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Tuesday, May 31, 2005

There is only one flaw in buying an audio book which utilizes corny songs to help you brush up on your French:

the corny songs get stuck in your head.

Ou est il?
Il est la.

Ou est elle?
Elle est ici.

Ou est il?
Ou est elle?
Ou est il?
Ou est elle?

Il est ici.
Il est la.
Elle est ici.
Elle est la.

Oy vey. Happily, I know from experience that anything I learn in song form will stick with me forever. I can still do most of my multiplication tables in song form from listening to "Multiplication Rock" (I'm declaring war on the tables known as four! If you follow and repeated, the fours were defeated!) and I can still sing the ENTIRE BOOK of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat almost ten years after being in the show (yeah -- we're not even going there. Too scary.).

Les colours de ma vie -- the colors of my life!


audioblog of insanity

And this is why Allison and I really shouldn't ever be left to our own devices...

Friday, May 27, 2005

I am still sick.

I am, however, at work today. Is it just me, or is the cube spinning?


Thank goodness my job mostly involve me sitting on my behind doing not very much, or I don't think I would have made it today. Thank goodness also that my company is closing at 2pm today for the long weekend. Can I get an amen?

So, at around 2pm I will be getting on the road and heading for Santa Clara, California to visit Allison. We're going to work out a playlist for the wedding reception this weekend. It's going to rock -- in a very subdued, drugged, sneezy coughing sort of way.


Monday, May 23, 2005

boogie woogie

I learned to boogieboard this weekend!

My friend Rebecca who grew up here offered to teach me. So, we met at Crystal Cove state park (my favorite beach round these here parts) on Saturday and she brought her fins and her board and we went to town. Actually, we did a lot of other stuff before we went to town. We walked all up and down the beach, probably more than two miles round trip, played in the tide pools, found crabs, fish, anemones, and two gigantic sea cucumbers, decided to go get some lunch at this place called the Shake Shack that is about fifty years old and is exactly what it sounds like -- a shack on the cliff overlooking the ocean, then we took a little rest, and THEN we boogie boarded. It took that long to work up the courage to do any more than wade into the very cold water. VERY COLD.

Anyway, Rebecca showed me what to do, and I gave it a try. Honestly, I think I had more trouble with the swim fins she wanted me to wear than with the actually boogie boarding. The timing is also a little tricky, but I did manage to catch two really good waves.

It was WAY fun, but today I am sore in the muscles and a little bit sunburned in odd places where I obviously didn't apply enough sunscreen including: the tops of nine out of ten of my toes (don't ask me how the pinky got away), the back of my left ankle, the backs of both of my knees (the worst burns -- OUCH!), the creases of my hips, one three inch swath of the inside of my right arm (???) and a tiny bit on the tops of my shoulders. Happily, I don't think I'll have any really obvious tan lines of doom (I was worried about this, seeing as I have a strapless wedding dress to wear at the end of the summer -- and racerback tan lines are just SO last year...). I also have several small cuts and scrapes from the bloody ROCKS hiding just under the water. Yikes.

But overall, it was way fun.

Then I came home, showered, and went out to dinner and a movie with the boy. We saw Revenge of the Sith; expect much dissection to come.

Friday, May 20, 2005

random post of nothingness

So, the new (I assume he's new) vice president and business development officer for my company is here from Philadelphia this week. He made a point of going around to everyone's cube and introducing himself and handing everyone a card. He asked if I had a card. I do not. He was confused by this, but I chose not to explain.

Anyway, he reminds me of something out of Star Trek. He's bald, and whatever hair he might have had has been shaved off. He's small (short), and he walks around with his wireless phone ear piece attached to his ear. It's one of those bluetooth ones which looks kind of like a large external hearing aid. It's blue and black and has flashing lights and makes him look like a Borg.

I'm sorry, but it does.

He also has a funny name, which I will not be writing here. Sufice to say, it's funny.

Right now, someone is showing him how to use the copy machine behind me. They're explaining things like, "If you just have a single sheet, you can put it straight on the glass. And you don't have to close the lid." DUH! How do you get to be upper level management and not know how to use the BASIC functions on a copy machine? I mean, coallating and stapeling? Sure. I could see that. Different for every machine. But WTF??? I am going to hope that the person showing him is just *assuming* that he's a complete idiot, and not that he actually is one.

We move in about seven weeks. HR has started sending out periodic reminder emails saying, "Your assignment for today is to throw out anything you've been hanging on to for no reason. Do you really need that phone list from 1998?" Oy vey. I'm not sure I can handle seven weeks of that. Moving is going to suck.

* * *

In other news, I have discovered several new items from Trader Joe's which totally rock my world.

Low Carb Whole Wheat Bagels -- 1 pt for 1 bagel
TJ's Low Fat Whipped Cream Cheese -- 1 pt/tablespoon
Smuckers' Diet Grapefruit juice -- 1 pt/8 oz (only 25 calories per cup and sweetened with Splenda!)
TJ's Low Fat Marbled Tea Cake -- yum
TJ's 60% less fat Potato Chips -- 2 pts/serving (these are cool -- they're made in a kind of Japanese pressure cooker!)
FROZEN AVOCADOS -- Haven't tried these, but how cool is that? Guacamole any time you want!

For those of you who don't have access to a Trader Joe's, my sincerest sympathy goes out to you. For those of you who DO, you should tell me what your favorite Trader Joe's find is. There's one in Santa Fe now! Woo! They're heading East!


I have updated Rosebud Reviews with a review of the movie Layer Cake and my review of Sahara has been syndicated on =D

Expect a review of Revenge of the Sith soon, as Brandon and I are going to try to go see it tonight. May the Force be with us -- because I fear we will need it to do battle against the rabid fanboy/girl mobs.

Thursday, May 19, 2005

5 + 5 + 5...

I think I'm finally figuring out the secret to this whole weight watchers thing (not that it's really a secret, but it's a mindset you sort of have to figure out for yourself).

I get 20 points to eat every day, plus 35 each week to use as I will.

1/2 cup egg beaters, a piece of toast, a teaspoon of margerine, a cup of light grapefruit juice and all the salsa I can eat is worth 5 points.

A serving of canned tomato soup, a piece of cheese toast (lowfat cheese) and a cup of strawberries is worth 5 points.

A box (1.84 oz) of Junior Mints is worth 5 points.


Yup. Junior Mints. 5 points for a SMALL box. That's a quarter of my daily allowance for points spent on about 15 Junior Mints.

So. Not. Worth it. And I happen to LIKE Junir Mints.

I just wish I'd figured this out before I ate the whole box...


Not that I think anyone will actually comment, but I couldn't resist this meme gacked from Musesfool:

Which am I?

a) Samurai or geisha?
b) Poptart or muffin?
c) Demon or exorcist?
d) Fork or spoon?
e) Book or movie?
f) Frankenberry or Count Chocula?
g) Silk or leather?
h) Gun or knife?
i) Dog or Cat?
j) Remus or Sirius?
k) Beatles or Stones?
l) Strawberries and cream or chocolate cake?
m) Cowboy or Indian?
n) Trick or treat?

keeping an eye on things

You can now keep an eye on my probability for shaking.

That's right. This map, much like a weather map, shows predictions for earthquakes.

According to the site though, it's not very useful:
The primary use of this map is educational. Watching the fluctuations in the probabilities will help you understand the nature of earthquake clustering and how the patterns change with time. [...] The only time that the probabilities become large enough to affect you is after a significant earthquake that may have already caused damage. You already knew that aftershocks are likely in this situation. The map is showing you where those aftershocks are most likely to be felt and how the risk changes with time.

Thanks gov, that's really reassuring.

favorite line of the day

Do not deal lightly with the cookies which have no soul.

Wednesday, May 18, 2005

bird in a box

Day after day I sit like a bird in a box. My box has no lid, but I still don't fly away. My wings are clipped by the guise of security and the fear of change, and I have forgotten how to leap into the sky unfettered and unafraid.

I am lucky that my box only lasts for a time. I can go home at the end of it and still find peace, still find warmth and love and home. But the box is a cold, unfriendly place, full of unnatural light and cold air and hard feelings and coarse hearts.

This is my escape. This is my window to the world and my reminder that freedom exists outside of my box. This is my memory of the sky and my dream of the future with orange-colored days and endless flight. If I had no keyboard on which to type, my words would spill onto pages, hoarded and purloined. If I had no paper, they would rattle around in my head, banging at the windows, kicking at the doors, screaming to be let out. If I had no words...

I would be content with my box.

Sunday, May 15, 2005

Audioblog experiment

So, I decided to try a little experiment today, and so we tried to audioblog our two anthems from the Pentacost service today. The audio isn't the greatest, but it's kind of cool for a first experiment. The lyrics are below the audio for each song.


Sweet, Sweet Spirit

this is an audio post - click to play

There's a sweet, sweet spirit in this place.
And I know that it's the spirit of the lord.
There are sweet expressions on each face.
And I know that it's presence of the lord.

Sweet holy spirit! Sweet heavenly dove!
Stay right here with us, filling us with your love.
And all these blessings, they fill our heart with praise.
Without a doubt we'll know that we have been revived
when we shall leave this place.

Spirit of God

this is an audio post - click to play

Spirit of God descend upon my soul
wean me from Earth through all it's pulses move.

Hast thou not taught us
love thee God and king?
All, all our own soul
heart and strength and mind.
I see thy cross there
teach my heart to cling.
Oh let me seek thee and oh let me find.

Spirit of God descend upon my heart.
One holy passion filling all my frame.
The baptism of the heaven descended dove.
My soul an altar and thy love the flame.

Saturday, May 14, 2005

Wedding Shower Photos

Shower Buffet
Originally uploaded by LacyLu42.
Pictures from my wedding shower have finally been uploaded to the wedding blog.

=) Enjoy!

Thursday, May 12, 2005

If you try to reach any time in the very near future, you will get a generic search engine type page. Our ownership of the domain name expired, and I haven't had a chance to renew it yet.

This means two things: First, that I'm going to have to get my hiney* in gear and update the durn page once I get the domain renewed, and Second, since all the old website files were on the PC which went the way of all PCs, I may have to rebuild the page from scratch.

In any case, I'll let you know when it's back online, hopefully with many updates and improvements.

*The word hiney always makes me think of Carol O'Neil. Hi Carol! Mecaleca High Meca Hiney HO!

Monday, May 09, 2005

My first syndicated review has been published on


Strawberries out the wazoo

I love farmer's markets. I think my love was born in a dusty rail yard in Santa Fe when I went to take pictures for a beginning photography project. The Santa Fe farmer's market is unlike any other, more like a fair than a market, and fueled my passion for fresh, organic produce.

Out here in Southern California, the farmer's market is -- understandably -- a bit more commercialized, and a lot more plebian. That isn't to say that the produce is anything but wonderful, but I often miss the colorful people and atmosphere of the rail yard. Nevertheless, born from the dust of Santa Fe, it is a favorite Saturday morning ritual of mine to take a twenty dollar bill, a canvas tote from Trader Joe's, and an adventurous spirit to see what treasures the market will provide.

This weekend, I was surprised to see that cherries, peaches, and apricots have already made it to the booths. I refrained from purchasing any of them though, because I suspect they will be better in a few weeks. I did, however, splurge and get half a flat of strawberries, which looked and tasted absolutely perfect. (Note to self for future reference: buy strawberries LAST. They don't like being banged around while you browse.) The nice man who sold them to me told me that they were very ripe and needed to be eaten soon. He was very right. Because they were quickly headed for "past their prime," I ended up making a strawberry tart and a batch of strawberry jam this weekend. (Don't look so impressed. I used frozen pie crust and the jam is just refrigerator jam. The pastry cream for the tart was the hardest bit, but I managed it without scrambling the eggs, so all was well.)

I also bought a bunch of asparagus and a pound of broccoli from the same booth for three dollars total. Such a deal.

My next stop was a booth selling organic greens. I bought an assortment of four small heads of beautiful different kinds of red and green leaf lettuce. At home, I followed the instructions in one of my Weight Watcher's cookbooks for preparing them to keep for a long time: I washed them in several changes of cold water, tore them into bite sized pieces, let them soak in cold water for thirty minutes, then dried them and packed them in ziplock bags with a paper towel or two, pushing out all the air I could. Hopefully, they'll last us all week. Homemade bag 'o salad!

A little further down the line I made a stop at the mushroom seller's booth. They always come with a few flats each of four or five different kinds of mushrooms -- and they always sell out before the market closes. This weekend's special was oyster mushrooms, so I bought a few ounces for a stir fry we'll be enjoying tonight. I also got two portabellas which I roasted with garlic and which are waiting for buns to become a quick weeknight supper in my fridge.

To go with my oyster mushrooms, I picked up a few slender amethyst Japanese eggplant at the next stall. Asian foods are in abundance at this market, and I frequently pick up fresh bok choy, sugar snap peas, and snow peas for stir frys. The eggplants are slated for a stir fry with pork and garlic sauce this evening. (Mmm... My mouth is watering just thinking about it!)

Round the corner and up the other aisle brought me to a lady with the most gorgeous Cara Cara oranges (a variety I had never heard of before). Their flesh is a deep deep orange -- almost red -- and they are sweet and seedless. Who could ask for anything more? I bought four for a dollar.

After tasting and trying the cherries, peaches, and apricots and deciding to save those for another time, I made my way to my last stop of the day. With three dollars and some change left from my twenty, I picked up a bouquet of fresh sweet peas from the flower seller. He's dark brown from days in the fields, I imagine, and his hands are calloused and lined with work, but he is always smiling out from under his wide brimmed straw cowboy hat, always pleased to see you, and always admiring of his wares, even as he sells them to you. The sweet peas are incredibly fragrant and look so pretty, with their gradient of pinks and whites all the way to deep reds and purple, sitting on my dining room table.

Next weekend, who knows what I may decide to try! Baby squash and artichokes? Leeks and potatoes? Fresh eggs? A loaf of bread, some olives, or perhaps a piece of fish, caught fresh, and displayed in igloo coolers full of ice? Who can say? But whatever it is, it's sure to be an adventure!

Film Review: Sahara

Went to see the movie Sahara this weekend, and I've added a review of it to my ever growing collection at "Rosebud Was a Red Herring."

(If Bob Hope and Bing Crosby had ever made a "Road to the Sahara" movie, complete with car chases and exploding helicopters, it might have looked something like this.)

weekly digest

So, I'm a bit late with my weekly digest, but that doesn't mean it's any less pertinent. =D

I was QUITE busy last week with the writing and the posting. The Pranklettes and I have finished chapter 14 of The Prankster's Guide to Life and it has gotten underway in the great beta circle of doom (read: it's being edited as we speak), and I've also sent chapter 35 of Sect off to be beta'd and Brit-picked, so that should go up this week as well.

In addition, last week I started a new livejournal called Rosebud Was a Red Herring to house my film and book reviews. I'm trying to get them syndicated on; will let you know how that goes. In the meantime, you can pop on over there and read my most recent reviews including Trickster's Queen and In the Hand of the Goddess, both by Tamora Pierce; and The Da Vinci Code by Dan Brown.

I also published a new short fic on the journal called At a Time When No One Else.

And that, as they say, is that!


Friday, May 06, 2005

Also, I thought this article about confusing restrooms in New York City restaurants was highly amusing.

Well. Amusing to read about. Probably not amusing to experience.
It's been a difficult morning and there are sugar cookies with M&Ms in the kitchen.

This does not bode well.

Thursday, May 05, 2005

I am proud to be a Texan when I can stand up next to women like this.

Glad to know someone out there is spotting the parallels and speaking her mind.

Amen sister.

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MY shiny things!

So, I know that I said just a few days ago that I was going to stop double-posting and keep most of my fic news over on Lux Aeterna, BUT...


Now, for those of you not in the know, a Niffler is a small magical creature in the Harry Potter universe which looks quite a lot like a hedgehog, only with larger ears, and it has a natural propensity and desire for finding shiny things.

In fandom terms, over on the Fiction Alley site, a Fic Niffler is a person selected by the site moderators who recommends stories for other people to read.

And my short story Hair of the Dog has been recommended -- ie: NIFFLED!


This is wonderfully exciting for two reasons. First, it's an honor given by one reader to one writer. It's not a popularity contest, it's just one person sharing what they liked with the fandom. That means that people out there really do like what I've written, enough so that they're willing to share it with the fandom at large. Second, it's bringing people out of the woodwork who apparently *love* the story that I've never even heard of before. It's a wonderful affirmation that it's not just my friends who read and recommend my ficlets.

Even if you've never read any of my fan fiction and never intend to, take a second to read the absolutely amazing summary and review that the Fic Niffler wrote about the story. It absolutely blew me away.

*is quietly bouncing off the walls*

Tuesday, May 03, 2005


A little late in coming, but here is my review of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy the movie.

I'm actually pretty proud of it, as well... =)

Monday, May 02, 2005

I am home. I am alive. I am totally overwhelmed.

And I am very tired, so I'm going to take a nap. (Getting up at a quarter to four in the morning will do that to a person.)