athra: ([HP] I have sex with commas)
It's almost Christmas! Feeling the Christmas spirit came a little bit late this year, but about a week ago I started to finally really feel the mood. I'm excited for the next few days with family, friends, good food, and presents :) I actually think I did really well this year on gifts, too; I love giving gifts, but a lot of times I don't feel particularly great at finding things for people. This year I just feel anxious for people to finally open them ;)

So in light of holiday spirit, on the 19th I went out to Celebration with [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers, [livejournal.com profile] momebie, and [livejournal.com profile] theemdash to see fake snow and lights and such. It was really nice, especially to actually get out of the house and see friends that I don't hang out with nearly often enough :)

Have a couple of pictures under the cut... )

Other than Christmas things, life has been pretty standard. A lot of job searching and playing wow and learning to get better at baking, thrown in with some tv watching (been obsessed with Leverage lately) and learning how to knit, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] lonelyarcher. I think my scarf is coming along quite well! Here, actually, have a picture of that, too... )

Coming up after Christmas: celebrate the birthdays of [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and [livejournal.com profile] dragonmountborn, get my ass back to Universal before the new year, probably hide in my cave for new years eve, and start to get craftier in 2013. (I really do like being creative, and I don't use my creativity enough. I feel like I'm losing it a bit from lack of use, so definitely need to fix that.)
athra: ([HP] Luna <3)
I hope everyone had a nice holiday, whatever you celebrate :)

My Christmas was really good. A little weird, since [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster is up north visiting family, but I did my thing with my dad and stepmom on Christmas Eve, and then had Christmas morning with my mom. The food is almost the best part, haha. On Christmas Eve we always do a fondue, which is all kinds of excellent, and my dad made twice-baked sweet potatoes to go with it this year, which were amazing. And then for breakfast Christmas morning, my mom did biscuits and sausage gravy, mmm... and then we had a more 'traditional' Christmas dinner (turkey and all the fixings)... and of course I came home with tons of homemade baked goods, courtesy of both my mom and stepmom. No wonder I'm so fat ;)

I didn't ask for very much this year, so I got everything I asked for, which was good... the one thing I'm excited about, though, is something I didn't even think to ask for: money to buy seasonal passes to Universal!!! Apparently I mentioned on Thanksgiving that I hadn't been to see Hogsmeade yet, which is a TRAGEDY, and my stepmom remembered and gave us the money for both [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I :D :D :D We've decided not to spring the extra for the annual pass, I think we're both happy just to be able to have the seasonal.

And also: HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!! to both [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and [livejournal.com profile] dragonmountborn :D :D
athra: ([misc] waste of potential)

  • I got put onto an ongoing team at work. \o/ This is very good news for my general job security, and has me feeling better in general, though I'm not officially hired on yet. Still, this makes me happy, as I actually like this job, and you know, not coming home miserable has been a huge plus in my life. Now as long as I do as well with the ongoing calls as I did with the annual enrollment calls, I should be okay.

    Unfortunately this doesn't mean that my hours are secure, as evidenced by the fact that I've been sent home early the last two days in a row. I really hope that stops soon, because I need the hours, and don't really want to be forced into having to look elsewhere. But, hopefully that will stop after the holidays, since it's a really slow time of the year for us.


  • Our kitty, Nala, had to go to the vet yesterday. :( There's nothing too terribly wrong with her, as far as we know right now, but she's on an antibiotic and an anti-inflammatory. Let me tell you, it is so much fun trying to get her to actually take the medication, too. She jerks around like nobodies business, and made quite the effort at drawing blood from [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster this morning.


  • We're rewatching Stargate right now, and it's making me ridiculously happy. ♥ I've only watched it all the way through the one time, and even though I watched some of the episodes more than once, a lot of them I only saw when I was blasting through the series, and I hardly remember some of them. So it's been great fun :D Especially since a lot of the shows we're watching right now all air on the same night, so having something else to watch during the week is a plus.


  • I've started reading the True Blood books, and I really enjoy them more than I thought I would. I'm in the middle of the fourth one now... in general: I like Sookie most of the time, I find Bill soooo boring, and Eric amuses me a lot. I do intend to start watching the show at some point, too, but I wanted to read the books first, and now I can't decide if I want to read all the ones that have been published so far, or if I just want to start on the series now.


  • Speaking of vampire books that are now TV series, has anyone actually been watching Vampire Diaries? I stopped watching somewhere late in season 1, where it was already so vastly different from the books, but I heard some of the things that happened that just make me O.O Is it good on its own, though? Would it be worth picking back up? I feel like I should be watching it, since I liked the books so much, but after I got behind a few weeks I felt no desire to pick it back up.


  • Last thing: Christmas season is starting up again. As a general note, I don't intend to do much in the way of Christmas gifts this year. If you really want to exchange gifts for one reason or another, let me know, but otherwise I'm not really planning on it.

athra: ([Avatar - movie] John Sully)
So, happy 2010 guys! I hope everyone had a good New Year. Ours was pretty quiet at home, with a sickly [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster, but we did manage to stay up until midnight, so that was something.

I'm trying to decide if I want to set book and movie goals for 2010. I already have my big writing goal, but my reading has been up and down as of late, so I'd kind of like to have something to strive for. I was thinking like 50 books, but then I think maybe that's too low... opinions?
athra: ([Disney] pretty pretty Tink)
Merry Christmas guys! I hope all of you are having a great one ♥

Mine's been good... and I have the best boyfriend in the world. I love [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster a whole hell of a lot, and he is very good to me. :)

We went to my Dad's last night to do Christmas with him. They made me happy just because they did things like buy a new stocking so that James had one, too, and putting both our names on some of the gifts, as well as giving him a couple of things just for him. I'm so glad they're actually acknowledging how important this relationship is to me.
For me, they gave me a Wii Fit, so I'm really happy about that. I've been wanting it, and hopefully I'll actually use it regularly, since I could stand to lose some weight, for sure.

Today we had our Christmas morning together, and we're going to go to my Mom's for dinner tonight. So a pretty relaxed Christmas all in all, but I like that it's not been stressful or too overly crazy.

Hopefully next year we'll be going up to Vermont and spending Christmas with his family. Somehow we're going to manage to make that happen.
athra: ([HP] padfoot lives)
My nails are sparkly gold and pretty right now. I've become halfway obsessed with painting my nails... oops? It's good, though, because it keeps me from biting my nails, which is a habit I've needed to kick for a long time. My nails are long right now for the first time in a looooong time. :)

[livejournal.com profile] imthelobster and I got our Christmas tree up! This makes me ridiculously happy, you don't even know. It has twinkly lights and the ornaments are really pretty, and it really does a lot to get me into the mood for this freaking month. Heh. I took pictures of it on my phone, so I may or may not try to post them up if I can figure out how to get them off my phone and onto my comp >.>
athra: ([H&C] spin spin sugar)
The plan to drink every drop of liquor in our apartment? Yeah, that didn't work so well.

The plan to get really drunk? That did... although we started a little early, but oh well. I am never, ever going back and listening to those voice posts. That could only end in badness.

Plus, now we have liquor left for our "Everyone Screw Up Your Resolutions Party!" next week. :D (This works, since [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I decided that our resolution was to give up liquor. Oh, and soda. YEAH.)

Anyway, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and [livejournal.com profile] imthelobster for a pretty fun night, overall. :)


Also, I think I am attempting this Blog 365 thing. I made a profile here, even though it's doubtful I'll use it, since I do all my posting here and such.

Based on the top answeres in my poll, this is what I've decided:

Monday: Poll Day
Tuesday: Fun Website Day
Wednesday: Random Writing Day and/or Icon Day
Thursday: Photo Day
Friday: Free Music Day
Saturday: Comic Strip Day
Sunday: Quote Day

I cut out the random things about my day, because I think I've decided that these themes will only be for if I don't have anything to post about. So like... inspiration, or something. heh. Or whatever works. Anyway, we'll see how long it lasts.
athra: ([misc] btw I love you)
Happy Holidays, everyone!

This year has been very good to me (both Christmas and in general), and I hope it's been just as good to everyone on the ol' friends list. :)
athra: ([Tenipuri] Heaven sent)
Real quick:

I want to get cards sent out soon, so if you want one, go back and comment on this post, please!

Thanks. :D
athra: ([misc] trees are cool)
Yesterday was pretty good, overall. Did the dinner thing at my dads place, went to see my mom for a little bit... and then [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I went over to Clay's place (with only one minor detour on the way... heh) and hung out there for a while. I love that boy. Nothing exciting, overall, but hey. It's not always about excitement, right?

I hope everyone else had a nice Turkey Day, too. :)


Also: I am going to try and send out cards this year for the holidays. I haven't always been good at actually doing so, but... I would like to try. SO, if you'd like a card from me, please leave me your address! Comments are screened. And if you don't like leaving your address in a comment, even with screening, then you can also feel free to email it to me: bravexcrazy AT gmail DOT com.

:D
athra: ([Heroes] Hiro)
HI HAPPY THANKSGIVING EVERYONE! I'll be going to my dads for Thanksgiving dinner. mmmmmm. I am so excited. yay food! ahahaha. I hope everyone else is having a good one, too. :)

In other news, I've caught up on Heroes.

Spoilers through Heroes 2x09 )

oh, and pee ess: I need more Heroes icons. :/
athra: ([Avatar] everything looks better in red)
I've been sort of meaning to post about these, and I've mostly forgotten, but omg. GUYS. We have the BEST Christmas dinnerware EVEEEER in Target right now. I am not even sure why I love these so much, but I really do: SO CUTE!

AND THERE'S A MATCHING SHEET SET! I could cover the futon and be all decorat-y! :O I seriously want to decorate for Christmas this year. ::diiiiies::

If you like the more serious and less kiddie side of things, there's also a really nice porcelain snowflake set that I also like, but am not crazy over.

OH, OH, and this penguin latte mug!!!

Guys, screw Halloween, is it Christmas yet? :D I feel like such a little kid this year. :D :D

Also, A Christmas Story is on sale at Target now, but it's some special edition and costs 19.99, and it will obviously be playing on Christmas on SOME channel. Still, it is A CHRISTMAS STORY, hello, and I know SOMEPEOPLE ::cough:: have never seen it, so should I bother? I really wish I could find it cheaper than that... maybe on ebay or something. hm.

In other random news, after months of not trying I applied for a promotion at work. Wish me luck! It'll be a while until I hear anything about it, though. We'll see.

ANOTHER AWESOME THING:
The box of Unicorn decorations for the party came in. :D They are SWEET, and [livejournal.com profile] barbed_whispers and I fangirled the custom magnet we got for ourselves. >.>

The date is definitely November 11th, which is a Sunday, and we're planning on running from about 1pm-10pm. So consider this another helpful, poking reminder that it will be made of win, and you should definitely attend. :)

(I'm considering doing actual invitations for this, though a lot of them would probably be delivered through email or something. Good idea? Bad? Who cares?)


OH OH I REMEMBER WHAT ELSE I WANTED TO UPDATE ABOUT.
How awesome was the last episode of Avatar, you guys? How much do I love Azula? Seriously. I don't even love to hate her anymore. I just love her.
athra: ([misc] xmas)
omg. I got home last night and was barely even on my computer? Blasphemy!

Anyway, I have a little time before work to post this...

Went to Kobe and The Village last night with Nicole and Casey, which was awesome. :) I had a bit of a headache (which I still have today...) so that sucked, but I had a good time. I finally got my charm bracelet going!! I am very excited about this. And I got fudge... which I have yet to eat, but mmm, looking forward to that. :)

Back at their place, we exchanged gifts... I got the Blue Sun shirt! :O :O bvdjksbvd I have been wanting that shirt for a long time, so I was very happy. :D

Also, for those that don't know: our T-Mobile service got turned back on, so my old phone number is working, if you want to call. I still have the temp phone activated, too, so either number will work for the moment... woo. :)

I'll be gone the rest of today and most of tomorrow, so I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas -- or a Happy Holiday, for whatever you celebrate!
athra: ([misc] xmas)
I GOT CHRISTMAS CARDS TODAY! :D

I haven't checked my mail in a few days, so I had quite a few...

WEEE anime characters from [livejournal.com profile] akuneko, glitter EVERYWHERE from [livejournal.com profile] hope99_31516, and I was, of course, insulted by [livejournal.com profile] sky_was_green. AWESOME. ♥

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