I haven't been around much. And I'm not actually 100% sure that this is a change in that particular trend, but ::shrug::.
I want to write things down and record them. I want to keep a running tally of my life, online, and use the materials and tools that I have at my disposal to do so... I'm just not sure *how* to do that.
That's not exactly right. I suppose, in an abstract way, I do know how to do it. I could write you manuals and papers about how all these things work, but I'm not sure how to apply them to my life. What things do I want to record? How do I want to keep up with them? Like my physical surroundings, if I had a cut and dried system of where things went and how things should be sorted and what kinds of classificiations and distinctions I should be making, then I could impose some kind of order on things. I'm just not sure what those things are *for me*.
Take ravelry, for instance. I can record what yarns I own, what projects I'm working on, etc. There's also a tagging system, that would allow me to organize and categorize and classify my projects, my queue (projects I want to make someday), and my "favorites" (things I just thing are neat) into categories that are meaningful to me. I know that many people are able to create and use tags in a completely organic way, and that works for them. I, however, can guarantee you I need a better basic structure than that (because I've *tried* the completely organic thing, and it doesn't work). So I need to decide at the outset that I'm going to mark all my books with a tag "book" and further that I'm going to call science fiction "speculative" and not "sci-fi", "scifi", "science fiction" and "science fic". Because I *WILL* do the later if I'm not properly prepared beforehand.
Then there's the age-old question of "what kind of a planning system do I need to be using? What do I need to keep track of? I have several little peices and ideas, but I don't know what the picture is yet or even what shape the puzzle is. I know that I need a hard copy, paper calendar I can carry around, that's small and lightweight, and has the months in it with plenty of room to write. I finally figured out a year or so ago that I "see" and "think" of time in months, so that's the best way for me to see my schedule. Daily pages are *way* too excessive, and weekly pages seldom get used. I know that I need some kind of contact/address book, and it needs to have both a high-tech component and a low-tech (ie, written on paper) component as well.
Going back to calendars for a moment, while I know I need a paper calendar, I also want/need to use my Google Calendar because that's where many of my events and activities first get posted, and I have several friends calendars I'm linked to.
I have my LJ tags where I want them (I think) but none of my others are that organized. (Also, I feel like I should at some point go back and tag the old LJ entries from the before times when there weren't any tags so that they'll be searchable too.)
Any thoughts/advice/etc would be appreciated.
In completely other news, I'm on Clue 1 of the new Goddess Knits Anniversary Mystery Shawl, and while I can't say that the Knit Picks' Gloss Lace is flipping my switch all that much as a yarn overall, I LOVE the color I'm using (Mango). It's a nice, cheerful orange-y peach that makes me happy when I look at it. Which is a good thing, considering how depressed I've been lately.
I've finished one of two socks for the Hogwarts Sock Swap (5), and I know I need to get cracking on the other one (it's due the 28th).
My swap-ee for the Reducio! swap seemed very pleased with her package, and I'm pretty pleased with the idea/execution of said idea that I came up with.
The House season finale blew me away and left me climbing the walls for next season. I still need to go watch the season finale of Dollhouse, but I really liked "Briar Rose". We're having to wait to watch the last two eps of NCIS because I had to put the Netflix on hold until I can deposit my next check (I was stupid, didn't keep up with my money well enough and accidentally went overdrawn). Castle was lovely, though, and I'm THRILLED BEYOND BELIEF that it's coming back.
I'm both looking forward to, and a bit nervous about the new season of Jon&Kate+8 starting on Monday.
I got a look at the 2009-2010 Upfronts at TV.com and I have to say I'm pretty happy with them. I don't see the House spin-off though? But there's a bloody lot of genre shows, which pleases me to no end. And I've already checked out the pilot ep of Glee and can't wait to see more.
I'm loving the new season of In Plain Sight (Mary/Marshall for the win! though Brandy/Peter are pretty cute, too) and the more I see of Royal Pains the more I want to actually watch it.
I'm reading New Moon right now, and liking it ok. I'm not turning into a rabid fan, but I don't think that it sucks, either.
Speaking of rabid fan-girl-ness, I want more Star Trek OMGOMGOMG. I also loved Wolverine, and was quite pleased with Angels and Demons. The pacing of A&D is much better than it was in The DaVinci Code, I think. I've finally see the original Night at the Museum, and want to see the sequel. I wouldn't mind seeing Terminator: Salvation in the theatres either, which is kind of weird since I never liked any of the original Terminator movies. But Christian Bale is lovely. Speaking of lovely, "Australia" was lovely - and Hugh Jackman is ::guhdroolguh::.
WhedonFest is going to eat my brain. I know it is. And I'm going on a trip the weekend before, and GI Joe comes out somewhere in there.
Oh, and Skin Trade (the new Anita Blake) is out on the 2nd of June. Want. Badly.
Finally, I got a Nintendo DS for my birthday this month. My Brain Age is 42 right now, I've cleared all the Basic Sudoku levels, am on World 6 in the New Mario Bros. and am trying to find all the zoo animals in My Sims Kingdom.
The first 10 people to comment on this post get to request a drabble on a subject/character of their choosing from me. In return, they have to post this in their journal.
Fandoms within which I have muses (or have ever *had* muses) are as follows (and I'm not trying to be persnickety guys - the stuff I'm excepting here I simply haven't seen):
X-Files (a tiny little slice of it, anyway - and particularly Wintersong's AU world of "Lost", "Found" and "Alphas")
Buffy (seasons 1-3)
Farscape (anything season 1-3)
LotR MOVIEVERSE, and no LoTRips
Doctor Who Circa 9-10. ::cuddles her new lovely::
Lost (Season 1 only)
Witchblade (Season 1)
In other news:
my car is dead. There was a wreck, and she didn't survive. :(
my hours at work are very sparse - I can't decide if it's a good thing or a bad thing. Good in that I have to spend less time there. Bad in that it's less pay.
Dr. Who is my new crack. Blame black_magdalene.
The DaVinci Quest on Google is my other new crack. Love it. Want to win a replica cryptex, damn it.
My birthday is in 3 days. My family has all chipped in to get me an ipod. I have to decide what to name said ipod. (I'm currently leaning towards Rose. I'm a fangirl. Shut up.)
If anyone were to be curious as to what to get me for said birthday, ipod-type accessories (fm receiver, fm transmitter, etc. etc. etc.) (except for those knitted sock-let things, cause I can make those) would be welcome - as would La Femme Nikita DVDs. Or whatever really. I'm not really interested in getting music off of Itunes though, because their proprietary format sucks.
(I'm amused that I can spell "proprietary" correctly, but not "receive" or "different".)
Imps or bottles from Black Phoenix Alchemy Labs wouldn't go amiss either. ;)
We're still trying to move. We have until the end of June... I'm not sure we're going to get it done the way we want to. I don't *WANT* to live with boxes stacked to the ceiling anymore... but I'm also too damn depressed and tired to do anything other than.
Well, off to go see if I can find some Doctor Who vids...
OT3 anyone? ;)
PS - LJ paid time wouldn't be turned down... ::blatant hint... hint... hint...::
Secondly, I am now working at Borders customer care center. For the last three weeks I've been answering phones and registering borders rewards members. The call volume, unfortunately, has been as bad or worse than MSI was - ugh. Luckily (thank ALL THE GODS!) a position was available in the data entry department (no incoming phones) - and they gave me the job there. It's 75cents less an hour, but I'll stay saner longer. It's also a regular schedule, instead of completely random like it was before. I start that on Monday. (I'm still on phones today, and I have tomorrow off.) I had a panic attack last night about coming in today (because last week Saturday was the worst day) but I managed to make it in.
I'm rereading the Anita Blake series from the beginning now that I've read Micah. It's hard, because I don't really *like* Anita that much (at least not for that long a span) before Incubus Dreams because it feels like she's standing still for SO long. On the upside, I've finally managed to purge my mind of the pictures on the first several American release paperbacks - that awful skeletal Jean Claude and 80's!Anita. ::shudder:: So I'm hoping to get a fresh perspective on them.
I'm looking for any and ALL song recs for this series. I plan on going and scouring Laurell's blog for music mentions too.