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30th-Jan-2008 01:27 am - Nearly There!
Red Jacket
Just thought I'd let you know that we're nearly moved in!  Next week, we'll be moving in properly.  We have a few things left to do inside and out to be finished, and we're giving ourselves about a week in which to do them.  We're even getting our phone set up tomorrow, and we have to prove that DSL is actually available out here, and they'll hook it up.  And yes, DSL is available out here in the sticks, because the main house has it, tyvm. :P
12th-Jan-2008 05:19 pm - Realizations
You know, I didn't even realize in September that I had had this journal for more than a year.  Weird.  Let's hope the second year is at least a little more productive for me in respect to posting in here.

Anyway, it's a busy weekend around here.  Michael's sister's finally decided to get married to the man she's been seeing off and on for seven or so years.  I'd like  to say that I'm happy for them, and I am, but I do so hate dressing up.  Originally, she decided she'd not have a wedding, just a justice of the peace ceremony, but I think her mother talked her into staying after church tomorrow and having the minister there marry them.  That wouldn't be so bad, except that Michael and I are now forced to go to church.  I swear that's the way his mother planned it.

Not that I mind going to church, but in case she hasn't noticed, all I have are work clothes.  I had to dig through everything I had to finally find a decent pair of slacks and a shirt that's too tight, but will suffice.  That means a good two hours or so of extreme uncomfortability.  Fantastic.

Anyway, that's tomorrow, but tonight is a party for Michael's nephew.  His birthday's actually tomorrow, but because of all the general Sunday stuff that goes on, they decided to have a quick party tonight.  Hopefully, it'll just be the family, but God only knows who will show up.

Okay, enough of a bitch fit.  Gotta get ready for a freakin' party now.
5th-Jan-2008 09:59 pm - First Post of the New Year
Green Heels
Hey, I just wanted to wish everyone a very happy 2008.  May it be MUCH better than 2007.

Here's a toast to all of you!
30th-Dec-2007 06:05 pm - Slow Progress and Holidays
Yellow Umbrella
Hadn't updated since before the holidays so I thought I'd drop by and give it a quick go.

Really, the holidays weren't all that bad or all that great to be honest.  Michael and I went to my house first, got smashed, and then were able to deal with his parents and siblings, not to mention their children better.  Dinner and presents, as well as a good round of Dominoes (which I won, of course) was good at my parents.  It was relaxing to be away from this house and these people for more than one or two hours.  It seemed like Michael really enjoyed himself as well, and we were both pretty giggly.  From them, Michael got an electric razor/trimmer, a bunch of T-shirts, and we both got a deep fryer/steamer/crock pot thing.  I got a bunch of T-shirts, a frog cell phone holder, and a watch.

Michael's family was a bit different of a situation.  They're loud and obnoxious, the children are spoiled, and some of the siblings are stuck up.  Also, we're not allowed to drink, or even be intoxicated around his mother, so therefore, we had to keep that little bit to ourselves.  However, Michael's spectacular trip to the bedroom to sleep off his alcohol kind of alerted one of his sisters.  At least it was one of the ones we like.

The next day was a big to-do at his grandparents' house, where is great uncle and his wife was in town and wanted to cook for everyone, but it wasn't that bad.  We holed ourselves away in the sunroom and only talked to people that came to us.  Not too bad.  Add some toy helicopters, and it was more than liveable.

That was about it for the holidays, and tomorrow is New Year's Eve.  I have no earthly idea what we're doing, other than continuing work on our freakin' apartment.  Yes, we're still working on that stupid thing.  We have the walls painted and the fixtures in, we really are nearly done, but it's just little things that are slowing us down, and we want it to look nice.  Some people are telling us to rush it on in, and some are still wanting a few things perfected, so it's in the air about when we'll be done.  All I know is that we still need money for kitchen cabinets, so that it will still be a while.
7th-Oct-2007 06:40 am - Just Updating
So I'm just updating this time to update and let everyone (*laughs*) know that I am still alive and well, just a bit bored with the internet is all.  I feel like I'm still wasting away some days in front of this thing, especially now that I've taken up playing Diablo II again.  I don't know, and then I feel so maudlin most days, on top of everything, and I'm sleeping a lot (like 10 and 12 hours a day), so that's just another way of wasting away.

I feel like the energy I had for a fresh start just a few short weeks ago has been completely deflated and nearly abandoned.  Not outright, like I'd still like to pursue these things, but I just have absolutely no means of doing so.  That's frustrating.

Anyway, I started with just an update and ended up rambling, so I'll go now, and maybe watch a movie or something.
23rd-Sep-2007 08:26 pm - Laundry, Television, and Books
Yeah, so not much has happened.  I'm nearly caught up on my laundry; I have the bed linens in the dryer now, though I think they're done, and then another load of delicates.  I need some more hangers, though.  I don't think I've been caught up on laundry in years.  Yea me!  Jeez, now this is some boring crap right here.

I am getting back into watching some of my shows, though, so that pulls me even more away from the computer, like the CSI's, Without a Trace, and NCIS, you know, all those little crime solving shows, lol.  Also, I'm currently reading American Pie by Michael Lee West.  I read another of [her] books (yeah, I think it's a her at least), and loved it, but this one seems a bit too much like a knock-off of the original, and thought it's imaginative and fun, it's not quite living up to my standards that I'd already decided she should live up to.
21st-Sep-2007 06:15 pm - College and Finances
Green Heels
Yeah, so I think I've FINALLY found what I actually want to do, and should have done, in college and after.  I'm not ready to tell anyone but Michael yet, and I'm not honestly sure how plausible or feasible it actually is, but I'm working my butt off on researching it to the best of my ability.  I think I can do it, though it will be really hard.

Another major issue for me at the moment, though: MONEY.  It's a nightmare.  We need more, but only have one vehicle, therefore, what the heck can I do?  I'm willing to walk to work, wherever that is, but honestly, there's hardly anything at all within walking distance, even menial jobs at fast food and gas stations (yes, I'm really that ready to get more money).  If we had public transportation, it wouldn't be as big of a deal, but our town simply doesn't.  We're surrounded by two major cities that at least have buses, but we don't go jack.

Also, honestly, I do feel over qualified for most of the positions I'll likely get around here, but what can I do without much money or credible work experience?  And if I'm walking for the moment, won't it be a bit less professional to a credible job if I show up sweaty in nice clothes?

Anyway, that's it for now.
17th-Sep-2007 12:56 pm - Eh
Red Jacket
Okay, so it wasn't as bad as I thought it would be at least.  (The visit with the in laws, in case you were wondering.)  They came, they ate, they watched a movie; it was interesting.  Michael and his dad went off to look at all of Michael's little gadgets, leaving me and my mother in law, her granddaughter in tow.  That was a bit interesting, and while i don't necessarily blame Michael for doing that, I didn't appreciate it much either.  *sigh*  It's just the way he is, though.

That aside, I'm a little pissed at my mother.  See, I parked my old car at her place for a while.  It ran, but it was in terrible condition, and we'd finally decided to break it down and sell it for parts.  My mother had told me that the people she rents from was getting on her case for it being out there, so as soon as we could afford it, we were going back to get it.  That's all well and good, but my mother neglected to mention they were going to tow it soon.  So, of course, they towed it.

That's not the problem.  The problem is that they didn't do it professionally, they simply had their son in law come and get it.  I tried to get my mother to give me their number to find out for myself, but my mother is the absolute most dramatic person I know, and therefore started going off the handle about how that was her rent, etc.  BUT THAT'S MY CAR!   So she called herself, and that's what she found out; she said that the woman's supposed to call back with information about where he has it.

The fact of the matter is that it's not her property.  It's within her right, as the owner of that property, to tow off anything on it.  I'm not arguing that point.  I'm arguing that by keeping the car, and/or selling it or giving it away as her own, she's stealing it, and that's against the law.  Anyway, my mother continues to flip out on me when I mention it, but I'm one step away from calling them myself and throwing a bitch fit, that's always assuming I can get the number.

Anyway, I had something else to talk about, but by now, it's completely slipped my mind.
15th-Sep-2007 07:37 am - Bitch/Moan
Ahhh!!  Somebody just shoot me.  No, really.  I mean it.

My in laws are due here at 11am (or maybe they're leaving their house at 11  *shrugs*).  They're never very clear on what they're going to do, and Michael's even less clear (if that's at all possible).  Anyway, I've been scouring the house from top to bottom for their arrival.  I already had been, but with no immediate deadline, so there'd been no pressure.  Now, however, with them and their way judgmental ways, I'm screwed.

Honestly, nothing's ever good enough.  No, my house isn't spotless, but I don't have two daughters that come over and sporadically clean for me.  I also don't have a husband who caters to my every whim and cleans when I tell him to.  Yes, maybe I'm being harsh on her, but for a supposed Christian woman who condemns all gossip and all people who gossip, she sure tells anyone and everyone (possibly everything, too) that will sit still long enough all about my business.

I hate when I'm like this.  I haven't slept, I need a shower, bad, and I'm expected to cook God only knows what for them on a schedule I can't possibly keep up with.  And on top of all that, I can't stop using italics!
11th-Sep-2007 06:44 am - Just Today
I figured I'd update this while I was thinking about it.  I dunno why, really, considering I don't have much to say.  Some days it seems like my life's spiraling out of control (though maybe not in the traditional sense of the phrase), and other times it seems like the most natural thing in the world.  I seem to be spending more and more time on the internet and less and less time elsewhere, though I've actively tried to cut back.  I'm also vastly losing interest in everything I do within the first few months, like a freakin' 5 year old with a new toy or something, and I can't begin to tell you how annoying that is.

I remember when I first got into fanfiction, I read everything with my particular pairing (Snape/Hermione) that I could find, then, of course, it struck me that I should write fanfiction, too.  That was after I got into betaing.  Now I've lost interest in all three, even drabbles!  I mean, come on!  I wrote my first drabble in like... nearly a year probably yesterday.  I'm not sure it was quite what I wanted it to be, but it got decent reviews.  Then there was RPing, naturally, and though I still do that, I seem to rapidly lose interest in the sites I'm on shortly after joining or even starting one (no, Twinkle, not IL).

All the while, though, I've been working on graphics and that, at least, doesn't seem to be dwindling any, but I feel like I'm at a stalemate in my designs.  They just look so generic.  *shrugs*

Anyway, all this was to really just let you know that I'm going to try actively to get back into things I once found I couldn't live without (namely, drabbles and RPing), and hopefully my graphic creativity will follow like the loyal lapdog.
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