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It's time for what is becoming a bimonthly check in. Very bad, but what can I say? When did I get so busy? Seriously. I don't have kids or a demanding family or a wide circle of friends. And yet, somehow...my days are filled. Not with important or exciting things. Just...things.

I hope everyone had a good holiday. I was off this past week, so mine rocked. Tomorrow I return to work. Blargh. At least it should be a fairly quiet week (I hope). I don't think I mentioned it, but my boss got a really big promotion and now has only VPs reporting to her. She was nice to me, though, and placed me in a Technology/Project Support team run by her bestie, so I feel pretty safe for the time being. I am still working on that horrible project, but I think they will probably yank me off of it (or so my boss promised, but we'll see).

I am 40 now. It feels weird to say it. No big shindig or trip or even a weekend at Nay-nays, which is my normal way to celebrate. We had to postpone because we were both too busy. And I wanted to take a "dream" trip for this birthday, but since my brother just had his baby and tickets to Alaska were hovering around the two thousand dollar mark (for me and JP), I decided to postpone that as well. Instead, we went to Yuma to see my brother, his wife, and the baby (cutest thing ever, but I'm not a gusher so I will leave it at that). I am actually okay with being older. I think I freaked out a couple of years ago, so I am mostly over it.

We had a nice, quiet Christmas with no drama or problems. I have enjoyed this week off so much that I really want to look into retiring early. I guess I can't avoid a financial planner any longer, although I've been doing my best to not think about annuities and life insurance and IRAs. Yuck.

In concert news, I don't think I mentioned that JP and I went to see The Civil Wars, who were totally awesome and cute and wonderful. They performed in Austin, at Stubb's Barbeque, so I spent a lot of time looking around for people older than us, LOL. And apparently, I am hip as shit because every teenager I know (all three of them), were supremely jealous when I told them about the concert. If you get a chance, check out their music. They rock.

We also went to see Louis CK, also in Austin. He was flipping hilarious! Nice, long set. He got this annoying shithead thrown out of the venue, which was awesome. We almost didn't make the show because I took us to the wrong concert hall. What can I say? Sometimes I am sleepwalking through this life.

In movies, we saw The Hobbit (excellent and wonderful and Richard Armitage is my boyfriend...I saw him first!), Hotel Transylvania (a little late to that party but it was really good - Genndy Tartakovsky is my hero), Pitch Perfect (cute, but overrated IMO), and This is 40 (so fitting). My only beef with that movie is my frustration with the "bankruptcy" plotline - they run small businesses, drive a BMW and a Lexus, live in a big beautiful house and have parties catered...and they have money problems?! You don't say! I wanted to scream at them, "Sell your fucking shit!" Sorry - I have a beef with people living beyond their means and acting like it's so unfair that they get into financial predicaments. I have been driving the same Jeep wrangler for 12 years - suck it up, motherfuckers!

Ahem, anyway. I guess that is enough for now. Have a safe and happy New Year!
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Well, my anger has abated and I forgot half the stuff I wanted to bitch about in my last entry, so I guess I'll forget about that post. For now.

Although my birthday is not until tomorrow, I have been celebrating the Hell out of it all weekend long:

- Thursday night the familia took me out to eat (celebrating all the December birthdays/anniversaries) followed by cake and presents at my parent's house.

- Afterwards, JP took me to the midnight showing of Sherlock Holmes: Game of Shadows, which was entirely awesome (although I still like the first better). I mean, I enjoy hoyay! as much as the next gal, but it felt a little over the top/anvil-y for my taste. But all in all, a great movie. Can't wait to see it again!

- Friday I headed out of town to see Nay-nay in Austin. That night we went downtown to see Esther's Follies, an Austin institution. It's a part skit, part singing, part magic show that is lightning quick with the jokes and costume changes. Truly unique and hilarious! Afterwards, we wandered down 6th Street looking into all the bars, tattoo parlors, and fancy hotels. We stopped for couple of drinks at an Irish pub, which was the only semi-quiet place on the street (for us old folks) and finally went back to Nay-nay's house.

- Saturday we did some shopping and found ourselves back in downtown Austin, looking at the window displays that are part of the Holiday Window Walk. Students from the local college put displays in tony stores and people get to vote on them. My favorite was the ball gown made from wrapping paper. That was some serious Project Runway shit!

- Afterwards, we went to Romeo's for some awesome Italian food (the bruschetta was to die for, with roasted garlic, olive tapenade, and fresh tomatoes). There was also a band playing bluegrass music. I don't know why they were playing in an Italian restaurant, but they sounded good.

- We then found our way to Pioneer Farms to see an interactive performance of A Christmas Carol. The farm is a living history museum run by volunteers. For the show, they walk small groups around the farm to different tableaux where actors perform to you, as if the audience was Scrooge. It was simple, yet effective.

- We ended the night with a few drinks and fell into bed, exhausted. I didn't drink too much this weekend, mainly because the last time I was at her place, I drank a whole bottle of Rose Regale and nearly puked it up on her carpet. Huzzah for tolerance!

- Today, we woke up late, went for mani/pedis (my toes are glittery red), and I drove home. I can't wait to collapse into bed!
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We celebrated JP's birthday and I made Dalek/Dr. Who cupcakes! Just a prototype...next time I will probably use a different type of cookie on top to make it more proportional.

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Other than being sick, I had a lovely birthday weekend. Friday night was Filipino takeout with the familia, followed by cake and presents. Saturday night was the company Christmas party. Band from TV is great (wow, Scott Grimes can sing!) - you could tell the guys were just having so much fun. Also, Darius Rucker is very talented, but he has no...charisma, no patter. We left during his set.

All in all a nice party, although I am disappointed that these events become all about who they get as the entertainment, so they tend to chintz on all the other details. But it was free food, free concerts, and free transportation (they had buses running between our campus and downtown) so I guess I should just shut up about it.

Today, JP and I went downtown to see Hubble 3D at the IMAX, such being the nerd's idea of a right good time. Mmm, learning. We went ahead and bought the year pass to the theater - it's all the IMAX movies you can stomach for a year, discounted regular movies, free upgrades on popcorn/drinks, and validated parking. Since the theater is located in the mall attached to the Riverwalk, we figured we would get good use out of the pass. The movie was AWESOME, by the way. The Hubble pictures and the footage of the space shuttle taking off and the shots of Earth from orbit...that stuff chokes me up every time I see it. ♥

Afterward, we had Sbarro's Pizza and wandered around the mall before coming back home. Not my most exciting birthday, but definitely a good one.

P.S. - happy belated birthday, [livejournal.com profile] ryoneko!
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Ugh. So tired. Have worked 27 hours in the past two days with two more to go. Working the week of Christmas blows, not only because we are short-handed and ridiculously busy, but our new hardware refuses to work  right so guess who gets to stay and wait for the programmers? I'll give you a hint - it's not my boss. Add to this grocery shopping (violent urge meter: murder), preparing for annual family-filled Christmas party at my parent's house (violent urge meter: maim), and various other undone errands (violent urge meter: mischief/mayhem) and you have one grouchy chica.

I hate to say it, but I am so ready for Christmas to be over!

Okay, that was the crap. Here is the good stuff:

- birthday/anniversary party at my parent's house was good. I got money, a gift card (Old Navy!), and a purse I had picked out from Fossil. JP got me Pride & Prejudice on blu-ray, which rocks ass! All in all, a good day.

- the next day I headed up to Austin to hang with Nay-nay. Her and Danny took me to County Line on the Lake for lots of barbeque and a beautiful view. Later, we went shopping and then to her brother's house where her sister-in-law had made me a cake. Aw! That night, we went to Applebees to watch the Dallas game and break the law (we smuggled a few airline liquor bottles in to make mixed drinks, ghetto-style). Afterwards, we retired to her house, I drank a whole bottle of Rosa Regale, and was mildly sick the next morning. Lovely, lovely weekend.

- JP and I made our reservations to go to San Francisco in February. We are staying at the Hotel Bijou, which is quaint and has a mini-theater that plays a double-feature every night and is apparently right around the corner from the local crack den. Sweet. We got a screaming good deal: two round trip airline tickets and 4 nights at the hotel for $650. Rock on.

Finally, I got off track with my meme, but allow me to er, re-track it

Day 08 → A photo that makes you angry/sad



I don't like seeing animals being made to perform. Especially large ones. It makes me sad, even though I know a lot of them probably have better lives among humans than in the wild. That doesn't make it right. : (
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I had a lovely birthday. Hugs all around because I am feeling like a cuddle slut today! My family blew me away with a beautiful Indian jewelry cabinet and matching chest (I'll post pictures once it's situated). Much, much more than I expected. JP was devoted to me all day and I ate way too much pasta while a bunch of waiters sang to me in Italian. I am assuming it was happy birthday, but who knows? ^_~

I also wanted to say:



To everyone who wished me a happy birthday...
To the lovely [livejournal.com profile] wonderelf  for the bestest birthday card! No combination gifts in site!
And to [livejournal.com profile] hamburger  and [livejournal.com profile] iammine  for the wonderful Christmas cards. Kitty in a Santa hat! Cute baby with the EYELASHES!

Once again, ya'll have turned a day rife with self-pity potential and made it into something special and warm and good. ^__________^
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My plan to sleep in has been thwarted by a barage of text messages from work. A couple of questions, but mainly funny little notes wishing me happy birthday, etc. Aw!

Okay, this is like the third straight day of FOG in San Antonio. It's warm, muggy weather out. Better than the insane amounts of snow others seem to be getting at the moment, though (8 inches? Really?!).

Heh, heh - I am buying Loreena McKennitt's Christmas album right now. ^____^

I still wish I could go see Cook and Weiland in Las Vegas but as long as I can catch it on TV or someone gets some good audio/video of the event, I am satisfied.

OMG - it's nearly Christmas!!!

Also, I am not turning forty quite yet, but this poem is fabulous and still applies. ♥

Turning Forty

At times it's like there is a small planet
inside me. And on this planet,
there are many small wars, yet none
big enough to make a real difference.
The major countries—mind and heart—have
called a truce for now. If this planet had a ruler,
no one remembers him well. All
decisions are made by committee.
Yet there are a few pictures of the old dictator—
how youthful he looked on his big horse,
how bright his eyes.
He was ready to conquer the world.


- Kevin Griffith

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Great news! JP reminded me that the company store has a mini-post office and I was able to mail everything out to everyone without going nuts and killing several people with a letter opener like last year! Huzzah!

Birthday looming, like a specter (really, that's how you spell it?)  on the horizon. At least it's the beginning of my vacay! I have decided that for my birthday, I am going to:

1. Drag JP to see Twilight (shush)
2. Spend some time shopping for things I do not need (not too much though, as funds are limited)
3. I am going to drop some moola on itunes (it is a birthday ritual)
4. Go out for dinner with the familia (actually celebrating multiple birthdays and anniversaries, but who cares?! I am going to have pasta and sangria!)

I am currently obsessed with a song off the Brainpower'd soundtrack, Ai no Rinkaku. I know, right? I never even got through the series, but I bought the CD years ago for some reason and listened to it non-stop because Yoko Kanno is love. Then some jackhole stole my CD case FILLED WITH VERY EXPENSIVE ANIME CDs and I forgot all about the soundtrack. Because my attention span is wee! But I heard it again and I love it again! The End.


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So yesterday for JP's birthday we traveled up to Texas State University in San Marcos, like the good little geeks that we are. He wanted to peruse the King of the Hill collection in the Archives and I was along for the ride because, let's face it, what's better than spending the day at the library? For reals.

The author of The Flowers, Dagoberto Gilb, was there, reading some of his stuff and entertaining questions while us moochers helped ourselves to the Mexican pastries that had been thoughtfully provided by the college. ¬°Muy delicioso!

Anyhoo, his writing isn't really my style, but I loved that he was a former construction worker and self-described "pocho" (Americanized Chicano) who has finally found some success as an author. And I loved hearing him talk about the patronizing world of publishing, how the editors didn't know his voice and they thought he just had a weak grasp of English until he explained that, no, his characters were supposed to speak like that.

Just interesting and a little sad, but what he said resonated in a lot of ways. Of course, I can't give him too much credit as he is hardly breaking down new barriers; but he is definitely widening the road, so to speak. And the pan de huevo (egg bread, topped with SUGAR) and marranitos (gingerbread cookies shaped like piggies) were fantastic!

After that, JP and I went to eat at Salt Grass, which is right on the river and just beautiful. ^___________^

In other news, Gamestop gets all my love and a fig newton for having a "Buy 2, Get 4 Free" special on their DVDs. For $40, I picked up 3 Voltron boxsets, 2 seasons of South Park, and the first season of ER. wOOt!

The Voltron extras are pleasing me muchly. And that first season of ER will forever remind me of that Biochemistry lab I took on Thursday afternoons because it ALWAYS ran late into the night (FOR ONE MEASLY CREDIT) and we would all sit around moaning that we were missing Friends and ER. Stoopid Biochemistry.
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THANK YOU [personal profile] shiroibara for the birthday ecard! That was the sweetest card...I was so touched. *huggles*
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Just wanted to say thanks to all of you who wished me a happy birthday. And also *hugs* and a huge cuppa Starbucks to [personal profile] whitereflection for the v-gifts. ^____^ So weird you picked the champagne picture because I have been craving Asti for over a week now!

Birthday was very nice. Nay-nay sent me flowers. JP fixed the antenna on my jeep and bought me the Hello Kitty manicure/pedicure kit (score!). I also got some moola, gift cards for Amazon and Old Navy, Avon stuffs, and a most awesome ipod nano! Wot, wot! I are spoiled. It rocks, basically. ^_~

Everyone kept asking if I was depressed yesterday, but I really wasn't. I just always look like that. LOL...

Turning 35 is supposed to be a milestone I guess, but being the little overachiever that I can sometimes be, I freaked out last year. S'all good now.

Also, I caved and bought the Hana Yori Dango set from Right Stuf. Hee, hee! So bad.

I am totally in a baking mood right now. I want to make a million Christmas cookies, but I know after like two batches, I won't want to make anything again until next year.

Off to go clean the house some more. Dammit.
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LOL!

Also, had to post this because it is just too hilarious: South Park clip with Philip (from Terrence & Philip) doing Shakespeare: look to the queen there, buddy!

FREEDOM!!!

Dec. 15th, 2007 12:56 pm
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So, as of last night, I am on vacation. The only thing that would make me happier would be if I could have Christmas week off, but I'll take what I can get. Rock on!

Last night, JP took me to see Lars and the Real Girl, probably one of the best movies I've seen in a long, long time. Go see it. Even if the premise sounds strange, go see it. It's warm and funny and sad and weird and very, very touching. *sniffle*

RightStuf is tempting me sorely with the cheap Hana Yori Dango DVDs. But, cheap as the set is, it's still nearly $100 smackers. *le sigh*

We are going out to eat for my birthday, so I must choose a restaurant that everyone likes...oi.

Damn, the wind is blowing so hard, the house is creaking.
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Hello, all. I am back (sorta). Trying to gear up for Christmas, but have seemed to sputter and stop. We have a tree, but it's not decorated. I have bought almost all the presents on my list, but none of them are wrapped or mailed. I have Christmas cards and addresses, but have not filled out a single one.

Birthday is approaching at breakneck pace. I will be thirty-five, my dears. Truly, I must rethink my ideas of middle age. Er...

So, I plan on getting something nice for myself on the happy day. I am tempted by a certain nifty ear-flap-having knit hat since most knit hats do not go over my ears because 1. I have a large head and 2. My glasses tend to block any low wearing. I would also like some LUSH goodies, but we'll have to see about that. I can't get too crazy - I have a monumental credit card bill to pay off. Oh, the joys of debt!

I can't believe this is the extent of my news, but there you have it.

I would like a cupcake right now, yes I would.
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Am positively exhausted. But in a good way. Dropped off my Jeep this morning to get it overhauled. Now, it no longer runs rough and growls like a 6-cylinder should. Vroom!

Also, JP took me to lunch at Benihana's and then to see The Holiday (cute movie BTW...Jude Law is so dreamy, even JP wants to marry him. LOL!!!). Afterwards, we had ice cream! Hurrah!

Sure, it was rainy and humid, traffic was ridiculous EVERYWHERE, and I had some bad moments early in the day re: getting older and my lifestyle choices, etc. But overall, it was a good day. And I can't ask for much more than that.

I have just wrapped three presents and am wiped. Bed time. Work tomorrow. Blegh.
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Have begun celebrating birthday by buying some music on iTunes. Mmm, Loreena McKinnett, The Fray, and Air Supply. Yis.

The good news continues in that the estimate for servicing my Jeep is lower than I thought (assuming they don't find anything horribly wrong with it, of course). *knocks wood*

Tomorrow Super Gals! 2 is released. Yay for pre-orders!

The plan for tomorrow is lunch at Benihana, catch The Holiday matinee, and hopefully a little shopping squeezed in (I want to buy some new sheets).

I feel like going to Walmart. It is a perverse desire that even though all my gifts sit in the corner of the room, I willingly venture out into the melee.
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So, Saturday, after a full day's work, I went out with the gang. I loved Swig. I loved the dark panelling and the jazz music and the kick-ass dirty vodka martinis. Unfortunately, the gang hated the pricey drinks and pretentious crowd, so after a while we went to another club. Still, all in all, had a good time and was careful not to drink too much.

Although that seemed to make no difference to my head in the morning. But I glugged some Gatorade and popped some aspirin and was ready to go when JP took me to the early showing of Stranger Than Fiction. I thought it was a terrific movie! I don't know if I am seeing through clear eyes, given that I am an Emma Thompson fan and a Will Farrell freak. But I liked the story and how they went about telling it. Wonderful and highly recommended, especially if you are a bibliophile. *literary squee*

Afterwards, I came home and slept like the dead. Huzzah for loooong afternoon naps!

Later, the whole family (sans Davy-boy, who is sick) turned up for dinner at Outback Steakhouse to celebrate various December birthdays and anniversaries. I got lots of cool gifties and one disgusting cake. Here's a question for the cooks: does substituting olive oil for regular vegetable oil make a cake taste like ass? My sister, bless her and her wannabe-McGyver intentions, did this and I was just wondering. Hee, hee.

Oh, yeah and I got a third compliment on my haiku t-shirt. Almost no one in San Antonio gets this, save the bitter service industry. Ah, well.
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First of all, thank you to all my lovely friends who wished me a happy birthday. *love & squishes*

On Sunday we celebrated my dad's and my birthday, various anniversaries, and Christmas since the family will be separated this coming weekend. We ate at the Filipino restaurant and returned to the rent's for cake and presents. JP rocks and rolls all day long for getting me lots of gifts, including an iPod mini (pink), a ginormous Captain Jack Sparrow (hubba, hubba), and three cool nutcrackers (I collect in a languid way). The biggest and best is Herr Drosselmeyer and he is wicked! The English one with a cuppa tea and umbrella and the matador are cute too. My parents bought me a scanner and lots of little gifties and everyone else ponied up with gift certificates. wOOt!!

JP was a darling and brought me balloons at work on Saturday so, as he put it, "Everyone can see that you are beloved." *snerk* The Kid sent me orchids with the loving note, "Happy Birthday, dork." Nice.

So totally spoiled. ^_~ The girls are taking me out to dinner on Wednesday and Nay-nay has made reservations at a fondue restarant on Christmas Eve for a small party of us to gather and dip things in cheese. ^_~

This Friday and Saturday night were my department and company parties and both were nice. Not thrilling, but nice. After the Friday party, the girls and I went for a drink at the Flying Saucer. I am totally in love with that place and their wall of international beers. I love all the dark wood and Mexican star-shaped lanterns. I have decided it will be my new home. <3 Now I need to find someone to hang with that likes to sample beers from around the world in a panelled bar while discussing The Secret Lives of Bees. Okay, maybe B movie quotes instead of books. But we could work up to that eventually...

And now that I have babbled incessantly for far too long, I leave you with a link to a poem I posted here. It is dedicated to all my fellow cubicle veal. >_< Not very Christmas-y, but too true to pass up.

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