I've never been a big fan of the 4th of July holiday. Even as a kid, I disliked fireworks. I was never afraid of them or nervous around them; I just thought they were boring. As an adult, I find them even more boring. Being a vegetarian, I'm not a fan of cookouts either. The smell of cow flesh being seared on a metal rack quite often makes me queasy. So, bah humbug to the 4th of July. I managed to get out of any required attendance at a cookout, but I was forced to attend a miniature fireworks celebration at Jason's mother's house. They pulled the Markel card on Jason - told him that the least he could do for his poor, little niece was to come over and light fireworks for her since she doesn't have a father. Whatever. Manipulative woman. I do feel sorry for Markel, though. She's such a good-natured little girl, and she hugs my leg for all she's worth when I walk in the door. Anyway, I've never seen so many grown adults act like children around fireworks. Don't scream when it bangs and lights up. That's what fireworks are supposed to do, so it should come as no surprise.

I got up at 9:00 this morning to take Ferguson on our usual weekend 4-mile walk to the park. Usually, at that time of morning, the temperature is just hitting seventy degrees. This morning it was just hitting eighty degrees, so I nixed the long walk and ended up doing a 2-mile one at the park near our place. I even talked grumpy Jason into tagging along.

I started reading Salman Rushdie's The Satanic Verses this afternoon. So, so, so good. The first twenty pages were terribly confusing, but now that I'm nearly a hundred pages in, I've got my bearings, and I'm really enjoying it. I began Charlaine Harris' Definitely Dead yesterday, and I already love Quinn. Sam is still my man, though. How about Sookie keeping Quinn and Eric, and I can have Sam? Also finished the third volume in the Hellsing manga. It's so good that I'm already reading for the fourth volume, even though I told myself I'd stretch it out and make it last.

Jason and I watched Death at a Funeral last night after the fireworks bullshit. I laughed until my stomach hurt, so I highly recommend it to anyone who needs a good comedy to tickle them. Plus, Alan Tudyk (better known as Wash from Firefly) was in it, and his character was tripping on some unnamed drug which he took by accident for most of the film. The highlight was him sitting in the bathroom, unraveling the roll of toilet paper off the dispenser and telling the sheets to come "join the others." Some kind soul has put the clip up here on YouTube. And if that isn't incentive enough, he does give you nice view of her bare bottom toward the end of the movie while he's standing on the roof, threatening to jump to his death.
My mother found my MySpace. o_O I got one a couple years ago because it was the easiest way to communicate with a friend of mine from back home. I didn't put any effort into it at first, but then I started finding old friends from my high school days, and I got sucked into creating a decent profile and uploading some pictures. It's been nice to talk to people I haven't seen in years. Anyway, my mother knew I had a MySpace because a few other family members had found it and friended me - cousins (hers and mine) and the like. This evening, I got a message that 'Kim' had sent a friend request. I immediately thought it was the boss's daughter who works with us now. I clicked on the profile and found my mother. So, now I'm friends with my mother on MySpace. I had to go through my profile and my minimal blog on there to make sure I didn't need to remove any incriminating evidence of my deviant behavior. Oddly enough, there wasn't anything that needed to be removed. (All of that stuff is on this LJ, no doubt.) On the other hand, I think it's neat for her to be able to see into this side of my life. I've never been very open with my mother about my interests just because she doesn't share them. She's not really opposed to them; she just doesn't seem understand them all that well. Her favorite movies all involve Martin Lawrence, for crap's sake. Plus, it will be a nice way for her to keep in contact with other family members. I left her a comment on her page, but I'm still a bit weirded out.

Jason and I just watched the tenth episode (Master of Monster) of Hellsing, the anime series. How can anyone watch that and not 'ship the hell out of Alucard/Integra. Just the thought of it makes me swoon. The bit in the dungeon when he is released from captivity by her and ends up taking a bullet in his arm to save her from her uncle? And then she uses his arm to steady hers as she aims her gun at her uncle to shoot him? Gah. My idea of romance is so twisted.

In related news, I'm going to publicly admit to my severe love of Eric from Charlaine Harris's Southern Vampire novels. So, my problem isn't with vampires; it's just with Bill. Alcide has also grown on me in this third novel. I didn't think I'd like him all that much at first, but I can't help it. He's charmed me.

I started reading Henry Hazlitt's Economics in One Lesson because it came highly recommended. It's so ridiculously good, and now I'm even more disgusted with our government and the collective idiocy of nearly every single elected official in Washington. I want to make them all sit down and read this book. If they can read, that is.
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.
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."
First, this piece of fanart is the sexiest thing ever. And it is even work-safe! As if Alucard in tight pants and a white shirt isn't enough to get my motor running, Integra looks super hot. The way she's sitting and her eyes just kill me. I love it. Artwork is by Solid&Etc, and I found it posted in the [livejournal.com profile] integraxalucard community. I'm leaning toward that pairing, but I did have a bit of a fling with Seras/Alucard in the beginning. I totally didn't understand the love for Walter until I saw the 6th and 7th episodes of the anime (not the OVA). I have so much Walter love now that it is ridiculous.

so, i have this problem with taking in aggressive animals... )

We ate dinner at Bravo Cucina Italiana. I stuffed myself on bread and fried ravioli before my tortelloni even arrived. I love Italian food far too much. The restaurant is in the fancy-smanscy new outdoor shopping center in Uptown. Basically, it's a couple square blocks worth of stores in which I cannot shop because I have not the moolah to manage the price tags. Well, I could go to Starbucks, but I don't like anything on their menu. Anyway, as we were walking back to the car, we passed by a little dog clothing boutique. I squeed like Paris Hilton probably squees over dog clothes. Then I calmed myself and realized that every single sweater in the store was probably at least $50. No thanks. I can knit one myself for $10.
I paid way too much for this shirt, but it was just too cool to pass up.

Read more... )

My new venture is growing my own sprouts in jars. I have a couple two-quart glass jars. I'm soaking the seeds (mung bean, alfalfa, radish, broccoli) in warm water right now. When they are finished with the soak, I'm going to drain the water, put cheese cloth over the opening of the jar and put it under the pantry at an angle. I'm supposed to rinse the sprouts twice a day to prevent mold from growing on them. Supposedly, I'll have four quarts of sprouts in five to seven days. They should keep in the fridge for up to a week. I plan on using them for salads with my dinners each day of the week.

I downloaded (shhh...) the two Hellsing soundtracks because I'm totally in love with that show. Plus, the songs have such interesting and provocative titles...

A Left Foot Trapped in a Sensual Seduction
Original Sin (For Not Keeping Virginity)

Clicking on the song title will allow you to listen to the song. Downloading requires that you right click and save the file to your hard drive.
I love October and November. Not only is the fall weather beautiful, but they sell pumpkin flavored things. Ice cream, muffins, rolls, pies, etc. It has to be one of my favorite flavors. I plan on pigging out on Double Rainbow Pumpkin ice cream tonight. It's organic, so I don't feel too bad. ::lies to self::

I've promised a fellow chihuahua owner in Chicago that I'd make a custom sweater for her little dog. She sent me the measurements this evening, and I've already started the top of the sweater. I don't anticipate it taking me very long since her chi is very small. I don't think I'm good enough yet to charge a fee for my creations, so I'm just asking for a reimbursement for the yarn.

Trinity Blood isn't as good as I was expecting it to be, but it's passable. I greatly enjoy some aspects of it, but others fall short. The characterization and interaction between establish characters definitely leaves something to be desired. I wanted to finish it before I started anything else, but I keep putting off watching it because I'm not so interested. So, I've decided to put Trinity Blood on hold indefinitely. I suspect I'll finish the series at some point - just not now.

I watched the first two episodes of Hellsing today. My brothers have always been gaga over the series, and as much as I like to give them shit, they have good taste in anime. Needless to say, I'm totally in love with Alucard. As if there was ever a question that this would happen as soon as I set eyes on him. But what really did it? In the first episode, he racks the slide on his gun with his teeth. I took a screen cap of it because the hotness makes my brain explode.

omg - too sexy )

How fucking sexy is that? I swoon... I swoon...

Jason and I are taking tomorrow off work. We're going to take Ferguson for a hike in the Sandia Mountains, go practice at the gun range, and lie around the apartment for the remainder of the day.


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