athra: ([OUAT] Perfection)
So, [ profile] barbed_whispers just screamed at me for updating my LJ with not a real update, so I guess I'll do a real one.

Life has been pretty crazy for me. For those of you who don't know, I got fired in December, right before Christmas. I have never been fired before, and it felt pretty shitty, even though I know the company was full of assholes and shady practices and whatnot. I don't even want to get into all that here, cause it's long and convoluted and honestly I'm done being bitter about them and whatever, but it's enough to say that it's better for me to be away from them anyway, what with the lawsuits that are headed their way, but still, you know? No one likes being fired... especially right before Christmas, which was just special.

Despite that, [ profile] imthelobster and I went on the vacation we had planned to Vermont, to be with his family for Christmas. It was unseasonably warm up there, which meant not as much snow as I would have hoped for, but it's still gorgeous there. Seriously, everything is just so pretty that it's ridiculous. Also, I want to move away from Orlando so bad, have I mentioned that recently? Anyway, the trip was lovely all around. His family is pretty much awesome. I've met his parents before of course, but it was my first time meeting his extended family, and it was a lot of fun... they're all so welcoming and such too. Basically: his family rocks.

So I was able to find a job relatively quickly after we got back home; I just started last week. It's not ideal, because it's only about 30-32 hours a week, and it's a crazy shift (3am-9am, M-F) BUT it's a job, and I'll take what I can get right now. I'm working at UPS through a temp. agency, but it's a one year contract. It's at one of their factory places or whatever, and basically 3 hours or so of my shift is spent monitoring the machines/people as packages get unloaded from the trucks, looking for different percentages and making sure things work properly etc., and the other 3 hours or so is for doing paperwork relating to that. Honestly, the paperwork doesn't take me 3 hours even now, and I've only done it for 4 days, so that part is stupid easy. I've already been told to bring a book with me to work, hahaha. It's a very easy job in general, but a little difficult physically, what with all the running around, and my knees are just not very good. Hopefully that won't be a problem in the long run though. It will never be a job that I love, but I think I can do it, and do it well, and that's enough for right now.

In other things, I've been reading the Beka Cooper books by Tamora Pierce. SHOCKING REVELATION: I love them. Beka is no Kel, of course, and she's no Alanna either, but the books are super entertaining, and Beka is kickass, and it's awesome to get a look back at Tortall how is was in the past. So much the same, and yet so much different. Tamora Pierce does it wonderfully. I really should read her other world stuff too at some point. When I finish the third Beka book, though, it's on to my re-read of Hunger Games.

SPEAKING OF, I am ridiculously excited for the Hunger Games movie. I hope it's as good as it should be, and as good as it looks like it's going to be, because oh man. I might just flip out from excitement.

Uh, what else. I'm watching lots of TV and such, but I don't have much to say about most of it, cause I get my flails out either with [ profile] imthelobster, my mom, or by just scrolling through a ridiculous amount of pages on tumblr.

I've been wanting to get back into the habit of taking a lot of pictures / photography in general, mostly because [ profile] imthelobster has this awesome camera and takes gorgeous shots with it, but I've been lazy (story of my life) and haven't actually done anything about it.

Oh, but speaking of his camera and stuff, I don't remember if he posted his Hogwarts posters on LJ or not, but if you haven't seen them, go poke him a lot, because they are freaking beautiful, and I totally want them printed and hanging on my wall, for serious. ♥ ♥

Okay I think I'm done for now.
athra: ([ASOIAF] Kill a Stark)
The job hunt marches on...

But besides that!

I've been rereading the Tortall books lately. Why are the Daine books so booooring? Trying to get through the third one now, and the boringboringboring fourth one... but then there's Kel books waiting for me at the end of that, which makes it worth it, kind of. Skipping them would mean this wasn't a true reread, right? Do I care? Bah.

Once I finish those, though, I think I'm going to revisit my reread of the Song of Ice and Fire series. Is anyone watching the Game of Thrones tv show? I've only seen the first episode so far, but I liked it a lot, and want to continue asap. I'll have more ~thoughts~ once I see more, but whether or not I'll remember to post them on livejournal is up in the air.
Hey, does the tv show mean a real fandom might pop up for this series? This has potential... I haven't really fandomed anything in a while. Hmm.

Okay, this boring entry was brought to you by [ profile] barbed_whispers and the LJ nudge feature.

Oh! Any White Collar fans, you need to be reading Exquisite by [ profile] copperbadge if you aren't already. You're welcome!
athra: ([misc] Comma Sutra)
Finally decided to do this icon meme... [ profile] katilara chose the icons. :D

Icon Meme
~ Reply to this post, and I will pick four/five of your icons
~ Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
~ Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
~ This will create a never-ending cycle of icon squee.

Icon Meme! )
athra: ([Alanna] I hate Jon more than is healthy)
I've been reading a lot lately. Decent way to pass the time.

Spoilers for Trickster's Choice and Trickster's Queen, by Tamora Pierce )
athra: ([misc] Sakura!!)
In case it weren't obvious? I'm loving the Kel books... a lot. I need a Kel icon now... ::eyes [ profile] barbed_whispers::

And man. RAOUL. Like... he just got so awesome. Wow.

Spoilers... surprise. )
athra: ([Alanna] I hate Jon more than is healthy)

Spoilers for Squire, by Tamora Pierce )

Also, these books are much more interesting to read than the Daine books, thank god.
athra: ([misc] massage envy)
So, I closed by myself for the first time tonight. Everything went excellently. :D AND, I have my own key now. I don't know why this is so exciting, but it really kind of is? (I'm lame. Whatever.)

Also, I am rocking it with the walk-in membership sales.

Okay, I am about to leave, but I also need to add real quick:
I have gotten to Liam. I do not like Liam. I think that I would hate Liam? Except that I know what true hatred is now, thanks to Jon, and so therefore I can tolerate Liam. See how that works?

::runs out::
athra: ([Alanna] I hate Jon more than is healthy)
This icon is very, very important.
athra: ([misc] eat shit. and die!)
If [ profile] barbed_whispers is lying to me and Alanna and Jon end up getting married by the end of these books I am never forgiving her. Or anyone who has ever recommended them to me, ever.

I don't think she's lying, but I figured I'd throw that out there, just in case.

pee ess: I wish Jon would read the words in this icon and follow their instructions.

Have a nice day, everyone. :)
athra: ([Firefly] reading is FUN!)
I wasn't tagged for this, but I felt like doing it anyway, SO THERE! ::defies meme rules::

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4-7 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5.Don'tyou dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! Iknow you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest(unless it's too troublesome to reach and is really heavy. Then go backto step 1).
6. Tag five people.

From In the Hand of the Goddess by Tamora Pierce:

er, actually, this is spoilery, heh, so I'll cut it. )
athra: ([HP] wand)
Can I just say that I am sick of posting every single day? Which doesn't exactly bode well. But whatever.

Apparently, [ profile] barbed_whispers is gay. The newest reasoning? Because she wants a pink Christmas tree.
Really, I think that speaks for itself.

For those of you that have read it: I think I'm going to start readin Alanna, either tonight or tomorrow. I'm sort of excited? We'll see.

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