Thursday, April 3, 2014

Who knew?


For the longest time, I didn't think that anyone was reading my blog, and then in the last week or so, I've found that on Twitter, I've been added to a bunch of blog lists by fellow Twitterers.

In short, THANK YOU!

I know that my blog isn't all that interesting... I mostly just write about random things that happen to me here and there (and of course, I blog about my beloved Cumberbatch every now and then), but I just wanted to say for all of those who think that my endless ramblings are something worth reading, I thank you.

Anyhoo... life has been rolling along. I've been kind of lazy with my novel, but I'm over 10,000 words. I'm trying to create a character profile for my villain... and it's not that easy. I've been back and forth on who "he" is and what his backstory should be. There are a lot of storylines I can pull from, but I do want to make him sinister and a little crazy, like all good villains should be. "He" currently has half a motive, but I'm trying to come up with something else to go along with it. "He" can't only just be seeking revenge. "His" desire to bring chaos into the world has to be born out of something else as well.

On a sad note, I found out that my dear Cumberbatch may not be in London when I go to visit this fall. I am sad. I was really hoping that he would be performing as Hamlet around that time (instead, he won't definitely be doing that until August of 2015). Perhaps I could just stroll through his neighborhood and he'll just happen to be there??? We'll see. I'm not going to get my hopes up or anything... but I am hopeful.

Other than that, life is good. I can't wait to go to Atlanta and Seattle. Vacations are so exciting!

PS - I just had to throw in this video from Zoolander... just when you are feeling like you need to sort through some important issues, an ORANGE MOCHA FRAPPUCCINO is there to lift you up!


Monday, March 24, 2014

Best Summer Ever

So... this summer is going to be off the heezy! Why??? Because I'll be travelling the whole time...

I KNOW! YAY!

I haven't taken a real vacation since June 2006, when I went to visit San Francisco with my sister. I know... shame on me for not getting out more. Since then, I have taken weekend trips to Atlanta, New York City and Atlantic City, but this time, I'll be taking some REAL vacations and spending my time away from work travelling to these wonderful places:

Atlanta, Georgia


Memorial Day weekend will be the start of my vacation season. I'll be visiting my friend Jeannine again for the weekend. It's not technically a "vacation", but I'll be getting away from good 'ol Washington, DC, and spending time with her and her family. I might actually spend the weekend in Albany, GA with her husband's family, doing some country stuff like shooting guns and riding around on an ATV. I've never done anything like that before... and even though it sounds a little like not exactly what I would do on vacation... I'm thinking that it'll be fun, though. Because ATV's are awesome, lol. After that, I'm headed to...

Seattle, Washington


I've never been here! And I miss the West Coast. I'll be here for 4th of July weekend with my friend Anne. Lots of stuff to see here... the Pike Place Market, the first ever Starbucks, Voodoo Doughnut (a day trip to Portland is in the itinerary) and we'll also be taking a cruise around Puget Sound (money permitting). And of course, we'll be hitting up Mr. Space Needle as well. And then lastly, I'll be going to three different places in the United Kingdom...

Manchester, England


Remember when I blogged about winning $2K in prize money for travel at my company's X-mas party? Well, I plan to spend that money on a trip overseas, starting on my birthday in September (for two whole weeks!!!!). I won't be going to Paris (waaaaaah... another time), but I'll be all over England and Scotland. My first stop is going to be Manchester, where my friend Dawn's husband, Andy, is from. He's from a small town here called Wigan. I'm crossing my fingers in the hopes that we'll see a soccer (aka football) match and drink lots of beer with the townies (lol). From there, it's off to...

Edinburgh, Scotland


I just want to see a castle, and pretend that it is mine! We are going to spend the weekend here. Perhaps I'll see a few people in kilts. And hopefully I'll have some money to buy one (we'll see). And perhaps I'll talk to some Scottish guys who'll have accents so thick that I won't know what the hell they are saying. And perhaps I'll eat some haggis. Yes, haggis, aka sheep intestines. EW. Well, at least it's cooked. And then, my last stop will be...

London, England


Oh, I can't even begin to tell you how excited I am to go here! It's the home of Big Ben, Buckingham Palace, the London Bridge, and of course, this lovely man pictured below:


Sadly, I found out that he won't be portraying Hamlet on stage until next year. So, he may not be in London when I'm there (ugh... depressing). I think at this point in time an act of God would have to put him in the city at the same time that I'm there, since he likes to work all of the time and then spend his free time in NYC. Perhaps I'll get lucky and he'll be in town that week. We'll see.

Even if he's not there, I'll still have a good time. I'll definitely be hitting up the Sherlock Holmes museum and be paying a visit to the street that they film the BBC's Sherlock on. Man, I love that show. And instead of meeting my dear Cumberbatch,  maybe I'll pass by Prince William and Kate Middleton! Or meet Daniel Craig! Pipe dreams, yes I know. But who knows. It could happen, people!

So that's my summer. I forsee myself being insanely broke by the time I come home from the U.K., but honestly, I think it'll all be worth it. And I promise to update my Twitter and Instagram feeds with lots of pics so everyone can see what I'm up to when I'm visiting all of these places.

Now I just have to get my passport and buy some luggage... I know! I'm so lazy.

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Goals


So many goals... so little time.

I wonder if I'll be able to reach the ones that I really want. It seems like yesterday that I had just graduated from college (undergrad) and started looking for a full time job in my field of choice at the time that would set me up on the career path that I wanted to take. 

That was about 11 or so years ago. My career path wasn't exactly clearly defined at the time... actually, I was just hoping to get a foot in the door at company where I could just work. I did get a job as a receptionist at a health care center. About 4 months after graduation, I got a job working in the health field and I considered taking steps working towards a career in that field, since my degree was somewhat health related (I majored in Psychology and was I interested in mental "health").

Plans changed, after I realized that it wasn't for me.

I ended up working at Barnes and Noble for awhile after that, and now I'm working for a gov't contractor. Being an analyst is provides me with some mental stimulation, as I have to find anomalies in some of the work I do (and then weed them out), but it's not all it's cracked up to be. It's fine for now, though.

I guess I was just thinking about how when you are young you have so many goals and dreams and aspirations in your life, and sometimes it takes you awhile to get going on them. I don't regret any of the jobs I've had or the path I've taken in my life so far - I think I've learned a lot and I've grown as a person as a result of that. But I'm highly interested at this point in time in taking a sharp turn away from everything I've been doing and move on to something else. 

I've been delaying the inevitable. 

I think fear takes over sometimes and prevents us from reaching out and taking steps towards our dream goals. I know it has for me. But I'm getting too old and too frustrated to just accept my life the way it is and keep going. There's still a lot of time left. 

Hmmm. Perhaps I'll meditate on it tonight, and see where my crazy analytical brain takes me.

PS - Sorry if this post sounds a little vague... it's just how my brain is working this evening.

Monday, March 3, 2014

Benedict Cumberbatch, King of the Photobombers


Yep, that's my boy in the background, photobombing U2 at the Oscars last night. And then...


... he turned around and did it again later on in the evening. LOL. He's so wonderful :)

PS - He sat next to Brad and Angelina at the Oscars all night long! Lucky!

Wednesday, February 26, 2014

Slapped in the face


Yeah, this is how I feel right about now.

Life (and people) tend to do this to us every now again. It sucks. Hard. I'm currently reeling over being slapped in the face earlier today. If I could explain the slapping in question on this blog, I would, but since my livelihood could take a beating, I'll just speak in generalities.

Getting slapped in the face can take a person in two directions - you can let your anger and frustration grow, give the middle finger to the perpetrators/life and go out with a bang, or you can suck it up, push your anger aside, and move positively forward from the crazy.

If only I could act on the former rather than the latter. I'd be like Scarface from Half Baked and do one of these numbers:


Ahhhh. That would be satisfying.

Oh well. All I can do is suck it up and move forward. It'll be hard (and there won't be a bone in my body that won't want to scream obscenities at the perpetrators/life), but I guess I can do it. I have goals I would like to achieve in the future, and perhaps this setback could give me the push that I need to get myself together and start reaching for them. I want to be a full time freelance writer/editor and novelist; I would love to get married and have children; I would like to be thinner and muscular, like I was in my 20's. I can achieve all of those, I think.

I'm still upset by the events of the day. I took some solace in reading a few websites about people who got screwed too (albeit their situations are different than mine), and I realized that I'm not the only one these things happen to, and there could be a light at the end of the tunnel. If you are having a bad day or just want something to read if you are feeling similarly screwed, click here and here.