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It's now 2013!!!!! \o/ Fresh start, aww yeah. I love the beginning of each year when I am full of hope that I will become a radder person and have not yet begun the slow process of disillusionment. I'm not even going to talk about whether I managed my 2012 goals because wow what a tragic tale of woe. How about we all imagine something cooler happening there. Maybe I became a airline pilot or something, if I don't say you can totally imagine that's what happened.

(though hey, I managed the read/review a book a day goal! Witness me show off beneath the cut)

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Hello livejournal! As of three days ago I am unemployed. Combined with the fact of it being reading week I have discovered it is extremely unhealthy for me to have too much free time. A break is nice but more than one day of being twitchy, spending too much time reading fic, and eating chocolate is just not good for anyone. :l Thank God I have tkd tomorrow.

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Remember how last month I was all excited that I finished school and I'd have free time again? The universe has a mean sense of humour; about half the staff at my work proceeded to quit and the rest of us enjoyed the highly entertaining experience of trying to run a place that requires twenty staff with eight. On the bright side it's made me really happy to be heading back to school. :)

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Guess who wrote her final exam today? This girl! :D With summer school over my days off work each week will now actually be days off so I am going to attempt to keep up with livejournal and dreamwidth again. I'm not going to try to backread because I don't believe in impossible tasks but from this day forth, I, themadpoker, sometimes referred to as Zeineb pledge to at least attempt to be a good lj friend. We will see how it works out!

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Holy smokes, that's the year half over. I feel like I ought to have a speech or something. You're all going to be spared though as I have approximately fifteen minutes before I go to work and I'd rather spend them on breakfast. Here's a nice short version: I, Zeineb, elsewhere known as themadpoker have read a whole lot of enjoyable books this first half year, have become the teensiest bit in better shape, and have not done as awfully at school as I might have. Let us all hope this continues. Except for the grades thing, I would very much like for those to go up. Amen.

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How is May over already, I feel like I posted one of these yesterday. X_x This year is racing to finish. I haven't had a chance to do half the things I intended to have done by now. Goal for June: write my G1 before the month ends. If nothing else I'd have so many more free hours if I didn't use them busing everywhere.

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Another month, another media post! This is pretty book heavy; I didn't have much time to watch things this month.

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Hurrah, another media post! I've officially given up the idea that I will ever post anything else here so I'll just use this for a life update too. Schoolwise I fell down a terrible academic blackhole at the start of this month I am currently trying to claw my way back out of. So far I'm nearly caught up on my readings for every course but one. If I finish those and write five very good essays and three exams within the next three weeks I think I can probably pull a B average for the year. Which will lose me my scholarship and be the worst GPA I've had in years but. -shrugs- This is why you don't take 120% courseload when you are a terrible procrastinator who reacts with dread when assigned essay topics they can't think how to respond to. I have learned some excellent life lessons about my personal academic capabilities this semester.

On the bright side I passed my tae kwon do test yesterday to move on to yellow stripe so I haven't failed all my life goals! Plus if our president succeeds in getting us gym space on Mondays and Wednesdays over the summer I'll be able to keep coming to training. Next goal: become a yellow belt by September? :D Also, attempt not to be eliminated in the first round of patterns in the Ottawa tournament in June. If I make it to the second round I'll already be improving on my performance in Toronto this month! I'm going to focus on patterns and kicks over the summer (my turning kick is a sad sight to behold, my instructor even included a comment to improve my balance in my test results).

Other good news includes having a job and all my third year English courses lined up for the summer. If everything goes well there I'll only have to do four courses each semester next year which should help me enormously on not repeating the academic tragedies of this semester.

Aaaand that's p. much everything of consequence to happen to me over March. Let's move on to the fun entertainment stuff!

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themadpoker: The adorable Miss Guinevere of Camelot granting us a smile. (gwen smiling back)
So when I said last month these media posts would at least guarantee me one post a month I was kind of secretly hoping I'd develop time management skills and manage to post other things anyways. That didn't really happen. >_> Low expectations are the way to go here I see.

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Hi lj! Here is a story about me and why I have disappeared off the face of the Internet. On the night of December 31st, 2011 a lone Zeineb thought to herself about how the very next day would be a brand new year in which she could try being the rad person she had the potential to be. She decided to implement a bunch of new year resolutions the details of which are boring to delve into but basically boil down to be a cooler person. Here are some things she tried in keeping with these resolutions!

+ Taking a 120% course load
+ Starting tae kwan dao lessons three times a week.
+ Taking the tafseer classes offered by the campus MSA.
+ Running about giving her resume for work and volunteer positions.
+ Readings and reviewing a book a day on goodreads.

So far these resolutions have been surprisingly successful! It helps that I am perfectly willing to be flexible on things like the definition of a 'book' (manga volumes absolutely count as do comics) and a 'review' (I see no reason why three sentences and two gifs should not be adequate to convey my feelings on a story). The only downside to this quest to improve myself is I have very little free time to spend online any more. :( I decided to keep a monthly media log on livejournal instead of yearly though, so I have at least one guaranteed post each month. I'd love to hear what you've all been up to. Any good books? Movies? New Year's resolutions you are determined to keep up with by hook or crook?

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