Archive for December, 2007

Hogmanay!

Happy New Year to all. Here is a video of last year’s Hogmanay celebration in Edinburgh. It looks like quite the party! It is, in fact, the opposite of my celebration this evening. (Imagine if you will…me in my Living Room with some Martinelli’s Sparkling Cider watching The Food Network.)

Some day, I would like to spend [tag]Hogmanay[/tag] in [tag]Edinburgh[/tag], which is a bit strange considering my feelings about crowds. I would never want to spend New Year’s in Manhattan, but I love Edinburgh and I’d love to celebrate Hogmanay with them. Go figure.

Posted on 31st December 2007
Under: Rambling, Video | 3 Comments »

I’m it

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I’ve been tagged by Amy of Lives Less Ordinary for the Crazy 8s meme, in which you need to answer the following:

* 8 Things I’m passionate about
* 8 Things I want to do before I die
* 8 Things I often say
* 8 Books I’ve recently or currently reading
* 8 Songs I could listen to over and over
* 8 Things that attract me to my best friends
* 8 People I think should do Crazy 8s

Wow. That’s a lot of stuff. Here goes nothing…

8 Things I’m Passionate About

1. Music
2. Doctor Who
3. Silliness
4. Writing
5. Blogging
6. Good Food
7. Scotland
8. Tea

To read more about my passions, you can read my Thursday Thirteen all about them.

8 Things I want to do before I die

1. Travel to Machu Picchu
2. See the Northern Lights
3. Kiss the Blarney Stone
4. Be a Mum
5. Publish a book
6. Travel all over Scotland
7. Visit every State in the USA and Every Province in Canada
8. Go on a Hot Air Balloon ride

8 Things I Often Say

1. Good Gad!
2. Dear Gussy!
3. Have you seen my keys/purse/cat, etc.
4. Well, in Doctor Who…
5. Humans…
6. I *love* that song
7. Thank You Kindly
8. May I help you?

8 Books I’ve Recently Read Or That I’m Currently Reading

Okay, funny story. I love books. I work with books. I love reading. But…when I read I tend to do nothing else. Lately, I have read very little (that wasn’t fanfiction) because I’ve been busy (writing fanfiction as a gift for someone). I hope to have a bit more reading time in the new year. In the meantime, here are a few things I’ve just begun, or read last.

1. Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk Divorced & Covered in Cat Hair by Laurie Perry
2. The Moor by Laurie R. King
3. Aunt Dimity’s Death by Nancy Atherton
4. American Born Chinese by Gene Yang
5. Bird by Bird by Anne Lamott
6. Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows by J. K. Rowling
7. Pumpkin Scissors #1 by Ryotaro Iwanaga
8. Aventura #1 by Shin Midorikawa

8 Songs I Could Listen To Over And Over

Only 8?!? Well, I’ll try.

1. All of Dido’s first album, No Angel, except track 11. (I’m counting this as one long song. So there.)
2. Books from Boxes by Maximo Park
3. All Around Me by Flyleaf
4. Time is Running Out by Muse (And pretty much everything else by them, too.)
5. Running up that Hill as sung by Placebo (I also love the Kate Bush version.)
6. Make This Go On Forever by Snow Patrol (and most of their other stuff, too.)
7. Rule the World from Stardust
8. White & Nerdy by Weird Al Yankovic

8 Things That Attract Me To My Best Friends

1. Compatible fandoms
2. Great sense of humor
3. Interesting
4. Intelligent
5. Understanding
6. Non-judgmental
7. Silly
8. Imaginative

8 People That I Think Should Do Crazy 8s (Should they feel like it.)

1. The New Aussie
2. Audrey
3. Emma
4. lisa-marie
5. Mal in the Middle
6. La Belle Izzy
7. Nelson28
8. mkejenkins

Posted on 30th December 2007
Under: Meme | 5 Comments »

Wee Jack

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It’s been a while since I’ve had a minute to sit down and post. Things have been a bit insane of late, as I’m sure its been for the rest of you as well.

A week ago I spent the weekend with some friends that have a new kitty at their place. He’s only three months old, but already he’s gained a large name. He is called “Pumpkin” by some, but I am here to tell you that his name is really Jack O’Lantern, The Great Pumpkin. I tend to call him Jack.

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His eyes aren’t actually green, that was just the flash. I like this picture, because it gives you a better idea of his inquisitive spirit. Jack is a big fan of running back and forth, annoying Mewler (The other resident cat), and generally being silly. He also likes to nibble, so look out if you’re petting him.

I’m really looking forward to watching him grow up.

Posted on 29th December 2007
Under: Cat, Rambling | No Comments »

13 Things I Got for Christmas

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Thursday Thirteen #10

Well, I had planned on doing a different topic this week, but what with one thing and another, I’ve been insanely busy lately. I didn’t want to miss another week of [tag]Thursday Thirteen[/tag], so this is the compromise. What has been your favorite gift during this festive season?

Thirteen Things I Got For Christmas This Year:

1. A Stuffed The Cheat – My husband bought me one of the last 200 Stuffed “The Cheat”s from Homestarrunner.com this year. It is way too cute. I just wish that you didn’t have to hit it to get it to make its Cheat noises. (Meh!)

2. A coaster that smells like cinnamon – My sister gifted me with this cool coaster that releases the smell of cinnamon when you put warm cups on it. Unfortunately, you aren’t supposed to place it directly on wood…so I have it on a paper towel. As if I needed any more excuses to have another cup of tea.

3. Crazy Aunt Purl’s Drunk, Divorced, and Covered in Cat Hair – My parents gave me this, and I am so excited. My library didn’t have it, but I still got it for free. I’m really looking forward to reading it.

4. Teapot Ornaments – My friend Lori gave me a set of 6 ornaments that are teapots pouring into cups. They are perfect for an old tea addict like me. It looks like I actually need to get a tree next year.

5. Fuzzy D20s for my Rear view Mirror – Another gift from my friend Lori, who obviously knows what a huge geek I am. They are already in my car.

6. Shatterglass by Tamora Pierce – This one was from my Mother-in-Law. It’s book four of a series that I own the others in, and it has been on my list *forever.* Now, if only I had more time to actually read.

7. MacGyver Season One – Another item that has been on my list for a very long time. This one was from my Parents. I once checked this item out of the library and watched the whole thing in a week. That…hurt my brain. I wouldn’t recommend it.

8. A Cup with “First Class Librarian” on it – My sister found it in a gas station up near Eureka, California. Sounds like a mighty erudite gas station to me. This cup is already on my desk at work. Today I ran around annoying the rest of the staff with it. (Look what my sister gave me!)

9. A French Phrase a Day Calendar – My yearly calendar from my brother should come in handy, as I don’t want to completely lose my skill in French. This is less of a “Which way is it to the Metro?” sort of calendar than a “I have a massive hangover” (2 January) type. It is also residing on my desk at work at the time.

10. Handmade soap – My daddy makes melt and pour soap. This year, he gifted me with one of his “Frog in a pond” soaps. He makes soap frogs and then sets them in a base that looks like a pond (also soap.)

11. The Flashlight! – A while back I posted about this flashlight that I was drooling over. My husband searched high and low, and found it in the fourth store that he tried. Now I have a flashlight that is also a tripod. Have I mentioned that I love flashlights?

12. Fruits Basket #3 by Natsuki Takaya – My Mother-in-Law also found this one for me. Now I need #s 5&6. I love this manga.

13. Stargate SG-1 Season 5 – I already have seasons 1-4, so my Parents gave me Season 5. I think I’m currently watching season 7 during my marathons which occur at the home of two of my friends. They’ll be very happy to hear that I got this.

Posted on 26th December 2007
Under: Thursday 13 | 15 Comments »

Oops…sorry about that

I got all busy and I haven’t posted for *days*.

So…Happy Christmas, and I’ll update later with much squeeing about my gifts.

Posted on 25th December 2007
Under: Rambling | No Comments »

Thursday 13: 13 Things I Like About Doctor Who

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Thursday 13 #9

As you may already know, I love Doctor Who. So, for this week’s [tag]Thursday Thirteen[/tag] I present you with thirteen reasons why. They aren’t in order and they aren’t the only reasons (The Doctor has had way more than 13 companions), but they are certainly some of the big ones.

1. The TARDIS – It can go anywhere in Time and Space and it’s small enough to park anywhere, while being the size of a small city on the inside. How can you beat that type of craft?

2. The Sonic Screwdriver – It can open almost anything and do a lot besides. Plus, the one from the new show can be used as a flashlight.

3. Regeneration – Not only is this a clever device that allows different actors to play the lead role, it’s also an interesting storytelling vehicle. Imagine, a race of people that can survive most death blows simply by becoming someone else.

4. Gallifreyan Writing (as seen in the new show) – It’s really complex looking, and it resembles the inside workings of a clock. It’s also beautiful. I’d love to use some of it to decorate my room.

5. The Daleks – Just think about this: The most feared classic baddie looks like a pepperpot, and yet has incredible destructive power. You used to be able to escape them by running up some stairs, but they’ve been able to fly since the 7th Doctor’s day. The new series has only increased their battle prowess. Not bad for an adversary that has been around since the second story of the show.

6. The Seal of Rassilon – First of all, it’s pretty (Yes, this is the tattoo I want to get if I ever manage to get the money and the guts together.) Rassilon was one of the founders of Time Lord society, and he has an awful lot of items that carry his name. The Seal is the nicest looking one.

7. Brigadier Alistair Gordon Lethbridge-Stewart – The Brigadier is one of the few of the Doctor’s friends who has seen several of his different incarnations. They’ve worked together for UNIT. And all he wants is to meet an alien menace that isn’t immune to bullets.

8. The Ninth Doctor – The First Doctor of the New Series was a dark and brooding man with a leather coat and an abrasive manner. He’d seen too much death and destruction, but he was still The Doctor. He was also amused by all sorts of things. Christopher Eccleston did an excellent job bringing The Doctor back to life. Fantastic.

9. The Tenth Doctor – David Tennant’s Doctor has in many ways refined the two main parts of The Doctor’s personality as seen in the 9th Doctor. He can be hyper, silly, and child-like, and he can be hard, angry, and vengeful. Don’t make him angry. Oh, and listen when he gives you that one warning. He means it.

10. Rose – I really enjoyed watching the transformation of Rose’s character. She went from a danger-prone shop girl to a woman who could do things for herself and managed to save The Doctor a couple of times.

11. The Fourth Doctor – Tom Baker’s Doctor was my first Doctor. You always remember your first Doctor. He was the clever one, all teeth, curls, and long scarf. I’m still holding out hope that he might appear in the new series in some capacity or other.

12. Captain Jack Harkness – I just adore this character. He’s sexy, good-looking, good-hearted, and smart. I’m really happy that he got his own show.

13. The Weeping Angels – I can never get statues for my garden, now. These baddies seriously freaked me out. Which, of course, makes them an excellent baddie. A whole generation of children will grow up looking at statues suspiciously.

What is your favorite show?

Posted on 20th December 2007
Under: Television, Thursday 13 | 14 Comments »

I have a The Cheat!

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Yay! I got a The Cheat for Christmas. (Don’t know what the heck I’m talking about? Go to Homestarrunner.com.)

Let’s just say I’m happy about this, and leave it at that. (Yippee!)

Posted on 18th December 2007
Under: Rambling, Want! | 3 Comments »

My Nerves Hate Me…But at Least I Have a New Phone

I certainly overdid it today. Too much shopping. Too many crowds. My nerves are calling me dirty names.

So, I’m hiding in my bedroom with my laptop and our guest cat. He doesn’t seem too bothered by this. I’m not really too surprised by this.

On the bright side we did get a bunch done today.

My Mother-in-Law arrived early, but doesn’t seem at all worried by the remaining mess. We introduced her to our mall, and I managed to get a few more of my presents taken care of. We next went hunting for an extra lamp. That doesn’t seem to be in the cards. At least she got some shopping done at Target. And then…

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Well, and then we stopped by the phone store to get my Mother-in-law a cell phone. It may not have a signal at her house, but it would when she went to town. It’s only $10 month more on our bill. Well worth it for our peace of mind. Her car is old, and all that. Anyway, it was determined that my phone was a better one for her as it is a Tri-Mode and has an external antenna. (Mind you, I was told that they are in some way removing the Analog towers in March, but that external antenna will still be helpful. So there.) Obviously, I needed a new phone. So I got one, and said new phone is pink. I’m noticing a disturbing trend with my electronics of late.

Oh, and I blame Debbie. Just so you know. The queen of pink is still influencing me from a distance.

Anyway, my nerves may be shot, but at least I have a pretty phone. Oh, and a bluetooth headset. Tomorrow I will discover if I look like a Cyberman.

As you were.

Image Source: Overstock

Posted on 17th December 2007
Under: Cat, Rambling | No Comments »

For my Sister

I ran across this over at Emma’s blog, and boy does it bring back memories. I am specifically posting this for my Sister, as we used to try to sing along. The most amusing part for me is that since I saw this last…I got a degree in French, so I can kind of make out what the Diva Orange is saying.

Posted on 14th December 2007
Under: Family, Video | 2 Comments »

Me FTW!

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For those of you who aren’t good with acronyms, FTW=”For the Win.” Yes. After months of discussion, one canceled meeting, and all sorts of interim emergencies, I actually had my blogging meeting today at work.

Um…it went well. Okay. It went really well. I have such plans. Muahahaha.

I have somehow managed to combine my professions. I’m paid to be a librarian during the day, and a blogger when I get home. Come January, I will be paid to blog during the day at work. Many many thanks to my boss and her boss. I read my blog proposal to KoshVader this evening (the one I was so surprised about the other day) and he appeared impressed. That was almost better, you know? He’s good at almost everything, so when I can impress him, that’s a special moment for me.

Now, I really need to get that shirt at the top of this post. I was going to get the “Blogito Ergo Sum” one, but they don’t seem to carry it anymore. Le sigh.

Well, enough celebrating for now. I have to go to bed, so that I am awake enough to take my Sister-in-Law shopping tomorrow. Please pardon me while I dance off of the stage for the evening.

Posted on 14th December 2007
Under: Blogs, Work | 6 Comments »