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04 June 2018 @ 11:05 pm
Workplace woes  
I promised myself I'd post more often and wouldn't wait until I had things to complain about, but I have something big to complain about, lol. I'm going to talk about fandom after, if that helps.

Here in Michigan, you can return plastic bottles, aluminum cans, or glass bottles for 10 cents. We always get busier after holidays - like Memorial Day - because people party and drink and then want to return their shit. They insert the bottles into the machine, which sorts them by type, and drops them into these huge black bins. The company that provides the black bins keeps shorting us. We've been insanely busy this entire week - the bottle room has been going nonstop. Can you see where this is going?

That's right, we ran out of black bins.

This doesn't mean the bottle room shuts down, of course. No, instead, we have to pull the black bins out, shovel the bottles/cans into SHOPPING CARTS, and then slide the black bin back in so the customers can continue to return bottles. This is the result. What do you do with all those carts Popkin, you may ask. Let me tell you: tomorrow, when we get more black bins delivered, we have to lift those carts up and dump them into the giant bins. There are about 30 carts in that video. Tomorrow is also shaping up to be an absolutely shitty day. And my back already hurts.

In more cheerful fandom news, I have finished Liminal. It was wonderfully done, and I love how the author touches on all characters - Teyla, Elizabeth, and Ronon - though of course the focus is on John and Rodney. I've read that fic only once, long ago. I think I'm going to declare this year, "Reread all the stuff you've only read once" year. I'm still crazy in love with McShep, but I'm starting to crave new, long fic with all the tropes and stuff that I love LOL. Most of the fic that I haven't read yet have a reason for it, though there are a couple I'm not sure why I haven't read yet...

I've stopped making random forays into odd fandoms, but I haven't been reading much fic lately. I'm doing a beta read, and a couple weeks ago I started the latest Murderbot book which I'd really love to finish. Once I'm all caught up there, I think I might reread the Two Body Problem series. It's one of my absolute favorite fics posted in recent years, and though the series doesn't end with everything completely resolved, the author published an earlier version of the fic for McShep_Match, which DOES have a happy ending.

What is everyone reading?

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timespirt on June 5th, 2018 03:42 am (UTC)
The vid had an error when I tried it so I couldn't watch it but I see the carts in the pic. That sucks big time hon. Hope it won't be so bad tomorrow. "HUGS"

I was reading the first 2 books in The Dark Artifices series but the author hasn't put out the 3rd book yet so I started reading The Heroes of Olympus series and am on the second of a 5 book series. I'm also reading fic in between that.
popkin16: ☂ by your side i'll make itpopkin16 on June 5th, 2018 04:57 am (UTC)
Aw man. You basically just get to see a TON of carts filled with bottles, LOL. So you get an idea, at least. I hope tomorrow is better too *HUGS*

Ooo I haven't heard of either of those series! I'll have to google them :D How do you balance fic and books? I always end up reading fics LOL
timespirt on June 5th, 2018 05:38 am (UTC)
It's the difference between taking the Kindle with me or the real book. I see stuff on the computer when I'm surfing and I will read a story or 2 and then pick up my book before bed or for the DR visit. I can read more than one thing at a time so not unusual to have more than 1 thing going when I read.

popkin16: ♦ very similar to the marmotpopkin16 on June 8th, 2018 09:06 pm (UTC)
Ahhh, I see. I don't buy hard copies of books anymore - I've run out of room for more bookshelves, so I buy all ebooks. So it's very easy to just...not read a book, lol. That's a good idea though, separating them like that!

timespirt on June 9th, 2018 04:35 am (UTC)
They have them in ebooks, I just sometimes prefer a real book. I should have bought the ebooks though. If Amazon did what they claimed they were going to do I would have gotten both. They were talking about giving the ebooks for free if you bought the real book but that never came about.
popkin16: → trace you with my fingertipspopkin16 on July 1st, 2018 02:31 am (UTC)
I do miss real books, but being able to store more books PLUS being able to carry multiple books with me wherever I go, means that I tend to just go with ebooks.

It would have been AMAZING if they'd given the ebooks for free if you bought the real book. Too bad :(
timespirt on June 5th, 2018 05:51 am (UTC)
The series starts in this order:
Author: Cassandra Clare

This also has a show that is on TV called Shadowhunters based on the Mortal Instruments books

The Infernal Devices 3 books
The mortal instruments 6 books
Dark Artifices 2 books and one on the way
This series starts in this order:
Author: Rick Riordan

Percy Jackson and the Olympians 5 Book series

Heroes of Olympus (5 Book Series)
popkin16: ☂ a love like thatpopkin16 on June 8th, 2018 09:07 pm (UTC)
OH. I've heard of these two series! I'm not sure why I didn't connect them lol. I'll definitely have to check them out now :D I know my friend ADORES the Shadowhunters series and wants to watch it with me...
timespirt on June 9th, 2018 04:32 am (UTC)
I just found out they canceled it. They will bring it back in January for what was supposed to be the summer run of it's 3rd season and will make a 2 hour finally for the show. I'm so bummed! Not renewed for a 4th season. Netflix was supposed to be helping to pay for half the costs for it to run on the freeform (Disney)network but backed out of the deal. Disney won't pay the costs for the whole thing so it's canceled. It was doing well too.

You'll love the books.
popkin16: ☂ a love like thatpopkin16 on July 1st, 2018 02:30 am (UTC)
There is a HUUUUUGE movement to save Shadowhunters - I don't know if you've seen it. I've mostly noticed it on twitter. And I do think they could have some measure of success - they've tweeted over 2 million times on the subject, have raised money for the Trevor Project, bought billboards about their campaign. But Freeform, who makes Shadowhunters, has been making some SUUUUPER shady decisions regarding the show. Like pushing back the rest of season 3 until 2019, when the "SaveShadowhunters" movement has died down, and thus Netflix/Hulu/Whomever won't feel they have a reason to pick it up.

My friend is super into the movement, which is how I know all this stuff. The good news is, however, that I've started watching the show :D Magnus and Alec are AMAZING, and I will be honest I'm watching the show for them lol.
timespirt on July 1st, 2018 05:31 am (UTC)
I hope it gets saved. I really like the show. They call Magnus and Alec Malek. I like them too.
Amy Cooperamycooper on June 5th, 2018 03:48 pm (UTC)
Ugh, what a headache! And you can always complain to us. *g*

I haven't gotten much time to read for myself, which is sad. I just finished reading My Side of the Mountain to my 7yo, though. It was one of my favorites as a kid and I thoroughly enjoyed rediscovering it with my son.
popkin16: ☂ a love like thatpopkin16 on June 7th, 2018 04:42 am (UTC)
Thanks bb ♥

I haven't heard of My Side of the Mountain, though I really love that you're sharing a book you enjoyed with your son ♥
esteefee: sourpussesteefee on June 6th, 2018 05:18 pm (UTC)
cripes, that bottle thing sucks. so sorry, chica.

right now I'm reading salty Civil War (Avengers) fic. :D but not much, because I don't have time. working way too many hours, and I'm back doing pottery in my free time.
popkin16: ♦ no ships like partnershipspopkin16 on June 7th, 2018 04:43 am (UTC)
Thaaaanks. We've had several chain stores in the city close, so we're getting increased traffic, which means we tend to run out of bottle bins every Monday or so. But it's never been this bad :\

Ooo, salty Civil War fic, I like the sound of that. You can make pottery too?? You should save some talent for the rest of us ;)
esteefee: badtzesteefee on June 7th, 2018 05:02 am (UTC)
eh, I'm just learning pottery. like, I can't throw two items that match yet! but I'm having tons of fun. here's a gargoyle pot I made the other day:

popkin16: ☂ a love like thatpopkin16 on June 8th, 2018 09:08 pm (UTC)
Oh, that is REALLY cool. And it looks like a gargoyle! I'm afraid I'm not all that talented when it comes to art-type things, so I could never get my pottery to look like anything at all when I tried. Are you going to paint it or leave as is?