verloren1983: (fma: to new adventures!)
23. Your dream job
Uh, I would settle for something I didn't completely hate and paid a decent amount, to be totally honest. I would LOVE to be able to write for a living in some capacity. I would also like to be able to wear jeans and sneakers to work, though the chances of that are even less than somebody paying me to write. XD Something like video game journalism is right up my alley (research/review side, not so much on the interview and talking to people in person side), but that's SUPER hard to break into. I don't know, maybe something like getting involved in social media would be more realistic, like the people that post as the company to Facebook and stuff? I have no idea, I just want to be able to pay my freaking bills and not have to sweat money all the time, okay? Preferably doing something that doesn't make me fantasize about a ginormous meteor hitting the Earth and killing EVERYTHING. That's my dream. XD

More random )

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Sunday, August 26th, 2012 11:08 am
verloren1983: (fma: to new adventures!)
Apparently "soon-ish" means a month later. Whoops. ^_^;

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Friday, December 9th, 2011 02:35 pm
verloren1983: (*Blush*)
I've been pretty MIA lately- sorry about that. With my sister visiting and family stuff and being sick and all of this crap, it's been kind of difficult to really sit down and get anything done. My already limited attention span has been pretty much zero lately. (I haven't even bothered attempting to read that last Eragon book, if that tells you anything. XD) I'm still sick, but it seems to be getting better, so. Things should be winding down back to normal. Hopefully. As normal as December gets, anyway.

WANT. ;_; Money is a major concern, but hopefully they'll come up with a payment plan that I can live with. WHO IS GOING WITH ME, DAMMIT?

Anyone have any experience with Zoya nail polish? I've been staring at the website for several days now and I can't decide whether it would be worth trying or not. They're expensive. :/ On the other hand, I did just spend $6 on a super glittery blue polish that I'm totally in love with (and actually kept on for about two days, which is a miracle), so really... it's not THAT much more, in the big scheme of things.

I can has an AO3 account! I will probably not keep up with it, because I have a hard time posting crap to my freaking main writing journal much less anything else, BUT... it's another backup and maybe I will? ^_^;;; That and it will give my stuff some more exposure, since I'm uncomfortable pimping myself out in the comms when I post something. So... you know. I only have a few things up there so far though. I'm trying to not piss people off by flooding everything at once. XD

☁ Ended up making peanut butter frosting (don't ask)... ASDJKALDJSLA that shit is DELICIOUS. Now, I wouldn't use the frosting all the time, for the simple fact that I still hate making frosting. BUT. It is definitely easier than regular frosting, at least. No food coloring is needed, so that headache and mess is eliminated. Two- It came out perfectly mixed and fluffy with just a spoon and some stubbornness on my part. Read: no mixer required. Which is awesome, because while I'll use a mixer when I have to, I'd rather not. It tends to be messy. It probably could've been fluffier with the mixer, but I didn't really see the need. The only problem? Now I have all this freaking frosting in the fridge. UGH.

Speaking of food, I purchased three new things to try: sweet potato fries, pesto sauce, and garlic hummus. So far, I've tried the pesto and the fries. The pesto is good- I wouldn't want a ton of it in a dish or anything, but it's yummy. The fries though? Weeeeeeeeird. :/ I haven't decided whether I like them or not. I ended up putting a crapton of salt and Old Bay on them and it was an improvement, but I don't know. The sweetness bothers me more than I thought it would.

Rant brought to you by South Africa and condoms with teeth. Needless to say with South Africa lately, this could be triggery for rape. )

☁ I should probably do my school applications soon. *sob* SCARY!
........... Dear Self: You are being utterly ridiculous. You are applying to community colleges, not Yale. You'll be fine. No love, Ver.

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Sunday, October 30th, 2011 02:43 pm
verloren1983: (Chi)
☁ The brownies? Freaking awesome. I had nothing to worry about. Seriously, Jeremy went "I think I just came" when he bit into one. Waaaaaay too much information, but at least I know they're good. XD I still like the black forest cheesecake ones better, but these are close.

Clearly I need to start trusting my instincts more when it comes to baking. They have yet to steer me wrong on that score.

☁ Oh man, I totally crashed hard last night. I had only been able to sleep for a few hours the night before, so around... eh... 1am or so? I was like, screw this, and went to bed. I woke up at about 5am and was up for an hour, but I didn't wake up again till 1:30pm. Right now... I do feel better, but I also feel like I could still use more sleep. Meh.

☁ It has snowed TWICE in the last few days. It was snowing pretty good last night- kind of weird, considering we apparently only ended up with three inches. Huh.

☁ Used up my BN gift cards (and then some)- will be finishing off Hikago finally, a couple of volumes of FMA, a few books from the mystery series I follow (Stephanie Plum, yay!), a book light (people seem shocked when I say I don't have one. And I think it would be useful. Soooooo...), and pre-ordered the final Eragon book when it comes out. Unfortunately, that means that all but two random volumes of manga won't be shipping until November 8th, but... that's okay. There is NOTHING in that order that I have to have ZOMGRITENAO. Though it would've been =nice= if they'd put the book light in the first shipment, just saying.

☁ Persona 4- Okay, the game was already having me ship Chie/Yukiko- the anime is even worse. Seriously, Chie actually SAYS "I want to be with you!" and there's a moment where you think they're going to kiss, but then they don't. *POUT* Okay, I knew they weren't going to, but. Guh. Next week starts the stuff after where I stopped in the game, so it should be fun! :D

Whoops. Have to go. Later~ \o

Mostly foodstuffs~

Thursday, October 27th, 2011 02:14 pm
verloren1983: (Cookies)
☁ The problem with regional/cultural foods is that the little secrets that are traditionally used to cook such food can be left out of the cooking instructions. It's simply taken for granted that people KNOW certain things. I recently learned this with basmati rice. I've been having a lot of trouble when trying to cook it, which drove me to google to try to figure out what was happening. Aside from the obvious option of "ur doin it wrong," I was thinking maybe there was something wrong with my rice cooker. This, of course, led me to this: You're supposed to rinse/soak it first. Honestly? I'd never heard of such a thing before. I've made rice of both the brown and white variety with absolutely NO problems. So this was strange to me, but I tried it anyway, with a mixture of both white and brown basmati rice just to see, plus a little oil for good measure. And you know what? It freaking works. I think I could've used more water for the brown (should've thought about that, regular brown rice needs more water too), though it's still edible. Just a little tougher than I'd like. The white was PERFECT. Go figure.

(Also, Ai: ♥♥♥♥♥. I tried the chicken rice thing you gave me- holy CRAP that's good.)

☁ In other food news, this recipe for stuffed shells sounds AMAZING (and ridiculously low in calories- just under 83 calories per shell!) and I'll have to try it at some point with a few swaps. But I'm used to doing that sort of thing due to my tastes. ^_^

☁ LEGO Harry Potter- Okay, it's cute, and the video scenes are funny. I'll give them that. Unfortunately, that's about all I can give them. The first thing that's a bit of an annoyance is that if you don't know the story, you will have absolutely NO IDEA what's going on. None. Obviously I know the story, so it's not a deal breaker by any means, but it's still irritating. The deal breaker? It's BORING. From what I can tell, you basically go around and collect shit. Which is okay at first, but it gets old really fast. I found it really disappointing, to be honest.

☁ Trying a brownie recipe I've had for a while but haven't attempted yet- white chocolate raspberry swirl. I'm not sure about this one. :/ For one thing, it uses more cream cheese than the freaking cheesecake ones, which is just strange. Also I have a naughty habit of tweaking recipes as I go, adjusting them for my own taste, and I'm afraid I put in too much raspberry extract. Meh. We'll see what happens when I bring the pan to work.

☁ I've been trying to think of what I can do for the pointless little "extra" in the holiday cards this year- especially since I didn't do any last year, because I waited too long. (Hence me thinking about it early.) I -think- I might have something... but we'll see. Experimentation will be needed. And a trip to Michaels.

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Friday, September 9th, 2011 06:11 am
verloren1983: (Cookies)
☁ The meme thing went to hell pretty quickly, big shock. I'll catch up on that later so I'm not spamming you all.

☁ BG: Did a partial canon review- the only thing it did was ping my Hikaru/Akira fangirly sense, which most definitely was NOT the intention. Dammit. >_< (Needless to say, I haven't started. I'm hoping to get something going so I don't have to resort to the default. *cough* <_<)

☁ Note to self: Mint extract is not interchangeable with peppermint extract. I bought mint extract in order to make a mint flavored frosting for brownies... only to discover upon re-reading the recipe that it actually calls for peppermint extract despite being called "Chocolate Chip Mint Brownies". Now, all variations of mint are disgusting to me, so I really have NO idea what the difference is between the two. Some research turned up that mint extract creates a kind of toothpaste taste. Not something you actually want to consume. Basically, if you want to have something edible, you need to get peppermint. Good to know for future reference.

☁ On a related note, I've officially made frosting for the first time. It was super easy, though I'm not a fan of food coloring and powdered sugar gets freaking EVERYWHERE even if you're careful, so I'd still rather buy it in a can given the option. I can't honestly tell you whether it's any good or not (eew)... but what I can tell you is that despite the recipe being specifically for the pan size I was using, it was about twice as much as I needed. I put it on SUPER THICK so it's a bit better, but I still have about a cup and a half of frosting left.

☁ Also baking related: How fucking awesome are these? A whole lot of work and even more food coloring, but awesome. Might be cool to do it with two or three colors, too- someones favorite colors for their birthday or something.

☁ I've gone back to not really being hungry... not good. Seriously: I've had roughly half of what I should've had for a minimum and am just not hungry. As it was, about half of what I did have was ust because I went, "holy crap, I should really eat something." I know this kind of thing always passes, but it's still unnerving.

Freaking brilliant. Just saying. Warning for language, but it's nothing worse than what you guys have seen here on occasion with the singular exception of c**t- I -hate- that word, but it's used here to make a point, so I'm okay with that.

....holy crap, how did it get that late? On that note, I really super need to go to bed. Meh.



verloren1983: (Default)
☁ Yes, I'm aware I screwed up the daily meme thing already. Whoops. I will maybe catch up on that later.

☁ Happy Mommy's Day to the moms on the flist. ♥ I will possibly be baking something for my own mother in a bit. Possibly. If I feel like it. XD

☁ I... am apparently not a ninja. Which is kind of a disappointment. Just saying. ^_^;;;

☁ New version of Firefox. UGH. Hate it, hate it, hate it. Also LJLogin doesn't work, and that's a HUGE downside. LJLogin is the only reason I haven't packed up and moved over to Chrome, after all. Well. That and all my bookmarks are in FF. The only good thing I have to say about it is that it's definitely a lot faster.

☁ Just found out yesterday that you can make a website with Google. Holy shit, I'm in love. Keep in mind that my previous website-making experience was with Geocities, which was a gigantic pain in the ass. I can COPY/PASTE in this. I can not even explain to you how big of a deal this is to me. I DON'T HAVE TO RETYPE EVERYTHING. And there are actual FONT CHOICES beyond Times, Arial, and Comic Sans. And there are some really pretty backgrounds. I actually had a hard time choosing. I basically copy/pasted my masterlist for now, so everything links back to LJ, but go check it out if you want.

Cut for rantyness. XD )

☁ And so to not end this on a totally depressing note, I think I'm going to try to make these. Oh, and Mike's (as in, Mike's Hard Lemonade) apparently makes a margarita now. There's the regular lime flavor, raspberry, and peach. I tried the peach and it's pretty yummy. Just. Yanno. FYI. :D

Edit: Tried the muffins- YUCK. I'm not even pawning them off on coworkers, straight into the garbage they go. Too bad.

verloren1983: (My Own Little World)
☁ Pretty cool Mario theme. There's some other great stuff there too, and the guy can actually sing, so check it out. He talks about it at the end of the video I linked, but he's got his stuff on itunes, and all of the money goes to Japan aid, which is awesome.

☁ Cousin reminded me of Suikoden Tierkreis, so I've started that again as my "work break" game. Couldn't remember enough of where I was to continue on the old save, which sucks because I'd put over 30 hours into it, but what can you do. *sigh* I'd forgotten how god awful some of the voice acting is. There's no middle of the road with voice- they're either good or terrible, that's it. I also forgot how much of a religious overtone there is... but in this case, it has more of an anti-religion stance, so it's not anything overpowering. Oh, and I'm totally reminded that I was shipping Hotupa/Moana. So cuuuuute~ But then I love Moana anyway, she's freaking adorable. And Chrodechild! I'd say I would totally go gay for her if I, uh, wasn't already. I mean, seriously, look at this BAMF lady right here. I like Asad too, though, he's pretty awesome. Even if he's so obviously in love with Chrodechild and she just as obviously doesn't see him that way.

☁ Note to self- when making the cheesecake brownies, when the recipe says you need to do stuff in a separate bowl, they mean in a separate bowl. Turns out that mixing everything together... well, it still tastes good, but it ends up having a weird fudgy consistency instead of being the cakey brownie it's supposed to be. Good to know.

☁ Tried hummus for the first time. It's. Erm. Well, it's not BAD, but I wouldn't have the red pepper kind again. ^_^;;; Not a fan. Which I probably should've known because peppers are not my favorite things, whoops. Good thing it was only a small package with the hummus and some pita chips. I'd have to look at the flavors again, but probably something like garlic would be better.

☁ Half considering looking into RPing again somewhere, because I do miss it, but... eh. I'm not sure I want to go there. Plus I have no idea where I would app or who with or any of that. Meh. I should probably not bother.

Little bit of work ranting- this is why I need a vacation. )

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Tuesday, March 15th, 2011 03:43 pm
verloren1983: (Default)
☀ Reminder to self: Kelly has specifically requested cheesecake brownies for her birthday. Heh. It just amuses the hell out of me, really. XD

☀ Speaking of brownies, I've decided to offer up some brownies for the [livejournal.com profile] help_japan  auction- check it out! Someone offered $10 (yay!), but that's still cheap for an 8x8 pan! :D

☀ Remember how there was that one co-worker that I can't stand that I was SO excited to not have to work with anymore? ....guess who's working on Thursday? -_- Clearly "luck of the Irish" isn't going to be going on for me on St. Patrick's Day. Boo.

☀ I can haz credit card! Seriously, an honest to God credit card, not just a store one or my debit card. It has Starry Night on the front. ^_^ This... should probably not be as much of a big deal as it is. XD But I need to work on my credit, and the Lane Bryant card isn't really doing it because I hardly ever shop there. So. My plan is to use the new one for things that I always get anyway- bottles of water at work, that kind of thing. So I wouldn't be spending anything that I don't actually have and it'll keep payments nice and low so it'll be easy to deal with. Not to mention that I'll keep having a balance so it can keep doing good things for my credit. :D Plus it has a $300 limit- so if god forbid anything should happen and I need some extra, it's there should it come down to that.

Though I'm thinking about christening it with an order to Wings later. I only rarely get Wings. ^_^;;; (Mostly because I'm positive that their calories are THROUGH THE ROOF.)

☀ Edit: Just found out that firefox has been streaming video of two red panda cubs. EEEEE CUTE! <3
verloren1983: (*Blush*)
-Pulled together a few of my favorite Chi eps (the ones I remembered, anyway) and converted them for my phone. My thinking is that if I'm having a really super shitty day at work, I can sit down on my break and watch a little Chi. With the exception of certain episodes, Chi has never failed to put a smile on my face when I needed one... I probably should've done something like this AGES ago.

-I saw a listing for an apartment share on craiglist that looked like it might be promising, depending on certain factors, so I e-mailed the poster with some questions. Hopefully this will work out- keep your fingers crossed, guys! :D

-Holy shit, I'm just under five minutes into Kuroshitsuji II and oh my god, I'm already not sure if I can watch this. ;~; I think that's a RECORD.

Also, this season is a lot more subtexty, isn't it? The first is a bit, but I always had the impression that Ciel was more asexual than anything. Alois, however... man. Shota is so not my thing.

-Baked my first thing that was a flop. Cupcakes again, but this time I tried putting a piece of cookies and cream candy in the middle of the cupcakes... eew. Though I'll admit that cookies and cream isn't generally a flavor I'm particularly fond of to begin with. I'm still going to bring them into work anyway- as I've said before, SOMEBODY will eat the damn things regardless. On the upside, I won't be tempted to eat them. ^_^;;;

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Wednesday, February 9th, 2011 06:05 am
verloren1983: (*facepalm*)
-I should probably not mention this, but I'm going to anyway because if I have to live with it, I'm going to inflict it on you guys: I have actually posted something on the writing journal. It's completely terrible. No, it's not the previously mentioned smut fic, though there's just a touch of that in this- something in RP pinged me all of a sudden and my brain started developing an ill thought out back story to a character, and... yeah. As I said, it's horrible, but at least it's SOMETHING. Which is better than not writing at all. Right? *crickets*

*cough* Anyway, it's here, for anybody who may be a glutton for punishment. XD

-Also god, I really need to catch that journal up. It makes it look like I haven't written anything since '08, which is absolutely not true. Okay, I'll grant you that I haven't written -a lot- in the last couple of years, but still. I think that should be my next project.

-Finally made those black forest cheesecake brownies Sunday night to bring into work Monday. Oh my GOD, you guys, these things were freaking awesome, and I don't even like cheesecake. I think I like these better than the peanut butter ones- and that's saying something. However, it leaves me with a dilemna- the recipe involved frosting, which is fine, except I have a ton of it left. Frosting is only good for so long. Meh. I bought some cake mix on sale and might do cupcakes or something? Aside from possibly making the brownies again. What do you guys think of cherry frosting and a butter pecan cake with maybe some chocolate chips mixed in? ^_^;;; (What can I say, I'm a fan of taking mixes and altering them, heh.)

-Weird thing: the other day, someone drove past me as I was walking to work and beeped at me. I couldn't tell who it was (I suck at identifying people in moving vehicles, pfft), but I did see that they flipped me off. WTF? I wished it was summer just for the fact that then they probably would've had the window down and they would've shouted at me whatever the hell their problem was. Though it's probably a little twisted that I'd rather be shouted at than left going "Bzuh? O_o"

-Other weird thing: Had a couple of customers get into it in the store (basically, she was holding up the line and he politely requested that she move it along- she pitched an absolute FIT at him, to put it mildly), which was crazy enough, but then... the woman actually FOLLOWED HIM HOME. I'm not even kidding, the guy came back later and told me. Cue Ver expression: O_O!!! People are freaking PSYCHOTIC.

-I think I got Kelly to agree to watch Glee with me for the trainwrecky lulz. Should be fun breaking her brain. XD

I keep falling asleep, so probably time I put this away. \o

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Sunday, February 6th, 2011 02:34 am
verloren1983: (Snowman)
I keep writing things up in notepad as I think of them and then leaving it for days at a time without posting it, so it just keeps getting longer and longer. Bah.

Cut for a couple of images. Nothing huge, but still. ^_^ )

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Friday, January 28th, 2011 08:06 am
verloren1983: (Fail)
I went to bed and got back up again, so I figured I'd post this entry that's been sitting in notepad since yesterday. ^_^;;;

-Ugh. The first thing I've written since [livejournal.com profile] blind_go , and guess what came out? *headdesks repeatedly* No,  not one of the more serious bunnies I have sitting on my desktop. Of course not. Of COURSE I had to be pinged by a smutty suggestion. I don't think it's something I want to inflict on the internet- it's not just smut, but it's bad smut. Fandom really HAS twisted my brain, hasn't it? I swear to God I wasn't this dirty originally. D:

I did get another idea for original fic (brought on by a local news story, of all things), but it's another one of those "I'm not sure I want to write it" bits. God. Everything my brain comes up with lately is either porn or totally fucking morbid. GAH. >_<

-So cool! The fireworks one is neat too. There's a link somewhere to download a free fireplace screensaver, which I totally downloaded. It is the awesomest. :3

-Also, this was recently brought to my attention... I'm not a big fan of Kurt's character overall, but the kid that plays him seems really sweet, and his reaction to winning this award is just too cute. The cast had to prod him to get up, because he was in utter shock, and then after that it was like he kept waiting for someone to go, "Where are you going? That's not you, sit down." He's very sweet and naive. Hollywood is going to eat him alive.

-Have I ever mentioned that I hate snow? Yes? Well, then, I'm mentioning it again. I HATE SNOW. It wouldn't be so bad except we've been getting slammed this month... just storm after storm after storm. Plus it's been cold as all holy fuck up until yesterday. Seriously, guys? The low was -13 (-25 in Celcius) the other day. At least it's warmer for now- around 20 degrees. It's like a heatwave. What we've had is the kind of cold where you go outside and you can't BREATHE. The cold just steals all of the oxygen out of you. It's like your lungs suddenly shrink or something. Is it spring yet?

-Playing Professor Layton and the Curious Village finally. It's... humbling. Puzzles like this are not my strongest point, certainly, so it makes me feel a little dumb. ^_^;;; I've had to look up answers for puzzles more than I care to admit, and I figured out the "secret" of the village WAY before they told me, but it's interesting.

-I keep trying to get into The Red Pyramid by Rick Riordan- I liked the Percy Jackson books, and I thought this would be like Percy Jackson with Egyptian mythology... oh how wrong I was. I can't even quite put my finger on what's wrong, aside from the little things that bother me, I just find myself drifting off to do something else all the time while I'm reading because I'm BORED. Bah. I'm determined to finish it, I'm just not sure how long it's going to take.

-Purchased a slow cooker and a cheap hand mixer in the past few weeks. Yep, definitely getting old. I figure I'd rather make little purchases here and there, rather than having to spend an obscene amount of money on all this stuff I need once I move out. Especially this one place that's in consideration- it's a lot more expensive than I'd like, which is why I haven't jumped all over it... however, it has no kitchen. Hence the slow cooker. I have an electric griddle that I purchased about a month ago, too, and of course I've had my rice cooker for a couple of years. Electric appliances that allow me to not require the use of a stove/oven are gooooooood. ^_^

That being said, I tried a recipe that was supposed to let me make cake in the crock pot- do not try this at home, kids. It was a complete disaster. The bottom burned and the top was still all cake batter. I ended up trying to pour the useable portions into a pan and sticking it in the oven. The cake is... passable. Not great. Might try it again sometime with just the oven and see if it's any better. On the upside, I can get decent macaroni and cheese out of the slow cooker. :D

-A friend that I haven't seen in some time, but am friends with on Facebook, sent me an invite to a gay ladies speed dating thing on Saturday. It's too short notice for me- if I'm to get a day off of work, I need to ask for it more than two days in advance- but it was nice that she thought of me, anyway. Although let's be honest, even if I didn't work weekends, I probably wouldn't go. I'm way too much of a social reject for that kind of thing. ^_^;;; Besides. There's trying to push myself a little out of my comfort zone and then there's throwing myself out of it completely.

Wow, 8am. Back to bed with me. <_<

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