Jason was hanging around the kitchen yesterday after work while I was making dinner. He had went to his therapy session earlier in the day and obviously wanted to talk about it, so I asked him how it went. He said, "I drew a picture of you like the one I drew at my grandmother's house." Before Christmas, we were at his paternal grandmother's house and, out of boredom, he drew a picture of me looking angry and petulant. We both laughed about it because it actually looked rather accurate. Anyway, I laughed at him and called his bluff, saying that he most certainly did not draw another picture of me like that. Jason isn't the type to go for therapy of that nature, especially since he isn't an artist by any stretch of the imagination. He admitted that he had not drawn any pictures, but that he had spoken of me to his therapist. I didn't ask any follow up questions because anything he said, even if it was about me, isn't really my business. After a couple beats of silence, he grabbed me from behind and kissed me, then said that everything he told his therapist about me was positive. Then he ambled off to the music room to check his e-mail. It was a pleasant surprise, not what I was expecting. We get along very well, but I know I'm not the easiest person to live with. It's nice to know I'm appreciated. He was very lovey-dovey this morning, too. Usually, mornings consist of avoiding each other as much as possible and conversations carried by grunts and snorts. A kiss good morning is absolutely unheard of unless it's a weekend. Maybe the therapy thing is helping him more than I thought it would.

I half-heartedly worked on the paperwork for a bid yesterday at work. We submitted it in the early afternoon and found out minutes later that we have been awarded the project. The first project we've managed to snag in months. Even though it is a small one--only $400,000--it's still a step in the right direction. We really need to acquire more work if we want to avoid laying anyone off. It's a miracle that hasn't happened yet.

Jason and I have been watching Wolf's Rain, but I just can't seem to get into the flow of the show. I suppose this is because I don't particularly care about any of the characters and the entire presentation comes across as too kiddish--like I should be watching it at 3:00 in the afternoon on Cartoon Network. And I'm not into that sort of anime.

Holy crap, it's Friday, the 13th, you guys.

I've been tempted many a time in the past two weeks to write scathing comments about our government and the course they have decided to put our country on, but I've resisted. It would just end up being a rant of epic proportions in which nothing is resolved or changed. I fear for our collective future. Nineteen Eighty-Four, here we come.
Jason and I are watching Berserk, an anime series based off the manga of the same title. The first ten episodes didn't impress me all that much, but I'm very glad I stuck with it because I think the storytelling is quite good, and I've grown to care for many of the characters. Instead of working at work (because who wants to work), I decided to pull up the first volume of the manga and read it online. Before I knew it, I had whizzed through the first three volumes. So good, by the way. I highly recommend it to anyone who enjoys fantasy or dark fantasy.

You know, I'm still not completely clear on the distinction between dark fantasy and plain old fantasy. It seems to me that they overlap at times. I get the general idea, but I don't see how someone can like one and not the other. At any rate, there are boobies, blood, sex, and violence in the Berserk manga (and the anime), but that should only make you want to read it more. Right?

I'm taking tomorrow off work just because I feel like it. What will I do with these eight hours of freedom? Walk Ferguson, have a leisurely lunch on the patio of my favorite sandwich place, go shopping for a couple books, and (most importantly) read.

Oh, and just because I can... This video has made its rounds many, many times, but I found it on my hard drive earlier, and it reminded me of how awesome it would be to dance with Alan Rickman in a gas station parking lot. You know you want to.
anogete: (mugen finger)
( Jul. 21st, 2008 10:12 pm)
girls and anime and effin' pop culture )

I recently downloaded a load of music, some of which is top-notch. I might dump a load of music in a post later this week.

Work is... work. Sometimes it makes my eye twitch.
anogete: (mill owners)
( Jun. 18th, 2008 01:45 pm)
+ This piece of Hellsing fanart by Solid&etc is so gorgeous and wonderful. I drool...

+ The folks at the Mises Institute kick everyone's ass. Why aren't we listening to them when they are so flippin' smart. Everything I read there makes so much sense. This just goes to affirm that politicians (including both presidential candidates) know fuck-all about the economy.

+ The boss may or may not think I'm a devil worshiper in need of a Jesus intervention. I can't seem to keep my mouth shut when the subject of religion comes off. I think I might come off as a bit too dismissive and/or distrusting of the church, which she lives, breaths, and sleeps for.

+ I need a long weekend like no other. July 4th, come soon.

+ I've solved the Twilight fandom mystery. If you're cool, then you like Jacob. If you're a drama queen with a pea-sized brain, then you like Edward. I'm exaggerating, of course. But I've found that Jacob fans tend to be much more mature and thoughtful than the general population of Twilight fans.

+I've ordered some t-shirts with dearly departed, pioneering economists' faces on them. I'll be sure to post nerd-tastic pictures of them once they've arrived.

+ If you :heart: Forgotten Realms novels (which are being published by Wizards of the Coast now), then you should join a new community I've created. A like-minded fan and I have put together a lovely community for fangirling (maturely, of course) over the wonderful characters found within those novels. Jarlaxle, anyone?

+ I only managed to get two chapters of Fearless Fourteen read last night, but I'm enjoying it so far.

+ Lyfe Jennings is just amazing. I got his new album, and I'm in love. This one is a favorite of mine.
+ OMG, you guys. I've found my ten-year-old self, and it feels so good. Back in the day, I religiously watched The Mickey Mouse Club on Disney. In 1990, a group of five MMC-ers were chosen to form a vocal group to perform original songs. Of course, I was so excited because Chase Hampton was chosen, and he was the dreamiest guy ever, and I was secretly in love with him. I've totally forgotten about them, but I just stumbled across a few of their videos on YouTube. I still love the songs. And I still know all the words. Coulda Woulda Shoulda has always been my favorite, but That's Why is definitely up there, too. And you know I flipped out when Chase sang lead vocals on I Wanna Be Your Boyfriend. Seriously. I'm totally going to order their albums again. Why did I ever get rid of them? What, did I think I was cool or something? I'm totally not cool.

+ There are too many books I want to read! I don't have the time! Ack! I started and finished The Three Stigmata of Palmer Eldritch yesterday. It is, by far, my favorite of the Philip K. Dick novels I've read.

+ Jason and I are watching Neon Genesis Evangelion at the moment. I've heard so many people recommend it and/or put it in their top ten list. We're just past the halfway point, and I have some serious issues with the show. It isn't at all what I expected, and I'm quite disappointed. I certainly hope it gets better.

+ Is anyone familiar with a book called Sebastian by Anne Bishop? I originally went in the used bookstore to find The Black Jewels trilogy, but I ended up buying the above-mentioned book as well. From what I understand, it is part of a series. Yes? Help? Does anyone know if I should read it or just sell it back at a loss?

+ Our accountant voted for Ron Paul! Victory! Mmwahaha!

+ I've been watching videos from John and Hank Green, the vlogbrothers on YouTube. They crack me up. And, John chooses between Edward (Cullen) and Jacob (Black) in this vlog, not mentions talks about how guys tend to be intrigued by giraffe sex. Too funny.

+ I love this Robert Palmer song. Oh, '80s flashback.
anogete: (havoc)
( May. 19th, 2008 07:32 pm)
I'm obsessed with Etsy. I bought a beautiful necklace from a woman named Mary on there. I placed the order very early Saturday morning (or late Friday night, depending on how you look at it), and she sent it out to me on Saturday. I got it this afternoon! The USPS must ride like the wind between Phoenix and Albuquerque. It's actually a Twilight-inspired necklace, though it is wonderful without even knowing the symbolism. I stumbled across her stuff through a message board for the novels. I'm itching to by a couple other pieces she's made. Her rings are particularly lovely.

pictures of the necklace and my iorek byrnison shirt )

And, and, and, my Hellsing messenger bag came in the mail on Friday. Look how sexy it is:

omg - can't handle the sexiness. alucard, do me now! )

I lurv The Spill Canvas. I just downloaded all their albums, and I'm obsessing. "Fate is an elegant, cold-hearted whore. She loves salting my wounds."
[livejournal.com profile] falco_conlon made me do it. I swear.

List fifteen fictional characters, male or female, who you would have sex with (in no particular order) and tag 5 people to do the same.

don't judge me! )

As for tagging people - I would like to see all of my flist do this. I'm curious as to who you would put in the fifteen slots. Pretty please? I promise to comment about your character-love.
Since I've been unable to write anything recently, I thought I'd try my hand at this meme from [livejournal.com profile] sunshade. You are supposed to let your music player randomly select songs for you and write a drabble for each song while that song is playing. Once the song is finished, you must stop writing. I can't do it. My problem isn't so much a lack of inspiration (though that is certainly there), it is more due to the fact that I can't write drabbles for squat. I feel like I need to explain, continue, elaborate. I can't just write a scene without explanation of how I got to the scene or some sort of conclusion (even if it is half-assed). This is probably why I rarely read drabbles. I have nothing against them, and I don't mind others writing them, but I'm one of those people who usually skips over then in favor of that next fic which has eight thousand words. Eight thousand delicious words. Something to sink my teeth into as a reader. Drabbles always leave me wanting more, and then I get sad because I can't click the next button for the conclusion.

Maybe this means I just can't live in the moment. I want to know the past and the future. I want plans. Plans. Oh god, how I love you, plans.

So, yeah... no writing for me. Although, I've been thinking about writing Draco/Hermione just to get this monkey off my back. I could even write it canon without too much difficulty (i.e. I wouldn't have to raise someone from the dead). This is keeping in mind that I've completely forgotten about the epilogue to DH. So, if you're a stickler, it would be canon minus the epilogue. We don't need no stinkin' babies.

Jason and I are watching Planetes, an anime series from a few years ago. It's good, but it just hasn't clicked with me. He loves it. I'm sad that there aren't any yummy characters for me to watch. Because I'm that shallow. In all seriousness, though, it is a very good program and I'd recommend it to anyone interested in a more realistic view of space exploration in the next hundred years. But no pretty boys. Sorry.
anogete: (fangirl attack)
( Feb. 25th, 2008 08:45 pm)
Arrggg!!! Why does Veoh have to go down for maintenance right when I'm watching something? Yeah, yeah... maintenance has to be done sometime. I just don't think it should be at the time I'm using their website.

I tried like crazy to read The Sirian Experiments, the third novel of the Canopus in Argos series. I'm just not in the mood. It starts out so dry that I want to fall asleep or beat my head against the desk. I picked up The Left Hand of Darkness by Ursula K. LeGuin instead.

Can anime ruin you on long movies? Jason and I have been watching anime shows for months. We have difficulty sitting through a 100 minute movie now. I think the movies are just bad/boring/uninteresting, but I wonder if the happy twenty minute episodes have shortened my attention span.

Puffy/Puff Daddy/P Diddy annoys me most of the time, but sometimes he cracks me up. On his Making the Band show he asked one of the guys if he "had some bitchassness" in him. The singer denied having any bitchassness at all. P.D. insisted that there was definitely some bitchassness and that bitchassness needs to be taken care of before it becomes a disease that infects the entire band. Bitchassness, indeed.

EDIT: I found the video on YouTube. Go figure.

bitchassness )
anogete: (fangirl attack)
( Dec. 26th, 2007 06:24 pm)
All of you on my flist who like anime and manga should be ashamed of yourselves. You've corrupted me. And even though I'm no slash fan, and even though I still haven't gotten around to some of your favorite series, it's still all your fault. My $500 gift card is almost gone. o_O I spent most of it on manga and DVD boxed sets. I even had to reorganize my flippin' bookshelf to make room for the manga.

Damn you all.

P.S. - Borders gives you the fourth free if you buy lotsa manga.
So, Jason and I are watching Fullmetal Alchemist. Because I can't not do it, I start 'shipping people. I have a serious thing for the close friends/working relationship becomes romantic. Hello? Mulder/Scully. Anita/Edward. Motoko/Batou. Drizzt/Catti-brie. Alucard/Intregra. And on and on. So, naturally, I love Roy/Riza. All you yaoi fans are disappointed in me, I know. I'm a het girl through and through. My problem is that I can't find any good fics involving my preferred pairing. Those I have read involve OOC-ness to the max and subpar writing. I'm coming directly from Snape/Hermione, and as much as that pairing gets bagged on, there are loads of amazing fic that come out of it. So, if anyone is familiar with FMA or Royai in particular, please rec me some lovely fics that will make me squee with delight.

Jason + Christmas Shopping = Hell. He told me I was giving him attitude. I told him he shouldn't try to do all his shopping in two hours. He used my cellphone to make several frenzied calls from Hastings (video/book store) when he couldn't find the second season of Grey's Anatomy for his sister. Who watches Grey's Anatomy, anyway? It looks boring as all get out. And, we spent almost half an hour in the toy department of Target while he played with every toy that made a sound, trying to find the perfect one for his niece. I did make him buy me biscotti to have with my tea tonight, so the day wasn't a complete bust.

Speaking of tea... The new Sleepytime Extra tea with valerian sends me to dreamland before I finish the cup. I've been drinking it before bed for the past week. Even with a lingering cough, I sleep through the night and then some. It's a miracle sleep aid! I must go buy more.

Well, this is an interesting tattoo. I'd never thought of an armpit like that. I keep looking at it for some reason. Eww.
anogete: (bjork)
( Sep. 25th, 2007 07:36 pm)
I brought some yarn and a circular needle to the office today to amuse myself. I found a pattern on the internet for a basic hat with a lovely cable design. I knitted the majority of it at work and finished up in about half an hour when I got home. I intended to capture the awesomeness of the pattern in the close-up picture below, but the yarn is dark and doesn't want to cooperate. It's easy to see in person, but not so easy to see when looking at the picture. The picture I took of myself in the hat was purposefully evasive. I had just washed my hair, and it looked hideous. I decided to spare you all the pre-Halloween scare.

zee hat )

I decided to put Cowboy Bebop on hold for now. I have the majority of Trinity Blood downloaded, so I'm going to watch that first. I've heard good and not-so-good things about Trinity Blood. Some people thought the storyline floundered in the last twelve episodes. I've seen the first two episodes, and I like them well enough, though I am unsure as to where they are going with the show. I'd rather watch Trinity now and enjoy it, than watch it after Cowboy Bebop (which everyone says is fantastic) and be disappointed that it wasn't as good.

Another odd thing? The copies of Trinity Blood I downloaded are dubbed in English, however they also have English subtitles. The subtitles and the dub do not follow each other. They both say the same things, just in slightly different ways. It's very confusing, and I can't turn the subtitles off. I'm trying to train myself to ignore them. I briefly considered buying the series on iTunes, but it's a little pricey - $40 for a digital copy. I'm not sure I can justify that when I have free copies on my computer. Plus, I don't even know if I'll love the series enough to spend money on it.
I finally finished watching all the episodes of Blood+. I cried. I spent the last two hours being slightly depressed because it was so good. If anyone is looking for something to watch, I highly recommend it. You can view it on Veoh for free. Just type "blood plus" into the search box and follow that up with the episode number you want. There are fifty episodes.

I'm moving on to Cowboy Bebop now. I've decided that I'm already in total character-love with him:

I haven't even seen an episode, but I know he's my man from the bios and fanfic I've dabbled in.

After a lovely long weekend that involved fandom goodness and many afternoon naps, I have to go back to work tomorrow. It's such a drag. I was so bummed about the return of work that I bought two tubs of Tiramisu Italian Gelato at Trader Joe's today. I promised myself I'd ration it out nightly so I don't enough up eating five servings of it in one sitting. Little bowls with single servings are my friends.
Those damn series (Cowboy Bebop and Trinity Blood) are still downloading. This is why I dislike using Bittorrent. It takes forever to get something downloaded. I had no choice in the matter, though. I couldn't find the episodes elsewhere. And I cringe at the idea of dropping well over a hundred bucks to get the boxed sets.

Is it weird that I watch some shows (and read some books) simply so I can read the fanfic?

I got Tiramisu flavored Italian Gelato at Trader Joe's this evening. I almost passed out when I took my first bite. I want to go back and fill my freezer with tubs of this lovely desert. Jason ate some of it while we were watching The Tenant tonight. I almost demanded that he go back to the store and get his own. The nerve he has, stealing food from me. Oh, and that movie we watched? Definitely creepy and paranoia-inducing.

"Let Me Speak" by Daughter Darling is mucho awesome. Download below...
your tears fall through, i'd be crying too, if i was you

I thought the "Misery Business" video from Paramore was really obnoxious. I'm not exactly a fan of their other stuff, but I really like the song. Venegence! Download...
i never meant to brag, but i got him where i want him now
anogete: (hagi rose)
( Sep. 17th, 2007 12:06 am)
Someone needs to stop me because I've gone crazy with this highspeed internet. I tracked down Bittorrents of Trinity Blood and Cowboy Bebop. I'm in anime mode or something. Anyway, the files are huge--over five gigs--and they contain all the episodes of each series. Oh, joy. I'm making my way through the Blood+ episodes right now. I'm half-way through, and I'm completely in love with it, but I need something to fill the hole when the last twenty-five episodes have washed through my mind. Maybe I should actually call my brothers for advice on where to go next. They're both anime encyclopedias.


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