Meeting MST3K

27 Aug

Over the last couple of weeks, I’ve had the opportunity to meet four former members of the show Mystery Science Theater 3000.

There is a local theater improv group that does MST3K-style Riffing called Cineprov. On August 10th and 11th, they hosted Joel Hodgson who did his one man show on the first evening and riffed live with Cineprov the next evening. After the one-man show, we had the opportunity to have a brief meet-and-greet with Joel.

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The, August 14th and 15th, we finally reaped the rewards of our support for the Rifftrax Kickstarter campaign: Lunch with the Rifftrax guys and then front row seats to their Live Riffing of Starship Troopers in Nashville, TN.

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Also, Mike humored me and signed a picture I particularly love:

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It’s ok that he can’t spell “naughty”. Gives it character!

While in Nashville, we were able to visit the Jack Daniels distillery and get some lovely etched bottles of Gentlemen’s Jack.

One for the Rifftrax guys:

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And one for ourselves:

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On Friday and Saturday, we spent some time with friends from Memphis. We saw some sights and just generally had a good time. Cards Against Humanity made for a fantastic Saturday night.

Apparently, Nashville has a full-scale replica of the Parthenon. So, of course, I had to see that.

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We saw the beautiful Belcourt Mansion:

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The new Johnny Cash Museum:

 

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Studio B:

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And the Country Music Hall of Fame:

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Bets of all – spending time with these lovely ladies (and all of our husbands):

This weekend, I head back to Seattle for PAX and seeing more friends!

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Charmed by the South

6 Aug

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(An illuminated pillar in Decatur, GA’s historic square.)

Remember that major life-change I mentioned in my previous post? The one that I said wasn’t going to happen?

Well… it came back around and took hold this time.

My husband has been interested in moving into the games industry for some time now. He’s been actively looking for opportunities the past couple of years. Two years ago, he applied for a position with CCP Games in Atlanta, but timing was bad and his application didn’t go anywhere – and then CCP laid off employees in Atlanta shortly thereafter.

Earlier this year, there was another opportunity that opened up at CCP, who was back to hiring in full force. He applied, flied out for interviews, but ultimately didn’t get the job. At that point, we thought that was it for CCP and he tried to pursue more local options in Seattle.

Then, in late May, CCP called him and offered him a new position, no interviewing required. After considering the pros and cons, seeing the official offer and a little negotiation, he decided to accept.

Now, late-May and June were crazy without the prospect of moving cross country. One of our cats, Vera, was diagnosed with Fatty Liver Disease and spent a lot of time in the Vet hospital over a 4 week period. Happily, she has made a full recovery and the move didn’t phase her. But trying to deal with that (tube feedings, LOTS of expense) and coordinating a cross country move was hectic to say the least.

We officially arrived in Georgia on July 11th. It has been a relatively easy transition, all in all. The cats took the trip well. They definitely perked up once we got into our more spacious rental house, as did I. Our temporary housing was small and the bed was really uncomfortable.

We are still in a transitory phase. We got set up to rent the house we are currently in – sight-unseen – before we moved. It was a house for sale as well, so we hoped if we were very lucky we’d like it enough to buy. Unfortunately, that didn’t turn out to be the case, but it works out ok since it allows us to store all our stuff here and not with our movers or a storage facility. The quality of the home is questionable as is the care/upkeep. There are also two rooms and a bathroom off of the garage that are nearly unusable – they require you go through the garage to access them, aren’t connected directly to the other parts of the house, and have no windows. Just odd. We’re using them for storage, but I can’t imagine using them for anything else.

So we shopped for somewhere to really settle in – a home to buy. Buying makes much more sense than renting here, unlike in Seattle. We’ve found a lovely home in Tucker and are in the process of buying it.

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So far, the purchase process has been pretty smooth. The sellers countered our original offer, and we accepted. The inspection turned up nothing of importance wrong with the house, just a few things to keep an eye on, light tough-ups, etc. Today, I heard the appraiser told our realtor that our price isn’t a problem, so that should be fine (we’re still waiting on the official report). Provided our loan process continues to go smoothly, we should be all set to close on Sept 13th and move in the evening of Sunday, Sept 15th or Monday, Sept 16th. *fingers crossed*

So, yeah, a LOT of big changes the past few months. Since I will be working from home here in Georgia, I am hoping I will find some more time to update the blog regularly. I am also hoping to re-join the Daring Kitchen bloggers once we get settled in a bit more, so we’ll see how that goes!

Here’s to Ch-ch-ch-changes!

My Third Decade

14 Mar

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**There was an intentional lag in writing this post as there was a possible major life change on the horizon. That change did not materialize and now my mental block on any kind of introspection or long-term, forward-moving actions has been lifted!**

In early February, I celebrated my 30th birthday. Mostly, it was our normal annual Super Bowl Party, but it was still a lovely way to send off my 2nd decade as this annual party has grown year-over-year and now results in a full house with tons of great food, amazing friends, and fun times.

I am looking forward to my 30s. My 20s were very successful:

  • I graduated from college.
  • I married my absolute favorite person in the world. (You may notice that I am always careful not to call my husband my best friend – the relationship he and I have is so different and more intimate and fulfilling than the best possible friendship. Romantic Love is not part of a friendship continuum in my mind. )
  • I worked in a variety of roles as well as not working (intentionally) for a bit as well. I’ve worked with Village Theater in Issaquah, Blockbuster Video, and Microsoft as a vendor (Compass Group), contractor (Act 1), and now as a full-time Microsoft employee.
  • I successfully completed two Warrior Dashes here in Washington State.
  • I have now started on a career path I think I could enjoy for a good, long time. There is much work to be done for me to really decide what I want that path to be, but the opportunity is there for me to seize.
  • I have cultivated some wonderful friendships across the globe. I am immensely thankful to social media, the various organizations I volunteer with, and OCON for helping to create and facilitate those friendships.
  • I have found several organizations and causes that I gladly contribute some of my time and resources to: The Ayn Rand Institute, GeekGirlCon, The Microsoft Theater Troupe, various Body Acceptance and HAES groups, and Big Cat Rescue.
  • My husband and I have moved into a beautiful house. While we are currently renting, it is part of a lease-to-own agreement and we do hope to purchase the house sometime in the next couple of years.

I was also diagnosed with Hashimoto’s Disease and Pernicious Anemia. The Pernicious Anemia has been easy to treat and get under control. The Hashimoto’s has been and continues to be much more of a challenge. I have been in a place where it has been well managed and I feel great, but by its very nature, the effects of the disease wax and wane, and the symptoms lag behind the actual hormonal shifts and then there is more lag between increasing supplemental hormones and actually feeling better. That’s a battle I expect to continue for some time and have somewhat resigned myself to it.

I don’t expect my 30s to be without change, but I do feel I have laid a good foundation for future success in my life. I look forward to making our current home our own. I still have body acceptance issues as well as desires to improve my overall body efficacy (fitness, in a practical sense). Those are issues I intend to devote time to over the next few years. I also intend to focus on organizing my social life as it has grown to include many groups and interests that can become overwhelming if not managed well.

It has been very satisfying to take stock of the past 10 years – known for being tumultuous in anyone’s life – and gain confidence in my future possibilities. Here’s to an awesome fourth decade of life!

**Third Decade = 20s, Fourth Decade = 30s**

The Great Merge

18 Feb

I have decided to merge my three blogs: this main blog, Pinheaded, and Shapely Thoughts.

I haven’t been active on Pinheaded in some time. I became quite busy in the fall and never really started regularly posting there after my schedule improved. I don’t want to completely shut it down. Upon reviewing the posts, I found I really enjoyed them and wanted to keep record of them. I also wanted the opportunity to post more in the future, but maybe not as regularly as I did before. It did wear me down, wallowing in the worst pins, so I think it’s best if I don’t do it several times daily. I may set a regular schedule in the future, but I doubt it will be more often than once a week.

Shapely Thoughts never really got off the ground. I had set it up to give me a place to post about my body image issues with slightly more anonymity. There are still many topics I would like to write about and work through, but I am not as nervous about doing so here, on my main blog. So there’s rally no reason to keep that partitioned off either.

Jeremy and I are currently in a sort of period of flux at the moment. Unfortunately, I can’t share many details, but I expect I won’t write much about day-to-day things until that has died down. Perhaps I will take the opportunity to post some Pinheaded Pins and Shapely Thoughts!

2012 Review

1 Jan

It’s been a long time since I blogged again, I know, but for some reason I keep coming back. Maybe it’s the eternal hope of regular posting, or just the desire to recap a block of time every once in a while. In any event, it’s the last day of 2012 and what better time to reflect on the past year and also give anyone reading an update on the past few months as well.

Jan – In January, I landed a full-time job at Microsoft. Big deal. Great career implications. Generally awesome landmark!

Feb – 29th Birthday, fun Superbowl Party and Fun times at the SIFF Science Fiction Short Film Festival. Annual Best Picture Showcase and AMC.

March – Mists of Pandaria Beta. Eventually purchased, but then also let my WoW subscription lapse for the first time in 7-ish years this December. Too busy and have a sexy new MMO to play! Hunger Games movie, Underpants @ MSTT. Jeremy’s Rifftrax Birthday Marathon!

April – New Roomates! Sarah and Caleb move in with us for a few months. Got to see Brazil on the big screen, Beta for Guild Wars 2 (my new MMO love).

May – Received a small award at work. Not bad for 4 months on the job. Scotch Tasting celebration. Got the blue back in my hair.

June – The horror of Magic Mike, Disappointing Supreme Court Ruling on ObamaCare, first attempt at making a Napleon (moderately successful). Microsoft Surface Announced

July – Warrior Dash 2012. The Dark Knight Rises. Florence and the Machine. Discovered the hilarious 50 shades recaps that I am still faithfully reading. Attended a George R.R. Martin Reading. Celebrated my 5th Anniversary with Jeremy at the Salish Lodge.

August – PAX Prime! GeekGirlCon 2012! The month of Cons! Guild Wars 2 release. The great bed-bug debacle. Whedonesque Burlesque. Cast in MSTT’s “Hello, Dolly!”, Manos: Hands of Fate Rifftrax Live.

September – Visited Family in Florida. Much rehearsing. Did I mention rehearsing? Started rolling dice with the old dice group! First Microsoft Company Meeting, First annual review experience, some more PAX Prime

October – HELLO, DOLLY!! Also, started new role with my new team that I adore.

November – Closed Hello Dolly. Moved to our awesome new place in Duvall. Thanksgiving with old friends.

December – Great Christmas celebrations. Awesome Housewarming party. Generally still crazy with the unpacking, but getting better day by day.

All in all, I’m looking forward to 2013. I feel like 2012 really put me on track for some great things. I have a job I enjoy and good long-term prospects. I’ve joined the MSTT board and am looking forward to becoming more deeply involved with the community theater group I love so much. I feel secure and stable. I feel validated – both from my current job and from my two big performances over the past year and a half. Things are on track to continue to improve, so I say bring on 2013 and my 30s!

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Awesome Maleficent

15 Sep

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Pinterest is such a Happy Place

14 Sep

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