04 January 2015 @ 03:23 pm
now the wind is still
This anniversary message is a little belated, but I didn't want to let the tenth anniversary of this journal pass without acknowledging it. Especially since, though I've been far less active recently than in previous years, I have no plans to abandon this sliver of virtual space.

2014 has proven to be a peculiar sort of year---distracted, fretful, pregnant with potential only partially expressed---and that's been reflected in my journaling, or lack thereof. I'm hopeful 2015 will find roots and nourishment and bring many of last year's may bes into fruition...and, in the process, spill a little of that growth and creativity onto these pages. In that spirit, welcome, everyone, to 2015, and happy first decade, my lj.
Prepare a Face: hopeful
Love Song: Dan Fogelberg - Song from Half Mountain
23 June 2014 @ 04:34 pm
on strugglebustin' (as my sister says)
I'm experiencing one of those times in my life when not-so-great stuff keeps piling up on me. Normally, when I have a not-so-great thing or two on my mind, I can think my way 'round it and focus on the good things, but these just keep shuffling around each other, leaving no room for any good things. So I'm just going to list them and see if laying them out here gives me a better handle on what I'm dealing with. ::deep breath::

Cut to spare anyone struggling with their own not-so-great stuff. )

Sorted. More or less. Not that I won't still struggle to keep these things in perspective, but at least now I feel I have a sense of how to shove them back in their rightful places. And I'm free to enjoy the rest of day.
Love Song: The Moody Blues - Talking Out of Turn
Prepare a Face: stressed
07 June 2014 @ 10:45 am
with those who join us
AC is out. Again. Sigh. So much though I'd love to linger and enjoy this last day of the Week of the Killer Quizzes, I need to turn my computer off before it overheats. Sev and I have managed to clean up a good bit of my parchment mess, though, and if you'd like to join us in a celebratory Mai Tai, we're happy to attempt a long-distance toast. ::clink of glasses:: Cheers and enjoy! )
Prepare a Face: groggy
Love Song: Midlake - Aurora Gone
06 June 2014 @ 03:51 pm
upon the shelf
Today was my last day in my library. It's slated for renovation, so even if I return when it reopens in 12-18 months, the library I've known will be gone. I'm feeling a little at loose ends---not quite sad, but also very aware that the place I've left is one which I will truly never see again. It's strange to know that at the outset.

...And, as Sev keeps reminding me, there's no guarantee they won't need me to assist in the packing up in a couple weeks, so I might very well see it again. In other words: enough moping, time for quizzes. )
Love Song: Roosevelt Dime - Oh To Be
Prepare a Face: sleepy
05 June 2014 @ 08:01 pm
ah, so chill....
I believe my AC may finally be fixed, but I was out of the apartment seeing the new X-Men movie while they did the fixing, and since I returned to find all my windows still open and the AC going full blast, I'm getting some mixed signals from the maintenance folks. Ah, apartment life. At least I don't have to unclog my own drains or caulk my own bathroom or replace my own appliances. Theoretically.

But enough of that. I'm celebrating the return of my AC by giving Sev the day off. Which means he has to relax. Which means no work of any kind. Which means he's spent most of the day alternating between glowering into a fruity drink (complete with umbrella) and eyeing his potions experiments wistfully. Personally, I don't know why he doesn't just kick back with some scholarly potions journals...or that Mozart opera that he pretends he doesn't sing along to...or, hey, some quizzes. )
Love Song: Jim Croce - Time in a Bottle
Prepare a Face: cool
04 June 2014 @ 05:32 pm
i'm just a geeky romantic
My AC is on the mend...I think...but it's still fairly uncomfortable in my apartment. So in the interest of saving my computer (and myself) from heat stroke, I'm going to get right down to business. Sev? ::parchments unfurl with a snap::

...So what these quizzes are saying is that I should expect to find my soulmate at a 'con? )
Love Song: Amy Stroup - With Wings
Prepare a Face: amused
03 June 2014 @ 02:51 pm
'neath heated brow
Today is a hot, sticky taffy pull of a day, the sort of day when I wish Sev's dungeon were a little less...fictional...and a little more accessibly cool and damp. ::glare from the darkness:: Don't look at me like that, Sev: just because you make an excellent secretary doesn't mean I'm completely delusional, and the fact remains that while you are in your nice dark, dank dungeon, I'm here desperate for a breeze while I wait for the AC to be fixed. Luckily for me, quizzes are a rather excellent distraction in these hot and endless hours.

Which is not to say I've stopped dreaming about the dungeon.... )
Love Song: The Byrds - My Back Pages
Prepare a Face: hot
02 June 2014 @ 03:27 pm
maybe the purple skirt?
We're celebrating Elessar's 21st birthday today, and since he wants to go out for cocktails, I'll need a few hours to prepare. (That is: a few minutes to tackle my hair and make-up and hours of raking through my closet for something fancy-but-not-too-fancy to wear.) Fortunately, Sev has offered to deliver today's quizzes. Don't mind the potions stains, yeah? It's still a little messy in here....

Sev? They're all yours! )
Love Song: Elbow - Real Life (Angel) acoustic
Prepare a Face: distracted
01 June 2014 @ 12:04 am
the parchment runneth over
Hard to believe we're once more on the cusp of the Week of the Killer Quizzes. Though to be honest, I'm rather glad to see it arrive: I've been collecting quizzes a little rapaciously this year, and Sev is starting to lose patience with the stacks of parchment spilling into his potions work. And since that sort of thing usually ends in explosions and the sad demise of potion and parchment, both, neither Sev nor I have been altogether pleased the past few weeks. So without further ado, let the Week of the Killer Quizzes begin!

Just those three, Sev...right on the edge of that pile...carefully now...excellent! )
Prepare a Face: chipper
Love Song: The National Parks - Hot Air Balloon
19 May 2014 @ 09:48 pm
turning over
This has been a rough week. A strange week. A convergence of hopes and uncertainties that has left me extremely aware of all my tender spots...and that I am, in fact, made up of tender spots.

A week of physical and mental exhaustion. Of grief anniversaries and gratitude for flags flying at half-staff. A week where words have seemed a barricade, not a bridge, with me trapped alone with my meanings and everyone else on the other side.

A week where I can do nothing but bang my head against the immutable truth of my father's absence...where I just want to ask one question...just one question, Vati, please: can't you tell me what Kit's profession should be? Because I can't figure it out and I know you'd know.

A week that I'm hoping ends tonight. Because I could really use a new leaf to pen tomorrow upon. Please?