( Oct. 7th, 2014 10:17 pm)
While overall things in my life are going well, I'm hitting a small rough patch. Sleeplessness and exhaustion, mixed with some things at work that I'm not pleased about are making things difficult. I like most of my coworkers, but there are exceptions. The girl that started the same day I did (the first holiday staff to start) is very nice. But then her sister got hired and her best friend got hired. The three of them do more sitting around and talking than actual work. They also speak Spanish to one another, so if the four of us are working on something together, I'm completely left out of the conversation. It's frustrating, and even more so is that my supervisor knows what's happening but can't do anything about it, aside from try to split them up often and 'babysit' them with little tasks. They don't take any initiative to find work to do; if they finish something they just sit around until someone comes to find them and explicitly tells them to do something.

To make this even worse, we're going off site for the next few days to work on an account. For some reason their stuff isn't stored in our warehouse, but in another one and we have to go there to decorate about 30 trees of varying sizes. Not everyone is going. Those three, my supervisor (that I like), the boys (two of them, whom I like) and their 'supervisor' dude that annoys the heck out of me because he acts superior and in charge when he's not. He has this habit of giving very condescending advice about how to tape boxes and stuff like that. Dude, it's not complicated. You take a box and you tape it together. You don't have to show us/lecture us/do it for us. It's not rocket science.

It's a huge project and will take a lot of work. The majority of the team is not industrious and not my favourite. On top of this, the warehouse doesn't have a fridge or a microwave and we'll be going in the company van. The boss was just like, "bring non-perishables for lunch". Great, thanks, I don't have anything but yogurt and cold leftovers. Not helpful.

I'm really tired so I'm trying to sleep more, but for some reason I'm /still/ tired after a full night of rest. I came home from work today (around 4:30) and went to bed. Got up around 8. Still tired but unable to sleep anymore. Ugh.
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Today I:
  • Went to my lecture and my tutorial, having done the readings and the written assignment.
  • Actually spoke up in the discussion
  • Woke up early and finished a transcription job
  • Applied for other freelance work
  • Worked steadily on a project that's due in a few days
  • Didn't take a nap
  • Confirmed another job and organized my freelance work in a notebook so I can keep track of it.
For reward time I'm going to roleplay and watch the new Supernatural. Then if I feel up to it, I'll tackle tomorrow's written assignment and some more freelance things. Guys, having my life together is actually pretty awesome. I would like some more of this feeling, please.
( Nov. 2nd, 2011 05:50 pm)
Swing: Up

I have work in 15 minutes, but I thought I'd give you guys a quick update.

NaNoWriMo is going swimmingly so far. I decided to commit this year in an attempt to get myself back into the habit of doing something that I love every day. I haven't done much writing at all since this migraine came on and I've really regretted it. Here's to hoping this helps improve my mood. It has so far!

On a related note, if anyone has any word goals for November and are interested in joining the community I made last year, head over to [livejournal.com profile] nano_haven. It's intended to be smaller than most of the LJ NaNoWriMo communities, so that we can all get to know one another and support everyone.

I signed up for the cd swap on the nanowrimo website and might be floating a care package idea on [livejournal.com profile] nano_haven, if anyone's interested. Because you all know how much I love mail.

Aside from that, everything's going pretty well. I had a lot of pain yesterday, but a good day today. I'm behind on all my LJ posts, but I love you all and I'm thinking of you.

I decided, since I've regained all the weight I lost over the summer, that I would also make November No Junk Food month. So for a month I'm trying to give up sweets, cake, cookies, pie, ice cream, non-diet soda, and fried things. Day two is going pretty well. I have a fridge full of fresh veggies and good friends supporting me. And when I say I'm doing this for a month, I mean until Thanksgiving. I will be eating loads of crap then. :D

AND: Skimbli you are the best for the pompom spider. I hope you're doing alright, dearest.
( 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. 21st, 2011 09:48 pm)
Today was just as busy and draining as I expected it to be. Nothing went catastrophically wrong, and I even managed to make it to the bank, but I am just too tired to feel much more than relieved. I have a German test tomorrow, first thing in the morning, augh.

Classes went well (all four of them), double majoring shouldn't cause any problems, though I might not have time for a minor, training at the library went an hour longer than expected but was relatively simple. I work next Tuesday and next Friday (a total of 6 hours next week, not bad at all). Hearing Toni Morrison speak was awesome, though I haven't actually read any of her books. I should probably do that.

In other news, my plans for seeing Much Ado About Nothing fell through as I didn't reserve tickets early enough. Don't know what I'll do now. :/ Not worrying about it too much, but just a little disappointed.

My brain is dead right now though. Going to bed asap as soon as I finish my Anthropology homework.
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( 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!

( Aug. 15th, 2011 10:12 pm)
My final week of work at the lab was rather uneventful. Now I can dedicate my time to catching up on television, writing, packing and searching for a job this fall. I've already applied for several positions, but my class schedule makes it nearly impossible for me to work any good hours between 9 and 5. I might have to take up my sister's offer of putting me in contact with a restaurant manager and try to land a hostess job for evenings and weekends.

Meanwhile, I have crochet pictures to share! I've finished two hats. Pictures behind the cut. )

Going back for more shots tomorrow. I had a couple days of actually feeling good, with no headache or anything but it didn't last. I suppose that's why they insist on doing the procedure three times. Third time's the charm, right?
( Jul. 28th, 2011 09:50 pm)
There was a poster session and a speaker on the main campus today at work, so about mid-morning (like, an hour after we should have gone, we didn't get to see everything) my friend V and I headed over there. I'd like to take just a minute to say that even though I am not a "science person", am not majoring in a science field and am not working at the lab through a Department of Energy Program through which I would have a project of my own, I can still appreciate and understand that there are some pretty cool things going on. It was a Women in Science program, which was a pretty neat bonus, and a relief considering how much testosterone there is at my workplace.

I'll give a few examples of projects that I've heard about while working at the lab. One was about efforts to use organic materials in solar powered lights rather than inorganic materials, because they are easier to produce. The project being presented was about how they were working on different methods of making the organic ones more efficient, or just as efficient as the traditional ones.

Another project focused on producing a certain type of particle which is theorized to be good at killing cancer. The problem the project was addressing was the short half life of the particle, which meant that they couldn't produce enough of it to run tests on before it decayed into something else. I learned about how radiation therapy works here, and why this particle might be good because of its short half life, which means if it's delivered directly to a tumor it's more likely to only emit radiation long enough to kill the tumor, before it decays into something else.

The third project was something I understood way less than the other two, and was about lithium batteries and ion fields. Or something. It was something that science as a whole doesn't really get. I don't really get the technicalities of a lot of this stuff (like, what exactly they mean by organic material in relation to solar powered lights) but I just love being exposed to it all, even if I'm not into organic chemistry, or nuclear biology or whatever. It's interesting. I like learning about a variety of things.

The speaker was slightly less interesting, though she had a few very good points. Her speech was primarily biographical, and she spoke a lot about her work with lasers and a bunch of gibberish that wasn't very interesting. But she had some thoughtful things to say about how to succeed, specifically as a woman in the field of physics, but I think her advice was probably applicable to people in every field.
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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
I finally called Dell (holy shit, these eight hour work days have been killer-- today is the first day I'm not exhausted out of my mind) and the news was both better and worse than expected.

Better: A technician will be sent to my home with the parts that need replacing at no cost, and within the next 3-5 business days. Rajesh was lovely, helpful, and polite.

Worse: The motherboard and AC adapter need replacing. What the hell. Firstly, that was not what my father and I diagnosed (we're not experts, but it seems like when the light telling you the computer is charging does not come on, there is an issue with either the cord or the bit you plug the cord into) and secondly, Mo is only 11 months old. He shouldn't be having these issues yet. Luckily, I'm still under warranty, which I did not extend past a year because if something like this happens again where I would be charged $50 to talk to a technician and $300 to replace parts, I would just buy a new computer that is less likely to break down.

Rae-la is coming to visit. Yay! Work has been hard and sucking up all of my time, but I have a couple of nice people to eat lunch with, so that's a plus. Most of the summer students are from this area, but a couple have come from out of town, like V. She's a year older than I am, and seems nice. I can't imagine coming here for the summer and not knowing anyone, so maybe we'll hang out sometime. She already found me on facebook.

I haven't been working on auction fics, but I have been trying to keep up a habit of writing even though Mohinder is down. Hopefully when he gets fixed I'll have something to share. :)
( 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!
( Oct. 21st, 2010 08:06 pm)
This entry will be in the form of a list! Three big things I want to tell you all about:

1. Job interview! I had an interview today and I think it went pretty well like the last three. I should know by next Wednesday if I've gotten the job. The position is as an office assistant like the last three in the International Affairs school. My least favorite part about interviews is when they insist on telling you how great the job is. Today it was all: this is a great environment, it's a lot of work- but it's not hard work, we're really friendly, etc. Well, I've already applied and now you've made me want the job very badly, when there's nothing else I can do to insure that I get it. :/ But fingers crossed!

2. I got a card from my grandmother. It was just a nice hello, how are you doing, sort of card, plus pictures she printed out from our trip to London, plus a hundred dollar check. A random check for a not insignificant amount of money. (Hooray!) I feel like this is compensation of sorts, because they aren't as involved in my life as they are in my cousin's (because he lives nearer to my grandparents than I do). I don't feel as though I need compensating, but I do appreciate the help especially since I haven't got a job yet. I've already gotten out a card to write in return. :)

3. THIS IS THE MOST EXCITING ONE! Hear ye, hear ye- [livejournal.com profile] nano_haven is officially up and running! I've sent out invites to the people who expressed interest in my last post- and if I missed you come on out and join! Membership is moderated, to avoid an influx of people we don't know, but I'd love to have you! Send your friends over too! As long as there's a connection within a few degrees (x is a friend with you, you are a friend with me) we should all get along fine! It's looking a little sad over there all by my lonesome, but become a member and watch out for the Introduce Yourself post. I predict lots of fun and shenanigans in the coming month!

Wow, one sentence in that last paragraph that didn't end in an exclamation point. Can you tell I'm excited?

EDIT: Four things, I lied! I totally forgot about the awesome book I want! How to Survive a Garden Gnome Attack looks pretty hilarious. I don't even remember now how I found it, but see the excerpt below:

Although you’re fairly safe in open spaces, it is never recommended to follow a gnome into the woods should you see one leave the lawn and head for the trees. ... If you step out of the familiarity of your backyard and into the black hole that is the forest, your chances of survival decrease by 60 percent, while your odds of getting bludgeoned to death at the thicket’s edge increase by 200,000 percent.

How can you not be interested?
( 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!
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( 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. :/
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