Honestly, at this point I think I'd be the person wanting to hold off a little while. =/ But I certainly wouldn't wait forever if this was the case. I'm not interested in being in a relationship that isn't potentially going to lead to marriage sooner or later, but I think last time was definitely rushed.
(The whole no-sex-except-with-spouse thing. It's a motivator for sure.)
In other news, my niece posted: "If another person treats me like im stupid im going to punch them.. Seriously." on Facebook. I'm debating whether or not to comment "I'm*" just to annoy her. =)
Yeah. Doing it. XD
Then I was toying with the idea of going alone, if my family was receptive to me crashing in St. Louis on Friday and Saturday and therefore I wouldn't have to get a hotel.
And then I looked again this evening--less than 24 hours after tickets became available--and they were sold out. Sad Trombone.
So DO NOT WANT. But she's kind of right, Dad's been helping a lot with the whole car thing, and teaching me to drive the stick shift (I think I've got it now). And she's all "It's FAAAAAATHER'S DAY."
Anyway they don't have internet, so yeah. Will likely not be online much/at all until Sunday evening.
Shelly: going to put your chapter on my iBook and take it with because they go to bed way early, but I make no promises.
ETA: When I get back, I am likely going to do a 30 Days of Klaine meme. You can blame Shelly.
To better illustrate the point: I'll post on Facebook that I'm looking forward to Glee, but I wouldn't dream of linking to my Klaine fanfic, because there are people that would be angry with me. Homophobic redneck cousins, for instance.
Ne'er the twain shall meet, as they say.
Still working on the site. I have a bit of a quandary--I kind of want to delete my FFN and FOSFF accounts, but I went to FFN yesterday to see what I had originally written for a summary on a story I was putting on the site, and clicked through and realized that I gotten a lot of really lovely reviews. I can't think of any not-stupid-looking way to import them, but I don't want to lose them. I suppose I could always just copy-and-paste them and save them for my own self (and I imagine this is what WILL happen), but...sigh.
Er. Cody and I have differing schedules and he often wants to go to bed earlier than I do. So I get in bed with him and we snuggle. After he's fully out, I'm free to get back up and stay up as late as I please. This has actually resulted in me staying up until his alarm went off the next morning once or twice, lol. And tonight he went to bed at like 9:30 and I fell asleep too, and woke around like 12:30. I probably would've stayed in bed had I not needed to flatiron.
--anyway. I started a new job. Like going on three weeks ago, eep. Way to neglect LJ. I'm working for a collections agency. I have a desk again, joy!
Yes, I have seen names I recognized. No one here on LJ, lol, but still. (I probably shouldn't even say that. HIPPA and all, since most of our clients--ie the people not getting money from people--are doctors.)
Not that it matters--thus far my duties have been data entry and mail sorting, checking up on other people's work and taking payments. I'm not in charge of the decisions like ZOMG RAWR WE'RE GONNA SUE THIS DUDE FOR OUR MONEY BLARGLE BLARGLE BLAH.
Officially, I'm training for several positions, and may or may not be put into a particular niche later on. I'm indifferent, really. I have a desk and guaranteed hours and don't have to wear a uniform. =) (I think the dress code is pretty lax as far as these things go--I've seen people in jeans and t-shirts. I'm more worried about them bitching about my makeup, honestly.)
And wedding plans are still rolling. We're 54 days out. Holy crap. That's almost, but not quite, two months. Eep. Must order purple paper!
Oh, and RSVP fail, family. 4 replies out of 80 invites? WTF?
And in case I haven't said it around here, I am REALLY into makeup now. Like I actually bother to put it on damn near every day, unless I oversleep. I'm working on making video tutorials for YouTube--more on that later, when they actually are ready to go up. =)
Cody and I went out to the fair tonight. We didn't ride any rides because the tickets were stupid expensive--or at least they were once you realized that most of the good rides required 2-3 tickets to ride. (Seriously, $4.50 to ride the FERRIS WHEEL? I don't care if it WAS purchased from the Neverland Ranch like a year ago.) But we had a good time, and he won me a penguin. =) There was a woman who would guess your age or weight and I told Cody to have her guess his age. She guessed 23. XD (Which just goes to prove that people don't exactly see us and think I'm a cradle-robber, lol.)
Okay. Bedtime. Tata!
Monday before last, as Cody and I were driving on our way to have a celebratory dinner after doing our legalities (lol), my car started jerking. I pulled into a parking lot just to get off the street--luckily it was O'Reilly Auto Parts. As my car shuddered and died, I realized my (digital) dashboard had died, no indicators of anything. Parked, tried to start up again, click click click. No dice. We went inside and got a guy to come check the car, he said it was probably the alternator or the battery (as I suspected), he tested the battery and said it had like no charge, but it could still be either--the alternator dying would kill the battery. He gave us a jump and we drove the block or so to Wayne's Auto Repair, where my cousin works. (Take your cars there, folks. Srsly.) It was closing time there, but we left the keys and got a ride back to the house (thanks April!! =D), where we took Cody's car to go have dinner.
( And then I found $5! (not really--it's an injoke) )
So if you have car trouble in or around Mountain Home, take your car to Wayne's Auto Repair (it's between AutoZone and the Exxon station where 5, 201, and 62 merge). They will do you right. (I feel like I should be handing out business cards for them. If he's going to comp us a tow I want to drum up some business for him!)
On a side note, the whole moving-in thing is working really well. Our car insurance together is considerably cheaper than either of us was paying alone. And groceries are easier. We're actually having money left over. I'd forgotten what that felt like.
Gacked from gamgeefest.
1. What color is your toothbrush? I think it's blue and white. The fact that it was 89 cents won out over the one that was purple.
2. Name one person who made you smile today: Cody!! ^_^
3. What were you doing at 8 am this morning: Sleeping. Duh.
4. What were you doing 45 minutes ago? Facebook, or email. Something online.
5. What is your favorite candy bar? Hm. Just a plain old Hershey bar, if I have to have a bar. I'm more likely to go for peanut M&Ms.
6. Have you ever been to a strip club? No.
7. What is the last thing you said aloud? I talk to myself all the time, no telling. I was probably swearing at something.
8. What is your favorite ice cream flavor? Chocolate chip cookie dough. ^_^
9. What was the last thing you had to drink? Currently drinking milk. Before that lemonade with a shot of Wal*Mart fruit punch.
10. Do you like your wallet? Yeah, it has Hello Kitty on it.
11. What was the last thing you ate? Some chocolate.
12. Have you bought any new clothing items this week? No, that was last week.
13. The last sporting event you watched? The Olympics, and not even all of that.
14. What is your favorite flavor of popcorn? Butter. I don't really like stuff flavored like other stuff--ie, chips flavored like BBQ, jellybeans flavored like popcorn...it's just weird. What was wrong with original flavor?
15. Who is the last person you sent a text message to? Shelly. We were discussing Lost.
17. Do you take vitamins daily? Theoretically, but I forget a lot.
18. Do you go to church every Sunday? No.
19. Do you have a tan? Hell no.
20. Do you prefer Chinese food over pizza? FSCK NO!!!
21. Do you drink your soda with a straw? Only if it comes in a cup from a fast food place.
22. What did your last text message say? Um, I think it said "Go her!" or "Good for her!"
23. What are you doing tomorrow? Sleeping, hanging out with Cody for a bit, then going to job-shadow the Caregiver working with my new client.
24. What sounds are you listening to now? My sniffling, the computer motor, my typing, my gigantic sneeze...
25. Look to your left, what do you see? The calendar and a picture of Josh Holloway. Yay for testing printers. (The pictures of Cody are directly in front of me. ^_^)
26. What color is your watch? After the last one broke, I quit. Half the time I'd whip out my cell phone instead of looking at my watch anyway.
27. What do you think of when you hear Australia? Generally I think of Claire from Lost, lol. Is it just me or was she the ONLY survivor that was actually FROM Australia?
28. What is your birthstone? Aquamarine.
29 Do you go in at a fast food place or just hit the drive thru? Depends. If I'm with people I prefer to go in but if I'm alone I'd rather hit up the drive thru. That way I can bring it home and skip ordering a drink.
30. What is your favorite number? 23.
31. Who's the last person you talked to on the phone? Um...Mom left me a voicemail during Lost, but the last person I actually talked to was Cody.
32. Any plans today? The plan for today was to go to Lions, catch up on Lost, have a little time with Cody, and then watch the finale. So far, so good. =) Also managed to squeeze in an hour or so with Kristy.
33. How many states have you lived in? Two. This one, and six months in Florida. I didn't like it, and now that I think about it, that may be where I developed the distaste for hot weather. (That's pretty much all I remember about it.)
34. Biggest annoyance right now? Congestion.
35. Last song listened to? I think it might've been Robbie Williams' "Rock DJ" but I'm not really sure. Whatever the last thing I played in the car was.
36. Can you say the alphabet backwards? I probably COULD if I really set my mind to it, but it wouldn't be fast.
37. Do you have a maid service clean your house? OH GOD I WISH.
38. Favorite pair of shoes you like to wear all the time? Oh geez, there are like 5 pairs on high rotation. Currently my little black Mary Janes with the mesh insides.
39. Are you jealous of anyone? Rich people, lol.
40. Is anyone jealous of you?
41. Do you love anyone? Several people, mainly Cody.
42. Do any of your friends have children? Well yeah. The parents outnumber the nonparents, especially in the Bible belt.
43. What do you usually do during the day? Well, if I'm not working or doing chores of some sort, I'm probably at the computer.
44. Do you hate anyone that you know right now? Once I get to that point with people, I cut them out of my life. So no.
45. Do you use the word 'hello' daily? ...probably, given Hello Kitty. Lol.
46. What color is your car? Silver.
47. Do you like cats? YES.
48. Are you thinking about someone right now? Yeah.
49. Have you ever been to Six Flags? NO, and my siblings have lived in St. Louis for like TEN YEARS. WTF??
50. How did you get your worst scar? I stabbed the corner of a cabinet door into my cheek and the doctors tried to bandage it when I should have had stitches. I was two or three. They figured I'd grow out of that scar. =(
Cody, Nico, Liz and I went out for Chinese this afternoon before I had to leave for work. My fortune said "Your fortune is on its way!" I shit you not. I was disappointed, first because my fortune was so crappy, and then because it wasn't a real fortune. Unless of course it means my FINANCIAL fortune is on its way...I might be okay with that. =)
Cody's fortune was "Leaders are readers." Nico grabbed them both from us and switched them. XD
A couple of weeks ago I got one that said "A way out of a financial mess is discovered as if by magic!" And now I have a job...hm. IDK. I was hoping to win the lottery, lol. Not that I'm complaining about getting paid to sit around and read books all night.
My favorite one of all time is taped to my other laptop (which reminds me, I still need to take/post pics of THIS one in all its awesome customized glory--lol as I was typing that one of the nurses was like "OMG, cool!"). It says: "Opportunity is knocking--answer it tomorrow." XD
The best story ever from a fortune cookie, though, has got to be one from the other week. Cody and I were debating over dinner. We were thinking Taco Bell but were hemming and hawing, I asked him if he'd rather have something else and he said yes, but I wouldn't go with him. It came out that what he REALLY wanted was Chinese, so we decided to get him Chinese takeout and me Taco Bell and go home and eat them together. He gave me the fortune cookie, and the fortune was "A lifetime of happiness lies ahead of you." I melted right into the couch. =)
I want to say a bit about my book collection. I've been posting a lot of status updates stating what I'm reading, and those of you who chat books with me, or have given or loaned me a book, or recommended a book to me might be interested to know.
( Is long. )
-Nametag. Required, and it's good to have so the nurses know you're not a family member.
-Books. I try to take a total of 3-4 that I haven't read--ie, if I take two books that I'm halfway through, that counts as one total. I try to make at least one of them something I can finish cover-to-cover.
-Lotion. I sanitize my hands A LOT, and it takes its toll.
-Some Other Project. Two nights last week it was sewing, tonight it's my iBook so I can work on writing. I love to read, but I CANNOT do it 12 hours straight, which leads me to...
-Eyedrops. Luckily I carry these in my purse anyway, as a contact-wearer.
-Food. I take a lunch and eat it around 2 AM, halfway through my shift. I also try to include stuff to snack on at random--a couple of pickles, or a packet of fruit gummies, etc. And even though my bento bag (Japanese lunchbox) includes a bottle for a drink, I also need...
-Something to Drink. Other than what's in the lunchbox. I stop at McDonald's and get a large sweet tea on my way, since I'm trying to minimize my soda intake. I also try to have dinner last thing before I leave so I'm not starving until 2 AM.
On that note--I was poking around Marilyn vos Savant's website last night, and saw the link to her Daily Diet. I was pleasantly surprised that it's very similar to the own "diet" I've devised for myself, in an effort to lose weight for the wedding.
Mine is simply this: Nothing but cereal before 5 PM. If I get hungry enough, sometimes that's two bowls, but 95% of the time it ends up being only one bowl. (This is mostly because I sleep so late, though.) I've cut back on soda--I refuse to eliminate anything entirely, because that's when I get frustrated with the whole thing and quit. I don't keep soda at the house, and I always order sweet tea at McDonald's when I'm eating there (it's cheap when I'm in a rush)--and that's probably 90% of my previous soda consumption. Now, when I visit someone and they offer me soda, I'll take it (especially Cody's stepdad, who almost always tells me that he's gone out of his way to put a Dr. Pepper in the fridge just for me when we visit), and if I'm eating at a more expensive restaurant I'm likely to order soda--it's already a special occasion by virtue of going out to someplace that's not fast food. =) I have whatever I want for dinner. Almost literally anything. (It's so hard to avoid foods when you're as picky of an eater as I am.) Seconds if I'm actually hungry for them. Then, if I end up being hungry again later (often, and ALWAYS when I'm working) I'll have something light--a small sandwich would be the heaviest thing, and a bowl of cottage cheese is way more likely.
And it seems to be working. Jeans are getting looser, at any rate. I'm not losing a pound a day or anything, but the slower you lose it, the easier it is to keep off, you know? My brother said I was looking good (Jerry and Sherri and the girls were down over the weekend), but he hasn't seen me in something like two and a half years, since they flaked out on coming to the reunion.
Also, if there is anything major going on, I'll skip a day. We were out at Mom and Dad's on Saturday and I ate with everyone else and had desserts for snacks more times throughout the day than I care to admit. (Darn your cookies, Mom! Darn them!!) I had soda with my meals. But the next day I was right back on track.
As far as exercise goes, I cannot bring myself to commit to any kind of routine, and I shudder at the thought of even going inside a gym, much less staying inside one long enough to work out, but there's the bike, and I'll go on a walk now and again. At the very least, if the weather is okay, I'll try to walk to get the mail instead of grabbing it on the way out. (This is a pathetically short walk but it's better than nothing.)
So. Yeah. No idea how I got into all that. But there it is. I'm going to empty the dishwasher and start the oven for pizza! =D
So yeah, new job. I think I posted that I got a job? Yes, yes I did. I'm working 8 PM to 8 AM, two days on, one day off (more or less, with the exception of some weekends that were scheduled before I was hired). Indefinitely--until the client passes away. She's terminal, and the family just wants someone at her bedside 24/7. I got to pick my shifts.
So yeah, it's a bit boring. The client (I have to keep everything confidential, of course) sleeps most of my shift, I maybe spend 20 minutes of the 12 hours actually interacting with her. In four shifts I've finished something like eight or nine books. (Bear in mind that a few of them were started already, but still.) I did some sewing that I've put off for around a year. I got permission to take my laptop for the purpose of writing (I asked, since the training materials said not to use a client's internet connection but didn't specify), so Shelly: I'll be working on my chapter Monday. Maybe I'll work on other stuff when it's done. =D I love to read, but I just can't do it 12 hours straight, you know? =) And I think it's possible that my reading speed has slowed a bit, but it's hard to judge--I'm tackling more difficult stuff than the last time I clocked myself, but I also flick my eyes up every time I hear the slightest noise.
Hourly, I'm being paid less than minimum wage since the overnight shift is paid a flat rate, but since I sit on my butt for most of it, I don't really care. With all the hours I'm working (48-60 a week, depending on when the days off land) it works out monetarily. Also, I now have a legitimate reason to be up all night. =D Nope, can't sleep on shift. Possibly with other clients that are still in their homes, but not this one. (This client is my sole assignment until the inevitable happens, unless I decided to pick up a shift somewhere along the road.)
So. Work is okay. Expect the occasional late-night work-related Facebook status update via text message. Oh yes, that reminds me--I can't take phone calls when I'm working, I have to keep my phone on vibrate or silent, but I'm free to text when the client is asleep. Or at any rate no one's going to know I'm texting to bitch about it, lol. So if anyone else is a bored insomniac who likes to text...it may take me a while to check my phone but any break in monotony is good. If you catch me on a night off I'll just text back as much. "Off tonight, sleeping, ttyl." =)
In other news, I LOVE BOOKMOOCH. Better yet, here's my profile. Friend me if you join! =) Or, you know, are already on there. It's an awesome thing if you love to read but don't feel the need to hang on to the books afterward, or if you have otherwise accumulated a pile of books you no longer want sitting around. (Textbooks, too!)
And, a dilemma. I'm going to keep this as brief and simple as possible.
( Woot, family drama, sorta... )
Note that these are my reasons--not a cut-and-paste list of reasons that will suit everyone that is childfree, and not a list of reasons why no one should have kids. I'm not a member of VHEMT, and if someone really and truly cannot imagine a life without kids and is going to be a good parent, I think they should go for it. I'm assuming that they've done the same amount of soul-searching I have, and found themselves to be differently inclined than I am.
Also, I'm happy to discuss any of this with anyone--if you bingo me, I probably already have a great comeback in mind, and if you're just flat curious or considering declaring yourself childfree, I will answer any questions about myself, and I have a large collection of helpful information bookmarked and will be happy to link you to whatever part of it is relevant. I really think that the vast majority of parents don't put enough thought into the decision to become a parent, and this is what leads to abuse, neglect, and problem children. If you would never work in a daycare center, maybe you should rethink having your own kids, you know?
( The lengthy list is under here. )
The woman who interviewed me--my boss now, lol--knows Dad.
"Do you have any experience working with seniors?"
"Well, not work experience, but my dad works in a nursing home and I've been around seniors most of my life."
"Which nursing home does your dad work at?"
"Oh, is your dad Jerry? I know him! All the women over there are always talking about how good he smells! And he does!"
That cracked me up. I told her that was because between me and Mom, he gets cologne on pretty much every special occasion. Lol.
I did interview for another job on the same day, and I kind of hoped that I'd get that one instead, but it didn't work out like that. Oh well. Interesting thing that happened at the interview, though--the woman asked me if I had any kids. This right after saying that the job was flexible for those who had kids at home, needed to call in because they were sick, etc. Of course I told her no, thinking that that would be an asset to me since not having kids means they're not going to detract from work. I was going to tack on that I wasn't married yet--which is not the point, since Cody and I aren't having kids even when we are married, but most of the time when a stranger is getting too nosy, this will quiet them down, because they're not going to encourage you to go into single motherhood. =P But this woman was one of those that won't let you get in a word edgewise (this is important)--other than asking when I could expect to hear from her, and how much it paid, I don't think I got to say anything more than two or three words at a time.
Well, anyway, I must have been a bit too enthusiastic for her tastes, because she was like, "Well, you're saying that like you don't want them!" Which I don't, but I couldn't interject that. She then went on to say that her own daughter (who, I gathered, is around my age or a bit younger) was still in the "puppy stage"--"She thinks it'll be easier to have a puppy than kids!"
I just kind of laughed that off, but really, if a dog is more work than a kid...YOU'RE DOING SOMETHING WRONG. I don't know if you're neglecting your kid or spoiling your dog rotten, but either way something is warped! So the daughter is Actually Quite Right in thinking that, IMHO.
Also, I was kind of shocked that she carried on with it--I can understand the question as it is relevant to a job (yes, I know, technically it's not legal to ask about an employee's personal life, etc etc, but I don't mind being asked to an extent, if it actually pertains to availability or whatnot), but to comment on a HIGHLY personal choice--assuming I've made the typical one, assuming I CAN make the typical one and don't have fertility issuse--IDK. It just irked me. And then calling it a stage like I'll grow out of it!! >_<
Earlier today I ran across an entry by littlelaiken. She was talking about starting a petition to make "Why are you single?" one of the socially unacceptable questions, like asking a stranger when she's due, or asking a woman her age. (It's friends-locked, but I'm linking to it for my own reference.) I think any questions about when a couple is going to have kids should be off-limits as well. Laiken was talking about how the "why are you single?" thing is usually well-meant ("You're so cool/funny/awesome, I can't understand why no man has snatched you up!"), but it makes the person being asked think over the last painful breakup, or think that maybe there IS something wrong with them, etc. "When are you having kids?" is similar in that the asker has no idea about the circumstances--the person being asked may want them and not be able to have them, and be touchy about it, or maybe the couple is waiting to be in a better place financially, or like me, may just plain not think kids are the be-all, end-all of human existence. The thing of it is, it's not really their business why, and besides that, they're running the risk of bringing up a very painful subject in some cases. No, we don't have any kids. Period. That should be the end of it.
I still would have taken the job, were it offered to me, though. There would be plenty of time to talk about it later, if it ever came up again.
And now, I have decided to officially document my list of reasons as to why I don't want kids. I've kind of derailed from the point of this post, which is that I'm no longer unemployed! =D YAY!!
Your Birthday Predicts You're Fiery
Ever since you were born, you've loved taking risks.
You crave excitement and thrills. You are driven by your passion.
You may have a wild streak, but you also love learning and experiencing life.
You're multi-faceted and can't be labeled. You're sexy, smart, flexible, and stubborn.
Hehe. Can't be labeled indeed.
You Would Win Best Costume Design
You are imaginative, artistic, and very unique. You are a natural designer.
You can picture entire movies in your head. You are incredibly visual.
As long as you can remember, you've always had a flare for fashion. You like to experiment with looks.
You like dressing up in costumes and outfits. And not just for Halloween!
Damn right I like to cosplay. =)
( Memes, from Facebook and LJ. Gah there's a lot. Thanks guys. You all know I can't resist! )
HERE'S WHAT YOU DO...
1.PUT YOUR ITUNES OR WINDOWS PLAYER ON SHUFFLE
2.FOR EACH QUESTION, PRESS THE NEXT BUTTON TO GET YOUR NEXT ANSWER
3.YOU MUST WRITE THAT SONG NAME DOWN NO MATTER HOW OUTRAGEOUS IT SOUNDS!
4.TAG FRIENDS WHO MIGHT ENJOY DOING THIS GAME, AS WELL AS THE PERSON YOU GOT IT FROM.
HAVE FUN...DON'T CHEAT
IF SOMEONE SAYS: ''IS THIS OKAY?'' - YOU SAY? Stop (Matchbox 20)
WHAT WOULD BEST DESCRIBE YOUR PERSONALITY? One Week (Barenaked Ladies) I find this oddly fitting...
WHAT DO YOU LIKE IN A GUY OR GIRL? Hide U (Kosheen)
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE'S PURPOSE? We're Vikings (VeggieTales) AHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH!
WHAT IS YOUR MOTTO? We Can Get There (Mary Griffin)
WHAT DO YOUR FRIENDS THINK OF YOU? Leroy the Redneck Reindeer (Joe Diffie) Oh God no...
WHAT DO YOU THINK ABOUT OFTEN? Ugly Friend (Mad West) This is a song that was given to me and lyrics searches have turned no results. I think I have a song that doesn't actually exist!
WHAT IS 2 + 2? Boom (Bloodhound Gang featuring Vanilla Ice)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR BEST FRIEND? Who Knew? (Pink)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF THE PERSON YOU LIKE? Jesus of Suburbia (Green Day) Good song but no. Lol.
WHAT IS YOUR LIFE STORY? The Story of Mumble Happyfeet (John Powell, Happy Feet score)
WHAT DO YOU WANT TO BE WHEN YOU GROW UP? Unforgiven (Creed)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF WHEN YOU SEE THE PERSON YOU LIKE? I Like That (Houston featuring a couple other rappers) HAHAHA.
WHAT DO YOUR PARENTS THINK OF YOU? Everything Back But You (Avril Lavigne) Ouch, lol.
WHAT WILL YOU DANCE TO AT YOUR WEDDING? Sorrow (Flyleaf) Again ouch, why did this not pop up for the NEXT question?
WHAT WILL THEY PLAY AT YOUR FUNERAL? Love, Me (Collin Raye) Appropriate if you hear the whole thing
WHAT IS YOUR HOBBY OR INTEREST? I Don't Want To Miss a Thing (Aerosmith)
WHAT DO YOU THINK OF YOUR FRIENDS? Anything But Ordinary (Avril Lavigne) YES.
WHAT IS THE WORST THING THAT COULD HAPPEN? Leave Me Breathless (The Corrs) Actually that's like the BEST thing that can happen, lol
HOW WILL YOU DIE? Sweet Summer (Diamond Rio)heatstroke apparently. XD Or skin cancer.
WHAT IS THE ONE THING YOU REGRET? Fly With Me (98 Degrees)
WHAT MAKES YOU LAUGH? In Bloom (Nirvana)
WHAT MAKES YOU CRY? In Heaven (from the movie Eraserhead) ...odd
WILL YOU EVER GET MARRIED? She Thinks His Name Was John (Reba McEntire) XD though that's a really sad song
WHAT SCARES YOU THE MOST? Hell Yeah! (Montgomery Gentry)
DOES ANYONE LIKE YOU? Hometown Heroes (All Time Low)
IF YOU COULD GO BACK IN TIME, WHAT WOULD YOU CHANGE? Merry Fucking Christmas (Dennis Leary) XD
WHAT HURTS RIGHT NOW? The Temple of Life (Avril Lavigne cover)
I'm not going to check everything right now, but I'm going to post this quiz that's been making the rounds over on Facebook, and check everything in the morning.
Taken from kiashyel, and like I said, it was going around Facebook. =)
- Available: Not anymore!
- Age: 22. 23 soon enough.
- Annoyance: Stupidity.
- Animal: Horses.
- Actor: Elijah Wood!
- Beer: I'm happy to notice that all my chick friends seem to agree--EW.
- Birthday/Birthplace: March 14, 1986, right here in Mountain Home.
- Best Friends: Gah. It's a list these days.
- Body Part on opposite sex: Eheh...I tend to notice hair first, but I love me a nice pair of arms.
- Best feeling in the world: Being goofy with Cody.
- Blind or Deaf: I think I'd rather just be dead than either of those.
- Best weather: Overcast, not raining. Windy is nice if you've got a jacket. Snow is awesome, too.
- Been in Love: Currently!
- Been on stage?: Yeah.
- Believe in yourself?: Most days.
- Believe in life on other planets: “I guess I'd say if it is just us... seems like an awful waste of space.” <= Kia's answer. I don't know what she's quoting but DAMN that says it so perfectly.
- Believe in miracles: Yes.
- Believe in Magic: Indeed.
- Believe in God: Of course.
- Believe in Satan: Unfortunately.
- Believe in Santa: No, that was quashed early on by uberChristian parents.
- Believe in Ghosts/spirits: Yeah. I haven't seen any but I'm hard pressed to think of a friend that doesn't have a paranormal story of some sort to tell when asked if they've ever seen a ghost.
- Believe in Evolution: Not what they teach in schools. I think an animal can change and adapt to its surroundings (like a squirrel can start growing thicker fur if it's living in a colder climate)--but it's never going to become a different species (a squirrel is never going to turn into a dog).
- Car: Silver 1990 Chrysler LeBaron convertible
- Candy: Chocolate in just about any form, but with peanut butter being the best.
- Color: Purple
- Cried in school: The day I threw up at school.
- Chocolate/Vanilla: ...see candy answer.
- Chinese/Mexican: Mexican.
- Cake or pie: Generally pie, unless Kristy's making it.
- Country to visit: I want to visit most of Eastern Europe.
- Day or Night: Night. I'm not a big fan of that yellow glowing thingy--what is it called? Oh yeah, the SUN.
- Dream vehicle: Hm. IDK. Used to want a Mustang but around here they have such a reputation I'm not so sure anymore. I think I'd go for like, a Prius or some such.
- Danced: Oh yeah.
- Dance in the rain?: Not yet.
- Do the splits?: Never successfully that I recall.
- Eggs: No thanks.
- Eyes: Aquamarine.
- Everyone has: a secret.
- First crush: Honestly? Really and truly? Luigi. As in Super Mario Brothers. =)
- Full name: Sarah E. Strobel. Mixing it up a bit in November.
- First thoughts waking up: Depends on if I wake naturally or it's an alarm. With the former I wonder what time it is, and with the second it's usually "KILL IT WITH FIRE!"
- Food: Hm. Pizza or Mexican.
- Greatest Fear: ...something happening to Cody.
- Giver or taker: A bit of both, probably more the latter if I'm being honest.
- Goals: Get a decent job. Everything else is on hold until after the wedding.
- Gum: Eh, not really. Bubblegum maybe if it's not a hard gumball.
- Get along with your parents?: Not really, but better now that I don't see them every day.
- Hair color: Red. At some point I'd like to have purple for a month or two, but it'll be when I either have a job where I can do it or don't have to work, and definitely for sure after the wedding!! All hair experimentation is on hold until after then!
- Height: 5'9", I think.
- Happy: Delightfully so.
- Holiday: My birthday, of course. =P Lol. Seriously? Christmas.
- How do you want to die: Incredibly old. Like well into the triple digits at least. (I think medical science will advance to this point over the course of our lives!)
- Health freak?: *snerk*
- Hate: would be more fun if I didn't feel guilty for it.
- Ice cream: It varies. Here lately, plain vanilla with toppings. =)
- Instrument: Cody and I have talked about this recently and I've come to think that there's really nothing that can evoke the range of emotion that a piano can.
- Jewelry: Matches my outfits. I had three rings I wore steadily but since Cody proposed I actually change up my right-hand rings every couple of weeks. I let my engagement ring stand alone on my left hand, of course. =)
- Job: LOOKING. As a matter of fact I'm printing off two résumés as I type.
- Kids: I can tolerate those of people I love, but it's rare for me to encounter one in public without walking away muttering "I hate kids." Consequently, we're not having any.
- Kickboxing or karate: Karate! And several other dangerous-sounding Japanese words!
- Keep a journal?: LJ, and a dream journal (which is totally half-ass, honestly).
- Love: is worth the wait.
- Letter: L, lol.
- Laughed so hard you cried: Oh God, all the time. Cody didn't win me over on looks alone. ^_-
- Love at first sight: I think it's pretty rare, not nearly as common as lust at first sight. All the same I knew from the first time I saw Cody's picture that there was something different about him, though I didn't know I was going to end up marrying him.
- Milk flavour: I tend to crave/want plain milk more often than anything.
- Movie: Lord of the Rings, of course.
- Mooned anyone?: Cody wishes. =P
- Marriage: 11-10-09!!!
- Motion sickness?: Rarely, usually if I get up too early and have to drive, or eat too early and drive.
- McD’s or BK: BK, if the budget is there.
- Number of Siblings: Um. Five if you count steps and the dead one.
- Number of Piercings: Two per ear. The cartilage one got torn and then grew out. =(
- Overused Phrases: I tend to be the user rather than the one irritated by them...I'm getting rather tired of "inaugural" and "inauguration," however.
- One wish: For November to hurry up and get here and then the rest of forever to go very slowly. =)
- Place you’d like to live: Some big city further north.
- Perfect Pizza: Pepperoni from Breadeax Pizza, with stuffed crust. (As far as I know they don't sell it, lol.)
- Pepsi/Coke: Pepsi. (Which, in the font on the new boxes, looked at upside-down, looks like it says "isded".)
- Questionnaires: If my friends post them, I pretty much can't resist.
- Reason to cry: What Kristy threatens to give Wolf if he tears up over nothing.
- Reality T.V.: Only if it's actually realistic, not uprooting people from their environment for something fake. The latter is really just a glorified gameshow.
- Radio Station: Radio? Oh, you mean that thing I listen to when my mp3 player's batteries die? I have like six stations programmed in, and my goal is to avoid commercials and static. =)
- Roll your tongue in a circle: Can't.
- Song: Once Upon a Broken Heart by the Beu Sisters came up on shuffle tonight in the car with Cody and I nearly cried.
- Shoe size: 10 or 11 depending on the brand and style.
- Salad Dressing: ...salad? =S
- Slept outside: Nope. In a tent once when I was five or so, and once I spent the entire night outside, but I didn't sleep a wink until after it got light, at which point I went inside and slept on the couch.
- Seen a dead body?: At a funeral. I really regret looking. I hate the memory of her looking like that.
- Smoked?: GOD no.
- Skinny dipped?: No, and don't really plan on it. A bathtub is the largest body of water I really care to immerse myself in.
- Shower daily?: If I'm not going anywhere at all, I'll stay in the same damn pajamas and not bother. But most days yes.
- Sing well?: Not really.
- In the shower?: Not often. I tend to talk to myself though.
- Swear?: Depends entirely on the fucking audience. =P
- Stuffed Animals?: All but two are in a box, and one of those is a handmade Frodo doll.
- Single/Group dates: I prefer the single date--it's hard to get to know someone when you can't focus on them.
- Strawberries/Blueberries: Meh. I like blueberry muffins and donuts but that's about it.
- Scientists need to invent: If we can put a man on the moon, why can't we have envelope glue that tastes good?
- Time for bed: HA!
- Thunderstorms: So long as the power stays on.
- TV: LOST!!!!!!
- Touch your tongue to your nose: I could when I was little, but now I won't try because I'd get grossed out if I pulled it off.
- Unpredictable: Moi.
- Vegetable you hate: ...most of them.
- Vacation spot: The last time I truly went on a vacation, my age was in the single digits. That being said I'd LOVE to go on an Alaskan cruise or jet around Europe.
- Weakness: It is really freaking hard to tell Cody no.
- When you grow up: ...hell will freeze over?
- Which one of your friends acts the most like you? Hm. I think most of my friends have similar thought patterns (this probably has to do with me having an intelligence requirement), but overall I think it'd be Shelly.
- Who makes you laugh the most: Cody.
- Worst feeling: Helplessness.
- Wanted to be a model?: Only for the money.
- Where do we go when we die: Well, that depends on how we behaved on Earth.
- Worst weather: Hot sun.
-X-Rays: None. Ever.
-Year it is now: 2009
-Yellow: Is incredibly unflattering on me.
- Zoo animal: Zebras!
- Zodiac sign: Pisces.
LAST PERSON WHO…
1. Slept in a bed beside you? Cody. (Fully clothed the whole time, thanks.)
2. Last person to see you cry? Cody.
3. Went to the movies with you? Abi. And that was months ago.
4. You went to the mall with? Cody.
5. You went to dinner with? Cody.
6. You talked to on the phone? Nico.
7. Made you laugh? Cody.
8. Had a face contest with: Yeah, no one answered because no one knew what it meant. Me either.
* Still adore Cody; wedding plans rolling.
* Had an interview today, waiting on one more letter of recommendation to apply for another really nice job, would be stellar if EITHER worked out for me. (I hope only one does; I don't know how I'd choose. The pay is about the same when you work out the difference in hours.)
* Insomnia still driving me crazy, probably will until I achieve employment.
* Got a new tank w/filter for Murasakii, Kristy is coming over at some point tomorrow to help me set it up. (Cody's little sister got a BIG tank for Christmas and his mom offered me the old one, which is an upgrade from where he was.)
* Speaking of which, I think Cody's parents/family are taking to me. I got Christmas presents from them, which I was not expecting.
* My body is trying to contract a cold, but my symptoms never get bad enough for me to actually stay home, sleep all day, and get over it, so it's still bugging me. And I have plans tomorrow, Monday, and Tuesday, so...I can't, lol.
IDK. Can't think of anything else. Kinda getting sleepy. Niiiiiiiiiiight.
That being said, I was given an electric typewriter and a typing course from the 60's, got really enthusiastic for literally one day, then returned to hunting-and-pecking, trying to write stories on the computer, and now type faster than most people I know. The electric typewriter is collecting dust somewhere in my parent's house, or possibly it was sold without my knowledge. Or maybe my mom is using it. I don't really know. (I'm 98% that the typing books are still in the basement.)
"Now, son, there are three things that make a marriage."
When a man in his 70's who's been married going on 53 years starts with that, you expect him to follow it with something along the lines of "Love, trust, and commitment." What he said was:
"Love, God, and sex."
Then he went on to say that you need a lot of love for later, when the sex stops, like it has for them. Other than that he didn't go into any detail about any of those three, really, and went on to say that he loves his wife more than he did even when they got married, thinks she's just as pretty now, etc etc. But wow. Lol. I'm still giggling over it. When we left, Cody was all "...I think my grandpa just tried to give us the birds and the bees talk..." I just giggled and told him I loved him, 'cause, like...lol, what do you say?
I love his family. ^_^
I think NaNo is helping (hey, look, I got behind but managed to pull myself up by my bootstraps and catch up, so I can do that in other areas of life), and I'm not gonna lie--I think being in a healthy, committed relationship is doing wonders for me.
I just kind of wish I had some freaking money. I HAAAAAAAAAAATE being in debt. And my credit score went down, because my WaMu card is new. D=
But seriously. Creativity is jump-started, and right at the start of winter, when I tend to be more creatively productive anyway since the weather makes me happier.
I don't know, I guess I really don't have a point here, other than to mention that NaNo is rolling along nicely, even if I am behind. I think I can finish in four or so hardcore sessions (ie 5,000 words), and I have a week of catsitting during which I think I'll be able to cram those in. I'm almost going to HAVE to finish a day early, since the last day to work is a Sunday and I'll surely be with Cody one way or another. If I go see him, I will more than likely not be home until after the midnight deadline.
The nice thing is I started with something that could be expanded on, rather than something with major plot holes, so I'm just rechronicling, and expanding things where they feel natural. (I now have a background romance in the past, and a better-clarified backstory, though it's a bit clunky in the beginning.) There's more description in it than in the original RPG, lol. The world is a bit more fleshed out, and the mystery is unravelling (one l, Firefox? Really? I like it with two, thanks--maybe I should switch to British English spellcheck) more slowly for the characters--ie, events are taking place further apart, at a more realistic speed.
I still think the plot may fall short of the word count, and I'll have to have an epic epilogue--not that I can't manage that. (If J.K. Rowling can do it, SO CAN I.) I could also, I'm sure, go in and add bits here and there, but honestly I don't think I'll have the time to find where they'd fit best. Easier to keep writing forward than to add in the middle, at least when time is of the essence.
Forgive any incoherence. I should be asleep. Cody's going to be here in three hours and fifteen minutes, give or take. I WOULD be asleep but I'm flatironing. Won't have time tomorrow, catsitting starts at noon!
And I just realized I haven't really mentioned this--I'm catsitting all next week, starting tomorrow. $15 a day, plus I get the run of the house while I'm there. =D Seriously--I can have friends over, come and go as I please, use their interwebs, watch their cable, wash my clothes in their washing machine, cook on their gas stove (something I've never done!--and may not bother trying, lol), anything. Just so long as the precious kitties get fed on time. Personally I think these cats are SPOILLLLLLLLED, but hey, I'm making $105, so who am I to judge? If I lived in a house like that I'd probably spoil my cats, too. (I told my sister how much they were paying me, and she was all "Oh my GOD, some people are stupid." And I was like, "Yeah, but I'm getting paid for it!" Lol.)
It's a nice house, a REALLY nice house--according to Dad it was featured in some magazine once, Southern Living or some such. (Yes, I Googled, no, I can't link. =( ) The husband of the couple who owns it is a lawyer (I know him from Lions). I would like a house kind of like it someday, only with more colors--the palette is like...muted sage green, goldenrod, taupe, and ecru, with a splash of dark, muted red here and there. The most exciting color was the hunter green in the one office. I found out the other night, though, that it had been decorated by an interior decorator (another Lion, as is the man who owns the construction company that built it...lol), so that explains the nicey-nice-ness of it all.
So. Wow. Random tangent. Sleep nao.
Quote from the song I'm listening to: "Do not read beauty magazines, they will only make you feel ugly." Good advice.