Also, holy shit! Iggy Pop just went all stare-and-hiss at the back door. Why? Raccoons. At least four of them, at last count. They're ballsy furballs, too; when Peter and I went to see what all the kitty aggression was about, they just sort of stared in at us humans before going under the back porch. Peter says they're the fattest, healthiest-looking raccoons he's ever seen, too, and I gotta admit I'm glad there's a pane of glass between them and Iggy or he might be out getting his ass kicked right now. Them's BIG mofoes, but the cat knows they're the enemy just the same. I fear for the safety of our future gardens with a menace like that afoot. Time to invest in craptons of chicken wire, I suppose.
(I've been up since 5:45 because I worked the opening shift at the Glenwood today, so I'm a little punchy, but this is still good news.)
Questionable Content (hereafter abbreviated as "the QC") is going to a 5 comics a week format! Woo!
And J. Jacques is going to try to make the comic his day job, which is badass. If I weren't freaking out about house money stuff, I would totally send him a donation. Or if I weren't freaking out about house money stuff and needed more t-shirts, I would totally buy one of his (except that I can't find the one about how "music + science = sexy"). But as it is I don't exactly feel like I have money to burn and I think Scary Go Round is next on my list of free comics I read online who need my money (they have shirts about monkeys!) Or maybe Bruno. Or Get Your War On, if I'm feeling political. (The "shalom" shirt is pretty great, even if it is unfortunately white.) I've already given Dorothy Gambrell of Cat and Girl and Keith Knight of The K Chronicles my money, albeit in exchange for a shirt and a book, but hey. I don't have much to give my favorite artists, but I do what I can. And if any of them read this, they're welcome to sleep on my couch any time they pass through Eugene, OR.
If you haven't already, now is the time to listen to "Labor Day" by the Dead Milkmen ("fuckin' Jerry Lewis!" --- it's been in my head on and off all day), and peruse Merry Labor Day from Cat and Girl (which hopefully makes your Labor Day plans look good). If I can keep awake long enough, I'll try to read me some Howard Zinn appropriate to the occasion as well, but I'm tiiiiired after having worked all of Labor Day Weekend. The irony is oh so not lost on me. Sigh. At least we got to close the restaurant early today (though that doesn't affect me nearly as much as the people who got there later in the day and actually had their shifts cut short as a result).
Since coming home from work, I have taken a little nap, lounged around the house in my pajamas, talked to my parents on the phone (plans for birthday presents and travels to the east coast are in the works), and had huevos rancheros for dinner. Yum. I'm tired, but life is pretty good.
Well, that would be because last week's schedule change is really and truly permanent, even though my boss didn't bother to tell me and it didn't make it into paper form until the schedule for next week (I actually called in last night to double-check my schedule for today, and they told me I had work at 7, not 11... sigh.) On the upside, I now have his home phone number, and it only took me two harassing calls (with a nice, calming bike ride in between) to get a very contrite apology and a promise that I'm going to be working more soon (seeing as I'm now down to 13 hours a week, which is kinda pathetic really). Here's hoping for the best.
In the meantime, I feel like I should be writing more, sending out more query letters (blah blah blah), and thinking more long term plannish. There's a nagging voice in my head that says I should be thinking about grad school, but it usually gets drowned out by a rousing chorus of "Oh yeah? And in what field, huh?" But enough about that --- for now, anyway; I'm sure I'll get back to it the next time I'm feeling grumpy about work (update, 8:56: click on the link for related comic hilarity!) Time to drink me some chai; I'm sure it's been steeping for long enough by now (only 1/2 an hour!)
I like many web comics. Among my favorites are the absolutely brilliant Cat and Girl, Wigu, and Scary Go Round (which is kind of like the early Sluggy Freelance where they got into trouble by summoning demons and the like, only much more British.) There's also Something Positive, but only if you're feeling particularly misanthropic or like cats with no bones (Choo-Choo Bear rules). But I digress. Today while checking Something Positive, I spotted a note at the bottom announcing that R*K*Milholland, who draws the comic, recently quit his soul-sucking job as a Medicare biller, which is very good news. Yay for quitting soul-sucking jobs! Oh, and there's a livejournal community about Something Positive (som_pos), so I'm going to be reading that for awhile. Hopefully it won't flood my Friends page with too much noise.... much as I like keeping up on my comics, I do that every day, and the point of this livejournal is to keep up with my friends, dangit!