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I haven’t updated because:

I have a tendency to forget that I have a blog; indeed, growing up I had a very hard time keeping a diary or journal.  But as a writer with dreams of grandeur (it should be noted that ‘dreams of grandeur’ mostly involves being published and little else), I have this unnatural obsession of hoarding/collecting journals (and pens).  Most of them are unused, but I have them just in case I need to write something… /tangent

Life update (I suppose):

My last post was about a potential job with the Fayette County Police Department.  I ended up applying to them twice (desperate much?), in addition to putting applications with police departments in Peachtree City, Griffin, and lastly McDonough.  After all these applications (and fully memorizing my license number),  I decided to just say “Fuck it!”, put myself through a police academy myself, and go from there.  Enter the Clayton County Police Academy.

I have been through orientation and have a packet (more like a folder, but I digress) of paperwork.  Applications, applications for my applications, a checklist, an equipment list, waivers, a check-list for a physical, and a layout of a long list of documents; all of which need to be gathered together, completed, signed, sealed, etc. etc. by June 19th.  All of this is just to ensure that I’m in class July 19th.  I’m hardly kidding about all of this.  I’m now in the process of getting all of this together and completed so I don’t have to worry about it anymore.  I know the end game is going to be completely worth it, but it’s still taxing.

Hmmm…Let’s see…Oh!  I went to my first ever Georgia Renaissance Festival this past weekend (May 1st- 2nd).  It was fun and decent, I remember friends in high school that would go every single year and would LARP…

Moving on.

I don’t know if I ever blogged about Shrinkle’s Sugarpill cosmetic line, but since the launch I have loved the eyeshadows I have from her (Love + and Bulletproof).  I use them with some Hi-Fi Cosmetics shadows I have to create a sunfire look.  I recently ordered Midori and Taki from her and my order got switched with another girl’s that ordered right after me, and Amy told us we could keep the mix-ups and shipped out our right orders.  Technically, not for me.  I got to my mom’s house (academy stuff required a paternal visit) and opened the box to find…Love + and Bulletproof, what I ordered from her the first time I ever ordered.  I laughed for about 5 minutes at the whole situation and then emailed Amy to let her know.  She was extremely apologetic and promised to fix it “for real this time”.

Please don’t think that I’m in anyway bitching or complaining about Amy.  I’m not, I’m really not.  I’ve been eyeing her ebay since 2004 or so and am completely in love with her DIY/sewing ability (even though I haven’t been able to order clothes from her yet).  I LOVE Sugarpill and will swear by it for all eternity.  I love the colors and (unless Amy says different) I actually like the idea of having an extra Love + and Bulletproof handy.

I find my particular situation hilarious, and I know it happens.  Amy spent a long time creating and designing her line and putting together a quality product, not to mention all the other stuff she has going on in her life.  I know mix-ups will happen, and I’m particularly grateful that Amy (not to mention the other girls I order from, mainly Veronica and Chelsea) is so sweet.

All that being said, I do eagerly await my Sugarpill order.  Again.  And I will no matter what I order.

Dream of grandeur:

I’ve been staying with my cousin while all this crazy-ness for the academy has begun, and while watching them and their marriage bickering has led me to the ultimate conclusion to never get married, I’ve also found an obsessive love for their Comcast On Demand.  I’ve been re-discovering shows I hadn’t watched in forever (BBC Top Gear, Intervention), and simply discovering shows I never thought I’d love (True Blood).

Top Gear has led to my dream of grandeur; a car that I desperately love but will never, ever get to own in a million years.

Let me segway into this by saying that there’s a fair few number of mechanics in my family.  My mother is a certified mechanic and worked at an auto parts chain for 9 years, my step-dad is a mechanic and to this day is still working for the same auto parts chain that employed my mother.  My cousin has his own transmission shop.  I also have a close friend that is a manic fan of Top Gear and loves cars.  Basically: I love cars.

That being said, enter my dream car:

The Lexus LFA super car.

This is the wallpaper on my phone 🙂

Simply put: this car is a beast.  An amazing, highly expensive, super fast beast.  It houses a 4.8 liter v10 engine and has been carefully designed to be light, aerodynamic, and fierce.  The entire car is made of carbon fiber to capitalize on the “light and super fast” bits.

As the specs of this car and Top Gear’s overview and test drive of this car made me melt into a pool of desire, the financial specifications of this piece of road art brought me back to earth pretty quickly.  I will never, ever, EVER own this car, even if I wanted to.  This is why it’s my dream of grandeur.

Thanks to Autoblog, I was able to get an accurate dollar-by-dollar break down of WHY this car is my unattainable pipe dream. (Hey, when I dream, I tend to dream BIG…)

Those ugly dollar amounts:

First off: Lexus is only making 500 LFA’s.  That a pretty limited number, but could be understandable, considering of how much detail went into designing this car.  But it’s still a limited market.  The market is limited even more at the price: MSRP $375,000.

That’s right. $375,000.  Even IF you have that kind of money to throw down on this baby, you can’t just out-right OWN it.  You can lease the LFA.  For $12, 400 a month (for 24 months) and $298,000 due at signing.  So basically you can drive the LFA for 2 years and still not own the car, unless you want to pay an extra $93,000 when the lease ends.  Those that have the money can’t just lease the LFA all willy-nilly.  Lexus chooses who leases, the you pay a $10,000 deposit, go through a credit check, pay an additional $50,000 deposit (that’s $60,000 in deposits for those with basic maths skills), and go through a second credit check.  If you’ve survived these hoops, you pay the full amount of the lease using the Lexus 1Pay Lease ($298,00 for the kiddies paying attention), $700 in fees (not including the deposits, tax, tag, or title).

I’m sorry, that’s just WAY too much money.  Even though this car is brilliantly designed and quite obviously an amazing achievement, it will forever remain my unrealistic dream of grandeur.

That seems to do it for this post, I don’t have much more to talk about.  So for now, I take my leave.

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Lull in posting.

I do realize I haven’t posted anything since possibly December (not going to check, either, I know it’s been a while), and I don’t really have a good reason.

I haven’t really had much to talk about. I’m now into my second month of unemployment (still unsuccessful in finding a job), and truth be told I was done with not having a job a week after losing my job.  Out of sheer boredom I completely cleaned and organized my room, and now I’m catching up on the shows I have on my computer.

Said shows include:

  • Supernatural (all 5 seasons, up to most recent episode)
  • Criminal Minds (all 5 seasons, up to most recent episode)
  • Queer as Folk (all 5 seasons)
  • The Vampire Diaries (all current episodes, completely caught up)
  • Buffy the Vampire Slayer (all 7 seasons)
  • House (all 6 seasons up to most recent episode)
  • The Mentalist (1st season)

I’m currently on Supernatural, halfway through season 4. I have also been buying things (not LOTS of things, I splurge here and there), like make-up, a new pair of sunglasses (LOVE them), and books.  Not novel-type books, more like graphic novels.

As a former Buffy fanatic who has seen most of all the seasons (will be catching up on missed episodes soon), I took the opportunity to delve into the season 8 graphic novels.  I say they’re decent, 4 1/5 out of 5 stars.  The art is good, the pacing is decent, and it’s interesting seeing how they translated the show into comic form.  The witty humor is still there, but I took off the half star out of spite.  I miss the show, and while a tight budget would poorly translate the comic to the screen, I would love to see season 8 in live-action.  I’ll deal.

Next I’m looking to acquire the Gunslinger graphic novels.  Stephen King is hands-down my favorite author, and owning anything even related to his work is good enough for me.  That and a growing curiosity concerning Roland’s childhood…

Utter boredom notwithstanding, I have found a better use of my ample time:

Visiting family. Next week (Monday-ish) I will be heading to my cousin’s, where on Wednesday we will board a plane and go to Michigan to spend a week.  I have been looking forward to this trip since I booked my plane ticket in January.  I adore Michigan and am looking forward to the opportunity to meet my cousin’s friends and family (she’s my cousin by marriage), in addition t spending time outside of Georgia for a change.

Then when I get back, there will be a 1 – 2 day recuperation, then I will spend maybe a week at another cousin’s house.  During any given year (job or not), I usually only see my family towards the end of the year, during holidays.  I welcome the change to spend time with them outside the “family norm”, although I utterly loathe my jobless state.

We shall see what the rest of the month brings…

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