pride_of_erin: (The Voices Aren't Real...)
Changed my layout, since I was thoroughly sick of the old one, and I re-did my user info - purely because I belatedly realised that people who actually know me (or knew me) in RL might find their way here, and I figured I should make it slightly easier to understand for non-fandom people.

Of course, what prompted that change was me randomly cruising around My Space (evil place), looking for people I went to high school with, since none are on LJ. It was done out of sheer boredom, but OMG, I found the guy I obsessively crushed on for 3+ years until his family moved away. Guh - 7 years later and he's still the absolute hottest guy I have ever layed eyes on in real life (we're talking Joe Flanigan-style hot here!). Is it sad that I considered setting up a MySpace account just so I could send him a message? Probably.

Oh, and in other news, my employment circumstances have changed yet again - I couldn't hack it at the new job. I cannot deal with the 2-3 age group, I am so much more comfortable with 3-5s. It's incredible how much of a difference that extra year makes (for one thing, they're more or less toilet-trained). Anyway, the boss sat me down and had 'a talk' with me, in which we mutally decided I wasn't best for the position - she didn't want to fire me, but she did think I should quit because she could tell I was incredibly unhappy. So now I'm doing casual work - basically like being a substitute teacher. The agency calls and asks me to fill in at different places when regular staff are absent. I've worked at 3 different places already, just filling in for a day, and you know what? I'm actually really enjoying it! :D
pride_of_erin: (Attempting To Give A Damn)
Ugh, I feel like complete shit - there's a reason sloth is one of the 7 deadly sins. I've celebrated my new unemployed status by spending most of the past four days sleeping, eating chocolate and watching my new 1st Season SGA DVDs - I feel groggy and disoriented and bloated and my body clock is completely out of whack. Ugh.

Right! Will snap myself out of this by eating some fruit, putting in a hour on the treadmill, and managing to get to bed before 3am.


I will do this.

pride_of_erin: (I'm Writing by Etymological)
First off, Happy Birthday! to [ profile] ralu_1982. Since birthdays are usually a time for introspection, I have just one piece of advice - don't! Get out of your own head and try to enjoy yourself, okay? Much love to you and I hope you have a good day. {{{hugs}}}

Secondly, I had a weird-ass dream, and it is all [ profile] kitestringer's fault
Read more... )

And now to cheer myself up with some TMI memes, ganked from [ profile] thecityofdis:

Ten Ways To Know You're Reading A Fic By Me )

Ten Things I Assume People Know About Me )

Ten Things I Have Done (That You Probably Haven't) )

The problem with LJ is we all think we are so close, but really we know nothing about each other. So I want you to ask me something you think you should know about me. Something that should be obvious, but you have no idea about. Ask away.

Then post this in your LJ and find out what people don't know about you.
pride_of_erin: (Pride)
* Can somebody please tell me what the html for bullet points is? These asterisks look shitty. And I can't find it in FAQs.

* Hey, I changed my layout again. It's completely uninteresting. I gotta find a good pic for my background.

* So yeah, I had no idea that Dean Winters once guest-starred on Sex and the City. Pretty Sister rented the 2nd season, and when he came on screen we both let out a long, high-pitched squealy gasp - "That's Ryan!" And the weird thing is, I've seen that ep before and had no idea it was him. And now I get the inside joke of him mentioning Sex and the City on Oz.

* Man, there are some freaks on LJ - how up yourself do you have to be to fill your user info with a billion pics of yourself striking Paris Hilton slut poses, including a colour bar of yourself? And trust me, she was nowhere near cute enough to be that much of a camera whore.

* I'm hungry and Irritating Sister is dominating the kitchen, so I can't get food. Grrr.

* I read that some guy in Sweden donated sperm to a lesbian couple, and forfeited all his parenting rights to the resulting children, but now that the couple's broken up, he's the one who has to pay child support. That is fucked up and wrong.

* Bloody hell, I am BORED. I actually want Bitchy Sister to come home from work, because at least then I'll have someone to have an interesting conversation with.

* I stumbled upon this 101 Reasons For Having Children site - it's complete crock of shit. Even ignoring the fact that it was written by hyper-breeding psycho fundies, it's still bullshit, and I know this because I have 9 siblings and am therefore a pretty good judge of the results of mass-breeding. For instance: Cut to save your f-list )

I gacked quizzes from askance, ralu_1982, and mckay_daily )
pride_of_erin: (Can't Masturbate by Popqueen23)
Everything always feels rather anti-climactic after Xmas ends - "Oh, that's it? Ah well, 'til next year then." I had a pretty cool Yule. Only got 3 presents seeing as how my parents already bought me a laptop this year, but that's all right - I would have been fine with no presents since I love my 'puter so much, *hugs Maxie* .

Only thing that kind of bugged me was that one of the presents was a bracelet, and I don't wear jewellery. And I already had this discussion with Mum last year - don't buy me jewellery, I don't wear it! I don't mean to sound ungrateful, but for me, it's the thought that counts, and I'd rather get a cheap, thoughtful gift, than a pointessly expensive one. There's nothing worse than opening a present and thinking, "Wow - this person doesn't know me at all". When said person is your mother, it's a double owie.

On the up side, I got a fabulous present from [ profile] blackchaps - part 4 of her Beecher/Stabler series, yay! It gave me something to do during the headache that is my family's Christmas lunch. Whenever it got too much, I'd wander off to a quiet corner, chow down on cold ham and chicken, and read up a storm. And frequently disappearing also neatly got me out of baby-sitting duty for my 16-month-old nephew - "I'm busy, let his cousins look after him!" Don't get me wrong, I love Ryan, but a whinier, moodier kid you will never find.

The weather has been perfect for the past few days - rarely a cloud in the sky, and a thousand stars out at night. The humidity gets a bit much though; I've been wandering around in a wifebeater and boxers, which isn't exactly a pretty sight. Especially since I keep pigging out on mince pies and candy canes - I'm fast approaching 'side of a barn'-sized proportions. Blecch.

Oh, and some of you may remember that idea I had ages ago - the one about an AU Oz fic, with the boys in pre-school? Somebody in the SGA fandom stole my idea (well, not literally) and wrote a McShep Kindergarten fic. Which, BTW, is absolutely adorable and made me melt, but now I can't write mine, 'coz I'll feel like I'm ripping off someone else's work, even though technically I had the idea first.

And I'm just gonna apologise right now to whoever gets my [ profile] oz_magi fics - the muses have clearly abandoned me. I'm a complete hack.
pride_of_erin: (Hardly Breathe by Monanotlisa)
EEEEeeee!!!! Today has been one of the most happy-making days of my life for three reasons:

1. I finally graduated! As of today, I hold a Bachelor of Teaching in Early Childhood. I graduated from the number 1 university in the country, and I am the first person in my family to get a degree. Hell, I was the first person in my family to finish high school. So, I'm feeling pretty damn pleased with myself.

Obligatory cap-and-gown pics of me )

2. I found out I got that job!!! It was my very first interview ever and I got it! (Incidentally, Evil Brother is both jealous and pissed, because he's been for 7 interviews recently and got fuck all - yay!) So anyway, as of January 9, I am a head teacher in a pre-school/long day care centre - I will manage my own classroom, and have minions assistants to do my bidding help me. I never thought I'd get a job right off the bat - I was so excited, I madly phoned everyone to tell them. Boo yah!!! I rock. Oh yeah, baby, I rock so hard right now. *shakes booty in excitement*

3. I received a package from [ profile] maverick4oz. Commence fannish squeeing. SQUEEEEEEEE!!!!!! Oh my God, Mav, you are the best, thank you, thank you, thank you!!! I am now in possession of SGA Season 2 eps, when Season 2 doesn't air here until next year (yay!!), as well as 'Thought Crimes' and 'Traders' (OMG, I finally get to see the 'love gulps'!) and some other things I haven't had a chance to look at yet because of my busy day. I also got SGA trading cards and Mav-made magnets and key-chains (which I am so impressed and in love with), and a gay smut address book which cracks me up. Hugs and smooches to you Mav - you totally made Christmas come early for me, and it's definitely the best present I'll get. You are wonderful - from the bottom of my heart, THANK YOU!!!!! :-D

And all this in just one day! I love my life.

ETA: Fixed the pic screw up, you should be able to see them now.
pride_of_erin: (Ho Down by Doctorevel)
Hello thar my lovelies - I have returned from my sojourn in Self Pity Land. I don't reccommend it, the food's terrible. *g*

Anyhoo, I apologise for my last post - I shouldn't be dumping my crap on you guys, just because I had shiteful day. But I am immensely grateful for all the kindness people gave me - you have no idea how much it helped, so thank you. Cuddles and kisses to you all.

I'm feeling much better - more in control again. I just keep saying to myself, "My fucking life, goddammit, and I shall do whatever I bloody well want with it - criticisms and guilt-tripping be damned."

Now back to the fun stuff in life - since when do unpaid accounts get 100 icon spaces, and why was I not informed?! I rarely go to my manage userpics page, 'cause, yeah, three spaces - what's the bloody point?, but I went to temporarily delete a couple of pics and replace them with Christmas ones, when lo and behold it says Currently uploaded: 3 out of 100. I am like, "Bzuh? ...the fuck?" So I try loading a 4th pic and it works! Cue Erin having a aneurysm from the excitement of finally being able to use all the pretty and funny icons out there ([ profile] rojimouse, my little Photo Shop goddess! I am gonna suck you dry! *g*). Extra iconage is verrah, verrah happy-making - I just hope it's not a fluke result of the icon troubles that have been plaguing LJ recently, so they end up being taken away from me. That would be most uncool.

EDIT: Oh my God, I'm clearly an idiot - I just checked my user info, and apparently I now have six months of a paid account. Which accounts for the extra iconage. Which means some glorious angel has given me this wonderful, wonderful gift and I had no freakin' idea - thank you, mysterious benefactor! THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!!!

Look at my cute Christmas icon, made by the wonderfully talented and genrous [ profile] doctorevel! Inspired by the "Gonna have a ho down", "Who you callin' a ho?" exchange between Lee and Dean on Oz S4 DVD commentary. I <3 it muchly.

And what better way to get back into the LJ spirit than with the '50 things' meme gacked from evelina69 )
pride_of_erin: (Pits by Rojimouse)
I know that getting into teaching means I'm going to have to deal with idiotic parents, but stories like the following just take the bloody cake:

(Copied from [ profile] new_religion's comment in [ profile] customers_suck)
I was criticized for teaching German Mythology involving 'Goblins' or Gnomes that come out at night and help craftsman with their labor while they are asleep, and the legend of Siegfried which involves Dragons, Magic and Sword and Sorcery type stuff. They are both well-known German legends that every schoolchild in Germany would have heard about, but Chrstian parents got together and complained to the Superintendent that I was teaching about 'witchcraft' and 'evil'. Also, they objected to my MYspace account, which unfortuntately my students foudn out about, which contained pics of me in an Adam Ant pirate costume, and had references to me being a Wiccan and a george-Bush hater.

I was unfortunately asked to resign

I mean seriously, what the ever-loving, ass-bleeding fuck? Then of course, there was the teacher who had a parent make an official complaint to the school board, because said parent saw him drinking in a bar on a Saturday night. OMG!!! He was doing something perfectly legal, on his own time, without a single child present! That's so wrong! Teachers aren't human beings with lives of their own - they live at the school and think Godly, child-friendly thoughts all the time!!!111!!!

Sheesh, let's hope none of my future students' parents find out about my fannish tendencies or any other 'unsavoury' qualities. I'm sure I'm going to end up hearing all of the following at least once during my career:

"She writes porn! Obviously, being such a morally bankrupt character, she will talk about it at work and our pweshush chyyyldrun will find out about dirty things, like OMG - sex!"

"She supports them queers! ZOMG, we can't let her teach or our baaaaybeees will catch teh ghey!! Oh noes!!!111!ONE!!!"

"She's takes anti-depressants! How could they let a PSYCHOPATH teach our kids! She'll probably hit them!!!"

"She has a very mild case of Asperger's Syndrome!" *Once they find out what that is* "WTF?! If she's so socially retarded, why's she's working with children! They won't learn to socialise properly and end up with no friends! Think of the children, won't somebody please think of the children!!!!"

"She's a WITCH!!!!! Clearly, she will teach our baybees to worship Satan - BURN HER!!!!" (I could try explaining that I'm actually a Christian witch, but such an impossible and blasphemous concept would no doubt make their tiny heads explode).

Yes. By the standards of the average right-wing conservative, I'm an an incredibly nefarious character - I mean, would you let such a dangerous individual near your children? \m/ *Hisssssss!* \m/

Ugh, the stupid - it burns!


Nov. 4th, 2005 05:09 pm
pride_of_erin: (Default)
Some of you may remember me complaining about getting a totally unfair fine in this post - well, after some nicely-worded complaining, I received a letter today basically saying I was right and therefore they shall refund my $200 - Woohoo!!!

*dances the unashamed happy dance of the very, very poor*


Oct. 31st, 2005 07:25 pm
pride_of_erin: (Woobie by Rojimouse)
...the fuck? Why are there kids in horribly homemade, last-minute looking costumes wandering down my street? Last time I checked we didn't celebrate Halloween in this country - when the fuck did this start? They weren't here last year. We've got brats triple-ringing our doorbell and demanding lollies - um, we don't have any? In case you hadn't noticed, you're not living in America? Go the fuck home? I don't give a shit if it's 7:30 and still light out - it's also overcast and rainy - go. The fuck. Home.

*Sigh*. But since it is Halloween or Samhain (well actually, for me it's Beltane - I live in Opposites Land! Wooh!) I figured I'd do some Halloweeny memes. (And of course, by 'Opposites Land' I'm talking about the weather - you know how hot snow falls up here? *g*).

Happy Halloween )


Oct. 22nd, 2005 01:18 pm
pride_of_erin: (Default)
Oh my God, check out my cool new bi-fandom default icon, made the extremely talented [ profile] rojimouse - sweet freepin' jebus, how I loves it! And now all of my icons are Roji-made. Roji, you're the bestest Internet buddy a girl could ever have - mwah! {{{huggles}}}

Ooh, speaking of icons - remember the 'gay puppet' conversation on Oz? When I saw that, I immediately thought, 'Oh come on - Bert and Ernie, anybody? Two guys in tight turtleneck sweaters who share an apartment in New York and have a bottle cap collection?' So when I stumbled across this icon in a comm, I nearly wet myself with highly amused joy (I have no idea who made it, but it cracks me up).
pride_of_erin: (Default)
Okay, time to discuss smut in order to get my mind off the fact that I spent a half hour this afternoon cleaning shit off a three-year-old child who'd some how managed to smear it over virtually his entire body - ah, the joys of Early Childhood teaching. Why did I want this job again?

Anyhoo, on to the smut - recently, I've been pondering the very important and philosophical topic of topping. Namely, who should be doing the topping. Now this has become a question for me, in light of all the SGA fic I've read in recent months. Oz was my first ever fandom, and when it comes to smut in Oz fic, I really don't have a preference either way - Chris topping, Toby topping, it's all good. Of course I've always liked the smut scenes where the boys switch off and each have a turn the best, but either way is just fine with me. So I assumed that I would be like that with any fandom slash pairing I got obsessed with. But SGA has proved I'm not.

When it comes to SGA fic, I am a Rodney-on-top girl all the way. I have no idea why this is. Perhaps because the very first one I ever read had Rodney topping, but I don't think so. It's really quite strange, and very annoying because I can't figure out why I feel this way. Don't get me wrong - I enjoy John-on-top fics just fine, but there's always a moment when a voice in my head says, 'Oh damn, why couldn't they have put Rodney on top?' before I get too immersed in the *guh* to care.

So now I'm curious - what 'topping' do my Oz and SGA peeps prefer on their B/K and/or McShep 'desserts'? Please leave me a comment so I can satisfy my curiosity.
pride_of_erin: (Default)
It's kinda sad how I got a little thrill out of seeing my name in the SGA newsletter.

It's also kinda sad that I've spent 3 hours collecting art materials and creating collage supplies for my lessons next week, including digging through our huge recycling bin with a pair of tongs for old magazines that my mother foolishly threw out. The idea of 'Yay, I'm a teacher!' is still very novel - I have a feeling it will wear off pretty damn quick.

You find the wackiest memes when poking around LJ. Gacked from [ profile] xx_kitty_kat_xx.
Google "[Your name] needs" in quotation marks. Copy the first ten results.

Sometimes "Erin needs" was in the middle of a sentence and didn't make sense, so I did the first 10 where "Erin needs" was the beginning of the sentence.

1. Erin needs to wear shirts - You mean I can't go around half-nekkid all the time?

2. Erin needs our matter of fact acknowledgement that her beloved is dying - Lee Tergesen's dying?!! *snerk*.

3. Erin needs what most white girls crave - a cock that measures in the double digits. - Boo yah!!! (This one cracked my shit UP!).

4. Erin needs platelets on a regular basis to thicken her blood. - Don't most people?

5. Erin needs that nurturing, too, since she has gone so long without it. - Yes. Nurture me. I need some lovin'. (See #3).

6. Erin needs someone who cares that she is alive. Hey! Plenty of people care! Right, guys? …Right? *crickets chirping*

7. Erin Needs To Be Naked Too!!!!!!! Who Thinks That Erin Should Be Naked As Well? - Me!!! *LMAO*.

8. Erin needs to concentrate on her surf lines and one Phil Collins is enough. - Um. Okay then.

9. Erin needs to understand that people don't like to see a pretty white girl with rap talent that would run circles around sir mix a lot succeed in today's ... - "Can't none a y'all mirror me back, when ya hear me rap…"

10. Erin needs a boyfriend, APPLY HERE. - So fucking true.*headdesk*


Oct. 7th, 2005 06:34 pm
pride_of_erin: (Pits by Rojimouse)
Most of the time I like being Australian, but when it means missing out on shows currently being screened in America, I really hate it. And when it means missing Lee in L&O, while everyone else is squeeing madly, then I really, really fucking hate it. *Pouts*. I hate being left out of the fun - makes me feel like the little kid who always gets picked last in school. Wait, I was that kid - double trauma, waaaaah!

*Waiting impatiently for Diane to get back and post lovely screen caps*

On the up side of my life I have finished uni - my last class was yesterday. Now I just have to get through my 5 week teaching practicum, then graduation, and then I am on my own in the workforce to get myself a teaching job. Huzzah! Am finally going to be a proper grown-up.
pride_of_erin: (Default)
Hmm, I just started reading this thing called a 'book' - it has pages and a cover, and you don't read it off a monitor screen, and apparently the author actually got paid to write it. Yeah, completely bizarre and foreign concept to me too. So anyway this 'book' is called Pride and Promiscuity: The Lost Sex Scenes of Jane Austen by Arielle Eckstut, and it's funny as hell. Contains such scenes as Jane Bennet getting frisky with the Bingley sisters, and Charlotte and Mr Collins indulging in a little S&M - poor Jane Austen is probably rolling in her grave.

My favourite of course is the 'lost scene' from Emma, where Frank Churchill attempts to seduce Mr Knightly - "How very fine is your posture, sir! How rigid and erect!" *Snerk*. I love dirty puns, and of course, being written in the style of Jane Austen, this book's full of them: "I have never played billiards," he said, "I have never learnt how, and have been often at a disadvantage as a result. Sir, would you be so kind as to show me how to manipulate this wonderfully long and admirably smooth weapon?" This one also cracked me up: "It's hard to imagine how I long for you. Would you like to know the exact dimensions of my longing?" Bwahahaha!

But what gets me is that this book is essentially fanfic - someone filling in the missing pieces of another's work. Yet she somehow managed to get paid for her efforts - jeez, where do I sign up for that deal?!

And now a TMI meme gacked from Maddie )
pride_of_erin: (Wanted)
I had my first brush with the law today - if you can call a transit officer on a power trip 'the law'. Apparently, being reckless enough to buy a student concession train ticket without having your student card on your person is a most heinous crime worthy of a $200 fine. 200 bucks I so totally don't have, I might add - especially since I won't be getting paid for the next two weeks. This sucks. And it's such a complete joke - the regular ticket price is $5.40. A student concession is $4.40. I'm being punished to the tune of $200 dollars when I'm already up to my ass in debt, because I forgot to bring a piece of plastic that says I'm entitled to A WHOLE DOLLAR off. Sheesh, it's not like I didn't buy a ticket at all. Assholes. I'm totally contesting the fine, although I have no idea how much good it'll do.

And I was having such a good day up until then - [ profile] bundy1988 and I went shopping and I got new shirts, and then we went to see the Dukes of Hazzard, which was actually far better than I was expecting it to be - very funny. Mind you, I have no basis for comparison since I've never seen the original TV show.

Okay, time to cheer myself up with a meme gacked from everybody.

LJ Interests Meme )
pride_of_erin: (Wanted)
I'm in the computer labs at uni, waiting for my next tutorial to start and bored as hell. So I shall do a meme gacked from various people.

20 things you may not know about me )


Sep. 14th, 2005 07:48 pm
pride_of_erin: (Default)
I just watched 'Napoleon Dynamite' - fucking hilarious movie containing the worst pick up line ever:

"So, I see you're drinking one percent milk. Is that 'cause you think you're fat?" Pause. "'Cause you're not. You could totally drink full percent. If you want."

Um, yeah - LMAO!


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