mercy_angel_09: (Luna Lovegood)
I went to go see The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey last night with [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka since she wanted to see it again and I wanted to see it, period. Given the scope of the film, and of course various additions and expansions to make it mesh better with the Lord of the Rings trilogy, it's definitely one of those movies that's best seen in theaters.

We went to a 9:00 PM showing, which meant that there were only a few people in the theater. I got a small bag of popcorn because I knew I'd get hungry and a small bottle of water so I could take my various pills at 9. I enjoyed it, liking the overall feel of the additions from the appendices from the Lord of the Rings and other supplemental materials, which again ties it in better with the trilogy. As we left the theater I knew I was ready to re-read the book.

In other news my new medications are helping me breathe better, but I'm still coughing. It's not nearly as bad nor as frequent as it was, but it's still niggling. Of course I've only been on the medication for less than a week, and I'm supposed to assess how I feel after a month. So far everything's fine, except the Flonase makes me really fuzzy for about an hour after I take it before it clears up and I'm fine.

Husband also scheduled eye appointments for me and him next week. I haven't had an actual eye exam in over a decade (I want to say my dad got me an exam when we were down in Miami for a visit because I had casually mentioned I hadn't had one since I was ten and that had been six or seven years prior), so clearly it's time. I don't think I need glasses (I can tell the grass still has individual blades), but a full exam certainly isn't going to hurt anything.

Woohoo!

Jan. 14th, 2013 02:14 pm
mercy_angel_09: (Banner/Stark Lab Romance)
Got my test results back. Everything is normal, but I'll be constantly monitored to make sure there isn't any adrenal gland dysfunction.

Which beats surgery any day of the week.
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: (America Hetalia)
So the crud I got in New York isn't going away, so tomorrow I'm hauling my happy ass into the walk-in clinic to make sure it hasn't developed into something worse than just a cold. The coughing has remained painfully constant, despite the rest of my symptoms clearing up in a normal amount of time. As a result my throat is often irritated and sore, leaving me feeling miserable and kind of grouchy.

There is the saving grace of sitting and watching the Olympics, though. NBC's coverage is absolute shit, of course, but I'll take what I can get. I would much rather that all NBC/Universal affiliate stations would do coverage (not just MSNBC and Bravo) rather than NBC trying to "market" us the Olympics as some sort of "product." It's the fucking Olympics - they only happen every two years and limiting coverage and only showing us the "good parts" isn't exactly going to win you a lot of praise from the public. Because while you might not think that we want to watch the shooting or the archery, you'd be surprised at how many people want to see those events.

Other than being sick and watching the Olympics, things are blessedly quiet. I don't have anything going on for another two weeks, which is when I head to Portland for a friend's wedding. Hopefully my new SLR will be here by then. I'm planning on hiking waterfalls (again!) and taking photos. This time with something resembling a professional grade camera. I might need to take some private lessons with either my mother or [livejournal.com profile] forgotten_relic so that I know what I'm doing and how to work my camera, but I think it'll be worth it in the long run.

Also, I'm hoping that I can start selling my prints. (Yes, you too can buy my stuff - currently at devART which takes a cut of the sale but you can buy my stuff. Please buy my stuff?) I need to look into art fairs and seeing about submitting my work into local galleries and hopefully get something going.
mercy_angel_09: (Zelgius Armor)
Years ago I inherited a dresser. It's nothing spectacular, and if I had to guess it was built using leftover apple crates. I think it was made by my great-grandfather in the late thirties or early forties. And I still have no idea how I ended up with it. I do know that no matter how ratty the damn thing got my mother refused to get rid of it, so years ago my step-dad sighed and painted it before putting new pulls on it.

Of course when I moved out I got to take everything that was in my bedroom with me - including the dresser. The paint was starting to flake and one of the pulls had fallen off, so my husband asked if we could strip it, sand it down, and then repaint it. Since we repainted a bookcase a few summers back, I didn't really see an issue with that. Of course the contents of the dresser are currently strewn about guest room - mostly various cosplay pieces.

With most everything stripped and sanded down, I started repainting the drawers yesterday. I got one coat of paint on yesterday after getting done with my various other errands and tasks, and then realized that the second coat wouldn't be done by the time my husband got home from work. With his bike not having a kickstand he can't store it in the little shed our complex has for bikes, so it lives on our balcony. Which is also where we're currently trying to refinish this dresser.

Three coats of paint later the drawers are done, which means I need to finish sanding the dresser, but I need to ask my husband what parts need to be finished. I think he's got the top done, which means I just have to get the last of the paint off of the sides and then I can repaint that sucker. With summer here (finally - it's been spring since mid-March), the weather is perfect for getting all of this done. Also, I want my dresser back.

In other news, I'm going to be helping a friend at the pub at the local Scottish Fest on Saturday, so I have to wait until Monday to see the latest episode of Korra. I've never actually attended Scottish Fest before, which is kind of sad seeing as I'm of Scottish descent. (No, really. I know I talk about my Cuban heritage a lot, but I can trace my family to Clan Campbell, thank you very much, in just two generations. It also explains the ginger highlights that are in my hair naturally. I've just opted to go red all over with a little help from a bottle.) I'm going to be sitting at the entrance of the pub checking wrist bands to make sure that no underage kids get in. I imagine it'll be a drunker, if not as smelly, experience not unlike checking badges in the game rooms at Anime Expo. I'll be doing it with my friend [livejournal.com profile] travellyr, and I'll also get a couple of breaks where I can actually go out and check out the rest of the Fest. I want to see if I can find a scarf in my clan tartan. (Look up the Campbell tartan, it's freakin' gorgeous.)
mercy_angel_09: (Tohru's Happy)
I've made it absolutely no secret here that I love to cook. I've posted numerous entries of either recipes or experiences in trying/making new foods.

I was talking to my family last week about my cooking (my brother and his girlfriend were up from Florida and as a result my mother invited her parents along with me and my husband over for dinner). It came up over the course of the evening's chatter, about how I had been cooking pretty much since I could read well enough to follow recipes. Hell, I got my first cookbook for my fifth birthday - before I started kindergarten.

I still have that cookbook, twenty-three years later. It's well used - the cardstock pages have warped and discolored due to years of spills - and I realized that I still default to it for lots of recipes. If I'm making brownies from scratch, I'm using this cookbook. Mashed potatoes? Muffins? Homemade "fried" chicken? A quick refresher on the finer points of cooking eggs? A strawberry butter to put on French toast?

I've managed to collect a number of cookbooks since - my husband and I have a great affinity for the basics along with a few niche ones. I have an entire cookbook for the slow cooker, another deals exclusively with snacks to serve with tea. We also look for recipes to try online. Blessed is the Internet that provides us with inspiration.

But it doesn't matter how old I get, the "kid's" cookbook that I got for my fifth birthday is still the one I go to for the basics. I've really been using it when it comes to steaming vegetables. No joke, the section is titled "Non-Yucky Vegetables" and gives you the proper cooking times for an assortment of veggies with the goal of getting them hot but not steaming the bejeezus out of them so that they're roughly the same consistency of baby food in your mouth. And even now it's a God send.

Sometimes wonder if I should have gone into culinary school rather than getting a B.A. in history...
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: (Amon)
This morning I woke up with the Queen Mother of all tension headaches. My alarm went off at seven, but I preferred to stay dead, so I turned it off and crashed for another hour and a half. By that point my body needed food (and painkiller) so I forced myself to get up and eat, downed some pain pills, and took a shower.

I felt a little better, but about an hour later the nausea hit, so I curled up on the couch with [livejournal.com profile] sideshow_ericka's copy Stardust, which is thankfully in a large enough type that it doesn't hurt to read. I have a feeling that the rest of today will be spent sitting on the couch, either watching movies or just staying as still as possible and trying not to get sick.

I think the way I sleep is the primary cause of these headaches. I suppose I could start training myself to sleep on my back, as being a side sleeper seems to be causing me ridiculous amounts of pain. And several tension headaches. It's getting old - and fast.
mercy_angel_09: (Default)
I finally finished my Avatar: The Last Airbender mood theme and got it installed yesterday. Since I'm HTML incompetent, I had to do it the long way. The whole time I was listening to Rob Paulsen's podcast and laughing manically. It was really hilarious to listen to both Billy West and Dee Bradly Baker, the latter going into Appa, Momo, and Perry the Platypus on command.

In other news, I've decided that I need to start sketching again, and so I just cranked out a few sketches of buttocks, a face, and a few hands. I think I'll work on the individual parts before I start drawing whole people again. I really could benefit from a life drawing class, though I suppose I could beg my husband to strip down and model for me.

This weekend is shaping up to be pretty chill, especially since I'm not at Sakura-con running around like a chicken with my head cut off. Rather than being stressed about con, I'm happily sitting at home this weekend, sketching and watching TV and best of all I get to have Easter Dinner with my family. I've been tasked with bringing a dessert, which will be angel food cake with fresh whipped cream and strawberries.

There's probably some incidental cleaning that should be done, but I just haven't felt the urge to do it yet.
mercy_angel_09: (Momo Yojimbo)
It's weird, because I usually spend the first Wednesday of the month scrambling around, attempting to keep everything in order because stuff has to get done and I'm one one person and ZOMG WHY WON'T THIS DOCUMENT PRINT?!

Today has been oddly calm. I'm not behind in any way, shape, or form, and in fact I'm just sort of kicking it until I can go make copies and pick up meeting snacks. Which I'll be doing after one so I miss the lunch hour traffic.

In other news, I started up a Tumblr account which you can follow here. It's primary focus is fandom and other things that I like. Favorite movies, TV shows, squealing over .gif sets and so on. I won't be doing any hard core blogging there because, well, that's why I have this.
mercy_angel_09: (Yoda)
I'm a fan of my bed.

It's big. It's cozy, especially when my husband isn't hogging the covers.

Anyway.

I stayed up late with [livejournal.com profile] forgotten_relic, finally turning in at 1:30 this morning. I managed to pull myself out of bed at just after nine, grabbed my Aperture mug filled with coffee (the cake may be a lie, but the coffee isn't), and settled on the couch to surf teh interbuttz. I made sure to post on my brother's Facebook wall for his birthday (he's 26 today), and yesterday most of the family got together to celebrate my grandpa's birthday a day early. (Yes, my brother and our maternal grandpa have the same birthday. It's a family thing, apparently, to share a birthday with another family member.)

Also, today, at least according to LJ, is [livejournal.com profile] faithchan's birthday, so a very happy birthday to her! I hope it's wonderful!

Tomorrow is my husband's birthday, but we're going out to dinner tonight because we figured trying to do it tomorrow would be too hectic. Since he doesn't want a cake, I'm making a blueberry pie (unless he wants a different kind of pie...I should probably check with him) instead. This is going to be my first attempt at making crusts from scratch, which could go horribly, horribly wrong. Or it could just right and I get a perfect, flaky crust.

If everything turns out, tomorrow the "Food Porn" album on Facebook will have a few new additions. (Goober that he is, he's not allowing me to play with my cake decorating supplies. So he'll probably end up with slits in the crust in the shape of a cake because that's how I roll.)

Anyway, I'm more or less just killing time until the Pro-Bowl starts and I'll watch some of that before we go out for dinner. Seattle went from having one person selected to five when four other people dropped out due to either illness or injury. As it stands the Seahawks did okay this past season and I really feel that they're on the right track to give the 49ers a run for the money next season.

I think that sums up everything for me at the moment. Life's been pretty quiet around here. It's been warm (today it's in the high fifties) and kind of wet, but it's always possible that we'll get hit with another snowstorm. I would not be against that, especially since I'm officially off of crutches I can actually go play in it. (Though first I should consider hitting up either Big 5 or REI to find snow pants. Wet jeans suck.)
mercy_angel_09: (NeasalaxLeanne)
So that huge storm in the Pacific Northwest has finally caught up to me. I believe the snow hit at three am. I woke up about one needing water and nothing had happened, yet. When my husband got up this morning I woke up (partly because I crashed right after White Collar last night) and peeked outside. There wasn't a lot of snow, but it was still falling, and it's snowing harder now than when I officially got out of bed just after seven.

I'm finding my bum ankle to be something of a double edged sword. I don't get to go out and play in the snow, but on the plus side I get to sit around on the couch and watch it.

Since the weather seems to be getting worse, my husband texted me to let me know that he would probably be sent home early. The last time that happened it took him an hour to get home, and we live less than a mile from his office. I haven't heard if they've decided to send people home yet, but I feel that it's only a matter of time. In which case I will probably either 1) play Skyward Sword all afternoon or I'll 2) watch The Wallflower on Hulu. All in all, I know I'm not going anywhere this afternoon and I might as well make the best of being couch bound.
mercy_angel_09: (Zelgius Armor)
So I've managed to catch another cold. This one I'm pretty sure I picked it up from the son of my husband's cousin, who was grabbing me for hugs and kisses all night. He's also four. Being of an age where hygiene isn't a top priority, I'm pretty sure he was carrying something.

Anyway, I'm stuffed up and fatigued along with a mild sore throat. I took down a DVD to the mailbox this morning and by the time I got back up to the apartment I collapsed and didn't move again for almost half an hour. (That's going down a flight of stairs and probably forty yards to the mailbox and then back.) I played Skyward Sword for about two hours, clearing the Ancient Cistern and then completing a few side quests (of the Gratitude Crystals variety).

I've since been watching NCIS. I think that maybe I'll play a bit more this evening as there's nothing on TV tonight. Husband is currently putting the last touches on dinner, since I can't stand long enough to make it.

Okay, I'm due for another allergy pill in hopes that my sinuses will hate me less.
mercy_angel_09: (Seattle Seahawks)
Actually it's a Shock Top Belgian White - but since I usually don't drink beer, this is a big deal.

So the Seahawks are playing the Rams on Monday Night Football, and here's an interesting stat - apparently the Seahawks have the most shutouts on MNF, period. With three, but apparently shutouts on MNF are rare. Or something.

Anyway, things are pretty chill around here. I still need to get at least one more gift for my husband for Christmas, as we generally set a limit of spending $100 on each other. That said, we usually spend no more than $20 per family member, though if we spend less on one person, we can spend more on another. (For example, I spent roughly ten dollars on my baby brother, so I didn't feel terrible about spending $30 on my baby sister.) I still have no idea what to get my parents and my mother has yet to call me back. Well, whatever it is I hope to God that I don't have to order it online. Augh.

Since I got stuff for work done today (still has to be sent out, but I can do that tomorrow), I can spend the rest of the week trying to determine what to get, or just ask my mother to send me a text with ideas. I'm also getting together with [livejournal.com profile] desertkitsune to watch the PNB's The Nutcracker - the theatrical release they did back in 1986. I figure this is the best option as she's never seen a production of The Nutcracker, and we missed the Mid-Columbia Ballet production. After that we'll watch the Christmas episode of Haven and I might have her watch selected portions of A Very Merry Daughter of the Bride. We'll see. I kind of want to have her watch the Christmas episode of Eureka because it's hilariously awesome.

Anyway, methinks its time to watch me some moar foozball.

Go Seahawks!!
mercy_angel_09: (Star Wars Group Photo)
So I got paid yesterday meaning that today I could start Christmas shopping. I asked if [livejournal.com profile] desertkitsune wanted to tag along, and she agreed. After hitting the bank and the post office (to mail of dues invoices for work and Christmas cards for everyone but [livejournal.com profile] lukecanwaltz88, who was sent hers a week and a half ago), I picked her up and we hit the mall.

I got one part of my husband's gift, one part of my younger brother's gift, and my mother's birthday present. I need to order my baby brother's gift (using that nifty 25% off coupon that B&N sent me) and my baby sister's gift as well. Come to think of it, I'm pretty sure that almost all of the rest of my shopping is to be done online. That's convenient. XD

Anyway, I'll either finish shopping tonight or do it tomorrow afternoon. So long as I can more or less avoid the mall for the rest of the month, I'm good...though I might need to take my ring into the jewelers and have it cleaned before the family party in a week.
mercy_angel_09: (United Kingdom Hetalia)
Well, the sore throat is mostly gone (just some lingering discomfort), but now I'm all stuffed up. When I can't breathe I slow down, and just walking from the bedroom to the living room is enough to wind me. So the fact that I'm being somewhat productive today is surprising. I'm doing laundry right now, did the dishes, and made the bed. Admittedly, It's been over the course of several hours, but the breakdown goes something like, putter around for two or three minutes, take a five minute breather, putter around for two or three minutes, take a five minute breather, lather, rinse, repeat.

To keep myself hydrated, I've been drinking apple cider tea (with no sweeteners because it doesn't need it!) and water, and I also have apple juice in the fridge. I have plenty of soup for lunch, and somewhere in there I need to get the Christmas card for [livejournal.com profile] lukecanwaltz88 in the mail so it gets to her before she moves. ^^;

And now I'm off topic.

ANYWAY. XD

I'm sick, it sucks. My husband's company Christmas party is on Saturday, so I'm really trying to get over the worst of this by then.

ALSO: If you want a Christmas/holiday card, go ahead and give me your address at this entry. Again, comments are screened so you can leave it without worrying about other people seeing it. Or you can just send me a Private Message with it. Whatever you're more comfortable with. :D

O hai dere

Nov. 25th, 2011 10:39 pm
mercy_angel_09: (Default)


Managed to get a few words done today. And now I have a shiny little widget to show it. XD

Other things accomplished today? Decorating for Christmas.

Anyway, I survived Thanksgiving, survived exactly one store for a sale on socks, of all things, and I survived dinner with my in-laws (again!) tonight.

And now I am ready for bed. G'night.
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.

Secondly:

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: (We're Doomed)
I ran out to Wally World to find a couple of gifts for the Birthday Party's White Elephant exchange. I managed to find one gift, and when I left, it had started to spit snow. I then ran to Toys-R-Us to find another gift (I had a very specific one in mind that I couldn't find at Wally World), and by the time I finished there, it was snowing harder.

After that I realized that I don't have a set of gloves that I can just leave with my trench coat, so I made one lat quick stop off at Freddy's where I found a lovely pair of Isotoner knit gloves that match my scarf on sale. By the time I left there it was snowing even harder.

And it's still going.

I'm an now drinking hot apple cider and soon I'll start off on NaNoWriMo for the day.

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