pride_of_erin: (Oz/SGA - B/K McShep by Rojimouse)
Hey guys! I know I haven’t been around much lately – to be honest, I’ve kind of reached the point where just turning on the computer seems like a huge effort I can’t be bothered with. Which would make sense if I was depressed – but I’m not! Far from it actually; I’ve been doing great lately – therapy has actually helped me a lot for once, and I’m looking forward to rejoining the ranks of the employed in the near future.

I’m not going back to teaching – I’ve finally made peace with the fact that it’s just not the career for me, and that there’s far worse things in life than not using the degree I spent three years getting. I’m ready to count it as ‘life experience’ rather than ‘a waste of time’ and just let it go. Seriously, my outlook on life right now is so freaking healthy it’s slightly scary. Where’d the bitter, cynical, woe-is-me Erin go? Beats me, but I don’t miss her.

Anyhoo – I’ve been meaning to link to my Oz Magi story on my journal, so here it is: Addiction, which I wrote for [ profile] lisacali (and I’m glad it did turn out to be her – maybe I’m just being mean, but I really didn’t want to write a fic for someone I don’t even know; and there were so many people I’ve never heard of who made Magi requests this time around). Anyway, I was actually quite pleased with how my fic turned out this year. It wasn’t until afterwards that I realised it bears a more-than-passing resemblance to a scene from Dargie’s ‘Rough Trade’ AU, but… meh *shrugs shoulders*. I’m still happy with it.

80s Meme and Google Meme )
pride_of_erin: (Xmas - Santa Pussy by Gypsylover)
...because I got tagginated by [ profile] colleendetroit

List ten things that have recently made you happy, then tag ten people to do the same.

In no particular order:

* For the first time in my life I actually managed to get a strike while bowling, and not only that, I also bowled two strikes in that same game! (*iz a terrible bowler*)

*Awesome presents from [ profile] fanfromfla

*My puddy tat, Rodney, aka Rodney the Wonder Cat, Wodney, Rodneykins, Roddles, the Rodster, the Rod-dog, Pretty Kitty, Silly Boy… think I’ll stop there.

*The new season of Stargate: Atlantis!

*Introducing my 3-year-old nephew to the inane joys of arcade games (esp. air hockey) and collecting tickets for crappy, cheap prizes (which, for some reason, I love more than regular toys).

*My awesome parents.

*Youngest Brother, who, after retreating into a stage I call ‘the Terrible Teens’, has lately been making an effort to act like a human being again and has been particularly lovely to me.

*My shitty, one-horse hick town got a discount store – yay for a place where I can buy practically anything at cheap prices, and no longer having to beg a lift to a suburb 20 minutes drive away when I need to buy random shit.

*Max Power, aka Maxie, aka my laptop – source of my daily fandom-related joy.

*CHRISTMAS PREPARATIONS!!! (As far as I’m concerned, Christmas starts in mid-September, straight after my birthday).

I tag [ profile] chris_baby! You're it!

Random Quizzes )
pride_of_erin: (If Only Life Was this Simple)
First, the interview meme, with questions from blackchaps )

Update on me:
I’ll try to do this in the least whiny, least attention-whorish way possible, because sometimes I feel like that’s all I do here.

Anyway, my mental health took a turn for the worst, which means I am now unemployed and on benefits because I’ve been declared unfit for work (I believe the exact wording was “too unpredictable and unstable, with the bouts of unprovoked aggression, and entirely irrational reactions and behaviour”). I’ve been put on a new anti-depressant (long and arduous process), and I’ve been set up with a new psychologist after being out of therapy for three years, as well as a psychiatrist to evaluate my Asperger’s, and its relation to my depression, because the situation is probably worse than I was originally diagnosed with. I’ll probably have to be put in cognitive behavioural therapy, and I might have to be medicated in regards to the Asperger’s.

The sucky thing about all this is that I have zero money, so I have to do every thing through the public health system, and rely on my GP to get things moving, so I can get treated for free. It’s still going to take weeks to even get appointments with these people though. So meanwhile, I’m kind of just languishing and waiting around. *sigh*. Mental illness fucking sucks.

Meanwhile, on the outside of my head:

St Patrick’s Day celebration preparations are in full swing at our house – the entirety of my very large and very insane family has been invited to our Annual (except the years when mother can’t be bothered) Paddy’s Day Piss-Up. Basically an excuse to get drunk and eat Irish fare. Mum is cooking soda bread, potato soup and potato scones; we’re all stocked up on stout and pan pipe music; and she’s already threatened everybody with disownment if they don’t wear green.

The really insane thing is that we’re not even Irish.
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Basically, you leave me a comment saying "Interview Me!" or something similar and I'll reply back with five questions. You then take those questions and post them and the answers on your journal and let people then comment t you, etc, etc, etc.

I got questions from [ profile] jackiesjunkie

1. Would you rather spend a month with no privacy or a month without human contact?

Absolutely no contest – a month with no contact. I’m an intensely private person, and the thought of living without privacy… *shudder*. And I grow tired of human company very easily, so a month without it would be no problem for me.

2. Who was your childhood hero?

Hmm, I don’t think I ever really had heroes. I adored the movie ‘Annie’ when I was little – used to watch it 2 or 3 times a day – so, I guess she would have been kind of a hero for me. She was tough and smart, and she got to go live in a mansion with an unbelievably rich father who loved her enough to do things like buy out entire movie shows for her – what kid wouldn’t want that?

3. What is your current favorite song?

‘You and You Hand’ by P!nk. It just gets me so pumped up whenever I hear it – great for dancing to.

4. Where is one place you would love to vacation?

New York City! I’ve wanted to go there ever since I was little kid – it’s featured in most of my favourite movies, TV shows and books, and it’s the best city in the world :o)

5. Do you prefer cold weather or hot weather?

Hot! I’m a thin-blooded Aussie – I could never survive in a cold climate. Plus, I hate rain. And snow. (Went skiing once and loathed it).
pride_of_erin: (I Poke Kitties)
A meme! I got tagged by [ profile] fanfromfla, so here we go:

The instructions: List your ten favorite songs at the moment, in order of preference. Then use your favorite line from one of those ten songs as your subject line. In your list, place an asterisk next to the song the line came from.

“You And Your Hand” – Pink

“Chasing Cars” – Snow Patrol

“Keep Your Heart Broken” – The Rasmus

“Jolene” – The White Stripes

“Come Down” – Bush

“Ten Days” – Missy Higgins

“The Reason” – Hoobastank

“Poison” – Alice Cooper*

“At Last” – Etta James

“Baby, It’s Cold Outside” – Tom Jones and Cerys from Catatonia

*blinks at list*. Um, wow – I have a really eclectic taste in music.


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