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Friday, October 28, 2005

thought for the day

It is only possible to
live happily ever after
on a day to day basis.

~Margaret Bonnano

Tuesday, October 25, 2005

Monday, October 24, 2005

Unfair Boss Could Shorten Your Life

Third time's a charm?

My car was broken into over the weekend. That makes three times in as many years.

For those of you just joining us, the first two times happened inside of six months while I was living in Santa Fe and working at the De Vargas Mall. One time they jimmied the lock and stole my stereo; the second time they just threw a very large chunk of concrete through my window, denting the door horribly in the process, but didn't actually steal anything.

This time, my car was parked in my parking space at our apartment complex. The passenger side lock was popped out of the door, the stereo was stolen and the entire console ripped out. They also, apparently stole my opener for the apartment complex and my parking card for my work parking structure. There was really nothing else in the car worth taking.

The police officer who wrote the report for us said it sounded like we were being targeted because our bikes had been stolen two weeks earlier from the same space. Brandon thinks that's probably likely because I park next to a wall and it's very secluded. No one (like the "courtesy patrol"?) could see anything going on in my space if they just looked down the aisle.

Brandon went to the office and demanded a new parking space, which we now have. He's also going to try to get them to lower our rent when we renew our lease this week, because honestly? This is ridiculous.

Thursday, October 20, 2005

Autumn Cookies

Autumn Cookies
Originally uploaded by LacyLu42.
So, last night Brandon and I made and decorated cookies for our date night, and I promised Allison a picture since I couldn't send her any via email.

How much do I love having a digital camera??

Tuesday, October 18, 2005

I am *not* good at complicated hairdos.

I put my hair in a pony tail this morning, and decided to pin back my bangs with a little poof in the front that is all the rage right now? It looked pretty good...

...until I just raked my fingers through it to scratch an itch about a minute ago.


Monday, October 17, 2005

some random things

1. I'm having some work issues. It's come to the point where I'm wondering if I should quit or bear it out. I'm just not sure, but I'm also not really willing to go into it on such a public forum.

2. I had a dream last night about Poppy -- Hi Poppy! I want to call you soon. Whenever I have dreams about particular people, I feel like I should contact them.

3. It's raining. Quite a lot, actually, at least for Southern California, and there was hail and storm rotation up north.

4. I'm making Japanese garlic eggplant for dinner. Yum.

5. I bought my first Lord Peter Wimsey book at the church book sale on Sunday. Looking forward to it.

6. I think I've decided not to go for the $600 writer's conference in December. I just don't think I can be as well prepared for it as I should be, and I think I'll just make it a goal for 2006.

7. We bought a second hand VHS copy of Zoolander last night at Blockbuster for $5 and realized when we got home that it has Spanish subtitles. That you can't take off. But that's OK, cos it just makes it funnier.

8. We also bought a copy of Prince Caspian and the Dawn Treader, the old BBC version for $5. It was a good haul.

9. There's been a mudslide up north and it's closed part of the 5 freeway.

10. I got boss lady's COBRA insurance reinstated with my kick-*ss letter. BOO-YA!!!! I think I deserve a raise, don't you?

Friday, October 14, 2005

wmao, close cousin to nano

So, I've been remiss in my blogging, and I apologize for that. Only, not much of any note has been going on except craziness at work, which is really not the stuff of compelling bloggage.

Otherwise, my only exciting news is that I've declared this weekend WMAO (Write My *ss Off) Weekend.

See, I've finally found a true impetus for me to get a draft of my novel written: there is a writer's conference in Big Sur, California at the beginning of December that I would love to attend, but one has to have two full chapters to submit by November 16th.

(It also costs $600, but we'll cross that bridge when we get there...)

I had already planned to participate in NaNoWriMo this year to try to pound out a manuscript, but I would like to have the first few chapters polished a bit beyond a first draft before sending them out, so I'm going to sit my rapidly expanding booty into a chair this weekend and just WORK. That's my goal. Going grocery shopping tonight to stock up on the essentials: chocolate, wine, easy-to-prepare foods, and all the ingredients for baking cookies when I'm procrastinating.

So send me all your best positive writing vibes for the weekend! And I'll try to have something more interesting to say in the near future.

Tuesday, October 11, 2005

too weird

Remember, a while back, I was having anxiety dreams and in one of them a guy was trying to sell me a lump of tie dye on a stick??


Who knew???

Wednesday, October 05, 2005

Wedding Photos -- The Ceremony

Our story so far...

So, Deacon Joan came and told us that it was time to go. She led all of us around to the front of the church where the mom's were ushered in by Brandon's brother-in-law Eric, and my uncle Steve.

Brandon, Poppy, and Father Dale walked into the church, which signaled that we were ready to go. Then it was time for the maids to go. We marched in to The Prince of Denmark March by Jeremiah Clarke.

Daddy and I came to the doorway, and everybody stood up. I don't remember very much except a)trying desperately not to cry, b)trying desperately not to trip, and c)trying desperately not to look at anybody.

The ceremony itself was fairly short and sweet. Brandon's sister Heather and my aunt Leslie gave our readings for us. My father DID remember to say "Her mother and I do," when asked who presents this woman. Other than that, all I clearly remember is realizing that Brandon kept looking over at me. I turned my head, our eyes met, and he squeezed my hand. It was all happy crying from then on out.

I think that photo was taken during the vows. I did manage, as you can see, to smile through my tears. =)

Though some people had a little more trouble... Everyone told me afterward what a beautiful and emotional wedding it was. In fact, our photographer told me he'd never seen a more emotional wedding. I took that as a compliment.

Father Dale was wonderful. He gave an excellent sermon, none of which I can remember, but I do remember that it set me off crying again. He was also very good about reminding us where to go and what to do. I can only imagine that he has had a lot of practice with couples barely even remembering their own names during their weddings.

And then, before it had barely begun, it was over. We were married! What a moment.

It's hard to explain what was going through our minds at that point. It's hard even to remember. It was a blur, a beautiful shifting slippery moment of joy that rushed by us so fast, even when we were trying desperately to catch hold. All we could do was smile, hold onto each other, and be swept away in it.

After taking our formal portraits in the church, Brandon and I got in the Jaguar he had rented for the occasion and headed out of town to the Inn at Sunrise Springs for our reception.

I'll leave the story here, for now, and pick up next time with the reception...

who needs a hat to sing?

Gacked from alleraller:

Here's what you do: enter your name into google followed by the word "needs," and record your top 5 funniest results.

In other words, enter "[your name] needs" If your name is John, enter "John needs" etc. You get it.

Post your top fives in the comments or on your own blog.

Here's what Google says I need:

The Lacy needs lots of attention and exercise, as most of your working
breeds do.

Lacy needs glasses and a brain...


The last thing Lacy needs is trouble -- and handsome Mayor Drake Randolph has "danger" written all over him . . .

LACY Who needs a hat to sing?

Tuesday, October 04, 2005

nanowrimo 2005

I have made a decision.

In the interests of butt kicking my Muse back into writing mode from her long (long, long, LONG) vacation, I have decided to join the countless thousands of other insane persons in what we affectionately call NaNoWriMo.

For those of you who weren't around when I was pimping Allison's valiant NaNo progress last year, NaNoWriMo stands for National Novel Writing Month and it is a challenge to would-be novelists to sit down and pound out 50,000 words between midnight on November 1st and midnight on November 30th.

50,000 words is a LOT of words. Even in the glorious, heady heyday of "Sect" I was only churning out about 20,000 words a month (a chapter a week at about 5,000 words per chapter), so 50k is a LARGE goal.

But it is, nevertheless, a goal, and if there's one thing I've learned about myself and my writing so far, it's that I work best with a deadline.

What does this actually mean you may be asking? Well, it means this: I have registered with the official NaNoWriMo site where I will enter my daily word count. If, by the end of the month, I have achieved 50,000 words (whether or not the novel is actually finished), I will be listed as one of the "winners" on the site. You don't actually win anything other than the pride of being able to say that you did it. But that's OK.

This also means that I will be spending this month, October, planning my novel and next month AGONIZING over every word. Hopefully the INSANE deadline will keep me focused and keep me from freaking out about making every word a gem. That's what the next year and the editing process are for. ;)

I just think if I could get the thing WRITTEN, if I could get some sort of a draft started, I could really start to make some headway on this thingy.

Of course, for those of you worried about "Sect," I will also be trying desperately to finish the final chapter this month before the insanity kicks in next month. We'll see.

In any case, start praying for me now. Pray that my Muse will get off her lazy arse and come help me out. Pray that Brandon will not kill me during the month of November. Pray that I remember to do things like sleep and shower during the month of November.

We, who are about to write, salute you.