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I've been having a lot of fun trying to get my garden prepared. It is finally warming up here, so that doesn't leave me much time to get my seedlings in the ground. I truly adore this time of year. I love watching things come to life and bloom.

 

I've been bring my time to rethink my life lately. Mostly because of my health, but it has required me to examine some of my goals.

 

For example, children is one issue. I have finally come to accept that physically it will not happen for me. I have not quite closed the door on adoption, but I know it is a far off goal.

 

As for the rest of it it's just a matter of rethinking how I'm going to approach my future career. There's a lot of things I can't do anymore because of my physical conditions. That has been the hardest, letting go of a dream.

 

For now I'm taking it one day at a time.

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I honestly think that laughter is the best way to go. I was lurking on a Twitter conversation with Bruce Campbell ( @groovybruce ) and somebody commented on Spider Man 3 that it was just bad. I thought it was awesome! But then I'm an easy sell. I rather enjoyed Attack of the Killer Tomatoes, and I thought the first sequel to Pet Cemetery was a fantastic parody of the first one and laughed the whole way through.

 

I once spectacularly irritated a coworker when I started laughing in the middle of a project that was heading towards disaster quickly. How can you not laugh? The only other option you have is to cry in despair, but I don't cry. Just... Not ever. I dealt with my grandmothers death with anger. I dealt with my first cats death by cleaning everything. I dealt with my divorce by getting a manicure. I just don't cry.

 

I suppose that's why my Mom freaked out so much when I burst out crying during my first serious hemiplegic migraine. I was so frustrated my body wouldn't respond to my requests. I couldn't stop my tears when I demanded they get right back in there. Incidentally, I responded to that by watching a comedy.

 

On a side note, I tear up quite frequently watching Hallmark commercials, Oprah, and movies with sad endings (which is why they're on my Never Watch list). Go figure.

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So it would seem this site has been attacked once again. I'm getting through okay the moment, but it's been intermittent.

 

For those of you for talking to other sites, I am on both insanejournal and dreamwidth under the same username.

 

I don't use the former much, but I currently mirror my posts over at dreamwidth.

 

@ Dreamwidth

 

@ InsaneJournal

Quiet life

Aug. 19th, 2012 09:46 pm
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I am sorry to say the lure of other social media sites has caught my attention lately. I read and lurk though. I've said this before, but so often I compose journal entries in my head, but never quite manage to get them down. Something to work on I suppose.

 

Been very quiet in my life as of late. I still have not replaced my computer that crashed so many months ago. My net access is down to my DROID and wii.

 

But with my extra time, and still no job outside the home due to my severe as ever migraines and vertigo, I have time for thought. I've been exploring who I am again (a pursuit long overdue since the divorce), and relearning taking care of myself (hello beauty and fashion!).

 

Okay, and maybe a bit of housework and gardening.

 

More posting soon lately. I really want to get back into things.

 

So...

 

How are you all doing?

Oh my good Lord, I just now noticed I'm reposting Twitter feeds. Sorry! Hadn't even realized it was doing it. Grr!

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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] dusty273

Instructions: Run a Google image search to your answer to each of the following questions, and post the result.

Note: You must choose an image from the first page of results. This is important.

1. Age on your next birthday:


Click to see the rest... )

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LOL. That was a lot of work. Ask if you're really curious.
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] dusty273

Instructions: Run a Google image search to your answer to each of the following questions, and post the result.

Note: You must choose an image from the first page of results. This is important.

1. Age on your next birthday:


Click to see the rest... )

***

LOL. That was a lot of work. Ask if you're really curious.
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] der_letze_tag92

o1. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

o2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you It's 2am and I'm too tired to bother. Do it if it strikes your fancy.

What kind of people you like the most?
I prefer honest folks with a sense of humor.

How do you style your hair?
It's naturally curly, so I tend to brush it out with my fingers and leave it down. It's piled on top of my head by the end of the day though.

What's the last book you read?
Lover Enshrined, the book about Phury from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

What color shirt are you wearing now?
Purple.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I'm actually an extrovert by nature, but by habit I tend to become more introverted if I'm in a large group of people or with strangers.

Click for the rest... )
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] der_letze_tag92

o1. People who have been tagged must write their answers on their blog and replace any question that they dislike with a new, original question.

o2. Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you It's 2am and I'm too tired to bother. Do it if it strikes your fancy.

What kind of people you like the most?
I prefer honest folks with a sense of humor.

How do you style your hair?
It's naturally curly, so I tend to brush it out with my fingers and leave it down. It's piled on top of my head by the end of the day though.

What's the last book you read?
Lover Enshrined, the book about Phury from the Black Dagger Brotherhood series.

What color shirt are you wearing now?
Purple.

Are you an introvert or extrovert?
I'm actually an extrovert by nature, but by habit I tend to become more introverted if I'm in a large group of people or with strangers.

Click for the rest... )
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Saying Happy Birthday to LJ, a day late. I've been a bit behind lately due to RL. Taking a break from the current hoopla going on with Tokio Hotel to share with you my first TWO posts (since the first one was so short). Bringing you back to August of 2003:
21 August 2003 @ 01:16 pm
Thanks to Kristen ([livejournal.com profile] miggy)for her post that helped me to get started. Once I get a hang of all this, I suppose I'll try customizing the look of the journal. You can expect to see my ramblings here. If I've finished a story, but have yet to post it, you'll see it here. Links to my sites will be added if there's something of interest to see there when I update. More on this later...


21 August 2003 @ 05:16 pm
I finally wrote (and posted) my first fan fiction. This was actually inspired by another story I read (when I find a link for it I'll post it). I got to thinking what would Spike and Xander have in their junk drawer?

( Read more... )

Why yes, that is my very first fanfic, why do you ask? LOL - Still love that one. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kyrieane and [livejournal.com profile] txrabbit (at least I think it was them) who badgered me into writing it, and also pushed me towards wanting to get this whole LJ started in the first place. Also to [livejournal.com profile] miggy who gave me the leg up.

Getting ready to go out and see a movie with new friends. Monsters and Aliens or something. Sounds cute.

Hope everyone's doing well, and that you're weekend will be a good one!
saifai: (SAIFAI)
Saying Happy Birthday to LJ, a day late. I've been a bit behind lately due to RL. Taking a break from the current hoopla going on with Tokio Hotel to share with you my first TWO posts (since the first one was so short). Bringing you back to August of 2003:
21 August 2003 @ 01:16 pm
Thanks to Kristen ([livejournal.com profile] miggy)for her post that helped me to get started. Once I get a hang of all this, I suppose I'll try customizing the look of the journal. You can expect to see my ramblings here. If I've finished a story, but have yet to post it, you'll see it here. Links to my sites will be added if there's something of interest to see there when I update. More on this later...


21 August 2003 @ 05:16 pm
I finally wrote (and posted) my first fan fiction. This was actually inspired by another story I read (when I find a link for it I'll post it). I got to thinking what would Spike and Xander have in their junk drawer?

( Read more... )

Why yes, that is my very first fanfic, why do you ask? LOL - Still love that one. Big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] kyrieane and [livejournal.com profile] txrabbit (at least I think it was them) who badgered me into writing it, and also pushed me towards wanting to get this whole LJ started in the first place. Also to [livejournal.com profile] miggy who gave me the leg up.

Getting ready to go out and see a movie with new friends. Monsters and Aliens or something. Sounds cute.

Hope everyone's doing well, and that you're weekend will be a good one!
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] cordykitten

1) Why do you read fanfic?
An excellent question. Part of my answer relates to the second question, but it started out to answer questions. I saw ideas and questions come up in shows I was watching, and explored the answers through other's writing. These days, it's more of an escape. Same reason I read any other book. For entertainment value. There's still that part of me that will read to answer questions, but I find the answers come from the hive mind of fandom and I don't have to actively search them out much these days.

Cut for length. Click for the rest. )
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Snagged from [livejournal.com profile] cordykitten

1) Why do you read fanfic?
An excellent question. Part of my answer relates to the second question, but it started out to answer questions. I saw ideas and questions come up in shows I was watching, and explored the answers through other's writing. These days, it's more of an escape. Same reason I read any other book. For entertainment value. There's still that part of me that will read to answer questions, but I find the answers come from the hive mind of fandom and I don't have to actively search them out much these days.

Cut for length. Click for the rest. )
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A couple years back my husband and I went with some friends from work to Jackpot for a weekend gambling trip. It was a group package thing that included a bus ride there and back.

We were all seated in the back of the bus, taking up most of the seats back there. The closest people to us were some people who didn't speak much english. In fact, they spent most of their trip speaking spanish to each other.

As it turns out, they didn't realize we could understand them. You pick up a few things working with school kids who're learning english as a second language.

They'd spent the entire trip talking about us. It's hard to ignore after spending a couple hours inadvertently listening to it. How fat we all were, us disgusting examples of americans. We must be so lazy...

It just went on and on. Not one of us took the time to let them know we understood them until when we got off the bus when we arrived there (as luckily they didn't ride the bus with us going back). It was one of our group, who is actually our training supervisor at work (who incidentally was the only one of us who could speak it fluently), who told them in spanish as we got off the bus, "It was nice sitting with you. Thank you for such a pleasant trip."
saifai: (TH FlirtyCoy Bill (spookiezombie))
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A couple years back my husband and I went with some friends from work to Jackpot for a weekend gambling trip. It was a group package thing that included a bus ride there and back.

We were all seated in the back of the bus, taking up most of the seats back there. The closest people to us were some people who didn't speak much english. In fact, they spent most of their trip speaking spanish to each other.

As it turns out, they didn't realize we could understand them. You pick up a few things working with school kids who're learning english as a second language.

They'd spent the entire trip talking about us. It's hard to ignore after spending a couple hours inadvertently listening to it. How fat we all were, us disgusting examples of americans. We must be so lazy...

It just went on and on. Not one of us took the time to let them know we understood them until when we got off the bus when we arrived there (as luckily they didn't ride the bus with us going back). It was one of our group, who is actually our training supervisor at work (who incidentally was the only one of us who could speak it fluently), who told them in spanish as we got off the bus, "It was nice sitting with you. Thank you for such a pleasant trip."
saifai: (TH Bill Squee (lastfirewllrise))
After watching the "Vegas" episode from last night's Stargate Atlantis, I was inspired to come up with a Top 10 list featuring all of my favorite bad guys who aren't human.


10. Lucifer (from the film "Prophecy")

The bad guy is played by none other than Viggo Mortensen. What's not to love? Granted, this is satan we're talking about here. But still, he's pretty hot for a bad guy, no? He's got the broody look down pretty good, which is an odd twist for the character. He's not the charismatic good guy that is seen so often in these types. He's enticing in his seduction, and he's brutally honest when considering his views.

"Other angels have made this war because they hate you, you and all humans. God has put you in his grace and pushed them aside. They're desperate. They've never been able to conquer the other loyal angels, and so this war has remained in stalemate for thousands of years. And while this state of affairs endures no soul can meet its god. Your parents, and their parents, and so on from the beginning lie still in wormy earth. Of course, some of them do come to me eventually, for while heaven may be closed I am always open, even on Christmas."

9. Dwayne (from the film "The Lost Boys")

I bet you're wondering how he could possibly be bumped up on the list over Viggo. This guy was my first crush. Well, one of them anyway. Keifer Sutherland was just a blip on the radar. He's just so.... guh. *drools* There's no question of his evilness here. I'll admit that he only made this list because he's hot. I told my Mom about this one on my list and she goes, "Oh right. The one with the dark hair and the big... muscles." LOL - Yeah, that's the one.

Sadly, he doesn't have any good lines in the film. This is as good as it gets:
Dwayne: [standing up after almost getting hit by bow and arrow] You missed, sucker!
Sam Emerson: Only once, pal.
8. Lestat (from the film "Queen of the Damned")

I've never been a fan of the books, or the films. They all suck. This movie had a little something that the others didn't: Stuart Townsend, Mr. Lestat de Lioncourt himself. Aaliyah (Queen Akasha) was a pretty damn good addition to the film as well. Okay, and maybe Vincent Perez (Marius) too. Right, point is the guy was hot. He's not a card carrying member of the White Hats. May have participated in some redeeming activities now and again, but by and far he's still a bad guy. A really cute one. His outlook on life interests me here. I imagine it's something pretty close to the truth if it was real. What would life be like for someone that lives an eternity?

"There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen..."

7. Jareth (from the film "Labyrinth")

Another one of my early crushes. Honestly, I didn't see the film until I was in high school. It's such a classic though. It was also the first film I watched where I realized that I might have been just a bit warped. I was actually rooting for the bad guy. It was all downhill after that. Jareth is an interesting character. He's cruel, and kind. He's a manipulator, and yet he allows others much leeway. He's loyal, and yet you can be damn sure that he's not one to cross. He's an enigma.

"Everything! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?"

6. Darth Maul (from the film "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace")

He wasn't around for very long. He was sent on a mission. He went on said mission and failed spectacularly. But he looked hot while he did it. He's actually appeared in other Star Wars things. He had all of two lines in Star Wars. He had some classic lines in the other stuff, like my personal favorite, "Die, Jedi, die!" While he is a cute little Darth, he's not the most outspoken of them all.

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."

5. Riddick (from the film "The Chronicles of Riddick")

This guy just cracks me up. Not to mention the arms bigger than my thighs. He's just HUGE! Love the eyes. They're so pretty and shiny. *happy sigh* But back to my point, he makes me laugh. His sense of humor is dry, and rather morbid at times. He's not a good guy. He's just... not. I don't think the man has a decent bone in his body. If he does it, there's a reason for it, and usually that reason is his own hide. But you gotta love him. I realize he's not the bad guy in the film. To me though, it's more like bad guy against bad guy. Which bad guy is gonna come out on top? The good guys just happened to get mixed up in the crossfire.

"Merceneries. Elementals. Necromongers. Shit, I've never been so popular. I should probaly slip these chains and open up a few arteries. But why drive when you can get driven? Free ticket to Crematoria. Thanks Toombs. Got me some business there, named Jack. And once we settle up, I walk away forever. So I'll just wait... all back-of-the-bus for now."

4. Dracula (from the film "Dracula 2000")

I must admit, this is my favorite of all the various incarnations of Dracula. It's not just Gerard Butler that does it for me, it's the whole story behind the character. Plus, not only does he have some great lines, he's got to be the hottest vampire out there. Wowza. He's got that same odd outlook on life that Lestat did, which is interesting. In an odd way though, he's got much more... bitterness to him. It drives him. It's such an odd thing to watch, and yet Butler manages to pull it off beautifully.

"You cannot imagine the pain I have endured. I was born of the very wrath of God. Let me show you what I have shown no other."

3. Wraith (from the Stargate Atlantis episode "Vegas")

This is probably the oddest one I have up here, especially given the placement on the list. Pretty high up there at the third from the top. He's more representative of the race as a whole. Well, not the entire race. Mostly the ones like Michael, Todd, and others. There's just something about them that hits a chord with me. They're on the bad guy list, but at the same time they just do what they have to in order to get by. This particular wraith is a fine example of that. He adapted to his environment in order to get what he needed. Not sure he had much of anything to say for the entire episode, but it was well worth watching. The guy was just drool-worthy. o.0



2. Prince Nuada (from the film "Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army")

I had a tough time choosing between the wraith and this guy. Prince Nuada won out for one thing: fighting. It's a kink. I'll admit it. A really good battle scene just... gets me. Near the beginning of the film you see the Prince practice his battle skills. I was on the edge of my seat getting ready to yell up at the guy with the projector to rewind it so I could watch it again. Wow. The character itself is an odd one. He starts out fairly mild, and ends up rather psychotic. You can't really blame the guy, as I'm sure he had a rather rough upbringing. But I was so curious how his sister turned out so differently from him. Perhaps if she didn't have him to look to, she would have. Second reason he's on this list, and you know this one already, he's really hot. Just... damn.



1. Spike (from the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel")

My all time favorite, my number one bad guy of all time, Spike. I've never seen him as a good guy. He's a bad guy with tendencies to involve himself with the good guys every now and then. I think it was usually a case of the White Hats just happened to be going the same way he was. Didn't have the same destinations in mind, of course. I think that changed once he got his soul. But Spike from Season 2 through 6 is on the list for sure. He'll always be my favorite though because of what he means to me. It's not just the character and what he went through in his life. It's also what he represents to me: he's the one that got me started in fandom. I didn't really sit up and take notice of what went on for fans outside of the show until I saw this character. He's the first one that made me want to know more. I wanted to have answers to questions that weren't being asked. This is one of the biggest reasons he's my number one favorite non-human bad guy.
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After watching the "Vegas" episode from last night's Stargate Atlantis, I was inspired to come up with a Top 10 list featuring all of my favorite bad guys who aren't human.


10. Lucifer (from the film "Prophecy")

The bad guy is played by none other than Viggo Mortensen. What's not to love? Granted, this is satan we're talking about here. But still, he's pretty hot for a bad guy, no? He's got the broody look down pretty good, which is an odd twist for the character. He's not the charismatic good guy that is seen so often in these types. He's enticing in his seduction, and he's brutally honest when considering his views.

"Other angels have made this war because they hate you, you and all humans. God has put you in his grace and pushed them aside. They're desperate. They've never been able to conquer the other loyal angels, and so this war has remained in stalemate for thousands of years. And while this state of affairs endures no soul can meet its god. Your parents, and their parents, and so on from the beginning lie still in wormy earth. Of course, some of them do come to me eventually, for while heaven may be closed I am always open, even on Christmas."

9. Dwayne (from the film "The Lost Boys")

I bet you're wondering how he could possibly be bumped up on the list over Viggo. This guy was my first crush. Well, one of them anyway. Keifer Sutherland was just a blip on the radar. He's just so.... guh. *drools* There's no question of his evilness here. I'll admit that he only made this list because he's hot. I told my Mom about this one on my list and she goes, "Oh right. The one with the dark hair and the big... muscles." LOL - Yeah, that's the one.

Sadly, he doesn't have any good lines in the film. This is as good as it gets:
Dwayne: [standing up after almost getting hit by bow and arrow] You missed, sucker!
Sam Emerson: Only once, pal.
8. Lestat (from the film "Queen of the Damned")

I've never been a fan of the books, or the films. They all suck. This movie had a little something that the others didn't: Stuart Townsend, Mr. Lestat de Lioncourt himself. Aaliyah (Queen Akasha) was a pretty damn good addition to the film as well. Okay, and maybe Vincent Perez (Marius) too. Right, point is the guy was hot. He's not a card carrying member of the White Hats. May have participated in some redeeming activities now and again, but by and far he's still a bad guy. A really cute one. His outlook on life interests me here. I imagine it's something pretty close to the truth if it was real. What would life be like for someone that lives an eternity?

"There comes a time for every vampire when the idea of eternity becomes momentarily unbearable. Living in the shadows, feeding in the darkness with only your own company to keep, rots into a solitary, hollow existence. Immortality seems like a good idea, until you realize you're going to spend it alone. So I went to sleep, hoping that the sounds of the passing eras would fade out, and a sort of death might happen..."

7. Jareth (from the film "Labyrinth")

Another one of my early crushes. Honestly, I didn't see the film until I was in high school. It's such a classic though. It was also the first film I watched where I realized that I might have been just a bit warped. I was actually rooting for the bad guy. It was all downhill after that. Jareth is an interesting character. He's cruel, and kind. He's a manipulator, and yet he allows others much leeway. He's loyal, and yet you can be damn sure that he's not one to cross. He's an enigma.

"Everything! Everything that you wanted I have done. You asked that the child be taken. I took him. You cowered before me, I was frightening. I have reordered time. I have turned the world upside down, and I have done it all for you! I am exhausted from living up to your expectations of me. Isn't that generous?"

6. Darth Maul (from the film "Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace")

He wasn't around for very long. He was sent on a mission. He went on said mission and failed spectacularly. But he looked hot while he did it. He's actually appeared in other Star Wars things. He had all of two lines in Star Wars. He had some classic lines in the other stuff, like my personal favorite, "Die, Jedi, die!" While he is a cute little Darth, he's not the most outspoken of them all.

"At last we will reveal ourselves to the Jedi. At last we will have revenge."

5. Riddick (from the film "The Chronicles of Riddick")

This guy just cracks me up. Not to mention the arms bigger than my thighs. He's just HUGE! Love the eyes. They're so pretty and shiny. *happy sigh* But back to my point, he makes me laugh. His sense of humor is dry, and rather morbid at times. He's not a good guy. He's just... not. I don't think the man has a decent bone in his body. If he does it, there's a reason for it, and usually that reason is his own hide. But you gotta love him. I realize he's not the bad guy in the film. To me though, it's more like bad guy against bad guy. Which bad guy is gonna come out on top? The good guys just happened to get mixed up in the crossfire.

"Merceneries. Elementals. Necromongers. Shit, I've never been so popular. I should probaly slip these chains and open up a few arteries. But why drive when you can get driven? Free ticket to Crematoria. Thanks Toombs. Got me some business there, named Jack. And once we settle up, I walk away forever. So I'll just wait... all back-of-the-bus for now."

4. Dracula (from the film "Dracula 2000")

I must admit, this is my favorite of all the various incarnations of Dracula. It's not just Gerard Butler that does it for me, it's the whole story behind the character. Plus, not only does he have some great lines, he's got to be the hottest vampire out there. Wowza. He's got that same odd outlook on life that Lestat did, which is interesting. In an odd way though, he's got much more... bitterness to him. It drives him. It's such an odd thing to watch, and yet Butler manages to pull it off beautifully.

"You cannot imagine the pain I have endured. I was born of the very wrath of God. Let me show you what I have shown no other."

3. Wraith (from the Stargate Atlantis episode "Vegas")

This is probably the oddest one I have up here, especially given the placement on the list. Pretty high up there at the third from the top. He's more representative of the race as a whole. Well, not the entire race. Mostly the ones like Michael, Todd, and others. There's just something about them that hits a chord with me. They're on the bad guy list, but at the same time they just do what they have to in order to get by. This particular wraith is a fine example of that. He adapted to his environment in order to get what he needed. Not sure he had much of anything to say for the entire episode, but it was well worth watching. The guy was just drool-worthy. o.0



2. Prince Nuada (from the film "Hell Boy 2: The Golden Army")

I had a tough time choosing between the wraith and this guy. Prince Nuada won out for one thing: fighting. It's a kink. I'll admit it. A really good battle scene just... gets me. Near the beginning of the film you see the Prince practice his battle skills. I was on the edge of my seat getting ready to yell up at the guy with the projector to rewind it so I could watch it again. Wow. The character itself is an odd one. He starts out fairly mild, and ends up rather psychotic. You can't really blame the guy, as I'm sure he had a rather rough upbringing. But I was so curious how his sister turned out so differently from him. Perhaps if she didn't have him to look to, she would have. Second reason he's on this list, and you know this one already, he's really hot. Just... damn.



1. Spike (from the television show "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and "Angel")

My all time favorite, my number one bad guy of all time, Spike. I've never seen him as a good guy. He's a bad guy with tendencies to involve himself with the good guys every now and then. I think it was usually a case of the White Hats just happened to be going the same way he was. Didn't have the same destinations in mind, of course. I think that changed once he got his soul. But Spike from Season 2 through 6 is on the list for sure. He'll always be my favorite though because of what he means to me. It's not just the character and what he went through in his life. It's also what he represents to me: he's the one that got me started in fandom. I didn't really sit up and take notice of what went on for fans outside of the show until I saw this character. He's the first one that made me want to know more. I wanted to have answers to questions that weren't being asked. This is one of the biggest reasons he's my number one favorite non-human bad guy.
saifai: (Hylton Coat)
Irish Physical Characteristics
As fun as it is to let people think my physical characteristics come from my mother's native american ancestry, the high cheekbones and dark coloring, it's actually from my Dad. They're scottish and irish for the most part, but my dad's color (black hair and brown eyes) are definitely irish. Did some research on it, and I guess it's fairly common to have brown haired irish. Black hair is less common, and black eyes are rare. My eyes are several shades darker than my Dad's, and almost black (depending on the light). I'm guessing I'm closer to being black irish, or more accurately Fir Bolg. Legend says they were short, unaturally white, and had black hair and eyes. That's pretty much me (and my Dad) in a nutshell. Well, my hair is more very dark brown (a bit lighter than my Dad's), but still. Got the short, dark, and white going for me.

NOTE: Oddly enough, my mother's family are quite fair of hair, skin, and eyes. My great-grandmother was native american, and my great-grandfather was german. Both were very fair. My mother ended up with blond hair and hazel eyes, which later turned a light brown. We don't know what ancestry my mother's birth father had. Grandma refused to talk about him other than to tell us his name.

NanoWrimo Panic Setting In
NanoWrimo is coming up in *checks* five days. I still have no idea what I'm going to write about. In all the years I've done it, this has never happened. I always have some idea, or character, or something. But this time? I got nothing. I'm thinking I'll just start writing out my thoughts and letting it take shape. Not like I've got much of a choice on that.

German Rules
This will probably come as no surprise to you, but I would like to learn German now. Sign me up for the language lessons.

Much Chores Await Me
I need to sweep the porch, clean out my room (because movers are coming in a couple weeks to remove my furniture to be replaced by smaller single-person sized stuff), and possibly water the plants. Watch me not do it. I'm very good at procrastinating. I'm thinking dinner and a movie sounds much better than housework.
saifai: (Hylton Coat)
Irish Physical Characteristics
As fun as it is to let people think my physical characteristics come from my mother's native american ancestry, the high cheekbones and dark coloring, it's actually from my Dad. They're scottish and irish for the most part, but my dad's color (black hair and brown eyes) are definitely irish. Did some research on it, and I guess it's fairly common to have brown haired irish. Black hair is less common, and black eyes are rare. My eyes are several shades darker than my Dad's, and almost black (depending on the light). I'm guessing I'm closer to being black irish, or more accurately Fir Bolg. Legend says they were short, unaturally white, and had black hair and eyes. That's pretty much me (and my Dad) in a nutshell. Well, my hair is more very dark brown (a bit lighter than my Dad's), but still. Got the short, dark, and white going for me.

NOTE: Oddly enough, my mother's family are quite fair of hair, skin, and eyes. My great-grandmother was native american, and my great-grandfather was german. Both were very fair. My mother ended up with blond hair and hazel eyes, which later turned a light brown. We don't know what ancestry my mother's birth father had. Grandma refused to talk about him other than to tell us his name.

NanoWrimo Panic Setting In
NanoWrimo is coming up in *checks* five days. I still have no idea what I'm going to write about. In all the years I've done it, this has never happened. I always have some idea, or character, or something. But this time? I got nothing. I'm thinking I'll just start writing out my thoughts and letting it take shape. Not like I've got much of a choice on that.

German Rules
This will probably come as no surprise to you, but I would like to learn German now. Sign me up for the language lessons.

Much Chores Await Me
I need to sweep the porch, clean out my room (because movers are coming in a couple weeks to remove my furniture to be replaced by smaller single-person sized stuff), and possibly water the plants. Watch me not do it. I'm very good at procrastinating. I'm thinking dinner and a movie sounds much better than housework.
saifai: (Daniel Hmm... (delectableoomph))
Music
Pull up a browser and take yourself over here. If the link doesn't work, then go to Yahoo! Search (because they pull up video and music links with the search) and look up "Amon Amarth".

I must have watched these guys for endless minutes, watching their heads going around, and around, and around. The spinning heads, and the twirling hair...

It's truly mesmerizing. Also kinda makes me dizzy watching it.

On a side note, their song "Thousand Years of Oppression" almost has a tune to the lead vocals.

Happy
Top five things that made me smile today:
1. Children's laughter
2. The sound of going under a bridge with the windows rolled down
3. Chocolate Zingers
4. It's my Friday! No work for me tomorrow.
5. Most excellent traffic conditions for me wherever I went today.


Book Rec
Finished a new book from the library. Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. It was an interesting mix of fantasy and science fiction. There were metal dragons that were fueled by magic. Also? There was slash. It was a rather awkward start, but it smoothed out about a quarter of the way in. The only thing that totally sucked about it is that they made me wait until the last few pages to get my happy ending. Damn those girls!

Summary from Publishers Weekly:
"Jones and Bennett vividly convey the testosterone-saturated world of fantasy fighter pilots in this fast-paced debut. When the stereotypically Asian Ke-Han threaten the Volstov empire, graduate student Thom is sent to rehabilitate the Dragon Corps, an ersatz air force of rebellious, violent young men who fly enormous metal dragons animated by magic. As Thom struggles with his task, challenged most by the brutish ace Rook, the Margrave Royston, banished for an illicit homosexual affair, befriends Hal, an innocent but brilliant tutor who eventually becomes Royston's lover. These four join minds and skills to solve the mystery of a devastating plague and defend Volstov from the foreign army. The insular corps culture of combative homoeroticism and masculine archetypes dominates the book, as female characters fade far into the background. Despite few surprises or original flourishes, Jones and Bennett credibly bring the decadent empire and its inhabitants to life."
saifai: (Daniel Hmm... (delectableoomph))
Music
Pull up a browser and take yourself over here. If the link doesn't work, then go to Yahoo! Search (because they pull up video and music links with the search) and look up "Amon Amarth".

I must have watched these guys for endless minutes, watching their heads going around, and around, and around. The spinning heads, and the twirling hair...

It's truly mesmerizing. Also kinda makes me dizzy watching it.

On a side note, their song "Thousand Years of Oppression" almost has a tune to the lead vocals.

Happy
Top five things that made me smile today:
1. Children's laughter
2. The sound of going under a bridge with the windows rolled down
3. Chocolate Zingers
4. It's my Friday! No work for me tomorrow.
5. Most excellent traffic conditions for me wherever I went today.


Book Rec
Finished a new book from the library. Havemercy by Jaida Jones and Danielle Bennett. It was an interesting mix of fantasy and science fiction. There were metal dragons that were fueled by magic. Also? There was slash. It was a rather awkward start, but it smoothed out about a quarter of the way in. The only thing that totally sucked about it is that they made me wait until the last few pages to get my happy ending. Damn those girls!

Summary from Publishers Weekly:
"Jones and Bennett vividly convey the testosterone-saturated world of fantasy fighter pilots in this fast-paced debut. When the stereotypically Asian Ke-Han threaten the Volstov empire, graduate student Thom is sent to rehabilitate the Dragon Corps, an ersatz air force of rebellious, violent young men who fly enormous metal dragons animated by magic. As Thom struggles with his task, challenged most by the brutish ace Rook, the Margrave Royston, banished for an illicit homosexual affair, befriends Hal, an innocent but brilliant tutor who eventually becomes Royston's lover. These four join minds and skills to solve the mystery of a devastating plague and defend Volstov from the foreign army. The insular corps culture of combative homoeroticism and masculine archetypes dominates the book, as female characters fade far into the background. Despite few surprises or original flourishes, Jones and Bennett credibly bring the decadent empire and its inhabitants to life."

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