swooterpie

Female
from Lexington Park, MD

    • swooterpie

      Two weeks notice given!

      4 years ago

      Woohoo!

      My two weeks notice has been given and I'm 3.5 weeks from being back on the East Coast.

      First stop, NYC for Easter weekend. Then back to MD for a couple of weeks and then back to Jersey City/NYC to live with my best friend Nancy while I apply to every temp agency I can find. Thankfully Nancy is letting me live with her for dirt cheap for a few months while I try to get my feet on the ground.

      I had shit luck at jobs out in LA and I know the economy blows so I'm really just hoping to have some luck with temp agencies for now. Or at least coffee shops. I have mad barista skills.

      Regardless, in 26 days I'll be out of LA and back to where I feel more at home! smiley0.gifsmiley0.gif

    • swooterpie

      Lots of Changes Coming Up

      4 years ago

      So it looks like it's finally starting to come into place. I'm going to move back home. I've given it a nice try out here in LA but it's not the city for me and I'm just not making nearly enough money to survive. I'm terrified as hell to leave a paying job and head back to an area where I don't have a job yet, but I can't keep trying to survive off minimum wage in Los Angeles. It's ridiculous and I can't believe I tried to do it in the first place.

      Good news is that I can live at home for a bit while I try to find work in either DC or NYC (heh, I anticipate it taking quite some time). I'm slightly terrified because I'm not quite sure what I'm qualified for other than the fact that I'm a pretty damn good copy editor (due to years of experience writing academic papers and an MA in the humanities) and a decent enough video/sound editor. Sadly, not a huge amount of jobs in those fields right now. I'm going to try to stay optimistic though. Anything has to be better than this current job that treated me like shit, paid me shit, and generally made me feel like I was a waste of space.

      I'm excited to move back to where more of my people are too. I've made some awesome friends in LA (cough Kat and Finch cough) but I just miss the East Coast. My best friends from forever are out there and it's much closer to my family in general (my parents are in MD and the rest of my extended family is in MI). I miss seasons (although I know I'll be missing SoCal when it comes to the 3rd month of winter and no end in sight). I just feel more at home on the East Coast.

      As of the end of the day today, I've got roughly 52 more days left in LA. You might see a lame attempt at a countdown on RT because it's the only place I can post about it where my bosses won't see it (they're on Twitter and Facebook and I don't want them to know until I give 2 weeks notice). I think they'll be okay because the company is in a rough patch anyway and barely have enough to afford me, but I don't want to make it super awkward until the absolute necessary moment.

      Super freaked out and a massive ball of stress over all of this but also just cannot wait to call the East Coast my home again.

    • swooterpie

      A Lil More Awesome

      4 years ago

      Since I'm in a good mood again AND I'm awake and can't fall asleep, why the hell shouldn't I share another chapter from The Book of Awesome?

      But since it's late you're getting a short one.

      This is from page 66 of The Book of Awesome by Neil Pasricha.

      The Smell of Crayons

      Crack open a fresh box and get ready for a neuron-splattering head rush. AWESOME!

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      See, told you it was short. But kind of true, right? I love crayons/coloring and really really wish I had some (in addition to a coloring book) right now...hmmm I wonder if a 99 cents store would be open at midnight....

      This is clearly a mission for this weekend. smiley0.gif

    • swooterpie

      Happy Journal Entry!

      4 years ago

      Not much to say here except that I'm in a super good mood and felt that I should post about it (especially considering that rambling mess that was my previous journal entry). I can't really go into full details as to why, but things are going better in general. Or maybe I'm just trying to focus more on the positive and less on the negative. Either way, YAY to going to bed in a good mood smiley0.gif

      One awesome thing that happened? I discovered that one of my favorite movies from high school is streaming on Netflix. In honor of one of my first 'bad buy' crushes, I present to you:

      Todd Gaines (aka Timothy Olyphant) from that wonderful masterpiece of modern cinema, Go. smiley8.gif

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    • swooterpie

      Thank You Television

      4 years ago

      I'm going through a rough time right now. Admittedly, I know a lot of people are going through much worse and that's why all I'm going to say is that I'm going through a not-so-fabulous time. That's life, though, right? To be expected?

      This time though, instead of complaining about all my stupid shitty stuff, I want to just give a hearty 'thank you' to television and those who create it. Yes, it probably sounds ridiculous. And, yes, I know my friends are also amazing and deserve a 'thanks' (thanks you guys! smiley12.gif ). Technically I should probably be thanking the internet too since most of the TV I watch lately ends up being watched via streaming from the interwebz (or DVD or On Demand). Regardless, it is just easier to say thanks to TV.

      Not all TV. I don't watch a ton of reality TV (I have an addictive personality..it'd probably end poorly). I don't watch a lot of modern sitcoms (just because it isn't what I'm into right now...even though I know there is a lot of good stuff out there). Instead, I spend hours upon hours of my most depressed hours cheering myself up via hour long dramas/dramadies. It isn't always "quality" TV. Sometimes I watch some real shit (I'll confess that I enjoy a couple of shows on the CW quite a lot). It's just that I love characters. If a show has at least one character that I find fascinating? I'll give it a try.

      I love getting lost in a world that isn't mine. Escapism is the reason a lot of people go to the movies, but movies don't really cut it for me anymore. I want a world that is developed over the course of many, many hours. I'll admit to preferring shows that have 12 episode seasons (mostly b/c they don't have as much filler) but I do watch some network (ie 20-23 episode) TV shows too. It's about the worlds and the characters. Veronica Mars, BSG, Buffy, Firefly, Doctor Who, Deadwood, Dexter, Fringe, X-Files, Supernatural. These shows create worlds that are similar enough to ours that I can find ways to relate to the characters, and yet different enough that they don't make me think of my own real life. I could make a list that goes on forever and, yes, most of these shows are sci-fi and/or fantasy so I suppose that's part of it too (the whole world creation thing that is). That's what makes me a nerd. I like plenty of "real life" shows also....or at least ones that don't have anything to do with the supernatural/space stuff. They just aren't my favorites and therefore didn't make that particular list smiley1.gif

      Anyway...This journal entry is coming off quite rambly and I apologize for that. Like I said, my life is a bit of a mess right now and my brain is even more of one. I just wanted to say something semi-positive and this is what came out. I just finished watching the most recent episode of White Collar. Not the best show ever but I like it. It makes me laugh and even though I know every episode will end with the good guys winning, it hasn't gotten old yet. Maybe I'm just a victim of the boob tube and turning my brain off, but I chose to believe there is more to it. Regardless of the oftentimes predictable dialogue and/or endings, the show manages to keep me happy.

      Is it wrong that I go to TV for happiness? I guess I should go inside myself and blah blah blah. I do that too. Sometimes you just need to get lost in something that isn't the real world. This is why I love television, and why I'm giving it a big ole' thank you for helping me get through the last few craptastic years.

      I promise future journal entries will be less rambly smiley0.gif

  • Comments (58)

    • cheeser

      cheeser

      3 years ago

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      Merry Christmas!

    • cheeser

      cheeser

      4 years ago

      In reply to swooterpie:

      Ug, I can only imagine. I'm glad you're ok and I hope you can find some time to stop by and update. You are an interesting person.

    • cheeser

      cheeser

      4 years ago

      Hi.
      It's May.

      HOW THE HECK ARE YOU?

    • jackiebot

      jackiebot me irl

      4 years ago

      Ahem.

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      ...john barrowman in drag.

    • kickcows

      kickcows GREEN IS THE BEST

      4 years ago

      om nom nom

    • alexthegreat

      alexthegreat

      4 years ago

      Also HELL YES I LOVE JAGA JAZZIST

    • alexthegreat

      alexthegreat

      4 years ago

      I'm doing pretty good. Watching FMA Brotherhood and eating ramen, then the rest of the evening shall be spent cleaning. D:

    • kickcows

      kickcows GREEN IS THE BEST

      4 years ago

      alsjdf vnpakeurhlajs,erh vna nbawe

      *head desk*

    • mattiecore

      mattiecore

      4 years ago

      haha, that's basically what i do... even when i do follow the season

    • mattiecore

      mattiecore

      4 years ago

      next year!