Life: Right now, I’m living in Arizona and loving it. I don’t really love Arizona, but life is pretty good right now. I enjoy my job ok. I have good friends and we have a lot of fun. We have all these weekly rituals like watching Amazing Race every week and having Payday Pizza. I’m looking forward to Game Night 2.0. I love my ward. They are good people and we have a lot of good activities. I’m looking forward to going to the Mesa Easter Pageant this week and next week there is hiking at some Wind Caves. My roommates are awesome, even if I don’t really spend a lot of time at home. Overall, life is good.
Future Life: I’ve been thinking a lot and trying to plan how/when I’m going to go to grad school, and I might take some classes at ASU soonish, either Fall 2011 or Spring 2012. I don’t want to do all my schooling there, I don’t think, but I’m trying to look into their program. So they might have a good program, who knows. I’m really looking forward to going back to school. After I take a few classes at ASU, If I don’t do my grad work there, then I will transfer to George Mason University to get my Master’s. I know I want to do History, but I’m still not sure what specialization. I definitely want to do European, with a little bit of Asian and World thrown in there. Time Period: Medieval/Renaissance through Early Modern. (Possibly including all the way up to 1900.) As I think back on it, by knowledge of history holds some big gaps. British History after Elizabeth I. Very sketchy there. European History in 18th and 19th century, I definitely need to know more. So I will definitely be taking classes there.
What I really don’t know is what field of History I want to go into. I had wanted to study Folklore and propaganda. But I also love learning about Economic History. I also love Religious History. So I don’t really know what field I want to go into. I have all these papers and essays and books I want to write when I have time. I want to write an essay on economics in Beowulf. I want to write a book about Intersections of Economics and religion in Ancient and Medieval history. All these different things. I want to research folklore and hero myth as the true opiate of the masses. All this different stuff. Wow, my brain is excited to be in Historian Mode. I love it.
Me- As you all know, I’m still dating Nathan. It’s going super well. There are some downs, but it’s mostly ups and that’s awesome. The other day, we had our 6 month anniversary. We ended up going on a picnic (pikuniku) by this teeny lake at this park in Mesa. It was really nice. Even when all these ducks came up because Nathan was feeding them. Even when they decided they had had enough of our food and decided to engage in intimate relations. It made us lol.
My parents- Some of you may know this already, but just a heads up: My parents recently got a divorce. My Mom recently Got remarried.
I recently read Wise Man’s Fear. Patrick Rothfuss is amazing and his second book help up to all the promise of the first. I just can not get over how amazing of a writer Rothfuss is. He is writing in two different timelines and gives you just enough foreshadowing, without ruining the story to keep you interested and sometimes literally waiting on the edge of your seat for to happen what you know will happen. But at the same time you have no idea what will happen. It’s so crazy epic awesome, but at the same time, it’s just the life of one person, so it’s not a crazy epic fantasy. I love it.
I also recently read Side Jobs. After I finished Changes. I CAN NOT WAIT for Ghost Story, the next Dresden File book to come out. I love the character development and story arcs in this series. 12 books and it just keeps getting MORE AWESOME!!
In other book news, can’t wait for Mastiff, the 3rd Beka Cooper book( By Tamora Pierce) to come out!!!!! I started reading this modern day Christian Romance retelling of all the Jane Austen novels. I started, of course with P&P. Surprisingly good for a Christian Romance. It was weird because the Christian thing kept throwing me off. You never really realize how much normal books avoid speaking of religion at all. But after I got used to it, I decided I like. We’ll see how the other books are. Right now I’m reading Boneshaker. It promises to be an awesome Steampunk Civil War Zombie book. I hope it delivers once I get into it.
I fear I will never get around to catching up on Wheel of Time. I just can’t get into Knife of Dreams. Should I reread Crossroads of Twilight or just a recap or start back at book 7. I just don’t know. Any suggestions?
So I recently finished the third season of Stargate Atlantis. I love this show. It is so epic and awesome. Well I don’t know about epic. Anyway, it’s totally the characters that make the show. Rodney’s character is so perfectly obnoxious and endearing. His interactions with all the other main characters are a pleasure to watch. Yes SGA Fandom, especially his and Shepherd’s. And Beckett :’( I am excited tho to see Kaylee!!!
Let’s see, just finished 3rd Season of Chuck. Don’t know how I feel about the ultimate resolution of Chuck and Sarah’s relationship. I don’t hate Sarah as much, but I can’t rejuvenate how much I liked her in Season 1. I think she should just have a purely physical relationship with John Casey and Chuck should be with the sandwich girl. Or Kristen Kreuk But anyway, I love how they brought Ellie in and now everyone knows about the spy stuff. I’m excited to see Season 4 and what’s up with Chuck’s mom.
Haven’t been watching any other TV shows really, but I’m going to start How I met your Mother soon. And catching up on some things. Oh. Bones! I am so excited with the way this Season is going. The Doctor in the Photograph—pretty much the best Bones episode ever. Movies- Saw Date Night. It was Mediocre. Saw Unknown, because Liam Nisson was in it. We knew nothing else about the movie. It ended up being awesome and much better that way. Saw Tangled, I liked it, but I didn’t love it. There just hasn’t been a movie I’ve loved in such a long time. I really liked Sucker Punch. The art and design was simply amazing!! It was so pretty. And really makes you think. And the steampunk elements were pretty awesome. And lots of hot chicks in cool outfits. But the movie I have come closest to loving was Hanna. I loved the music, it was awesome with action and psychology. The story was ok. Cinematography super awesome. It followed the sound and feel of the movie trying to put you inside of the movie, not just watching it, if that makes sense. I want to watch Red Riding Hood (for the lulz) with someone who will mock It mercilessly with me. No one will go with me though : (
Oh—I got an eye exam, because I’m getting new glasses. I have astigmatism. :( I’m not really sure what that is, but I don’t like that my eyes are getting worse. Or more ovular. A laser eye surgery may be somewhere in my future.
So I recently joined the Zombie Research Society, mostly because Nathan wanted me to, but it seems a little bit awesome. I like it, because it is dedicated to real Zombie research and not fake stuff like all that junk that Max Brooks comes up with. Anyway, another project I have been wanting to work on is a report on the history of Zombies in pop culture. (Or just a study of paranormal creature trends in pop culture. Vampires, Zombies, werewolves, greek Mythology. That kind of thing.) But anyway, Nathan wants to start a Mesa Chapter of the ZRS and you need to have 3 members. I’m the 3rd member. I want my title to be Chief Research Officer and Historian, but I think it’s going to be something lame instead. But basically I will be in charge of all administrative type things. You need to have like 6 meetings a year and do 2 projects a year. I’m thinking afore mentioned report and ZOMBIE PROM!!! But it’s neat because we might get to help at Phoenix Comicon, on they’re Zombie march and Zombie beauty pageant. It’s cool because we might get in for Free!!
Speaking of Phoenix Comicon, I am so toally stoked for it this year. Ok, so it isn’t as big as Dragon*Con and there aren’t as many notable names, but it’s still a decent sized Con. It’s only $40 ish for the whole thing and it’s in Phoenix only a 40 minute Light Rail Ride away. But I am really excited for several reasons. Let me tell you who is going to be there. Nicholas Brendan, aka Xander from BtVS, Paul McGillion, aka Carson Beckett from SGA, Sandeep Parikh and Jeff Lewis, aka Zaboo and Vork from The Guild, and best of all: ADAM BALDWIN!!!!! Aka Jayne from Firefly/John Casey from Chuck. I am so excited to meet him. What’s great is if I want an autograph, he’s the picture on the 3rd Firefly disc, which is my favorite disc. I am so totally getting my pic taken with him. I am sad I never got my pic taken with Felicia Day. Anyway, there are also some authors going, I’m excited to meet, including Cherie Priest, author of Boneshaker. It’s gonna be awesome! Oh. And the cosplay: I want to do something steampunk and one day, Nathan and I are going to dress as Ash Catchem and Pikachu and our friend Dani will be Misty and our friend Jake will be Brock. (kind of an inside joke: Pokemon 4ever kind of thing!)
In Miscellaneous News: I worked at the Arizona Renaissance Festival. I’ll post an update about it soon, but overall not as fun/awesome as NC renfest. Did I talk about my new car on here? I bought a car a few months ago- A ’96 VW GTI. I’ve had a few minor problems, sparkplug popping out, broken idler. Nothing major. Something may be wrong with the Transmission though, I don’t know. It acts weird sometimes. I need to get the AC fixed before summer really hits. But I’m kind of waiting for the other shoe to drop here. I’m getting my hair cut/trimmed some time. Not sure when though. I might be getting married sometime soon. I’ve been writing more fanfiction, but I need to write more. This summer I’m planning on starting a writing group and a Book Club. That will be fun. I want to go on adventures out to mysterious lakes and have bonfires and all that. So I’m looking forward to the next little bit. But at the same time, it’s about to be summer here in Arizona and that is NOT fun.
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