pretty_cynical: (STUDIOSIXTY. only to love you.)
dear yuletide author )


Nov. 19th, 2010 09:54 pm
pretty_cynical: (STUDIOSIXTY. only to love you.)
Dear Yuletide Author,

Thank you for offering to for write one of the fandoms I requested! I know they have limited audience - and thus the quality of fic varies - but I'm sure I'll be happy with whatever you give me.

In general, I tend to enjoy stories that fall somewhere in the middle in terms of mood: not too fluffy, but not too angsty either. I don't like dialogue heavy stories (ironic, since two of the fandoms I requested are known for banter between characters). I love romantic relationships between characters, no matter how subtle they may be. I'm not really big on purely comedic fic - but a story can have some humor and snark. I have an aversion to explicitly violent sexual stories, so if you could stay away from that things when writing, it would be awesome.

Other things that might help you: my lj tags list and my tumblr.

On to the requests! )

Thanks, and have fun writing!

- [ profile] pretty_cynical/ohmydarling
pretty_cynical: (MISC. work.)
I have decided to do Nanowrimo this year, even though I haven't written anything in months and the longest story I've ever written is around 1,000 words. I know, I have a massive death wish. But I've got characters and some vague idea of a plot - and it seems like now is the perfect time to write it.

So please add me as a writing buddy, and feel free to give me encouragement on Twitter as well. I've never done anything remotely like this, so I'm going to need all the support I can get.


Jan. 28th, 2010 10:18 pm
pretty_cynical: (MISC. no one does it like you.)
HELLO, LIVEJOURNAL! I have had a crazy stressful week, which has gone as follows:

Sunday: sleep until 3pm(!!!), watch AFC & NFC championships
Monday: decidedly not do Scriptwriting assignment (write a short story in screenplay format)
Tuesday: marathon episodes of John Adams for International Relations paper
Wednesday: become frustrated by PR professor's inability to teach, watch State of the Union, begin writing John Adams paper
Today: Shoot first video for Media Production, finish John Adams paper and turn it in

Thankfully, all that's on the agenda tomorrow is a group recording for Audio Production, and then a Loserville shoot. The weekend is also less stressful, as there is a day-long Loserville shoot on Saturday (which I might not end up going to - it depends if they'll need my producer abilities), and then I'm spending Sunday working on my Scriptwriting assignment - we have to take a personal narrative (I wrote about moving to Belgium) and write it in screenplay format - and reading all of Nate Silver's FiveThirtyEight posts that I have starred in my Google Reader. And most definitely catch up on some sleep.

There was also this little gem of hilarity to make me feel better, courtesy of Overheard in New York:
I don't even want to look at my art history midterm yet, but if I don't know how I did, I'll go crazy! It's like a Catch-66! Anyway, I'm going to head back to my dorm and put on some pants.
AND THAT, MY FRIENDS, IS PRETTY MUCH THE STORY OF MY LIFE. (It also made me think of Ana Marie Cox - ask her about pants!)

true story.

Jan. 6th, 2010 07:45 pm
pretty_cynical: (HIMYM. true story.)
What's been going on in my life (aka, things I'd rather be doing than post):
  1. Playing around with my new webcam, which arrived yesterday afternoon.
  2. Marathoning the entire series of How I Met Your Mother.
  3. Reading up on football and political news via Google Reader.
  4. Deciding what to write for my [ profile] picfor1000 story.
Other than that, not much else. I go back to Grand Valley next Sunday, and I'm incredibly anxious to do so - going so far as to get my ridiculous sleep schedule back to something more normal. Some of the drama alums from my high school are having a party Friday night, but I'm probably not going to go because a) I can't get a ride to this person's house; b) Numb3rs returns then (SHUT UP, IT'S IMPORTANT); and c) there's going to be a lot of people there I don't know/weren't really close to while in high school, so it'll probably end up being really clique-y. So.

(See, I told you: Boring.)
pretty_cynical: (WESTWING. oh my darling.)
I totally didn't forget about yesterday (December 16th) being John Spencer Day; in fact, my first tweet of the day was on that particular subject. However, I did not participate in the annual obligation to quote Leo McGarry here on LJ, as I was too busy getting finals finished up and cleaning/packing/getting ready to go home. I planned on making a post once I got back home, but I ended up not getting here until after 1 AM, even though I left Grand Valley around 7 and it takes roughly 2 and a half hours to get here - there was a really bad accident on the freeway just outside of Grand Rapids that left traffic backed up for miles, so instead of waiting we took a detour to the local Target for a little bit, then ended up sitting in traffic for roughly an hour AFTER the accident was getting cleared. This is not the first time getting home from somewhere has gone badly: you'll remember it was this time last year that I had a hard time getting home from Chicago via Amtrak, since my train was canceled as the tracks had frozen and a another train (oddly enough, from Grand Rapids) was stuck on the tracks, and ended up having to take a bus home and arriving around 7:30 PM, nearly five hours later than my original arrival time of 2:30 PM.)

But anyway, I've been doing the whole "Quote Leo McGarry on LJ" since it started back in 2006, so to compensate for missing this year's, have Leo's Big Block of Cheese Day speech and Leo asking Josh how that bullet didn't kill him. If we're going off the comparison that the Obama administration is exactly like season 7 of The West Wing, that makes Leo Joe Biden, which I absolutely love because Joey is adorable.


Obviously all finished with finals, which went off without a hitch. I only had finals Monday through Wednesday, and they were well spaced enough that I didn't have to go through my usual self-exile from the internet that usually happens during this week. In addition, all of them seemed pretty easy; even my World Politics one - the midterm was brutal and it was my hardest class overall - went over smoothly, which I chalked up to the fact that the five free response questions on the exam were all ones I knew really well and could properly answer (although I struggled with the multiple choice portion, simply because I didn't study at all for that portion, focusing more on the free response questions because that's where the majority of the points were.) Comm Research was open-note/open-book and Mass Media&American Politics was just a simple four-page paper, so high marks are guaranteed; not sure how Comm, Social Problems and World Politics are going to shake out. Grades are available on Christmas Eve, so depending on what they are, it'll be a great Christmas present or a not-so-great Christmas present.

And now that the semester's done and I've got nothing important to do over my nice long three week break, I'm just going to relax. I've got all kinds of Christmas-themed TV to watch, from episodes of The West Wing/Studio 60/Sports Night/The Office/CSI:NY (there are also Christmas episodes of The Big Bang Theory and The Simpsons, but I've watched them already), as well as the holiday standard fare of A Charlie Brown Christmas and Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer, both of which I had to download due to inconvenient scheduling on television. After the holidays are over, my TV viewing will basically consist of various Bowl games and watching the first wave of television come back for the new year - including Numb3rs, which I'm obviously really excited about because, hello, shiny HD! And I'll have to say goodbye to Jon and Stephen for a few weeks, which is totally okay with me because Stephen gave this really cute little send-off at the end of his show last night.

I'm going to try and get back into writing again while I've got all this time to do so; I signed up for [ profile] picfor1000 totally on a whim, hoping that might start something, and I'd also like to get this fic I've had swirling around in my head for a few weeks down on paper at some point. Decided to do a [ profile] picspammy challenge after a long, long break; thinking about doing their "end of the decade" challenge and have already come up with a preliminary list of the events I want to spotlight (hopefully one or two for each year, but possibly more) and am definitely taking suggestions, as long as they're not too obscure. And as usual, I'll have my end-of-the-year playlist of songs I listened to throughout 2009 - a task which is proving very difficult, as my tastes are constantly changing and I'm trying to keep the list down to about 12 songs.


And finally, for all of you: my thread at the Holiday Love Meme (to those of you who have replied, a hearty thanks; I'll get around to those flisters who have it sometime tomorrow); and my Formspring, where you are allowed to ask me questions on literally anything - should you be so inclined.
pretty_cynical: (OFFICE. halpert house.)
November is looking like it'll be Midterms 2.0 for me, at least for the next two weeks. I have my second Sociology exam Monday morning, another take-home essay exam for Mass Media&American Politics due Tuesday, and an online reading quiz for World Politics that needs to be submitted by Wednesday afternoon. And then I have a Concepts of Communication project due the 16th; I've had it since the first few weeks of class, but it's one of those projects where you have to do something and then write a paper about the experience - I'm planning on doing a job shadow of some sort, but I haven't had a chance to ask my professor about contact info because I've been so busy and distracted lately, plus I'd like to have the experience fresh in my mind when it comes time to actually write the paper. Hopefully I can get the job shadowing thing done next week when I don't have anything going on. We'll see.

Other school things: I am now working at GVSU's student-run TV station! I'm one of three producers overseeing this brand-new little comedy show called Loserville, which is kinda-sorta-not really like The Big Bang Theory. Anyway, since it's a new show, we had to do a casting call to find our actors - which, ugh. So many people came out to audition, and it was hard enough remembering who everyone was, let alone looking for the people to fit these specific roles. We ended up getting into a semi-fight with one of the drama shows - we both wanted the same actress, but we weren't allowed to cast her in both our shows (even though she wouldn't have THAT big of a role in either show, and she was the only option for the drama show and our show's top option). We ended up getting her at the last minute simply because the actress put Loserville down as her first choice. I was kinda upset that I had to miss The Office and 30 Rock (and Project Runway, and The Daily Show, and The Colbert Report - the casting session didn't get over with until 12:30 AM!), but I had tons of fun hanging out with the other GVTV producers. They're all a really funny and hyper group and I'm just really excited about getting to experience it all.

I finally did get to watch The Office this morning between classes, and while I really enjoyed it overall, there was just one thing that was kind of off-putting to me. )

Also Immensly enjoying Law & Order (HI MIKE AND CONNIE, YOU GIVE ME SOMETHING TO LOOK FORWARD TO ON FRIDAY MORNINGS WHEN I AM STILL GROGGY BUT HAVE TO GO TO CLASS) - very excited about the 2 hour episode coming next week, and Numb3rs - but that's nothing new. Fridays are definitely becoming my new favorite day of the week.

I may or may not have had an urge to write something, thanks to a picture I found during a random browsing of We Heart It. I'm not entirely sure how it's going to play out yet, but hey, at least I'm attempting to try writing again?


May. 27th, 2009 06:35 pm
pretty_cynical: (NUMB3RS. working girl.)
Despite the fact that I'm psyching myself up for heading to Grand Valley in the fall over the summer, I still don't know where I'll be living.

I called the housing office yesterday to check the status of my housing application, and the woman I talked to was very unhelpful. It turns out I had been placed on the wait list because I'm a transfer student (and thus apparently don't have the same standing as a regular student), even though I submitted my application only a few weeks after I was accepted. So I have to wait until someone cancels with my housing preferences (because the campus "literally full right now" according to the housing office) to find out if I'll be living on campus; the woman said it should be before mid-July, and if I don't hear anything from them by then, I should look elsewhere, although I'll lose the $150 deposit - I could get out now with $100, but I'd rather wait and take my chances about getting something on campus.

I told Mommy and Dad about it, and they told me not to worry - things like this happen all the time but end up working out fine. I am trying not to think about it, but my mind always wanders back to it because before I know it it'll be July and I'll have to start shopping for college things, and I'd like to have everything set by then. I really hope that it doesn't come to looking for off-campus housing; I certainly don't have the means/resources for an apartment, and I'd prefer to live on-campus for my first year there because I've never lived on my own before. So I'm keeping my fingers crossed and hoping that things work out, because I have no other options.

Anyway. Happier things: It thunderstormed this morning, which was nice, and the perfect thing to lull me back to sleep when I awoke at 6 AM despite only falling asleep at 2 (I'm going to try and get to bed earlier tonight, I promise!), and the deadline for my [ profile] inrevelations story has been extended until June 7th, which is perfect, since I haven't actually started writing it yet. So.
pretty_cynical: (OFFICE. what is a jim?)
So I'm really exhausted and heading to bed shortly (a whole two hours earlier than usual!), but I'd thought I'd do a quick update since I haven't done one in a few days.

I had a surprisingly fun and productive Memorial Day today, even though it didn't involve anything about remembering those who died in battle. I woke up around 11 and did a little bit of cleaning, and planned to spend the afternoon bumming around and watching the Jon & Kate plus 8 marathon. However, my parents were totally against us spending the entire day inside watching TV when it was perfectly nice outside, so we made the totally random decision to go to the mall. Graham and Monica were actually itching to go - they each made over $250 refereeing a soccer tournament this weekend; I just went because I like shopping and hadn't been to that particular mall in about a year. I didn't have a ton of money, but did end up buying a few things - this shirt, this scarf and these sunglasses from Delia's, plus rings and hair clips from H&M. Monica was nice enough to buy me a lip balm from Bath & Body Works and a pair of clip-on earrings from Claire's due to the deals they had - I paid her back in the form of Mrs. Fields cookies!

Still haven't started my [ profile] inrevelations story, despite the fact that I promised myself I'd at least start it over this past weekend and it's due by the end of the week. I'm seriously considering just not doing it, but I don't think that would be fair to the person I'm writing it for. So I'm seriously going to try and write something over the next few days, and just hope that it turns out as well as I want it to.
pretty_cynical: (ACT. ponytail.)
I've been surprisingly productive over the past couple of days. Like, I actually got out of the house and went places! Yesterday, Mommy and I went to the mall, as I needed to exchange a pair of boxers I bought at American Eagle (I originally got a large, thinking that with being 100% cotton they'd shrink, but obviously I over estimated how much they needed to shrink - so I exchanged them for a small), as well as stop into the Gap that's there to check on the status of my job application (so many people have applied that hiring manager hasn't looked over them yet, but they took down my name and number.) Mommy and I also stopped into this store that had just opened up a few months ago - Crazy 8, it's called - to pick out a gift for one of her favorite doctors at the hospital, who's having a little girl in June. YOU GUYS, BABY CLOTHES ARE ABSOLUTELY ADORABLE, GIRL CLOTHES ESPECIALLY. Mommy ended up buying this, but this was also a possibility. Cute, right? Can't you just imagine Jim and Pam's (hopefully) little girl wearing such things? I can.

And today I went to the dentist with Graham; surprisingly, I don't dread going there - the dentist is really nice, and today, I caught up on a month's worth of Entertainment Weekly AND got a free sample size toothpaste! Then we stopped at Wal-Mart, since Graham needed to pick up some stuff, and let me tell you: BAD IDEA. I hate going to Wal-Mart as it is, but they're currently in the process of remodeling, so everything's a mess. We had to walk around the entire store nearly three times looking for the shampoo/body care/toothpaste section, until we finally found it on our way out - it was by the other entrance at the other side of the store. GAH.

Taking it easy for Memorial Day weekend, I think. I'm going to be alone for the majority of it, as Graham, Monica and Dad are all going to be refereeing a soccer tournament on Saturday and Sunday. There's a parade downtown that I may or may not go to - depends on what everyone else is doing (although Mommy has expressed a desire to go as well.) My plans are to watch the last batch of Prison Break episodes (I purposefully didn't watch them when they originally aired on TV so that I could just marathon them online), as well as work on my [ profile] inrevelations story, which is SURPRISE! due next weekend. Have I started it? Not really - I only have the first line written down and a vague idea of where the story's actually going to go. I got really excited when I first got the assignment, thinking that since I'm finally out of school, I'll have all kinds of time! Where did it go?
pretty_cynical: (MISC. college.)

REALLY. At least, I'm pretty sure I'm done with that college for good, barring any failing grades (which might actually happen, given all the English 102 drama I had this semester.) I can't find out my grades until tomorrow, which has made me all nervous and tense over the past few days. But I'm just going to put myself in the mindset that I did pass all my classes, because I'M DONE, AND I COULD NOT BE HAPPIER. I'm so ready to start things at Grand Valley in August.

Honestly, I can't tell you how I survived this week. I made a to-do list everyday, and (mostly) stuck to it. I looked for something to get excited over each day, whether it was The Rachel Maddow Show every night, an ABSOLUTELY FANTASTIC lunch at the on-campus restaurant with Dad on Tuesday, American Idol's Big Band week on Tuesday&Wednesday, President Obama's "100 Days" press conference (and by extension, THESE PHOTOS ZOMG) or 30 Rock on Thursday. I de-stressed the weekend before by watching the NFL Draft with the family. And even with that, I still was moved to tears after I sold my books back on Thursday afternoon because it was storming outside and the phrase "I made it through the rain" couldn't have been more fitting at that moment.

So what am I going to do in the interim five months between now and then? Take it easy, I guess. Finding a job is priority one, but I'm a little wary because a) Michigan's economy is in the toilet and b) I am not the ideal "job" candidate, as I still do not drive despite being 18 - though I did apply to a bunch of places, so I'm just going to wait that out. I plan on reading lots (and not just political stuff!), as well as writing - I have a new [ profile] inrevelations assignment that I'm anxious to start, even though I don't know what I'm going to write yet. I want to go to the gym more, and go swimming - I have all kinds of time now! I'll keep obsessing over TV - from season finales that are coming up in the next few weeks (CSI:NY! Numb3rs! The Office! And House, for some reason!) to stuff I get excited about watching over the summer: In Plain Sight, which has become exponentially wonderful now that Joshua Malina has joined the cast; Eureka, for which I've been anxiously waiting months for - JULY 14TH CANNOT COME SOON ENOUGH; and Mad Men, which won't return until August, but I'm just thankful we're getting a third season after how the last season ended. There are no plans for big vacations this summer (we're not going to Camp this year due to financial circumstances, and I highly doubt we're going to Omaha for the College World Series), but my cousin Claire (who goes to Notre Dame) is staying in South Bend for the summer and will be coming to visit! And I've made it my goal to go to a Tigers game this year (my wish is to go to one of the Red Sox/Tigers games in June), but I highly doubt that's going to happen. But I can always hope, right?
pretty_cynical: (THIRTYROCK. what the what.)
School continues to frustrate me - I have a topic proposal for English due on Monday, despite the fact that I just turned in the final copy of my second paper on Wednesday and I have only a vague idea of what I want to do this paper on; I took a quiz in English when I was given no indication of the professor giving any type of quiz (or any other type of work beyond writing research papers, WHICH IS WHAT THE CLASS IS SUPPOSED TO BE ABOUT); and I'm pretty sure that I failed my Human Relations test, because I thought it was next week instead of yesterday.

However, I've aced my last two American History tests without taking a single note, making me believe I might have an A in the class; and I can register for Grand Valley classes in a little over a week. I'M SO CLOSE TO BEING FREE, YOU GUYS.


Weekly Television Round-Up. )


Another busy weekend; Monica's Confirmation is on Saturday, and my aunt&uncle&fivecousins (her godparents) from Omaha are coming into town, and we've got several get-togethers planned. I don't have school today, so I'm going to the mall in Ann Arbor with Grandma while Mommy does things at the hospital. And tonight I'm going to a church play that my cousins are in. So I'll have to find a little time somewhere to have to myself to do some homework. I got a few-days extension on my [ profile] inrevelations story, which is both good and bad, because I haven't had time to go through and edit or type it up, but with this English paper I have to write, I might put it off until the last minute, which is never good. Hopefully I'll have enough time.
pretty_cynical: (OFFICE. halpert house.)
Things I've done over the past few days:
  • CLEANED. Grandma (Dad's mom) arrived here last night, so in preparation for her visit I cleaned various parts of the house. She's staying in my room, and I've been so busy that I rarely do anything in there besides sleep, read and do homework in there, so it hasn't gotten very messy - it took me literally ten minutes to clean. I left a few things until the last minute, and I got home late and was afraid that I wouldn't be able to get them done before Grandma got here. Luckily, Mommy was home all day, and she finished straightening up my room. So Grandma's here, I'm sleeping in Monica's room, and week that she's here is going to be fun.

  • Listened to The Decemberists' new album The Hazards of Love. I've only listened to it once in full, but my impression so far is that it's better listened to as a whole album rather than as individual songs. It's pretty interesting, but I think I prefer their earlier stuff from Picaresque and The Crane Wife; I'm gonna go as far to say that The Hazards of Love is to The Decemberists as Narrow Stairs is to Death Cab For Cutie. I think I'd be able to offer a more cohesive review once I've listened to it a few more times. So I'll do that.


  • Hardly any homework. It was wonderful to just lounge around, sleep, and watch The West Wing season 2 without any major worries that I had more important things to do, especially after the weeks I'd been through.

  • Wrote my story for [ profile] inrevelations. It's making me frustrated - I've got it planned out in my head, and when I put it down on paper, it doesn't sound as good. I'm reading other people's entries, and even though I shouldn't compare my stuff to theirs, mine seems much, much worse. I hope the person I wrote it for in enjoys it. And I'm worried that I won't reach/exceed the 800 word minimum. So I'll keep writing and self-editing, read others stories, and have mine ready by Friday. I hope it turns out as well as I think it will.

  • Got psyched about Obama's press conference tonight, though I'm pissed that it messes up my TV watching schedule.
pretty_cynical: (MISC. we've still got lots to learn.)
I've been in the worst mood lately. I don't know if it's the lack of sleep, the school-related stress, the fact that no one in my family gives a damn about my needs, Natasha Richardson's death, the news about these AIG bailouts, sheer boredom, or a combination of all these things, but GAH. I don't think I've needed a vacation from everything more than I do now. Unfortunately, I do not have the time or money to do so. That will have to wait until I'm done with school in May.

Tomorrow, I plan on taking a Mental Health Day - not thinking about school at all and instead watching various season 2 episodes of The West Wing, as well as attempting to work on my [ profile] inrevelations assignment, which I've had for almost a month but barely thought about due to writing papers for school AND a major case of writer's block. I'm still pretty clueless on what to write, but the fact that it's due sometime next week might just motivate me. At least, I can only hope.
pretty_cynical: (AMERICANIDOL. you're not the one for me.)
My English class seems to piss me off more and more each day. Today I found out the rough draft of my paper - the one on how realistic The West Wing is (which got totally ripped apart by the professor, who called it "not relevant" because The West Wing has been off the air for nearly three years and he doesn't think I have enough sources) is due Monday, the same day as my journalistic review for Film AND my take home exam and essay for Anthropology. I haven't started any of it. Seriously, all this writing has turned me off to becoming a writer.

And it turns out that those stupid little essays I have to read and summarize are worth 30 points each, and I haven't done any of them so far, since a) they're stupid and totally not relevant to what the whole class is about, and b) I'm too busy writing papers for the class PLUS papers for my other classes, and I just don't have the time. So I'm practically failing the class right now, even though I don't know my exact grade. I can only assume these things. Ngh.

Although I did get to bitch about the class with a student, which was really nice to let out some of my frustruations and let me know that I am not the only one who finds the professor to be not a very good teacher. Only a few more weeks, I tell myself, then I will be done with the class (and the stupid college) FOREVER.


American Idol's Top 13 )


Grandma sent me another check, so I bought things! The West Wing Script Book for Seasons 1&2 (I already have the one for Seasons 3&4, and have been looking for the first one for years), a lined paper Moleskine (which should hopefully motivate me to write more) and black Converses. I'm also debating whether or not to get this shirt, and in what color. Thoughts?


I've been so busy the past few weeks that I haven't even thought about my [ profile] inrevelations assignment, let alone what I'm going to write. I'm going through a serious bout of creative writer's block, yo. Help me out.
pretty_cynical: (NUMB3RS. working girl.)
me bitching about English 102. )

On top of that all writing, I have something essay related in nearly all of my other classes - two in American History (with thesis statements that are already half-done for me!), one on editing/the movie Traffic for Film, and an essay that's part of my take-home exam (and possibly the required project) for Anthropology. I just wish it was the end of April already so I could leave this stupid community college and move on to the next phase of college.

Oh, and the USB cable for my iPod is nowhere to be found, so I can't put new music on it right now.
pretty_cynical: (ACT. literary boy.)
I woke up this morning around 9 hoping to have the entire day to myself (I don't have classes on fridays this semester again) - staying in my pajamas, making pancakes, watching Sports Night, reading The Audacity of Hope. This hope was shattered fifteen minutes later when Monica came down the stairs; turns out she and Graham didn't have school today because it was too cold.

So instead, I ended up taking a shower, napping for 3 hours, and trying to justify why Graham spent nearly six hours (seriously) on the computer when Monica and I both wanted to use it. This is the exact reason why Mommy&Dad won't give him his computer back. However, if he did have his own computer, these types of problems wouldn't exist. (Relatedly, now that Circuit City is going out of business, I'm hoping to find a really good deal on a laptop so my parents won't have to wait until fall to buy one. Since I'll need it for school and all.)

If you really want to know how I felt about this week's episode of The Office, you can read [ profile] shornt's thoughts here; I basically agreed with everything she said. I am, however, very excited about upcoming episodes because there's some Jim/Pam stuff that they've definitely been lacking this season. I'm really happy to see them come to the forefront again.

I signed up for the challenge at [ profile] inrevelations purely to see if I can write something that's good. I'm hoping it goes better than my picfor1000 story, which by the way, hasn't even been started yet. I'm definitely more excited about it, which is a start.
pretty_cynical: (MADMEN. snarky sterling.)
I received the nicest surprise in the mail yesterday, courtesy of my grandma: a check for $100. Which seems really weird, because I was just thinking about her re: Mad Men and freaking out how I'm going to pay for everything with my limited funds. Even better, when I talked to her last night to thank her for it, she let me know that she'll be sending me one every month. I'm really, really excited about this plan. So until I have a job (which is hopefully soon), I'll be financially set, thanks to Grandma. Now I'm not so worried about how things are going to work out.

Today is the last day of my break. I made chocolate chip pancakes to celebrate, and then I spent the morning marathoning Sports Night. I got through season 1 (at least, my favorite episodes from the first season); Season 2 will have to wait until I've got more time to myself, which probably won't be for awhile. It feels weird watching this show on TV after watching it on the computer for so long. And I am still obsessed with the adorableness of Jeremy&Natalie. They make me feel all warm and fuzzy inside.

I think I'm going to clean my room this weekend, since it's gotten to be a total mess over break. Maybe read more of The Audacity of Hope as well; I haven't gotten very far into it (I keep falling asleep, unfortunately), and I want to get it finished before the inauguration, which is in less than two weeks away. And attempt to start my [ profile] picfor1000 story. I've had the assignment for 10 days now and haven't even come up with anything. And I doubt I'll even have time for it once I'm back in school. Why did I even sign up for the thing in the first place?
pretty_cynical: (ACT. heartbreaker.)
Year end things:
- over and over and over, a mix of songs I had on repeat throughout 2008
- top five events in sports & politics, my super lame entry for [ profile] picspammy
- 2008 in review meme. )

Tonight's plans include eating excellent shrimp and Dick Clark's Rockin' New Years Eve with Ryan Seacrest. Since my Internet connection shuts off at 10 PM, HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE!

Oh, and I signed up for [ profile] picfor1000 again because I'm insane I'd like to get back into writing things, and this is my assignment. I'm literally weeping right now. How do I make a good story out of that?
pretty_cynical: (CRIMINALMINDS. beautifully broken.)
Apparently there was no review session this morning; It was just a tutor available to answer any questions we had, and I was the only one who showed up. So I got up at 7:30 this morning (after falling asleep at midnight) for nothing. Dad was pissed at me because I wanted to come home instead of wait around at the library for someone to show up, and neither Mommy or Dad answered their phones when I tried to call them to say that there wasn't one. So I was stuck at the library for longer than I wanted to be. I'd really wanted to attend, but since it was with a bunch of other math classes, it was going to be a general overview, and I can do that at home. I don't even know what this final is going to be on; I won't find out until Wednesday, and the final's on Thursday. I've got homework from other classes that's due Monday&Tuesday (plus finals and my last Stats test those days), that I need to do that's more important, and I don't want to waste time by spending all day at the library just so I can boost my grade in one class. I NEVER SHOULD HAVE MENTIONED IT.

My English final was super easy. I wish I could say the same for the rest of them, but I know that's not true. I did decide to take my Government final on Thursday, because that evenly splits the tests (2 on both Tuesday&Thursday, instead of 3 on Tuesday and 1 on Thursday.) Then I can use that break on Tuesday as extra study time. Or something.

The only good TV this week (besides House, of course) was CSI:NY, and even then the very end was the best part. The other shows (The Office, Criminal Minds, 30 Rock) were either lacking or very standard fare. I know for a fact I won't be able to contain myself during this hiatus. I WANT IT TO BE JANUARY NOW, PLZ.

Speaking of that excellent episode of House, [ profile] fated_addiction wrote me Cuddy/tinybaby!Cuddy fic because I stumped her in one her writing memes. I've never had fic written for me before! It's one of the best fics I've ever read, and I love it so.

I'm making a "songs to study/do homework to" mix instead of typing out my Speech study guide. I might hand-write it instead. I finished another set of Astronomy review questions before my CT scan, so I only have one left, plus a lab project that won't take very long. And then there's Stats homework and subsequent studying for the test on Tuesday. I probably won't study for Astronomy&Stats finals until the day before because I still don't know what they're on. I just want to get this over with so I can relax.


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