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06 January 2008 @ 11:56 am
I'm not dead  
After a few inquiries about where the hell I've been, I thought an update post was in order. I haven't posted in about three weeks because life has been rather busy and hectic. For those who remember the wrist pain I was complaining about, I did go to health services and I was diagnosed with carpal tunnel. I was given Naproxen for the inflammation, which helped a lot, and was told that I needed to rest my hand. I took three days off from any computer use at all, which subsequently pushed the submission of my final paper back a few days. I did not finish up with all my finals until December 22nd. 

I then spent the next three days, which included Christmas, sleeping. I can't tell you how many times I saw the sun rise in that three week period. For the holidays I got some absolutely stunning jewlery courtesy of my parents and grandmother, including a pearl, diamond and white gold ring, and my grandmother's pearl necklace. Hooray for antique bling. I've been catching up with a lot of people from high school who I haven't seen in an age, and am back at work three days a week. I've been working 7.5 - 9.5 hour days, so I'm pretty much exhausted when I drag myself home at 8:30PM on weekday evenings. Because of work and my rush to squeeze in a social life before school starts up again with all the people I never get to see, LJ has taken a back seat to life. 

A few of you have left comments over the last week or so, and I'll try to answer those ASAP. It's been a long time since any fic has been posted on this journal. I have been working on numerous fics little by little, but there's so little time for it that I have no idea when I'll next post something. I was fairly bummed out about my lack of productivity in the fic department, and was telling my beta maybe I'd give up and close up shop. But the ideas would still be there, wouldn't they? I guess what it comes down to is not putting pressure on myself and when I have something to post, I'll have something to post. 

My New Year's Eve was spectacular, which included a house party, a stop over at the Pussycat Lounge in the financial distrct for a costume 1920s and 30s themed jazz night, and some crazy dancing at Suite, a fabu gay club in Morningside Heights. 

  

LEFT: There I am in the hat at Suite with my buddies. I wanted to dress as a man. Check my awesome undone, after-hours, red bowtie. 
RIGHT: Me sans hat with my friend Ethan. He was wearing my "veni, vidi, vici" suspenders, and I side-parted my hair. If I had more time, I might have tried to Marseille it. Hm, I think I look kinda like the MC from Cabaret, actually. 

        

LEFT: Hat and vest courtesy of the H&M men's department. The shoes were brand new, too. Air mary janes. Super comfy.
CENTER: That would be Gus in his pin-stripped suit and hat gangsta glory. He lookes fantastic. That's enterting the subway at Rector St.
RIGHT: I was at a tapas bar in the West Village called Alta with a few people. I absolutely love that purple dress. I should add more purple to my wardrobe. 

 
ETA: I have no idea why there are three LJ cuts. I tried to delete two of them, but no luck. That's weird.
 
 
 
Swayxheartrockx on January 6th, 2008 05:50 pm (UTC)
Once more, my f-list has pretty people on it :D
Love the outfit. Gotta check out the men's department over here, see if they have a vest that will fit me :D
ClawofCatclawofcat on January 6th, 2008 09:20 pm (UTC)
Thanks. I love vintage styles and dressing in mens clothes. I only recently got into wearing hats. I used to wear ties quite often, which maybe I should bring back. And yes to vests! Layers are way cool and they look sort of classy in a casual type of way (if that makes any sense).
Swayxheartrockx on January 6th, 2008 09:29 pm (UTC)
It makes perfect sense. That's why I love to wear t-shirt and a blazer or stuff like that. Casual with a little bit of elegance thrown in.

I have a ladies' hat (Alicia Keys style) but I'm always looking for new stuff. Lots my trucker cap in London and it still needs to be replaced.. It's a good thing to wear on bad hair days.
Shapinglightshapinglight on January 6th, 2008 08:04 pm (UTC)
I hope you'll still be around a little, though you do sound very busy. Lovely to see you anyway and I'm glad you had a good holiday season.
ClawofCat: buffy smileclawofcat on January 6th, 2008 09:23 pm (UTC)
*smiles* You're always so sweet, Deb. Thanks for the comment. I'm going to try and take a wack at some fic today. Maybe I can get to a place where I'm happy with it.

I need to get caught up on LJ stuff. My flist reading has been fairly minimal of late. Have you written anything in the last three weeks I may have missed?
Shapinglightshapinglight on January 7th, 2008 03:44 pm (UTC)
Me? No. I've hardly been on LJ myself, what with this and that. It's nice to be back, though.
ldyavalonldyavalon on January 6th, 2008 09:36 pm (UTC)
You really are beautiful :) I'm glad you had a good time!!!!
ClawofCat: dawn sultryclawofcat on January 6th, 2008 09:48 pm (UTC)
*blushes* Thank you. I hope your new year was enjoyable too! It was so mild in the city. Guess it would be in Spain, as well? I'm not sure what the weather is like there this time of year. For some reason I always imagine it being warm.
ldyavalonldyavalon on January 7th, 2008 01:15 am (UTC)
I had a load of fun as the blisters on my feet can prove *grins*

Normally around the Mediterranean coast it is warm, all year through, and of course the Canary Islands have a set temperature of between 20ºC and 30ºC all year round.

Here in the North, it depends on the hour, now cold, now warm, now hot... We've all caught the flu this year. On Friday it was freezing and yesterday we had 21ºC.

The interior is where it gets cold. Soria and Teruel are the coldest cities normally, and can go below -10ºC in winter :)
ClawofCat: headdeskclawofcat on January 7th, 2008 01:33 am (UTC)
Hee, dancing the night away, were you?

I am also embarassed to say I had to look up a conversion chart for celsius and fahrenheit to figure out what temps you just posted. Damn the US for being the only place on the planet that doesn't use celsius or the metric system.
ldyavalonldyavalon on January 7th, 2008 01:34 am (UTC)
Well you've got the UK for that too, but I really couldn't remember the conversions.

More or less: Here cold. Mediterranean warm. Canary Islands hot. Rest of Spain?? Bloody freezing
Immortal Belovedbeloved_77 on January 7th, 2008 01:13 am (UTC)
Hey Kitty Cat,

Glad you are not dead, but sorry about the carpal tunnel. I was really hoping it was just a cyst or something. I knew school is bad for one's health :-P

Don't worry about not writing fic. Everybody needs to focus on different things at different times.

Looks like you had fun on New Year's Eve. Definitely more fun than mine :-P Oh, to be young again...
ClawofCat: CoC Spikeclawofcat on January 7th, 2008 01:35 am (UTC)
Hey IB! Thanks for the wise words. Sometimes I beat myself up over silly things. I don't get paid to do this. I do get paid at work. Seems like the decision to make one a priority over the other should be a no brainer.

Happy New Year! Oh, come now. You're not old... =P