athra: ([Firefly] thrilling heroics)
So, I made that blog that I was talking about making in my last post. After some discussion with [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, I didn't actually buy a domain, but am just hosting it on Wordpress for the moment. If I actually keep up with it, I'll get the domain later (I did settle on a name I would want for it, anyway) and just figure out how to integrate Wordpress into it, which should be loads of fun! Anyway, it's here if you're interested.

idk, but to be honest even if no one reads it ever, I think it's good for me. It's a small step, but it's a step towards feeling creative again. I haven't felt that way in a long time, and I miss it.

Which, on that note, I actually wrote something the other morning. Fictional something, I mean. It's short, incomplete, probably wildly stupid, and full of ashley-and-lisa-have-brains-on-crack, BUT none of that is the point. The point is that I wrote something, and it felt good. I might even continue to work on it, even if [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers is the only one who would find it interesting hahaha.

I've been taking a step back from playing WoW for the last week, two weeks, or so. I'm not quitting the game entirely by any means, but just separating myself from it a little bit. I'll be honest, it mostly started because of [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, but it has been really good for me, I think. I've been feeling a lot better about life in general for the last couple weeks. To be clear, I don't think that WoW was causing my depression, but I do believe now that it was enabling it to some extent. I've changed a few other things, too, so it's not the only fix, but it's been one of them, and yeah, it's been good. I feel a bit more a part of the world than I have in a while, which is strange, but nice.

Work has been better, too. I can't decide if it's better because I've been more relaxed and happy, or if I'm more relaxed and happy partly because it's better. I guess it doesn't really matter which one, because the point is, both things are true! I still hate the hours, a lot, but at least I'm not hating the job itself nearly as much, which is a huge step up, so I'll take it.

On a final note: one other change that has been happening is the way that I eat (again, mostly facilitated by [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster). It's not a diet, really, just a watching portions / type of food you eat, kind of a thing. I'm still eating the things I like, just being a bit smarter about it. I still have a long way to go in that regard, since I tend to have very little willpower when it comes to food (or most anything, if I'm being honest), BUT small steps. And I have lost about 5 pounds or so, so yay for that!
athra: ([OUAT] Perfection)
So, [livejournal.com 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, [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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 [livejournal.com 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: ([HIMYM] Barney/Robin)
Other than [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers hacking my journal, it's been more than a month since I posted... though I guess that isn't overly unusual for me anymore. So let's do a check up on my life, I know you're all SO interested!

1) Work
The new job is going pretty well. I'm slowly securing my place there more and more, and everyone seems to like me and the work I do. The office itself is still in transition, however, and there's a lot of turnover at the moment, which is nerve-wracking. However, I figure I'll just do the best I can and go from there, since that's about all I have to offer.

We negotiated a salary for myself, which was strange for me as I've never done that before. But it was nice, too, because I was able to get in the range I wanted, and go there 5 days a week and leave Bubba Gump. That was a little sad for me, partly because I honestly loved that job, and partly because of the awesome discount on Universal merchandise, but it was the best decision for me (and my sanity) overall, so I'm pleased with that.

2) Fun Things
Speaking of that awesome Universal discount, I totally went into IOA my second-to-last day at Bubba Gump, and spent way too much money on Harry Potter merch. >.> But I got a hoodie that I love, a shirt for [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, and a couple keychains and misc things. ♥

On Sunday, [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I actually had some rare time to be able to spend together, so we ended up going out to Wekiva Springs for a few hours, which was soooo nice. I haven't been out there in ages, but it was awesome to be able to just relax in the water and spend some time together and whatnot.... even if the dragonflies WERE trying to eat our faces off!

3) TV
MERLIN IS BACK MERLIN IS BACK MERLIN IS BACK!!! omg you guys I cannot even TELL you how much I love this ridiculous show ♥ ♥ ♥

And in sillier news, I have totally and completely gotten addicted to My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic, which is totally [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers fault >.> I have been marathoning it like crazy, and I REGRET NOTHING.

The only new show I've picked up this season is Ringer, which... honestly is pretty bad, but then somehow I keep watching it. Don't ask me to explain why, because idek. Other than that I'm watching Castle still, OF COURSE, along with Glee, and How I Met Your Mother. We're working on catching up with Fringe, and then Bones starts next month... we're also still doing our re-watch of SG-1, which will eventually translate into watching Atlantis and Universe. AND I still need to/want to actually start on Dr. Who.

....somehow I always end up watching more TV than I think I do o.O
athra: ([Merlin] once and future king)
I GOT A JOB! ::flops around::

It's sort of a temp job, but with great potential to go permanent as long as they like me, which they seem to so far. I've only worked a couple days, but stilllll. I'm doing data entry, and other misc. tasks, for a property management company. It's super easy, repetitive, boring work, and I am SO GLAD to be doing it.

I'm keeping the weekend job at Bubba Gump, too, at least until I know that this one goes permanent. It took freaking long enough.
athra: ([HP] Deathly Hallows)
[livejournal.com profile] elleren was here visiting the past few days, and we did a lot of fun stuff!

On Sunday we 'celebrated' Easter by going to Epcot. It's been a long time since I've actually done Epcot, and it was a blast. We made our way around the world, doing all the shops and most of the rides/shows as we went. We ate in France, and had nummy foods. Also, it's the Flower and Garden Festival right now, which I didn't realize until we got there, and seeing all the topiary things was cool, too. We did a couple of the rides in the front of the park, too, but mostly just focused on the World Showcase. For a theme park, it was a pretty chill/relaxing day.

Monday we spent in Hogsmeade! :D :D
Okay, not the whole time, though. We did pretty much the whole Islands of Adventure park, but we started in Hogsmeade, where we discovered the incredible joy of single rider lines. Seriously. Our wait for the Forbidden Journey? 5 minutes. All in walk time. It was amazing. We also lucked out on that one and all three managed to be in the same car/flyer/whatever, despite having gone through the single rider line. The ride was amazing, of course, even if I do have to keep my eyes covered through the entirety of the forest. I did see the whomping willow this time, though! Last time I rode it I wasn't sure when it was safe, so I missed the whomping willow entirely, haha.
We also did the roller coaster, whatever it's called... dueling dragons, heh. That one had a really short line anyway. We skipped the Hippogryph ride, cause eh, and Ollivander's had a crazy line (surprise, surprise) so we skipped that, too. We did have lunch at Three Broomsticks, though :D Man, Hodsmeade puts me in such a happy place.

After spending a good amount of time in there we moved on to the rest of the park. We did the Jurassic Park water ride... the last time I was on that ride was on a field trip with school before the park was officially open, and it broke down when my boat was on the steep hill and we sat there for 20 minutes. It was much more enjoyable without that delay! It started to rain after that, and there was apparently lightning in a five mile radius, cause most of the rides shut down for a while. we headed over to Spiderman, which ended up being our longest wait at just about 20 minutes. I love the single rider line!

The rides were open again after that, so we went back and hit up the barges (which really should have been first, probably... [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster was not pleased about our wet butts in his car) then did the Hulk, both of which we basically just walked onto.
We did head back over to Harry Potter to hit up Honeydukes and buy some candy, and then that was about it for our day.

Tuesday [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster had to work, unfortunately. [livejournal.com profile] elleren and I made the best of it, though, and headed out to Cocoa Beach. It was a great beach day, and we had a really nice time, but he refused to wear sunscreen and so burnt pretty bad. I did wear sunscreen, but apparently I didn't apply it very well, as I am now burnt in patches. You can laugh... it's pretty funny looking. Thankfully normal clothes cover it up, though, so I don't look ridiculous if I want to go anywhere.

That was about it for [livejournal.com profile] elleren's trip. He left ridiculously early yesterday morning.



On a different front, I think I didn't post it here, but I have been unemployed for the last month or so and have been on the job hunt. I did get something, had my second day of training yesterday, but it's only for a very part time position, which sucks for multiple reasons. I'm working in the office of Bubba Gump's Shrimp Company, a restaurant out at City Walk, and the job would be perfect for me, if it was full time. Unfortunately there's not a chance of that, so I'm trying to find something else to go along with it now, too. But training is going well, and I like the job, so yay for that!

Also, it means I will be out at City Walk every weekend, so if anyone is ever going to hit up the parks, let me know and I can meet you! The latest I'll ever work is 3pm, so I would have a good amount of time out there if you're ever interested. :)
athra: ([Disney] lanterns)
So, I volunteered for a late shift at work for the next month (4pm-1230am) for a call center they were setting up to help with insurance questions for people in Japan. I was kind of excited by this, and my team manager was all thrilled too cause it's a 'great opportunity' and all this jazz. It started yesterday, and we took exactly 0 calls. So, today they called me as I'm getting ready to leave, and tell me that they still haven't had a single call, so my hours are being cut for today. Fantastic. This is what I get for volunteering for a trial thing, I guess.

Tomorrow they're letting me work my normal shift, at least, so I won't lose two days, but it's not much comfort to be honest. I've lost a lot of work in the past couple weeks because I got sick. It's just aggravating.



In other news, [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I watched Tangled today. I really liked it... actually, I was surprised at how much I liked it. Oh, Disney, when you do it right, you really do it right... too bad they don't do it right as often as they used to.
athra: ([misc] waste of potential)

  • I got put onto an ongoing team at work. \o/ This is very good news for my general job security, and has me feeling better in general, though I'm not officially hired on yet. Still, this makes me happy, as I actually like this job, and you know, not coming home miserable has been a huge plus in my life. Now as long as I do as well with the ongoing calls as I did with the annual enrollment calls, I should be okay.

    Unfortunately this doesn't mean that my hours are secure, as evidenced by the fact that I've been sent home early the last two days in a row. I really hope that stops soon, because I need the hours, and don't really want to be forced into having to look elsewhere. But, hopefully that will stop after the holidays, since it's a really slow time of the year for us.


  • Our kitty, Nala, had to go to the vet yesterday. :( There's nothing too terribly wrong with her, as far as we know right now, but she's on an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. Let me tell you, it is so much fun trying to get her to actually take the medication, too. She jerks around like nobodies business, and made quite the effort at drawing blood from [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster this morning.


  • We're rewatching Stargate right now, and it's making me ridiculously happy. ♥ I've only watched it all the way through the one time, and even though I watched some of the episodes more than once, a lot of them I only saw when I was blasting through the series, and I hardly remember some of them. So it's been great fun :D Especially since a lot of the shows we're watching right now all air on the same night, so having something else to watch during the week is a plus.


  • I've started reading the True Blood books, and I really enjoy them more than I thought I would. I'm in the middle of the fourth one now... in general: I like Sookie most of the time, I find Bill soooo boring, and Eric amuses me a lot. I do intend to start watching the show at some point, too, but I wanted to read the books first, and now I can't decide if I want to read all the ones that have been published so far, or if I just want to start on the series now.


  • Speaking of vampire books that are now TV series, has anyone actually been watching Vampire Diaries? I stopped watching somewhere late in season 1, where it was already so vastly different from the books, but I heard some of the things that happened that just make me O.O Is it good on its own, though? Would it be worth picking back up? I feel like I should be watching it, since I liked the books so much, but after I got behind a few weeks I felt no desire to pick it back up.


  • Last thing: Christmas season is starting up again. As a general note, I don't intend to do much in the way of Christmas gifts this year. If you really want to exchange gifts for one reason or another, let me know, but otherwise I'm not really planning on it.

athra: ([VMars] as lovers go)
So, today I finished my initial training! I go to client specific training starting tomorrow, which lasts a week... so next Thursday I should be live on calls. I'm kind of terrified tbh.. but of course the point of client specific is to help alleviate some of that before I'm actually taking calls, heh. The good thing is, they assigned our training class to a client where one of our trainers is a quality manager, so we'll have him as a familiar face. I know it doesn't make that much of a difference, but it's nice all the same.

I'm kind of worried right now about the job in general, though. They've brought in a LOT of people from the temp company for annual enrollment time, and it's starting to make me concerned about being hired on after the temp period is up. I try not to think about it too much, since all I can really do is focus on doing an awesome job so that they'll want to keep me, but... yeah, it's still a little stressful, I can't help it.

Other than work... not much is new with me. I'm tired a lot because I don't go to bed early enough >.> But yeah, that's not really a surprise to anyone.

I've been thinking about doing that meme where you answer questions about yourself every day. Except I probably wouldn't do it every day, but yeah. Hrmm.
athra: ([misc] trees are cool)
So I like my new job so far! It's still early in the training, and therefore a bit boring, but it's good. Plus I am loving the schedule, definitely. I should find out tomorrow what my permanent schedule after training will be, but the manager said no one in our class has shifts past 6pm, so no matter what it is I know I'll be pleased with it.

It's still a little weird not to be at Massage Envy, though. I still sometimes feel like I should be there on my old shift times, and then I'm like, oh hey! I never have to be there again! Weird, but super awesome, too. Plus, now when I talk to my old coworkers and they bitch about work, I can just laugh instead of whine with them :D
athra: ([randy] 50% bitch/50% bitch)
Yay, it's my birthday!
I had a really quiet birthday, which was actually really nice. Spent most of the day at home with [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, just relaxing and watching tv and movies and such. It was nice not to feel obligated to anything for most of the day. We went to Chevys for dinner with my mom and Juston, which was also nice. I loooove the food there, and I don't see my mom often enough considering she's not that far away, so it was good.
Dinner with [livejournal.com profile] fluffymaru and [livejournal.com profile] dragonmountborn early next week, hopefully! :)

ALSO, WE WENT TO WALMART AFTER DINNER, AND DISCOVERED THAT THE ONE IN OCOEE CARRIES SNAPPLE APPLE. OMG OMG! I HAVE A SUPPLIER AGAIN, SINCE THE PUBLIX BY US STOPPED CARRYING IT! YES, THIS IS SO IMPORTANT ENOUGH FOR ALL CAPS!!!!!



I hope everyone who's at Dragon*Con is having an excellent time, even though I'm way jealous!


Only four more days left of working at Massage Envy, WOOOHOOOOO. The crazy boss is back from vacation, and just as ridiculous as ever. Thankfully, I don't have to care anymore. :D


[livejournal.com profile] imthelobster finished Red Seas Under Red Skies and thoroughly enjoyed it, and I heard a rumor that [livejournal.com profile] momebie has started The Lies of Locke Lamora and is liking it. THE TAKEOVER IS STARTING, MUAHAHAHA.


(LJHook keeps wanting me to pick this icon, so I guess we'll go with it!)


((edited for html fail))
athra: ([misc] legendary)
My life, you guys.

Hokay, so, let's go over my day yesterday:

I woke up and played WoW. Dinged 79. >.> Best part of my day rofl.

Had to work from 3-6 for a coworker... mind, not getting paid overtime (which those hours were) which, uhm... sucks. Yep, that's the word I'm going for. >:|

So okay, whatever. Finished at work and went to the work Christmas party. Woo? It was okay... about what you'd expect from a work party, lol. But there was a lot of food, so that was okay. We played a gift exchange game and I left with a $10 gift card to panera (and [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster got a $10 gift card to barnes & noble) so that worked. Also got a gift from the clinic... another panera gift card and a target gift card. Worth going to the party :P


BUT THEN.

Left the party and was driving home... and my tire blew out on the 408. vdbjsknvjks. I'm okay, the car is fine (other than, obviously, the tire) and I managed to get off the road and into the median without any further incident... but it freaked me RIGHT the fuck out. Yeah. I kind of panicked for a little. :/

So I call [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and have her turn around and come back to me, and discover that my AAA membership had expired... uh, oops? Call her aunt to see if she could put on my donut (lord knows I have no idea how to do it) and so she comes out, cause she's awesome, only to inform me that one of my lug nuts is broken and a bolt is stuck or... something to that extent? In any case, tire can't be taken off without tools that she does not have. EXCELLENT.

Cue having to call someone else to use his AAA membership to call a tow truck out. Thank god people are nice and come to help, huh? So we wait around for a two truck, it finally comes, gets my car on fine and drives away...

And [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster's car won't start. W.T.F. Neither car still sitting there had jumper cables in the car. So we run to Wal*Mart to get freaking jumper cables, while the tow truck guy is calling bitching at me about why aren't we following and I'm wasting his money and OMG dude, I seriously did not ask the car to NOT START WTF.

Ugh, at least her car started without any real trouble, so we finally get going, get my car towed to a Meineke, and get freaking HOME to we can pass out.

Cue today... I woke up early so I could call my dad to hopefully help me out. Meineke took close to SIX. HOURS. to replace a freaking tire. Six hours! Granted they did a little bit of other work, too, but it was the tire we were waiting on. Apparently they had to order it from somewhere and have a truck bring it over. So I was late to work by about 2 hours... just a few days before christmas, which they SOOO appreciated.


I feel so ridiculous right now.
athra: ([Firefly] reading is FUN!)
Yeah, I definitely missed a day... oops? :/
But here we go, things that make me happy today...

1. [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, for being persistant and poking me to do things I know I should be doing anyway.

2. The intarwebs, for making things easier to do without actual human interraction, hahaha. I am teh lazy >.>

3. Clients who are super sweet and bring us front desk people candy for the holidays... even if said candy is way too good and going to make me fat, haha.
athra: ([misc] election '08!)
People who call out of work for bullshit reasons and leave me with having to call a lot of very unhappy people make me pissy. Murrrrrrr.
athra: ([misc] totally insulting)
I had this woman come into work today wanting a gift card, so I explained our prices and she got set to buy it... I asked her if she wanted to put enough on the card to cover tip, too, which we ALWAYS do since a lot of times people buying gift cards don't think about it, and she got SUPER pissed off and huffy at me, and walked out.

o.O

Thanks anyway, lady. We don't need shitty ass tippers in here.
athra: ([misc] olympics)
...when did Last.FM change the site design? Why did they change their site design? I don't like it. :(

I do, however, like the Olympics. OMG OLYMPICS. OMG MICHAEL PHELPS!!!!! I am so madly in love with Michael Phelps right now it is not even funny.

On an olympic gymnastic note, I decided to be really far behind and went and watched the womens gymnastic competition for a spot on the olympic team. I am also kind of in love with Chellsie Memmel. She's just... gorgeous. I dunno. Like, Shawn Johnson is amazing and I get that, and yes, she was awesome to watch and all, but... Chellsie. ♥ her.

Weeeeee! :D


(On a random note, certain people at work can suck it, BUT WHATEVER.)

Dragon*Con in like... two weeks. Dude. o.O
It feels really weird to be planning to go to a con and not worrying about costumes or anything. Kind of nice (a free sort of feeling, in a way) but weird.
I am really getting excited for the con this year, though. :D



...yeah. You can tell I really don't want to be at work tonight. Playing around on facebook, and the last.FM, and now livejournal... >.>
athra: ([misc] massage envy)
In case anyone is walking by the Massage Envy clinic in Waterford Lakes sometime... while sitting inside at the desk, we can hear you if you're walking by and talking loudly, even though the door is closed.

A group of four (or so) guys we're walking by tonight, and this is what we heard:

Guy #1: Man, this place is boring now.
Guy #2: Look at the girls in there! ::pointing into the clinic like we can't see, either::
Guy #3: See, this is why we bring you out here!


All I can think is: classy.
athra: ([SG1] Jonas - dork)
One of the benefits of now having a laptop that, you know, WORKS: I can wake up in the morning, not get out of bed, and still get online to check my email and flist and whatever else.

hahaha, I am so lazy.


Also, I am at work at the moment, and I am going to be making phone calls for the REST OF MY LIFE. Stupid CA and her stupid idea to not do EFTs for a week because of Mothers Day. . . bad plan.

OH AND. I just discovered this on the Dragon*Con guest list today:
Cliff Simon
Cliff plays Ba'al in Stargate: SG-1.

!!! So. Much. Hot. I am getting really excited. :D
athra: (Default)
For the record? I didn't post yesterday. I honestly thought that I had, but I guess I was wrong. So I guess that's it for Blog 365.

...

I'm kind of relieved.

(I still want to do your challenges, though, [livejournal.com profile] theemdash. Haha, mostly because I'm crazy, I think.)

Also, work stories )
athra: ([misc] massage envy)
You guys. I have Very Important information. Yes, important enough to be capitalized.

The girl at work who everyone hated, who never ever did her job and was generally a pain in the ass and also screwing up my register every other day?

SHE GOT FIRED TODAY.

Oh I am so excited. I don't even care that I will possibly be going home just to die from carbon monoxide poisoning.

BEST. DAY. EVER.

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