sofiaviolet: im in ur history, emphasizin ur poc (emphasizin ur poc)
I am finally completely confirmed for my capstone, with mini-deadlines set up and everything. First a proposal, then a really detailed bibliography, then my research trip. (Amount of research that needs to happen still uncertain, but I will still have time to hang out with Cameryn, who's going to New Orleans for other reasons at the same time. Unfortunately, Cory probably won't be able to meet me there, because he's too broke for plane tickets.)

I continue to have a job! Unfortunately this iteration of my archives employment requires that I answer the phone.

Urban Social Problems looks really cool, but I am going to drop it because it's too much. One of my seminars is on classical music, performers and performance thereof. Interesting but ultimately not really my thing, but I actually need this one for my honors requirements.

But the other seminar is going to kill me with awesome. It is all about social networks. Wheeee!
sofiaviolet: xkcd: stick figure on dinosaur with text: Before you talk to me, I should warn you: I am kind of strange (strange)
Transcriptions Thursday night to see Cameryn do a staged reading of some new material.

Friday was Slutcracker with Ellie. We left the house late, and then there was epic traffic, and then there was nowhere to park in Davis Square. I whined a lot about how it would've been faster to take the T. Not true, actually (epic train failure), and I calmed down quite a bit once we found a parking place and squeezed in some dinner before the show, even if it was just Chipotle.

Last night we went to the TNG munch at Diesel. Did not run out of social, hooray! And now I have some new friends on Fetlife. But we didn't get home until after 11, which was bad.

Joan gave a short lesson on processing in the context of our institution and what we collect, and our increasing tendency to scan everything. Then there was pizza and chatter and office party.
sofiaviolet: *sigh* (sigh)
First things first: wow was that presale a total clusterfuck. I was kind of shaking after.

On the bright side, I did get tickets for 3 of the 5 shows I wanted: Boston, New York, and Philadelphia. (The D.C. presale sold out before I even made it over to that tab following the Ticketmaster/Live Nation failures. Better luck Saturday, especially since I've been appointed head of a ticket-buying cabal. And I was iffy on NJ but it looks like enough people are going that I can find a ride.)

Now I shall sum up my vacation! Only about two weeks late, ooops. Halloween was Rocky Horror, and then I spent Monday and Tuesday morning catching up on the internet while Cory was at work. Starting on Wednesday, I called Ellen to pick me up for hanging out, thrift shopping, visiting Adam Kemp's studio/gallery, etc. We had dinner with Ellen and Greg on Wednesday. On Thursday, we went to a lecture given by one of Greg's colleagues, then to a gallery opening where we met up with Ellen's friends Brian and Jerry, and then pizza.

On the subject of Grand Forks: I'm considering an extended visit this summer. )

work stuff )

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Wednesday, September 29th, 2010 22:35
sofiaviolet: roses are #ff0000 [red] (roses are #ff0000)

Recently

Work, mostly. [personal profile] solarcat and I are going to Garment District and maybe some other places this weekend, for Killjoys costuming purposes. (I also need to figure out a Ramona Flowers costume, since Cory has decided that's what we're doing for Halloween, since I'll be in Grand Forks and all.)

Ellie and I spent some time last night talking about our plans for revamping the apartment. The main thrust is to make our space better for our creative pursuits. So much of it depends on her having the time and spoons to build new furniture, so no idea when any of it will get done. I can post an outline of our plans, with crappy diagrams, if anyone is interested.

Links

(Tangent: I once got to attend one of Jerry's workshops. He and my dad go pretty far back; we would usually pay him a visit when we took our road trips to New Mexico. Jerry knew I was working on a novel, he was running a writing workshop and it was going to be pretty fiction-oriented, and he hadn't seen Dad in a while. So Dad and I took a week off work/school and went. It was awesome.)

(And another tangent: Wow has my life been full of fantastic opportunities and experiences that resulted directly from grown-ups taking a chance on me. Including my current job.)

Plans

I am considering StrowlerCon, but would need roommates. I also need to run it past Ellie and see if she wants in.

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Friday, July 2nd, 2010 22:57
sofiaviolet: im in ur history, emphasizin ur poc (emphasizin ur poc)

Helped four statues and a balloon clown move house yesterday!

It went pretty well - in spite of having to make two trips, the Uhaul got returned on time. And Ellie came by with the Subaru Wonder Wagon for physical assistance (being a person of greater upper body strength than, say, my puny self), transportation of items smaller than mattresses, and the driving from A to B of the five cats.

Injuries sustained by me: cardboard rash on my palms and the insides of my arms, two parallel paper cuts on my left wrist, at least three separate bruises on my left knee. And of course my muscles are Not Pleased, but that is why we have pain relievers. Oh, and we dropped a dry sink on my foot heading down the stairs at the old place. Thank god for my boots, because although it hurt at the time, there's no evidence of it today.

Then I went to work today! Only for the remaining few hours I could earn actual money for, but still. Ow to slinging boxes of documents and photos after that.

And tonight we had Cid and Jason over for dinner. Alfredo sauce, ravioli, olive oil and bread.

links )

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Sunday, May 2nd, 2010 17:41
sofiaviolet: road signs in Boston: Storrow Dr., Callahan Tunnel, surface artery, detour (Boston)
Yesterday's concert was great (even though I had the nagging remains of a headache), and Thursday played some of my favorite songs, including the one I uploaded yesterday.

My train back from Worcester got in a little past two in the morning, and Ellie still came and picked me up.

I slept really really really late, and then Ellie and I went to Fourburgers (as Cambridge seems to be the only nearby place not getting its water from the "no srsly boil this" backup reservoirs). We attempted to figure out what Ellie should do for a cheap vacation, since she has this week off before summer term. Finally decided that maybe a day trip to Northampton was in order.

Then we tried to go to a grocery store in Cambridge but got lost, considered going to the one in Dedham we usually go to and rejected that idea except in case of emergency, tried to get on Memorial Drive but wound up on Storrow instead, decided to try the grocery at Jackson Square, and then actually went to one near Fenway because we wound up driving right past it.

So we have a case of bottled water now, and Ellie wants to go out to some lumber yard out in the middle of nowhere tomorrow, so she can get more if we need it.

Daily Song (right-click): My Chemical Romance - The Jetset Life Is Gonna Kill You
Since that's what Ellie asked to listen to in the car today. (She only seems to request MCR when we're going to be driving for a while, so I just start with Bullets and keep going until we get home. This is as far as we got today.)

If you want to vote for ideas I've already had or make topic suggestions, I'm going to begin work on those entries ASAP, probably later this evening.
sofiaviolet: crafty-style letters spell out "make something" (make something)
In my enthusiasm for this whole enterprise, I'll be continuing the daily link roundups. I never thought I'd be that kind of blogger, but I seem to have developed the habit, even before I was doing a specific kind of link-gathering. But while link-collecting is a useful service, I also want to be making other posts, especially in the context of [community profile] three_weeks_for_dw.

One thing I'd like to do is provide a new song every day!

Daily Song (right-click): Hole - Celebrity Skin
Within the first week this song was on my ipod, it went straight to the top of the most-played list. It remains in the number one spot, with almost three times as many plays as the next song down.

[personal profile] blnchflr has asked me to write about unreliable narrators, although this will take a few days. (I shake my fist at the end of the semester.) I am still accepting prompts, questions, et cetera, via comment/pm/email/carrier pigeon.

Poll #2898 Some ideas I already have...
Open to: Registered Users, detailed results viewable to: All, participants: 32


I think you should post about...

View Answers

... your physical surroundings.
25 (83.3%)

... history.
19 (63.3%)

... your artistic endeavors.
22 (73.3%)

Physical surroundings:

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Fashion and/or the contents of your closet.
19 (63.3%)

Your apartment.
15 (50.0%)

Your neighborhood.
23 (76.7%)

History:

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Life in the archives.
16 (61.5%)

Your research interests.
22 (84.6%)

Artistic endeavors:

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Jewelry.
23 (76.7%)

Other things involving wire.
20 (66.7%)

Painting.
20 (66.7%)

Poetry.
10 (33.3%)

Prose.
13 (43.3%)

Auriel.
10 (33.3%)

Icons.
14 (46.7%)

pressed for time

Saturday, April 17th, 2010 14:49
sofiaviolet: naked girl hugging her knees to her chest (nude)
via [personal profile] yvi: [personal profile] truelove: it isn't a zero sum game, why shooting down efforts other than your pet projects is really fucking counterproductive

Related to Dreamwidth swag, [personal profile] damned_colonial explains how to get different colors and styles of t-shirt on Zazzle. Can be generalized to the rest of Zazzle, including other, non-clothing products.

[personal profile] rydra_wong: LJ is again tampering with your links to insert its own affiliate codes. This is the opt-out from the last round of affiliate-link shenanigans, and it seems to still work.

On today's agenda: roller derby! Ellie and I are stopping at some woodworking store on the way. Her tools already equal or exceed the value of her car, but she still doesn't have everything she needs. (In addition to set-building/theater tech and fine furniture, she plans to move into the woods one day and build her own house, and take a whole bunch of her friends who want lots of big dogs/unrestricted nudity/etc. with her.)

At some point, Ellie is going to build me a new garment rack. I had a mass-produced plastic/metal one, but it broke under the weight of my clothes. The new one will be made of two-by-fours and an oak dowel.
sofiaviolet: lol internets (<3 internets)
Tomorrow I have to accompany Ellie to the FedEx depot to sign for her package. Because apparently woodworking tools require the signature of a 21+ person. *sigh*

links )

And now I go off and write my essay on corruption in post-colonial African governments.

update

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 18:38
sofiaviolet: from Threadless t-shirt: two kittens playing with a grenade (this will not end well)
Landlady came downstairs and lent me a giant, really really nice cooler; she will let me know what is up with repair vs. replace later this evening. I got two bags of ice, cleared out the salvageable fridge contents (plus the frozen mozzarella sticks and the Hot Pockets, which I am not dumb enough to re-freeze when we have a working appliance again), and pitched the rest. We kind of really needed to clean out the fridge anyway, so. :\ Gross leftovers and shit, ugh.

I seem to have a defined process for Shit Went Wrong. I call my mom, my dad, and my sister to bitch and solicit suggestions. Then I go and do whatever makes most sense re: fixing shit.

***

In non-crappy news, Dreamwidth just did a code push. The new payment system isn't live yet; I guess it gets its own special code push as soon as [staff profile] mark finishes it.

stuff )

>:(

Thursday, March 25th, 2010 16:36
sofiaviolet: pink sign on a blue wall, which reads "keep calm and have a cupcake" (keep calm and have a cupcake)
My fridge broke. Not cool.

Puns aside, I have set myself up in the front room with the door open, to await my landlady. (She is a therapist and sees patients in an office in the building; all signs point to that being what she is doing right now.)

Fuck being a grown-up, y'all. Fuck it in the ear.
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I have 10 invite codes! (They were distributed to [personal profile] lissa_and_kitty, who is fictional and has little use for them.) You can comment here or email sofiaviolet@sofiaviolet.com if you would like to use one. ETA: Here are two of them: C9J7QA7JAEHN6AAAFW36 and 9Q33X8JR3DZJBAAAFW37, for those who would rather not comment or send an email!

Follow Friday: "Here's the plan: every Friday, let's recommend some people and/or communities to follow on Dreamwidth. That's it. No complicated rules, no "pass this on to 7.328 friends or your cat will die". Just introduce us to some new things to read."

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***

Any Boston-area folks want to see Thursday with me at the Palladium? May 1st. Would be helpful if you have a car, since I won't be able to drive by then.*

* Yeah, I know. Ellie has convinced me. I get my learner's permit, she teaches me, I get an actual license, I sign up for Zipcar, I drive her around when she needs to buy GIANT pieces of wood.**

** We have a pretty nice woodworking shop in the basement now. Also some apparently very laid-back landlords.
sofiaviolet: naked girl hugging her knees to her chest (girl)
Hello, folks! Internet is fixed. I have no idea how. (Ellie's theory is that someone else in the neighborhood called in a problem early enough to get a Saturday tech, and that this problem is similar to the issue we had at Thanksgiving, where the tech had to do something atop a telephone pole. So a neighbor's fix might have also helped us.)

Last night, we went to a Shirtless Shindig to celebrate Jamie's top surgery. The guest of honor himself made me pasties out of adhesive-backed glittery craft foam, and requested that he be allowed to style my hair on unspecified future occasions (apparently, he does lovely updos). ♥ my burlesque-affiliated friends. They always create a comfy, accepting atmosphere in small group situations like the Shirtless Shindig.
sofiaviolet: fancy goldfish (fishie!)
[Probably of little interest to anyone but me; feel free to skip.]

When I go to New Orleans this summer, my plans are mainly:
1. eat good food
2. research
3. hang out with my parents
4. reclaim some of my stuff

I know there are books I want. There's also a folding table and two folding chairs which were in my bedroom at Fiona's house in Atlanta. The table will be of immediate use in my bedroom, and the chairs will probably go toward extra seating when Ellie hosts gatherings.

Mom can probably have boxes ready for me, because Mom is good at that kind of advance planning. Then I just pack up what I want, and we haul my shit to Fedex. Same process as the initial "Ellie and Sofia move to Boston" thing, just on a much smaller scale.

But before I can really bring more of my stuff to Boston, I need to finish dealing with the stuff I already have.

my bedroom )

crafting space/dining room )

And yes, I can post pictures when it's all done.
sofiaviolet: drawing of Cthulhu saying "what the fhtagn" (what the fhtagn)
Dad and I ate at the local-ish (I think it's a small chain) Mexican restaurant last night; Ellie was taping Cameryn's standup comedy routine and Mom figured we were eating too late and she would get heartburn when she went to bed. Was tasty. Tonight, we went to one of the two Indian restaurants on Centre Street.

Today, we went to Ikea. After some tasty breakfast from their restaurant (Mom and Dad's was free and so was their coffee, yay promotial freebies!), we went through the whole store.

cut because no one but me cares what we got )

And then we had to fit all the stuff we got into Ellie's car. After a lot of rearranging, putting all the small things inside larger ones, and breaking one of the Trones things into its three sections ... everything fit! With a couple of things in the back seat with me and Mom, and Ellie's snow shovel up front with Dad. And with the other Trones tied to the roof rack - and then we had to drive home on the highway in high winds with a big plastic thing tied to the car. /o\


And now Ellie and I have to go back, because the Stora loft bed was out of stock. Yes, after three years, I am finally upgrading from the $25 futon frame I've used for the past two and a half years! And other stuff, since we're in the process of rearranging the apartment (getting rid of our b0rked tv, for one).
sofiaviolet: drawing of three violets and three leaves (Default)
December 22nd: So remember how we were going to drive to the Thai restaurant in Harvard Square? This was the same day the Red Line derailed. Harvard Square was choked with very-essential buses, serving as Red Line replacements as well as the usual ones that go through Harvard Square (including a derailed electric bus, whose pole had detached from the overhead line). But I had delicious panang curry which was insanely hot.

December 23rd: I don't think we did anything of import, since none of us can remember what we did. Meh.

December 24th: We went to Windsor Button, the local yarn shop downtown. I fondled a lot of very nice yarn but got some very basic stuff, as I am a n00b to knitting.

December 25th: Christmas. We opened the package from Ellen and Greg - nifty stuff, including poetry books and a superhero necktie packaged in a big tin. (Tin containing superhero tie and other things also contained a very large spider, oops.)

December 26th: Gardner Museum. Mom really wanted to go. Was awesome.

December 27th (yesterday): Union Oyster House for lunch. Museum of Science!! Much coolness, including the electrical show (Ellie had seen it before, courtesy of IEEE, and got to go up in the small Faraday cage to get lightning hurled at her, omgcool). Absolutely worth $20.

December 28th (today): Went to the land of big box stores, aka South Bay. Our plans had also included Stop and Shop, but after buying a slow cooker, a garment rack, a sunlight lamp, toilet paper and paper towels, a blender, and a compound miter saw... there was officially no more room in Ellie's Subaru. Including room for people.

Tomorrow is for Ikea. o_O

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Tuesday, December 22nd, 2009 17:32
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[identity profile] susanandleonard.livejournal.com are in town (that'd be my parents' shared account, which exists solely to read my locked posts). They got in on Saturday before the snow. We spent Sunday inside. Monday was my last day at my job - until January when I keep working on this collection, for free. [personal profile] solarcat hung out with us for a couple of hours before leaving for Michigan.

Today, we went shopping downtown. I did not get shoes, which is what I need (my usual comfy work shoes having died rather spectacularly), but I did get a sparkly pink shirt and socks and jewelry magazines. And Dad didn't get anything, despite always needing new clothes because he never buys any.

Now we're killing time before heading to a Thai restaurant in Harvard Square, because Ellie wants to drive and then be able to park. It is my parents 36th anniversary, \o/, and they're taking us along for the celebration, \o?
sofiaviolet: Dreamsheep with purple yarn fleece (yarn sheep)
sl1 k2tog psso by [personal profile] carleton97 (MCR, Bob/Frank/Jamia, ~9k)

You guys. Bob owns a yarn shop. Eeeee! (Basically, this fic and Buy Handmade by [livejournal.com profile] jjtaylor are the fics of my crafty fangirl soul. Buy Handmade sustained me through "I'm going to learn to make SOMETHING, dammit" - which turned out to be jewelry - and sl1 k2tog psso is going to sustain me through "I'm going to learn to knit, dammit.")

***

Anyone got recs for a yarn shop in or near Boston? T-accessible is preferred, although Ellie has a car and can sometimes be bribed or badgered into driving me around.
sofiaviolet: naked girl hugging her knees to her chest (nude)
Oh look! It's Ellie's phone!

(Context: my sister works for a company whose main thing is superbatteries of the future, or something. Charge faster, last longer, don't explode - that kind of thing. And she's in the market for a new phone since hers (which used to be mine, and is about 4 years old) no longer has any battery life to speak of. And it's a phone shaped much like the one in the photo.)

And now that I've killed the joke with explanation...


Mail! I received a card from [personal profile] harborshore on Thursday, a card and a wrapped gift-shaped object* from [personal profile] thelemic on Friday, cards from [personal profile] solarcat and [personal profile] insunshine on Saturday, and cards from [personal profile] turlough and [personal profile] chaosmanor yesterday. :D

* Which I haven't opened yet, because I'm not sure if I should wait. [personal profile] thelemic?


My weekend: naked people and nearly-naked people. )
sofiaviolet: girl in purple dress carrying suitcase and walking down railroad tracks (travel)
Best of 2009

December 1st: best trip of 2009

Well, if I had needed to travel for it, this would have been [livejournal.com profile] muskratjamboree, because it was a good time and it gave me a [personal profile] solarcat.

But since MJ is in Boston and I didn't stay in the hotel or anything...

Unlike in years past (okay, mainly the year Ellie and I were living in that shitty apartment in East Boston), I didn't do that much traveling this year. No running down to New York or further abroad for concerts, which I did a lot of in 2008.

I did spend two weeks in New Orleans with my parents, which was awesome but not particularly interesting to the internet at large - I chilled, ate a lot of good food, and slept soundly every night on my very squishy mattress.

But what I'm actually going to use as my Answer For The Meme is TIC. Not the travel - I had a headache on the way to Vermont, and we got a late start. But the conference was good. I was social and willingly offline for all of Saturday and the travel time on either side. And as much as I joke about smacking down n00bs in my classes, I kept my own damn mouth shut for the conference, because I was there to learn and support my sister and her friends and the other attendees.

But really, 2009 was about burrowing in and making Jamaica Plain my home. Through Ellie, I've connected with local performing arts stuff: Big Moves, Boston's burlesque scene, queer performance art. We've tried a few new restaurants in the neighborhood, like an Indian place on Centre Street and the fried chicken joint a couple of blocks away.

My goal is to get fully unpacked before 2010. (I never managed to get 100% unpacked at our old place, and I still have several boxes in my room. The implied impermanence is probably badly for my soul or something.)

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