orbitaldiamonds: Adam Hills with cloth that says "Go you big red fire engine" ([ text ] go you big red fire engine)
Heather Mac Icons
http://community.livejournal.com/heathermacicons/
http://heathermacicons.dreamwidth.org/
My icon comms, obviously. I'm still catching up the DW one on what's already at the LJ one. :)

Heather's Library
http://community.livejournal.com/heatherslibrary/
http://heatherslibrary.dreamwidth.org/
The blogs where I post my book notes.

Good News Week
http://community.livejournal.com/good_news_week/
http://good_news_week.dreamwidth.org/
The comms that Fizzy and I co-moderate, which explores the crackier side of Good News Week fandom. (Good News Week is a comedy/news/game show produced by Australia's Channel Ten and starring Paul McDermott, Claire Hooper, and Mikey Robins.)

Sidetrackedery
http://community.livejournal.com/sidetrackedery/
http://sidetrackedery.dreamwidth.org/
http://sidetrackedery.tumblr.com/
These are places that I moved my Sidetrackedery postings to so that only those who want to see them will.

Pretty Things
http://alieninnerchild.tumblr.com/
Just for fun. It's all reblogs.

Whole Books
http://whole_books.dreamwidth.org/
An easier place to post whole books than [personal profile] simone_jester. This time I've started with the Anne of Green Gables series.

Orbital Cookbook
http://orbitalcookbook.blogspot.com/
One of my Lofty Goals is to make a cookbook out of my weird kitchen experimentation ideas, and I'll have actual content there by the end of the day.

Heather's Home Ideas
http://heathershomeideas.blogspot.com/
Just a place for me to put ideas for the next PCS, and for the eventual owned home that I'm already decorating in my head.
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http://animalwelfare.change.org/blog/view/beckham_vs_boomers

Especially what's going on in the comments. I'm asking because I've discussed kangaroo leather and kangaroo meat with Fizzy, and the above article seems very American PETA types judging Australia by American PETA standards.

Thoughts?

---

And on an unrelated note, I'd like to thank Tria, Olive, and especially Fizzy for putting up with me. All the time, but especially this last week or so with the running out of Lexapro. Sorry about the crazy. *hugs you all*
orbitaldiamonds: fatso "reading" a Calvin & Hobbes comic ([ fatso ] some light reading)
Going down the list...

Italicized are the ones I haven't started.
Bold are ones I'm working on.

Lofty Goals 2010.

1. Pack up all books I'm not going to read before PCSing.
2. Cut up 200 magazines. (0/200)
3. Type up 100 sets of book notes. (0/100)
4. Scan 10 journals and/or random notes books. (0/10)
5. Pay off student loans.
6. Pay off car.
7. Finish red-white-and-blue blanket and shades-of-blue blanket.

8. Exercise for at least half an hour, at least three times a week.
  • This one's a fail for January, but I have ordered a new DDR to replace the one I gave the Reids for Christmas. I'm looking forward to dance-dancing again!
9. Start and finish 10 new art projects. (1/10)
  • I've started a collage notebook for Fizzy.
  • I've got another collage notebook and maybe a quilt still in the idea stages.
10. Sort/organize/make pretty all files on my computer.
11. Not buy a new book until finishing two that I already own.
  • So far, so good, though my rules are pretty lax. I've been reading Christopher Pike's Thirst series, which is six books in two volumes. I finished the second two books of the first volume and counted that as two books, towards the second volume which I counted as one book for purchasing purposes, and I bought it before I'd finished earning it (heh heh, oops), and now I've finished the first two books of the second volume and am nearly done with the third, so I've earned another book. :)
12. Take weekly self-portraits. (4/52)

+4 images )

13. Get a passport.
14. Stay caught up with my LJ flist.
  • So far, so good! I've been within a day for the past week. :D
15. Write 200,000 words, either ABJR or Luna 'verses. (0/200,000)
16. Experiment in the kitchen, and write up a personal cookbook. With pictures.
  • I've been experimenting, but I haven't written any of it up yet ('cause discussing said experimentations with Fizzy doesn't count as a write-up :P).
17. Learn how to knit.
  • I do intend to, though. I want to play with chunky yarns!
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I don't know what to say or how to say it.
orbitaldiamonds: Cat with "^_^" emoticon ([ animal ] kitty ^_^)
1. Bold the names of women you'd definitely sex it up with.
2. Italicize the names of women you might do after a little persuasion.
3. Leave the women who don't do anything for you alone.
4. Put a question mark (?) after the women you've never heard of.
5. Strike the women you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.
6. Add three more women to the list.


01. Katee Sackhoff
02. Rachel McAdams
03. Angelina Jolie
04. Gina Torres
05. Christina Hendricks ?
06. Sophia Myles ?
07. Kate Winslet
08. Summer Glau
09. Elizabeth Mitchell ?
10. Kristen Bell
11. Nicole Kidman
12. Tricia Helfer
13. Sara Ramirez
14. Katie Holmes
15. Sophia Bush ?
16. Sanaa Lathan ?
17. Katie McGrath ?
18. Eve Myles
19. Zoe Saldana
20. Zooey Deschanel
cut for length )
orbitaldiamonds: Rose Tyler from DW, text: "bugger" ([ dr who ] rose: "bugger")
So I remember a national holiday from the nation where I want to live. I bust out the sparkly text. I added a line of "*celebrates*" to bring the sparkly text below the icon on both my DW and LJ layouts.

And then I'm going through LJ, DW, and Tumblr, and everyone I know who's commenting on Australia day is staying home like it's New Year's Morning and calling it Invasion Day and all. So I read the entries, and discovered that Beer's Birthday is really just Be A White Male Conservative Nationalist Wanker Day with a side of cricket.

Now, I'm sure there's much more to it (cookouts and such), but that's what I saw yesterday/today.

So in the grand (well, recent) tradition of Keith Olbermann...

Oops. Sorry.
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*celebrates*

Well, since I'm on the ass end of the International Date Line, it'll be Beer's Birthday tomorrow, but in God's Own Sunburnt Country it is already

~AUSTRALIA DAY~


(Yes, I'm a dork who is patriotic sans nationalistic wankery for two countries the whole world but especially two beloved countries. Go me.)

Also, I had an appointment today for a sonogram of my thyroid. It was rather uncomfortable (I can't stand anything touching the front of my throat at all and she had to press down a bit to get the picture, though she was very nice and played Enya on her stereo and tried to be accommodating), but it was neat to see the camera images when I was able to look in that direction.

I should know what the doctor learned from those pictures in a few days. In the meantime, I play Hurry Up And Wait, which I excel at. :P
orbitaldiamonds: oranges on the tree ([ nature ] oranges on the tree)
(Yes, that's how I'm denoting which journaling platform is being used. It's just easier that way.)

Anyhow...

ASK ME ANY QUESTION and I will answer it IN A VOICE POST.

Everything's fair game. :)
orbitaldiamonds: camera, text: "click" ([ text ] camera: "click")
It's here if you want to play but haven't yet--I'm enjoying it and I'm gonna leave it open indefinitely. :)

I'm about ready to craaash with teh tired, though, so I'll finish it up tomorrow.

Have a good day/night/morning/whatever it is in your time zone, all. <3
orbitaldiamonds: camera, text: "click" ([ text ] camera: "click")
Tell me 5 places in my home you'd like to see, and I will take photos and post them here.
orbitaldiamonds: text: "the decline of stupid fucking western civilization" ([ text ] stupid fucking western civiliza)

Initial Reaction To Scott Brown's Senate Victory In Massachusetts: An Imagined Monologue By The Republican Party

Hey you, come here. I need you to do me a favor. Hold on to this bag for a little bit, okay?

Well, yeah, it is on fire. Funny story about that, I'll tell it to you some time.

In it? Well—and get ready to laugh, this is pretty great—I filled it full of shit. Yep, shit. This, my friend, is a flaming bag of shit, and you're holding it.

Why? You're holding a flaming bag of shit and you're asking me why I filled it full of shit and set it on fire? I was you I'd be figuring out a way to extinguish it rather than doing some kind of, what do you call it, searching moral inventory on how the bag came to be full of shit and set ablaze. Lemme tell you something, kid, I've been around a while: People don't care why the bag is full of shit and on fire. They just want you to put it out. All these questions: Why did you fill the bag full of shit? Why on earth would you set it on fire? Why am I not helping you put it out? Nobody gives a fuck. You're holding the bag. You took it from me. You put it out.

Look, you seem like a decent sort. I mean, sure, I'll tell people that there's something wrong with you, that I'm not impressed by your shit-bag-handling approach, that it's too methodical and logical. Also, I'm gonna pretend I don't know where you were born. But that's just the way we play the game. Anyway, I'm gonna level with you, 'cause I like you. Here's why I filled the bag full of shit: People like to see a full bag. They can't get enough of it. And the fuller the bag, the happier they are. Do they know it's full of shit? Probably. Deep down, they can't help but know it's full of shit. Still, and this is what I love about people, so long as they see that the bag is full, they're gonna tell themselves it's not shit in there, it's pearls. Or diamonds. Or the finest silks from the Orient. Whatever, I don't know what people like. Except seeing a full bag. Of shit.

Wow, that thing is really going. I was holding the bag, tell you what I'd do: I'd just let that fucker burn. Gotta go out sometime, right? Yeah, sure, the flames may leap to something else and cause a much larger fire, but that's a small price to pay, am I right? I mean, all the theories on shit-filled bags that I have followed in the first place, these philosophies and dicta that I used as organizing principles while I was busy shoveling the shit into the bag, they tell me that when a bag is full of shit and on fire you just let it go. Teaches the other bags a lesson or something. But you look like a responsible kid, I'm sure you're not going to fall for that. No, I'm not going to help you put it out, but I will sit here on the sidelines and tell you you're doing it the wrong way.

See, here's the thing: Eventually I'm gonna want that bag back. No, not right now. You make me laugh, kid. Keep that sense of humor, it'll serve you well. Anyway, back to the bag: This is gonna sound a little funny—really, even I have a hard time believing it—but this ain't the first time I've filled a bag full of shit and set it on fire. But here's what I've learned: Someone always comes around and puts it out for me. Couple of years go by, no one remembers—not even me, really—that I'm the one set the damn thing in flames in the first place. They just remember the guy who was holding it while it was going up. And then they look at me, sitting over in the corner, and for some reason they think, "Now there's a man knows how to handle a bag. Let's give it to him for a while."

And they do! I know, I can't believe it either.

So here's what's gonna happen. You're gonna put out that bag. It's gonna be messy, and you're probably gonna get a bunch of shit on you. While all that's happening, I'll be around to let you know how deeply I disagree with the way you're handling it. Soon enough the bag will be out—although I have to be frank; I have never filled a bag with so much shit before. I mean, woo boy, that is one full bag—and you'll be standing there, exhausted and confused and covered in shit. And that's when I'll take the bag back. It's just the way things go. Glad we got that straightened out.

But why did I set it on fire? Great question. I don't know either! It's just my thing. I fill the bag full of shit, and then, maybe for kicks, I guess, I torch that fucker. You got a bag full of shit, eventually you're gonna get creative with the accelerants, am I right? You know how it goes.

Oooh, it's really smoking now. I was you, I'd be working even harder on putting it out. I mean, I'm not, so I won't, but you probably want to. That's why I gave you the bag in the first place, right?

Great. I'll be over there. See you in a couple years!

orbitaldiamonds: Fatso among the dandelions and uncut grass in my front yard ([ fatso ] frolick dammit!)
This is me from last week:

self-portrait of myself in front of my bathroom mirror

I need to get my hair trimmed anyway (my "semi-annual" haircut), and I'm considering getting bangs, and I am equally evenly divided on whether or not to do it.

So...what do you think? What do you recommend? (Feel free to recommend another style if something occurs to you.)

Thanks in advance! <3

[ P.S. There, Mommy, you can has picture of me. :) ]
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1. Bold the names of guys you'd definitely sex it up with.
2. Italicize the names of guys you might do after a little persuasion.
3. Leave the guys who don't do anything for you alone.
4. Put a question mark after the guys you've never heard of.
5. Strike the guys you wouldn't touch with a ten-foot pole.
6. Add three more guys to the list.

- - - - - - - - - -

1. Russell Howard ?
2. Criss Angel
3. Robert Pattinson (maybe)
4. Jeffrey Dean Morgan ?
5. Hugh Jackman (too hairy)
6. Brad Pitt
7. Jared Padalecki ?
8. Taylor Lautner
9. Jackson Rathbone ?
10. Robert Downey Jr. (Eh.)
11. Jared Leto ?
12. Adam Gontier ?
13. Chris Kane ?
14. Michael Welch ?
15. Jensen Ackles ?
16. Michael Shanks (see icon)
17. Misha Collins ?
18. Ryan Reynolds ?
19. Andrew-Lee Potts ?
20. Lee Pace ?
21. David Tennant (especially see icon!)
22. John Krasinski ?
23. Rupert Grint
24. Justin Chambers ?
25. Patrick Dempsey
26. Scott Patterson ?
27. Matt Czuchry ?
28. Ed Westwick ?
29. Jim Parsons?
30. Mark Salling?
31. Andy Samberg ?
32. Chace Crawford ?
33. Gaspard Ulliel ?
34. Bradley James ?
35. Colin Morgan ?
36. Joseph Gordon-Levitt (I think I remember who he is...)
37. Tom Welling ?
38. John Barrowman
39. Enver Gjokaj ?
40. Sam Worthington ?
41. Garrett Hedlund ?
42. Josh Hartnett
43. Matthew Gray Gubler
44. Jack O'Connell ?
45. Zachary Quinto
46. Dave Matthews
47. Damien Lewis ?
48. Taye Diggs
49. Shemar Moore
50. Keith Olbermann
51. Willie Geist
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Icons

[info]orbitaldiamonds || 10 icons for every donated dollar (it was actually for every five dollars, but if I get any takers, I'll honor their text since it's for a good cause)

[info]trialia || Icons (non-animated)

[info]schmiss || 20-30 icons

Food

[info]trialia || Two boxes of goodies and non-edible treats from England

Fic

[livejournal.com profile] melliyna[livejournal.com profile] melliyna || Fic from her AU stories

[livejournal.com profile] celli_puzzle [livejournal.com profile] melliyna|| Fanfic or original fic

Edit: I also made a request here, one for a layout and two for fics. :)

...this will be updated as I go through the overwhelming amount of offers.
orbitaldiamonds: fatso "reading" a Calvin & Hobbes comic ([ fatso ] some light reading)
Here's another help_haiti offer I just made: a box of uniquely Alaskan food/goodies. :)

Edited to move the link to the "misc" section.
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Please send Chris to the field.

Pleasepleaseplease. Two weeks.

JUST GIVE ME TWO WEEKS.

I love him to death but he is driving me ABSOLUTELY BAT-SHIT FUCKING STIR-CRAZY.

The meds aren't doing a damn thing,

Heather Mac.
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My [info]help_haiti thread is here:

http://community.livejournal.com/help_haiti/1225.html?thread=3311561#t3311561

My offer is 10 icons for every $5 donated, and I'll fill as many requests as I get.

Examples of my icon-making prowess mad skillz pretty-good-ness can be found at [info]heathermacicons.

I can even throw in a header or two for people who order more than one batch. :)
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Everything will be fine, sooner or later. :)

[ from notebook doodles ]
orbitaldiamonds: Cat with "^_^" emoticon ([ animal ] kitty ^_^)
- Jan 1 -

* picnics around the fireplace
* quiet resolutions
* books that satisfy
* Scrabble

- Jan 2/3 -

* berets
* a useful basket
* chocolate fondue
* winter twilight
* dining in a railroad car
* shutting off an alarm clock
* commonsense folk sayings
* sea monkeys
* unlocking a combination padlock
* the Purple Heart

- Jan 4 -

* deep-dish pizza
* a terrific hair day
* well-earned wrinkles
* a warm cocoon of blankets

- Jan 5 -

* a confident walk
* a warmed-up car
* a glassed-in sun porch
* inspirational literature
* short naps
* time in the sun

- Jan 6 -

* splashing in a river
* selling your invention
* expanding your horizons
* reading a dictionary A-to-Z
* fruits of your labors

- Jan 7 -

* a sketch pad by the bed
* peeling citrus fruit
* Marx Brothers film festivals
* new products at the grocer's
* extra-soft facial tissues
* a spam-free e-mail day
* hand embroidery

- Jan 8 -

* cane toads
* all to-do list items done
* warm, fluffy towels
* great buffalo wings
* sunlight streaming through trees
* toasted cheese sandwiches

- Jan 9/10 -

* a state of non-doing
* origami projects
* hand-knit scarves
* being unencumbered
* bread fresh from the oven
* lunch in a brown paper bag
* a frozen river
* Avast!
* top-of-the-line service
* military marching bands
* riding in a limo-bus
* selling a business
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Ganked from pushingarock.

Looking Back

1. What did you do in 2009 that you'd never done before?

Sought help for my mental health issues. Took psych meds. Sought medical care for my throat-sick.

2. Did you keep your new years' resolutions, and will you make more for next year?
I kept several, but not all, and yes, I've made more.

3. Did anyone close to you give birth?
Cynthia, a roommate of Reid's. She gave birth to little Sophia:


4. Did anyone close to you die?
My Granny. :(

5. What countries did you visit?
None. Still too frakking poor to get out of the U. Ass.

*keeps pushingarock's answer*

6. What would you like to have in 2010 that you lacked in 2009?
Contentment.

7. What date from 2009 will remain etched upon your memory, and why?
August 30th, the day Chris came home from Iraq.

8. What was your biggest achievement of the year?
Um...getting help?

9. What was your biggest failure?
Despair over a desperate desire for things I can't have, and not always being able to count my numerous blessings.

10. Did you suffer illness or injury?
Depression/anxiety, throat-sick, some colds.

11. What was the best thing you bought?
I'd say the DDR, but Chris is the one who went and got it. (Every time we were both at GameStop I'd insist that it was too expensive, that it could wait, you get your video game instead.)

12. Whose behavior merited celebration?
Fizzy, for being a real true friend and keeping me company for hours on end, almost every day of 2009.

13. Whose behavior made you appalled and depressed?
Also Fizzy, though more depressed and less appalled.

14. Where did most of your money go?
Bills. :P

15. What did you get really, really, really excited about?
R&R in June/July!

16. What song will always remind you of 2009?
"No Rest for the Wicked." :P

17. Compared to this time last year, are you:

i. happier or sadder? Sadder. 2008 wasn't that bad for me.

ii. thinner or fatter? Thinner, by about 25 lbs.

iii. richer or poorer? Poorer, 'cause we're no longer getting deployment pay.

18. What do you wish you'd done more of?
Exercising, reading actual ink-on-paper books, being at all useful.

19. What do you wish you'd done less of?
Crying, oversleeping, being lazy.

20. How will you be spending Christmas?
Chris and I spent the day at the Reids'.

20 more )
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1. Who sleeps in bed next to you?
My husband. :)

2. What did you last eat?
A chicken quesadilla with sour cream. OM NOM.

3. What kinds of books do you read?
Just about anything, though my favorite books are sci-fi and hi-fi historical fiction. And sometimes cheesy teen vampire novels. :P

4. What are you reading right now?
Black Blood by Christopher Pike.

5. If you could be anywhere right now, where would it be?
AUFUCKINGSTRALIA. Or Sarasota.

6. Tell me something interesting that happened today.
It hasn't happened yet, but Chris and I have been invited to a birthday party this afternoon.

7. Name one odd item within three feet of you.
My cell phone.

8. What's your current fandom obsession/addiction?
Criminal Minds. Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] melliyna!

9. What did you really want to do today that you didn't?
Get my icon situation squared away. I've got them all downloaded to both accounts, but DW won't let me rename them!

10. What are you most excited for?
Getting the fuck out of Alaska in the fall!

11. What websites do you always visit when you go online?
Gmail, Facebook (for FarmVille), LJ, DW, Tumblr, Twitter

12. What was the last thing you bought?
Sodas and snacks to bring to the spaghetti dinner the other night.

13.What do you want right now, off the top of your head?
A tax-free gift of several million dollars.

14. What's your biggest procrastination method?
The internet.

15. Are there any bits of childhood you miss?
I miss the lack of adult responsibilities.

16. Spring, summer, fall, or winter?
In Florida, winter. In Alaska, late spring.

17. Say something to/about the person/s who tagged you.
I wasn't tagged, but [profile] sdmrks10 is interesting and smart and thoughtful. :)
orbitaldiamonds: Fatso among the dandelions and uncut grass in my front yard ([ fatso ] frolick dammit!)
I'm really, really enjoying the show and am near the end of the second season.

I'm checking out fan and icon comms, but if any of y'all could point me in the direction of icons of Garcia looking/acting smug/badass, I'd sure appreciate it.

Also, anything of Reid being a dork, or anything even remotely slashy.

:)
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Library and Information Studies and all that. They also have a great Disability Studies minor...though for the first, it's competitive to get in, and for the second, you have to have x number of credit hours in this and that already.

Damn, I wish I could just go to the campus in person and talk to an admissions counselor.

Besides, I don't even know if Chris and I are going to get Ft. Lewis yet, but if we do, and I can major in Informatics and minor in Disability Studies, I could get just the education I want, and combined with my AA degree in Paralegal Studies, I could work in a law office that specializes in disability issues. Or work in a library helping people with disabilities access library materials. Those three things would add up to multiple career opportunities--fulfilling ones.

But I'm overwhelmed by the paperwork, the planning, the not even knowing if we'd get Ft. Lewis anyway! I mean, it's the most-requested post in the Army. Also, HOLY SHIT PAPERWORK MONEY SCHOLARSHIPS WHATNOT. Keiser College was all in one building, and it was one class per month. Going to a real university = totally different, and it's something I've never done. I at least wish that I could go there, and have my dad with me. He helped me at Keiser, and he's been part of Travis's and Katie's college setups.

At least we wouldn't have to pay for a dorm, since we'd be living on post. :)
orbitaldiamonds: open book on grass, trees and sky in distance, white heart ([ books ] book grass heart sunny day)
Leave me a comment saying "Resistance is Futile."
I'll respond by asking you five questions so I can satisfy my curiosity
Update your journal with the answers to the questions
Include this explanation in the post and offer to ask other people questions

Melliyna gave me:

1. In ten years time, where would you like to be?
2. Tell me, what do you love about your best friend(s)?
3. The best parts of writing?
4. Favourite childhood memory?
5. Ultimate comfort book and/or TV show?

My answers:

1. AUSTRALIA. (With husband, wife, and kids. ^_^)
2. My two best friends are Chris and Fizzy. I love their adorable geekiness, their smiles that make me smile just by seeing them. Their insistence on feeding me junk food while I'm trying to diet because it shows that they think I look fine already.
3. The best parts of writing for me are introducing my characters, each of whom is a part of me, to others, and as far as journaling, writing helps me empty my brain so I might be able to sleep. Like a Pensieve.
4. I am having a harder time thinking of one than I rightly should. Hmm... I suppose the first time I went to Disney World. It was back when my parents were still married. (They split up when I was in kindergarten.)
5. Book: The Secret Garden or The Silver Metal Lover. TV show: Star Trek DS9. Also, old podcasts of Rachel Maddow's Air America radio show. :)
orbitaldiamonds: Cat with "^_^" emoticon ([ animal ] kitty ^_^)
I'm wanting to send out birthday and holiday cards this year. Yanno, trying to be a good friend. And at least attempt to be a grown-up. :P

So if you'd like a card, you can PM me your name and address or leave it here. Comments are being screened.
orbitaldiamonds: Adam Hills with cloth that says "Go you big red fire engine" ([ text ] go you big red fire engine)
Fucking. AWESOME.

orbitaldiamonds: Torchwood logo with text "Turchwad" ([ torchwood ] turchwad)
* Last Cigarette: I don't smoke. Never have, never will.
* Last Alcoholic Drink: A week ago, I think.
* Last Car Ride: The other day.
* Last Kiss: My husband.
* Last Good Cry: The last good one? Probably a month or so ago.
* Last Library Book checked out: That I can remember? Warp Angel, from the Titusville library back when Chris was in boot camp/AIT.
* Last Movie Seen in Theater: Star Trek
* Last Book Read: The last one I finished was Pope Joan. I'm currently reading Black Blood.
* Last Movie Rented: Does XBOX Live Count? In that case, Outlander.
* Last Cuss Word Uttered: Probably "Fuck!" the last time I found a piece of furniture with my shin.
* Last Crush: Fizzy. It's since become more than that, of course. :)
* Last TV Show Watched: Criminal Minds.
* Last Time Showered: This morning.
* Last Shoes Worn: My ugly grippy shoes.
* Last CD Played: A They Might Be Giants CD while I was in the basement doing laundry.
* Last Item Bought: Groceries.
* Last Download: A recording of Tria singing, from Tria.
* Last Annoyance: Chris's excessive touchy-feely-ness.
* Last Disappointment: Myself.
* Last Soda: Caffeine Free Diet Pepsi.
* Last Thing Written: This. No, wait, this. Wait, this. Wait, this...
* Last Key Used: "Front" door.
* Last Word(s) Spoken: "Does my hair look darker?" to Chris.
* Last Sleep: From night to morning, for once. :P
* Last IM: Tria.
* Last Sexual Fantasy: I'll keep that one to myself.
* Last Weird Encounter: ...I have no idea.
* Last Ice Cream Eaten: Hot Chocolate ice cream.
* Last Time Amused: Reading my Twitter feed.
* Last Time Wanting To Die: Last spring/summer.
* Last Time Hugged: Chris, this morning.
* Last Time Scolded: I dunno.
* Last Time Resentful: More often than I care to admit.
* Last Chair Sat In: My desk chair. It spins. XD
* Last Underwear Worn: Cabernet "hipsters," size 6.
* Last Bra Worn: Cacique bra I got around this time last year, 38G.
* Last Shirt Worn: The one I'm wearing now, a XL men's T-shirt I accidentally ganked from my dad the last time I was in Florida. It's very comfy so I keep wearing it. :)
* Last Webpage Visited: Dreamwidth, to post this and crosspost to LJ.
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign ([ doctor who ] tardis take me away)
...who ganked it from me from so long ago I don't remember when I posted it. So I guess that means I can do it again. :)

Everyone has things they blog about. Everyone has things they don't blog about. Challenge me out of my comfort zone by telling me something I don't blog about, but you'd like to hear about, and I'll write a post about it/just answer your question. Ask anything.

If it's something I don't want to leave in a public post, I'll PM the answer to you.
orbitaldiamonds: fatso "reading" a Calvin & Hobbes comic ([ fatso ] some light reading)
And here's the final edition (unless I decide to edit it later):

Lofty Goals 2010.

1. Pack up all books I'm not going to read before PCSing.
2. Cut up 200 magazines.
3. Type up 100 sets of book notes.
4. Scan 10 journals and/or random notes books.
5. Pay off student loans.
6. Pay off car.
7. Finish red-white-and-blue blanket and shades-of-blue blanket.
8. Excercise for at least half an hour, at least three times a week.
9. Start and finish 10 new art projects.
10. Sort/organize/make pretty all files on my computer.
11. Not buy a new book until finishing two that I already own.
12. Take weekly self-portraits.
13. Get a passport.
14. Stay caught up with my LJ flist.
15. Write 200,000 words, either ABJR or Luna 'verses.
16. Experiment in the kitchen, and write up a personal cookbook. With pictures.
orbitaldiamonds: oranges on the tree ([ nature ] oranges on the tree)
Hm...not really sure what to say here.

Firsts of 2009:
1. The end of Chris's first deployment.
2. First time my polyamory manifested itself.

Um...

Yeah. Not as many this year as last year.

The last couple of months have been okay. Kind of blah. Spending time with Chris. Spending time in front of the computer. Playing DDR and getting better at it. DDR is the only video game I can beat Chris at, though if Chris practiced, he'd beat me at that too. :P

I've made a rather worrying discovery about myself, and it's that I don't mind being a housewife. What worries me is that I don't know how much of that is laziness. On the other hand, I want to work, but with a 6:1 applicant-to-job ratio, as long as Chris and I can get by on what he makes, I suppose we should, because I wouldn't want to take a job from someone who needs it to feed his/her children.

Fucking guilt. I feel guilty for not working, but I'd feel guilty for working. Damned if I do, damned if I don't.

On the upside, I honestly don't mind doing most of the indoor housework, as long as Chris does the outdoor stuff. And there's a lot more indoor stuff to do (and it's a lot more time-consuming) than outdoor stuff, so I don't feel like I'm assigning him too many domestic chores on top of a rather demanding job.

I'm glad that Chris and Fizzy like each other. I'm sure they consider each other friends. Chris and I have invited Fizzy to join our relationship, and she's thinking about it. But even if she says no, she's still our friend, and that is truly a gift from the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

All in all, things are going pretty well. I still have to deal with my medical and mental health issues, so at least when I'm in an emotional place of suck, the logical part of me can start ticking off my blessings.

My husband. Fizzy. My family. My friends. The relative mildness of my physical and mental issues. Chris's job security in this recession (go army, hooah :P). An amount of debt we can pay off by the time we're 30 if we live within our means. Going to Australia in March for the Global Atheist Convention and to hang out with Fizzy in person.

Okay, I'm going to copy that last paragraph elsewhere for boost-age.
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Another awesome MLIA. I swear I'll write an actual personal entry by New Year's.

Today, I wore my school's Latin club t-shirt. On the front it says "Latin and Zombies" and on the back "Technically dead, but still influencing society." It's my design, and I've never been so proud in all my life. MLIA
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Memes


Epic Comment Threads:
January

God, Pat Robertson, and natural disasters (from (LJ)atheist)
Dadaist firefighter bohemian fabrication (from (LJ)sf_drama via (LJ)metaquotes)
Paying US sales tax = helping Haiti thread from (LJ)atheism begins here but gets good here.
Bujold quotes thread at (LJ)metaquotes.

March

Funny sex stories thread, only visible to members of (LJ)mil_wives.
Epic butthurt thread, at (LJ)ontd_political, of (LJ)bluetooth16's butthurt over the passage of the HCR bill in the House of Representatives.

April

Jesus, Judas, and April Fools' Day thread, from (LJ)atheism.

May

There Are Far Worse Things Than Enthusiastic Fucking thread, from (LJ)metaquotes.
Did they have a flag? thread, from (LJ)ontd_political.

June

Friend Zone as Job Interview metaphor thread from (LJ)metaquotes.
The Pauls are Eternal thread from (LJ)ontd_political.










Movies Seen: Home
January

10: The Day the Earth Stood Still
16: Paranormal Activity and Tremors (with Chris and friends)
23: Gamer (with Chris)

March

05: Zombieland (with Chris)
14: Jennifer's Body (with Chris)
20: Boondock Saints (with Chris)
21: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert (with Fizzy)

April

11: Alien Trespass (with Chris)
11: The Men Who Stare At Goats (with Chris)

May

02: Avatar (with Chris and Rich)
29: Star Trek: First Contact (with Chris)
29: Star Trek: Insurrection (with Chris)

June

20: Iron Man (with Chris)
26: Made in Taiwan: Nyonya's Taste of Life










Movies Seen: Theater
May

01: How to Train Your Dragon (with Chris)

June

20: Iron Man 2 (with Chris)




Weight
January

03: 177 lbs.
08: 175 lbs.
11: 176 lbs.

February

03: 179 D:
04: 178
05: 177

March

05: 177
08: 174
17: 175
22: 175

April

04: 174
11: 175
14: 177
18: 175
30: 176

May

06: 176 (43.3)
10: 179 (41.9)
29: 178 (43.2)










Lofty Goals Fulfilled
Lofty Goals 2010.

01. Pack up all books I'm not going to read before PCSing.
02. Cut up 200 magazines. (184/200)
03. Type up 100 sets of book notes. (0/100)
04. Scan 10 journals and/or random notes books. (0/10)
05. Pay off student loans.
06. Pay off car.
07. Finish red-white-and-blue blanket and shades-of-blue blanket.
08. Exercise for at least half an hour, at least three times a week.
09. Start and finish 10 new art projects. (10/10)
10. Sort/organize/make pretty all files on my computer.
11. Not buy a new book until finishing two that I already own.
12. Take weekly self-portraits. (13/52)
13. Get a passport.
14. Stay caught up with my LJ flist.
15. Write 200,000 words, either ABJR or Luna 'verses. (0/200,000)
16. Experiment in the kitchen, and write up a personal cookbook. With pictures. (In progress.)
17. Learn how to knit. (basics learned 2010.03.16)


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(begins with me using Chris's computer)

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Crayola crayons
. Image by repeaterbeater at Flickr.

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Close-up of a blanket I'm working on. Photo by me.

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Rocks and water at the Sarasota marina. Photo by me.



Series Watched:
January

Chuck, Season 1 (with Chris)
Criminal Minds, Season 1 (with melliyna)
Criminal Minds, Season 2 (with melliyna)
Chuck, Season 2 (with Chris)
Criminal Minds, Season 3
Torchwood: Children of Earth

Criminal Minds, Season 4 (with melliyna)
Chuck, Season 3 (with Chris)
Criminal Minds, Season 5

February

Criminal Minds, Season 5
NCIS, Season 1 (with Chris)

March

Criminal Minds, Season 5
Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Season 1
Secret Diary of a Call Girl, Season 2
NCIS, Season 2 (with Chris)
NCIS, Season 3 (with Chris)

April

NCIS, Season 3 (with Chris)
Eureka, Season 1 (with Chris)
NCIS, Season 4
NCIS, Season 5
NCIS, Season 6 (with Tria)
NCIS, Season 7 (with Tria)
Eureka, Season 2 (with Chris)
Eureka, Season 3
Doctor Who, Season 5 (with Fizzy)

May

Sanctuary, Season 1
Eureka, Season 3
NCIS, Season 7
Doctor Who, Season 5 (with Fizzy)
NCIS: Los Angeles, Season 1

June

NCIS: Los Angeles, Season 1
Psych, Season 1 (with Chris)
NCIS, Season 1 [rewatch]
Doctor Who, Season 5 (with Chris, Fizzy)
Psych, Season 2 (with Chris)












Favorite Tweets:
January

@sarking: RT @degringolade: It's like they sent the only guy from #cstreet you'd feel bad about throwing down a flight of stairs. #maddow #

@8C: my new life philosophy: "fuck it up less this time." #

@luchalibrarian "I'm going to felate the banana." #

@marlaerwin RT @panache: I think if James Cameron said, "My next film will be 90min of me trying on shoes," the studios would say, "Yes, Mr. Cameron." #

@luchalibrarian "Who would win in a fight between a taco and a grilled cheese?" #

@shannynmoore RT @bobcesca_go: Josh Marshall: "Nelson and Lieberman sitting together in axis of weasels." /HA! #

February

@wilw: [:pushes glasses up on nose in universal nerd gesture:] I just realized that this entire year can be written as an equation, thusly: 2M+X #

@skywaterblue: Internet math: 'issues' when fought over by two competing famous o n the internet people, divided by rate of tweet/blog. Solve for wank.

@litterthisheart: RT @waitwait: Curling looks like a game I'd have made up as a kid. Hey, we have some rocks, a broom, & the driveway is icy. I've got an idea.

@lechatsavant: RT @FakeAPStyleBook: hanged/hung - Hanged refers to an execution. You know what hung refers to. We're all adults here.

@TeresaKopec: How to tell I'm a good Mom? I'm watching "An Extermely Goofy Movie" with 7yr old and only THINKING about smashing TV with a brick.

@sarking: Damn it. I actually looked up when Keith said "Half-naked women with whips." I'm not alone, am I? #countdown

@sarking: ...#Maddow just called @chrislhayes "Lambchop." Getting out of bed today? Totally worth it.

@txvoodoo: RT @ebertchicago Q. How come Bush got people to believe lies but Obama can't get them to believe the truth? A. Those are the same people.

@8C: RT @Jake_Bell: We have to apologize for Shaun White's coach's language on the air... or Americans could just grow the fuck up.

@wilw The Norwegian Men's curling team gets a gold medal in the unofficial Fancy Pants Olympics, which I've just invented for this purpose. #

@shannynmoore RT @KagroX: I can see Russia (losing) from my couch. #

@shannynmoore RT @OTOOLEFAN: Best thing about watching Curling on MSNBC: No Ron Christie. #

@docsaico RT @GaryJBusey I have my own sex tape. Well, it's just a plain ol' roll of duct tape, but I use it during sex. #

@aliya: "There is nothing like the Olympics...except sometimes C-SPAN." LOLOL oh, Rach. <3 #maddow #

@lid86: If there was a god, Bart Stupak would have gotten pregnant with Bob Marshall's baby. #Maddow #

@roomerholmes: Hugh Laurie's foppish characters alongside Rowan Atkinson's various terse Blackadders should be homework for fans of House #

@sarking: @skywaterblue "And tonight, a very Special Comment on why I would rather watch curling than do my show." #

@shannynmoore: RT @lizzwinstead: @shannynmoore Don't make me call u snowhore. O yes I did./Winstead-Weiner sounds like u r related. Moore-Weiner sounds hot #

@pineapplecakes: RT @schmiss: All I want is for Boner to trend, is that so much to ask? // NEVER #

March

@docsaico: Weird Fact About Me #89: I LOVE getting the mail. And, sometimes, I sing "The Mail Song" (from Blues Clues) as I get the mail. :} #

@LadyDae Yes. Eric Abetz - the Godfather of the Liberal party. For god's sake, someone send him a fish! #tas2010 #

April

@KeithOlbermann RT @NorsU O'reilly has 3x the viewers than Olby, I see another job loss looming // + I see the first pointy-headed conservative ever! #

@jesidres Hey, guess what I colored? @keitholbermann's twittervention, of course. http://twitpic.com/1ii9mg http://twitpic.com/1ii9pf #


May

@strawberrysgirl Proof Fox News is bullshit: that opinion poll. "OMG OBAMA IS RAISING OUR TAXES!!!1" Ummm no. That's not even remotely true. #

@sarking: "[Inhofe] is the world's foremost ostrich on [climate change]." #countdown #

@strawberrysgirl: [insert petty ad hominem attack on Sarah Palin here because what goes around comes around: suggested topic? Hairstyle]

@Ceilidhann: Net being so slow right now. I swear my laptop is punishing me for reading Clegg/Cameron. #

@lechatsavant: RT @pourmecoffee: Streets lined with thousands of people crying out Law & Order doink-doink sound into the twilight on my way home. #


































Books Read:

  • Black Blood, by Christopher Pike. Started: 2009.12.17; Finished: 2010.01.16

  • Red Dice, by Christopher Pike. Started: 2010.01.16; Finished: 2010.01.25

  • Phantom, by Christopher Pike. Started: 2010.01.25; Finished: 2010.01.27

  • Evil Thirst, by Christopher Pike. Started: 2010.01.27; Finished: 2010.01.30

  • Creatures of Forever, by Christopher Pike. Started: 2010.01.27; Finished: 2010.02.02

  • Super Freakonomics, by Steven D. Levitt & Stephen J. Dubner. Started: 2010.02.04; Finished: 2010.02.06

  • ST:TNG: Before Dishonor, by Peter David. Started: 2009.09.25; Finished: 2010.02.10

  • ST:TNG: Greater Than the Sum, by Christopher L. Bennett. Started: 2010.02.08; Finished: 2010.02.14

  • ST:Destiny: Gods of Night, by David Mack. Started: 2010.02.14; Finished: 2010.02.14

  • ST: Destiny: Mere Mortals, by David Mack. Started: 2010.02.15; Finished: 2010.02.21

  • ST:Destiny: Lost Souls, by David Mack. Started: 2010.02.21; Finished: 2010.02.25

  • ST:TNG: Losing the Peace, b y William Leisner. Started: 2010.02.25; Finished: 2010.02.27

  • Star Trek: A Singular Destiny, by Keith R. A. DeCandido. Started: 2010.02.27, Finished: 2010.03.03

  • First Contact, Or, It's Later Than You Think, by Evan Mandery. Started: 2010.03.02; Finished: 2010.03.03

  • Switching Well, by Peni R. Griffin. Started: 2010.03.03; Finished: 2010.03.03

  • Looking for Alaska, by John Green. Started: 2010.03.03; Finished: 2010.03.05

  • ST:Titan: Over a Torrent Sea, by Christopher L. Bennett. Started: 2010.03.06; Finished: 2010.03.26

  • ST:SCE: Have Tech, Will Travel by Keith R. A. De Candido, et al. Started: 2010.03.05; Finished: 2010.03.20

  • ST:SCE: Miracle Workers by Christie Golden, et al. Started: 2010.03.20; Finished:

  • ST:Voyager: Full Circle, by Kirsten Beyer. Started: 2010.03.27; Finished: 2010.03.29

  • ST:Voyager: Unworthy, by Kirsten Beyer. Started: 2010.03.29; Finished: 2010.04.11

  • ST:Titan: Synthesis, by James Swallow. Started: 2010.04.12; Finished:

  • ST:SCE: Some Assembly Required, by Scott Ciencin, Dave Galanter, et al. Started: 2010.04.20; Finished:

  • Anne of Green Gables, by L.M. Montgomery. Started: 2010.04.12; Finished:

  • Star Trek: Gateways #1: One Small Step, by Susan Wright. Started: 2010.05.10; Finished:

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Dec. 27th, 2009 09:25 pm
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I created [community profile] whole_books a few days ago, where I post books in the public domain, chapter by chapter. I'm starting with Lucy Maud Montgomery's Anne of Green Gables. I've also had [community profile] sidetrackedery for awhile and keep forgetting to update it, but I'm doing better now. :)
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A couple weeks ago,a fight broke out on one of the stairwells in my school. The two girls were screaming at each other and pulling hair weave out. All of a sudden, the shyest teacher in our school jumped between them and broke out dancing. The two girls were stunned just long enough for the cops to escort them away. As for the teacher? He's now our new hero. MLIA.
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Copied from [livejournal.com profile] dame_wilbur.

If you don't like my political views then keep on scrolling or defriend me because I don't spout them often but I am all about equality!

Who are we to be the judge, jury and executioner? Think about how you treat others because one day you could be in their shoes.

THE PROBLEM WITH GAY MARRIAGE

1) Being gay is not natural. Real Americans always reject unnatural things like eyeglasses, polyester, liposuction and air conditioning.

2) Gay marriage will encourage people to be gay, in the same way that hanging around tall people will make you tall.

3) Legalizing gay marriage will open the door to all kinds of crazy behavior. People may even wish to marry their pets because a dog has legal standing and can sign a marriage contract.

4) Straight marriage has been around a long time and hasn't changed at all; women are still property, blacks still can't marry whites, and divorce is still illegal.

5) Straight marriage will be less meaningful if gay marriage were allowed; the sanctity of Brittany Spears' 55-hour just-for-fun marriage would be destroyed.

6) Straight marriages are valid because they produce children. Gay couples, infertile couples, and old people shouldn't be allowed to marry because our orphanages aren't full yet, and the world needs more children.

7) Obviously gay parents will raise gay children, since straight parents only raise straight children.

8) Gay marriage is not supported by religion. In a theocracy like ours, the values of one religion are imposed on the entire country. That's why we have only one religion in America.

9) Children can never succeed without a male and a female role model at home. That's why we as a society expressly forbid single parents to raise children.

10) Gay marriage will change the foundation of society; we could never adapt to new social norms. Just like we haven't adapted to cars, the service-sector economy, or longer life spans...

Copy this to your journal if you believe in legalizing gay marriage!
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Found on silentkluicing's Tumblr page.

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I cannot express how much it hurts me to see people who have a terrible self image. I've been there and I know how bad it can feel. There's nothing like disliking or hating yourself. It's one of the worst pains you can carry and it constantly brings you down.

As much as I'd like to, I can't pick everyone up and no one could pick me up when I was down. It's something you have to do for yourself. It's something you have to achieve and come to peace with. It's a war you have to end with yourself.

How To Pick Yourself Up Off The Floor:

♥ Immerse yourself in something positive. Volunteer at a no kill animal shelter. Read to the elderly. Start an art project. Do something to create a positive influence for yourself. Negative thoughts and places are dangerous when you're down.

♥ Stop letting yourself only see the negatives when you look in the mirror. I used to always think "I'd be acceptable looking if I lost 10 pounds and my skin was better." and that's all I saw. I saw the negatives first and I almost never saw the positives. What do you like about yourself? What good things to others see in you? Why are you unique? How are you beautiful?

♥ Avoid negative people for a while. It's best to cut those people out all together, but that's not always possible. Just take a break. You're weak right now and you need to avoid people who will further bring you down.

♥ Don't be afraid to take it easy and don't beat yourself up for it. Just like if you had a cold, you'd try to make yourself feel better with medicine, rest, and good eating habits. You're under the weather right now, just not physically. Do things you like, surround yourself with people you love, and don't forget to fill your life with positive energy 24/7.

♥ Try something new. Change up your hair or your clothes. Stop listening to music that reinforces how you're currently feeling. Stop watching sad movies.

♥ Buy a blank notebook. Draw a huge heart on the cover. Don't write anything negative in here. If you need another outlet, make a separate notebook. This one is all about love, personal growth, and getting back up. Fill it with beautiful images, reaffirming thoughts, and quotes. Write in it every day, and each day write one thing you're grateful for in your life.

♥ Get on a healthier path. Stop eating junk food. Quit smoking. Cut back on sugar. Start exercising. Get plenty of sleep. Buy some daily vitamins and drink a lot of tea each day. Replace unhealthy foods with plenty of fruits and vegetables and drinks TONS of water.

♥ Pick up a new skill and refine it.

♥ Go to the bookstore and navigate yourself to the self help section. Choose a book that appeals to you the most and best applies. Read it and then go back for another.

♥ Dedicate at least two hours of your day to yourself. This is your writing, thinking, and growing time. You're on a mission, you need time to complete it.

♥ Find someone you can talk to. Have deep conversations with them.

♥ Do not let yourself sink into your old habits even when you start to feel better. If you fall of the wagon, get right back on it.

♥ Make a list of your negative traits that you feel can be improved. Work on them one by one.

♥ Don't be that person who's always complaining or upset. When you talk to people, be positive. Find the good in every situation and point it out.

♥ Never be embarrassed or afraid to admit that you're not the strongest right now. Be honest. Everyone's been there. Don't hide behind a mask.

♥ Don't jump into new relationships or cling on to people for stability. Be your own rock.

♥ Be open. Try new things. Go out and do something. Meet new people. Explore opportunities.
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This is what I've got for next year's Lofty Goals. If anyone has any ideas of stuff to add and/or subtract, please let me know. Part of the reason I'm posting this is to seek suggestions.

Lofty Goals 2010.

1. Pack up all books I'm not going to read before PCSing.
2. Cut up 200 magazines.
3. Type up 100 sets of book notes.
4. Scan 10 journals and/or random notes books.
5. Pay off student loans.
6. Pay off car.
7. Finish red-white-and-blue blanket and shades-of-blue blanket.
8. Excercise for at least half an hour, at least three times a week.
9. Start and finish 10 new art projects.
10. Sort/organize/make pretty all files on my computer.
11. Not buy a new book until finishing two that I already own.
12. Take weekly self-portraits.
13. Get a passport.
14. Catch up with and stay caught up with my LJ flist.
15. Write 200,000 words, either ABJR or Luna 'verses.
orbitaldiamonds: measuring the waist, text: "it's coming off" ([ text ] it's coming off)
Go me! And I've been limiting myself to 1300 calories per day (though they roll over)...I seem to be losing about .4 lbs a day. :D

My head's kinda throbby from all the bouncing though. :(

I beat the song that's been kicking my ass twice, though only once to my satisfaction. And they weren't twice in a row. I won't consider the song conquered until I can beat it, to my satisfaction, twice in a row. I'll try again tomorrow. ^_^

Also, CARE sent me some lovely address labels. Unfortunately, they had my maiden name, otherwise I'd use them until our next PCS. But I'll be sending them a donation in January, as I did my holiday shopping before checking the mail.
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I'm Floridian, but living in Alaska, and in my petition-signing and letter-writing, I've written to elected officials in both states. I just got this letter from Rep. Don Young of Alaska:

Dear Mrs. [Mac],

Thank you for contacting me regarding H.R. 3017, the Employment non-Discrimination Act (ENDA). I appreciate hearing from you on this important issue.

If enacted, H.R. 3017 would prohibit employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity by public and private employers in hiring and discharging of employees and in employment conditions and terms. The bill also prohibits retaliatory conduct and would be enforced by the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC). Additionally, preferential treatment or quotas on the basis of sexual orientation would be prohibited under this legislation. The legislation also provides exemptions for religious organizations, religious schools, and does not apply to the armed services.

Discrimination, on any basis, should not be tolerated. However, I have concerns regarding the underlying premise of this legislation and recognize the difficulties inherent in its application. Suits claiming violation of the Civil Rights Act based on sexual orientation would be difficult to establish. Plaintiffs would have to not only prove that there was prior knowledge of sexual preference by the defendant but also that the change in employment was motivated by sexual orientation discrimination.

H.R. 3017 has been referred to four different committees in the House of Representatives - Education and Labor; House Administration; Oversight and Government Reform; and Judiciary. I voted against this bill when it was voted on during the 110th Congress, and I will be sure to keep your comments in mind should this legislation come before the House of Representatives again for a vote.

Once again, thank you for expressing your views on this issue. If you haven't already, I would encourage you to sign up for my e-newsletter at http://donyoung.house.gov/Forms/EmailSignup/ and my YouTube channel at http://www.youtube.com/profile?user=RepDonYoung. Doing so will allow me to provide you with updates on this and other important issues. If I can be of any assistance in the future, please do not hesitate to contact me.


Sincerely,

DON YOUNG

Congressman for All Alaska

I certainly hope that Ethan Berkowitz would have foted FOR ENDA. I supported him last year, even though I couldn't vote for him.
orbitaldiamonds: Cat with "^_^" emoticon ([ animal ] kitty ^_^)
...but the only thing of note that's happened recently involved me being off my meds and pissing a lot of people off.

But, those that mind don't matter and those that matter don't mind. And do understand.

Besides, this is FUCKING AWESOME:

orbitaldiamonds: Claire Hooper looking incredulous ([ gnw ] claire omfg)
Rock on, Ms. Bowers.

orbitaldiamonds: Cat with "^_^" emoticon ([ animal ] kitty ^_^)
Meet Fabian. XD

Credit goes to [livejournal.com profile] koken23 and [livejournal.com profile] fizzylizard for finding this.
orbitaldiamonds: my stuffed wombat Fatso and vasco_pyjama's stuffed Siberian Husky, Wainwright, "in bed" ([ fatso ] not-suprise buttsecks)
I was thinking about a debate on gay rights that I had in high school. This is separate from this speech that I did for the same class. I dwelt on it for awhile and realized that, hey, I should write this down! But I'm not sure how to wrap it up. Here's what I've got:

The argument against gay marriage that "if everyone was gay, the human race would die out" is one of the stupidest out there. Allowing the GLBT community the civil rights--not special rights--that they are entitled to as human beings is not going to turn every human on the planet gay. Seriously. About ten percent of the human population is homosexual. Add bisexuals and transgendered people, and you're still at less than twenty percent. The human race is not going to die out with full civil equality just like it's not dying out now. There have always been GLBT individuals, and yet the human population has doubled every fifty years (give or take) since man first walked upright.

Besides, any fertile woman within her child-bearing years can have a child, regardless of her sexual orientation. Any non-impotent man can sire a child, regardless of his sexual orientation. This can be done by in vitro fertilization, or by "crossing the street" and doing it the old fashioned way. There's also adoption. There are so many same-sex couples looking to adopt, and many are willing to adopt older and/or special needs children. The excuse that every child deserves a mother and a father doesn't take into account reality, which involves single parents raising kids on their own, most of them doing a fine job of it. There is also a whole generation of adults who were raised by same-sex couples who can personally attest to the ability of same-sex couples to be good parents. Also, gay couples don't have children by accident. Human biology doesn't work that way. The children of gay couples are planned for and often fought for.
orbitaldiamonds: Fatso among the dandelions and uncut grass in my front yard ([ fatso ] frolick dammit!)
So my endoscopy was today. I knew that they'd need my help swallowing the camera, but I also knew that I'd be getting drugs. I wasn't sure what either would feel like.

But they rolled me into the room, and the staff had all kinds of music and put on classic rock for me (XD) and sprayed this Chloraseptic-like stuff down my throat (which made me gaggy to swallow), and then I was just sitting there with my mind wandering, and then the guy who'd sprayed the Chloraseptic-like stuff got my attention and I was wondering if he'd say it was about to start...but it was finished, and they rolled me into recovery, where I stayed for about forty-five minutes, and Chris was there with me, and a Captain (who said I wouldn't remember him, ha!) offered me ice chips and showed me some of the pictures they took of my insides.

They took two biopsies. Something about an ulcer for one, and then another one. I'm not sure how that deals with the throat-sick, but clearly there's more than I (or Dr. Whackamole or Dr. Howard, the new guy 'cause Dr. W got deployed early) realized.

No, his name isn't Dr. Whackamole. I just remember that it begins with W and has three syllables.

:P

Anyhow, I got Chris to bring the car around to the front (I need to find out how my mom gets my stepdad to do that all the time! ^_^) and pick me up, and then we went home and I went to bed, even though I was well rested when we left. I slept most of the day away and got up a few hours ago, and since I hadn't eaten in about 20 hours, I made grilled cheese and cream of chicken soup for both of us, and some hot green tea for myself (ahhhh), then went upstairs to enjoy mah foodz and watch Countdown and TRMS...though the DVR got messed up so I'm downloading the podcast.

I still feel like going back to bed, but I've been laying down all day...

So I guess I'll go downstairs and catch up on texted tweets on my phone while Chris plays Dynasty Warriors Gundam.

I'm glad to come up and talk, so if you want to chat (and contrary to popular belief, that invitation is for everyone, not just ♥Fizzy♥), you can email me at orbitaldiamonds@gmail.com

LAWL.

Nov. 27th, 2009 09:01 pm
orbitaldiamonds: Cat with "^_^" emoticon ([ animal ] kitty ^_^)
On the twelfth day of Christmas, orbitaldiamonds sent to me...
Twelve politics drumming
Eleven dragons piping
Ten corsets a-leaping
Nine books fangirling
Eight sparklehearts a-squeeing
Seven braaaaaains a-writing
Six journals a-reading
Five go-o-o-oogle bombs
Four weird words
Three mikey robins
Two stargate atlantis
...and a titusville in a military.
Get your own Twelve Days:
orbitaldiamonds: penguin in a green shirt with Earth on it, "<3 Earth" sign ([ doctor who ] tardis take me away)
Fizzy just showed it to me:

orbitaldiamonds: Torchwood logo with text "Turchwad" ([ torchwood ] turchwad)
Please to enjoy. :)

From [info]i_iz_norml:

~ I've heard that the crowds for President Obama's inauguration were compared to the crowds at Woodstock. Sure, if you take away the rain, mud, orgies, drugs and nudity and replace them with winter clothes, freezing temps, Aretha Franklin's hat, Chief Justice Douchebag fucking up the oath and Rahm thumbing his nose at people.

From [info]metaquotes:

My love of Dark!Fic never ceases to hurt me in all the wrong ways.

I'm not saying that it wouldn't happen in the (frankly weird and unlikely premise this happened in) and I'm not even saying that it didn't fit in your story, I'm just saying that, no matter how good the sex is, no matter how utterly mind-blowing, someone is still going to notice they just got disemboweled with a spoon.

From [info]colbertobsessed:

I hate the Swiffer WetJet commercials. :'( The women are such bitches. And the old mop is always so sad. I just wanna snuggle it. *is weird*

From [info]marlykins:

Here's a little ditty I composed and (awfully) sang while (terribly) playing my (out of tune) guitars for my (displeased) family. Inspired by the stitched-up multiple-inches-long wound-thing on my grandpa's neck from his neck surgery this past Monday.

I came home to my apartment the other night
And what I saw gave me a terrible fright
My grandfather had gone through a terrible plight
He had a big ol' gash in his neck
I stared at it, pausing for a sec',
And I thought, "Ohhh, what the heck?!"

My grandfather's a zombie
My grandfather's a zombie
Being slow-moving is no longer a hobby
He's as undead as he possibly could be
My grandfather's a zombie

Another from [info]metaquotes:

I seriously don't understand how I can easily find yaoi disney slashporn without thinking about it on them thar internets but can't find a single pair of suede lace-up chunky heeled knee high boots in my size.

From [info]mhael:

You know what my favorite part of the Vader/Ozzel scene is?

I'm referring, of course, to the scene in The Empire Strikes Back (BEST of the 6) when Vader Force chokes Admiral Ozzel for fucking up the entry into the Hoth system.

One would think, incorrectly, that it is Vader's dialogue that would be my favorite, or the mere fact that he was choking a dude by way of Skype or some shit.

But no.

MY favorite part is right at the end, after newly minted Admiral Piett thanks Lord Vader for the promotion and the opportunity to join his former Commanding Officer in the filming of the latest hit music video Video Killed the Imperial Star. Just as the viewscreen de-rezzes, he gives a jerk of his head to someone off camera, a clearly non-verbal command of, "Um... hey. Grab this dead body and get it outta here, would ya?" For some reason the casualness, the blasé of it... it just cracks me up.

I can only imagine the size of the drink Piett poured himself when he got off duty that night. Probably damn near emptied a fifth.

........
And now I'm off to take a nap because I'm ollllllld. D:
orbitaldiamonds: my husband Chris in his boonie hat ([ love ] my husband chris)
I was replying to a comment about DADT from a cousin of mine (Mommy, if you're reading, it's the cousin you share a birthday with) saying that DADT should be kept in place because some soldiers would worry that their co-workers had a crush on them. O NOES THEY CAN'T HANDLE TEH GHEY.

I told Chris about this and he said, "Then they're not soldiers." That they should be professional enough to be able to handle difference. Chris used the phrase that was thrown at him and others by macho assholes all through his deployment: "MAN UP."

I love this man. <3

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