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So hey - I am here with a post. I had a great vacation in New Hampshire/Massachusetts. I spent time with my family and met my half-sister and there was nothing bad or scary about that. She is very nice and we all got along. We spent a Friday-Monday weekend thing together on the Cape in Mass and it was very good. It was amazing how relaxed it all was. I was very happy that there was no weird awkwardness and that my Dad had a good time. This was the first time he was meeting his eldest daughter so that was pretty cool.

Had some great gastro experiences - ate fried clams, had a lobster roll. So that was very fun. We did some girlie things - I got my face done with a make up person. So now I know how to do make up. It is funny - I have spent most of my life not doing make up but now I am kind of getting into it. I got some stuff and it looks pretty good. It is not that hard to do. I do quick make up on work mornings - just mascara and lips and then more involved when I am going out on the weekends. So there is that.

The only other thing that is new is that I have gotten back into plants. I went through a phase for a while where I was killing my plants. I guess I was not paying attention to them. But now with the help of a friend - I am getting some nice plants and herbs and enjoying caring for them. I made some salmon with fresh dill that I grew myself. That was fun and delicious. Fresh dill is way better than the dry stuff. More flavorful.

Anyhoo - that is about all I have. Tomorrow, I am going to Santa Cruz for the day and to see David Sedaris speak at a local bookstore there. I am very excited about that. We get a copy of his new book and hopefully he will sign it.

So that is the state of me. Hope all is well with you. Comments are awesome.





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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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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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I have been meaning to do a post about last weekend's trip to Los Angeles. I went from last Friday to Sunday to visit my brother and his wife and I got to see [profile] aglarien1! It was a total blast and whirwind theatre happening. I saw lots of shows there. Lots - like 4 shows in 24 hours. That is an all time record for me. We had a great time and I feel all cultured up. It was great.

I got in on Friday night and my SIL and I went right from the airport to In and Out Burgers - kind of a family tradition. We like the burgers there and we got milkshakes too. Delish. We just hung out that night and watched some TV about tiny houses. That was pretty cool.

Saturday - my SIL and I went out and got manicures and pedicures after having a nice brunch at Pann's in LA. It was nice and relaxing and I pretty much took a nap in the pedicure chair. Total fun. I got a French gel manicure and got purple on my toes. Then we met up with my brother and the theatre extravaganza began.

We saw the following shows - at the Fringe - in this order.

The Toxic Avenger Musical
Uterine Affairs or Inconceivable Conception
Amy Snowden - Casting Confessions from La to LA

all were humorous and really good. It was a very good line up. In between the first and second one we had a break and went to a really good mexican restaurant. We got done at about 12:30 am and then went right to bed. All those shows are a little exhausting.

I saw [profile] aglarien1 for breakfast on Sunday and we went to our favorite place, Dinah's, in Los Angeles. They serve a great breakfast and we had a great time talking and laughing and eating really good food. It was great to see her and the time flew by too fast, of course.

Then we had our last show which was the opera. It was a multi-media thing called The News - JacobTV. They had a large screen with snippets of media and news reports playing interspersed with operatic commentary. It was really cool and really interesting. Kind of a commentary on the media and how ridiculous it all is. That was at the Long Beach Opera.

So that was my whirlwind cultural weekend. Really good time! Tada!

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Hey there - my brother was an expert on CBS This Morning - check it out!

http://www.cbsnews.com/videos/centuries-old-chord-progression-in-led-zeppelins-stairway-to-heaven/

It was an awesome thing for him. He is a professor at UCLA and they consulted him on a court case about Led Zeppelin's song Stairway to Heaven. Pretty cool!

Thought I would share.
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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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So I went to Los Angeles for last weekend - it was a two-fer. My brother had gotten a teaching award at UCLA and I wanted to go to the awards ceremony - and we got to celebrate my birthday. So that is the two for one special - actually three in one as my parents came in and I got to visit with them too. We did lots of fun things and had a grand time. Here is the run down -

-awards ceremony at UCLA Chancellor's House - Friday
-mani-pedi's for the three girls - Saturday
-dinner at The Strand House, Manhattan Beach - Saturday
-visit the science museum, Imax of Hubble Telescope and visit the space shuttle Endeavor - Sunday
-concert by Bruce Brubaker, pianist at the LA County Museum - playing Phillip Glass selections - Sunday

It also was important to touch base with my parents. My mom is 77 and my dad is 84. They are getting up there and doing well but seems like age is settling in. My dad went to see a great audiologist in LA and got new hearing aids. This is a huge thing as his old hearing aids were not working very well at all and were pretty run down. I notice my mom is stumbling around a lot and she wears these platform shoes 2-3 inches there. I have to figure out how to tell her and get her to wear flats. She is really unsteady on her feet and she took a fall in her house earlier in the year. I am worried about her falling again. So what do I do? I am trying to figure out how to broach the subject and handle this without hurting her feelings. If anyone has any ideas - feel free to comment.

Anyhoo. This is the stuff I am dealing with. Work is very very busy. I don't hardly get to breathe when I am there. Just too busy and getting busier.

So that is all I have. Thanks to everyone who left me birthday messages. It was amazing! *hugs to all*

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Hope all is well with you and yours there.
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Oy vey. I am turning 50 this week and I don't feel old but forces conspire to make me feel old. The AARP is sending me membership letters and such. I am feeling great but if I keep getting these mailings - I will be old before my time. It is ridiculous. Offers for term life insurance and other ridiculousness. How do I get off these mailing lists?!

I am doing well. I am going to Los Angeles this week to see my family. My parents will be in town and I will get my annual visit with them done so that I don't have to travel during the holidays and my brother has won and award at UCLA so we are celebrating that. Along with my 50th birthday. Wootles. It is such a milestone. I am doing fine with it really. Half a century. Wowie Maui.

Happy birthday to me!

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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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I am pretty good. Work is going...life is going. I am going to Santa Cruz tomorrow etc. I don't know what to post about but it has been a while since I have posted so I thought I should write a post. I am boring.

I am reading a few things - well listening to books on audible - I just finished the All Soul's Trilogy by Deborah Harkness - brilliant stuff - about witchcraft and vampires and just really well written. Very detailed with historical information as Harkness is a university professor (USC). It is lovely as an audible and the narrator is amazing - really realizes all the characters. So I finished that and am now reading Iced by Karen Marie Moning - continuing in the Fever series. I really love this series - it supposes that there was a wall between the human realm and the fae realm and that suddenly that wall came crashing down - and there is a sort of war between the fae and humans - very good stuff - this is all really a continuation of her Highlander series. I am a big big fan of Karen Marie Moning. Her men are MEN and her heroines are smart and snarky. She also writes with a lot of humor.

So also am reading a book on my kindle at the same time - I have started in on Game of Thrones. I watch the TV show so essentially I know what has happened in this first book but I wanted to see what the book is like. I have to say - it is a really well written and wonderful book. It is full of characters - as I had heard but I guess seeing the show gives me an advantage on following it all. His writing is not overdone at all - it is lean and well described. I totally love his writing style. I also really like the length of the chapters - just the right length and each chapter is a main character POV. Just totally well done. I am not sure I will read all the books - I am just dipping my toe into the water so to speak. I have so many books I want to read but I did want to get a sense of GRRM's writing.

So what else is happening - my dad was the victim of a computer scam - he got a pop up on his computer that was masking as a trojan virus - it had a phone number on it - which he called - and the people on the other end talked him into letting them remote access his computer to "clean it" and he paid 400.00 for this service. Obviously this pop up virus was a scam by this company and they scare vulnerable people into paying them for this. I talked to him on the day it happened and got him to call his bank and get the charges reversed. Luckily they would because it was a fraudulent company - I had looked them up on the internet and they were on the fraud list. Then my dad did a system restore to a point before this all happened to get their remote access file off of his computer. My brother went over to their house (they live in NH) and checked everything out so things are fine now. My dad is very embarrassed that this happened but none the worse for it. So no mention of this on FB please.

Anyhoo. That's all I have. Road trip tomorrow. Sleep tonight. Anyone watching Orphan Black? I am loving that show. Totally addicted.

See you soon!

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Here is an update of sorts on my story.



555 / 2500 words. 22% done!

I am doing pretty well there and the writing is going pretty well. I am still on the preface so that is not too bad. Leading into the story with a bit of a thing.

Got some bad news last night. My dad took a fall in a parking lot by a bookstore and hurt his leg. We were all worried that he hurt the hip he'd had replaced. At first it seemed like things were ok and he just had a bruise but then he could not walk so he had to go to the hospital in an ambulance early this morning. I don't have an update right now but he is 83 so keep him in your thoughts. I am a bit worried about him. There were icy conditions last night there so that was what caused it.

Yesterday - I went down to Santa Cruz to take the kiddo back to college - UC Santa Cruz. We drove down and back and went for the yummy pizza there. Easy trip and did not really stop anywhere much but on campus and to the pizza and coffee place. Quick there and back again. It was an easy drive and not much traffic.

That is about all I have. Last day of vacation today and back to work tomorrow. Sigh.

Cheers to you and hope the new year is going well!

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Hey hey there. I am posting in. Not much doing today. I spent the day watching DVR shows (Extant and Dallas) and going food shopping. I am going out to the movies tonight (November Man - I have no idea). So that is all I got. I got my copy of Captain America - Winter Soldier this week - yays! Watched that already.

Work is going well but no one likes my new supervisor there. I am staying away from the negativity and waiting until she settles in more. She has only been there since Aug 1. People need more time to get acclimated. So I am in wait and see mode.

I am going to start writing again. I have a WIP that I want to get going on and it is pretty good. I just opened it and read it. The pairing is Fingolfin-Thranduil. Yeah. Fingolfin is reborn to Mirkwood. It has humor and Legolas greatly admires Fingolfin and there is a mentorship thing that happens there. So lots of good elements. I really miss writing and think I need to get back into it. I have six - seven chapters of this thing going so quite a lot to it.

I also have dreams of writing an original fic.

So right now I am reading/listening to a few fics. I am reading Iron Druid Chronicles, listening to Mary Poppins and reading a dragon story of Temeraire (forget the title - the second one). Lots doing in literature - if a bit unfocused. I am enjoying reading a bunch of stuff at once. Kind of fun doing whatever I want there. I do listen and read things. Oh wait - I just started Outlander too! Ha!

My parents are doing so well right now. They love their new house though they are still unpacking. And this just confirms that the move was the right move. They have some improvements to make to the house but will do those in good time. I am so relieved. Yes!

So that is all for me right now. Doing well. I hope all is well with you on your end. My birthday comes up in October so I have to figure out what I am doing there. Low key fun with friends. Etc.

Have a great weekend!

PS - I put up my traditional fall layout. Click in to see.

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It was a week of back breaking labor and wrangling my mom but we got it done. I am back in Berkeley, CA and my parents are actually moving today. My sister-in-law is supervising this part of the move as I could not take that much time off from work. I think it is going well based on the pictorial updates that I am getting on my iphone. Going well. My parents still have too much stuff but it will all be in their new place and that is that. They are putting a lot of it in the basement and I am hoping over the next few years to go through that with them and get rid of more of that stuff. If they don't use it - it should go. I am inspired to go through my stuff now. I am in a purging mood for sure now. I am going to clean out my apartment though now that I look at my place - I don't have that much stuff.

We worked from 8:00 am to 9:00 pm all week last week. I got my lobster roll and then had lobster tail. And then the most glorious strawberry shortcake at The Chophouse. It was amazing. Never had that good a shortcake. I ate the whole thing. It was amazing. Went to Dunkin Donuts everyday for my large coffee. We ate badly and I have to get back on the nutrition plan. Food was out of control.

Anyhoo. That is the report. It all worked out and my parents are doing well. They are excited about their new place and will be unpacking for a while.

Cheers to you and I cannot believe that summer is ending. I am not ready for September!

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Off to NH!

Aug. 17th, 2014 09:01 am
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I am off to NH tomorrow. I took vacation to go help my parents move from their apartment to a much better house. This is a house that will be better suited to their elder years and afford them safety. I am really happy that they are moving and the point of my going is to help them go through their stuff before they pack etc. Fun fun fun. I told my mom that my only recompense is that I want a lobster dinner, lol. That will suit me just fine. Heh.

I have just caught up on LJ and read back. My thoughts on Robin Williams death are complex. I have followed him since his early stand up days - before Mork and Mindy - I had his comedy vinyl and had it totally memorized. - Reality, what a concept. He was a brilliant man and the details of his death are very sad. I prefer to remember him for the joy and talent that he brought to all of us.

Work is going well. I have a new boss - the verdict is out on her but I am helping her get acclimated. My co-workers are not very happy about her but I am being open minded and giving her the info she needs to get up to speed. I would want people to help me if I was in a new position.

Anyhoo. I am flying into Boston tomorrow and then driving up to NH with my sister in law. I will be scarce for a while.

Be well.

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This week I am off to Vegas. Crazy heat happening there but the prices are good. We are staying at the MGM Grand and plan on staying by the pool and doing the buffets and making good use of the AC. Yeppers. Should be fun. Then I have a staycation here at home for the rest of my week off and am looking forward to it. Sleep and projects here at home. I am going to clean some things out and go walking. That is it for me really. Vacation.

My parents bought a house in NH and I may go to Manchester to help them go through their stuff in mid August if I can get the time off and afford the airfare. I may or may not go. I am undecided. I have to see. It would be good to go and help but would be bad for my credit picture. So I have to see. Not sure on this yet.

It has been a cold and foggy summer here in the Bay Area. Not very good swimming weather but I don't mind that. I kind of like it really.

Hope your summer (or winter) is going well. Cheers to you!

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Hey hey there - I have not posted in a while. Not much going on with me really - work is happening and kind of boring. I am looking at another job that is more in line with my training. I am going to apply for that next week. Make no mention of that on FB, please. Keep it secret and for LJ/DW only. They have me doing a whole bunch of crap at my current job - kind of a kitchen sink thing - so I would like more of a focused event planner thing really. I think I can get it. This whole transition shift is not making me happy.

I am going to Los Angeles tomorrow - I fly in the morning. Tomorrow night we are going to the Hollywood Bowl and seeing something and the fireworks. I have never been to that before so that should be fun. My brothers will be there, their wives and my niece. So all sorts of fun. Saturday afternoon we are doing a paintball war. This has me both excited and worried. I have definitely never done this before and it is long - goes on for 5 hours. I am a little worried because one of my brothers has some hard core military experience so he will be really good at this. He will likely pick us all off and win the game. Anyway. Could be fun or could be a disaster. I am getting all this gear. I just hope the place is air conditioned. LA is way hotter than the Bay Area.

Saturday morning I am seeing <lj user=aglarien1> for brunch. We are going to our usual place near my hotel. Fun will be had. Yays!

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I am posting in. I have started watching a new show - well it is not a new show but it is new to me - Orphan Black - on BBC America - about a young woman who discovers she is part of an illegal cloning experiment. It is quite compelling television and the actress who plays the girl who is the clone - Tatiana Maslachy is amazing. She plays each clone with nuances and differences and it is amazing acting. I binge watched this show last weekend and caught up on it. It is now in the middle of season 2 so I highly recommend this one. Great television.

Work is heading into summer and somewhat dullsville. I do have lots to do with background and organizational work to do. So there is that. Lots of things to keep me busy. I took today off for a mental health-sick day. Just felt like that was a good idea. I needed a break.

I have gotten into comic books lately. A friend of mine took me to a good store - The Escapist - in Berkeley and I got some freebies and I have started some series. I am reading Black Widow - Natasha Romanov - Captain America, The Winter Soldier and some other - Gambit from the X-Men and a few others. There is a pretty limitless amount of comics to look at and they are cool. I never really got into comics as a kid but they are pretty cool. I love the art work and the story lines. I also love getting freebies so that is all good.

I have some trips planned this summer - I am going to Los Angeles for July 4th weekend and then to Manchester in late July, early August. All family trips. My parents are moving house so I am going to help them with their unpacking etc.

Anyhoo. Thought I would post in and see what is up here. Hope all is well with you. Keeping on here.

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Hello

Dec. 9th, 2013 08:19 pm
phyncke: (Jaded Girl)
I am around and reading LJ. Slammed at work and heading into the holidays. Family time. Woo. I leave for the East Coast ON Christmas and hope it will be a quiet travel day. I have lots going on at work. Conference this week - holiday party next week. Finishing up year end projects. Just slammed. I was not going to send holiday cards but then I found these really lovely ones so that put me in the mood to spread some holiday cheer. So I am thinking of sending them if I have enough stamps around. I think I actually do.

Anyways. That is all I have. Merry merry. Fa la la.

BTW. Hanukkah felt too early this year. So I did not have it together. I almost cheated and posted last year's menorah pics but no - only authentically new menorah pics. I will get it together next year.

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So here I am. I have not been posting much because well, I don't know. I thought I would post an update. I am here and have been working away. Doing pretty well at that. The end of the month is very busy as we have a new lecture series, a board meeting, a staff meeting and a bunch of other things going on. Busy busy. I would rather be busy than not.

It seems like time is flying by though and soon it will be holiday time. I have been making my holiday plans and this is what I am doing. I will spend Thanksgiving with friends here in the Bay Area and I am taking the whole week off (yay). We will cook prime rib and all the usual sides and do fun stuff around here. I hope we go to the Tiki Lounge for one of those fruity drinks etc. My friend R from Vegas is coming in and then time will be spend with J. Good times.

Then for Christmas, I am heading East to New Hampshire. I am travelling on Christmas Day as that was the best fare I could get and then I come back on New Year's Eve. I though I should spend some time with my family. My folks are in their 70s and 80s and time with them is precious. I am just really conscious of wanting to spend time with them. Also, it is my brother Dave's 50th birthday. Woot. So we will do something for that. Good times. We also want to have some kind of talk with my folks about how they will manage info their elder years. They are doing well now but what to do when they are not doing so well. I am all about planning.

So Sir Theodore is doing well and accumulating nicknames - his given name is Teddy but I call him Bubba and the latest nickname is Baboo. I keep ordering him cat toys online so he is totally spoiled. Crinkle balls, fuzzy mice -- he gets it all! I really love him. I still have not been able to pick up Boo's ashes but have paid for them (over the phone). I guess I will do that when I can. It just makes me sad. My vet totally understands.

This weekend I am going to see the remake of Stephen King's "Carrie". I cannot remember ever seeing the original with Sissy Spacek so I will need to do that to compare. I do like Stephen King stories so I don't know why I missed that one. Anyways. Looking forward to this one. I like the actress playing Carrie.

That is all I have. Hope all is well with you there. Have a great weekend. We are having glorious weather here. Cheers!

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I think I am due a post to the journals so here I am. Right now I am watching True Blood on HBO. I am still following this show and not sure why. I guess I want to see what happens with it so it does succeed on that very basic level. It piques my plot-based curiosity. I do think they are a bit killing happy for the sake of killing and could draw some of the plots out more. Lost opportunities there.

I am heading off on vacation on Thursday to New Hampshire to see my mom and dad, my brother, niece and sister in law. I will also see my oldest friend from childhood for a few days too. I am looking forward to it. I don't know if any of you have elderly parents (I am sure some of you do) but I will be dealing with some of the issues inherent in that. My mom's driving skills are not what they should be. She has had 5 accidents in the last year or so. I am concerned about that. Me and my brother are going to have "a talk" with her about that. I anticipate that not going too well as it represents some loss of independence. Have to see how this all goes down. I don't think my brother should have to deal with this on his own so we will approach this together. That way it is fair. He deals with a lot of things with my parents as the sibling who lives close to them so I think I can help out with this. My dad is seven years older than my mom and has had zero accidents. Doing much better on that. He is steady eddy. Mom admits to the distracted driver thing and feeling rushed so wondering if adjusting timing on things might help. She has mainly fender benders but I worry still. Anyhoo. I will get some home cooking, have some good seafood and lobster and fried clams. Looking forward to all the East Coast goodness. Yessiree.

I saw a great movie this weekend. "The Way Way Back". Loved this movie. Kind of a departure for me in as it was not an action, sci fi epic or anything like that. Here is my FB posting on this one - a touching coming of age movie set in a Massachusetts vacation town. Water park, partying and a wonderfully humorous performance by Sam Rockwell. Lots of laughs and joy in the awkwardness of life. So much to love about this film. Highly recommend.

Work is chugging along. It will be gearing up for Fall pretty soon there. I did not get the job I interviewed for. I am pretty sure I was low balled on the salary as I wanted the top of their range there. Someone probably snaked in at the middle of the range and they went for that. Oh well. Would have been nice to move for that but I will keep looking. I was strongly in contention for the position so I know I have the skill set for that. I will keep plugging around and apply etc. Don't mention this paragraph on FB at all. This is journal only, please.

I am sure there is more but I cannot think of it. I am glad I have a short week this week. I fly out on an early flight on Thurs morning. I have to wake up for a 5:00 am shuttle. Egads. Killer.

I hope all is well with you where you are and that your summer is going well. Cheers!

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