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Not that you needed any, but proof that I am an extremely lazy person:

1) I curled my hair this morning. I received so many compliments (2/3 comments came from GUYS, who never notice that sort of thing) about it that it was kind of embarrassing, because it was like, "OK, I GET IT, I guess my hair normally looks like crap." It took me a whole 8 minutes to do. And yet I never do it. That's just time I'd rather spend sleeping.

2) This guy creates amazing art using ball-point pens. BALL-POINT PENS. I cannot fathom the talent and patience required to do such a thing. And he's not even a full-time artist. He's a freaking attorney. A couple of my favorite images. )

3) I'm stealing this from [personal profile] adrith: ABC Greenlights "S.H.I.E.L.D" Marvel Pilot, Joss Whedon To Co-Write, Possibly Direct. Yay!! I'm curious to see what he's going to do with it. Different timeline? SHIELD agents we don't know? SHIELD agents we do know, but younger? SHIELD agents Joss has made up, rather than from the comicverse? Will he go totally AU? Will we see SHIELD agents as cowboys in space? TELL US JOSS. I assume actually that the studio'll want it to be relatable in some way to the movieverse, so that they can potentially have cameos and craft other spinoffs and sequels and etc., in order to better milk our wallets.

4) Instead of pretending like this is a real post I'll do this meme!! Which I have stolen from everyone on my flist. Thank you, flist, for enabling my laziness. Leave me one or more of these numbers and I shall provide an honest answer (**as bonus fun, I will attempt to answer in a .gif or other image if I can :D**):

1 - Your current OTP
2 - A pairing you initially didn’t consider but someone changed your mind
3 - A pairing you have never liked and probably never will
4 - A pairing you wish you liked but just can’t
5 - Have you added anything stupid/cracky/hilarious to your fandom, if so, what
6 - What’s the longest you’ve ever been in a fandom
7 - Do you remember your first OTP, if so who was in it
8 - Do you prefer characters from real action series or anime series
9 - Has the internet caused you to stop liking any fandoms, if so, which and why
10 - Name a fandom you didn’t care/think about until you saw it all over tumblr the internet
11 - How do you feel about the other people in your current fandom
12 - Your favorite fanartist/author gives you one request, what do you ask for
13 - Your favorite fanart or fanartist
14- Your favorite fanfiction or fanauthor
15 - Choose a song at random, which OTP does it remind you of
16 - Invent a random AU for any fandom (we always need more ideas)
17 - A ship you’ve abandoned and why
18 - A pairing you ship that you don’t think anyone else ships
19 - Show us an example of your personal headcanon
20 - Do you remember what your first fanwork was?
21 - Self-rec: What's your favorite fanwork you've created?
22 - Are you one of those fans who can’t watch anything without shipping
23 - 5 favorite characters from 5 different fandoms
24 - 3 OTPs from 3 different fandoms
25 - A fandom you’re in but have no ships from
26 - Just ramble about something fan-related, go go go
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If you have nothing better to do (like me, working from home), prelims for the 2012 Fandom Steel Cage Match are happening now. The results are surprisingly skewed to me. I know LJ is full of feminists, but wow. I mean, some results obviously make sense (it's not like I'm anti girl power, after all), but others I'm like, really? Really? It's actually more obvious when you look at the characters in 2nd/3rd place who have no business being that close to the lead.

I mean, Britta in second place behind Abed? BRITTA? She's so annoying!

Leslie Knope over Ron Swanson or Ben Wyatt? Mary Crawley blowing away all competitors -- fine, personal preference, I guess.

But Kelly over Nathan (with Alisha nearly over taking him)?! Zoe over Mal?! Daenerys, Arya, and Sansa all way over Jon Snow?! No. Just no.

And I love love love Caroline, but more than Damon? I don't know about that.

Hermione and Scully leading the pack by miles apparently never gets tiresome for these people.

I am pretty tickled that Daryl Dixon is so far leading The Walking Dead, though. And Jesse Pinkman way far ahead of all his competitors. :D
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This will be my only concession to the holiday I loathe most (in fact, the only holiday I loathe), and only because it has to do with Game of Thrones:

My mom and I had a row this morning. This turned into a big rant. )

<deep breath> Onto calmer topics. The homemade bacon. I promised I'd write about how this turned out. The answer is: Not as great as I'd hoped. I think it is just as easy to make at home as I've read, but there are several things I'd change the next time I do it, and I think there are two things you need to have at home to achieve bacon that's like the kind you buy in the store: a meat slicer and a smoker. The former is more important than the latter. You just cannot hand slice bacon to be as thin as the kind you get in the store. It's impossible, at least for the normal home cook. In theory you can make tons of bacon and freeze it, so it's probably worth the investment if your household consumes a lot of it ([personal profile] elle_blessing, I'm looking at you). Other notes: )

I haven't done a meme in awhile, but this will help pass the day more quickly. Stolen from any number of people.

Name a character and I'll tell you my top 3 ships for them.

My fandoms:
- Harry Potter
- Merlin (BBC)
- Downton Abbey
- Misfits
- Roswell
- Alias
- The Vampire Diaries
- Mortal Instruments
- Lost
- Game of Thrones (specify TV or book series, so I don't spoil you accidentally)
- Friends
- Community
- Buffy the Vampire Slayer
- Angel
- Firefly

I obviously watch many more shows/read more books than that, so you can also go off this list and if I'm familiar with the fandom I'll do my best to answer!

Speaking of books, I finished The Woman in Black. It was creepy, but not as much as I wanted, and I liked the style, but it was entirely predictable. Once one hint was given, I figured out the entire plot and all the details.
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For a reason too long and involved to get into, I have been mentally and emotionally exhausted from the events of the last 2 months or so. That is why I am so VERY excited about tomorrow, which is going to be a Day of Fun with [profile] jade_okelani and [personal profile] ropo. First there's going to be lunch... then there will be pedicures and board games... then dinner (likely at one of my fave steak places), then X-Men: First Class (playing at the second run theater near me for $1.50!), and finally dessert. Wheeee! What I'm not looking forward to is the half hour of barking from Talis that we'll all have to endure.

And now, a meme!! Stolen from... all and sundry.

Comment with a character and I'll tell you:

* How I feel about this character
* All the people I ship romantically with this character
* My non-romantic OTP for this character
* My unpopular opinion about this character
* One thing I wish would happen / had happened with this character in canon
* Something about them I consider true, though it's just head canon/fanon

You can try me with any character or multiple characters; I'll let you know if I am ignorant of who s/he is/they are. :P

that meme

Mar. 25th, 2011 09:29 am
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List fifteen of your favorite characters from different fandoms, and ask people to spot patterns in your choices and, if they're so inclined, to draw conclusions about you based on the patterns they've spotted.

1. Severus Snape (Harry Potter)
2. Fox Mulder (The X-Files)
3. Spike (Buffy the Vampire Slayer)
4. Jayne Cobb (Firefly)
5. Zhi Shu (It Started with a Kiss)
6. Chandler Bing (Friends)
7. Jace Wayland (Mortal Instruments)
8. Nathan Young (Misfits)
9. Arthur Pendragon (Merlin)
10. Sharon "Boomer" Valerii (Battlestar Galactica)
11. Logan Echolls (Veronica Mars)
12. Michael Scofield (Prison Break)
13. Julian Sark (Alias)
14. Damon Salvatore (The Vampire Diaries)
15. Jon Snow (A Song of Fire and Ice)

I actively attempted to choose 15 different fandoms. Even though I might have multiple favorite characters from each, I forced myself to make a choice (just like Sophie).

OK, I'm going to call out the obvious one myself. With the exception of one character, all of my choices are of the male gender. I fully admit that the best I hope for with most heroines is that they don't annoy me too much. :/ I don't know what the psychology behind that is, why I find most female protagonists so annoying. Then there are some heroines I genuinely like (such as Dana Scully or Veronica Mars), but who I don't like as much as their male counterpart, and since I could only choose one, they lost out.

Maybe this says less about me than it says about how females are portrayed in TV and literature. Yeah, that's it.
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Just went to the dentist for a routine cleaning/check up, and one of the spots on a molar she's been watching apparently doesn't look too good, so she's going to remove the filling and possibly replace with a full porcelain crown. The cost of this is roughly $1,500. My insurance is going to take care of $650 of it, which still leaves $850 for me. CRY. Currently my appointment is scheduled for late April because of her availability, but to be honest, if it has to be done, I'd rather it be sooner than later. Sigh.

Also, I swear the dentist my mom took me and my brother to when we were little was a total quack who only wanted our money. We didn't have insurance and paid cash every time, and it just so happened that we BOTH needed like every single molar filled before we even hit our teens. We had/have extremely good dental hygiene/habits. When my wisdom teeth came in, we were no longer seeing him, and nothing wrong has ever been found with them. So looking back, I find this all very suspicious. Plus there's the fact that one day he just disappeared, his office closed, without a word to anyone. And now I have all these stupid fillings, which are really only a stop gap, to show for it. GRRRRR.

BTW, this morning I was woken up in the wee hours by the bread machine. When I get something I like to try it out right away, so I decided to make bread with it, and try out the timer function at the same time, so that I could wake up to the smell of fresh-baked bread. Good in theory right? In practice, not so much. Whenever I cook food overnight, in the slow cooker, or in this case, the bread machine, I'll wake up in the middle of the night with hunger pangs. Does this happen to anyone else??? It's like I'm smelling it while sleeping and my body responds to it because I haven't eaten in hours, even though my brain wants to sleep, my stomach wants me to eat, and hurts like hell with ferocious hunger pangs. *facepalm* The good news though is that the bread machine works, and I was able to use the other model's instruction manual to good effect. :P

And now, the meme [personal profile] mynuet tagged me for!

Memeing... )

true fax

Feb. 16th, 2011 09:17 am
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I am not a good person. Today is bagel day and I split two different bagels in half (one cheese, one sesame) and took the tops of both. I wish I could say I'm sorry, but I'm not.


Recently I upgraded my computer at work. My previous machine had a battery life, of, oh, 2 minutes if it wasn't plugged in, 2GB of RAM, and a 100GB hard drive. Now I have a battery life of 9 HOURS (no joke) unplugged, 8GB of RAM, and a 300GB hard drive (you'd actually think that would be bigger, given the other improvements, but oh well). Speaking of massive hard drive space, over the holidays I got myself a 2TB external hard drive. It's so awesome.

Anyway, because of the new work computer, I had to give my desktop printer away. It was fairly old (though still in great working condition) and the cable was a regular printer cable, not USB, and the new computer only has USB ports. Now I have to use the regular network printers. WOE IS ME. Anyway, an admin from another group said that she wanted it for her team, so last week she came by to pick it up. And I realized that I knew her! From years ago, she actually used to work on our team (not as an admin). We're going to lunch at Pearl in downtown Bellevue tomorrow (she claims they have a wonderful cioppino... my favorite cioppino is at Etta's so WE'LL SEE how good it really is) to catch up. I'm super curious to hear how/why she went from where she was then to where she is now.


Got an awesome deal today. There was a Groupon for a local movie theater -- 2 adult tickets and a large popcorn for $10. I bought it using the Swag Bucks special offers link, which gave me 315 SBs, which is 135 away from a $5 Amazon gift card, which means a fab deal overall. Woot!


I'm getting pretty darn good at doing eye makeup by watching those YouTube vids, I must say. It's just that as with most artistic type things, I'm better at imitating than creating. If you gave me an eyeshadow palette and told me to create a unique look, I wouldn't be able to do it. At least not one that looked good, lol.


I am going to make up a meme from various ones that I've seen. I'm going to list 5 true things, and 1 false thing, from the point of view of a fictional character. You have to guess who the fictional character is, and identify which statement is the lie. :D This might end up being really hard, so let's see how it goes, lol. I'll start with a fairly well known, less obscure one. Let's go!

1. I say I have trouble trusting people, but it seems I don't, really.
2. Sometimes it looks like I got my hair cut by a lawn mower.
3. I have a younger brother.
4. The more preposterous the claim, the more I'll believe it.
5. I like short, smart girls. I mean women.
6. I prefer snacks that are salted and shelled.
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OK all you people who live in Seattle and enjoy food: Restaurant Week is back again! Oct. 17-28 (minus Fri. & Sat.). WHO'S WITH ME?? $25, 3-course meal, awesome restaurants! You know you want to go! I am keeping that entire week+ open so I can go to as many as possible. <g> So let me know if you're interested and we shall plan to go. There are a few restaurants I want to hit for sure -- Dahlia Lounge, Mistral Kitchen, Spring Hill -- but am also open to anything.


Speaking of food, I've actually been cooking quite a bit, and have just posted a big roundup about it here.


Dealing with some work insanity the past couple of days. Sigh. And I so tried to avoid having this happen. I wish my work didn't so often consist of making sure other people do their jobs. You're not in control of your own destiny when that's the case, and there's a lot of sitting around worrying about how other things are going so that your bigger picture can fall into place. The good news is that everything went well, despite Murphy's Law coming into play.


Did someone recommend Patricia Gaffney's To Have and To Hold to me? Was it maybe when I was talking about Laura Kinsale's Seize the Fire and that novel's bastard of an anti-hero? I ask because it was apparently in my library queue so I picked it up yesterday. But what I found odd was that it was an "inter-library loan" (meaning not one of the 16ish libraries in the Sno-Isle library system that basically share a catalogue) -- it's from Harvard-Westlake School in California. O.o How random is that? For that reason it cannot be renewed, so I pretty much have to read it right away (there is a serious back up in my reading queue).

The problem is that there's another one I also have to read right away -- I just got Tongues of Serpents! I think there's a big waiting list for it right now, so I probably won't be able to renew and if I wanted it again would have to wait in the queue all over. It always takes me a page or two to get back into reading a Temeraire novel, because of the language. But it's cool because once I'm back in it, it reads like any other book.


I finally caved and bought the BSG series on Blu-Ray. There's conflicting reports on exactly what's included (The Plan y/n?), so I'll have to see when it gets here if it's missing anything.

Finally on S6 of XF. I know a lot of people didn't like that season... but I don't know why. It's hands down my favorite season. Almost every episode is totally rewatchable (unlike the second half of S5, after Bad Blood). I guess I like the lighter fare, though I will admit that the lighter fare wouldn't be as good if all the dark stuff hadn't happened to them before that. Still, just last night I saw Triangle, the two Dreamlands, and How the Ghosts Stole Christmas, and I'm only on disc 2! I LOVE YOU SEASON 6, I DON'T CARE WHAT ANYONE ELSE SAYS.


And the VERY LAST TV Show Meme!! I started this way back in June. Wow. O.o I took my sweet time with it, didn't I?

Day 30 - Saddest character death

Since this is potentially spoilery, my answer behind a cut. )
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OK, I now have tomatoes coming out of my ears. Mostly cherry tomatoes, which I cannot seem to eat fast enough.

PLUS -- before she left for an extended vacation, K. took down her tomato plants and asked if I wanted all the green tomatoes still on the vine. Of course I didn't want them to go to waste, so I said sure. Now I have a HUGE box of green tomatoes (mostly cherries) and I'm not quite sure what to do with them. I started a thread in the [community profile] cooking comm to see if anyone had any ideas about what I could do with them (other than fried green tomatoes, which I do plan to do, but there are so many that I need other ideas too). If any of you guys have favorite ways to prepare green tomatoes, please let me know! I'd read that tomatoes don't ripen if they've been pulled too early (before they start changing color), but someone on the thread says that if I keep them out of the light, they will. If that's true, maybe I should move the box to my garage. Not that I need a million tomatoes to ripen all at once...


Happy birthday to the incomparable [profile] jade_okelani today.

For her birthday, one of the things I gave her was a rant about the second XF movie. )

I also ranted to her about Salt, which I finally saw, but she pointed out that listing all of that movie's deficiencies is like kicking a baby when it's down... there's just no sport in it. Suffice it to say that it was no Bourne Identity. Plus, I realized something else -- Angelina Jolie just doesn't do it for me. She seems way more badass in real life than she ever does on the big screen, even when she's supposedly playing a badass. She has this soft, girly voice and these frail limbs that look like they could snap with the slightest pressure. She keeps disappointing me in her roles, and I think this one is finally the one that's made me realize she's just not for me.


I need to remember to start bringing my own utensils when I bring my own lunch, if it's meant to be hot. The compostable utensils either melt in the heat of the food or makes everything taste like wood. ><


One of my new boss's hobbies is that he likes to roast his own coffee at home. He did a few batches this weekend and brought some in to share. Now the awesome smell of roasted coffee keeps distracting me every 5 seconds.


Second to last TV show meme!! Day 29 - Current TV show obsession

If the question is, what am I currently obsessed with, it'd have to be XF, since I'm rewatching it and am up to S5. If the question is, what current TV show (as in, currently running) am I obsessed with, I'd have to say Mad Men. It's so fab.
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Does anyone want a Dreamwidth code? I have lots to give away. I always post at DW and just crosspost to LJ, makes it pretty easy.

A Clockwork Angel arrived from Amazon yesterday. Am pretty excited about that one. I still haven't read Mockingjay yet, though. Can't decide which one I want to start first.

I guess Mad Men won the best drama Emmy on Sunday (I'm so out of touch I didn't even know the Emmys had come and gone) and people are starting to grumble because they've had a lock on it for the past 3 years. I would probably be grumbling too, except that I LOVE that show and things I love so rarely get that kind of love and attention. Though as Jade points out, I would have been OK with Dexter winning, particularly after the last doozy of a season.

TV Show Meme, Day 28 - First TV show obsession: Quantum Leap. It was the first show I ever got so into that I begged my mom to push my bedtime out one hour so I could watch it. I loved Sam Beckett and Al and the crazy adventures they'd go on. It's funny because I've never considered myself to be a fan of science fiction (growing up, I was like, that's a boy thing), yet if I think about it, even at the very start I was a big science fiction fan. I just didn't know what it was. In my mind, sci-fi had to do with aliens/spaceships (a la Star Trek/Star Wars, neither of which I liked) and weird scientists and scary Twilight Zone music. Yet shows like Quantum Leap (and fave movies like Back to the Future) were science fiction. I just didn't have my definitions right. But now I know better. I'm a sci-fi geek!
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You know when you type a super long thing and then click on something and it goes away, but then you weren't logged in and so the auto recover doesn't work? You know that feeling of rage like you want to toss your computer across the room from the frustration of it? And the thought of retyping everything you just wrote makes you want to /wrists? Yeah. Technology can SUCK IT.


I finished Dr. Who S1! (Or S27, depending on your preference.) Spoilers! )


On the book front, I'm still slowly working my way through Jonathan Strange & Mr. Norrell. Still don't know what the plot is and I'm like 400 pages in.

Finished Ursula K. LeGuin's The Beginning Place. I was not a fan. I don't know if it was this particular book or her writing, but if the former is a good example of the latter, then it may just be that I don't enjoy her style. I found it to be annoyingly vague, a bit overwrought, the characters unlikeable, and the ultimate 'message' fell flat.

I recently read a romance novel Jade found on Amazon called Nine Rules to Break When Romancing a Rake, by Sarah MacLean. I normally would have stayed away from the title alone, which implies a gimmicky plot and too modern a mindset for my preferences in historical romance, but it had hundreds of reviews and an average rating of 4 1/2 stars, so I gave it a shot. Spoilery review. )


TV Show Meme, Day 27 - Best pilot episode

This one was a no brainer. Pilot episode of Arrested Development, hands down. I was raving about it to Jade back when I first saw it, calling it pretty much a perfect pilot episode. Usually, pilot episodes of TV shows are just... there. They establish the characters, are a bit awkward and clunky, and looking back on them brings enjoyment from nostalgia, but little else.

AD was not like that. From this very first episode the show was already completely in its element, knew what it wanted to be, and executed on that with serious skill. It not only did all the things that pilot episodes should do in establishing backstory, characters, etc., but managed to be hysterically funny almost the whole time, and did it in under 30 minutes. Most shows' characters take time to fully establish themselves and come into their own and develop character-specific personalities; not so with AD. From the outset the characters were completely fleshed out and wonderful.

It won a couple of Emmys for writing and directing, which is frankly amazing for a pilot episode. And so well deserved. I can't gush enough about how great a pilot it is. (And of course, a great show.)
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I'm trying something new, y'all: sugarless coffee. Not sugar substitutes, which my taste buds abhor, but lack of sugar, period. It's embarrassing how much sugar I need to put into my coffee. I'm like Umbridge with her tea.

I figure it's a matter of adjusting my taste buds. If I drink sugarless coffee more regularly, then I'll get used to how bitter it's supposed to be, and less sugar will be required to make it taste sweet, when I feel like putting sugar into it. Fewer calories, too!

I don't think I can stop adding milk/cream to my coffee, though. That's where I draw the line.


I started watching Dr. Who! I'm on disc 4 of S1. Random spoilery commentary. )


My library system needs to get with the program and start offering a hold-on-holds function. It's really annoying to put different seasons of a TV show in the queue, then have them come up out of order (alternatively, I could put a later season in my queue after viewing an earlier season, but then that means I might have to wait a realllly long time), or have a dozen things become ready at one time, etc. The King County library system has it, it shouldn't be that hard to implement this functionality!


Had a lovely time yesterday with the D/G gals (minus poor sick Elle). We tried doing a potluck for the first time, and while it totally worked out, I think next time we do it we'll have to be a little less blase about who is bringing what. LOL.


OMG, speaking of the D/G gals, I was showing them my little garden and bemoaned how it's the end of the season and haven't gotten any zucchini, haven't even seen any female flowers, period, they've all been males so far and they've all died off w/o having a female to fertilize...

Well, I went out in the garden this morning and saw that two flowers were open, and one of them was a female!!!!! Yippee!!!! So I plucked the male one and used its little pollen wand to fertilize the heck out of the female. I hope it was enough. There's a teeny tiny zucchini there, and I want it to grow!


I got a new haircut! It was looooong overdue. That's when I tend to get my haircuts, btw. When it's way, way, WAY past time for me to get one. I had what I call "tabula rasa hair" in that it was so long and had long outgrown any style that you could do just about anything to it. Anyway, I guess it's just one of those things that I feel like it's a big waste of money unless there's some obvious change or something. And paying $75 for a proper salon cut is even more wasteful to me.

Enter Tippr. I purchased a voucher a few months ago for a haircut at the Gilt Edge Society, a salon in Belltown (right near Tom Douglas's restaurants, actually). I really liked Cadance, the gal who cut/styled my hair. She was way hipper than me with her multitudes of tattoos and bleached pageboy cut, but she was super cool about my more conservative preferences in terms of my hair, while being very helpful about what might look good on me and a style that required very little maintenance (I don't have the time/patience in the morning to spend on my hair). She did ask me to use some serum on my hair in order to protect it from the heat of the hair dryer, but she didn't push any products on me. I told her I had serum at home from the last time a stylist convinced me to buy product (that I never used), and she just showed me how and when to use it.


More car stuff...

AAA. I've never needed or wanted AAA, but now that I have the clunker it's probably a good investment, just because of the towing alone. I kept putting off getting it, though, and it's a good thing, because the other day Allstate Roadside Assistance cold called me and wanted me to try their service for $1.99/2 months, which has basically everything AAA has, except for the maps (which I don't need/use) and the discounts (again, don't need/use). So I'm covered for the next 2 months, woot. And after that I can cancel and join AAA if I want.

When I bought my Lexus I was told that I would have a little certificate waiting for me as a gift from the dealership. Family members and I have purchased a number of new cars over the years, and that's never happened. A car dealership, give something back after milking you for all you're worth? Hah! So I had pretty low expectations. At one end I was thinking, maybe a $25 gift card to Starbucks. At the higher end, a $100 gift certificate to a restaurant. They called me the other day to say that it was ready, so I picked it up at the same time I got my new plates. A $150 Visa gift card, so I can use it anywhere. :O How unexpectedly awesome. I have to say, I am pretty impressed with this dealership.


TV Show Meme, Day 26 - OMG WTF? Season finale.

I'm going to go with the season 1 finale of Alias. I don't want to get into details and spoil it for anyone who hasn't watched, but I will just say that it was awesome (much like Alias S1 itself).
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OMG!!!!!!! Amazon Fresh is finally delivering in my area! *does a dance* I've been waiting for this for sooooo long. Some of you may not have heard of it because they're only in the Seattle area right now, but I know so many people who use Amazon Fresh and LOVE IT. I know, I thought the whole grocery home delivery thing was dead, but Amazon has somehow made it work. I have not heard one bad thing about it, only people raving about how great it is.

It is ridiculous how excited I am about this.


OK... I have Mockingjay in hand (thank you, Amazon, for the expediency), but I don't actually feel like reading it. I read the first few pages, and it just sunk me into depression. I guess I'm just not in the mood for dark, post-col (as we used to call the genre in XF fandom) stuff. :/ I do want to know what happens, but I also don't want to ruin the book for myself by reading it before I'm ready. I'm going to wait, and will hope that everyone will be very careful about spoilery information!


[community profile] trashy_eats is currently in LJ Spotlight and we have soooo many people posting now, I can barely keep up. Yet I can't look away. It's like a gastronomic car crash.

I joined the comm thinking that there would be a lot of food that's bad for me, but prepared in creatively delicious ways (like English muffin pizzas), maybe some different but interesting combos (say, chocolate-covered bacon), or maybe just stuff that's bad for you but also yummy, like the deep-fried Twinkie I've always wanted to try.

But I've found that a deep-fried Twinkie is child's play to these people. I thought I knew about trashy food; it turns out I know nothing about it. I am constantly amazed by the ingenuity (and iron stomachs) of these posters. Some examples (which my uncreative mind would never have come up with) follow. Keep in mind that these aren't just things people eat because they were dared to or something, but because they honestly find it delicious (and many times come about due to lack of funds -- truly, necessity is the mother of invention):

  • Warm a tortilla in a pan till it's a bit brown. Slather with mayo. Roll up and eat. Proclaimed by the poster to be "HEAVEN... I swear it's awesome."

  • Variations of peanut butter ramen. Cook ramen noodles until soft, then add spoonfuls of chunky peanut butter. Add other ingredients such as scrambled egg or scallions if you are "feeling wealthy." So many people have posted their versions of this dish.

  • Ramen, period. Apparently I am the only person on the planet who has never used ramen for anything other than making ramen (though I will dress it up with egg or veggies or whatever). So very many posts about what else you can do with ramen. And the best trashy post ever, for "Gourmet Ramen a la Felon" -- recipe from a guy who learned how to make his variation in prison after bartering some cigarettes for food.

  • "Deathwiches." Basically, sandwiches inside sandwiches, your creativity is the limit. Example: Go to McD's and order a Big Mac and McChicken sandwich. Open up the Big Mac. Place McChicken sandwich on top. Place the other half of the Big Mac back on top. Eat. (This is a fairly tame example. Apparently McD-specific ones are called "McGangbang.")

  • Instant stuffing + instant gravy + canned chicken + crushed pineapple. Proclaimed "a staple meal."

  • This entire post, in which the poster has made trashy eating a lifestyle.
I love this community, though in a different way than I thought I would. There are very few things shared on the comm that I would actually want to make and eat myself (though I AM intrigued by chili dog pizza), but I am constantly entertained by the posts and taking my brain to places it never would have gone on its own.


To those of you who asked for books from me and provided a way for me to get them to you, I plan to mail them out today. :D What with those and the PBS and orders, I'm going to be one of those annoying people at the post office who have more things to mail than I can carry at one time.


I've started rewatching The X-Files from the beginning, and am on S2 now. (I'd burned myself out on XF so much that I couldn't even watch a single ep for YEARS.) There are so many little things I'd forgotten! Krycek started out as Mulder's partner! Scully was young and chubby! Skinner is interesting! It's amazing how quickly they became "Mulder and Scully." There were only like, 3 episodes in which they seemed like they were getting to know each other. And then it was all familiar touching and glances that lingered a second or two too long.


Wow, I guess I've blabbed enough for one post. So I'll end with...

TV Show Meme, Day 25 - A show you plan on watching (old or new)

HBO's A Game of Thrones, of course! I am so flipping excited for this one, it cannot come soon enough.
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Conan O'Brien: The FDA egg recall has hit a total of 380 million eggs. I can't wait till they find the tired, evil hen that did this.



If you've requested books from me and aren't someone I regularly see in person, please provide your address (if you haven't already). Sadly, the day has not yet come when I can beam them to you using only the powers of my mind. ;-) Also, a few of those books have been requested through the PBS system, so they're no longer available. If I have somewhere to send them I can take them out of the system. If you've changed your mind that's fine too. :-)


Tried a new burger joint per [profile] jade_okelani's recommendation: Five Guys Burgers and Fries. They have a ton of great press/awards from the east coast/south, but I think they are slowly making their way westward. Apparently they started out in the DC area; I can't believe I never heard about this place when I lived there. They have 2 locations in the Seattle area, one in Northgate and one "coming soon" in Lynnwood (yay). It was very, very good. I still like In-N-Out burgers more, but their fries are way better.

I got to use Lexus Destination Assist for the first time trying to find this place, lol. Jade had told me it was called "Five Brothers." So this woman was trying to help me find it, and we kept going back and forth on what it could be; I knew the location and that it served burgers. The coolest thing was her finding it for me, then "beaming" the location to the navigation system in my car, which then led me to it. For as long as my free trial lasts, I won't have to call Jade for addresses/directions to places!


Books I am excited about:

- Mockingjay, the last book in the Hunger Games trilogy. Amazon has told me that they've shipped it. Yay!

- Clockwork Angel, Cassie Clare's new steampunk series, which is going to be out at the end of this month.

- The Passage by Justin Cronin, which [profile] corianderstem highly rec'ed. I've been looking for a used copy at HPB, but couldn't find one until the other day when I found a signed first edition -- argh! I can't resist such things! So I ended up paying more than cover price for it. Sigh, hopefully one day it will be worth more.

- Tongues of Serpents, which I hope to have soon. I'm #3 in the queue!


I watched Inception again this weekend. Still love it. Even after second viewing I still have some unanswered questions. If your brain wants to go there... )

I also saw The Switch, which I had great hopes for because I love the leads. Ugh, what a total waste of talent. It was terrible. It sucked the life out of me when I was watching it. Spoilery stuff. )

Finally, I also saw Brick, a whodunit set in high school, starring Joseph Gordon-Levitt. I LOVED it. He is so mysteriously hot. And it's an excellent movie, even if the dialogue takes getting used to.


TV Show Meme, Day 24 - Best quote: "Remember when he ate my goldfish, then you said I never had a goldfish? Then why did I have the bowl Bart? WHY DID I HAVE THE BOWL?" - Milhouse, The Simpsons

LOLOL that still cracks me up. Oh Simpsons, there's no one like you.
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I recently uploaded sooooo many books to PBS -- I have like 165 in my list now -- but have only gotten requests for 5 of them so far. Take my books! Please! At this point I should just donate some of them (the ones that have been in the system awhile already and haven't been requested) to the library or Good Will because they're taking up so much space. But I love the idea of being there for someone who might be looking for that ONE book they can't find anywhere, who really, really wants it. (Because I love when I find books I want, like that.)

Here is the list of all the books on my PBS bookshelf. If any of you guys want any of them, let me know, I'll ship to you. I just want a happy home for them. You can choose more than one. Just don't, you know, pick all 165. :)) That'd be a PITA to mail. Leave me a comment with your address and the titles you want, or email me (Gmail, sareaokelani). Or, of course, you can just join PBS and do it that way, if you prefer that for whatever reason.


For the first time ever, I received an official notice about a sex offender living in the area. O.o That totally creeps me out. Thank goodness I don't have kids.


I've been on a Julia Quinn kick, which has now been deflated. I read The Lost Duke of Wyndham and was SO DISAPPOINTED with the resolution. Plus, I lost interest in the main characters about halfway through the book. I admit from the outset that I was more interested in the second book of the 'series' (I think there's only the two), but now, knowing the resolution from the first book, I've lost some of that interest too. Ugh, and it seemed so promising. I'll probably go back into my anti-romance novel shell now.


I have a massage scheduled for tomorrow. Looking forward to that very much.


I always complain about businesses and what not whenever I feel I've been wronged, so I feel it only fair to give praise where it's due. Thus, I give props to Allstate, where I've had my car/home insurance for the last 3 years or so. Great customer service (at least, when I call my local agent), with great plans at great rates. YMMV, of course, but for example, my car insurance premium with them is very competitive price wise with other places, but with Allstate I have their platinum plan, which means I also get accident forgiveness (if I'm involved in an at-fault accident, it won't affect my premium), a safe driving bonus check every 6 months (5% of my premium), and a deductible that gets lowered every 12 months that's accident free.


TV Show Meme, Day 23 - Most annoying character: Kennedy, BtVS

I doubt many people will argue with me on this one. Kennedy was such a mistake. I mean, there are characters I love to hate, and then there are characters I just hate. Kennedy fit into the latter category. I don't know if it was the actress or the character. She might have been a little more tolerable if she hadn't been Willow's love interest. It was just TOO SOON after Tara, imho. So that, plus the fact that she was really annoying and abrasive, just made her reviled. Season 7 was having a hard enough time as it was without the introduction of such a universally despised character. (Though on rewatch, I actually like S7 a lot.) Sorry Kennedy, you weren't likeable and also served very little plot purpose.


Aug. 18th, 2010 11:53 am
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I love Paperback Swap!! I've just requested a few Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys super mysteries that did not come with the set I bought off ebay, including the one [personal profile] akscully claims to be the best of all (and others seem to agree, since it's one of those rare paperbacks that has not only maintained its cover price but actually has gone up in value). Woot! Haha, I don't even know if I will like the books but I love finding stuff this way.


I drove the Pontiac to the park & ride today! And it didn't break down! You might remember that I'd been TRYING to do this very thing the first time I ever used the car and that's when it went caput. So I've finally been able to use it successfully for the purpose for which it was intended.


Looks like summer is about to draw to a close around here. I'm going to harvest some basil before too much cold weather kills them and make some pesto to freeze. I've heard that the best way to do this is to make it with everything but the cheese, then freeze in ice cube trays. But then I'm like, if that's true, shouldn't it also be made without the olive oil? Because if it's okay to freeze one kind of fat, why not the other?


I found a Julia Quinn novel at the library yesterday that I hadn't heard of before (maybe because I lost interest in JQ's books awhile back, though I do think fondly of the Bridgerton series): The Secret Diaries of Miss Miranda Cheever. I read it in one night, which I love about these kinds of novels. It was... okay. The premise was about a girl who falls in love with her best friend's older brother as a little girl, then she grows up and they get to know each other/strike up a romance as adults. On some level I always enjoy novels with this sort of premise (don't know why; I never had a best friend whose older brother I crushed on). Anyway, it was very enjoyable in parts, but overall was just a typical sort of romance with the usual plot twists and a few clunky/forced scenarios. Still, if you're looking for a mind candy read, I'd rec it.


When D. came over to help me with the Pontiac mess, he was like, OMG you need to clean your gutters! So now I am going to get an estimate for that, as well as for cleaning off the moss on the roof. Plus I need to hire a new gardener (whole separate story on that). And hire an arborist to trim the trees whose branches are getting way too close to the house. One of the things I miss about condo/apartment living is not having to worry about this kind of stuff.


TV Show Meme, Day 22 - Favorite series finale: Sex and the City

It was perfect, totally perfect. So good, in fact, that the movies are almost unwanted. It's sort of like coming up with the perfect ending and then tacking on more, drawing it out in an unnecessary way. Every single storyline had a satisfying conclusion that was done well. Every series finale should strive to be like S&tC's.
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Been having fun with my garden. We're having some wacky weather. It's either cold or hot, with no happy medium. However, the heat is good for my garden, so I don't want to complain too much. Ugh, and according to we're going to be back in the 60s in a couple of days, so I better enjoy the heat while I can.

Photograhic evidence of VEGGIES! )


I was in HPB the other day and I went to the teen section to look for some Nancy Drew/Hardy Boys super mysteries, since [personal profile] akscully talked about them recently and it got me curious. I've never read a single book in either series, btw, don't know if that means I wouldn't enjoy the super mysteries. But anyway, it's a moot point because I couldn't find a single one! There were plenty of books from both individual series, but no super mysteries at all.


Have you guys seen Inception? OMG. I loved it. You have to like movies like The Matrix and Memento, though, or you probably won't. It's very derivative of both those movies. I thought it was really well done (not surprising given Christopher Nolan), and the cast was great. I always like Leo DiCaprio, but it was actually Joseph Gordon-Levitt who made the biggest impression on me in this one.


TV Show Meme, Day 21 - Favorite ship: Mulder/Scully from The X-Files

Even though I'm not as into it anymore, I don't know that I have ever been or will ever be as obsessed with another fictional pairing. MSR (Mulder/Scully romance) is what got me started on this whole fanfic thing (and when I first encountered it, I thought it was the bizarrest thing in the world) and online fandom, etc. The best thing about the MSR was the UST (unrelieved sexual tension), which I realized a little too late, after they had made MSR happen for real on the show and it was ... less than awesome. A very good lesson about giving the audience what they need, not what they want. The best thing about it was that the smallest little thing could happen (THEIR FINGERTIPS TOUCHED) and it would send me into raptures.

9 more days and then onto the next meme -- A Day in the Life, which will give me a good excuse to use my camera.
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Last night I went sailing! [profile] corianderstem invited me along on her friend's excursion. I've lived here for 10 years and I think that was the first time I've actually ever gone sailing (not counting ferry rides). Sad, isn't it. Two not-so-great things happened. 1) A. and I were talking while sitting on the... uh... front? We were going fast so the boat was tilted and we were braced against the... uh... rigging? We were chatting and suddenly we heard a little bump and rattle, saw a flash of hot pink, then heard a splash of water. At the same time we realized what had happened -- her camera (bought last month) had slid out of her pocket and into the Sound! A. took it well, and luckily there weren't any photos on it except for the ones she'd taken that evening, but still, that really sucked. It happened so quickly there was only enough time for our mouths to drop open. Lots of people on other boats were dressed in pirate gear due to Sea Fair. From that point on there was no end to the "Do you have a cannon? No, it dropped into the water" jokes. Get it? Cannon? Canon? LOL. Poor A. So the second not-so-great thing was that I was called upon at some point to pull in some rope for a sail. Then the wind caught the sail, and I held onto the rope too long, and now I have a painful rope burn on my middle finger. It was cold last night on the water so I didn't really feel it then, but on the drive home -- MAN that stung worse than anything. I put some burn gel on it, which soothed it a bit, but now my finger is in a bandage.

Still, despite these mishaps, it was super fun. Thankfully my awful motion sickness didn't seem to be affected by being on a boat.


I've finally gotten a new car. It's this one. The same dealership I worked with last time was the one that finally made me the deal I wanted -- gave me the discount I wanted on the new car as well as top KBB price for my leased car/trade in. While it may not have been the best deal on the face of the planet, it's good enough that I'm satisfied. My plan is to drive this car for like 20 years. Or more. I despise the car buying process soooooo much. This car isn't as fully loaded as my old one -- I will miss rain-sensing windshield wipers -- but it has all the stuff I really care about, primarily the navigation and backup camera. I'm also happy it's a hybrid and will help with gas consumption (and the fact that it uses regular gas, unlike my premium gas-chugging former car).

Only negative is that I don't have the new car yet. They have to put some thingy on the fuel whatsit as part of the fix from a recent recall, and it now has priority, being sold, but for the moment I am driving a loaner -- my own car that I sold them, lol. So at the face of it, nothing's changed. I just hope I can get the new car soon, because I'd like for my mom to be able to check it out/ride in it before she goes back to SoCal, and because I worry about things like something happening to the car while it's still on the dealership's lot.

Oh, the color scheme I wanted was a white exterior and black interior, which I guess is not a very popular color combination. They had like 100 white/tans but only one with white/black.


TV Show Meme, Day 20 - Favorite kiss: Logan/Veronica from Veronica Mars

Logan and Veronica's romance started out very similarly to Draco and Ginny's in that they hated each other's guts. That evolved slowly (very slowly), with Logan being a douchebag to her pretty much the whole time. Then suddenly in this one episode, out of nowhere, they kiss -- and it TOTALLY WORKS. Though there was actually very little build up to this romance, when it happened it didn't seem out of place, and in fact, seemed totally RIGHT. It explained so much of their vitriol toward one another (if Logan had secretly been carrying a torch for Veronica in his unacknowledged heart of hearts, but couldn't do anything about it because she was his best friend's girl). The kiss itself was sudden and hot ... and afterward, when they're looking at each other as she's walking away, confused and vulnerable, it's just so good. I'm not sure the show had me completely sold until that moment.


Aug. 4th, 2010 02:01 pm
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I'm feeling out of sorts. I don't think I've been getting enough sleep.

I've been grumpy and argumentative in my meetings all day.

This, however, is very cool news: Judge overturns California's ban on same-sex marriage. There's rarely anything to cheer about on the political front, so yay for that.


My mom's arriving tonight and I did NO pre-cleaning whatsoever. None. Unless you count washing my dishes. She's going to flip at the state of the house. So that's something to look forward to.


Still a total mess with regard to the whole car buying effort. Current thinking is that I am going to wait a month, then use a coworker's brother as a buyer's agent and just hope for the best. Sigh.


TV Show Meme, Day 19 - Best TV show cast: Buffy the Vampire Slayer

It may not have been my favorite Joss Whedon show (Angel or Firefly would take that award), but when it comes to cast, very few shows can match Buffy's. Okay, Friends is up there too, and maybe on a different day I would have chosen it instead. But it's not a different day, and I pick BtVS. I mean, it wasn't just that practically every character was cast impeccably (even the annoying ones). It was also that the main core -- Buffy, Willow, Xander, and Giles -- worked so well together. They inhabited those characters. And the supporting sphere was just as impressive, including Angel, Spike, Anya, Tara, Drusilla, Darla, Oz, Faith, and yes, even Kennedy (see note above re: annoying characters). The popularity and critical acclaim of the show is obviously due to immensely talented and hardworking people both behind and in front of the camera, but there's no doubt that Buffy's cast played a big part in its success. Yay Scooby gang!
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Okay... I had a traumatizing experience yesterday. Despite the fact that mosquitoes love me and I almost always have several bites on various parts of my body, I've never taken especial precautions to prevent them. I just figured it was a fact of life. But now I need to make it a point to cover myself up from head to go when I go out in the garden. I need to buy some sun clothes and wear them. For the first time ever, I SAW a mosquito feasting on me. I've never seen that before. They usually bite me and I don't notice until the swelling starts. It totally freaked me out to see it sitting there, EATING ME. And yes, now there is a hot lump on my arm where it had treated me like a juice box. THAT IS SO GROSS.


Have you ever had deep fried pickles? They are so yummy. I had them for the first time a couple months ago -- I was super skeptical, but after the first bite I was completely sold. I failed at making them in my Actifry, but I love them enough that maybe I'll try making them the old-fashioned way. Or just make excuses to go to the People's Pub in Ballard for an excellent plate of them.

Also, I made this cocoa-nana bread the other night. Chocolate and banana, mmm.


TV Show Meme, Day 18 - Favorite title sequence: Dexter

DESPITE the first few frames showing a mosquito feeding on Dexter, the rest of it features a lot of food. Delicious-looking food (even though it's supposed to make you think of death and murder). So I'm a big fan. I don't get sick of watching this title sequence. :))


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