osaraba: (portal <3 wcc)
Last week we brought home our first foster cat, Zoe! A super chill, sweet and affectionate 10-year old with an ear issue who has surgery scheduled for this Wednesday. We're bringing her back to the ASPCA today so she can be prepped for her surgery, but we're hoping to take her back home with us afterwards, for another two weeks.

What a sweet kitty! <3

We looked into cat fostering via the ASPCA for a variety of reasons: as sort of a test run to gauge the extent of Rich's allergies... and his willingness to take Claritin every day. And maybe eventually to see if we might come across a kitten or cat that he's less allergic to, and keep it. That would really be ideal since I'm dying to have a cat again. It's insanely sweet that he's willing to try this out, and of course I'm grateful. I want this to work, but in the end Rich's health is top priority.

Does anyone have any experience with shots to reduce pet allergies? Just wondering how expensive/intensive they are?
osaraba: (tng cowgirls from space)
So I guess if you haven't seen from over on facebook... Rich and I are now engaged!

Hah. It's a weird feeling because I'm actually not a fan of marriage in general -- in particular, the social expectations and stupid preconceived notions that go hand-in-hand with being "of marriageable age". (Though obviously on a personal/individual level, I completely understand the desire to announce one's love and commitment to your partner before your community.) This is something we've talked about at length... even before we started dating.

But since people tend to ask about "The Proposal"... there really wasn't one. For which I'm super thankful as I'm clearly not a fan of stereotypical rites/traditions. I'm mostly telling people that he joked about the idea until I got so used to it that I finally asked him when we were going to actually do the deed. Mostly that's true! But I do tend to leave out the pragmatism which underlies the motivation to marry: namely, various legal benefits wrt kids and healthcare.

Still, I'm very happy about it, despite my conflicting feelings on the institution of marriage. I'm also REALLY looking forward to the party! If you know me at all, you know I love a good party!
osaraba: (dS rayk clapping)
And I survived! It wasn't actually bad at all, though I highly recommend you have lots of stuff planned to distract you on your cleanse days. For me, Friday and Sunday were easy as pie, because I had stuff to do; I barely noticed the fact that I was drinking juice and not eating.

Saturday, however, was kind of awful because I had nothing to do. What I really wanted to do was go and be outside and hang out with friends, but you know what I do when I go out and hang? Eat. And drink. If I'm at home, I tend to snack. So being "stuck" at home most of the day on Saturday was not the smartest idea I've ever had. Rich was fiiiiine on Saturday; he had FFXIV to keep him occupied pretty much all day long. Eventually I kicked myself out of my funk by doing a short workout which really re-energized me and perked me right up.

I was never hungry and never felt physically tired or lacking in energy. Saturday was emotionally a bit rough, but it's hard to tell exactly how much that had to do with the cleanse. I did think about crunchy snacks a lot (a LOT), but I was never genuinely tempted to break the cleanse. And I talked about food all. the. time. But, you know, I love food and I love talking about it, so it wasn't a huge departure from the usual.

For the next week I'm doing a post-cleanse diet (same as the pre-cleanse diet) which transitions into/out of the juice-only cleanse. This means no chicken or beef, no grains (pasta/rice/bread), no dairy, no fried foods. I'm going to try to put it off for as long as possible, but my first order of fries has got to be a good one! (...maybe I should make a special trip to Pommes Frites in the East Village.)

If you're into Magic: the Gathering, Rich does a weekly column ("What We Learned") over on Hipsters of the Coast. This week he blogged about the juice cleanse and how taking care of your body makes for a better Magic playing experience.
osaraba: (dS rayk working)
It's been a LONG--- holy shit, it's been a year! Since I last updated.

My life's completely different from when I was in LA, and pretty different even from a year ago, having been back for only about a month at the time. I've now been working at the NY headquarters for almost a year, as a data auditor for compliance purposes, and it's definitely not what I'd imagined. It's also not anywhere near as interesting as the research I'd been doing for them in LA, so that's a whole can of worms that I'm not really ready to open just yet.

I've also been living with Rich for a year now, and that's been pretty great. Not having lived with a partner before, I had no idea what it could or would be like, and so I've discovered that sometimes it's wonderful and other times it's frustrating and challenging. It's been great, though.

OMG-- I wish I'd been more consistent in updating LJ over the past year, so that I could have chronicled what it's been like living in this Bushwick apartment. It's been one thing after another and I'm SO fed up with being here. First the fridge kept breaking and it took months to get the landlord to finally replace it with a new one instead of trying to repair it (and half the time it was actually Rich repairing it)! Then we had toilet tank problems, hot water issues, frozen/burst pipes, and most recently no heat! It's been a crazy winter, I know, but the landlord must wait til everything's on the verge of broken (or IS broken) before fixing it. I've absolutely had it up to here with it! Luckily we're now in a month-to-month situation, so I've been looking for another place when possible. At this point we're looking for a place to ourselves, so it's much more difficult to find an affordable place in some of the neighborhoods we'd prefer for social and daily-commute reasons.

For a few months we had an awesome roommate, Daniel, who's 23 and SO MUCH FUN. We all got along really well and I totally count myself lucky to have him as a friend! We still get together every so often for drinks or brunch, etc. Our current roomie, while very nice and reliable with the rent... well, he just isn't a guy I can relate much to. On top of that, his schedule is completely random (not the typical 9-5 office job), so it doesn't offer many opportunities for us to bond over anything. He let us know recently that he'd been thinking of moving come September, but since his girlfriend's roommate might be moving out in June, that will likely change.

To be honest, I'm pretty glad about that. If Rich and I can find a place of our own for June, that would be ideal.

Hopefully I'll be back on here a bit more consistently; I miss having my LJ community to come home to! <3
osaraba: (hcl bj stares)
Ahaha, so I've been back in NYC for almost three weeks now. It has felt simultaneously much shorter and much longer than that. I've been mostly helping out my mom with my father who's been sick (in and out of the hospital for the last 6 weeks). He's home now and doing a lot better but there are still moments where his stubbornness overrides what little good sense he has and it basically creates a lot of problems for all the rest of us. =/

My first week back I interviewed at the headquarters of the company I was working for in LA. It wasn't an interview for a specific job at first, but the head of Research was looking to create an Audit & Compliance department and because of the apparently glowing recommendations from my boss and the head broker in LA, I'm going to be doing that for them come April 8th.

This is going to be a step up in responsibilities, though -- it's much more of a career-type job than just a work-to-make-money type job. So I'm kind of scared and nervous about it because I'm somewhat of a slacker even though I try not to be. But I'm going to be hired as a consultant for the first few months, which will give us all a chance to see how this works out, on both sides.

So that does sort of throw my Philly plans up in the air for now -- if the job doesn't work out then I can still go to Philly but if it does actually work out... well, it may turn out to be worth staying in NYC for anyway. I definitely have mixed feelings because I really wasn't ready to be back in NYC quite yet. But there's also living with Rich which has been pretty awesome so far. <3

When did my life get so complicated?

I miss LA though.

PAX East in Boston is only 5 days away now. I'm pretty excited to be going to a con with so many friends again. It's been a while. There are a few panels I wouldn't mind attending but you know me, what I'm really looking forward to is the drinking/partying! =DDD It's kind of ridic that Muskrat Jamboree (which I'm not going to, sadly) is going to be like a mile away. I'm going to try to drop by and say hi to people if possible.
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!


osaraba: (sara skydiving)
Some things of note, though:

It's been almost a whole year now since I moved to LA! I can hardly believe it. It feels simultaneously longer and shorter. I've made some new friends! No one super close but it's been great nonetheless.

In September I FINALLY found a job! I'm now a research assistant at a commercial mortgage brokerage. My favorite coworker, Olga, is also a big hockey fan, so how could it possibly get better? Well, I could really be making a bit more-- that's something that I'll have to face soon. I wouldn't mind staying at this job for a considerable time but I'm barely making ends meet right now so something's gotta change.

Anyway, because I got a job, I finally switched my car title, registration, and license over to CA, which made me feel like a super-amazing adult (for like a week or two). (Previously the car was still titled to my parents, so.)

Back at the end of July, we adopted two adorable kitties from a shelter and they have been the sweetest (and the most annoying), but they've been a constant of awesome in my life.

Dublin is the dark tabby; Pekoe is the calico.

Unfortunately, Pekoe was just diagnosed with FIP, a disease that presents in cats under two (Pekoe will be 9 months at the end of January) and is terminal in pretty much all cases. She's hanging in there but she hasn't got much longer. I'm so glad to have had her but I'm so sad I don't have more time with her. She's just the sweetest kitten. <3 It's all extremely bittersweet.

In other happy news, though, NHL LOCKOUT IS OFFICIALLY OVER! It's been sad and boring without hockey. I miss the Rangers so much. I went to a charity game here in LA, which was fun, and then to the (more serious) charity game in Atlantic City when I went back to NYC around Thanksgiving, and then to an ECHL game in Ontario, CA (60 miles away from LA). But it's just not the same. I MISS MY BOYS! These last few weeks I'd even started to watch football! (I'm currently watching the Denver Baltimore game as I type! Ahhhh it's been so intense!)

BTW, it's also been a little over a year since Rich & I started dating and ahaha, it's still going well, considering it's a pretty long-distance thing. I'm really happy about it. =D

Anyway, I don't do New Year's Resolutions, but if I did, this year's resolution would be to get back into posting and reading on LJ! So I hope to be around a lot more than I have been!

Soooooo, let me know what's going on with you guys! Or ask me questions about moving to and living in LA, or whatever else you're curious about! At the very least, go check out the SEX IS NOT THE ENEMY FICATHON! (It's a 500-word minimum, so you KNOW you have time to contribute!) Sign-ups are still open, and prompts will be assigned on Wednesday!

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