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Hey hey - I am here. I have finished my events for the year and am getting ready for a much needed vacation! I am going to New Hampshire for early June and will spend time with my family old and new. The cool thing about this vacation is that I will meet my long lost half sister who I have not met before and that is making me nervous as well as excited. We have been talking on social media and on the phone so I think it will go well. She seems very nice and like a cool person. So this will be interesting to say the least. I am hoping that my Dad will go along for the meet up and that he will finally meet the daughter he has never met before. So that would be cool. I spent most of my life thinking I did not have a sister so this is very fun. I have a sister! An older sister! Wowie!

Work went very well this Spring. I planned two national conferences and they were really good. I got great feedback on my event planning skills and everyone was pleased with how it went. It was stressful while it was going on but now that it is done - I feel really good about all of it. Feather in the cap so to speak. Now I can work on summer projects and documenting everything. So that is all good.

My other vacation this summer will be my annual trip to Vegas with the girls. Looking forward to that.

So that is all I have - just work and vacation and oh! I have lost 61 pounds on Weight Watchers! I am totally rocking that. I feel great and I really love the program - it totally works for me. It gives me a method to the weight loss madness. I have 23 pounds left to go so I am going to do this. I am totally jazzed about it. Here is a pic of what I look like now.

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Hope all is well with you there and you are ready for summer! I totally am! :)

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I have finished my Slashy Valentine story! Hurrahs! It is done and posted! Woot. I am so happy. Yays! I will post the link to the archive when the reveal happens on Valentine's Day.

I don't think I am going to watch the Super Bowl tomorrow. I am not really into it. My parents are pulling for the Patriots but then again Atlanta has never won before so it would be great to see them win it. I don't really care who wins. I do like the ads but I can catch those online anytime.

I am heading into a really busy time at work and have to get it in gear. I will and it will be fun. I like being busy at work - the alternative is really boring so this is way better. We are going to have some changes so that will be good too. We need them.

Anyhoo. Just a quick post for the week. Hope all is well with you there.

Cheers!

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Hey hey...

Oct. 22nd, 2016 08:47 am
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Here I am - with a post. I am here.

I guess the biggest thing that is happening is that I have started doing Weight Watchers and it is going great! I have lost 13.4 pounds so far and am really into the program. I am tracking every little thing that I eat and feel like everyday is a little victory. I find that the program encourages healthy eating so it is really working for me. I have a good amount of weight I want to get off this time around and I really like the meetings each week. I lost my first 45 pounds on my own and I don't really want to do it alone this time. This is more fun to have people to talk to and an instructor in your corner cheering you own. I really like that. I did not think I would be this into it but I kind of am. So it is very good. I have never done and organized weight loss program before but I am really into it. Keeping track of what you eat really helps and they have online tools that really are helpful. I can track on the web and on my phone. So I am digging it. I have good support on this at work, from friends and all that so very exciting. I have reached 5 percent of goal and I got a little charm for a keychain. It is kind of cute. :)

What else? So the big news with my family is this - we found my long lost half sister! My dad had an affair before he met my mom and there was a pregnancy from that. So I have an older half sister. Stuff was done and the girl was raised out in Ohio by her mother and her brothers. So years later my mom tells me about this (when I am in college) - that my dad has this other child. So at that time - I store it in my brain. I later told my brothers and we have decided that we should look her up and make contact. So we found her on ancestry.com. It took all of five minutes to find her really - it was amazingly easy and we wrote her an email. She wrote back and now we are all friends on Facebook. We are talking about doing a meet up next summer on the East Coast. It is all kind of wild. My mom had some reservations about it but now is on board with it.

Work is work. Not much going on there. I am kind of bored there actually.

I am nervous about the season premiere of The Walking Dead. Looking forward to it but kind of not if you know what I mean.

So that is about all I have. Hope all is well with you there. This is my post. I will try and post more - even if I post about inane things.

Comments are most welcome. I will reply!

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Summer is here - we have made it past Memorial Day and it is on. I guess I have not updated since then so here is what I did for that weekend. We (J*** and I) - went down to Santa Cruz for that weekend, well the Sunday and Monday part of it and hung around. It was totally crowded as that is a big weekend for a beach town and there was traffic everywhere. We stayed at one of the hotels just off the beach and hung out with N*** and D***. Had good food and enjoyed the ambiance of the vacation town. It took a while to get everywhere but that was not too bad.

Work is coming along. My projects are coming together so that is good. I am getting everything scheduled with some vendors and so that works out. People were unresponsive for a while but now I have heard from everyone and able to put together the timeline. All good.

I have some trips coming up this summer - so that is exciting - I am doing the following -

June - Los Angeles - To visit my brother and his wife
July - Las Vegas - vacation with the girls
August - Manchester, NH - family visit and visit with childhood friend

So that will be eventful. Other things I want to do - I would like to start a regular exercise program and control my sugar intake a little better. I have a bit of a habit. So I would like to get better on those two things. Small changes would be good.

I went to the produce mart today and they had Rainier cherries. I was so excited about that - those are my favorite. Good price too. I carefully chose the ones I wanted. :P Got some asparagus and tomorrow I will have a nice dinner - got a good steak at the butcher .

I want to go through my clothes today and weed out some things to put on consignment. I have lots of things I don't wear. So that will be good. I went to the consignment store yesterday and they said they could use some plus sized things so I thought my clothes would work there.

So this is a bit of a ramble. That is about all I have. I will sign off for now. Hope all is well with you in your part of the world.

Cheers.

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Time for a ramble. It has been a while since I posted and I apologize for that. I cannot say that I have been that busy - work has calmed down and I have been around here just - well being here. I opened this one time and did not know what to write so I am trying this kind of rambling thing and will see what I end up posting.

So what is going on. Work is manageable. All my events are done for the year. I have projects to manage this summer but that is not too bad. I have a couple of trips this summer. I am going to Vegas in July and then I am going to Manchester, NH in August. Vegas is a girls trip and fun in the sun and sitting by the pool. I don't really gamble so I won't lose any money. Manchester will be a visit with family and that is long overdue. So that is good. I want to have a lobster when I go there so I am excited about that. It will be good to see my mom and dad and my brother, niece and sister-in-law. I will also see some childhood friends and hang out. Yay!

I saw The Jungle Book this week and it was totally amazing. I have to admit that I was not a huge fan of the Disney animated thing but I love this movie version. The voice work was phenomenal and the CGI seamless. The child who played Mowgli was really perfect as the boy. This film made me want to go back to the source material - the original Kipling stories that it was based on. I never really felt that way about the animated version.

I am going to see Captain America - Civil War this weekend and I am Team Cap all the way! I am super excited about this movie. I don't really care about reviews for the film. I will see it no matter what and I love Marvel movies. So that is my plan for this weekend.

I got my mom some flowers for Mother's Day - had them sent to her in NH. I am glad I remembered to do something. I usually don't have it together. So I am glad about that. I hope she likes them. My niece is starting to think about college - COLLEGE. I can't believe that. It seems like she went from 3 years old to 16 in like 2 seconds. Seriously.

So that is all I have. This was a pretty good ramble. Thanks for reading along!

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Hello. Very busy time in the work life lately. Lots of things happening there - events and projects culminating to a mid-April crescendo. I just want to make it through til then. Then I will be able to breathe. I can do it. I think I can. I think I can. It will all work out. I have an event next week and the week after. I will have projects to do but those seem manageable.

Anyway - I am going to Santa Cruz tomorrow for a day trip. Leaving early in the morning to catch brunch at this place Zachary's. Yum-delicious. My favorite thing is the sour dough pancakes. Oh la la. So good. Then we will go to the beach and look at the water and hang out.

I am deep into this series of books by Heather Graham on audible - this paranormal mystery series - Krewe of Hunters - all the FBI agents can sense ghosts - kind of cool. There are many of these books in the series so it is very fun working through them. I love audibles too - especially when there is a good narrator who does character voices. Very fun.

I have been learning new recipes and cooking soups lately. That is the latest thing I have added to my repertoire. The first soup I tried was chicken noodle soup and that worked well - and then [profile] aglarien1 gave me her super recipe for a cabbage beef soup that is super delicious too. I really like having servings of soup in the freezer and fridge. It is a nice ready made meal and home made soup tastes way better than canned. I want to try and make meatball soup and soup with sausage and pasta. So that will be fun. Lots of soups to try. And here soup is good year round as we have cold nights all year. So boom!

So there - that is an update of sorts. Hope all is well with you in your part of the world. Take care of you and be well!

PS - I saw a really good movie last night - Eye in the Sky about decision making and drone warfare in the fight against terrorists. It was very tense and interesting and relevant to today's political, military situation. Really good movie. Highly recommend. Good performances all around and it was Alan Rickman's last film. Helen Mirren was riveting.

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I think it is time I wrote an entry. I have been here and there, hither and yon. Well not really - I have just been here and working. Always working. I have a busy March and April coming up with work so that is good. I like to be busy at work rather than sitting there with nothing to do. So that is better. I have a bunch of events and an awards program to run. Great.

Speaking of work - we had a security breach at the University and the information they got was my bank account and name. So that was alarming. I guess there was a hack into the financial system. I remember something being wrong as they had to close down the system for 5-7 days in December. So I was advised by a few people to change my bank account around so that the hackers don't have access to that - my bank said that and people who work in banking. So that is what I did. Now this effected 1000's of people at work and when I went into work, I noticed that no one was doing anything to protect their banking info. It felt really strange to be the only person that was worrying about. Literally - no one was concerned or they said their bank account was tied into to many things and so they did not feel like changing it - which was exactly why I was changing it. For that very reason. Anyhoo. It was relatively easy to do. I got helped by this really great Slavic banker dude and it took very little time to make sure my money was safe and sound. I already have credit monitoring with my legal plan so I am covered there.

So I saw Deadpool and really enjoyed it with the caveat that I have not read any of the Deadpool comics. So as a movie - it totally worked for me but I don't know anything about the Deadpool character. I just enjoyed the film. My friend who had read the Deadpool comics did not like the film that much and was much more critical of it. So that was a thing. I thought it was excellent and I would see more films with the character. I really thought Ryan Reynolds fit this character. He was funny and talkative and really inhabited the role.

What else. I have been posting some graphics offers. So that is fun. Making little things here and there. It is a fun hobby for me. I am getting some requests so LJ is still slightly active that way.

So that is what's going on. I am still making my way through the 2016 Slashy Valentine stories. Slowly but surely. Really enjoying those. I just read this one - Breathless by elfscribe and found it to be really good - an interesting tale of Gondolin. So give that a read if you have time. I also started reading Keiliss' story - The Pink Flamingo which is being posted in chapters and it is an amusing tale about Glorfindel and Erestor.

Anyways....that is all I have. Today I am going to see the movie - Eddie the Eagle which seems inspiring and I have watched 8 episodes of the new season of House of Cards - binge watching that.

Take care and hope all is well with you!

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Morning post over morning coffee here. I have my cup here. I realized I had not posted in a while. I sit here each morning before work and drink coffee and watch the morning news. Such is my routine. That is after I groggily wandered to the shower. Teddy the wonder cat knows enough to stay out of my way until I have had a good amount of the java.

So the Bay Area has been taken over by the effen Super Bowl. Everything is geared towards that. They have this Super Bowl City in San Francisco and all these events. I am not even going over there. It has not really impacted my life at all but I am a little tired of hearing about it. I do hope that local businesses are making tons of money from all of this - that would be a good thing - that it would boost the local economy here. So if having the game here does that - I am all for it. I do plan on watching the game and having some good snacks etc. I am rooting for the Panthers. I think Cam Newton is gorgeous and I hope that he does well in the game. :P He also won the Heisman Trophy when he was in college so he definitely has the skills.

Work is going well - I am kind of having fun with it. I do have to work on Saturday and manage a training on campus so there is that but that is not too bad and it is only a few hours. I have a few events coming up and they are off to rocky starts but I think I will be able to pull them out. We are also getting our head shots done with a professional photographer so I am having my make up done by my neighbor who does it professionally. Hopefully I will get some good shots out of this deal. I never take good pictures so will see how it goes.

I am really looking forward to reading the Slashy Valentine stories when they come out mid-month. As always I am nervous that my story is not what my recipient wants so I hope that my person likes it. *bites nails* I always worry about that so don't mind me. I am just glad that I got my story done. It was a very interesting prompt and out of my comfort zone. Kind of a stretch.

I am saddened by two recent celebrity deaths - Alan Rickman and David Bowie. I enjoyed their work through their careers - I saw Bowie twice and he was phenomenal. And I have seen many Rickman films - my favorite being - Truly Madly Deeply. I will miss both of them and their talent that they shared with us.

So that is all I have. I hope all is well with you in your part of the world. Comments are great and I will reply back as soon as I can. :)


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But I played! That was optimistic of me. You never know, do you? I bought one ticket of randomly generated numbers and I did not win. I just checked the website. Oh wait. We played at work too so I could still be a millionaire. :P

So work is killing me. I am super busy with these added responsibilities - facilities and tasks which mean I have to take care of people. I am really good at that but it gets a little frenzied. I am getting further away from my event planning mojo and don't know how I feel about that. My job does still require lots of logistical planning and all that so it is skill building etc. So I don't know. They keep adding stuff to my plate and is the plate getting bigger? How does that work? Don't mention this on FB, please. I have work people on there.

I have done more research on my Slashy Valentine but have not started to write it yet. Ahhh. Ok. not panicking yet. I better internalize that very helpful timeline that they have over there on the community. Know it. Live it. Be it. Meet it. Kill it.

Anyway. See, I am posting more in the new year. I am posting! Comments would encourage me to post more!

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Here I am. I have worked myself into exhaustion and sickness. I am resting this weekend to try and get ready for next week which is going to be a bear of a week with trainings and events prep. It is craziness. That is what they pay me for. We are getting a 3 percent raise - oh boy - this month and it is retro to July so that is a little something. I don't think that even covers the cost of living.

Next month I am going to Seattle to visit [profile] khylea. We will do fun activities like go to a hockey game - go to the beach and use the group ons that we have purchased at bargain prices. I am really looking forward to it and will need the time off.

Thanksgiving is coming right around the whatever there too. I will be here in town and celebrating with friends here. My friend R*** is coming in from Vegas and then J*** will be here. We will watch movies and have a good time. The kid will be home from UCSC. So that will be all fun.

I am just posting in to say hello to everyone and let you know I have been reading along in the blog-o-sphere. Hope everyone is well there in your part of the world.

Cheers to you.





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So hey!

Sep. 18th, 2015 10:55 pm
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Tonight is Friday and I went out for dinner tonight with my friend J***, the kid who is not really a kid anymore, and his girlfriend. I think I will start calling the kid by his name - N***. For those of you new to the scene or if you have forgotten - I helped raise N*** from when he was a little baby and now he is starting his third year of college at UC Santa Cruz. I cannot believe how the time has gone. Ho-MG. I used to change his little diapers and now he is all big and making his own decisions. It is so cool. J**** likes to say I helped raise N**** and he gets advice from me on a lot of stuff. I guess the closest thing to that is being an Aunt to him but at times I did a lot of parental things too. It takes a village to raise the child. This is the closest I have come to raising a child really so ...It is all pretty cool. We are all like family.

So the idea of tonight's dinner was to celebrate N*** and girlfriend's success this summer at getting jobs, staying gainfully employed and earning enough money to cover their incidental expenses for the year and her rental costs. He worked two jobs and saved and saved and saved. Did not miss one shift at work and worked in education as well as retail. Both of them achieved their goals and did what they set out to do. Right on.

In other news - I started to move into my private office at work. I have a week to move into my interior office (no windows) but it has walls and doors and I will no longer be in a cubicle. I can shut the doors for privacy and to get work done. Halleluja. Today I moved all of my files over. I will move the rest next week and then work in there once my phone is cut over. I have pictures to hang and plants to carry over there and things to arrange. I want it all to look together. So have to get that going. Woot. This is very good news.

This weekend I have a few plans - I am going to a chocolate making class tomorrow out in Concord. My friend, J*** and I will be doing that together. It runs from 2-4pm tomorrow. Hopefully it is in an air conditioned facility as it is supposed to be hot tomorrow.

Other than that - my weekend plans are open - I need to do laundry and clean up around the house.

Hope all is well with you in your part of the world! Comment in and tell me what you are up to!

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Another Sunday. I love Sundays. I slept nice and late today so that was good.

I saw the latest Mission Impossible movie this week and thought it delivered on the promise of action and stunts. I don't think these are as deep as the James Bond movies with the new guy but I really enjoyed the movie. Although there was one part with some laughable dialogue by Alec Baldwin's character - L-O-L kind of over the top dialogue. Anyways. Good movie and fun to watch. Won't have a lasting impact.

I did just finish a book that I will love forever - All the Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr. It follows various characters through their experiences in World War II and beyond. What I love about this book is that it shows characters on both sides of the war (French resistance and German) and you really feel like you are living with these people. The description and language of the book is so very beautiful too. Really gorgeous. This book won the Pulitzer Prize and deservedly so. Highly recommend this.

So work is heating up and I have a really busy week this week - three things going on. I won't bore you with the details. Just a lot to get done. It will all get done.

I am still working on my AiA fic but it is slow going right now. I have to get cranking on that and will move it along. It is just going to have to get done. Yeppers.

Hope all is well with you and yours there. Happy weekend to you and all that there!

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I started writing today. Snuck in a little bit at work - bad me. I wrote about half a page of total crap. Anyhoo. And so it begins.

I have been meaning to write an update post for a while but my life is so boring. What is going on with me. I am listening to this incredible Audible book entitled The Martian by Andy Weir about an astronaut stranded on Mars. It is really interesting how this book got published - he posted it - kind of like we do - chapter by chapter on his website - his fanbase commented and essentially beta read the fic for him. People asked him to turn the finished story into an e-book and then the technically challenged folks asked him to put the book on amazon as a kindle book - which he nicely did and it just sort of took off from there. So it started off as a self published work. It then got very popular on amazon as a 99 cent download and he got a publishing offer and then a movie offer.

It is a really interesting very techno-geek kind of thing but I am loving the audible. I am really looking forward to the movie with Matt Damon playing the astronaut Mark Watley. So that is what is absorbing my time right now when I should be writing. *head desk*

I have not even loaded my fireworks icons as I am not really feeling the 4th of July thing. Maybe tomorrow. I don't know. I can use my USA icon.

I am dealing with my elderly parents - remote control on them as I have weekly conversations with my mom that are very repetitive. My brother deals with them locally as he lives in NH but I get a lot of info because I check in with my parents every other day by phone - for example - my mom took a fall and had not told my brother etc. and she was pretty badly bruised up and needed medical attention. Anyhoo. Challenges on that score.

Work is well work and kind of boring right now. I am not sure I should stay where I am at or move along to something more interesting. I think I should look at the job listings and see what is going on elsewhere. Casually. Best to see what is what.

I am having dental surgery next week - I had it all worked up in my mind that it is major when it is no big deal. Well the big deal is that it is expensive. But hey - it is only money. But the surgery itself is no biggie.

I am going to Vegas this month - with J*** and then meeting R*** who lives there. Girls week and fun in the heat. We will just relax by the pool and sip frozen drinks. Woot.

So that is all I have. At least I started my story, Right?

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Here I am. It is the long weekend and I am relaxing watching my Sunday night programs - Game of Thrones and Penny Dreadful. Interesting TV to be sure. I got my hair done today - just color and tomorrow I will be going down to Santa Cruz for the day. That will be fun. So that is about all I have going on this weekend. Not too much really.

I saw a good movie on Friday - Pitch Perfect 2 - nice and light hearted - well staged musical numbers and funny - laughed a lot throughout the film. Just what I needed after a busy week.

My raise came through - well the retro pay so that is cool.

That is all I have. Hope all is going well for you there in your part of the world.

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Hey hey hey - I have not posted in a while but i have super exciting news from the world of work - yesterday my boss called me into his office and I thought - oops - I had done something wrong. But no- he gave me the news that I was getting a 10 percent equity raise ! Yippee! The new dean had announced at our last staff meeting that certain eligible people would be getting raises to get them to equity but I was not certain I would qualify for that but I guess I do! I am so excited. And it is retroactive for 5 months! Double yay! Nice little bonus there.

So that was a great bit of news.

I have a lot going on at work right now but it is all going well. I have a party happening today and will be glad when that is over.

I saw Avengers Age of Ultron and liked it a lot. I do think I liked the first one better though I am still undecided about that. I will need to mull it over. I curse Joss Whedon and his unnecessary character deaths. I won't say anymore on that score. This weekend I am going to see Mad Max - Fury Road. I have never seen any of the older Mad Max films so this will all be new to me. It is getting great reviews so I am excited about it.

That is all I have right now. Hope all is well with you and yours there. Happy weekend to you!

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I met a comic book artist - Babs Tarr - yesterday at my local comic book store - in Berkeley - (shout out to The Escapist on Claremont!). She is very cool and she is the artist for the latest Batgirl run at DC Comics. I have been really getting into comic books lately. I have been reading Dr. Strange, Black Widow, The Walking Dead and some others. A newbie really but it is fun and the art is really cool. Here is a cover from Babs Tarr on the Batgirl run. She animated this on her blog.

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In other news - I got some Christmas shopping done yesterday and of course I bought myself some stuff. One for them - one for me kind of thing. I did not blow my budget and I just have one gift card left to get and then I think I am done for the season. I have presents under my tree which is cool.

While I was Christmas shopping in the Elmwood District of Berkeley - a protest rolled right in there and blocked up the area. They were really pretty cool about it and did not take up any side walk space - they were just in the street and their goal was to tie up the intersection which they did. My car got trapped by two buses but it was liberated by the time I really had to go and get to the artist thing I wanted to go to. So that was cool. I could keep shopping and enjoy the civil unrest. Works for me. It was part of the nationwide protest yesterday.

Anyhoo. Work is winding down and I am finishing up projects for the year. I am kind of done and want to be finished. I don't finish up really until Dec 23. So that will go on for a while. [profile] khylea comes in on the 25th so that is cool.

Can you guys believe The Hobbit comes out next week? Hurrah! I am going the first night, I think. I cannot wait. Yays! And then it will be over and I will be sad.

Anyhoo. That is all I have. I am trying to post more often. Doing ok with that. I love comments. So comment here and I will respond!


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Hey hey hey - I got my first holiday card of the season - thank you, jaiden_s. Lovely card.

Today I got a new computer at work - a brand new shiny iMac. It is gorg. Huge monitor. Like mondo. I am going to love it. No more teeny PC monitor. Love.

I started Christmas shopping today by getting my niece some cosmetic things that she wanted - she likes this site called Ulta. Mail order sent to her house - all the way. She has good taste for sure. :P

My Christmas tree is up. I will post a pic of it soon. It is very minimalist this year as I have the new cat and cannot decide if he will go for the ornaments or not. I am only using my unbreakable ornaments on it right now. No glass things and nothing too low on the tree. Best to see how he does with it. He is leaving it alone mostly though I have caught him lurking over there. So absolutely I am not sure of him. I miss Boo who used to not care about the tree at all.

This year for Christmas I am spending Christmas Eve with my friend J**** and then <lj user=khylea> comes on Christmas Day. We are going to see The Hobbit (a few times) and hang out for the holidays. Yays!

To do list-
-print christmas labels
-do christmas cards
-shopping
-etc

Hope all is well with you there. This is more of an update than I planned! Falalalala

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And all through the house...

Well there is just me here but I am stuck in my house as today there is a Cal Football game - not just any game but THE BIG GAME between Cal and Stanford. Thousands of people will descend upon my neighborhood and be obnoxious. I cannot move my car because there are no parking spaces to be had. It is just - well - inconvenient. I am staying in the neighborhood and will do things within a walk of the house. I can go to CVS - do laundry and might just get my nails done as something to do for me. My nails look terrible and have for a while. I would love to have my nails done. So I might.

So next week is the big gobble - Thanksgiving. I am going to try and eat reasonably. I am doing this thing called - Maintain - Don't Gain. And I don't want to gain weight this holiday season. In fact, I would like to lose a couple of pounds this holiday season. So I am going to try that. Maybe one pound.

I am having a friend over for Gobble Day and we are going to have chicken and sides from Whole Foods. We will watch movies. I am going to see if we can do some walking that day and get some exercise. That sounds healthy. Then Friday we are going mini-golfing and then Saturday I don't know what is up.

Tonight I am going to see Hunger Games Mockingjay 1. I am kind of excited about it. I really like this series and read all of the books. So that is cool. The books were great and I read them pretty fast.

Anyhoo. Work is work. My supervisor has a work style that is really alienating. She likes to do everything at the very last minute - with very little planning. This is not really my work style. I like to do things with planning and well in advance. So - getting used to skin-of-the-teeth things here. It is pretty stressful and not that comfortable. I am going to look around and apply for other jobs. I am not liking how things are going.

Anyways - hope all is well with you where you are and I have caught up on reading LJ - just not commenting much. I have lots of graphics to make so I might do that today. Get on my old XP PC and do that. La.

See you around and have a great weekend!

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Here and there - hither and yon. Doing this and that. Little of this and that. Uhh.

I had all my work projects finish up in October and so work is easier now. I have all fun stuff to do now - like our holiday party and other easy things. I am keeping my eye out on the job market and edited my resume this week. Things are shifting at work in terms of the leadership so I have to be ready to move if I need to. Best to have it all prepped. I would like to stay at the Uni but I might branch out to other organizations.

Getting ready for the holidays - gobble day and Hanukkah and Christmas. I am staying here on the West Coast. I have visitors coming here so that will be fun - [profile] khylea is coming and we will be going to see The Hobbit - Battle of Five Armies in December and hang out here at Christmas so good times, good times.

Anyhoo. That is it. I should make some graphics but am not motivated to.

I have been reading but not commenting all that much. I do try and read everything though.

Cheers to you!

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I am around. Working hard. This month is a crazy busy month with work. I have all sorts of thing going on at work - foundation visits, donor events, faculty receptions. Stuff. It will all get done, I am sure. I look forward to November and nothing happening that month. Well I have things to do in November but not like this month.

I saw a movie last weekend - Dracula Untold - with Luke Evans. It was not the best vampire movie but he sure is dreamy. I really love him as Bard the Bowman in The Hobbit and he made a passable Dracula. He definitely has screen presence. The backstory on Dracula in this is that Vlad becomes a vampire in order to save his family and people from this Turkish Sultan. Anyhoo.

I had a great birthday and I want to thank everyone on my flist for the birthday cheer. You all made my birthday fantastic. I feel the love! :)

I hope all is well with you there and I am reading LJ faithfully.

Cheers to you.

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