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04 January 2016 @ 01:43 pm
I recently saw a mention of this go by on a comm. Looked it up and it's in S2. Never heard of it before. Is it any good? Says Timothy Ombudsman is in it, which is a plus.

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03 January 2016 @ 06:30 pm
Did anyone else watch this? I loved it! I remember reading the first book, several years ago. I think Last Kingdom and Wolf Hall are my two favourites from the last year and a bit. I really need to rewatch Wolf Hall too.

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03 January 2016 @ 06:21 pm
Listening to Silly Wizard and it makes me sad. Still so saddened by the death of Andy M. Stewart. Such amazing music, so much joy.

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03 January 2016 @ 03:54 pm
I've been wanting to post since I saw it, but wanted to be less emotional. Now it's been a few weeks, I'm giving it a try.

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Yeah, not less emotional.

(I even did a private post testing the cut, so I didn't screw it up)

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20 December 2015 @ 02:07 pm
My brother actually got mum to go see Star Wars with him, since I refuse to see it again. I don't think she's been in a movie theatre for quite a few years. She's partly deaf, and has mobility issues and finds the seats very uncomfortable. We'll usually do a Marvel movie or other blockbuster DVD catchup over Christmas. This year, it'll be Ant Man.

We're breaking away from having turkey for Xmas dinner for the very first time. I'm going to try my hand at a Beef Wellington, along with roast potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding. And since my brother doesn't eat beef, going to have crab and a lemon risotto as well. Then cranberry pecan pie with honey cranberry sauce for dessert. I think the urge to mix it up stems from this being the first Christmas since my father died. It's distracting to do different things.

I've been experimenting with sourdough, and made sourdough pizza dough last night. The sauce was crushed tomatoes with homemade meatballs and Parmesan and Asiago cheese. Turned out really nice, though I wasn't entirely happy with the crust. Must tinker a bit. Today, I have sourdough bread dough rising. Since it's yeast free, I've been told it can take many hours to rise. Hopefully before I go to bed though!

And I saw this on Facebook: How Ken Burns would tell the story of 'Star Wars'



https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/editorial/how-ken-burns-would-tell-the-story-of-star-wars/2015/12/18/2ed8ccaa-a5a4-11e5-8318-bd8caed8c588_video.html

Cracked me up.

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22 November 2015 @ 02:24 pm
Picked the last of the Anaheims yesterday, then bro got a wood fire going in the bbq grill. Charred them all up really nice, then did some onions so as not to waste the fire. Wish I'd had some hot dogs or burgers! Also got my sourdough started going. Today, I'm baking the sugar pumpkin for pie, and I planted the seeds from it all over the property--will be SURPRISE! come spring :D

We're getting a produce/dairy basket this year from Red Acre Farm CSA​ this year. It's got so many goodies it'll last till near Xmas. I have to keep reminding myself to cut down on the food this Thanksgiving, since my father ate like two people, and he's gone now. I have a hard time cooking small, I've discovered.

I contacted LJ last week and had Tammy's journal set to memorial status. I cried a lot sending that email.

From Thanksgiving, we go straight into Nin;s birthday week -- yeah, she gets a week :) We're going to, where else, Disneyland, and Jen's joining us. Really looking forward to it.

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30 September 2015 @ 05:45 pm
What's happening in DW/LJ land? Can't believe it's autumn already -- though it's still in the high 90s here. I wish I had tons to report, but alas....

Still not writing, still working, still fussing over kitties and chickens and dog. I dunno, maybe I should start a new story instead of nagging at the WIPs. I know Charlotte had some definite ideas after Age of Ultron. Bah!

I do, however, now have a real desk! After seven years in this house, and using a haphazard collection of stands and shelves, I finally got a real desk with a shelf credenza and everything. Love it! And of course, cats think the shelf unit s for them.,

We did go see Ant Man finally, and boy I liked it so much better than GotG! Definitely want to get it on DVD.

Only new fall shows I've seen so far is Blind Spot, mostly because I adore Jamie Alexander, and Quantico. Anything out there I should catch?

My brother is building me a new computer, thankfully, because my current tower is HUGE and is relegated to behind my hew desk, where the cats use it as a stepping stone and keep powering it off.

Nin ad I are popping down to SoCal this weekend, and I'm afraid I'm catching my assistant's cold :(

They held our corporate meeting in Park City this year, which was a nice change from Ogden! Met up later with Jen and Dave, and we spent the afternoon at Sundance, where I went on my very first ever chair lift. We went to the top of one mountain, then switched and went up to an even taller mountain! It was gorgeous! Robert Redford has excellent taste in mountains :D The weather was in the 80s, and by the next weekend, it was snowing!

That's it for now.....

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11 August 2015 @ 05:25 pm
So one of the things I've been doing to keep myself distracted is genealogy. I've been working on my family tree on and off for 15 odd years, not really getting anywhere, and not paying for an Ancestry.com membership, just using the free version. For my birthday last year, I think it was, Nin got me the DNA test thru Ancestry, and after I got the results, I figured it was time to pony up for a paid subscription. I pay for a few months, stop for a few, start up again. When I pretty much stopped writing, spending the time on Ancestry.com filled the void. I wish I'd done the paid version so much sooner! Finally, I was getting somewhere. I come to discover I'm related to all the royalty :D on my paternal grandmother's side. Wrong side of War of the Roses, and mostly the female line, but I was surprised as heck. Now I know why my great grandmother was, reportedly, such a snob. It was kind of cool discovering Eleanor of Aquitaine was my umpteenth times great grandmother. On the down side, evil King John is my umpteenth great grandfather. The amusing discovery was Rollo aka the first Duke of Normandy, from Vikings, is also a great grandfather. So when we were in SoCal, and we were in Hot Topic, and saw the Rollo bobblehead, I had to have it.

So through all this, my mum keeps asking, what about my side of the family? Unfortunately, her parents died when she was a child, and she was adopted. So her side of the family was a bitch to even get back a few generations. However, Ancestry has been adding a lot of new records from Scotland, so when I wet back to her line this month, I was able to push much farther back, and tada! Robert the Bruce! Now mum is happy :D And I'll never watch Braveheart the same way again. And I've found the same Scots princess on both my father and mother's side. I haven't even figured out how to chart that on Ancestry. Apparently there's a way to merge occurrences, but I'm afraid I'll blow up my tree. I probably need to buy the actual tree creator software they have. I think it would be easier to keep track of.

So that's some of how I've been spending my time. I told Nin it's like playing a video game--you never know what's around the corner. I'm also trying to match my tree with the people Ancestry says are DNA match cousins, but haven't had a whole lot of luck. I've been in contact with a few of the people I'm cousins with, and we're going to try and see if we can meet in the middle somewhere.

Look, a real post!

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08 August 2015 @ 02:59 pm
Hope everyone is well in LJ land. I seem to have fallen off the edge of the internet, but I can just see it from down here. Will try and check in again before Autumn :)
 
 
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01 June 2015 @ 06:31 pm
Just popping in to let you know I'm around, just not very 'present' online these days. It's hard to believe it has been six weeks sine my father died. I still go to take him down a cup of tea in the morning, before stopping myself. The Disneyland 60th Anniversary adverts are probably the thing that get to me. One of the last conversations I had with him, was about him and his family going to Disneyland the year it opened. And he told me I could have the photo. I realized after that he died almost a year to the day Tammy died. And it was the day before Nin and I were going to Disneyland. So Disneyland seems to be racking up connections to death. Yes, these are the place my brain goes to these days. Wish it would go towards writing, but I'm still without any signs of my muse. That makes me sad, even though I can't do anything about it.

Summer has finally arrived. It hit 100 today after a very unusually mild May. My garden is growing, I actually spend a lot of time out there. And the apricots are ripe, so will probably spend next weekend making jam.

Nin and I have started watching The Mindy Project, this after starting -- and finishing -- six seasons of The Good Wife in marathon fashion. We've also been rewatching Buffy, and Ugly Betty. We watch a Mindy, a Betty, and a Buffy. Last night, I got to wondering about Mindy and Betty being slayers....

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05 May 2015 @ 07:46 pm
First off, thank you to everyone who left condolences -- I truly appreciate it. It's been a little over two weeks since my father died, and it only started to seem 'real' over the last few days.

So I did go on my planned vacation, and I'm glad I did. Being with friends really helped. We went on a sailing trip -- a three hour tour, for real -- went to the San Diego Zoo, and, of course, went to the midnight showing of Age of Ultron.

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I think I just did my first real post in a long time. Maybe writing will follow??
 
 
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22 April 2015 @ 05:57 pm
As some of you were aware, my father had been nearly an invalid for several years, our lives revolving around him not being able to be left alone, planning vacations in shifts, not even all of us able to go out to dinner together, etc.. About six weeks ago, he ended up in hospital, from there to a rehab facility, and then 4 short days under hospice care. He died on Sunday.

I'm taking the next two days as bereavement leave from work, and as chance would have it, my vacation was already scheduled to start Monday. Good chance, I think having a week to spend with friends is probably exactly the best thing.

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17 February 2015 @ 06:28 pm
We've lost control of our domain. Today, couldn't get email, out website was gone. t appears the company that always registered our domain for us is no more, after 18 odd years. When I did a whois, it says the registrar is some company I've never heard of. I've emailed that company to see what I need to do to get access back. But they're in Barcelona, so it'll be awhile till I hear, I'm sure. In the meantime, I've been switching notification emails to other addresses. But Dreamwidth, it appears, I've forgotten my password to, which means I can't change my email address. I've opened a support request, and hope I'll be able to prove I'm me. Keep your fingers crossed that this is resolved and I can have my domain back.

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17 February 2015 @ 06:07 pm
I know, I suck. I think about posting, bet never get around to it. What's new with you? I still read my f'list, and even attempt to comment occasionally.

Let's see.... haven't seen any movies lately, so that's out. TV? Anyone else looking at the Amazon pilots? We've watched a bunch, and some are quite good. We really liked Man In a High Castle -- excellent! Watched the first ep ob Bosche last night, and I think I'll watch more, but then, I've always had a fondness for Titus Welliver.

Survived the Disneyland Measles Outbreak 2014. Spent 21 days hoping I wasn't one of 3% who had vaccine failure. I wasn't!

Vala, our puppy, is very large now, and is going to be way more Border Collie than Black Lab.

Just downloaded the new Mavericks album, Mono. Can't wait to listen to it.

Still in writers block land.

Bought a bunch of seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and have been reading books on companion gardening. It's a project! Turning my yard into a couple raised beds as I've given up on grass until I can afford decent sod.

The apricot trees are in bloom. Smells wonderful outside.

Till later....

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06 January 2015 @ 07:42 pm
2015, off to a great start. My little Wolf, barely six months old, was diagnosed with FIP (I had to look it up)today, after not getting better from a respiratory infection he had. The vet said he might slip away in his sleep tonight, but if he doesn't, we have to bring him to have him put to sleep in the morning. I just spent two hours sitting on the floor, talking to him and stroking him. Then my brother got home and I had to break the news to him. I was there when he was born, cut his umbilical cord when mama was too worn out to do it herself. He's still so tiny.

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