ad_exia: (Will - upside-down (peek-a-boo))
Wow, okay, so hey guys. It's been a while, hasn't it? But since I actually just renewed my account, it was a pretty good reminder that hey, I should maybe use it.

At least part of the reason for my lapse, at least, is that I have been busy. I have three sort-of part-time jobs now, so with all three of those going on I keep pretty busy. I'm still working about 30 hours a week at Starbucks and also taking content writing packages as I can, and I am also employed giving star tours a couple of nights a week at a little B&B up south of Tucson that has a small private observatory attached. It's actually a pretty sweet deal: $25/hr for 2-3-hour tours of the night sky where all I have to do is tell the telescope where to go and it finds the object I want to show. Then all I have to do is talk about random cool astronomy things and point at things with my fancy green laser pointer and people are impressed. 8D The work isn't necessarily steady, but I did have four groups last week and two this week so it is at least not too sparse. Plus, it's something useful I can definitely put on my resume! Apparently I have gotten very good reviews, as well? (Ahaha, all this means is I've convinced people that I know what I'm talking about. I must be much better than previously thought at acting. XD)

Really, though, all of that has been keeping me pretty well occupied, especially since my hours are early in the morning at Starbucks so I have to go to bed at 8 or 9 most nights (sacrilege, I know!). They've been letting me bar more, though, which makes the time go a zillion times faster as long as we're busy, so I like that. The sensor in the Drive Thru has been broken the past two days, which means that it doesn't ding when a car pulls up and someone has to be there to watch the camera at all times, which seems to have made everyone working in that corner a little punch-drunk (and it's entertaining to watch). I am off tomorrow (yay!) and I actually have four days off next week so I am looking forward to doing random things like getting the car oil changed (okay, well, not looking forward to that but it does need to get done) and hopefully getting a trim because my hair grows fast and also possibly looking at a couple of little houses to rent up in Tucson. I've been to the U of A twice now to visit NOAO and while they can't offer me a job, they've been helpful in giving me avenues to pursue and I have been sending out some query emails. Plus, I got a good idea of where is good (and bad) to move in Tucson, so now I can really start looking for places now that I know which parts I want to try for (or avoid).

Um um um... there are a couple of other random things I've been up to but I started writing up at least one separate entry for those so in the hopes that will encourage me to POST MORE, I will leave it at that. Plus, it looks like I have five new icon slots or something crazy like that, so... I will have to get around to filling those! o/

BUT I have a star tour tonight and a bunch of other stuff to do in the meantime, so I will be going for now!
ad_exia: (For Sale :D)
And I am free! Ish. For the next two days. (Look, it's something, all right? XD)

Basically this weekend is my first set of two whole days off in over a week, since I covered a shift last week on Friday. I only work 20 hours next week, which is kind of nice (not from the monetary point of view, I suppose, but from the getting other stuff done in my life point of view), though it's over the course of three days which means all long shifts. But you know, now that I think about it if I have to go all the way up there, it might as well be for a good long shift, right? I think I would rather do three long shifts than five short ones. Though we'll see how I feel about that next week.

I did work both Thanksgiving and this morning, though both were short shifts (four hours) during the morning. Thanksgiving was actually a lot of fun - busy but not overwhelming. I helped hang up Christmas lights around the drive thru window (which excites me - I mean, if I have to spend a lot of time there at least I get lights!) and the shift manager wanted everyone to make "hand turkeys" (you know, where you trace your hand on paper and make a turkey out of it), which was entertaining - especially considering all we had was neon-colored paint. I also got to do a little cleaning and restocking which was a nice break from being on register the whole time. Today was busy, as expected, with a huge rush right around the time I got in and then pretty much just steady business the whole rest of the time. But at least it made the time go quickly! (Yesterday was not so busy, but it did sure drag even for four hours).

Um... as for actual Thanksgiving, Mom and I went over to Suzanne and Jerry's, who are family friends and used to know my grandparents (like everyone in the world, it's starting to seem!). They had two of their good friends over and another mutual family friend, and it was a good time - we even watched the Lady Gaga Thanksgiving special, that should tell you how cool they are (and they're in their sixties!).

On the plus side of things, the guys are not here working on the yard today so I can have the windows open. On the minus side, I spent most of the afternoon waiting for different guys to show up and run some final checks on the new AC/furnace that was installed last month, so I got home from work and couldn't shower or run until they showed up... and then they never did. They were supposed to come sometime between 1-3, but when 3:30 rolled around I tried calling the company only to find out their office was closed. I know they were supposed to come today, I confirmed the date, but by about 4 I gave up and went running and now I can go take a shower, yay! I guess I'll call and reschedule on Monday.

At least the lock-box has finally been taken off the front door so I don't have to worry about people just coming in anymore! \o/

I also just realized that my "writing" tag is misspelled. That is... so pathetic, self. PATHETIC. I should look into fixing that.
ad_exia: (Lena - sea breeze)
You know, I have to say that for all Florida is just a little bit... crappy sometimes, there are some real perks. Like the fact that I can sit ouside in the shade right now with my coffee and be perfectly comfortable. :D The Starbucks I usually frequent looked pretty full (and there was no parking) so I decided to try the one further north, as I'd never been there... and it's a pretty nice one. It's tucked back off the road just a little bit, so I can sit outside without cars going by me every five seconds. The only downside is it's a bit breezy, but it's not constant so it's not so bad.

Friday was pretty busy, with two tests to proctor, a quick meeting with Vicki, and the first Public Night we were open for in quite some time (spring tends to be cloudy in Florida). But I did get a pretty good picture of the moon through the telescope with my iPhone! And at least it's finally getting warmer at night, 50-60 or so, which is nice, though it means that the mosquitoes were out in some force. Thankfully, I don't think I got too many bites. And now Saturn is up, so I may try to grab an iPhone picture of that at some point too, in the next few weeks or so. XD Or I suppose one of these days I could go there some random night and see about getting pictures with my actual camera, and see how that goes...

And then yesterday a whole slew of us (ten!) went to Medieval Times down in Orlando, which was lots of fun. And lots of food! I swear, they give you half a chicken apiece! In any case, there were paper crowns, much food, and good times had by all. And we managed to take advantage of the buy one get one free deal, so it was only $35 per person~

Now, if I could only figure out why my X-ray fluxes are still being a bit wonky... I really think I'm almost there (hm, didn't I say that a post or two ago, too? >>) but I'm going to do some emailing this week and see about getting this stuff done. And at least I have no tests at all to print or proctor, so I finally have some time to get all this done! Though Friday I'm going to Megacon and Saturday I'll be in the Baltimore/D.C. area for Lee's wedding, so here's hoping I can get some decent amount of work done during the week!
ad_exia: (Default)
Geez, so you'd think choosing a new LJ layout wouldn't be such a hard decision. Clearly I just overthink these things. XD I'm not even postitive I like the one I went with as a final choice, but we'll see. I mean, I'm the only one who routinely looks at my journal, really, so I suppose in the end I'm not really trying to impress anyone, right? In any case, I've also decided my profile is woefully out of date... so one of these days (ideally sooner rather than later) I'm going to update it.

So, Happy... uh, Day After Pi Day, because I was working frantically for most of the day and then went running and just flopped for the rest of it, and now it is no longer Pi Day. But I now have a revised and working outline for my thesis, and even some deadlines to meet (and I really work better with deadlines). Of course, I was supposed to get in my yearly report today, but technically it's due tomorrow so I will just do that in the morning, because I am feeling pretty wiped out now. Oh, and also? Our printer is broken. And there are still a bunch of tests to print this week. Whee? (It's not so bad, but I have a feeling that I will be spending more time than necessary printing them out tomorrow, because the backup printer is at least twice as slow. Hello, four hours of test-printing, instead of two. I think I'm going to bring in my laptop so I can sit in the printer room and get something done while it goes...)

As far as "work" goes, it sounds like I can get paid through May and maybe even part of June, but I'm on my own for July. I suppose that's okay, really - I can cover one month's rent, and I'm trying to cut down on the extraneous things I buy/do, though whether it's stupid or not, I'm not going to just stop spending money. I'm just worried that I won't have a job lined up by the time I have to get out of here, which will really suck, but I'm going to work my hardest to make that not happen. Which means job-hunting in earnest, probably this weekend because this week is looking a bit crazy in terms of both workday and after work activities. Eesh!

That's it for today; tomorrow Duy's showing Serenity (well, we did miss Can't Stop The Serenity last year) and Wednesday is Vampire Night (well, which really just means watching lots of Angel). Friday I have to be at Public Night, and then there are all the exams I'm proctoring during the week. AND I've decided I really need to get writing again, even if it's just small, short things - I haven't really written much lately (yes, I realize it's because I spend all my free time RPing, but it's fun!) and I should be. Especially if I'd like to look for a more writing-related job. So I'm going to go back to my very old goal of trying to write a little bit of something every week, be it a paragraph or twenty pages, fanfic or original. And we'll see how that goes.

Also? Chai tea is delicious. I knew this before, but ever since I randomly bought a box at the grocery store I have rediscovered this fact, it seems.
ad_exia: (AVTR: Trudy - warpaint)
Well, so Spring Break just flew by. I suppose it could have had something to do with the fact that I slept in for much of the week - I was really trying to get up at a reasonable hour, and I managed to do it wonderfully on Monday, but somehow the rest of the week was just... no. I even slept until 3:30pm on Thursday, and I haven't done that in a while. I guess that either means I'm horribly lazy, or I really needed it (or something somewhere in between...).

Of course, most of my plans for a relaxing week were thwarted by CIAO, as often seems to happen. But I think I have finally, finally solved this X-ray flux issue - I'm really hoping so, though clearly I've said I know how to get X-ray fluxes before and been horribly wrong. So we'll see. I'm hoping to get that done (or mostly done) this weekend and see what falls out by Monday, when I really should be moving on to other things, ideally.

It looks like Starbucks has brought out the new design, which I really do like - it's very clean and simple, very nice. And at least down here, they're giving out free petites with every drink, and they are delicious. Also, the last time I reloaded my gold card, I randomly got a $5 bonus? I have no clue why, but hey - not complaining. They know where all my money goes. But I really like sitting here to work - there are big windows, and nice, low-level background music, and it's well-lit and cheery. My apartment, despite having a big sliding-glass door, faces south so even though there's decent natural light, it's not ideal. Plus, I tend to have cats walking all over my keyboard more often than not. I love them, but I can't always get work done when they OMGneedattentionnow!

As for the rest of this week, in between CIAO-ing I actually saw two movies: I Am Number Four and Battle: Los Angeles. Thoughts below, cut for potential spoilers! )

And of course, I can't not mention the world-stage craziness going on: I don't actually know anyone currently in Japan, but of course that doesn't matter. I think they were as prepared for something like this as anyone can be, and if there is any way I can help, I'm going to do it - the only thing I can probably really do is donate money to the relief efforts, but I figure every little bit helps, right?
ad_exia: (work)
Oh gosh, I am so braindead. oo; I spent alllll day futzing around with X-ray fluxes, but something wonky is still going on. I think I know that what I'm doing, in principle, is right, but there is still something strange up and hopefully the helpdesk will be able to tell me if I'm nuts or not. I do have to say, while CIAO's webpages have not always been all that clear, their helpdesk staff has always been pretty awesome. Here's hoping I won't need them so heavily when I get to the k-correction part of this, but then again, it's k-correcting, so... :x

Right. SO NOW, IN ENGLISH. XD I think I am going to spend tomorrow not doing X-ray stuff for at least part of the day if I can manage it, and maybe take a look at my CV, turn it into a resume, and update my webpage and whatnot. I need something that's not brain-hurty after today. ;; Although I am going to go veg at a movie here shortly, we're going to see I Am Number Four in about half an hour. (Well, I have to leave in about fifteen minutes, really.) And I guess I really don't actually have all that much to say in the meantime, so yeah, there's that. Um. Maybe I'll have more to say tomorrow or something, when my brain has maybe had some time to recover, eesh.
ad_exia: (Sledge - count the days)
So, the final decision has been reached (and is really not all that surprising, I imagine): I went with the i7 processor. I got up at a very reasonable hour this morning (8!) to drop off the other computer with FedEx, which conveniently happened to be right next to Starbucks, where I managed to squeak in under the expiration date (today) for my free oatmeal, which I had for breakfast. I even sat there and did some coding, go me!

Of course, the world also seemed to forget about me today: I was supposed to meet with Vicki, but I think she left early. And I was going to give the Apple representative who's been working with me a call, so I could cancel the AppleCare I had on the laptop I'm returning, but he seemed to be out of the office. Which is okay, because I've got records showing I dropped the package off at FedEx today so I should be safe as far as that's concerned, so the plan is to give him a call tomorrow.

Aaaand I think I have heard back from just about every postdoc I applied to, including the one that was looking hopeful - note the key use of the word was, because as of right now it looks like whatever I'm doing after I graduate, it will not be a postdoc. :x So I'm going to start seriously looking at other things this week; NASA has a general job website, and conveniently apparently there's a national listing for museum-related jobs, so hey, that's useful? Of course, I have no idea what a resume should look like, because all I have is a CV, but I suppose that's something I can find online or something... I'm sure UF has some kind of employment office that could also help, but not this week - this week is Spring Break. Which means campus is gloriously deserted - I even drove in today, and managed to park on the ground floor of the parking garage! I don't usually drive in, even during breaks, but I'm sick of waiting for the reduced-schedule bus and the walk from the parking garage is about the same length as the walk from the bus stop, so I really do get there faster.

And totally unrelated, but man, do I ever love this song~ Funny thing is, I was looking for it on Youtube the other day (just to listen to it) and that's how I found out there was a movie about Bobby Darin... which piqued my curiosity and so I ended up watching Beyond the Sea this evening. Very good, actually - I liked it quite a bit. Kind of a musical feel without being cheesy or overdone, and also some very interesting storytelling with the younger version of himself... yeah. Good stuff~
ad_exia: (Owen - Geeks bearing gifts XD)
Well so, let's see... My computer has just departed Memphis, TN, so at least it's in the country now! (It shipped from Shanghai, China, after all.) They still have not charged my credit card for the full amount, which is strange, but hey, as long as they'll give it to me I don't care when they charge me, right? (There was a bit of a mix-up around Thursday, when the credit card company called me to see if the charge was real, given that I, uh, never make purchases that large. It was very nice of them, but since they'd put a hold on my card until the issue was sorted out, it delayed the shipping, I think. Regardless, it's been dealt with, obviously, enough that they decided I could have my computer, yay!)

In the meantime, I am tethered to the wall here at Starbucks working on a computer that is, sadly, very slow when it comes to pulling up things on the internets, which is sad because I've been working for the past hour or so to get all my bibliography stuff sorted for my thesis (at least, what I have written thus far). MANY THANKS to Nathan for telling me about the wonderful, wonderful "Bibtex entry for this abstract" function on NASA ADS, because even with a slow computer it has made my life SO MUCH BETTER OMG. I did have to download a different bibliography style which I am hoping will not utterly confuse the people at the UF thesis submission office, because I would be very sad if I had to redo it. BUT let's just assume for now that if I send them the files, they can figure it out. (I realize this assumption may be incorrect, as they seem to have issues with LaTeX despite the fact that they claim to support it, but such is life, I suppose.)

Also, I think about this time I should be making a thesis tag. So I shall be doing that now. :D;

The weather has been gorgeous today, for the record - it's 81 today, and it's been in the 70s at least for a few days now. Not too hot, but not cold, sunny, and soooo nice~ I hope it stays, though I'm not sure it will - it is only February, after all! And, and, and! I GOT UP AT 10:30 this morning! I was so proud of myself, if one discounts the fact that I got up at 12:30 yesterday and, seeing as it was my night off public night and Vicki canceled our meeting, I took the afternoon to get my laundry done and my bathroom (mostly) cleaned and some other things that really needed doing, in anticipation of doing some work today (which, look, I have been doing, even if it's just writing). Also, Ken was awesome and actually got CIAO 4.3 installed this week, and I have gotten my very first (test) X-ray flux! I think the easier method will get me in the right ballpark, which is really all I care about, so I am hoping that by early next week, I will have X-ray fluxes and be a very happy girl, indeed~

And it turns out Frank is coming down for the shuttle launch Thursday; if I can get out of Extragalactic-ph I'd really like to go with, but I have already had to do some MAJOR schedule reshuffling for the next few weeks... but I'm hopeful! I've never actually seen a day launch from up close, weird as that is!

All rightly, I think that's it for now - or, at least, it should be! I might actually try to start updating in smaller chunks - I always feel like I want to wait until I have a decent amount of stuff to update with, but then I either a) never get around to updating or b) have huge updates (see this very entry for an example, heh). So maybe if I do it smaller updates, it'll all work out better. We'll see!
ad_exia: (Oskar - snow)
All right; so clearly, despite promises to the contrary, I have still been terrible about updating. So here I am, yet again trying to remedy that, with an update!

To save your flists from far too much text... )

In completely unrelated news, I finally saw the season finale of Tower Prep a few days ago, and I am really, really hoping it gets renewed. Not only did it end on a cliffhanger, but I was really starting to enjoy it, even more than Unnatural History. I wasn't sure where the show would go if they achieved their "goal" in the first season (being intentionally vague so maybe more of you will watch it!), but now I see that there is plenty of story to explore, and I want to know where it'll go! Come on, Cartoon Network, YOU CAN RENEW THIS SHOW. I think it did well in ratings, and was received pretty well among the critics? Go go, Morgan & Wong!

And finally, Nathan and I discovered that the new restaurant in town, Ghengis Grill, IS JUST LIKE FIRE & ICE. I am soooo stoked, it was delicious and I want my family to come visit me now so I can take them there before I move. We also watched The Emperor's New Grove, which was, as always, awesomely entertaining. So yay for that~

All righty, I think that's just about where things stand at the moment, and I'd say I'll try to update more again, but that's either a lie or it isn't, and we'll see which it is in the coming days, I suppose~
ad_exia: (Phd - I sit in a room with books!)
My phone gave me a giant scare this morning when it fell out of my pocket as I got into work (well, okay, that's not new - it falls out of my pocket on occasion). But this time, suddenly it decided it had no SIM card. ONOES WUT? Thankfully, Googling the issue (don't you love that Googling is a word?) suggested that said SIM card had probably just been jostled out of place - okay, that was my original thought, but where was the darn thing? Aren't SIM cards usually inside the phone, like, take-off-the-back-cover inside? You can't take the back cover off an iPhone! (Well, you as in I can't, I'm sure Apple can.) Turns out it's on the top of the iPhone - who knew? So after poking the little supposed SIM card a bit, lo! My phone decided that yes, it did have a SIM card, thankyouverymuch. Disaster, averted!

Really, I am so ready for this week to be over - thankfully, it just about is! I guess the weekend doesn't really count - Saturday is the Hoggetowne Medieval Faire and Sunday is D&D/THE SUPERBOWL, so I imagine I'll spend a good chunk of it out and not dong work, but that's what weekends are for anyway, I guess. Next week I am ready to get started doing things that I really should have been doing this week, but given that this week was mostly made of fail, they'll get done next week. At least I'm geared up?

Of course, next week is TESTMAGEDDON: PART 1. I have... four, wait, five tests to proctor, two of which I still have to print out, and I'm also giving a short talk in Vicki's class about my research. I'm also up for Public Night next week (I got today off, though I think it ended up being clouded out anyway), so I guess it'll be a busy week after all. Ah well.

In the meantime, I have been CLEANING (when I can), and have rearranged my bedroom closet and hope to have done the same with my dresser... eventually. I really have too many clothes, and I should start getting rid of some because I am going to have to move in about half a year. It's never too early to start spring cleaning, let's say? I think this thesis is going to result in a lot of cleaning for me, because I would love to turn it into fanfic (the thesis procrastiatnion, that is) - or even "real" fic! - but somehow I am feeling a little uninspired, writing wise. It's not for lack of ideas, actually - in fact, I have a ton. I just don't feel like working on them. I am hoping this will pass, because if it doesn't soon... I guess maybe I'll try forcing myself to write a bit each day. That'd be a good start, I think? I could really use the extra cash from selling some words!

All right, I think I'm going to go and do the dishes, speaking of cleaning. Or just clean off my kitchen table. That's a project that will never be done!

... This entry brought to you by CAPSLOCK, apparently. Happy Friday, what's left of it!
ad_exia: (Lena - sea breeze)
Starbucks still has their Christmas cups. This makes me happy. <3

Well, let's see. Obviously I am back and alive and functioning. I think. (Well, okay, I know I'm alive. We're still working on functioning. You know the saying, "I need a vacation from my vacation? I NEED ONE.) The cruise was fun, don't get me wrong. But we had to get up early almost every day (we're talking 6-7) for either excursions or, on the day we got to Key West, to go through border patrol. So I didn't actually get much sleep except for the first day, during which we were at sea and the water was so rough that if I got out of bed I was likely to lose my breakfast. (See, normally I'm about 90% on a cruise while the boat is moving. Not 100%, but not bad. When the entire boat is rocking from side to side? I am more like 20%. :x But I suppose if you look at it from the right point of view, I got to laze around in bed all day?)

As for excursions, we saw the Mayan ruins of Tulum, which were neat, and we also went tubing through a cave system in Belize, which was awesome. Santo Tomas was really nothing exciting, but Key West had some great shopping and it was actually sunny whereas it had been cloudy and cool most of the week. The boat also had a track, so I got in two six-mile runs. Mostly I played sudoku against my Nook (and did not win a single game) and read some H.P. Lovecraft. The food was good, though, and so were the desserts (and I'm not normally a dessert person, this should say something!). New Year's was all right, but rather crowded since everyone on the entire boat pretty much tried to congregate in the atrium for the balloon drop. Overall, I think it might have been more fun if I'd had someone around who had even the remotest interest in common with me, but I did have an all right time. And got a tiny bit of writing done. And took lots of naps.

Pictures shall follow... at some point in the future. I will not promise when because I am insanely slow with such things as has been proven in the past.

I got home Saturday and promptly passed out for about fifteen hours... Sunday I think I spent the whole day back on the GLORIOUS INTERNETS, as I had not had 'net for an entire week. Computers get insanely more boring when there is no internet, as does my life (this is sad, yes, I know. But I enjoy RPing in my free time, and without internet there can be no RP). I also had dinner with Nathan (Bento's!), as it was the only day we were both in town until... a long time from now. Like, the 22nd or something. Monday I think I neglected to go into work, as I was still feeling worn out, but I went in Tuesday and got some stuff done (I think?).

We started out the new school year on Wednesday with no network on the third floor of the astronomy building - and I'll give you one guess as to which floor my office is on. The outage was originally only supposed to be until 12:30, so I just slept in until 10 and ate lunch at home and wandered in, but then it turned out the outage was until at least 2:30. And no network not only meant no internet, it meant I couldn't even log into my computer. D: But I'd brought my laptop, so I could just connect to the UF wireless and I did a little tiny bit of thesis writing before we met for Extragalactic-ph (which was mostly an open discussion on changing the date/time, and then we went over one paper, it was pretty chill). Today I again slept in a bit (mostly unintentionally) but got a decent amount of work done at least, so that's not so bad. And tomorrow I have to pretty much be at work all day because I have to get to Public Night early (7pm) because we have a special group coming at 7:30.

Hm... well, in not-exactly-news, I still don't feel like it's been Christmas yet, since I didn't really have one this year. So I am definitely looking forward to going home next week and having a late Christmas with my sister, dad, and grandmother (and my friends!). As a result of no Christmas (yet), I have no 2011 calendars and while I know I should get at least one for Christmas, I typically use anywhere between 2-4 calendars every year in various places. So I went to Borders and took advantage of their calendars being half off to find the perfect calendar - pictures of Pacific War battlegrounds and artifacts in present day. The photographs are awesome, and it even has the dates of major landings and battles every month! Seriously, perfect. It was on the first shelf I looked at, I just plucked it off and thought, I'll be getting this one, please~. I did look at the other calendars, but nothing else really caught my eye (they were down to the dregs) so I figure I'll just wait until next week to get my other one(s).

And thaaaat's... just about it, really, for now. I have a couple of resolutions kind of maybe in mind, and they all involve either writing more (or differently) and trying to improve my failing work ethic. Nothing has happened this week, but I figure I deserve a buffer week or something, at least.
ad_exia: (O'Brien - coffee)
So it's probably a little ridiculous, but here I am, sitting in Starbucks at 5:45am. There really is a logical explanation for this: Nathan needed a ride to the airport at 4:50am, so I decided to be a good girl and I went to bed last night at eleven. I KNOW, RIGHT? And I know that if I go back to bed now, I'll just sleep 'till noon and get nothing done, so I figure I might as well stay up because five hours is not an unreasonable amount of sleep for me, and Diana and Kevin are coming up later to hang out (yay!). And hey, it's probably silly to be the only person sitting around on their computer before 6am at Starbucks, but they're open, so. :x I will just have to deal with being that silly person.

Of course, it might at least be six by the time I finish writing this. XD Though I don't know that I have too much to report on... well, let's see. I took Sokka to the vet to look into his skin thing... not really a lot of headway there, though apparently his teeth are pretty bad and need to come out in January, poor thing. I also have a TA next spring, so I will get paid, which is happy! I don't know what I'm doing yet (I assume exams again, maybe?) but I'm hopeful that the world won't end if I go ahead and look into scheduling a trip home next month so I can see the other half of my family for a very late Christmas.

Work was pretty empty yesterday; I have a feeling it'll be even moreso today, I don't think anything is open on campus now. And I do plan on going in tomorrow as well, like a crazy person, but probably only for part of the day. Then there are just a few more errands and things I need to run and I can start packing for this cruise that I haven't even thought about, ahahaha. I admit, I will be sad to see the Christmas season go. I like Christmas carols and lights and trees and the Christmas cups at Starbucks and all that silly stuff. And the most random thing this morning: on the way back from the airport, I saw this giant, lighted star that just seemed to be floating above the buildings - it must have been attached to something, but it was so foggy that it really did just look like it was floating. That was pretty cool, if nothing else~

Okay, I'm off to answer some email while NO ONE ELSE IS UP to respond to me. Maybe I can actually clear out my inbox of RP tags again! o/
ad_exia: (winter heart (gryffindor/ginny))
I HAVE JUST FINISHED APPLYING FOR JOBS, YAY. (Look at me being so good, some of the applications weren't even due until the end of January!)

Of course, now I need to actually finish this thesis thing. >> I believe I will be doing some of that tomorrow. Today was some much-needed Christmas shopping and some also much-needed cleaning, and I absolutely have to do at least a load or two of laundry tonight.

Also, I am randomly entertained that a lot of the Christmas music I have has apparently found its way onto the Starbucks rotation. I mean, stuff like Christmas with the Rat Pack and the Loreena McKennitt Christmas/winter albums. Well, that's pretty cool~ And hey, now there's some Tori Amos. Awesome. XD

So last night I was roped into a last-minute game of Arkham Horror, which is fantastic. Part of me wonders if my absolute lack of excitement over games in general for most of my life is simply the product of me never knowing there were cool games like the ones Nathan and Scott have introduced me to. I mean, okay. This game? Has a 25-page instruction manual and the turns are divided into five or six separate rounds just so you can keep everything straight. And then each game is different, as you fight a chosen-at-random Cthulhu-mythos elder god, desperately running around Arkham trying to close gates as monsters pour out and getting yourself sucked into alternate dimensions so you can come out the other side and seal up the gate before the Big Bad Elder God awakens. It took us about five and a half hours, but we did it! I even killed a couple of monsters, despite my character being kind of lame? Well, okay, she was a psychologist, so she had plenty of sanity and lore. Just no speed. :x

And I think that's really it for this week. I am done generating/proctoring/grading exams, as grades are due Monday, yay! Now I'd just like to know if I get paid next semester... I will be asking Anthony that shortly. Sokka has a vet appointment for Monday so he cam (maybe?) get a cortisone shot or something, so I can take him off the meds while I'm away. And then I'm meeting with Vicki, as she conveniently moved our meeting from Thursday (last week) to Monday (next week) so I can get some greater semblance of work done. Scott's leaving tomorrow, though I believe Nathan is still around a few more days, as we're still having our regularly scheduled Angel/SAAB night next week - maybe I should dig up the Christmas episode, even if we'd be watching it out of order. XD And then I really do just plan on getting lots of work and running done next week in preparation for our trip on Christmas!

Okay, I think I've been here long enough, time to pack up and get home to clean, now that I've got the rest of those jobs applied for. Whew~

OH WAIT BUT ALSO. Did I mention Tron Legacy was AWESOME? Because it was~ I might have splurged and bought myself one of the discs from Target, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] noctaval's mention of where to buy one. It was on sale! :D;
ad_exia: (Tower Prep - Suki (there are no stars))
Well, the last Public Night of the semester was clouded out, so I didn't have to stand around and freeze Friday night, which was nice. And I'm still not sure what my TA position will be in the spring - or if I'll even have one - so I don't know if I'll be required to go to any more, though I might just because. The Alachua Astronomy Club volunteers are always really nice, I should make sure to say goodbye to them before I go... whenever that is. (Spring? Summer? Not later than that. D:)

Mickey's Very Merry Christmas Party last Thursday was pretty dang awesome. :D Diana and I met up at Downtown Disney for dinner first (yay, Earl of Sandwich!) and then we headed over to the Magic Kingdom; Diana was kind enough to drive us there so we could take advantage of her Annual Passholder free parking privileges, which was very nice of her~ In addition to the ENTIRE PARK being totally decked out, they had snow machines down the length of Main Street so it was snowing the whole night over the front of the park. I am clearly easy to please because I thought that was SO COOL. The parade was really cute, and the fireworks were awesome - we were basically right under them from where we were standing, so much so that the crowd’s heads were whipping back and forth trying to figure out where to look. And the cookies and hot chocolate? Completely awesome - complimentary, and you could get as much as you liked. The cookies were big - and very tasty! - and the hot chocolate was in maybe what would be a short-sized cup from Starucks, always hot and yummy, and just enough to go with the cookies. We went on a pretty perfect night, too, since it was about 45-50 so not too cold but cold enough to feel like Christmas and make the hot chocolate worth it.

Friday was the Astronomy Department “pre-holiday coffee”, which was really just a social coffee hour with baked goods and a department picture. But still not bad! And with plenty of griping about how cold the building is - seriously, it’s 62 in my office, and 62 might be nice outside in the sun on a fall day, but it is not okay when it wasn’t even above freezing for the first two hours I was here this morning. D< My hands are freezing! I’ve already gone through two cups of hot coffee, and I’ll probably have a third this afternoon. I know I really shouldn’t complain, but Florida is just so inefficient at keeping things warm that it’s a little bit miserable when we get a cold snap like this, even if it’s not fifty below. Freezing temperatures for a week are still pretty unusual around here!

Uh... in other news, I purchased some Silk Nog on Sunday but totally drank it all by last night. Hey, it’s better for you than real eggnog! (Okay, I can pretend.) And it looks like I’ll be attending the Epcot Candlelight Processional next week (oh my God, next week) with the family that’s coming down early before the cruise. I am looking forward to that, though it’s on the 23rd and I’m going to have to drive back up to Gainesville that night, and then back down to Orlando on the 24th (or maybe 25th, really, that’s what I’d prefer to do...). ARGH I need to get more work done, I’ve been very productive today and still no science done, but I’m getting there. I SWEAR. At least almost all the exam stuff is overwith. Now I just need to get to the post office, read my extragalactic-ph paper, and then I can get some thesis stuff done for the rest of the week.
ad_exia: (Oskar - snow)
So, my space heater died today in a fury of sparks and fire. Okay, there was a small amount of sparking and fire, but it was still there! Thankfully it just fizzled out so I didn't have to go running into the hallway for a fire extinguisher or anything. Because that would've been not cool.

Suffice it to say, it's now colder in my apartment. I mean, sure, I have heat, but it's not particularly efficient, given that Florida is generally not in the freezing range of temperatures. And because it has been freezing here lately, of course there are no space heaters to be had in any store in the state. Ahaha. (Sense the sarcasm? It's there.) SO I have ordered one from Walmart to be delivered to the store for free; I hope it gets here closer to the 17th than the 21st.

Well. That is all. Today was mostly made of proctoring tests, extragalactic-ph, that telecon (which went well, at least!), and running. Woo, I might just head to bed early. Or I'll say I will, and at least make some kind of effort.
ad_exia: (Sledge - count the days)
Wow... it's kind of funny to watch my estimated battery time left bounce around like crazy when I do something as simple as open up the internet to check Livejournal for five minutes. It went from 2:05 to 1:25, but now it's climbing its way back up past 1:30 now that I have minimized the window. Oh, Exia, you try so hard (maybe).

Really, I'm supposed to be - and am! - working on this future research plans thing for a couple of my applications, which is hella hard, let me tell you. I don't know what I want to do other than things in broad strokes, like, "Hey, I'll add more clusters to my current survey" or, "I'd like to study obscured AGN, they're kinda cool". And sure, clustering in the field might be interesting, but the equations people use to do that sort of work are nothing short of scary. I'm going to stick to nearest-neighbor sort of work, thankyouverymuch.

Mainly this week has been made of exams. Not that I'm taking them, of course, but I'm generating and printing and proctoring them for the rest of my life, it seems. I had the one on Monday, and then I got roped into proctoring two that weren't even my responsibility today, though that's fine, it's the end of the semester and I am getting paid for this. But I also have two tomorrow, and that telecon, not to mention extragalactic-ph, so I can see (once again) no science getting done. I got some coding done today, but not very much. Hopefully Thursday morning I can get some stuff done? I plan to print out Vicki's exam then, maybe, because why not, but otherwise I think I'm free to do science (yay?) until 3pm when I leave to hang out with Diana at Disneyworld the rest of the day~ Which means that I should go running tomorrow, totally unconnected to anything, because it's better than doing it on Friday before public night - but hey, it's the last public night of the semester, woo! Alas, it will also be cold, as it is still seriously cold here. And the astronomy building is just miserable. I don't think it's even that I'm just a freak regarding that - I saw males wearing jackets around the department today, that means for real it's cold!

Okay, I suppose I have dawdled long enough. Back to work. I WANT TO GET THIS DONE so I can put out these applications and stop worrying about them, even if I have 'till next Friday to do them. Gasp, I might get something in whole days before the deadline, how amazing!

... Well, we're back up to 1:40. That's something, Exia.
ad_exia: (Alma - Winter Flowers)
Gosh, it's cold out there! I mean, it was actually just above freezing when I got up this morning. That is pretty darn cold for Florida! Not that I'm really complaining - in fact, the brunt of my complaint comes in where my office is still just as frigid as ever, when it's also frigid outside. Hot coffee should stay hot longer than ten minutes. D:

So, this is gearing up to look like a busy week. I've got... four tests to proctor, three more to print out, a telecon, a grad student meeting with the department chair, and general thesis and job application stuff to work on. Plus I want to get some sewing done for my dad's Christmas present, and I also have to do public night. And then there's Mickey's Christmas Party on Thursday, though that is something I am very much looking forward to. :D

Aaaand, for [livejournal.com profile] alibi2014: Pictures of my tree! )

Okay, time to zoom off and grab the tests for test-to-be-proctored number 1!
ad_exia: (Terrence - fall smile~)
Fall has come to Florida! (Kind of! Maybe! I hope so?) It's actually only in the 70s today, and it might even get down to the 40s tonight. I AM WEARING PANTS. (Er, you know, as opposed to shorts.) Mostly because I have to do Public Night tonight and I don't want to freeze.

Then again, I think it's going back up into the 80s in a day or so. WHYYYYY. I'm hoping the weather predictions are a lie. I mean, they, usually are, right?

Hrm. Not too horribly much to update on. Been working on some exams, finally done with those and they just need to be printed. Except I stopped in to do just that yesterday night, and there was NO PAPER. None at all. Not in the the supply closet, not anywhere. I need to go down this afternoon and make sure they can get some more, asap! I have 230 tests to print out by Monday!

Okay, back to my lunch, so I can get some tags out before I go print all these tests. Woo~


... And on a random note, somehow I am amused that I am using the internet radio on my iPhone to listen to 40's swing. XD God, this stuff is so good~



EDIT: It's official. The department has NO PAPER. D: How am I supposed to print out a bajillion exams with no paper? ;; If this was MIT, I'd just go to a computer lab. But you have to pay to print stuff out here... Well, the office is looking into this. Here's hoping they can get me paper by the end of the day. :x
ad_exia: (Werewolf - Jordan (don't push me away))
All right, let's see... When last we left our intrepid heroine... Um, it was a while ago. ^^; And I was supposed to be more active! But my grandmother was here all last week, and then there was the Disney Halloween Party, and Dungeons & Dragons (why yes, that's Scott and Duy just LEAVING THE REST OF US TO DIE XD), and now it's this week already. Sheesh! No wonder it's almost the end of October! o.o;

So... right. last Saturday I picked my grandmother up from the airport, and there was dinner at Downtown Disney and sleep~ Sunday we went to Epcot in the morning, and then we went to tea at the Grand Floridian, which was delicious (and filling!). Monday we went to Islands of Adventure to go to The Wizarding World of Harry Potter, and since she wasn't going on the ride but wanted to wait in line with me to see the castle, I was able to take real pictures inside the castle! Of course, my camera is at home and I am not, but I will post them at some point soon (I swear?). We headed back home in the afternoon, and then she spent the week through Thursday with me.

Friday I had to get up uber-early (actually early - six!) to help Vicki with the Starlab at one of the elementary schools, and then as soon as I got home I had to turn around and take the bus in to campus to help proctor one of Naibi's tests. Then I turned around and came home so I could head to Orlando for Mickey's Not-So-Scary Halloween Party~ (And, well, dinner at Earl of Sandwich first, and I also found PERRY as you saw.) Then I got changed and headed to the Magic Kingdom; Diana and Kevin got stuck in traffic (boo) but I didn't mind wandering around for a bit on my own first. I went as Kim Possible (I think I mentioned that before?) and it was tons of fun~ Everyone was so excited to see me! (Hee, I was even "Miss Possible" or "KP" to most of the park workers, it was awesome.) It was really cool. Kevin and Diana (as the Tenth Doctor and Snow White) showed up just in time for the parade, and then we proceeded to have, of course, an awesome time for the rest of the evening. It was warm, but not muggy, and I had been worried it would be really crowded because it was a Friday night but we walked right on to every ride. It was a great time, really. And It's A Small World is open again! Everything has a fresh coat of paint, and it's all... closer to the boat, I think? A few things moved, but yeah, the most noticeable thing is that the waterway is much narrower so now you feel much more like you're a part of the whole thing. I like it. And of course, this is the only picture I took. Fail, I know.

And in not-so-surprising news, I am totally planning on going to the Christmas Party this year. Now to figure out a good date for it!

In the meantime, I believe we have plans to watch a bajillion things this weekend - like the episodes of The Sarah Jane Adventures with The Doctor in them followed by Back to the Future on Saturday, as well as a Harry Potter mini-marathon on Sunday (Slytherins apparently get their own couch, ahaha!).

Whew, this is why I am never not busy!
ad_exia: (Alma - Winter Flowers)
I fear I may be getting sick. ;; I have been sneezy and sniffly all day. This is not cool! In fact, I would really like a hot chocolate or something, but I figure I may go haunt my usual Starbucks this evening and get something warm and yummy to drink then while I write up the variability section of my thesis. Because today has been spent making my variability program all pretty and useful and fancy, and now I'm just... redoing that twelve times for each of my clusters. Ahhh, so many clusters.

Also, for the record? UPS showed up at 8:30pm the other day. 8:30. They're only supposed to deliver from 9-7, and when I got sick of waiting for the guy I left at 7:30 to run errands and just managed to catch him leaving my building when I got home at 8:30. Geez. I really wish they'd just come before 5 and leave it at my apartment office. :x I suppose I should be grateful they even attempted to deliver my package on Tuesday, but still. It's the principle of the thing or... something. If you can't deliver it within the hours you say you will, then get another truck? IDK.

But since I did get to go out, I now own the new Mercedes Lackey book and the new Rick Riordan book, which I am hoping is more engaging (to me) than The Kane Chronicles because that one... just didn't suck me in as much. It's not like the plot is boring (yes, is, I'm still not done with it >>), but I just wasn't quite as engaged. I also still have to finish the second Artemis Fowl book (again... plot's good, but I'm not dying to read it) and I also kind of went a little crazy on Amazon and ordered Sid Phillips' book because, well. SID. :D;;

Tyler is coming to visit tomorrow! As it is also Homecoming weekend, I think I will attempt to steer clear of the University, and probably that whole side of town. I guess I can spend the rest of the day writing up stuff and finishing my costume (oh, I should work on that tonight, too). At least the pants are mostly done - just have to put on the side pockets and the zipper and close them up~ I've actually gotten pretty good at pants, I think? :D And then I have to make the belt, but that's not hard, either. Just a lot of snaps. XD

Okay, back to work now, to hopefully get this program updated for a few more clusters before I call it quits and go running and attempt not to drip too much. :x

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