June 30, 2003
Fun HP quiz
You excel at Defense Against the Dark Arts. Which
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Which Class at Hogwarts Would You Excel at?
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DONE! (Well mostly.)
Today my aunt and I brought over the last of the crap from my old apartment. I turned in my keys and turned my back on the place. Did everything but shake the dirt off my feet. It's funny. It's not that it was a horrible place to live. On the contrary, I loved that apartment to pieces. I got a big part of my self-worth back there. For the first year it was absolutely marvelous. It was only the past four to six months that I hated it, but that had very little to do with the apartment itself and everything to do with my state of mind.
Besides, this place just blows that one out of the water. ;)
Once I get the last of these boxes unpacked and get everything arranged and settled and pictures hung on the walls and such, I'll have to dig out my digital camera and take pictures for you poor souls who are too far away to come see. Between me and Mom, we've done some pretty nifty decorating things. I mean, we can't paint or anything, but we've done what we can. This place is very very feminine though. Which is just fine by me. :)
Now I'm gonna go have lunch and collapse for a little bit.
June 29, 2003
Well, I finished Order of the Phoenix this morning at about 8 am. I didn't quite manage to read it all in one sitting, because about midnight last night my brain gave out and I fell asleep. Woke up at six, and wrapped up the last two hundred pages. Promptly went back to sleep and started writing book six in my dreams. It was interesting.
Y'all who've read it already, we gotta talk. I'm about to bust. ;)
June 27, 2003
From: The Box Office Oracle
The Foreign Prince (PG-13)
(Fantasy/Period Drama/Musical/Hostile Alien)
Starring Alan Cumming and Nicole Kidman
Also Featuring John Goodman, Rupert Everett, Maggie Smith, and Kate Beckinsale
Directed by Peter Jackson
Screenplay by M. Night Shyamalan and Joss Whedon
Projected Budget Range: $70-79 Million
Planned Release Date: May
Projected Box Office Receipts:
$15.32 million (Opening Weekend)
$90.99 million (Total Domestic Gross)
Chance of getting Oscar Nomination: 14%
Chance of winning at least one Oscar: 1%
Critic Most Likely to Praise: Jay Carr, Boston Globe
Critic Most Likely to Skewer: Chris Gore, Film Threat
God help me, I think I got a story idea out of this. Something's wrong with the crown prince! Could he be... an alien?! ;)
So here I was, all excited about taping "Once More, With Feeling", right? The fuckers on FX cut huge chunks out of it. So far I've noticed that they cut a whole verse from "Rest in Peace"--my favorite verse too, damn it--and Dawn's dance sequence. Feh. Of course, someone just pointed out to me that the original airing was 80 minutes long with commercials, so... that explains it. Feh again!
Gaming tonight. Looking forward to it, of course. 7th Sea has been way too much fun so far. In other news, I seem to not be getting a whole lot done today. I should consider remedying that.
And also, lunch would be a good idea.
June 26, 2003
One more thing, since people have asked for it, my Amazon wish list. No, that's not a hint, I swear. A couple of people have asked what I want for my birthday. There's your answer. ;)
FX is showing "Once More, With Feeling" tonight at 6 and tomorrow at 7am, for those of you who want to tape it and haven't yet. :)
*runs off to find a blank tape*
June 25, 2003
Yeah, I'm far too easily amused right now...
Paige says "It's sort of like I'm holy. ;) My desk is really the only thing getting light. The rest of the room is sort of dim/only lighted by the overheads."
Paige is a Web Programer of Heaven!
Cinderella grins. "www.heaven.org."
You say "Or I guess, with organized religion the way it is, would that be www.heaven.com?"
Paige says "email@example.com -- your one stop shop for miracles!"
You say "To contact the CEO: firstname.lastname@example.org."
Paige hehs, "We're going to hell."
You say "Well, yeah."
And also? The aching limb thing can stop, any time now. It's hard to get up the motivation to unpack when your feet and arms and legs feel like they're about to fall off. :P
June 24, 2003
Another short vignette
I know I keep posting short little things here all over the place. I'm too scattered to really put down all my thoughts about life right now.
I set up most of my geeky technology today, like my DVD player and VCR and stereo, and then spent most of the day listening to music and bopping around the house.
Tonight, I went to say good night to my mom and she mentioned offhand, "I heard you singing in your room tonight and it made me feel good. When was the last time you felt like singing?"
"Oh, I sang at the old apartment sometimes," I said, but she had a point. Not two weeks ago I'd mentioned to
I spent most of the day singing at the top of my lungs, and it was pure heaven. (Of course, the neighbors may have a differing opinion.)
This is, honestly, one of
This is, honestly, one of the best days I've had in literally months. It's not that I'm doing anything special or that anything spectacular has happened, I just feel good. The soreness from moving stuff is subsiding gradually, I feel rested, I just had a tasty lunch, and now I'm settling in for an afternoon of chatting and leisurely unpacking. Life is very good right now.
I feel content. Really hardcore, bone-deep contentment. I'm starting to feel like a human being again. This can only be a good thing.
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June 22, 2003
I have an internet connection. I have furniture in my new apartment. My mother and I are now officially roommates.
I'm heading off to either fall over or unpack, whichever happens first. SO VERY TIRED.
June 20, 2003
I'm kinda rooting for Doyle myself, but...
Through Frost's icy exterior I see my future king.
I'm fascinated by his tinsel-colored hair and
sweet kisses. But he thinks with his heart,
not with his head. Frost is my King.
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Stolen from my Willow-tree,
Moving sucks mightily. And it
Moving sucks mightily. And it makes me grumpy. So apologies to those with whom I was out of sorts last night (y'all know who you are, less public apologies are on their way).
Two more days. Two more days. I keep telling myself that.
Yeah yeah, I know I said I wouldn't be around today. I fled the house and came to Dawn and Jason's. I have so much to do still, but I came to a realization today. For the first time in many moves, I don't HAVE to be out by Sunday. If it comes down to it, I can make the movers take all the heavy stuff and the furniture, and leave the little stuff and the cleaning until next week. I've got until the end of the month to get out. So, I'm determined to not stress nearly as much. I don't have to have it ALL done by Sunday. Just the big stuff. I can do that. I know I can.
June 19, 2003
I suppose it's not so inaccurate as all that... but... sporting great?
I just realized that I'll be 31 years old in 18 days. Grar.
Everything I have hurts. Parts that I didn't know I have, hurt.
Did I mention I hate moving?
Less than 72 hours to go. THANK GOD.
June 18, 2003
T-minus three days and counting...
Well, we signed the lease today. HOORAY! I think my mom's moving in essentially tonight. Of course, all she's going to have is a bed, a chair and a TV, but I'm gathering that things are a little awkward and weird at my stepfather's house. Understandably so. I guess they're both going to talk to a lawyer tomorrow.
Tomorrow is my frantic cleaning day. Friday my aunt Vera is coming over to help me pack. Saturday Julie is going to help me round up the last packing bits and start moving some boxes. The movers are coming at 8am on Sunday morning. At some point in there, the apartment complex thinks they're coming in to change my smoke alarm battery and stuff. Going to see if they'll wait until Monday, when I'll be gone. That hassle I don't need. The cats are gonna be stressed enough as it is, as am I. Because they don't just come in and do stuff and leave. They come in and poke around. Bleh. Hopefully I can avoid that.
I just want the next couple days to be OVER. I want to be in the new place and get settled. I'm so done with all of this moving stress, I swear.
You'd think, as often as I've moved over the past several years, I'd be all about moving and have it down to a science. You'd think wrong. Hate it. Hate it hate it hate it.
June 17, 2003
Grar. Just... grar.
I'm incredibly irritable all of a sudden. Part of it is not getting to talk to two people I'd been looking forward to talking to all day. Part of it is just being sick and tired of feeling isolated in my apartment. Having no phone aside from my cell and having no net connection seriously bites my ass. I was so used to having the option of hopping online whenever things got too lonely and at least finding a chatter of voices, even if I wasn't actually talking to anybody. I had the option of babbling here pretty much at will.
So... yeah. I'm lonely, I guess. You'd think I'd be able to lose myself in, oh, the ten thousand things I have to do before I move, but no. It's not working out that way. Fortunately, some family members are probably coming by later this week to help me out, that will help on both fronts, the loneliness and the moving.
So very ready to not live alone anymore. Somebody remind me of this the first time Mom and I get into a fight, will you?
Public update, for those who care...
I'm moving on Sunday. Yes, Sunday. I've known the move was coming for about a week, but just found out the moving day today. I have a crapload of work waiting for me at home, but I couldn't stand being alone for another second, so came here to the computer lab.
It's a very long story, but the short version is this: my mom and I are moving in together. It's a very good thing overall, but the next couple months are going to be full of lots of change and adjustment--all for the better, I think.
That's it for now. Expect the usual public chattiness after I move. :)
June 16, 2003
Choose three books from your personal library that as a set of three would allow most of your friends to guess with reasonable certainty that they came from your house, and explain why if necessary. The aim is to pick books if possible such that any two of the three don't necessarily uniquely define you.
Any of Stephen King's Dark Tower books
The Complete Works of William Shakespeare
The Complete Idiot's Guide to Philosophy
Then choose three more that people would be surprised to find on your shelves (Terminal damage to your street cred is optional).
Any of the Harlequin romances hidden away on the bottom of my bookshelves.
Some really bad fannish biography of Brad Pitt I once got as a gag gift, unless I've already thrown it away.
Erm... a copy of the Book of Mormon, with passages underlined and everything!
Since I actually got a response last time, I'm posting some readings again. I'm a little puzzled. The deck I use most often is the Old English Tarot. It's a nice, friendly little deck. I have several different decks, and they all seem to have very different personalities in their readings (my unicorn deck, for example, is almost violently pointed and straightforward--appropriate, I know). The OE deck is pretty gentle, in comparison. I think it gave me an interesting kick in the ass this morning though.
I did two readings. For the first one I was concentrating mostly on the upcoming move. For the second, my career/job situation. The little booklet that came with the deck uses some quite different interpretations for the Celtic cross positions than other books and booklets I've seen, so I'm a little at sea on how to read some of this. (Anyone have recommendations for a really GOOD book about reading Tarot?)
Anyway, I wrote the readings down, and thought I'd post them here for any insight anybody's got. I followed the positioning set in the booklet, although I originally learned to do a Celtic cross differently.
I always use either the Queen of Wands (Batons, in the OE deck) or the Queen of Cups to represent me as the significator, depending on the deck and my mood. For the OE deck, I always use the Queen of Batons. Normally I do the first card, crossing card, then start at the bottom and move clockwise, then go up the side. The OE booklet says to start at the top and move clockwise, then go up the side. The booklet also gives some different interpretations on what each position means as well, but I don't have it here with me to detail. So, for the two readings, I'm numbering the cards the way the OE booklet does, with 3 being the top of the cross, going clockwise around to 6 on the left hand side, and so on.
1 - Three of Coins
2 - The Magician
3 - Five of Cups, reversed
4 - Two of Swords
5 - Four of Coins, reversed
6 - Four of Cups, reversed
7 - Six of Coins, reversed
8 - The Sun
9 - The World, reversed
10 - Ten of Cups, reversed
1 - Seven of Coins, reversed
2 - The Magician (AGAIN!)
3 - Six of Cups, reversed
4 - Queen of Swords
5 - Knight of Cups
6 - The Chariot, reversed
7 - Knave of Coins
8 - Two of Coins
9 - Nine of Coins
10 - Judgment, reversed
It's not lost on me that the Magician turned up as the crossing card both times. That feels very much to me like the deck saying, "Yeah, hello. Free will? Take that into consideration here." For the rest... I have my own ideas, but I'd be interested to see what other people have to say. Lots of Major Arcana again (for me, at least), and lots of coins and cups, but the latter is nothing new. I always get readings with lots of cups.
So, any insights? Book recommendations?
To quote a friend of mine, "Bloody hell..."
"...that's short notice!"
I talked to my mom this afternoon. We got the apartment. We can start moving in as of this Wednesday. That's right. The day after tomorrow. Clearly, I am NOT moving that soon. There's no way in hell. My mom, however, may be moving in that soon, with only a bed and a TV and the kitchen appliances. She says things with my stepfather aren't bad, just awkward as hell. I can understand that. Hell, I spent a night or two sleeping on an empty floor in an empty house when I was moving away from Hollingsworth, at least she'll have a bed.
So, it looks like I'll be moving as soon as I can find some way to get all my stuff to the apartment, i.e., whenever we can find movers. We decided to hire some movers, it's easier overall. So, I should be packing, but here I am at the library, because I couldn't take another minute in the chaos that is my old apartment.
I watched Branagh's Much Ado About Nothing while I was cleaning this afternoon. There aren't words for how much I adore that movie. It makes me insanely happy, every time I see it. I can (and do) recite whole passages from it along with the movie. I want to LIVE in that movie. Everyone and everything is either beautiful or at least funny; even the pain is dramatic, lovely, and short-lived.
I also, to the very bottom of my geekish little heart, want to play Beatrice and Benedick as sidhe somewhere. It could be perfect! (I'd stick 'em in my Changeling campaign, but there seems to be a lack of a need for light-hearted romance in it at the moment...)
That's life in a nutshell for now, stressed and a little frantic. I guess I'll dive back into work tonight when I get home, or tomorrow.
June 10, 2003
Well gang, my net connection did get cut on me yesterday, so I'm limited to the time I can spend at EMU's library or elsewhere. Checking my email when I can. My cell phone is good for now, those that have the number are welcome to call, but it'd be easier if you called after 9pm.
I'll be in touch when I can.
June 09, 2003
Okay, I'll take it back
Okay, I'll take it back about Hairspray. The movie's on Comedy Central this morning, and I'd forgotten how good it is. Also not so cranky as last night. Tired, but not as cranky.
Off to try and be productive.
June 08, 2003
Fucking CRANKY right now. I
Fucking CRANKY right now. I dunno where it came from. A bunch of little things, I guess. Building up. Some not so little things--like the fact that come tomorrow I may not have internet access unless I can scrounge up $150 between now and then.
Throw everything together and I'm feeling like spitting and snarling at everything.
So I see that the Tony Awards are on and go 'Hey, cool! That'll cheer me right up!' What the FUCK has happened to Broadway? Someone did a musical based on Billy Joel shows? What the hell? And Hairspray? So all Broadway does nowadays is remake movies and base dance shows off of 70s artists? GRAR.
Well, at least Hugh Jackman is hosting. With long hair. Maybe I can take some solace from that.
June 07, 2003
I have a new favorite
I have a new favorite song. I'm listening to it right now. Oh my god, SO funny. It's a formulaic breakdown of every single boy band song ever. The chorus goes like this: "Title of the song, naive expression of love. Reluctance to accept that you are gone. Request to turn back time, and rectify my wrongs. Repetition of... the title of the song."
In other news, Dawn and Jason's son Justin says my name now. When I got there today he peeked at me from his slide in the backyard and said, "Hi Illy!" Now, of course, my name isn't Illy, but that's how he says Lisa. made my day--and it was a damned good day.
June 05, 2003
Questions, questions from
1. Did you always have an affinity for seals, or did it really only come to the fore when you played a selkie?
Heh. Here's where I tell my favorite gaming story, How I Started Playing Jake. I was playing on The Dreaming back in 1998, when a friend from there talked me into playing on Emerald Dreams. This was in April or so. I created Rowan, then a mortal. But said friend, who was a baron on Emerald, was throwing a fae-only party, and the only way I could go was to create a fae. So, I picked the name Jake at random, then spent a couple of weeks waffling over whether the character would be male or female, and which kith he or she would be.
At the time, ED was one of the few Changeling MUSHes that allowed for kiths beyond the standard 9 in the main book. Hm. Selkie. Sounds interesting. Girl with a guy's name. Also interesting. Why not? So with minimal thought, I threw together a background for Joanna, nicknamed Jake by her father, and voila, fae character! To say that she grew as a character is an understatement, largely because of the combined machinations of
2. If you could go back in time and do one thing over again, what would it be?
Hm. Tough question. I'm not usually one to look back and want to change something, figuring that everything that happens is a part of who I am. But--right now, I think I would relive this year, and catch things before they got so bad, try to fix them sooner.
3. What music did you listen to a lot when you were little?
Heh. Well, depends on what you mean by 'little'. Before the age of 11 or so, I listened to a lot of country, cause that's what my parents listened to. I can remember being completely enamored of the Grease soundtrack when I was five or so. I also had a bunch of nursery rhymes on little 45 rpm records. And a record player with a microphone. So I'd stand on my toybox and give concerts to my toys. I also had an unexplainable fondness for Kenny Rogers when I was seven or eight.
4. What's your favourite Sesame Street character?
When I watched it? Probably Ernie, or Grover. Now... I hate to admit it, but Elmo is just so damned cute.
5. Do you believe in the supernatural? Why or why not?
Yeah, I do. Kinda. I think a lot of it has to do with my upbringing, I was taught early on to believe in things that I couldn't see or prove or touch. Since then, I've had a few too many experiences that I can't just chalk up to coincidence or my imagination. There's more to the world than what we see.
Wanna be interviewed? Comment below. Also, for the roleplaying geeks, since this meme amuses me as well, wanna interview one of my characters? Drop a note below for that as well, character and questions. :) (Edited to add, as far as the character thing goes, present or past characters are fair game. ;))
June 03, 2003
Ask me anything, part 2
Y'all are slacking. Only one new question for the ask me anything poll.
From Mer: So... what's the new ending for The Host?
Wow. There's something I haven't thought about in a long time. The Host, for the uninitated, is my first novel. Mer is one of the handful of people who've read the first draft. Or actually, that might be Draft 1.5. (If you want a detailed look at the first draft writing process, including excerpts, go here.) The basic premise behind the novel is, "What if faerie abductions from folklore and UFO abductions from modern day urban legend were conducted by the same entities?" The original ending left a lot to be desired. I stopped rewriting last summer, because I was a little burnt out on the whole thing. I may need to revisit it. So, Mer, to answer your question, I dunno. But now you've got me started thinking about it again, which I'm sure was all part of your nefarious plan!
June 02, 2003
Have you ever heard a song so achingly sad that it actually made you happy? Does that make sense to anybody but me? Of course, it helps that the song in question is also sexy as hell. And I can't stop listening to it. Oy.
And in other news, Lisa's trying to break her old record for LJ posts in one day, apparently. Go ask me questions, already!
My brain--be afraid
Not sure how accurate I think this is:
Your Brain Usage Profile
Auditory : 53%
Visual : 46%
Left : 55%
Right : 44%
Lisa, you are mildly left-hemisphere dominant while showing a slight preference for auditory processing. This overall combination seems to indicate a well-working blend of logic and judgment and organization, with sufficient intuition, perception and creativity to balance that dominance.
You will at times experience conflict between how you feel and what you think which will generally be resolved in favor of what you think. You will find yourself interested in the practical applications of whatever material you have learned or whatever situation you face and will retain the ability to refine whatever knowledge you possess or aspects of whatever position you are in.
By and large, you will orient yourself toward intellectual activities and structure. Though not rigid, you will schedule yourself, plan, and focus on routine and continuity of operations, rather than on changes and disruptions
When changes or disruptions occur, you are likely to consider first how to ensure that such disruptions do The same balance is reflected in your sensory preference. You will tend to be reflective and measured in your interaction style. For the most part, you will be considered objective without being cold and goal-oriented while retaining the capacity to listen to others.
Preferentially you learn by listening and maintaining significant internal dialogues with yourself. Nevertheless, you have sufficient visualization capabilities to benefit from using graphs, charts, doodles, or even body movement to enhance your comprehension and memory.
To the extent that you are even implicitly aware of your hemispheric dominance and sensory style, you will feel most comfortable in those arenas which emphasize verbal skills and logic. Teaching, law, and science are those that stand out among the professions, along with technical sales and management.
Ask me anything, part 1
The first set of questions are in, whee! You wanna ask me anything, go here.
Heh. If you wanna hang out with psycho-girl me... why not? ;) Once I'm out and about again, of course.
Roast beast, most likely. I tend to avoid any food-type-thing that has the word 'slime' in it.
It depends. If I'm looking to have something at least remotely healthy, then probably Clusters or Raisin Nut Bran. For flat-out sugar high potential though, gotta be either Corn Pops or any variety of Cap'n Crunch, although peanut butter is my favorite.
C'mon y'all. Give me LJ fodder. Ask me questions! Even serious ones. I promise, even if it's too personal for public consumption, I'll respond to you privately if necessary.
Whoa. So.. last night? I got suddenly, profoundly sleepy at right about 1:30 am or so. I was asleep by 2. Me! Asleep by 2! True to form, I seem to only be able to sleep in five hour bursts or so, but it's something. I'm thinking that maybe I might manage some productivity today. Isn't that an amazing thing?
It's almost disorienting to be awake and relatively alert at a normal hour again.