Back home update and POC is SOON!

Since moving back to NJ, I have quickly lost track of a lot of things. My mornings have vanished as I wake up near 11am or noon. My belongings are spread out across two levels of my parents’ house. The flow of income I once had hasn’t yet rebooted. Projects I began are left unfinished. Books I was reading remain bookmarked. The kitchen is foreign and frightening to me. I’m feeling frustration at higher levels than usual.

I’ve been home for about three weeks now and only now am I starting to feel some semblance of familiarity in my own brain. My brain is switching back on and I’m starting to get things back on track. This would be easier, of course, if I had that flow of income back, but that’s neither here nor there.

My story documents are back open. My costume box is out of the car. I’m making a To Do list. I’m plotting devilishly wonderful things with my co-conspirator and I’m seeing my friends relatively regularly. I’m getting more comfortable in the kitchen that isn’t mine and I’m working on reviving the motivation to stay healthy. A recent bout of sickness ought to be enough to set me straight, but you’d be surprised how well my sugar addled brain can trick me.

Best news of all is that Play On Con is just a few short weeks away!! The only disappointment is that I won’t have costumes this year. Big let down for what I was hoping to bring to my cosplay/burlesque page. I definitely underestimated what moving back to NJ would entail so I’m left unprepared. Curses! But other great things are on the horizon for my cosplay/burlesque page! In the mean time, POC 8 IS NIGH!!

As a lifetime member, there will be more POCs to dazzle people with costumes. The boyfriend and I are geared up for some new gaming experiences and to have the vacation we both feel we deserve. Maxin’ (stats) and relaxin’! There will be updates. There will be new friends. There will be gaming. There will be goodness. There may be booze…oh let’s be real, there will be booze. I’m so ready for this!

Alright! I got all my word vomit in the proper disposal unit!

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New Journey; New Blog Efforts

I have some big news! After two years of exploring a foreign land, meeting the locals, and discovering my passions (yes, this worked out kind of like a book), I will be ending my stay in Georgia and returning to New Jersey! I’m coming back loaded with experience and drive. Unfortunately, it took being 800+ miles from home to gain this experience. I’m a woman who needs to learn the hard way. Throwing myself into bachelorette life seemed to be the only way to figure out how to be independent and sort out what makes me happy: reading, writing, cosplay, gaming, primal eating, libertarianism, and being near my friends and family in NJ. Please make note that I didn’t say what makes me financially secure. That’s a whole different can of worms. Also note that I am happy in Georgia. I’m just homesick. My co-workers and new friends are making the decision to leave particularly difficult. Stupid co-workers and friends being all fun and nice and junk. Pfft!

With this move in mind, I need to make the most of my time left. I have sunk myself into cosplay thanks to a friend of mine down here (one of those co-workers making this all hard and whatnot!), and I’ve read a handful of new books to inspire my writing. I’ve decided I’d like to be a libertarian YA fiction author. I mean, freedom IS magical so why not play off of that? My hobbies are pretty introverted and that suits me just fine. It doesn’t mean I can’t or won’t go out with people, but that has its own snag. Because I’ll be leaving one job and not necessary settling swiftly into another, I also need to save money this last month of Georgia adventuring.

Here is my May money saving strategy.
1. Absolutely NO ordering out. Any food I eat is what I buy specifically from the grocery budget or is given to me (gift, free table at work, etc.) Also, this food will at least be gluten free. I’m demanding that of myself to gear up for getting back on primal track.
2. Only necessary electricity is used. If I’m not in that room, the lights are out and electronics are unplugged. If I’m not paying attention to the TV, it’s off. Microwave is ALWAYS unplugged except when in use. If the sun is out, the lights are off.
3. No extraneous travel. If it’s not pre-planned, I can’t spend the gas money on it. Prices are leaping back up just in time for me to need them low! It doesn’t help that my renter’s insurance folks just snatched a big chunk of change from me that was unexpected.
4. If I spend it, or must spend it (bills), write it down! Don’t lose track of what you’ve spent. Especially if you’re a cosplayer, the money can and will get away from you.
5. STICK. TO. YOUR. BUDGET.

With this strategy in place, I’ll hopefully have money for the home stretch to MomoCon and not be in the red while apartment hunting! So much to do, only 29 days in which to do it! It’s my first convention without the family to steer me, and it’s my first time cosplaying in an expected cosplay zone. Personally, between MomoCon and then Edge of the Empire game night as my last night in Georgia, I think I’m going out with a bang!

Thank you for all you’ve let me do, Georgia! See you June 3, New Jersey!

Vacation Log

It’s a good feeling to get your act together. It’s not fun when cravings hit, but it’s fun to beat them! What’s life without some challenge, yeah? Like how you feel when you beat a video game by yourself. I haven’t experienced that in a while. Better bust out my DS again soon. And my brother reminded me of making a food log so I can see my victories and struggles. I used the template from the 21DSD. Funnily enough, the timing for 3 weeks of information covered the week before vacation, the week of vacation, and the week following vacation. It’s good to be honest when vacation is arriving. And damn I was good!

Seriously, the only “bad” days were Labor Day and the very last night before I got back into Atlanta. And Labor Day was planned. Oh man, I’m so glad that day went well. Mine and the boyfriend’s parents met for the first time. @__@ Seriously, all that morning you could’ve cut the tension with a knife. Not that *I* was worried. I was cool as a cucumber in the freezer of an Eskimo in Alaska that fell through the ice of a frozen lake. . .yup. Cool. Soon as my folks arrived, everything was lovely. I mean, other than being blatantly asked by our mothers when we’re getting married. I do love my mama. And his mother is lovely too. But c’mon ladies! Yes, I’m talking to you, mom. You know what you said. . .but it was nice to have you both there while I made whipped cream for the first time.

Our featured recipe comes from Labor Day too! I wanted to bring something because no one should show up as a guest empty handed. Finally decided on fruit with homemade organic whipped cream and organic deviled eggs. My brother and I got the ingredients from Whole Foods, made our own mayo, whipped those bad boys up, and apparently they were the greatest deviled eggs known to man. 🙂 Wasn’t expecting that. And that whipped cream. . .WOW! Never having canned crap again! It was also  really nice to spend time with my friends again. A lovely day and week all around. Apparently I’m not too bad at Pitch & Putt too. The boyfriend sounded like my mom teaching bowling when he was teaching me to golf. That’s probably the best compliment you can ever receive.

The trip up was prepped with ham and cheese slices, cashews, seaweed slices, and leftover gluten free cookies. The trip down was PaleoKrunch. And my first night home was the best meal I’ve had literally in MONTHS thanks to my brother. Glorious steak done in butter/garlic sauce and basil with a side of broccoli. Oh my freaking Grok. Close to being the highlight of vacation. But then there was the boyfriend. He’s pretty special. And discovering Child of Light, the basis for my next cosplay.

I knew coming back to Georgia would be rough although I didn’t anticipate how rough the first week back to work would be. But that’s why I kind of forgive myself for last Wednesday night’s discretions. But if that’s the worst I do–Wendy’s pretzel bun cheeseburger, some small cookies, and popcorn–I’m damn proud of myself. I decided when I got back I would throw myself into my passions. I’m writing and getting inspiration by watching Nika Harper on youtube. If you like to write and don’t know Nika Harper, go get yourself an education. I’m also going to get started on cosplay for POC and maybe even Halloween if I can wing it. The point is, I’m occupying myself with things I really love and the positive mentality is keeping my spirits up and my kitchen clean and my belly happy so as not to distract me from the important things. Things are going quite well. I hope this lasts longer than ever! We’ll ignore the raisins I just shoved down my throat. n__n

Featured Recipe: Deviled Eggs with homemade paleonnaise

These devils NEVER cry. #gamergirl
These devils NEVER cry. #gamergirl #nerd

Holy yum, Batman! This is probably one of the easiest recipes you’ll come across in all your life. Hard/Soft boil your eggs, take the yolk out, mix it with mayo and seasonings, put the yolk back in. Boom. Done. The trick is making them look pretty enough for your “in-laws” to appreciate which is when my mom taught me the spooning technique. Y’know there really should be a better term for addressing your significant other’s parents before y’all are officially in love according to the government. Oh gubment.

Anyway, the hardest part about this was making the mayo. It’s easy to wiz the four or so ingredients together, but there’s a tricky balance. To me, since my brother let me take charge in terms of taste, it started off tasting too oily. We added a dash more vinegar. Then it was too much vinegar. But we made it work once we added it to the egg yolk along with our other seasonings like garlic powder and salt and a hint of pepper. Like I said before, apparently these were the best deviled eggs ever made. They were quite delicious. Go team organic!

On Today’s Menu: October 5, 2013

Well today started off great.

I baked chicken and paired it with roasted potatoes and brussel sprouts for breakfast. That’s a hearty way to start a long day. I had both the matinee and the evening shift for today so I wanted to make sure I wouldn’t snack on cookies or the free junk sitting around the office. Both shifts were pretty slow and easy. I much prefer that to the excitement of things going awry at will call. Matinee got a little backed up because there were a few door sales and it’s a really slow process to purchase tickets. Slow for theatre time anyway. Three minutes is a lot when you have people piling up behind the person.

I had about two hours to kill between shifts so I ate lunch and got Skype with the boyfriend for a hot second. Skype works on my phone! I sat outside on the third floor balcony. It was really hot today! I thought this was October. I mean, I can’t complain about warmer weather when that’s one of the reasons I plan to move down here. It’s just very surprising to feel temperatures in the 80s when it’s the tenth month of the year. Odd. But I also got to try a new cookie for concessions. It was in the name of work. It doesn’t count. 😉 Plus, I literally only had pieces of it. Not even like a whole 1/3 of it. Chocolate with white chocolate pieces. Mmmmmm…

Despite being an industry night, the evening show was even slower than the matinee. And a very small house at that. I wonder how many people stayed for the talk back. I even managed to record all the used tickets before going back upstairs. And no door sales means the bank wasn’t touched. There wasn’t much for me to do so I guess I had time to double check that I did what I had to do correctly. Yay time! Yay not hectic!

I also had some time to talk to Kate before intermission about helping out next week while Kate is on vacation. A well earned vacation. So Wednesday I’ll be running some errands and cleaning a bit. Tuesday I’ll be helping to sort out the loft. Hey. It gets me out of the apartment and I get some extra cash. Oh, and I had a funny conversation with an apprentice about how I don’t have a NJ accent. First time someone from Georgia told me that. I love it.

But who comes along and ruins my entire lovely, productive Saturday? Why, the State of course. I checked the mail and received a notice about an E-ZPASS violation in NJ. Mind you, I NEVER skimp on tolls. I always go extra slow and make sure my pass was read. And if it wasn’t, I make note of it and wait for a letter, which never comes. The only times the screen hasn’t shown that it read was when the screen was broken. But I was definitely going slow enough that it had no choice but to read it. In essence, I NEVER miss tolls. So you can understand my consternation when I receive a violation notice from NJ that I didn’t pay a toll at the Union toll plaza. Practically impossible. I have gone through that toll booth nearly everyday for the last 5 years. I take the same two toll lanes, 7 and 6, because they are E-ZPASS only lanes and they put me in the lane I want to be in when I get through the toll. I only deviate when I’m getting onto I-78 in which case I take lane 2. Also E-ZPASS only.

They claim I went through lane 10 this time.

I cannot imagine why on earth I would be so far left. I never go that far left because I don’t like being all the way left. Left is for the really fast speeders. I’m a middle lane kinda girl. I thought back to that night, September 7 at 2:40am, and wondered where I was coming from and what was I doing. For a second of sheer terror and humiliation at my immediate onset of rage when I saw the letter, I thought that was the night I got back to NJ and went to visit the boyfriend on my first night back. I was drop dead tired that night.

It wasn’t. It was the night after. It was the night I caught up on all the sleep I missed from the previous two days. We had a game night with Casey, Alex, and Dylan. Alex and I finally earned our tag team belts. There wasn’t even drinking involved. So what on Earth would make that night any different from any other time I’ve driven through the Union toll plaza that would encourage NJ to snap a photo of the back of my car (with my wonderful Opt Out of the State bumper sticker)?

Um…could it possibly be my OUT OF STATE PLATES? Christie needs money and pegs the out of state drivers? Little does he know, I’m a NJ girl born and raised by New Yorkers. Son of a bitch. This never happened before I switched my plates. In fact, I think the only reason I got the speeding ticket in Georgia was because the cop saw my NJ plates. Then I switch them and NJ has to take a whack. Really? REALLY? You know what my favorite part is? The toll is $1.50. Administrative fees? $50. Because without the extra money, who’s gonna ignore the breaks in the roads?

I was seriously fuming to the point where I angered myself to sleep. ANGERED myself to sleep. If I didn’t, I might’ve lost a lot of Facebook friends and unfortunately maybe some real friends as well. And maybe would have gotten arrested. Who can say? A text from the boyfriend woke me up to go to actual sleep. Fuming. Seriously fuming. It’s so much more than a stupid fine. It’s the very idea of why I’m being charged to begin with. Why are there tolls? Who did I hurt? Why do strangers in an office in Trenton care? Why do they get my money when I need that money to live? How have they earned my money more than me? How has anyone earned my money more than me? Why are people okay with tolls and taxes and laws that create victimless crimes? And if you want those laws, why do I need to be involved if I don’t? What gives anyone the right to cause me harm if I haven’t harmed anyone else?

Because the government needs that money to keep our stable society of laws and regulations going? Because without a central government, large or small, we would live in constant terror of thieves and murders roaming the streets? And anarchists?! You seriously think that? If you have so little faith in humanity, why do you put these untrustworthy humans into power over you? I deny consent. This is all force. I did not sign any contract or give any verbal consent to follow any laws written by strangers.

I can’t. I just can’t right now. I’m pissed off all over again.

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  • BREAKFAST: Baked chicken, brussel sprouts, roasted sweet potatoes
  • DINNER: Hamburgers, brussle sprouts, roasted peppers
  • SNACK: Brownie cookie fragment, chocolate “chipped” pumpkin muffin