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January 23rd, 2015 (11:51 am)

Current Mood:: silly

My boss: So every time you print something, you have to get up and walk all the way out there?
Me: Yes.
My boss: Then why don't you ask for a little printer to go right behind you?
Me: Because this how I get my exercise.
My boss: Ohh. I knew there was a reason.


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2015 Just Got Amazing

January 17th, 2015 (09:33 pm)

Current Mood:: excited

So, we all remember my upstairs neighbors, correct? The dingbats who had a tendency to leave faucets on and cause rain in my apartment?

I came home from grocery shopping this morning to find a Budget moving truck parked half in my parking space. I was of course annoyed but one of the moving guys had just come out as I was going in. I happened to ask how long he thought he was going to be, as he was in my parking space. He apologized and said he was only going to be another half hour or so.

I went inside and as I started putting my food away, I realized that there was a lot of activity happening in the apartment above mine. I put two and two together and my first thought was, "No, I can't be this lucky ... can I?"

And oh yes I can. That truck was there for Neighbors From Hell's stuff. (And because of that, I was willing to forgive them for parking in my space!) I didn't believe it until I went down to get my mail and the little tag with their name was gone from their mailbox.

No more neighbors from hell! No more holding my breath when their water turns on and keeping an ear out to make sure it turns off! No more getting awakened at midnight because they're stomping around above me! No more listening to them scream and swear at each other! It's probably awful of me, but I'm freakin stoked!

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Updated Vertical Horizon Mix

January 10th, 2015 (07:06 pm)

Current Mood:: cold

So, for whatever reason, my car radio decided to stop reading the Vertical Horizon mix CD I made a couple years back. Since I was going to reburn it anyway, I decided to redo it to add some stuff from Echoes From the Underground, which came out last October. Here be the track list!

1. When You Cry
2. Everything You Want
3. I Believe in You
4. Consolation
5. Echo
6. Send It Up
7. Welcome to the Bottom
8. Half-Light
9. One of You
10. You’re a God
11. All Is Said and Done
12. Instamatic
13. Goodbye Again
14. Can You Help Me
15. Frost
16. Miracle
17. Even Now

(BTW, "Frost" is totally the "Can You Help Me" of Echoes From the Underground. I cannot get enough of it, and from when the guitar solo kicks in at 3:39 until the end is pretty much musical perfection to me.)

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Winter Has Officially Arrived

January 7th, 2015 (09:54 pm)

Current Mood:: cold

After a rather warm December, winter has finally come to Massachusetts. As of this very moment, Yahoo's weather app is telling me that it it 8°F outside. It's very windy, we're supposed to hit negative temperatures overnight, and I am supposed to be driving to work in negative temperatures tomorrow morning.

Me no likey.

I have, however, preemptively purchased and installed a new car battery because my old one was installed in 2008, so it's old and way beyond due, and with the upcoming frigidness, I was scared, haha. When Andy asked me how I arrived at the decision to get a new battery, I said, "I put that one in in 2008." He just kinda looked at me and was all, "Yeah, all right, I can see that."

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December 20th, 2014 (11:13 am)

Current Mood:: relieved

I took Cinnamon in for a checkup a week ago Friday. On Wednesday, the vet called and told me that there were some slightly elevated numbers in her bloodwork that could indicate kitty kidney disease and he wanted me to grab a urine sample for them.

I did so, and when I collected it, her pee was cloudy. It was at that point that I promptly flipped my shit.

Because cat pee is not supposed to be cloudy. And what if it really was her kidneys? She's 8, guys. It's not like she's 15 and I've been expecting some health deterioration or anything. Basically, I thought I had like, six or seven more years before I started having to worry about shit like this and I was not prepared. At all.

None of the other symptoms of kitty kidney disease matched her, so that was something of a relief but I still spent a good part of Thursday freaking the hell out.

Thankfully, the urine test indicates that it's not her kidneys. They're not 100% sure what it is, but he's thinking with the elevated bloodwork numbers, she may just be dehydrated. He wants to repeat the blood test in a month or so to see where her numbers are.

I came home from work on Thursday and proceeded to give her all kinds of hugs and snuggles, and she just kind of looked at me all, "This is great and everything, lady, but can you feed me now, please?" ;)

Danielle [userpic]

Once Upon a Time 4x11

December 15th, 2014 (07:29 pm)

This more than likely won't be as long as last week's (because last week's was long) but let's get to it!

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Danielle [userpic]

Once Upon a Time 4x10

December 8th, 2014 (07:21 pm)

Ooh, boy, I have a funny feeling this is going to get long. So let's get to it!

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Once Upon a Time 4x09

December 1st, 2014 (07:52 pm)

Can't we just keep the Frozen characters forever and ever? Here we go!

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Random Life Update

November 30th, 2014 (06:56 pm)

Current Mood:: relaxed

Let it be known that is November 30, and I have been done with Christmas prep for two days. Everything is purchased and wrapped and under the tree. I am on the freakin' ball this year. ;)

In other news:

-Thanksgiving was really nice. I won a round of Left Center Right (and got $39 out of the deal!), and we added Taboo to the holiday's game roster.

Also, my little cousin Cameron is adorable. Like, I honestly cannot take how adorable this kid is. He has a basket of these little plastic animals (and does a great job identifying them ... my sister held up a flamingo and he said, "'Mingo!") and he was "chasing" me around with an alligator, roaring. I pretended to be scared, and he would laugh and then pat my head, as if trying to comfort me.

Seriously, too freakin' cute.

-American Girl has resurrected Samantha! My nine-year-old self is excited. Of course, they resurrected her with all new stuff, but still. And I still bemoan the dwindling focus on the historical aspect of the dolls, clothing, accessories, and stories. That said, I am considering sending my 1990-ish Samantha in for a head replacement because my nine-year-old self was not at all gentle in brushing her hair and it's a freakin' mess now, all thinned out and matted because I'm afraid of pulling more of it out.

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For Lo, It Is Tradition

November 23rd, 2014 (08:55 am)

Current Mood:: silly

Casey: Jeremy. November 23rd. Does that date ring a bell? And don't go to the computer.
Jeremy: Don't have to. It was on this date in 534 BC that Thespis stepped out onto the stage of the Theater Dionysus during a choral song and dance and became the first man to speak words as an actor in a play.
Casey: (pause) Tell me I was supposed to know that.
~Sports Night

Happy Thespis Day!

Danielle [userpic]

Once Upon a Time 4x08

November 17th, 2014 (03:28 pm)

Current Mood:: relaxed

Since we've got two hours to cover, I have a funny feeling this is going to get long. So let's get to it!

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November 16th, 2014 (07:40 pm)

Current Mood:: silly

We went bowling today with the goober. I won both strings! No clue how because 1) I haven't bowled in years, and 2) I'm not usually that good, heh.

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Once Upon a Time 4x07

November 10th, 2014 (08:48 pm)

Current Mood:: sore

Not gonna lie, you guys, this one hurt. Onward!

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Once Upon a Time 4x06

November 3rd, 2014 (07:05 pm)

Current Mood:: cold

Let's go!

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Once Upon a Time 4x05

October 27th, 2014 (07:39 pm)

Current Mood:: cranky

I'm going to do something slightly different for this one because I have a big problem, and unfortunately, it's a big problem that kind of builds throughout the episode. So, I'm going to place all the commentary on this big problem in its own point first rather than touching on it as I arrive at each spot in the rewatch, and then I'll resume the chronological rewatch format.

So, let's get to it!

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Once Upon a Time 4x04

October 20th, 2014 (07:13 pm)

Current Mood:: tired

I have some news! I have finally seen Frozen! Well, sort of. I was in and out of the room yesterday after Samantha and Lucas and I didn't see the last five or so minutes, but I got the gist. ;) So, there's that. Now, onward!

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Once Upon a Time 4x03

October 13th, 2014 (06:58 pm)

Current Mood:: relaxed

Once again, I find myself ridiculously enjoying the Frozen arc even though I still have yet to see Frozen. Onward!

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Once Upon a Time 4x02

October 6th, 2014 (07:32 pm)

Current Mood:: excited

You guys, I had a total blast with this one. As per usual when we get lots of good Emma stuff, I have a feeling this is going to be long. Here we go!

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Once Upon a Time 4x01

September 29th, 2014 (07:09 pm)

Current Mood:: okay

Let it be said, before I get into the reactions proper, that I have not seen Frozen. At first, I'd just never gotten around to it, and then I decided to use it as an experiment of sorts to see how I would feel about a story on Once when I didn't know the source material. I mean, I don't live under a rock, so I have a general idea of what Frozen is about, but I don't know specifics, is what I'm saying. And now, let's do this thing!

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September 28th, 2014 (09:25 pm)
Current Mood:: antsy

I hate when the promo for a show makes me all antsy over the freakin' seven-day wait to get to the new episode. (My poor Emma!!) Is it next Sunday yet?!

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New Bedding!

September 14th, 2014 (05:15 pm)

So, like, I never want new bedding. Except for the Simply Shabby Chic line at Target, which I want all the time but would have the worst time ever omg keeping clean because of Cinnamon. However, Bed Bath & Beyond (which is a store I hate going into 99.9% of the time) sent out a circular with a set of bedding that I loved to pieces.

And it was relatively cheap for a bedding set! (Queen bedding sets can get *expensive,* man.) And it was pretty and I wanted it and omg so yesterday morning, I went out and bought it! Which is, really, so very unlike me, but what is like me very rarely works out in my favor. What is like me is that I hem and haw and sit on it and try to justify the expense, and by the time I talk myself into it, the thing that I want isn't available anymore. And then I just get frustrated and say, "Forget it!" and never end up with Thing That I Want.

However, I am not without some cunning. On the back of the circular was a $5 coupon, but there was also a note that said if you signed up to get coupons/marketing via email for the first time, you'd get a certificate for 20% off. So I signed up with my Comcast address (aka the address I use for signing up for things like that, heh), got me my 20% off coupon, and got me a $100 bedding set for $80. ;)

Here 'tis, on my bed.

2014-09-13 16.41.32-1

I love it. :)

Danielle [userpic]

New Mix CD, Because Why Not?

September 1st, 2014 (09:24 am)

Current Mood:: silly

I made a new mix CD for my car, mostly because I can't remember the last time I made one. As always when I make a new CD, I think it's totally the best CD ever omg.

I'll get to the tracklist in a sec, but I want to tell you about my mix CD adventure first. I've never burned a CD with iTunes before but I figured I'd try it because all the songs I wanted to put on it were already in my iTunes. So I Google how to make a playlist (... the only reason I use iTunes is to put songs on my iPod) and I Google how to burn a CD and I try to burn the CD.

Yes, try. Every time I tried, it wouldn't even give it a token attempt. It would immediately say "canceling burn" and give me one of those oh so helpful "an unknown error has occurred" messages. I Googled the error message, and the gist of it is that iTunes conflicts with certain CD/DVD drivers on Windows 8. Apple's solution is basically "hell if I know," which also seems to be Microsoft's solution.

Thankfully, Media Player now recognizes iTunes file format (the version I had on the Dell didn't), so I just used Media Player like always and it burned without a hitch.

I hate technology sometimes.

Anyway, the long and the short of it is, I have a new CD! And here be the track list:

1. The Afters - Light Up the Sky (I'm not one at all for Christian rock, but this song is gorgeous)
2. Vertical Horizon - Frost
3. Golden State - All Roads Lead Home
4. Andy Grammer - Miss Me
5. Lennon & Maisy Stella - Ho Hey (this is off the Nashville soundtrack, and it's definitely one of the few times I like a cover far more than the original)
6. Phillip Phillips - Gone, Gone, Gone (this one is fun to sing along with :))
7. Vertical Horizon - Half-Light
8. Daughtry - Waiting For Superman
9. The Airborne Toxic Event - Timeless (this was used in a promo for Once Upon a Time and has since become kind of a Captain Swan anthem :))
10. Fleetwood Mac - Silver Springs (<3)
11. Connie Britton - The Best Songs Come From Broken Hearts (also off the Nashville soundtrack)
12. Vertical Horizon - Can You Help Me

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I Crafted!

August 24th, 2014 (07:13 pm)

Current Mood:: accomplished

I do not do crafts. Do. Not. Do. Crafts. I have less than zero patience, which means crafts and I do not get along in any way, shape, or form.

Today, however, I did a craft. I made this:


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Bits and Pieces

August 20th, 2014 (09:06 am)

-As I was trying to fall asleep last night, a car drove through the complex blaring, of all things, Belinda Carlisle's "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." Now, I like "Heaven Is a Place on Earth." I'm reasonably sure I have it on my computer. It's just that it's not usually the kind of song you hear blaring out of a car at 11 at night. Needless to say, I was amused.

-I watched my boss test a 24V trip coil in a circuit breaker yesterday. It was easy enough; basically, he wired two 12V batteries to the coil to make sure the coil would do its job and trip the breaker. Even still, it was very cool. Electricity is nifty, folks!

-I don't think I mentioned this here, but we took the goober up to Canobie Lake Park for his birthday. I don't think there was a ride we put that child on that he didn't like. He does not, however, like getting splashed in the face, so there was something that happened that could have been a disaster. We were standing in line for the Boston Tea Party, which is a log flume-type ride whose sole purpose is to get you drenched. No lie; the entire ride is getting on a boat, going up a hill, and going down the hill, but the splash that occurs at the bottom of the hill is insane. No, seriously. It's so insane that certain parts of the line get drenched ... yes, you could be soaked by the time you even get on the ride.

This is very, very helpful on hot days, haha.

Anyway, Lucas wanted to watch the boat come down the hill so he climbed the little rope fence and I held him so he could watch. I really didn't think we'd get wet where we were, but all of a sudden, I looked up and was all, "Oh, shit." I didn't have time to warn him but I put my hand over his face to shield him as much as I could. He was surprised, but after a moment, he cracked up and said, "I want to do that again!"

Roberta and Allyson told me it was a nice save, haha.

Also, in the amusing stories from Canobie department, when we went on the actual log flume ride, the attendant told us to seat the tallest in the back. In the group of me, Allyson, Roberta, and Lucas, Allyson was the tallest. She's 5'2".

-Got my Once Upon a Time season three DVDs yesterday! Hell yes Captain Swan. ;)

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Weird Dream

August 8th, 2014 (07:12 am)

Current Mood:: awake

I had the weirdest dream last night. I don't remember much of it, but what I do remember is that it was raining really hard. So hard that it had woken me up (in the dream) and when I peeked out the window, I realized everything was flooded. And I'm not talking puddles or anything, I'm talking the water level was right below my bedroom window.

I live on the third floor. Even in my dream, I lived on the third floor, so you can imagine that upon seeing a water level that high, I panicked. Which of course woke me up for real.

Now, I completely get that barring an earth-shattering natural disaster, my area would never flood to that level, but I still had to peek out the window anyway. It was bone-dry outside.


So, yeah. I have no idea where that came from but I'm very glad it wasn't real. ;)

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