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O hai, LJ...

Wow, look. It's been almost a year since my last post. My last post was a sort of goodbye post, though, so that's okay. I'm still keeping up my sailing blog linked in the post below. Which means I must've been at it for almost a year, which is a bit shocking to me.

One reason I vanished is because all the hype about the new Doctor was going on and I wanted to stay away from spoilers and experience the regeneration when it aired (which of course was later in the States). After that long break I sort of fell out of fandom and gained other obsessions... Like sailing. A lot. But! Now I am all caught up in Doctor Who and have fallen back in fandom! I absolutely love Matt Smith as the Doctor and am eagerly awaiting Series 6. Especially since there is a pirate ship, and I can finally have a nautical Who episode that isn't (I hope) set in space... Still think there needs to be a Trafalgar episode, though.

The other reason I vanished was because of this thing called RSS... I set myself up a Google Reader thingy and now read my f-list through that. So I hardly ever actually come on LiveJournal. Which means I never ever post.

So, well. There you have it. I'll probably go vanish for another year, then.


I've been neglecting my journal. University is really quite time-consuming. And the closer I get to midterms, the less I want to study, so here I am!

I'm still keeping up the sailing every week thing. Sundays are now my only days of freedom and fun what with school Mondays through Thursdays and homework to do Fridays and Saturdays. I don't think I'd stay sane if I couldn't sail every week.

The American Sail Training Association is offering an internship for college students during the Festival of Sail in the Great Lakes during the summer. I'm going to apply for that and see where it takes me.

This may seem silly, because this is a blog, but I've started a blog... It's where I'll post all of my Sunday Sailing Adventures and whatnot. I'll not desert LJ, though. Because I still check my f-list...
But, if you're interested: http://spiffingsailor.blogspot.com/

Gosh, I sound really boring. Maybe it's because I'm going to be a history teacher.
I kind of hoped I wouldn't be a boring one, though.

Well... This is Awkward

No, I haven't disappeared off the face of the earth. Though I'm sure it seems like it.

Summer has flown by. Or sailed by. I prefer sailed. Because I did a lot of sailing over the summer.

I am now a Silly Freshman and Cal State San Marcos. Doing homework and all that nonsense.

But! Summer Sailing was quite enjoyable. I believe I sailed at least once a week throughout the summer, even twice at some points. And I just did an overnight trip to Dana Point for their Tall Ships Festival a couple weeks back. It was quite enjoyable, with all the other ships and sailors, and seeing the differences in the way we do things. I did keep a journal, and I may post my entries if I ever remember or find the time...
I shall also be crewing on a couple of the upcoming battle sails between Californian and Lynx, so if you happen to be in the San Diego are do sign up for a battle sail, as they're really quite enjoyable.

Gosh, so much has happened I can't think of anything to say. Ah, well. Questions are welcome. And such.

It's meme time again!

01. Anyone who looks at this entry has to post this meme and their current wallpaper at their LiveJournal.
02. Explain in five sentences why you're using that wallpaper!
03. Don't change your wallpaper before doing this! The point is to see what you had on!
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I'm alive? No way!

-coughs- So. Erm. Yes. I haven't updated in about forever. Been terribly busy lately. And I shall make a list of my current goings on, because that seems simple.

1. Maritime Museum every week. That's always fun. Though I signed up for Square Rigger 101 and am required to take every class, even the ones I could teach. But Surprise yards are almost done! Almost as in, we've filled in all the checks and all that's left is painting. Fore lower yard, main lower yard, boom, gaff, mizzen lower yard, mizzen top yard, mizzen t'gallant yard. ...Yeah, painting all of those means almost done.

2. That School Thing takes up far too much time than is completely necessary. So many projects at the end of the year! But we do get to make a boat in physics, which is terribly exciting. I've been waiting all year for this!

3. Being a theatre geek is time consuming. Though in a good way. We've been teching for everything that happens at the school theatre. And once that's over, we have rehearsal withdrawls and hang out at the theatre even when nothing's happening. And organising the theatre! I have been so OCD! But seriously, this year's seniors are leaving the theatre so nice for the incoming people. We completely cleaned the breezeway, which once was impossible to walk through without tripping over something and now has a wonderfully clear pathway with all the flats organised against the back wall. That was probably the biggest accomplishment of the year, and the drama teacher was so happy when we showed her! Next year's class and better not mess it up! I'm really enjoying tech, though, and I'm even considering technical theatre as a profession. Despite my lack of knowledge in lighting or sound. Everyone needs a main curtain motor, right? =D

4. I almost forgot, I went to that silly high school prom thing. I'm not the dance-type-person and was guilted into going. ...Yeah, I'm just glad it's over.

5. And perhaps most exciting is the NCIS season finale tomorrow! I am going to a friend's house to have an NCIS party and watch the finale together. ^^


New layout! Featuring my very own vector of HMS Surprise. Complete with pig flag and runaway pennant.

Speaking of Surprise, she is going into dry-dock soon. Meaning that afterwards she will be nice and clean. And that currently she is naked due to de-rigging in preparation for dry-dock.
Also in Maritime Museum news, the Dolphin is coming! Probably a nice change from our sinking Soviet sub. She's supposed to be here by the end of the month, but now is the end of the month so I don't know when she's actually supposed to be here. I think I might have heard some scuttlebutt about it being postponed until March, but I can't be sure.

And that's all I've got.

 Wait! I lied. I got the NCIS Soundtrack. Which is made of awesome. But I don't know if any of you are NCIS fans, so you probably don't care that much.

EDIT: I just realised I hadn't posted about the last Surprise sail. Unfortunately, I can't remember that much about it now. I do remember it was fun, though! Staying overnight on the Surprise is always fun, despite the smell. We did lose the pennant (thus the above runaway pennant comment). It had snapped from the pig stick and got caught on one of the braces. Someone went up to get and right when he reached for it the wind dislodged it and it fell into the bay. xD Captain yelled, 'Pennant overboard! Hands to launch the boat!' but we couldn't find it. Hopefully we'll get a new one.

Terribly sorry for the lack of updates!

So. I haven't posted in just about forever. Loads of stuff has happened as well. The annual Stars'l (though the Star didn't sail so I don't really know what to call it) has come and gone. I got to sail on HMS Surprise! I was foremast crew, specifically on the starboard pin rail and the t'gallant brace. It was really great fun and finally being on Sail Crew is absolutely brilliant!

After that, but before my birthday (which was the 30th of December, by the way. I am officially an adult!) I got to climb for the first time! On Surprise you can climb to the course yards being just jibboom qualified, so I took advantage of that when a few other crew members were going skylarking. I ran up to the first mate and begged to climb, saying that I did own a harness and I am jibboom qualified and it was only nine days before I turned eighteen and he let me! I got to climb to the foreyard with Aimee and though it wasn't nearly as high as Eagle's t'gallant, it was deifinitely a different perspective than the deck. I really wanted to go over the futtock shrouds, but alas, only those top qualified can do so. I really need to keep working at my pull-up, I'm about 3/4 of the way there.

During the regular maintenance Sundays, though, I've been painting the Surprise as a part of Marge's crew. Marge is Made of Awesome, by the way. I get to go over the side and paint the channels, which means I get to wear my harness! And do something a bit more exciting than staying on deck.

Another sailing adventure was had the day before my birthday. Surprise went out for the Holiday Bowl Parade and I was again a part of her crew! There wasn't a lot of wind and we only set tops'ls along with the fore-and-afts, but it was still nice being able to get out in the bay.

I'm beginning to think this journal is going to move more toward accounts of my nautical adventures (So if you want to stop watching me, I won't be insulted or anything). I'm avoiding Who fandom for a while because I don't want to be spoiled on who's playing the next doctor. I am watching the specials, though. Just not participating in fandom for fear of spoilers. I've sort of moved on to NCIS, though I'm a bit nervous about diving into fandom. I'm at the lurking stage right now. Who just isn't really interesting to me any more (which really depresses me 'cos I thought I'd love it forever), but maybe I'll get back into it. Maybe once the year of specials is over I'll get back in fandom, but right now NCIS is my favourite show.

Hmm, I think that's about it. This weekend is another Surprise sail and I'll be sleeping over Saturday night. Should be good fun! =D

Lazy Day!

So I just spent the whole day in front of the TV watching NCIS. There was a marathon. And I'm becoming quite obsessed. Don't worry, not near enough to endanger Who. But I love all of the characters! Usually I watch a show and one character just sticks out to me, but with NCIS I love all of them! They're all so loveable in their own unique ways. =D


Oh, look, I'm posting!

I'm just a bit lazy, for information on my nautical adventures from the weekend see this post and this post with pictures. =D

And in other news, a couple of friends and I have decided to write a fantasy/comedy/semi-historical/adventure novel. Working title being The Extraordinary and Very True Tale of the Voyage of the Yammer Schooner. Being inspired by the word(s) yammer schooner during my friend's read of The Voyage of the Beagle. We thought, 'Hey, what if a yammer schooner were a type of schooner, like a tops'l schooner?' and this the idea was born. We're working on what makes a yammer schooner a yammer schooner and not just a schooner. So if you can think of any unique ideas, do let me know! We have worked out that a yammer schooner would be a ship o' the yam trade (yams being very popular in this alternate world). But we don't know what to do with the sails to make it unique.

So, hms_surrender, your LiveJournal reveals...


You are... 2% unique (blame, for example, your interest in nineteenth century costume) and 6% herdlike (partly because you, like everyone else, enjoy the beatles). When it comes to friends you are normal. In terms of the way you relate to people, you are wary of trusting strangers. Your writing style (based on a recent public entry) is intellectual.

Your overall weirdness is: 37

(The average level of weirdness is: 29.
You are weirder than 76% of other LJers.)

Find out what your weirdness level is!

My writing style is intellectual? xD I don't think so.

I'm a bit tired now, but I'll post of my sailing adventures from this weekend tomorrow (maybe) with pictures! =D