Autumn, October, Hallows Eve, and a Playlist

With help from a friend who seeded this playlist, here’s my Spotify playlist that I’ve been listening to to satisfy my craving for all things autumn. It’s dark and broody, reminiscent of the darkening of the year, the deepening shadows, the amber light.

It’s a work in progress, so if you think of a song you’d like to add, let me know and I’ll toss it in there.

All Hallows Playlist

Misbegotten Wretch Disciples

A long time ago, in a galaxy far far away, I wrote a pretty well-know World of Warcraft blog. If anyone is still reading THIS blog, it’s likely that you knew me from Too Many Annas before you knew me here as Just One Anna.

Sometimes, as happens when you’re a woman with opinions on the internet, things go horribly sideways in ways that you cannot even truly begin to comprehend. Usually, when this has happened to me, it was a) fortunately in the days before doxxing and b) never escalated to my personal safety being threatened, but I did have a serial harasser for a long time.

Today I’m going to tell that story, because it’s Halloween time, and on Twitter for October we all have Spoopy Halloween Names, and I figure it’s been long enough that we can all have a good laugh at this particular one, and why I’d find it delightful to get to call myself That Witch Anna.

So Too Many Annas was a blog that was primarily about teaching people how to roleplay in MMOs. As such, I was the champion of the new RPer, of the just starting out, of the “maybe this could be fun”, of the dabblers and toe-dippers into the waters of creativity that RP can be. And another blogger, way back in Wrath of the Lich King, got an idea that she was going to run a contest where you were to grief “bad roleplayers” and take screenshots, and she was going to post them on the internet for people to make fun of and/or vote on the worst ones.

Needless to say, this did not strike me well, and I wrote a Strongly Worded Response whereby I called out asshole behavior for being a) griefing and b) against the TOS and c) generally a dick move.

She got a lot of angry traffic for it (I had a pretty big audience) and ended up deleting her blog, which is where things get … real weird. Because she picked up a champion in another blogger, who decided it was his personal mission to ruin my life in game. He’d crash my events, spam my blog with vulgar and inappropriate comments, write long screeds about how I was a terrible human being, and – at one point – even ran a contest on his blog to pay the wow subscription for anyone who could prove that they’d ruined one of my in-game events. Blizzard, since this was all happening out of game, did nothing.

But he did show up to a few Wildfire Rider events, and he got the mistaken impression that my friend Yva (whose guild tag was The Tricky Witch) was me (which is funny, because I made no secret of my character names).

And so he posted a giant screed one day, calling me “That Witch Anna and her Misbegotten Wretch Disciples”, which of all the things he could have called me, struck me as just straight up hilarious, despite what a royal wangrod this guy was being to me and my friends.

At the time I was stressed out and miserable, being harassed online by a huge cadre of people who were out to ruin my fun, but almost 10 years later it’s pretty funny to look back on. And so, for Halloween this year, I’m That Witch Anna – and if you’d like, you’re welcome to be one of my misbegotten wretch disciples.

Today in Absolutely Horrifying

I found a bazillion live mosquito larvae in the cats’ water dish this morning.

Now, granted, the mosquitoes in Houston are particularly bad right now. We’ve had 400% of our expected rainfall in the last month – some places having the rainiest month on record. It’s wet, and it’s constant, and there’s standing water EVERYWHERE.

Mosquitoes will breed in even half an inch of standing water. Nature walks locally are getting canceled because no amount of DEET and long sleeved shirts will save you right now. (And Houston is in West Nile and Chikungunya territory, and we’ve had cases of Zika here too, so it’s probably wise.)

But I live in a third floor apartment, and have never seen a mosquito on my porch. (I use mosquito dunks in my flower pots though, just to be safe.) But apparently one got in, bit me (or a cat) and laid a giant clutch of eggs in the cat’s water dish – probably immediately after I changed the water because it was looking scuzzy, because the water looked perfectly fine this morning except for the 200 or so mosquito larvae swimming around in it.

So they got washed down the drain with a bleach chaser, I’ve thoroughly bleached the water fountain in the living room just to be sure, and I’m trying to get over my utter bodily horror of what would have happened had I not noticed them there.

The calls are coming from inside the house

Can you even bug bomb an apartment for mosquitoes?

<shudders>

A Smattering of Things

Just a few thoughts on a Tuesday morning…

I need to use my crockpot more. Especially on the weekends, when I can make multiple meals and then have them ready for the week. And during the week, I’ll happily get up 5 minutes early to dump stuff in the crockpot and have dinner taken care of (except for maybe cooking potatoes or a side veggie). Definitely need recipes though, if you guys have any suggestions.

I love that berries are in season. I’ve been bringing blueberries and blackberries and raspberries and strawberries for my snacks at work, and it’s just wonderful. So yummy. I hear they’re good for you too. I’m just waiting now, eating as many as I can. Soon it will be peach season! (I intend to make peach jam this year, so a trip up to one of the peach farms may be in order).

I’m writing more letters again. Downtime at work is good for letter writing because it has the appearance of productivity. Things have been REALLY slow at work lately, for some reason, so I’m doing a lot of time wasting. And letter writing feels more productive than Pocket Planes…

My mom is visiting this weekend! I’m very excited. I think we will probably go to the beach one day, but mostly it will just be a resting visit. With all the craziness I’ve had with meds lately, I kinda need some help getting things back in order. It’s nice to think she can still visit and “take care of me” (something she says she’s looking forward to). It’s hard sometimes to be away from my family; they’re a huge source of strength and support for me.

My stapler doesn’t work. it mostly just mangles the staples instead of poking them through paper. And my staple remover flings staples in a dangerous, pointy projectile kind of way. Odd combination.

I need more tea. So I’m going to go get some. Hope y’all* have a good Tuesday!

*yes, I went there.

Hairstick Damage = 1d12?

So it took me about 8 months, but I’m wishing I’d not cut my hair quite so drastically last year. (Granted I didn’t actually get much of a CHOICE about the second haircut, but that’s another story…)

One of the fun parts of my new job, for a given value of fun, is getting up at 5am. This does not make enough time for me to shower in the mornings, so I’ve been showering at night, and previously had been then rewetting my hair and diffusing it (on cool) so I could wear it curly to work.

It took about a month for me to get officially sick of doing that 3+ times a week at 5am.

So I’ve decided to grow my hair out again, at least back to mid-back or so. I miss the versatility of being able to wear it up in different ways, and I’ve really enjoyed the 30 seconds it now takes for me to do my hair in the mornings. My hair is JUST BARELY long enough to do a standard cinnamon-style bun with a hair stick, and that’s how I’ve been wearing it (or in a sort of french twist thing with a clip). The ends still like to sproing out by the end of the day, but it’s not so bad that my hair falls down.

As such, I’ve splurged a bit on some shiny pretty things like clips and hair sticks, to help keep me interested and not bored while I wait. I got two Flexi-8’s that are coming in the mail, and I’ve been on the hunt for a few hair sticks to have some more colorful and pretty options for my one usable hairdo. I picked up some pretty orange and red ones, and a pair that have blue and green beads, and I figured I just needed a nice sorta-snazzy black one to fill out the collection.

On a whim, I went poking around etsy (which is ALWAYS dangerous) and I came across this:

So now I’ll have a snazzy black hair stick that is ALSO a nerd joke. I am WAY too excited about this. I’m actually looking forward to wearing it to work, just to see if anyone notices. (I doubt they will, but I will know… and that will be enough)