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I swear I need a part time job that pays $20,000 per month just to sit around and write fanfiction all day. That'd be perfect...

...except for how 90% of me "writing" involves yelling at the blinking cursor on the blank Word document for mocking me. Hm.

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"So little done, so much to do..." -- Cecil Rhodes

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Cheers.

P.S. Remember, kids, the next episode of the rewatch at [livejournal.com profile] generation_kill is tonight!
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Ugh, I keep forgetting to go to the GK rewatch OR I wind up being out of the house at the time, and I feel bad because it's so quiet there this time around and it's something I really want to do :( I swear I fail so hard at life sometimes.

On the bright side, I've been writing some more (not finished yet) and it doesn't suck! \o/ Also I get to go to my very first hockey game ever this coming November (Chicago Blackhawks vs. Dallas Stars)! I'm broke as fuck after paying PTA school tuition and buying textbooks so affording the road trip to Dallas is going to be interesting, but WOOOOO nonetheless.

Also I may or may not be completely obsessed with Pacific Rim and it's all Tumblr's fault (well, that and the movie is awesome, but still). And certain people who shall remain nameless bunnied me with a GK Pacific Rim AU and GOD DAMN IT I'M GOING TO HAVE A MILLION WIPS FOREVER AREN'T I? FUCK.

Ahem. That's all I've got for now, I hope all's well with y'all :)
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"Ordinary riches can be stolen; real riches cannot. In your soul are infinitely precious things that cannot be taken from you..." -- Oscar Wilde

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Title: Learn to Block
Author: [livejournal.com profile] emerald_skies
Pairing: Pre-/Implied Patrick Kane/Jonathan Toews (depending on how you look at it)
Rating: PG
Summary: In which a bad night against the Blues shows Kaner and Jonny rather unexpected sides of each other.
A/N: For [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris, my favorite enabler, who talked me into writing this in the first place and graciously helped me tease a germ of an idea into...this. I'm still a newbie to hockey fandom and to hockey in general, so this is probably hand-wavey as fuck and all dents and dings are definitely mine.

Jonny's not normally one to believe in conspiracies most of the time... )

(For non-hockey fans who are curious, this is Patrick Kane and this is Jonathan Toews and behavior like this is why I wrote something I didn't totally hate for the first time in several months).

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"A work of art is the unique result of a unique temperament..." -- Oscar Wilde

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So, after ages and ages of pressure from certain internet friends who shall remain nameless (but know who they are), I finally caved and poked my head into the hockey fandom...and then promptly jumped into it with both feet. It's where half the GK fandom went and I really missed them and also I was plied with pictures of ridiculously good-looking hockey players. It's been a nice little morale booster and the fic is awesome and ideas for my own fics have been stirring in my head since I gave hockey fandom a try, so, all things considered, I'm sorry I didn't try it sooner.

How's things over on LJ?

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"Life is a zoo in a jungle..." -- Peter De Vries

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So I saw The Host with Le Boyfriend yesterday (bless him for going along to some terrible movies just so I can fangirl) and…wow. I have a truly astonishing streak of masochism when it comes to fangirling actors I like (but we know this already). Max Irons was kind of disappointing, but Jake Abel was pretty good in spite of the crappy material and looks like a really good kisser and Saiorse Ronan did the best she could, but the whole thing was kind of a hilarious mess of random punching and even more random making out. Worth renting just for a cute guy fix and for the lolz, if anything.

(Side note: People who still watch SPN, is Adam/Michael still languishing down in Hell? I might be persuaded to pick it up again if he comes back…)

In real world news, I still don't have a job yet but one of my RL friends is going to try to pull some strings for me, so we'll see how that turns out. In the mean time, I interviewed for PTA school a couple of days ago and feel pretty good about it, so I get to spend the next couple of weeks doing jury duty and waiting to find out if I got in or not IN ADDITION to hoping I can finally get a job. I guess this is where the frantic praying and nursing of ulcers comes in?

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"Our ideals are our better selves…" -- Amos Bronson Alcott

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H'OKAY, so, internets, I've finally managed to catch up on some of the shows I used to talk about on here! I'm not sure if I'm quite up to doing reaction posts again or anything like that, but I feel even this is progress given the titanic funk I've been in lately.

Hart of Dixie )

Glee )

There are probably more shows that I should be catching up on but I can't remember them at the moment (did I ever talk about Sons of Anarchy? I'm still behind on that…). In the mean time, I'll just be over here re-reading some of my Marine books so that I can finally get Tunny through boot camp/SOI/Recon training and into Iraq so that this fucking crossover will stop making me feel like such a failboat. Ta!

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"Impropriety is the soul of wit." -- W. Somerset Maugham

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You guys, I was catching up on Hart of Dixie last night and, by grave misfortune, I wound up watching this part at five in the morning and almost suffocated from trying to laugh quietly.

I desperately need gifs of the first 35 seconds of this video in my life. DESPERATELY. )

It brightened my day and keeps brightening my day, which is important because my days are in thundering need of some serious brightening lately. It's high-larious and also treats me to the delectable view of Scott Porter's upper body practically Hulking out of his suit jacket.

Also I would sell at least two limbs to see Stark do this. I'm just saying.

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"Freedom lies in being bold..." -- Robert Frost

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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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...So this posting layout LJ has is new...or I'm just incredibly late to the party (which is plausible when you consider how utterly crap I've been at internetting lately).

Honestly, how do you grown-up fandom types find the time to do this? I wake up at still-dark-thirty, go to work, come home too exhausted to do anything but take a nap, and then it's laundry and dinner and other boring necessities until it's time to go to bed in preparation for doing it all over again. I wish I could go back to college, at least there I felt sort of like an adult without actually having to be one and I still had a bit of energy left to internet. I'm not even going to talk about what trying to write has been like lately (...*sobs quietly into hands*)

So 2012 ended with a few too long (and occasionally crappy) days at work, lots of being sick, and lots of watching of Chris Evans movies to feel better about same. Say what you will about stupid chick flicks, but I think research should be done into the curative properties of What's Your Number? because, well...

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Damn.

So that's the incredibly sad and boring state of my life right now. The one New Year's Resolution I might actually make is to finally finish the goddamn GK/AI crossover so it can stop haunting my subconscious and crushing me with guilt.

How are things?

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"Kindness is the beginning of cruelty..." -- Frank Herbert

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Ahoy there, internets! Just dropping in really quickly to say a couple of things.

THING THE FIRST: I'm alive! Unbelievably exhausted, but alive!

I (finally) started my new hospital job this week, and they've been working my ass off in training for when I finally did my first shift out on the floor with the patients today. I only sat down 3-4 times in a span of eight and a half hours and I've never been so tired in my life, but at least it's relevant to my interests and is giving me cash moneys. Oh, and a patient liked me so much that he complimented me by calling me "spunky spaghetti".

…yeah, Idk either.

THING THE SECOND: The New Orleans vacation was about as rad as one would expect it to be, especially since watching Treme a lot lately has given me a newfound appreciation for the place. Pictures may soon follow.

THING THE LAST: I'll hopefully post the end of [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n's and my age-old Starsgard vampire fic sometime this week once I get a chance to hammer out any dents and dings.

THAT IS ALL. ALSO HAVE A GIF.

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"Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that. .." -- Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Cheers.

P.S. - I wish I could have taken a video of my celebratory gleeful cackling when I found out Obama won the election. What's more, the schadenfreude I got from watching Mittens choke down his sour grapes will probably sustain me for at least a month.
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Internets, I swear by the shiny metallic savior that I'm going to rupture something if the news calls Sandy a "historic/record breaking storm" one more time.

To the best of my recollection, news outlets all over everywhere didn't freak out this badly when Ike or Rita hit the Gulf coast (with much higher winds, mind you), but it's clearly the end of American civilization as we know it when the East coast gets some 70ish mph gusts. On the bright side, maybe this will shut up whoever wrote an op ed piece I read once about how the federal government should make us poor uneducated rubes in the South move somewhere else since we keep getting expensively pasted by hurricanes. I'm not even making this shit up.

All bitterness aside, I do hope all my flisties out in Yankeeland stay safe and take some courage from someone who knows how to hurricane; y'all are gonna be just fine. If we backwater country bumpkins can make it, then so can you.

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"Adversity is the first path to truth…" -- Lord Byron

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Cheers.

Why? ;___;

Oct. 27th, 2012 06:44 pm
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So I just discovered that my Twitter account posted a weight loss ad as me without my knowledge. Which means my account got hacked somehow and now I have to go change all the passwords on my emails and 36 gazillion other internet things I do. My reaction after having about six heart attacks and a stroke:

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I'm too paranoid for this shit, you guys, I don't even click dodgy links or anything.

In other news, I'm going to my cousin's wedding (same cousin who went to school with Stark) in New Orleans next week and am battling all kinds of neuroses about my body as a result. I am officially too neurotic to anticipate what should otherwise be an awesome New Orleans vacation. In the immortal words of Esper; eff. Eff, eff, eff.

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"A person without a sense of humor is like a wagon without springs. It's jolted by every pebble on the road..." -- Henry Ward Beecher

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Cheers.

P.S. - On the bright side, I do quite like a few of the songs on the new album Green Day released recently, so at least there's that. How are y'all?
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So, internets, an incident leading up to my job serves to reinforce that I'm basically the smartest person alive. The short and the short of it is that, when she called to offer me the job, my recruiter and I scheduled two appointments with the hospital's Occupational Health department to do blood tests/TB tests/physical/etc. on "Friday and Monday at 1:30 pm". She even sent me an email about it which I read a million times just to avoid showing up on the wrong day.

I completely spaced showed up a week early anyway.

The bright side is that I got about 30 minutes/a metric buttload of paperwork done in the HR office (so it'll all go a lot faster when I'm SUPPOSED to show up), but it was still really embarrassing when I realized this after about fifteen minutes of arguing with the Occupational Health people about why I wasn't on their appointment books for this past Friday.

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Like I said, smartest person alive.

Anyway, I've seen a bunch of movies recently and haven't really talked about any of them, so have a list of bullet-time reviews in no particular order!

The Possession: I have to give this one points for a slightly different take on the typical possession mythos and some neat effects, but the ~family drama~ felt kind of tacked on and forced. 6.5/10, worth renting if you're seriously bored
House at the End of the Street: If everyone tells you to stay away from the creepy, mackerel-eyed boy next door, chances are at least one of them is doing it for a good reason. Jennifer Lawrence sure does look good in a tank top though. Less of a horror movie and more of a thriller, also worth at least renting but probably not worth the high movie ticket prices. 6/10
Resident Evil: Revelation: I'm not even going to score this one because it was so pointless and ridiculous. True to form, Milla Jovovich demonstrates creative and exciting ways to murder things, and has a soft spot for a kid (again).
Pitch Perfect: A bit cheesy in places, but it doesn't take itself seriously so it balances out, plus it's fucking hilarious and the music is surprisingly good (if nothing else, see it for Rebel Wilson). Definitely worth seeing in theaters, 7.5-8/10
• Lawless: Tom Hardy is such a badass that it almost makes you forget your overwhelming desire to punch Shia LaDouche in the face. 8/10, with bonus points for a random appearance by Crazy Gary Oldman and for having that one angel girl from Supernatural as one of the leading ladies.

Movies I want to see:

Sinister (LIKE BURNING)
Seven Psychopaths
• Frankenweenie (God help me, I still love Tim Burton, even though he doesn't deserve it)
Hotel Transylvania
Looper
Dredd
Perks of Being a Wallflower
Silent Hill: Revelation
Wreck-It Ralph

This is all going to be quite a feat considering I won't actually be bringing in a salary for another week and a half or so.

In other news, I've started marathoning Scrubs on Netflix because I've always been meaning to give it another chance, and because I read somewhere that real life medical types think it captures working in a hospital relatively accurately (compared to ER or House). Beta work is coming along nicely too now that I've hammered out the kinks, but that's otherwise all for what's going on in my life. How are y'all?

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"Time you enjoy wasting, was not wasted…" -- John Lennon

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Cheers.

P.S. - I've been feeling the seeds of words stirring again…like…actual fic-y words. Stay tuned.
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AND IT'S RELEVANT TO MY DEGREE AND MY INTERESTS AND IT'S NOT BEING A WAITRESS OR WORKING IN RETAIL AND HOLY SHINY METALLIC FUCK I HAVE A JOB fjekrljgltkslyjkljtrksljhmnrtklsjyihsklfjdker HOLY FUCK YOU GUYS I'M FREAKING OUT

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...Oh fuck, does this mean I have to be an adult now?

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"The will to win, the desire to succeed, the urge to reach your full potential... these are the keys that will unlock the door to personal excellence..." -- Confucius

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Cheers.
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It freaking figures that the one time I agree to beta someone's fic is the same time my brain chemistry starts to go out of whack again AND people keep asking me to do things IRL. Said wacky brain chemistry, among other things, makes running basic errands, doing requisite amounts of socializing, and other things expected of a functioning adult suddenly become utterly exhausting -- especially things that fill me with crushing anxiety anyway, like my continuing job hunt. Things like job hunting tend to be exhausting for someone who views making phone calls to strangers with a level of crushing anxiety typically reserved for public speaking and exceptionally large insects.

The only bright side is that, through unbelievable stubbornness, I'm making slow but steady headway on said beta work in spite of the whirling tempest of suck going on in my head. There may be some hope for me yet, internets.

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"Courage is found in unlikely places…" -- J. R. R. Tolkien

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Cheers.

P.S. - I've seen Resident Evil: Retribution, House at the End of the Street (twice), and End of Watch recently, and might even write reviews of them someday when my brain unfucks itself.

P.P.S. - La Famille has gotten me into watching Treme, which is just as horribly addicting as pretty much every other show HBO produces

P.P.P.S. - …still unemployed. Fuck.
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So I had a job interview (FINALLY) at a local hospital this morning! I was given a tour, made the usual chitchat, talked about experience and where I want to go and all that good stuff and, on the whole, I can tentatively say that it went at least okay if not well. Apparently one more person is coming in to interview next week and then they'll make a decision shortly after that.

Oh god, you guys, I want this job so hard it's not even funny. I am sick to DEATH of being unemployed, especially of being stuck in my house all day while everyone else is busy with work, school, and other stuff that accompanies a life that's actually going somewhere. Most of all, I have this theory that getting a job will distract my brain enough that maybe my muse will wake back up again.

In any case, fingers crossed, right? …right?

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"A dreamer is one who can only find his way by moonlight, and his punishment is that he sees the dawn before the rest of the world…" -- Oscar Wilde

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Cheers.
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Things I have learned(/relearned) recently:

1) Who you know really does matter more than what you can do (especially in the job world)*
2) "Qwerty" counts in Words with Friends
3) As does "whitey"
4) Netflix is Raptor Jesus's gift to the unemployed

I would have included a Chris Evans gif or something but Photobucket is being difficult. How are you guys?

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"Make the iron hot by striking it…." -- Rita Mae Brown

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Cheers.

* - I haven't been called back for an interview yet, but the friend's mom who's been helping me said that she's passed my resumé on to a couple more people, and I contacted a physical therapist who's looked after members of my family before who said that he'd call the HR people at his hospital on my behalf very soon. Slow but steady progress, in other words.
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Internets, I will never understand the rich and powerful as long as I live. Allow me to explain:

After seeing one of my rants on Facebook about being unemployed, the mother of one of my friends I met through Le Ex told me to call her and left me her number (so I did). Turns out she knows the chairman of the board of a big hospital where I live -- unsurprising, considering state judges like her have a lot of friends in high places -- so she asked me to come meet her in her office (which I did today). She and her legal clerks brainstormed a bunch of other people they knew who might be able to help me land a job and started setting a few wheels in motion to at least try to get me an interview.

To be clear, internets, I've basically only ever clapped eyes on this woman maybe five times in my entire life and she randomly friended me on Facebook after I went to her son's engagement party only a few months ago. We've played a lot of Words with Friends, but that's about the most contact we've had. I'm really bewildered by all this help and attention from someone who, by all logic, shouldn't even notice I exist, but...

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We'll see if it leads to anything. In the mean time, have a Chris Evans gif.

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"Better a tooth out than always aching..." -- Thomas Fuller

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God damn it, I need to start balancing out how active I am on Twitter vs. how active I am on LJ so not posting for almost two weeks doesn't happen again. In my defense, a few days of inactivity were due to coming back from the family vacation in Colorado (we drove and 3G reception isn't so great on the highway), but the rest has just been due to life being Earth-shatteringly boring. HOWEVER, something amusing did happen to me yesterday! Taken from what I jotted down in my phone shortly after the fact:

"While browsing the bins at a closing Blockbuster earlier, I observed a pair of thirtysomethings heading toward the register; the woman was wearing a "Team Edward" shirt and the man was holding all of the Twilight movies on DVD. I was far from the only customer staring at them in horrified sympathy, but I think the teenaged boy nearby who solemnly removed his hat as the couple passed said it better than all of us; Godspeed, you poor whipped bastard."

I fully intend to save this story for any time guys I know complain about their girlfriends as a reminder that it could always be much, MUCH worse.

And now, off to catch up on True Blood and Newsroom by internets since I don't have the wicked awesome HBO hookup anymore.

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"Happiness depends upon ourselves…" -- Aristotle

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Cheers.

P.S. - Was I the only one thoroughly unimpressed by Total Recall? Among other things, it was just asking too much by expecting me to suspend my disbelief enough to buy that Jessica Biel and Kate Beckinsale would catfight that hard over Colin Farrell.

P.P.S. - LJ at large has been remarkably quiet lately; either everyone else can't think of anything to say either or everyone moved off to the Teen Wolf fandom while I wasn't looking. What gives? Is it just me?

P.P.P.S. (*facepalm*) - I would also like to state for the record that [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris is a horrible filthy enabler for putting me on the world's worst Chris Evans kick. Again. I've watched some pretty awful movies for fangirling in my day, but he has me watching chick flicks, y'all. UNIRONICALLY.
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Hey, look at that, I managed not to go a week without posting this time, maybe I'm not the worst LJ friend ever!

Cut for a long, long ramble about #feelingz and what a sadsack I am )

On the bright side, at least I'm on a nice vacation with a nice cable package that lets me stay caught up on Newsroom, True Blood, and Breaking Bad. It's the little things, right?

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