ithildin
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.
 
 
ithildin
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'



https://www.washingtonpost.com/video/editorial/how-ken-burns-would-tell-the-story-of-star-wars/2015/12/18/2ed8ccaa-a5a4-11e5-8318-bd8caed8c588_video.html

Cracked me up.
 
 
ithildin
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.
 
 
ithildin
30 September 2015 @ 05:45 pm
Hola!  
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.....
 
 
ithildin
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 Ancestry.com 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 Ancestry.com 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!
 
 
ithildin
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....
 
 
ithildin
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??
 
 
ithildin
17 February 2015 @ 06:07 pm
Long time, no see  
I know, I suck. I think about posting, bet never get around to it. What's new with you? I still read my f'list, and even attempt to comment occasionally.

Let's see.... haven't seen any movies lately, so that's out. TV? Anyone else looking at the Amazon pilots? We've watched a bunch, and some are quite good. We really liked Man In a High Castle -- excellent! Watched the first ep ob Bosche last night, and I think I'll watch more, but then, I've always had a fondness for Titus Welliver.

Survived the Disneyland Measles Outbreak 2014. Spent 21 days hoping I wasn't one of 3% who had vaccine failure. I wasn't!

Vala, our puppy, is very large now, and is going to be way more Border Collie than Black Lab.

Just downloaded the new Mavericks album, Mono. Can't wait to listen to it.

Still in writers block land.

Bought a bunch of seeds from Seed Savers Exchange and have been reading books on companion gardening. It's a project! Turning my yard into a couple raised beds as I've given up on grass until I can afford decent sod.

The apricot trees are in bloom. Smells wonderful outside.

Till later....
 
 
ithildin
21 December 2014 @ 02:26 pm
Winter Check In  
Hope everyone is well!

I had that one writing spurt in November, then silence fell. Since then, we went to Disneyland for Nin's birthday, meeting up with Roberta, Casey, Jen and Dave. Fun was had and matching shirts were worn :D

Photographic Evidence )

What else is new? I have a new phone - my last one got zapped while I was recharging it -- it's a Motorola Droid Turbo, the only one available form Verizon on early edge since my contract isn't up till May.

Vala is growing like a weed, and definitely is more Border Collie that Lab as she grows.

Nin got me an Ancestry.com DNA test for my birthday, which was utterly fascinating when I got the results back. I finally did a paid Ancestry membership as well, after years of just the free one. Should have done it years ago! So much easier and so much information as you can look at other family trees and use that they've discovered already. I was zipping along, working on my paternal great grandmother and was flabbergasted to discover a direct line to the Plantagenets, and the Dukes of Burgundy. Till then, I'd been quite satisfied to discover an aunt who was a lady in waiting to Ann Boleyn :D On that line, I've made it back to 1000. I'm stuck on my mum's, both mother and father, not making it back much past 1700.

Saw Battle of the Five Armies, and while I did enjoy it, it seemed weaker than the first two, and several things aggravated me. But I will go see it again.

Our dryer broke, so we're back to putting things outside to dry. But I'd prefer that to the washer breaking [knocks wood]

Been very slowly preparing for Xmas, and I'm sure there's things I should be doing, but mostly just want to sit here. I did manage to make the filling for my Winter Fruit Tarts yesterday, and shelled nearly 3 lbs of pecans for Nin's Spiced Pecans.

Oh, finally saw the Racoon movie aka Guardians of the Galaxy. Rented it form Amazon. It was entertaining, though I fell asleep part way through. I woke in time for the end though. At least I know what the dancing tree thing is all about now. At some point I'll have to rerent it and try and stay awake through the whole thing.

Everyone have a great holiday season!
 
 
ithildin
05 October 2014 @ 05:50 pm
As the year stumbles to its end.....  
The icon is a nice snapshot of how I feel these days.

But let's try for something cheerful first.

We got a puppy. We adopted her three weeks ago, from Best Friends. Her name, now, is Vala, and she's a Black Lab/Border Collie mix. We went to an event in Hurricane, Dog Spectacular, and lots of rescues had dogs for adoption. We'd wanted a small to medium adult, but ended up with a large breed puppy. Go figure! Last week, there was an article at BFAS about her and her siblings. She's adorable, and way too smart. We're definitely going to have our hands full!

Photo at the cut...

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I see it's time for Highlander Shortcuts again. I'd planned on participating this year again, but seeing as I haven;t written a word since Tammy died, I probably should refrain from signing up.

Tired of the constant feeling of anxiety, like I'm waiting for something terrible to happen. Throw in the news of the world, and I'm feeling in full doomsday mode. I wish my friends weren't all so far away. Would love to be able to actually touch them, you know?

Only new show I've watched this fall is Outlander, and it's already off till spring. Now that I don't have TV service anymore, I'm terribly unaware of what's supposed to be new and awesome. Probably just as well, it all gets canceled anyway!

Will try and not let it be another month before I post again.
 
 
ithildin
11 September 2014 @ 08:05 pm
It's Been a While  
Still here. But I'm still trying to recapture the art of putting words together, both in posts and in writing. I think about what I might write, like fog drifting in from the ocean, but fog can't be captured, it would seem, and the words never make it past my brain.

Love you all, and I miss you, though that's my fault, not yours.
 
 
ithildin
13 July 2014 @ 02:01 pm
Checking In  
I'm still around, just feel like I'm in a fishbowl, looking out, but not able to touch. We did go to SoCal for my birthday (early) to take advantage of the 4th being a paid holiday. Met up with Jen and Dave, did Disney, the beach (the ocean won.), and some very nice dinners. The whole day at the beach was a humourous disaster, but memorable. Had a lovely birthday dinner at Crystal Cove (there's a few sunset photos on my Instagram), but got emotionally overwhelmed after dinner thinking of Tammy and I ruined it for everyone. Sunday we had a quiet day at Disneyland - it was a blackout weekend for SoCal passes and it was divine! Pretty much walked on to the rides. Nin and I actually made it to midnight. We credit the pot of Jasmine tea we had late afternoon at Carthay Circle lounge in the California park. If there was a way to not have to drive thru the Mojave Desert, we'd go to SoCal more often in the summer. But the heat of the trip is unrelenting, and the car A/C really can't keep up.

My brother built me a pond/waterfall in my yard, which I love, monsoon season is well under way, though the storms keep skirting past us, and I can't wait till Autumn! This weekend kinda disappeared amongst not being able to sleep properly, pain, and just general mehness. I'd hoped to write, but the desire/ability seemed to disappear with Tammy's death. I guess we'll see what the next few months bring. I feel bad as I had two WIPs going great guns, then screeching halt.

I'll try and post more often. I am reading here, just, you know, fishbowl.
 
 
ithildin
16 June 2014 @ 06:53 pm
Keeps Keeping On  
Took a bad fall Saturday, twisted my foot, smashed my knee up. I'll live. Hurts a lot though. In the end, it's just one more thing to deal with. Still catch myself seeing 'For Rent' signs and thinking 'that might work for Tammy'. Then I remember she's dead. I try not to cry if people are around. Pretty sure everyone's tired of me by now. Haven't written a word, and have absolutely no desire to write. There's just nothing there to put on the page. All I really want to do is sleep, but can't even manage that properly either. Pretty sure in the dictionary next to the word 'fail' is a picture of me.
 
 
ithildin
13 May 2014 @ 05:53 pm
Thank You  
Thank you to everyone who commented on my last two posts. Your sympathy and caring really meant a lot to me. I was so down, that on Friday after work, I convinced Nin we needed to take a spontaneous trip somewhere. She agreed, and we ended up in Park City in a B&B with two wonderful dogs that were so happy and cheerful, you couldn't help but fall in love with them. And it snowed, so double plus!

Thanks again :)
 
 
ithildin
03 August 2013 @ 02:08 pm
Best Laid Plans  
The Magnificent Seven con is going on as I type. For once, I planned in advance, bought early bird memberships before there were even any guests, blocked the time off, made hotel ressies. Yeah, that didn't work out. Vet bills, our car acting up again, and the current situation at work=I couldn't go. Am a wee bit bummed.

Have just slathered myself with sunscreen, going to take mum to work and while we're there, Nin and I may use the Natl Park pass to go take a walk in Zion NP. Depends on how hot it is up there. It's 96 down here, so we'll see. When I get back, need to make green chile relish for dinner and remember to cross post my 'Agents of SHIELD' ficlet from earlier in the week.
 
 
ithildin
27 July 2013 @ 06:48 pm
Good news, bad news  
Good first: I got a mystery gift off my Amazon Wish List. There was no packing list inside, just the book, Salt, Sugar, Smoke - which is awesome!! I've already found several preserves recipes I want to try once the fruit that isn't apricots ripens!

We got rain yesterday!! And the temperature today didn't break 90! Yay! We've had a very active monsoon season this year.

Not so good: our car won't start again. Remember it had a mystery ailment in the spring, and we thought it was fixed, even though the mechanic wasn't certain it really wasn't the starter? Well, I did research on the early 2000s Impalas, and apparently, when it comes to the passlock system, they're lemons. Hundreds of complaints identical to ours. And no easy fix. I'm to the point that I'm afraid to use it on anything other than very local trips. For God's sake, we live in the desert, I have to be able to rely on the damn car! We're supposed to go to Colorado at the end of the month, only a 6 odd hour drive, but most of it is through the Navajo reservation, which is long long stretches of nothing but dust devils and the occasional wild mustang.

Loki -- the kitten -- has a hurt paw. The kittens like to stick their feet under the door, and one of the Bengals, Caffrey, not having a real idea that the little foot is attached to a live kitten, thought it was a toy and pierced Loki's foot with his massive foot and claw. Poor little mite :(

Then there's me -- some sort of multi-cat incident this morning had one run over my face, and now I have a gash from the corner of my eye to my cheekbone. Talk about panic/pain/lots of blood. Now, the area's swollen, and god only knows what colour it will be tomorrow. I'm very thankful it isn't my eyeball though :(
 
 
ithildin
16 July 2013 @ 05:28 pm
The Day  
First off, thank you to all who sent birthday wishes and virtual gifts! Much appreciated.

Nin took the day off for my birthday, but I had to work. Payweek, don't you know. But I dd cut out early, so fun was had. Went to In-N-Out for a 'brunch' -- it was 10:45 and I hadn't eaten anything today. Then we ran some errands to Petco for kitten food and Cal Ranch for chicken food. Did some window shopping at Eddie Bauer, and then we went to see 'Pacific Rim'. Really good movie, glad we went. I've always been a fan of Godzilla movies, so this was a treat. Now we're home, and roast beef and Yorkshire pudding is on the menu, along with a lemon chocolate ganache tart for dessert. And lots of wine!
 
 
ithildin
16 June 2013 @ 02:54 pm
What else?  
Other than canning, not much,. Well, I did finish and posted the last part of Equivocal Coalescence. For a longish story, I completed it in three months. Which for me, is fast. It seems to be fairly well received--well, as much as you can tell these days. I really did enjoy writing a story set during a movie, it was a challenge. Hopefully it will help me pull off the Avengers set one [fingers crossed]. Haven't written a word since. I think I'm going to try and work on my Queen of Swords story a little more--I'm determined to finish the damned thing--before picking up the Avengers one.

Nin and I have done a rewatch of both Slings & Arrows and Band of Brothers. Trying to decide what to tackle next.

Haven't quite adjusted to the heat yet this year. I think the climate is getting me down. I hate that.

Oh, I haven't updated you about Freya, our latest stray. We finally were able to take her to the vet, and it turned out she was pregnant. The vet had given us his word that he'll get arrangements made for the kittens when they're born of we can just deal with the birth and keep them till they're weaned. So Freya is now an indoor kittie, and very pregnant. I'm angry all over again at people who have cats, let them outdoors, and can't even be bothered to get them fixed.

One of our chickens went broody, and shows no signs of snapping out of it. It's so hot right now, so not a good time.

I need a vacation. Going to try and take an entire week off in August at some point. Even if we don't go anywhere, just away from work for 9 days, would be bliss.
 
 
ithildin
10 April 2013 @ 07:13 pm
What Happens In Vegas, Stays In Vegas?  
I wish.

Looks like I came home with a lovely souvenir from my trip - gastroenteritis. Started at 3AM this morning, needless to say, I stayed home. Which mostly involved laying on the floor in front of the bathroom. Feel weak as a kitten now.
 
 
ithildin
25 February 2013 @ 04:31 pm
The Illness of Doom Continues  
And now Nin has it, and my mum. I stayed home today. All thoughts I'd be up to going to work began to disappear in the middle of the night after continued bouts of coughing. I'm hopeful I can at least go in for a few hours tomorrow. Even being able to work at home, I still get behind.