TOTAL WORD COUNT: 8958
Okay this was not my fault today. Today's word count was all this morning as I have been away from my computer for the past nine hours, attending a baby shower, running errands. shoveling a driveway (again), and grocery shopping. So, tomorrow should be better as I have nothing planned (for now).
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 7775
Welp, now I've thoroughly upset myself. I watched The Hunger Games with Mneme. The book distressed me, so I should have known the movie would do the same. Also, bad news on the word count front. However, I am not going to let two bad days get me down. I shall press forward even if I remain constantly behind where my total should be.
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 7650
No writing earlier today because I learned yesterday right before work that I had to create 18 lesson plans for 9 weeks, 9 cooking classes (2 hours each) and 9 days of academic games (1 hour each). So there's that.
Now, I'm sitting here, watching as Romney's electoral votes climb, and I feel physically sick, and I want to cry. I agree with almost nothing that he has said, parts of the new Republican party platform disgust me, and I think Ryan is an incompetent moron.
My ultimate life goal has just turned into something that needs to happen in the next few years. I am moving to Amsterdam.
I can't watch this. Mythbusters marathon here I come.
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 4346
Slowly but surely inching my way towards where I am supposed to be. I've found that I work best with sound in the background, so today I pulled up Pandora Radio on the internet and listened to the Glenn Miller station all day. I adore all of his bluesy - jazzy stuff.
Also, nerd alert. My phone now makes the TARDIS vworp vworp sound effect when I get a text message. And I grin like a loon every time it does it. XD
TODAY'S WORD COUNT: 1937
TOTAL WORD COUNT: 2272
So I didn't completely make up my epic fail of yesterday, but I will be inching closer to back on track.
The biggest thing was keeping myself motivated since I was so disheartened by yesterday's fail, so I used leftover Halloween candy. Every two hundred words, I ate a piece. And since I hit 1500 by early afternoon, I allowed myself a brief break, drove to the library, and got a new movie I've never seen before.
Incidentally, if anyone has seen The Young Victoria and wanted to let me know how it was, I would love to hear.
First, the kids had a pumpkin decorating contest. The finished pumpkins were named Taco, Sally, and Eduardo. (Eduardo won).
Then, they all had a mummy wrapping competition where each team wrapped up one of their members in rolls and rolls of toilet paper. Two of the mummies were kinda straggly looking, but the last was, by far, the neatest and tidiest little mummy I've ever seen. XD
After that, was the costume contest. The winner was the person who made the rest of the kids scream the loudest. Not fantastic news for my headache. But the finalists were Batman, Rose Tyler (complete with an itty bitty sonic screwdriver XD), and Susan Death from Discworld. I had a really, really, REALLY difficult time deciding which costume to vote for. (Rose Tyler won).
Last, the kids watched an episode of something called "Soul Eater". Don't ask me. I have no idea.
And then I spent twenty minutes teaching all the kids different card games. All in all, fun times were had.
This weekend has been crazy as shit. And in the best possible way.
On Friday, my coworkers and I all attended a conference for after school program in our state. The workshops were all about things we can do to help the kids we're working with, identifying abuse, helping kids deal with unhealthy relationships, trying to encourage the kids into something more than crime or drugs or that kind of thing. And I was fascinated. There was so much for me to learn, and the workshop on encouraging kids of all ages to read more only solidified my desire to eventually become a librarian. I love books, and seeing how books can be used to help kids made me very happy.
Saturday, I drove with my family to Cedar City which hosts a Shakespearean Festival twice a year. Mostly, the festival is plays and a lot of the ones performed are Shakespeare's. However, their fall season usually has other things in addition to a play by the Bard. So I saw 'Les Miserables' in the afternoon, then had dinner at the Pastry Pub (which is a-MA-zing), and then saw 'Stones in His Pockets' in the evening. And I thoroughly loved all of it. I try to go every year because it's always so fantastic.
Today was pretty much spent driving home, and now I'm curled up in my chair getting ready to catch up on all the lovely fics that have been updated!
Finally, finally I got a job, (another temp) as an after school youth leader at one of the local middle schools. I started today. Of course, I was actually half-way hired over two weeks ago, but it took the supervisor two weeks to actually hire me and then get me in to do all my paperwork and take the picture for my ID. And I didn't really get a job description until today. Actually, I still don't have a complete job description, but was just thrown into the deep end.
Grrrr! Anyway, apparently on Mondays I help supervise the pottery class for these kids that stay after school. I made myself a tiny pencil, because it was really boring for two and a half hours. Tomorrow we're going bowling. o_O
No real changes, I suppose. I've been applying for jobs right and left, trying to gain some form of employment since my last one was a temp position that finished in April. I have managed a little bit of content writing for a couple computer programs coming out, but other than that, there's nothing on the job horizon yet.
Melete has moved in with her boyfriend of nine months. I'm happy for her. I really am. I just, *sighs* I wish that she knew what she wants out of life besides a boyfriend. She has never been without a boyfriend. And it frustrates me a little that she seems to be incapable of finding her own identity outside of a guy. But oh well. She's happy, and at the moment that's all that really matters.
Mneme and I spent the day watching movies and making Nutella cookies and me listening to her complaining about her job. She's pretty much working as a grunt in a clothing store, and while I feel bad for her, I'm a little relieved that my money straits are not yet so dire that I am desperate enough for a job to go into retail.
Oh well. Life could be worse I suppose.