Ho hum

Jan. 11th, 2010 02:13 pm
aceofkittens: (bad mood)
I feel like the first update for 2010 ought to be something auspicious, but there's nothing really earth-shattering going on. NYE was a mix of good and frustrating and reminded me of why I like to have my own party: so I can totally walk home from there. ;) Not having that luxury this year made me a bit cranky.

My mom and I are going to New York later this week and I managed to get a nasty cold just in time for said trip. It's going to be in the 20s and 30s and I will probably perish, for I am a delicate flower. We will see numerous CousinsOfKittens and hopefully live to tell the tale. I'm also hoping to visit Babycakes Bakery.

One of these days, I will really write up something interesting, like why I loved Dickens Fair so much this year and what I'm doing as my volunteer work side project. But it shall not be this day.
aceofkittens: (crrrrrazy)
Yes, I am in LA, desperately struggling to finish packing up the apartment, while working as a part-time, non-exempt employee at my old job. The wireless at the apartment is being a little bitch, so I have to rely on my precious Sidekick for sweet, life-giving Internet.

I have decided to do an experiment similar to something [livejournal.com profile] takeitez did before. I am going to attempt to subsist for a week on the food and drink that is currently at the apartment (and the snacks at work). I already cheated a little, because I had to buy a pan to boil things in and some popcorn.

I am already sick of this experiment. Anyhow! Things are good. I will do a full summary later on.
aceofkittens: (mustard)
I had a great weekend, just awesome. I went to one of the best weddings ever, and then got to plant vegetables with my mom. However, it was not without its mishaps.

Stupidity on the way there )

Stupidity on the way back )

Chip update: he is still limping and he now has extreme intestinal distress, possibly due to the steroid. We got him a medication that will hopefully stop this. I started reading the insert, and this is what it said:

Metronidazole makes it very difficult for the body to process alcohols. You should tell your veterinarian about any liquid medications that you give your pet and not allow your pet to ingest any alcoholic drinks while on this medication.

Well, damn. So much for those vodka shots Chip and I were going to do later tonight.
aceofkittens: (gummi bears)
The other week, we discovered a red-brown worm in our bathtub. It was a total mystery as to how it got in there, but it had been raining a lot and I figured maybe the worm came out of the bath drain or something. The worm was alive and I took it over to my neighbor's flowerpot. It proceeded to dig its way in. I was happy that a worm-friend had somehow come into our home. [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf, on the other hand, was very concerned that the worm might have come out of Chip. He spent a long time reading about worms online and looking up pictures that should not have been looked at. In the end, he cautiously agreed that it was probably not a Chip-worm.

I decided to prank [livejournal.com profile] invisiblebf and bought a big pack of Gummi Worms in secret. It was supposed to rain really hard today, and it did! I got up first and set out two of the Gummi Worms in the bathtub on top of a piece of clingfilm. Then, when he asked if I wanted to have the first shower, I said, "No, no, you go ahead." The shout of "WHAT?!" and the WTF expression on his face were perfect. Success!!! :)

Yesterday, I did three things in L.A. that I had never done before. First, I took SecondCousinOfKittensOnceRemoved to the Velaslavasay Panorama, which is something I never even heard of until she told me about it. Then, we went to dinner at a restaurant called Pure Luck, which was a Vegan place that makes dishes out of jackfruit... it's bizarre, but delicious. I tried some really yummy spinach salad with "blackened jackfruit" and we also had some fried pickles. Then, we went across the street to this ice cream/gelato place called Scoops, where potential flavors included "Vanilla & Rum," "Strawberry & Black Pepper," and "Chocolate & Jaegermeister." All in all, it has been a weekend full of win.
aceofkittens: (Default)
Last week proved to be a very long one and I kept meaning to update and never did. I had lots happen and yet no motivation whatsoever to blog about it. I'll try to do a summary. With 2 photos.

Week in Summary )
aceofkittens: (yay)
I just rolled back into LA after a stealth weekend in SF to bring my boys home. It is hot hot hot here. :( BUT there was an amazing gift waiting for me from [livejournal.com profile] _stillsong_ — an incredible green cape that I will wear at Burning Man.

For which I should probably put in my vacation request.

THANK YOU, [livejournal.com profile] _stillsong_ ♥ ♥

Anyway, the weekend was great, if all too short, I didn't see everyone I wanted to, and I was rip-roaring drunk a lot. Now, the reality of going back to work tomorrow rears its ugly head.
aceofkittens: (vegas)
Vegas, baby, continued.

Fo'ding )
aceofkittens: (vegas)
Vegas, baby, Vegas!!! [livejournal.com profile] bigkgbguy's Third Annual Birthday Bash!
All in )

Eeee!!!!

Jul. 23rd, 2007 12:55 pm
aceofkittens: (yay)
I get to meet [livejournal.com profile] _stillsong_ today in person! OMG, eeeee, yay!!!!
aceofkittens: (woohoo!)
I'm going to copy [livejournal.com profile] futureboy's style and do a little "Weekend in review" thing with highlights & lowlights.

My weekend in review )
That is all! :)
aceofkittens: (avatar)
I have been very busy since CousinOfKittens (CoK) came to live with me last Wednesday and I've also been sick with some kind of icky cold this whole time. However, it's been sort of sobering to realize just how little I had been doing with my evenings prior to her arrival. So after a week of whirlwind activity, tonight I am sitting here watching Pirate Master (the pirate-themed reality show that I should have been cast on, damnit! I love how they keep blurring out this one girl's chest — I think her nipples must be falling out of her bra!) so I figured I'd multi-task and do a nice big update that no one will read! :)

We went to a Rhett Miller concert )

Captain & Kitten pwn Disney )

I got derailed from updating because someone I hadn't talked to for a long time unexpectedly called me... so now I'm just going to wrap it up for now.
ETA: Except that I wanted to add that the brunch mimosas apparently had some sort of appetite suppressant in them because neither Dave nor I felt hungry the entire day and went the whole time at Disneyland without buying a corndog or even a pretzel.
aceofkittens: (hello sailor!)
After a truly shitty work week, it's nice to cling to the illusion of the weekend.

I spent much of yesterday out at Glen Ivy Hot Springs Spa, where you get to wallow in the mud and get painted with kelp and boil yourself in a Roman bath. It was fun, but I am incredibly tired today. Who knew that sitting in a mineral hot springs and a steam room could be that exhausting? :) If only the steam room had had birch twigs like a traditional Russian banya...

Speaking of Roman baths, I finally saw me some Rome on-demand. I wasn't expecting quite so much nudity... maybe the new acronym for HBO should be: "Heyyyy, boobies're on!" :) But, oh, how much do I love on-demand cable! It allows me to watch tv shows I would otherwise forget to see, like the new BBC-spawned Robin Hood, which is ok, though it may be already jumping the shark after only three episodes. I also watched the pilot episode of The Tudors, which apparently won't premiere til April. There is lots of sex, pretty costumes, and jousting. It kind of reminds me of my beloved Dorothy Dunnett books. :) Jonathan Rhys Meyers as young, studly Henry VIII? Hmmm. I will probably watch more episodes as they turn up in the on-demand menu. Now if only Weeds would start up again, my tv-plate would be full.

Speaking of full plates, soon it will be time for an all-you-can-drink mimosa brunch. Huzzah!
aceofkittens: (poison apple)
My awesome friend David (henceforth referred to as "Space Captain Puppy McDog" or "Dave" for short) has been saying we needed to go to Disneyland together ever since he started working for Disney in 2005. Yesterday, it all finally came together and we had a total blast in the happiest place on earth!

Find out more about my magical adventure! Long and contains photos! )

Ho hum

Sep. 12th, 2006 10:49 pm
aceofkittens: (gummi bears)
I feel like I should update, but everything I want to really update about would take so much effort - taking pics, uploading pics, etc.!

It's very annoying: my newly dyed hair barely lasted a week. I don't know if it was being in the desert or the NoRinse shampoo, or what, but it's faded almost completely. Dyeing it again seems like a lot of effort. Cutting it seems like a lot of effort.

Everything seems like too much effort right now, have you noticed?

Yeah.

But now I will blather on excitedly about meeting The King of All Mangoes )
aceofkittens: (hmm)
So, those of you who have known me for a while probably know that I'm not much of a runner. I tried going running with [livejournal.com profile] cheesehead1701 and with [livejournal.com profile] mookie_bear and it wasn't fun. It just doesn't come naturally to me, that whole jogging thing. I don't enjoy it at all and I don't get the "runner's high" and I am not a natural athlete, so there you have it. I'm lazy.

But I recently completed another Master cleanse and during this cleanse, I kept having these obsessive ideas that I should get into long distance running. As [livejournal.com profile] aerinys suggested, that was probably because my body was screaming at me: "Run! Get us food! Seriously, now! RUN!" In any case, I listened to this crazy voice inside my head that was telling me that I should go running. So, a few weeks ago, I went with [livejournal.com profile] saladbar, who is the best runner I know, to her gym. I figured, if anyone could whip me into shape, [livejournal.com profile] saladbar could. She is one badass mofo.

[livejournal.com profile] saladbar put me on the treadmill and programmed a likely pace for me. Much to my surprise — and hers — I did really well. Including the 10 minute warm-up at the beginning, I went a total of 4.2 miles (running 12 minute miles). I felt like I could go further. So, that was like a 5K right out of the gate. Craziness. I wasn't sure waht to think about all of this.

So then I had all these plans that I would keep it up, but I am lazy and I can't stay on the treadmills at my gym for longer than 30 minutes. So that was my excuse and I came up with a dozen more about why not to run. But these last few days, I've been playing with various routes on the gmaps pedometer, so this morning, I got up at the asscrack of dawn, and went running again. I ran an old route I used to run back in the day when I was forcing myself into it, kicking and screaming.

Unfortunately, I still can't say that I enjoy running. But now, thanks to my personal trainer, [livejournal.com profile] saladbar, I understand what I've been doing wrong. I've been trying to run way too fast. It's better to go slower and go the distance. So I ran 4 miles in 49 minutes. To the ocean and back again.

I guess I better buy better running shoes.
aceofkittens: (sad shalott)
Yesterday, I thought I'd elevate this LJ a little from its typical "whining and moaning" content, by posting about my walks in Holy Cross Cemetery: Read all about it!

Today, as promised, I'm posting pictures!

The entrance )

The big church on the cemetery grounds )

A funeral's aftermath )

The weird white coffin )

Bela Lugosi's dead )

Heron! )

This concludes today's photo essay. :)
aceofkittens: (sad shalott)
Well, it was my life, now it's my loss... Holy Cross...
— "Holy Cross," Old 97's

I work across the street from a big Catholic cemetery, Holy Cross. As someone who grew up in San Francisco, I find the concept of a cemetery right there within the city limits to be somehow odd and unusual. San Francisco kicked out most of its dead people in 1912 and sent them all off to Colma to get buried. Colma also contains some pretty big shopping centers. Colma, land of the dead and of Home Depot.

In any case, I was intrigued by Holy Cross and its proximity to my workplace. It was only a matter of time... )
Later tonight: my Holy Cross photo essay, freshly snapped during today's perambulations. Stay tuned!
aceofkittens: (crrrrrazy)
So, last night, in a manic frenzy (or perhaps a flurry), I stabbed my way through mostly defrosting the freezer. [livejournal.com profile] bettyscout was probably the last person to witness the snow-bound glory of said freezer, and it wasn't a pretty sight. Trapped like insects in amber, mysterious packages and bottles of vodka cried out for freedom. Deep inside the glacier, the ice cube tray had long since abandoned its contents. And due to this overwhelming abundance of snow, the door of the refrigerator wasn't closing fully half the time. It was time... time to get out the chisel, the blowtorch, and the ice axe. But I used one of the kitchen knives instead.

Hacking violently away at the iceberg, I noticed that the quality of snow was different than the last time I'd done this (when I really did have to get out the ice axe). The snow was slushy and was coming off quite easily. When I had excavated the bottom layer enough, and taken a good 4 inches off the top, I was filled with the desire to make a snowman. Behold my creation, "Snowy!" :) The "hair" is the cotton wad out of an aspirin bottle, the arms are stalks broken off from a tomato vine, the nose is a piece of pretzel, and the eyes and mouth are lentils.

As my co-worker said when I showed her the pictures, "Damn, girl, you need a hobby." :)

Pictures under cut for your pleasure )

There you have it! :)
aceofkittens: (hmm)
So, last night, instead of going out on the town, I took a dose of my new $45 cough syrup. I took it around 11:00 p.m. and went to bed soon after that. I woke up this morning, with effort, at around 11 a.m. At 1 p.m., I felt the overwhelming need to go to sleep again, and did so. [livejournal.com profile] fillyjonk woke me up with a phone call at 3 p.m., at which point I was able to get up again. After we hung up, I puttered around a little, then went back to sleep, around 4:30. I woke up again just now (8 p.m.).

It turns out that one of the two main ingredients in this cough syrup is hydrocodone, which is basically an opiate narcotic. "As with all narcotics (the cough syrup) may produce marked drowsiness and impair the mental and/or physical abilities required for the performance of potentially hazardous tasks such as driving a car or operating machinery..."

Hello, nurse! Yeah, I noticed that bit about the drowsiness and the impaired mental abilities! :) Well, the good news is, I hadn't coughed once all day, until just about a minute ago. The bad news is, obviously, I can't take this stuff and go to work.

In other news, Friday night, I had a celebrity sighting: Barbara Streisand & James Brolin, who had been attending a movie at my friend's theatre. The funny thing is, that I had asked, "Hey, any celebrities here tonight?" just as Baaabra and James had walked past. I probably never would have noticed them on my own.
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If you are easily offended, have strong "moral" (Republican) values, and specifically, do not support a woman's right to choose what she can do with her own body, read no further.

I don't need Best Black Hoodie to be subversive )

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