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So here is a post!

Okay, so I wrote that, then immediately got up to get another sloppy joe because I couldn't think of anything else to write. I don't remember being so bad at this!

Okay, here's a thing that's going on in my life: so some of you may remember that I'm in optometry school, and some of you may remember that last winter I failed Ocular Pharmacology, which meant that I had to repeat the course—and, since the course is only offered once a year, it meant I had to basically drop out for the spring and summer, get a job for that time, and then come back to join the class under me to retake the course.

WELL. I am DELIGHTED to say that it is going much, much better this year. Grades have been As and Bs and I'm even getting handwritten notes on the results pages (Good job this term! Keep it up!), which I figure can't be that bad. The instructor even told me that I seemed more engaged in lecture this year, which, considering I was so frustrated and embarrassed by my own difficulty in the course last year that I went out of my way to actively avoid the professor, I can totally see why she'd think that.

BUT it's going so much better now, and God willing I'll do as well on the last test and the final, and this time next year I'll be prepping for externship rotations rather than this class again, because if that happens I might seriously consider throwing myself off the ledge in front of my apartment. (It is about three feet high. In retrospect, this is not a particularly effective threat.)


This is a very cute story for people who like either proposals or Star Trek.


Goodness, what else is going on? Auburn football has been absolutely atrocious this year but nobody cares about that on my flist but me, I don't think. The dog has hit 65 pounds and seems to be leveling off there, and all 65 pounds of him are currently on my feet.

AH AH AH HERE IS A FUNNY THING THAT HAPPENED.

So, we had a test Monday which included a short-answer section, and one of the questions was "Explain how ortho K is beneficial for a young myope." And oh my goodness, I had no idea. I remembered the phrase popping up on the Alternative Treatment slide but we never went into it in any depth that I remembered, and I've never met an optometrist who has even suggested it as a possible treatment for myopia, so I couldn't even attempt the b.s. the question. So, in the spirit of total honesty, I wrote down in the black "not the foggiest idea," went on to answer the rest of the questions, and that was that.

The next day, in lab, I had a question for one of the professors who teaches the course. She's a very nice woman but very serious and very professional, and I've never really heard her joke around with students or even with the other professors save a few comments here and there. So I asked my question about the vergence testing we were doing that day and she looked at me, and she kind of shrugged one shoulder, and she said, "Well, Quark, I haven't the foggiest idea."

And then she winked at me.

Oh my goodness, I died laughing. She said it made her laugh as well when she was looking over the exams the previous night, and it was just such a great moment that I proceeded to tell all my friends it had happened too (to their own varying degrees of shock and laughter). It was also pretty cool to see her smile that broadly in a classroom setting.


Also, I am now on Dreamwidth? LoquaciousQuark over there too, as per usual. I'm planning on crossposting everything to LJ too though, so those of y'all here won't notice any difference.


Okay, one last thing that I should have mentioned ages ago and...utterly failed to: Jade is here! She moved in quite a number of days ago and I am just the worst at telling y'all things, but I can at least tell you that it's been great. I don't think Jade will be mad at me for confiding that I was a slight bit nervous about it, just because we haven't lived in the same city for like five years and I am not so good at the reliable social interactions when it jeopardizes my precious precious sleep times, but to my utter and unending relief it has been wonderful.

Like, I'd forgotten how nice it is to just sit down and talk with someone about anything and everything that comes into your head. My roommate I adore and love and treasure dearly, but she has no fandom background and she just doesn't understand the giddy joy of posting a fic and getting positive feedback like someone who's been there and done it themselves. I mean, the other day we sat at my kitchen table and discussed Dragon Age minutiae for like three hours. We're talking the nature of demons, Inquisition possibilities, everything about the Old Gods the wiki had to offer.

It's just fun, you know? I'd forgotten how much fun it could be.
loquaciousquark: ((misc) eyes! eyes everywhere!)
22nd-May-2012 12:33 pm
Hey! Sorry I haven't been around much lately--or rather, I've been around but I haven't been updating, but things have been so freaking busy here that I haven't had any time to do...well, anything lately. I've been working full-time at this new job (and it's been wonderful and I love it and I have a post half-finished about it) and then these past two weekends I've gone home to Huntsville (and they've been wonderful and I took Jasper last weekend and we went bridesmaid-dress-shopping for Jade and I need to make a post about it).

And then this morning I got in a wreck on the way to work (not so wonderful), so I have to go back to Huntsville for the third time in three weekends to exchange cars so I can get mine fixed. And of course, this is on top of a speeding ticket I got from the trip to Huntsville two weekends ago (infuriating), and I am just really, really, really sick of making that drive and paying for that gas right now.

And I guess to sandwich that suckiness in a bun of awesome, I am really enjoying Korra and I also blew through Mass Effects 1 and 2 from...April 26th - May 10th? And I need to make a post about that too, but in what little time I've had between work and bedtime I've been slowly working my way through the glut of FShep/Garrus on ff.net WHICH BY THE WAY, RECS WELCOME, but between that and the kmeme fill I'm trying to finish and these stupid car things and having to leave every weekend I'm just getting nothing done, and I am really, really looking forward to Memorial Day weekend if for nothing else but the ability it'll give me to close my bedroom door and talk to absolutely nobody for more than fifteen minutes.

Yeah. That'll be good.
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22nd-May-2012 12:33 pm
Hey! Sorry I haven't been around much lately--or rather, I've been around but I haven't been updating, but things have been so freaking busy here that I haven't had any time to do...well, anything lately. I've been working full-time at this new job (and it's been wonderful and I love it and I have a post half-finished about it) and then these past two weekends I've gone home to Huntsville (and they've been wonderful and I took Jasper last weekend and we went bridesmaid-dress-shopping for Jade and I need to make a post about it).

And then this morning I got in a wreck on the way to work (not so wonderful), so I have to go back to Huntsville for the third time in three weekends to exchange cars so I can get mine fixed. And of course, this is on top of a speeding ticket I got from the trip to Huntsville two weekends ago (infuriating), and I am just really, really, really sick of making that drive and paying for that gas right now.

And I guess to sandwich that suckiness in a bun of awesome, I am really enjoying Korra and I also blew through Mass Effects 1 and 2 from...April 26th - May 10th? And I need to make a post about that too, but in what little time I've had between work and bedtime I've been slowly working my way through the glut of FShep/Garrus on ff.net WHICH BY THE WAY, RECS WELCOME, but between that and the kmeme fill I'm trying to finish and these stupid car things and having to leave every weekend I'm just getting nothing done, and I am really, really looking forward to Memorial Day weekend if for nothing else but the ability it'll give me to close my bedroom door and talk to absolutely nobody for more than fifteen minutes.

Yeah. That'll be good.
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25th-Mar-2012 08:57 pm - oh gosh
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, my roommate just googled "romance fan fiction" for the first time after a discussion of the kmeme fill I'm working on. WHAT HAVE I DONE WHAT HAVE I UNLEASHED

(I already asked Hikki this, but I wanted to get y'all's opinions too: what's the etiquette on posting fills concurrently with another A!A? They just posted the first part, and I haven't posted anything yet. Should I ask first, or should I just go ahead and jump in?)

EDIT: "They have a fanfiction site for couples on TV shows! Look at this! Mulder and Scully!" help me i love her what do i do
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) aveline hug it out man)
25th-Mar-2012 08:57 pm - oh gosh
Oh my goodness, oh my goodness, my roommate just googled "romance fan fiction" for the first time after a discussion of the kmeme fill I'm working on. WHAT HAVE I DONE WHAT HAVE I UNLEASHED

(I already asked Hikki this, but I wanted to get y'all's opinions too: what's the etiquette on posting fills concurrently with another A!A? They just posted the first part, and I haven't posted anything yet. Should I ask first, or should I just go ahead and jump in?)

EDIT: "They have a fanfiction site for couples on TV shows! Look at this! Mulder and Scully!" help me i love her what do i do
loquaciousquark: ((dragon age) aveline hug it out man)
and HERE is a POST about the Christmas party Jasper and I threw!


WE HAD ONE.
ft. a roommate, JASPER; a hostess, QUARK; a puppy, HAMLET.
also ft. JASPER'S PARENTS; JASPER'S FIANCE; QUARK'S PARENTS; QUARK'S BROTHER & his FIANCEE

THE DECORATIONS WERE FESTIVE
    

THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS
        

and sorry, I apparently did not take a single picture of anything we actually served, but the menu from start to finish was:

menu )
the apartment was PACKED
(seriously it was, we fed nine (9) people and a puppy in our two-person apartment)
        

THE PUPPY WAS ADORABLE and bitey
        

And as all good Christmas parties should end, we finished with a wreck of an apartment and guests so stuffed that they had to waddle out to their cars.
        

        

AND if anybody's interested, I do have pictures from when we took Hamlet to the Christmas tree farm and stuck him in those photo op face-cut-out things for kids. If, you know, the internet wants puppy photos of all things.

Merry Christmas!
loquaciousquark: ((misc) belle gaston face swap snow)
and HERE is a POST about the Christmas party Jasper and I threw!


WE HAD ONE.
ft. a roommate, JASPER; a hostess, QUARK; a puppy, HAMLET.
also ft. JASPER'S PARENTS; JASPER'S FIANCE; QUARK'S PARENTS; QUARK'S BROTHER & his FIANCEE

THE DECORATIONS WERE FESTIVE
    

THE FOOD WAS DELICIOUS
        

and sorry, I apparently did not take a single picture of anything we actually served, but the menu from start to finish was:

menu )
the apartment was PACKED
(seriously it was, we fed nine (9) people and a puppy in our two-person apartment)
        

THE PUPPY WAS ADORABLE and bitey
        

And as all good Christmas parties should end, we finished with a wreck of an apartment and guests so stuffed that they had to waddle out to their cars.
        

        

AND if anybody's interested, I do have pictures from when we took Hamlet to the Christmas tree farm and stuck him in those photo op face-cut-out things for kids. If, you know, the internet wants puppy photos of all things.

Merry Christmas!
loquaciousquark: ((misc) belle gaston face swap snow)
7th-Sep-2011 10:08 pm - one day i will sleep forever
quark: hang on, jasper just came home
quark: i'm going to go say hi and retreat again
dustin: aka crawling out of your cave to hiss at the intruder then climb back into your recess
quark: halsjkhfahhahahahah

It's justified, though, I promise! I had a major CEVS lab practical Tuesday morning and I got about four hours of sleep the two days before it, and I still haven't quite recovered from that yet. I'd be asleep now if I wasn't waiting for JADE TO HURRY UP AND GET HOME, who grocery shops at 9:30 at night. Plus, I have this bad habit of plotting for my current WIPs as I fall asleep, and this latest DA2 fic I'm working on is giving me weird dreams. Not bad dreams, per se, just those really peculiar ones that leave you bewildered in the morning, faintly troubled by images of Fenris in a massive ballgown and a vague sense of haunting regret.



Also, check this out:


man that is a sweet ass-bike

I bought a bike! My old one was stolen a little over a year ago; I'd had it since I was about fifteen, though, so I wasn't overly heartbroken. I've been trying to exercise lately first thing as soon as I get home from school, even if it's only for twenty minutes at a time, and I prefer biking to most other forms of exercise; hence...bike.

Admittedly, it's been a while since I biked, but one thing has not changed in the slightest: I still look like a dadgum idiot in a helmet. WHY IS MY HEAD THE SIZE OF OLYMPUS MONS, WHY. oh the sacrifices we make to not die of coronary artery disease at 30


Auburn is going to be lucky to go 6-6 this year, holy cripes


And now, a picture of a stone rutabega with a face carved in it.


No, I don't know why, but sure as shootin there's a whole line of them.
loquaciousquark: ((sports) the best time of the year)
7th-Sep-2011 10:08 pm - one day i will sleep forever
quark: hang on, jasper just came home
quark: i'm going to go say hi and retreat again
dustin: aka crawling out of your cave to hiss at the intruder then climb back into your recess
quark: halsjkhfahhahahahah

It's justified, though, I promise! I had a major CEVS lab practical Tuesday morning and I got about four hours of sleep the two days before it, and I still haven't quite recovered from that yet. I'd be asleep now if I wasn't waiting for JADE TO HURRY UP AND GET HOME, who grocery shops at 9:30 at night. Plus, I have this bad habit of plotting for my current WIPs as I fall asleep, and this latest DA2 fic I'm working on is giving me weird dreams. Not bad dreams, per se, just those really peculiar ones that leave you bewildered in the morning, faintly troubled by images of Fenris in a massive ballgown and a vague sense of haunting regret.



Also, check this out:


man that is a sweet ass-bike

I bought a bike! My old one was stolen a little over a year ago; I'd had it since I was about fifteen, though, so I wasn't overly heartbroken. I've been trying to exercise lately first thing as soon as I get home from school, even if it's only for twenty minutes at a time, and I prefer biking to most other forms of exercise; hence...bike.

Admittedly, it's been a while since I biked, but one thing has not changed in the slightest: I still look like a dadgum idiot in a helmet. WHY IS MY HEAD THE SIZE OF OLYMPUS MONS, WHY. oh the sacrifices we make to not die of coronary artery disease at 30


Auburn is going to be lucky to go 6-6 this year, holy cripes


And now, a picture of a stone rutabega with a face carved in it.


No, I don't know why, but sure as shootin there's a whole line of them.
loquaciousquark: ((sports) the best time of the year)
27th-Apr-2011 02:38 pm - INCOMIIIIING

derp


The power went out about 5:30 this morning (along with the most ridiculously noisy rain and thunder crashes and I have ever heard), and my roommate Jasper just told me that the power company's expecting to get it turned back on by 11:30. Tomorrow. THAT IS TWO DAYS WITHOUT INTERNET AT HOME, PEOPLE. TWO DAYS. AND I have a cardio & renal test on Friday and fic I was working on and omg what if I can't charge my laptop and what if my PHONE DIES and holy first world problems, Batman, but what iiiiiif

also what if a tornado hits, I guess

IN THAT VEIN, I HAVE THOUGHTS. I've always thought it was really interesting how blasé people can get about weather they're used to. In Alabama, tornadoes are really common; we always get a few every year, some of them pretty serious, but in general people don't notice them much unless their house is actually being ripped away.

A couple years ago, I had a roommate in college who was from the...I don't even remember, like, the west coast or something, but it was somewhere that didn't have a lot of weather at all, much less tornadoes, and one day in the spring, the tornado sirens (conveniently located RIGHT OUTSIDE OUR WINDOW at least we knew when there was weather, I guess) went off at about four in the morning. I woke up, flipped on the TV just long enough to see that it was a couple miles south of us, and then, as one does in Alabama when there's tornadoes, rolled over and went back to sleep. Only to be awoken a few moments later by my roommate, frantically shaking my shoulder, begging to go down to the building's basement so we could be safe. I was bewildered. I went down with her, of course--she was terrified and I didn't want her to be scared--but at the same time, seeing a reaction like that completely threw me for a loop. It's just not easy to fear familiarity, and in Alabama, tornadoes in the spring are a constant.

Now, snow, on the other hand, shuts the state right down. A lot of people mock us for it--but honestly, I don't think that's fair. Serious snowfall in Alabama is rare, and it doesn't make economic sense to stock up on the gigantic fleet of snowplows and street salters that cities up north have for a meteorological event that happens maybe once every couple years.

And maybe part of this is my growing intolerance of this current fad of casual cynicism (which is a whole 'nother post), but it's starting to drive me crazy that people think it's so funny to watch other states/cities/countries freak out about weather that they're not used to. Yeah, Alabamians are pretty unimpressed by tornadoes. But snowstorms kill the city, and the tiny earthquake we had a couple years ago had people talking for days. People from California don't get much thrown by earthquakes (lol), but hurricanes are relatively rare there. It's just a question of what people are used to, and I don't think it's comedic genius to mock people for being thrown by unusual weather.

Actually, all of this probably boils down to a distaste for what I consider a pretty cheap joke. Whoops.

ANYWAY THE POINT IS: probably won't be online tonight or tomorrow, if y'all need to get in touch with me, try my phone or Jade. See y'all soon!
loquaciousquark: ((misc) oh dear oh no)
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