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01 January 2020 @ 10:35 pm
the pen is mighter than the the vorpal blade

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28 August 2011 @ 01:03 pm
Egads!

HOW IS IT SUNDAY ALREADY. HOW.



As some of you may know, I going on vacation! For an *entire* week! In NEW YORK. (!!!) With any luck, I will survive this visit with only a minimal amount of bruises and injuries from the city. To hope that it won't beat me up at all is maybe asking a bit too much- we all know how me and cobblestone streets get along.

...and I realized yesterday, holy cow, there are so, so many people I haven't emailed about it. I am absolutely terrible at correspondence. My brain isn't helping matters, it's trying to tell me to be chill and mellow, I've got like 3 weeks before my trip to get all the is shit that needs doing done, and, no brain. You are wrong. So very, very wrong. And I somehow effed up a couple of months ago when I put my time off request, and the reality of having 3 days before I go has been reduced to, say, 3 hours of free time.


I worked my usual coffeeshop Sunday shift from 5am-9am, but there is a massive amount of nonsense to get done at job 1, so instead of my normal 10am-6pm stint, I'm 3-11pm tonight, 9-5 tomorrow, and WTF 4-7am coffeeshop and 8am-4pm job 1 Tuesday, with a flight out of LAX at 8pm. I am going to sleep my way through this entire New York trip, I just know it. :/

Attempts to be productive now aren't so much successful as laughable. Though the very act of posting of livejournal might have given that away.
 
 
 
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Things that are good:

1.) Had my review at work. It's my second review, and happens to coincide with the end of my second year at the company, so it's only going to get tougher from here on out. However, it was mostly favorable, and I got a 28-cent raise, so there's that.

2.) Put in my request for time off at both jobs, and booked the hotel room for a Vegas getaway June 15-17th. $75 bucks for two nights at Excalibur, y'all. That's totally awesome even *before* splitting the cost of the room with Steph. Planning on driving out Wednesday morning, checking into the hotel at 3, and laying out by the pool until we check out Friday morning. Dancing might even happen at some point. Steph will be driving in from Utah, so the only thing I can think of that would make it better would be to have a third peep to keep me company on the way there and back.

Things that are what they are:

3.) Not going to SDCC this year. There were 3 possible ways it could have happened- legit attendee, volunteer, and [other]. Didn't get the tickets, didn't get a volunteer slot, didn't find pertinent information in a timely manner. Yes, I am bummed, and yes, I was planning on going down anyway to chill with my brother and hit up the off-site events, but I got offered a lucrative babysitting gig that Saturday night, and I don't think any of my peeps got tickets anyways? Maybe Nyssa, but I'm not sure. Anyone else I know that's going is doing so in a professional capacity, and I wouldn't want to pester them.

4.) I miss New York. I want to visit New York. And with the money I'm not spending on SDCC, I might actually be able to afford tickets to New York. I couldn't do it if the tickets were $400-$600 like they are usually, but the first or second week of September tickets are only $292-$319, yay. Timing's not an issue for me (see point 7). Before I commit, first I want to see if Labor Day weekend is better (extra day off for some people) or worse (out-of-town vacations, maybe?) for my NY peeps. No point in going if I can't see my girls, right? Right.

5.) My body is absolutely drained. Thank goodness school is over soon, because I have no idea how long I can last before it goes into lockdown and I sleep for a week.

6.) New job is a job/a paycheck. Might get better once I learn the ropes and/or see if they like me for a management position, but for now it is slightly frustrating (trying to memorize everything) and mostly makes my joints hurt. It'll be worth it, though.

7.) I don't plan on taking classes in the fall. I need to take the time off and rest up so I can stop getting ridiculous things like pneumonia and MRSA and strep and whatever else I've been hit with. This will also allow me to save up, so I can take classes in the future without having to work like crazy at the same time and still live off ramen. If anything, the sculpture teacher has offered me an independent study. I'd have more work to complete, obvs, but I would be able to create my own syllabus, complete it on my own time, and not have to worry about making it all the way through class without passing out or dying.

Things that are annoying:

8.) So far, have had to work 2 out of 3 Fridays for job 1 since I put in the request in to have them off, all at the PV location. I just want time to relax and do homework and, in the case of this Friday, hang out with Steph while she's in town. I would be chill if it was covering a shift at my store, but the PV store makes my teeth grate.

9.) Sinuses. Seriously, what's their point?

10.) Because I have to have a ten, which is annoying in and of itself.
 
 
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14 December 2010 @ 07:27 pm
So I realized today that, holy cow, Christmas is next week and I haven't sent out any cards (or, for that matter, spammed anyone's card posts on lj). SO!


If you'd like a card from me, please to be commenting on this post. Comments are screened, your privacy is of utmost importance, etc. etc., also please answer me these questions 3:

Poll #1657002 Totally legit fact-finding questionnaire

What is your favorite color?

Red
0(0.0%)
Orange
0(0.0%)
Yellow
0(0.0%)
Green
0(0.0%)
Blue
1(25.0%)
Indigo
0(0.0%)
Violet
1(25.0%)
Screw your rainbows, I like black because it matches my mood
0(0.0%)
PINK!
0(0.0%)
Let me pull out my Pantone catalogue!
1(25.0%)
...Pantone? Wha? Lemme just tell you in the comments
1(25.0%)

What is your quest?

To seek the Holy Grail.
0(0.0%)
To rid the world of Chad Michael Murray.
0(0.0%)
To save the Princess!
0(0.0%)
To slay the Jabberwock.
3(75.0%)
To eat as many Christmas cookies as humanly possible.
1(25.0%)

What is the air-speed velocity of an unladen swallow?



Also, if by some miracle you also have a card post and have not sent out your cards either, please link! I do not want to inconvenience anyone, but I do like receiving mail.
 
 
 
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25 October 2010 @ 01:24 am
I really should be tucking myself into bed- it's half-past midnight, I've got work at 9, and it's going to take me a good 20 minutes to change out all my bandages. OTOH the urge to sit and finish my mask is overwhelming. I'm a week behind, and crashing the M/W class straight after work with a clay piece ready to plaster would definitely help get the whole process finished by Thursday. In the meantime I'm watching Travie McCoy's Billionaire w/ Bruno Mars because it makes me smile.

My mom was channel surfing while I worked on my mask last night, and she settled on House. Can
I say rewatching this episode simultaneously reassured and freaked me out? The way they talked about staph infections after the final diagnosis is comforting ("simple", for example), but, y'know, the girl *died* due to it. I now have the idea that I've missed a spot worrying its way into my brain (the thought, that is, not the infection. Although that's not outside the realm of possibility?). IDEK. It's late and I think the antibiotics make my brain wonky.


The 8 hour drive from Sacramento probably didn't help much, either. Better than a poke in the eye with a sharp stick? That, and spending the weekend with my mom instead of being stuck at home, unable to work & having to actively avoid my dad. We attended the California Science Education Conference (she's a member of the California Science Teachers Association), and except for when I missed workshops because I went into Zombie hibernation mode, I had fun. Adam Savage and Jamie Hyneman from Mythbusters talked/answered questions in the closing session, totally brilliant note to end on.


Here, have some Sara B.
 
 
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Coolish Beat:: Sara Bareilles, "Fairytale"
 
 
 
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17 August 2010 @ 11:28 am
I am possibly a glutton for punishment. Not entirely unrelatedly, I picked two fantastic stories to illustrate for this year's Big Bang. audeamus22was my 2nd author, she was an absolute doll, and my truly biggest problem this whole SPN Big Bang 2010 was that I had just too many ideas!

Broken Wings by audeamus22
Genre: RPS
Pairing: Jared/Chris (with a side of Mike/Tom and Sandy/Chad)
Rating: M
Word count: 34,333
Warnings/Spoilers: Wheelchair!Jared, M/M sex, Mentions of violence against disabled!Jared, mentions of suicidal Jared and past suicide attempts.
Summary: “To me, it will always remind myself of the fact that I control what happens to my body, that I can control my body. It also means that even though people will always see what they want to see, like a crow instead of a raven, I will always know what it is, so I will know that while people always see some guy in a wheelchair, I will remember that I am Jared. And also... see how the wing is kind of stretched out? It’s ‘cause even though my wings may be broken... I know I’m still free...”


Teasers for art:








The gentle buzzing of the tattoo gun was all that could be heard in the quiet shop early that morning.Collapse )








Thank you once again to the lovely mods! As I've said before, without their crazy energy and love there would not be this fantastic challenge to keep us entertained through the lonely summer months. Hard to believe I posted the art for biancathecookie over 2 1/2 months ago!



I had a ton of fun reacquainting myself with photoshop (It's been a long time), and to have the freedom to make mistakes and experiment in the digital medium. I can't always embrace a looser kind of working mindset when I use traditional media, as I have in Big Bangs past, and I can't describe how energizing and refreshing it was. Plus, audeamus22 seduced me with talk of tattoos, let's be honest here. :D



Feedback is much, much,much appreciated!!!
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07 June 2010 @ 11:42 pm
SO. biancathecookie wrote a fabulous story. And in her summary, there was J2 smack dab in the Chuck!verse. How could I possibly resist?

Please Hold (Our Technicians Will Be Right With You) by biancathecookie
Genre: AU RPS
Pairing: J2, Sophia Bush/Tom Welling
Rating: NC-17
Word count: ~22,150
Warnings/Spoilers: AU based on the TV show Chuck, so random spoilers for season 1.
Summary: Jared was twenty-five and living with his sister and her live-in boyfriend; his best friend from elementary school, Chad, lived down the street and he's working at a Buy More. Barring drugs or hookers, Jared's pretty sure this is what rock bottom looks like. Then, his ex-BFF sent him an encrypted file and now he has a computer in his brain, bad guys chasing him, friends returning from the dead, and oh yeah- a super sexy CIA handler he can't get out of his head.




Please Hold (Our Technicians Will Be Right With You)

THE TERRIBLE TROLL RAISES HIS SWORDCollapse )








Thank you to the lovely mods, without whose crazy energy and love there would not be this fantastic challenge to keep us entertained through the lonely summer months.



I had so much fun working on ideas to illustrate biancathecookie's story, and I hope y'all have just as much fun as I did reading it. Today's the first day of the posting schedule for the next 3 months or so, be sure to check it out!
 
 
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08 December 2009 @ 04:38 pm
My brother went to San Diego, and came back a Marine. Craziness!Collapse )

And a photo of my hair, from a couple hours after it was cut and I still had the pretense of controlling the madness.Collapse )

School is over next week, exciting things are on the way, but meanwhile I'm closing the P1 every night this week and have to be there in 22 minutes, so... laters! I hope all is well with ye darlings.