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Just a quick update!

Right now I'm on allegra d, anti-nausea medicine (that I've not been taking very much ohohoho), cough medicine, and I'm developing some kind of ear infection or something (the inside of my ear canal is swollen??? And the lymph node just behind my ear is also swollen, suggesting I'm fighting an infection, although that could just be from all the other sickness I've been dealing with) so yeah, physically I'm doing great haha.

Edit: And then I woke up this morning feeling 100x worse than what I felt like last night, ha ha ha wonderful.

Tonight is my first Spanish test and I'm 100% going to fail and you know, I've come to terms with it. I never do well on the first test of a class anyway. But this class gives me so much anxiety lmao it's ridiculous.

I'm just really unhappy now? And wondering if I can just drop all my classes but Spanish, since it's the only thing I need; all the rest were taken because they sounded interesting but I neither need them or nor their credits. I wonder what that would do for my financial aid. I guess I should check that out.

Edit x2: I did it. I got in touch with my advisor, the financial aid department, and my professors about withdrawing from elective classes. I've made the decision and I'm going to do it.
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So I'm planning on doing Inktober this October and I saw these really awesome prompt lists on facebook (source: dropthedrawing.tumblr.com) but I can't really decide which one I want to do. My mom and I have narrowed it down to these three. If any of you guys have a preference, definitely comment and let me know!

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Quick update, we're okay, there's been minor wind damage and the power's been out for about 15 hours now but everyone is okay.
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Welp, since I am trapped in the house today with a tropical storm, why not go ahead and write up my Dragon Con report? :D EDIT: Holy wow, this got really long! All photos are thumbnails so click to see bigger!

Like I said, I was very sick throughout the entire day. I woke up at 4:30am (because I was meeting my sis and she wanted to leave by 6am) and was immediately acquainted with my toilet. Yeah, that kind of sick. I ended up being about ten minutes late (and receiving about 36 texts from my friends asking me where I was).

(ALSO I guess I should say who all went, it was my sister, my friend C, my friend V, my nephew, and me. My friend V wasn't originally invited but [personal profile] imperion wasn't able to go so I invited V. V is the same friend I went caving with and you know, after that experience I'm not sure why I invited her again? She was still incredibly annoying, haha.)

So anyway we hit the road and end up stopping at this truck stop where I get sick at again (and apologize to the woman in the stall beside me haha, but she was like "don't worry honey this ain't the worst thing I've heard in a truck stop bathroom" which you know, fair) and load of up stuff and hit the road again! During the drive, V thanks me for inviting her "even though I was your second choice." :\

We end up at the Chamblee Marta Station and board the train. I typically love trains (that was the main way I got around when I went to Otakon!) but gosh, so sick. There are some cosplayers on the train, a Rey and Kylo Ren, one of the Pokemon professor, some kinda Cyborg person. I really wish I'd been in the state of mind for photos because dang, I love cosplayers so much. ♥

ANYWAY, we reach our destination and once we get back on street level, we realize we're on the parade route! Sister and nephew wanted to watch the parade but the rest of us weren't too interested so we decided to go get our badges. So off we went and jeez, the amount of people who were lined up for the parade AND the amount of people who were trying to get through was intense! Like! Dang! So many people!

(Apparently just over 80,000 people attended this year!)


I had to take a photo!

We reach the hotel to get our badges and this is were things get a little dicey and by dicey I mean annoying because apparently V is UTTERLY TERRIFIED of Atlanta so she's freaking out because she thinks she's going to have to separate from C and me. And she's right! We enter the hotel and preregistration and single day memberships are in different areas. So she's freaking out and telling us not to leave her and we tell her we won't, we won't leave the hotel, and then we split up.

The line for prereg pickup wasn't bad!


My badge! Now you all know my hometown!

We meet back up with V and off we go! We're trying to meetup with friends and we're not entirely sure where they were, so we ended for the dealer's hall because that was a place we all wanted to go. The line to get in wrapped around a block but once they opened the doors, it really wasn't a long wait at all.

Guys. GUYS. The dealer's hall was insane. It was legit three stories of just, stuff. To buy. Guess who really likes to buy stuff? We manage to meet up with friends (B and L!) relatively easily in there (after a bit of technological confusion) and we start looked around.

The dealer's hall was absolutely packed. There were moments where we were at an absolute standstill in a crush of people. I'm actually really okay dealing with crowds so it wasn't too bad but sometimes it was a bit much. We ended up getting scattered a bit (except for V, of course, who grabbed my shirt whenever I got too far away, and who was losing patience because I was taking my time looking around. I told her she could go ahead and that's when she told me she was terrified of being alone in Atlanta and I told her I wouldn't leave that floor without her but no, she just kind of impatiently waited for me, which was extremely, extremely irritating)

Things I bought throughout the day!
Cut for materialism! )

Also a couple of sights I saw in the dealer's hall.




At some point we stop and eat pizza, and by eat I mean I eat the pepperoni on my slice because that's really all I can handle. V thanks me again for inviting her and then tells B and L that she was my second choice. This joke is getting old.

Anyhoo, we leave there (after many hours, haha) and go to a different hotel (guys I could look up which event was in which hotel but I don't want to lmao) because there's a panel we want to go to. V's freaking out again because she wants to go to a different panel and she looks like she's going to cry and she hesitates like she's waiting for me to say I'll go with her but nah. So she goes her way (after telling us not to leave her, I'm not sure what she means by this now, leave her at the con? What?) and we go ours.

The panel was "Concept Sketches to Painted Illustrations" or something like that and it was really good, although it had some major technical difficulties. The gentleman who spoke was really fun and both quirky and down to earth and he was a lot of fun to listen to. I also got super, super sick but managed to pull myself together until the illness passed, although C told me I looked like I was really, really struggling, haha. I was though so that's fair.

After that panel, L had to attend her post at a booth so she leaves and the rest of us went downstairs I think, and there was a band and a belly dancer so we sat down and watched them. It was really good, although the belly dancer was wearing a shirt that covered her belly and that's like the whole point of belly dancing but that's okay, it was a nice place to recover. We sit there for a while enjoying the whole vibe and V joined us. She took a really unflattering photo of me and texted it along with "You look so happy :D" which I didn't respond to because wow, fuck you, I am trying not to die here.

Things get a little blurry after this, I know we go back to the dealer's hall because there's something B wanted to find but anyway, eventually B has to go too so she leaves and we end up meeting back up with Sister and nephew to get ready to go to the aquarium.


This car was hideous but bold! And iconic


And take a look at this creepy bullshit, haha, this is the only cosplay photo I took the whole damn day but it was so impressive!

Anyway, we wait for the bus to take us to the aquarium but it doesn't show? I don't know if we missed it or if it only ran certain times, I'm not sure, but sister got a cab and we all piled in (C had to sit in my lap, haha, thankfully it wasn't a long ride at all!).

I am really beginning to feel like death at this point but I also don't want to spoil anyone elses time so I take some photos and then sit down.

fish! )

Anyway, then we all end up back together after a couple of hours and we head out. C wants to go to the gift store and V goes with her then comes back in a panic because she lost her. I end up heading outside and they all follow and then when C comes out she gives me this shirt because I felt bad all day.


BAM, right in the feels

ANYWAY and then we ride the bus back to the hotel and we walk to Marta and ride to the car and then start driving home! And V thanks me again for inviting her even though she was my second choice and I pop off with "how do you know you were even my second choice?" because look, my natural state is being an asshole and I'm especially an asshole when I'm sick and tired. Anyway, that got a lot of "oooh"s from everyone else and that was funny but I think V got a little teary eyed over but. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

I got home around................midnight or so and immediately passed out and then was sick for another five days and even today I was sick this morning, hahaha what is wrong with me???

The Verdict
Dragon Con is not a one day con. There is too much to do, there's too much to see, to even try to pack it all in one day. It was a lot of fun, even being sick, but my gosh it was also a little overwhelming. Also, I found myself much more interested in anime stuff rather than western stuff, so next year I think I'll attend either Momocon (I've never gone!) or AWA (my favorite con!). Either way, all four days, it'll be a graduation present to myself. Also, not inviting V (who has already invited herself but hahahahahahahaha). Also I'm going to cosplay because it's so much fun and I really miss making costumes. ;3;
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Gov. Deal expanded the state of emergency for the entire state of Georgia and classes have been canceled for tomorrow. So...both good and bad news, I guess? I am so relieved classes have been canceled tbh, so I guess thanks Irma also could you not kill anyone else or cause too much damage.

We're as prepared as we can possibly be, everything's been tied down or moved to a more secure location. Now it's just the waiting game. I'm sure it won't that bad but it's better to be prepared.
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Governor Deal is picking and choosing which counties to put under a state of emergency for Hurricane Irma, meanwhile both Carolina's are under statewide emergencies. And none of the Atlanta counties are under SOEs, even though every forecaster and weatherperson is like "O SHIT ATLANTA BETTER WATCH OUT" and I'm just like really, Deal? Whose pocket are you in?

Anyway, hello friends! I am still alive. Just barely, still sick, still having trouble keeping food down, and watching the hurricane. We never get much during these events but since it's shifted west, who knows now? I live in a trailer well below street level so we'll see. I have too many dang animals for this shit to be happening, lmao. Also, doubtful my school will cancel classes on Monday and I have a Spanish test that day, which. I don't really want to drive up the mountain in tropical storm conditions but I also don't want to miss that test.

[personal profile] spook_me has opened! Sign ups are here! I'm definitely signing up, just have to decide what I want to claim. :\a I feel like I've been really out of fandom lately due to sickness and school and general unhappiness. I kind of want to do vampires with Barba/Carisi but I know if I do that it'll end up being more romantic than scary, haha, but maybe I can spin it a bit since vampires can and should be huge creepsters instead of romantic anti-heroes. Or maybe a little of both. I've talked myself into this.

I'm sick

Sep. 5th, 2017 04:12 pm
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I'm sick. I've been sick since Friday evening, which means Dragon Con was a bust. I went but that was a mistake. I went to the ER this morning and apparently I've been hit with a terrible bug and there's really nothing to be done except wait it out. I'm on a clear liquid diet for 24 hours which really sucks, since I've not kept anything down since Friday. I'm staaaarviiiing. ;;;

So yeah, anyway, that was my Labor Day weekend! I'll write a con report+pictures at some point but right now I just want to not focus on anything.
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God, it feels like i just updated yesterday but actually I update??? Last Saturday???? It just seems like there's so much going on.

Speaking of which, I got the email about the September StoryADay challenge. I signed up, because I don't already have enough on my plate, but I'm not going to take it too terribly seriously. Probably 100-ish words a day? But stand alone stories each (maybe).

I've been reading a lot of Fullmetal Alchemist fic lately. I've only watched the 2003 anime and apparently Brotherhood is like, a masterpiece, so I'm going to start watching that soon. FMA is one of the few anime I kinda like the dub on, haha, it's the only time I like Vic what's his face. I binged the original anime when I went to Otakon one year and I have such great memories of hanging out with my best friend in her living room that I've always had a bias against Brotherhood but I think ~enough time has passed~ hahaha.
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THE DRAGON CON SCHEDULE HAS DROPPED. I REPEAT, THE DRAGON CON SCHEDULE HAS DROPPED.

talking about panels and stuff )

In other news, the weekend is finally here and I am ready for it. I plan to enjoy tonight and tomorrow immensely. ;3; Mom and I are trading bedrooms (because she doesn't really want the room she shared with my dad anymore) which is always a fun adventure. I'll probably be posting some pictures soon.

I'm having so much trouble focusing on things. I keep meaning to watch things and then boom, I end up not watching them. I keep meaning to read things but then boom, no reading. It's so frustrating. I don't know what's wrong with me. :(
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What an amazing experience. I don't really even know how to explain what it felt like, how everything was so familiar and yet still so alien. Just. Awesome.

/flops

Aug. 18th, 2017 08:49 pm
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Friends, who's excited for the eclipse?! I sure am! I live in the path of totality too so that's exciting. I've already talked to all of my professors about taking Monday off and I have my little glasses ready and everything. God, I love space. I don't understand what's going on most of the time but dang if it's not all fascinating.

Mom's going to be going with my sister to pick up the puppy in Mississippi so I'll have the house to myself this weekend. \o/ I'm really excited about this ngl. It'll be me and the puppers and the kitties, eating food and watching a ton of tv and...well, reading a ton because that is what my homework for everything is, haha. Anyway, I'm excited and I have a whole list of things I want to get done and I imagine I won't get very much of anything done.

Does anyone have any opinions about the anime Hyouka? It looks pretty cute and I really like high school mystery anime so I'm thinking it might be right up my alley. And speaking of watching things, is anyone else watching The Sinner on the USA network? Holy crap. It's intense.

The anime and young adult lit tracks for Dragon*con have posted their Saturday schedules!

I'M HYPED )

Aaaaaaaaaahhhhh. The horror track hasn't posted a schedule yet and neither has the writers track. I'm really interested to see what they've got planned.

Anyway, that's really all that's going on with me! I'm working a short day tomorrow, since my sister, the groomer, won't be there so we have exactly three bath dogs. I'll work a little bit, get off, and then have nothing of great import (or at least, nothing outside of my house) until Tuesday.

I am so hyped.
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Because the world is a terrible place and we all need some cuteness.


They're so stinking cute.


A selfie of my Selphie. ♥ ♥ ♥ (this was taken for #nationalselfieday and I wanted it to look like she was taking the pic herself lmao)
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Also dang, okay, I'll post a real update about life soon-ish but let me just say classes have been been SUPER CONSUMING and I am ALREADY EXHAUSTED however we're focusing on Toni Morrison in Multicultural American Lit and I'm really enjoy that class the most, aaaahhhh.
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My sister got my mom a surprise standard poodle puppy. She goes to Mississippi to pick him up this weekend and Mom needs to decide on a name. So!

Raphael or Dominic?


(I am not super in favor of yet another animal in this house but oh well, it's too late now and he's pretty dang cute so)
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These aren't the best quality but!


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Mom and I are fostering a couple of three week old kittens and Hecky has decided they're his.

hecky sitting on top of the carrier

These kittens are a bit of a mess, covered in fleas, but they're eating very well so that's good. And of course, they're pretty dang cute! We're tentatively calling them Cagney and Lacey but I don't want to keep them so I'm mostly just calling them kitty and beebee, haha. Anyway, pictures coming soon-ish, maybe.

Classes start tomorrow and I'm very much not hyped about it. But, senior year, powering through, blah blah blah. The Nature Writers class seems like it'll be the most interesting; requirement books include an environmental science book as well as a book about Charles Darwin.

The #VisibleWomen tag on twitter has introduced me to so many wonderful artists. I'm so glad it's a thing. *___*

idk how to end this post so good night friends, good night. ♥
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I haven't finished his route yet but have Damien!

damien holding a glass of wine
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This was really a lot of fun to work on, ngl. <3
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So we all knew this was going to happen, right?

robert smoking
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Another palette down on my 100 palette challenge! WHEW. ;3;
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Classes start next Wednesday. Unacceptable! Speaking of which, have I shared my class schedule?

Mon, Wed, Fri
Creative Writing: Non-fiction, 11:00-11:50
Nature Writers, 12:00-12:50

Mon, Wed
Multicultural American Lit, 1:00-2:15

Mon
Spanish 1, 6:00-8:10

It's going to be alright.

Anti-teen wolf stuff )

How do people get off work and then go home and create things? I am so tired. I'm just going to read comforting fic and not think about work tomorrow. ;3; But I promise, I promise (to myself) that I'll start being more prolific. Tomorrow.

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