paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
I know I don't update here much, other than for podfic related reasons. That's because I do most of my day-to-day fannish stuff over on Twitter (I'm [ profile] paraka12 if you want to follow me there), but tonight was just too... whatever, to try and explain in 140 character chunks.

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paraka: A baby wearing headphones and holding a mic (Default)
In other fandomy podfic news, I started a new podfic comm, [ profile] ai_podfic. It's been doing well so far. :) I made a blanket permission post and now there are a bunch of new AI authors offering their fics up for podficing :D I also spent the weekend trying to make a complete video podfic tutorial. Which turned out to be a lot more frustrating than I imagined.

Tutorial Fail )
paraka: Severus Snape is not paid enough for this. (HP-S-Not Paid Enough)
So, here's the thing. I own a bajillion people a quadrillion emails/comments (especially the [ profile] help_pakistan people I was talking to). But it's just not going to happen. At lease it's not going to happen anytime before Sunday. I feel bad about this but at this point there is nothing I can do until I learn to forgo sleep. Because, seriously, I was not made for 13 hour work days. I just... I lose my marbles if I don't have alone time and lately that alone time has been spent sleeping.

I decided to leave work at a normal time today because I'm exsausted but I still had to go do some shopping so even today I didn't get home at a normal hour. And, since I ducked out today, that means I need to go in on Saturday to get the work done. Which means no 3 day novel for me. At this point my weekend will consist of work, emails, sleep and laundry (in that order). Maybe some crying and resume writing because I'm losing all will to live with my current job.

So, long story short, communication will resume on Sunday. Probably. If I don't put myself in a stress induced coma first. God.
paraka: Colourful picture of Adam Lambert playing with his tie (AI8-A-Playing w Tie)
It seems like forever since I've made a post just for the sake of posting. I haven't really been on LJ that much in the past year. I have been pretty active in Twitter if anyone wants to friend me there (I'm paraka12 over there).

I'm seriously thinking of giving up any claim to the thought of a RL from now until the end of the year and just devoting myself entirely to fannish things. God. I have issues with over commiting. Seriously.

Fannish things I'm currently working on:
-Running [community profile] multipodicity (things are kinda of quiet right now, but I'm anticipating some crazy pinch hits near it's end)

-Signed up for podbang. Twice *winces* I did it last year and it was awesome. Although this year I'm pretty much only into Kradam but I signed up as part of grou slashpad so I'm likely going to have to do something non-AI for that one.

-I offered myself up over at [ profile] help_pakistan

-Still slowly working on (this is not) a statement ([personal profile] seperis mentioned tonight that she has about 50k written in sequels, so if I plan on podficing this 'verse, I better get my ass in gear). I'm hoping that when I go back to this I can get it to move a little more smoothly. I was having trouble getting some of the dialogue to work, since things that were easy to follow visually were getting a bit confusing in the podfic, but I spoke to [personal profile] seperis about it at Vividcon and she gave me the go ahead to make edits to the text where needed. Yay! for extra dialog tags.

-I've also started to podfic Husband Revealing Magical Lemonade. When I asked permission, I mentioned I probably wouldn't have time until December/January but I just couldn't wait to get started.

-I've somehow managed to start organizing a multi person anthology podfic of [community profile] oldspice_kinkmeme fics. *blinks*

-Slashpad is also slowly working on a 100+K SGA podfic. I have no idea when it'll be done though. At this rate? Never.

-I spent last night trolling through the lastes [ profile] aianonlovefest prompts and picking a couple interesting ones out and may try my hand at one of them to get me into the groove of writing fic because next weekend is 3 day novel! and I think I'm going to try and get some of that Kradam love at first sight touch fic written.

So yes, I have a lot of fannish stuff on the go right now :S So when, at work, my boss sent out an email asking for people to do overtime, I just deleted it. Then she pulled me aside and was all "but you're the best at this, are you sure you can't make some time?" And because I have issues with over commiting, I agreed to take on an extra project for over time. Except I have no time for it! The only day this week I could do it was today. I was given about 200 lines to crossrefernce. In the two hours of overtime I did today, I got about 10 lines done. Kill me now. This project needs to be done next week and at this rate I'd have to give up sleep to get it done. But that's not everything. Monday, I'm leaving for Guelph straight after work because on Tuesday [personal profile] raxhel is defending her Master's thesis! Which means I have Tuesday off. And Wednesday is the first day I'm volunteering at a place called Voice Print. So it's due Friday and I'll be able to work on it Thursday.
*sigh* Which means I'll likely spend this Sunday at work (I can't go in Saturday since I'm having friends over for a party).

Seriously, I'm so screwed.


15/6/10 21:52
paraka: Jack making a frowney face. (TW-J-:()
*sigh* Does wanting to start wank make me a bad person? I've never been afraid of confrontation before but am generally polite enough to avoid it if it's not needed. And I don't assume that confronting something will lead to wank but with fandom it often does so I try to limit what I do here. I tend to let someone else start the wank and just comment on it afterwards but lately I've been wanting to start it myself :S

I just... today has been filled with so much *flail* on so many different fronts. I think I'm getting myself too worked up. I've been on this path for weeks. I don't know how many rants I've had today, but I can count at least 10 differnt subjects (and I know some of them were repeated more than once).

I almost said that I should just go hide in a cabin in the woods for a while to get over some of this, get it out of my system but I really don't think that would work. I'm someone who needs to talk things out but I can't help but feel anything I say on the matter will invite wank and I really don't want to get wanky despite my opening sentence. Gah. Why so hard?
paraka: Arthur looking hot in the dungeons (M-A-In the Dungeons)
So, I totally haven't been around at all lately, and I'm probably not going to really be back for another couple weeks. But I just had to post about this because it's so depressing :(

I knew when I got my home inspection that I'd have to take a look at my main bathroom because the toilet didn't seem to be on properly. My father, who has been doing a lot of the fixing up of my house, doesn't do plumbing at all, so he waited until my uncle who has done bathrooms could come and help before looking at it.

Well, last night was the night and now I don't have a bathroom anymore :S:S:S:S:S

The tore up the floor, actually, they tore up about 4 floors, it looks like the previous owners decided it'd be better to just put a new floor on top of the old one plywood and all. The vanity, toilet and bathtub are all gone too. The flooring was rotted through all the way down so we're going to have to strip right down to the beams.

[personal profile] diurnal_lee it's a good thing you saw your room last weekend, because it's not too impressive now since it's got the bathtub, sink and toilet in it at the moment.

I was afraid something like this would happen, but everyone kept telling me that they didn't think the bathroom thing would be a big deal, so I was totally shocked to have it happen. I'm also getting really annoyed with my mom who wants me to totally replace everything in my bathroom. And while yes, it does make more sense to replace things like the bathtub and toilet while we've got it out, it doesn't mean I can afford it.
paraka: Don pouting (N3-D-*pouts*)
So, I woke up this morning in a lot of pain. I don't know what's wrong but my jaw hurts like a mofo. It's the back right hinge of my jaw that hurts, and it's radiating back to my ear. When I first woke up I thought it was an ear infection (I have a history of those and they can make your whole head hurt).

I just came back from the doctor's and she doesn't know what's wrong. She couldn't see an infection, but that doesn't mean it's not there. I couldn't really open my mouth wide enough for her to have a good look, but she didn't think it was a tooth thing. Or I could have just done something while sleeping (like grind my teeth). She told me to ice it, take some Advil and wait. It'll either get better or it'll get worse.

So now I'm stuck eating a mushed banana for lunch.

*smooshes some more*


1/6/09 07:12
paraka: Severus Snape is having a bad day. (HP-S-Bad Day)
God, I'm not having a good day (and it's only 7:15am). I stayed up really late last night working on my BB vid, only to find that the file won't save. The DivX codec goes nuts for a bit then everything just kind of stops and it'll run for hours and advance like 0.02%. I seriously left it saving *all* night and it was only like 30% complete. I have no idea what to do. The deadline for the rough draft is today, and I'm really afraid I'm going to end up flaking out on it (I feel like such a douche) :S

I hate this. Why do computers suddenly hate me?

So not only did I stay up really late working on this vid, I then had trouble sleeping. It took me forever to fall asleep, and once I did I kept waking up. And because I'm paranoid, I got up at around 4 to check on how my vid was saving. Which had me downstairs fighting it some more and took me forever to finally go back to sleep. And I had only been asleep for about an hour when my dad woke me up. I've been using his work computer to do this vid on because none of my vidding programs are working on my computer and he needed to close my stuff down so he could head to work.

I called in sick to work today. I feel guilty about that because my fever is gone and I have this weird complex that you're not actually sick unless you have a fever. However, my head is pounding,my throat aches, my nose is running, I'm coughing up a lung and it feels like I have a large stone embedded in my chest. So sick day it is.


30/5/09 17:10
paraka: Don pouting (N3-D-*pouts*)
So, I'm sick. Thursday night/Friday my asthma flared up. It doesn't flare up that often, and not normally at this time of the year. It's most likely to flare up when I'm sick, so I was kind of surprised that I was coughing without being sick this time.

Apparently my asthma symptoms just were the first to show. I now have a temperature of 101 and fell asleep at 2 this afternoon and just woke up at 5. :/

This is why you shouldn't procrastinate on your vid projects. :S
paraka: Severus Snape is having a bad day. (HP-S-Bad Day)
I know I've made little whiny mentions that I want to move out of my parents house, but I think I've finally hit the end of my rope. I am so angry right now I'm crying.


So I just had a fight with my family.
As I've mentioned before, I have a cat. I almost didn't move back home because of the cat, but in the end, my parents said to bring her. And, everyone fell in love with Tigger. My dad and sister adore her, and my mom, who hates cats, has been caught snuggling her. Despite all this, I'm the one who has to do all the work to take care of her. If she throws up or something (she's getting old, so it happens), they'll leave if for me to clean up, even if I'm not there when it happens and everyone else in the house is. My mom, who I think is delusional, is always harassing me to clean her littler box, because she thinks it stinks, even if I just cleaned it the other day. About the only thing I don't do is feed her, but that's just because other people seem to do it before me. I used to it all the time, but, well, Tigger loves food, and it's the fastest way to her heart.

The thing is, she's kind of loud. Especially in the morning. The thing is, normally you just leave her to it, or snag her into bed and snuggle her, and she's quiet in no time, but the rest of my family isn't patient. They got into the habit of feeding her whenever she meows in the morning, and now, it's one of the only ways to shut her up. I am not a morning person, so days I get up and let her out of my room while still asleep, other times I sleep right through it. Often it's my little sister who gets annoyed enough to go do something. But she bitches about it endlessly. God, I hate her whining more than Trigger's. She'll come into my room and sit on my bed and snuggle with my cat, which can be quite distracting, and then complain to me about how annoying she is.

Well apparently she's taken it up one level, and now my parents are blaming me for it. There is nothing I can do in the morning to stop Tigger, not really. But they're saying if I don't get her to stop they're going to have her put down.

Over my dead body.

So yes, I think it's time I moved.
paraka: Rodney looking sad and the caption "Oh Canada" (SGA-M-Oh Canada)
Ok, I'm not sure how many of you heard about that *huge-ass* storm that swept through the North Eastern US and South Central Canada, but Ottawa, where I live, was right in the middle of it, and we're still digging out. Last week, we got about 80cm of snow (that's 31.5" for the Americans on my flist), which is crazy. Worse yet, we've already had a huge amount of snow this winter, and it's not going away. So far this winter, we've had more than 4m (over 13 feet) of snow. We're something like a foot away from breaking the record for most snow.

pictures, for those interested )

These pics were from the weekend, we got more today, and none of it seems to have melted. It's really scary driving around corners, because you just have to go slow, and hope that no one's coming; there's no way you can see around the snow banks.

Also, you know how sometimes Canadians and Americans have different words for the same thing? This is the reason why Canadians have March Breaks, and not Spring Breaks, because chances are, it's not spring when we have our week long breaks from school in March.


10/3/08 22:21
paraka: Hermoid with the caption "Not amused" (SGA-Hermiod-Not Amused)
Do you want to know why I download the shows I like?
It's not so I can watch them over and over again.
It's not so I can vid with them.
It's not because I hate watching commercials.
It's not because I don't want to pay for specialty channels.
It's not because I suck at remembering when shows are on, or being home at the right time.

No, it's because you can't watch TV in peace in my house. First of all, I'm damn lucky if I can get some time in front of the TV, my mom knows how to find Law and Order 24 hours a day. I'm not even joking. Then, if I *do* manage to get a chance to actually watch TV, I have to put up with everyone else in the house talking while I watch. Walking through the room, having entire conversations, and sometimes even arguments while my show is on. Plus, I don't have the best hearing, especially if there is background noise (and I'm sick right now, and my ears are blocked so it's even worse), so I have to turn it way up to be able to understand what they're saying, and then the commercials come on, blaring at twice the volume.

That is why I download all the shows I like, and watch them on my computer. I just finished trying to watch New Amsterdam, and I'm pretty sure it was a good episode, but I really can't be sure, because I missed most of it. :(

God, I want to get my own place. Anyone in Ottawa looking for a room mate?
paraka: Hermoid with the caption "Not amused" (SGA-Hermiod-Not Amused)
OMG, I still feel like crap. Sorry to the people that I owe e-mails, like the people who beta'd my vid. I will get around to responding, when I feel less like crap.Probably tomorrow, since I don't think I'm going to go into work.

I really scared myself today. When I was driving home from work today I suddenly got *really* dizzy, and I was afraid I was going to pass out or drive off the road or something. Scary stuff. That's the thing that finally convinced me to stay home tomorrow. I can mostly function, if I don't have to think to hard, but I do not want to die in a car accident on my commute :S

Right now, I'm downloading The Terminator, because [ profile] paradise_city said I should watch the Sarah Connor Chronicles, I have never seen the original movies. Although, I haven't found a download yet for the second one, which apparently I need, any one on my flist happen to have it (and is willing to share?).
paraka: Don smirking at Charlie (N3-D/C-Tease)
So, a few weeks ago, my dad got really sick. My dad hardly ever gets sick, but this time, it was a really back cold. He sounded so bad, that every time he'd cough, I'd kindly tell him "Don't die!".

He's mostly better now, so he has decided to pass his cold onto me. Bastard.

It started off yesterday, with a weird feeling in my throat. Then my lungs hurt when I was running to a late appointment. Now, I can't lie down without feeling like my lungs will collapse. I was coughing up a lung earlier today, and have only stopped now because I took my asthma medicine (which is expired, since it's been about a year and half since I've needed it), but now I'm feeling all jittery.

This sucks.

On the funny side of things though, my parents dragged me to church this morning, and there was singing. They didn't have books, so instead had a power point projection on the wall with the lyrics. I always hate it when they just post lyrics, because it's hard to follow a new song without the sheet music. So I leaned over to my mom, and told her that I think it would be a lot more effective, if they had the lyrics projected on the wall Karaoke Revolution style. That way, even if people don't read music, they can seen when to hold notes, and when the melody goes up or down. And, they could mix in the DDR part, and have everyone dance too. My mom rolled her eyes, and said she'd be happy if they just played something cheerful (all the music had been long and kind of depressing before).
About 2 seconds later, the people at the front wrapped up the song they were singing, and a group of teenagers sitting in front of them all stood up and started clapping, and they break into this cheerful song. I turned to my mom, and told her "Looks like you got your wish" but the really funny part was, when I turned back, they were all *dancing*. Ok, it was more like lame actions to fit the lyrics, but still! How funny was that!? We both started laughing our asses off (as quietly as we could). I was laughing so hard, I went into a mini asthma attack and was practically crying between the coughing and laughing.

Then I glared at my dad, because I totally blamed him for the coughing part.
paraka: Hermoid with the caption "Not amused" (SGA-Hermiod-Not Amused)
You know, the internet is a wonderful thing. You can learn so much from it, but sometime, I have to wonder if that's actually helpful. At the moment it just seems to be feeding my hypochondria, and I don't really think of myself as a hypochondriac normally.

I went to the gym today to have a session with my trainer, and she took a bunch of my measurements. One of the measurements was my hydration level. You're supposed to be 60% water, mine was at 101%. I don't know what that means. So now I'm Googling overhydration and reading about brain damage, dysfunctional kidneys and comas. According to Merck you need to drink about 2 gallons of water a day to overhydrate yourself. I know I drink a lot of water, but that's crazy I drink maybe 2 liters but not 2 *gallons*. I don't even add salt to my foods normally. Granted there's an awful lot of sodium in our food as is, but still, I don't add any extra normally.

Now I'm kind of wondering if I should talk to my Dr. about it or if I'm just being paranoid. They say that if it's a build up overtime you may not display any of the main symptoms (like seizures or mood changes), but I *am* anemic, which is a symptom, although I was told the anemia is from a b-12 deficiency, so I'm not sure it's related.

God, *why* did I decide to Google this? I'm feeling *fine* I don't need to invent illnesses. *headdesk*
paraka: Severus Snape is not paid enough for this. (HP-S-Not Paid Enough)
God, my sister is such a wimp. It's the last day before my parents come home, so I went out and bought a bunch of alcohol, and told her I'd make her some drinks, she's (practically) legal!

Now though, she's not drinking any! I made 4 different kinds and she's really only taken little sips from them. I made a chocolate drink, I made a fruity drink, I made an ice cream drink, and I made a sour drink, but she's being too much of a stick in the mud. She was totally behind the idea at the LCBO, but now she's all "whaa I don't like alcohol." God.

And now she's accusing me of being an alcoholic (yeah, right) and I think she might have implied I was drunk (after one and a bit drinks? I don't think so).

Also, I'm sorry for being so spammy today, this is like my fourth post of the day....
paraka: The Fat Friar, would like a less insulting nickname (HP-FF-Less Insulting Name)
So, I'm fat )

Also, I really want to move out to my own place. Like now. I'm trying to save up for a house, but gah, I wish I could move today.

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