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17 May 2015 @ 08:45 pm
I Got My Ticket For The Long Way 'Round
This weekend has definitely been a great one.

On Saturday, we participated in some physical activity by helping our friends/neighbors disassemble a wooden playground set. There were a few stumbles (and a drill that had to be purchased), but we got it done. I wound up doing more babysitting than heavy lifting, but that was fine by me.

On Saturday night, we had an early birthday celebration with a few friends. Our best man, Kit, came up and introduced me to his new boyfriend (*squee*). They were super cute together. The neighbors mentioned above joined us as did my friends, Mindy and Paul (hosters of the annual Halloween party we go to every year.) I received a few early birthday presents including a Slytherin pen, Slytherin hat, and bouquet of flowers from Kit. Mindy and Paul gave me Ghiradelli Dark Chocolate with Toffee Bits, a marinade called Ginger Wasabiyaki, and my favorite- Garlic EVOO from the Oilerie.

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When we got back to my house, we played Cards Against Humanity and had a fabulous time.

Today, I woke up early because I was meeting my friend, Kate, in Sun Prairie to check out Pitch Perfect 2 at the new Marcus Palace Cinema. We got there a 1/2 hour early, anticipating that we'd try the in-theater dining experience. It was not meant to be though because the theater was packed and the 11 am show was sold out. Instead, we got tickets to see the film on the Ultrascreen. It wasn't the same as having food delivered via employee ninjas, but the screen was impressive and the leather recliner seats were super comfy. We enjoyed the movie, loved the cameo by the Green Bay Packers.

I also got to run into a few people I hadn't seen in forever, including my old college roommate from freshman year. That was definitely the biggest highlight of the day (and I got to have popcorn with M&M's mixed in so you know I've set the bar high. :P)

I am planning to finish the night off and catch up on some TV with my hubby.

See you on the flip side!

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17 May 2015 @ 08:14 pm
Love Meme
I saw this going around so I decided to hop on the bandwagon. A little love can go a long way and all that.


full meme | my thread

Please let me know if you have one as well so I can share the love. :D
Tags: # love meme
23 April 2015 @ 07:53 pm
BtVS Gen: One Fate-ful Summers Morning - FRT/PG - Buffy, Dawn
Title: One Fate-ful Summers Morning
Author: snogged
Disclaimer: Joss Whedon and Co. own Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel the Series. I do not. Please don't sue.
Rating: FRT/PG; domestic fluff, comedy, sisterly bickering
Characters: Dawn, Buffy
Word Count: 620
Summary: An “ordinary” morning at the Summers’ household. Set sometime during Season 2.

Beta Crew: angelskuuipo and velvetwhip (who also gets credit for the title). All other mistakes are mine.

Author’s Note: This was written for the “Siblings” round at multi_genfic. I was assigned to write for Kelsey who wanted Buffy, Dawn, bickering, chores, and borrowed clothing. She did not want death or boy talk.

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20 April 2015 @ 05:24 pm
Nekid Spike Poll
Hello to all my friends who are members of nekid_spike!

I am wondering if you can help me with something (provided you are a member of the community, of course.)

This is the Monthly Guest Poll for May:

Make with the clicky

May is my birthday month (and also when I turn 30) so I'd really love to have Tara or Lindsey as the nekid guest.

Help a girl out, would you?

ETA: Tara is currently tied with Wesley.
15 April 2015 @ 09:09 pm
'Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.' ~Dalai Lama
Today, the city I live in did something really cool. Local businesses and community members joined in an effort to make Random Acts of Kindness an essential part of the day.

The reason: a remarkable young woman named Sam Bieno. She was supposed to turn 23 today, but instead passed away on April 9th from leukimina. She was not someone I knew personally, but I knew a lot of people that she had an impact on and so I felt like I knew how strong her spirit was.

Sam had told her family that she wanted her birthday to be about random acts of kindness and paying it forward.

In turn, our local Culver's (a burger and custard shop) offered a free scoop of Sam's favorite flavor: cookie dough craving to anyone who walked through the door. The Corner Pocket (a sport bar and eatery) offered baskets of free mini corn dogs (another Sam favorite). Sam also loved Build-A-Bear and made efforts to donate the stuffed animals to children with cancer. The community I live in donated 183 stuffed animals in Sam's name to the local hospital. Beyond that, social media helped spread the #youhavebeensammed campaign and I hear it reached Alaska, Northern Iowa, and North Carolina.

Personally, I picked up a bunch of orange artificial flowers from the local dollar store and handed them out to everyone who came to my Zumba class as well as everyone who happened to be sitting in the library at 8:10 on a Wednesday night.

It was a really awesome day and I'm glad I got to be a part of it.

To quote Sam: "Not every day is good, but there's good in every day."
12 April 2015 @ 11:16 am
The 2015 Willowy Goodness Winners Have Been Announced!
The fabulous dragonydreams has posted the winners for WGA 2015 and you can see the list here .

I'd like to extend a special congratulations to a number of the winners on my flist including dragonydreams, angelskuuipo, velvetwhip, snowpuppies, spikesredqueen, rua1412, lilbreck, brutti_ma_buoni, punch_kicker15, xspike4evax, okdeanna, and dragonyphoenix.

I would also like to thank the voters for awarding me a few things as well. This was an absolutely stellar year for Willow fic and I'm honored to be recognized.

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11 April 2015 @ 03:08 pm
Happy Saturday
Hope you're all having a great Saturday.

Mine has been enjoyable so far. I browsed the internet for awhile this morning and when Nick woke up, we went out for breakfast at the Red Apple. I had the ham and cheese skillet with cinnamon swirl bread. The cinnamon swirl bread is a new addition to their menu and I guess they also do a French toast with it. I'm definitely going to have to try that.

After breakfast, I went to the mall. I ended up returning the heels from the recent dress/shoe poll. Nick and I both agreed that I did not look comfortable in those. He also thought they resembled Hannibal Lector's face mask, but that's another story. :P The flats naturally were handled with ease. I found three luxe touch short-sleeve shirts and two tank tops at Banana Republic that I liked. I also got three of these from Old Navy in blue, pink, and green for $3 each.

When I got home, Nick and I went for a three mile walk in the absolutely gorgeous weather. I love it when I can convince my husband to get out of the house with me. :P

In a few short hours, we're going to Suzy's Steakhouse for a surprise birthday party. Should be an all around good day.
Current Mood: happy
Tags: # real life
11 April 2015 @ 10:10 am
Shoe Decision
I picked up two pairs of shoes to pair with a dress that I'm planning to wear for my cousin's wedding. I'd love your assistance in helping me decide which pair looks the best.

Please excuse the picture quality. The room with our full-length mirror isn't the greatest.

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Thank you!
Tags: # real life
08 April 2015 @ 07:52 pm
BtVS: If Bullets Had Butterfly Wings - FRT-13/PG-13- Willow/Tara
Title: If Bullets Had Butterfly Wings
Author: snogged
Disclaimer: Joss Whedon and Co. own Buffy the Vampire Slayer/Angel the Series. I do not. Please don't sue.
Rating: FRT-13/PG-13; sexual references, angst
Pairing: Willow/Tara
Word Count: 809
Summary: What if things had happened differently during Season 6 "Seeing Red?"

Beta Crew: The lovable and amazing velvetwhip. All other mistakes are mine.

Author’s Note: Written as a pinch hit for femslash_minis Round 108: Tara. brutti_ma_buoni requested Willow/Tara, an AU future where “Seeing Red” didn’t happen or Tara didn’t die, Slayerettes, and sounds from a distance. She did not want Tara death and she did not want 100% fluff. This ended up not quite being in the future, but I hope you like it anyways.

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30 March 2015 @ 05:33 pm
Damn It
My Kindle keyboard decided to freeze today.

My attempts to perform a hard restart have failed fantastically and it won't respond to any of my button pushing.

I'm hoping my husband can take a look at it and get it working.

I really don't want to contact their damn Kindle help desk.
29 March 2015 @ 08:16 pm
Climbing Avocados With JK Rowling
Yesterday was quite a jam-packed day for me and it was filled with family, old friends, new friends, laughs, drinks, and as Tina Belcher would say...butts. :P

It started with my cousin Missy's wedding shower. Missy has always been my favorite cousin. We were the same grade in school and into a lot of the same things. She's one of my favorite people to just be crazy with and I am so happy that she's heading into wedded bliss next month. One of the first guests at the shower was Melanie W. I used to work with Melanie at the library and I hadn't seen her since her wedding 8 years ago (she moved to California.) It was awesome to catch up with her and we totally fell back into our natural rhythm. It was almost as if we hadn't been separated for most of a decade. :)

After the shower, we had the bachelorette party and I had an absolute blast. We started off with Rumchata shots at Liz's house and then went to the Atlas Improv Comedy Show. They were performing theatre-sports and most of the improv they did was really funny (it's also where my entry title came from). I felt special because they used a lot of the suggestions I yelled out. My cousin got to be one of the judges and that was cool too.

We went to Plan B after and it was my first time at a dance club. Plan B is actually a gay bar, but there was at least one guy who kept hitting on the girls in our group. We got to see several boys in neon-colored underwear shaking their booties for dollars and Missy and I even joined in on that fun. We also got to see a drag show. It was my first time ever seeing one and it was definitely a highlight of the evening.

This song was a particular favorite. I wish I had a video of the queen's performance. It was hilarious.

After the dance club, we went to Le Tigre Lounge. This place could easily be Siegfried and Roy's retirement home. There were tiger pictures, tiger statues, etc. It was really gorgeous and the bartender made impressive cocktails. I had an old fashioned sweet with cherries. Mmm...yummy.

I will admit that even though I tried to mix water in with the drinking that I woke up not feeling so great today. An afternoon nap, Advil, water, and a caring hubby helped with that though.
Current Mood: loved
Current Music: Your Makeup Is Terrible - Alaska Thunderfuck
19 March 2015 @ 05:22 pm
I'm going to St. Louis tomorrow!

Three day weekend for the win!
Tags: # st louis
18 March 2015 @ 04:54 pm
What Are You Reading Wednesday - 1st Edition
I found out that this was a thing during the Fandom Snowflake challenge this year and I really liked the idea. I have been meaning to make this a weekly thing, but obviously that didn't work out so I'm starting it today!

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Tags: # wayrw
12 March 2015 @ 07:57 pm
Princess Rap Battle!

Sarah Michelle Gellar gets her rap battle on in Cinderella vs. Belle.
27 February 2015 @ 05:12 pm
Powerful Last Words - Leonard Nimoy
I've seen the following tweet on several news articles that are covering the death of Leonard Nimoy. His words are beautiful and will probably make you cry more.


RIP Leonard Nimoy.

You lived long and you prospered.
Tags: # death
22 February 2015 @ 08:30 pm
Good Kind Of Crazy
It's been a few weeks since I've done an update and I figured I was probably due for one.

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Current Music: Crooked Halo - Annie Bosko
14 February 2015 @ 10:02 am


Happy Birthday red_satin_doll! Hope your day is as magical as you are!
08 February 2015 @ 11:27 am
Wizard World Comic Con - Madison 2015
Shortly after the wedding last year, it had been brought to my attention that Wizard World Comic Con was coming to the very state that I lived in. Nick and I purchased our advance tickets as well as tickets for 2 very important photo ops. One with Jason Mewes (Jay from the Jay and Silent Bob films). I am a total sucker for Jason and I think he's a cutie. The other op was with James Marsters. I have been waiting 13 years of my life to meet this man and I knew it would be worth every penny.

This Saturday, we finally got to put our purchases to use.

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23 January 2015 @ 05:13 pm
Cuteness Alert!
After a long work week (albeit a short one, I had Monday off for the holiday), I was positively over the moon to find out that one of my wishes from insmallpackages had been fulfilled.

drvsilla surprised me with a drawing of a dragon drinking hot cocoa.

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