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There was no reason for that year long hiatus except laziness and lack of an interesting life, which isn't exactly true but covers most of the bases.

My year in bullet points:
  • Doing unfulfilling diner work from December through May, though the pay was quite nice

  • Slowly descending into the seedy, shameful world of both Twilight & the Southern Vampire Mysteries, a depth from which I've only recently began to resurface - didn't want to get the bends, har har

  • Going to New Orleans (!) for Mardi Gras (!!) with Hanner & Ice to visit Nick, 3 wonderful friends I met studying abroad in Rome

  • Getting a seasonal, part-time position in municipal government Parks & Recreation in May and working 40 hours a week both there & at the diner

  • Being offered & taking a permanent, part-time position at the twp & therefore leaving unfulfilling diner work behind, but also taking quite a pay cut

  • Founding a new annual tradition, Friendependence Day!

  • Having weekly dates over summer with Christa & Amanda that always included great food, beer, and TV, but now Manda moved to NYC and Christa and I are forever alone

  • Joining a weight loss program in the end of August, in which I've so far lost 20 pounds (!)

  • Having Halloween in Nashville, TN with all my lovies from study abroad

  • One of my best friends getting married in November, which made me realize that normal people get married & they stay normal people; they don't magically transform into an old married couple with no life but themselves

  • Developing perhaps an alarmingly Sex-and-the-City-esque desire for shoes

Now it's coming on Christmas! I love Christmas! I've already got my shopping done for my parents. For my mom I bought a 2-in-1 food processor/blender, a 5-speed hand mixer, and an immersion blender. For my dad I bought a really nice pair of Polo driving moccasin slippers and a gift certificate to the restaurant he and my mom go to every week for their Friday night dinner date. I know it sounds like I love my mom more from that list of gifts, but in fact my dad's just impossible to shop for, which is the elusive way of all fathers I'm told.

I've got 2 secret santas this year, which is just as well considering the aforementioned considerable pay cut. I've made my own wrapping paper this year, and once I get a mini-sd card for my phone (which I drunkenly lost whilst drunkenly smashing my phone on the floor of a crazy bar - 5 shots for $10!), I'll post a photo of some things I've already wrapped. There's pretty blue ribbon and silver jingle bells on the bows! I love Christmas!

I'm going to try to post more often. I'm going to have this account forever as I bought a permanent account on a whim in high school so I might as well use it.
SimilarMinds.com 's Global Personality Test:
Advanced Global Personality Test Results
Extraversion||||||||||||||||70%
Stability||||||||||||||||||||83%
Orderliness||||||30%
Accommodation||||||||||||43%
Intellectual||||||||||||||60%
Interdependence||||||30%
Mystical||||||||||40%
Materialism||||||||||||||60%
Narcissism||||||||||||50%
Adventurousness||||||||||||||60%
Work ethic||||||||||||||60%
Conflictseeking||||20%
Need to dominate||||||||||||50%
Romantic||||||30%
Avoidant||||||30%
Anti-authority||||||||||||||||||||90%
Wealth||||||30%
Dependency||||||||||||50%
Change averse||||||30%
Cautiousness||||||30%
Individuality||||||||||40%
Sexuality||||||||||||||||70%
Peter pancomplex||||||30%
Histrionic||||20%
Vanity||||||||||||50%
Artistic||||||||||40%
Hedonism||||||||||||50%
Physicalfitness||||||30%
Religious||10%
Paranoia||||20%
Hypersensitivity||||||||||||||||||||83%
Indie||||||||||||50%

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Stability results were high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic..

Orderliness results were low which suggests you are overly flexible, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense too often of reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.

Extraversion results were high which suggests you are overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense too often of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.

messy, disorganized, social, tough, outgoing, rarely worries, self revealing, open, risk taker, likes the unknown, likes large parties, makes friends easily, likes to stand out, likes to make fun of people, reckless, optimistic, positive, strong, does not like to be alone, ambivalent about chaos, abstract, impractical, not good at saving money, fearless, trusting, thrill seeker, not rule conscious, enjoys leadership, strange, loves food, abstract, rarely irritated, anti-authority, attracted to the counter culture

Big Five Word Test Results
Extroversion (56%) moderately high which suggests you are, at times, overly talkative, outgoing, sociable and interacting at the expense of developing your own individual interests and internally based identity.
Accommodation (40%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly selfish, uncooperative, and difficult at the expense of the well being of others.
Orderliness (44%) moderately low which suggests you are, at times, overly flexible, random, improvised, and fun seeking at the expense of structure, reliability, work ethic, and long term accomplishment.
Emotional Stability (78%) high which suggests you are very relaxed, calm, secure, and optimistic.
Inquisitiveness (52%) medium which suggests you are moderately intellectual, curious, and imaginative.
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SCUEI:
not afraid of doing the wrong things, does not value rules and regulations, prefers unpredictable to organized, does not accomplish work on time, needs to maintain high levels of excitement, out for own personal gain, not afraid to draw attention to self, more pleasure seeking than responsible, not bothered by disorder, retaliatory, thrives on the rush of risk taking, unpredictable, asks questions that nobody else does, often does not know what they are doing, spontaneous, first to act, not easily hurt, not apprehensive about new encounters, does not readily admit mistakes, not a perfectionist, not apologetic, disorganized, socially comfortable, outgoing, calm in crisis, fearless, atheist/agnostic tendencies, good at getting people to have fun, opinionated, not easily moved to tears, sexually immodest, adventurous, unconventional, aggressive, often late, high energy level, likes the spotlight, ambivalent about the needs of others, worry free, acts without thinking or planning, bad at saving money, selfish
favored careers:
philosopher, philosophy professor, film director, comedian, rock star, international spy, freelance writer, filmmaker, ambassador, movie director, screenwriter, diplomat, movie producer, astronaut, dicator, cinematographer, novelist, author, entertainer, playwrite, politician, performer, creative director, radio broadcaster, assassin, freelance artist, actor, music performer, dj, media industry, broadcast journalist, music producer, musician, egyptologist, poet, art director, performing arts, film critic, political analyst, fighter pilot, theater industry, tv producer, travel writer, strategist, photojournalist, reporter, scientist, songwriter, theater director, composer, film editor, broadcaster, college professor, casting director, astronomer, pilot, news anchor, radio dj, activist, anthropologist, psychoanalyst, sound engineer, entrepenuer, mercenary, artist, political scientist
disfavored:
secretary, childcare worker, receptionist, stay at home parent, office assistant, home maker, pediatric nurse, personal assistant, child care worker, health care worker, wedding planner, administrative assitant, office worker, preschool teacher

Main Type
Overall Self
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Enneagram Test Results
Type 1 Perfectionism |||||||||| 32%
Type 2 Helpfulness |||||||||||| 41%
Type 3 Image Focus |||||||||||||| 58%
Type 4 Hypersensitivity |||||| 22%
Type 5 Detachment |||||||||||| 44%
Type 6 Anxiety |||||| 28%
Type 7 Adventurousness |||||||||||||| 51%
Type 8 Aggressiveness |||||||||||||| 55%
Type 9 Calmness |||||||||||||||| 70%
Your main type is 9
Your variant is sexual
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Jung Explorer Test
Actualized type: ENFP
(who you are)
ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Preferred type: ENFP
(who you prefer to be)
ENFP - "Journalist". Uncanny sense of the motivations of others. Life is an exciting drama. 8.1% of total population.
Attraction type: ENTP
(who you are attracted to)
ENTP - "Inventor". Enthusiastic interest in everything and always sensitive to possibilities. Non-conformist and innovative. 3.2% of the total population.

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Freudian Inventory Results
Oral (63%) you appear to be overly passive and dependent, wanting things to be given to you instead of working for them.
Anal (30%) you appear to be overly lacking in self control and organization, and possibly have a compulsive need to defy authority. If you are too scatterbrained, you will not develop much as a person as you will habitually switch paths before you ever learn anything.
Phallic (80%) you appear to have issues with controlling your sexual desires and possibly fidelity.
Latency (50%) you appear to have a good balance of abstract knowledge seeking and practicality, dealing with real world responsibilities while still cultivating your abstract and creative faculties and interests.
Genital (66%) you appear to have a progressive and openminded outlook on life unbeholden to regressive forces like traditional authority and convention.
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Somewhere In The Clouds, There's You

I'm moving home on December 9. I sort of feel like a huge bum for trying to move out to California and failing, but also I feel really excited to be home. Aud and Carri are waiting for me to go dress shopping for Aud's wedding, and I'm super excited about that. I've been watching Say Yes to the Dress like a spinster recently. I love going shopping for other people. I have so many opinions, and I love sharing them. I'm going to be happy about this move home. I'm going to enjoy living and eating for free, being near to my best friends, having a job. I will be happy in PA.

Also, I'm totally obsessed with the Southern Vampire Novels. True Blood started it, then Alexander Skarsgard (who will always be Meekus in my mind) escalated it, and now I've read all of the novels several times. I had to know what happened after the silver bomb in season 2. Charlaine Harris did it better. Alan Ball can suck mah balls. The next one should come out in May and TB season 3 starts in the summer so that's another fun thing I can look forward to in PA.

Also, when I'm in PA, I'm closer to Boston, and I can go see Roman! When I first moved away, maybe the first month or so, I missed him so terribly I could barely breathe. It's easier now, being away from him, which is not something I particularly like, especially not when he sounds so miserable on the phone, but c'est la vie. I'm not going to lie, sleeping with someone else really helped mend my broken heart. I don't exactly regret sleeping with him, but I think I'm not going to continue to do so so that seeing Roman again will be more special. Wow, Roman has in own tag in my journal.

Also, I'm loving Community. It's easily the best new show on TV this fall. Also, I've caught up on The Office, and I like pretty much everything about it except Michael and Dwight. Really, I love Jim and Pam.

I don't know how I'm still tipsy. I stopped drinking during Zach and my viewing of When Harry Met Sally (loved it), but I still feel a little fuzzy upstairs. Water and sleep time.
I woke up at 10:30 today because I was having a terrifying dream. It was an alien invasion dream which clearly had elements of Signs in it because there was some sort of metallic little tower thing in our crops in our front yard that drew them in. In the dream I was falling asleep on a bench swing on the front porch when I noticed a concentration of red lights around a large white light. Then one of the red lights sort of hurtled headlong for the tower then brought up a kind of hand-like electric field. And then it was just apparent that they were trying to take over the world so I ran inside to pack clothes during which process I started to shove in dresses, entire outfits, multiple pairs of shoes, jewelry, my journal, and family photos. But the keepsakes were only an after thought. Also, I had music on and Brian came in and told me I was crazy because I was attracting attention, which, I was because what the fuck? Then I sort of was on the stairs and could see into my room where there was a brown-ish grey alien, covered in what looked like that cylon shit that holds their basestars together, holding a gun. I sort of crawled into the doorway and slowly dragged by bag out of the room and ran. And then my body woke me up because I think I was having a panic attack from just the imagined presence of an alien so close.

I'm not sure I really have anything else interesting to say. I need a job so desperately that I've been participating in little studies. The first one was a sleep/cognition study wherein they showed me a poor little child who had gotten his feet reattached after they were severed by a runaway car. It started out all cute: mom and son are going to visit dad at work, then, BAM, frankenbaby. But I got paid $20 in cash for 45 minutes of filling out paperwork. The other study I'm doing is about eyes and learning (I really don't know, his command of the English language, while better than mine of Japanese, leaves me confused), but I get put in a dark room about the size of a small walk-in closet to stare at a screen that flashes dots at me. It's 12 days long, but it pays $96 in cash at the end so I'm OK with that. Also I have an interview with Uno's so hopefully I'll have at least a part-time job that leaves me with some cash everyday.

I also have been playing Majora's Mask, which is definitely the worst Zelda ever, and I just got the Sims 3. I made a Scottish guy so far, who, Zach pointed out to me, looks like Robert Pattinson just with red hair. The most disturbing thing is that I was not going for that. I'm not going to lie, I considered making the Twilight characters, but even I'm not that crazy. But I guess even considering it is too close to writing terrible fanfiction about how romantic Edward is. BUT I'm not there yet.
HBP was incredible. I feel like the entire trio took serious acting lessons in between OotP and this and came out much better for it. Specifically, Emma no longer emotes solely with her forehead. Also, Dan during the Felix Felicis scene was so funny; I loved that they made him high for the aftereffects of the potion. Plus, Jim Broadbent was just perfect as Slughorn. I didn't particularly like his character in the novel, and I'm not sure that you're supposed to, but he just brought the character to life in such a believable and true way that I started to like him. And Tom Felton finally branching out as a real character, which is J.K.'s doing, but he really sunk his teeth into the new depth. Also, the movie was full of humor and perhaps not quite explicit sexual themes. It really seemed like Dumbledore was pimping Harry to Slug.

It's my favorite novel so I guess I could complain about the changes (as a kid on the way out was about the Burrow Christmas attack), but I think that their adaptations were well chosen and only enhanced the story. Turning a 600 page novel into a completely faithful movie is silly; it's what made Watchmen so unwatchable. I like that they changed it from a sort of mystery novel is-Draco-a-Death-Eater? into a dual narrative of the trio seeing to their business and Draco doing what he has to. I think perhaps they introduced too little of Tom Riddle, because the things Harry learns under Dumbledore are absolutely crucial to his being able to defeat Voldemort in The Deathly Hallows, but this is definitely the best one yet. As Zach said, if you took all the best parts from the previous five and made them a movie, they wouldn't be better than this one.

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We went to Maine this weekend, and it was amazing. We stayed at Meg's uncle's house, which is beautiful. The house had a wonderful kitchen and could sleep 22! It's technically a "ski cabin," but it's nicer than my house so I can't even imagine what his everyday home must look like. At first it was a little creepy because the house is in a remote ski resort town so no one was there, and it was heavily wooded, and it just felt like a horror movie setup. But everyone made it out alive so no worries. We went swimming in the Androscoggin River at a swimming hole called Frenchman's Hole, I shit you not. It was my first time swimming in a river, and I had a shit ton of fun. I'd like to go back if the drive weren't so long; it was about 4 hours. However it does take us through New Hampshire, the buy-one-get-one-free or die state, where we bought cheap booze in ridiculous quantities!

The only drawback to this weekend was that I forgot my birth control so I missed my Friday and Saturday pills. I've been on HBC for about a year and a half, but I didn't realize exactly how much my body is kind of dependent on those hormones. Yesterday night I got super moody and this morning I started my withdrawal bleed/"period". I hope it stops. I don't feel like spotting for a week until my placebo week; that's why I stopped taking Seasonique.

Anyway I'm home now. I'm still a little bitchy, but maybe a nice hot shower and some lounging around watching Buffy will perk me back up.

Also, HBP this week! Zach, Meg, and I are going to see it at midnight on Tuesday!
Zach and I are going to see The Decemberists tonight, and I'm so excited! I think The Hazards of Love is probably their best album to-date, and Zach thinks it'll be their best album ever so we've got to see it live! All I can really say is that I'm very excited.

I spent all yesterday baking. I made delicious berry tarts. I made my own dough, which I am really proud of, but I rolled it out really unevenly so it kept ripping around the berry filling, which then ran all over the place. They are very messy berry tarts but very delicious. I used Trader Joe's frozen berry mix so the thawing might be why it was so runny. I also used the food processor for the first time, and it is so fucking loud. I hate using it, but it was the only way to mix chilled butter in with flour. I'll probably try making them again. I also made manicotti. I used pre-made pasta but made the filling, so deliciously cheesy. I used ricotta, parmesan, and mozzarella, a little arugula, an egg, some seasonings. I made a lot, too, so I'll probably be eating manicotti for the rest of the week.

I also ordered a new dress from ModCloth, called The Pin Up. I'm going to wear it to a wedding I have to go to with Roman this weekend. I'm very excited about it. I'm a very excitable person this week.

I Have Come To Give My Confession

So I was reading a lot, but now I'm watching a lot of Lost. We started on Monday and now I'm 7 episodes in to season two. I'm loving it, but I wish they'd resolve something, anything. They just keep throwing shit at us, and I hope to god they have a plan because if this is going to be another BSG I'll kill someone.

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Grant Me Freedom To Enjoy This Night

I am loving Wuthering Heights. That's all, pretty much. I thought it would be harder to read, but I'm flying through it. I'm loving this summer of reading.

Also, I recommend to my fellow young adult fiction enthusiasts The Abhorsen trilogy by Garth Nix. I don't know if anyone from my area remembers our seventh or eighth grade Reading Olympics, but Sabriel, the first book of the trilogy, was on the list. I loved it then, and having re-read it I can say it's better than I remembered. Plus, the king is a berserker!

It Never Really Bothers Me

I am graduating way too soon. I'm technically ready for it, but, mentally, no.

We'll see how this weekend goes, outside of this awful allergy attack.

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