Some Things About Me

In case you want to friend me, here are some things you should know.

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If I friended you out of the blue, it usually means I think we have a common interest. I try to comment when I friend people, but if you want to figure out where I saw you, just ask!

So that's it!


Fall Tanka Challenge 2014: Day 1

On this sacred night
When the dead draw near to us
The moon hid her face
The wind whispered through the leaves
Speaking in my lost one's voice

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Happy Halloween Part Deux

Managed to get a few snapshots of our neighbor Bryan's Halloween Display:

Neighbor's Halloween Display

Neighbor's Halloween Display

Neighbor's Halloween Display

Neighbor's Halloween Display

I guess he also thinks that clowns are freakin' scary, huh?

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Happy Halloween Part One

Happy Halloween to all!

Bob didn't have to work today after all, so we went to lunch at Red Robin, where he got a free hamburger because it was his birthday month. We hadn't had a chance to go earlier due to his work schedule. Afterwards, he decided that we should go down to Louisburg, a little town 20 minutes south of Olathe, to visit the Louisburg Cider Mill.

We'd gone down there last year on his birthday and it was hideously crowded. Today wasn't bad at all. The pumpkins had been picked through (but they are overpriced anyway--if we wanted a pumpkin, we'd pick one up at the local grocery store) but the mill was still processing apples and that was fun to watch. We wandered through the little country store they have and got some cider and also some fresh-made cider donuts. I suspect Bob wanted to go down there because of the donuts.

It was a nice day for a drive. Cold but clear and we saw some nice countryside. Back in Dubuque, we used to go to Cziper's Apple Orchard every year in the fall, and Bob feels that we needed a place like that to go to here as well, something to mark that fall is really here.

They have a corn maze, but between it being cold and windy today, and me not having on proper walking shoes and Bob not having a coat, we decided to pass on going through it.

Took no pictures as this was a last minute thing. The guy across the street hasn't yet finished up his Halloween display so no pictures of that yet either. I may have to wait until tomorrow. My camera isn't that great with night photos.

EDIT: Wait, I noticed I never posted the pictures I took of the Cider Mill last year, except on Facebook. So here they are on Flickr: Louisburg Cider Mill 2013. Honestly, the place looks the same as it did last year, so enjoy.

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The Day Before

Yay, gurdymonkey is hosting her annual Fall Tanka Challenge again. Yes, of course I will be participating.

One thing nice about living a bit farther south is that we still have autumn color when this comes around. When I lived in Dubuque, the leaves had usually peaked and mostly fallen by middle October.

The neighbor across the street is working on a big Halloween display. He told us when we moved in that he usually did that, but last year they had a baby on the way (born Nov 9th) and the family was just too busy with all that. But he had requests and figured he'd do it again. He said to expect traffic as people drive by the house.

I told him since I was not well and we don't know if Bob is going to be pulling overtime, that we would not be handing out candy this year. But I am interested to see what he comes up with and will certainly try to get some pictures of it.

The plan is to retire downstairs and watch a few episodes of Penny Dreadful. We saw the first one and liked it, but didn't keep up with it this summer. It's going to be chilly, so maybe we can have some hot apple cider.

Sounds so lame. Welcome to my lame life. Hardly worth it.

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BPAL Halloweenie Reviews

So I've tried out my decants for this year's Halloweenies, and here are my reviews:

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I'm thinking at this point that Pumpkin V is the only bottle I'm interested in getting and I need to think on that one since I have so many pumpkin scents already. All Souls is lovely, but I have a couple of other incense-y BPAL scents (Mlle Lilith Fortune Teller and Black Heart) already that work well for me. I really liked Autumn Cider as well, but since I already have Punkie Night, I don't need another cider scent. Really disappointed about the plastic undertone of Last Year's Stale Cotton Candy, because it would otherwise be fantastic.

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A Few Wednesday Notes

Visited psych doc yesterday and meds were duly adjusted. He upped my dose of Lamictal and added a tiny bit of Zoloft. Antidepressants usually send me manic so I have to be very careful and cautious for the next few weeks. Unfortunately, the Lamictal increase means another bout of bad headaches. They usually fade within a couple of weeks but it is not fun while they are going on. Follow up in 3 weeks.

So the World Series (Kansas City Royals vs San Francisco Giants) has gone into game 7, which is here in KC. Whoever wins tonight wins the series.

There are a lot of robins around right now--they are coming through on their way south. You can see them hopping around in the trees. The cats are riveted. It is so cute!

I'm reading a biography of JRR Tolkien right now (the one by Humphrey Carpenter). I'd read it ages ago, but felt like a reread as I am in a Tolkienesque mood for some reason. As his life is outlined (and it was fairly mundane), it struck me how different daily life was before television or (later) the internet. It's only been about 100 years but what a difference!

It amused me to realize that Tolkien and Lovecraft were contemporaries. (Tolkien was born in 1892, Lovecraft in 1890.) They moved in such different circles, however, that I don't think either was aware of one another. Tolkien's first novel, The Hobbit, was published after Lovecraft died. Lovecraft wrote stories for pulp magazines, which Tolkien probably would not have touched with a ten-foot pole. Tolkien was a highly-educated Oxford professor. Lovecraft, although very intelligent, didn't finish high school and was mostly self-taught afterwards. I'm not sure, if they met, that they would have had much to say to one another. Yet both produced works that are highly influential.

Yay, my BPAL Halloweenie decants came today! Can't wait to try them!

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10 Animes That Have Stuck With You

It's been a long time since I've done a meme, but I saw this on Tumblr and could not resist (and I don't like doing text posts on Tumblr):

Rules: Don’t take too long to think about it. Ten animes you’ve seen that will always stick with you. List the first ten you can recall in no more than 10 minutes. Tag 10 people.

1. Card Captor Sakura

2. X

3. Fruits Basket

4. Toshokan Sensou (Library Wars)

5. Gakuen Alice

6. Vision of Escaflowne

7. Naruto

8. Cowboy Bebop

9. Marmalade Boy

10. Star Blazers and Robotech (tie)

I'm not tagging anyone since I'm not sure who all of my old anime fandom friends are still active on LJ, but if you want to do the meme, please do!

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Oct. 25th, 2014

I did manage to get an appointment with my very busy psych doc for a med adjustment. I've been checking in with my parents daily, and the therapist gave me his pager number if I need it. Bob of course is always there for me--he's working crazy hours right now but I can always text him. The cats are, well, cats. My itty-bitty support system is in place.

I finished the last of the peanut brittle that my parents brought up for me when they came to Branson. It's a rare treat. My mom really loves it, so we would have some from time to time when I was a kid, but Bob doesn't care for it, so I think I've only had it twice (?) since we first moved in together.

Pulled out my OMG-What-Was-I-Thinking cross-stitch butterfly lap-quilt project that I started last year to give to my mom. This is a kit, so the only creative thinking that is required is working out which color to stitch where and when. I can go about two hours at a time before eyestrain makes me stop. Usually I'll just put something on the TV that I can listen to without paying close attention. It's a good way to deal with anxiety.

Also from the Land of Half-Finished Projects: I need to get back to working on Bob's new Viking garb. The tunic pattern needs to be adjusted a bit (the body piece needs to be widened about two inches on each side) and then tested again before I cut into the linen. Still debating on what kind of pants to make for him, if I want to go the easy pajama pants route or try to make more authentic Nordic pants.

We want to go to a local SCA event in mid-December, so there is a deadline. I also want some new garb but in a pinch, I can wear one of Bob's old tunics over one of my old Doesn't-Fit-Great long Saxon tunics and have something to wear. It won't look that great but falls under "Attempt at pre-1600 clothing".

Watched the new Constantine TV show and was meh about it. I understand that the producers will be taking the show in another direction but didn't have the time/money to reshoot the pilot, so I'll reserve judgement until I see more of the show. The actor playing the role looks the part, but I think the writers have written the character too nice. In the Hellblazer comic, John Constantine is a grade-A asshole that is only sympathetic because everything else around him is so awful, and the writers didn't seem to get that point over.

Ran some errands yesterday and almost everyone I saw was wearing blue for the KC Royals. (Yes, I was, too, although I don't own a Royals shirt.) This World Series thing has been surreal. I made a little "Yay, Royals" post on my FB and of course my aunt who lives out in California had to sass me about it. :-P

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Honor for an old friend

I found out today that Odo von Atzinger was elevated to his SCA knighthood in September. He was my squire brother--we were both squired to Sir David Dragonhawk back in 1993. I haven't seen him since my wedding in 1998, although we spoke on the phone once or twice. He's an awesome guy. Hopefully he doesn't drive as crazily as he used to!

I'm so pleased that he was knighted, but it says something about what is wrong with the SCA award system that it took 21 years for him to get that recognition.

Anyway, hearing that brought back a lot of fond memories.

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