cerulean_sky: ([yv] the kingdom before us)
When last we saw our intrepid heroine... on June 18th wtf, self, you were supposed to be getting better at this...

• I changed jobs. The part time gig was good and all, but now I have a full time gig that I like and I like the people I work with and the people seem to like me too. It's better all around, not to mention the fact that I will likely be able to actually pay my bills a little easier and maybe even save some money. And, since I'm now working at a Japanese Spa, I get all kinds of awesome benefits, like discounts and gift cards and such. This job is pretty awesome, guys.

• I also got a new tattoo on Saturday. I got the "Not all those who wander are lost" part of Strider's riddle, translated into Quenya, on my back. I'm happy with it, although it does make putting on jackets, reaching for things up high at work, and sleeping occasionally interesting. I am also considering getting something while I'm in Ireland. We shall see.

• Only about a week til my UK trip! I decided to take a little trip to Glasgow between London and Dublin, and I might use one of the three days I'm there to take a day trip to Edinburgh as well. I'm also considering a day trip up to Belfast from Dublin, as well as trekking out from London for an evening to see my favorite band at a festival they're playing at. I have all these options!

• It's chilly and rainy out, which means I am eating warm things to keep a little on the warmer side. I'd have considered staying late at work for free hot tub soaking, but lightning. And I wanted to come home and read my book.

That's about it, in terms of news.
cerulean_sky: ([erik] burn this world)
Aw yis, keeping to a vague posting schedule. Go me.

• Job still and unsurprisingly continues. I will likely apply to another thing as my current gig is just part time, and then we'll see how that could work.

• Actual planning for August travel to London and Dublin has commenced! I am very excited. There might be a day in Amsterdam with my mom and stepdude if they have the time. Which would be very neat. And if not, I will still have been to London and Dublin, so it will have been awesome.

• I haven't posted to my new blog since the Maleficent reaction, but there's a post coming on Friday that I am very pleased with. So you all should keep an eye out for it. c:

• My feet hurt. Always and forever with this job, apparently.

• Guys, I still haven't gotten over X-Men: Days of Future Past and I think I need to see it again this weekend. So that I can take notes. And allow Erik Lehnsherr further into my head. Because he's there, and he's angry and loud and amazing, and I sort of need to see that airplane scene again.

And that's the State of Sky for the week. c:
cerulean_sky: ([x] listen to me very carefully)
I'm going to try posting more like once a week for a while, and see how that goes? It's been a week-ish since my last post, so here we go.

• I did the graduation thing, and actually had a pretty good time. I had no idea who was going to be speaking, but they got a local artist to do the commencement speech, and I thought it was pretty good. I was pleasantly surprised. There was a student speaker who was a student I'd literally never heard of or met, but that's not surprising. Since I never lived in the dorms, I was never really forced to mingle with students from other programs. I only knew the few who had been in various classes for Core requirements. Anyway, it was a nice ceremony, shorter than I thought it would be which was nice, and it felt like a good conclusion to my time at the university.

• My grandparents (father's side) came, as did my mom and stepdude. There was some shuffling around and seeing one group for lunch and then the other group for dinner, but it worked out well and went much smoother than I thought it would. For four days I ate really well, and much more diversely than I generally feed myself. (I don't eat badly, really, but I will happily eat fruit for breakfast and then salad for dinner four days in a row. So.)

• I got an entirely unexpected, and extremely generous Amazon gift card from a friend of my mother's, and I already went and spent about half of it. With my Prime membership I get free 2-day shipping, so the first installment just got here. I got:
→ Books 5-7 of [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire's October Daye series, although book 7 is the one book that will be getting here tomorrow. I have all the books on my Kindle, but I need them in hard copy. (More on that in a moment.) No, I don't already own books 1-4. I got the ones I like best first, and I'll get the rest soon.
→ Books 5-7 of Patricia Briggs' Mercy Thompson series. I do actually own books 1 and 2, but again I got the ones I like best first, and I will fill in the series later.
Fangirl by Rainbow Rowell, because I super loved it. And also because it has art by Noelle Stevenson ([tumblr.com profile] gingerhaze) for the cover. And because... I just... it spoke to me, okay?

• I also got my trip to England and Ireland in August as a graduation present from my mom and stepdude. Pardon me if I seem somewhat sedate when I say that, I just don't know how to accurately express the levels of excitement I'm feeling in text. But yeah. I am SO. EXCITED. I'll be going to WorldCon in London and then ShamroKon in Dublin, both of which will be attended by [livejournal.com profile] seanan_mcguire, hence the need for books she can actually sign. Patricia Briggs will also be there, so I will get some of those books signed too. (Note to Self: Figure out how many books I can actually take with me.) I've already started looking at some things I can do in London and Dublin while I'm there, and I think it's going to be a good time!

• This one isn't really a graduation present, but it coincided with graduating anyway: I saw Journey in concert last night! It was awesome! (It was actually Tower of Power -> The Steve Miller Band -> Journey, and even Steve Miller was pretty awesome. You know, Fly Like An Eagle and all.) I didn't actually scream myself hoarse, but my throat is a little sore and scratchy today. It was interesting to watch Journey play with their replacement lead singer, who they found on YouTube. Imagine being asked by a band you really like to come sing with them. And not just sing with them once, but come sing with them all the time! There's not a good writerly analogy for that, but I guess it would be kind of like if my favorite author decided they didn't want to keep writing their series and would I please take over. Anyway. It was interesting.

• I'm not currently wearing my Journey t-shirt that I got last night. It's white, and it seems like it might rain. Not that I'm planning on leaving the house. But, you know, better safe than inadvertently winning a wet t-shirt contest that I'm the only contestant of.

X-Men: Days of Future Past comes out at the end of this week, and I have tentative plans to see it next week, I think. I am really looking forward to more James McAvoy (terrible hair and all) and Michael Fassbender. Oh yes. And all those other people too. And Hugh Jackman. Can't forget about him.

Yeah, I think that's all for today. More next week, I guess.
cerulean_sky: ([lotr] king and queen)
Oh yeah, posting when only a little over a month has passed. Getting better at this. Go me.

• I'm back from Israel. It was pretty awesome. I took 300+ pictures, but I'm not that great of a photographer. Some are good, though. I'll probably post those on Facebook (at some point...) so if we're friends there, keep an eye out for them. I definitely enjoyed the food though, and I'm definitely going to have to try my hand at making some of it. Like falafel, which is actually really easy. There are opportunities for me to go back to Israel, but I don't know that that's a thing I necessarily feel the need to do. But we'll see where life takes me, I guess.

• I also moved! I am in my own little one bedroom/one bathroom apartment now. It's the perfect size for me and my cat, though there are things that I don't have still. My last place was big enough and had enough extra floor space thatI could just store things on the floor if there wasn't a place for them. This place is smaller, so that's not really an option. It does have way more closet space, though. So that's helping.

• Work! I have a job interview in an hour. I'm not entirely clear on what I'd be doing in the job, but the job ad requested someone creative, intuitive, well-organized, internet savvy, reliable, optimistic, and "interested in exploring a wide variety of projects in the worlds of Art, Cultural Awareness, and the Environment." So fingers crossed. I think I'm a pretty good interviewee, but I could still use some luck and good vibes.

I don't really know what to say here these days. So I guess that's it.
cerulean_sky: ([sin] danger kitty)
Whoa, I haven't posted since my birthday.

• I'm leaving for NYC tomorrow, which is a stopover on my way to Israel. I'm going to Israel!! I leave on Sunday, have an overnight flight, and then I get to be trotted around to see various touristy things, and eat good food. The food part is paramount, as the trip I'm going on is a Culinary trip. Among the first things we do is go to brunch at a dairy farm and try "boutique cheeses." Nomnomnom. I'm going to eat all the food and take all the pictures.

• I'm also moving at the end of the month. I get back from Israel on the 20th, then get back home from NYC on the 24th, and then my lease is up on the 28th. Which means I feel like I'm running around a lot like a chicken without a head. Yipes.

• I read 8 books in January! And none yet so far this month. I'm not sure that's likely to change, although I suppose there will be travel time in which to read (first airplanes and then buses and then more airplanes). Still, I think I will be able to meet my original goal of 50 books read for this year, and perhaps surpass it! Go go go me!

• I don't have a travel icon! I'll fix this eventually. In the meantime, have a hungry kitty.

That's really all the news there is of my life. Aaaand crap, I really need to finish packing.
cerulean_sky: ([mer] bamf morgana)
• I survived the doctor's appointment! The nurse took my blood pressure and heart rate and all that before the doctor actually came in, and noted that my heart rate was up. Yeah, duh, of course it's up. I'm in a doctor's office and quietly (internally) freaking out.

• Then, even though the nurse didn't think that I would have to be jabbed with any needles (this time), the doctor ended up recommending that I get a tetanus shot before going to Israel. Totally reasonable. Thing I Learned Today: shots actually hurt more than tattoos (for me) because of how much deeper the needle goes into you. I did not burst into tears like the last time I had to get a shot (about 10 years ago, that time at the dentist doesn't count because I was huffing happy gas), I was very calm about it, even to the point of calmly saying, "Ow." I did lay down though. Since I didn't know what my reaction was going to be, I didn't want to faint or something.

• Bonus: they did a pregnancy test before the shot and yay! Not pregnant!

• And the doctor filled out the doctor's note for my Israel trip, so now I have gotten the people all the paperwork they've asked me for and I am just waiting to hear about which group I will be put in, and for my flight assignments. (Which, apparently, will be sent out at the beginning of December for an early February trip. You'd think they would be a little bit more considerate about timing, since people going on the trips are responsible for getting to the city of departure on their own. I guess two months is an ok amount of time to find a flight, but more notice means a cheaper flight. So.)

• I will likely have to go back to the doctor sometime soon for a full workup—today was mostly about the doctor's note and establishing primary care. Which means blood work will be done and also a Lady Exam. All of which are good things, even if being anywhere near doctors sort of scares the shit out of me.

• I have a long weekend this weekend. I always have Fridays off, but my Thursday class was cancelled because the teacher will be out of town. Woo! Freedom!

• Long weekend means some time to do writing and planning for writing. I really need to start the rough drafts of the Myth, Archetype, & Fairy Tale collection I'm writing, and also I ought to get things together for NaNoWriMo this year. So that's what my weekend will be all about. Homework, homework writing, and writing.

• Oh, also, baseball. My weekend will be full of baseball. My team didn't make it to the World Series—but they got closer this year than they've gotten in my memory, and they've been steadily improving for the last few years, so I've got my fingers crossed for a World Series in their close future. (Fun fact: the last time they won a World Series—which was also the last time they even went to the World Series—was the years I was born.)

I guess that's it. I'm trying to update a little more regularly here. We'll see if that happens.
cerulean_sky: ([da] mary mary quite contrary)
Argh, more than a month has gone by since I last posted. I was going to be better than this! So, lessee, what's new this month?

• School still goes. So that's not exactly new. I was feeling like I was drowning in homework and work in general last week (and possibly the week before), but I seem to have gotten my head above the water again. I am so incredibly thankful that this is my last semester.

Myth, Archetype, & Fairy Tale is still by far the best and most awesome class. We all have to do a final project, and since the class is mostly filled with Writing Majors most of us are writing. I'm going to be writing a small collection of retold tales. Red Riding Hood the Werewolf Slayer, Maleficent's Curse, the Love Story of Hades & Persephone, Cassandra of Troy: Modern Day Prophetess are all the things that I've sort of got a handle on so far. I want to do something with Captain Hook but I'm not sure what yet. So we'll see. I'm pretty excited.

• J and I moved furniture around the house last week, putting the TV, Wii and cable box in the bedroom and making space for a small desk/work nook in the corner of the living room for me. Both of these changes have made life much easier and more enjoyable in this teensy apartment we call home. Plus, watching movies (like The Lone Ranger, LOL) in our bedroom on the big TV is much nicer.

• I have a doctor's appointment a week from tomorrow! This will be the first time I've seen a doctor (other than the dentist or my optometrist) in much too long. I'm definitely not looking forward to having bloodwork done—tattoos have not exactly made me fond of needles, but I think I might be past the post of spontaneously bursting into tears at even the sight of a syringe—but I am looking forward to having a reliable someone to prescribe birth control (rather than my school nurse) and possible someone to prescribe sleeping pills. This sleeping-poorly bullshit has got to stop.

• Plus, also, I need a doctor's note in order to go to Israel this February. Free trip to Israel because I'm Jewish, woo! I've gotten them everything they need except the doctor's note (because I don't currently have a doctor, whoops) and I really, really hope that the Culinary trip hasn't been filled by the time I get it to them because it seems like that might be one of the only trips I would really enjoy. So, fingers crossed and all that.

• This fall's TV is so far awesome. I'm watching Sleepy Hollow (and hiding from all the scary parts behind my hands), Downton Abbey (how much do I love Mary? a lot!), Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. (which I am really loving to bits and pieces), Once Upon A Time (which continues to be full of awesomeness and their Peter Pan is my new favorite), Castle (because I can't give up on it now), Masters of Sex (which I am watching entirely because of Michael Sheen and Lizzy Caplan) and Elementary (because, Sherlock Holmes. duh.)

• On a totally different note: I really dislike how DW's tagging works, in that I really like it when LJ will show you all the tags you have that start with L if you type that in. DW only shows you one option, and since I don't remember all my tags, it's less useful to me. I always have to cross check my tags with LJ when I post here.

ETA: Oh oh oh! One more thing!

• J and I are going to the east coast for the weekend after Thanksgiving! (Which is when my mother's family gets together to celebrate Thanksgiving, since there are six of them, and they all have significant others so they go their separate ways on the actual holiday.) This is exciting because it's going to give us Friday evening and some of Sunday in NYC together. He's going to bring his camera and I'm going to take him to some touristy places and feed him real bagels and real (fake) Chinese food and real pizza. And maybe a falafel sandwich from a cart. And he'll get to meet Aaron on Sunday, and maybe Mira and Em depending on what those two are up to around then. So that's exciting too!

It's a shame y'all over at LJ can't see my awesome Mary/Downton Abbey icon. :p
cerulean_sky: ([gen] catastrophe)
Today's various and sundries:

• I'm home from my trip. I mean, I have been for like... a week. But I thought I ought to point it out.

• I'm writing! Since my project this summer is to finish my novel (which I am getting school credit for, so extra win) I need to be writing about 500 words a day to bump my total word count up by about 40k words. So far I haven't been keeping a regular daily word count, but I've been binge-writing. I wrote 5 pages (handwritten, about 320 words per page) yesterday, and I'm about to get ready to sit down with it today. So that's fun.

• For those who actually care for the occasional insight into whatever I might be doing at the moment, you might check out my Tumblr, where I post about whatever TV show I happen to be watching, pictures of my cat, random thoughts, and random reblogged fandom-type things. Just, you know, in case you're curious. I definitely post there more than I post here.

• (Hm, I really need to start my writing blog up again over there. I should sit down and see if I can make a plan for that.)

• Now that school is over I'm reading again! This is marvelous. I'm starting with the newest Mercy Thompson book, Frost Burned, which so far is great. The POV is switching up a little in it, which is really interesting since the new POV is an interesting character. So yeah. The Mercy Thompson series and the October Daye series are my two favorite Urban Fantasy series, so I am really happy to start my summer reading off with something that is so dear to me.

• Plus, reading Urban Fantasy novels like this help me get back into the headspace for writing my own Urban Fantasy novel. (Did I mention that my novel is an Urban Fantasy type thing? I can't remember. But if I didn't, well, now you know.)

• J and I have plans to go to Phoenix in late June for Neil Gaiman's book tour. (It was either Phoenix or Denver, and J has family in Phoenix, so we're making a mini vacation out of it.) Apparently this is Gaiman's Last Book Tour Ever, so of course I have to see him and get the new book and have it signed. And it's a chance for my boyfriend to experience "my world" in a way.

That might actually be it for now. I ought to go write.
cerulean_sky: ([tang] yay ducklings!)
I'm in Denver! And I found a free wifi thingy! Yay! This is my celebratory icon.

• Except for one script I have to revise and another really short one I have to write all before midnight tonight, school is done for the semester. Whoo!

• Let summer vacation ensue! (Also the warms. I'm done with wintery weather now. Give me some warms.)

• I'm on my way to the east coast for a few days for a family thing. And I will briefly get to see some friends before I fly back. So that is really nice.

Yeah, that's all there is. Back to editing the aforementioned script.
cerulean_sky: ([c&d] this is embarrassing)
• I have been telling myself that I should post here every night for at least two weeks, I swear. And then I get distracted by something, or I put it off for the night telling myself I'll do it the next night... And we all know how that goes. But now I am updating my Kindle and the Boyfriend is working out for the next hour or so, so I might as well buckle down and actually let you all know I'm alive.

• I am. For the record. Alive, that is.

• Speaking of the Boyfriend, we've basically been living together for the last three weeks (he picked me up from the airport the day I got home from NYC and spent the night and then never went home) and it's really lovely. Things are still awesome, he's still awesome and amazing, and I am still happy. So yay! (Though, I forget to do things that I usually do in the solitude of night. Which is mostly journaling stuff. I haven't written in my paper journal for weeks either.)

• Also for the record: the trip home from NYC was fraught and full of annoyances and terribleness. That is all.

• I tripped and fell down some stairs the other (last Thursday) night, and rolled my ankle in the process. It's still a bit swollen and I still can't walk around all day on it, though I don't think I've done more than pull some muscles and bruise myself. Still, it's the worst injury I've done to my ankles in a really long time, and I am deeply, deeply annoyed with myself.

• Kindle is still awesome. I read Deborah Harkness's A Discovery of Witches, which was tons of fun, and I am currently reading an advance copy of the sequel, Shadow of Night, which is awesome. On the other hand, these books are sort of long and dense, so I am not adding a whole lot of numbers/entries to my "Books I've Read This Year" list. I've decided to be ok with this. Next up on the reading list is Holly Black's Black Heart and Jim Butcher's first Dresden Files book. I also think I ought to finish Anne Rice's The Wolf Gift, if only because I started it and I would like to be able to say that I've read an Anne Rice book that's not part of her filthy porno trilogy.

• School will be drawing to a close soon, and I register for next semester's classes tomorrow, and I am super excited because I will have an amazing schedule. Five classes, four of which only meet once a week; two classes on Monday, two classes on Tuesday, one class on Wednesday, one class on Thursday and no classes on Friday; nothing earlier than 9:15am; and three writing classes and two literature classes. It's going to be awesome. Also: three day weekends! Whoohoo!

That's really all I have to say right now. C:
cerulean_sky: ([10] smiles for you)
• My time in NYC is drawing to a close. I had a great time here, despite not seeing some people and only seeing others for short periods of time. This time, though, I am really looking forward to going home, as the Boyfriend is still in NM. I have actually had something to miss while I was here. It's an odd thing. But I will be happy to see him again.

• While here I have reread three of Tamora Pierce's Protector of the Small series (haven't finished Lady Knight again yet) and three new books (two Nora Roberts, and Patricia Brigg's newest Alpha & Omega book, Fair Game). I am feeling pretty good about the rate at which I am reading books this year. Since the beginning of 2012 I have read (including rereads) 21 books. That's a lot!

• I'm currently reading Anne Rice's newest, The Wolf Gift which is good so far. Werewolves rather than vampires, in case you couldn't tell from the title. (Also, I saw somewhere that she imagines Matt Bomer as the main character if they ever made a movie of it, and that got stuck in my head. Good times.) I haven't actually read any of Anne Rice's stuff (except the last of the Beauty Trilogy (the gay one) which is hilarious if you're considering it), not even her vampire things. I have Interview With A Vampire and Queen of the Damned, so maybe I'll give those a try after this. We shall see.

• Kindles are the best.

• Dishes, however, are not the best. And I forgot that I needed to do them before I leave, since I have no idea how the dishwasher here works. Whoops.

• No interviews were had while I was here. I am not deterred in my determination to have an internship for the summer. I don't know if I will be able to get out here again for interviews, though. I really shouldn't miss more of my M/W/F classes. (They are too early in the morning for me. I am too likely to say "Fuck it," while still mostly asleep, and then not go. WHOOPS.) Maybe I can talk the teacher into some extra credit work instead (since the stuff seems to mostly be things that I already know, so far). That would probably help moderate the damage done to my grade by missing classes.

And now it is bedtime, since I have to get up at 4am to get to my 7:30am flight. Gah.
cerulean_sky: ([c&d] this is embarrassing)
• Last night I dreamed that the Boyfriend and I went to an animal shelter, and I fell in love with two kitties, a brother and a sister pair who were the cuddliest things ever. Their names were Aioo (the girl kitty) and Juugo (the boy kitty). Yeah, I have no idea. They were really beautiful and cuddly and wonderful. And then I woke up and couldn't figure out where the kitties were. And then I realized that I had been dreaming. And it made me so sad.

• I leave tomorrow afternoon for NYC. (Gah, I still need to pack.) I'm sort of annoyed that I won't be haven't been able to get out all the emails and calls that I wanted to make to potential internship places and set up interviews for my time there, but there's still a possibility that I'll be able to get something in. We'll see.

• I'm trying to remind myself that this trip is also my Spring Break, though! I'm supposed to have fun! See friends! So that's what I'm going to do. It was [personal profile] inthebookfort's birthday a few days ago, so hopefully she and [personal profile] exrpan and I will have a girl's night out or something to celebrate.

• I will miss the Boyfriend while I am gone, though. Sadface. On the upside, though, he came up yesterday and is spending a few days with me before I go and then taking me to the airport tomorrow.

• I still have a paper to finish. It's about half done right now, but it's also due in 15 minutes. Even though the teacher is notorious for not giving extensions, I am hoping to beg another couple of hours from him in which to finish this damn thing. Possibly I will cry on him. Or possibly show him that I do actually have it started (since I flaked on both papers for his class last semester) and cry on him. But really, there's only so fast I can type. I need to remember this when I procrastinate on things. Note to self: I do have the brain power to construct a 6-page essay in the last hour before it's due, but I can't actually type that fast.

• This room is cold and smells like ass. Wtf.
cerulean_sky: ([yv] the kingdom before us)
• My time in NYC draws to a close. I leave tomorrow morning (not too terribly early, thank heavens) having spent a fantastic couple of weeks here in the city I still long to call home. It's still my intention to come back here as soon as I can. I miss the bustle and the anonymity, the subways and the streets, my friends, the shopping, the culture. I've always felt like NYC got into my bloodstream quickly when I moved here before high school, and I get myself through my time in Santa Fe by reminding myself that every day there is another day closer to being back here. I miss it I miss it I miss it.

• That being said, I enjoyed my time. While here I:
♥ saw [personal profile] inthebookfort, [personal profile] exrpan, [livejournal.com profile] oduinn, [livejournal.com profile] lskull86 and his girlfriend, a friend from SJC also on vacation and my ex boyfriend;
♥ went to a burlesque circus show for New Year's Eve Eve;
♥ saw Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol, Shame, Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy, and A Dangerous Method;
♥ went to the Metropolitan Museum on an evening when they're open late;
♥ walked more than I have in months in Santa Fe;
♥ did a couple hours of research on summer internships here in the city in my field and noted application deadlines and phone numbers for those I will need to call;
♥ started the research for claiming my Birthright trip to Israel.
• I'm hoping to be back for Spring Break, if only because I might need to be here so that I can do some interviews for internships. I think I have a good chance of getting some of the more minor internships, but of course I want the bigger ones. I want the one at Penguin Group. Or Scholastic. Fingers crossed!

• I really need to write my first story for my Independent Study tomorrow or the next day. Airplane writing!
cerulean_sky: ([tang] hey there)
• I am in NYC! The flight between Michigan and NYC was quick and painless (except for being at 7:05am which necessitated getting up at 4:30am), but I read on my Kindle the whole way (which made the 2+ hour trip seem much shorter). I'm not sure how I ever traveled without this thing before. Kiiiiiindle. Love.

[livejournal.com profile] lskull86 picked me up from the airport and took me to Brooklyn for a bagel. This sounds way less complicated than it actually turned out to be. He happens to live in the neighborhood we went to high school in, and we walked around and I looked at all the changes. (I also poked my head into St. Mark's Comics and was totally unsurprised to find people I knew still working there.) Anyway, so long as we were walking around Brooklyn and then bagel place we'd frequented in high school was in decline (apparently), we walked halfway to where I used to live to go to the place that I remembered had the best bagels ever. (They still do.) And then since we were already almost there, we walked past the house that I used to live in. It was neat to see the old neighborhood. Brooklyn Heights will always hold a dear place in my heart, even though I like Manhattan better these days.

• While hanging out with [livejournal.com profile] lskull86 I went to see Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol which was a lot of fun. I was a little disappointed with how much Josh Holloway was in it (I always want more of him, he's awesome) but I was absolutely happy with the movie. It was an excellent action flick. (Except for the scene in the super tall building. Heights freak me out.)

• There is no food in the apartment I'm staying in. Like... no food. I am hoping that my mother will be gifting me with some funds so that I don't starve. I used the last little bit of my money to get myself a late lunch--sandwich and a giant red velvet cupcake to go. A late birthday cake for myself, since I didn't get cake this year.

• There is a Magnolia Bakery a few blocks from this apartment, too. I don't think I ever knew that, but I am totally going to hit them up. Magnolia Bakery has the best cupcakes in the world, guys. No joke. Alas, that's not where my dessert cupcake came from (though what I ate of it was still excellent).

• Tomorrow night I am going to a New Year's Eve Eve party. The Moonlight Circus is a Dances of Vice party. I've wanted to go to one of their parties for a long time, but I always seem to miss them. So I am excited to be able to go to this one! And only $30 for a ticket. I'm wearing the sparkly blue dress that I wore for my bat mitzvah. Yeah. I know. Ten years later I actually still fit in it, since it's just a stretchy sheath. It was a modified prom dress that we got back then, so my mom just made the straps longer and now it fits again. Magic! I'm not actually going to this party with anyone I know, so hopefully I will meet some new people.

• I am also going to a party for New Year's Eve out on Long Island with [livejournal.com profile] lskull86 and some other friends. I'm excited. Parties in Santa Fe aren't nearly as much fun. I suspect this party will actually be more fun than the one tomorrow, in the sense that it will have lots of nerdy people, some of whom I might have met when I attended I-Con a couple years ago. So that will be interesting!
cerulean_sky: ([t/l] this was a mistake)
• Tomorrow is the last day of the semester. Because I decided to be lazy today, I have two papers to write tomorrow. I suspect that one of them will be less than stunning and the other will likely get me at least a B, though it won't be great work. I am ok with this, as my grades are pretty good regardless.

• I was snowed in on Wednesday, and I was snowed in today. My neighbor who usually plows our roads didn't think anyone was actually living in this house, so he didn't plow me out. I was surprised to hear this since I see him walking his dog all the time and always wave to him. But! Now he knows I'm here and that he should rescue me from the snows, so all is well.

• Ironically, I got snowed in and was unable to go have snow tires put on my car. Since I was plowed out a couple hours ago, I am going in tomorrow morning for the tires. Hopefully there will be less slipping when driving up my driveway in the snow. Of all the things that are on my "Do Not Do" list, slipping off the semi cliff that is my driveway is pretty high up there.

• I am knitting a sweater. I think this is the biggest project I've ever taken on. Also, I am entirely improvising this pattern, so hopefully when I'm done I'll actually have something that functions and looks like a sweater. So far it's going well, though. I'm almost through the second skein of yarn, though that really only means that I have about 8 inches of the body from the bottom hem up. Since I want it to be a long-ish sweater and that means I need at least a foot of body before I do any shaping, that means I'm not terribly far along. But it looks like a lot so I am happy.

• This entry is sort of pointless already.

• My birthday is exactly a week from today. I'll be 23. Not a landmark or anything, and I'm not really "excited" or anything, but I might actually get to spend it with friends, so that might be nice. It'll be whoever is still in town, I think. But that will be better than spending it alone. The last two birthdays have been remarkably uninteresting. 21 I spent with my father, watching Studio 60 and not drinking the scotch were were going to drink. 22 I worked the whole day and then went to dinner with my mom, and then... Actually, I can't remember if I did anything after dinner. If I did, apparently it wasn't memorable. I'm thinking dinner with friends would be a nice birthday, so we'll see who's in town.

• I'm also leaving in a little over a week. Vacation for almost three weeks. I am excited for Christmas and New Year's and seeing friends and being in NYC. Even though I generally don't like the cold, I actually think I prefer winter in New York to summer. Summer is too hot and muggy. Winter comes with beautiful holiday windows dressings, lights, and fun. I will have missed the Union Square Holiday Market which is one of my favorite things about NYC in the winter, but at least friends will be there.

I'm mailing out holiday cards in the morning. I'll add any addresses I get between now and then, but after that, no more cards!
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cerulean_sky: ([tang] the highest tower)
I keep opening the "post an entry" window and then not posting.

• Thanksgiving happened. Also, it was stressful and I got no sleep. Not exactly the vacation I was looking for, but it was nice all the same. Got to see family, hung out with [livejournal.com profile] lskull86 a little, and got some beautiful lace yarn which I will eventually find a pattern that I like enough to use. For those who were confused by my Twitter posts, I flew into NYC on Thursday, drove out to Massachusetts on Friday, had Thanksgiving on Saturday (because that's how my family does it), drove back to NYC on Sunday with Aaron, and then flew home at an obscenely early hour of the morning on Monday. Quick vacation.

• School is progressing. I have papers that I need to write for four classes, and a portfolio to turn in for the fifth. I'm pretty sure it's all doable.

• I convinced my Fiction teacher to do an Independent Study with me. One where I will write a short story (as defined by 5k-20k words, I guess) every two weeks. This seems manageable. I am going through all my works-in-progress and my various idea and picking out the ones that are viable and trying to formulate the ones that were tenuous at best. Hopefully I will have 8 concrete story ideas before the start of next semester.

• I really out to be reading a chapter in my religious ethics textbook, but it's only 10 pages long, so I am putting it off in favor of finally updating this thing with real content and drinking pomegranate limeade from Trader Joe's.

• NaNoWriMo happened pretty much as it ever does for me. I wrote about 6500 words on my novel and 3500 words of a short story, and then gave up on returning to the novel because I have no idea what needs to happen. However, this is the first NaNoWriMo novel that I think actually has potential beyond just churning out a wordcount. (The one that I got the farthest into is 13k words, about 10k of which is smut. Granted, it's mostly all plot related, but still.) I actually feel like this is a novel I want to continue thinking about and working on. Of course, I have plenty of novel ideas that have the same sort of potential, but I'm not sure that I've actually started writing any of the others. (No idea why, except that I didn't really write anything between graduating high school and recently. God, that's five years. I hate that.) This novel is interesting enough that I will likely have to do more research and more meta-research and then more figuring out how the plot is supposed to go. I'm actually looking forward to that!

• I need to finish reading this fic for [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang and make my damn mix and cover. I suspect that they wanted to get all the posting done before Christmas, but it actually would have been easier to do this afterwards.

• Oh oh oh. Remember how I mentioned that I wanted a Kindle and how I told my godfather that that was what I wanted for Christmas? I got an email from my mom on the day when the Kindle Fire started shipping asking me, "Is this the Kindle you wanted?" with the Kindle Fire ad in it. When I answered no, my mom responded, "Oh, well, you can tell me which one, or just go into my Amazon account and put it in my basket so I can get it." YAY KINDLE. I am not even bringing any books with me on my Christmas trip. Since I am flying on Christmas Eve, I will actually be getting the Kindle the first morning of my vacation. I am excited.

• I am also excited to be spending Christmas in Michigan, no matter how cold it supposedly gets out there. I will wear lots of warm clothes, or just not leave the house much. There will be snow, and wood fires, and a dog, and a Christmas tree, and everything. Oh, and also a menorah, lest I forget that I am actually Jewish.

• Speaking of vacation though, I will be in NYC from Dec. 28 through Jan. 12. I have no plans as of yet, so anyone who wants to try to make plans with me should feel free to do so. ([livejournal.com profile] exrpan, you still have to tell me if I'm going to overlap with whatever you have planned for your holiday. Fingers crossed!) I would like to do something for New Year's, though I doubt that I will go to the ball-dropping thingy (because no) or a big huge party or anything. No plans yet, but hopefully it will be something festive and inauspicious.

Ok, this entry is likely long enough now.

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cerulean_sky: ([mca] by the waterside)
• Once again Delicious has fucked up. Idk what's actually going on business-wise (I gather someone bought the site and wanted to put their own stamp on it) but I imported all my Delicious bookmarks to Google Bookmarks and then deleted my Delicious account. Both as a way of saying, "Fuck you, please die in a fire," to the people who fucked up the website, and also to remove the temptation to keep bookmarking there. I'll have to take some time to get to know Google bookmarks (which needs a shorter and catchier name) and to edit all my bookmarks to make them readable again, but then hopefully everything will be fine again. For a while.

• School is still going well. I wrote the worst paper on Machiavelli for my Ethics class... and got 25 out of 25 points on it. The only comments from the teacher were that it was well constructed and well thought out. Which... is sort of hilarious actually. I mean, if I had handed in that paper at SJC, my teachers would likely have given it back and been like, "You're joking, right?" Apparently the bullshitting skills I learned in high school will serve me well here. Anyway, I seem to be getting good grades. Here's hoping that continues.

• I have a meeting with my Academic Advisor and the guy in charge of Study Abroad in 25 minutes. I am looking forward to that, but a little worried that the deadline for applications for next semester (Spring semester, which is sometimes deceptive, as it actually includes a whole lot of winter) are due October 1st. Which is impossible for me to meet. On the other hand, spending a fall semester (which, again, is deceptive as it usually includes a fair chunk of summer) in Barcelona might be awesome. Then I could always take a few weeks before the term begins and do some exploring in Europe. Though, really, I could also just take weekend trips to Paris/Berlin/Nice/Madrid/other places in Europe when I'm there for school. But that's sort of exciting.

• I've also been notified by Hillel and some other Jewish Youth organization that I might be eligible for a Birth Right trip to Israel. While that's not exactly the safest place on the planet right now... not a whole lot of places on the planet right now are totally "safe" anyway. I'm definitely going to sign up to be selected, but I want to wait for a summer trip. I don't want to miss school. I gather that the trips are fairly short (10 days, someone told me) but you can extend your trip once the group breaks up. So I could do some exploring of that region too. (Egypt, Turkey, Greece, &c.) Fingers crossed for that, as it's possible I could age-out (apparently). Hopefully I am still young enough that I have a little time for this.

• My first real workshop is tomorrow. I am somewhat anxious. I submitted a story that I'd already written (at my first Alpha, I think) but that I've been wanting to revise pretty much since the moment I finished writing it but never really knew what to do with it. Actually, about two days before I handed it out to the class I realized what I wanted to do with it, but I am hoping that I will still get some good things from having people look at it. (I don't think this piece ever got workshopped at Alpha, so.) I am excited but also nervous. Eeeeee.

• Rosh Hashana starts tomorrow evening, and I have already informed my teachers that I will be out of class for Thursday day. Yes, I could technically make it to class if I really wanted to, but it's a holiday. And I suspect that I will be exhausted, as I am also taking my mother to the airport at 6:30am. I am very much looking forward to the singing, even though the director (I think) wants me to sit in the most visible place of the entire choir seating. I expect I will be bright pink and shaking for all of our songs.

• Still working on fic things. Not making much progress because it makes me cranky that they aren't doing what I want, but. Technically, still working.

• A friend of mine -- or, rather, someone I thought was a friend -- is being passive aggressive, and lying to me (I think) and talking about my behind my back (or so I've been told). Which is upsetting. I knew she was a compulsive liar and that she had trouble keeping anything confidential (and by trouble I mean that it never happened) but I overlooked that for the majority of our friendship because there are a lot of things I actually like about her. I think I'm going to give up. I've done my part. I've made the effort, and if she's not going to, I don't think it's fair to myself to keep trying. Which... is rather sad.

And now my meeting is in 10 minutes, so I think it's time to wrap up this post.
cerulean_sky: ([LL] caffeine)
• I am at the airport! (I think this is the second entry I've ever typed while at the Albuquerque airport? Probably this is the only airport I regularly fly in or out of that has free wifi.) I am on my way to Los Angeles to visit my grandparents for the last 4 days before school starts. They bought me a plane ticket ,as I am the only grandchild allowed to visit without parental supervision, who was I to say no? I am looking forward to the ocean and the beach and the sun and In-n-Out. Priorities. I have them straight. I brought my bikini and I am determined to wear it even if I am not quite the weight I would like to be when I wear it.

• As I mentioned above, school starts on Monday. I am a little nervous. Mostly because (ack, shit) I haven't got all my books yet. (Fuck, shit.) Normally thing would happen in the time between "orientation" and classes starting. I will be in California for this period of time. I will email my mom and see if I can use her card to order the big ones and get them there with free 2-day shipping from Amazon. (Thank god I signed up for Amazon Student.) I am sort of excited though. I mean, school. Writing. Getting my goddamned degree.

• So, I finished the X:Men: First Class fic that was due mid August. (It has not been posted yet, as it will be done anonymously, so I'll say more about that when I can.) But then I signed up to pitch hit for that exchange, so I'm writing another one. On top of my [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang fic (which I am so behind on) and the Star Trek fic I still need to finish. Anyway, it's sort of exciting that I actually finished a fic. [livejournal.com profile] chezvous beta'd it last minute, and she really liked it, so that was encouraging. Hopefully the second one will be good too.

• The footage from the strip club in X-Men: First Class hit the internet yesterday, featuring, yes, Erik in drag. It's fabulous. Plus, fans were given yet another reason to ship them: "You've never looked more beautiful, darling." (/happy sigh) I am super excited to be getting my hands on the DVD with all the special features and all that. Desperately need it. Unfortunately, I don't think it comes out before my rough draft for [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang is due, so if I want to watch the movie again while writing, I will have to watch the version I downloaded. Which is missing scenes and various lines in scenes. It's a little bit vexing.

ETA: If you haven't seen the deleted strip club scene, here it is minus all the fancy music. It's fucking fantastic. Watch it.

[livejournal.com profile] eraofhogwarts reopened recently, and school will be starting for our characters too. If you ever thought of possibly applying for a character, definitely do it now. We especially need a Sirius and a James--though I will warn you, you would be stepping into the shoes of other players who sort of fucked up those characters' relationships with everyone, so you would have a lot of work to do, but hopefully it wouldn't be too tedious. Pretty much everything you need to know about the RP can be found in the community's profile, so. Come join the fun!

• New contacts arrived! Sometimes I don't realize just how badly I need new contacts until I change them out and everything gets just a little bit clearer. Also, I am glad they arrived before I had to fly off to L.A. It would have sucked to have to do this trip without being able to see well.

• My car has been sort of intermittently turning on the "check engine" light. My dad has looked it over though, and he thinks it's a fuel injector issue, that there's grit in the tank that is getting into the injector system. So I have this stuff that I put in with the gas and it does usually seem to get better after that. It came on when I was only a few miles from the airport this morning, and it freaked me out. I have a bottle of the stuff to put in when I get back, though, so here's hoping it won't be a problem. My dad assures me that the car is not likely to immediately explode whenever the light comes on (thank god), so I am working on changing my assumptions. I really really need it to not be a big problem though, as I don't think I have the funds to solve a big problem at the moment. (/fingers crossed)

I don't think I have anything else to update about. Hopefully I will update more often once life starts happening again.

[This icon is ironic because I can't actually drink caffeine even when I am tired. That's what over-dosing will do to you.]
cerulean_sky: ([x] magneto)
• I am home from NYC. I had a lovely time! I would talk about it more, but most of the people I'd be talking about it for, I actually saw and talked to in person, and thus they don't really need to have a run down. As for the rest of you... Well, suffice to say I had a lovely time and I do miss my city (just less so in the summer).

• While I was in NYC, I saw Cowboys & Aliens which was sort of awesome. I think my favorite part is that the movie is a serious movie, despite it's comical premise. Everyone took it seriously in the writing, acting, directing, everything. And when I get home, I am actually going to read that article in EW about the movie (because it only came out two and a half weeks ago and I still haven't read it) and probably fangirl Daniel Craig and Harrison Ford quietly in my room for a bit.

• I am currently working on two X-Men: First Class fics. One is for an exchange and is due tomorrow (and is about half done) and the other is for [livejournal.com profile] xmenbigbang and thus not due for a while, but I am still sort of behind. It's sort of exciting. I haven't really wrote fic in a while. Once I turn in the one tomorrow, I will substitute the Star Trek fic that I really need to finish into the line up. Good times.

• My dad discovered chocolate ice cream made with coconut milk and with no dairy at Trader Joe's, and it's kind of amazeballs. No seriously. If there's a TJ near you, and they have this stuff, definitely try it even if you don't have to shun dairy because your digestion works just fine. This stuff may be dangerous for my weight-loss plan.

• School starts at the very end of August. I got all the classes I talked about in my last post. Luckily, my two writing classes are only one day a week, so it's not actually as full as it looks. On the other hand, I do start at 8am every day of the week, so that sort of sucks for me.

• I have decided that I want to start horse back riding again, so I've found a place to do it and I am going to give them a call today and start setting that up. I need to get some equipment (I grew out of my boots years ago, and I doubt I'll still fit into my pants) but other than that, I think I actually have everything I need for it already. I'm hoping the quote I got from another woman at the barn is accurate, because it's a super reasonable price for lessons, even if I can only go once a week. Anyway, I am super excited, and my mom said that she can probably chip in a little, so that will help with the costs.

• I have finally gotten my hands on: GRRM's A Dance With Dragons, [livejournal.com profile] blackholly's Red Glove, and Melissa Marr's Darkest Mercy, the last of which I've only been waiting for my library to get for, I don't know, at least 6 months. I am going home today with 14 books in two bags. All told, not the biggest library haul I've ever gone home with.

• Last night I had a dream where I met Tom Hardy. I think I said hi to him. I also met, and converse with, another celebrity, but I am totally blanking on who it was now. Which is a shame. It was someone hot, so it would be nice to remember who. (At least for the lulz, and at most so that I could do a bit of daydreaming.)

That's all I can think of for right now. I'm going to try to update this thing a bit more, though.
cerulean_sky: ([tang] hey there)
• I bought my tickets for NYC. I actually paid for it all myself, but my mom reimbursed me half. Still, it was sort of exciting to buy my own tickets and all that. :) I will get to see all sorts of awesome people while I'm there! [livejournal.com profile] girasola and [livejournal.com profile] exrpan because I miss my bffs; I timed the trip to allow me to be there for [livejournal.com profile] lskull86's birthday; and [livejournal.com profile] oduinn will have just moved. I am super excited. Plus all the other people who I'm not mentioning by name. :)

• Oh also: [livejournal.com profile] exrpan, we should do another photoshoot now that's it's warmer. Maybe in Bryant Park, or on the steps of the Met or somewhere a little more urban. If you have time, that is.

• Got my financial aid award letter from school. Um. They're giving me $7,000 per semester in a "Department Award Creative Writing Scholarship". Ok, a) $7k is half the full tuition, and b) I haven't submitted a writing portfolio yet; what are they basing this scholarship on, my admissions essay? I'm also getting 25% off the $13,900+ tuition, and I'm eligible for another $7,500 in a loan. Which means, all told, we might be paying a couple hundred dollars per semester for me to go to this school. Also, since I was urged to do so by my advisors, if I submit a writing portfolio now and win another award, are they going to just pay me to attend? This is all both awesome and baffling. I have to call them tomorrow and make sure I actually know what's going on and this isn't some sort of cruel joke.

• But yeah, speaking of writing portfolio, I'm working on one. I need 6-10 pieces to put in it, and I have exactly one that is finished and could go in without me having to edit it. And only two that just need basic editing. Another needs an edit and a major addition, and two more need me to actually write them. And I'm supposed to turn something in on Friday. Laugh with me. Come on. You know you want to. (/headdesk)

• Speaking of school, I registered for my classes last week:
♠ I am waiting for Living Writers: Foundations (the first Creative Writing core class) and Techniques of Creative Writing: Fiction (another Creative Writing core class) to open up new sections for me to enter into.
♠ I am already registered for Beginning Bible Studies (which fulfills my Social Science Distributive liberal arts core requirement) and Ethical Traditions (which fulfills my Ethical Responsibility liberal arts core requirement, and I still maintain that Seminar totally fulfills both of these requirements).
♠ And Literature and the Post-Human (which has Frankenstein (haven't read) and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep (read in high school) as required reading among other things).
There are five classes instead of four in the hopes of graduating in four semesters instead of five, and all of them are upper level courses. I'll have to take a Cultural Diversity liberal arts core requirement class next semester, but other than that, I can pretty much take all Writing and Literature classes all the time and they will all be upper level classes. It's kind of super exciting.

• Had dinner with my dad tonight. When I got there, this conversation occured:
Dad: How are you?
Me: Good. Tired, but good. The kids were really difficult today.
[significant pause]
Dad: Payback's a bitch, isn't it.
Both of us: (/dies laughing)

• Apparently Borders is closing all of its stores. Which means the last big bookstore here is closing. That leaves us with one mostly successful, marginally interesting local store, and a few used book stores, and a B&N an hour away. I am bummed about this. On the other hand, I am also happy for liquidating sales. That means more travel books will be added to my growing collection, and possibly some Moleskines and possibly some other things. Still, it's a bummer.

• There are some fandom things I need to be working on. But I keep getting school things put in my lap and then I don't let myself work on fandom things because I should be working on the school things, and I'm not working on the school things because I am procrastinating. Ugh. I need to work around this. I have to figure something out.

• It's stupidly hot out here. Sleeping has become difficult even with the medication I take. It's worrisome.

Speaking of sleep, I'm off to do that.


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the dark cavalier

a rose named sky

I'm a: 20-something, fantasy writer, deep thought thinker, sometime knitter, bookstore browser, amateur cook, journaler, cat owner, cheap wine connoisseur, ancient and medieval history lover, occasional philosopher, avid reader, museum wanderer.

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