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Valerie
09 November 2013 @ 08:28 am
Slowly but surely things are coming together with the wedding. Most of the important people have been booked. We still haven't booked the videographer but I think I'm really going to be pushing for that next week. I did call the priest yesterday and that went well. Though, some of the questions he asked made me pause for a moment. Like the question if either of us had ever been married before. And me, in my tactful brilliance went: “I have never been married and as far as I know, he has never been married. That would be a horrible surprise to find out at the wedding. I would feel like I'm in a surreal Jane Eyre world.” To be fair, I did make Father Michael laugh so it couldn't have been that bad.

There's a lot more to be done still but technically according to all timelines for weddings, I am ahead of where I should be. So, I have no guilt in focusing on NaNoWriMo. Wedding stuff can wait, writing stuff cannot!

Speaking of which, I should be doing that now and I do have some ideas still but they are all mainly ideas about how I need to totally rework some characters because I came up with an underlying theme of the story and some personality traits and motives need to be reworked. Fun. I know it's not good to do edits and things but I know my story right now is lacking in atmosphere and the characters are a little flat and generic. I really don't do well with this writing for quainity not quiality stuff because I come out with the most vapid crap. It will get better though. I will edit and I will finally have this story out of me.

I will confess, I sorta hate that I decided to do a story that is based out of the real world. I personally enjoy fantasy settings better.
 
 
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Valerie
Found on ami_ven journal and was intrigued enough to take it. I thought it was spot on!



You Are Balsam & Cedar



You are slow to anger and quick to forgive. Life is too short for grudges.

You are self-sufficient and independent. You would never want to be a burden to others.



You purposely life life at a slower pace. You delight, savor, and relish.

You are warm and affectionate. You always have a tender word or embrace for friends and family.


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Valerie
16 May 2013 @ 09:28 pm
My photographer finally got in touch with me and now Keaden_86Collapse )
 
 
Current Mood: geekygeeky
 
 
Valerie
It’s very evident that I am not very at journaling and while I’ve expressed in the past a desire to work on that (because I do see the appeal of writing things down for posterity) However, it’s only recently that I’ve decided that I really, really do need to work on this because I’ve made a connection between journaling and my job. Let me explain: at my work, we have to record everything. Every phone call, every choice made, every shift in schedule. It’s all meant so that we are covered and the trail of a case can be easily followed. Just as with Journaling in LJ, I have trouble with doing this because with everything else I have to do, recordings these work journals seems tedious! They are not. Logically, I know that they are not. And it’s been said to me quite a bit this past month that I need to remember to put in my journals. So, I’m going to try and make it a habit to journal. I can’t guarantee every day because I’m sure that anyone that even would read this would get sick of me after a while.

I do say some interesting things are bound to come up. I am still planning a wedding, my college reunion is coming up (I so need to register for it) and my fiancé and I are going to AC in June, my family is still dealing with cleaning up after the fire and finding a place to live in the meantime. So, some interesting things coming up. And even if no one reads this, it’s good just for my benefit to have it to look back on. Because you know, 2013 so far has been fraking crazy.

Something interesting that happened recently was that thanks to this service I enrolled in through living social, I sometimes get tickets to events for free to fill the seats. So far I’ve seen a play called Boeing Boeing and last Friday my fiancé and I went to see a burlesque show. It was fun time, very funny, cheeky, risqué. I also had a dessert called Olive oil cake that evening. I never had Olive Oil cake before. It was interesting. Honestly tasted a bit more like bread then cake but the whipped topping and the pineapple compote added sweetness. I enjoyed it.

I really wish I could see more live theater. I have seen a great deal of it this year. My sister and I went to see Spamalot (which was great fun) and like I stated previously, I’ve been able to see smaller plays but there is so much more I would love to see. Like the smaller local theaters will do older shows that aren’t around much and I really would be so happy to see Wicked. Everyone keeps reminding that Wicked will be in Philly. Thank you, family but I am not sure I can afford it. I will have to see. Now let’s all drop it, thank you.
 
 
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Valerie
14 July 2012 @ 10:26 pm
I’ve had two of my friends (keaden_86 and starshucks) gently poke me for updates to my journal. I only really write in here when I feel I have something I need to share that I have not yet expressed in some other way or don’t have any other way to express. Here is something that falls under the later of those two options:
Things that make me irrationally annoyed on facebook:

1.) Couples that are not married who use the term “Hubby and Wifey” for their significant other. Minus more points to couples that do it who aren’t even engaged or only dating someone for a month.

2.) Couples who are married who use the term “Hubby and Wifey” for their significant other. I just think it sounds stupid in general.

3.) Couples that share the same exact profile picture. I get it, you’re together but you’re not your own person? And if you both want use a wedding picture, why not pic different pictures?

4.) People that use SMH or FML (this is not exclusive to Facebook but for some reason it bothers me on Facebook the most.)

5.) People who constantly post how much their life sucks. Now, everyone has a bad day and there are some people with truly, truly unfortunate experiences and they have a right to vent but there are some melodramatic people out there that are clearly doing it for the praise they will get from their friends. If you want to activate the hug box fine but I don’t really respond to the “poor me” act when the last 10 posts have been just that.

6.) The trend of posting pictures with inspirational quotes on them. A.) they all are in the same format and that is boring. B.) Half the time it’s just about “I want a boyfriend/girlfriend”. If you’re going to post stuff like that, go to LJ secret or post secret and learn how to do it right! Also, maybe just stick to posting them there or tumblr.

Now, if I said anything that annoyed anyone on my friends list (and I swear none of the people on here that I happen to follow on Facebook book have triggered the annoyance at these things. I have specific people in mind and it’s none of you) keep in mind these are irrational annoyances. If they continue, I’m not going to defriend anyone because of them but I just felt a need to express this. Now I have and I can move on.
 
 
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Current Music: Threshold - Journey Original Soundtrack
 
 
 
Valerie
06 February 2012 @ 09:19 am
Alot of people I think will assume that I went to see this movie because Daniel Radcliffe stars in it. This is not so. I'm a fan of Susan Hill's ghost stories. That was formost in my mind. Daniel Radcliffe was a nice bonus.

There will be spoilers.Collapse )
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Valerie
02 February 2012 @ 12:24 pm
I had a bit of a surreal experience last night.

A friend of mine that I know only through the internet informed me that she was dropping everything. No more facebook, no more twitter, no more live journal, no more dream width. Basically she was going to disappear.

I’ve had this happen before and I think it’s fairly common with friends on the internet. Some times people just disappear. Generally it’s unexpected and that’s what made this surreal. This was the first time that I was given forewarning about a friend planning on disappearing. I was mad, I will admit that. I felt hurt that she would just leave behind everything. I thought our friendship meant more. We talked a long time last night. I don’t know what’s going to happen now. Maybe it was for attention, maybe she really feels that she needs to cut herself off from people. A part of me thinks it’s a gut reaction and she believes that it’s the only option.

It got me thinking though, of all the people I have been fairly close with online who I don’t see anymore. One woman in particular was named Sandra. She was a few years older. She gave me advice while I was in college, especially during my freshman year. We sent things to each other. Then slowly she stopped coming online till one day I never saw her again. I have no idea what happened to her. Maybe she outgrew me. Maybe she just got sick of the internet. Maybe she got hurt. I rather think that she just outgrew me and moved on. I miss her though. I’d like to show her that I made it through college. I’d like to tell her that I’m engaged.

There are so many others. I’ve been on the internet for about a decade now and I’ve met a great number of people. Out of all of them, I believe I have retained 1 friend since when I first began coming online and participating in Fanfiction and such. That one friend is stillbefree. Feel Special!
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Valerie
30 January 2012 @ 10:29 am
My fiancé and I decided to put aside money for the wedding using a joint savings account. I like the idea. I support this idea. I think it’s important for us to have an account together but I also like the idea of retaining my personal account. We also finance really differently. He loves using the direct deposit. I need to physically handle my money, sort out where it needs to go and put it in the respective accounts. This works for me. Direct deposit and withdrawal work for him. Neither one is better then the other.

I’ve come to this conclusion after talking bank accounts with a co-worker that I am particularly friendly with. Her son (who is an adult) is having issues with maintaining an account. He just can’t get a grasp on their inner workings and the whole fee system. I will admit it can be hard. You have to really pay attention to your account nowadays. I am quite convinced that banks are not our friends. Her son didn’t do well with direct deposit and automatic withdrawal. When I explained my method, she said that it may work for him. I hope he does figure something out. You sort of need a bank account in this day and age. I know there are those debit cards now that don’t require a bank account but they don’t impress me at all. For the people that they seem to be targeted to, there are an awful lot of fees.

Anyway, I’ve done some looking into banks. There are two that I am interested in for this joint savings account: Franklin Mint Federal Credit Union and TD bank. I’m leaning more towards TD bank since my fiancé could have funds from his account directly put into it. They also have an account type that I’m interested to know more about. I suppose it will come down to what sort of interest rates both offer.
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Valerie
30 January 2012 @ 10:17 am
What is your answering machine away message? If you don't have one, you can make it up!


Currently it's something along the lines of "Leave a message or I will not call you back." Though this is not entirely true. If certain peopel call me, I'll call them back just because it's so odd that they called to begin with. Anyone else that I talk to on a daily basis I normally will text them back to ask what they want. Or if it's days later when I realize they call (which has been known to happen) I usally just leave it alone. If someone calls me once and doesn't leave a voice mail, it can't be super important.
 
 
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Valerie
27 January 2012 @ 11:15 am
Which video game character would you like to have as your real-life BFF? One random response will win a $60 Amazon gift card! [Full contest rules here.] Don't forget to share your favorite gamer moments on at 3 p.m. PST for Free For All Friday (FFAF).


I would have to say Link. The Legend of Zelda was one of the first video games we owned and the series holds a special place in my heart.