Monthly Archives: January 2014

Weekly Update #20

Holy shit.  20 weeks I’ve been writing this blog.  That’s a lot of weeks in my world.  Let’s talk about what else is going on in my world.

I agreed to a schedule change at work.  Instead of having Sundays and Mondays off, I agreed to switch to having Mondays and Wednesdays off so I could work web support on Sundays.  Kinda got a little screwed over because in switching from one schedule to the other, I’m stuck working six freaking days in a row.  Too much for me, honestly.  Three more days to go if I don’t freak out and drop off the face of the earth for a while.  I need a new job.

I’ve been working more and more on getting organized.  I’m still not completely unpacked (safe bet that I’ll never actually get unpacked), but I do have a few boxes that are full of just random stuff that doesn’t really have a home.  I’m working on making homes for those things, even if that home is in the trash.  I bought a plastic drawer set thing to house some of my craft supplies.  That was one of my better decisions.  Usually when I try to organize things, I just get a couple of boxes and shuffle things back and forth until I get frustrated and quit.  Buying something new to put my old things in was basically a stroke of genius on my part.  As I continue to organize, I’m going to continue making an effort to move things out of cardboard boxes and into plastic or fabric bins/containers.

And now, I’d like to gush for a minute about my wonderfully amazing boyfriend.  He is seriously the absolute sweetest thing ever.  I met his friends over the weekend, which was kind of a big deal for me.  I didn’t tell him, but I was just as nervous about meeting his friends as I was meeting his parents.  I had a really great time, but I think my favorite part of that day was when he surprised me by dancing with me.  We’d reached a point in the night were we were all taking turns playing different songs on YouTube and this song was put on:

And of course my lovely boyfriend takes my hand and starts whirling me around the room.  I’m sitting here grinning like an idiot just recounting it.  I never thought of myself as the romantic type until I started dating my boyfriend.  No one else has treated me the way he treats me.  Not that I’ve been treated poorly by ex-boyfriends.  Just that no one has gone out of their way to make it known that I am special like he has.

I really am one lucky girl to have found a guy like him.

Tune in again next week for another sickeningly gooey, gushy love story because lord knows I’ll never be able to shut up about all the cute things he does for me!

Resolutions

Every January, people all across the globe make promises to themselves to improve their lives in some way – lose 20 pounds, eat healthier, be happier, accomplish some sort of goal.  While not usually associated with religion, historically speaking, new years resolutions do have some connection to ancient religious traditions.  Babylonians made promises to their gods to return objects they borrowed and pay their debts.  Romans made promises to the god Janus, which is where the month of January gets its name.  Since then, the tradition of new years resolutions has become more of a western, secular practice.

Some of the most popular new years resolutions are health related – physical health as well as mental health.  Lose weight, eat healthy, start exercising, reduce stress, be happier.  Some goals revolve more around improving careers or education.  Get a better job, get a raise, earn better grades, spend more time studying.  Even other goals are socially oriented.  Make more friends, spend more time with family, get married/engaged, go out more.

My goals are none of those things.  Well, yes, I have general goals to be healthier and to learn new things, but my new years resolutions for 2014 are focused on this blog, actually.  My resolutions are to blog three times a week, set achievable and realistic goals for the blog (i.e. have a post reach 50 views, gain 100 followers), and my biggest goal of this year is to reach 5,000 total views on this blog.  I’m currently sitting at 500 views and change and I feel like if I stick to posting regularly, I can absolutely get to 5,000 views in twelve months.

I do have one other goal for the new year that is not related to this blog.  I want to write and self-publish a collection of short stories.  When I was in high school, I’d write just about every day.  Now that I’m through with college (three times) and working in the real world, I find I have to force myself to write pretty much anything – blog posts included.

Making these promises to myself to write three posts a week as well as write enough short stories to create a collection is a way for me to make sure I’m practicing writing.  Even if it’s just a post about my new years resolutions, trying to make three posts a week on the blog is helping me create a habit of writing.  The blog posts will translate into writing short stories, which by the end of the year, I should have a decent selection to choose from.  And from what I understand, self-publishing a book is fairly easy (as opposed to shopping my work from publisher to publisher).

So I’d like to end with a thank you to all those people who’ve read my blog thus far.  I hope you continue to read about my life in the coming year, and I hope I’m at least slightly entertaining.  And to those of you who are reading my blog for the first time, thank you as well.  I hope you stick with me, too.  And if you’re reading this months or even years after this post has gone live, thank you for sticking with me.  I have (hopefully) come a long way, and I will (hopefully) continue to grow as a writer and a person because of this blog.

In A Hundred Words

It’s been a while since I’ve posted a short story.  This one started going one direction, but then I got bored and took the story in a whole different direction.  I like where I ended up with this one.

The old woman turned and smiled. It was less of a smile and more of a sharp crack in her plaster face. Her head tilted at an impossible angle, her paper skin wrinkling and crinkling as her bones moved within the shell of her body.

She lurched forward, one bone-thin leg creaking under her weight, her reaching fingers tearing open as they grasped for my neck. I stumbled backward, struggling to maintain balance as this paper woman with the plaster face moved with speed I was unprepared for.

I tripped, my heart stopping as paper fingers wrapped around my neck.

Weekly Update #19

Things happened this week like they do every week.  And I’m going to write about them.  Also like I do every week.

Let’s start with work things.  This past week was my last week in abay (a type of on-the-job training) and also my last week of ungodly 10-hour days.  Starting Tuesday, I go into my production schedule, meaning I no longer have to attempt to function in the mornings since my shift doesn’t start until 11:30.  I did, however, pick up some overtime.  Two hours on Monday, then I go in an hour early on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Saturday.  Time and a half pay, yes please!

Moving on to personal life things, I’m happy to announce that I’m now officially dating the guy I’ve been seeing for the past month.  I haven’t come up with a clever pseudonym  for him yet, so for the time being I’ll just call him the Boyfriend.  I know I’ve referred to him as my boyfriend in at least one previous post, but labels are tricky.  And also don’t matter to me as much in this relationship as they did in previous relationships.

I’m more content spending time with someone I feel comfortable in my own skin around, someone that enjoys my company as much as I enjoy his.  Conversation flows easily between us and silence is comfortable.  I know I’ve said this about previous guys I’ve been involved with, but this time I really mean it when I say it feels natural to be around Boyfriend.  Not to mention, I’ve met his family and he’s met mine.  That hasn’t happened since my very first boyfriend, six years ago.

This relationship is a learning experience for me.  I haven’t made the best life choices when it comes to who I choose to involve myself with romantically.  So being in a relatively normal, stable relationship is actually kind of throwing me for a loop.  I’ll write more about this all in a later post, but it’s just really amazingly nice to be where I am right now (both in my relationship with Boyfriend as well as the fact that I’m sitting on his bed, typing this post at this very moment).

I’m kind of at a loss of how to end this update.  I guess I’ll leave it here and go do some research for some future posts so I can stick to my New Years resolution of posting three times a week.

Congratulations! Your 2013 Evolved Into 2014!

I know I’m a few days late, but I only had one day off this week and I spent it with my guy (sorry not sorry, readers).  I just wanted to throw in a quick follow up post mainly to complete the joke in the title of my last post of 2013 and my first post of 2014.  Because I think Pokemon references are incredibly clever.

I’m writing this post in the morning before my last day of work for the week.  I’m staring down a 10+ hour shift (depending on how long I get stuck on the phone after I’m supposed to be clocked out) that I really really really really really don’t want to go to.  January is the busiest month at work because of all the new insurance plans and all the fun ACA stuff that everyone wants to call in and complain about.  Love it.  So much.

I apologize if this post doesn’t make much sense.  I haven’t had any caffeine yet and I only have about 10 minutes to throw this post together before I have to get going and get to work.

So, everyone else is writing about New Years Resolutions.  I guess I can write about that, too.  I don’t have many.  I don’t think I made any resolutions last year.  Just be happy or some touchy-feely crap like that.  This year my goals are a bit more concrete.

2014 NEW YEARS RESOLUTIONS

  1. Blog 3x a week
  2. Reach 5,000 total views
  3. Write and self-publish a collection of short stories
  4. Set up an etsy shop for crafty things
  5. Continue with my new kick-ass-take-names confidence
  6. Get organized (by getting rid of all the shit I’ve collected that I don’t need)

And that’s really about it in terms of resolutions.  This year I really want to focus on creating something long-term.  I’ve had blogs before where I write for a few months and then get busy or bored and stop posting.  I don’t want to let Day Old Sushi fall into a state of decay, no matter how busy I may get with work or life.

I’ll write a more in depth post about my reflections on 2013 and my goals for 2014 this weekend, but right now, I need to put on pants and go make some money.