( Oct. 21st, 2011 08:51 am)
I made a list (and it's Friday) so I'm feeling slightly less overwhelmed by the sheer enormity of things I have to do for school. Still have papers and exams to worry about, but I'm doing my best to take a legitimate break right now (not just one where I worry about how much I have to do, procrastinate and stress until my 'break' is over).

I checked my mail yesterday and it was full of wonderful things! :D The first was a birthday gift from Rae-la, consisting of a wonderful letter and a handmade necklace. The charm on the necklace is made from a scrabble tile base and the other side says "Keep Calm And Make Things". This is the most thoughtful gift I've ever received and I can't wait until I can thank her in person!

SECONDLY, I received my ticket to the Quidditch World Cup 2011 Championships in NYC. Unfortunately, due to how monstrously busy I am, I've decided I can't afford to make a day trip out to NYC this fall. Which means I am looking for anyone, who knows anyone, who knows anyone who might like a free ticket to the championships.

The date is for November 12th and I will mail it to anyone who wants it-- if you can spread the word or ask around, I would be very grateful. Someone should get to go, even if I can't!

Finally, a health update: my head hurts (surprise!). I was supposed to go to the neurologist yesterday, but the information the insurance people gave me was false and my referral from the ER did not count as a referral (for some reason, augh, idk). This led to me trying to get my primary care physician to fax one over, and her people demanding to know if the doctor was in network with my insurance (idk!). So, in summary, I had to reschedule, have to sort all of that out, and might not get to see anyone until December 1st. D:

In the mean time my new therapist gave me stuff to read! And had Ender's Game and Middlesex on his bookshelf. So hopefully we will get along pretty well.
( Oct. 18th, 2011 09:16 pm)
Will make a proper post when I have a handle of days in which I don't have a major paper, midterm exam, large assignment, or bake sale to manage/bake for. *checks calendar* So erm. After the 24th. >.< (Or unless I need a major break before then and find time for it.)

Life is hectic, hectic, busy and I will be gradually catching up comments when I can. First day of the bake sale got us nearly $150 dollars (which is $100 more than I was expecting) and led to frantic, last minute baking so we could have stuff to sell tomorrow. Shakespeare midterm tomorrow, speaking assignment for German, new therapist and work.

Also I still haven't been sleeping well. :/ Actually resorted to a coffee-like (espresso) drink today and it was both gross and ineffective.
( Sep. 27th, 2011 10:14 pm)
First day of work and another session with my psychologist.

Work went fine. It was composed of answering a couple of basic questions, unjamming a printer, and carrying around loads of paper. Very boring in the last hour, but I read two acts of Measure for Measure, so it was somewhat productive at least.

My session with Janet was... erm.

Well it started out well. We talked about what I'd done in the past week, what I was thinking about. Then we did a guided meditation to help me fight the anxiety. That part was fine. I had a little bit of trouble relaxing and letting go, but I felt a bit better when we'd finished.

The thing was, after that I asked if there was some way she could help me with my self-worth/confidence issues. At which point I cried and cried, and it was a little bit like a dam bursting through. I think I startled Janet, going from mostly-relaxed to weepy. She asked me to start a thought journal to help combat the negative things I think about myself. Because I am awesome. I just-- forget a lot. And have trouble adjusting. I feel like I'm always the oddball out. It's just- augh.

Trying, though.

In the meantime, I've been organizing a bake sale for the quidditch team. We need about $300 more dollars than we got from the student association. :/ Or else we won't be able to go to the World Cup because we lack the proper equipment.
( Sep. 4th, 2011 08:08 pm)
First week of classes has concluded. It was generally a success, though I think I may have alienated my Shakespeare professor by saying the sonnet was not my favorite form. Luckily yesterday I went to see a free performance of Julius Caesar by one of the best Shakespeare companies in the US. They do one free show a year-- usually tickets cost up to $50-- and I'm incredibly lucky that one of my friends turned me on to the opportunity to see a show for free. We had to wait in line for a couple of hours beforehand, but it was definitely worth it. Second row seats!

Right now I'm feeling a little overwhelmed. I don't know if it's because I'm trying to do too much, I haven't adjusted, or I'm thinking too much (that happens around this time of the month). I'm searching for a job and have a couple of leads and things to do to follow up. I attended church this morning with a friend of mine and intend to join their choir (they meet Sunday mornings and give scholarships to students-- $40 every time you come sing!). Qudditch has got a load of new recruits and will be meeting next Saturday-- I'm officially the vice president of the Qudditch E-Board. Scrabble Club is happening. I tabled at the student org fair and we doubled the size of our listserve. I'm having lunch with Catherine on Tuesday as well as meeting with an old professor of mine. My consultation with the therapist is onFriday and my friends and I are attending a showing of Farenheit 451 on Saturday.

It's just-- a lot. Such a big difference from being at home and not doing anything for most of the day.I haven't written anything in ages, and haven't had much time to read (though I recently started Ender's Game, DeathNote, and The Unusul Life of Tristan Smith-- progress is slow). My head hurts and I'm dealing with a bit of a cold/sinus pressure. Generally all the things I listed above are good, I just-- there's a lot going on. I guess it'll take some adjustment.

I have nothing at all scheduled for tomorrow at all, so I can catch up on homework and sleep. I took an unintentionally long (2.5 hours!) nap this evening and am feeling kinda groggy. I'm sure tomorrow will be better.
( 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!
( 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.




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