Saturday we went to a house party that Kristin and Megan's roommate was putting on. It was actually fun! Their coworker, who, swear to goodness, is named Kermit, is actually not a bad bartender (though the energy-drink-based drink he mixed on request was soooooo bad oh man). He's not the type of guy I'd like to geek with for too long, since he is Highly Opinionated and Always Right - it's the combination that's the killer, really - but there were about ten other people there to socialize with as well, and good company all around, and pizza, and Rock Band. I had no idea they had Pat Benatar's "We Belong" in Rock Band, but they do! There was a severe and woeful lack of Offspring and Journey, though. Also, songs that cater to vocalists over instruments were termed the "wine coolers of Rock Band." I'm a vocalist, but I might have to use that any because it is hilarious.


Disneyland! Disneyland Disneyland Disneyland! The rides were all sorts of fun, I got a shiny six-person pass simply for being polite (and likely for having my HAPPY BIRTHDAY button in plain view, but politeness helps too), I walked around for a good chunk of the night with a lightcycle painted on my face thanks to ElecTRONica, I managed to get a WDI Tiki Room pin (which is a rare thing, so I'm pleased), and we found out that they will be releasing a KH pin in the park in late June. What is this I don't even. You'd better believe I'm either camping out for that sucker or sending a proxy to do just that, because I want that badly especially in multiples. Trading is good 8D. Basically, I love this park, I love my roomies, and I love [ profile] lynxgriffin - awesome Disneyland party is awesome. 8Db


So I walked into work exhausted. That was mistake number one. 8D

My task for this week, and basically until it gets done, is to put the audio into demo videos for a project that we have been working on literally since I started temping at my job in January. It's been a long time coming. The previous demo videos for this project have been easy - they came with one set of audio cut in all the right places, and all we had to do was input our audio in the right spots and remove the old stuff. Not so much this time around.

The new videos are timed too quickly for the audio, and I'd be up a creek without a paddle on that front if Camtasia didn't have a freeze-frame effect that lets me extend one frame as a still image. The script that tells me what audio goes at what time on the video is useless, since I had to extend frames in the video right off the bat and that throws everything out of whack. On top of that, I thought it'd be a good idea to cut all the audio at once instead of leaving it in one strip and cutting it as needed. I keep having to move audio further out to make room for all the wonky timing in the video, and Camtasia's inability to move multiple audio clips at once means I have to start at the end and move every one individually every time I need to lengthen the video.

I spent all day working on this video and have about five minutes of video to show for it. The video is ten minutes long. It is one of three videos for this module. There are ten modules.

This'll be fun. 8Db

Also, I have not forgotten about one-sentence fics and mini FSTs! I shall get to them eventually, promise. You can also still request one if you want one - I will get around to them. :Db

Given my travel day yesterday, that was something of a miracle. 8D

8:00 AM: [ profile] lynxgriffin, who is awesome, picks me up to head to the Long Beach Airport.
9:30 AM: I arrive at said airport, realize the line for Allegiant Air is stupid long, and wait in it.
10:00 AM: Finally get to the (very dinky) terminal for a flight that leaves at 11:20.
10:50 AM: Realize something is wrong when flight is not yet boarding. Chat with people around me about it.
11:00 AM: Announcement is broadcast over the loudspeaker that flight is delayed for two hours. Over the phone, Dad informs me it's because the fog in the Springs is horrible.
11:20 AM: Discover that Pizza Hut delivers to the Long Beach Airport. Order a pizza with my three seatmates, who are hilarious conversationalists.
11:30 AM: Hear from Mom that there's been a two-person plane crash east of the runway at the Springs airport. D:
11:45 AM: Pizza arrives.
12:10 PM: Receive announcement that airspace is closed around COS and the weather is still bad. Realize we're in the airport for the long haul. At least the pizza is good.
1:00 PM: Receive announcement that the airspace is open but fog is still horrible. Whoopee.
3:00 PM: Receive announcement that they're going to try to fly a plane from COS to Grand Junction, refuel it, then fly it here. We've got at least two hours' wait.
4:45 PM: Receive announcement that says nobody can fly into COS, so after the plane gets here from Grand Junction - because it hasn't left yet - they're going to fly us to Pueblo and bus us to the Springs. Okay, then.
6:45 PM: After a long series of delays, the plane actually leaves COS.
8:45 PM: The plane arrives at Long Beach.
9:30 PM PST: We finally leave Long Beach.
10:30 PM MST: We arrive in Pueblo.
11:15 PM: After the longest bloody wait ever to get our baggage, we get on the buses.
12:15 AM: Buses arrive at COS, where Dad is there to pick me up.

Fifteen hours, guys. Longest travel day ever. At least I am home, and I shall have fun stuff later - maybe even more drabbles, who knows. For now, however, I'm taking it easy.
Everyone go to YouTube and look up Sassy Gay Friend. Like, now. Othello is my favorite, but Hamlet and the Giving Tree are both pretty awesome as well. Seriously, go.

Well, it's time for the Bad, the Good, and the Buh? in Kia's life.

This got slightly long, as my life is wont to do. |D )

So yes! Those are the life and times of Kia. Tomorrow, I fly home until Sunday. Should be interesting, but interesting can be fun. |Db

...okay I couldn't resist. A bit NWS for language, but still amazing.

kiaxet: (Life in the Fast Lane)


( Nov. 1st, 2010 10:18 pm)
Today was just weird, man. I know I start a lot of entries like that, but this was just another one on the pile. For starters, Comic Con passes were supposed to go on sale today. That. Well.

Sometimes, chat logs are better than summaries. )

I had another session with the guy I'm teaching to use his computer, and then, having received my social security card in the mail, I headed over to the temp agency to fill out paperwork. I'm lucky I dressed up, because that turned into an interview.

The woman interviewing me offered me a job at the agency. I just. I don't even. THIS CANNOT BE HOW IT HAPPENS FOR NORMAL PEOPLE.

I must be nuts, to get a job offer and freak out about it instead of being happy. That said, I'm probably not going to take it - I'd rather have the temp receptionist work than the full time finding-clients-and-workers position. It's a huge commitment, and given that it wasn't on my radar, I feel like it's too big a thing to take on in less than 24 hours.

Then again, I probably shouldn't consider this stuff while sleep deprived. |D

Also! That whole idea of starting a blog chronicling my search for a job? I'm going to do it! That shall be my NaNoWriMo project, because I figure I should try to write something as well. Thing is, I still need a name for it. I don't ever use my polling options enough, so:

[Poll #1639603]

The first is a misnomer from a Bob Seger song, the second is our going slang, the third is from my Terry Pratchett icon, and after that I just ran out of ideas. XD So yes! Suggestions are awesome!

And I am exhausted but seriously love my roomies. Life is good, man.
I think I've managed to hit exhaustion. It's. Not a fun place to be.

I think what's making me crazy is the lack of schedule in my life. While I was employed, I was getting up at or around the same time every day, going to the same place, and doing the same things. Of course, while I was sleep deprived and bored as hell, it was a routine. I'm discovering I really, really miss that. Interviews are at different times and different distances, requiring different driving times (and a different amount of gas, which is always fun to try to gage), and I never know how long anything will last.

I know, boo-hoo, woe is me, at least I have interviews, et cetera. I get that.

Guys, I am not a spontaneous person. I plan the hell out of just about everything I do. My spontaneity is mostly in the form of "let's go see a movie tonight!" or "I should make cookies today." It's never for the big stuff.

Right now, the utter lack of plan I have for the big stuff is what's getting to me. I wait on interviews and have on idea when or if I'll be called. I'm in for a temp agency (despite the fact that they won't look for positions for me until they can hire me and get all my paperwork filled out, which requires a good long look at the motherf*ckin' boat my Social Security card and another form of ID), and I know temp stuff is never constant. I have two very part time gigs, which I love to death, that both entail meetings at odd hours on odd days. The only constant in my employment situation has been coming home and scouring search engines and job sites for more openings to apply for. That's not exactly a barrel of laughs.

The other downside to this is, I'm home and on the computer a lot. While I'm here, I don't ever let myself really have a break. If I take one to check my email or do tags or whatever, there's always the nagging voice of responsibility going, you should be looking for more jobs! Or drafting the cover letter for that Nintendo job! Or drafting a general cover letter! Or one of any number of other responsible things, really!

This is why I don't freelance; I think I'd go insane if I had to hear that voice all the time. As it is, I don't let myself relax at home, because any time I spend doing that could be spent Getting A Job, You Bum. That's my creative drive shot to hell, right there.

I don't know, guys. I'm tired. That could well be why I'm so blah about things - straight-up sleep deprivation. Dressing up and meeting new people and Smiling All The Time and selling yourself in an attempt to hope the job will buy it is just...tiring.

The strange thing is, I actually had a really good day today. Rifftrax Live with [ profile] lynxgriffin and [ profile] amorsinseramada was amazingly hilarious, as expected and appreciated. The final piece of my costume came in today, and I'm picking it up tomorrow. I've been having fun doing a bit of easy tagging with bitty!Terra on [ profile] dear_mun. Today has not been bad at all. The job hunt just gets me down, I guess. :/

I've been kicking around the idea of starting a blog to chronicle the ups and downs of my job search, actually. It'll get me writing again, it'll be something I can link to people as a sample of my more casual social networking writing, and let's face it, I have seen and applied for some interesting things over the past few weeks.

I dunno, guys. I think I need some sleep and a legitimate weekend off. I know we're hitting up this crazy place tomorrow night, so that's a start. We'll see how this goes.
Oh man I am so tired. Ugh. My sleep schedule is screwed sideways, what with falling asleep in pieces and waking up before my alarm despite going to bed late. My stomach did not like anything I ate today, and I know for a fact that I am coming down with a cold. In terms of health, tomorrow's gonna suck.

I had an incredibly visceral reaction to trying on a wig today. Evidently they skeeve me the everloving hell out and I just forgot. \O_o/

Job search has picked up some slow momentum, but is still mostly ineffectual. I don't know what I expect from my first day, but eh.

And tomorrow, if I don't feel like the living dead, I need to have that lovely I-Quit-DEX conversation with my mom.

...hello, flist, how're you doing? XD Life doesn't suck as much as I'm making it out to, promise. I just hate getting sick and that clouds my perception of eeeeeeverything. Tomorrow's errands will include picking up Zicam and cold remedies, because man alive I refuse to still be miserable by the time the San Diego game rolls around this weekend.

So yes. Herp derp Kia needs sleep.

KH 30 Day Meme )


SPOILERS SPOILERS SPOILERS for Aqua's story, the final episode, and the secret movie ) it KH3 yet?
BBS commentary part two: Ventus. Call him Ven. If you need me, I'll be in the corner, bawling madly.


Aqua's story and final episode on Monday and then I am done with this. And still patching up my heart. Bawww ;^;
Or, Moose and Squirrel experience BBS firsthand.

[ profile] lynxgriffin is being awesome and letting me watch the BBS cutscenes, so I figure I'll do a commentary of my own, like all the cool kids. 8D I've already seen a few of the cut scenes in a YouTube playthrough, so I'm starting right into Terra's story. We'll see how it goes from there. Obviously spoiler warnings are in effect.

SO MANY SPOILERS for the entirety of Terra's story )

I haven't even finished the other two stories and I already want it to be KH3. Like, now. Doomed prequelitis indeed. ;~;

It's too late for me to watch through another story, so I shall get through Ven's and Aqua's later. After I fix the Terra-shaped hole in my heart. ;~;
( Jul. 6th, 2010 09:00 pm)


Despite this having nothing to do with orange soda, I am incredibly tempted to follow that up with I do I do I do I do I do-oo~

The long and short of it is, I woke up today with the same headache I had yesterday. The general decided to visit on top of that, so I spent my entire work shift in head and back pain. I couldn't concentrate for the whole day, my supervisor was out sick so I couldn't chat with her - we could email back and forth, but I didn't want to do too much of that since she's sick - and less than an hour before I was to leave, I got an email with one piece to be completed before tomorrow, two before Thursday, and two before Friday, on top of the two other projects I have due tomorrow and Thursday respectively.

It was a little crazy.

BUT THAT IS ENOUGH OF THAT! I have me es to complete! This one's stolen from pretty much everyone on my flist:

The Fifteen Pictures Meme!
- Post ten to fifteen of any pictures currently on your hard drive that you think are self-expressive.
- NO CAPTIONS! It must be like we're speaking with images and we have to interpret your visual language just like we have to interpret your words.
- They must ALREADY be on your hard drive - no googling or flickr! They have to have been saved to your folders sometime in the past. They must be something you've saved there because it resonated with you for some reason.
- You do NOT have to answer any questions about any of your pictures if you don't want to. You can make them as mysterious as you like. Or you can explain them away as much as you like.

I didn't go for self expressive so much as funny. )

I'm also going to try one of those crazy 30-day memes. I saw [ profile] bhujerba doing this one and I am quite enjoying it. SO: Thirty days of songs!

01: Your favorite song.

I figure for now "favorite" will be "most played on iTunes."

You expected differently?

Other days under the cut )
I love everyone who's been looking at my writing. Seriously. You guys are awesome. Can't tell you how much I appreciate it.

But for the love of all that is holy and most of what is not, I hate editing.

/goes back to beating her inner writer into submission
Yeah, so I have virtually zilch internet in the apartment. I need to take advantage of it when I can. While it's working, here's a few quick updates:

- Kickassia premieres on my birthday. Yes, please.

- Car I'm getting looks to be a Hyundai Santa Fe. We'll see how that one goes - it still rides a bit too much like a truck for my tastes.

- I was utterly unable to sleep last night due to a mattress so saggy and threadbare I can feel the springs through the top. Bought a new mattress today - it should be here tomorrow night. I'm kind of avoiding going to bed right now, if only because I don't want to face that old mattress, even if it is for the last time.

- I'm updating blog stuff for work! Look at the awesomeness over heeeeeeere and please comment/re-link/all that fun stuff. I am trying. |D

- I'm still waiting for Glee to load and will watch it with Jen tomorrow. I hear it is good.

- FMA 107 AAAAAAAAAAAAAAAA. AAAAAAAAA. AAAAAA. What's even worse is my internets gave out right in the middle of reading it and didn't come back for nearly forty minutes. HELLO DRAMATIC PAUSES.

That's it for now, I think. Time to quit stalling on this whole going to bed thing - I need to be up early if I'm going to move that old mattress to someplace out of the way.
Well, finals are over. No more pencils, no more books, all that jazz. You can tell it's late when I start mixing my song lyrics. Still not quite sure how I feel about that. Hell, I'm not sure it's sunk in at all.

Today, or tomorrow, or however you define Thursday is going to be Massive Amounts of Packing Day. I'm almost done with my room, which means I need to pack the kitchen. I hate packing the kitchen with a vengeance, namely because a good portion of the stuff in it is mine. For those of you wondering why I'm posting the warning - and a warning it is - it's because packing stresses me out like none other. It's the biggest indication that finals are over and life is moving on, except while I still have to fit my entire life out here into a set number of boxes, I won't be going home and I won't be coming back to Pepperdine in the fall. It's scary and frustrating as all hell and a necessary evil. What this means is I'll be online, but I'll be anywhere from mildly to completely incoherent and might be leaning on people over AIM in overwhelming stress and woe. If you want to try to keep me sane, God bless you and I much appreciate the effort. If I bother the hell out of you, I'm sorry in advance.

I'm going to top this off with a todo list, because I need one of those and I'm keeping it here now that my white board is packed.

To Do:

- Pack remainder of room
- Pack kitchen
- Figure out who's taking what food in kitchen
- Clean out fridge
- Send Shannon's package
- Email work
- Do a load of laundry. Pack said load.
- Donate choir dress to Fine Arts office
- Find out about handicapped stuff for Granny
- Call Rent-A-Wreck
- Hand wash dresses

I'm sure there's more but I can't remember it at twenty past two in the morning.
I do either of those things, I freak myself the hell out. GJ, self.

Most of this is stuff I need to figure out and therefore goes under a cut. Yaaaaay lists.

The promised cut )

In case anyone was wondering why I'm such a basket case lately, that was pretty much it.

In other, more timely news! I once again need a phone partner at around nine a.m. PST Friday morning (which is either today or tomorrow depending on when you're looking at this entry). Same drill - about twenty minutes of conversation or however long it takes me to handle the 101. Let me know, yes?
kiaxet: (Gallifrey 5000)
( Apr. 10th, 2010 09:35 pm)
I realize I owe you all a post pertaining to life things, such as jobs (I has one 8D), summer housing (staying in Calabasas), thesis (I'm just about finished), and such other things. None of that is on my mind right now, however.

I just watched The Beast Below and I would like to ramble for a bit.

I wasn't kidding when I said 'ramble,' by the way. Also, spoilers. )
kiaxet: (Human Metronome)
( Apr. 7th, 2010 04:53 pm)
The name of the game is the same as the game here - I have a fic idea that's just been eating me. I, of course, blame The Eleventh Hour, the newest episode of Doctor Who. I watched that with my roomie, did my mindless getting ready for bed routine, let my mind wander, and poof, fic idea that's just kept developing itself every time I give it the idle brain space in which to do so.

And what is this brain-eating fic, you ask? A Doctor Who/Elite Beat Agents crossover.

As far as I'm concerned, they both have aliens and music and that is good enough for me.

I actually have almost everything pretty much figured out (as [ profile] universejuice well knows, given that I've just about talked her ear off about it) - it's equal parts DW and EBA and all sorts of fun. I am, however, having a few character issues, which is where I'm hoping my lovely flisters can help me out.

Cut for character issues )

I just. I don't even know, guys. I need a few dedicated betas and I need some good advice before I start this thing. I might also need some encouragement in general to start it at all.

Also, would anybody be interested in seeing a radom-ish scene I have planned for it? Because I've been toying with this one since it struck me.
I've been at work for nearly three hours and barely anybody is here. The ring of cubicles around mine is empty and it's weird.

Of course, deprived of sleep and social interaction, I'm going a bit crazy in here.

Help me, Flist Kenobi; you're my only hope.
kiaxet: (asdfghjkl; FAAAAAAARK (Flonne))
( Feb. 16th, 2010 04:30 pm)
At work

thirty minutes until end of shift

dying of boredom


Seriously, even a comment spam or something. Getting email keeps me awake. C'mon, flist, I'm counting on you. ;~;





ILU all so much thaaaaaank you :D ♥
kiaxet: (Gonna go hide (Wall-E))
( Feb. 12th, 2010 01:56 pm)
So! Dying of the plague. Grand old time, really.

No, it's not actually the plague. It's a rather miserable cold that I've had since Monday. I've taken two days off my internship and am just trying to stay awake and hydrated. Here's hoping I don't get my sisters sick at retreat tonight, because that would really suck. 8D Hopefully I'll manage some sleep, though - retreats generally aren't known for that, but I really do need it.

Yeah, I probably won't be online from this afternoon to tomorrow afternoon. Tags and such can wait, I suppose.

Speaking of tags, Facilier's been silent for far too long. Either things are being planned or he's just. Being quiet. Crazy behatted voodoo man ._.

I was going to have a semi-amusing rant about lemon honey hibiscus flavored knockoff Emergen-C, but I think I'll leave that one for now. Just be warned that that stuff is awful. Why anyone would want their drink to taste like flowers, I have no idea.

Who all on my flist is going to Gallifrey? Goodness knows I don't see you all often enough.

And hey, [ profile] lynxgriffin - Disneyland sometime soon? I am in dire need of some happy.

And on a final note, I do love this video. It's such a trip.

The short of it is I'm contagious and have no transportation of my own (though I do have lovely friends who are willing to take me ♥).

The long of it is under here. )

I just sent an email to my supervisor telling him I was ill and could not come in and sorry for that and I shall hopefully be there on Friday. I figured eight hours in a cubicle after what would likely have been less than six hours of sleep was just a bad idea. A day off tomorrow means I can sleep in, relax a bit, and play catchup with stuff I've missed or put off. I think I need a day like that.

So yeah, I'm going to attempt to be productive, watch my shows, and then drag my exhausted self to bed.

...gorrammit iTunes stop being ironic.


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