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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-10 08:02
Subject: Gift Fic Update
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At the time of this posting, there are two spots left for requesting a fic: http://tarotgal.livejournal.com/947355.html

I've managed to complete two stories so far, and I've started a third. So I'm definitely on track. Some are going to be harder than others, I suspect, but I'm still plowing through at a good enough pace. And, hopefully, once my winter break starts, I'll have a little more time to devote to them.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-09 22:01
Subject: Stupid DVR
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ARRRRG! I am a giant squid of anger! Once again, my DVR FAILED to record Supernatural. ARG! *flails limbs about wildly*

It's totally my fault. The DVR was full. And I'm so pissed at myself for letting it happen. AGAIN.

ARRRGGGGGGG!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-12-03 01:06
Subject: So... I told my mom
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I think yesterday was the first time I'd actually called myself asexual out loud in front of another human being. Thanks, [info]melydia, for being understanding. *hugs*

Tonight I told my mom. I was over at my parents' place to get some of my stuff and it was already getting kind of late. After I'd rounded up the stuff, tried on some clothes, and had a piece of pie, it was time to leave. Dad was in bed and Mom was starting in on the "it was great you stopped by" bit. So I interrupted that and told her I had something to tell her and didn't know how to say it. She looked at me and said "It's okay. I might already know what it is. Just say it." So I did. And she was smiling. She said she thought that might be it and asked if I'd read the article in the Washington Post a couple days ago all about asexuality and the local meetup group. That's where she'd heard of it the first time. She asked me how I thought I knew and I told her I'd never been sexually attracted to any person and she said something like "well, that's pretty clear then!" So we talked for a while about the article and about me in particular and she was totally fine. Okay, she did say a few things that are trademark reactions from people who don't quite understand yet. But these things take time; I didn't expect her to be all-knowing. I mentioned that I'd recently seen a documentary on Asexuality and she immediately asked if she should watch it. Which I took to be really supportive. I told her about OK Cupid recently adding asexual as an orientation choice. She still seems to REALLY want me to get married, which I'm not opposed to if I were to find someone whose dynamics are compatible with mine and who I just so happen to love and want to spend my life with (and cuddle the fuck out of). I told her about the ring and chickening out saying something during Thanksgiving dinner. Also, I may have cried a little. She was a good listener and very supportive and positive. Also gave me hugs. But she was mostly just SUPER happy that I didn't feel broken any more (I used to tell her that all the time, that I felt broken, and this was one of the main reasons). And she was so happy I had learned there was a term for how I felt and that I was happy with myself. What a great Mom. I was so worried she'd be disappointed about no marriage and no kids EVER and all she wants is for her daughters to be happy. She's the best.

Washington Post article: http://www.washingtonpost.com/lifestyle/style/asexuals-seek-to-raise-awareness-of-the-invisible-orientation/2014/11/24/5dc92d3a-6b7a-11e4-b053-65cea7903f2e_story.html

*deep breath* So I didn't get home until 11:30pm, but it was worth it. We talked a lot. And I'm glad I could be open with her about how I feel.

I now return you to our previously scheduled fangirling ;-) Speaking of which, my fangirl blog has been locking me out these past few days when I try to go in to update. But as soon as I can do so, I will be starting another round of 12 Days of Fandom ornaments!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-11-30 23:51
Subject: Going Back to Work & Weekend Recap
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The problem with getting a four and a half day weekend is that I don't really want to go back to work Monday morning. I spent three of those days in sweat pants/pajamas, marathoning YouTube videos about board games. It's tough to give that up. Also, I feel like I got very little accomplished. AND I chickened out about coming out to my family. I was given the perfect situation (i.e. sister's fiance wasn't there; I'm still nervous around him) and the PERFECT in during dinner... but I chickened out. Oh well. Maybe another time I'll feel braver.

So I'm making a list to remind myself of what I DID manage to do:

  • Spent HUGE chunks of three days actually cleaning, including dealing with some things I've had sitting around a while and clearing off my desk again; it looks magnificent. Also, invented a cleaning game for myself that I'm really enjoying playing still. Because I'm weird like that.

  • Dug my Christmas stuff out of my closet and hung my Nintendo wreath on the door... but didn't put the tree up.

  • Went through all the boxes in my closet looking for my old yearbooks. I could only find 2 out of 12. But I DID find a necklace I thought I had lost and have been looking for for about 10 years. I may have cried a little.

  • Got completely caught up in my daily journal/scrapbook

  • Oh, yeah, FINISHED MY FIRST EVER NANOFANFIC!

  • Posted about giftfics and got started writing two of them

  • Got caught up in 101 Things posts

  • Donated a toy at Toys for Tots

  • Released a Thanksgiving BookCrossing book on Thanksgiving.

  • Created a bunch of little things--ATCs, Hobbit cookbook, bookmarks, ornaments for swaps and mailed three packages out on time

  • Filled up two huge bins with recycling. Threw away several things from my childhood that I adore but that were broken beyond repair and I needed to let go of.

  • Did some online Christmas gift shopping... I'm just about done with presents except for the ones I want to handmake

  • Bought a new GPS so that I don't have to keep wedging a tissue between the GPS and the power cable to get it to work and hoping that it doesn't dislodge when I go around a corner or hit a bump in the road.

  • Helped Mom make some of Thanksgiving dinner--I don't cook and I mostly hate Thanksgiving food, so that was big for me. And hung out with my family for about 8 hours with no fights and no trips to the emergency room. Was lovely. They also helped me test drive a Harry Potter card game I created and want to play at the Harry Potter Yule party.

  • Started planning games for the Harry Potter Yule party... which is in 6 days. Meep! So much I need to do for it! Also figured out my game plan for the meetups I'm hosting in 2015 and posted some of them.

  • Finished reading two books and started a new one (that involves a sexy gay hockey player... I'm kind of thrilled.

  • Did a few loads of laundry.

  • Watched the Macy's Thanksgiving Day parade for the first time in, like, 10 years. It has... changed a bit since last I saw it.

  • Moved my aloe plant and grow light from living room to kitchen and put the lamp on a timer.
  • Went grocery shopping and avoided every other store ever. LOL


So, really, not too bad at all. I've got a lot of crafting and writing in store in December, not to mention NaNoNovel editing! *deep breath* Okay, December. I'm ready for you! Ten minutes until you're here...

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-11-28 15:17
Subject: Playing cleanup!
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Tags:cleanup game, game

I'm playing a fun game today! It has formerly been called the "finally clean up the house after not touching it for one month during NaNoWriMo." But the version I've been playing today is a little different. Here's how it goes:
The player chooses a room. The player starts cleaning or tidying up in that chosen room. Upon encountering an object that belongs in another room, that player magically moves to that room and puts the item away in its designated spot. Then the play stays in that destination room, cleaning up there.

The pattern repeats with the following exceptions:
1- If the player encounters an item that belongs in another room and then sees another item nearby that belongs in that same item, the play can choose to collect both items at the same time before moving to the new destination room
2- If the player encounters an item that belongs in another room and then sees another item nearby that belongs in a different room that lies on the player's path, the player can pick up that item and drop it off in the room along the way; the player may put the item away in that room or just leave it near the entrance to that room to deal with later
3- If the player encounters something that must be fixed and the tool or supply to fix it lies in another room, the player may go to that other room to simply retrieve the fixing tool or supply and then promptly return to the original room provided the something is fixed immediately and then the tool is promptly returned. One the fix is complete, the player can decide whether to return to that room to resume cleaning or stay in the other room where the tool or supply came from and clean there.

Special moves:
A- Stairs leading up or down can be used to store objects that will travel up or down floors if the player is passing by the stairs from one room to another
B- If a player is too overwhelmed by the mess in a room, the player can elect to move to an adjacent room as long as cleaning is immediately done in that room
C- When cleaning the living room, eating leftover Halloween candy is acceptable
D- When cleaning the office, checking email or doing something electronic on the already written-out To Do list is acceptable provided that the player return to the game immediately afterward
E- Marathoned shows or movies may be watched in any room ONLY if they are things the player has already seen and can let play while moving from one room to the other with no fear of missing something. If the choice of entertainment requires the player to hit pause so the player doesn't miss something, then the reward of watching something is eliminated from the game completely
F- When encountering an object that has no specific home yet, one can either be created for the object or the object can be moved to the most likely place that its home will eventually be. If you do not know where that is, leave the object in place for now
G- When cleaning the kitchen, snacks may be had or acquired so long as cleaning also takes place
H- Pinterest is allowed during this game ONLY to enter in something like a Future To Be Read book so that a post-it note can be thrown away
I- When laundry is ready to be moved from bedroom to washer, from washer to dryer, or from dryer to bedroom, the player may choose to wait and do that task at a natural stopping point or abandon the current room to go complete that task. The player may also then choose whether to clean in the laundry room, bedroom, or the previous room when the laundry task has been completed.

Demerits:
X- The player is not supposed to get sucked into marathoned shows while in the office
X- Sitting on your butt and watching shows off the DVR does not count as "cleaning out the DVR." Nice try, player.
X- Reading a book or magazine in the bathroom to pretend you have an excuse to leave the game
X- Computer games are never allowed during the game; not even just a quick game

The game ends when the entire house is clean or hunger consumes the player, whichever comes first.

These rules may be added to or edited at any time in the future. Now, it's time to play: The House Cleaning. *cue theme music*



Any guesses as to who has been marathoning episodes of TableTop for the past few days?

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-11-27 00:34
Subject: 12 Days of Ficlets/Fics Requests
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Tags:gift fic, giftfic, holiday gift

It's that time of year again! Want a fic? I can't promise brilliance, but I'll do my best for you.

So what do you need to do?
Be one of the first 12 to post a reply to this post on my IJ or my LJ! Fill out this form with what you'd like--
Fandom(or OC):
Characters and/or Pairings:
Sneezing specifications (which character/characters you want sneezing, illness/allergies, etc.):
Rating/Range of Ratings:
What DO you want to see (be as brief or detailed as you like):
What do you NOT want to see (squicks, pairings, etc.):

Limitations:
It's got to be original character fic or a fandom I'm really familiar with. I can't do really obscure things that require research & extensive source material reviewing because I won't have time for that. I can't do elaborate situations either if I'm writing one for every day. So keep your requests short and sweet (but as specific as you want within that scope). Again, please don't expect brilliance from me :-) I definitely don't have the energy to write anything long after this NaNo project! If I reply and say I just can't write what you want and I need you to pick something else, you won't lose your "spot". But you should suggest something else within a reasonable period of time.

Fandoms I'll Write:
Any fandom I've written for before is technically fair game, but I can tell you right now I'm going to struggle to write another fic in a couple of those fandoms. And I can assure you that if you request something slashy in one of my major fandoms (or Strokes) I will LOVE you for making it easy on me. Feel free to ask if I know a particular fandom.

Other Notes:
Because I've been asked this before, I'll answer it here before someone asks again: yes, lurkers are more than welcome to request (you can post with your name or anonymously; I don't mind, that's why I allow anon posting on my LJ).

Let the requesting begin!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-11-26 22:05
Subject: NaNo Win!
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Guess who just finished her NaNoNovel for the first time EVER?! This gal!



It took me 72,439 words (or 71,788 the way the NaNo website validates) but after 9 years, I finally wrote a complete story from start to finish in just one month. It came out to 15 chapters and I still don't have a title. I also need to do some editing (but not too much, because I friggin hate editing and this is a sneezefic, not an actual marketable novel). But I inserted a chapter in the middle so there are some day counts that are off. And I know I switch seasons at least 3 times (winter, fall, then winter again). Also, I started this one thread early on and then dropped it because it was getting too complicated. So I'm definitely going to have to do editing. And then I'll have to figure out how best to post it... a chapter a day for two weeks? Two chapters a day for a week? I'm undecided.

But the point is, I'm FINISHED! And I did what I never thought I'd be able to do--actually finish a "novel" in a month. My "novels" always seem to take way more than 50,000 words to write, and this was obviously no exception. I spent entire weekends writing 7,000-9,000 words a day. I skipped social engagements to attend write-ins. I even spent an entire comp day off work doing nothing but writing. But it was worth it! I'm so thrilled and happy with the way the story turned out. I hope you'll like it too, once I get it edited.

Now off to have dinner (yes, it's 10 PM, shut up) and think of a good title. Man, I suck at titles...

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-11-10 23:17
Subject: Strange crushes
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So it occurred to me tonight that I have a lot of strange crushes.

Sneezy guys--check.

Hurt guys--check.

But then there's also the aforementioned romantic image of Lord Byron; I had such a thing for his poetry.

And tonight I was earreading a book about the Titanic and remembered, with full force and emotion, how damn much I was in love with Marconi Men. It's the brotherhood thing, I think. A big ol' bunch of Hufflepuffs, serving others by transmitting messages, doing their duty, all that.

It's strange, being reminded about my random crushes from decades ago. And it's strange what I found attractive back in the day. But, hey, I'm good with being strange.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-11-08 09:26
Subject: Hoooooooooooome!
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Nothing like a trip across the country to make you appreciate your home :-) I just took the red eye home from Los Angeles. And exhausted and hungry but so happy to be able to curl up in my own blankets in my own house.

The agenda for today:
* Eat
* Nap
* Write
* Repeat

My nano story is going slow but fun. I got to 17,000 words last night. Poor Clint & Coulson ;-) It's no great work of brilliance, but I am having a good time with it.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-31 21:02
Subject: Once Upon a Time I Was In Love with Lord Byron
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Tags:media sneeze

Once upon a time, I was in love with Lord Byron. Yes, Highlander: the series was almost completely to blame. I devoured some of his poetry as a teen (I say "some" because I don't think I ever made it through Don Juan all the way through). I loved the whole romantic essence he and Shelley had going on.

So when I found out there was a "new" Byron BBC production, I excitedly bumped it up to the top of my Netflix queue.

Number of times I've now watched Johnny Lee Miller as Byron sneeze: 3 million

Seriously, it's a thing of beauty. I especially love the way the first one bursts out of him and then how he sneezes widely from behind his hand after half-stifling the second one.


On another note, I've only had my doorbell ring THREE TIMES tonight. What the heck? Where are all the children? When I was young, trick-or-treating in a townhouse development was the best thing ever because you could hit so many houses so quickly and get so much more candy. What gives? My favorite so far, though, was a family with three kids and two parents. The dad was dressed as a pirate and the mother was dressed as... Mary Poppins--complete with umbrella and bag. If I'd known I'd only be getting three sets of trick-or-treaters, I totally would have insisted Mary Poppins take the rest of my candy because, the costume was amazing. I was so impressed!


And on another another note, I had the strangest allergist appointment yesterday. It was like they had never had a patient before and didn't know what to do with me. I'll recount it some other time, when I'm not trying to finish up some things before NaNoWriMo starts tonight. But, yeah, weird. But they tested me and I'm back on allergy pills and will resume shots next week, so I can almost breathe like a normal person again. YAY!


Oh, also, I bought a new toy. My laptop that I usually write NaNoWriMo on died, so I had to buy something new. It's a 2-in-one laptop/tablet and much smaller than I'm used to. But I look forward to getting to know it well over the next month, especially next week on my trip to LA for work.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-27 23:10
Subject: I'm dyyyyyyyyyyying
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By which I mean I'm not dying (at least, not immediately), but I had a rough day.

I woke up with a bit of a headache. I took something around 11:30 for it. By 12, however, I was so nauseated I had to leave work quickly and speed home. I spent the entire afternoon feeling sick to my stomach and feeling hungrier than I ever have been in my life. I tried eating toast (and set off the smoke alarm when I burned it, which did not help the headache). As I was eating the toast I realized I wasn't the least bit nauseated. But as soon as I finished eating, it came back. So I ate some rice. Same thing. I was STARVING. So I ate some pumpkin ravioli. Then some fried rice with egg & veggies. I was FINE as long as I kept eating, but every time I stopped, I felt sick to my stomach and starving at the same time. It was the weirdest thing. And of course I kept getting chills and my head was hurting, so there was lots of tea and blanket snuggling. But I kept waking up coughing and congested with my ears hurting.

I 99% blame my allergiest. They cut their hours down to only Monday and Tuesday during the day and I work during the day, so I can't ever get there. Then I found out two weeks ago they're closing completely. I had my mother pick my serum up for me and I found a new allergist, but in order to accept me as a new patient, they have to do allergy testing on me. Which means I have to be off medicine for 3 days prior. So now, with all the mold and tree leaves everywhere, I've been off shots for a month and off medicine for a day on top of that. I'm starting to feel exactly like I did in 2011 before I started getting allergy shots. I'd forgotten how horrible that was. So much mucus settling in my stomach and making me feel nauseated constantly. I fucking hate that feeling. I'd forgotten how bad it was. And it was a whole lot worse than this back then, so I'm hoping it doesn't get to that point before my appointment Thursday.

But, seriously, I had a super rough, miserable day today. I couldn't do anything but huddle under a blanket and eat. I nodded off a few times and woke up coughing and gagging. Not good. But I'm tired and don't think I can make it to Thursday without sleeping.

There's a Deanfic I really, really want to write, and I started it yesterday (after cleaning my desk!), but I feel like crap and I'm not in the mood. So we'll see.

I'm going to go eat something else. My gods, I don't understand why I'm so hungry today. It's unnatural. I've eaten, like, 3 days' worth of meals just this afternoon. And then, like a stupid idiot, I left the fried rice out on the counter for 4 hours, so I had to throw the rest of that away. Stupid me! But at least the headache went away. Yeah. Eating. Going to go eat something else. Foooooooooood!

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-26 12:25
Subject: Catchup Weekend: TV Show Status
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I managed to make a little progress on my TV Show To Do List, also known as my DVR. The DVR filled up and didn't record this week's Supernatural, which is kind of killing me right now.

But I made some progress on shows this weekend so I could clear them off...

  • NCIS- Marathoned this season's episodes 2-5. I'm now completely up-to-date

  • NCIS New Orleans- Marathoned this season's episodes 2-5. I'm now completely up-to-date

  • Gracepoint- Watched all the episodes out. I'm now completely up-to-date

  • Marvel: Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D.- Watched Winter Soldier. Watched DVDs 4 & 5. Watched all of the Season 2 episodes out. I'm now completely up-to-date

  • Gotham- Watched the latest episode. I'm now completely up-to-date

  • The Amazing Race- Watched the latest episode. I'm now completely up-to-date


Shows I am not yet caught up on...
  • Supernatural- I'm halfway through rewatching Season 8

  • Bones- I've been making slow progress (about an episode a day) but I'm still about a year and a half behind

  • Arrow- I'm a season behind + new episodes

  • Doctor Who- have only seen the first episode of Twelve's series

  • NCIS Los Angeles- I'm two seasons behind + new episodes

  • Castle- I'm two seasons behind + new episodes

  • Saturday Night Live- I'm at least a season and a half behind + new episodes

  • Legends- keeps deleting because I haven't set it to save. So all I've seen is episode 1

  • Forever- still haven't seen any of it

  • Constantine- haven't seen it yet

  • Scorpion- have only seen the first episode (hoping to get caught up on this by the end of the weekend though)

  • The Graham Norton Show- I'm a couple years behind, though I don't watch episodes where I don't know or care about any of the guests (which means I only have about 30-something on my DVR)


Shows I'm caught up on without needing to marathon...
  • Survivor

  • The Big Bang Theory

  • Modern Family

  • Face Off


Shows I'm kind of off but will probably catch up on some day...
  • Once Upon a Time

  • Grimm

  • The Good Wife

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-20 22:13
Subject: Happy Moments
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Hearing Clark Gregg saying the word sneezy.


Also, seriously, what is Clint doing in this photo? It's totally going into my fic: http://www.pennysstuff.com/the-life-of-clint-and-phil/the-life-of-clint-and-phil-1/#/


I'm halfway through season 1 of Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. BTW. And I'm halfway through my rewatch of SPN Season 8. MAN I love Season 8.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-18 17:32
Subject: My Friday
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I took a personal day on Friday and drove to the Blue Ridge Mountains (which was a thing on my 101 List). It takes about 2 hours to reach the mountains from where I live, and then it's a drive away from home to get up into them. So I ended up driving about 5 hours away and then swung around and drove back up a different route through Appomattix (which was another thing on my 101 List). It was a fun day of just being with myself, listening to audiobooks, enjoying the autumn leaves, and snarfing all the things.

I also think I came up with an idea for my NaNo story. It's based off this Clint/Coulson image that's been in my head for months now, but I didn't know what to do with it. Now I think I have an idea. I don't know where the story is going or how it will end, but I've got a concept that's big enough to last a month. So we'll see what happens :-)

Thanks for the suggestions, everyone :-)

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-16 00:43
Subject: I need fic-writing help!!!
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So... I'm batting around ideas for NaNo this year. The smart thing to do would be for me to either:
1. Do NaNoRebel again and start taking requests for giftfics so I can put the wordcount goal to good use
or
2. Do NaNoRebel again this year with a new project where I would take requests for fics in exchange for donations for the Walk to End HIV (which is what they've renamed the AIDS Walk to here in DC). But I feel weird about making y'all pay. I thought about putting together some sort of Indiegogo-type thing where I could make fandom crafts or fanfic in exchange for donations.

But, in my heart, what I really want to do is:
3. Do NaNoRebel and work on my YA demon hunter novel and write a new fanfic series. I would love to write something sneeze-heavy and really long with a plot/concept or full of tons of short sections/chapters... something like the Before & After series I wrote last year or the Star Wars virus fic I wrote years ago.

The problem is... I HAVE NO IDEAS.

Okay, that's not entirely true. I came up with a cute idea for a fic where Dean gets turned into a dog and had it all worked out in my mind, and then realized there's an episode in Season 9 (which I haven't watched yet) where that happens, kind of. Not anything like what I'd had in mind, but still. Crap. Plus there wasn't any sneezing in my idea anyway, so forget that.

I really want to write a long sneezefic, whether it's a series or not. I'd love it to be either SPN or Marvel, because that's where my muses seem to live right now (I wouldn't say no to a kickass Spander idea right now either though), and I know I'll be jumping around among fandoms come giftfic season anyway. But I don't have any ideas for a long series/concept. And I'm starting to panic. I need an idea. Something big. Something that will get me writing tens of thousands of words without blinking. Something that will be FUN. And I've got nothing. I have ideas for short fics. But nothing big. I want big. I want big story or series of short stories. And I want sneezing potential. Soooooo much of it.

Anyone have a plot bunny or two I can adopt? Please help a gal out???

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-13 21:01
Subject: Noooooooo!
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Did you hear me just shout "NOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO!" at the top of my voice? Yeah. That was me watching the last scene of Gilmore Girls Season 7 episode 7.

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tarotgal
Date: 2014-10-11 00:39
Subject: Weekly round-up
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Me this week!

Last weekend I bashed my thumb into the banister and couldn't move it/type well for days. For a day I thought it might be broken, but it was (and is still) just badly bruised. Made typing hard though and I had to be careful about how I used it (I kept forgetting and picking up books a certain way and admonishing myself for it).

Last weekend I went extremely introverted and needed a me weekend. Luckily, it was also Highlander Maxi-Gathering weekend, where people all over the world watch Highlander episodes and then we see who was watching what at the same time. I ended up watching one episode per disc from seasons 1 through 5. I ended up succeeding in my goal and making it through 39 episodes + about an hour of bonus features in 55 hours. So much Highlander goodness. it was wonderful, even though I felt a little ill by the end of the weekend and had to slow down my pace at the end so I could get in a few loads of laundry.

Got strong-armed by a friend into attending a Doubleclicks concert on Monday. Sarah Donner opened for them. Both performances made me laugh & cry, though not necessarily at the same time. I have since bought albums from them both.

Also Monday... gay marriage is now legal in my state. Just like that. I almost missed the announcement as it came four paragraphs down in, like, the 4th email I'd gotten that day from the Equal Rights Campaign. But there it was, same-sex couples could get married as of 1pm that day in VA (and it was 4:30pm when I was reading it). Wow. I'm shocked and so, so, so happy. I spent Tuesday morning during breakfast crying my eyes out over all the wonderful photos of people who'd gotten married all across the state the day before--some just down the road from me and some in other parts of the state. Seeing couples who'd been together 30 or 40 years finally being able to make it legal was beautiful. And on Tuesday afternoon I teared up again when the state of VA sent out an email to all its employees (of which I am one) explaining the procedure for adding a new spouce to one's benefits package. So wonderful to see so many couples finally getting treated like married couples now with the rights and benefits they deserve. So, yeah, that was extremely happy-making.

I started a new crochet project--another scarf. This one's for a charity drive my Harry Potter group is running. I only just learned how to crochet last month, and this is the least interesting scarf ever. But I'm proud of it so far.

Work could be better. Looks like I won't be getting fired, but I don't think I'll ever like the job again. Which is so sad. I used to be so excited to go to work every morning.

Yesterday I read & really liked this: http://elwarre.livejournal.com/1024.html Aww, boys. I don't know what's wrong with me that I like my SPN with a little rape & non-con every so often... as if regular SPN angst isn't enough, I apprarently need more???

I finished Gilmore Girls Season 5 today. Just two more seasons and I'll be done with it (OMG it's going so much faster now that it's on Netflix streaming and I don't have to mail DVDs back and forth).

I'm planning to drive to the Book Thing tomorrow. I have some books to donate and also the Ikea up there has the bookcase shelves in stock and mine here doesn't. Also, my mom has some magazines and books to donate, so I'll be taking her there. Her first trip to the Book Thing. I am curious to see her reaction to it. It's one of those places book-lovers can't help but love, but usually one's image of a warehouse of thousands of free books is somewhat different in one's head compared to what the Book Thing actually looks like.

The drive is a trial run to see how I do on long drives. My hip sometimes hurts when I'm driving, because of how I sit (tense behind the wheel) and I have a day trip planned for later this month, so I want to be sure I can handle that.

Sunday I'm supposed to go to the MD Ren. Faire, but between having no money, a leg that hurts if I walk too much, and an inability to eat any food or drink sold there (and apparently they're cracking down on the no outside food/drink rule now) I suspect I will have a somewhat miserable time. So I think I might skip it.

I'm reading Geography Club right now. It's nothing at all like the movie, which I've now seen 3 times, so that's disappointing. Actually, it's disappointing that it's a good book but I can't like it as much as I should because I keep comparing it to a movie I love.

I'm behind on ALL THE SHOWS. I have hundreds of hours of shows DVRed and my DVR is at 99% full and I'm doing my best to keep up, but there just isn't enough time!!! Plus, yeah, Gilmore Girls keeps calling to me...

I have no clue what I'm doing for NaNo this year.

I'm tired of my fangirl blog schedule. I'd hoped I could hold out until December, but it's been a year and it's time to change things up so that it's fun again. So I'll be doing that soon. This weekend, I hope, if I can get out of this lazy funk I've been in lately. Today I stared at my LONG To Do list while sitting and playing Bubble Mouse for HOURS and watching, like, 6 GG episodes. Granted I was rocking in pain with a heat patch on my abdomen and a heating pad-like-thing on my back, but still. I felt lazy and didn't feel like doing anything but sitting and eating. So that's what I did. Anyway, look for the new blog post stuff soon!

Now I'm going to go read before bed and try to make it through a chapter before falling asleep.

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Date: 2014-09-29 22:32
Subject: today was a day
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Today left me so frustrated and exhausted that I can't even be bothered to complain about it. I'm just drained.

Hoping I can do a little more of my usual library work tomorrow. Not getting my twice a week zen time in the stacks finding books has seriously had an impact on my level of personal peacefulness.

I feel like one of these days I'm just going to not get out of bed. And, yay, that's how the depression started last time. So I'm trying really, really hard to not allow myself to do that again. People laugh at my rules... but without them, I would not be functioning because I'd just be my lazy butt on the couch self all the time. And that's no good. Still, the idea of crawling into bed and hiding there with my comfy pillows and blankets for a couple weeks is pretty damn tempting...

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Date: 2014-09-23 21:26
Subject: Things in My World
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Watched Gotham... liked it. Started watched Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D. on DVD... loving it. Started watching Under the Dome... not bad, but don't know where this is going.

Work... officially, I am over it. I no longer like my job. I dislike my boss. But after 2 weeks of trying to fight him in order to stand up for my website users, I no longer have the energy and had to give in. I feel terrible about it, but I had to. I hope it doesn't cost us as much as it might.

Kitty... my family's cat, Sugar, is not doing well. I stopped by my parents' house on the way home from the library to say goodbye to her (not that she could hear; she's deaf) just in case her heart gives out or we have to put her to sleep tomorrow. My mother is distraught. I'm crying but holding out hope that she'll bounce back again.

Hip... is doing all right. I am feeling well, but it still hurts sometimes and gets tired. Luckily, my volunteer coordinators at my libraries have been finding me things to do while sitting down. I really, really needed the solace of the library tonight to zen out and escape for a little while. I pushed myself a little harder than I probably should have, but I needed to learn my limits and I'm fine now. So no harm done.

I've got another 140-something pages to read in The Silkworm before the book discussion meetup on Friday.

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Date: 2014-09-20 19:17
Subject: Hair!
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I just started Gilmore Girls Season 5. How is Jared's hair so short??? It's kind of blowing my mind.

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