mercy_angel_09: (Tamaki)
Got up and took a shower, and then I made breakfast. While sipping coffee I opened birthday cards and have spent most of today answering posts on Facebook and doing laundry.

And reading.

Husband is currently making dinner. Waffles, because they are least likely to upset my stomach since I've been nauseous since I went to Vegas last Wednesday. It could be nothing more than PMS, which sometimes likes to present with flu-like symptoms, or it could be pregnancy. No clue. We'll know tomorrow.
mercy_angel_09: (Momo Yojimbo)
Actually, I kid.

But I have stayed up until two AM reading fanfiction, so make of that what you will.

With my husband fishing with his dad this weekend, I've been hanging out at the Amorra TinyChat talking to the lovely ladies (and the few lads) and all in all BSing about stupid things and asploding from Amorra related feels. Don't judge me. Since Amorra is my crack!ship of choice (mainly because it gets all the awesome fanfic and fanart), I've decided to actually participate in fandom for a change. And I've been loving every God damn second of it.

In other news, today I shall clean the apartment, which includes, but is not limited to, doing the dishes, scrubbing the bathroom, and putting the guest room back in order after tearing it apart to get to something in a box that was shoved back in the corner.

Oy with the poodles already.

Anyway.

I shall turn on Pandora on the HTPC while I work because I always do better with music to motivate me. And since I'm home alone I don't have to worry about if my music annoys my husband or not.
mercy_angel_09: (Samus and Snake High Five)
My car is clean. Like, make sure you're wearing some sort of protective eyewear when you look it because it's so damn shiny.

The weather this spring has been absolute crap and I just now got a good enough forecast to allow for me to wash my car to the nth degree. My husband started early, washing his car and then doing the clay polish on it, followed by waxing it. After I dragged myself out of bed (rather reluctantly because my bed was nice and cozy and the idea of sleeping forever seemed really good) and fed myself, I forced myself to go for a bike ride. Once I got home and showered, I took some time to have coffee, followed by quickly throwing stuff in the dishwasher and running it before going to wash my car so it could also get the polish and wax.

And now my husband, sweetheart that he is, is changing the oil in my car as well as getting the headlight casings restored because they're cloudy and therefore not very effective.

I'm doing laundry (joy) and I should probably empty the dishwasher. Of course after being on my feet for most of the afternoon means that I really just want to sprawl on the bed and not move until tomorrow morning. Not that it's going to actually happen, mind you, because there is a boatload of laundry to do and I really shouldn't put off the dishes.

Even if I want to.
mercy_angel_09: (Uo Cleaning House)
This weekend my state has free fishing (meaning no license required, in hopes of people who go out this weekend will have so much fun that they'll pay to go get a license so they can keep going all season), so my husband and his dad are out trying to catch dinner. Since I've left my husband on plenty of occasions to go and have fun and he's stuck with all the cleaning, I've been going at it quite industriously since ten-thirty(ish).

The kitchen is cleaned up, save some serious scrubbing that I may or may not get to today. The bathroom is spotless except I am as yet to return the bathmats and the towels to it. I'm going to vacuum the whole apartment even if it kills me, primarily around the windows were the bug infestations seems to have begun.

I really want this place sparkling, or as close to sparkling as I can get. Which isn't saying much, since as a general rule my husband and I keep it as clean as we possibly can. But there is some incidental cleaning that just doesn't get done until I have nothing better to do. Since the other option for today is sitting and watching the Anne of Green Gables TV movie that I got from Netflix and cutting out pattern pieces for my Steampunk costume, I'm going to go with getting cleanning done first. I may have to wait until my husband gets home before I can go through some of the accumulated junk mail on the dining room table, though. Otherwise damn near everything else has been cleaned out and off. Which lemme tell you is a little odd, because there's almost always clutter SOMEWHERE.

Alas, break time is over. Time to get back into the swing of things.
mercy_angel_09: (Uo Cleaning House)
So in today's earlier post I noted that I was running around the apartment cleaning because the weather sucked and I should have done it over the weekend.

I can now honestly say that I am done. At least with the stuff that I can take care of on my own. Apparently my husband has plans for the old home theater system and he's flat out refusing to put his books away. (I should note here that all of my books are on the shelf where they belong, alphabetical by author, and then reading order within certain series or order of publication.) The dining room table is mostly cleared off, and by mostly I mean that there's the folder with all of the KNRC fundraiser stuff in it, some junk mail and receipts I have to sort through, and then a print I bought in Cannon Beach back in May of '08 that I still haven't framed and put up still left on it.

ANYWAY.

The point is that things are recovered to the point that should a complete stranger want to see the apartment I would not be embarrassed to let them in. Of course now I've just noticed the wilting roses from Valentine's Day that I should toss...but I'm thinking that's a job for tomorrow. It's not even a matter of things being dirty - as a quick broom to the kitchen and the bathroom will take care of most of the messes there.

Of course I'm now worn out. It's why they call it house work. And while I do not want this to be my entire life (do not expect me to be that perfect 1950s housewife with dress and the crinoline and the apron and the heels and the pearls, I'm more likely to stab you in the eye with a dull spoon that wear that all day), I do find it cathartic to toss things I don't need anymore and clean away the dust and the cobwebs.

I'll probably spend the rest of the evening sitting back and watching a movie, but I'm not sure which one...
mercy_angel_09: (Uo Cleaning House)
Since the entire state of Washington is under a winter storm watch/advisory, I've decided that today is a good day to clean house. Especially since I didn't feel like exercising today and cleaning house can actually burn a lot of calories. There is a reason why they call it "house WORK."

It is currently windy as all get out (in the Tri-Cities, NO WAY!), and trying rain/hail/snow/slush. WE HAVE PRECIPITATION, OKAY.

Since my husband and I said that we were going to vacuum and deep clean on Sunday (and then didn't), I'm doing it today. I'm going to try and recover the dining room table again and then unearth the guest room, seeing as in little over a week my baby sister is going to be sleeping there.

I'm not too terribly worried about the dining room table - most of it is paperwork I need to shred and toss, and put my CDs back into my car. There is also the small matter of cleaning out the box that I'm going to store the TCLBA documents in, but I'm also planning on getting around to that today as well. The guest room requires me to find something to do with our old home theater system, as we have no use for it now. The DVD/CD player is a little wonky, but otherwise it works just fine. I think we were going to try and pawn it off on my husband's sister or parents, otherwise we were going to take it in for recycling. I then get to tuck boxes, bags that were brought down due to traveling, and try and find a place for costume pieces. Which may or may not include me taking everything out of the closet to try and get everything to fit. I'll cross that bridge when I get there.

At the moment I really should have lunch and get going again, and remind myself to put on a sweat shirt before I go into the guest room because we have it closed off and it's cold in there.
mercy_angel_09: (Shigure High School Girls!)
So it's President's Day and my husband has the day off from work. We're planning on running some errands this afternoon, which were mostly hindered by the impending arrival of my saree. Well, my saree arrived about ten minutes ago, which I promptly opened up and squeed over. It's gorgeous. I have it on my dress maker's dummy at the moment but I promise that I'll put it on later this afternoon and have my husband take a couple of photos so you can see it.

I opted for a pre-stitched saree, meaning that it's already got the pleats sewn in, along with the hooks to keep it wrapped up. I only need help with the blouse (which has hook and eye closures on the back seam)and I can get dressed in ten minutes. When it comes to a saree, that is a BIG DEAL. It's the perfect color of pink, came with a relatively matching necklace (it was a free gift when I bought the saree), and the best part is that it's art silk, so it's solid and covers my midriff. I just need to find the right shoes. (But I have enough pairs of shoes in my closet to come up with something so I don't have to go out and buy another pair.)

Anyway, I think my husband and I have decided that today is the deep clean day - we're trying to get all of the junk off the floor so we can actually vacuum and I'm trying to get my laundry under control. We do need to pick up more laundry detergent and my husband also needs to check in on a few things while we're out, but on the plus side it's not like we have huge plans for today so the cleaning will be front and center of our to-do list.
mercy_angel_09: (Spice Force Five)
So I've finished cleaning the bathroom and am currently waiting for the sheets to finish in the dryer so I can make the bed and start in on laundry that is overflowing from my hamper. (Not that I need to do laundry today, but I think it's high time to vacuum the entire apartment again and that requires getting the dirty laundry off the bedroom floor.)

I'm also planning on going to the hair salon and possibly get a much needed trim. Or a whole new cut because while I don't dislike my hair, I don't particularly feel that the length works for me. Pretty much the only reason why I was growing out my hair was for my Renge cosplay for Sakura-con this year, and that's fallen through as no one has even started on their costumes yet, and only half of the group is actually going to Sakura-con this year, anyway. I figure I could probably safely get my hair cut to my shoulders again (layered, still, as my rather straight hair just hangs limply without them) and it'll grow out to shoulder length by Sakura-con next year should we actually get around to doing our full blown Ouran High School Host Club cosplay. (See this image for what we're doing. It's definitely got that Victor/Victoria feel to it, and lucky me, I'm one of two people who actually have a "normal" costume.) Thankfully my hair is the right color for Renge and I don't need a wig for the costume to be complete, but only if my hair is at its current length. (I will need an enormous pink bow, but that's another thing entirely.)

My husband was planning on going to get his hair cut this afternoon anyway, so I figure I'll tag along and at the very least get the much needed trim. I have to say, the idea of shoving ALL of my hair into a wig cap is a little daunting at the moment, and shorter hair will theoretically help that. (Also, French braids.) I'm also getting a little frustrated with the length of my hair and while I do like how it looks when it's long, I do hate it when my husband rolls over in his sleep and pins me by my hair without even realizing it.

Maybe it's time for a cut after all.

Anyway, I should really make the bed now that the dryer is officially done. Then I'm waffle on my hair before I actually decide that most of it needs to go.
mercy_angel_09: (luna and artimis)
My cleaning for the day is done (save making the bed, and that's only because the sheets aren't dry yet). I just need to clean off the table and get going on cutting out my dress. Something I'm sure my back is going to love. (At times like these, I miss the ping-pong table.) I figure that the sooner I get it done, the longer I have to work on NaNo.

The husband is currently watching his car shows, leaving me some time to just sit and blog for a bit before I get going on the sewing. I have no idea if [livejournal.com profile] travellyr is going to continue with the cleaning today, but I offered to help her out (because I've been a cleaning fiend as of late) if she wanted. Seriously. Feed me and I'll organize the tupperware. Anyway I'm expecting things to be quiet today simply because I don't have football on. I suppose I could run some of the excess dried herbs over to my mother, but that would take all of a couple of minutes, again leaving me with a lot of spare time. My poor husband is going a little stir-crazy, but I honestly have no idea what else I want to do today. It's as good as any day to start the dress, and because I've done a lot of cleaning over the past week, the apartment is in pretty good shape.

It's not that I'm bored with plenty of things I could be doing, it's more that I'm bored because I've done everything that had to be done. I suppose I could press my husband's shirts, or I could just tell him that I'm neither his maid nor his mother and he can finish his own damn laundry.

Nnnnnnnnggggh. I suppose that this is what I get for being productive over the week. I'm bored on the weekends. >_<*
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
I exercised for fifteen minutes today. Which is better than the zero I was thinking about when I got up. (This is what I get for going through my hard-drive to weed out unnecessary files until one am.) After spending a couple of days not losing any weight, I've started a slow crawl towards my goal. So either I was eating a shit-ton of junk over the last couple of weeks, or my body has decided that it's going to plateau early. I shouldn't hit my plateau for another month, thank you very much! As it stands, it'll probably be another month before I really start seeing results, though I have noticed that my pants are feeling a little loose.

The oven is now all clean, thanks to nearly five hours at nearly 900 degree heat. There's a little bit of ash at the bottom that I need to wipe up, but that should take all of two minutes. I also still need to do all of the usual cleaning, but aside from that, things are pretty laid back today. I'm planning on going and buying my fabric today so I can start on the Christmas party dress next week. I'm serious when I say that I will not be sewing during NaNo. I got the pattern cut out while the oven was doing it's thing (and watching discs two and three of Saiyuki), so now all I need is the fabric.

Now that it's fall here, I've started the tedious switch out. The bulk of my tee shirts have been moved into storage while the long sleeved shirts have moved into the bedroom dresser. I've long since moved all of my capris into storage and the bulk of my jeans are also now in the dresser. I'll probably move the lighter fabric pants as well, and just keep the jeans for the winter. Any idiot to says that living in a desert doesn't get cold has obviously never been to a desert in the middle of winter. We get cold. Really cold. Most of the time without snow.

Anyway, I should get going, even if my body is telling me to flop on the couch and stay there the rest of the day. Memo to self, go to bed directly after the season finale of Haven tonight.
mercy_angel_09: (Gojyo)
So I took the time a few nights ago to get caught up on Saiyuki RELOAD and Saiyuki RELOAD Blast and Saiyuki Ibun. TokyoPop is dragging their feet (or they just haven't gotten all the chapters) on volume 10 of RELOAD and hopefully when they're done with that, they've move on to Gaiden (which is complete) and then RELOAD Blast and Ibun. The former of those last two titles tells us that it's been two years since they've all left Cheng'an, so Sanzo is now 25, Hakkai and Gojyo are now 24 and Goku is 20 (plus or minus 500 years - no one knows how old he really is). The latter is Koumiyou Sanzo's back story, telling about his training to be a Sanzo monk and how he ended up with the Manten scripture - a sutra traditionally held by a youkai (...it makes sense in context). I'm fairly certain that Ibun will probably run all the way through to Koumiyou Sanzo's death, and perhaps we'll see Kouryuu's childhood from his point of view. I've always had this sneaking suspicion that Koumiyou Sanzo knew that his death was rapidly approaching, which is why he named Kouryuu as his successor at such a young age.

Also, while reading, I found two of the scariest images in Saiyuki history: here and here.

Proof that body swapping in the Saiyuki 'verse is NOT OKAY.

Needless to say, I have saved those images to my computer and I'm now coloring them in Corel Painter. X3 Icons will be made and shared, if you were wondering. I may also take the opportunity to see if I can find artbook scans that will also be turned into icons. Anyway.

Today's big project will be cleaning the oven. Of course that means five hours that I can't leave the house. So while I thought that I might go and buy fabric, I realized that it probably won't happen today. Tomorrow it is! Right now the oven is mocking me, as are the dishes, so I really should get going on them. It's relatively cool out today - I think it's only supposed to be in the low seventies out today. Perfect, considering that the oven will be heating up to something like 900 degrees while it cleans itself.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
I'm taking a short break after my shower to write a quick entry. First of all, I've gone in a completely different direction with NaNoWriMo. I was originally going to write a follow-up to Magnolia Blossoms - last year's completed effort - when I had a little brain storm that wouldn't go away. So I opened Word, started jotting everything down, and lo and behold, I have a completely different story idea for this November. You can read more about it at my NaNo LJ, [livejournal.com profile] penismighter. Also there is the link to my official NaNo profile. :)

Secondly, today will be spend doing more cleaning. The oven needs to be pre-washed (to get the worst of the gunk out, and may be assisted by boiling some water, sticking it in a dish, and letting the oven steam for twenty minutes or so) before running the self-cleaning cycle, tables and whatnot need to be dusted, and the whole apartment should be vacuumed for good measure. I'm also going to run the excess plastic bags down to be recycled as well as pick up a few boxes to start putting Goodwill bound clothing into.

Of course, I still have all of the usual things to do today - doing dishes and making the bed - never mind that all I want to do is play around with the special features on Beauty and the Beast. Also, I want to watch all of Saiyuki again. Maybe what I do is put Saiyuki in as I work so I have background noise. Besides, I think my major plans for once the cleaning is done is to cut out the pattern for the Christmas party dress. I'll probably go and pick up the fabric tomorrow. I'm going with that dusty, rose pink. It has light peach undertones, but I can wear it. Plus, I have a coupon for 50% off of a fabric purchase. Now seems like a pretty good time to go and get it, that way I can get the dress sewn before NaNo starts.

In other news, I finished Naked Heat last night, but that's an entry in and of itself. And in case you were wondering, there really is a Firefly reference on page 141.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
So yesterday's apathy is gone. Thank goodness. Today I have plans, and if they don't get done today, they'll probably take the rest of the week.

First of all, I need to hunt down the oven manual and see about doing a self clean on it. It's not gross, but certain foods (particularly the ones that stay in the oven at a relatively high heat for any significant amount of time) are starting to come out with a slightly smokey flavor. When that happens, it's time to run the self-clean. And if for some reason that doesn't work, I'll pick up some oven cleaner, rubber gloves and some sponges and get to it the old fashioned way. Hell, I may still do it *after* the self clean. I also need an appliance bulb for the oven - the light went out over a year ago occasionally I'd like to be able to see what the hell is going on in the oven.

(EDIT - Upon doing a little research, it's going to take just shy of five hours for the self-cleaning cycle to do its thing. So the cleaning the oven won't happen today, and tomorrow it'll be too warm. But! Tomorrow I'll do the pre-cleaning (getting the major debris cleared out) and run the cycle on Thursday when it cools down again.)

Secondly, I need to reorganize the tupperware cupboard. I realized this as I was putting away clean tupperware yesterday and about half of it nearly cascaded to the floor. That's not good at all, so in a few minutes it will all be pulled out, sorted, and then put back in a manner resembling organization.

Third, once again I need to go through my clothes and find the stuff that won't fit or is too holey to wear anymore. If the stuff it too holey, I may look into upcycling it into quilt. As it stands, I have several anime based tees that simply don't fit, but I don't want to get rid of. I figure I'll just turn them into a quilt I'll put in the back of my car (along with the other emergency blankets, lulz), just in case I ever need it. If the stuff is in good condition but doesn't fit, I'll let my sister pick through it, take what she wants, and then the rest of it is getting trucked to Goodwill. (In all reality, this is probably a project for the rest of the week. I have a lot of shit to sort through.)

Fourth, [livejournal.com profile] travellyr is coming over to look at the HTPC this afternoon. It's the beastly machine, built with the sole purpose of being a home theater. She's looking to build a computer, and since my husband built the HTPC (and his own PC) we offered to let her come over and take a look at them to get an idea about them being roughly what she wants/needs. After that, she and I are going to the CREHST (Columbia River Exhibition of History, Science, and Technology) Museum to check out the new exhibit on Suffragettes in Washington, as well as allow Trav to see it for the first time. I'm also going to inquire about volunteering there. Let's face it, how many volunteers do they get who have history degrees and don't have to constantly look up the facts? I figure it would get me out of the house a few times a week, and if something should open up at the museum I could get a job where I actually use my degree. Works for me.

Finally, I have my usual cleaning. Since dinner was leftovers last night, the amount of cleaning today is what I used to make cookies last night and breakfast dishes. And making the bed takes all of five minutes anymore. Yup. Easy, easy.

If you were wondering, I think yesterday's apathy was caused by the realization that I didn't really have any big plans for this week (which I obviously changed, lol). I was working my butt off on Sheena, and when she was done I was cool with a little down time. Except I figured that I was going to take a few days off and then start in on the Christmas party dress. Well, by now you should know that there were some serious hiccups when it came to that so my plans were derailed.

So you know, I tend to be very goal oriented. I think it's why I survived college. I have a paper due on D day, so by X day I need to have research done, and by Y day I need to have the rough draft ready to be proofed. It worked. Anyway, it's not like I completely go 'round the bend when plans are derailed, but sometimes it confuses me and I don't like that. And in the case of having my plans derailed as far as sewing projects went, it resulted in me having something akin to the BSOD (that's blue screen of death, for those of you not familiar with it) where all I wanted to do was just shut down and do nothing.

After a couple of people pointed it out, I realized that I probably should get out of the house more or not allow myself to not have something to do. Not that I dislike being a homebody but every so often I just need to get the hell out and see other people. I think volunteering would help with that, as well as the occasional trip out of town. (Maybe I should go visit my godparents again?) Since I went over to visit with [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka and her roommates yesterday, I've had some socialization beyond my husband today, and I'm planning on going to my baby brother's football game tomorrow. And yes, I'm seeing Trav today so there's more socialization!

Anyway, I've wasted about half an hour on this entry and I really should get down to business. Forward ho!

WTF is there an emergency poncho in the drawer with the appliance manuals?
mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
First off, acting legend Tony Curtis passed away this morning at the age of 85. Needless to say, today will be spent on the couch, watching my two favorite Tony Curtis movies: Some Like It Hot and The Great Race. I'll take that time to cut out the pattern pieces for my Christmas party dress. If I have left over time, I'll start on one of my zombie cross stitch projects. :3

Secondly, I went to my baby brother's football game yesterday. He was supposed to be starting, but at the last minute the coach changed the plays and so he only took part in ten plays or so for the whole game. They won (which is better than their last two games where they got totally spanked), and I'll be attending the next game to see if they can win again. I just feel bad that my brother, who's working his butt off, is hardly getting any time to play. Hopefully that will change next week.

Lastly, I need to do a little touch up cleaning around the apartment. I was noticing that the cobwebs are taking over again and I should probably do something about that. Since I managed to get the balcony under control, it's high time that I get interior of the apartment under control as well. I also need to look into possibly hanging up costumes that haven't been put away yet, because they've officially taken over the guest bed (but admittedly, that's not hard to do with the crinoline sitting on top of it).
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
So I think I've finally finished Sheena. The shoes are painted (I have touch up one little area today, but that's really easy) and I finished the spell cards. The spell cards aren't pretty by any stretch of the imagination, but they'll get the job done and in most photos you won't even be able to tell just how crappy they are. I'll probably get all done up again today, with complete shoes and spell cards, and take a couple of photos to post here and on Facebook.

In other news, things are slow for me. I really need to start fleshing out Travis Deveroux for my NaNo effort this year. I believe he'll be the primary antagonist of the story, so it's important to create him as a fully fleshed out character and not some two dimensional stereotype. I also need to nail down a time line for the story (because apparently I haven't done that yet, heh) so I can figure out exactly where the hell I'm starting from and get most of the facts correct. I've dug out most of my research from last year (what was saved on my computer from last year is saved in my NaNo folder and the books are all within grabbing distance on a shelf) and re-read the story. I just need to really re-establish the characters (most of them will be a year older in the second books) and get going on the planning before November.

Of course, today I worked my butt off in Wii Fit and now all I want to do is crawl back into bed. That isn't an option, however, because I really need to get the patio/balcony cleaned off. The cobwebs are taking over (again) and there's been just enough wind that everything is dusty. Add to that the need to clean off the grill, and what you get is how I'll be spending my afternoon. There are probably worse ways to spend the time, but the fact that I have The Lazy isn't helping things. Perhaps it's time to just creating that "Power Up" playlist in iTunes that I've been thinking about. I can use it to motivate myself to clean and exercise. Now it's just a matter of figuring out which songs would go on that particular list. Hmmmm...

Anyway, I should probably eat something and then get to cleaning. Seriously, why can't I be like one of the Good Faeries from Disney's Sleeping Beauty and just enchant the broom to do the cleaning on its own? /whine
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
So, on the docket today.

1) Clean. It's Sunday. This should be a no brainer.

2) Go to my cousin's wedding. I forgot to RSVP, but he didn't RSVP to mine, so I think that makes us even. Besides, I don't think I'm going to spend that much time hanging out there. Go for the ceremony and probably leave after cake. And I'm probably not going to drink anything more than water.

3) Do a little yoga. Yesterday I finally tried out Wii Fit Plus. I didn't think that I really worked anything...and I was wrong. I'm ridiculously sore today, so methinks all I'm going to do is stretch myself out and hope that eases some of the pain.

I think that wraps up all I have planned for today. I'm going to wear the skirt that can be worn 15 different ways (more, if I feel like getting creative) as a dress since it's cute and light enough that I won't die of heatstroke (though today is only supposed to get up to 80 degrees, so it shouldn't be that bad). I also have to remember to get a gift card for them, since I have no idea what they already have or need, and a gift card seems like a great way to make sure that they can get what they want/need.

mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
As Sunday's go, today has been pretty laid back. [livejournal.com profile] forgotten_relic came up to visit (again) because her niece was born yesterday morning. Since the family wasn't expecting the baby until some time today, her early arrival meant that Relic ended up coming down to spend the day here yesterday when she had originally not been planning on it. Once she finished visiting with her brother and the new baby, she came to my place to crash (natch). We were up until 2:30 this morning gabbing, because it had been almost a year since we'd had some time to girl talk.

At any rate, she left shortly before lunch today (she was going to be lunching with her family), so I took a quick shower before starting in on the cleaning. When that was done, I opted to just chill for the rest of the day, though I'm probably going to dig out some fabric scraps here before too long to piece together to make a banner. Said banner will be to display my growing collection of pins (kind of like [livejournal.com profile] travellyr's, if you know what I'm talking about) that are currently living in a plastic bag in the guest room closet. I'd like to display them, and I'll probably hang them up on the empty hook in the living room. My husband can just deal with it. X3

Further more, I've found all of the official cover art for the Mercy Thompson books online. I have downloaded it and now I shall make icons. I also have some stills from various Harry Potter movies as well as Doctor Who with the intent of making icons for that. I do have an icon journal ([livejournal.com profile] angelrelic_icon that only have Fire Emblem 9/10 icons. Ultimately I need to just sit down and make the icons, which will also have me pulling out my tablet (I find it much easier to do photo editing with my tablet than with a mouse, which is something that I thought I'd NEVER warm up to).

Lastly, my computer seems to have completely recovered. No sticky keys. It shuts off and STAYS off. No more jittery screen. All in all things seem to be working better - but I'm still gonna back up my music on the HTPC and then start backing up important documents, etc. onto CDs. (Though...theoretically I could just transfer them onto a flash drive and then insert the flash drive into the HTPC and put ALL of my files on to DVDs...but I think that's more work than I'm willing to put in, at the moment.

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Jul. 21st, 2010 10:51 am
mercy_angel_09: (Amon)
Yesterday I went with Maria to take her kitten to the vet in Zillah so that he could be neutered. Since we couldn't get the cat until four and his appointment was at eight, we were left with eight hours to fill. We drove the extra hour to Ellensburg for some shopping since Maria has never been to E-burg, and since I kinda knew where I was going, we took my car (and the GPS, just in case).

There's a store in Ellensburg that specializes in fashions from India, Bali and Thailand, I believe. The last time I was in the store, I ended up buying a dress. The Indian silk dress, if you remember. This time I bought a scarf that matches what I affectionately call my Bollywood skirt (same colors and dye pattern, believe it or not) and a skirt that can be worn 15 ways (as a skirt, a shirt, and a dress). I can't go in there without buying something, apparently. X3

Since it takes all of two hours to more or less see everything there is to see in downtown Ellensburg, we headed down the Yakima Canyon, then back to Yakima/Union Gap to spend half an hour at the Valley Mall before heading back to Zillah to pick up Raja, who was stoned out of skull on the trip home and slept, which works for me because it meant he wasn't being sick in my car.

On the whole, the trip was fun, if not a little exhausting. Today I need to give my car a once over to see if there were any problems that cropped up during the trip (tire pressure comes to mind) as well as finally run to the fabric store to, well, buy fabric and a few other odds and ends. The big thing is looking for fabric for my Halloween costume (Sheena from Tales of Symphonia) and a few other odds and ends for costumes and future projects. Like going through the bridal/special occasion dresses to get some ideas for my cousin's fiancee - granted I'm actually making her dress. (I still haven't heard anything about that, and it's starting to tick me off ever so slightly. Wedding dresses require time, which admittedly I have in spades at the moment, but I'm a perfectionist so I'd like as much time as possible to made the damn thing if that's the case.)

...I should probably start my laundry. My hamper has reached the point where it's about to asplode unless I do something.

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Lilium Inter Spinas )

Today's scent is Lilium Inter Spinas from the Ars Amatoria collection. It's Hibiscus syriacus, white sandalwood, lily of the valley, apple blossom, and green fig. Soft and floral, on me it smells like baby powder. Seriously, what is it about these scents that smell like baby or talcum powder on me anyway?! I like it, but not enough to buy it.

In other news, today I was bit by the cleaning bug, so I've been busily getting stuff that has accumilated where it doesn't belong back to where it does belong. I've also vacuumed because yesterday I came to the startling realization that the apartment probably hadn't been vacuumed since I went to SakuraCon, and that was almost two months ago. Not that our apartment really gets enough foot traffic to warrant vacuuming every day, it should be done at least weekly for the sake of cleanliness.

Further more, I need to get a trash bag to throw out clothes that are too small/ripped beyond repair followed by a box to put clothes that are still in pretty good condition and can be given to either Plato's Closet (who will pay me for whatever I bring it) or Goodwill. I have an entire dresser full of clothes that I just don't wear anymore, either because they're too small or they're just not what I wear anymore. I do want my sister to pick through and find the things she wants (because she's the right size and age to wear them) before taking my haul in. As it stands, there are quite a few things that she's claimed in the past that I know she'll be quite displeased if I get rid of without asking her if she wants them, first. But since school is almost out, I may just wait and do this when she has a free day from school so I don't have to deal with my step-dad asking what the heck I'm doing trying to pawn off my stuff on my sister. Never mind that most of the stuff she claims she's wanted for a while.

But I digress.

Plugging along in my second play through of DotNW. I may not play a lot today, as I want to transfer Zettai Kareshi to the HTPC, and will probably end up transferring Tales of Symphonia: The Animation and Pretty Guardian Sailor Moon for the heck of it. It's not like the HTPC doesn't have the room and if I watch them again it makes sense to watch them on the HTPC as it's hooked up to the TV and will be far better for watching than on my computer.

And somewhere in all of this, I need lunch. Too bad I have no idea what I want to eat.

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Things are freakishly clean around here. Today's cleaning day, but today was a deep clean. Post-holiday cleaning always seems to tire me out because it seems like all the little things that I've put off during the holidays have multiplied exponentially. Today things were dusted, vacuumed and put away. The last of the Christmas decorations were packed up and put away, and the apartment has more or less returned to a state of normalcy. I still need to clean off the dining room table, which may be my project during the Titans/Seahawks game.

My projects for this week will be to clean the master bedroom and straighten up the guest room. My brother, for some odd reason, will not sleep between the sheets, and instead slept on top of the blankets with just the comforter over him. This does mean that I don't need to wash the sheets in the guest room so it's just a matter of getting things cleared away and ready for [livejournal.com profile] forgotten_relic. Bleh...I also have massive amounts of laundry to do - I've been putting it off for far too long.

All in all, I'm suddenly in dire want of a nap but unable to sleep. There's still quite a bit of cleaning and picking up to do. ::looks at dining room table and whimpers:: Wish me luck - I'm gonna need it.

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