karriezai: ([avatar] halp!)
Sooo I've been couch potatoing too much, it gave me a headache. Today I was reading Halo: The Fall of Reach for hours after I did my French homework, which is why I was on the couch so long today, though I can't honestly say I would have moved much more if I hadn't had the book. I probably would have tried to find another book, haha.

Anyway, I finished it, and I enjoyed it surprisingly much considering it became straight scifi at the end, all "escape vector three oh four eight" and stuff like that, which is generally too much for me. I think it was mostly the experience of playing the Halo games that made me enjoy even the heavy scifi. It really made me want to replay them, actually, and since Danny's listening to the audiobook, he has the same urge. I imagine we will replay them soon, but first Danny has to finish the audiobook, which is funny since I started my book yesterday and he started it four or five days ago. Understandable though, in the end. He only listens while he's in the car for significant periods of time. I'm glad I finished first; I like knowing the ending so I don't have to risk him giving something away or so he can actually listen to the book while I'm in the car because it doesn't spoil anything for me.

I may read more Halo books, or maybe the Gears of War book. I'm not sure. There's not much else to read. I mean, aside from assigned reading, which of course I fail at doing.

I've been doing well at the gym, generally an hour of cardio plus 15 - 20 minutes of strength training three days a week, plus something small on Saturday or Sunday. Next week my personal trainer course starts.

Today I feel fat, but when I look in a mirror I look fine, which makes me feel good.

Um. Not working much; they don't schedule me Tuesday nights. Valentine's Day's coming up, Danny and I have a $50 giftcard to Friday's. I'm loving him more than ever.
karriezai: ([hp] [puff] not a powerpuff)
So work is being retarded but what else is new? They didn't even look at my schedule request for next week, just scheduled me whenever they felt like it. Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday morning, and also Saturday night. Only Thursday morning is a time I said I'm available for. I was going to forgive Saturday night and worry about getting Wednesday and Friday fixed, but then I realized the Plumbers' Ball is that night and Dennis' family paid ridiculous money to get tickets for me and Danny. I have to go. So tomorrow I'll have to include that in my pestering. They piss me off.

Also caught Danny smoking yesterday. Or to be more technical I smelled it on him, and it was too strong to just be standing around smokers. It was on his face, haha. So I was texting Morgan and mentioned that he smelled, and she said something about him always smelling when he's around Aaron, which made me go "What?" So I asked her about how much he smoked, and she told me... she overestimated some, which wasn't that surprising since she only works with him once, sometimes twice a week, but it gave me a more honest idea of it. So I showed him the conversation and then we talked about it. It was a productive talk. I basically told him that I know he doesn't like to talk about it and likes to just brush it aside, but if I don't remind him every time how much it upsets me, then he'll come home smelling like a cigarette more and more often. And how I read that even one or two cigarettes a week can give you similar health issues to a regular smoker, though of course on a much lower level.

He said he'd try to cut back a little more. I compared his smoking once in a while to me finding the motivation to go to the gym regularly, and how I definitely started doing it for him, and even though I do it for me too a little now, I still think about him every time: What workout would get me the best results for Danny? Stuff like that. I asked him if it's really harder for him not to smoke now that he's not actually dependent anymore than it is for me to convince myself to go to the gym regularly. He complimented my willpower like crazy, but that means little to me unless it motivates him to actually stick to cutting back a little more.

Haven't missed any school except when they cancelled it for snow, though, so that's going well. Meh. And I am doing well with the gym, so far, so that's good. I'm recording it in my planner.
karriezai: ([avatar] sweetheart/bitterheart)
I've been watching the Biggest Loser. I know some people don't do reality TV at all on principle, but it's the only one that I feel isn't retarded. It's a good message and a good goal. And it's inspiring too. You can't watch an episode and then feel right about pigging out or skipping out on the gym. It helps keep you going. I'm going to the gym today with John. Yesterday we were supposed to but I ended up not being able to, so instead I worked on my Carmen Electra DVDs and used the rower at home. Plus a couple other things.

Today I was supposed to work but I called out... mostly because I was feeling very sick, in and out of the bathroom, but also because I hardly slept because I was so upset with Danny. He actually let me leave the room to go sleep in the game room. He didn't come get me. The only reason I came back was because when Justin started moving around getting ready for work, I'd barely gotten to sleep and it woke me, and it was too hot to try to get back to sleep in the game room.

Just a lot of little things added up to make me feel down, and when I tried to talk to him about it he got upset with me. I can't stand that. He wants me to express myself better but he won't freaking listen and doesn't even care. I was so pissed. He made fun of the fact that I don't have as many friends who could be bridesmaids now as he does friends who would be groomsmen, he got angry at me for saying I hadn't seen Gladiator recently enough to recognize one of the actors from it (said I was being "condescending" to him because he had seen it recently), got angry at me for, I don't know, not having the appropriate response to his comment of he's not sure who he'd make best man at the moment in time, he'd just go with me.... what's the appropriate response to that, anyway?

Whatever.

Sex TMI )

Obviously he didn't want to talk about it in the morning. But he was more... I don't know, gentle, he pet my back without me having to ask, stuff like that, so I took it as something of an apology and let it go. For now at least. But it's not fair that he be angry with me for trying to tell him I'm upset. I know I'm not that articulate when I'm upset and I know he may not understand why I'm upset but he's supposed to fucking give a damn.

And the one night when he was upset with me and he stayed up all night, couldn't sleep, because he was upset and wanted an apology, argh it makes me so mad because it's exactly how I feel all the freaking time but he just doesn't fucking get it.

I do love him. It's just, it's just... not fair.
karriezai: ([iron man] dual identity)
I've been working quite a bit. Full time restauranting isn't terribly fun. I work a double tomorrow and Saturday, though Saturday I'm going to leave at jumpstart if possible so I can eat dinner with Danny, Alli, cousin Justin, Grammy, Gene, and possibly Matt. If I can't, it's not a huge deal, it'd probably be nice as just blood family. But they all invited me from the start, so it's not like I'm unwelcome or anything.

But yeah. We also had Danny's coworker over. I have a lot in common with her and we could be great friends. She's 17, and she reminds me a lot of me in certain ways when I first met Danny. She works at Starbucks, and she works with Danny (though at Gamestop), has about as much experience with alcohol as I'd had when I met him, and other similarities in interests and such. Which was a serious weird factor at first since it's like... if Danny didn't have me now, would he start up the same sort of relationship with her? Well, the age gap is much steeper there, and he insists that they'd fight way too much, and I know he finds me more attractive. But the similarities are still kind of unnerving.

I'm not at all worried, mind you. I trust him completely.

Anyway we had her over and gave her champagne. Just champagne and not that much, but she ended up getting sick all over the futon and floor, and god the smell is resilient! What an awful stench to come out of such an innocent, unassuming body! I think it's the Doritos she had since it bears a striking kinship to the smell of non-barfed Doritos, but of course barfed Doritos smell horribly gross instead of yummy. Danny has outlawed them for at least a month.

Aside from that, we've had some fighting, some of which left me really depressed and doubtful, but we basically ended at the conclusion that sometimes he's going to want to play video games or fuck with his computer even when I'm there and I'll have to find something to do for myself while he's doing that. Which, I mean, should be perfect incentive to write, huh? What really got me was his concern over my decreased interest in video games. I just don't like playing Gears as much anymore, or other games for that matter. I'm going to try to get back into some of them at least while I have the time over winter break, because it's an important bond.

Meh.

Also, worked out with Heather today, lots of fun. She taught me some cool exercises and stretches. Yay former gymnast as an exercise buddy!
karriezai: ([twilight] punched werewolf)
Well I already posted my resolutions, but now I have to try to stick with them. Already slept until 11 today, so the sleeping less one isn't going so awesome. But Danny's not going to let me set an alarm when one isn't needed, anyway, so on days when neither of us work in the morning, I guess it's whenever he wakes me up. :)

Anyway. New Year's was fun. Some of Danny's work people didn't show up but four of them did, plus Tom and his girl (friends of Dennis and Heather), so we had lots of fun. I ordered pizza at 9 and by 11 it hadn't come so Danny had to yell at a pizza guy on the phone and then we had to go pick it up, but it was free, so whatever.

I'm thinking about going to Bally Total Fitness today because I got a free two week trial inside one of my Christmas presents, but the fact that I'm still sore makes me hesitate. The Maryland gym doesn't reopen until Monday though, so if I want to work out before then Bally will have to do.

And now I want to brainstorm how to improve the start of Blood and Heat. Feel free not to read further, this is just for my benefit.

Wandering ideas... )
karriezai: ([asoiaf] seems i must be a warrior)
So I was in a funk up until I went to the gym today, but that really helped. Both the endorphins and John's company. I feel much better now, though a bit tired. And Danny called and said he found a good gift for Dennis and Heather, the kinky ones... we'll be getting them a paddle with a shape cut out so that when they spank each other it leaves a cool print. Not that we'll see said print. Hopefully.

So I rowed for twenty minutes, used this weird new machine that's akin to the elliptical trainer for 15 minutes, and we did some strength training stuff in the weight room (my first time using the weights there). Plus, of course, stretching and sit ups.

Jewels was my secret santa. She got me a Victoria's Secret giftcard. Very nice. She's probably been at Laurel longest of all the girls, she's like the head trainer. I hope her secret santa got her something nice. Mel, the girl I was secret santa for, wasn't there. So I gave her card to Margaret to get it to her when she's there next.

I also chose the girl I like the best in a friendly sort of way who was working night shift and bought a shirt from her, tipped her six bucks, so that I could do something nice and Christmas-spirit-y for a girl I'd actually chosen. Plus I've wanted the Hooters thermal. So she gets the merch sale and the tip, I get another long-sleeved shirt (I don't have very many).
karriezai: ([asoiaf] song of ice)
Depressed. Sex stuff. Stupid Danny.

We have secret santa at work today. I have to get something for one of the girls. I may just get an American Express gift card. Impersonal, but she'd appreciate it because she could use it for anything. Blah. And I'm going to the gym with John. And I just want to curl up into a ball and die.

But somehow I made an A in Writers' House.
karriezai: ([hp] avada kedavra)
Wants this. It's a rower. I've been trying to find out whether air rowers are better than magnetic rowers, but this one seems to be fine for cheap. I mean, Concept2s are awesome in gyms... super sturdy, hundreds of people use them... but I feel like a magnetic one that is decent but not super sturdy would work fine for my purposes.

But I don't know when I would buy it. Maybe in January sometime? I could put it on my credit card, it would be a good investment. I'll talk to Danny about it.

I've got money stuff coming up. Rent for winter break, electric bill, fios whenever Justin pays it, phone bill, half of Danny's computer, Cris' Christmas present when he finally picks it, oil change and potentially general high-mileage maintenance... And I don't know how much money I'll have for it. Trouble with not making regular paychecks.

Meh. Should get ready for work, I guess.
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karriezai: ([hp] [puff] equality except for idiots)
Took my last final today. Despite the fact that I was missing notes, spent less time studying, and the test included short answers and fill in the blanks, I felt that it was quite a bit easier than my Scantron-ready comm test. I truly disagree with the focus of the testing in that comm course. To get an A in Theater, I need to make 165 out of 200 on the final. That's a low B. I'm pretty sure I'll be fine there. Probably get a high B/low A on the final.

Comm. Probably a B on the final, no idea whether low or high, I dunno. And in stat I have no idea. Will probably make a B in that class, maybe even B-, but I doubt I could do lower than that considering my three other exams were graded pretty high and I only missed one homework and one group activity.

I went to the gym, did 20 minutes of rowing and 20 minutes on the Crosstrack thing, plus my stretching and sit-ups and such. Got a Marie Callender pot pie for dinner and then found out that it's just about the unhealthiest pot pie you can buy, so I won't be buying it anymore. It actually measures 'servings' instead of just the contents of the entire pie, which is like, what? I'm going to microwave it, eat half, and put the rest in the freezer for later? Don't think so. I hate moronic stuff like that.

Bought a planner today and filled in a little bit. I didn't go ahead too far in case I drop/add any classes next semester or anything like that. But I got highlighters to highlight when I miss school or exercise.

I'm watching "Are You Smarter Than a 5th Grader?" and I keep yelling at the TV. Can I go on the show? Some of the questions these people don't know are ridiculous. Like the point a lever balances on -- that would be a fulcrum, stupid, they even gave you multiple choice. He guessed right, but he had to guess. Ugh. -headdesk-
karriezai: ([avatar] katara icicle up the ass)
Danny got his hair cut today. I really don't like it. I've been fighting for ages with him to keep his hair long. Not actual fighting, mind you, but it's a worthy cause and I champion it. Two main reasons: first, my dad and brother had military cuts all my life and it's weird (which is the lesser reason), plus Danny just plain looks better with longer hair, due in no small part to his ears. They're the kind that extend further out from the head than usual, but it's unnoticeable with hair of any real length. He tried to keep the top long for me when he got his hair cut today, but the back and sides are really short, which is what really concerns me. He just didn't understand that, I guess. I told him the top can be a little shorter, but I like the sides and back longer. Not enough to curl into his ears or anything, but... you know.

He complains because it's hot and he has to wash it or it gets oily, but excuse me if I have no pity. I'm a girl. I've had hair my entire life, and I deal with it fine. I understand it being annoying when it gets long enough to fly into his ears and eyes when he drives; he can't do the ponytail thing like I can. But I'm not asking him to keep it that long. I just want to be able to grip it between my fingers when I put my palms on his head, mostly, and have a little hair poke through the gaps between my fingers. Whatever.

It'll grow. And I'll live obviously. I understand that it's a nuisance when he lets it grow too long but that just means GO GET A HAIR CUT. I mean, to keep it buzzed requires hair cuts way more often anyway. He told me that if I really, really wanted a short hair cut or something he didn't like himself, he wouldn't mind because it's what I really wanted. First, I don't think that's true. I mean, it's not like he'd break up with me for it, but he'd hate it. Second, I want to look good to him, therefore I wouldn't get a haircut he wouldn't like. I might get one that's not his ideal, but he still has to approve, because I really love being sexy for him.

Well anyway. I got stuff to cover my tattoo that will hopefully work. It's not made to cover tattoos but it'll have to do at least for the time being. I also got inserts for the white tennis shoes Danny's mom gave me. I have to go get white Skechers but I really can't afford it right now. I have $30-someodd in my bank right now and I still have to buy the pouch and such. I get paid on Thursday so they'll have to deal until Saturday when I work my second shift. I hope they don't mind... but they have to understand just not having the money. At least I have plain white tennis shoes of some sort, right? Besides, they don't have my size, so nyah.

I got into a minifight with Danny over the shoes though because he was willing to buy me the shoes and let me pay him back later, but only if we found the exact right ones. I found Reeboks that looked just like the ones I saw the girls wearing but Kohl's didn't have white Skechers tennis shoes... not pure white at least. But he wouldn't buy them, even when I said I could return them later. It irritated me because if I'd had the money at the moment I would have bought those for the time being. At the time I didn't know if the ones his mom bought me would fit. But I guess they do, so it doesn't matter. And $12 wasted on inserts is better than $40 on shoes that aren't exactly right, I guess. I didn't want to spend his money, anyway, to be honest.

Gotta go run soon. Danny promised to work out with me when he gets home. Much as I hate running itself, I feel really good and very sexy afterward. :D
karriezai: ([lolcat] mine plzkthx)
I'm pretty red from tanning yesterday. I think she put me on new bulbs because I didn't burn the last couple of times before yesterday. When she asked, "New bulbs or old?" I shrugged and said, "Eh, old are fine." So I guess it's possible she gave me new since I made it pretty clear it didn't matter. I don't mind, I'm just waiting for the red to turn to tan since being slightly lobsterish isn't very attractive.

I've started using the Bowflex. Just a little; I don't want to bulk up at all, just tone and lengthen or whatever. So I've got a couple leg exercises and a couple arm exercises, and occasionally I try the rowing function but it's very annoying compared to using an actual rowing machine.

Ash sent me a package of birthday/Christmas gifts she's been meaning to send for the last couple of years. Ah, I love that girl, and I miss her so much. She got me a little stuffed moose, a necklace (which the moose is wearing as a bridle), pirate earrings, a book by Stephen King on writing, and a gigantic "Don't make me go Zelda on you" shirt (which she said maybe I could use as pajamas... or a tent XD). There were also three cards and a letter.

I haven't sent her anything in a long time, though I used to send her all kinds of stuff. I definitely will again as soon as I find something/have money/have an excuse (one or some combination of these)... and it will probably involve dragons. Apparently even Danny associated Ash with dragons because of how strongly I do. x)

So I'll be applying at Hooters tomorrow. I was supposed to today, but Danny had to work. It gave me time to stop by Target and get a nice white bra since I won't be able to wear my black one under the white Hooters top.

Also Danny's getting sick, and I knew it before he did. It's one of those things that makes me realize how close we are, that little differences in him that show he's getting sick stand out to me. Like how his throat had a little tickle, which might have been nothing, except he was tired earlier than usual (he said it was because he needed to get up early but that doesn't normally make him tired, especially not at 11:30), and his skin was cool to my touch when normally he's so much warmer than me. My baby.
karriezai: ([avatar] sweetheart/bitterheart)
Worked 6am to 10:30am today. Well, more accurately 5:50am... I opened with Chris, who is always early, and as I'm always early too it works out. Marden didn't want to spend 8 1/2 hours working with the guy but I don't think he's bad to work with at all. Just maybe not as fun as some of the other shifts... but still cool.

Went to the reading/signing at Barnes & Noble in Tysons, too. Philip Pullman. Didn't stay long... I didn't know there was going to be a reading first, and there was a long wait for the signing anyway. But I saw him talk some, and I flipped through his new book. I decided it wasn't too disappointing. If I really was a huge fan I would have bought the new book but I decided against it. Now, if it had been George RR Martin or Orson Scott Card I would have stayed. The only reason I don't have The Hedge Knight yet is because I haven't run across it. I haven't looked particularly hard but if I saw it I'd buy it. And then there's Rowling, who I probably wouldn't wait for because the line would wind through the whole store and out into the mall... she's just so famous.

I need to exercise. I wanted to bike with Danny or something when we got home but "his stomach's been bothering him". I should just run myself but I'm still kind of full... and disappointed. I might, anyway, after I finish this, I don't know. If not, then tomorrow. His mom told him he needed to exercise because he was gaining weight. He didn't seem to mind but I don't know if he just wasn't reacting on purpose.

Meh.

ETA Picspam! Lots new pictures, mostly from Danny and Shane playing basketball today but also some Photography and two new Around the House pictures. I think that's it.


They're action shots in dimming light; the sun was sinking. So they're not that good, but I like them anyway.

I called Danny's mom and asked her if she needed an exercise partner. I figured it'd be easier for both of us if we exercised together... motivation wise, at least. She liked the idea and said she'd call me on her way home from work so we could meet to exercise. Yay!
karriezai: ([misc] why so serious?)
I'm making mac'n'cheese. Velveeta, the only good kind. It's not a real meal, but there's not much else to choose from in the house right now, and even if I was less lazy I don't feel like spending money. Had The Conversation with Justin (Dennis' proxy, I guess?) about me paying rent. I always thought rent was by the room and then split cable/utilities evenly, but then I've never actually done the renting thing before now, and Justin kept emphasizing that we're paying to live in this house and we should each pay. Danny talked him down to a 250/250/250/150 split since I'm not taking up any of their personal space, just using the bathroom/kitchen.

This means at the beginning of next semester I'll have to spend not just some nights at my dorm, but the majority of them if I don't want to pay rent. I'm sure I'll stay two nights a week with Danny, maybe three sometimes to regularly. We'll see. I hope I get the College Park Starbucks; that would make it easier.

...Just ate the mac'n'cheese.

wisereaders/writing stuffs )
karriezai: ([witticisms] english language)
So I'm going through my LJ trying to fix it up since it's fallen into disrepair... a couple comics I've linked no longer work, some of the communities on my watchlist no longer update, etc. I'm also trying to find good writing communities. Spring break is coming up, so I had better start writing again, at least something.

I found this character worksheet posted in one of the communities I was checking for activity. I plan to go through it shortly and fill it out. Hopefully.

I had a midterm in my last class today. I opened yesterday and never got a proper nap, so studying didn't go so well last night. I was falling asleep, and finally gave up on the theory I could create my sheet of notes for the midterm during my first three classes today. But when my alarm went off this morning, I hit snooze. Then immediately (or so it seemed; 7 minutes had passed and I guess I was dead asleep again), it went off again. So I turned it off and laid in bed for a few minutes. When I still hadn't gotten up at 8:50 or so I realized I wouldn't have time to get to my first class and I just didn't want to get up, so I decided to wait and go to my second class. I did get up in time to go to my second class, but I ended up skipping it and my third class in favor of staying in my dorm and finishing King Lear/making my sheet of notes.

It paid off since I feel like I did very well on the midterm. I missed notes in my two middle classes, which is a shame, but if I just actually read the pertinent chapters over spring break and jot down some notes I'll make up for it (probably even better than actually going to class). The first class I probably didn't miss anything important in, but I facebooked a classmate anyway to make sure.

Okay, so I've gotta finish up messing with my LJ so I can go to the gym. I have to go to bed early tonight because I open again tomorrow.
karriezai: ([witticisms] [house] testicles)
My icon doesn't even try to match today... but I just uploaded a couple new House icons by [livejournal.com profile] everlyn, and I wanted to use one.

I don't know if I've mentioned it, but I've been rowing lately. At first on Danny's suggestion, I would row one time at the gym, then do the stair stepper and crosstrack the next time. From now on, though, I'm just going to row. I row for thirty minutes, and then I jog/run varying lengths depending on how rowing tired me out. Today I ran a half mile before doing my customary one lap sprint (not that I made the entire lap this time, I was exhausted). When I was rowing today, there was a crew team beside me, and they worked out a little harder than I typically do (because they only row in five minute increments, walking a lap between each). I ended up synchronizing with them half-unconsciously, and carried on the same way but a tad slower even when they took their breaks, so it was pretty tiring. But it felt good, too. It was an excellent workout.

Medieval Times Thursday night was great. It's such a great experience. We even had the same knight as last year, same color, even though they rotate colors regularly. And he kicked ass again, even though he still didn't get to win since the overall hero is scripted. The story was different this time, though. There was a 'captured prince' who came back at the end to be the hero. Last time the red knight won. We talked to our knight after the show, and he said it's the first time in four years they've changed the story. He was really cool, and exceptionally tall, but completely proportional. We didn't realize how tall he was when we were in the stands.

Well, I have to go get dressed for work. George is driving people up the wall again. Ibrahim was going freaking crazy last night when I closed with him because of all the stuff George expected him to do. Ha. We didn't get out until 10:05. We used to always get out at about 9:20.

Anyway, gotta go. For real.
karriezai: ([kh] [kairi] shounen ai fangirl)
Grades were supposed to be posted today -- I checked last night and they were up. I made a 3.28, which is a little close for comfort in my opinion. Danny was trying to convince me that B+s are 3.5s, which would have been nice, but unfortunately they might as well not put a plus or minus for all the good they do. I think I'll do better next semester, though, since I have an idea of how everything works now.

I need to go to the gym. I haven't been since it closed... which is over a week, almost two. I plan to go tomorrow, before, during, or after my probable visit with Alicia -- dunno which yet.

I got my partner number at Starbucks today, and it's the same one I had last time, which is nice. Unfortunately my partner card won't work accept as an ordinary Starbucks card because the card number is deactivated when you leave the company, not just the partner number. I called to ask about it today, and in four months or so I should get my new one. It doesn't really matter; the partner number keyed in works just the same.

I'm replaying Kingdom Hearts. I'm going to play some more as soon as I finish this, just until Danny gets home in half an hour or so. I'm only to Traverse Town; the bad guy there kicked my ass until I get sick of trying. I need to level up some more. I didn't spend enough time wandering the city. I sure as hell spent enough time on the Islands, though. It only took three fights for me to beat Riku, and then I kept fighting him until it was 3 to 2. You get another little item for that, it turns out. Fighting all three of the others is harder, but I did that too.

Um. My dad emailed me from Korea. It was a nice email. I told him a little about what's been going on, and my grades.

My new years was great. It was just Danny, Dennis, Justin, me, Heather, and Alli, and we hung out and played Rock Band and then drinking Apples to Apples. I love that game, and I have a much longer attention span for it than anyone else.

Right, so I better go if I want to have time to play.
karriezai: ([misc] life's a bitch)
Danny's back from Vegas, that's good news. He's been back since Thursday. I went to pick him up with his mom in my nice black dress, which he liked. He got me this awesome outfit from Vegas, a twirly skirt and a tight matching shirt; I love it to pieces, and so does he when I'm wearing it ;D

Anyway. I have a paper due next Tuesday, a speech that could be due as early as next Thursday (there are a few days of speeches, we're having a lottery to determine the order of presentation), and a paper due the following Monday. Luckily the papers aren't too bad; the speech, though, might be a little rough. 6 - 8 minutes, I have to find an article/speech/etc about my topic (the negative impact of organized religion on society), dissect it, and argue whether it's sound or stupid. Including doing research for or against. So I need to make a trip from the library, because that seems a safer bet for research than teh internets, especially with all the complaining my comm teacher does about wikipedia.

So yeah. I think I know how to go about my honors seminar paper. It only has to be four pages, and while it troubled me at first, I puzzled out a plan on the toilet (always a good thinking place), and I think I'll be okay. The speech, though, I need to get started on, and soon. And the history paper (5 - 10 pages), but I'll probably start worrying about that after section on Monday. That'll give me a week, which is okay considering it's not actually a research paper. I hate research papers.

Ah, and exercise. I've been keeping up. I exercise everyday except when I go out with Danny and we get too busy to really think about it. I'm getting better. I can maintain a higher speed on the elliptical trainer without my heart exploding; toward the end my heart rate was 180, but through most of it I was around 174. I did 100 sit ups, 10 leg lifts, and 10 push ups at the gym, not to mention my stretches, and then went up the rock wall (which killed my forearms). Later that night at my dorm, I did 50 more push ups (in increments of 10, with five to ten minute breaks between some of them). That was yesterday, by the way. It seems like a long time ago since I had a nap today.

Anyway, tonight I have martial arts. Two hours. Hopefully my endurance is better now and they can't dish out anything I haven't been doing myself already. The only real difference is that martial arts is all compacted into two hours, whereas I can workout throughout the day if I want. Not that I do. I guess I just workout a little harder in a shorter amount of time. But a little harder in a significantly shorter amount of time doesn't work out exactly right. Oh well. My endurance'll catch up.
karriezai: ([me] [cell] danny sleeping)
I actually think Danny being in Vegas is harder than when I was in Florida just because there's not really any time to talk, and when we do have a minute or two, there's really not much time for me to talk because not much of what goes on around here really compares to being in Vegas... and it's loud there and quiet here, so he talks up and I can hear him well, but I can't yell into the phone because my dorm hall is so weirdly quiet. I really hope it livens up eventually.

So I got a job at the Coffee Bar in the student union. It looks like it'll be very few hours and I doubt the pay'll be great, but it's better than nothing and a stepping stone to whatever job comes next. I'm hoping Starbucks hurries the fuck up. Maybe at the latest at the end of winter semester when some students are moving out.

I'm really loving the Black Belt Club. The people there are great, I always feel really welcome and happy when I go (exhausted, but happy), and I learn great new things... It's a more rounded workout than twenty minutes on the elliptical, stretches, sit-ups, and the rock climbing wall.

Tomorrow is my light day since I tested out of JOUR181 and only have one class at nine in the morning, but I still have a shitload of stuff to do. I have to go to the First Look Fair and support the Black Belt Club (and check other stuff out); I have to go to McKeldin (library) and print out a bunch of school-related stuff (and possibly the story I need to submit to Writers of the Future); I need to go to the gym; I need to pick some stuff up from the Book Exchange; I need to go to the student union at 1:30 for the paperwork/etc for my new job; and I need to get a massive head start on my homework because I have a shitload of stuff to do this weekend, not least of which will probably be my new job.

I'm so tired... I can't wait for Danny to get back... but I don't know when I'll get to see him yet...

edit I also reread my 2005 nano novel today... and while the beginning is relative crap and typos abound, there were definitely parts I really fell in love with again. It made me want to rewrite it, which is hard since I've reset it into Eysuria and if I write it again it'll probably be completely different. Post Moonfall, I'm betting, to explain the legends around the loss of magic (and the 'loss' of magic itself)... now that I'm thinking about it, it could actually work, dammit. I'm always getting sidetracked from Aerlun.

edit two the First Look Fair isn't today, thank god! Our agendas are wrong, it's next week. That makes my life so much ridiculously easier today -headdeskheaddesk- I have stuff to do, but it isn't that bad!
karriezai: ([kh] [akuroku] sticks totally gay for)
So tomorrow will be my first day of Monday classes. I'll have to find time to go to the gym... I mean, I could just run, but I'd prefer to go to the gym. I could go after class, but I wouldn't have time to do the rock wall afterward. I suppose I could do the rock wall first, except I at least want to stretch first, and I won't have time. I could go between JOUR100 and HONR100 -- that's about two and a half hours, that's enough time. The whole showering thing will suck though. I'll work it out.

I'm listening to Laura on the phone with her parents, phasing in and out of English and... I guess Taiwanese? I don't know exactly what. But it's interesting to notice how the speech inflections are completely different from English. That's the writer in me coming out.

Anyway. So Danny left for Vegas this morning. We went to bed just before 3 and woke up at 6:30. Arty drove us... he's a weird kid. He asked me on the way back, when he was driving me to College Park, if there were any creepy guys in my dorm, so I told him about the kid from my Creative Writing seminar... who isn't exactly creepy, but who didn't seem to care that I have a boyfriend... and Arty said that to a lot of guys if your boyfriend doesn't go to the same school, if he isn't around all the time, then he doesn't matter. Like they can still edge in. He said a lot of guys just assume a lot of girls will cheat... or something like that. I didn't reply, my mind was already moving on to another subject, but a minute later he said, "You don't have to reply to that, that was awkward." Haha. "I took it as rhetorical," I told him. He's a strange guy in some ways, but harmless, and nice enough.

Danny'll be in Vegas until Thursday, which isn't bad considering I'll have school through Thursday so I might not have seen him anyway. I hope he has fun, but I do wish I could go... and I was 21 so I could actually DO stuff if I went...

So yeah. The schoolwork isn't so bad. It isn't really necessary to close read a lot of the assigned reading -- skimming is fine because lecture covers the pertinent info from the reading. I had a group assignment in COMM200, but I did the hard part and it didn't take long. Hopefully my group members will mostly be able to copy-paste-rearrange what I sent out -- tweak and improve it.

I'm working out regularly. It's weird to say since it hasn't even been two weeks of working out regularly yet, but I've been on top of it with no reluctance or anything. And I go to Black Belt Club Tuesdays and Thursdays from 8:30 to 10:30 at night. My workout outside the club consists mostly of twenty minutes on the elliptical trainer, stretching, sit-ups (not necessarily in that order), and climbing the rock wall since I can't do push-ups. If I'm at Danny's, I run. I'm learning to pace myself so I can actually run the full mile... then sit-ups, and stretching still. I'm gonna try to do maintenance stretching on "days off" from exercising, and hardcore stretching whenever I go to the gym. Anyway, since it's been just more than a week, my muscles are still adjusting. It's not really painful, just uncomfortable.

I'm also getting sick, it seems. A tiny bit of a runny nose and a sore throat. Wonderful, right?

So far it hasn't rained, but that'll suck. For classes and for working out. The temptation to just not go out in the rain at all will be great. Especially since I don't have an umbrella... I should invest in one of those. Or a poncho or something.

Aaaand I was a little nervous, but I did exempt out of JOUR181 with an 88-point-something... I'm glad because I was expecting a bare pass, like an 80 even or something, haha. I'm so glad because that frees up my Wednesday. I have one lecture at 9 in the morning and the rest of the day is mine. Or my job's once I get one... lol. Speaking of which... I really hope someone hires me. I applied at Starbucks and filled out a multi-purpose campus application... I suppose I should go looking around some more. I could apply to become a shuttle bus driver for $10 an hour except I hate driving...

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