Just an fyi

Jun. 3rd, 2009 12:58 pm
ladynorbert: (bigboss)
We're scheduled to have storms and showers all afternoon and evening. This tends to make my internet behave in a stupid fashion. So I may not be around.

Maybe I'll do housework. Or update my fanfic. Or rescue Princess Ruto from Lord Jabu-Jabu's belly.

Also, I've been investigating the details of the two new Zelda games as well as looking at promo art for the new Metal Gear game (thank you [livejournal.com profile] saphrawn for being my crack dealer). My geek senses are tingling.
ladynorbert: (Default)
All of you who have been ranting and raving about Sweeney Todd will undoubtedly cheer when you find out (if you haven't already) that the lovely Mr. Depp has been nominated for Best Actor!

For my own part, there was only one nomination that would have pissed me off if it hadn't been made, but it was, so I'm content. Cate Blanchett is up for Best Actress for Elizabeth: The Golden Age.

I'm vaguely annoyed (but not entirely surprised) that Shrek 3 did not get nominated for Best Animated. Enchanted is almost guaranteed the Best Original Song award, since it nabbed three of the five nominations.

Jon Stewart is again slated to host, which is exciting since he was so enjoyable two years ago when he did it, but it's a question of whether or not there's still a picket line in place. He's said he will not cross it if there is.

ladynorbert: (Default)
She promised me a ficlet if I would. :p

The fact of the matter is that this post may or may not be inclined to present a partially accurate statement of what could or could not be construed as a reasonably believable concept. Moreover, it was not really in my power to declare or not declare that I may have had some indirect understanding of the content of the post that has yet to prove whether it is or is not truthful. But the fact remains that I am conceptually enlightened as to the nature of the post, which may or may not be legitimately constructed, and it is not without merit to say that I have some idea of what it does and does not say. However, at the same time, an individual should not fail to grasp the fact that I am not managing to not comprehend the words in my own journal post, and that therefore, when you come to the proper conclusion, you must admit that I do not seem to not understand what it is that I may or may not be saying.
ladynorbert: (books)
I only have a few minutes before I chain myself to my diabolical kitchen and attempt to scrub it clean. Yes, my kitchen is evil. No, I'm not making that up. Really.

Anyway. Today for lunch I went to Subway to try the sweet onion teriyaki chicken sandwich that Jared keeps banging on about in the commercials. That was, no exaggeration, one of THE best sandwiches I have ever tasted. Srsly. If you like that kind of thing, you should definitely try it. Plus I won a free cookie, so bonus.

I have a fundraising committee meeting tonight (blargh) but they're usually short so I can't bitch too much. Until then, I've vowed to continue my semi-productive streak and, as mentioned, clean the kitchen. However, to make this miserable situation more palatable, I've got the CD player hooked up and will be listening to Harry Potter and the Order of the Phoenix while I clean. It was my intention to read one book every day this week, so that I would be pumped and ready and up to speed by Friday night, but it just hasn't worked out that way. Fortunately, I've read the first four books so many times I know them practically by heart, so I can sort of skip them. But I've only read book five twice and listened to it once, and I've only read book six once and never actually listened to it at all.

I'm coming to the conclusion that part of the reason my kitchen is always a certifiable mess is the fact that it is so TINY. (Those of you who have seen it can vouch for its size.) I mean, the kitchen in terms of available square footage is actually smaller than my bathroom. And we have so many dishes and appliances and things that I'm at a loss what to do with them all. I've been trying to root out the dishes we don't really want so I can donate them to the local homeless shelter, but oddly, it doesn't seem to be making any notable difference in the amount of useful space. Also, my floor is unspeakably hideous; it and the cabinetry date from roughly the 1950s, and it shows. And it's kind of annoying to have the washing machine in there. The boys (meaning Kevin and Andy) keep promising to move the washer into the laundry room, but I don't know when exactly they plan on doing this.

I love my house, but sometimes I wish I could just wave a wand and instantly fix the things that are wrong with it. And at the same time, make a few other changes. The house was built in 1875 -- isn't it a crime that a house that old doesn't have even one secret passage? I think so. :)
ladynorbert: (wordless)
I was teasing Miss Ruth (the day care cook) that if I didn't know better, I'd think I chose the menu for this week, because every day we've had one of my favorite things.

Monday -- cheeseburgers
Tuesday -- fish sticks and pierogies
Today -- chicken noodle casserole
Tomorrow -- tomato soup and toasted cheese sandwiches

This completely pointless entry has been brought to you by the letters Q and Z and the number 8.
ladynorbert: (onoes)
I slept late today, which was lovely after yesterday's insane length. Up at 7:30 to shower and dress, then Sunday School, choir and bell practice, church service, cleanup afterward. Then I came home, changed my skirt for pants (because it was FREEZING), made up one of Liza's wedding invitations, and Kev and I took that and one of the finished centerpieces up to Mom's for lunch. They were very happy with the invite and extremely happy with the centerpiece -- Liza took one look at it and said, "That's perfect." From there we went to visit Kevin's family, for the first time since Christmas I think, and while there we paid a long-overdue to their next-door neighbor Ted, who's always been kind of a mentor to Kevin. He's not in good shape physically and it seemed to really cheer him up that we were there. Finally got home close to 11 and spent a few hours online, getting used to the insane new plot on Beyond Evolution (I like it better than I did initially, but it's still crazy) and talking to people until I started dozing off at the desk.

I need to watch The Holiday, which is due back at Blockbuster this evening. I also still have to finish Marie Antoinette, which I was watching while I worked on the centerpieces; it's a little weird, but visually gorgeous and on the whole I like it. But MA isn't due back until Saturday, while TH has to go back today. I also rented Cinderella III *hangs head in shame* My curiosity got the better of me.

Anyway, the name of the game today is to not do anything I don't want to do. I have a fic I want to work on, and that's a thrill by itself -- it's the first time in ages I've wanted to write a story. Dru, I'm going to need your help with part of it, so please IM me if you get a chance.
ladynorbert: (tpb)
I have a two-thousand-word magazine article due by the end of the month. If I want to earn a $25 early-turn-in bonus, it's due tomorrow.

My question is not about this. My question is, what ELSE should I write today?

[Poll #616180]
ladynorbert: (squee)
My husband came home and told me not to plan anything for the Sunday after Thanksgiving.

Laura: Why?
Kevin: Just save the date.
Laura: Why?
Kevin: *makes a sing-songy humming sound which means "I know something you don't know"*
Laura: Oooh....*starts trying to figure out the secret*
Kevin: *just laughs*
Laura: Does it have something to do with Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire?
Kevin: No.
Laura: Hrm. Are we going somewhere, or is someone coming here?
Kevin: No one is coming here.
Laura: So we're going somewhere. *sits down to start thinking* That's the Sunday after Thanksgiving... the first Sunday in Advent... no birthdays... no anniversaries... what could it be?
Kevin: *watches television and leaves her to her plottage*
Laura: Wait. Sunday? Going somewhere on a Sunday that late in the year? Is TSO touring?
Kevin: Hmmmmmmmmmm.....maybe.

So yes, it looks like for the fourth time in five years, my Christmas present from my husband will be floor seat tickets to see the Trans-Siberian Orchestra.
ladynorbert: (ronhermione)
According to a friend of [livejournal.com profile] aerynstales, today is Beta Reader Appreciation Day.

Who decided this, I have no idea. But what the heck.

From the world of A Study in Charlotte, massive shout-outs and thank-yous to [livejournal.com profile] aerynstales, [livejournal.com profile] lfire1, [livejournal.com profile] only_seimei, [livejournal.com profile] wens, [livejournal.com profile] book_addict, [livejournal.com profile] kytyn, [livejournal.com profile] sethoz, [livejournal.com profile] _revolutionary, [livejournal.com profile] valerious013, [livejournal.com profile] violet_wine (Charlotte's godmother-of-sorts), [livejournal.com profile] utopia_tears, [livejournal.com profile] siddyq, [livejournal.com profile] clairie, and of course my dear twin [livejournal.com profile] nentikobe. The Army of Proofreaders have been a huge, huge help with that novel I have lately been neglecting in favor of other responsibilities.

Meanwhile, from the Elizabeth Quatermain universe, a profound and enormous debt of gratitude is forever owed to [livejournal.com profile] terig, the Grande Dame of Minions and Beta Reader Extraordinaire. She's one of a kind in the world of betas. And she's MINE. *clings territorially*

I haven't written any Harry Potter fic in ages, but when I did/do, Zsenya was/is my contact at the Sugar Quill for proofreading purposes, and she's quite amazing in her own right.


Oct. 11th, 2005 10:45 am
ladynorbert: (jealousy)
So yesterday, very unexpectedly, I bought Kevin's Christmas present.

I was in Sam's Club for something else, and was on my way to the register with my single purchase when I saw IT. The most glorious collection of DVDs I could imagine.

It was A&E's English classics! Emma, Pride and Prejudice, Jane Eyre, Horatio Hornblower, Tom Jones, The Scarlet Pimpernel, Victoria and Albert -- all in one package! Only ninety dollars! How I longed to buy it!

And I might have, except that I then saw what was next to it on the shelf. Being the good little wife I sometimes am, I bought that instead.

It was another box set of DVDs -- all of the however many there are Star Trek films, including the director's cut of the original. It was a hundred bucks, but considering that we're talking about ten or so DVDs, that's really quite reasonable. And when I imagined Kevin's fanboy glee on Christmas morning when he unwraps the package and sees that I bought him Boxed Geekness, well, I couldn't pass that up.

Now the only trick will be hiding it until Christmas. At the moment it's in a place I know he'd never look...let's see how long that holds true. He's so difficult to surprise.
ladynorbert: (snarky)
My sister Liza informs me that the newly discovered tenth planet is to be named Xena, and its moon will be called Gabrielle.

Can anyone verify or disprove this for me?
ladynorbert: (insanity)
1. Maddy saw the vet today. She's in absolutely perfect health and the vet called her a total sweetheart.

2. We saw Corpse Bride tonight. It had the trailer for Goblet of Fire. In internet parlance, OMFG IT'S GOING TO BE THE MOST AMAZING MOVIE OF ALL TIME or something. Definitely the Best Trailer Ever.

3. We saw Corpse Bride. It's so adorable and sad and just...great. I wouldn't mind seeing it again. In a lot of ways it feels like you've stepped into an Edward Gorey drawing, which is by no means a bad thing.

4. I feel like writing an LXG version of Gorey's Gashlycrumb Tinies. I think that's what they're called. A is for Allan... I'd probably do it based on Clez's RPG rather than the movie, though, just because then there's more to work with.

That's all. Brain shutting off for the night.
ladynorbert: (snape)
Amusing incident at the post office.

Yesterday I trotted down there after work to mail off packages for [livejournal.com profile] wens, [livejournal.com profile] ladyrazorsharp, [livejournal.com profile] violet_wine, [livejournal.com profile] _revolutionary, [livejournal.com profile] valerious013, [livejournal.com profile] leila_dessler, and [livejournal.com profile] carnage333. I had my handy new address book with me, which consists of a blue binder filled with DayRunner address pages. It took me almost twenty minutes to put everything together and address it and whatnot.

Guess what I forgot there?

And of course, I didn't realize I'd forgotten my address book until after the post office was closed (it was almost five when I left it). So this morning, before I came to work, Kevin drove me down there to see if it was still around.

Oh, it was still there. In a Priority Mail envelope. In the hands of my mailman, who was going to drop it off when he delivered our mail.

Here's the fun part: My name is nowhere on the address book! But the guy who took my packages knows me by sight, if not by name, and got my address from the return address label on my packages.

I LOVE living in a small town.
ladynorbert: (snarky)
Today was a day for unloading crap. )

Oh, I mentioned this on my other LJ but not this one -- I've edited the church website so that you can now read our monthly newsletter online, or even download it if such is your preference. Since I also am the person who writes the newsletter, I feel doubly clever. If you're curious about what the heck I do all day to see what I've done, you can click here, then click on the button that says "Epistle."
ladynorbert: (win at life)
*fails miserably*

New email from Mycroft Holmes.

I have ordered and received two of the Diogenes bags from CafePress and I am delighted with them! I intend to give one of them to Mr Sherlock Holmes at Denny's in September as a gift to John Sherwood on the occasion of his birthday. Love your work!

Translation: Mycroft-Paul is giving Sherlock-John one of my Diogenes Club tote bags for his birthday. Which is, apparently, very close to my own.

One month from tomorrow I shall be partying with the Holmeses.

I. Can't. Wait.


Jul. 29th, 2005 06:27 pm
ladynorbert: (Default)
Home. A little sleepy. Still achy, though not as bad. Dreading the necessary kitchen scrub which will commence shortly, but glad that the work week is over. On the whole, feeling much better.

Thanks, guys, for commenting and assuring me that I'm not boring. ;) I think I've been a little fried lately, physically and emotionally, and it 'outed' itself in a strange way. In some ways I feel like I've worked for two straight weeks, because even though last weekend didn't technically count as work, it was exhausting and at times trying to my patience.

But I have reasons to smile, for there is much for me to look forward to in the coming months. [livejournal.com profile] ladyrazorsharp may possibly be flying in to attend the Sherlockian bash in September with me, and there is a prospect -- however remote -- of my hosting [livejournal.com profile] clez and her sister for Thanksgiving. Late September will bring the Celtic Classic and my annual reunion with [livejournal.com profile] kytyn, and at some point before the end of the year I'll be meeting [livejournal.com profile] wens at the Moriarty Pub. And who knows what other surprises are in store.

I should go rest a bit before I start scrubbing the kitchen, I think...no sense in really doing myself an injury in ye olde troubled spyne.
ladynorbert: (HBP)
Nicked from [livejournal.com profile] aerynstales and hidden under a cut for long-ness.

Very long Harry Potter survey. )

That said, let's do a recap of what we can expect tomorrow. Tomorrow, of course, commences the most awesome weekend in the history of everything kids love -- the release of HP 6 and Charlie and the Chocolate Factory. I'm focusing on the book here, though. Cutting again, because there are minor spoilers here. )

You can find lots more information (including JKR debunking the Ron-is-Dumbledore theory) here.

And finally, if you REALLY want to be spoiled (*tempt* *tempt*), Bloomsbury has officially released the back cover of the UK edition. It doesn't tell us much, really. But if you want to see it, here it is.

In some ways, I'm almost sorry the suspense has to end. "It has afforded me some pleasing speculation," as Mycroft says.
ladynorbert: (Default)
Day of Sherlockiana was fabulous and I had a ball. Had a big long entry about the whole thing, and then my mouse decided to randomly close my browser before I could post it. No, I don't understand that either, but I'm too freaking tired to retype.

But I will say this as a word of caution. If you ever eat at a restaurant called the Elephant and Castle, do NOT order the Big Ben Brownie unless you a) have at least three people to help you with it, or b) have eaten nothing for a few days. That thing is enormous. It came with FIVE SPOONS, for pete's sake!

In other news, LXG fans -- gasp and drool at what I just won on eBay.

I'm a limp noodle now. Goodnight.
ladynorbert: (HBP)
In brief:

I'm staying home tonight. Tomorrow is my first day at my new job -- I've been hired as secretary at my church -- and I will have a very early morning. Since I don't get home from my regular job until four in the morning, I have been counseled by mother, husband, and four friends to plant my butt here at home.

My basic schedule will now be like this. Church job is 9 am to 3 pm. Other job (which will end for the year in a few weeks) is from 7 pm to 3:30 am. So until the seasonal night shift job ends and I have something approaching a normal life again, I will feel like hell and not be around much.

ETA: I talked to the vice-president of the church council a little while ago. They're going to start me at eleven dollars an hour. Also, every three months for the first year I will be evaluated, and at each evaluation there is a possibility of a raise. WOOT. Considering that I was prepared for maybe seven to eight dollars an hour (I mean, a church is a non-profit), this was a hugely awesome surprise.

As long as I'm home, however, I may try to finish chapter seven of the novel. I wrote chapter ten of my rewrite of Hound of the Baskervilles last night. That's all over at [livejournal.com profile] heart_mind, so if you've been wondering about this novel I keep mentioning but aren't sure you want to read the real thing, you're welcome to have a look at Hound and see if my character is at all to your liking. She doesn't have much to do that's very original (such is the way of a canon rewrite), but you can at least get a feel for who she is and how she relates to her husband. If she interests you and you'd like to join my Army of Proofreaders (who rock), leave a comment and I'll add you to the filter.

For the moment, though, I'm going to go lie down awhile. If I sleep now for a couple hours, I can get up, write a little, do some laundry, and then sleep again.


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