Monday, January 30, 2012

At the casino again...

The Gf and I are at another casino over night again. This time we didn't come down with her aunt and her mother. Instead her mother called us down to bring her and the aunt some clothes and medicine because they were going to stay overnight. So we loaded up the MP3 player with two new albums we now own, packed a bag, and hit the road in a downpour. It took a little longer to get here due to the rain and it was just safer to drive a little slower but I didn't really mind.

Both Mom and aunt were happy to see us, grateful for the clothing and medicine, and while they lay down to rest, we walked down to the casino. We played an Alien game,  Alien vs. Predator game, Vampire's Embrace, some panda game, and finally a Starwars game. It was fun and we came out ahead.

When we got back to the room, we laid down since mom and aunt were apparently off in the casino. We ended up watching something on the Discovery or National Geographic channel on Yosemite National Park. I fell asleep at the end, figures. And then we watched something on automatons. Both programs were really fascinating! But I ended up sleeping again and awoke to Will and Grace just a little before Mom and Aunt returned to the room to lay down for an hour before breakfast.

So, here I am, trying to pass the time before we leave for breakfast. Looks like there is too much light for aunt to sleep so I'm going to sign off, get dressed, and head down to the restaurant after which I might go sit in the hot tub. Hopefully, I'll get home today before the storm is set to hit, get some more crafts done for friends, and get some much needed writing done.    

Sunday, January 29, 2012

My black-eyed baby didn't get much screen time... Still, it was FREAKING AWESOME!!!

I'm sitting on the sofa watching Fullmetal Alchemist: Brotherhood- Fullmetal Alchemist is my favorite anime in case you didn't know- and I remembered that I haven't updated my blog yet.

As you might have previously read, I'd mentioned getting to go see Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos. Well, I saw it! The animation wasn't a beautiful as the previous movie Conqueror of Shamballa but the action scenes were amazing. It was a wonderful ride with a good solid story. As usual, Fullmetal Alchemist never disappoints! I'm a little sad that Roy Mustang (my favorite character) doesn't get as much screen time, but that's okay, at least he got some. I really had a lot of fun and the theatre was packed, which was nice to see. Oh and I managed to see it for FREE! It was dollar movie night at the theatre but since I joined the mailing list, I got a free  movie ticket.

As it turns out Yoda, one of my cats, is getting sick again but I might have already mentioned that. It looks like we might have to take him back to the vet and then he will commence hating everyone again. He really hates taking his meds. On a happier note, I got a really cute picture of him. He looks... annoyed. I love my kitty! I added a little caption.

And I think I am coming down with something. My throat is sore, I'm nauseous, achy all over, and go between hot and cold. I suspect the nauseousness is due to a new medicine I am taking and since said medicine isn't doing diddly squat, I may have to stop taking it. I'll talk to my doctor when I see her next month. I'm taking it easy, drinking tea and water, and getting out to get fresh air.    

Tuesday, January 24, 2012

Teeth chatteringly chilly!

It's freaking cold tonight! Earlier it was snowing but the snow turned to rain, which means trying to get anywhere tomorrow is going to be a bitch. There will be more ice for us to deal with. I don't mind so much but tomorrow night I'm going to see Fullmetal Alchemist: The Sacred Star of Milos and I have drive a bit to get to the theatre. Driver's in Spokane aren't exactly the most safe and frankly, neither are the roads.

My right eye is blurry again. I don't know what the problem seems to be. It starts itching and watering and then, thankfully, the itch goes away but then it's blurry and still waters.

Oh! I went to Hastings tonight (finally had some money of my own) and picked up the new Evanescence album. I'm sure how I feel about it really. I like it but I don't think it's made as much of a mark as the last 3 albums. Some of the songs are really good though and this might just be a case of needing to let it grow on me. I've only listened to it once.

I also picked up a book. I've been asking friends on facebook to make suggestions for new reading material. I had some stipulations though. I don't particularly like 1st person. I put up with it for Katie MacAlister novels because I enjoy her voice and most of her Dragons and Vampires. But I prefer 3rd person as a reader and as a writer. So I asked that none of their suggestions were in 1st person.

I told friends that I like fantasy/scifi, paranormal romance, and historical romance. I'll read other things too, I'm not opposed to trying new things, those are just the genres I prefer. Some one suggested several sets of books I had already read. Another suggested Neil Gaiman stuff. Okay, I haven't read any of his stuff, so I'll give it a shot. But other than that, I didn't anymore suggestions, which is odd since most of my friends are readers. It also makes me sad. When I approached a friend who I know has read a ton of books, is reading all the time, she said mentioned that I didn't like 1st person. Now that really bothers me. It means she either really likes 1st person or there are a lot more out there than I feel comfortable with.

No, there is nothing wrong with 1st person, it just really bothers me.

Anyway, the book I picked up was something I had seen in a bookstore a month or so ago and took a picture of just so I would remember it. It's called 'Blood Rights' by Kristen Painter. It looks really good and it's in 3rd person. ^.^ 

Sunday, January 22, 2012

Well, now I don't know what to write...

I finally get some time to sit down and blog with a clear head and I don't know what to write. Well, I guess I will update everyone.

A friend and her twin sister's apartment blew up this week. Well, technically it was their neighbor's apartments but they ended up having to move out of their apartment in an hour, leaving some things behind. From what I know it had something to do with gas, or so we've been told. Honestly, I think it's a meth thing. For some reason Northern Idaho has a terrible meth problem. But then again I could be wrong. I haven't talked to them since the morning it happened. My GF has, but hasn't really filled me in on anything.

Fullmetal Alchemist: Sacred Star of Milo is actually playing at a theatre near me. I will be going this week! I'm excited for it, I love FMA!

I've been up to some crafty stuff. Not as much as I would like but I'll get some more done in the next week. I've also read some manga, seen a couple of movies. Strawdogs was interesting, pretty heavy. The Help was very good and made me cry a couple of times. I liked the story and the strength of the characters

Other than that, my knees are killing me due to how I've been sitting the last couple of days. My back hasn't been bothering me as much, for which I am thankful.

We finally got some snow! YA!

I had something else I was going to say but I can't remember. Oh well, must not have been too important. 

Thursday, January 5, 2012

To do list for the day completed and I've finally got something like R1 Das Darkwave back!

A couple of years ago I stumbled upon a Gothic/New Wave/ Dark wave/Industrial music station that was  perfect. I fell in love with so many bands and got to hear stuff you just don't hear on mainstream radio here. I could go on and on about what I think about mainstream radio and why I generally dislike it but I'll save that for another time.

The station, R1 Das Darkwave was based out of Germany and aired on the internet and on Winamp's shoutcast radio (also internet radio). I was so in love with the station that I played it nearly 24/7. I only got to listen to 4 of the 10 years they were on the air. For some reason they shut down and it was a cause of great discomfort for me. I tried their recommended alternatives and there was one that I liked but it just wasn't the same. However, two years later while poking around on Pandora, I've found a station someone else put together and it's everything I have been looking for! I've had to make it mine and tweak a few things, but otherwise its great. It'll be a nice addition to the other stations I've created on pandora. 

I don't just listen to Gothic/darkwave/industrial music. I listen to ambient, Celtic, classical, classic rock, movie and game soundtracks, ect... I've very eclectic in my listening tastes but I have certain things that I really enjoy and certain things that I write to or clean and cook to. 

On to my list! I accomplished everything I wanted to do today except watching some anime. My Girlfriend and I, having access to a Hastings store again (not sure why they don't have them in South Central Kansas), were excited to have anime rentals at our fingertips (excited). We are putting of getting Netflix again until one of us has a job just to be safe. So we'll rent from Hastings and Red Box and the video store here in town. We'll probably watch the anime movie in just a bit and then some of one of the anime series we rented. I rented the 1st disk of Glass Fleet just because I was curious about it and every time I saw it advertized on the internet, I was drawn to the art.   

I also decided that I am going to drop a class this quarter. I'm only taking two classes and this will put me at one class, but the material is pretty intense in both classes and while that doesn't bother me so much, right now it is a bit much for me to handle with all the emotional and physical crud going on. I feel that I need to slow down a little, take things one step at a time to make sure I stay in school rather than plunge ahead and loose it. I think I should have taken this quarter off to let myself get settled in and adjusted but I was afraid in doing that I would somehow slow myself down or it would be a set back. But then I often push myself too hard so as not to disappoint others. I need to quit doing that.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

Deleted last post for a vastly better one! *headdesk*

                                                             (Medicine cabinet project)

In my previous- now deleted- blog post I was full of doom and gloom. Point of fact, I was extremely depressed this morning and quite scatter-brained. If dreary content wasn't enough to scare people away, I noticed something ghastly! I didn't stay in the same tense. That never happens! I've never had that problem. So, it was a very good thing I snuck off to the bedroom and laid down for a little bit with my kitties.

Kitties are a rather sad subject as of late. My Mom's cat, Felan, had to be put to sleep. She was so sick and there was nothing anyone could have done for her anyway, or so the vet told my Mom. And now it seems my cat, Yoda, has something wrong with him. He doesn't have mange, of that we're sure, but he does have little scabbed over ouchies around one ear, down and around his neck, and down his spine. At first we thought it was just scratching from a drier climate and nerves, but it doesn't seem to be going away and he's getting a bit cranky. So, we are going to try and find a vet who will work with a financially destitute girl (meaning me). 

I was very busy during the month of December. I didn't really get a lick of writing done. I was out shopping for this or for that with my gf's family or her mother, cleaning, took two trips to two different casinos, had Christmas, and got ready for New Years. We have company visiting (Cousin Kitty Kat), and I have home work yet to do. I don't want to do it and i think some of my reluctance to has been that I haven't seen how my courses are going to play into what I want to do. What I want to do and what they keep talking about as far as careers go aren't matching up and this is giving me some serious doubts. Doubts are not  good thing to have right now.

However, amidst all the doubts, depression, and anxiety I did manage to get three artsy projects started and completed before New Years. I didn't have a goal or anything, it was just something I felt like doing. I still have yet to get curtains done for my bedroom but the bedroom has been rearranged and is so much better. The medicine cabinet above was one of those projects. It used to be a creamy yellow with burgundy roses all over it. As you can see it's a bit different now and I like it much better. The cabinet was purchased at a garage sale a couple of years ago.

My second and third projects were purchased on a 'half off of everything' day at a thrift store. The first was a spice rack that mounts to a wall only the spices didn't fit. So I painted it purple, mounted it to my bedroom wall, and it now houses lotions, perfumes, and nail polish. The third was... well I'm not sure what it was the guy at the shop said it looked to have been a cage of sometime. I cleaned it up, painted it, and it now houses all the tea.

Other than that, I've cleaned the kitchen and am waiting for the hamburger to thaw so I can make a casserole for dinner.