Saturday, April 26, 2014

Huh?  I looked around on the site and still don't completely understand what tropes are, and the articles I found seem almost completely nonsensical or talking about absolutely nothing.  Am I missing something here?

Friday, April 25, 2014

Lose Yourself in Tropes

So, is a fun procrastinatory black hole. Seriously, you can go and get lost in there for ages. So go. Look around. Find some tropes you enjoy. Or some you hate. And talk about them.

Need a jumping off place? Fun fact: Matthew's self-published novel has a TVTropes page. You can start there. :)

Saturday, April 19, 2014

3 weeks and counting

Busy, 3 weeks left of semester, late, etc. etc.

So, I would tell you about what I'm gonna do this summer, but Katie kinda covered it. I doubt we'll get to ALL the things she's decided we'll do, but it's nice to have a list.

Otherwise, I'll be working three days a week at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame Library and Archives. I also have a part time position lined up (if it's still there *crosses fingers*) at New York & Co. to make a little extra money. Besides that, I will be doing lots of studying things like teaching myself German (so I don't have to take a class for my second language proficiency), reading all the film music books I can get my hands on, AND watching and annotating as many superhero films as possible, including transcriptions of all the tracks/themes and where/when they show up (so I don't have to do it later when I want to use this stuff for my dissertation). OH, and I'm taking one online class besides the internship - if I'm already paying tuition, might as well do another class, since it's not that much more money. Add in all of Katie's plans and the hour's commute each direction to the internship and, well, I'm sure I can sleep when I'm dead, right? :P

I kid, but really, I'm looking forward to summer. Even though about the same amount of time will be taken up with working as would be with school, I won't have anything to take home with me, meaning I can work on my own projects. Well, in theory anyways. :)

Sunday, April 13, 2014


Way to miss your own topic there, Katie...

What I love most about summer is that I no longer feel trapped in the house.  I know the heat can get really assaulting, but it still doesn't keep people inside the way the deep chill of winter does.  Even when it's 90 degrees, I am still able to go out and do things.  Wildlife is more active as well, and there's more happy sunlight :-)

Plans this summer are both boring and exciting.  The boring part is that I plan on finding a job ASAP and working full-time to build my career.  I'm excited for this, but let's face it, work is boring.

But Anne is going to be here this summer!  Mom and I have brainstormed what we're going to do.  There's all kinds of stuff to see in downtown and the surrounding area, for instance.  We have yet to see the aquarium (don't know how that's happened), there's a pretty good zoo here, and various museums.  There's also a section of Amish country that's close enough to take a day trip, not to mention the downtown are of my hometown (FYI, it's adorable).  Mom and I have been taking walks every day since it warmed up, so that will probably continue unless it's too hot, and the dogs deserve a couple of walks as well.  A friend of mine has a camper, and I enjoy going out there for an evening to relax around their fire pit.  I also want to really get into drawing again.  I'm sad that I've been too busy to indulge in that hobby.

In short, after such a brutal winter, I plan on enjoying every second of this summer that I can.  Sitting out on the front porch or the back deck with the dogs, wearing flip-flops as often as possible, and maybe even enjoying a little nightlife.  I'm not letting the beautiful weather slip by me the way I did last year.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Summer's Coming!

The weather has finally broken here in northeastern Ohio!  The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and cleaning up after the dogs in the yard has become a weekly chore.  I, for one, am looking forward to the summer months with great gusto.  So, what are everyone's plans for the summer?  Any vacations to exotic locations?  Will you be working this summer?  Will you be on a stay-cation?  And what is it you like most (or least) about summer?

Sorry this topic is kinda lame.  I ran out of ideas...

Saturday, April 5, 2014

Pipe Dreams

Before I get started on the topic at hand, can I just give a shout-out to TORI!!  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!  I love you bunches and I'm so happy you were born!

Otay, now...

OPTION B:  Where do I see myself in 5 - 10 years?  By the end of five-years-from-now, I would like to have my own place, in a nice neighborhood, furnished just the way I want, and the money / job to keep it up.  I want to be working somewhere that I love, and building a long-term career.  I want a bedroom large enough to house the king-sized bedroom set that I will be buying off of Mom, I want a second bedroom that will become a nerd cave and art studio, and I (possibly) want a third bedroom where my current bed set will sit as a spare bedroom.  I want this third bedroom so I can keep the door closed from the cats, that way anyone allergic to kitties (i.e., Cassie) can stay with me without worrying about their allergies getting unbearable.  I want a nice kitchen with stainless steel appliances, including a garbage disposal and dishwasher, and granite counters, a double basin sink, and a separate pantry.  The living room will, hopefully, have a wall large enough to house my entertainment center.  There will be a kitty condo in every room (save the spare bedroom), kitty toys scattered about the hardwood floors, and squashy furniture where I can settle in and read a book, draw, or watch TV.  At that point, I also hope to have my CCW permit and handgun.  Basically, I want to be independent, plain and simple.

I love and miss you guys!  I hope everyone is doing well!

Friday, April 4, 2014

The future is both scary and exciting

It's my week to choose again, and for the second week in a row, I'm planning ahead! I'm so proud of myself.

This week, for me, has been all about planning my future - what classes am I taking next fall, can my summer internship count for credit, how many more YEARS of coursework do I have, how can I get the school to allow me to do a minor that might not exist after next year (aka how do I hack the system) etc. etc. So, I want you to talk about your futures! But, since I couldn't decide and it's kind of close to a few topics we've already done, I'm going to give you three options.

Option A: Do you have a bucket list and when is its end-date (i.e. "10 things I want to do before I'm 35")? Describe 2-3 things on it, tell us why/where you got the ideas, and how you see yourself accomplishing them.

Option B: Where do you see yourself in 5-10 years? (Admittedly this is similar to the "what's your 5 year plan" topic, though now, of course, I can't find the topic prompt for that... Anyways, if you did that one, then choose one of the others) It's okay if these plans are entirely fantastical - I mean, I keep telling myself I'm gonna be done with coursework in 2.5 years, and frankly, that's overly optimistic. And let's face it, my dream job will probably never happen.

Option C: Everyone always talks about what they want to tell their 10 or 15-year-old self - what would you like to tell your future self?