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Music Meme

1. Put your music player on shuffle.
2. Press forward for each question.
3. Use the song title as the answer to the question even if it doesn’t make sense. NO CHEATING!
4. Tag 5 people.
5. Bold the questions and with the answers, give your own comments on how it relates to the questions.


Queue it up, DJ WinampCollapse )

I won't tag people, or they might poison me with hemlock after all. O_O

WoW-ness

Level 49. If I never see another Rage Scar Yeti in my life, it will be too soon.

The Euro version of Burning Crusade is only out on the 15th or 16th. By that time, Dave will already have his Blood Elf to level 50, so I won't be able to level with him and be shamed by his ability to level his alts at ten times the speed of my main. :P
It's been a quietly productive day. I wrote two out of the three lectures for my first week of courses, and prepared an accompanying Powerpoint presentation for one of them. I won't have to stand in front of my class and amuse them with my bad impersonations of cartoon characters, which is always good.

Then, I went to pilates class for the first time in months. Pilates is still pain. They seem to have discovered some new, even more painful exercises in the interim.

I got an e-mail from Phil's parents to thank me for the Christmas card and letter I sent them. They were very nice about me. I'm starting to think that I am the sort of girl that guys take home to their parents, because they inevitably like me. I'm not sure how I feel about that, though. Being likeable to parents is not exactly the most sexy or exciting trait.

Speaking of Ohio, I'm thinking of applying for an MA in Education at OSU as a back-up plan. It's one of those degrees that I've planned on getting, and it would only take about a year or so. I just really want to go to OSU. They have the English programme that I want. I've looked at tons and tons of institutions, and no other English programme suits me quite as well. I'd feel like I was getting second best elsewhere.

Plus, I'm not going to lie. Phil is still a factor in my decisions. I still care very deeply for him, and I want to see what we can have in the future, because I believe it will be amazing. Some of you might think that I'm being stupid, but, well, you'll have to think that. It's not like I'm choosing the hope of a relationship with him and abandoning my own ambitions and plans. I ultimately have to do what is right for me, and this feels right. So . . .

Anyway, I'm operating on the belief that I will be accepted into the Ph.D programme. (touch wood, etc.) This application would simply be a back-up, a safety net if you will. Acrobats using them don't believe that they will fall, but they're glad to have them anyway.

Besides, I think it's perfectly clear to all who know me that I've already fallen. Hard. :P

A reminder: I'm going to make the move to the new journal soon, so add kae to your friends' list. I'm still setting up the icons there and deciding on a look for it, but I'm almost done now. I just need to put up the more personal, photographic icons.

WoW Working!

Hah. I fixed my problem with World of Warcraft. I did have to log into the Euro version of the game to get the patch applied, so I could play on the American servers again. Thank the Dark Lady for free trial accounts.

World of Warcraft Patching Question

I need to patch my game to 2.0.3, and I can't use the automatic download on my connection without serious pain. I've downloaded both parts of the manual patch (yes, I do have the correct language version) and have unzipped them to the folder suggested by WoWWiki. When I try to run BNUpdate.exe, however, it simply says that "there is no patch file to apply." How can I fix this problem and get the updater to recognise the patches that are bloody well there? :P

Beach

I went to the beach today with my family. It was just a daytrip, but a very pleasant one. The sea was absolutely perfect for swimming: calm and smooth, but with lovely swells to ride. I must have spent about three hours in the water all told, just drifting and riding the waves.

The beach to which we went was particularly cool, because it has a huge sandbar a couple of dozen metres from the shore across a fairly deep channel in the sea. You can swim across to it, and then stand in ankle-deep water in the middle of the ocean. That was fun.

In between, I lay on the beach in the sun and read the novel that I got for Christmas from my parents, "Half of a Yellow Sun." I've now got a slight tan again, which is excellent. My face got slightly burnt around my cheeks, but not enough to hurt. It just looks like I'm a healthy, rosy-cheeked girl from a Swiss Chocolate commercial. :P

The beach was really busy, because it's the last week of the school holidays here, although I've been back at work since the 3rd. It was mainly families with small children and elderly couples, BUT I did see the most perfect specimen of a man that I have ever seen. It was crazy. He had an absolutely perfect body: it didn't have an ounce of fat on it, but it wasn't too muscular and steroid-enhanced either. I couldn't stop staring at him, and it wasn't because I personally found him very attractive; it was just because I didn't think it was possible to achieve those sort of perfect proportions short of airbrushing or sculpture. Sadly, I suspect he knew just how perfect his body was, because he was wearing a . . . ew . . . banana-hammock. Nonetheless, in his defense, let me say that he's the only man I've ever seen who should be wearing one of them. Boardshorts would be a complete crime on him.

Name Possibilities

Okay, I've thought of some names with which I could live and which seem to be available. So, tell me which one you like best:

- Fuimus.
Pro: I'm a Bruce, and it's my family's motto that alludes to the fact that we once ruled Scotland.
Con: It really means "we were", which is a little arbitrary unless you know I'm a Bruce. :P

- Saint_Illusio.
Pro: Dee is perhaps my favorite fictional character in any series, and I've used her title for a long time in my AIM name.
Con: No-one seems to have read Julian May's Galactic Milieu trilogy, so no-one will get it.

- Textualchemist.
Pro: It's another name I use a lot, and it's the name of my domain. It also reflects the fact that I'm planning to write much more from this year.
Con: I came up with it when I was younger, and I think it's a little pretentious now.

- Kae
Pro: Another name that I've used for a long time. It's probably the name by which most of the WoT people on my friends' list know me. I also think it's pretty.
Con: People might think I adore Araki Kae, which I . . . kinda don't.
[This is probably the one I'm leaning towards most, btw.]

*sigh*

Does anyone want to suggest a new name for my new journal? I've been thinking for hours and coming up blank. I hate thinking of names.

Moreover, why have all the clever names I imagine already been taken by illiterate people who writ lyk thiss? What does that say about me?

I'm going to sleep now.

*yawns*

I'm so very tired. My family has not been letting me sleep lately. It comes of having a brother who stays awake until after midnight and a mother who wakes up at 5 AM. They're equally noisy in their own ways, and I'm a pretty light sleeper. I'd estimate I've had about four hours of sleep each night for the last week.

Anyway . . .

I'm probably going to be moving journals in the near future, so add kae to your friends' list. (The name is provisional, and will probably be changed. A lack of sleep and an overdose of cyberpunk lately made me think it was cool at the time, but I don't like it now.) There's not a particularly sinister or profound reason for it. I'm trying to move everything onto my Gmail account before I go to OSU (touch wood) and have to cancel my SAI one. I thought it would be a good opportunity to start from the beginning with tags, titles, etc. I'm going to make the move fairly slowly and will build it over the next few weeks, so you don't need to do anything immediately. It's just more of a heads-up for the future.

. . . WTF?

Quick quiz: What is the best way of determining whether you are pregnant?

1) Taking a pregnancy test.
2) Seeking the advice of a medical professional.
3) Waiting and watching.
4) Hoping complete strangers on LiveJournal will be able to tell you based on patchy information.

Apparently, many women choose option 4.

Incidentally, if people don't want to get pregnant, why don't they use condoms or take the pill? I cannot understand it. I'd never play Russian Roulette with my uterus in that way. :P

Maybe it's a South African mindset on my part. Because of the AIDS rate in the country, safe sex is a national priority. We have advertising campaigns in the media and billboards on the streets about how no condom = no sex. So, condomising (made-up word that's in all the campaigns) is part of the national consciousness.