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Thursday, November 4th, 2010

Subject:Suck it, BBC!
Time:9:43 pm.
Mood: geeky.
The BBC believes most people will have read only 6 of the 100 books here. How do your reading habits stack up? Bold the ones you’ve read! Italicize the ones you’ve partially read!

01 Pride and Prejudice - Jane Austen
02 The Lord of the Rings - JRR Tolkien

03 Jane Eyre - Charlotte Bronte
04 Harry Potter series - JK Rowling
05 To Kill a Mockingbird - Harper Lee
06 The Bible
07 Wuthering Heights - Emily Bronte
08 Nineteen Eighty Four - George Orwell

09 His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman
10 Great Expectations - Charles Dickens
11 Little Women - Louisa M Alcott
12 Tess of the D’Urbervilles - Thomas Hardy

13 Catch 22 - Joseph Heller
14 Complete Works of Shakespeare
15 Rebecca - Daphne Du Maurier
16 The Hobbit - JRR Tolkien
17 Birdsong - Sebastian Faulk
18 Catcher in the Rye - JD Salinger
19 The Time Traveler’s Wife - Audrey Niffenegger
20 Middlemarch - George Eliot
21 Gone With The Wind - Margaret Mitchell
22 The Great Gatsby - F Scott Fitzgerald
23 Bleak House - Charles Dickens
24 War and Peace - Leo Tolstoy
25 The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy - Douglas Adams
27 Crime and Punishment - Fyodor Dostoyevsky
28 Grapes of Wrath - John Steinbeck

29 Alice in Wonderland - Lewis Carroll
30 The Wind in the Willows - Kenneth Grahame
31 Anna Karenina - Leo Tolstoy
32 David Copperfield - Charles Dickens
33 Chronicles of Narnia - CS Lewis
34 Emma - Jane Austen
35 Persuasion - Jane Austen

36 The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe - CS Lewis
37 The Kite Runner - Khaled Hosseini
38 Captain Corelli’s Mandolin - Louis De Bernieres
39 Memoirs of a Geisha - Arthur Golden
40 Winnie the Pooh - AA Milne

41 Animal Farm - George Orwell
42 The Da Vinci Code - Dan Brown
43 One Hundred Years of Solitude - Gabriel Garcia Marquez

44 A Prayer for Owen Meaney - John Irving
45 The Woman in White - Wilkie Collins
46 Anne of Green Gables - LM Montgomery
47 Far From The Madding Crowd - Thomas Hardy

48 The Handmaid’s Tale - Margaret Atwood
49 Lord of the Flies - William Golding
50 Atonement - Ian McEwan
51 Life of Pi - Yann Martel
52 Dune - Frank Herbert
53 Cold Comfort Farm - Stella Gibbons
54 Sense and Sensibility - Jane Austen
55 A Suitable Boy - Vikram Seth
56 The Shadow of the Wind - Carlos Ruiz Zafon
57 A Tale Of Two Cities - Charles Dickens
58 Brave New World - Aldous Huxley
59 The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Nighttime - Mark Haddon
60 Love In The Time Of Cholera - Gabriel Garcia Marquez
61 Of Mice and Men - John Steinbeck
62 Lolita - Vladimir Nabokov
63 The Secret History - Donna Tartt
64 The Lovely Bones - Alice Sebold
65 Count of Monte Cristo - Alexandre Dumas
66 On The Road - Jack Kerouac
67 Jude the Obscure - Thomas Hardy
68 Bridget Jones’s Diary - Helen Fielding

69 Midnight’s Children - Salman Rushdie
70 Moby Dick - Herman Melville
71 Oliver Twist - Charles Dickens
72 Dracula - Bram Stoker
73 The Secret Garden - Frances Hodgson Burnett

74 Notes From A Small Island - Bill Bryson
75 Ulysses - James Joyce
76 The Inferno – Dante
77 Swallows and Amazons - Arthur Ransome
78 Germinal - Emile Zola
79 Vanity Fair - William Makepeace Thackeray
80 Possession - AS Byatt
81 A Christmas Carol - Charles Dickens
82 Cloud Atlas - David Mitchell
83 The Color Purple - Alice Walker
84 The Remains of the Day - Kazuo Ishiguro
85 Madame Bovary - Gustave Flaubert
86 A Fine Balance - Rohinton Mistry
87 Charlotte’s Web - EB White
88 The Five People You Meet In Heaven - Mitch Albom
89 Adventures of Sherlock Holmes - Sir Arthur Conan Doyle
90 The Faraway Tree Collection - Enid Blyton
91 Heart of Darkness - Joseph Conrad
92 The Little Prince - Antoine De Saint-Exupery

93 The Wasp Factory - Iain Banks
94 Watership Down - Richard Adams
95 A Confederacy of Dunces - John Kennedy Toole
96 A Town Like Alice - Nevil Shute
97 The Three Musketeers - Alexandre Dumas
98 Hamlet - William Shakespeare
99 Charlie and the Chocolate Factory - Roald Dahl
100 Les Miserables - Victor Hugo

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Wednesday, June 9th, 2010

Subject:Not dead, seriously...
Time:9:13 am.
Mood: blank.
Um, it's been a while.  Various reasons have prevented (literally) me from posting, and now that I've finally gotten over it...there's really not much to say.  I continue to work, and...not much else.  Haven't gone on any fun trips recently because I've been so tired on my days off.  Bleh.  Moving in to June, and the days are getting warmer and sunnier (as if they really needed to be) and I plan on getting some essential stuff done and then spending the rest of today on the beach with a brand new book.  Then I'm gonna make fajitas for dinner and sleep in tomorrow, because I don't work until 3.
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Sunday, January 10th, 2010

Subject:Sleepy thoughts and Strawberry wine
Time:2:46 am.
Mood: recumbent.
I'm happy today.  I had a good day at work, am looking forward to a nice day off tomorrow, and have a good work schedule for the next two weeks.

Spent some convo time with nice new neighbors, dyed Debbie's hair STRAWBERRY BLONDE (she's waiting for the necessary 20 minutes before showering it out) and had a good lunch at IHOP and shopped for kitty supplies!

Yes, we're getting a kitty.

Speaking of which, I should probably look at the available kitties for adoption.

My icon will let you know exactly what I'm watching at the moment.
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Thursday, December 31st, 2009

Subject:Death of the Old Year
Time:2:17 am.
Mood: thoughtful.


As the old year draws to a close (and holy hell, I can't believe it's already 2010), I look back over my resolutions and see that I haven't done such a stellar job following through with what I promised.  However, that's only to be expected...2009 saw the end of my senior year of college, an absolutely hellish summer, a cross-country move, and my first professional job.  All this brought both personal and interpersonal emotional baggage and drama, but the new year looks bright and clean, a smooth pathway towards...at least an interesting future.

But my life is changing, and changing rapidly.  I have things to think about and be careful about that would never have occurred to me a year ago.  I have a job to devote myself to (although that won't be a problem, as I really enjoy it), an income to manage, a 401k plan to stuff (Jesus, I have a 401k plan), school to consider getting back into, and family and friends back home that deserve more communication from me than I've been at leisure to give.

But leisure is one of the things that I foresee this job will not increase.  Already as I become more and more skilled and valued, my free time gets shorter.  Last week I worked six days, and I can tell that's not going to be uncommon.  Besides having to work extra hours, I also have to consider getting thoroughly acquainted with my job...I must know these products and companies inside and out.  That means sacrificing (well, if you call it a sacrifice!) my free time to go experience all that Expedia has to offer in Hawaii.  On the surface it sounds great, and really, it is, especially with friends along for the ride, but sometimes waking up early on your day off to spend half your day somewhere else can be draining.

On the other hand, I don't really have to worry about my entertainment budget.  My company pretty much covers that!

Speaking of budgeting, I'm taking a leaf out of Suze Orman's book and trying to track my expenses for the month of January.  Then maybe I can stop money from disappearing from my wallet!  Although, on that score, I have almost nothing to complain about...were it just worrying about rent and expenses, I could spend to my heart's content and not need to worry about running out.  But I've got to think about the future...I want to fill up my 401k, and I want to take my mother to a great 60th birthday celebration in Great Britain (and doing it earlier would be wonderful!), and all of that is going to take careful money management.

And then there's returning to school...much as I want to study EAS again for a master's, I don't know if that's really where I should be going.  I want to get higher in this company or another, in the future, and being a mere GSA (guest service agent) or concierge is not the way to go.  Commission may contribute lots of extra money (though I've not seen that yet), but a higher salary is the only guarantee.  So I'm considering maybe studying management, or human resources, or other aspects of the travel and tourism industry (a la marketing) that will allow me to get higher in any travel agency.  I really like working for a travel agency; the perks are second to none.  And I want to take advantage of the opportunity I have through Expedia to transfer anywhere in the world.  But all the jobs they advertise elsewhere are not for concierges (although I don't doubt that they exist).  They are for marketing managers, HR supervisors, and other jobs for which I have no qualifications.

Of course, I would still love to go to school for creative writing.  My heart, no matter where else I try to put it, is still steadily inclining in that direction.  I can't change it...recently I've started writing again (as my situation has stabilized) and it's wonderful...but I don't know if I'll ever be published without focusing on it wholeheartedly.  Getting myself an agent, working for publication in magazines, online, anywhere...it's uphill work nowadays, and even though I'm good, I'm still not satisfied.  There's a gulf still between my writing and professional writing, and I don't know how to bridge it quite yet.  And this job, fun and consuming and happy as it is, does tend to take up my free time, as already noted.

And it's ridiculous to think that Expedia would cover a master's in creative writing.  They reimburse only for studies that benefit the company, as well they should.

Last but not least, my personal life.  I'd hoped that Expedia would provide the grounds for me to make friends, but that, so far, hasn't been the case.  There are no concierges even close to my age, and even though I'm friendly with the majority of my coworkers, I wouldn't call any of them my friends.  In general, that's okay, because I have Debbie and not a lot of spare time to need other friends, but it would still be very nice.  Such as now, for example, when I'd love to go out and celebrate New Year's Eve, but have no one to go with.  I'm so used to my friends just finding me, that I wonder how to go about finding friends when I have no time for interests outside of work.

Well, I'm not too worried about that last.  It'll happen organically, one showing up here, meeting another there. 

So tonight I'm slowly forming resolutions for the new year, trying to make them more attainable than last year.  At least, this year, I have good reason to believe that my situation will be more stable than last, and have many fewer worries in general.

In any case, I've had some of the hardest challenges in my life in this past year.  I strugged through the last semester of college with opposition from the one person who should have tried to help me, and overcoming the difficulties regarding my thesis, but finally graduated with honors.  I faced up to the fact that jobs were not forthcoming on the east coast, and took on extra work to make the move to Hawaii possible.  I frickin' moved to Hawaii.  And despite the terrible economy and my own inexperience, got exactly the kind of job I was looking for three weeks and two days after I got here.

If there's one thing this past year has told me, it's that I've got the grit and determination (or pig-headed stubborness, say it how you will) to get what I BLOODY WELL WANT.

And that's comforting to know for the future.

 


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Thursday, December 24th, 2009

Subject:Not enough hours in a day...
Time:12:35 am.


Geez, but it's been a long time!

So...I'm doing well.  In fact, I'm doing so well that I feel as though I barely have time to look up and around.  Last week I worked six days, and was almost on track to work that again this week, but Jason (my manager) switched around the schedule so I'm off on Christmas day (huzzah!) and am instead working Saturday.

Meanwhile, technical difficulties still abound.  I've got no idea if I can enroll for benefits this year, which means that tomorrow, come hell or high water, I'm sitting down with Wendy (our super nice HR lady) and ironing this whole thing out.  I'd like to get my 401K started, and having another set of insurance wouldn't bother me either.

Half of the reason I'm so busy all the time is that I'm not just working, I'm also spending lots of my spare time (one day each week, so far) doing our tours.  Now, not complaining, because I've taken a tour around the island, been to the Polynesian Cultural Center, and on a frickin' HELICOPTER tour, all for free.  And more is yet to come, of course.  But that takes up a lot of my time and energy both.  Also, somehow, within the four weeks I've been working, I've become one of the primary briefers, and that means I'm sometimes the only one in the office who knows what to do. 

I've got so many balls in the air sometimes...oh well.  Things should quiet down around the new year, and then I'll be much less frazzled.  But right now, everything I've got to be aware of is just slightly overwhelming.  I'm often just exhausted by the time I get home.  However, I really like Jason, my manager, and he really looks after me, which is nice.

And it's lovely to be pulling down some really good money.  Being the briefer, I get an extra $25 every time I make the brief.  That means an extra $125 a week, for just making a 30-40 minute speech.  Fine by me!

Hawaii taxes take a killer slice of all this, though.  Stupid frickin' Hawaii.

Um, there's not much point to this than to let everyone know I'm still alive.  I feel kinda disconnected from everyone's life...I know it's my fault, cause I'm so rarely on AIM...but drop me a line guys, lemme know how you're doing!


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Sunday, November 29th, 2009

Subject:Stretching the writing muscles...
Time:6:25 pm.
Mood: pleased.
So...this is the first time I've written in a good long while. It feels incredible! Constructive criticism would be much appreciated, but be warned...this story could be a bit disturbing. It's certainly a departure from form for me, but I guess that's the benefit of using prompts instead of just writing what your imagination tends to give you.

Prompt: A priest is attacked for being a pedophile. He is innocent of the crime, but guilty of something far worse.

BlindnessCollapse )
Remember, constructive criticism much appreciated! Enjoy!
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Saturday, November 28th, 2009

Subject:First week on the job and other news
Time:8:38 pm.
Mood: determined.


This week has been a bit tough to get through. My job is cool, but some of my coworkers are not as much.

I'm an Expedia Local Expert, working as a concierge (or I will be, once they give me a desk!) and I'm killing myself with memorization about hotel, restaurant, and tour locations, because I go live in another week.

There are two halves to this job. Each concierge sometimes works as a 'briefer', a person who gives talks every morning about the activities that Expedia offers, and who makes calls in the afternoons to get people to attend these free breakfast briefings. The other half of the job is actually working in the lobby of the hotels as a customer service concierge who books activities.

I'm shadowing the briefers, right now, and that's the job I'll be doing in another week, while my trainer goes on vacation. I'm calm right now, although if you ask me in other week, I know I'll be panicking! This past week was my first week on the job...so that'll be two weeks before I have to know how to make tour reservations, talk about 27-30 activities for 30-45 minutes, answer all questions, and generally act like I know everything there is to know about the Waikiki/Honolulu area, and the Oahu island.

The job comes with awesome benefits, though. Since I'm selling these activities, I get to go on them (and take friends) for free! Expedia offers over 400 activities...at least I'll never get bored! I also get discounts on hotel rooms, etc., through Expedia. They'll also pay for me to go back to school...I lucked out with this job! Unfortunately, even though my managers think I can do the job, some of my coworkers look down on me because I'm such a recent arrival to the state. I understand the attitude, but they don't know how hard I can and do work. And who knows? I may never do well enough to counteract the negative opinion of a newcomer taking the job of 'local expert'.

Since I go live so soon, I've really got to ramp it up! This job clearly involves lots of extra-curricular homework...no slow start for me, I'm in it right away.

Tomorrow I'm going to walk through Waikiki, visit the hotels and find out where their activity departure points are. More so than any other part of the job, learning these spots and being able to give directions to them is going to be the hardest part.
Wish me luck, guys!
(Pretty ironic music. Hopefully my journey won't be THAT long!)
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Wednesday, November 11th, 2009

Subject:A bit overdue, but good news nonetheless...
Time:12:00 am.
Mood: hopeful.

So...this information is shamefully overdue, mostly because the first few days after it happened I was floating in a daze of joy, and the few days after that, I was working as a temp at Servco, which is enough to suck the heart and soul out of anyone.  However, if you can rewind your mental clocks back to Thursday (I told you I was overdue)...

I have a JOB!!!
Ahem.

So remember the job that I posted about first...the one that I thought I didn't have a chance in hell at getting?  Well...I got it!  The Expedia Local Expert job!  Although I can't think of myself being a Local Expert (caps required) on Hawaii yet, apparently that wasn't the most important component of the job.  Nope, the Japanese and customer service experience were what counted, and those are what I have!

If I get all the paperwork in for the job, I'll be able to start on Monday.  Tomorrow I'm going to go get a drug test done, and that should be everything necessary to get going right on time.

...Now, because I must, let me gloat a little bit!

The job pays 12.50 an hour, plus 10% commission of whatever tours, cruises, and tickets I sell.  I'm working at the Hyatt Regency (most likely) and get a full package of benefits, including a 401k with company match, vision, dental, and medical insurance.  And, best of all, since I'm working for Expedia, I get an employee discount on airfare and hotel reservations!  How incredible is this!

Three weeks and two days after I moved, this happened.  During my lunch break, of all things.  Expedia contacted me on Wednesday asking to set up a second interview (by phone this time) to talk to me more about the job.  On the same day, a job that I'd previously interviewed for also asked for me to come in for a second interview.  On Thursday, I set up the second interview at the other job, and then called Expedia.

They didn't want a second interview.  They wanted to give me a job offer!  And after hearing all the details, I accepted!

I spent the next few days floating in a haze of

"OhmyGoddidthisreallyjusthappenIgotthejobofmydreamsthereasonImovedhereisvalidatedohmyGodIcanSUPPORTmyself!!'

And then had to go back to work at my current temp job, which I will work the rest of this week.  So my total days of unemployment, out of 28 days of being in Hawaii, have been 6.

Using my Japanese.  Working in a beautiful place.  Reliable, full-time job.  $500 a week.  Every time I consider it, I think I may cry.

This is proof that I can do whatever the hell I want with my life.  If I managed this, anything else is a piece of delicious, chocolate raspberry cake.
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Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

Subject:Geez, things happen fast around here!
Time:1:53 am.
Mood: content.
So my first job only ended yesterday, but I already have another two week job scheduled to start on either Thursday or Friday.  I get a raise, too...$11 an hour!

I could get used to this kind of living.  I get a raise and a vacation all in one month! ;)

In other news, an (red bean paste) doughnuts are my favorite pastry evar!  Om, nom nom.

Ooh, and my Hawaii album of photos (pitifully small at the moment, but don't laugh, it's just a baby) can be found here:

http://s776.photobucket.com/albums/yy48/grecian-violet/Hawaii/

Enjoy!
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Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

Subject:Heat and humidity get to you after a while...
Time:7:45 pm.
Mood: hot.

I'm done with job apps for today.  Seriously, no more!

It's really warm here...86 and humid.  But being as it's just around 2-ish, the sun is still too high to go anywhere.  So right now I'm hanging around and watching episodes of Batman: the Animated Series.

My Ipod's broken, and there's an Apple store in the mall.  I have to go get it fixed eventually.  I also want to get a library card, but right now it's soooo warm, I just don't want to go anywhere.  I also have to do a photobucket dump of Hawaii photos and FINALLY get the email I wrote LAST WEEK out to the family.  Anyone else who wants to be on my email list, just lemme know.

Maybe I'll just stay inside till it gets cool and then meander over in the direction of the mall.  Hmm...
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Friday, October 16th, 2009

Subject:INTERVIEW!!
Time:3:13 pm.
Mood: giddy.
Oh, holy Jesus.  I just got my first interview!!  It's for this position:

Expedia Local Expert™ (ELE) is actively seeking motivated, customer-focused, team players to join our Concierge team on Oahu.

If you love travel, are passionate about customers, consider yourself an expert on all things Hawaii, and are seeking a career with the world's largest online travel company, here's your opportunity to join the team!

The Position - The Concierge is responsible for assessing customer needs and selling attractions and activity tickets that ensure a memorable vacation experience. Qualified candidates bring proven sales and high-touch customer service skills to the team. The Concierge is knowledgeable about the local area and is the expert on the attractions, tours and activities that we sell. As a member of the team they uphold the ELE promise to “delight every guest by sharing my passion and local knowledge to arrange memorable experiences.” Bi-lingual English/Japanese strongly preferred.

The Team - ELE offers face-to-face personalized recommendations and assistance in booking events, activities, tours, attractions. We operate concierge and activity desks in nearly 100 hotels and other retail locations across Hawaii; in Las Vegas, Nevada; Orlando, Florida, San Diego and San Francisco, California; and in the major resorts of Mexico.

So...I'm not so much an expert on all things Hawaiian, nor have I ever worked for a hotel service...nor is my Japanese vocabulary related to tourism very strong.  However, this is exactly the kind of job I came here looking for.  Besides, I was honest enough in my cover letter about my deficiencies.  But still, if I get this...that'll be just what I need!

Not trying to get my hopes up too high.  I'll study like it's a final exam this weekend, reviewing vocab, grammar, local attractions, events and whatever Expedia offers its clients.  And when I go to the interview on Monday, I'll look exactly like a professional concierge should look.  Other than that, not much else I can do.

Wow.  I only applied for the job yesterday.

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Subject:First Hawaiian Update!
Time:10:28 am.
Mood: relaxed.
So, yeah.  I'm living in Hawaii!

So far, I like it.  Not gonna lie, but there have been long moments where I wake up and think, "What the heck am I doing here?  Was all this really necessary?"  And then I remind myself that yes, this was necessary, and yes, everything is going to turn out all right.  In illustration of that fact, I had an interview this morning at the staffing company that Debbie works for, and with the exception of needing to get my kpm up a little bit, I'm qualified to do basically anything they get sent their way.  So hopefully I have the means to pay my bills until something better offers.  YAY!

My days go by pretty quietly, although when I do go places I MUST remember to take my camera.  For example, yesterday in an ultimately futile exercise, I went to get a HI state ID.  It was futile because they required proof of residence, which no one told me about until I got there.  They told me it was fine, that they could put an old address on the card until I had proof, when they would just go ahead and change the address.  Unfortunately, they didn't tell me they would need to have me pay again until after the card was made. 

But that wasn't the point.  The state offices were right next to the 'Iolani Palace, which is the only royal residence in the entire US.  It was indeed very pretty...I hope Debbie and I can go there and tour it this weekend.  Also in the area was the library (Again, can''t get a card until proof of address is achieved!), the state capitol (a very post modern-y building with a gorgeous mosaic) and the Kamehameha statue.  Yes, you DBZ lovers, it came from Hawaii first!

However, I have no pictures to share.  :(  Which is why next time I must take my camera.

Living in Hawaii is quite similar to life in Japan.  There's Japanese everywhere, you can hear the language spoken all the time, the grocery store I shop at is a Japanese chain...you get the picture.  There are many times when I'm the sole Caucasian person in a store/on a bus, etc., and that's going to take some getting used to.  Again.  Hawaii is remarkably similar to a foreign country, but at least English is the official language.

I job hunt for around 3-4 hours a day, take walks for various places (today I want to walk up and down the canal outside our house), but walking here makes my feet swell, chafe, and get altogether very painful.  I think I will need to get either a pair of nice sandals or sneakers, but I'm so leery of spending money at all that I figure I'll probably put it off.  But I have serious blisters everyday that need popping and bandages.

Bleh.  Money is quite tight.  I wanted to have two months of rent plus expenses by the time I moved, but that's dwindled to about one month's rent and expenses.  So I need to get money flowing in, and soon!  Otherwise massive problems.

Can't even think about that.  Only good things will happen, only good.

...But now I've terrified myself into going job hunting immediately.

Sorry I'm never on AIM, but since we've got no internet in the house, I have to steal Debbie's computer.  We should have house internet in another week and a half though!  Huzzah!
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Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Subject:Days to Go: 11!
Time:8:43 pm.
Mood: stressed.
I'm going offline down here in VA.  I'm leaving tomorrow for the Albany area and will have to rely on other people's computers, but that's okay.  Thank God and vacuum bags, but everything fits and fits snugly.  I've even discovered an ingenious way to get my bridesmaid dress into the city...vacuum bag it!  Although, to avoid lots of wrinkles, I won't do that until I have to get into the city for the event itself.  Until then it can ride around, fully inflated (it's like a boat really, it's so voluminous!).

Ugh, I'm tired.  Gotta finish my carry on bags before I drop.  Moving is sooooooo tiring!

Anywho, I'll be seeing a whole bunch of you very soon!  Elly in Albany, Brendan and Dan in NYC.  This'll be fun!

Days till Wedding: 8

Days till Hawaii: 11
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Wednesday, September 30th, 2009

Subject:AAAAAAAAAAAHHHH!!!!!!
Time:6:00 pm.
Mood: ecstatic.
WE HAVE AN APARTMENT!!!
Ahem

So after getting a call from the landlord the same day as I filled out the application for this apartment, I get a call from Debbie who says "Yeah, the landlord says we can move in tomorrow!"

Oh, my GOD!

It's a one bedroom apartment on the first floor of an apartment tower right in the center of the city.  One block from the largest shopping center in Honolulu, as well as one block from the Ala Moana beach park.  It's also on ALL the major bus routes and fifteen minutes from the University.

So far, we are perfectly on schedule.  We wanted to go to HI a week before the end of the month and sign a lease on the first of October.  Guess what day tomorrow is?  Incredible!

Oh, I wish I could be there right now!  But Amina's wedding is next Saturday, and it's less than two weeks before I get out there myself.  I guess it's time to ramp up the job search, because since this apartment is $1,200 a month, it's right on the edge of what I was comfortable paying.  However, water is included, although electricity is not, but that shouldn't be too much of a problem.  Altogether, with food, etc., expenses will probably be around $750 a month.  That means, living on bare bones, I have two months of savings.  In two and a half months, I will absolutely have a fabulous (and well-paying) job.  Please, please God, I need a fabulous, well-paying job.

But half the battle is over.  Apartment, check.  Job?  Soon.

Countdown to HI: (I count today as over, so...) 13.
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Thursday, September 17th, 2009

Subject:Ho hum
Time:1:31 pm.
Mood: cheerful.
Bleh.  I have cavities that need to be filled.  How irritating is that?  Still, getting some done today, and hopefully I can get them all done before I need to get out of here.  All I wanted was a simple cleaning...now I have to deal with getting novacaine at least twice...I hate novacaine.

Anywho, other things are going well.  My eyes are not bloodshot for the first time in a long time, thanks to the eye drops my optometrist recommended.  When I saw her on Monday, she told me that I had dry patches on my corneas, probably due to stress, overwork and improper sleeping habits.  The liquidrops I'm using are so thick they're like jelly on my eyes, but hey...anything to avoid dry corneas!  That and I'm getting a hell of a lot more sleep.  I average around ten hours a night, yay!

The trip to the doctor yesterday was horrendous, although I'm in perfectly good health.  Pap smears are disgusting and surprisingly painful.  Still, I guess it's a good thing that I'll know I'm all healthy before moving away.

Meanwhile though, I'm just chillin', watching some Space: Above and Beyond which I love.  I wish they'd made a second season.  I have time for another episode before I have to make the hour-long slog into Manassas to see the dentist.

Anyway, that's just a brief update on things and stuff.

Days until Hawaii: 27
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Tuesday, September 15th, 2009

Subject:Post vacation energy boost!
Time:1:55 pm.
Mood: energetic.
So life down here continues to go by reasonably quietly.  I've been making tiny baby steps in the direction of being ready to go, but there's so much to do that my room looks like a demolition zone and I don't even have all my stuff with me!  However, progress is being made.  I've sold a great deal of my books (which super bummed me out, but what else could I do, really?) and even with over $100 made from that, I still have three bookcases of books I just can't live without.  Mom has assured me that she'll pack and ship whatever I want, but still...I feel guilty to saddle her with a ton (literally) of books.  Besides, my East Asian studies library (yes, it qualifies as a library since it takes up five shelves of space!) can stay here until I go back to school.  UHawaii for graduate school, 2010 or 2011!

Anyway, just came back from a week with my mom, dad, and sister at Virginia beach.  Despite the sometimes horrid weather, it was lots of fun.  We went fishing on a party boat, and I caught a pufferfish!!  They're not as spiny as I thought they would be.  He looked so angry to be caught, waggling those little fins and blowing up until his eyes were almost entirely hidden.  He was a little fellow, though, so he got sent back to the briny deep, yar!  The weather had been so bad in the previous days that no one caught anything, really, since the bottom was so disturbed.

I also got hit on by/flirted with an army boy just returned from Iraq.  However, when we tried to hang out, the vibe was weird/creepy/massively irritating, so I told him basically not to call me and walked out.  Also went to see 9, which might have been better with more attention to the plot, but was all right to see and was something to do on a rainy evening.

I need still to contact Amina about more wedding plans, and have to arrange someone to help me get to La Guardia airport at 6 AM on the 13th of October after the affair.  I've had an eye exam, ordered a new pair of glasses, and am being bullied into having a physical and pap smear (UGH!).  However, I should be coming up (to Albany) either in the last week of September or the first week in October.  The latter is probably more likely.  I'm selling Elly my car, and then will probably hang out at my sister's house until the wedding, come back to her place after the wedding, and then see what I can do about getting to La Guardia thereafter.  Worst comes to worst, I'll ask Liz to drive me in that morning or I'll just take a bus into the city late the previous evening and catch a cab to the airport thereafter.

Being as I am myself, I'm also hardly ever at my computer, and I don't know how anyone's doing outside of LJ.  Being also that my house is where it is, I have no cell phone reception.  It's a bit lonely.  

Still, when I get up to Albany, things should be better.  Brendan, how've you been doing?  And has anyone heard from Dan recently?

I need to call people. 
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Friday, September 4th, 2009

Subject:There are days when I hate myself...and here's one!
Time:5:08 pm.
Mood: groggy.

Ugh, I'm so upset with myself.  I thought that by this time I'd have my room all nice and neat, be sorting through stuff that I want to get rid of, have talked to everyone I needed to talk to, and have started being on top of things.  Meanwhile, my room's a disaster area, I feel nasty because I slept on the floor and woke up early only to stagger to my parents' bed (it's the only one in the house) and then only woke up at one.  I feel just gross and lazy and I'm angry because I need to get on top of a lot of things.  And so far I just haven't.  BLEH. 

Meanwhile, all I wanna do is sequester myself in my room and get things done, but my parents are both home and I feel guilty not hanging around and spending time. 

All right, enough whining.  Since I got up so late today, I'm gonna be up until who knows when anyway, so I do have the time.  Between today and tomorrow, I must:

1) Straighten up bedroom
2) Sort keep/go books
3) Sort keep/go movies
4) Email Amina
5) Review the apartments that Debbie has picked out
6) Revamp resume/write cover letter
7) Take movies and books to used book store
8) Sort out Fauquier bank account problems
9) Purchase CD case (for DVDs) and space bag, to try
10) Get head on straight

I should have met mom during her lunch today, and of course I slept right through it, like a good daughter.  I haven't called or emailed anyone that I should have either.  I've just been sleeping and bumming around the house, and I have got to get my shit together or I'm just gonna be one big fat mess.  ARHADSHFOAIDFNAED.
 

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Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

Time:3:17 pm.
Holy hell, I've got so much to do.  And absolutely zero energy.  I mean, I'm so wiped or SOMETHING that I just can't get my act together.  The farthest I've gotten this morning is to drag myself around and straighten up the house.  But I've got to clean things up and start packing, because I have to have everything ready to go before Saturday.  Urgh.

...You know, I don't even have the strength to finish this entry properly.  Too drained.
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Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Subject:Quickie
Time:4:31 pm.
Mood: rushed.

Oy.  So these past few weeks have been kinda hectic, and I've fallen off the whole "doing-things" bandwagon.  Also, had some problems with electronic devices.  As such, I have a new AIM account (my old one was hacked and then something happened where Trillian would not let me create a new identity and UGH!!!) *ahem*...I have a new AIM account:  greekione.  If you add me, please send me a message so's I can readd you.  I managed to salvage most of my old list, but still...and if you wanna make friends, this is a good time!

I also have a new cellphone number.  And...a new cellphone.  This one I'm not just handing out over LJ, so if you want it, email me at grecian.violet@gmail.com and lemme know.  If I know you IRL, send me your cell # at the same time, because chances are I didn't transfer it when I lost my phone.

And again I make my resolution to DO THINGS.  Ugh, it's getting old at this point!
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Thursday, August 6th, 2009

Time:8:48 pm.
Mood: exhausted.
So maybe the whole not whining about my work schedule hasn't gone exactly the way I planned.  Most of this week I've been coming home, reading for a little while, and then falling asleep for a few hours.  When I wake up, of course, I feel great, but I have to go to sleep almost immediately in order to wake up on time the following morning.  I overslept for work on Monday (and when I say overslept, I mean OVERSLEPT by like five hours) and I haven't studied at all this week.  Need to be better about this.  Just tired and drained and unambitious all the time. 

Still, I'm only working a few hours this weekend (on Saturday at least) so maybe I can get a little bit of a breather and relax and recharge.  God I'm tired.
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