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2017-04-16 08:34 am

And we're back

Okay, folks, I need a little help here.

DJ had a wipe out with his car, hit it the wrong way on a guardrail and due to frame damage, it was totaled. Because he's not sure what he wants yet, he's decided to take my Civic until he's ready and will then trade that in.

That leaves me without a car. Not that I really need one - D takes his motorcycle to work most days, leaving his Subaru here, grocery store is walking distance, etc.

After years of practical, I want a fun car just for me and I've decided on a Mini Cooper. Fun, performance, and I've always wanted one.

So - a tale of two minis )
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2017-01-03 10:18 pm

Review

A few days late, but hopefully not a dollar short.

I'm not sure what the hubbub is about LJ, but I've been crossposting for years and migrated all my entries years ago, so if it does go belly up, nothing lost. Yay.

2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013 | 2014 | 2015

2016 in review )
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2016-11-14 07:39 pm

Welp

I tried. Be excellent. Don't be excellent. Do what makes you happy.

After two weekends of staining our new front door, I'm almost positive that I won't be turning away any offers to run my own home rehab TV shows...unless I'm going to be the "don't do this" example. It's not perfect, but I will admit to getting a hell of a rush of the i-made-dis variety when I see it.

I've also started cooking again now that it's turned a little colder and crock pots are back in season. It's so lovely to be able to run to the store for the meat/veg, toss that mess into the pot, seal the lid, and five hours later we have dinner. I've found some amazing damn recipes, too. Side note, when it comes to recipe maintenance, the Paprika app is the best I've found. Especially since it has the "send ingredients to grocery list" function, then you just take off what you already have and done. It's one of the few apps I've ever paid for, but worth every penny.

What else?

My family is about to get our second centurion. My great Aunt turns 100 later this month. She's the last of the siblings alive, and the second to hit triple digits after my grandma. I am sticking to my current plan in that regard - I'm going to start BASE jumping when I hit 85.

Not much else going on with me. Work continues to dance on my last nerve, but I'm ever hopeful that things will get better in that mythical some day.

Peace.
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2016-11-12 07:44 pm

Nostalgia

Going to start this off by saying...I don't care who you voted for. This isn't about that. Doesn't faze me if you voted for Hillary, if you voted for Trump, for Johnson or Stein or freaking Harambe.

You voted. Give yourself a high five for doing the most patriotic thing there is - taking a stand for what you believe, what you want for our country, and what you see is the best path forward.

Or, as I like to call it: preserving your right to bitch for another four years.

That said....

What we've lost )
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2016-11-10 07:09 pm

Throwback to when my fandoms collided



Because I thought it would be cool to check in, say hi, and not risk anything more than a "heya!" back.

Peace.
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2016-11-03 08:01 pm

Superstitions

For those of you not devoted to any sort of SportsBall Tournament type things, you've probably heard the faithful talk about their superstitions or have seen commercials that touch on the subject.

Allow me to explain how such things work.

I've been avidly following the World Series - with all the rabid attention of a starving man at a buffet. I didn't want to talk about it, because I was afraid that anything I said would jinx things.

As far as the series itself goes, I haven't seen more than a few plays outside of recaps, replays, and highlight reels for the last four games..

Why? Because they played better when we didn't watch.

Don't laugh, it's true. And verifiable. I'll get there in a second.

Every night we would put on American Pickers on the History Channel and silently check the score by madly refreshing Google or MLB.com. We didn't discuss this, we didn't mention why, we both knew that watching was bad. Occasionally, when I'd see that something big happened, we'd switch over, watch the replay, then quickly flip back.

Fast forward to last night. We sat, hearts in throat with Frank and Mike while I refreshed the shit out of my iPad and he did the same on his. Around the fifth inning, with the score 6-3, we took our lives into our hands and turned on the game.

At first, everything seemed fine...then Campbell. Then the hit. Then the runs. It's bottom of the eighth, it's starting to rain, the Cubs blew a lead, and we've been Cub fans for 51 and 25 years respectively. Our hearts were in our throats, our stomachs full of lead, and it felt like the inevitable had arrived.

More importantly, though, we were *watching*.

So we made the supreme fan sacrifice and turned off the TV and went up to bed.

The rest is 108 years in the making.

So, Chicago fans everywhere......you're welcome :) :) :)
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2016-10-26 07:54 pm

Roll with it baby

Today's navel gazing is about sports.

My preferences:

Basketball - pro meh, love March Madness
Football - prefer pro, will watch college
Baseball - regular season meh (except if I can go to the live game), all over the playoffs
Soccer - any time, any match, anywhere, live and TV
Hockey - regular season okay, all over the playoffs
Golf - Love it
Rugby - don't really understand it, but fun to watch
Olympics - total whore. I would watch 24/7 if I could


This is the first time in my baseball watching career that I'm *this* invested in a series, and I've found that I can't bring myself to watch. Finally there's a team playing that I'm rooting for, and we're watching American Pickers. The anxiety is just too much. Hubs is much the same.
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2016-10-23 04:04 pm

Three times. Omg. It's the postocalypse.

It's been about two weeks since I bid adieu to Twitter amid one sad face and very little other reaction. Two weeks since I resumed posting to my journal. And I've realized why this switch makes me a more contented person.
navel-gazing )
So. Now I'm here and I can just toss my words into the ether and move on with my life.

And in other news, I went to a Celtic festival yesterday. Had much fun and too much food. Very worth the 1.5 hour drive to Richmond and I got to wear my Renfaire dress again. Today was a walk around a nearby lake with Hubs and the little dog. Now there will be napping and soon making dinner.

Basically enjoying the hell out of this weekend before I have to return to Hell tomorrow.
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2016-10-20 07:29 pm

Now I remember

The main reason I go so long without updating my journal?

Because half way through a rant post, I start to feel like a whiny little bitch and hit delete.

Today's abbreviated whine is brought to you by Overly PC coworkers and husbands who intimate their wives are incapable of pretty much anything.
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2016-10-17 08:34 pm

Twice in the same month. In the same year.

I know. I've been horrid about updating this, but since I've once again left Twitter behind me in a vain effort to restore my faith in humanity/will to live, I thought I might ease back in to updating here. I'm still on Facebook and Insta, but will try to be better here for those who aren't on either of those platforms but are still passing curious about whether or not the mothership has called me home.

Alas, it hasn't.

So, a few random facts about what I've been up to.

* I've been working from home for about two years now, which means my work wardrobe is a pair of ratty old shorts (with most of the ass made up of iron-on patches) in summer, and LuLaRoe leggings in winter. It has its benefits (no commute, no annoying coworkers on their phones while I'm working or peeing) but I do miss the interaction of other humans. My dogs, however, love it.

* The dogs are well. Dexter is getting on and showing his age. We're probably going to have to face that call soon, but I'm hoping we have a few more months. Chelsea is still 20 pounds of evil, but we've discovered that going to day care three days a week gets most of the evil out and keeps her a lovely, docile little Shiba. Once Dexter crosses the bridge, we're looking into getting another Shiba for Chelsea.

* We didn't escape Matthew as unscathed as we originally thought. A little rainwater seeped into Zach's Golf and soaked the carpets....which means now there's a lovely aroma of mold about the car. Tomorrow it goes in to get the carpets and pads replaced and disinfected because a black GTI is awesome, a black mold GTI not so much.

That's it from me for now. Peace out and be excellent to each other.
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2016-10-10 07:07 pm

*taptap* Is this thing on?

Because I want to keep at least some record of these things on the off chance I get my grandest wish and move someplace where I don't have to give a shit if its hurricane season or not.

So, with the 2016 season winding down, numbers 21, 22, 23, and 24.

Gordon 1994
Allison/Felix 1995
Bertha/Fran 1996
Danny 1997
Bonnie 1998
Gustav/Kyle 2002
Isabel 2003
Alex/Bonnie/Charley/Ivan 2004
Barry 2007
Alberto 2006
Hanna 2008
Irene 2011
Sandy 2012
Arthur 2014
Ana 2015
Hermine/Julia/Matthew 2016

~

In other news, life is life. DJ has settled into his life as a welder and still loves it. Zach is halfway through first semester of his sophomore year and already has his eye on post-bachelors schooling. Diametric opposites, my boys.

Hope all is well with y'all. Peace.
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2015-08-16 08:02 am

LJ Renaissance

Once again, it's been close to 2 months since I've updated this bad boy, but this time it's for a better reason than circular RPG navel-gazing.

There's been talk on FB of a bit of an LJ revival - old schoolers who drifted off for various reasons to other social media outlets making their way back home again.

I, for one, am all for it. While yes, there have been times where even my LJ posts were under 140 characters, interaction on social media is hit or miss. Facebook might show your post to your friends, it might not. Twitter sometimes moves so fast that a single post can get lost in a slew of back and forth tweets between others. Tumblr, while great for pictures and fun stuff, is a seriously crap venue for any kind of interaction.

And yes, sometimes you just need to go Ranty McRanterson and you don't want the whole world to be privy.

So! That said - here's what I've been up to. In my traditional asterisk manner.
brief rundown )
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2015-06-28 12:03 pm

*blows off the dust*

I figure if I'm going to post something for the first time since February, it might as well have some substance to it.

So I will share with you a long-ish ramble about the state of my RP self and my shocking realization that I'm "getting up there in years."

Ode To A Small Lump Of Green Putty I Found In My Armpit One Midsummer Morning )
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2015-02-11 10:40 pm

Killing time

Saw this on [personal profile] abigail89's journal and have some time to kill, so why not?

Q&A for old people )
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2014-12-28 04:22 pm

Huh

2008 | 2010 | 2011 | 2012 | 2013

Well, it's been over two months since I updated this. Not a big surprise.

I don't want to miss a year in the tag, but I'm not filling out the meme for one simple reason.

This year sucked on so many levels, it would depress the shit out of me to write it all out. So I'm not. In the end, we're all still breathing and we've come out on top and in good spirits for the most part, possibly a little stronger for all the crap.

I'm just going to keep my eyes on 2015 and pray for a better year.
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2014-10-12 10:48 pm

Well...damn

So it's been over two months since I've updated this thing. Oops?

* Dex has officially been released from his knee surgery. It was a rough road filled with many sleepless nights and times I was sure we were going to have to make The Decision. Every time, though, he bounced back. He's fully healed, back to normal activity, though stairs are still a no-no if we're not with him for a while.

* He's had two infections, though, so there's still a chance they'll have to go back in and take out the plate and screws they put in to help the bone set/heal. It happens sometimes, but it's not nearly the ordeal as the original reconstruction since the bone is healed now.

* Taking him in tomorrow - pretty sure he's got another infection

* Personally I've been working from home almost exclusively for the past two months and desperately do NOT want to start commuting again.

* Starting to seriously think about changing jobs within my department. It's not that I mind what I do, I don't, but I'd like at least the idea that I can one day advance in my chosen career. I'd LOVE to find something that requires I travel. For long periods.

* Arrow season premiere pretty much killed me dead.

* I'm getting sick and don't want to - not because being sick sucks, but because in this house, I take care of everyone when they get sick, but when I do, everyone ignores it because then it means I can't take care of them. So I get to do everything I normally do...I just have to do it while feeling like ass.

* I think I'm finally giving in and getting an iPad once the Air 2 is announced and the Air price drops.

* I might finally list something on eBay. I want to ditch my formal china/stemware/flatware because we have never used it and we never will. I have my Great Grandmother's for Thanksgiving/Christmas and that's really the only time we use anything like it.

Nothing much else of interest. Hope y'all are good.
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2014-07-23 05:08 pm

Dex

He's home from surgery and doing okay. It's going to be a rough few days until the bandage comes off (his foot is covered, so he doesn't like putting that foot down - plus sedation - but it will pass.)

I've moved the daily blog I'm keeping over to here if you want to follow his progress.
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2014-07-22 08:49 pm

Dex's TPLO - Surgery day

Dropped him off at 8.30 this morning...and it sucked. Had to sit in the doctor's waiting room and have a little cry before I went off to work.

Still not sure how I got through the workday - exhausted and worried - but I don't think I made a colossal hose-up of anything. Tonight I'll go to bed early and sleep in my actual bed. Might be the last time for a while. Depends on how he does at night post-op.

(In happy personal news, I got my work laptop today - complete with VPN - just in time for me to be working from home for the next few days. Have I mentioned my boss is awesome about this shit? She is. Not even a blink about me working from home for a while so I can be home with him.)

It's so hard being in this house without him. I ate dinner without him sniffing at the wrapping and drooling onto the couch. There was no jingle from his collar or woofing for his dinner when I came home. No happy thump of his tail when Zach came home from practice.

Tomorrow morning we pick the baby up and start the process of recovery and rehab. Not looking forward to it but...one day at a time.
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2014-07-21 10:25 pm

Dex's TPLO - Day before surgery

I've decided to try and blog Dex's adventures through his knee surgery. God knows how long this will last, but I might need the outlet.

Cut for skimming )