fangirljen: (Bathtub Confessional)
Heyas! A good friend of mine is interested in moving out to LA and asked me about the cost of living out there. Well, one, I live in Upland (hardly LA...) and two, I live with my parents in a house that they own. I share the brunt of utilities, but that is hardly an accurate reflection of what it takes to support yourself in LA.

What is the cost of living in LA? What should my friend expect to pay for rent in an apartment or a house? Utilities? Any basic information about living--and if you have any information about what it is like to relocate from across the US, that would be great, too! :D

Thank ye! &hearts

Voting Day!

Nov. 4th, 2008 07:46 am
fangirljen: (Portrait of a Girl)
Happy voting day to my fellow Americans! If you're registered, VOTE! Exercise your right. Even if you haven't voted in years, go vote. Your voice makes a difference. If you don't, then we're all gonna make a decision for you and that just isn't right.
fangirljen: (Any Road Will Get You There)
Watch this space.

I'm cleaning house. Literally. My room is getting a makeover. The major thing I'm doing here is clearing out some of the stuff that is taking up space or doesn't mean a lot to me any longer. There's quite a bit of Fandom stuff here, particularly Pirates of the Caribbean figures and a mousepad, Stargate: SG-1 magazines and comics, Doctor Who books and magazines, an after battle Mal figure from Serenity, and quite a few comic books, including a couple Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and some calendars (Star Wars and X-Men). There's more, but I haven't gotten it out of my room yet.

All are going up on E-Bay as soon as possible.

I'll put up a post when the stuff is up. But if it sounds like something for you, please, please, take it off my hands. :) I would rather someone who enjoys it has it. It just doesn't give me pleasure anymore.

Oh wow. I have an Angela emoticon! I so didn't put that up for you, Pandora. *shirty eyes*
fangirljen: (Stormtroopin' Hayden)

So that's me! The Groundbreaking Thinker! For a quiz that is only five questions with only two answers, it's amazing how accurate this thing is. It's been accurate for many people I've seen. Even tried it on a character just for fun and it nailed things about him too.

I've gone ahead and posted the personality description here. Everything I've italicized is what I identify with most:

Groundbreaking Thinkers are charming, enthusiastic persons. They really bubble over with energy and like to take centre stage. They love variety both professionally and privately. Groundbreaking Thinkers tackle changes consistently with their optimism and firm (not so much about the firm, but I have belief. That counts) belief in their own abilities; they are always on the look-out for improvement possibilities. Their excellent communication skills (yay! Go me!) are of great advantage to them here. They approache the world with curiosity and openness and master new situations with a great deal of talent for improvising and with resourcefulness. Their spare time is taken up with a large number of hobbies (too, too many hobbies, I think); most Groundbreaking Thinkers like to travel in order to gather as many different impressions as possible (So that's what I like to do? Get new impressions? Nice). This personality type is unbeatable at discovering new possibilities (Always on the look out for them).

In their work, Groundbreaking Thinkers highly rate challenges and diversified tasks. They cannot stand routine and too detailed work. They love to astound others with bold ideas for an original, new project and then leave it up to the others to implement them (SO TRUE!). Hierarchies, rules and regulations arouse their opposition (Not really. Only if I don't agree with the people in charge) and they love outsmarting the system (hehe. You know it). It is vital to them that they enjoy their work; if this is the case, they quickly become a pure workaholic. Their creativity best takes effect when they works independently; but they are very good at motivating others and infecting them with their optimistic nature (Tis why I am the Fangirl: I spread my love, optimism, and excitement to others for them to get to doing their own thing). Conceptual or advisory activities (Yes, Yes, and Yes! Academic Advisor, anyone?) appeal especially to Groundbreaking Thinkers. It can happen that some people feel somewhat duped by their flexible, spontaneous nature (Hm? Really? Has this been the case for anybody?)

Their sociability and enterprise ensure that Groundbreaking Thinkers always have a large circle of friends and acquaintances in which activity plays an important role (You know, I never thought this used to be the case, and in fact, I don't think it was, but I know a tremendous amount of people. And people from lots of different groups. Lots of friends, too, but only a couple who are really, really close.) As they are mostly in a good mood, they are popular and very welcome guests (I do love them!) Grumbling and peevishness are unknown to them (How things used to be, but not so much now). However, they do tend to be a little erratic and unstable when it comes to obligations and this makes them appear to be unreliable to some (Hah! A little erratic? Lately, it's been very erratic. But I'm trying, or working on that). Groundbreaking Thinkers are very critical and demanding when it comes to picking a partner because they look for the ideal relationship and have a very concrete picture of this ideal relationship (I never thought I did, but I know what DON'T want). Mutual aims in life are very important to them. They do not like compromising and would rather remain alone (yep, and I've been alone. I decided very young that I wouldn't sleep with someone just because, but it had to be for real and out of love.) For the partner, it is often a challenge to have a long-term relationship with an Groundbreaking Thinker. Groundbreaking Thinkers need a lot of space and diversity or otherwise they become bored and feel cramped. Types who are rather more traditionalistic often have problems with the willingness of Groundbreaking Thinkers to take risks and their often crazy, spontaneous actions (I wonder if Marcus was a GT, too. He was very willing, and came up with many spontaneous actions himself. It's difficult to find another guy like that!)
However, if one can summon up sufficient flexibility and tolerance for them, one will never be bored in their presence and will always have a loyal and faithful partner (Oh! This is nice to hear!).
fangirljen: (Doctor and Rose)
My friend, [ profile] scifichicx, just put up the Doctor Who movie she helped work on for her class. It's really excellent work. Please check it out and leave her some feedback.

I squeed over Doctor (Seven!!!!) and Ace and also over one of the actors: Tadao Tomomatsu. Tomomatsu, who plays General Harris, was Detective Furakowa in "Don't Look Back"! :D So it seems a friend of mine has some Heroes actor connection that I didn't know about! Woot! I love those random Heroes connections.

fangirljen: (OG and DSC Girls)
You'd think the drunken!bunnies wouldn't come out around now, but what a surprise! They are!

If this was yesterday, it must have happened at the after-after party! But I gotta say props to Milo: he wasn't drinking at the bar. I heard he didn't, but to see it was super cool.

Brain is mushy, eyes are blarey. Not sure why I'm up and online anymore. LOL
fangirljen: (Touching possibilities)
Propendency. That was on my brain this morning when I woke up. And for the life of me, I couldn't remember what it meant. So while I'm on here double checking train schedules, I checked the ever handy

\Pro*pend"en*cy\, n. 1. Propensity. [R.]

2. Attentive deliberation. [R.] --Sir M. Hale.

Sounds good.

Off to Wizard World!

And Tim Sale!

And Milo! Seems Dino is too cheap to buy his own ticket! Boo on Dino! But you know, there are some DSC members, or one (yay, Tammy!), who would be willing to buy your lazy arse one.

And Jeph!

Fun times ahead, I mark. Fun times ahead.
fangirljen: (Group hug of awesome!)
My brain is too tired to come up with any real description of today's trip to Long Beach, in specifics to see the Star Trek Tour. I'm not a Trekkie, or a Trekker, by any means, but it was fun. Hung out with friends, three who were hyped about it, so that made it very awesome. Also, what I witnessed? Even more awesome. Katie met people from the Star Trek fan series Hidden Frontier and it was such a beautiful moment to witness. Goodness knows she's seen me meet enough people I like!

Besides the meetup with the Hidden Frontier guys (which was so random! This was their first time at the tour. What luck! And you know what I say to that? Not luck! It was meant to be. :D ), seeing the Zach Quinto look-a-like was one of my fav moments! He was running this booth where you can get filmed into three minutes of an ep of Classic Trek. He had thick eyebrows (though they weren't Sybrows), the hair, the smile, the ears. The only thing was he probably had about twenty pounds on Quinto and wasn't as tall, but aside from those two things, daamn. He might just be some distant relative or something! So crazy. And I wasn't the only one to think that he shared a strong resemblance to Quinto. We all agreed. Usually it's just Jen imagining these things, but nope, not this time! LOL I told him he should be Zach's stand-in and tell people that he is Zach. :D What a place for him to be working. *L*

Besides Katie, [ profile] scififreak, [ profile] hystericblue42, and [ profile] sarumann were with us, too. Good people. This is only the second time I've met [ profile] sarumann in person, but I feel like I know him better than that--likely because of LJ! I felt loved. These are good people. I love having friends offline who are as geek as me. It's a blessing.

Edit: Check out Sarumann's report for pictures and Katie's report for more info!
fangirljen: (Disappointed Timelord)

I look forward to the time when I actually get up at the time my alarm first indicates (today was 4:40...but I changed that to 5:00 when I had to get up a few minutes after four to let the dog out. She always seems to want out twenty minutes within the time I'm supposed to be getting up. Would be nice if she had the decency of waiting!)

I was talking to [ profile] brokenbacktango last night about blogging. She, like other people I know too, blog her daily life. I'd like to do that, but my life is boring. I mean, I don't think I'd want to read about it.

Here's my usual week-day: wake up thirty-forty minutes before work starts at 6; find something to eat (cereal, toast, or yogurt if I have it); get dressed (hope that my pants are washed. Lucky, haven't had a day where I couldn't find any); go to work; spend four hours shelving, alphabetizing, shifting; go home; go online for an hour; watch Gilmore Girls if it's a Milo episode; nap for a few hours; back online and take care of RP posts, look for a job (and hope to send app...I have a difficult time with the follow through), SNP business. Stay online until I get offline between 11-1.

No wonder I'm depressed, honestly! *L*

My mom asked me outright if I hated my job, and I said with complete certainty that I did. There are aspects of the job I like--the store, the employees (most of them)--but is it challenging? No. Is it taking me anywhere? No. I'm wasting away there. I haven't heard back on most of the jobs I've applied to in the last few months. There was a job in Claremont I was hoping for, but it was a no-go. They let me know by a handwritten notecard. Their thoughtfulness was taken into account, but it didn't make up for the fact that I didn't get the job. I have a lot of trouble 1. finding jobs that I qualify for; 2. finding jobs that are in areas that I can get to (I'm not familiar with LA's mass transit; however, now I know I can get to a great many places in North LA by train. Hollywood, Universal, places like that); and 3. following through (leaving out 3 was just an example of that! But everybody reading now won't have seen that 3 wasn't there until now, after I re-read what I had written). Gahh. This is still ever getting old.

Who out there has gone through this? Just waste away and then get their lives back on track. I know that I have things better than a lot of people. I have a house, food, people who love and care about me. It's just the happiness that I don't have. Gah, bloody fucking hell. *kicks self* I want what Nathan tells Linderman he wants: a life of happiness AND meaning. WTF. I really wasn't trying to make this fandom-related in any way. I've had these things at the same time, too. I just feel like I'm...something out there is meant for me. And that's why it bugs me so much that I'm letting myself do this.

The Weepies' "World Spins Madly On"
fangirljen: (Fangirl Dance!)
Seriously? Who does? I guess I should be used to being off today after last Tuesday, but it really struck me this time. And now 2008. Weird. Is it a sign that I'm really getting old when I say, "Oh, 1998 wasn't that long ago." I have vivid memories from it. You know, those fresh ones that still feel new or newish. Bah. Maybe I'm trying to hold on to my late teens-early twenties-twenties period. Or I just have a memory of the awesome. And oops. I've wandered. I also meant to say that today feels weird because it's 7:30 AM and I'm at home, lunging in bed. Should be getting familiar with Julia & Julia as I wonder where I'm going to put the new copies (I had taken this "God won't give me anything I can't deal with" method at work (though I should know otherwise after being avalanched by Manga and then sending it back--I think it was sent back. God, I hope it wasn't tossed or something. Would that happen?) but it seems that the company sends things indiscriminately. WTF! Shouldn't they know that thirty-five copies of Julie & Julia is just too much?! I only use this book as an example because it's getting turned into a movie for a 2009 release (suddenly you're not so far away ole year to end the decade and marking of last year with two 0's. Hmm. 2008 is like double affinity: two 0's and the 8. Nice touch. Speaking of other "doubles", that's one part of the actual name of the statue used for Kirby Plaza--The Double Ascension, by Herbert Bayer (now that, while makes me think of Stargate: SG-1, has interesting connotations in Heroes, as there are multiple 'ascensions' going on. Double-doubles (just not the cheeseburger, which shall be what I get when I spend my In-n-Out 5 dollar gift card! Thanks Lyly of Borders!) Peter and Sylar and Peter and Nathan--though literally in the Petrellis' case. Oh yes, prop to scenery scout person who found this gem. I can just imagine it: "I know this awesome status downtown. We have to shoot there!" And, ironically, that statue really looks like the Godsend helix while viewed from above. I went back there with [ profile] brokenbacktango and [ profile] make_me_shiny. They reenacted Peter's and Sylar's scene as I took a couple of snaps.)

Okay, just stating this for new folks here (Allo!): my brain wanders like nobody's busy and I do my best to follow. My voice posts are much more scattered. I make no apologies, but wish to inform. At least I hope it is a fun and/or interesting ride. OCD with ability to draw weird connections \o/ (little guy who will now represent for the win or Yatta!)

Things I like to talk about and hopes for this journal for the year )

My main hope for this year is that it is a good one. I live, I love, I learn. I be easier on myself and not dwell on my deficiencies and errors. I give more. I take time out for myself everyday when I have nobody to worry about, not even myself. I think about what makes me angry, and look to correcting it. I think about what makes me depressed, and work on correcting that. My future is in my hands. Nobody else can change me but me. I am responsible for what happens to me. If I want to change, if I want to get better, I make it happen. If it doesn't happen as quickly, or as I want it to, I don't hold this against myself, either. Somethings things aren't meant to be even as much as we want them to. I just have to do my best with what I'm given. And my best is what I do at any given moment. How I perform now may not be directly comparable to how I performed ten, or even five years ago. I look at where I am now and go from there.

"Rewind" - A Nathan Petrelli Tribute
fangirljen: (Serenity Girl)
Had a very good time going out with [ profile] brokenbacktango tonight. Good company, good dinner. While out, I bought some chocolate and a mini Christmas tree from work to surprise my parents with on Christmas. I'm very, very excited about this. And then I'll be telling them that I'm buying dinner. I really have to find out what is going to be open that day. I can't wait to see their faces.

While we were at Borders, we met the woman whom Katie gave a ride to after the Jimmy Kimmel show. Randomly met her. The other random thing was that I found my "Not all those who wander are lost" compass. It has been missing since Halloween. I know I've checked this purse before, but I never saw it. :( I kind of given up hope. And today, I found it in my bag! I'm so taking this as a good sign. :)

Happy, happy birthday to [ profile] scififreak! I'm never good with remembering birthdays, but I will never forget hers now: it's also Peter Petrelli's! :D For him, I made a b-day thread on the Save Nathan Petrelli forum. A post to share fics, vids, pics, and thoughts. :D

For Heroes minded (gaah, I'm sorry to the people who aren't that way; it's really become my 24/7), I have an icon request and two fanfic requests. For the icon, it's a Nathan and Claire one, with both of them and their bloody hands. It's a horizontal pic with something like "Like father, like daughter" between them. If you know of this icon, point me that way, could you? :D Thanks!

As for the fics, I don't think they exist, but I'm hoping. I'm looking for body swap fics, right after seeing this pic that Katie uploaded. Petrelli swaps is preferable, but I'd take anything, any rating, any pairing. But a real Petrelli swap would make a good Freaky Friday yarn. *L*

The other fic is also of the crack: but it spoils second season Heroes, so follow the cut... )

Thanks to anybody who can help! :D


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