melcreada: (happy pooh!)
Just got back from our Winter Wonderland trip to Alaska. We went in search of the aurora, snow, and absolutely no work! We stayed at the Aurora Borealis Lodge, apartment-like rooms with huge windows, located on a mountain side 20 miles northeast of Fairbanks. Everything was perfect! We had four nights with aurora (one night was mind-blowing) and two days of snow. We went sightseeing, played in the snow with the lodge owner's lab (a delightfully smart dog named Sitka), and enjoyed the outdoor hot springs in Chena. And at night, we stayed up looking at the night sky, marveling at the northern lights and the millions of stars.

Here are like ten out of 1300 photos...enjoy and admire my restraint!



melcreada: (british accents rock)
This weekend, we went to see Moonrise Kingdom and Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (I HAVE NO REGRETS!).

Moonrise Kingdom is just wonderful: funny and sad and strange and poignant. If you grew up in the 60s/70s, there is something about the whole flavor of the movie that will really resonate. I am actually not a big fan of Wes Anderson (I have to be one of three people on the internet that did not enjoy The Royal Tenenbaums) - most of his stuff just depresses and confuses me, but this movie is lovely. Hearts in my eyes, you guys.

Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter (STILL NO REGRETS) isn't as horrible as I thought it would be. The action sequences were actually pretty bad ass. The story was just eh and I am still not a fan in any way, shape, or form of vampires. But overall, I'm glad we went to see it and I would see it again for the fight scenes alone.

I feel like I had more to report, but what a surprise! I can't remember...

I did get motherfuckin' BOX seats to Madama Butterfly with my email discount. I'm gonna live like the rich folks! LOL...

Only one more week (and a day) until my vacation! Woohoo! The Kid and Traci will be here and it will be party time!
melcreada: (dr. who cartoon)

Something about spring always makes me want to travel. So I am sitting here, daydreaming about trips. Also, we are going to the coast in a couple of weeks. Yay!

Okay, that's it. Have a kitty pic! Here is Tut-tut (he has black lines around his eyes, like an Egyptian painting), who enjoys watching His Girl Friday:

melcreada: (hello kitty halloween)
Happy Halloween!!!

I just got back from my weekend of David Cook concerts. He sounded fantastic and was in fine form. His co-headliner Gavin Degraw and their opening act Carolina Liar were both great, too. Unfortunately, neither venue was anywhere near capacity, although Austin's ACL was probably three-quarters full (Houston Arena was maybe one-third full...). So a little depressing, but the fans were excited and loud, so that was nice. DC actually walked through the audience, getting everyone up on their feet. It was hilarious! He walked right in front of me but I didn't get a good picture. I should have sat down so he would have pulled me out of my chair but I don't think fast on my feet...so to speak. Oh, well. He's still adorable and his voice is just yummy. Gravelly goodness.

I took today off to eat candy relax after all that driving, do some chores, and buy some candy (we are such procrastinators, OMG). I have been toying with the idea of doing Nanowrimo this year, but I have no real hopes of finishing. I just like the idea of forcing myself to write something - it seems like the older I get, the less I write because I am so preoccupied with "life." But it's good to make time for the things you really love. So, I think I will take another stab. All I need is an idea! LOL...
melcreada: (nana so tired)

Back from our whirlwind tour of San Francisco that included Arwen's wedding (beautiful!), catching up with old friends, sightseeing until I seriously thought my legs would fall off, and even (shhh!) a quick visit to Skywalker Ranch (JP has connections). All awesome. I love San Fran, except for the aggressive bums.

Picture from the top of the tower at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park:

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melcreada: (pocahontas spirit)

Tomorrow is Friday, Friday, Friday!!!! Working 4 days a week is sweet, but getting up at 5am is BRUTAL. Seriously, that's just not natural! After work nap is now mandatory...

Nay-nay is in town, so hopefully tomorrow night will include dinner and shenanigans!

So, the reason we went hiking the other day (other than to get off our lazy asses) was due to our purchasing a year pass to all Texas state parks. So now I am making a list of all the parks we want to go to. Methinks my 3-day weekends will come in handy this summer! I will become more healthy and hike-errific (but I will not eat granola bars, this I swear).

Seriously - check this out. I'm going to go all "Thoreau on Walden Pond" here, except no pond and also no mother to do my laundry:



Several of the parks have groovy retro or native-style lodgings, which I think is cool. Especially if I don't feel like camping, LOL!

Hmm, I thought I had interesting things to say, but I guess not. Oh, well. What's new with you guys???
melcreada: (kare kano glamour mel-style)

So, we left for the coast on Sunday, got back today, and had an okay time EXCEPT:

- Monday afternoon JP slashed his foot open on something sharp in the ocean (you know, the world's TRASH BIN). We got him some antiseptic and band-aids STAT, but that area of his foot has turned red, blue, and purple, so we are a little concerned. He has a doctor's appointment tomorrow.

- Later that night, I got the worst stomach ache EVER and spent most of the evening trying not to hurl instead of kicking back on the balcony with a few cold brews.

Ah, vacation. At this rate, I am positively terrified to go to Arwen's wedding in San Fran next month!!!



In other news, I HAVE AN ADDICTION, PEOPLE:



But ain't they cute???

More poetry because the month is getting on - Bill Holms, speaking of the Icelandic language:

For once you have begun a sentence, the whole course of your life is laid out before you )

Aw, yeah!

Apr. 12th, 2011 04:58 pm
melcreada: (domokun likes to party)

I took Monday and Tuesday off so JP and I can run away to Padre Island for a couple of days. :) It's so easy to get time off now that I am no longer a lynch pin!

Yesterday, I bought a necklace made of strands of pink and white freshwater pearls for $12.50 at Target. I love Target. ♥

MOAR poems? The more I listen to this, the more I like it - Anis Mojgani's Shake the Dust

melcreada: (christmas candles)

Just got a text from work telling me I have to go in on Sunday. Oh, well. I can bitch about it or I can start another meme.

...

I know what you are thinking, but I am going with meme!! The ten-day one that is going around which I may or may not be doing backwards. Oh, well.

Ten things you want to say to ten different people right now )

Also, saw Tron today and it was better than I thought it would be. Rather enjoyed it actually, although spoiler! I wish they had fleshed out Tron's backstory a little more. He was like EVOL 4 LIFE and then, oh wait! I'm good, yeah? So much wasted potential there.But other than that, pretty good.

We went to a hockey game tonight and that was also a lot of fun. I always love to see grown men punch each other in the head while wearing ice skates. Good times. Other than that, I have been doing a whole lot of nothing. I love it.
 
melcreada: (all this bullshit)
Crap work week is over, hooray!!! I swear it has been going on for way longer than five days. I am suspicious!

I was horrified to hear that someone allegedly committed suicide at a Swell Season concert last night by diving from some high point at the venue and landing on the stage in the middle of their performance. Not only is it just a terrible thing, but all those people witnessed him...I just can't imagine it. My heart goes out to them.

This weekend is time with familia and next weekend is Nay-nay's birthday party in Austin. Can't wait, although I would seriously like a small chunk of time by myself to do absolutely nothing. Like go to the beach for 3 or 4 days and lie around eating bon bons and drinking beer and reading. You know, classy shit like that.

Speaking of reading, Half-Price books has some coupons floating around - I bought four books and the third season of Dawson's Creek on DVD (don't judge me!) for $16. I freaking love buying books! Especially on sale (sorry, Barnes & Noble).

I also just found the journal of my trip to Japan in 2007. It made me LOL, no lie. Maybe I will post it in bits here for posterity. It's mainly a list of what we did and where we went, but there were a couple of funny little details I had forgotten. I will always be proud of myself for navigating Tokyo on my own for three days when I had never been there before and could not speak the language at all. *little pat on the back*
melcreada: (spaceballs good is dumb)

Soooo...when did talking on your cell phone while you are doing your business in a public bathroom become the norm? I swear every time I go into a bathroom, some chick in the next stall is having a serious discussion about where to go for dinner or how she is pissed at her bestie whilst all around her toilets are flushing, children are screaming, and hand dryers are blasting. Is this not gross to anyone else? Is it because I was raised Catholic? I don't get it...how can you hear, anyway? And does the person on the other line ever think to say, "Uh...why don't you call me back...when you're DONE?" I don't know.

I read a really cool article the other day (which I cannot find now, of course) about women who don't want children being treated like they are freaks and outcasts of society. I wanted to print it out and tape it to the night supervisor's desk because he simply doesn't believe that I don't want kids. He thinks my biological clock hasn't started ticking yet, even though I am just this side of 38. I actually really like kids. I just don't want any. Why does that make me weird? Isn't it enough that I am apparently going through a second adolescence? >__<

Heard about the fire drill at Otakon - [livejournal.com profile] hamburger , fess up! Did you pull the alarm? 

I kid, I kid!

I think tonight is a Bon Voyage, Charlie Brown! kind of night.

Also, I want to go to here. I have wanted to see the cliff dwellings for years and years, but I keep forgetting about it. I think they would be awesome to see in the snow, but mostly the park is closed by then. This will have to go on my Bucket Travel List, along with Machu PicchuBora Bora, and Bhutan.

And that's all the inanity I have for tonight! Cheerio...

melcreada: (christmas candles)

Nothing new, but the days are starting to blend together, which is kind of nice. I am on vacation, after all. No plans for New Years, except snacks and probably several episodes of Venture Brothers and maybe Big Bang Theory, season 2 ($17 at Target!). I have a bottle of Prosecco and a bottle of Asti. La, la, la...

The meme: whoop, there it is...

Day 13 → A fictional book



I have been thinking of this book a lot lately, even though I haven't read it in years. The language is so beautiful:

"Your name is a golden bell hung in my heart. I would break my body to pieces, to call you once by your name."

And my favorite, by Molly Grue:

"And where were you twenty years ago? Ten years ago? Where were you when I was new? When I was one of those innocent young maidens you always come to? How dare you! How dare you come to me now, when I am this!"
melcreada: (christmas lights)

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. : (

Meh.

Oct. 16th, 2009 10:53 pm
melcreada: (hello kitty halloween)
Got back from New York on Wednesday night. Have been working nonstop ever since. Back for more tomorrow.

Trip was wonderful. There are pictures. It's nice to be needed at work, but seriously...the testing is not going well, I am no where near caught up, and frankly, not being in charge of this project is making me slightly insane. Not a good side of me, I confess.

Anyway, will post pictures...someday.
melcreada: (dc - rated arrrgh!)
Off to Lake Tahoe in the morning. Trying to ignore my irrational fear of flying (again). See ya'll on the flipside...

In other news, did you talk like a pirate today? I got some weird looks, let me tell you... ^___^
melcreada: (neal - singing)
Don't have a heart attack, but I am actually posting pictures from my trip to San Jose. I know, I know - I am like 3 months ahead of schedule. Enjoy!
melcreada: (neal - snake bite)

I got hit on today at the Wal-mart. A legitimate, "can I have your digits?" kind of thing. I felt simultaneously uplifted and terrible because I hate to reject anyone (and he looked like a sweet guy and going up to a strange girl and not coming across as a creeper has got to be hard to do). Anyway, said thanks but no in the nicest way possible. 

I was also thinking today that the summer is halfway over and I have yet to go swimming! Travesty! We have a pool in the neighborhood but goodness knows where I put my pool pass or the 2009 stickers for it. My clutter knows no bounds. None of this would even matter if I had a pool in my backyard. Oh, well. A girl can dream...

I think I will go see Green Day. And skip the shoes. Compromise. Eh? EH?! Still on the fence about P&P&Z.

Also, the more I think about it, the more excited I get about us possibly going to NYC in October. I hope things unfold smoothly and we can go.

Okay, JP and I are going to watch some Buffy because I don't believe in sensible bedtimes!



melcreada: (dc - sepia)
*le sigh*

After a positively decadent week of travel, David Cook concert, fireworks, shopping, drinking, and spending waaaay too much time writing and being on the internets, it's time to pack it all up and go back to work. Dammit. I actually spoke with a co-worker at the baby shower who informed me that we are incredibly short-handed (in the past two weeks, we have lost four people for various reasons). Hoo. Ray. Also, I can't work from home for the next few weeks because I will be training. Mmmm, nothing tries my patience like teaching.

But all in all, I am glad to be going back to work. Apparently when I have too much time on my hands, all I do is spend money and get rather depressed. This leads to drinking and listening to sad music and getting that horrible, desperate feeling in my chest that I always associate with Holly Golightly's 'mean reds.'

So, yeah. Also, my dad is going in for a procedure tomorrow where they want to biopsy his kidney. I am trying not to think about it too much because I can't do anything about it. I am trying to just be calm and positive (like THAT has ever gotten me anywhere before). My dad, to make matters better/worse/I don't know has made it clear in no uncertain terms that he does not want visitors. A couple of years ago when he landed in the hospital, he spent most of his time chasing us out of his room. So, joy.

Okay, going to shake it off, finish my laundry, and call the Kid.

ILU, BOOKS

Jul. 9th, 2009 12:34 am
melcreada: (whisper bookworm)

Damn, I have a lot of books! I have been cleaning the bedroom and in every corner, shoved under the bed, beneath piles of stuff, there they are: BOOKS. I am reading a particularly lovely one called Jane Austen: A Companion. Let's hear it for the dollar bin at Half Price Books, wot wot!!

Also, I keep napping in the middle of the afternoon which sucks because it is throwing my sleep pattern off and also I keep having nightmares. WTH, self? Yesterdays was a particular doozy, where we were in a concentration camp in some tropical locale. The guards, oddly enough, were a bunch of African men with machine guns and they controlled every aspect of our life. Of course, we were trying to figure out how to escape but it was like they always knew when we were going to meet, etc. My skin is crawling, just talking about it...

I have a million things to do and my vacation is halfway over and I have completed NOTHING.

Fail-pants.

melcreada: (drinky! yay!)
This week at work=insanity. For some reason, we are crazy-busy. Not that I am complaining...it's just weird.

And speaking of work, I should re-tool my resume but I think I need someone else to look at it. It's gotten to the point where it looks fine to me, but that is probably because I have written and re-written the damn thing 20 times. Bore-iiiing!!!

This weekend is our Sparkling 4th of July Houston Weekend (I thought that title up all by myself). We will be staying in Galveston (along with, what I expect will be the entire population of Texas, anxious to escape to the beach for the weekend). We are going to see David Cook (YAY) and poke around Moody Gardens and NASA (rawk) and I. Am. Going. To. A. Lush. Store. Finally - I have never been and cannot wait!

Oh yeah, and if it isn't too scuzzy, we might even visit the beach!

I will not let the fact that I just started my period OR the fact that the monstrous growth rate of my hair has made my cute new 'do look all shaggy (and I am not about to start getting trims every 2 weeks...grrr) break-a my stride! Nobody's gonna slow me down, oh no! I got to keep on moving!

David Cook! Fireworks! Millions of people on the highways...all around me...smothering me...

Okay, stopping now. Have a good night, everyone!

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