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So I'm still doing the applying for a new job thing. The applications I currently have out are for jobs in places with a lower cost of living, especially in the area of housing. It probably says something that I immediately think about getting a bigger place, so that I can get more pets. I already have a cat and a (large) dog. It's not like I have a shortage of pet hair in my life.

But if I could afford a small house with a yard... Oh, man, that would be great. I could get a second cat, or maybe a smaller dog, such as a Border Terrier. Or, you know, a second not so smaller dog, like another Doberman. The dog, in particular, would have to be carefully chosen, because I swore to my mom (who is convinced that I'm going to be a crazy old cat lady animal hoarder) that I would never have more than two dogs and three cats at one time.

Sleepy

Jan. 23rd, 2012 07:09 pm
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I'm so freaking tired. No clue why. I've been getting a decent amount of sleep. Having a two hour meeting in an overly warm room today probably is factor. It's going to be one of those nights where I crash crazy early, even for me.
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I took the tryout test for Jeopardy. This is the second time I've done it. I feel WAY more confident about this one than the first time I took it.
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While I think they give Elmo way too much screen time on Sesame Street (I'm a Grover girl, all the way), at least he's not Barney.

Vacation!

Dec. 16th, 2011 08:18 pm
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Taking a week off before Christmas break. One great thing about academia is that we get Christmas-New Years off automatically. So, now I get to spend the next four days cleaning in preparation for my parents coming to visit. Though, I don't think I'm going to get rid of the large box full of brown paper that a package came in. The Diego cat is having WAY too much fun with it.
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Geez, only one? I think I'd have to go for bigotry and prejudice. It's really what underlies so many other issues.
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There are two that I adore. My first is The Muppet Christmas Carol. I love the way they used Gonzo as the narrator/Dickens, because it lets them sneak in some of the best parts of the story, like Scrooge being "as solitary as an oyster" which is one of my favorite character descriptions ever.

The other one is for when I'm sick of the carols and the fact that every show and movie on TV is full of enough sweetness to give you cavities. The Ref is both cynical and funny and works as a nice palate cleanser.
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Due to an issue with my insurance, I had to change pharmacies. The new one stocks a different generic than the previous one. The new generic is almost exactly my favorite shade of blue.
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I ran across a big wet spot on the carpet and thought "Oh, no, the dog peed!" Then I realized it was melted snow. Duh!
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Snow, combined with high winds, means poor visibility. Too many people here can't drive in serious winter weather. So the university is closed for the day. Hopefully, it will clear up later today, since I have to drive across town for an appointment at 4. Fingers crossed!

Looks like it's a good thing I made beef stew yesterday (it turned out GREAT). This is total stew weather.
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Finally saw the new Muppet movie. It was good, though not great. It's better than Muppets in Space, but falls short of the Muppet Movie, Muppets Take Manhattan or The Muppet Christmas Carol. There were a few points where I thought the movie made some missteps.

Spoilers, Ahoy! )

Yuck

Nov. 25th, 2011 02:07 pm
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I have a cold. I hate having a cold. I'm all congested and can't breath through my nose. Later today, I will likely indulge in some Black Friday shopping at... the local comic shop. No way I'm going near any other store today. Even better, the comic shop is next door to a Vietnamese restaurant that I like, so afterwards I will eat tasty pho. Pho is the perfect cold food.

Dear Cat

Nov. 23rd, 2011 05:21 pm
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My rear end is not a scratching post, thank you very much.

Yawn.

Nov. 18th, 2011 06:36 pm
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You know it's been a loooong week when you find yourself thinking about bed at 6:30.
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First of all, thank you! Thank you for the story which I am about to receive, from thy bounty... Okay, getting a little off-topic there.

First off, my likes: My favorite genre is drama. I consider romance a subgenre of drama. I like character-driven stories, and I love complex characters. Action is fine, but it should serve the characters, not the other way around. Crossovers, provided they can be done without mucking with the universes' rules are fine. Gen, het, slash are all fine by me. I love complex relationships to go with my complex characters, so as long as it's not a PWP, any sort of combo of relationships or lack there-of is fine by me.

My dislikes: Character bashing. Humiliation played for laughs. Since these fandoms are fairly rare, I'm not interested in AUs. The character have barely been explored as they are, no need to explore what might have be. In this case, it means I'm not too interested in things like crackfic, or MPREG as well, unless its canon.

Heroes of Olympus: Okay, I have something in particular I would love to see, but let me say that if you don't feel like you can pull it off, feel free to do whatever you think you can do well. I would much rather have any story that you feel confident about than this particular one. But the one that I'm thinking of could be summarized as "It wasn't that the way the other camp did things was bad. It was just odd." I know I listed Jason as my single character, but if you can do this, he does not have to be the main character. But, as I said, if you're looking at this going "No way" I would be every bit as happy with Jason just generally being Roman and awesome, be it at Camp Jupiter, Camp Half Blood, or just out and about in the "real" world. The inclusion of any and all other characters from the series would be great. I don't think there need to be any super serious, epic moral dilemmas, because the books have enough of those. :) But, if that's what moves you, I won't say no.

Drop Dead Diva: I want Teri/Fred friendship. They're my favorite part of the show and we don't see nearly enough of them interacting. I don't want them to be romantically involved, because I just don't see that for them. Any season is fine. Fred actually leaving LA and taking Teri with him post-season 3 would fine. The inclusion of other characters in the background is fine, but I really want the focus on these two.

MASH: Something Radar-centric. Take it any direction you want. I know that's not much to go on, but, honestly, my thoughts on this one don't go much beyond "There is not enough Radar fic in the world." As long as Radar is the focus or at least part of the focus, it's all good.
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I've gotten to the interview stage with two jobs applications so far. In both cases, they have no hired anyone and reposted the position. Apparently, they only want to interview me when they don't have anyone who fits the job. Either that or they're not really sure what they want.
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When I see "Vet" I always think Veterinarian, not Veteran. Which makes all the pronouncements of "Thank you to our Vets" seem very odd. Not that I'm not extremely grateful for the care my pets receive, but I have to stop and think about why they would have a day dedicated to it.
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There's a very good chance that Zeus thinks his name is actually "Don't eat that!"
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I'm watching Anthony Bourdain and No Reservations and I find myself think about the places I want to travel at some point. Ironically, I'm not a big fan of travel. We need to invent the transporter so I can go these places instantly.

Sweden: My family is from Sweden, so call it looking for my roots.

Paris: Who wouldn't want to go to Paris? Great art, great food. I was there once as part of a school trip through France, but we only spent 1 day in Paris. How can you spend only one day in Paris?

Vietnam: I want to go here just for the food. I love Vietnamese food so much.

Thailand: Another place I want to go for the food. Are we noticing a pattern here?

And now I'm hungry.
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I have strange dreams. The inside of my head is a very odd place. For instance, I'm the only person I know who occasionally dreams in text. The dream is going along "normally" or whatever the equivalent is for dreams, until I find myself reading the dream in a book. I don't always notice, because I'm picturing what I'm reading as I go along. So how do I realize that I'm reading and picturing my dream, rather than dreaming directly? I run across a misspelling.

Last night, I dreamed that I woke up and my computer was broadcasting a boxing match. It actually took me a while to figure out it was a dream when I later woke up for real. I was in my bed. My fan was running (I use it to cover up the noise from my building's parking lot). The only thing that later clued me in that it was a dream was that I was able to turn the computer off while crouched at the end of my bed. In real life, it's about 6 inches too far to reach from there.

For the funkiest dream I've had recently, it would be the dream that highlights my work as a librarian. I was cataloged. They tattooed my call number around my right ankle. Interestingly enough, I was cataloged under KF (US law, including legal research texts) and not Z (librarianship in general).

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