xnera: Icon of my cat, Raina, stretching in the sun. Caption reads "life is good." (life is good)
HAPPY SOLSTICE EVERYONE!!!


Yes, the days are going to get longer again here in the Northern Hemisphere! *dances* I need it baaaaadly. I don't do well in winter. It's partially the snow (which kicked my ass yesterday. stupid snow) but it's mostly that it's so freaking dark. I keep sleeping in because it looks too dark in the mornings to get up. So I'm terribly excited that the shortest day of the year is upon us and soon will be over with. YAY!

To my friends in the Southern Hemisphere: I hope your summer is warm enough to be pleasant but not hot enough to make you melt.
xnera: Icon of Kyp/Tohru, hugging. Full of love! (full of love)
My dad was a stamp collector. I used to watch him carefully soak stamps off envelopes and use the little paper flaps to mount them to a book. He bought us kids a starter book, and I had fun reading about each of the stamps and carefully mounting them in the book on those little flaps of paper (I did so love those).

But me and stamps didn't take off. Instead I moved on to penny collecting. My dad bought me some folders for them, and I'd sift through our large jars of coins, looking for the representation of each year, exclaiming excited when I found a semi-rare one (S mint, anyone?). I even went to a coin-collecting store a few times and bought some packages of pennies in hopes of finding those really rare ones.

When I moved here nine years ago, I found my penny folders within the boxes of stuff. But I couldn't find my special pennies. These weren't in a folder because I didn't have a folder for them; instead they were in a paper envelope, tucked carefully away with the rest of the set. Somehow they had got separated during the move.

I was crushed. Okay, yeah, they're just pennies, but they were my pennies. They were a touchstone, reminding me of all those evenings I'd spend sifting through piles and piles, looking for that elusive S mint, my hands smelling of copper and zinc. Every once in a while when I have a large jar of coins I get the urge to start sifting through them again, seeing what I can find. It's meditative and soothing. I'm not going to make any money doing it, but people collect all sorts of weird things just because they like them (like, say, floating pens). Pennies are pretty normal things to collect.

Anyway. I had pretty much given up ever seeing those pennies again. But there was still a glimmer of hope deep inside me. Maybe they were somewhere in the boxes of junk that I still haven't completely gone through from moving nine years ago (hush, you--everyone has such boxes!). Someday they'd turn up.

Tonight I was in the bedroom, trying to get it into order. Crawling along the floor, shoving garbage into bags. I looked down and saw a clear baggie folded in half. My breath caught. Could it possible be....? I picked it up, and yes, it WAS: my most precious pennies of all.

I am holding an Indian Head penny from 1898. And six other such pennies from the turn of the 20th century.

They're worth maybe seven dollars, if that. As coins go, they're not in very good shape--worn down so the features aren't very clear. But you can still read the dates, and that makes them precious to me. Holding something that old in my hand is just... mind-boggling. Amazing. Wonderful.
xnera: Icon of my cat, Raina, stretching in the sun. Caption reads "life is good." (life is good)
Work has been going fantabulously this week. YAY!

About 30 hours into Kingdom Hearts: Chain of Memories. Am pretty certain I am approaching the endgame. Impatiently waiting for $foo to occur. It better be soon!

No KH tonight, though. Instead I was a crocheting fool. Mom's birthday is tomorrow today, and we're going out for pizza Friday evening. So I needed to make her a gift. And as usual left it to the last minute. I love how fast crochet is, because it'll be done tomorrow. Yay!

Falling into bed now. One of these nights I'll get into bed much sooner...
xnera: Black and white icon of Sora from Kingdom Hearts. (sora)
Somewhere between 18 and 20 hours into KH:CoM. I am amazed at how long the battery's lasted. Wikipedia says battery life is about 10 hours, but I am still going off my last charge. O_O I have the backlight at the lowest possible setting (which may actually be off) so I'm betting that's what's doing it. I usually play in a dark room so even with the backlight low the screen is still very, very bright.

I'm on my favorite world right now (actually at the end of it). Yay! Though in this game there's not much that distinguishes one world from another. I'm going to do a review once I finish playing. So far I'm finding the boss fights uneven. Some have been ridiculously easy, and some have been much, much harder. I'm on one of the hard ones at the moment. Annoying.

I still don't feel any urge to be back on IM. Normally I find IM helps me to do things, but right now it feels like it would be distracting. Playing KH feels urgent right now, like I must finish it ASAP because there are other games to be played. Go figure. Anyway, this doesn't mean I'm not lonely. I am, a bit. Been disappointed when i don't get many comments to my entries. *shrugs* Anyway, I'm not staying away because I, like, hate you all or anything, because I totally don't. I just need one of my intensive introverted times.

Life is still good, otherwise. Except for sleeping in too late this morning (oops). But I went out yesterday for an errand, and I'm getting work done right now (well, before and after this entry), and I'm going to the mailbox a little later to mail Netflix DVDs. I'll wash clothes and do just a tiny bit of the dishes. Right now I need some CAFFEEN and breakfast.

WOOHOO!!!

Aug. 8th, 2006 07:59 pm
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MADISON IS MOVING HER FEET!!!!!


My mom went to the zoo yesterday with Jennifer and the kids, so of course I had to ask her if she saw Madison move her feet. And she did! *dances* She's still wearing a brace, but she can be out of it for eight hours a day. Mom said that she's doing wonderful. I am so, so excited. I can't wait to see her again. I will probably blubber like mad the first time I see her move her feet.
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[livejournal.com profile] narniadear: [livejournal.com profile] doubtful_salmon is doing a Mr. Darcy Smackdown! poll. You should take it! :D

[livejournal.com profile] ratsel: Guess who I'm seeing in concert this summer? :D

[livejournal.com profile] jiggery_pokery: Was wondering if you had heard about The Da Vinci Code Quest on Google and any thoughts you might have on it.

[livejournal.com profile] vassilissa: Been meaning to say :D! on the arrival of Yoghurt. May you, Yoghurt, and Lilith have much fun together! *smiles*

[livejournal.com profile] mackillian: I tried that trick with the flash today! Looking forward to seeing the results. *bounces*

[livejournal.com profile] portkey: I'm going to look for the camera sometime this week. I haven't actually used/seen it in a while, but I think it's still laying about here somewhere. If/when I find it, I will send it on to you. :D

[livejournal.com profile] kenboy: Nothing, really. Just wanted to send a shout out to you. <3!

[livejournal.com profile] hillary_gayle: Haven't said this yet, I don't think... I really admire your ability to stay cheerful and positive even when your body is treating you roughly. I have my fingers crossed that the hyperemesis gravidarum lessens up so you don't have to spend the rest of your pregnancy feeling physically miserable.

[livejournal.com profile] immora: *smooch*!!

[livejournal.com profile] birds_sing, [livejournal.com profile] nichlswolfwood, [livejournal.com profile] weathergirl_03: Wanna hang out sometime? I think it's my turn to drive up there. Mom has been offering her car again, so let me know!

[livejournal.com profile] bannoj: How are the dogs doing? I was soooo excited to hear that Shelby completed her championship! How cool! I hope all goes well with the next litter. :D

[livejournal.com profile] emmavescence: I've been thinking about you a lot these days. I may not be able to comment very often, but you're often on my mind. For me, it's been things like Farscape, chat rooms, and upcoming TV shows. Hey, whatever works, right? Many hugs to you.

[livejournal.com profile] pegkerr: Good luck with the fundraising! I sent a bit in tonight. :) (Hey, friends: help send some kids to SPACECAMP! You know you want to! It's SPACECAMP!!!!)

[livejournal.com profile] incoming: Again, nothing, except random shout-out. I'm glad to have you on my friends list, m'dear. <3!

To all of you: Thanks for being here. Much love, health, and happiness to you all! *supermassivesquishyhugs!*

:D!

Apr. 5th, 2006 08:55 pm
xnera: Icon of my cat, Raina, stretching in the sun. Caption reads "life is good." (life is good)
Happiness is checking your bank account today and seeing more money there than you expected, because you forgot it was payday.

Furthermore, happiness is logging into MyCheckFree to pay your utilities, only to see that you owe $0.00 because you overpaid in the past and have a $80.00 credit. Sucks that I overpaid, but hooray for credits!
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[livejournal.com profile] ryuko_midori draws a GREAT webcomic called The Green Avenger. I've created an LJ feed for it, at the very obvious [livejournal.com profile] green_avenger. This means you can get notifications of when new comics are posted RIGHT ON YOUR FRIENDS LIST!

Really, you should check it out. It's quite good.

And Abby-chan... make sure you check out the feed yourself. I've been leaving comments on the feed's postings as I read each strip. Yeah, the posts (and my comments) will disappear after two weeks, but it's a convenient place to talk about the strips. :)

In other news, work has been good today. Yay!
xnera: Icon of Lucius Malfoy leaving the Death Eaters to perform karaoke  (TIN ROOF!!! RUSTED!!!)
Happy Monday, everyone! :D Have some cuteness.

In a good mood today, as I had a good day yesterday. Lots of TV, lots of chores, some reading and some hacking. Bot's quote database is now online again. *bounces* I had forgotten to reinstall MySQL when I restarted bot back up.

So, TV. I watched Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy, which means I am walking around humming "so long so long so long so long" over and over. Which is why I am going to go to Walgreens during lunch to get more batteries for my Rio, so i can get the song out of my mind. Good movie, though. Still don't really like Zaphod's characterization in the movie, and Alan Rickman's voice as Marvin tends to distract me, but I like everyone else. LOVE Trillian. She is teh awesome.

Next up: first disc of Invader Zim. It's been in my queue for-freaking-ever, and for some reason I kept bumping it down, and down, and down... Finally decided I might as well rent it. I didn't finish the disc, because it bored me. But it might be one of those things that grows on me and is awesome in retrospect, like Monty Python. I was "meh" about Monty Python when I saw it, but then would crack up laughing anytime anybody quoted it. Since I now hear Zim saying "GIR!" in my mind, maybe it will be the same. I took the rest of the discs off my queue for now, but who knows, maybe I'll add them back.

Finally: Star Trek: The Next Generation, season one disc one. *snerks* The Signal was so right when they called ST:TNG's Enterprise "a flying office building". I couldn't help laughing at how plush everything was, and how everything is controlled with BUTTONS instead of, like, controllers or joysticks. It's rather unbelievable. But ST:TNG was one of the first shows i ever got fanatic about, and it was like seeing an old friend again. Yeah, there's cheesiness and snerkiness, but I still love these characters, and there's a lot of interesting ideas in their plots. So it'll be fun watching it all again. Looking forward to seeing the Borg, and Guinan, and more Q.

Wait, not quite finally. I also rewatched an ep of Battlestar Galactica. Getting itchy for second season. Is it silly of me that I'm kind of :( about having the UK edition of the first season because that means the boxes won't match when I buy the second season? *snerks at self* I have to pay some more bills this month, but once they are paid I am buying the BSG soundtrack. AND the Firefly one, too, which I believe comes out this week! *dances* But I'm really looking forward to Season Two of BSG, which comes out on December 20th--NEPHEW DAY!!! *bounces about like a spazz* I am SO. FREAKING. EXCITED. about the two upcoming kidlets. I cannot wait to meet them. Not too much longer until my nephew arrives, yay! And while I can't wait to meet my new neice, either, I'm hoping she stays put as long as possible. So, January sometime, then. That's still not that far.

I tried to sign up for the Netflix settlement but it won't work from here. I'll have to try from home, later. I was thinking about bumping my membership level up a notch or two anyway, so hey, this gives me a chance to try it for a month FREE!

Not gonna finish the book by tomorrow. Ah well. Still going to buy the new book tomorrow, though. Which means I will likely see the crush on the bus! :D :D :D

Getting Chipotle for lunch, yay! Mmm... Chipotle.
xnera: Icon of Draco Malfoy, captioned "I'm rather empowered." (I'm rather empowered.)
I did my marathon five years ago today.

Wow.
xnera: Icon of Draco Malfoy, captioned "I'm rather empowered." (I'm rather empowered.)
Today was really very good. :) No, I didn't get everything done on my to-do list. But I did get a lot of it done. I have a nearly clean kitchen! And I made breakfast, lunch, AND dinner, and cleaned up after myself! And my living room is nearly clean. I finished my replay of FFVIII (well, except for Omega, which I'll do when I feel the need for a challenge), leaving me free to start FFVII tomorrow. I played DDR twice. I walked to Walgreens and got Flavor-ice! My backpack's all ready to go for tomorrow, and my lunch is waiting in the fridge. My clothes are laid out. I got some writing done, and I increased my threshold into the orange at Boggle. :D

I didn't get as much cleaning done as I planned. And I didn't watch Farscape. But that's okay. It was a really full day, and I'm very pleased with how it went and how much I got accomplished. It's kind of weird that I had to schedule myself to play FFVIII, especially since I love the game, but I did. I like to play video games, but left to my own devices, I either sleep or read or t00b about on the Internet. So to get stuff done--yes, even "play!" stuff, I need to write to-do lists. Which again is weird, because I'm an INFP and that's not something we normally do. We're very go with the flow. But it's kind of nice that I can rely upon my "minor" personality, and let the S part of me write to-do lists.

I'm going to keep it up this week. :D Not stick to stuff exactly, but have a general direction and purpose in mind. Basically, i want my evenings to include a little cleaning, a little DDR, good dinners, a little FF, and some Netflix every now and then. If I can complete the week with a house that is still clean, a Netflix DVD or two watched, progress on FF, and DDR action most days, I think I'll be very happy.

Bedtime, now. Will keep you posted on the week's progress.

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