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For those who might be interested in such things, [personal profile] balsamandash is raising some money by doing Tarot readings, very affordably. I had her do a one card free draw for me and was very pleased at the level of detail. I'm definitely getting a longer reading.

Link to her post with the details for readings is Here


Nov. 21st, 2013 03:10 pm
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So I went to see the Penguins play the Flyers on Wednesday, the 13th. And honestly, the game was kind of crap because the Pens played badly and the Flyers won. BUT I had a good time and I wanted to tell about the funny stuff that happened and also link to my pics for my hockey friends.

I always get there early, because I like to be in my seat and all organized before the people around me get there. Because I'm a weirdo, I know. Anyway, when I got to my seat, it was a WAY more awesome seat than I was anticipating. Although as an aside, I do believe Ticketmaster might be a little insane, because I'm positive I bought as aisle seat and this…was not one. But that was ultimately okay. Because it was just behind the handicapped section against the glass, so instead of a row of seats in front of me, there was a railing. And because HC is floor level, there were no heads in my way because they were below me. COOL as shit, people.

I prefer my seats to be on the opponent end, rather than the home end because under normal circumstances, I want to have two periods where my team is shooting on the goal closest to me. And so far it's worked out pretty well. The only problem is, of course, the away team warms up on that end. So there's no really good way to get photos of the Pens during warmups because they're clear at the other end of the ice.

So I'm sitting there shooting pictures of the Flyers (mostly Giroux, TBH) and watching them warm up whilst minding my own business. The two guys behind me were talking and the one says, "Hey, where's Talbot, I don't see him." So I turned around and kind of laughing, said "Well, I assume he's in Denver." And the guy says, "Holy shit, are you kidding, did he get traded to the Avs?"

So then they introduced themselves and I elicited the promise that they wouldn't spill beer on me. These two hilarious bros then proceeded to CRACK. ME. UP. For the entire game. They were just goofy and friendly and bro-ish and drunk; it made me laugh. The one kept teasing me and telling me not to laugh at them, which just made me laugh more. Their buddy, a season ticket holder, was sitting beside me and at one point, one of the bros said "Do you come here often?" and then immediately said, "Oh my god, that sounds like a bad pickup line and I'm married; I just meant do you sit by Dan all the time." Which, TBH, I would TOTALLY buy that seat again because it was great. Alas, no, I am not able to go all the time. *sadface*

Game starts and not too long into it, I ended up explaining hybrid icing not only to my two bro buddies but also to the three Flyers fans sitting behind me as well as the guy and his wife on my right. Which was, frankly, hilarious on several levels. Middle-aged fat girl, explaining hockey concepts to college age dude-bros. They all appeared very impressed by my understanding, after we had a round of clarifying questions. *snort*

And then later on for the Flyers bros, I confirmed that Jussi Jokinen is, in fact, Finnish. They were debating whether he was a Finn or a Swede.

Now the funny part of this, really, is that I NEVER talk to people I don't know. I am NOT that person. When I was telling my mom about my adventures after the game, she was just looking at me, boggling, and saying, "You? YOU talked to people you didn't know?"

This was my third Pens game (ever) and I continue to adore the experience. I totally get now why people spend a ton of money on season tickets. The only thing that kind of weirds me out is how quiet hockey games are. I figure anyone who's gone to an arena game understands what I mean, but it's really quiet when they're actually playing. It does get loud when the home team scores or while they're waiting to face off, because they play music but other than that, quiet. I guess I'm basing it on my experience at college football games, which tend to be obnoxiously loud no matter the talent of the team.

Anyway, if anyone is interested, my photos (warning for an alarming amount of Gingeroux): Here
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Just putting this here for reference:

bingo card
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I love this song anyway, but this version is just too cool:

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I reluctantly said goodbye to a friend yesterday.

Friday afternoon, we got the call, "Carl's gone." Those words signaled the end of an era for the Town of Star City. Carl worked as the public works director here for 37 years. I don't think there was a person in this town who didn't know him.

More than being a co-worker, Carl was my friend. We'd frequently spend time each morning, 'solving the problems of the town'. It still hasn’t really sunk in that I'll never see him sitting at the end of my desk or calling me on the phone just to tease me.

I first met him when I worked at the bakery counter of the local grocery store. He and the other street guys used to come to our deli for lunch. He always wanted a cinnamon twist donut, but only if it was "fat". He didn't feel like he was getting his money's worth if the donuts weren't raised enough.

When I was hired to work here, I became (among other things) his admin support. I can't even say how many times he came to my office, carrying some torn, mud-stained piece of paper, apologetically asking if I minded typing him up a new copy. Or asking me to "call the sign guys-we need some STOP signs". Me and the sign guys-we're tight.

Anyway, I tried, as much as possible, to be positive when we found out about the cancer that would ultimately defeat him. I worried and badgered him to eat when he started to look too skinny from the chemo. And we always made jokes about how we were going to sit down and write a tell-all book about the town, since he knew all the gossip and I'm the one who writes.

57 years is not long enough. I want to rage and cry and scream, but Carl wouldn't want that-he wasn't that kind of guy. So I will remember him here, in my own little way, a tribute to one of the greatest men I've ever known. You were loved and you will be missed. Rest in peace, my friend.

In Memory of Carlton J. Davis

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Did everyone have a good weekend? Mine was lovely.

A friend of a friend contacted me about two weeks ago because the photographer she had scheduled for her daughter's wedding cancelled. She wanted to know if I'd be willing to do the photos, even though it was such short notice. Seeing as how I didn't have anything planned, I said OK.

Of all the weddings I've done (and I've done a lot) these were by far the best bride, groom and wedding party I've EVER dealt with. There was no whining about 'oh god, another picture' (even though the B & G PICK what they want in advance, this happens all the time) or wandering wedding party members or crotchety parents or feuding relatives. It was really a joy working with them. The church was pretty and well-lit (not always the case, I've found), the weather was beautiful, although a trifle windy and I ended up shooting eleven rolls of film. And yes, I'm an antique that still shoots film--digital just isn't crisp enough to suit me.

Sunday, I just lolled around in my jammies all day, doing laundry and stuff like that.

And now, alas, it's Monday. And it's supposed to snow today, WTF?
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Can someone please tell me exactly when the leaky roof on city hall became my problem? I've spent all afternoon calling roofers to see if anyone can come fix it. Which would be a resounding NO, in case you're wondering.

And ya know, it wouldn't bother me so much except, well, it's only been leaking (on and off) for about TWO YEARS. But this afternoon is when we decide that we've hit critical mass and it has to be! fixed! today! But could you find someone who can do an emergency repair who won't mind waiting to be paid? Cos we got no $$. *rolls eyes*

But, on the plus side of things: tomorrow is not only Friday but payday as well! I can sleep in on Saturday! I've written 1500 words this week, which is 1500 more than I've written at all recently(Thanks, Pip)! New Supernatural tonight!
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Today is the birthday of my darling [livejournal.com profile] aire_blair. One of my favorite people, she's one of the first LJ folks I met in person.

Continue to enjoy you day, hon!

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Did y’all know you can format fanfic to be read on the Kindle? If you did, don’t tell me since I already feel like I’m out of the loop. I didn’t even want one of the things, because I didn’t know that I’d ever use it that much.

Anyway, [livejournal.com profile] rakshi came up with the idea of having a comm devoted to fanfic for the Kindle. Much in the way that the idea of podfic has taken off, she hopes to do the same kind of archive with Kindle-ized fic. Link to the comm:[livejournal.com profile] kindle_fanfic

Right now, the comm mostly has fic from LOTR and LOTRIPS authors, but we would like the comm to reflect ALL fandoms. So this is a request for the phenomenal authors on my f-list: if you would like to have your fic Kindle-zed and archived on the comm, please let me know. NO ONE will have fic archived without their express permission. All headers, authors notes, etc that are included with the fic will be included in the Kindle file, although images are not recommended as they take up a lot of space. All authors will have their own area of the ‘library’. Even though Kindle is an Amazon product, Amazon DOES NOT know what is on your Kindle—they only have info about ebooks you’ve purchased from them. So there are no worries about Amazon knowing what’s been converted.

SGA:Atlantis! Top Gear! Supernatural! J2! Harry Potter! Bandom! Anything I might have forgotten! If you’re on my f-list, it kinda goes without saying you’re an excellent writer. We’d love to have your stuff for the Kindle!

Questions? Comments? Post ‘em here or email me. And pimp it out, people—just tell anyone interested to contact me or [livejournal.com profile] rakshi.

Oh, and if you don’t have a Kindle? Since the Kindle 2 came out, Kindle 1 is selling for a very decent price on Ebay. Just sayin’.
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Scooped from [livejournal.com profile] laerwen and [livejournal.com profile] aire_blair:

You Are An ISTJ
The Duty Fulfiller

You are responsible, reliable, and hardworking - you get the job done.
You prefer productive hobbies, like woodworking or knitting.
Quiet and serious, you are well prepared for whatever life hands you.
You are conservative and down-to-earth. You hardly ever do anything crazy.

In love, you are loyal and honest. If you commit yourself to someone, then you're fully committed.
For you, love is something that happens naturally. And you don't need romantic gestures to feel loved.

At work, you remember details well and are happy to take on any responsibility.
You would make a great business executive, accountant, or lawyer.

How you see yourself: Decisive, stable, and dependable

When other people don't get you, they see you as: Boring, conservative, and egotistical

Pretty spot-on for me, actually.

Sadly, I can't play with the hero website until later--too many people in my office.
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F-list, I'm feeling vaguely dissatisfied today. I don't know what is wrong with me. Part of me just wants to rage about every little thing bothering me and the other part just wants to hide in a dark room.

Perhaps it is the time change. Or the weather--we went from hovering right around 10°F (last week) to 65°F (yesterday). And while I will be thrilled to see spring on the horizon, it is that time of year when it's impossible to know how to dress for work in the morning. Not helped by the fact that my office is either a sauna or a meatlocker.

Let's have some happies, shall we?

+new glasses. I've not had new glasses in like, 10 years. (I wear my contacts almost exclusively) So now I can give my eyes a rest in the evening and actually see the tv or computer. Whee!

+co-worker on vacation next week. She's so loud, so when she's not here, it's like a vacation for me (or at least, my ears) as well.

+afore-mentioned spring on its way!

+Steve Carlson in my iTunes.

What's making all of you happy this fine day?
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It is the birthday of one of my most very favorite people, Kitten [livejournal.com profile] shimmertree!
Thank you for the amazing worlds you and Tricky have created. Hope you have an outstanding birthday and a great year.


Feb. 23rd, 2009 10:17 am
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Hello people!

God, I really suck at keeping up, that's for sure. Then again, I lead the most boring life on the planet, so not much has changed. ha ha Anyway, this past weekend was a whirlwind of activity compared to my normal weekends.

Saturday evening, I met my best friend from high school, Dani, for dinner in Washington, PA. Her husband had company over and it was more testosterone than she cared to deal with. So we went to Max & Erma's for dinner and talked non-stop for about three hours. We don't get to see each other much anymore, what with work and her hubs/kids, so it was nice to visit.

Then I came home and about an hour later, my mom arrived. She usually comes down for the weekend about once a month and we do stuff around my house like paint and whatnot. So we stayed up late chatting and then got up early to be productive! And productive we were. We got a ton of little things done that I needed help with, like hanging pictures. I have no patience for doing stuff like that 'properly', so anything I hang always looks like a monkey has been swinging from it. HA!

After we were productive, we went into town to meet my friend and go to the movies. We saw "Taken" and it was very good! We were a little late, so we had to sit a bit too close. Which was fine, except for the car chases. Those were a little sick-making up close. But we all enjoyed the movie very much.

Then we went to the Olive Garden for dinner. And ate way.too.much. I had fettucine alfredo, my friend had lasagna, and my mom had the mezzaluna shrimp. And then dessert. Yummy!

Here, have a meme:

Random Association Meme )

And last but not least, HAPPY BIRTHDAY to my most very favorite Theresa, [livejournal.com profile] laerwen. I hope your day is great, darlin'!

Please picture a cupcake here, because LJ will not let me into my scrapbook. *shakes fist*
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Meme thing, not!tagged by [livejournal.com profile] aire_blair

a) People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question, and indicate that question by coloring it green.

b) Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.
I ABSOLUTELY refuse to tag anyone. You wanna do it, go for it! *note-stealing Erin's answer here; I hate to tag people.

Under Here )

In other news, my life is boring. I have tomorrow off for President's Day, which is awesome. Going on a little shopping trip to Pittsburgh with my friend Dixie. And getting an eye exam finally, omg.

Hope everyone had a great V-day.
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OMG, I cannot stop sneezing today. This cold can kindly BUGGER OFF now, thanks. I thought I was starting to feel better, but then when I got up Saturday, I seemed worse. No fair.

Weekend was fairly uneventful, seeing as how it wouldn't!stop!snowing! I watched a ton of stuff I had DVR'd and got that out of the way. I hate it when I get behind and then can't catch up. And OMG, Christian and that black wife beater at the end of Leverage? His ARMS, oh my god. *dies* I'd like to have me some of that. And you know what else I liked about the ep? He had his hair tied back for pretty much the whole thing. And he looks SO MUCH BETTER that way.

Also, Supernatural? Good lord, that was creepy. As Dean would say, "The supernatural I understand, it's PEOPLE I don't get." Jensen continues to knock his performance out of the park. But what I wanna know is, why in the hell were the walls of that house so thick? I live in a pretty old house and I'm fairly sure you can't walk around between the studs in my walls. Things must be different in Nebraska.

It is super, super quiet at my office today. Probably because people think we're closed for the holiday. But we get it as a floating day off, so we're here. But unlike a normal Monday, the phone isn't ringing off the hook. Yay! \o/

Happiest of birthdays to a great guy, [livejournal.com profile] rogerpittman! Hope it's a great one!

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In the spirit of the new year, I've changed my layout. First change in two years! Although I still love my Billy/Dom that [livejournal.com profile] broksgurl717 made for me, I wanted something a little lighter. I think this one from [livejournal.com profile] thefulcrum fits that requirement splendidly. I did manage to save the code from the one Kari did, so if I feel like going back to it, I can.

I am so very, very glad it's Friday. Y'all don't even know, OMG. Sometimes I feel like I'm being pecked to death by unfriendly chickens.

I have a ton of stuff I need to get done this weekend--someone want to come over and keep me moving with the poky stick? Because it's cold outside and I really want to hibernate, but there's so much that needs doing.

Hi, peeps, Hi! How are all of you???
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Happy New Year to my f-listies for whom it is already tomorrow!

Here's a bit of navel-gazing regarding 2008 under

Here )

Have a safe and happy new year's eve, people. See you in 2009!
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Yesterday, I drove up to Pittsburgh in order to visit with [livejournal.com profile] closet_hobbit, who is at her parent's for the holidays. We had a great time! We went to lunch and had some great Italian food, yum. Then we tried to go to a movie. Yeah, not so much--ten screens and there still wasn't anything we wanted to see. So we went and wandered around the mall for a bit. It was great seeing her--my only regret was that since it was Sunday, I couldn't stay too late (work today, dontcha know). But at least we got to see each other and that's the important part.

She asked me to let you guys know she has limited internet at mom & dad's, so she's missed a lot of LJ posts. So if anything important comes up, email or text her.
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To all my wonderful LJ peeps-I love you guys. In whatever you may be celebrating, even if it is only Thursday, please have a wonderful day.



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