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( Mar. 21st, 2007 12:15 am)
Apparently I spoke too soon yesterday evening! I was pleasantly surprised when [profile] triple_phoenix made dinner for everyone!

I really need to bake some more bread soon...

I've been working almost obsessively on my Game Chef entry, which I'm currently called Titanium Hearts; it's a phrase that came to me several years ago and which I very much like, so I'm sure it'll stick. I don't mind that I've been so focused on my game because I have such a limited window during which I can work on it, but I also don't mind because I prefer to focus obsessively on whatever type of work it is I'm doing, whether it's drawing, painting, writing, sculpture, or even just research. I just function more happily that way.

I also function more happily if I can do my thing on my own time, but who doesn't? I suppose if I ever want to ever really be able to indulge my night owlness I'll have to move to Las Vegas; that's the city that never sleeps.
Almost as if he timed it that way, my phone rang as I was stepping out the door this morning to go get my driver's license renewed; it was my dad. So, instead of finally getting my driver's license renewed, I drove over to his house to help him build a simple hutch for his ginormous door desk. I didn't mind, both because it was interesting and because I don't want my dad to do anything to hurt his back. After we did that and moved some of my parent's belongings out of their FEMA trailer, we put together a baby shower gift for Matt and Debbie, then sat around and talked about cooking for a while; since my dad's been out of work while recovering from his second back surgery, he's become quite the gourmand.

I've lost a lot of time I was going to use to finish up my game's character creation system, so I've got to exclusively focus on that tonight. Of course, no one else in this house is willing to lift a spatula to cook anything, so I'll probably have to take some time out to keep us fed. I feel I'm making good progress on my Game Chef entry, although I'm not exactly sure how best to manage my time since this is my first time trying this. I feel confident I'll figure it out and I'm really enjoying working on it! If I stay on schedule, I'll have the character creation system ready for testing by Tuesday night and should be in the process of working out the conflict resolution system. If you're interested in tabletop role playing games and would like to know more about my work in process, go here or feel free to visit the official Game Chef website; the link leads to my contest group and my user name is JackieSixty.

I'm beginning to get extremely upset with our room mate who has moved out for the time being. I feel like he's just dicking us around and avoiding us at this point, although I also know much of that attitude is related to his own mental illness and he is certainly not the only one of us to struggle with mental illness. However, he is treating us unfairly and disrespectfully and the issue must be addressed, because we should not suffer due to his shortsightedness and self pity, especially not when we'd help him if we were given the chance.
I haven't been updating my LJ because my wireless card finally burned out two weeks ago! I've got a new wireless connection now, thankfully. :)

Nothing much happened, although I did discover late in  the third day of my attempt at The Master Cleanser that my stomach is too sensitive for all the lemon juice and cayenne pepper. Honestly, it could have been anything, but all I know is that I spent an hour vomiting and nearly another hour dry heaving in complete misery over the toilet; when I was finally able to safely leave the bathroom all my muscles were sore from the constant, miserable retching. I doubt I'll attempt The Master Cleanser ever again after this experience and I can't recommend it to anyone else after this, either, although I've known people who have done it without experiencing the hell I went through!

One of our room mates is going through a difficult financial period in addition to a very depressive phase, so he's been staying with some other friends and has become completely non-communicative with us. Of course we're very strapped for cash now, but I worry more about our friend and room mate's mental health and about the sort of people with whom he's living right now; I don't know them and I have a feeling that they may not be the best sort of people for him to be around right now, although that in now way means they're bad people. I just really wish he would come home, so we wouldn't have to worry about him, but I know that won't happen until he's worked through whatever demons he's struggling with right now.

I'm gradually coming out of the deep depression I've been in for the last few months, although it briefly became much worse over the last two or three weeks.

We're going to get our taxes done soon so I can hopefully get some government assistance for college.
enduringplum: (Lantern Light)
( Jul. 1st, 2006 08:52 pm)
The first thing I have to report is that Nacho Libre was hysterical; I feel it combined the delightful absurdity of This is Spinal Tap with the comedy of Death to Smoochie, plus much of the music was done by Danny Elfman. The movie's setting alone was cool enough for me to recommend it: it was shot entirely in Mexico and much of it in historic Oaxaca.


I cannot endure another day without Taco Bell and since I'll have to go out to Harahan for the Bell anyway, I might as well swing by the theatre to see Nacho Libre

Last night when I told Allen* I'd be seeing it with [profile] triple_phoenix he was relieved; he said he'd almost given in to my begging him to see it with me. :(   I don't get him— I thought everyone loved Jack Black! Honestly, I think he's the funniest thing on God's green earth next to Pootie Tang.

Sometime today I'm supposed to see the house I may be moving into with [profile] triple_phoenix and a couple other friends. With five people living there, it may be a little crowded, but having a real bedroom and a real kitchen and a real bathroom will be a huge improvement over the Polly Pocket sized amenities with which I've been living for the last few months; trailer life is not the life for me. 

If we do all move in together the number of pets on the property will be a little daunting (mainly because of me, I must admit), but well under the legal limit! :P I'll be bringing my dog, four cats, and three ferrets; Allen will be bringing his cat, Sterling; [profile] triple_phoenix will be bringing her cat Lily and her bunny; and one of the other roommates will be bringing two dogs, although those will only be staying with us until September, when their owner is supposed to come back to New Orleans. The ferrets will have to continue to live outside and the bunny will have to join them, otherwise I think it would be impossible for the house to avoid smelling like a pet store; it'll be bad enough having three indoor-only cats, but Sunny, Sayuri, and Lily just can't go outside.

It bothers me to look at my Photobucket album because it reminds me that before Hurricane Katrina we had a life! We had a house, garden, pets, things we loved, and a normal routine that was all our own. We went to the grocery store, had friends over, and cooked dinner all according to our own way of doing things. We didn't have to live our life according to what time the FEMA inspector was coming over or what time we had to meet the contractors at our flooded out house! I could fold laundry, sweep and mop, and water the plants when it was best for me. I never worried about where I would do my laundry or if I should just cough up the money to have it done at Soap Opera; I never worried about who would be folding my panties before Hurricane Katrina. So, thanks a lot global warming; thanks a lot Bush administration.
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