Posts from the ‘My Room’ Category

Etiquette for AC

I have it on good authority that some instruction is needed on how to properly handle “excessive heat.”
I kid you not, I’ve seen those exact words on a weather warning. And to those of you who just thought, keep hydrated and wear light clothes, um yeah, keep reading.
Now of course ideally you will have some sort of air circulating device installed, maybe more than one depending on the size of your house. If you are very fortunate, you may even have central air, in which case you need not read further. But right now I wish to speak to those of you who only have one or two fans that really only push around the hot air. If that is your situation, here are some good tips to keep in mine.

  • no running around.
  • These are not the days you want to be running around the house moving the furniture or finally tackling that cleaning project you’ve been wanting to get to. I don’t care how many bottles of water you consume, this is heat and you need to stop that immediately.

  • Do nothing.
  • Taking this one step further if you can, it would be very beneficial to both your health and sanity to find a nice activity where you can be still. Not only should you not be running around, but if it really is extreme heat, you really shouldn’t even be moving around too much. I would suggest something like reading a book or listening to music or even watching TV. This is my official declaration for you to veg out. Seriously.

  • No sleeping
  • Okay, I know this one probably makes no sense to you. I’m sure you’re thinking that sleeping would be a perfect activity when you should be doing nothing. Or perhaps you think I really mean no sleep at all … silly you. Here’s the thing though, you sweat more in your sleep. So if you live where high heat means extreme humidity like me, waking up from what you might have thought was a pleasant nap to escape the heat may turn out not to be so pleasant when you find yourself all sticky.

Now, I know what you’re thinking, none of that really had anything to do with AC. True, so here’s the part that does.
When you have an AC, it’s first a good idea to determine where in your house to put it. This will in large part depend on the size and type of your AC. If you wish to simulate central air and can afford multiple ACs in your home, go right ahead and do it.
The AC is a wonderful thing to have and if you don’t have one, I highly recommend you run out and get one–unless of course it’s 95 degrees out, then you should probably walk. There are however some things an AC cannot nor should it be expected to do.
For example, do not turn on your bedroom AC and expect your room to feel cool and refreshing if you leave the door open. One AC will not cool off the whole house, but if you leave doors open everywhere, it might try.
Secondly, Please do not stand directly in front of your AC and complain that everywhere else is too hot when you move away from it. Seriously? I’m not even sure that deserves a “duh.”
Thirdly, No heat is extreme enough to recreate winter. Granted I personally love winter, but but there is no reason to make your house or bedroom feel below zero just because you can’t stand anything over 79.
And lastly, if other people are sharing your air conditioned room, please respect them and their temperature needs. Heat is a terrible time to get upset about anything.

So now you know, and I hope you take these tips to heart, because unless your day was so bad that it is going to actually ruin your life, it is no excuse to come home and start a fight with your roommate because you are hot. You will get no sympathy from me.


The Yellow of My Summers

I remember well a yellow tape recorder.
A heavy machine with switches edged in silver and big black buttons that crunched when you pressed them. The cord folded up into the back and a carying handle slid out from the front. The tape door popped open like a game.
I spent a lot of good summers with that big yellow tape recorder. I listened endlessly to audio books; all the while munching on the cheezits my mother knew I liked so well.
There were sticky Carolina summers, gorgeous Victorian sceneries and delicious murder to be sure; all while complex characters acted out their lives in plot for my entertainment.
I made a lot of friends over those summers.
I also
ate a lot of cheezits.

Nothing to Show

It is quiet around here today.
It was basically a slow, quiet yet productive morning. Then the roomies came home and I went to hide out for a little while. Today this blog is two years old and it isn’t even getting balloons. Now that I think about it, I don’t think we even celebrated its first birthday. I haven’t even hit 200 posts. But today, this year I remembered.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TALES! You’ve been a good blog.

The Like Button Is Not a Toy

Because there are rules here … there are rules!

Ok, I know that either makes no sense, or you’re now convinced that I’m crazy. For those of you who think I’m crazy, you clearly haven’t been paying attention. For those of you who don’t understand. . . read on.
I mean of course the facebook like button. It’s already an ambiguous enough button that can mean anything from I like what you said there, to I understand. Thus it probably makes entirely no sense to you for a person to make up their own rules about said button. These rules however are not of the ridiculous crazy person sort. These aren’t even rules I have to enforce, because people just get it. People–excuse me a lot of people–understand that there are some things you just don’t do.

Creep Liking

Ok, let’s face it, we all know the purpose of facebook is to stalk your friends. We’ve all done it, and facebook makes it so easy that if you tell me you never have, I’m not going to believe you. But there’s just something about leaving evidence of your stalking that makes it a little bit weird.
Tell me, when you get a notification on facebook saying that one of your friends just liked a status of yours from two years ago, what goes through your head? I think first how do you have so much time on your hands, and second why am I that interesting to you? To make it that much weirder, this happened to me back before the timeline made it easy to jump from year to year and month to month on any given person’s wall. If you wanted to see something I posted two years ago, you litterally had to scrol through everything I and everyone else ever posted to my wall since that point. I mean hey, if you really find me that fascinating, great, but I’d really just rather not know those things.

Confused Liking

Um, yeah. Inappropriate liking is one I think I get the most frustrated with. This would be one where you really don’t understand what the person is talking about, but you like the status anyway. Now, it’s one thing if you simply misunderstood the status and thought you knew what the person was talking about. I’ve definitely had that happen countless times., but if you like my status and then proceed to ask me what on earth I was talking about in that status, then you have no business liking it in the first place. How, I ask you dear reader, does that not make sense?

Friend Liking

Maybe I just find this one weird because I myself don’t do it, but liking a post I’m tagged in?
Say Suzie posts a status saying something like, “so much fun meeting Lyrikh for lunch today,” then tags me so that the post shows up on my wall. Now, if you know Suzie personally and like the status that’s cool, but if the only thing you know about Suzie is that she must be a friend of mine; why … just why would you like the status? Because I’m tagged in it? Because you like the idea that I had lunch with a friend you’ve never heard of? And what will Suzie think? That whole not knowing you thing might throw her off.

Birthday Post Liking

This is actually a new one that happened to me yesterday. I used to have a thing about wall post comments, as in whatever happened to posting your reply on my wall instead of as a comment to my original post, but now that facebook and my computer hate me, I am pretty much forced to wall post comment to anyone who writes on my wall. But liking someone elses birthday post to me? Is this the social media equivalent of signing your name to the present for the mutual friend when you had no plans to buy one yourself?
You do realize, that if someone writes happy birthday on my wall and you like that post, that does not count as a happy birthday, right? You’re aware of this?

There now, that wasn’t so unreasonable, was it? I’m sure there are a few more that have been committed, but I think that’s enough for you to get the point. Of course, if you’re liking everything I ever post for giggles, then that’s just annoying on its own.
Oh like button, where did we go wrong with you?

The Aweful Inbetween

Aaaahhh More snow!
You know what it is? It’s because everyone keeps saying they are done with winter and snow. Don’t they know better?
Anyway, on to the real subject of this post, Writing.
I have just finished a story to which I had grown much attached. I guess I do that with most of my writing, but especially with stories that are part of a series. This particular story was not directly part of the series, but it involved some of the characters.
But now I have finished it and I am in that aweful inbetween place before I start another story. There is nothing so quite like being in the middle of writing a story, especially one that you have a clearish sense of where it is going.
Of course this is probably more evidence that I need to just write for a living. I should first work on being slightly less attached to my writing so that I’m not completely devistated at the thought of editors chopping up my work though. Eek!
Ok, more dramatic than I actually feel, but you get the point. And now, since I clearly live the life of luxury, I am going to have breakfast … and write. Hopefully there will be writing.

Happy Howling

Happy 2013!
We have been buried under three weeks of snow here, and we’re probably supposed to get more. I do love snow and all, but too much gets to be … ya know, too much.
In any case, I know it’s february and all, but I can still wish you a happy new year.
Happy frost moon as well. It’s one of my favorites.
Howl nice and loud.


Friends, followers, random googlers who think I am talking about something entirely different than I actually am; greetings!
So I did not win this year’s election, but I’m so glad it’s over. And that is the end of what I will say on that matter. Now of course I am faced with big desisions to make, such as;
Whether to take five inches off my hair today or wait a few more days,
Whether to have fries or pizza rolls for lunch,
How much milk to mix for my shake
And which story to post here on Monday.
Stay tooned.