RE: DINNER - I'm making Thai green curry for dinner. And it's a bit more like the fiery blazes of hell hotter than I thought it would turn out. Right on! Now if Bryan would only get his butt out of the bedroom where he's trying on new clothing I'd be all set. This is what I get for marrying a man voted "best dressed" in his senior year of high school.

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RE: SORTING - I spent around two hours today going through boxes that have been sealed up since we moved into the house three years ago. Some of the stuff I was thrilled to see (hey, that telephone we've been looking for! The sculptural tiles from Arcosanti!). And others... well... let's just say that of the three boxes I went through I'm keeping one box worth. I had a long black Australian oilskin trench coat that I'd been desperately missing and once I pulled it out I was rather "eh" about it and decided to garage sale it instead of keeping it.

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RE: OLD FRIENDS - I found an old (1992/1993) summer band camp buddy (SHUT UP!) online this afternoon on a whim and shot her an email. I got this as a reply:

Hi Lindsay!

Of COURSE I remember you. Duh. You were one of my best camp buddies! You lived in Hacienda Heights, and one time I came to visit you and watched you and your marching band compete. That was fun!

I just watched an old Arrowbear video for the first time a while back...you were on it and I was like, "Aww, Lindsay...I wonder what she's been up to."  =)

Things are good for me. You still playing at all? Where are you living?

Nice to hear from you! And a belated congratuations on your marriage! Yay!

Stacy


Yay, indeed. She's living locally, so I hope to see her soon to catch up.

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Oh, goody. Fashion boy is out ofthe bedroom. Yum!
RE: BLOGGING I'm really surprised that so many people did not consider themselves bloggers in my last post. I wonder if my having posted that blurb about the lecture I'm going to above the question skewed the results. Because occasionally people ask me if I have a blog or if I'm a blogger, and I always answer yes. Probably it just means that I'm full of myself. 

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RE: THE SHOWER: I knew that having my mom and my mother-in-law jointly throw our shower would be interesting, and I sort of thought neither of them knew what they were getting into, but I had no idea how the friction would manifest itself. Well, this morning my MIL called Bryan to say how frustrated she was - and this was after the first real planning conversation. To put it bluntly, my MIL is all about casual entertaining for large crowds, and my mom feels that traditional is better, and though my mom means well, she tends to shoot down ideas if she hasn't had personal experience with them - for example she told my MIL that no one plays games at a baby shower. Oh, okay. If you say so. She also said no to every food idea my MIL presented other than cold cuts and rolls and whatnot, saying that people wouldn't like it. Oy. Unless someone point blank asks me to get involved I'm staying out of it and letting the two of them work it out on their own. I had enough of the negotiations with the wedding, and I just don't really care anymore.

Also, I wanted to check the dimensions of the changing pad we registered for last night so I hopped on line and imagine my surprise to find that even though inivtations haven't been sent out yet and something like six things have already been purchased from the registry. Could have bowled me over with a feather. If anyone is inclined, I'd love a critique of our registry (think we selected stupid stuff? too much practical, not enough fun things? are we just waaaaay off with thinking what we need?) at Target. It's under my name and we're in CA. If you don't know my full first/last name please let me know via email and I'll send you the info (ves.heill at gmail dot com). *ETA- In a response below I indicated the "big" things we were already given by various people.

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RE: THE HOUSE: The room we need to complete to finish the interior of the house is the nursery. We'll be done with that as of next weekend, when we'll lay down the FLOR carpet tiles and put up the closet structure. It has been almost three and a half years of planning, purchasing, and physical work. We're not officially done with the house (we've still got to replace almost all of the doors in the house, each of which takes almost a full weekend, and a couple of things need paint touch-ups), but we're so incredibly close that I can taste it. We're finally putting together furniture that we've been storing for the last three or so years, and going through boxes that contain things we haven't seen since we packed them up in the apartment back in July of 2003. It's like sorting through treasure - books I'd forgotten about, decor items that I've been missing, old files and paperwork that I can shred due to obsoleteness... Soon. Soon we'll be done with this massive undertaking. And then I'm vowing to never, never rennovate again for as long as I live. Or at least for another year. Which ever comes first.

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RE: HOW I'M FEELING: I know in reality I'm actually a tad-bit on the small side for being over 30 weeks pregnant, but I feel like a whale. Which is why I haven't posted any pictures for a long while. I look in the mirror, and the face looking back at me isn't mine. It's someone who looks sort of like me, but has acne and fat cheeks, and it wearing sort of funny clothes because nothing really fits right any more. Ah, well. Just over 9 weeks left.
I'm going to a lecture next month at my university which will be about how society views online forms of blogging differently. Specifically, the lecture announcement states: In the popular imagination, there is a distinction between "blogs," which are assumed on some level to be doing public work, whether political, techincal, academic, or journalistic, and "online diaries," which are primarily personal, if not exactly private. These personal blogs are too often dismissed as the narcissistic rantings of teenage girls and other hysterics, a nonsensical--and not incidentally, hyper-feminine-- form of "oversharing." Such a dismissal, however, overlooks the important work that such personal blogs are doing in the construction of an emergent literary form...

My question to you is:

Do you see yourself as

a) A blogger

b) Someone who just happens to have an online journal/ diary

c) Neither/ other (explain)

Just curious...
I think everyone knows by now that I get a ton of really bizarre correspondance from prospective students. Most I toss because they're silly and pedantic, but occasionally one comes across my desk that I have to keep or to share. A few years ago a faculty member forwarded me an email he received. I've held onto it for three years because it was just a classic gem of someone who's obviously very intelligent and at the same time very socially unstable. And it's quite frankly just a hoot to read. I was purging things from my files yesterday and found it again to my delight. I no longer want to hold onto it, but I can't bring myself to throw it away without saving at least some of the highlights. The entire document is ten pages long, but I selected my favorite highlights to copy below.

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A couple of mornings a week I see a couple out walking in the morning. She's fairly non-descript - middling height, middling weight, brown hair cut medium short, and she wears clothing appropriate to be out walking in the morning. She leads a german shepard and walks in front. Her husband/father/boyfriend/partner/random aquanitance walks a little ways behind him. He's easily spotted for two reasons. The first, he tends to wear something along the lines of jeans, an oversized white henley shirt that falls to mid-thigh, an beach/sand hat in camoflauge print, and he carries a really big walking stick which he doesn't actually use for walking - he just totes it around with him. And second, he has a two foot green parrot perched on his shoulder.

I'm baffled. I understand talking the dog along for the walk and getting your morning constitutional while you're at it. But I am absolutely stumped as to why one would take a bird for a walk. The bid never squaks, never looks like it's trying to take flight, and had I not seen it looking around and moving it's head I would have sworn it was a stuffed. And what would he need the Big Ass Stick for, anyways? It's not like they go out at 5 in the morning when it's still dark out - they stroll at 7:30 along well maintained sidewalks and though I do live in a suburb there aren't exactly wild bears meandering the streets that need to be beaten back. I don't get it.
You know the drill - where'd I pull these quotes from - and no googling for cheats!

1. I want to kill everyone. Satan is good. Satan is our pal.  - The Burbs

2. Look around you - can you construct some sort of rudimentary lathe?

3. Over the mysteries of female life there is drawn a veil, best left undisturbed.

4. Husbands should be like Kleenex: soft, strong, and disposable. - Clue

5. I find I'm so excited I can barely sit still or hold a thought in my head. I think it is the excitement only a free man can feel, a free man at the start of a long journey whose conslusion is uncertain. - The Shawshank Redemption

6. I am removing the superfluous buns. - Father of the Bride

7. Then please, my dear, encourage no one else. Marriage is so disrupting to one's social circle. - Emma

8. You  remember the day I went out for cigarettes and didn't come back? You must have noticed!

9. I'm not like you, Philip. I'm not one of those people that's only good on the phone. In person you just blame everybody. You made a mistake at the office, you gave out the address! Did I blame you? No! I blamed the Santa Anas! I don't even know what the Santa Anas are!  - Mixed Nuts

10. Now you listen to me! I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two ex-wives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed. - North by Northwest

11. Do you realize what you've done? You've taken a woman who loves you - one of the great women in the world - and thrown her away. I lost her, too, but I will get over it because I am shallow and self-centered. But you, you won't, because you are "complex." You will feel terrible anquish for the rest of your life. This is turning out to be a pretty good day. - The Money Pit

12. Son, in 35 years of religious study, I have only come up with two hard incontrovertible facts: there is a God, and I am not him.

13. You want I should wipe the dead bugs off the windshield, ma'am?

14. From now on we live ina world where man has walked on the moon. And it's not a miracle - we just decided to go.

15. Don't let him know, though. He must be anxious enough as it is, knowing what lies ahead. Then again, we all are. - Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire. It was a given I'd choose something from that, no? ;)

This is the AFI list of 100 top movies of all time. I bolded the ones I've seen and I italicized the ones I own (or have owned - we had a fire and I've never recovered all the ones I used to own and left with my mom when I moved out). I have 52 left still to view. I need to get on the ball with others before I don't have time to see them. Damn.

1.CITIZEN KANE (1941)
2.CASABLANCA (1942)

3.GODFATHER, THE (1972)
4.GONE WITH THE WIND (1939)

5.LAWRENCE OF ARABIA (1962)
6.WIZARD OF OZ, THE (1939)
7.GRADUATE, THE (1967)

8.ON THE WATERFRONT (1954)
9.SCHINDLER'S LIST (1993)
10.SINGIN' IN THE RAIN (1952)
11.IT'S A WONDERFUL LIFE (1946)

12.SUNSET BOULEVARD (1950)
13.BRIDGE ON THE RIVER KWAI, THE (1957)
14.SOME LIKE IT HOT (1959)
15.STAR WARS (1977)

16.ALL ABOUT EVE (1950)
17.AFRICAN QUEEN, THE (1951)
18.PSYCHO (1960)
19.CHINATOWN (1974)
20.ONE FLEW OVER THE CUCKOO'S NEST (1975)
21.GRAPES OF WRATH, THE (1940)
22.2001: A SPACE ODYSSEY (1968)
23.MALTESE FALCON, THE (1941)
24.RAGING BULL (1980)
25.E.T. THE EXTRA-TERRESTRIAL (1982)
26.DR. STRANGELOVE (1964)
27.BONNIE & CLYDE (1967)
28.APOCALYPSE NOW (1979)
29.MR. SMITH GOES TO WASHINGTON (1939)
30.TREASURE OF THE SIERRA MADRE (1948)
31.ANNIE HALL (1977)
32.GODFATHER PART II, THE (1974)
33.HIGH NOON (1952)
34.TO KILL A MOCKINGBIRD (1962)
35.IT HAPPENED ONE NIGHT (1934)
36.MIDNIGHT COWBOY (1969)
37.BEST YEARS OF OUR LIVES, THE (1946)
38.DOUBLE INDEMNITY (1944)
39.DOCTOR ZHIVAGO (1965)
40.NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
41.WEST SIDE STORY (1961)
42.REAR WINDOW (1954)

43.KING KONG (1933)
44.BIRTH OF A NATION, THE (1915)
45.STREETCAR NAMED DESIRE, A (1951)
46.CLOCKWORK ORANGE, A (1971)
47.TAXI DRIVER (1976)
48.JAWS (1975)
49.SNOW WHITE & THE SEVEN DWARFS (1937)

50.BUTCH CASSIDY & THE SUNDANCE KID (1969)
51.PHILADELPHIA STORY, THE(1940)
52.FROM HERE TO ETERNITY (1953)
53.AMADEUS (1984)
54.ALL QUIET ON THE WESTERN FRONT (1930)
55.SOUND OF MUSIC, THE (1965)
56.M*A*S*H(1970)

57.THIRD MAN, THE (1949)
58.FANTASIA (1940)
59.REBEL WITHOUT A CAUSE (1955)

60.RAIDERS OF THE LOST ARK (1981)
61.VERTIGO (1958)
62.TOOTSIE (1982)
63.STAGECOACH (1939)
64.CLOSE ENCOUNTERS OF THE THIRD KIND (1977)
65.SILENCE OF THE LAMBS, THE (1991)

66.NETWORK (1976)
67.MANCHURIAN CANDIDATE, THE (1962)
68.AMERICAN IN PARIS, AN (1951)
69.SHANE (1953)
70.FRENCH CONNECTION, THE (1971)
71.FORREST GUMP (1994)
72.BEN-HUR (1959)

73.WUTHERING HEIGHTS (1939)
74.GOLD RUSH, THE (1925)
75.DANCES WITH WOLVES (1990)
76.CITY LIGHTS (1931)
77.AMERICAN GRAFFITI (1973)
78.ROCKY (1976)
79.DEER HUNTER, THE (1978)
80.WILD BUNCH, THE (1969)
81.MODERN TIMES (1936)
82.GIANT (1956)
83.PLATOON (1986)
84.FARGO (1996)
85.DUCK SOUP (1933)
86.MUTINY ON THE BOUNTY (1935)
87.FRANKENSTEIN (1931)
88.EASY RIDER (1969)
89.PATTON (1970)
90.JAZZ SINGER, THE (1927)
91.MY FAIR LADY (1964)
92.PLACE IN THE SUN, A(1951)
93.APARTMENT, THE (1960)
94.GOODFELLAS (1990)
95.PULP FICTION (1994)
96.SEARCHERS, THE (1956)
97.BRINGING UP BABY (1938)
98.UNFORGIVEN (1992)
99.GUESS WHO'S COMING TO DINNER (1967)
100. YANKEE DOODLE DANDY (1942)

This is my second list of fan fic recs. My first list can be found here. My previous explanations for what I like and what I look for still apply. Feel free to suggest others.



One shots


Maps to the Stars' Homes by LizBee
onhttp://www.mirrordance.net/hpfic/maps.html
"Following the war, Harry buys a plane ticket and leaves, but the memories keep following him." Non-linear narrative structure. This is one of my current favorite fics, and I defy anyone who reads it not to love it as I do.

Greeneyed Monster by Opalish
on http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2697022/1/
"During HBP, HarryGinny oneshot. Because no matter how much I love HG, that Monster in Harry's chest was totally lame." Hee. This cracked me up.

His Princess in the Tower by Fionnabhair
on http://www.checkmated.com/story.php?story=6517Written post-HBP. Taken place during Harry’s 7th year. "Brave, clever, and energetic ... not usually content to sit at home in hiding while they believe others to be in danger." Harry wants to keep Ginny safe, but is he right to ask it?

And Beggars Will Ride by Opalish
on http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2061115/1/
A boy lives in a cupboard, a strange, pale boy with green eyes and a wistful smile. Dumbledore's thoughts on Harry from PSSS through OotP. Manipulative!Dumbledore.

Couldn't keep him there
by Mad Maudlin
on http://wideworldsend.livejournal.com/33790.html
Taken place after the series has ended and is set in New Orleans post-Katrina. Author's summary: "I just need more time." "I don't have any more to give you."

A Proper Valentine by Velvethope
on http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=1789
Written pre-HBP. Harry loses a bet with Ginny which results is him attending the Valentine's Ball with her. He thinks they’re going as friends. Do does she. Or do they?

Heavenly Broken by Julie Weasley
on http://julie-weasley.livejournal.com/30266.html?view=138554#t138554
Written post-HBP. Takes place in the summer after HBP. Ginny's point of view. After Bill and Fleur's wedding, Ginny wonders in the dark. Written for a Lyric Challenge.

The Truth by Opalish
on http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2742879/1/
He almost writes the letter three times. Regulus and the truth.

A Right Hufflepuff by Opalish
on http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2690061/1/
PostHBP, Ron's POV. 'I swear, Harry's turned me into a right Hufflepuff.'

Fade to Morning
by Opalish
on http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2517544/1/
They don't speak, but the silence is comfortable, rich with understanding and support. Post HBP. HarryGinny, HarryOC, GinnyNeville.

Compromising Positions
by velvethope
on http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=2330
Written pre-HBP. Ginny finds herself in hot water (thanks to Draco) and Harry comes to her rescue. He realizes he has stronger feelings than he thought for our favorite red-head.

Flowers & Promises
by Velvethope
on http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=10999
Takes place during the year after HBP. Harry, Ron & Hermione are on the hunt for Horcruxes, but Harry's mind keeps turning to the person he left behind. Will he be able to make it through a Christmas at the Burrow? Contains all canon couples.

Fatalistic Fate by Firefawn
on http://fanfictionworld.net/hparchive/viewstory.php?chapterid=125945
"The soul. The last true sanctuary. It is the final thing that anyone can call their own. The marring of the pure, uncorrupted soul would surely be the largest prize for the wicked. And for one, marring the soul of the last person they love is the only way to make them understand what they have become." Totally original and not what you'd expect.

Percy’s gift by velvethope
on http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=3234
Written for the HGFicafest on Live Journal. In the wake of Percy's death, Ginny finds out that her life is about to change. Will Harry offer to help her? Will she let him? First part is G but the rating is a definite R for part two.

 

The Right Time by weasleyismyking
on http://weasleyismyking.livejournal.com/642442.html
Unspoken words hurt more than kicking a wall.

Seven Days and Seven Conversations
by dress-without-sleeves
on http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2554293/1/
Written post-HBP. The inhabitants of the Burrow have conspired to reconcile Harry and Ginny. The problem is, they only have a week to do it...

 

Need by Opalish
on http://www.fanfiction.net/s/2532945/1/
Written post-HBP. Denial's just a river in Egypt, and she doesn't need him at all.

Starting at the end by velvethope
on http://www.simplyundeniable.com/viewstory.php?sid=547
Written pre-HBP, it’s the story of Harry and Ginny’s first kiss.

Stolen Moment by velvethope
on http://www.simplyundeniable.com/viewstory.php?sid=507
How Ginny knew what was on Harry's chest for certain.

You shouldn’t kiss me like this by deena_s
on http://deenas-fics.livejournal.com/9377.html
Written post-HBP. "I told her that night, 'You shouldn’t kiss me like this unless you mean it like that.' The pairing is left ambiguous on purpose, and I am sure everyone will have their own theories." Personally I think the guy seems more like Ron, but there's a line from the girl that sounds more Ginnyish than Hermioneish. Even so, I'm still reading it as R/H.



Completed Multi-Chapter fics

 


Harry Potter and the Enemy Within by Theowyn
on http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=2375&chapno=1
Written pre-HBP. "As Harry enters his sixth year at Hogwarts, Voldemort's lengthening shadow stretches across the wizarding world and Harry is tormented by the knowledge that he alone can end this reign of terror. Worse, his mysterious mental link to Voldemort is stronger than ever and threatens to overwhelm him. Only Snape can teach him to control the nightmarish visions, but can Harry and Snape learn to trust one another, or will an old grudge that refuses to die destroy the wizarding world's sole hope of defeating the Dark Lord?" This is probably the best Snape characterization I've ever read, the story is believable, and the writing is superb. I adore this fic.

Harry Potter and the Guild of the Night
by Katling
on http://www.simplyundeniable.com/viewstory.php?sid=784 Written pre-HBP. "Harry suffers a terrible injury at the Dursleys that leaves his ability to face Voldemort in doubt. But with the help of Remus Lupin and a mysterious new teacher he has a chance to become more than he was before. Features a grudgingly neutral Snape and a Ginny who knows what she wants." Or, rather, who she wants.

It Happened One Night by Sun Devil05
on http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=705 Written post-OotP. "Harry and Ginny make a decision that changes their lives...." Harry and Ginny care for their child at Hogwarts. Once you remove the slightly contrived beginning, it's a wonderfully written story.

Carpe Diem by Imogen
on http://www.harryandginny.co.uk/viewstory.php?sid=51 Written pre-OotP. "The Fifth Year at Hogwarts. Why does Harry have Ginny under the Imperius Curse, and what dangers does Voldemort pose for them this time?" and its follow-up Alpha and Omega at http://www.harryandginny.co.uk/viewstory.php?sid=25 "The Seventh Year at Hogwarts provides one of the most difficult decisions that Harry ever has to make, but is it enough?" And even that has three sequels (Home is Where the Heart Is which is very good, though unfinished ((boo, hiss)), Nil Desperandum, and A Pensieve Affair, all of which can be found at Imogen's website: http://www.harryandginny.co.uk/index.php.

The Year of Secrets
by Tosca
on http://www.bitchnmoan.net/fanfic/viewstory.php?sid=607 (First read Exposure, also by Tosca at http://www.bitchnmoan.net/fanfic/viewstory.php?sid=594) Written pre-HBP. "As Harry and Ginny grow into their new relationship and struggle to keep it hidden from the world, the secrets that haunt his life start to unfurl, and reveal themselves. A sixth-year fic." The sequel should be seen as very much a continuation of this story: Salvation at http://www.bitchnmoan.net/fanfic/viewstory.php?sid=619 "Possessed by her inner demons, Ginny has no one to turn to but Harry as the Second War races to its climatic end. As she suffers under Tom's wrath, Harry struggles to find a way to aid her in any way. Is there anything to save her soul before Voldemort corrupts it completely?

Lessons for Life
by Caitlin
on http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=106&chapno=1
22 chapters. Written pre-OotP. "Dudley has written a letter to Harry, eight years after Harry has left Hogwarts. What does five-year-old Chloe Dursley have to do with Harry? Abundances of Weasley's, R/Hness, a love story, and a little something for everyone." Charming. Just charming.

The Promise Ring by The White Lily
on http://www.sugarquill.net/read.php?storyid=1103&chapno=1
42 chapters. Written pre-OotP. "In fifth year, Harry learns that Voldemort is planning to take a hostage to lure him out. For her own protection, Ginny must join him at Privet Drive, beginning a year of discovery about himself and his parents.



In-progress Multi-Chapter Stories

Another Time, Another Place, Another Life by madjh
on http://www.bitchnmoan.net/fanfic/viewstory.php?sid=1397
8 chapters written so far. Written post-HBP. "Harry never wanted the notoriety that came with being 'The Boy Who Lived'. Forced to do unspeakable things in order to destroy Voldemort, Harry runs from the Wizarding world. 15 years later, he has a life of his own making... with no magic, but the past has a way of catching up with us all.” The first chapter is rated "15 and over" for Rape and Graphic Imagery. It's not an easy chapter to read, persay, but the scene in question is over fairly quickly and it sets up the rest of the story, which is very good so far.

Cursed by Myth & Legend
on http://www.phoenixsong.net/fanfiction/stories.php?psid=55
23 chapters written so far. Written post-HBP. "For most of wizard-kind the war is over and the peace that followed is secure. Only a few who remain cannot leave the memories behind and cannot stop searching for what was lost. Canon ships." Harry’s been missing and presumed dead since the Final Battle six years previous, and everyone's been doing their best to move on without him. They're not doing it very well, though. I am completely wrapped up in this fic. I wait anxiously for each week's installment.

The Seventh Horcrux
by Melindaleo
on http://www.siye.co.uk/siye/viewstory.php?sid=10917
"The hunt for the Horcruxes begins. Harry has to decide who to trust as he moves closer to fulfilling his destiny. Will he be able to find and destroy all the Horcruxes? And at what price? Will he be able to find the strength within himself 'the Power the Dark Lord Knows Not' in order to succeed in vanquishing Voldemort? And, can he do it and still get the girl? Join Harry and his faithful friends on their quest to finally defeat a Dark Lord."


Plus, all the original ones in my last post that are STILL in-progress. Oi. I know they say patience is a virtue, but mine is definitely being tried by some of these folks...
it's a... )

The tech (who by all accounts went above and beyond the call of duty in how long she sat looking for the gender. She rocked!) said videos weren't allowed in the facility, but here're a couple of photos. They're actually digital photos of the photos, but I'm still in awe of them.





Those who get big fat smoochy kisses are:
Keely (but not Adia)
Christine
Amy
Susan
Megumi
Melissa
Linda
Marie

**MWAH**

I'm so excited. :D
But no, it's on the AP and Yahoo News picked it up. I guess it's legit. 



Qiao Yubo, who is pregnant with at least five babies, walks with her husband, right, in Songyuan, in China's northeast Jilin province, Sunday, June 11, 2006. Qiao, who is 1.67-meters tall, has a waistline measurement of 1.75 meters, five months into her pregnancy. Qiao's excessive bulk is causing difficulties in getting around, with taxi drivers too afraid to take her in their cars. Her clothing is all custom-made and she eats up to seven meals a day. 

Oh, yeah, I'd say there's more than five in there. But I ask you - how does she not fall over when she stands up? I mean, seriously?

Hee. Don't know who made it, but [profile] as_we_fly is using it in the [community profile] obhwf_weekly community and it rocks.


Mexico's Congress approved the personal use of cocaine, heroin, LSD, marijuana, PCP, opium, synthetic opiates, mescaline, peyote, psilocybin mushrooms, amphetamines, and methamphetamines.

JUST FREAKING WONDERFUL.

 It's going to be LOADS of fun living in a border state now. People driving down to Tijuana for the weekend to stock up for parties and bring it back, more DUIs, more drug related crime, and more money that we'll have to spend on addiction problems. And can you IMAGINE what Spring Break will be like from now on? 

Oy. 

Just... Oy.

Don't get me wrong - I'm not making this into an immigration issue - my guess is that it will be US citizens doing the majority of this crap since we have easy passage into Mexico for tourism purposes.
There were no riots yesterday. What a nice trend! Let's hope it continues.

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An email conversation I had yesterday with Bryan:

Bryan: Check it out. project watch - Cesar Pelli Finally Sees Red -"Long-awaited LA building will complete triad at Pacific Design Center - First there was the iconic "Blue" building, known affectionately as "The Blue Whale." Then there was the distinctive "Green" building. And now there will be the "Red" building, the long-awaited addition the Pacific Design Center complex, designed by Cesar Pelli, FAIA, Pelli Clark Pelli Associates, and executive architect Gruen Associates. "Red" completes the triad of buildings the architect first envisioned for the 14-acre site in the mid-1970s. "The PDC is an idea that has been pending to be completed. It will complete the composition, but most importantly, it will help define a public space," Pelli says.
Me: What's next – yellow?
Bryan: Primary colors.
Me: Green is not a primary color. Yellow, red, and blue are the only primary colors.
Bryan: Hey, you're right. I wonder why he didn't do that. That's usually a very architect type of thing.

And he's the designer in the family. Right.

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I don't live in a small town - There are something like 90,000 people in my city. And even so, Yesterday I ran into my neighbor at Costco (literally - I ran into him with a cart. Whoops. Luckily he has a good sense of humor about those things), and when I was at the grocery store a woman stopped me in the produce aisle and said "aren't you [my MIL]'s daughter-in-law? She's so excited about your pregnancy. How are you feeling?" It was bizarre, and though I vaguely remembered meeting her before I didn't remember who she was. It was only after I got in my car that I remembered she and her husband own one of my favorite restaurants (Keely - she owns Tutti Mangia in the village, Spaghetti Eddie's in Glendora, and Eddie's New York Pizzeria in Claremont). Damn. I should have kept her talking longer.

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I got a prenatal workout video from Amazon a few weeks ago and I've been pretty good about doing it a few times a week. I've really enjoyed the salsa dancing segment so that's what I've done each time, and while I'm sweaty at the end I always feel great the next day. Yesterday I decided to try the yoga segment, and I feel like I've been hit with stones and stretched on the rack. And what's sad is that this isn't my first time doing yoga - Bryan and I used to do it together. Granted, that was many moons ago. 

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I've found a 7 day Alaskan cruise on Princess that is r/t out of Seattle for $629/person, and I found airfare for $280/person. I'm hoping we'll do that or something similar.


Heh.

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So we're thinking about taking one last hurrah of a vacation before baby makes three. We want something relaxing, but where we can also go out and do some physical activities, too, and I'm always looking out ofr good photooptions. And we thought it might be nice to do something with Bryan's parents and my mom as well, so we're thinking of an Alaskan cruise this summer. It's sort of short notice, but we're hoping to get a good last-minute deals. We'd (read: I) prefer to either go on either Royal Caribbean, Princess, or Celebrity. Has anyone done one of these cruises before? Are there ports you think are a MUST SEE, or any that you felt you could have skipped? What length would you say is a good option (7 or 10 day)?
I've said it many times, but the people I work with have been so, so good to me. Yesterday, H (one of the secretaries) brought in a box of creamsicles for me, just because she thought I would like them, since she liked having ice cream every day when she was pregnant. But she commented that she gained 60 pounds with her son (!) so she got me the kind that were made with LF ice milk so they're only 100 calories each. Was that great of her or what?!?

So I had my first orange creamsicle just now. And it was gooood.


In our opinion, Pabst Blue Ribbon Beer is   a) A good beer, really! I'd order it at a bar or buy a six-pack to take home.  b) Nasty piss water that is favored by rednecks.  c) Meh. I've tried it, but wouldn't say either of the above is really appropriate.
I upgraded to a beta sponsored+ livejournal account.

Why? Because I get more userpics and upgrade features without having to pay anything extra. Because I'm cheap sneaky stoopid practical that's why. 

Carry on. :)
There are some truly brilliant people out there.

Nikki and Amy - this is for you:


And these are for me (and anyone else who wants them - go here or here to download and credit appropriately):














and

Heh.

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My usual morning routine consists of heading to the restroom, feeding the cat, and then sitting down for a coupe of minutes to gather my wits about me as I start the day before I head back into the bedroom to get ready for work. This morning my gathering-my-wits period was interrupted by not one, not two, but three separate trips to clean up Scout’s vomiting. Excellent! Overall she’s doing much better than she had been in the beginning and we attribute that to the prescription food that we dole out throughout the day, but she still has days that make me doubt my abilities to care for a cat, let alone another human being. And that’s not even thinking about what my poor carpet may be going through today while I’m gone. Ew.



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I found out this morming that my BIL and SIL are having Rain's birthday party the same day and time as Jamie's party for Emma. Gah! not happy about that.

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Someone brought in half-full bags of dark chocolate and milk chocolate mini easter eggs. I'm wearing my tightish jeans today (I figure I might as well get as much use of them as I can now before I can't wear them anymore), and I can't yet tell if that's a very good thing, or a very bad thing. The tightness will keep me from eating the remainder of the dark chocolate bag, so that's good. But it'll also prevent me from eating the rest of the dark chocolate bag, so it's bad. Bit of a toss-up, really.

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We're supposed to go to my ILs house for (non-religous) Easter brunch on Sunday, and to my mom's house for a Passover seder in the evening. Neither has told us when they're thing is going to start/end, so we still don't know if we'll be going to each or if I'll just go to my mom's and Bryan will just go to his parent's thing. Overall I'm very amused by this whole situation, and the one thing that is my saving grace for the Passover seder is that I'm no longer the youngest - I feel like a moron answering those damn questions. This year the role of the moron shall be played by my cousin Skye. I did my part last night by watching the first part of the 10 Commandments. I'm so thoughtful.

I went to the Dr's appointment (the guy absolutely couldn't remember who I ws or why I was there or what form he needed to fill out or what kind of injury I'd had with the accident. Honestly - can't you just spend, like, 45 seconds and LOOK AT MY CHART BEFORE COMING INTO THE ROOM?), and was hungry on the way home so treated myself to a to-go lunch at my favorite chinese restaurant. Came home and took what was intended to be a 30 minute or so nap... and woke up two hours later. Damn. Two hours. I'd only woken for the day six hours prior and spent the majority of my waking time sitting at my desk. Even so, I still slept for two hours. And I wasn't particularly sleepy, which makes me wonder how long I would have slept had I had a bad night last night. Sheesh.

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