lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Default)
I'm wondering if the fact that my brain is a mess lately, and the fact that I feel like I'm finally making progress, might be connected to each other.

FTW

Jul. 2nd, 2012 11:08 pm
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
I just want to note that tonight at the LGBT center I won my first game of Munchkin. \o/

Yesterday's test went not too great. I had to answer six questions and I think I answered five, one of them utter nonsense. Hoping for an 80 seems absurd. One awful thing about this test: we had no exercises to hand in during the semester, no quizzes, and there were no practice questions for us to solve before the exam. Not ideal conditions, to say the least. Makes it hard to gap the bridge between what you know and what the lecturer is asking.

My next exam is in a week plus, and it's a lot less pressure. After that, though, all bets are off. Three hard exams in a short time period, one of which I will almost certainly need to take twice. D: For now, though, I'm decompressing.
lea_hazel: Typewriter (Basic: Writing)
What is even with me suddenly writing poetry in the middle of exam season?

Ordinarily I'd be thrilled to be suddenly inspired, since usually poetry for me is like pulling teeth. But, the timing is so inappropriate. I keep having gross feelings all over everything, and this is neither the time nor the place. Okay, maybe it's the place, but definitely not the time.

lolsigh.
lea_hazel: I am surrounded by tiny red hearts (Feel: Love)
I used to think I hated sentimental love songs bu hey, it turns out that part of my brain is just written in Hebrew or something. Here, have a sentimental love song:

lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
Danger, danger, emergency palette cleanser alert.

Marrow

May. 15th, 2012 09:30 am
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
When I was in the army, I got tested for the national bone marrow registry. I got a call from them yesterday and found out I was still in it, and that I was a partial match for someone who needs a donation. I was supposed to go in this morning and get a tissue test at the medical school. You can't understand how or why I was so excited by this, I know it seems strange. But, this was somehow the best news I'd gotten in five years.

Of course it immediately occurred to me to go online and check to make sure that there's nothing preventing me from donating. How awkward would it be to make someone sick with your marrow? Of course I was on my way to class so of course I forgot, and of course I only checked this morning. I checked their website and then called the tissue lab to make sure, but psoriatic arthritis is definitely on the list. On the bright side, I learned the Hebrew name of psoriasis.

Anyway, I have plenty of chores to do this morning, so whatever.
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
List of fandoms I have neglected since I became obsessed with Dragon Age Origins, eleven days ago: Homestuck, Korra, Community.

List of more important, real-lifey things I have neglected: sweet mother of noodle, I don't even want to think about it.

List of stuff I'm going to do today, or perish in the attempt: HAHAHAHAHA *weeps*

My ability to remember what I was thinking about just minutes ago when I was standing in a different room, contemplating my to-do list: basically none. Level of comfort from knowing the cognitive mechanism that stands behind this bullfuckery: 0.001%.

In order to succeed in being productive today, I'm going to purge my system of all weirdness temporarily, by writing a post about Grey Warden characterization choices.

My Grey Warden is a Brosca. )
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
I was planning to write today for a change but I've been having One of Those Days and so I'm going to drown myself in Sims until I'm numb to everything except pixel kids playing chess and going to art school.
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
Yesterday (Sunday) after a long weekend of increasingly difficult breathing, I hauled ass to the emergency medical center. I saw a nurse and a doctor, got ventolin inhalation that made me shakey, and got a chest x-ray that showed no spots. By tonight (Monday) the inhalation has pretty much worn off, although I'm not quite as badly off as I was on Saturday, for example. Anyway, I only need to make it through tomorrow and then on Wednesday morning I get to convince an allergy doctor to prescribe me something that will let me sleep at night and function during the day.

I've been watching TV and reading Narnia fanfic and rewriting the DC universe in my head. Good times. Not that I won't be unbelievably grateful when I don't get tired just from standing, and can do things like go to the supermarket, cook a decent meal (something better than mac & cheese), go out with friends or, heaven forbid, get back on track with the Pilates. I've also (sadly) been too tired to write, which leaves me way behind on my writing goals. At least my schedule for the next semester is pretty much set, although I do have to figure out the research project oh noes.

My rib muscles hurt from coughing a bunch.
lea_hazel: Don't make me look up from my book (Basic: Reading)
After attending Dragon*Con I'm pretty sure TBBT is underselling the dedication of the common American nerd. Nontheless I'm watching the new season because the last one ended on a drunken sex morning after cliffhanger.

Spoilers if you care )
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I've been sick since I got back from Atlanta. I'd had the usual allergic post-nasal drip, and then towards the end of our stay it abruptly clouded and I woke up one night with a fever. I went to the doctor and got some antibiotics, because he was worried about me wheezing and how it could turn into bronchitis.

I thought I was feeling better but now suddenly I have chills and a violent cough.

The good news is, Lost Girl is back! :D

one day

Aug. 25th, 2011 08:39 pm
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
one day i will get out of pilates and not feel sore and exhausted enough to catch a cab and crawl home with my tail between my legs.

and i had planned to visit the housing protest encampment in the rose garden, tonight. what was i thinking.

Heat Wave

Jul. 13th, 2011 06:35 pm
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
There's a heat wave. According to the forecast numbers, it's high, but not astronomically so (30-31 ish?) but for some reason the weather feels brutal. Despite my apartment being half-buried and thus cooler than most, I've had cause to put on my air fan.

Today I did everything right. I stayed indoors during the worst hours, and when I headed out at 5 PM, the sun was low and the worst of the heat was supposed to be over. I put a bandanna and sunglasses on, and I walked in a measured pace, mostly in the shade. I was only out for an hour and a half or less. Yet now I'm completely wiped. Something that should be a painless stroll became a downright chore of a walk.

Not even halfway through July and this summer is already defeating me. Well, screw that. I may not have found the furniture store that I was looking for, but I got peaches, apricots, cucumbers and orange peppers. And candy. I think until it chills a little I just won't go out for longer than ten minutes until after 8 PM (the big drop in temperature is between 8 and 9).

woe

Jul. 4th, 2011 12:01 pm
lea_hazel: The outlook is somewhat dismal (Feel: Crash and Burn)
I have an exam in two days and my back starts acting up whenever I move too funny. I have no idea why, but it's making it really hard to study. It eased up when I was in a shower, but eventually I have to get out from under the hot water, you know?
lea_hazel: Kermit: OMG YAY *flail* (Feel: OMGYAY)
My capacity to lose things, it is pretty much infinite. I lose/break watches with particular severity, especially considering I can only really tolerate a watch if I wear it on a string around my neck. This is because my skin is ludicrously sensitive to just about everything, including most of the middle part of the periodic table.

This makes things complicated, because necklace watches are hard to come by, and necklace watches with decent mechanisms triply so. For a while I was ordering cute Hong Kong made watches off e-Bay. They looked adorable (I had a ladybug, and then an owl) but their durability matched their price. Most of the time my cellphone suffices for time-telling needs, whenever I happen to drag myself away from the computer, that is. Of course, during exams my cell if on silent and in my bag, and I desperately need good time management.

So, I went back to trusty e-Bay. I was going to buy one of the cute watches with the dubious innards and have it gutted by the local watchmaker and replaced with a more effective Japanese mechanism (his idea, via being introduced to him by my father). Instead I found a bargain on a lot of eight proper, honest-to-Florence-Nightingale nurse's watches. Now I have eight multi-colored watches on my desk and I'm debating which eye-smarting color I should wear.

The options (for eternal record): Black (yawn), yellow (a bit much maybe), bright blue, light tealish blue, green, violet (quite bright!), pastel pink, and OMGWTFBBQ eye-smarting hot pink of Barbie and Ken's nightmares. I think I'll save that last one for special occasions.
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Health: Sleep)
Let's play a round of 'Oh yes! Oh no!' shall we?

Oh no! Where in the hell did June go? How is it July? Why does time always run away from me?

Oh yes! How am I so lucky that I got not one but two awesome [community profile] junetide gift stories, one of them based on (frankly) my favorite original prompt, and the other on a last minute treat prompt? So lucky!

Oh no! My final grade in experimental psychology is 71, and it's mainly because I didn't have a test booklet to draft my answers, and I got lazy. I am afraid that retaking the test in July might involve a lot of work and actually lower my grade.

Oh yes! The epic Homestuck fic I'm writing on the kink meme is gaining a readership of more than the original prompter!

Oh no! My allergies are delicately and persistently chipping away at my sleep and I don't know why. :(

Oh yes! Yesterday I dedicated the whole day to doing nothing even remotely related to exams. \o/

A bonus question: Has anyone done an edit of PHD comics with Twilight Sparkle and Princess Celestia, and if not, why not? PHD comics should be to MLP:FIM what Kate Beaton is to Homestuck.

LOL

May. 29th, 2011 08:33 am
lea_hazel: The Little Mermaid (Genre: Animation)
My brother just had the same realization I had a few years back, regarding the childhood cartoons we watched. He said the opening song to PMMM sounded Israeli to him but of course, it was the other way around. Since the cartoons were dubbed in Hebrew and the books of origin (and thus the names of the characters and places) were all European or sometimes USian, neither of us realized at the time that they were produced and adapted in Japan.

Okay, maybe I managed to figure out Samurai Pizza Cats.

In fairness to my child self, a blonde boy named Nils is maybe not one's first guess for the star of a Japanese show. They appear to have been quite selective about what to import until fairly recently. Some of the shows were also co-productions.

...Wow, I'm checking Wikipedia and it's really almost all of them.

I feel sort of sad for my child self for not knowing these things.
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
I am Frustrated, with a capital F.

I picked up my new computer today, got it home (with some help) and put it together. Then I realized that they guy who assembled my computer, who put in 4 GB of RAM and a 400 shekel video card, forgot to give me a power cord. By the time I finished waffling I was pretty sure I couldn't make it back to the store on time to get a new one for tonight.

So I have a fancy pants computer and a free and clear evening, which I had planned to use to set up all the little thingamajigs that make a comfortable computer experience, and I can't even turn it on.

No way am I letting this ruin my mood, though. I've been in such a good mood almost all week. In fact I've been downright cheerful. This is not what one might call a common experience for me. I was head of all my schoolwork, I was on top of almost all my chores, and I was supposed to have a brand new computer waaaah and the weather is turning up. And the rest of the semester should be relatively breezy.

And there are holidays coming up, and a Friday the 13th that I want to do something about.

Everything is fine. I'm just frustrated.

Spring

Mar. 21st, 2011 10:33 am
lea_hazel: A frowning white theater mask (Feel: Sad Face :()
You know how I can tell it's spring? Because I've been sniffling nonstop for three days. I take all my antihistamines, and yet.

I made a bold decision not to retake biochem, even though I got a 66 and it's fucking up my averages (which are not great to begin with). I can only stretch myself so thin before I'm a fool for wondering why everything goes wrong. I have a project in developmental psychology, I have a chemistry lab, I have a seminar and I do still have molecular biology. I feel pretty confident that I'll improve in MB, and that's not for a month, so there's that.

Tonight I have a party. But first, I have to spend all day on my seminar and hope for the best. I was pleased with my output yesterday, but I'm still horribly behind. I also keep forgetting to do important things, which makes me anxious.

The good news is, [community profile] purimgifts went awesome! I love my treats, and the treats I wrote were also received well, even though mumble mumble I'll talk about it later. There's a whole bunch of fic that I want to write, which is really nice, but now is not the time. Frankly, this weekend is not the time either. I'm not sure when the time will be. Wait, this was supposed to be the optimistic paragraph.

Whatever, I am ambivalent as usual.
lea_hazel: I am surrounded by tiny red hearts (Feel: Love)
It's my parents' anniversary. Also the other thing, which is much less important by comparison.

Anywho, here's to another year of not being romantic at people until I can figure my own shit out. Woot woot.

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