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This has been the shortest work week EVAR. I was off Monday for MLK Day, which I spent mostly doing laundry and also driving my friend Michael to Lowe's to pick up some boxes (he's moving out of Spavinsville, lucky stiff). I worked Tuesday and Wednesday, and then on Thursday I went home early because I caught The Plague from lolmom (who had it last week) and had to call in yesterday as well. I'm feeling better (albeit heavily medicated) now that I'm not coughing until my eyes water every fifteen minutes, and I was well enough to do some errands today (if by "errands" you mean "I got my every-two-weekly pedicure" and "oh yeah, I went to the bookstore and spent the FUCK out of the $50 gift card my father sent me for Christmas and still wound up going over because I am constitutionally incapable of avoiding the bargain rack").

Also, you can always tell I am really out of it when I can't follow a battle scene; I watched Samurai Banners last night and towards the end, kept going, "Wait, what the fuck?...Oh, right, there's the vanguard, yeah. Did Takeda win this one? I don't remember." (He said he did, though a lot of Takeda Shingen's battles with Uesugi Kenshin were pretty inconclusive.) Also, if I were lost in the snow and some guy who looked like Toshiro Mifune were following me, I'd let him find me, but I'm not gonna lie, I'm shallow.

So that's it. Now, it's time to get back on the wagon, I guess.
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+ Boiler has been replaced, to the tune of $10K, but at least the heat works now. YEAH.
+ Christmas came and was somewhat uneventful. X-chan was going to go up to Grandma's but sprung a flat, and of course there was no place to fix it on Christmas Eve, so she stayed with us. We watched A Christmas Story (after I struck out in my efforts to find White Christmas at the 'Mart) and the MST3K version of Santa Claus Conquers the Martians, also ate salmon with avocado and pomegranate salsa for Christmas dinner. (Nomnomnom.) Lolmom loved the new slippers I got her, will probably like sweaters but we don't know how they fit yet. X-chan was pleased to receive the dinosaur necklace so at least that was a hit. (I also gave her Flambards, the BBC series after which she was named.)
+ Went to investigate whether the toilet had overflowed just now, slipped on wet floor, came down heavy on my ass. OW. I can feel a bruise forming, ready to wreak havoc at a time known only to me.
+ Back to work tomorrow. Then I have another three-day weekend and another four-day work week. Then I will have a normal work week, crowned by ANOTHER three-day weekend. Experts anticipate I'll be fucked up until February!
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TEETH update: Behind a cut because I realize this shit is getting kind of tedious and you've heard a lot of it before )

X-chan is here! She came up yesterday and we went out to Iwataya for dinner last night, where I had the sushi and sashimi platter. Omg raw fish so goooooooood. :9 (Lolmom does not care for raw fish, which I love, and I don't like to go to decent restaurants by myself. IHOP or Denny's is one thing, as are lunch spots and fast food, but if it's the kind of place where I'm actually going for the food, I like to have someone with me. I'm just odd that way.)

Watched Samurai Assassin. SPOILERS. DO NOT READ THIS IF YOU HAVE ANY INTENTION OF EVER SEEING THIS MOVIE. )

[livejournal.com profile] duokinneas, I heard there might be pr0n this weekend!
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1.) Laundry.
2.) Made a squash-bacon-and-mozzarella quiche for dinner. It is quite tasty. :9 (Actually, I just made the filling; lolmom offered to make the crust, so I took her up on it.) We are curing salmon in the basement right now, and there is leftover potato salad that I made the other night, and we actually have menu plans. WIN.
3.) Watched King Arthur. Again. I think I prefer T.H. White's quasi-medieval treatment to the gritty Romano-British version, but, hey, Clive Owen. Also Romans.
4.) Cranked out a page each on two fics I'm writing (hopefully to arise for [livejournal.com profile] arisha's pleasure in the near future). Finally figured out how to rearrange the second of these fics so it doesn't suck as much. :D
5.) Caught up on LJ comments.

Whee-hoo.
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THERE WAS HAIL YOU GUYS. It was kind of horrifying, since I was in the shitter and I didn't see what it was at first and the emergency siren went off and all I could hear was things knocking against the windows, so here I am trying to hurry things along and conclude my business (the meds were all "lololol @ l33") and thinking "ofux limbs are down on the house IT'S A GODDAMN TORNADO I need to be in the basement now we are probably going to die". No limbs appear to be down, but the hail was certainly having a grand old time. Now, of course, it's 75 and sunny. WELCOME TO SOUTHERN INDIANA~

The Easter report: X-chan came up from Tennessee on Saturday, and we mostly hung out and shot the shit. We had pizza and watched The Ten Commandments, which ate our entire evening, but we always have fun yelling advice to the characters. X-chan was hoping that The Robe would be canceled and Ben-Hur shown in its place, so that we could have a Charlton Heston double feature, but no luck there. Instead, she tortured Oliver by scooping him up and telling him she loved him; Oliver has forgotten her already, so responded by going "WHAT IS THIS HORRIBLE THING IT EATS ME!!!" and scrabbling to be let down. Oh, and we dyed eggs and did the traditional Army-green egg.

We had lamb, gnocchi with herbs, and green beans almandine for dinner. Lolmom was delighted with her Easter surprises (X-chan got her a bunny-themed oven mitt and hotpad, which she thought were too cute to use, and a tea caddy filled with Twining's; I got her a springform pan, which we needed after the church jacked hers, some spring-themed cookie cutters, and a Chocolate Bunny Of Unusual Size, which I picked up in St. Louis and hid from her for about a month. (Victory!)

And then Monday crapped all over me with a series of minor annoyances, including the inability of the entire Evansville area to pull its head out of its collective ass on the driving front, being locked out of my work computer account for an hour and being on hold with IT for most of that hour, and dropping lunch on my shirt. The rest of the week will, hopefully, shape up.
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Further chronicles of the fanfic-writing heartbreak of l33:

WHY DO I GET SO EMOTIONALLY INVESTED IN THIS SHIT )

Also, now that I have discovered the existence of the partisan film, I must watch them all and I cannot for they are not available on my side of the pond. HNNNUUUUUUUURRRRRRRRRR.
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Things that happened over the weekend: I have yellow toenails now, I have filed my income taxes (my federal return has, at least, been accepted), lolmom signed us up for the CSA again, we saw Tangled at the cheap seats, and I made a simnel cake (for Mothering Sunday, which was last Sunday but we do Mothering Sunday our OWN way around here, because we are just rebels like that) and salmon-and-asparagus spring rolls for dinner. Oh, and I talked to J and think I might try to reverse-engineer Deluxe's grilled asparagus salad (scroll down).

Things that are going to happen in the near future: Catch up on my e-mail, do laundry, and figure out what to do with myself.

That's all. :D
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+ Still no working computer at home. God DAMN it. I have asked the lolmom to call several times (I would do it myself, but that's when I'm at work), but she falls asleep and I feel bad about bugging her.

+ I now have a phone at work, which means I may be getting calls. This is all very exciting.

+ Have more or less decided to go to EvilleCon, but think I'll pay at the door as I don't think the site is trustworthy as far as security issues go. (Actually the site looks a total hatchet job, but hey, a local con. w00t.)

+ Apparently, I have rogue wisdom teeth on my left side. I am pretty sure that this is not tooth decay, which I think would be gradual pain that got worse over time. Usually I've had more trouble on my left side. This is being-perfectly-fine until BAM my wisdom teeth decided to bother me on Friday night, and I could not sleep thanks to the pain so I had to go out and buy Tylenol. (And yes, for me, it does have to be acetaminophen. I don't even know why they're allowed to market ibuprofen as a pain reliever. It doesn't do dick even at prescription levels. I might as well leave my teeth alone and suffer loudly and bitchily.) I am okay right now (the last time I had any was 10:30 last night before I went to bed), but if this doesn't abate in a week I guess I'm going to the dentist. I hope to God this isn't a case of teeth-impacted-in-bone, because that is the last thing I want to dick with.

+ Watched The Wind and the Lion with lolmom last night; also, made muffins with coconut milk and dried cranberries. Another nutritionally complete meal turned out by yours truly!
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Allergies still present, but greatly assisted by DayQuil. I called in today and spent most of the day asleep, which was really nice though it has now done a number on my sleep schedule and I am going to have to tinker really hard in order to get that working properly again. D: I really just want some vegetable soup, but we have none (we have the wherewithal to make it, but I am lazy and do not feel like moving), so have been faking with tea and bouillon. Other than some boiled eggs I haven't really had any solid food in the last 24 hours. At least my head no longer feels like it might explode.

Emotionally I'm feeling pretty crappy at the moment, probably due to being sick and also to it being September which means HOSHIT IT'S FALL THIS YEAR IS ALMOST OVER AND WHAT HAVE I DONE WITH MY LIFE BESIDES ABSOLUTELY NOTHING, but that'll pass. I hope. The temptation to move to Alaska is pretty overbearing at the moment, though. Because obviously moving somewhere where it's more dark and cold would fix me RIGHT UP.

It's a good thing that The Lower Depths is next in my Netflix queue, because I don't think I'm ready to mentally break up with Toshiro Mifune yet.
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So for the past week, more or less everything was more entertaining to me than the Internets, so I wasn't around too much. I wish I could say something really interesting or exciting happened, but basically I just went to work, read stuff (finished Taiko, finally), watched Return of the Jedi for the bazillionth time, and slept way the hell too much. (Lolmom was in Georgia visiting my grandmother, so I was basically holding the fort.) Mom came back yesterday morning; I made calabacitas con elote for lunch yesterday.

I had an interview that seems to have gone nowhere (OH THE SHOCKING TURN OF EVENTS), but that's life. There's stuff in the paper this week, anyway. Also, I wish I could tell you all about my OMGEXCITING plans, but there are none, at least at present.

[EDIT: Hittite Week isn't this week, either.]
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By any objective standard, my life hasn't been very entertaining of late, but I'm feeling chatty, so you're stuck with this post. Read it and squee, or don't.

+ I actually have some money left over after bills are paid. I am totally buying a few things. Like a dress, which I don't need, and some new tank tops, which I can technically justify, and more Samurai Deeper Kyo, which I can't but it's cheap.
+ My period has finally stopped. ABOUT GODDAMN TIME.
+ I have an arm full of yet moar Depo, and my bloodwork was just like "keep taking your meds, k?". Since I flip out every time my insulin levels have to be checked, this is a good thing.
+ At the end of last month, the lolmom bought a half-share in Seton Harvest, the only CSA in our immediate area. Today was our first pickup, and we are rolling in produce. We have green leaf lettuce, some garlic shoots (the green parts cut off the top so the bulbs can grow larger), kale, radishes, two green onions of unusual size, and something whose name I forget but which is a member of the cabbage family and resembles bok choy. Immediate plans for all this bounty include a salad with some of the lettuce and radishes (also avocado and roast corn, since corn at the 'Mart is like twenty-five cents an ear) and stir fry with beef, green onions, and bell peppers. I have no idea what we're going to do with the kale; I don't like kale, but I'm willing to give it the old college try. Lolmom doesn't know if she likes kale or not, so this will be interesting. Food faggotry ftw!
+ Two more days and then I'm off.
+ I saw The Twilight Samurai the other night. Despite the dearth of Toshiro Mifune, it was made of awesome and win, as anything based on the work of Fujisawa Shuhei should be. I got a little teary in parts SHUT UP IT'S PERFECTLY FINE TO CRY OVER A SAMURAI MOVIE IT DOESN'T COMPROMISE MY MASCULINITY.
+ I have a fun new RP going, in which I play Mr Meanypants, and may possibly have another fun new RP going shortly.
+ In conclusion, OMG YAY.
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Hey, [livejournal.com profile] galhea, sorry for cutting out on you last night. We had a minor-league thunderstorm and I lost my connection. Also, I had surprise cake for breakfast and it was indeed the greatest thing ever.

A lot of blather about movies and some hefty fangirling under this cut )

Also, I am filled with loathing and disgust for this romance novel I am reading at present. Seriously, I realize that romance fans have certain expectations of the genre, just as I have certain expectations of fantasy or sci-fi or historical fiction or samurai movies, but just once it would be nice to read a romance that didn't reinforce traditional gender norms and roles, even while it's trying to tell me that it's up to date and empowering and feminist because the heroine has a high-powered career. (And mind you, I don't consider myself a feminist, but even so, a lot of the subtext in these novels makes it seem as though the heroine is only pursuing her high-powered career until she meets Mr Tall Dark Stereotype and they get married and she starts crankin' out the babies. Because love isn't complete without marriage and babies, y'all.)

Dude, if I had written this novel, which has an OH NOES UNEXPECTED PREGNANCY subplot, the hero would be all, "Look, if you decide to keep the baby, I'm more than willing to pay child support and be an involved father. But it's up to you to decide what you want to do about this, and I'll support you in whatever your decision is." Because to me, that's a lot more fuckin' sexy than the actual unsubtle harangue that appears in the book. Granted, I might feel very differently about it if I were pro-life.

Why do I read romance on occasion? For the lulz, and in the hope that I may actually find a book or two that's worth a re-read.

Also, because public shame is a big motivator for me:
One final cut, I swear )

GIP

May. 2nd, 2010 01:21 am
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So the sequence of events goes like this:

1.) H leaves.
2.) I watch a shitton of chanbara films as part of the healing process.
3.) I develop a stupid crush on Toshiro Mifune and will not shut up about it.
4.) I make the icon featured above.
5.) Everybody defriends me.

That is all. XD
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1.) Happy birthday, [livejournal.com profile] daturabelle!

2.) For someone who was going to crash immediately upon arrival at home (after a 6-2 shift), I have done a pretty respectable job of staying up late. [livejournal.com profile] galhea and [livejournal.com profile] imperfectkatoru are good for that kind of thing, though.

3.) I have decided to save Duel at Ichijoji Temple for when I'm a.) not RPing and b.) less tired and can appreciate Toshiro Mifune its rich tapestry of themes and leitmotifs and oh shit are those SAMURAI??? better.

4.) T minus about 36 hours or so (leaving for weekend trip). Wheeeee!

5.) Note to [livejournal.com profile] duokinneas: NO PART 3 UNTIL YOU COMMENT ON PART 2. Or I'll eat all the waffles myself and not let you have any. (j/k you know I can't refuse you waffles, or anything for that matter ♥)

Day Off

Apr. 6th, 2010 11:41 am
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FTR, deleted my last entry (if you could see it) because I refuse to give this shit any more time or energy. Also, it was just so much whinging about how I hate my job and the people I have to deal with. The End. :D

Today, it is my day off and I'm going to look for work and read and watch chanbara films. :DDDD Also, it is a beautiful day and the sun is shining!

I really wish my body would quit bleeding, though. :\
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This is the thing that should not be. Oda Yuji is cute, but way too young to be a convincing Sanjuro. Also, this movie really did not need to be remade because it is already made of awesome. (Ever wanted to see Toshiro Mifune pimp-slap somebody? I didn't even know I had that desire until I saw Sanjuro, and then once I got to that scene I kept rewinding it and replaying it for the lulz.)

I wound up not finishing Architects of Conspiracy in favor of doing something more productive, like getting books that promised more entertainment. The Rockport library hasn't much in the way of a good history collection, but one makes do.

It's East0r, and the lolmom made lamb with rosemary and garlic, and also the now-traditional garlic potato loaf. Omnomnom. Also, I guilted her into making a peach cobbler. Verdict: DELICIOUSNESS. Oh, and we watched The Ten Commandments last night; I love that movie but not the way the network drags it out so that your entire evening is held hostage (seriously, it's slightly under 2 hours and they manage to stretch it out to over 4). Though there are worse ways to kill an evening.
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Samurai movies will cure what ails me every time. The mechanism at work is still not fully understood, but I believe it is one or more of the following:

1.) I love me some medieval and/or early modern Japan and I'm always up to lose myself in that era and culture. (Which reminds me: dude, why are there not more movies about the ancient world? Or about late tsarist/early Soviet Russia? Because I would be all over those too. Anyway.)

2.) I'm going to die (or fail, or have a bad life for a little while). But whatever happens, chanbara films remind me that I can still man up, give it my best shot, and die with both swords swinging like a samurai, preferably after having taken out my adversaries. That's the great thing about samurai flicks: you get points for trying, even if you ultimately bomb out. I guess the message I take away from all this is that I might fail, but I can choose to fail well or badly.

3.) One of King Zeus' finest creations EVAR, Toshiro Mifune, features prominently in many of these triumphs of cinematic art, sometimes with various of his body parts clearly visible. Hey, I never said I wasn't a shallow fangirl with a crush.

This is why I like samurai movies, by l33, aged twentysomething going on seventeen. :D
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1.) Dear body, the thing where blood comes out of my genitals every month REALLY SUCKS, not to mention IS NASTY. Can we please fast-forward 20+ years or so and finish it off? Thanks.
1a.) It's day 5, so hopefully it won't be much longer now.

2.) I was so tired after my Herculean Labors yesterday (doctor's appointment, library, yapped at [livejournal.com profile] imperfectkatoru for a couple of hours, finished a story for [livejournal.com profile] duokinneas, helped put groceries away) that I pretty much collapsed at 6 p.m. Consequently, did not get to see Sanjuro yesterday. However, I will be home at a reasonable hour today.

3.) Dude. I do not want to go to work in an hour.
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I have given some serious thought to changing my name to Sanjuro and becoming a wandering samurai. It can't possibly pay less than Lol-Mart. On the other hand, I'm not Japanese and would also rather quickly betray the fact that I don't know how to use my swords. It is always something. I guess I could be an Internet badass, but everybody's a tough guy on the Internets.

Good things:
+ I didn't work a full shift today. I also won't work a full shift tomorrow, but I will get out of work when it's still light out.
+ I'm off Monday.
+ The lolmom brought me a danish from the Donut Bank.
+ Delicious peach kefir, I has it.
+ I should have Sanjuro for Monday. When I'm off. YESSSSSS.
+ I am wearing rainbow-striped socks, which are awesome.
+ For Liberty and for Glory, fully 50% of my Amazon order, came today. (Apparently it takes them a little longer to get the assorted volumes of Samurai Deeper Kyo so I have to wait. Ain't no thing.)
+ 15 days until my weekend trip. :DDDDD
+ The lolmom is back to working nights! They've had her working split shifts for about the past month or so and this completely sucked ass.
+ Hyacinths and croci are up in the yard. :DDDDDD
+ I have plenty to read, omg.
+ Also, I have old-school hip-hop on repeat, which is proof that I am probably going to Hell but like I really care at this point. It has a good beat and is easy to "dance" to.

[EDIT: [livejournal.com profile] samanosukesgirl, and anybody else who's interested of course, you may wish to check out [livejournal.com profile] phony_boyfriend. Takeshi has appeared before, but I'm sure nobody would mind seeing him again.]
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First off, a happy belated birthday to [livejournal.com profile] momo! Yesterday, you were 21, and can now drink rhubarb wine (and also spleen wine, if spleens ferment well).

Also, I have had some very interesting conversations in the course of the past 24 hours. And that's all I'm really going to say about that.

Tomorrow: I am off, and Yojimbo should be here shortly. Yay sekrit boyfriend!

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