kungfufighting: (pokemon)
Who doesn't love lists?  For serious.

- My mom broke her foot.  She can't put any weight on it for at least 4 weeks.  I'm entirely sure I will kill her out of frustration before that, though, so that's all good.  It's pretty fucking clear at this point where I got my stubbornness and pigheaded independent streak from.  Yeah.

- Meridan and I are STILL playing a lot of WoW.  It has been well worth the subscription so far, and I plan on continuing to pay for it, at least until January.  They just introduced some option where you can make a piece of armor or a weapon take on the physical characteristics of another item, meaning that I can finally put pretty robes back on my shaman physically while getting to keep all my sweet mail stats.  It pretty much solves the only problem I had with the game.

- Since I quit my job, I've been pondering the whole money thing.  We're going to be fine what with financial aid, at least for the rest of the year.  However, I really wanted to come up with something to do with my time.  I thought about getting back into the whole KGB/ChaCha thing, and I looked into it, but the pay had gotten even shittier since the last time I did it.  Not worth my fucking time.  After some research into freelancing, I became a contractor with oDesk, figuring I could do some data entry or transcription at home.  There are other freelancing sites out there, but the feedback about oDesk was overwhelmingly good, and I gave it a try.  So far, so good - I've actually found out that I'm pretty qualified to do most of the writing jobs - after only about a week as an active member, I got offered a SEO web content job writing blurbs for Ask.com.  The pay is actually not all that bad, either.  We'll see how it goes.

- Related to that new job offer - apparently, it usually takes people months to get that first oDesk job.  So I'm feeling pretty fucking proud of myself at the moment.  I knew brushing off those writing skills could come in handy.

- Yet another thing related to oDesk - it's pretty damn nice being a contractor instead of an employee.  I'm self-employed, I'm my own boss, and I have clients rather than employers.  I really, really love working from home - my social anxiety has gotten worse over the years and my ADHD really benefits from being able to isolate myself while I work in comfort.  

- The last thing I'll say that's oDesk related - it's really pretty sick how many people are out there looking for outsource work, willing to be paid $1.00 an hour for things I would never take less than $10 for.  It makes me sad, because there are clients who target people like that - they specifically look for contractors in East Asia and list horribly low suggested bids.  Fuck that shit.  

- My baby brother turns 17 on a week from Tuesday.  SO OLD.  I changed that little punk's diapers.  YEARS of summers sacrificed to free babysitting.  And now he's 17 and in college.  Fuck that shit.  He has to write a little blurb for his English portfolio about someone who's helped him through his life, and he picked me.  Goddamnit, I love that stupid kid.

- Meridan has all the way been accepted into his pharmacy tech program.  He will be a certified technician by the end of the summer!  Basically, this means that by the fall, he will likely have a good full time job with benefits.  Poverty Time is nearly over, and it's awfully nice to see the light at the end of the tunnel.  

List over.

the lowdown

Oct. 3rd, 2010 10:41 am
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Finn is such a whiner when she wants to go outside and play.  The rule with Finn is that she can only go out back onto the porch, the door has to be left partway open, and I have to check on her every few minutes to be sure she doesn't go too far.  So when it's cold outside, like today, chances of outside time are low.  But that doesn't stop a kitten from trying, after all.

I saw some Evergreen students feeding a big group of raccoons outside by my back porch yesterday.  This pisses me off for several reasons.  One, I like raccoons, but I don't want them around the cats, because I don't want a fight to happen.  Two, feeding wild animals just messes with them and makes people think they're all tame and crap, when they aren't.  But do the majority of stupid Greeners realize these things?  Of course not.

I've been buying more clothes this week in an attempt to branch out wardrobe-wise.  I've avoided women's clothing for years now and stuck to only men's shirts and junk like that.  But I've recently become frustrated at how much I look like a teenager as a result.  So I'm trying some new stuff.  It's hard trying on women's clothing, because the sizing is fucked and it all makes me feel gigantic, but I need to realize that wearing a size Large in women's isn't the biggest deal in the world.  I tried some button-down flannel shirts at Old Navy and Target and actually liked a few. 

Classes are tough this quarter.  I have a math conference in Spokane this weekend - I leave Thursday, come back Saturday.  I'm sure it'll be riveting, or whatever.  We'll see how Meridan fends for himself for two nights alone.  :P

Meridan has an interview at Best Buy on Thursday!  Hope it goes well for him.  We're desperately looking for a good part-time gig for him to get him out of ACS, and I think this might be it.  He has such a flexible schedule. 

Still don't miss the cable between Netflix and Hulu.  I'm going to give Hulu some money for a paid subscription when they start that whole thing - between that and Netflix, it's only $20.00 total, and there's plenty to watch.

the lowdown

Oct. 3rd, 2010 10:41 am
kungfufighting: (Default)
Finn is such a whiner when she wants to go outside and play.  The rule with Finn is that she can only go out back onto the porch, the door has to be left partway open, and I have to check on her every few minutes to be sure she doesn't go too far.  So when it's cold outside, like today, chances of outside time are low.  But that doesn't stop a kitten from trying, after all.

I saw some Evergreen students feeding a big group of raccoons outside by my back porch yesterday.  This pisses me off for several reasons.  One, I like raccoons, but I don't want them around the cats, because I don't want a fight to happen.  Two, feeding wild animals just messes with them and makes people think they're all tame and crap, when they aren't.  But do the majority of stupid Greeners realize these things?  Of course not.

I've been buying more clothes this week in an attempt to branch out wardrobe-wise.  I've avoided women's clothing for years now and stuck to only men's shirts and junk like that.  But I've recently become frustrated at how much I look like a teenager as a result.  So I'm trying some new stuff.  It's hard trying on women's clothing, because the sizing is fucked and it all makes me feel gigantic, but I need to realize that wearing a size Large in women's isn't the biggest deal in the world.  I tried some button-down flannel shirts at Old Navy and Target and actually liked a few. 

Classes are tough this quarter.  I have a math conference in Spokane this weekend - I leave Thursday, come back Saturday.  I'm sure it'll be riveting, or whatever.  We'll see how Meridan fends for himself for two nights alone.  :P

Meridan has an interview at Best Buy on Thursday!  Hope it goes well for him.  We're desperately looking for a good part-time gig for him to get him out of ACS, and I think this might be it.  He has such a flexible schedule. 

Still don't miss the cable between Netflix and Hulu.  I'm going to give Hulu some money for a paid subscription when they start that whole thing - between that and Netflix, it's only $20.00 total, and there's plenty to watch.

schoolin'

Jan. 16th, 2010 07:00 pm
kungfufighting: (sexlexia)
2 weeks into the quarter, and I have an A in every class so far.  Looking good.

Man, I'm really getting lazy with my psychology class, though.  Taking Psych 100 was a mistake.  I didn't really need the course, and I'd already taken Psych 200 in the summer and aced it, so I don't know why I bothered.  I'm really bored with it.  I feel like everything I need to know was covered in developmental psychology, and it's not that exciting to me.  

I guess I'll just deal.

So, the word is in - Meridan is not going to the forest this spring after all.  Apparently, it was really competitive this year, and I'm sure that they got many times more applicants than they usually do due to the economy.  So, he's decided to go a different way and apply for jobs as far north as Seattle.  He has a wonderful chance at these positions, and they all make a good amount of money, so our fingers are crossed.

Worst case scenario, he can stay at ACS until September.  I don't want him to have to, but if need be, he can.  

He's going to do independent study at Evergreen next year most likely, unless he has a good science-related position by that time. 

I admitted to him that I was overall pretty glad he was staying here.  I know I'm a whiner, but 3 1/2 months is a long time to be apart, and I feel like I already did my time way back when he was in Ecuador.  

Anyways.  The apartment search has begun.  We need a one bedroom that we can afford on our salaries, which means under $600.  Here at the Glen, it'd only be $540, so if nothing better comes along, we're gonna go with that.  Both cats are coming with us as well, so it has to be cat-friendly.  I'm getting financial aid in April, so that'll be our moving money.

I'm going to try and finish my blanket tonight so I can start something new soon.  I have to decide whether I'm going to put a border on or not - I'll probably not worry about it right now.
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Huh. I can honestly say, after living together for an entire year and entangling myself emotionally, financially, and legally with my dear muffin-brain, I don't have any secrets from him anymore. I also don't have any issues with him that haven't already been discussed. And he barely reads the LJ anymore, so I'm not just saying this so he'll read it and be reassured. It's true.

Maybe it's partially because I'm so verbal - there is rarely an issue in my life that I let go unmentioned. But Meridan is decidedly not so verbal, and he manages to share these issues with me as well, so that might not be it. But I don't know.

That's not to say there weren't things like this in the beginning. Definitely, it took some time to get everything out in the open. But I wouldn't be wearing this ring on my finger if I was hiding junk from him.

Clearly, I am procrastinating now. Ugh. Must get back to cleaning... must...

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