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Tuesday, March 20th, 2012
7:37 pm
Your positivity is needed.
Oy, I hardly ever post at the best of times, or even at the worst of times. Anywho, one of my housemates is having a very rough go of it health-wise at the moment. He had what was supposed to be simple surgery and flatlined yesterday. He was immediately revived and has been responsive ever since. The doctors believe he had a bad allergic reaction to anesthesia. Right now they are concerned with an esophageal problem he is having. It could be minor, but it could also be cancer. They're just not sure right now. I know the family would really appreciate any prayers, good thoughts, good vibes, candles lit, whatever you do, and I would appreciate those, too--not for myself, but for them.
Saturday, November 26th, 2011
8:54 pm
Today was an emotional rollercoaster.

I finished (for certain values of the word) packing this morning, and of course I was an emotional wreck. Sobbing, hyperventilating--a giant messy stress case, basically.

Then I remembered the words of Barney Stinson:

"When I get sad, I stop being sad and be AWESOME instead."

And once I got that in my head (and my parents talked me down off the ledge), I felt better. I've still had a few teary moments here and there, and I'm sure there will be more.

However, my housemates have been fabulous, I live with an adorable dog, and I feel pretty settled at the moment. I'm also only about 9 minutes from home so...there's that. Please remind me never to move far away because I will clearly die.

And now I am exhausted from a day spent packing AND unpacking, and it is very much not done but will have to be as it is until at least tomorrow.

Good night, flist! Pleasant dreams!
Friday, November 25th, 2011
9:33 pm
Aggh! Being grown-up is scary!
Flist, I am moving out of my parents' house tomorrow.

I am pretty much a giant ball of fear and some other emotions, and I am hoping I am doing the right thing. I will be living with other people, so that will help, I think. It's just kind of weird realizing this week was my last, well, everything at home. Basically forever. I don't do so well with change, but I have managed to hold it together pretty well so far. Still, I am pretty scared.

Any advice? What should I know? Should I be all that terrified, or will it be basically okay?
Tuesday, October 11th, 2011
7:53 pm
Today was a heap of awkward and awesome. First, the awkward, under a cut for possible TMI about a medical procedure:

TMI, AHOY!Collapse )

On to the awesome.

Remember how great Harry Potter is? Yeah, me too. I just got a refresher course over the last couple of months because I have been re-reading the whole series. I finished 7 today, and man. What a ride. It's like finishing an emotional decathlon reading that book.

HP7 was also my 87th book of the year. I am now on the fast track to read 100 by December 31. I am currently 2 parts into the Rufus Wainwright biography, There Will Be Rainbows and just put in an Amazon order for Tomorrow Never Knows: The silverchair Story because I never got to read it during the height of my 'chair obsession and finally have the resources to procure it now. I feel a little like my 10th grade self now waiting for it to ship.

As always, flist, I hope you are well.
Sunday, August 21st, 2011
3:58 pm
Because I basically never post anything...
...Here is a post! Hurrah!

So, I was flipping through my journal (as you do), and I found this list, and I need to share it with my flist because I think you all will relate. Here is my list of non-sexual kinks that I love to see in fiction, fannish or otherwise. Schmoop ahoy, and all male/male related, though these could be applied to ladies/gender-variant folk if you prefer. You have been warned:

1. Boys waking up snuggly together in the morning. Like, if you write about boys in love all cozy in the sheets and like, making each other breakfast and lazy morning kisses that maybe lead to sexytimes, I will read your fic a thousand and one times.

2. Boys bathing each other/together! Why is this not more of a ~thing in fic? Showering is fine and dandy, but there is something about soaping each other up in the bathtub and shampooing each other's hair into ridiculous shapes that I would really like to see more of.

3. One boy being sick and the other taking care of him, making him soup, etc. I WILL READ ANY FIC OF THIS NATURE.

4. Truth or Dare that leads to the confession, accidental or otherwise, of secret love.

5. Secretly mutual pining that leads at last to the relief of the sexual tension. I don't really ~dig unrequited love so much. I am more invested when both dudes are super into each other but afraid to tell each other for fear of being rejected. If it is accidentally revealed a la #4, so much the better.

6. Pretty much any/all physical hurt/comfort and some emotional hurt/comfort. Mostly that whole, "Someone just punched you in the face and insulted you/your mom/your pet hedgehog. Let me wipe the blood from your face/clear the besmirched name of your hedgehog and kiss you better."

What are you favorites, flist? Can you point me in the direction of bandom/Inception fics like these that I haven't read?

In other news, life is pretty okay. I should be moving out of my parents' house soon, so that is exciting. I bought a beautiful sweater today and birthday presents for my dad/bro-in-law, but then I overdid it because I have been queasy and feverish all weekend, so I am taking the rest of the day to read Harry Potter. School started last week, and the kids are great so far. I hope it stays that way, as last year was not my favorite year of teaching thus far. How are your lives? I hope you all are well, you fabulous people, you.

P.S. Feel free to talk about mostly-naked Brendon in the comments.
Monday, July 4th, 2011
11:39 pm
Happy birthday to me from America. Well, from NY, but still.
I just realized/found out that all the wonderful gay weddings will begin in NY on my birthday, July 25! It is like that fine state said, "Christy, we want you to have a spectacular 24th birthday, so here is our gift to you: gay weddings." And then I did a dance of glee around my house, complete with handflapping, squealing, and literally rolling on the floor and kicking my legs in the air.

People marrying the people they love is sort of a giant priority for me, not gonna lie.

Dear Universe:

For Christmas, I would like gay marriage legal everywhere. Thanks.

Your friend,
Wednesday, June 1st, 2011
9:42 pm
I don't go to this school. I just have a lot of ~feelings.
Ah, house to myself until Sunday. Right now it's nice, but by, say, Friday evening, I will have thoroughly convinced myself that serial killers and bugs lurk in every corner.

One more day of work, one workshop Friday, and then it's SUMMER. Oh, it is so glorious to know it is here at last.

I am in a wedding in 23 days! I love this couple and am honored to be their maid of honor. I looooove my dress, as with my new pixie cut, it makes me feel like a real pixie!

I am very much into this season of So You Think You Can Dance. Oh, Mary Murphy, I have missed your crazy face. You are a delight. Tasty Oreo continues to annoy. Li'l C continues to bring me joy.

Netflix, you are the bomb dot com backslash diggity. Last night I upgraded my account to 2 disks out at a time. Summer affords more movie-watching opportunity. In the last few days, I have watched many a fabulous film, including Howl, SLC Punk, and a majestically wonderful gay coming-of-age film called Dorian Blues. Now I am in the middle of Assassination of a High School President. It is less like Brick than I was expecting, but at least it doesn't feel like a copy. Anyway, everyone go watch those movies. They are good.

I may have mentioned before that my favorite couple in all the world, M & N, have moved/are moving to California. N started his job out there in April, and M just graduated from college and will be headed out after his nephew is born. I am crossing my fingers for a wedding. They have been together for 7 years and are really only not married because the law says they can't be. I would like to take naysayers of gay marriage and just point to M & N and say, "There. THAT is why what you say is silly, and THAT is why gay marriage, or as I like to call it, marriage, is a-okay." I am going to miss them immensely, but I will get to go to the beach whenever I visit them, and with any luck will be attending their wedding in the next couple years.

The other day M mentioned that he wanted to get a tattoo of the letters M A N on his arm. I couldn't figure out why on earth he would want "man" tattooed on his arm. Luckily, he patiently pointed out that they represent his and his boyfriend's names. M and N. Duh. They are unbelievably cute and in love.

SUMMER READING! I have a list! It's glorious. I'm going to post it behind here:Collapse )

In other news, I met a cute boy the other day. I don't know that I will see him again anytime soon, but I am hopeful! He was very, very cute.
Wednesday, May 25th, 2011
6:44 am
Band breakups are the worst.
I felt horrible when PATD split in two. It was a barftastic couple of days.

Yesterday, when I read that The Butcher and Chiz would be leaving TAI, I was bummed. I really liked those guys.

This morning I woke up to this: http://www.chairpage.com/news/item/346/.

Cue weeping, gnashing of teeth, and rending of garments. I don't think I'll ever love a band as much as I love the 'chair.
Saturday, March 12th, 2011
3:49 pm
In which I make the Diva Cup my lover, among other things.
It definitely feels like spring has sprung here today, despite some minor flooding (none my way, but some areas are under a bit of water).

I had breakfast with friends this morning and went shopping as well. Hi, new spring clothes. Hi, extra copies of The Hobbit for my middle schoolers.

Two of my besties, AKA the cutest couple in the entire fucking world, are moving to California. The one boy wants to have his own design firm, so it makes sense. That is a lot easier to do in Orange County, CA than in Tiny Town, WV. Still, I will miss them living 5 minutes away from me and opening their apartment and wine bottles to me for Glee and Kathy Griffin watching. I will miss their adorable in love faces and also their adorable dogs. Le sigh. Good luck, M and N. I know you will not miss living in back of N's insane mother. I am hoping that they get there, various legal issues are cleared up (*cough*the Prop 8 debacle*cough*) and I get to fly out to Cali for a wedding. Let's do it, boys!

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My iTunes is a great place to be today. Lots of Avett Brothers, Led Zeppelin, Gin Blossoms, Simon and Garfunkel, and The Beatles. I am into folky stuff, guys. What else should I listen to?

I have so many books I want to read. A former prof sent me one called Miss Hempel Chronicles which is making me laugh a lot, being an account of a woman who is in her first year teaching 7th grade (as I am). Definitely a quirky but accurate portrayal. I also just received a copy of The Amazing Adventures of Kavalier and Clay in the mail, and I have several titles from Half Price Books I want to read (The Little Stranger is a particular temptation). I also have this delightful-looking YA novel called The Mysterious Benedict Society that looks like the kind of book I would have loved at 12 and also now. I am into big fat books at the moment. Recommend your favorite big fat titles, please, flist.

Did I mention I teach full-time now? I do. It has been tiring to get used to, but I am settling in now. The school year continues apace.

Okay, back to reading the opening chapters of The Hobbit for Monday.
Tuesday, December 28th, 2010
5:47 pm
Holy crap, I just spent a lot of money.
As the title of this entry implies, my checking account is a good deal smaller than it used to be. However, I am now in possession of a new (used) vehicle! Hurrah! His name is Oscar, and he is a silver 2004 Toyota Rav 4. He is lovely and runs and does not whine about going up hills and doesn't (presumably) have a terrible oil leak or a slipping transmission. He also does not have a W '04 sticker or a Jesus fish on the back of him, which is MOST excellent. In short, hurray!

Sinus cleansing continues apace. I used up the pre-mixed bottle I had, and I ended up not caring for it. I didn't feel like it was adequately cleaning anything, and I still felt congested and sneezy when I finished. I bought a new one today that requires you to mix the solution yourself and allows you to warm the water first. Much nicer and, though I have only used it once, it seems to work a lot better. I feel pretty clear, and I didn't have a sneezing fit after using it. Again, MOST excellent.

I realized today that in the span of a month or so, I have come into the possession of 32 new (to me) books. Seven of these were purchased used for about $5 total; 14 were donated by a cousin; 7 were for Christmas, and 4 were purchased for my classroom library. That is a lot, but well worth it, I think. I can't wait to read all of them.

How are your lives, flist? What are you reading? How are things? Are you getting enough sleep and eating your vegetables? Tell me, do.
Saturday, December 25th, 2010
9:02 pm
Oh, the holiday
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate today; merry Saturday to those who do not.

Good haul this year. I got all the books I asked for (the Gemma Doyle trilogy, Company of Liars, My Life in France, and Our Tragic Universe), Modern Family season 1, seasons 2, 3, and 5 of How I Met Your Mother, seasons 3 and 4 of Designing Women, Prima Donna: The Story of an Opera (about Rufus Wainwright's opera), some new cardigans, shirts, jeans, and pajamas, and most importantly INCEPTION! I was watching it on my old DVD player, but the speakers are less than awesome on the TV, and it kept crackling. I have decided to wait until I can watch it on the nice TV with the Blu-Ray player (sometime after this football game is over? Maybe?).

I have also been stuffing my face and fielding Kindle questions from my aunt all day. It has been a good time, really. Pie and fudge and noodles and hot turkey sandwiches. Yum.

I have also finally gotten the hang of this sinus cleanse thing (not a Neti pot, but similar) that I bought, and now I feel like I am smelling and hearing everything possible. Weird. I do want to maybe buy a different type, though, as this one comes with the solution in it. It kind of feels like I am squirting pool water up there, so I would like one where I can warm the water first. I am hoping I wake up and don't gag myself coughing tomorrow, but I will not be terribly sad if tomorrow morning is just like all the others.

Also, I may be buying a new car soon! Yay! A dealership nearby has a nice used Rav 4 in my price range. This will be sooooo much nicer than the 15-year-old Jeep with an oil leak and bad battery I have been driving. Also, my friends will not be able to call my new car the Holy Roller. Long story.

How was your day/holiday, flist? How can I manage to read all my new books at one time? Please let me know if this is biologically/mentally possible. Also, please tell me about the fun or interesting things your received, gave, or did today.
Saturday, November 27th, 2010
11:49 pm


Current Mood: jubilant
Monday, November 1st, 2010
12:32 pm
My hate is directed at the world generally.
You know how there is Godzilla, and then there is the bionic Mechagodzilla?

Today, instead of PMS, I have mechaPMS. And parent-teacher night tonight. Things are clearly shaping up to be awesome.

Thank God it is the first day of NanoWrimo.
Tuesday, October 26th, 2010
9:50 pm
Things that are pretty awesome.
Awesome stuff:

*I found Sweetarts in my desk yesterday when I REALLY needed them. Last year, a colleague/friend and I would both buy giant boxes of Sweetarts and share them after difficult classes. We also ranked students by how they fit with our favorite Sweetart flavors. Orange Sweetarts/students are low on our list.

*The Rocky Horror Glee Show soundtrack. Except the part where they changed "transexual" to "sensational." I get that the two are synonymous, FCC, but I don't think that was your point, and I am not really okay with it. However, this list is about AWESOME, so we will move on now.

*The kid who wrote all of his Kansas Writing sentences around the song "It's Raining Men." You are most definitely a pink Sweetart, kid. Congratulations.

*Books! They are great! I am reading one called The Sparrow right now, and it is sort of ominous and creepy and sad and great.

*iPhone! How did I leave the house without you ever?

*Knitting. Right now I am working on a set of bibs for the Sweetart friend, as she is having a baby in December.

*The book Music--The Book by Andrew Zuckerman. Have I read it yet? Nope. Am I excited for its arrival? Yes. Did I buy it mostly for the beardy pictures of Daniel Johns? Hell yes. Would I always win at Daniel Johns Sex Chicken? Motherfucking yes. Like a screen door in a hurricane, people.

*Arthur/Eames domestic!schmoop! It is pretty much my new favorite thing. Rec me your recs, dearest flist. And yes, I have read all parts of the domestic!verse and most of the huuuuuuge domestic!schmoop meme thing. I am not so into the angsty stuff, but I will read the shit out of Arthur and Eames trying ridiculously hard to hide how in love they are with each other. Also, shorter is better right now, but if an epic fic is particularly in need of my perusal, do let me know.

*NanoWriMo is almost upon us! My nano this year shall be about angst-filled love triangles! Okay, one triangle! Sort of a scalene one, really. I will probably have 50,000 words of crap, but it has a killer soundtrack!

Tell me your happy tales, flist, do.
Tuesday, August 17th, 2010
10:30 pm
Garble garble blargh blargh
Blargh rar job limbo sucks blahda yadda make a freaking decision already blehhhhhhhhh school starts in two days.

This is my brain right now:
Wednesday, August 11th, 2010
3:17 pm
Currently I am...
-obsessed with Rufus Wainwright and the Wainright clan generally.
-freaking out about job stuff. Employment limbo is AWFUL.
-reading lots of books. Current read is Operating Instructions by Anne Lamott, whom I adore.
-obsessed with Netflix. Hamlet 2 is coming next, so I am pretty jazzed about that.
-really hoping I can get everything taken care of for this job application in time. Also, who posts a teaching job accepting applications from today until next week, two days before school starts? My county, that is who. Oy vey.
-having dinner with the beffie/former roommate tomorrow. Yay!
-mourning the fact that the Hetero Life Partner leaves me for NC tomorrow for about...oh, 6 years? With visits in between, obv, but yeesh.
-grateful for my other close friends who will keep me sane over the next 6 years.
-desirous of new silverchair, Rufus, and Panic music.
-liking this Top 5 meme.
-ridiculously neurotic, as always.

Just because I like to play along at home:

Ask me my Top Five Whatevers. Fannish or literary or otherwise. Any top fives. Doesn't matter what, really! And I will answer them all in a new post (or in comments). Possibly with pictures.
Monday, August 9th, 2010
12:47 am
Rufus Wainwright 8/8/10
I will have much more to say in the morning, as right now I am tired as balls. Saw my beloved Rufus in Pittsburgh this evening. Martha was the special guest/opener, and I knew she was great, guys, but I did not know she was BEYOND FABULOUS. ♥_______♥ &Martha;

Rufus' first set was amazing and art-y and wonderful, and the second set was magically filled with my favorite Rufus songs. "Dinner at Eight" and "Hallelujah," of course, but "Memphis Skyline" was my emotional downfall of the evening. You guys. YOU GUYS. THAT SONG. UGGGGHHHH, this was my face


during the whole song. Of course he also talked about his late mother a good bit and performed one of Kate's songs as the finale. Such a great night; I never wanted it to end.

Quotes I remember and will explain more fully tomorrow:

"Caskets and More! And it was right down the street from Beauty Mark, Inc. It was closed, too, so I really want that sign."--Rufus

"My shoes? They're Marc Jacobs. I have heard that Marc Jacobs doesn't actually *design* the shoes, but...anyway, thank you. ...You know, when you're on the road with Rufus, you have to buy some nice shit." --Martha

(introducing "La Complainte de la Butte," another fave of mine) "It's called 'La Complainte de la Butte,' which many Americans interpret as the Complaint of the Butt." (he explains its location in Paris) "But I guess if you did have to walk up all those steps, your butt would complain." --Rufus

(talking about the erotic art section of the Warhol museum) "And in front of it, there's a curtain explaining, you know, there's explicit material behind this, and it's a-a-a cotton curtain, and I just kept saying, 'We're going...behind the Cotton Curtain!' And inside was all this homoerotic, you know, gay stuff, gay art, and there were these two guys, college, you know, straight guys, who were trying to be very cool, very, 'Okay, okay,' and looking around, and then about a minute later turned around and were outta there!"
Wednesday, August 4th, 2010
4:48 pm
Friday, July 30th, 2010
11:54 pm
Tonight was all about...

I loved it! I am fairly set in what I believe happened. HOWEVER, you should gab about it with me in the comments. Okay? Okay. See you there.

And just so we're clear...

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Wednesday, July 14th, 2010
12:49 pm
Interviewed for 3 positions today. 2 people are already hired. I am pretty not sure I am out of this one.
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