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+ I will be sending out cards this weekend, so there's still time to ask!

+ About my trip to Santa Barbara. In which I mainly talk about food. )

+ I kinda feel like I needed a vacation from my vacation but since it's the end of the month/end of the year and the holidays, that wasn't happening. I'm not even going to take off early on Christmas Eve, even though I could, because I want to get some stuff organized before the New Year.

There's more I wanted to say but I have to get ready for a long day at work. One of our biggest clients, "The Russians" (as Melisende calls them) will be having a party for us. From what I'm told regarding previous years, there will be steak, sushi, wine and vodka. Lots and lots of vodka.
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+ This dimly-lit picture is to prove I am 100% serious about sending out holiday cards this year! I have already sent out the first batch so if you requested one this year or requested one in previous years and haven't moved then I have sent it!


If you would still like a card, comments are screened.


+ Cut to save your flist - my Christmas tree and a headless dog. )


+ Speaking of dogs, Roxy had a grand mal seizure on Thanksgiving. It's the first that she's had - that I know of. It was brief and she didn't lose conciousness but it was rather scary for the both of us. I attempted to take her to the one emergency vet that was open on the Southside - 30 miles away - but when I got her into the car she got nervous and refused to sit or calm down so I gave up. I took her to her vet on Saturday and spent the weekend convincing myself her kidneys were failing/her liver was failing/she had a brain tumor/all of the above.


On Monday her results came back - her heart is okay, her lungs are okay, her kidneys and liver are okay, and her red and white blood cell counts (to indicate cancer or any other problems) are normal. Which, given that her 17th birthday is in March, is pretty remarkable. In fact, other than some arthritis and cataracts, she's otherwise fine. Though she is at risk for pancreatitis and her potassium was a bit low so the vet thinks that could have been a trigger. Since she hasn't had any other symptoms like vomitting or loss of appetite, we're in the wait and see stage. Given her age, I'm not in the mood to take her for any more tests unless necessary. Especially after her hysterical display on Saturday. After sitting still and being perfectly docile during her rabies shot, them shaving some of her hair, and putting a muzzle on her, she decided to rear back - almost off the table - and grab the doctor's hand in her forearms when he tried to take her blood. It took three people to hold her still.


I was so proud of her.


+ So needless to say, after that weekend, I am super behind on my [community profile] smutty_claus. Ha ha ha god help me.


+ [profile] hondagirll and [personal profile] i_am_girlfriday - check your emails, please.
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Real Life Stuff )

+ If you love pop music, check out this amazing mix. A collection of the hit songs of the past 70 years.

Also, I got annoyed with that 10 days meme so I think I'm going to change it up and post it later. Instead have the NaBloPoMo meme.

The first four questions. )


The rest of the meme. )
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I SWEAR TO GOD I WILL DO IT THIS TIME, I AM STARTING EARLIER AND EVERYTHING!



I will be sending out holiday cards this year. For reals. Please send me your address and I will send you a card. Comments screened for that reason.




Late, because I'm me, but I recc'd Draco/Asteria over at the [profile] crack_broom.




Ten Day Meme: Day Two - Nine Things You Do Every Day )

Day One: Ten things about you.
Day Three: Eight things that annoy you.
Day Four: Seven fears/phobias.
Day Five: Six songs that you’re addicted to.
Day Six: Five things you can’t live without.
Day Seven: Four memories you won’t forget.
Day Eight: Three words you can’t go a day without using.
Day Nine: Two things you wish you could do.
Day Ten: One person you can trust.
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Real Life

Sad Animal Stuff )


General Life Stuff )

Shows I am currently watching:

- Reign: It is amazing and ridiculous. Though for the love of God can someone put some fucking sleeves on those dresses?!!
- It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia: Watched the first seasons thanks to Netflix. I love Charlie.
- Sleepy Hollow: As I said on tumblr, this is the Supernatural With Women Who Don't Die that I have been waiting for. I eagerly anticipate more cheese and bastardizations of biblical prophecy for many seasons to come.
- Dracula: See entry for Reign.
- Brooklyn Nine Nine: Much better than I was expecting. I hope Bayliss is Andre Braugher's husband.
- Orange is the New Black: Loved it. Breakout comedy of the year, tbh.

I am also currently working my way through Parks & Recreation (I liked the first season?) and House of Cards. I'm on the fence about giving The Walking Dead, Homeland, and Community another chance but I'm sure I'll cave eventually. And I'm still watching Elementary and Modern Family and eagerly awaiting the return of Game of Thrones and Hannibal.

- Also, if you have a Netflix account, you need Hola Unblocker. Trust me on this one.


HP stuff )

- Finally, nabbed from [personal profile] aggiebell90:

Ten Day Meme: Day One - Ten Things About Me )

Day Two: Nine things you do every day.
Day Three: Eight things that annoy you.
Day Four: Seven fears/phobias.
Day Five: Six songs that you’re addicted to.
Day Six: Five things you can’t live without.
Day Seven: Four memories you won’t forget.
Day Eight: Three words you can’t go a day without using.
Day Nine: Two things you wish you could do.
Day Ten: One person you can trust.
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image


start shouting - a (90's) harry potter fanmix


[listen]


i. these are the days // 10,000 maniacs - these are the days you'll remember / never before and never since / will the whole world be warm as this / i promise  ii. we walk the same line // everything but the girl - and we can't run and we can't cheat / cause baby when we meet what we're afraid of / we find out what we're made of  iii. red right hand // nick cave & the bad seeds - he'll wrap you in his arms / tell you that you've been a good boy / he rekindle all the dreams / it took you a lifetime to destroy  iv. live forever // oasis - maybe i just want to fly / i want to live i don't want to die / maybe i just want to breath / maybe i just don't believe  v. stop whispering // radiohead - and they're cursing me, and they won't let me be / and there's nothing to say, and there's nothing to do / stop whispering, start shouting  vi. everything is everything // lauryn hill - i wrote these words for everyone / who struggles in their youth / who won't accept deception / instead of what is truth  vii. hurt // nine inch nails - what have i become? / my sweetest friend / everyone i know / goes away in the end  viii. never is a promise // fiona apple -  you'll never live / the life that i live / i'll never live the life / that wakes me in the night  ix. the promise // tracy chapman -  if you wait for me / then i'll come for you / although i've traveled far / i always hold a place for you in my heart  x. one // u2 -  did i ask too much? more than a lot / you gave me nothing now it's all i got / we're one but we're not the same



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                                                                (embiggen)

1.) Draco is not an INTJ. I am an INTJ. So Draco is not an INTJ.
2.) Draco is not an introvert. Period.
3.) And Dumbledore and McGonagall are not extroverts.
4.) Actually, the only ones I do agree with are Ginny, Luna, and Neville.


Other thoughts on HP and writing )
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Give me a pairing and I'll tell you the following things about my headcanon for them:

big spoon/little spoon:
favorite non-sexual activity:
what has a season pass on their dvr/who controls the netflix queue:
who uses all the hot water:
most trivial thing they fight over:
who cooks normally?:
who kissed who first?:
who does most of the cleaning:
who calls up the super/landlord* when the heat’s not working:
who remembers anniversaries:


You can do more than one pairing.

Meme

Sep. 10th, 2013 10:58 pm
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Meme! Comment with SLYTHERIN HUFFLEPUFF GRYFFINDOR FOREVER and I will choose five SHIP-SPECIFIC icons. You will then make a post explaining why you liked that icon in particular for the ship in question.

Chosen by
[profile] hondagirl.

(Note that the keywords for each couple are in bold.)


♥ Draco/Asteria | Bettany/Connelly
Draco, who, whatever he looks like, is not a nice man. It's a romantic, but unhealthy, and unfortunately all too common delusion of - delusion, there you go - of girls, and you [nods to Melissa] will know this, that they are going to change someone. And that persists through many women's lives, 'til their deathbed, and it is uncomfortable and unhealthy and it actually worried me a little bit, to see young girls swearing undying devotion to this really imperfect character, because there must be an element in there, that "I'd be the one who changes him." - JK Rowling Mugglenet interview

Yeah, this is the quote I choose for one of my favorite couples because I'm me. So, anyway, a few years ago I was reminded of my love of choosing "played-bys" (aka faces for your RPG characters) when I was in a brief HP RPG. It was set during DH so obviously neither Paul Bettany nor Jennifer Connelly here were being used by me for the characters but that RPG got me thinking and being tall, thin, pointy-faced, and blond, Bettany made a decent older Draco and Connelly looked pretty close to what I had always imagined Asteria so I started using these two for the characters. It works as I tend to write them in their 30/40's. I like this pic of them but this one will always be my favorite for Draco/Asteria purposes because I think it's perfect for Draco.

As for why I like Draco/Asteria... I have no idea. I still don't know why I like Draco! I blame Scorpius since I started writing him first.


♥ Ron/Hermione | Lewis/?
“Ron and Hermione, however, are drawn to each other because they balance each other out. Hermione’s got the sensitivity and maturity that’s been left out of Ron, and Ron loosens up Hermione a bit, gets her to have some fun. They love each other and they bicker a bit, but they enjoy bickering, so we shouldn’t worry about it.” - JK Rowling, Mugglenet Interview

So once I chose the above two, I started something beyond my control but something that was really helpful with my writing. Like when writing Next Gen...or for porn. Seriously, there would be no HP porn by me if I was picturing the actors who I watched grow up onscreen. Nope. Anyway, when I was thinking of tall, attractive ginger dudes for a Weasley my first thought was... Eric Stoltz. But years spent in another RPG had me thinking Eric Stoltz = Bill Weasley so I went with Damian Lewis, who is a total sweetheart in Band of Brothers and plays a maladjusted weirdo everywhere else! This icon seemed perfect since he's smiling all sweetly at some wavy haired brunette helping him with his tie, making it work well for a Ron/Hermione icon.


♥ | Joan Watson/Sherlock Holmes
Holmes: I sent you a text with my location every two hours.
Watson: I was busy.
Holmes: I left some urine in your room!
Watson: Tell me it’s in a cup.

- Elementary, 1x07

These are on the path to being the next Mulder and Scully for me. I am looking forward to years of pining and UST and posing as couples and by God if I do not get it, I will send CBS boxes of bees until they give into my demands.


♥ | Daenerys Targaryen/Jorah Mormont
“The common people pray for rain, healthy children and a summer that never ends. It is no matter to them if the high lords play their game of thrones, so long as they are left in peace.”

What do you pray for, Ser Jorah?” she asked him.

“Home,” he said. His voice was thick with longing.

- A Game of Thrones, GRRM

When I first heard about this pairing before seeing the show, just based on the books, I thought "ew gross." But, then I saw the show where Daenerys is over 18 and Ser Jorah by the fine-looking Iain Glen. It also helps that Jorah on the show is more in awe of Danny and less mansplainy Nice Guy.


♥ | Carla Espinoza/Chris Turk
Carla: Christopher!
Turk: Christopher? You only call me that when you're mad at me... or when we're having sex. Baby, are you mad when we're having sex?
Carla: ...Sometimes.

Scrubs, 3x18

I've been watching a lot of this and It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia lately. The latter doesn't have much in the way in ships but the former had a lot of heart and a lot of great relationships, chief among them Carla and Turk. I think the show's writers did a good job developing the couple and letting them evolve over the years and the actors had a great natural chemistry that brought the pairing to life.

ETA: And this is trying to tell me I'm a cross between Draco and Hermione making me their time-travelling neurotic baby from hell but unfortunately, it's wrong about both.
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- I'm debating whether or not to try for [community profile] hp_holidaygen again. Since the sign-ups are running till the 16th, I think I'll wait to see what I get for [community profile] smutty_claus.


PS/SS, Chapters 9-14 )
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+ Due to car issues that had me doing a three-hour commute to and from work on Monday, I wound up at the Chicago French Market on Tuesday. And by the French Market, I actually mean here.

+ I finally got a new wireless mouse. The left click on mine stopped working three weeks ago so I set it to right click and that was just fucking up everything. I feel like a real person again.

+ I found some old fic notes and in my reasoning for sorting Rose Weasley as a Slytherin I have: "Ron's desire for attention + power + Hermione's cunning + their shared pragmatism and willingness to fuck up people who hurt/threaten their loved ones = Slytherin!Rose."

PS/SS Chapters 7 & 8 )
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I had a six-hour commute so I have no energy to post anything else but my book stuff.

PS/SS Chapters 5 & 6 )
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Title: In Front of Me
Number: 002. Middles
Rating: R for language and sexual themes.
Length: 2400+
Character: Draco Malfoy, Asteria Greengrass, a bunch of OCs
Warnings: Deals with suspected infidelity. Draco's a bigoted, xenophobic douchebag which should be a given but I never know. Warning for HP renditions of non-standard British accents. (Think Krum.)
Author's Notes: Unbeta'd. I need to start getting in the swing of writing again. One day maybe I will write the scene mentioned near the end. Title from Rachael Yamagata's "Don't."

Queer as it was, Asteria could understand the younger witch. )
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- I'm probably going to do [community profile] smutty_claus and by probably I mean, I've already filled out the form.

- I am definitely going to do a Harry Potter re-read so I can resist the urge to hijack other rereads. I've already planned it out as "100 Days of Harry Potter" as there are 199 chapters in the series (including the epilogue) so two chapters a day plus the epilogue = 100.

- Does anyone know of hair donation places that take dyed (but not bleached) hair? I'm growing mine out and it's mid-back now so I'm thinking of maybe donating it for use in wigs. I don't think it's damaged, no split ends and has a good shine to it but I know a lot of places won't take dyed hair.

- My brother wants to keep the house. Because he is an idiot. I honestly don't care because it's not my credit, nor my bank account.

- On a related note, my bathroom ceiling now has a hole in it. It developed a crack last week and, before I could do anything to get it taken care of, the ceiling over the bathroom caved in on Monday.

The weirdest thing? There were pieces of tile in the rubble of the ceiling. Doesn't that seem weird? Everything about this house suggests it was built by a lunatic. One of these days I fully expect to find a staircase leading to nowhere.

- I am in denial about the possibility of war with Syria. Like literally, I cannot believe this will happen. I refuse.

- Random Internet Things )

Also, with Labor Day coming up, this song has been on near-constant play on my iTunes:

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