Friday, December 19, 2008

Have I ever mentioned I'm pyrophobic?

So our apartment complex was on the news. Just as I was going to bed I noticed lots and lots of lights outside my bedroom window. I went to look and saw more fire trucks than I had ever seen in my life congregated at our apartment complex. I put my sneakers on in record time, grabbed one of my roommates from her room, and went downstairs where I discovered that the apartment building across the parking lot from us was on fire. It was one of the scariest things I had ever seen in my whole entire life.

We just stood there with our neighbors watching this fire consume this apartment, and then the roof just completely disappeared. It took about an hour for the fire department to find a source of water and finally put the thing out. The entire time I was scared that the fire would jump to the trees (our complex has a TON of trees) and then over to our building, but luckily this did not happen. All in all, six families were left homeless and they determined the cause to be a cigarette that hadn't been properly extinguished. Unbelievable.

So all of my holiday shopping is done, which is very exciting. Especially since over the course of the month I became one of the many staggering economic statistics that you see on the news. Yes, I am now part of the unemployed. Our company laid off about three hundred employees in three days, so I got to pack my things up, say good-bye to the people I had worked with for so long, and start a new life. I'm not sure what this new life is supposed to entail quite yet, but I'm sure I'll figure it out.

For now, I'm using all of this precious time off to work on a young adult novel that I got inspired to write out of the blue. It's going really well. I've also been invited to a writer's conference in February. My awesome friend, who's a Creative Writing MFA student at UCF, was asked to read a paper she wrote at a writer's conference in Chicago and she asked me to tag along. I told her that I would love to. I've never been to a writer's conference before so I'm really looking forward to it. Maybe I'll get even more inspiration!

Another thing this time off has afforded me is the time to actually send out holiday cards. I always have the intention of sending cards out, but then I get so caught up with everything else that they get put on the backburner. Not this year though. They're all enveloped, addressed, stamped, and ready to go. I just have to remember to actually drop them off at the post office.

January 1st I plan on starting my job search. With the way things are right now in the country I'm setting my sights low, so wish me luck. In the mean time, have a Happy Holidays!

ETA: I almost forgot to mention this. I entered a photo into one of the JPG Magazine themes, so if you like it go vote for it. And if you don't like it, go vote for some of the other ones. A lot of these photographs are amazing. Just click below.

Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Today was a day of new

Today I did something that I've never done before. I bought a suit. Isn't it crazy? I'm growing up. It looks awesome on me and I feel so professional in it. It really is true that clothes can change your mood and attitude. It's pretty unbelievable. I always tell myself that every month I'm going to buy myself a new article of clothing or a new outfit, but I never get around to it. Maybe this suit will spark that clothes buying motivation that I always seem to lack.

I came across the coolest site ever the other day. http://jpgmag.com/ It's the site for a photography magazine and you can submit photos to their different themes. Naturally, I quickly made an account, but I've only uploaded one picture so far. It was a picture I took in Charleston, South Carolina of the windowsill of a bar that we had walked by. But I really recommend everyone check it out. These pictures are amazing. Photography, without a doubt, is my favorite visual art form and looking through these people's pictures remind me of why.

I miss fan fiction. I know that's random, but I came across one of my stories online and I had so much fun rereading it. The problem with fan fiction is that when fandoms die it's hard to keep the muse. Oddly, I've serendipitously stumbled upon a new fandom and it's sparked a plot bunny in my mind. I'm not telling which fandom it is though because I bought a suit, and that means I'm a grown up now, and this fandom would undermine my suit and my grown-up-ness, so there.

Last month, or I guess it's two months now, Maika and I took a trip up to New York City to visit Evelisse for her birthday. While there we met Tom Cruise and Daniel Radcliffe. No really. Well pretty much anyway. Tom Cruise was really nice and he smiled at us and waved as he walked by. I had my camera in my hand, but somehow the brain function that alerts me to take a photo malfunctioned at that moment. Luckily, it worked again when Daniel Radcliffe came out to sign autographs, which is what we were waiting for in the first place when Tom just passed on by. See that? I'm already on a first name basis with him.

So the reason we were waiting for Daniel Radcliffe was because he's performing in Equus, and I highly recommend that everyone see it if they get a chance. It was phenomenal. As a pleasant surprise, it turns out that Captain Janeway is in it as well. And also, I have to pimp this every chance I get, if you go to New York City and want to see the best off-Broadway musical ever, then go see Altar Boyz. Why? Because I said so. I saw it twice while it was touring, and this was my first chance to see it up in New York where it all started. What's funny is that our Abraham was the understudy who happened to also be the same exact Abraham understudy that we got when we saw it in Sarasota.

The holidays are here. I had a great Thanksgiving and I'm looking forward to a pretty great Christmas as well. I've got 3/4 of my Christmas/Hannukah/Holiday shopping done. I think I deserve a cookie for that. Tomorrow I'm going to see Avenue Q!!! I can't wait. It's going to be a lot of fun, and now that I think I've rambled enough, I'm going to go play on jpgmag.com.