Dec. 28th, 2011

oops, I fell off the internet

Which isn't really true, I just was terribly busy this holiday season - work was crazy, then I was out and about all the freakin' time, so when I was home I didn't really want to do anything but read Avengers and Iron Man comics. (I love my Marvel Digital Subscription!)
I haven't really been doing anything creative, but I have been making plans.

Right now I'm in the lovely suburbs of Philadelphia, in the Great Valley area. My goddaughter and her parents are hosting me for a week of craftiness, cooking, game-playing, and reading excellent books. (Maya just got started on the Chronicles of Narnia, and is reading A Wrinkle in Time.) I have two volumes of the adventures of my beloved Jack Aubrey and Stephen Maturin in my luggage, but I'm mostly rereading Iron Man fanfiction (Civil War fix-it fics - so schmoopy.)

I have been keeping up with a few fests, but not in any big way - I'll have to catch up when I get home.

So, quick fandom / genre-related hits:

  • Finished S4 of Merlin, loved it. Beautiful visuals, excellent acting, and the problematic parts were not sufficient to keep me from loving it.

  • Doctor Who Christmas Special - really enjoyed it. This was an amazing episode. Had a really good time with it.

  • Got my parents watching my Marvel Cinematic Universe Collection. \o/ (I ♥ Phil Coulson!)

  • Christmas was pretty awesome - it's not really my holiday anymore, but we have a secular gift-exchange at our house since my dad likes giving us things. He apparently ransacked the BBC store for me this year - Merlin action figures and Doctor Who gear all over. We were really cute about making sure the various animals gave people gifts, too. And all five of us actually spent a good portion of the evening together and we GOT ALONG and it was beautiful. Dinner and a round of Ticket to Ride: Europe made for a fantastic family fest.

  • Watched Super 8 with Sam and Keet last night, and it was really awesome. Sam described it as "The Goonies if JJ Abrams had directed," (more lens flare!). I thought that was pretty accurate. Maybe the Goonies + E.T. It surprised me, how much I really enjoyed it. It was nothing at all what I was expecting. So, yay!

  • I found the elusive Iron Man / Captain America Annual 1998 in an anthology in a comics store here in King of Prussia, so I know it exists now. I did not buy the anthology (too big, too expensive - I'm an all-carry-on traveler this trip), but I will look for it or order it when I get home. \o/



I am looking forward to a New Year's season full of jigsaw puzzles (a tradition), board games (\o/), and bonus Cheesemas! Yay Cheesemas!
At some point I'll post photos, when I get them off my phone.

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Apr. 3rd, 2011

Dorks in Manhattan: Thurs-Sat

Team Line Party at the Game of Thrones Food Truck (except Lisa who took the photo):


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When not going out to stalk the food truck (first come, first served, 300 portions per evening of two entrees), I have been wandering around the city having fun.

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Friday I'm in love )

Saturday full of fun )

And now we are at Sunday, and I hope to have dinner later with Seminary classmates. E and I are preparing to leave for the Brooklyn Flea. Yay!

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Dec. 31st, 2010

excellent fun on vacation

Quick hits from the last few days:

- epic game of Outburst! at the extended family Christmas gathering = lovely
- Christmas morning was fruitful - much moreso than I expected, honestly, although it was certainly awesome. Santa left a package under the "tree" (which was really just a hippopotamus ornament hanging from the chandelier) for "The Discworld Fans in the Household" full of books. Awesome. There was much excitement and cheer during the day.
- flight to PA left on time despite blizzard, I got through security easily which was great because then I had to run for my gate. Made it on time, flight was uneventful except for the windy turbulence as we arrived.
- have enjoyed the fantastic hospitality at Chez Sam and Keet and Maya (and Cedar), especially their excellent new kitchen, which is totally party central.
- saw Yogi Bear in 3-D with 6-year-olds. Hilarious. There was a moment of romance at the end, when the hero wins fair lady and goes for a kiss, and across the theater could be heard shouts of "Oh, noooo!", "Don't do it!" and "Cover your eyes!" *chortle* That was the best part.
- Cheesemas was AWESOME. I was unfortunately not feeling my best (congestion in the head), but I had a tiny dram of scotch and much delicious food. I got to see Julie, who I miss very much, and many other lovely folks.
- I am reading Zombies vs. Unicorns (xmas gift!) and it is AMAZING. :D
- my tummy has been behaving very well, yay!

Now we prepare for New Year's Frolics. I may try a New Year tarot spread later, and I have heard rumors of a jigsaw puzzle after our dinner party.

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Aug. 9th, 2010

hanging out in Ithaca

So I'm posting this from my seat at a nice table on Ithaca Commons where there is not only wifi all day for a buck but also electrical outlets. NICE.
Today was my 'hang out around town by myself' day, and I have spent most of it here on the Commons.  I popped into a few shops and found some lovely items that I wish I could afford to take back with me, and ate at a very cute little cafe, and have been sitting in the shade for the last few hours with the netbook.

I have done exactly no writing today, although this trip has yielded a few hundred words from the airport/plane stage.  Tomorrow I am back in the airport stage, but most likely will be watching the last episode of Sherlock on the long leg. Planes and reading do not really go together for me these days, and using a computer is only occasionally ok.

I think I'll go ahead and do a wee bit more browsing before it's time for dinner.  Got to escape the mosquitoes!

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Aug. 7th, 2010

it's cuteness all the time up here

It's awesome being the visiting fairy godmother - everything the kid does is cute, even when he's screaming. ;)  Seriously, though, I am having a wonderful visit with Michelle and Andy and Milo up in beautiful Ithaca.  We've visited some cool places, and today there will be a Farmer's Market lunch and maybe a park!  w00t!
This is the only photo I have so far on the web: Milo at the ScienceCenter.

I just laughed and Milo said, "She's laughing checking her e-mail." LOL.  Awesome. Onward.

P.S. It's supposed to be a high of 76 F today.  ♥

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