enamoured: a kitty with a frog hat on. (i has frog on hed)
Long time, no write.

A FEW THINGS THAT ARE GOING ON WITH ME RIGHT NOW:

1. I'm going to be an aunt in about a month, which is putting me in this weird tailspin. I have this... weird relationship with my brother, in that I love him and care about him but dislike bits of his personality and the way that he treats both me and my mom. There's been all these studies that say that men tend to broaden their views when they have daughters (I'm going to have a niece, zomg what), and I hope that it might help.

Also, my mom is being varying degrees of terrible when it comes to my brother's girlfriend. She says that she "trapped" my brother, and says all these disparaging things about her, and while I'm still kind of getting to know Jasmine, it drives me up the wall that my mom is so judgmental about her. But my mom's been judgmental of every single girlfriend my brother's had, and this feels like Sitcom Mom reaction. Essentially, the way she's behaving is making me just not want to ever introduce any guy I meet to her, because Lord knows what she'd then spew to my grandma or any other people she'd talk to.

2. I'm going to be doing Mortified in a month! I submitted some old journal entries sometime in October or so, and near the end of December I got an email from the show's producer about the screening process. On the third of this month, I went to Austin with my friend Theresa for the screening, and I got in. I'll be doing the Valentine's shows--two shows on the nights of February 13 and 14. I'm excited and nervous and can't wait. All the information about the shows will be there at the website.

3. I hit myself in the face while playing with Pepper about a week ago. I did it so hard that I bruised my mouth and, according to my dentist, knocked one of my top teeth upward some tiny unit of measure that is totally unnoticeable to me. What was noticeable was the pain from inflamed nerves. I'm pretty sure that the tooth's going to be fine now--the pain is down by a WHOLE LOT from last week--but I'm still on watch for any changes in appearance or what have, just in case.

Long story short: don't run with empty aluminum foil tubes in your mouths, kids.

4. I got a book I really liked (Allison Pearson's I Think I Love You) in hardcover for $1! Thanks, Dollar Tree!

5. I got a foam mattress cover, and I am now sleeping much, much better. My mattress is old as balls, and I'd been waking up with sore sides for the past few months. But then earlier this week I got a foam liner, and oh my God. I'll get a new mattress eventually, but in the meantime, I will rotate this stupid, comfy piece of foam for as long as I can because it has done wonders for my life.

So, yeah! This year, I'm going to try to get back to longform. Or, at least, updating DW/LJ more than once a month.
enamoured: The Little Mermaid. "But who cares? No big deal. I want... more." (part of your world)
You know what's great? That first day in September when you know that fall is coming--and in Texas, I've come to realize that it's the first day that the temperature stays in the low-to-mid 80s and there's a breeze. It was pretty much overcast all day, and I walked Pepper twice, and now she's sleeping at the foot of my bed with her Lambchop toy near her back legs.

Speaking of Pepper: I'm really glad that she seems to like the new dog food I bought her today. We've been feeding her Purina Healthy Weight ever since she got off their puppy chow, but she's gotten so chunky lately that my mom kept pestering me about getting her new food. I went to Petsmart today in search of a new brand, and the kind I ended up getting seems pretty satisfactory. One of their reps was there, and she gave me a $2 coupon for it. I only bought a small bag because I wasn't sure how Pepper would like it, but, well, I think we're good. I might go get some more of it tomorrow.

I don't know how I forgot to mention this, but: I GOT A NEW CELL PHONE LAST MONTH. My first brand-new phone since the first cell that I ever got!

This is a big deal for me. )

In other news: I have bought so much craft stuff lately that it's ridiculous. The fact that Michaels has this whole section dedicated to washi tape is not helping. And that totally reminds me: I (mostly) finished that Smash book that was in progress during the summer. I swear that it has to weigh at LEAST three pounds now. It's so bulky and full that it's ridiculous.

I'm seriously going to start looking for another job soon. I've been at The Job for six years, and right now I am the one in my department who's been there the longest, and it's just really starting to wear on me. I'm starting to dread the days when I have to go in, especially now that school's back in and my schedule is so wonky that I close like, pretty much all the time, even on weekends, when my availability's pretty much wide open. And I really, really hate that we no longer get new work polos once a year, because all of mine are worn out and getting a little too snug. I want a job that's not so stressful, and/or one that's remotely related to what I'm studying right now. If I could get paid for spending hours dicking around in Premiere Pro right now, I would so take that offer.

And I keep getting JC Penney flyers and marveling at how cute their most recent lines have been. I still haven't worn the bird print Peter Pan collar blouse I got from them during tax free weekend. It's been too hot. Also, I just really need new clothes, so I am going to try to get some ASAP.
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Things I'm thinking about right now:

1. I like Dolly Parton's music a lot. She also seems like a really cool lady.

2. The In-N-Out near my job is about... 50% done. When they open, I will probably need a new route to work for a month or so. I just watched that video of the line when they opened the one in Frisco and what in the world.

3. I fell asleep around six-thirty yesterday and then woke up around nine because I could hear fireworks. I thought they weren't having any, as there's a burn ban on. I was wrong.

4. I bought Pepper a toy otter today, mostly to replace the fox I got her at Christmas that she has torn up. She keeps dragging around this stuffingless fox that has its sides all flayed and it has been bothering me for days, so I bought the otter in the hopes that she'll play with that and I can get rid of the fox. Throwing out her toys is like trying to get a toddler to get rid of a bottle or a pacifier.

5. My parents actually had quite a time getting my brother and I to get rid of bottles (him) and pacifiers (me). I ended up with crooked teeth, he didn't. Unfair.

6. I keep writing so much about writing, and actually writing. I need to talk to people, be it IRL and/or through IM and Facebook. People are worrying about me. And I miss the contact, but at the same time I'm all, "I AM BEING PRODUCTIVE FOR ONCE!"

7. That poll from yesterday has left me wanting cookies. Damn.

8. I wish I could go on vacation, namely someplace where the temperature won't be 100 degrees for the next five days. [cries]
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Yesterday I was taking Pepper for her daily walk, and as we were getting ready to cross the street this guy who DID NOT SEE THAT THE LIGHT WAS RED AND I COULD CROSS nearly hit us. I have never screamed so loud and so coherently at anyone in my life. That's like, one of my huge fears: being hit by a car and/or Pepper getting hit by a car.

Right now I'm watching Batman Returns for the first time in years. I think I saw it for the first time when I was about seven or eight and it first came out on video. My dad rented it. I remember being scared of the Penguin and all these years later I still find him to be really creepy. Catwoman is still badass, though.

a thought:

Jun. 30th, 2010 10:38 am
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Dogs sometimes are like kids, but at least you can ask a kid what they're scared of and they can give you a straight answer.
enamoured: Topher Grace. I have had this icon since, uh, 2005? (lying down on the job)
So, there's a 30 days of writing meme:
1. Tell us about your favorite writing project/universe that you've worked with and why.
2. How many characters do you have? Do you prefer males or females?
3. How do you come up with names, for characters (and for places if you're writing about fictional places)?
4. Tell us about one of your first stories/characters!
5. By age, who is your youngest character? Oldest? How about “youngest” and “oldest” in terms of when you created them?
6. Where are you most comfortable writing? At what time of day? Computer or good ol' pen and paper?
7. Do you listen to music while you write? What kind? Are there any songs you like to relate/apply to your characters?
8. What's your favorite genre to write? To read?
9. How do you get ideas for your characters? Describe the process of creating them.
10. What are some really weird situations your characters have been in? Everything from serious canon scenes to meme questions counts!
11. Who is your favorite character to write? Least favorite?
12. In what story did you feel you did the best job of worldbuilding? Any side-notes on it you'd like to share?
13. What's your favorite culture to write, fictional or not?
14. How do you map out locations, if needed? Do you have any to show us?
15. Midway question! Tell us about a writer you admire, whether professional or not!
16. Do you write romantic relationships? How do you do with those, and how “far” are you willing to go in your writing? ;)
17. Favorite protagonist and why!
18. Favorite antagonist and why!
19. Favorite minor that decided to shove himself into the spotlight and why!
20. What are your favorite character interactions to write?
21. Do any of your characters have children? How well do you write them?
22. Tell us about one scene between your characters that you've never written or told anyone about before! Serious or not.
23. How long does it usually take you to complete an entire story—from planning to writing to posting (if you post your work)?
24. How willing are you to kill your characters if the plot so demands it? What's the most interesting way you've killed someone?
25. Do any of your characters have pets? Tell us about them.
26. Let's talk art! Do you draw your characters? Do others draw them? Pick one of your OCs and post your favorite picture of him!
27. Along similar lines, do appearances play a big role in your stories? Tell us about them, or if not, how you go about designing your characters.
28. Have you ever written a character with physical or mental disabilities? Describe them, and if there's nothing major to speak of, tell us a few smaller ones.
29. How often do you think about writing? Ever come across something IRL that reminds you of your story/characters?
30. Final question! Tag someone! And tell us what you like about that person as a writer and/or about one of his/her characters!

Guys, I can't do this but I want to. D:

Also: Simon the Puppy is whimpering and yelping right now because he's in his crate. Lord, I think puppies are adorable but I never want to train another one again. And now Pepper is whimpering for reasons unknown and I am just like, great, great.
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OH PAID ACCOUNT, I HAVE MISSED YOU SO MUCH. [clings like peaches]

In case you missed my vague Twitter updates over the past few days/aren't really into Twitter, here's what's sort of been up with me: my brother's girlfriend got a puppy, a Maltese/Yorkshire terrier mix. He's itty-bitty and adorable as all get out. Yesterday he was finally named Simon, and for reasons I still can't figure out my brother's girlfriend left him with us.

So this morning (around 4) when my brother was getting ready for work he put Simon in his kennel and Simon cried and whimpered and whined and I put in my headphones, thinking he'd go to sleep because, well, you've got to get them used to being in their carriers and all. So then at 6 (when my mom was getting ready to leave), she begs me to take Simon out or do something, because he was still crying up a storm. I finally ended up bringing him in my room and nestling him on a blanket (while Pepper glowered on her side of the bed) because I was irritated and sleepy, and eventually we all nodded off and it was good for a while.

But when I woke up both dogs woke up. Pepper had hopped down off the bed and Simon got up and started wobbling around on his little puppy legs (his legs are so short he kind of bounces when he walks sometimes), and then he squatted and peed on my comforter.

My plans of going back to sleep? Foiled.

Luckily for me, my mom came and took Simon to work with her (her job welcomes pets; they even have a facility dog named Lexi) so I didn't have to worry about any more puppy watching. I've forgotten how much work they are, especially when they're palm-sized. I ended up having to go to the bank to get cash (and pick up my new debit card, and I can't lie, I'm kind of paranoid about having it again because I am terrified I'm going to check my balance in a few days and find that I have no money again) and then I stopped at some laundromat so I could relieve my comforter of the puppy pee. When that was done I had enough time to run back home, get my work clothes, and then dart off to work (but not without stopping at Borders and picking up the book The Passage that I've been hearing so much about. Why I bought that when I have three library books out, I do not know. Also, it's about 760+ pages long oh my Lord).

And that's about it.
enamoured: the starry-eyed emoticon: *_* (stfu man!)
I hope that this is the last Wednesday wherein I have to make a mad dash straight from art history to work. It is driving me crazy.

30 Days of Meme, Day 9: A photo you took

It's a Pepper. )
enamoured: the starry-eyed emoticon: *_* (me in yahoo)
Up until a few hours ago, I'd had the same picture in my Facebook profile for forever. That has since changed.

The new picture, plus a bonus one. )
enamoured: the starry-eyed emoticon: *_* (the triangle o' doom)
Random updatey things:

1. IT'S LOST SEASON AGAIN!!! Plz to be talking about the premiere in comments. [that means that if anyone does? Spoilers! So do not be all WAAAAAAAH YOU SPOILDED ME if you are the type of person who gets all emo about that. I know most of y'all don't, but some people get butthurt over stuff like that.]

2. I made the front page of my college's paper. I was watching the inauguration in one of the student lounges and I was sitting close to the TVs, so I was right in the line of view. I'm in that first picture and my feet are propped up. It was so awesome. :D

3. I got Pepper a squeaky toy that is a plushy Sugar Daddy, and she loves it like crazy.

4. I am simultaneously stoked and scared of my Intro to Film and Video class.

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