( Aug. 30th, 2011 12:01 am)
I'm moved in. My dorm is pretty unpacked and decorated. I've been really busy organizing and running my life. My head hurts. My cheek hurts even more today than normal, and I have like... six bruises on my shins. Plus the one in the back of my hand. Generally, though, things are going well.

First day of classes was today. My German professor is really enthusiastic and engaging, which is fabulous. That was the only class I was seriously worried about. Biological Anthropology was considerably less engaging and interesting, but I have several friends in there. The Shakespeare professor seems very funny and interesting. So good things all around on that front.

In return for my bunch of Doctor Who books [livejournal.com profile] maderr sent me a box. I was not expecting much at all (and had kind of sort of forgotten about our exchange) so you can imagine my surprise and immense glee to open a package with a wonderful new cookbook, a book of celtic poetry, two post cards, a very cute mug, and a card. Practically made my day! Thank's so much [livejournal.com profile] maderr, I really appreciate such thoughtful gifts. :)

On a similar note, I spent much of the evening cooking. Morgan and I went grocery shopping so that I could try out a bunch of the recipes I put in my new cookbook. The best success by far was the strawberry muffin recipe that [livejournal.com profile] theotherdibbler sent me! They're SO wonderfully delicious. I only made half a batch, but I'm going to make a load more. Thank goodness for frozen strawberries so that I don't have to worry about them going bad before I make some more. :D I also tried the zuccini cake recipe, but- well. I halved it, and then I realized that I bought yellow squash instead of zucchini. I made it anyway and er. It's edible. Not fabulous or anything. Morgan said it was like water in bread form. Kind of tasteless, but definitely solid. Next time I'll do better, haha.

The other things I made were much more successful (everything here was halved, and much of it saved for leftovers). I made a sort of breakfast-pizza quiche with bacon, cheese and tomatoe sauce. That turned out pretty well. The last recipe I tried was for little mushroom and leek pot pies. I didn't have leeks, so it was just mushrooms, but it was very very good. I think I'll make some more and experiment with the filling. I made two individual serving size cups and have one left for tomorrow. Mmm, good.

I also have a consultation with a psychologist for next Friday. So in summary: thank you to all of my good friends for your gifts and your support. I'm chugging along and doing pretty well all things considered.
( 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.

( Dec. 8th, 2010 07:35 pm)

/whine )

I baked for AQWA tonight at the really short notice request of the president and I don't want to go fuckshitdamn and the cookies turned out okay. I didn't have colored sugar, which was disappointing, and I'm running out of flour, but I think everyone will be pleased with them and if not fuck them.

Catherine was great, as usual. More when I have something nice to say, hopefully.
( Dec. 6th, 2010 01:56 pm)
And now a post that is not a story:

Things have been going surprisingly well. Classes are winding to a close, I've nearly finished my final paper, and I'm feeling rather confident about all of my exams. I've spent a fair amount of time writing (there's another part of a story about the sex candy prince and assassin up over here and a bit of time pursuing other hobbies. On Saturday I spent half an hour making chocolate pretzel m&m things- which could really use new name. 

Yum! They're pretty simple to make and people seem to like them. :) I'm taking some to Catherine Chandler tomorrow and then probably to Scrabble club. On a vaguely related note, it's started getting cold here. No snow as of yet, but it's definitely chilly and windy. Not the kind of weather you really want to spend three hours standing outside in.

So I decided to go play Quidditch... )

I don't have much more to say at the moment, but I hope you're all doing alright. If you're interested in cute boys, a cappella and/or acoustic music, you should check out KurtHugoSchneider. A super impressive chopsticks piano piece is the first video up there. It's awesome. They do a lot of covers and have very, very good voices.
Well, all, I survived. The holiday went well- I got to see everyone I said I'd see, spent time with family, played board games, won a game of scrabble, saw the latest HP movie in the theaters, and was generally pampered. It was totally worth the stress of the airports and things to go home for a bit. The bad news is, I had to come back. Twenty days, then finals are over and I'm home for winter break. I really cannot wait.

I managed to keep up with my writing (something to be posted tomorrow, I hope) and also got totally spoiled by my mother, who insisted on buying me anything I looked at for too long. Cue clothes and shoes I actually needed, plus books and crafts I actually did not. I got a book on crocheting adorable creatures, plus lots of yarn and crochet needles and my mother's book on how to crochet, because I've never done it before but I will learn, because how can you resist these guys? You can't. Hopefully sometime early next year I'll have the craft down enough that I can make zombies and knights and all sorts of other cute things.

I also restocked my food stores, and got some baking supplies. I'm going to make chocolate pretzel m&m things (and probably share a picture, because that description is a bit confusing). Right now though, I just kind of want to curl up and die and not face finals.

Tomorrow I'm seriously getting down to work. I need to: correct my Italian composition, draft my peer review letter, create my advertisement for psychology, begin to outline the psychology textbook chapters, read over the next chapter of Italian, work on my vocab, read the next philosophy assignment and write out the summary for extra credit. I probably need to review old philosophy readings and begin to revise my UW paper, but that's probably not going to happen tomorrow. I need to find another poetry even to go to as well, before the paper is due. :/ That should be interesting.

In other news, having had a very successful, wonderful break, I now have to work my butt off so that I can enjoy the next one. Isn't that just how life goes? To lift spirits, I stole the following from [livejournal.com profile] alice_montrose . It's a little list your wishes and see who can fill what thing. The directions are under the cut. In any case, I'm wondering what all of your wishes might be? Hope you're all doing well!

Holiday Wish Exchange Thingymabob )
( Oct. 2nd, 2010 09:28 pm)
Ugh. I feel like today has been the biggest waste of a day ever. I slept until 11- I'm normally an early riser (between 7 and 9 on the weekends) and today I learned that those extra three to five hours of being awake really make a difference on how I function.

The reason I slept until 11 is because of what I was doing the night before. There was a Barenaked Ladies concert at 8 (Which was super, super fun) then we went out for crepes (because I hadn't had dinner beforehand. >.< ) and then when we got back, I initiated Kayla into the wonderfulness that is Supernatural. The point of the story is that I got in bed around two, completely exhausted.

So I've basically had one and a half meals today (a can of soup, and a bowl of dry cereal) but that's okay, because I ate a lot yesterday. Cinnamon sugar crepes are my favorite, but I absolutely loved the basil/tomato/mozzarella combo I had as well. Food aside, I guess I was sort of productive. I applied to some more jobs (though I have my fingers crossed they won't matter. I have an interview Monday!) and did a little bit of Italian homework.

Mostly, though, I had one of those days that I swore I wouldn't have once I got to college. The kind where I mostly sat around, at my desk or in bed, read porn on the internet, and didn't eat until I absolutely had to, because finding something to eat was terribly inconvenient. I also read Cosmo Magazine, which I borrowed from Rachel and learned more about het sex than I ever thought I would. Possibly my favorite random fact of the evening came in response to the question "Are humans the only species that engage in prostitution?" Answer: Oddly, no. Female penguins have sex in exchange for pebbles to build nests.

And with that thought, I'll leave you. Night, all!
Erm. You know how sometimes you just need to feel sad, and there's something good that comes of that sadness. Almost as though it's cathartic? I watched a movie tonight- "A Single Man." It's based off of a novel.

Movie rec and book rec... )

And then there was lesbian drama )

My Italian class for tomorrow got canceled, so I just have Tai Chi in the morning. This is good, because I have errands I really need to run, and a paper to revise for Friday. I have definitely skipped dinner two nights in a row now. :/ I eat, I just end up eating a couple of pieces of candy and (like tonight) three cups of popcorn. Gotta work on that...
( Sep. 5th, 2010 06:55 pm)
I took a nap earlier this afternoon and feel considerably better. Not all the way normal, but that's okay because tomorrow is Labor Day and we don't have classes then. I think I'm going to go to the library and rent a movie to watch tomorrow.

Today there was a tie-dying booth on the quad, and I tie-dyed a white sweatshirt with purple and blue colors. It's currently in a zip-lock bag beside my desk, so I hope it turned out alright. I'll take it out, unrubberband it and rinse it later this evening to find out! I had a lot of fun this afternoon. There was also a poster sale and I got a Supernatural poster of the boys (minus Cas *sadface*). I also got a little print of Vincent van Gogh's Starry Night.I'm quite happy. Now the space above my bed (which is in a corner, and one wall of which is made partially of windows) has those posters, my "-TO VICTORY" dalek poster, and the dream catcher Shaina gave me before she moved. It's quite lovely.

Productivity-wise, I got a lot done today. I sent emails I needed to, read half my philosophy assignment for Friday, printed out my new schedule, tie-dyed, shopped for posters, and applied to six (6) jobs! I had eight I wanted to apply to, but the last two have requirements that weren't easily met. I don't know how to get an official transcript for the Writing Program, and an Office Assistant position asked for a writing sample. I've never applied to something that wanted a writing sample, and I'm not sure what kind of sample/what kind of writing they're looking for. (I know it's certainly not slash though, guys! XD )

I should probably eat actual food for dinner, if I can find some. I had cereal for breakfast, gummy bears and free nan (which was also out, with a bunch of foreign-y foods on the quad) for lunch and... um. Have sort of been snacking on gummy bears for dinner. So healthy, I know. :P

ALSO: You would think in half a 16 by 20 foot dorm room I would not be able to lose Felix's cord. Especially you would think I couldn't loose the back up as well. Yet somehow, I have. :/


( Aug. 18th, 2010 10:43 pm)
I'm writing this as I munch on frozen grapes. They are positively the best snack ever and don't even make me feel guilty! Mark that down as happy thing #1.

The two day trip to see my grandmother (mom's mom) was less excruciating than it could have been. It was still pretty bad, because about after an hour I've had enough of sitting and talking about relatives I don't know and how I've been since the last time we visited. My grandmother is getting old, has pancreatic cancer (which makes me sound like an unsympathetic little twit, but I do care, I promise!) and lives with one of her daughters, who is crazy and takes too much sleep medication. The visits are about as exciting as the six hour there, six hour back drive. But family is important, I get it, I went. I even played nice with my cousin's son, who is three. Look at me, pretending to be a kid person.

On the way back, we visited my other grandparents, in order to pick up the blanket Grandma Sarah was knitting for me. It is purple, lovely and soft, and I'm thrilled to have it and amazed that she was able to knit something so large. It kind of blows my mind.

I am halfway through catching Will up on Firefly and am reasonably confident we shall be able to finish the season before I leave this coming Tuesday.

On the subject of leaving, all of the crates I ordered for my dorm finally arrived in the mail. It's rather exciting. All I have left to do is pack clothes and toilettries, and then clean up my room so that it's fit for habitation while I'm gone. Easy-peasy. (I hope.)

I am 3600 words through the Terry-brings-Dan-home story (whose inspiration can mostly be blamed on credited to [livejournal.com profile] theskimblishone ) and I'm fairly confident that I'll finish it in the next few days, which puts at least two more stories out before I'm gone and is nice because I think my free time is about to close right up to near non-existent (unlike these days, where I lazing about, watching television, and shopping are the only things stopping me from writing all day). Even so, I'm extremely excited for the upcoming school year and think it will be fabulous.
Alright, so the layout of my basement is like this:

If you go down the stairs, you are faced with two options. One is to turn left, because there is a hallway width space that leads you into a little entrance to the garage, which also branches off to the laundry room and another room. However, the left hand wall of the stairway continues after the hallway gap, forming one wall of the rec room. If you turn right, you have entered the rec room, and another immediate right gets you into the rec room.

There is a gate stretching across the entrance to the rec room, from the corner of the left-hand wall, to the space between the door frame of the computer room and the door frame around the foot of the stairs. The gate comes up to my hip, and is meant to keep out my dogs (which come up to like, the middle of my calf at most, seriously).

So this afternoon, in an attempt to get up the stairs as quickly as possible (I was making ramen which was apparently boiling over, according to an apparently unreliable source) I threw my left foot over the gate, and swung my body over toward the stairway, managing to completely whack my knee and lower thigh against the door frame of the stairway, my momentum making the collision into a loud "WHAM" before I stumbled backwards and regained my balance.

Hurts intense amounts. I have a nice purple bruise which hurts when I walk and when I sit around.

I have never done anything more genius in my life.





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