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October 1st, 2008

What the?!

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I heard this really strange noise from upstairs a few minutes ago.  I went to investigate and saw a pigeon on our deck.  At least I think its a pigeon.  It is the same size and shape, but the colors and markings are not the same as the ones I see elsewhere.  I realized I've never seen one at our house before let alone on our deck.

The pigeon was perched up on the railing looking around, then it hopped down to the floor of the deck.  Then, it launched itself right into the window, making the noise again that had brought me up there to begin with and scaring the bejeezus out of me.

I moved to where the pigeon could see me and it took flight, landing in a tree some distance away.

All I can say is "Huh?"

September 8th, 2008

Its the little things

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I made onigiri today!  I am ridiculously pleased with myself.  It is ridiculous how happy this makes me.  Ridiculous because they are so easy to make using the handy little molds I bought from Daiso.They were cute and yummy.

I see bento lunches in my future. nom nom.

July 17th, 2008

Put Me to Work

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OK gang, I need your help.

I am crap at need lots of practice writing.  I want to be a better writer.  And the only way that might happen is if I write more.

So what do I need from you? Prompts! 

Just comment with a Prompt (more than one is fine!) and a Character or Pairing or more, I really don't care.  Let me know if you want Gen/Het/Slash or any other special requests. Challenge Me! Please!  I will write you a drabble/fic/ficlet in a reply (if it gets too long I will post it in my journal instead). Umm I guess that's it as far as instructions. 

Feel free to send other people here to post prompts! It would be most appreciated! :)

Fandoms I fantasize that I could try my hand in:

Hikaru no Go
Tsubasa Reservoir Chronicles
Banana Fish
Sandman - by Neil Gaiman
Due South
Red Dwarf
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Harry Potter

July 15th, 2008

Random Russell Crow sighting!

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There is a patron here at the library RIGHT NOW who looks like Russell Crow! (alright a teenage Russell Crow, but woahmygosh!)

where's my spycamera!? oh yeah, I don't have one! you are just going to have to believe me!

July 9th, 2008

Book Sale!

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Half-Price Books is having a big sale this weekend at their warehouse.  Everything there will be $1 or less.

Naturally I will be in line at the crack of dawn to find out whether this is a worthwhile sale or not.  That's just the kind of self-sacrificing person I am. 

What I am looking for:

manga (did you ever doubt it?)
knitting books
japanese cookbooks

Is there anything you all want me to look for and snag for you at these unbelievable prices? The sale includes books, movies, music, and software.

July 6th, 2008

oO Goin' up to Alaska, up to the land of the midnight sun. Oo

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We arrived back in Seattle, Saturday morning at 6am and were off of the boat ship by 8am, but for some reason the world is still gently tilting beneath my feet. Its an odd sensation.

I had to have a lie down earlier.

I read manga.  This made me feel slightly better.

I will post more detailed Alaska cruise bits later. But in short I will say this: 

 Alaska was unbelievably beautiful. Words and pictures will not do it justice.  At least not my words and pictures.  

Cruise ship as mode of travel? Not the biggest fan. Princess' tag line is "Escape Completely."  Kind of difficult, no, nearly impossible to accomplish with 2600 other people around. There were times I was tempted to acknowledge our lot as cattle with a vocal "moo," but I refrained.  Incredibly, I did manage to snag some marvelous, contemplative, relatively-alone time once on a more stormy afternoon and just stare out to sea watching the waves for almost an hour.  Properly bundled up of course!

Proper posts with more words and pictures to follow soon!
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May 22nd, 2008

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This keeps making me laugh today!  I think I have a new mantra.

April 21st, 2008

"we haven't located us yet"

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Hello There!

I know I have not posted in way too long. That seems to be my way, so I'm going to stop being so shocked and apologetic about it. Maybe.

There has been a great deal of book reading (mostly of the comic and graphic novel variety) and movie/tv on DVD watching lately:


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March 9th, 2008

I can has daylight savings?

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OMG I am such a spaz.  I need an icon of Butters from South Park with the text " I hate my stupid psychotic brain!" 

Ever since I found out that daylight savings was going to be happening this weekend, I was worried about arriving late to the Winterpills' show.  What I really needed to watch out for was my own silly brain.  Somehow, I mixed up the start time of tonight's show with the start time of another show that I'm thinking of attending later this month.  *headdesk*

Assuming the show started on time, I missed the first half hour.  The Winterpills were the opener. They sound just as beautiful live as they do on disc. Oh why did I mix up the time?!  Then they joined Kris Delmhorst on stage as her back-up band for most of her set.  I need to get more of Kris Delmhorst's music.  *plans visit to signature sounds web site.* It was a great show, but I was disapppointed in the lack of respect some of the crowd was showing to the Winterpills.  [Shut Up People!  The music gets softer and quieter for effect, not so that you can continue your conversations!] There was a noticeable difference in audience response once Kris took the stage.  You could have heard the proverbial pin drop during her solo songs.  This just made it all the more galling that people were jabbering away during the Winterpills set.

But, annoyance aside, that is not the memory I will take from tonight's show.  I was privileged to hear beautiful music tonight.  What a wonderful way to start my week :)

February 9th, 2008

political action

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I just got back from the Caucus. This was only the second time I have participated at the Caucus. The first time was four years ago. This time was so much better. I had a really good time. My precinct rocks! We had the biggest turnout (46) of any of the precincts in our District, but other precincts appeared to have decent turn-out as well. People spoke passionately and they spoke well. There was debate, but it was civil and not argumentative. Oh and a really hot history teacher too. mm-hmm. They were all a pretty fun group to discuss the candidates with.

The majority of the group had never been to a caucus before, so there were lots of questions, but the one that made me want to headdesk a wee bit? I had to explain to some of the people what the letters LGBT stood for on the optional demographic section of the sign-in sheet. I realize I'm being nit-picky, and I live in a small suburb, but huh? (I'm sounding snobby now, aren't I?)

December 21st, 2007

Random observation

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I just got Erin Mckeown's album Distillation.  Up until now, the only song of hers I had heard was Cinematic.  I love her sound and I'm really enjoying the album, but I was struck by how similar her voice sounds to Ingrid Michaelson.

Waddya think?  I've included ( I think) two youtube videolinks after the cut if you want to play along.

December 13th, 2007

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Meme from Musesfool via Starfishchick

1. Go to the Wikipedia home page and click random article. That is your band's name.
2. Click random article again; that is your album name.
3. Click random article 15 more times; those are the tracks on your album.



Band’s Name:  Crow Wing State Park


Album Name: Frontier Works




1. Föritz

2. Malleolar canal

3. Josiah Duane Hicks

4. Wyoming Indian High School

5. William Henry Neece

6. The Great Atlantic and Pacific Tea Company

7. Cumberland, British Columbia

8. Monsignor Martinez

9. Park College of Engineering

10. Haghpat

11. Northgate railway station, Brisbane

12. Action Sports Alliance

13. Spicy Love Soup

14. Bill Liedtke

15. Dejan Šomoci

This meme was worth trying for the band name alone!  While Foritz was meant to be our breakaway hit, the suprise success story from this album? Spicy Love Soup. 

December 12th, 2007

oh expletive deleted

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So I finally got to watch Zodiac on dvd.  Wow.  Just wow.  Too bad that after playing smoothly for over an hour and 45 minutes, the library dvd began freezing then unfreezing again about every 10 seconds.  Tried a couple of times to gently clean the nonexistent dirt from the disc, but no dice.  But I was still blown away even after watching the last 40+ minutes in herky-jerky mode. 

My one complaint is that the epilogue summary at the end was too small to be read without using the zoom function on my dvd player.

October 24th, 2007

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I have devoured the seven trade paperback volumes of Runaways. It is very, very good. Angsty, scary, funny, and heartbreaking. It is so easy to slip into their world.

So I picked up Astonishing X-Men volume 1 (which contains the first 6 issues) written by Joss Whedon, expecting to get another fix of what I have enjoyed about the Buffy comics and the Whedonesque Runaways comics. It was good, (I think Joss likes writing for Wolverine best) but kind of flat after all of the excitement of Runaways. And I'm an X-men fan from before the movies. Though I probably cannot be considered a true fan, since I was a fan of the animated series that was on tv in the afternoons when I was in junior high (?) and had never read any of the comics before.

I'm going to start reading Young Avengers next.

I'm going to the comic book shop tomorrow. I think there are some newer issues of Runaways that have not been collected into trade paperback form yet...*rubs hands together*
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