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Hello, lovely people. Is anyone still out there? I've been away so long...I've missed you all!!

To give a rundown of the last few months would be ridiculous  suffice to say that for a while there I was working about 65 hours a week at 2 jobs, fighting with a round of my superawesome anxiety-ridden depression and being busy trying to help with a few people in my life who have been dealing with health problems.

I've since quit my part-time pizza job which...might leave me job-free since my temp contract at the company I've been working at full-time is ending this week, but it really wasn't a job that was physically very good for me nor very worth the money they were paying me. Plus, having quit that I had more energy to put into the full-time job, which increased my productivity and helped me earn a recommendation from my superiors which will be really helpful while I start to look for new temp work and a permanent job.

Foodservice jobs are fantastic for accumulating some really cool stories, bros, but I have way too many stories for someone my age anyway.

I know this is out of date like bad milk, but it was recently Independence Day around here, and it being the favorite holiday of myself and one of my best friends here, I did attend some of the awesome celebrations that mark the occasion around these parts. Yes, I know we're a country fraught with mistakes in our current events and history, but the holiday is still a Really Big Deal around here and the mood is just infectious. Plus, it's hard not to appreciate things when I am standing, watching some of the best fireworks displays in the world, surrounded by people speaking at least 10 different languages mixed with 15h (or so) generation Americans like me, all pressed up close together like matchsticks and just damn excited to be where we are.

To give you an idea of how seriously everyone takes this holiday around here, I have this craptastic photo:


 
That thing between the trees is a speaker; they are placed every 50 feet or so along the river and they transmit the music being played by the Pops at the Hatch Shell on the other side. There is a concert that starts about 2 hours before the main event and the fireworks are coordinated to music so they are very important. Back in the day (I mean about 20 years ago) when I first started going to this event as a kid, everyone just used to bring portable stereos. Anyway,
 
A view of the river, with some of the boats that all gather to watch the display. They're all in place by mid-day and it's an all day event for everyone!
 

Closer to the event, with all the people walking to and fro over one of the bridges. It was a nice sunset that day!!
 
Another sunset view; I need to work on getting a better quality camera and the skills to capture stuff like this
are some more photos from that evening, if you're interested.

So, I've had an interesting few weeks. And by interesting I mean crazy. More importantly, HOW ARE YOU ALL? I've been a terrrrrible LJ-friend and I apologize for that. I've missed you all and Merlin fandom in general so I hope everything is going well. I'll do my best to catch up with flist, but YOUR STORIES, I WANT THEM, for those of you still with me here :)


Date: 2010-07-25 08:31 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] funwithjinx.livejournal.com
Welcome back! \o/ Gurl, I think I'm going through the same kinda depression as you. Sucks. I hope we can both pull through this. ♥

You 4th looked awwwesome! I spent it on a ranch in Fort Worth/Dallas (I forget which), and it was alright. Lots of people I didn't know, but the donkies were cute!

Date: 2010-07-25 08:45 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thanks! It's good to see a friendly face :)

Depression does suck...I hate the feeling that getting through the day is a hurdle and not knowing what's on the other side of that leap. Argh.

My 4th was great, although it's hard not go have a good time here on that day. They fire a cannon every hour, on the hour on the Commons green, and I can hear it from my house so it is hard not to be excited by it.

Texas ranches are fun, and I'm glad the donkeys were nice ones and not the biting kind! I feel like the 4th is one of those holidays that it's possible to be around people you don't know and still have a good time. Goodness knows we made lots of new friends while standing in the same spot for 1.5 hrs for the fireworks!!

Date: 2010-07-25 09:00 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] funwithjinx.livejournal.com
lmao I'm just looking at my icon and thinking, "friendly face? I guess."

Wow, sounds like they really go all out where you live. There's big firework shows in Austin and Dallas I imagine, but we don't go to those if we can shoot off our own.

Oh my gosh, no way, this one donkey they have is THE SWEETEST animal ever! It follows you around like a dog and nudges you with its huge head so you'll pet it. Soooo sweet. ♥

Date: 2010-07-25 09:10 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Oh, but I love your icon face!

Setting off fireworks yourself is illegal here (probably something to do with population density??) although some people do it anyway, haha. This is Boston so I suppose it's kind of expected that we go nuts over it, but I'm not complaining.

Date: 2010-07-25 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] funwithjinx.livejournal.com
lmao thanks ♥___♥

It's illegal here in Austin, too. I think it's a fire hazard, with the roofs and everything. We're allowed to set them off at the lake, though. Yeahhh, Boston is a pretty big city. An older one, too.

Date: 2010-07-25 08:49 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] dianadisaster.livejournal.com
welcome back, bb!

Date: 2010-07-25 08:55 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thanks..I'm sorry to have missed so much but I will try and catch up.

Date: 2010-07-25 09:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] norwegianblue47.livejournal.com
I was thinking about you, actually. Sorry the job(s) are/were crazy. Best of luck with that. Things do seem to be picking up a bit. A lot, actually most, of people I know around here who were looking for jobs have gotten one recently.

Anxiety-depression thing...so, you actually are like crazy stalker person and just putting up a bunch of ways that make your life mirror mine, yes? :P

If you can believe it, I've never been to the hatch shell for fourth of July, though. I guess your pictures prove that you weren't where I was on July 4th. I hang out with a bunch of homebodies, lol. I did go to Plymouth though, for their thing, and that was pretty awesome. They did the 1812 overture cannon thing, too.

Date: 2010-07-25 10:19 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Thanks! I was hoping you'd still be around :). Am I doing the parallel life thing again? Hmm...I think one of us needs to hit the lottery, ensuring that we both will!!

The place I am working did extend my contract longer than it was supposed to go, so I guess they liked me well enough! That gives me an edge for future placement and the more references, the better. Good to hear that people are actually getting jobs now.

If I didn't live nearby I probably wouldn't want to go into the city..I can't imagine what it would be like getting in and out of here before and after the event! I don't even like to deal with the T afterward...it's about a half hour walk so we just do that. I imagine the Plymouth thing would be fun though and have lots of excitement too!

Date: 2010-07-25 10:43 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] norwegianblue47.livejournal.com
Oh God, you know, if the both of us won like...a hundred dollars on scratchies within a few days of each other, I don't think I'd be all that surprised any more. Well, any more than I'd be surprised about winning a hundred dollars, because I never win on scratchies.

Yeah, we hung around Plymouth for a good while after because it's a good drive for us and we had to wait for the traffic to light up. But it was all fun. Good people watching and stuff.

Date: 2010-07-26 12:31 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
I've never had probability work in my favor...at least not since I was 15 or so and won 4 tickets to Riverside (what is now 6 Flags). But I suppose there's a ways to go before I can really say "never".

Thinking about Plymouth makes me want to go down the Cape. I haven't been to the beach yet this summer, it's no good!

Date: 2010-07-25 10:27 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] archaeologist-d.livejournal.com
Jobs are scarce these days. I've never been to the Shell when I lived near Boston. I guess since you live near a place, you tend to think you'll visit it someday. I just went to Coney Island for the first time and I've lived near NYC forever.

Date: 2010-07-25 11:06 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
It is tough to find a job, so I did feel guilty about leaving the restaurant even though it was (like a lot of foodservice jobs) stressful and underpaying. I was thinking I shouldn't leave because I was lucky to have any job, but it was also making me a little crazy, and I didn't burn any bridges there so I suppose I could go back if I really needed to.

I think when you live near a place, you don't always visit the "landmarks" because you forget they're there and/or it's easy to say "I'll go there sometime". I did go to Coney Island when I lived near NYC, but it was with friends who lived in Brookyln and had never been!

Date: 2010-07-26 12:08 pm (UTC)
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From: [identity profile] seneska.livejournal.com
Hey you. I'm glad things are settling down for you. It sounds like you needed a rest very badly.

xx

Date: 2010-07-27 12:38 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Hello!

Life is crazy...I think I do need a break :)

Date: 2010-07-26 12:09 pm (UTC)
From: [identity profile] http://users.livejournal.com/_autumncolours/
hai girl haaaaai :)

Those sunset photos are BEAUTIFUL.

I really hope the job front all works out for you. Job hunting is an absolute nightmare, urgh urgh. Hope life calms down a bit and you can be back around here a bit more! :)

Date: 2010-07-27 12:41 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
Hayyy

I wish I had a better camera because that sunset was gorgeous...the sky was really all lit up and there was even a rainbow at one point (I couldn't get a good pic of that) even though we hadn't had any rain! So pretty.

I'm still working on the job situation...hopefully things will work out somewhere!

Date: 2010-08-11 03:17 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathsith.livejournal.com
Hey, I was there, too! Except I was in the Oval, which means great seats for the concert, but I've only seen the fireworks really well a few times. (This was my 28th year at the Esplanade. Yay for holiday traditions!) I actually keep meaning to post my 4th round-up too.

Also, loads of sympathy on the depression-anxiety front (so been there) and the job-hunting front. I was job hunting during the summer, and it's a tough market. *crosses fingers for you*

Date: 2010-08-11 03:25 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] blameitonmerlin.livejournal.com
I've never actually been to the Oval...as a kid you're just looking for the fireworks anyway. And I like to get up and walk around (and ohh my did we ever that night). Such a good time, though. I miss it having lived in other places on that day.

Date: 2010-08-11 03:30 am (UTC)
From: [identity profile] cathsith.livejournal.com
My family is the crazy get-there-at-an-absurd-hour, storm-the-green-when-the-gates-open sort, so I've always been on the Oval. It was prety cool when we could camp there, though. I think about doing other things (usually a few hours before the concert when I've slept maybe an hour over the past two days) but I don't know if I can ever give it up. Much to my husband's dismay.
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