Wednesday, November 30, 2011

Preparing for Finals

It's the advent of finals week! Run for your lives!

But seriously, you can tell finals week is approaching just by looking at the dark circles under my eyes. If I wasn't sleeping very well before, I'm not sleeping at all these days. I think it's partly due the stress and then probably also due to the cackling hyenas on my floor who shriek like banshees until the wee hours of the morning. Sometimes I wonder where my CA is and why she isn't around to tell them to fuck off and be quiet...but I noticed that she often works the night shift at the front desk so yeah....

I have a LOT to do for the next two weeks and that's why I haven't been updating as much. I've been neglecting my Lolita blog even more than this one and I feel just awful about it, but I don't have the energy to write anything. And I haven't really been keeping up on the lasted Lolita whatsits or dressing up, so I feel like it'd be pointless to post right now. My daily style blog? Ha, shouldn't even exist. I'm lucky if I have enough energy in the morning to throw on jeans and a funky sweater before heading off to class. v_v

I'm so burnt out it's not even funny. 

My only real reprieve from college stress is my plasma pimping on Tuesdays and Thursdays. No seriously, I  get to spend a little over an hour and a half there with a good book and some quiet time. It's lovely. ^_^ If only they'd let me nap or meditate during, then I could just eliminate sleeping at night and work on homework! 

All of my math homework is due this Sunday. I have a book report to write, a final speech to prepare for, an audience analysis paper to pull out of my ass, a resume presentation to whip up, a few more random assignments tossed in and THEN I get to take my final exams. I knew college was going to be difficult, as far as time management was concerned, but if I knew they were going to pile it all on at the end of the semester I would have gotten myself on some anti-anxiety meds or something. 

To add a little cheer to my dreary university life, I decided to snitch a few of my mom's unused xmas decor and spruce up my dorm a bit.

A nice smelling air freshener (Festive Snow), my zombie strawberry plant, and a reindeer made of spruce?

Mr and Mrs Claus, plushy edition!

A cute little light set, shaped like a christmas tree.

It's not much, but it helps a little bit. Turns out that christmas tree light thing is WAY TOO BRIGHT when I'm trying to sleep so sadly I have to un-plug it at night.

Fun little tidbit:

This was my hair last week.

This is my hair this week.

I do not recommend Splat! hair dye unless you want something very, very temporary. And half of it will come out with the initial washing. 

This weekend, I'm going to bleach the rest out, and then go ahead with my half green and half red holiday theme idea. So I have to make a Hot Topic (don't sue me!) run this Friday and see what I can find. Hopefully they'll be carrying the colors I want and not too expensively either. Wish me luck!

66 posts....I really need to get on here more. :(

I don't have a whole lot of time between classes right now, but I thought I'd pop on and share this little gem with you. Onto the Goth quizzes! Rawr!

A New Agey Goth!
Bet you practice Wicca or Paganism or possibly more liberal Christianity. You probably love Dead Can Dance, anything ethereal, and might be vegetarian. You probably also like to hug people.

Uh, yup. Sure. 

Well, they got the Pagan aspect correct. I'm not a huge fan of Dead Can Dance, ethereal as in what?, and I'm most definitely NOT a vegan. I love me some red meat! ^_^ 

And I'm the least touchy-feely person you'll ever come across. I shoot death glares when people even attempt to shake my hand, half the time. So 

Anyways.....I'm sure I'll be back later or something.  

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Good Afternoon Children

I must apologize for the lack of posts recently - I've been buried under mountains of stress and struggling with time management. College life does that do a person. Final exams are coming up soon, but once I'm on Winter Break I'll have lots of time to regale you all with the details of my insignificant life.

But here are some brief updates of the goings-on in my world:

1) I finally did the plasma donation thing, last Tuesday. It was much less scary than I thought and so I have an appt. scheduled for today and then another one for Thursday. It'll give me time away from school and allow me an hour or so to work on reading things for leisure instead of knowledge. 

2) My Thanksgiving was great, how was yours? There was no big celebration or family get-together but Mom made turkey and all the fixings anyways. My boyfriend came over and then we spent the weekend boozing up and playing card games. I have them addicted to Apples to Apples now. If you're not familiar with the game, please become that way soon because it's awesome. <3

3) I started writing a fanfiction, based on Hellboy II. That'll be sweet.

4) I was asked to review The New Death and Others, which I will as soon as I get a moment to really sit down and enjoy reading it. Its seems a lot of people have been mentioning this book lately and for good reason - it's good. At least what little of it I've skimmed through is. 

5) My purple hair has faded out to a lovely blonde-pink color and even my auburn roots are showing through. Since December is creeping up soon, I've decided now would be a great time to bleach the remaining color out and replace it with half red and half green for the holiday season. Probably the most extensive at-home dying I'll ever attempt but I'm looking forward to it. Now I just need hair dye! 0_o

That's all folks, please enjoy your week! 

Oh, one more thing. I put up a new poll, so if you'd be so kind as to answer the question......thanks! 

Thursday, November 10, 2011

*Prick*...and here comes the blood.

At about 1:05 pm I scampered off over to the Miller Center (library) bus stop to take the metro bus here in St. Cloud for the first time. I rode to the transit center and caught Pantown over to Biolife - the plasma donation center. I had to walk a few blocks from the stop and boy, did I walk fast. It's so cold outside today. >_<

Anyways, when I got there, they got me all set up with their computer systems and made me a file. I was weighed and given a blood pressure test. My heart rate was a little high, but that's because I'd just booked it from a few blocks away. The nurse was going to check it again after she tested my blood, but in the end she didn't have to.

My iron levels were good enough, but my protein levels were too high. Seriously? I hardly even eat meat and my protein levels were high. I'm blaming my multivitamin. I won't take it before an appointment from now on. Urgh. So basically I got entered in the system and had my finger pricked. My only souvenir from my little jaunt across town?

This little bruise on my finger. And it hurts like a bitch too, I can barely hit the keys without wincing. >_< Maybe that's a good indication I should stop writing hmm?

But before I go, here's a photo of how faded out my hair is now:

If I look dead, it's because I'm tired, cold, and really hungry. ^_^

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Holiday Shopping for Goths

I don't know about you, but I tend to jump on the holiday shopping bandwagon pretty early in the year. It's not even Thanksgiving here in America and I'm already starting to think of ideas for what to give/make/buy for the holidays. 

Being a broke college student though, I can't really go all out and buy the people I love the latest new gadgets and tons of "in" stuff. So I'm trying to think of things that I can make for relatively cheap that will be of use AND still cherished as a delightful holiday gift. 

Problem is...most of the things I want to make tend to have a bit of Goth flair to it - black lace, skulls and skeleton keys, candy canes dripping with blood, stuff like that....and I know that not all of the people on my shopping list would appreciate something like that. 

Then there's the matter of people possibly trying to shop for me. I have my doubts about receiving anything for the holidays though, since my family is so disjointed these days an no one talks anymore. The people I AM still close with are having a ton of financial problems of their own. 

And this won't be the first holiday season that I spend without receiving any gifts, even though I make or buy some for others. And I don't mind that, really. Because the season isn't about being selfish and wanting a ton of new stuff and people seem to forget that. I like the atmosphere of the winter holidays, the sparkle and magic attached to it, and that it has a feeling of good cheer and inclusiveness. People either seem a lot happier and more polite or completely frazzled and rude. 

But enough of my incessant rambling....what do you like to get for your loved ones during the holiday season? And what do you prefer to get if people insist on shopping for you?

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Clearance Halloween Target Haul

I hit up Target on Friday afternoon to see what was left of the Halloween decor. I ended up getting quite a few items. All of what is posted above and then a spooky candy and a ghost coffee mug. Most of it was 50% off so I got some great deals! And the best part is, all of this stuff is useful outside of Halloween too.

I put the bat lights up around my window. Super awesome. <3

Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Knowing Better and of Dashed Hopes

I really ought to know better. I know I shouldn't believe a word out of anyone's mouth. Ever. Because people lie. And they lie for many different reasons. They lie because they feel obligated to "help out" and then panic when someone accepts. They lie because they think they might be able to do something for you, but really can't. Or maybe they lie just because they like to watch you squirm when you find out what was promised ain't happening.

I don't fucking like squirming.

As it turns out, this Britney individual WON'T be giving me a ride home tomorrow. So now it's a mad dash to see if my boyfriend can give me a lift tonight (how last minute of me) or hopefully harass someone into doing it Friday, if it doesn't conflict with their schedule.

Because the more I think about it, the more depressed I am at the idea of sitting here by myself for a whole weekend. I NEED to relax. I NEED to recuperate. I have exams most of next week and I just can't orient myself unless I can escape for a little while. Seriously. 

Because I hate this place. I'm SO READY for Winter Break. 

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Out of the Stone Age

It seems I'm slowly but surely starting to crawl out of my cozy little bat-ridden cave: I got a cellphone. I activated it today.

I've had a cellphone before, quite a few years ago. This was back when I was working full-time and could afford to vomit up enough money so T-Mobile would stop harassing me. This was back before the era of qwerty keyboards and Facebook apps. This was when text messaging was in its neanderthal stage.

After my little jaunt in Montreal and suffering quite a few years without gainful employment, I've been reluctant to jump back on the cellphone bandwagon. Truth be told, I liked not having one. Most people seem to thrive on the idea that they can be connected to people EVERYWHERE, all the time. I'm, admittedly, adverse to that idea. I like my privacy. I enjoy my alone-time.

But lately I've come to realize that so much alone time just isn't that fulfilling and I crave more social contact. So I caved in and let Chris buy me a nice little cellphone from Straight Talk that has a slide out keyboard. I used to sneer at such things, honestly. But it's growing on me. I kind of like it and I'm hopefully going to get some use out of it.

Moving on....

My purple hair has faded out to a lovely dark pink shade already. I washed it last night and even though I used my conditioner with a dollop of hair dye in it, it's still pretty washed out. Oh well.

Chris is going to a funeral in Chicago this weekend, so he won't be able to pick me up. I was lamenting the idea of being trapped in St. Cloud ALL WEEKEND long, when an old friend jumped up to save the day. She offered to bring me back to Buffalo on Thursday...meaning I'll have to miss two of my classes for the week, but that's certainly doable. I haven't missed much yet and I'm not behind in anything currently.

I'll probably hit up Target that afternoon as well to see if I can scour through any of the Halloween decor remnants and maybe pick up some lovely decorations for either my room at home or the dorm. Now that I've taken down my cheesy hand-me-down decorations the room feels quite empty and I'd like to permanently Goth it up a bit. ^_^

That's about all for now. Have a great week everyone.