fiercebunny: (Kirk says fuck it)
It's been ages since I've posted, but there's really nothing to update because nothing's been happening in my life except for work, work work. Seriously, work is sucking so hard right now. I have overtime every day and I've also had to come in and do a half day on my first day off, every week for a freaking month now. It is making me exceedingly cranky and bitchy. I want a proper weekend, damn it!

Also, they've changed a lot of the computer programs that we use at work and I've convinced that whoever programmer designed them must really hate people. Or maybe they just spend all their time coding and haven't talked to actual people in a really long time. I think I'm relatively proficient with computers but these programs are really user unfriendly. And they error out and go down all the time. This, on top of being swamped with a queue of 100-300 callers on a daily basis.

Ugh, I wanted to post an update and didn't really want to focus the whole update about complaining, but I can't get work annoyance out of my headspace right now. But that's pretty much where I'm at right now, just a continuous state of UGH. If I can just get to next month, I will finally have some consecutive days off. Just one more week.

I think I'm going to go find some alcohol now.

ETA: Okay, to be honest, I did go to Dallas this month (though my vacation was still curtailed by the mandatory overtime) and had a nice time. I had really good seafood at Pappadeaux's and bought a pair of $200 boots at Anthropologie that were on sale for $54. Yaaaaaaay boooooooots. So that was literally my one highlight of the month so far.

ETA 2: I found some red wine. yaaaaaay. I'm starting to feel a lot better already. Going to drink and rewatch series 5 of Doctor Who. wooo.
fiercebunny: (gothic heroine)
If you've ever seen the video for Wuthering Heights, this is pretty funny. Also, Noel Fielding makes a surprisingly pretty Kate Bush.



This song is going to be stuck in my head the next two days.
fiercebunny: (Keaton reading)
I have been reading a bunch of books lately. Since I had some Amazon gift cards from the holidays, I decided to get a Kindle. I had been kind of resisting ereaders since they came out, but there were a few things that changed my mind:

*I saw [livejournal.com profile] brennye's in person and it looked cool.
*There are still lots of books that aren't available electronically, so there would no reason not to continue to waste copious amounts of time in bookstores. (Very important.)
*I noticed that books are covering most horizontal surfaces in my house as bookshelf space ran out a long time ago, and are now growing in ungainly stacks toward the ceiling. (Slightly less important than the previous point.)

So anyway, I bought one (the slightly cheaper wifi only one) and a pretty green leather cover to carry it around in. And I really like it, it's very lightweight, the screen really does look quite like print. It's not bright enough to cause eyestrain. And most importantly, IT'S LIKE HAVING A CONSTANT MORPHINE DRIP OF BOOKS. ALL THE DAMN TIME. Seriously, you just push a few buttons and within mere seconds, instant book. Aaaaahhhhh.

So, here's what I've read recently:

A Drink Before the War by Dennis Lehane.
The Secret Countess by Eva Ibbotson.
Confessions of a Prairie Bitch: How I Survived Nellie Oleson and Learned to Love being Hated by Alison Arngrim
Johannes Cabal the Necromancer by Jonathan L. Howard

And then I wanted to reread The Hobbit, which I had in paperback (somewhere) and after a bit of digging around, actually managed to locate.

and then after that,
Johannes Cabal the Detective by Jonathan L. Howard
Revolution by Jennifer Donnelly

In my defense, there was a lot of snow and crap weather this month so I was indoors a good deal of the time. But no! It doesn't end there. At some point, I started to feel guilty for some strange reason (contributing to the decline of civilization!) and I bought two physical copies of In the Victorian Home by Judith Flanders and Victorian London by Liza Picard. I wanted some history books on the Victorian era and I like to flip around a lot when reading non-fiction. The chapter in the latter book on Smells is really not good reading whilst on one's lunch break, by the way.

Also, as you may have heard this week, Borders bookstores have declared bankruptcy and are shutting down many of their stores nationwide. (Kindle readers are why we can't have nice things.) Here, they're closing the OKC store on NW Expressway, while keeping the Norman store open, which kind of makes sense. It's on a really busy street, but there are three other bookstores within a few miles radius. I've heard some bad things about Borders management online, but I'm sorry to see them go, I've shopped there for many years.

But since I was in the neighborhood on Tuesday night, I decided to stop by and see if they had any sales and they did. The store was probably the most crowded I'd seen in a long time, but the cafe was already closed down and tables and chairs were pushed away against the wall. It was kind of sad.

I still bought a bunch of books though.

Baked Explorations by Matt Lewis and Renato Poliafito, a cookbook that I'd had my eye on for awhile.
Embroidery Companion by Alicia Paulson.
Royal Escape and Charity Girl by Georgette Heyer.
And The Perfect Summer: England 1911, Just Before the Storm by Juliet Nicolson.

Okay, yeah, maybe it's a problem. Shut up. I can stop any time I want, I just don't want to.
fiercebunny: (tophat)
I am shocked (shocked, I tell you!) that there were actually performances on the Grammys last night that I really loved. Sudden relevance, I can't believe it.

My favorite is this one of Mumford and Sons, the Avett Brothers, and then Bob Dylan comes out and they all play "Maggie's Farm" together. IT IS SO FREAKING AWESOME. The Mumfords and the Avetts look so thrilled to be playing with Dylan, the whole thing makes me really happy. I have been watching it repeatedly all day.

Your own enjoyment may depend on your appreciation of banjos and upright basses.


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Yesterday was the Chinese new year. I stayed home due to trepidation of driving through the snow (though tomorrow I'm definitely going to work.) I had dduk gook soup (Korean rice cake soup, traditional for new year's), watched Vampire Diaries and read a lot.

I think Bunny Year is off to a good start. The first thing I did this morning was look at the email on my phone and discovered that my favorite band, The National, are doing a show at Cain's Ballroom in Tulsa in April. FUCK YES. Tulsa is only two hours away, so I will definitely go. To tell the truth, I am surprised that they are still touring, nearly a year after their album came out, but I'm not going to quibble. It's something to happily look forward to. The snow will melt, spring will come and I'll get to see my favorite band live again. YAY.

And other than the t-shirt, a cake stand off of Ebay, and a few books, I've actually been pretty good about not going on a spending spree of boredom during the snow-in. There was temptation to buy new boots (which I do kind of need), but I've resisted so far. (And maybe that was because I couldn't decide on the color, but that's besides the point.)
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Yeah, I'm just gonna buy shit online until the snow melts and I can leave my house. I bought a t-shirt with this printed on it from threadless.com. Guess the reference!

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So this is supposed to be my long weekend this month. I was thinking about maybe going on a little road trip or something, to get out of town for a few days. BUT NO. There is a massive blizzard hitting NOW, so I won't even be able to leave the house. Drat. (And I needed to go to the LNS to get some more linen fabric too.) So it looks like my time will be spent internet browsing and non-stop snacking. (As long as the electricity holds out. KNOCK ON WOOD.)

I think I will relieve my feelings by buying ankle boots. And watching the last episode of Downton Abbey.
fiercebunny: (Kermit Bale)
So far this year, I have read four books. The first one I read was The Sugar Queen by Sarah Addison Allen, it was a sweet and charming read. If you like Alice Hoffman's style of writing, this is very similar and in the vein of magic realism. One of the characters has a thing where books magically appear whenever she needs them, which is a really great ability, except that it manifests itself by self-help books stalking her.

Then I started the Morland Dynasty series by Cynthia Harrod Eagles, which is an enormously long series following one English family starting in 1434. So far, I've read the first two books, The Founding and The Dark Rose. I really like the idea of the story and also learning more about history and they are not badly written, but there are some things about them that I am starting to dislike.

cut for possible spoilers. Eh )

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Eh, I signed up for a Twitter account. Seeing as how everyone from my favorite bands to the local cupcake shop update there, it seemed like a good idea. Maybe short thoughts will work out in my favor.

So please, if you have a Twitter or know of an entertaining one, let me know so I can follow you. There are still a few hours of my day that are spoilt by not being wasted on the internets.
fiercebunny: (b&w dorian)
I still can't find my camera cord, but it's been so long since I've done an update that I resorted to a few camera pics. They aren't as clear or bright as I'd like, though. But that's life, what else can you do? :(

LHN Sarah Street sampler
Sarah Street sampler, pattern by Little House Needleworks
stitched on 32 ct Vintage Buttercream fabric by Lakeside Linens,
recommended threads


I really like pink and green color combinations so that was a big draw in stitching this. Also, bunnies! Patterns with bunnies are pretty much a given.
others under the cut )
So thanks for making it through the crafty portion of this post. That is pretty much all that is going on in my life right now. The weather is very mild in Oklahoma compared to the rest of the country (and also compared to last winter's snow storms), but either way there is something about January that is just soul crushing, isn't there? I think bears have the right idea about winter, better to get fat and try to sleep through it.

Oh yeah, I am really enjoying watching Downton Abbey on PBS. There is nothing so relaxing as a big opulent melodrama with people swanning about in gorgeous period costumes while Maggie Smith makes bitchy comments at them. It's awesome.

ETA: Aaand I updated my lj layout, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] scholarslayouts. So I did manage to accomplish something on my days off after all.
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Dang it, I seem to have lost my camera cord again or I would post progress pics of Japanese garden. I've finished the four inner gardens (with the exception of some jessica stitches and beading) and another border. So now I just have the last four outer gardens and the crane medallions left to do. Yay for progress! Boo for poor organizational skills.

Speaking of needlework, my catalog from the Nordic Needle came in the mail today. Sweet. I prefer to buy from my LNS, but occasionally I will make an online order, just so I can stay on their mailing list. If you've any interest in needlework, I would recommend signing up for their catalog since they cover every conceivable kind of embroidery, not just cross stitch.

Other news: Since I have a new crock pot, I made 40 clove garlic chicken from this recipe. It came out pretty good, although tbh, I think the gravy was the best part of the dish. Hunting around for other crock pot recipes (because it's cold and I need some warming comfort foods.) Any recipes or links would be much appreciated.

(Though I really shouldn't complain about the cold, since I don't have to deal with Snowmageddon or anything. Maybe just a little though. Winter suuuucks. January is the 3 am of the year.)

Was going to post more, but my thoughts are scattered now.
fiercebunny: (Default)
Hi Livejournal, I'm still lurking around the internets, although I am horribly unmotivated in everything to make a post. Getting out of bed has lately been my most successful part of the day. Really, not much has happened. I made it through the holidays though I had to work on both Christmas and NYE, so I didn't get to do too much. (Belated thank yous to [livejournal.com profile] caoil and [livejournal.com profile] oxymoron67 for the Christmas cards.) I wish I had had the wherewithal to do cards myself, but I didn't even manage that. I managed to mail one card to one aunt before procrastination and a lack of stamps totally undid me.

I hope everyone's having a good year so far.

Things I would like for this year:
Be happier.
Be kinder.
Eat slightly more healthier.
Avoid any serious thought about work, especially when I'm not there.
Travel more.
Take a class in either sewing or music lessons (I say this every year.)
Finish Japanese Garden by at least sometime this summer.
And oh yes, post more on LJ.

What I am up to so far this year:
Watched the first two series of Misfits and was entertained although the Nathan character is so annoying, it kind of put me off for awhile.

Started reading The Founding by Cynthia Harrod Eagles. It looked like an interesting start of what I thought was a trilogy and then when I brought it home, discovered that it is actually the first of about a jillion books. Like Mercedes Lackey is somewhere going, "Damn girl, this series is long."

I watched Red Riding: 1974 on instant Netflix last night and it was pretty good and creepy. I was confused though because I thought it was about the Yorkshire Ripper case, although at least the first installment is about some other fictional case. If you liked Zodiac (which I did), this is pretty much in the same vein. And then, because I always forget how stupid it is to watch true crime/horror films before going to bed, I chased it with several episodes of Parks and Recreation. I think I will watch more again tonight.
fiercebunny: (Winter Kitty)
funny pictures of cats with captions


Happy Burfday to [livejournal.com profile] aoi_no_neko! I hope you have a lovely day and no one drags you away from cake.
fiercebunny: (Winter Kitty)
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Merry Christmas, LJ!

(Apparently, I can only post on holidays. Sorry, I'll try to make a more proper post soon.)
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I hope everyone has a lovely day with their family and lots of good food. :D
fiercebunny: (LJ - bored)
Today while I was looking at vinyl at Hastings, some guy walked up, picked up a Flight of the Conchords album and asked, "Is this real music?" Fortunately, his friends were there to go, "Duuuude. Yes." so I didn't have to bother. So that was my O_o moment of the day.

I'm baking some Betty Crocker cookie brownie mix and I have eggnog. FUCK YEAH.
fiercebunny: (Default)
posting a book meme via [livejournal.com profile] aoi_no_neko. Come to think of it, I think I've posted this before, but I just went through and highlighted everything, so I'mma gonna post it again.

41/100 )
fiercebunny: (Beatles balloons)
Holy crap, it's like Beatles week on PBS.

On Masterpiece, there's a biopic called Lennon Naked, starring Christopher Eccleston, focusing on Lennon's life between 1967 and 1971. I think Eccleston is kind of on the old side to be playing Lennon, but he's a good actor and Naoko Mori from Torchwood plays Yoko. (Tosh was always one of my favorite characters on that show.) Their relationship is portrayed very sweetly and as being the one thing that John felt positively about at that time. I only caught the end of it when I came home from work, but it seemed pretty good. Especially considering that Lennon was kind of being a dick around that period and not to mention, it is really depressing to watch one's favorite band fall apart. I'm going to go back and watch the beginning of it online.

Tommorow night, American Masters has an episode about John Lennon's time in NYC.

Also, the Beatles helped destroyed communism. Top that, crap boy bands!

(ps. Am I missing anything? Let me know so I can watch the hell out of it.)
fiercebunny: (Trek LJ post)
I have been in a total MEH mood the past four days. I have been experiencing the Snowball of Sadness, where you start out initially slightly sad about one thing and then a few days later, become convinced that your whole life is in complete disarray and you might as well take to your bed for the rest of the day. Okay, I'm exaggerating (a little, maybe)and unreasonable, but it is cold and gloomy and I'm bored. If I had something productive to do with my time (besides refreshing Tumblr repeatedly and rereading Jane Eyre, which although it is one of my favorite books, is not exactly filled with hilarity), I'd probably be less moody. Actually, I'm feeling a little bit better today, or at least chatty enough to post on LJ, so that's an improvement.

And here are some random cheerful things:

2 more days till I get to see Harry Potter.

A new episode of Fringe tomorrow (or technically, later today).


(Actually, this was not as funny once I googled "cat piano" and found out it was a real thing.)

Look at the Time
I bought an original Mizna Wada drawing. Yay, early Christmas present to myself. The Gallery Nucleus folks were really nice and helpful in finding me one from the exhibit that wasn't already taken.


The Avett Brothers performing an acoustic version of "Kick Drum Heart". It's cute and I like the cello part.

Now I'm going to go have leftover schnitzel and watch episodes of Slings & Arrows.
fiercebunny: (sad kitty)
Well, my sister's deployment ended last month. She came to visit last week and left Sunday morning, taking the Furry House Guests back with her. She was very happy to see them and gave them many squishy hugs and kisses.

Of course, now I am a sad panda and miss the two of them terribly. There were a few sniffles on their departure, I admit, but I'm glad that my sister is reunited with her fuzzy babies again. Maybe someday I'll get a ferret of my own.

Here are my last pics of Riceball and Manju. Or the latest until I can go visit them :)

photo.jpg

Manju

And at very last, I was able to get a picture of one of them in a hat.

the Dread Pirate Riceball
Arrrr!

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