Thursday, May 29th, 2014 09:32 pm
verloren1983: (Aww Crap)
So I have a short list of questions from Krim to get through, and I should probably do at least a minor update, but I've got to talk through this first, because it's the thing that's weighing most heavily on my brain as of this afternoon.

Cut for money and tax angsting )

31 Days Meme, Day 22

Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 03:37 pm
verloren1983: (Cookies)
22. The best thing to happen this year
First place for a story I wrote at the last freaking minute. I still don't actually believe that one.

More random... )

verloren1983: (*Blush*)
(You get a two for one here, because I missed yesterday since I was all zombie-fied. A little better today. XD)

13. What is your earliest memory?
I feel like I've probably talked about this before, but whatever. I told my mom this once: I was in the hospital. I was little, and in a bed that seemed HUGE to me. There was a window on my right that had light coming in, some kind of cabinet on the left next to the bed, and there was a chair in the corner where someone was sitting. I think it was one of my parents, but I couldn't tell you which one. There was a nurse on the side of the cabinet, but I wasn't paying any attention to her because I had an Etch A Sketch that I was trying to make work and the lines weren't going where I wanted them to. The biggest impression I have about the room, which is probably why I remember it, was that it was very white. Like blinding almost, between the white of the actual room and the brightness from the window. So yeah. I explained this to my mom once, when I was a teenager, and she just gaped at me for a minute before telling me that I was about one and a half, and I'd been in the hospital with strep-pneumonia. Obviously my memory was when I was feeling better, but I'd been very very sick and almost died. ^_^;;; I'm also told that the strep-pneumonia is the reason why even now, I have a permanent bronchial cough. So basically, even if I just have a minor cold, when I cough I sound (and feel) like I have a bad case of bronchitis. Fun stuff.

14. If you won the lottery...

-Immediate- pay off school loans, rent a nice apartment
-Long-term- Finish school, maybe travel a bit, move somewhere I don't hate, rent/buy and furnish a nice 3 bedroom place there (one for sleeping, one as a library/office, one as a guest/craft room), POSSIBLY driving lessons/license/car, but I'm not sold on that. Save the rest, maybe invest a little, but I don't really know anything about investing so it's probably better if I don't. XD

I know, I'm not very interesting on this score, but unless the money I got was a pretty low amount, we're probably talking about more money than I would even know what to do with. Beyond smaller stuff (buying gadgets/books/anime/whatever and donating to causes/organizations that are important to me, like Planned Parenthood and HRC), I can't even think of anything else I would do with the money if I had it, once basic needs and debts were taken care of. And I assume that after I was done with school I would still work- though having the money there would ensure that I wouldn't be stuck at a job I loathed, which would be nice.

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Wednesday, March 13th, 2013 03:20 pm
verloren1983: (Chi) know, I keep trying to post more, and I'll type something up, but then I don't post it and I wait so long that I have to rewrite half of it because it's no longer valid. Whoops. XD

Blah blah blah )

So basically, things are generally going pretty well at the moment. I'll probably be singing another tune in a month when I'm trying to write four different research papers, but eh. XD

NaBloPoMo Day 10

Saturday, November 10th, 2012 11:33 pm
verloren1983: (Cookies)
Yes, I forgot about the entry again today, how could you tell? XD

-Obviously, internet has returned as of very late last night. I kind of thought it would end up like that, buuuuut better safe than sorry, right? Or something like that. Of course, it would help tremendously if I wouldn't blank on doing online stuff.

-While I did go get my school check yesterday, I didn't go to the bank this morning in favor of sitting in bed reading. Whoops. XD

-Also, I would really appreciate it if the muses would actually stick around long enough for me to finish a story before switching around on me. I've had Kaga in my head, which is great for something I already had in the queue. Today? Waya shoved him out of the way. -_- I'm like, HELL, you guys, seriously? And of course the Waya bunny is something I've been sitting on and haven't started yet. This is one of the many reasons I can never finish anything, ugh.

-Persona 4 is still pissing me off. I worked on a boss for an hour, was ALMOST done with him, and he killed me. Ungh. I actually threw the controller in a minor temper tantrum. ^_^; (There's a rug in the living room, the controller is fine.) I ended up going, fine, screw you, I'm going to work on social link stuff then. And I did. I may or may not work on it tomorrow, I don't know, I'm getting pretty :/ about the whole thing, to be honest.

Aaaaand I have to wrap this up. Tomorrow! \o

NaBloPoMo Day 9

Friday, November 9th, 2012 02:01 pm
verloren1983: (Cute)
-There was no internet at home when I left this morning, so I'm going to do this post now, since I don't know what's going to be happening with that. I'm not sure what's going to happen over the weekend, either. I may have to make a couple of voice posts. Do you think those will count for NaBloPoMo? I mean, it's still posting, right? Just me talking at you nonsensically in voice form instead of written form. XD That's only on LJ though, so I dunno. I may have to update via my cell phone browser, which could get tricky. We'll see, I guess. (Basically, what I'm telling you guys is that if you don't see any posts on DW over the weekend, go check out LJ for voice posts, and I'll backdate posts here to link over later. XD)

-Need to go over and get my second reimbursement check, too, so I can put that in my savings account tomorrow. Saturday's really the only day I can go to the bank, sooooooooo yeah. I'll do that after I'm done with this. ^_^

-Today hasn't been so bad though, with the exception this morning. I woke up at 6:38- which is the EXACT time my bus shows up at the stop. -_- Ugh. So needless to say, I missed Math this morning. I was like, seriously, self? It couldn't have been 6:20? I could've made that! Funny though, how I have perfect attendance in everything BUT this math class. This is the only time I've missed class because I overslept, though. First time, I was just dragging and made it to the stop like two minutes late. Second time, I couldn't find my keys- and of course, without my keys, I'm not getting in the house, so I had to have those. And now today. I guess the good thing with it being Friday is that I can make her office hours on Monday- which is the only weekday I don't have math- and catch up on what I missed. So I won't have to sit there at the next class going, "buh?"

-Uhhhhh what else.... I'm coming up with a big goose egg here. Not a whole lot happening, besides school work, pride alliance stuff (which is mostly just an exercise in frustration, tbh- I can't STAND any of my fellow executive committee members XDDD), and hating Persona 4 with a passion. ...okay, okay, plot stuff is fine, and even social link stuff is fine. It's the dungeons. I'm always dying, and it's just... ugh. I'm not even really under-leveled- I checked. I just don't understand why this game is kicking my ass so badly. Ironically, the bosses are fine, it's the regular shadows that are making me want to throw things. Go figure.

Okay, now that I've had this sitting here for an hour and a half while I'm waiting for my Sociology class (it's still about an hour from now), I should probably go get that check and maybe try and snag a corner in the library so I can write for a while. Maybe. We'll see how that goes. My energy levels are still not quite what they should be, plus it's Friday, so I'm like XP at this point. Okay, okay, going. I'll see you guys in some form or other this weekend. \o
verloren1983: (*Blush*)
First things first- yes, I'm still alive, in case anyone was wondering. I kept meaning to post and I just... didn't. And then I was sick for about a week (still fighting the tail end of it, but at least I can breathe now) and basically lost that entire week. So! Another long collection of random updates and things that have amused me lately, in no particular order. Ready?

☁ (Leaving this one uncut for importance) Figured I'd pass this on just in case- I got a phishing scam in my email the other day, pretending to be paypal. Something about my account being limited and they needed me to open an attachment and send it back to them with the info they needed. Pffft. Yeah, right. I checked paypal just in case I was being overly cynical and of course everything was fine with my account, so the email got reported. Thought I'd put it out there that this is making the rounds. I think everyone on my flist is intelligent enough to not fall for it, buuuuuuuut it did look fairly official and everyone has off days, sooo better safe than sorry. ^_^;

Epic length and also a video embed. You've been warned. :P )

Soooooo hopefully it won't be another month plus before another entry. Independence Day falls on a Wednesday this year, so I actually have it off- probably going to spend it with Stef's family. Should be interesting.

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Saturday, November 26th, 2011 03:50 pm
verloren1983: (Aww Crap)
I have a few minutes to kill, so I might as well post this entry that's been sitting in notepad for three days, right? XD

I really need to post more often so this doesn't happen... )

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Tuesday, September 27th, 2011 10:03 pm
verloren1983: (Sigh)
☁ I've gone through the BG pieces. (Yay for Opera Mini at work? ^_^;;; ). As far as guessing, I have a chart, and have marked off 4 people with varying levels of certainty. There's one I'm half expecting to change before I submit my guesses. And no Ai, I haven't found you yet- though I'm going to think about it some more. I still have a little time before I have to put in guesses.

☁ The mosquitoes have been out with a vengeance. They're normally not around this late, but it's been unseasonably warm for late September, plus there's been all this water between Irene and the massive amount of rain we had this summer... yeah. The fucking things are EVERYWHERE. One bit me on the forehead today. ;~; She got me good, too. It bit me, and a little later Stef was like, "uh, your forehead is REALLY red." I went to go look- there's a huge swollen bump on my freaking head, not even kidding. UGH. I hate being a bug magnet. STOP LOVING MY BLOOD, DAMN YOU!

☁ Apparently both Lane Bryant and Capital One have decided to increase my credit limit. LB is now $200 ($100 before, though $200 will be more convenient on the rare occasions that I do use it, because LB is expensive) and CO is $500 when it was $200 before, even though I think the most I've ever had on a bill was around $100. I know they're trying to trick me into spending more money (which is not going to work), but kind of nice anyway. It's good to know that it's there if something happens and I need it. ^_^

☁ I saw a guy from high school the other day... which happens every once in a while, it's an unfortunate side effect of working where I do. I never got along with this particular guy, and he's apparently just as much of a dick as ever. He acted like I was some kind of traitor because I don't live in my hometown anymore. Like seriously? Anybody who ever knew me even a little bit would've known I was never going to stay there. I'm from Smalltown, USA- very quiet, closed off community. It was like being in a little cocoon protected from the world outside. (Additionally, my parents kept us in an additional "bubble", which Stef and I joke about now. That's neither here nor there, but it does explain a lot about my personality, I think. Sheltered x2.) Even now, sometimes I'll get blindsided by something that is apparently normal everywhere else, but is totally alien to me. My hometown is too restrictive, too far away from everything. It was a nice place to grow up as a young kid, and I visit for a couple of days now and then, but it's not someplace I want to live again. When I hit my teens it really started to be more suffocating than protective, and it hasn't changed that much. (Though the one small general store does actually make really good subs. I make a point to get one when I visit. :3) But seriously, judging me because I'm not up there anymore? As if it actually matters to me what he thinks of me? Pfffffffffft. He doesn't even know me. It just irritates me that he was being such a asshole, it was totally uncalled for, you know?

☁ Also, I'm watching Doctor Who, and there's this woman in this episode, her name is apparently Sophia Myles... I'm not normally into blondes that much, but HOLY FUCK:

(The picture is not from Doctor Who, but whatever.) Just. Wow. I could look at her all day. And I mean that in a totally not creepy, non-stalkerish way. <_<

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Thursday, September 22nd, 2011 03:58 am
verloren1983: (*facepalm*)
☁ Urgh LJ. >_< Issues. Though it seems better now than it did earlier today- it's loading, at least.

☁ There's a netflix-like site for video games. HOW DID I NOT KNOW THIS?! It's called Gamefly. I predict that this will be either the stupidest thing I've ever done or the most brilliant thing I've ever done. Probably the former. On the upside, it means I can try out a whole bunch of stuff without spending a fortune. ^_^; And when I feel like it's not worth it anymore, I can just cancel it, no problem. The subscription is kind of expensive ($16 a month), so probably I'm going to have the account active off and on as it's warranted.

[For anyone who might be curious- Epic Mickey seems interesting, but the camera and controls are frustrating as hell. You can't tell where the hell you're going (or supposed to be going) half the time. You'll be in the middle of trying to jump and the camera will whirl around with no warning, making you fall to your death. Not cool. I put it in the mailbox this afternoon, entirely glad I didn't buy it. Good in theory, bad in execution.]

☁ I somehow managed to squeak [info]blind_go in at the last minute. (Literally. I sent the e-mail at 11:59pm, no lie.) I really should've defaulted. It's pointless and all over the freaking place and just. UGH. Haaaaate. I procrastinated until just before and you can tell (and not just by the typos). I'm honestly kind of afraid to look at the comments on it. There are three other fics in various stages of "incomplete" sitting on my desktop, too, but those just weren't going anywhere or had no hope of being done in time. One in particular wanted to be a long thing. Meh.

Haven't actually decided whether or not to put up a guessing post this time, as I'm probably horrifically obvious and I already owe SO MUCH CRAP from previous rounds and various other things it's ridiculous. Hmm. :/ Also I've read a few things, but certainly not the entire list. I just haven't felt like it. Maybe tomorrow. Or something. It's not like I don't read quickly, so it's not a huge deal.

☁ I ended up going to both Saturday festivals, the more local one in the morning. There was a vendor there who makes his own candles and this shit was SO GOOD, I swear to god. I wanted almost everything. I did limit myself to two votives and a big one. I also got a pack of 15 yummy incense sticks for $1 at another vendor. Probably would've bought more but the guy was kind of rude. I went to Irish Fest a bit later. Honestly? It was lame. ^_^;;; It seems SMALLER now, which sucks. I did get a cool dreamcatcher from a sweet Spanish lady (Irish Fest. Go figure.) and her adorable 5-ish year old daughter, and a pair of earrings. Also over the course of the day there were fried dough sticks and ribbon chips and hot dogs, none of which I should've had, but eh. I probably won't bother going next year. Too bad.

☁ Birthday was fun. Got entirely too drunk, but I was able to sleep and recover without having to haul my ass into work, so it's all good. I had dinner with Stef- apparently Olive Garden does carry out? It cut what would've been a 40 minute wait in half and we just ate at my place. Good to know. You still get salad (with their amaaaaaazing Italian dressing in a container) and bread sticks and everything. :D :D :D :D :D

I do need to start spending some money here, though... I still have $50 in gift cards for Barnes and Noble from CHRISTMAS, got another $25 for my birthday, and then Erin sent me a $50 e-gift card for Amazon (I didn't even know you could do that. O_o). Uh. Yeah. How did that even happen?

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Sunday, July 24th, 2011 06:27 am
verloren1983: (Aww Crap)
☁ Been in more of a reading mood than a video game mood the last few days. Which is fine- I have a lot of unread books- but I strongly suspect that I'm procrastinating. I know I'm getting to the end of Suikoden II and I don't want it. ;~; As it is, I explored the first available bad ending- Shu slapping Riou is FANTASTIC. Also there was a little bit of confusion on seeing Georg. Suikoden timelines are confusing. Somehow I thought V took place not that long after IV, but uh. Definitely not the case, apparently. (Eternal love for Suikosource and their timeline. <3)

That being said, there's apparently a theory that the timeline jumps around from game to game because we're actually following Viki's teleportations, so it's in chronological order to her. It's as good of a reason as any. ^_^

I should probably quit procrastinating, though. After all... there's still III that I never got very far into (I believe it was at the first character change, as a matter of fact). I should probably give it another shot. ^_^;;; Or IV, which I'm at the end and can't seem to beat the last god damn boss (there's no way a TREE should kick my ass that badly! >(  ). Or V, which I was about halfway through and stupidly loaned it out, and have yet to get it back (along with the first Kingdom Hearts). Meh.

☁ Bills: I always think the credit card(s) are due about 2 weeks earlier than they actually are, which is both a good and a bad thing. Good because it means I've never been late for a payment. Bad because right around the 20th of every month I freak out because I think I've missed the due date. I have the 15th stuck in my head for some reason when it's the 28th. I should probably stop that. XD

☁ It's been brought to my attention that TokyoPop/Blu has gone under. I wonder if I should hurry up and get the rest of the series that I'm missing? ^_^;;; Looking through my manga, though, makes me realize that I was following a lot more of their stuff than I knew. Five, as a matter of fact: Loveless, Junjou Romantica, Gravitation, Fruits Basket, and Chibi Vampire. Three of those are complete, but unfortunately, those are the ones I'm most behind in. Fortunately, the two that aren't are popular enough that they'll likely get picked up by another publisher. If I was to get everything that I needed up through current volumes, I'd need to buy... 34 volumes. Christ. (For the curious: 1 Junjou, 11 Gravi, 13 Furabura, and 9 Chibi. I'm up to date on what's been released of Loveless in English.) Out of those, though, the ones I care about the most are the Fruits Basket, Junjou Romantica, and Chibi Vampire, in that order. I still have $50 worth of gift cards to Barnes and Noble from Christmas- maybe I should use those to work on that. Then again, they're a hell of a lot cheaper on Amazon...

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Saturday, April 30th, 2011 01:46 pm
verloren1983: (*facepalm*)
[info]help_japan  is baked, sent, and totally done. Phew. ^_^;;; Remind me to just straight up donate money next time. Hopefully they live up to expectation!

☁ So I saw the apartment on Thursday. It's roughly a 20 minute walk from between there and work, which isn't bad (and hey, built in exercise :D). It's on a nice quiet side street and I would no longer have to cross a major road to get to work every day. The girl seems nice (cute too, but alas, straight). I think it went well- for me- but I tend to be pretty awkward and quiet with people I don't know, so eh. We'll see. ^_^;;; I'm trying not to get my hopes up too high. The apartment itself is small, but cute, and the bedrooms are a decent size. Then again... it could be a CLOSET at this point and I'd be like, "Great! :D" So it not being a closet is a definite plus. There's also a gray and white kitty whose name I can't remember at the moment. Really, the only thing that I didn't like is that the people downstairs in the main part of the house have two dogs. So when you first walk in, that's all you smell- DOG. You don't smell it up in the apartment, though. The bathroom is also super tiny, but I can deal. She's going to keep me updated, so we'll see what happens with that. *sends good vibes to potential roommate~ pick me, pick me~*

On the upside, even if I don't get it, maybe I can use moving as a motivation to CLEAN MY DAMN HOUSE. Needs to be done anyway.

☁ Got another random bunny for [info]blind_go , which is good, but it's worse than the other one, which is BAD. *stabs brain* Either way, it's due in a little over FOUR DAYS, so... I need to write SOMETHING. >_< Dammit.

☁ Hourou Musuko has been licensed in the US! *shock* Never thought THAT would happen. Volume 1 is apparently coming out this summer. The downside? The website has it listed as $25. Seriously, you guys? I get that part of it is because it's in hardcover (why?)... but come on. Release it in paperback like a normal manga. Regular books typically go to hardcover first, yes- but with typical books, we're not going to be buying volume after volume after volume. YOU DON'T NEED TO HIKE THE GOD DAMN PRICE UP BEYOND ALL REASON.

☁ Had a weird guy hit on me at work the other day. O_o I've never understood why some men think it's okay to do that. I AM AT WORK. Not only that, but they're hitting on someone that can't tell them to buzz off. If I turn this guy down, he could call corporate, make something up, and I could lose my job. So no, I don't feel comfortable saying no. My company doesn't support its own policies when a customer complains (I have a coworker that was burned by this. He followed company policy, the customer called and bitched, corporate then acted as if he did something wrong and he got in trouble for it), you really think they're going to back me up on something like this? Pfffft.

It wasn't ZOMG THE MOST TERRIBLE EXPERIENCE EVER obviously, but it was damn uncomfortable and I just don't get why some people feel the need to do that. O_o Not interested. GO AWAY.

☁ Between borrowing money from savings and not paying it back and just not putting money into savings every week, I've managed to owe $593.50 to my savings account. >_< Yes, it's to myself and not really that important, but it IS. Especially if I get this apartment, because I'm going to have to spend some of that for stuff. A bed, for example. I'm not moving my current one anywhere but the garbage heap. Possibly a TV. It would be AWESOME if I could scrounge together a kind of scrapbooking station, but that may have to wait a bit. It's something I'm intending on doing at some point regardless- I desperately need ONE place to put all that stuff so it won't get lost or damaged. And then maybe I can actually SCRAPBOOK once in a while. That would be nice.

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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 [ 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

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Friday, February 25th, 2011 12:42 am
verloren1983: (Chi)
- This probably speaks of my ignorance as an American, but I had no idea that the melody of "My Country, Tis of Thee" was stolen from "God Save the Queen." I was watching Kuroshitsuji and they started singing "God Save the Queen," and I was all "O_o Those aren't the right words." XDDD Faaaaail. In my defense, I've never actually heard it before, so, yanno.

I did finish Kuroshitsuji last night, by the way. Just... wow. It was very good, though I'd have to say that my biggest beef with it is the violence. Eeew. There was one scene in particular that wasn't violent, but just completely disgusting (let's just say it involved a character touching something rotting and just.... eugh. *shudder*) Now to watch season 2, which apparently has a higher rating than the first because of the violence. Yaaaaaaaaaay. XD

- According to current calculations, I will reach the savings goal by mid July. Sooner than I thought, honestly, but it still seems very far away. Either way, though, the sooner I get that taken care of, the sooner I can concentrate on other things.

- Also I hate February. It -always- screws me over monetarily because it's a short month. Pfft. Reminder to self, will owe $50 to savings because I can't do it this week plus pay rent plus, yanno, eat until next Thursday. Unless I live off of cake. While I certainly have enough mixes at the moment, that wouldn't do my waistline any favors, that's for sure. ^_^;;;

- Speaking of food, I made this lasagna recipe in the crock pot. It's good, though I'll definitely be making tweaks of my own (less meat and water, lots more veggies :D). Still. Yay, I can make something with the crock pot besides macaroni and cheese! Best part is it's not a million calories! \o/

- Working on that ten songs that make you cry thing, but it's understandably difficult. Especially since I don't cry easily, either, so there's not a lot of them to begin with. I have four so far. XD

Edit: Also, pretty new layout from [ profile] fruitstyle . :D Going to take some getting used to, I think, but it'll be worth it.

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Saturday, February 12th, 2011 04:54 am
verloren1983: (Fail)
-Taxes: Done and sent. They didn't seem to take as long this year, which is a good thing. I'm getting back $1065 between state and federal, which is getting transferred to my savings account as soon as it hits checking and is going to almost double what's in savings by the time I get it. Yaaaaaay!

-I'm more behind on the writing journal than I thought I was. I was looking everywhere I could think of and making up a list of stuff that needs to be posted, and I found a bunch on the external hard drive that's never seen the light of day. A lot of unfinished fics and bunnies, but some finished and ready-to-go stuff, too. Weird. On that note, I'm going to be trying to update that... obviously not all at once. Maybe one or two a day or something, to make it as painless on that flist as possible. On the upside, some of it's going to be new to you guys? :D

-Found out today that Hulu has Kuroshitsuji- subbed- yay! It's been forever since I actually watched something new, anime-wise. That being said, I did watch the first episode... this one's kind of creepy, isn't it? :/

-I'm gathering up a list of fic that I owe, too. Which, sadly, apparently doesn't look that much different from the last time I posted an owed list. Guh. I NEED TO WORK ON THIS STUFF! I know I have bits and pieces of some of these somewhere- like I seem to remember having Phoenix's half written. It's just a matter of figuring out where they ARE.

What I still owe, which is entirely depressing considering how old some of these are. D: )

And on that note, it's bed time for me. Night all!

Boring crap. :P

Monday, January 10th, 2011 02:34 pm
verloren1983: (My Own Little World)
☁ I transferred a good chunk of money into my savings account. I still left a decent amount in checking for groceries and this week's portion of rent and whatnot... honestly, probably more than I actually need, but then I do need to go get my hair cut this week. We'll see- if I have a bunch left over at the end of the month, I'll put in more.

☁ I'm probably going to start putting $50 in savings every week again. I got out of the habit somewhere along the line. That's bad. Not only does it keep my spending in check (because otherwise my brain will go "Ooooh, I have extra money, I'm going to get a bunch of things that I've been wanting and couldn't afford!" XD), but it helps me save for the bigger things I really, really want. Also a cushion to fall back on would be nice. If I was to be laid off tomorrow, I would be so royally screwed money-wise, and I'd rather that not happen. Plus I need to work on making sure I have money for deposit/first month's rent, that kind of thing. AND saving for that pesky reward system I have set up for my weight loss, which requires me to purchase shiny things as I hit specific milestones. I haven't had to worry about these milestones for some time now, since I've been more or less maintaining my loss, but I'm trying to get things going again. So. :D

☁ Speaking of weight, as of this morning the bathroom scale puts me below a number that shall remain nameless that I haven't seemed to be able to break for the last couple of months. I had been there, but gained about four pounds back. And now they are mostly gone again. :D :D :D :D :D (The Wii Fit scale, of course, is an entirely different thing, as always. Bah.)

☁ Also I've decided that I really, really want an e-reader. Honestly? It's part of the reason I shoved that money into savings. If it's in savings, I don't see it, and if I don't see it, it doesn't exist. That means I don't go to the Amazon website and order a Kindle just because I want one. Though staring at this PDF in all it's black text/white background glory and trying to read is making it really, really tempting. >_<

☁ That being said, I had decided a few weeks ago that I was going to start keeping a list of what I was reading again. I used to, and then I just stopped, somehow. Probably because I was reading a lot less. *cough* However! In 2010 I read a TON and didn't keep track, so this year I'm making a list. My goal for the year is 50 books read (re-reads don't count, but manga does), which considering how fast I read is a freaking JOKE, but whatever. Got to start somewhere, right? I've read four already, since the first, and working on a fifth. I'll grant you that none of these were particularly difficult reading, either technically or emotionally, but still. Considering work and sleep and the fact that I have to take numerous breaks because reading on my laptop for extended periods KILLS my eyes... yeah, I'm pretty damn proud of that. ^_^

☁ As far as writing is concerned... there is now yet another bunny in my head that I'm not sure I want to write. Ugh. I feel like it's been so long that I couldn't possibly remember how to do it properly. Or do the characters justice. Then I think that I probably need a canon review, and then some part of my brain goes "Jeez, wouldn't this be easier with your OWN characters?" And... yeah, it's just this continuing downward spiral. XD I should probably quit whining about it and just freaking WRITE something, possible OOC issues be damned. At least get me going again, you know? At one point I had decided that I would write at least 100 words a day. Maybe I'll try that again. I can do 100 words. 100 words of WHAT is more the question.
verloren1983: (All About Me)
I'd love to say that I've been doing something constructive the last couple of weeks, but really... not so much. I've been watching Bleach and doing a bit of reading (read book one of The Dresden Files, now working on the first Percy Jackson book) and fooling around on SW. And LORD. I've gotten back into playing LORD. And Sims. Kind of playing FFXIII, but I'm still stuck, so meh. *headdesk*

Basically, I'm vegging out. Scale says I haven't gained any weight, but I feel like I have. Still eating whatever the hell I want at the moment. Eventually that will pass, I'm sure, but right now I just don't have the motivation to actually DO anything about it right now.

A couple of weeks ago, a co-worker that I hate started bitching at me for something I didn't do... and I kind of snapped. Not super bad- I have that old Irish temper, TRUST ME it could've been a whole lot worse- but still, it wasn't pretty. The manager that was on said he'd never seen me so angry and proceeded to send me home because I clearly needed the day. Oh, and did I mention that when I actually left, I'd been there a whole 15 minutes? It was not even 5 when June started in on me, and I spent almost 10 in the back trying to calm down enough to be able to go up front and not punch her in the face. Yeah. That has to be some kind of record. The week after, I got as much of an apology as I'm ever going to get from her, so everything seems okay there. I never got in trouble either. ^_^;;;

Had an eye appointment just over a month ago and they still haven't called me about my glasses. Maybe I should go over there tomorrow. Getting a little bit anxious about that. I GIVE YOU MONEY AND YOU GIVE ME SHINY NEW GLASSES, THAT'S HOW IT WORKS. Eh. Either they're not done or somebody dropped the ball and they forgot to call me. :/

I'm probably going to need a new cell phone in the next year (pffft, there are pieces coming off, it's only a matter of time). As much as spending the money doesn't thrill me... a new phone would be cool. I'm of two different thoughts here, though. I now have the opportunity to get a cheap, simple phone, return to the "put $20 on it every three months" thing, and just... save a lot of money there. I don't need the full keyboard or the expensive stuff anymore. Plus it's blue. :3 On the other hand, they have this Rumor Touch one that looks really cool. XDDD Thing is, it's $130, a slider-type phone and I hate those, and half of the features require a data plan. I'm not addicted enough to facebook to PAY to use it. The main thing that appeals to me, though, besides the touch screen, is that you can actually put mp3's on it. Plus it has a mini-SD slot. So for me what it comes down to is that I'd be paying $130 for a glorified mp3 player. XDDD Eh, not worth it.

☁ Also I found out rather unpleasantly last night that I'm apparently incapable of just sitting and watching a movie now. I -still- find myself stopping it all the time to do other things. Guh. It took me five hours to watch the Percy Jackson movie last night. Well, in all fairness about four to four and a half, really, because I had my mother talking at me for FOREVER in the middle of it.

Alright, enough of that. I'm sleepy, so I think I'll take a nap (or not, my sister called right after I posted this, go figure) and then read some. Later \o

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Thursday, April 15th, 2010 02:23 pm
verloren1983: (Akira Bliss)
Pffft, I thought I'd done an entry more recently than that. I guess not. :P

Not a terrible lot going on- I've been doing a lot of thinking lately, which I'm working on a post explaining what's been going on in my head there. Probably why I'd thought I had done a more recent entry. XD

I received my income tax refund... eh... last week? So far I haven't done much with it except splurge on a 2TB external hard drive (it was only $50 more than the 1TB, what? XD). I... can't even fathom that much space, but I'm sure at some point I'll have it full. Just not for a really, really long time. It took me forever to fill my 500GB. XD Also on the list of things to get: mattress, FFXIII probably, possibly a netbook and a case to travel with the thing. Really though, it depends on how much the mattress ends up costing me. ^^;;;

Started reading Hourou Musuko last night.... finished what's out this afternoon. So yeah, 84 chapters in less than 24 hours. ^^;;;; I absolutely inhaled it and I need more. The adorableness is what hooked me, and now I'm just so in love with the characters, especially the two main characters. It's just... guh. Is the next chapter out yet? It's getting an anime too, I'll be interested to see that.

Also started doing some switch outs in my diet- water for soda (though I haven't been doing too well on the drinking on my days off, boo), grilled chicken instead of fried, that sort of thing. And using the Wii Fit more. I've lost 8 pounds and I'm not really doing that much... probably going to plateau at some point and I'll have to work out more, but for now, this is okay. ^^ I'm mostly just happy that I've lost the 8 pounds I gained while Erin was here. It seems to be working for me so far, so I'll just keep doing what I'm doing though. At least till it stops working. XD

Oops, gotta go. I'll hopefully have episode 2 of the Hikaru no Go bases up soon too- they've been uploaded to Photobucket, I just need to take the time to actually post them. \o
verloren1983: (*facepalm*)
Not so long between updates! Whee!

-[ profile] blind_go  sign ups are a go! Anybody that's seen/read Hikaru no Go, go sign up! :D :D :D :D :D :D :D :D As usual, I have no idea what I'm going to write... but it's a shortfic round, so I'm sure I can come up with SOMETHING. ^^;;; I need to restart my Hikago watching, too. I got through episode 10 and stopped. I actually haven't really been watching too much anime recently. I need to stop that, I'm SO behind. ;_;

-Speaking of anime... did anybody else know that they actually made a third OVA for Boku no Pico? God. Talk about wanting to stab yourself in between the eyes with something very, very sharp... because, of course, in the interest of completion I had to watch it. I'm clearly a masochist. And somehow it ended up being even WORSE than the first two, and I didn't think that was possible. *shudder* Traumatized. For. Life. Just saying.

-Don't know if I told you guys, but my DS cracked in the middle. It still worked, but because of the crack, the top is working on getting separated from the bottom, and so I really needed to replace it. I mean, I've had the thing... eh, four or five years? Considering how much abuse it's taken, I certainly have no complaints about its lifespan. Anyway, got a shiny new BLUE one. :3 I've wanted one of those forever. The good thing is that now I don 't have to feel like I'm being horrifically indulgent getting a whole new one just for the color. XD This is LEGIT, dammit. Also I can keep the old white one and use it for travel~ That way if something happens to it in transit, it's not a big deal. :D

-I've been spending way too much money on game stuff recently... Kelly's boyfriend was selling his extra Xbox 360 (how do you even end up with two of those things, anyway? *baffled*) $100 without the hard drive... considering that I'd pay $150 in a shop for the same thing used, I figured it was too good to pass up. I gave him $20, so I need to give him the rest soon. $50 at the game store for a hard drive for the thing (20GB, because I'm probably never going to need anything bigger than that.) $70 for games. Guh. They didn't have Final Fantasy XIII, but they did have the two other games on my "MUST HAVE" list: Dragon Age and Fable II. Started Dragon Age before work yesterday, it's definitely interesting.  That's... actually what I'm going to be doing when I'm done with this. :3

-Last money related bit, I promise. I'm just really excited about this. XD I'll preface this by saying that I basically have no credit. It's this huge catch-22 that you need credit to get credit, which is why I've never been able to get a credit card for emergency purposes. However! I was in Lane Bryant the other day and they're always trying to push their store card... I've been rejected for it before, but what the hell, they give you a discount for trying. I was actually approved this time. O_o Not that I shop there a lot, and I have a limit of $100, but that's FINE. It's something to start with so I can actually start building my credit. \o/!!!! I'm so psyched.

-My older sister is driving us crazy. Thank god she's only here for a month. Okay, that's not a very nice thing to say, but seriously. I love her and all, but jeez.

-My dad and his wife apparently have a website that everybody else knew but me. I'm like... thanks guys. They have a sewing/alterations shop, which is totally weird thinking of my dad doing. He was always the techy type, not the sewing type. Eh. *shrug* There were no pictures or anything though, so I don't know what he looks like now. I was kind of curious. All of this... is not important, it's just a huge WTF for me.

-Colored my hair just for something different. It's a reddish brown... haven't decided whether I like it or not. We'll see. ^^

....weren't these entries supposed to get SHORTER? Bah. Okay, shutting up now. I have a book meme I keep meaning to put up, I should do that soon. XD

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Monday, September 28th, 2009 01:42 pm
verloren1983: (My Own Little World)
You know, I've really got to get better about doing entries again. I've been... okay, really lazy with LJ lately, and it's not just this journal, it's commenting and RP too. Don't know what's going on there, but it needs to stop. :/

1. Defaulted on blind_go for the first time since I started doing this in round 3. I just... meh. Had nothing. I had a serious lack of motivation, plus a lack of bunnies, and I really need to watch the series again- which I've started, but haven't gotten too far with. Ironically... AFTER deadline I got a bunny. Of course. *headdesk* I haven't read any of the entries yet, either. Gonna try to do that tomorrow.

2. Birthday was okay. There was some drama, which I knew there was going to be when my sister invited her friend Jim along, who proceeded to just go ahead and bring a DATE with him to the dinner without even asking if it was okay, in addition to being well over an hour late, but whatever. Overall it was fun, so it turned out alright.

2. I've gotten myself into a bit of a financial hole. Luckily, the money that I owe is to my savings account. Not that it means it's any less important, I need to pay that money back, but it's not quite as urgent and not a source of panic like it would be otherwise. I also have a plan on how I'm to pay back the $260 I owe to that while continuing to keep up with saving weekly, though we know how my financial plans go. Right now I'm not seeing any problems... but the key thing here is that I've GOT to control my spending. We're talking roughly $50 a week of spending money here- groceries, phone, miscellaneous expenses. Though that's after rent and the savings thing is covered. Still... I guess it's a good thing I like ramen. ^_^;;;

At any rate, if all goes to plan, I should be out of debt to the savings by the end of October, and have a decent amount of money in that account by mid November, which is kind of the point. We'll see how all that goes.

3. As an extension of the previous, I've begun contemplating some things for Christmas. I know it's kind of sick, as it's not even October yet, but if I'm going to not be completely in the red for the holidays, I need to get a bit creative here. Like burned DVD's and bookmarks and things I can do on the cheap. This is the point where I wish I was a bit more crafty.

4. Speaking of crafty, I got a shitload of scrapbook pages done on my last couple of days off. It's sort of amazing to me, because I've been not wanting to work on it for a long time now... I apparently just needed a change in projects. So I'm taking a break from the senior scrapbook (yes, I know I graduated in 2002, shush.) to work on my Edgefest album (which is almost finished), and hopefully when I go back to the other one, I'll be refreshed enough to work on it without wanting to quit and do something else immediately.

5. Work has just been... drama. I work with five year olds. >_< That's a story that I'll maybe save for another time, because this entry is long enough as it is already. Just... yeah. Five year olds.

I need to get something to eat and get in the shower and all that good stuff before work, so I will see you guys later and stop boring you all to death. :P Hopefully it won't be another month before posting?

This got long... <_<

Thursday, June 4th, 2009 11:56 am
verloren1983: (Fail)
Holy crap, it's been forever since I've bothered to write a journal entry. Nothing really going on, just work kicking my ass, so I haven't really felt like it. I've still been keeping up with my flist even though I've been sucking at commenting too. :D So, what's been happening?

1. Finished Nabari no Ou, finally. The end was... surprisingly fluffy. Definitely made me go "O_o" It's... okay, not on my list of zomgbestanimeever, but it's pretty good. ^_^;;;

2. Been reading an obscene amount of manga lately. A little Fruits Basket and other random things, but mostly Fullmetal Alchemist. I'm now caught up in that- 60+ chapters in four days? A little much. ^_^;;; Thank god for online manga, because god knows that I can't afford manga right now. As it is, I think I need to start eating a lot more ramen to keep up with the saving up thing. Seriously. ^_^;;;;;;;;; On the upside, I have $411 in my savings account right now. Not much more to go until that $540 I need! :D And right on time for the revised estimated time, too. I said the end of June, and it'll probably be about that. Maybe a little before if I manage to get not-broke. XD

Speaking of which, Fei made me realize just how much I've spent on this little hobby of mine. I was happier not knowing. *twitch* Just FMA makes me want to cry- well over $200 for the full anime and the manga up through volume 11, plus the anime character book. JUST FMA. This doesn't include Hikago or Death Note or fucking hell anything else. Christ. When did this get worse than my video game habit? My video game habit is pretty fucking bad. >_< On the upside, I haven't -really- spent as much as it sounds. I don't actually purchase books very often, so most times when I buy them, I have a gift card to pay for part of it. :D YAY FOR GIFT CARDS. Still. The saying of "Anime: drugs would be cheaper" is particularly apt. *headdesk*

3. Flist, please tell me I'm being ridiculous. I -need- to get my hair cut. It's driving me crazy. I haven't, however, mostly because I haven't had the money. This is understandable. Computer > Hair. But part of it... Aki likes long hair. >_< GAH. I'm crazy for even thinking that, because I see her AT MOST two times a year and I have to deal with it 24/7. Fuuuuuuuuck. I'm a moron. XD

4. I fail, you guys. So hard. ihikago is STILL half done and it's been over a month now, for starters. *headdesk* I just... haven't felt like doing anything. Well. Not quite true. I've been working on cleaning my room a bit. :D But not quite what I mean here. *siiiiiiiigh* I need to stop failing so hard.

5. I hardly ever remember my dreams. However, the two that I've remembered in the last few months have both been frighteningly realistic. O_o The first one wasn't possible, and I severely doubt this one will happen, but... yeesh. Talk about making a girl nervous. This dream was basically that corporate closed my store, and so I lost my job. To the point where when I woke up, it took a few minutes for me to realize "wait, that was a dream. *HUGE sigh of relief*" My subconscious apparently likes to scare the CRAP out of me. But then again, I knew that already. I know through other stuff it was commenting on how I want out of retail, but without another job lined up already, the prospect of getting laid off is... panic attack inducing. ^_^;;;

6. Might be getting a Wii. Apparently a co-worker of my mom's bought one for her kids and they don't want it (wtf), so she's selling it. The console and a few games (mom sadly did not ask which ones, boo)- $150. For a practically new Wii. *squee* Mom, Kelly, and I are going to go three-way on that, from my understanding. So $50 isn't too bad. :P

........yeah. Ramen. Totally ramen. *sigh*

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Sunday, April 19th, 2009 01:41 pm
verloren1983: (Aww Crap)
1. Computer's been restarting A LOT lately. This combined with firefox crashing quite often does not make for a happy Ver. It also does not make for easy tagging. Meh.

2. Speaking of tagging (well, RP, really...)- don't know if anybody else has seen it, but there's a secret about Matt in rpsecrets. :D I found it amusing. <3

3. I have sent out the last check for the whole hospital thing. So once that gets taken out of my account (*wince*)... I NO LONGER OWE THEM ANY MONEY. \o/ Which means I can start saving for a NEW COMPUTER. SCORE. That being said... most of you know this, but I'm really, really bad at saving money. Well. Small amounts are fine, but anything more than a couple of hundred bucks is more or less impossible for me. I have -zero- impulse control when it comes to certain things. BUT! I may have come up with a solution for this. Every payday, I call and transfer money from my checking to my savings. Preferably before work so I don't spend it in the day. It's automated, so I don't have to freak about talking to someone... and if it's not somewhere I can see it, then I can't spend it. If I'm shopping and try to spend more than what's in my checking account, my card will get declined. Which... yes, would be embarrassing, but it would keep me from spending that shit. The biggest flaw I see in The Plan is that it requires me to actually remember to transfer the money every Thursday. Urgh.

But if this works, I should be able to get a laptop by mid June. \o/ And then more saving for when Aki's planning on coming down here at the end of the summer. :3

4. I'm really, really hating April 20th right now. Two of the shifts at work asked for it off, naturally, because they're potheads- leaving me to work with the store manager and this one idiot cashier all night. -_- I -hate- working with the store manager. It always feels like he's watching everything I do and it's just CREEPY. So thanks, guys. I appreciate that. (For anybody that doesn't know, 4/20 is a pot thing. Like the unofficial holiday for it or whatever.)

5. Writing... has not been happening. FAIL.

6. Naruto: It took 4 episodes to catch my interest, but now I may actually watch it for a while. But I still can't stand whiny Sasuke-fangirl Sakura. <_< Oh, and the OP still sucks. XD

7. Harry Potter: Bunch of news I found out the other day, if anyone hasn't heard:
-Movie 6 got a PG rating. What. The. FUCK. I'm now wondering what the hell they DID to it then to bring it down to PG. O_o
-They -are- putting the epilogue in movie 7. Dammit. I was really hoping they'd skip that. -_-
-Release of movie 6 has been pushed back two days- July 15 instead of July 17. Which makes it a Wednesday and therefore I have it off. :D :D :D :D :D :D :D
-Depsite my reservations, the trailer for movie 6 looks good, so I'm still hoping. ^_^;;; I think... this is going to be even worse than the book in some aspects. Now... I hated canon Draco. But in Half Blood Prince, my heart broke for him. Twice. Once in the scene with Moaning Myrtle in the bathroom, and then on the tower (trying to be as less spoilerish as possible, sorry. ^_^;;;). Now... I don't know if they're actually including Myrtle in the one scene, but they did show him in the bathroom in front of the mirror, and then Draco and Harry fighting. And of course they have to include the tower bit. ^_^;;; But from what I can tell in the trailer, they included both scenes, and just from the trailer... guh. In the book, both scenes made me want to hug Draco. The movie will probably be worse. -_-


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