talkingsoup: (busride)
Posted a new chapter to my fic. Link is in the sidebar.

Grants is a bitch. Awesome, but a bitch. So much work. So many lost hours of sleep. XOMG, this semester is killing me.

ASIC roxors. I got bashed in the face there two weeks ago. No one's fault, really--actually it was really hilarious, even with blood pouring out of my nose (it happens to me a lot). Still watching Death Note and will be starting Ouran (HOORAY!) after Fall Break.

Planning on a hike during Fall Break. Taughanock (try spelling that. Yeah, no.) we're thinking. Also, I made meringues, and they are lovely.

We officially have REAL plans for the future.

I made an NBE list for Mot and now it is rolling like a wheel of cheese on a steep incline.

Tammy and Tim came Wednesday for dinner (I cooked. I made flan!). I think I inadvertently insulted Tammy (stupid stupid me) but I think she was okay with it. Then my computer went haywire and tried to eat my life, and Tim tried to fix it but Vista and my computer in general are made of EVIL. My computer has Blue Screen of Death'd me twice since then, though I've yet to lose files (and I'm backing them up at every opportunity).

'S about it for now. Longer post later. I tired.

Worms

Sep. 24th, 2007 12:50 am
talkingsoup: (boding badly)
I've discovered that I have a deathly fear of opening ears of corn and finding corn worms.

...

Who knew?

It's just.

They're not even worms. They're like grubs. They have these black heads. And they're all skooshy.

One fell out on the table and was wriggling around.

I don't have problems with any other bugs. Except junebugs and killer-death flies. And even then it's more of a a "ew, get it away!" reaction.

This is more "OH GOD IT'S GOING TO KILL ME OH GOD IT'S GOING TO TOUCH ME!" reaction.

I mean, they're just so...

...fucking...

...gross...

I...gotta stop now.
talkingsoup: (after all this time)
I've been really crappy at updating this lately, but yes, I'm still alive.

Woo, sinus infection! Ah, this always happens at least once a year, but it doesn't make it any more fun. Woke up a few mornings ago just like "oh my god I'm drowning -fhggakhhggghkksnerk-*" I know what this is all about by now so I went to the health center right after class, and despite waiting for an hour and a half it wasn't as awful an experience as I thought it would be. Got some Amoxicillin and now I'm feeling better. Though I didn't sleep much two nights ago. Not. Fun.

We have mice. Like, an infestation. No, I'm kidding, but we do have mice--two of them, in a cage. One is brown and the other is white with a black patch over his eye. The brown one's name is Malcom Reynolds. The white one's name is Hoban Washburn, or Wash for short. This is because they have a little spaceship in their cage upon which we have written "Serenity." Wash is excitable, friendly, and likes sweets. Mal is somewhat antisocial, cautious, and likes to hide his food, which is mostly health food.

I swear, they are Mal and Wash in...mouse form.

Plus they are tiny and fuzzy and cute and thus far have remained undiscovered by said RA peoples.

Though we did have an adventure last week, I think. Mal got away from me and ended up under the couch. We spent awhile trying to catch him and finally just lifted the couch up, but Mal is not one to be held down by The Man (or Woman) and actually squeezed under the door and ran out into the stairwell. Well, as one who has owned mice before, I figured hope was pretty much lost by then, but we chased him. He was on the edge of the balcony part of the staircase and we were chasing him along the edge, but then I got distracted when the door across the hall opened and a kid started walking out. Mal decided death would be better than capture by The Woman and threw himself off the stairs, landing two sections down. I ran all the way down and managed to catch him and scoop him up just as the kid drew level with me. It was like something out of a college comedy movie. And let me tell you right now, catching a mouse barehanded is no easy feat. Mal was returned to his cage where I'm sure he told Wash all about his adventure and has since not attempted escape.

I'm gonna get started on the next chapter of my fic since it's been awhile. I also need to write two things for Fiction II, one of which is due tomorrow. Dear God I'm starting to hate that class. I think I mentioned already that it's taught by a teacher I'm not really fond of, but more than that--she's one of the many writing teachers 'round these parts who is all like "oh, haha, genre, it's not really writing. It's all cheap and pulpy. It must all be literateur and meta if it's going to be legit!" To which Julie and I say a big FUCK YOU. We're both gonna write nothing but genre stuff for that class. So fucking there, bitch.

Grants and Proposals is picking up speed as we hear from more and more promising projects (the ones I'm looking at so far are this local alt ed school which teaches diversity education and wants to get funding for a trip to Guatemala, one involving EcoFashion, and of course the SPCA one which involves a spay/neuter program (desperately needed!)). We get assigned our groups over the weekend and have to have make our choice on which project to tackle by Friday. After that we leap off the boat and then it's sink or swim. Man.

Going to a thing at Cornell tomorrow for my Terrorism class--a talk by a woman who is a Palestinian and is working on the peace movement. Should be awesome.

ASIC has been awesome. We've been watching Death Note which leaves nothing to be desired (L, I want to have your babies!) and the second part of Jubei-chan which is as insane as the first part. But this one has a tiny little chibi-guy who is...so...cute.

I've heard tell that we'll be watching Ouran later in the semester too. Yes!

So far we've been maintaining a shopping/cooking schedule in the apartment and it's been working! I cook on Wednesdays. I've gotta work on my time management where that's concerned, but so far my recipes have worked (just made carrot-ginger-pear soup and pots de creme which is XOMG awesome). Woo. And Kate continues to be AWESOME by making AWESOME food. She also won our Iron Chef two Fridays or so ago.

Julie has successfully completed both Kingdom Hearts I and II and now understands my love of the Organization members. And the awesome tragedy that is Axel and Roxas's relationship, whether or not you think it's just friendship or what have you (I must confess myself a shipper, but y'all knew that. I think...).

Avatar starts Friday, Heroes the following Monday, and House the Tuesday after. Hells ya.

Oh, and. The latest Naruto chapter? WHUT? WHUT? Revelations liek woah??
talkingsoup: (the spartan shield)
So I'm in Ithaca, obviously, in my fantastic apartment that I'm sharing with the other three. Two floors! Kitchen! Spiral staircase! It is wonderful. We get to cook our own food! I am pleased.

My schedule this semester is a bitch. 18 credits. I've done it before, but my classes are looking tough:

MWF

Intro to Social Institutions and Organizations
9:00-9:50
Social Change
10:00-10:50
Grants and Proposal Writing
11:00-11:50

TR

Fiction II
9:25-10:40
World Civilizations
2:35-3:50
Global Conflict and Terrorism
5:25-6:40

Grants writing will be hard since we have to actually write a REAL grant proposal for a REAL organization in Ithaca. I've heard war stories about that class, but I think it'll be good experience and that I'll get a lot out of it.

Fiction II is being taught by Godfrey, like Intro to Creative Writing freshman year and...the woman's a bit odd. We'll have to see how it goes, but if she hands out the same kinds of stories that she handed out in Creative, it's going to be a looooong semester.

World Civ looks fascinating.

Terrorism is going to be a fucking intense class, since already in the course of one class I had my opinions changed about both the Iraq war and the Revolutionary War. *sigh* But it's an interesting topic, and a class I'd really like to take. So.

Meanwhile, ASIC is back and running, woot! We watched Paprika which is beautiful and stunning and completely insane, much the same as Paranoia Agent, really. Don't have time for a review now, but expect a post with lots of reviews soon, since I still haven't reviewed those other ones. We're gonna be watching Death Note and the second part of Jubei-chan for the rest of the quarter, or so.

I did get a lot of ideas from Paprika since it deals with dreams, and this newest dream-based idea has been simmering nicely.

As for writing, I worked everything out with Motley Crew and we're on speaking terms again, though we've yet to go on a real date yet. And North hasn't really been returning my calls, though Kaiyss keeps jamming up my phone line.

Spent a few days in Minnesota with Julie, in transit between Cali and Ithaca. I met her awesome dad and her awesome sisters (Darcy is so cute). Also saw The Invasion while I was there, and we all went to the Minnesota State Fair, which is legendary and deserving of the stories. Cheese curds roxors my boxors.

I've also gotten Julie deeply, deeply into Kingdom Hearts, and she's almost finished with the first one. Woo! I also finally buckled down and finished up Okami, for the second time. My homework schedule is light since it's the first week.

Julie and I will be meeting with two others from ASIC, Amanda and Sharona, to watch Excel Saga tomorrow. My brain will probably be melted when I come back.

Also, I made hash browns and funnel cakes the other day and got grease burns on my hand, but at least they were tasty.

And BB hasn't sent me all my paychecks yet. *grumbles*
talkingsoup: (L cake)
So I got a job.

At a totally random company, too.

See I got this letter--it was sent pretty much all over town--asking for people to apply to a company called Vector. I called in, figuring what the hell, and got an automatic interview. Turns out the company is a branch of a major cutlery (knives) distributor, Cutco. I filled out an application, stayed an hour for a group interview, and scored the job.

So pretty much, I'll be going to people's homes--on an appointment basis--and selling knives. Uber speshul knives, too (they're actually pretty sweet). Kinda like Ginsu knives, except you wouldn't want to cut cans with them. They're pretty much just really nice kitchen knives.

I'm actually kind of looking forward to it, though I'm nervous. This is a very direct-to-person thing since I'm going to people's homes and convincing them to buy knives, and I get shy around new people. But the training is supposed to be pretty intensive and should teach me how to handle it, so it should be okay.

It's also $17.70 per appointment, so I'm not really complaining. I'm just wondering what the rate of getting appointments is.

Anyway.

Yesterday and the day before the fam and I went to the Red Sox-A's games. Sox lost both times, though they played a much better game on the second day. Ortiz and Ramirez weren't hitting for shit the first game. And I've become quite intrigued by two of the Sox pitchers, Okajima and Papelbon. Okajima is from Japan, obviously, and doesn't even look at the plate when he throws the pitch. And Papelbon has a death glare rivaled only by Samuel L. Jackson.

I love my Beantown homeboys.

Today I baked a cake for my Dad's birthday, which was a few days ago, and for Father's Day pretty much. Oh my god, I spent hours making this utterly beautiful black forest cake with raspberries instead of cherries (we all hate cherries). It was a very pretty cake when I was done, though Kate's cake with marzipan apples takes the...the cake. Or something. But I spent a lot of time on the cake and decorated the top with rings of strawberries and freaking shaved bits of chocolate, and I made the whole goddamn thing myself, and it is delicious, if I do say so. So much for dieting, lol. Also made couscous for dinner and tried to replicate the really nice Campus Center recipe, with apples, cinnamon and raisins. It would have been better if the couscous hadn't come out so pasty.

Yay food.

Meanwhile, Steve, Liz's boyfriend, has officially left for boot camp (he's a Marine), so Liz has been in quite a funk. Nothing I can do can cheer her up, and I think the only thing that will help her is time. By the time he gets back, in 13 weeks I think, I think she'll be okay. And she'll probably be a lot better with his future absences. See, this isn't just a relationship, it's a Relationship. I didn't used to like Steve, but they're really in love with each other. I can't dislike him. He makes Liz happy.

^_^

I'm almost done with Okami and I've started KH again because I'm just crazy like that.
talkingsoup: (hiro)
Holy potatoes.

Heroes Review=Spoilers Liek Woah )

I've been running all over, trying to get applications in before I leave for the wedding. Spent the better part of the day at the mall, turning in applications and buying a few things. I managed to buy Lisa's wedding gift, though I still need a dress of some sort. I don't think any of my skirts are nice enough. Ugh. I also bought a new pair of shoes, very nice, comfortable black sandal-things that were godawful expensive, but what can you do in that stupid mall? So it goes.

I've still got to check the hotels and do two more online applications.

This on top of writing a chapter of my fanfic before I leave Thursday, finding a dress, watching the Lost finale (now THIS one had damn well better be the Luke/Vader, Neo/Smith thing I was talking about), and the various and sundry other things I need to get done.


I'm also officially on a diet, though no diet that has a name. It pretty much consists of exercise and cutting way, way back on what I eat. No more junk food. And I'm not going to be able to order giant cookies every night like I did this semester. It all added up, and it did not add up nicely. Fortunately I have all summer to lose the extra weight and actually fit into my fucking clothes again.

Le Comte

Apr. 29th, 2007 11:30 pm
talkingsoup: (leonidas wants you...to dine in hell)
So, saw the Count of Monte Cristo last night, the stage performance. It was written by an Ithaca student, who spent the four years of his college career writing, composing and all that jazz.

It's spectacular. Like, seriously, not at all what you'd expect of a student production. True, it could use some touch-ups and the sound tech wasn't all that good, but in all honesty, I think it's Broadway material. Or if not Broadway, at least off-Broadway or somewhere in NYC.

They manage to condense the story brilliantly. It was also a musical, and the songs were just all so wonderful and tied into what was going on so well. And the stage. Oh my god, the way they used the stage--it was so brilliant. They pretty much used the same setting and background for the whole thing, but just by changing the lighting and moving some props they made you believe it was a completely different place. Woot!

I'd encourage you all to go see it but it's done by now :( I want the soundtrack. Unfortunately it doesn't exist.

Though in the coming years if you ever see a Count of Monte Cristo musical, it came from US!!

Went to Iron Chef on Friday night. The ingredient was chocolate, and I got to be a judge. Kate won again! She made artichoke with habanero-chocolate dipping sauce, squash with chocolate and cranberry filling, and homemade cookies with strawberries and whipped cream for desert. The competition made chicken mole, which was also love.

Finished my powerpoint for Sociology of Religion tomorrow, though not my paper. I think I'm gonna pick at it between now and tomorrow and aim to have it turned in sometime in the middle of the week.

Also need to start thinking about my Women and Writing final portfolio...

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