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Crisis adverted [Feb. 10th, 2009|09:44 pm]
Morimitsu Mayumi
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[mood |coldcold]
[music |Valkyria Chronicles ST: ランドグリース大公家]

Seems like I can log in to LJ from home again now. Computers are weird.

Now I just need time to actually post here.

... Sooo... Still at annual updates?
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So, yearly entries is it now? [Jan. 28th, 2009|09:09 am]
Morimitsu Mayumi
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Been a while.

To be honest I have been having trouble which was not the business of anyone outside my inner circle.

Also, the new LJ functionality with the antibot check has banned me from using LJ from my home IP. And I am not doing this from work ever again. It is just too embarressing.

Long story short; Rie was sick. Getting her examined for a cough revealed that she had a tumor in her throat.
And I do not care what the doctors say, there is no such thing as a "beneign" tumor when it is in the throat of my little girl.

Also my mother has been sick with the early stages of leukemia.

And I have been hating myself for incidiously killing my own family by being some Hiroshima woman freak.

We are all better now.

Given that I am banned from LJ and busy with family and working/jobhunting, it is unlikely that I will be using LJ much in the future.
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Life Eye Theatre [Jun. 28th, 2008|02:44 pm]
Morimitsu Mayumi
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[mood |worriedworried]

Nurses and child care people finally stopped their strike.

This means that I can finally start going back to normal life again. I do not have to use my vacation days to tend the girls (and wreck every chance of actually getting any time off this year), the girls can meet their friends every day again (and they missed them by now), and Hitoshi can do his work properly again without having to cry on his wife's shoulder about stress and being unable to care properly for his patients (it is a damn miracle nobody died in his department)

And here is my modern 21st century view on work relations and strikes:
People, that stuff worked in the 19th century when management was The Enemy.
But we want equal pay!
Then get a education and get better work.
No way! Our work is important!
Clearly not, seeing how the market pays you. Perhaps go where the money is, eh?
But then the sick/children wouldn't be cared for!
Join a private hospital/child care then. Efficient management and double the wages.
You are a total enemy of the welfare state and a fascist!
I belive in personal responsibility, dear. If you are in shit to over your neck, then it is because you put yourself there.

btw, I had it better than most, since we pay the money for private child care (oh, on top of the taxes that we pay for everyone else to slack).
Also, I believe Hitoshi may be finally listening to me and considering employment in a private hospital. Mismanagement is just too rampant in the public sector.

And speaking of mismanagement, I have quit my job. I could no longer stand by the economic "policies" of my management. Stress from a bad period on top of their latest reorganizing project.
Fortunately I will not be without means thanks to the unemployment insurance I had bought, and thanks to Hitoshi's support.
Even if I cannot find new work right away, then I could do well with spending more time with the girls for a extended period - Without the stress of work and a poorly thought out strike this time, thank you.

Also, Rie and Sara are the awesomest awesome. But you knew that. ^^

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Mothers Day Miracles [May. 11th, 2008|08:03 pm]
Morimitsu Mayumi
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Weather continues to be prefect for playing outside with the girls. And having a extended weekend at home does not make it worse.

Rie made a great achievement today.

She took the big slide at our local playground, all by herself (mommy almost not holding her hand), and to a two-year girl the two meter long slide of one and a half meter height is beeeg.

She was very proud afterwards, and everyone got icecream to celebrate. Rie could even narrate her achiement to Hitoshi with only a little help.

Sort of makes me think of what a friend of mine said many years ago; That she considered babies a waste of time, but found older children about to form their personalities to be wonderful.
I think I know what she was thinking back then. But I am still not going to think that my girls were any less wonderful back when they were babies.

Had no time to celebrate anything mothers day related. But we got a babysitter tomorrow and Hitoshi has invited me out.
He has not surrendered any details of his plans, but judging from his tone (and the fact we have been to busy to even kiss for more than a week) then I am guessing I should use the light perfume and some of the cuter underwear. ^^
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Oven fry [May. 10th, 2008|11:52 am]
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[mood |cheerfulcheerful]

Weather has become  incredibly nice here. Sunny with a light breeze and temperatures in the middle twenties. It fact it is so good I have decided to keep the girls inside around noon to avoid them getting too sunburned. Fortunately they are tired from playing and ready for a nap about this time.

The strike has anded and I can have the girls tended at our day care again. I love having them around, but these few days at work were exhausting.
But since the social assistants got a good agreement with their employers, we can very well expect the related groups of nurses and pedagouges to be willing to strike to better their employment as well. So we are likely going to have to improvise child care again in the foreseeable future.

Right now there are not too many firms seeking people for the kinds of work I want, so I have put my job search on hold a bit. 
I also lost out in two interview series for jobs that I would really have liked to do. One of them I am pretty certain was because I am a woman, and it was a very male oriented work-place. The guy they employed was not even close to my level of experience.
So much for focussing on both my competence and my feminity. But there are just things that I am not going to hold back on. And some day there will be a firm who has figured out that woman women are a very good thing to have in management.

Also sort of considered starting up my own business. I know I have the personality for it, but I also realise how hard it would be to combine a newly started firm with having children, and I want a idea - something that will make it likely that my firm will not just founder and turn into a waste of time and money.
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Children of the Proletariat United! [Apr. 29th, 2008|06:11 am]
Morimitsu Mayumi
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[mood |draineddrained]

Getting a little warmer here. Which is good since I can start using the clothes I bought in Japan.

All the childcare people in Denmark have gone on strike to try and get better agreements with their employers during the negotiations this year. Daycare, kindergardens, everything.

I agree that they should test their strength and claim all the rewards (or defeats) that they can. But let me tell you, having Rie and Sara along to the office and minding them as well as my  work is tiring. At least I was not the only mother with kids in tow, so we corporated to make it at least a little tolerable.

I also noted a pattern. While many mothers had kids along, not a single father had his children along to work. Clearly the menfolk must have some sort of secret trick they use to have their children taken care of! Some sort of Kidcave where superhero caretakers can mind any number of children, and which is only known to men.
I mean, it could not possibly be the case that the menfolk are just foisting their offspring off on their girlfriends and wives, could it?

(Oh, and in Hitoshi's defense I will say that there is no damn way I am going to let him bring the girls along to his work. They are plenty sick already without putting them in the most disease ridden place in Copenhagen - The central hospital)
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Tentacle this! [Apr. 22nd, 2008|08:28 am]
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I bought the Cthulhutech book before we went to Japan to have something to read besides my new stash of Judge Dee books.
Overall I was left with a good impression, but it was a mixed joy.

At the same time I bought the Weapons of the Gods expansion and Unhallowed Metropolis, but I will not deal with those here.

The design of the book is great. A beautiful book made with quality paper, though I have noted that the cover of mine bends in a weird way, and it cannot be because of the humidity in Japan since none of the other books do.
The illustrations alone almost sell the book, though they made me wonder if there is a law against women covering their legs in this game universe.

The dice-rolling mechanic is interesting. Based on D10 and with a curious tally system that makes me ponder how to calculate odds. I am guessing my method will be to not care about odds and just go with the flow as I do in most other games, and then shrug when the dice lets me down.

The game itself is a curious mix of upbeat mecha anime as found in Macross and its ilk, and the downcast vision of the Cthulhu mythos.
It is clear that the designers love their material, their enthusiasm shines off the pages.

I can see great possibilities in this mix, but also some huge flaws.
I can simply not figure out what sort of stories I am supposed to tell with this book. From the content of the rules and the two example scenarios I guess that I am supposed to play military games where the alien invasions just happen to have Cthulhu mythos names applied to them. It is appearently a fast and fun action game, but then there suddenly is thrown in mass rapes and the horrible doom of mankind.

As a GM I do not know how to play, as a player I do not know what to play.

I am certain a good GM with the right ideas could make something out of Cthulhutech, and I would certainly like to have a go at it if done by a GM that I trust.

Apart from that I think the mecha system is obsolete. Did we not leave predesigned modules behind with Battletech? In a horror game, even a action/horror game, players should not know what to expect from Enemy Mecha of the Week. This system is horribly predictable.

On a funnier note, in the advantage/disadvantage section of char generation it is noted that chars with advantages Alluring and/or Sexy Voice usually balance out the points with the disadvantage Big Ego.
I wonder if the designers often got turned down by the pretty girls back in high school. *snicker*
People really should learn to reread the stuff they write - And read between the lines as well.

My final conclusion is that Cthulhutech is a mediocre game that could be great with the right people playing it. It certainly made me curious, but I am just going to leave it on the shelf for now, for I do not have the ability to figure out how to use it.
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I'll grab the scissors [Apr. 2nd, 2008|05:44 pm]
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Interestingly correct, though I do not know this character. Beauty and the Beast is one movie I never saw.
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All hail spring! [Mar. 16th, 2008|10:37 pm]
Morimitsu Mayumi
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Sunny and warm again today. In fact it has been so sunny and warm lately that I personally made the momentious decision to walk around the apartment and turn off all our heaters and open the ventilation covers. Now we got my favorite cool and fresh air in the entire house, and I will not regret it at all until Tuesday when three or four of come down with the cold.

Rie has recovered from her stomach/digestion trouble. Her little bottom is still red and sore, but she is recovering well. I am sure the little vixen is using her prior misery to coax more hugs and cuddles from her parents. 
Sly little minx, I have no idea where she has got that from. None at all. 

Sara is still content with rolling on the floor, but at least she is sitting up now. And fortunately whatever gave Rie the infection has not hit her. I hope it keeps that way. Stupid cheeky virusses.

The house today has been quite the giggle of little voices and happy parents frolicking in the warm air. By all the gods I love these days.

And Hitoshi has been informed that we are getting a babysitter for at least one day in Easter. We have been buried in tending sick child for more than a week, and his wife is going to seclude him somewhere his cries for mercy cannot be heard.
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Bedside camper [Mar. 12th, 2008|06:40 am]
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We have gotten a spell of cold and clear weather here. Even had a tiny layer of snow once. But the spring flowers are forging out of the ground unrelented.
Speaking of which, I have gone and bought easter lillies for every room in our apartment. The yellow makes a fresh change of atmosphere after winter.

Sara has fallen sick with a bad stomach infection. She cannot keep food in and spends a lot of time on the toilet.
It is hard for a little girl for that to be in pain like that, and we spend a lot of time to comfort and console her. She cannot sleep properly, soils her cothes and is generally miserable.
And knowing our luck Sara will catch it from her. Though we have been fortunate on this account so far.

I have started looking at job adverts and posting my profile at a few job sites. I have alotted myself a year to get a career-oriented job. Which is not all that much time since it takes time to test a new job. I guess one year means that I will have one job change, so I am being careful in what I apply for.

Also happened by a blood donor site today. Like in Japan there are mobile blood donor sites that set up in schools and workplaces and the like.
I thought I should start up being a donor again after the long pregnancy hiatus. And it went quite well blood-givingwise.

But do you know that moment just before the needle goes in? When the rush of adrenaline sharpens every sense? I had that, and suddenly realized that I was lying down on a bunk, with my shortskirted and nyloned legs towards the corridor where dozens of people were milling by.
Oh well, I hope the embarresment I felt made the blood rush faster to the bags, because that suddenly got very uncomfortable. I can laugh at the thought now, though.
Good to be back at being a donor.
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