helenorvana: (Stock - touch of your own hand)
I don't remember if I ever did a who-I-am post back when I first got this thing, but since I'm going to try and use this a little more often (my journalling on-off phases last years sometimes), I figured it's probably due for a revamped post in any case. There's a condensed version of this in my profile, jsyk.

All About Me: RL, Fandom, and Sports-wise )

Well! That's a lot more than I've written about myself in a long time! The t;dr version: I'm soon to graduate college, I crochet when I'm bored (which is basically all the time), most of my fandom stuff is on twitter or tumblr, and I'm super into the hockey thing right now :)

Find me places!
[twitter.com profile] helenorvana - best place to actually interact with me
[instagram.com profile] helenorvana - mostly photos of crochet projects and clouds
[tumblr.com profile] helenorvana - most of my fandom flailing, mostly via reblogs
helenorvana: (Musicians - play some fingerstyle)
It has been a fucking long semester, I have one week left, and this has been a miserable week to top it all off. Started last Sunday night when I took a brutal fall on my scooter (yes, I have a foot-pedal scooter, leave me alone, it is awesome): nasty scrapes on my right forearm and upper arm; deep, deep bruising on my upper arm on top of that (which has finally gotten to the point of looking worse than it hurts, but it's a nasty mess of yellow and purple and ick); more deep nasty bruises on my right shin just below the knee... I was going at a pretty fair clip and tried to bunny-hop up onto the sidewalk (which I do all the time, it's easy), missed, and face-planted, skidded across the concrete, and smashed into the decorative brick. Yeah. Then I've been sick since Wednesday when I had to shoot six assignments this weekend (yes, six - I am taking three shooting classes this semester and that is the biggest mistake of my life). Then Thursday I get hit by my own car, so now I'm bruised all over, I re-sprained my ankle, and I'm just miserable.

Here, have some links (mixed bag of awesome, odd, and rage-inducing):

5 Astronauts More Badass Than Any Action Movie Hero

6 Board Games That Ruined It for Everyone

4 Things Politicians Will Never Understand About Poor People

5 Things It Turns Out You Were Right to Hate About School

The 5 Creepiest Ways Major Companies Are Watching You

6 Mind-Blowing Things Nobody Taught You About Black Holes

Incredible Light Trails from Space

38 Maps You Never Knew You Needed
helenorvana: (SPN - gate to hell in my hand)

What is your favorite beverage?
My usual answer is root beer, but it occurs to me that's not actually the case. My favorite beverage is, in fact, 2% milk.

If you had to go without liquid for an entire day, would you drink water or your favorite beverage when liquids were available again?
It depends on what the weather's been like or what I've been doing that day, but 7 times out of 10 it'll be milk, not water.

What is your favorite food?
I don't really have one? I'll say steak-and-potatoes.

If you had to go without food for an entire day, what would be the first food you'd eat when food was available again?
It also depends, but mainly on what I've craving at that point. Anything from cereal to cookies to crackers to lasagna. I've done all of them, many many times.

How would you react if both your favorite food and your favorite beverage were available to the public but were somehow unattainable to you?
Sulk and pout. And whine, and beg, and rage. It would not be pretty, or dignified.
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lots of random me-stuff under here )
  • On a non-fandom front, I've been plugging along with my photography degree. This semester we're doing portraiture, which should be awesome because yay portraits! I love portraits! But is in fact not awesome for two key reasons: my professor from last semester that I absolutely despise also teaches this class, which I was bitterly disappointed to discover because I took this class specifically thinking it wasn't taught by him; and we apparently can't reuse models. Given that I know all of seven people in Las Vegas who might be willing to pose for me, and there are fourteen assignments plus the final series, this is a bit of a predicament for me. Bearing that in mind, if there is anyone in the Las Vegas area who would like to do a little bit of modeling, please contact me, and we can maybe work something out? Particularly anyone who has unusual pets (meaning anything not cats or dogs, or hamsters/guinea pigs), like snakes.
  • Some samples of what I've done:
an angled head-and-shoulders portrait of a read-haired young woman on a dark background portrait of a young woman in a white patterned sundress sitting on a bench against a grey background portrait of a young latino woman in a brilliant green headscarf, holding it close to her cheek

Also, my Identity series can be seen here.

Virtual human development game

free human development game


helenorvana: (SPN - echoes in grey)
Friday Five for 9/7/12: Sports!

What is your favorite sport to watch?

It depends on if we're talking normal sports or sports I only watch during the Olympics. Normal? (American) Football. Everything else just seems too slow-moving. (Yes, I realize the hypocrisy in saying that when an hour-long game takes three hours to play, but I love the commentary, shut up.) Olympic-wise? In the summer it's gymnastics, and in the winter the ice-skating.

What is your favorite sport to play?

I've done pretty much everything there is to do in soccer. I've played, I've refereed, I've even helped coach. (I was terrible at it: never put me in charge of people.)

Favorite sports team?

New Orleans Saints. I first got into football while they were the reining Superbowl champions. Plus I just liked their story. Honorary mention to Seattle Seahawks (closest I've got to a home team).

Favorite sports player?

Right now, gonna go with Gabby Douglas. Rock on, you magnificent lady.

Why do you enjoy watching/playing your favorite sport?

It's a new way to hang out with my dad, an uneasy sort of common ground with my brother-in-law, and fascinating to watch.

Friday Five for 9/21/12: Cell phones!

When did you get your first cell phone?

Erm....sometime either freshman or sophomore year of high school? We needed them to coordinate rides and such.

Do you have any special ring tones, if so what are they?

Closest I get is my main ringtone, which is the Sherlock theme a la music box.

Does your phone have a camera?

Yes, which makes grocery shopping convenient. "You are being terribly specific and I won't remember: let me take a picture so I'll recognize it when I see it!"

What kind of phone do you have now?

Android Sidekick. I wanted the keyboard, since I hate touch-screen keypads.

What carrier do you use?

We're on T-Mobile right now, I think?
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I ... am not even going to look to see how long it's been since I last updated. It will probably make me weep with shame. But I am alive! I just committed the cardinal sin of creating a tumblr, and have been super-engrossed ever since. It just suits me inordinately well - words are hard! (Words are very hard - a single DW entry can take anywhere from three hours to three days, even if it's only two paragraphs long.)

Um, what all have I done with myself? Finished spring semester, got in another (inevitable) fight with the Financial Aid department re: loans again (although YAY, PELL GRANTS!), took summer off beyond the English 101 class, ordered a new computer, and fell completely and utterly into White Collar and Teen Wolf. There's a slapdash update for you, then. :D
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For [community profile] fannish5: 5 favorite historical fandoms.

1. Eric Flint's 1632 series.

2. Eric Flint and Davie Drake's Belisarius series.

3. Rurouni Kenshin (shut up, it totally counts)

4. M*A*S*H

5. As you can see, I'm scrambling here - I really don't read/watch much historical fiction?

For [community profile] thefridayfive: Randomocity

If you were given one million dollars, on the condition that you had to give half of it away, how would you go about giving away half a million dollars?

I love the idea of being debt-free, so I'd honestly give most of it to siblings (and the brother-in-law) to help pay off school loans, and my parents to pay of the mortgage. Anything left over would probably go into trust funds for future children, with a ten-percent portion going to a charity.

Do you write letters or send cards to anyone via the postal system regularly, only for special occasions such as birthdays, or not at all?

Mostly not at all, although I wrote my brother semi-regularly while he was in boot camp. It remains to be seen whether or not I'll keep up that trend when he's stationed somewhere. I'm terrible about keeping up with people I don't see regularly - I'm doing good to send text messages, never mind phone calls. You expect me to write letters? Psht.

What is the most treasured memento you have kept?

Come to think of it, I don't really keep mementos. Umm...I have a shirt that I got from a computer week camp at MSU when I was in high school that's my favorite shirt ever?

If one of your friends phones you at 4am because they are depressed and upset, but you have an important job interview in the morning. What do you do?

Stay up and talk with them until they're settled. If they need me to, drive out to meet them somewhere. I can function on little sleep, even for interviews.

What is the phrase or quote that sums up who you are as a person?

Late to the party. Boy, is that ever true...
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Music for [community profile] thefridayfive

How often do you listen to music?
Constantly. The radio's nearly always on when I'm driving, and my iTunes library is on shuffle pretty much every time I'm at my computer (which is always). I'll pick a favorite song or truncated playlist and play it on repeat while I go to sleep at night.

Do you ever listen to the radio? What is your favorite station?
See above. Favorites change depending on my mood; sometimes it's the classical station, sometimes it's the dance station; for a long while it was the classic rock. At the moment it's a Spanish/Brazilian dance station, despite my not speaking more than a lick of Spanish.

How do you find new songs, albums, or artists to listen to?
If it's not through the radio or the occasional fanvid, usually it can be blamed attributed to [livejournal.com profile] lavenderfrost these days. My crack dealer :) (Also tumblr)

When was the last time you bought a CD? A digital music file?
Technically, I "bought" a CD when I helped fund Megan Joy's Kickstarter project, but actually it was whenever David Cook's latest album came out. Digital was the very end of February

Do you think any of the technologies and distribution methods mentioned above will still be around in ten years? Why or why not?
Digital files, definitely, and also the radio. I don't know about CDs. Hell, some people would've said vinyls wound be gone by this time, but people are still making them to this day (mostly for collectibles, but still). I think CDs have got a good while yet, but digital is definitely on the upswing. I'm curious to see when things like American Idol start tracking their contestants'/winners' sales by their digital downloads, not their album sales.
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Bedtimes! for [community profile] thefridayfive

What do you wear to bed?

Usually PJ-pants and a tank top, sometimes PJ-shorts if it's hot.

What side of the bed do you sleep on?

I thought the right side, but now I think about it, it's actually the side closest to the door. Which at the moment is the right.

Are you back, side, or stomach sleeper?

Usually back or stomach, but I've been trying to sleep on my back more often.

How many layers of bedding are on your bed?

It depends on if I've made it yet or not. When it's made, 6 (mattress pad, fitted sheet, sheet, two blankets and a comforter); when I've washed the sheets and haven't gotten around to putting them back on yet (which can take a couple weeks :P), 3 (mattress pad, two blankets).

Are you a bed hog or a covers-thief?

Never a covers-thief, but every once in a while I'll be a bed hog. Usually, though, I sleep curled up in a corner (waste of a queen bed, oh well).

For the [community profile] fannish5

What are your five favourite sibling relationships?

1. Simon and River Tam (Firefly)

2. Sokka and Katara (Avatar: The Last Airbender)

3. Lucy and Edmund Pevensie (Chronicles of Narnia)

4. Jacen and Jaina Solo (Star Wars Expanded Universe)

5. Dean and Sam Winchester (Supernatural)

(It occurs to me that I don't have very many fandoms with prominent sibling relationships...)
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How many schools (up until college) have you attended, in all?

A truly ridiculous number, I think. Home school, then Heath High, then a correspondent home school, then LVA, then the Nevada School of Massage Therapy, and now CSN. With plans to attend at least one more university before I'm done, possibly two.

How many states have you lived in before the age of 18? How many countries?

Three: Washington, Kentucky, and Nevada. Never even been out of country before, much less lived elsewhere.

Have you ever seen the hospital where you were born -- where is it/what's it's name?

Um, you know, I don't think so. It's in Bremerton - Harrison Medical Center (although at the time it was just Harrison Hospital). I was born there because at the time there wasn't a hospital in Port Orchard, where we actually lived. There's one there now, though, opened in 1995 - not long after we left, actually.

Do you plan to live in the same state in which you were born, or somewhere else?

Yes. Even if it's only briefly, while I go to school. The Pacific Northwest is what I consider "home," and I want to go back desperately.

Do you still talk to people from elementary school, middle-school or high school?

Pfft, no. I'm terrible about keeping in contact with people. I'll correspond for a year or two, one or two letters a year, with one or two people, but after that unless they're putting in the effort to stay in touch the best people can hope for is Facebook, which I check maybe twice a year.

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