mandy12052: (jiji)
So I guess it must be time to spew a bit of my thoughts out onto this as I can't seem to focus on the homework I'm supposed to be doing. I'm supposed to be writing about Functional Behavior Assessments and why they're important, but I have no desire to read the chapter a second time and figure out what should go into my one-page response/reflection. Luckily for me, I have until class time tomorrow to get it done. Perhaps the inspiration will come to me in the middle of the night or something.

Seeing as how it's been such a long time, I feel I should begin with a sort of general thing to bring you all up to speed (as if you aren't already, as most of you are friends with me on the "facespace"). Here's a list:

1. Last fall I started in on a post-Baccalaureate program at CNM to get a teaching certificate. I'm intending to get dual licensure in Secondary Education (Language Arts) and Special Education. This will not only allow me to use my Bachelor's degree, but will also net me a day job. I've gotten myself an intern license so I can start working as a teacher while finishing all the stuff for an actual license (hopefully next fall I will be putting this to use).
2. [livejournal.com profile] nicktheshrubber and I got engaged. Wedding plans are hectic and happening, though most of the big stuff is done now. We are still debating stuff like invitations, ceremony wordings, and what to make the cake look like. Ya know, the little stuff that you don't realize you have to do until you've done the really big stuff, e.g. finding a venue.
3. Spent a week helping my grandparents work on downsizing the amount of stuff they have in order for them to move from AZ to CO where they will have a safer, easier living environment. Scored some amazing stuff as a result of "keeping sentimental/valuabe things in the family." I got everything from a cast-iron Dutch oven to antique china teacups to a whole roomful of wicker furniture. [livejournal.com profile] nicktheshrubber and I have added another bill to our financial situation in the form of a storage unit so we have somewhere to put it.
4. Rorschach is still around, and doing fantastically. He is a much better pooch than he once was, as he has calmed down in his older age as well as lost his paunch (he was getting pretty chunky for a while, but that another story).

Anyhoo... I believe I should be going as it appears that dinner is almost ready (Teriyaki stir fry!!! SQUEE!!), which means it's just about time for some Walking Dead, Deadwood, etc. Cheers!

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mandy12052: (white)
Keeping a paid account, that is. I mean, I just checked to see when I last made a post, and it's been nearly two years. Yet I've happily allowed LJ to charge me $18.15 a year for a paid account for I don't know how many years now. On the other hand, now that I've been reminded that LJ exists (due to the email reminder about my paid account extension) perhaps I will manage to put things here more often.

I think I need a medium with more space for loquaciousness. I keep meaning to spend more time writing in my paper journal, but I'm not getting that done. It takes too much time (I can't write fast enough to keep up with my thoughts), and for some reason people are invasive about the idea of someone writing in a notebook. However, I now have this fancy new laptop and homework that requires I use said laptop on a regular basis. Perhaps between the two things pointing me toward my big screen of clearly defined pixels and fast new processor, I will have the impetus to use this thing. Not to mention, I realize I miss it. I doubt many people read such things anymore, and that's all right. I will prefer this website's makeup to the other selections out there indefinitely. I suspect part of that is that I have no desire to explore such things anymore, and the other part is the fact that I've kept this damn LJ for nigh on a decade. Why change now!
mandy12052: (optimism)
Just realized that in spite of my efforts to use posting stuff I'd found as a means to get myself into the habit of posting again, it has been fully 2 months since I posted anything at all. I think I maybe ought to just sit down and write stuff here each time I think of something to write (which is what I'm doing now). I'd really like to be sharing more of what's going on with my life than I have been, but I can tell there will be a lot of long posts needed to bring things up to date. I would also like to actually follow through and post the rest of the stuff I found if only because I think it's neat.

...

Just had a moment of looking at the cork board behind my computer and felt tempted to share a breakdown of how I pay my bills. Heh. I will resist the temptation to make a Thoreau style list for now. On the other hand, it's not like it'd give away anything about where my money is, so I may entertain myself (and possibly you, dear reader) with such a thing at some point.

...

For now, however, I must finish putting myself together so that I can go run some errands before going for the weekly hangout time with [livejournal.com profile] jarmon. I ended up here after quickly checking my bank account and then having the internets suck me into reading stuff and what have you. Evil internets having things that interest me!!

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mandy12052: (blondie)
In the past couple days, I made an effort to organize the things that were going to go into my part of the office/spare room of the new house. This led to a lot of anti-hoarding productivity. In the midst of getting rid of papers I wondered why I'd kept, and records that were no longer needed (like billing statements that are too expired--as in from circa 2006 or 2007--to be useful in the event of an IRS audit on the off chance that I ever get to be one of the people randomly audited by the Man), I came across lots of fun things.

Such as...
A poem written for me years ago,
A quote of something a friend said that I wrote on a napkin from O'Neill's Pub because it was during the days before twitter,
Lyrics to some songs,
A friend's writing on several napkins from an unknown restaurant,
Photocopied poetry,
Typed up published poetry from a well-known author,
Comic strips I'd cut out because they entertained me/made me feel good,
And so on.

In an effort to save these things somewhere where they are less likely to get lost, and also to share them because I find them enjoyable, I'll be putting these things up in several posts. If I feel the need to draw someone's specific attention, there'll be some sort of liner note or what have you. If they feel the need to ignore it, I'll never know. I'll be entertained either way.

Oh, and somewhere in the midst of putting all this stuff into cyberspace, I may finally feel inclined to say something more about life, more specifically, my life. Yay livejournal.

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mandy12052: (rope gag)
Sometimes the silence can be deafening, even if it's not really silent.
The clock ticks.
The traffic whirs past.
The keyboard clicks.

And my mind can't think about anything productive.

So here I am... procrastinating in the sense that I'm not sure what direction to take my work. I mean, yeah, there's plenty to work on. In fact, there's so much to work on that that's probably why I can't figure out what to do. So it goes. I can at least say that for the most part I am making good progress on a lot of things. It's just unfortunate that I have designated a night for working on stuff and can't figure out what to do.

I guess I should probably go to the IT Pod and print out the reading for my class tomorrow so that I finish the work that is most pressing. On the other hand, maybe I'll just set it up to print here and clean some stuff up while I wait for it. Yes... the latter option will suffice, methinks.

Yay homework!
mandy12052: (optimism)
Welcome to the Sunshine State... Forecast for today is Thunderstorms with a high of 81 degrees. It's pouring, which has ruined our plans for a beach day. However, we did manage to go have fun doing that yesterday.

On the other hand, I need to be writing my Poetics essay anyway. I'm having a really hard time with it. I've got a decent outline at this point, but I can't seem to start writing anything. This is also why I've got a rambling stream of stuff going on here. I figure if I can't write that maybe it'll help me to take a minute and write something else. It's only sort of working.

In other news... the trip has been good so far. We've made it to the beach once, and we'll probably go again on Thursday. Had a late-night trip to Wal*Mart wherein I bought my sister a schnazzy beach chair that ended up matching her beach umbrella (we weren't even trying to make that happen, but it did). Last night we went out to Robbie O'Connell's Pub, and then to Frank's for some free pool and inexpensive beer. Good times. We've also been eating tasty food, which will continue tonight with shrimp kabobs on the grill. Sister and I are going out with a couple of her friends for a girls night. Tomorrow will be spent doing touristy things in St. Augustine: Ripley's Museum, Old West photos, an Alligator Farm, and possibly a fort. Oh the excitement!

In the meantime, I've gotta try and make myself write something, even if it sucks. It's the first draft, after all. I think in order to do this though, I've gotta make myself stop watching [livejournal.com profile] nicktheshrubber play Ratchet&Clank.

Ciao!
mandy12052: (blondie)
Feeling much better about things today.

I rearranged the itinerary for the FL trip to fly out on Friday instead of Thursday. This means I'll only miss one week of class, so hopefully it'll be much easier to manage to get everything done for that class. It'll also strengthen my arguments with the professor for him allowing me to make up work if I'm only missing one week of class. So yay; got that figured out mostly. Oh yeah, and I finally got the reading response questions so I can work on getting those done by Thursday.

The debate of which class to keep out of the other two classes continues. The aspects in favor of one class keep outweighing the other, but I'm making myself go to both classes this week before I decide. I'm just really ready to have that decision made. It also means I'll have the financial part figured out. Still haven't bought the books for either class due to this indecision.

I have baked 5 mini loaves of almond poppy seed muffins from a box mix in order to have something to take to the Sunday night potluck at work. I may keep one or two for home and just take three, but haven't decided that part yet. They smell pretty awesomely tasty.

I am pretty jazzed up that potluck is costing me less than $3 this week, especially since I'm effectively broke until I get paid on Friday. On the other hand, this will encourage me to continue eating food that already exists in the cupboards. There is quite a bit of it in there after all. It'll be interesting to see what my diet consists of by Thursday... I might end up living on pancakes for a day or something equally unhealthy/distressing.

Anyhoo... that's life for now.

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Ah sleep.

May. 22nd, 2010 02:21 pm
mandy12052: (white)
I've been oversleeping a lot lately. By that I mean getting more than 7 hours of sleep, not sleeping too late for stuff (although I did sleep too late to make it to the LOST Geeks Who Drink today, but it turns out no one I really know was gonna be there anyway). It's starting to wear on my a little. I wake up after having had 9 or 10 hours of sleep and feel super groggy, and have trouble getting motivated to do anything. This doesn't help when I've already lost what could have been the first 2 or 3 hours of my day to sleep. It makes me feel unproductive and lazy. Granted, it's not like I have a whole bunch of stuff I'm missing out on, but I don't like the way I feel after sleeping for 9 hours or more. It's certainly not good for my mood.

I think it may be time to go back to setting an alarm for 7 hours from the time I go to sleep on my nights off of work so that I'm neither oversleeping nor wasting time. I also like the idea of not having to rush to get to places that are closed by 4 or 5 (which is what I have to do now so I can make it to the bank for more monies).
mandy12052: (unicorn)
A friend asked me today in conversation why I'm so obsessed with getting 200 books read this year. He seemed to not understand the necessity of the pursuit, or why I felt I needed to have such a goal. At the time, I told him that it was because I liked the anticipation of a long-term goal like this one, and the excitement it instilled in me.

I realized later that it's also because if I didn't set the goal for myself I wouldn't get around to reading the books I have.

I know this, because these books have been on my shelves for years now (about 3, I think), and I have hardly read any of them. Keep in mind that I've been out of my undergraduate studies for 2 years, so school isn't/hasn't been the excuse for my lack of reading that it once was. While I am still happy to report that I got rid of around 200 books last fall/winter when I went through the mass sorting and scrutiny of the books so that I only had books I might be interested in reading. However, in the following 2 months or so, I didn't pick up any of the books I kept. Instead, I read books I borrowed from friends, or books I bought, or whatever. I didn't pick up any books I already had. Realizing this in early January is what compelled me to come up with the goal of reading 200 books.

To be honest, I would consider it spectacular if I make it to more than 150. I'm pretty sure this is more books than most people read in their lifetime. I know it sounds dubious, but I've decided this as a result of my ongoing interactions with my non-nerdy coworkers. Most--dare I say average--people don't read novels and books unless forced to because of external forces (i.e. school). There's nothing wrong with that, but I'm far too much of a book worm for that to be the case. I read at least 30 or 40 books a year in a regular year. That's why I'm confident I could get to 200. I should like to point out that I originally considered setting the goal at 300, but considering that averaged out to a little less than a book a day, I decided it unrealistic for someone with a full time job and any semblance of a social life.

So yeah... if you thought I was just gonna read a bunch of books to be cool, you're a little off the mark. Yes, I'll admit I like how awesomely nerdy I feel as a result of my endeavors, but it's not solely that. It's a productive desire as well. I don't want to have to move all these books over and over. Books are heavy!

Also, what's the point in having a bunch of books if I never get around to reading them?

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mandy12052: (rope gag)
You know that moment when you realize you're no longer comfortable with certain people knowing your inner thoughts?

Yeah... I'm there.

So I culled my friends list a bit, but may do so even more later. I realize that I can't do this with a bitter abandon, so I have to do it in stages much like when I get rid of unused clothes in my closet. Wow... it all seems so heartless when I put it like that. Heh.
mandy12052: (robbery)
Which isn't all that exciting, to be perfectly honest. I've had another day where I actually woke up as early as I wanted to. Unfortunately, I haven't managed to get much done beyond a couple of chores around the house. On the other hand, it's still been a good day.

Today I decided I would finally fill out all the satisfaction surveys that have been piling up. Oh right, did I mention that I have a talent for getting satisfaction surveys when I go to places? I get one from Wal*Mart about 95% of the times I go there. I got one from Target when I went there the other day. I get them at Satellite Coffee all the time. So yeah, when I say I'm filling out all those surveys, I'm referring to about 6 surveys (I got through this exercise about twice a month). Anyway, I guess we'll see if I manage to win any of the contests this time around. I could definitely make use of a $5000 Target gift card or a $1000 Wal*Mart gift card.

Meanwhile, I've been watching "Super Size Me" on the instant Netflix. I already wasn't that into eating McDonalds, but damn. I can't believe he gained 11 pounds in the FIRST WEEK. If I wasn't opposed to eating fast food already, I'd certainly be a lot less likely. I should point out at this point that I only eat fast food a couple times a month. That is, of course, if you don't count pizza. I eat pizza every week or two. This movie is amazing. I think it's something everyone should watch, if only because it will make us all more aware of what kind of crap we're putting into our bodies. It makes me feel a lot better about my eating habits, even if I don't always make the best choices.
mandy12052: (white)
I'm sitting here on the couch, staring into the nothingness in front of me, trying to convince myself to make an actual post. It's one of those moments where I debate letting the mindspew happen, or opting for some other sort of activity. It's not that one may or may not be more desireable than the other. It's rather that I'm not sure I actually have anything to share.

My life is the same as my life always seems to be, which is pretty damn good most of the time. I move almost complacently within the ebbs and flows of my existence, which is probably a little too ambivalent if I expect to get anywhere in Life. I don't know when I started acting that way, but I need to change the behavior if only because it doesn't match my attitude.

Hmm... my style of writing has become incredibly conversational since I'm no longer required to regularly write essays. Interesting, but not surprising. At least my typing skills are still adequate.

Guess I don't have too much to say, as I suspected. Time to go slice some apples and make another pie.
mandy12052: (Default)
No really. Every time I sit down on this thing I have trouble getting back up again. The other night I laid down on it around 9pm and fell asleep for 4 hours, and I'm a nocturnal being. I've spent the last couple hours accomplishing mostly nothing, and have decided to blame it on the couch. In support of this is the fact that I was having a fairly productive afternoon until I sat down here. Also, there are others who have experienced similar results with this very couch. I think I need to avoid it in the future, or at least be weary.

No, really. I'm moving so slowly I haven't even finished my first cup of coffee yet. It's quite odd.
mandy12052: (Default)
Cheers to my roommates buying me an expectorant! I feel much better today. Taking stuff that helped loosen and expel the ick, in addition to sleeping a ton, has helped a lot. The cough is almost gone. The only drawback was calling in to two shifts at work... but that did mean I finished the paper with time to spare. Yay!

This week is looking to be much better than last week. You won't find me with a case of the Mondays!

*whine*

Aug. 24th, 2007 01:50 pm
mandy12052: (Default)
Ok... I understand the necessity for a yin-yang sort of balance to my world, but why must the wheel of fortune spin so fast!?!

Because I am an unobservant dumb ass, that's why.

I don't think I'll take the time to elaborate currently. Because a) I'm too frustrated to be cogent, and b) I wanna take a shower (I still have post-club ick).

I will say, however, GYAH!!
mandy12052: (marilyn2)
Boys are dumb.

Thank the gods I have the good senses to keep a few men around...
mandy12052: (Default)
My life is really uneventful today.

But I'm a bum, and I don't feel like doing anything about it. That is, besides taking a shower and getting ready for work, but I would hardly consider that eventful (more like required course of events).

Oh, and fueling my caffeine dependency on the way to work. Yay!
mandy12052: (Default)
Ever have moments where you imagine what could have happened with a particular situation and it's incredibly vivid?

I do this a lot, and I sometimes wonder if what I imagine is what occurred in some alternate reality/parallel universe. I contemplate this respecting some of my dreams also, but I link this more to a feeling of déjà vu. A twisted version of quantum physics theory could account for these phenomena, but it's a stretch. I can't help wondering just about every time I do this.

It reminds of the movie Sliding Doors. How much does serendipity really affect our lives?
mandy12052: (white)
Without moving. Aside from the shivering that comes with the low temperature that runs in conjunction with the single pain windows that is.

I keep trying to formulate some coherent way to say everything that's on my mind, but I can't. So I've been sitting here watching the clouds change color and the streetlights become dimmer while the sun comes up.

I feel guilty, selfish, awkward... for varying reasons. My predisposition to guilt makes it the most prevalent of these. (Damn, I would've been the ideal form of Catholic if I could see some sense in religion.)

I keep trying to find the better things to say to people, but it won't happen for me. I come across as ambivalent or mocking or don't come across at all. And my inner self... even more disparaging with every remark. There's language but no communication.
mandy12052: (Default)
So I got off work this morning and stopped by [livejournal.com profile] cryptosporidosi's house for coffee, which led to a bit of insomnia. Although I feel more like I just don't wanna sleep.

Instead I have spent the last couple hours going through crap in my closet and effectively cutting my wardrobe in half. I am forcing myself to let go of things I never wear nor will I ever wear, and despite my inherent nature of what I refer to as "pack rat syndrome" I have gotten rid of ridiculous amounts of stuff.

Three cheers for productivity and downsizing!! Go me!!

I have found things to put on craigslist, things to run by the Buffalo Exchange, and things to donate. Soon I shall reap the benefits of my purge... Aside from the mental relief of ridding myself of excess possessions, that is.

I'm so proud of myself!

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