tokimi: (waiting)
I keep meaning to update in a fuller capacity and I haven't really done it.

There's only a few key points to note at the moment.

* Kyle messaged me a few weeks ago and we talked things over. Our relationship is on the mend. He initiated our initial conversation, and I said a lot of things that I had refrained from since that day in July we had broken up. I do mean to fully explain this in the future, so, stay tuned? I've told my sisters and some of my friends about it already, and I just haven't quite committed it here, though I mean to. I understand that some people may feel this is the wrong choice, but as I've already explained to my sisters and my therapist, it feels right somehow, and I hesitate about ignoring my gut feeling.

* Sherzad, aka Tekno died last year in August. I know there are several people on my friend's list who knew the guy, and felt that they too should know about this. It did take a year for me to find out about this, and even longer for me to remember his last name to look up how since the original source of information didn't know how. (I heard it from Justin, who heard it from some girl that apparently knew Sherz, and her information was sketchy at best.) Apparently, it was a car accident, and I believe he wasn't wearing his seatbelt. Any other details beyond that, I'm not sure. He left behind an adorable little girl named Samantha.

* They finally removed the desk thing from my apartment. Quite anticlimatic after the other two topics, but I am inordinately pleased about it, and have been planning to organize about it. I am still in the decision process about fully retiring my desktop or not, as I've moved almost everything worth saving from it onto the second harddrive on my laptop, which my dad bought me during my trip out east. Planning a trip to Ikea the coming weekend to buy another media shelf and a dresser. I had miscalculated on the capacity of the shelves I bought before I went on the epic road trip. (Picture here.) I'm in the process of rehoming things and waiting on the Ikea trip to further organize. I'm hanging up posters, and discovered I have a Luis Royo print that was still in shrink wrap in one of my poster tubes. I'm not sure where I got this or when.

* Aion launches in less than a month. Excited about this as WoW has just gotten duller and duller and the latest announcement regarding the next expansion just looks boring and somewhat anticlimatic. The latest raid has been boring as well, and it's only because they've released one boss a week that people haven't blown through the content quickly.

* I still need to resize the photos from my trip and post them online. I should sit down and do that at some point.

* I've started RPing again, after nearly 18 months or longer in hiatus. It's refreshing. I have a short story I wrote earlier this year that I mean to post on my LJ for more feedback. Decky has been abyssmal at such things as he recognizes the main character and keeps going on about how she should be more faithful to the personality he knows of her, rather than taking the story at face value. I'm still waiting on his essay. I started going through past logs of certain characters, and I still get that same squicky feeling from a certain scene played out more than 6 years ago. Crazy.

* I'm adopting Cory's cat, Adam, because he's recently begun to fight with his sister, Aurora. We're not sure why. And Adam loves me. So I'm taking him. I miss having a cat, though I'm sure in a few weeks, I'll be ready to climb the walls with having to deal with a cat on my laptop or pawing through my hair at night when I want to sleep. We'll see!

Going Home

Jul. 21st, 2009 10:02 pm
tokimi: (contemplation)
Going home early tomorrow. Not looking forward to a 6 hour flight, but I am looking forward to going home. Also not looking forward to a 6 hour flight while covered in bug bites and on my period. Gonna be a jolly old time up in the air, I think.

Also, go help the folks at http://www.thespeedgamers.com.
tokimi: (meeeee)
Since I got to Massachusetts, the weather's felt more appropriate to Seattle winters than New England summers. It was rainy, and overcast, and generally wet. Which isn't a huge deal, pretty used to that sorta thing, being as that I LIVE in Seattle and have for several years. But I was expecting to deal with hot, humid and the general nastiness that comes along with summers in this area. It has, finally cleared up, at least for a little bit, for which I am extremely glad.

I'm actually just sitting in my parents' yard, with the still massively huge golden retriever, Max. He's eating sticks, I'm blogging and listening to music on my iPod since I don't want to needlessly drain the battery on my laptop. I'm enjoying the warm weather, the nice, steady breeze and he outsideness from the shade of this huge oak tree. I should take pics of my parents' property, it's really very pretty, no surprise being out in the sticks somewhere, and Max probably would've been happier if he had grown up here, since he doesn't seem to like the big, wide openness in his old age. I just tried to convince him to give me this stick so I could throw it for him, but he wanted nothing to do with that. Hey, I tried. There is no accounting for dogs or their taste in persuits. Max's just happens to be devouring sticks, for whatever reason.

The flight down to Cali was a non event. Nothing to really comment about there. Quarla came and got me at the airport, and we chilled out for a few hours at her place before crashing for the night.

The next day, we went somewhere that was sorta equidistant from her, Joyless and Mikura and met the WoW-boys for lunch. Whereas I might have been a bit nervy about introducing one friend to a group of friends, it went rather well. She plays WoW, so getting along with other WoW dorks was pretty easy and nothing to be concerned about, as it turned out. We hung out all together for a bit, and Q suggested going to the Blizzard building and getting Murphy pics there on the way back to her place. We ended up splitting up for a bit, Q went back home to finish packing and the like, and I went with Mik and Joy and we all went to Blizzard. Joy works there, so he got us in past security and showed us around, after we signed this confidentiality waiver. I have pics of Murphy there, too.

I incidentally, also have pics of a finger printed smiley face on Mik's precious Infinity G35, and a couple of knicks in the paint. The knicks I am not responsible for, but I take pride in the smiley face, which he immediately wiped off with some spray stuff he keeps in the trunk after graciously letting me get a picture of it. I immediately posted the pic of the smiley on our guild forums, and have been bribed, since, to post the pics I took of Mik and Omatre on the forums in return for "any piece of loot off Yogg Saron" by our guild leader. I should hold out for the Soulscribe.

Mik bought me some In & Out that night and it was everything I remembered. Soooo gooooood... I ended up having two In & Out burgers in less than 24 hours, because Quarla and I got some when we stopped in Vegas and met her best friend, Manda.

Quarla's dad reminds me a lot of my dad. The tech nuts who want the perfect picture, the perfect audio experience for their movie viewing pleasure. They're both software engineers of a sort. Her dad seems a bit more easy going than mine, though. And my dad is taller and bigger. Heh.

The actual trip from Cali to NY/MA wasn't so bad. Spent approximately 2 of the 4 days in the car, if you do the math. About 12 hours in the car a day, for 4 days. We didn't get lost, but after hitting I-80, it was pretty easy. We did meet Smerffy and Omatre on the way out here, as well as stopping in Nebraska to see Stephanie, who put us up for the night and fed us. Steph and I stayed up until 2-3am and talked in her room while Q slept. My job was to stay awake and talk, and navigate, and to protect the geckos from direct sunlight, which I think I did admirably.

The geckos, 3 leopards named Ripley, Newt and Rising Fire, make me want to get geckos now, but I bet Adam would try to eat it and that would be pretty traumatic for all parties involved.

Also,4x RWs do not burn smoothly in a car. I imagine that 52x R's would, though! Thanks to Steph though, for the RWs, so we got some fresh music in the car after Lincoln.

I took some pics along the way. The scenary got boring after the Rockies until we got to NY. We did stop at two of the viewpoints in Utah and got some pictures. Quarla's camera picked up the colour differences a lot better than my new one did, but her's had a professional quality lens on it, so there you go.

We cut out the Buffalo detour, and just went from Toledo straight to Plattsburgh. Matt (Omatre) was pretty cool and came out to the hotel we were staying at and picked us up to take us out to a late dinner. He hung out with us in our hotel room for a few hours before we had to call it a night. Matt's pretty good people and I really enjoyed meeting him. We took a slight detour through the Adirondacks towards the end of the last leg, and it was very pretty. No cell reception to speak of though, but to be expected all things considered.

We stayed in Plattsburgh for a few days before we came down to my dad's place. It was an easy, 4 hour drive, and we even took the ferry over into Vermont across Lake Champlain. We went by Manchester, and I waved at people and the exits I knew, and gleed about being back in this area. We went to Boston on Sunday and met one of -her- friends, and he was a bit quiet and shy about me, but seemed like a pretty nice guy. Towards the end of the visit, he started getting a bit more talkative towards me, which was cool. I picked up a stupidly expensive Red Sox sweatshirt and the first book of Fathom that included the first 3 story arcs, which made me happy since my first volume of the graphic novel disappeared at some point. This book contained a bit more than the old copy, so it's all good.

And now, I am here, in Massachusetts, just sorta chilling out, waiting on people to get a hold of me. I recommend texting my phone (which you can do from my LJ profile) or IMing me on some messenger or another, because my dad's house is a cell phone black hole for me, and I barely get any reception to speak of out here. See this entry, which I had originally botched and posted as private: http://tokimi.livejournal.com/307775.html for my phone number or comment on it to make plans. ;)

I miss (----) since we haven't gotten to talk a whole lot with the 3 hour time difference and our difference in schedules. I've been asking him to wake me up when he's ready for bed so we've talked a bit then. I hope all is going well for him at home with the job hunt and the like.

I should be editing pictures and getting them posted fairly soon. (Fake) Murphy pictures especially.

At Sea/Tac

Jun. 20th, 2009 06:49 pm
tokimi: (quiet)
So, not knowing how long it would take for me to get through security, I insisted on coming about 2 hours early. I got my boarding pass, checked my purple suitcase and got through security in less than half an hour. Now I'm sitting at the gate waiting and killing time. Gonna snack on something in 20 minutes before I get on the plane, but not a whole lot going on other than that.

And when I wrote that, that was the case. However, they switched what gate we're leaving out of to an entirely different terminal, so now I'm in a completely different place. Which sucks, but what can you do? Meh. I'm in the right place now, and just sorta sitting here, talking to Kyle and Quarla, and occassionally Mik on AIM. I was totally gonna fininsh Ulduar from the airport, if I could find an outlet, before they changed my gate.

I dropped my electric shaver last night and it broke, and now my legs are hidden underneath knee high black and purple stockings. Huzzah. And a skirt, but always a skirt. I'm thinking about getting a pair of sandals at some point.

I'm also going to start a photo project, concering the plush Murphy that's currently in my purse. I need to take a pic of him at the gate, I think. Since I couldn't find anything that had "SEATTLE!" right there that would be easy to take a pic of by myself. I wonder if I could convince one of the airport people by the gate to hold him while I take the pic. It's pretty silly, but Murphy's gonna get pics taken of him EVERYWHERE.

Also. I love technology. I love the fact that I can be anywhere, pretty much, and be online from there. Like right now, online, from the airport, as are a few people and it's awesome. Things are so different now, but then again, I haven't flown in 7 years, so it's no wonder. And all that rot about how much shit's changed between now and then.

Oh, and I am tempted to buy booze on the airplane, and end up in Cali drunk. That would be hilarious, for Quarla.

Agenda for the week:
Saturday: The beginning! Flying to Cali
Sunday: Hanging out with Joyless & Mik
Monday: Beginning of the Epic Cross Country Trip 2009, Corona, CA to Denver, CO
Tuesday: Day 2, Denver, CO to Lincoln, NE, to hang out and stay over night at Steph's
Wednesday: Day 3, Lincoln, NE to Toledo, OH? I believe is the next step. Robby & Matt + Q's friend(s)?
Thursday: Day 4 Toledo, OH to Buffalo, NY: Niagra Falls, I think
Friday: Day 5, Buffalo, NY to Plattsburgh, NY: The end, for now!

I think that's about right. And we'll chill out at her place in Plattsburgh for a few days before the trip to Boston. I'm thinking we'll be in Boston before the 4th of July so we'll avoid all that drunken traveling and the like.
tokimi: (hats off)
I invade California in 18 hours or something like that.

Cory, Mandy, Tim and Olivia and I are going to get lunch, chill for a little bit, and then the Currans are taking me to the airport, where I'll be bored for a while after getting through security. Bringing my DS, my ipod, and the new camera that I bought a few days ago, so I can take better long distance pics than I could with my old one.

Q's picking me up from the airport, and then Sunday, we're gonna hang out with Mik and Joyless from WoW for a bit before settling down and kicking back. And then, Monday, we start the epic trip.

Now I'm finally sleepy, and I have to be up in a reasonable amount of time to do the dishes, and pick up a bit more before I leave.

poutyface

May. 30th, 2009 10:11 pm
tokimi: (s)
So, starting June 1st, they're implementing passport requirements to come into the US from Canada. Or "enhanced IDs" which are only offered by 4 states at the moment. On the upside, Washington offers enhanced IDs and they are a lot cheaper than passports. The downside, the interview has to be done in person and requires alot of the same documents that you need for a passport. Also, it takes 2-3 weeks for the ID to arrive after being accepted. Which means, I can't go to Victoria before I head out east and will have to wait until I get home from the trip.

Toronto is out of the picture for the epic road trip.

I still intend on getting an enhanced ID, mostly because they're easily renewed after you do it initially and I foresee trips to Canada in the future. I plan on hitting up the DOL anyhow, so I can the booklet for the written exam, so I can get my permit before I go to California. Not that I intend on driving on the trip at all, but it's one step and mebbe I can get some practice in with my dad or something. Also, once I get my license, I can become a member of Flexcar or something, and not have to ask my sister to come with me to go to Ikea. And she can send me out to the store when I'm over her house.

My flight down to California's booked. I leave at 7:40 on June 20th. Quarla and I plan on heading out on Monday the 22nd, so we're estimating 7-10? days or so to get across country with all of the mid trip stops.

Should be in NH at the beginning of July, I believe. So let's start making plans, folks! I'll prolly need places to crash until I head to Mass to see my dad. Fo sure.
tokimi: (prayer)
[livejournal.com profile] quarla doesn't want to drive around July 4th. So this means either leaving at the very end of June and crashing out on the 4th somewhere? (Steph, I look at you, personally for this), leaving early enough that we'll be in NY by July 4th, or just leaving after July 4th. I don't know, the plans are still in their infancy at the moment, though by the end of next week, at the latest, should have my flights booked. The plan is to fly into Cali, and then leave a day or two after I get there.

Preferred stops at the moment, on my end:
* Lincoln, Nebraska (Steph, on the way!)
Lafayette, Indiana (Kel, not sure on if she could come meet us somewhere if this was too far out of the way)
Cincinnati, Ohio (Robby offered to come and meet me anywhere, not sure if Sean can)
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Tony would come and meet us somewhere, if we were reasonably in the vague area)
Toronto, Ontario (Edited in, Q's got friends here and wants to make this stop; going to Victoria first pretty much means that I should have no problem getting into Canada)

* = Definitely able to make. The others are on the way, just not sure how far out of the way they are vs the route we'll end up taking. We'd like to stop in the Dallas/FW area, to see Wes, but it's 600 miles out of the way, and a bit much on a 3000+ mile journey in the first place. It's probably a no go.

If you are not on this list, let me know, and I'll let Q know, and we'll see what we can do. People in NH do not count, as I will see you, for sure.

I need to think on what I need to bring. We've decided on our cameras, iPods and laptops. I'll be ripping copies of the Harry Potter audio books to bring with me, and we might listen to them, and I think that's about all I've gotten figured out as far as that goes. I have a wealth of stories to disclose, and crazy mom stories are always a hit! A suitcase of clothes with some space for Fluff (and other stuffs!) on the return trip, and that's probably about it.

I am looking forward to going to Friendly's, King Kone, Dunkin Donuts, and D'angelo's in NH. All I can think about is the food and places I've missed in NH. Kinda sad, but Cory says that she usually binges when she goes back east for the same reasons.

Planning a trip to Victoria before the cross country thing. A weekend getaway trip, heading up there on the clipper, crashing in a nice, touristy hotel, and then coming back to Seattle after 2-3 nights. And not doing a damned touristy thing because that's not what I'd be there for. Crashing in the room and watching movies the whole time. If this means I have to bring a dozen DVDs with me, and my laptop, to accomplish that, I will. Because god knows, I'm bringing freshly made cookies.

And I don't know which trip I'm more excited about. The 3-4 week trip cross country with Q to see a bunch of friends in NH as the end result, or the 3-4 day trip across the border to meet him.
tokimi: (funny haha ubsurd)
Having talked to [livejournal.com profile] quarla a bit more today, and my dad, and Wes about all of this... it sounds pretty solid that I'll be heading out east with her, driving along the southern half of the country and then heading up north along the eastern seaboard. The actual itinerary isn't planned at the moment, nor when we'd be leaving, or when I'd be hitting New Hampshire.

According to Q, we'll be driving straight through Lincoln, though, Steph, so definitely gonna stop and see you and your menagerie of animals. Maybe I'll steal a kitten and bring it with me everwhere. Though not likely, kittens in carriers for another 4 days probably get unhappy and make messes. And that's no good for another 4 days in the car.

I'll have to bring my iPod, laptop and prolly my DS (need to get a DS Simply card). Some books. Maybe download some audio books for us to listen to. Borrow a suitcase from my sister for the trip. I want to get a new digital camera for the trip, because mine's 3.2mp and that's not very high for taking decent pics of landscapes and the like. But that will require more research before I actually make a purchase there.

Anyway. I'll keep the details posted. Chances are, we'll be blogging on the trip.
tokimi: (blushing)
So.

So many things I could be writing about right now. But only a few lines, since I can't seem to sit down for long enough to write all of those things.

There's still a lot of stuff I need to do. And want to do. And want to make of my life. I want a house, I want my marvelous, custom built kitchen. I want a couple of cats, a dog or two, and Murphy (who will not be renamed Bread). I want to be a pastry chef. But to do all that, got to straighten shit out first. Always had a reason, never had much motivation until the last few months.

I'm actually pretty happy (content!) most of the time, when not in fits or episodes of anxiety, crazy or depression; those having come much less frequent, though. I'm inspired to work on all of those things I've been putting off in therapy. And those quirks that seem to entirely wreck my universe that are mostly of my own design. I attribute this to mostly to one of the most amazing people I've been blessed to meet. I don't know how they do it, but they do, and it's incredible to me. I'm very happy to have met them, and I'm glad that they're in my life. I will no doubt go on about (----) in the future, but for the moment, this being a quick update that's not entirely about them, it's not the time.

I have hesitated in writing about (----) for a few months now, and I don't particularly know why. Sometimes, things are like a bubble and the slightest outside pressure can pop it.

I'm 25 now. And it freaked me out for a while. I think I'm okay with it. I told (----), about something in their life, that it's a transitional period, that just because things are crappy now, doesn't mean they always will be. And really, it's the same thing, about my life. It's just easier to tell someone else that, than it is to believe it yourself.

Mandy and I went to the ballet a few days after my birthday, because they were performing Swan Lake, and it's been one of my favourite pieces of music for ages. I cried at the end of it, it was so moving, so beautiful. I will probably make an effort to go back and see Swan Lake everytime it's performed at the PNW Ballet after that. I really enjoyed the performance. I still mean to go to an opera at some point, but there's only two I really want to see, namely Don Giovanni and Aida.

My lip ring's been healing up pretty nicely. I got my ears all gauged up to 18s, including my cartiledge piercing. I thought they would all hurt a LOT more than they did. It was very anticlimatic. I'm thinking of maybe gauging my lowest earring to 14 or 12 to put in some of the more interesting pyrex "squid" pieces of jewelry. I'll have to look up some pics later. This being a quick update before I lose the determination to write.

I quit the WoW guild I had helped build and ran for the last 5 months. Pointedly, it had gotten to be a lot of stress. When I spend the first half hour or more of every nightly conversation with (----) bitching about it, it's gone too far. It wasn't fun anymore. It was more work than it should've been, and I shouldn't have been the only person busting their ass to make it all work out. After nearly a 2 month ultimatum, it's how things fell out. I admit to quitting in a fit of utter frustration and some what emo-ness, but it wasn't a huge surprise, and shouldn't have been, for the officers that it happened. I'd been saying I wanted to if things hadn't changed. And they didn't. In the two short weeks since I quit, the whole guild has fallen apart, which, in my opinion, pretty much underscores the fact that I had been single handedly running the guild.

Anyhow.

Lastly. [livejournal.com profile] quarla might need a traveling buddy for when she moves out to NY in late July. She asked me if I wanted to come, and offered to help pay for plane tickets to Socal and then back to Seattle. I'm heavily considering doing it, as it'll be a blast driving cross country again, and to see more of the sights (and maybe peoples along the way, [livejournal.com profile] dmoira). And it's a chance to see everyone back in NH whom I haven't seen since I graduated high school in 2002. I have no doubt that I can convince someone to meet us halfway in Burlington, Vermont to make the Margo exchange so I could go back to NH for a week or two and then fly out of Manchester or Boston to head home. It would be awesome to see everyone back east again, it's been so long. I need to email my dad about it, and see about his plans.

And that's all I'm committing to for right now. Once again, I'll try to write more again in the future, but I say that alot, and it never comes through.

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