bunnie
I've been watching "Freaks and Geeks" for the first time with Number Two Daughter, since it's available on Netflix. We both agree that it's the most realistic depiction of high school that we've ever seen. I mean, painfully, hilariously, horrifyingly realistic.

And I think it's extra realistic for me, because it takes place in the time period that I actually attended high school, complete with appropriate musical soundtrack. I'm not going to say that it makes me nostalgic, but man -- forget all those teen movies and shows that are supposed to be about high school and high school kids, because none of them put me back there like this does. It's remarkable.

We're about halfway through the 18 episodes, and I'm already really sad that there will be no more after that. Kind of tragic that this show didn't make it.

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I almost forgot!

bunnie
I showed up in a concert crowd photo for the first time everCollapse )

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Bunnie's big adventure

bunnie
So, my trip up to Seattle with the girls to see Panic! at the Disco was very nearly perfect.Collapse )

Now, if only I could go to another show on this tour....

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bunnie
Faced with the prospect of yet another tour where Panic! doesn't come to my town (third one in a row, no less), I decided to take advantage of the fact that they're at least coming to my region this time, and do something that I've never done before: road trip!

(I must qualify that "never," though, because, in my younger days, I did actually travel to see a band upon occasion in my younger days. I haven't felt free to do that since I had kids, but now they're old enough that it's feasible again.)

So, we're going to Seattle to see my favorite band. I'm letting my husband believe that it's for my youngest, because the show happens to fall on her birthday, but let's be honest: both the girls are coming because they like Panic!, but we're going because of me.

I agonized over whether to try to drive back after the show, but as my older daughter still doesn't drive (grr!) I decided that it just wouldn't be safe. There's no way that I can drive back at that time of night without getting sleepy, and I have this thing where I'd rather not kill us all, you know? So, we're going to spend the night (an expense I can't really afford, but I've been saving and also hope to get money for Christmas), just a few blocks away from the venue. I'm undecided about what time to return the next day, but unless my older daughter has a class that she can't afford to miss, I think I won't stress about getting back early.

I'm trying not to think about how the show is happening at the very worst time of year, weather-wise. It wouldn't be the first time that it has snowed or iced over on that date, and even if that doesn't happen, it's bound to be stupidly cold out. So much for waiting in line for hours! I'm still hoping that they come around to doing meet & greet, but I'm not holding my breath. But, I figure that as long as the weather is conducive to driving up there and back, the rest of it will be fine, if not ideal. If there's no meet & greet, there's no way I'm getting barrier, which makes me sad, but at least I'll be there.

So, yeah... road tripping with my babies! I'm excited! And terrified! And excited!

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lop
Since Number One Daughter has a Significant Other now, she's not around a lot, and Number Two and I have been spending a lot of time catching up on movies and shows that she hasn't seen before ("Blade Runner," "The Matrix," and bunches of others that I love and feel are important to the cultural landscape (especially if one happens to be a geek, which we both are)). She sort of burned out on Buffy about halfway through season 3, so we've given that up, for now.

She's a Joss Whedon fan, though, so I thought: what the heck. Let's show her a little "Firefly." I warned her in advance about it being Joss Whedon, with all that that entails, because she is already quite familiar with Joss' reputation as the Guy Who Kills People, and I thought it was important to remind her. Because, well... if you've seen it, you know. She was as prepared as possible, at least.

The series was an instant hit with her, though, and of course, her favorite character was Wash, pretty much the very moment he first came onscreen. So, yeah. Her mantra became "Ermagerd, Firfler!" until we made it all the way through the series (which didn't take long, of course. Stupid FOX), and then she started clamoring to see "Serenity."

Well, I haven't seen "Serenity" since I first saw it during its run on the big screenfor reasons you will probably understand if you've seen itCollapse )

By the sea, wouldn't that be smashing?

lop
It occurs to me that I never told you how my semi-vegetarian trip went! Well, the short story is that it went swimmingly.

The slightly longer story...Collapse )

So, it was nice! But I was glad to get back home to my cat and my house. I hope that hubby and I will get a chance to go by ourselves in a couple of months.

I wrote a thingy!

bunnie
I wrote a piece for [community profile] bandombigbang this year, in case there's anyone who reads this that still cares (I know there are fewer and fewer of you).

In any case: YAY, I FINISHED SOMETHING. Pretty happy about that, considering that I'm the world's slowest writer. No. Really.

So, if you're interested, you can find the master post and links to the fanart and fanmixes by clicking the title below.

Title: Feel the tide shifting
Author: [personal profile] bunniewabbit
Band(s): Panic! at the Disco
Pairing(s): Spencer/Brendon
Word Count: 20321
Rating: NC17
Warning(s): None

Summary:
Spencer invents a make-believe relationship in order to convince another overly interested university student that he is off the market for good. He has no idea just how convincing it might turn out to be.


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Vegetarian A-Go-Go

bunnie
Does anyone have some simple vegetarian recipes that they would be willing to share? Or link me to? We're taking my daughter's girlfriend on vacation with us in our motorhome, and she's vegetarian. Some things I can make and just leave the meat out of her portion, but I'd like to make at least a few things that are completely vegetarian for her. And we can only deal with salad and pasta so many times before we go nuts. SO...

Here's what I need:
- Must not be ingredient-heavy; I have to take everything with me, so the fewer ingredients, the better. The exception to this would be if it were something I could make in advance and then freeze for the trip, like a soup, or something.
- No special equipment; no food processors or blenders. I have a stove, a grill, a microwave, and basic prep utensils. Not sure I'll even have an oven.
- Eggs (though not as a main ingredient) and dairy are fine, but no fish or meat products.

I'd appreciate any help that anyone can give me! I've never really had to cook vegetarian before, and nearly everything I make for my family tends to be meat-based.

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That sound you heard was my back going out

bunnie
So, for the second time since the beginning of the year, I screwed up my back and have been incapacitated for the past week. For the first few days, I could barely leave a chair or my bed, and absolutely every position hurt, from levels varying from really uncomfortable to excruciating. I've yet to have a full night's sleep since it happened.

I've been to the chiropractor twice, and I'm definitely hugely better than I was, but I'm still kind of hobbling. I drove for the first time today, and walked around a store, but I still don't dare sit on the sofa. In fact, I won't be sticking around at the computer for long, either, because this chair is not helping things. (Relatedly, this also means that I have not been able to make any progress on my BBB, because I compose at the keyboard. I may be reduced to writing by hand just to get the thing done in time to get it to beta before the May 10 deadline. I'm trying to convince myself that it's only the first draft, and if the final couple of scenes are a bit sketchy, it's still okay. BUT I WANT TO GET IT DONE.)

Thing is, I'm not really sure what I did wrong either of the times this has happened. Either I just "overdid it," (this time by doing a bunch of yard work one day and then helping my mother-in-law strip wallpaper the next, but the previous time? I have absolutely no idea what went wrong), or I've got something else going on that probably will only get worse as time passes. Some "arthritic changes," as my chiropractor put it.

And it's scary, because I can't live my life like this. It's literally been an entire week since I could function. If I already had the job I've been trying to find for months, now, I'd probably have been let go over this. And it's scary to not know when it might happen again. I literally had no warning or indication that things were going to go very, very badly until halfway through the day after the activity was over. And who know whether it was actually that activity that caused it?

Anyway. I'm already pretty much done with sitting here. Don't want to risk aggravating it again, because I need to be better by tomorrow night so that I can sit through Iron Man 3. \o/

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Apr. 13th, 2013

bunnie
And this one was posted directly from DW, rather than through a client. Test, test.

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HELLO FIRST ACTUAL DREAMWIDTH ENTRY.

bunnie
Okay, that was easy.

Now I just need to figure out who's who and where and holy cheese this complicated friends stuff taxes my braaaaain.

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Ten years come and gone so fast

lop
So, a scary thing happened last December: I finally let my paid LJ subscription lapse. They finally annoyed me to the point where I just couldn't give them money anymore. (And, LOL, I replied to the email they sent warning me that my account was about to expire, because I was inspired by the line at the end that said, "We want to keep you happy!" So I told them exactly why they weren't keeping me happy and never heard from them again. GEE, I WONDER WHY.) So, I stopped.

Which is a big deal, okay? TEN YEARS of paid time. 140 userpics now whittled down to SIX (and omg, look at them! Those first six -- they're antiques! They've been there nearly as long as I've had this thing)! And all this time, I've been posting to LJ via Semagic, and crossposting to DW, and now I'm thinking it's time to do things the other way around? So, I have to figure out how to do that. And then figure out how I can live with only six icons. *sigh*

Anyway. HI, HOW ARE YOU? I'm determined to get back into using this thing. Tumblr is really fun, but man -- I miss interaction! And I have STUFF to talk about. THINGS. (Bonus points if you get the reference!)

So, yeah. I'mma try to be around to do that stuff.

Meanwhile, OMGWTF I've signed up for bandombigbang, even though the fic I'm working on is neither very original nor especially imaginative. BUT. It will be long enough! :D And I need that extra kick of anxiety to get me to finish the damn thing. I hope I don't regret it!

Now I'm going to go see if I can figure out this cross-posting thing (I apologize for any test entries that appear on your friends page). If so, this will be the last entry directly to LJ. Wow.

Just another place to call home

the boys in the band
So, I have an archive, yay! With stuff in it! :D :D :D

I haven't put everything in there yet, by any means, but there is a smattering from a handful of fandoms. I still need to weed through my Lotrips stuff and decide which ones are not too cringe-worthy for posting.

And just a few more scenes to go for my current WIP, and it will be ready for beta. Speaking of which... can I entice anyone to read through a (currently 14,000 word) college AU Brendon/Spencer, just to make sure there are no blatant mistakes? Does anyone even read bandom anymore? Not sure when it will be ready; could be a few days or a few weeks, at the rate I write. Let me know!

Hi?

things have changed for me
So, like... Does anyone with an account at AO3 have an invite that they could pass along? I'm seriously so close to finishing the longest thing I've ever written, and it would be cool to be able to post it over there.

Just... pretend not to notice that I haven't been on here for two months or more, and when I show up it's because I want something.

How about if I promise that I'll be back to talk about some of the things that I've been wanting to talk about for weeks and weeks? And post pictures of my new doggies (doggies!)? Pretty please?



EDITED TO ADD: Already rescued! Now I just have to a) finish the damned thing, and b) decide what username I want to have over there: my LJ/DW name? My LJ archive name? I'm too tired to decide right now. But, YAY for a new place to live!

the way you look tonight

black keys and braces
You guys, I suck. I can't keep up with anything, anymore. I've got entries in my head from days, weeks ago even, that never made it into print. I just don't know how I ever managed to stay current on anything in the past.

Whining aside, I saw this shot of Brendon on tumblr and I just... It's such a gorgeous shot. It's beautiful and quiet, but there's a sense of anticipation about it. It doesn't hurt that it's from the date that they played in my town almost a year ago (most favoritist day!). Plus, I managed to get it in just a little larger size than the one that's going around on tumblr. Because it's what I do.

Brendon backstage in PortlandCollapse )

All right, Avengers people.

loki
If you were going to rec one fic to convince someone to join the fandom, what would it be? I'm just, y'know... asking for a friend. Yup.

"Sentiment."

sail o'er the canyons & up to the stars
I suspect my daughters of having nothing at all planned for Mother's Day. In which case, I may drag them to see "The Avengers" again (not that they would mind that in the least). I should get to do what I want, after all, right?

This is the closest thing I have to a super-hero icon. Might have to do something about that.

Apr. 19th, 2012

sandman
The girl I mentioned in my last entry is already gone. Disabling comments because, really, it's just not about me.

Good-bye, Felicia. You will always be an inspiration and a very bright light in the universe.

The good, the bad and the... titillating

waiting for ryan
Yesterday, I managed to score the second set of tickets to see fun. this year. The first show happens at the end of May, part of the tour that they're doing right now. The second show is at the end of August, one of a tiny handful of shows that are interspersed with some festivals. I don't know why they're playing here -- in my head, it's because they feel bad for missing the show they were supposed to do here last spring, when they were opening for Panic! -- but the cool thing is that they're playing one of the poshest venues in town (I'm pretty sure it's where the Oregon Symphony plays), with seats and everything.

(Side note: the last time I saw a rock concert in this building, it was still called The Paramount and was pre-remodel and slightly seedy, and the show was a little band called Queen -- the tour they did just before they started playing huge arenas. And in that single sentence, I both dated myself and gloated like no one's business. I guess it evens out.)

The coolest bit is that my younger daughter, who is a huge fun. fan, will probably be able to see what's going on on stage for pretty much the first time ever. She's a little short and petite, and always ends up near the back and behind people that she can't see around or over. But, this time? FOURTH ROW, just left of center. Pretty fabulous. \p/


The joy and excitement of my ticket purchase was tempered by the news that one of my older daughters friends has gone into hospice. She is one of the sweetest, most positive creatures on the planet, and she was so determined to beat this thing (Hodgkins lymphoma), and now they're saying that she probably won't last another six months. It's so heartbreaking, and though they're not close friends, it's hitting my daughter pretty hard. I mean, how do you deal with something like that when you're seventeen? Or, any age, really. I keep thinking how the parents are losing a daughter, and their other daughters are losing a sister, and... let's just say that I've been pretty liberal with the hugs and kisses around here since we heard the news. My daughter says the high school is really quiet today.


Anyway. Unrelated: in an unfortunate turn of events, the teachers in our school district, who have been working without a contract since last July, have voted to strike. If they can't work something out before the 25th, it's actually going to happen, and oh, my god, it is going to fuck. everything. up. What a mess. At this point, I'm just glad my older daughter isn't a senior this year. But even without that, I have no idea what will happen to: prom, the school play, the state competitions for the band and choir, and... so many more things. Fingers crossed that it doesn't get that far. :/


In less depressing news, I recently read a fic (shocking, I know) that actually seemed custom made to answer some questions I had. In all the years I've been reading BDSM fic (which I love, OMG, maybe my very favorite theme), all I've ever seen was sadistic doms and masochistic subs (when pain was involved at all, that is). I couldn't help but wonder whether it was possible for it to be the other way around, and how that might work, and this fic -- though it wasn't even close to the focus of the story -- centered on a relationship that was precisely that. It was very cool. (For the curious, it was Follow My Lead, by littlemousling. Very enjoyable!)

They say all dogs go to heaven

sandman
I told you about how Barkley came to live with us, so it seems only right that I should tell you how he left usCollapse ).

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Hello, I must be going.

all-star
Thank you for the blue dragon, moonilicious! That was a lovely surprise.

Today it snowed, the first time on this day in recorded history. It actually stuck around for awhile, and though it was only a light dusting and very wet, I really enjoyed it (I do so love snow!). Obligatory Instagram photo.

And I have tickets to fun.! This makes me happy, since they missed my date with Panic! (heh. My date with Panic!. I just had to say that again. Okay, it's not even what I really meant, because it was actually them opening for Panic! when they were here last, but whatever), and their original tour schedule had them bypassing us again. I'm anxious to hear about who is opening for them! I am a little sad that they've graduated to medium-sized venues, but happy for them at the same time. :)

Also, today I have new Chucks! They look like this. CUTEST. I have been craving some really bright purple ones -- which they don't currently make -- but these are a pretty sweet substitute for now.

And, now, back to being productive. *sigh*

*facepalm*

d'oh!
I just misplaced my phone for about two minutes. Wandered around the house trying to figure out where I'd put it down.

Guess where it was. Go on, guess.

It was playing MP3s through my stereo.

Yup.

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I've been around, honest! Just... quiet.

except for me to be with you
I just realized that I haven't made an actual entry in well over a month. Wow. Um... sorry?

Most of my Christmas season was spent feeling less than Christmas-y, and any entry I thought about posting was sort of along the lines of "woe is me," so I simply avoided it. It wasn't until just a couple of days before the holiday that things started to look up a little bit. It actually turned out to be not too bad, though between Christmas, an unexpected trip to the vet ($350 later, the dog is fine, though), and various other large, expensive-but-necessary purchases, we massively overspent this year. Kind of depressing.

That aside, things are mostly pretty okay. Family visits were good, people got gifts that they liked, and I still have 10 days left with my girls before they go back to school. Plus, I dreamt of Brendon last night, so that was awesome. He's very nice to put my arm around and feel him lean against me, in case you were wondering.

I took the girls to see "Hugo," which was a lovely film, and I went with my mother and sister to see Sherlock Holmes, which was a lot of fun (though I'm pretty sure I prefer the first film). So many other movies I'd like to see, but I probably won't make it out to many of them. That's what Netflix is for, yeah?

I ficlet-ed! \o/

sunshine boys
Multi-Fandom Fluff Meme!


I actually contributed! \o/ I know it's silly to get excited over 600 words, but I'm so close to finishing something that's over 14,000, now, so... maybe small victories lead to bigger ones, yeah?

So, go read, participate, enjoy!

Mississippi Personhood Amendment

smoke gets in your eyes
I posted about this on Tumblr, as well, because I don't do the Facebook thing. But, people have to know about this; it's too important!

Originally posted by gabrielleabelle at Mississippi Personhood Amendment
Okay, so I don't usually do this, but this is an issue near and dear to me and this is getting very little no attention in the mainstream media.

Mississippi is voting on November 8th on whether to pass Amendment 26, the "Personhood Amendment". This amendment would grant fertilized eggs and fetuses personhood status.

Putting aside the contentious issue of abortion, this would effectively outlaw birth control and criminalize women who have miscarriages. This is not a good thing.

Jackson Women's Health Organization is the only place women can get abortions in the entire state, and they are trying to launch a grassroots movement against this amendment. This doesn't just apply to Mississippi, though, as Personhood USA, the group that introduced this amendment, is trying to introduce identical amendments in all 50 states.

What's more, in Mississippi, this amendment is expected to pass. It even has Mississippi Democrats, including the Attorney General, Jim Hood, backing it.

The reason I'm posting this here is because I made a meager donation to the Jackson Women's Health Organization this morning, and I received a personal email back hours later - on a Sunday - thanking me and noting that I'm one of the first "outside" people to contribute.

So if you sometimes pass on political action because you figure that enough other people will do something to make a difference, make an exception on this one. My RSS reader is near silent on this amendment. I only found out about it through a feminist blog. The mainstream media is not reporting on it.

If there is ever a time to donate or send a letter in protest, this would be it.

What to do?

- Read up on it. Wake Up, Mississippi is the home of the grassroots effort to fight this amendment. Daily Kos also has a thorough story on it.

- If you can afford it, you can donate at the site's link.

- You can contact the Democratic National Committee to see why more of our representatives aren't speaking out against this.

- Like this Facebook page to help spread awareness.


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crowned with music
So, barely a couple of weeks ago, Brendon and Sarah announced their engagement, and today, a fan tweeted the meanings of their names and Sarah retweeted it, which is how I saw it. I didn't believe it, at first, so I looked it up for myself, and sure enough, Brendon means 'prince' and Sarah means -- you guessed it -- 'princess.' My brain has been quietly meeping over that all day, making me grin at random times.


Sounds about right, to meCollapse )

Seeing as how I've heard Brendon described as a prince by more than one person who has met him, it's just... kind of cool, you know? Like... validation, or something. Plus, I'm just so happy that my boy is happy!
sk8er boi
Just having one of the moments where I'm compelled to say, "I love you Brendon Boyd Urie," because it's been building all morning and then Zack posted this:



...and I just thought, "God damn, I love him." Not really for any one reason, or because of this photo, but just because he's him.

♥ ♥ ♥

Mixed bag

crowned with music
Can anyone tell me what happened to gwaine? If she doesn't want to be found, or something, that's cool -- I've just been around here so little that her disappearance took me by surprise. She's been here nearly as long as I have, which is... holy shit, nine years in about a week. O___O How the hell did that happen?


In other news, I'm up to 7000 words on my fic. I'm having such difficulty finding time to work on it! Like... I want to do it now, but I'm so freaking sleepy. Probably best to put it off, but it's making me crazy. Er. Crazier.


And lastly, would anyone be interested in a download of the songs I ripped from Cameron Mitchell's Facebook page? Plus a bonus cover of "Blackbird" that he posted on his YouTube? Let me know if you are, and I'll zip them up and upload them.

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And then they fell in love. The end.

sunshine boys
Guys, I have 5400 words of pretend-boyfriend fic in my WIP file -- please don't let me crash and burn on this one! (That's sort of a generalized plea; I don't really expect any of you to be able to make me finish it, though encouragement might be nice?) It's been so long since I finished anything. /o\ Not sure how much more I've got to go, but I'm guessing at least 3000 words or so. Of course, I thought that about 1000 words ago, so who knows?

In the meantime, I'm refusing to read anything, mostly to force myself to use the time to write, instead. As a consequence, some of the stuff posted today over at bandombigbang has me flailing in a sort of frustrated way. More incentive to finish this thing, I guess!

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A dream to remember

fraaaaank
I was dreaming when my alarm went off this morning. I had that tiny, nagging feeling that there was something in there that I would want to remember, but I didn't have time to think about it, so I let it go.Collapse )

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