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( Nov. 16th, 2012 11:53 pm)
Somehow I ended up volunteering to accompany a friend to see the Twilight movie tomorrow because her husband refused to go with her and I felt bad that she was going to have to go all alone.

This is exactly the same reason why I ended up seeing the third Twilight movie - which is the only other one I've seen.

Thankfully, I've read Cleolinda's recaps of the books so I have a general idea of what's going on, but I will be forever sad if there is no mention of Edward's scrapbooking.
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( Nov. 16th, 2012 10:10 am)
Somehow I ended up volunteering to accompany a friend to see the Twilight movie tomorrow because her husband refused to go with her and I felt bad that she was going to have to go all alone.

This is exactly the same reason why I ended up seeing the third Twilight movie - which is the only other one I've seen.

Thankfully, I've read Cleolinda's recaps of the books so I have a general idea of what's going on, but I will be forever sad if there is no mention of Edward's scrapbooking.
Friday night, Captain and I packed up the last of the stuff from the old house and dragged it all back to the new house where it will stay boxed up until I decide the kitchen cabinets are safe enough to be used.

And by safe I mean clean.

And by clean I mean cat locks child locks installed, scrubbed to within an inch of their little creepy wooden unlives with a vinegar and water solution, dried out with some Damp-Rid, and then deodorized until I can't smell a hint of anything gross. I can not depend on Captain to smell anything because he doesn't do it right.

In the meantime, I've got a small three drawered plastic thing hidden in the coat closet, with our etched glass wedding wine glasses carefully wrapped up and stored inside. Since I managed to break the glass pitcher I received as a wedding gift and had never used because I didn't want to risk breaking it, the wine glasses are pretty much two of the last six wedding mementos I've got left. There's also an etched silver goblet, my wedding dress (HA.), a framed photo and my wedding album. Everything else is broken or stolen at this point.

We took Saturday off from doing anything around either house and went to Bed, Bath & Beyond to look for sheets because I finally found a new comforter I did not hate but Voldy-Mart did not have any King size fitted sheets in any of the four different colors that would have worked. We also discovered that King sized sheets are not cheap. BUT, I have a new set now, and they've been through the washer/dryer and I shall be putting them on the bed just as soon as I can convince Roswell that she wants to get up off the bed.

We went over to visit some people we'd met at the local game store a few times Saturday evening. They'd helped us with the move the weekend before so we offered to take them out to dinner. We also played Settlers of Catan (the husband had never played it before) and James Bond Scene-It (which I won, surprisingly enough). I'm hoping to be able to invite them over here for some awesome Harry Potter Scene-It action soon, but not until the kitchen is no longer stinky.

Yesterday was spent cleaning the old house. That place is cleaner now than it was when we moved in. I even took the vent off the furnace intake and scrubbed that down with a tooth brush. We discovered the outline of the sofa on one of the living room walls and I spent some time trying to scrub it off and was getting very frustrated about it before I realized it wasn't the outline of our sofa. Ours is a sectional. This sofa was about loveseat sized and shorter than our behemoth. THEN I remembered that the outline had been there when we moved in, and that's why we put our sofa against that wall in the first place. After that, I really didn't care about the stain and left it there.

Finally, last night, we went to see The Woman in Black starring Harry Potter with more sideburns and less glasses. It was... a movie. Captain liked it. I didn't hate it. SPOILER ALERT: It was essentially a wandless Harry Potter running around a haunted house alone for three quarters of a movie. I will say this, Daniel Radcliff can play a mopey moist-eyed character who looks like he's always on the verge of weeping or having a nervous breakdown very convincingly. There was also some guy who looked a bit like a bull dog. I think my biggest issue, and the reason I didn't love it outright, is that I just expected more from a Hammer film.

Hammer films have always held a certain strange (and slightly deranged) place in my heart, ever since I was a wee little girl, watching my first Christopher Lee as Dracula in a technicolor blood fest movie. You know, like all little girls do. I guess, now that I think about it, I can see a touch of the old school Hammer films in the Woman, but I just expected more, I think. There were scares, and not a lot of gore (just a little blood once really), so that was nice.

Okay, now that I'm thinking about it again, I don't dislike it as much as I thought I did.

Anyway, after that, we ate dinner at Chili's and then came home and finally moved all the boxes out of the living room so we could put the furniture where I want it. That leaves one more room to set up and about a jillion boxes and garbage bags to unpack.

Slowly making progress.
Way back in September(ish? I don't remember anymore), I signed up to offer a prize for the Exchange Bingo in order to earn some cards so that I could eventually get my hands on a Molly Weasley jumper. Which, technically, I did not actually win. However, [livejournal.com profile] devsgma is the most awesomest friend/writing buddy ever and she did win the jumper.

For me.

Because she is awesome, and also because she got a bingo way before I did and she knew I desperately wanted to get my hands on that jumper.

And I'm distracted again.

Anyway, in exchange for five bingo cards (which did not win me a Molly Weasley jumper, but did win me a Beware of Boggart garden stake sign that will go in front of the bushes under my front windows), I offered a story written especially for the winner.

I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when someone actually chose my prize, especially since I'm pretty sure no one had claimed the Tim Tams yet.

The winner contacted me, and we had a brief discussion about things she would like to see in a story and things she would not like, and she offered a prompt from the last exchange that she had been particularly attached to, and I thought about it for a bit and realized that with a bit of research I could totally (probably) do that. She did offer a back-up, which I know I can do, so I do have a fall back if the worst happens.

So, in preparation for being on the road and mostly internetless for about a week and a half this holiday season, I have been copying things from Wikipedia doing some research about Australia, because I have not been there personally and as much as I enjoyed watching Crocodile Dundee and Howling III: The Marsupials back in the mid-eighties, I am pretty sure I shouldn't consider either a completely factual source of information. Did you know there were three Crocodile Dundee movies? I did not know that until just now. I only remember the first two. Thank you, IMDB, for yet another bit of useless information.

Of course, one thing lead to another and now I've got 34 pages worth of "research" on Australia, Tasmania, wildlife, plants, small towns, climate, language, food... the list goes on. Want to bet maybe three bits of all that get used?

So, at some point between now and the end of April (I think it's the end of April, it might be the beginning of April) I have a brand new - Australian based - fic to write. And it will be awesome. And while I can guarantee there will not be a cameo by Mike Dundee, I can not say the same for any of the characters from the really, really bad Howling sequel. Although, I shouldn't, because I am probably the only person on the entire planet who actually owns that movie on DVD.

What? It was awesome. Awesomely bad. Werewolves with tummy pouches and also a Russian(?) Prima Ballerina and some nun who were all werewolves. That's right, werewolves in tutus and nun's habits, running around Australia (or possibly Tasmania).

Anyway, between the mostly not going to happen internet connections and the new and current WIPs to work on, and also lots of Christmas parties where it is considered rude to bury yourself in a corner typing away on a laptop, I'll probably be MIA for the last half of the month or longer.

Having said that, expect constant updates on every little thing I do between now and January, because that's how these things always work out.
Way back in September(ish? I don't remember anymore), I signed up to offer a prize for the Exchange Bingo in order to earn some cards so that I could eventually get my hands on a Molly Weasley jumper. Which, technically, I did not actually win. However, [livejournal.com profile] devsgma is the most awesomest friend/writing buddy ever and she did win the jumper.

For me.

Because she is awesome, and also because she got a bingo way before I did and she knew I desperately wanted to get my hands on that jumper.

And I'm distracted again.

Anyway, in exchange for five bingo cards (which did not win me a Molly Weasley jumper, but did win me a Beware of Boggart garden stake sign that will go in front of the bushes under my front windows), I offered a story written especially for the winner.

I'm sure you can imagine my surprise when someone actually chose my prize, especially since I'm pretty sure no one had claimed the Tim Tams yet.

The winner contacted me, and we had a brief discussion about things she would like to see in a story and things she would not like, and she offered a prompt from the last exchange that she had been particularly attached to, and I thought about it for a bit and realized that with a bit of research I could totally (probably) do that. She did offer a back-up, which I know I can do, so I do have a fall back if the worst happens.

So, in preparation for being on the road and mostly internetless for about a week and a half this holiday season, I have been copying things from Wikipedia doing some research about Australia, because I have not been there personally and as much as I enjoyed watching Crocodile Dundee and Howling III: The Marsupials back in the mid-eighties, I am pretty sure I shouldn't consider either a completely factual source of information. Did you know there were three Crocodile Dundee movies? I did not know that until just now. I only remember the first two. Thank you, IMDB, for yet another bit of useless information.

Of course, one thing lead to another and now I've got 34 pages worth of "research" on Australia, Tasmania, wildlife, plants, small towns, climate, language, food... the list goes on. Want to bet maybe three bits of all that get used?

So, at some point between now and the end of April (I think it's the end of April, it might be the beginning of April) I have a brand new - Australian based - fic to write. And it will be awesome. And while I can guarantee there will not be a cameo by Mike Dundee, I can not say the same for any of the characters from the really, really bad Howling sequel. Although, I shouldn't, because I am probably the only person on the entire planet who actually owns that movie on DVD.

What? It was awesome. Awesomely bad. Werewolves with tummy pouches and also a Russian(?) Prima Ballerina and some nun who were all werewolves. That's right, werewolves in tutus and nun's habits, running around Australia (or possibly Tasmania).

Anyway, between the mostly not going to happen internet connections and the new and current WIPs to work on, and also lots of Christmas parties where it is considered rude to bury yourself in a corner typing away on a laptop, I'll probably be MIA for the last half of the month or longer.

Having said that, expect constant updates on every little thing I do between now and January, because that's how these things always work out.
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( Aug. 5th, 2011 09:03 pm)
First, Captain woke me up early (for me)(also, he had the day off work for a training holiday so he was lounging around the house all lazy for him this morning) to let me know Pottermore was open for Magic Quill finding fun times!

Apparently, he'd gotten up and had been randomly refreshing the Pottermore site on his spare monitor for awhile, waiting for whatever to happen for the early registration contest. Because he's a sweetheart.

So, long story not terribly short, I managed to snag an early registration spot. AsphodelCastle80.

I didn't make it up (mine would have obviously been something about sexing up Snape or "WhyUkillSnapeJK" or something like that). They gave me five random options and I had to choose one. So I did.

Then, since it was OMG early (again, for me), we went to a matinee of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where I saw Draco being scruffy and some apes being risingy (I don't know) and cried because SPOILER a gorilla died. Also, some humans died, but I didn't really care.

THEN, since we went to the first movie early, and since Captain has taken me to DH p2 twice and I'm the one who wanted to watch the Ape movie, I figured I owed him a movie of his choosing (provided it wasn't Cowboys and Aliens, Thor or something with giant transforming robots) so we went to see Captain America.

After that, I realized that two big screen movies in one day was probably at least half a movie too much for me because I felt barfy, so we went straight home without stopping at Cracker Barrel (I wanted some hashbrown casserole, don't judge) until the tummy could settle.

Also, I spent most of the day thinking it was at least Saturday, if not Sunday.

Finally, because Beck told me all about hers and pointed me toward a 40% off coupon, I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and bought a brand new three drawer makeup/nail polish/BPAL holding box of pretty doom. Right now there is only nail polish (sorted by color and usefulness), but I believe I will be able to fit my BPAL and probably my Bare Escentuals in there as well. OR, I could just buy a lot more nail polish.
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( Aug. 5th, 2011 09:03 pm)
First, Captain woke me up early (for me)(also, he had the day off work for a training holiday so he was lounging around the house all lazy for him this morning) to let me know Pottermore was open for Magic Quill finding fun times!

Apparently, he'd gotten up and had been randomly refreshing the Pottermore site on his spare monitor for awhile, waiting for whatever to happen for the early registration contest. Because he's a sweetheart.

So, long story not terribly short, I managed to snag an early registration spot. AsphodelCastle80.

I didn't make it up (mine would have obviously been something about sexing up Snape or "WhyUkillSnapeJK" or something like that). They gave me five random options and I had to choose one. So I did.

Then, since it was OMG early (again, for me), we went to a matinee of Rise of the Planet of the Apes, where I saw Draco being scruffy and some apes being risingy (I don't know) and cried because SPOILER a gorilla died. Also, some humans died, but I didn't really care.

THEN, since we went to the first movie early, and since Captain has taken me to DH p2 twice and I'm the one who wanted to watch the Ape movie, I figured I owed him a movie of his choosing (provided it wasn't Cowboys and Aliens, Thor or something with giant transforming robots) so we went to see Captain America.

After that, I realized that two big screen movies in one day was probably at least half a movie too much for me because I felt barfy, so we went straight home without stopping at Cracker Barrel (I wanted some hashbrown casserole, don't judge) until the tummy could settle.

Also, I spent most of the day thinking it was at least Saturday, if not Sunday.

Finally, because Beck told me all about hers and pointed me toward a 40% off coupon, I went to Hobby Lobby yesterday and bought a brand new three drawer makeup/nail polish/BPAL holding box of pretty doom. Right now there is only nail polish (sorted by color and usefulness), but I believe I will be able to fit my BPAL and probably my Bare Escentuals in there as well. OR, I could just buy a lot more nail polish.
Since Devs watched DH p2 yesterday and put up her thoughts, I figured I'd do the same. Especially since I have a few questions and I'm hoping someone might be able to answer them.

Behind a cut because SPOILERS, I guess. )
Since Devs watched DH p2 yesterday and put up her thoughts, I figured I'd do the same. Especially since I have a few questions and I'm hoping someone might be able to answer them.

Behind a cut because SPOILERS, I guess. )
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( Jul. 16th, 2011 11:09 am)
Sat up last night watching DH1 and working on exchange fic (I have seen the post of Shiv and I fear it).

Finished yet another scene that had been giving me trouble, so yay there.

Off to lunch and then a matinee of DH2.

Was going to see it in 2D, but Hubby came home with 3D tickets because the glasses you get? Totally adorkable Harry Potter rims. I'm keeping those puppies.

Taking notebook to lunch/theatre to try to write some more while I wait for movie to start. Have also packed kleenex.
missmiah: (Snarky Muse)
( Jul. 16th, 2011 11:09 am)
Sat up last night watching DH1 and working on exchange fic (I have seen the post of Shiv and I fear it).

Finished yet another scene that had been giving me trouble, so yay there.

Off to lunch and then a matinee of DH2.

Was going to see it in 2D, but Hubby came home with 3D tickets because the glasses you get? Totally adorkable Harry Potter rims. I'm keeping those puppies.

Taking notebook to lunch/theatre to try to write some more while I wait for movie to start. Have also packed kleenex.
Just sent Beta!Beck the first chunk of my Exchange fic to look over (6K plus words).

Which leaves me with roughly half to three quarters more to write.

Which I've given myself the self-imposed deadline of Wednesday after this one to finish.

Which would probably be doable EXCEPT I've got the Captain hanging around being the Captain, my totally random and weird desire to leave the house once in awhile, and the need to give the ENTIRE house the Cleaning I Usually Reserve For Moving Out Inspections this weekend (family coming to visit, must pretend I don't normally live in a pig sty like the college student I once was).

Captain agreed to help with The Cleaning, but then suddenly "remembered" that he might have to work on Saturday. Which I actually accepted reasonably well because it's not like he gets any say in when whether or not they call him in to work, but then I remembered...

ME: "You can't work Saturday. We're going to Harry Potter. You have to call in 'Harry Potter'."

Captain: "I'm pretty sure I can't actually do that."

ME: "I'll write you a note. Captain can not be at work today because his wife needs to see Snape die tragically. Please excuse him."

Captain: "Tell you what, you write me that note and I'll give it to my boss."

So... yes... Moral of this long drawn out and completely unrelated rambling is that I Have Stuff To Do and scheduling it all is very tricky (you can't clean the house too early because it will just get dirty again and then you have to clean it twice, etc) and I am going to see the Harry Potter movie, dammit.

Also, for some random reason, I woke up at two am and wrote around five hundred words of Exchange fic, then stumbled back to bed. Weird.
Just sent Beta!Beck the first chunk of my Exchange fic to look over (6K plus words).

Which leaves me with roughly half to three quarters more to write.

Which I've given myself the self-imposed deadline of Wednesday after this one to finish.

Which would probably be doable EXCEPT I've got the Captain hanging around being the Captain, my totally random and weird desire to leave the house once in awhile, and the need to give the ENTIRE house the Cleaning I Usually Reserve For Moving Out Inspections this weekend (family coming to visit, must pretend I don't normally live in a pig sty like the college student I once was).

Captain agreed to help with The Cleaning, but then suddenly "remembered" that he might have to work on Saturday. Which I actually accepted reasonably well because it's not like he gets any say in when whether or not they call him in to work, but then I remembered...

ME: "You can't work Saturday. We're going to Harry Potter. You have to call in 'Harry Potter'."

Captain: "I'm pretty sure I can't actually do that."

ME: "I'll write you a note. Captain can not be at work today because his wife needs to see Snape die tragically. Please excuse him."

Captain: "Tell you what, you write me that note and I'll give it to my boss."

So... yes... Moral of this long drawn out and completely unrelated rambling is that I Have Stuff To Do and scheduling it all is very tricky (you can't clean the house too early because it will just get dirty again and then you have to clean it twice, etc) and I am going to see the Harry Potter movie, dammit.

Also, for some random reason, I woke up at two am and wrote around five hundred words of Exchange fic, then stumbled back to bed. Weird.
Up on DQ and LJ.

In the queue at Ashwinder.

In totally unrelated news - ordered the Pride and Prejudice miniseries staring Colin Firth today, on [livejournal.com profile] rewil's rec. If you're interested and don't have your own copy, Amazon was selling it for $12.99.
Up on DQ and LJ.

In the queue at Ashwinder.

In totally unrelated news - ordered the Pride and Prejudice miniseries staring Colin Firth today, on [livejournal.com profile] rewil's rec. If you're interested and don't have your own copy, Amazon was selling it for $12.99.
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( Dec. 28th, 2010 11:48 pm)
I've just started reading the first Mary Russell book (by Laurie R. King) and I've got a sudden craving for well written Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes fic. Preferably of a romantic nature.

I've tried looking at the Pit of Voles (and didn't find any summaries that grabbed my attention).

Anyone have any suggestions?
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( Dec. 28th, 2010 11:48 pm)
I've just started reading the first Mary Russell book (by Laurie R. King) and I've got a sudden craving for well written Mary Russell/Sherlock Holmes fic. Preferably of a romantic nature.

I've tried looking at the Pit of Voles (and didn't find any summaries that grabbed my attention).

Anyone have any suggestions?
The only downside to going home to visit family is the lack of internet. Before I left, I looked up the (only) place in town that offered free wi-fi and promised Captain that if it got too bad we could always go out for coffee (that neither of us drink) and catch up on our e-mail/LJ/Facebook/etc.

We didn't bother.

I almost didn't even get my laptop out when we stopped at a hotel on the way home on Saturday (there was a jacuzzi in my room, I soaked and watched Jurassic Park and it was worth every penny to be out of the damn car at that point). Of course, I did turn the laptop on and that's when I realized just how much stuff can accumulate when you ignore the cyberworld for over a week.

Anywho, I've just finished unpacking and putting away all of our fabulous early Christmas presents. (I'm not the only one who alphabetizes the DVDs and stuff, right?)

I finished knitting another little baby (not mine) project just before I left for the holidays, so I'll attempt to post pictures of that to [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome later.

Unfortunately, since I didn't get the laptop out the entire time I was away, I did not work on the fic I was hoping to write for [livejournal.com profile] celebrate_sshg, but I'll have some free time before the fifth and I've still got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to work on it. If not, I can always take some time with it and post it later as a simple one shot or something.

Then again, the lure of Lego Harry Potter might become too strong and I could end up spending the next week playing on the Wii.

OH, before I forget, I also managed to see Deathly Hallows part 1 last week. Not enough Snape. Too much camping. Of course, the same could be said of the first half of the book, so I suppose the movie wasn't too far off the mark. (Far enough for me to go "What the gravy is this?" more than once, though.)
The only downside to going home to visit family is the lack of internet. Before I left, I looked up the (only) place in town that offered free wi-fi and promised Captain that if it got too bad we could always go out for coffee (that neither of us drink) and catch up on our e-mail/LJ/Facebook/etc.

We didn't bother.

I almost didn't even get my laptop out when we stopped at a hotel on the way home on Saturday (there was a jacuzzi in my room, I soaked and watched Jurassic Park and it was worth every penny to be out of the damn car at that point). Of course, I did turn the laptop on and that's when I realized just how much stuff can accumulate when you ignore the cyberworld for over a week.

Anywho, I've just finished unpacking and putting away all of our fabulous early Christmas presents. (I'm not the only one who alphabetizes the DVDs and stuff, right?)

I finished knitting another little baby (not mine) project just before I left for the holidays, so I'll attempt to post pictures of that to [livejournal.com profile] the_evil_gnome later.

Unfortunately, since I didn't get the laptop out the entire time I was away, I did not work on the fic I was hoping to write for [livejournal.com profile] celebrate_sshg, but I'll have some free time before the fifth and I've still got my fingers crossed that I'll be able to work on it. If not, I can always take some time with it and post it later as a simple one shot or something.

Then again, the lure of Lego Harry Potter might become too strong and I could end up spending the next week playing on the Wii.

OH, before I forget, I also managed to see Deathly Hallows part 1 last week. Not enough Snape. Too much camping. Of course, the same could be said of the first half of the book, so I suppose the movie wasn't too far off the mark. (Far enough for me to go "What the gravy is this?" more than once, though.)
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( Aug. 20th, 2010 07:05 pm)
GAH! They posted the closing post today and now I only have ten days to finish catching up before the reveal!

But I think I can actually do it. I'm only fourteen days behind at this point, and I'll have nothing to do all next week but knit and read...

I will get caught up. Oh yes, I will... mwhahahahahaha.

Also, in other news, saw Piranha 3D today. Lots of naked. 3D bitten off... well, you can guess. I enjoyed it, but there is no way I'd take a child to see it, which means the seven o'clock showing is probably full of teenagers and nine year olds.

Off to dinner.
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