I don't know what it is about this time of year, but every year around this time I get the craving for mead. Not the mead that Oliver Winery
or it's ilk make, but a true
mead that is it's own thing, neither wine nor ale, just like hard cider is not an ale or a wine but it's own thing. Goes down easy, knocks you on your arse. rialian
and those of you in the SCA probably know what I'm talking about.
Two weeks from today I'll be 50. Tristan thinks I should get drunk on my birthday! LOL Not exactly my style, though I would like to have a drink on that day. And it occurs to me that mead would be the perfect drink to celebrate that auspicious birthday. Would that I knew where to get some. May get some of that Oliver Winery mead wine if nothing else - beggars can't be choosers. Or maybe some hard cider. That sounds good, too.
I got some regular apple cider of the non-fermented apple cider from the produce section when I went to the store on Thursday. I think I might have some cinnamon sticks, so I may heat some of that up tonight as I wait to see if I get any trick-or-treaters.
I got home at 2:30 AM after playing D&D at Patrick & jarlina
's. Was great fun. And, got my little Drow rogue that I haven't played in months to level 3, and found that she is fun to play. It was suggested that I go superior crossbow, but I kind of like the Drow fighting style with a hand crossbow in one hand and a dagger in the off hand.
Hrm... I may write her
story for NaNo. I was thinking of doing Aila's (in her original home brew incarnation), but now this character is talking to me, and I don't really have to know the answers to such questions as, "Who is the current king of Cormyr?" (which I just found the answer to online.. along with a nifty timeline) I am frustrated that the Indianapolis Public Library does not have a copy of The Grand History of the Realms
, even though it carries other D&D books. I don't know. I guess I will see who speaks louder tomorrow. In the meantime I think I need to go over timelines and such and figure out when either of them were born, by Dale Reckoning. So I think I'll prep that today to at least give me a start of an outline, even if I don't have a plot outline.
Yesterday I had a meeting with my Voc. Rehab. counselor to start my case up again. We were to meet at the Southport library. I was there early. I waited, he did not show. At 1:15 I asked one of the librarians to please call the Shelby library and have them see if he was waiting there. Sure enough, they paged him and he came on the phone. I informed him I was waiting at the Southport library for him. It was his confusion, he admitted. He told me to stay there and he'd come over to me.
In the meantime, while I was waiting, another drama played out with another one of the librarians. There was an elderly woman who was confused as to why she owed money in overdue fees on a DVD she renewed. It had been due back on the 15th, but she hadn't renewed it until the 24th. She was certain that she'd renewed it on the 14th, but the librarian told her that it showed on the receipt she had that it was not renewed because someone had a hold on that title at that time. No matter how the poor librarian explained it, and she tried for over half an hour, this woman wasn't getting it. She'd almost get there, or so it seemed, and then she would be confused again. I felt empathy for both parties.
So, I asked her if I could help her. I'm pretty good at alternate explanations, I'm also short and nonthreatening, right at this customer's eye level. So I patiently explained it to her. It turns out she did self-check out and did not check the screen nor her receipt as she went through the motions of renewing to make sure that everything she tried to renew did renew. She assumed they would automatically renew and was not aware that if there was a hold it would decline the renewal, so the DVD, even though it was renewed on the 24th, still had 9 days late fee from being not returned by the 15th when it was due. So now that she understood, with my getting through to her in 5 minutes what the librarian, despite her best efforts, failed to convey, she went ahead and paid her $18 late fee. The librarian, rather than renewing what she wanted, went ahead and took the extra steps to check the materials back in, then checking out the titles she wanted new to take home for her (even the renewals) as if it was the first time so she could start with a clean slate and be better able to keep track of what she had out. I got sincere thanks from the librarian as the customer left.
Bruce, my VR counselor, finally showed up finally, and we went through the paperwork. He thanked me, too. I'm like, "Why are you thanking me?" He said that he really appreciated my willingness to close out my case, even temporarily. I decided, especially after my experience with the library patron a few minutes earlier, that I'd like to look into getting some training. What I want is to get my certifications for doing computer help desk work. Honestly, if I'd realized that I'd be out of work now, two, almost 3, years after starting with Voc. Rehab, and in that time I could have gotten an associate degree or at least some certification courses in, and if I had those, I could likely have a job now. So, that's what I'm looking at doing, which would be something I could potentially do from home. But, we'll see. He told me I'm his favorite client. He likes my attitude.
Anyhow, the sun is shining, I'm going to go outside for a bit, then get back to housework.