liralen: Finch Painting (Christmas Me)
It's taken a while, mostly from circumstances beyond my control, which is all right. I only have seven more weeks of being moderator, and I am actually counting the weeks. It's not a pretty reality, but it's what I've got.

Thanksgiving went well. Our trip down to San Diego started in a horizontal snow storm on the way to DIA, 90 degree weather in La Jolla, lots of wonderful food adventures, and then a cooler end to the week there and a trip home to a winter wonderland of snow.

Of San Diego, Advent insanity, and a good movie and a good book... )

I Did It

Sep. 23rd, 2014 11:21 pm
liralen: (crane)
I had a crown that had a hole in it and I was NOT looking forward to replacing it. At all. But I went into the dentist this morning and they took off the old crown. There was a small cavity underneath it, which they quickly removed. They built it all up again, and then took an impression of both the inside and the outside, and then made me a temporary crown and put it on.

It hurt doing it, for all the doctor did a great job of applying the novocaine, to the point where I couldn't feel my tongue or that side of my mouth; but now it hurts a lot less than I thought it would. They adjusted everything beautifully, and for all that they tore up my gums pretty good getting it in and clearing out all the old stuff, the tooth itself doesn't hurt as much as it used to or nearly as much as it did when the old, badly made crown was put in place. I suspect that the cavity was starting to affect it a little, and having it covered up well, now, makes it happier.

There were a lot of small things they did... )
liralen: Finch Painting (Hakkai)
I went by myself, for the first time in a long time, to a movie theater to see Edge of Tomorrow. John's mother is in town, as she's going to be traveling with us to North Carolina on Saturday, and Jet and John were working at a flood house. I'd read the original book All You Need is Kill, translated from the Japanese, and I was so haunted by the book that I actually got rid of it once. I've since bought it again, reread it, and needed to see the movie.

So I went. Alone. Probably for the first time in a few decades. *laughs* But I really needed to see it, and I liked the adaptation, and it is, indeed, an adaptation. It was fascinating to see how the changes really made it an American movie instead of the genre Japanese SF book with its intricate and haunting plot. I recommend it as a fun action movie, especially for those of us who are story choice-based video game addicts, and there were a few visceral hits for me as a twitch video game addict. I'd recommend the book, though, to those looking for something darker, deeper, and more complex.

Cut for massive spoilers. )
liralen: Finch Painting (socks)
For most of the last week we've had snow. Thick snow, heavy, wet spring snow, and for a full day and a half it lay nearly a foot thick everywhere. Jet and I had a blast going out and sledding and building snow men, because the usual Colorado snow falls when it's so cold the stuff is powder dry and can't pack worth a darn.

Yesterday, the temperatures got into the 60's, and everything was melting.

We went out walking in the afternoon and the sound of dripping, running water was everywhere. It was absolutely wonderful! All the grass has gone green, and the local weather report says that Longmont is even with its annual average of precipitation for the first time in a few years, and the state as a whole now has 75% of its usual snow pack, so we'll actually have some water this summer, unlike the last few years, which have had unusually warm springs.

TV and movie watching, writing, knitting, and painting things I've been doing... )

Parker

Feb. 1st, 2013 10:24 am
liralen: (crane)
I had the privilege of going to go see Jason Statham in Parker yesterday.

It was a real treat. I've been reading the Richard Stark Parker novels because of a recommendation from Carl. Richard Stark was a pen name for Donald Westlake, and got through the first three, so was completely unspoiled for the movie, which was based on the fourth book Flashfire. The movie-Parker is softer and more sympathetic than the book one, but I can see why that was so. Smart adapters. The early Stark novels went out of print pretty quickly, but the later ones, after Parker's 1990 Comeback were much more popular.

No spoilers, just more thoughts about what appealed to me about Parker. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
We really should be used to snow in November... but it's always something of a surprise to see the world in white when it was in the 70's just days ago, and I had to dig out my shorts in order to walk outside. Now our nights will be in the teens.

I've been... busy.

Writing, supporting a [livejournal.com profile] demented_dee, walking, learning... making her gluten-free Oreos too. Many thanks to [livejournal.com profile] flit for pointing me at the site, as I have a friend who can't have even a trace of wheat in anything, and she was missing Oreos something fierce, so I took a few days to figure out all the ingredients, and then spent an afternoon making one batch, and another afternoon later in the week making another... for us. *laughs*

They were so good, we loved them just as cookies, especially with crushed peppermint candies stuck in the cream. They were very much like Trader Joe's Peppermint Joejoe's. Very nice. I do have to say that it feels like a minor miracle every time the dough actually comes together.

I'm also dealing with a mild depression, and doing the things that can distract me from it. Yesterday, John and I went to see Skyfall. Today we went to see the DaVinci Machines Exhibit here in Denver.

Read more... )
liralen: Finch Painting (sparrow)
Been home for a few days now, and finally recovered enough to try and think a bit. *laughs*

Was busy for a bit there, the second book got accepted by the publisher in only about 2 weeks after we submitted it. The feeling is starting to sink in that the first book wasn't entirely a fluke, and that we're actually able to write these things with vigor. It also struck me that I'm actually pretty good at this plotting thing and really figuring out the motivations and reasons underlying the things that happen in a book.

Also finding that I'm able to find my own voice given reasonable time and something to really concentrate on; however, it's not helping that the short story lady hasn't gotten back to us on the Valentine's Day short stories. *laughs*

And I've been filling my time with movies, books, and plotting galore. )
liralen: Finch Painting (sparrow)
Been home for a few days now, and finally recovered enough to try and think a bit. *laughs*

Was busy for a bit there, the second book got accepted by the publisher in only about 2 weeks after we submitted it. The feeling is starting to sink in that the first book wasn't entirely a fluke, and that we're actually able to write these things with vigor. It also struck me that I'm actually pretty good at this plotting thing and really figuring out the motivations and reasons underlying the things that happen in a book.

Also finding that I'm able to find my own voice given reasonable time and something to really concentrate on; however, it's not helping that the short story lady hasn't gotten back to us on the Valentine's Day short stories. *laughs*

And I've been filling my time with movies, books, and plotting galore. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Blue Jyuushiro)
Just today I was reminded of the first six months after I quit work. I'd just come off a huge project that involved hundreds of people, lots of management and coordination, and communication up and down the organizational hierarchy. My boss actually offered to send me to the West Coast to get an MBA because of the work I did, so I had shown some aptitude. I was good at it.

However, for the first six months after I stopped working, I spoke to nearly no one. Even John and Jet didn't get a lot of conversation from me, and I slept 10 to 12 hour nights for quite some time.

I feel a little bit like a flat tube of toothpaste.

I'm still not exactly sure why, but given that last year I came up with nearly half a million first draft words, and this year for the first three quarters I still managed to write nearly a quarter million words even with nearly a whole quarter completely off and all the editing needed to get a manuscript published, maybe I have reasons.

And, as always, it's hardest to cut myself some slack, but I've tried to with ghost shrimp, outdoor movie, and books. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Blue Jyuushiro)
Just today I was reminded of the first six months after I quit work. I'd just come off a huge project that involved hundreds of people, lots of management and coordination, and communication up and down the organizational hierarchy. My boss actually offered to send me to the West Coast to get an MBA because of the work I did, so I had shown some aptitude. I was good at it.

However, for the first six months after I stopped working, I spoke to nearly no one. Even John and Jet didn't get a lot of conversation from me, and I slept 10 to 12 hour nights for quite some time.

I feel a little bit like a flat tube of toothpaste.

I'm still not exactly sure why, but given that last year I came up with nearly half a million first draft words, and this year for the first three quarters I still managed to write nearly a quarter million words even with nearly a whole quarter completely off and all the editing needed to get a manuscript published, maybe I have reasons.

And, as always, it's hardest to cut myself some slack, but I've tried to with ghost shrimp, outdoor movie, and books. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
I've been having an oddly hard time just concentrating lately. Some of it is because the allergy, dry eye, and simple eye infection stuff has come back, but equal in both eyes now, not just the right like last year.

Some of it is that yesterday I went to see Out in the Silence, at our church, with the documentary's creators right there to talk to us, along with a brand-new (2 week old) state-wide initiative to make sure that all the school districts in the state follow through with the new anti-bullying legislation that was passed in the Colorado State legislature this last year. All good things... but some of the real stories just floored me.

If you have a chance, see the movie. It's not unrelentingly depressing, there's funny spots and uplifting bits, too. It's up on Hulu, it's on their site. It's free for anyone to watch that wants to see it. But they like it when you also do the public screening thing, as the main point is to allow regular people a voice to stop the abuse.

Cut for explicit badness that happened within 20 miles of my town. )

And now just cut for length for flists. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Default)
I've been having an oddly hard time just concentrating lately. Some of it is because the allergy, dry eye, and simple eye infection stuff has come back, but equal in both eyes now, not just the right like last year.

Some of it is that yesterday I went to see Out in the Silence, at our church, with the documentary's creators right there to talk to us, along with a brand-new (2 week old) state-wide initiative to make sure that all the school districts in the state follow through with the new anti-bullying legislation that was passed in the Colorado State legislature this last year. All good things... but some of the real stories just floored me.

If you have a chance, see the movie. It's not unrelentingly depressing, there's funny spots and uplifting bits, too. It's up on Hulu, it's on their site. It's free for anyone to watch that wants to see it. But they like it when you also do the public screening thing, as the main point is to allow regular people a voice to stop the abuse.

Cut for explicit badness that happened within 20 miles of my town. )

And now just cut for length for flists. )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
The last several days have been pretty insane. Much of it because both John and I were trying to let Jet fit in the very last things he wanted to do before he went back into school. And because Darkprism is coming for a week and a half visit, so I'll be kind of busy for a while.

One of the things Jet really wanted to do was get the last fish for his aquarium, and it turned into a two-pronged attack of sorts.

For some reason I'm just not sleeping the way I want to be sleeping, either, so have just been trying desperately to catch up. On the Friday before last weekend, I was so tired that I was just stumblingly stupid for most of the day. I actually got a parking ticket, almost got run over by someone backing out of a parking slot, and Jet was amazing about getting me back on my emotional equilibrium.

Cut for pictures, aquarium nomenclature, and results and some good things along the way, including seeing _Cowboys and Aliens_ and reading _Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate_ by Diego Gambetta. )
liralen: Finch Painting (engine)
The last several days have been pretty insane. Much of it because both John and I were trying to let Jet fit in the very last things he wanted to do before he went back into school. And because Darkprism is coming for a week and a half visit, so I'll be kind of busy for a while.

One of the things Jet really wanted to do was get the last fish for his aquarium, and it turned into a two-pronged attack of sorts.

For some reason I'm just not sleeping the way I want to be sleeping, either, so have just been trying desperately to catch up. On the Friday before last weekend, I was so tired that I was just stumblingly stupid for most of the day. I actually got a parking ticket, almost got run over by someone backing out of a parking slot, and Jet was amazing about getting me back on my emotional equilibrium.

Cut for pictures, aquarium nomenclature, and results and some good things along the way, including seeing _Cowboys and Aliens_ and reading _Codes of the Underworld: How Criminals Communicate_ by Diego Gambetta. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Otter)
Jet and I went and watched it today.

John's in Seattle for the week, so I'm a single parent from Monday through Friday, and I'm always amazed and impressed by all single parents during such times. Not that Jet's at all difficult, either, but I find myself really wanting to take advantage of the time I can spend with him and try not to drive him crazy or drive myself crazy. doing it. *laughs*

Donuts, books, and movies oh my. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Otter)
Jet and I went and watched it today.

John's in Seattle for the week, so I'm a single parent from Monday through Friday, and I'm always amazed and impressed by all single parents during such times. Not that Jet's at all difficult, either, but I find myself really wanting to take advantage of the time I can spend with him and try not to drive him crazy or drive myself crazy. doing it. *laughs*

Donuts, books, and movies oh my. )
liralen: Finch Painting (tenpou_books)
I'm gradually recovering from the last couple of weeks. After doing the Albuquerque trip and the eight hour drive home, I had two days before I left on Wednesday for Pleasanton, CA, and the pleasant company of [livejournal.com profile] amberley and my usual social whirlwind with the Horde, plus a nice little Minicon at EndGame in Oakland.

The food was to die for, the hotel suite [livejournal.com profile] amberley put me up in was a lovely place, and the gaming was a blast. Of course, when I got home, I immediately got sick (ran a 100 degree temp yesterday and hurt so much all over that I was doubling up on ibuprofen just to feel human again) and am still in the throes of recovering from that, which is why the lack of updates and pictures and things the way I usually do travel logs, so this may be a bit more sparse than my usual adventure logs.

Review of Let Me In, Mountain View, Santa Cruz, Minicon, and Home again to a 100 degree temp and an odd sort of flu. )
liralen: Finch Painting (tenpou_books)
I'm gradually recovering from the last couple of weeks. After doing the Albuquerque trip and the eight hour drive home, I had two days before I left on Wednesday for Pleasanton, CA, and the pleasant company of [livejournal.com profile] amberley and my usual social whirlwind with the Horde, plus a nice little Minicon at EndGame in Oakland.

The food was to die for, the hotel suite [livejournal.com profile] amberley put me up in was a lovely place, and the gaming was a blast. Of course, when I got home, I immediately got sick (ran a 100 degree temp yesterday and hurt so much all over that I was doubling up on ibuprofen just to feel human again) and am still in the throes of recovering from that, which is why the lack of updates and pictures and things the way I usually do travel logs, so this may be a bit more sparse than my usual adventure logs.

Review of Let Me In, Mountain View, Santa Cruz, Minicon, and Home again to a 100 degree temp and an odd sort of flu. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Toast)
So this week was the week of Jet's Spring Break and on the most part we were just home and putzing about and doing the usual things, and then on Monday Jet said at dinner time, "You know, if we're going on a trip during the vacation, we should probably plan it now."

He was right. )
liralen: Finch Painting (Toast)
So this week was the week of Jet's Spring Break and on the most part we were just home and putzing about and doing the usual things, and then on Monday Jet said at dinner time, "You know, if we're going on a trip during the vacation, we should probably plan it now."

He was right. )

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