sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([stock] above the world)
I realized it had been some time since I updated LJ, so here are some things going on with me.

i. Tuesday, [personal profile] baked_goldfish, [personal profile] redbrickrose, and I saw Circumstance, which was excellent. Oh man, Internet, being trapped in a situation, and getting out or even just learning to live with it is a favorite narrative framing device of mine, and this was such a great example of one. A few more thoughts. ) I have a lot more thoughts on it but I just keep adding to them, so maybe there will be a longer reaction post later. Only negative I have is probably the way the subtitles were done; they were only white, with no outlining or anything, so when the text showed up against a window you could lose something like half the line, and while you could typically guess what they were saying it was definitely distracting.

ii. Finally talked to one of my managers about going to part-time or contractor status sometime around the end of the year. I'd been sort of job-hunting for awhile, but I realized that honestly, what I want to be doing is writing, and as it is right now I just don't have the werewithal to manage it around another full-time job. And while I might find a full-time job that I enjoy more than the one I've got currently, I'd still have this same problem. So that will probably happen around December or January, knock wood.

iii. I've had a killer sinus headache for the past ten days and finally gave in and went to the doctor today. He basically told me to keep doing the things I was already doing, but also prescribed antibiotics, so I've at least got that going for me.

iv. I came to a pretty intense realization yesterday as the result of something I offhandedly tweeted, so I'm processing that. Again, possibly there will be a longer post later, but I have been absurdly sleepy all day and am pretty emotionally drained lately besides, so tl;dr-ing is not currently on the horizon.

v. I got a call the other day from a recruiting agent about a web developer job! I ended up passing on it, because it wasn't something I thought I'd like that much more than what I'm doing now anyway, and as said above it wouldn't serve my goal of giving me enough time to seriously devote to writing, and the timing of interviews and all was just too stressful (especially given that it wouldn't have been enough of a pay bump to make the other issues worth it). But it was nice to clarify to myself that writing full-time is, indeed, my goal, and I got a bit of phone-interview practice, and it's always a nice ego boost to have someone contact you for a job, especially a nice-sounding one. I'm not completely unemployable, hooray!

vi. I enjoyed the Community premiere, especially now that spoilers ) And P&R was fun, but I don't have quite as much yammering to do on it; it was just totally enjoyable. Also I kind of want I don't actually think this is a spoiler, but just in case ).

vi. I'm behind on Ringer and Downton Abbey, but the latter I know is and the former I suspect will be great "it's gloomy and I feel crappy and I want to drink wine and eat ice cream and binge on TV" choices, so I actually don't mind saving up a good backlog.

vii. Still not crazy about last week's Who in terms of story, although again, I think it was a very well-done episode. And I loved that minor spoiler ), that was wonderful.

viii. Next week I am going to NYC to spend part of the holidays with [personal profile] fox1013! \o/

UGHHHHHH okay I'm going to finish working on a few batches I brought home with me from work so I wouldn't have to use an entire day of sick time and could instead just use a half-day and scatter the work around to accommodate sleeping/doctor's appointments as necessary. Although possibly I'll take a nap first. And have another beer.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([celeb] put 'em up)
Walking from the Metro station to the office this morning, like three different cars splashed me. The truck, fine, but the cars, I swear to God I saw the jackass drivers laughing. My headphones are ruined.

Long story short, I am cranky, so have a meme!
Give me two fandoms and I'll tell you which characters from either one I would ship together.
Maybe there will even be ficlets. No promises, though.

On the bright side, there is a ~science of cocktails~ thing at the Spy Museum tonight, which is going to be amazing. It always tickles me when I see (well, think of, really; I've only been once or twice) the sign about how you can get a discount if you're a "former or current member of the intelligence community". THAT IS NOT HOW COVER WORKS, SPY MUSEUM. Although generally as long as you're not with NCS you can discreetly tell a few people. NCS officers would be screwed. Although I guess if you're NCS it'd be a busman's holiday anyway, so it all works out!

Also Boss E. got all maternal and concerned when she saw how soaked I was and wanted to make sure I didn't catch cold. She offered to go out and buy me a sweater, even. &her;
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([stock] rule over this land)
i. I'm not dead (it's been a week since I last posted, so I thought you might be wondering, because we all know how hard it is to shut me up normally)!

ii. Holy shit it is September.

iii. There really isn't a whole lot going on, and I haven't been feeling particularly connected to fandom lately, and have mostly been doing writing over at the non-fannish blog I'd started with a couple of friends, since two of us are social media professionals -- well, one of us is, but while I don't officially do that yet, I've become the de facto social media coordinator for Generic Publisher and I'm probably going to push in the future to transition that to my official title, since I think it's where I'm contributing the most and where I have the potential to make the biggest difference -- and it seemed like it might be helpful to actually have a social media presence. I would link it, but it's under our real names, and while I don't mind one-way traffic from my fannish journal to my real name, the co-bloggers might not be comfortable with the same. But if you're interested, let me know and I'll point you towards it!

iv. Holy shit it is September.

v. Most interesting thing happening lately, fannishly, is probably either the teaser-clip that's been released from the upcoming Darkness anniversary set (WORDS ALL OVER THE PLACE!!!!!) or the dream I had last night where Cobra Starship, various 70s-era E Street Band members, and [personal profile] redbrickrose and I all went to some kind of Hogwarts-esque school together. Victoria, [personal profile] redbrickrose, and I were roommates. There were a lot of make-out parties. It was pretty rad.

vi. A lot of my energy at the moment is actually going towards religious stuff -- I met with Rabbi L. last week and she said she thought that at our post-High Holy Days meeting it'll be time to sit down and figure out a hard timeline for the Official Conversion Things -- the paperwork and the beit din and the mikveh. I have a couple of different posts, about connecting to the community and how moving to a part of the DC area with a huge Jewish population has helped, and about the High Holy Days, coming up, but I will save those for the conversion filter and spare you dudes who aren't interested (if you ARE interested, of course, just let me know that you want in on the conversion filter).

vii. Holy shit it is September.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([atla] zuko can totally do undercover)
Signups for Round Two (Katara) are up over at [community profile] avatar_minis! I realized while I was filling out my own signup that I read Katara as queer. Definitely bi, quite possibly full-on gay. Hmm.

I also realized that part of my violent DNW reaction to Pierce on Community is that he is exactly like a guy I used to work with at B&N, namely the one who sexually harassed me. I appreciate that the show freely acknowledges that he's pretty creepy, though, and also establishes that spoiler ) In fact, I really like that when the show is mean to anybody (which it really isn't; it's actually pretty kind to its characters most of the time) it's most likely to be the (straight, able-bodied, but all of the main cast are straight so far, though I love the way they handle ability issues with Abed) white guys.

Today is a slow day at work, and it turns out that something I'd been stressing over (a picky request from E., one of the head honchos of the company, about a hotel she'd be staying at for a conference) was NOT, in fact, for the conference she's going to next week in Prague, but is for one in November in Atlanta, so I a) don't have to worry about trying to find someone who speaks Czech here or English there to get to request across, and b) don't have to worry about it, period, for another couple of months, at the very least. \o/ Instead I just have to make some reservations for the dinners we'll be hosting during the ALA conference next month.

Then M. took me out to lunch, because a former intern who just got her MLS came by to visit and she thought we'd get along well. &M;

UGHHHH MY STOMACH IS STILL ALL WEIRD. NOT A FAN. I feel fine otherwise, but there's this vague nausea that occasionally swells up just high enough to make me wonder if I'm going to have to make a dash for the bathroom, and then subsides again. Possibly the soup I had for lunch was not the best idea (coconut-chicken soup from the Thai place across the street; delicious but cream-based and very rich). :(
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([celeb] it's just where I am)
i. Good afternoon, Internet! Here is "Don't Stop Believin'" being performed by Bruce Springsteen, Lady GaGa, Sir Elton John, Sting, Dame Shirley Bassey, and Blondie. To quote [ profile] baked_goldfish, who emailed it to me, "THAT'S IT, THE INTERNET IS OVER, JUST SHUT IT DOWN, PACK IT UP AND GO HOME." Maybe I'll keep hoping for a studio version, or at least a professionally-mastered copy of this, rather than a tinny bootleg, but if they ever release that I don't know what I'll do with myself. Or just a version that's only Gaga and Bruce and maybe Blondie and/or Dame shirley, because I am actually not a big fan of giant, many-person collaborations in general. Nonetheless, the mere fact that this exists is forcing me to reevaluate my entire cosmology.

ii. I am doing an overnight trip to NC tomorrow, driving down after Torah study (which I am leading, ahhhhh that will be scary because everyone is a million times more well-read than I am, but I think I've done enough research/reading to have a few things to get discussion started, and then I can just let them go and play referee when people start interrupting each other)! That will be fun; I will finally see Iron Man 2 and if there's time I will drag Dommi to The Losers. Then next weekend is my sister's graduation Saturday morning and a friend's wedding Saturday afternoon, then the weekend after THAT...I actually don't think I have anything going on, and it's a three-day weekend, so that's really nice! How is it halfway through May already, lordy-loo.

iii. I got this necklace yesterday! That is to say, I bought it a few days ago and it arrived yesterday. I have ~feelings~ that I will save for the conversion filter, but in more mundane news, I went out and bought a new chain for it from Target because the one it came with was just too heavy-looking. So if anyone wants a sterling silver snake chain, give a holler.

iv. WORK STUFF: I am perceived as a competent adult? What? )

v. OTHER WORK STUFF: chatter about the general office environment )
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([bandom] what I'm totally cool)
i. There is a commentfanwork meme going on over at [community profile] ladyslash! You should all go play, because it has the potential to be pretty freaking amazing.

ii. This month is insanely busy and it keeps getting busier. Nobody ask me to do, like, anything for the rest of it especially if it involves something happening on a weekend (next weekend, for instance, I'm going down to North Carolina, and the weekend after I spend the morning of the 22nd in Richmond for my sister's graduation, then come back up to NoVA for a friend's wedding in the evening, ahhhh so much driving). Possibly I will shortly put up a poll to figure out who's going to be the focus of the next [community profile] avatar_minis round, and I have to finish my [ profile] femslash_minis thing, and apart from that, there's basically no way I will be able to fit anything else into this month. Especially not on the weekends. So if I seem more scatter-brained than usual, this is why. I'm not really all that stressed about it, so no worries on that score; it'll get done and a lot of it's stuff I'm looking forward to, I'm just busy, and everyone deserves fair warning. If I drop a ball here and there, my apologies.

iii. People who call/text as a means of getting in touch with me -- IDEK what my deal is lately, but the past week or so I have been really awful about remembering to bring my phone with me when I leave the house in the morning or get out of my car in the evening, and taking it out of my purse so it can charge, and basically I have been failing at mobile communications this week, is what you need to know. So if you've been texting/calling, my apologies; they weren't unanswered because I hate you, just because I'm ridiculously forgetful re: the phone recently.

iv. Apparently in the few weeks I have been working here I have already gained a company-wide reputation for being the person you come to with problems, because I can make them go away and remain completely calm while doing so! Given that I've been here for all of three and a half weeks and much of the company is located in China and England, I think my being a bit weirded out by this is pretty understandable. Plus I don't really know what to do with the fact that I am perceived as competent; mostly I just sit at my desk, make terrible jokes and curse a lot, lol at my bosses' ~feelings~ and ~concepts~ (they are so many millions of miles away, mentally, guys, and they have so many ~feelings~ about things, it's precious) and use the money they pay me for doing this to have beer with lunch and fund my horrible fashion choices. Sometimes I answer phone calls, do some web design, or write press releases. Or make spreadsheets! FUCK I LOVE MAKING SPREADSHEETS.

It seems I am also gaining a reputation for my amazing clothes, though. RED KNEE-HIGH HIGH-HEELED BOOTS AND A CHARTREUSE FAUX-SNAKESKIN PURSE, WHAT.

v. I think I've settled on an apartment; I'm going up to view it this weekend but IDK, it's in a building that I've been looking at for a month or so now and I keep coming back to it. I just have a gut feeling about it. The size is decent, the location is fantastic (right across the street from a Metro stop), cats are allowed, and there's in-unit laundry. Unless it's absolutely horrifying when I actually go to view it on Saturday (doesn't look like it from the pictures, but you never know), I'll probably go with it. I may need a roommate for a few months come August? I don't know, we'll see how things shake out. Commute yammering. )
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([tv] my work is crucially important)
Hey remember how, while the work environment was super-toxic in general, the straw that broke the camel's back and prompted me to quit the last job 4realz was when they started throwing around anti-gay slurs? Today, in the break room, a couple of people are buzzing around one of the women about "oooh, Sunday's the big day, isn't it?" and it eventually becomes clear that she is getting married this weekend. Then she mentions having to talk to J. in Finance about her tax forms, "because it's only recognized as valid in D.C.", e.g. it is a same-sex marriage. Which is to say that everyone is all getting all excited and congratulating her and asking questions about a gay couple, which is right up there with when my temple had a baby-naming for two guys and their adopted baby in terms of taking my breath away with happiness.

Also, about half an hour ago everyone in the Marketing office took a break to talk about TV, just for the hell of it, mostly what comedies we watch. Plus first thing this morning M. (who is one of the nicest people I have ever met, I can't even) and I had a big discussion of Springsteen and how great he is in concert.

Really, I got no conclusion that is not "I really love my new job and am really lucky to have found it", so there you go. Apparently I am genuinely happy right now, I'm not sure what to do with that and keep waiting for the other shoe to drop.

sohotrightnow: ([bandom] I totally paused!)
So I decided out of the blue that I'm sort of doing the [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw thing? IDEK. The way I'll be doing it (hence "sort of") is I'll be continuing to crosspost, but comments ought to be disabled at LJ (I say "ought to" because heaven knows if I've worked it right).

In that spirit, the meme that's been going around Dreamwidth:
What kind of topics/entries would you like to see me posting about? Any particular questions you've always wanted to ask me but have resisted because the answer would be a huge essay? Ever want to wind me up and watch me go on a particular topic? Anything you've heard me say "I should write that entry about _________ I've been meaning to write" and have been patiently waiting for?
Really, it can be things I talk about regularly, too, like the E Street Band's stupid faces or something.

And if you need a Dreamwidth invite, here are nine! )

Ugh I cannot wait until I move someplace closer in/Metro-accessible. The commute probably will not be that much shorter, but at least if it's Metro, someone else is doing all the work and I'll just be able to sit(/stand) and read most of the time. The commute is pretty much the only thing I don't like about this job.

Maybe I will try to get some drabbles written as part of this thing, too; I sort of want to do a prompt-collection meme but at this point I've got a bunch of prompts sitting around unwritten from past memes of the kind, so really there's no excuse.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([spn] when she was just seventeen)
i. Note to self: no more Sopranos right before bed.

This message brought to you by a weird-ass dream where aliens invaded and my band of refugees ended up having to team up with Tony's crew for safety. What even.

ii. Work stuff. )

iii. Apparently May 1st will be Blog About Disablism Day! I don't know, I've been wanting for awhile to do a post about mental illness, but I still am not sure exactly what thoughts I'm trying to pull together for that hypothetical post. Mostly what it comes down to at the moment is that I am still really, really angry and hurt over WarningFail (no, fuck you, I refuse to call it a wank for much the same reasons that we stopped calling RaceFail a wank).

iv. I'm sort of thinking about moving more of my activities over to DW? I don't really know what else there would be to move there, though; I already crosspost and AO3 is pretty much my permanent home for my fic. I think I just like the look of my journal there better and want to read everything from it instead of from LJ. Whatever, I'm shallow. Anyway, in case anyone didn't know, I'm [personal profile] sohotrightnow there, so feel free to add me there, but I'll definitely continue crossposting for the foreseeable future.

v. I still need to get better about time management. I haven't written shit in so long and I hate it, plus I feel like I'm just not in the fannish groove at the moment, as a side effect of the "not having a lot of time to do more than read my flist once a day" thing. :\ Plus hopefully I will move further in soon, and that will shorten my commute and put me closer to my friends; just getting to them takes a ton of time because I'm so far out. And after the Intro to Judaism class ends that will free up an entire day of the week! But right now it is super-busy and that is not awesome.

Other than that, though, I'm feeling pretty okay, so really it could be worse. And soon I will get a paycheck and that will be super-great!
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([lvg] a kiss may be grand)
i. Happy birthday, [ profile] austen!

ii. I will probably be scarce for awhile, on account of my hours are 8:30-5:30 and my sleep schedule has been a bit odd lately and also I seem to have developed something resembling a social life sometime in the past few months, so that gets a lot of my free time? But with an hour for lunch (with plenty of restaurants and stores nearby, and the handbook prohibits only "excessive" drinking during office hours), just to start with. It is still too early to say for sure, I suppose, but I am filled with cautious optimism. I'm not sure how to feel about cautious optimism. It's weird. Probably I will be aiming to move around June or July, too! In short, everything's coming up Jules.

iii. [ profile] redbrickrose and I watched "Eleventh Hour" and "The Beast Below" yesterday. To paraphrase a flister, I resent that I had to sit through all those years of Tennant to get from Eccleston to Footface Smith. I seriously have not been this jazzed about Who in ages, if ever, oh my goodness. I like Amy lots, and I like Eleven lots, even if his face does look like a foot. Also also, Character ) was amaaaaazing. *_____* Ugh, getting this excited about a show is going to lead to horrible pain, isn't it? Especially this early into Eleven's run -- with shows where I come in pretty well into things, or even after it's ended, I have some warning of "okay, around this point it starts to suck, and the ending is really stupid, and this character will make you angry", even if I haven't sought out spoilers, but with current shows, there is lots of time ahead of you for things to go horribly wrong and break your heart.

iv. Also I heard a rumor that SPN was misogynistic on Thursday! My goodness, that is a shocker.
sohotrightnow: the top of a swimming young woman's torso. ([gg] I'm just playing)
Called -- they haven't made a decision yet! So that is good for me, for now. I was sort of figuring they just picked someone else and hadn't told me. And he said he was "glad I called" and was super-nice instead of just blowing me off, so that may be good.

HALFWAY THROUGH WRITING THIS: GOT A CALL BACK AND THEY OFFERED ME THE JOB. FUCK YES. That was a quick turnaround, too; I figured when he said "later today" it'd be several hours, not ten minutes.



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