sharan: (Ack!)
Well, flights never dropped below $600 round trip and my parents found a flight for themselves from NY on Southwest (which doesn't offer bereavement fares) so at this point it looks like I'm staying home.

It sucks about not going to Baycon too, since I really did want to go and could have really used the distraction right now, but it was turning into a complete disaster for reasons I won't get into here.
sharan: (kitten frying pan)
Well, apparently Justin's not going to Baycon and neither am I. I guess it's just as well since I really can't afford it right now. Plus, it looks like I may have to fly to Florida, because my cousin in Fort Lauderdale died last night, and the funeral is Sunday morning. Airfare is looking ridiculously expensive on such short notice right now, but if I can somehow find a flight I'll need someone to take care of Kitty and all his medications, and to check on [ profile] chythar's cats, which I'm supposed to be doing this weekend. The usual cat sitter just moved out of state so I just hope Justin can help me out with this.


May. 18th, 2008 08:05 pm
sharan: (John Wetton)
There's been a lot of stuff going on lately that I haven't posted about here, so I thought maybe it was time for an update. I just finished a serious Semester From Hell. So bad, in fact, that I have decided not to go for the masters at USC. I'm really fed up with the whole student group projects thing, and the masters is very project heavy. Besides, I've realized I probably don't even need the masters to get a game programming job. If I do anything (and I suspect I'll take some time off first) I will probably do something more on the music/audio side, since I really do want to specialize in game audio.

Things outside of class haven't been so great either. As I posted the Universal job ended, and I've had some promising leads but so far I'm still unemployed (breaking my record of being unemployed for 1 month in the middle of the dot com crash). I had an interview at a game company on Friday, and I have a phone interview for contract work tomorrow, so hopefully something will happen.

On top of everything, a couple of months ago Justin announced that he was moving out. After being roommates for over 6 years I'm understandably not too happy, and I miss him and the cats (he took 3 of them, including Kitty Cat, who had decided he was my cat and was sleeping on my bed every night (I really miss him:(). Also having my rent double just when I lost my job did not exactly help matters at all. I don't want another roommate, though, and I couldn't anyway because we cleared out the storage locker so this place is pretty full. It's going to take a while to get things straightened out even now that classes are over.

Also, Kitty's been diagnosed with a bunch of medical problems lately. He spent a week at an emergency hospital and was diagnosed with chronic renal failure. Then more recently the doctor was worried about him breathing heavily and they thought he had heart problems. They did tests and his heart was in the normal range but he had a lump in his lung. He's been on antibiotics and he seems to be breathing better, so it may just have been an infection. But his heart was still beating really fast so the doctor gave him heart medication to slow his heart down, and it seems to have done wonders, since he's more active and alert than I've seen him in years (if ever). Fortunately he's adjusted well to the other cats leaving. He seems to like having the place to himself. The other cats, on the other hand, were totally traumatized by the move.

With all this chaos and some unrelated crap going on I can't really talk about it's really starting to look like Baycon probably won't be happening. I don't even know if Justin's going and if he doesn't go I definitely can't afford it. Plus, finding a pet sitter to deal with all Kitty's medical needs at the last minute would not be easy.

Yesterday I decided to get out of the house and went to a meeting of the Greater Los Angeles Writer's Society, which was nice. They were talking about Writers of the Future and showed a DVD which featured an interview with [ profile] edgreen86, among other people. I even got a copy of the dvd.

I did also get to go see Asia again at the Canyon Club a couple of weeks ago, which was nice. Another great show! But I also had to unfortunately miss Symphony X for financial reasons. I already had the Asia tickets at least.

So there's been a lot going on, including a lot of stuff that hasn't been fun. But I'll get through it eventually. *sigh* At least I survived another semester. And unless I decide to take a full time game job and cut back my classes I'll actually be graduating in December! At this point I'm really looking forward to this being over with.


May. 17th, 2007 04:47 pm
sharan: (kitten frying pan)
Well, the semester's over, and the Shrek game is done (and out! So you should be able to buy it right now!), and things are finally going to calm down a little and go back to "normal". I have a little time while waiting for someone to get back to me, so I thought I'd do a quick update on what's been going on.

Well, it was a really rough semester, but as you can tell from the last post things worked out in the end! I was basically working on 3 different games (2 for classes plus the Shrek game), and it wasn't easy, even though I wound up dropping a class. I was really worried about that Algorithms class since I blew both quizzes, but I did well enough on the midterm and final that I got a B after all, which was a relief.

It was really weird this past weekend since I kept thinking I should be doing something and then remembering I didn't HAVE to. Of course I probably SHOULD have been doing things like catching up on some really overdue e-mails (even to at least 1 person here), but I guess I needed a weekend off. I've been trying to get stuff done during the week but one thing after another keeps getting in the way. Yesterday we got to go to a private screening of Shrek The Third, since we worked on the game. I won't give any spoilers, but it's a fun movie and worth seeing!

Afterward to avoid traffic we stopped by Fry's in Burbank, and I finally got the parts for a long overdue new computer. We were up until 3am putting it together, so I'm exhausted today. Hopefully now Lord of the Rings Online won't be quite so laggy (it actually runs better on my laptop than my old desktop strangely enough), which would help since I signed up for a lifetime membership (I really hate paying monthly fees, so now I just have to make sure I play it for at least 2 years to get my money's worth:)).

Today I finally realized I should check my grades, which I just posted. There was also bad news today, since Lloyd Alexander died (I loved his books when I was a kid!), and Veronica Mars got canceled (just when I finally found a worthy successor to Buffy. I just hope Heroes is renewed and not opposite 24 next year).

Next week is also Baycon, so I'll be there. And there's a bunch of other stuff happening in the near future. But at least I'm finally getting a break, and I've been celebrating with my new XBox 360 Elite, courtesy of Amazon. Maybe some day I'll even get a Wii, but I'm starting to think they're a myth, since I sure can't find one for sale anywhere!

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