But Dreamhost is having file server and network problems, and the GCS site has been down aaaaaalllll day. I am a bit miffed about this, but am hoping that everything will be fixed by tomorrow.


EDITED TO ADD: I swear I meant to include this in this post when I wrote it! Welcome and happy birthday to Thekla Lovely! Congratulations to Jen and Bryan!


I had a very social weekend. [livejournal.com profile] cass404 was visiting, which meant Running Amok with [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre, dressing Cass up in gothy clothing and going to Club V, and general silliness, which included [livejournal.com profile] stroppy_baggage and [livejournal.com profile] cass404 shooting things on the XBox.


Speaking tangentially of gaming platforms, [livejournal.com profile] tolkiencub is very kindly loaning me his Wii and Wii Fit for a bit, so I can figure out if I'd actually use one with any regularity. Thus far, I have determined that my sense of balance is dreadful. [livejournal.com profile] stroppy_baggage hates the voice of the Wii Fit and the cutesy animation of the balance board, but says that watching me make cranky faces while trying to play a balance game makes up for it. Thanks, dear.


4 weeks until the Vampire Ball! Roll call! Who will I see there?
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( Dec. 9th, 2008 04:03 pm)
- What I should do tonight is write. Instead, I suspect I am going to try out the new sewing machine, and play the rummage in the closets game. And do all the prep for lamb stew to cook tomorrow in the new crock pot.

- Oh yeah, new crock pot! My parents gave me a shiny new crock pot for my birthday. I need recipes. Because I have only ever used a crock pot for ... making stew. So please give me suggestions.

- Dear Weather Gods: NO SNOW in the lowlands, thanks. Preferably no icy roads, either, because I've got Stuff To Do all weekend. But NO SNOW. I cannot possibly stress this enough.

- It is freezing in my office right now. I'm on my third pot of herbal tea, all in an attempt to stay warm. Dear Self: bring one of the capelets to work tomorrow and leave it at work for the rest of winter.

- Dear Self: you do not need more little velvet or faux-fur capelets. Really, you don't. Stop browsing eBay for them.
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( Nov. 18th, 2008 11:52 am)
(Hi LJ, welcome back.)

Thank you for all the birthday wishes, everyone! Yesterday (my actual birthday) was low-key and a perfect wrap-up to the extended birthday celebrations. So far, 40 feels no different from my 30s.


BPAL just announced their anniversary scents. Yes, Candy Phoenix ("a dusky, yet effervescent mix of pomegranate and black currant candies, with a dusting of sugared pear and white apple") sounds interesting, but. BUT.

"2008's Resurrected scents are:

Cheesecake and cupcakes, yo! This is Beaver Moon 2005 resurrected!"

BEAVER MOON 2005, PEOPLE. ONE OF MY TWO TRUE SCENTS FROM BPAL. I need to figure out how much money I am willing to blow on my perfect perfume. Beaver Moon 2005 is the scent that when I wear it, people want to follow me around and huff my skin. When I go home tonight, I will check to see how many bottles I have currently, and then dither about how many more I need. (Yes, need.)
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.
One of the sure signs that it's autumn? I start browsing eBay more often for military-style jackets.

No, I don't have enough of them. I don't. Stop shaking your head at me.
Random notes:

- I'm not sure if I took my meds this morning. I'm pretty sure I did, but there is always the chance that my fuzzy memory of opening the bottle and taking the pill is pure fiction. It's not the end of the world if I miss a dose, but I still wish I knew for sure one way or another.

- Even though I was incredibly fuzzy and tired this morning, I managed to have the 5 minutes I needed to quickly take in the side seams on the jacket I wanted to wear. Yes, I needed to do that. It was either do a quick "tailoring" job to make it fit better, or pick another jacket to wear. 5 minutes of sewing seemed to be the easier, less brain-taxing option.

- Weather, yay weather! Sunny and cool and a bit blustery. Of course, I even liked Monday's downpour, and went for a walk in it. Those of you who prefer the heat and the burning orb may now look at me like I'm a crazy person, I don't mind.

- Thinky thoughts! So yesterday, [livejournal.com profile] deliciouspear had a post about being proud of whatever things you like, even if you know that they're cheesy or if people constantly try and change your mind. As many of you know, this is a mindset I VERY MUCH SUPPORT. More nattering behind the cut tag )

Anyway, don't be ashamed of what you like. The flip side being, of course, this means that mocking people for what THEY like is Not Okay. Some gentle teasing between friends is one thing (this is where I look at my friends who are Dark Angel fans and shake my head in faux-dismay), but pointing, laughing, and sneering because someone has enthusiasms you don't share and don't understand? Does it really make you feel better about yourself? (Sure, feel free to rail and roll your eyes privately, if you absolutely must. The key word there is privately.)
That defective sleep I keep complaining about? Has become more defective. At about 3AM I gave up and took half an Ambien; I finally fell asleep sometime after 4AM. Needless to say, I am working from home today.

Other than the continuing visits from the Insomnia Fairy, things are good in Cupcake-Goth land. October is here, which means autumnal weather, re-reading Something Wicked This Way Comes, Halloween goodies, my wedding anniversary, all sorts of good things. Now I just need to be well-rested enough to enjoy all of it.
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( Sep. 5th, 2008 11:52 am)
I am incredibly tired and have what feels like the beginning of a migraine. I can only hope another pot of strong tea will ward it off. However, the tiredness and the head-hurty means this post will probably be a bit, um, jumbled.


Artwalk last night was mostly fun. Ann's show was stunning, and it was nice to see people. The non-fun bit was being surrounded by mobs of drunk (or soon-to-be-drunk) hipsters.


Oh, how I wish I was in NYC! Why? Because the Fashion Institute of Technology's "Gothic: Dark Glamour" (clicky-link!) show opens today. [livejournal.com profile] kambriel is featured in it, and I am SO excited for her. (Eventually, when I rule the world, I am going to have Kambriel design most of my wardrobe.) I hope everyone who is there for the opening event (and it's a fair few of you people I'm very fond of!) have a wonderful time. Take lots and LOTS of photos!


According to [livejournal.com profile] tolkiencub, CNN has video of the giant mecha-spider in Liverpool, and that it has "claimed its first victim". CLAIMED ITS FIRST VICTIM, PEOPLE. IT IS OUT TO TRY AND KILL US ALL. Why no, I am not going to go look for the video of it, thanks.

EDITED TO ADD: Apparently "claimed its first victim" means someone crashed their car because they were distracted by it, not that it is off eating people. That makes me feel only marginally better, and I still want a goddamn pulse rifle.


Okay, more tea. And something medicinal to ward off this headache.
The weather continues to be lovely. Cool, cloudy, and occasional rain. Weather that allows me to wear tights! And jackets! Yes, I know, there are swarms of you sulking because The Orb went away, but I am enjoying this weather while it's around.


I have a nigh-overwhelming craving for a really good iced Americano and some sort of starchy sweet thing. So really, I am craving an iced Americano and a pan au chocolat from Cafe Besalu. Which is nowhere near my office; as in, other side of the lake nowhere near. Dammit.

(No, going to the coffee stand at work is not even remotely a good substitute. The coffee at work is okay if you absolutely need a hit of caffeine and aren't too fussy about the taste.)


::holds up GothCard for a cliché stamp:: What is one of the only apps I have purchased from the iPhone app store? No, not any of the ones that make wacky noises, but the eBook of Dracula. Because having a copy of Dracula with me at all times makes me happy.


SFDs! I'll try and take a photo tonight, because there was no time this morning.Behind a cut-tag as always ... )

Coming soon to this LJ, if I have the time: makeup reviews (China Glaze "Lubu Heels" nail polish, MAC "Bing" lipstick from the Cult of Cherry set), and a couple of YA book reviews (Generation Dead by Daniel Waters, and Vamps by Nancy A. Collins. A brief tangent: NANCY A. COLLINS IS WRITING YA, WHAT? I am confused.)


Wow, I really want good coffee. ::sigh::
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( Aug. 18th, 2008 04:46 pm)
I'm working from home today. I just wandered into the back yard and picked a heaping bowl of blackberries. Yes, in the rain.
Question the First: A friend who is helping organize an event is looking for "any gothy/horrific/freakshow type performers around Seattle". Give me suggestions, folks!

Semi-random update: The Punk Rock Flea Market was fun, but really really slow. I still have a bunch of clothes and shoes left, which means I should try to find the time to take photos and sell all of it via LJ. "Find the time", oh that's funny. I'm laughing and laughing over here, and I swear that it sounds nothing like hysteria. Really. (You know, I can tell when you people are just humoring me.)

I had a fairly odd encounter over the weekend while late-night grocery shopping; a complete stranger complimented me on my outfit, then started rummaging in her pockets while saying "If I give you my email address, will you send me photos?". I smiled in a polite manner, took the piece of paper she handed me with her email address, and then left the grocery store as soon as possible. Everyone compliment [livejournal.com profile] stroppy_baggage on his restraint, because not only did he NOT ask the lady if she was insane, but he kept a neutral expression on his face until we were inside our car. I'm sure in that her head there was an explanation for the asking for photos; maybe she's a costumer, or a designer? But she certainly didn't give me any sort of context, that's for sure.

Question the second: I'm looking for a particular style of jacket/blazer, and figured the great LJ hivemind might be able to help. I want a black, light-weight Victorian-esque jacket that is waist-length, princess-seamed, and has a mandarin collar. In other words, something like this one (clicky-link!), but preferably not $60 + shipping.
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( Jul. 17th, 2008 10:41 am)
Dear Powers That Be,

The cool and cloudy weather right now is lovely, and much appreciated. I'm sure you'll be setting the weather controls back to the blazing orb setting soon, but I'm very grateful for any amount of delicious gloom you care to bestow upon Seattle.

Also, I know I keep saying that I'm going to do another round of clearing/organizing/excavating on the Storage Heap Room o' Dooooom, but it's a little difficult to find the motivation to do so when clothing seems to manifest out of thin air. I have very vague memories of seeing that Victorian-ish jacket before, so perhaps the Storage Heap Room o' Dooooom isn't magically creating new clothing for me out of the random piles of fabric. But it does makes a better story that way.
I made it into the office today, yay? But my head feels much better. Now if the damn cramps would go away, things would be wonderful.

This is a busy busy weekend full of writing and some socializing for me, which will be nice. YES, I plan on attending the Saturday night 80s/Goth night at Lower CHAC; people should come out.

Shallow Fashion Details! No photo yet, as this morning was a bit rushed. But I will try to have the Stroppy One snap pix when I get home tonight.

Apparently stripes are the theme of my wardrobe recently ... )

Thank you, everyone, for the assorted nice comments about the picspam posts, and the well-wishes for my sinuses to stop trying to make my head explode. I haven't had a chance to answer everyone's comments, but they mean a lot to me. So thank you again.
Thank goodness for being able to log into work from home, let me tell you. Because I can look at a computer screen and work with a migraine, I just need to be someplace where I can take lots of breaks to hide in a dark room. (Or possibly throw up. That hasn't happened yet with this particular migraine, and whooo, I hope it doesn't.)

Dear [livejournal.com profile] weaselmom, I know that I've tried Excedrin Migraine, and all it did was make me wired from the amount of caffeine in it. But thank you for suggesting it.

Dear [livejournal.com profile] domestinatrix, thank you for telling me about how roasted potatoes and kale make a complete protein. Guess what I had for lunch? Along with some of that triple-cream goat milk version of Brie on apple slices. I may be woozy and in pain, but at least my lunch was delicious.

There's other nonsense going on that has made the past few days not exactly stellar ones. Dear Universe, start treating everyone kindly, okay?
Random strangeness witnessed while sitting on the corporate connecter shuttle to work: the guy in the seat in the next row over is looking at a webpage that's showing Magic cards. No, I can't see them clearly enough to know what set, or recognize the artwork. But still, funny!

So the connecter shuttle thingie seems to be pretty cool. Yes, I have to get up slightly earlier, but the shuttles have wi-fi, so I can log onto work email and be a Productive Worker Bee about an hour earlier than I usually would.


Oh bother, I forgot to transfer the awesome ElderGoth photo from Saturday night off of the camera. Sorry! I'll try to do it tonight. Last night was full of Gothy Upkeep: hair dye, black manicure and pedicure, and finishing the new stripey skirt I was making.

Hey, speaking of that new stripey skirt, Shallow Fashion Details! )

EDITED TO ADD: Ha! I was in the kitchen brewing some more tea, and a very nice young man walked up and said "You're Jillian, right? I saw an interview with you on Microspotting ..."
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( Apr. 1st, 2008 11:35 am)
Thing The First: I don't do April Fool's posts. (That said, GMail Custom Time? Yeah, I would like that feature.)

Thing The Second: No Jill Tracy show for me tonight, dammit. I feel unwell (mostly tired and woozy, so I don't think it's the flu that is going around), and I have meetings tomorrow morning that I need to be alert and coherent at. At least I was clever enough to pick up her new CD at the Vampire Ball.

Thing The Third: Which means I'm going to spend tonight flopped on the couch watching the DVD of Sweeney Todd.

  • Trinian, Queen of Fuzzwumpia and the Dumbest Cat Alive, will stop scampering after Ruthven and act like she Does Not Like Him At All, grrr phfft phffft!, if she thinks someone is watching her. This confuses Ruthven a bit.

  • Affixing random jewelry bits to each other to make new jewelry is more fun when you don't have to fight with glue going everywhere.

  • JB Weld Stick Epoxy is neat.

  • When working on your writing project is Just Not Happening, doing the dishes is strangely soothing.

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( Mar. 5th, 2008 10:49 am)
Dear anyone I should have replied to and/or posted a comment to yesterday: I'm sorry, I did not have a functioning brain yesterday. Instead I had one of the worst sinus headaches I had ever had, and any brainpower that wasn't being used for trying to get through my work day was taken up with trying to decide if self-trepanation was a good idea. Let me know if I missed anything, okay?

Dear Brain: I gave you the night off last night, okay? Tonight has to be spent writing. WRITING. Not sewing, not reading, not watching movies, but WRITING.

Dear freakishly expensive skin cream with the cult following: Fine, fine, I give in. Every time I wander away from you to see if something else will work better, I end up regretting it. Thank goodness for eBay, tho'.

Dear people reading this: Hey, who else is going to the Vampire Ball? I'm very much looking forward to it; the event has gotten better and better every year.

Dear local people: So, is there anyplace on Fridays or Saturdays for a gothy-goth type to go out dancing that isn't the Merc? I really miss going out dancing, but I don't know what options are out there.
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( Nov. 27th, 2007 10:40 am)
I had to get up an hour earlier than usual this morning because of people coming to work on the house gutters. Thanks to the miracles of modern pharmacology, I fell asleep very quickly last night, and got as much sleep as I normally would. However, my body knows that it was dragged out of bed an hour earlier than it should be, so I feel kinda woozy anyway. No, I am in no way, shape, or form a morning person. Ever.


So there's this meme-thingie I've seen in a few places on my FL about describing your style, and the clothing-type things that you wear that bring you joy. I'm actually not going to do a post with that meme. I figure if you've read my LJ at all, you know what my style is and what sort of clothing makes me happy. (If you want to refresh your memory, you should to look at entries tagged with "SFDs".)


But speaking of personal style: someone explain to me why I suddenly want a pink velvet jacket? Okay, other than because of the cover of the Winter 2007 Gothic and Lolita Bible, that is.

Look at that! Pink and black and pirate-y!

But yeah, I am filled with a longing for a pink velvet jacket, with large black buttons. If you listen even a little bit closely, you can hear [livejournal.com profile] stroppy_baggage sighing the sigh of the put-upon spouse.


More tea. Must have more tea. (My current favorite, btw, is Tea Vitale's Cocoa Cardamom Tango, which is lovely. I hope it's not a seasonal limited edition -type of flavor.)

P.S. Once again, I blame what I am listening to on [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre. She knows why.
Dear Weather Powers That Be,

Good job! Now if we could just keep the weather like this for a while, that would be perfect.


Dear [livejournal.com profile] domestinatrix,

Remember that idea I had about taking crackers and a tiny container of jam in my bento boxes? It's a very good idea. Thank you for making splendidly tasty jam.


Dear [livejournal.com profile] minim_calibre,

Thank you for being my crack pusher. I never thought I'd say that, but oh well. It's been very nice crack so far. Oh, and I'm wearing the vest thingie you gave me, over a frilly Victorian blouse and fluffy skirt. It looks quasi-Steampunk, which I have played up by wearing my black & pink antique goggles on the top of my head.


Dear Self,

No, you do not need a cookie. Or any other chocolate-y treat. We are trying to eat in a more healthy fashion, remember? Oh, and speaking of things that need to be remembered, work on developing patience.


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