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  • The weather forecast called for rain all day, and I was sort of relieved because it meant I could watch movies on the couch all day without feeling guilty. Right now? It's sunny, and although the forecast is still calling for rain, sort of, I don't see any on the map.

  • I just painted my nails bright red. I only paint them this particular shade in the summer. In the winter, I use darker, wine-ier, metallic shades. This is just red. Bright red. Popsicle-red. Summer red.

  • The cat has apparently decided that she will now be peeing in my office, thank you very much. I thought it smelled in here, but I also know that she has been using the litter box upstairs -- and I have been endeavoring to keep it clean for her -- but I heard some rustling over by the window -- and all of a sudden she came bounding out of there. I had thought it was Jack dreaming, but he's in the living room. And the corner reeks. As soon as my nails are dry I will have to go clean and bleach the corner. And put up a child gate across the door to keep her out for a couple of weeks to break the habit. And then wait to see where else she decides to go instead of any of the six litter boxes.

  • Given Tremas and the Portreeve, I should've seen that coming last night on Doctor Who.

  • I did go out and mow the front yesterday. I wasn't going to, but it was looking a little raggedy and I caved to implied homeowner peer pressure (because I was the only person on the street who hadn't mown in the last three days).

  • I have decided that once my parents get their crap out of my garage, I will clean all of the lawn tools and storage and such out of the breezeway except for one snow shovel and one broom. There's no reason to have all that stuff out there cluttering up a perfectly nice space when I have a whole garage I can clutter up. Then I will put a table out there so if I want to eat or work out there I can. I'd still like a deck, but this will do for now.
  • Fucking cat. My office reeks.
  • I suppose I should make an appointment to see if she has an infection, but I think she's probably either senile (she is 19 now) or lazy. Ever since the Great Flea Infestation of 2016, she's been peeing pretty much where she chooses.

  • I saw a rescue dog go by on FB the other day that I think would have been a perfect companion for Jack, but I'm certain it's far too late to apply for him.

  • Related: The Gecko is doing much better with her hygiene. Thank goodness. Mind you, I'm still not taking the covers off the furniture, and I probably never will as long as she's sitting Jack.

  • Still reading the Young Wizards series. I'm not liking it as much as I had hoped. Enough to keep reading it, but.... Meh.

  • Speaking of wizards, I saw one of those special editions that Time does: Twenty Years of Harry Potter or something along those lines, with a cover photo of Daniel Radcliffe from Chamber of Secrets (you can tell from his school uniform and his apparent age -- not young enough to be from the first movie, but not the same uniform as they wore in the later movies). Twenty years? Not of the movies, I know, but of the books. Already? How is it that long already?

  • Right. I think I'm going to go to a different part of the house to let my nails finish drying before I tackle the smell in this room.
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I've just changed the litter boxes for this week, and I'm concerned about Kethri. I found no evidence that she had peed in the litter boxes in a couple of days. I took a clump out of the box upstairs maybe yesterday morning, maybe the morning before that. There was nothing in the boxes downstairs. So either she is peeing somewhere that I am not finding -- entirely possibe -- or there is something wrong. I'm going to keep an eye on it today. She doesn't seem to be in any distress, but that doesn't really mean anything.

As for Jack.... He had a vet appointment the other evening. My vet is on my FB friends list and she had seconded a suggestion that I give him Benadryl at night to calm him down...and that next day, he tore into the window in the library while the dogsitter was sitting in the living room. When I PMed her about upping his Prozac dose, she said she wanted to see him first to see if there was a physical cause for his sudden backsliding. So in we went.

He does have some stiffness in his neck, and she wasn't pleased with his behavior -- he was subdued and trying to hide between me and the exam table -- and she's worried that The Gecko is misuing him. If I find out the Gecko is misusing him, I'll misuse her. She suggested that a nannycam might be in order. She did wonder if the Gecko was leaving the house and leaving Jack here alone, or if she might be having people in. She hasn't ever met the Gecko, I don't think, so she doesn't understand the true Useless Lumpness of her. She is the Platonic Ideal of an Object At Rest. She might as well be named Inertia. So, no, she's not leaving the house unless someone is picking her up (she can't drive), and it appears that all of her friends are imaginary, so it's unlikely that anyone is coming in, unless its her psychopath sister (the one who was setting fires in her bedroom). (Mind you, there's nothing wrong, per se, with imaginary friends; most of mine are imaginary, just as I'm imaginary to them.)

In any case, she wanted to try Jack on Dasuquin and Rimadyl before upping his Prozac to see if maybe it's pain that's making him act out. The neck stiffness could be arthritis and he could be acting out in the fall because the colder weather is exacerbating it. We'll see. It's certainly not calming him down at night. He's still trying to climb into bed with me, and the last couple of nights, he's also been wandering up and down the stairs when I refuse to let him into the bed. I suppose I'm going to end up turning the bed so that he can get in on the other side by himself, unless I can train him to come up on the end and curl up on the passenger side corner. It would be really nice to get a full night's sleep again.

She did observe that he has bonded nicely to me. I was concerned about that.

Night before last, First Boyfriend and BFT came over after they got out of work and we sat around the dining room table with a pizza and talked and laughed all evening. It was Really Nice, and I might see if I can convince them we should do it more often.

It did highlight a stark difference between me and my closest friends, though. We're all in social service jobs, but they're all in them because it's their passion. I'm in mine because I fell into it and found the pay and benefits to be acceptable, even if the job was soul-sucking. (Though it wasn't when I was just a clerk. I loved it when I was a clerk. But I needed a promotion to pay the rent, and....) I would still prefer to be a full-time novelist. Ah, well. Never gonna happen.

Last night, BFT and the J-sisters and I went to see Fantastic Beasts. The theater was less crowded than I expected, but probably a lot of people were in the 3D version instead. It was interesting to see the Wizarding World from an adult point of view. Read more... )

Today...well, it's Saturday, and even though I snuck out last evening and did a flying grocery run after my sister arrived to sit with Jack for the evening, I still have a ton of things to do. The back of the house has to be deep-cleaned because I am definitely hosting Thanksgiving dinner next Thursday. Fortunately, my mother has decided to have lasagna instead of a full-on turkey dinner, which is good, because Gram complains all the time about how she has a full-on turkey dinner at the facility, then comes here and has another. Plus, it's a helluva lot easier to clean up, and less for Mom and Dad to haul.

Not only that, but I haven't swapped out the screens for the storm windows yet, and the gutters that I can reach need cleaning, and I have to write checks, and clean up the library and put the curtain that Jack pulled down back, and do the laundry, and just so much else.

And then there's LJ Idol. I completely flaked on reading and voting last week, and didn't even realize that a new topic was up until a day later. So I've got to do that, as well.

Heigh ho. Guess I'd better get at it....
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  • It was a long damned week. It seems like four-day weeks always are.

  • There is always talk at work about switching to a four-day week. What people seem to forget is that in order to make up the hours, it means working longer days.

  • I can't decide whether to trust my muscle memory or not. Muscle memory says that I should have at least half of that half-gallon container of milk left (i. e., the container was a lot lighter than I expected it to be when I lifted it out of the fridge last night). But I have also been eating a lot of cereal lately, except for the last couple of days when I ran out. So I could be misremembering. A more likely explanation, however, is that my muscles are correct, and that The Gecko has been pilfering again. Goddammit.
  • I watched Now You See Me 2 last evening. Daniel Radcliffe plays the main villain. It's a bit odd to hear him talking about dabbling in magic.... I have to say, though, that this one played out pretty much as I expected, including Morgan Freeman's character.

  • I have been meaning to reread American Gods for a while. I read it many years ago and recall next to nothing about it, not even with all the bits and bobs surfacing about the new TV series. I was casting about for something to read yesterday to take a break from the mystery series I've been reading, and saw another bob about American Gods. Aha, thought I. I had moved my Neil Gaiman books from my office to the bookcase in my bedroom, and out of sight, out of mind.... So I grabbed the tenth anniversary, author's preferred text version, and started it yesterday afternoon.

  • I also mowed the damned lawn yesterday afternoon, which was an extremely unpleasant affair given how humid it was.

  • I had intended to not do anything today as the weather is not supposed to be particularly good -- though cooler and less humid. No matter my feelings on the matter, Autumn is just around the corner. But I have to go out and get milk....

  • I have been considering taking the three days of Thanksgiving week off and going to Michigan. It has been a long time since I was there for Thanksgiving -- since a couple of years before my divorce, in fact. The weather is always very unpredictable, and I loathe winter driving (wherein I actually mean that I fear it, despite having had to do it for more than two decades). HTWIWM always did the bulk of the driving when we traveled together, and he always drove in November. And so I haven't gone in a decade. Or maybe I'll just take the time off and stay home. Of course if I stay home, then I can't avoid Thanksgiving dinner....

  • I have been chasing an odd smell upstairs for a few days. Last night, I had to close the windows because it got cool. This morning, I realize that it smells like litterbox upstairs. Fabulous. So I'm worried about Merlin (who is still hanging out in the bathtub, meaning that I have to scrub it all the time) downstairs, and Kethri is upstairs being either lazy or ill. *sigh* I tend to forget that Kethri is actually six months older than Merlin, so she is also eighteen.... Since I can't find a location, I suppose I'm going to have to scrub the entire upstairs.

  • I am very tired today. I was up in the middle of the night for no good reason, and then soft rain on the tin roof outside my bedroom window sounded like bats crawling around, and so of course I couldn't get back to sleep....
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I was going to run out to WickedMart this morning to see if they had a copy of HP & the Order of the Phoenix but I check the bookshelves there fairly frequently, and I don't recall seeing any Harry Potter books at all the last time I was there (a couple of days ago) so I guess I will continue to have a semi-leisurely morning. I had given my niece and nephew the first three books for their library (the only ones that were available on PaperbackSwap at the time). Niece was busy with The Two Towers, but Nephew practically devoured them. Bird said that he read Prisoner of Azkaban almost in one sitting. Fortunately, she told me this at work and fortunately, I keep paperback copies of the first four books at work, so I just gave her my work copy of Goblet of Fire. She is taking him to see his paternal grandparents for the next few days, then they fly out to Germany on Sunday. She thinks he'll have the book finished before they get back from Pittsburgh (where his grandparents live). (Niece has already gone home.) So now I'm scrambling to find the other books for him because not only do they have a flight to Germany, but they have a twelve-hour layover in NYC. (Some poor planning on Bird's part; they're leaving Buffalo at 6:30 a.m.) All of which means that I have to run up to the mall to check the Useless Excuse For A Bookstore to see if they have them, because even Amazon Prime wouldn't get them to me soon enough now. (If I'd had an extra day's warning, we probably could have managed it.)

I tell ya what, for kids who are readers, I am the best goddamned aunt in the universe.

BFT and I went to see Guardians of the Galaxy again last evening. It was just as funny the second time around, though we didn't wait for the stinger this time. Once is enough. Now, had it been the shawarma scene, I'd've stayed, 'cause that's always funny. I noticed that Quill had "12% of a plan." Is that going to be a running gag now? Not that I mind.

At this stage of the game, the plan for France is to definitely go self-directed. I think I might actually miss the tour bus, though. That was kinda fun, and it was a lot easier to snap photos out the windows that I think it will be with us all crammed into a little car. On the other hand, we can stop here and there for the purpose of taking photos, I guess. We'll be discussing it more before committing, though. It looks as though another of J1 and J2's sisters may be going with us; at least, she was on the email distribution list when J1 sent out a possible itinerary.

BFT and I are going to Sterling this weekend. She says that the last time she was there was nearly twenty years ago when she went with me and HWTIWM (before we were married). I think I remember that trip now; I think we went to see Shakespeare in Delaware Park on Friday evening; they were doing Much Ado About Nothing reset in the Old West, and the group's students were doing a 10-Minute Macbeth that was hilarious. Then we spent the night at A's apartment (HTWIWM, that is) and drove to Sterling in the morning. I had forgotten about that trip until she mentioned it. Well, I remembered Shakespeare in the Park, but had forgotten that it was connected to a Sterling trip.

J1 might go with us. It's a longish drive (three hours, no matter which route I choose...unless I take Sir Knees' ill-starred shortcut that took us five hours), but it should be fun. I warned BFT that I would be taking my TeenyTinyTARDIS as I am running out of photos for Tumblr and there are so many photo ops for it there that I won't be able to get them all...especially as it's Fantasy Weekend.
malinaldarose: (little witch)
It's probably a good thing that I decided to start getting ready for work a little early this morning. I had a helluva time knotting the tie for my costume. The sleeves on the sweater are about eight inches too long, so they're rolled three times and the cuffs of my blouse are rolled back over them. The grey of my sweater and the grey of my trousers don't match, but that's okay, because neither match the grey silver of my Ravenclaw tie. The robe is just a cheap polyester thing (and even cheaper since the WB Shop credited me part of the cost when I complained that it didn't have the Ravenclaw device on it like it was supposed to), but it really does make the outfit. Mind you, given how warm it is near my cube, I probably won't be able to wear the robe for long, but I'll hang it over the edge of my cube and people will get the idea. For a wand, I'm carrying the wand-turned-from-a-dowel that HTWIWM made me several years back when I dressed as Professor McGonagall (and had to explain myself to everyone). I already have a white owl in my cube; maybe I should move it to wear my mail normally goes....

I should probably take a few minutes to stop and get some Halloween candy, as there is always someone bringing in kids to take around the office.... But unless I leave right this minute, I probably don't have time. Ah, well. My much-depleted candy dish will have to suffice.

Happy Halloween, everybody!
malinaldarose: (witch_mcgonagal)
Pottermore has finally opened to the public; I just happened to chance across it the other night and signed up. It's interesting and kinda fun, rather like a guided tour through the book series. I don't know whether to be ashamed or not that I spent all evening last night playing around there and "shopping" in Diagon Alley. I have all my school supplies, including wand (rowan, unicorn hair core, surprisingly swishy), and am ready to go to Platform 9 3/4. (Unlike other "sorting" venues, one doesn't get Sorted, apparently, until one reaches the point in the story where the Sorting Ceremony happens.)

Yes, I am 44 years old.

Shut up.

Actually, I spent a great deal of time trying to figure out how to make things work, being not used to such things, and then I spent a great deal of time unlocking the special content and reading Mr. Ollivander's notes on wandmaking -- which were actually pretty fascinating. Rowling has enough background stuff here for several series in the wizarding world.

Also? I would rather stay home and noodle around in the wizarding world all day than go to work.
malinaldarose: (clever_witch)
I have made it through the first five episodes of the original Battlestar Galactica. Together they comprise the first two stories. Lots of multi-part stories in what is, surprisingly, only a single season. I always thought it went on for much longer than that -- and I never saw the pilot episode until much later than I'd see other episodes, so I didn't realize until quite late that Boxey wasn't actually Apollo's son. I was vastly amused to see that bridge officer Rigel's hairstyle changed between shots in one episode. They had clearly used footage from the pilot episode when she had her hair pulled back and then a few seconds later, she was wearing those ridiculous braids (which I think I sported a time or two myself back in the day) -- and the red alert seemed to have been cancelled. Did they really think no one would notice?

Work was work, and I may or may not write a separate post about that, but I did arrive home to find a boxful of books in the breezeway, which made up for it not being Friday.

I find myself curious about Pottermore, which is still in beta, and wondering if it's a completely closed beta or if invitations are available as with Dreamwidth or as LJ was back in the day. Anyone know? I couldn't find anything on the site, but given my powers of observation, it could, in fact, be plastered across the front page in ten-inch high glowing neon letters.

I have been having fun at work with one of my near neighbors. We shoot rubber bands at one another fairly frequently, and yesterday, we spent the afternoon tossing candy hearts at one another, at one point in enough of a frenzy that I found myself shrieking with laughter. Fortunately, no one seems to have really noticed. This morning, I arrived to find a small pile of candy hearts on my chair. I waited until she was away from her desk and tipped them into the top of her Thermos. I didn't realize that the top of her Thermos has holes in the base so that it only needs to be loosened rather than removed to pour out a cup of coffee, so the hearts went right into her coffee cup. And she drank them, which is really gross now that I think about it, because those ended up all over the floor yesterday. Oh, well. On the other hand, she might have been fibbing about actually drinking that particular cup; I wasn't there, so I didn't see it. Then she managed to find some tiny sugar hearts, probably off a doughnut, and we passed those back and forth for a bit. After she left for the day, I found them under my keyboard, so I put them in her phone's cradle, under the receiver. I think she's off tomorrow, too, so she won't find them until Monday.

For, lo, I am naughty.
malinaldarose: (arwen_reading)
Here is my list of books read in 2011, in the order I read them. I will also be constructing a poll for cross-linking to [ profile] librarything, but first, the list:

1. The Matters at Mansfield by Carrie Bebris
2. The Feast of the Drowned by Stephen Cole (Doctor Who)
3. The Deviant Strain by Justin Richards (DW)
4. Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen
5. The Art of Destruction by Stephen Cole (DW)
6. The Doctor Trap by Simon Messingham (DW)
7. The Spark by Chris Downie
8. The Bone Palace by Amanda Downum
9. The Magicians and Mrs. Quent by Galen Beckett
10. The House on Durrow Street by Galen Beckett
11. Radiant Shadows by Melissa Marr
12. The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen
13. The Girl Who Chased the Moon by Sarah Addison Allen
14. New Amsterdam by Elizabeth Bear
15. Seven for a Secret by Elizabeth Bear
16. Runaway Husbands by Vikki Stark
17. The White City by Elizabeth Bear
18. The Writer's Tale: The Final Chapter by Russell T. Davies and Benjamin Cook
19. Shadow Unit Season 1
20. Refining Fire by Elizabeth Bear and Emma Bull (Shadow Unit)
21. Shadow Unit Season 2
22. The Unicorn Evils by Elizabeth Bear and Emma Bull (SU)
23. Chicks Dig Time Lords ed. by Lynne M. Thomas and Tara O'Shea
24. Magic Below Stairs by Caroline Stevermer
25. Aunt Dimity and the Family Tree by Nancy Atherton
26. Tiassa by Steven K. Brust
27. One of Our Thursdays is Missing by Jasper Fforde
28. A Hard Slay's Night: Murder at the Royal Albert Hall by Patricia Morrison
29. Star Trek by Alan Dean Foster (novelization of the 2009 movie)
30. Whedonistas ed. by Lynne M. Thomas and Deborah Stanish
31. Rosemary and Rue by Seanan McGuire
32. Stepping Through the Stargate ed. by PN Elrod and Roxanne Conrad
33. Carnival by Elizabeth Bear
34. Eyes Like Leaves by Charles de Lint
35. The Riddle of the Wren by Charles de Lint
36. Star Wars on Trial ed. by David Brin and Matthew Woodring Stover
37. Skypoint by Phil Ford (Torchwood)
38. Undertow by Elizabeth Bear
39. Unnatural Issue by Mercedes Lackey
40. Through the Wardrobe ed. by Herbie Brennan
41. The Fire Rose by Mercedes Lackey
42. The Serpent's Shadow by Mercedes Lackey
43. Seven Seasons of Buffy ed. by Glenn Yeffeth
44. The Tales of Beedle the Bard by JK Rowling
45. The Gates of Sleep by Mercedes Lackey
46. Dead of Winter by James Goss (DW)
47. Only Human by Gareth Roberts (DW)
48. Wooden Heart by Martin Day (DW)
49. Judgement of the Judoon by Colin Brake (DW)
50. Trace Memory by David Llewellyn (TW)
51. Pack Animals by Peter Anghelides (TW)
52. Consequences by James Moran, et. al. (TW)
53. Almost Perfect by James Goss (TW)
54. Darkest Mercy by Melissa Marr
55. Graveminder by Melissa Marr
56. The Pirate Loop by James Goss (DW)
57. The Stealers of Dreams by Steve Lyons (DW)
58. Bay of the Dead by Mark Morris (TW)
59. Risk Assessment by James Goss (TW)
60. Detection Unlimited by Georgette Heyer
61. The Hundred Thousand Kingdoms by NK Jemison
62. The Broken Kingdoms by NK Jemison
63. The Fellowship of the Ring by JRR Tolkien
64. The Two Towers by JRR Tolkien
65. The Return of the King by JRR Tolkien
66. Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone by JK Rowling
67. Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets by JK Rowling
68. Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban by JK Rowling
69. Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire by JK Rowling
70. Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix by JK Rowling
71. Harry Potter & the Half-Blood Prince by JK Rowling
72. Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows by JK Rowling
73. Small Gods by Terry Pratchett
74. Conspiracies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill
75. A Wrinkle in Time by Madeline L'Engle
76. A Wind in the Door by Madeline L'Engle
77. A Swiftly Tilting Planet by Madeline L'Engle
78. Over Sea, Under Stone by Susan Cooper
79. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper
80. Movies in Fifteen Minutes by Cleolinda Jones
81. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper
82. The Grey King by Susan Cooper
83. Silver on the Tree by Susan Cooper
84. The Book of Three by Lloyd Alexander
85. The Black Cauldron by Lloyd Alexander
86. The Castle of Llyr by Lloyd Alexander
87. Season Three of Shadow Unit, which I am putting at the end because for some reason I didn't list it in my reading list, but which I read in late spring or early summer.
malinaldarose: (hp weight world)
I am not looking forward to today. I haven't been so unenthused about my job (as I have been for the last few months) since I worked in PA. Gods above and below, I loathed PA. I'm worried that I'm going to end up back there, too.

I am tired this morning -- I know, as usual, right? -- and it feels like it's going to be a long week. I have the iron heating right now so I can press my slacks, then I suppose I'll go in early again. Have to get COLA done.

I shouldn't be this tired: I spent all day yesterday watching Harry Potter movies, first on DVD, then switching over to broadcast, so I could see the "never before seen in theatres" footage that ABC Family was supposedly airing. Other than a frame or two here and there, I never saw anything new and finally gave up after two hours and went to bed. Maybe that's why I'm tired? It was an hour later than I normally go to bed. Probably not, though. I think it's just because it's Monday.

I forgot all about the SyFy December miniseries. I haven't watched the last couple because while I thought The Triangle and Tin Man were very good, I did not at all like Alice, so I didn't watch the one that came after that. I'm curious to know whether this new one, a pre-Peter Pan Peter Pan story shows any promise.

I Give Up

Nov. 21st, 2011 08:24 pm
malinaldarose: (inigo_blood)
I've been sitting here for well over an hour struggling with my LJ Idol piece and it's just not working. The idea seemed so clever until I started to write. Three variations on the theme haven't worked out, so I guess it's time to abandon it and start over. Hey, I still have almost twenty-four hours....

It would help, of course, if Inigo and Vizzini would get out of my head.

In other news, I did finish the first layer of skim coating on Saturday (or whenever it was that I was working on it). As the mud dried, it tightened up and the bubbled-up wallpaper flattened out. I did not do a particularly neat job, though, and I am not looking forward to sanding it. Though I think the sanding will actually be easier than trying to scrape that wallpaper off.

Yesterday, I spent a huge chunk of the day watching both Deathly Hallows movies, then wandered around the house for a while trying to get my head out of Hogwarts. It's easier when I watch movies right before bed, because then I'm not trying to do anything else afterward, but in order to make sure that I had plenty of time to watch both movies, I started before lunch. (There's something totally decadent -- for me, anyway -- in watching a movie in the morning...when, as it turns out, I probably should've been working on my LJI entry.)

Today was a decent day at work, except that the phone kept ringing. Since the caseload change, I have come to loathe the phone even more than I ever did before, and the voice mail light makes me crazy. Still, despite the constant interruptions, I did actually manage to accomplish a few things. I had to -- unfortunately -- calculate a transfer penalty on one case, but I finished opening one that had been pending since June (so much for 90 days), and got another one opened (unfortunately, the client has since died, so I'll be closing it again as soon as it goes through). I know I keep saying it, but it is so much easier to work at the uptown office.

And...I just had a new idea occur to me for my Idol piece. I will have to think on it a bit.
malinaldarose: (hp wand)
I want to write a post, but really have nothing to say. I suppose I'm feeling a touch lonely, and just hoping someone will listen.

I'm thinking seriously of deactivating my FB account. I guess they can't be deleted? I'm not certain how that would affect the shire group that I set up, but perhaps I can set someone else as group mod (or owner, or whatever). Anyway, there aren't a whole lot of people there that I'm not already in contact with here that I would actually miss too much. My cousins, perhaps. It just seems that FB is the one place where I cannot control having people drawn to my attention that I do not want so drawn. Creating lists does not seem to help, as FB seems determined to help with the sabotage. Ergoipsofactoepluribusunum¹, quitting FB is a solution.

The other solution, of course, is to completely prune my friends, but then there'd be no point in having an account.

I finished reading the Harry Potter series² just in time for Deathly Hallows, Part 2 to drop on DVD. Of course, I ordered it from the DVD club, so I won't get it for another couple of weeks because unlike Amazon which ships so that it arrives on the release date, the club doesn't ship until the release date. Annoying, but there you have it. So I won't spend all day tomorrow watching Harry Potter movies. Well, I could, I suppose, because I'd probably only make it through three before I got bored and wandered off. I decided to go for something completely different and went back to Discworld. I had started Small Gods quite some time ago, but found myself unable to concentrate on it and eventually put it down in favor of something else. I have not quite reached the point where I put it down before. I have to say that I really love the country name Djelibeybi, but it's only because I'm a long-time Doctor Who fan. I wouldn't know what a jelly baby was, otherwise, though I suppose they're like Sour Patch Kids without the sour. Gummy Bears, maybe?

I suppose part of the reason I'm writing this pointless post is that I'm not quite certain what to do with my evening. I will likely watch a movie, but choosing one...well. I've been giving my "gentler" movies a miss for the last several months. No Jane Austen, no romantic comedies. I just haven't been in the mood for that sort of thing; no need to emphasize what I haven't got, eh? Instead, I've been watching action flicks, sci fi, what people tend to think of as "guy" movies. Yesterday, though, I watched Love Actually, which is my favorite this-time-of-year movie, but then, of course, I was depressed. So I watched X-Men: First Class in the evening. Tonight, I can't decide. I'm thinking maybe Fellowship of the Ring. Or maybe Thor or Iron Man. I do love me some comic book movies...which is kind of funny, since I'm not particularly partial to comics. I suppose if I watch FotR, I can cross stitch to it, since I don't need to look up nearly as often to follow along...though I would, of course, have to read the subtitles for the Elven dialogue....
¹ I cannot believe that Semagic's built-in spell check recognizes that as a word, but gives me a red squiggle for "FB." And I wish I could figure out how to turn the spell check off as it drives me bugshit. I am quite a competent speller, thank you very much; I've won prizes and everything.

² Hardly the first time, just in case anyone was wondering. It was the third time, I think, that I'd read Deathly Hallows, but I have no idea how many times I've read the rest of the series.
malinaldarose: (little witch)
Well, the rain started right around 6:15 a.m. I know this because although it was raining pretty hard when I took Sheila outside to chase the bunny around the yard do her thing about 6:25, parts of the patio were still dry. It is to be noted that I still need to find rocks enough to fill that hole under the Thorny Bastard to keep bunnies on their own side of the fence. I'm still considering going down under cover of darkness and fill a bucket from the mound of rocks at the construction site on the corner. Those rocks have been heaped up there for two summers now, and they're going to be growing grass next year. The base of the mound is already obscured by grass, mostly because no one has mowed the lot this summer.

Yesterday was sort of a waste; I spent the entire day on one case (well, until the suitcase arrived containing what would have been my morning work were I working at the other office this week) and I am still not finished with it. *sigh* [Rant about children and grandchildren spending Granny's money like water while she languishes -- with unpaid bills -- in the nursing home redacted.] And when I do finish with it, which I hope will be this morning, I have to go on to another huge case. It's no wonder that the previous workers were always behind and going over their 90-day processing limit. I've got a few cases that are older than 90 days already and I've been in the caseload, what, not quite 120 days? Mind you, I've also got cases that were easy and opened pretty much immediately....

Nothing of note was accomplished last night. I neither edited photographs from the other day nor installed corner bead. I didn't cook, I didn't slather mud on the wall, I didn't take Sheila walkies (because my feet were killing me; I'm never wearing those shoes again). I played several games of Mahjong and read Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban up to the beginning of Hagrid's first lesson as Care of Magical Creatures teacher. Oh. And I watched NCIS.

Oh! My Italian book arrived yesterday, so I need to start lessons. Have I mentioned that I'm going to Italy next summer?


Aug. 11th, 2011 09:44 pm
malinaldarose: (hp weight world)
There is a moment in Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part 2 that is so real and true that it astounds me. Read more... )
malinaldarose: (tardis_bright)
  • They're announcing that Elisabeth Sladen, who played Sarah Jane Smith on Doctor Who has died. She was only 63, which is -- at least in my family -- so young. I have not yet seen more than the first season of The Sarah Jane Adventures, and now they will be bittersweet. Sarah Jane wasn't my favorite companion, but she was close to the top.

  • It seems that "The Time of Angels" has replaced "The Talons of Weng-Chiang." Allow me to sum up: When I was young, every time I turned on PBS to watch Doctor Who, it seemed as if "The Talons of Weng-Chiang" -- an episode of which I am not fond -- was playing. Now it seems as if every time I turn on BBCA to watch Doctor Who, "The Time of Angels" is playing. Not true, of course, but it does happen rather a lot.

  • I watched two-thirds of Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Part 1 last night, and the whole time I was watching it, I was imagining the disgusted noises my mother will be making when she watches it. Because if you think I'm all about the sweetness and light in my entertainment, you should go to the movies with my mother. And even though she's read the books and knows how dark they get, well, seeing it onscreen is different.

  • Today was a day of Arg! And Grf! And also *facepalm* and *headdesk*.

  • It is raining. And cold. Why do I have the feeling that this year is going to give spring and summer a miss and go straight into fall?

  • My Twin seems really quite eager to help me paint my house. Interior, exterior, doesn't matter. She's up for it. She even said something about having finished painting in her own house, she was ready to help me tackle mine. Pity my parents aren't quite so eager....

  • I had a BLT for supper.

  • The Design Toscano catalog arrived today. If I had a bazillion dollars, I could furnish my house from that company. Of course, a houseful of Design Toscano furnishings would look ridiculous in my Cape Cod-style house, with my increasingly threadbare shag carpeting, but.... Pity I can't get on one of those home remodeling shows. Of course, they'd probably do something stupid like turn the place into a castle, when what I'd prefer would be more Victorian.

  • Alas, a lad.

  • A friend has recently gotten me hooked on Spider Solitaire. Ridiculous. But soothing. I suppose it's because I can impose order on chaos.

  • Right, time to get my Evening Things done if I want to have time to finish HP before NCIS starts.
malinaldarose: (hp wand)
  • Went out to dinner with [ profile] paladin333 last night. We had a far-ranging conversation, partly because we hardly ever seen one another anymore. He was miffed, I think, that I wouldn't let him buy me dinner -- and then I paid for his movie ticket. So he caught the ice cream, after. That seems fair.

  • P333, BFT, a couple of friends of hers and I all went to see Deathly Hallows, Part 1 last night. I prepared for this by watching the other films, but by deliberately not reading the books. And so there were some things I'd forgotten, like spoilers, obviously ) Other than that...I really need to go see it again. I mostly have an impression of intensity and overwhelming darkness.

  • The theater lobby was terribly crowded, but it turned out that all those people were actually waiting for Unstoppable, which was kind of weird. Of course, the HP people were already seated. We must have been seeing the secondary print, because we were in one of the dinky houses at the far end of the building rather than the far larger #1 or #2.

  • After the movie, BFT, P333, and I went out for ice cream. There was more far-ranging conversation. I was annoyed on behalf of the Friendly's staff at the college-age couple that came in at 11:30 and wanted a full dinner. Friendly's closes at midnight now, and they'd already shut down the grill and were cleaning it. Though, on the couple's behalf, I'm not sure that they should've shut down the grill that early, either.

  • The house was cold when I got home, as the furnace is programmed to shut down at 9:30, and it was nearly midnight. That may have contributed to my difficulty falling asleep, and I never really slept all night. I do not, however, foresee a nap in my future. Might just as well bull through the day.

  • I am debating whether I want to go walkies this morning. I really don't like walking as a form of exercise, but it's basically what I've got....
malinaldarose: (hp wand)
  • I would really, really like to take all of next week off (we already get Thursday and Friday) in order to Get Some Work Done around the house. I'd love to have it completely ready for paint. That'd be swell. But I also like to have a small cushion of vacation days, and if I did take three days off next week, I'd only have the four days I need for my vacation next month...though I would accrue another day and a half by the end of the year, plus I'd start getting longevity days again in January (which accrue at a rate of one full day per pay period, in addition to the half day we get normally.)

  • Friend P stopped by last night, and I pointed out a bit of the wall above my office door that I was pretty sure isn't going to end up covered with trim. He said that I would, indeed, have to tape and mud it (and take down the bit of trim above it). *sigh* It will never end.

  • BFT invited me to go to the last show of Harry Potter on Saturday. I'm debating it. I hate crowded theaters, but I really do want to see it, and really don't want to wait three weeks for the crowds to die down. Plus, they'll probably get two prints. (Well, they don't actually get prints anymore, I'm told, but DVDs. Weird, when you remember the days of putting movies together from reels -- or changing reels.)

  • Friend P told me that I will have to take the van to a garage to have the power steering leak looked at. The parts surrounding it are too delicate for him to do the work with a) the tools he has and b) the places we have where he could work, and he doesn't want to break something else. So I need to check out the garages in the area to see which give AAA discounts -- and are within walking distance of my house and my office. Or there'll be more days off.

  • Friend P also gave me a belated birthday gift: a gift card for Home Depot. Of this, I approve.

  • My 90-year-old grandfather has an aneurysm on his abdominal aorta, which requires surgery. He cannot get in to see the surgeon until 1 December. According to what my mother told me when she first told me that his aneurysm had recurred, he is not likely to survive surgery. I don't think Grampa would mind that. He is legally blind from macular degeneration, very hard of hearing, can't do most of the things that he used to (he frets, for instance, because he is simply not able to help me with any of the work on my house), and on his birthday a few weeks ago, said straight out that he was ready to go.

  • I am now officially over a month late in delivering that second Doctor Who fic for the [ profile] femme_fic ficathon. I am somewhat ashamed of myself, but I haven't been able to find the time to work on it.

  • Today is my brother's 41st birthday.

  • Kethri, in case anyone has been wondering, adores Pill Pockets. I have had no trouble whatsoever getting her antibiotics down her.

  • I finished Legacies by Mercedes Lackey and Rosemary Edghill last night. It's the first in a new series that sort of ties into Lackey's Elemental Mages books, or at least, looks like it might. It's from Tor, though, and the Elemental Mages are from DAW, so it might just be a completely separate world. I don't know how that sort of thing works. Anyway, it was amusing; the authors acknowledged that they were on Harry Potterish territory with orphans attending an academy for magicians. The pop culture references may date it pretty quickly -- or perhaps not, because, after all, it's been quite a long time since Luke had to acknowledge his des(ssssssss)tiny, and several references to Jedi Knights appear. I am quite interested to see where they go with the next one. So that was book 61 for the year and my next one will be Medicine Road by Charles de Lint.

  • And I really need to get ready for work.
malinaldarose: (hp weight world)
I'm tired this morning...and a little depressed. I so did not want to a) get out of bed, b) go walkies, or c) get dressed and come to work. But a) I couldn't stay there all day because I'd get a headache, b) I need to lose weight, because I'm up twenty pounds since this time last year, and c) well, the dogs and cats need to be kept in kibble. Walkies was actually not unpleasant this morning. Cruiser was well-behaved; he didn't pull at the leash (of course, there were no rabbits or cats this morning) and I only had to speak sharply to him about checking his pee-mail twice -- apparently, those were quite long missives.

Now if I could just figure out how to take Sheila walkies, too, everybody'd be happy. I suppose I could just run her around the block (the neighborhood block, not the mile-long one) after work, but there's that pesky little problem of Cruiser stealing and destroying papers, which he would certainly do if I took Sheila and not him. Sheila is far better-behaved on that score than Cruiser.

It's a very grey day out there; we're forecast for rain all day, and I'm somewhat surprised that it wasn't raining when I got up. To make matters worse, the temperature's only supposed to be in the mid-40s. I may have to light the furnace tonight. Or bake. I do have to make dozens and dozens and dozens of cookies for the Crown sideboard, which is going to be available all day long. (I should probably get a larger Thermos, too, to hold hot chocolate.)

I am now up-to-date on my Harry Potter movies and ready for Deathly Hallows, Part I next month. I watched both Order of the Phoenix and Half-Blood Prince yesterday. It occurred to me to wonder if the twins who play Fred and George always play the same character, or, if like those incorrigible jokers, they switch off -- even between takes. How would anyone know? Since most of their dialogue is in unison, anyway.... Also? Rupert Grint was a really cute eleven-year-old, but he grew up to be kind of odd-looking. Of course, the bad hair doesn't help.

I've had a bit of inspiration regarding the house that comes from watching the HP movies. There's a Gothic window mirror that I think I'm going to buy for the living and/or dining room in one or another of the catalogs that I usually get. Possibly Design Toscano. Now, the doorway between the kitchen and the dining room isn't a properly squared off door. It's a low arch that I'm really sort of surprised HTWIWM didn't bang his head on. Anyway, in the first scene in which Harry tries to get Slughorn's memory regarding Tom Riddle's inquiry about the horcruxes, they're in the potions classroom, and there's a ribbon of calligraphy around the door and in the groins of the buttresses (if those are the proper architectural terms). It occurred to me that something like that, paired with the mirror, might look nice around the doorway into the kitchen.

Of course, it means that I'll have to find a) a saying I like (probably in Latin...though the thought occurred to me that something from Tolkien would also serve), and b) practice my calligraphy really hard. Or find or make some stencils in an appropriate alphabet.

Or ask one of my scribe friends to come help out.
malinaldarose: (hp wand)
I stole¹ a couple of hours from work this morning in order to spend a bit of time with He To Whom I Am Married, since tomorrow is Zoom Day and he may be too busy getting ready later. There is some question as to whether or not they'll actually be ready to leave tomorrow. I am still going to take the day off, though; I have things I can be doing around the house.

I finished Stardust last night. It's really quite a charming little story, and I think I might actually attempt to see the movie in the theater, instead of waiting for it to come out on DVD. There are a couple of movies I'm going to attempt to see while HTWIAM is gone -- I want to see Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix again, and I would like to see Transformers, as I was always a big fan of the cartoon when I was in high school.

Speaking of which, Sir Mikey and I were discussing a possible G. I. Joe movie and he was reeling off the names of characters he'd like to see. I would only insist on Flint and Lady Jaye; I always liked them better than Duke and Scarlet. And, of course, the Baroness, who should be played by Catherine Zeta-Jones.

Last night's movie was Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. I figured what the heck, since I'd watched PoA the evening before and do plan to try to catch OotP tomorrow. Plus, I wanted to do some more cross stitch and I prefer to do that with movies I've seen before, since I don't have to pay close attention to the screen. HTWIAM joined me along about the second task, which was nice. He actually hadn't seen the movie before and expressed his hope that before the end of the series, Harry would get a kiss from Hermione. Actually, he was quite a bit cruder about it, but, well, we don't need to speak that way, do we. He also laughed at Fred and George who had some good lines in this movie.

One of my goals for this month, aside from losing twenty pounds (hey, might as well reach for the stars, right? I'll be thrilled if I manage five pounds), is to get a NaNoWriMo-style draft of my vampire story. I think I might even have a Real Plot (tm), but we'll see.
¹ Actually, there was no stealing involved; I used some of my accrued personal leave.
malinaldarose: (witch_mcgonagal)
Word has leaked out at the office that I finished Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows on Sunday and am in the midst of rereading it. Apparently, I am now the office Potter Authority, as two different people who have never read any of the books have now come up to me and asked whether or not Harry dies.

I am vastly amused. Vastly, I say.
malinaldarose: (hp weight world)
My predictions for Harry Potter & the Deathly Hallows are based not so much on logic and deduction as on emotion. These are the things I want to happen and fear will happen.

Now edited to add whether I guessed correctly or not. Spoilers for Sure )


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