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Monday, December 13th, 2010
4:15 am
Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.Collapse )
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

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Saturday, December 11th, 2010
2:53 pm - I missed a day...
Because I had a bad day at work yesterday and got totally distracted by WoW (Adrian's back in the same guild as I am) until 4am.  Ahh, Cataclysm.  You suck the life out of people.

Anyway!

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.Collapse )
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

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Friday, December 10th, 2010
3:57 am
Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.Collapse )
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

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Thursday, December 9th, 2010
4:45 am - Meme. It means same in French...

Day One: Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now.Collapse )
Day Two: Nine things about yourself.
Day Three: Eight ways to win your heart.
Day Four: Seven things that cross your mind a lot.
Day Five: Six things you wish you’d never done.
Day Six: Five people who mean a lot (in no order whatsoever).
Day Seven: Four turn offs.
Day Eight: Three turn ons.
Day Nine: Two images that describe your life right now, and why.
Day Ten: One confession.

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Sunday, January 24th, 2010
5:24 pm
I feel uninspired lately. There are only two pages in my sketchbook since Christmas. I try to sit down and come up with something and then I just give up or get distracted and it goes another day. I went to conceptart.org but until I can catch the new week of the character/creature weekly thing, I won't have a deadline and so I'll never finish them.

And I keep getting caught up in the everyday shit...in doing WoW dailies and spending more time thinking about what I'm going to eat for dinner than actually making it. Granted, I have been reading a lot lately, and I bought the River Cottage Handbook on bread and read it cover to cover in less than 12 hours yesterday. And we move into the new place in a week or so, once they finally finish renovating it. There just seem to be so many things to do and then I sit down and can't summon the willpower to fill a sketchbook page.

The weather's been absolutely crap, so I can't get out to Fota, which I'm relatively sure will temporarily inspire me. I tried to watch nature shows, but I've just found them so meh.

I haven't done anything constructive in over a month and it's driving me fucking nuts. Fuck you, winter and it raining 9 out of 10 days.

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Tuesday, November 24th, 2009
3:00 am
You know how sometimes people on your friendslist post about stuff going on in their life, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute? Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating HIM/HER? Since when???" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.

Please copy the topics below, erase my answers and put yours in their place, and then post it in your journal! Please elaborate on the questions that would benefit from elaboration. One-Word-Answers seldom help anyone out. (:


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Friday, November 20th, 2009
2:24 am - Scattered
I did not, in fact, die.

But after a year (13 months to be exact), I'm still so in love that it hurts. Thinking about it can still bring tears to my eyes really easily and it feels insane and impossible and I feel delirious and ecstatic. Every so often I subconsciously wait for things to go wrong and it's been over a year now.

I also finished sketchbook 23. And have read a hell of a lot of books this year. This year has been sort of crazy in general though, what with the unemployment then the trip then the childminding with quite a lot of WoW and random shit thrown in.

I'll have some ridiculously early mornings next week (on a bus by 8:30am *sigh*) and at least one day a week from then on, which I'm not particularly looking forward to, but at least I'll have money to go out again. Craig's time on night shift was great because of the extra cash and I'm happy to return to that...even if it means early mornings.

And I still have no idea what the plans are for Christmas. Adrian is most likely spending it with his parents, maybe in Dublin...and I don't know if he assumes I'm going or what. I've asked him a few times and it's never a definite answer. I think I'd get really really depressed if I was alone on Christmas though. The prospect seems horrible. I can't go with him if they decide to celebrate in Prague though, and that would suck. I wish he would give me an answer. :(

I also need to start on doing more than just the sketches for my thing for my family. Don't have the cash to buy shit early enough to send it, so I gotta make a wicked awesome painting, which will have to be in Photoshop due to the same time constraint. Fuck the postal service.

The weather here has been insane and I really hope it gets better soon or it's going to drive me nuts!

I need cuddles and possibly a drink. Mmmm cuddles...

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Wednesday, May 27th, 2009
12:50 pm
I haven't posted anything of substance in a really long time.

I'm still living in Ireland.  I look after a friend's kids (2 and6) two days a week.  I'm still with Adrian.  I'm pretty sure we've been together seven months now, but I can't remember what day of the month it would've been on.  >.>

My body is starting to heal again, which is nice because I'm not a plague rat.  However, I have a lot of trouble sleeping now.  Hopefully this won't last all summer like last year.  I think I have Seasonal Affective Disorder.  :P

My parents are visiting in a month!  Krystal is visiting in two months!

Also, I've been reading a lot...and watching a lot of TV on ninjavideo...oh, and I'm a guild master now (in WoW of course).  My guild is named Eternus and we've been going through Ulduar 10.  I try to do one more boss every week and we've been progressing nicely.  It feels sort of like an experiment still since I fell into it when Eclipse disbanded.  I guess it's less of a temporary thing since I have my own vent server and officers and such...

And I've been trying to draw more.  I tried to draw a page a day in my sketchbook, but I couldn't hold myself to it.  I need to draw more though.  I should probably get a scanner and post some of the pages.

That's...pretty much all that's been going on in my life lately.

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Sunday, May 17th, 2009
3:11 pm - I has joined Twitter
For anyone who wants to know, my Twitter is KinnaOnCaffeine.

:)

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Tuesday, April 7th, 2009
8:12 pm
Sometimes I read news that makes me glad that I left America.

This for instance.  According to this list, that puts the total number of unemployed people above the populations of all but 68 countries in the world.  In the past five months, more people than live in, say, Jamaica or Kuwait have lost their jobs.  In a little over a year, more Americans have lost their jobs than the populations of Singapore, Ireland, or the U.A.E.  There are only nine EU countries whose populations are above that of the U.S. unemployed.

For all of you back in America who are suffering from this, I feel for you.

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Saturday, February 21st, 2009
11:45 pm
From a Reddit thread:

If you watch The Matrix backwards, Neo gets tired of using his super powers to fight agents, so he jacks into the ship's computer and sucks all of the kung-fu knowledge out of his brain, and then plugs into the matrix and begins his new life as Mr. Anderson.

Also, Trinity loves him lots at the beginning, then slowly loses interest in him until finally she is nearly indifferent.
Funny, in reverse its exactly like real life.

The Matrix Backwards, alternately titled "The WoW Effect."


Also stolen from the thread:

Things that irk me a lot in Season 4 (of Heroes) so far:
   * Nathan "Oh, is it my turn to be the main bad guy? Okay!" Petrelli
   * Nathan's mom, who after trying to control the world most of her life, decided the best thing to do now is to sit back and chill

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Friday, February 20th, 2009
10:21 pm
How do you fit yourself into a one-page typed cover letter that won't end up sounding ridiculous, egotistical, or sad?

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Sunday, February 15th, 2009
1:36 am - Totally fucking emo entry #578
It's been a month since I've written an honest entry in this thing.

Well, things have been hard.  I haven't worked in two months.  The first few weeks were fantastic...such a nice break.  By Christmas, I was aching for something to fill my days.  Now it's Valentine's Day (well, technically it's the 15th) and my boredom and restlessness is eating away at me.

The worst part is that I have such a hard time getting motivated.  Without a job or the promise of a job, I find it hard to get the motivation to do much of anything...and that includes applying for jobs.  It's a ridiculous and horrible cycle, I know. 

I feel lazy and worthless most of the time, but I can't seem to snap myself out of it.

It used to be that I felt left out by being one of the only people I know that doesn't work for Blizzard.  Now I feel left out all the time by being one of the only people I know who isn't doing a single productive thing in a day.  I feel myself getting jealous of the simplest things...having a job to go to, being tired from a long day of activity (any activity).  With jealousy comes mean comments and cutting people down, and I'm starting to hate myself all over again because of it.

I need to change, but I don't know how much strength I have left anymore...I don't know how much more I can try.

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Tuesday, February 10th, 2009
8:23 pm
Stolen from Marcos because I love books too much not to...

One book you’re currently reading:
Guards! Guards!  by Terry Pratchett.  Starting the guards series and I like it so far.

One book that changed your life: Atlas Shrugged by Ayn Rand.  I named my fish Hank.  '

'I swear by my life and my love of it that I will never live for the sake of another man, nor ask another man to live for mine.'
Ayn Rand, Atlas Shrugged
One book you’d want on a deserted island:  The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R. Tolkien.  I can read it any number of times and I always find something new.

One book you’ve read more than once: The Little Prince by Antoine de Saint-Exupery.  I read it in French.  'On ne voit rien qu'avec le coeur.'

One book you’ve never been able to finish:  Catch-22 by Joseph Heller.  The writing style just bores me.

One book that made you laugh:  Small Gods by Terry Pratchett.  My favourite of his so far...it's not often that a book can make me laugh out loud.

One book that made you cry: God-Shaped Hole by Stephanie DeBartolo.  It's 'girly', but I read it because of the references to The God of Small Things and fell in love with it.

One book you keep rereading:  Archangel by Sharon Shinn.  It's beautiful in a way that I can't describe.

One book you’ve been meaning to read:  The Wheel of Time series by Robert Jordan.  For as much as I love fantasy, I haven't gotten around to reading his books.


One book you believe everyone should read:  Ender's Game by Orson Scott Card.  Not only is he a fantastic writer of prose, but this book is so totally engrossing that it makes its way into your brain like Tolkien.  Sci-Fi in an accessible and humanistic way.  And STOP CALLING ME BEAN.

Finally, grab the nearest book. Open it to page 56. Find the fifth sentence:
'We done real magic and dint get et by tooth fairies from out of the woodwork either, Brother Plasterer, I couldn't help noticing.'
-Guards! Guards! by Terry Pratchett

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Wednesday, January 21st, 2009
2:28 pm - Random interrailing trip notes part 1
So I'm in Trier, a fantastically beautiful city in Germany near Luxembourg.  Since the 10th, I've been in Paris, Cologne (Köln), Berlin, Cologne again, and now Trier.
I've seen a ridiculous amount of things, not the least of which being Vladmir Putin getting out of a car in Berlin and a huge protest against the conflict in Gaza the next day. I've seen the bust of Nefertiti, the ruins of Roman baths in Trier, and Sacre-Coeur in Paris.  I've been carrying around a box of teabags with me as I travel because I learned that the French and Germans don't generally stock decent tea for breakfast...much less in the evening.

Tomorrow, I go to Luxembourg for three days.  After that, I head up to Amsterdam, having to change trains in Brussels. Adrian will be meeting me in Amsterdam and you cannot believe how impatient I am for the 25th because of it.  I still go out and see the cities, but I spend most of the day counting down the hours until Sunday.

Photos are on facebook, though I haven't uploaded the ones from Berlin, Cologne, or Trier yet. I will post 'em from Luxembourg perhaps...or maybe Amsterdam.  For now, I gotta go warm up with some tea and maybe a nap.  Also, I have to finish Carpe Jugulum. I only have 80 pages left!

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Sunday, January 11th, 2009
12:12 pm
I'm in Paris...it's freezing and there's a thin layer of ice around in the corners of things.

Adrian arrives at the airport in a little over an hour.  I slept most of yesterday, having gotten three hours of sleep that morning before my flight.  I feel like I've been here, waiting for him, waiting for my trip to begin.  It's odd because the rest of my trip will be alone.  It makes me wonder if I have it in me to do all of this travelling alone or if I'll find myself in a hostel a week from now, praying that I can be alone so that I can continue breaking down.  There's more than likely an equal chance of both, as I've often found reserves within myself that I didn't know existed.

I feel like all of the bravery that I once had has faded a left someone sentimental and soft.  Maybe it's because I've never felt tied to anywhere or anyone like this before.  The stakes are suddenly so much higher, or at least it feels that way.

But today...today will be fucking fantastic.  Two days in Paris with the person that I'm so incredibly in love with...it feels like it's happening to someone else.  Maybe that's been my problem...these past few months feel like they're happening to someone else.   He's been so ridiculously amazing that it feels like it can't be real, like it's some kind of fairy tale or film.  My brain keeps saying, 'love doesn't play out like it SHOULD therefore this can't be real'.

I'm hungry enough to eat a small child, so I should go forage (or at least eat the pain au chocolate and pims in my bag).

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Friday, January 9th, 2009
3:10 pm
I haven't really updated here in a month...I guess I just haven't felt like it.  Things have been hard and I still don't know what I'm going to do.  I have to fill out a bunch of grad school applications.  I want to attend a one-year masters in politics and/or social policy.  My first two choices would be UCC and the University of Amsterdam.  I don't know what my chances of getting accepted are, but it's at least worth a shot and is something I'm interested in.

I realised that half of what I hated about college was the fact that I wasn't happy in my course of study.  I worked my ass off for my sociology and political science classes and then suffered through the rest.  I really should have taken the hint sooner and switched majors, but at least I realised it now?  I've come to terms with the fact that I don't want to go into psychology, but just having a B.Sc. at all allows me to study something that I have an honest passion for instead of something that I'm just good at.

I don't know...I've always wanted to give art a shot, but I can never seem to devote enough of my time to bettering my skills, so it always falls to the wayside.  Perhaps this trip will allow me to sketch more, observe more, maybe do some almost-realistic watercolour sketches of the places that I go.  

Ah, that reminds me...I leave for Paris tomorrow.  I'll be in Paris for a few days with Adrian and then I go off Interrailing for a few weeks.  The list of cities goes like this: Paris, Brussels, Cologne, Berlin, Hamburg, Copenhagen, Hamburg (overnight), Dusseldorf, Trier, Luxembourg, Amsterdam.  I'm thinking of getting Adrian a return ticket to Amsterdam so that he can have some fun and explore and all that, but we'll see how the budget works out.  Gotta go check my bank balance in a bit and buy some travel toiletries...oh, and pack!

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Sunday, December 28th, 2008
3:11 pm - 2008: A Year in Review
First sentence of first entry of the month and last sentence of last entry of the month, supposedly sums up the year.

January
"If only because dust//Is what we come to//Nothing matters//But knowing nothing matters//It's just life//So keep dancing through."

I wonder what the connection here is...

February
Still working at Borders, but have been interviewing for a second job, since Borders is part-time and I'm having trouble paying rent, much less buying food or saving up for Ireland.
"For months in advance, people would give each other massages and chocolates and flowers, all in anticipation of getting that little card back with a check mark next to Yes or No."

March
No entries whatsoever..

April
So I decided to finish my bachelor's degree at Loyola over the summer.
Leaving isn't the end of my problems, but it's at least the end of this headlong rush to my degree and getting funds together and everything else.

May
The laundry list of my life: -Bought motorcycle insurance
Aside from the food poisoning, it's been a great day.

June
I'm mostly healed after the spill on Charlie last Friday. 
Screw that, I HAVE TIME AGAIN!

July
Sunday was pretty low-key.
If you're in the EU beta, look for a female draenei death knight named Kinna.

August (same entry)
I got a 3-month contract job at HIQA (www.hiqa.ie) helping them write and format the Social Services Inspectorate forms/letters/guides.
Ok, enough rambling.  Hair dye time!

September
First things first, Donal and I broke up.
How do I always find myself in these situations?  :P

October (same entry)
Well, I moved into my new apartment.
I would write a longer update, but I'm damp from the rain and needing tea and a nap.

November
Obama 2008!: His personality is electric. 
BUT A NEW TATTOO!  WOO!

December (same entry)
I leave for Prague in ten hours.
...What if I'm not ready to be alone this time?

Well this year has been insane.  Last year was an uphill climb, but this year was a terrifying ride that I honestly wouldn't wish upon anyone.  It started with me in a relationship with Donal and ended with me in a relationship with Adrian.  I worked at Borders, Panera and HIQA.  I've been in Chicago, Cork, London, and Prague.  I made friends at Borders, Panera, HIQA, and of course all of the lads at Blizz.  I fucked up my shoulder and broke my arm on Charlie and fucked up my knee (again) doing god-knows-what.  I finished college after five and a half years and have a diploma at my parents' house.  I cancelled out my credit card debt.  I still have loans to repay, but hopefully I'll be able to pay them off early.

And, of course, I fell in love.  I haven't really made many entries lately because I've been dealing with the impending move to Prague (and was really busy before that), but I'm so very happy with him.  He brings about this change in my heart that no one else ever has.  I don't know how to describe it, but I can sleep peacefully in his arms, which is something that I've never been able to do with anyone else.  

Right, enough reviewing of my life!  Now, to level my priest more.  (She's 60 right now!)


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Saturday, December 13th, 2008
9:12 pm - Another chapter draws to a close
I leave for Prague in ten hours.

I didn't succeed in getting a visa in my five month time frame. 
I fell in love, but I didn't get a visa.  Now I'm leaving in a few hours with the boy that I'm helplessly in love with and I have to leave Cork behind again.  I've felt this before, like everything that I had hoped for is being ripped away from me.  I spent months grasping at the air last time, feeling lost.  I'll be back here on the 22nd, but it won't be the same.  I know I'll have to leave again.

Adrian got a Pleo and he's letting me take it to Prague to keep me company when we're apart.  His name is Mortimer III , Esquire...but we call him Mort.  It will be a terrible facsimilie for having his arms around me, but at least it's something.

I'm going to miss everyone so much.  I already miss people from America, but now it will be everyone.

...What if I'm not ready to be alone this time?

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Saturday, November 22nd, 2008
3:45 pm
I got a new tattoo!

It's on my hip bone, covering the scar that I got from the motorcycle accident.  It's three stars and a swirl (swoosh?) of black/blue.

It's still bleeding and bandaged, so I'll post a picture later when I've unbandaged it and showered.  :D

Things are good...relationship is amazing, work is fine, still trying to figure out what I'm gonna do in a few weeks.  Now much else to report.

BUT A NEW TATTOO!  WOO!

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Friday, November 14th, 2008
1:16 am - Another chapter of my life is finally over
At precisely 1am (no, really!) my mother rang me through Skype on my mobile.

Why you ask?

Because my diploma was delivered to their house.

That's right!  I'm officially a graduate of Loyola University Chicago with a B.Sc. in Psychology - Social Science concentration.

Also, Wrath came out today and it's all activated and installed on my computer already AND I have a baby frostwyrm companion pet on each of my characters because Vicky and Adrian are fantastic.

I've been dating Adrian for three weeks and I couldn't be happier.  Well, I could be, but only if I was granted a 2-year work visa and allowed to stay in Cork.

I waited too long for that diploma.

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Wednesday, November 5th, 2008
5:31 am - Obama 2008!
His personality is electric.  Is it any surprise that he won?

President Obama, I salute you.  *clink!*

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Saturday, October 25th, 2008
9:21 pm
New developments in the life of Kinna...

Well, I moved into my new apartment.  The address is:
29 Knapp's Square
John Redmond Street
Blackpool
Cork
Ireland

Feel free to send me postcards/letters/bits of string!
The apartment is nice...cozy and my flatmates are fantastic.  I bought a calla lily plant for the kitchen.

My sister Betsy visited a week ago (well, she left a week ago and had been here for a week) and that was good, but dramatic at the end.  My family always has ridiculous drama, so I really should not have been surprised.

Probably the biggest (and best) development lately has been getting a boyfriend.  Standard details are his name is Adrian, he's Irish, 24, works at Blizzard.  He's tall and blue-eyed and sort of ginger and such a very nice boy.  I find myself being nice to him, even when he jumps down stairs and cracks his head open.  He makes me all marshmallow-y.  It's nice, but distinctly out of character for me.

I would write a longer update, but I'm damp from the rain and needing tea and a nap.  *hops off*

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Tuesday, September 16th, 2008
5:47 pm - It's been awhile...
A lot has happened since my last entry, it seems.

First things first, Donal and I broke up.  After I moved out of his parents' house, I realized how unhappy I had been and how guilty he made me feel.  I think Vicky said it best: "You know that you don't owe him anything, right?"  And it took until then to see that I didn't.  I mean, ok, yes.  I was staying at his parents' house and until his Freak Out, I was planning to give them a fantastic dinner and an even more fantastic gift as a thank you.  I do feel bad for having stayed there so long.  But as far as my relationship went?  I didn't owe him my happiness as the cost for staying there.  It hurts because he had been so cute and romantic and everything else and then it just disappeared...right about the time that we got back from Blarney.  I need romance.  I need constant affection.  I need to feel like the other person is trying.  If I don't, I get bored and bitter and fuck things up on purpose.

So we broke up.

And I stayed at Vicky's until she got back.  It was fantastic to stay there and hilarious as Wayne never realized it was me instead of Vicky.  Then Vicky got back from Paris (YAY!) and she had a huge fight with Wayne (not so yay!) and moved back in with her parents.  We moved my stuff to their house and then the drama hit and I ended up walking to Dave's at 2am with a bag of stuff to sleep there while he was at work.  On my way there, I sprained my ankle pretty badly and it's just getting healed now.

So yeah, I crashed at Dave's for a few days and then Andrew offered his place.  Between Vicky, Dave, and then Andrew, it was driven home to me just how amazing my friends here really are.  When they offered to be so fucking fantastic, it seriously made me choke up.

So yes.  Also, I was offered a position at HIQA as P.A. to the Chief Inspector for Social Services.  It's still a temp position, but I started taking over the responsibilities last Friday and the job seriously rocks.  The official changeover happens at the end of this week and I'm really excited for that.  :D

I haven't had time to play WoW.  Too many snuggles and random walks and adventures.  I should probably try to sleep more than I have been.

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Saturday, August 30th, 2008
3:07 pm - Typed in a voice speaking at 100wpm, no breaths.
I just realized it's been over a month since I posted in here.

Here's a recap on my life...

I got a 3-month contract job at HIQA (www.hiqa.ie) helping them write and format the Social Services Inspectorate forms/letters/guides.  I've been there for two weeks and the Chief Inspector woman (who I've been organizing stuffs and such for) asked if she could meet with me.  I was irrationally scared that she'd be like, "You suck."  but she ended up offering me the position as her P.A., as her current one is "too nice" and they want to give her a better position.  Everyone wins!  I MIGHT even get more money out of it.

It's funny being told by the girls you're working for to "work slower".  :D  And people wonder why I relate to Donna so well (BEST TEMP IN CORK!)

Two days ago, I got my first paycheck, and it was way more than I was expecting (thanks to the Irish tax service working in a reasonable amount of time.  *Ahem ahem IRS*).  This means that, of course, I went out Thursday night.  I probably shouldn't have, considering my tonsils are seriously painful now, but it was a fantastic night.  Drinks, dancing, and getting to hang out with Vicky meant that it was the most fun I've had in a while.  Also, the rest of the group consisited of the Blizzard crowd, who I think are deliciously geeky (but just sociable enough to go to Gorby's and dance!)  To all of you Americans who read this, they're akin to the Krystal/Nate/Jeff/etc. crowd.  Also, I love you guys!  Krystal, let me know if you got my postcard.  ^.^

So one of the amazingly awesome things to come out of Thursday night was that Vicky offered her apartment while she's gone in Paris and London!  I spent the past month staying at Donal's and I feel really bad for having imposed on them so much, so being able to stay in an apartment is fantastic!  I'm honestly surprised that Vicky trusts me enough to give me her keys, but maybe it's just because I'm used to really suspicious Americans.

I ended up only getting 3 hours of sleep before work on Friday, but I did get to see Andrew and Vicky off (well, in front of their apartments, but still) and still stayed up until 11:30 at night.  I naturally woke up at 8am, then napped until noon.  I love being able to do that.  I finally got my hair cut (yay for money!) and I'm about to dye it now.

That's basically been my life for a month.  Well, ok,  I lazily levelled my hunter to 45 (though she does have 175g from herbalism, and that's after continually buying random gear).   I find that I can't take the game too seriously because I figure that I already have a full-time job.  I don't really need a part-time one that doesn't earn me any real money.  It is ALMOST as gratifying seeing a nice big number of g's in WoW as it is seeing my bank balance go up.  After all, they're both just numbers on a screen.

Ok, enough rambling.  Hair dye time!

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Sunday, July 20th, 2008
12:27 am - It's useful being friends with GMs
Because they give you shiny things like beta keys.

Got the key, spent the past day downloading it, then spent the past hour trying to figure out how to log in (tricksy Blizzard...)

Logged in, can't transfer over a character, so created a death knight, but can't log into the character.

Ah well, there's always tomorrow.

Even the music in the character creation screen makes me excited.

If you're in the EU beta, look for a female draenei death knight named Kinna.  :D

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Monday, July 14th, 2008
3:05 pm
Rawr! Crazy European keyboards and their keys all in different places...
I'm on Donal's computer where the internets just got fixed!  Whee!  That means that I'm in Cork and continually doing stuffs.  Poker was last night and it was HILARIOUS.  I seriously missed the Cork peoples. 

The Dublin trip was great.  When I got in, I had to go through immigration where the lady nearly made me cry 'cause she was so mean.  Then I had to wait around the usual 40 minutes for my bags before I could go out and get a fantastic hug from Donal.
We got into the city and then realized we didn't know how to get to Croke Park from there, so we wandered around until we asked some African guy with a little wheelie cart that he was pulling and he tried to explain for a few seconds, then gave up and said he'd show us.  So we got to follow a random guy from the Congo with my huge suitcases (one each) down the Dublin roads to Croke Park.
"I feel like Dorothy..."

Then I slept for a while in the hotel before we went out for food.  Tried to find Wagamamas (this is important later), got terribly lost somewhere around Temple Bar and ended up eating at a place called the Cantina.  No, there was no Star Wars band, *sigh*.  After dinner, we wandered around some more before finding our way back to the hotel.
Friday, we got up and got to the USIT office for my incredibly uneventful orientation, getting breakfast at Burger King on the way...surprisingly good.  We decided to see Trinity after that, so we headed there (it's like a five minute walk from the USIT office) and wandered around before going to see the Book of Kells.  It was great, but the best part was the huge old library (think Unseen University Library, minus the orangutan).
We decided to see the Dublin Zoo after that, so we headed back to the quays and caught a bus to Heuston train station, then walked up.  We wandered north and found a crazy monolith in the middle of Phoenix Park and eventually found the zoo.  It was a fun zoo...one of the sea lions had a blob (baby) and the gorilla enclosure had these huge cracks in the glass made from inside. 
After the zoo, we went back into town via the Luas (which has the honor system for ticketing, no joke) and tried to find Wagamamas, which I thought was in Temple Bar.
After about 20 minutes, we had wandered into the older area and found a pedestrian entrance for Dublin castle, which we explored for a while.  We couldn't go into the castle, but we found a cool garden and a stained glass fountain.  After that, we got thoroughly lost and eventually found a weird Danish street performer in Temple Bar who was there for the circus festival.  He did an entire act with a 6-foot balloon...even getting completely inside of it for a while!
Found ourselves back at Trinity, this time went south, and found Wagamamas!  Oh dear god!  Unfortunately, the food was less great than we had expected, but it was still good.
After dinner, we just went back to the hotel room and slept.  Got up, took a taxi to the train station, took the train to Cork.  On the train back, I called Vicky, who managed to cut her foot on a door (?!) while I was talking to her, which she has hopefully gotten fixed by now. 

Aside from watching Clockword Orange, getting Milano's, O'Conaill's, eating at SoHo, hanging out in Area and poker, I haven't done too much.  (And I just realized that that list is rather long...)

Ah well, it's shower time and then hanging out with Andrew!

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Tuesday, July 8th, 2008
11:23 pm - Part Two: Flight
20 hours until my flight to Dublin.  I'll give a cookie to anyone who knows where the post title is from.

I've done so much in the past few weeks...finishing college, moving out of my apartment, celebrating my birthday and July 4, and then packing and making sure everything is ready for tomorrow.  It's currently midnight and I'm thinking I might try to sleep and then dye my hair in the morning.

I've tried to fill myself up on food that I can't get in Ireland, but my bags are full so I can't stuff any more snacks in there.  I did manage to put JiF peanut butter and some of my favorite tea in my suitcase.  I even managed to pack my winter coat, my bathrobe, a throw blanket AND my silk pillow in my suitcases, with the help of a space bag (yay for vacuum-sealed bags!)

There are a lot of things that I still have to do, but a lot of them can be done online from Dublin or Cork, so I'm not stressing out too much about them.

I'm clearly too distracted to type this, so I guess it's time to attempt sleep (or watch Doctor Who).

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Sunday, July 6th, 2008
4:16 am - History is delicious!
I'll be moved out of my apartment in 12 hours.

I'll be on a plane in 87 hours.

The time between now and then will be spent packing and idly leveling a night elf hunter on Agamaggan. Yes, that's right! I found out how to play on the EU servers from here! Granted, it's really laggy even in the starting zones, but I can at least log in and run around a bit.

My apartment has been meticulously packed and I already made my packing list, so I expect I'll have some time to sit around at my parents' house.

It's 4:30am and I'm not really tired. I guess drinking 4 or 5 cans of Coke in a day wasn't a good idea...

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Wednesday, July 2nd, 2008
10:36 pm - This made me squee with joy!

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