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10 June 2012 @ 12:24 am
And thus the world goes on.

I am hanging out in my sister's room as usual. My siblings have deserted me... as they have every other weekend I am here. It's honestly a bit depressing. I kinda let most of my friendships fade away after college happened (and honestly it started before that) so I never make the effort of contacting anyone when I am in town. As a result, I spend a lot of my nights here just hanging out on the internet and reading.

But enough of that pity party. Celebrate West Hartford is this weekend and I went today to browse the art, buy many things and eat too much. My favorite artist every year is James Polisky. I have bought so much of his art that he recognizes me every time I visit. This year I feel in love with this print and ended up buying it, even though I said that I was only going to buy some postcards. (I have no more wall space in my bedroom. Am going to have to start lining my stairs with art.) He was really nice and also threw in a free postcard anyway.

So yes, that happened. Also a snocone. A blue one. Noms.

In other news, I was at the mall yesterday and I feel this crazy urge to buy a bunch of clothing to change up my style a bit. (....not that there is much to change since I live in tshirts, jeans and hoodies, BUT I WANT TO LOOK NICE SOMETIMES), but then I realized that I still need to lose like 15 more pounds before I feel okay with it. SO.....yup. Then I went home instead. MY LIFE IS JUST SO INTERESTING!! :D

Tomorrow I have plans to hang out with Kadie and watch the One Direction tour DVD, because I fell down that rabbit hole when I wasn't paying attention. It's going to be awesome.

edit: I was planning on going to see Frankenstein and go to the Boston Sherlock meetup next Sunday... except then I realized that the 17th is Father's Day so I can't be in Boston for it at all. I am sad, but I guess I at least have already seen the show? :|
Oh hai.

It has been a bit of a month. Teaching is kicking my ass. It's two labs a week and I'm just constantly playing catch-up because I have learn the material, prep the labs, teach.. and then do all the grading. It would probably be easier if my weekends were less tied up, but.. yeah...

That being said, I am actually enjoying this lab more than I expected. I have never been particularly interested in A&P, but it's a lot more interesting than I thought? I mean, the circulatory system was terrible and I would like to forget it exists, but the rest is actually fun. (We are ignoring the pile of grading that is currently sitting next to me).

As for my weekends... they are all about family time right now until the end of June. My grandmother is here from Chile and she is leaving much earlier than usual. Unfortunately, this means she is leaving right about when my teaching stuff STOPS so I can't even take a few extra days to spend with her at home. The thing that sucks the most is that in general I have a hard time being at home and dealing with... things.... that I don't want to talk about.... so I am going home every weekend to be with her but then I also just hate things and don't want to be there. Ugh. Also, my brother is moving to Colorado on July 10th and things are just very complicated at the moment.

On the plus side, this weekend is the town fair and I am very excited. Kettle corn! Snocones! Art fair and buying pretty things! Food! Library book sale! I basically LIVE for this thing, so I can't wait to spend my Saturday at it. Then I have friend plans on Sunday that will include watching movies about silly boybands and arts & craft time. ...So you can see why I am so swamped with grading otherwise. /woe.

So... that is the state of my life. I am still counting down the days to Comic-Con and starting to wonder when I am even going to have time to finish my costume sewing for it.
Feeling:: busybusy
Listening to:: Enrique Iglesias - Ritmo Total
So, I totally didn't mean to vanish for nearly a month. It has been kinda hectic for me with the semester ending, all my weekend trips, and the beginning of the summer session.

I actually have a mental backlog of posts I want to make, so have a list!
- two 100 noms posts (I have had the pics for weeks now, oops).
- two 100 science things posts (again, I know which 2... )
- I'd like to make a post with my feels on the 2 Tribeca films I saw (Rat King and Caroline & Jaackie)

I had thought about making an Avengers feels post.... but I feel like everyone has done that already. Speaking of which, I am going to see it again tonight and I am preeeeetty excited about it. My change in LJ icon default reflects this.

School-wise... things go on? I have started TAing with my new class and it's been pretty okay so far. (Side note: I just got a call on my phone from Forks, WA and I am giggling to myself). The material is not difficult, it's just a lot to learn for the first time and then be able to teach. But I will muddle through!

But I don't actually care about that! I care more about all my tv shows ending for the season and destroying my emotional state. I watched the Hawaii Five-0 finale last night and was a mess for like an hour afterwards... which.... is not something that apparently happened to everyone else who watched it? I know it's stupid TV, but I love it anyway because they all have excellent faces and it's entertaining.. and that is enough for me. *sits in corner and sulks*

I have to watch The Finder still (which was unsurprisingly cancelled. I will miss it anyway). I also have The Mentalist.... which has destroyed me with all its other finales, so I don't expect this to be any different. And this time I won't even have more episodes to ease the pain. (Someday I will make my post of Patrick Jane feels and no one will read it, but I won't care. Someday). AND THEN GRIMM IS ON FRIDAY AND I ACTUALLY WILL DIE SO NOTHING ELSE WILL MATTER. /cough.

Wow, based on this entry, all I care about in life right now is TV. Oops.

Anyway, I hope things are good for everyone out there. Now back to work! :)
Listening to:: Adam Lambert - Cuckoo
24 April 2012 @ 10:35 am
Hello LJ!

So I vanished again after announcing my projects, oops. I have gained a few new people though, so welcome! I feel like I should have warned for grad school complaining in my sign-up comment.

ANYWAY, here is my first post for the delicious side of my project.

First up is something easy because I had some ground beef that I needed to use up last week and I always default to either tacos or pasta sauce. In this case, I had avocados on hand, so tacos it was!

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In other news, I woke up at 5am to be at the lab by 6. And I just agreed to meet with my advisor around 2:30/3pm. So that was stupid and there is not enough coffee in the world right now.
18 April 2012 @ 05:25 pm

{Take the 100 Things challenge!}

Hello friends.

As stated in my previous entry, I am doing the 100 Things Challenge!!! In fact, I am actually doing it twice. (Hi, I am bad at decisions.)

Challenge One: 100 Awesome Science/Nature Things (tag link)
Since starting grad school, I often feel like I have gotten less excited about the universe and all the awesome things it contains. I spend so much time being focused on one topic (in this case, circadian rhythms) that I feel like I'm in a rut. So I am going to pick 100 things that are awesome and exciting. There will probably be pictures and while they may start as mini-lessons, I am pretty sure they will end up being excited rambling in the end. I want to be excited about the world again!

Challenge Two: 100 Things I Have Cooked (tag link)
One of my new year's resolutions was to cook from the various cookbooks I have acquired. This... has not really happened, but I want to change that. (10 bucks says I am taking pictures of Kraft Mac N Cheese within a month). This will be everything from dinners to snacks to desserts.

So yes, this is happening. :)
18 April 2012 @ 02:39 am
So.. remember how last week I was like "I need a Grimm icon"? I should have probably checked my LJ icons before making that statement. Self, you have TWO. shut up, i know i have a lot of icons. Also, I went looking for more tonight and I ended up saving some Sherlock icons instead. My kingdom for a good Captain Renard icon. Don't make me do this myself, internets.

ANYWAY. Last week's episode of Grimm was everything I wanted and more! I already word-vomited over most of the people who care, so I suppose I shall spare you all my ~feelings. The fact remains that I love all their perfect faces.

It was a pretty off day for me today. Mostly it was leftover funk from last night. I was lying on my bed, reading on my kindle, and I ended up passing out for a couple hours. I ended up waking up around 11pm so I could watch last week's h50 with people, but I was in a really mopey mood. The worst part is that I know WHY I was in such a terrible mood, but it's so stupid and petty that I don't even want to talk about it. As a result of my nap though, I ended up barely sleeping from 2am until the sun was up (we're talking like... I could not get comfortable and I woke up every 30 minutes or so). Then the sun was up and I promptly passed out (managing to sleep through all 3 of my alarms) and didn't wake up until noon. So.. that was less than awesome since I was SUPPOSED to be at the lab around 10:30-11. *sigh*

So yes. My life.

In other, more fun, news: I have decided to try the 100 Things Challenge. I will make a new post for it tomorrow, but I wanted to throw my idea out into the universe before signing up and intro'ing it properly... for the 3 people who will care.

The premise is to pick a topic and write 100 blog posts about that topic. I was thinking about it today while avoiding grading and I have kinda chosen a topic. I want to do 100 Awesome Science/Nature Things. It's not going to be super deep. Sometimes I just have moments where I'm like "man, the heart is really awesome" or "i really just want to talk about trophic interactions", so I figure I can use this as an outlet. It could be like mini-science lessons, except with more of me being excited. (OMG I AM GOING TO DO A POST ABOUT BARNACLES AND IT WILL BE AWESOME, JUST YOU WAIT.)

...Have I lost you all now? I bet I have. *woe* I promise there will be lots of pictures?

Anyway, I will think more about it tomorrow and possibly start an intro post for it. Sometimes I feel like being in grad school has made me LESS excited about science and I'd really like to get that back. This project might be a good start. :)

edit: After some thought, I am also going to do 100 Things I Have Cooked. That would will take much longer to accomplish, but I do enjoy documenting new things I have tried in the kitchen.
14 April 2012 @ 12:58 am
I need a Grimm icon.

Grimm was confirmed as being something that will be at Comic-Con in July. I made a really embarrassing, inhuman noise when I read the news on Facebook. I promise that I am not searching the internet for a large bag to use when I kidnap David G. he is tiny, he would totally fit

In other news, the West Coast is live-tweeting tonight's episode (or they possibly just finished) and I am dying because Manda is away and I can't watch without her AND I MIGHT HAVE TO WAIT UNTIL MONDAY.

brb, curling up in bed with my kindle and maybe crying a little. /over-invested
02 April 2012 @ 11:03 am
So, I am alive. That is good.

The semester is coming to a close, but the summer is looking pretty busy.. so this isn't as exciting as you would imagine. Luckily, some of this busy is going to be travel!

I have my registration. The hotel registration thing was this weekend. It was a bit of a shit-show, but we got a hotel room on the shuttle route, so I can't really complain. We might try to upgrade to something walking distance to the con, but I am honestly not too worried. Now I just need to work on buying a plane ticket (although.. perhaps not until my next paycheck oops). I have at least 2 of my outfits planned, so I need to figure out if I'm actually going to try and cosplay (and what I would do). In other news, you should all probably not be friends with me.

I have seen The Hunger Games twice now and IT IS STILL FLAWLESS. I have too many feelings to really express, but let's just leave it at - I love all their faces.

Speaking of flawless.... GRIMM. I still LOVE EVERYTHING that happens on that show. Juliette and Nick are adorable and the preview for next week might have nearly killed me. Every time I get info about the new eps, I just flail myself into a mess, really. I realize that like.. 3 people I know actually enjoy this show, but whatever. I do what I want, Thor.

On the book front, I just finished Discount Armageddon by Seanan McGuire. It was a lot of fun. For the unaware, she's the same person who wrote the Newsflesh series (which.. omg last book soon!). The main character was quirky enough to be interesting, but not to the point of being annoying. The ~romance part was a bit predictable, but the universe that story is set in is fascinating enough to make up for that.

I am still trying to decide what to start next. I have Song of Ice and Fire on my kindle, but I also have Divergent, The Sherlockian, The Fault in Our Stars, Dresden Files, Temeraire, and Chaos Walking. TOO MANY CHOICES HELP.

And last of all.... my whole back hurts and I am weirdly sore all over. I did not want to start this week feeling like I've been hit by a car.

15 March 2012 @ 01:00 am
So I just finished s6 of Supernatural.

It honestly wasn't as traumatic as s5, but I know it's just going to hurt more soon so... yeah.
09 March 2012 @ 03:14 pm
Well hello. How is everyone today? Good, I hope.

I have been on Spring Break this week; which really means that I have been doing more reading at home and I haven't had to teach. I have also somehow managed to turn myself into a creature with natural waking hours of... 11:30am-3:30am. This is mostly unfortunate and means that next week is going to be difficult.

I went to visit my parents at the beginning of the week, which was a nice recharge. I also visited the asian grocery store and bought ALL OF THE THINGS. Basically, I just threw my debit card at them and didn't look at the total. I now have a bag of pocky/other candy, a freezer full of dumplings and pork-filled buns, and ramune in the pantry. Also, more supplied for sushi making yay! I also had an amusing conversation with my mother about Lent that... is an accurate summary of my family.

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So yes, that happened.
This month I get a manderkitty for a week, which is super exciting. I have no plans for us yet, so if any local people have awesome ideas of things to do... halp?

I finished reading Timeless last night and OH GOD IT WAS SO GOOD AND EVERYONE SHOULD READ PARASOL PROTECTORATE. I am sad that the series is over, but I enjoyed the ending and can't wait for the follow-up series. Now, go read it so you can talk to me about it. And while I am telling you all to do things, go watch Grimm because it is the GREATEST EVER THE END.

In other news, I am making two kinds of cupcakes tomorrow to bring to the fangirl party tomorrow: Mint Chocolate and Cookies & Cream. I am subbing the buttery frosting on the mint ones with a minty whipped cream in an attempt to decrease the amount of butter. I am excited and our apartment is going to smell delicious.