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lizziebelle: (ganesha)
Last weekend was my family reunion. It's always good to see everyone, and this year we had quite a few of the cousins (my generation) attending so we managed to corral all of us and get some pictures.

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There are (I think) 23 of us, so having 15 all in one place is pretty good.

Actually, one of the folks in the pic is a cousin from Germany, who was visiting with his daughter. So make that 14. Still a pretty good showing.

It was nice to meet Hannes, our German cousin. His mother and mine are first cousins. I'm not sure what that makes us; second cousins? I can never keep that straight.

Back at work on Monday, we had two days of sales meetings. Fortunately, my team didn't have to attend all the modules. It's hard for me to sit through long meetings. I need to get up and stretch, and walk around once in a while! We were supposed to all go to Dairy Queen again, but it was rather gloomy outside so they brought in ice cream & toppings, and we did make-your-own sundaes. That was fun. It was my birthday that day (Tuesday), and one of my coworkers spilled the beans so they all sang to me. That was fun, if slightly embarrassing.

After work, I met a friend at her now former house so she could give me an extra TV they had, since mine had bit the dust a while ago (all I've had to watch since then is a 13" old-fashioned tube set). Well, the darned thing is HUGE, and it was an effort for both of us to get it into the car. There it stayed until today, when my landlord dropped by (for another reason) and nicely helped me carry it upstairs, and waited while I cleared off the bookcase where we put it. Whew. I had to do some rearranging, but I think I've found a good arrangement.

I had to go to Target to pick up an HDMI cable, and after I attached all the cords I turned it on. Great picture, but no sound! That was frustrating. I called the electronics department at Target, but the guy there was little help. So I looked at the back of the cable box, and noticed there was an audio out jack (actually, a pair of them) which matched jacks on the TV. Aha! I think. So I went back to Target (it's only 5 minutes away) and bought an audio cable. It took a couple of tries in different jacks on the back of the TV (there are so many of them!), but now I have sound! And HD picture! And the thing really is huge, I think it's 40". So now I have a bigass television, and I'm watching the opening ceremonies from Rio on demand. Nice. I don't have a remote or a manual, but hey, it was free. I really can't complain.

An aside: why do the Olympic opening ceremonies have to be so weird? Who started that trend?

Last night, I got together with friends for a nice cookout-and-cocktails evening, complete with cupcakes for my birthday.

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My friends are awesome. But they made me take home the leftover cupcakes. I had one for breakfast, because I could.

Oh, and the other night we had a smoke alarm malfunction in the house. Fun times.

So it's been quite the week. I hope I have the spoons for tomorrow's Lammas Faire, which is here in Hudson now.
lizziebelle: (ganesha)
I decided to do a little rearranging in my bedroom the other day. Last week when the window guys were here I had them move my dresser over a few inches closer to the far wall, leaving a bit more space. I moved the bookcase and shelves I had along that wall, and moved my bed there. I moved my desk, replaced it with the bookcase, and put the shelves in front of the window where the head of my bed had been. It changed the whole dynamic of the room, essentially breaking it into two different spaces. I have a little more tweaking to do, and I might swap the shelves for one of the bookcases in the living room, but I already like it better.

I discovered at the same time that the TV in my bedroom is dead. It's my larger set, a 22" clunker I've had for probably 15 years. That bummed me out, especially since I'm not in a position to replace it right now. So I will have to make do with my 13" set, which I've been using more anyway. Such is life. I probably watch too much TV anyway.

I had a couple bouts of insomnia this past week, which I don't think were related to the furniture move, but one never knows. I resisted taking a nap yesterday, and was pleased to sleep through the night for about seven hours straight. That almost never happens, and shows just how tired I was.

Today promises to be a nicer day than what we've had lately, so I plan to get outside and enjoy it. I can save the further organizing for when it rains later in the week.
lizziebelle: (crow)

winter geese, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I've spent most of the weekend indoors, as it's suddenly winter here. Today it didn't get much above 20 degrees, with a wicked wind that sounded very cold. I did get out for a bit yesterday, walking down to the river where the geese floated serenely, unaware of what was coming.

It actually snowed a little bit overnight, just a dusting which got mostly blown away during the day.

I spent much of yesterday parked in front of the telly, watching Doctor Who. I loved the 50th Anniversary special, which I won't spoil for those of you who haven't seen it yet. I was clapping and grinning from ear to ear at the end. I'm going to see it in 3D at the theatre tomorrow night with a couple of friends, and I can't wait to see their reactions!

It's going to be a short workweek; we have three days off for Thanksgiving, which will be nice. But the pressure will be on for Monday and Tuesday to make sales, because it'll be the end of the selling month for us. Cross your fingers for me! I need all the luck I can get.

lizziebelle: (george)

caught, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

It's looking like November now: most of the trees are bare, except for a few stubborn oaks hanging on to their leaves of brown, russet and bronze. The leaves that have fallen swirl about in the breeze, getting caught in gutters and fences. It gets dark earlier and earlier each day, especially on cloudy days. Some days, it's bitterly cold, but there are a few pleasant breaks here and there. Yesterday was pretty nice, at least for this time of year. I had a nice walk along the river, where the geese lounged and the heron hid. I found fresh evidence of beavers, and saw lots of birds, including a tiny wren who flitted about so quickly I couldn't capture him with my camera.

Last night, I went to the annual SEF Coffeehouse with Lakshmi. It was in a new place this year, a church up in North Andover. It was nice to see everyone who was there, and good to get out of the house to someplace different. I'm glad we went.

L gave me a Wegmans gift card as thanks for taking care of the kitties while they were gone, so I headed over there today and stocked up on noms and essentials. I did treat myself to something I wouldn't have bought otherwise, and I'm looking forward to sharing it on a cold winter's night with my friends:

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It says "best enjoyed warm," and I believe it.

I stopped at Starbucks on the way home to take advantage of a gift card I had there. It was an e-card, so I got the app and applied the balance to it. It was kind of fun to use it; I felt like a total hipster. Which is so not me. ;)

My neighbor's kitty greeted me on the way out this afternoon. She's a cutie, and she looks a lot like my old kitty, Robin.

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It's nice having a kitty around, even if she's not mine. Last night, she was chasing moths in the beams of my headlights. Silly creature.

I'm looking forward to the premiere of Almost Human tonight. I really like Karl Urban, and the premise of the show sounds like it could be fun. I'm really happy about all the new genre shows on TV these days. My favorite new show (so far) is Sleepy Hollow, which has been surprisingly good. It could have gone either way, but the writing is sharp and the actors are appealing. It more than makes up for the disappointment that Once Upon a Time in Wonderland has been. And I've heard that it's already been picked up for a second season, which saves me from heartbreak, at least for another year.

What shows have you been enjoying lately?

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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lizziebelle: (witchypoo)

bright spot, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was mostly grey, but the sun did come out for a minute or two a couple of times.

here and there )



It started sprinkling as I was walking home, but I didn't get too wet. Some hot chocolate and dry clothing took care of that.

I'm looking forward to a PBS evening: Nature is all about crows, and then there is Sherlock. I've heard very good things about that show.

lizziebelle: (witchypoo)

bright spot, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

Today was mostly grey, but the sun did come out for a minute or two a couple of times.

here and there )



It started sprinkling as I was walking home, but I didn't get too wet. Some hot chocolate and dry clothing took care of that.

I'm looking forward to a PBS evening: Nature is all about crows, and then there is Sherlock. I've heard very good things about that show.

slow day

Sep. 20th, 2010 04:45 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

salty, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is how slow it is in here today: I am taking pictures of my snack. I liked the texture. ;)

At least I have good things on the telly tonight to look forward to. Although, I do wish I had Tivo, because Castle is back (yay!), but it's on at the same time as Hawaii 5-0, and not only am I old enough to remember the original, but Daniel Dae Kim is in this one. Oy. I am going to have to trust that it will end up on On Demand, because I'm watching Nathan Fillion. Mmmm, yeah. Oh, and Chuck is back, too. I really like that show.

I'm also going to give The Event a try, because I have hopes it can be good. Of course, I thought the same thing about FastForward this time last year, and they really stumbled with that show. It started out great, but the long break and too many storylines killed it. Let's hope the producers of this show learned something from that. They're saying it's like LOST meets 24, which is promising.

slow day

Sep. 20th, 2010 04:45 pm
lizziebelle: (Default)

salty, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

This is how slow it is in here today: I am taking pictures of my snack. I liked the texture. ;)

At least I have good things on the telly tonight to look forward to. Although, I do wish I had Tivo, because Castle is back (yay!), but it's on at the same time as Hawaii 5-0, and not only am I old enough to remember the original, but Daniel Dae Kim is in this one. Oy. I am going to have to trust that it will end up on On Demand, because I'm watching Nathan Fillion. Mmmm, yeah. Oh, and Chuck is back, too. I really like that show.

I'm also going to give The Event a try, because I have hopes it can be good. Of course, I thought the same thing about FastForward this time last year, and they really stumbled with that show. It started out great, but the long break and too many storylines killed it. Let's hope the producers of this show learned something from that. They're saying it's like LOST meets 24, which is promising.

lizziebelle: (Default)

drench, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I'm kind of glad I'm not still at camp, as it is raining a steady, soaking rain today. We do so need it, though, so I don't begrudge not being able to go walking on my lunch break. The grass is getting quite brown and crispy in a lot of places. I stepped in a puddle coming back from the car, but that's OK; it gives me an excuse to be barefoot while my shoes dry out. *g*

It's been a slow week here at Reminder Headquarters for World Domination*, but that's OK, too. I needed a slow week to get back into the groove.

A local candidate, who our editor refers to as "that slimy weasel," came in to reserve ad space for the election. I was proud of how professional I was, even though I loathe him. He's one of those good-looking, cocky guys who are full of ambition but have nothing substantial to offer. Plus, he's a Republican. *g* He's getting an endorsement from Senator Centerfold* this evening, which just pushes him lower into the slime pit in my estimation. ;)

bunny! )



I'm looking forward to having a weekend with no obligations. For once, my family reunion isn't the weekend after I get back from camp. That's such a relief. I can relax, finish unpacking, do some laundry, and sleep.

Oh, and for those of you who are fans, don't forget that Being Human starts again this Saturday! I'm looking forward to seeing where they go with those characters this season.

Have a fabulous weekend, all!


* I can't take credit for either of these; I must give it to Mike, our editor. :)

lizziebelle: (Default)

drench, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.

I'm kind of glad I'm not still at camp, as it is raining a steady, soaking rain today. We do so need it, though, so I don't begrudge not being able to go walking on my lunch break. The grass is getting quite brown and crispy in a lot of places. I stepped in a puddle coming back from the car, but that's OK; it gives me an excuse to be barefoot while my shoes dry out. *g*

It's been a slow week here at Reminder Headquarters for World Domination*, but that's OK, too. I needed a slow week to get back into the groove.

A local candidate, who our editor refers to as "that slimy weasel," came in to reserve ad space for the election. I was proud of how professional I was, even though I loathe him. He's one of those good-looking, cocky guys who are full of ambition but have nothing substantial to offer. Plus, he's a Republican. *g* He's getting an endorsement from Senator Centerfold* this evening, which just pushes him lower into the slime pit in my estimation. ;)

bunny! )



I'm looking forward to having a weekend with no obligations. For once, my family reunion isn't the weekend after I get back from camp. That's such a relief. I can relax, finish unpacking, do some laundry, and sleep.

Oh, and for those of you who are fans, don't forget that Being Human starts again this Saturday! I'm looking forward to seeing where they go with those characters this season.

Have a fabulous weekend, all!


* I can't take credit for either of these; I must give it to Mike, our editor. :)

lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
It actually wasn't a bad day out there; on the warm side, and almost sunny. Too bad I had to spend it in the office all day. :P

I snuck outside while my noodles were warming and snapped a shot of the puffballs that were exposed after the snow melted behind the building.

puffballs! )

I always loved puffballs as a kid. *poof* OK, I still love them. *poof poof*

Other than the puffballs, the highlight of my day was the Orville Redenbacher popcorn with cracked pepper that I had for a mid-afternoon snack.


mmm, smells good )

At least TV is back to normal tonight, and I can watch Chuck instead of skiing. I do enjoy the Olympics, but I'm glad they're over. It went on quite long enough.

Then I have the Sookie Stackhouse short story collection to dive into, thanks to interlibrary loan. I can fill in all the missing pieces I noticed as I read the books. There were several times when I though, wait, I don't remember that! I do hope that Bubba shows up at least once. *g*
lizziebelle: (Blue Butterfly)
It actually wasn't a bad day out there; on the warm side, and almost sunny. Too bad I had to spend it in the office all day. :P

I snuck outside while my noodles were warming and snapped a shot of the puffballs that were exposed after the snow melted behind the building.

puffballs! )

I always loved puffballs as a kid. *poof* OK, I still love them. *poof poof*

Other than the puffballs, the highlight of my day was the Orville Redenbacher popcorn with cracked pepper that I had for a mid-afternoon snack.


mmm, smells good )

At least TV is back to normal tonight, and I can watch Chuck instead of skiing. I do enjoy the Olympics, but I'm glad they're over. It went on quite long enough.

Then I have the Sookie Stackhouse short story collection to dive into, thanks to interlibrary loan. I can fill in all the missing pieces I noticed as I read the books. There were several times when I though, wait, I don't remember that! I do hope that Bubba shows up at least once. *g*

annoyances

Nov. 19th, 2009 06:42 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)
My crazy neighbor was at it again in the wee hours this morning, and it made me quite cranky. I can usually sleep through anything (I've slept right through thunderstorms while in a tent), but I just happened to be awake when he began thanks to my tiny bladder. He raved for about an hour, and I seriously considered calling the police, but every time I grabbed my phone, he'd stop. Next time, I am calling just as soon as he starts. Seriously.

Also? Jimmy Fallon is not funny. Just sayin'.

The day ended with me cranky, too, thanks to the person I asked (at 4:00) to make me a proof, which she handed to me at 5:00 as I was shutting off my computer and grabbing my coat. Grr.

I shrugged off the cranky in the car and sang along with the radio the whole way home.

I have Star Trek in my hot little hands, but I won't watch it tonight because FlashForward is on. Yes, I am still watching that. It has Jack Davenport and Dominic Monaghan, why in the world wouldn't I? *g* It's no LOST, but it's still loads better than most of what's on the telly these days. Oh, and I heard today that LOST will be back February 2nd, and will air on Tuesdays at 9. Whee! Anyhoo, I will probably check out the DVD and see what extras are there. I've seen the outtakes, and they're pretty funny.

One more day. One more, and then I am on vacation. I can do it!

annoyances

Nov. 19th, 2009 06:42 pm
lizziebelle: (beer good)
My crazy neighbor was at it again in the wee hours this morning, and it made me quite cranky. I can usually sleep through anything (I've slept right through thunderstorms while in a tent), but I just happened to be awake when he began thanks to my tiny bladder. He raved for about an hour, and I seriously considered calling the police, but every time I grabbed my phone, he'd stop. Next time, I am calling just as soon as he starts. Seriously.

Also? Jimmy Fallon is not funny. Just sayin'.

The day ended with me cranky, too, thanks to the person I asked (at 4:00) to make me a proof, which she handed to me at 5:00 as I was shutting off my computer and grabbing my coat. Grr.

I shrugged off the cranky in the car and sang along with the radio the whole way home.

I have Star Trek in my hot little hands, but I won't watch it tonight because FlashForward is on. Yes, I am still watching that. It has Jack Davenport and Dominic Monaghan, why in the world wouldn't I? *g* It's no LOST, but it's still loads better than most of what's on the telly these days. Oh, and I heard today that LOST will be back February 2nd, and will air on Tuesdays at 9. Whee! Anyhoo, I will probably check out the DVD and see what extras are there. I've seen the outtakes, and they're pretty funny.

One more day. One more, and then I am on vacation. I can do it!
lizziebelle: (Default)

cherish, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.


I went out for a walk this morning, layered up in fleece as it was quite chilly. I went up a street I'd never been on before, and found a pleasant path along the river that I didn't know was there. It came out in the backyard of a service station that had horses behind it, only a couple of blocks from Grandmothers' Garden, which is a short walk from home. Yay for new walking paths!

After lunch and puttering around the house, I went out into the gloom again for a walk in the cemetery. Tomorrow's rain will likely knock down much of the foliage, so I figured I'd take advantage while I could. Not the best environment for taking pictures, but whatever. It's still pretty, and kind of seasonably murky.

If you have Comcast, they have some episodes of Doctor Who, and the whole series of The Prisoner on On Demand! I watched The Christmas Invasion during lunch. :)

lizziebelle: (Default)

cherish, originally uploaded by Lizzie~Belle.


I went out for a walk this morning, layered up in fleece as it was quite chilly. I went up a street I'd never been on before, and found a pleasant path along the river that I didn't know was there. It came out in the backyard of a service station that had horses behind it, only a couple of blocks from Grandmothers' Garden, which is a short walk from home. Yay for new walking paths!

After lunch and puttering around the house, I went out into the gloom again for a walk in the cemetery. Tomorrow's rain will likely knock down much of the foliage, so I figured I'd take advantage while I could. Not the best environment for taking pictures, but whatever. It's still pretty, and kind of seasonably murky.

If you have Comcast, they have some episodes of Doctor Who, and the whole series of The Prisoner on On Demand! I watched The Christmas Invasion during lunch. :)

lizziebelle: (eye)
Comcast keeps warning me that I need to get a digital adapter for my television or I will not be able to watch it, so today I trekked over to their HQ to get one. I can't believe the traffic today! It's drizzly and grey, and everyone in Westfield is out on the road, it seems.

HQ is way out in the boonies, past the alpaca farm that I found by accident once (I was sort of lost). Too bad it was so nasty out; I would like to have taken pix of the alpacas.

I was the only person in line under the age of 60, I think. I had to wait behind a couple of people who had lots of questions. *g*

I've got the thing hooked up, have called to activate it, and I must admit that the picture is much better than it was. There are more channels, too, but so far I haven't found any new ones that I would actually watch. It's the TV in the bedroom, which I usually use to watch the news in the morning, and maybe something before I go to bed. Sometimes I have it on as background noise, too, but when I really want to watch something, I go into the living room.

At least it was free.
lizziebelle: (eye)
Comcast keeps warning me that I need to get a digital adapter for my television or I will not be able to watch it, so today I trekked over to their HQ to get one. I can't believe the traffic today! It's drizzly and grey, and everyone in Westfield is out on the road, it seems.

HQ is way out in the boonies, past the alpaca farm that I found by accident once (I was sort of lost). Too bad it was so nasty out; I would like to have taken pix of the alpacas.

I was the only person in line under the age of 60, I think. I had to wait behind a couple of people who had lots of questions. *g*

I've got the thing hooked up, have called to activate it, and I must admit that the picture is much better than it was. There are more channels, too, but so far I haven't found any new ones that I would actually watch. It's the TV in the bedroom, which I usually use to watch the news in the morning, and maybe something before I go to bed. Sometimes I have it on as background noise, too, but when I really want to watch something, I go into the living room.

At least it was free.
lizziebelle: (book)
I just watched the premiere episode of FlashForward, and I have a few thoughts about it. I'll put it behind a cut, but I don't plan on writing any spoilers, so don't be alarmed if you're reading this on a feed!

I liked it. A lot. )

I will definitely be tuning in for the rest of it. What did you think, if you watched it?

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