OH MY GOD

Oct. 18th, 2012 03:01 pm
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YOU GUYS, I'VE BEEN HAVING THE BEST FUCKING DAY EVER. Why, you ask?

Well, for starters, I FINISHED A FIC I HADN'T TOUCHED IN ALMOST A YEAR (especially relevant to [livejournal.com profile] mcl4r3n's interests *wink*). I MADE WORDS. I just need someone to look over them to make sure they don't utterly suck but that's neither here nor there because WOOOOOOORDS.

AND THEN THIS HAPPENED. )

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If I die of a fabulous-induced heart attack, it's all [livejournal.com profile] jean_iris's fault. Just sayin'.

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"Friendship is unnecessary, like philosophy, like art... It has no survival value; rather it is one of those things that give value to survival..." -- C. S. Lewis

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Cheers.
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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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OH MY GOD OH MY GOD I CAN'T STOP CAPSLOCKING BECAUSE RAPTOR JESUS HAS ANSWERED MY PRAYERS (CLICK IT, YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO) )

AFTER I HAD ABOUT SIX HEART ATTACKS AND A STROKE, THIS WAS MY REACTION
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And there's more, EVEN (INCLUDING HIM MODEL WALKING BECAUSE SOMEBODY UP THERE LOVES ME) ! HOLY SHINY METALLIC RAPTOR JESUS I OFFICIALLY LOVE THE INTERNET.

Edit: OH MY LORD JESUS THERE'S EVEN VIDEO. I was laughing so hard I was CRYING toward the end of it (although God bless him, boy sure knows how to werq those heels, doesn't he?)

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"He has the most who is most content with the least…" -- Diogenes

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Cheers.
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Internets, I know I've gone on the more-than-occasional rant about how it often feels like the universe is out to get me but once in a while, every so often, things do go my way. Not often, mind you, but when it does happen it's usually pretty spectacular. Take today, for instance!

I was driving to my family's house from the house I've been tending for a family friend, and part of this trip involves going down a rather steep hill. Today, a rather impressively done up Dodge Charger started riding my bumper a few blocks before the hill and finally couldn't take it anymore when I started slowing down at the top; predictably, he raced past me down the hill. Why was I slowing down, you ask?

Because I knew there's usually a cop lurking at the bottom of said hill to catch people speeding. This jackass didn't, and he got totally nailed by the speed trap. I basically reacted like this and then waved cheerfully as I drove past them:

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Ahahahahaha, enjoy your big fat ticket, dipshit

Remember, kids, patience and situational awareness can be beautiful, beautiful things.

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"Though lovers be lost love shall not…" -- Dylan Thomas

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Cheers.
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Random RL Story: I almost called the cops on my temporary neighbors (explanation later in post) because someone somewhere on the block was running their weed whacker at 4:30 this morning. The only thing that stopped me was the realization that dealing with all of that would involve more staying awake than I was willing to do at the time. Unfortunately, by the time I reached this decision, being so hacked off at whoever it was left me too energized to go back to sleep.

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ANYWAY.

Ugh, good lord, how do I go from posting 4 times in one week to zero in just over a week? I couldn't even pull something fannish off the top of my head just to give some sign I'm alive. On a more interesting (in theory) note…

Things I've done:

Saw Prometheus
Saw Brave (twice and OH GOD SO MANY #FEELINGZ)
Started Breaking Bad (the irony of how addicting it is isn't lost on me)

Things I plan to do:

See Magic Mike
See Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (even though I heard it sucks)
See The Dark Knight Rises
Catch up on True Blood
Catch up on The Borgias
Pack for family vacation to Mountainous Bumfuck, Colorado

I realize I've been shit at keeping up an active presence on LJ lately and rest assured, internets, I'm doing my best to get better at it. I'm not busy anymore, I'm mostly just depressed and sleep deprived and the only remotely eventful thing going on in my life right now involves house-sitting for some family friends. Seriously.

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"Don’t tell me what to feel. All my fucking life, people have been telling me I do things wrong. I’m always the fucking asshole. I look around and I see everybody else is infinitely more fucked up than I am." -- Hank Moody, Californication

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Cheers.
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So, for the Sons of Anarchy fans out there, a girl I went to high school with (but never spoke to all that much) went into acting after she graduated and recently landed an upcoming role on the show. She posted this on her Facebook today:

"wardrobe: "do you have any tattoos? we might need to cover for tomorrow?"
me: "two very small ones on my wrist."
wardrobe: "oh the shackles might cover that."

...stay tuned"

…I have so many questions. So many, many questions.

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"Normal is in the eye of the beholder…" -- Whoopi Goldberg

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Cheers.
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I just heard a deeply troubling rumor that Footface Robert Pattinson is being considered to play Finnick Odair in Catching Fire. This is how that news makes me feel inside:

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Someone PLEASE give me proof this isn't true, otherwise I may be forced to go on a killing spree after which no jury in the land would convict me.

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"Act quickly, think slowly…" -- Germaine Greer

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Cheers.

P.S. - Am I the only one who sees Jake Abel as Finnick in her head? Anyone? Just me? Alrighty then...
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Gah, has it really been a week already? Where does the time go? Well, besides freaking out over midterms, of course

On the whole, not much has been happening lately. About the most exciting thing, aside from me being on Spring Break right now, was the recent discovery that I managed to fracture one of the bones on the pinky side of my right hand/wrist. How, you ask?

I whacked the shit out of it on the corner of the staff table at my tutoring job.

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Idek either, y'all. I thought I'd just gotten a really bad bruise, but this happened over a month ago and the pain's still been lingering on and off, so I let my supervisor (good thing I intern at a physical therapy clinic!) look at it and he said he thinks I fractured it. So now I get to putter around in an unbelievably sexy wrist brace for another week or so and, if it still hurts after that, then I get to go have an X-ray and plan from there.

Basically, I'm the biggest klutz ever. Are we surprised?

The only upshot in all of this shit is that I almost have a completed side Will!fic from my GK/AI crossover 'verse ready to post for y'all. Join me in praying that my muse will let me wring out this one last little scene and then I can post it and not feel like quite as much of a failboat in terms of fannish contributions.

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"All sins are attempts to fill voids…" -- Simone Weil

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Cheers.
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Y'all, I just found Le Boyfriend eating a sandwich with bread two weeks past its expiration date. He seemed supremely unbothered when I pointed this out. Why, you ask?

"It doesn't have any mold on it"

At first I was like
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But then I
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It's official, I live with a hobo.

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"I'm not confused. I'm just well mixed..." -- Robert Frost

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Cheers.

P.S. - I'll be honest, I threw in the Stark gif so y'all could have some pretty to balance out the gross. Hope it helps.
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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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So, internets, one of my biggest pet peeves is when someone requires me to do something regardless of what special circumstances I might have to deal with (i.e. how my university seems to assume ALL students who go there live in the area and not, say, 250 miles away like I do, and then schedule accordingly). Recently, one of my classes touched that particular nerve.

RANT THE FIRST: In which emerald_skies rants about a class project )

Aaand another rant about how fucking obsessed Americans are with their cars (aka RANT THE SECOND) )

Yeah yeah, whine whine whine, my life is so hard, etc., I just had to get that off my chest.

On a much less whinge-tastic (and much more random note), I was told today that it's possible for a person to be allergic to caffeine. Seriously. As someone who basically can't function without enough caffeine in her system to start a Starbucks franchise, my reaction was (understandably) something like this:

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Sheesh, I think I just figured out what my own personal tenth circle of hell would look like *shudder*

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"Don't find a fault, find a remedy..." -- Henry Ford

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Cheers.

P.S. - I just remembered I still need to beta fics for two people....*sobs quietly against computer screen*
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1) I'm basically the best friend ever. Why, you ask? Well, Drake is coming to my uni to do a concert and I used my student discount/priority powers to snag two floor seats for a RL friend of mine (17th row which, considering the wait and the size of the venue, is pretty damn good). These seats cost me almost $100 WITH A DISCOUNT )

I think it's safe to say I pretty much own her forever, y/y?

2) So I started my internship at a nearby university (not mine) PT clinic yesterday. I got to meet an interesting cast of characters, but the most notable in my eyes was this lady who had advanced diabetes (one of her reasons for coming was related weakness in hands/feet) and handed us a FOUR PAGE LIST of the medications she was currently taking. My supervisor later said there were twenty three of them.

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Now, this lady had three or four different doctors, but WHO THE FUCK TAKES TWENTY THREE DIFFERENT MEDICATIONS?! It's only by the grace of Raptor Jesus and 5+ years of clinical experience that I didn't just look at her and say "Christ, lady, no wonder you say you feel like shit."

3) Due to some unexpected shifting in my otherwise-hellishly busy schedule, I discovered yesterday that I now get Fridays off every week for the rest of this semester. No class, no job, no internship, bupkis. What does this mean, you ask?

IT MEANS I GET TO INTERNET MORE, THAT'S WHAT \o/

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Aaaand that's it. Clearly my life is fascinating. Stay tuned for a reaction post to the Glee ep "Yes/No" and THANK YOU FOR YOUR TIME.

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"Ring out the false, ring in the true..." -- Alfred Lord Tennyson

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Cheers.

P.S. - I keep having to make a conscious effort to spell "feelings" with an s instead of a z when talking to people who aren't [livejournal.com profile] pau494 or [livejournal.com profile] looleebelle. I think this is definitely a sign I need to get off Twitter and stop stalking Esper -- well, that and the fact that I keep using hashtag jokes in non-Twitter spaces.
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Internets, I can't remember the last time I had a tension headache as bad as the one I have right now. Why, you ask?

Cut for potentially triggery content related to eating disorders )

Jesus fucking Christ, what do you even say to something like that? I know I can't save everyone and all that jazz, but I can't just sit and let this go by either. Any ideas, internets?

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"Sanity is a cozy lie..." -- Susan Sontag

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Cheers.

Zoinks

Oct. 10th, 2011 09:32 pm
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Dude, I was noodling around on my iPhone with Law & Order on in the background and I suddenly realized one of the voices sounded familiar. So I looked up and it was PJ. As in PJ Ransone.

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Yeah, holy shit. Unfortunately, he was playing a whiny bitch instead of a total boss like Ray, but it was still a definite O_o moment. I think that makes the third GK alum I've seen on L&O (the other two being Patterson and Godfather).

This random fandom moment (heehee, rhyme) brought to you by the letters A, D, and D.

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"Neither irony or sarcasm is argument..." -- Samuel Butler

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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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Internets, somehow I managed to pick up a head/chest cold IN THE MIDDLE OF THE SUMMER. Normally I get the chronic sinus death pretty consistently all through November-February, NOT IN THE GODDAMN SUMMER.

So now my plans for the evening include lying stretched out on the couch, praying for the sweet release of death, listening to lots of Pink Floyd (because that's what you do when you're stuffed full of cold medicine), and possibly writing some epic crackfic just to cheer myself up.

On the other hand, I did get Walk The Line from Netflix today (I've seen it but Le Boyfriend hasn't and he loves Johnny Cash)...hmmm...

Anyway, another couple of silly RL things happened to me recently:

1) The electric company decided this morning that it would be a great idea to shut off the power for four straight hours in Texas in THE HOTTEST PART OF THE SUMMER #southernlogic

2) About a week ago, Comcast sent a letter encouraging La Famille to buy digital cable boxes or else we "might" lose SOME service when Comcast switched over to digital. We discovered this morning (since we hadn't bought boxes yet) that we, in fact, lost ALL of our channels. NOTHING on the T.V. works right now.

My reaction to both things:
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Honestly.

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"Each of us bears his own Hell..." -- Virgil

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Cheers.

P.S. - I've re-developed a horrible, horrible addiction to Bath & Body Works in the last week or two. I'm pretty much doomed to be broke forever.
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Internets, for those of you who haven't gone to university yet, I have some valuable advice for you based on something that happened to me today:

For the love of Raptor Jesus, avoid getting student loans if at all possible.

Why, you ask? Well, let me explain.

This morning I got a letter in the post saying that my student loan was going to come due this December because, according to the loan company (which claims to get its information from the university), I graduated this past May.

Um...this is news to me. I was given the impression that I have one more year left. This means that between the university and the loan company, someone is lying to me in a potentially very expensive way.

So now my family and I have been on the phone (and on hold) with all sorts of people ALL FUCKING DAY trying to get this shit sorted. Basically, whatever sadistic individual invented student loans (and the customer service methods to deal with student loans) had a sick, twisted sense of humor.

To summarize, this is me right now:

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Subtitles: RAGE FOR HOURS.

On the bright side, Huertas appears to be making good on his promise to send pictures from England. I confess, when he talked about "making gin and playing wit[sic] some eagles", I thought he mistyped and was talking about playing music by The Eagles (because of the whole Eagles CD incident, Idk). Clearly, I stand corrected!

Finally, the thirty day writing meme continues:

Day Fifteen: What do you feel it most important to warn for, and what's the strangest thing you've warned for in a fic?

As a general rule, I warn for things that I've seen come up as triggers the most often on the rare occasions I actually write them (abuse, suicide, etc) and I think that's just a good rule to follow in general. Alas, I suppose my writing must be fairly vanilla now that I think about it, because I think the strangest thing I've ever had to warn for was dub-con. Perhaps I'm doing it wrong...

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"We work to become, not to acquire..." -- Elbert Hubbard

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Cheers.
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Living The Stereotype Moment #617: Consulting a family member about details for a gun (for fic purposes) and finding out that your family owns a very close approximation that you can examine whenever you like.

Backstory: I was looking for some details about how a M-16 rifle feels in your hands, how heavy it is, etc., and the close approximation we actually own is an AR-15 (which, I'm told, is essentially the same thing only without full automatic firing capabilities for legal reasons). I get to examine and disassemble and write notes about said AR-15 this evening.

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I'm not even making this up. God, sometimes I love living in the same house as a serious gun wonk. It's not the "living in a compound in the middle of the woods" kind of gun wonkery, it's more that certain members of my family geek out about guns in the same way some people geek out about comic books -- it's still pretty damn awesome.[/riveting tale, old chap]

That being said, have some more thirty day writing meme:

Day Thirteen: Do you prefer canon or fanon when you write? Has writing fanfic for a fandom changed the way you see some or even all of the original source material?

I think I'll split this answer into parts since that's sort of a complicated question:

1) Whether I prefer canon or fanon depends on the fandom and the situation in which either one is being used. In most cases, I feel like it's best to keep to canon as much as you can, but I've certainly seen deviations into fanon that worked out better than the original source material. Besides, fanon is what makes it fanfiction, isn't it?

2) Certainly! Mostly because I like to write scenes that fill in the gaps between canon scenes (rather than reinterpreting canon scenes, for example) and I've found that doing that can really add some depth to one's mental concept of the source material. Well, it did for me, anyway.

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"Only the shallow know themselves..." -- Oscar Wilde

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Cheers.

P.S. - [livejournal.com profile] sgrios gave me an idea for a GK/O Brother, Where Art Thou? crossover/Depression era!AU. It won't get out of my head, but I can't seem to flesh it out enough to make a viable fic out of it. Damn it -_-
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So, internets, guess what I spent most of yesterday and a good chunk of today researching? Transtibial prosthetic legs (yes, it's for Idiot fic). That may quite possibly be the most random thing I've ever researched for a fic but God damn it, I'm going to get this damn GK/AI crossover right if it kills me.[/cool story brah]

In other news, I come bearing linkspam:

1) When I first read this, I thought I was being punked but no, flesh-eating cocaine really does exist. Apologies for the somewhat large, kinda gross pictures at the source, anyone who's particularly squeamish should be careful clicking this one.

2) Ladies and germs, I present to you the highest local authority where I live. Wanna know what's even scarier? He wants to run for President.

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And here we thought Dubya was bad, Jesus fucking Christ on rubber crutches.

3) So most of us have heard of the Westboro Baptist Cult Church, yes (Helpful background link here if not)? Well, I was already aware of some of their fuckery and, after recently watching a very intriguing documentary about them, I wound up hearing more about some of the godawful things they say at dead soldiers' funerals. Things that made my blood boil (which is saying a great deal, considering it takes a lot to get me well and truly angry).

Well, all that was why I was especially pleased to hear about this. There are already laws in place to keep these fuckers away from soldiers' funerals, but they're obviously doing jack shit, so maybe this will help a bit more -- provided it passes, of course. I think it offers a tiny, promising glimmer of hope that the government is getting slightly better about separating church and state.

And lastly, as usual, more of the thirty day writing meme!

Day Seven: Have you ever had a fic change your opinion of a character?

Absolutely! I can think of two instances off the top of my head; Harry Potter (Underwater Light specifically) changed my opinion about Draco Malfoy, and several different GK fics helped me go from feeling "meh"/mildly positive about Ray to absolutely adoring the little fucker. I don't know if this sounds egotistical or not -- I apologize if it does -- but writing Ray in Celer, Silens, Mortalis also helped to change my opinion. He's a lot more fun (and a lot less exhausting) if you get to talk like him for a little while :P

All that being said, have a gif of John Barrowman (at least, I think that's who it is) double-fisting Shakeweights for y'all's time.

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"The only gift is a portion of thyself..." -- Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Cheers.

P.S. - For those who are catching up, I have a thread going on this love meme I gacked from [livejournal.com profile] lemniciate. Any and all comments, no matter how small or rambling, are welcome and sincerely treasured (even if it's just "<333" or something) and, like I said, anyone who winds up doing this themselves; please do link me to your thread so I can pay back some of the love :)

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