wordinista: (sad bunneh)
I just totally pulled a "GET OFF MY DAMN LAWN."

About six or eight neighborhood kids were playing on and around the dock in our backyard.  Lots of screaming, lots of generally being little asshats. 

The dogs? Going ballistic.

Me?  TIRED OF THE DOGS OF THE DOGS GOING BALLISTIC.  So I peeked out back and saw the above scene.

Me: "OH, HELL NO."

So I went out back.  "Excuse me!  Is this yours? Any of it?"

"....no."

"Then what are you doing? GO PLAY IN YOUR OWN  YARD."

Then one girl pipes up with, "Well, my uncle said..."

"I. Don't. Care.  Did he ask me?  No."



I totally "get off my damned lawn"d them.
wordinista: (What an explanation it would be...)

So apparently all it takes is a wink-wink, nudge-nudge of a dirty joke and a little bit (okay, a lot) of innuendo to send my motivation AND work ethic straight into the toilet.

WHO KNEW?

[livejournal.com profile] tarysande I'M LOOKING IN YOUR GENERAL DIRECTION.
wordinista: (Alistair king shield)
You glance down at what's playing on Pandora, and instead of seeing "March for Orchestra in F Major," you see "March for Orlesians in F Major."

Ol' Amadeus got around I guess...
wordinista: (Y HALO THAR)
I am finding it increasingly difficult to believe that the Buffy Season 8 comic isn't poking fun at Stephanie Meyer in some vague way. 

That is all.
wordinista: (Chibi Crusnik)

First: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new question.
Second: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you -



Obligatory Q&A behind zee cut )

As for taggings... hmm...  [livejournal.com profile] emeralddragon , [livejournal.com profile] inusaga , [livejournal.com profile] alioth , [livejournal.com profile] crystaldawn , [livejournal.com profile] evilpuppy , [livejournal.com profile] sarolynne , [livejournal.com profile] somnambulicious , [livejournal.com profile] allycelestastar 
wordinista: (Pisces after sex)

I just realized that in the course of one week, someone I know has gotten engaged, someone else has gotten married, and someone else has announced a pregnancy.

For some reason, this amuses me muchly. ;)

The pregnant!someone is my baby cousin, whose wedding I went to last year.  She's six years my junior and now my mother is GIVING ME LOOKSHelp!

Mom: "They're [my aunt and uncle] going to be grandparents."
Me:  "And yet, I'm still happy having dogs."
Mom:  *glare*
Me:  "You think Darwin isn't completely superior to a crying infant?  I'm going to tell him you think that, and he's going to be so hurt."

And the moment in which I reveal my true catty nature:

Mom: [Telling Grampa he's going to be a great-grandfather.]  Erica's having a baby! You're going to be a great-grandfather!
Me:  ...Again.
Mom:  ....Again.
Me:  Except this time it's the grand-daughter that's actually MARRIED doing it.
George: *sporfle*


Yeah, I have two cousins who... have difficulties making even remotely intelligent choices. They happen to be sisters.  Sigh.

wordinista: (Bakingfetish)

I managed to create a recipe for a diabetes-friendly chicken pot-pie.  It's not a pie, exactly -- it's more of a casserole, I think (lack of a crust, but with just enough penne to add some carbs and starchy yumminess).  But it's got that distinct comfort-food taste, and even though it's a little work-intensive, it is worth every minute of preparation.

I also used my herbs de Provence, and that just makes me feel culinarily snooty.

OMG YUM.

Also?  ALSO.  I experimented a little bit with a chocolate muffin recipe I have -- over the holidays, I used the batter to make a chocolate mint-chip loaf, which went over very well.  This time, I made the loaf with white wheat flour, and added a bit of fiori di sicilia flavoring, which has a bit of a citrusy taste.  So I basically have something that tastes a whole lot like those dark chocolate oranges, and I am likewise happy.  Granted, it isn't really what you'd call "diabetes-friendly," but George has found that he can have a small slice without throwing his numbers out of whack. 

IN FACT, he had an excellent check-up last week, and his doc was pretty damned impressed with how much progress he's making since his diagnosis.  (He lost weight over the holidays.  LOST WEIGHT.  OVER THE HOLIDAYS.  I told him that's grounds for divorce right there.)

It's been a good day. ^_^
wordinista: (Caffeine <3)

It's not even 8 AM yet, I slept like total ass, have to clean the house today, and yet...

I feel like firing up Rock Band 2 and singing myself hoarse.

Amy Lee just sort of does that to me.  And I have had "Broken" in my head since yesterday, and I know that's not available on the RB marketplace, but I have other stuff I can sing along with and...

Yep.  I see me doing this. 

And I haven't even had any caffeine yet this morning.  Weird.

wordinista: (Sarcastic Power)
That today's horoscope said:  "The workplace will be a madhouse. You'll find peace tonight."

What it probably ought to have said:  "You will be surrounded by more idiots than usual today."

It's going to take a lot for my Employment Law teacher to get me to revise my opinion of her.  And in case anyone was wondering, my current opinion of her is that she's lazy (do not use the words "thru" and "nite" and expect to get anything resembling respect from me, tyvm), utterly disrespectful of her students' time (ARE YOU KIDDING ME? YOU SCANNED IN EVERY LAST ONE OF THOSE HANDOUTS -- POORLY, I MIGHT ADD -- AND IT'S UP TO US TO FIGURE OUT HOW TO PRINT THEM SO THEY'RE WORTH HALF A DAMN?), and one Archdemon short of a Blight.  (Yes, I know: gratuitous DA:O reference.  I need what laughs I can get right now.)

I need to (a) find my happy place, stat, and (b) switch to herbal tea before the vein currently popping out on my forehead bursts.

OMGWTF?

Jan. 7th, 2010 08:10 pm
wordinista: (Happy Asta)
HOLY CRAP.

SNOW FLURRIES?

IN FLORIDA?

TONIGHT?

GUYS GUYS GUYS.  IT'S SUPPOSED TO SNOW TONIGHT.  I'VE LIVED HERE FOR 20 YEARS AND THAT HAS NEVER HAPPENED.

SNOW FLURRIES.  IN FLORIDA.

OMGWTF.

SNOWFLURRIES.

Yes, yes, I know many of you live in places that have snow up the ying-yang. Indulge me. XD
wordinista: (Darwin XD)
...Okay, so they're saying there might be snow flurries in Jacksonville.  At some point this week, we can expect a low of 19 degrees.

I AM NOT COMPLAINING ABOUT THIS.  Let me just say that right now.  Well... there might be complaining at 6 am when it's doggy-potty time.  But, in general, I am not complaining.  I DO wish we'd gotten this weather back around Christmastime.  That would've been nice.  Buuuut, I am stocked with tea and cocoa, so I'm pretty much set. 


In other news, I have been playing the utter hell out of Dragon Age: Origins.  And something hit me today while I had the dogs outside.

Darwin is totally, absolutely Alistair.  And Sydney is absolutely Leliana.  And Kisa?  Morrigan.  So very Morrigan.

Darwin:  Smarter than he looks, acts dumber than he is.  Loyal to a fault.  PROTECTIVE.  Goes from goofy to fearless in 1.5 seconds.  Likes cheese.  Goes totally Templar in the presence of cats.

Sydney:  If she weren't colorblind, her nickname would be Princess Pretty Colors.  'Nuff said.

Kisa:  INSTIGATES. INSTIGATES. INSTIGATES.
wordinista: (Default)

Today is turning into one of THOSE days.  This scene has played itself out at least three times today:

[RANDOM SOUND COMES FROM OUTSIDE]

Darwin:  [CHARGES TO THE DOOR BARKING LIKE A LUNATIC.  SHOVES MUZZLE THROUGH MAIL SLOT.]

Bunneh:  [JUMPS OUT OF HER DAMNED SKIN. EVERY. TIME.]

Darwin:  [THROUGH THE MAIL SLOT]  ROOROOROOROOROO!

Bunneh:  Darwin, enough!

Darwin:  ROOROOROOROOROO!

Bunneh:  Enough! 

Darwin:  [Looks at her like "You cannot possibly be talking to me THERE ARE THINGS OUTSIDE AT WHICH I MUST BARK."]

Bunneh:  Go. Lie. Down.

Darwin:  ["You're kidding me, right?  THERE ARE THINGS! OUTSIDE!  I HAVE TO BARK AT THEM!"]

Bunneh:  NOW.

Darwin:  ["FINE."  And then finds a spot, flops down, and lets out a mighty, aggrieved sigh.]

Bunneh:  [goes back to what she was doing]

Darwin:  [sulkily]  Mruff.

Bunneh:  [gives her darling dog such a look as could freeze water.]  Enough.

Darwin:  .........mruff.


MY DOG GETS THE LAST WORD WHEN WE ARGUE. WHAT IS WRONG HERE?

Owwwww

Jan. 4th, 2010 09:20 am
wordinista: (Default)
You wouldn't think stubbing your toe on a dog bone would hurt.

You'd be wrong.

Owwie owwie ow!

Silly dogs, leaving their toys around.  I need to train them to put their things away, seriously. XD

!!!!

Dec. 7th, 2009 01:07 pm
wordinista: (Happy Asta)
I can has snowflake cookie v-gifts!

Thank you [livejournal.com profile] mscongeniality [livejournal.com profile] aoi_tsuki and [livejournal.com profile] kangawu !!!

This has brightened my day so much, y'all don't even know. <3
wordinista: (Default)
This is the fourth year that my favorite Australian Shepherd community has been doing its yearly calendar, and it's the FIRST year that the calendar is going to be available to the public! ALL proceeds go to the Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute, Inc. to support research into canine epilepsy. It's a beautiful calendar -- I buy three every year. :)

You know you want to~~! Order HERE: www.theaustralianshepherd.net

AND the board has been featured in an ASHGI press release:

Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute, Inc.
Press Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Date: 11-30-09

Gifts that Keep Giving

Here are two great ways to do your Christmas shopping and support ASHGI, too! Avoid the malls, the crowds and the traffic an benefit ASHGI at the same time! Do your shopping on line by purchasing Aussie Board Calendars or books from Dog Wise.

Aussie Board 2010 Calendar
Proceeds from the 2010 Aussie Board Calendar will be presented to ASHGI for cancer and epilepsy research. They'll only be taking orders until December 7, so get your calendar soon! Ordering deadline is December 7, so don't delay!

To order: www.theaustralianshepherd.net/CalendarOrderPage.html
To view Cover: www.nwdog.org/COVER%20test.pdf
Sample Page: www.nwdog.org/November.pdf

ASHGI thanks the members of the Aussie Board for helping us support important breed health research.

Dog Wise Books
If you access Dog Wise's site from ASHGI's Recommended Reading page (www.ashgi.org/reading.htm), Dog Wise will send ASHGI a donation for all purchases you make, whether or not the specific items are listed on our page.

The Australian Shepherd Health & Genetics Institute, Inc., founded in 2001, is dedicated to educating the Aussie community about genetic and health issues and supporting research into those issues. It serves all Aussies, no matter what their purpose, the goals of their owners, or where they live. ASHGI works both independently and in cooperation with researchers, breed clubs, canine health organizations and foundations that provide grant funds for canine genetics research.
wordinista: (Bakingfetish)
So, stuff and things are going on, and I decided to scribble some of it down.

Boiled Cider and Baking Amnesia )Read more... )


Thanksgiving! )


Dragon Age: Origins (LOVE THAT GAME SO MUCH) )
wordinista: (Happy Asta)
First of all, this is obscenely, obscenely late, and for that I do apologize. (In truth, I thought I'd already written this, and then when I went to go back and grab the link for it, I realized that, hey, SOMETHING WAS MISSING. So, hopefully this is better late than never.)

Second of all, THANK YOU for participating in the Yuletide Challenge this year, and thank you for the story you're about to write.

In truth, I'm pretty easy to please, but then I bet everyone thinks that of themselves :). Generally, I'm not a huge fan of slash, and that is... pretty much my only squick. I've requested all canon "pairings" (though I agree that it's debatable whether Rae and Con are a "pairing"-- but I love their chemistry and their exchanges), so that probably illustrates that right there. I'm also a complete sucker for holiday-themed stories. A COMPLETE sucker. Take that as you will. :D


Okay, so I requested Jennifer Crusie's novel Faking It. Obviously my favorite pairing is Davy and Tilda, so anything with them... being Davy and Tilda at each other would be fantastic. Something post-novel would be good, and if you'd like to throw in any of the other characters, that would be fantastic. (Am also open to cross-overs with other Crusie novels, but that's up to you.)

As for the Sayersverse, I have always envied people who can write a mystery. If you're one of those people, a mystery would be WONDERFUL. However, being someone who has a hard time writing a mystery, I completely understand if that's not doable. I love Peter and Harriet, and positively adore their banter and piffle. I also love every phase of their relationship, from the awkwardness in the beginning, to Harriet's stubbornness and Peter's determination, to the point where everything FINALLY comes to fruition. (I do confess a fondness for seeing them married, however, but it is not strictly necessary.)

And, finally, Sunshine. This is the first year I've requested anything from this fandome, but I do love the chemistry Sunshine and Con share. Whether you take this down a romantic road or not is entirely up to you. I... really don't know what to ask for here! I love Con, love him to utter bits, and Rae's wry observances and smart mouth are the things I love most about her. Something post-novel would be good, or if you can figure out a way to tuck something within the framework of the book, that's fine too. I'm curious about Con's history, so maybe he could open up a little more about that?
wordinista: (Hatori Idiot)
I was on my way home from taking the dogs on their morning walk over the causeway, and found myself flipping through radio stations, like one often does while driving. I stopped at one of my two favorite stations (classic rock, mostly) in time to hear a caller ripping the morning DJ a new one for "apologizing." I stopped and listened a little while, and it turned out that on or around Veterans' Day, the DJ made a comment that was something to the effect of, "I am sorry for all that the POWs had to endure" or thereabouts. Okay, fine. No big deal.

This caller then said the following: "The problem with Republicans is that they always want to give POWs a free pass on everything."

...

...

...

A free pass? I... wait. What? What? Hello, are you completely, entirely void of anything even remotely resembling basic human empathy?

A free pass. Because, you know, that's the whole reason why people become POWs in the first place. Because they get all sorts of preferential treatment for it.

...

Stay classy, anonymous asshole.
wordinista: (ARGH!)
ARGH.

I have been in contact with a woman who has been TRYING to get her adoption application processed for ARPH (an Aussie rescue organization). She has been getting the fucking run-around since JANUARY. JANUARY. I know the FL chapter of ARPH has been going through some crap (the main rep stepped down, and I have no idea if anyone's replaced her or not, and the local rep, who was my main liasion, also resigned due to bureaucratic stupidity). So this woman, who was a fantastic potential adopter, by the way, is now completely discouraged and probably rightfully disgusted with ARPH.

THESE DOGS NEED HOMES, PEOPLE. ALIENATING POTENTIAL ADOPTERS IS NOT THE WAY TO GO ABOUT PUTTING SAID DOGS IN HOMES. WHAT THE HELL. GET OVER YOURSELVES AND RETURN A FEW FUCKING PHONE CALLS.

Whoa.

Nov. 16th, 2009 06:58 pm
wordinista: (Possess those shores with me!)
I have met the first game that I am actually looking FORWARD to playing again now that I've finished it.

Dragon Age: Origins.

Oh. My. God.

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