so...

Oct. 8th, 2013 08:24 am
lirazel: ([bh] scandalized)
I just looked down at my feet and realized I have on two different shoes. I mean, they're both black flats, but...they are very different.

So that's embarrassing.
lirazel: ([ib] a message for germany)
as usual, nothing all that exciting since Vienna, but we'll do it anyway (and I will endeavor to use capitals because this is not tumblr):

+ INFINITE CONCERT PENDING. OMG. It seems Jamie will not get to go with me (I can't talk about this because DESPAIR), so I'm thinking of the DC one? I just need to find someone to go with, to room with/sit with/sing-along-on-the-top-of-my-lungs with. Warning: if Woohyun and/or Dongwoo start crying, I will probably cry my eyes out too. So. You've been warned.

+ In case I haven’t talked to you since then, the Vienna trip was great. Nearly perfect except for the heat which was EXTREME and Europeans don’t know how to use air conditioning (they say they have it, but it doesn’t ever seem like they actually use it!) and also you can’t get a big glass of cold tap water anywhere + there are almost no water fountains anywhere so it was a very thirsty trip. But we had a great time, everything went smoothly, I was the tour guide and arranged EVERYTHING (which was partly stressful but also kind of awesome?) and the parents loved it, so I’m very happy.

+ The little sister is in Ecuador. For almost a year. I am living alone. I LOVE living alone (even though it enables my anti-social behavior in ways that probably aren't healthy), but I miss her a lot.

+ Working on a new novel. AGAIN. Because, no, I am not physically capable of just sticking to one. But I feel really good about this one? Let’s ignore that that’s often the case when I start a new one. I literally had a dream about it and woke up with it fully-formed in my head. Often when I dream, I find myself thinking, “This would be a great book,” but then I wake up and realize the dream made no sense. But this one actually did! Also in the dream the love interest was Sunggyu. I kid you not.

It’s set in a fantasy version of like…late 18th century/early 19th century Madagascar? And you would not believe how hard it is to get ahold of a book on Malagasy history. Our library is fantastic, but the only history books they have are either A) for children or B) natural history. I get that the place has all sorts of flora and fauna found nowhere else on earth and that’s awesome BUT WHAT ABOUT THE PEOPLE?

Anyway. I’m really trying to work on it. I want to make it work. I do.

+ So fic is going on hold for a bit. I have signed up for an OT3 bigbang and also for Infinite’s secret santa (and I will for Yuletide), but honestly I think it’s time to put fic on the back burner for just a bit until I get some actual work done on the novel. It’s time for discipline.

+ I did a remix fic for kpop-ficmix and I AM SO HAPPY WITH IT. I can’t wait till it’s posted and writers are revealed and I can tell you about it.

+ The job keeps requiring people to work mandatory overtime, and I am SO GLAD I took the time to fill out my FMLA paperwork so I don’t have to do it too. The company just all-around sucks with the way it treats employees, and yet I can’t bring myself to find something else because I can’t find anything else I’m actually interested in or a place that lets me spend as much time writing/interneting as this one does.

+ On Saturday I had my mama come over and we did some serious overhaul cleaning. Like, went through all the clothes I had and I took like five garbage bags full to goodwill. Which sounds ridiculous and like I have massive amounts of clothes, but honestly I still had some stuff from high school. High school. It was just a matter of actually removing them from my home.

Also went through closets and things and organized. Still have some to do, but I'm feeling good about it. I have a tendency to drive everyone around me crazy with my clutter because I live so totally in my head that it doesn't bother me but it bothers everyone else. But getting rid of stuff feels good.

+ I really need to stop reading about polygamist Mormon cults, but y'all, I can't stop. At this point, I feel like I know more about the Fundamentalist Latter Day Saints than any person should know. BUT I CAN'T STOP READING.

+ Also reading The Family by Jeff Sharlet and it keeps plunging me into despair re: fundamentalist Christians. Since I'm also a Christian I feel like it is my job to battle the fundamentalist ones but that is a lot for one person to take on. I need some perspective.

+ I haven't been good at actually watching things lately? Slooooowly watching I Hear Your Voice and weeping over Lee Jung Suk's everything. It's so good. But I only manage one episode every few days. I need to finish You're the Best Lee Soon Shin and watch the last episode of Monstar and start Master's Sun, but for some reason my attention span when it comes to TV is very short right now.

+ And I was thinking about kdramas and how they seem bent on giving me a schoolboy kink. Oh, let's put Sung Joon and Myungsoo in school uniforms. Let's put Lee Jung Suk and Kim Woo Bin in school uniforms. Let's put Seo In Guk and Hoya in school uniforms. WHAT NEXT? I am trying not to be a dirty old lady, but kdramas are making it really hard.

+ I...do not really go to church anymore because it's just too hard for me to go and yet never actually talk to anyone. I know I should, but I don't. However, I read progressive theology blogs like ALL THE TIME. I have zero interest in ever going into ministry, but man, I would love to go to seminary just so I could geek out about theology. Nothing more fun.

+ Oh, and I’ve been thinking and I want some advice. cut for overexplaining and rambling )

Gah. For someone who leads an incredibly quiet life, this got long. Kudos to you if you managed to make it through that, and I totally understand if you didn't!

yeah

Aug. 8th, 2012 08:43 am
lirazel: ([kpop] lost child)
So, I got a new car. It's pretty! Red and shiny! And my first new car that wasn't a hand-me-down that I half-bought, half-inherited from my daddy. But I'm not really the kind of person to get really excited over cars, so I'm pretty whatever about it. I'm gonna nostalgically miss my beat up old truck, since it's the only thing I've ever driven. But this one drives so smooth, it's really impressive.

Anyway, buying a car is a ridiculously long process, even if you have good credit and you know what you're doing (well, I didn't know what I was doing, but my parents were there with me, and they did. Sometimes I just don't feel prepared to be an adult). SO MUCH PAPERWORK. Ugh, everything takes so long, it's obnoxious. I'm very, very glad it's over with.

But I did have this conversation with the guy who figures out the financials:

Him: Are you in college? [There's a discount for college students.]
Me: No.
Him: Still in high school?
My family: *dies laughing*
Me: I'm 25.
Him: Well, I've made a fool of myself.

I have never seen anyone look so sheepish (it's extra funny when the person looking sheepish is wearing a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, a giant belt buckle, and has one of those moustaches that go down at the sides. I don't know why, but it's true). I tried to reassure him that I get that all the time (which I do), but I know he's going to be kicking himself about it for forever. I sympathize: I lay in bed at night and think of stupid things I said a decade ago that everyone else has forgotten about.

Hopefully I won't have to go through that process again for another 7-10 years.

yeah

Aug. 8th, 2012 08:43 am
lirazel: ([kpop] lost child)
So, I got a new car. It's pretty! Red and shiny! And my first new car that wasn't a hand-me-down that I half-bought, half-inherited from my daddy. But I'm not really the kind of person to get really excited over cars, so I'm pretty whatever about it. I'm gonna nostalgically miss my beat up old truck, since it's the only thing I've ever driven. But this one drives so smooth, it's really impressive.

Anyway, buying a car is a ridiculously long process, even if you have good credit and you know what you're doing (well, I didn't know what I was doing, but my parents were there with me, and they did. Sometimes I just don't feel prepared to be an adult). SO MUCH PAPERWORK. Ugh, everything takes so long, it's obnoxious. I'm very, very glad it's over with.

But I did have this conversation with the guy who figures out the financials:

Him: Are you in college? [There's a discount for college students.]
Me: No.
Him: Still in high school?
My family: *dies laughing*
Me: I'm 25.
Him: Well, I've made a fool of myself.

I have never seen anyone look so sheepish (it's extra funny when the person looking sheepish is wearing a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, a giant belt buckle, and has one of those moustaches that go down at the sides. I don't know why, but it's true). I tried to reassure him that I get that all the time (which I do), but I know he's going to be kicking himself about it for forever. I sympathize: I lay in bed at night and think of stupid things I said a decade ago that everyone else has forgotten about.

Hopefully I won't have to go through that process again for another 7-10 years.

yeah

Aug. 8th, 2012 08:43 am
lirazel: ([kpop] lost child)
So, I got a new car. It's pretty! Red and shiny! And my first new car that wasn't a hand-me-down that I half-bought, half-inherited from my daddy. But I'm not really the kind of person to get really excited over cars, so I'm pretty whatever about it. I'm gonna nostalgically miss my beat up old truck, since it's the only thing I've ever driven. But this one drives so smooth, it's really impressive.

Anyway, buying a car is a ridiculously long process, even if you have good credit and you know what you're doing (well, I didn't know what I was doing, but my parents were there with me, and they did. Sometimes I just don't feel prepared to be an adult). SO MUCH PAPERWORK. Ugh, everything takes so long, it's obnoxious. I'm very, very glad it's over with.

But I did have this conversation with the guy who figures out the financials:

Him: Are you in college? [There's a discount for college students.]
Me: No.
Him: Still in high school?
My family: *dies laughing*
Me: I'm 25.
Him: Well, I've made a fool of myself.

I have never seen anyone look so sheepish (it's extra funny when the person looking sheepish is wearing a cowboy hat, cowboy boots, a giant belt buckle, and has one of those moustaches that go down at the sides. I don't know why, but it's true). I tried to reassure him that I get that all the time (which I do), but I know he's going to be kicking himself about it for forever. I sympathize: I lay in bed at night and think of stupid things I said a decade ago that everyone else has forgotten about.

Hopefully I won't have to go through that process again for another 7-10 years.

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