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So, today can alternately be titled "Snow Day!" We Got a lot of snow today, like, more than a foot, and we're still getting more tonight. Luckily we just had a bit of a thaw and some of the previous snow had melted away, otherwise I'm sure this year would be looking a lot like the Winter of '08.

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Oops, so yesterday I ended up falling asleep at, like, 8:30 and didn't make a Week in the Life post, I'm going to merge yesterday's and today's together.

Day 3 )
Then, as I said above, I basically passed out. So now, onto day 4!


Day 4 )
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Today was a bit harder for me, since it was mostly a repeat of yesterday but I tried my best.

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So a couple people on my flist are did this meme, even more did it last year, but I wasn't able to participate due to life but I wanted to try and do it this year. I don't know how good I'll be at doing it every day for the whole week, since I've been meaning to start doing it for a couple days now and today is the first day I actually did it. But we'll see.

Day 1 Pictures (one is NSFW) )

Wow, that's the first non-podfic related, personal post that I've made to this journal in a very long time. O_O
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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 [twitter.com 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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OMG guys, new music from Kris leaked! It was a beautiful thing to wake up to this morning :D I've been listening to it on repeat whenever I have a chance. If you want to listen it's here (download in the comments). SO GOOD!

True story, I was in the public computer/study area between classes today writing an email to about a job (!! OMG good new there too!) when someone's computer started playing really loud music. I sat there glaring at the guy across from me because he wasn't doing anything to turn in off or turn it down when suddenly Kris' voice came on and I realized it was me. OMG, so embarrassing (stupid Windows had restarted and when I opened my browser all my tabs reloaded and the new song was up).

On the good job news front, I got the job offer today where they didn't say my hours, but they did say how much I'd get paid an hour, which I was shocked to find out would be the same hourly rate as when I was working full time! A good $8/hr more than I was expecting! :O I had been kind of worried that I wouldn't get enough hours going back to my old job part-time but at more than double what I'd get working elsewhere I really can't say no. I'm going in tomorrow to sign the paperwork.
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Gah, I feel like I need to get organized because right now I'm just not getting things done, probably no one else cares, but I'm making a list.

Things To Do )
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I actually started writing this email while in the airport on my way to Vividcon and even then it was super late! I think it's time I finally post it :P

So back in June [personal profile] cantarina emailed me that a couple podfic fangirls were having a get together, and would I be interested in joining them. That was kind of in the middle of my work stress so I welcomed the excuse to get away and said "hell yes!"

The only problem was that the get together was being held on a Wednesday 5 hours from where I live.

Getting the Time Off )

Podfic Fangirls! )
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So I'm sitting in the airport in Toronto and decided that now would be a good time to make that post I've been wanting to make for forever. It seems like all I've used this journal for all year is to make podfic announcements. To be fair though, this year feels like the year of podfic (and stress). If I were to sum up the year so far it would go something like this:

Podfic: yay!

Work: Crushing blows; self confidence annihilated; *cries* (a lot).
-> Me: Apply to go back to school.

Fandom: Charity auctions!
Me: *signs up for them all*

American Idol: Frustrating at times but also strangely addictive.
-> My Twitter: *explodes*

Podfic: *stresses a bit*

[community profile] amplificathon: Yay! (but stressed)

School: *accepts*
-> Me: Weight on shoulders lifted.

[community profile] remopodmo: *iz determined* *winz* *feels accomplished* *flops over ded*

[community profile] pod_together: Yay! *worries* *stresses the fuck out* *collapses ded*

Podfic Fangirls: Let's get together!
-> Me: Yay! (but OMG why a Wednesday?)

Work: We hate you.
-> Me: *waves goodbye to weekends* *stresses* *QUITS*

In General: *stresses the fuck out all over the place* *gets depressed*

Podfic: "These charity podfics from January aren't going to do themselves." *taps foot*

[community profile] multipodicity: *loves it* for being several orders of magnitude less stressful than [community profile] pod_together. Also the participants are super awesome this year and get things in early.

Work: We're not going to have your replacement start till a month after you've left.
->Coworkers: *glare*

Vividcon: Yay! OMG, things are getting awesome!

And after Vividcon I only have 3 days left of work, then 2 weeks of vacation before school starts. I have a few other things that I want to say, but I'm afraid if I cram too much into this post I'll never get it posted, so I might be spammy (for me) for the next little while as I break things up into multiple posts.
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YOU GUYS!!! I JUST TOLD MY BOSS THAT I'M QUITTING!!!!

It's such a relief to have it out there :D
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As I write this I'm waiting at the Newark Airport. I missed my flight (by about 10 minutes *shakes fist*). I factored in about half an hour of not-running-smoothly time but apparently it should have been closer to an hour.

On the plus side of this, even when I was sitting on a stopped train in Jersey, I wasn't actually stressed. I'm flying Porter Airlines for this trip, and I know that they have amazing customer service. And sure enough when I finally got to the airport it took about 10 minutes to get things straightened out and they waived the fees to get my flight changed. Only setting me back about an hour.

I've thought of Porter Airlines as the best out there for a while now but this just confirmed it. Really, if you're flying to, from or around Eastern Canada I highly, highly recommend checking Porter out. Not only do they have amazing customer service, they are also reasonably priced. While other airlines are cutting corners wherever they can, Porter actually offers more. There's free food and drinks (including wine and beer, as well as the normal offerings), their planes have lots of leg room and they have their own lounges at some airports and actually are the only commercial airline to use their Toronto airport (which is small, has free food, drinks and internet and is right in downtown Toronto - so much nicer than Pearson).

I'm generally a lazy consumer and don't bother leaving reviews for things like this but every once in a while someone will offer a product or service that is just too good not to share. So check them out.
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So, at my work, they take Halloween pretty seriously. Want to see pics? )
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It feels like forever since I've made an actual, non-podfic post. Although, I can't really call this post a non-podfic one :P

Just an FYI, I've mostly been hanging out on Twitter lately, if you're on there and want to follow me, I'm @paraka12.

I've been feeling kind of stressed lately and oddly enough, half of that has been fandom related, with the other half being work related.

Work Stuff )

Podfic Meta Stuff )

Podbang Woes )

NaNoWrimo )

Halloween (with pics!) )

Last year I dressed up as Donna Noble for the party, this year, I'm totally going as Adam Lambert :D When [livejournal.com profile] kronos999 was trying to think of what to go as, I suggested she wear plaid and we could go as Kradam but then we decided she was too tall to be Kris (I'm 5'5" she's 5'10" - taller than Kris :P).
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*itches*

16/9/10 08:30
paraka: Sam with a horrified look on his face with the caption "Do not want" (R-S-DO NOT WANT)
One of the girls in my department has chicken pox. So far we've spent most of the morning going "OMG, did she have it as a child? She did!? I didn't know you could get it twice!" *scratch scratch*

Because that's just what we need, for everyone to get the chicken pox. :S

I'm not actually that worried, but you can't help but feel itchy, just at the idea.

In other news, I completely jinxed myself yesterday while talking to a coworker. I mentioned that I haven't really been sick this year but last year around this time, I got sick and my asthma acted up. Which I soooo don't have time for this year with all the podficing I need to do.

So, last night while podficing? I started coughing. Asthma coughs. I can still feel it in my lungs :S Not impressed.
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Gah!

13/9/10 15:59
paraka: Allison looking really surprised (AI8-Al-Surprised Look)
Gah, I applied for a job within my company today and they replied asking for my résumé. My résumé is my time at this company, can't they just look up my history (I started here when I was 18, I'm not putting my babysitting and movie theater jobs down)? Also, they're already aware of my job descriptions.

God, I sooo don't even know how to format this. This is why I've avoided applying for jobs, I don't want to write a résumé. :S
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paraka: Colourful picture of Adam Lambert playing with his tie (AI8-A-Playing w Tie)
*sigh* I'm soo not ready for this weekend to be over. It's been a nice weekend where I mostly relaxed but also got things done, like vacuuming and buying bedside tables.

I also finished a podfic today that I'll hopefully be able to post soon. I found myself oddly nervous asking the author for permission. I guess this is the first podfic I've had to ask permission on since I had to take that Star Trek one down and now I'm worried the author will say no. I really hope not since I think the podfic turned out really well and I can't wait to share it. Yay! The author just got back to me and it was a yes. :D Fic will be posted as soon as I find out how to pronounce the author's name. :S

I also did some work on (this is) not a statement although I feel less accomplished about that one. In my head I was already finished chapter 3. Turns out I'm only finished the first page of chapter 3 :-/ I tried to do some recording after dinner but first I was really off and stumbling all over the place, then the neighbours started playing music really loudly and I'm afraid that it was being picked up on the recording. If so, I got nothing tonight :(

Speaking of (this is) not a statement, I've noticed that in the AI podficing fandom it's not uncommon for people to post podfics as WIPs. I'll be honest it never really occurred to me before to post a podfic before it was done however I wonder if people would be interested in my doing so for this fic. I know that, even though I wish the podfics were complete, I still listen to the AI WIPs simply because there isn't that much podfic in the fandom and I need me some podfic. :P Also, posting it as a WIP would definitely motivate me to work on it faster and would make sure that I finish it.

Thoughts?

In other, non-podfic news, I soooo don't want to go back to work tomorrow. I have a big mess waiting for me, which actually kept me up at night this weekend. :-/

In good news though, I'm going back to New York City in September! Only for a weekend by still! Vacation!

Oh, and as of June 30th, I've owned my house for a full year! Weird to believe that I've only been living with [livejournal.com profile] kronos999 and [personal profile] diurnal_lee for about a year. It seems like forever. They're such awesome room mates ♥
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25/11/09 16:48
paraka: Merlin and Arthur laughing (M-M/A-*laughs*)
Why am I so bad at keeping up with my flist? I'm in the process of catching up after my weekend away.

I took today and tomorrow off work. December is pretty much already booked full so I figured I might as well take some me time. Actually I figured I should take some time to work on podfic since [info - community] amplificathon's Podbang challenge is coming due next week. I'm currently only about half way through (that's half read and edited). Tomorrow I'm going to have to really buckle down and work on it. I'll probably have to devote some of me weekend to it too :S

I'm super excited about the results however. I hope that some good Merlin podfic comes from it. I haven't been listening to podfic nearly as much lately because I've been in such a Merlin mood and there's so little podfic for it.
paraka: A line drawing, blinking twice then making a scary face going "Boo" (NF-*blink**blink* BLAH)
I've been so restless at work lately, just not wanting to do anything :S

However I'm getting super excited about Halloween. The house is really beginning to look awesome and I'm sure come Saturday you're all going to be spammed with pictures and squee. :D It's been all I can do to not start posting pictures and plans already but most of the people coming to the party are already on my flist and I want it to be a surprise for them.

We're starting to decorate at work too. Where I work Halloween is rather intense. Since my department has more people than desks, I actually sit in another department. The other department said I could only sit at my desk on Halloween if I joined them in their department's theme. Which was fine with me, however when my own department was having a meeting, I had to leave while they discussed Halloween stuff because they felt I had abandoned them. It's all very competitive. Also, there are prizes for the best department theme as well as for individual costumes. I'm pretty sure my father is going to win for "I Can't Believe You Wore That" since he's going as "Lady Luck" and has this short little green skirt and tank top outfit with a wig that looks *horrible*.

At first I was searching online for a cheap wedding dress but couldn't find one in my size and price range that could get here on time, so instead I'm going as a rather lame card dealer at a casino (the department theme is Vegas casino). I do however have a poker table set up in my cubicle so I feel that will get me extra points.

Now, I just have to make a last minute stop to the party store, since my costume (for my party) requires me to dye my hair. I tried using real hair dye to do it but it seems that my hair is too dark and it came out as my normal hair colour, just a shade off in the direction I wanted it to be :( I'm just going to buy some of that really bright spray on stuff instead.
paraka: Hockey puck with the Ottawa Senators' logo on it. (NF-Sens!)
So, are there any Ottawa Senators fans on my flist?

I'm asking because my place of work recently started taking part in a program with Scotia Bank Place where they send us special offers on events occurring there. I don't know how awesome the discount is but if there's anyone out there who's thinking of going to a game I'd be happy to let you know the details and let you buy through my work for you.

Disclaimer: I don't, nor do I think anyone at my work, get anything out of this, it's not a fund raiser or anything so I'm not actually trying to sell anything.
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