( Jan. 14th, 2012 08:44 am)
As I said, I bought several books during my trip across the country. I'm putting together a list of those books, as well as other ones I'd like to read.

List! )

More to be added at a later date. :D
( Sep. 13th, 2011 01:18 pm)
Guess who's employed at the university library?! If you guessed someone other than me that was kind of silly. :D This is a giant relief, as this is the job I wanted the most. I've cancelled my tutoring interview (though I may still volunteer through the program). I have some paperwork to do and then I can start. I'll be doing administration support and maintanence for the printers and computers. Not glamorous, but it pays and it's close!

I got your package [livejournal.com profile] theotherdibbler! Thanks so much! Just when I thought my day couldn't get better, I got mail and books, and a lovely pretty card. :D

Cancelled the upcoming sessions with the first psych. Apparently that wasn't a free consultation, but an actual session by her records so I'm super glad that I cancelled, because I didn't get anything out of that first one.

So now: dishes, German homework, Socioculture Anth, and then paper writing!

My head is killing me. Trying a different type of nerve block today. In the mean time, can't sleep any more and would really have liked to. So I stole this meme from [livejournal.com profile] charisstoma.

NPR recently published the list of the top 100 science fiction and fantasy books as voted for by the public. So let's meme it, strike out
the ones you've read, italicise the ones you'd recommend to others and no, seeing the movies doesn't count!

1. The Lord Of The Rings Trilogy, by J.R.R. Tolkien.
2. The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, by Douglas Adams.
3. Ender's Game, by Orson Scott Card -- bought this yesterday
4. The Dune Chronicles, by Frank Herbert
5. A Song Of Ice And Fire Series, by George R. R. Martin
6. 1984, by George Orwell
7. Fahrenheit 451, by Ray Bradbury
8. The Foundation Trilogy, by Isaac Asimov
9. Brave New World, by Aldous Huxley
10. American Gods, by Neil Gaiman

...and the rest. )

Haha, so 10 out of 100 isn't bad. >.< I guess I need to catch up on my classic sci-fi/fantasy. I went to the used book store yesterday to use up all my trade credit before I go back to school and bought A Game of Thrones, The Princess Bride, Ender's Game, Pendragon: The Merchant of Death, and the first of the DeathNote series.
( Aug. 16th, 2011 06:24 pm)
I think I can say tentatively that the shots seem to have gone better this time. This is really quite a relief. Thank you to everyone who sent me good wishes-- they seem to have helped! Feeling tired, but otherwise functioning.

In other news, I have five Doctor Who novels (three with the Ninth Doctor and Rose, and two with the Tenth Doctor and Rose), and one Torchwood novel that I'm looking to get rid of. I don't suppose anyone would be interested in any of them? I also have the first three books of The Mortal Instruments series by Cassandra Clare. Will ship in exchange for cash, other books, good thoughts, return mail, or any combination of the above. I'm not going to get anything out of selling them on Amazon and the local trade in bookstore is notorious for bad deals. So: free books, anyone?

I also have a copy of Shakespeare's Macbeth in Spanish (which I do not speak at all). Takers?

Update: Sending the Doctor Who related ones to [livejournal.com profile] maderr , but the others are still up for grabs! :D
Health... )

Work has fluctuated between long periods of intense boredom and short periods of... slightly less boredom. The last job my mentor gave me was essentially to clean his office... but he told me there was no rush. Whenever I felt like it. *facepalm* I've made another connection though and spent some time this afternoon doing inventory in the Sample Environment Cage, making up labels for the sample sticks. It's not exciting work, but it's much more fulfilling than what I have been doing (i.e. nothing) and I feel much more comfortable asking questions of the woman with whom I'm working than I have around my official mentor. Hopefully this means I'll have something to do for the remainder of my position at the lab-- only four more weeks!-- but if not, the books I recently ordered came in and I have things from the library to renew. :)

I've also caught up recently with a friend from high school, which has been nice. Despite not speaking regularly throughout the past year, we've picked up again easily and I got her into Sherlock (and the associated fandom). Getting to spend time with her has been a bright point in the past few weeks. As far as fandom goes, I haven't had much time/energy for writing, but I feel that I'm close to a breakthrough with the auction fics I've promised. Probably I should've warned my bidders that I am both a perfectionist, not very quick, and rather busy. I hope I give them something worth the wait.

As for you all, lovely f-list, I am behind in reading and commenting (though more so the latter than the former). I'm sorry to hear about all your troubles. It sounds like it's been a rough couple of weeks! I hope everyone makes it through alright. <3
( Jun. 24th, 2011 10:39 pm)
Mohinder is still out of commission, but is on his way to the service center. I've been promised when he returns in 7-9 days that he will work perfectly. I dislike writing fic on the desktop computer-- for many reasons, privacy included, but also because the keyboard can't keep up with me-- but I wanted to drop by to share a Midsummer fic over on [livejournal.com profile] holidaysmut . It's just a small piece, featuring Genya of Forest Guardian 'verse fame. That can be found here.

Today marked the end of my third week of working at the Department of Energy's largest national lab-- which is much less exciting than one would think. My mentor thought he had work for me, but ended up not. For a while I stressed about that because I'm getting paid but not doing any work, but I've come to accept my fate. If they want to fire me, than they can. In the meantime I'm getting a lot of reading done. I read the entirety of Scott Westerfeld's  Leviathan today, and finished A Midsummer Night's Dream yesterday. I'm also really incredibly caught up on news, as that's the only thing I'm not afraid of checking out on the computer at work, aside from MIT's Courseware website, on which I read the lecture notes of a very interesting class called Gender, Sexuality and Society.

I miss LJ, and I miss having free time during which I'm not a) exhausted or b) caught out by terrible headaches. I also feel like the only people I socially interact with in real life are my parents, which gets tedious after a while. I've already made plans for next summer to be better, though, so I'm trying not to dwell.

I'll try to start catching up on my f-list tonight some, but in case I miss something I love you all and I hope everything is going well for everyone. If not, may your luck turn. <3

( May. 19th, 2011 08:45 am)
I finished one of my auction fics! The other person hasn't responded to a request for a prompt yet, but I finished the one I was writing for [livejournal.com profile] agarmentofwings . It's the sequel to one of the fics I wrote for the other auction, "Of Hunger" and can be read here. Fluff, hurt/comfort, pg rating and implied Sherlock/John, or at the very least they have no personal space issues.

I haven't been bored recently, thank goodness, though I have been reading more fic than is probably healthy. I've also been crocheting a bit. I renewed my library card and found a book on amigurumi (I'm making the cutest hedgehog ever!). I also got Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers because a professor recommended it to me-- I have no idea how we got onto the subject, but what she told me about it helped me to write a great poem. On top of that I got Mark Gatiss' book, The Vesuvius Club. I got kind of a weird look at the checkout desk.

In other news, I am officially officially employed! I just have some paperwork to hand in and I can start. Hooray!
Man, I've been all kinds of absent lately, but that's what happens when school starts demanding attention. Everything's going pretty well. Aside from the fact that I'm only just now realizing I may be inadvertently outing myself to my family via facebook. I'm friends with my Grandmother, Aunt, and Cousin- plus my Dad keeps talking about joining. So you know, I'm also in AQWA (Queer Women and Allies) and Allied in Pride, and I guess if it ever really was a secret it probably isn't any more.

Maybe no one's noticed. >.>

In other news, I had real life audible connection with the cute guy from my writing class. We were both in the cafeteria around nine, and when I got through the line I sat down near the door so he would see me. The cunning plan worked and he came to sit with me while we ate. It was lovely. It sort of makes me feel as though I've betrayed my lesbian sisters in AQWA. But whatever. Working the bisexuality.

Also, my birthday is on Saturday. I'm kind of thrilled, despite my lack of plans. Rachel asked to take me out to lunch Sunday (she has rehearsal for the One Acts, and is performing in the One Acts Friday and Saturday), but aside from that I'm a bit at a loss. Friday I'm going to see the show, and also watching Supernatural (!!!) assuming I can find a television. The basement one doesn't work, apparently. Saturday is also the National Book Festival, which I plan on attending mid-morning, early afternoon. Nothing else planned for the day of. I got two packages from my parents though! Mail, a new tea mug, chewy sweettarts, some git cards and coupons, a birthday button. Also got a card from my grandparents, which had a check in it, for way more than I could ever ask anyone for. Maybe I'll treat myself to something. OMG I COULD BY SHADOW OF THE TEMPLAR. Erm. Anyway... Ordered. The check hasn't even been deposited and I'm spending money (I know I have enough to cover it, but still). :D

I'm really pretty exhausted- and it's only ten. not a good sign- so I'm going to wrap this up. Wanted to let you all know you haven't been abandoned, even if I'm a little slow/absent on the commenting front. I've also been writing, but that's been kind of sporadic. Working on two separate stories at the moment that both originally spawned off of [livejournal.com profile] kinky_fantasy  prompts, but kind of got minds of their own. No telling when anything will be finished.

( Sep. 16th, 2010 11:12 pm)
Briefer post today, about a couple of random things.

First, the girl in my Italian class, who did an exercise out of the book (Write eight questions that will help you get to know another person. Team up with a partner and take turns answering each others' questions or the like). Only thing is, she raised her hand in class and said, "Wait, are we supposed to write these in Italian? I wrote them in English." *facepalm* It was doubly hilarious because the whole class, including the professor just laughed. Seriously?

Today I made an attempt to be dressy and fashionable and got mixed results. Ankle boots, black tights with large polka dots, and a swishy purple dress. I felt damn pretty, but throughout the whole morning I only got creepy stares from older men. Then after that, I got several comments, all from lesbians. It was just kind of a bizarre juxtaposition. It was nice though, because the following the movie and during my conversation with Catherine, I got several compliments on my awesome tights. And two comments of "Where are you going (all dressed up)?" from my roommate and suitemate. I'm not going anywhere, I just like to feel pretty sometimes.

So, realizing I haven't really talked about Catherine (I think...), let me elaborate. She was assigned to be my LGBT mentor, and is an out lesbian and professor of art history in the honors department. She's awesome and eccentric and pretty easy to talk to. We chatted for a little over an hour this morning, first about how classes were going, then the extra curricular stuff I've been getting into, then about where I could go shopping, then about movies and Christian Bale, then about how Interview with a Vampire is (apparently, in her words- and I guess in mine, since I couldn't get through it) one of Anne Rice's worst novels. She suggested I read the next one in the serious because it's great and eventually at the end of the series Jesus comes into the picture? It was a pretty great conversation, and I feel like we bonded and she says she adores me, which makes me feel glowy inside. Woo! OH! And we also talked about NaNo and the possibility of starting a club next year after I've better found my niche and made some connections. She has friends who've done it, apparently. So yeah. She's kind of my favorite person right now.

On that note, I think I'm going to go to bed. I got laundry done today (!!!) and did some writing, but I feel kind of in a weird mood right now. Thursdays are always weird for me, because I get to that point where I think about how little I could possibly do to get by on Friday before I hit the weekend and so I know there are things I could have done this evening to make classes go more smoothly tomorrow (though I've technically done all the work) and I feel like I didn't get anything super important done in the mean time (started my next [livejournal.com profile] kinky_fantasy  prompt, which I've rewritten several times now). So I just feel kind of... empty. I guess. Probably a sign I need to get some sleep.  Here goes, then. Night all!
( Jul. 25th, 2010 05:51 pm)
I missed some things, and of course there's more. Here's to a good trip:

The pigeon wandering about the car of the train opposite us. He seemed very happy to be doing so.

Buying John Barrowman's I Am What I Am, even though I never had a physical copy of Anything Goes and never finished listening to the audio copy Shew gave me. (I'm far too much of a visual person for that, apparently.) So far the book has been fabulous.

Tea at Claridges- very fancy, very proper, very delicious. I think I've been spoiled for scones now.

Seeing STOMP in a very small theater with my family. Loud, hilarious, fun.

Being encouraged to spend money. Being a little mocked a bit for not doing so. Finally giving in and buying a hat and a pocket watch I wanted. :)

So that's caught up. Currently my cousin is watching the movie 300 and I'm sitting in the same room not watching it and being a little baffled. There's nothing about this movie that even leans toward being appealing to me. At all. :p





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