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I can't say I'll ever really get into the swing of this. [Aug. 22nd, 2011|03:08 pm]
Lauren or Lou, as you like.
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I haven't been around in forever, and consequently every time I think of checking in, I go, "Oh, no, I haven't been around in forever, what do I post?" get overwhelmed, and fail to check in.

Okay, so.. it's been a long time, right? Obligatory quick wrap up of the last two (...three??...) months:

End of May was concerts for choir (went really well), a trip to Frederickton, NB, Canada (ditto), Chris's trip to DC.. There's been work.. There was our trip out to Sonoma wine country for our anniversary (7 years!) where, as part of a romantic horseback ride, I was unseated from a spooked horse to earn a broken finger and an unhappy (but not x-ray-detectably-damaged) knee.. I think that was 7 weeks ago, and they're still working on healing, but that's okay. Everyone at work is having babies, so I'm knitting--or, no, crocheting like crazy, since there was a month there where I couldn't knit (finger splint) at all, so I crocheted a million hats and booties and pinafores, and spun a lot of yarn. ....Oh, yeah, I'm spinning yarn, now, from a knitting friend's Alpaca, Ramblin' Rose, and from my cats, Arthur and Alexander. (This is crazy, and I love it.) I'm using a drop spindle I made myself which is now finally busted, so it's back to knitting. Oh, and crocheting for more babies.

We also hit LA for my 10-yr high school reunion, which was canceled (.....), and thence to Vegas for a grad school 'reunion' for Chris, and proved the motto, "What happens in Vegas... goes straight to facebook." Today is Chris's first day back to school, which means I should probably stop trying to eke summer vacation out of my part time (but not summer-slack-off ready) work and just.. well, get back to work. My cousin's baseball team just made it deep into the PONY league World Series; though I have never listened to baseball on the radio in my life, I actually got my ass up at eight in the morning to stream the suckers from PA, and cheered my fool head off. (GO BEACH!) They're out, now, unfortunately, but had a great time and did ell. I also now know a little more about baseball than I did, and discovered my cos is a 3rd baseman and "clean up hitter." I sort of almost know what that means, now, too. Progress!

Following various fannish impulses.. waiting for Doctor Who to start back up.. started buying myself Sandman compilation volumes since Borders is going under (tip: they're now clearancing for $12 instead of $20 a volume, but likely to have a short selection - I found 1 and 4 (which I've read) and 7 and 8 (which I haven't), might be worth a look if you're interested). And... and I hesitate to admit this, but after a rental binge that culminated in some serious nerd oldschool, I've fallen headlong into Tron obsession. I feel it's fair because I was headlong into the original (albeit some 25 years after the fact), but tip: while I found one good Tron (classic) fic a couple years ago, there is way more fanfic (Legacy) out there now. There are excellent recs at TVTropes (which I didn't know even recced) and at least the ones I have followed were definitely worth following.

...I'm obsessed.

(Notes: Rinzler purrs. +Micheal Sheen = sexy androgynous Greek demi-computer-god. Good, good stuff.)

(...Plus Bruce Boxleitner. He has developed his very own switch in my brain, and it says "Yes." I'm not sure when this happened.)

Luckily, reading a few (incredibly fine) stories--some WIPs--has made me feel guilty about my own languishing WIPs, and has me thinking about writing again. There was a little deja vu, to tell the truth; one tragic WIP about a broken character (who is prone to kind of 'going away' and not really in control of his own head) had a little 'fluffy' aside that still managed to be tragic. ...And there was one where such horrible things happened to the characters, I considered being afraid of the author. (...'nough said, I think.) Needless to say, it all struck chords and I want to write. I just need to kick the "what if I fuck up the plot" terror and get on it.

And since I was trying to feedback like a good girl, it also made me look back into a long abandoned ff.net ID (I know, I know...). ...There's a part of me that wants to post the first 19 (so far) parts of the collected ELTYDF over there (maybe to guilt-spur myself on into getting back to writing it?), but there is also another part of me that is looking to be talked out of it, since I feel it is probably a bad idea and could wind up being counterproductive. (Thoughts? Has anyone posted over there since they ditched Rated: MA, RPF, and anything authors said Boo about? ...Is it scary? '.' )

Anyway, I hope y'all are doing well - I loves. I misses.

[User Picture]From: lionille
2011-08-22 10:51 pm (UTC)
EEP! *hugs* So happy to see you on the flist!

Sorry to hear about The Horse Incident, though, geeze! That was my first thought: But how did she KNIT? It sounds like you prevailed, though.

It is so awesomely fantastic that you know the name of the alpaca from whence came your fiber.
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[User Picture]From: blindswandive
2011-08-22 10:56 pm (UTC)
::Hugs:: NILLIE!!

It was scary, but I Got Back On The Horse (his name was Jax), and continued riding, so I felt badass.

Not knitting made me insane! But yeah, everything else fiber related I could handle I binged on!

As for the fiber - it's fabulous, this gal is a middle school teacher with an alpaca ranch on the side, and she comes to the farmer's market with her fiber, yarn, spinning wheel, etc... she gave me a little roving as a starter, when I told her I was working with stiff wool and cat hair, and then I was hooked, so I got more of the same. She even puts a little picture of the Alpaca (and its name) in with any bag of roving she sells. <3 They are her babies, and that's how it should be. I hope to someday meet Rose, because I have awesome yarn from her now!! No idea what I'm going to do with it, but at least I've got ~120 yards, so it should be enough for something small!
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[User Picture]From: lionille
2011-08-22 11:30 pm (UTC)
She even puts a little picture of the Alpaca (and its name) in with any bag of roving she sells. <3

OMG, that is too cute. ^^

And go you for getting back on that horse! That is admirable.

How is your turtle? I've been having pangs of longing for turtles recently, but keep managing to talk myself out of it.

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[User Picture]From: blindswandive
2011-08-29 04:50 am (UTC)
I understand - I keep making eyes at the birds in the pet store I can't afford and don't have room for. -_-

Tortuga's doing well, actually! He's gone through a few weird spells--one where he wouldn't eat at all, and it went on a lot longer than usual, and was.. getting pretty scary, actually. But I kept at it and he just.. readjusted, finally, thank goodness, and now he's eating like a pro, swimming and basking again, like nothing ever happened. Healthy as a horse-who-is-a-turtle. Busily terrorizing the seas. ;)
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[User Picture]From: blindswandive
2011-08-22 10:52 pm (UTC)

Continued below:

Oh, also: one of my good pals from high school (down in LA area) and my sister in law (in Phoenix) are getting married 18 hours apart from one another. If you add in the reception, I have about 13 hours (overnight) to do the switch. This is during the school year.

But I Am Doing Both. 'cause that's just how I roll.

I'm also repairing porcelain dolls from my childhood--mending and cleaning clothes, cleaning, unmatting, and fixing/setting hair, etc, rebuilding broken pieces ad hoc. There's a knitting retreat next weekend. I'm knitting socks for Chris... I'm driving again (did I already report that?), and hoping to start quelling the terror of riding a bike around town as other transportation. We're completely off the store versions of almost everything you would get in the bread or pastry aisles, because I can now make bread, rolls, bagels, tortillas, roti, naan, doughnuts, the quicker forms of puff pastries (Danish & bear claws, but pretty successfully adapts into croissants) ...in addition to the more standard biscuits, muffins, cookies, quickbreads, scones, lemon bars, cakes, pie crusts, etc. About the only things I haven't tried making yet are hot dog/hamburger buns, but we don't have those very often as it is, and I already have the skill set. There's a biga burbling away for a pugliese on the counter as we speak. Btw, One of my nicknames is now "Biga," because when I make one I tend to stomp around the house like a monster gurgling, "Biiiiigaaaaa grrooooow...... Biiiiiiiigaaaaaa eeeaaaat everybody!" as though I were myself an out of control starter dough. I find this endlessly amusing. Also the thought of a starter dough as the star of a monster movie would be hilarious. (I propose something like this as a sequel to our current movie pitch, "Toast: Breakfast in DEAD!")


...I'm feeling antsy. I'm doing laundry. I want to write.

This is a start, sort of.
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