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Currently out of work, fandom- and wedding-obsessed 23 year old woman. Expect to see lots of posts about wedding, job-hunting, moving across the country (MI to NY) and fandom!



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October 8th, 2008


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Was informed this morning that invitations for my bridal shower are going out today!

Also on the agenda today: dragging Billy with me to Michael's so I can buy the paper to start making the invitations. Why not go by myself? 1) Money for this project has to come from his side of the contributions 2) I am semi-incapable of wandering around Queens alone. I don't get it at all. I can now wander around my neighborhood by myself in the middle of the afternoon, but the thought of going into an unfamiliar neighborhood freaks me out a little.

Yet if the store were in Manhattan, I wouldn't have a problem. I am weird.

Also weird: discovered over the past week or so that I really like tomatoes. I've avoided eating tomatoes my entire life (except in ketchup, pasta sauce or salsa). And then recently I've been throwing fresh tomatoes into my pastas, eating tomatoes raw with some basalmic vinegar and salt, and today I had my first honest-to-goodness BLT (growing up, whenever Mom made BLTs I just had Bs...toasted bacon sandwiches).

Of course I discover this at the end of tomato season, so goodness knows when I'll be able to eat real, good, fresh tomatoes (without spending a million dollars) again....

October 7th, 2008

Well this is just weird...

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I had another day of orientation today. And you know what? It didn't suck. At all. We did things that were not only useful, but mildly entertaining. Like being given a customer scenario and then having to go pull together an outfit for the hypothetical customer.

Retail is totally not where I want to be with my life right now, but it seems like I could have chosen worse places (strike that: I know I could have chosen worse ~glares at Victoria's Secret~). Say what you will about Banana Republic, but they definitely know how to train their employees (so far I've had three days of training. I might have one more day since today we couldn't go as in depth as usual thanks to the usual trainer being out sick).

Yeah, that's pretty much all I've got. The library is finally starting to deliver on some of my holds, so I picked up five shiny new books after work:

  • The Ghosts of Kerfol
  • The Astonishing Adventures of Fanboy and Goth Girl
  • Hero
  • Dirty Work
  • The Dead and the Gone

Super excited to start reading them :-) I think I'm going to start with the Ghosts of Kerfol, simply because that one was actually recommended to me, and then figure it out from there. If I were working again this week I'd save the smaller books for the subway (since so far I've only been going to work during the morning rush and we get so packed into the subway sometimes there literally isn't room for me to hold a book), but since I don't work again, I'm free to do whatever I want :-)

In other news: poor Billy is sick today. And he stepped on Gopher's (our cat) tail this morning, so Gopher is sulking. And I think Cricket (another cat) is sick, too, because she keeps cowering in corners and won't even eat her treats. Hopefully she can get over whatever it is on her own - we can't afford to have a sick cat right now.

April 10th, 2008


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I got home from work this evening to find a note from UPS on my door. Apparently I have a package from here waiting for me. That's my best guess, at least. When you Google "GB Russo & Son" that's the first hit, and the package originated in Grand Rapids. So...yeah.

In case you haven't guessed yet, I definitely did not order anything from them. I've never even heard of them until I Google'd it. I have no idea what's going on. I can only imagine my mom sent me something, but no one's home answering the phone so I have no way of finding out.

I also don't get to pick it up until tomorrow after work. Boo. And since they're only open until 6, just like the bank, I need to go there INSTEAD of the bank, which THUS means I'll have to wake up obnoxiously early on Saturday to go to the bank to deposit my paycheck. Stupid UPS. Why can't I choose what UPS location I use to pick up my package? 'Cause there's a place that's actually on my way home from work where I could have picked it up. It's so convenient that I probably could have gone there AND the bank in one fell swoop. And even if I couldn't, that place is open on Saturdays.

In short, UPS=Lame

Work also=lame because the team leaves for Nationals tomorrow. Without me. THAT SUCKS. I'm going to get to see the team off, though, which will be nice. Wish them all luck one last time and all that.

Dammit. That means I'm going to have to e-mail my letter. I meant to write it while I was at work today so I could print it out, but we are crazy overloaded so no writing for me. And since I still don't have my computer from Best Buy, the printer on my desk is pretty much worthless.

In other news, Billy has convinced me that I need to start writing romance novels. Especially for these people. Any thoughts?

March 29th, 2008

The epic of booking the hotel continues...

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Got another e-mail from Amanda today. She's been "extremely busy" but that's "no excuse" for "making me wait." She is both mailing and e-mailing a copy of the invoice to me (but again; by the end of the work day I had no invoice).

In stark contrast: I talked to a DJ on Wednesday. On Thursday he put all of the details in the mail even when we hadn't committed to him yet. Depending on how reliable the mail service is, I should be getting all of the paperwork I need from him tomorrow.

Three day turn around time, versus the three months I've been trying to get stuff out of the hotel.

Tomorrow is the tune up tournament for the forensics team. Get to see where everyone's stuff is at just two weeks before they leave for prep. I have to be there at 9:15. How sad is it that that is going to be like sleeping in for me?

Billy comes home tomorrow, though I probably won't see him until he gets off of work at 8. Boo.

March 26th, 2008

I feel like I've done nothing but talk on the phone today...

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My job requires me to be on the phone for roughly half of the day. Every couple of minutes I'm on the phone talking to publishers, customers, etc.


I'm sorry, I was distracted by a Burger King commercial. Morning tongue?! Ew.


So today after work I went and got dinner with Billy. And then got home and I was so proud of myself 'cause I got right to work with wedding stuff. Yay me. One DJ has called me once every day this week, so I figured it was about time I called him back.

It was a pretty good conversation. A long one (half an hour). But he actually already has Pirates music in his repertoire...pretty spiffy.

He also was the cheapest DJ I'd talked to so far. Until I got an e-mail from someone offering 7 hours of DJing for $450...which is so cheap I have to wonder what's wrong, lol.

Okay. So long day at work on the phone, then half an hour with the DJ, then another half an hour with Billy, in which I passed the buck on the DJ search. The DJ is super important to Billy so...why not make that his wedding chore? I'm sure I'm going to do all of the actual scheduling. Not because I don't trust Billy but because I am ANAL RETENTIVE when it comes to this wedding planning stuff. I am going to drive people BATSHIT INSANE on the wedding day because I'm going to want to set up all of the tables myself. I'm trying to do 99% of this thing myself, not necessarily to save money, but because I want to be in complete and utter control.

At some point I am going to have a nervous breakdown. But tonight is not that night.

I topped my day of phone calls off with a call home to beg for money, lol. I want to put down my deposit for at the very least the photographer this week, if not the DJ as well. So I asked my parents for some of the wedding money to be put in my bank account so that Billy's family isn't paying all of our deposits. Next budgeting task: figure out what I should ask Billy's family to pay for and what I should ask my family to pay for. So then I'll know who to turn to as deposits are needed.

Oh, update on ditzy Amanda at the hotel: there was an e-mail waiting for me in my work e-mail box this morning (she sent it at, like, 5:02 yesterday). She'd "forgotten" about the deposit because she gets so excited about the actual planning process. Yeah. She's going to have as little to do with the planning as I can possibly get away with. She said she'd send me an invoice...which I still don't have. I don't know if I'm going to bother e-mailing her back; I might just go to whoever is above her and say I'm tired of dealing with her and her flakiness.

Okay. Shower then sleep. All alone :-( I miss Billy.

February 15th, 2008


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Queen doing "Big Spender"

I love Freddie Mercury. SO MUCH.

Sorry I've been AWOL for awhile. Work is sapping my will to live. And while I come up with lots of stuff to blog about during the day, we have a strict "no blogging" policy at work. I can do everything else on the intarwebz (well, except stream music, but that's just 'cause it crashes the computers) except blog.

Except I just noticed that by having a paid account I can post by e-mail. So perhaps I'll start doing that next week.

A wrench has been thrown in my BRILLIANT wedding plans because some asshole at the county clerk's office seems to think that people who are ordained through the ULC aren't able to perform marriages in Michigan (or at least Ottawa county. "We certainly don't allow those in Ottawa county" are the exact words the dude on the phone said to me, in the most condescending tone I've heard in awhile). And I had a BRILLIANT idea to have my dad marry us. It'd be beautiful and sweet and people would be crying and I'd giggle at them, lol. Because that's the most important part of the wedding for me: I have to be entertained as well during this shindig. Hence our amazing processional music.

But in non-bogus wedding news, I'm finally going to be able to talk to our coordinator at the hotel tomorrow. Apparently her e-mail server hates me and hasn't been sending her messages to me. So I sent her an e-mail today that kinda hinted we were getting worried about the lack of communication (totally true) and might end up going elsewhere (totally untrue. We really like this place). So she called me this evening while I was at Billy's Borders and we're going to talk on the phone early tomorrow afternoon.

Speaking of Billy's Borders, OMGIT'S AMAZING. If you've seen anything in the news about the Concept Stores Borders is rolling out, Billy works at the first one. And I love it. The digital mix and burn center is where I got the CD I'm listening to now. I think I've pretty much completed my Queen collection at this point, at least of the songs I already know and love. But I need to ask Billy why I couldn't download the potentially amazing version of "The Show Must Go On" with Elton John. I couldn't ask him while I was at the store because HOLY CRAP was it packed tonight. They were holding an open house for all of us corporate people, and I think everyone in the office showed up (except for the women I hang out with, of course).

I think I'm out of useful thoughts to post. So I will leave with these: SAD FACE!!!!!!! OMG SQUEE and KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAANNNNNNNNN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

January 17th, 2008

Location, Location, Location?

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Billy and I spent the last few days in Holland checking out places for our wedding. We're pretty sure we've settled on one, the DoubleTree Hotel in Holland. We just need to work some details out on catering and make sure they have our date available. I was sure that we'd be scrambling to make sure we got our date, but of the four or five places we looked at, only one had our date booked and that was for a Boat Show at DeVos place, not another wedding competing with us. Apparently I'm the only bride on top of 2009 wedding planning.

Yes, I know I'm awesome ;-)

We also need to start working on our guest list. The only (apparent) down side to DoubleTree is that we're limited to 100, maybe 110 guests (including the bridal party sitting at the head table, not a banquet table). So we might have to make some deep cuts.

I'm also trying to get a hold of the women I want as my attendants. No one, however, seems to be answering their phone/getting online when I'm on.

Oh, cute Billy story of the day: the (other apparent) down side to DoubleTree is that when we met their event coordinator this morning, she only asked my name and spoke to me. Billy is mildly offended. And now knows how I felt when one guy yesterday asked for both of our first names and only his last name (which would offend me even if I was taking his last name. We're not married yet!).

January 7th, 2008

And announcement

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Let's just get it out of the way: I'm engaged!

Billy (my boyfriend of almost four years), proposed on New Year's Eve. I've been keeping it quiet for the last week so that I could tell everyone on the forensics team at once, which I did last night. It was priceless. I realized that telling the team was the first chance I had to tell anyone in person; I told my family and RL friends over the phone or IM. So last night was the first time I got to see the excitement on people's faces.

Proposal story under here for people who don't care )

We're not going to get married for another year and a half to two years, since we're going to be moving to New York in August. We don't want to be saving/planning for moving, getting new jobs AND a wedding all at the same time. We're still trying to figure out what state we want to get married in (leaning towards Michigan, near Holland since he doesn't want to get married IN Holland) and then we can figure out a date.

In the meantime, I have been looking at waaaaaaaaaaay too many bridal websites over the last week. I fell asleep thinking about wedding colors last night :-/ Maybe that's why my head hurts so freaking much this morning....

September 6th, 2007

World can end now, kthxbai

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So...finished registering for classes this morning. Dumb. Am currently double-booked for two classes because...EMU is dumb. I took AP Psych in High School, got a five on the exam, but...that score doesn't seem to be here at EMU. I think I might be able to get that sent in, but in the meantime I'm going to see if I like Research Writing enough to stick with it.

So, schedule!:

11-12:15 Senior Seminar (final english class for majors. Read some stuff, write some stuff, I might get to earn credit working as an editor for a class journal)
4:30-7:10 American Musical Stage (history of musical theatre)
11-12:15 Research Writing (No clue what this will actually entail yet)/Psychology 101 (ohpleasegoddon'tmakemetakethis)
3:30-4:45 Mixed Media (Some writing class that I'll be taking with Billy)

And that's it. The shortest schedule I've taken since the first semester of Freshman year; every other semester I've been taking at least 15 credit hours. Fall semester last year I was taking something stupid like 18 (they max us out at 19. And most of those were ed courses that are now WORTHLESS. 'Cause the ed department can suck it).

School stresses me out way too much. However Billy is lovely and sweet and makes everything better :-)

On the plus side, I don't think I'm going to be "that" forensics coach that never gets anyone to sign up for her. I have to e-mail Marisa a copy of a prose and I'm going to cut a duo for Richard. Or I'll try. Need to go Netflix the movie. And return the movies I've had for...a couple of weeks. Thank goodness they don't give you late fees.

Argh. My kitten is driving me crazy.

August 23rd, 2007

w00t w00t!

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Finally got around to messing with the design of my IJ. I like it now :-D

My apologies to anyone on LJ who woke up this morning to see the feed from this journal eating their flist. I forgot that the feeds don't pick up on lj-cuts so...yay pr0n taking over?

Trying to figure out what I want to eat. I don't want to eat anything (I'm having one of those days where I just feel fat. I know I'm not, but it just feels like it today), but I have to keep my energy up for GTP tonight. I'm loving this campaign.

RP Geekery here )

Tomorrow is the start of a mini-prep for the forensics kids. It's still kind of weird to think that I'm going to be coaching them instead of participating. I'm running a workshop on Saturday with Emily about topics and research. It should be fun. I need to do some brainstorming tonight about points I want to hit so Emily and I can meet tomorrow night and plan efficiently. We were supposed to go out tonight but she's off being a good Samaritan and helping a friend who's having car trouble :-P Hence part of my food dilemma - I'd been counting on going out, and when I look forward to something like that it's hard to re-orient myself into thinking "home food."

Oh, and on another random note: Billy and I may be reconsidering the move to LA. We're now looking at New York! Eeeeeeeeeeee! It's still a "maybe" as, to be honest, there are more opportunities for him out in LA (while I'd have more in NY), but I think we were both a little scared by a visit from an old acquaintance who's currently out in LA. It's a big, scary, expensive world out there. Not that it's any smaller or less-scary in New York. Heck, it might not even be cheaper out there. But for me it's much more of a known quantity. First, I've actually visited New York. Once. When I was 12. But still. I've been there. I've never even been in the state of California. Second, I personally know at least two people who live in the New York area, so I can get personal recommendations of what neighborhoods to look at, rather than poking around blindly. Third, I've wanted to live in New York since the afore-mentioned trip. Back then I wanted to be an actor, but still. The desire to live in NY has never left.

And at the very least, as a serious contender for our future home, Billy and I will just have to go visit out there sometime. Darn! ;-)
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