Thursday, September 6, 2012

i'll be damned if I quit now and that's for sure

+ What's On: Come What May, by The Scene Aesthetic

Been a while, right? I have a tendency to wander off. I used to be better about keeping journals, but that was before Twitter came around. I like Twitter--it's quick, it's mindless, and it's generally easy to tweak and edit 140 characters. Blog posts actually take thought. (the horror!) I figured I should blow a little of the dust off this if only for a couple quasi-significant updates.

The biggest change is I've left San Francisco. I lived there for four years, which was really two years too many. Don't get me wrong; most of San Francisco is nice and, while expensive, it's a good place to live. It's relatively easy to meet people and I had a decent group of people to hang out with. If I'd changed careers or at least tried to move up further at Starbucks to something more financially reliable, I could have settled there. Therein lies the problem: I don't want to settle anywhere yet. If I stayed in San Francisco another year I would never leave, so I worked two jobs and saved up money to move.

I'm in North Carolina now, but I haven't done a lot of socializing or poking around yet. Hard to meet people and go out to do things whilst one is still looking for a job. My sister and I basically picked a city off the map, hoped for the best, and moved. Initial reactions are mixed. For one, the drivers around here are insane and aggressively unsafe. For another, alcohol is expensive! Seriously. How is it cheaper to buy alcohol in California than it is in North Carolina? Ponder that one, people.

There's a job I really want, but it has a pretty extensive application process. I'm almost three months in right now, and there could be at least a month left to go. I'll be less vague if I actually get the job, but for now I avoid thinking about it. In the meantime I'm looking for other work. Wish me luck.

Sunday, January 1, 2012

so hold on tight and don't look back

 + What's On: The Kids From Yesterday, by My Chemical Romance


I have probably mentioned this before, but let's say it again: I have a Kindle.

Six months ago, you wouldn't catch me dead with an eReader. I was one of those people violently opposed to ebooks. I was sure they'd destroy the publishing world, I didn't understand the appeal of reading books on a screen, and I wondered why anyone would give up the feel of a "real" book. Anytime someone mentioned Kindles or Nooks or what-have-yous, I felt this little bit of acid eating away my chest and I wanted to gnaw people's fingers off.

Well, maybe not that dramatic, but you get the picture.

I don't know what changed my mind. For whatever reason, though, I broke down in July and ordered a Kindle. It showed up July 14th. I remember because I was getting ready to head to the theater. Some coworkers and I were going to watch Harry Potter 7 back-to-back, one part before midnight, one part after. I had just enough time to charge it before I left the house.

And you know? It's probably the greatest purchase I've ever made.

Since July 14th I've read 32 novels and 5 short stories, along with a dozen-odd sample chapters, and I have 11 books purchased but as of yet unread. I read four books over Christmas Eve and Christmas. The only reason the number isn't higher than that is because I realized how much money I was spending. I'm going to have to be more careful in 2012, since I left my second job, but I know I'll figure something out.

But anyway, I wanted to share with you some of the best books I read in 2011!