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I'm really shitty at updating this. Ughhhh.

I've been cooking a lot! And I'm graduating in like 40 days. And I don't have a job lined up yet. FFFffffuck.
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Down with the old...

Good riddance, 2010. You, much like most of 2009, fucking sucked. I'm ready for a good year, okay? I should be graduating this summer, and the events that follow will have a large impact on whether 2011 is awesome or not.

In the mean time, I hope to actively make this year better than the last. I never make new years resolutions, but I did this year. Here they are:

1: Lose 21 lbs. I lost 25 last year, this shouldn't be too painful. I just stocked up mushrooms, veggies, and low-cal noodles, so I'm ready to hit the ground running.
2: Try out knitting and stitching. I'd like to pick up some stitching supplies soon and learn some beginner techniques; any recommendations, shaebay?
3: Go camping more! It's an inexpensive mini-vacation! This one is going to be put on the back burner until the weather is less shitty.
4: Ugh, try out running. UGH. I don't have access to a gym that doesn't require 2+ hours travel time (each way!) and own no equipment, so it looks like I'll be running for this year's exercise regimen. I'd like to try the Couch-to-5K program as it comes highly recommended by the Reddit community, but I don't really want to do a 5K anytime soon. This is also something that is going to have to wait until the weather is less shitty.
5: Do more drawing/painting. Maybe start slow by painting from photos I've taken over the years.

Man, I am really hungry. Ciao!
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I am going to learn how to knit, and the only thing I will make is clothing for cats. Not really, I will probably make a bunch of hats that I will never wear, because my hair is too cool for hats.

I am going to be a bridesmaid this weekend for my friend Jessica, who gave me two of my kitties. Not only do I have to wear a dress, but I have to do it without a bra. I haven't been braless in public since I was 11.

UGH GOD I AM JUST HERE PROCRASTINATING instead of working on my presentation that I am doing tomorrow evening. GAWD. I'll be back after the 16th, I PROMISE. Just right now is so fucking insane, I have no idea how I'll be making the next week work.

Don't read this. I have nothing important to say.

I don't know what the deal is suddenly with my friends wanting to have sex with me and/or Jon, but it is quite flattering. Do we seem like a couple that is open to experimenting with other people? Because we really aren't  into that right now. If we are sending out sexy signals, I am quite certain neither of us know we are doing it. All flirting is unintentional.

Anyway, I don't have any damn money. Next month will probably be the third in a row where I have to call my dad and beg him for money so I can make rent. I applied for food stamps for both of us a couple weeks ago, so hopefully we'll get those. In the mean time, two of our friends have been buying us a ton of food under the pretense of having a cookout at our place, and they've been helping us fix our shitty car for free. Being poor sucks! When is my student loan money going to get here, damnit?

In other, less self-pitying news, I've lost 14 lbs. This past week I've been eating mostly this soup (ignore the misleading name, it's just low-calorie), which is super cheap to make and quite nutritious. I can also have as much of it as I want, so that's a plus. I'm also walking around campus with some coworkers during our lunch break, so that adds and extra 30 minutes a day of exercise. I need to get back on the Wii Fit, though.

Oh! And I baked some bread for the first time yesterday. It was pretty much your standard dense, white, home-made bread. I might make it again, it will go well with the cabbage soup. The female half of the couple that's been providing us with food let me borrow a book of bread recipes, so if anybody wants me to I can post some recipes here.

Boring entry is over, you are free to go.

Life still boring

Jesus Christ,  when was the last time I posted on here?

So I went to Infinitus. It was a lot of fun, but wow. We are an awkward fandom.  A Very Potter Sequel was incredible (better than the original), visiting The Wizarding World of Harry Potter at Universal was incredible, Swish and Flick was incredible (so much better live), hanging out with my siblings while in Florida was incredible. It was an excellent vacation, but it could have used more alcohol. We didn't really take a lot of photos because I didn't want to have to carry around my enormous fucking camera for a week, and somebody forgot to charge his camera. So Jon and I had to rely on our shitty camera phones for photos in Hogsmeade. Oh well! It was still awesome. Did I mention we blew a shitload of money there? I bought another Ravenclaw scarf and Hermione's wand. SCORE. We didn't have to wait in line for The Three Broomsticks, and can I just say that pumpkin juice > cold butterbeer > frozen butterbeer. Also, the Hogshead Ale is mediocre.

I don't know, what else is going on? Still no concrete thesis plans. Possibly going to make the participants at the therapeutic workplace stop dressing like total slobs. Does anyone know how to discriminate between acceptable and unacceptable athletic wear in a business casual workplace? Designing a dress code is hard. SCIENCE.

Trying to lose weight. I always have such better luck accidentally losing weight than trying to lose it, so we'll see how this goes. The goal this time is 36 pounds. I've already lost 8 of those, so that's progress. I'm not really doing anything more than restricting my net calories with the help of CalorieKing and Wii Fit. Losing weight was so much easier when my job consisted of little more than trying not to get my ass handed to me by children, but now that I'm not in constant danger of physical harm I'm mostly just sitting on my ass. Lame.

Oh, uh. I read this book, which is embarrassing. I love Pride and Prejudice but I don't actually give a damn about sequels focusing on Lizzy and Darcy's marital bliss or sex life, so a well-reviewed retelling from Darcy's perspective seemed like it might be pretty good. It's annoying that the story is split into three books, but it's not like I don't know what's going to happen, right? Also, the author writes Lizzy as completely boring and rude, so much so that you wonder why Darcy would have ever been interested. I give the book a B- for meeting expectations but not exceeding them. Now I'm working on The Plague, but I'm not very far in so I have nothing to say yet. I don't anticipate it being as good as The Stranger.

Okay, bye!

PS: This is the brokest I've ever been in my life. I have $11.49 in the bank and I had to borrow $600 from my dad last month just to make rent. What the fuck am I going to do until my student loan checks come in? Besides turning tricks.

Fantasy book review

I just finished Wizard's First Rule, the first book in the Sword of Truth series by Terry Goodkind. I ordered this book via Paperback Swap because I started watching the extremely cheesy and addictive Legend of the Seeker series on TV last semester. While I give the book a solid C+, I have to give Goodkind an A for effort. It's clear that he really put his whole heart into this book and he had a good sense of what he wanted to write, and if he had been able to achieve what he was so clearly aiming for, I think the book would have been incredible. Unfortunately, Goodkind lacked the skill to fully realize the rich world he envisioned. Character development occurs almost exclusively through brute force; Richard's journey towards becoming a hero occurs in bursts, instead of naturally and gradually. This would be fine if character development were strongly correlated with major plot events, but this is not the case. The editing could have been a lot tighter as well. I was frequently thrown out of the rhythm of the narrative by stuff that just didn't need to be there. For instance, at a couple points in the novel Goodkind injects completely out of place and very unsubtle anti-communism messages. I'm fine with political and social commentary in my fiction, but if you're going to suggest one ideology is bad, at least suggest some other, "better" alternative, and commit to the message, don't just toss it in there a couple of times for the hell of it only to abandon it in the last chapter. Some parts of the book really dragged on; Denna's hardcore BDSM fest was actually the only part of the book that offered convincing character development, but it was just waaaaaaay too many pages describing, over and over in language with little variation, all the ways Denna completely beat the shit out of Richard. I wasn't squicked by the sexual sadism, but I found myself getting frustrated every time Richard would fuck something up and have to be "punished" for hours, because that meant I would have to read about it for another 20 pages. Finally, I get it, rape is a weapon of war. But rape is mentioned or described frequently and is used as a plot device (in uncomfortable detail), which detracted from the fun of reading the story.

Overall, I only sort of liked the book. I'll read on though, because I expect Goodkind's writing will improve with each installment, and I think the universe he created is promising. If you like the TV show, be warned that the show and this book have almost nothing in common.
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I have returned from my family's vacation cruise! The whole affair only lasted about two and a half days, which I think was just the right length of time to relax and take it easy without getting bored. We sailed to the Bahamas, where we went on a snorkeling trip that was 70% getting to and from the snorkeling spot and 30% snorkeling. We swam around a few feet over a reef filled with a few types of colorful fish for only an hour and had to wear vests that would not fully deflate, so staying submerged was difficult, but it was still fun. I managed not to get a sunburn and my swimsuit held up, so that was nice. I spent pretty much all my time on the ship either drinking or reading, and thanks to my iPod, which I produced every time my relatives started bickering, I didn't want to strangle any of my family. I had forgotten how tacky cruises are, though; everything was inauthentic and all about making money. Still, I had a good time hanging out and drinking with my stepmother and stepbrother. I also watched two movies in the wee hours of the morning when everything was closed. Good Hair was excellent, but I agree with Carter that too much time was spent on the hair battle scenes. (500) Days of Summer was the most cloyingly twee faux-hipster crap I've ever seen.

I'll post pictures from the trip when I have them all cropped and cleaned up.