May. 24th, 2010 07:37 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
As I type this I have a kitties taking turns on my lap as they say, in their own ways, "OMGNEVERLEAVEAGAIN!!!!"

The chaos of work turns into chaos of travel as I found out at 8:30pm last Friday that I was heading out to California for more work stuff. Which caused a bit of flailing on my part as I tried to get everything ready in time. But on the good side it meant I got to see an [personal profile] airawyn who was kind enough to pick me up at the airport and hang with me not just that night but on Tuesday, which meant I had company for the Joss/NPH episode of Glee!

Otherwise it was non-stop work stuff until Wednesday, when M-sis came to get me so that I could spend a few days with her, Elder Brother, and the hobbit children. The kids continue to be aggressively adorable so all in all it was a great few days.

I got back home around midnightish last night, and today has been about sleeping late, unpacking, cleaning, and reminding the cats that I still love them even if I abandoned them for SEVEN WHOLE DAYS.

So hi! =)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (WC puppy hug)
I need help! Anyone with video-fu and/or download-fu, can you find a way to download the interview here for me? I've tried my usual methods and none of them have worked.

Please? Pleeeeeeeeeeeaaaaaaaaaaaaasssssssssssseeeeeeeeeeeeee? *looks hopeful*

(As for why? What can I say? He may be a Republican, but for some reason I'm fascinated by the interview ;) )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
Work was a half day today. I went in because I'm taking all of next week off and there was a remote chance my boss would need me in the office today. But luckily hardly anyone was there in the entire office as a whole, let alone my department. So after surprise free (still warm!) bagels in the morning and then pizza for lunch people were like "Why are you here? You should go home." and who was I to be rude by arguing with them?

Once home I planned on taking a nap, then doing food prep for tomorrow, then going to my mom and dad's for the annual Xmas Eve pigout. This became taking a nap, then waking up 3 hours later with 10 minutes to get dressed and head over to the folks'. So apparently I was tired, is what I'm learning here.

Food was consumed, and around 7 I was back home to start on food prep. In theory I have everything ready to the point where all I have to do tomorrow food-wise is put things into the appropriate containers and apply heat. This leaves me the rest of the day free to clean before my parents get here. And to possibly take another hours-long nap if that's what's needed because seriously what was UP with that?

Anyway, the dishwasher is running, the cats are cuddled on or beside me, the house smells yummy - I am content.

Hope you're having a good one =)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Default)
So today was the annual picnic for my co-op complex. This is our third year doing it. Last year I missed out on due to a migraine from HELL. Like it had me bedridden ALL DAY from Hell.

It was a happy day for me to be able to join in on the festivities this time around. There were burgers, hotdogs, baked beans, salads, and baked goods and all kinds of stuff that I can't even remember. LOTS of food, in other words. I did my part to eat as much as I could. You know, to be neighborly.

It's a nice little event. The ages of folks who live here varies from young and starting out to 80+. Everyone who came brought something, making it a real "stone soup" sort of event.

This week is my dad's birthday, and the office is doing a "everybody bring in a dessert to share" day. I estimate by the end of the week I will be totally out of eggs and butter.

Aaaaaaaaand I think that's it, for updates on my end. It's summertime. There's food and people. You know how it is.

Book recs

Jul. 20th, 2009 10:32 am
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (reading)
Older Brother has developed an interest in nature-based religions/spirituality. I told him that, thanks to my awesome friends, I could probably put together a recommended reading list of books that might interest him that would be high on actual information and low on the fluffy-bunny "I'm 1/100000000th Indian on my mother's side and thus can write authentically about Native American religions even though my only actual exposure is having once watched an episode of F Troop." type things.

So - book recs please? He's thinking Native American religions but I told him he might also be interested in shamanism, druidry, and so forth. He says he's open to anything that would involve nature-based spirituality. Based on what I know of him I'd say things that are low on magick/spellwork and high on recogizing the seasons, circle of life, and so on.

Thanks in advance, oh friendslist-fu! =)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (First Family)
First of all, thanks to everybody who not only helped me met but surpass my goal for this Sunday's walk for the Bennett Cancer Center. You all ROCK!!!!

Second, if there was anybody out there who wanted to donate and hasn't yet, might I be able to tempt you to (anonymously) help my dad meet his goal? He's only five dollars off as of me writing this and I know it would totally make his day to go over.

I say anonymously so that way he doesn't know that it was his daughter behind the final stretch ;)

It would be totally awesome if that happened. My dad is one of the most amazing dads in the history of ever. But for some reason he doesn't realize just how awesome he is. Hitting (or passing) his goal would be a great thing to happen for him.

Thank you thank you thank you!!!
thebratqueen: Peace y'all (peace y'all)
I spent most of the afternoon cooking in preparation for dinner tomorrow. Stuffed shells have been put into a stuffed shell-like state and just need to be shoved in an oven for about a half hour to be done. I may need to make a stop at the store on the way to my brother's because there wasn't as much sauce from the recipe as I thought there'd be, and my instinct is to aways err on the side of more sauce. But we'll see. My biggest goal tomorrow is not to get a migraine, so all other goals pale before that one.

Afterwards was napping and then having dinner with Mom and Dad. Now I relax and wait for Santa to come.

...just kidding. Everyone knows that Santa doesn't come when you're awake. Duh!

(Happy holidays!)
thebratqueen: Cottage (Siam)
So yesterday after I did my Day of Listening post I then tackled a project that's been hanging over my head for a while: clearing crud off of my desktop computer. This took HOURS. Thank God for my laptop which helped distract me while I dealt with click, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait, click, waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaait, lather, rinse, repeat. I started around 2pm, took a brief break for dinner, and only got to a point of "Good enough to be done for now" at around midnight. Yeah.

Protip: If you are going to be in a situation of being stuck waiting for HOURS, TV Tropes is your friend. (No, I won't link. Then I won't see you guys again for days.) It's all about using that time-sucking power as a force for good, people.

So that's why I didn't get around to answering the questions yesterday, but I shall today! Especially since it's a nice way to pass the time as I sit here on the couch with a Luna draped across my wrists. (She says hi.)

Answers thisaway )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Radio TBQ)
I have survived the family reunion! Barely, but I've made it. There was family bonding and cuddling of weetiny kittens (marmalade kitten IN MY HAIR!) and watching the Olympics and lots of food.

Somewhere in all that I had a brain, but I'm pretty sure it's gone now. This feeling of being disconnected from reality isn't helped by how it's currently cool enough outside for me to have the AC off and the windows open. This is obviously some kind of a trap.

Anyway, to get back into the swing of things Links of interest, interesting links )

Radio TBQ

Jul. 13th, 2008 10:50 pm
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Radio TBQ)
Looooooooong day of visiting my Grams in rehab (fractured rib kind, not Lindsey Lohan kind) and dealing with related family drama. Also if anyone knows how to get AVG free version 8.0.136 to stop bugging me to restart my computer even after I've just restarted the damn thing That would be fabulous.

Now then, on to the news. As always, tags are your friends )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (reading)
Okay, so another round of me sharing the links that I find during the day and any comments I may have on them.

The tags should indicate the topics )
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (life we're living)
It's funny how I happened to do a week of journal entries that were made up of pictures during the same week that things happened that in no frakking way would I be able to write about. (Not health-related, but suffice it to say my week has been interesting. In the "interesting times" sense of interesting)

I realize that sounds like a tease but it ties in to how things happened this week that I really wish I could tell y'all about, but since I can't it goes to the next step of writing about my frustration at not being able to tell y'all something.

In news of things that are less vague, I must say that toe-up socks on two circulars is way better than cuff-down on DPNs. I haven't finished a sock yet but so far the process has felt easier and more reassuring. I do notice, though, that I feel the same kind of strain in my right hand that I do when I crochet. I suspect this is due to how I'm currently using two 16-inch #1s, and thus my arms are in a cramped position. I was wondering if having a not as small needle setup would help fix the issue. As for example, a setup like magic loop. Any comments/recommendations from those who have tried the various methods?

In still other news my grams is currently in the hospital. It's only serious in the sense that anything that sends an 80+ year old to the hospital is serious. Dad and I will be going to visit her tomorrow afternoon, so if I'm not around for email and such during the daytime tomorrow that is why.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (Barb)
Thanks to those of you who passed along good wishes for Older Brother. The news so far is that salary and benefits will be going for a while and the WSJ apparently reported that my brother's division will be absorbed into JP Morgan. So the good news is: he's not unemployed right now. No idea for the future.

Today at work I played Easter Beagle and distributed plastic eggs filled with chocolate and jellybeans. It worked out perfectly because I got in while folks either were at a meeting or hadn't arrived yet. So I was able to leave eggs in cubicles and offices without anyone knowing it was me. Ha ha!

Mac and Luna would like to announce that I am a cruel, awful mother who opens tuna cans and shares nothing of the contents with her kitties. Kitties who, Mac and Luna would remind you, are sad and starving orphans. It's awful, really.
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (family)
My Older Brother works at Bear Sterns.

You can understand me watching the news rather avidly at the moment.

Spare some good thoughts in his (and his co-workers') direction?

thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (family)
So as some of you know my dad is working on a book. He's at a stage now where he could use beta readers, and we have determined that I am too close to the material to be of any use. (Also he needs a basic spelling/grammar check and we all know I suck at those)

Might any of you out there be interested in betaing for him? It's non-fiction, but it's in the form of anecdotes so it reads like stories. Also the stories are fairly wee. In total I believe it's about 50,000 words but because of the format this can easily be chopped up and sent out to multiple beta readers in pieces.

Spelling/grammar is a key one. Anything above and beyond that is also helpful and appreciated, but that's the baseline.

If interested, let me know in the comments and/or email. You shall have my undying gratitude in return =)

ETA: If you could also mention how much you think you could beta at once that'd be fab. Thanks!
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (two thumbs up)

And my sympathies to those who were rooting for the team that lost.

Today was a pretty productive day. In addition to Super Bowl it was also my mom's birthday, so there was a combo get together there with much yummy goodness. Also I made a couple of king cakes, one for the party, one to bring into work tomorrow. They aren't huge but I'm expecting work folks to be all "...why is it colored like that?" and not large with the eating. So this way I get o try and if they like it I can make a bigger one next year.

This Tuesday is both Mardi Gras and Super Tuesday. If you're in a primary state like I am, get yer ass out and vote! Vote early if you can, as that helps give a good showing for your candidate. I'll be swinging by before work, as if ever I end up needing to stay late it tends to be on a Tuesday. So this way I don't have to panic about not being able to get my vote on.

And I'll be voting for Barak, thanks for asking. =)
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (cool like dat)
Attention world: it is January. I live in New England. Make with the snow already!

So I hear ol' Rudy is out of the presidential race. I feel horrible. And by 'horrible' I mean 'punching my fist in the air while saying words not unlike WOOHOO! LOOKS GOOD ON YA!'

On Tuesday I've got a primary. It's so nice to not have to vote for the lesser of who cares.

Work at Primatech continues to be marvy. We've got a Superbowl pool going, woo!

Superbowl happens on the same day as my mom's birthday. There will be much eating of unhealthy food, and I would not have it any other way.
thebratqueen: Peace y'all (peace y'all)
Okay, this thing where I don't do the entire Xmas dinner is actually not bad. This may be the wave of the future.

Yesterday I helped teach Dad how to bake bread. We made foccacia for the Xmas dinner, and it's safe in my freezer right now. Today I made lasagna using a new recipe where everything was made from scratch, including the pasta (the leftover pieces of which I drizzled with olive oil, some fresh cracked pepper, and parmesan and had for lunch). I'm not 100% sure if I like this tomato sauce recipe, but on the upside there are seven different kinds of cheeses in the lasagna itself, so really the rest is extra. (And my house smells amazing, so hopefully that's a good sign for how it's going to taste).

Now I am relaxing before grabbing a shower, then heading over to my parents' for the traditional Xmas Eve pigout and first exchange of presents. I knitted gifts for Mom and Dad so hopefully they fit. Dad's I'm sure will be okay, but Mom's I'm worried about. Ah well. Only a few hours left before I know.

Tomorrow I'll be leaving around noon for my brother's, and a Xmas celebration that I will hopefully not have a migrane at the end of. *Thinks good thoughts*

Merry Xmas to all!
thebratqueen: Captain Marvel (being domestic)
My turkey day has gone well so far. There was having of turkey and turkey-related items. There was eating of the dessert I made (apple crumb cake, well received by all). There was knitting. And now I am home and there shall be napping and watching marathons on TV. Not in that order.

*snugs you all*
thebratqueen: happy birthday mouse with cake (happy birthday)
Dad's birthday went well. My cake was enjoyed, so yay for that.

Older Brother and P-sis came in time for cake having. Also giving of presents. Thanks to them Dad shall be going to Oxford next summer and enjoying a week's worth of classes.


Though I'm also really happy for him. This is such an awesome gift for him on so many levels. I think we all got a little teary.

(Also happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] flaming_muse and [livejournal.com profile] poisoninjest)


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