velociraptor52
31 May 2014 @ 01:46 pm
Hi  
Yikes.  It's been over a month since I last posted.

Anyway, I'll just pretend that never happened and I'll try to get back on track with posting every day (only because I want to finish that CLAMP 30 Day challenge thing...).

Work is going well.  I've been working on the Pixar parade a whole lot lately, which I don't mind, because the hours are good--not to early and not too late.  The only thing I don't like about working the parade is working in the heat, but parade management always has cold water and Gatorade for the performers and we (the costumers) can drink the water and Gatorade as well.

I've started volunteering at the Natural History Museum in Los Angeles.  I normally wouldn't volunteer so far away but a: Orange County is pretty sparse, when it comes to museums.  Sure, we have Bowers Museum, but whenever I submit a volunteer application to them I never, ever hear back from them.  Also, Bowers is pretty small.  The NHM in LA has three floors, is 100 years old, they have a ton of exhibits, they have a pretty amazing Dino Hall, they're historic, they have behind the scene volunteer opportunities and tons of different departments (like the department of anthropology), and, yeah, I'm kind of considering a career in a museum (like a curator.  Maybe.  Hopefully.  I like being around historic things/places/areas).  So I figured I would volunteer in a museum to see if I like the environment and plus it's something to put on my resume.  But I'm just doing it for the experience.  I know I should list a 'b' reason because I had an 'a' reason but I can't think of anything for a 'b' reason.  Um...maybe b: it's in downtown LA and downtown LA is very historic?  Ooh!  The NHM was featured in the L.A. Noire game :D which I totally want to play again just because.  I like driving in that game.  I can drive on sidewalks.  I can drive in the L.A. river basin in the game.  And a couple Mondays ago when I took the train we were beside the L.A. river and I looked at it and thought back to L.A. Noire and the one case where the character did a car chase in the L.A. river.

TL;DR NHM is very historic and L.A. Noire influences how I look at downtown L.A. now.

Also, a good thing is that I can take the train to the museum.  Well, I have to take the Metrolink from Orange County to the L.A. Union Station, and then from there I take the metro (which is L.A.'s version of a subway system or the tube), which drops me off right in front of the museum.  So that means I don't have to drive and deal with rush hour traffic and sitting in traffic and being super stressed out.  Instead I can take the train and read and listen to music and relax and not have to worry about driving at all.

Also, the metro purple/red line (which I take to get to the Expo line, and that's the one that goes in front of the museum) goes right through downtown L.A., right near the Los Angeles Central Library (which is this pretty impressive tall building with an apparently amazing looking interior and a lot of floors.  I can also get a library card for free, which I just put in my request for, and I'll pick it up next Monday when I go to the library.  Maybe I'll check out books as well.

The purple/red line also has a stop/station right near The Last Bookstore (which looks like this and has stuff like this and this).  They also sell records.  Not sure if I'll go there next Monday--I do want to go, though, because it's been so long since I've went.

TL;DR I want to go explore downtown L.A. by metro.

Another good thing about the metro/metrolink is that a round trip ticket costs $19.50.  It's not that much--it's still quite pricey, I must admit, but compared to driving, which uses up way more gas to get from the O.C. to L.A., then it's not that much.  I can get about 320 miles out of my car on a tank of gas and driving to and from L.A. is about 80 miles total.  Add in all the driving to DL that I do and I would need to fill up my car every other week.  So taking the train is better for me, for financial reasons and mental reasons (like it doesn't stress me out and I can chill out on the train).

On the fandom front, I'm re-watching Life on Mars because I haven't seen in it in forever.  I'm planning on re-watching Ashes to Ashes afterwards.  I'm also watching Deadliest Catch, which is my guilty pleasure show, because I'm only watching it for the drama.  (Also for Sig, Edgar, and the Hillstrand brothers.)  I'm also re-watching the X-Men film that I own (X-Men, X-Men 2, The Last Stand, and First Class).  I had planned on watching all before watching Days of Future Past but that obviously didn't happen (although I still watch DoFP).  I just finished X-Men 2 and now I need to watch Last Stand (although, hesitant on that because of what happened to Cyclops).  And last night I decided I would watch The Dresden Files, because I'm re-reading the series and I figured, hey, why not re-watch the show as well?

And earlier this week on Wednesday I watched The Great Escape in a movie theater again lol XD it was at the same one where I watched Harold and Maude last year (as well as The Magnificent Seven).  They're also showing Jaws in June which I really want to see because, dude, Jaws on the big screen=awesomeness.  And it deserves to be watched on the big screen.

Seeing The Great Escape at the tiny movie theater wasn't as good as seeing it in Grauman's Chinese Theater.  They used some high-quality transfer (or something like that) last year at the Chinese Theater (because it was the TCM movie festival thing and so they had to), whereas the version of the film used for the tiny theater was dark in color/contrast.  IDK.  It lacked the whole 'omg brightness' that the one at the Grauman theater last year had.  But, nevertheless, it was still good.  Obviously nothing will live up to the Grauman's Chinese Theater Great Escape event, but I take The Great Escape on the big screen where I can because it's one of the movies that I need to watch on the big screen.

On the book front, I'm making my way through The Dresden Files books.  I'm just about finished with White Night (one more chapter left!) and after that I'll move onto Small Favor.  I'm also reading Magic Knight Rayearth (a manga by CLAMP) and Mary Poppins (because I've never read it before and I might as well read it).
 
 
Current Mood: tired
Current Music: The Rake's Song-The Decemberists
 
 
velociraptor52
18 January 2011 @ 11:25 am
Dude...not cool  
The next Dresden Files book now doesn't come out until July.

Okay, bright side, that gives me more than enough time to catch up

Down side: I have to wait.  And I'll be in England at that time for a school related thing called 'studying abroad' (I've heard it's awesome but I've never done it before.  And I'm totally being sarcastic here because I stayed up until 1 this morning watching a TV show and when I'm tired I'm a little cranky/sarcastic).  Plus that was going to be my mom's birthday gift (the book) but now I have to think of something new to get her :/

but I do applaud Butcher for the reason for delaying the book.  That's awesome.  (Not the delay, but the reason why it's delayed.)

Okay, back to reading for school...
 
 
Current Mood: cranky
 
 
velociraptor52
18 January 2011 @ 11:25 am
Dude...not cool  
The next Dresden Files book now doesn't come out until July.

Okay, bright side, that gives me more than enough time to catch up

Down side: I have to wait.  And I'll be in England at that time for a school related thing called 'studying abroad' (I've heard it's awesome but I've never done it before.  And I'm totally being sarcastic here because I stayed up until 1 this morning watching a TV show and when I'm tired I'm a little cranky/sarcastic).  Plus that was going to be my mom's birthday gift (the book) but now I have to think of something new to get her :/

but I do applaud Butcher for the reason for delaying the book.  That's awesome.  (Not the delay, but the reason why it's delayed.)

Okay, back to reading for school...
 
 
Current Mood: cranky
 
 
velociraptor52
24 June 2009 @ 03:25 pm
I think I lost a few brain cells...  

I'm the first to admit that I don't like most stuff that is mainstream.  Such as Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3.  Or Lost or Heroes or Tim Burton.

With that said, I didn't like Transformers 2.  I could've...I don't know, I think I would've preferred to have my wisdom teeth removed (which, BTW, I don't; I like my teeth where they are just fine: in my mouth) rather than watch Transformers 2, now that I look back on it.

My brain suffered for a long time and now I'm nursing it back to health by trying to forget what I just saw and I'll probably go and read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Actually, I'm re-reading that.  I'm just re-reading the entire series of Harry Potter.  I'm also re-reading some of The Dresden Files up to book 7, and re-reading the Codex Alera series just because.

So I'm reading 5 (6 if you count D.N.Angel volume 2, which it's a comic/manga, so I'm not really counting it): Furies of Calderon, The Left Hand of Darkness, Summer Knight, The Wizard's Daughter, and Champer of Secrets.

When I read, I can read in groups.  Or multiple books.  Which I need to because this is how I group books to read: one is mine, the other one is mine, which can be a re-read, and the third book is a borrowed book I borrowed from my mom and she wants it back 'cause I've had it for years and years.  I'm just extending the re-read books for reading this summer by re-reading 3 series as opposed to 1.

Also, Merlin?  Still awesome.  Better on the TV screen as opposed to the computer screen.  I've already watched episodes 1-5 of the show (thanks to Youtube, until the person who put up the videos said that she had to stop putting up the videos, I think...something like that), but I like re-watching them, especially on TV.

 
 
velociraptor52
24 June 2009 @ 03:25 pm
I think I lost a few brain cells...  

I'm the first to admit that I don't like most stuff that is mainstream.  Such as Pirates of the Caribbean 2 and 3.  Or Lost or Heroes or Tim Burton.

With that said, I didn't like Transformers 2.  I could've...I don't know, I think I would've preferred to have my wisdom teeth removed (which, BTW, I don't; I like my teeth where they are just fine: in my mouth) rather than watch Transformers 2, now that I look back on it.

My brain suffered for a long time and now I'm nursing it back to health by trying to forget what I just saw and I'll probably go and read Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets.

Actually, I'm re-reading that.  I'm just re-reading the entire series of Harry Potter.  I'm also re-reading some of The Dresden Files up to book 7, and re-reading the Codex Alera series just because.

So I'm reading 5 (6 if you count D.N.Angel volume 2, which it's a comic/manga, so I'm not really counting it): Furies of Calderon, The Left Hand of Darkness, Summer Knight, The Wizard's Daughter, and Champer of Secrets.

When I read, I can read in groups.  Or multiple books.  Which I need to because this is how I group books to read: one is mine, the other one is mine, which can be a re-read, and the third book is a borrowed book I borrowed from my mom and she wants it back 'cause I've had it for years and years.  I'm just extending the re-read books for reading this summer by re-reading 3 series as opposed to 1.

Also, Merlin?  Still awesome.  Better on the TV screen as opposed to the computer screen.  I've already watched episodes 1-5 of the show (thanks to Youtube, until the person who put up the videos said that she had to stop putting up the videos, I think...something like that), but I like re-watching them, especially on TV.

 
 
velociraptor52
26 March 2009 @ 03:56 pm
Randomness  

The one thing I like about livejournal (and this goes for facebook as well) is how everyone is connected to each other in some type of way.  It's like I'd be randomly looking at a friend of a friend's friend list, or just a friend's list, and see that they are also friends with people I'm friends with as well.

I like that connected-ness feeling.  It reminds me of high school.  Except on the Internet.

Meanwhile, one week left of school until spring break and yay April 7!  (The Dresden Files book 11 comes out that day; unfortunately, I can't read it until summer for two very different reasons: 1. it's my mom's birthday present so she reads it first and 2. I haven't even read books 7-10 yet and mom's read all of them so what's the use of reading book 11 if I haven't read all the books yet?)

I still need to watch Castle and How I Met Your Mother from Monday night :/ I'll get around to that this weekend.  Or maybe possibly tomorrow hopefully in between doing homework and finishing the Codex Alera book 4 (almost done--just about 50 pages left to go! and then it'll be onto book 5! and then waiting until book 6!...maybe I shouldn't rush to finish it if I have to wait until December to read book 6).  Which yay tomorrow Dollhouse!  And I have no rehearsal tomorrow night so I can just lay around the house and do nothing.  (Okay, planning on going to Barnes and Noble and  this new coffee place that opened up nearby and I want to see if their ice blended mocha is any good but that's about it--the rest of the weekend will be devoted to finishing said book 4 and doing homework and studying for tests.)

I'm thinking this summer I'll read the rest of the Dresden Files.  Only because I'll have ample time to go through them all and not speed read (when Harry Potter 7 was coming out I was trying to finish books 1-6 before getting 7 and I failed at that goal.  I was thinking earlier that maybe I could read books 1-10 of The Dresden Files before 11 comes out, but seeing my free time and how I have none in the near future until April ends, I can't really that).

...somehow I have convinced my dad that we should take a trip to Washington (the state) this summer.

...and he agreed with me.

So I guess I'll be going to Washington this summer yay?

And it was quite easy convincing him too only because he's as sick and tired as I am of seeing Lake Tahoe.  After 20 years there (and maybe around 15 years of what I can remember of seeing the sights) and seeing every possible same tree and rock every summer, I need to see new sights and new trees and new rocks.  And a new lake.

I've got nothing against Lake Tahoe but seriously, we need our own family vacation minus the extended family.  Which the last time we took that was in 2004 and we saw extended family back east for part of the time when we went to Virginia.

*sigh* I have five sections of math homework I need to finish by next Wednesday, a test in math next Wednesday, two midterm essays I need to write.  And I need to call in for an appointment this Friday to see a counselor at school to see if I'm on the right track to transfering.

But I'll just try to finish the math homework first--I don't want to procrastinate anymore what with all these tests coming up.

 
 
Current Mood: busy
 
 
velociraptor52
06 June 2008 @ 09:49 pm
 
 The first day after school ends, and what do I do?  Nothing productive, that's for sure :D

There was a Firefly marathon on the Sci-Fi channel today (which is always a plus, in my book, because it means I don't have to put in the DVDs to watch them).  I was going to watch them but...didn't really.  Don't know why.  I did watch an episode of Psych from the first season (the one with the cat.  That episode is so funny, especially with the whole "cat is not my new partner, Gus" part and the entire stress hotline thing and when Gus calls and after).

I did read a couple of chapters from The Dresden Files (which, by the way, already on book 6.  I read book 5 in a week.  Which is a new to me; I'm just going through this entire series...which is depressing.  I need to slow down.  Also, because my mom is still reading the 10th book.  I told her that she should finish it...fast.  Because I may need it sometime in July, and she's not even finished with it).

So, yeah, a very non-productive day.

(And now Serenity is on TV.  On the day that there was a Firefly marathon.  I like how it happens that Serenity is on TV at night while Firefly is on during the day; eerie coincidence.)

Well...I'm tired.  So I guess I'll go...and watch Serenity...and read The Dresden Files...and do nothing...
 
 
Current Mood: lazy
 
 
velociraptor52
20 May 2008 @ 12:42 pm
 
 Just some thoughts on some topics I'd like to write about today (okay, total lie; I'm passing time until my next class and I thought I'd give my thoughts on Supernatural, NCIS, the Dresden Files, and other stuff...)





Okay, those are my thoughts on some topics, and it passed the time very well.  And now I have to head off for class.  Which I don't want to go.  (National Treasure 2 on DVD today yay!  I love Riley...as well as my mom...)(NCIS season finale today!  Yay!)