Also, I've been on LJ eight years today. Terrifying.
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You know how sometimes people on your friends list post about stuff going on in their lives, and all of a sudden you think "Wait a minute! Since when were they working THERE? Since when were they dating THAT PERSON? Since when?" And then you wonder how you could have missed all that seemingly pretty standard information, but somehow you feel too ashamed to ask for clarification because it seems like info you should already know? It happens to all of us sometimes.
FIRST NAME: If you don't know my real first name, I'm not planning on telling you. On the internet and in fannish circles, I go by Mel.
AGE: I'll be turning 26 in April. When did this even happen?!
LOCATION: Seattle, WA, as of about a month ago. That will be the case until next late-summer/early-fall, when I will hopefully be returning to Pittsburgh to go back to Point Park to finish my stage management BFA.
OCCUPATION: Currently unemployed, technically, but it's not that simple. I'm hunting for a job in Seattle (Starbucks, preferably, but I'm getting frustrated with the phone tag). I'll be reopening Melayne Bakes, my geek-themed baked goods Etsy shop next week. And I'm doing some modeling on the side, which I should be getting paid for soon. And I'm on leave from Point Park University, which an estimated return of Fall 2013.
PARTNER: NO LONGER SINGLE!!! I am dating Nik (which is not his real name, but is close enough for the purposes). He is amazing and wonderful and I still don't know what he sees in me, sometimes, but I know better than to question it.
KIDS: Nope. And not any time soon. Maybe someday. Need to get the rest of my life sorted out a bit first.
BROTHERS/SISTERS: The Geekling is turning 21 next month, which is terrifying. He's also dating someone for the first time, which I shall be teasing him unmercifully about when I see him for Thanksgiving.
PETS: JJ is alive and well and still living in DC with Mom. He's also as cute and as ornery as ever. :D
3 THINGS GOING ON IN MY LIFE:
1. As of February, Mom and Dad will be getting a divorce. Dad intends to marry Pat, who is a family friend who has been like an aunt to me my entire life. As you can imagine, this is majorly fucking with my head. I haven't even begun dealing with it yet, since there's been so much other shit going on, but it's on the list.
2. Actually, there's been a lot I haven't been dealing with this year, because for the majority of it (February through June or so), I was completely nonfunctional, and in the worst place from the depression I've ever been. I made it through, in a large part due to the amazing people in my life, and I am still recovering even now. Otherwise, my health has been problematic, too. Some of it is because of the meds, but I did also have a kidney stone in the spring. I named it Alfred. *headdesk*
3. Nik, of course. We've been friends for almost four years now, I think, and when we met, he was dating someone else. They broke up, he moved across the country, and through a romcom-like series of events, we started dating the end of the summer. I'm counting from the first weekend in August, since while we'd been talking about the idea for all of July and I think some of June, that weekend was when I flew cross-country so we could see what Us As A Couple looked like. And it was wonderful. And now we're living together in a lovely one-bedroom apartment in Seattle named Savoir-Faire. We make a mess of the kitchen and we watch a lot of TV, and it's a hell of a good time.
PARENTS: Separated, with the divorce scheduled for February 2013 (Maryland has a one-year mandated separation period before a divorce can be finalized). The less about all that, the better.
CLOSE FRIENDS: The one major drawback of the cross-country move is that Nik is really the only person I know here in Seattle, and all my other friends are very, very far away; most are still on the East Coast. I've been meeting Nik's local people, which is good, and I'm sure I'll meet folks once I'm working, but I miss everyone terribly. And I'm going to be skipping Dragon*Con next year (two weddings in one weekend, what the hell), so I'm going to have to make a serious effort to keep in touch with my people in DC and Orlando and everywhere else.
Hopefully this will actually be the beginning of my return to LJ. If nothing else, it might make me do more stuff during the day, so that I'll have something to post about! :P