Labor day!

Sep. 6th, 2010 09:25 am
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Hooray, no work today! Although all that means is my day starts in the afternoon, instead of the morning. I'm not complaining. :)

I might go hang out in the ICT office for a bit today, I'm not sure. I have some nerdy things to hang up in there, and I don't know why, but I like hanging out there. It's probably because the professors are super cool, and most of my fellow students are awesome. Some of them are a little strange, but that happens, especially in a program that attracts so many nerds.

I can't believe how chilly it is in here. I guess fall finally came, after that one last crazy heat wave.

Day 02 – Your first love

I'm going to take this to mean the first person I realized I was really, truly in love with, and not the first person I said "I love you" to.

Anyhow, my first love, my first real, true love, was Justin. We started dating almost 10 years ago, in the second semester of my freshman year. We were both a mess - we were both dealing with depression, and I was dealing with all sorts of other crap. His mom was the one who took me to my first actual counseling session. We had some really good times, though - there would be days where we'd just sit next to each other and read books. Other times we'd go to the rec park in Malone and go walk the trails with his dog, Buckwheat. One of my favorite memories was when we went out in his dad's old Mustang convertible during the Perseid meteor shower back in 2001, late at night, and pulled over on the side of the road out in the country and just laid back and watched the shooting stars.

I'm glad that after all we've been through, and all the crap I put him through, we're still friends. He actually asked if he could come to my wedding, and I told him "of course you can, silly". Out of all the ex boyfriends I have, he's one of the few that I talk to on a regular basis.

The rest of the days )

30 Day Meme

Sep. 5th, 2010 07:33 pm
purpleparadox: (Fall)
I'm stealing this idea from [personal profile] wyldbutterflies, since it sounds like an excellent way to help all my new friends get to know me. Also, I like memes.

30 Day About Me Meme

Day 01: Introduce Yourself

Oh lordy, I am never good at introducing myself. I always start with "My name is Beth", and then start rambling about something nonsensical, like nerdy things or stupid random things that happened to me. Only once has that actually gotten me a friend.

So, I'll approach this in a different way!

My name is Beth. I'm 28 years old. I'm recently married, to a wonderful man named Bryan. He puts up with my craziness. I was diagnosed with major depressive disorder when I was 16, and anxiety when I was 18. I also have other health problems, but they don't impact me nearly as much as the depression crap. I name my electronics - my desktop is Kitra 2 (Kitra 1 was an HP Pavillion that died a spectacular death a few years ago), my laptop is called Silver, my old laptop is named Snowball, my iPod is named Touchie, and my eBook reader is simply named Book. I get funny looks when I refer to my electronics by name. I am territorial, I sleep with a security blanket, I dress in Gothic Lolita sometimes, and I am addicted to coffee.

I like anime and manga and video games, but I'm nowhere near as rabidly fangirly as I used to be. I still have one hell of a Sailor Moon collection, though, and I'm proud of still being a fan 13 years after I discovered the show. I like to read fantasy novels, and I absolutely love Anne Bishop's works. She is the only author I'm a hardcore fan for - I own every novel she's written. I absolutely love the Ace Attorney series of games for the Nintendo DS - I plan on owning every single game in the series someday. (I am one game short of my goal - apparently it's hard to find Apollo Justice anywhere.) I used to be absolutely obsessed with Princess Peach, and have dressed as her for Halloween twice.

I go to graduate school and I work. I am in the MSEd: Educational Technology Specialist program, and I work three jobs - as a graduate assistant at the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation, a computer lab supervisor at the Levitt Center, and as an unpaid graduate assistant at the Information and Communication Technology office (or whatever the hell we're calling ourselves, now that we've merged with Computer Science - I don't care, so long as they don't take my office away). I've found that keeping myself very busy keeps me from wallowing in depression. You should have seen me last fall, when my only obligation was to show up to Levitt two nights a week. I was a mess. All I did was drink coffee, lay on the couch, and work on my NaNoWriMo novel.

I'm trying to get more active and lose some weight - I tend to eat junk food when I'm stressed, and I've recently banned myself from eating anything that comes from a vending machine. Also, working out keeps the depression away, which is nice. I am also trying to write in my journal daily - it helps keep me sane. Welcome to my life. I hope I haven't scared anyone off yet.

The rest of the days )
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I write like
Vladimir Nabokov

I Write Like by Mémoires, Mac journal software. Analyze your writing!




I took one look at this and almost snorted out my coffee. I write like the guy who wrote "Lolita"? XD And I dress in the Japanese Lolita style sometimes. Weeeiiird. The post I used for the writing analyzer was the post I posted maybe 20 minutes ago, before I had breakfast.

Maybe I should read "Lolita" sometime.

Now I really need to hop in the shower, or at least make my hair behave without filling it full of shampoo, conditioner, and loads of hairspray.

meme time!

May. 2nd, 2010 08:20 pm
purpleparadox: (Glee!)
Ganked from [profile] alwaysunami. I had fun guessing at hers, so here's mine!

Pick 10 media items, post their summaries from Better Than It Sounds, and have your friends guess WITHOUT CHEATING.

Here goes! :D

TV

1. An old man spends several lifetimes convincing hot young things to join him inside an ancient (time traveling) phone box. He is routinely harassed by tin men, giant nazi pepperpots and his old college buddies.

2. A recovering alcoholic tries to keep a Cowboy Cop, a closet lesbian, a gangsta rapper, and John Munch from taking their frustrations out on rapists and child molesters.

3. A young woodsman embarks on a mystical quest with an elderly wizard, a beautiful woman who mind-rapes people with her eyes, and a reformed dominatrix. Along the way they collect magical objects, rescue villagers, and try not to doom the world by having sex.

Video Games

4. The player takes on the role of a child in a world where kids are allowed to leave the house at 10 years of age and traverse the world, capture and force animals to fight each other causing them to mutate into grotesque monsters, and beat up the local crime syndicate. There are only four games in this series but they have been released 17 times under different names.

5. Everyone decides the damsel is more interesting and helps her have adventures with her umbrella.

6. One of the duo teams up with the damsel, the turtle, a living cloud who was raised by frogs, and a possessed action figure to beat up giant talking weapons and fix a wishing star.

Anime

7. A psychic high school track star helps in the fight against Isaac Newton's evil mecha army on a highly improbable moon made by Atlanteans.

8. Shy bookworm must kill Beethoven and other historical figures with paper.

9. Military specialist searches for a magic rock recipe to get his brother out of a can. In one version of the story, the rock is their father, in the other version the rock is us.

Webcomics

10. Indie boy with Robot Buddy accrues harem of unattainable ladies. Comedy, drama, and coffee ensue. And when he does attain one, it's not the one you'd expect.


Have fun guessing, everyone! :D
purpleparadox: (Whaaaat?)
The 2000s: A Decade in Review
*Think back to ten years ago on this month.
*Write truthful answers and ELABORATE. This makes it more interesting!
*It's about personal changes. Have fun with it!

Then and Now )
purpleparadox: (MKR: woo!)
...I now post a long meme. Not the longest, like the one Kit and I came up with a couple years ago that totaled up to be about 500 questions and took us a week to make, but still, long.

111 questions! )
purpleparadox: (what the hell is this)
[personal profile] phoebesmum  pointed me in the direction of another meme.

1. Reply to this post and I'll assign you a letter.
2. List (and upload, if you feel like it) 5 songs that start with that letter.
3. Post them to your journal with these instructions

She gave me the letter B. 

Let's see what I can come up with....

1. Bluebird by Electric Light Orchestra:  This song is one of ELO's more 80s-tastic songs, but it's still so pretty.  I think the song is from the point of view of someone who admires this girl who's having a rough time of things.  He's trapped somehow (job, work, crazy lover, I don't know) and he's telling her that she's free, she should fly away from her difficult life and start anew.

2. Between the Lines by Bonobo: It's a good song to zone out to.  I like Bonobo.  They're good for listening to when I wander around town during the summer, aimlessly walking for lack of anything better to do.

3. Beautiful Life by Ace of Base:  Man, I've loved this song for ages.  I even remember the first time I heard it, too- on the bus home from 8th grade one day.  I remember hearing it on the radio and thinking about how awesome it sounded, and how much it sounded like Ace of Base, and then the DJ said it was Ace of Base, and I ran home and made my mom get the CD for me. XD

4. Beyond this Life by Dream Theater:  I haven't listened to this song, or the album it's from, in ages.  Scenes from a Memory, the album this song is from, is meant to be listened to all at once.  It's so weird when one of the songs comes up randomly on my playlist, I get so into the song and then something entirely different comes on next instead of the next song on the CD.  It gets disorienting.  :P

5. Baba O'Riley by The Who: I like this song.  I don't know why.  Maybe because it's the opening theme for one of the CSIs out there, can't remember which.  Maybe because I like to sing it.  Maybe it's the synthesizer part in the beginning.  I have no clue.  

Meme time

Apr. 19th, 2009 11:29 am
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Swiped this meme from [personal profile] mochi .

Comment on this post. I will choose seven interests from your profile and you will explain what they mean and why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so others can play along.


1. electric light orchestra:  Electric Light Orchestra is a band from the 70s and 80s that I really love.  They're technically classic rock, but some people have classified them as classic pop, and I can see where that comes from.  I love their music- it reminds me of sunny days in the summer and happy things.

2. greek mythology:  I am a Greek mythology nut.  In undergrad, I was an art history major with a concentration in classical studies, and my love for Greek mythology comes from my love of Greek sculpture and vase painting.  My favorite Greek goddess is Athena (we have a statue of her Roman incarnation, Minerva, on my college's campus), and I love The Odyssey (and to a lesser extent, the Iliad).

3. the black jewels series:  The Black Jewels series is a series of books done by my absolute most favorite author, Anne Bishop.  It takes everything you were told about Hell, Satan, demons, and the underworld, and throws it out the window.  The story revolves around the High Lord of Hell, Saetan SaDiablo, his two sons Daemon and Lucivar, and his adopted daughter Jaenelle.  It's an amazing fantasy series that spans seven books (I'm currently on book two, in my umpteenth re-read of the series), and I urge anyone who likes darker fantasy stories to give it a try.

4. clive barker:  I love Clive Barker.  His stories keep me up all night, reading.  I haven't watched any movies he's done, or read much of his works besides the more fantasy-ish ones, but I love him.  He's an amazing artist, too, and I love the illustrations he did for the Abarat books.  (I wonder if he's written any more for that series.)

5. rush:  One of my favorite classic rock bands.  I got to see them live in concert back in 2002, and oh it was wonderful.  Even if we were stuck up in the balcony behind six rows of box seats.  It was one of the last concerts I got to see with my best friend Justin's father, before he passed away a few years ago, and one of many concerts that Justin and I saw while we were still close.  (I have an interesting relationship with Justin, but that's another story for another day.)

6. phoenix wright:  Phoenix Wright, Ace Attorney.  Oh man, he is awesome, even if he is a goofball.  Phoenix Wright is one of the main characters in the Ace Attorney series for the Nintendo DS.  These games get you thinking, and it's lots of fun trying to prove that the bad guy is really the good guy.  I think my love for Phoenix Wright comes from my love of crime dramas.

7. sera myu:  Sailor Moon musicals.  I think that's all I need to say on that. XD

(or maybe not- for those who don't know, Sailor Moon is a once popular anime series that was huge in Japan, and sorta popular here.  Japan's love for Sailor Moon was so insane that they started doing musicals in 1993, after the first season of the show was done.  The musicals ran longer than the show did- the anime ran for 5 years, while the musicals ran for 11.)

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