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We're looking into cheaply replacing the couch and loveseat in the back room with something less... Man eating. I may have found a decent couch-replacement at Savers (under $10, so), and I may get it tomorrow. Hopefully this will aid in [livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii's skin allergy issue. I also wanted to go get yardwork done tonight, and I have dad's gas trimmer and leaf blower for the purpose- naturally, when the fucker started FIRST TRY for him, it won't even spark for me. I hate these things with a burning passion, and they hate me back. Problem is, they're better at it. (sigh) My brother and his daughter were going to come out to work this weekend- I guess it'll wait til then.

In BETTER news, I'll get the bird and groceries for the Halloween party on Friday, and the cleaning in the house I've started in on continues.

Woot!

May. 20th, 2011 08:31 pm
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Went out today with [livejournal.com profile] foeclan, [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn, [livejournal.com profile] khirsahdrgn and [livejournal.com profile] phineus to the Source, followed by Mac's (A little fish & chips place) and Cub (grocery store for those who don't know). I got a GM screen for Pathfinder... And I'm impressed. Its set up like a GOOD hardbound book-cover, solid and glossy, with good hingepoints and four panels of tables and data. Me likee! And [livejournal.com profile] foeclan got me the Bestiary 2 for my birthday! Thank you!

And this means more work on the game awaits. :)

Daily!

Dec. 18th, 2010 07:37 pm
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Okay. Today I kinda slept poorly, maybe because I went to bed too early- around 5 AM. For me, that's early! I was planning on going to pick something up at Barnes & Noble, but by the time I received a call to go to a mive around 1 PM, I'd totally forgotten. O well, I'll get it after work in the morning.

The movie I went to was 'Tangled', the new Disney take on Rapunzel. What people said to me beforehand is true- the horse steals it. I won't post spoilers at all, but I will say I liked it save for the soundtrack- I was hoping for something more traditional 'old school' Disney. But its a very good film. :)

In the middle of all this I played Diablo II, and got the stupid scroll to open the gate to Tristram on Hell difficulty.

Lastly, and in very odd order I was at [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain's for dinner- a very good and tasty beef roast with carrots and onions. It was he who called about the movie, originally asking if I wanted to see two with him today- Tangled was the second- before that he went to 'The Voyage of the Dawn Treader'. He said it was good, but I've no opinion as I wasn't there!

However, he DID have [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn at both films.

Rambly as hell, but that's the Daily for today.

Today...

Dec. 10th, 2010 12:00 pm
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The gorceries are done. The laundry is mostly done, one more load to go. The laundromat run is also done, the quilts now clean, dry and folded. I once again have beer, and I picked up a bottle of Kraken rum that is gonna get cracked and sampled tonight sometime.

And lastly... THE XMAS SHOPPING IS EFFING DONE!!!

Go me. :)
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In an attempt to address every possible reason why I might not be sleeping well, I remade my bed with clean sheets, coverlet and quilts, and put clean, doubled and de-linted cases on the pillows. Hopefully it'll help, but it leaves me with a stack of laundry that I have to go to a laundromat with. Bleah.

I have three presents to get left- one is the re-do of the card and gift-card that got lost inside another gift, and two I simply have no idea what to get. I'll try to get ideas from both people tonight, as I REALLY wanna be done with the shopping before the end of the 10th. All the stuff that's here at this point is wrapped and under the tree, and as soon as the rest arrives it'll be done too. Woot.

So later today and probably tomorrow morning early will be laundry and general cleaning about the house. The quilts and such are the morning job. Once that's done, who knows- I might even work on getting my room excavated! It really needs it.

Also on the agenda for tonight is working some on the novel. I need to determine just what area the Great Desert covers- I'm thinking it actually covers all of Israel, the Red Sea, the Dead Sea and merges with the other deserts of the area. I also think that the seas are still there, WAY down under the sands and locked away from mankind. I think an inkling of a future story could be there. :)

Oh, and lastly, the menu for the party- Several party subs from cousins- Italian, Turkey, Beef and one other will be the main course, with some kind of chicken soup from [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain and maybe my chili as sides. Of course the usual munchies will be there as well, and if people wanna volunteer to bring stuff like the pop, chips, cheeses and such that would be VERY cool, And [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn is bringing cookies. There may be other cookies as well! Once again, the date is Friday, January 7, 2011 for the party. Until then, Happy Holidays!
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FOUR left. Two I know what to get, two I don't. Aagh. I'll pick the two I can get tomorrow after work, and cogitate on the possibilities for the other two. And consider a baseball bat or crowbar to pry loose some suggestions!

I woke after two hours again today, but I'm not real sure why. I might be just restless. Or all this shopping has my head spinning. ;)

I've decided something about the editing- I'm keeping a copy of the first draft untouched; that way, if I totally eff it up, I have something to fall back to and restart. I've this terror that I'll over-write it... Not in the write-over-the-file-and-lose-it sense, but in the overdo it sense. Bleh. But I do have to learn how to do this.

And seeing as the gifts are starting to pile up, I think I'll start wrapping tomorrow. In the evening, or during the day if I wake up early again. It'll be nice to get stuff under the tree. Even if the tree looks kinda evil.

Maybe I should kinda plan the tree for next year early- get the lights right after Xmas when they're cheap, and the new decorations I want too. I've got a lot, but some of the ornaments I have are starting to look kinda scrungy. And GOD I want a tree-star that lights, that DOESN'T look like cheesy crap. :P
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So. Got my brother's gift and my nieces dealt with now. Just three or four left, and I'll get those in the next few days. Woot!

The editing continues apace, but I kinda hope the people reading the first draft gimme comments!

I got my first seaonal gift, a card from one of the people I give keys to in the morning. :)

And that's it for now.
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Bleah. I got about 2 hours and woke up. Oh well. In any case, all my orders have started showing up, and I kinda feel sorry for the mailman, who is gonna have a TON of books to get to me this coming week. My brother FINALLY got me a thin-and-pathetic list, but it'll help me with him and Sam- she wants a tea strainer for loose tea, so I'm gonna get her that, and a teapot, and a selection of loose teas. Hah! For Maggie I'll get the one thing he listed for her, and bug the hell out of him til he gives me more so I can keep the gifts even- they're sisters after all.

With those three dealt with, I have four left. One is a stop tomorrow and quick, and the other three... Yeesh. I've no idea really. I'll figure it out though. I hope.

As I think I mentioned before, the Xmas party is going to be on the 7th of January. I'm currently thinking some sub sandwiches from Cousins as the food- prolly a beef, italian combo and turkey for the selection. I may bother someone to bring soup, and I may also make chili to round things out. Of course the usual snackage will be available, and [livejournal.com profile] firecatmn has offered cookies. Who am I to refuse? ;)

In other matters, I've seriously started on the editing process of the novel. Simply put, this is gonna be a pain, and I'm going to have to do some pride-swallowing (like sword-swallowing, but it hurts more), to get things right. I have a final target of 100,000 words or more, and I'm currently at 67,400. A ways to go, I know. Especially since there's one entire chapter that has to be rewritten.

I've already got about 3 or 4 new paragraphs for the first chapter, so woot there. Later today I have gaming, and as far as I know its the Desert World AD&D game- Of course, given that what I got done for the writeups was for the Western game, and even THAT isn't done. It'll be a fun night either way.

Stuff!

Dec. 4th, 2010 01:31 am
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The tree is up, and I've two photos of it on my FA site- http://www.furaffinity.net/user/sorien/ . I rearranged the Xmas storage so stuff fits better too. 7 gifts left, then its over but for the wrapping. And the party, which is scheduled for the 7th of January. :)
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I've got the lights, polished off two more gifts and now I have the stuff for wrapping the gifts. I think I've figgered out something for the second gift for my dad, too- he and my mom have birthdays that bracket Xmas. That leaves my brother, my two nieces and eight friends left. Woo! Its really going quick this year! And now, Food. :)

I may get the tree up today as well; I got a spray that may dissuade Spaz, but we'll see. So one way or another that damned old desk is gonna go away tonight!

Edit- I forgot! I got the novel printed out to start the editing process. It looks so PUNY like this. O.o
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Today I get the new lights for the tree, and likely I'll start decorating too. I'm going with red I think, and I'm gonna hit a pet shop to find the cat-repellent spray to keep Spaz out of the branches. Maybe he won't screw the tree up this year. I've 12.5 gifts left, most of which I still have to figure out. My brother will eventually get off his butt and tell me ideas for him and my nieces, and I think I've figured out something for the last gift for my dad, but that still leaves four or so that I don't know what to get. However... I've NEVER been this far in my shopping this early before! Woot!

On other things, life is okay. I should make another appointment with the allergist (he wanted me to make a followup), so I'll prolly set that up for next week. And I found out some cool news- several of the series I read have books coming out in January! I'll have NEW reading material soon!

Shopping!

Dec. 1st, 2010 08:17 pm
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Well, I've made a serious dent in the Xmas shopping. But... Its like for every gift I get, two more appear that I still need to get! I know that there aren't spontaneously-appearing people on my list, but it FEELS that way! O well. I've my brother, one for my dad, the nieces, and a few friends left to go. Of course, of these I've NO idea what to get them. :P

I'll at least get the family stuff done (easily) by Xmas- the rest just has to be done by the Xmas party in January, which gives me a bit more time... Not that my obsessive brain will let me wait that long.
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Well, I'm back to writing the game-runs finally. I've started the first of the 'Western Tales' campaign writeups, and after that I'll get the last Desert World run done. I missed the second Western adventure, but Scotty says he'll get something for me to post.

Tonight, maybe, I'll be Xmas shopping. any last minute ideas would be useful of course, if you're amongst the 31 people I'm buying for this year. I've MASSIVELY reduced the amount I'm spending, but I may vary the amount from the $10 base I'm allocating per person if I see reason to. With luck, I'll get 80% of the shopping done in one go, with the rest being done online or at a later date. Later this week I'll be putting the tree up- I think red lights this time.

And lastly, I will be printing out my NaNoWriMo story to start the editing. I've always done better with a hardcopy for that, I dunno why.
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I think that I'm gonna make an eye appointment relatively soon. The fact that I couldn't read the teeny print on the bank website, and the trouble I've had since I got my current glasses kinda convinces me that something's up. I DON'T want bifocals, but... Fuck if I wouldn't rather be able to see properly! Also, while I was fine through the con other than the coughing from my stupid asthma, it might now be turning into something else. I was going to go in to the allergist anyway, but this means I'll try to get in tomorrow rather than just getting an appointment when I can. I'm betting its just an opportunistic cold developing cos the asthma has been kicking my ass since the illness I had three weeks before the con. I have to say I'm gettin' pretty tired of getting sick. :P

Other than that, I spent a bit of my remaining con money (Yes, even with the bank stupidity I still had money allocated left for fun stuff) and got the Pathfinder book. With my discount and the sale I got at $35 new, free shipping. It retails at $50. Woot. :)

Saturday I'm considering starting my Xmas shopping. Friday is a NO EFFING WAY day for me and shopping- I hate stores to start with without rabid bargain-hunting swarms. I'm aiming for about $10 per gift, maybe a bit more for the family ones. Anyone who's on my list (you know who you are!) lemme know what you want! For me... All I want is LOTS of Barnes & Noble gift cards.

This being the first day home, not much is going on. I'll go back to work at midnight, work two days and its Thanksgiving. I'll be at my folks Thursday evening, and that's about all that's going on.

Bleagh.

Aug. 7th, 2009 09:50 am
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Well, I either have a mild cold or something has kicked my allergies into overdrive. As I feel otherwise fine, I suspect its the allergies. Furthermore, I think I knwo what the trigger was- I have one of those little glade scent-things that plugs into a wall socket and heats a gel to produce a scent; previously, it was an apple-cinnamon scent. I tried today a new fragrance, supposedly meant to smell like fresh laundry. What is actually smells like is fabric softener...

A scent that sets my allergies off, including a minor skin reaction (sensitivity). So, I've ditched that gel-pack, and put in an apple cinnamon one. Now I just have t owait for that crap to get out of the air. :P

Other than that, yesterday evening I went out with [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn to get him a birthday present. Also along was [livejournal.com profile] zxizaraxii. Of course, I ended up getting stuff for myself too, a bunch of new movies. One of these is of particular interest- its a sequel to an old giant monster flick called 'Guilala' that I've been trying to find for years! Now maybe they'll release the original to DVD so we can revel in its devastating badness... ;)
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Not a lot up, I go back to work tonight as my weekend is now almost over. The new laptop is real nice, and I'm using it a lot- pretty much like I did the old one, which is now fully charged once again. I know there's still a problem, but heck, as long as it runs I'm keeping it. :)

On Friday I deposited my Federal return check. $500 goes 'invisible' for emergencies, $1000 is set aside for the trip in November to Midwest Furfest, and the remaining bit goes to pay for the laptop. As of that, all but $200 is paid for, and part of that is the printer. :) $100 of THAT goes when the printer rebate arrives, and the last of it goes when the property tax rebate arrives. Yay!

I'm now watching ebay off and on for a copy of Adobe PS. I've stripped the copy of Photoshop 7 I had on this and the old laptop, as it seems well and truly fried. My pricerange for the new version is about $100 or so- WAY below the new cost, I know, but I've seen PS 2 and 3 in that range before.

Other than that, I paid bills, got groceries and picked up comics on Friday. That's sums up the unendurably exciting life I lead. Oh- Last week I put in for my birthday off as paid vacation- dunno what I'll do, but even just NOT BEING AT WORK will be nice.

Buh. nearly forgot- I picked up the soundtrack to Watchmen and the DVD of Desperaux too.

And THAT'S it. Really.

Today...

Mar. 15th, 2009 08:13 pm
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I was going to go to Uncle Hugo's bookstore, but it closed at 5 PM. Which is when I usually get up. So instead, with [livejournal.com profile] foeclan and [livejournal.com profile] feezlekahn I hit the Roseville Half-Price Books and Barnes & Noble. Therein I spent WAY too much money. At Half-Price I got three Dashiel Hammett novels (The Thin Man, The Glass Key and Red Harvest), Dragons of the Cuyohoga by S. Andrew Swann and a DVD I've been looking for: Varan the Unbelievable, one of Toho's lesser-known giant rubber critters, directed by Inushiro Honda. Yay!

At Barnes & Noble, I got Regenesis by C.J. Cherryh, which is the latest of the Alliance/Union/Compact Universe, and the Watchmen graphic novel, which I've read (LONG ago) but never owned. Thereafter, I was feeling peckish and suggested food; [livejournal.com profile] foeclan initially demurred, but when [livejournal.com profile] joshuwain called him plans were quickly made to meet at Old Chicago, which was kinda right there. Dinner was good, and now I'm home somewhat poorer but with a lot of stuff to read. :)
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So far I've done very little, which was the plan for the most part. Tonight I'm going to make chicken and mashed potatoes for myself and some others, and sometime today or tomorrow I may run out to Uncle Hugo's to check out the 'Additional 10% Off' Sale that happens to be on. I also should pick up comics...

Other than that, not much is up. I made a chocolate cake the other day, and me and [livejournal.com profile] ataramos have been decimating it ever since. I think there might be a quarter of it left, if that. Today, the cable guys were out, as we were having some weird issues- they changed out the connector outside and gave us a new box, and noted several things that needed to be fixed due to wiring codes outside- That won't cost anything, it just needs fixing. :) The bad part of this is that all the stuff that was recorded in the OLD box is now gone. At least the problem is fixed. I think.

Sometime before Saturday I'm going to start writing up the next Traveller run, and for those in the Sunday Group who actually check this out, I may have a surprise on Sunday!

Party Stuff

Jan. 4th, 2009 05:18 am
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Well, I think the party went quite well, other than a few snafu's (I ran out of flour for the dredge for the chicken, and needed to get salt for the walk and had to run out to get both, and several people didn't show up)- I think a good time was had by all, and I made WAY too much chicken! I foisted some off on attendees and the rest I've been eating along with the leftover mashed potatoes. Giftage was distributed and received, and much appreciated- I did get a couple doubles of things I already had, but that was entirely MY fault- I checked the lists I put out and sure enough I'd listed them. I won't say which were doubles tho! So, I'll head over to the stores, maybe today, and exchange them for stuff I don't have. But I STILL appreciate what I got, a lot. :) Thanks to all who showed up, and I hope you had as good a time as I did- I might not have looked it, but I DID enjoy the night. I was just REAL fried from lack of sleep, which condition was rectified afterwards, BIG time.

What happened is this. After the party I dozed in my new chair, crashing HARD for about 3 hours. I then got up and MUCKed about a bit, finally going to bed at about 5:30. I finally woke at 6 PM, having been utterly dead to the world for 12 1/2 hours! I MUCKed a bit more, then ended up napping for a few more hours before work, which is where I am now. So sleep is NOT something I'm low on now!

Anyway, it was a good party, though I don't think I ever wanna do that much chicken again! Next year... Something else!

One last thing- I'm now five or six pages into the latest Buffy Horror writeup! It'll be done prolly tomorrow night. :)

Oh, [livejournal.com profile] brellchild, [livejournal.com profile] danshrugs, Mike T and Ian H.- There are gifts waiting for you!
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I didn't get much of anything done today, though I did finally watch my rented copy of 'The Incredible Hulk'. Good movie, not quite on the same level as Iron Man though. It seemed kinda rushed to me. I also rewatched 'Wall-E' AGAIN. This is probably my favorite animated film now. :)

As to the headache thing, I was feeling kind-of dizzy for most of the evening. I finally knew what it was when I got to work- a migraine trying to set its hooks into me! Ibuprofin and several cups of strong tea later and it was suppressed, though still there in the background. As I write this I feel a lot better, but I'm really wiped out. At least the night is almost over.

Today I'll see how many ideas I have for Xmas shopping together, and decide on whether to order or go to the stores- that, if I go, will be sometime this week. Also today I plan to get the tree up. More than likely in the afternoon when I get up; Getting the tree out of the washroom closet in the basement in the morning would probably wake people up and result in my untimely death...

That's about it!

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