MonkeyingAbout FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

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    • 12 Days

      3 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      Can't believe it snuck up on me, but I will heading to the west coast for the first time ever in 12 days.

      So many firsts - first time in a city in Texas OTHER than Austin (Dallas is my layover on the way to the west coast - the airport counts, right?), first time I will have ever set foot on the west coast (Oregon and Washington), first time on a sheep ranch (because the insanely amazing @BaghdadBean graciously invited me), and the reason for it all, my very first PAX Prime.

      I gotta admit, I'm a tad terrified at the sheer scale of it all but excited nonetheless.

      :)

    • Finally

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      Almost too embarrassed to admit it but I will anyway because it makes me so happy: I finally perfected my first Xbox One game this weekend. Yes it was Minecraft. Now debating whether or not to go back and grab the rest for the 360 version.

    • It's All Good

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      So the house is about 50% cleaned out; this weekend will be devoted to boxing up all my art supplies (aka the second bedroom and part of the living room) and the kitchen, and then all that will be left is to take all the boxes to storage and clean out the furniture!

      I moved into my own bedroom (ironically the same one I first had when my family moved from Alexandria to Springfield when I was in high school) last weekend and have been sleeping in a real bed for the first time in about 3 years.

      And the best part was finally being able to hook up my Day One Xbox One and use it. Yes, you read that right, my Day One Xbox that has been sitting on the floor of my living room since 11/22/13. I say better late than never. Believe it or not, updates only took about 15 minutes and haven't had any problems with it at all. I even managed to upload my very first YouTube video last night from Minecraft; just footage of a witch's hut that is about 20 meters from my spawn point that I recorded to test the functionality out and show my non-video-game-playing co-worker what a witch's hut looks like.

      But once I start building out my new world...

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    • Progress

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      1. Set up PO Box so I don't have to drive half an hour to pick up my mail. DONE.
      2. Cancel pest service at your house since you haven't lived there in 7 weeks. IN PROGRESS
      3. Rent a storage unit to put the bulk of your stuff in during temporary stay at mom & dad's. DONE
      4. Start boxing things up to put in storage unit. IN PROGRESS
      5. Get water damage fixed in second bedroom. ONGOING (upstairs unit's landlord and condo association currently fighting about whose fault it is)
      6. Keep breathing. It's all gonna be okay.

    • Stigma

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      I hate that I somehow 'learned' that asking for help was weakness. I didn't learn it from my parents, I know that. But it must have been early in my 37 years because it has taken me this long to un-learn it and actually start asking for help.

      This has been a rough week.

      Long story short, water stain on the ceiling of my spare bedroom got 3 times bigger in a very short time despite the assurances I got from the upstairs unit's landlord that there is nothing leaking in their unit. This led to the third major panic attack I've had in the past 6 months which is truly starting to affect my physical and mental health (hyperventilating, required medication, loss of appetite, the unwelcome return of suicidal depression, etc.)

      Coincidentally, the day I discovered this (Monday) was the same day we got a call from my cousin informing us my uncle had passed away.

      If I hadn't had the courage to ask my parents for help in January (which I saw as a MAJOR failure at life in general for a so-called "fiercely independent" 37 year old woman to move back in with her parents in an effort to sell the shit hole she'd been living in and save up some money to buy a hopefully better shit hole) I can honestly say I don't know if I would be sitting right here typing this. They may have been arranging two funerals.

      What I'm saying is asking for help is not weakness. It is not a failure. Not all people are 'wired' the same way. Some people can see a water stain and say "huh - weird. I'll just get a plumber out to find the leak and patch it" and other people (me) see it as their world collapsing. But the same people that say "huh - weird" may be deathly afraid of flying when I can practically fall asleep during takeoff.

      I've come to realize it's about knowing your limits and knowing when it's too much for you to handle. People WANT to help, and it's not taking advantage or being a mooch. If they didn't want to help they wouldn't offer.

      So tl:dr - if anyone has some spare virtual hugs or prayers lying around, I'd love to collect them. smiley12.gif

    • Remembering

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      The first time I saw Monty was at RTX 2011.

      We were in the big ballroom, going from cast member to cast member getting autographs and pictures. As often happens in this amazing community, I knew absolutely no one before I went to Austin, but struck up a conversation with @halo_dudette and we ended up making the rounds together taking pictures for each other.

      We were in the Matt line (one of the longest) and Jeff Williams bounces over to us and starts an incredibly enthusiastic conversation (to be honest, he's ALWAYS enthusiastic - that weekend cemented him as one of the most fascinating people I've ever had the honor to meet). Soon after, Monty comes up and perches on one of the chairs. I say perched, because it's true; my actual picture is still stuck on my old digital camera that I can't find the transfer cable to, but in my memory it looks very similar to this:

      A%20Wild%20Monty%20Appears_2.jpg

      He and Jeff then proceed to have an even more enthusiastic conversation of which I unfortunately remember nothing.

      Honestly I was so amazed that I was one of the lucky 400ish that made it there and so overwhelmed at actually physically meeting these people I had come to adore through the internet that most of that weekend just exists in my head in a big fangirly blur.

      The only other picture I have of him from that weekend was from the office tour; when we got to the studio, we looked over to the corner, and there he was working at his desk like we weren't even there. I even captioned it: "Dozens of tours going on through the office, and Monty's still working as if it were a normal day... I don't think that man sleeps at all. Or ever stops working." From all the stories being shared this week, it was probably an accurate statement.

      Monty%20during%20tour.jpg

      I saw him mostly from a distance at the next 3 RTXs, and he was nice enough to stay after on Sunday nights with most of the cast to sign things and/or take pictures with the Guardians after the Expo hall closed, so I have a couple of things with his autograph. But I wish I had somehow been able to scrape together a couple of sentences to tell him how amazing I thought his work was; but I know nothing about animation - what would I even say? I figured I'd probably have just sounded stupid, so I didn't say anything. I don't necessarily regret that, because I don't need any more embarrassing moments to add to my brain's extensive catalog of them. But it's an opportunity I'll never have again, and if nothing else it has told me to stop being scared. Stop being scared of what people think, stop being scared of being myself. You never know what a simple "I love your work" could do for someone - even if it's just to make their day one iota better.

      A few months ago he tweeted something and I loved it so much I printed it out and it has been on my overhead at work ever since; I read it every day.

      "The complainers are often louder and more frequent. Keep doing what you're doing, it means more to the silent."

      We love you, Monty. smiley12.gif

    • Anticipation

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      Can't stop myself from spastically checking every five minutes to see if Enforcer assignments have been posted...

    • Obligatory RTX Post

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      I spent some time thinking about this and weighing my options, and it breaks my heart to say I will not be attending RTX 2015, either as a Guardian or as an attendee. I've been to every RTX since its inception and it feels like I'm cutting off my arm but mentally and financially it's the only decision I can make.

      As most of my friends already know (because I won't shut up about it), I took a chance, and what I believed was a very long shot turned out to be not so long because I was accepted as an Enforcer for PAX South in January 2015.

      Looking to the future, since RTX and PAX Prime are in the same month (August 2015) there is simply no way I can afford the thousands of dollars it would take to fly to both Austin and Seattle in the same month and stay for at least 5 days each. Not to mention the fact that I would probably lose my day job after my boss fires me for taking two vacations in one month. There are LOTS of reasons I won't elaborate on that I chose PAX Prime over RTX for 2015, but one that might sound stupidly silly is that I've never been to the west coast before and have always wanted to see Seattle. Hopefully Austin will still be there in 2016 when I return. smiley0.gif

      so TL:DR, I'll miss you guys so much and have a kick-ass RTX 2015!!!

    • Branching Out

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      Looks like I'll be heading back to Texas...in January! I'm honored to say I've been invited to join the ranks of the Enforcers at PAX South! Really looking forward to experiencing a different convention, and excited to add to my volunteer resume. Maybe if I keep working in Texas they'll eventually let me move there. smiley0.gif

    • Sad Monday

      4 years ago

      MonkeyingAbout

      I'm one of the 'lucky' ones at my workplace who has a window seat. I usually work with my noise-cancelling headphones on all day because I sit in the midst of a sales team who are on the phone all day long.

      This morning I somehow realized everyone was gravitating towards the window in the next aisle, and when I looked out my window there was black smoke billowing from the apartment complex across the street.

      As the morning unfolded, fire truck after fire truck kept arriving until eventually they had 2 lanes of the 3 on the side of the road closest to the building closed off, and at least 3 ladders propped up at various parts of the building. I counted at least 4 ambulances and when all was said and done at least 8 fire trucks, probably more. They started arriving around 9:30 and I didn't see the last one leave until about 4pm. According to the news, no one was home, no injuries reported, but there is major damage to the building and of course, massive water damage to the lower floors.

      I'm sure there are several families now temporarily homeless until everything gets settled / repaired - please keep them in your prayers.

      www.wusa9.com/story/news/local/herndon/2014...

  • Comments (18)

    • ytrahne FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold Guardian x8

      5 years ago

      Happy Birthday!

    • Myshu FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold chupariffic

      6 years ago

      Fellow guardian! It was fun to meet ya at RTX! I remembered you for your interesting name. smiley8.gif

      • MonkeyingAbout FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        6 years ago

        It was great to meet you, too! I don't know about the 'interesting' part, I hate that I have numbers next to my name but don't have the guts to ask anyone at RT if I could change it. smiley0.gif

    • jillen triangle??

      7 years ago

      You should so add pictures of you with Toby, if you have any of course. c:

      • jillen triangle??

        7 years ago

        Oh, okay. Tell me when you add them, haha!
        I saw me too! It was such an honor to be in it.

      • MonkeyingAbout FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        LOL - I will - just wasn't near a computer until yesterday, and was trying to unpack, etc. I can't find my digital camera cable, so the Wal-Mart pictures will have to wait until tomorrow. I saw you in the Lazy Vlog he did at RTX for a split second! I'm so JEALOUS!!!!!!!!!!!! smiley0.gif

    • Shadow_Shep

      7 years ago

      www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC8E4E84A36AA7...

      www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLC9D32F394B208...
      This is the guy I was talking about X3

    • Shadow_Shep

      7 years ago

      OMG today on the way home dad saw an ice cream truck and called it a blue bunny cause apparently that's the name of a ICE CREAM!!!!!!!!

      • Shadow_Shep

        7 years ago

        XD YES its too good~

      • MonkeyingAbout FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        Also, I was playing Left 4 Dead with FromtheBurning a couple nights ago and couldn't stop singing it myself because I've been listening to Toby every day...

      • MonkeyingAbout FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        It's the Mission Impossible theme song - he sings it in literally every other video he does. Especially Minecraft. :) I think Kaiden is quickly losing ground to Toby...I need to find a Toby clone who lives in the DC area.

      • Shadow_Shep

        7 years ago

        I KNOW RIGHT thats where they freaking got it. Also you HAVE TO WATCH THIS VID.
        www.youtube.com/watch?v=JnK1kPQmDqA&featu...
        Toby sings the sneaking theme from a spy movie.

      • MonkeyingAbout FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold

        7 years ago

        ICE CREAM BUNNY!!!!!!

    • Boomer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX London Head Guardian

      8 years ago

      i know...its so close!

      i met burnie, geoff and joel one time they came to Edinburgh...i was stupidly excited to meet them.

      its going to be a whole other level of awesome to meet them on their own turf!

    • Boomer FIRST Member Star(s) Indication of membership status - One star is a FIRST member, two stars is Double Gold RTX London Head Guardian

      8 years ago

      hey...turns out ill be in BLUE TEAM with you at RTx

      thought id add everyone in the group to get to know them a little better beforehand

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