keladry_lupin: (Sustenance Chopping Vegetables)
Bold the ones you have and use at least once a year, italicize the ones you have and don't use, strike through the ones you have had but got rid of.

I wonder how many pasta machines, breadmakers, juicers, blenders, deep fat fryers, egg boilers, melon ballers, sandwich makers, pastry brushes, cheese boards, cheese knives, electric woks, miniature salad spinners, griddle pans, meat thermometers, jam funnels, filleting knives, egg poachers, cake stands, garlic crushers, martini glasses, tea strainers, bamboo steamers, pizza stones, coffee grinders, milk frothers, piping bags, banana stands, fluted pastry wheels, tagine dishes, conical strainers, rice cookers, steam cookers, pressure cookers, slow cookers, spaetzle makers, cookie presses, gravy strainers, double boilers (bains marie), sukiyaki stoves, ice cream makers, fondue sets, healthy-grills, home smokers, tempura sets, tortilla presses, electric whisks, cherry stoners, sugar thermometers, food processors, bacon presses, bacon slicers, mouli mills, cake testers, pestle-and-mortars, and sets of kebab skewers languish dustily at the back of the nation's cupboards.

I had to look up what some of these things were. Others I can't imagine living without. *pets Pampered Chef garlic press* My kitchen is large for a one-bedroom flat, but there isn't much room for stuff in it, so I keep the equipment to a minimum.
keladry_lupin: (Music (Dancing))
Started by Pokey: here are my favorite TV theme songs. I didn't do the full ten, just one for the kid shows and one for adults:

baaaa ...

Aug. 10th, 2012 10:32 am
keladry_lupin: (Meme Sheep)
So if we're counting states I have been within the borders of, this is what it looks like: Read more... )
keladry_lupin: (Trainers and Bottled Water)
1. sketchbook

2. CD player in the kitchen

3. SparkPeople and Curves

4. my trusty car, Sharky

5. chocolate

6. fish and chips

7. eyebrow pencil, Chap Stik, and mascara

8. green three-ring binder with pencil pouch, story notes, the latest draft of whatever I'm working on, and lots of filler paper

9. you guys

10. my parents

11. denim jacket

12. bedroom fan

13. H. A. Ray's The Stars: a New Way to See Them

14. ATM card

15. Bubba the Hutt

Second draft is finished and off to my alpha reader, who has time to look at it this weekend. I hope to post it at [ profile] rampaging_panda and AO3 soon.

Lazy Saturday. Got up, had some odds and ends for breakfast, finished the second draft, read some fic, and watched Captain America with Bubba the Hutt. I'm working out what I want to eat next week so I can compile a shopping list, but I needed a nap first.
keladry_lupin: (Hermits United)
Thanks to [ profile] averygoodun for the very cute Blue Dragon! It brought a smile to my face the moment I saw it.

My original plans for Saturday have been shot to hell, but the inconvenience was minimal. Read more... )

And now the Fandom Meme, as ganked from Dicky! Read more... )
keladry_lupin: (Shady Dame (Victoria))
The 2011 meme, ganked from several flisters. Read more... )

Copy and Paste if you have enjoyed the blessing of meeting people online that you never would have met any other way.

This is my end of the year shout out to the many friends I have never been in the same room with (and those whom I have) but who have inspired, amused, comforted, encouraged, and touched me in so many ways. I love you people! Here's to another year together!

Other stuff. )
keladry_lupin: (Smile (John Is Relieved))
I finally figured out why I've been smiling so much lately. Every time I turn on my computer at home or minimize all the windows, I gurgle with laughter when I see this funny face:


So what's on your desktops?
keladry_lupin: (Happy (Sherlock's Tail Wag))
1. I was in a spectacular mood yesterday. It started with friends who supported me when I ranted, and I even got a YouTube rec, which I shall pass along to you:


I danced!

3. And then I read the update to a fanfic that is gorgeous and romantic (at a very slow pace, which is the best kind of romance), and the author had another YT link at the bottom because three of the characters started quoting this song: The Kinks' Have a Cuppa Tea. (Can't embed; sorry.)

*dances again*

4. My cold has pretty much gone away. I think I got sick before the play ended, but I simply refused to acknowledge it because I wouldn't have felt up to performing if I had admitted it. A regular regimen of Claritin D helped stave off the worst of it.

5. Came home with Chinese takeaway. Nom nom nom.

6. I made significant progress on a project last night.

7. I have a good weekend ahead: pay day, another damned good thrashing from my chiropractor, a birthday party for baby Mimi, a play, and my favorite uncle and aunt are in town!!!
keladry_lupin: (All Mad Here (Cheshire Cat))
Today, I am grateful that I go back Into the Woods tomorrow. I miss my chums.

My old bunny slippers were getting shredded on the concrete outside and astroturf on stage, so I ordered new ones Monday, and they arrived today. Holy cow, are they beautiful. I'd rather patch the old ones to keep them together for four more weekends than shred the new ones in the play, especially since they were $30!
keladry_lupin: (Baby Elephant)
Today, I am grateful that Mom is coming home this weekend. She had planned to stay at the Jimbos' and babysit while Jimbo and Chris came to the play, but Chris's dad's birthday party is this weekend, so Mom's off the hook. It means I have to clean liek woah tonight and tomorrow night to make the place habitable for a normal person, but it's all fine since Mom's coming home. I've really missed her.
keladry_lupin: (Bleah (lioness))
Yesterday, I was grateful for cool breezes as I stood outside in between acts. I was also grateful for the cotton nightgown I wear as Granny. I originally had costume envy when everyone else is in velvet and taffeta in bright colors, but a white cotton nightgown is the best costume when it's 90 F outside.

Today, I cannot express how grateful I am that we had a matinee and that I've been home for an hour already. I've showered the play makeup, hair spray, and sweat off. I have to pick my Pampered Chef order up from a friend, and then I am in for the night; I shall spend some time at [ profile] writingbuds this evening before I hit the sack at a reasonable hour.
keladry_lupin: (Too Much Time in My Head (Sherlock))
Today's gratitudinal thought is another It-Made-My-Day thingy:

I love those light bulb moments when I start thinking about an established character and what little we know about some aspect of hir life from canon and then start extrapolating details from that and create an entire background for a fic based on that little bit we know.

It's exhausting, though.

And frustrating when I'm not in a position to write as much as I'd like right then. I did fill several large post-its with ideas in tiny writing during lunch, though, so I have stuff to go on when I do have time to focus later. Yellow post-its are background and research to tie canon to the universe I'm creating for the fic, orange ones have to do with the story/plot/characterization.
keladry_lupin: (Romance (playing cards))
Today is more of an It-Made-My-Day thing rather than being gratitudinal. I normally don't like overhearing phone conversations, but when the person I can hear says "I love you," it always makes me smile.
keladry_lupin: (Giggling (Stephen))
On his birthday, I am grateful for the laughs, ponderings, and enlightenment I've received from this bloke:
keladry_lupin: (Depression To Do List)
Today, I'm grateful for another night at home. All I'm going to do is get Chinese takeout and wash clothes and dishes. I might even clean the living room a little or spend some time sorting mail and pampering the Beastie Boys. Or (this is an embarrassing one) unpacking the shopping bags from a week ago Friday.

Whatever the heck I do, the point is that I don't know exactly what I'll be doing after work, and boy, am I glad of it.

Turns out there is life after opening weekend. Sort of. )
keladry_lupin: (Hermits United)
Yesterday, I was grateful to see my friend Bill after the show. He walked me to my car, and we talked about what we're planning on doing next, theater-wise.

Today, I'm grateful that Marla was able to fit my parents into the audience, so they came to see me this afternoon. Then they took me out to dinner, and I have leftovers in the fridge.

Bonus for today: I have the evening off. I'm expecting a phone call from Dad, but other than that, I'm not answering the door or phone ... I shall sit in Mom's chair with an improving book before going to bed at a decent hour for the first time in weeks.

LOL of the week: Nine year old Emily listened to a conversation between Steward!Chris and Florinda!Sara when Sara talked about some of blind!Florinda's sight gags during the second act. She thinks she's brushing Cinderella's hair, but she brushes Lucinda's arm, the Steward's face, and her mother's bosom before the scene is over. Emily pointed to Chris and spoke to Sara, saying, "You should run the brush over his bald spot ...."

She didn't get much further, because Chris had bowed his head, I had dissolved into silent, wheezing laughs, and Sara had pulled her skirt over her head to keep the laughs contained. Emily didn't get why mentioning Chris's bald spot (he's in his early twenties and really thinning) was so funny. Poor Chris.
keladry_lupin: (Blergh (Bertie))
Today, I am grateful for caffeine.

*takes an Advil with a swig of Dr Pepper*
keladry_lupin: (Work (Nazgul))
Today, I am grateful for flexible hours at work. Boss M has given permission for me to work four hours a day all this week so I can get sleep while the last ItW rehearsals and first few performances stretch into the wee small hours of the morning. (This is why I've tried to save vacation time for the last few months.)

I could have taken all five days completely off, but that would be foolish for a number of reasons: I don't want anyone else trying to do my job, the theater is close enough to work that the daily home-work-theater-home commute is only a few miles more than the home-work-home or home-theater-home round trip, I'd get freaked out if I stayed at home with nothing to do during the day, and I want to save vacation hours so I can take a week off in November for Thanksgiving/Christmas prep and hobbit hole cleaning.

So yeah. Big time gratitude for this one.

BTW, want to take down a plagiarist? Someone has taken a published novel and changed the characters' names to make it into Twilight fic. (I couldn't care less about the Twilight fandom, but I'm rather passionate about intellectual property ethics.) Details are here:

Let's go get 'em.
keladry_lupin: (LOL (Four))
I've been really tired lately -- surprise, surprise -- so today, I am grateful for the audio books that have kept me awake and laughing during commutes to and from work and the theater.
keladry_lupin: (All Mad Here (Cheshire Cat))
*skids in*

Today, I am grateful for a rehearsal that went eight hours instead of the expected twelve. (The director and crew will be there for a few more hours, though.)


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