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Late night last night - thank goodness it's finally Friday.

Happy Meme - started on Monday...

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.

2. Do this every day for eight days.

3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same.

Tonight my happy = dinner: no fuss, no muss - just an avocado with freshly ground Spice Islands lemon pepper mix and a champagne mango. Easy, and SO MUCH NOM.
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Happy Meme - started on Monday...

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.

2. Do this every day for eight days.

3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same.

Today's been kind of rough - I'm still at work and will be for at least another hour.

So I am going enjoy the little things in life: Reese's PB Easter Bunny = NOM. Also, I have two gorgeous calendars at work that make me happy to look at my walls. See them
here and here.

I also have an awesome poster my sister brought back for me from a trip to Spain, containing a quote from Sergio Pitol titled simply "El libro" ("The Book")


It says: )



Translated - very roughly, because I am super short on time - feel free to critique:

Roughly translated: )

That poster? That's my big happy for today.
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This is a super, super drive-by, BUT:

Happy Meme - started on Monday...

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.

2. Do this every day for eight days.

3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same.

Happy Thing, Day Three:

SHINY TIN FANDOM HATS.  I am really -not- someone who has a one true ship that must happen at all costs.  I -do- have pairings and shows and characters where I will do things like figure out what song two fictional characters dance to at a not-wedding that I don't ever really intend to write into an actual fic.  It's awesome and ridiculous and it fills me with glee - and I LOVE IT, not in the least because usually I have been dragged there or dragged someone there with me, and YOU KNOW WHO YOU ARE.

On the current list?  SGA, always, pairings actually fairly optional, although I have a Grand Unified Field Theory of Sheppard/Weir/McKay that [livejournal.com profile] omglawdork  has heard ad nauseam.  CM, which is WHOLLY [livejournal.com profile] smittywing 's fault, and my love for Penelope Garcia is only heightened by the fact that I have the same coat she wears in the ep after she gets shot.  Also my GREAT SHINY TIN HAT of Rossi/Prentiss. IT IS REALLY SHINY, GUYS. And my absolute best love, Who, about which I get all flaily when I even try to explain it, and which I can unfailingly share with many of you, but especially [livejournal.com profile] raisintorte .  DO NOT START ME on Jack/Doctor or Jack/Doctor/Rose OT3 or Martha and Donna and Sarah Jane period.

I love the shiny. It brings unceasing joy - and it brought y'all!

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Happy Meme - continued from Monday...

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.

2. Do this every day for eight days.

3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same.

Happy Thing, Day Two:

Gardening! I come from a family of gardeners and was subject to the obligatory lawn-work-weekends. And then I went to grad school and had no yard and realized that actually, I kind of liked it. So when I moved back up here, I spent a lot of time before work started putting my gardens together. So. Worth. It. I've learned a LOT, and more of it has to do with patience and luck and, well, faith (for example, that peonies will come back the next year, even if you, um, accidentally mow them down, or that the clematis, which looks horribly dead and brown, will sprout new growth). I like having my hands in the dirt and experimenting and thinking about whether to move the day lilies or hack back the butterfly bush or give up and buy new mint and whether the toad lilies have gotten way the hell to large for the space. And I love sitting on the porch with a slight breeze and catching a whiff of hyacinth.

Pictures from last year (spring and summer) )

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[personal profile] dogeared tagged me for a meme!

1. Post about something that made you happy today, even if it's just a small thing.

2. Do this every day for eight days.

3. Tag eight of your friends to do the same.


Happy Thing, Day One

Because I am predictable: My fabulous, fabulous dogs, who are so ridiculous and make me happy to come home. They are such goobers, and one of the best things, hands down, that ever happened to me. Tonight in particular, they are being ridiculous and cuddly. Katie is all grumbly and Molly is making "woo" noises when I stop paying sufficient attention.

Proof... )



Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is also to post about happy things: [livejournal.com profile] omglawdork , [livejournal.com profile] smittywing , [livejournal.com profile] raisintorte , [profile] aurora_84 , [livejournal.com profile] beanpot , [personal profile] flyingcarpet , [livejournal.com profile] tesserae_ , [livejournal.com profile] tielan , and ANYBODY ELSE who wants to play! ♥

Free book!

Apr. 3rd, 2009 10:44 pm
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SO MUCH NEWS to talk about, but that will keep till tomorrow.

Tonight I am here to tell you that you can read one of my favorite books of all time, The Beekeeper's Apprentice, can be had in an electronic version for FREE.

Go to The Bee is Free and fill out the form, and you'll receive a link to a download!

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I am watching Paint Your Wagon. I love musicals - my dad loves them, and I grew up on them. Somehow, this one I missed - stage and movie. The movie was on TCM and I tivo'd it - Dad sings "They Call The Wind Mariah" and I love it, so I figure it was a good time to fill in a gap.

The movie stars Clint Eastwood, who pulls off physical comedy with remarkable ability and who sings well enough to make this work. He and his partner in prospecting, Lee Marvin, fall in love with Jean Seberg, whose character is named Elizabeth.

This movie is like crack come to life and I kind of love it. (I understand that it is nothing like the stage version.)
Key highlights, let me show you them. )

I leave you all with [livejournal.com profile] smittywing 's excellent notion: "I sort of feel like we need to do the SGA version of this."
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Oh.

My.

GOD.

Between this week and last week? I could not love you more.
 


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I just want to say thank you to the folks on my flist who've been tracking RaceFail.

To steal a link from [livejournal.com profile] trobadora  - here's an excellent summary.

I haven't said anything because I am listening.  All I -can- say is that it isn't okay, that it isn't acceptable, and that the eloquence of the people who continue to repeat that refrain - with determination, frustration, anger, grief, and hope - is a magnificent thing.



NCIS...

Mar. 10th, 2009 11:26 pm
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Full disclosure: I'm watching out of order on USA reruns because I am EXCEEDINGLY late to this game.

But I just watched Bloodbath, and I want to know:

Is there enjoyable Gibbs/Abby?

I know.  But there's something about the idea that makes me happy.

Glee

Mar. 9th, 2009 10:30 pm
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Big Bang Theory + Summer Glau + George Smoot.

Show, ILU SO MUCH.

Also, the Booklist review for The Language of Bees fills me with anticipation for the book and foreboding for the ending.

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Guys.

I have a recipe for you. It is super easy, relatively quick, generally flexible, incredibly satisfying in small portions (fortunately, since it's not really low calorie, but actually I can think of some things I might try to alleviate that), and open to tinkering.

And it only dirties one pan.

THIS IS HOW GOOD IT IS:
Pictures of NOM )

One-Pan Baked Ziti

Recipe )

Watchmen

Mar. 7th, 2009 10:56 pm
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I went last night and really, really enjoyed it. It didn't feel long, and the soundtrack is PHENOMENAL.

As seems to be the general opinion, I thought it was very faithful, and very good. It did NOT feel long, which - at just under three hours - is a risk. I will say that as much as I liked it, the book hit me like a gut punch, and the movie did not. I'm not sure if it's because I knew the plot, or that I generally find that books grab me harder, or what.  All told, though, it was fantastic, and I'm so glad.

Post of Joy

Mar. 5th, 2009 12:35 am
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It's a milestone birthday this year, folks, and if the beginning of my xth year on this planet is any indicator, it's going to be a wonderful year. Shall we recap?

Lovely birthday things:

Preemptively:

Mardi Gras! Four whole days with [info]kurayami_hime , who I hadn't seen in two years, and reunions with my NOLA friends and my adoptive Mardi Gras family. Also, BEADS.

Dinner with the parents, brother and SIL, and sister, over a lazy Sunday afternoon. I cannot tell you how much I love my family and how much FUN they are to just hang out with.

A digital picture frame! With oodles of memory, so I can put lots of trip pictures on, take it to work, and use it for day-dreaming.

Anne of Green Gables on DVD - the whole series!

Lovely earrings.

FABULOUS smelling body butter.

A really cool four-way matchbox.

A gorgeous cheese platter set. (Mmmm. Cheeeeeeese.)

Homemade chocolate birthday cake and chocolate icing to DIE for.

[livejournal.com profile] bookshop  's rec for Where We Ought To Be.

Time at home to cuddle dogs, even if death plague was involved.
 
And today alone:

SLINGS AND ARROWS - all three seasons!

A donation, in honor of, to SARA Sanctuary in Texas

First day back at work post-travel and -death plague, with people stopping in and emailing to say hello and inquire as to where I'd been and how I was and say happy birthday.

Red tulips from the florist downstairs as a happy birthday me present.

Yummy smelling body stuff from my secretary.

Cute purse and LOVELY paperweight from my former secretary, whose birthday is TOMORROW.

Lovely dinner out with a very fun group of colleagues, at a great restaurant (sadly, to bid farewell to someone who is changing offices, but there are always visits and firm meetings).

Dog cuddles

Virtual gifts from [info]tesserae_ and [info]kimannebb , and a BOOK from [info]ubiquitous_girl , and happy wishes from [info]trobadora and [info]irony_rocks.
 
[livejournal.com profile] ed_84 kindly pointing out that One Brief Hour and Throw Away Your Papers won third and second places in the Isis Awards - thank you for liking them so much!

The Caucus - [livejournal.com profile] omglawdork , [livejournal.com profile] raisintorte , and [livejournal.com profile] smittywing - who make things SO MUCH AWESOMER.


I couldn't be happier. Or luckier.

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Guys.

IT WAS FANTASTIC.

[livejournal.com profile] kurayami_hime is an excellent and patient partner in crime, and I'm excessively glad she came. There are some pretty blurry pictures in the set, which runs in chronological order. While I maintain that they are an accurate representation of my memory of events, that is NOT DUE TO alcohol. It is instead due to the fact that I was really, really busy begging for beads. IN AN ENTIRELY NON-OBSCENE MANNER. Really.

Have a (LARGE) sampling of the weekend, since the flickr set is like 300 pictures strong. (Warning, REALLY picture-heavy under the cut. Also, I haven't had a chance to play with the photo editor to clean up the pictures yet.)

No really, there are a LOT of pictures here. )
And then it was over, barring a trip to Bourbon Street. WHICH THE CAMERA DID NOT ATTEND.

And yes, I caught beads from off a balcony. :D




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This month has been kind of appalling in a LOT of ways and involving some pretty ridiculous work hours plus a whole lot of unpleasantness coming down on a lot of people I care about.

As a result, the fact that OH MY GOD, I AM GOING TO MARDI GRAS with [livejournal.com profile] kurayami_hime  has sort of been my glimmer of hope that February will eventually end.  And now it's here, and I leave on Sunday, not to return till Wednesday, YEE!

We get in on Sunday, and we are staying at a hotel that has PB&J EVERY NIGHT AT TEN, and we will be in time to see Bacchus.

Then Monday is Orpheuscapade, during which we will be beautiful ladies!

Spiffy clothing, let me show you it. )

All I have to figure out is what to do with my hair....

SO excited.

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Happy Valentine's Day! )

To all of you, men and women - all of the qualities above, I find in you.

I haven't had time to -breathe- this week, so I've missed out on the various memes, but you should know: I think you're phenomenal.

Would you  ?

:)

- Woj
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It has been kind of insane over here the last few weeks - out of the last nine days, I've worked eight, and of those eight only one day has been less than ten hours.  It would be nice to get home before midnight.

HOWEVER.

I was home early enough to watch this week's Big Bang Theory, and OH MAN.

Whomever decided to cast Christine Baranski and then put her character up against Sheldon? MADE MY WEEK.
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So over winter break, [livejournal.com profile] smittywing sat me down and said "Look, there is this show about serial killers and you need to be watching it."

She was, as she is with pretty much everything, utterly correct, and happily took one for the team in the form of mainlining the better part of three seasons with me.

Now I say to you: GO FORTH AND WATCH. Because it really is excellent.

How excellent? It made me want to commit ~7,700 words of fic. Totally gratuitous PWP fic, at that, because the characters are just that much fun.

Title: Cause of Snow
Author: [livejournal.com profile] wojelah
Fandom, Pairing: Criminal Minds, Rossi/Prentiss
Rating: FRAO
Word Count: 7,700ish
Author's Notes: The fact that I considered this pairing at all is the fault of [livejournal.com profile] innerslytherin and [livejournal.com profile] severity_softly , who wrote this, which is very, very hot and makes the pairing completely plausible. The fact that this fic happened is all [livejournal.com profile] smittywing 's fault. Title is from the poem "Snow Day," by Billy Collins, whose narrator is "a sympathizer with the anarchic cause of snow." hank heaven for the marvelous beta-abilities of [livejournal.com profile] smittywing and [livejournal.com profile] omglawdork , who say things like "I'm pretty sure most cars now have automatic windows."
Summary: Prentiss has a flat tire, no power, and a free weekend. Rossi has several spare bedrooms, wine, and a wood-burning stove. Emily's a little baffled, but she'd like the chance to enjoy the evening a little longer.



The first time it happens, it's Friday and it's snowing.

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Can anyone (even better, multiple someones) tell me how you'd say "oh, crap" or "damn it" in languages other than English? The more, the better!
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