Balms. Lots and lots of balms. And cards.
H made the cards, as usual.
We got Girl-H a Ravenclaw hoodie, which she loves.
I got H (between his birthday and Xmas)
And Onion Encyclopedia
Face of Boe T-shirt
Andy Capp Hot Fries
Fancy cherry soda syrup
Batman Arkham Asylum for PS3
T-shirt with Futurama heads of famous doctors
Hellblazer anthology 1
A bunch of sour candy and hot peppers.
What I got:
Cookies, more cookies.
Ferdinand the Bull book
Pop Funko Drogon figure
The Walking Dead compendium #2
First season of Bates Motel (DVD)
The Compleat Al (DVD)
Money, with which I bought this:
We got a ton of swell cards, various canned goods and edibles.
H also got me a big hunk of haloumi, which is one of my fave cheeses. You can fry it and it doesn't melt.
Plus I ordered myself the Babadook book, which will arrive this summer.
Dook dook dook.
EDIT: Today I was given a Doctor Who Madlib book and some gourmet candy bars by a little girl I like a whole lot--my goddaughter Evelyn.
People come over, or call me and ask how it's going.
And I...inexplicably...have been saying things like:
"Good!" and "Alright, man. How are you?"
If you know me in real life, you'll know that my typical response to a polite inquiry like How are you is a long sigh and a bevvy of complaining. Not lately though. Lately, I've been in good spirits.
Some of this may be that I've stayed in the air-conditioning while the rest of the planet appears to be burning to a crisp out there.
It may also be that I have almost no obligations that need to be met at any specific time of the day or night.
But mostly, I think it's because the magazine is such enormous fun. I'm spending a ton of time on it, and I barely notice because it's such a rockin' good time. My ideas are good, I have many of the tools I need to carry them out--and the rest? Well, there's this thing called The Internets, where any and all needs can eventually be met.
That's right, I now have access to all of my hard drive. Amazing.
I did it using a borrowed back-up drive, and the awesome power of my brain.
You kids know what that means...
Now I have to make up for all that time I couldn't spend working on TFE.
Back to it, I go.
My kickass interview with Craig Spector is up Why you aren't already reading it is beyond me. I'm kind of bummed that no one has been commenting on it. Even if you think my interview sucks, and was completely unworthy of him--why not pop by and tell him so?
Fast forward to today, the artist is making her own interpretation of my kickass logo.
Soon it will be a pewter necklace, the baddassery of which will blind asshats and haters the world over! So I'm pretty stoked. H is too, which is good since he designed the logo.
The wax sculpture:
B&W so you can tell what it will look like monochromatically.
Of course, I am also getting the trowel. ;-]
Better still, it sounds like it's going to be done in time for my reading next month.
Today, I had the good fortune of having my assertion confirmed by none other than John Russo.
And there was much rejoicing.
And then, this happened:
Back to work tomorrow for a 3-day week. Dropping down on the hours so I can get some real work done. Have to finish The Finster Effect by the end of summer, which means I'll be working my ass off on it. New podcast ep this week, and new ZZN article and ParaBlog article too. That's right, no more dicking around. Back to the REAL work! Apparently the main difference between being somewhat talented and actually being successful is a metric fuckton of hard work. My new desk setup is awesome, so I really have no excuse for not getting everything done that I need to do. Well--unless that new HDMI cable that lets me watch downloaded vids on my big TV counts as an "excuse." I'm hoping not...but there is an awful lot of Bugs Bunny here.
My 40th birthday party was wicked awesome. I'd love to regale you with pics, stories, and tales of all the awesome people, gifts, foodstuffs, drinkables, and etc that went down. However, my corpal tunnel is out of freakin' control. Despite wearing my braces religiously, it hurts to type. In fact, the only really comfortable position for my hands is curled into a loose fist. Also, my pinkie fingers occasionally go numb even if I'm just resting my hands. Need to get an ergo keyboard for my laptop immediately. I am terrified of hand surgery, and tend to freak out about medical shit long before my doctor actually tells me what's going on. Seeing the doc on Weds. I'm so worried, I'm going at 9:25am instead of waiting a week.
The party was awesome though. All the food turned out great. It was our largest crowd ever, with many of my favorite peeps in attendance. Some came from far and wide just to be there. I got some beautiful gifts-- like a cool dream-catcher, a thing or two off my wish list, some lovely and/or hilarious cards. The outpouring of genuine affection was indescribably amazing. I'm not one to use the word blessed, so I'll just say I am fucking lucky. Here is me and just one of the incredible gifts I got:
Also had no voice to speak of *heh* when I woke up. After drinking tea all day, it's a bit better. So I'll have to go to work tomorrow, unlike today.
How do I know? Because I turned 40 yesterday.
Not only did I not die of my own excesses, but I had a petite cancer scare that I came through swimmingly. Of course I have friends, family, and Anthem Blue Cross to thank for that.
Better still, my evil head trauma has NOT made me soft in the head...yet. I'm still working a day job, maintaining a reasonable semblance of sanity, writing novels, and enjoying a pretty damn good life.
Go, Me! Suck it, Not-Me!
( My yearly rant on why responsible consumerism is just fucking fine )
Giving gifts should be fun.
If you think it's a pain in the ass; you're doing it wrong.
Imagine my joy when H presented me with an Exorcist play set (From the movie. It's not for doing an actual exorcism--even though I hear those are all the rage right now). It has a little battery motor that makes the head spin around. BADASS! He also got me a candle holder that is the front window of Mrs Lovetts pie shop. Sweet!
H makes me a cool card every year, because he's a whip-ass graphic designer. This year, the envelope had the theme from Jaws written out (accurately) in onamontapoeia. The card had scenes from Jaws with birthday wishes appropriately and hilariously worked in. A Jaws-themed card is especially hilarious because unbeknownst to H, I got him an Amity T-shirt for HIS birthday, which is next month. *snerk* Get out of my mind, H!
Saturday is the big bash. Anytime after 6pm is cool for coming by, and we'll be kicking people out at 3am, unless they are too wasted to drive. Limited crashing space is available. Yummy food and non-alcoholic bevvies will be served. All else, BYO. No smoking in common rooms. VIP smoking in H's office. So many great people are coming this year. College friends, work friends, many of the usual party peeps, and a few other fun surprises. If you're coming, please bring a camera. We do not have a working one anymore. :-[
The planned menu:
Spinach dip--my own variation of the classic Knorr recipe
Roasted Red Pepper Hommus--made by me
That nutella pastry with strawberries that I do.
Mexican dip courtesy of klynnfrost
Hawaiian inspired trifle: coconut cake, bannana pudding, pineapple chunks, macadamia nuts, cool-wHip, and maraschino cherries. It's gonna kick ass.
And finally, I am losing my voice. My upper register is gone, which is my "customer voice." Sucky, as I have to work tomorrow. Hoping to be on web chat instead of phones as much as possible. Low register is fine, lets hope I can keep it until after the party.
But I digest... [sic]
Still a bit behind, numbers-wise.
But in all the ways that lead toward creating a kickass zombie novel?
Yeah...I'm way far ahead.
Shit is about to go down.
Fare thee well to Dino DeLaurentis, you magnificent bastard!
When I say, "Thanks for Everything," I primarily mean this*:
*By which I mean the film itself, not this particular aspect of it.
That part of it is actually kind of creepy...especially when she should have been getting it on with Timothy Dalton. Hell, even Deep Roy would have been less questionable.
I cooked some bacon in paper towels (the microwave kind) and hung the paper towel in the doorway. He digs those out of the trash without fail. Finally, around 11:30 I was just about to give up for today and go to bed, we heard him. I went outside and talked him out of running away for about 30 minutes. I shook food at him, threw treats and pieces of cheese, smooshed up some dry catnip and put it by me. Eventually he just came over and let me pet him, and I grabbed him.
It looks like somebody might have taken a swipe at his ear, but other than that he appears to be fine. After 20 minutes or so of growling, he was back to being his old affectionate self. He's already calm and resting. He is getting a new reflective collar and a blinky charm that goes off whenever he moves in the dark. No bells though. He's plenty loud and will not require a bell.
And then...it went on sale for $15. It's inexplicable. Amazon has crazy price changes, most often in the middle of the night. I'll see something I want at a crazy-low price, but when I talk to H about buying it the next day, it's back to its regular price. How does that happen? What's up with that? I have no idea, but the price was so amazing (C'mon, 93% off?!?) I took a bunch of screen caps.
( It's for proof, in case somebody tries to pull a fast one! )
In even more awesome news, dig my Amazon Author Page. I'm just a jump to the left (and then, presumably, a step to the riiiiiiight) of being super, crazy famous. Can you feel it? Or am I just high? In either event, I'm getting some chocolate, then going to bed.
As you all know, I had a birthday recently. People were very generous; lots and lots of friends sent beautiful cards, thoughtful gifts, and heartfelt well wishes. That kind of thing makes me want to use an expression I never EVER use: it makes me feel blessed.
The party included a bunch of my co-workers, with whom I am just beginning to hang out with socially. I like a lot of them very much, which I do say pretty often around here. Also, the guy I had a crush on in junior high was able to come. We've reconnected via Facebook. He turned out to be a really neat guy. We disagree on political stuff--but respectfully. He's conservative, but he's not a loon. It's kinda cool.
I got a new TV for my birthday from that one friend I have who enjoys giving extravagant gifts. When I'm online shopping I often think Damn, if I was rich, I'd buy this for so-and-so. This friend is able to actually do some of that stuff. So now I have a 40" HD TV. It's rad. I need to read the manual, it's kinda huge.
I'm almost done holiday shopping. Just waiting for a new more gifts to arrive. I've never been done before Black Friday before. So that's neat. The holiday baking with begin soon.
I have until Sunday night to give my publisher the final revisions on the galley for Kiss Me Like you Love Me. I love the hell out of that book. I want it perfect. So one more going over should do it. I'm going to send it to myself so I can look over it at work. I'm working both Friday and Saturday, which is going to be really busy and sucky, I predict.
Sadly, my high school frienemy sith_lord died just after midnight on my birthday. It is a terribly sad story. ( I'll keep it short ) As if that wasn't shitty enough, my other frienemy, Cindy, has just been told that her COPD is "end stage." So she will almost certainly die within the year.
H's mom is sending me the memory card and card reader for the Zoom H2 Recorder I've been wanting forever. So...I decided I'd go ahead and buy myself one. I got it way cheap on amazon (almost $60 less than people who sell them locally) with free shipping. So it will be here in a week or two. Yay!
I gave up on V. I just didn't like it very much. Big Love is coming back in January. I have to rewatch Season one of Tru Blood so I can rerecord it. Hopefully they'll put it back On Demand soon. I have no idea who has my copy of season one (not to mention my Masterpiece Theater version of Jane Eyre) and it looks like at this point that I won't be getting them back. The Jane Eyre was a gift, so that sucks. From now on, everyone signs stuff out.
Tomorrow, chicken and stuffing, green bean casserole and good company. Yay!
I wouldn't say it was a "bad" movie, but I was disappointed. The premise was interesting, but nonsensical enough that it required more explanation to really develop my ability/desire to suspend disbeleif. They also used some unique and creative methods to deal effectively with their tiny budget. Again, nice try, but it didn't quite work for me. As far as bloody, cannibalistic zombies, you really only see one. In a so-called zombie movie, that's not nearly enough. Besides, zombie extras really don't cost that much. A good Ben Nye makeup kit only costs about $60 and they could have borrowed mine. ;-] There were some plot and character devleopments that I found frustrating and stupid. Plus I'm finding more and more that profanity alone does not an interesting dialogue make. All and all, I'm glad I watched it, but won't bother buying it. But someone must have liked it, as the sequel comes out in 2010. H enjoyed it more than I did, but his standards for horror are very different from mine.
Soeaking of H, I totally meant to mention something last week, but it slipped my mind. I completely forgot to mention that mine and H's dating anniversary was June 6th. That was the day, in 1999, that we decided to become an exclusive couple. Even though we are married now and will only be celebrating wedding anniversaries from now on--we wanted to make note of this one as it represents Ten Whole Years of Wednes and H!!! I honestly can't think of anything else in life that I've chosen to do for ten whole years.
Our intention is to buy ourselves a new video game. We must decide the following: Wii or Xbox, shooter or puzzle (or something else), and how much we really want to spend--less than $60 I should think. We're also open to suggestions. Left 4 Dead 2 doesn't come out until November. But we'll almost certainly be picking it up. It looks wicked awesome.
For you see, I live with a guy named H. He's pretty awesome. He treats me nice, makes good money, is funny, loyal, loving...all that good stuff. But one thing H does not do is cook. He simply lacks the cooking gene, he says. When I don't cook for him, he eats hot dogs, soup from cans, and cereal. H also does not clean the litterbox, but that is neither here nor there.
On my way home from work today, I got a call from H asking me if I was going to take a nap when I get home. I'm trying to stop taking naps, so I said no. He was bummed and asked me to make myself scarce so he could do something in the living room and that it might take as long as 2 hours. He was going to go to the store and buy something, then come home and make whatever it was. Never did I imagine that he would be cooking something, and I couldn't figure out how rewiring my speakers could possibly take two hours.
Fast forward to later, when he finally tells me I can come out and see whatever it is. I look all around the living room and don't see anything. Then I look at the dining table and see a cake. A chocolate, flourless cake. It's unmistakable. And I wonder if he had to heat it up after he bought it or something.
He made it from scratch, from a recipe we saw watching food network. this one, in fact.
He told me I had to be very, very honest about the cake. Luckily, it was delicious. I kind of thought it needed ice cream, it was so incredibly rich. That's when he did it.
He busted out some freshly whipped cream that he whipped himself, by hand with a wisk.
When I asked him what possessed him to take so much time and effort making a cake from scratch, he just looked at me.
"I love you." He said, as if the answer to my question was totally obvious.
Here it is, wrapped in plastic wrap:
I had a meeting with my boss today, who assuaged my fears in a big way. We (ie The Company) are not looking to lay anyone off. In fact, they like me, like my work and are going to be training me to do some new stuff after the holidays. They like the work I do on the phones and with the call center newsletter. So that is all very cool. After the holidays there will be people shifting jobs and as long as I can deal with irratic hours once in a while, I have no fear of losing my job anytime soon.
That said, after I get off tonight I am not back at work until Tuesday, when I am working a 2-day work week (tuesday and friday). I'm only working a 3-day week the following week, though both weeks will seem like more because of Holiday pay.
Anyway, I'm very pleased about all this!!
And a little less pleased that we're about to get a crazy blizzard tonight.
My Aunt got me some super comfy socks that I am loving to death. She also got me The Strangers which is terrifying, and the Horror Writer's Association's book about writing horror. I can't wait to dive into it.
Then, one of my admirers who shall remain nameless got me, get this...
An XBox 360!!! There's also an extra controller and chargers and stuff, plus a subscription to Xbox Live for a year. It comes with some games: Kung Fu Panda game and some kind of Indiana Jones lego game. Plus I got Left 4 Dead which is the newest zombie game out. I'm gonna set it up and get it working, but then I'll have to lay off of it until after the NaNoWriMo is over. Can't get blown off course now by kick-ass toys. Well, maybe for a little while, but then I'll have to catch up.
Anyway, I'm fairly blown away by all that.
In other news, my kitchen is slowly getting put back together after the Great Flood of 2008. I'll be making a pineapple cake later for the party tomorrow. Everyone loves my pineapple cake, so I like to make it every now and again. This will likely be my last party for a while unless I do something for New Years Eve. People should start thinking about whether I should have people over, or if someone else wants to do something.
This computer is awesome, the only thing about it that does not leave my old computer in the dust is the speakers, which are pretty much the same. Maybe they are a bit less tinny. Otherwise though, I'm computing with lightening speed, although I have to reset all my bookmarks for both browsers. Dang. I have to do my iTunes playlist again too, but even iTunes is super, super fast. I put over 8gigs of music on my iPod in less than an hour. I can't shut up about it, it's just so great.
I just need some software. All my Word docs are opening as text edit files, which is fine, but not ideal. I also need some Adobe stuff so's I can do some graphic design stuff. And my Dreamweaver went away, so I need that too. I never got around to buying Final Draft, maybe H will get it for my birthday...
Oh yeah, and I have Leopard, and iTunes 8 with the new visualizer, which rocks.
I can't get my old aquarium screensaver to work right. I may just download some flying toasters. I've always been a fan of those.
My new phone also came today. I'm waiting for it to charge so's I can see if the SIM card transferred all my digits for me. It's a damn nice phone (Sony Ericsson 7zsomething or other), I feel quite hooked up.
Just got home from the doctor. My BP was 120 over 80, which for me is wicked awesome.
I guess all that excersize I've been doing is *snerk* I can't even type that with a straight face. I have been walking up and down the stairs a lot at work, and doing my stretches. I feel like crap if I don't take time to stretch out thoroughly every single day. Oxygenation, you know.
In other news, my new phone got delivered to the leasing office on the 17th. The leasing office didn't bother to tell us it was there until yesterday, the 22nd. Not sure what's up with that, but not happy.
The Sarah Connor Chronicles is growing on me. I didn't think it would. Couple that with the fact that H has got me watching Fringe as well...and I'm all Sci-Fi'd up. I'm just waiting for LOST and BattleStar Galaztica to come back, and I'll be set.
My bro and sis-in-law were here for dinner today. We had shish kafta, falafel, hommus, and rice. I made a tahini sauce and a cucumber sauce out of greek yogurt. It was, I daresay, the bomb.
We had an awesome time talking, playing Wii, and having dinner.
My brother is still a great guy, funny and intelligent. His wife, I like. She's very smart and nice, a good compliment, I think.
Now I'm off to read up for my sales presentation on Tuesday.
I got my haircut, which looks sweet. As soon as I can find what H did with the camera, I'll post a piccie because I'm sure you're all dying to see what I look like with crazy short hair. It's rounded in the front and goes just past the chin. In the back it's shorter and fluffy due to my hair's natural waviness. Nice, no? My stylist is a genius, and it only cost me $20.
Since finding my cousins on Facebook, I have been put back in contact with my Aunt Barb, who is my mother's sister. I should think if anyone knows how batshit crazy my mother is, it's her. We've been furiously Emailing each other so I can get caught up with family news and catch them up with what I've been doing. I have to be honest, I was not expecting such a warm welcome from my extended family, but I'm damn glad of it. We're going to figure out a time to get together, the family and I and H. And my Aunt is going to try to put me in touch with my brother Mark. As most of you know, I have been terribly sad at not talking to my brother for so many years...I think seven, or eight. It's been a long ass time.
Happily, my Aunt isn't pushing me into a reunion with my mom, nor has she defended mom's actions in any way. I can't tell you how much that means to me. She's staying out of it, though she's said she wishes my clan would put aside it's differences and get together. I don't think my brothers talk to each other as well as not talking to me. Mom always did try to drive us apart, I wonder if she realizes how well she succeeded.
So that is all just huge...
You can read it here. It's under the other review that gives me 3.5 out of 5.
While I have you all here, I'm getting my haircut on Tuesday.
Suggestions for a cut are appreciated, accompanying pics are even more appreciated.
I'm looking to go on the short side of mid-length, some kind of pixieish cut that's still a little long in the front. Ideas?
Here's a pic of me for reference:
It's a bit longer than this now...it's barely touching my shoulders.
1. The Mist which is going to rule. Such a great story, and I loves me some Stephen King, usually. ;-]
2. Having a pretty solid beginning to my NaNo novel even if I have no idea how it will end.
3. Watching Superman with H. The real Superman I mean.
4. Reece's Puffs Cereal. Mmmmmm.
5. The New Rob Zombie Live CD. I know I already posted that, but it's good enough to warrant a second mention.
Dangit! I always get Caligula!
Which Historical Lunatic Are You?
From the fecund loins of Rum and Monkey.
So a few days later after calling the cab stand a few times, he gave up and ordered a new one. It's one of those cool video ones that is so small you could put it in your wallet. Myself, I think it's too small. But H likes it a lot, and we were trying to figure out how to get my music on it in time for the wedding. We thought I'd need to update my OS or plug my hard drive into H's computer since my music is on a separate one.
Well...we get in the cab today to go to the grocery store and H asks the driver if he's seen his iPod. And guess what? He had it. So he gave it back to us and we gave him $20. So now H has a new iPod and I have his old one. And I can use it on my computer just how it is. It's pretty slow, and prefers USB 2 to what I have, but it's all good. So now I have my own iPod, at long last.
JustSayHi - Dating
That result is mainly because I don't run very fast, and would hole up in a Walmart.
Honore is loving ROME on DVD. Yay again.
And finally, Sierra Mist with Cranberry Splash is damn tasty!
Your lovely gift arrived today.
Thank you so much for your thoughtfulness.
(I'll be sending out paper Thank You's after the wedding)
Work was fine today, though I think I'm getting sick. I took my Customer Service test and will find out tomorrow whether or not I passed. I hope I'm not too sick to care. I'd better not lose my voice or I'm gonna kick nate101000's ass for making me sick.
I made some ghiradelli brownies yesterday for cartoons. They were chocolate chip walnut and had this amazing texture like they were melting in my mouth. Man, they were good. And there's a bunch left. I will almost certainly have one later. Brownies are one of chocolate's finest applications.
Now that I'm thinking of it, what's YOUR favorite way to eat chocolate?
So...what are you guys doing?
I think I'm going to try to write, though I really don't feel like it. Of course novels don't get written by me sitting around watching Shark Week, much as I might love to.
On Tuesday, H and I are finally going to see the Simpsons Movie. I think we're the last Simpsons fans on the planet to see it. Speaking of H, he bought me some great new phone rings: The Simpsons theme, Baby Got Back, and the Psychic mind battle from South Park.
Dodododododododd Nananananananan Wootwootwootwoot duhduhduhduhduh
And of course I forgot to turn my phone off after lunch, so now my whole office knows of my penchant for the musical stylings of Sir Mix a Lot.
Work is going fine, still kind of difficult but nothing I can't handle.
Soon I shall have an iPod. Soooooon...
One thing I noticed is that Christian Bale's voice is so sexy, that when he voices a cartoon, he makes the cartoon character sexy. I love that Christian Bale.
Tell me kids, what's your fave movie with Christian Bale???
Anywhoo, I bought two apple snails. They are pretty and yellow, and easy to tell apart. Midas is gold in color, while Sapsorrow is more brownish but still yellow in color overall. They are both quite attractive, and have lots of plants to eat and roam around in.
Plus, in a year or so I'll likely have more snails. So let me know if you need any. ;-]
So what's the good news?
My Monday Dr Appointment was canceled due to flooding.
My Tuesday was cancelled because my Fetching Employment Counselor is sick
Wednesday I still have Group. ;-[
Half of my Thursday is canceled as my Life Coach has a funeral.
So instead of six meetings, I have a very manageable three meetings. This also means I can afford to take a cab if it's really gross outside like it is today. It's very pretty to look at, but hellish for someone such as myself. I really need to buy some boots.
So what's the down side?
I'm wide freakin' awake before 9am because I went to bed too late to take a sleeping pill.
In the grande scheme of things, a very small whine indeed.
I really wanted to watch both Battlestar Galactica and Colbert.
Bill Gates on Daily Show was damn entertaining.
BSG was awesome, if a big, dirty tease.
A hunk of last night's leftover casserole for breakfast.
And I just might play with my New Doll I got from H. I kinda wanted Hurley, but Locke comes with The Hatch.
A beautiful scarf which I made
DVD: Chung King Express
Pair of Joe Boxer PJ pants
DVD: Lucky # S7even
Blue Jersey Shirt
3 Samurai Jack Books
DVD: Crimson Rivers
Chocolates and assorted sweets
Here's what H got me:
Fantastic set of blue T-fal cookware
DVD: Dracula 2-disc special ed
3 new bras (ooh la la)
DVD: Frankenstien 2-disc special ed
Salt & Pepper grinder exactly like one that broke (Woot!!)
New phone which I have not got yet
DVD: The Descent 2-disc widescreen unrated
So it was a good haul for all concerned. I crossed things off both my Wish List and my Wedding Registry. I also took a bag of candles and baked goods over to my neighbors down the hall. Just now, we're relaxing and I'm thinking about heading into the kitchen to season my new cookware. You know, you're not supposed to use high heat on those pans, or any pans really except cast iron. Later, I'm making a stroganoff with my stove on medium. I wonder why they make stoves that go up too high for most pans...
I didn't get an ipod. I'm having a wedding instead. Matter of fact, H said I could raise the budget to...well, a higher number than it was so we'll be able to have a few extra things, like plastic champagne flutes for the sparkling cider toast. Those will look great in the photos!
We're watching Trading Places on TV. I have to laugh at phrases like "mother grabbers" and "rip out your eyes and pull out your brains". I suppose they think they're being clever. This is the netowrk that airs South Park after all...and they can't let Dan Ackroyd say "kick some ass." Absurdity. Why show the damn movie at all if you're going to shred it so badly. Speaking of which, The Sopranos starts in a few short weeks on A&E. I will almost certainly watch.
Things are going pretty well for me. Maybe that means a job will fall into my lap soon. I'm applying for some receptionist gigs this week, not much else is around out there. I really need to work so I can help defray wedding costs. And now that it's decided that there will be a honeymoon (did I tells ya? There's gonna be a honeymoon?!?) we'll need to have more money to budget in. Plus, I'll need a few clothes and a new coat if we intend to honeymoon in Stratford, which is my wish. I really want to see King Lear at the Shakespeare festival (Canada, not at the Globe) and will need a nice new dress that doesn't come from Lane Bryant.
Speaking of wedding stuff, I thought of the coolest favor. We're doing little Mad Lib books because Mad Libs are a staple party activity around here. And we're going to get personalized pens to go with. It'll have our name and wedding date so people will remember our anniversary too!! I think that along with some personalized hershey bars will be perfectly nice for favors.
H loved his many birthday gifts. He got 2 hats, some books including one of The Onion. He's building up a nice collection of those. I also got him Narnia on DVD, Batman v Mr Freeze, and a bunch of candy. H is a fan of Big League Chew. He's getting a bunch more gifts on Monday, and since Monday is his usual day off, we get to spend Christmas day together for the first time ever.
For the record, I am GROSSLY offended by and opposed to the Underdog movie.
Although, Peter Dinklage as Simon Barsinister is almost intriguing.
And if you're dying to buy me a gift, why not send $2 worth of LJ time?
Affordable, practical, and a joy for several weeks!!
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I'm in the process of baking challah bread for tomorrows gathering. Later, I'll be baking some cake for the trifle and maybe putting the spinach dip together. I think I have to make mayonaise for that too. It seems my work is never done.
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Trying to break 35K in the NaNoWriMo today. Having a guest makes it more difficult. I'd much rather cook, socialize and just hang out than buckle down and think about story. At the same time, the first half of the book (the part that's already written) is the sane part. Now it's time to write the Crazy Part. And there's nothing I do better than writing the crazy part. ;-]
Yahoo mail is extremely irritating right now. They don't want me to comment to LJ from there, and I'm having all these security issues with it, despite checking my setting twice to make sure they're right. Also, I started marking my spam and spam instead of deleting it. I thought that might give me less; instead it has more than doubled. Fie!
I picked a thing for the honeymoon. Okay, I can't really afford it, but wouldn't that be sweet? They have shark tours where you can stay on the boat and they draw the sharks to the surface, or they'll take you out to where they're feeding and Air Jawsing and stuff. There's even a tour where you can meet Rodney Fox. I know!
IMO These have been pretty accurate for a meme. So I did mine, and was not disappointed:
You are The High Priestess
Science, Wisdom, Knowledge, Education.
The High Priestess is the card of knowledge, instinctual, supernatural, secret knowledge. She holds scrolls of arcane information that she might, or might not reveal to you. The moon crown on her head as well as the crescent by her foot indicates her willingness to illuminate what you otherwise might not see, reveal the secrets you need to know. The High Priestess is also associated with the moon however and can also indicate change or fluxuation, particularily when it comes to your moods.
What Tarot Card are You?
Take the Test to Find Out.
And this time...it's personal.
I say this because the actual hat is for me.
...not that it will help me this weekend, because yarn does not protect you from rain.
While I'm here, have you seen this awesome article by Kim Barto?
I heard about it at Big Fat Blog, and it's strong stuff.
( Wieght loss at any cost, or Good health at any size? )
I made something with yarn. Well, I haven't actually finished it yet. But it's coming together and it looks like something. In fact, it looks like a warm, cozy scarf that H will totally like. It's not falling apart, or unraveling, or so tight I can't move it. And it's been over an hour since my last urge to rip it apart and start over.
( as proven by these unretouched photos )
As you can see, I'm using a loom to do this loopy, figure 8 wrapping style and then you use this little hook dealie to pull the bottom thread over the top. I had to try it about six different times with 3 different cast-ons and 4 different stitches.
But this season, unless I run out of yarn, H will have a new scarf!!
BTW, should it take more than 2 skeins of yarn for a longish (but not ridiculously long) scarf?
I only bought 2, now if I need more it won't match. ;-[
|wednesday lee friday is poisonous! Induce vomitting if ingested.|
That's right, you brain eatin' zombie bastards! So step off.
FINISHED WITH THE DRAFT !!!
There will be some editing, but not so much as you might think.
Shouldn't take more than a few weeks, which will give me enough time to plan out my NaNoWriMo novel for November. I have a swell idea that I toyed with last summer. But I can't tell you's; it's a secret.
Tomorrow I'm headed up north to boat and be outside for the Equinox.
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My meeting with my Fetching Employment Counselor went well. Even though they can't help me with anything related to grad school, they can still be helpful. And I'm getting a new job developer whom I will hopefully meet with in the next few weeks. So that will be good. I feel slightly less frustrated and more proactive now.
You know the thing sudrin posted about in this post? Well, thanks to some people who shall remain nameless, I have it hanging in my bathroom as we speak. My loo shall be a place of intense island related contemplation. Plus I took down that ratty magic eye poster of sharks I've had since I lived with my parents.
Since I'm on a news blackout until the world calms the fuck down, I'll reveal that this year, NaNoWriMo will have a club for...wait for it...screenplays. Yeah, that's right. And they're going to encourage Collaboration, which are two NaNo firsts as far as I know. so I'll have to noodle what I want to do with that, since I do have some fly screenplay ideas. The podcast novel idea is also catching on, so I need to bust a move on that. (I'm looking at you...madush69)
For those of you who haven't heard, Sopranos will not actually be coming back in January. Gandolfini's surgery is holding up filming so we'll all get to wait a little while more. I would be really bummed except that they're going to run Season 2 of ROME in January instead. So my goal is to have a DVDR by then so I can be sure to save it for my very own. I'm still behind with my recording, still missing last seasons Sopranos and Big Love, which was wonderful. Now I'm in a dilemma if I want a DVDR more than an ipod. I'm taking the bus all the time now and have taken to wearing headphones with nothing attached just to keep people from talking to me.