life, or something like it

when all we have are fragments, they suffice

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Well, life goes on as normal here. I joined a gym because the PT exercises I was doing at home are not cutting it. They gave me a good deal on some personal training sessions and I don't want to hurt myself so I took them up on it (them being xsport fitness). I met with her this morning; her name is ashley and she's going to chiropractic school. this is a relief to me.I am meeting with her again tomorrow morning, as mornings seem to be the only time we're going to be able to make it work. So, I'll be in the gym at 7. Not sure whether to be glad or sad; it's better to wake up that way than with coffee I guess.

No news from a single grad program yet. Maybe this means I made it through preliminary cuts? Not sure. I guess if they knew they didn't want me i would know that.

Busy few weekends ahead. This one I am going to cleveland for s's parent's 80th bday (holy cow! 80!). The weekend of the 20 is my brother's birthday, and the weekend after that is Mike and Jen's engagement party in btown, so I'll be in Indiana the second half of the month. The weekend of the 13 is my only 'free' weekend but i'm sure between now and then something will come up. Work is going fine, I'm actually on my lunch right now. It's also warming up here, allegedly going to be mid 40's this week!

For those on my f-list who like to read (AKA everyone) I started reading that percy jackson and the olympiads book series, because my friend at work was reading them. They're not half bad, easy to read and amusing. I love mythology and all that so I was into it from the start. Not exactly Shakespeare, not even as complex as Harry Potter or His Dark Materials, but good. I also read Duma Key by Stephen King, which is MUCH more complex than Harry Potter and I loved it (though maybe not as much as HP. and that reference is ending now i promise). I would highly recommend Duma Key. I'm reading Under the Dome now, because there can't be SK books in the world I haven't read, and it's good in a different way. Very very reminiscent of the Stand; he writes that he started it in the mid 70's and it's certainly similar to his earlier work. As I move forward (it's over 1000 pages) it will probably evolve a little. Hasn't pulled me in yet though, I haven't picked it up in two days.

Writing a lot too, on a very old short story too which pleases me. I'm starting to think I have the makings of an anthology tucked away in one or two page snippets in my laptop. Similar themes, on death, grieving, and the quality of mercy (not strained), redemption, forgiveness...we'll see how it evolves. I'd need at least six stories I feel like. Oh, speaking of laptop; I'm getting a MASSIVE tax return and intend to buy a new laptop. S showed me a good website to get them cheap. I am also hoping to be able to splurge and get a new tattoo soon. A BIG one. :-)

Well, lunch is almost over. See you all in like...a month! HA.

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one thing i never expected was the effect the cold is having on my back! you would think that the metal being in my body would mean it stayed warm, but that is definitely not the case. it gets so cold some mornings walking to the train that i can feel it. aaaa! hehe, but hey it's better than a wheelchair i suppose.

work at the mart is going great. i love being able to take the elevator down three floors and have starbucks/jamba juice/ argo tea/ mc d's/ post office/ potbelly subs inside the same building. not to mention the train stop being in there as well so i don't have to walk from there. it's excellent, and not as hard on my budget as i had expected. I think it's the mental awareness that the things are there and not so much using them. though jamba does have dollar oatmeal on wednesday, and it's nice not to have to make a second trip to the post office at the end of the day. too bad the b daltons closed! but i was able to get a good book on clearance there before it did, it's called mysteries of the medieval world. it is fascinating. i am normally not one for straight history in a book but i love it! lots of cool pictures too, some really pretty illumination on the sides of the pages etc.

things with s are going really well too. he and L came to visit last weekend for twelfth night and we had a fun time. friday morning he and i got to go to chinatown and shop for my sister/mom/g-ma's bday gifts. i also found the store that sells my hat that i found! it's on belmont only a few blocks away and they had a whole wall of them! monsters and almost any animal you can think of! L got one that looks like a kitty. we tried on tons--moose, rooster, squid, shark, teddy bear, like 5 different monsters, owl, polar bear, lion...i stuck with my monkey that i found though. made me feel better to see it was a store for grown ups though! we got some cheap belly rings too. i can't change mine yet because i just had it redone on halloween. still, i got two cute ones!

we also went to see the imaginarium of dr parnassus, which was excellent! there's another movie playing at the indie theater called a town called panic, french claymation. it looks hilarious. i am trying to convince c to go with me this weekend. this is going to also be my spring cleaning weekend, just down time. next weekend i am going to cleveland for the cleftlands event, and for two weekends after that i also have very far events, candlemas and val day. so i am going to cherish this weekend! today i worked ot and made about 300 dollars, so that should cover it i hope.

even though i know it isn't realistic i am hoping to hear from one of my grad programs soon. i just want to know where i am going to end up! i've been writing like mad and i can't wait to do it for a 'living' (that and teach). keep your fingers crossed for me!!

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yes, i am still alive. doing really well, actually. work is going swimmingly, i found out last week that i am getting transitioned to a permanent hire from my current temp status. i am also going to be allowed to transfer to the downtown office at the beginning of next month. good news because instead of a 30-one hour drive (one-way!!! with a toll booth!!!) , i will have a 10 minute walk and a 20-30 minute train ride. cheaper, healthier for myself and the environment.

finished all my grad school apps, down to the gre/transcripts and writing samples. i applied 5 places. U of Michigan, U of Virginia, U of Florida, IU and Notre Dame. I won't hear until April-ish. Here's hoping I get at least one good offer!! I can totally see myself at any of those places so now it is just a waiting game.

started physical therapy two weeks ago now (so i have had three sessions, i go twice a week) and it is hard but constructive. the days I don't do my personal exercises I feel it. christa is my PTs name and she made me do pushups last thursday.....i used to be pretty okay at them (not like a robot or anything but i was doing like 30 at a time) and i was close to tears after one set of 10. noted, self. but i am feeling great. i am starting to come into a place where i don't even really feel or notice the implant like 85% of my day. it feels wonderful.

i have started dating someone. he is wonderful too. he lives seven hours and two states away, but we'll get around it i think. my brother is coming to stay with me for thanksgiving because my dad is going to texas, and the two of them are potentially going to meet then. so we'll see what my family thinks. though i think my brother is already sold on the idea of someone who home brews beer and mead. don't know that i will get an honest opinion out of that kid.

on that topic,my siblings are doing well too. cody is bringing a slew of SAT practice exams with him to visit next week and we're going to do them in theory. i think i have a calculator around here somewhere. he takes that at the start of december. he still has no car which i feel kinda bad about for sucking up all the car money, but oh well. my sister is cute as heck all over facebook with her boyfriend, and starting to ask about getting her learner's permit too. she also asked for me to bring her to an SCA event when she comes for the summer, which was exciting and sweet.

ya. off to bed now, PT in the am. wish me luck with the impending chicago winter! aaa!!!



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alimond
 wooooo!!! my siblings come from vegas today!!!!!!!! 

i just got up after having a really bizarre dream that is pretty much recurring in different forms in my life; i was forced to go back to high school after finishing college, and i didn't understand my schedule at all, so i was just kind of hanging out. i have lots of phone calls to make today, which i will do on my drive to indiana (safety!!!). i'll probably stay in indiana until saturday and then come back--because i start my new job on monday!! AAA. crazy week of awesomeness. 

also can i say, to all the final fantasy fans on my f-list; i really hate vaan. like, for real? worst. protagonist. ever. at least i can keep balthier my party leader at al times. 

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alimond
 well, my hopes about coming back to chicago with a job were answered!! while we were stopped at a casino in missouri I got a phone call about the student advisor job at Colorado Tech. ( i did gamble at the casino, but only 13 dollars, so don't worry, i wasn't being irresponsible with the little money I have).  I start July 13! Sadly they couldn't give me the time off for Pennsic, as I would have been leaving the day after completing traning, and they obviously want to see me start implementing training/actually working as soon as possible. That sucks, but it'll save me about 300 and i'll earn a week's pay on top of that, so in the long run it is probably smarter for me to work since I have student loan payments (which, with this job, i will actually be able to make pretty easily!) coming up in january. I think that if I'm frugal, I can have my credit cards payed off by then, so I'll just have monthy bills like rent, and my student loan to worry about, and I can save for grad school. 

in other news, i turn 22 in two days! today I am going to go to the grocery store to buy the food for the party and we are going to go on the roof and do a cool chalk design for when we go up there. i haven't decided between tequila and rum yet as the alcohol of the day...i think i'll go with rum in the long run, just because it is good with lots of mixers, and we won't die.  now that i know there is an end to my free time, it's starting to be fun to have summer again. last night i finished light in august by william faulkner... not as good as i was hoping, i have to say. it put me to sleep several times on the kansas trip, and i actually found myself skipping pages near the end. sad. well, now i have a whole stack of other books to move on to, so hopefully one of them will be better. i'm excited to finally, finally get around to lady chatterly's lover after all these years. i am also doing a lot of video gaming, final fantasy XII again. it's the newest one we have for our PS2 (obviously) and I didn't want to suck myself into the vapid emptiness of harvest moon. 

even though i'm not going to pennsic, i also have plans for a lot of garb in the next few weeks. i got a free sewing machine from my grandfather and brought that, along with all my fabric, back. i'll bring it in after the weekend (i don't want the huge pile of fabric in my room when friends are visiting) and then get down to sewing! i am making a hood, a cloak, and a new chemise for sure. I have enough fabric to make half a cotehardie, so i might end up going to the fabric store and buying enough for another half, plus enough to start making my dress for coronation ( i am going to go with lavender i think).  all in all, lots of fun things to do! starting with grocery shopping, right now. 






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 well, kansas is fun, but hot. like the rest of the country right now i imagine. it was a sticky 105 yesterday, the perfect weather to be wandering around the praprie with a newborn in--not!! however, the only time we have been spending outside with the baby is walking to and from the car. 

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i had a job interview before i left and i really really hope something comes through. they were interviewing all last week, and are supposed to be in touch this week. i would be so excited if i came back to chicago with a job!!! i am going to have to take something less than ideal soon because i have to start making money so that i can go to pennsic/ live my lovely life. 

well, i am gonna go get some breakfast. hope all is well with everyone. 

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alimond
 I am going to write down a recipe before i forget it, and you should all try it because it is DE-LISH!


yummy carrot salad

so this morning i found some carrots in my fridge that only had a few days left in them and decided to get a little crazy. i cut the carrots into chunks, about 1/4 inch, and boiled them for about two minutes, just long enough to make them a little soft. during that two minutes, i made the following marinade:

soy sauce
olive oil
"lemon juice" (i actually used the 'simple mojito' mix from whole foods that was in my fridge because i had no lemon juice. don't judge, it was awesome. i'd even recommend adding some lime juice too if you have it because it was so bomb). 
sugar 
cinnamon
cayenne pepper
garlic salt
sea salt ( i loves the salt)
powdered ginger
cumin

no, there are no measurements. just make to taste, and in the amount you need for how many carrots you have. this is how i cook. 

okay, so then i drained the carrots super well and mixed them in the marinade. THEN, i added a handful of raisins. i know it sounds crazy, but just go with it. some nice tart apple chunks would work well too i think, maybe better because raisins are a little autumn-y. i mixed it all up really good, stuck it in the fridge for about three hours, and just pounded the whole bowl. so refreshing and tasty! make some as soon as you can, if you like carrots and goodness!!!




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 well, i have a job interview wednesday! i'd be making $17.50 an hour as an admissions assistant for an online university. it's a full time position with a 30-40 minute commute (one way), but that's an awesome hourly rate and i'd have the chance for overtime. i'm really excited about it. the university is american intercontinental university. i'd start as a 90 day contract and then be hired for real if they like me and i like them.  :-) the hire date would be june 8th, so i'd still have some days of freedom. while i've been nervous about the job market, i'm also glad i've had some down time to adjust to not being in school and get used to the idea that whatever job i get is going to be my job until i go to grad school. 

i had a photo shoot on friday and it was really fun! i took the train downtown and we shot in the subway station, around the downtown streets, in the drake hotel, on the beach, and on the porches of some old brownstones. i can't wait to get the photos but the photog said it could take up to 3 weeks because he has to process the photos on the computer. i wouldn't mind doing some more modeling, especially as i'll have a regular, set schedule with the university for six months. so my days off will be pre-determined for six months, not something that changes every two weeks, which will be nice. right now i'm talking with a guy about doing some vintage photos! some of the girls i met at chris's bday have some cool vinage clothes. maybe i will facebook them if the thrift stores around here prove too expensive or don't have anything. 

my brother heads to vegas friday for a month, and then my sister flies out july 7! she will be here until august 1. i'm hoping i'll be able to convince my dad to drive them up to chicago for a weekend or something, and then i can drive them back on one of my days off.  i also want to go home/hang out in indy for my bday with lots of dpu alum who are in the area. 


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 The problem with LiveJournal:
We all think we are so close, but really, we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away. Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you!

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philistine
alimond
so this has been a long time coming. it isn't for a class or anything, just me trying my hand at a nonfiction piece on my own. comments appreciated, especially about the order of the three sections.

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