Jan. 14th, 2009 12:16 pm
athenaltena: (lethargic)
If you've been feeling too overwhelmed lately, it's because you're doing too much.

Yeah, the only problem is that basically describes college as a whole, and if you're not stretched in five different directions you're probably doing something wrong.

The good news is that headache I had last night has mostly gone away (my head still twinges slightly) but the residue it left means I'm still in a somewhat funky mood, and I don't have much of an appetite. If it sticks around too long I'll go to Health Services.

I ended up dropping the American history class I had and signing up for one on the 18th Century Enlightenment instead. I can't quite put my finger on it, but there was just something off about the other class. I didn't especially want to be in it either way and the first day made it clear that it was rather disorganized and chaotic, so I think my time is better spent somewhere else.

Now I have to get lunch, go back to 150, punch out the network guys for hijacking my laptop the other night, and get to work. That was not at all helpful, and this is why I don't like taking it in for service.

(I'm joking about punching them out, BTW, I just feel like it at the moment)


Feb. 1st, 2008 04:27 pm
athenaltena: (Ponderous Haruhi)
It should be a calm day for you on the job. You'll likely get what you need from people if you use a gentle approach. You're probably in a happy mood, so it's a good day to socialize with people. Enjoy your leisure by doing something artistic, perhaps playing a musical instrument.

Not sure about the "calm" part, but today was certainly interesting at work. Due to the gigantic ice storm we're having right now we closed down early, and before that the new manager (named Adam, not to be confused with The Chump who also happens to be named Adam) the new big guy Cody and I had to clean out the pits. That is not a fun job, and involves moving a lot of water and mud and trying to keep from falling into them. Through most of that I felt rather useless since, due to my lack of upper body strength compared to the two guys, I couldn't do as much as quick.

When we finally got the call to close down I went and closed up shop rather than do the pits, and WD-40ed the hell out of the overhead door that we've been having trouble with, by which I mean I can get all 150 pounds of my weight on it and it still won't close. I think I managed to do something with that, so hopefully it'll be easier to deal with now.

After I was done with that I went back out to Cody and Adam (still doing the pits) and told them that I'd taken care of that, and they were thankful. They told me that I could leave at that point, and Adam actually thanked me for trying to help the two of them out even though I couldn't really do much, since The Chump wouldn't even do that. So that made me feel good and like I had actually done something to help them out.

Once I got out I cashed my paychecks from yesterday and made my way (very slowly) home. I couldn't help but be flabbergasted by the road crews in our town, since when I crossed the town line I went from all-sanded and clear roads to ones that hadn't even been touched, and as of yet there's no sign of the sand trucks. HELLO?! But at least I had the snow tires, so that made it easier, but still... what are those guys doing?

But luckily I don't have to go anywhere until tomorrow. *huddles under blanket* Welcome to New England...
athenaltena: (Hokuto pink)
Number 5 could be lucky for you. You will likely receive benefits today from your hard and steady work. You may be feeling quite sociable, so go to lunch with friends or call up an old friend to chat. Be sensitive to the other's comments when talking about issues with a family member and the relationship might be improved.

Usually don't take this type of thing too seriously, but I submitted all my Common Application stuff today to... 5 colleges (Binghamton, Suffolk, Northeastern, Lesley and Fordham). So maybe it means something. I still have to apply to John Jay/CUNY individually, but I'm almost completely done with that stuff. When I drop off some stuff at the school tomorrow I'll also deal with the rest of the forms I need to send in, and then I'll be done. ^_^

I also went down to Mark despite the snow after work was cancelled. By the time I left for Mark it was pretty much cleared up, and I had no problems getting down. After Mark I had lunch at a new place in North Amherst, the River Shark Cafe, and ran into the mother of someone I knew a very long time ago when I was elementary school. She looked familiar though I couldn't place her, but she apparently recognized me through my eyes. Still can't remember who her daughter was, though, but hey, it was 12-13 years ago at this point. ^_^;

The food there was excellent (I got a tuna melt, the first one I've had in a long time, and some garlic bread sticks) and ended up taking it back with me since there was too much of it. So I'll have it for lunch at work tomorrow. So at least I have that to look forward to, since I'm sure we're going to get killed with all the people washing their cars after this storm. At least I got to sleep in today, which might help make up for it.
athenaltena: (Hakkai)
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*points to very large "astrology" tag, which at this point has almost 50 uses* That should say something right there. Even though I was born under Virgo I identify much more strongly with Libra, and if it hadn't been for Hurricane Hugo making lots of women suddenly go into labor I would have been born under Libra, so that's the one I read. They usually seem to have some grain of truth in them, and I take them semi-seriously.

I also ended up getting stamped as The Libra in the Clow Card theme over at [livejournal.com profile] clow_ratings without even saying what my Zodiac sign was, so that probably says something.
athenaltena: (Hokuto thoughtful)
Virgo one )

I'd say that's pretty accurate (especially the "fighter" part).

And just out of curiosity the other one since I'm a cusp baby:

Libra one )
athenaltena: (Tomo)
Just put a deposit down on a 2002 Saturn SL2 down in Hadley, and I'm feeling pretty good about it. Here she is, and up close the body looks even better:

Picture under here )

The only major complaint people seem to have about them is that they're low to the ground, and it was a little awkward to get out of it. But hey, for 40 mpg highway I'm willing to compromise two seconds' worth of comfort. When I asked the guy down there about how much a third party CD player would cost he offered to install one from one of the junk cars they take parts from for free, and that's a couple hundred dollars right there they're throwing in very nicely.

All the people down there were really nice, including a woman mechanic who answered all of my questions. As it turns out Saturns were designed with input from Japanese companies, so it is -- excuse the phrase -- like the wholly-owned bastard child of GM and Honda. Most of the complaints I've found about it have to do with lemon problems and space issues, but I'm not a very large person so I don't think it'll be a problem.

And I just found out that I can hitch a ride with my friend Morgan up to GCC tomorrow, in what will hopefully be the last time I have to do this. We should get the check from the insurance company on either Friday or Monday, and at that point we can see about picking this baby up. In short, looks like we're getting somewhere.

And ironically this was my horoscope:

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Oct. 19th, 2007 02:51 pm
athenaltena: (Ponderous Haruhi)
An undiscovered gem is waiting to be found, and you're just the person to find it. Your social energy is just about perfect right now -- and for you, that means quite a lot! It's a great time to reconcile with those who've wronged you, or maybe to forge newer and stronger connections.

A sign to try and contact people I wouldn't normally think of about the rec letters? Maybe. I'm thinking of shooting Malone an email or even going down in person to talk to people at the high school next week. Or maybe...

*gulp* Jude. (Russian teacher)

I've had a bit of a rocky relationship with her, mostly because Russian has been my hardest subject (and the only one I've ever nearly failed aside from that disaster of an Honors Chemistry course). She did ask me to write to her, so I might as well it only to tell her what I've been doing. She actually really does care about me and how I do in school, but she has a... rather Russian (read: severe) way of doing and an unfortunate tendency to make me going into my shell like a clam, though ironically I think she's the reason I get along so well with my psych professor since they act similarly. But still, she's not one of the best Russian teachers in the country for nothing, and most of the kids she teaches go on to trounce competitions in college and beyond.

Edit: Got up the nerve to email her just with smalltalk/what I've been doing with myself. Why did it take me so damn long just to do that...? Oh well, the first step is always the hardest.
athenaltena: (Tomoyo)
I went to pick up some mail at the ETP office, and one of the things was a letter from UNC Chapel Hill about the writing contest I won last year informing me about a scholarship they have named for Thomas Wolfe.

They're offering full four year financial support.

askjhowehof *brainsplode*

Granted, first I'd have to enter this contest with samples of my writing, get letters of recommendation, write a required essay and all that, but still

Four years free!

I think this is a sign, since I was just looking at these guys the other day. Now excuse me while I try to put my head back together and start thinking normally again.


Holy fuck four years free!

*clears throat* Sorry, I just still can't get over that part.

Edit: Oh, and Ha ha, horoscope:

Your way with words is helping you in every aspect of your life from career to romance. Whatever you need to say, you can find precisely the right phrasing to get your point across perfectly.

I lied

Aug. 2nd, 2007 12:28 am
athenaltena: (chibi)
One more thing:

Click to view my Personality Profile page

I usually end up as either an INTJ or INTP, depending mostly on my mood. I think it's a good combination, personally, and combines the amiability of a Virgo and the Judging of a Libra. I was born on the cusp, after all. ;)
athenaltena: (Embarrassed)
If you wake up feeling weird, just go with it! Regain control of your life. Stormy seas can be scary at first, but once you get through the worst of it, you'll see how much you've learned (and how far you've traveled). You have a lifeboat, a crew and skills. You'll weather this just fine.

Well, at this point I've come out to three people (but not my roommate yet, since it might be awkward considering that she accidentally walked in while I was changing) and it's gone over well so far. We were doing an activity that required answering a series of prompts from our partner with our eyes closed, and for the first time in a while I laughed nervously as per icon when one of the questions was something like "What's one thing you hide from most people?"

So essentially I said "Hell with it" and said it. I'm not sure how many people there heard it, but as usual I was relieved to get it off my chest. It seems to get easier every time I do that, though it's hard to shake the paranoia that people will come after you with pitchforks and burn you at the stake. Anyone who thinks homophobia doesn't exist here -- Nuh uh.

But I'm feeling more confident, and all three people were supportive (and apparently admired me for being so honest, though honestly I wanted to run out of the room screaming when that question came up for a few seconds) and interestingly, two of the three were guys. I feel like I have a lot of allies here, which is very good. Progress is progress.

Now to spray my head down before our next activity. Goddamn it is hot here, but my roommate's mom is going to bring us a fan. After last night that will be very welcome.
athenaltena: (Nataku)
The best thing you can do for yourself is to be active -- physically and mentally. Frankly, you need to lighten up. Your outside looks calm, capable and collected, but you might be fuming on the inside. Be a little playful with yourself, especially under these circumstances. Your mood will lift.

Sort of. I did get back to work on the barn a week after I started it, and am probably 60-80% done with it now. I limited myself to four barrels so as not to exert myself too hard, since I have to work tomorrow. I got my haircut today unexpectedly, and realized that we have two weeks until Ireland. My first reaction was within the range of "Holy fuck! Where did July go?" and then "Oh crap" since my hair had gotten to the cut point (IE starting to resemble a mullet) but as luck would have it my mom had to go by the hair salon we both use and April, our sort-of-designated hairdresser, had a 3:30 open.

So my hair's a little shorter, and as April loves to tell me, very cute. She also recommended some styling stuff called Aqua-Wax that reacts with water, which is good since I y'know, work around water all day. I used the 15 bucks I was tipped a few days ago to get that, and so far it seems to work. Might take me a while to get used to the scent, but I get used to most things pretty easily.

In other news: Word. One of the few things that made me burst out laughing in a while. (Mentions sexual anatomy, but is more laugh out loud funny than anything else)


Jun. 24th, 2007 07:10 pm
athenaltena: (Integra)
Horoscope (Chinese)
Your finances are sound, and money is probably available for that big purchase you have been considering. You may have been feeling nervous and insecure for the past week, so take this day to relax and enjoy yourself -- go to the spa, go fishing, paint or do any favorite activity. This day is good for marriages, so you might want to spend some quality loving time with your partner.

I ended up trolling around town for a bit, and did end up at Barnes and Noble. No dashi, though, since I just didn't feel like getting it. Plus I'm cold, even though it's June. I got that gene from my grandfather, who supposedly was always freezing cold.

Speaking of family, yesterday I went with my dad to the annual family reunion. We've usually been on vacation when it's happened, so I haven't been to one in years. I met a couple new people (including "The Alaska Contingent") and caught up with some other relatives who are my dad's cousins. I feel bad, but I can't actually remember exactly which ones I was talking to. After that we went to my second cousin Bobby's house, where they have some foster kittens that I played with. They were cute. After that we went to the Aqua Vitae restaurant, which is something of a legend around here, since I'd never been to it. Good pizza, and even though I was by far the youngest person there it was pretty fun.

I'm watching 60 Minutes now, and they're doing a story on Holocaust records that have recently been opened up. One guy was showing a list of the executed as a birthday present for Hitler, and the guy described it as "The Bureaucracy of the Devil". *shiver* Creepy stuff.


Jun. 18th, 2007 05:38 pm
athenaltena: (Kurama)
Been sort of an interesting day. Last night Jesse-cat was acting weird (yowling when we picked him up, not charging down the stairs and begging for food) and I ended up taking him into the vet's where we met my mom. Jesse was a bit hard to get into his carrier (thank God I had the presence of mind to wear a shirt with sleeves) but he calmed down and stopped meowing once I put on my Maroon 5 CD when we were driving. He apparently really likes Adam Levine's voice. But anyway Jesse-cat is fine, they think that he might have gotten into a fight and hurt his leg so they gave him some antibiotics and steroids to help him heal. He's already back on his feet and acting normal, so I think everything will be okay. I'm glad, since I spent part of last night up with him and he was really insistent on sitting on my lap like he was looking for comfort. He actually just walked into the room and is now sunning himself on the rug. *goes over to snuggle him a little*

I also got way too much amusement out of this little Metal Gear Solid fake blooper I found:

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Also, Best Buy won't replace my Mp3 player. Apparently having a distinct crack in the screen voids the warranty. Now, my system says "if it's broke it's broke" so I'm rather annoyed about said technicality. I could try to send it out to Creative and have them repair it, but that might be worth the money and it looks like their warranty won't cover it. C'mon, people, it's not like I was trying to break the damn thing! *mutters something about cheap corporate bastards*

Anyway, I'm a tad pissed since I'm out an Mp3 player since I can't afford to shell out $250 to replace it. I admit my opinion of Best Buy is starting to go down between their not being willing to replace Hermes and essentially leaving me high and dry with an Mp3 player where I can't see what song is playing or really navigate with any degree of ease. I know it's not the fault of the guys who work there (most of whom are very nice), but I might not have agreed to the service plan had I known how anal their conditions were. I guess I'll have to wait until my birthday or until something else come along. *le sigh*

But, Jesse-cat is safe, and I guess that's all that really counts at the end of the day.

All at once

Jun. 3rd, 2007 03:29 pm
athenaltena: (Ritsuka)
Things are about to equalize in your life, so get ready to enjoy a healthier, more balanced period that will give you a sense of security and confidence. Real changes are coming in one of your relationships -- it looks as though someone is finally ready to take another step in the right direction. Are you ready to take this step, too? Balance is important, so if someone makes an effort, you need to make an equal effort. Demonstrate your fairness.

Bleh... Thank God I don't really have to do anything today. I might go to Youth Group later tonight, assuming I'm not too pooped.

Anyway, in an abbreviated list, all the stuff that's got me to this point of exhaustion this week in one go:

1. Working Memorial Day for time and a half, then again on Tuesday
2. Meeting with the people who'll be at GCC with me Wednesday, nice group
3. Taking the test to get into GCC Thursday and passing with flying colors
4. Doing the steel drums concert, I think it went really well
5. Working Friday and not doing the two presentations I had left the concert early to put on thanks to teachers changing the dates on me *grr*
6. Taking SATs yesterday, Literature and Math I, and I think I did alright

Now, randomly, I need to laundry. I seriously haven't been home before 8:00 since last Sunday. Hopefully all the craziness was just condensed, since these types of weeks take a lot out of me.


Jun. 2nd, 2007 12:07 pm
athenaltena: (weird)
SATs suck.


Not just because the entire process is mind-numbing and obnoxious, but because they're a cap on a very frustrating week. I haven't been home an entire night since Sunday. Plus the two presentations I thought I was doing Friday were both delayed after I put a lot of time into prepping for them and left my concert early. Grr.

Snake (Chinese Horoscope)
Key word you on this day of the Fire Rabbit is 'relax'! Put the hustle and bustle of the week behind you, and do the things that you enjoy most. Expect success in love, whether it's a first date or date night in a long and satisfying marriage. Remember: relax!

I'm trying... Might not be so easy after this week.


May. 9th, 2007 08:42 pm
athenaltena: (Ritsuka)
You might want to spend some time reflecting on your work, and you may come up with something innovative. If you focus your willpower, you could bring your new idea to life. There is harmony today with your friends, so a lunch with one of them could provide you with a happy break in the day.

So much for the "not run myself into the ground" philosophy. I almost did just that. I ended up going home before D Period because I was so exhausted and sleeping for five hours. I think the SATs, hayfever, and the fact that I've been a bit stressed out were what did me in. When I started seeing colors on my vision going down the stairs, nearly fell asleep, and then had Mr. Gould say I didn't look good I decided I'd not risk it and go home. I think I used up my reserve energy Tuesday, so I was running on empty. I did talk to Neil over lunch as a brief reprieve from an otherwise exhausting day.

The good news is that tomorrow's a late start day, so I should be able to take it easy for at least part of the day. I think I also need to do three days a week at the plant and not four, since I think having it take up more than half my week isn't a good idea. And my parents have told me that if Jon doesn't listen I can use them as the badguys, though I don't think I'll need to do that.

So yeah, not going to try to do that again. That sucked.


May. 3rd, 2007 08:00 pm
athenaltena: (thoughtful Fuuma)
You may be rewarded today for your patience and past perseverance with a promotion or at least some recognition. You could have an active social life today. Maybe you could go out to lunch with your coworkers. You might have an opportunity to make a new friend who could be of help to you.

The manga donation party was pulled off with great success, minus the fact that we couldn't get Voices of a Distant Star to play in color for some reason. It looked kind of cool, but after forgetting the DVD in my tiredness this morning I was a bit disappointed. I'm very thankful that my mother was able to bring it in late in the day, since I'm managed to get people psyched up about it and my backup plan involved AMVs. I'm not sure how it would have worked out had I done the backup, but everyone seemed to enjoy the movie.

It felt good to see everyone reading the new manga, which managed to ease the anxiety I was having about it. Mr. Fricke is also going to write a letter for me acknowledging what I did so I can receive proper recognition for it.

And in other news there's a raccoon hanging around. Both the cats were intent on it, but it's currently up in a tree. Raccoon strike me as always being up to something. Maybe it's the mask.
athenaltena: (contemplative)
This is a mixed day at work. Writing and thinking about new ideas or different avenues to pursue could prove productive; however, actual business actions may not work out too well, providing only limited progress. Be sure to set some money away for your future.

Unfortunately I'm still on vacation time, hence why I'm up this late when I should be asleep. I think I am getting back in the swing of things, albeit slowly.

This now marks the third day in a row I've been working, and tomorrow will make the fourth. As karma would have it my coworker Scot got into a car accident, so I took his shift Monday. He covered for me when I had my accident, so it's only fair. From what I understand he's okay, but it's just a weird lining up of events. I also found the mother load of abandoned change at work, it must be worth about 3 dollars in all pennies. People literally just leave them there when they clean out their cars in piles, so we (the staff) consider them after-the-fact tips, and the home company thinks it's too little to make a differences in their budget so they just let us keep it. I have a change jar I keep, and this will add considerably to it. The last time I cashed it in there was about 15 bucks in there, and it's a habit I picked up from my dad so I always have a little to fall back on. Call it the Irish in me.

I did finally get to work with Jon, our new manager. From what I can tell he's a decent guy, a bit odd on the phone, but very nice in person. I get good vibes from him. I also got decently tipped today, which was nice. And I got a 2 dollar bill in the mail from a polling place I've taken part in. That was nice, though I'd never actually had a 2 dollar bill before. (It has Jefferson on it)

And randomly I've seen a pheasant and two rabbits cross the road this week. They were cute.


Apr. 6th, 2007 08:30 am
athenaltena: (thoughtful Fuuma)
Step back from the social scene and listen to your inner voice. Center yourself. After this round of changes, your point of view is altered for good. Your soul is telling you to go ahead with the long-term plans you've been hesitant to put into action. Leap and the stars will catch you.

Certainly seems to be the case. New car, new computer, new world view. Probably 'bout time, too.
athenaltena: (artistic)
Just because you're attracted to beautiful things does not mean that you're shallow! So don't feel guilty if you base a few decisions on the way things look. Your appreciation for beauty is based on your own set of criteria, not on popular opinion -- and that is important to remember. Don't worry too much about what other people think of your decisions -- because other people do not have to live with the consequences of your actions. Go your own way without apology.

Well, we put a deposit on the Rav4, and I should be able to pick it up Thursday after they get one part in. It shouldn't be as much of a pain-in-the-ass as the Prizm, since I have the plates already and just need to do insurance stuff. I think it's the right decision, as when we went to take it for a test drive the car felt very comforting, and my mom suggested that if someone gives me grief I can say it's a "Green Car", referring specifically to the color. *dodges brick*

I also saw Mark today, and he thinks that I'm making the right choice (and he's notably finicky about cars) so it should work out. He also pointed out that it's a 1997 model, so it's not like I'm buying a new car and I'll only have it for a few years, assuming I don't convert it to some sort of biofuel if the technology becomes more available. Plus, compared to the 2005 Toyotas on the lot mine is a shrimp. It's not even funny, and I actually laughed out loud when I got at a good angle to compare. Oh man...

One of the first things I'll do is vacuum it and maybe try to wash the upholstery. It is good that I'm getting back to my life fairly quickly here, since I think that's the best for me. Plus, it is really hard to find fuel efficient cars, so this was a comparative steal.


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