Off on vacation

Saturday, October 21st, 2017 05:54 am
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I'm headed off this morning on the longest vacation I've ever taken in my life. I'll be in London and Paris for the next 2 weeks. (Only 4 days in Paris, and actually I'm also going to Leicester for a day, but close enough.)

Anyhow. Should be fun!

Off chance anyone nearby wants to grab dinner or something, let me know. :)
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So I'm about six months in on the new job, still super happy. Life is generally great. Recently went to Seattle and Vancouver (where Vancouver almost tried to keep me) for a professional conference. That was interesting... I need to start actually reading blogs to know what the industry is talking about at the moment, because there's a whole shared vocabulary I'm not aware of.

Over the summer I've done a fair bit of name change paperwork stuff. I now have updated name with Massachusetts and Social Security as well as some of my banks. There are so many banks. So many. Why so many?

I'm thinking about a couple of ongoing learning things I could do with myself now that I finished my degree. I may take a class on French Idioms from the Alliance Française of Boston, particularly since it's been ages since I've kept my French in practice and I don't want to lose it. (Also because I feel like idioms are one of those things that keeps you from following what's going on when you aren't native, and I'd love to specifically learn some.)

Also considering a graduate degree, but trying not to rush into things. I may want to look at some Data Science related classes (statistics, analysis of algorithms, maybe other things) to figure out if that looks like something I may want to do with my life. I think in particular I should be trying to do some online learning in a few topics to get a feeling for how good a fit any of the options I'm considering are.

I dunno. I'm happy, not stressed, and have accomplished most of the aspirations I had previously, so I'm spending a lot of time thinking about larger questions. It's a good thing, but I feel a bit adrift and floating on the wind.

I'm going to join a community chorus again this fall so I can keep something musical in my life. If I do that and the French course, then fall will have my Tuesdays and Thursdays busy, which might be a nice thing, actually. Having too little to do seems like a problem for me.

Feels harder to have much to update when it's like, "well, life is pretty good. Okay then." I am not complaining that this is a problem. :)
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So with some of the recent life changes I've had, I've actually fallen off the wagon of even following LJ or DW. I don't feel this is actually optimal. I will try and change that, though I acknowledge part of this issue stems from the fact that I actually have work to do at work, it actually has any level of challenge, and I'm actually happy to be here.

So that's a great problem to have.

General life updates:
I have a new job! I'm a QA engineer now. It's not at Whole Foods. I am never going back there. My boss here is pretty great, and certainly an amazing improvement compared with my last boss. The company is cool and has a good office culture, I like the folks I work with, the team I'm on, and generally what I'm doing. Oh, also I got a slight pay raise to go from a leadership position at WF to being a junior engineer here. Oh, also also this job has zero on-call component, as opposed to the last one where I was basically level 2/3 on call for my entire life. So yeah, that was a change that had to happen.

Also, I will be attending commencement this weekend. I've finished my last class, so now I have my BS in Comp Sci and I'm graduating cum laude. Woo.

(Honestly I still look back and don't understand how I kept up with classes while working full time and doing music projects. But I did, and rather successfully.)

Still in the same house with the same housemates (yay), and I don't think there are too many other large changes in my life at this point?

Anyhow. The upshot of this is - I suddenly have more free time than I've had in three years. I'm looking at what I want to do with that. I've made some lists, because of course I have.

Weekly goals:
Read a book
Call mom
Email a friend I don't see often (there are a distressing number of people in this category)
Cook something healthy
Do my nails
Sing something
Catch up on LJ/DW
Catch up on the XKCD fora

Monthly goals:
Create something (like a piece of jewelry, clothing, or music)
Organize something (like putting my music collection in order (or digitizing another bunch of it), neatening my desk, backing up computer files, etc)
Write a journal post
Practice flute (yes, monthly. Mostly I want to make sure that I don't fail to pick up the instrument for a whole year)
Go out to eat with friends

Yearly goals:
Update my resume (I don't want to leave, but it's always easier to do this cumulatively than to try to remember what happened in the past and when)
Take a vacation
See a new place (ideally a new city or country)
Learn something new (take a class, attend a conference, do a web training, or similar)
Play a game I haven't played before
See a classical performance (opera, concert, whatever)
See a pop concert
Invite some friends over

Anyhow. So far since school has wound down a bit, I've been doing a reasonable job of cooking things, reading, and doing some amount of creative work. (I made some earrings earlier in the month, after having spent an entire weekend at the office working on my last paper and presentation.) I do want to try to be consistent about it, though.

In general I'm so happy with where my life is right now.

That catchup meme

Friday, October 2nd, 2015 04:50 pm
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I'm not getting a lot of time to update in detail, but at least this'll be something.

Major life changes?
Nothing really major?
Fall semester has started (I'm taking Discrete Math and Web Application Development this semester)
I'm sort of house searching sort of at the behest of my mom

What fandom are you in/do you spend most of your time in?
Probably Dragon Age right now. But I'm also not terribly active in either - most just consuming it.

Where do you hang out online?
Twitter is probably the most common, then Slack and LJ/DW.

What are you reading?
I had been on a kick of taking out scads of eBooks from the BPL (mostly romance novels), but since class has started that's basically stopped. Also, work is being ridiculous right now. There's just no time. Oh, and aside from BPL stuff, I got the first three or four books of Annie Bellet's 20 sided sorceress stuff, which I've been quite enjoying.

What are you watching?
Nothing. Um. Occasional episodes of You Suck at Cooking on YouTube? Basically nothing. What is time?

What are you making?
Hopefully pupusas this weekend! In a crafty sense, not much at the moment. I'm intermittently working on an Ursula cosplay, but it's very intermittent right now.

What are you squeeing about today?
It's Friday. We're having a game night. I'm extremely excited to do some cooking and possibly figure out the Rojo sauce one of the local restaurants our house loves.

In a general way, I'm also really enthused about my Discrete Math class. My prof for that is great, and it makes me happy.

If you could rope old fandom friends into a new fandom, it would be...
Well, I do basically want to enthuse at everyone about Dragon Age. Entertainingly, our house is likely soon to have three copies of Dragon Age: Inquisition. But I think there are a lot of folks already in that fandom, so I don't really need to rope people in.

I should really watch/read/dive into _______ and then come talk to you about it!
I don't even know how to answer this. I want to get into Steven Universe so I can talk to everyone else in existence about it, but time. Time is not a thing in my life.

What else is on your mind?
Work is a giant disaster area and I'm drowning and I've been coughing for weeks and all my friends are sick and I am stressed out of my gourd and I can't keep up...

But on the plus side, I'm going to see the symphony this weekend with a work friend, so that'll be really, really nice.

Oh, also I'm pleased about making progress on our Stranger Ways album. And we have videos from our summer concerts up now! They're here:

3 Questions Meme

Friday, August 7th, 2015 01:10 pm
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So I haven't posted in a while, but got a meme hit that sounds entertaining, so here goes! This is via [ profile] slipjig. If you'd like three questions of your own, please feel free to tell me so in the comments and I will do my best. :)

1) If you could travel through time and space at will, what one concert would you most like to have attended?
Hmm. I would want to hear a concert of works of either Alexander Borodin (Polovetsian Dances), Antonin Dvorak (Symphony 9 (the obvious choice)), or Luciano Berio (Sinfonia) at its debut. Not sure if in all cases I could track down when and where that'd be.

If I have to be more specific, I'd go with the concert at which Depeche Mode recorded their album 101. (June 18th, 1988 at the Pasadena Rose Bowl.)

2) What one object, out of all those you once owned and no longer do, would you most like to get back?
What I miss most from the past is really more experiences than things... time spent with my sister and my dad trying to get lost while driving or going to Tower Records and looking through their miscellaneous bargains for weird things, time spent with my best friends from my teenage years talking endlessly about stupid SFF books or playing terrible video games at late hours, time spent with college friends...

Given those aren't objects. Uh. Oh, here's one that's actually relevant. A functioning copy of the computer on which I actually have some of my prior compositions. I've been thinking lately that I'm not sure I still have stuff I wrote in high school and college anymore, because of how many computers I've been through, and whether or not I was good about transferring *everything* over.

3) Stranger Ways has just thrown out its entire repertoire and refashioned itself as a 70's, 80's, and 90's cover band, using the same voices and instrumentation you've always had. You're in charge of choosing the music. Name one song from each of the three decades that you'd definitely put on the playlist.
70s - So I immediately thought, "favourite 70s band? Blue Öyster Cult!" except that I don't think I'd go with Don't Fear the Reaper, which everyone thinks of when they think BOC. I'm actually partial to Astronomy (original release in '74), and I think Stranger Ways might be able to do an interesting version of it.

80s will be hard, as I love the 80s to pieces. Hm. I have several choices I'd be tempted by, but the winner? Taking a note from Murder Ballads' book, Sisters of Mercy - This Corrosion. Doing some of the vocal parts would make me so happy.

90s - oh oh! We just talked about this on the car trip to Confluence. Bruce Dickinson - Tears of the Dragon. This would be *so much fun*.

BONUS: Since most people come on interview shows to pitch their latest project (book, movie, CD, etc.), pitch your latest project (anything fun you want people to know about).
We're nearing completion on Iron and Rust, our Stranger Ways concept album about a conflict between the humans and the fae. We actually did some more recording for that on Wednesday, and we're hoping to have most or all of the album done by the end of the year. I'm very much looking forward to having a version of some of those that people can listen to, 'cause some of them have the most fun flute parts I've ever played, or really fun vocal lines, etc. :D

Just wish I already had a link to share. Well, I will soon enough, I hope!

Yay, vacation :)

Saturday, January 31st, 2015 05:10 pm
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I am off to sea. Hurray! See you all in a week. :)

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Sunday, February 23rd, 2014 02:30 pm
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I am on a boat and will be out of touch and having fun for a week! Have a good week. :)

It's funny...

Thursday, September 26th, 2013 11:07 am
sandrylene: Edel from Princess Tutu sells the gem of author's convenience (author's convenience)
I used to think I was busy. I totally did not understand or appreciate what that really means. I now laugh at my former self.

But all I really want is more time to be able to catch up on reading my Java book. And to do more Java tutorials.
school reflections )

State of the Sandry

Monday, July 8th, 2013 12:42 pm
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I never post often enough, and I know there's constantly Stuff ongoing, so I thought I'd take a moment.
Read more... )
On the whole though, I'm happy, I'm well, and things are going just fine. And I keep being so pleased with the new house. Hopefully we will soon figure out when we want to do housewarming stuff.
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Housing situation is resolved, new apartment we've signed a lease for is great, we're all super excited about the planning and moving (and no longer having our totally unhelpful landlords)... I'm extremely pleased and excited, and I think it's going to work out wonderfully. It's not 1-1 in terms of space, but it's an entirely reasonable space, it has central air and off-street parking, free laundry on the ground floor, AND the landlord seems to be responsible. So it looks like it's going to be pretty great.

Our initial performance of Sundown happened weekend before last and went fine, with a minimum of mistakes and drama, and a maximum of audience satisfaction, as far as we could see. Very pleased with it, even though it wasn't perfect. (Stop dwelling on things, self.)

This past weekend we had a small celebration for Bethface's birthday, then got the keys to our new place, took a bunch of measurements, planned things, and I did a ton of laundry.

I am no longer sick (and got well in a very timely fashion for dress rehearsal and performance), I have had enough free time in the past week to start packing and moving some clothes over, even if nothing else as yet. So many work things have been coming together fairly successfully in the past week as well.

Basically I seem to have descended from stress mountain and on the other side turns out to be this pleasant little meadow of reasonableness and satisfaction.

So by and large, life is good, even if we're all going to be doing quite a bit of packing. :)
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After much work by many hands, excitingly enough the Kickstarter project for Sundown (the Norse myth song cycle my a capella group, Sassafrass, has been working on for quite some time now) is live!

I think all of us are really looking forward to next weekend's premiere of the whole work at Balticon, and I'm so thankful I have a few friends I know are coming. Given that we've been working on the costuming parts across multiple cities (and that some of it is still not quite done yet), no one has seen the full set of what everyone will look like, so that will be excellent to get together.

It has already been decided that after Balticon there will be much mead. That, too, will be a good day indeed.

Happy Friday. :)

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Thursday, May 16th, 2013 10:06 am
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Aie. So life continues to be busy, and I continue to not be handling it as gracefully as I would like.

Stress! )

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Sunday, February 10th, 2013 11:44 am
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On JoCo Cruise Crazy III. Be back in a week. Hopefully will actually post afterwards with fun pictures. :)

Hey Bostonites!

Saturday, October 20th, 2012 01:57 pm
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Hallo fronds. Do you like Cirque du Soleil? Are you free on Friday, November 2nd? Would you like to join me in seeing Saltimbanco at Agganis Arena at 8 PM?

If so, comment or email me, as I very, very much want to go, since I adore Cirque du Soleil, and the music from this show in particular, and would love company. :)
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I've been very busy in the past year or so with music, and I think I've talked now and again about that, but I don't think I have ever, ever posted any of the results of it. And they do exist, so I'm not sure why this has just never occurred to me.

Anyhow. Correcting that...
Some info and videos from recent-ish concerts )

A lot of time is still going toward both those groups. In Sassafrass, we're working on recording a new album, which mostly is already written, but which some of us are learning music for, and others are just trying to get down good recordings of. We're going for a higher quality CD than has been made before by the group, and ye gods, it's an adventure.

In Stranger Ways, we're sort of at the step before that. We've been working on writing a concept album for most of the year now. Almost every song we intend to be on there is started, a few are finished and we've rehearsed a few times, but many more are only about halfway in, or are further along with lyrics than music, or vice versa. It's been an interesting voyage of discovery in terms of how we all write music, how we collaborate, what strengths we have, etc. For the most part, I'm really enjoying the writing, though it's always dispiriting that I can't always make the music go on demand. Anyhow, I have done so very little lyrics writing before, so this has been a real challenge, but also really an awesome growth type thing. Learnings; I can haz them.

So now you know what like 10 - 20 hours of my week has been going to for the past year and a bit.
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Am I out of sorts because I'm not getting enough sleep, or am I not getting enough sleep because I am out of sorts?

Last night either I was in pain and failing to sleep for most of the night (in a really odd way where it felt like my abdomen was crisscrossed with a grid of ache), or I dreamed a very long dream about being in pain. When I woke up this morning, I found that deep breaths hurt just a little. I honestly can't figure out where this is coming from, and if I did in fact get enough sleep, but just slept very restlessly due to that dream.

I am confused and tired. At least it's Friday, and I should have some chance to catch up. Hopefully this is not me getting sick, as I can't even figure out, were that the case, what it is I would be sick with.
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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.

Odd dream

Monday, July 23rd, 2012 12:47 pm
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So I'm noting this down, because it was fairly innocuous, but weird, and I often forget my dreams.

Basically in the dream, I was shopping with my mom (in some dollar store-esque type place), and she had picked up the oddest package of RAM I have ever seen. She said there was some promotion whereby it was a free sample or something, but on looking at it I dismissed it as not even functional, because instead of being a full stick, it was broken out into 1 inch square parts. Also, half the package had rainbow coloured sort of transparent bars across the top (where you'd usually hold onto as you inserted the RAM). Later it turned out that this was in fact supposed to be functional, because the pieces connected together into a full stick (and it'd be rainbow-y!) with some sort of slidey-channel type action, so I was then spending the rest of the dream wandering around trying to find the package again, while stressing about if we needed to pay for it. I kept finding other rainbow things in similar packages, but never what I wanted.

Anyhow. I woke up thinking a) any RAM you could buy for as inexpensive as that stuff supposedly was seems unlikely to be particularly quality, b) but man, it'd probably make really neat looking jewelry.

Also, why would my mom pick up RAM in the first place? Pretty certain she has no idea what that even is. Brains spew out odd things sometimes.

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Tuesday, July 3rd, 2012 05:51 pm
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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.)

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Friday, June 8th, 2012 03:22 pm
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Any time my brain wants to stop chanting at me, "Eating all the bodiieees! Actual cannibal Shia LeBeouf!" it can absolutely feel free to do so.

(I would blame Shati, but I clearly brought this on myself.)

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