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I'm still here 
Wednesday, January 25, 2012, 12:13 AM
Just avoiding getting my blog deleted, as per usual.

Live continues to be hectic. I survived the move and am now deep in my second quarter of graduate school. I started judo classes last Saturday and am going to get a cat in four days. No matter how hard I try, my apartment refuses to stay clean. Generally I am stressed.

This too shall pass, though. How are all of you? :)

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AHHHHHHHH! 
Monday, July 25, 2011, 08:58 PM
Time for my regular every-four-months update. =P

I'm in the midst of trying very hard not to go crazy at the moment; in five days, I officially depart my home and move halfway across the country to take up residence in my own apartment. I am both excited and terrified. Excited, because I have an awesome apartment in an awesome location and I've managed to pick up a job and all in all am actually starting to hope that I may actually manage to be decent at this whole supporting-myself thing...

...terrified because packing is proving really really overwhelming. That being said -- I'm managing, and come this time next week I may actually be more or less settled. Everyone just pray my internet gets installed promptly. =D

And how are you all?

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Checking In 
Wednesday, March 23, 2011, 12:19 AM
I'm still here!

AMS reminded me I hadn't blogged in a while so here I am (instead of sleeping)...

Things are still crazy. Officially accepted to grad school, officially not enough hours in the day, officially can't *wait* to graduate as I am battling an extraordinary bout of senioritis. Still managing, though.

Andromeda goes well and continues to consume more and more of my time; next week will actually be my one-year anniversary as CO. I'm pretty pleased with how it's developed since then, and people at least seem to be enjoying the ride (if you're not, come and talk to me =) ).

Other than that...I'm mostly just tired. It's a long couple of months I'm riding out here and mostly I just want to come out the other side intact.

How are you? =D

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::sigh:: It's never completely easy, is it? 
Tuesday, September 21, 2010, 07:37 AM
I'm a senior now. How freakin' bizarre is that?

I'm honestly not used to this idea at all, and the more I think about it the weirder it gets. It just keeps occurring to me now and again that the next time I hit summer vacation I'll be done with undergrad work.

Still got graduate school ahead, though that in itself is gonna cause some problems, because I'm realizing that the program I want to go into has almost all of its classes in the evening. I'd be able to (and probably will) take some of them online, but it's still going to be a hell of a change, and to be honest, I'm a bit scared. But the idea of moving out to the midwest, getting an apartment, getting an advanced degree, and really digging into web design...whew. I'm damn excited about that.

Ten-week-at-a-time LOAs will suck though. >.<

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Break Ramblings 
Sunday, March 21, 2010, 01:49 PM
Hmm. Well. So much for updating this regularly. Let's try this again with the assertion, "I will update occasionally." :-P

So I just got back from spring break, during which I went to Chicago, stayed with my uncle for a few days, had a blast, and figured out where I am probably going to get my master's degree in Human-Computer Interaction. So all in all I'm feeling very grown up right now.

I really like Chicago. It's got more of New York's bustle than DC does but without the "RARGH DEATH TO THE WEAK" feeling that New York sometimes attains, and it's got a lot of options for just hanging around. While waiting for an interview with an admissions counselor, I spent a lot of time hanging around down by the waterfront and it's really beautiful down there, with the skyline behind you and a big water view that might as well be an ocean stretching out in front. I really enjoyed that.

Also went to the Shedd Aquarium, Field Museum (basically the Chicago natural history museum), and (my favorite so far) the Museum of Science and Industry, which was a kickass if somewhat trippy museum that I had a great time crawling all over with one of my cousins. One of the exhibits definitely showed me for a chemistry geek, and made me realize how much I miss taking that class back in high school. Good times.

Also ate a lot and did a LOT of walking, so my body is completely annoyed at me right now and I am feeling wicked zonked. I am considering taking a nap but I also have a lot of work to catch up on...which one will win out?

Dun dun dunnnn...

((The answer is: "The XBOX," for those of you keeping score at home. ;-) ))

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Back in the Flow, I hope 
Tuesday, January 26, 2010, 12:12 AM
Hey, all. Fell off the wagon with posting this for a while; gonna do my best to start it up again, since the AMS is now yelling me that it's four months out of date so...here goes.

I'm now a second-semester junior and have four web-design projects in the works; I am doing my best to start a small-business web design company, for which you can view the website at http://www.solaerawebdesign.com. The Andromeda site is undergoing another reworking which should hopefully be going up in the next month or so. If you happen to need a website, for FSF or any other reason...feel free to ping me! =D

I just bought my first videogame console ever, an XBOX 360, which should hopefully be coming in the mail tomorrow. I'm dreadfully excited, even though it probably costs way too much, but oh well. I'm saving fifty percent of all the paychecks I get over the next year and a half, but I've decided that the other fifty percent I can do with as I please, so I don't feel guilty. Much. =P And I'll feel even less guilty when I'm playing Portal tomorrow. =D

Andromeda's rolling along as usual, currently working on a plague outbreak for a bunch of hapless aliens. I'm feeling pretty good about it at the moment. I've also hit the magic twelve-game mark, even dozen. W00t.

Classes this semester should hopefully be a little less ridiculously crazy; I'm only taking four (plus half a semester of "Wellness") -- three math-based classes and a writing seminar, so I'm looking forward to it. I'm also going skiing this coming weekend, which should be pretty durn awesome; it was a Christmas present from my parents to my brother and I. Hope I don't break anything. That would kinda ruin my day.

Aight, theoretically I have to get up for work tomorrow, even though I don't start classes till Friday, so I suppose I should probably hit the sack right about now. Hope to post to this much more regularly from now on, so...see you soon! =D

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Finance and Stuff 
Friday, September 25, 2009, 06:34 PM
Oy. What a busy evening.

I had pretty much a normal Friday for the most part. Compsci, Lit, Music Theory, and then work...which was where today's financial craziness started showing up. I had to deal with an issue that had cropped up because I hadn't gotten a paycheck last week for some reason. Turned out some paperwork had gotten turned around funny and I wasn't gonna get paid for last week until next week, which is kind of obnoxious but it's ok. The Communications Office secretary, a lovely, lovely woman, offered to lend me money if I needed it, too, which made me feel thought about. All in all, not so bad.

This, however, progressed, as I went to get money from the ATM and determined that I had in fact left my debit card in the ATM *last* night when I got money. I therefore had to panic for a while, then call Bank of America, close out my card, and then book it the hell over to the bank in the space of like half an hour before they closed, at which point I proceeded to sit in the bank lobby, panting, sweating, unshowered, exhausted, and a little panicky, for the space of an hour and a half. I probably terrified the staff.

All's sorted out, of course, and I managed to get a temporary card and stuff and all's well. But a definite hassle.

Tomorrow should be fun -- going up to the MD RennFaire, getting to drive my ghetto-mobile and have a good time...it's supposed to rain a bit like it did last year, too, which should be great (no sarcasm there, I'm dead serious...it was great last year). And then lots of homework on Sunday, probably. Things are very busy this semester, but I'm keeping my head above water...sort of. =P

Catch you all on the flip side!

P.S. Oh, and somehow I still don't have swine flu. I'm kind of proud of myself. =P

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Flu and Other Such Troubles 
Saturday, September 19, 2009, 10:47 PM
Hmmm...I'm bad at updating.

So a large swath of my campus has the flu. My college seems to be running on the assumption that if you are sick, you automatically have swine flu, so people with a fever are under quarantine. This seems like a somewhat good idea until you realize that they deal with this by having you send your friends out to get your food for you, thereby ensuring that you still have contact with at least one person who can easily spread the contagion to the rest of the student body.

My school can be kind of silly.

One of my roommates just got done with dealing with a bout of maybe-swine-flu which means that I'm pretty much screwed, and I think I just got a sore throat. God help me. Further updates as events warrant.

I have also gotten somewhat on the way to starting a web design business; I have some free webspace for the moment until I reach the point where I'm gonna start trying to get hold of a reseller account, and I'm now trying to learn Drupal so that I can offer people content management updates other than "Well, just ping me if you want something changed." That works for FSF...probably not so much for the real world. :-P So we'll see how all that works out.

Also, school is busy. Nothing new there.

I should probably sleep in the hopes of staving off the inevitable flu. Night!

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::outraged:: 
Friday, September 11, 2009, 06:19 AM
OMFG.

WE HAD A FIREDRILL AT 7:00 THIS MORNING.

::KILLS EVERYTHING::

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I Got Class... 
Thursday, September 3, 2009, 06:52 AM
Report from the class front:

Very busy schedule this semester. Definitely going to be quite busy here...on the bright side, our room is AWESOME and I'm very happy that it seems to be the social center for our group of friends right now, because it means that I can work and chill with people at the same time. Last year our room was really out of the way and I never really saw anyone, which was sucky, but now it looks like I'll be able to keep in the loop a bit more.

Compsci is, as I predicted, going to be pretty awesome. It's with the same professor who taught that horrible "ALICE" class last year, but with a class of actually enthusiastic people she seems like a different person; much more energetic. I can't wait to get started on some projects for that class; we're learning mostly in Java. There's also a chapter in the book on web design -- specifically HTML and SQL -- which I was very excited about, but, predictably, we're skipping that chapter. Bollocks.

English Lit: Beowulf to Dryden is going to be SO much better than the corresponding Pope to Eliot course I took last year, mostly because the teacher is MUCH better. My prof last year was...ah...dull, to say the least, but this year's is much more engaging, keeps the class paying attention and involved in the discussion, and is just generally much more fun. One of my friends last year was pretty much in love with him, and I have to say I can see why. The class'll be a lot of work though, so that will be a downer.

Music Theory III looks as if it's going to be pretty much more of the same as it always is. Same professor as always, moving into more specific topics now, of course -- 16th-century counterpoint -- and doing a lot more composing than we did last year, which should be fun.

Literary Theory is going to kick my rear. As a general rule, I hate reading literary criticism. Drives me up the wall. And this course is ENTIRELY about that. We're only reading one piece of lit in the whole course as near as I can tell, and it's The Great Gatsby, which I've already read and didn't like. We have a one-to-two-page paper due every week, and the first long paper for the course is due on the 22nd. Halp...please...

And last but not least, Short Story Writing. It'll actually be interesting to see how I handle this class. I basically spend most of my time these days writing fiction, but it is all character-based, no real defined and structured plot. So writing it in an academic setting, and on a deadline, out of nowhere without a context, is oddly enough going to be somewhat jarring. I think it should be fun though.

And with that, I must return to Literary Theory homework and "The Affective Fallacy." So I bid you all adieu. ::waves::

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