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Got my holiday shopping and baking done. Gifts are wrapped apart from three that I'll do tomorrow. The kids and grandkids will be coming over on Christmas day for revelry, which will be fun. And best of all, Hubby and I are both off all of next week--Huzzah!

So, I ordered the Harry Potter Lootcrate. It came today. This is the outside of the box.

Closeup of box (800x757)

The rest of the unboxing pics are
under the cut. )
All in all, well worth the money I spent.

In other news, I broke a toe yesterday. Wasn't sure, went to the doctor and had an X-ray today, and yup. Broken. Great. I'm going to be cooking on Christmas day. They gave me a crazy-looking shoe thing to wear, but it is way too big and also rubbed some crap off onto my sock, so I probably won't wear it. They said that one of the drug stores in the area might have them, I'll have to check.

That's it for now.


Oct. 8th, 2016 12:27 pm
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The members of my family who are Florida residents survived Matthew with no damage, thankfully. My sister had an electrical line down in her backyard, but FPL came out yesterday and took care of it and her power is back on. That was the worst thing that happened to anyone and I'm thankful.

I got all of my assignments for the various holiday fests I signed up for and happily, I have ideas for them all and one has 2500 words written and is fully plotted to the end. For a procrastinator like me, that has to be some kind of miracle.

Hubby has decided that he's going to try his hand at improv. There is an improv group in town, and a bigger one in Nashville called, believe it or not, Nashville Improv. He started going to the shows and became interested in doing it himself. He has "volunteered" a few times to get up with them during a performance, and he's done well, but he is so nervous he can't relax. My husband is very funny and really quick--but he is like a deer in the headlights on stage. So, he's signed up for their classes, the next series begins next month. He wants to see if he can really do it or not. I hope he finds a way, because he would be so good if he would stop thinking and just react like he does during day to day conversations.

My brain is screaming at me to cancel the trip to Misti-Con. It's seven months away and I'm already stressing about it. It is so far out of my comfort zone, I'm freaking out a bit. Nearly cancelled it the other day, but hubby talked me out of it.

Work is doing everything it can to make things shitty for the workers. September 1, 2020 is my retirement date and it can't get here soon enough.

Nothing else much going on. Going to work on the fic today. I might even get it finished...or nearly so. :)
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The Set Up Wizard. HA!

I could use one of those to figure out what's going on with my cursor which seems to be bewitched.

Been sick and depressed and tired. Really need the sun and warmth.

Haven't seen Deadpool yet due to previous sentence. Hopefully soon.

Haven't started the project bag yet because need a part for my sewing machine. Waiting for it to arrive.

Took a 401k loan and paid off one of my credit cards. I'll be paying myself back @ 4% interest (which also comes to me) instead of paying the card company 17%. Want to refinance the house to get a lower rate, too. This year, once the doldrums/sickness GOES AWAY...hopefully with the arrival of the sun.

Nothing else going on except my mom wants to visit over my birthday. In August. Not sure how I feel about that yet.

The "In Memory" at the Academy Awards last night made me cry with the pics of Bowie, Alan and Nimoy.


Jan. 30th, 2016 06:30 pm
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Well, that was one of the worst Januaries I've ever lived through and I'm glad it's over.

Yesterday I had my quarterly doctor's visit and I have lost 7 pounds since November. He was very proud of me for losing weight during the holidays. I'm happy too, since I have been doing the whole "eat more protein" thing since the beginning of the year--and it's helped. So, go me.

I have a mammogram and an electrocardiogram scheduled for February. The electrocardiogram is just a precaution. I've had a heart murmur for years and recently I've had palpitations that have bothered me enough to mention to him, so he went ahead and scheduled it. (Better than a stress test, any day.)

I read Naomi Novik's Uprooted last week and I can't recommend it enough. I loved the strong female lead and the world-building in the book. I loved the magic and the hero reminded me a bit of Snape. Aside from being a snappy dresser, that is. The book is so good, I want to read it again right away in order to pick up all the bits I missed the first time around.

Which reminds me, I need to get her Temeraire series again...I read books 1-4 then traded them away on Paperback Swap and now I regret it. They are all still 7.99 in e-book format, which seems high to me for books that have been out so long. I loved the books, although by number 4, if I'm remembering right, I was getting a bit upset about how ill-used and unappreciated Will Lawrence and Temeraire had become. But it's up to eight books now, so I might go ahead and give it another try.

I also read Once Upon a Marquess by Courtney Milan. She is one of my very favorite authors in the romance genre--or any genre, to be honest. Her heroines are smart, self-sufficient and strong. Her heroes are not too dumb to live and usually learn a lot during the story. And her stories are full of humor which I love. Her historicals are an auto-buy for me.

Last Saturday, we had five inches of snow on the ground. Today it was close to 60 degrees and we had the windows open. I hate the weather in this state, I swear.

We took our Christmas tree and decorations down today. We did leave up one string of lights around the inside front windows because they make us smile. :)

I had dinner on Thursday night with all the women (except two--one is on maternity leave, the other lives in Jacksonville, FL and works at the same company there) who were in the same training class as me and started ten years ago today. We went to a restaurant and celebrated making it for ten years. It was lots of fun. Many of us try to have dinner together a few times a year anyway, but this was the first time we had all managed to get out together in ages. (We all spent nine months in a training room together. Friends were made.) There were pledges to try to go out once per month, but I don't think all of us will make it again until one of our number retires in April. *sigh* Of course it's one of the two women I'm the closest to. I'll think about it tomorrow.

We bought the entire series of Jeremy Brett's Sherlock Holmes and received the package on Thursday. We watched disc 1 last night and it was delightful. Brett is the penultimate Holmes, in my opinion. Can't wait to watch the next one.

Guess that's it for now.


Sep. 27th, 2015 04:45 pm
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Got a good start on the outline for my [livejournal.com profile] sshg_giftfest prompt. I'm very very happy with it so far.

Got my [livejournal.com profile] hoggywartyxmas assignment today. It's all good.

Looking forward to loads of good reading this holiday season. Hopefully, I won't need any extensions. I'm getting started earlier with the goal of turning them both in on time. *nods* *crosses fingers behind back*

I have finished two books last week and have started another. That's what happens in my world when the battery on my tablet doesn't charge properly.

I'll have to do a proper "Books I've read" post...since I now owe for August and September.

Geeze, October already? Ugh, I hate the thought of winter. I would like autumn better if it didn't make me dread winter so much. *sigh* At least we are going to South Florida in November.

Getting the South Florida Christmas shopping out of the way so we can take it all down with us instead of mailing it.

Speaking of October, our 15th wedding anniversary is October 21st, and we're going to Gatlinburg again. :) I can't wait since my last trip was such a mixed bag of fantastic and crappy.

15th is Crystal, and we need a set of (at least) four wine glasses, so maybe I'll drop a hint or two to Hubby, since he already got his gift which is a clock (not crystal--Nightmare Before Christmas) which came way earlier than I expected.

Still feeling a bit dodgy, dunno why. Got this whole pain when I breathe thing going on which is troubling. Also, this morning was both sweaty and chilled in bed. Might need to stay home from work tomorrow. We'll see.

Guess that's all for now.


May. 17th, 2015 09:07 pm
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The a/c should be fixed tomorrow. We have an appointment between 8-12. Oh and I got the follow up survey from the home warranty folks who foisted this company on us.

Saving it for tomorrow after the a/c is fixed.

My granddaughter learned to ride a two-wheeled bike without training wheels today. Huzzah!

Still reading and loving the 1632 books by Eric Flint. Even though it's obvious that (at least the first few) were written for male readers. Loads of description of weapons and machines. Hee. I love it.

Got new neighbors today next door. Young family with a two year old. The first thing they did was "trim" the tree in their front yard. If I remember, I'll take a pic and show you how different their tree looks compared to ours.

That's it for now. :)
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Drove to Nashville to get hubby's stitches out. They put some strips over the wound to help keep it together...they will fall off on their own in a week.

It hurt when they pulled them out...mostly cos they were in too long, IMO.

Traffic was horrific on the way back.

We returned the rental car then went out to eat.

Had a merry-go-round of phone calls with the a/c repair place today... they wanted to send over someone to "consult" (aka: try to sell us a new unit)...but with the surgery, etc, we decided that we will just fix this one and put off getting a new one for another year.

Hope to find out soon when they will get over and fix the damned thing. We've been really lucky to have decent weather, but it can't last.
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Not the whole day, unfortunately. Since I was out so much last week (friggin' sinus again, geeze), I shouldn't stay home tomorrow. Even tho I could and it would be excused, too. But, my goal this week was to get my hoggy warty finished (met!), get the second batch of gifts wrapped and sent to Florida (wrapped, will be sent tomorrow) and to make it to work every day.

The third one is looking okay. We'll see.

Listened to Christmas music while I wrapped tonight. Some of the songs made me melancholy (I'll be Home for Christmas-wahhhh!) some I just flat out sang along to. Hee. Hubby was upstairs, so I wasn't inhibited. (I'm no [livejournal.com profile] mundungus42 but I enjoyed it and the cats didn't howl.)

I have to go to bed soon if I'm going to work tomorrow.

But, as of now, except for work work, I'm not doing nuttin tomorrow. (Unless I am asked to beta read a fic for someone--which of course. That doesn't count as work to me.)
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Before I head upstairs, I took another look at the ol' LJ and noticed it's been more than a month since my last entry.


I've had sinus issues (the weather here can't decide if it wants to be normal, rainy or cold or a mixture of all three.

Right now it's 31 @ 11:15CST. Ugh and It'll be 41 @ 7 and 58 at Noon. (All temps in F.) Oh and along with that, rain. See what I mean? And they say there's no such thing as climate change. Harumph, I say.

Hubby's last three fingers on his left hand swelled up like a damned balloon today and is angry red. I suspect a spider bite but naturally he won't go to the doctor. I think I shall have to coax him tomorrow if it's not better.

I am nearly finished Christmas shopping. I've already sent off one package to Florida. I just have to buy a few gift cards in order to ship the rest. After I wrap them. Early this week.

But, before THAT, I have to finish my fic. I wish my ideas would come to me before the last couple of weeks until the deadline. That would be so very nice for once. But noooooo. So, I've spent the last several nights typing until 2-3 AM and I've written almost 7k words in about a week. Whew. I only have the last bit to do (which will be tomorrow) then it's off to the beta for a quick turnaround so I can turn it in Tuesday night.

Skin of my teeth, indeed.

But--I love the way it's come together. It's very different from anything thing else I've ever done, so I'm very excited for my recipient to get it. :)

I've got to work the day before and the day after Christmas this year, so I'm thinking of buying a pre-made dinner from Mimi's Cafe. We'll see. That would free me up to only be responsible for making pie. It might be worth it.

Guess that's it for now. So very boring.


Sep. 15th, 2014 11:08 am
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I noticed that I haven't posted for ages. Nothing out of the ordinary happening just now I suppose.

Still enjoying my tablet, which I named Star-Lord. Heh. If hubby wants to watch something on the big tv, I can take myself upstairs and watch something else in the comfort of my bed. It's also great for game-playing.

My grandson's 10th birthday was last Friday. I can't believe I have two grandkids who are TEN. Geeze. Time flies.

Work is marginally better. My new supervisor has gotten me off the phone and on the production team. It's such a relief--I don't dread work as much. I still hate working, but at least it's more tolerable these days...

...except for the new guy who is in the cubicle next to mine. OMG what a self-important, arrogant ass he is. He just came out of training in June and he already thinks he knows everything there is to know about the job. He knows a bunch, but not as much as I know after nearly nine years. I wish he would stop trying to show me up because it's just getting pathetic at this point. Luckily, there is going to be a major floor shift (moving everyone around) soon, so I won't have to deal with his snarky, smarmy ass for much longer.

The whole Ray Rice thing has been very triggering for me. So much so that I can't watch the Raven's games, yet. I hate that because they have been one of my favorite teams. Now I'm questioning my own decision making because he is not the first person on that team to screw up (hello, Ray Lewis!), and there have been others this year. *sigh* I hate it when real life intrudes on my favorite sport.

And then there's Adrian Peterson. The photos of what he did to his FOUR year old son were horrifying. I admit, I did spank my own kids occasionally, with my hand on their bottom and never more than a couple of whacks. Mostly, I was one of those 'hippies' who put their kids in time out, or took away something they loved for a while (tvs, gaming consoles), or stood them in the corner for five minutes (no leaning against the wall allowed or the kitchen timer was restarted--do you know how long five minutes is when you're a kid staring at a corner of the room?)--etc. Beating your four-year-old with a weapon of any kind is just wrong. It might have been the way you were raised, but that doesn't make it right. Just break the abuse cycle. (And it was just announced that the Vikings reactivated him and plan to start him next Sunday. Seriously?) edited to correct myself, he wasn't traded-he was reactivated by his team.)

Hubby and I spent last weekend cleaning house, and I am really paying for it today. I didn't realize I still had hamstrings until this morning when they were so stiff I could hardly walk. Heh. Not to mention my lower back. OW. I'm home today. Will be back to work tomorrow.

I've been listing a few things on ebay, some vinyl records and things I got for free from an estate sale. Not going well, I may have listed them too high. I relisted them yesterday, but if they don't sell this week, I'm not going to bother again. I still have HUNDREDS of commemorative pins to list. I may just list them in lots of a pound each rather than trying to figure out which ones are rare. (I literally have a gallon plastic bag which is full of pins, not to mention the ones which are attached to a board for display.)

Lastly, the twins turned 1 last month. Here's the latest pic:

Twins 1 year pic


May. 29th, 2014 08:39 pm
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So, the Florida trip was frantic, with a few relaxing moments in between. And Cute Twin babies who love to cuddle and be cuddled. So adorable.
Lots of pics behind the cut-you've been warned. )

And, thanks to my awesome beta (who shall remain nameless for the moment) I actually turned in my [livejournal.com profile] sshg_promptfest fic before the deadline. Go me.

In other news, still hate work. Hubby's mom made noises to him about possibly sharing some of his grandfather's inheritance, but we're not holding our breath. BUT, if she did, we could pay off our credit card debt and that would move me one step closer to not working. So, we'll see.

That's it for now. :)
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But I don't want your team to win the World Series just because of their ugly-ass beards. It's just gotten gross at this point.

Also, my 13th wedding anniversary was yesterday. Hubby and I went out to breakfast and dinner, and there were prezzies. It was lovely.

The twins are doing well, both babies home and gaining weight. :)

My sister went to Hollywood, and she saw Jay Leno in person yesterday and today she was at a taping of The Price Is Right game show. Haven't heard yet whether she got to "come on down".

Got my flu shot today...hope it works this year.

Last, but not least, I'm fucking freezing and it's only October.


Jun. 27th, 2013 12:24 pm
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I have only been to work once this week. Just haven't had the gumption to go. Depression, it sucks balls.

Received a lovely postcard from Santorinie in Greece (forgive any misspelling, my Google-Fu failed) from [livejournal.com profile] islandsmoke yesterday. She's having a wonderful time in spite of the fact that her luggage arrived four days after she did. I can't wait to hear more about her adventures.

I'm quite out of favor with my pub right now. I can hardly stand to go in anymore. Found out the owners are just like every other management in every other place I've ever known and it's really disheartened me.

Had to cancel our getaway weekend to the mountains due to the weather forecast of rain, rain, rain. No point in going to the Smoky Mountain National Park and not being allowed inside due to the slippery, curvy roads and threat of rock slides. We will hide away in the house instead, playing games and drinking.

Watching the early rounds of Wimbledon with a bit of dismay. Nadal, Federer and Sharapova all out in the first few rounds. Le sigh.

My daughter is doing well in her pregnancy (I did mention she's pregnant with twins, yes?). The twins share a placenta, which puts her in a high risk group, but they seem to be growing at a more or less even rate, so far. The danger is that one twin will take more nourishment, choking off the other. But, so far, so good. She's at about 26 weeks right now, they hope she can make at least 10 more.

Speaking of, her baby shower is this weekend. My sister offered to pay for an airline ticket for me to be there, but I declined. I advised her to use the money to buy something expensive for my daughter instead. She does need two of everything, after all. And hubby and I will be there for nearly two weeks once the babies are born.

Work sucks, as always. I was thinking about the lottery, and how much I would need in order to stop working...it is more than I can hope to get in a windfall (outside of a lottery win, which is slim to none, even if I did play), but not as much as I thought. 150k really. That's more than enough. I wish! If I retire at age 62 (the minimum age today) I still have to wait another 7 years. Why does that seem like such a long-ass time?

Really wish I still lived in Florida. Hubby admitted earlier this week that moving was a mistake. Ah well. We're stuck here now. It all comes back to money, doesn't it?


Sep. 22nd, 2012 09:05 am
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Sorry I've been so silent lately, more health issues--lower back problems, mostly.

Finally had an MRI Thursday and saw the doctor Friday and the result is some degeneration of discs and a bit of bulging.

But the spinal cord is okay as the bulging is going outward. So, the verdict is pain management and exercise to try to strengthen the muscles around my spine.

In other news, I'm down 36 pounds since late April and my sugar is averaging 125. It's been as low as 105 in the last week, so go me. Oh, and also had a sleep study done, which I haven't heard back about yet--which is kind of pissing me off. I'll have to call them, after they inconvenienced me, not to mention the little cow who hooked me up to the wires was a bitch and not very empathetic when I was having a HUGE anxiety attack right in front of her. "Well, obviously, I can't MAKE you stay." Bitch.

Winter is coming--we had a brief glimpse of autumn last week with temps in the 60s and down to the 40s at night. *sigh* I love autumn, but HATE winter. Thankfully, we are going to Florida the week between Christmas and the New Year and I can thaw out.

Still miss Kiracat--can't believe it's been two months. I still sometimes think I "see" her out of the corner of my eye...I wonder how long it will be before that stops?

The exchange fic is stalled with a week to go. May have to plead for an extension since I've been navel-gazing so much lately because of my pain, health issues, etc. *makes puppy eyes at mods*

Guess that's all for now. Scintillating, wasn't it?
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Hubby gifted it to me and I have been unwell since after Christmas. The irony is that I got a flu shot but seem to have gotten some crud that is not-flu. Snotty, headachey, stomach-queasy, *coughcoughcough*, and just plain exhausted. I was out of work January 3-6, went back 9-13th (left @ 3 on the 13th) and was out again Monday and Tuesday of this week.

I am still not 100%, but on the mend. This has happened to me nearly every year since I moved here from sunny south Florida. I never thought I'd say this, but I'd give almost anything to be back in the heat of the swampy south.

Anything except my husband--so I remain here. Suffering not so silently through the craziness of the Middle TN winter. We were awakened at 2am this morning by a booming thunderstorm that literally shook the house. The temperature dropped like crazy to the mid-30s then tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 60s.

Is it any wonder that I'm sick?

I owe a couple of Exchange Bingo fic prizes...which I plead first holiday madness and I have been too sick to write recently. I'm so sorry, I feel like a complete and utter shit. Please don't despair, giftees, there will be fic! I intend to take a PT day off work as soon as I feel better in order to continue to work on those.

In other news, my husband is getting this:

...for his birthday. He takes any opportunity to play pretend didgeridoos using cardboard tubes, so I decided to get him a beginner instrument this year. Oh, and he's also getting a Mythbuster's tee shirt. :) He mentioned the other day that he was thinking of wearing his "Robot Skeleton Army" shirt to the Mythbuster's Tour in March, and I just smiled. Because he's totally wearing the new shirt instead.

We have made our hotel reservations, gonna stay in downtown Louisville about a half mile from the venue. We are thinking of walking...I hope I don't regret not getting the more expensive room! (It wasn't that much closer...)

Guess that's it for now. Still wishing I didn't have to work, but unless I win the lottery or find some treasure around here among the collectables, I must continue to be a cubicle slave. Which means I have to get myself better or work becomes even more unbearable.
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I'm sitting here browsing around while my hubby is playing his RPG DC Online game. He is in a "league" and another of the members left to form his own "league" so he could be the "leader".

This person was apparently not the greatest player ever.

The guys on the live chat (my hubby is not one of them, he can't get the blue tooth thingie to work) have been engaging in a running commentary disparaging this other guy who left. And, OMG they are as bad or worse than any women I've ever heard. I am sitting here amused and horrified in equal measure. ;) Hubby is chortling away whilst killing the bad guys.

In other news, we spent the weekend cleaning and getting ready for my mom's visit next weekend. I also made homemade spaghetti sauce for the first time in years. (Usually I start with sauce from a jar and doctor it up--today it was from tomato paste.) It tastes good, and is now in the fridge where it will age to awesome. I'm making lasagna for the family dinner (mom, her hubby, me and Mr. R2K, his brother & their family and my son & the grandkids. A houseful. I also made the Artisan bread dough that [livejournal.com profile] pyjamapants recommended last year. I'm going to use it to make garlic bread. Hope it works. *fingers crossed*

I am trying to ignore the dust all over the shelves and hutch in the kitchen. I just don't have time. I may get a Swiffer duster and run it around the glasswear on display--but if not--I'm not going to sweat it.

Mom is coming to help us get some landscaping done before the winter...I think they are trying to do too much in two days, but hey--I'm the cook during this weekend, so it's not up to me. :)

The stories in the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange have been top notch! All caught up and looking forward to tomorrow.

Guess that's it for now. *hugs f-list*
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My SIL is home from the hospital. She apparently survived her first round of chemo with few side effects which is good.

Working "late shift" (10:45-7) this week, so I got a chance to read the early posts on the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange this morning before work. Wonderful stuff there--so far not too much in the way of hot sex, but I'm sure there will be more as it goes along. (Not that there's anything wrong with that...the stories themselves are fantastic.)

Turns out I don't have enough of any one type/weight of yarn to make a whole blanket--so I had to go buy more. *facepalm* "Hello, my name is Ray and I have a yarn problem."

Wrote the first bit of one of the [livejournal.com profile] mini_fest prompts I chose...I like it so far.

My sweet hubby bought me a Cinderella figure--one he found at his comic book store of all places--as a surprise yesterday. It was one that was given by McDonald's years ago in their Happy Meal. We figure it was when the video of the movie was released--which tells you how old it is. He is so sweet!

Pottermore is interesting. It takes way too long to brew potions. I mean, I know they take a long time IRL, but when you are playing a game--it's boring to have to sit and wait while it "brews". And if you add the wrong number of ingredients, then you still have to wait the entire brewing time to find out it failed. That sucks.

I do like how they have gone through the book (only book one is available at the moment)--but I feel there should be more content. I did enjoy the additional info on various characters from JKR, there is an especially long entry on Minerva which I found fascinating.

I was able to get into Slytherin without any trouble at all, so no worries there, folks. You can still pretty much figure out which house you'll be sorted into from the questions.

I really loved getting my wand. That was awesome. Larch with Phoenix feather core, 10 3/4 inches, supple.

Strong, durable and warm in colour, larch has long been valued as an attractive and powerful wand wood. Its reputation for instilling courage and confidence in the user has ensured that demand has always outstripped supply. This much sought-after wand is, however, hard to please in the matter of ideal owners, and trickier to handle than many imagine. I find that it always creates wands of hidden talents and unexpected effects, which likewise describes the master who deserves it. It is often the case that the witch or wizard who belongs to the larch wand may never realise the full extent of their considerable talents until paired with it, but that they will then make an exceptional match.

This is the rarest core type. Phoenix feathers are capable of the greatest range of magic, though they may take longer than either unicorn or dragon cores to reveal this. They show the most initiative, sometimes acting of their own accord, a quality that many witches and wizards dislike.
Phoenix feather wands are always the pickiest when it comes to potential owners, for the creature from which they are taken is one of the most independent and detached in the world. These wands are the hardest to tame and to personalise, and their allegiance is usually hard won.

Glee! I love my wand. Now I want a REAL one.

I have finished the entire available activities on the site--except for dueling--I'm not that interested as I am not quick enough on the keys to cast the spells yet. I think I will enjoy the added materials more than the game-play aspects of the site, myself. YMMV.

Well, it's time to be going off to work. I have to leave early in order to find a parking place that is not too far away from the building...

And it's "talk like a pirate day" matey! Yarrrrr!!


Sep. 15th, 2011 10:20 pm
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Talked to my brother and sister-in-law today. My brother is doing the "being brave and strong" thing that he does--

SIL was upbeat and sweet as usual, she received the delivery of the chocolate covered strawberries hubby and I sent and was enjoying them...said they were the only thing she had eaten today.

The port was inserted today. Tomorrow is the first round of chemo. Depending on how that goes, she might get to go home Saturday.

I am thinking of using some of this yarn I found when we moved to crochet a blanket for her. Most of the yarn is the very soft stuff and I've heard that chemo patients are often cold.

It was good to hear from them, but still...very very bummed.

In other news, the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange is posting 3-4 gifts per day. Which is something nice to look forward to every day.

Saturday I'm working overtime for a few hours and Sunday hubby is going to leave me alone with the house for a while, so I think I'll use that time to write a few things.

I still haven't sent my latest "Binding" chapter back to Ashwinder yet. I guess I'm still gun shy. Have to find a time when my feelings are not so raw...because if it gets sent back again I'll probably just say fuck it and pull all my stuff off the archive. I don't want to act irrationally, so I'm holding off until I'm in a better emotional place.
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I've finally made THE appointment at the dentist--finally getting the upper denture made and those teeth pulled.

And about time, too.

I did not take care of my teeth when I was younger so the result is what is happening next Wednesday. I just have to cope with the pain until then.

In other news, still trying to think up prompts for the [livejournal.com profile] sshg_exchange. I hate trying to come up with prompts so mine always blow. *sigh* My own fault for being so unimaginative.

Hubby and I are going to buy a different car this year--new to us, but still not NEW. *sigh* I hope to have a brand new, off the showroom floor car one day before I die.

Since my dental surgery is next Wednesday, I should be able to stretch the recovery out through Friday in order to watch The Wedding. *glee*

Since hubby and me are pants at gardening, my Mom and her hubby are coming up in a couple of weeks to help us sort out the front yard. That should be fun.

The kids and the grandkids are coming over for Easter dinner--hubby and I do not celebrate the holiday as such--we go more for the pagan/fertility festival celebration--but we wanted to try to make up for not spending much time with them after Yule. Plus, it gives me an excuse to make ham and scalloped potatoes which--YUM. Oh, and we are totally making action figure & princess Easter baskets for the kids. :)

(Watching "The Song Remains the Same" and OMFG, Robert Plant--sex on a stick he was. He hasn't aged very well, but damn! *drools*) (And, if there's a better guitarist than Jimmy Page, I haven't heard him yet.)

Work sucks big donkey balls. I dread going in every day. I have to stay there for at least another 12 years (unless the assholes in Washington raise the retirement age) so I just grit my teeth and try not to let it depress me. If I had the gumption, I'd finish my novel which is sitting on my hard drive and submit it.

I'm re-reading the Earth's Children series in anticipation of the sixth book in the series (which I already bought) and, although I love this series dearly--Ms. Auel could have used a better editor since many, many, MANY things are repeated again and AGAIN in the SAME book. I don't have to be reminded every other page that Ayla speaks differently than everyone else or that she was taught healing medicine by her adoptive mother or blah, blah, blah repetition-cakes. I find myself skipping or skimming over big chunks of the book to get to the actual story. But, it is what it is and "The Valley of the Horses" (which is still my favorite) helped me get through a particularly difficult period in my life, so there is that. (If Robert Plant's jeans were any lower in the front, his cock would be showing--damn.)

After I finish up the Earth's Children, I am moving on to the "Seer of Sevenwaters" which is the latest in the Bridei's Chronicles series by Juliet Marillier. Love this series so very much. The first was a re-telling of the story of "The Seven Swans" and every book since has been interesting and a joy to read.

I guess that's about it for now. How are you, f-list?


Nov. 23rd, 2010 08:39 am
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Went to see HP7 Friday night. I loved it. )

I am having my son and his family over for Thanksgiving. My turkey is in the brine, the apple pie is made and frozen (to be baked Wednesday) and tonight I'm making a pumpkin cheesecake. YUM. Tomorrow I'll make the dressing and the sweet potato casserole, to be baked Thursday while the turkey is resting. My son is bringing pumpkin pie, mashed potatoes and rolls. I'm looking forward to a fine, relaxing day--and I hope to be able to watch the parade this year.

Hubby and I are working Friday. They tempted us with holiday pay (double time, I think) so we're going in for six hours.

Hubby wants to get a live tree this year. So, Saturday he is enlisting my son to go fetch one. (Meeps!)

I utterly failed at NaNo. I got so behind, I gave up. Not on the story--I like what I have written so far and plan to continue it. But, I will fail this year on the whole word-count thing. Perhaps I'm not really a writer after all?

That's it for now, kids. Off to work.


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