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One goes, the other comes...

I know I never posted this, but in July my oldest and dearest cat, Eule, was hit and killed right out on the main road passing by our house. It happened about 5 or 10 minutes before I got home, because everything was still... fresh.

As you can imagine, that hit me pretty hard. She'd been a very special character and I loved her very much. Not, that I don't love the other ones, too, but occasionally you have one that you're just closer to.

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Short original fic...

I'd asked an artist over on DA to do a commission for me. It was just a scene that had suddenly popped into my mind.

She did the commission, and it came out *perfect*! (Go look at it here...) ^^

As sometimes happens with these things, it didn't leave me alone. Instead, the scene insisted on actually being written out.

Now, I've gotten *terribly* out of the habit of writing... So this might be a little... bumpy, where the writing's concerned.

No warnings.

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Simone in Dirndl ^^

In case you ever wondered what I look like in a traditional Dirndl , here you go:

Simone Dirndl

And no, I didn't buy it to wear to the Oktoberfest. I avoid that event like I'd avoid a plague of locusts mixed with vitriol.

It was time for me to finally own one. I haven't had one since I was a child and since we had an event in July where it just *fit* for us to show up in Dirndl (all three of us ladies who manned the booth at the convention), I finally bought one. It's a long one, as befitting my age and station. ;P

Please ignore the fact that I'm not wearing shoes - I just wanted to show off my newest possession. ^^
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I'm still alive...

... and I can't believe that my last post was back in February.


By the Gods! Where did the TIME go? >.>

It's like... it just got sucked into this huge, black hole. Never to be seen again.


I confess, I've been very, very busy. Finally getting an office for the company has proven to be an interesting experience. We're still learning to switch our thinking from the "I" to the "we". My business partner and I simply spent too many years working out of our homes, alone, to be able to slide into a smoothly working whole with ease. Especially, since we've added our first employee just in the middle of July. And then we had one of our big conventions. And then I went on vacation.

Somehow, there just hasn't been time to think, to reflect, to start setting up routines and work patterns. We've just been reacting and running full out. More or less.

We have one more *big* anime convention coming up in two weeks, and then fall is upon us. And with it, time to finally get down to working out all the kinks and nitty gritty details that running and working within a team environment entail.

One thing that's been cutting *terribly* into my free time is the commute. I confess that I'd underestimated just how much time is lost when commuting by train. On the other hand, gasoline prices have gone up to almost $ 8 for a gallon (or $ 2,10 for a liter) of lead free gas, so taking the train is *definitely* the only alternative. However, it means that I'm often not home until 8pm, or even later. And by then I'm too tired to still do much stuff on the computer.

So LJ has borne the brunt of my loss of free time. Though, just so you all don't feel *too* slighted, WoW hasn't fared much better... ^^;;

I *AM* on Facebook almost every day, since I use it for work - so if you want to hook up with me there, feel free to do so: Raven's Facebook page

There's also no way that I can catch up on all your posts, so if there's something that you think I should know or see, please drop me a line...

So. I'm still here. Still alive. Still working my butt off. ^___^

And missing you all....
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About to embark on a bit of a computer adventure...

I bought a new hard disk drive for my computer. It's an SSD and I want to have my operating system and the main programs on it, because it works faster and is more effective.


I don't want to reinstall everything because... Ye Gods! All the programs! All the settings! All the little stuff that makes my computer, *my* computer.

So I'm going to try something I've never done before.

I'm going to *migrate* my entire C: to the new SSD. O.O

I checked out several migration programs and have finally decided on one: Paragon Migrate OS to SSD
Before I start migration, I'm going to make an image of my system partition and burn a rescue disk. And then I'm going to do this...

Wish me luck!

If I don't show up again, then my computer blew up... ^^;;;

Oh, look! My Valentine's Day eggs hatched! ^___^

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The trains, the trains...

I never realized just how *interesting* it would be to commute by train. ^^

This morning, we had one hell of a snowstorm. Only made it to the train station by driving more or less at walking speeds. Snow everywhere, with large drifts right across the road.

So, of course, the entire train system breaks down. I get to the station, park my car, then fight my way to the platform through the wind and there I read: "trains delayed up to 80 minutes". O.o 80 minutes? Okaaay... However, since today I'm attired in proper winter wear (thick thermal trousers over my normal ones, my thick down coat, gloves, boots and woolen hat), I wander on through to my platform. I was just thinking that I'd see what I could see.

And what I saw was a sign saying that a train heading for Munich was supposed to show up soon. So I waited.

Then the train came in, almost at the time that my usual train arrives. I get on, after making sure that it stops at my change-over point. I say to the conductor, oh, it's great that you're so on time. And he says, sorry, we're not the 8:52 train, we're the *7:52* train! >.> It was an hour late... It seems that my regular train hadn't even left it's starting point yet.

I didn't mind. It got me to work on time. ^^

Returning home in the evening went better. There are still some delays, but only 5-10 minutes or so...

Hm... I think I need a snow/train icon now... ^^

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