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.
kungfufighting: (fear the vaj)
Still nothing different with Mom. Thank you for all the well wishes. I know it's only been since Sunday that she's been really out of it, so if it is some kind of overdose that requires a detox, it's obviously going to take some time. I can't quite tell how serious the hospital is taking her, unfortunately.

Dwelling on it all will do me no good. So, I'm attempting some distractions. First, I'm going back to classes and work tomorrow, cause I need the distraction and I don't want to miss more than 2 days of school. Second, since I'm home today, I have several things to do:

1- Clean up the apartment a little. There are still dishes from the weekend in the sink, since we've been so busy. Gotta take care of those. Also, trash and recycling, that kind of thing. Nothing major.

2- Get ready for Ari. He's been alone all week at the house since it's his spring break, so Meridan and I are just going to pick him up tonight and keep him until Sunday. He's pretty excited. That means I have to get him all set up on the couch and de-fur the furniture cause of his allergies.

3- This is the most fun one! I found a journal at Costco last night that is a specific reading journal for book lovers called Read, Remember, Recommend. Not only does it have some room for documenting what you're reading (not enough room, IMO, but I can always add paper), but most importantly, it has tons of lists of books - award winners, library recommended books, etc. On the author's website, she's holding a challenge for a whole year to read as many books as possible from these lists. So, I'm going to do it. We have a ton of these books at my work, and I plan on loading a bunch on my e-reader as well. My goal is 30 in the year, which is very reasonable considering that I'm also giving myself another challenge:

4- I'm going to also try to read as many Hugo and Nebula award winning books as I can this year. They aren't listed in the book, mostly because they aren't general fiction awards, but sci-fi/fantasy awards, so not everyone would enjoy them. But there's a place in the journal to make your own lists, so I'm going to collect the names of the award winners, figure out what I've already read, and attack the rest. :)

My classes aren't nearly as demanding this quarter as they were last quarter, so I'll have the time to read, definitely. And I'm looking forward to it. I'm going to blog about the books, but possibly not here - I have a Wordpress blog that I don't use that would probably be better for this kind of thing.

Anyways. Distractions, distractions. That's what I need.

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