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Came back from vacation late last night. Justin arrived three hours after me so we got home at 2 am. I'm back at work now and wasn't as late as I thought I'd be thanks to Justin waking me up.

The biggest news is that I've been on the Keto diet for these two weeks now. A bunch of you on my flist are already on the diet so I thought I'd join the bandwagon. I really shouldn't have looked at the scale, but when I did, it showed I'd gained 15 lbs. I started the day before I left on vacation which maybe was a stupid idea, but somehow managed to conform to the diet all but one day: New Year's Eve because my mom and grandma worked hard to make a very delicious dinner for our family and friends. I lost five pounds initially that first week, but didn't lose any more after that because I guess I haven't gone back to Ketosis yet after the one day I didn't diet :/. Actually being away from Alpine and doing the diet was easy. I could go to nearly every restaurant, including all our favorites, and modify meals so they are low carb. There aren't really restaurants I can go to in Alpine... there are about five and they're Italian and Mexican. We went to this Hooters-type place his friends like to go to and I ordered my burger with no buns and they happened to have a soup that looked low carb to me. Even most soups have high carbs in them. The pros to this diet is that I like steak and eggs and you don't go hungry on it. The con is that it is very restrictive and you don't really eat anything besides meat and SOME vegetables. For fruit, you're only allowed to eat berries so I've grown accustomed to blackberries which are the lowest carb out of all the fruits. No apples, no oranges, and most importantly, no bananas : (. I love bananas... You can also eat some nuts so I picked up a massive amount of brazil nuts which are the lowest carb. You learn very quickly which non-meat foods contain the least carbs... I picked up a cookbook that is all low-carb recipes so I hope to try them out. I think if I didn't like steak so much, I would not like this diet. I have 10 more lbs to lose, but I'm more looking at losing another 25 lbs and then I will change to a calorie-based diet. I hope it won't take a long time to lose this weight. When I am serious about diet and exercise mode, I lose a LOT of weight. I think I can definitely do it!

EAC went out of business and they're turning it into a commercial center. Tom actually called the day I got into Florida and wanted to wish me a "Merry Christmas and Happy Hannukah". I told him I was in town and there was one day he said that I could stop by. I did and got to talk a little bit with everyone and give Tom a very big hug that he didn't complain about lol. I think he liked working at EAC better and he was very busy there. At EAC he would spend most of the time talking instead of working and he doesn't get to do that at the larger prestigious business. So as a result he didn't get to talk to me much. I followed him around a little and he told me what he was up to. I did try to invite him to lunch, left a message but he didn't respond. I think actually he didn't get it because he seems to have a hard time figuring out missed calls and messages. Or maybe he just didn't want to go with me and was trying to hide it LOL. Whatever it was, at least I got to see him for a few minutes. I have no idea when I'm going back to Florida, so it's going to be a long time before I get to see him and everyone else again : (.

We spent Christmas with Justin's family which meant a lot of sitting around in Justin's parents' apartment which I get very bored of. His mom gave us a ton of Christmas presents, all around a theme. Mine was warm items. I got a very nice shawl, some hand warmers, and some very nice wool socks. Justin got cooking items.

I've been playing Pokemon Moon. I don't know, I'm very disappointed where they're taking the series because of how vastly different it continues to be since the original one on the game boy. They keep adding all this stuff to make the game easier. If your pokemon are happy, they earn bonus XP which makes them super beasts early in the game. If your pokemon have a status ailment, you can poke them and it will go away... your pokemon now just do extra crits and don't KO all based on happiness. Man playing Pokemon Red and then Gold back then was such a different experience.

Although there is this new pokemon that looks just like Donald Trump, which I find hilarious.



At home I got to see Wei-Chen and Jennifer. And then my family of course. My parents were back from the Galapagos and showed us their pics. Dad got the stomach flu and was out of commission most of the time I was there. Wei-Chen and I went to Japantown. It was really hard finding a place I could eat at, but we managed to find some place that served hamburger steak. I think Alexis is mad at me so I didn't bother trying to contact her.

I got to see more movies during the break then I have in a long time. Moana, Fantastic Beasts, and Rogue One. I liked Moana the most. It was so stunning and the songs were so amazing! I really loved it. I guess they're making another several movies.

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Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year

DOTA 2... till I quit! Then back to WiiU games. Reading. Hiking. Same old... stopped board gaming : (. Very sad... I'm not sure I will have the time and dedication to run my own club. That's the only way to play board games here in my small town... Maybe I'll do that sometime.

Day 14 → something that made you proud this year

I moved to Texas! Maybe something that makes me more proud is doing my best to deal with my crazy boss who was really horrible for a while. Sometimes she still stresses me out, but I try not to react and just ignore her.

Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year

Justin is always so silly. He tickles me every day and it's very annoying because he likes me to do my very goofy laugh which sounds like Goofy >_> HYUUUUK. I hate it lol. I'm sure there was some silly video that made me laugh too.... maybe like this one XD.





Day 11- A song from your favorite band

Ok, I already posted a song from Journey on one of the first days, so instead I'll post a song from my second favorite band, Depeche Mode.



Policy of Truth... there's a good song.

Day 12- A song from a band you hate

I don't hate many bands so this is hard. Can I do singer instead? I really don't like John Mayer at all. I especially hate that song "Waiting on the World to Change". It's the stupidest message. Instead of waiting for the world to change, how about doing something to change the world.



Day 13- A song that is a guilty pleasure

I don't like Genesis very much, much to Justin and his mom's indignation since they love that band. I'll go with Invisible Touch because it's very cute and catchy.



Day 14- A song no one would expect you to love

People tend to think I only like dad rock LOL. I actually like some modern singers like Adele, Lady Gaga, Pink, and even Katy Perry.



This song is good and sends a very nice message about not underestimating yourself, and not letting others underestimate you.

Day 15- A song that describes you

This is so hard!! I don't know, I just wanna go with "Baby got Back" since I got a big butt and I cannot lie lol. instead, I think I'll go with this Pink Floyd song...



I guess it's about keeping the lunatic subdued when he shows up places... hah.

LJ Idol Week 3: Brushback Pitch

She stormed off angrily after him. She would not hold back this time. He was so irritating. She found him when he already had a cigarette lit.

"You know what your problem is?" she asked, fuming.

"Can you not bother me when I'm on my smoke break?" he replied.

"You are a SLAVE DRIVER. You show up whenever, you're always behind and then bust my ass trying to catch up. I'm so sick of it!"

"Maybe you're the only one who doesn't get along with me, so instead of blaming me, try taking a look at yourself..." his words cut off as a shrill whistle erupted and suddenly everything was in flames. The explosion was overwhelming and it threw them back about 10 feet into the air. Their office building was aflame, the next door quickie mart was in rubble and somehow they had survived. She sat up to crawl to him.

"Are you ok?" She asked when he sat up himself.

"Yeah... um... I think we need to go." They quickly got up. He hesitated for a second. "Do you need a ride?"

"That would be nice," she replied. They got into his truck and sped off.

"I don't think we should take any of the big roads," he mumbled. All around them people were on the streets, many in hysterics wondering what was happening. Maybe it was the apocalypse. He turned on the radio to find it in silence. Things were still exploding in the distance. Where was it coming from? Everything was on fire. Some houses were being destroyed, but whatever the attack was, it was centering on buildings.

Some streets were blocked with rubble, but he managed to get her home to find her apartment building in ruins. She didn't know where her husband was. He wasn't supposed to be home. "Maybe I should stay here..." she told him when she got out of his truck.

"I don't think that's safe," he replied.

"Ok what should I do then?" she asked.

He was quiet for a few seconds before he replied, "just come with me."

"Where would we go?" she asked.

"Back to my house, to see if it's still there, and then we'd need to leave..." he replied. "This is some kind of attack, we can't stay here."

She wondered why he even wanted her to come with him. She didn't think he even liked her. He fulfilled his responsibility by taking her home, now that her home was destroyed, he could just have left her there. She had no where else to go but with her coworker to wherever it was he would take her. She climbed back into his truck. She had no choice.

They slowly and carefully made it to his house. It was still intact. Less people panicking on his street.

"Come in with me," he said, "you should help me pack."

She followed him through the house, into the garage. He handed her lamps, sleeping bags, ropes, other wilderness equipment she had not seen before. All it went in the back of his truck.

"Wow you're outfitted for the end of the world," she said.

"Sometimes I can be prepared," he replied. They went into the kitchen and piled up as many nonperishables as they could and took that back into the car too.

In 15 minutes they were ready to go. "We need to make like the Seminoles," he said before turning on the engine.

"What?"

"Do you know about the Seminole Wars?" he asked.

"No..."

"Ok well back in the 1800s when they were trying to send all the Indians to Oklahoma or wherever, the Seminoles refused to go. They just went further and further into the Everglades. The US military spent millions of dollars and thousands of soldiers to go in there and root out the Seminoles, but they weren't very successful. The Everglades can hide anyone, that's what they're good for."

"Is that where we're going? Into the Everglades."

"Yes."

She didn't really like the thought of that. Living out in the swamp. She remembered at least that he handed her mosquito repellent. She stared out the window as they headed down Alligator Alley. She turned around to find fire overcoming the city. The Everglades were clear to all sides. She guessed whatever it was, they didn't care to target the jungle.

He turned off on a dirt road. "I used to camp here with my kid a while back," he said. "It's a place to start." The dirt road ended and they stopped. Where he took them to wasn't even a camp site. "Let's go," he said, "We have a lot of walking to do. There are even more remote places out here... this is still too close." They packed the stuff into two large duffel bags. It was heavy and she doubted she could even walk one mile carrying that.

"Let's go?" he repeated, looking at her.

She sighed. "Ok, let's go." She made it for six miles and then asked to stop. "How much further do we have to walk?" she asked.

"A lot further. Do you know how big the Everglades are?"

"No," she looked pleadingly at him. "I don't think I can make it another six miles. It's so heavy."

He got up. "Then we walk until you collapse. It isn't safe here," he extended his arm to help her up.

She felt like crying. She was in the middle of a swamp with a drill sergeant who wanted her to die from exhaustion. She didn't complain anymore. It was useless. He didn't care. She took his hand, took the bag and continued to follow him, deeper and deeper into the jungle.

It was nightfall when they finally stopped. "We can stop here for the night," he announced. Strangler figs were on all sides of them as mosquitoes buzzed around. There were no Australian Pines out here to soak up the waters. "But tomorrow I think we have to go further..." He brought her the tent. "Do you know how to set this up?"

"I think so," she replied. Figures that when he stopped their exhausting trek he wanted to continue to work her.

"I'll start a fire," he said and began to look for kindling.

She went camping once... when she was a kid. She fiddled with the tent poles and began putting it up. She was actually rather proud of her work. She hoped that he wouldn't have more for her to do. She wanted to sleep and wake up and not find the world in ruins. Maybe that would happen. She found the fire burning when she stopped daydreaming. She was filled with mosquito bites... why had she not put on that repellent?

"Um... I have some Chef Boyardee" he said, handing her a can.

"Who over the age of 12 still eats this?" she asked.

He frowned. "It's better than starving."

They put the cans into a pot of boiling water over the fire. He'd managed to find some swamp water nearby. It was murky and brown. At least they wouldn't have to drink from it.

She found herself missing her husband. Maybe he was alive and he didn't know that she was. She didn't know what she was doing out in the middle of the Everglades with Kit Carson, eating gross raviolis. She began to sniffle as tears came down her face.

"Look, I'm doing my best..." he started.

"How about you stop thinking about yourself for just a second," she replied angrily. "I'm not upset at you, just the situation. I'm in the bug-infested swamp. I'm so exhausted and I don't know if any of my family is alive." She wiped her tears.

"But you're alive," he said quietly.

She looked at him. He was at least 10 years older than she was, but he looked older. He smoked and drank a lot and never wanted to take care of his health. He fiddled with a stick and drew shapes in the ground. It was moist and soft.

"I am..." she said reluctantly, "thank you for keeping me alive."

He looked at her for a second before looking back at the ground. "I forgot to pack my cigarettes..." he mumbled.

"I'm sure you'll be pleasant for the next few days," she sighed.

He shrugged. "I've done it before, it's not too bad."

"Listen, I wanna go to bed," she said getting up and taking out one of the sleeping bags. "My legs feel like they're about to fall off.

"Yeah..." he said, "we have a lot more walking to do tomorrow."

She crawled into the tent. It felt nice to lay down. They had brought a radio with them. She hoped out here they could pick up some station somewhere and it would tell them everything was ok. She closed her eyes. A minute later, she heard him come in and lay down.

"What do you think happened?" she asked sleepily.

"Who knows... we didn't see anything, no aircraft from the skies dropping bombs. Who knows where it came from. No country has that kind of technology."

"I think it was aliens."

"Aliens?" he repeated.

"What else could it be? They want to conquer earth to harvest its resources."

"I think you've watched too much sci-fi," he mumbled, but the thought didn't leave his mind. If it were aliens, they probably had advanced technology. They would be able to find them, but they first needed to know where to look. They had to go deeper into the Everglades, that was for certain.

"Alex?" she asked when he said nothing else.

"Yeah?" he replied.

"Do you think they'll find us out here?"

"It's going to be very hard for them to try, but we have to go deeper."

"Seminoles, right," she said.

"Good night," she finally said, stretching out. She couldn't stay awake anymore.

"Good night," he replied. He closed his eyes and drifted off to sleep. He was glad not to be alone, even if his companion was kind of whiny. He would still keep her safe. Tomorrow they had a lot more walking to do.

Memes and stuff

Finished my papers, got an A+ for both of them!! Already starting on my midwinter class... doing a paper on the Comanche Tribe. Midwinter is supposed to be a two week class where I have to write about 5 chapter summaries and then write a 20 page paper. I'm starting early because my professor already gave out the syllabus and said we can hand in the assignments.

In other news, Justin and I took a trip to El Paso this weekend and we got my wedding ring! It is so pretty. It's simple and has a nice design. Unfortunately I can't show anyone because it'll take 6 weeks to make it, so sometime in mid-January we'll have to take another trip to El Paso to pick it up. While there, we also went to the Border Patrol Museum. It's a small free museum but it had a very interesting look on the history of the Border Patrol. Formally organized in 1924... my favorite exhibit was about the dogs that work on the border. It had their stats... how many criminals they apprehended and how many pounds of drugs they found.

Day 09 → talk about art this year

I don't know much about art. This year I went to my little town's Art Festival. It was fun... lots of free wine. Some interesting artwork... none I could really afford, but the whole town came out for it. Very crowded.

Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago

I have some sitting around photobucket....

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Me and my precious Weisse... I was about 9 here.

And here is another of me and Weisse when he's much older

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Day 11 → talk about volunteering/charity this year.

Donated to wikipedia again for their fund drive. I use it so much and figure it's nice to help it out in some way. Haven't done much else. I think it would be nice to do some volunteering events next year. My school has stuff going on.

Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news

My biggest medical "crisis" is that I got ringworm from those dirty dirty feral cats. I had it in just one area, but then it popped up in another area twice. I hope it goes away for good this time.



Day 6- A song that reminds you of somewhere

Let's go with Jimmy Buffet's Margaritaville. It reminds me of Florida in general because they play it all the time down there.



Day 7- A song that reminds you of a certain event

All that's popping to mind is Adele's Someone like You when I was depressed jobless before I moved to Maryland. I used to go to the park and listen to this a lot.



Day 8- A song you know all the words to

The Little Mermaid's "Part of Your World"



Day 9- A song you can dance to

Hah nothing! I'll just say "the Macarena" and be done with it... although in Jr. High I think I also knew the Chicken Dance XD.

Day 10- A song that makes you fall asleep

No music ever makes me fall asleep. Not even tired. I don't operate like that. I'll just list something by REO because I regularly listen to them right before I go to bed and nothing they play is even remotely relaxing lol.

Check out this music video. It is so incredibly stupid haha.

December meme

I am so bad with these memes. I need to go back a year and finish off that music meme I was working on! I was doing that with another LJ friend, but then she up and disappeared : (. Let's see if I can complete this one

Day 03 → talk about movies this year

Oh man I hardly watched a thing this year. I don't even remember... The TV shows I remember a little more. Uh... Ok I just googled the movies released this year and I found one I really liked! Zootopia! I wasn't very excited about this at first, but then Justin said I would like it and I loved it SOOO much. It's so engaging because it's a kids movie, but it's about racism. The characters are so cute and funny and the story is so good. Highly recommend!

Day 04 → talk about television this year

Finally watched Season 6 of Walking Dead. Started watching Gilmore Girls, rewatched the first couple seasons of Deep Space 9. One of the best shows this year was Hum4ns... this British/American drama about robots! It's not getting any press but it's really great. Also loved Stranger Things. 80s sci fi... wonderful.

Day 05 → talk about books this year
Day 06 → talk about food this year
Day 07 → talk about music this year
Day 08 → talk about games this year
Day 09 → talk about art this year
Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → talk about volunteering/charity this year.
Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news
Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year
Day 14 → something that made you proud this year
Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year
Day 16 → something that made you sad this year
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year
Day 18 → your favorite photo this year
Day 19 → what you learned this year
Day 20 → a picture of you taken over 20 years ago
Day 21 → your favorite websites this year
Day 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year
Day 23 → travel you did this year
Day 24 → Something which caught your interest this year
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family
Day 26 → talk about politics or current events this year
Day 27 → 3 goals for next year
Day 28 → your plans for New Years Eve
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year
Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday
Day 31 → best moment of the month

December meme

A few of those floating around this year, I'm taking this one from becofoz

Day 01 → a picture of you taken this year

Hm... I posted that one taken on my bday a couple entries ago, so I guess I'll find another one to showcase my purty purty face XD. Ah here's one...

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This was taken a few months ago when myself and my wonderful coworker, Miranda, went hiking on the hill above campus :D. It was hard to get up the hill, but once up there, it was fun hiking on the top of the hills.

Day 02 → your holiday wish list

I don't really celebrate Christmas, or any other materialistic holiday. I do not like them... my wish for this year is to simply finish my papers this weekend and get a good grade for my classes. I have a lot of work to do this weekend! Oh ok, I also want a Samsung Galaxy s7... even though the s8 is coming out. My S5 is getting kinda crappy and it's time for an update!! I love the galaxy line.

Day 03 → talk about movies this year
Day 04 → talk about television this year
Day 05 → talk about books this year
Day 06 → talk about food this year
Day 07 → talk about music this year
Day 08 → talk about games this year
Day 09 → talk about art this year
Day 10 → a photo of you taken over ten years ago
Day 11 → talk about volunteering/charity this year.
Day 12 → talk about this year in medical news
Day 13 → talk about hobbies this year
Day 14 → something that made you proud this year
Day 15 → something that made you laugh this year
Day 16 → something that made you sad this year
Day 17 → something that made you happy this year
Day 18 → your favorite photo this year
Day 19 → what you learned this year
Day 20 → a picture of you taken over 20 years ago
Day 21 → your favorite websites this year
Day 22 → new items you’ve added to collections this year
Day 23 → travel you did this year
Day 24 → Something which caught your interest this year
Day 25 → a photo of you and your family
Day 26 → talk about politics or current events this year
Day 27 → 3 goals for next year
Day 28 → your plans for New Years Eve
Day 29 → talk about things you are excited for next year
Day 30 → a list of what you got for your winter holiday
Day 31 → best moment of the month

LJ Idol Week 2: That One Friend

I have some pretty crazy friends, trust me, I attract the weirdos like a bountiful pollinating daffodil attracts the honey bees. But I gotta love them all. Maybe I haven't always loved you in the past, but like it or not, you keep coming back to me.

When we first met, I was 15 and you were 14 and I was in my "Excalibranch" phase. Running around the school grounds like a screeching banshee with my stick. You wanted my stick and I got a stick full of mud when I fell into it, trying to pry you away from it. I was a mess, but I think I was more mad about you stealing Excalibranch than turning me into a mud skipper. I definitely didn't like you at first... I have so many phases of not liking you. Somehow we got to be thicker than clover honey all because of Digimon. We were the biggest fans and it grew our friendship tremendously. I still call you "Yamato-kun" from time to time... even today. I still listen to the music all the time and I think of you, watching episodes with you, commenting on the monsters, finding out as much as we could about the Japanese version before the heyday of subbed anime. It wasn't easy back then, I'll tell you these kids know nothing about how we used to order bootleg VHS tapes just to check out Japanese anime.

We became mutual friends with someone who should probably be your best friend today, someone who's always stuck beside you. I admit, I wasn't that person. You're always such a troll. So antagonistic, so passive aggressive to the max. I get tired of it sometimes. The sleepover from hell ruined our relationship, almost completely. You and I and Annie... my parents were out of town so we invited you over. I almost forgot what started it, but you happen to remember, all these years later. You flipping my remote so much after countless times of telling you to stop, then dropping it... somehow that culminated with me locking myself in my the bathroom while you stopped at nothing to get me out. It would have only been more dramatic if I ended up calling the cops on you. The neighbors thought that you raped me and decided to tell my parents. Well you didn't do that, and those neighbors were nuts anyway, but I didn't want anything to do with you anymore.

I wasn't really there for you during the really bad times. Annie was, and she continues to be, even things have improved drastically. You had a phase with drugs, a phase in jail, a phase of bad boyfriend over bad boyfriend (and actually CONTINUE to have those phases). While I distanced myself from you while you and Annie became close and she kept me informed about your whereabouts. At some point about 12 years ago, we started talking again... Annie tricked me to come over while you were around and I decided to let bygones be bygones and forget about the past. I think I do a much better job of it than you. You still are bitter about the way "I abandoned you" and don't really like to take responsibility for your own actions.

When you invited me to Disneyland and paid for my first class flight a couple years ago, I thought it was very nice of you. Although I remembered exactly why I had distanced myself from you. While you did pay for everyone's trip, that trip ended up being a massive drama fest where you kept getting incredibly drunk and causing drama and fights with your latest boyfriend. I mostly didn't pay attention to it and kept away from you, but it caused Annie so much distress and tears. She can't help being so sensitive. She always says that she thinks you guys can't be friends anymore, but I know better. I know it will never happen. No matter what either of you say.

Now you have managed to make a name for yourself these last few years. You run a very popular liberal news propaganda website which generates quite the cash flow. My parents still think you make the money selling drugs. Well, it's a different sort of drugs I suppose. You call me up a couple months ago complaining about Annie and her husband. You hate the guy, but are too passive aggressive to say it to his face. All you can do is bitch with me because I don't like the guy much either. Now, Annie and I aren't speaking, and the two of you are just peachy. She's supposed to be one of my best friends, but I don't blame you...

The great Wada Kouji died last spring. I had to tell you. Something felt lost and nostalgic... something brought me back to the time when we were young teenagers and excited about the latest episode of Digimon. Times seemed simpler then, but when I look back at it, your life was never simple. You always had family problems and always needed to rely on friends. I couldn't be a very good friend to you and you still hold that against me. We're doing better now, but nothing is going to bring back those early days. I'll ride to you in the glittering wind, I'll see you soon. I'm sure we can fly.



RIP Wada Kouji January 29, 1974 - April 3, 2016

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Bring on the Apocalypse!

The only thing I have to say is that the idiot majority has spoken and we've elected Supreme Shitlord as the President of the most powerful nation in the world. We deserve every bit of whatever fuckery we will have to deal with in the next 4 years. We deserve it all and it's unfortunate that the ones who didn't vote for him have to deal with it, but like it or not, the American public has spoken and this is what we've decided. I hope they can live with their decision.

Howdy again!

Here I am back for yet another season. My name is Liza, but I usually go by Lisa because Americans can't quite pronounce "Liza" and from a very young age, I decided to make the switch. I'm 31 and Russian-American. My family left Russia in 1990 and I don't remember it at all. I'm going back for the first time since we left in July of next year. I'm super excited and hope that the strained relations between Russia and the US won't somehow alter my trip plans. I used to be a Weeaboo, but stopped when I came back home from Japan in 2008. I began studying Japanese since I went to Kagoshima (on the Southern Island of Kyushu) for an exchange program when I was 15. I used to be fluent in Japanese, but my hobbies and interests changed, so unfortunately I have no interest to keep up the language. I suppose you can say I am fluent in my "native tongue", but I am illiterate and have little interest to change that either. I'm a Gryffindor and very strongly identify with the House and the Fire element in general. I'm rather feisty and opinionated. I'm a huge Pokemon fan and my favorite has always been Arcanine. My favorite types are Fire (of course!) and Dark. I'm quite a seasoned Idol veteran, been doing this since I believe season 4. I never get very far in the competition, but I still do it every year! Sometimes even the mini seasons. My goal is usually to make it past week 10. I do most of the time :).

2016 has been an awesome year for me overall. I've been with my significant other, Justin, since May of 2004. We've been long distant almost the entire time. Mostly my fault. Ever since I left home in 2003 for college, I couldn't quite stay in one place... I would move every 1-2 years and it wasn't fair to ask Justin to move somewhere when I had no semblance of permanency. Finally I was able to secure a permanent position in my tiny West Texas town about 3 hours east of El Paso (it is VERY remote here). Justin was hired almost immediately for an IT position at the University we work at and finally we can get married. That'll be in April.

I have a Master's in Library and Information Science, and I'm working on my second Master's in History. My ultimate career goals are to become a Director of Special Collections and teach some history classes on the side. I'm an Archivist and my little department struggles under the leadership of a rather bad boss. She's pretty nice to me most of the time, but sometimes she's terrible and mean. She has recently faced repercussions for being a workplace bully, so at least the issues are being addressed. In the past, the administration didn't care to address anything and she was able to do whatever she liked for decades as leader of the Archives. Part of my job is to modernize the Archives, which exist in quite a sorry state as if it were still the mid to late 90s. My boss is definitely a Luddite and this has been one of many struggles. I've been here since June and there has been quite a lot of headway into this, but right now we're mostly waiting around for a computer so I can begin. I have a lot of career goals to accomplish while I'm at this gig, and I feel confident that I will be able to accomplish everything, it can just be a slow and frustrating process. This position has been difficult for me because I have never experienced such a toxic hodgepodge of insane workplace politics. Funny enough, my boss seems to like me the best out of the 3 of her underlings and lately I get along best with her and like her the most out of my bitter and frustrated coworkers. It can be difficult to mediate, but this position, among others, has been thrust upon me and despite all the stress I have to deal with in an otherwise unstressful job, it's been quite educational for me in many ways...

As always, I look forward to be an eager and motivated Idol participant for however long I'm in the competition. I don't do home game, and don't pay attention to the competition once I've been voted out. Have fun this season!

And as an added bonus, here's me on my bday when Justin made me a very lovely Oreo cheesecake : ):

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