anagramofbrat: (ice)
It continues to be arctic around here. Not nearly as bad as the great lakes area, but still, frigid. I have got to nail down my wool sock and footwarmer game because my toes went numb and cold enough to terrify me earlier from standing on concrete for about 15 minutes waiting for the bus to bells. I've gotten a little freaked about my feet/toes lately - the only thing that's still wigging me out about Dad's stroke complications was him getting gangrene. I'm still kind of having nightmares about that actually. So half an hour of my own toes being numb and pale didn't do much for my state of mind this evening. Again, all the wool socks. All of them. Dyeeeesh.

Aside from it being colder than Satan's left ventricle lately, not much is newsworthy right now. The middle couple of weeks of January are always kind doldrumy and dull - all the Christmas stuff gets taken down (though I have yet to pull down the tree - lazy) so it's all dark and dismal at night, aside from moonlit snow. Everyone's still mentally and financially recovering from the holidays and if you're like me and consider the holidays to be essentially Halloween through New Years, January by comparison is... dreary. My days are consumed by work, my evenings by beads. (Not posting a count, but I did pass the 2/3rds mark.) About the only really new thing to report is that I decided for the sheer hell of it to take a serious crack at learning Elian script.



Considering years ago I taught myself and a few friends to read/write in runes so we could pass notes in class in relative safety*, this should really not be surprising. Plus I find the ease of words becoming these glyph-like things somewhere between alphabetical and ideographical writing rather fascinating. Writing in it isn't much of a challenge, though I can't quite get the hang of stacking the letters in appealing ways yet. Reading it, though - hoo boy. That's gonna take some work. The immersion thread on /r/elianscript is still a bit too much for me. Hmm, though now I wonder if there's tumblrs for it...

I keep looking at my icons and wanting to replace or delete most of them. They aren't representative of what's been up with me lately.

One good thing about all this winter is that it's toddy and tonic season. I got a pleasant surprise this morning while looking for local retail places to buy black currant cordial - essentially THE place that makes it around here posted the recipe I sent them years back for my boozy version of their Winter Tonic on their website. So that was cool.

I leave you with this gem from tumblr that cracked me the hell up when I saw it this morning:



Seriously though, it can warm up any damn time now, really.

* we had the sort of teacher that would read them out loud to the class if he caught you passing them. The first couple of times he caught us after we started writing them in runes were priceless in their hilarity, though after that he'd just send us to the principal so it was kind of a Pyhrric victory.
anagramofbrat: (ice)
Three days before Christmas, 70 degrees in Brooklyn and about as warm in New England?

Go home, winter, you're drunk.
anagramofbrat: (ice)
I woke up at the usual time being all like UGGGH SNOW this morning, but then I got a text saying the office was delayed. YAY SNOW.

But seriously, my winter loving ass is so not here for this anymore. I want it to be spring already, so I can stop stressing about our electric bill, so I can start this summer's garden in earnest, so my fingernails will stop being purple without the aid of polish. I want color to return to the world, part of the reason I've been in such a funk is the never-ending gray everywhere. It doesn't help that we've been getting one sunny mostly clear day out of what feels like twenty lately. Sunshine, I wants it.

Eh enough complaining about the weather. I have to make a catch-up post at some point because the past few days have been full of terrifying lows, dizzying highs, and creamy middles. Quite literally on that last bit, actually, this was a weekend rather heavy on creamy treats, actually. But that's neither here or there. Maybe later when I return from my shortened workday? Ugh. Maybe I'll just do a bullet list instead. But still. Not right now.
anagramofbrat: (winter holiday)
While looking at the calendar this week I realized to my horror that next Thursday is Thanksgiving. I... what? Already? Where the hell did the year go?

I'm generally not a fan of Holiday Creep, except for the fact that it allows me to buy Halloween stuff on clearance three days before Halloween. However I'm horrified by the prospect of Black Friday creeping into Thanksgiving day. Some people like having dinner with their families, you know. Not everyone, mind, but some people. I suppose my level of care is at best remote because I neither work in retail nor ever shop on Black Friday (prefer making humungous Amazon orders the monday afterwards, thank you), but that just seems wrong to me.

Still, there are things to be said about the upcoming holiday season, since it's apparently sooner than I thought and thus I can allow myself to enjoy it in a week. Nyaker's Pepparkakor is available again, for one. Talk about a ridiculously delicious way to get fat. Overabundances of pumpkin desserts, turkey and ham. Wow, I haven't made pumpkin bread once this year, I should fix that. The Hess trucks are out, even though I'm kind of underwhelmed by this year's. (Honestly, the remote control helicopters at 7-11 look like more fun, but me being a collector I'll probably acquire this year's truck at some point anyway.) And I do rather unabashedly love holiday music - though four notable exceptions to the usual holiday rotation should be noted:

"Baby, It's Cold Outside" - Because every girl wants some roofies and date rape for Christmas.

"Wonderful Christmastime" - This one is just stab-everyone levels of annoying.

"Mele Kalikimaka (the Hawaiian Christmas song)" - Cultural appropriation much? Also every version I've ever heard is just so SMARMY sounding!

"Christmas Shoes" - just... fuck you. Pretty shoes so your dying mama can look stylish in her casket? Hate to tell you kid, but they weld the bottom of the coffin shut before the service and don't bother putting shoes on the corpse anyway. YOUR HOLIDAY SENTIMENT IS WASTED.

But yeah, everything else? sure, bring it.

We have a tree this year too, though I got it on post-Christmas clearance last year, well before we brought home Monsieur Mangetout à Poil. I guess we'll see how he does. May have to soak a ghost pepper in water and spray it down before I plug it in.


In non holiday related news, I saw Dr. Tassoni today for the first time in over a year, fully expecting to get yelled at for letting that long of a gap exist between appointments. I instead got more of a guilt trip and an admonishment to consume more iron (yay chronic anemia). No change in meds for now. Whee blue horse pills. :P Also big ups to [livejournal.com profile] deliriumdeva for saving me after my PVTA fail today by running me to Florence and back and then later finding my misplaced wallet in her car. Oops, lol.

[livejournal.com profile] bloodandsmoke, [livejournal.com profile] thedavin and I met for a long delayed Drinktank, which I always do enjoy. I seriously need to sit down with the various pieces of Guardians and Gods scattered around my computer and stitch it more or less in order so I can see what I've got and what gaps need filling in. But the guys have been enjoying the bits I've brought in so far, so I'm encouraged. I'm also slightly less worried about how to get the plot to its next point, which I've been stuck on lately. Most of the bits I've been writing are still very much Introduce These Characters or These Settings and I've been feeling very much lately like I should be getting on with something, plot-wise. I feel like the guys gave me the outside permission to roll around in the world I'm building some more and not worry too much about plots going splode, though some hilarity may ensue with at least two characters and a stolen baby.

While I'm not doing NaNo, the counters work just as well for bead counts.

400 / 25500
(1.57%)

Not taking or posting pictures for a little bit because nothing interesting is happening yet - I'm 50 beads into row 3 and it's still just solid uniform yellow.There's not even enough in there yet to keep the thing from twisting up on itself into a strange U shape. It'll stiffen up the more rows get added. But yeah, it's slow going. I can't even think about this piece in terms of rows really - I'm mostly just taking it ten beads at a time and then breaking it up frequently to go do other things. This keeps me from getting overwhelmed by the sheer size of the project, and also since I've started to notice a little soreness in my left shoulder and wrist, heading off the repetitive stress injuries at the pass. Hopefully anyway. But yeah... this is going to take forever. Tentative goal is to be done by New Years. At least the next row I actually get into the actual pattern instead of solid blocks of color so that should liven it up some.

and now bed, since I have to get up, look pretty and drive down to Holyoke for office skill testing. Yeeeesh.

huh.

Feb. 29th, 2012 02:53 pm
anagramofbrat: (ice)


It may be snowing a little bit in the Valley. Supposedly accumulation of up to 10 inches.

Well damn, Winter. Nice of you to finally show up. Shopping and getting home is going to be interesting...

In other news, amazing how a reasonably dull workday can be livened up by a friend dropping in. Especially when said friend just got contacts and so you mistake her for yet another random student looking for a MacBook charger or something. That said, eeee and yay for drop ins and subsequent lunchies by and with [livejournal.com profile] deliriumdeva.
anagramofbrat: (Maleficent)
The weathermen have said to expect 1-4 inches of snow for the last three days. Other than a sprinkle that was gone by 10am? no snow. Temperatures dropped and errthang, but nothing fell from the sky. At least it sorta feels like winter out there - other than the freak snowstorm around Halloween we haven't really had any winter weather of note this year.... which of course means we're going to get five feet around beginning to mid-April. I'd not be surprised if we got snowed into PAX.

Anyway. So life, not much really to report at the moment. I've been fighting off a chest cold for a little over a week; today I'm ready to declare the battle lost. Mostly because I can; I'm done with today's bell performance (which went much better than previous ones) and I've got nothing planned for the rest of the day. I did want to get productive things done with the time, but considering how I feel right now, I'm declaring fuck it and reserve the right to hide in my nice warm bed with library books and the iPad relentlessly consuming media and occasionally whining pathetically at [livejournal.com profile] cell23 to get me things so I don't have to move. Considering what the last couple of days have been like with regard to social, family and wedding stuff commitments, I'm not too surprised my body is all "No, seriously, bitch, lay down and rest a spell."

Course, I can't complain, other than being punctuated by coughing the past couple days had their really good moments. Friday I spent running around doing wedding shit (more about that in a separate entry because there is a LOT of blathering to be done about that) and yesterday I spent first up in Athol at [livejournal.com profile] cell23's uncle's birthday brunch, and then later we went to Moti's for dinner and all I can say is oooooooh, Persian lamb stew nom nom. After that there was the Bon Appetit Burlesque's Love/Hate Show and, well, boobies. Also there is something incredibly happy about ending your day by being sassed (and then hugged) by an adorable drag queen in a wedding dress. I seriously have more than a little bit of a crush on Hors D'Oeuvres, I'm not even going to lie.

It was during the second half of the show that I (and indeed, everyone else in the audience) heard about Whitney Houston. this got long. )

Anyway. About that lying down, resting a spell and feeling miserable... Waiting to Exhale has been on my Netflix queue forever, maybe today's a good day to actually watch it.
anagramofbrat: (i'm on a horse)
Back at work today after leaving early on Wednesday and calling out yesterday. I still don't feel exactly 100% (more like 60 at generous best) but money has to be made and it's not like I get sick time on this gig. Not that the time home was entirely a wash. The great thing about the 21st century and having a tech oriented job is that there all kinds of devices you can crawl into bed with and continue to be productive on, even if you feel like leftover poop. Which is good. I'm still playing a horrifying amount of post-holiday catchup, money-wise.

Every morning I agonize over whether to bring the Hatemonger out with me. Usually when I decide to leave him home is the day when there's something FANTASTIC to photograph, of course. Goddamn Murphy's law. This morning someone had stuck a manniquin painted and dressed to resemble to jolly green giant in the Haigis Mall bus shelter. It was so fantastically WTF that I'm going to be kicking myself for leaving the camera all day.

I've put off rereading The Hunger Games for a long ass while, despite [livejournal.com profile] head58 treating me to the hardcover box set for my birthday. I guess I was terrified that it would lose something in the reread; its immediacy maybe, or my initial engagement with the characters, I don't know, I figured something would jump out at me that would make me not like it as much this time around. Since I'm falling behind on my 75 book challenge and needed something to do that wasn't staring at a screen last night (and since I haven't paid my library fines yet) I finally pulled out the first book and have been happy to find that a year and a half was about the right length of time between readings. Even though I know how it ends, it still has me quite firmly by the gonads.

People have spent so much of my life telling me I would grow to hate snow as I grew up, learned to drive, got older. I'm pleased to report that at 33.5 that has yet to become the truth. A good part of my morning indignance at being awake and moving at such an early hour was erased by the weirdly fun sensation of fresh snow creaking as it packed down under my boots.

No plans for the weekend other than finishing the recovery from this last round of uck, housecleaning, making some OJ chicken, and doing some work for job #1. Also working on Sqwrrl, as I've been neglecting that a bit this month in favor of Real Work (heh) and shoring up some gaps in my PHP knowledge. It may necessitate rewriting a fair bit of code but I think the game will be better for it. I also need to bite the bullet and start looking at books/tutorials/classes for smartphone app creation. Speaking of which, thank you for all the suggestions for Boston books.

I guess, TGIF, eh?
anagramofbrat: (i'm on a horse)
Been a low key weekend so far with the kiddos. I object to it being this cold still - two sixty+ days and suddenly 40 degrees with a wind chill is suddenly cold again. Brrr. Oh well. It can't last too much longer right? There are robins and crocuses and shit, it's got to get warm sometime. Hopefully it's not going to do the New England thing where one week it's snowing and the next it's bloody 90 degrees. I shit you not, that happens here almost every Spring.

I find myself worrying about people today; seems like its been a long dark winter across the board, and not just for me. Again... can't stay dark/cold for much longer right? I take that metaphorically as well as literally.

I heard this morning that Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a long battle with lung cancer. I honored her memory by putting Howl's Moving Castle and its sequels on my PBS wish list. PBS is really good for replacing books I've lost over the years - so far I've got six heading my way that I'm super excited about. I seem to be in the process of filling out/replacing my Vorkosigan saga, Tripod Trilogy, Patternist and Xenogenesis series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the Hawk and Fisher books, not to mention almost done with Harry Potter (still need 1 and 3 in the correct size) and starting the Young/Cat Wizard series and Kushiel's Legacy. On the other hand GODDAMN [livejournal.com profile] cell23 and I need bookshelves like whoa. :P

I don't know, not much really going on in Andee Land right now. Honestly, I'm okay with that. Quiet spells are always welcome.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! ~~ Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!
anagramofbrat: (i'm on a horse)
Been a low key weekend so far with the kiddos. I object to it being this cold still - two sixty+ days and suddenly 40 degrees with a wind chill is suddenly cold again. Brrr. Oh well. It can't last too much longer right? There are robins and crocuses and shit, it's got to get warm sometime. Hopefully it's not going to do the New England thing where one week it's snowing and the next it's bloody 90 degrees. I shit you not, that happens here almost every Spring.

I find myself worrying about people today; seems like its been a long dark winter across the board, and not just for me. Again... can't stay dark/cold for much longer right? I take that metaphorically as well as literally.

I heard this morning that Diana Wynne Jones passed away after a long battle with lung cancer. I honored her memory by putting Howl's Moving Castle and its sequels on my PBS wish list. PBS is really good for replacing books I've lost over the years - so far I've got six heading my way that I'm super excited about. I seem to be in the process of filling out/replacing my Vorkosigan saga, Tripod Trilogy, Patternist and Xenogenesis series, A Song of Ice and Fire, and the Hawk and Fisher books, not to mention almost done with Harry Potter (still need 1 and 3 in the correct size) and starting the Young/Cat Wizard series and Kushiel's Legacy. On the other hand GODDAMN [livejournal.com profile] cell23 and I need bookshelves like whoa. :P

I don't know, not much really going on in Andee Land right now. Honestly, I'm okay with that. Quiet spells are always welcome.

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potpourri

Mar. 17th, 2011 09:16 am
anagramofbrat: (responsible adult)
Yay it's the green holiday!

There's a part of me that only recognizes holidays by their colors, so today I'm all GREEN and next major one I'll be all YELLOW PINK AQUA AND LAVENDER. Actually that's the only part of Easter I dislike... the attack of the pastel. I'm more of a jewel tones and black sort of person.

But I digress. Happy St. Pats to all my Irish, be ye actually Irish or just in it for the fun/green beer. What the hell, my green turtleneck is clean, I'll throw it on. Maybe with the Green Lantern shirt over it for good measure. :)

Not much to report on today other than the news out of Japan is making me all kinds of D: D: D: (Thankfully everyone I know personally's all right and accounted for.) Also I woke up with this song stuck in my head.



Possibly nsfw due to footage from Silence of the Lambs. Usually a harbinger of an interesting day. Hopefully not in the "Chinese" curse sense, considering my plans today includes MOTHERFUCKING ADULT things like pre-kids weekend cleaning and work, with some 4th season Buffy for seasoning.

Hatch my eggs, I want more new ones.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! ~~ Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

And that's all folks. My life really hasn't been terribly interesting of late, lol.

potpourri

Mar. 17th, 2011 09:16 am
anagramofbrat: (responsible adult)
Yay it's the green holiday!

There's a part of me that only recognizes holidays by their colors, so today I'm all GREEN and next major one I'll be all YELLOW PINK AQUA AND LAVENDER. Actually that's the only part of Easter I dislike... the attack of the pastel. I'm more of a jewel tones and black sort of person.

But I digress. Happy St. Pats to all my Irish, be ye actually Irish or just in it for the fun/green beer. What the hell, my green turtleneck is clean, I'll throw it on. Maybe with the Green Lantern shirt over it for good measure. :)

Not much to report on today other than the news out of Japan is making me all kinds of D: D: D: (Thankfully everyone I know personally's all right and accounted for.) Also I woke up with this song stuck in my head.



Possibly nsfw due to footage from Silence of the Lambs. Usually a harbinger of an interesting day. Hopefully not in the "Chinese" curse sense, considering my plans today includes MOTHERFUCKING ADULT things like pre-kids weekend cleaning and work, with some 4th season Buffy for seasoning.

Hatch my eggs, I want more new ones.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! ~~ Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

And that's all folks. My life really hasn't been terribly interesting of late, lol.

heh

Feb. 1st, 2011 09:53 am
anagramofbrat: (ice)


Yeah, that's about right.

Plans for today include working, Wordpress, MOAR CSS, cleaning, car moving, a little sewing, and keeping a weather eye on the whitestuff.

You?

heh

Feb. 1st, 2011 09:53 am
anagramofbrat: (ice)


Yeah, that's about right.

Plans for today include working, Wordpress, MOAR CSS, cleaning, car moving, a little sewing, and keeping a weather eye on the whitestuff.

You?
anagramofbrat: (Default)


Though I agree, "Hey Jude" and a few other ones are missing in there. My first thought being NIN's "Every Day Is Exactly The Same" could fit in the Land of 1000 dances space quite easily.

Anyway, it's Monday, it's ass cold in MA this morning, we now live in a world without Jack Lalanne, and I have a cubic asston of cleaning, washing and work to do today. You?



ETA: Oh yeah IT'S TIME TO TESSSSSEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR VALENTINR AGAIN, KIDS. LOVE ME.

My Valentinr - kjpepper
Get your own valentinr
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Though I agree, "Hey Jude" and a few other ones are missing in there. My first thought being NIN's "Every Day Is Exactly The Same" could fit in the Land of 1000 dances space quite easily.

Anyway, it's Monday, it's ass cold in MA this morning, we now live in a world without Jack Lalanne, and I have a cubic asston of cleaning, washing and work to do today. You?



ETA: Oh yeah IT'S TIME TO TESSSSSEEEEEERRRRRRRRRRR VALENTINR AGAIN, KIDS. LOVE ME.

My Valentinr - kjpepper
Get your own valentinr
anagramofbrat: (47 st. paul's pl)
Today was long and tiring and emotionally draining and oftentimes crazy and loooong.

I'd say pithy things but I'm wiped out and rather eager to spend my first night since Sunday on something other than a chair. But it's been a very jangly head noisy sort of day for all sorts of reasons. Not least of which being an unexpected but good (if the usual level of uncomfortable) conversation with Stan, and just general dealing with family overall, present, departed, and ill.

But yeah. I may need to force myself to pick up a blinking cursor again when I get home. We'll see how that goes. And I'm sure the rest of it will manifest itself in a crazy post sooner or later.

Oh, breaking news? My sisters in their weather paranoia may pack my ass on a bus tomorrow night ahead of the latest storm. Not my planned departure time but they did raise a couple of points 1. Weather 2. Burnout 3. Stuff at home that needs taking care of. Stay tuned. But now to bed.
anagramofbrat: (47 st. paul's pl)
Today was long and tiring and emotionally draining and oftentimes crazy and loooong.

I'd say pithy things but I'm wiped out and rather eager to spend my first night since Sunday on something other than a chair. But it's been a very jangly head noisy sort of day for all sorts of reasons. Not least of which being an unexpected but good (if the usual level of uncomfortable) conversation with Stan, and just general dealing with family overall, present, departed, and ill.

But yeah. I may need to force myself to pick up a blinking cursor again when I get home. We'll see how that goes. And I'm sure the rest of it will manifest itself in a crazy post sooner or later.

Oh, breaking news? My sisters in their weather paranoia may pack my ass on a bus tomorrow night ahead of the latest storm. Not my planned departure time but they did raise a couple of points 1. Weather 2. Burnout 3. Stuff at home that needs taking care of. Stay tuned. But now to bed.
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The problem with mostly working from home is that snow days are pretty much days like any other except for the prospect of company. In this case, lots of it, as digging out Squire is a dodgy proposition at this point and I know at least two people have completely failed to get out of here and everyone else are on official snow day time. Still, there's about a foot on the ground so far and the storm is scheduled to rage for the remainder of the day. Perhaps I will venture out and take some pictures later.

[livejournal.com profile] cell23, bless him made a valiant effort to go to work this morning, but snow is mighty and River is a teeny little car. He'd have had better luck taking Hanzo, but I didn't think to let him know that until after he was out there. I very much doubt anyone'll be checking his stickers today. Nevertheless he did make the attempt, and he just charged back out to give [livejournal.com profile] virtualdragon a hand with his. *shakes head* He's a good man, that man o' mine. (ETA: ah. That attempt was more successful, as he just IMed me from work.)

Seeing as all of MA is well and truly whitefucked until at least tomorrow, today seems like a good opportunity to play a little catchup with workstuff, so that, along with some around-the-house type pottering, is what I plan to do. But first, I think more coffee and some investigation on whether there's anything left in that box of Frosted Flakes the manbeast brought home last night is in order. Or oatmeal. Haven't decided which.

ETA: Just a quick housekeeping note - if you have a dreamwidth account, can you add my username to your circle pretty please? I'm not switching, but I do have an account over there (same username) for locked comment and reading porpoises.
anagramofbrat: (ice)
The problem with mostly working from home is that snow days are pretty much days like any other except for the prospect of company. In this case, lots of it, as digging out Squire is a dodgy proposition at this point and I know at least two people have completely failed to get out of here and everyone else are on official snow day time. Still, there's about a foot on the ground so far and the storm is scheduled to rage for the remainder of the day. Perhaps I will venture out and take some pictures later.

[livejournal.com profile] cell23, bless him made a valiant effort to go to work this morning, but snow is mighty and River is a teeny little car. He'd have had better luck taking Hanzo, but I didn't think to let him know that until after he was out there. I very much doubt anyone'll be checking his stickers today. Nevertheless he did make the attempt, and he just charged back out to give [livejournal.com profile] virtualdragon a hand with his. *shakes head* He's a good man, that man o' mine. (ETA: ah. That attempt was more successful, as he just IMed me from work.)

Seeing as all of MA is well and truly whitefucked until at least tomorrow, today seems like a good opportunity to play a little catchup with workstuff, so that, along with some around-the-house type pottering, is what I plan to do. But first, I think more coffee and some investigation on whether there's anything left in that box of Frosted Flakes the manbeast brought home last night is in order. Or oatmeal. Haven't decided which.

ETA: Just a quick housekeeping note - if you have a dreamwidth account, can you add my username to your circle pretty please? I'm not switching, but I do have an account over there (same username) for locked comment and reading porpoises.
anagramofbrat: (click)
In no particular order:
  • Hanzo still regards snow as no big thing. What snowbank plowed behind me? VROOM.

  • That wind was CRAZY ASS SHIT today. I am honestly very surprised we didn't lose power at all. Also days like this, thermal underwear is a positively delicious thing.

  • My intestines hate me. I need to be nicer to them until New Years.

  • Watched the DW Christmas Carol this evening. non-spoilery teal deer: I enjoyed it. )

    Rest of season? CAN. NOT. FUCKING. WAIT. River Song and the whole I'll be in my bunk aside, Matt Smith may bring sexy cool back to the Stetson.

  • I got accepted into [livejournal.com profile] stepmoms today. I'd honestly forgotten I'd applied at the beginning of the month. Extra support and "no you're not crazy" always welcome. :)

  • Tonight's experiment in chicken seasoning ended up an unexpected success. Been trying to vary it up from just breading and baking it. So far so good. I'm surprised and honestly a little appalled by how much I rather like getting dinner together several times a week. Domestic? Me? who'da thunk it? Buh.

  • Need to stop 'crastinating about a few things tomorrow and get down to some brass tacks. Also my resolution list for next year is getting CRAZY. I need to prune it down so that my goals are actually achievable.

  • Habari Gani! Kugichagulia! No, I don't celebrate Kwanzaa, but the second day of it has meaning to me - not so much as self-determination (though goodness knows I could use some of that on a personal level), but as a reminder of an interesting time now way in my past. Also it's wicked fun to say.

    Yeah yeah yeah, I know. Like I even HAVE a Black card anymore.

  • Got the pictures off my phone (it's still good for that at least) and my camera for the last month, so I'm caught up reasonably with my 365 project. I haven't kept up with it nearly as well as I'd have liked, and I note that the chunks of time I missed pretty much directly correspond to my bad patches of anxiety and whatnot. However the project did get me into the habit of taking pictures of things that catch my fancy and got me out into the big wide world on occasion with the Hatemonger. Also I have a good handle on what needs work in terms of technique, the limitations of the Nikon starter lens, and under what conditions I can get better than decent pictures out of my phone camera, so I won't count it as a total failure even if I wasn't consistant with it.

    Also? I don't think I can complain about not having a constant human subject anymore. Kidzilla and Lovebug have filled out that role VERY nicely to the point where I definitely have to roll over their picasa album come January first. It's just crazy to me how much they've grown up in the year and change that comprises that album, I can't even.

    But I digress. I don't THINK I'm going to attempt project 365 next year, but I will be taking lots of pictures nonetheless. Just not strictly one per day. And I'm thinking a small goal to save for this year is some more camera equipment. Like holy balls of hell, can I buckle down and get a motherfucking tripod already? Sheesh. But I also would like a better zoom lens and some filters. Also want to actually take the DSLR class at Iris Photo one of the times it rolls around next year.

  • little bit of a heads up, I'm going to be doing a little temporary friends pruning. Not a cut, because I'm not defriending anyone or dropping people from filters or nothing, but my default reading list has gotten overwhelming and one of the things I want to do in 2011 is step back a bit from the interbutts. Since I'm not really announcing who I'm filtering off, I'll just say if it's important, shoot me a comment/message just to make sure I see it, and I'll still be reading everyone, just a few of you won't be getting read quite as often as, oh, every three minutes.


The highlight of my evening, though? Getting pinged by [livejournal.com profile] chirping_monkey because Kidzilla wanted to Skype and tell me all about her new dragons. XD What have I done to this poor child? LOL. I was having a bit of an iffy day emotionally, truth be told, but fifteen minutes squeeing over holiday eggs and pretending to pinch the camera and getting the Christmas breakdown with a very giggly six year old? Yeah. Dear fates she looks adorable without her bottom teeth, lol.

Adopt one today! Adopt one today! ~~ (hers) Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today! Adopt one today!

So um yeah. Shower and book time now.

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