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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2014
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    @Raz, you look absolutely FANTASTIC in that photo. What a gorgeous smile!
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    @razrangel - seconded. Whoah! You should totally smile more often! How lovely to see! :D
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2014
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    Aww thanks you guys! Usually I simply forget to smile (and get cranky when people tell me to do it for no reason), but sometimes when I'm surrounded by so much awesome I just can't stop.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 19th 2014 edited
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    Seriously. smiling is a thing you should do more.

    I'm in need of cuddly hugs today instead of congratulatory ones. My Toronto vacation was great and well-deserved, but getting back to Montreal has gone and ruined it all.
    My schoolwork is no longer good. I'm handing in something incredibly snarky tomorrow because I can't even be bothered to do subversive well. I'm working out a way to finish this semester remotely, from literally anyplace but here. Anyone want a four-month Montreal sublet starting next week?
    My relationship is rocky. My boyfriend's family stuff right now will either make him dump me or cling to me more, and while I'd prefer the latter as a lesser of two evils the waiting to find out is killing me. Giving people space sucks when you were the needy one last week but suddenly they outrank you. I just wanted to get one thing settled at a time, you know? One huge heartbreaking life-changer at a time. It's just been piling on since January.
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    Sorry to see that things are looking like shite for you, Allana... Hopefully things with the boyfriend work out for the better. Waiting to see what happens is one of the worst feelings in the world. I've had that going on with me about much less important things than relationships, but yeah... it's one of the worst feelings in my mind.
    Try to not focus on it, hopefully it doesn't distract you too much.
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      CommentAuthordorkmuffin
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2014
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    GOOD LUCK, ALLANA. Boo hiss to the sucky bits, but hey, I bet you're writing incredibly GOOD snark.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2014
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    Many hugs for you Allana. Getting back to schoolwork that no longer gives you that thrill is horrible. Waiting to find out what your boyfriend is going to do is just as bad. Hopefully things get resolved quickly and you do find a way to take care of things from somewhere else.
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 20th 2014
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    Thanks. I had my little freakout and then made a game plan, gonna try to convince my school to give me emergency financial aid to cover his portion of the rent. Also advertised for a roommate because you never know.
    I'm going to visit him and the family this weekend and we'll see what the deal is. For now, I'm off to see a campus counsellor.
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    @Alanna, hugs, hope it works out the way you want

    I have tomorrow off. This is very good indeed. Will take the kiddies out for a meal. And I'm taking my five year old out on Saturday, don't know where yet, but we will have a Ruby Day and it shall be awesome.

    And I have new pens, a whole bunch of Pitt artist pens to replace a case of them I lost. Pens. Pens make all things well.
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      CommentAuthorrazrangel
    • CommentTimeFeb 21st 2014
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    This came across my Twitter this afternoon: "The strongest networking you can do isn't schmoozing the suits & execs. It's bonding with your up & coming peers. EVERY. FUCKING. TIME."

    I so needed to read it. I'd had a pair of really frustrating days where I wasn't able to keep myself from sinking into bad habits and I was starting to realize that one instrument I was counting on to keep the short term efforts going was actually draining me, with no intention of giving back.

    I met several heroes on Tuesday and that was really grand, really inspiring. But this evening I went to a meetup for other up and coming voice over folks - including a tiny handful of my classmates - and it was a different kind of awesome. The kind of awesome that I can get when my friends put our heads together and chat and gossip and joke, we caught up, we shared news, we congratulated people who landed new and amazing gigs, we shared tips - I found I am not the only one who was taken in by the instrument that turned out to be a scam.... Love to my peeps. VO people are really terrific people.
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      CommentAuthormister hex
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2014
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    Got a haircut. I look like a particularly dangerous secret agent man.

    Hit more than 30 000 real English words in what is some kind of proper order. Soon, I'll be able to drown my villains. (Yes, they get drowned. Spoiler.)

    And I'm going out to an open mike night on Tuesday. I'm monetizing my facebook statuses into stand-up.
    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2014
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    @mister hex: You suave man of mystery and black-ops. Have a Martini on me.

    I kinda cringe admitting this, but I read out my Step Two N. A. stuff today to my sponsor. Pages and pages of writing, that-it-was. After about an hour and a half of bending his ear, I was blown away by some of the things I'd wrote; deep shit, indeed. Anyway, I dare say I had one of those epiphany moments that come so rarely in life. I love it when that happens.

    Don't worry: I'm not in a cult or brainwashed - I'm just seem geezer getting his shit together whose Higher Power is a chain-smoking bastard!

    Not a bad day to die, ya Klingon bastich!
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      CommentAuthorallana
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2014
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    Augh Patrick you gotta let me read copyedit your book!

    Fleck, writing is always a good practice. I don't know what step two signifies, but I commend any rehab practice that gets a pen into someone's hand.


    Me, I'm cool. Here with my boyfriend's family while he's off doing palliative care. It's a comfortable awkward.
    • CommentAuthorSteerpike
    • CommentTimeFeb 22nd 2014 edited
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    Saw the Pixies tonight in a 3,000 seat theater. So the world can live for now, at least until my hearing comes back.

    Behold, a crappy photo of Joey Santiago and Black Francis
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    I didn't have to shovel my parking spot and stairs. That might not seem like much, but considering that the last snowstorm deposited something like 8 inches with high winds (which means drifts), and that it usually takes an hour of sweat and back pain... having it taken care of for me... super extra credit nice. Definitely made my day.
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      CommentAuthoroldhat
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2014
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    So last weekend I dealt with a troll on my wench twitter account. As a reward for being successful in my handling of it, a brewery sent me some beer.

    • CommentAuthorflecky
    • CommentTimeFeb 26th 2014
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    @oldhat: Good for you, and good on them. Beer!
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    I submitted things to the Seattle Erotic Art Festival! I've never submitted my stuff for anything like that before!
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    Took the Kiddies to London for the first time for my partner's belated 40th treat. We went on a river cruise (which I'd never done despite working in the damn place for 17 years...) and on the London Eye. It was a good day and I didn't have to threaten to disown them. Much.

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