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|Wednesday, April 22nd, 2009|
I am most excited! Last night, I received my copy of "Pride and Prejudice and Zombies" by Jane Austin and Seth Grahame-Smith. The 85% Pride and Prejudice part comes from the esteemed Ms. Austin, while zombie mayhem comes from Mr. Grahame-Smith, where it is universally acknowledged that all zombies with brains are in want of more brains.
Due to a mysterious plague which has turned the dead back to life, Elisabeth Bennett has become most skilled in kicking zombie butt and beheading them. Of course, life isn't made simple with the arrival of Mr. Bingely and his friend Mr. Darcy (Mr. Bingely purchased Netherfield Hall after zombies broke in and ate all 18 residents). Mr. Darcy is an arrogant ass (not her words of course) and she is looking for an excuse to just behead the snot.
Will Mr. Darcy be able to win her heart while fighting off zombies? Who knows? I'll have to finish the book! There are illustrations of zombies eating heads of cauliflower and of Lady Catherine sicing ninjas on Elisabeth.
|Wednesday, April 1st, 2009|
Last night, I heard that Andy Hallett from Angel and Buffy fame died on Sunday due to congestive heart failure. He was only 33-years-old. Lorne was one of my favorite characters on Angel and he certainly made it work. I'm sorry to hear of his passing.
|Sunday, August 3rd, 2008|
Whee!! I got a job!!
Well...a permanent job. I'm now an Office Assistant at a wholesale nursery selling rare and/or endangered cycads. My first day was on Friday, and fairly low-key. I think the job will be just fine. I just have to try not to boil to death in my office. It's really a trailer. It has a/c and fans, but since I'm part polar bear, there's a good chance I'll be uncomfortable. Good thing I can just wear shorts and a tank top to work! :)
|Monday, April 14th, 2008|
I got a couple of photos from the Mariposa trip...(I feel so dumb asking this)...but I don't know how to post them.
|Sunday, January 6th, 2008|
|My favorite thing...
This weekend, the city is getting some much needed rain. There seems to be nothing gentle about rain in So. Cal. It comes heavy, or at least heavy enough to cause flooding, landslides and makes a general mess of things.
I don't mind so much. I like being buried underneath blankets and listening to the rain outside when I sleep. This Sunday, the day is looking quite gloomy, and it rains on and off. My computer room is toasty warm, I have my coffee, I'm on the computer and listening to opera (yes, I'm one of THOSE people). The dog is curled up beside me on his little bed.
Walking the dog in the rain has been entertaining, to say the least. He firmly believes that rain water will make him melt, and his remains will be washed out into the ocean. He takes one look at the massive puddles outside our door, and you can actually see the little wheels clicking in his head. He gives me the look that says, "yeah, right".
I know what he's thinking, and so I tell him, "It's going to be like this all weekend. You gotta go sometime."
His next look is, "I can hold it. I dare you to think otherwise."
And so I drag the poor mutt through the puddles, and he gives me that hurt look like I just tried to roast him in the oven.
He's such a California dog! Current Mood: content
|Wednesday, July 4th, 2007|
|A Holiday At Last!!
It's been so long since I posted something on LJ. Life's been crazy these last couple of months. I'm still training in my new position at work, and it's proving to be challenging. There is so much to know and remember, and the remembering part isn't going so hot. I can actually feel my trainer age with every dumb thing I do...which means she's about a million years old by now.
My Baci-Dog is doing fine. I'm getting pretty good at clipping his thick fur, and he's keeping cool with me feeding him a steady diet of ice cubes. I think he's settled down into our household. He loves hanging around us, however, I think he prefers me since he sticks to me as much as possible, waits outside the bathroom door, does his "You're Back!! I Missed You So Much!" bark when I do multiple trips to the car to get groceries, and he sleeps under the bed on my side. He's such a wonderful dog, I really have to wonder how anyone could want to give him up.
Well actually, he did unplug the clock-radio during the night one day last week, as well as eat some used kleenex from the ground during his morning walk. Let's just say, the husband was not impressed, and told me he was going to sell MY dog to gypsies. I was trying hard not to laugh.
Other than that, I'm just trying to get some writing and gardening done this holiday -- catching up on a couple of things which have been neglected of late.
Hope your holiday is grand!
|Wednesday, May 9th, 2007|
We called our new dog 'Baci' because it's Italian for "hugs and kisses" as well, it's a brand of Italian chocolate.
However, when I tell people his name is Baci, they immediately say, "Like Baci-ball?"
What the hell is Baci-ball?
|Monday, April 23rd, 2007|
It seems like my doggie is sick. Baci got his blood work back yesterday, and the vet said that it looks like my new pooch might have some sort of liver disease.
That's never a good thing to hear.
It might be something as easy to control as diet, but he's going in to the vet again on Friday for some x-rays. The good thing is that he doesn't act sick. He runs around like crazy when we get home, and that's always a good sign. However, he's pretty mellow and quiet, and that might indicate something. Hard to say what he's really like when you've only had him 2 weeks.
Hopefully everything will turn out all right. Current Mood: worried
|Sunday, April 22nd, 2007|
|I'm so tired
It's hard work being a new 'mom'
We changed our new dog's name from 'Duke' to 'Baci'. He's a great dog, but it has been an adjustment. I'm so tired. My life is so scattered right now, I've put a hold on all my writing and knitting activities. Someone at work, commented on the Calgary Flames not doing so well in the NHL playoffs. I asked who they were playing and my coworker gave me a disapproving stare which said, "What kind of hockey fan are you?"
I got a new baby, and he takes priority over hockey. Although I did see half of the first period of the New Jersey Devils vs. Tampa Bay Lightening game. Excellent game...wonder who won?
I'm such a lousy hockey fan. :) Current Mood: sleepy
|Sunday, April 8th, 2007|
|I got a doggie!
All I wanted to do this long weekend was to sit and write. Instead, I decided to stress myself out by adopting a dog from a semi-local pound.
This isn't the ultimate procrastination ploy.
I've wanted a dog for years, and it's been about 15 years since my last dog. However, I've always lived in a place they've had a ban on dogs. Finally I've moved to a place which there's a weight restriction and I'm surrounded by crazy neighbors.
Anyway, this last week, I had gotten into my head that I needed to adopt a dog, and so I saw a Sheltie mix at a pound and decided to go see him. It was a terrible ordeal to find out where he was, whether he was available, etc, but I at least wanted to check him out, particularly since the nice people at the pound said, "Oh yes, he's scheduled to be euthanized on Saturday."
I'm not exactly sure why anyone would say such a thing.
So I decided to go see him Friday, because I had the day off. I saw a scared little dog, surrounded by large, barking dogs. I took him out and saw that he was shy and submissive, but liked the doggie treats I brought along, (always a sure thing to make canine friends). He's 8-years-old, has kennel cough, is fur and bones -- and the fur's all matted, but he has a sweet temperament. I just know he's a good dog.
Doesn't seem to be housebroken, and he has a distinct fear of stairs. This is awkward since I live on the second floor. He doesn't respond to his name 'Duke', so I'm thinking about changing it. So far, his favorite activities seem to be following me around wherever I go and looking at me with those adorable doggie eyes. He also likes to be brushed.
So we're trying to get him better, give him a bath REAL soon and give him lots of love.
|Sunday, April 1st, 2007|
Today, I was very lucky and got to play and bathe puppies!!!!!!!
A friend of mine from work is fostering 3 puppies, and I got an invitation to see puppies!!! My friend didn't know what they were, but suspected they were pitbulls. However, when I took a look at them, they look more like Labrador Retrievers. All three of them are black, except one of them has white socks and a bit of white on his chest.
As puppy offerings, I brought toys. All three of them immediately went to the squeaky squirrel toy and started trying to tear the poor thing apart. They liked that, as well as going where they're not supposed to, chewing on each other's face and trying to jump up and bite your hair. They liked being picked up, and they would let you hold them in your lap and cuddle them for quite some time before they wanted to chew on their brothers again.
I even got to help give them their first bath. I'm not really sure if they liked it. They stood there and started shaking even after I wrapped them in a towel and dried them. However, bathing worked on them like it works on babies. We got them dry (via hair dryer) and put them to bed, and they konked out seconds afterwards.
Very, very cute....I so want a puppy! Current Mood: ecstatic
|Saturday, February 24th, 2007|
|The Superhero Quiz
One day at the office, one of my co-workers sent me this link, and it suddenly everyone spent a great deal of the day finding out who we were!
You are Catwoman
For the Supervillain:
You are Dark Phoenix
I personally like the 68% probablilty that I'm a man....no wonder I feel alienated...
Check out the quiz: www.thesuperheroquiz.com Current Mood: curious
|Sunday, January 21st, 2007|
I know it's still January, and technically spring is a far way off, but Trader Joe's has their spring cut flowers for sale! I love buying cut flowers, and try to brighten at least one room in the house with them -- usually either the living room or my office.
My absolute favorites are freesias. They come in all different colors and smell truly wonderful. The best ones for scent are actually the white and yellow ones, but I love buying 2-3 bunches of different colors and putting them all together in a vase. It really looks all cheery and very pretty.
My runner-up favorites are tulips, but I'm waiting a bit before buying those.
|Tuesday, January 16th, 2007|
|A Slug and Somewhat Proud of It
Wow. I don't think I've check my journal in a few weeks now. My excuse is that I'm still one of the very few people on the planet on dial-up, and I only had so much desire in waiting. I've gotten pretty good in patience. I usually click on a page or link then play a thousand games of Vegas-style solitaire until the page shows up. I swear, if it wasn't for that game, I'd have already given up on the Internet.
Anyway, I've been somewhat lazy in posting and even emailing from my regular account. Actually, I've been applying this somewhat relaxed attitude in many things. At the moment, I'm getting great joy in sitting in front of the t.v. and knitting. I'm considering it my version of hibernating.
Nevertheless, I've had a bit of a rough start to the New Year. I started out with a cold, (another reason I haven't felt inclined to write much), and I'm busy at work. There seems to be a lot of stuff that needs to be done by the end of the month, and on top of everything, I have two new people to train. Although I like training in general, I have to say -- it's not going so hot. One of the newbies confessed that he felt so stressed about answering the phones at the front desk, that he almost burst into tears today when the computer was feeling twitchy. I'm not sure what sort of reflection I present when one of the new people breaks down and cries in the first two weeks on the job.
I haven't made any New Year Resolutions. I made an easy one last year, and I didn't keep it. I wanted to read at least a book a month, and I flunked out miserably when I got my job and just thought sleeping was the thing to do.
However, I did read a pretty interesting book. Has anyone read anything from Maggie Shayne before? It's a romance which I bought for my trip to Minnesota (I like reading something light on the plane). It's about an Immortal Witch who falls in love with the town minister who eventually dies trying to save her. It starts out in the 17th century and goes until 1999. It's interesting and I enjoyed it, considering it's something I really don't read. I usually read mysteries, science fiction, fantasy or historical romance, but not anything like this mix. I started the next one in the series called 'Infinity'. It intrigued me right away since it's written from the point of view of the male character. That's not something I've come across very often in romance. I usually enjoy reading the male point of view because I find it more interesting than the female.
Another thing I need to note: this weekend I got a belated Christmas present. A good friend of mine gifted me with a hot chocolate pot. It's so cool! It's a ceramic pot with a plastic lid on top. Through the center of the lid, you place a small, battery-operated whip which foams up the heated hot chocolate. It's so awesome! The best thing for this nippy weather!
Gotta go and start using my 8 tins of hot chocolate that I've got squirreled away in the pantry... Current Mood: mellow
|Friday, December 15th, 2006|
|Naked and Final exams
This is almost like the nightmare of arriving to class naked and having to write a final exam which you know nothing about. Today is the Christmas luncheon at my work. In my experience, work Christmas luncheons are typically a low-key casual affair, which usually last about an hour or so. No big deal.
However, this company who I work for (and this is my first Christmas luncheon with them) does things in a much grander fashion. First of all, they're closing shop at 11:30am. They made reservations at a fancy restaurant in Santa Monica with an ocean view, and I don't know...the party's in 2.5 hours. What everyone neglected to tell me was that this was a FANCY affair. I thought wearing the typical work clothes would be fine. I come to work and almost everyone is dressed up -- men are all wearing dress shirts and ties (even one of my admin minions which is really freaking me out.) The women are all dressed up. One lady spent hours straightening her hair; another bought a new dress -- everyone's wearing heels.
Me? I'm wearing my typical dress pants with a VERY casual, plain shirt...very plain, very blah....and extremely embarrassing.
My only comfort is that my other admin didn't know about this unofficial dress up policy either, so we're both pretty casual. One of my co-workers looked at me and asked, "It's a party. Don't you dress up for parties?" Typically not. Most of the parties I go to are casual affairs where 95% of people are wearing jeans and nice shirts and that's about it.
People have suggested that I can always go out and buy something, which I just think is excessively silly. I hate shopping at the best of times. I think going out to buy something so I'll fit in won't help me feel less embarrassed.
Ain't life grand?
|Tuesday, December 12th, 2006|
I lost my Beta fish, Gamma, tonight. He was not feeling so good for a while now and in the last couple of days, he was not eating at all and sitting at the bottom of the tank in odd positions. Never a good sign.
Anyway, I checked on him an hour ago and knew he was gone. He's now buried in my flower pot with the rose bush. I'm a little sad.
|Monday, December 11th, 2006|
Your Hidden Talent
You are both very knowledgeable and creative.
You tend to be full of new ideas and potential - big potential.
Ideas like yours could change the world, if you build them.
As long as you don't stop working on your dreams, you'll get there.
At least it didn't say I'm a sociopath.
|Sunday, December 3rd, 2006|
|Take that Christmas rush!
It's that time of year again, isn't it?
A lot of people I know don't get very excited about Christmas. In fact to many people, the Christmas season is a stressful time of year. Well, I find the worst thing about the holiday is the fact that regular schedules are just thrown to the wind. I now have to wait until next year until my next writer's workshop, getting hold of people is tricky, and getting together almost impossible.
However, there's a lot of things I enjoy at this time of year. There is a sinful assortment of delicious chocolates and baked goodies for example. My favorites are shortbread cookies covered with unnaturally coloured sprinkles...(drool, drool)...5,000 calories of yummy goodness!
Fortunately, I don't have to shop for a ton of presents, but I do have to start somewhat early, since I do have to ship them places. This year seemed especially easy for shopping. It was a lot of gift cards and online shopping, which was fun. It almost doesn't feel like you're really spending money.
The biggest pain in the butt is my little 10-month-old nieces. I thought I'd get them savings bonds. Someone at work suggested I buy them online through the government website. Apparently, it's so easy...you just open an account and off you go. Unfortunately, the site wants confirmation from my bank that I say who I say I am, by filling out a form. Yes, yes, yes, I'm grateful for the security concerns, but I actually don't have time to go to my bank anytime soon.
So instead of being DONE with my Christmas shopping, I'm wondering if I'll actually be on time getting those savings bonds for my nieces.
I should just send them each an evil hippo.
|Sunday, November 5th, 2006|
I always loved my mother's potato salad. Growing up, her potato salad was the measuring stick I used to judge all other potato salads, and alas! They all came up short. Fortunately for me, when I moved out and really began to cook on my own, my mother sent me a list of my favorite receipes, her potato salad being one of them!
This was extremely fortunate, since she past away not even two years later, her secret for fabulous potato salad may have been lost forever.
Unfortunately, it's taken me awhile to get the nack of it. The receipe was not from any book so I had absolutely no sense of measurements (ie, boil some potatoes and some eggs, etc). However, now I think I've gotten the hang of it, because yesterday, I made the best potato salad in the universe!
It's completely addictive and I find I can't stop until I've eaten almost the whole thing, despite the fact that I made a VERY LARGE BOWL of it. I've mentioned the potato salad at work, and my coworkers want to try it (they're skeptical about my claim that it's the best use of potatoes EVER). However, I don't think the salad will last until Monday.
And with my husband gone, it's all mine! MINE!!
I'm gonna go back to eating now.
|Wednesday, October 25th, 2006|
|Soap, soap, soap
Every year, I get send one of my friends a custom-made salt scrub (sometimes I get her a sugar scrub) from Sam Soap.
You can order online a variety of their soaps, shower gels or body scrubs, but the fun part is getting it custom-made. You can choose from wide variety of fragrances, oils and extracts and combine it with the right ingredients to match your skin's needs. It's not something I'd order every week, but it always makes a neat present.
Check out their website: