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I want to update this more.

I think I SHOULD update this more.

Maybe it'll help me focus my thoughts and feelings better than tumblr/twitter/facebook does, because I think all those serve as are distractions to things I should maybe be rolling around and thinking about. Don't get me wrong, tum/twit/fb are great for my random bullshit and short things, but there's been a lot going on that I feel I need to really lay out and process and LJ's always been good for me with that.

Plus, I've been told I don't ENJOY things anymore. I complain a lot. I bitch a lot. About things that don't even need it. It makes people not want to actually converse with me because I'll probably find something to complain about. I think that my bitching is a stand in for me to feel like I give a fuck about something because, honestly, it's been near impossible to muster up fucks for anything in the last 6+ months. LJ was always a place where I could talk about good and bad and in length instead of in tags on a post on tumblr if something about a subject even came across my dash.

Maybe this'll help me just process things better overall. I don't know.

But I went through and did a bunch of housekeeping here. New layout (of course), cleared my interests list (it's needed updated for years), removed the sticky (full of outdated info), need to make a new profile thing (because of course i do). I'm still debating on keeping it public or friends only. I dunno.

I know there's not many people over on these parts anymore, but I think even yelling into the void is helpful for me.

So, it's a start.

General Updates:

Still working at the university library. I applied for the position of the Stacks Management Supervisor who resigned (three of the student supervisors did, actually) and I interviewed really well, but my attendance bit me in the ass (samcat's death, plus a few things before that). The position ended up going to another student supe, Liz, which we all kind of expected anyhow. But I'm super happy for her! I'm hoping something else comes open before the end of the summer, at least. I have great references and I interview well and I have 3+ years of work experience, so I'm pretty well suited for a lot of stuff in the circ/stacks departments.

Since that, I've been re-assigned to the basement, which I love. I was on the 6th floor, which is Periodicals. But some shifting happened and now I'm downstairs. I got assigned a huge project (pre-1900s) and my students are great, so I can't complain! Work keeps me busy, which gives me stuff to do and focus on, which has been much needed lately.

I'm still trudging through classes. Can't take on campus stuff for my major because I don't have enough money, so it's just more fluff/core classes. But whatever. It keeps me my job, so I'll put up with it. I'm taking a Young Adult Literature class this semester, so a lot of reading! Maybe I'll post about that. We're reading The Perks of Being a Wallflower right now and it's alright. I'd avoided bothering much with it for a long time, but I like it enough.

A friend also recommended Fox 8 and let me listen to some of her audiobook and I really enjoyed it! The audiobook narrator is quite good, as well, considering he's portraying a fox.

I've been drawing a little bit again, which has been nice. I've also got a couple badge commissions to finish, which are pretty fun to do.

I'm not gonna post everything, so here's a link to my artblog. I've done a bit of stuff since summer, at least, including a bunch of nice traditional pieces! I've also been posting art reference, tutorials, and stuff for Photoshop and Sai brushes on my artblog.

In other news, I'm hoping I can get new glasses and maybe a new, cheap phone with my tax refund this year. That'd be nice.
Current Location: United States, Ohio, Kent
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: Brandi Carlile - Raise Hell
trash animal
I keep wanting to update this but at the same time I don't want to spend two hours writing out the trainwreck the last six months has been and then spending another half hour crying about it.

[ crossposted from dreamwidth ➙ you can also view it there ]
Current Location: Kent, OH
Current Mood: tired
trash animal
29 June 2015 @ 10:23 am
It's been exactly one year since I posted last and the only reason I'm doing so now is to state:


[ crossposted from dreamwidth ➙ you can also view it there ]
Current Location: Kent, OH
Current Mood: excited
trash animal
29 June 2014 @ 03:47 pm
Yesterday we marched in the Pride parade in Cleveland with the leather group we're a part of. It was really, really hot and the parade goes from downtown near Tower City to Voinovich Park by the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. It's about a mile. A mile is not that far at all. A mile is extremely far in a staggered parade (we line up on a four lane street and then each lane goes one at a time to make the whole parade) in 90F weather in downtown Cleveland with no shade. Thankfully, that was probably the worst part of the day. I did manage to acquire sunscreen (because i was like herp derp i'll wear a tank top because it won't be too long and it's only a mile and i didn't think to consider zero shade and the super hot weather), so I only got burnt the places I forgot to put sunscreen, like around my neck and the collar of my shirt. Way to go, me. I think there might be a little on the back of my arms, too, but it's not awful.

Tony carried the transgender flag for our group, naturally, and I helped carry the fuckall huge leather flag.

Despite the heat and the sun and the lack of shade, the parade was really nice and it was really great to see Angel Action blocking the usual handful of protesters that always show up.

At the park, we hung out for about an hour and I got custard because that's the kind of thing you should eat on a ninety-something degree day. After a round or two around the park, we met back up with folks and let them know we were out for the afternoon, heading to the zoo, and we'd see them at the bar that evening.


After Pride, we HEADED to the zoo, but first we stopped at the West Side Market, because it's on the way and, of course, we love the market. We were super said to find out that J&J Meats isn't making the chicken jerky EVER AGAIN. It was a sad moment. But we bought some of their regular jerky and the guy who helped me last time recognized me, so that was nice!

I also stopped at Cake Royale for, of course, macarons and freaking Bailey's irish cream cannoli. The had Nutella macarons and they were delicious.

After grabbing noms, we went over to Horizontal Books which, if you've never been, is amazing. They discount stuff according to how many items you purchase (50% off one, 60% off two, 70% off three). We ended up buying...

Dragon's Luck by Robert Asprin
Socks Appeal: 16 Fun & Funky Friends Sewn from Socks by Brenna Maloney
How to Save Your Tail*: *if you are a rat nabbed by cats who really like stories about magic spoons, wolves with snout-warts, big, hairy chimney trolls...and cookies, too. by Mary Hanson
Bad Girls: Sirens, Jezebels, Murderesses, Thieves & Other Female Villains by Jane Yolen and Heidi E. Y. Stemple
The Year of the Beasts by Cecil Castellucci and Nate Powell
Repossessed by A. M. Jenkins

...as well as a Winter Soldier trade, some glow in the dark scratch paper, and a Scythian metalworking kit.


And we actually got to spend time walking around and doing stuff, cause we got there around 3PM, I think, maybe 2PM. But the zoo is open until 7PM in the summer, so we could check out all the exhibits and take our time. We haven't been to the zoo in, literally, years, so it was nice to do that. Other times, as well, we were always in a hurry to see things and then go somewhere else, but since we didn't have to be at the bar until 8PM or 9PM, it was nice to be able to take our time.

I took a lot of pics which I will stuff behind a cut...

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After the zoo, we still had an hour to blow and were hungry, so we decided to hit up the asian markets and drive by Koko Bakery and see if maybe possibly they were open (the last time i knew, they closed at 7pm). Much to our delight, Koko's was still open and we bought a whole bunch of buns and tasty things (like castella cake with lemon in it!) and sat and got off our feet for a little while before stopping over at Park to Shop and then heading out to the bar.

The bar was mostly uneventful aside from the presence of Douchebag Who Isn't Allowed To Talk To Tony (which was the only negative) and Tony winning a t-shirt (which, of course, was a positive!). We hung around and helped sell raffle tickets and socialized before heading out early around midnight and making the long drive home to Kent.

It was a long, long day, but it wasn't nearly as grueling as I anticipated it to be, and that was nice.


[ crossposted from dreamwidth ➙ you can also view it there ]
Current Location: Kent, OH
Current Mood: hot
Current Music: Edward Sharp and The Magnetic Zeros · Home
trash animal
28 June 2014 @ 12:40 am

I did not expect Iron & Wine to be as absolutely stellar as they were. I expected them to be good, don't get me wrong, I've heard live recordings and stuff, but I was not prepared at all. They did a mix of songs I wasn't quite familiar with (some off their new album, which i haven't listened to much) and some stuff I absolutely love. They did Resurrection Fern, Woman King (which they opened with), Boy with a Coin, an absolutely amazing Freedom Hangs Like Heaven, Me and Lazarus, The Trapeze Swinger, etc. I got really emotional a couple times, which I kind of expected and kind of didn't? I dunno, sometimes listening to people be really into their music sets something off in me. I was definitely tearing up at most of my favorites, but I legitimately cried at their encore song, Muddy Hymnal, which I absolutely didn't expect them to play. I was hoping for Naked as We Came, Evening on the Ground, or Walking Far From Home, but I wasn't expecting Muddy Hymnal and it was really amazing.

Also, Sam briefly started playing Freebird after someone shouted it and then said 'be careful what you wish for, motherfuckers'.

Now I have a headache, but whatever.

The only obnoxious parts were the frat bros a few seats down who wanted to stand for a whole song (the kent stage is all seating, a bit like a theatre) and people kept telling them to sit down and an usher eventually had to come out and scold them. Then, behind me, was #1 Super Fan who talked just a little too loud and was just waaaay into everything Sam Beam was doing and it was pretty annoying but I was able to tune most of it out.

The opening band was The Secret Sisters, who I'd never heard before, but I think I'd heard of them, y'know? They were great, however. They were adorable and had cute southern accents and I immediately bought their newest CD and had it signed. I also informed the one girl of what the animal she saw when she was walking down by the river (it was a groundhog). They were really sweet.

I bought, as mentioned above, a CD and also one of the 250 limited Iron & Wine posters because it speaks to me on a spiritual level.

[ crossposted from dreamwidth ➙ you can also view it there ]
Current Location: Kent, OH
Current Mood: drained
Current Music: Iron & Wine - Muddy Hymnal