mercy_angel_09: (Han smartass)
First of all:

I hit 50k words exactly yesterday. I've hit a bit of a brick wall in terms of plot, but I'm not particularly worried about that right now, as I have hit the required word count and will probably poke at it during the next week.


Tomorrow, being Thanksgiving, means that my husband and I are going over to his cousin's house in a neighboring town. (For those of you familiar with the Mercy Thompson 'Verse, it's the one that's the home to the fictional Mike's.) It's something like a twenty minute drive, which all things considered is not that bad in terms of traveling for Turkey Day.

Most people may ask why I'm not making the pies, and it comes down to two years ago. Our first Thanksgiving after we got married was spent with my parents three years ago. I asked my mother what she wanted me to bring, and she said salad fixings. Easy enough. No complex baking required. The next year, Thanksgiving was at husband's cousin's house. Between Thanksgiving 2008 and Thanksgiving 2009 my husband found a recipe for a chocolate pecan pie. He decided to make it to take to his cousin's house, which was a smashing success. He made it again for the Christmas Eve dinner at my in-law's.

Last year we had Thanksgiving over at my Grandma's house in the next town over (for those who are up on current events and stuff, the town is also the home of Kennewick Man). That's about a twenty minute drive from my apartment. My uncle came up from Wyoming and the whole family was together, which given that my grandparents' house is on the small side, was pretty damn entertaining. All in all it was fun, and again the chocolate pecan pie was hit. Of course not everyone believed me when I said that my husband was responsible for the awesome pie.

This all came about because my husband found he recipe and I informed him under no uncertain terms that if he wanted the pie, he was going to make it for himself. He seemed okay with that. Though my husband isn't a huge fan of cooking and baking, he can do it, and often times very well.

For those of you who question my ability to bake, remember I made a red velvet cake that sold at auction for $625 this past March. I can bake, all right. And I am awesome at it. But that is irrelevant to this story.

Anyway, he's baking pies, and I casually mentioned that he should put on the Slave Leia apron to keep from getting covered in purred pumpkin. He didn't seem to find the idea of wearing an apron with epic boobs and a metal bikini painted on it nearly as entertaining as I did. Though it might have been because I was threatening to take pictures to post on Facebook. And Twitter. And probably here.

Because that's how I roll. XD

So now I'm sitting, watching Mythbusters while the apartment begins to smell like baked pie crust and pumpkin. And tomorrow it will smell like pie crust and chocolate.

I think I'm dreading getting up to hit the gym tomorrow morning, though. Augh.
mercy_angel_09: (Cuba Hetalia)
So my brother graduated from college today. Only took him seven years, but he did it. His university only gave each graduate four tickets to the event, which meant that I couldn't go down to see him. However, his university was smart enough to broadcast the ceremony live via the internet, so I sat on my couch and sewed the tassel trim on to the caps of my Steampunk costume and watched it on my laptop. I wanted to watch it on the HTPC, but that would have required kicking my husband off of his computer, something he clearly did not want to do. So even though I wasn't sitting in the arena to watch him get his diploma, I got to watch it live online and in real time celebrate with him. I'm sure he's out partying with the family tonight, which hopefully means that my parents are getting along for a change.

Anyway, I think the coolest part of the night was watching an 87 year old World War II vet get his PhD in history. Yes, you read that right. He was a freshman in college when the war broke, and he put his education on hold to join up. After the war he finished his bachelors, got married, and had kids. After his retirement, he decided to further his education, enrolling in a Masters course, ultimately leading him to start for a PhD at age 80. 80 and he started the process of getting a PhD. Seven years later, he got it.

It was awesome. I will admit I got a little misty eyed as the president of Florida International detailed his story. Further more, his wife and three daughters were there to watch this. It was a pretty cool thing to witness.

Anyway, aside from sitting and sewing tassel trim, I've also been researching engagement rings for my latest Haven fic. I had [ profile] teamspyder look at them with me in order to get a man's perspective, but also because I really needed a second opinion. You'll read all about the ring in the second chapter of "Boxes in the Attic," but if you're super curious, you can see the inspiration here. Stupid pretty, am I right? I had about four rings the choose from, the main criteria being that it had to look like an heirloom piece. But ultimately this one won out, and will be described, sort of, in the story.

And now back to the writing because I'm feeling inspired.
mercy_angel_09: (Ten Story Never Ends)
I went up to Wenatchee this weekend to spread my grandmother's ashes. My husband and I drove up Saturday afternoon, pulling into Wenatchee at just after two-thirty. After checking into the hotel and grabbing a snack, we headed over to my uncle Randy's place for a BBQ and to visit with some of the family that wasn't going up to Stehekin with us.

At seven the next morning, everyone who was departing from Wenatchee did so, driving the 45 minutes or so to Chelan where we boarded The Lady Express to get up to Stehekin. There was one stop off at Field's Point, but otherwise it was more or less a straight shot from Chelan to Stehekin, a trip of roughly 55 miles. And by the way, the only way to get to Stehekin is to hike, take a float plane, or take a boat.

Once we arrived to Stehekin, we took a bus to an outdoor chapel that Grandma and Grandpa had built, and was where we had spread Grandpa's ashes after he had passed four years ago. Everyone in the family helped spread Grandma's ashes around the chapel before going up to the Stehekin bakery. Most of us walked, with the exception of a couple of my cousins and two of my uncles (though one of my cousins had an excuse, as he had undergone knee surgery a few days prior and wasn't moving around real well).

Once we were done at the bakery, we took the bus back down to Stehekin proper and poked around the main lodge and visitor center for forty-five minutes before boarding the Lady of the Lake II for the four hour trip back to Chelan. We arrived back in Chelan proper at roughly six, before driving back to the hotel for a quick change and then going out for dinner.

Anyway, after dinner I started feeling dizzy (we were still at the restaurant) so my husband and I headed back to the hotel where I took a shower and then crashed, sleeping better than I did the night before, but not by much. The next morning I still wasn't feeling real well, so my husband and I got the hell out of Dodge fairly early, getting home before noon, where I spent the rest of the day sitting on the couch watching TV and trying not to be sick.

Today I'm feeling better. Better rested and less queasy, but I don't want to rush things so I'm going to take it relatively easy today. So far I'm doing laundry - washing sheets and towels - and I'm not planning on doing anything super strenuous. I might clean the bathroom, depending on how I'm feeling this afternoon.

All in all I'm doing okay. I've come to terms with my grandmother's death and finally feeling some closure. I think I needed this weekend to do that.
mercy_angel_09: (Annie and Auggie)
On Facebook, my brother posted that he's watching Van Wilder. The temptation to quip, "Oh, you're watching the movie version of your collegiate career?" is very, very strong and it's taking every single ounce of willpower I possess not to. But I want to, so very, very badly. Seriously, the kid has been in college for the last seven years. It's about damn time he graduated with a B.A. in something.

In which I muse about a good franchise gone bad. )

Knee Deep

Feb. 28th, 2011 02:15 pm
mercy_angel_09: (Tamaki)
First of all:

Happy Birthday [ profile] dqbunny!

Secondly, today has been spent poking at my pay job. I'm still not quite sure how everything works/is formatted/put together, so I'm poking at meeting minutes following the previous month's minutes as put together by the previous administrator for the TCLBA as a template. So far so good, but I took a ton of notes and I have no idea what all goes into the minutes and what can be excluded. I guess right now I'll throw everything in and then I'll have my mother go over them to make any necessary changes.

Thirdly, I have the second to last KNRC fundraiser meeting tonight. [ profile] travellyr just informed me that they're putting hockey stick key chains onto business cards (for the upcoming hockey night with our local hockey team) and if they don't get done by the meeting, the meeting will be recruited to put them together. I volunteered to go in early as I usually spend half an hour or so at the library waiting for the meeting to start because I refuse to drive in the rush hour traffic if I can avoid it. So I'll be heading in to help attach key chains to business cards and promptly became the most loved person in the NRC office.

Finally, I had a nice dinner with my adopted sister last night. She's in town visiting my older sister and her family, and made time to have dinner with me and my husband. We went to P.F. Chang's for dinner and then to a local ice cream shop for dessert. After that we dropped her off at my sister's house (where she's staying) and went home. I watched the end of the Oscars, and then spend another three hours poking around the Internet, as I had slept late that morning and therefore wasn't tired until LATE.

That, of course, bit me in the ass this morning when my alarm went off at seven-thirty. I promptly hit "Off" and slept for another two hours. I finally dragged myself out of bed to take a shower and have a cup of coffee before diving into cleaning and work, all while listening to the Nerdist's podcast with Nathan Fillion. And probably in a little bit I'll do some exercise with Raving Rabbids Travel in Time (the dancing game is a full body workout), then shower and get my but to the KNRC office.

I suppose I should get back to the meeting minutes. The more I get down now the less I have to worry about before next week's meeting. At least the wind has died down.
mercy_angel_09: (Laguna Glomps Squall)
So I made a quick post earlier, but I didn't really have time to make a full post.

I have time now.

Anyway, now that I'm done stating the obvious, I went to visit my grandpa today at the hospital. We visited for about an hour before he started nodding off, and he was sitting in a chair, as opposed to being stuck in the bed. He had also been officially discharged from the ICU, but was still there when I went to visit because they hadn't managed to find a room for him elsewhere. He'll probably stay in the hospital for a few more days, and once he is finally discharged from the hospital I'll be spending time over at my grandparents' house to help out if necessary. Thankfully most of my work can be done from my laptop.

After that, my husband and I stopped and got new tires for the Fit, which greatly reduced the road noise and now the car is quieter and handles better. However the downside of that was that I missed my saree delivery, but they'll try again on Monday (or so says the tracking feature on UPS). Which means I'll get my saree on Monday (odd that they're delivering on President's Day, but then again only most federal agencies will be shut down then) and then my wigs on Tuesday, and that means Tuesday night I may or may not start styling Sheena.

Admittedly she doesn't need to be styled until April - but what the hell. I'd like to get her done and maybe I can do a few photos around the apartment so people can see what I have done. And while my hair is roughly the right length for Sheena, I can't get it to be styled the exact same way. Also, I'm a brunette. With red and blond highlights. Yeah, I'm not dying my hair black for ONE character.

Anyway, I'm currently taking a break from the character building for my first attempt at a screenplay. I'm going to adapt Allerleirauh (linked to it's original format, incest and all) for a movie, preferably your typical family animated fare. This means that I'm removing the incest (though small children will be oblivious to what it is, I know I didn't get it the first time I read the story), creating an actual villain, fleshing out the "King" who has been made a prince and deciding that I'm tired of the idea that at least one parent has to be dead. Allerleirauh's mother will be spared in this adaption. So far the character building has been kind of fun, especially since I like the idea of the Mole making a Heel Face Turn and making the villain a cross of Gaston and Jafar as far as his personality goes. Obviously he'll be fine tuned but at the moment I'm thinking someone with Gaston's ego and Jafar's intelligence. Which should make him really scary when push comes to shove.

Okay, it's official, I'm fading so I'm going to go pass out dead asleep. Besides, if I have to try and slog through any more German names, I'm likely to start hurting myself.
mercy_angel_09: (Kratos in a Washtub)
I got the notice today that my wigs had shipped from Amphigory. I ordered my wig for my My Little Pony and a my wig for Sheena. They should be getting here sometime next week, when I'll have to spring four a couple of wig heads (I'm sure I can pick those up at Sally Beauty Supply) so that I can get to styling. I'll also have to pick up some styling products as well. I don't actually own hair gel (well, gel that doesn't react to black light, that is), so I'm going to pick up a bottle of Got-2-B, which is what [ profile] sideshow_ericka suggested because it'll wash out should I need to restyle. However I think Sheena's wig will just be Sheena's wig and unless I don't have another choice for a wig, I won't restyle it. I don't think I'll be doing much styling with the My Little Pony wig, probably just combing it out and getting it to lie the way I want it.

I also got the notice that my saree had shipped and it should be arriving on Friday. I'm really exited about that, as Friday is the "last" Bollywood night before Maria gets married. If the saree does arrive before I head over to her place, I'll probably take it with me so that I can try it on (and show it off, because I'm like that).

I think that about wraps things up here. I still don't know how my grandpa is doing, but hopefully I'll be talking to my mom this afternoon and I can get that all sorted out. I also get to deal in invoices, which is always very intriguing and fascinating. Please note all intended sarcasm.

I suppose I should eat because it probably won't be too much longer before my mom calls to ask me to come in.
mercy_angel_09: (Squall WTF)
I'm sure we've all had them - one of those mornings where all we wanted to do is sleep. And part of it was really weird dreams inspired by Grimm's Fairy Tales, concepts of time travel and timey-wimey balls, and running through a cemetery. (Just...don't ask. I honestly have no idea either.) I finally managed to drag myself out of bed at nine-thirty and even that felt like way to early. Which is odd because I have been getting enough sleep.

Last night was fun, as [ profile] amberdexterious and I sat two rows from the stage. I was in prime position to take some photos of my sister in action (thanks to the high sensitivity setting on my camera), while Sabrina, [ profile] sideshow_ericka and [ profile] travellyr sat up in the nosebleed section. I enjoyed the show, even if I think parts of it were a bit inappropriate for a high school production. (Do we really need fourteen-year-olds singing about reading Playboy, drinking martinis, and trying to juggle a mistress and a wife? If it's not inappropriate, it's certainly in poor taste.) Yes, I realize that the show is set in the nineteen sixties, but yeesh!

Today was slow to start (see the above statement about weird dreams), but I finally kicked in high gear. I've finished cleaning the bathroom, and I'm currently waiting on laundry. Once laundry is done I need to run a few errands. But until then, I have to sit tight and wait. The last thing I need is to forget the towels in the washer - again. In the mean time I'm checking blogs, webcomincs, etc., while listing to the Tangled soundtrack. :)
mercy_angel_09: (Sexy!Kratos)
A very happy birthday to [ profile] hikari318!!!

In other news, I've finally arranged musical viewing with my friends, and we're going tonight. The musical is How to Succeed in Business Without Really Trying, which I've never seen before. My baby sister plays one of the secretaries in the production, so I'm going mostly to cheer her on. She's put a lot of work into this (as my alma matter is notorious for having one of the best drama programs in the state and thus the whole production has a lot of work put into it), and I'm really excited for her. And I'm glad that a couple of my friends will be there to share it with me as well.

I can't really think about anything else that's worth posting. The meme from this entry is still open if you'd like to play along, or not. Whatever.

Anyway, I think I'm gonna play some more Zelda. I've been coordinating musical tickets, etc., today, and the list of attendees now includes [ profile] amberdexterious and Sabrina because my mom had a couple of extra tickets that were originally picked up for her parents, but they've caught a bug and can't go. But that's okay. I know my friends will be there for Jax. :3
mercy_angel_09: (Meeko compass)
Yesterday I went bowling with my immediate family. It's something of a winter break tradition with us, where we meet up at the bowling alley for bowling, beer and fries. It was fun and I bowled fairly consistently - 112 for my first two games and then 116 for the last game. My thighs are killing me, though. Though that could be the bowling in tandem with the fact that I went a mile on the treadmill yesterday, running the last quarter mile.

Today I have a party at my friend Sabrina's house. [ profile] travellyr, [ profile] sideshow_ericka, [ profile] chaosblue, [ profile] irksnapple and [ profile] amberdexterious will all be there, along with pretty much the rest of the gang. It doesn't start until eight, so about seven I'll start making rice to go with the curry and I'll probably send my husband to pick up a couple of take and bake pizzas from the grocery store. He wants to use his Star Trek pizza cutter pretty badly, and what better time than at the New Year's party? (He also wants to use his titanium spork, so I'm fully expecting that to show up as well.) I need to remember to pack Apples to Apples and some Wii games as well, and most likely along with our Wii because we have all of the save data. I also need to remember my can of Cougar Gold and the turron. I just can't remember if anyone in the group is allergic to almonds or not. (Off to Facebook to make a quick inquiry.)

My husband and I spent the morning cleaning the apartment, because we were out of town on Sunday and failed to do it on Monday. I'm quite relieved that everything is clean again, and I really need to go over the dining room table one last time and toss all of the adds and crap that we aren't using anymore and make one more feeble attempt to reclaim it. (I doubt it will work but it's at least worth a shot.)

Anyway, I need to finish up the cleaning and maybe I'll play some more Donkey Kong Country Returns. Damn that game is addictive.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
If I leave the "fuck" out of that quote it loses its punch. Anyway today is Christmas Eve and for those on my F-list who are celebrating tonight, please be safe. :)

Last night I watched the end of Slayers Try while my husband made pies. Yes, pies as in more than one. One chocolate pecan pie and one deep dish apple pie with crystallized ginger. Anyway, I've reached the conclusion that Slayers Try one long detour in the Slayers-verse that really doesn't move the plot along and really doesn't do much as far as character development goes. It hammers home a couple of points though:

1) Lina is absolutely terrified of her older sister Luna - and probably with good reason.

2) Xelloss lives to cause trouble, and love and kindness is actually quite a good weapon against him.

3) Lina is also very much aware of the fact that the minute that she stops being useful to Xelloss he has absolutely no qualms about killing her, but she doesn't care because as long as they're mutually beneficial to each other, she has nothing really to worry about. Besides, she does has the ultimate weapon to use against him - Amelia the ultimate genki girl.

I also watched the first episode of Slayers Revolution, which was a little jarring as I had just watched the first three seasons in English and switched to Japanese. I do prefer the Japanese cast to the English cast, but I had gotten used to them (except for Xelloss - what the hell were the casting directors thinking hiring David Moo for him?!). As it stands Funimation only has the first two episodes of Revolution up on Hulu, so it's much more prudent to watch it in Japanese.

Today I made an apple crisp for dessert to take to my mother's place tomorrow, all while listening to White Christmas. I thought about putting in the DVD, but I wasn't really watching it and it's more on for background noise. My husband has sighed and rolled his eyes several times when I quote or sing along with the movie, because yes, I've seen it that many times. I should probably start trying to figure out what the hell I'm wearing tonight, as tonight is the Christmas Eve celebration with my husband's family.

I don't know if I've ever gone over the Christmas routine, but for those of you who are new, here's the run down.

My husband's family celebrates Christmas on Christmas Eve with the big family dinner and games. There usually family pictures as well - which means I should probably remember to bring my tripod and charge up my camera battery. We don't have to be over there until 5, and I'm also swinging by my sister's place (the one I'm more or less estranged from) in order to pick up a few things from my dad and I'm debating if I should take his present. I'm not entirely sure if I want to go over tomorrow, so I may just take it and be done with it.

Christmas Day is when my family celebrates. Christmas morning my husband and I will open our gifts to each other, and then go over to my in-law's house for breakfast and presents. Once we're done there, we'll probably spend a couple of hours getting gifts put away and then head over to my mom's house and we'll do presents and then dinner - this time my brother and grandparents will be there. Things are pretty chill - hang out and play games and enjoy each other's company.

At any rate I think I'm just gonna chill out the rest of this afternoon.
mercy_angel_09: (Witch Hunter Robin)
I don't really have any big plans for today. My husband and I bought a new battery for my car at Costco (about twenty dollars cheaper with a three month warranty than anywhere else) and probably this afternoon or tomorrow morning he'll change out the old battery with the new one. The old one will be taken back to Costco so that they can dispose of it properly.

While at Costco we decided to stock up on a few essentials. I'm pretty sure we now have enough toilet paper to get us through the Apocalypse, along with a crapton of lotion (because winter dries me out like nobody's business), and some supplements. I've been having wrist and hip issues, my husband's bad knee is going from bad to worse, so glucosamine and a daily multi-vitamin were picked up. We'll see if that helps at all.

I've decided that I want to make some Gurren Lagann icons, especially since another member of the GL comm uploaded screen shots of both movies. I'm also toying with the idea of making a GL mood theme. Mostly because I can and I think it would be funny. And what else do I really have planned for today?

Though, I probably should finish cleaning the guest room. My dad called me yesterday and asked if it were possible for him to stay with me when he came up to visit. I'm not entirely sure what the plan is beyond him spending Christmas with my sister and her kids. I know that he wanted to visit with me on the 22, and I have no idea if I'm supposed to be making dinner, but that may be the night that I plan for something that could possibly be good for 3 people. Hm, my turky-loaf, perhaps. That said, he also mentioned traveling on the 23rd. I have no idea where to - I know he was talking about going up to Pullman for a quick visit but I have no idea if he was planning that before or after Christmas. And where he proposed trip to the Walter clan in Wenatchee was planned for.

Anyway, I've got roughly two weeks to finish getting things cleaned up around here - mostly because I do want things clean when my dad get here. (Which means I should try and find a frame for a print I picked up in Cannon Beach over two years ago. It's still not framed and thus not hanging on the wall like I originally intended.) I have to try and recover the dining room table again because 'tis the season of copious amounts of junk mail and catalogs. I need to sort through the ones that I might potentially be ordering out of, or else stick them in to be recycled. I also need to find a home for the poinsettia that I've inherited from my mother-in-law. At the moment I think it's going to end up on the coin operated candy dispenser right next to my aloe.

Okay, it's official. I don't want to do anything right now so I'm gonna just sit on the couch and play video games.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
Apparently there are towns in Alaska that are currently warmer than where I live.

So I guess this is a general update of sorts. Thanksgiving was fun - it was darn near the whole family over at my grandparents' house, which is probably another 1000 feet bigger than my apartment. Add around 30 people and you have chaos. But in a good way.

My uncle and his partner (I suppose she's his wife by common law by now) drove up from Wyoming and since the rest of us are more or less local we were able to all converge at Grandma and Grandpa's, where we were served a venison roast and a turkey. As a general rule I'm not a fan of venison but the roast was actually pretty good on top of the turkey being cooked to perfection.

There were three different kinds of pie - pecan, chocolate pecan and pumpkin - and cheesecake for dessert. We broke into little groups most of us "kids" playing Apples to Apples while the "adults" sat around and talked. After that I pulled out my violin and played some highlights from The Phantom of the Opera and then "Ashokan Farewell" for good measure.

Shortly after that we decided that it was time to call it quits and my husband and I came home and watched Punkin Chunkin' on Discovery. And then my husband informed me that he could build any of the contraptions that were chunkin' punkins if he felt so inclined.

Yes, that is the joy of being married to a mechanical engineer. X3

Yesterday I avoided the Black Friday chaos, instead choosing to decorate the apartment. I still need to finish the dining room table, but that's pretty straight forward and really only requires me to quickly clean off the table so I can put the table cloth on. However we got the tree up, lit and decorated, the lights around the balcony and windows and the various holiday plush, dolls and knick-knacks up.

We only ventured out when we decided that it was time to replace the old lights with some new LED ones, which we found for a pretty reasonable price at Big Lots. I also needed a new star for my tree, which was found at Fred Meyer and thankfully late enough in the afternoon that I wasn't smack dab in the middle of the Black Friday crazy.

Today I fully intend to hide in the apartment because we're getting that lovely winter mix that makes driving extremely dangerous. But I have the Wii to entertain me, along with the interwebz at large. The only thing that is officially planned for today is the housewarming party for my husband's cousin and her fiance, and even if we can't drive there we can have his family pick up us and take us. (Though I really like the idea of being able to leave when we want.)

Also, I've reached the 50k goal of NaNo, though my story isn't done yet. I'm going to try and write a bit more over the next couple of days and then I'll do the "verify and win" on Tuesday evening and get my web goodies for being a NaNo winner. This year for the third in a row. (Apparently that's some sort of special achievement, as most people don't even finish...)

Hmm...I should probably get some lunch. I don't know what, though. I'm hungry and I have no idea what it is that want. Something warm, probably, but I have to go diving through the cupboards to figure out exactly what there is to eat around here.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
I know I said I didn't have a lot of material for real entries this month, but I decided that it wouldn't kill me to share that I got some new BPAL last week and the result is that I have more Imps Ears to test out.

Today's scent is Aelophile from the Steamworks collection. The perfume is infused with amber and citrus, labdanum, verbena, cedar, and oud, and on me smells like a cross between the industrial hand soap in public restrooms and incense. We'll see how it ages, because despite the odd images it conjures in my mind, the scent itself I find quite pleasant and soothing.

The scents I actually ordered for myself were Havana and Alice's Evidence. I had waffled about buying Havana at Sakura-Con, and I finally decided to bite the bullet and get some when I ordered the Tintagel for [ profile] travellyr. Havana is a masculine scent - leather, date plam, snake root oil and tobacco, but when I put it on it becomes sweet and musky. It smells ridiculously good on me, which is good because I was going to be pissed if I couldn't wear it. Alice's Evidence still smells fantastic on me as well, so all is good in the world of perfume.

In other news, I'm going through my Imps Ears and figuring out which ones I want to give to my sister to try out. Since I bought a bottle of Alice's Evidence, I'll let her take my Imps Ear of that to try out. I asked her what kind of scents she prefers, and once I get a response I'll sort through them accordingly, though a few are off limits, especially the ones that have a more sexually oriented nature, like O, Golden Pariapus, or The Sacred Whore of Babylon. I can't imagine that my parents would like that I gave her perfume with those names. However, if she likes roses, I'll give her Marie and Versailles and I may be going through the "BPAL" tag to find the other scents I didn't care much for and see if maybe my sister can wear them.

She's turning sixteen, of course I'm going to spoil her. Which reminds me, I need to go and find some funky nail polish...
mercy_angel_09: (Witch Hunter Robin)
Tonight we collected 232 food items. Combined with the 475 from yesterday, that brings the grand total to 707 items of food (hell if I know how many pounds that is) for the local food bank. Also, something like ten bucks. (But cash is good, it allows them to get perishable items and things like infant formula and baby food.)

All in all, it was a successful venture and we got a great community response. I don't know if we'll be doing the same thing again next year - Halloween is on a Monday so I suppose it's possible we'll be open Sunday/Monday in order to continue the food drive, or perhaps since it's established people will just bring donations. Which would be all kinds of awesome.

I think I'm going to sit and chill for a bit - maybe go diving for fanfiction. I'm tired but not exhausted, and I managed to spend most of tonight in the house because Sheena's a little on the thin side. (Duh, she's made of broad cloth.) My baby sister was freaked out by the size of my boobs (for my new friends from the ToS community, read this entry about my adventures in getting a bra to give me the proper bust for Sheena) which are, for all intents and purposes, foam. Yes, those wonderful Bombshell bras from Victoria's Secret really do add two cup sizes. I go from a D to a DDD in a matter of seconds. And they jiggle when I laugh. Apparently, they also make it really awkward to hug me, as my sister found out today. My mom snapped a few photos when I was at the house, and once she gets them posted on Facebook, I'll figure out a way to share them with my friends here.

Okay, I think I should probably start the wind down, now. G'night everybody.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
I headed over to my parents house at 5:30 last night as we were starting at six. That would give me enough time to get my costume on (you try driving in a full crinoline - it ain't happening) and help with the last minute stuff before the first people started arriving.

After moving cars around, we got everything squared away and I took up my post out back, collecting the donations from the visitors as they left. After a while, my sister and I switched places, and I took over candy duty and she collected donations. Several of my friends stopped by, also bringing donations, everyone oohing and ahhing over the decorations. We closed up shop at about nine thirty (which is when everyone cleared out), all in all getting 475 food times for the local food bank. We're running the same hours today, and while we were originally only going to do the food drive yesterday, all media covering this stated that it was Saturday and Sunday. If we get donations today we'll certainly accept them, and we'll see what we get tonight. The 475 we got yesterday was certainly more than we thought we would get, so whatever we get tonight is icing on the cake.

As far as my costume goes, I've got my hair started. I've pulled it into a ponytail, and then divided that into several smaller bits which I've moussed, twisted, and then coiled. My goal is to make a poofy pony that will then be sprayed down with the temporary black hair dye. Once that's all in and dry, I'll wrap the pink ribbon around the ponytail holder and tie it up. I'm hoping to get at least a few pictures - I'll post them so you can see. Though hopefully the best photos will be taken at Sakura-Con next year.

I suppose I should start thinking about dinner, since I technically have to finish hair and make-up before heading over to my parents' house and I need to eat because I refuse to eat nothing but candy tonight. We've got leftovers in the fridge (thank goodness) so it's just a matter of finding what appeals to me.

Most importantly, though, I've finished my party dress, aside from minor fit adjustments and some finishing. I'm relieved, because that means that I can quickly get Lydia sewn tomorrow and still get a good start on NaNo. I wasn't sure if I was actually going to get my dress done in time, but thankfully the minor stuff can be done in an hour a few days before the actual party. That means that tomorrow morning, after Lydia is sewn, I can clear off the dining room table and reclaim my writing space. I don't think I'll do anything special for the NaNo kick off - I'll probably make a pot of tea, maybe get some cookies or biscotti, and just sit and write and see what I get out of day one.
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
But totally worth it. We collected 475 food times tonight for the local food bank. We're hoping to get a bit more tomorrow. I am now going to take a shower and pass out and stay dead until football pre-game shows tomorrow.

In which case I'll probably spend most of the day in half of Sheena's costume because it's comfy.
mercy_angel_09: (luna and artimis)
So, with my parents all over the local (and even non-local, is some cases) news, I'm expecting some chaos tonight. Probably not helped by the fact that when I used the Captain Mal's Wisdom app on Facebook yesterday, my dear Captain said, "It never goes smooth. How come it never goes smooth?"

I really hope that it's just a fluke and not a prophecy for tonight. :/

Anyway, I really should be eating a light lunch (because dinner will be early because of what time I have to get over to my parents' house to help out tonight) but I'm not really hungry, coupled with the fact that I have no idea what I even want to eat. At any rate, I'm probably going to spend the rest of the afternoon doing some tidying up around the apartment because I'm going to invite my parents over to watch the Seahawks game tomorrow because they won't be able to really watch it tomorrow. Not that their house lacks TVs, but I just figured I'd extend the invite to come watch it in HD at my place because their usual TV (the behemoth that lives in the corner of the living room) is currently covered by Halloween decorations.

All things considered, what I should do is have a quick bite to eat, followed by doing a little cleaning (mostly picking up odds and ends from around the apartment and dusting), and then sitting down and working on the slip stitching on my dress.

Speaking of my dress, it's more or less fully constructed, with the final bit being to slip stitch the bodice lining to the rest of the dress. I finished hemming it yesterday, so aside from the slip stitching and making a few tacks to get it properly fitted (and maybe a little clean up on some of the edges and folds), I'm practically done. Because Lydia is a series of straight lines along with the spider webbing being drawn on by hand, she'll take me all of an afternoon to complete.

Of course, I also need to start thinking about NaNo - which will probably be all kinds of fantastic, as the first couple of days will be combined with sewing in some way, which may mean my first couple of days aren't very productive. It also means that the first couple of days will be spent writing on the couch when I'd rather be writing at the dining room table. Ah well, not much I can do about that until I get everything cleared off the table and that won't happen until Lydia is done. So.

High time I find some food so I can get on with the rest of what I should be doing. Even if I don't get all of the cleaning done today, I really should get as much done as possible so I don't stress myself out trying to get everything done before tomorrow's football game.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
So I mentioned the newspaper article AND that one of the local stations covered the house.

Here's the segment from this evening's news.

I'm not mentioned, so we're clear, but should we be covered tomorrow I'll make sure to put up links to that as well.
mercy_angel_09: (luna and artimis)
Yeeeeeeesh. Went from the front page of the newspaper to the evening news. Only one of the local stations (the ABC affiliate, I think), but it's possible that the other stations will end up covering us either tomorrow or Sunday.


We are officially the biggest thing to happen on Halloween in our town. WTF?!

(On the plus side, I'm really hoping that this means that we'll be getting some really good donations for the local food bank. The more publicity we get (via Facebook, me Tweeting, the local newspaper and being on the local evening news), the better the outcome for donations. Over the years our local food banks have struggled to have enough for needy family in the area so I'm really hoping that this will help them out.)


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