piplover: (Merlin)
OK, so I'm a bit early, but I figured I would say it now.  I hope everyone has a wonderful New Year's Eve, and that the headaches are very mild tomorrow.  

2010 was a pretty crappy year, I think we can all agree.  There were some good things, though.  I got switched to taking chats at my job, my brother got promoted, and my sister moved to England, which she has been wanting to do for years.  

I've made a lot of new friends, on LJ and in RL, and lost a few as well. 

I've found my way back to a Sherlock Holmes, whom I've always loved, but was always a bit intimidated by, and ended up writing an 80,000 page story.  Which I'll start posting in the next few days!

I've had a lot of health problems this year, and some money trouble because of it, but both are pretty much under control right now, so I'm starting the new year hopeful. 

I got a new coat, which I cannot tell you how much I love!  I will post pictures shortly.  Yes, I am that proud of my coat!  

And above all, DADT was repealed.  *Fist pump!*

I do have a few resolutions, though they're pretty normal ones.  

I want to lose 30 pounds this year, and am saving to purchase an elliptical machine. 
I want to be happy with my job, and an going to look into making changes.
I want to go back to school, or at least get started on looking into that.

I am going to go to England in April, and I'm looking forward to seeing some of you I've only ever known from LJ.  Please take pity on me when I visit and try not to laugh too much when I get hopelessly lost.  

Here's to hoping that 2011 is a much, much better year than 2010! 

Hello!

Dec. 12th, 2010 03:19 pm
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Hello, everyone!  Sorry I've been so quiet lately, but Christmas has been taking its toll on me, and I don't want to fill up my list with my whining.  I've been trying to keep my spirits up and not be depressed by the crazy customers or the fact I  have to work a regular shift on Christmas day.  Yeah, still feeling the sting of that one.

But my family is going to be celebrating on Christmas Eve, so I'm trying to stay upbeat and just enjoy the season as much as I can. 

So, enough of that.

The cats are doing well, and I'm doing all right.  My stomach is still being touchy, and I'm trying to take it one day at a time and not worry that I'll never be 100% again.  I have good days that are becoming more, so I'm going to be happy about that and deal with the pain when I have to.

My apartment is all decorated, I have pumpkin eggnog in the fridge, and since I'm working from home I can have all the Christmas music or movies on in the background that I can stand.  Plus, my two little monsters are keeping me company!

Also, I talked to my manager and asked about the possibility of being able to work from home a few days a week and coming in to the building the others.  I think that would be a great way to keep my stress down and save on gas, but also get me out of the apartment and around people.  I don't know if I will be able to, but the question has been asked and they're looking into it for me.  

Also also!  I talked to my sister yesterday and it turns out March will not be a good time for me to visit, as she will be trying to survive finals and essays out the wazoo.  So I'm going to head over in April.  Now I have to find out if I want to arrange to be there for the royal wedding, or skip that madness and go a bit earlier to miss it, but still get some of the excitement.   Any thoughts from my England friends?

I'm really looking forward to seeing her and London again.  And also meeting some of you who have been so amazing to me, but who I have never met face to face.  My sister said pretty much anytime after the first week in April, so anyone have any ideas? 

I'm also looking forward to meeting her boyfriend.  He's a royal marine and will have just come back from Afghanistan.  He sounds like a very nice man who is treating my sister well, but I think it would be great to just meet him!  I didn't even meet my sister's ex-husband until right before her wedding, lol!  Not that they are anywhere near there.  They have only been dating for a few months. But still....

I'm looking forward to visiting some of the pubs near where she lives and trying not to make a fool of myself.  My sister is a drinker, and so are a lot of her friends.  I am not.   We're very much two totally different people, and we don't go in the same circles at all.  But still...  I think it will be fun!

Also, going in April will give me more time to lose the weight!  I still have my heart set on losing 30 pounds before I head over.  I know I can do this!  I just have to really work at it.  My main problem is getting out and exercising.  Recently I've been so tired that's it's a struggle just getting out of bed in the morning.  Part of it is the cold weather, and another is fighting depression.  But I think once Christmas has passed, I'll feel a lot better and able to take on the world!

Plus, I'll have more vacation time saved up, and more money, lol!

So, this is where I stand right now.  I've sent out the most of my Christmas cards, just have to get a few more stamps and then the rest will be shipped out.  I have all but one of my presents bought, and I'm just hoping to survive in relatively good spirits.

Anyway, not much else to report!  I'll be starting to post my massive Holmes epic probably next week (SQUEE!!) and I'm getting excited about that.  I hope everyone has a lovely weekend and you are all doing well.  Take care!
piplover: (Hello Adipose)
Hello, all!  I'm still alive!  

I know my last post was pretty grim, and I haven't posted in a while.  But I am doing much, much better.  The money issue has mainly sorted itself out in that I have vowed not to make myself sick overthinking things.  I'm going to do the best I can, and it will work itself out. 

I had 6 days off this past week, from Thursday until yesterday, Tuesday.  It was so nice!  My mom and I took my sister back to Seattle on Thursday to say goodbye before she takes off for England, and then I spent Saturday at our local county fair.  I indulged and had a corndog, a caramel apple, and a giant lemonade, lol.  Also, I splurged and bought myself some earrings for 6$. I was very proud of myself for only going on 3 rides, and just enjoying the day.

Monday I went to Ellensburg, about 2 hours from where I live, to meet up with [livejournal.com profile] enkiduts and have our very own fangirl day of squeeing over Holmes.  

Also, I got new tires on my car, since the old ones were almost literally about to die a painful death, and got my oil changed.  Thank God for credit cards, even though just the thought of how much it cost is enough to make me wince.  Still... It had to be done.

Anyway, now I am back at work.  It's been pretty quiet today, and I'm fighting off a headache that seems to have come out of nowhere. I was actually pretty excited to be back at work. I have a new schedule, hence the long weekend.  Now I work Wed-Sat, which isn't nearly as nice as the Sun-Wed, but oh well.  I still get my three day weekend, and this will actually work out better because the family usually has Sunday off.  

Anyway, that's my boring life.  I hate this new twitter/ facebook thing.  Good God, LJ, get your head out of your ass!  Sheesh.  I think you can all guess what my policy is on linking, but if not, please don't.  

And that's about it.  How are you all doing?  I've been following everyone's LJ, but if anything new and exciting is happening, let me know.  I love you all!  

((((HUGS FLIST))))

Yay!

Jun. 11th, 2010 12:42 am
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Just had one of my buddies from Basic find me on Facebook!  I really don't do anything on Facebook except play Farmville, lol.  I don't think I even know how to send a message.  But not only did she find me, but she pointed me in the direction of several others I went to Basic with, and the Drill Sgt I would have gone to hell for.  It's amazing to see what's going on with all of them, and how far we've all come!
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Hello!  I hope you all had a nice Memorial Day, or a wonderful Monday.

I worked a few hours yesterday morning, which I'm really happy about as it was time and half, and then had the rest of the day off.  Went over to my Mom's where my brother his fiance surprised her with a new stove.  Then we had hamburgers and hot dogs and more food than was probably good for us.

After we ate we went to the cemetery to pay our respects and got caught in a downpour. 

We had smores, which was hilarious.  We cooked HUGE marshmallows over the grill and then squished them between the graham crackers and proceeded to get marshmallow all over our faces.  It was great!  My brother, future sis-in-law, and I played monkey-in-the-middle with my mom's pug, who has so much energy it was the only way to wear her out.  Every time we dropped the tennis ball she would dive after it and claim it back, and then we had to chase her around the yard, lol.

After that we played dominoes and I was thoroughly beaten! 

I called my friend, Dave, who I served with in AZ, and we talked for a good half hour.  It was so nice catching up with him and talking to someone who was with me when I went through some of the horrible stuff. 

All in all, it was a great day. 
piplover: (Stayed in bed)
I survived having a houseguest for a week!  Maybe not very successfully, but I made it.  Things were -  hrmmm, tense, I guess would be the right word.  Apparently my ex thought that there were going to be sexy fun times while he was down here and I - well, that was pretty much the last thing on my mind.  He was rather put out when I told him he was sleeping on the couch, and from then on things were rather uncomfortable.

He wasn't horrible, or tried to do anything.  But he was very - I don't know, passive aggressive?  Taking verbal pot-shots at me, and although I'm pretty sure he was just teasing, having to deal with that for 5 days was pretty wearing. 

We drove up to Seattle on Monday for my doctor appointment with the specialist, stayed the night in a hotel with twin beds, and then was told by the doctor that I had basically wasted my time going up. 

I did, however, get an explanation of what was going on and why my stomach was hurting, which is a big relief.  Apparently, in a small percentage of people, PTSD triggers something in the body and they become hyper-sensitive.  They think this is what happened to me.  So they told me the dose of meds I'm on is exactly what I need to be on, and that the pain will probably come and go for a bit longer until my body stops being so hyper-sensitive. 

So, I'm not counting the trip a total loss. 

And today is my Friday, so I just have to get through work and then I'm off for three days.  Well, except for the CT scan tomorrow, which I am not thinking about because - Yuck!  

I hope everyone is doing all right.  Sorry I wasn't around last week, but I'm back.  Take care, everyone, talk to you soon!
piplover: (kitty)
To everyone on my flist, happy holidays! Whatever you celebrate, or chose not to, I hope you have a wonderful day and are safe, warm, and happy. Thank you all for being here for me, and hopefully my computer will be fixed tomorrow (if my brother is very nice!) and I'll actually have a reliable computer again!

Have a wonderful rest of the week, a great Christmas, and a warm and safe experience wherever you are.

*Hugs*

GIP

May. 30th, 2009 09:29 pm
piplover: (ass kicking)
I am about to head to bed soon, but I just wanted to say thanks to everyone for all the encouragement.  I am going to kick ass tomorrow!  
piplover: (Happy fan!)
In my living room I have several Torchwood, Dr. Who, Star Wars, and LoTR action figures. Not to mention my Transformers Bumblebee, my Star Wars Mighty Mug dolls, a sonic screwdriver, and a pokeball. On my wall above my computer are two Star Wars posters and I have an SGA poster in my study/kitty room.

My friend, when I told her I was moving the antique shelf that used to be my grandmother's into my bedroom to put up the posters, told me I should move it back and also move all my toys into the second bedroom, where I could hide them and wouldn't embarrass myself. She also mentioned that my apartment looked like a teenager's bedroom, which, ok, I can kind of understand. Still.   The shelf looked  out of place right  next to Captain Jack and Docter #9.  I think it looks much better in the bedroom, where I don't have anything fannish save for autograph photos on the wall.  

I don't know about the rest of you, but I embrace my geekiness. I enjoy having my action figures where I can see them and play with them, and I love the two posters I can look at whenever I need a little nudge of "really, my life does not suck!" I am thinking of getting a CD stand and rearranging my figures to better display them, but other than that, I enjoy my apartment.

So do you all display your geeky tendencies? I know for me that I'm considered a bit of a freak in the family, even by my sister who lives in Seattle and prides herself on being different. *Snort* I think she just likes to party and tells herself that that constitutes being young at heart.

Anyway, I guess I was just wondering how the rest of you deal with your fannishness around your family. Do they know how obsessed you are, or do they make fun of you, like mine do? Honestly, although I embrace my fandoms wholeheartedly, I'm actually pretty much a coward when it comes to letting my family know just exactly how much I am into it. It's bad enough getting eye rolls and surreptitious remarks about growing up, but if I told them that I wrote fanfic, they would immediately ask why I bother when I should turn that energy into original fiction.

Some battles just aren't worth fighting unless you live several miles away. 

For those of you who are totally open about your fanfic, I envy you!  I wish I had your strength.  At least my apartment is a little haven of fanish love, and my friends, other than the one I mentioned above, seem to enjoy it.  I figure, you're only as old as you feel, and I like to think that I'm just a giant kid at heart.  :)
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I love you.  Every one of you. 
piplover: (Fucking tired)
I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who commented on my last post.   I know I haven't answered them, and I'm sorry.  To make a long story short, I got stuck in Salt Lake City last night and didn't get home until 9 this morning, where I promptly crashed before heading back out into the rush of things. 

My dad is still in ICU and has yet to wake up, but the doctors are hopeful.  They're thinking they may be able to take him off the ventilator later this week, so any good thoughts his way would be greatly appreciated. 

The workshop for 7 Straight Nights was amazing.  Not only do I feel more comfortable with the press now, but I'm pretty sure I can pull this off without looking like too much of a goober.  The people in Texas were some of the nicest, most amazing people it has been my pleasure to meet.  When I was in the airport and informed that I would have to stay overnight, I was worried because I had no money.  A wonderful women gave me 20 dollars out of the blue.  I had no idea she had heard me mention it to the ticket guy, so when she gave me the money I started to cry, I was so touched.  When I was at my lowest someone went and proved once more than there is true kindness in this world. 

You all have been wonderful and amazing, always supporting me through the good and the bad in my life, whether brought on by my own stupidity or not.  Thank you, all of you, for being there for me.  I really can't say how much you all mean to me. 

Take care of yourselves, and if I'm not around for a while, you are all still in my thoughts. 

(((HUGS)))
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Was talking with a friend and we got started, somehow, on that game where you take your first pet's name and the name of the street you grew up on and come out with your porn star name.  Apparently, I'm.. wait for it.... THUMPER NEWCOMER. 

*Head desk*

 

A good day

May. 20th, 2008 10:18 pm
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My friend Jessica came over tongiht and we watched Stardust and drank lots of alcohol and ate a lot, too!  I am so drunk right now, lol, so please forvige me.  I just wanted to post about my wonderful night, and how I haven't laughed this much in I can't remember when.  I hope you all are having a good night, too.  Take care!
piplover: (family)
Hello, all.  Just wanted to drop by and say that Christmas was survived without any bloodshed, yelling or tears.  Brother and I called a truce which seems to be holding, though for how long I am not sure.  Sister came down from Seattle by way of Munich (don't ask) and will be off again tomorrow for Texas to celebrate New Years with a friend.  I head  back to work tomorrow after a five day holiday, but I only work two days and then get Sunday off, so I'm not too grumpy about having to stop being lazy. 

[profile] mik100, I got your wonderful gift, thank you very much!  It has already been read, so those geek points are mine!

[profile] budgielover, thank you for the beautiful card!

To all those who celebrated, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas!  To everyone else, I hope your winter celebrations have been filled with love, warmth and laughter.  To those who don't celebrate, I  hope that you are keeping warm and sorounded by those you love and care for and are passing the season in good spirits. 

Take care everyone!
piplover: (brothers)
 A few days ago I got a call from my best friend.  We haven't spoken to each other in probably over a year, and I had lost her number somwhere between moving from my mom's house to the old apartment.   But I was thinking about her on my brithday, wondering what she was up to, and a few days later she called.
The funny thing is, we have always been this way.  I'll start thinking of her and get a call a few days later, or I'll suddenly have the urge to call her and the first thing out of her mouth will be, "I was just thinking of you!"  But what truly amazes me is that no matter how much time passes between talking to her, we pick up as if no time has past.
The funny thing is, neither one of us remember how we became friends.  In fact, we started out as mortal enemies.  Our fourth grade teacher, oh so many, many years ago, forced us to sit together, and we had detested each other so much we put a line of tape down the center of the desk to keep the other from crossing over, lol!  But neither of us remembers what brought us together.
I do know that she has been through absolute shit in her life, though, and that our friendship by necessity has always been puncutated by long periods of not speaking to each other.  You see, her father had tried to kill her mother in front of her, and her mother, after fleeing the hospital in fear of her life, had fled the state as well, taking Krista with her.  We would go sometimes up to a year without speaking to each other, and then her mom would come back in town for a while, and the two of us would pick up as if no time had passed.  Then she would have to move again and another long stretch of silence.
Krista and I have been friends for about 22 years, and I can honestly say that I have never met another person who finsihes my sentences for me, even after so long apart.  Seriously, if I didn't do the same thing to her, it would be freaky.  As it is, I think I'm just going to count my blessings, say a prayer for her becuase she stil has a lot to overcome, and make sure I put her new phone number someplace I can't lose it.  But even if I do, I know that a year from now or two year, I'll hear from her again.  And we'll pick up right where we left off. 
piplover: (family)
Over the past week I've had to face some harsh truths about my life, but through it all, my friends here on LJ have been with me. I just wanted to say thank you to everyone who has commented and offered me hugs and good thoughts. I've really needed that lately.
Though things are still going to be pretty bad for the next few months, I'm not to the point of wanting to curl into a little ball and cry anymore. I found out I passed all my classes this quarter, even my precalc that I had to fight my way through. I managed to raise my grade from an F to a C, which, hey, passing, and I'm truly, truly thankful. That is one major stress out of my life, and even though there are a butt load to take it's place, well, I'm trying to count my blessings as they come.
I just found out that Stargate SG-1 was cancelled, and though this makes me sad, I am also thrilled that Stargate Atlantis has been renewed. SG-1 was my first love, and I fell hard, but I think this is the right decision, as it had a good run and it is better to end now while they are still strong.
So many things in this life are uncertain, from work to schooling to family. Yet through it all, there is one thing I know I can always count on: my friends.
So, thank you, everyone, for being with me throuhg the horrid times and the jubilant. And for being there when I will need you again.
(((HUGS YOU ALL))))))
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I just wanted to thank everyone who commented on my last entry. My friend ended up taking a test, and she ISN'T pregnant, lol. Thank you everyone for your insight. I think it was good for her to see that she needed to find out one way or the other, and now she can stop worrying and move on.
BIG HUGS!!!!!
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Ok, here's the thing. My friend thinks she might be pregnant, even though I told her she can't be beacause she's not missed her period for like, four months. So, the question I'm putting to you is this: Can a woman be pregnant and still get her period? I've never been, but I'm pretty sure it doesn't work like that, lol.
I would appreciate any answers, as my friend is too cowardly to take a test, even though I offerd to buy it for her. Sigh. Friendship.
piplover: (Fear)
Leadership!

Anyway, I just wanted to add to my last post that you guys are the greatest ever. And no, I'm not drunk. I think that finally realizing that I hate working at Walmart and that I do have choices has freed me a little from the black whole I was sinking into. So, thanks for being here for me, and putting up with me.

Anyway...Leadership....
piplover: (family)
i just wanted to say to everyone over in London and England that I am so glad you are all right. I know you are all angry, and you should be. I know that this event is horrifying, shocking, and scary as hell. All I can say is that we are all with you, in our thoughts and prayers, and that the only way we can get through this is be sticking together. Hopefully the war will be over soon, and this terror will stop.
Goddess bless all of you, and know that I thinking of all of you. Take care, and keep us updated, all right?
LOVES!

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