sandrylene: Scott Pilgrim generator based pic of me (Default)
I have cut my hair off. Or a lot of it, anyhow. My housemate said not forewarning people is mean. Who knew?

I have also dyed it as purple as I could reasonably make it. A few pictures - lighting makes it anywhere from "is that pinkish?" to "that's just brown, right?"

New Hair - from side/back
New Hair - other side/back
New hair - from front in lower light

I am going to actually make it through today, and thus if you are going to Dragon*Con, you might actually seem me with some vestiges of spoons left. If you are there, and are looking for me, now you know to look for purple instead of red. There, I helped. Totally not trolling now. :P close to time off. Just waiting for this scheduled job to hopefully finish successfully so that I can leave. Time for deep breaths.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 05:51 pm
sandrylene: G clef and eighth notes (music notes)
So I was writing out this fairly sizable email to my father, (I never have time to be on the phone lately, so I wanted to catch him up on life in general) and I thought, "hey, self, you could also drop parts of this on your journal for personal reference and actually being informative to friends." So I am. :)

I've been doing okay, though amount of busy-ness in my life is aggravating. I'm getting to a point where I need to schedule things like grocery shopping and doing the laundry. (Seriously, we hadn't been shopping in I don't know how long, so we had to schedule it, and it took like two hours this past week because of how much stuff we needed.) This gets frustrating, but at least this week is a bit less packed.

Current Life Things )
I'm beginning to think, due to how little free time I seem to have lately, about just requesting a few days off work in order to stay home and just clean up my life. My room is a hideous mess, I need to throw out any number of things and donate others, I have fallen behind on a lot of the non-work projects I want to be doing... and sleep. I know other folks who are busier than I am, and I just don't even understand how that works. I constantly feel like life is a bit out of control, and that I'm behind on everything, and I find myself, on rare occasions when I have free time, just essentially wanting to do non-stress things (like play Dragon Age again) to give my brain some sort of recovery time. Except I can't really afford to, with all the stuff I'm behind on. I'm torn between "I should commit less time to recreational things" and "why on earth would I stop doing things I enjoy?"

I guess at least I don't have to worry that I'm not living life fully enough?

Really looking forward to tomorrow evening and grilling some delicious fruits and veggies... hope other US-based folks also have a happy fourth. (Okay, the rest of you can also have a happy fourth, y'know, just with most likely 100% fewer fireworks.)
sandrylene: Charlie Brooker from S1E3 Newswipe - dystopian future sci fi satirical shouty porn (Charlie Brooker)
I constantly think in the back of my mind somewhat wistfully that I wish I were doing more of certain activities.

Included amongst them:
- walking (though I do generally do this a fair bit when I'm not freezing)
- reading
- composing
- cooking
- planning (and executing (and oh dear, that is such a project management phrase)) social activities
- sewing (mostly costuming)
- visiting people (somewhat local folks, but also farther afield folks whom I do not see often enough)

I am going to try to keep some sort of notation when I'm doing these things, I think. Theoretically a journal is not a bad idea for a place to put it, and heavens knows I'm not using it for too much else...

So in that spirit:
This weekend I cooked my bastardized (vegetarian) version of chilaquiles (which I should make a note to finish more of off in the next couple days before I leave for NY).
I also read Mastiff (by Tamora Pierce) (which I need to give back to Lynne).
Yesterday I did a small amount of composition (for Stranger Ways as we work on our next album - yay :)) that should be possible to flesh out into a complete song... providing we can lyricsify it, which I am the suck at.
And I've done some walking... maybe I should start trying to carry a pedometer with me or something to work out exactly what I'm doing here.

On the less successful front... I tried to rally a bunch of us to go do a dinner out for Restaurant Week and failed abysmally. Comedically. Ridiculously.

Basic summary:
Last week:
Me (to Beth): We should Restaurant Week.
Beth: We should! Haz free times?
Me: Buh? Um. Next Monday, Wednesday or Thursday, possibly?
Beth: Wednesday could work.
Me: OK! *sends email to five people, asking about freeness on Wednesday*
Person 1: I can't do that!
Person 2: Unfortunately, I'm now sick!
Me: Wait, I actually can't do Wednesday either, now!
Beth: And me neither.

All: Uh. Victory?


So yeah. In the future, I really need to cordon off some Restaurant Week time in advance and actually plan with more than just one possible day available.

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Sunday, February 19th, 2012 02:57 pm
sandrylene: Honey from Ouran High School Host Club grins widely with a spoon in his mouth (gleeful honey is six)
So I am on a boat, and will be wandering the Caribbean for the next week. I know my online presence isn't usually a whole slew, but thought I would mention there will be radio silence from my end once we disembark later today.

I will be having an awesomesauce time concerting and singing and generally being ridiculous. :D

Hope you all have a lovely week while I am away... and watch for octopodes. (I hear they're back.)
sandrylene: Fakir from Princess Tutu gestures through a cloud of sparkles (fakir is dedicated to sparkle motion)
...but this is not it.
I did, though, want to mention that I made it through Arisia and its two concerts. Arisia details )

Oh, and now that Stranger Ways' new album is officially released, allow me to link our bandcamp site for it:

As with everything, I have a hard time not listening for flaws (and I particularly have a hard time listening to my voice), but it's really neat that there's a CD out there that I'm a part of.
sandrylene: Scott Pilgrim generator based pic of me (Default)
I had a wonderful and lovely Thanksgiving, and was extremely happy to spend time in the quiet of Vermont, surrounded by excellent company. While intermittently pulling catering reports for work. As one does.

New job flailing and panicking + general happiness )
Anyhow. If I haven't said it lately - in between all the frustration, flailing, and feelings of being too busy to cope, I love my life and the people in it. :)


Friday, June 3rd, 2011 10:22 am
sandrylene: Scott Pilgrim generator based pic of me (Default)
So this past Wednesday we moved house. It was a simple move, from downstairs in our house to upstairs. We went from having an apartment on the first floor with one second floor room to an apartment on the second floor with three bedrooms on the third floor.

We thought it was bigger. We did not realise *how much* bigger. We have a totally lovely guest room and hobby room space now, which is really exciting.

Well, okay, we don't have it yet, as it is completely flooded with all our displaced books from every emptied bookshelf and the couple dozen boxes that got dumped in there toward the end of the day when it got to a point of not being able to make it up the second flight of stairs any longer.

Speaking of which, ow. In prior moves, I'd always had my arms and shoulders sore afterward, which, y'know, is a thing, but was livable. This time in addition to those, my legs are completely dead. SO MANY STAIRS. It took us just about five hours worth of purely shifting things up and down stairs. 36 hours later, only now can I *sit down* without wincing, it turns out standing up, though, is a different matter. Also I can now climb stairs, but descending is a bit of an affair. *pathetic*

Anyhow. We're all really happy with the apartment and with the fact that our rude, loud, unfamiliar-with-how-civilization-works former upstairs neighbours are gone. The downstairs folks seem nice, and we're looking forward to having people as neighbours who believe in *discussion* as a method of problem solving, rather than insisting there's no problem, or in response to a request for modification, intentionally modifying the situation *in the opposite direction.*

Whee. Also, y'know, they seem much less likely to start out with issues like having their friends over for a drunken party at 3 AM on a Wednesday. So that's good.

In other fun news, I have a new phone as of yesterday. Same number as before, though. I got a Samsung Infuse. It is kind of largish, but it's thin and light. It's actually sort of like a mini-tablet that happens to also be a phone. Thus far I love it. I can actually *see* things on it. With the old phone, I'd get requests for "what's going on with X" where "X" would be in a screen shot, and at that point, good freaking luck, I have *no idea* what's going on there. I am trying to restrain myself in terms of number of apps I put on this phone. But it's so shiny!

So the long and the short: life is good. Looking forward to unboxing our lives again. Totally looking forward to more shiny phone playtimes. Just wish my calves would stop hurting.

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