September 22nd, 2012
|02:26 am - Delurk activated.|
Wow, it's been forever since I posted. Guess insomnia does odd things. Well, I suppose it's as good a time as any to play a bit of catch up on what's been happening since my last post. First off...I never really got back to work. Sure, I had a couple temp jobs, but they were even more temporary than my usual temporary jobs. One of them only lasted three days and made it pretty clear that I'm not all that good at canvassing.
Instead, I started going to school and I have boredom and the Art Institute to thank for it. I got an email saying their North Hollywood branch was having an open house. As I mentioned, boredom had set in and since it was not only free but involved free snacks I figured it couldn't hurt to go check it out just for the sake of getting out of the house.
Boy, talk about sticker shock. It was stupid expensive to go to the school, but I left with an application basket, a pretty tasty bagel, and a why the hell not attitude. Not about going to AI, it's got some great advantages, but it was out of my price range. No, I had a why not look into some of the community colleges attitude.
I did, and found out the application was both free AND didn't require transcripts from my disastrous first attempts at secondary education (a major hurdle in my mind). I was quite shocked to get a letter saying I was accepted and dove into a whirlwind of activity to try and scrape together funds as well as schedule classes in a way that would still let me look for work so my unemployment wouldn't get cut off.
I never found work, still haven't, and now that my unemployment has run out I have even less incentive to keep looking and getting back rejection letters or stone cold silence. Instead, I'm only a year away from my AA...I hope.
With luck and some mad cramming, I hope to make it through these last few semesters with a shiny new degree, and hopefully an even shinier financial aid packet so I can try for a BA as well. After all that...a career...unless the universe finally listens to that request for me to win the lotto or PCH so I never have to work a day in my life unless I want to . If Fate gives me the easy street card I think I'll go for commissions just to have something to do instead. Yes, I know statistically it's a fantasy, but a girl can dream. And if this dream comes true it'll be Japanese candy and SMART cars for all!
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Crickets and a box fan
July 23rd, 2010
Ganked from lady_ravenlocke:
The first TEN people to comment in this post get to request ~something~ of any pairing/character of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal. If you absolutely can't write, you can offer drawings or icons or something instead (meta? picspams? reasons why that character/pairing rocks/doesn't rock?).
My only request, please make them pairings I know?
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: bored
Current Music: Birds chirping outside my door.
December 3rd, 2009
|02:26 am - Writer's Block: Sense and sensibility|
If you could keep only one of your five senses--taste, touch, smell, sight, or hearing--which would you choose and why?
Wow, that's a tough one. It's a lot easier to choose one you're willing to give up than only having one left.
If I absolutely have to choose though, I'll go with vision.
It's the only sense that could help me overcome all the handicaps I'd have from losing all the others. With no sense of touch, I'll need my eyes to be able to tell I've taken on an injury. With no sense of taste, I should at least be able to enjoy the way my food looks. (You eat with your eyes after all.) With no sense of smell I need to be able to see the smoke pouring out of the building to know it's on fire. As for hearing, there's always subtitles and closed captions.
And of course, I couldn't read, watch a movie, or play my video games...the only things that would make the horror of losing all my other senses bearable.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: blah
Current Music: Umcka commercial...the heck is umcka?
June 5th, 2009
|05:59 pm - Unemployed...again.|
Once again I fall victim to the perils of being a temporary employee. I have been laid off again and today marks me being without work for one week. I scraped together half my rent and I can only hope the landlady will be patient as I wait for the UI check. That or that I get back to work quickly. Wish me luck!
In other news, I got to spend my day dealing with the joys of trying to protest a parking ticket. Way back at the start of April, I got a parking ticket for no proof of registration because I didn't have a tag on my car. The reason for this is that they didn't get my proof of insurance until after they tried to send me a sticker. Thus I got a letter saying I needed proof of insurance about three days before I got the one saying they got my proof of insurance and my registration was reinstated. Unfortunately, the ticket came in this period of three days.
So, you'd think...no problem. There's a 30 day grace period. If I send them the letters proving that I was legal that's that, especially since the automated message only asks for a letter explaining why you're protesting with the proof to back it up.
No, it's never that simple. At least not for me. I finally got back the reply, which states that I need to get the citation signed off by the Sheriff, Police, Marshall or CHIP and pay a $10 admin fee.
Okay, kind of annoying. If you'd said that in the automated message I would have done all that before I took the trouble of copying all my paperwork and sending it certified mail. Still, it's better than a $50 ticket that would have ballooned to $170 by the time I could pay it. (Take it from me kiddies, if you owe anything to LA pay it ASAP because the late fees are horrendous.).
So, I figure, I'm not working. Let's just go ahead and get that done while I have a day to do it. So around noon I head off, figuring it'll take an hour tops and I can do my laundry on the way back to maximize the gas I'm about to blow. (I don't take the bus on my first trip anywhere if I can help it. I prefer to go, figure out where it is, where the bus stop is, then take the bus in the future.)
But I digress...
I go by the library first to use a nice fast computer to get a map and directions, as well as to pick up my reserved copy of 'Breaking Dawn' (My god...the woman writes about nothng...NOTHING...for 75% of each book with a heroine I want to strangle and a love interest that isn't close to realistic yet I still keep reading.)
Sorry, tagent struck again.
Back to the story. I hit up the sheriff first, and get told that they can only sign off on mechanical citations and it would cost $15 for that. But, they think CHIP can do it. I already know there's no way in hell CHIP was involved because the ticket was on a tiny street in the heart of a residental neighborhood.
So, I thank her. Head to the closest library and look up the closes Police office and Marshall. Police is closer so I head there. After waiting around about 15minutes, I get told they can only sign off on criminal and that I need to contact the DOT because police is criminal and parking is DOT. *twitch* DOT isn't even listed as an option, but I take the number she gives me and head out again.
I make the mistake of thinking I know where the closest DOT is and that it's close to home. It's late, I'm aggravated, but I'll give it a go since it's only a mile from home. I get there and realize...oops, this is the DMV not DOT...crap. My screw up, but it's not quite the end of the buisness day so let me call the number I was given.
Short wait time, thank god, but this is the wrong DOT, they don't handle my city and they don't have the number for the DOT in my area. I explain that the number was given to me by the Police with the intention of explaining that perhaps they should improve the line of communication, but the woman is so buisy insiting that they don't handle it and she doesn't have the number despite what I'm saying that I give up, thank her and hang up.
So, I'm only a hair from spitting mad and decide to call the number on my original ticket to ask them precisely who I should go to. Only to be told it was the sheriff. *twitch, twitch* Must control fist of death!!! I tell the operator I already tried that and am told to just send in proof of registration and no, no fee, my kind of ticket has no fee.
...C.O. is not a happy camper. I'm pretty certain that I've already wasted $10 in gas alone but tommorow I will try again. Hopefully it will go better.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: annoyed
Current Music: Nat Geo
May 11th, 2009
|09:05 pm - Blah!|
It's official...I've hit the point in the test cycle where I want to beat my head against a wall because I'm just sick of seeing the same damned game 8 hours a day 5 days a week.
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: working
Current Music: Food TV: Unwrapped
November 5th, 2008
|08:55 pm - Woo Hoo!!|
WOOOO HOOOO!!! OBAMA WON!
Sorry to my Republican friends but I....AM....HAPPY!!! I'm hopeful he can get a good start on the road to change. Far more needs to be done than one man can accomplish in just four years time, but laying the groundwork is the important thing.
On the negative side though. I'm upset that Prop 8 and Prop 9 managed to pass. I really wanted gay marriage to remain legal, not because I'm a yaoi fangirl (though that helps), but because I feel it IS discrimination and discrimination is wrong. So many American's forget that part of what's precious about our freedom is the fact you can, or at least should, be free to think and act however you feel so long as it's not causing any major harm to others. And having your delicate morals offended by what the neighbors are doing is NOT major harm. Having your kids learn that some people marry people of the same gender is NOT major harm. Having a child raised by two loving parents that happen to be of the same gender is NOT major harm.
I understand and agree that children do best with a mother and a father, but having two genders raising you is no gurantee. My own life is proof of that. Limiting possibilities only to the ideal isn't right. This is my way or the highway thinking. Not equality. I'd think most people could agree two gay/lesbian parents is better than a single parent and sure as hell better than no parents at all. I daresay I think same sex couples have a better chance of getting it right since most had to fight for the right to be married in the first place. There are no Vegas impulse weddings here. Most of these couples were together for years on end, much longer than the average 'normal' marriage lasts these days.
But that is my personal rant. I cast my vote, signed the petitions, and donated when I could. All I can do now is wait for the next opportunity to help out.
All in all though I'm still pretty damned happy. Here's hoping it lasts. ^_^
Current Location: Home
Current Mood: ecstatic
Current Music: "Respect" - Aretha Franklin
September 10th, 2008
|06:16 pm - How do Doctors do this?!|
I don't have a ton to say but I thought I'd post just for the sake of being able to look back. Crunch time in my job of choice resulted in a first for me. A 24 hour shift...or rather it would have been 24 hours if I hadn't been late to work due to a doctor's appointment (another rant on that soon). I know some ER physicians pull that kind of a shift, but it was my first time doing so and dear gods I was out of it. Thankfully I was just testing a video game, not making life or death decisions. I was great for the first 12 hours, then I started going downhill. Around 18 I was delirious enough for everything to turn funny. Then I finally made it home and got a damned second wind....so I got a bit of auto work I'd been putting off done and came home. I know I went to sleep at some point, woke up in the bed after all, but damned if I can recall how I got there.
As for the doctor's appointment....that was a colossal waste of time. Being the broke thing that I am I do paid medical studies whenever I can just to get the free checkups. Costs me time and money at first, but by the end of the study I would be well ahead. This time it was on breast pain...so I was sent to a small radiology lab for a mammogram.
I should have known the day was going to be weird when I woke up to find my tire flat. I had slept in as much as possible so this guaranteed I was going to be late to the doctor. I called ahead to let them know, but they said as long as I was in by 11 they'd still see me. Okay, no problem. I get down in the dirt, change the tire, and book it to the doctor now dingy shirt and all.
I get to the place, and find the closest spot I can...right next to a spot that smelled like a toilet...UGH! No worries, I don't have to stay here any longer than it takes to get in and out of the car. The it's upstairs to the tiniest office I've ever seen. I think it was only a little bigger than my place and my place used to be a garage. Not looking so nice...but it's free so I'll stick to it.
Around ten minutes later I'm told their office has some kind of billing dispute with the place that's doing the clinical trials and the man who handles the contracts won't be in until noon. Which is past 11 so they can't see me. Great....I just lost 3 hours for no good reason. Whatever. I'll head to work and make the best of it. Which leads us full circle.
Man oh man what a day. ><
"I love my job. I love my job." - Emily: The Devil Wears Prada
Current Location: Living Room
Current Mood: exhausted
Current Music: Sanctuary - Utada Hikaru
July 15th, 2008
|10:21 pm - Meme and an update|
This is IMDb's top 25 all-time box office hits. Bold the ones you saw in theater, italicize the ones you saw some other way instead, and leave the unseen ones alone. Put asterisks beside ones you weren't impressed with.
1. Titanic (1997) $600,779,824
2. Star Wars (1977) $460,935,665
3. Shrek 2 (2004) $436,471,036*
4. E.T.: The Extra-Terrestrial (1982) $434,949,459***
5. Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace (1999) $431,065,444 *
6. Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Man's Chest (2006) $423,032,628
7. Spider-Man (2002) $403,706,375***
8. Star Wars: Episode III - Revenge of the Sith (2005) $380,262,555
9. The Lord of the Rings: The Return of the King (2003) $377,019,252
10. Spider-Man 2 (2004) $373,377,893
11. The Passion of the Christ (2004) $370,270,943*****
12. Jurassic Park (1993) $356,784,000
13. The Lord of the Rings: The Two Towers (2002) $340,478,898
14. Finding Nemo (2003) $339,714,367
15. Spider-Man 3 (2007) $336,530,303
16. Forrest Gump (1994) $329,691,196
17. The Lion King (1994) $328,423,001
18. Shrek the Third (2007) $320,706,665
19. Transformers (2007) $318,759,914
20. Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Philosopher's Stone (2001) $317,557,891
21. The Lord of the Rings: The Fellowship of the Ring (2001) $313,837,577
22. Iron Man (2008) $311,708,133
23. Star Wars: Episode II - Attack of the Clones (2002) $310,675,583***
24. Pirates of the Caribbean: At World's End (2007) $309,404,152
25. Star Wars: Episode VI - Return of the Jedi (1983) $309,125,40
Heh, and now that the meme is done. Quite obviously I am alive, though being well is open for debate. My new digs put new meaning to the word small and I'm a bit behind on bills thanks to a short stint of unemployment, but I'm working again and slowly catching up. My friend Suzie has been awesome about helping me stay fed, which is a godsend with gas prices the way they are and me with a 20 mile commute.
And lady_ravenlocke has been kind enough to help me stay sane by keeping the writing going. My guinea pig Zidane gave me a bit of scare today. He's been clever enough or lucky enough to always sleep when I'm not looking, so I never got to see him stretched out in the year or so since I got him. Today, I was on my way to the fridge when I happened to peek in his cage and saw him rolled onto his side, which freaked me out because I thought he'd passed out from the heat or there was something bad on the celery I'd given him earlier. But no...he was just getting ready to nap. Which I ruined when I ran up to check on him. ^^;;
So, yeah...I think that's enough gabbing for now. I'm going to attempt to put up a pic of my guniea piggy for you all to see. And yes, he was named for Zidane Tribal because he likes 'soft things'.
Current Location: Living type area
Current Mood: HOT!!
Current Music: "Freee credit report dot com."
May 20th, 2008
|08:35 pm - Ch-ch-changes|
For those that don't know, my roomie has once again decided that she wants to move and this time I've decided to move as well.
Basically, she announce a a couple weeks ago that her siggy's cousin was moving out of his duplex and said siggy was thinking of taking over the place. Roomie is going to move in with him and I'm going to take the siggy's old place.
So I'm moving into a postage stamp of a pool house in Mission Hills. It's roughly 20' x 18' with odd little angles. I needed to invest in a toilet seat that actually fit the bowl, a microwave, and various odds and ends to get it ready, but utilities are included and it's only a little further down the road from work.
Hopefully this will be good for me in the long room. Wish me luck? I think I might need it.
Current Location: Living Room
Current Mood: uncomfortable
Current Music: "Toxic" - Brittany Spears
April 9th, 2008
|08:53 am - Woo Hoo|
For those of you that don't know, my son is here in CA paying me a visit with my cousin. *BEAMS* It's so good seeing them again. As such, I won't be about until late at night until Saturday, but I'll try to keep updates here since I am about in the morning before they get up.
The (not so) little one is taller than me now, predictably got his first zit the day before the trip, and he had a few hairs on his chin. I didn't know if I should cry or laugh. So I ended up doing a bit of both. *WAH*
First day was fairly simple, got them from the airport, took them to the two-level WalMart, got the son a haircut, and drove them to a nice little Italian restraunt in the area called ChiChi's. Today we're planning to hit up Hollywood, take a ride in the double decker bus, and drive down Rodeo Drive to see all the shops we would never shop in.
Then, if we've got the time we might even hit up a beach. Hee hee! I'm finally getting to play tourist!!
Wish me luck and happiness!! And now, an old comic that makes me giggle for some reason.
Current Location: Living Room
Current Mood: bouncy
Current Music: The sound of a cat figuring out how to work the water dispenser.