Update

Aug. 24th, 2014 02:03 pm
gun_smoke_blue: (atla: there's thunder in our hearts)
 Hi, guys!

Wow, it's been a LONG time. I'm still active online, but I've moved my activity from my LJ and dreamwidth to Tumblr. If you're still interested in following me, find me at gunmetal-blue.tumblr.com

Love,
Ash
gun_smoke_blue: (sandman)
April 3rd is the Day of Action for Sexual Assault Awareness Month. For all the victims and survivors out there, here is my story. Always remember this: you are not alone, it is not your fault, and it will never be your fault.



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gun_smoke_blue: (Blame: sword-wielding chick)
So two days ago I attended sparring class at the dojo. It was going pretty well, like all sparring classes do--I punched people a lot, people punched me a lot, I accidentally cracked one of the dojo mirrors and covered it up with duct tape and hoped no one noticed--when the Bad Thing happened.

Cut for descriptions of Ash injuring herself/other people injuring Ash in a possibly comical manner )
gun_smoke_blue: (atla: there's thunder in our hearts)
I found firecrackers!

Unfortunately, they're illegal in New York.

…As the nice policeman so kindly explained to me.
gun_smoke_blue: (Pokemon: Raichu smokin' a cigar)
An archive of my participation in the Friday writing challenges at handsonkeyboard, a LJ comm where the mods post about the trials and tribulations of the written word.

Friday Challenge for 2010-11-12 )

Round Two for the 2010-11-12 Friday Challenge )

Round Three )

Round 4 )

Round 5 )
gun_smoke_blue: (king of bandits)
Whoo. Just finished with my last exam of the week, with nothing left to do now except…study. For more upcoming exams.

University's going well--maybe. Kind of.

Fuck, I kind of just really want to punch a wall right now, okay. A wall that moves and bleeds. Fuck. I dunno.
gun_smoke_blue: (Pokemon: Raichu smokin' a cigar)
Happy Valentine's Day!

I love you all.

Derp

Feb. 10th, 2011 12:52 am
gun_smoke_blue: (Dogs: Naoto scarf)
Schedule for Thursday

9:40-10:50 am: Brain and Cognitive Sciences 172

2:00-3:15 pm: Qi Gong: Way to Health DAN 209

4:50-6:05 pm: Psychology
gun_smoke_blue: (Dogs: Naoto blorp)
Took two NyQuil last night in an effort to get to sleep. Was not aware that the effects lasted a full 24 hours. Might possibly still be very, very out of it.

As in, freaked-out-in-the-middle-of-the-dining-hall-because-I-forgot-where-I-was out of it. Organizing a to-do list so I don't forget to do important things, like eat and sleep.

TO-DO:

1.) Study for BCS 172 exam next week.
2.) Study for PSY exam next week.
3.) Organize make-up work for DAN 209.
4.) Go to aunt's house. Retrieve banking information and Oxiclean. Also, running shoes.
5.) Organize LIN 110 notes.
6.) At some point, do laundry.
7.) Fold said laundry and put away.
8.) At some point, go work out.
9.) At some point, eat.
10.) Before 12:30 am, go sleep.
gun_smoke_blue: (Pokemon: Raichu smokin' a cigar)
Today was pretty much a wash. I woke up at around 12 pm, having gone to bed at 4 am the night (morning?) before, and futzed around on the computer for two hours before realizing that a.) I had Linguistics class at 2 pm and b.) I had no pants on.

Cue frenzied search for pants.

After staggering in to Linguistics class (five minutes early! I even had time to find a seat I liked!) I sat through an hour-and-a-half lecture about the International Phonetic Alphabet; the notes I took consisted of a drawing of a giraffe smoking a cigar and an anatomically incorrect rendering of a nude picture I'd found on 4chan.

Midway through the lecture my stomach reminded me I hadn't eaten by growling loudly and inappropriately in five-minute intervals. The girl who was sitting next to me alternated between shooting me amused looks and giggling whenever this happened.

After Linguistics class I wandered back over to the bookstore and tried to return a textbook for a class that I'd dropped a couple of days ago. The bookstore clerk gave me an unimpressed stare when I told him I'd lost the receipt for the textbook; after a minute or so of my most pathetic puppy-dog eyes, though, he relented and said he'd accept the return if I submitted a copy of the purchase from my credit history along with my Add/Drop slip within the week. Triumphant, I returned to the dorms to search for my credit history online…

And then realized that I'd forgotten my online bank account password. After frantically going through my files and almost completely trashing my side of the room, I was forced to conclude that I'd need to call the bank to reset my net password. I called the bank and…

Found out it was closed for the day.

Cue punching of wall.

Ever resilient, I resolved to not let this complete clusterfuck of incompetence ruin my day; I went with my friends down to the dining hall and went to work out at the gym afterwards. After running and working on the weights for an hour-and-a-half, I was walking down the stairs to the lockers when I looked through a window and saw…

People practicing karate!

Excitedly, I ran in to the room and asked if they'd let me sit in on their class. The sensei, a nice graduate student called Kate, allowed me to participate. I got to kick and punch to my heart's content for an hour, after which I happily exchanged phone numbers with some of the other students. It was then that I realized that I'd been at the gym for three hours and it was snowing outside.

D:
gun_smoke_blue: (12k: Risai)
Nothing much to report on the home front. The University held a memorial service for Jeffrey a couple weeks ago; I went, and listened to his professors and family talk about his life. So many people loved this boy; the chapel where we held the gathering was full--people were eventually forced to stand against the walls during the service.

This is the first time someone I was friends with died. I feel numb, a little. It's hard to think that he's gone. There's a hole in the universe he should have filled with his presence, and it feels like I'm getting punched in the stomach every time I open up my email and his username is the first thing that pops up in my chat box. I can't bring myself to delete it; whenever I move my mouse over the chat box his picture pops up. He's staring right at the camera in this photo; eyes crossed, tongue out, completely un-self-conscious like he always was.

I miss him.

My friends online and in real-life have been wonderfully supportive, and I'm extremely happy that I know such amazing people. I'm getting my life back on track, bit by bit. Classes haven't let up at all; it's a relief, almost, to lose myself in the work.

Winter has hit Rochester hard this year; every time I step out of the dorms it's like getting punched repeatedly in the face with an angry snowball. I'm looking forward to spring, and new beginnings.
gun_smoke_blue: (atla: there's thunder in our hearts)
Early yesterday morning one of my friends was involved in a fight in one of the frat houses that ended up with him being fatally injured. His name was released to the public at 1 pm yesterday and a service was held for him in the University's Interfaith Chapel at 6 pm.

Rest in peace, Jeffrey. You were smart and funny and kind; no one was beneath your notice--there wasn't a trace of arrogance in you, though you had the right to be. You had two scholarships to study abroad, you were on the track and field team, and you had grand plans for the future. You would have changed the world, and I would have been proud to have said that I knew you when you appeared on the front page of Times. I stole your hat once and wore it all class, just because I could--you smiled and laughed at me. I wanted more time with you--everyone who met you did. You drew people in. You weren't afraid to laugh at yourself, and none of your jokes ever held any sting.

You sat behind me in debate class--one desk to the left, diagonally. You talked with me in person and online; you weren't afraid to talk with anybody you felt like, no matter what your friends said or thought. I will miss you every day, and you will always be in my thoughts.

Hrrngh

Dec. 11th, 2010 04:06 pm
gun_smoke_blue: (cigar smokin')
Finals are slowly eating away at my soul, corroding the few shiny pieces of sanity I have left. I have one final paper left to go. Just ten pages of this burning, blistering, festering hell-on-earth, and I am home free. FREEE. FREEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEE.

I stayed up till 5 am last night (today? eh) getting my second-to-last paper done, and woke up at around 1 pm today. When I did so, my feelings were as thus:




However! I've signed up for a Theater in England seminar, which starts the day after Christmas and goes on for two weeks--during that time, my classmates and I will be seeing 21 plays in the glorious city of London! So I have that to look forward to. Now I just have to get to London on an airplane in one piece, and not accidentally end up in Hawaii or South Africa. (You think I am joking, but this is an honest concern. I have been known to get lost in the strangest, most pathetic sorts of instances).

Anyways! Ten pages, with breaks in between to update owed logs and tags! YAYSCHOOLREADYSETGO
gun_smoke_blue: (12k: Risai)
Got a Plurk account!

http://www.plurk.com/gun_smoke_blue

It remains to be seen whether I'll use this for good or evil...

Meme thing

Nov. 14th, 2010 10:02 pm
gun_smoke_blue: (Blame: sword-wielding chick)
SIX NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Ash
2. Ashley
3. Ash-loo
4. Spaz
5. You
6. Thuy

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. Grey V-neck T-shirt
2. Xhilaration skinny jeans
3. Underwear

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. Money that I do not have to work for
2. A male harem
3. Motivation

THREE PEOPLE WHO WILL SEND THIS BACK TO YOU YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
1. [personal profile] delfinnium
2. [personal profile] kitana
3. [Bad username or unknown identity: orpheia_kore=livejournal.com]

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. Filled out a prompt game on [Bad username or unknown identity: handsonkeyboard=livejournal.com]
2. Typed out about a page of my 5-page paper
3. Got distracted by the internet

TWO PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. Aunt
2. Girlfriend(s)

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. Study. Badly.
2. Watch violent martial arts movies
3. Sit in on a Classical Scriptures class

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS:
1. Orange soda
2. Fuze
3. Iced tea

THREE Things That Made YOU Smile Today:
1. NaNoWriMo
2. The fact that someone, somewhere, is not as awesome as I am
3. Drawing a picture that did not look like a stick figure with balloons on its head and instead looked rather like a person. I am improving in mah drawing skills.
gun_smoke_blue: (cigar smokin')
It's settled, then!

I'm going on a mass family vacation with my aunts, uncles, and little cousins to Vietnam on July 22nd! We're going to be doing a whole country tour and staying in old pre-war era hotels! My wimpy little Northeastern hide will be subjected to the terror that is the tropical climate and mosquito nets. I will be getting a digital camera and taking SO MANY PICTURES IT'S NOT EVEN FUNNY.
gun_smoke_blue: (Dogs: Naoto blorp)
SO I WENT TO SEE IRON MAN 2. WHEN I CAME BACK FROM THE THEATER, I HAD THE PRESSING URGE TO WRITE THIS REVIEW IN CAPSLOCK. BECAUSE IT WAS JUST THAT FUCKING AWESOME.

THERE WERE EXPLOSIONS AND BRIGHTLY-COLORED-MOVING-FAST OBJECTS THAT MAY HAVE BEEN PEOPLE OR POSSIBLY JUST FLYING SPORTS CARS AND THEN STUFF HAPPENED AND DON CHEADLE/ROADIE GOT A SEXYSUIT/IRON MAN SUIT AND THEN HE AND TONY STARK BLEW MORE SHIT UP AND THEN---

SCARLETT JOHANSSEN IN A CATSUIT OKAY I'M DONE I'M DEAD I DIED. DEAD DEAD DEAD. AND THEN SHE PULLED BADASS NINJA LUCHA LIBRE MOVES AND PWNED EVERYONE AND MY BRAIN

SPONTANEOUSLY

COMBUSTED.

and then there was Gwyneth Paltrow in a really tight skirt that only starving midget refugee children could fit in, wearing heels supposedly bigger than Iron Man's dick, but no one really cared about that.

AND THEN MORE SHIT BLEW UP AND I WAS HAPPY AGAIN.

THERE WAS SUPPOSED TO BE A PLOT INVOLVED IN THE MAKING OF THIS MOVIE, BUT I CARE NOT FOR TRIVIAL MATTERS LIKE THAT.

IN CONCLUSION:

THIS MOVIE SAILS MY BOAT. OR FLOATS MY BOAT. I AM NOT ENTIRELY SURE WHICH SAYING IS SEMANTICALLY CORRECT, BUT TONY STARK CAN SAIL MY BOAT ANY TIME, BABY.
gun_smoke_blue: (Naruto: Sakura says you're screwed)
Ahaha look at the Wordle I made for my Fallen Leaves application for Maito Gai. IT HURTS ME.







Wordle: Fallen Leaves Maito Gai Application
gun_smoke_blue: (we do WHAT!?)
Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

Hey guys! Click on the link and help me hatch this little guy! Girl. It. Thing.

Hmmmm

Apr. 13th, 2010 05:34 pm
gun_smoke_blue: (Dogs: Naoto blorp)
SIX NAMES YOU GO BY:
1. Ash
2. Ashley
3. Ash-loo
4. Spaz
5. Ash-les (yeah, idk either)
6. Thuy

THREE THINGS YOU ARE WEARING RIGHT NOW:
1. Grey V-neck T-shirt
2. Xhilaration skinny jeans
3. Underwear

THREE THINGS YOU WANT VERY BADLY AT THE MOMENT
1. Money that I do not have to work for
2. A male harem
3. Motivation

THREE PEOPLE WHO WILL SEND THIS BACK TO YOU YOU HOPE WILL DO THE MEME
1. Eh
2. Yeah
3. Whatever

THREE THINGS YOU DID LAST NIGHT
1. Accidentally pulled an all-nighter reading porn. It was really good porn.
2. Stared at the ceiling.
3. Did 100 push-ups because I was just that bored

TWO PEOPLE YOU LAST TALKED TO ON THE PHONE:
1. Boyfriend
2. Girlfriend(s)

THREE THINGS YOU ARE GOING TO DO TOMORROW:
1. Work for money
2. Watch violent martial arts movies
3. Terrorize small children Teach kids class at karate

THREE OF YOUR FAVORITE DRINKS:
1. Orange soda
2. Skim milk
3. Iced tea

THREE Things That Made YOU Smile Today:
1. Writing a story with my friend in Connecticut
2. The fact that someone, somewhere, is not as awesome as I am
3. Drawing a picture that did not look like a stick figure with balloons on its head and instead looked rather like a person. I am improving in mah drawing skills.

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