kjpepper: (kickass (kung fu panda))
I don't use this icon enough, and since I watched the beginning of Kung Fu Panda with Charlie this evening, it seemed appropriate.

I am back in NYC after a lovely strawberry saturated day and a half at the Stronghold/House of Harmony. Forcing myself to get off my arse and out of the door was the best thing ever - Remind me to never again go more than 24 hours straight without leaving the house. It's bad for me. Even if I just go somewhere else with the laptop and sit and do what I do, at least it's enough of a change to shake me out of my own headnoise, you know? Plus how else would I discover that iCarly actually makes me giggle? (I know. I am ashamed.)

I must take a moment to quote the relevant part of [livejournal.com profile] nounsandverbs' recent description of the house and family, because it's a pretty good summary of where I spent my weekend and with whom. :)

...my FAVORITE thing to show out-of-town guests is my own house. We have it all: 5 acres, rolling hills, a pond, an archery range, and a mountain in the backyard. We also have kids, cats, a dog, and a house full of geeks who almost definitely share whatever fandom or weird interest you have. (Have a collection of stuffed Smurfs from 1983? We've got that. Like to throw them up in the air and bullseye them with an 8-inch hunting knife? We've got that too.)

We have the best food, best hospitality, and warmest companionship I know of. This family is what I most love to show off.

Yeah, that about covers it.

Anyway, my weekend, in bullet points:

  • strawberry saturated was not a figure of speech. This happened to be the birthday weekend of Gwendolyn, the second youngest Bestermortonmonster, and strawberry was the weekend's theme. That meant me bringing up a Junior's strawberry cheesecake (I seem to always bring sweets with me when I come up these days...) for dessert last night, there was berry picking early this morning, which, I, alas, missed due to not getting to bed until five something o'clock, strawberries and whipped creme for dessert, and tomorrow Gwennie will have a strawberry themed birthday party. They picked a cubic crapton of berries, btw... It's funny, strawberries and raspberries were never something I liked until fairly recently - I always say that I like berry flavored things but not the berries themselves. This I'm finding more and more to not be true - I will actually quite happily eat strawberries until I get sick now. And yay, they are in season!

  • <don_lafontaine>In a house.... comprised entirely of geeks and children...</don_lafontaine> serious nerdage of some sort is bound to happen. [livejournal.com profile] gryphon_m got the new iphone yesterday, and it was quite with the shiny and the ooh and the ahh, but more important, he introduced me to the Koi Pond and the Lightsaber apps, which makes my little sith heart go squee. Plus the lightsaber app turned out to be the gift that kept on giving, as all four of the kids took turns borrowing my iPod and assassinating each other via virtual lightsaber. Yes, I let a two and a half year old, a seven year old, a nine year old and an an eleven year old flail wildly with my Preciousssss. It was hilarious (except when they fought over it), deal.

  • The entire Stronghold is alive with fireflies at night. Multiple moments were had in the past 36 hours of me standing in the middle of the pitch black driveway, watching the entire place twinkle.

  • Mayhem will ensue if you consent to let two overexcited little girls play dress up with you. Just saying. Part of today ended with me with a scarf woven through my dreads, wearing one of Celia's skirts as a neck ruff and a couple of blankets as a dress. There is photographic evidence of this; I'm sure [livejournal.com profile] purpura will post it at some point.

  • Speaking of which, I just went through my camera. There were several nice pics of the girls horsing around on it.

    pink and purple )

    *sigh* I need to shop around for picture hosting. I don't like either Facebook, LJ or Twitpic, and I'm not exactly nuts about Flickr either. There's always, I suppose, the interface I built for the Order of Anami and refined for [livejournal.com profile] bluewindkitsune's web site, but I haven't built something into it that would allow me to toss up things in bulk. I suppose there's also Picasa. What do y'all use?

    ETA: That and DEAR GODS I want a new lens. I'm getting really annoyed with the one that came with the Hatemonger. Much of the times my close ups ain't close enough (especially when I'm outside) and my wides ain't wide enough either. Grrr, mad with the frustrated. Especially since I really don't have $600 to drop on a new one.

  • Celia actually helped me develop a story idea while I was camped out on the couch. I'm going to see if I can get that underway while I'm in MA. There was also a rather scintillating conversation about the woes of orthodontics.

  • Cap'n Jack = cutest kitten EVAR. Seriously, I'm now rather regretting not taking one of Serenity's little fluffballs.

In back home news:
  • I am thinking this trip to MA will be the swan song of the purple backpack. I'd been really attached to it, since LLBean doesn't make this backpack in purple anymore (and I'm sorry, what they call "lilac" does NOT cut it), but the zipper on the front pocket's been busted for the past four years (*shakes fist at person who broke it*) and frankly I'm never going to send it in for repair, who am I kidding. Plus this afternoon I'd discovered that a bottle of top coat leaked all over the extreme front pocket, so basically right now I'm like fuck it, time for a new one. Waffling between the super deluxe size and the Turbo transit size. *sigh* just one more thing... why does everything and its mama need replacing this year when I'm about the least able to deal with it? god. I suppose that's how it usually works out, FML.

  • speaking of FML, lightning bugs apparently weren't the only insects afoot outside. *itchscritchscratch*

  • There is definitely something in The House triggering my allergies. I was totally fine until I got back; twenty minutes later achoo achoo itchy itchy *rub rub rub* damn it *zyrtec*. More reason to get out of here, I suppose.

  • I came home to find the third Sano Ichiro novel on my bed waiting for me. I ordered it two months ago because the library didn't have it. I had since given up and moved on with the series; I'm now on book five. FAIL, lol, but that's book rate for you, slow as uphill flowing molasses. That said I'll read it anyway just for the sake of completeness.

Tomorrow (today?) shopping, brunch for Dad, workout, work, packing, packing, oh god packing, trying not to let my squee burst out of my chest a la Alien... Trying to decide, considering I am currently wired on Dunks, whether I should try to sleep now or if I should try to use my caffeine-fueled awake and do something productive. hmm, decisions...
kjpepper: (watch me YUL!!!)

What is it about that song that necessitates singing along to it, no matter where and when it's playing? LOVE IT.

Also... why are there still Enzyte commercials playing during Stewart/Colbert? The Christmas one to boot. D: God, Smiling Bob was creepy. I wonder whatever happened to that guy?
kjpepper: (lol internet)
OMG, Tunak Tunak Cosby!

I am literally ROFLMAO and crying.
kjpepper: (topless sayid)
So today, we've not only lost Maude/Dorothy (really I remember her best for "Did you try to bullshit last week?" from History of the World Part 1) but Desmond from LOST has been sued for sexual harassment. So not on, brothah. You and your sexy blue shirts are dead to me.

Seriously, I'm torn up about Bea Arthur though. Mom and I watched the Golden Girls religiously on Saturdays during its entire original run. I was reasonably sad about Estelle Getty passing last year, but Bea? Damn. That's a fair chunk of my childhood right there. I'm almost tempted to look for a torrent of the Star Wars Holiday Special now...


Apr. 21st, 2009 08:04 am
kjpepper: (seriously? (Barnabus))
Because one hour long premiere and one episode in, I already <3 Barnabus and his carefully controlled, constant exasperation SO HARD. You really want to give him a hug, a good shag, a flagon of mead and whatever the medieval equivelant of Valium is after a day of dealing with Chancellor Dongalor.


Apr. 16th, 2009 01:39 pm
kjpepper: (fabulous)
yoinked from [livejournal.com profile] triplemare:

I need to watch Jeffrey again I think... is it even out on DVD? I've got it on VHS in storage....


Mar. 17th, 2009 12:26 pm
kjpepper: (oh HELL NO)
Dear Network soon to be known as "Syfy,"

In the words of that guy who method acts Batman with a bad head cold, "You and me? We're fucking done professionally."

No love,

kjpepper: (yarr!)
Self... just avoid waiting around for either of the five college buses from Mount Holyoke at night alone. Neither the waiting nor the subsequent bus ride foster anything remotely positive in your head.

That said, we're halfway through the last season of Avatar. Once again, I'm glad I'm actually getting to see them all, and in sequence. I'd missed a few eps here and there without realizing it. I'm rather terrified by the Avatar: Iroh's prison months/Oz crossover [livejournal.com profile] captainlove seems to be planning, but I must admit that his impression of Iroh saying "Do you know why they call me the Dragon of the West, prag?" did have me snarfing cola. So very very much wrong with that.

Currently I sit in my room, pouring my heart into Open Office writer and working my way through the last 12 oz of black cherry Smirnoff. The rather head-clearing effect the burn of it is having on me is a little counterproductive towards getting drunk, but I'm only about half through it and I've only been working on it for about 20 minutes or so. Inebriation WILL happen, damn it. with 12 oz, drunk is a biological inevitability. Which is fine. It's been that kind of day. I guess I'm just afraid the next two weeks will almost completely consist of those kinds of days, and what will happen when the rum's all gone?

ёхо, ёхо, жизн пирата для меня. Ярр.
kjpepper: (there it is)
I am amused by the number of KHAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAN!!! posts on my flist in the last 12 hours, and saddened by the reason.

I actually never saw Wrath of Khan (had a severe allergy to Star Trek growing up; have since accepted TNG as pretty good and DS9 as amusingly diverting) but considering the crowd with whom I hung out for most of my sentient life, I got the reference when it came up. What I didn't connect until yesterday was that Ricardo Montalbán (btw, take a look at some of the pictures from his early career, the man was hot) was also Mr. Roarke on Fantasy Island... which was pretty big in my house. I can just kinda see him and Hervé Villechaize having a joyride in a 1975 Cordoba and being all "yeah, that 'ze plane ze plane' shit was asstarded..."

Fare thee well, man. I hope wherever your journey has taken you, you're looking back and enjoying the cries of a legion of anguished fans. Goodness knows it's amusing me.

...damn, I need a general death icon.
kjpepper: (sexytime!)
[livejournal.com profile] sydneycat and I agree that Rock of Love: Bus needs to be renamed Sluts on a Bus. Upon declaring this aloud to all in the house, [livejournal.com profile] anzovin shared the image this conjured in his head, which was of course of Samuel L. with a shotgun yelling about how sick and tired of these motherfucking sluts on this motherfucking bus. Which would be awesome really.

Sluts on a Bus was duly followed by Tool Academy. What a train wreck. Yeah... we all know what [livejournal.com profile] sydneycat and I will be doing on Sunday evenings now. Or at least we'll be DVRing that hot mess.

I have also discovered [livejournal.com profile] weepingcock. If you can't tell from the title, it's a comm snarking on patently ridiculous descriptions of sex culled from fanfic, erotica sites and romance novels. *facepalm* "stud-nuts" is not an acceptable term for testicles. Ever.
kjpepper: (Default)

  • 03:09 is awake for a few minutes
  • 07:39 is awake for real, and kinda both appalled and looking forward to another busy day.
  • 12:59 has overestimated her spoons for today, but is not unduly troubled by this.
  • 16:11 is a bit better after a nap and homemade rosy applesauce from heirloom apples. mmmmm.
  • 19:26 was just watching the pilot ep of Murder She Wrote. I feel so dorky.
  • 20:18 is now a fan of Very Vanilla Silk. That stuff is TASTEH.
  • 22:37 is going to bed.
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kjpepper: (fabulous)
I think if Mom knew that I just spent the last couple hours squeeing over the pilot episode of Murder She Wrote, she'd laugh. I mean, come on, who among us that grew up in the 80s doesn't have that theme wedged into their subconscious?? I mean, I'm gonna be humming it for like a week...

Gods. Angela Lansbury was the cutest little old busybody, wasn't she?
kjpepper: (Tenna (anxious))
Good: INR = 2.8.

Bad: Middle finger bruised. Right on the pad too. Typing is going to be SO much fun today.

Good: Managed to get past this morning's headnoise and get to CDH and work on time. Yes, there was a moment where that almost didn't happen. Really done with the mental illness thing, kthx.

Bad: OMG so much work today. And no breakfast.

Ugly: my work computer (SexyBeast) is making alarming my-CPU-is-going-to-explode noises. So a good chunk of my morning is going to be process hunting and killing. And did I mention no breakfast?

Good: Looking forward to AGT and other stuff tonight. Actually starting to get back into Chaotic again and actually enjoy it.

Bad: I feel like complete and utter shit both physically and mentally. Plus I'm probably going to be at work late not only tonight but quite possibly every night for the next two weeks including weekends. However...

Good: Overtime for the win. Goodness knows I need the $$$

Bad: I'm never going to sleep again.

Of course all of the above means I'll either go into radio silence (so don't be surprised if my various IM statuses read DND for the next two weeks) or I'm going to be posting every hour on the hour as a sanity saving measure. We'll see. *lines up windmill in her sights and prepares to charge*
kjpepper: (halloween)
Not much notable about yesterday. Another day spent in two hour bursts of activity follwed by three hour naps. Hoping my energy level stays constant today and that if I drink a shitton of water my digestive tract might start thinking about forgiving whatever greivous sin I committed against it last month.

Today is Labor Day. As far as I'm concerned, I'm still ruled by the rhythms of a school year, and summer, that horrid, misery making season, is finally over. Fall is usually my peak time, I'm looking forward to embracing the waning cursed day-star and somewhat cooler days. Hopefully September will be less stressful than August, but considering my finances are kinda in the crapper and work shows no signs of slowing down... well we'll see. Hopefully I can use one to fix the other.

I was introduced to the utter nerdliciousness of The Food Detectives yesterday. I think I may have a new favorite show. It's like Mythbusters meets Bill Nye the Science Guy, except with food. There was this whole segment about foods to never put in the microwave that was pretty damned awesome - apparently if you slice grapes in half and then split them carefully down the middle again (leaving the skin still connected) and then put them in the microwave, they catch fire.

me: ...do we have grapes?

[livejournal.com profile] sundart and [livejournal.com profile] sydneycat: ...no.

me: Can we go buy some?

S & S: NO.

Yeah, I never stated anywhere that deep down I'm not a ten year old boy.

Much as I wish I could spend the day sleeping again, I do need to get some productive things done today. Starting with the rest of last nights dishes. *sigh* Wish me luck and a kinder, gentler colon. >(
kjpepper: (watch me YUL!!!)
Since I have a moment or so to breathe, I thought it was time for a bullet list of happy things in my world.

  • 181.fm - the Buzz. I know I'm late to the party, but I'm loving the party now that I've arrived. It's like someone found the grungy alternative soul of Z100 during the early/mid-nineties when I listened to it non stop from 6am-midnight with breaks for school and subway tunnels and spit it into an internet radio station. It was one of the main things that kept me sane last night as I valiantly battled Morpheus while trying to finish my project.

  • Thunderstorms. We've been averaging about one every 36 hours for like a month, it's crazy.

  • Olympics. GUH, EPIC WIN for Beijing for that opening ceremony alone. I'm sure the British are all like "CRAP what are we gonna do to upstage THAT in 2012???" Yeah good luck with that, guys. The Chinese pretty much PWNED this one. Really they could have stopped at the end of that opening 2008 Fo drum number and it still would have pwned everything ever.

    Fail for Bob Costas and Matt Lauer though. There've been several [livejournal.com profile] ibarw posts about how eurocentrically skewed the coverage of the parade of nations was, and at some points it WAS pretty damn cringe inducing. If the host nation uses an ideographic writing system rather than an alphabetical one, it does not give you the right to call the ordering of the nations "nonsensical." And you really, really couldn't find anything more interesting and relevant to say about the Central African Republic other than it being in the center of Africa? *facepalm* They should offer a commentary-less SAP channel or something for these things. Also... I couldn't get through it as it was being broadcast because there were commercials every five minutes. And when you're watching a 4+ hour long program that gets intolerable wicked fast. Went far better a couple of days later when [livejournal.com profile] sydneycat and I watched it again on DVR.

    On the positive side, I totally have Go USA!! crushes on Mike Phelps, Shawn Johnson and Nastia Lukin.

  • Lynx, Xaio Hu and Cougar, thank you for bringing the squees, lolz and music this week. I'm glad to have met you guys. Also thank you for making last night less ignominious.

  • The Perseids peak tonight, and it should be a fabulous show, provided the skies clear. I'll probably be up working anyway.... D:

  • LobsterLM. Heh heh. And that is NOT #8.


kjpepper: (Default)
Bold all of the following TV shows which you've ever seen 3 or more episodes of in your lifetime. Bold and Italicize a show if you’re positive you’ve seen every episode of it. If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order).

The List )

...Okay, I added more than three. But there were some glaring omissions that needed fixing, mostly in the 80s cartoon and Adult Swim departments..
kjpepper: (topless sayid)
I was looking for a video of this song primarily so I could express my primary sentiment this morning and I found this.

I'm all-asquee. I'm just sad there wasn't any Sayid in it, but Sayid=srs bizness so I understand. Naveen Andrews on the other hand...

yeah that makes up for it. I don't care if he's actually dubbed. ;)
kjpepper: (what is love (random))
Is it bad that I kinda wonder if there is Jo Jo (Supernanny) / Victoria (It's me or the Dog) slash out there? How about the fact that if there is I kinda want to read it?


Jul. 8th, 2008 10:22 pm
kjpepper: (squee)
This picture of Mariska Hargitay was too damn cute to not make an icon.
kjpepper: (my nipples hurt)
Bitch at length to chiquitita about my day and how much panicking in general sucks ass. Especially on two hours of sleep.

Go home, pass out until AMGlad, possibly later. Goddess bless the voodoo that allows DVR to work and me to not be beholden to the TV schedule as written. But yeah. Oh gods sleep please. Insomnia attack + things going assbazoink all day at work right afterwards = extremely tired and spoonless Andee.

Top off the day by scarfing down a box of Annie's shells and white cheddar + tuna. Been craving it all day.

Good news - the number on the scale is verrrrrrrry slowly starting to notch downwards and my pants don't quite feel like they're bisecting me anymore. Progress is a good thing.

July 2009



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