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luna
thefreckledone
I forgot how good it felt to type on a computer, since I've been using my phone so much lately. I got my first smart phone about a year ago, and now my life is checking Facebook and I don't read books anymore.

I've started a business selling anime stuff. It's pretty fun when I can actually get out to a convention and talk to people. Online sales aren't lucrative because you're competing with literally the entire world, and there's less incentive to impulse-buy. Roland helps man the booth at cons. He says it's the only reason he would really want to go to cons, because he feels like he's being productive and doing something to better his life. If he's just there to hang out and spend money, he looks at all of the people living their dreams and gets sad because he's not.

I still work at the lab, though we got bought out by a bigger company about a year ago and it's really terrible. We've become basically a service center to send samples to the main location on the other coast, and the people there have no idea what they're doing, and look to us to fix things remotely because no one over there is trained properly. It's a mess. I kinda thought when the acquisition happened that they would have their shit together, because they were a big company and we weren't, so obviously they knew what they were doing and had some trick to doing things efficiently. The trick is beaurocracy and it sucks a lot because it takes 80 million years to get anything done.

I always seem to type entries here when I'm sad. I'm not sure what I'm sad about lately. Life is going pretty well I guess? I finally feel like a real adult who has shit together kinda.

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luna
thefreckledone
I've been having vivid dreams lately, pretty much every night. Last night's was an interesting one:

Myself, my husband, my mom, and a friend of the family were on some kind of trip to a football game thing that lasted the whole weekend for some reason. I don't know why we were there, because none of us really have an interest in football. We stayed in a hotel-like place where we rented out a whole house that we shared with one other family. All of the other buildings in the community were designed this way. Everyone brought their pets. We took Berlioz in a cat carrier. I was afraid to let him out because if he got lost in a strange place, we would never find him, but I loosened up and let him run around the house and fenced-in yard a bit and made sure that all of the exits were secured. Our housemates brought their two cats. The hotel provided food for all of the guests, but we had our own that we cooked on the grill in the yard. The football game was a couple blocks away, so we walked there during the day and came back at night. Once we started to get to know our neighbors for the weekend, we brought the grills to the front yard to have big cookouts at night. One morning, there was a black cat scratching at our door. We brought him in and discovered that his collar had his name on it: Poopie G. We thought he was our neighbors' but we weren't sure. I couldn't find paper to write a note to leave on their door, but they had a dry-erase board on the door already. While I was writing the note, they came home and wanted to show me around their house. They were actually one big family renting the whole house, and not just for the weekend. They were either underprivileged and were staying in a hotel because they couldn't afford a deposit on a house, or they just liked it so much they decided to stay there just because they could. I wasn't sure which and never found out. However, because they were moving in long term, they had a lot of stuff in their house. They were borderline hoarders. It wasn't bad enough to be a fire hazard yet, but it was definitely too much stuff for this family to have.

So this family had a lightbulb burned out or something, and I wanted to help them fix it. I was at the top of a ladder trying to change it when I got stuck in a tight corner and couldn't get out without falling. I yelled and cried a lot, and one of the family came to help me, and I was fine.

The next night we had another cookout. Most of us had been cooking and eating the food provided by the



Finishing this post months after starting it: I think I remember something about the food being made of garbage, and we uncovered the evil plot in a grand adventure.

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luna
thefreckledone
I still like this website because it encourages ranting and just, whatever. I don't have to try to be funny or positive because that's not why people are here.

I may or may not quit Mecha Chocobo after these costumes are done. I really don't have the time to be making all this stuff and spending all my weekends doing nothing but video shoots and running around like crazy. Sometimes I need to pick up after myself, since I can't really do much of that during the week. I really want to just pay someone to do everything for me, just hand them a honey-do list and then I can do whatever I want for a bit. My friends keep sending me on guilt trips because I'm a horrible person for not having time to watch all the shows they like, not staying awake through movies, never going to midnight releases with them, and always having to work when they want to hang out. I would love to have time for all of that, but I just can't anymore. I get home at 8pm and I try to wind down and start getting ready for bed at 10pm. That leaves two hours for scrounging up dinner, cleaning the cat box, and any other weekly chores that I might have to do because they're always piling up. There's always a mess somewhere and I can't continue to clean everything all the time. I might need to do what I did in college and quit all my clubs for a while so I can get things in order. That still only leaves two days to do all of my chores and have a life, since I don't get one on the weekdays.

wedding woes
luna
thefreckledone
Wedding are really dumb, you guys. As a fancy party to celebrate a major milestone in someone's life, they are great. It's even kind of fun to imagine the cool things you would do if you had one. But if you're actually planning one, holy shit. All of a sudden it's not just a celebration. Suddenly you're offending people if you don't want to spend the extra $50 for RSVP cards when people are just going to post "I'll be there! Yay!" on your Facebook anyway. Suddenly, using normal modes of communication is TACKY. Expecting to people to sit at tables wherever they like is TACKY. Making bouquets with silk flowers is TACKY because obviously people are going to go right up to them and stick their noses on them or something, and then they'll know they're FAKE! We want our decorations to DIE after the wedding. All of these things are important because you have to think about what your guests want, and they want you to be in debt forever so they can be drunk for an afternoon. Oh what's that? You're not wearing a veil? How will people know you're the bride if you don't wear a veil!? Your family will not recognize you unless you put a big white piece of tulle on your head!

Completely serious about that last one. Crazy David's Bridal Lady said "Otherwise, how will people know you're the bride? You need to look like a bride!" after I told her I didn't want a veil. Then one by one she brought out THREE veils for me to try on. I kept saying, "It's too much, it's just too much." and she just kept bringing out bigger and longer veils! Hey lady, why don't YOU wear this for a second, somewhere that is not your head! Who is this "David", and why does he think we need these things?

TheKnot, seriously. Stop. Seriously, stop it. You keep telling us about the average wedding cost, but nothing about the median cost. Do we measure income by averages? No? Then we should not let outliers like Kim Kardashian's wedding influence what people think most people actually spend. Also, stop promoting stupid shit like burlap and lace, and what is up with that "how to have a hipster wedding" piece of garbage? You are completely missing the point of a hipster if you print an article about how to imitate them in the most mainstream magazine in weddingdom, and it's the same shit that's posted all over Pinterest anyway so it's not even unique. Where are all of your black brides? Where are your fat brides? Where are all the brides with less-than-perfect noses? What about the ones who don't feel like wearing white, or who want a gown that they might be able to hold up with their small boobs? They can't ALL be on Offbeat Bride.
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luna
thefreckledone
This semester I'm an intern at the Pasco County Environmental Lands Divison. It's a small office that uses the extra 1% sales tax funds to buy land and restore it to its natural state to make it into a nature preserve that is open to the public. It's been around for six years, and they have seven preserves so far.

One thing that really sticks out to me is the amount of people that use nature preserves for illegal dumping. I don't know how much trash pickup usually costs, but it can't be that much that you are willing to drive your truck past the "conservation area, no dumping" signs and dump kitchen trash, dirty diapers, tires, couches, barbed wire, bicycles, cleaning chemicals, and anything else you might need to get rid of right into a pristine area. Often times people cut fences in order to do this. This week on a site visit our land manager found hunting equipment in the middle of a clearing, specifically deer stands and a few large feeders. Yes, in the middle of a wildlife preserve. The equipment is being confiscated this week with the help of the sheriff in case the owner is around.

There are annual events in which volunteers come out to clean up one of the preserves, but there just aren't enough people to clean all of them. And what about the land that's not owned by the county? I'm sure people dump in any wooded area they can find. There are plenty of legal places where people can drop off their trash. What else can we do to fix this?

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luna
thefreckledone
Roadside Picnic by Arkady Strugatsky is being re-released in May. Ten bucks. But it's only available in paperback. But it's available! I don't know why I'm so fascinated by this book. I finally found a copy at the library two years ago; it's a great story, but not an amazing one. It's just the thrill of the chase, I guess. I want it just so I can finally say that I have it. I'm not even sure I want to preorder it. I want to march into the bookstore the morning of the release and demand to be taken to where they have been keeping it from me.
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Guhhh someone else just have a party please. I keep trying to throw one but everyone keeps whining about schedules and whatnot. I don't want to make anyone angry by leaving them out, so I'm just not going to have one. At this point I'm not even sure of my own work schedule because I haven't technically gotten hired yet, and I'm already going to ask for New Year's Eve AND New Year's Day off, so I don't want to push it. I'm also planning on going home for Christmas and staying until New Year if my work schedule allows it (and if not I'll probably just come back for work and then go back there), so I'm not going to plan a party then even though everyone says I should. Someone else can throw a party and invite me if they want and I might go, but I don't want to have to pick and choose friends by throwing my own.

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luna
thefreckledone
LOL oh yeah, I have this thing. That I'm supposed to update once in a while so that I can remember things and so my friends can know what I've been up to sometimes.

Two more finals on Thursday. I want them to be over so I don't have to worry about anything anymore. There's just a constant worry about what assignments are due and what tests are coming up and everything that I should be doing rather than whatever I happen to be doing at the moment. Also I find it difficult to do anything unless I'm crunched for time. Right now I'm supposed to be studying for environmental ethics so that I can study for survey of human diseases tomorrow and be ready for both exams bright and early on Thursday. But instead my mind is like NO WANNA and it's hard to force myself. The only time I can force myself to do anything not last minute is when I have to write a paper or something and find it hard to sleep due to stress and my heavily beating heart being like HEY REMEMBER THAT THING YOU NEED TO DO? YOU SHOULD DO THAT RIGHT NOW INSTEAD OF SLEEPING AND IF YOU DON'T I'LL TELL YOUR BRAIN TO GIVE YOU NIGHTMARES HA

My internal organs like to yell at me. Some more than others.

It's really cold this week. It kinda sucks but at least it's not hot like it's been forever. It gives me an excuse not to ride my bike because the wind chills my bones so I take the bus instead. Or, more often, get tired of waiting and just walk instead and end up beating the bus to the stop I would have gotten off at. Ha. Take that, bus. (Does it make me lazy if I wait at the stop longer than/as long as it would have taken me to walk?)

I left my gloves on the bus the same day I turned in a coin purse full of money that I found in the parking lot. I really really want my gloves back, but they were sitting right on the seat and if they haven't found them by now I'm probably not getting them back. My obnoxious mittens will do for now, but I really liked those gloves and I only just sewed up a hole in them too. The office of my apartment complex said that if no one claims the coin purse I can have it. It looked like there was at least a good $30 in there. I'll use some of the money to buy some gloves.

halloween things
luna
thefreckledone
Halloween anime club meeting last night. Was originally going to go as a ghost from the 18th century, but decided on being Pride and Prejudice and Zombies instead, Chris2's idea. Wore that one dress costume thing I've had forever that's technically a century off but whatever, put my hair in a bun and put on lots of makeup and fake blood. Nom nom nom brains. Meeting was fun, watched some first episodes of Halloween-ish/horror series. Considering continuing Higurashi ("I LIKE CEREAL! I like... potatoes?") and High School of the Dead. Accidentally missed the costume contest because me and Roland decided to go party hopping in the Marshall Center during intermission. We popped in on the Halloween Dance Party and the Zombie Sock Hop.

Played a short DnD game last night until 4am (or rather until 3:30 am, at which point I was the first to slide out of my chair and fall asleep). It was really fun and I really want to join a group, but I'd be afraid I wouldn't have the time or I'd get bored after a while or something.

We carved pumpkins last weekend intending not to put them out until this weekend so they wouldn't rot before Halloween, but it didn't work. XD Mold all over and they were leaking all sorts of juices. I had carved Frank from Donnie Darko, Liza made a Spiritomb from Pokemon.

This past week was full of Humans vs. Zombies, which was really fun until shit happened involving bikes and police and I'd rather just not talk about HvZ at all for a good long while.

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luna
thefreckledone
I'm too stubborn to buy the environmental ethics textbook this late in the semester, and there's going to be a new edition next semester anyway so it's not like I'd be able to get any money for it when I'm done. So far I've gotten by with a very old edition from the library, but I had to return it and then it got checked out and I was the second person to put a hold on it. Now I'm the only one in line, so I should get it in two weeks, JUST in time for the next quiz. After that there are a few articles that aren't in the old version, so I'm trying to find them online. It's mostly working, but some people are greedy and don't like publishing stuff where people can read it for free. :/

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