vanillafluffy: (Yule ornaments)
Not bad. The C's party was nice. When last I saw their kitchen, the countertops and backsplash hadn't been installed---it's palatial, now. *sigh* They're got new area rugs in the living and dining areas, and the sectional in the l.r. has been re-sectioned. Also very nice.

I gorged on de-koshered hot dogs, which are something I only get at this time of year. So yummy---but the next morning, whoa! All that grease went right through me. I ended up postponing seeing Django Unchained until Wednesday, because I didn't want to risk interruptions. It probably ended up being a less rowdy crowd than opening day would've been, so no complaints there. Opinions ahead, but no real spoilers for plot.)

Django Unchained was quite good*; for a (nearly) three-hour movie, it didn't feel "too long". Tarrantino has still got it; each major character has a chance to explain what they're about, and of course, it wouldn't be a Tarrantino movie without at least one spectacular bloodbath. (I didn't know there was that much cherry syrup in the human body....) Foxx and Walz both seemed to be having a good time as Django and King Schultz, respectively Plus, Leo looked like he was having a fine time chewing scenery. I think Samuel L. Jackson has it in his contract that he's required to say "motherfucker" a certain number of times. Leo and Sam were the "bad guys", and they were both utter pricks, cinematically speaking. If I didn't like them both, I'd hate them now, if that makes sense.

Things I didn't like...was a little shell-shocked at the prolific use of the n-word, which was probably the intent. Was disappointed that so much of the supporting cast was under-used. I know; supporting means just that---but if I hadn't known the name of his character going in, I'd've missed James Remar completely, and I'd really hoped for more Walton goggins, too. Still, there was a lot of "OMG, that's---!" among the bit players---guess Tarrantino can hand-pick his talent, which is great.

Wednesday evening, Mb and I got together to exchange gifts. She's been kvetching that "Nobody ever makes me a stocking!", so I did. (Two kinds of mints, chocolate bark and hard candy, a little sock monkey, an air freshner and some Angry Birds lip balm in a marked-down plush stocking.) She gave me a leopard-print shopping bag with some chocolates in an ornamental tin, a leopard-print Christmas ball ornament for my tree and an IOU for a bottle of whipped cream vodka.

I haven't seen J yet, nor has she contacted me. That's okay. I haven't baked a single pan of brownies, either. Big Red is busy with out of town guests, ditto GK, although the Xmas CARE package was in Denver yesterday.

This year, the best part of the holidays is the one that's usually disappointing: [livejournal.com profile] yuletide. I didn't sign up this year, because there were no offers of anything I *really* wanted to get (Damn it, I'm NOT going to write my own KIA Soul Hamstas fic!), but there was a letter requesting something in a fandom that's one of my passions. Said letter indicated that an idea I had would be welcome, so I wrote it. (As my beta, [livejournal.com profile] karaokegal can attest.)

Previously, I've written non-assigned stories from prompts, and invariably they ended up duking it out with other stories in the same category. Not this year! For once, I've got the fandom to myself. I have a modest stack of warm comments, including a truly effusive one from the Recipient, who's delighted with it. It already has more kudos than the next two highest-rated tales in my posted works put together, and, another first, it's shown up on two lists of recs. For me, that's practically a blockbuster!

I need to go through and do a rec post of my own; there are some lovely stories out there this year, in fandoms I never thought I'd see.

TTFN.




* And the trailer for A Good Day to Die Hard looks fantastic!

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vanillafluffy: (Bozo)
Got back a little while ago from having "a cup of coffee" with Mb. "A cup of coffee" in our lexicon invariably means "Steak 'n' Shake"...fine by me, as that's the first meal "out" I've had since September. She needed to unwind---mostly Bozo related---so I shelved plans to watch Robert Wagner on NCIS in lieu of stepping up for my BFF.

Fortunately, I find it easy to make her laugh, so she was in better spirits by the time she dropped me off. After "coffee", she swung by Publix, because I needed to pick up a couple sale items while they're still on sale (and then I nearly left them in the car---go, blonde!) and one non-food purchase---something I very seldom do, due to the paucity of available cash---a piping bag, so I can do something festive with frosting on the brownies.

I've been planning the week ahead; I'd like to stay off the road as much as possible over the weekend, meaning on Thursday (when the new sales start), I'll go and a) turn in my hoard of cans for cash and b) hit Publix for sale items. I'll spend most of Saturday baking and decorating brownies. Sunday is church. On Monday, Christmas Eve, Mb and I are going to the food bank at OMG AM, then in the afternoon, I'll drop by J's with her gifts on my way to the C's party at 4.

The cash I'm getting from the cans is going to take me to see Django Unchained on Christmas Day. Period. I started squeeing about it when I first got a look at the cast list back in April, or thereabouts. There have been a lot of movies that I wanted to see this year that I missed out on, but not this one, damn it.

Mb and I will get together on the 26th or later to exchange gifts, and catching up with BigRed is going to depend on her visiting relatives. (I'll hold off on baking for her until I know when, exactly.) That's it as far as my plans go, well, that and posting a little something for Yuletide.

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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
Got holiday greetings from [livejournal.com profile] karaokegal and[livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl in today's mail. Both are snow scenes. Corgigirl's is a Christmas tree in a forest with two darling little bunnies checking it out. K-gal's features a dog driving an old-school VW Bug with a pine tree tied to the roof. (This made me cackle, since it combines two of my enthusiasms. No, really, they're NOT obsessions!)

I can hardly believe it's just two weeks til New Year's Eve! In some ways, I can't believe how quickly this year has gone by. In others, summer seemed eternal, and the last few months have been tense. I'm really hoping that things turn the corner in 2013!

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vanillafluffy: (Yule ornaments)
I got not one, but two holiday cards in today's mail, a sexy Santa from [livejournal.com profile] dine, and a couple of cute snowmen from [livejournal.com profile] thru_the_blinds---thanks, gals!

I got cards last year (marked down after 12/25), and for a wonder, I know where I put them. (Plus three more boxes of cards I found while excavating, so I should be set until 2020 at least! Now to find out whether the stamps I found need additional postage and I can start reciprocating.

I hope everyone's having a good weekend!

Cool Yule, y'all!

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vanillafluffy: (Wee giftie)
Ahh...I slept til almost nine this morning. Woke to a sunshiny day and the knowledge that good has triumphed over evil. All's well.

I had breakfast, and now I've got the pork project simmering on the stove. Just tried a nibble. Mmm, good. Should be scrumptuous over pasta. (I don't like the look of those rolls.)

I scanned next week's Publix ads, since I'll have my food stamps toward the end of their run. There's a BOGO on my prefered bread, deals on canned biscuits, Monterey Jack cheese from the deli, boneless skinless chicken breasts, lunch meats, Fig Newtons, and a few other goodies. (Including Mb's Christmas present, which is something I *can* get with FS.)

Now that the elections have concluded, the holidays will commence in earnest. I ran across a book of first class stamps, and need to check with the post office to see if I'll need additional postage with them. So it looks like I'll be able to send out cards after all. I need to do an address round-up....

I'd better go stir! TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Blue letters)
I'm baaack.

Did you miss me?

I sure missed youse guys, but it's all better now: I have an interweb of my own. (For how long remains to be seen, since the money won't last forever, but hopefully the dogs will.)

Anyway, I had a pleasant weekend. Christmas Eve, I visited first with CapeGypsy en famille at their place. She had a bonfire in the front yard, since her house is very small, and the weather was cooperative. (It was 80F and we were swatting mosquitos. Florida, gotta love it.) Next stop was ThunderBunny's, with her hub and, of course, Mb. Had pasta and something called a Jolly Rancher...yum. Exchanged gifts and watched The Hangover, which I enjoyed more than I'd expected from the premise.

Best part was Mb's reaction to her gift: I bought her a pin to replace one she'd lost at Disney, and she SQUEEE'd and gave me a full body hug. Thank you, eBay!

Oh, and did I mention J gave me an iPhone? She's calling it the company's phone, but she handed it to me on Christmas Eve, all wrapped up in blue and silber paper. It's made of awesome.

Christmas Day found me at church in the morning, then home, quietly playing with my new toy (having snagged a bunch of apps to entertain myself with before departing from J's).

Monday, I went and got a pair of New Balance trainers, on sale for $39.99, plus a coupon for an additional $10 off. My plans call for getting moving in 2012, and the cheap sneaks from Payless aren't gonna cut it.

Yesterday, I finally got my eyes examined---Mb driving, thank god!---because it was all a blur from being dilated. Got a scrip, though, and am searching online for some inexpensive new specs. (I'm correctable to 20/30, which is decent enough.) Spent the rest of the day at J's; Mb dropped me off and J drove me home. And I got more apps, natch.

Today the cable company came out and hooked me up. Between the first month and the past due balance, it was a chunk of change, but oh! The bliss of having more than two or three channels on tap is giddy! Plus, of course, the chance to browse [livejournal.com profile] yuletide---finally!

Tomorrow, I need to make some calls to set up appointments for people to come out and give me estimates for my fence. I'm really over everybody and his nasty younger brother traipsing through my yard! I'll be SO glad when the kids are back in school. Rotten little sods.

Tomorrow is also Person of Interest. It's been a couple years since I had anything to look forward to on Thursday nights, and I'm hooked.

I haven't forgotten about you, [livejournal.com profile] ang5fam. Hopefully, I'll get by there sometime between now and New Year's....

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vanillafluffy: (Blue letters)
I'm baaack.

Did you miss me?

I sure missed youse guys, but it's all better now: I have an interweb of my own. (For how long remains to be seen, since the money won't last forever, but hopefully the dogs will.)

Anyway, I had a pleasant weekend. Christmas Eve, I visited first with CapeGypsy en famille at their place. She had a bonfire in the front yard, since her house is very small, and the weather was cooperative. (It was 80F and we were swatting mosquitos. Florida, gotta love it.) Next stop was ThunderBunny's, with her hub and, of course, Mb. Had pasta and something called a Jolly Rancher...yum. Exchanged gifts and watched The Hangover, which I enjoyed more than I'd expected from the premise.

Best part was Mb's reaction to her gift: I bought her a pin to replace one she'd lost at Disney, and she SQUEEE'd and gave me a full body hug. Thank you, eBay!

Oh, and did I mention J gave me an iPhone? She's calling it the company's phone, but she handed it to me on Christmas Eve, all wrapped up in blue and silber paper. It's made of awesome.

Christmas Day found me at church in the morning, then home, quietly playing with my new toy (having snagged a bunch of apps to entertain myself with before departing from J's).

Monday, I went and got a pair of New Balance trainers, on sale for $39.99, plus a coupon for an additional $10 off. My plans call for getting moving in 2012, and the cheap sneaks from Payless aren't gonna cut it.

Yesterday, I finally got my eyes examined---Mb driving, thank god!---because it was all a blur from being dilated. Got a scrip, though, and am searching online for some inexpensive new specs. (I'm correctable to 20/30, which is decent enough.) Spent the rest of the day at J's; Mb dropped me off and J drove me home. And I got more apps, natch.

Today the cable company came out and hooked me up. Between the first month and the past due balance, it was a chunk of change, but oh! The bliss of having more than two or three channels on tap is giddy! Plus, of course, the chance to browse [livejournal.com profile] yuletide---finally!

Tomorrow, I need to make some calls to set up appointments for people to come out and give me estimates for my fence. I'm really over everybody and his nasty younger brother traipsing through my yard! I'll be SO glad when the kids are back in school. Rotten little sods.

Tomorrow is also Person of Interest. It's been a couple years since I had anything to look forward to on Thursday nights, and I'm hooked.

I haven't forgotten about you, [livejournal.com profile] ang5fam. Hopefully, I'll get by there sometime between now and New Year's....

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vanillafluffy: (Got chocolate?)
I have done ALL THE SHOPPING. Although I forgot to bring the box of chocolates earmarked for my hair stylist with me when coming out and will need to obtain more. Other than that, though, I don't need to go into any crazy-filled stores before Monday.

I'm at the library. They called me saying one of my requests was available, so I dashed out (thus forgetting the chocolates) and now have Son of Neptune to read while I am NOT shopping. Am feeling well-rewarded by The Universe, because I came very close to buying it outright three times this week. (Price club I have shiny new membership to is cheapest by about three dollars.)

Speaking of rewards from The Universe, I helped J out last night---she needed to return something at Target---I ran in to save her having to fuss with unloading the chair. It took maybe three minutes, which is less tyime than it takes to unstrap the chair work the lift. Then we collaborated on a trip to the dollar store so she could get wrapping paper---and I found The Libertine, a Johnny Depp movie I've never gotten the chance to see, on DVD for a buck.

At 2:30, I have a haircut scheduled. Tried to get in last week, but it just didn't work out. Saturday I had the lunch/movie date with Big Red, Sunday I had church, and this was the next thing she had. But hey, at least I can afford it, and won't have to keep swiping my hair back and grumbling.

I may or may not get another post up before Monday, so here's wishing you a festive Whatever You're Celebrating, or a pleasant weekend if you're not celebrating anything. I have assorted gatherings and festivities planned over the next few days, and several packages to open Sunday morning. If the elves would just come in and clean my kitchen, it would all be perfect.

Cool Yule, y'all.

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vanillafluffy: (Got chocolate?)
I have done ALL THE SHOPPING. Although I forgot to bring the box of chocolates earmarked for my hair stylist with me when coming out and will need to obtain more. Other than that, though, I don't need to go into any crazy-filled stores before Monday.

I'm at the library. They called me saying one of my requests was available, so I dashed out (thus forgetting the chocolates) and now have Son of Neptune to read while I am NOT shopping. Am feeling well-rewarded by The Universe, because I came very close to buying it outright three times this week. (Price club I have shiny new membership to is cheapest by about three dollars.)

Speaking of rewards from The Universe, I helped J out last night---she needed to return something at Target---I ran in to save her having to fuss with unloading the chair. It took maybe three minutes, which is less tyime than it takes to unstrap the chair work the lift. Then we collaborated on a trip to the dollar store so she could get wrapping paper---and I found The Libertine, a Johnny Depp movie I've never gotten the chance to see, on DVD for a buck.

At 2:30, I have a haircut scheduled. Tried to get in last week, but it just didn't work out. Saturday I had the lunch/movie date with Big Red, Sunday I had church, and this was the next thing she had. But hey, at least I can afford it, and won't have to keep swiping my hair back and grumbling.

I may or may not get another post up before Monday, so here's wishing you a festive Whatever You're Celebrating, or a pleasant weekend if you're not celebrating anything. I have assorted gatherings and festivities planned over the next few days, and several packages to open Sunday morning. If the elves would just come in and clean my kitchen, it would all be perfect.

Cool Yule, y'all.

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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
A lot of people are getting edible gifts this year---but not everyone,, which is what would've happened if my ship hadn't come in when it did.

Friday, Mb and I ran around and mostly Christmas shopped in Melbourne. It was fun.

Saturday, I had lunch and a movie scheduled with Big Red...we were supposed to meet at Panera at noon. I called her at five til and said, "I'm in the dressing room at Lane Bryant, everything in the store is half off today!" And she said, "I'll be right there!"

I got measured while I was there, and I'm now a 46DD, down from 50DD sixteen months ago. I've stayed under 300 for about a month now (slightly aided by some kind of intestinal disturbance Sunday night), so unless I start massibely retaining water, it looks like 2012 will be the year I finally kick off the year with a weight beginning with the number "2".

In stead of Panera, which was a total zoo, we ended up at Five Guys Burgers, which was sublime. The burger is thick and meaty, my kind of burger. Their fries are cracktastically delicious. Not cheap, but real value for the money.

Then we enjoyed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which didn't particularly trouble to hide its slashiness. Victorian eye candy galore, and RDjr in extremely well-fitted long underwear. Big Red was quite thrilled.

A hand of canasta at J's, with her and [livejournal.com profile] sbjb and her plus one. Not a very satisfying hand, alas---plus one was unfamiliar with the game, which was an uphill battle to fill anything. It was nice to get together, though. I think that's only about the third time I've seen Sbjb this year, and one of those was Susie's funeral!

Sunday, church and a quiet afternoon at home. Started to work in the kitchen, gathered up a bag of stuff to toss, went in to my room to rest for a few minutes, and spent the next three hours getting my coupons in order.

Spent Monday quietly beccause of the intestinal disturbance overnight. Tuesday...yesterday? Yes. Mb and I went to the local big box club, and got memberships. 14 months for $20 apiece. They really do have the best gas prices, and other deals as well. Went back to her place afterward, where we discovered to our chagrin, that XSO had taken the wireless router with him when he collected his computer, so I couldn't get online on my laptop. (Thanks a lot, fucknugget.)

Came home and discoverd that my mailbox is missing. It's been propped atop the post for about a year...sometimes it would fall off during a high wind, but it's not like it was flimsy enough to blow away. It's flat-out NOT THERE. Gone. I have no way to prove the assholes next door are responsible, but, but it was a quiet wnough neighborhood before THEY showed up.

At the moment, I'm at J's, where there is wi-fi and it's (comparitively) quiet. I'm not looking forward to going home,, but am looking forward to tomorrow afternoon, when I've got a haircut scheduled.

Cool Yule, y'all!

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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
A lot of people are getting edible gifts this year---but not everyone,, which is what would've happened if my ship hadn't come in when it did.

Friday, Mb and I ran around and mostly Christmas shopped in Melbourne. It was fun.

Saturday, I had lunch and a movie scheduled with Big Red...we were supposed to meet at Panera at noon. I called her at five til and said, "I'm in the dressing room at Lane Bryant, everything in the store is half off today!" And she said, "I'll be right there!"

I got measured while I was there, and I'm now a 46DD, down from 50DD sixteen months ago. I've stayed under 300 for about a month now (slightly aided by some kind of intestinal disturbance Sunday night), so unless I start massibely retaining water, it looks like 2012 will be the year I finally kick off the year with a weight beginning with the number "2".

In stead of Panera, which was a total zoo, we ended up at Five Guys Burgers, which was sublime. The burger is thick and meaty, my kind of burger. Their fries are cracktastically delicious. Not cheap, but real value for the money.

Then we enjoyed Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, which didn't particularly trouble to hide its slashiness. Victorian eye candy galore, and RDjr in extremely well-fitted long underwear. Big Red was quite thrilled.

A hand of canasta at J's, with her and [livejournal.com profile] sbjb and her plus one. Not a very satisfying hand, alas---plus one was unfamiliar with the game, which was an uphill battle to fill anything. It was nice to get together, though. I think that's only about the third time I've seen Sbjb this year, and one of those was Susie's funeral!

Sunday, church and a quiet afternoon at home. Started to work in the kitchen, gathered up a bag of stuff to toss, went in to my room to rest for a few minutes, and spent the next three hours getting my coupons in order.

Spent Monday quietly beccause of the intestinal disturbance overnight. Tuesday...yesterday? Yes. Mb and I went to the local big box club, and got memberships. 14 months for $20 apiece. They really do have the best gas prices, and other deals as well. Went back to her place afterward, where we discovered to our chagrin, that XSO had taken the wireless router with him when he collected his computer, so I couldn't get online on my laptop. (Thanks a lot, fucknugget.)

Came home and discoverd that my mailbox is missing. It's been propped atop the post for about a year...sometimes it would fall off during a high wind, but it's not like it was flimsy enough to blow away. It's flat-out NOT THERE. Gone. I have no way to prove the assholes next door are responsible, but, but it was a quiet wnough neighborhood before THEY showed up.

At the moment, I'm at J's, where there is wi-fi and it's (comparitively) quiet. I'm not looking forward to going home,, but am looking forward to tomorrow afternoon, when I've got a haircut scheduled.

Cool Yule, y'all!

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vanillafluffy: (Yule ornaments)
What is your favorite holiday carol or song?


I've always loved "The Carol of the Bells". Ting-ting-a-ling!

I tend to sing or hum "Winter Wonderland", not always in December. Cheesy, but classic.

I conclude "The 12 Days of Christmas" with "...and a beer!" or "...a Japanese transister radio!" depending on how wacky I'm feeling.

Someday, I really, really, really want The Dropkick Murphys to cover "Christmas in Killarney". Which is a pretty, peppy little tune. I just want to kick it up past "10".

That said, Just put on "The Nutcracker Suite" somewhere around December 1st, and I'm good....

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vanillafluffy: (Yule ornaments)
What is your favorite holiday carol or song?


I've always loved "The Carol of the Bells". Ting-ting-a-ling!

I tend to sing or hum "Winter Wonderland", not always in December. Cheesy, but classic.

I conclude "The 12 Days of Christmas" with "...and a beer!" or "...a Japanese transister radio!" depending on how wacky I'm feeling.

Someday, I really, really, really want The Dropkick Murphys to cover "Christmas in Killarney". Which is a pretty, peppy little tune. I just want to kick it up past "10".

That said, Just put on "The Nutcracker Suite" somewhere around December 1st, and I'm good....

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A nice day

Dec. 5th, 2011 10:05 pm
vanillafluffy: (Nutcrackers)
I've been at Mb's since last night. We went to the food bank this morning, then she went out to do laundry while I got somewhat caught up on my TV. First half of the Sons of Anarchy season finale was intense. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's ep, although it'll be at least Wednesday before I see it.

We went down to the Chinese buffet in Melbourne for dinner. I had Thai chicken on rice, bean sprouts, green beans and mushrooms, and egg drop soup. Non-nom-nom! The restaurant was having an off night, things not seasoned as they usually are, but it still satisfied a craving. Then we drove around looking at Christmas lights. Peaceful.

I'll be home again tomorrow, because I have a dog on Wednesday with J. This little guy was an absolute fiend the first session---severe aggression toward golf carts---but last week he really came around. His owner was crying with happiness, because he watched the cart drive past with no reaction at all. Better yet, the owner of the cart has a dog walking business in that subdivision, so hopefully she will recommend us to some of her problem clients.

I signed up for one of those low-income phone plans with free minutes...hopefully I'll hear back from them by the end of next week. I've been using a PAYGo phone, which I just can't afford any longer. (A shame, because the number is very easy to remember---the last four digits are the year my mom was born.) This plan gives me 240 minutes per month. They don't roll over unless I pay to add minutes, and then they roll for three months. I just hope there won't be a problem with reception from my house---it's intermittant with the PAYGo. Crossing fingers....

TTFN.

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A nice day

Dec. 5th, 2011 10:05 pm
vanillafluffy: (Nutcrackers)
I've been at Mb's since last night. We went to the food bank this morning, then she went out to do laundry while I got somewhat caught up on my TV. First half of the Sons of Anarchy season finale was intense. I'm really looking forward to tomorrow's ep, although it'll be at least Wednesday before I see it.

We went down to the Chinese buffet in Melbourne for dinner. I had Thai chicken on rice, bean sprouts, green beans and mushrooms, and egg drop soup. Non-nom-nom! The restaurant was having an off night, things not seasoned as they usually are, but it still satisfied a craving. Then we drove around looking at Christmas lights. Peaceful.

I'll be home again tomorrow, because I have a dog on Wednesday with J. This little guy was an absolute fiend the first session---severe aggression toward golf carts---but last week he really came around. His owner was crying with happiness, because he watched the cart drive past with no reaction at all. Better yet, the owner of the cart has a dog walking business in that subdivision, so hopefully she will recommend us to some of her problem clients.

I signed up for one of those low-income phone plans with free minutes...hopefully I'll hear back from them by the end of next week. I've been using a PAYGo phone, which I just can't afford any longer. (A shame, because the number is very easy to remember---the last four digits are the year my mom was born.) This plan gives me 240 minutes per month. They don't roll over unless I pay to add minutes, and then they roll for three months. I just hope there won't be a problem with reception from my house---it's intermittant with the PAYGo. Crossing fingers....

TTFN.

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vanillafluffy: (Default)
This year's gifts have been rather thematic, although most of the givers don't know each other and certainly didn't coordinate a strategy.

It's been a very good year for domestic stuff, such as the slippers and mock-mink throw from Mb and Company. In addition, I can take the C's Publix GC, get a steak and ccok it in the non-stick saute pan from [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl, and use one of the Cutco steak knives GK sent to cut it with.. If I make a mess, I can grab a napkin from my new Fiestaware napkin dispenser, also from GK, and for dessert, I have choices: the pecan pie Bea sent home with me, for one, J's homemade chocolate chip cookies, Mb's Ghirardelli bars, or [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl's contributions of Australian licorice or the box of Russell Stover's molasses chews.

Yes, it's been a very good year for food! Last night's dinner was good, and then today I attended the C's soiree, where I got a book from AI, in addition to the GC, and had the traditional speciality de la maison: Dekoshered hot dogs*. Was also the recipient of the leftovers, which ought to take care of me for a few days.

I didn't consciously think about it at the time, but the ensemble I wore to the C's---a gold satiny blouse and a velvet leopard print skirt with beaded fringe, just knee-length---are both items that were languishing in my "doesn't fit" pile for the longest time. The shirt was one of a bunch LambiePie gave me to look through---it's the only one I kept, because they were all at least a size too small, and the skirt I got at the Melbourne Goodwill early in my career down there, some four years ago. The skirt tends to ride up, but they looked good together. I looked good, and I'm really happy a) that I could finally wear them, and b) that I actually had some place to wear them to.

Oh, and lest I forget, J also presented me with some household necessities: paper towels, bathroom tissue and trash bags, all neatly contained in a Publix shopping bag. She's also giving me a techno gift that I've wanted---a USB hub, so I don't have eto keep unplugging and replugging my printer, camera, memory sticks, etc.

Tuesday, I have an all-you-can-eat soup/salad/breadsticks lunch at Olive Garden to look forward to. Red and I are going to get together for nosh and schmooze. Seeing movie has been mentioned, but she has no desire to see TRON: Legacy or True Grit, both of which are high on my hit parade, and I haven't asked her about The Tourist bacause I have the impression she doesn't care for Jolie. Those are the only things showing that I have any desire to see; otherwise it's all Oscar dramas, kiddle flicks or idjit comedies. Meh. Still, a hearty lunch of pasta e fagioli with lots of cheese is a perfectly acceptable way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.


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* Dekoshered hot dogs: Start with Hebrew National franks. Split each frank lengthwise, stuff with wedge of cheese. Wrap with bacon. Broil "until they look done". Eat amid happy little moans at the sinful pleasure and try not to think about sodium or cholestrol. Because they're totally worth that AND going to hell. I'm sure Dean Winchester would agree.

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vanillafluffy: (Default)
This year's gifts have been rather thematic, although most of the givers don't know each other and certainly didn't coordinate a strategy.

It's been a very good year for domestic stuff, such as the slippers and mock-mink throw from Mb and Company. In addition, I can take the C's Publix GC, get a steak and ccok it in the non-stick saute pan from [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl, and use one of the Cutco steak knives GK sent to cut it with.. If I make a mess, I can grab a napkin from my new Fiestaware napkin dispenser, also from GK, and for dessert, I have choices: the pecan pie Bea sent home with me, for one, J's homemade chocolate chip cookies, Mb's Ghirardelli bars, or [livejournal.com profile] pwcorgigirl's contributions of Australian licorice or the box of Russell Stover's molasses chews.

Yes, it's been a very good year for food! Last night's dinner was good, and then today I attended the C's soiree, where I got a book from AI, in addition to the GC, and had the traditional speciality de la maison: Dekoshered hot dogs*. Was also the recipient of the leftovers, which ought to take care of me for a few days.

I didn't consciously think about it at the time, but the ensemble I wore to the C's---a gold satiny blouse and a velvet leopard print skirt with beaded fringe, just knee-length---are both items that were languishing in my "doesn't fit" pile for the longest time. The shirt was one of a bunch LambiePie gave me to look through---it's the only one I kept, because they were all at least a size too small, and the skirt I got at the Melbourne Goodwill early in my career down there, some four years ago. The skirt tends to ride up, but they looked good together. I looked good, and I'm really happy a) that I could finally wear them, and b) that I actually had some place to wear them to.

Oh, and lest I forget, J also presented me with some household necessities: paper towels, bathroom tissue and trash bags, all neatly contained in a Publix shopping bag. She's also giving me a techno gift that I've wanted---a USB hub, so I don't have eto keep unplugging and replugging my printer, camera, memory sticks, etc.

Tuesday, I have an all-you-can-eat soup/salad/breadsticks lunch at Olive Garden to look forward to. Red and I are going to get together for nosh and schmooze. Seeing movie has been mentioned, but she has no desire to see TRON: Legacy or True Grit, both of which are high on my hit parade, and I haven't asked her about The Tourist bacause I have the impression she doesn't care for Jolie. Those are the only things showing that I have any desire to see; otherwise it's all Oscar dramas, kiddle flicks or idjit comedies. Meh. Still, a hearty lunch of pasta e fagioli with lots of cheese is a perfectly acceptable way to spend a Tuesday afternoon.


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* Dekoshered hot dogs: Start with Hebrew National franks. Split each frank lengthwise, stuff with wedge of cheese. Wrap with bacon. Broil "until they look done". Eat amid happy little moans at the sinful pleasure and try not to think about sodium or cholestrol. Because they're totally worth that AND going to hell. I'm sure Dean Winchester would agree.

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vanillafluffy: (Xmas doggie)
Had a very nice time at B & A's...dinner was a ham, accompanied by mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole and herbed rolls. Simple, but oh-so-yummy!

No ponies occured during the gift exchange, but I'm still very pleased. B & Mb put their heads together, and I ended up with variations on a theme. Instead of a gift bag, I got a Ghirardelli tote bag in brown and gold, containing the leopard-print slipper-booties I saw Mb get the other night, a mock-mink and leopard throw (mostly chocolate brown, and decadently soft), a chocolate truffle-scented Yankee candle (Never mind burning it, just hand me a spoon!) and four bars of Ghirardelli: orange, raspberry (both dark), and Limited Edition Pecan Pie.

Only down-side to the evening: I was the only non-smoker in the house, and I came home reeking. Came in and couldn't stand the smell of myself; showered and washed my hair, and returned to my desk, where I've spent the last two hours refreshing [livejournal.com profile] yuletide to no avail.

Nuts. I'm going to bed. Hopefully it'll be up by morning.

Merry Christmas, everyone!



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vanillafluffy: (Xmas doggie)
Had a very nice time at B & A's...dinner was a ham, accompanied by mashed potatoes, gravy, green bean casserole and herbed rolls. Simple, but oh-so-yummy!

No ponies occured during the gift exchange, but I'm still very pleased. B & Mb put their heads together, and I ended up with variations on a theme. Instead of a gift bag, I got a Ghirardelli tote bag in brown and gold, containing the leopard-print slipper-booties I saw Mb get the other night, a mock-mink and leopard throw (mostly chocolate brown, and decadently soft), a chocolate truffle-scented Yankee candle (Never mind burning it, just hand me a spoon!) and four bars of Ghirardelli: orange, raspberry (both dark), and Limited Edition Pecan Pie.

Only down-side to the evening: I was the only non-smoker in the house, and I came home reeking. Came in and couldn't stand the smell of myself; showered and washed my hair, and returned to my desk, where I've spent the last two hours refreshing [livejournal.com profile] yuletide to no avail.

Nuts. I'm going to bed. Hopefully it'll be up by morning.

Merry Christmas, everyone!



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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
Laundry is happening. A few crucial wardrobe staples were beyond the pale.

So is gift-wrapping. Happening, that is. Mostly in poinsettia-printed paper. I *thought* I had more of the red candle print, but if I do, I've no clue where it is.

The only thing in today's mail was the water bill. The good news is, it isn't due til January 11th.

J and I are playing it by ear---I'll probably get with her on my way to the C's tomorrow. Note to self, wrap her gift while doing the ones for tonight. It's one less thing to stress about tomorrow.

According to AO3, I have TWO gifts awaiting me---gift plus treat! Woohoo! I'm oh-so-curious: Will it be two Justified PWPs? Two of something else? A PWP and a something, or two completely different fandoms? I'm not sure when I'll be getting back from the party at B and A's, but when I do get home, I'll be powering up the 'puter first thing, believe me!

I lost a chunk of tooth last night; it's not visible, but I can feel the changed landscape and am freaking quietly. You know how some people marry for green cards? Sign of the times: I'd marry for decent insurance and dental...Tricare would be good. Tricare pays everything.

Two boxes to open in the A.M.---I love opening presents. Even when the gift itself is an anticlimax (fugly tchotchke, book I've already got, movie I have no desire to see with performer I detest*), I adore the opening process: Hold box. Compare size to weight ratio. Shake gently. Squeeze with care to see if outline is suggestive. Guess contents. Contemplate. Repeat once or twice before begining to peel back paper. I've been nagged about my glacial slowness in opening---"Just tear it open, already!"---but it's a rare enough treat that I like to savor it.

If Santa *does* bring me a pony, I probably won't be able to get it through the door til New Year's. The place really is an unholy mess.

Time to go check the stuff in the dryer.

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* All gifts of Christmases past.

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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
Laundry is happening. A few crucial wardrobe staples were beyond the pale.

So is gift-wrapping. Happening, that is. Mostly in poinsettia-printed paper. I *thought* I had more of the red candle print, but if I do, I've no clue where it is.

The only thing in today's mail was the water bill. The good news is, it isn't due til January 11th.

J and I are playing it by ear---I'll probably get with her on my way to the C's tomorrow. Note to self, wrap her gift while doing the ones for tonight. It's one less thing to stress about tomorrow.

According to AO3, I have TWO gifts awaiting me---gift plus treat! Woohoo! I'm oh-so-curious: Will it be two Justified PWPs? Two of something else? A PWP and a something, or two completely different fandoms? I'm not sure when I'll be getting back from the party at B and A's, but when I do get home, I'll be powering up the 'puter first thing, believe me!

I lost a chunk of tooth last night; it's not visible, but I can feel the changed landscape and am freaking quietly. You know how some people marry for green cards? Sign of the times: I'd marry for decent insurance and dental...Tricare would be good. Tricare pays everything.

Two boxes to open in the A.M.---I love opening presents. Even when the gift itself is an anticlimax (fugly tchotchke, book I've already got, movie I have no desire to see with performer I detest*), I adore the opening process: Hold box. Compare size to weight ratio. Shake gently. Squeeze with care to see if outline is suggestive. Guess contents. Contemplate. Repeat once or twice before begining to peel back paper. I've been nagged about my glacial slowness in opening---"Just tear it open, already!"---but it's a rare enough treat that I like to savor it.

If Santa *does* bring me a pony, I probably won't be able to get it through the door til New Year's. The place really is an unholy mess.

Time to go check the stuff in the dryer.

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* All gifts of Christmases past.

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vanillafluffy: (Yule ornaments)



Wishing you all the joys of the season, whatever holiday you're celebrating.

(And if you don't feel like celebrating something, I hope it gets better.)

vanillafluffy: (Yule ornaments)



Wishing you all the joys of the season, whatever holiday you're celebrating.

(And if you don't feel like celebrating something, I hope it gets better.)

vanillafluffy: (Porsche cabriolet)
Was awakened before I was ready this morning by the local ambient noise. Made the best of it; went out and visited the Entermann's store, Publix and the library.

That makes two visits to the library in two days; the trouble was, they were closed yesterday on account of no power (IDEK, rly). Collected the book they were holding for me---the newest Armistead Maupin, Mary Ann in Autumn, a Sophie Kinsella and a crafts book..

From there, I went and played Santa, which would've been a little easier if I'd thought to take the address with me---I've only been there once before. Anyway, I did find it and drop off a wish list gift, so yay, I feel a little less Scroogely. (Which is what happens when you're in limited circumstances at this time of year.)

On the way home, I was getting to Byrd Plaza when my inner voice reminded me that I've been craving Chinese food for days, nay, weeks! and the next thing I knew, I was in the turn lane and aimed for China Garden and some port lo mein. And I have leftovers for tomorrow, yay!

I'm trying to stay awake...all I need is to doze off til ten, then I'll be awake til mid-morning, which will thoroughly bugger up my sleep schedule for the whole weekend. Do. Not. Want. It doesn't help that the temps are dropping again and hibernating under a stack of covers sounds heavenly. I need to sit down with assorted packages and wrap them, as one of my purshases at Publix was some pretty paper with poinsettias on it. (Yes, I have tape AND I know exactly where it is---in fact, I'm looking right at it.)

Was planning to do some cleaning to make room for the pony (Santa's bringing me one this year, I'm sure of it!), but there's still tomorrow....

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vanillafluffy: (Porsche cabriolet)
Was awakened before I was ready this morning by the local ambient noise. Made the best of it; went out and visited the Entermann's store, Publix and the library.

That makes two visits to the library in two days; the trouble was, they were closed yesterday on account of no power (IDEK, rly). Collected the book they were holding for me---the newest Armistead Maupin, Mary Ann in Autumn, a Sophie Kinsella and a crafts book..

From there, I went and played Santa, which would've been a little easier if I'd thought to take the address with me---I've only been there once before. Anyway, I did find it and drop off a wish list gift, so yay, I feel a little less Scroogely. (Which is what happens when you're in limited circumstances at this time of year.)

On the way home, I was getting to Byrd Plaza when my inner voice reminded me that I've been craving Chinese food for days, nay, weeks! and the next thing I knew, I was in the turn lane and aimed for China Garden and some port lo mein. And I have leftovers for tomorrow, yay!

I'm trying to stay awake...all I need is to doze off til ten, then I'll be awake til mid-morning, which will thoroughly bugger up my sleep schedule for the whole weekend. Do. Not. Want. It doesn't help that the temps are dropping again and hibernating under a stack of covers sounds heavenly. I need to sit down with assorted packages and wrap them, as one of my purshases at Publix was some pretty paper with poinsettias on it. (Yes, I have tape AND I know exactly where it is---in fact, I'm looking right at it.)

Was planning to do some cleaning to make room for the pony (Santa's bringing me one this year, I'm sure of it!), but there's still tomorrow....

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vanillafluffy: (Xmas doggie)
With the holidays in full hue-and-cry and Christmas breathing down our necks, it may be time to take a break for laughter and good cheer. To remember the reason for the season. To hear the traditional stories of childhood, such as:

"How Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas"


Major thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kukkurkurat, who turned me on to it.

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vanillafluffy: (Xmas doggie)
With the holidays in full hue-and-cry and Christmas breathing down our necks, it may be time to take a break for laughter and good cheer. To remember the reason for the season. To hear the traditional stories of childhood, such as:

"How Kenny Loggins Ruined Christmas"


Major thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kukkurkurat, who turned me on to it.

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vanillafluffy: (Arcane)
Got my Yuletide fic posted with hours to spare, go me! This proved to be a good thing, since Mb ended up kidnapping me to go drive around and look at the holiday displays in a couple McMansion subdivisions in Rockledge. (On the way, we stopped at a S'leven and I snagged the new Vanity Fair with Johnny Depp, because he's such eye candy.)

After our meanderings, she treated me to nosh at Applebee's---may I heartily recommend their wonton tacos? OMG, nomnomnom! Pork or chicken, either one...Mb thought they were a bit spicy, but I could have single-handedly gone through about four orders of them.

Then we cruised the nearby WalMart. I got a little gift for her SO (and I now know what I'm going to give her, but it's not a W*M thing), found out that that store is also out of space heaters, and looked the other way as Mb bought something I'd been lusting over. ("I see nussing!") Got enough bathroom tissue to last me into February. Discovered BC's middle child is working at that store on checkout. Small freakin' world, eh? Or at least, small freakin' town.

Came home, watched some of the eclipse. Too darn cold to stand there in my front yard THAT long, though. ("Yes, there's a shadow covering the full moon on the Solstice. Awesome. I'm going inside to thaw now....")

At this point, I have Christmas Eve scheduled to exchange gifts with Mb, then a get-together the afternoon/evening of Christmas Day (with a probable stop at J's for gift exchange either to or fro). Her gift arrived today, and it's in better condition that I expect for "slightly worn"---the dust jacket is still intact, which is a modest miracle unto itself, IMO.

Also, I was completely surprised and delighted by a treat on my f'list:. I got a story in response to a prompt ("John’s storage unit fascinates me...Sam and/or Dean go there for some reason and find something unexpected.") that I requested for an exchange last summer. It's mostly John, and NOT a-hole!John.

Cool Yule, y'all.

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vanillafluffy: (Arcane)
Got my Yuletide fic posted with hours to spare, go me! This proved to be a good thing, since Mb ended up kidnapping me to go drive around and look at the holiday displays in a couple McMansion subdivisions in Rockledge. (On the way, we stopped at a S'leven and I snagged the new Vanity Fair with Johnny Depp, because he's such eye candy.)

After our meanderings, she treated me to nosh at Applebee's---may I heartily recommend their wonton tacos? OMG, nomnomnom! Pork or chicken, either one...Mb thought they were a bit spicy, but I could have single-handedly gone through about four orders of them.

Then we cruised the nearby WalMart. I got a little gift for her SO (and I now know what I'm going to give her, but it's not a W*M thing), found out that that store is also out of space heaters, and looked the other way as Mb bought something I'd been lusting over. ("I see nussing!") Got enough bathroom tissue to last me into February. Discovered BC's middle child is working at that store on checkout. Small freakin' world, eh? Or at least, small freakin' town.

Came home, watched some of the eclipse. Too darn cold to stand there in my front yard THAT long, though. ("Yes, there's a shadow covering the full moon on the Solstice. Awesome. I'm going inside to thaw now....")

At this point, I have Christmas Eve scheduled to exchange gifts with Mb, then a get-together the afternoon/evening of Christmas Day (with a probable stop at J's for gift exchange either to or fro). Her gift arrived today, and it's in better condition that I expect for "slightly worn"---the dust jacket is still intact, which is a modest miracle unto itself, IMO.

Also, I was completely surprised and delighted by a treat on my f'list:. I got a story in response to a prompt ("John’s storage unit fascinates me...Sam and/or Dean go there for some reason and find something unexpected.") that I requested for an exchange last summer. It's mostly John, and NOT a-hole!John.

Cool Yule, y'all.

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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
Thankfully, my icon does NOT represtent the current conditions hereabouts. We've thawed out today. It's warm enough that I have a 3/4 sleeve jacket* on over a sleeveless dress, and I'm perfectly comfortable. All the more so because I visited with J this afternoon.

I availed myself of her wonderful facilities: I covet her bathroom,, I really do. It's about 8'x 8', wheelchair accessable, and oh, that shower! It's spacious, has fabulous water pressure, the shower-head is adjustable for height AND removable to be hand-held---bliss! I scrubbed thoroughly, LUSHed my hair (twice for good measure!) and feel sooo much better.

Afterward, while my hair dried, we watched my seasonal cinematic offering: I took "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage" and inflicted it upon her. Of course, I was snuffling by the end, and she was muttering, "I will not cry, I will not cry." but she *was* rather choked up.

Now my Yuletide countdown clock says "OH SHIT BEARS", which is kind of how I feel about it at the moment. Gotta go!

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* Speaking of jackets, while I was layering this afternoon, I tried on one of my all-time favorite jackets, kind of a tapestry paisley...it's miles too big. It overlapped by about six inches where it's supposed to close. Label says size 30/32...I may still be 30ish on the bottom, but these days, I'm more like a 26 in tops. Woohoo!

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vanillafluffy: (Winter wonderland)
Thankfully, my icon does NOT represtent the current conditions hereabouts. We've thawed out today. It's warm enough that I have a 3/4 sleeve jacket* on over a sleeveless dress, and I'm perfectly comfortable. All the more so because I visited with J this afternoon.

I availed myself of her wonderful facilities: I covet her bathroom,, I really do. It's about 8'x 8', wheelchair accessable, and oh, that shower! It's spacious, has fabulous water pressure, the shower-head is adjustable for height AND removable to be hand-held---bliss! I scrubbed thoroughly, LUSHed my hair (twice for good measure!) and feel sooo much better.

Afterward, while my hair dried, we watched my seasonal cinematic offering: I took "Thomas Kinkade's Christmas Cottage" and inflicted it upon her. Of course, I was snuffling by the end, and she was muttering, "I will not cry, I will not cry." but she *was* rather choked up.

Now my Yuletide countdown clock says "OH SHIT BEARS", which is kind of how I feel about it at the moment. Gotta go!

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* Speaking of jackets, while I was layering this afternoon, I tried on one of my all-time favorite jackets, kind of a tapestry paisley...it's miles too big. It overlapped by about six inches where it's supposed to close. Label says size 30/32...I may still be 30ish on the bottom, but these days, I'm more like a 26 in tops. Woohoo!

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vanillafluffy: (Xmas doggie)
This evening, my office is 55F/12.7C, and I'm comfortable instead of miserable. It's amazing what a difference just a few degrees makes!

I'm enjoying the chance to wear jackets and coats again---including stuff I forgot I had. I rediscovered a plum-colored jacket last night. I got it early this year at Goodwill with GK. At the time, it barely closed. Now, well, I wouldn't call it relaxed fit, but I can close it. I just need to figure what I'm going to wear it with, since the last time I tried them on (this summer) my plum capris were sagging down my ass.

For that matter, when I put on my jacket to go out the other night, I realized that I didn't have to think about it. Last year, my shoulders gave me so much hell at the attempt that there were times I went without a coat of jacket just to avoid trying to struggle into it. And it's been a while since I automatically reached for the Excedrin-and-ibuprophen chaser as soon as I woke up. Big Thank You to The Universe for that!

And, in the vein of "I'm that much closer to having seen it all", here's a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Police mashup:



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vanillafluffy: (Xmas doggie)
This evening, my office is 55F/12.7C, and I'm comfortable instead of miserable. It's amazing what a difference just a few degrees makes!

I'm enjoying the chance to wear jackets and coats again---including stuff I forgot I had. I rediscovered a plum-colored jacket last night. I got it early this year at Goodwill with GK. At the time, it barely closed. Now, well, I wouldn't call it relaxed fit, but I can close it. I just need to figure what I'm going to wear it with, since the last time I tried them on (this summer) my plum capris were sagging down my ass.

For that matter, when I put on my jacket to go out the other night, I realized that I didn't have to think about it. Last year, my shoulders gave me so much hell at the attempt that there were times I went without a coat of jacket just to avoid trying to struggle into it. And it's been a while since I automatically reached for the Excedrin-and-ibuprophen chaser as soon as I woke up. Big Thank You to The Universe for that!

And, in the vein of "I'm that much closer to having seen it all", here's a Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer/Police mashup:



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vanillafluffy: (Naked cellist)
By now, I was starting to get more than a little disenchanted with the Camarilla, or at least our local chapter. For one thing, we kept getting out of town visitors who tended to monopolize the game. The one away game I ever went to, five of us drove up to Jacksonville (2+ hours each way), and before we could start LARPing, we had to get our characters vetted by the GM there...except he was busy moderating some fucking thing, which took an hour, at which time, he declared game over. On learning he had visitors, he graciously went "Game on!" for all of a half-hour. I didn't get a chance to do anything at all, and I gave up on the kindred venue completely. I doggedly hung in with garou play, no pun intended, but that had its pitfalls, too. Meh, it's not like it matters NOW.

HWSNBN was working loading truck for a local bakery. It was more or less third shift---he left around 10 PM and got in, depending on the workload, any time between 4 AM and 6:30. And he's fucking lucky I didn't KILL him, because in the winter, I'd be all warm and sleeping and he'd come in and shove his hands against my back to warm them up.

Seriously, I mentioned passive-aggressive? If I had a button, that fucker would press it just to stir things up. Wake me up like that, tickle me, which I made it clear that I hated, and worst yet, pull my hair. He wanted me to grow it out, and disapproved mightily of the fact that it kept getting shorter and shorter. Well, duh. I damn near had a crewcut by the end.

That Christmas, since we were both working and had ample money coming in to cover the bills, we got annual passes to Univeral Studios in Orlando. Christmas fell on a Wednesday that year. The 24th was my company's Christmas party, so it was only a half-day. He worked his usual schedule, getting home a little before 5:30. We went over to Orlando and got a motel room on I-Drive, so we could go right over to the park first thing in the morning.

There were hardly any crowds at all; at times, we were the only guests in sight. We visited Islands of Adventure---my first time---and had a lovely time. Somewhere, I have the best picture I ever took of HWSNBN, sitting on a polka-dotted egg in Seussville.

When I got back to work the next day, I was invigorated; Islands of Adventure had been a grand day out, and HWSNBN had been good company. Most of my co-workers were snarly about having to come in: They'd had crappy Christmases, or they were missing the after Christmas sales, and it was one chick's birthday, and they hadn't let her take it off. I felt like I'd dodged a bullet.

After that, romping over to the park for a day became fairly commonplace. There's a big multiplex there in addition to the theme parks, so we'd go jaunt around the park until I/we got tired, go take in a movie, then continue a while longer. My endurance wasn't great; I'm a stress eater, and I was under stress. I was edging cloer and closer to my all-time high.


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vanillafluffy: (Naked cellist)
By now, I was starting to get more than a little disenchanted with the Camarilla, or at least our local chapter. For one thing, we kept getting out of town visitors who tended to monopolize the game. The one away game I ever went to, five of us drove up to Jacksonville (2+ hours each way), and before we could start LARPing, we had to get our characters vetted by the GM there...except he was busy moderating some fucking thing, which took an hour, at which time, he declared game over. On learning he had visitors, he graciously went "Game on!" for all of a half-hour. I didn't get a chance to do anything at all, and I gave up on the kindred venue completely. I doggedly hung in with garou play, no pun intended, but that had its pitfalls, too. Meh, it's not like it matters NOW.

HWSNBN was working loading truck for a local bakery. It was more or less third shift---he left around 10 PM and got in, depending on the workload, any time between 4 AM and 6:30. And he's fucking lucky I didn't KILL him, because in the winter, I'd be all warm and sleeping and he'd come in and shove his hands against my back to warm them up.

Seriously, I mentioned passive-aggressive? If I had a button, that fucker would press it just to stir things up. Wake me up like that, tickle me, which I made it clear that I hated, and worst yet, pull my hair. He wanted me to grow it out, and disapproved mightily of the fact that it kept getting shorter and shorter. Well, duh. I damn near had a crewcut by the end.

That Christmas, since we were both working and had ample money coming in to cover the bills, we got annual passes to Univeral Studios in Orlando. Christmas fell on a Wednesday that year. The 24th was my company's Christmas party, so it was only a half-day. He worked his usual schedule, getting home a little before 5:30. We went over to Orlando and got a motel room on I-Drive, so we could go right over to the park first thing in the morning.

There were hardly any crowds at all; at times, we were the only guests in sight. We visited Islands of Adventure---my first time---and had a lovely time. Somewhere, I have the best picture I ever took of HWSNBN, sitting on a polka-dotted egg in Seussville.

When I got back to work the next day, I was invigorated; Islands of Adventure had been a grand day out, and HWSNBN had been good company. Most of my co-workers were snarly about having to come in: They'd had crappy Christmases, or they were missing the after Christmas sales, and it was one chick's birthday, and they hadn't let her take it off. I felt like I'd dodged a bullet.

After that, romping over to the park for a day became fairly commonplace. There's a big multiplex there in addition to the theme parks, so we'd go jaunt around the park until I/we got tired, go take in a movie, then continue a while longer. My endurance wasn't great; I'm a stress eater, and I was under stress. I was edging cloer and closer to my all-time high.


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