mandy12052: (ffxii)
2014-03-08 09:55 am

Please take this $19.95

I know I hardly look at this place, this livejournal. When I do it's much like looking at some clichè from a Warner Bros. cartoon or an old western... that moment when there's hardly anything there and the tumbleweed rolls across the panorama. I always tell myself I should use it more. Maybe if I take the time for this when I feel inclined to spill out my thoughts just for the sake of getting it out of my head, the inclination to pay a fee every year to avoid ads will actually be worth it?

My mom seems to think I write in a journal all the time, but truthfully it only happens every couple of months (either in paper or electronically). I want to change that. I want to allow myself to take the time to organize my crowded thoughts. I'm often the sort of person who can't think clearly about things without removing them from my head in some fashion--whether it's writing it down or just having someone who'll listen with a willingness to do nothing more than help me get things straight. Being that my work keeps me so busy, I think I should use the electronic option more often. Maybe I'll even get the occasional bit of feedback!

For now, though, I must prepare to take Rorschach for his annual appointment.


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mandy12052: (jiji)
2013-02-19 07:14 pm

Must do homework... yet can't focus.

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. [ 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. [ 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: (ffxii)
2011-05-20 03:47 pm
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Strangers say the darndest things.

I had some bills to mail out today, but rather than wait until I was on my way to work to drop them off in the mailbox at the post office I decided to walk the dog. It's a nice day, I had the time, and it seemed like a good idea to be a responsible pet owner.

My dog, Rorschach, has some habits when I walk him that I just can't seem to break. One of these is to sniff anyone who we pass on the sidewalk. Today, one of those people was a slightly elderly gentlemen in a many-layered tattered suit. Rorschach paused to sniff at him, but nothing more than that. Well this guy felt the need to say something about it, but I found it a bit silly.

He says, "Ya know if that dog bites somebody you're gonna have a lot of trouble on your hands."

The only response I could think of that wouldn't cause a ridiculous confrontation on the street was, "He didn't even touch you."

Now, despite my projective voice and relative audibility on the semi-quiet side street, he didn't hear me and I had to repeat myself. I left it at that, but couldn't help thinking to myself, "Thank you Captain Obvious. Now mind ya binness." Aside from the fact that Rorschach didn't touch the guy, he did nothing hostile and was properly leashed. I don't know what possessed the guy to feel the need to lecture me about my dog. It's one of those moments where I wonder, "If you can't handle dealing with society and interacting with others, why do you leave your house?"

Strangers say the darndest things.
mandy12052: (white)
2007-01-27 05:48 pm
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I'm waiting for words. Waiting for a response. Waiting for inspiration to strike me in something other than the view out the window beneath which my computer sits.

I took the dog for a walk today. It's the first time in I don't know how long. At least a month, maybe two. He seemed to really enjoy it: sniffing, marking, running, checking to make sure I'm still following him. I found it calming to wander about the university campus, slowly sipping the latte I had stopped to purchase from the usual place.

I realized I must be a true regular if it doesn't matter who's taking my order yet the already know what I want, rattling it off before I get a chance to say much more than a hello. I finally remembered to give an offering to their tip jar today. I like the mildly rewarding feeling I get when I show appreciation in that indirect way.
mandy12052: (white)
2005-05-19 03:43 pm
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Something I can't quite pinpoint has me really irritable lately. I wish I could figure it out, because the negative emotions are spilling over into the good parts of my life. It's annoying.

My dog opened up my closet (because the door doesn't shut all the way) and chewed up my new sandals and a pair of underwear. I spanked him with the shoe and then tied the underwear around his head as punishment. Maybe that will help get it through his head that this is negative behavior on his part.

I went and saw Episode III at 1205 today. Definitely the best of the trilogy. It is quite impressive.
mandy12052: (Default)
2005-03-15 08:56 am
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On the plane

And procrastinating. I really don't feel like working on my stupid out of class midterm for Shakespeare. I mean, I know that I'm probably going to be insanely busy with Sarah this week and that I might not get it done in time. But at the same time I don't really give a damn right now.

My stomach hurts. It's because I'm hungry. I would have eaten breakfast this morning, but there wasn't food like that in our house. I didn't really feel like starting the day out with some spaghetti, so I opted out. Had a couple cups of coffee, but seeing as how that was about 3 or 4 hours ago, not really feeling the fullness of that anymore. I should go buy cereal when I get home. Mmm... Crispix.

In other news... I think my dog is going to be really mad at me when he figures out that I'm not coming back for a while. I left him inside until [ profile] cryptosporidosi comes back before to let him outside. It was way too damn cold outside to leave him out there for like 12 hours or something. Hopefullly it will have warmed up a little bit and he'll be all right. Just hope he doesn't get to mad at me in the interim. I think I will call [ profile] intravenousants tonight to let her know that he can sleep in my room at night. I have it all pretty well puppy-proof so there is a low chance of him destroying anything.

Hmm yeah... my flight was delayed like an hour because of the stupid snow. I need to call my sister when I get to Atlanta to let her know. But yeah, at least the plane took off today. The Delta website was messing with my mind last night. At one point it said my flight wasn't leaving until tomorrow. That would have been jacked!

Oooh... time for an in flight drink. Gotta go.
mandy12052: (Bodies)
2005-03-14 03:35 pm
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Damn Snow

I really need to listen to my intuition more often.

I was walking out the door to go to work this morning, and it felt a little cool. Maybe I should take a jacket I think to myself. Nah, it'll warm up... Yeah right! It was snowing like crazy when I got off work. Which wouldn't have been so bad, but I had to stop for gas and the pump didn't work right so I had to hold it the entire time to make it go. So I'm standing there in the paper thin work shirt getting covered in snow. By the time I got back in my car there was so much snow on me that I couldn't even lean back because it felt so cold on my back. At least I was close to home though so I didn't have to put up with that for too long.

On top of that., the dog was completely soaked from being outside and hardly using his doghouse so I had to dry him off in the midst of his excitement from me getting home. I imagine I smell a bit like wet dog now. But I can't tell because I'm too stuffed up from running out of allergy medicine yesterday. Need to get that prescription filled...

To focus on the positive... Work was quite wonderful today. Mostly because I don't have to go back for over a week, but also because I decided to set my mind to the idea of having a positive mental attitude while I was at work today. It worked out rather nicely too. Tips were back to usual for me so I felt like I actually made money. Woot.

On another note, only 22 hours until I'm in Florida. YEAH BABY YEAH.
mandy12052: (cactaur!)
2005-01-30 07:13 pm

Cactaur to the rescue!!

So I find myself at present in a very strange mood.

Today started off well enough though I really didn't want to get out of bed ([ profile] hannibalvail knows why). Stupid laundry at 8am for my stupid job. Oh well. Work was all right... nothing happened to make the day go badly although I did manage to not send the food for one of my tables. They still tipped me well so it was all right.

Came home from work and el destructo (aka the dog) had drug my clean laundry about the room, chewed on a tube of toothpaste, and broken into Sarah's room to destroy a bunch of the stuff from her shrine. Needless to say I am not too pleased with the dog right now.

Oh, and my moronic self left my phone at the restaurant last night so today I had to go back there to get it. This of course was after ransacking the house to try and find the stupid thing. Guess I'm just lucky it got turned in.

And while I'm thinking about it, thanks for dinner, tall dark and sexy.

Anyway... too anxious right now, albeit for unknown reasons, so I can't stay still any longer than this. Besides, nothing else to say, as usual.

For now I go to a relaxed evening in the company of [ profile] pvck, [ profile] intravenousants, [ profile] cryptosporidosi and possibly [ profile] killbox. Hoorah for friends!
mandy12052: (cactaur!)
2005-01-19 09:14 pm
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Well the philosophy course Sarah and I signed up for together was a complete disaster. Not only is Taber a boring ass, but neither of us have anywhere close to enough philosophy background in terms of what courses we've taken to be able to handle the class. And I need not mention the fact that the prof didn't like Sarah previously when she had him as an instructor.

So yeah, now I have a MW night class on early Shakespearean writing. I've managed to miss the entire first week of the class due to this little escapade, but that's okay. At least I know I like Shakespeare and actually have a chance of passing the class. I just wish I knew who was teaching it so I could contact them or something. But maybe I'll stop by the English department tomorrow afternoon and have a talk with the people there.

On a different note, the dog can't seem to make up his mind about whether he wants to be out or in. This is so damn annoying. It's too bad the cat would run away or I totally would have gotten a doggy door installed months ago. Wouldn't want to lose track of George though. So I just have to let go of my tendencies toward laziness and get off my ass to let the dog out.

On the way home from class I took a couple of those neon plastic flags they hang on top of construction signs. I can't decide if they're orange or pink or both. Me and my crazy cleptomania. Gotta work on that... I'm running out of wall space.

Hmm... ADD just kicked in.

mandy12052: (cactaur!)
2005-01-11 07:24 pm
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I don't understand why everyone who comes to our apartment is so convinced that my dog is so incredibly hyperactive. I mean, granted he is a puppy and does at time have those tendencies, but once you come in and give him a little attention he calms down. The dog hasn't been obnoxious but once in the two hours or so that I've been here. He's just laying down on the floor next to me while I type. And the George cat is even in my lap and the dog isn't acting jealous.

In other news of my boredom...
I gave in and cleaned things. Swept... cleaned the kitchen sink... toilet and bathroom vanity... and shortly hereafter the dishes.
I also put more jones soda caps on my collage. By the time I drink all the ones I have I daresay it will finally be finished. Much excitement in regard to this.

I hate that I have been working so much lately that I don't have the energy to do anything in my down time. Gyah. I'd go to Denny's right now or something, but I know that there wouldn't be anyone I know there. Too early in the evening and all. I wish there was something more to do besides cleaning. Yet I don't feel like calling anyone or hanging out with anyone. I find it somewhat disturbing, but I'd almost be content to just sit here and do nothing. Leaning toward sedentary tendencies makes me shudder. Stupid hormonal imbalances and shit.
mandy12052: (cafe terrace)
2004-11-17 12:56 am
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Feelin' goooooood...

So I really need to keep up on here.

I don't even know where I left of and hence where to begin. And besides that, I don't even know what to include as important information. Bad place to be in when thinking in terms of LJ.

But yeah... life has been pretty decent lately. Still a little depressed, but I'm working through that. I came to the conclusion that the reason I'm so burnt out on school and my job and such isn't necessarily because I loathe either of them, but that I never got a break. I shall never again take another summer course. And I think I'll try and take only 12 credits from now on. Finishing school will take a bit longer that way, but eh well. Not like it matters much. As long as I can find a way to be happy.

In other news of randomness, my hips really REALLY hurt. But I shan't elaborate on why. I'm sure you can guess if you really try.

The dog is getting BIG!! He must weigh 20 lbs. now, that hyperactive little shitski.
mandy12052: (Default)
2004-10-04 10:08 am
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Shit factory, as he is so lovingly referred to.

Someone please explain to me why the dog finds it necessary to shit on the carpet like 2 minutes after he was outside!?!?! I don't understand this at all and it's quite annoying. More than words can express. Trust me.
mandy12052: (anubis)
2004-10-03 10:08 pm
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The J-O-B.

Some of the people I work with can be real assholes on occasion. The more they make me host instead of serve the more I realize this. Some servers are such whiny bitches to an extent I had never previously known. It's quite unbelievable. And what's worse is that they assume because I've hosted like 4 times now that I should be a pro. I'm sorry, but there's a little more complexity to the concept that is blatantly obvious. Needless to say by the time I left work this evening (sometime around 915), I wasn't exactly wreaking of work enthusiasm. And what's worse is that I'm pretty sure I have to work tomorrow morning, if not all damn day. How in the hell am I going to get all my homework done now? Guess that's what I get for picking up the shift tonight. Whatever the case, I need to check my schedule and I think I'll do that now.

On a more productive note, the dog is starting to understand that he should leave me alone when I'm irritable. Always a plus, because the fact that he finds it necessary to chew on me 23 of 24 hours a day has really started to try my patience. Yay for the dog's intelligence starting to kick in!