olaf47: (the musketeers)
So The Boyfriend is not the boyfriend anymore.

I'm much more okay that I would have ever expected to be. I mean, it's not great or anything, but I'm having a surprisingly good week, in spite of it all.

This next week should be pretty good though--a good Halloween weekend (beginning with The Nightmare Before Christmas and Psycho! Two movies that maybe shouldn't go together :D ) and then we're flying out a job candidate for the Poli Sci position. I am the student liaison for the search committee, so I'm pretty involved. Lots of free food and fun talks with interesting people! I am excited.

Then November--and I think I'm doing NaNo again! Eek! Or something like it, anyway. I've got a lot on this one character, so I'm not starting from nothing, but I'm trying to make myself actually write all the scenes I have in my head for her. So, NaNo it is.

I'm also signed up for...well, a lot. Into a Bar and Pretty Lights and BSG_Kink's Kink Off and probably Yuletide, too. So there will be a lot of writing in my future.

Then THANKSGIVING! I am excited.

Ooh, and I forgot, Burn Notice comes back soon, too!
olaf47: (writer)
1.) I love fall. I missed it so much when I was in Africa, and it is not the same in Oregon as it is in Michigan (seriously, Oregon, don't you understand that the leaves are all supposed to turn pretty colors?), but it is still FALL. I am excited. I walked home from school in a zigzag path, stepping on all the crunchy looking leaves. It was satisfying.

2.) School has been great, in a different sort of way. All I want to do anymore is write. And it's kind of all I am doing. So I take part in discussions in my other classes via reading spark notes (or common sense, in one of the classes), and do not do the reading. And then I read five thousand things for Fiction Writing and write a million pages and spend hours on Google Maps and Google Earth figuring out where my characters lived in NYC before the world ended (both in Queens, one in Kew Gardens, the other I can't decide which neighborhood). It's just kind of bad because I only want to learn things if they pertain to my writing, which, eventually, could be a lot of things, but currently is about New York City and guns and the end of the world (and, in another piece, Kansas and airplanes and the Air Force and strokes and Paris and espresso and cutting and Seattle).

3.) English Boy is not going to join the English Army, after all. At least not immediately. He is going to teach English in Palestine instead, which is a bit of a relief.

4.) I love Jim Croce.

5.) I am going to be Peach for Halloween! From Mario Kart! It basically just means I get to wear a big pink dress and a tiara! I am so excited. I do not think there will ever be a time that I don't want to dress up for Halloween.

6.) I'm trying to get the Old Spice Man to record a video for my anniversary with The Boyfriend. Any suggestions on how to get him to do it? I have tweeted at him and sent him a message on youtube and am off to find him on facebook. I feel like I should write him a real fan letter and send it--I think he lives in Portland even? Perhaps I could stalk him and deliver it personally, because that wouldn't be weird.

7.) Did I mention that I love fall?
olaf47: (natalie portman)
I'm back at school. Mostly enjoying it but rather unproductive. Though tonight I am having a dinner party with crab cakes and lemon risotto and it's going to be amazing.

Love my new room with the Boyfriend. It is bigger and prettier and has a better shower and less removed from the rest of the house, which is nice.

School starts on Monday. Can't wait for Fiction Writing and Sculling. Don't much care for my other two classes, which is a bit sad, as they are the only ones required for my major. I was so excited about Political Science for about a year and a half. Now I'm just getting through it, wishing I was writing.

I gotta be honest, guys, I was really frustrated with the lack of response to my last entry. I was having a really hard time and didn't have anyone to talk to, and so I was grateful to turn to my online community of friends. Except then there wasn't one.

Anyway, things are good here. Texas and I were awkward for about thirty minutes but then seemed to get over ourselves. Roommate Boy lives with us again, which is fun, except he has a lady friend, who I love but takes up so much time. I am so selfish about him. :P And while I've always loved Gill, another new roommate to the house, I am not as sure about it now that we're in close quarters so often. But this is silly--I'm complaining when really everything is fun. I've been spending a lot of time with Hill and also with Hunter. It's odd, having friends who you haven't known very long but you feel like you've known forever. Such is the case with the Tent Wife, too, who I saw a few days ago. Maybe it was being together constantly in Africa but we just...fit. It's nice.

olaf47: (lucia)
I haven't properly updated in a month. I'm on LJ every day, apparently I just lurk now.

Life has been really good the last couple of weeks. Thursday was the meteor shower, and enough (but less than I would have liked) people showed up, and the meteors were AWESOME, so it was really fun. And then yesterday my mom and I and my Other Sisters and Other Mother (#2) went tubing down a river for four hours, just lazing around. Twas grand.

The Inappropriate Older Man is recently back from Peru. I have to see him soon since I am leaving for Portland in A WEEK. Crazy.

Work is really fun--I adore one of the guys I work with and like a few others quite well. It's sad to think we'll probably not talk much after a week, especially since he doesn't use facebook that much. :(

lots of information on my weird-from-the-outside relationship plus a bit of panic )

Anyway. Happier things. Anniversary with Other Sister tonight = Olive Garden then girlygirlygirly sleepover reminiscing about our former days. Seeing the Inappropriate Man sometime soon. Going back to Ptown in a week. ♥
olaf47: (Default)
In 24 hours I'm gonna be with my dad and my brother, sitting in Comerica park! It's kind of a crazy feeling.

I've been excited to go home forever, and of course I still am, but I'm terrible at goodbyes. I always cry and hold The Boyfriend and decide I don't want to leave, not ever. Probably within three weeks of being home I'll want to come back to Portland, but I know I don't want to stay here for the summer. I wish I could transplant my favorite people to my favorite place. It's home. And this summer might be my last summer that I can spend there, so. Obviously I want to go. It's just tough leaving people behind.

And this post is not at all me procrastinating from packing. No, not at all.

questions from coffeesuperhero )
olaf47: (smile)
I'M DONE WITH MY JUNIOR YEAR! HOLY CRAP.

It was quite anti-climatic, as I finished with a take home test. Usually it's something more like finishing a test, turning it in, and walking out of one of the academic buildings for the last time. Instead, it was, "Well. Um. I guess I'll email this to him. I'm done." But still very exciting.

BASEBALL SOON. We have ridiculously good tickets. I don't know exactly where, but in the "on-deck circle" section, which stretches from dugout to dugout, including behind home plate. *dies*

Mom seems nervous that I am sad that I'm coming home for the summer--since Texas, Roommate Boy (who will be Roommate Boy again for real!), and The Boyfriend are staying out here, together. But Portland doesn't have the Lake, or a beach, or les filles, or my family or Other Families, or Tigers baseball, or the IOM, or that feeling of home. Nowhere but Michigan will ever be home to me, especially in the summer. And this summer, the aunt and uncle aren't living with us, so I'll have my room again and much more peace and quiet. I will bike everywhere and write everything and I can't wait.

LOST spoilers )

MEME TIME!:

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2 - I will respond; I'll ask you five questions.
3 - You'll update your journal with my five questions, and your five answers.
4 - You'll include this explanation.
5 - You'll ask other people five questions when they want to be interviewed.


questions from leiascully )
olaf47: (b0ob$)
I have been trying to update for literally more than 24 hours. LJ hates me.

Good things this week:

- Texas and I both having less homework
- The Boyfriend's parents coming to visit
- Newspaper coming to visit
- Texas and I going to BASEBALL
- The Boyfriend's parents taking us to Cirque du Soleil

Then one week, during which I do not have work, then Texas's 21ST BIRTHDAY, then SCHOOL'S OUT. Basically, things are good. I mean, I still don't really know what's going on, what I want to do with my life, the person I want to be. But as we have a break in schoolwork, I'm realizing how fucking great life is without school's stress, and I realize that I'm not going to have the stress of school in only a couple weeks, and so things are better.

Went to dinner with The Boyfriend's parents last night, am probably going to dinner with Newspaper tomorrow night. And The Boyfriend's parents will probably take me out at least once more. Aka: this is a week of free food. It is glorious.

I've hit a point where I want to be Hunter S. Thompson."I hate to advocate drugs, alcohol, violence, or insanity to anyone, but they've always worked for me."

I just want to fool around and write. And sure, I'm probably just young and I'll probably grow out of it, but I feel like I should do it while I have the chance, right? I'm a strong advocate of bad decisions that don't ruin your life (or anyone else's, for that matter). Things with the IOM (which sort of had the heat turned up) and with Texas show that pretty clearly.

So here's to fucking up without dying, living like I'm alive.
olaf47: (Default)
Oh, friends, my spring break was so wonderful!

behind a cut for your convenience )

It all was rather fantastic. I was very happy, and The Boyfriend has been less stressed out of late, meaning he is being completely adorable. My mom says she knows when we're getting along because apparently I talk more like him on the phone. I'm not really sure what that means, but it's kind of sickly cute anyway.

FINISHED MY FIC FOR [livejournal.com profile] bsg_remix!!!! It's my first time doing it, and I really liked it. I've offered to pinch hit if they need me, too. I miss writing.

I think I'm going home for the summer. I love it out here, and I know I'll miss people either way, but that's home. I always wanted to do big things with my life, but it turns out the biggest things in my life are the people. Summer will always be that house and that beach and everyone who shows up at that beach. Memorial Day softball games and Wednesdays at Wisners'. The more I travel, the more I realize I want to go home. The world is beautiful, and everyone should see as much of it as they have a chance to; I have wanderlust, but I have a home, too.

And I think this to myself every summer, but I'm really going to do it this time: write a lot and lose weight. I think I'm going to start biking around with a chair and a notebook and just stop and write wherever I feel like it. And eat from the Farmer's Market like it's my job.

Other Sister and I were talking on FB the other day, and we've realized we can do whatever we want with our lives, as long as we can feed ourselves. I feel like most of the time when you're told you can do whatever you want, it means, "Go accomplish big things." But we can also accomplish little things. We don't have to go save the world if that's not what we want; we can live in our little dinky small hometown with the people we've known our entire lives doing what we love, and that's okay. You're not a failure if you return to your hometown. I think it's good to leave it at some point, because you don't know what's out there if you don't, but it's always okay to go back.

olaf47: (Default)
Hmmmmmmm, weekend.

iiz goood (say 'is good' with a cliched soviet union style accent) )

Last week before spring break. Two midterms and a first draft of a paper, but then SPRINGGGGGGG BRRRRREEEEAAAAAAKKKKKKK! Going to Roommate Boy's house! I am the last person in our group who has never been there! I am very excited. Also, REDWOODS. So much fun.

I need a recipe for corn bread. Southern friends (that's basically all of you), I'm looking at you.

Sports Night. Then bed. Tickets to baseball soon. ♥
olaf47: (Default)
I've been a bit MIA lately. I think it's at least partially because a lot of my friend list has also been MIA. I've been reading everyone's entries, just not really writing my own. I still have to work on a meme from [livejournal.com profile] coffeesuperhero, but that might take a while.

Things going on in my life:
- The day before Valentine's Day, the Boyfriend took me to a barbecue place for dinner. The wait for a table was supposed to be about thirty minutes; after an hour, we decided to just make our order take out. Oh my God, you guys. The pulled pork was life-changing, I swear. It was the best thing I have ever had. Ever.
- The Olympics make me happy, but make it hard to get any work done.
- My parents are coming out to visit soon! I am tres excited! I miss them. ♥
- Having a big thing tonight for my birthday. I'm excited, but last night was bigger than I expected it to be, so mostly I'm tired. I'm trying to have a slow day and maybe take a nap, but Texas is being pissed at me for saying we should go to Avatar and then changing my mind. She wants to go still, I'm hoping we can just go some other time. But I also don't want her mad at me. Blegh.

We watched Firefly last night! I'm a crazy person who has never seen it, so that was exciting. Just watched the first episode, but it was fun and I liked it, except that it has the worst music ever. :P Nathan Fillion just always makes me happy. One of the girls I watched with said, "He's so cute. In like an adorable way, not in a hot way." I'm pretty sure he's cute in a hot way, just saying.

Baseball spring training is happening and it gets me so excited! ♥
olaf47: (b0ob$)
I CAN HAS COMPUTER!

My hard drive arrived today and The Boyfriend was lovely and set up my computer for me. Unfortunately EVERYTHING on my old hard drive was lost. Which is scary and upsetting and I don't even know what to do with myself.

But a lot of it is backed up online, and maybe on my dad's hard drive? I'm not sure.

Anyway, I have named it Seelix, mostly just because it's a cool name. And nothing I have is awesome enough to be named Starbuck.

THE FREAKING OLYMPIC CEREMONIES ARE TIME DELAYED. I hate this. We were all ready to watch them at six, and then the news lady tells us, "We getting close to the start, a little over an hour away." WHAAAAAAAAAAT?! I am angry. But we are watching Richie Rich instead, so not that angry. We have a rules for a drinking game ready to go though. So that should be fun.

Anyway, while the Olympics happen, I am pretty much My country right or wrong. So I expect y'all to, not necessarily join in, but at least be comfortable with my occasional chants of U.S.A.! U.S.A.! U.S.A.! Unfortunately I don't have ANYTHING on my computer at the moment, so I can't even make myself an awesome U.S.A. icon.

Also, my heart goes out to family and friends of Nodar Kumaritashvili, the luger who was killed in a training run today.
olaf47: (natalie portman)
I am still a little broken, but mostly doing well. The fall down the stairs seems to have only caused bruises, nothing worse.

My computer, however, is definitely broken. I'm waiting for a new hard drive to arrive in the mail. I didn't realize how much I was attached to my specific computer until it got taken from me. D:

But the weekend, prior to computer breakage, was actually quite wonderful. We had an African party Friday night and an Africa party Saturday night. The African party was for people actually from Africa, who are friends with some of the housemates, and the Africa party was for people who came with me to Africa. Both were fantastically lovely. It was really good to see the Africa folks who were able to make it, and we didn't spend the whole time only talking about Africa, which would have upset Texas (who applied but didn't get in).

I also had my first shift at the Phonathon yesterday and got people to donate 35 dollars. I was excited. The job is going to involve a lot of doodling I think, maybe some secretive writing (which I don't think I'm supposed to do because it is distracting). But money. I need it, the job lets me have it. I just have to remember that.

Valentine's Day Sunday. I think we're doing dinner on Saturday night. I don't know. I'm weird about Valentine's Day, because I don't *want* it to matter, but it does to me. I mean, last year I had a SHIT time all day with my Science Olympiad girls outside of Seattle, and then came home and I don't think The Boyfriend even said, "Happy Valentine's Day." I wanted to break things. All that was needed really, was a happy valentine's day and maybe a piece of chocolate. I'm not that high maintenance, I swear.

Anyway, then next Sunday is my birthday, which means sometime that weekend we'll have to do sloe gin fizzes because they are the best.

olaf47: (thirteen)
It seems The Boyfriend has gotten me sick. Some stupid stomach flu (or maybe I got [livejournal.com profile] coffeesuperhero's over the Internet). Damn Twitter, spreading infections everywhere! Anyway, my belly hurts and I can't decide if I should eat something or just laze around.

I am in a flurry of Academy!Kara writing, though I will try to break out of it to get the other requests from this entry. There are still sooo many open request spots, so if you want me to do something, lemme know. Also, at any time you can always comment here and I'll see what I can do.

Stolen from [livejournal.com profile] meryl_edan and [livejournal.com profile] coffeesuperhero. For one of the questions, a response included "I have a special destiny." How could I *not* pick it?





olaf47: (Default)
Oh hello there.

I am back in Portland, which is positively lovely. We have a HOUSE, which is crazy. Roommate Boy hangs around even though he is technically no longer Roommate Boy, so that is exciting. The Book of Eli comes out today, which is also exciting.

Last night was ridiculous, as first nights back to school are wont to be. Got in, ate, slept, etc. Some ladies came over and we ate and the night started. Dancing and pong playing and snuggling. Roommate Boy and Texas seem like things may be happening, which is kind of HILARIOUS.

I should probably buy books and set up the room and clean (there are wine bottles and donuts *all* over the dining room table) and such. Instead, I will make some food and continue watching Universal Sports--an all-Olympic all the time network--with Roommate Boy, Texas, and The Boyfriend. Obviously, life is good.
olaf47: (natalie portman)
On Happy Pets on Facebook, I breeded my cats and the baby's finally grown enough to name, and Facebook suggested I name it Leia. How could I resist? Leia, the daughter of Gatsby and Mrs. Landingham. :D

Apparently I haven't posted anything but memes and a fic since New Year's. Oops.

My New Year's was amazing. All of my friends bailed on me (not amazing) and so I went to a family friend's with my parents and got drunk with a bunch of fifty year olds. We played word games and I kicked their asses. Twas grand.

Since New Year's, not much. Lazing around. Hanging with my Other Family. Enjoying coldness and familiarity.

And then today my dad got his knee replaced, which is kind of a big deal. It went really well. He'll either be out of the hospital Thursday or Friday, so my life's planned around that. Going in early tomorrow to be there for his PT. I'm gonna skip out for lunch etc. with a friend, give my dad some peace and have some fun myself.

This is the week of men actually )

Back to school on the 14th. I can't wait.

[livejournal.com profile] bsg_pornbattle. My life is so win.
olaf47: (writer)
Sorry I've been AWOL. The boy came to town. :D

Christmas )

On Christmas, I took the time to type up something I'd written in Africa: honey, it lights up the sky. Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] fluff_friday too.

Boxing Day of Love (aka les filles, the IOM and the Boyfriend, oh my) )

After he left I went to lunch with Flo. No matter how long we've been apart, we always fall back together without anything missing. It's perfect. Our lunch lasted even longer than that of me and the IOM. We just talked and talked and talked. I think the restaurant workers thought we were a bit crazy.

The Brother has also been around. He got back from Ecuador last night (his girlfriend is studying there and Christmas is also her birthday). I missed him tons. The fam sat around and watched sports together. :D :D :D

Tomorrow a party is planned chez moi. And by that I mean girl party with only like six of us, but that kind of makes it better, in my opinion.

olaf47: (kara laughing)
I am just shutting down my computer for travel times. Headed to Detroit for a baseball game--Dad and I are going early and Mom and Hank are meeting us there later. Then I'll sleep at my uncle's house in Ann Arbor and get up bright and early tomorrow to DRIVE TO ITHACA! I will be traveling through the lovely country of Canadia and then into New York. Should take about 8 hours, and I am hoping to get there around 5.

Since The Boyfriend and I tend to spend a lot of time on computers, even when we are together, you'll probably get an update or two. But officially I am gone until Tuesday night.

Haven't watched Weeds yet. Is it any good? Instead I've gotten myself addicted to Burn Notice. The main guy gets cuter every episode I swear! And the girl, who I thought was just ugly and annoying any time I saw her on commercials, is basically awesome.

News stolen from [livejournal.com profile] trolliepop: You can get faces on M&Ms. Who do you want to eat? :D

(I think I need a "This is my happy face!" to go with my "This is my airlock face")
olaf47: (you got a little)
MY LIFE HAS BEEN MADE: [livejournal.com profile] leiascully's Anonymeme

Seriously.

Just spent 15 minutes reading everything and LTHEFUCKOL.

[livejournal.com profile] leiascully and [livejournal.com profile] coffeesuperhero have [livejournal.com profile] trolliepop and [livejournal.com profile] ninamazing right now and I am so jealous I can't even handle it. Who would have ever thought I'd be dying to go to Arkansas? :P

Speaking of you crazy kids--I need a cornbread recipe sans sugar so I can try it out and probably decide that I'm totally a Yankee and WHATEVER I WILL USE SUGAR IF I WANT. But yes, I am willing to try the other side at least once.

T-minus six days to big drama to happen with the Inappropriate Older Man, T-minus six days to TIGERS BASEBALL GAME, T-minus seven days to go visit the Boyfriend.

Life is good. Fangirls make it even better.
olaf47: (kara laughing)
The Boyfriend is around, so I probably won't be online as much, just to let y'all know.

Also, he said, "You have Kara hair." And I maybe got really excited because MY NAME IS NOT LEE ADAMA! BUT I ALSO LOVE KARA THRACE!

Might not be able to get anything in to the porn battle, which is sad. Though someone already wrote at least one of my prompts, which is exciting. ETA: I was lying. I wrote forced Kara/Leoben avec Cylon death. Not really the happiest nor the porniest fic. But whatever.

Also [livejournal.com profile] bsg_pornbattle in a week. YES.

I cannot come up with any awesome new titles for movies like [livejournal.com profile] ninamazing, but you should all read the open letter to Pixar from girls with band-aids on their knees.

And because I am a sheep:

who do you ship me with?
olaf47: (Huddy)
Sorry for disappearing, internets. The boy is around, and so I am busy.

The boy is also sick, which is very sad. But I am taking very good care of him and being a wonderful girlfriend, which is rather fun in and of itself. It just makes me sad when he is not the most happy.

This just in: I am a big sap.

Anyway, he is here for another day or two, so I will be gone still. I have tried to keep up. [livejournal.com profile] leiascully wrote a lovely gen Housefic that I managed to keep up with, and I've been reading/skimming all your entries, just not commenting. Anything important about which I should know?

Also. I felt I should post on January 1, 2009. It feels strange, starting a new year. Knowing I will go to Africa for a whole semester and it will change my life. Realizing I want to be a writer, fiercely and with everything I have.

Resolutions/wishes/hopes for the new year? Share 'em with me.

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