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Oct. 7th, 2007

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Check out The Cave

Here's a neat site. Check out the offices/desks of some famous authors.

the cave

Some of them are so small and cluttered I wonder how they get anything done. It's also a kick in the pants. If they can write in such atmospheres, aka with pets and kids and clutter, I should be able to. :/

I should take a picture of mine. I think it's a pretty good working atmosphere, or it should be :/. Oh yeah, I'll post pics of how the house is coming along too. I'm having trouble locating my before pics. If I've lost them I'll be upset. :( My kitchen is done, all except the grout for the backsplash, and the new plugs and switches and covers for them.
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Oct. 5th, 2007

Blue

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Meme from Goldie. She chose seven of my interests for me to elaborate on. Anyone who comments I will choose seven of yours for you to elaborate on in your journal.

asian antiques
farscape
genetics
journals
molecular biology
snow-covered pine trees
the moon


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Oct. 3rd, 2007

Blue

Some Interesting Sites

Strange, but cool too.

http://www.sub-find.com/trilobis65.htm

Here's a weird, neat, different cooking site. I haven't tried it yet, because I just found it. :D

http://www.cookingbynumbers.com/frames.html

Bizarre and a little eerie.

http://www.prairieghosts.com/moth.html

Sep. 10th, 2007

Blue

For those who have wondered.

I said I would put an entry explaining what in the world was going on with me. So... here it is.Collapse )

About five days ago my eye swelled yet again! It's really frickin' painful; not to mention irritating. It's now on the down cycle, so it doesn't hurt as much; or affect my vision as much. About another five days and it should be pretty much gone. Hopefully this will be the last. This is about the sixth or eighth time in the last few months. :/

I read an article tonight about toxic pollen. Apparently this year plants are giving off mutant pollen that is causing horrible allergies in those susceptible and allegies in many who have never before suffered from them. Could this be what affected me?

I'm taking several different vitamins in the hope they help curb some of the crap messing me up lately. I'm also researching different foods and smoothies. I've had it with feeling horrible.

Jul. 13th, 2007

Blue

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What can I say? I've been sick. I'm still sick. I think my immune system crapped the bed and everything took over.

Today is the first day in months that I felt okay enough to do anything. Hopefully it stays that way. :/ If not, then I'm going back to the doctor. I've been already. I just finished my pills today.I have to be on Advair about another week.

Anyway, the point of this entry is not to whine. I just wanted everyone to know I miss them and haven't forgotten about them. Hopefully I'm over everything, and can continue my online habits. :)

Thanks for the card and magazine bunny! I got my first issue a few days ago. It gave me something entertaining to read while stuck in bed. It came at a perfect time. I'm glad you liked your stuff. :)

Thanks Goldie for dropping me a line. I'm glad you liked your stuff. I just love Godiva chocolates. They're horribly evilly delicious. :)

Jun. 10th, 2007

Blue

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Well, I'm back. Sort of. The surgeries are all done.

The eye surgery was horrifying. It was incredibly fast, so I can't whine too much; but it was awful. I found it painful. The things that hold your eyes open hurt. And I soo could not see afterward. Everything was so blurry. I especially suffered from light sensitivity. I've had to wear sunglasses inside! Only for the last couple of days has been vision normalized. Dryness was an issue. If I forgot one dose of eye drops my vision was blurry for the rest of the day. Now the vision seems pretty okay (20/20 so far).

Right now half of my face is swollen, and I'm a bit dizzy and nauseous. :/ I don't know why I'm feeling dizzy. It's been many hours since I took pain medicine. I think it's lack of food. There's only so much soft food one can cram into one's stomach. Plus yesterday I was in so much pain I did nothing but pop pain meds and sleep. I was so swollen and in so much pain I only ate the tiniest amounts of food required to keep my stomach settled for the pain meds. I think my body needs nutrients. :) Today, aside from looking like a lopsided chipmunk, I'm feeling better than I have in weeks.

I'll be catching up with everyone slow but sure. It's been pure hell trapped in the house with nothing to do for weeks. :/ Which reminds me... I finally decided on a motif for my kitchen. That's another load off. Anyway, I have to go now... the nauseousness is getting a bit much. Perhaps I'll try some hard food and be back later. :)

May. 13th, 2007

Blue

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Well, I've had a very productive, if hectic week. I had three dentist appointments, one orthodontist appointment, one oral surgeon appointment, the pool guys three times this week, the electrician for the pool twice this week, Pippin's grooming, Mother's day shopping, several appointments to schedule, issues to work out, and an ass-ton of yard work. :D When I finally had time to sit down at the computer, my internet access went. We, Bart and I, only just now worked something out so we could go online. We've been without it about a day and a half or so. :( Anyway, hopefully it will all be fixed tomorrow. I don't know what happened or how it happened. It just did.

My wisdom teeth were never removed. Two of them have been growing in my jaw sideways. Without x-rays I'd have no idea this was the case.
They've been shifting my teeth, painfully so, and making them crooked. So... I have to have them surgically removed, and then get braces -- yuck! -- to correct the crooked-ness. I won't be on the computer for a few days after the surgery, because I'll be too doped up with pain medicine.

I really enjoyed working outside these past few days. It was hotter than piss outside, and the work was grueling, but I really liked it. Bart and I are done fixing up the inside of the house for now; at least until we save up a good chunk to get the kitchen and bathrooms remodeled by contractors. So we've turned our attention to the outside. A lot of work needs to be done on the outside. Hopefully the yard work will continue to be pleasing. Though honestly so much needs to be done it sets my mind reeling.

I've had this idea for my LJ entries for a while now. I think I'm going to start implementing it. Basically there has to be some sort of structure to this journal. I can't just come on here everyday and say "Hi I'm alive and breathing". It can't be a stimulating read. My life isn't interesting enough to document on a daily basis. It just isn't. Anyway. I figure I'll do this structure once a week. Daily would be too hard for me. I'm not saying what it is, because I'm not sure how it will work out. In between entries will probably still contain the mundane events of my daily life -- I happen to like mundane btw -- but I have to have more. God, if this is boring for me it's got to be close to root-canal for anyone that reads this.

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May. 6th, 2007

Blue

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The weather here is horrible. I'm really hoping we escape with no tornadoes. There's 3/4 inch hail, ugly lightning, and high winds. Yuck! So far I have power. I hope it stays that way. I mean I love candles and I love lighting the house with them on occasion, but I like it to be my choice. :)

I'm on my laptop right now. Obviously I can't be on my normal computer with such a storm going on. I'm running on battery now, because I can't have my computer plugged in with such a storm going on. It took half my battery to catch up on f-list.

We finally got our car back. That was an awful day. It was a good day too, but it was stressful and trying to get everything wrapped. The insurance company ticked me off, but I won't get into that now. It would take too long.

Bart has been gone since Friday morning. He'll be back tomorrow afternoon. It's been really weird being here without him for days. When you're used to someone being around all the time it's strange when they're suddenly gone.

I've got a damned cold again. :/ I was soooo tired the other day. I think I slept like fourteen hours, and when I finally dragged myself up I had absolutely no energy. That always happens before I get sick. I'm a walking zombie that dreams of sleep and only sleep -- or at least laying down. I think it's on its way out though. Thank goodness. I hate being sick. Though I think it's fond of me. :)

I'm seriously considering taking on two blogs. Not LJ type stuff, but "real" blogging. I could do real blogging here, but then this place would be a job rather than a for-fun thing. Plus they don't have adwords here. :) Not that I know of anyway.

Well, I have to preserve my battery so I'm off to DA. Hopefully this storm will end in the next hour and I can get on my regular computer. :)

Apr. 29th, 2007

Daydreaming

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I read an interesting guide today. Dr. Merlin's Guide to Fan Fiction.

Curiosity, and yes boredom, had me query Google for fanfiction writing. I was curious what blogs might be out there for this field. Anyway, Dr. Merlin's was ranked number one, so I decided to check it out.

The author had many helpful things to say. Not necessarily stuff I didn't know, but it's nice to hear someone else say it. If I can't visualize a character doing something, then they probably shouldn't do it. If I think my character is the most wonderful in the world, he or she probably isn't. If I've been writing the same story for months my editing judgment is probably gone and I need a beta (I did that!). That's the sort of advice given.

There was also a section on Mary Sues that I enjoyed reading. I like reading info on Mary Sues, because they're my worst nightmare -- meaning I hope to God my stories, fanfic or original, never have one (the bad unintentional kind). The author's definition of a Sue was probably one of the best I've ever read. She didn't sound like she knew absolutely what a Sue was, just statistically what a Sue usually is. Reasonal parameters were given to define a Sue making them easier to spot and avoid. I don't think I've ever had one, and I hope I never do.

Of course grammar and spelling are important, but overall impossible to catch all of them. I still find typos when I proof my chaps. -- which by the way ticks me off. I know the difference between their, they're, and their. I hate seeing them misused, so I really hate it when I do it; but I don't do for lack of knowing better. I type really fast, faster than I can think, so they slip inside. Sorry for the aside rant there. I was overcome with emotion. :)

One piece of advice I'd like to have taken would have been to write the fanfic in its entirety before posting. I actually did have that in mind when I first started, but I thought I'd lose my nerve. The whole reason for posting was to get less introverted about my writing, so chickening out would have been counter productive. I basically had to post to bully myself into sharing. Basic outlines are good, but it's nice to alter the deal if the desire strikes. Like I've had to do. Not to mention any stories in particular. :)

Apr. 26th, 2007

Blue

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I updated my DA page last night. I'm really happy I did. I missed that place, and the people there. :) They have LJs too, but frequent DA more. As bad as I've been with this journal lately I've been way worse with DA -- way worse. I never posted my newest FF chapter there until like two nights ago. Not nice, but in my defense -- meager as it is -- I didn't really realize I hadn't posted there.

Boy, the American Idol Wednesday made me cry. :( I wasn't here for the episode, so I recorded it. I wish I would have been around. I definitely would have donated. I'd do it now except they were only accepting donations through the duration of the program. Man, that episode made me want to sell my house and everything in it, and give it all to those families and kids! That aside, the performances were so good!

I've been trying my hand at hard Sudoku puzzles lately. Those things are so addicting. That, Mahjong, and Spider Solitaire. I like puzzles. :) Shit, I'll sit and do difficult math problems when they come to my attention too. It's sick I know, but I like it.

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