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Seahawks vs Green Bay... I don't... I can't... what an embarrassment. Does the team have an "off" switch when they play games on the road? They're 0-4-1 this season with 2 TDs. TWO. WTF. Our offense is offensive to me. Not that the D was that great this game, either. I realize Earl is gone, and that was always gonna hurt. I expected them to lose this game -- they were playing at Lambeau, they've been shitty on the road, they were coming off a big home game, Green Bay has been trending up, etc. But JFC. Oh and they snapped an 85-game streak of not losing by more than 10 points.

Almost as bad as the team doing poorly was the crapshow they made of my fantasy football games this weekend. I managed to squeak into the playoffs in both leagues with a 7-6 record (go figure; I have a whole different cast and play entirely different people, but still managed to get the exact same record). One game is now an impossibility to win, unless Ezekiel Elliot gets like 70 points ON HIS OWN, while the other one will take monster games from LeGarrett Blount and Julian Edelman tomorrow night, which, given my luck with these things, they will not have. UGH.

I even drafted Eli Manning with the intention of playing him in place of Russell Wilson. I don't how he'll do tonight, but it certainly can't be worse than how RW played today, good gravy. I didn't end up playing Eli because I felt that I was not being fair to RW or the team coming off a good game, and I would feel really bad if Eli was horrible (very real possibility) and RW was amazing, for multiple reasons.

Next season, I am not drafting ANY Seahawks in my fantasy football leagues unless it would be absolutely ridiculous not to (like the next SEA player is miles above the next-best). It's too fucking stressful. Every week, I end up not playing FF the smartest way because I have to consider stupid shit like "feeling guilty" if RW has a good game. If I have no Seahawks on the roster, it won't matter who I put in; I just have to pick the best players, and the Seahawks doing well or poorly won't affect my FF games (well, other than when my opponent has a SEA player, of course).

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I was felled this last week by some kind of cold or flu or whatever the hell. This one was brutal. When I got sick in New York, it was like a little baby cold compared to this one. That one I was completely over with in less than two weeks, and never even got to the really bad symptoms. This time has been the mother of all viruses. (And how annoyed am I to get sick twice in such quick succession??) I'm still not fully over it, but am on the road to recovery. A few days ago I was like, LET ME DIE, I CAN'T TAKE IT ANYMORE. I don't even know how/where I got this thing. And if it's the flu, eff you flu shot for not covering this strain.

Oh, and even better? Aunt Flo came to visit. So I had to deal with that on top of body aches and hacking my lungs out.

On a more positive side note, have you heard of Thinx? It's period underwear, to put it bluntly. It's my second month using them (I have a full cycle set), and it's official, I love them. [profile] jade_okelani is a fan as well. You can read this article to learn more; I've read several like it where women tried to use them as their ONLY source of protection, and I think they're nuts. Or their cycles must be quite different from mine.

More TMI. Seriously, I am very frank in here, so don't click if you don't wanna know. )

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I have accomplished the feat of finishing two of my many WIP K-dramas. I finished High School: Love On, which was okay, and Coffee Prince, which was better than okay but had the most boring and annoying side pairing of all time. I've also watched a few more episodes of Oh My Venus, which has gotten to a super angsty part, and I have no idea where they're going to go from here. It's quite disappointing, actually, that it started out so lighthearted and cute and has now brought us to this. Sigh. Henry Lau is still the best part of the drama. Also? Much of it seems to hinge on the viewer finding So Ji-sub brutally attractive. I mean, he IS attractive; he's just not THAT hot (to me).

Because of finishing off two of them, I allowed myself to start a new one -- "Hello My Teacher" aka "Biscuit Teacher and Star Candy." It stars Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo-jin. Gong Yoo is the primary male lead from Coffee Prince that I ended up really loving, and Gong Hyo-jin is the female lead from Master's Sun. She's another one of those actresses who gets a lot of work and critical accolades, and I don't understand why. To me she's basically Korean Maggie Gyllenhaal. Anyway...

Synopsis: Na Bori is a 25-year-old woman who desperately wants to be a teacher at the high school she was expelled from, so that she can work with her high school crush, young art teacher Ji Hyun Woo. However, the only thing that enables her to get the coveted job is by signing a contract to essentially babysit Park Tae In, a 20-year-old troublemaker who starts attending the high school, of which he quickly becomes the king.

I'm sure I found it when looking stuff up on High School King of Savvy. Anyway, Gong Yoo plays the troublemaking high school student. :D I've only seen the pilot, and so far I'm "meh" on it. It seems to have all the stereotypical characters you'd expect of a K-drama, as well as flight-of-fancy fight sequences and such. I suppose such things should be expected, given that it aired in 2005. The content and the format (it's in 4:3 aspect ratio, *shudder*) shows its age. I'll give it a few more episodes to see if Gong Yoo and Gong Hyo-jin can somehow work their magic.
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Ugh. All the public transportation and new-to-me germs in New York got the better of me, and now I have a cold. Or the flu. I don't know, I can never tell the difference. UGH. I haven't been sick in so long that I'd forgotten how miserable it is. Now I have to carry tissues around with me everywhere and my nose is reddish and swallowing feels funny. Ugh ugh ugh. I also got the flu shot yesterday, which might be too little too late, but the pharmacist said that as long as I don't have a fever it should be fine.

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Really frustrated by fantasy football. As usual. I totally had a shot with Monday night's game. He had two players in the game and so did I; I had Greg Olsen and Graham Gano, and he had Cameron Artis-Payne and Mike Evans. Guess who were the only two players who scored TDs? That's right, HIS players. Artis-Payne hadn't had a single TD until tonight, and then he got two! WTF, seriously. And Greg Olsen caught like a zillion passes, but none for TDs. (I've now dropped Graham Gano for Steven Hauschka. With kickers it's a total crapshoot, so might as well go with a Seahawks player whose bye is behind him.) In my ESPN league, I did get high score of the week again though, because it turns out I had Mike Evans there. LOL. Sigh. But there, I was going to win my matchup no matter what, so I didn't need Evans to ball out. ><

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Sooooooooooo I am now subscribed to THREE beauty boxes. >.> I'm kind of stuck with Birchbox and Ipsy for the year, but now I'm also subscribing to Sephora Play. I had joined their waiting list, kind of relieved that their subscriptions were closed, but then while on one of my trips I got a notice saying that I was able to join... so I did. They don't have an annual option, so we'll see how it goes. I can and might cancel that one after a few months, depending on how good their boxes are, because I really don't need to be on three. Even I recognize that. Sephora seems to be on a different schedule than the others, though, so I'm not sure when I'll get that one.

I do, however, have October's Birchbox and Ipsy bag in hand. You know you wanna know. )
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I have no one to turn to to vent my frustration other than LJ.

Rage rage rage )
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Good news, the lemon meringue pie was a success taste wise, as well! Woohoo! Of course, it's best on the day it's baked... after that the crust starts to get soggy. Le sigh.

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You know what's not a success? The Seahawks. Especially versus the Rams. Gawd they were awful. Other than Rawls and the D, I sat every Seahawk I had in my FF lineups. I know all too well how much they suck against the Rams. I don't know what it is, why the Rams can be so terrible with every other team in the league (getting shut out by the depleted 9ers? Seriously?!), and yet always have the Seahawks' number. Always. This is like the fourth time in a row they've beaten Seattle while somehow losing to worse teams. Rams, you do you. As for the Hawks, well -- I wouldn't have felt good about this game regardless, given the history, but with Russell hobbled, there was just no way.

THIS IS WHAT HAPPENS WHEN YOU HAVE NO REAL BACKUP QUARTERBACK AND YOU INSIST ON NOT PROTECTING THE QB YOU DO HAVE WITH A HORRIFIC OFFENSIVE LINE.

Deep breaths. Deep breaths.

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Okay, but you know what has been surprisingly successful so far? My fantasy football teams! BOTH of them have been doing really well. I'm sure that's all about to change, but for now I'm enjoying WINNING, for once. Last season, inevitably if I won with one team, I lost with the other. Or just lost both. ><

This season, I've won all my matchups thus far (so, 4), particularly surprising because in my ESPN league I'm usually projected as the underdog. But last week I got the highest score among all teams, and this week I got the 3rd highest. I'm really meh about my upcoming matchup, though. It's against the person I'm tied with in the division, so one of us is going to come out being the division leader and the other will... not. Unfortunately for me, they have a really strong team, including Antonio Brown. I hate going up against people who have Antonio Brown. -.- It's like you just sort of have to pray that they don't cream you too badly (or that he has an uncharacteristically bad game, like he did last week, but will that happen twice in a row?!). Also, he has Greg Olsen, who I have on my Yahoo team, so it's like, do I root for Olsen to do well or not?! Urg.

On my Yahoo team, I'm in first place in the standings so far, due to how well my team did this week. Totaled 151.96 points. My matchup was the "biggest blowout" of the week, lol. Second-highest score this week was 127.86, so I was comfortably ahead of everyone else. I DON'T KNOW HOW THIS IS HAPPENING. But I like it. Anyway, the only players on my team to score single digits was my D (Pats -- but they were close, with 9) and Allen Robinson, who laid an egg yet again. Like, you're supposed to be elite dude, stop sucking. I'm going to sit him this week in favor of Stefon Diggs, who has had two strong games (he was the highest scorer on my team this week, not that it counted)... and done me no good at all, since I had him benched both weeks. You know, of course, that this means Robinson is finally going to breakout and Diggs is going to whimper out of relevance. SIGH. FF is so maddening. (Also, I dropped Travis Benjamin to waivers last week because he had a bad first week outing and I needed the space for a backup QB. Someone else picked him up, and OF COURSE he immediately posts a great game. GRRR.)

Anyway, I'm also going up against a strong opponent in the Yahoo league. He has Cam Newton, Matt Forte, and Seattle D. -.- He also has Theo Riddick, who is on my ESPN team. The ideal scenario for me is if Seattle and Riddick do well, while everyone else on his team sucks. At least with Cam, I have the hope of countering his points with Greg Olsen. If Olsen is Cam's target for many passes and especially TDs, I can partly neutralize Cam's outrageous number of points. They're playing against a pretty great D, though, so we'll see.

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Instead of torturing myself by watching the Seahawks vs Rams game, I instead went apple picking!

So many freaking apples. )
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It's been a fairly nice week, but of COURSE the clouds are rolling in and it's supposed to rain all weekend. Why do you do this to us, Seattle? Why?

My September Ipsy and Birchbox hauls have arrived. Pics )

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I mentioned that I won both of my fantasy matchups last weekend, but Monday's game hadn't been played yet so I didn't know if I would get high score of the week in my ESPN league, but I did! Seriously crazy considering I was SO far behind early on, and my TE scored a big fat 0. However, all of the rest of my lineup scored double digits, so that help me beat the second-highest scorer of the week 121.1 to 120.5. I squeaked by with 0.6 points! Ha.

I am extremely waffley about my lineups this weekend. Fantasy football blah blah )

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I've been chatting with [personal profile] ropo and [personal profile] lore about Jamberry nail wraps, and after checking them out I've decided that while they are nice, they are way too pricey for me, because I have so much nail polish and I've just invested in nail stamping tools, etc.

In fact, I put that to good use last night:

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Another pic )

Did an ombre gradient of purple, pink, and blue-purple. Put on a single glitter trace coat. Topped that with Seche Vite. I chose a sketchy flower design on one of my plates, and used white stamping polish to stamp. Topped that with Seche Vite again, and viola!

After having used the stamping plates a few times now, I can say that my experience with it has been hit and miss. My explanation, if you're interested. )
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Ermahgerd, I went to the Seahawks home opener on Sunday! One of my coworkers got tix as a thank you for her work on this series of articles that we've worked on the last 3 years, and she invited me to come with. It was a very cool experience to go to a Seahawks game live, even though it's harder to figure out what is exactly happening on the field than on TV. Our seats were in the 100 level, but near the end zone (kind of kitty corner rather than really end zone), so when the team was on the other side of the field, I couldn't see what the hell was going on and had to look at the big screen. Of course the Seahawks had to stretch it out until the very last seconds, just to ratchet up the drama. I brought ear plugs and had them in the whole time, but honestly it didn't seem that bad other than for really critical moments.

And Russell sprained his ankle, so yay for that... not. Not only is that bad for the Hawks, it's bad for my fantasy team, so now I have to try and get Matt Ryan back, who I had dropped for Jason Witten. Argh. But other than that, I won both of my fantasy matchups this week, which is kind of exciting. In one of them I even pulled out a miraculous win, because I was down by like 40 points and somehow came back to win it. (It helped that I had Carson Palmer as my QB and my opponent had the NE defense, so every time I gained points, he lost points. It was another scenario where I got to have my cake and eat it too, because I wanted the Cards to lose, but Carson to do well.)

My friend and I ate in the stadium, at Kraken Congee. Congee in a football stadium! How awesome is that? It's definitely a hipster variation though, because it was NOT traditional Chinese congee. It had aioli, pork belly, and crunchy corn. It was pretty dang good though, I must say! Pictures. )

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I now have a butter bell, and I am very excited about it.

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The lye is supposed to arrive tonight, and I'm super excited about making my first batch of soap -- I'm going to do a really standard starter soap, even though I have created my own recipe and I'm eager to try it out.

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I finished Orphan Black S4, so with that, I'm all caught up!

Spoilers )
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What a great game to start the season. A nail biter that went to the very last seconds!

For this one moment in football time, all's right with the world. The Broncos won, and most of my fantasy football players did OK. I wouldn't have minded a stronger performance from Greg Olsen and Graham Gano (despite the fact that I would have gotten more points if he'd made that last field goal, I can't say I was sorry to lose those 3 points), but Kelvin Benjamin had a great comeback-from-injury and boy am I glad I drafted and decided to play C.J. Anderson!

I know how this goes, though. I'll be feeling good about my team on Thursday, and then come the weekend disaster will strike. I have Russell Wilson in one league and Doug Baldwin in another league, so if the Seahawks offense splutters (which may very well happen since they have cardboard cutouts serving as an O-line at the moment), that will kill both of my matchups. And let's be honest, this early in the season, who the heck knows how anyone is going to perform? Last year's star wide receiver could suddenly be feeling his age, and be slower or less steady with his hands. It's all such a crapshoot.

But at least for one night, things are OK.
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I'm in the middle of my second fantasy football draft, and I'm feeling OK about it. Last night, T. and I went to BJ's to do the draft for the league we're both in, which was fun, except also not because I hate hogging a table at a restaurant for hours, and BJ's was way busier than I thought it would be on a Tuesday night. >< I did/do not feel so good about that draft. I dunno, it's not like I actually have a great sense for these things, but mentally I don't feel all that great about the players I got, maybe because there isn't a standout superstar that I feel excited to have gotten. Not that superstars never disappoint, but they sure make you feel good about having them! It was nice to have had you last year, Odell Beckham Jr. *sob*

Anyhow, I'm feeling okay about tonight's draft. The guys in this league seem really fun, so I like the league more, which is weird because I don't know them, and I only got into the league because T.'s friend, who runs the other league, knows this guy, who is also in the other league, and last year he needed more players. T. doesn't even know him! LOL. Also, I like the Yahoo interface/FF experience much more than the ESPN one, especially their summaries of the matches. Last year, Yahoo predicted that I would finish first in the league; I ended up finishing third. We'll see what it says about my draft this year!

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I've now used all the items in my first Birchbox and I remain a fan. Although, I'm a little confused about whether that was just my first box separate from the monthly box (I ended up subscribing for a year), because I got a notice today that my box had shipped, but I was like... I already got my box though. So...? Very odd. Anyway, my verdict on the products! )

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My Gravity Falls Journal 3 has arrived! I wish it were shorter and fatter, like the one Dipper uses on the show, and I wish it didn't say "Gravity Falls" on the front (does DIPPER'S say that? THEN OURS SHOULDN'T EITHER), but otherwise it seems pretty awesome and true to the real thing. :D

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I'm really anxious to make my first batch of soap, but I still haven't gotten the lye, so can't do anything until it arrives (ETA: Monday). :/ Meanwhile I'm poring over books and watching YouTube vids. I haven't made a single batch of soap yet, but I've done so much research that I feel like I already know more than some of the amateurs who have posted soap-making vids on YT. :)) This one woman bemoaned how soap ash had ruined her colors, and I'm like, "Duh, you could have easily prevented that by spritzing on a 91% rubbing alcohol solution after molding the soap." Also, given how much the colors faded, she probably used some coloring mediums that were light sensitive.

Meanwhile, I bought this mold to make little specialty soaps with. Isn't it cute?! )

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My nail art templates arrived! They came all the way from Singapore, which is why they took so long. But there was a problem: I ordered 13 plates and they only sent 12. I either wanted a refund for the missing plate or for it to be sent out; to my surprise they chose to ship it to me. I can't see how they could possibly make any money doing that, but I think that about a lot of eBay businesses.

Anyway, the templates are really cute and I'm glad I got them. I even got a Halloween-specific one that I can't wait to use once we get into October!

I am not, however, thrilled with my first attempt. :( Has nothing to do with the templates, or the stamper, both of which seem great. I chose the wrong color to stamp with, unfortunately. Or rather, it was the wrong texture. I thought it was going to be a thick nail polish, but it wasn't... It looks more like I drew with marker on my nails than looking like a really nice paint job. ><

I love watching nail stamping ideas on YouTube... people are so creative! That reminds me, I need to get a really opaque black polish.

Oh my lard

Aug. 29th, 2016 09:50 am
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Got an email from Birchbox today to ask me what my September box preferences are; I now have a lot more clarity on how the customization works. On a monthly basis, you get one of three choices:

1) Total surprise box - You don't know what any of the 5 samples are going to be, but they will tailor it based on your beauty profile.
2) Surprise + 1 box - You get to choose one sample from a selection they give you, and the other 4 will be based on your profile.
3) Know all 5 samples - They tell you what the 5 samples are.

I'm not too crazy about this month's "known" samples, so I'm going to go for the full-surprise box.

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I've done something probably crazy, considering how my first experience turned out, but I have 3 more paintings from Afremov coming. I don't know what they look like; it'll be of their choosing. All I know is that they are original paintings.

Here's my thought process: I clearly like his original work more than the recreations, and these were reasonably priced. I specified that I preferred landscapes and flowers over people and music. If I don't like them, I can return them at their cost. So I feel like there's very little risk involved; they clearly pride themselves on their customer service. The worst thing that would happen would be that I would have to get some unwieldy paintings mailed back; since FedEx should be able to pick up, I'm willing to see what comes of this venture.

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Football season is around the corner, and that means fantasy football is starting up again, too. I can't even remember how I did last season. I seem to recall that while I didn't win any of my leagues, I also wasn't too terrible. That could alllllll change this season.

Edit: Apparently I actually placed 3rd in one of my leagues! Well, that's exciting.

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OH LARDY, LARDY.

I have a lard issue. This weekend [personal profile] adelagia went with me to Chef Shop, a local artisan food shop, so that I could pick up some rendered Mangalitsa leaf lard. I'm subscribed to their newsletter, and the latest issue was all about pie baking (mmm). I've actually rendered my own leaf lard before, but it was a long process and it made my house smell like pork for days, everything I used to make it was greasy for a long time, etc. This lard was reasonably priced and high quality, so score!

There was some confusion with the front counter people about the lard -- which one it was, the size, etc. They asked if I was planning to bake that day, and I said no (the lard was frozen solid, so how could I?!), I paid, and we went on our merry way.

Well just now I got a call from the shop, very apologetic, saying that they had given me the wrong lard. They had given me just regular lard, not the Mangalitsa leaf lard, and hoped I hadn't baked my pies yet. I said that I hadn't (thank goodness). The plan now is for me to go pick up the right lard sometime this week, and they said I could keep the lard I had. (On the one hand, I was glad they said this, because for sanitary reasons alone, that should be the case. They would have no way of knowing if I'd kept it at the right temperature, etc., so if they'd taken it back to sell to someone else, I would feel really skeptical of them as a food store operator. On the other hand, I have zero use for regular lard, especially four pounds of it, so I'm not quite sure what I'm going to do with it. I feel bad just throwing it out, though.) Also, apparently, they have new pricing on the leaf lard, so I'm actually going to get a credit on my credit card for the difference in price. So, other than the pain of having to go to Seattle twice, it's worked out OK.

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I forgot to mention in my LA post that I tried Lyft for the first time! I've added those details now, in case anyone's interested.
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I am the queen of the incomplete LJ entry these days. I've started and not finished at least two long posts, only now they're totally out of date. And as time passes, the idea of having to play catch up gets more and more daunting...

The biggest news since my last post, and it's a big one, is that I have bought a house. I know, WHAT??? How can I have made such a major decision in such a short amount of time, when I hadn't even been talking about it before?

It is a crazy fast time. I recognize that. That's been the source of many a second (and third, and fourth, etc.) thought. That said, I really started to look for a new place 2-3 years ago. I had actually been working with an agent and looking at properties when two major things happened to put a halt to the proceedings: 1) my mom had a brain aneurysm; and 2) I was going through a period where I was constantly dizzy and had to get an MRI and everything. So yeah, just not in a good place to think about making a significant purchase and moving. (Too bad, because the real estate market was much better for a buyer back then.)

Basically, a couple of coworkers who recently bought new places kind of inspired me to start looking again. I met with one of their real estate agents, who I liked (her name is Mary), and we started looking. Well, she is really familiar with the areas I was looking at, and the available houses, and she's really good at pinpointing what you tell her you want and matching you with a house. Sooooo after looking at houses for a few days with her -- which is NOTHING -- I found a house I loved. And that was that. I'm actually supposed to close this week. O.o

It's all happened so fast that I have more stress and anxiety about it than excitement! Obviously, I love the house... I was totally into it from the moment I saw it, but financially, it's kind of a lot to take on, particularly because I'm not planning on selling my current home until after I move into the new house, which means for however long, I will be paying two mortgages. Which, ouch. And we're nearing some key U.S. holidays -- are people going to be looking for homes during this time? Plus now there's uncertainty in the world what with all the stuff happening in Europe... I don't know. I have this fear that I will be stuck with two mortgages for months, which would be bad. My current home needs a lot of work done to get it into marketable condition, so some time needs to be allotted for that as well, and the holidays are going to add pain to that.

Now my big stress, in addition to that, is the actual moving. I have SO MUCH STUFF. I'm obviously going to use the opportunity to get rid of a lot of it, but I don't have a magic wand that I can use to just make stuff disappear (more's the shame). It has to be dealt with somehow, and right now it's looking like my choices are to have the moving company take a side trip to Goodwill, where I can drop things off, or have someone come take things away (though the Salvation Army truck apparently does not have availability until the end of Dec). I have a quote estimate from a place [personal profile] adelagia used and liked, but it's quite pricey. They have excellent Yelp reviews, so it may be worth paying a little more. I'm having someone else come out on Wed to do another quote (due diligence!), but their Yelp reviews are much sketchier. The person on the phone sounded perfectly reasonable, though, and I can get a discount with them through work, so I'll have to just see what their estimate is and weigh the pros and cons of going with one or the other.

Meanwhile, the Seahawks are awful, and it makes me sad.
sarea: (stiles faceplant)
So.

The Seahawks lost in the most frustrating way possible;

My fantasy team is doing that thing AGAIN wherein the person playing against me has players who all do inexplicably well, so that even though my score would beat out just about every other person in the league, I'm still going to lose my matchup;

One of my star WRs (Odell Beckham, Jr.) that is on my team in BOTH leagues looks like he might have a hamstring injury, something that is totally unpredictable in terms of healing and has kept Marshawn Lynch out for two straight games (though part of me wonders if it's on purpose, so that they can work Thomas Rawls into the lineup in preparation for Marshawn leaving/retiring at the end of the season);

Players who I dropped the previous week inevitably have monster games this week;

I slept funny so that now my left shoulder and arm ache like crazy;

The no-knead cinnamon rolls that I made came out waaaaaay too sweet;

I worked Friday night, half of Saturday, and part of today;

Which led to me having to cancel plans with a friend.

So I am going to slather on some Biofreeze, then go to BED, and there may be watching of The Strain, and possibly reading of a guilty pleasure book, and I am NOT going to do my writing assignment. Because all of those things above have combined to kill any creativity I might have had.
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How does time pass so quickly? I swear I just updated this thing!

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One thing is that I'm feeling very run down. I thought I might be coming down with something, but I think it's that I don't get enough sleep, and what I do get isn't very restful. My dog often wakes me up at odd times during the night, my mom gets up way earlier than I do, I like sleeping late, etc.

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A few days ago, my internet went out. This happens from time to time, and usually hard cycling the thing does the trick. Or it's a broad outage, and there's nothing to do but wait for Comcast to fix it. This time, they couldn't reach my line remotely, and there were no outages reported, so they scheduled a technician to come out and take a look. My appointment was for noon-2 on Saturday. For two whole days, I lived without internet. [profile] jade_okelani suggested that wild animals might have been the cause, and I replied that yeah, and now they were making me live like one. -.- At 11 a.m. on Saturday -- no joke -- the internet mysteriously came back. WTF? No idea what happened. I canceled the technician, half convinced that at 12:01 p.m. it would go out again. Thankfully, it's been on ever since, but as I have no idea what caused it to go out in the first place, I will have no recourse the next time it happens except to complain to Comcast again. I've been hearing about a lot of people switching from Comcast to something else, but I'm resistant to doing it myself unless something really pisses me off, because I think I'm grandfathered in on some internet plan that they don't offer anymore. My internet bill is significantly lower than what I've heard others having (though granted I only have very basic cable).

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Since it's been awhile since my last update, two more football weeks have come and gone. The Seahawks lost to the Packers, which I expected but was still disappointing. Then they shut out the Bears, but the Bears are super terrible so it's actually concerning to me that we couldn't put it away early. I have no idea how the rest of the season is going to go.

In terms of Fantasy Football, things are not looking great this week. I've lost all 3 of my ESPN league matchups, which is annoying because it's like I'm benching the wrong players every week. It's such a crapshoot! I get FF advice from SB Nation, but I'm starting to think that I'd do better just eeny-meeny-miney-moe-ing it. I'm doing better in my Yahoo league -- in fact, I'm pretty proud of the fact that after 2 weeks of play, I am in first place (as the only girl and only non-doctor/engineer!). However, my lineup this week killed me. Why did they declare Chris Ivory eligible if they weren't going to play him?? Why couldn't Eli get OBJ the ball? Why did all my starting RBs suck so much?? Right now I'm ahead of my matchup opponent, but tonight he has two players playing -- including Aaron Rodgers -- so I fully expect him to pull ahead and deliver my first loss of the season. :(

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I finally finished The Martian. I really liked it, though I thought it ended rather abruptly. I'm going to go out on a limb and say that the movie is going to do "the next scene" after the last scene in the book. The voice actually reminds me of Tim Urban of Wait But Why, author of the article about the Fermi Paradox that I loved so much. I'm going to get to see the movie on Thursday at a special pre-screening, because of something I did at work. Woohoo!

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Made zucchini bread this weekend but it was disappointing. :/ The zucchini bread I'm used to having in restaurants is really dark and moist. This recipe, which had such high ratings, delivered a zucchini bread that was light tan in color and nowhere near as flavorful.

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Finally finished The Vampire Diaries season 6, so I should be all caught up now. Spoilers. )

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Has anyone heard of the band Right the Stars? I think I heard about them from one of those self-published YA books, and I really like two of their songs. But I couldn't find any of their stuff in the usual places, and they don't even have a Wikipedia page. WTF?? And they have 3 albums out! I finally had to buy their CDs from Amazon. What strange thing is this, that I actually have to buy physical CDs to listen to music? (Okay, they're on iTunes, but it was actually cheaper to get the CDs.)

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Jade and I watched Need for Speed last night. Her first time, not mine. It's not a good movie, but it's definitely guilty pleasure, and as she said, "It's so close to being good!" :)) Love Aaron Paul, and I actually really like the ship in the movie. Dakota Johnson is in it, though at the time that I first saw the movie, I had no idea who she was or what she had been cast to play. I just thought she was a random actress with a "charming" gap in her teeth. Also Rami Malek is in it. He even smiles! Weird. Also we see his butt.

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In going through old LJ posts, I noticed that I used a lot of quotes in my subject lines that I didn't ID, which drives present!me crazy, because it sounds so familiar and yet I can't place it. I've decided that whenever I use a quote in a subject line from now on, I'm going to ID it in the post. That's all; carry on.

"They're really blue" -- Jules to Tobey (about his eyes) in Need for Speed
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I won my Yahoo FF matchup, but I didn't get the high score for the week. I was seriously bummed about that. It was in the bag until the final Monday night game, and it would figure that it would be the 49ers who screwed me. Carlos Hyde got freakin' 30+ points!!! That elevated some other guy to the top of the point totals, while I got second. GRRRR. In prime fantasy football drama, that guy and I are matched up next week, so that's exciting.

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Finished season 1 of iZombie. This show makes me so frustrated. It's fun to watch, and I like (most of) the characters, but it doesn't get my blood going. I don't support any particular ship, and none of the plot stuff that happens makes me feel like I'm dying to know what happens next. Spoilers. )

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My next cooking project is going to be a chocolate souffle. I need to get some appropriately sized ramekins first! I am such a level 7 suggestible... even if I'm the one who suggests it. I wrote a scene in which the hero and heroine order chocolate souffles at a fancy restaurant, and suddenly I was looking up videos on YouTube. Sigh. The best chocolate souffle I've ever had was at this French restaurant [profile] jade_okelani and I went to a couple of times. It was hideously expensive, but the food was sooooooooooo good.

I really need to find some friends who are into gourmet cooking. (I know, it's sad, so many of my lamentations are about how I need more friends.) All my friends are like, "What? I have to boil water for that? Too much trouble." OK, maybe not that bad, but they're not... cookers. I need cooker friends! :))))))

I feel very envious of my manager whenever he does this dinner thing with his friends, where they all prepare gourmet dishes. A sampling from their dinner this weekend:

- Shigoku oysters with Sevruga caviar and dashi
- Garden velouté with king crab, deep fried squash blossoms and mustard cream
- l'Arpège farm egg (served in the shell - egg yolk, sherry cream, minced ginger, barrel-aged maple syrup)
- Seared foie gras with compressed preserved strawberries, cumin caramel, black pepper papadam
- seared halibut with spicy eggplant, peas and potatoes, feta cream, pine nut vinaigrette, pickled raisins
- Rouelle of poulard wrapped in Swiss chard, with bacon and prunes
- Candy cap mushroom ice cream with pine nut pudding, cocoa sweet potato chips, maple gel and a beignet

I mean, obviously a ton of work and expense goes into these annual dinners, but for the right crowd, that's part of the fun/excitement of doing it! You know, for people who like to cook. (I always think of cooking as being like a science experiment, and I've always enjoyed chemistry. I bet Potions would have been my favorite class at Hogwarts.)

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Look out, I'm doing a Rory/Logan compilation. It makes me angry all over again, what they did to that ship. But also happy to see them. Fanfic will fix all this.

Finished S5, now about a quarter of the way in to S6.
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It was not a very good football weekend.

First, [personal profile] adelagia and I went to one of the most boring football games I've ever watched, in 514384570145°F heat. The Huskies were playing the Sacramento State Hornets. I'd gotten the tickets through work for $20 each, and even though they were at the 300 level, they had a great view of the field. They were someone's season tickets, and they'd also paid for cushions for the seats, so at least my butt wasn't sore in addition to drenched by the time we left (this is all sounding rather shady, but I'm going to valiantly press on). The only problem was that the seats were on the north side, which was the side that got the BLAZING HOT SUN ALL AFTERNOON. If I had applied olive oil instead of sunscreen I would have been burnt to a crisp.

Anyway, I favored the Huskies in the match, because they're my local team. I went to UCLA and would support the Bruins over any competitor, but otherwise the Huskies are cool. I think it's because at the height of my college days UW wasn't much competition (still aren't... AP poll currently has UCLA ranked #10 and USC #6, while the Huskies are unranked), and I have always liked their colors (very important stuff). However, I don't like them so much that I would rather see them win than see a good game, and it was not a good game. UW won 49-0, which is ridiculous. We left in the third quarter and they had already scored those 49 points.

Initially neither team looked very good, but then the talent difference made itself obvious. I mean, really, Sacramento State? I didn't even know that was a school, much less a school that would play in our division. (OK, forced to do some research, I have now learned that Sac State is California State University, Sacramento, and they aren't in our division. They're in the FCS, formerly known as Division I-AA, while the PAC-12 is in the FBS, formerly known as Division I-A. I then looked up when FBS schools played FCS schools, and I guess you can request it in your scheduling -- not sure of the specific rules. But apparently, the FBS team gets an almost-guaranteed win, while the FCS team gets cash. Kinda seems dirty and unkosher doesn't it? :/ Here's an article from 2010 wondering whether these matches should be banned permanently. Given that it's 2015 and I just saw such a game, I guess the answer isn't yes.)

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Then there was the heartbreaking Seahawks game. Unlike almost every pre-game prediction I saw, I was really nervous about this one. We were without Kam Chancellor, the Rams always play us tough on their home turf, Jeff Fisher is a tricksy devil, and expectations for the Seahawks this season are again through the roof.

If Kam had played, I have no doubt the Hawks would have won. There were so many ridiculous missed tackles he wouldn't have let happen. Their final touchdown, with Dion Bailey tripping over his own feet? Ugh. I really, really wanted Dion to do well, not just for his own sake, but because the team needed him to step up. And, well, it was bad.

However, I don't think the team can or should give in to Kam's demands. If we pay him, the line in front of Schneider's door is going to be 50 players deep, each threatening to hold out if they don't get a raise. And Michael Bennett will be first in line.

That said, it was a really tough environment and a tough game, with Russell seemingly getting sacked at will (see, Russell? You had to have your millions, money that could have been spent on more decent O-linemen to protect you. But nooooooo) by the Rams' insanely talented front 7... and we still lost by only a field goal, in overtime. Thinking about it that way, it wasn't so bad, I guess. Hey, I'm trying to stay positive here! (Also, what if Hauschka hadn't messed up that kickoff or squib or onside or whatever it was? Or what if Marshawn had been able to get that 1 yard? The fact he didn't makes me feel slightly better about the Super Bowl, actually. It was no sure thing that he would have scored if he'd been given the ball, and if we'd run it the clock would have been ticking down, so he probably would have only gotten 1 more chance.)

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The silver lining in all this? My D/ST team in ESPN Fantasy is the Rams. LOL. So I did decently there.

My D/ST team in Yahoo Fantasy is the Seahawks, and I got a ton of points from them, too.

I don't have much of a shot of winning my matchup this week on ESPN -- I should have played DeAndre Hopkins, who got freaking 23.8 points, or even Percy Harvin, who got 14.8 points, instead of stupid Odell Backham Jr., who only got 4.4 points -- but I am already mathematically guaranteed to win my Yahoo matchup, and potentially could even get the week's high score, assuming my remaining players don't completely suck.

The problem is, two of my remaining Yahoo players are on my competitor's team on ESPN, so if I win one, I pretty much can't win the other.

lol fantasy football.

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Apparently New Zealand has banned its first book in 22 years, a YA novel that has too much sex and profanity. You can guess what just shot to the top of my "to be read" list.
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Finished my second fantasy football draft about an hour ago. I feel... OK about it. I had to once again use the "skip RBs until later" strategy, because I was drafting eighth and all the elite backs were already taken.

What I like about Yahoo FF over ESPN FF is that Yahoo attempts to editorialize your choices, giving grades to your league's drafting and also trying to project a winner.

Surprisingly, even though I got a "B" for my draft, Yahoo predicts that I'll finish first in the league. Ha! Since this prediction will no doubt fail horribly, I can at least enjoy the moment while it lasts. :))

Yahoo's summary and prediction of the season based on my draft. )
sarea: (earl thomas)
I'm now in two paying fantasy football leagues. A guy from the first league asked if anyone was interested in participating in his league on Yahoo (which I did for fun last year), so I was like, why the hell not. He made league-wide introductions today, and it turns out that I'm not only the only girl, but am the only non-doctor/engineer! Ha! Fantasy football: underrated method to meet eligible bachelors. Okay, not really. I have no idea how old any of them are, how attractive any of them are, or even if any of them are bachelors. The draft for this league is tomorrow.

For the first (ESPN) league, our draft was last week, and I did okay, assuming my players perform up to expectations. I didn't get any Seahawks for many rounds. I chose Andrew Luck over Russell Wilson (because Luck passes all day long!), and from there on, all the Seahawks (including D/ST) I wanted at certain times got chosen before my turn came around again. However, I did select Tyler Lockett toward the end, as a potential explosion player (and of course, no one else would know who he was), and took a flyer on Fred Jackson, just in case he actually signed with Seattle. And a couple of days later, he did! So I have two Seattle players. I also did something kinda risky. A couple weeks back, I read an article that claimed running backs were overvalued, so to not even pick them until the later rounds. When Marshawn Lynch was selected before my first pick, I decided to give the strategy a try. And all the other top backs were taken almost immediately, so I didn't select a running back until waaaaay down the list. I have no idea if this strategy is going to bite me in the ass. I think for my Yahoo league I will go the more traditional route.

Meanwhile, I found the recipe for Lola's tzatziki (my mom's favorite spread) at Tom Douglas's blog, so I decided to give it a shot. I am REALLY happy with the results. It's not exactly like Lola's, but it's just as good, if not better. It's chunkier than what they serve in the restaurant; not sure if they're skimping or if I used more cucumber than I'm supposed to, but the directions aren't exactly 100% clear. Anyway, it doesn't matter. It's delicious. There's nothing like fresh tzatziki! Recipe and notes. )

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