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09 March 2011 @ 10:03 am
So, winter is almost over. Almost ... though I imagine there's one more epic snow in the making. It's been kind of a weird one, honestly; two separate occasions of foot-deep snows that lasted past noon, which is absurdly rare.

I feel a little silly selling my little 35-mpg CRX and getting a gas-guzzling 12-mpg V8 Jeep, but it was kind of an emergency buy -- I only had a day to shop, and apparently 99% of the cars on craigslist are a complete scam. These were the only people that called me back! Either way, despite it's fixer-uppishness, I am in love with it in a way that I was never in love with the CRX. My hippie heart weeps to hear this sudden attachment to a giant fucking SUV.

It doesn't have a name yet, though. 'Beast' has sufficed, for the time. Also, ZORU decals. :D :D :D They amuse me, oh my god.

Hey, wtf is up with turning LJ into facebook? Games, really? And is it suddenly relevant now, so spammers are queuing up to make things ugly? Thanks, Russia. ♥

This is an amazing year for books. The beginning of the month involved Amazon shipping me both the tenth (and final) book of the Malazan Book of the Fallen series (still my favorite, nyaaah, also I cried the last two hundred pages, non-stop) and Patrick Rothfuss' second, which I am so keyed up for I haven't even touched it yet but oh my goddddddd. (Okay, honestly I've been reading Stonewielder, Esslemont's newest edition to the Malazan Empire series and yes I know Esslemont has nothing on Rothfuss but whatever.) Also, Dance of Dragons is supposed to have a firm date in July, which no, I won't hold my breath, but with the series coming out on TV I think they'll do it, if only because it'll kick sales in the ass. I really need to re-read Martin's stuff but holy shit ASOIAF is so emotionally draining that it's tedious as hell at times and I'm not ready for a month-long black depression. At least Erikson provides moments of levity, even when you're sobbing your heart out.

Eeeeeh. Oh god, back into WoW again, after a few months on and a lot of months off, picked up Cataclysm last night and have been playing with a Worgen while I tried to remember what I was doing. (Greymane! x2! How could I not have an Avowed character, fuuuuuu ... though I wanted a Baaljaag or Garath.) Anyway, that'll probably be a few weeks' distraction, at least.

Also, the SO and I talking about babies. This is exciting. :D

Oh! I'm no longer a boss; our store didn't make enough money to keep my position, so the rug kinda got cut out from under me. Rather than tossing me out on the street (as they did to a few of the leads when this happened before), I was given the choice of open store positions; I'm in Electronics, now. Not sure how I'll like it yet (I just finished the computer training a few minutes before days off), but less hours and less responsibility for more money? Why not! It's base + commission, but whatev; if I don't like it, I know how to fill out applications.

Crap, didn't mean to write that much, sorry (if anyone actually reads these even; I'm pretty unreliable in lj-land ... or online, really, for that matter). How is everyone? Any marriages? Anyone get knocked up? :D
Current Music: The Bravery - Tragedy Bound
Gokudera Hayato: pic#102573296fedele_tempesta on March 9th, 2011 08:09 pm (UTC)
This is Piipa, in case you don't remember. o/


Long time no see and all that. Good to know you're okay!

Babies? :3 Is it finally time for that???

Also, there's a second book for the Name of the Wind? :O this is exciting news. I need to look out for that one. Kinda doubtful about SoIaF as well, but yeah, it just might happen, right? Have you seen trailers for the series? It looks exciting!

How're you holding up? :3 Miss you!
arclights on March 12th, 2011 05:26 pm (UTC)
Hi, you. ♥

Yeah, long time, rare internet. Funny and kinda sucky how time goes by so fast. And yeah, good with the okay; lots of ups and downs, but I'm still standing and swinging so I suppose that's a plus. :3

Yes! I think so. I've even got him convinced. How are yours? Growing big? :D

Yes! Wise Man's Fear -- just came out the 1st. I'm super-excited to read it because the first one was so awesome, but I keep finding reasons to procrastinate on it. I don't even know, man; I'll pick it up after I finish Stonewielder. Honestly, I'm just super-impatient to re-read the entirety of the Malazan series, since now the main series is finished and I'll understand all those things being alluded to and foreshadowed for all those books. BUT THREE AND A HALF MILLION WORDS, AUGH. Also, I don't read nearly as much now that I kicked smoking for good. :o I think Dragons will be out this time; we're within a year of his general between-release-dates time, and also hell yes tie in to series = extra money. Stoked to see it, I have no idea how long it'll be before I actually watch it, sob.

Doin' good, all things considered. How about you? Miss you too, bb!
redeemable for six adjectives of your choice: fai & mokona; oh?vazavati on March 9th, 2011 08:16 pm (UTC)
Hi! You! Long freakin' time no see!

Babies are exciting!! :o ♥

...nothing quite so exclamation-pointy on my end, but I am going to graduate from college in three months. So that's a thing I guess. And then, oh shit, it's going to be time to Be An Adult (TM). Good luck me.
[ heart's a mess ]: Atreyu - Promisesarclights on March 12th, 2011 05:29 pm (UTC)
I KNOW RITE? Loooong time; good to see you around and kicking. :D

Yes they are! I wants one, I does .... :D

Dude, that's totally exclamation-pointy. TOTALLY. And holy crap, you grow up so fast! I still remember wee high-school em; this is insaaaaaane. (Of course, this is the year of my 10-year reunion that I'm totally avoiding like the plague.) Best of luck on the adult thing! And let me know if you figure it out; I never have. >.>
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arclights on March 12th, 2011 05:32 pm (UTC)
Definite long time, hon -- I'm glad to hear from you. :D

Ooooh, still at it? I hope a breakthrough comes soon. Restaurant work can be awfully stressful, but it's also super-fun if you have a good crew. I was very lucky in that regard.

Haha, maybe not special to you. Maybe I should have added 'written the next great american novel' to my list or something. :D Nothing to apologize about! I haven't done either, er, either.
nthcoincident on March 9th, 2011 09:51 pm (UTC)

So good to see you around, it's been...almost a year, well goddamn. (I still take your Madara story out many a day to leech inspiration for founding-of-Konoha fic and have nostalgic bouts of GOD I WISH M. WOULD PLAY ON LJ MORE ;__;) Good to see things are going well with SUVs and babies and all the hallmarks of adulthood, man. BRB, I NEED TO GROW UP~

And ooh book recs. Will be grabbing those accordingly for the lazy last semester of college &hearts
arclights on March 12th, 2011 05:53 pm (UTC)
/swing hug

It's ... yeah, been forever. -____- I suck at keeping in contact with anyone! I think it's because I go days and days without looking at the computer sometimes, and my attention span for details (like email!) is short as hell. I'm glad to see you haven't gotten bored to tears with it yet (or come assassinated me for some of the more obvious fails within), but I haven't had a creative bone in my body in ages, either, and I have no idea where to go digging for one. Dude if you figure out how to do it LET ME KNOOOOOOW.

Yes! I think you would love the Malazan series, if you can get past the fact that the author drops you into the middle of the story without much bearing the first two hundred pages. He never does the 'two characters talk about/explain things perfectly well so the reader gets an infodump' thing, and while I think it's refreshing, some people hate that there will sometimes be concepts you don't really fully understand for two or three books. It's also one of those series that as good as it is, it's even better on re-reads, where you do have all the information and can savor those (in retrospect) incredibly obvious references and the fact that Erikson is a reader who chooses every single word on purpose. Also, it's a ten book tragedy for all the good that's done. Also, he makes me cry like a bitch more than anyone ever; he's mastered that black moment, and it never gets old. I seriously spent the last 400 pages of the last book on my couch, sobbing and reading and sobbing and reading and being in love with all of it. READ THEM.
Reine: Thomas/Hugo .+Hug+.fuckyeahfish on March 10th, 2011 12:49 am (UTC)

You're alive~ I missed you. <3

I'm glad to know you're okay though, and wow! That sounds neat though, about the job thing. How am I? Uh... I dunno, drowning in school as usual.

How are you though? I haven't seen you for so long~
[ heart's a mess ]: top gear - LISTEN UParclights on March 12th, 2011 05:56 pm (UTC)
/loves on

I am! Sort of! I miss you, too, Raine~ :3

The job thing is ... interesting; I'm kind of leery of semi-commission, and kind of leery of being a salesperson, but I do love gadgets and toys and I get to play with a lot of that stuff. :D How is school going? Still doing the animation thing?

Doin' good. Yeah, I've been preoccupied with life, but shit happens, but I'm doing fine. :D
Reine: Nanami/Wakaba/Nina .+Girl Power+.fuckyeahfish on March 12th, 2011 06:05 pm (UTC)

Well, hopefully you'd enjoy it anyway? I'd wanna get my hands on gadgets and toys somehow. And yup, I am! I went on leave for a few months due to creativity burnout and just overall stress, and now trying to finish my last two terms. Off to an awful start, but hopefully I finish it!

I'm glad~ Nothing amiss at least?
[m]: and never let me goronsard on March 12th, 2011 02:54 am (UTC)
I read these~ Feel free to drop in out of the blue at any time. Tap on my window, knock on my door ♥
arclights on March 12th, 2011 06:04 pm (UTC)

Good to see you still alive and around! ♥♥♥