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So, for those who haven't seen my Twitter, I got fired this past Friday. I was given an extremely vague and unhelpful warning during a mini-performance review (a few weeks before) saying that I needed to back off and not ask so many questions, so I did, and then this past Friday I was told that "people still had concerns" (it never got more specific than that) and that it just wasn't working out in general. In short, as best I can understand it, I got fired because I was too new, not learning the ropes fast enough, and everyone was supposedly too busy to train me properly.

I think my favorite part of this, however, is the fact that it happened four days before I would have been legally eligible for unemployment benefits and, subsequently, my (ex) boss would have been forced to provide a detailed explanation for why I was fired.

I consider myself a fairly tough person and I've made it through my fair share of setbacks -- hell, I'll probably make it through this one too -- but really, a person can only handle so many disappointments at one time. How the fuck am I supposed to pay for PTA school or graduate school now? :/

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"There is no wealth but life..." -- John Ruskin

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Cheers.
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Internets, I love football, and I live in a state that is internationally known for its stereotypical love of football, but can I just go on record and say that I think New York throwing a ticker tape parade because the Giants won the Super Bowl is fucking ridiculous?

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They won the SUPER BOWL, not World War fucking Three, this shit just makes me tired.

Here, have a cute gif to make up for me and my #feelingz (and the extreme lack of Stark up in this post) )

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"He hadn't a single redeeming vice..." -- Oscar Wilde

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Cheers.

P.S. - Apologies to any Giants fans out there on my flist, this just...touched a nerve. Or something.

P.P.S. - I've only seen Season 1 of Mad Men but, at a coworker's behest, I've decided to watch it all (including re-watching Season 1) on Netflix. Am starting to see why he claims I remind him of Joan for reasons other than the red hair and the fact that our body types are almost identical...

P.P.P.S. - Does anyone else find Eli Manning unbearably obnoxious and punchable just on general principle? Or is it just me and my anger issues?
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ETA: I GOT THE INTERNSHIP, THIS FUCKING NIGHTMARE IS OVER! *glee flail*

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My internship interview (with the head of the PT department at a nearby university) is today. I can already feel the beginnings of an ulcer coming on, and the damn thing isn't for another...7 hours at least... *gulp*

In other news, have any of you ever had one of those startling moments where you realize that shit you've been learning at uni (or other forms of school) is actually sinking in more than you think? I had one of those this morning when I was watching some guy lift weights and I realized I can explain (down to a cellular/molecular level) exactly what's going on to make his muscles do that bench press. It sort of felt like that bit in The Matrix where Neo realizes he's Jesus The One.

Finally, I just thought I'd show y'all a portion of one of my tutoring appointment forms for tomorrow: Posted without comment )

Yeah.

If anyone needs me, I'll be over here boggling at the idea of 10 year olds bullying each other by calling each other sluts (TW for suicide). I know from firsthand experience that young kids can be astoundingly cruel, but this just goes beyond the pale :\ Seriously, what the fuck is wrong with people?

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"Every exit is an entry somewhere else..." -- Tom Stoppard

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Cheers.
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And found this on one of the appointment forms.

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As a bonus, this is for a paper in a senior/fourth-year level class.

At first, I was like this
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And now I'm just like this
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Words fail me. Well, besides HOW DO PEOPLE LIKE THIS PASS UNIVERSITY? *headscreen*

Cheers.
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Sooo, one of those my-life-is-a-T.V.-show moments happened to me earlier. Written in script form for y'all's convenience.

The scene: Random convenience store
The cast: Me, Le Boyfriend, and Cashier Guy

Me: *wanders up to pay for purchases with Le Boyfriend in tow*
Cashier: *brightens* Hey, you should know we're having a sale on Snickers bars today *gestures to big ol' rack of chocolate next to the register*
Me: Uh...no thanks. *still paying*
Cashier guy: It's a good deal, I sold 100something yesterday and am looking to sell more today, blah blah blah
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(Expression of "Why is he still talking?")
Le Boyfriend: Photobucket

And then as Le Boyfriend and I were walking back to the car...

Me: Why d'you suppose he was so enthusia-- *glances at purchases in bag* Oh. OH.

And then I did this:
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Why, you ask?

Because I was buying tampons and Midol. Yeah. VERY FUNNY, CASHIER GUY.


Cheers.
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So, internets, I was looking through my local newspaper this morning and I found something that just about made me choke on my drink. The website for my local paper didn't have the article, but I managed to find an ABCnews article covering the same thing.

Texas Nonprofit Gives Scholarships to White Males

Highlights include:

"When Colby Bohannan was looking for college financial aid nine years ago, he concluded that he was at a disadvantage because of his race...."In the landscape of the scholarship foundations in this country, there is just one demographic that does not have a single dedicated scholarship," he told ABCNews.com. And that demographic, said Bohannan, is white males..."

and

"...Bohannan launched the Former Majority Association for Equality, a nonprofit organization that takes its name from the fact that according to U.S. census numbers, non-Hispanic whites make up only 45 percent of the Texas state population..."

and

"..."Trying to afford an education is not easy," said Bohannan, 28. "Just because you're white and male doesn't mean you have a bunch of money lying around to pay for books and rent."..."


In other words: "Oh, won't someone PLEASE think of the white men?!"

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And people here wonder why the rest of the world mocks the shit out of us. Idiots like this are why I despair of the world sometimes.

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"All sins are attempts to fill voids..." Simone Weil

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Cheers.

P.S. - I love how he's bitching about how expensive college is and yet conveniently ignores all the benefits he can get for THIS EXACT THING by virtue of being a veteran. Someone's obviously never heard of the G.I. bill.
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My Sociology class has started talking about race relations. Considering that the professor has already talked about how great it is to "not see color"...

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I'm considering starting bets over how long it takes for some clueless individual to ask why white people can't use the n word (bonus points if they tie in Obama's ethnicity as a sign of a "post-racial" society).

Because I already know this isn't going to end well, I'll just be over here staring at this so I don't develop a raging tension headache )

That's better. See the previous post for more interesting/less cynical topics.

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"Be an opener of doors..." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Cheers.
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Howdy doo internets! I come bearing loads of fic-y goodness, but first I needed to get something off my chest:

Dear sexist jackass in my Sports Psych. class,

The question on our quiz was whether or not it's true that exercise works at improving mood and/or reducing anxiety and depression just as well in women as it does in men. I fail to see what arguing that it doesn't because (according to you) women only exercise because they're more concerned about how they look had to do with that question. Also, you obviously have never noticed the astounding degree of vanity I've observed in a number of male athletes in my years as an athletic trainer. So not only do you fail at gender equality, but you fail spectacularly at situational awareness. Kudos!

Sincerely,
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies (aka the redhead two seats behind you who rolled her eyes hard enough to possibly reverse the Earth's rotation when you spouted that line of bullshit)


Moving on to a less rage-inducing topic, more fic!

Title: Clean Cut All-American (Really Ain't So Clean) (Part 4/6)
Authors: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies and [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n
Summary: In which we hear the comedy of errors that was Stark's first days as a vampire, and Alex gets a clue -- or, rather, gets hit over the head with it, courtesy of an old friend.
Author's note: I would have posted this part sooner, but I a) forgot about it for the longest time and b) was dithering over whether this part (which is rather short) could stand on its own. I ultimately decided that it can, but included a preview to make up for it. Plus the next part is long and it's going to be worth the wait, I guarantee it ;)

Cleaning up to Stark's unusually meticulous standards winds up taking much longer than Alex thought it would... )

Also, because Part II of my GK/AI crossover is going to be a while and I only just recently found the inspiration (and the confidence in my research) to get started, I thought I would give y'all something of a preview of what I have so far to make up for the delay:

The first few days of the receiving phase pass in a haze of yelling... )


So, thoughts on either one? Like? Dislike? Think I need to get off the internet and find a more productive use of my free time?

That's all I've got for the moment. Stay tuned for more vamp!fic ([livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n and I are almost done with Part 5), and whatever else happens to tickle my fancy in terms of posting material. In the mean time, Sokka and Momo thank y'all for your time:

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"A good beginning makes a good end..." -- Louis L'Amour

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Cheers.

P.S. - I cleaned up the HTML for Clean Cut All-American as well, so it too now links all the parts to each other for ease of re-reading.
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Internets, do you ever feel like sometimes the universe is making a concentrated effort to make you miserable? Allow me to explain:

I just had some random Kinesiology major I've never even seen before ask me if I was "that girl who struck out twice at trying to get into the athletic training program."

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You've got to be fucking kidding me. How the fuck did I get a reputation in a university with like 30,000 people (or more specifically, a department with at least 2,000 people in it)? I thought this gossip-y bullshit was supposed to mostly die out after high school.

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"My reputation grows with every failure..." -- George Bernard Shaw (the fact that the website I get these quotes from picked this at random today is just...unsettling)

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Cheers.
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I swear to God, it must be something in the water, because it's becoming a bad week (or two) for certain individuals in the GK fandom doing really stupid shit:

First Rudy (and real!Ray) and now Kocher? Really? )

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Much like President God, I am disappoint.

Also, I was informed that new!Tunny screwed up the lyrics twice in a recent AI showing. TWICE. I know Stark is a hard act to follow and all, but COME ON NOW. Ugh.

On a similarly depressing note, I was sent this picture and just...good lord, the poor guy looks worn the fuck out. It's weird to see someone who usually looks perfect pretty much all the time look...human. Especially considering the bags under his eyes are almost as bad as mine O_o Don't get me wrong, it cheers me up to an embarrassing degree when he and I have things in common, but this wasn't what I had in mind.

Although I may or may not have flailed around like a total loser over the fact that the oral fixation is still a thing...*ahem*

MOVING ON.

For a bit of (more positive) randomness, have 5 songs that have been stuck in my head recently )

Also, on a Glee-related note; Mother of God.

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I take back anything I ever said to make fun of Sam *______*

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"Wit is educated insolence..." -- Aristotle

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Cheers.
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Internets, do you ever have days where things people do just seem especially extra stupid? For me, today is one of those days. Case in point:

Someone evidently thought it would be a good idea to threaten Rudy on Facebook... )

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This is apparently an actual thing. Honestly, I haven't facepalmed so hard since that one charming individual tried to film American Idiot from the third row.

In other news, I've modified an American Idiot song a bit to describe my life at the moment:

"Spriiiiing break has come and passed /
seven days has gone so fast /
Wake me when this semester ends..."

Idk, maybe I'm just spoiled by my month-long Christmas break or something, but most school holidays just never seem long enough. On that note, back to packing for my return to university-land tomorrow.

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"You only grow when you are alone..." -- Paul Newman

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Cheers.
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Dear Supernatural fandom,

Welcome back! It's been a while since the last massive fail, I was beginning to wonder.

Unlike the previous fails, however, this isn't just infuriating, it's asinine. I'm someone who's very nitpicky about how her stories come across, but I still have the fucking decency to put up a trigger warning (if something I write comes CLOSE to needing one), even if it winds up turning out that it wasn't necessary. Why? Because I'm not egotistical enough to believe that my ~artistic vision~ is more important than sparing someone a fucking serious panic attack.

Regardless of one's stance on putting trigger warnings in headers from the outset, it's not unreasonable to put one if a reader leaves a comment asking you to do so (and I'm talking about a legit one instead that passive aggressive nonsense I saw in that post). Really, I promise, the less than thirty seconds of extra typing that would actually distinguish you as someone with basic courtesy WON'T FUCKING KILL YOU.

In conclusion, I, much like President God here, frown on these fucking shenanigans like you wouldn't believe.
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Manners, LEARN YOU SOME.

--[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies


For something significantly less rage (or facepalm)-inducing, see my previous post.

Cheers.
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Dear Powers That Be in charge of American Idiot,

WHAT THE FUCK IS THIS SHIT? I'm not joking, this doesn't even constitute a valid publicity stunt (since Justin Guarini is so ragingly irrelevant), so I DEMAND AN EXPLANATION RIGHT THE FUCK NOW BEFORE I HAVE TO START SETTING PEOPLE ON FIRE.

Already readying the (weirdly appropriate) letter bombs,
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies


At first I was like
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but now I'm just like
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THIS IS WHY WE CAN'T HAVE NICE THINGS.

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"All great truths begin as blasphemies..." -- George Bernard Shaw

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Cheers.

P.S. - Today, I also found out that I can develop a significant risk of seizures if I miss even a couple of days of my bipolar medication. I guess that's one way to make sure people take their meds...
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Dear Broadway.com,

Justin Bieber as Tunny? Are you fucking kidding me? I'm honestly torn between this reaction:

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And this one:

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Realistically, this would only happen over Billie Joe Armstrong's tiny dead body. But, just to be safe, let's never talk about it again, 'kay?

Sincerely,
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies

P.S. - I don't think Stark would allow it either. I'm just sayin'.


On the other hand, the idea of his tweeniebopper fans going to American Idiot expecting a wholesome good time and then getting...well...what it really is (swearing, drinking, heroin use, and all) is pretty fucking funny. Their mothers would have a fit! XD

In less horrifying news, [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n and I wrote more Starsgard vampire AU. I highly recommend it, it's far less likely to make you want to put your fist through your computer screen.

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"A loving heart is the truest wisdom..." -- Charles Dickens

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Cheers.
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So, I just found out that a sequel to the remake of Friday the 13th appears to be happening. On the one hand, I wish someone good would get picked up to direct it but, on the other, I sort of want them to bring back Michael "*random explosion*" Bay to make another hilarious disaster of a movie.

Either way, the only thing I really care about where the sequel is concerned is whether or not they bring back this )

Ahem.

In other news, there really ought to be some sort of medal for people who are really sick but still trudge to class anyway (stupid quiz *grumbles*) Alas, college largely doesn't give even half a fuck about us. At least it's supposed to snow/sleet/"wintry mix" tomorrow and then freeze solid -- like, wind chills down to around zero solid -- for the rest of the week, so maybe Raptor Jesus will take pity on me and cancel some classes.

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"The most merciful thing in the world, I think, is the inability of the human mind to correlate all its contents..." -- H.P. Lovecraft

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Cheers.

P.S. - This meme gave me the best, most hilarious idea that will probably never happen. For those who have seen American Idiot, remember the part in the beginning where they're all at the front of the stage doing that weird dance like they're trying to break an invisible board with their faces? I want to get a gif of that and turn it into one of those PARTY HARD gifs. This is probably one of those things that's only funny if you're me but still, maybe one of you will get a chuckle out of the idea.

P.P.S. - I give you clear and obvious proof that certain parts of the SPN fandom have entirely too much time and money on their hands. I'll just be over here sobbing into my Ramen.
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Argh, it turns out I misunderstood the Apple trade-in thing I talked about in my last post (the store credit value of your old machine, blah blah blah) -- it only applies to computers. You can trade iPods in for 10% off your next Apple purchase or some bullshit like that.

In other words, MY LOVE-HATE RELATIONSHIP WITH APPLE CONTINUES. On the bright side, I have some tutoring money coming so I'm going to save (for a shorter time than I thought) and buy an iPod Touch anyway, but still, it's the principle of the thing.

Also, I think Le Boyfriend brought some sort of horrible super cold (or mild flu) home from his student teaching, because he and I both have been hacking our lungs out, I was running a fever yesterday, and I've spent more of the last 36 hours in bed than out of it.

Allow this gif to summarize how I feel about life right now:
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"More than kisses, letters mingle souls..." -- John Donne

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Cheers.

P.S. - In fangirl-related news, this picture more or less made my week. Between the clashing outfit and the expression on his face, I don't even know where to start.
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Oh dear God, internets, it's only the first day of the semester and I'm already sensationally bored. This can't be a good sign.

Worse still, my Sociology professor actually talked about how "with it" and "hip" (verbatim quote) she is in today's introductory lecture.

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With it and hip. I don't think she was kidding/being ironic. Please send help.

Finally, I'm beginning to reach the end of my patience when it comes to skateboarders. I saw at least five of them skating IN THE STREET and then another two more almost ran me over on the sidewalk without so much as an apology this morning alone. Would it make me a bad person if I invested in a paintball gun (or possibly an oar) to address this nuisance? I feel like it might actually constitute a public service...

For those who are catching up on LJ or just plain don't give a fuck about my RL (I won't hold it against you, it bores the hell out of even me on occasion), please refer to my birthday present picspam to [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n.

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"Knowledge is love and light and vision..." -- Helen Keller

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Cheers.
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Dear neighbors above me,

Hello again and happy new year! Looks like we're going to have another great semester of barely tolerating each other. One question though:

What in the actual fuck could you possibly be building at NINE THIRTY IN THE MORNING?!

I ask because I keep hearing these occasional bangs that are spaced/timed differently than your obnoxiously loud sex and are just the right volume to be hammering, as if y'all are building something (or, it occurs to me, hanging pictures up). So really, just what is so important that it needs to be built when a lot of people might still be sleeping?

I'm particularly amazed that y'all were up that early given your previous history of blaring loud music at all hours of the night (which obviously precludes any morning person tendencies). The only answer at this point is that you are actually cyborgs designed to be as obnoxious as psychologically possible because you run on human misery as fuel.

Already planning retaliatory psychological warfare,
[livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies


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In other news, I've been noticing lately that people from my grade school days have started mentally whitewashing the past by pretending that we didn't used to hate each other back in the day. "Hey, long time no see, how are you doing? What? Nooo, I never thought you were lower than the crap stuck to my shoe, I've always thought you were hilarious!" and that sort of thing.

Has this happened to anyone else or are my former esteemed peers just special? I mean, I'd understand it if it was some sort of ass-kissing mechanism, but I have literally nothing any of them might actually want in terms of advancement. Maybe this is just some sort of biological mechanism that happens to everyone so that class reunions don't turn into literal bloodbaths.

ANYWAY, so this isn't a total "WTF is wrong with people" post because it's totally Paweł Szajda's birthday today (and I totally planned this and wasn't at all reminded by [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris), have a Paweł picspam (courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] eiirene):

Pianist!Paweł over this-a-way! )

Even though he was born somewhere in Connecticut, I think it's not entirely wrong to call Paweł one of Poland's finest exports. Because seriously though, daaaaaamn.

(Also, he's quite possibly the best way to end a post EVER)

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"The ballot is stronger than the bullet..." -- Abraham Lincoln (I don't care if it means I'm going to the special hell, I laughed for a good five minutes at the DELICIOUS irony of this quote after checking Google to see if I was being Punk'd or something)

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Cheers.

ETA: [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris also just showed me some valuable advice from Walt. Remember, kids... )
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Augh, internets, does anyone else ever have days where every single tiny little thing just pisses you the fuck off even when that logical voice in the back of your mind (however quiet it might be) says that it shouldn't? Yeah, today's one of those, so have a few letter-style rants.

Dear family units... )


Dear Le Boyfriend.... )


Dear regular psychiatrist... )


Dear SPN fandom... )

I cut these to spare y'all the whining -- of which there is a great deal -- but I'm game if anyone wants to turn this into a "misery loves company" post (I know a few of you are still sick, for example). Bitch away, you'll find a very receptive audience here!

And now off to try desperately to cheer myself up in the re-watch post at [livejournal.com profile] generation_kill. On the bright side, I am getting an inordinately pathetic amount of satisfaction from how much the hit counter for the Batfic (over at AO3) has exploded in the time since I posted it to [livejournal.com profile] generation_kill last night. This fandom has succeeded in turning me into a closet attention whore *headscreen*

Have some eyefucking pretty fyt:
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"The mule will work patiently for you for ten years for the chance to kick you once..." -- William Faulkner

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Cheers.
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The fact that this actually happened makes me despair of humanity (warning: the video in that post autoplays). Seriously, there's living vicariously through your kids and then there's things like that that occasionally make me think the legal system should expand its definition of what constitutes child abuse.

Seriously though, my response to the parents responsible for perpetrating Toddlers & Tiaras can be summed up as:

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In less facepalm-inducing news, I just found another meme that looked pretty fun, I highly recommend it. Stole this one from [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris

100 Questions )

See the previous post (f-locked, unfortunately, because I really am just that paranoid) for the last of my New York pictures and a more fandom-related meme.

Cheers.

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