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I've basically been having trouble balancing life again.

I want to spend time on Livejournal, but also would like to spend time getting to know all of the new people I work with and make some real life friends. Thus, I lapse on this journal and pretty much everything else I do on the internet.

Until nights like tonight where I have nothing to do and turn back to my internet addiction. Though, I figure if I only come on occasionally it won't be as much of an addiction as it used to be.

Work is going interesting. Everyone from the summer has left, so now there's only 5 of us in the shop constantly, with students every so often. We have 2 amazing students right now and I'm really loving working with them. They make it so much fun and we have a great time. Hopefully the next students we get (they're on a show-by-show rotation) are as awesome.

We're pretty much done building Peter Pan and are currently loading it in to the space this week. So I've been doing a ton of running up and down stairs and ladders to catwalks and such, which has been a great workout.

Speaking of workouts, I've started up a running regimen with a couple other interns. "Couch to 5K" it's called and I'm really enjoying it. I'm determined to lose weight (though don't look at my eating habits... still working on that) but I have been riding my bike to work too, so I'm much more active than I previously was which I feel good about.

The other change in the past couple months would be my new-found obsession with Doctor Who. I finally got around to watching them (I've had the whole New!Who series on my computer for months previous) and absolutely. am. ADDICTED. Since then, I've watched all of Torchwood as well and am still trying to decide on the Sarah Jane Adventures.

But yes, expect much Doctor Who-ness from me for the future.

I've even bought and read Russell T. Davies' book "The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter" which was an amazing read. It's inspired me to start writing again, too. We'll see if I post anything though. I may just keep it all to myself since I'm doing what I always do- implanting a character that is essentially myself into characters I love. Since it's just me writing for myself, I may as well write what I want. Plus I'm just happy to be writing again. This way I don't have to worry about making voices accurate or any of those other worries that create insecurities and cause me to just shut down. I'm looking at it more as a writing exercise than anything, and I'm just happy to be back at it.

The only other thing I can think about is the fact that I'm in the tentative stages about looking into possibly moving to the UK. I've wanted to live there since I was 9 and I figure, why not now? I don't have any close attachments to the US other than my mother and I'd come home to visit, plus I'm already in California which seems just as far away as anywhere else. I also am in the early stages of my career and figure that getting some experience working in another country would make me more marketable on the whole.

I dunno. It's a pipe-dream right now, but I'm honestly looking into it. I've looked into the things I have to do to bring my cats with me, as well as a couple webpages talking about immigration, and I'm about to apply for a new passport. The only big problem I'm seeing is the job issue... I need six months notice before I move and that's quite a chunk of time for theatres. My experience has been that no one starts looking for a new crew until about 3 or 4 months before they need it. That said, maybe they do it differently in the UK? We'll see.
bazolomew: (Leverage Chris Eyecrinkles Smile)
So my last post was a downer and I never posted the upper that happened after it. It wasn't an actual event or anything, just an attitude shift.

I realized that the reason it was feeling like high school was because I was acting like high school. Instead of approaching him with interest, I was being shy and stupid in the distance. I learned once again that I have to pursue what I want, instead of sitting around and being disappointed that it never happens.

I don't really know why I reverted to that mentality again after a year of being proactive, but I've learned my lesson at least. Instead of being disappointed and grumpy about this co-worker, I've started up a really good friendship with him instead, which I'm really happy about.

Work has been going better. I've been told I actually make more than the other interns... it's just weird with how they do checks. I don't know whether I completely believe them, but I'm holding onto the idea so I don't get angry again. I've also finally been given a scenery project instead of random things so I'm incredibly happy to be finally building something that matters. Plus we finally got music in the shop!!

And I've managed to get both my roommates deep into Leverage with me. I'm enjoying every moment of that, and they're watching Buffy and Angel for the first time, so I get to enjoy rewatching those too.

Things have basically just been going better... though my money has gone for the month, which explains all the ads on my journal. Oh well. Next month I get two checks in the space of one week which will help me quite a bit. :)

Grumble

Jul. 9th, 2010 12:36 am
bazolomew: (RR Fuck me)
This week has been messed up. Changeover weekend meant instead of relaxing with beer and fireworks last weekend, we struck and remounted 2 shows in 2 days. Then worked the rest of this week.

I'm lead carpenter for one of those shows... which is cool and a learning experience, but I also learned I'm being paid the least amount of the actual carpenters in the shop this summer which pisses me off. I have the second most responsibility but being paid the least. Awesome.

Got my CA driver's license a week ago and some insurance today. We'll see if the computers at the DMV are down again tomorrow or if I can FINALLY get this shit over with.

Apparently my WoW account has been hacked, even though I cancelled it like two months ago. How the FUCK is that even possible?! Uhhh... I guess if you wanna pay for it feel free to steal my shit. I don't even fucking care anymore. My guild can fuck themselves with their asshole of a leader and the stupid bullshit politics that follow it.

And I'm drunk, hormonal, and pissed off, mostly due to:

The guy I've been lusting after has found another girl, who I'm also attracted to. I'm seriously torn up about this. I shouldn't be. I should have known. But I feel like I'm in highschool again and just watching my crush break my heart without ever telling him what he's doing to me. Fuck me. I'm sick of this shit.

What the fuck is wrong with who I am? Am I destined to be alone for-fucking-ever? I want to have someone be there for me. I want to fuck. I want to be able to settle for friend-with-benefits.

Fuck my life.
bazolomew: (Misc Winrar!)
Day 24 → Whatever tickles your fancy



Fucking Awesome.

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Day 07 - Least favorite episode of your favorite t.v. show

Uhhh Hmm. There aren't any terrible ones that I can think of, really. Maybe either The Order 23 Job or The Three Days of the Hunter Job. I really hate the types of mental deception they use in these episodes, as it reminds me of the hazing I endured during my Candidate Process for my fraternity. Even if people "deserve" their fate, I still don't enjoy watching it happen. It's a type of squick, I guess.

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Jun. 28th, 2010 07:24 am
bazolomew: (Leverage Eliot Hair)
Been reading old entries in this journal and stumbled upon a Meme a filled out in 2006. Also learned that I've grown a bit since I started this journal. I could barely read some of the entries, they were so embarassing/made me regret decisions I made.

Anyway.

Old 100 Q Meme )

Meh

Jun. 28th, 2010 06:08 am
bazolomew: (IM Tonyinhelmet)
Stupid cats woke me up at 3:30am for food and I can't get back to sleep.

Played Dragon Age for the first time in a while yesterday, which renewed my love for it a bit. I beat it with my Evil!Dwarf and got to finally read what terrible things I had caused the world in the epilogue. It only covered my choices and Morrigan, as I killed/ignored everyone else. I was surprised to see Dog at the coronation, as I never saved him in Ostagar and assumed he had died. My favorite epilogues were the Werewolves and Redcliffe (or Deadcliffe, I should say :P), followed with my end story. I loved the idea of my surly angry evil!dwarf becoming a Paragon. I killed half the surface world!

I also read a couple of amazing Dragon Age fanfics on fanfiction.net (!). One is an AU what-if if Ostagar had succeeded. It's only starting but promises to be interesting. The other was a detail fill for the end-game between F!Tabris and Alastair and completely heartbreaking. You can find them and one more Here.

I managed to attend most of Polycon in SLO and met a bunch of people. I played Apples to Apples and Gloom Friday night, followed with a California Version of Are You A Werewolf. In Ohio, we would do multiple games of 8-10 people. In CA, they do ONE game of 40-50 people. It was intense, fantastic, and hilarious. I managed to make it down to the final 7, talked my way out of a lynching, and then we correctly identified the Werewolf and the villagers won.

Saturday the power went out at work so we were sent home before we really began, which allowed me to make it up to SLO in time to play the Serenity:RPG. I was the last to sign up, so I got the final character- Serenity herself. I made the best of it though and had fun. After that I went outside and talked with the SLO chapter of the Society for Creative Anachronism. They convinced me to start training with their weapons and in no time I was learning my first combo with a really awesome older man. We couldn't stop laughing, he was great. I'm pretty sure that I'm going to continue with them in lieu of Dagorhir. SLO is only 30-40 minutes away, as opposed to a three hour drive to Los Angeles for 4 hours of Dag, then three hours back. I'm pretty excited to get back on the field, though, even if it's with SCA instead.

After that and the BBQ they provided, I went to a LARP that was really more of an improv televison episode. There was no system, just a GM and a backstory for each character. It went really well and was pretty much what I crave in LARPing anyway. Not much politics, just roleplaying. Our group ended up going kinda evil in the end, releasing something like 100 demons into the world, but it was a blast.

I miss gaming. And my friends. Tried to call my best friend but he was busy with his own gaming and a battle today, making me that much more sad that I'm not there. I'm excited to get into SCA and make new friends but it's still hurting. Does that ever go away?
bazolomew: (Leverage Christian Stripping)
So I know I keep posting writing things and then not doing them... that's mostly due to my work schedule. We're fighting to stay on top of the build right now, which means the rest of this week is long hours with the potential of working Saturday. This sucks for two reasons: first, it's due to 4 projects that need to be done but are not mine, meaning I might have to work Saturday and there's nothing I can do to prevent it, and second, the gaming convention I've been looking forward to in San Luis Obispo starts Friday and I'm going to potentially miss half of it.

The worst part about all these extra hours is the fact that I don't get paid to work them. I'm on a flat contract agreement that doesn't change based on hours worked. This is one of the problems with my line of work. At this stage of the career, you're lucky to be paid at all (most internships are non-paid) and when you are paid, it's barely enough to live on yet you're working 50-60 hours a week. To put it in perspective, were I working a 40 hour week every week, I'm being paid $6 an hour. Since I'm working more than that (and it fluctuates) I'm being paid probably about $4-5 an hour. And they can do that because it's not a real "paid" position. It's paid in scholarship form. I'm technically not "working" in California, I'm a "student". And as all you students out there know, students have no rights.

I'm just lucky that I have a mother who's willing to help me out, or I don't know how I'd be living right now.

But yeah, that's why I haven't been around/productive. I've been working, then coming home, watching an episode of something or reading things on here for a bit, then falling asleep around 9:30pm and doing it again the next day.

Only one meme for now, as I have to get ready for work.

Day 06 - Favorite episode of your favorite t.v. show

Since my favorite television show is currently Leverage, my favorite episode is 100% The Two Live Crew Job. We get to see the opposites of all our crew, as well as our crew face off in a real struggle against them. I love the face-offs between all of them. Wil Wheaton versus Hardison was classic, and I LOVED both the first meeting and the spectacular fight between Eliot and Mikel. Their fight is probably the hottest thing they've ever shown on the show. And Parker being pickpocketed was great... but what really makes those scenes is that they used Apollo Robbins, their technical consultant who has been teaching them all this stuff. I have to admit, I've got a bit of a thing for Apollo now.

And the final wrap up with Apollo and Parker unlocking locks and Eliot and Mikel discussing scars then bringing out handcuffs and Eliot getting all flustered...

Unf. Such a great episode. I can't wait to see them back again.

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bazolomew: (Leverage Eliot Hair)
Finally managed to see Leverage thanks to googling "Leverage Online". Don't ask me where they got it from and the quality was kinda crappy, but I did get to see it so I'm happy. I love this show!!!

Leverage Spoilers )

Also, in my effort to get myself writing again, I signed up for another Bingo thing. No idea what fandoms I'm going to use, but here's the card.

Under the cut )
bazolomew: (Leverage Eliot Tick-marks)
Day 23 → A YouTube video



I love everything this guy does. His Deadpool episodes are PERFECTLY in character and an absolute joy to watch. Can't recommend this guy enough.

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Day 05 - A show you hate

Tough, as there's so much CRAP television being forced into mainstream "culture" nowadays. Almost all reality shows count, but especially the ones like "Tool Academy" and "Flavor of Love". That pretty much covers it. I hate specific shows for certain reasons, like "Lost". Never seen it, but I'm so tired of hearing about it that I pretty much will never watch it. Same with "24" and a few other prime time shows.

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On a different note, I don't have cable so I can't watch the season premiere of Leverage tonight. I'm trying desperately to find a torrent but I don't think I'm going to tonight. I suppose I should sign up for Itunes again, just so I can watch it 24 hours later. Anyone know if Hulu or TNT do an online broadcast?
bazolomew: (Leverage Christian Stripping)
Meme stolen from [livejournal.com profile] mysticheaven

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bazolomew: (Default)
So I've signed up for [livejournal.com profile] hc_bingo because it seemed interesting and my writing bug has been biting me pretty hard recently. My card, under the cut.

Bingo! )

I have to admit, I'm pretty excited about a couple of these. I'm planning on spanning multiple fandoms right now... Definitely a Sirius/Remus is in the mix, (I mean, c'mon... "werewolves: silver poisoning") and I think I'm going to try some Leverage fic too. Whee!!
bazolomew: (IZ Gir headstand)
Day 22 → A website

http://wwww.inbflat.net/ Simply amazing. Pretty sure I pulled this from Tim Hutton's Twitter, but I can't remember now. It is probably the coolest thing I've ever seen on the internet. I also like it because it reminds me of my love for music, which I have never really felt was "legit" because I've known so many music majors and I wasn't one. They just had a tendency to make me feel like I wasn't good enough to truly enjoy music, or that I don't know what real music is. This link reminded me that A) I'm not in that situation anymore and what they think doesn't fucking matter and B) I really love music.

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Day 04 - Your favorite show ever

Hardest question ever. I seriously cannot just pick one. Firefly, The West Wing, Angel, Star Trek: The Next Generation, Whose Line Is It Anyway?, Monty Python's Flying Circus, Red Dwarf... there have been SO MANY. I can't do it. And since I've just gotten into Leverage, I want to include that, but I can't seperate myself from it enough to determine whether it's really going to be a forever-keeper, or whether it's a passing obsession... Stupid hard questions.

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bazolomew: (Leverage Christian Stripping)
Cats and my cold congestion woke me up at 8:30am on my only day off between last week and next week. Double disappointing because I had been having an AMAZING dream involving me literally clinging to Christian Kane's waist. I'm still not sure whether I was supposed to be in an episode of Leverage and he was Eliot protecting me, or whether I was just friends with Christian while we were walking somewhere together, but I remember commenting on how defined his hips were and he laughed.

However in the time since I woke up, I watched the final two episodes of Season 2 and am now CRAVING Season 3 like a worm-infected zombie person from Slither. (Watched it again last night for the first time in years.)

Hopefully I can wrangle a way to find Leverage online... we don't pay for television here.

Next up in my TV-Shows-I've-Meant-To-Watch-But-Haven't-Yet Queue is Doctor Who. I'm going to be starting from Christopher Eccleston because I've been told that's where the newer episodes come from and I really want to see David Tennant. I've seen a couple of the new Matt Smith episodes and enjoyed those, so I'm excited.

Day 21 → A recipe

Ok, so not so much a "recipe" because I cannot cook. Instead, I open things and use the microwave while trying to save money. This is what I've done a couple times and really like it. It's cheap, healthy, quick, and lasts at least 4 meals for one person.

Equipment Required:
A Can Opener.
A Big Bowl.
A Spoon.

Ingredients:
1 Can Pinto Beans
1 Can Kidney Beans
1 Can Black Beans
1 Can Sweet Corn (NOT Creamed... ew.)
1 Can Diced Tomatoes with Green Chilis.

Open all cans with Can Opener and drain all EXCEPT Tomato/Chilis. Dump all cans into Big Bowl. Stir with Spoon.

See how easy that was? That's my type of cooking. I'll put some on tortillas and have a burrito, or combine with rice or couscous. Heating optional... I like it cold.

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Day 03 - Your favorite new show (aired this t.v season)

This is a gimme. Leverage. I'm obsessed with it right now, if you couldn't tell. It's a well-written heist show with characters, a family atmosphere, and plenty of twists and turns. As an added bonus, a bunch of the episodes are directed by Jonathan Frakes and Star Trek Alumni keep popping up everywhere. So far we've had Brent Spiner, Wil Wheaton, Jeri Ryan, and even Armin Shimerman for a moment. I have a secret desire for John DeLancie to show up sometime... it'll probably never happen but I would love it.

The cast is stellar, making you really come to care for these people, and then the asthetic touches of Christian flashing his muscles everywhere, grunting like Wolverine, and his beautiful long brown hair... unf. I love this show. It's slightly sad that I've been thinking of making a drive up to Portland just to make it to one of Christian's shows in Dante's. Apparently it's only a 15 hour drive from here. Hmm.

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bazolomew: (Misc LARP)
Day 20 → A hobby of yours

LARP. I've been Live Action Roleplaying since my senior year in highschool. A group of my friends were having regular Saturday night LARPs at the local university and my best friend invited me to join them. The game was Vampire: The Masquerade. Since then, I've LARPed a few of White Wolf's other systems (Werewolf, Changling, Changing Breeds) but have also stemmed into Convention LARPs like Mega!Paranoia, which is a FANTASTIC game. I'm proud to say that I LARPed at the only house in the country that was specifically bought, maintained, and used for the purposes of LARPing- 2610 Vega Avenue in Cleveland.

I'm semi-looking for a LARP around Santa Maria, but from what I've heard they don't really do that in California, or at least not around the Central Coast. There is, however, a gaming convention in San Luis Obispo at the end of June that listed Paranoia as one of its games, so I'm definitely going to check that out.

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Day 02 - A show that you wish more people were watching

Treme. It is such an interesting look at Post-Katrina New Orleans, with a ton of Jazz. I've really been enjoying it, but around here I think I'm the only one. None of my co-workers have ever heard of it. :(

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bazolomew: (HP Fucking Sirius)
So my apologies for my extended absence. The past month has been spent doing as much hanging out with my friends as humanly possible in anticipation of my move to Santa Maria, California.

ZOMG Life Happens )

Well, that's been life. I'm planning on rejoining the interwebs, especially places like [livejournal.com profile] charloft once I get too over-socialized, but for now it's going to be an on/off situation. Good night!
bazolomew: (DP Brainfail)
Ok so I know I'm still going on the other one. And I will probably continue it as well. But I like memes and this one is about TV.

Day 01 - A show that should have never been cancelled

Answer )

Rest )
bazolomew: (IM Ironman2)
IRON MAN 2!!!!!!!!!!



I liked it.

Herein lies the post midnight showing spoiler filled first thoughts. 'Review' might be a little too much for 3AM )

Yeah I really loved this movie. I can't wait for The Avengers, as well as Iron Man 3. Oh why do they have to be so far into the future?

Also, the Twilight Preview got a COMPLETE AUDIENCE BOO as well as tons of "Sparkle" heckling and one "WHERE'S BUFFY?!" I'm so proud to know that I am not alone in my distaste.
bazolomew: (DragonAge Steamy Bits)
Hello again... sorry I've been dead to LJ lately. I'm pretty much trying to spend all the time I possibly can with friends and family before I move to California again. Expect me to be much more active starting in late May. ;)

I'm still re-playing and fantasizing about Dragon Age pretty badly right now... I've read both novels and managed to find a decent partner to roleplay with on Elliquiy.com for once, though we're just going through the storyline really. I'm DYING to explore the relationship between Duncan and Alistair more, as they've sorta become my new favorite Daddy!kink pairing. Not in a romantic sense, however... more of my special Mentor/student spanking sense that I crave so badly. After reading the novels, Duncan has become my favorite character, probably even surpassing Alistair by a marginal amount. There's just so much we don't know about him... his personality in The Calling is so young and carefree... it really makes me wonder what exactly happened to turn him into the hardass no-nonsense Warden Commander that we know from the game. And he is one of (maybe) two people that knows Alistair's real background... which he nevers tells the boy and I just find that utterly tragic.

Yeah, I'm still obsessed, though I'm almost certain that will change once Iron Man 2 hits. Then all you're going to see from me is new RDJ and Iron Man posts... and I'm anticipating Tony/Natasha pairing as well. I love me some Tony/Pepper to death, but I am 100% positive they're going to kill that off in this movie. We'll see.

My other new obsession is Dagorhir. For those not in the know and too lazy to click the link, Dagorhir is a national organization (in the US) of fantasy foam weapon fighting. It's loosely based on Tolkien and pretty much gives me exactly what I've been looking for- a slight bit of RL roleplay combined with "weapon" training and exercise. I also get to build weapons and such, which is great fun for me as it plays right into my carpenter job, and already I've made 3 swords and a shield. I'm pretty proud of them too, as so far everyone I've shown them to has complimented them... even going so far as to say that I could probably sell them- they look that good.

That's about it for me right now, as like I said, I'm trying to spend all my time with my mom and my friends. I hope everyone out there in flist-land is doing well!
bazolomew: (Default)
Day 19 → A talent of yours

So I cannot demonstrate, but I can provide pictures!

I played trumpet for 15 years, starting in 5th grade and pretty much ending last spring, as I could not be in a band during the fall semester.

Trumpets galore! )

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bazolomew: (DragonAge Alistair)
Still working in Cleveland on an Overhire basis, thus why I have not been online in some time. Working 50-60 hours a week makes me want to just play Dragon Age for a couple hours before I conk out.

I've also been catching up on my reading. I finished another Drizzt Do'Urden book, Siege of Darkness, and really enjoyed it, as I always do with those books. The only thing that pissed me off were my friends, who ruined the surprise in the Epilogue. The Epilogue mentions a way for the evil demon Errtu hold some sort of power over Drizzt, and my friends hinted at what it was, enough for me to guess with a good amount of confidence that I'm correct. Stupid friends.

Currently I'm reading the Dragon Age novels. I'm about halfway through the first one, The Stolen Throne. Going from R.A. Salvatore to David Gaider was a DRASTIC change, and with 2 typos in the Acknowledgements alone, I was pretty bummed in the beginning. However, the story managed to catch me and even though the level of writing reminds me of a moderate to good level of fanfic, I've actually started really enjoying it.

It's mostly the personalities of the characters. The story is pretty meh so far, but his characters are SO interesting that they keep me reading. King Meric reminds me of Alistair in so many ways (on purpose, I believe) which at first bothered me, but as we progress, it's gotten to the point where I'm just excited to see what he does next. And Loghain, who I HATE, is in the book, but it's interesting because he's managed to walk a fine line of giving backstory that makes me sympathetic, while still doing dick-moves, making me continue to feel justified in hating him.

So yeah, that's what I've been doing and what's keeping me off LJ- work and books. I also have discovered Dagorhir through my friends and though I've only been to one practice, I truly enjoyed the experience and am dying to continue. It mixes my love of fantasy with my desire to exercise and learn combat. The only problem I have with it is that I'm moving to California in May, and the only chapters in the state are 3 hours away from where I'll be... thus making it difficult to continue once I'm out there. I'm kinda bummed about that.

I hope you all are doing well!

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