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I may need to make myself some Love Live! icons. There is an event going on right now but I am saving my gems for the upcoming Maki event in August. I've tiered liked mad for the past 3 or 4 events so I'm taking a break for now. I may end up doing some scouting in August though because the China Dress set is ADORABLE.

Last week Tues and Weds I came down with a slight fever and slept like all day both days. I was absolutely wrecked. I thought I was just worn out as sometimes happens, but then my Dad came down with it over the weekend so it must have been some mild bug or something. Our 4th weekend was low key as fuck. Everyone was too tired and not feeling well and the heat is starting to be oppressive. It was 101 when we left work today. Thunderstorms are supposed to roll in tonight and bring it down to 87 tomorrow. Pretty bad when I'm like, Oh Good! Only 87!

Other than that I worked on my Halloween quilt. I have all the strips sewn together, so this weekend I will iron them out and then assemble the top. I keep meaning to do some drawing as Nico's birthday is coming up and I want to draw her for it, but I keep finding myself lost in other pursuits.

So that's about it. Work was super busy and by the end of the day my mind is just fried. I wish it had been a Monday day off for the 4th instead of a Friday! Fridays are always short days for me so it wasn't like it was an actual gimme. Gonna play some World of Warcraft now. I slept like shit last night so I am hoping for a better night tonight. It's freezing cold in my room. :/
If you see the previous post I wrote that last night during a fit of anxiety and it really calmed me down. Dark Shadows and Collinwood is one of those places and stories I go to when I need to get out of my own headspace for a while. Is that weird? I don't know, but it helps me. I try to imagine myself at the door, then once inside what the rooms look like, the people I meet and the conversations I have. It helps that I've watched the show so many times that I have individual character's speech patterns down pat. I've successfully navigated myself out of a few sleepless nights and crying jags with it. I put a journal up near by bed so I can write it down if I have to. It's cathartic.

Had to take poor Teddy Spaghetti to the vet this afternoon. He caught the cold going around the kitties but isn't getting better. The vet tech was like is it OK if we take x-rays? It's $65 for the first and $45 for the second and I was like I don't care, fix my cat! It felt good to have the money to get him the care he needs. Thank God for working. He has 3 different medications to take, 1 antibiotic, 2 eye drops/ointments as he also has a runny eye that won't stop. He was meowing in the car fit to break my heart. I was sticking my fingers in the cage and stroking him until he grabbed hold and sunk his claws in and wouldn't let go. That hurt, but he was scared my poor little boy :( I tried to get him to snuggle with me on the bed or on the back of the couch but he is determined to lay in the hall for some reason. I put a blanket out there for him in case he snuggles on that.

On the way home from work this afternoon Dad asked me if I had any Buck-Tick in the car! I was surprised! We listened to the first half of Kyokutou I Love You, and I forgot how soothing I find Warp Day. Ah, Atsushi's voice is so calming. We will listen to the next half tomorrow!

Coming Home...

You stand before the old wooden doors, arrived at last after the longest journey of your life. The woods seem closer than ever tonight and you are anxious to be in out of the dark. You lift your hand to the old brass knocker, the wood beneath rubbed to a shine from nearly two hundred years of use. You rap three times and try not to imagine the sound echoing down empty halls and in hollow chambers.

Behind you the night presses in, each drum of the breaking waves a step closer, a stone heavier. Shadows gather at the edge of the trees, but you keep your back to them and your eyes to the door. Finally you hear the latch click and the door swings open. Warm light spills out to bathe you in welcome. The way is open, you may come inside.

She smiles graciously and welcomes you back. You step into the foyer and she shuts the door against the night and the demons that followed you. They expected you earlier, she takes your coat. Ah, Yes. You make your apologies, the ever present delays and switchbacks of life. But you are here now and you intend to stay as long as you are welcome. She gestures towards the drawing room and leads you inside. You are always welcome here.

A fire crackles in the hearth and the far windows are open to the chill night air. The sound of the distant sea is comforting here, like a heartbeat in the womb. This place never changes, it is always the same.

She tells you to make yourself comfortable and leaves to fetch some tea. You wonder how long until the others join you, to take cups from the old bone china set, to settle down on the couches or stand relaxed at the mantle and each one of them welcoming you home.

Reading and work

Work has been very busy the past two weeks so I haven't been getting on the computer much. I spend 9 hours a day staring at a computer screen and by the time I get home I just want to veg. I have been trying to unwind in the evening by reading. Mom picked me up Scarlett at the library yesterday, the "sequel" to Gone with the Wind. It's got mixed reviews, but I devoured 150 pages last night and so far am enjoying myself. I really like the original book and the movie, but I don't worship them as the greatest things ever, so maybe I'm not biased in my depictions of the characters. I dunno. I really like Rhett's mother though, she's great. I also really like (so far) this deeper look at Rhett and his motivations and background. I am a bit annoyed at the characters inability to communicate with each other though! I understand Rhett's finally being repulsed by Scarlett's overwhelming dependence on money, but I also totally understand her deep and terrifying fear of having nothing and going back to those days at the end of the war when her family was literally starving and unable to get out of their own way to help themselves. It's a pretty big book though, so at some point I may just be ready to throw it at the wall, who knows!

There was a TV movie/mini series based on this book, I've never seen it but I'm aware it exists. I hear Clark Gable in my head when Rhett speaks, but every once in a while Timothy Dalton sneaks in there visually and I'm like get out! You're not Rhett! Holy shit! Sean Bean was in it? Gonna have to check it out when I finish the book. Oh, but I do so fear cheesy 90s TV production values!

Other than that not much else going on. The kitties are all passing around an upper respiratory infection. They're all young and strong so I am sure they will be fine with medicine. The only one I worry about is Baby, she's 15 now and pretty skinny. I'd be absolutely devastated if something happened to her. I start to cry if I think about it. So I won't!

I wish I had the Sharpe books here with me. Dad mentioned watching the TV movies a week or so ago and I was like ehn.... I'd rather not. I love Sean Bean and Daragh O'Malley, but Jesus, those movies are mostly crap. I mean, look at what they did to Sharpe's Sword. My favorite book in the series and they fucking destroyed it in translation from book to screen. I might have to see if the library has it after I'm done with Scarlett. I want to read it again.

What else... I've also been doing a little sewing. Caroline's new wig came in last weekend so I made her a moddish new outfit to go with. She and Janvier are best friends and are mostly going to be dressed in similar fashions. Since Janvier has a 60s hippy-vibe right now, Caroline got the same. I need to do a photo shootof the two of them sometime soon. I like Caroline'snew wig though, my Mom says it really softens her face and I totally agree. Her outfit doesn't scream 60s here, but it is! I got inspiration from the Sears Summer catalogue from 1969. I sewed it as a very short sailor dress, but decided at the last minute to give her some shorts. The original (from the catalogue) had a pleated shirt and was a one piece, so I'll probably make her a pleated skirt to go with.

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Man it's been a year and three months since I last posted! I've been mega busy over the last year with work and such. It's tiring but also good for me. I got to do a lot this past year and one of my lifelong dreams came true! I'll give a brief run down:

  • The six month job lasted for a year. After my contract was up in September I was asked to stick around to help clear out the backlog of records that needed to be archived. It took another six months because there was shit going back 5 years or more.
  • After that job ended this past March (2015), I was going to take off the summer but within two weeks was called to see if I wanted to work another 5 months helping out another department. Since this will let me take the holidays off instead I agreed.
  • I got to see Morning Musume live in October! They came to NYC and I went with Steph, Dave, and Katelyn. I cried through the first three songs. After we left NY we went to Salem where I met Katelyn's boyfriend Dan. We were going to go on a ghost tour but I got sick :( So we basically shopped a little the next day and went home for a couple days before I flew back out to New Mexico. It was a nice trip home!
  • Mom,Dad, and I have been working our butts off to get the yard set up at the new house. Oh yeah, we had a house built! It's literally 5 houses away from where our last house was so the move wasn't too bad. This spring was spent planting trees and flowers and doing landscaping to get things in order. We also have 8 chickens now.
  • Steph and Dave moved back to be with us last November. It is wicked nice to have the family back together.
  • Rachael got married to Ryan last June. I am really sad to say that we couldn't attend. There was too much going on at work and couldn't afford to get everyone back there AND kennel the dogs, cats, etc. Also, most of our money was tied up in the new house.
  • We now have 9 cats (Baby, Lil Girl, Nemo, Mr. Jams, Sookie, Ollie, Charlie, Teddy (Spaghetti) and Mr. Majestyk) and 4 German Shepherds (Geri Lee, Gypsy, Fawkes, and Preacher).

    Yesterday my contractors were in town and they invited me out to lunch. Thankfully they let me pick the place so I took the wife to La Parrilla. Afterwards we went back to her hotel room and chatted until she had to leave to pick her husband up (after 4 HOURS!). So needless to say by the time I got home I was physically and mentally exhausted. I wanted to go out but was tired, so Dad offered to do a bunch of fun stuff today. I was for it, so we picked up Burger King for dinner, I came back and took a shower and we finished the evening watching L.A. Confidential which was AMAZING and made me want to play L.A. Noire. This morning I woke up exhausted but was determined to make a go of it. We went out to breakfast which was really nice, and had plans to go to the Lovington Farmer's Market and Hobby Lobby, but my energy level is non-existent so I came home to rest while Mom and Dad run around. Kind of bummed but I can't exhaust myself further. Kitty asked me to start ljing again so I am, I think writing my thoughts down will help a lot in keeping my head in order. Right now just doing laundry and thinking of hooking up my new Cintiq to my laptop so I can draw while sitting on my bed.

    NEWS!

    I got a job! It's a temporary job at my Dad's work, assisting in turnovers and stuff through the end of the year. Having an end date is so nice! I'm not sure when I start - this week or the next as I wasn't hired in time for the training class on Monday, but I'm sure I'll post about it later. The good thing is there's tons of room for advancement. It's not a field I even want to be in, not by a mile, but if it will help me get where I want to be it's okay for now. The interview was pretty much just procedure, I was pretty much hired any way.

    This means I'm going to miss the DS convention this year, which suuuuuuuuuuuuuuuucks. But cannot be helped. But it will mean I will have more money for Dollism in September!

    My poor little Charlie Buttons came home from the vet today after being spayed. We took her in Wednesday, they did the surgery yesterday, and I got to pick her up today. She has to wear a cone for 10 days! My poor little Charlie! :( It doesn't seem to phase her much though because she was running around like a hellion all afternoon.
    Whoops! I thought I hadn't been on here in like, a week or so. Not nearly a month!

    I started a new quilt yesterday. It is made from Moda fabric's Strawberry Fields series. I need to go get some more fabric, but it is started.

    I might be getting a new job soon. They are looking for admins at Dad's work again, not in the same trailer as my Dad, and Dad put in my resume. We'll see how it goes. I am not looking forward to the hours (I'd have to get up at 5 UGH) but money would be good because I am B-R-O-K-E right now. Everyone is doing training this week so I am thinking I'll get a call next week, maybe? If not I need to start looking elsewhere.

    Other than that I had a minor bout of the flu last week, it started at the beginning of the week with a low grade fever, cold sweats, and just feeling really tired and headache-y. By Friday I thought I was over it until that night when I was suddenly SLAMMED with body aches and just feeling like I had been beat with a stick. I felt pretty horrible. I spent all day Saturday and Sunday in bed. Feeling better now, allergies are kicking up big time around here as the pollen season starts, and yesterday we had a really big wind storm. So there's that.

    I want to play WoW, but the connection is being a butt, so maybe I will go sew some more instead.
    I made Gumbo Ya Ya for dinner tonight, with cornbread. It was delicious! I hadn't planned on making dessert until I got the new issue of Southern Living in the mail today (I subscribe for recipes and to drool over pictures of gardens and porches) - there was a recipe in there for honey flan. Since we had all the ingredients I couldn't not make it, so I did. It should be ready to eat shortly, we'll see how it comes out.

    Getting the urge to sew again, haven't lately, but getting the urge tonight. Something else to see where it leads....
    Went to BB King last night, it was a good show all things considered, it was very short. It clocked in at just and hour and 10 minutes! He played about 6 songs, and talked to the audience a lot. But the man is 88 years old, so the fact that he is still touring is amazing. After the show we were going to go home, but Mom and I were hungry and were talking about burgers and then Dad got hungry, so MIRACLE OF MIRACLES we went out to eat after 9 o'clock on a Saturday night. Granted, my Dad gets up for work at 4:30 in the morning, so he's usually asleep by 9pm, but it was really nice to get out of the house! I had a "half order" of nachos which came out on a plate as big as a hubcap! But they were mighty tasty - and still in the fridge, I may have to indulge some this afternoon.

    I spent the past two hours or so working on some art of Kui, who I haven't really drawn in years. I like it a lot, but I am tired of looking at it for now, so I'm taking a break. I'm outlining it in Photoshop which might have been a mistake since you have to work VERY large to get good smooth lines, but I'm hoping it will turn out well. I wanted something a little more natural to the sketch than the smoothness that vectoring gives you.

    Today is also my sister Kitty's 32nd birthday! ♥ Happy Birthday! ♥ She is with her boyfriend in NY, so I hope they make it a special day. I think we were going to grill today, but everyone is tired from last night so no idea if that's going to happen or not. It's currently 70 odd degrees outside, though the breeze coming in my window is cooler than that. Still, it's nice for a taste of spring. It makes me long for June when we get to go home for Rachael's wedding.

    I think I'll change this journal from friends only, for now, and see how things go.