starzki: (XF light cream cheese)
Winter can eat my ass.

I am so sick of it.  I actually almost broke down crying on the way to work this morning.  The highway was not plowed and I pretty much just sledded in to work today.  It was so bad that a car got stuck in a snow drift... in the middle lane.  Or what I was assuming was the middle lane because the snow was thick enough that you couldn't see any paint on the roads where the lanes should be.  I counted 9 white lines total in the 20 miles it takes me to get from home to school.  All of those were under bridges where the snow wasn't as thick.

Semis bombed by me within 6 inches of my car because they thought they knew better than I did where the lanes were.  Maybe they were right.  I almost got rear ended by a bus who couldn't stop because of the snow and couldn't change lanes because a semi was in the next lane over.  I nearly wet my pants at that one.

My little car is just too light to be able to sink down and actually hit pavement with this snow.  It means that when I was going 32 MPH, I was sweating because I knew it was just too fast.  But it does mean that I didn't have the false sense of security that the SUVs that I saw in the ditches and crashed into the center median wall had that they could handle the 3 inches of snow.

I did survive and it should be better on the way home this evening.  If not, I'll just sleep in my office.

I talk about extremes regressing to the mean in my research methods class.  That means that this awful weather has to let up sooner than later, right?
starzki: (Now Dr. Horrible is here)
[livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro and I have officially relocated about 20 miles down the road.  Moving sucks!

We're not very happy about the move, but it was necessary.  Scribe's commute was terrible and this will save him about two hours of driving a day.  He had to suffer through rush hours of two difference metro hubs, and now he only kind of has one.

But this move does mean that we're living in a slightly smaller apartment that's slightly more expensive.  I had to say goodbye to the walk-in closet (*sniff*).  I also have to figure out where all of the stores, vets, doctor offices, and gyms are in this new area that I've only ever driven by in the past.  That's a pain.  Finally, and most sadly of all, we had to say goodbye to our neighbors.  We had a good set at our last apartment building and we all really looked out for one another.  Even the "weird" guys in the building, though... off, stayed to themselves and were incredibly quiet.  (One would even hide from me if he saw me coming.)

The move itself was about the nightmare we expected.  Hard, hard work.  My thighs are a-burning today after all of those stairs.  We even hired movers that were expensive, but worth every penny.  We've started making the place look like "ours" again, which is nice, but it's currently almost 2PM and we've not delved into a single box yet, today.  Oh well.

Also, Comcast is the suck.  It took 5 service calls and roughly 2 hours on the phone for them to figure out the cable box they sent us does not work for our zip code. *headdesk*  So we'll have cable tv... probably never, the way things seem to be going.

Okay, enough complaining.  Now is the time for more procrastinating on my work before the school year begins (on Tuesday)! Yay!
starzki: (FMP: Kaname D:)
God I'm so tired.

Last day of classes. yay.

'Tis the season and I just have to get this off of my chest.

I really don't like Christmas and all of December is pretty much the worst.  I hate shopping, crowds, (most) holiday music, and travel.  And grading, but at least I get paid to do that.

I've come to realize that since 1992, there have only been four Christmases (when I was in college) where I didn't travel more than 800 miles to be with family.  Generally I travel anywhere between 12 and 20 hours (one way) to see family during Christmas.  This is extremely stressful and I DO IT EVERY YEAR!  This year is no exception. (Yes, I'm thankful for loving family who wants to see me during Christmas, but traveling during this time of the year is awful.)

This truly makes me dread Christmas every year.  I seriously have almost never looked forward to it in the last 20 years.

I try not to be a Grinch and rain on everyone's Christmas parade, but dear God, I really, really, really hate Christmas.

I had to get that off my chest.  I'll be happier about Christmas when I've done more grading and gotten other shit taken care of.

Carry on.
starzki: (IY: Sango Grr)
So, my insomnia has been back, going on about a week and a half now.  It's definitely a noticeable pattern.

I fall asleep some time after midnight or so and sleep until 5:30 AM.  Usually, I get up to go to the bathroom, and go back to bed to fall back asleep.  Only I haven't been able to do that second part lately.

I'm up until [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro's alarm goes off and he goes off to work.  Only at about 8:30 or 9:00 (9:30 today) do I eventually get back to sleep.  Then I sleep until 11:00 and my whole day is ruined.  At least this is happening on my "vacation" and I have the time to sleep in.  But there are things that I need to be getting done and it's starting to annoy me to sleep in so long.


So I'm still a little on the sleep-deprived side even though I don't get out of bed until 11AM.

Hopefully this will pass soon, but it's really annoying.  It's happened before, about 8 or so years ago, and it eventually worked itself out, but it was total hell.  Really, it just wears on you to keep thinking that you'll fall back to much-needed sleep at any moment just to keep watching the clock tick away for hours.

Bleck.  I'm grumpy.  :(

Yoga. :(

Dec. 6th, 2011 03:57 pm
starzki: (FMP Awkward Situation)
I don't remember if I've mentioned it here or not, but I really hate my Tuesday yoga teacher.  I'm seriously thinking of not going back to her in the future.

First of all, the class is listed as Hatha and what she's teaching is not Hatha.  She just picks a muscle group and works on it.  Which isn't terrible, but I'm doing Hatha for the breathing and meditation to chill me the fuck out now that the holidays and all of the stress they bring are upon us.

Today just sucked.  She tried to correct a position of mine, and wasn't really explaining herself well.  "Push your thigh back."  I felt I was.  So she tried moving my thigh which threw me off balance to the point where I would fall.  But she insisted that's where my thigh should go.  When I said that my thigh didn't go that way, she proceeded to poke my thigh several times to try to move it "back."  I gave a huff and said, "Would you stop that?"

She then asked if I was ticklish.

I really don't like her.  She does this with others in the class, too.  She even said, "What are you thinking?" to a guy in the last class who was obviously brand new to yoga when he couldn't get into the correct position.

She both needs to be clearer on her instructions and not be so dismissive when a student doesn't get her meaning on the first couple of tries.  Yoga is supposed to relax me, not make me want to punch someone!  Grrr.
starzki: (sheffield and addison)
Yesterday I was a steaming pile of fail.  Ugh.

Then, this morning I woke up to puppy barf on the carpet.  Just gross.

So: MEME!

1. Reply to this post with "FOOTPRINTS!", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.


ICONS! )
That was fun.

Now I have to go see if I need to treat the carpet again.  D:

ARGG!!!

Sep. 3rd, 2011 06:40 pm
starzki: (FF dinosaurs)
I AM A WALKING DISASTER AREA!!!

DO NOT LET YOUR CHILDREN OR SMALL ANIMALS NEAR ME!!!

CONFISCATE ANY SHARP AND/OR BREAKABLE ITEMS YOU SEE IN MY HANDS!!!

THIS IS NOT A TEST!!!

WHY DO I KEEP DOING THINGS?!

*grumpy*

Jun. 22nd, 2011 12:57 pm
starzki: (HaaH Like an ADULT)
This whole satellite thing is just annoying the everliving shit out of me.

LKJSDLKJSDFLKJ

We fixed the satellite so that it's no longer permanently affixed and I called to have maintenance come out and inspect it so that we can get our wonderful little green tag so we won't get any more nastygrams.

Great.  Terrific.  They said they'd be out when they could.  When they came out before, they were here by 8 or 9 AM.  It's nearly 1 PM now and I have shit to do today.  I have a monster grocery list I need to tackle so that we don't starve to death by tomorrow (I exaggerate, but we are low on most things we regularly eat).  I'd like to exercise, even if it is 100% humidity out there.  I'd like to be able to leave the damned apartment.

But no.  I have to stick around because I have dogs, so the maintenance guy can't just let himself in if I'm not here.  And I want to get this damned dish taken care of.

GRIPEGRIPEGRIPEGRIPEGRIPE

*sigh*

ETA: Just called to ask WTF, day's almost over.  They told me that it looks like it now won't happen today, but maybe tomorrow. l;aksjdfa;lskjfdlkajsdlkasjfdl;sakjfdlkajsd

:(

Jun. 16th, 2011 12:51 pm
starzki: (Angry Sango)
I got a nastygram in the mail yesterday from our apartment complex.  Apparently, we're not allowed to have a satellite unless we pay $25 a year (plus jump through a few other hoops) and they're just telling us now.

When I went in to pay (and show renters insurance?), I asked why they charge $25 a year.  I was told that the apartment complex owner sees satellite as a non-necessity in need of approval.  And to get approved, it costs $25 a year.  In other words, "This is another way we can get money from you."

I really look forward to the day we no longer rent (though I know ownership has its own issues).  I do have a feeling we'll be so excited that we get to decide what to do with our house it will look something like this: 

Homeownership

:(

May. 24th, 2011 02:32 pm
starzki: (Angry Sango)
Congratulations, writers of House.

Not only did you totally destroy the House/Cuddy ship*, but you've actually made me hate House.

I get that his character is supposed to be self-destructive.  It's been hammered home for almost the whole 7 seasons this has been on the air.  But rather than give him some character development towards becoming somewhat more humane and almost likable, you've decided to push the limits of just how awful House can be.

While I know there will never be a true redemption for House, I watched to see if and how he could overcome his demons.  Too see him become truly selfish and throw an awful, dangerous tantrum where people did get (physically) hurt just soured me on him as character.

Congratulations.  You've probably just lost yourself a loyal viewer.

*Side rant: While I wasn't overly invested in House/Cuddy, I did like them together and saw them as compatible in their own strange way.  However, you writers, for whatever reason, decided that they could never just be happy together, even for like two episodes.  As much as I liked the idea of them together, I never quite got it when it happened.  They always seemed to be struggling and not that happy.  Therefore, I have a hard time buying that they're so miserable when they're apart.  Seriously, I can't see why House is being such an ass about being broken up when he pretty much whined his way through the ins and outs of his relationship with Cuddy.

Hmph.

Apr. 20th, 2011 01:37 pm
starzki: (XF light cream cheese)
My livejournal style up and disappeared.  :(

My new one is gorgeous, but makes me feel like poser.  I might be switching it up a couple of times in the next few weeks until I find something I love.

Also:

Dear Winter,

I know, being a season, you may not be able to read the calendar.  I also know that because we moved up north, we will be seeing a bit more of you.  However, it's April 20.

Please FOAD.

I'm ready to be warm.

Thanks.

[livejournal.com profile] starzki 
starzki: (FF dinosaurs)
First, the negative stuff.

Job angst )

But moving on to happier subjects.  [livejournal.com profile] aamalie made me a pretty!

Amazing art )

And now, to the shipping meme where I feel I must cheat.

Day 20 - The "can't stand the sexual tension any more" pairing? )

*GRUMP*

Dec. 3rd, 2010 10:54 am
starzki: (Angry Sango)
Dear Colleges-I've-Applied-To,

Please let me know if you've rejected me.  Or else call me to set up an interview.

This waiting and waiting and waiting to hear suxbigtime.

Signed,

-Candidate-Who-Would-Make-An-Awesome-Assistant-Professor

Ouch

Aug. 14th, 2010 12:52 pm
starzki: (Uh-oh)
Due to a tragic treadmill accident yesterday, my butt really hurts.

And, sadly, because no one was recording it, I'll not win $10,000 on America's Funniest Videos.

This was a lose-lose.

Yesterday was not my day.

:(

Zzzzzz.

Aug. 10th, 2010 10:15 pm
starzki: (Default)
So, the new job is going fine.  Haven't been fired yet.  My job is mind-numbingly detail-oriented, but I seem well-suited to the task.  (It's a lot like grading papers all day.)

However, business hours and trying to Internet, and still be social within my family, talk on the phone with [livejournal.com profile] scribefigaro, etc. all mean I'm losing sleep.

How tired am I, you ask?

Apparently, I'm so tired that I went through all of today with greasy hair because I was too tired to remember to use shampoo when I showered last night.  I remembered conditioner, but forgot the shampoo.

*headdesk*

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