zubeneschamali: (mdw)
The new year is 5 days old and I've already had one fangirl meetup: [livejournal.com profile] beadslut for a lovely brunch in St. Paul. The company as well as the biscuits and gravy were awesome; the subzero temps were not so awesome. Can't wait till tomorrow, when it's forecast to be colder here than it is on Mars. (No, I'm not kidding.)

For the first week of my post-every-week-all-year meme (which still needs a lot more blanks filled in--lurkers are particularly welcome!), [livejournal.com profile] wendy asked to see those pics of Scotland I teased about but never showed you. Not wanting to be accused of being a tease who doesn't put out deliver as promised, here they are!

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zubeneschamali: (happy holidays)
It's still 2013 in Central Standard Time as I write this, but it's the new year for most everyone reading it, so Happy New Year! *horns* *confetti*

This upcoming year promises to gain me more frequent flier miles than I've ever gotten before, including three months spent on sabbatical in Australia. I'm really looking forward to it, esp. since winter has been tougher than usual already. I got to meet up with 7 different fangirls on my first semester of sabbatical, so here's hoping the second semester goes just as well. :D

I have some specific, goal-oriented resolutions, but I'm not going to bore you with them. I can boil them down to two:
1) Be more communicative. (speak out more, call friends more often, respond to e-mails and comments more quickly, stop dropping into a black hole on occasion)
2) Focus on what makes me happy in the long-term instead of what I want right now. (eat healthier, exercise as training, work for a few more minutes rather than check tumblr one more time, focus on quality rather than quantity in fic writing)

As motivation for #1, I'm adapting the "ask me a question" meme I've seen floating around to one a week for the whole year. Now, I don't know if 52 people even read this journal, so if you have two questions you'd like to ask, go right ahead! I'll take questions on fandom, writing, quilting, running, places I've lived or have traveled to, my job, random icebreaker questions, or whatever you want to ask. If it's something I'm not comfortable answering in public, I'll let you know. Here's the schedule: let me know what you want to ask and when you want to ask it!

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zubeneschamali: (christmas)
Because [livejournal.com profile] wendy prompted us to make a post today, and because I have a thread at the Holiday Love Meme that I wanted to subtly point out.

And because I'm back home! The first semester of sabbatical is winding down, and I traveled a lot and wrote a lot and didn't work nearly as hard as I should have, which is probably why multiple people have told me I look much more relaxed and happier. Huh. Go figure.

I have much to say about my visits to different places and the many fangirls I saw there, but let me leave you with two pictures that represent the joys of traveling with fangirls who look at something and start laughing at the same time you do for the same reason:

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zubeneschamali: (deanroad)
Woo-hoo, last one! Thanks to everyone for reading these, and especially to [livejournal.com profile] harrigan and everyone else who left comments and kept me from feeling like I was speaking into the void. I'm pleased to see that a number of other people have taken up this challenge or one like it in the meantime; let's keep LJ alive!

Day 31: a vivid memory

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zubeneschamali: (bridge)
Still trying to finish this off! Ironically, I've been stuck on this question for a while:

Day Thirty: React to the phrase "letting go."

Can you be a perfectionist and a slacker? )
zubeneschamali: (whee)
I want to do the SPN 30 Days meme, but I have to finish this one first. So!

(Also, I had a wonderful trip to England and Scotland last week, including hanging with the lovely and generous [livejournal.com profile] akadougal, but those pics and stories will wait for another time.)

For day 29: five songs or pieces of music that speak to you or bring back memories.

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zubeneschamali: (landscape)
Today's challenge: only pictures. Kind of appropriate since I just started a tumblr (zubenpics) with the goal of posting one pic per day. Follow me if you want, and tell me who to follow in return!

Pics I have taken... )
zubeneschamali: (deanroad)
We're getting close to the end! Today's task: write a letter to your readers.


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zubeneschamali: (Jaegers)
Something you read online. Leave a link and discuss, if you'd like.

Pacific Rim meta FTW... )
zubeneschamali: (palladium)
Hey, people out there who have sold a house and/or know something about how realtors work:

If a realtor is selling a house and the occupants have already moved out, and she decides that it would be better if there was some furniture in the house so potential buyers can envision the space better, and she hires someone to move in some spare furniture that she keeps for this type of thing, is it reasonable for her to charge the people who own and are selling the house for the cost of the furniture moving? Or is it a cost that she should absorb since she's getting a percentage of what the house sells for in the end and she's supposed to be earning that money by making the house more sell-able?
zubeneschamali: (cliff)
If I step it up and post every day for the rest of the meme, I can do this "post every day for a month" thing over the course of only two months. \o/ So here we go:

Something someone told you about yourself that you'll never forget (good or bad):

How about one of each? )
zubeneschamali: (samfrown)
Today's happy fun topic: List your three worst traits.

Good thing they limited it to three... )
zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Thirty-One Days will resume in a moment. First, I mentioned a few months ago that one of my grad students was getting married and that I was making a quilt for them. The pics of that one are here. A second student of mine is also getting married this fall, although it turns out that he's going to drop out of the Ph.D. program in order to get a job that makes more money than a TA. Which I can't blame him for, really. Mr. Z joked that now I don't need to give him the quilt, but since it was designed for him and his fiancee, I kind of have to.

Quilt pics... )

But on with the Thirty-One Days!

Heh. This one is ironic: Things you've learned that school won't teach you.

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zubeneschamali: (thestupid)
I think I've been stalling on this one because I didn't know what to say. But now I do. Yay?

Day 22: Rant about something. Get up on your soapbox and tell us how you really feel.

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zubeneschamali: (chicago flowers)
Today's task: A list of links to your favorite posts in your archives.

This is one of those items that's better suited to a real blog than an LJ, but I'll give it a shot.

Z's greatest hits... )
zubeneschamali: (zakim)
Today's topic: Get real. Share something you're struggling with right now.

What I'm struggling with right now is how I'm going to take advantage of the great opportunity that the coming school year offers me.

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zubeneschamali: (maaaaaaap)
Five of your favorite blogs and what you love about them. "Blogs" is loosely defined here.

The first one shouldn't surprise you... )
zubeneschamali: (baseball)
Today's task: "Tell a story from your childhood. Dig deep and try to be descriptive about what you remember and how you felt."

I thought I was 8, but Wikipedia tells me I was 9, so my narration might be slightly unreliable.

Baseball story ahead... )
zubeneschamali: (baseball)
Guess I'm so far behind now I might as well go back to day by day. That's what happens when I start doing RL things instead of being on the computer all day, LOL.

Last weekend I headed up to Chicago to hang out with [livejournal.com profile] dugindeep. We spent the usual amount of hours discussing our jobs, geeking out about transportation things (okay, that was mostly me), squeeing over Jensen's face, etc. We also did a mini-marathon of the only three eps of S7 we considered worthy to rewatch: I'll take guesses as to what they were in the comments. ;) The main reason I went up there was for a White Sox game, and not only did they win, but they hit a grand slam. How freakin' awesome is that?

While at the game, we were talking about Pacific Rim (well, I was gushing and [livejournal.com profile] dugindeep was listening politely). When she suggested that we go see it that night, even though I'd seen it the weekend before, I was not going to object. (The thing is, I go to maybe one movie in the theater per year. The last one was Avengers. To go twice on consecutive weekends is unheard of for me.) So we did! And she liked it enough to start writing a J2 version which was totally not at all something I was hoping would happen.

Let me just say that I am thrilled that William Gibson cannot stop tweeting about Pacific Rim. To have my favorite science fiction author basically squeeing over a movie that I also love makes me very, very happy. :D

But on with the countdown! Today's post is a favorite picture of myself.

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zubeneschamali: (palladium)
Day 15: A Day in the Life (it says to include photos, but I'm not, ha ha)

The Life of a College Professor in the Summer, by Z )

Day 16: Something difficult about your "lot in life" and how you're working to overcome it

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zubeneschamali: (jensenhappy)
Today's prompt (or three days' ago, LOL) is to list 10 things that make me really happy.

Happy-making below the cut... )

This seems like a good day for lurker amnesty...let me know one thing that makes you really happy, especially those of you who haven't commented here before! :)
zubeneschamali: (landscape)
Whoops, falling behind again. And now today I can't stop thinking about Pacific Rim, which I went and saw in IMAX and 3-D and LOVED IT even though it exhausted me. Already working on a Sam/Dean fusion. /o\

Anyway, Day 12 is, "What do you miss?"

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Day 13 is to issue a public apology, either serious or funny.

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zubeneschamali: (writer)
Today's entry: Sell yourself in 10 words or less.

I am totally unequipped to do this )
zubeneschamali: (donfacepalm)
Well, that one bombed. No more gory stories about urban wildlife, I promise.

Today's prompt: Most embarrassing moment.

Or at least the one Mr. Z teases me about the most. )
zubeneschamali: (deaneyebrows)
Day Nine says "A moment in your day (this can be just a photo or both a photo and words)"

Well, I didn't get a photo of this, which is probably a good thing. BUT.

Nature red in tooth and claw... )
zubeneschamali: (bridge)
No good reason this time for getting behind, but here's two in one again.

Day 7: The thing(s) you're most afraid of.

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Day 8: A piece of advice you have for others.

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zubeneschamali: (impala)
Whoops, missed yesterday because I was actually out being social. (!) So here's two in one:

Day 5: Publicly profess your love and devotion for one of your blogger friends.

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Day 6: If you couldn't answer with your job, how would you answer the question, 'what do you do'?

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zubeneschamali: (platform)
I've been trying to think of the answer to this one since I posted last night's entry, but I don't know! Not sure that I have a single favorite quote, but I'm sure I can think of one to discuss.

Oh, oh, I know! )
zubeneschamali: (samdude)
I should post the whole list so you know what's coming up next! It's here: http://storyofmylifetheblog.blogspot.com/2013/04/blog-every-day-in-may-challenge.html

Which makes today, "Things that make you uncomfortable."

Awkward... )
zubeneschamali: (fallquilt)
Day two: educate us on something you know a lot about or are good at.

That's a dangerous thing to ask of a college professor... )

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