tempestuously: ([blackcat] liek OMG squee!!1)
Ah, I went to church for Christmas mass and am fully enveloped in the Christmas spirit! I hope everyone gets their cookies. I'm going to be helping my bro with his present for his gf now.

Oh yes and:

tempestuously: ([gravi] nobel prize for evil?)
I have been dead of life since about Friday. I'm still pretty exhausted from work's exciting adventures, but since personal complaining is BORING...

Let's celebrate CHRISTMAS IN DECEMBER. Disclaimer: The link does not refer you to anything of particularly Christmas nature and is simply something I believe makes most people on my FL happy.

Also, people need to stop narcing on Tron:Legacy, just go to have fun. And the story problems aren't actually that bad! I want the soundtrack. Besides, Gabi and I have fun putting the Tron story to Judeo-Christian allegory. It's amazing that way and makes reading Tron slash even more naughty~.
tempestuously: ([terra]look and see her how she sparkles)
Welp, I've been blind for most of the day (AGAIN) but I did get my fondant so I can get cracking on that pretty soon. Of course, this also means I'm going to have to get up early tomorrow to ship everything. Probably around 9 a.m. Drat. I also have to actually do my cards tonight. I'm sure once I start, I will stop being such a lazy bum about it. I love sending stuff, I'm just so suck in the motivational department. It's a cruel irony.

Hopefully, I also got over the slump I drove myself into last night.
tempestuously: ([blackcat] liek OMG squee!!1)
So amid my crazy bake-off yesterday, I sort of missed some very important news. It appears that the Senate is indeed functioning. So I just want to give a HELL YEAH for the DADT repeal! I'm proud of you guys, I am.

In less epic but still awesome news, the cookies are finished and will be sent Tuesday since I need time to write cards. But hey they're HOLIDAY cookies not Christmas cookies. I apologize to anyone who gets the slightly thinner poppy cookies. My roomie's big of a dog jumped the counter and ate three bags of them, forcing me to replace the original cookies with my spares. Believe me, if I had time to remake your cookies I would. I'm just fortunate only the poppy seed cookies for three people were in those bags so all the rest of the cookies are secure.

[livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life and I also hit up Tron Legacy, which did not disappoint. It was shiny and AWESOME and totally 80s nostalgic. I love Jeff Bridges. Plus, the new trailer for Green Hornet makes me actually want to see it. We also watched the new Star Driver, which was far less awesome since Sugata didn't do anything nifty this time. But he did talk to Head again and I think the two might be bonding. D'awww.

I also feel slightly queasy for some reason. I think it's the cold weather plus limited sleep plus the Metro so I might be zoning tonight. Sorry. I need to watch my Geass episode so I can at least participate VERY LATE in the usual discussion. Oh yeah, the talk on [livejournal.com profile] code_geass made me coerce Gabi into watching "Dr. Horrible's Sing-Along Blog," which is quite a feat since she hates music. But it's true, that series is so Geass AMV material.
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
I spent an insane amount of time last night watching this user's animated wolf series about a cow who wants to live with wolves. It sounds lame, but the characters and storyline are fairly deep, with much of it focused on the wolves. The dialogue could use some sprucing up and some of the characters' actions are a bit forced, but overall it is an impressive effort for someone to churn out this type of thought-out plot in 5-7 minute installments every month. Her animation also improves as she goes, and I love watching artists develop. It's funny because I always chide [livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life for the time she spends reading original fiction on AdultFanfiction and here I spend hours watching an original animated series. I guess I have nowhere to talk. But, man, things like this inspire me to write.

I also really want to read Erin Hunter's "Warriors" series after spending equally long watching story videos and adaptions like one done by the above user and this young animation studio. I always complain about how I hate the rabbit mythology in Watership Down and can't read Redwall because I don't give two tail shakes about rats, but yet I'm fully willing to read an entire series about warrior cats. Since they're YA, I also expect them to be quick reads too. I'm going to toss one up on my bookreads queue, maybe about The Lost Hero, and see what I think of their style before deciding if I want to fit them into my schedule.

Also, just in case I deterred anyone with my rant yesterday, Legend's final episode is REALLY GOOD, just suffers from the pacing issues the majority of the issue suffers from. But the characters are amazing as always.

If I don't get my fondant today, I'm going to punch someone. I want to go see "Tron" already.
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
... Legend, you did NOT just do that. This February 15 date better be a second season and not some notice of your DVDs. I just. WHY?
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
I have been baking cookies from 4 to 11 p.m. I still have to wake up early tomorrow to make the final batch out of the dough that had to freeze overnight. I would be feeling pretty darn accomplished if I had my fondant. I ordered it Monday! I do feel bad I failed at doing cards though. I may not be able to send cookies until Monday after all. Sob.
tempestuously: (Default)
... I'm pretty sure I just broke my four-wheel drive. Yep.
tempestuously: ([tutu] a sorta fairytale)
I'm reading Michael Cunningham again since I finished "Curse of the Chalion." It was pretty much awesome, even if the end was a bit wonky. I even wrote a review on goodreads. But back to Cunningham, my love with him is an outlier to what I usually enjoy. I don't devour his characters, nor do I demand especially compelling ones as I might with any other writing. I'm never actually that excited by the stories they tell either. What holds me about Cunningham is his writing. I envy it in so many ways and know I will never be able to achieve anything like it. His writing draws me in and makes me relish every sentence like a gourmet dish. Just the way he captures the way people think, talk and live. It's like he's simply talking to someone on the street about his own life. That's how naturally his characters flow. All the little details about the things in their rooms, that one time in school, their promiscuous siblings. I wonder how it all just comes to him. Does he even have to sit and plan it out or is it just natural writing? Sometimes when I read Cunningham, I wonder if my writing comes off as pretentious because I over-think everything about my characters and don't have as much imagination for innocent side details because I want to drive home motivations, traits and personality. Whereas Cunningham presents his characters like people and his dialogue, not like a script of nothing but direction but more like talking. It's not really lyrical, although I would tell anyone Cunningham's prose is indeed beautiful, but it's so personal. It's the type of imagination, creativity and understanding of humanity that I yearn to show in my own writing. It's the writing of someone who has really lived.

I guess now people know why Cunningham is my writing idol.

Also, if you don't like Cunningham, that's fine too but if you mention it here, I will cut you. Just saying.
tempestuously: ([wolf] how about a taste of my fangs?)
Dear Lady who thinks she can lecture me like I'm 12,

I would not have parked my vehicle behind your motorcycle, several feet in fact, had you not parked horizontally and taken up an entire space for a vehicle 1/5 the size. Now, I understand fully your worry that someone might hit your motorcycle and that you park the way you do because you plan to have your husband filling the space, thus preventing the need for two parking spaces. That is quite considerate. But this does not give you carte blanche to talk down to me when I come out to move my vehicle and request an explanation. I do not care that you called the cops on my roomie for doing something similar. She did not share that incident with me, and we are not the same person. Your vehicle is also not in fact damaged in any way to warrant your hysteria. For this happening TWO whole times. No, carrying your baby with you while you berate me does not make you any less rude. I hope that my frequent reminders of "Don't lecture me" remain in your memory for the next time you have a gripe you wish to express to someone.

Sincerely,

Your perfectly reasonable neighbor
tempestuously: ([gravi] nobel prize for evil?)
Why is it so hard for me to figure out how many episodes anime has? Wiki told me Legend has 26 and word on the street is 24, with next episode being the last. ANN told me Star Driver has 13 and the Japanese TV guide thing has a summary for episode 14. WHY IS THIS SO HARD PEOPLE?

In other news, when did it become cool for politicians to cry? I thought that's what lost people elections. But now it means they CARE. Go fig.
tempestuously: ([terra]look and see her how she sparkles)
I had an exciting weekend with [livejournal.com profile] realms_of_life, whereupon I did many things. Kind of. We originally were going to go see Narnia on Saturday, but we spent forever looking for a place to eat. We finally settled in at Friday's, which made the cardinal sin of serving appetizers at the same time as the entre. I was not pleased. So we decided to hold off on Narnia until today. In the meantime, there was BATMAN.

We watched Mask of the Phantasm, which I still love, and Under the Hood, which Gabi was gaga over. I will admit I prefer Jason Todd in small doses so this was a darn good movie, with lots of psychological value. Older Joker is still hard to get used to, even if he is his psychotic joking self. It was also surreal to watch a very VIOLENT Batman movie in cartoon form since all the other Batman animations usually aren't as vicious. I also loved Nightwing, but then again Dick is my favorite Batman character. Talia is my favorite female Batman character. But yeah, Under the Hood was a nick kick to the gut. We wisely followed this up with Michael Bourne's Swan Lake. What a pleasant note to end the night on.

As far as Narnia, I thoroughly enjoyed it. I slashed Edmund and Caspian to pieces. But the bit toward the end where Aslan stops being subtle and goes FULL SERMON was a bit hard to take seriously. I really hope our uncontrollable fit of laughter didn't too much disturb the family sitting next to us. I feel bad about that but really! I don't know if I want more Narnia since I know Edmund won't be in the others. And no, that's not a spoiler.

There was also Star Driver, which had the sister episode (that was nice if not completely unsatisfying in fanservice during the loooooooooong baseball scene) and an episode about Kanako's servants, which had an awesome scene with Sugata and Takuto. I won't spoil; I'll just say that Sugata completely read my mind.

Legend of the Legendary Heroes is going to make me cry and Sion and Ryner are SO in love with each other, that is all. I don't want this series to be over next week. They still have so much to resolve. Sigh. Also, this anime really doesn't know how to be subtle. At all.

I have to find some time this week to do my xmas cards.
tempestuously: ([vk] the art of topping)
Well, today's car adventure stole almost ALL my card-writing time so I will have to set aside another day to that in the near future. At least I managed to get reading done and sent my father's check.

I also spent a good portion of time driving behind a massive trick that warned me that end times would begin March 21 and continue until Oct. 21. Good to know. I'll mark that down on my calendar.

I am completely addicted to watching the baby red pandas on Firefox Live. They're sleeping right now. D'aww.

I forgot to link my amusing poli-link from yesterday so here it is: http://voices.washingtonpost.com/compost/2010/12/cant_say_public_option_on_fox.html
tempestuously: ([gravi] nobel prize for evil?)
... Why is it snowing during my do-stuff day?


ETA: So I'm driving around, cussing at my brakes for not stopping soon and enough and complaining that my all-terrain vehicle can't handle a little snowfall. Then I remember, I HAVE FOUR-WHEEL DRIVE. orz I really shouldn't be allowed to drive.
tempestuously: ([blackcat] liek OMG squee!!1)
[Poll #1654740]

Please DON'T VOTE IF YOU DON'T WANT COOKIES, as it throws off my count. If you want cookies, PLEASE VOTE. This is how I choose which cookies to make. I have many options as you can see.

The top four favored cookie types will be the ones I send, along with two types I have already decided on: my tried and true chocolate expresso cookies and either a SPECIAL cookie or poppy-seed cookie depending on how much my design skills fail. For more information on these cookies go here, here and here. Also, people mentioned disliking nuts last time so if you are not a nut-lover, comment here and I'll consider excising nuts from the cookies that contain them.

Also, comment here with your address. I will be screening. You can also comment if you just want a card. Just put in the subject either COOKIES or CARD. I will be making cookies next Friday (Dec. 17) and sending them Saturday (Dec. 18).
tempestuously: ([cat] too awesome for you)
Thanks to everyone who commented on my last post. While that day didn't really get better, I did get something fairly productive out of it so I can't say it was a total loss. I also came home and crashed until 10:30. Lol.

In other news, I lol'd my head off after watching the "Teenage Dream" sequence in Glee, mostly because the idea of an entire class helping serenade another guy was so ridiculous. I also thought this was one of the campiest things I've ever seen. Though I have to say it by no means is more campy than the "ultra-straight" Aggie Song from "The Best Little Whorehouse in Texas." I so destroyed my father's perspective on that song when we watched the movie this weekend. I am proud of myself for that.
tempestuously: ([as] no remorse cause i still remember)
Sooo quick recap for this morning. My father wakes me up at 6:45 this morning, since I spent the night over his house before going home in the morning, to tell me I have a flat tire. I had previously taken in the vehicle to the dealer Friday, who checked the tires and filled one that was looking flat. Apparently, they warned me to keep an eye on it. I don't recall such a warning. Now, I can't change my own tire because I have no strength to remove the lug nuts so I wake up my brother. He, my father and I are working on switching the flat for the spare. Only one problem: we cannot remove the spare off the back of the truck. I know I had someone on the side of the street do this for me once so I'm baffled as to why this so difficult, but the manual didn't provide any clues and the dealer offered little assistance. While this was going on, I was trying to defrost my windows when, surprise surprise, my battery died. So I finally get a hold of Roadside Assistance, and despite being IN MY CITY they can't send someone until around 9 a.m. I still have to drive to work. I probably won't be there until at earlier 10:30 and that's pushing it.

Today royally blows.
tempestuously: ([not!kamui] i keep this for trauma)
Man, I hope LoL doesn't end up killing Sion, I will be so sad. This is the first anime I have really gotten into (minus fandom) in a long time. I'm kind of disappointed the fandom for Star Driver is so boring. I might write longer reviews on the recent episodes of both of these after I watch the new Star Driver tomorrow.

I also really enjoyed the premiere of Young Justice. The characters are probably far more quippy and bratty than they should be, but I really am loving Aqualad. Jesse McCartney as Robin is also amazing. And of course I have a soft spot for Kid Flash and Superboy. Though I'm thinking Aqualad/Superboy may end up my OTP.
tempestuously: ([blackcat] liek OMG squee!!1)
Sometime this week, I'm going to do a post for what type of cookies people are interested in this year. In the meantime, please let me know if you desire cookies. I'll gather addresses later. BUT know that if you would like cookies, you do have to vote in the upcoming cookie poll. I have many cookie ideas and the poll helps me narrow everything down.
tempestuously: ([ph] if bird or devil)
Yesterday was possibly the best Thanksgiving ever. I spent it away from my outside family, watching my father and my brother attempt to dance to Wii's version of "Eye of the Tiger," "Girls Just Wanna Have Fun" and other terrible things. Then I ruined my brother's world by telling him what "Wake Me Up Before You Go-Go" is really about. I so enjoyed being able to drive home without someone who was drunk, as usually happens at the family parties. I also enjoyed avoiding a day of relatives asking me why I'm not dating yet and when I'm going to get a "real" job. Also, the fact that they are probably all Tea Partiers now. But the food was delicious, although I miss our family's classic oyster stuffing. I did not dance, but I did pull a muscle in my side playing Wii tennis, continuing my tradition of injuring myself every time I touch the Wii.

Oh and I have a goodreads if you absolutely must know what I'm reading. I'm probably going to be reading "The Lost Hero" next in my queue, but feel free to make recommendations based on what I read and I'll looking into adding them.

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