Life Update

I know I’ve been lax on the old blog lately. I claim a combination of schoolwork, socializing, nearing-graduation stress, returning television shows, and generally not much interesting going on. Oh, and also the part where I’ve gotten in Twitter a lot more and am post one-off thoughts there instead of collecting them together into a blog-sized post. That gets most everything I want to say out of my system so it doesn’t end up here, which can be good or bad, I guess, depending on how you look at it. The socializing has been largely responsible for my not being around and live-blogging American Idol. Various people have wondered what’s going on with me, though, so here’s a bulleted update.

  • American Idol – I’ve been ragging on Carly a lot, but honestly, I was pretty shocked when she went home instead of Jason. I’ve also supported Jason mostly throughout the show, but that was a trainwreck of a performance on his part, and I think he’s pretty well proven that, much to my disappointment, he’s a one-trick pony. So America got that one way wrong. For me, though, David Cook has it locked. Which means he’ll probably get voted off next. Just my luck.
  • School – In case you didn’t catch the edit to my post about the oral exam, I did pass it. Which is a major yay. Actually, it was sort of enjoyable – a conversation about books and film with really smart people. :) Except one professor kept asking me about Faulkner even though I admitted to never reading any Faulkner. Guess I know what’s next on my reading list! And a friend and I gave a joint presentation in Literary Criticism yesterday which went surprisingly well. And now I just have two seminar papers left, and I’m fairly comfortable with them, so stress-level has fallen exponentially in the last two days.
  • Post-Grad Plans – My current plans are to take a couple of weeks after graduation, maybe spend a week here hanging out with friends minus finals week stress and a week at home, then move to Los Angeles. I’m looking for jobs at USC or UCLA (not teaching; administrative), or pretty much anywhere out there that will pay me to do something I can do. ;) I mostly just want to live in a big city for a while, at least, and LA won out over New York due to climate.
  • Television – Most of the TV shows are back from the writer’s strike now, which caught me by surprise, a bit – I had gotten used to my DVR NOT filling up every week. ;) The fact that I found the writer’s strike a bit of a relief probably means I’m following too many shows, but I can’t figure out which ones to give up. And the down side is that I ended up picking up a bunch of Bravo reality shows during the strike, and now I don’t want to give those up either. Good thing most of them are short. Anyway, the big television news around here is that Battlestar Galactica is back! After marathoning S3 on DVD, my friends and I jumped straight into the fourth and final season, and it is frakking amazing. If you’re not watching this show, get the DVDs and start. Don’t start in the middle.
  • Gaming – GTA IV came out last night at midnight, and I went and got it. At midnight. Only time I’ve ever done that for a game, though I’ve been to midnight movie premieres. One. Harry Potter. Anyway. I wasn’t able to stay awake for more than a couple of hours gaming once I got home (I’m getting old, what can I say?), but it’s pretty sweet. Graphics are beautiful, Liberty City is HUGE. I was afraid that it’d seem small after the three-city-plus-desert of San Andreas, but no. It’s ginormous, and with so much stuff going on that I’ve repromised myself never, ever to drive in New York City (on which Liberty City is based). It’s craziness. I also used Amazon.com gift certificates to upgrade to Gold on Xbox Live, so I’m set for multiplayer, once I can tear myself away from the single-player campaign.
  • Socializing – It’s starting to hit me that I’m leaving here in like a month, and though I feel confident in the strength of the friendships I’ve made over the past two years (and the power of Facebook) that I’ll keep in contact with most of my friends, I have been trying to spend as much time as possible with them all before I leave. And I’m at that place where I’m glad to be almost done with school, and I’m very glad to be leaving Waco, but I’m not at all glad about leaving all the people here. I know everyone goes through that every time we change life situations, but that doesn’t make it any easier.

So that’s pretty much my life right now.

  • http://lorishaffer.blogspot.com Lori

    Way to go on finishing strong, Jandy! I can’t imagine your parents are thrilled about the move to LA though…I think it stinks, personally, but you know…have fun anyway! It’s a great opportunity which you won’t have when you are TRULY old, ’cause you’re not even CLOSE now!!

    Hope to see you during your week home!

    Oh…and I’ve only watched Idol the last 3-4 weeks…never like Carly at all. And though Jason is adorable and sweet, your description is perfect…a one-trick pony. Of course, I think that of Archuleta too. His voice is much stronger than Jason’s, but he makes every song sound the same. Do you like Brooke? I don’t think she’s great, but I love her folksy, gravelly tone.

    See ya soon!

  • http://lorishaffer.blogspot.com Lori

    Way to go on finishing strong, Jandy! I can’t imagine your parents are thrilled about the move to LA though…I think it stinks, personally, but you know…have fun anyway! It’s a great opportunity which you won’t have when you are TRULY old, ’cause you’re not even CLOSE now!!

    Hope to see you during your week home!

    Oh…and I’ve only watched Idol the last 3-4 weeks…never like Carly at all. And though Jason is adorable and sweet, your description is perfect…a one-trick pony. Of course, I think that of Archuleta too. His voice is much stronger than Jason’s, but he makes every song sound the same. Do you like Brooke? I don’t think she’s great, but I love her folksy, gravelly tone.

    See ya soon!

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Dad’s okay with the move, I think (if he isn’t, he’s putting a positive face on it!)–Mom’s pretty much ignoring it for now. And yeah, I figured when I was moving anyway, changing from school back to real world again, was my best chance to go do something crazy, like move to LA.

    Archuleta is able to take songs and make them into something he can sing and not sound uncomfortable, though, which Jason hasn’t been able to do. I am getting a little bored with him (David) over all, but I do still think his tone is beautiful. I love Brooke. She struggled a bit last week, just because Andrew Lloyd Webber songs were never meant to be sung by voices like hers. Of all the contestants this year (all top 24), David C. and Brooke are probably the only ones I’d listen to apart from the show.

    I should probably watch tonight’s show, eh? I’ve just about cut myself off from voting all year by procrastinating watching the episodes.

  • http://www.the-frame.com/blog Jandy

    Dad’s okay with the move, I think (if he isn’t, he’s putting a positive face on it!)–Mom’s pretty much ignoring it for now. And yeah, I figured when I was moving anyway, changing from school back to real world again, was my best chance to go do something crazy, like move to LA.

    Archuleta is able to take songs and make them into something he can sing and not sound uncomfortable, though, which Jason hasn’t been able to do. I am getting a little bored with him (David) over all, but I do still think his tone is beautiful. I love Brooke. She struggled a bit last week, just because Andrew Lloyd Webber songs were never meant to be sung by voices like hers. Of all the contestants this year (all top 24), David C. and Brooke are probably the only ones I’d listen to apart from the show.

    I should probably watch tonight’s show, eh? I’ve just about cut myself off from voting all year by procrastinating watching the episodes.

  • Debbie

    Glad to hear that you are doing excellently in so many areas of your life. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

    yeah…David Cook!!

  • http://jandysmeanderings Debbie

    Glad to hear that you are doing excellently in so many areas of your life. Looking forward to seeing you in a couple of weeks.

    yeah…David Cook!!

  • Ken

    Jandy you should be settled in and ready to relax how about a little Alien Police of the Chronic Fellow it's a fun game

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