Thursday, November 6, 2008

Cobwebs

Sorry for the lack of posting from me lately. I've spent a lot of time watching the Orclette and reading and hanging out with my folks. Being here is simultaneously exhausting and relaxing at the same time.

We've got a lot of *fun* issues(looking for work, hoping for financial aid, learning to live in close quarters), so while my days have been empty they've been full of tiredness.

Turns out all my math skills have been rusting. I'm having to relearn basic algebra due to lack of use(1998 was my last class that I really used them). Its going to take a great deal of study to get them back up to Calc 1 level, and starting studying hasn't really happened.

The new dog has been a blessing and a curse. On the one hand it is -really- nice to be distracted by the dog. On the other, we've constantly had to watch her so that she doesn't do crazy things like pick fights with her brother and my parents other dog. As for picking fights she's rather passive aggressive. Acts sleepy but doesn't take crap from any other dog. Crap includes things like "looking at me funny", "walking near my Orclette", "sitting in my chair", and most famously "sniffing my butt".

Wulfa is really enjoying her new job. They seem really nice there and I think she's getting to relax while she's at work.

I have a few leads but honestly haven't started -really- searching. My mother has been kind and has tried to hunt down some, but the best two just kind of dropped into my lap. I'd really like to start working already.

As for school, it turns out that 80% of my transferred credits will not aid my degree in anyway at all. So I've got about 50 credit hours of fluff and 1 semester(14 credit hours) of things that count. Which is really a kick in the pants. On the good side it means I can pick any degree I want without losing much.

I've played a little, I keep missing Herk and Noobed when I sign into lightninghoof and so I sign back out and go piddle around with my various newb level alts. Tonight however I picked up my Alliance hunter and went out and got myself a gorilladin. They are everything advertised.

Book wise I've read more in the past week than in the past 6 months I think. Stirling's Dies the Fire was fun if a bit heavy on the Wiccan stuff for me. Saberhagen's Merlin's Bones started out great but I lost interest about halfway and decided I wasn't going to finish it. But the cream of the Cake-Pie was Hunter's Run by Geroge R. R. Martin, Gardner Dozois, and Daniel Abraham. This book was amazingly well written. It is about a Hispanic prospector who is little more than a thug. His story was surprisingly intriguing and I encourage anyone who likes scifi to try this book out.

Well, I think that is all for now folks. I need to lift weights quickly before going to bed. Unlike his Herkness I'm doing a piddly 95 benchpress. Mostly due to never having lifted weights before, I lack all the muscle mass. But anyways I need to get off and head to bed. Tomorrow I plan to be productive and busy.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Happy News

After my rather depressing story yesterday I figured everyone deserved a happy story. My first day at B&N was a fantastic one. None of the grumpies were there and everyone else was cheerful, competent, and very willing to help out when I had questions/needed directions. It's a very relaxed atmosphere which I think is good considering it has a mall opening and that can mean it's zany. That middle aisle is dangerous to cross-those mall shoppers don't stop for anyone. A few more crazies than my previous stores but I guess that's to be expected. I'm looking forward to my next day, and I have to admit that improved my attitude about Las Cruces a helluva lot.

So, happy happy joy joy. Still don't like the brown, but I like my job. /phew.

New President

I didn't vote. I didn't even realize that it was Election Day until it was too late. I didn't think it would affect me the way it has. But I HATE not voting.

Anyway, obviously ya'll know this but history has been made. I will be watching Obama's 4 years with interest (I mention 4 because that's what he's elected for ... who knows what will happen? just so's you know it wasn't a prediction or anything). Not sure how I feel about him getting it-I would've voted for McCain/Palin. However, respect the position. That really bothered me when Clinton was in office and people would bash not just his policies/personal decisions but seemed to bash the office which he was presiding over. Bush too, though I didn't notice it as much because I just can't watch the news channels other than Fox and I usually don't watch Fox. And Rush will have plenty of fodder for the next 4 years. My first memory of driving in the car is of my parents listening to him and us begging them to turn on something more interesting. I am truly a Rush Baby.

And yeah, I just told you my political affiliations. Just so you know, I don't really care what party you belong to. I may disagree with you, I might debate a point or two, but in the end that's what's great about our country. We get to think what we want to think (hehe well, for the most part). My greatest hope for Obama/Mrs. Obama is that they actually do care for America and that their goal is to help not tear her down.

So that's the end of my first and probably last post concerning politics. I just don't get into it. I'm not a skilled debater and frankly it's a dividing issue so I'd rather not discuss it with my friends. And the whole I'm not a debater thing prevents me from getting into it with anyone else :D

Tuesday, November 4, 2008

Impressions of Las Cruces. By Wulfa.

Brown. Brown brown brown. And some more brown. Damm hopefully points out the little trees and pitiful shrubbery to the side of the road and says, "Look, that's green!" I tell him that sorry darling, but that's not green. That's a wannabe plant, not a real one. The view of the mountains is pretty. The sky at night is pretty. The city of Las Cruces has way more than Springfield MO had. I just don't like Las Cruces. And that's putting it mildly. I've used the words "hate," "running away with the Orclette and Bambi," and "can I just go comatose for the two years we're here?"

BUT. We're going back to school. And the campus-well, I'm gonna remain noncommittal. Damm
is over the moon excited. I'm not yet but then one of my transcripts hadn't arrived so I wasn't able to speak to any advisers. I was a bit weirded out when the dude advising Damm told me with no shade of doubt that the History Dept. Head, Dr. Brown, would want to talk to me. Visions of interrogation about my motives, inquiries of past academic successes, and me totally forgetting why I like/want to go into history flashed through my head. All of this depends, however, on us getting enough financial aid to pay for the entire semester plus books. I did transfer to the Barnes & Noble but they have only a few hours to give me at the moment, and Damm is still looking. He impressed the manager of a lovely Starbucks who was so taken with him that she was going to mention on her conference call with all the other Starbucks manager that one of them needs to hire him. We'll see. Our schedules are so complicated because of the Orclette that it might be hard to get enough hours. This is why I think I have an ulcer forming. I have a constantly upset stomach. At least no panic attacks. I threw away all my Valium.

I start that B&N job today. I feel like I'm going to walk into a snake pit. The two friendly people were the store manager and the dude with tattoos. The rest looked my way, nodded, and went back to whatever they were doing. Or they looked openly hostile. Good grief, am I that bad looking?

Speaking of tattoos, they're scarce here. I've gotten more looks here than I have anywhere else. I actually got a disapproving one from a female. I thought Las Cruces was liberal? And it's a college town. I thought the kiddos would be more daring. Apparently not.

The Orclette is slowly adjusting. She LOVES the doggies. And wants to pet the doggies. Complication is that none of them are allowed near her. The puppies are just not dependable enough. She won't let G-ma or G-pa hold her without a fuss yet, but I'm sure that will come in time. The house isn't really toddler-proof so we have to follow her around everywhere. I think she is a wee bit jealous of Bambi. She always tries to climb into my lap when I'm holding her. Speaking of Bambi ... Bambi is getting spayed. We couldn't afford to give her IV fluids while she was under the anesthesia. It was an option, not required, but still, that was hard. She comes home late today. I'm curious to see what getting spayed will do to her personality. She acts like an old fuddy-duddy most of the time. She lapses into puppy hood when her brother is around (Max, whom I do not like-he bites me, but fortunately he stays away from me most of the time) and when the Orclette tries to play with her.

Living arrangements. WAY too many people. I'm a recluse. Always have been. Too many people distress me. My mother says I should get over it. I really wanted to drop the f-bomb on her at that point but the most I managed was "you're being SUCH a mom." (and that's about the meanest I've ever gotten with my parents. I never verbally sparred, just went out and got tattoos :) We get along fabulously most of the time but sometimes she manages incredibly painful direct hits. And these people want to talk to me. Ask me questions. Like, "what would you like for dinner?" or "what did you think of the campus?" Horribly invasive right? (in case you didn't get it, I'm being sarcastic at my expense. I don't actually think that. Well, I do, but it's not justified.) But the Orclette loves all the attention, Damm is really enjoying spending time with both his parents, and I have a nice hallway that I can retreat to. And retreat I do.

WoW has been sparsely played these days. I've been too tired. I still get on in the early mornings for an hour or two but the Orclette's naps have been taken in a car and when she falls asleep I also conk out. And there is the fact that we can't currently afford to buy the expansion. I suspect Damm might talk one of his brothers into buying it for us, but that's not certain. So .... I was waiting for that to level Beo and Wulfa. If we're not getting it immediately than I probably won't play after it's released. It would just be too painful to see people talking about it. On the bright side, I have a new hunter. She's lvl 11, a dorf. I've never had a ram mount before :D I just had the itch. I'm sure you hunters know what I mean :D

So, that's what I think of Las Cruces. Only 2 years. Then Damm will have his Bachelor's and will have a nice job again. I will have some sort of degree and will be working towards a 4-year one. That's good. Think positive. I've stopped crying myself to sleep at night, so that's a step. I have a dog. I love my dog. My dog is incredibly well-behaved when she's not around the other dogs. Damm likes it here, the Orclette likes it here. I don't even want to like it here. But that's not positive thinking.