( Aug. 20th, 2011 03:42 pm)
This post is about GOOD things, of which there are quite a few in my life (even though I forget that, sometimes).

1. I am currently 10lbs lighter than I was when I first came home for the summer! That means I'm down a jean size and feeling a lot better about myself. I still have 12lbs to go before my BMI is in the 'healthy weight' range and my goal is 12 more after that, but it's a start and I'm so pleased with my progress!

2. I'm coming to terms with the things I can't control. My family has a history of depression, anxiety, a slew of other mental issues that can be inherited. I've started a conversation with my family and, through the help of a friend who is currently dealing with his own issues, have located resources in DC that I think will help me deal with these issues. I have an aunt who said she never realized how depressed she was until she went on anti-depressants-- I feel the same way about my anxiety. I'm a tightly wound person and I think speaking to a therapist will be beneficial. I'm glad that I have the support to start dealing with those issues.

3. I'm so freaking excited to go back to school. I'm heading to DC this Thursday and am most of the way packed. This year will be fantastic for several reasons, including my awesome schedule (Biological Anthropology, Sociocultural Anthropology, Shakespeare, and 20th Century Irish Literature!) and the fact that I will have a kitchen. I spent yesterday copying and pasting recipes out of library books into a hard cover notebook, and included the ones [livejournal.com profile] theotherdibbler sent me, as well as my own cookie recipes. I'm excited to try new things and expand my recipe repertoire. If anyone else has any recipes they'd like to share, just give me a shout!

4. The above mentioned friend and I have been making plans to help each other get out more and be involved in things. He's also providing kitchen supplies (dishes, pans and things) so that we can cook more and both keep our budgets down. We signed up for a yoga class together as well, which I think is going to be much more fun for having someone I know to take it with.

5. The past week I've had the opportunity to catch up with friends I've missed all summer, hang out with people I won't see during the school year, and have some great conversations (and great food!). I've even spent some time with my sister and am planning to go bowling with her. Our relationship isn't very good, generally speaking, but we've gotten so much better that I'm actually looking forward to it.

( Feb. 21st, 2011 12:46 pm)
I'm okay, everybody. Friday night and the hours into Saturday I couldn't sleep were terrible, but I'm doing pretty well. On Saturday, when I wanted nothing more than to hide in my room all day, my friends dragged me out to the quidditch match right after I woke up. Then they convinced me to actually play. We went out for lunch afterward and then came back to the dorm to watch Sherlock Holmes (with Jude Law and RDJ), so I didn't have time to mope or feel sorry for myself, which was exactly what I needed. I also went to go see 12 Angry Men that night, because Rachel had the part of the guard.

Sunday composed of a bit of moping, watching a lot of television, and crocheting. I've set up an Etsy shop, which you can find here.There isn't much in there at this point, but several people have suggested I start one, so I finally did. I'm uncomfortable putting up things that come straight out of the Creepy Cute Crochet book, so it'll mostly all be modified designs up there. However, if anybody wants something specific there's a button to request a custom item. I'm up for anything. :)

Funny thing is, I only just learned that I was doing the most basic crochet stitch (the single crochet) wrong this entire wrong, which explains why I couldn't tell any difference between it and a slip stitch in my work. Who knew! If I do the stitch correctly the plushies I make come out about 5 inches tall. I kind of prefer the smaller, 2.5 inch ones though, so maybe I'll keep doing it wrong sometimes.

I have a bunch of homework to catch up on and a bit of cleaning to do. Next week is sort of busy, and my parents are coming in to town. I was going to bake today, but I'm not sure now that I'll get around to it. We'll see!
( Oct. 12th, 2010 12:04 am)
Oh dearest LJ friends- you should be proud of me. Really, you should. I'm sure the endless accounts of my (slightly pathetic) journey to find acceptance at college are beginning to wear thin- but I come to you with hope! Today I saw/talked with some very awesome people! I say saw because I didn't actually talk with the first one I want to tell you about- Jane Goodall!

Jane, some slightly less famous people, and the obnoxious couple outside my window. )
( Aug. 8th, 2010 11:52 pm)
So guys, my word count total for stories posted in the past week (including things posted on my other journal, as well as the 2500 words of Terry and Dan's latest- and as of yet, unfinished- story) comes out at around 16,500. \o/

Though the week definitely had it's stress, I think all of this writing helped to alleviate some of that stress. Not to mention all the fun I've had, or the fact that if you divide it up, those numbers are well over what I'd need to write each day to complete NaNoWriMo in November, which is just kind of exciting to me.

Also, you know that free sample music that comes on your computer? Mine came with a techno song that is really good background music. Really good like I've been listening to it for the past hour. >.>
( Mar. 20th, 2010 10:28 pm)
The other day as we were watching television, a Twilight commercial came on. Seeing Robert Pattinson, but not realizing what the commercial was for, my mother commented with confusion and slight concern: "He seems very... pale."

It was remarkably hilarious.

The same day, I believe, I was waiting to pay for a manicure (a rare indulgence, but rather nice) at a spa, and a young man stepped up to the counter next to me. He was nicely dressed in business attire- dress shirt and tie, as well as freshly trimmed hair- and was about two and a half feet taller than me. A very striking and impressive figure.

He payed out of his wallet made of silver duck tape.

>.< Life is funny sometimes.
Life has improved as of later, or at the very least my outlook has done a three-sixty from where it was the last time I posted. This change may be accounted for by the fact that I've been taking special care to do more enjoyable things, and shirk obligations and stress. Done a bit of reading, writing, and video game playing, and also watched interesting television and mixed up cookies. Ignored as much homework as can be done while maintaining my grades and haven't thought about college. I'm tired of stressing about that all the time, while there's nothing I can do.

As for television, my family is watching Heroes, but by my father's decree, we can only watch one episode per night (we get in about 4 a week) so it's going depressingly slowly. My mom and I had a marathon last Friday while my dad was playing poker, so we're a dvd ahead of him, but that's a secret. It's really good and I understand what all the hype was about now. Another good show I've stumbled across is Leverage, which I've only seen two episodes of, but proves to be both interesting, action filled, and amusing.

Writing-wise I've decided that I'm going to start writing ideas as they come to me. Usually, I get an idea and have to figure out the lead up to that particular scene and start writing there so that eventually I get to the idea that sparked the story. This isn't a very good process, however, because more often than not the lead up bit takes on an entirely different tone, or I can't get the two to line up properly. I have about eight written pages of interaction between Theo and a photographer named Luke because I had an interesting  idea for Theo, Seth, and Luke later on. All of these pages will be abandoned because they are very serious and dramatic, and involve a complicated backstory for Luke- when all I wanted was to really get at the idea I had. You would think I'd have realized earlier I just need to go with things. *shrug*

Anyway, that was the story I was going to post for International Fetish Day, before it ran away from me. Ah well, it's the thought that counts, I suppose.




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