osaraba: (nodame watermelon)
So now comes the post where I talk about how much weight I've lost in the last year and how awesome it is. I gained a lot of weight when I was in Indonesia because I wasn't able to be even as active as I normally was in NYC (not that I was super active anyway). Between coming back from Indonesia and going to LA I'm sure I lost a bit of weight and continued to do so in LA. But starting at the end of July last year I really started focusing on working out, and being more aware of what/when/how much I ate.

I did the Curves Complete weight loss plan for 3 months-- most of it is stuff I was already aware of, but having to stick to an actual plan, and having access to a whole bunch of easy recipes was really key for me. After the first 6 weeks I honestly stopped paying so much attention to recording everything and just continued the habits I'd created.

So, in the last 8 months -- from when I actually started counting -- I've lost a total of 50 lbs. And though the rate of loss has certainly slowed, it hasn't stopped.

It feels AMAZING.

I haven't been "dieting" so I don't expect to suddenly start gaining the weight back unless I get into another headspace where I just don't care. But honestly I think I'll be able to get back on track eventually, should that happen. Because now I know how to do it, successfully; I'll be able to do it again.

This is the smallest I've been, ever, since the first time I was this weight/size, probably somewhere back in junior high (7-9th grade). I can tell the difference, mostly just because of how my clothes don't fit anymore, but mostly I don't feel like I look that different. Which is perfectly fine. Though occasionally I'll catch a certain angle in the mirror and I'm like, wait, is that MY neck/collarbones/shoulders/face?

The best part (besides being able to fit into more clothes I like) is being able to do things I could never do before, like sit cross-legged on a desk chair, or comfortably circle my arms around my bent legs while sitting. It's just easier to MOVE. And I keep touching myself. Like, I can feel my ribcage -- so weird!

Anyway, it's all pretty exciting, and I'm just quietly happy with my progress. No matter how the whole new job/NYC/Philly things work out, going to LA last year was probably the best thing I could've done for myself.
osaraba: (dS fk unstoppable)
Ahahaha, I got laid off.

My last day is this coming Friday, though my boss let me know this past Friday. I went home a little early and told my roomies and quietly freaked out a little. Went to the gym. Then I relaxed because whatevs, I just had to figure out what I should do about it: look up California Unemployment, see if I'm eligible; look up jobs on Craigslist and other sites, start sending resumes out.

I did those things.

I can't even remember what the context was when I jokingly said "I should just move to Philly", but then the thought just got stuck in my mind. The more I thought about it, the more seriously appealing it became. Several weeks ago I'd decided that I was going to stay in LA for only another year before going back to NYC. Mostly because of Rich. So my thinking is: if I've got only a year to sow my wild wanderlust-oats, I need to make the best of it; if I was going to struggle with finding a job (for who knows how long) and maybe not be able to do things because of making only enough money to survive rather than go out and doing fun stuff, I'd rather spend a year doing that in a place I've never lived before, experiencing something completely new and different.

You probably think I'm crazy. I don't blame you; I kind of do, too. But I talked it out with a few people who've got good, rational heads on their shoulders, and I think this is actually going to work out.

I'll be going back to NYC first, for a couple of months, to work and save up some money for the cost of moving to Philly (rent/security/furniture/etc.) where I plan to live for about a year before returning. I'm ridiculously sad I'm going to miss all of the new friends I made here, though. And most especially, my two awesome roomies [livejournal.com profile] elipie and [livejournal.com profile] likeaglass. This past year just couldn't have been as fucking awesome as it was without them!

But I'm not gonna lie -- though it wasn't the motivating, or even the tipping factor -- it's a huge plus that Philly's only 2.5 hours away from Rich, and my family, and so many of my closest friends. (And also the NY Rangers.)

So here's the fun part: ROAD TRIP 2: EAST COAST BOOGALOO!

LOS ANGELES >> ALBUQUERQUE >> OKLAHOMA CITY >> ST LOUIS >> CHICAGO >> PITTSBURGH >> NYC

osaraba: (house wins at life)
Yesterday (Tues 1/29) was the one-year anniversary of me being in Los Angeles. It's been an awesome year here, on so many levels. I've met some cool new people and love & miss my NYC friends even more. But I needed to do what I did, I needed that huge change; it's been nothing but good for me.

I'll let my twitter speak for me today:

osaraba: (sherlock sj prove we're clever)
I HAVE ARRIVED IN LOS ANGELES SAFE AND SOUND!

That was Sunday, actually. Earlier today (Monday) Liz and I drove around, had lunch with one of her coworkers who telecommutes, went window shopping for beds, picked up a few things at Ikea, then had dinner with a friend of Liz's coworkers who had previously given me some LA-neighborhood advice. Her name is Amy and I'll be meeting up with her again on Saturday! (YAY NEW FRIENDS!!!)

All in all a very busy day, and I'm pretty exhausted now at the end of it.

Liz is leaving tomorrow afternoon so we're going for a ride on Mulholland Drive for the view, then stopping at some ridiculous place we saw in Burbank for 5 chili burgers for $5, and then going on to LAX where she will leave me all alone in my new home-- to return to NYC, where all the fun stuff is happening (I just know it).

If you've missed out on all my pic posting from the road trip, check them out on my tumblr. I think I did a pretty good job at updating and documenting some of the highlights.
Start with the bottom of page 2 and work your way "backwards" to the top of page 1.
osaraba: (laby sarah fuck)
So this is my last day in NYC (I leave today at 3pm). But it's not forever; just for the foreseeable future. I've been super excited for this and pretty nervous, too, but this morning I'm full of anxiety and WHAT THE FUCK AM I DOING? But I know that'll pass. I think it's only just started to settle in that I'm not going to be able to see anyone/everyone whenever I feel like it anymore and I AM SADFACE about it. I'm going to miss you guys SO FUCKING MUCH.

But enough of that. I'll be back to NYC eventually; there's just no way I could stay away forever, so I'll see you guys again.

For the next eight days I will be staying the night in 8 different states and driving through several more! The weather will go from a high of 34°F currently in NYC (with snow still on the ground from yesterday) to a high of 80°F in LA. WHAT EVEN. I'll try to update eljay on the way, but I'll probably be updating (and/or freaking out on) twitter and tumblr from the road, so tune in there if you're interested.

This is what my route looks like (click to embiggen):



ETA: And to those who contributed to my cross-country gas fund, I greatly appreciate your generosity!!! It's going to be a HUGE help! THANK YOU SO MUCH! Please expect a little something in the mail shortly after I get settled in LA. <333
osaraba: (hcl joe salut)
SINTE signups are officially closed and prompts have been assigned!
I'll definitely be accepting late requests, though, since I'd like to encourage as many sign-ups as possible.

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UM UM UM so I think I'm leaving on my "trip to the West" on Sunday 1/22. IT'S TOO SOON! I feel like I don't have enough time to see everyone I want to see and also finish cleaning out my parents' basement.
osaraba: (spn OTP)
So I moved out of my apartment on Jan 1st and am now sort of living with my parents and occasionally staying over at friends' places. But then I got sick for like 5 days and that was all at my parents' house. I barely moved from the couch and watched SO many music documentaries, it was kind of the most awesome thing ever. =DDD

You'll be glad to know that Liz and I just settled on the road trip route and itinerary to LA-- which she'll be taking with me!!! I'm so excited to be going on a cross country road trip with my sister, you don't even know! We're both pretty much grinning like idiots over it. Ahahaha, only downside? She never actually learned how to drive. So, there's that.

Whatever, this is the plan for my ROAD TRIPPPPPPP: \m/

NYC > Pittsburgh > Louisville > Memphis > New Orleans > Ft Worth > Albuquerque > Phoenix > LA


If you're somewhere on this route and want to meet up, let me know!!!! =D

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Aaaand, this is sort of late on my part, but I've been sick and actually without internets except on my phone while at my parents' house--

Please help spread the word: SINTE FICATHON SIGN-UPS are due on SUNDAY!
(Late sign-ups will definitely be accepted!)


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osaraba: (inception ae dream bigger)
Happy New Year! This is the first time when huge changes have actually coincided with the start of the new year and saying "goodbye" to the old one actually has significance for me.

You may recall that I'm moving to LA at the end of January, but I may have neglected to mention that I was moving out of my apartment with [livejournal.com profile] thedreamerworld, well, by yesterday. So yesterday was moving day for me, though I'd already made several trips over the last week to move stuff into my parents' basement. But it was pretty surreal to be moving everything out from just my own room while everything in the living room and all the other rooms remained. It was especially eerie to make a last trip while Judy's new roomie, Ana, and her movers showed up and had already started filling up my room with her furniture and boxes and stuff.

I've never moved out while my roomie stayed behind! It was weird!!! /o\

I came back later that night to pick up a couple of things I'd left and it seemed so wrong saying goodbye to Judy when I left, knowing I'd never be back there to sleep in my own room, in my own bed (which Ana bought from me, since I can't bring it with me to LA).

I was pretty sad about it.

I had a sleepover last night at Liz's place. Which, in theory, was supposed to be funtimes!, but in reality I was so tired I just crashed within an hour of arriving.

The next few weeks are going to be so very odd. I'm technically staying at my parents' place, but in reality I'm going to be staying at Liz's and other people's places at least 3 nights out of the week. I do have to continue cleaning out my parents' basement while I'm there, but that's a daytime thing anyway.

Did I mention that my parents bought a new (used) car and gave me their old one? I packed a duffle of clothes to keep in the trunk, so I feel like I'm sort of living out my car, which is quite an interesting feeling. It's not really that, of course, but it feels a lot more nomadic and loafer-ish than I'm used to.

Oh, my bed, how I miss you so already~!
osaraba: (brick brendan bleedatyou)
My parents' house was robbed last night. No one was home at the time, though we think my father coming home and talking to the neighbor on the front porch scared them into running out the back patio. They got my parents' passports, two laptops, and my mom's external hard drive. Which my mom is completely broken-hearted about since it was the only copy of her 26+ years of work at UNDP before retiring at the beginning of this year.

Beat cops and the evidence team were surprisingly quick -- they were finished within three hours of my father's call to 911 and two hours of arriving at the house.

Still, now I get to go to my parents in an hour or so and start calling banks, credit bureaus, and repairmen. Not fun.

In other news, I'm trying to sell some of my stuff in preparation for moving to LA in February. If you have any interest in comics or manga, check these out-- I've got them up on craigslist right now, but you guys have first dibs if you get back to me within the next day or two. And the last one is definitely negotiable; make me an offer!

DEMO comics by Brian Wood & Becky Cloonan - $8
Vampire Comics - Bite Club (complete) and Anita Blake (1-4) - $10
Lot of 32 English Manga (Kenshin, Hikaru no Go, Utena, Nana, more) - $50

Last thing-- I'm hosting the upcoming SEX IS NOT THE ENEMY FICATHON and need a banner or two for promotion! Anyone willing to come up with something? I was supposed to work on it last night but then this crap happened. =(((
osaraba: (spn OTP)
So. You may have heard by now: I'm moving to Los Angeles!

...I'm used to having a strong reaction to respond to at right about this point in the conversation so I now find myself at somewhat of a loss!

WHY?, you may have asked. Well, I realized back in July, when I experienced a huge upheaval in my life, that I kind of want a change -- a big one -- and that change of jobs wasn't really going to cut it. I want to not see the same thing I see every day, the same subway, the same places to hang out, etc., etc. I've never ever before in my life felt the need to leave NYC because I love it way way more than I should, but I guess I reached that point. I can't imagine actually leaving NYC for good, though, so I'll likely be back in a few years.

But I totally need this right now.

I contacted [livejournal.com profile] likeaglass who I knew was sort of vaguely planning to move to LA and asked her whether she was still going and if she'd like a roommate. Aaaaaand here we are, along with a third fangirl friend, Eli, planning a February 1st move-in.

So guess what that means? Cross-country road tripppppp! What a huge fucking opportunity! Similar to how I've wanted to go to Indonesia but never really wanted to use my vacation days to do so, I've wanted to do a cross-country road trip. NOW IS MY CHANCE! I'll be leaving probably between January 22-25; my parents have bought a new car (2009 Toyota Rav4, which is awesome and I'm so jealous I won't be able to drive it around much), which they've been thinking about doing for a while anyway, and will be giving me their 2005 Toyota Camry.

One of my really close friends from work, Maura, is taking the trip with me because she loves road trips and driving (and it'll be a big help to have another driver at hand)! We've planned to sort of go from NYC >> New Orleans >> Austin >> LA, so if anyone at/near any of those places -- or anywhere along the way -- wants to meet up, just let me know! I'd love to combine this with fangirl lunch-dates across the country! And, OMG if any of you actually live in/near LA, I'd love to meet up with you and chat and get some tips on the ins and outs and things to know about LA!

I still haven't read my flist for a good 8 weeks now, and I-- alsjdflasjlfs what is my freaking block on it? =/

In the meantime, if I haven't seen you since I got back from Indonesia, WE HAVE TO HANG OUT BEFORE I LEAVE! I will miss all of you guys SO SO SO MUCH, you don't even know! <3333

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