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Drunk baking while watching Holiday Inn (omg, black face!!!). Pictures later. Of the baking. Not the black face.

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My life...

Dec. 2nd, 2011 10:27 pm
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Sitting here, drinking red wine and crying while watching Love Actually, lol.

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Dinner time! I'm getting pretty good at making these...

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Enjoying Notorious and drinking a Cuba Libre, which may not be keeping with the movie's time frame, but in my head Cuba is tied to spying which is tied to spy movies.

Yeah, something like that.

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JP found these and I had to have them - pan dulce (Mexican sweetbread) for my rear view mirror:

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OMG, the Daily Show's 'World of Class Warfare' bit cracked me up even as I felt dizzy from anger. The fact that anyone would say someone is not poor because they have a refrigerator? Seriously?! Did the U.S. become a third world country while I was sleeping?!

But Jon Stewart was in fine form and the writing was fantastic. And it made me think of one of my favorite parts of History of the World (forgive me...I have not the ability to make gifs):





Indeed. So, to cheer me up when I look at this post again, I will include a picture of the cutest sleeping cat EVAR:

Spike in repose )

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Got back from Fort Davis last week and I've been running around like a crazy person ever since. We had a blast at both state parks (nearby Balmorhea had a giant spring-fed swimming pool). The Davis Mountains are beautiful and lonely. No cell service at the lodge (although we had cable TV...score!).

We went to the highest point in the park to star gaze and watch passing storm fronts. We drove up to the McDonald Observatory (still not totally impressed, but we had a cloudy night and didn't get to see the giant telescope). Fort Davis proper is like two blocks long and everything is mom and pop-type places. No Walmart, no fast food. It was totes awesome, but I don't know if I could have survived more than a few days there. However, all in all, it was a fantastic vacay - exploring the parks and Fort Davis (the actual fort is really cool!), vegging out, kicking back with my Kindle in the middle of the afternoon.

Peektures )

In other news, we saw the documentary Buck, about the real life Horse Whisperer. As predicted, I cried through a respectable portion of it. But it's a sweet and simple film with a beautiful message. If you are an animal lover, you will love it.

Also, we went downtown to catch Harry Potter again but while we were killing time at Rivercenter Mall, JP had his wallet stolen. >__< Thankfully, they found the wallet (minus the cash and credit card) at the bottom of the pool at the Marriott Hotel that is attached to the mall. They made off with about $30, but JP cancelled his card right away and the thieves missed the Game Stop card and movie passes. All in all, best possible scenario for a robbery.

We did wind up seeing Harry Potter (but not then...IMAX comped us tickets for the following day) and I did like it better the second time around. I dunno...spoilers? Highlight to read: 

I love Alan Rickman and I thought he did a great job in his flashback scenes, but something about it left me cold. Like, if you didn't know the story already it was just as if he lost his childhood friend, not the love of his life. I guess I felt a bit cheated. I also wish that they would have shown the other people who came to fight for the Order. It wasn't just a handful of adults and children versus thousands of Death Eaters. Voldemort was creepily AWKWARD but I guess they were trying to make him tragic? A slice of his back story would have solved that.

Anyhoo, all the kids were great and I cried when McGonagall did the spell on the statues and when Harry was talking to his mom and the Maurauders (dude, his dad gets NO screen time...where's the love for poppa?!). I also hate how his parents are too old...they were killed when they were what, 21? They are not aging well in the ghost world. I actually liked the fan fiction ending on film...it seemed sweet and not totally cheesy and forced, the way I felt it was in the book.


So, overall, I did enjoy it although it wasn't exactly how I envisioned it. I have begun re-reading all the books. YAY!!!
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Still enjoying our trip; it has stormed out here everyday, but it never lasts long and often bypasses where we are completely.

The Indian Lodge, where we are staying is the tiny white speck at the base of the mountain:

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At the Davis Mountain State Park in west Texas...

Number of planets seen: 1 (Saturn)

Number of lightning storms witnessed at the top of the mountain: 2 (2 too many IMO)

Number of shooting stars wished upon: 3

Number of visible stars: billions and billions (as Carl Sagan would say)

Having a blast, except for nearly getting washed off the road on the way up. It has rained twice today. In the desert.

Oh, well. We are still having fun! More later...

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First and foremost: thank you, [livejournal.com profile] iammine  for the lovely gifties!!! And also, happy birthday to [livejournal.com profile] summer_queen! Hope you have a great day!

So, on Thursday night we went to the circus that was the midnight showing of Harry Potter. I must admit our audience was pretty lame, once again giggling at totally inappropriate moments. That is so gross to me. The movie itself had a lot of things I loved and a few things I hated. Normally, I am way lenient on the decisions the film makers go with because the story is their interpretation, not mine. But there were some things I was really looking forward to that failed to live up to expectation. Eh, what are you going to do? I want to see it again before really putting my thoughts into words.

That being said, I cried like a big ol' girl through a good chunk of the film.

Yesterday, we went to Fredericksburg Trade Days, which is held inside/outside on some farm land near the town proper. There are stalls and little huts filled with antiques and homemade goods. Anything you can think of, they were selling. They had food and music and the crowd wasn't huge, so that was nice. We must have had 10 drinks between the two of us because it was SO HOT. We had fun, though, and I got a turkey leg! Hooray! Came home, took the most wonderful shower ever, and fell asleep to Harry Potter & the Sorcerer's Stone. ♥

 

Frederickburg photos from last week... )


A few weeks ago, I saw an elaborate old-fashioned toy: a large, red-curtained stage that plays highlights from The Nutcracker. There were four rotating stages showing different parts of the ballet and playing eight pieces of music. It was beautiful and I immediately fell in love with it. Well, JP bought it for me and it came in the mail yesterday. !!! I love this man. My pictures don't do it justice.

The Nutcracker stage... )

 

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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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Sorry I haven't been around much. Dealing with my insurance company and twinges in my back have made me an unpleasant, Godzilla-type person in general. Also...just because you work for an insurance company doesn't mean you get better service. Just a little piece of information from me to you.

National Poetry Month!!! I feel like I should post some, but I don't have the energy right now. Maybe tomorrow.

Nay-nay sent me flowers after my accident... ♥ ♥ ♥

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Being pleasant to someone when you really want to stab them in the eyeballs.

I am a professional!

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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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Came home from work and JP had made dinner, which included buying my favorite wine and a delicious strawberry daiquiri cheesecake for dessert. I love my man. ♥

We ended the night by watching a Top Gear marathon on BBC. I am proper lucky!

Good night all!

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The big news in San Antonio was that it actually snowed! The cool part was that every highway in the city shut down and I got to go into work late. The not cool part was that nothing got sanded, so when I did go in, everyone was sliding around on the road and also, you know, work. Still...pretty groovy for South Texas!

Picture taken from my front door:


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JP, wearing a mask from the Bioshock event earlier this year. We handed out candy and glow sticks cause we are hardcore. And now, time for some Charlie Brown and Garfield!
 

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Happy Halloween, everyone!
 

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Jack cake for potluck tomorrow. I definitely need some sort of decorating classes. Red velvet cake with white icing.

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Tired...

Oct. 10th, 2010 10:23 pm
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Thanks everyone for the lovely comments about my new, streaky hair! ♥ ♥ ♥

Last night we went to a stargazing party with the local astronomy club, about 25 miles outside city limits. Everyone was super nice and a couple of them nerdily eccentric, but I don't mind that so much. You can see the silhouette of our telescope in the picture. Everyone there (and I mean everyone) had super nice scopes and were finding crazy stuff like the Pleiades constellation or the Blue Snowball Nebula. Ours was not that high-powered or fancy, but we did see Jupiter and four of its moons, which I thought was awesome! We also saw a couple of meteors and just kicked back and admired all the stars. A completely relaxing way to spend the evening and something I would never have done without JP, LOL!


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