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( Dec. 30th, 2009 12:44 pm)
Let's see, what was going on 10 years ago?

  • I was married (to that handsome British guy that I'm still happily married to).

  • I was living in the house that we had purchased. (We're still living in it.)

  • I had recently started working as a technical editor for Microsoft, and alternated between feeling competent and feeling like I had tricked someone into giving me the job.

  • I had been writing a monthly gothy advice column for for about two years, and had really started finding my writing voice and style.

  • I had finally started really trying to learn how to sew and tailor clothing that I found at thrift stores.

In some ways, not a lot has changed. But the things that DID changed rather spectacularly. And mostly for the good. For the next decade, I'd like more writing, more happy times (for myself and for my loved ones), and for my world domination plans to work.
If I had a warning label, what would it say?
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( Dec. 18th, 2008 06:18 pm)
Things That Make Me Happy, Day the Eighth:

- Going for a walk in the snow.

- Finding 6+ yards of cupcake pink stretch velvet in the Storage Heap Room o' Dooooom.

- How amazingly quiet and smooth the Elna sewing machine is.

- A silly spooky holiday short film:
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( Dec. 18th, 2008 12:10 am)
Things That Make Me Happy, Day the Seventh:

- Posting a new Gothic Charm School lesson, and getting lots of good feedback about it.

- Working from home, even if the predicted Snowpocalypse didn't happen.

- Reading a trashy tell-all rock autobiography. (Motley Crue's The Dirt, if you were wondering. Trashy doesn't even begin to cover it.)
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( Dec. 16th, 2008 10:49 pm)
Things That Make Me Happy, Day the Sixth:

- Getting to see [ profile] kijjohnson.

- Finishing the new GCS lesson. (It'll be posted tomorrow.)

- Yummy shepherds' pie for dinner.

- Having a very large black cat snoozing on my feet.


In Other News: I am planning on working from home on Wednesday, because the "severe weather warning" that the Puget Sound is under equals "Surprise! Your corporate bus may not be running!" I would rather work from home and, y'know, be productive instead of play commute roulette and possibly be stuck with a 2+ hour trip home.
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( Dec. 15th, 2008 06:03 pm)
Things That Make Me Happy, Day the Fifth:

- Being able to work from home, which means I can spend my day editing while having a snuggly cat on my lap.

- Hot cocoa with rose marshmallows.

- A package from a secret santa!

- How amazingly quiet the Elna sewing machine is.
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( Dec. 14th, 2008 08:41 pm)
Things That Make Me Happy, Day the Fourth:

- That the rose and violet marshmallows were a hit with everyone.

- That [ profile] minim_calibre came up with the brilliant idea to make absinthe-tinged marshmallows. (Stop giving the two of us that look. It IS a brilliant idea.)

- My friends.
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( Dec. 12th, 2008 05:39 pm)
Things That Make Me Happy, Day the Second:

- The Amanda Palmer show last night. One of the best live performances I have ever seen.

- That I have an awesome dentist. (I had fillings done today, and watched Marie Antoinette during the appointment.)

- Well-made macaroni & cheese. Mmmm, comfort food.

- That my Mom loaned me her Kitchen Aid mixer!
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( Dec. 11th, 2008 11:39 am)
Hey, that meme-thingamie where people post for 8 days about things that make them happy? I should do that. My mood is not the best it could be right now (for a variety of small, really not important reasons), so I should fix that by focusing on things that make me happy. Yes.

So! Things That Make Me Happy, Day the First:

- I'm going to see Amanda Palmer tonight!

- I am wearing super-cute new shoes (pointy-toe b&w striped flats) that I had ordered a while ago.

- The chilly weather means I can dig out all my faux-fur stoles, collars, and capelets.

- I'm thinking about making rose-flavored marshmallows this weekend, if time permits.
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( Oct. 29th, 2008 02:35 pm)
Copy this sentence into your livejournal if you're in a non-same-sex marriage, and you don't want it "protected" by the bigots who think that gay marriage hurts it somehow.

How, exactly, would gay marriage hurt the relationship that [ profile] stroppy_baggage and I have? Or anyone else's relationship? Oh that's right, it wouldn't.
I stayed home sick yesterday, thanks to being unable to wake up with bonus migraine-esque symptoms. Since I had missed fun social things on Saturday thanks to muscle spasms in my shoulders and neck, it was obviously time to go see the chiropractor. Who poked at my neck and back and made a mildly astonished noise. 10 minutes and some horrible crunchy noises later, everything was better. Apparently not only was I suffering from my usual trick of the vertebrae right at my skull being out of whack, but I also had a rib out of place. How I managed all of this, I have no idea.


Hey, let's do that book meme thingamie that resurfaces every now and then. I think I have different books on my desk this time around.

* Grab the nearest book.
* Open the book to page 56.
* Find the fifth sentence.
* Post the text of the sentence in your journal along with these instructions.
* Don't dig for your favorite book, the cool book, or the intellectual one: pick the CLOSEST.

"The dentist and the robot don't care to foxtrot." - The Deluxe Transitive Vampire


"I fear it was no dream, and must act on this surmise." - Dracula


I have been told by several people that I need to visit a Forever 21 store. I wonder if their version of a size L blazer would fit me. If it does, I'm doomed, because there are supposed to be a lot of stripey blazers in stock at the moment. Oh dear oh dear.
1. Take a picture of yourself right now.
2. Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
3. Post that picture with NO editing.
4. Post these instructions with your picture.

Camera phone Camera phone

Huh. Not a completely dreadful photo, I suppose. Yes, taken with the camera phone.
Last night's edition of Club V at Neighbors Downstairs was fantastic. I REALLY like the new space. It has a good dance floor, tables and chairs in sensible arrangements, and doesn't feel like a basement rec-room. After all my complaining about the subject, it's nice to finally have a good non-smoking club night on a weekend. A not so-subtle hint to local folks: it would be awfully nice to see more dressed-up gothy types there on a regular basis ...

(Waits for the mutterings of "Dressed up? During the summer? She IS crazy, isn't she?!" to subside. C'mon peoples! I Dress Up for going dancing, and I haven't melted or passed out yet! Even with corsets. You Can Do It, I believe in you! ::grin::)


Meme-time! As seen all over my Friends List:

* Post 3 things you've done that you believe nobody else on your F-list has done.
* If anybody responds with "I've done that," add another thing.
* Encourage your friends to paste this into their own journal to list the unique things they've done.

1. Done hair and makeup for the original line-up of Alice n' Chains before various shows.

2. Stood on the side of the stage as the Sisters of Mercy performed "Dominion/Mother Russia".

3. Took a photo of Ray Bradbury holding my beloved [ profile] clovisdvlbunny.

I will be avoiding the outdoors again today. I hope all of you watching or marching in the Pride parade today have a wonderful time, and drink LOTS of water.
You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:

1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.

* Weapon can be real or fictional; you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.

1. Pulse rifle. Just like in my stress nightmares, when I'm trying to fight off an invasion of the critters from the Aliens movies.

2. I can't decide between "This Corrosion" by the Sisters of Mercy, or "Thank You For The Venom" by My Chemical Romance.

3. Ripley from the Aliens movies. If I have to fight swarms of Horrible Things, I want Ripley on my side, thankyouverymuch.

(Hey, look at that! I already had a tag for "zombies", hee!)
In that "Hey, what don't I post about that you want me to?" meme, [ profile] robespierrette asked me Do you and [ profile] stroppy_baggage have a favorite restaurant? Or other "getting out of the house" place? Oh goodness, yes, we have a lot.

We eat out fairly frequently. It's one of our small vices; also, while I'm an okay cook, I don't love to do it. The Stroppy One does not cook. Our current list of favorite places to go for food:

Goat cheese gnocchi! Rosemary flatbread! This is where we go when one of us (um, usually me) is in need of comfort food.

We've only ever been there for brunch, but whooo, is it good.

Sam's Sushi in Ballard. Which is right around the corner from Cupcake Royale, so yummy sushi for dinner is almost always followed by a cupcake.

Chaco Canyon Cafe
Raw and vegan food. Oh god, the artichoke "melt" sandwich is amazing. (For those of you who have known [ profile] stroppy_baggage for a long time: yes, he likes going there. He was the one who ate there first, actually. Yes, he eats vegetables now, very frequently.)


Vampire Ball this weekend! Which I am, sadly, attending without the wonderful Stroppy One. His deadline is just too hellish. He's really miffed that he's going to miss the event, but knows that if he tried to go, he'd spend the whole night trying not to gibber in panic about the looming deadline.


SFDs! Yes, I will try and get a picture taken to post later. Striiiiiiipeeeeey! )

Back I go to the editing work. Now if only my damn sinus migraine would REALLY go away, instead of just muttering quietly and occasionally sending stabbing pains through my eye, that would be great.
The first line of the first post for each month of 2007.

New Year! New Gothic Charm School Lesson! (Yes, there was no December lesson. I'm very aware of that. It was a hectic month.)

Okay, which one of you gave me the plague?

I suspect I spent valuable reading time doing things like writing and sewing.

The interview I did with the Toronto Sun is up!

(Okay, it's not THAT cryptic, but it does skirt the edges of Crossing The Streams.)

Showing off my new LJ icon, from a photo taken by the ever-fabulous [ profile] trystbat.

Unbelievable, I know. But yes, I've posted another column at Gothic Charm School:

Hate being on a budget. Hate, hate, hate.

Ow, sinus migraines of varying intensity for four days.

A reader let me know that the Philadelphia Inquirer did a nice article on Goth parents, and quoted Gothic Charm School.

Thing the First: As some of you know, I have been stuck in a game of Spin the Wheel of Re-Org at work lately, which has had caused me to be sullen, unmotivated, and filled with ennui.

Our basement has flooded.
The seven interests of mine that [ profile] bittergourd asked about:

Caitlin R. Kiernan
Caitlin is one of my favorite authors. I consider her a literary heir to Ray Bradbury, and she writes ... horror-tinged dark urban fantasy. She is one of the only authors who is capable of creeping me out, to the point where I can't read her novels after dark or if I'm alone in the house. (She's also a very cool person who I am lucky enough to know, and would dearly love to be able to hang out with her more often.)

Supernatural alternate history
One of my favorite genres, and it's just what it sounds like. Alternate history fiction, but with the difference being something like, oh, magic works. (A College of Magics by Caroline Stevermer.) Or there are dragons. (His Majesty's Dragon by Naomi Novak.) Or the fearless vampire hunters didn't drive Dracula away from Carfax Abbey, and he goes on to marry Queen Victoria and becomes Prince Regent. (Anno Dracula by Kim Newman.)

The Muppets
The Muppets! Who doesn't love the Muppets, I ask you? It was one of my childhood dreams to be on the Muppet Show. (Wait, does it count as a childhood dream if you still want to do it?)

Buffistas An online community I'm part of. We started out as fans of Buffy the Vampire Slayer, and grew into a close-knit and supportive community. There are quite a few people from the Buffistas that I consider family. We talk about everything, and there's a lot in my life that I owe to them.

Blank books
I love blank books. I have a bunch of them. (I need to actually fill up more than a few pages in each of them.) I use them for story and GCS ideas, for wardrobe planning notes, to record tarot readings, and sometimes even to start keeping a handwritten journal. (That last one never lasts very long.)

The Black Parage
Argh, typo! That should read The Black Parade (I just checked my interests, and it does, thank goodness). The Black Parade is the most recent album by My Chemical Romance. It is wildly theatrical, and their most ambitious offering to date. The band dove headlong into the aesthetic The Black Parade demanded, and had outfits that made them look like the deathrock version of Sgt. Pepper's. Black and silver military jackets and eyeliner! How could I not adore them?

Gingerbread bats
Every year, I make batches of gingerbread cookies (clicky link to the recipe!) in the shape of bats. I have a small collection of bat cookie cutters (and am always looking for more). In fact, it is getting to the Proper Time of Year for gingerbread bat baking ...
The seven interests meme thingy. While *I* think the interests listed in my profile are all pretty self-explanatory, maybe other people don't. If you feel like it, tell me which seven interests you want me to explain.
No, not talking (er, posting) like a pirate, either.

Write yourself a dating ad (in which you assume that you are single or otherwise available).

1) It has to make you sound as unappealing as possible
2) It has to be honest - you can't lie at all
3) It can't sound as though you're deliberately making yourself sound unappealing.

Me: Late 30s eccentric and slightly scatterbrained Goth lady who thrives on overdose-levels of whimsy. Likes: monsters, books, cats, bats, hats, cupcakes, vampire fiction, and wildly overdressing for every occasion. Dislikes: jeans, the sun, sports, hiking, and mornings. You: wears eyeliner, independently wealthy and happy to support my hat, petticoat, and corset addictions, and willing to acknowledge my fanged stuffed bunny as the ruler of the universe.
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( May. 2nd, 2007 01:50 pm)
Tho' I will admit I'd been thinking of doing something like this for a while now. But seeing Peg's post actually motivated me to do it.

Lurkers out there, yo, today's your day. Whether you're a LJ-lurker or from someplace outside reading this journal, you are the reason this journal isn't locked by default. So, come out and say 'hi' or something. Tell me what you're doing here, how you feel, who you are, whatever. Today's the day to seize and be un-shy for once.

AND tell if you are a regular reader of this journal or just like to drop in when I'm being snarky or whatever. You can tell me what you like and what you don't like about it. It's okay; I'd like to know, and I have pretty thick skin. Well, usually.

Or just drop in to say hi... because it would be nice to know if there's more than the same 8 or 10 people that gets good use out of this journal, you know what I mean?

So, yeah. Speak up. Who are all you people?

(Disclaimer: I may not almost certainly won't have the time to answer every comment posted, and I do indeed, as always, reserve the right to delete any comments that I think are out of line. But still, I'm curious about who really does read my burblings.)


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