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Friday, February 12th, 2010
8:03 am
About half a foot of snow in Nactown overnight last night. Classes were cancelled (*cheers*), so I celebrated by making a snowman for the first time in 25 years or so.

Side note: I wanted to do something "different" and "special" to celebrate my 35th birthday (this coming Monday), but wasn't going to be able to (though the not-so-different plans I have for next weekend are pretty cool). I think that different and special thing was taken care of for me : )

Current Mood: cheerful
Monday, January 11th, 2010
11:58 am
If anyone hears/sees anything about an internship in hotels, amusement parks, or bars/nightclubs OR an HR internship - preferably in the Houston/Galveston or Austin/San Antonio area - please let me know. I have to have a summer internship to graduate in December! :D
Saturday, December 19th, 2009
9:47 pm
popcorn + bacon salt = the awesome!
Monday, July 27th, 2009
11:13 pm
Leave me a comment and I will give you a letter. Then, write 10 things that you love starting with that letter. Post the list in your journal. Give out letters to those who comment in return.

Cat gave me 'B'.

1. Black 'fake Converse' with purple peace signs.
2. Ben and Jerry's ice cream.
3. Boats.
4. Banana daquiris.
5. Boston - the band.
6. Best friend : ).
7. Blue Rumor 2.
8. Books.
9. Brownie sundaes.
10. Beautiful Swedish boys named Alexander :P
Wednesday, June 3rd, 2009
1:26 pm
Previously posted elsewhere, but just now making it to LJ because I've been on dialup (or worse)
CP Update One

Alive and sorta kinda well in Sandusky, Ohio. Internet is practically non-existent. The much-hyped wifi in the housing units is almost impossible to connect to, so I'm using dial-up. Yes, it still exists!

Here's a quick rundown of the highlights of the trip, the bad stuff about being here, and the good things here.

The Trip
The drive up here was long and arduous, especially after the rain delay, but we (Erin, the car, and myself) all made it through just fine. Along the way, we took a little break to wander along the Mississippi in Memphis, drive past Graceland (who knew it was in the ghetto??), eat at White Castle, and drool over 'Vettes in the lobby of the Corvette Museum ($16 for the two of us to actually get into the exhibit area was more than we wanted to pay at the time, but we're going back when we get the chance). There were also many interesting and amusing road signs, billboards, tourist traps, and town names along the way.

The Bad
The first day at CP was hellish. The check-in process never goes smoothly, but in this case I also temporarily lost my ID (which is like gold here - it's your ticket into the park both on and off duty, your pass to get into the housing units, and your time card) which necessitated even more running in circles than we already had to do. Secondly, we found out that the housing unit we were wanting to get into doesn't open for at least another week and that our second choice for housing was full. We ended up in the Commons dorms. With a roommate. Three women in a room that I estimate to be about 12X15, with one dresser, a built in desk, a twin and two bunked twins, and two lockers. The lockers are about 5 1/2 ft tall and 3 ft wide and are supposed to serve as both closet and safe. And there are only two of them for three room occupants. WTH? Not the best idea there. Erin and I are actually looking forward to moving back into the scary, rundown dorms with no lockers or closet space. Then we come to the roommate herself. She's 20, and she apparently has never lived with anyone else in her life. I say this because she is completely inconsiderate. I work mornings, Erin works nights; we need sleep at different times. The roommate completely disregards our need for sleep by making as much noise as humanly possibly - talking on the phone, shifting stuff around endlessly, bringing loudmouthed guys into the room, watching crap on BET, or blasting rap. I keep telling myself there is only one week left to put up with this. Only a week. Maybe I can make it through that without turning homicidal. But those who know me well KNOW I don't do well without sleep. I can function okay, but I turn into uberbitch. Not good when you're working in a high customer contact position. Also, three people so far (including the roommate) have made the assumption that I am Erin's mother. I'm only five years older than her for mercy's sake!!!! Erin swears I don't look 50, and I swear she doesn't look 14, so I have no idea what that's about. People used to assume that she was my girlfriend. I can't quite decide which is worse. AAAND I've already got a (very very minor) sunburn.

The Good
The weather has been awesome. We had a couple of warm days (the locals thought it was hot at 85 with a cool breeze - ha!), but it's cooled off now. I think it got up to 75 today, but when I headed out to work around 9 this morning it was only about 55. Everyone else was all bundled up in their jackets, but I thought it felt awesome. Yesterday, I spent a few hours on the boardwalk and the beach, alternating between reading a great book and looking out on Lake Erie. Erie may be a lake, but it looks like an ocean - you can't see shoreline in any direction (unless you turn your back to the ocean or look down between your own feet, that is). It's interesting to me to look out over all that water and think 'somewhere on the other side of that is Canada'. Maybe I'll get to see what's on the other side. That'd be cool. Also, I will soon be doing a photo safari of the park, the beach, and the hotel (and other stuff, I'm sure). And as soon as the weather is warm enough, I'll be hanging out in Soak City (CP's water park). And once Erin and I get moved into Gold, we'll be a few minutes walk from: our jobs, the beach, the park, the employee cafeteria (cheap, and with healthier than poptarts, Easy Mac, and ramen), a sushi restaurant (for when we have $$ again), and Starbucks coffee. : ) Most of my supervisors and coworkers seem to be pretty awesome (only one possible exception so far). And the employee rec center is kind of cool, as long as you're not actually expecting to use the wifi connection (good music, food and drink available, pingpong and pool tables).

For those who don't know, getting to ride rollercoasters for free is not a perk of this job as far as I'm concerned. I don't ride 'em. I don't ride most rides, actually. Soak City is a big plus though, and there are a few shows I wanna catch in the park, too. But being able to actually wander right under coasters and other rides is hellacool, and I can't wait to take lots of pictures : )

I think that's about it for now.

CP Update Two
So it's been two weeks now since we got to Cedar Point. Erin and I both really like our jobs for the most part, but I'm not getting nearly enough hours. Last week I worked 16 hours, and I'll be surprised if I make 25 hours this week. Erin, on the other hand, is working a set 48 hours a week. Feast or famine around here.

Neither Erin nor I have really made it into the park yet (her to ride, me to take pictures and video). Maybe soon.

On Saturday, we moved from the Commons dorm complex (which one guy I met swears was modelled after Auschwitz) into the Gold dorms. Even though Gold are way older with less amenities (like insulation!), Erin and I are both much happier now. We don't have the noise issues we had at Commons, we don't have to worry about another roommate, we have access to Wifi (sometimes), and we're way closer to work.

Besides not having enough hours at work (and missing everyone back home), my only real complaints right now are 1) having to live off of non-refrigerated foods like Ramen and peanut butter (with no jelly), which is a little difficult sometimes and 2) the weather is ridiculous right now - the high today is supposed to be 61! In June! The poor lifeguards at Soak City are getting less hours than I am because no one's crazy enough to go to a waterpark in the cold. It might make it back up into the 70s by the weekend, but I'm not holding my breath (or putting away my sweatshirts).

I guess that's it for now. We don't have anything really exciting to report, since we haven't really done anything. Maybe soon.
Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
1:29 am
Thanks to a) living in BFE and b) walmart sucking, I can't get the new Dresden book until 10 am. This sucks since I am an insomniac and I really want my book.

boo
Wednesday, March 4th, 2009
4:05 pm
This week has been the suck. Can we either have a do-over or skip to next week, please?
Thursday, February 12th, 2009
2:57 pm
In addition to the job offer with Cedar Point (which I've tentatively accepted), I also received an offer for a local, very part-time job. I'll be working in a low-volume retail location two days a week (Monday and Tuesday, so no interference with Amtgard events). The shop is closed in summer, so it won't interfere with any plans I make for a summer job or internship. And I'll have a little more $$ than anticipated, which is always good. Especially since I fear that my car might need work :(
Monday, February 9th, 2009
12:23 pm
Job Offer
Contingent upon a background check (which I know, thanks to the Disney debacle, will come back clean), I have a job offer. Unless I receive a better offer for a summer job or internship closer to home, I'll be spending the summer in Sandusky, Ohio, working the front desk of Hotel Breakers at Cedar Point amusement park.






Thursday, January 29th, 2009
8:07 am
English, you have let me down!

What does one say when bidding goodbye to an acquaintance whom one has seen only a couple of times in a handful of years? I mean, I'd met the person before, so "Pleasure meeting you" doesn't work. And "it was good seeing you again" has two problems: 1) I don't particularly like the word 'good' here ('a pleasure' is too formal for Texas, unfornately, and don't even get me started on 'nice') and 2) well...I hadn't seen the person in YEARS and don't really know 'em, so it's kind of awkward. What I need is a less formal way of saying 'It was a pleasure to renew my acquaintance with you'. Does such a thing exist?
Friday, January 16th, 2009
12:09 am
Ganked from a couple people:

1. Pick 15 of your favorite movies that you have on DVD.
2. Go to IMDb and find a quote dialogue from each movie.
3. Post them in your own LJ for everyone to guess, but not before you take a crack at these!
4. Strike it out when someone guesses correctly, and put who guessed it and the movie.
5. No Googling/using IMDb search functions.
6. As always, winner gets my admiration and thanks!

1. "You got those. I like those on a woman."

2. Boondock Saints - recognized by higher
"Now, we must all fear evil men. But there is another kind of evil which we must fear most, and that is the indifference of good men."

3.
a: "Look up "idiot" in the dictionary. You know what you'll find?"
b: "A picture of me?"
a: "No! The definition of the word idiot, which you fucking are!"

4. "Wait a minute, my name's not 'Alvin'... Someone else's life is flashing before my eyes. What the hell is that about?"

5. "Perhaps Margaret is right. Piracy is our only option."

6. "You know, don't you? The story, it's happening to us now. We're living it. It's-it's alive, it's real, it's breathing. And we can give it a happy ending."

7. "Never show anyone. They'll beg you and they'll flatter you for the secret, but as soon as you give it up... you'll be nothing to them"

8. Hunt for Red October - recognized by higher
"When he reached the New World, Cortez burned his ships. As a result his men were well motivated."

9. "Dear Diary, I am writing in your bullshit pages because my shrink is crazier then I am."

10. Demolition Man - recognized by trey
"He's finally matched his meet. You really licked his ass."

11. Dragonheart - recognized by higher
"I merely chewed in self-defense, but I never swallowed."

12. Benny and Joon - recognized by higher
"They used to be fat and juicy and now they're twisted. They had their lives stolen. Well, they taste sweet, but really they're just humiliated grapes. I can't say I am a big supporter of the raisin council."

13. "Woman is the most fiendish instrument of torture ever devised to bedevil the days of man"

14. "Eliot, do I look like a beautiful blonde with big tits and an ass that tastes like French vanilla ice cream?"

15. The Three Musketeers - recognized by higher
"You, boy, are arrogant, hot tempered and entirely too bold. I like that. Reminds me of me."
Friday, January 9th, 2009
11:16 pm
I went to put a quilt into the cedar chest today, the place where we store stuff that we want to preserve. Found some interesting things I'd forgotten we even had, including but not limited to:



Star Wars and the Empire Strikes Back on RCA Selectavision VideoDisk. Yes, really.



Ralph McQuarrie Star Wars posters - 2 sets.



Lots of SW comic books and the old SW/Empire/RotJ picture books.



Star Wars blueprint books



Escape from the Death Star board game circa 1978



I thought all of that stuff was long gone...wow.
Thursday, January 8th, 2009
8:38 pm
99 cent Simplicity patterns at Hobby Lobby - this rocks! I'm nearly broke, but I bought 4 patterns anyway. Two for Amtgard and one in two sizes that will work for both Amtgard and mundane. As soon as I have time, I'm digging through my fabric horde and going to work!
Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008
10:36 pm
Got my first 'nibble' on all the internships and summer jobs I'm applying for. Westin Hilton Head wants me to call on/after the 5th of January to set up a job interview. Yay me :)
I'd prefer something closer to home (especially after last spring's debacle) but I'll take whoever'll hire me. And Westin HH is not a bad place to get one's figurative feet wet.
Saturday, December 13th, 2008
12:59 am
So I made a 75 this semester in Astronomy. I shouldn't be happy about that, but I so am. That means I got a C, 2 Bs, and an A this semester. Not terrible. But hopefully I can do better next semester.

I only have one general education course left to take. I was going to take it next semester, but the section I wanted closed before I got to register. So all the classes I'm taking in the Spring are in my major. That should be interesting.

I wonder what this semester's grades will do to my GPA. Hmmm......
Thursday, December 11th, 2008
7:13 pm
Finals are officially over : ) I made it through the Astronomy final...got either a very high D or a very low C, but I have no idea how he was calculating the two pieces of the final together to make one score so I'm not sure which grade I made. Either way, that'll give me a C in the course. As someone who generally makes 'A' grades, that kind of sucks, but I'm just glad it's done!

Now I'm going to celebrate by taking a very long bubble bath with a glass of wine and a good book.

Current Mood: jubilant
2:32 pm
If I survive this Astronomy final, I want a medal. Or at least cookies. And a hug. Bleh.
Wednesday, December 10th, 2008
9:06 am
Buddha and Bootcamp
I've got one final left to get through (the one I've been dreading), and then it's Buddha and Bootcamp time. What does that mean? Well, I'll tell ya...

Bootcamp is short for 'The GunMan's Rockstar Bootcamp Body Plan.' This is the diet and fitness plan that Gunnar Nelson's personal trainer developed to help him lose a ridiculous amount of weight in a relatively short amount of time. I tried it out last fall (I had to modify it a bit because the diet part is BORING) and lost weight like mad (I lost about 20 pounds in a little over a month). I've kept most of it off, but I started gaining weight in the last couple months (gotta love all the food holidays - Halloween, Thanksgiving, and Christmas!). Now that school won't get in the way of the 'eat every two hours' thing, I'm going back to bootcamp : ) The exercise portion is, strangely enough, where Buddha ties in.

While I was in Florida, I was greatly inspired by a Buddhist I met there. Erin and I actually learned a bit about going with the flow and were inspired to streamline our material possessions. Then we came back here, and oh boy...this house is full of STUFF! My den is overflowing with random...stuff. Not junk, but not all necessary either. So it's time to start streamlining again now that I'll have time to sort stuff. Maybe I'll even find a few gems to post on Ebay for a little extra cash. What does this streamlining have to do with bootcamp? Simple - I need to make room in the den for my dance mat so I can play DDR, which is my exercise program of choice. I don't care how crazy it sounds. It works and it's fun.

Anyway, that's what I feel inspired (god could I overuse that word a little?!?) to do at the moment. Inspiration is good : )
6:53 am
Today's "writers' block" made me stop and think a moment. What do I like about the Christmas hols? The truth, other than the fact that I'm out of school for a few weeks, I don't care much about Christmas hols at all. I'm too poor to buy presents, everyone I know is too poor to buy presents, trying to get together with my family is usually more stressful than it is rewarding, and I hate the cold. I like Christmas decorations, and a double handful of Christmas songs (mostly stuff like "Mistress for Christmas" that's a bit off). So, in answer to the writers' block question about what holiday tradition I like best, I'd have to say that it's one I haven't started yet: the tradition of getting the hell out of the country over either Christmas or New Year's, preferably on a cruise ship in the Caribbean.

(I do miss choosing and giving gifts for folks. When I have money again, one day, that'll be a favorite again)

Current Mood: melancholy
Monday, December 8th, 2008
6:28 pm
Slam Book
Am I the only one who remembers Slam Books, or does that title date me? :D

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