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Quote of the day: There is no such thing as just a job. Anything that takes up your time takes up your life. What if you never do anything that you think is important? Sometimes I wonder if you're a musician who works in a cereal bar, or just a cereal guy who makes a little music. --Flakes

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The "Bracing for the Zombie Apocalypse" department:

Parasite zombifies honeybees. This may be the cause of the colony collapse that has been happening for a while.
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Happy birthday to Charles Addams. Check the http://www.google.com tribute.
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Today in Misogyny:

Brazil requires women to register pregnancy. Ostensibly, this is to help with maternal mortality rates. Most suspect it will be used by the Church to prosecute miscarriages as induced abortions (illegal in Brazil)
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Out and about:

TSA moves to ground transportation...Doom.
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This is why we can't have nice things:

Why lasers don't work as ray guns. I do love The Straight Dope.

Brands that may disappear in 2012. Some old ones, some speciality ones. Kodak, Sears and Saab.

MIT offers free online education. Non accredited.
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Politics, politics politics

Busy week. Michelle Bachmann dropped out of the race, sparking a temper tantrum when marcus learned he would not be First Lady. Rick Perry went home to Texas, rethought his life and came to the wrong conclusion. He shoulda bought the deathsticks. it'll be less painful in the long run.  Santorum said something anti-gay/anti-woman/anti-sex. Just google it. Newt and Romney said racist crap. These are not news.

As we know, Newt is an amatuer historian. However, he doesn't let the facts get in the way of doctrine when he says the founding fathers would have been anti-marijuana. “I think Jefferson or George Washington would have rather strongly discouraged you from growing marijuana and their techniques with dealing with it would have been rather more violent than our current government,” he responded.  Except for the part where BOTH OF THEM GREW IT!
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Crime and Punishment:

The FBI redefined rape. This is good. The new definition, which includes men, is "“The penetration, no matter how slight, of the vagina or anus with any body part or object, or oral penetration by a sex organ of another person, without the consent of the victim.”
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Kitchen Witchery

Jedi and sith burgers now available. In Belgium.  Oh belgium!

Tonight's dinner:
Ham & Swiss casserole

  • 2 1/2 cups uncooked egg noodles
  • 1 (10.75 ounce) can condensed cream of mushroom soup
  • 1/2 cup white wine
  • 1/4 cup water
  • 2 cups chopped cooked ham
  • 1/2 cup shredded Swiss cheese
  • 1 cup seasoned stuffing mix (coarse-crumb style)
Preheat an oven to 375 degrees F (190 degrees C). Lightly grease a 9x13 inch baking dish.
  1. Fill a large pot with lightly salted water and bring to a rolling boil over high heat. Once the water is boiling, stir in the egg noodles, and return to a boil. Cook the pasta uncovered, stirring occasionally, until the pasta has cooked through, but is still firm to the bite, about 5 minutes. Drain well in a colander set in the sink.
  2. Combine the cream of mushroom soup, white wine, and water in a large bowl. Stir in the cooked egg noodles, ham, and Swiss cheese. Pour the mixture into the prepared baking dish. Sprinkle the dry stuffing mix over the dish. Bake uncovered until the casserole is bubbling and browned, about 30 minutes.
 

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Pride Corner

Washington State introduced legislatuion to legalize same sex marriage.   "I have always been uncomfortable with the position that I have taken publicly. And then I came to realize the religions can decide what they want to do, but it is not OK for the state to discriminate." says Governor Chris Gregoire
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Stupid movies recast as Oscar Bait. I like William and Theodore's Adventure of a LIfetime myself. Also the recaas Jay and Silent Bob Strike Back.
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Health!

Tis the seasoin, but if your child has these symptoms. it's time to see the dr.
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Youtubery:

I love the sound of this song

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Am home.

Am dead,

CD player=non-jogproof POS

Made it

Jul. 2nd, 2005 10:32 am
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The trip wasn't too bad. We got tangled in the jams of a couple of accidents, but nothing we couldn't detour around on a frontage road.

And Dad has a rebuilt computer so he doesn't accept cookies.
I now have a Mid-Continent Public Library card and 40 more minutes of computer time.

Obi has found himself a book on knights and is reading in a beanbag under the "Dragons, Dreams and Daring Deeds" bulletin board.


Logan is home from the hospital and doing all right. Poor kid.

Jen's coming over this afternoon. My sister, the pimp. The kind of auntie that gives her fannish neice Draco Malfoy babydoll t-shirts.


If you want to get me, drop me e-mail. I'll give you my cell.
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Y'all will have to muddle through without me for a few days.

[livejournal.com profile] ornery_chick, I'm gonna be in your neck of the woods. E-mail me for my cell # and maybe we can get together.

I have to check the kidlets' packing, do my own and then clean out the van tomorrow.
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Still talking about Media West a bit.
It was that sort of day getting out of town.

The car dealership lost my car keys. (they found 'em)

When I went to take a nap, Thomas decided to be affectionate and nap on my head.

We were on our way out of town when I remembered I'd forgotten the BK coupons (I ended up giving them away en route)


But, as I pulled into a rest area at about 10 PM, somewhere in the Missouri Bootheel, I had a stroke of luck. There he sat, on a bench, alone and forgotten. But Angel? Angel will never learn. We picked up the four inch hitchhiker and made him our mascot. And he added to the ambience of our room. Let that be a lesson about picking up strange Corellians in dark rest areas...


We got off at the wrong Lansing exit. My sense of direction failed. I was staring at the road, the map and the sun going "This can't be right. Why is the sun rising in the west?" Bunny, adamant that I could NOT navigate with the Force, took the map away and said, "Get back on the highway, Mom. We need exit 104 not 92." Little twitch had slept all night.
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So.
Skip=400 folks? In one fraggin' day?
That's just silly.


I had about 7 hours of sleep and a nice shower. Food is yet to come.
Dollface came in and cuddled with me for a while. She tried to get me up at 7 and i said "Mama needs sleep." So she snuggled in for a nap. They got me up about 11:30.

High points of the weekend: Walking into a Forces of Empire ambush as I came out of a stairwell and getting told "shhh, don't blow it--ANGEL!" ::hugs:: (Missing [livejournal.com profile] mikasteelell already)

Cottage Inn Pizza with [livejournal.com profile] jkb. They are so GOOD.

Charlie Kang's with [livejournal.com profile] ireneheron and her evil twin Sue (an LJ username would be nice). Sue is very cool, and it did Irene and me good just to chat and eat.

Running into [livejournal.com profile] sithdragn on the stairs.

And of course [livejournal.com profile] kwaldo12, Ginger, [livejournal.com profile] sian1359 and others. MIssed seeing [livejournal.com profile] deannie and [livejournal.com profile] cmshaw. Pity

We got out about 4:30 and got home about 4 AM. Long, long drive. Listening to SW radio plays out of order on a messed up disc is interesting. One minute they're on the sail barge, the next Leia's informing her father that Alderaan needs to take an active role in fighting the empire. By 3 AM I didn't care. Music was putting me to sleep even as i sang along.

Full Throttle is foul. It's a weird fruity taste and really nasty. It was just supposed to keep me awake.
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And should have been shipped in a crate....


Next year, we MAIL ourselves home from MWC.

We're home. I'm going to bed. There is nothing short of nuclear armageddon that should require my attention before noon. And in the event of nuclear armageddon, there's nothing I can do anyway, so let me sleep.

Oh my

May. 26th, 2005 12:13 pm
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Oil changed
shortbread baked
daughter convinced to wear Hogwarts uniform
fridge cleaned out
serving pieces found
clothing packed

Off to take nap before cleaning out car and getting kids.
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Terra's done
The CDs are burnt.
2 loads of laundry are dried.
And a Spock/McCoy pic is ready for the door.


The post office opened my mail again. Gee, you know, a thank you note/soicitation from a local charity is SUUUUCH a threat.

Reading some old zines as I was assembling them to go.
From Circle of Light 3:
(Luke has been captured by bounty hunters, and is getting info from his cell-mate)

"How many are there?" Luke asked

"Only two," said Sijmohn, sitting back down next to Luke. "the one with the dark hair, watch for him. He is bent."

Luke was puzzled. "Bent?"

"One who is as a woman," said Sijmohn, smiling faintly. "He'd find you pretty."

Luke swallowed.


OK, so we have homophobia and sexism in one paragraph... I thought this was at a time when gayness was verbotan in SW fanfic. I guess it was OK if you portrayed it as "bent" and the province of rapists.

Cranky now.

Wednesday

May. 25th, 2005 04:28 pm
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So, Bunny is baking Potter's Pepper Glasses and her Terra shorts fit pefectly. Go MOM!

Tonight:
the GLBT community center picnic (in 1.5 hrs) for volunteers
once home, start laundry
sew turtleneck
bake shortbread
burn CDs for listening
find and hem Kita skirt

Tomorrow:
get oil changed
Drop Warlord's DVD at post office
clean out car
pack suitcases
Box fanzines
assemble artwork
Round up nonperishable food
Make sure I have ears, spirit gum and make-up
NAP!
After school, take Bunny to Payless for boots
load car
have dinner
load perishables into cooler
Go
Caffinate!

Home

May. 27th, 2003 10:54 pm
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Home alive.

Stupid LJ ate con report.
Will repost tomorrow.

Bed now.
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I'll be back on Wed, squeeing about the con, cooing over my new zines. (gods, I love Trib Copies. It's like being the Copier Goddess and getting tribute.)

I'm off to Media West. My first vacation alone in 6 years.
My first con in 5.5 years. My first non-dealer con in 17 years!


Conquering Laundry Mountain slowly but surely. Found and Febreezed my horns. Hat is prepped, vest is packed.

Must fold clothes and pair socks. 30 pairs of socks. May i swear?

Watched the final Buffy. Perfect. Just perfect. "now I'm a wounded dwarf with all the mystical power of a limp doiley." Lovely Xandrew at the end. Spuffy squeeage. B/A squeeage. Slayer-foo. Goddess!Willow. (meesa Liiiiiiiike!)

Everyone was on. Everyone was perfect. No one phoned anything in.
Wahhhhhhh! (all sniffly) Why couldn't they all have been liked that?

Must go. Taping "Blind Man's Bluff" for Pimp Tape, and finishing afghan. Is FABULOUS! Will add starry border later.

See you Wed.

On travel

Mar. 21st, 2003 11:13 pm
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Talked to my dad, re: May travel, since he's been flying recently.

His girlfriend had a splendid quote: I haven't been felt-up that much since high school.

Come prepped to remove shoes and strip, IOW.

This just sounds like more and more fun.

I'm HOME!

Dec. 31st, 2002 05:19 pm
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I pushed it very hard. 80 mph most of the way from St. Louis to Memphis.

10 hours. I think it's a new record for us.

The house is a mess, and there's nothing to eat, so i'm off to Wal-Mart for food.

Will do A Year-end Assessment later.
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Well, sorta. (That's the chorus of Conn MacNeill's "The Crusader's Song")

The van is mostly loaded. A couple more batches of laundry and I think we'll sleep in our clothes. We leave tomorrow morning!

My own bed! My own house! My own husband!

It's been a good visit. But I'm ready to go home. I'm tired of having restless nights and weird dreams. I dreamed about bumping into Cara and Irene in a Wal-Mart supercenter. They were grocery shopping and Irene was explaining (in Spanish for some reason) exactly what was what in the veggie section. I dreamed about Darren one night. Don't remember much about that one.

Tonight I went to Savers (a thrift store) and spent $20. I got:
2 pr. pants, 3 blouses (one persimmon, one brown, one teal), 1 turquoise sweater, a red raw-silk dress (tags still on), a winter coat (tweed) and a Dillards sports coat for my husband and a pair of yellow sneakers for my oldest daughter. I think I did pretty well.

(I also got two bags of Christmas Nougat at Hobby Lobby. I crave the stuff)

So, we're off. I'll be posting smut soon. Also some genfic.
Do you realize, that Star Wars can be a rewrite of The Three Little Pigs? Dantooine, Alderaan and Yavin 4 instead of straw, sticks and brick. gotta love it.

Am converting younger sister to slashy side of the Force. She got an Elusive Lover:Alternate Visions for Christmas. She was tickled. "Not just any Elusive Lover. The BEST Elusive Lover."

Grumble

Dec. 29th, 2002 10:48 pm
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10 till 11 and I can't sleep.
Bone-weary and my eyes are all hot, but sleep eludes me.

I'd forgotten how much work 4 kids day-to-day are.
Three meals, endless laundry, constant cleaning. At least the daycare covers 2 meals during the week, and on week-ends, it's catch-as-catch-can.

After lunch, we went to the zoo. That was fun. Olivia got a mad urge to see kangaroos, so we tromped all over the Australia exhibit. I hope the pic I took of her very close to the roos turns out.

We always say "Next time we'll ride the train." Well, this was next time. We had a nice ride. I took some very atmospheric pictures down at the old WPA cages. I can't wait to greyscale them.

We had dinner and watched "The Sound of Music." I did laundry, dishes. Fed the kids the end of the birthday cake.

Bedtime was the usual nightmare.

And now I'm not tired, despite being very weary.

The Roman Spock/McCoy AU has begun. To those who know ancient Rome would it be Leonardo or Leonardius?

And my rootcanal aches. I must have gotten cold today.
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Keeping busy today.

We got up early and went to Mom's. We arrived in time to pop the lasagna in the obvern for lunch. We visited, opened presents and ate. Mom's therapist showed up, and I cleaned up from lunch.

Now, I'm hanging out at my sister's and watching 6 kids. (and sneaking a few minutes on her cable modem.)
The oldest is 10 the youngest is 18 mo. They have a rousing game of Candyland going.

Tonight it's the Best Pizza in The World at The Funhouse. This is so good: thick, chewy crust, lots and lots of toppings that go almost to the edge, and a really spicy sauce.

Finished the rough draft of "Pretty Boy." I'll have to edit it at home. It's not very long, just a PWP vignette. Raunchy as hell. Watch this space.

Kids wandering from containment field, must check up on them.
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I think someone relocated south Missouri to Hoth for the week. 6-10 inches of snow, with 4 more expected today.

The trees were passing fair, the road was a passing nightmare and we were just passing through. A couple really bad skids in the hills, but no accident. My daughter went prematurely grey during the 30 second long one. "With a this way, and a that way, and a this was and a that way." I recovered and we continued. And the jerk on my bumper backed off too.

I pushed it hard, stopping only 3 times in 500 miles. (hard enough for me alone, nearly impossible with kids)

We're here. Mom is improving by leaps and bounds, and was pleased to see us. She's still in rehab, so we took her her present. She'd planned to read FotR, but her pain meds leave her too looped, so a book of Biblical Quilt Blocks (with lots of pretty pictures) should be just her speed.

My chiropractor will have a field day with me when I get home.

But we're here and planning to have a good time.
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With a mighty dent in the wallet, we are off like a speeding herd of turtles in a sea of peanut butter.

The garage should be calling at any minute, and I will go get the van, come home, clean it out, load my brood and my goods, and take off.

The weather is looking filthy, but if I get out quickly I can skirt the edge and run north of the storm.

After the hols, y'all.

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