02 October 2016 @ 11:00 am
Take Me For Longing (01/01)  
Title: Take Me For Longing
Fandoms: Highlander/Marvel Movies/Iron Man
Rating: PG13
Characters: Tony Stark, Methos, Original Character.
Summary: Tony and Charlotte’s friendship has come full circle, thirty years after their first meeting in Monte Carlo.
25 September 2016 @ 01:17 pm
TV This and That  
We've been rewatching Methos Highlander eps, which has made me want to write the story I never got around to with Sean Burns, One of them, anyway. Also, Longmire is back. We've been good, not binge watching, trying to make it last. We've seen 5 so far, all really good. It was great having Agents of SHIELD back, but I wasn't too keen on the Ghost Rider addition. I felt I was watching Supernatural. But I'll reserve judgment till I've seen a few more. As for new autumn shows, so far the only one I am interested in seeing is the time travel one. Timeless, I think it's called? Though apparently there's a show in the works based on the movie Time After Time, so will probably check that out when it arrives. What I'm really looking forward to is American Gods.
22 September 2016 @ 02:05 pm
'Breaking Up Is Hard To Do' (01/01)  
Okay, maybe not a fluke. Second story in a week! This follows The Path, set during the end of Captain America: Civil War.

Breaking Up Is Hard To Do
19 September 2016 @ 07:37 pm
'The Path'  
I've finally written something, after a two year void. It's short, but it's something!

The Path
27 August 2016 @ 06:50 pm
In other news....  
Nin and I completed a rewatch of all the LotR and Hobbit movies. We finally cracked open the extended Battle of the Five Armies while we were at it. It was my least fave of the 3, but I think the extended version actually improved it. Last night, I rewatched, and Nin watched all the way through for the first time, North and South, the BBC Richard Armitage one. Tonight, I'm thinking of trying out Stranger Things on Netflix, as I've heard so much good about it.

Did anyone else watch The Last Kingdom? I really liked it! Sort of Vikings from the other POV. I'd read one of the novels years ago, and had enjoyed it. We also really enjoyed Outlander this season. Oh, and Poldark! Pretty!!
27 August 2016 @ 06:09 pm
Summer is nearly over....  
Boy, that went fast! What's new? Me, my work moved us into a new office that we own, and my boss and I got to plan it from the studs out. It came out really nice, if I do say so myself. In May, we did our usual Ladies Assemble, this time, we all met at Jen's house. Before the gathering, Nin and I meandered up the CA coast, where I fell and cracked my ribs. I'm so talented! Still not writing :( Work keeps me very stressed, and very busy, anxiety is my constant companion. Coming up, Jen scored us all tickets to see John Cleese and Eric Idle in Vegas in November, so that should be fun! Going to Park City for a work meeting in a couple weeks, and I love Park City, so the change of scene will be nice. I'm looking forward to cooler autumn temps, that's for sure! Hope everyone is well! Take care.
25 March 2016 @ 07:02 pm
Comes Back Around  
[waves] I don't know what's wrong with me. I seem to have lost the ability to do social media, other than Twitter, and I can't write anymore. Just wanted to let any who might still be around that I'm fine, just not good at communicating these days. Love to all!
04 January 2016 @ 01:43 pm
I recently saw a mention of this go by on a comm. Looked it up and it's in S2. Never heard of it before. Is it any good? Says Timothy Ombudsman is in it, which is a plus.
03 January 2016 @ 06:30 pm
The Last Kingdom  
Did anyone else watch this? I loved it! I remember reading the first book, several years ago. I think Last Kingdom and Wolf Hall are my two favourites from the last year and a bit. I really need to rewatch Wolf Hall too.
03 January 2016 @ 06:21 pm
Listening to Silly Wizard and it makes me sad. Still so saddened by the death of Andy M. Stewart. Such amazing music, so much joy.
03 January 2016 @ 03:54 pm
That Star Wars Movie  
I've been wanting to post since I saw it, but wanted to be less emotional. Now it's been a few weeks, I'm giving it a try.

Read more... )

Yeah, not less emotional.

(I even did a private post testing the cut, so I didn't screw it up)
20 December 2015 @ 02:07 pm
December Post :D  
My brother actually got mum to go see Star Wars with him, since I refuse to see it again. I don't think she's been in a movie theatre for quite a few years. She's partly deaf, and has mobility issues and finds the seats very uncomfortable. We'll usually do a Marvel movie or other blockbuster DVD catchup over Christmas. This year, it'll be Ant Man.

We're breaking away from having turkey for Xmas dinner for the very first time. I'm going to try my hand at a Beef Wellington, along with roast potatoes and Yorkshire Pudding. And since my brother doesn't eat beef, going to have crab and a lemon risotto as well. Then cranberry pecan pie with honey cranberry sauce for dessert. I think the urge to mix it up stems from this being the first Christmas since my father died. It's distracting to do different things.

I've been experimenting with sourdough, and made sourdough pizza dough last night. The sauce was crushed tomatoes with homemade meatballs and Parmesan and Asiago cheese. Turned out really nice, though I wasn't entirely happy with the crust. Must tinker a bit. Today, I have sourdough bread dough rising. Since it's yeast free, I've been told it can take many hours to rise. Hopefully before I go to bed though!

And I saw this on Facebook: How Ken Burns would tell the story of 'Star Wars'

Cracked me up.
22 November 2015 @ 02:24 pm
How'd It Get To Be Thanksgiving?  
Picked the last of the Anaheims yesterday, then bro got a wood fire going in the bbq grill. Charred them all up really nice, then did some onions so as not to waste the fire. Wish I'd had some hot dogs or burgers! Also got my sourdough started going. Today, I'm baking the sugar pumpkin for pie, and I planted the seeds from it all over the property--will be SURPRISE! come spring :D

We're getting a produce/dairy basket this year from Red Acre Farm CSA​ this year. It's got so many goodies it'll last till near Xmas. I have to keep reminding myself to cut down on the food this Thanksgiving, since my father ate like two people, and he's gone now. I have a hard time cooking small, I've discovered.

I contacted LJ last week and had Tammy's journal set to memorial status. I cried a lot sending that email.

From Thanksgiving, we go straight into Nin;s birthday week -- yeah, she gets a week :) We're going to, where else, Disneyland, and Jen's joining us. Really looking forward to it.
30 September 2015 @ 05:45 pm
What's happening in DW/LJ land? Can't believe it's autumn already -- though it's still in the high 90s here. I wish I had tons to report, but alas....

Still not writing, still working, still fussing over kitties and chickens and dog. I dunno, maybe I should start a new story instead of nagging at the WIPs. I know Charlotte had some definite ideas after Age of Ultron. Bah!

I do, however, now have a real desk! After seven years in this house, and using a haphazard collection of stands and shelves, I finally got a real desk with a shelf credenza and everything. Love it! And of course, cats think the shelf unit s for them.,

We did go see Ant Man finally, and boy I liked it so much better than GotG! Definitely want to get it on DVD.

Only new fall shows I've seen so far is Blind Spot, mostly because I adore Jamie Alexander, and Quantico. Anything out there I should catch?

My brother is building me a new computer, thankfully, because my current tower is HUGE and is relegated to behind my hew desk, where the cats use it as a stepping stone and keep powering it off.

Nin ad I are popping down to SoCal this weekend, and I'm afraid I'm catching my assistant's cold :(

They held our corporate meeting in Park City this year, which was a nice change from Ogden! Met up later with Jen and Dave, and we spent the afternoon at Sundance, where I went on my very first ever chair lift. We went to the top of one mountain, then switched and went up to an even taller mountain! It was gorgeous! Robert Redford has excellent taste in mountains :D The weather was in the 80s, and by the next weekend, it was snowing!

That's it for now.....
11 August 2015 @ 05:25 pm
Family Tree  
So one of the things I've been doing to keep myself distracted is genealogy. I've been working on my family tree on and off for 15 odd years, not really getting anywhere, and not paying for an membership, just using the free version. For my birthday last year, I think it was, Nin got me the DNA test thru Ancestry, and after I got the results, I figured it was time to pony up for a paid subscription. I pay for a few months, stop for a few, start up again. When I pretty much stopped writing, spending the time on filled the void. I wish I'd done the paid version so much sooner! Finally, I was getting somewhere. I come to discover I'm related to all the royalty :D on my paternal grandmother's side. Wrong side of War of the Roses, and mostly the female line, but I was surprised as heck. Now I know why my great grandmother was, reportedly, such a snob. It was kind of cool discovering Eleanor of Aquitaine was my umpteenth times great grandmother. On the down side, evil King John is my umpteenth great grandfather. The amusing discovery was Rollo aka the first Duke of Normandy, from Vikings, is also a great grandfather. So when we were in SoCal, and we were in Hot Topic, and saw the Rollo bobblehead, I had to have it.

So through all this, my mum keeps asking, what about my side of the family? Unfortunately, her parents died when she was a child, and she was adopted. So her side of the family was a bitch to even get back a few generations. However, Ancestry has been adding a lot of new records from Scotland, so when I wet back to her line this month, I was able to push much farther back, and tada! Robert the Bruce! Now mum is happy :D And I'll never watch Braveheart the same way again. And I've found the same Scots princess on both my father and mother's side. I haven't even figured out how to chart that on Ancestry. Apparently there's a way to merge occurrences, but I'm afraid I'll blow up my tree. I probably need to buy the actual tree creator software they have. I think it would be easier to keep track of.

So that's some of how I've been spending my time. I told Nin it's like playing a video game--you never know what's around the corner. I'm also trying to match my tree with the people Ancestry says are DNA match cousins, but haven't had a whole lot of luck. I've been in contact with a few of the people I'm cousins with, and we're going to try and see if we can meet in the middle somewhere.

Look, a real post!
08 August 2015 @ 03:00 pm
Hey, look, it's August already....  
Hope everyone is well in LJ land. I seem to have fallen off the edge of the internet, but I can just see it from down here. Will try and check in again before Autumn :)
01 June 2015 @ 06:31 pm
Checking In  
Just popping in to let you know I'm around, just not very 'present' online these days. It's hard to believe it has been six weeks sine my father died. I still go to take him down a cup of tea in the morning, before stopping myself. The Disneyland 60th Anniversary adverts are probably the thing that get to me. One of the last conversations I had with him, was about him and his family going to Disneyland the year it opened. And he told me I could have the photo. I realized after that he died almost a year to the day Tammy died. And it was the day before Nin and I were going to Disneyland. So Disneyland seems to be racking up connections to death. Yes, these are the place my brain goes to these days. Wish it would go towards writing, but I'm still without any signs of my muse. That makes me sad, even though I can't do anything about it.

Summer has finally arrived. It hit 100 today after a very unusually mild May. My garden is growing, I actually spend a lot of time out there. And the apricots are ripe, so will probably spend next weekend making jam.

Nin and I have started watching The Mindy Project, this after starting -- and finishing -- six seasons of The Good Wife in marathon fashion. We've also been rewatching Buffy, and Ugly Betty. We watch a Mindy, a Betty, and a Buffy. Last night, I got to wondering about Mindy and Betty being slayers....
05 May 2015 @ 07:47 pm
This, That, and Age of Ultron  
First off, thank you to everyone who left condolences -- I truly appreciate it. It's been a little over two weeks since my father died, and it only started to seem 'real' over the last few days.

So I did go on my planned vacation, and I'm glad I did. Being with friends really helped. We went on a sailing trip -- a three hour tour, for real -- went to the San Diego Zoo, and, of course, went to the midnight showing of Age of Ultron.

Spoilery bits.... )

I think I just did my first real post in a long time. Maybe writing will follow??
22 April 2015 @ 05:57 pm
2015 can go away now....  
As some of you were aware, my father had been nearly an invalid for several years, our lives revolving around him not being able to be left alone, planning vacations in shifts, not even all of us able to go out to dinner together, etc.. About six weeks ago, he ended up in hospital, from there to a rehab facility, and then 4 short days under hospice care. He died on Sunday.

I'm taking the next two days as bereavement leave from work, and as chance would have it, my vacation was already scheduled to start Monday. Good chance, I think having a week to spend with friends is probably exactly the best thing.
17 February 2015 @ 06:28 pm
We've lost control of our domain. Today, couldn't get email, out website was gone. t appears the company that always registered our domain for us is no more, after 18 odd years. When I did a whois, it says the registrar is some company I've never heard of. I've emailed that company to see what I need to do to get access back. But they're in Barcelona, so it'll be awhile till I hear, I'm sure. In the meantime, I've been switching notification emails to other addresses. But Dreamwidth, it appears, I've forgotten my password to, which means I can't change my email address. I've opened a support request, and hope I'll be able to prove I'm me. Keep your fingers crossed that this is resolved and I can have my domain back.