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Feb. 9th, 2014 06:38 pm
lizziebelle: (selfie)

green biker, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went for a nice long walk today, all the way up to the sculptures on the bike trail. It was relatively mild, compared with what we've had lately. I didn't manage to make it out while the sun was still shining, but that's OK. It was a good walk.

I was listening to the audiobook of Casanova, narrated by Benedict Cumberbatch, thanks to [livejournal.com profile] grrlfriday. There was much giggling. And sighing. It's just perfect.

I've been watching some of the Olympics, but so far I haven't really been wowed by anything. Some of the commentators crack me up with their enthusiasm, and a lot of them really annoy me (especially when they criticize the athletes). I understand why some people are refusing to watch; I very much disagree with the policies of Russia, too. But for me it's about the athletes, not the politics or the sponsors. They all worked hard to get there, and I want to celebrate their victories and accomplishments with them. It's not their fault that the venue is in a questionable place.

S

Dec. 2nd, 2013 07:43 pm
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, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I finally got my hot little hands on a copy of S by J.J. Abrams and Doug Dorst. I've wanted this book since I first heard about it, and I finally accumulated enough survey points to get it from Amazon (I know, I know, they're evil, but I don't have money for books right now so I'll take it).

Abrams (Lost, Alias, Star Trek) came up with the idea, and Dorst wrote the book. It comes in a black slipcover, and looks like an old library book (complete with date stamps in the back).

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In between the pages, there are lots of interesting items like photocopied telegrams, postcards, and even a map on a napkin.

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On the pages of the book are written notes between two people who are deciphering the history of the (fictional) author of the book.

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I can't wait to read it! I love this sort of thing. Lost was one of my all-time favorite shows, and one of the things I loved about it was the mysteries embedded in the story, things you had to pay attention to to notice.

It's been a long time since I've been this excited about a book. I'll let you know what I think after I've read it!

lizziebelle: (sherlock)

Pan with his pipes, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I went to Tower Hill Botanical Garden with friends today. What a neat place! Lots of wonderful flowers, trees, paths through the woods, gardens, and statuary. It was a nice day for it.

Afterward, we went to see the new Star Trek movie. It was as awesome as I was hoping it would be. As good as my favorite of the old crew movies. The new cast is spot on, Benedict Cumberbatch was of course wonderful, and the action was intense and exciting. Best movie I've seen in ages.

Yesterday, I went to a plant sale and got tomato plants, dill, parsley, and columbine. I planted more flower seeds & bulbs, and the stuff I planted before is coming up. I'm keeping ahead of the Japanese knotweed (not an easy chore!). Gardening makes me happy.

In the afternoon, I went to an author panel on ghosts at Annie's Book Stop in Worcester ([livejournal.com profile] p_m_cryan's store) featuring [livejournal.com profile] morvenwestfield, [livejournal.com profile] jenwrites, and Terri Bruce. It was a lively conversation, very enjoyable. I bought Terri's book, Hereafter, because it sounded really interesting. It's told from a ghost's point of view.

It was a fun weekend. :)

O'weekend

Mar. 17th, 2013 07:21 pm
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I didn't have much in the way of plans for the weekend, and that is a good thing. I needed to just relax, catch up on sleep, and not feel obligated for much. Yesterday, I didn't get a whole lot accomplished, and that's just fine.

I went down to mum's this afternoon to hang out with the family and consume corned beef & cabbage. Yum.

I started re-reading The Princess Bride last night. There's a lot I'd forgotten, especially after seeing the movie so many times. It's a fun book, and one of the few movie adaptations I've really loved.

When I got home, I went to put out the trash barrels for pickup tomorrow morning. One of them looked like this: )

Tee hee!

Still here

Nov. 20th, 2012 06:31 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

...and tomorrow, I get Internet at home, so I don't have to steal moments at work, or go to the library, to check my email. I've been listening to audiobooks (I scored the first five Harry Potter books on tape at a yard sale, for free) and watching DVDs (Firefly from my collection, and Buffy from the library). I will be glad to have TV and Internet again. I miss my shows, the few I've managed to keep up with. Especially Castle and Once Upon a Time.

Reason #547 that my job rocks: I have the next five days off. Three of them paid. Also, I am a rockstar there this week; I had two sales yesterday, and a two-fer today (two sales from one call - they had two shops, which did slightly different things, so they applied for both separately. And yes, they knew they would be paying for both, and it was even her idea). They had a contest for the week, which I won, and it was a ridiculously large box of chocolates, which I shared with the whole office, and there's still a bunch left. It's getting divvied out to friends and family over the weekend, because I do NOT want it in my house! You'd have to roll me down the stairs if I ate all that chocolate.

I have unpacked nearly all the boxes; the only ones left are ephemera that I haven't decided what to do with. Go me. It looks like an apartment and not a warehouse now. I do like it there, and I'm loving the five-minute commute. My co-workers are all jealous. I tell them I used to have a 23-mile commute, so this is my reward. I will be especially thankful when it snows.

I hope all of you who are celebrating have a lovely Thanksgiving. I'll be celebrating with friends, a small gathering this year. I'll go to mom's on Friday for leftovers. Gobble gobble!

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new toy

Oct. 20th, 2011 06:47 pm
lizziebelle: (sneakers)

Gargoyle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is the first pic I took with the iPad. I thought it fit, since the gargoyle was also the subject of my first pix with the new camera when I got it.

I spent my whole lunch break playing with the iPad. Downloaded a bunch of apps. One of them was Kindle, and it just occurred to me that I have a few bucks left on those gift cards at Amazon... any recommendations? Authors, are any of your books on Kindle?

I plan to go down to the library on Saturday to play some more, and to see if I can borrow e-books on it. That would be uber cool.

With all the crap I've been through the past few years, it's nice to have something squee-worthy for a change. :)

new toy

Oct. 20th, 2011 06:47 pm
lizziebelle: (sneakers)

Gargoyle, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is the first pic I took with the iPad. I thought it fit, since the gargoyle was also the subject of my first pix with the new camera when I got it.

I spent my whole lunch break playing with the iPad. Downloaded a bunch of apps. One of them was Kindle, and it just occurred to me that I have a few bucks left on those gift cards at Amazon... any recommendations? Authors, are any of your books on Kindle?

I plan to go down to the library on Saturday to play some more, and to see if I can borrow e-books on it. That would be uber cool.

With all the crap I've been through the past few years, it's nice to have something squee-worthy for a change. :)

OMG

Oct. 6th, 2011 08:05 pm
lizziebelle: (Kaylee- squee)
I am the kind of person who enters every contest. Every one I see. On Facebook, Twitter, LJ, you name it. I've won a few books, and an iPod.

Today, I got an email from the marketing person at Little, Brown (yes, the publishers). It appears that I won this:



That's an iPad. Which I really, really wanted.

I also won this:



A signed copy, no less. I've already read it, but what the hey. I'll read it again.

Friends on FB are being all protective of me (thanks, guys!) and telling me to make sure it's legit. Well, I did enter the contest. I Googled the person who sent me the email (she's a marketing person at L,B, and I found her on LinkedIn), and the url of her email address (it took me to the publisher's website, where it tells me I "like" their FB page). So it looks pretty legit to me. *g*

All they want is a notarized affidavit of my name, address, and that I'm over 18. No SS#. And Elizabeth isn't my legal first name. So I'm not particularly worried.

So, SQUEEEEEEEEE!

OMG

Oct. 6th, 2011 08:05 pm
lizziebelle: (Kaylee- squee)
I am the kind of person who enters every contest. Every one I see. On Facebook, Twitter, LJ, you name it. I've won a few books, and an iPod.

Today, I got an email from the marketing person at Little, Brown (yes, the publishers). It appears that I won this:



That's an iPad. Which I really, really wanted.

I also won this:



A signed copy, no less. I've already read it, but what the hey. I'll read it again.

Friends on FB are being all protective of me (thanks, guys!) and telling me to make sure it's legit. Well, I did enter the contest. I Googled the person who sent me the email (she's a marketing person at L,B, and I found her on LinkedIn), and the url of her email address (it took me to the publisher's website, where it tells me I "like" their FB page). So it looks pretty legit to me. *g*

All they want is a notarized affidavit of my name, address, and that I'm over 18. No SS#. And Elizabeth isn't my legal first name. So I'm not particularly worried.

So, SQUEEEEEEEEE!
lizziebelle: (Elvis)

Elvis, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The other day, I won this book on Twitter. Elvis 1956 by Alfred Wertheimer. They asked a question about a specific photo, and I was the first to answer correctly. Go me!

It's signed by the photographer, who captured these iconic photos at a time when Elvis was only 21, and exploding onto the scene.

signed by the photographer

It also came with the program for the exhibit, Elvis at 21, by the Smithsonian.

Elvis 1956

It's a beautiful book, and I squeed aloud both when I won, and when I found it in my doorway today. This was even better than visiting Elvis-a-rama in Vegas!

I wish I was as good at winning the lottery as I am at getting free books. ;)

lizziebelle: (Elvis)

Elvis, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The other day, I won this book on Twitter. Elvis 1956 by Alfred Wertheimer. They asked a question about a specific photo, and I was the first to answer correctly. Go me!

It's signed by the photographer, who captured these iconic photos at a time when Elvis was only 21, and exploding onto the scene.

signed by the photographer

It also came with the program for the exhibit, Elvis at 21, by the Smithsonian.

Elvis 1956

It's a beautiful book, and I squeed aloud both when I won, and when I found it in my doorway today. This was even better than visiting Elvis-a-rama in Vegas!

I wish I was as good at winning the lottery as I am at getting free books. ;)

lizziebelle: (book)
My review of HAMLET'S BLACKBERRY is up on my other blog. I give it a thumbs-up. In case you missed my earlier post about it, it's about our addiction to the digital life, and how to deal with it. Very good book.
lizziebelle: (book)
My review of HAMLET'S BLACKBERRY is up on my other blog. I give it a thumbs-up. In case you missed my earlier post about it, it's about our addiction to the digital life, and how to deal with it. Very good book.

disconnect

Aug. 11th, 2011 08:17 pm
lizziebelle: (book)

The awful muggies have gone away, and it was a lovely evening for a walk. I needed to get out and get the blood moving. It's been a long week (and it ain't over yet); my coworker is on vacation (again) so I am stuck in my cubicle, doing her work as well as mine. I had to do a legal ad today, and it was one I've never seen before (for visitation rights); I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I ended up calling the courthouse for help. The nice lady there straightened me out, and while I waited for the social services dude to call me back with the name and address, I typed in the ad. He called me just as I finished, but as I was putting in the info, the ad went *poof*. Most of it, just gone. I nearly cried. Those suckers are a pain in the patootie, with all sorts of formatting we have to do (bolding, centering some things, indents, the whole shebang). Argh! Thank you, Mercury retrograde. :P

There were some folks there from a local college to judge a national newspaper competition, and they had cookies in the conference room. When they went out back, I snuck in and took one. I really needed a cookie. *g*

At the end of a day, a former coworker with whom I share a birthday, but who I have ignored twice when she friended me on Facebook, came in. Thankfully, she didn't say anything about it. I don't really consider her a friend, and I'm trying to keep down the digital noise.

Speaking of which, I'm reading a really good book about managing the digital clutter. It's called Hamlet's Blackberry; I'll write a detailed review when I finish, because I think this is a book a lot of us could use. I'm trying to step away from the computer more often, and I know some of you are trying to manage screen time as well. It's a powerful draw, to be connected. Especially for someone like me, who lives alone.

Going off to read a book now. You know, the thing with pages instead of a screen. ;)

disconnect

Aug. 11th, 2011 08:17 pm
lizziebelle: (book)

The awful muggies have gone away, and it was a lovely evening for a walk. I needed to get out and get the blood moving. It's been a long week (and it ain't over yet); my coworker is on vacation (again) so I am stuck in my cubicle, doing her work as well as mine. I had to do a legal ad today, and it was one I've never seen before (for visitation rights); I wasn't sure what to do with it, so I ended up calling the courthouse for help. The nice lady there straightened me out, and while I waited for the social services dude to call me back with the name and address, I typed in the ad. He called me just as I finished, but as I was putting in the info, the ad went *poof*. Most of it, just gone. I nearly cried. Those suckers are a pain in the patootie, with all sorts of formatting we have to do (bolding, centering some things, indents, the whole shebang). Argh! Thank you, Mercury retrograde. :P

There were some folks there from a local college to judge a national newspaper competition, and they had cookies in the conference room. When they went out back, I snuck in and took one. I really needed a cookie. *g*

At the end of a day, a former coworker with whom I share a birthday, but who I have ignored twice when she friended me on Facebook, came in. Thankfully, she didn't say anything about it. I don't really consider her a friend, and I'm trying to keep down the digital noise.

Speaking of which, I'm reading a really good book about managing the digital clutter. It's called Hamlet's Blackberry; I'll write a detailed review when I finish, because I think this is a book a lot of us could use. I'm trying to step away from the computer more often, and I know some of you are trying to manage screen time as well. It's a powerful draw, to be connected. Especially for someone like me, who lives alone.

Going off to read a book now. You know, the thing with pages instead of a screen. ;)

lizziebelle: (Default)

dried hydrangea, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The sun came out this afternoon, so I ran out to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. I've been reading ROOM by Emma Donoghue, and it was making me feel a bit claustrophobic. It felt good to be outside.

I've been feeling trapped for a while now, mostly because it's winter but also because I haven't gone *anywhere* in so long. Then [livejournal.com profile] ami_1 proposed a girls' weekend this spring, her treat, and a flurry of plans has us going to New York in April. I haven't spent time in NYC since, gosh, probably college. Too long. I've been wanting to go for the longest time. So, yay, something to look forward to! Thank goodness for wonderful friends who take good care of me. <3

lizziebelle: (Default)

dried hydrangea, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

The sun came out this afternoon, so I ran out to enjoy some fresh air and sunshine. I've been reading ROOM by Emma Donoghue, and it was making me feel a bit claustrophobic. It felt good to be outside.

I've been feeling trapped for a while now, mostly because it's winter but also because I haven't gone *anywhere* in so long. Then [livejournal.com profile] ami_1 proposed a girls' weekend this spring, her treat, and a flurry of plans has us going to New York in April. I haven't spent time in NYC since, gosh, probably college. Too long. I've been wanting to go for the longest time. So, yay, something to look forward to! Thank goodness for wonderful friends who take good care of me. <3

dreary

Oct. 5th, 2010 06:34 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

Another dreary day in New England. Curiously, the rhododendron at work is blooming again. Weird.

My coworker was out sick today, so it was a long day all alone. Again.

I stopped at the library on the way home, and saw my cousin's book on display on top of the shelf. Go, Deanna! :D

dreary

Oct. 5th, 2010 06:34 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

Another dreary day in New England. Curiously, the rhododendron at work is blooming again. Weird.

My coworker was out sick today, so it was a long day all alone. Again.

I stopped at the library on the way home, and saw my cousin's book on display on top of the shelf. Go, Deanna! :D

lizziebelle: (Default)

lizard railing, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I'm so glad I took today off. I just put the fourth load in the dryer (washing up the bedding in addition to everything else), and got the stuff I needed out of the car. Mamma mia, what a lot of stuff I need to camp for a week! Of course, I usually end up not using everything, but one must prepare for all contingencies.

I remembered to go to the Post Office and have my mail held, and to the bank to order more checks. The woman at the bank was very nice, and even printed out some spare checks in case I might need them before the new ones come (I had one check left). As I was walking home though, it occurred to me that she never asked me for ID before just handing me those checks. All I had given her was a deposit slip. It's not like I'm a regular in there, either; I have direct deposit, and I pay most of my bills online. That's a little bit disturbing. O_o

So anyhoo, I have a few last-minute things to cram into the totes, and then I think I'm ready. *whew*

I managed to finish reading the new Sookie Stackhouse book already, which is OK because taking a library book camping is probably not the best idea, and I have other reading material. Yes, I do find time for reading while there. *g* There's usually some time in the afternoons when nothing is going on, and it's too hot (or rainy) to do anything. I also hope to get some writing done.

OK, back to finishing up. I probably won't have time to post in the morning, so I'll see you when I get back! You can follow my adventures on Twitter (which will also post to Facebook, if you are a friend there too) if you like. I won't be able to read responses, but I'll try to post about interesting stuff. :)

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