Tenth blogiversary

Fri, Feb. 1st, 2013 11:12 am
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I started my Livejournal ten years ago today, when I was crushingly depressed, in the middle of my senior thesis, and so gray that Buffy was one of the only things that kept me going. I wrote a bit about how reading [livejournal.com profile] valerie_z's LJ got me to start using the word "depression" for what I was feeling, and I wanted an LJ of my own both to talk about my own depression but also to talk about Buffy. I didn't have many expectations, just the hope that a few people would drop by with kind words or Jossverse squee. Vague hopes, really, and even at my most optimistic, I barely touched on just how influential that choice to buy a one-month subscription—I didn't know anyone to get an invite code from—could possibly be.

I don't know what I would have done, those first few years out of undergrad, if I hadn't had my blog, if I hadn't had people talking honestly and openly about therapy and meds, both things that absolutely terrified me. I don't know what I would have done without book recs and squee and people cheering me on when I got my first Real Job, particularly when I knew it was something my parents were not too happy with. I don't know what I would have done without you guys when my first boyfriend broke up with me, the sympathetic comments and treats in the mail and mix tapes (CDs) and phone calls all tangible proof that someone (many someones) out there cared.

This is how I first heard about Wiscon and how I decided to finally go in 2006, how I started to finally take what I had learned of feminism from you all and apply it to my experiences of being Chinese, to so many of the things that had bugged me in college that I couldn't quite put a finger on. This is how I learned to be angry and how I learned to speak up, how I learned that the best friends would listen and disagree and argue and it wouldn't be the end of the of the world, that Geek Social Fallacies were fallacies and not everyone I liked had to like each other. This is where I learned that what I had to say was important too.

I want to focus on this not because of how it changed my politics (because I've written a lot about that), but because of how it changed the way I interacted with people. Learning to say no, to disagree, to draw boundaries, to realize friendships aren't transitive, to trust my own instincts, to believe that I have something to say and something worth saying while also holding open the possibility of being wrong, all of these are things I do imperfectly, but these things have made such a difference to me offline, from grad school to my current relationship with CB to how I now interact with my family.

So much of who I am right now is tied up so tightly with this blog, from experiences both happy and painful to some of the best friends I have. Thanks to everyone who has read and commented, past and present and hopefully future. These collections of words didn't just save my life so many years ago, they've shaped and molded it into something I never could have anticipated, and I'm so glad my tenth blogiversary is happening at a time I'm starting to post more and when so many other people seem to be too.

Random things

Mon, Mar. 19th, 2012 03:04 pm
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  • I have moved! Okay, so I am still moving a ton of things over slowly, but I have spent a week in the new place. I think once I get the commute down, it will save me an hour a day and probably a lot more in terms of frustration.

  • I have not talked about the ratses much lately! Here, have a Flickr set! The quality is pretty awful, since they're all from my phone, but I think they adequately illustrate how large the rats are now. Also, OMG. See the end for evidence of how evil Momo is.

  • So far, they have demonstrated great fondness in being able to walk all over me (literally). As in, apparently once I fell asleep while playing with them, and when CB turned around to look, Momo was perched on top of my head, lording it over me. They're also still my only rats who have been shoulder rats, except now, they don't fit quite as well as they used to when they were wee ratlings. Also, sometimes they try to climb up my face. Ouch, rats! Stop!

  • Alas, the tragedy is that although CB thinks they are adorable and awesome, he is also incredibly allergic to them. Also, I think he has rat-sat them twice, and they seem to have been pretty traumatized both times. Now they jump any time he approaches, and if he makes any sort of loud noise, they bolt for the blankets. (They do this with most loud noises, but they definitely react more to his.) Apparently when he was rat-sitting, he tried to get them to come out of the cage to play. Haru, who is slightly more adventurous in terms of exploration, would slowly edge closer to the door, then put his paw down on the floor, only to discover... tile! I guess they do not like tile much, because Haru would freak out every single time and never quite ventured out of the cage.

  • I think they are also quite traumatized by the move and were super happy to play in the old rat blankets again. That said, Haru has been exploring my entire (still unfurnished) bedroom with great delight, while Momo refuses to leave the blankets.

Personal update

Fri, Aug. 5th, 2011 08:05 pm
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Came down with my fourth cold of the year or so, which has unfortunately triggered my asthma. So to distract myself from not being able to breathe, have a rat update!

I took the ratses in to get neutered about three weeks ago; they got back kind of groggy but mostly ok. I've had two sets of non-neutered rats and Ed and Al were neutered before I got them, so this is the first time I've really got to see it in action. It's funny... they were fighting a bit right after the surgery, but most of the bad tussling has died down now, so it's mainly rat alpha posturing.

(Speaking of which, check this out! My favorite part is when she pokes them around 1:30, and when Rat #3 wanders in near the end.)

Dear my rats: why you no make me YouTube famous?

Other than that, their fur has gotten a lot softer, and, more importantly, they have stopped peeing on everything so much! Also, it took a while for them to settle down after surgery, but they are definitely a lot friendlier and lazier than they were before. I think they would have gotten to that point eventually after rat adolescence, but it's kind of nice to not deal with the bickering now.

In fact, both Momo and Haru will now stay still in my lap for half an hour or so as long as I am scritching them. They are so greedy that they keep poking their noses in for more scritches, and they decided my one hand scritching both their heads wasn't enough, so I had to devote one hand per rat. They are so sweet! They are almost up at Ren levels of sweetness, I suspect a lot because I got them so young.

They're still a bit shy around strangers, but they're not as jumpy as Ed and Al were, and they are seriously fond of sitting on shoulders. Or sometimes on top of my head.

Hopefully pics to come soon! CB just got a flash for his DSLR and has been experimenting on the rats.
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30!

Thu, Jul. 28th, 2011 12:58 pm
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Whoo! I hit 30 last weekend! Thanks to everyone for the birthday wishes, and I apologize if I missed some due to being only sporadically online of late.

I kind of feel like I've been 29 forever (the past two years I kept forgetting how old I was), and I am particularly puzzled that I am hitting 30 sans job but plus boyfriend, which is exactly the opposite of what I thought it would be. Anyway, the weekend was great fun, and I got to karaoke with friends! Song selection included a lot of very random showtunes, [personal profile] laurashapiro serenading me, "Snakes on a Plane," a poor but extremely enthusiastic rendition of "The Ballad of Sweeney Todd," various anime theme songs, and assorted duets with sister.

Also got to hang out with Trinker, which was awesome ^_^. I am a big fan of this meeting more people in person thing!
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Weekend updates

Sun, May. 11th, 2008 05:02 pm
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Despite actually accomplishing a good deal this weekend (finishing the knitting on [livejournal.com profile] umadoshi's tatami kimono, applying for a visa for Taiwan, taking Ren to the vet, assorted other errands), I feel like I have not done much. The tatami kimono is now blocking, Ren has antibiotics though I am still worried because he is now an elder rat, the visa is out of my hands for the moment, and it makes no sense to pack for Taiwan yet.

Still, there's a lot to do, first and foremost being finding an apartment for school. GAH. Future Roommate is coming down in the middle of the week, and though I can look for places online now, the bulk of it will be done on Friday. My last day at work is next week, and there will be paper work for assorted things. And then Wiscon, and then two months in Taiwan. No wonder I've been feeling incredibly unsettled. I suspect I won't start to feel better until school actually starts and I have a routine again, and even then, it'll be odd being in a different city, with a roommate, with a completely different schedule. Still, at least it will be a schedule, as opposed to the current plan of: fly to Madison, fly to Taiwan, fly to New York, MOVE.

Add extra paranoia for rat health while I am out of the country for two months, get instant freak out!

On the plus side, even though I got to the farmers' market very late, I still got peas! Also! My pea guy is back! Apparently he couldn't bring things over because of a bad shoulder. I sadly didn't get any peas from him this week, since I had already gotten a ton, but there will be next week, now that I know he's back.
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I have returned!

Sun, Jan. 7th, 2007 08:37 pm
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... not that I was really gone, since I obsessively check email and LJ and comments even when I'm visiting other people.

Anyhow, I had, as [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix calls it, a night of extreme debauchery, if you count eating lots of chocolate and cookies, watching lots of Honey and Clover and Black Books, and knitting a lot as extreme debauchery. Also, [livejournal.com profile] actoplasm was nice enough to find me Reload 6 so I can finally read it in English and stop wondering if someone is saying if they want to do something or if they don't. Yay!

Also, Lily the Cat is extremely amusing and managed to stalk the very threatening door crack, drank from the toilet (which I am assured that she has never done before), got lost amidst colorful afghans, and in general acted incredibly cute, although she would probably glare at me if I told her that.

Unfortunately, I'm about to keel over right now, since I have been very sleep-deprived, thanks to constantly being woken up at ungodly hours of the morning by coughing fits. Blech. Can I trade my nose in for a new one? How about my respiratory system?
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  1. I met up with [livejournal.com profile] jinian and W. last last week, and we had delicious fusion Vietnamese, complete with duck spring rolls. I love duck spring rolls. Whoever thought of them was a genius. I burbled madly about quite a few anime and manga series to both of them and now must remember to mail some over, and then I dragged them over and sicced rats on them.

    In a nice, non-horror-movie fashion, of course.

    Alas and alack, dinner took so long that I was scared they had forgotten my order again (this has been happening to me quite often lately), so I wasn't able to pimp all that much to them. But! Snail mail will do as well!


  2. I met up with [livejournal.com profile] yhlee and dragged her away from her sister a few days ago, we had delicious New Orleans food. I had a fried chicken po'boy and stole some of my sister's gumbo, both of which were wonderful. But! The best part ever were the beignets, warm and fresh and toasty from the deep fryer, liberally sprinkled over with sugar and cinnamon. They came with three dipping sauces -- chocolate, caramel, and raspberry -- and I liked each one better than the last, no matter what order I tried them in.

    We then attempted to watch The Collector, except my computer decided it hated Yoon's disc. So we contented ourselves with 1x02 of Spooks, because that is the one that made me decide the show was worth watching, and episode 1 of Ouran, which I hadn't actually planned on pimping. But Yoon asked for something light and fluffy, and Ouran is my favorite light and fluffy and absolutely hilarious thing ever.

    Even though that was the third or fourth time I've seen the first episode, I still nearly fell off the couch. The lightbulbs! The blinking arrows! The commoner coffee!


  3. Yesterday I went to watch Blood Diamond with an old co-worker. It is an excellent movie and I must write it up. Soon. When I get through the book and manga backlog.

    Why do you mock me?!


ETA: and since I am planning on pimping a ton of stuff, does anyone have good recs for a DVD-ROM/CD-ROM burning program? Freeware is happy, but mine is so capricious that I am willing to shell out a little money (only in the two-digits range though, and the less the better). I've been using Click 'n Burn, which sometimes burns and sometimes mucks up the disc. Or maybe it's just my DVD-RW drive....

Year end

Thu, Dec. 14th, 2006 01:20 pm
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Last night, when I stepped out after dancing, the world had been transformed from the somewhat oddly warm winter night to the California version of London. I could see maybe ten to twenty feet in front of me, and everything was blurred over, like I had lost my glasses. I feel like I should write about this romantically, but all I can think of are metaphors in which the air equals wet towels draped around my neck, or in which the oppressive humidity trails nasty, damp fingers everywhere, leaving everything just that much more sodden. It was beautiful, though, everything ghostly and veiled over.

I mostly leapfrogged between attempting to compose horrible prose describing the fog in my head and cursing the thing as I tried to drive home without running into anyone or anything.

Lifewise, I am calm and collected for the first time in... oh.... a long time. Things feel like they are in stasis right now, largely because they are; I've stopped worrying at things I can't fix, and either done what I could for things that can be fixed, or at least have a vague plan and enough time to not have to worry. And soon, it will be the holidays. I don't feel particularly Christmas-y this year, probably because I haven't been out that much and seeing decorations or hearing the music 24/7. I don't even have a tree up yet -- either I'll get one up last minute, a week before Christmas, or I just won't have one. Either way, I doubt my sister will really care; I'm usually the only one in the family who does this stuff anyway. Presents aren't mailed yet, but they will be, or they'll just end up being New Year's gifts.

It's odd, this not-worrying. I'd be more worried about it, except I think I'm worried out. I've been stressed and overworked and underrested for the majority of the year, and I think my brain is just saying that it's had enough and it won't stress or worry until the new year kicks in.

It feels as though the year is slowly drifting to an end, somewhat aimlessly, and I am slowly, ever so slowly and lazily, collecting loose ends and tying them up, or at least tidying them to take care of in January.

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Wed, Nov. 8th, 2006 06:17 am
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Things learned this time around:

1. Going in to work at 5 in the morning still sucks.

2. While Starbucks is open at 4:30am, Peet's is not. Fie.

3. Excel continues to be the Best Thing Ever (tm).

4. Anal retentiveness is a good thing.

5. Not having Big Project to worry about? Priceless.
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The 9/11 post

Mon, Sep. 11th, 2006 04:57 pm
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So, I've been procrastinating so much on this post that I've actually done some book blogging, wow.

I am going to be wimpy and default and blog about the personal; I have been keeping my head in the sand and not following any of the political ruckus, particularly that concerning ABC's "docudrama." Suffice to say, I don't want to get in any sort of political arguments, and I am tired.

Pictures under the cuts.

When 9/11 happened, I was still in college. I had been in New York City from around the 8th through the 10th; my dad had just flown back to Taiwan the night of the 10th, and my mom and I had taken the train to New Jersey. Despite only being an hour away, I didn't go see Ground Zero while I was in New Jersey.

I saw it for the first time this Labor Day weekend; my sister, her friend and I were trying to find our way to the subway to get to Chinatown for dinner, and there it was. )
I've been to the Two Towers before, the most memorable time being during freshman year of college. I don't really remember the landscape around there, but it's so odd to see such a large flat space in New York.

The odd thing is that it's incredibly beautiful. )
It was the setting sun reflecting off the buildings, or something.

I hadn't seen the gallery of pictures before. )
I really liked how multicultural they were; black and Asian and white and Latino (I don't remember if I saw Native American or not). I liked the feeling that they were trying to include everyone in the memorial: the people who live in New York and the workers actually trying to find people in the rubble and children and old folks and women and men and people of all races and ages and sizes and tourists and bystanders and people watching from TVs everywhere and people caught out in the streets.

It was particularly nice because right after 9/11, I felt so excluded because of the rise in nationalistic sentiment. Despite my US passport, I was very aware of being from Taiwan and not being "born and bred" American, particularly in conversations about foreigners and Muslims and how the French sucked because they wouldn't back "us" up and how the British were wusses. I put "us" in quotations because I didn't feel included. As a side note, while I appreciate the sentiment in trying to make me feel better by saying that no one deliberately excluded me, I think there is a very good reason as to why I didn't feel included, and it is because anti-foreigner sentiment was running high back then (not that it's necessarily stopped now).

Furthermore, whenever American values of mom and the flag and apple pie get pulled out, many of the images used are images of white America. I am not a part of white America. I don't particularly want to be a part of white America, as I am quite happy with who I am. And my America, the one I live in every day? That's not white America either.

Anyway.

There was a long list of names posted. )
It reminded me a great deal of the Vietnam Wall, but more for thematic purposes rather than political parallels.

Underneath the long list were small memorials people had put up Picture! )
As usual, the flag bothers me, but this is more related to my own tangled issues with nationality and nationalism, and people have to right to remember their dead in any way they see fit.

I still found it very touching, despite my flag issues, and was glad that people were still putting things up five years after the fact.

I couldn't read through the entire timeline. )
But, uh, to make it All About Me, this is where I was in time when I learned what had happened. And I am going to stop here, because I am too tired to write up 9/11 and race relations in America and nationalism and racism.

More woe

Wed, Aug. 16th, 2006 03:47 pm
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As I told someone yesterday, I didn't just have a Monday yesterday. I've been having about two months of Mondays.

The List of Woe )

Stuff to look forward to )

I think I am too tired for advice, though I thank people for the thoughts. I'm dealing ok outwardly, which is to say that things are getting done. I am simply exhausted and out of emotional resources, and there looks like no end in sight.
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Weekend

Sun, Jun. 25th, 2006 11:27 pm
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Note to self: stop buying yarn.

I was too lazy to go to the farmers' market today, even though I woke up in time, so no peas for me =(. Thankfully, I still have enough fruit from last week for all of this week, even though I'm sad that I'll miss next week's market as well. But! I will miss it because I will be visiting [livejournal.com profile] rachelmanija in LA, which is extremely exciting!

Other than that, not much was done. I sat in bookstores and read manga, nearly caught up on all my book-blogging, and started a new knitting project. I'm not techinically done with my other one yet (my current rule is three at a time), but I'm done with most fo the knitting stuff. I have to seam before I can pick up stitches for the collar and the sleeves, so really... it's obviously not going to be done for quite some time!

In other news, one more month till my birthday! Aka, one more month until I finally have the excuse and the money to buy myself my much-beloved, much-longed-for pink KitchenAid stand mixer! Whoo!

Sadly, despite making three separate bookstore trips over the weekend, no one seems to have Naruto 9 or Bleach 8. Grrrrr. I want my fix, damnit. But I did manage to get my hands on Death Note 6 and Fushigi Yuugi: Genbu Kaiden 4. Amazingly, Watase is not putting in the standard female rival that I hate so much, although there have already been two gratuitous nude scenes. Ahhhh, such crack.

My allergies continue to torment, and my cold thankfully seems to have retreated, though I can still feel it somewhat in the back of my throat.

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Sat, Jun. 24th, 2006 02:08 pm
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Gack. Not getting anything accomplished today, given that I've slept too much (and will probably go back to bed after this), my throat still itches, my nose is running, and my eyes are running. Also, I sneeze every other minute, and when I'm not sneezing, I'm coughing. Allergies or cold or whatever you are, I hate you. You had better go away before I have to work this week, because I can't stay home from work, and I refuse to be sick in LA this weekend.

On the plus side, I have new glasses and new sunglasses, and they are spiffy! Even though they cost untold amounts. At least I have computer glasses now, which is probably a good thing, given the amount of time I spend on the computer.

Maybe this is the universe's way of telling me that I should spend all day reading and blogging, heh.
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Sun, Jun. 11th, 2006 05:33 pm
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*sigh*

Have dreadfully overslept for two days in a row. Missed the farmers' market and as such, have no peas =(. At least I still have fruit and veggies leftover from last week and am planning on making massive leftover veggie stew and just chuck in onions, carrots, canned tomatoes, beans, string beans, leeks, and whatever else I can find in the fridge. Too tired for recipes. Maybe if I randomly throw in cumin and cinnamon, it will miraculously become delicious Moroccan soup.

Also broke yarn-buying moratorium with a vengeance and splurged on yarn for pattern in Vogue Knitting, despite already having ten other patterns in line. Feel guilty. Have not recalculated budget yet and am rather frightened of it.

Also, (to put pronouns back in) I started Weight Watchers on last Monday. I've never dieted before. I do realize that I look ok. On the other hand, according to BMI and whatnot, I am just shy of overweight, and my cholestreol levels are also just shy of being in need of preventative measures. And, more importantly, my eating habits are completely whacked, especially given the move and not cooking and thereby randomly eating whatever passes my way. And I just feel heavier, less active, less able to do things with my body, more out of shape, and I don't like it.

Anyhow, I don't like it so far -- too many things to keep track of and too many things I can't eat as much as I used to. Of course, this may be a good thing, considering what I would eat a lot of. So hopefully Week 2 will work better once I have vegetable soup and other, healthier options available.

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Tue, Apr. 25th, 2006 03:07 pm
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1. I have yet to figure out the best commute. Already I miss the old apartment's proximity to several highways.

2. This morning was more successful than last morning in that I managed to find my pants (I froze yesterday in a skirt) and had my badge with me.

3. I should not read Paul Gravett's Manga right before bed, because I will then construct arguments in my head for hours on why his summation of manga history and the Japanese nature of manga is precisely the same kind of thing that he argues against in the intro. Also, I will spend hours yelling, "Cite that!" after every other sentence.

4. Managed to get Death Note 1 and Martin's Feast for Crows at the library yesterday. I win!

5. In other news, feel even more frazzled than last week and wish things would magically rearrange themselves so I could find stuff.
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I am moved!

Not quite all the way; there's still some stuff at the old apartment, but that'll take just a car trip or two. And then it's on to cleaning the old place and furnishing the new place (note: need lots of trash cans).

Arms so sore. Very, very grateful to nice coworkers who helped out. Very, very grateful to the mom organizing things. Despite being quite frazzled throughout the day, everything went all right. And it didn't even rain!

So far, the entire place is a huge mess and isn't likely to get anywhere near organized in the next few months, given that a lot of the furniture being picked by my mom isn't arriving for a while. Next important items on the list of things to buy are a desk (more important than shelves, even, because I need somewhere to sit and do computer stuff), and, of course, tons and tons and tons of bookshelves.

Also, the little study has been partially set up so that there's a connected phone, rats, some yarn, a sofa and my coffee table, my computer and laptop, internet and TV. I managed to hook up everything by myself too! For some reason the wireless is working but the landline (aka, my desktop internet) is not. I am baffled. I will restart and try again.

Heh, aren't you all glad you don't have to hear moving whining anymore? Now it'll be unpacking whining!
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Sat, Apr. 22nd, 2006 01:52 pm
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Waaaaaaah! Am packing up the last of my stuff, and the normal "WOE am leaving apartment of almost two years" sadness is setting in. I hate seeing an empty place where all my stuff used to be =(.

So sad.

So much packing and unpacking to do.

At least next weekend is fun sleepover type party.
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Blech

Mon, Apr. 17th, 2006 12:40 pm
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Well, instead of packing up the kitchen like I was going to, I spent most of the weekend sleeping in, watching anime, reading manga and lazing around.

Le sigh.

I'm having a tough time getting motivated to finish packing. Ah, the problems of dragging a move out over the space of a month. On the other hand, if it hadn't been over the space of a month, I probably would have driven myself crazy trying to get everything done in a shorter amount of time.

On the other hand, I did buy a washer/dryer. The new phone line has been ordered, all relevant utilities have been contacted, reservations are made. Mostly all that needs to be done now is figure out furniture with my mom, figure out the logistics of selling my shelves, and packing up the rest of my books, the kitchen, and assorted random stuff and moving. Gah. Almost there!
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I'm too lazy to type up anything substantial, so instead, you all get random things about my life.

1. I am so incredibly sick of packing already. Every time I want to do something or read something, it's in a box where I'm not. Cannot wait till I can finally unpack and stop living with boxes everywhere, though that will probably take an extremely long amount of time. Le sigh.

2. I finally watched the exhibition skates for Worlds, and man, Stephen Lambiel in loose jeans and a black mock turtleneck is really, really hot. He serves as an excellent reason to have more guys skate in jeans (though I suspect skating in jeans is tougher than skating in spandex?). Also, when he skates, he keeps showing little flashes of his tummy because the shirt is untucked. I never thought that would be sexy, and yet, it is. I think it's the sense of vulnerability.

3. "The Queen and the Soldier" has been stuck in my head for the past three weeks.

4. Not being able to cook is also driving me crazy. Am very sick of eating of having to buy lunch every time. So no more kitchen experimentation until I finish moving, woe.

5. I want to read a good, deep, quiet romance, but I can't seem to find a book that will fit this that isn't a reread. Sadly, all the romance novels I have aren't so good at quiet and deep.

6. On the plus side, I have finally finished my sister's purple scarf! Pictures to come as soon as I get my camera back. And so, I have started on a new project with green and gold ribbon. Ribbon knits funny, and it's much chunkier than I thought it would be. Yay summer projects! I love them because I'm too lazy to knit sleeves on sweaters.

7. I'm supposed to get a washer/dryer for the new place. Since LJ contains all knowledge, does anyone know anything about this? Thankfully, since it's my mom's place, it will be coming out of her budget, so price is as much of an issue.

8. Really, I just want to spend weeks on the sofa with my fat rats and watch TV and not pack anymore!
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I walked by a dead rat on the street yesterday, which basically sums up my entire week.

Whinging )

To stop complaining about everything, here is Happy List #5462

1. I have jeans with sparkly things down the sides, and they are cute and sparkly and flare!

2. Finding that I actually really like Have His Carcase so far after reading 2 1/2 Sayers books and failing miserably at liking them.

3. Frog socks! I'm sure it's been on the list before, but they still make me happy.

4. Saiyuki Gaiden reincarnation fic from [livejournal.com profile] edonohana! Actually, it more broke my heart than made me happy. But in a good way.

5. I help paint a house tomorrow! I am strangely intrigued by this, given that I never did much house-fix-it type stuff as a kid.

6. I spilled a little Shanghai on myself this morning when putting it on, so I can still smell the lovely lemongrass-tea-honeysuckle-ness of it now.

7. I finished my first crochet piece of clothing! It is beautiful! I am also too lazy to weave in all the ends, but oh well.

8. I think I shall go to Michael's today to buy yarn for [livejournal.com profile] sophia_helix and to get myself crochet thread to start a new project! Whoo!

What's made you happy lately?
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