Happy 2013

Jan. 1st, 2013 12:06 pm
athra: ([HP] I have sex with commas)
I hope everyone had a great New Years Eve! And hopefully you aren't too hungover (::cough[livejournal.com profile] lonelyarchercough::) ;) We didn't do anything, just hung around home like the old married couple we act like.

I'm not a huge believer in thinking that the start of a new year can turn your life around and all that. You do that for yourself, not the passing of one year into another. However I have to say, I started out 2013 by waking up to some very good news, so if that is going to be an indication of how the year is going to go, I'm quite pleased with it. 2012 started out very badly and only got worse throughout the year, so having a good year in 2013 would be great for my sanity.

Though to be fair, I'm getting married this year, so no matter what else happens it will still be a good year! ♥

Anyway, new year things: I don't really like resolutions, but I do have a few goals for myself, mostly centered on improving myself, of course. But here's a short list:

1) I did really well through most of 2012 in the "get healthier" department. [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I have taught ourselves a lot about eating healthier and in better proportions and whatnot, without actually dieting, so that you don't just gain it all back later. I've lost something like 25 pounds, which is great-- but I need to lose about 30 more. With the holidays and stuff I stopped being good about using MyFitnessPal, and I stopped losing weight (though I didn't gain anything back, so that's good at least!) I have about 9 months to lose those 30 pounds in time for the wedding, which is more than reasonable; I really want to make this happen. So goal #1 is to start tracking my food and losing again, and start going on my walks again to help feel better and healthier, too.

2) Write. I joined [livejournal.com profile] getyourwordsout for the first time in years, at the lowest level of 150k words for the year. To be honest I don't believe I will reach 150k, though that would be nice. I don't have a specific word goal in mind for myself necessarily, I just want to be writing again, and I'm hoping the boost of being a part of this comm will help me do that. I have a couple things I started and never finished in 2012 that I'd really like to clean up and put to rest, and then I'd like to do some more original things again.

3) Crafting... just in general. Basically this one and writing tie in together. I am a pretty creative person, or I like to think so; but the last couple years have been somewhat rough and I've gone through a lot of depressive bouts, and I just kind of stopped using my creativity. Towards the end of 2012 I actually started doing crafty things again... scrapbooking and nail art and kitting, mostly, all of which I want to continue with, but I want to branch out into other things, too.

4) Be a better friend. I'm a pretty shitty one, and I know it, especially these last two years or so. I've lost a friendship or two because of it, which I regret a lot to be honest, and there's a few friendships I'm both surprised and grateful to still have. It's very circular -- I get depressed and hole myself up in my house and never do anything and don't talk to anyone much, and then I'm depressed because I never spend time with my friends and am home all the time. I really need to stop that pattern of behavior and start actually seeing my friends again; I miss you guys.

5) GET A DAMN JOB I CAN LIVE WITH. Pretty self-explanatory, really.

Honestly I think the last one is going to be the hardest, but I am out of excuses and reasons to be beating myself up and treating myself badly. The turning of a new year is just an arbitrary passing of time, I know this, but dammit I'll use it anyway, because I need to make myself a happier and better person from here on out.
athra: ([HP] I have sex with commas)
It's almost Christmas! Feeling the Christmas spirit came a little bit late this year, but about a week ago I started to finally really feel the mood. I'm excited for the next few days with family, friends, good food, and presents :) I actually think I did really well this year on gifts, too; I love giving gifts, but a lot of times I don't feel particularly great at finding things for people. This year I just feel anxious for people to finally open them ;)

So in light of holiday spirit, on the 19th I went out to Celebration with [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers, [livejournal.com profile] momebie, and [livejournal.com profile] theemdash to see fake snow and lights and such. It was really nice, especially to actually get out of the house and see friends that I don't hang out with nearly often enough :)

Have a couple of pictures under the cut... )

Other than Christmas things, life has been pretty standard. A lot of job searching and playing wow and learning to get better at baking, thrown in with some tv watching (been obsessed with Leverage lately) and learning how to knit, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lonelyarcher. I think my scarf is coming along quite well! Here, actually, have a picture of that, too... )

Coming up after Christmas: celebrate the birthdays of [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and [livejournal.com profile] dragonmountborn, get my ass back to Universal before the new year, probably hide in my cave for new years eve, and start to get craftier in 2013. (I really do like being creative, and I don't use my creativity enough. I feel like I'm losing it a bit from lack of use, so definitely need to fix that.)
athra: ([Avatar] strength)
I am such a mix of things right now.

1) I loved the last Harry Potter movie. I cried through most of it, and I am not ashamed. It made me feel a lot of ~feelings~ and I really want to post on it more, but I am distracted and also I want to see it again to process it a bit more.

2) [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I got a new kitten, who is absolutely, ridiculously adorable. I love him to much. I need to post pics at some point, I suppose.

3) And the bad thing, the thing which is dampening the two good things above by quite a bit: one of my friends is in the hospital right now, and her condition is pretty bad. Since I've known her she's always had a lot of health issues (she's ex-military and was disabled during her time with the Navy, among other things) but she got suddenly WAY worse. They don't know what happened to her for sure -- it could have been an accidental drug overdose (she's on a LOT of prescription meds) or it's even possible she had a stroke. She's not coherent right now really at all, and there's not an answer yet on whether or not she's going to get better. I'm just really, really worried.
athra: ([Glee] it's about glee)
I didn't post yesterday. :/ I kind of suck? But I was enjoying my first real opportunity to spend time with [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster in like.. I dunno.. a week? So I don't feel too badly about it, tbqh.

On that note, it is AMAZING to know that I'm on vacation right now!! Mostly we've just been sitting around doing nothing, and you know what? Sometimes that is all you need. Though we are going to do dinner tonight with [livejournal.com profile] fluffymaru, which should be fun. :D

Goals for tomorrow: go to the gym, clean out my car, and possibly finish "The Keymaster" achievement.
athra: ([friends] fucking giraffes)
1. Had an awesome time last night, despite being made to get onto a stage and sing. :P I ♥ my friends. A lot.

2. I cut my hair! It is super short now, but I like it a lot. Almost everyone who's seen it agrees, so yay! It was a scary amount of hair on the ground when the cutting took place though, lol. ALSO ALSO I CAME TO A REALIZATION LAST NIGHT. When my hair isn't gel-ified and cute looking, I HAVE A PUFF. A JOHN GREEN PUFF. I REALLY, REALLY DO.

I am way more excited about this than I probably should be. :D :D :D

3. Have I mentioned that I am attempting NaNo again this year? I think I am probably very stupid, but that's how I roll. However, using google docs and writing at work helps a lot. I'm at 5013 currently, if you were wondering, and I haven't written a single word yet today, so. Woo for that?
athra: ([misc] trees are cool)
HOKAY. Since I moped around [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers last night for a few hours, and then did something I'm not at all proud of, and then had to inform [livejournal.com profile] katilara that I have been, to use her term, a grumpig, I decided that I should DO SOMETHING ABOUT THIS.

Hooray for taking your happiness into your own hands. Which is clearly how it should be all the time, but whatever.

SO. In list form, some things that I am happy/excited about, or just proud of:

1. I found really adorable pink sparkly flip-flops for $2.80 at Kohl's. Wasn't even what I was looking for, but, SUCCESS.

2. Speaking of things I wasn't looking for, I also found a really adorable flip-flop wallet. To put in my pink purse that I will wear around with my pink sparkly flip-flops. Sometimes I feel too girly for words, I swear to god.

3. While B&N didn't have the book that I went in looking for (sadface, but I've decided to just order it off of Amazon once I move) I did buy three new books today. YAY RETAIL THERAPY?!

I totally did not buy 13 Little Blue Envelopes by Maureen Johnson just because she's Hank and John Green's Secret Sister. Um.

In case anyone is interested, I also bought Sabriel, by Garth Nix and Tithe, by Holly Black. Though when I'll get around to reading these is a secret no one knows! Not even me.

(Quick aside: look for planned rereading and discussing of Harry Potter soon, and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I strongly encourage people to join us. Seriously. It will be much more fun that way! I'm looking at you, flist. More info in a later post, though.)

4. SPEAKING of Hank and John Green, Brotherhood 2.0! I've watched smatterings of episodes before, but a couple days ago I started from the beginning and have been working my way through. Oh. My. God. I love them! LOVE. I've gotten through April and am starting on May after finishing this post. :D

And did you know that John Green's next book is going to be set in Orlando?! YES. So, even though they haven't announced tour dates or anything, that still means that they should end up coming here, right? RIGHT?!

5. I found a bra that
a) fits me
b) wasn't ridiculously expensive
c) isn't the most hideous thing ever.
Yes, this is actually REALLY EXCITING news, because it's surprisingly hard to find a bra that meets all three of these criteria, for me. And I'm not even that big. (And too bad for you if that's TMI. (Also, for those who are wondering, comfort was assumed in 'fits me.'))

6. Even though I wasn't able to go to the wrock show last night, [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers got me a really spectacular signed poster. With a tree drawn on it!! heeee.

7. Today I went grocery shopping, with no prodding at all and no toilet paper emergency. THIS IS IMPRESSIVE. Not only that, but I bought real food. Like, that I have to cook! And I'm making plans to actually cook it! Really simple stuff, of course, but hey. I'm starting small. (On that note, [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers, I may actually be making dinner tonight? WHOA.)

8. I finally said something out loud that I think I've known/have been feeling for quite a while now. I feel good about it, I just have to decide what to do about it, which will be much harder.

9. While [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I came to our senses about actually protesting Twilight in the most hilarious way ever, it is still SO MUCH FUN to plan to do it. Yeah, I'm messed up in the head.

10. I want to plan another day to force people to stop being hermits! [livejournal.com profile] katilara, [livejournal.com profile] theemdash, [livejournal.com profile] marilla82, [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, I'm looking at you! (And at [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers, too, but the jury is still out on whether or not I'll ever convince her to leave her room when there's not a concert or Weather Warden involved. heh.)

Okay, so that got really long, but... I'm going, for once, to refuse to cut it. Because that's a lot of good things in my life, even if some of them seem silly, and it's doing me a lot of good to reminded of it. :)

athra: ([misc] btw I love you)
Okay, so this was awesome enough that I have to post about it.

I was having a sort of in-between day today. Just... a day, nothing really special. Aaaanyway, I went on break at work, and came back... exceptionally annoyed. Kind of ridiculously so, actually, considering what it was that annoyed me... which isn't the important part.

So I logged onto GTalk (like usual... heh. work? what's that?) and IMed [livejournal.com profile] marilla82, and she asked if I wanted her to bring me dinner, or chai, or a cute boy. Thinking she was joking, of course, I was like "haha, a chai actually sounds best out of those options."

This leads to her actually driving across town, buying me a chai, and bringing it to my workplace. And then, as an EXTRA SPECIAL surprise, she has a [livejournal.com profile] katilara in the passenger seat with her, who apparently decided that driving across town for all of twenty minutes of hang out time sounded like a good plan. !!!!!

This seriously made my life. Hung out for a little bit at work (again... work?! who does that?!) and chatted and... oh man, it just cheered me up SO MUCH. You two, really, I appreciate it TONS and omg I love you both like mad right now.

So basically: my friends are spectacular. :D :D
athra: ([H&C] spin spin sugar)
[livejournal.com profile] theemdash: Let's be honest, I wouldn't kill McKay while he was fingering me that hard.

I don't think anything else needs to be said about tonight. :)
athra: ([HP] destroying my soul)
note to self:

the time change falling back and being a good thing, rather than that awful thing in the spring, does absolutely nothing for you if you are an idiot and stay up way past your bed time when you know you have to work early in the morning. okay? okay.

on the other hand, it was probably totally worth it. so.

::goes off to work, to fall over and DIE::
athra: ([H&C] spin spin sugar)
Okay. I admit it. I was iffy about going over to [livejournal.com profile] theemdash's place tonight, but it ended up being totally worth it. ♥


Apr. 19th, 2004 11:08 pm
athra: (sexy eyeliner [Lisa and I])
Really enjoyed my first day at Disney ... I don't think I've mentioned that yet. I had a lot of fun, and I'm really, really looking forward to my first day of training.
Also? The fact that I'm enjoying Disney is somewhat disturbing me. Gah.

The conversations I have with Lisa amuse me to no end:

Me [11:05 PM]: moo.
Lisa [11:05 PM]: oom
Me [11:05 PM]: omo?
Lisa [11:06 PM]: yes.
Me [11:06 PM]: wee!

Yeah, I amuse myself in odd ways.

Of course, Maggie amuses me, too:

Me [11:05 PM]: yo!
Maggie [11:05 PM]: yoho!
Me [11:05 PM]: yo ho, yo ho, a pirates life for me ...
Maggie [11:05 PM]: yaaaarrrrrrr
Maggie [11:06 PM]: i'm a pirate and me father was a tree

I swear, my life always seems more interesting until I open up this page and realize I have nothing to say. Oh well.

Working on a LotR icon set. yay!
Ooh. Maybe I'll make some out of pictures from this weekend ...

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