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June 19th, 2011

05:20 pm - More Kitty Goodness
This is pure unadulterated kitty cuteness:

Meet Flat Tire.Collapse )
Current Mood: gigglygiggly

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June 18th, 2011

10:34 pm - Kitty!
Oh. My goodness.

Mike and I went to dinner with Jerod and Griffin, and as we were walking back we stopped because we saw a kitten hiding in the bushes. Griffin lured it out by giving it some of his leftover halibut, and then we went to ask the neighbor down there and his mom if they knew where it came from. He said that some other neighbors who moved out recently left it behind and that they had been trying to find a home for it (well, her).

Long story short, Griffin gave her a flea bath and she's camped out in our bathroom right now. :D

I'll post a picture later if I can. She's a little tabby girl, probably 4-5 weeks old, and she's missing part of her back right leg--like, she still has her thigh, but then there's just a scarred stump. I think she was born with four legs because she still tries to use her missing leg when she walks. She's cute and healthy-looking and alert, though, so I have high hopes.

We're going to be moving soon, and Mike and I came to the agreement that we'll only keep her if finding an animal-friendly complex isn't a problem. I hope we do, though. She's such a little sweetie.

I'm thinking of calling her Flat Tire.
Current Mood: pleasedpleased

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June 8th, 2011

09:31 pm - Hats and the Hair They Cover
I dyed my hair pink after getting permission at work, but then the permission fell flat so I had to cover up the pink or move to an office out of sight of any potentially offended prospects. (The unspoken "or else," of course, was to go on my boss's boss's shitlist for all eternity for valuing my hair color over my job.) I bought a box of dark ash brown and did the deed with a great deal of help from Michael, and, well...

Hair RouletteCollapse )
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February 20th, 2011

10:43 pm
I haven't been online a whole heck of a lot lately, but since I'm here now, I'd like y'all to know that I've joined some great blogging comrades, Jessica and Mary, at the book blog Nisaba Be Praised.

I just posted a review of Shannon Hale's The Goose Girl, and blog creator Jessica and I recently did a joint review of Nancy Farmer's A Girl Named Disaster, complete with a very generous giveaway of a copy of that same book by Jessica! So please, go read the review and sign up for the giveaway, and that book might be headed towards your doorstep very soon. Reading has been one of the things, as ever, keeping me going through everything that's been happening, and writing reviews is a good way to process the things I've read. I highly suggest giving it a try if you haven't already.

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February 4th, 2011

08:18 pm
I'm so tired. It's been such a long week with so little sleep. I guess being busy has probably helped so that I don't have a lot of time for my brain to do what it usually does, but I am so tired.

I miss her so much. As Tia said on her journal, she certainly wasn't perfect, and in fact made me incredibly angry, upset, or frustrated any number of times. But she was like my skin, or my eyes, and now it's like part of my body has been torn away. Seeing all the people who came in for the service on Saturday was great, and talking to Tia has helped a lot, but I will always be lonely for her.

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January 25th, 2011

03:59 pm
R.I.P. Jessica Marie Chambers

05/07/1988 - 01/25/2011

We will miss you.

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January 20th, 2011

11:27 pm
My best friend Jessica is very, very sick. She has been in the hospital for four days now. Hopefully in the next few days she will recover enough to come out of sedation. Please send your prayers or warmest thoughts her way, because she needs all the help she can get.

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May 26th, 2010

09:59 pm - It Fills My Head Up and Gets Louder and Louder
Okay, so you guys, I was putting off posting until I got those damn Germany pictures up, but I just ate half a Butterfinger Zoe found in the computer lab, and now I'm all hyped up. Because ohhhhh my god, dudes, Fanime is around the corner!

I wasn't all that jazzed up about it a couple of weeks ago, but Jessica came over on the weekend and we had a crazy whirlwind weekend of staying up until 6 am and sewing. Costume counts for this year:


- Anton (Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box)
- Blue Princess (Fat Princess)


- Flora [orange dress] (Professor Layton and the Diabolical Box)
- Pink/Red Princess (Fat Princess)

We had also planned to do the Chancellor and conductor!Link from The Legend of Zelda: Spirit Tracks, but, as usual, we had to drop one due to time constraints. But seriously, you guys, this is some sweet costume business right up in here. Jessica busted out the sexiest, craziest, most faaaabulous vampire-pirate (vampirate?) coat for Anton--I did the basic putting-together of the front and back but then she did the rest of it--as well as already having Flora 90% done. I actually attempted to kick ass and did almost all of my princess dress by my own self! Only a few things are left that need doing on my part, although Jessica, in her infinite talent, has taken it upon herself to style the wigs and also to bust out a Fat Princess costume for Max as well--in his case, the Dark Priest or somesuch character.

Anyway, I'm super jazzed about the whole business, and I hope by next week I'll have some mega-rad pictures to show y'all...even though, the way I'm going, I won't end up showing them off until Christmas.

Until then, what the fuuuuck with Anton's disappearing-reappearing shoe adornments fffffffuuuuuuu--
Current Mood: hyperhyper
Current Music: Drumming Song - Florence and the Machine

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April 26th, 2010

06:26 pm - Nil sa saol seo, ach ceo, is ni beimid beo, ach seal beag gear

I promise I'm alive!

I just left my laptop charger at Mike's two weekends ago and so, aside from checking my email occasionally on Zoe's computer, have been more or less offline. Which means I also haven't been able to upload the pictures from the trip yet, boo hiss. I promise I will, though. For serious.

I could probably write another long boring entry about what's happened in the past week, but eh.

Current Mood: restlessrestless
Current Music: Aisling Song - The Secret of Kells OST

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April 15th, 2010

05:34 pm - And No One Will Say, "Hey, That’s Too Much Mayonnaise"
Well, things happen, and as much as I felt on Monday like stopping the world so I could mourn for a week or a month or a year without other things getting in the way, things don't work like that. In any case, now I mostly want to remember the happy things.

Francine is doing well, and seems pleased to have me back. Reportedly the cancer is not a terribly big deal, and she has been able to keep all of her existing parts intact so far, which is what originally concerned her most. I'm not sure how it will affect her in the grand scheme of things, but the general theme of what she told me is that it's low-key and something that is not currently a great threat. Perhaps the outlook would be different if she were 20 instead of 80, but as it is she's in a decently good mood regarding it.

Two days ago I sent out a mass email to everybody who had originally signed up for the Dhalgren reading list to get opinions about when/where to meet up and do some good old-fashioned book discussion. So far I've gotten two replies: one from Erik, to say he's moved back to LA and unfortunately therefore cannot participate, and another from Stacy, to say that she's way behind on the reading but would still like to try. So, ho hum. It's not like I'm not way behind too--I should be around page 250 by now, instead of on page 15--but still. I guess it's been a busy quarter. (And I brought back chocolates to share with everybody, too.)

Insofar as other reading goes, I have been doing well on keeping track of the texts I've read so far this year, and I'm decently on my way to the goal of 50 (last night, I think, was number 18 with a reread of Wild Magic). Of course, I've been completely lame so far about reading any of the six-book-challenge books given to me by Brian, but there's still plenty of time, and I really should read some of the other books people have lent me that I've been holding onto for considerably longer than his.

Jessica and I have hunkered down and got some serious planning and ordering done for costumes; I've got a wig in the mail from eBay, she's ordering two more from Cosworx tomorrow-ish, and she's got some contacts coming as well from a Malaysian dealer. Hopefully we will be able to get some fabric shopping in this weekend (and hopefully Mike won't grumble too much if we have to drag him around) so we can sink our claws into the sewing stages...I'm pretty apprehensive about sewing a big floofy princess dress, considering my talent as a seamstress has progressed precisely none since we started costuming lo those many years ago, but what the hell, I'll give it a shot.

Other than the fabric shopping, this weekend Mike and I are doing haircuts again (mine could go maybe another week or two, but his is getting seriously shaggy, and seeing Becky is never a bad thing) and also seeing some play that's either being put on by UOP or merely sponsored, I forget which. We may also attempt to make a shepherd's pie--with beef, of course, because Mike refuses to enjoy the finer things in life ("the finer things in life" being lamb). Next weekend I've got a gig helping a woman pack boxes for her move, and then Kischka's memorial for Dale, which also happens to be a pizza party--which sounds cognitively dissonant until you know that Dale had a hell of a recipe for homemade pizza dough and home-baked pizza is a big thing with their family. I'm still not sure how one dresses for such an occasion, but it will be good to see everybody.

I guess that's about it for now. In about an hour I will probably go downtown to meet Zoe, Kat, and whoever else goes to see "The Secret of Kells," which looks pretty rad. On Sunday Mike and I watched "Micmacs à tire-larigot" (which translates to something like "non-stop shenanigans," which is nothing if not accurate), Jean-Pierre Jeunet's most recent film--you know, the "Amélie" guy. It's a little bizarre and confusing but quite fun, and there is a charming reference to his earlier film "Delicatessen" in it. Plus, the girl who played Calculette is adorable.

So there's that.
Current Mood: exanimateexanimate
Current Music: Over There - Jonathan Coulton

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