Sep. 14th, 2008 06:33 am
brinshannara: (nothing good 2am)
Up too late.

Eyes aching.

Mind whirring.

I re-read about half of one of my past NaNoWriMo novels and, to my utter shock, I still don't think it sucks much. It could definitely use some work, but it doesn't suck. Whcih is nice.

I remember, now, why I couldn't keep going with it. I'm at this part, in two portions of the story, that are too hard to continue because they really tap into real-life events that were difficult to deal with then and are somewhat hard to deal with even now. So I'm kind of stuck. But maybe having reread the story some... will unstick it?

Bed for not very long at all before brunch with the family.
brinshannara: (seriously)
So, my grandmother has been having phone issues for the last couple of weeks. Occasionally, she has no signal and everyone else gets a busy signal. The last time this happened, it went on for a day and a half, and I had to go upstairs and knock on her door, fearing the worst, since we didn't know there was a weird line issue. She was fine. :) Today, my mom calls me to tell me that I need to go knock on her door again.

So I do, but she loses a signal again, later, and asks me to call Bell on her behalf. I do, I schedule an appointment for tomorrow and they tell me that if it's outside of the apartment building, it's no charge, but that it's $80 if it's inside. :P So you can pay $6/month for insurance against this... so I said I'd call back, explained it to my grandmother, and she's like, yes, do the $6 thing. Again, I'll call them and now (and only now) they demand proof that I'm her granddaughter. So the lady puts me on hold, calls up my grandmother, verifies me, etc, and we get the $6 a month insurance.

Now, during the afternoon, my computer sort of died. In that, it worked... but I wasn't getting power. I figured it was the warm weather or something, so I shut it all down and played Super Mario brothers, of all things. Come back an hour later to a cool computer and power adapter... and get nothing.

Eventually, I call up Future Shop and explain the situation and they tell me to bring it in for a quick test to see which part of the computer isn't working -- the laptop or the adapter.

Haul ass down to the store, fervently praying the whole time that it's the adapter... and then it is. WHEW. So I bought a universal adapter and my computer is a happy camper once again.

Throughout this, I've been emailing with a woman whom I vaguely know from six years ago (we were potentially going to be co-workers in what we discovered was a very sketchy operation) and work with now, about work stuff and how we knew each other.

Reading it over, it doesn't sound like much. But it felt like a lot! Lots of ups and downs and concerns. This is probably why I feel exhausted. That, or the fact that it feels like 31 degrees Celsius outside.
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Mornings are the suckiest suck that ever sucked, times a suck factor of suckfinity.

That is all.

ETA: No, it's not. It's minus 30 (-22F) with the windchill, the HIGH today is -18 (5F) and there's so much snow from yesterday that the wind is just pushing it EVERYWHERE, which will inevitably mean up my nose and in my eyes. Wah.


Dec. 5th, 2006 12:11 pm
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I think I've had five or six hours of sleep in the last 48 hours. I'm getting twitchy and I keep thinking I'm seeing things out of the corners of my eyes.

I can't wait to have this sucker done and handed in. Mmmmmm. Sleeeeep.


Dec. 4th, 2006 10:08 pm
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Theatre class is done. Remind me never to be on a stage ever again, okay? My hands actually shook.

I have to be at school in 17 hours to hand in the 8-10 page paper I have yet to actually begin. I have slept for 2.5 hours since 11am on Sunday morning. There's math in there, somewhere, I'm sure, that proves I've been up for a long ass time. I don't think I cold actually count that much right now.

I'd like to ask you all why it is I am capable of remembering lines from sitcoms and dramas and sci-fi shows that are 10-25 years old, but I was still unable to remember a full quarter of my lines tonight. Honestly, I was on the phone on my way home from school tonight and said something about my not having a glimmer of independent thought (alas, the TNG reference was wasted on someone who doesn't even know who Gates McFadden is...). How is it I can remember Riker's lines in Beverly's play from a 6th season TNG episode, but I couldn't remember some nonsense about some dude getting transferred to the capital of wherever the hell our play was based? I think I lose geek points and gain RL points for not remembering the name of the ep, though. It's somewhere in my brain, I think, and I do remember hating Riker's hair throughout it and wishing there was more Bev in it. It may bother me, but I am too stubborn to look it up, since I KNOW it's in there SOMEWHERE.

I think I miss TNG. Hm.

Okay. Food, then maybe, maybe a 2-3 hour nap, then working until 2:30pm, then taking a cab to drop off the paper.
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Here is a mini update before I go off to dinner at my parents' house.

a) There is entirely too much TV in the world that I want to watch and I think I have finally hit the point where I KNOW it's too much to keep track of or keep up with. Eesh. I haven't even had the desire to watch anything but Alias and Lost these days, and that sort of makes me sad, especially because I'm not really busy or anything. I've lost interest in Desperate Housewives and I wish I could keep track of The West Wing, but... I'm so burnt out that the fact these shows are on and I'm not remembering to watch them stresses me out.

b) I am still very tired these days. Decompression is a bitch and a half. I wish desperately that I could sleep for more than 6 hours in a row, but my body always thinks it's just napping.

c) It's getting very warm here, and, as such, my head is aching pretty much every day. Thank you, sinuses, for loving me so. :P

d) I finally sent my iPod away to get it fixed and/or replaced. This makes me happy.

e) This week, I'll be calling the place I worked last year to try to get a job again and try to figure out what, exactly, I can do to swing going to Italy for two weeks, with regards to my work schedule.

f) There is no f.

g) Ten points to whoever can be the first to explain why I skipped f and what fandom I lifted that from.

h) That is all.


Feb. 6th, 2006 12:03 pm
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
I sincerely do not want to go anywhere or do anything.

It's snowing. I'm cold. I'm tired. I'm headachey.

And I have to leave here at 12:30 to get to my 1:15 class on time.


Had an alternately lazy and busy weekend. I did very little on Saturday. I dozed in the afternoon, during hockey, and did very little in the evening, too. Spoke to [ profile] drsnicket, though, which is always nice. :) PF came to town on Saturday evening, so we met up on Sunday afternon (early afternoon, too. Like 1!) and spent the next three and a half hours chatting about all kinds of things -- women, men, hockey, politics, the future, etc. We also talked about her younger sister, which is a whole other can of worms. Let the record show that I am officially happy that my younger brother is not as much of a dumbass as I occasionally make him out to be.

Then, when JB got back from Ottawa Sunday evening, she called me from the bus station to see if I wanted to go meet her for a late dinner at a place near where she lives. I actually hadn't had dinner yet at that point, so I said sure. I managed to pick up a bus pass along the way and she and I had a pleasant dinner for the next hour and a half.

There was this whole conversation while we were walking towards her place (and towards my bus stop) that got interrupted when the damn bus actually showed up and I had to make a run for it. More details in a friendslocked entry later on.

And on that note, it's noon. I should eat and get dressed and get going.

Mondays. Feh.


Jan. 31st, 2006 10:43 am
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
Woke up just before 10 after falling asleep around five.

I don't know why I have so much trouble going to bed at a reasonable hour. Needing to wake up at 10am to make an 11:45am class also sucks. I grab the bus at 11:07, assuming I don't miss it (because the bastards have been coming anywhere from 4-7 minutes early lately) and get to class by 11:40 or so. I wake up so early because I am brain dead if I haven't been up for at least 30-45 minutes, and it takes me that long to wake up sufficiently to be able to, you know, get dressed and remember all my books, etc, and if I want to have breakfast (which I rarely do), well, there goes the whole hour.

At least it's a somewhat short day. I have Anthro at 11:45 and Italian at 2:45 and if I make the 4:09 bus, I'll be home by 4:30.

I have no idea how I managed to get to an 8:45am class twice a week back in January-April of 2004. I really don't. I missed Anthro on both Tuesday and Thursday of last week -- Tuesday, because of the election the day before, Thursday due to panic about my Italian test (which I'm getting back today. Cross your fingers!)... It IS the earliest class I've had in a long time, but still. It basically starts at noon. I should be able to make that. It is not unreasonable.

I don't know why I'm babbling about any of this stuff. Guess it helps to wake up the brain a bit.

Ugh. Five hours of sleep sucks, but I have this feeling I was having very nice dreams before my alarm went off. Hm. I shall now spend the rest of the day wondering what the hell those dreams were.
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
I'm conscious. I went to bed past six. Mmph.

When will I stop going to bed so late when I have to be awake the next day? Honestly.

Going to a late lunch with JB and NC, and I have to be at the restaurant in like, 35 minutes. I'm not entirely sure I'll be there on time, but NC is running late and JB, well, she has her own standard time zone which is 15 minutes back from Eastern Time.

I gotta get going now if I'm going to be remotely on time.

Later, Season 1 of Alias with CB.

Crap, I'm so going to be late -- my mom called. Sigh.


Jan. 26th, 2006 10:38 am
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
Mornings suck.

That is all.


Jan. 23rd, 2006 07:26 am
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
Well, I slept for shit. I got to bed too late and the barometric pressure DROPPED LIKE A ROCK between midnight and 4am, while the humidity rose, causing me to wake up with a bad headache around 4:30 (and I was possibly awake when [ profile] drsnicket called me, which was weird on its own!), so I took some Tylenol and then proceeded to toss and turn and only doze until my alarm went off at 7.

I think it's a natural law that I have to be tired on election day. Hopefully, adrenaline will kick in and I won't be so wiped out later on.

Gah, I have to leave in just under an hour. Time to get cracking.

(Pray for any kind of results barring a Conservative majority government, please. Thank you.)


Jan. 16th, 2006 12:25 pm
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
While I adore my profs this semester, the penalty for taking the profs I love this semester entails being awake at 11:30am on my "sleep-in" day and 10am on my "early" days.

The bonus is, of course, that I have Wednesdays and Fridays off. And that I love my profs.

I must now drag mine ass down to school and sit through nearly three hours of Kant, Foucault and Habermas. None of which I've actually read at this point. Hopefully, the lecture will entice me to do the readings.

Randomly, I'm 28 years, 7 months and 9 days old. Can I please stop getting zits? Thank you.
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
First of all, I went to bed entirely too late.

And was woken up at 8:30am by a JACKHAMMER across the street.

Went back to bed after shutting my windows, slept until 10:15.

Morning classes + me != happy.

I have to leave in a half hour, but before then, I must:

- dress
- pack my bag
- tidy the place
- unload and reload the dishwasher

Because JB is coming over tonight to watch Commander in Chief after my Research Design Class.

And, you know, yay for her coming over and all, especially since I invited her, but it's like... I'm at school from 11:30 until 8pm or so today. I'm already wiped out. I don't know if I have the energy to be remotely entertaining tonight.


Okay, things to do today:

11:05am - leave for class
11:45am - class
1pm - lunch/Italian reading
2:45pm - Italian class
4pm - go find somewhere to relax, sit down, plug in my laptop to recharge and watch an episode of Las Vegas. Try not to fall asleep.
5:15pm - go find food.
6pm - class.
8pm - call JB, arrange to meet her at a specific bus stop.
8:05pm - pick up milk and some snackish food at a dep prior to getting on a bus.
ASAP - sleep.

Once again, I know, I thrill you with my days. ;)

Randomly, TM, the Irishman I've spoken about before, called me this morning and left a message. I have yet to listen to it, because the last message I got was exceedingly guilt-trippy about not talking to him enough. Dude is overly needy and I just can't deal with anything beyond a casual friendship with him right now. He's a sweetheart, but I am not his best friend and he certainly isn't mine. I so don't want to listen to the message. So I will do that later. Sigh.

Must go get ready. Hope your Thursdays are lovely.
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
After not nearly enough sleep (and an odd dream about work, CB, JB, my high school, and both my ex-girlfriends), I woke up at about 11:30.

I should so be rushing around to get dressed right now, but I've decided to take a cab to school today. It's snowing, it's chilly, and I am still exhausted, because I barely slept up north, due in large part to dog hair on my bed.

Anyways, the bottom line is, I'm tired.

Also, sore. My muscles aren't sore, for which I am eternally grateful, but HOLY CRAP, my ankles are! Honestly, there's like a couple of inches on each ankle (high part of the ankle) that ache a lot and downright HURT when I press on them. Stupid skiboots. Skiing was amazing, though. Nice dry snow, fast conditions. Didn't do anything crazy, like moguls or an expert slope, despite being sorely tempted. I figured there's always next week or the week after for that, whereas if I attempted something insane this week, I might not HAVE a rest of the season in which to do such things, when I'm adequately warmed up.

In other news, tonight marks the return of L Word Night with JB. I am quite looking forward to this.

She and I just had a half-hour long chat (this was part of the reason I've elected to take a cab) and that was nice. Good way to wake up in the morning, really. :) We discussed Chinese astrology, and, even though I knew this already, she was amused to discover that she and I are very compatible signs. Hee.

Anyways, my computer is acting up and I need to get dressed and go to school, now.

Wow. I am so boring... Apologies for inflicting my boringness on you all.


Jan. 7th, 2006 10:14 am
brinshannara: (wind me up (syd))
I so should have gone to bed earlier.

It's 10am on a Saturday morning and do you know what I'm doing? I'm getting ready to go up north.

Skiing versus sleep -- skiing won. Even though skiing is with my family. Or, to be precise, my dad, since my brother's not going and mom's gonna go up to the cottage with the dogs and then pick us up after.

Let me just inform you all that it is not only cold outside, but it is DAMN cold. -17C, which is 2F, and that's only going to get colder on the windy skihill.

I am trying to remind myself that it is WORTH freezing mine ass off in order to go skiing. And also, the lack of sleep.

Anyways, I must dress and pack.

God, I can't believe I'm awake...


Dec. 23rd, 2005 05:26 pm
brinshannara: (what i write)
Paper done. Handed in. 'bout 4 pages too short.

Wrote to teacher. Said I had trouble putting it together in the time allotted and I'd handed in what I'd written, but that if he'd be willing to let me work on it some more and expand on some points to bring it up to an acceptable length, that would be nifty, and to let me know, but that regardless, I hope he has a good break and that he and his loved ones are having a happy holiday season.

Basically, it's worth a shot. At this point, I'd be equally pissed and happy to get either answer from him.

Tired. Sleep soon.
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Italian. English.

Adjectives and univocal lipograms about skanks, cats, a glad man, Alaska, Canada, tramps and bastards.

Then off to C's. I told her I'd help her type up some old school papers she wants to archive (I know, I know.), so I went over, typed up stuff, had brownies, watched some bad television, laughed a lot and had a good time. She even paid for a cab ride home for me.

I'm really tired and have to meet T at the metro station nearest his place around 1-1:15 tomorrow.

Taking the metro is 12 stops (and a transfer to another line) one way and 13 stops (no transfers) the other way. I guess I'll just bring my iPod and go the thirteen stops in one go. Ooh, maybe I'll bring my camera and take pics of all the stations I stop at and go the other 12 stops with the transfer on my way back.

Or, you know, maybe I'll just doze.

Shower now. Maybe more to say later.


Sep. 26th, 2005 06:02 am
brinshannara: (what i write)
How is it nearly six in the morning?

I've done my Italian homework, and have nearly finished my English homework, but I loathe what I've written for English.

We had to write a prose poem.

"The only requirement is that you write it in prose, using mostly simple sentences, putting the stress on objects that signify where this is taking place. Objects to SIGNIFY in the living room, for instance, not "in the living room"."

I think mine sucks. So I'm not printing it yet. Maybe I'll be wickedly inspired when I wake up in 7 hours.

One can hope, anyways.
brinshannara: (irina hope)
Went to bed around 9:30am.

Dragged my sorry ass out of bed at about 1:40pm.


I'm SO glad I don't work tonight because my voice sounds like a frog's stuck in my throat. A particularly large, fat and ugly frog, at that.

Before I went to bed, I sent JB like, two emails, asking her advice on various things, and she was so helpful. :D I love having friends who are smart and know what the hell you're talking about.

Also, yay shuttle launch! I'm so excited Discovery launched. I never used to really pay attention to the shuttle flights, but I am strangely excited that Discovery took off today without problems.

Okay. It's 2:30pm. I have to leave in 3.5 hours. My methodology must be finished and printed by then.

<takes deep breath>

Righto. Here I go.
brinshannara: (what i write)
When working at 2pm the next day, go to bed early, dammit. I didn't fall asleep 'till nearly 4:45.

I am still very tired and not looking forward to my SEVEN HOUR SHIFT. <whimper>

Must go get dressed.

(But... JB is coming home today! :D)


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