARY. But at least they now have supposedly fixed the problem with our electricity. Again. Or so they say... ::eye-roll to beat all eye-rolls
So despite Ameren's best attempt to thwart us, here are the prompts for you:A Moveable Feast
--Card #27 begins by informing me that there is apparently a sport called ultramarathoning. (BTW, the spelling errors are not mine--that's how they appear on the card.) So ultramarathoning. Seems these guys run a **hundred or more** miles at a stretch. (Dude, this does not seem like it would be good for the body...) Anyway, the "sport's king is Dean Karnazes" according to the card. After a brief bio, it goes on to say that Dean is able to run over 200
miles without stopping, and sometimes on his training runs he uses his cell phone to order pizza and cheesecake to be delivered to him while he's running. Which he then consumes while he's still running. The lesson for novelists: "You can maintain focus and speed while wolfing down an oversized dessert item. Get on that cell phone, writer. Your cheesecake is long overdue."Side-note: And here's me thinking I was doing pretty good to walk my piddly little 3-4 miles a day...Gilding The Invisible
--This card starts out by telling us why architects tend to omit much decoration on tall building's facades. Seems most people don't notice anything higher than ten feet up. And apparently, this is also why the big warehouse stores like Sam's Club and Costco don't bother to finish their ceilings. The card then goes on to instruct us to "remember the law of the invisible ceilings" if you become concerned that you've left something "ruinously ugly" in your book. The reader will be so caught up in the story that they won't even notice them.
I'm going to try to post the last two tomorrow, but I have quite a bit to do and might not be able to get to them until late again. Plus, our last write-in is tomorrow. ::wails
:: Thankfully, there is going to be talk of forming a group and continuing to meet at the TGIO party on Saturday. ::crossing fingers, toes, & assorted other appendages
To those still working to finish by Thursday, you go-go-go!! You can do it!!