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Apparently I only update this thing to prove that I'm still alive.

So uh, yeah ... still alive. Life's been a bit hectic lately though. My grandmother died on the 10th, I just go back from the trip up for her funeral today. Which means my mental calendar thinks that it's Sunday. Which doesn't explain why I am awake at 1:30 AM.

Other big news of the moment is that I am looking into buying a house. I have a realtor and I've checked out a few places but I'm not at the point where I would want to put in an offer on anything. But hopefully I'll find the right placer soon, especially since I just inherited a bunch of furniture to put in it.

Other than that, life goes on. I'll hopefully post more about things here or figure out something else to say.

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Quick post to say I'm still alive!

Life has been busy, with spring here finally. I've been enjoying going out to the Pit with Imriel, sometimes twice a day because the weather has been that nice.

I do have some news of a personal nature, as I've been on enough dates with a new guy to consider myself "in a relationship." This time is a bit weird though, because my mother is on Facebook now and thus is all asking questions about him. For here, I'll just say his name is Josh and he's pretty cool. We have a good time hanging out and, assuming things go well, I will no doubt be mentioning him here in the future.

Not much else going on. I'm not going to finish work on the novella in time for Camp NaNoWriMo, because I'm too good at distracting myself. But I've given myself a deadline of Victoria Day (May 18th, which is a stat holiday here, for those who aren't in Canada). I have extra motivation to get it done soon, because I think I want to try and get the self-publishing thing going in time to maybe have copies to bring to NerdCon:Stories, assuming I go ... and I'm pretty sure I'm going to go.

I also finally finished my second playthrough of the Mass Effect trilogy. I went with the Synthesis ending this time, which I found depressing since it's the first time my Shepard has been completely gone, since my first Shep went for Control and is thus basically a Reaper now, which is sort of badass.

Next ME playthrough will be a Renegade male!Shep who is super pro-human and a bit of a bigot about everything else. Should be fun!

Also, alas, the Sens were eliminated but it was an awesome go of it. I will be keeping the icon up for a few more days.

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Bringing back an old icon because the Sens are so close to making the playoffs that I can taste it now! 1 point ahead of Pittsburgh and two ahead of Boston!

I still can't believe we're in this position, given how badly the team was doing two months ago. Crazy winning streak is crazy!

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I'm still alive!

Life has been pretty busy for awhile ... or at least it's seemed that way. My head's been feeling very fuzzy lately and so it might just be me.

In an attempt to defeat the fuzziness, I am trying to do some major cleaning of my apartment, since I'm definitely someone who is affected by my environment. Also, maybe I'll finally be able to find whatever is attracting so many damn houseflies!

I also am participating in Camp NaNoWriMo, trying to finally finish the first draft of my steampunk novella that originally started as a Himitsu AU fic (old RPG I was involved in) but has become something different now (and something better, I think, since I've introduced a second narrator/storyline that is completely original). Anyway, I have a 10,000 word goal that I think should get me to the end. Now I just need to actually write it.

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Life's been a bit of a whirlwind the last couple of days. On Thurs night, friends and I went out to celebrate my birthday. Friday was my birthday (the big 3-0!) and I took the day off, got a tattoo (picture below), saw The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel with my parents, and went out to dinner with them. Then on Saturday we drove up to Ajax to go to my cousin's wedding. I took the train back yesterday to pick Imriel up from my aunt and uncle's before he caused any trouble (he was mostly okay), had family dinner that night complete with chocolate birthday cake, and then played a ringette game.

I ended up taking today off because my stomach has been acting up all weekend (probably due to Thurs celebrations) and I am still feeling pretty wiped. But it was lots of fun.

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I had another busy weekend, which makes me that much more grateful to be able to work from home (which I do pretty much every Monday).

My ringette team was in a tournament run by our association, which mean four games over the course of three days. The Rec division, which we are in, had 8 teams, so the format had everyone play 2 games, then you were put in Pool A and Pool B, with both pool's having a winner.

Our first game was against Ottawa, who is in our regular division and usually beats us handily. This was no different, though we did outplay them in the first period.

Our second game the next morning was against an Ottawa area team we don't normally play (they are in the R1 division, while we are in R2). We had a shaky start but ended strong, to tie them 6-6. I told people we needed to have the first period from out first game and the second period from our second, then we'd be doing just fine.

The third game was interesting from an administrative perspective. This was after the two pools were divided and we knew that the Pool B games were supposed to be in the evening. Unfortunately, the team we ended up being against had to play in the 2:30 game because they were going back to attend a funeral. So we ended up scrambling to make sure everyone knew the game time was changed and weren't able to get everyone. However, we ended up dominating the game and won pretty easily, either 4-1 or 5-1, I'm not sure.

This put us in the Pool B finals, playing Metcalfe, another team in our division whom we have never beaten. But the team played really well, with the game tied up after 2 periods (ringette only plays 2 periods, unlike hockey which has 3). Since it was the finals, this meant sudden death overtime. And then my aunt scored, so we won Pool B! As a prize, we got a $100 pre-paid VISA, which we'll spend at a team event or something.

It was pretty awesome and a testament to how much the team has improved, since a lot of them have only been playing ringette for 1-2 years!

But it was also exhausting, so I am glad that I can have a day where I don't go anywhere today.
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Still alive! Just been crazy busy with life and work and stuff.

I just finished up a two-day workshop on psychology and digital behavior, which was quite interesting. And also quite draining. I'm working from home today to get a mental break.

Now I just need to really get on the "working" part of that sentence.

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I decided it was time to revive my old personal website yesterday. I switched to Squarespace this time because they have some really neat templates and everything is super easy to use.

Unfortunately, my old domain is no longer available (I think those domain purchasing companies out there probably buy up anything that's expired, since obviously someone wanted it at one point so they might want it again). But I managed to get one that is also pretty good.

http://www.vkmartin.com

There's not too much in the way of content right now and I don't imagine that's going to change. I will be trying to at least keep the Quote of the Week updated. And probably get a few blog posts a month.

And if I ever get that damn novella finished, I will definitely have information about it there too.
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I put this up on Tumblr too (where I am sudo-bash) but no one has asked me any yet T_______T So I am reposting it here.

Feel free to ask me on Tumblr too!

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[personal profile] starrbeam did this and it sounded like a good idea to me, since I have some LJ/DW friends who I don't know some of the basics about.



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