Monthly Archives: March 2009

Lasagna

So I made lasagna last night. Problems cropped up from the get-go, and proceeded to happily snowball from there. Okay, I exaggerate mildly. But because my pot is evidently not big enough for a pound of ground beef, I obviously had to chuck some in the trash if I didn’t want a bubbly hot mess all over the stove-top (because it’s soooooooo clean *eyeroll*). So that meant that when I was actually *making* the lasagna, I ran out of mixture. Having never made lasagna before, I figured that it was fine to just leave the last layer of pasta uncovered; what was the worst that could happen? For those of you who haven’t made lasagna before either, here’s the answer: it’s not a good idea. Don’t do it. Wasn’t tremendous disaster, but disaster enough worth mentioning. Hoping the food will last me a couple of days.

Going to be fiendishly busy over the weekend, unfortunately. I really need to sink my teeth into research for my two papers I have to write this semester, plus I need to catch up on my Russian essays, which is a nightmare I’m almost afraid to face, but will for the sake of my pride. They’ll be a disaster, of course, but that’s what taking a class pass/fail is for.  I’m sure there are other things that need doing, but I don’t want to overwhelm myself, so I’ll just stick to three ginormous things to do over the weekend. Odds are, I’ll be lucky if I get one of them done. I know perfectly well how awful of a procrastinator I am.

I have come to the realization that I have written about 30,000 words in the past 16 days. None of it’s anything that can ever be used for anything productive, but it’s been fairly fun doing the writing itself.  I know I should be doing more productive things writing-wise; i.e. making a final decision regarding the Eden story about whether I truly want it in third or first and getting a move on with the Bloody Destiny rewrite, but the silly stuff is easier to sit down and write for great lengths of time. Perhaps I’ll put that on my imaginary to-do list.

You know, I think my life, at least lately, is like the lasagna I made. Little, insignificant issues at the beginning, play a huge role in the outcome. But they’re minor disasters, and in their own way, minor disasters are just as much fun as the successes.

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A Book, a Splinter, And Other Pleasantries

I finished reading a book about an hour ago; American Saviour: A Novel of Divine Politics, by Roland Merullo. Hilarious and sad at the same time. It’s an amusing little insight into American politics, when Jesus himself comes back to run for president of the United States, told from the perspective of a reporter who ends up being one of the crucial figures in Jesus’s campaign. There’s a little spirituality in there, but it’s not laid on all that heavily, and it turns out that Jesus’s christianity is a bit different from what modern day mainstream Christians believe, which is fun. Overall, I would highly recommend the book to anyone who enjoys political satire. Here’s a game to play while you read it: nearly all of the important figures in the book outside of the campaign itself are mirrors of real people in the world. Some, I found, were harder to guess than others, but it’s an amusing little exercise. My personal favorite? Popopoffolous, hands down. Bittersweet, but sensible, ending.

I went home a little while ago, in order to get my learner’s permit, which was a success, hurrah. While there, I acquired a splinter of some sort on the sole of my foot. No luck in getting it out, just unpleasasnt pain. I poke at it every once in a while, but I think I might just be making things worse. Sooner or later, it’ll work its way out or dissolve, but I fear that I am sentenced to pain until then.

Not been doing all that much writing, except a silly little smut piece that I’m writing for my own pleasure. But I’ve been busy, too; I had a paper proposal due, as mentioned; it was given back on Tuesday and I got a B+. Far more than I deserved, but the hard work is just beginning. Still have to *write* the damn paper. Had another paper due at noon today, so that’s what I’ve been working my ass off on lately.

Broke again. I’ll pretend to be surpised.

No luck thus far on jobs. To be expected, probably.

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Spring Break!

Well, I survived the past week, despite the past 48 hours. Enough said about that; it’s done and I don’t care to think that much more about it. I’ll find out how the paper proposal went when the prof hands it back, andI’ll deal with it then.

I’m have second, third, hundredth thoughts about rewriting the Eden story from third to first. I like it in third, I really do, and I’m increasingly finding myself copy-pasting from the third person doc to the first person doc and just changing the pronouns because I like the way it’s written, too. I think I’m just avoiding actually sending it out, because I’m just too damn afraid it’ll get rejected.  *sigh*

So, goals for this spring break (might as well make the list, even if I never actually get half of them done)

1. Read book and do paper for other class

2. Finish Erikson’s series so I can move on to The Kindly Ones (I hate reading two entirely different kinds of books at once)

3. Run at least twice. And try to teach myself that I’m not a “bad person” if I don’t, or if I don’t eat right, etc.

4. Tidy up this shithole, because it’s gone from bad to disgraceful to whatever comes after disgraceful.

5. Get driver’s permit. Yay!

6. Finish typing up handwritten edit to Bloody Destiny, Book 1 of the Lost Years Quintet

Speaking of aforementioned quintet, as I was reading over the stuff for BD already typed, I wanted to amuse myself by going through part of the second book and reading some of  my favorite bits. So I go and open it up and…half of it is gone. Deep breath. I then go look through the folders for book 3-5. They’re *empty*. Now, I’m more or less rewriting the quintet, but that doesn’t mean I’m not going to heavily rely on the stuff already written. So I trawl back to dead useless laptop (DUL) and boot it up with ubuntu, and transfer the applicable files onto thumb drive and come back to nice shiny new laptop (NSNL) and open it up. Books 4 and 5, hey presto, transferred right over. Books 2 and 3? Corrupted. So I go back to DUL and try again. Except somehow in the intervening 5 minutes I’ve managed to turn my thumb drive read only. Fuck knows how.  There’s a good side to this story, though. I emailed them all to me as I finished them. So they’re back and safe on NSNL, but now I’m too stressed and tense to do anything except sit here and mindlessly surf. At least I’ve got all freaking million words of it back. I can’t imagine actually *losing* all of that.

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