Tuesday, July 10, 2007

Convergence 2007

I spent the past few days immersed in geekdom, and while I'm rather proud to say I never donned Spock ears or a Klingon mask (my husband speaks Klingon: I figure one ubergeek in the family is enough), I did learn a few things.

Women over 350lbs can be gorgeous. Not in a schoolgirl miniskirt outfit jiggling their knees.

Men at ANY size look silly in cardboard costumes.

Don't mess with Klingons: they stick together.

Avoid any Rudybrew UNLESS you're trying to get completely schnockered. If that is your goal, enjoy! Excellent mixes if you like 100% alchohol and no mixer...yum!

I cannot share a hotel room, even withclose friends, because inevitably someone snores...or moves...during the night and my husband can't sleep, which in turn causes a 4:30am drive home, thus completely wasting the $100 we spent on the room.

I am not an exhibitionist, although I do enjoy giggling at those who are.

I voted Xena for President.

Normal life takes some serious adjustment after 4th of July weekend. Oy.

Wednesday, July 04, 2007


So we saw the new Transformers movie on Monday night. Flashback to opening night of the first new Star Wars movie...peeps in really bad cardboard costumes, reeking of spray paint, and way too much audience participation. I'll probably go see it again after the fanfare wears off so I can actually watch the movie without as many interruptions...because it was damn entertaining.

Michael Bay, of Armageddon fame, made a pretty wild ride, although I'll say right off that the ORIGINAL Bumblebee camaro was WAY cooler...you'll see what I mean. The Autobots and Decepticons themselves were so realistic you couldn't tell the real car from the CG robot: very cool. And the desert scenes were flat out awesome. A little too much teen angst, but overall it was a great fun movie. Shia LeBouf did an excellent job! Rumor has it there's already a sequel in talks, which could be great if Bay does it again.

Then again, I'm not a movie snob: I liked 300 and can't wait for it to be released on DVD this month. Doesn't make any difference to me that the movie didn't accurately portray the event as it happened, becuase MOVIES ARE FICTION. Fiction as in fun, not-entirely-truthful depictions, even if loosely based on actual events. On top of that, the movie was based on a COMIC BOOK, so there's an entire extra level of dilution. And I loved it loved it loved it. I'll be 30 in a few weeks...and that one will be on my list!!

Apathy Abounds...

I don't know if it's the heat or what, but I've been excessively uninterested in life lately, much to the hubby's dismay and, I'm sure, irritation. Ugh. haven't worked on the book, haven't worked out, haven't wanted to work in general, or play, or do much of anything that doesn't involve emulating a pillow on the couch.

I could say that's all going to change as of right now, but to be fair it's about 90 degrees outside today and instead of playing in the sun I'm hiding in my room, so I guess that's not an accurate statement after all. I did, however, apply for my dream job today at Llewellyn Publishing. In all fairness I'm probably not qualified enough to get my foot in the door, but just sending in a resume made me feel like I'm doing SOMETHING to fix this whole work situation. The thing is, I've been at my job now for just shy of 7 years. I get paid way too much for what I do (rough, I know) and have most excellent benefits, but over the years I've discovered the REASON for this particular company's most excellent pay and bennies is that nobody wants to do the work! Ugh...I went from plumbing (an active, project-based job that gave me a sense of accomplishment etc) to pushing paper, and I think that's the crux of the situation. I push paper. A lot of paper, and unfortunatly I'm not an accountant who gets all excited by crunching numbers and such. Lordy I can't even tell you how much I wish I was! My boss is: it's clear she loves her job every day she's there...which is what I want.

Is that really a GenX thing? To be dissatisfied in a job, no matter how good it is, if it's not THE DREAM job? People my grandparents' age stayed in one crappy job for 40 years for the pension and pay, regardless if they liked it or not, because it was a job. Do we simply have too many positions floating around and too many options now-a-days? If so, I'm determined to find a niche where I'm not dreading the alarm clock every day. i'd rather bee short on cash for a while than stay somewhere that pays well and I'm miserable. I suppose that's monumentally selfish, and maybe it's not right, but every few months I go through a long period of loathing of my life, and 99% of that comes from what I do for a living. A girl with big dreams of helping people somehow or making a difference in the world can't live on pushing paper alone!

Hahahahaha...the irony of that statement...the job I just applied for was MANUSCRIPT EDITOR. Pushing paper indeed.