Saturday, October 30, 2010

Pre-pre-Halloween Party at Radio Haus

First off, let me just say that as I was about to leave for the party I dropped my beloved Cannon Powershot lens-down on the carpet and it is now defunct. I can't even think about it or I'll start crying. Photo credits to Lauren!

I've never been to a Halloween party before, so to say I was excited about the Pre-pre-Halloween Party at Radio Haus (my friend Clayton's awesome pad) is a gross understatement. I plotted my costume for WEEKS and, though I was slightly disappointed with the end result (because I couldn't find a stinking silver Sharpie pen to make my mask accurate) no one at the party seemed to be. In fact, everyone absolutely flipped. Why? Because R2D2 is everybody's favorite droid!

When I initially told Clayton that I was going as R2, he was skeptical and thought it would be stupid. But I'm awesomer than your average Party Person and when he saw what I'd come up with, he personally helped me duct tape on my "feet." Everyone laughed at how silly I was (since the only white outfit I owned is the above frilly dress, I decided to just go girly and do a masquerade-type mask instead of strapping it to my head with a cotton headband!), but I can't emphasize enough how thrilled the other party people were to see R2D2. Having said that, though, they weren't nearly as thrilled to see my costume as I was to wear it (even though Clay taped the left "foot" on crooked, I kept tripping over it, nearly fell over several times trying to dance, and kept scraping other peoples' feet and ankles with them.)

That's a maskless R2 and to my immediate right is Brigid, who is amazing and confident and I'm completely in girl-love with her. She's a bio/pre-med major, and the most voluptuous, smart, witty, funny, loving girl I've ever met in my life. She brings out the best in me. Though apparently not the best faces, cos I look dumb in the above photo.... Siiiigh, Cannon!

The party was awesome, I had a blast and made lots of friends. I was planning to give a play-by-play recap, but the night was....different. I've never been social, even though I've tried to go to a few parties this year. However, last night (thanks to Brigid, and, I confess, a few shots of liquor, but really mostly thanks to Brigid) I was a completely different person. Well, really I was still Valry, only I was not a shy or insecure Valry. I was just me, and apparently just me is awesome! I only partied for about three hours, but they were the most exciting, active, fun hours of my life. A gay couple fell completely in love with me (thanks, R2!), I danced with some hot girls, some hot guys, some even hotter guys-dressed-as-girls (You may have heard about the incident involving some Freshmen Wildcats and Four Lokos: well, a whole group of people, including several men, showed up as "the Roslyn girls" looking trashy and drinking Four Lokos. Yessssssss we're a classy, reverent bunch!). I made lots of new friends, had the most delicious conversation with Brigid, hid in several rooms whilst waiting for the cops to issue a noise violation warning to our generous hosts (after which everyone was too scared to dance until we realized that the majority of the noisy kids - the minors - had fled the house when the cops showed up, and we therefore had an empty dance floor again!), and had an all-out awesome time.

By the end of the night I was so exhausted that I got sick (yes, it was exhaustion, and not alcohol - I promise!). I quite literally bolted from the house, lips tingling, limbs numb, gagging and staggering around the block away from prying eyes. I did manage to NOT throw up, though I was close enough to doing so that I'll say that I did, but that I'm so awesome I managed to throw up without throwing up! I got home and took a long shower, then went to bed. I fell asleep fairly quickly, but I was so exhausted that when I awoke randomly at 4 this morning it took me nearly two hours to go back to sleep (err...I realize that probably makes no sense, unless you too struggle to fall asleep when you're at your most tired). I got a few more hours in before getting up around noon (I'd been awake since 9:40 or so but felt too lousy to get up), and have spent the day feeling HORRIBLE. Let this be a warning to party people: Drink lots of water and eat more than two small meals during the day, otherwise you'll feel as crappy as you would with a hangover.

If more pictures emerge I'll post them, and will possibly give slightly more detail than I have provided above.

Another small bit of news: I've contacted the registrars and financial aid office to get myself sorted out, and if I can get my financial aid back, I'll be starting classes again in January. What a miserable two months this has been - I hope the next two are slightly less so.

Thursday, October 28, 2010

Forgive you? You'll be lucky if I THREEgive you!

Hey all! I don't blog much these days, but I'm hoping to be a bit more regular (and exciting) in the future! I'm still unemployed, still out of school, still out of money, still applying for jobs. But I'm smiling, and that's progress indeed!!

I got a kick-ass care package from Casey this week that did wonders for my mood (and my belly!), so as soon as I'm done here I'm going to go put a movie on and nibble on some treats!

 I went to the thrift store today to drop off a bag of clothes and to help Katherine pick out some shirts (she was unprepared for the coldness of Ellensburg's subarctic climate!) and ended up with an adorable little hat. 

It smells like thrift store, so I need to wash it. I have needed a hat since I moved here. It is very cold here, and hoods act as a funnel for the cold air, and beanies don't have visors, so they don't protect my specs from the driving rain. People don't use umbrellas in the Pacific Northwest (because it's always so windy), and I can't stand walking with smudged glasses, or trying to dry them off when I get inside! So, I spent $3 on a hat, and I'm sure since I'll be walking everywhere once I finally get a job, it will be one of the best (and cutest) investments I've ever made.

Here's the cutest kitten I've ever seen in my life. I plan to get a kitty (or two) when I can afford food and litter. I need a little companion, have wanted a pet for years, and have decided that I'm ready to have one as soon as I am employed. Which will hopefully be soon! I'm BORED!

My Pre died a few weeks ago - well, really only the screen died, which was enormously frustrating as I couldn't read or even send texts, and have been unable to successfully transfer data because I need the screen in order to make the software work properly (stupid touchscreens!). I was panicked because I obviously cannot afford a new phone, but HAVE to have one in order to get a job. Fortunately I had an upgrade option which was TOTALLY free. I didn't have to pay for activation or even shipping. So now I have a Pixi, and I love it! The camera sucks, and it IS slightly frustrating to have had to downgrade to one that is so appallingly bad (as you can see by the picture of me in the hat - that's the best picture I've taken with it). However, I love everything else about it (more than I loved my Pre), and it was FREE. It was such a spot of good fortune, I'm so pleased with it!

Tomorrow I have a Halloween party and I couldn't be more excited! I made my costume using some old boxes and my artistic skills, and cannot wait to finish it and get pictures up. I know that no one will be as excited about it as I am, but it makes me so happy I sit around giggling just thinking about it! I'll post pictures and a play-by-play recap at some point (hopefully Saturday or Sunday)!!

Friday, October 8, 2010

When life closes a door, it opens a window for you to throw yourself out of.

Life has been a genuine hell for me over the last month and a half. Fortunately I have unbelievably supportive friends and family, and think my life is in the process of changing for the better. By this time next month I hope to be writing the happy details of my life, as I usually choose to keep the sadder stuff private. Following cousin Carisa's Gratitude Post yesterday, I'd like to add a brief list of the things I'm thankful for:

an amazing, indomitable mother

kick-ass siblings who love me and never, ever judge me

wonderfully optimistic friends who never tire of me when I'm sad, are always willing to cheer me up, and spend way more time than they should trying to help me out

a warm, dry, safe apartment to come home to

never having to worry about going without food - clean, nutritious food at that

running water (especially the heated kind)

the internet and a reliable computer

people who inspire me (Terry, Carisa) and give me hope (Jessie, Casey, Clayton, Benny, dad)

easily-accessible, affordable healthcare from driven, forward-thinking, liberal medical professionals (even if I haven't taken advantage of it in, oh, say.....10 Val needs a checkup)

a secure living environment where the biggest worry I have is being cut off by inept skateboarders and never have to plan out how I'll make it out of my apartment without being mowed down by extremists with AK-47s.

friendly, understanding strangers who can do a tough job while still exhibiting tact and humanity

Cheers to you all!