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Homework, distraction, existential guilt over not posting, etcetera, etcetera.  Pretty sure you're all used to me disappearing by this point.  Been since the very end of August since I posted, and I think my reading dropped off... sometime in late October, maybe?  Long time, anyways.  I'll skip back to the beginning of the week with my reading, but other wise... what's up, Friends List?  Anything cool happen in my absence?


My life, at the moment, in roughly chronological order, in bullet points:
  • The Scottish Cinema class that caused the textbook freakout of my last couple posts?  Turned out to be one of the most mind-numbingly awful classes I've ever taken.
  • I can haz boyfriend.  We met playing airsoft/LARPing (at Freefall 2009 - he was Lieutenant, then as of last year Commander of the Alliance task force on-planet).  We were/are friends first, but after months of epic Facebook conversations and occasional hanging out at games (including the Labor Day weekend on-site pregame friend-date that resulted in both of us playing an all-day extreme sport on zero sleep the next day), we declared ourselves to be dating around Thanksgiving.  We live 3 1/2 hours apart and both have crazy schedules, so actual dates are very rare, unconventional, and rather long.  I'm quite fond of him. ;)
  • This semester, all but two of my classes (both one-credits) are required for graduation.  I am busy and stressed out and not doing all that well in them (except Stage Makeup).
  • Speaking of graduation, I need to decide whether I'm going to do the cap-and-gown commencement thing... I'm not sure about it, and it would require taking a day off working at the RenFaire, but then again I've never graduated from anything before, so...
  • I got that job working in the costume shop.  It's awesome, in a way that is occasionally quite miserable.  Like the build for a very awesome but cursed production of The Magic Flute at the beginning of the semester (creative differences between the costume designer and, um, everyone, fire in the theatre during set construction, costume designer getting fired the night before opening night when we still weren't finished with the build...).  I'm certain I'll eventually look back on even that with fondness (I'm certainly proud of my work on it), and on the whole it's just a really fun thing to get paid for.
  • I've also agreed to be the costume designer for a local community theatre's production of The Producers.  It should be awesome - the cast is great, and the director is my favorite theatre prof (the one that takes the university dance classes), but hoooo boy.  I honestly haven't finished doing the math yet, but I'm looking at around 120 costumes needed by the beginning of May.  I'm officially the only person even working on costumes for it.  I should be able to swing it (the theatre has quite a nice costume stock, and MOST of the characters are pretty conventional), but... yeah.  I should be starting my nervous breakdown shortly.
  • My stage makeup class just started its Scars, Wounds, and Sores unit and I need to research gruesome injuries for my makeup design.  I'm thinking industrial explosion, or maybe a helmetless motorcycle accident.
  • Did I mention that, after living a life of perpetual singleness, I have a boyfriend?  He's funny, and very smart, and super nerdy, and builds awesome things for funsies (he made me a Useless Machine for my birthday), yet lives in the life/body of a 34-year-old redneck mechanic with tattooed knuckles and a Lemmy, which somehow makes him more awesome.  (What?  I think he's cute...)  I haven't seen him since Valentine's Day, it sucks, and I miss him lots.
Yeah, that's pretty much the rundown.  Unless I've forgotten something.  Whatever, it's late, and I need to be Not Nocturnal by the end of spring break.  Now: Deadwood on the tv while I do some more Flist reading, or stream Avatar: the Last Airbender from Netflix?
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Hi!  I'm back!  Again!

I keep falling victim to this cycle where, for various reasons (usually either stress or collapse resulting from the sudden cessation of stress), I take a couple days off from friend-list viewing... then I think "Damn.  Catching up is going to be a bit of a project, I'll put it off until later."  As you might guess, "later" can be a very long way off.  So.  Here we are, Winter Break 2009-2010, and I haven't checked my Flist since May (err... hadn't.  I checked yesterday, going to skip=100 on LJ and skip=40 on DW).  Short of visiting the journal of every indivudual on the list and going back to May (a little to OCDly even for me), there's no way I'm going to catch up, so I'm going to take that as a sign to yell "Clean slate!  Yay!" and leap back into fandom.

Though, to be honest, it's not really fandom I've been absent from, just the Flist.  Okay, so I've been lurking, but I managed to be devoured by C6D fandom, which had threatening to happen for a while (though I must say, the C6D definition of "Canada" is startlingly narrow - not that I'm complaining, exactly, just saying).  This includes looking through the entire crack_van recs list for Due South (and no, I won't decapitalize the "D" - if I'm going to mimic the opening credits, I'll go all the way and write "south" in allcaps), which is an interesting lesson in fandom history - I recommend tracking a major fandom back to it's crack_van origins to anyone who is giant nerd.  Actually, I've gone through the the entire crack_van history of several fandoms, but the others were all rather small, only a couple pages, so they don't count.

Let's see, what else has happened... I've officially forgiven James Cameron for making Titanic.  Avatar was awesome in a way that reminded me of Terminator (1 & 2) and Aliens (movies that are Very Important to my personal development), without seeming like he was trying to relive his glory days.

I know how to design websites now, but my capabilities are limited due to the fact that Dreamweaver costs nearly a month's rent and I'm not supposed to use the school's Dreamweaver for non-school things.  However, my first professional(ish) site may appear sometime soonish (okay, probably next summer with the way the world works).

I have more things.  But I'll stop here, because it's dinnertime.

Edited because I accidentally posted befre I was finished writing...  :P

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