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Merry Christmas, to all who celebrate it! Happy Friday to everybody else. :D

I know I said I'd be in the land of no internet, but as it turns out, that is not the case. Apparently this year was the year to psych each other out. I was expecting my big Christmas gift this year to be rent money. That's what my folks and I had talked about, and I mentioned a DVR recorder (is that as redundant as ATM machine? I suck at acronyms...) as a wrapped gift.

When I opened the square, DVR shaped box this morning....

It was a Macbook Pro.

I have a Macbook Pro.

He's beautiful.

He's very shiny. Which means there's really no choice when it comes to names. I have christened him after the shiniest and sparkliest of them all. But of course will just call him Shinybottom. Now I just need to paint him gold. ;) Though he's clearly not themed, as my home folder/account is named Project Blue. I'm such a dork.

And my father is still speechless over the Retro-Duo Nintendo/Super Nintendo system I got him. The first thing he did after family gifts was go out to the garage and haul in his tub of SNES games. We'll be setting his system up shortly. :D

It's been a really nice Christmas. And not just because of awesome, unexpected gifts. Christmas has become something really special for me and my parents. Christmas Eve and Christmas morning it's just us. We can relax, we can indulge in those activities that are not grandchildren friendly, and just a bunch of things that have become personal traditions. We capped off Christmas Eve with Lemon Deisel and Jeff Dunham's Christmas Special. Hence the title of this post. :D

It's going to get insane when the rest of the family shows up soon, but that's fun too. And hey, I've got plenty of drugs to deal with any stress that comes along. :D

I'm clearly also still crazy. I was reading my little Macbook booklet, and when my eyes lit upon 'Garageband', all I could think of was 21 and 24's 'Wonderful Christmas' cover, and I swear I started to tear up. Oh, you awesome fictional characters, why do you make us love you so?

And finally, to my remaining RP buddies: I'll be back tomorrow!

PS: How do I use spellcheck on a Mac? *winces*
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First off: [livejournal.com profile] taradilien! Thank you so much for the goodies! The package arrived safe and sound! Those candies are delicious!

Second off: Will be getting to comments today! Yesterday sort of went to hell in a handbasket, but was rescued by [livejournal.com profile] summoneddestiny and [livejournal.com profile] enigmablade dropping by for a surprise visit.

I Guess I Ought To Talk About This... )
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Title: The Second Greatest Gift of All
Fandom: Venture Bros
Pairing: Brock/Molotov
Rating: R
Warnings: Frottage
Word Count: 1,067
Summary: On a stakeout that lasts through Christmas, Brock gets the closest thing to what he really wants.

The Second Greatest Gift of All )
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The storm has hit. Snow is coming down hard outside, the wind is high, and it's 30 degrees out. In here, I've got the oven on for cookies, the tree lit, and am blasting Beatles music and covers as loud as I can while I clean and bake.

I'm doing better. Still people-shy, as I probably will be for a couple of days, but not as miserable and neurotic and paranoid as I was this morning. I'm going to chalk it up to not-remembered bad dreams and the weather, on top of the usual. I was in a great mood last night, after all.

Speaking of! I tried an arthritis ginger bath last night, and it was incredible. I fell into bed feeling relaxed, my joints calm, and for once my muscles actually had some give to them. They weren't knotted up tighter than a hangman's noose like usual. Plus, it seemed to do amazing things to my skin. There is an unpleasant tingling/burning sensation down south following the bath, but it's a very minor trade-off compared to the relief it gave me.

I've been poking at some fic today, and trying to get my head on straight over the writing thing. I had a minor freak out over it earlier, which is ridiculously rare for me. But earlier I was all over the map, emotionally. I think I'm just in a slump, and nothing more. I always hate admitting I am, though. But that's the natural progression of life - highs and lows.

I need to eat, and I need to take my vitamins, but I'll do that in just a minute. I may make myself a fiber shake - I know they're meal replacement shakes, and those are generally bad, but I have a problem with fiber and protein, so they're actually quite good for me. And Nija's mom dropped some off on a whim, which was wonderful. As well as a tin of cookies, some more ornaments, and a present for the rats! Who have holed themselves up in their igloo and covered the entrance in protest to the weather.

I'm hoping to have my bedroom cleaned and cut off from the cold by the end of the day. There are unpleasant drafts in there.
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I was actually planning a rather long and most likely rambling entry on a great deal of philosophical puzzles I've been wrestling with lately, but then I found out that Betty Paige passed away.

I've always looked up to that woman as an ideal of beauty, as many others have. There has always been a part of me that wanted to be her. The glamorous, media-presented version, of course. She was an amazing woman, and she changed the face of female sexuality in a great many ways. It's a sad day.

***


But as I'd hate to just post that and nothing else, I shall regale you all with the tale of the Midnight Christmas Tree attack.

Last night, after Andrea and Cody had headed home, I took care of my pre-bedtime routines and headed into my room after bidding [livejournal.com profile] nijawial sweet dreams of David Bowie's crotch. I shucked off my pants and bra, grabbed my book for a little pre-bedtime reading, and slid between the covers.

Perhaps five minutes later, as I'm absorbed once more in the plight of the passengers of American Pride Flight 29, I hear a noise from the living room. I think little of it, as noises are rather common. And then I hear 'Fey! Um. Help?'.

I get out of bed and begin looking for pants, as at this point I'm in nothing but a Led Zeppelin T-shirt and panties. There is another, more urgent 'HELP!' from the living room, so screwing decorum - besides, after midnight is No Pants Time - I bolt out.

The tree has fallen over, Nija appears half-buried beneath it. It didn't fall while we were mucking with it to straighten it, not while we were decorating, not because a pet had tried to play with it. Apparently it simply fell.

Nothing was broken and no one was hurt, and now it's tied to the wall and continues to loom like a great gold and pink guardian spirit of some sort. I trust we shall no more problems with it now.

It's simply not Christmas until the tree falls over.
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So, my Christmas outfit this year is essentially a school girl uniform. :D I found a gorgeous Pendleton pleated skirt and jacket set in dark red and green at the thrift store. I love it.

It's also been brought to my attention that with my Lennon glasses, I look disturbingly like Ozzy Osbourne. I'm still not sure how I feel about this.

But! The very important thing....we have a tree! That's where I was most of the day. We have a beautiful tree that is smack in the middle of the room. And it smells nice, and looks gorgeous, and already has a present under it! :D All is well in Silent Hill.

Tonight there shall be baking and decorating and good friends and Christmas music and everything else that makes the season what it is.

Oh! REWRITTEN PEOPLES! I...kind of want to somehow reflect the Christmas season in the game. I know Emi and I were talking about Elven religion a while back, and working that in, since there are some fun ideas to play with. And I'm pretty sure I've written about elven winter holidays before....

Anyway, that's about all from over here!
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More Christmas shopping this morning! Took care of my nieces and nephews! Thankfully Nija was with me, and helped me find an outfit for my baby nephew K. Got my eldest niece, D, manga - it's pretty much what I always get her. I picked her up the first volume of Ranma 1/2. She's currently very into InuYasha - devoured the whole thing in a weekend and went and changed her email signature and everything - so I figure she should enjoy Ranma. Younger niece (A) got a magnetic jewelry making kit, older nephew (L) is getting a tractor type toy. He loves trains and construction equipment, so that should be good.

Now I just need to get my folks their gifts, and I'm all set.

And thanks to Spencer's epic, epic sale - with 50% off clearance t-shirts - I bought myself a little present. Two gorgeous, women's fitted Led Zeppelin Ts. One is the classic Stairway to Heaven cover, and one is a rather psychedelic rendering of Icarus and the 4 Logo. I have been saying for a year now that I really wanted more classic rock shirts....

Does anyone happen to have Snoopy's Christmas? The song, I mean. It's one of my favorites, and I have yet to hear it. Also, Blink 182's I Won't Be Home For Christmas.

Today, no matter what, I am getting some lights up. And tomorrow, we get our tree! Which means we need to move some furniture today....fun!

So I finally got myself some salon quality scalp treatment and whatnot, and I have to say, I'm very pleased. I used an overnight treatment that while leaving my hair rather greasy overnight, did do the trick. My hair's softer, and my scalp is not itching or flaking today. It's Ellin LeVar, ScalpRX. I've also got a quick spray treatment to use with it. While it may not stop my hair from falling out, at least it'll keep what I have shiny and soft and healthy looking.

And last but not least, major apologies to all the people who have been trying to IM me recently. I haven't been at the computer all that much, especially in the evening/at night. :(

Go Team Christmas!
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I am full of Christmas spirit today. Maybe it was the Christmas shopping with my folks this morning, maybe it was buying Christmas decorations and wrapping paper, maybe it's because I'm wearing my brand new elf hat. I don't know, but the spirit has hit me today and I plan on baking cookies, hanging lights, and all of that stuff.

And hopefully it won't kill me. :D

This of course means doing dishes and cleaning beforehand. I ought to get on that, considering it's almost one. I'm also thinking today is a take out lunch/dinner day. It's cold and icky and gray out, which is wonderfully seasonal, but makes me not want to cook anything massive.

I've also got fic to write! Gah, so much time was wasted over the weekend due to health. :/

But I've made a dent in my Christmas shopping! I only have a few more gifts to get! Just...my folks and niece, actually. I think everyone else is all taken care of!

And now I am off to post and then clean!
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Went out with my mother this afternoon! It was really, really nice. We went to lunch, she did some Christmas shopping, Nija and I just enjoyed an afternoon out. My legs are bothering me now, but it was still nice. I wasn't able to get anything done, as the stores I typically shop at have sadly either moved or gone under.

Now I am home, trying to relax. I signed up for that Wajas thing, since I'm weak against games where you can breed things. And complex breeding systems with recessive traits and whatnot are awesome. Is anyone else on there? I'm still figuring out the site and hoping some nice person takes pity on me and sends me a Waja.

The Christmas Tree lighting ceremony is tomorrow night, and we'll be heading to see it with [livejournal.com profile] enigmablade and [livejournal.com profile] summoneddestiny. It's always a beautiful event, and I haven't been in a couple of years.

I didn't take a nap today!
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I'm not doing Advent Fics, but I'm going to try and post a drabble every day. Here's Dec 1, 2 and 3 to get us on track! :D All holiday themed or winter themed in some way!

Title: Something's Missing
Fandom: Venture Bros
Spoilers: Season 3
Rating: PG
Warnings: N/A
Wordcount: 100

Something's Missing )

Title: Christmas Shopping
Fandom: Silent Hill 4
Rating: PG-13
Spoilers: N/A
Pairing: Henry/Eileen
Author's Note: Totally inspired by Henry and Eileen over at CU. :D
Wordcount: 100

Christmas Shopping )

Title: Keeping Warm
Fandom: HBC
Pairing: Valyn/Shadow
Rating: PG
Spoilers: N/A
Warnings: N/A
Wordcount: 100

Keeping Warm )

It's freezing cold and cloudy/rainy out. I think I'm going to stay in bed and write and RP all day.
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So, I started Metal Gear 3 yesterday. I...really don't have much to say at this point. I started it a touch too close to bed, as I didn't realize that 'playing' it meant 'a small fraction where you can actually move Snake, but mostly you're watching a movie'. Which I only really understood bits and pieces of, as I was tired when I was playing. I grasp the actual mission, which I suppose is the important stuff. The random information about Godzilla and Snake's penis? Not so much getting what that has to do with anything.

Essentially, I haven't actually played enough to comment on the gameplay or plot or combat or anything much at all. It's a damn pretty game, though, I can say that. And I find it funny, so I just hope it was meant to be funny.

I'll be playing more today, and will hopefully get to some actual playing. And now I'm playing about 5 games at once. I have a problem.

Grocery shopping this morning, laundry today, the usual. Though all kinds of fun and hilarious and horrible things are going on at my various RPs. Christmas season has hit at CU, and Henry's...well, let's just say he's in a very playful mood. :D [livejournal.com profile] damned is a bit more full of angst.

Speaking of RPs.... *prods [livejournal.com profile] rewritten folks* Have we hit another little dead period?

Anyway, I've got to get dressed and whatnot to head to the store. Thank you everybody who left presents under the tree, I got a kick out of them! :D Save for whoever it was who gave me a lump of coal and told me I sucked. No, I lie, I did get a kick out of that. How can you take an un-capitalized 'u suck' seriously?
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Feeling much better today! A long hot bath and a night's rest have put me back to pretty much normal shape.

So, today I am going to hook up the PS2 and finally experience this Metal Gear thing. ;) Actually, technically I'm already familiar with Metal Gear, as the original NES games were my favorites when I was young and NES was considered the most awesome thing ever. I couldn't even remember what these games were until I was describing what I could remember and someone recognized them. On looking at screenshots of the original games, I was certain of it. These were the games I'd played over and over again after school.

But as for the new ones...well...I know nothing other than what I've learned through RPing at [livejournal.com profile] damned. :D But the ever awesome [livejournal.com profile] grayfoxinabox sent me a copy of Metal Gear 3! I'm terribly excited, despite how difficult the game looks. It will be an adventure!

If only there were money for pizza. Pizza and video games go together beautifully. Perhaps I can scrounge up enough change for something from Sonic later.... I'm ready for solid food today, and chicken sounds just right!

Oh! [livejournal.com profile] cacodaemonia! I got your card, thank you so much! It's lovely!

Speaking of cards, I've started doing mine. I've even got a batch to send out, as soon as I put stamps on them! I apologize in advance for my terrible hand writing.

I should grab some breakfast....
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I am so sorry I scared people over the weekend! :( I was monthly sick, and not up to even sitting let alone turning on the computer. It hit me Saturday morning, and the bad stuff started in the late afternoon/early evening while out. So outing was cut short and we went right home after dinner, and I crashed on the couch while movies were watched. Sunday I pretty much stayed in bed or on the couch and watched movies. And then passed out.

But! I am well recovered today, save for some lingering cramps and stomach upset. I even got some errands done! I have begun Christmas shopping! Bwahahahahahaha! And also got a bunch of Christmas decorations to put up. And since it's December 1st....

I love the holiday season, so very much. I love holiday music, decorations, TV specials, everything. So I think I'm going to take my computer out to the porch, put on some holiday music, and start on the outside decorations. And RP in between! I've been getting withdrawals again! ;)

ALSO! Everyone send good thoughts [livejournal.com profile] nijawial's way! I don't want to say why, as not to jinx anything, but good thoughts and luck are very much welcomed! :D
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[livejournal.com profile] taradilien! Thank you so much for the beautiful holiday card! It came today - perfect way to kick off the season! :D

Also, new icon and temporary holiday LJ layout! :D
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Holy crap, it's cold!

It was 30 degrees when I woke up. And that was after the sun had been up and out. Even the rooster was inside and not out crowing like normal. I immediately took a hot shower and bundled up, and while it's up closer to 40 degrees now, it's still damn cold.

Last night we stayed in and watched movies. [livejournal.com profile] nijawial had never seen Road to El Dorado! We had to fix that, ASAP. And we also rented The Emperor's New Groove, which is always an awesome movie, and Sinbad, since Nija also hasn't seen that. But when we were done with Emperor's New Groove, we were tired, and just went to bed.

Day after tomorrow, we're going to be heading to my parent's house for Thanksgiving. I will be chained in the kitchen until Thanksgiving dinner itself, most likely. ;) We have an epic feast prepared, and I get to do most of it.

Anyway, it's that time of the year again!

Make a post (public, friends-locked, filtered... whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of ten holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV"). The important thing is to make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

Make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ so that the holiday joy will spread.

Surf around your friends list (or friendsfriends, or just random journals) to see who has posted their list. And now, here's the important part...

If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes one person's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use - or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free - do it.


Holiday Wishlist )

I really ought to have some breakfast now.
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LJ OTP MEME


Come on, who would you ship me with?

Had a good night's sleep last night. Actually, despite a bevy of small annoyances, in a relatively good mood. I'm not entirely sure why. Maybe because I have pizza on its way. Maybe because there is a good movie on TV. Maybe because I have been reading again - books online count as books! Maybe it's just sleeping in my own bed and dealing with my own disasters.

Whatever it is, I am not feeling as crappy and miserable as I have been.

I have a request for some Christmas music! Because I like these songs a lot and haven't heard them yet:

1) Snoopy's Christmas (Christmas Bells)
2) I Won't Be Home For Christmas - Blink 182
3) The Twelve Pains of Christmas

If anyone has these, or one, or whatever, I will be eternally grateful!
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Holy hell, how is Christmas Eve day after tomorrow? Where did the time go?

I am home again. On my good connection, yay. I also got a card from my Uncle. It's sappy and whatnot, but hey, it's a card. I love Christmas cards, but I kind of missed the boat this year when people did their Christmas Card posts. I just really wasn't able to check my Flist. Christmas is the time of year I get mail. I love getting mail. Though this year I have gotten nice little surprises in the mail - mostly courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi, who always cheers me up! - but it just doesn't feel like Christmas without the cards and whatnot. Ah well.

I have this horrible sense of 'growing up'. Which is ridiculous, considering my age, but this is my first Christmas where I really feel like a grown up. No surprises, no wonder, no joy. Just trying to keep on top of each household disaster as it comes, and wondering how the hell I'm going to pay next month's bills after blowing all my money on gifts and UPS - which I may need to call, as still only one package has made it to its destination.

I haven't even watched my yearly Christmas specials. I just feel so blah this year, and I hate it. Christmas always used to be my favorite time of year, but... I don't know. I just don't feel it this year. Probably because it's been so hellaciously craptastic this month. And I keep trying to tell myself I'm just having a Griswold Christmas, but...

I don't know. The spirit just isn't with me. I wish it was, though.
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So, last night and the night before, some local station - ION? - was airing the BBC live action Hogfather miniseries. This is vastly amusing to me, because day before yesterday while I was wrapping presents, we had six or seven wild pigs wander into the yard. With the snow and the boar-like critters, my mother made the joke that the Hogfather had stopped by early.

Then the miniseries comes on. I watched it. And...holy crap, I was impressed. Most of the dialogue was lifted word-perfect from the book. The characters? Looked like Josh Kirby's artwork. Especially the wizards. The acting was brilliant, Mr. Teatime was brilliantly disturbing, Susan was hot as all hell, and all in all it was just incredibly done. Does anyone know if this is available on DVD? Also, I've heard they're also doing Colour of Magic?

(And yes, I know the sad news about Terry Pratchett, but he's optimistic, so I am, too!)

Today I am baking eggnog cookies and a raspberry truffle cake. Assuming I can find my spring pan. If not, I shall check Nanny Ogg's cookbook and see if there's any Hogswatch recipes in there. :D

And does anyone know any good file sending sites for large (over 300MB) files? Megaupload hates me. :/
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Update on the DVD situation!

We went to Hastings. I got my gifts, and my folks decided instead of trying to find what I would want, to just have me pick out stuff. And they wanted to be sure they got me the right DVD set, so I took them over to the TV boxed sets cabinet. I'm looking at the 'Cs', and my mother, again, while she has her list in hand, points out all the CSI seasons.

I repeat again, it is not CSI I'm looking for, it's Criminal Minds.

"But they have a lot of CSI DVDs...."

*headdesk*

I do not like CSI. I've tried to watch it, can't get into it. I do not want CSI. It's like Green Eggs and Ham, I swear. I will not watch it eating pie, I will not watch it with a spy, I will not, will not watch CSI.

Anyway! Finally find Season 2 of Criminal Minds on DVD. For 20$. My dad starts arguing that I wanted season 1. Yes, but season 2 is just as awesome - moreso, in some ways - and it's the only one they have, and it's only 20 bucks. For like 7 DVDs. We get it. I pick out a couple of other things - Wit and Wisdom of Discworld, the next Dresden Files novel - and we head over to the anime section because my dad said I could get the first two special edition Death Note DVDs. I am thrilled. They come with action figures! I need these DVDs! Or, at least the action figures that come with them!

Hastings doesn't have them. I am broken and defeated. Best Buy didn't have them. We looked everywhere we possibly could for them, and could not find them anywhere. They have them online, but I cannot buy online. I am just going to hope that they're still available after Christmas, when I have my new bank account set up.

But! The local Hasting's inability to properly price any import action figure has paid off yet again. Found a couple of Kotubukiya limited edition figures that I see going on Ebay for around 100$ for 12$ each. I grabbed them and will be selling them. Mmm, profit. And yet...their overstocked Bome figures are still going for 40$. WTF, Hasting's? WTF? (There was a 1985 limited edition Bunny Girl for only 25$, but I didn't like the composition and pose. And the Bunny Girls are cheap at cons, I can probably find it for like 10$, like all the other Bunny Girls I have.)

Now it is time to wrap! OH! THAT REMINDS ME!

[livejournal.com profile] anna_daae, [livejournal.com profile] nijawial, [livejournal.com profile] talia_speaks, [livejournal.com profile] chocomimi, Seattle Crew! I need your addresses!

Email them to me, please? ladyfeylene at gmail dot com. I need them ASAP, as I am mailing stuff out tomorrow! Locals, not quite as ASAP, obviously, and there's a chance I'll see you guys before Xmas, but everyone else! Addresses!
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Oh sweet Trisha, mother of Elrics, what a day!

I was rousted at about 9 for tree hunting. I didn't sleep well last night - I was able to knock myself out around 3, but was woken up by my humidifier making god awful noises at around 4:30. Getting back to sleep was difficult.

So I get dressed, we go to the tree lot... and discover it doesn't open until 2 pm. Bless my mother, she never bothered to check. Or she did and she forgot. So cue griping and arguing about what to do, while spending half an hour in the parking lot. We head over to the hardware store to grab some hooks for the mantle and whatnot, then hit McDonald's for lunch. We've still got an hour. So we sit in the parking lot.

Yes, the majority of my day was spent in a Christmas tree lot parking lot. We get a tree. We get it home. We wrestle with it to get it in the stand. There is yelling and cursing and the dog is going ballistic. The cat attempts to make friends with the tree. There is more yelling and cursing, and the cat is out out. Branches need to be trimmed. The tree needs to be straightened. Still the cursing and yelling. It is a great fiasco. The tree, we discover upon finally screwing it into the stand, is crooked.

At this point, we say 'fuck it'. We turn the tree until it creates the optical illusion of being straight. Then the propane truck showed up, off schedule. More hysterics from the dog. Epic hysterics. She's throwing herself against the door of the bedroom we closed her into for the festivities.

I'm sore, achy, covered in sap and wondering why the hell I love the Christmas season so damn much.

But hey! We might get snow this weekend!

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