st_jane_ambulance: (five)
So I arranged to take the 9:00 train home, same as a few weeks ago. But last night I find out that city buses don't run on Thanksgiving, and that would have cut walking distance in half. So I got up at 7 to make sure I had plenty of time to walk the distance. The train station is close to two miles from my dorm, it was -1 Centigrade, and I had my laptop in my backpack. Also, I have never seen campus so empty. It was a little creepy.

Last time the train was one car, and about half full. Today it was five or six cars and overbooked. Fortunaely my car had single seats on one side so I didn't have to sit next to anybody. There was, unfortunately, a noisy two-year-old nearby so I spent the entire trip under my headphones. Last night it was really cold, so a rail broke and we stopped for half an hour to fix it. We were moving all of five minutes before we stopped again for some kind of malfunction with the track changer or whatever. With all this, the trip was almost an hour longer than planned. But I'm home. Thankfully.

I can't believe it was finally lupus.
st_jane_ambulance: (fifteen)
College is starting to piss me off. Most specifically, my Medieval Britain professor who gives us a total of two days to study for the midterm. My two busiest days of the week, no less. The same was true for our first paper. In my other history class we have two and a half weeks for the paper.

Have been watching lots of NCIS, Criminal Minds, and South Park, and really, really enjoying this season of Atlantis. John's getting his share of the whumping and it's only been four episodes.

...and I just watched John Williams conduct the Boston Pops at the World Series. Spectacular.

Last weekend I went home, and it was good. My kitty was happy to see me.
st_jane_ambulance: (five)
Farewell we call to hearth and hall!
Though wind may blow and rain may fall,
We must away ere break of day
Far over wood and mountain tall.

To Rivendell, where Elves yet dwell
In glades beneath the misty fell,
Through moor and waste we ride in haste,
And whither then we cannot tell.

With foes ahead, behind us dread,
Beneath the sky shall be our bed,
Until at last our toil be passed,
Our journey done, our errand sped.

We must away! We must away!
We ride before the break of day!


I was packing for three and a half hours today. I kind of wish I didn't like so much of my stuff.

It's all sunk in now that I'm leaving now that my room is a little less cluttered. I feel a little bit sad because I'll miss this place, and my cat, and all the time off, but I remember that I adjusted easily enough to life away from home last year, and that this year will be even easier because I have friends where I'm going. And I should have a little bit of free time: I have almost four complete days in a row off every week, so I'm bringing books to read.

For some reason I really feel like writing Star Wars fic.
st_jane_ambulance: (six)
One thing that's not awesome about being home is my connection speed, or lack thereof. I'm seriously wondering about my ability to watch the last three Doctor Who episodes, because I have to online, and I might have to plug Andromeda into the router and hope that's fast enough to download the whole thing. I really don't want to wait until September. In the meantime I'm trying to catch up on the history of the old series by reading episode summaries, and waiting for my first two seasons to arrive. By all rights they should have been here today, but for some reason my card number didn't work the first time around, and the delivery date is now Monday. This does not please me. At least Erica's taping Stargate for me. I'd go over and watch with her, but my damn car has a headlight issue and I can't drive it at night. On the bright side, the Stargate season 10 dvd set is coming out next month, which is about six months earlier than normal, which means I can make a bunch of my videos sooner than I'd expected. Yay!

The yard looks awesome, the fish are gigantic, and the cats are happy to see me. And homemade food is the best. Sam's leaving for Korea in two weeks to teach kindergarteners English for a year. He's hurriedly learning Korean. There are little yellow notes all over the house labeling things. Mom has a digital camera and now she wants an iPod shuffle and a laptop (what's this world coming to?!). It took me forever to unpack all my junk. My room was a mess like I'd never seen before, and it was tough to pick a place to start. I had an easier time finding places for things in my room at school, which was half the size. But there were shelves and roomy drawers there. I need to get rid of some of my stuff again.

There are so many things I want to do now that I'm free from the burdens of homework and classes and I'm having trouble choosing. Maybe when I've caught up on all the lost sleep from recent weeks and need less than ten hours a night, I'll be able to do some of them.
st_jane_ambulance: (five)
It's my very last night in this room EVER. Most of my stuff is packed up and the room looks so different and bare with the shelves empty. Most of the posters are still on the walls, because I hate posterless walls (especially white ones) and I'll need something to do when I wait for Sam to come get me tomorrow. I still have so much to do before I go home: I have one more final tomorrow morning, for which I'm getting up early to study. I have work for two hours in the afternoon, papers to turn in, and books to get back to the library. I won't be leaving until after 5:30. This year has gone by so fast it's hard to get my head around it. I swear September wasn't that long ago, and I was just moving in, and when I first walked into this room it seemed so small. But here I am in June, almost nine months later, and I have one more night left and the room doesn't seem so small anymore. This has been the fastest year of school ever. Mayhaps time is slow where I'm from. It will be strange to be in a place where everybody's white and speaks the same language, because I've gotten used to hearing half a dozen languages when I walk down the street, or even down the hallway. I'm looking forward to being in a place where there are cats, and where I can sleep in the morning, and where it's quiet at night. Although it seems like I've only just gotten used to the noise of other people. Figures.

I finished my papers about a half an hour ago, FINALLY. I'm proud of myself. I wrote a five-page paper in two hours, and I don't think it's all that bad. It could probably use a bit of organization and a runthrough, but I'm low on ink and I hate correcting papers on the computer. I've pre-loaded my favorite episode of Doctor Who as a treat for finishing. OH YES BY THE WAY I'm a huge Doctor Who fan as of about two weeks ago. It's the main reason I didn't get the paper written a lot sooner. I'm getting the DVDs as soon as I can. It's just so damn freaking awesome. Not to mention David Tennant is absolutely gorgeous. And Torchwood, while very different as spinoffs go, has awesomeness too. Like every main cast member snogging a member of the same sex at least once, and that's only the first season. For some of them it was each other. God, I love the English.

I may have screwed myself on my German final. But that's what I thought last time, and I came away with 95%. So who knows.

I must now watch the Doctor be awesome.
st_jane_ambulance: (five)
Yay, new icons. Because I can only have six of the damn things at once, being too poor for the paid account and too stubborn to show ads, and I was getting kind of tired of the old ones anyway. Also when icon-hunting last night (which always makes me hyper to begin with) I stumbled across some interesting SG-1 spoilerish things. I already knew about the prior thing, but these pics actually have me looking forward to the episode instead of dreading it. Partly I just want to see Vala sitting on Daniel's lap and Jack rubbing his hair (glee!). I am so damn excited for the rest of the series. I'm going to miss those guys.

I finished another video today (woot!), which wasn't easy since the gorram thing crashed on me every two minutes. Windows Movie Maker will be my undoing. But, I haven't been this proud of a video since my Drunken Pirates one and next on my list is a Firefly/Serenity to Bon Jovi's Blaze of Glory. Should be fun, once I spend five days or so gathering the footage.

Hooray for cheesy low-budget made-for-tv Canadian flicks with Michael Shanks! (as well as a gaggle of other Stargate alumni). Well. At least it had acting.

Now to figure out what to do with the rest of my night.
st_jane_ambulance: (six)
Now I've done it. I've personified my internal critic. It was entirely the fault of a writing exercise. I've decided that my internal critic is a gay male and he is SO hard to please when it comes to reading or writing. He's the part of me that's the spelling and grammar nazi that I'm sure drives all my friends up the wall. He's the part that won't let me enjoy anything I read, and is such a bitch when I try to write something. I think he also has ADD. The good news is he's great for my writing career. I just need to get him to shut up when I'm writing, so I can get something done. His job is to rewrite the thing, not to tell me how stupid that last sentence sounded.

By the way, I'm home again. I've already bought Pirates 2 and Superman Returns and am dying over Eragon coming out this Friday. I've been waiting for this since April. My computer has an Eragon desktop, an Eragon screensaver, and I'm using an Eragon icon (several, actually) for Messenger. I really want to write something, but I don't have any stories ready so I'm doing writing exercises. By now I'm almost completely recovered from exams and I can nearly think straight again. Or as straight I can on a good day.

Home!

Nov. 22nd, 2006 11:19 pm
st_jane_ambulance: (four)
Note to self: Thanksgiving traffic on I-5 during rush hour sucks balls hard. An hour and a half to get from Eugene to Corvallis. Three to get from Eugene to Salem. Lame. Next year, if possible, I'm taking the train. At least I got to sit next to a cute Asian-American guy who smelled really nice.

I haven't been home in a month. I've missed this place.
st_jane_ambulance: (five)
This afternoon I spent two and a half hours on a bus with very little elbow room (but moderately comfortable seats) and arrived in Salem an hour late. Me and the guy next to me both wore headphones and had our laptops out for the first half of the trip. Mom picked me up at the Greyhound station in Salem and we had Taco Bell for dinner, which tasted fabulous because all I'd had for the day was a couple of power bars. My cat has been giving me the cold shoulder but tomorrow I know he'll beg me to hold him. Erica's coming over in the afternoon and hopefully we'll see one of the magician movies out now. Currently I'm watching the Stargate I brought home and downloading last night's CSI. Next weekend I just want to stay in my room the whole time (except mealtimes and the Saturday night movie with the third floor crowd). I've been pretty constantly busy for about a month. No wonder I'm nodding off in Geology class. My bottom is disappearing.

I'm home!
st_jane_ambulance: (two)
I lost around five pounds this week. It feels so strange to be home; I've already adapted to life in the residence halls. My room looks different. First of all, it's far too clean. Mom cleaned everything after I left. The blankets on the bed are different. The bed even feels different, but that probably has something to do with how hard my bed at school was (Mom and Dad broght me the futon and now it's not a rock!). The cats are happy to see me. Tomorrow (after I watch some Star Trek, of course) I have to go into town and get a bunch of stuff I don't know how to find in Eugene and visit Delaney. I expect to get a lot of sleep tonight.

I've been home less than three hours and there's already cat hair all over my keyboard.
st_jane_ambulance: (four)
It's my last night at home. It feels different here; maybe it's just the overpacked bags cluttering up my floor, the spaces on my walls where posters are missing (actually, they fell off, but I didn't see the point in putting them back up), or how empty my dresser top looks. It seems I'm leaving at exactly the right time as well, because there's a noisy mouse in my ceiling and my bed's starting to fall apart (nothing dirty, I assure you).

I have found some hilarious Star Trek stuff on YouTube. For instance, scenes from Who Mourns for Adonais with the dialogue from the first French Knight scene in Monty Python's Holy Grail. The Firm's "Star Trekkin'" song, both the original video (which is just creepy) and with TOS scenes. Not to mention a Kirk/Spock NIN's "Closer" music video that's to die for (if you're into that sort of stuff).

*pure energy*

Here I am in silence
Looking round without a clue
I found myself along again
All alone with you
I can see behind your eyes
The things that I don't know
If you hide away from me
How can our love grow?

I wanna know
What you're thinking
There are some things you can't hide
I wanna know
What you're feeling
Tell me what's on your mind

I know I could break you down
But what good would it do
I could surely never know
That what you say is true
Here I am in silence
It's a game I have to play
You and I in silence
 With nothing else to say

I wanna know
What you're thinking
There are some things you can't hide
I wanna know 
What you're feeling
Tell me what's on your mind

-Pure Energy // Information Society

I listened to this song a lot when I was a kid (had it on a Cocoa Puffs hits tape, or something). Recently I heard it again and I've missed it. By the way, it's Spock who says "Pure energy energy energy" (echo).

I will describe my dorm and moving experience in detail tomorrow whether you like it or NOT! (Assuming I can get my computer interned-connected by then.)
st_jane_ambulance: (harry)
Less than four days away from home and I feel like I could sleep for a week. The rearview mirror fell off the night before we left and the REARVIEW MIRROR-SPECIFIC SUPERGLUE we bought didn't work very well the first time around, so it made it to Ashland duct taped to the windshield before it fell off again. I packed way too many clothes because I thought we'd be gone longer and didn't read the books I brought. The bed I sleep in at Grandma's has about as much give as a plank of wood, so my arm fell asleep the first night, and the pillow was made of down (I stupidly didn't bring my own like I usually do) which I'm allergic to. The food was good but listening to my aunt yap nonstop for six hours was not (her hair, it may be noted, has not changed in decades). On Saturday my glasses fell apart and the itty bitty screw vanished into the carpet. We must have looked very silly on our hands and knees with our faces down by the floor. I did not go swimming while I was there, which made me sad because I didn't get to wear my new stuff, but I did get a cute pair of Sketchers and more New Jedi Order books so maybe I'll finally start reading them now.

This morning we drove to Crater Lake from Grandma's house. The air was pretty hazy but what we could see of the lake was the most amazing shade of blue. We were immediately greeted by a pretty chipmunk who seemed to be expecting food. The drive from there to Roseburg in the Umpqua Nat'l Forest was absolutely gorgeous, and probably my favorite part of the whole trip. I love mountain scenery. I'm also very glad to be home.

I don't know if Sam's always been completely tactless or Japan somehow made him mean, but he seems to enjoy pointing out my faults whenever he gets a chance and making fun of me about things I'd rather he left alone. Mom seems to take his side most of the time, which really doesn't help at all. Since we were kids I always got a feeling like he was the favorite, and I don't know if it's something all siblings experience or it's just my jealousy streak rearing its ugly head. But when he gets a computer for his high school graduation present, and all I got was a yearbook, I don't know what else I'm supposed to feel. I've had a week of lousy sleep, bad allergies, and more than likely PMS so I have every right to want to cry when he says I'm the most impatient person he's ever met, I whine a lot, and I'm obnoxious. Perhaps I should let him know he's insensitive and I have feelings that are easily wounded, or didn't he figure that out after knowing me for over twenty years.

At least my kitty's glad to see me.

I think my favorite hair gel is damaging my hair.
st_jane_ambulance: (six)

It occurred to me today that when the Eragon movie comes out, I'll be in Eugene. I can't get over stuff like that. After living in the same place for over twenty-three years, the realization that I won't be living here anymore in a few months is quite a bit to take in. Sure, I'll come back on weekends and holidays, and I'll probably come back home after I get my Master's degree until I find a job, but I'm going to miss this place. I really love my room. I love my house, even though it's changed a lot since I was a child, mostly due to the renovation a few years ago. I love where it is -- not the Sheridan part, but the location of the house itself. I'll miss living here the way I am now. I'm sure I'll get used to it, I usually do; but it will be different. I'll probably be there also when the last Harry Potter book is released (at least I hope it doesn't take any longer than that!), as well as when that next movie comes out. I'll have to investigate the theaters in Eugene. I've also discovered a place that teaches capoeira, which I would LOVE to learn. I also expect to become something of a political activist. I'm predominantly Irish/Italian, so my blood is all fire. And there is much to burn.

I've read two hundred and fifty pages of Eldest so far today. These books have grown on me and I am in love with them now. Too bad the third one's not written yet. Blimey.

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