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A Little Music

February 12th, 2011 (02:30 pm)
current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current song: YouTube

I'll have a real update tomorrow, because tomorrow is my day off and I plan on doing laundry and sitting back and relaxing. It has been a very long, long week. I've worked back and forth at both Montessori and Borders, and somewhere in the middle had time to catch and get over a cold.  I'm looking forward to doing absolutely nothing.

So, seeing as how I have to leave to work in a few minutes, I wanted to leave you with a little music. Three songs have stuck with me this week, and I wanted to share.  First up is a little Florence + the Machine, which I blame my love for on parisiannymph , because until she put up the video for The Drumming Song, I had no idea who this was.



Dog Days are Over by Florence + the Machine.
LOVE this song.  I can't always understand the lyrics, but the sound of the music...ugh, I can't even begin to tell you how amazing it sounds to me.


The Cave by Mumford and Sons
This has been my driving song, apparently. Every time I get in my car I hear this on the radio, but you won't ever hear me complain.


The Moldau by Smetana
I remember first hearing this song a few years ago when I was taking a music appreciation class. The cd we had for the course only had a little snippet, but I fell in love. I have a classical station programed on my car radio and literally jumped in my seat when I heard they were going to be playing the entire movement. Everything about this piece...the strings? I LOVE strings, though I'm a little biased having played them in school, but oh, it's beautiful. The song is about a river and the song has the sounds of one.

Dana [userpic]

(no subject)

February 2nd, 2011 (09:24 pm)
tired

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: tired
current song: tv: Travel Channel: Man vs. Food

*yawns*
It's been a long day, peoples.  I've been up since 7:30 this morning, and if any of you get up at or before that time on a daily basis, 1) I don't know how you do it, and 2) *claps* Bravo!  This week has been work, work and more work, which to be perfectly honest is fine with me.  I've been pulling double duty this week with both Borders and Montessori, and will be back at the school tomorrow and Friday floating the classrooms.  By floating, I mean going room to room, making sure all teachers get their breaks on time. Doesn't sound exactly exciting, but it makes the day go by fast and it feels like I'm in and then out.  Today I was at Borders, and the store was pretty quiet, and after work I headed over to my Grandma's house to do my laundry.

Speaking of laundry...
Guys, I don't like spiders. I know that seems a bit random after the mention of laundry, but there is a point.  So yeah, spiders and Piyo?  Thanks, but not thanks.  In fact, no thanks to begin with in the whole "thanks, but no thanks".  *shudder* Sure I can kill them, so long as they are not HUGE or in an awkward place I can't reach, but for the most part the creepy crawlers and I do not mix.  Now, to the point of my story...last night I was chilling in my room, laying tummy down on my bed as I was watching tv, when out of the corner of my eye I saw something moving behind me in the air.  At first I thought a gnat or a fly managed to sneak in my room, but no. It was a spider. A spider that was coming down from the ceiling and it was coming down right on my bed. *gasps* I freaked, and I mean FREAKED. I jumped off my bed, and somehow managed to grabbed a few tissues so I could kill the nasty little bugger (and yeah, it was a pretty small spider, but it was a SPIDER!). Of course, once the evil little guy was dead, crushed in the tissue and crumpled in the trash, I ripped the sheets off my bed. Yes, I changed my sheets because I killed a spider on them.  I even grabbed the pajamas I had sitting out on my bed and threw them in my hamper because I couldn't wear them. Nope, couldn't do it.  It was...so gross. Ewww.

So, moving on to good news, I won a book on GoodReads!
A Discovery of Witches by Deborah Harkness should arrive in another 4-6 weeks, but the thrill of the win! I stumbled across the book in the newspaper and when I saw another article in a magazine a few days later I figured it was a sign.  When I went to add it to my GoodReads wishlist, I noticed a giveaway and thought, what the heck, and entered.  I was one of the 25 winners and look forward to giving the book a read.
And on the topic of books, I set a new goal for the year, 75 books. Current Status: 12 books.
1. The Victorian Fairy Tale Book
2. The Mermaid's Mirror
3. Angel's Blood
4. The Bookman
5. Tomorrow Will Be Better
6. Garden Spells
7. True Grit
8. In Over Her Head
9. Archangel's Kiss
10. Strange Brew
11. Burning Up
12. Nightlife

And now, I'm off to head home so I can get ready to watch Face Off on Syfy.  Anyone else out there watching that?
 


Dana [userpic]

Splash of Color

January 23rd, 2011 (10:32 pm)
refreshed

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: refreshed
current song: TV: KOCE: Masterpiece Classic: Downton Abbey

As I thought, a bit of food in my system, albeit greasy fast food from In-N-Out, and I am back to myself.  But really, I need to go on a diet, and it doesn't help, sitting here in the kitchen watching television and smelling cookies baking only a few feet away.  My Aunt DeeDee and I are both watching Masterpiece Classic's Downton Abbey, although we are in two different rooms and shouting throughout the house at each other our comments.  Tonight is episode three of four and my aunt and I do not want this show to end.  We both agree that it is such a shame that there aren't more shows like this on tv, and that there are hardly any American 19th/20th century dramas.

This morning, after managing to get up and do my hair (it takes an hour to straighten, but with nothing else to do, I figured why not) I went to get a manicure and a pedicure.  I haven't gotten either done in such a long time, and thought it was about time, because I would have done a botched job of it myself.  I took with me my favorite color: Mermaid to Order from Opi for Sephora.

Every time I take the color with me, the ladies forget it's my own personal color and try to put it on their wall.  Good thing I catch them!  And no, I didn't just get the color because it's called Mermaid to Order, lol, as everyone at home thinks.  My favorite color is green, so any type of green or teal or like color and I am all over.  So, when I saw this one, I fell in love and then when I realized what it was called? Yes, I dorked out, XD

Now I'm heading home and wondering what I'm going to do tomorrow. Hm...?

Dana [userpic]

Teh Boreds

January 23rd, 2011 (07:22 pm)
bored

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: bored
current song: tv: channel: FX: Iron Man

*yawns*
I am bored out of my mind at the moment.  Not even Iron Man, on once again on FX, is holding my interest.  And that is just plain sad, people. Robert Downey Jr. is on my tv screen and I don't care.  What worse, is that I could also be watching Karl Urban in LOTR: Return of the King (which is on TNT at the moment, which I also own on dvd), but don't feel like it.

Guys, I DON'T FEEL LIKE IT.  *hangs head* What is wrong with me?

Perhaps it's the lack of food in my system.  Or, rather the lack of good food, seeing as how all I've eaten to today has been unhealthy fast food.  But it was oh-so-yummy!  And sadly, I'm heading out to get more.

*sigh*
I need to go on a diet.

Dana [userpic]

Pictures, Video and a Meme

January 20th, 2011 (06:31 pm)
bouncy

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: bouncy
current song: tv: FX: Iron Man

Hello Everyone!

So, I have been out and about lately.  A little stressed at times too, but that really isn't anything new.  I've popped my head in a few times, and left a comment here and there, but I aim to fix that.  At the moment I'm watching Iron Man as I type this up, heh.  Tony Stark has just come home and is giving his press conference as he eats his American cheeseburger (which, come to think of it, sounds really good right about now).

Anyway...
I come with pictures.  Lots and lots of pictures, which are posted at my under-construction graphics and image journal.  A little teaser for you:

 
Picture to the left: The Masks of New Orleans Square

Picture to the right: Plushie Day at Disneyland


I really had fun both days.  Well, the first day, I had gone into Disneyland with my friends Carrie and Richard, so I could renew my pass and then to test out their scavenger hunt.  Yeah, let me just say that I am glad I am not going to be doing the hunt, because it's HARD.  They gave me ten pictures to work with, and see if I could find and I couldn't even sort them into the correct lands.  That's just sad.  So, after getting so frustrated that I stopped talking to them, we took a break for lunch at Cafe Orleans and after eating my favorite Monte Cristo sandwich, I started taking pictures of all the masks around New Orleans Square.  If you want to see them, click the first link.

My second trip to Disneyland was with Carrie and all we did was play in the park.  I brought my plushie Ray and she brought her plushie pook-a-looz.  No idea what a pook-a-looz is? Click the second link, and you'll see her Mad Hatter.

Next up, a meme!  Snagged from salveevery1 .  I sadly, could not do this as a voice post as it's supposed to be, so you'll all have to deal with a video post.

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Rules of the meme will be behind the cut, so I don't take up all the space on your friends list.
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So, how are all of you tonight?


Dana [userpic]

Meme

January 10th, 2011 (01:23 pm)
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current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current song: -none-

Taken from parisiannymph 

YOU
1. Name:
2. Birthday:
3. Where you live:
4. What makes you happy:
5. Currently listening/the last thing you listened to:
6. Do you read my journal?:
7. If yes, what makes it especially good or bad?:
8. An interesting fact about you:
9. Are you in love/do you have a crush at the moment?:
10. Favorite place to spend time:
11. Favorite song lyric:
12. A memory you'd like to share (nice, funny, embarrassing, special, whatever!):
13. How did we meet here?:
14. Have I, since you've known me, ever corrupted you into any kind of music/person/show/fandom? If so, what was it?:

RECOMMEND
1. A film:
2. A book:
3. A band, a song, or album:
4. A TV show:

PLUS
1. One thing you like about me:
2. Two things you like about yourself:
3. Look at my friends-list and tell what you like about one of our mutual friends:
4. Anything else?:
5. Put this in your journal!
 


Dana [userpic]

Birthday Goodies and Photos

January 6th, 2011 (08:01 pm)
current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current song: none

Driving to work the other day, I stopped to get some gas money at the atm.  As I was leaving the parking lot, I looked over and saw the walk/don't walk light signal, and noticed something funny about the red DO NOT WALK hand.  Hm...

I'm still trying to figure out if it's the Vulcan "Live long and prosper" or the American Sign Language "I Love You".

And they came!!!
Apparently, today was mail day.  I'd been expecting two things and every time I went to my p.o. box, it was empty.    :(
Well, not today, because inside were what I had been waiting for.
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Tomorrow I'm off to my first anime con, ALA, which is going to be out in Los Angeles.  No, I'm not dressing.  Maybe next year, if I think I wouldn't mind going out in costume (it would only be a matter of figuring out who to be, although my friend Tony thinks I'd make a good Sophie Hatter from Howl's Moving Castle, that, or I could be Emma from Victorian Romance Emma, hm...).  Either way I'm excited, both for the con and to see Tony and Jackie.  Should be fun!  Tonight I'll be charging my camera and getting my stuff together.

Dana [userpic]

2011

January 1st, 2011 (10:20 am)
hopeful

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: hopeful
current song: tv: Rose Parade

I hope everyone had a great night last night, and a good 2010.  And I wish everyone the best for 2011!

Last night my Aunt DeeDee and I headed to dinner at the Chicken Dinner Restaurant at Knott's Berry Farm.  We were prepared to stand in line for a while, since there are always lines for that place, but thanks to the holiday, we walked right in and were seated.  Apparently Knott's Berry Farm closes its gates early in the evening, and once you are in the park, you are in and once you leave, you're gone.  This way you can't go out and get drunk and then come back in.

I spent the night watching The Twilight Zone marathon SyFy had on and, after finishing my Epic Book Post (like how I posted it at 11:59pm?), I headed off to bed after watching the new year come in.

The last few days have been good, which have been nice, so I hope it stays that way, although I hope this cold I have decides to leave, because I want to be able to breathe through my nose again, thank you.  Thursday was my birthday, and I spend the early afternoon with my Dad, stepmom Shirley and sister Darla at lunch.  I got a Best Buy gift card and after lunch went directly across the street to it so I could order Being Human season 2.  After that it was work.  It was a fairly slow night, and I got birthday wishes from my co-workers.  Two little highlights of my night were when I mentioned to my line that it was my birthday after they started to politely tease me, they all broke out in song!  It was really sweet!  And a little later I mentioned it again to a customer, only after I noticed her total was $19.85 (the year I was born) and she sang to me too!


As for the new year...I don't know if I have any resolutions.  I always seem to make them, but never follow through.  One thing I'd like to change is my health.  I want to be healthier, and happier too, I suppose.  Perhaps positive is the better word.  And confident.  *shrugs*  I dunno.  I just hope that 2011 is a good year.


Dana [userpic]

2010 Epic Book Post

December 31st, 2010 (11:59 pm)
accomplished

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: accomplished
current song: none

Happy New Year!!!

I hope everyone had a great 2010 and I wish you all the best for 2011.  This year has had many ups and downs, good times and bad times, and I just wanted to say thank you to each and every one of you for being there with smiles, laughs and hugs whenever they were needed.

For me, one of the biggest things in 2010 was books.  I set a goal at the beginning of the year to read 50 books and in the end, I finished 76.  I discovered new genres, found new authors, and read a book or two that were terrible.  Some of you have read the same things I did, or found books through me.

So, for those of you who are interested...

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Piyo's Books of 2010Collapse )

 

Dana [userpic]

...the hills are alive...

December 26th, 2010 (10:49 pm)
cheerful

current location: Gma's House: the kitchen
current mood: cheerful
current song: tv: ABC: The Sound of Music

The Sound of Music is on tv, and I can't help but watch it.  Doesn't matter that I own the dvd, I will watch it, whatever part it's at when I find it on.  It's always been one of my favorite movies; when I was little, I used to get so mad at my Mom when I would ask if I could watch it and she would only let me watch one vhs (because remember how there were two?).  Her response: "Dana, the movie was close to three hours long.  I was not going to have you sit there when you could have been up and doing something active."

Either way, it's still a great movie.  Whenever I'm feeling down, this movie definitely cheers me up.  There is just something about it that...I don't know, warms me up?  I can't put into words what this movie means to me, but I'm sure we all have that one movie, so I know you all understand.  But the story, the music, the actors...?  I mean, really, who doesn't have a crush on Captain von Trapp? (*note* I've heard of him called Captain von Sexy Pants, and my friend likes to call him Count von Trapp thanks to his wardrobe during the waltz scene with Maria)  As for the songs...can I sing all of them?  YES, and I am not ashamed to admit it.  Speaking of the songs and the music...


Two of my favorite songs are "I Have Confidence" and "Climb Every Mountain", both of which my friend Carrie can't stand.  Personally, I wish I could live these songs out.  Not only is the music beautiful, but the messages so powerful.

And, lastly, before I head off to finish watching the rest of the movie while eating cookies my Aunt Debbie made...Bed Wright.  He was Hans Zeller, the "villain" of the movie.  As a little kid, I'm sure I recognized his voice, but it wasn't until I was older that I could make the connection...it's Grimsby from The Little Mermaid.  But, he wasn't just Grim, he was Rodger from 101 Dalmatians and also Rama, Mowgli's father-wolf father-in The Jungle Book.  Crazy.  Some of you might have known that, but it just cracks me up when I think about it.

Oh, and in case none of you have seen this, take a look, because it's awesome and I wish stuff like this happened there I live:



Now I want Sound of Music icons...

Dana [userpic]

Christmas Goodies

December 26th, 2010 (06:32 pm)
happy

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: happy
current song: tv: TCM: Escape to Witch Mountain

I hope everyone had a wonderful holiday!
Mine started on Christmas Eve.  I worked a closing shift that night, and while the lines were long, it wasn't too bad.  After work I headed over to my Dad's house to celebrate our Christmas.  Darla was already there with Andy's kids Melody and Ralphie, and Shirley had everyone set up with cookies.  After everyone had eaten, we opened presents: I got my Dad and Shirley gift cards for the movies and dinner and Cheesecake Factory; the kids I got them a donut maker; I gave Darla half of my gifts for her, baking supplies.  From everyone I got three books and two movies.  I stayed over at my Dad's after Darla and the kids left, and we flipped the tv between Family Guy, A Christmas Story and Star Wars (Spike had all six movies back to back).  I didn't end up leaving until around midnight, and was almost hit by a big rig on the way home, >.<  I'm getting a little tired of all these close-calls with car woes (I was a safe distance from the car in front of me, and a big rig in the lane next to me started to merge between us out of nowhere, the bed of his truck put me in his blind spot so he couldn't see me at all, so I pulled over to the shoulder to let him pass and then got back on the road).

Christmas day, I spent the morning in bed.  I knew I didn't have to be anywhere, so I slept in as long as I could.  When I did manage to get myself up and running, I headed over to my Grandma's house to see my Aunt DeeDee.  I didn't realize that my Uncle Fred and Aunt Debbie would still be there (my Aunt Debbie had flown in that morning from Ohio after seeing her family out there, and she and my Uncle Fred were going to fly out to Las Vegas that night).  I stayed there at the house until the evening, when I headed over to Darla's house to open presents and Skype with my Mom, Richard and their friends Ernie and Marie.  As my sister and I opened presents it started to rain-or, rather POUR-so I left a little after eating some ice cream and chatting with Darla.  There was a huge puddle right outside my car door and because I didn't think it was going to rain, I was wearing flip flops, so my feet were soaked as I drove home.  My drive home took longer than normal, there had been a pretty bad accident on the freeway.

 

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Today has been another lazy day.  I work tomorrow, and after work it's Christmas with the P's.  We'll finally get to do our Secret Santa exchange.  And, speaking of Secret Santa, I have to get something for mine at work-although I think I already know what I'm getting them.

I hope you all had a great holiday and got everything you asked for and more!
Any cool gifts out there? 


*Note:
No, I have no idea why there are two lj-cuts.  I've tried to figure our what I did, and can't find any reason for there to be two.  And I'm not going to try and fix it and mess everything else up.  I'm going to try not to let it bother me.  If anyone has trouble with the cuts, let me know and I'll see what I can do.

Dana [userpic]

Happy Holidays!

December 24th, 2010 (11:14 pm)
happy

current location: Dad's House: the den
current mood: happy
current song: tv in living room: Star Wars Episode 2: Attack of the Clones


Dana [userpic]

*is bored*

December 22nd, 2010 (05:51 pm)
bored

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: bored
current song: YouTube: The Mysterious Explorations of Jasper Morello

Oh, what a boring day it has been.  My only day off aside from Christmas day and did I do anything exciting?  Not in the slightest.  I managed to wrap my P. Family Secret Santa Gift, and the P. Family would be my family.  I drew my cousin Matt's name, and let me just say, that out of everyone, he was the easiest.  Matt is the oldest of the Grandkids, and the only grandson, which makes him The Prince.  Anyway, Matt has recently gotten back into drawing (he works for a skateboarding company, and lately has been doing some work designing not only skateboard art, but t-shirts), so for Christmas I got him all set up with art supplies.

I had a nice conversation with my over the phone.  We were going to talk via Skype (which is amazing, btw), but the connection was down.  We talked about our holiday plans, and I told her the gifts I got my sister Darla, Darla's boyfriend and his kids.  She asked what I wanted for my birthday, and when I told her my Disneyland annual pass was going to exspire, she said she would renew it for me.  I think my mom is the only person who doesn't make fun of my love of all things Disney.  And, speaking of my mom and Disney-related things, one of the other things we spoke of was our trip next year to Disney World.  We're thinking of going some time in October, during the Food and Wine Festival, and we are very excited.  I can't think of a better person to experience Disney World with for the first time.
 

Book-wise I haven't gotten very far in The Bookman.  I haven't really had the chance to sit down and read.  I'm a few chapters in, and so far it has been a smooth, easy read, and I hope it stays that way.

In the Writer's Corner, I sat for a good few minutes at a blank Word document, trying to add on to a sentence.  I've had an idea going 'round in my head for a while now, and have settled on how the story starts out, but I can't seem to get passed the first sentence.  Which, in case any of you are wondering, is nothing more than: "[insert character's name here] hated magic."  *frustrated sigh*  It's there, in my head, but I can't seem to make anything work.

Any suggestions from you writers out there?  What helps you get started?
 


Dana [userpic]

in which Piyo speaks about the weather, upcoming holiday and books

December 20th, 2010 (04:12 pm)
current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current song: Two Step From Hell: Illumina: Painted World

Mother Nature has decided to let the rain stay.  Not that I mind at all, because hey, I love the rain.  Nothing beats sitting inside, curled up in bed with a good book, watching tv or playing a game, while listening to the pitter patter of water falling outside.  Although, having it pour cats and dogs while there is crazy fast winds and then having to drive to work in it?  That part, I don't much care for.  Which, is what my day is going to be in a bit when I leave for work, because it is CRAZY outside.  Normally when it rains out in my beck of the woods, it rains off and on for a few days, if that.  It started raining last week and supposedly it isn't going to stop raining until Wednesday.  And it has been a constant, steady rain.  Something I don't think many of us here are used to.  So far, I'm not sick of it, but we'll see how long that lasts.

Christmas is five days away, and yet it doesn't feel like it.  I don't know if it's because of the weather, a busy schedule at work, or what.  At home we don't have a tree, but there is one up and decorated at my Grandma's house, but I missed out on decorating.  Listening to Chrismas music has put me in the mood and while I did enjoy writing cards, it didn't help as much as it has before.  Maybe I'm just in some sort of funk?  It also doesn't help that Christmas with my family isn't going to take place until after Christmas, because people are going to be out of town.  That, and thanks to both my work schedule and the fact that my family decided to change the time, I'm going to miss out on making tamales on Christmas Eve.

But, I'm not giving up hope that the Christmas spirit will come and find me!

Last week my friends, Carrie, Marissa and Sabrina and I got together to celebrate Christmas.  I had a fairly easy time getting them gifts (solitare chess for Sab, a Harry Potter book and Loreena McKennitt cd for Carrie, and bake-ware for Marissa).  The three fo them had apparently gotten together and all chipped in to buy me a combination Christmas and birthday gift, which took the form of a Nintendo DSi and two games.  I was very surprised and have been having fun messing around with it.  They got me a Super Mario Bros. and Pokemon game, because they claim that the Pokemon games are crazy addictive.

Book-wise, my last post said I was in the middle of four different books.  Well, I've since finished two out of the four, Tempest Rising and On The Prowl.
-Tempest Rising: It wasn't too bad.  An modern-day fantasy taking place on the East Coast with its main character being half selkie.  The story itself was only okay, and while I did like the characters, things happened a little too fast for my liking with the two main protagonists, Jane and Ryu.  That, and those two spent waaay too much time in bed fooling around with each other than actually doing anything, in my opinion.
-On the Prowl: Only worth it for the first two short stories, Alpha and Omega by Patricia Briggs and Inhuman by Eileen Wilks.  Having read the other two books in the Alpha and Omega series and due to the title of the book, I figure each of the fours stories would center around werewolves or creatures of that nature.  That wasn't the case with the last two stories, which might be why I didn't care for them (along with the fact that they didn't hold my interest, and the last story was more sex than anything else, meh).  I really like Patrica Briggs, and this short story was the first in the  Alpha and Omega series, where both Anna and Charles me for the first time, and I like Anna and Charles.

While I still have my Victorian Fairy Tale book and Mother Tongue, both of which are my long-term reads I pick up from time to time when I feel like it, I've grabbed another from my "To-Read" pile to give a go: The Bookman by Lavie Tidhar.  The back reads to file it under "STEAMPUNK: Alternate History! Reptilian Royalty! Diabolical Anarchists! Extraordinary Adventures!"  We'll see how well this one turns out.


What are you all reading?


Dana [userpic]

Rainy Day Fridays

December 17th, 2010 (11:43 pm)
peaceful

current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: peaceful
current song: tv: movie: Avatar

It has rained all day, and I've loved it.  Not a bad, heavy rain, but a nice steady one.  And I have been indoors all day to enjoy it.  Although, it wouldn't have bothered me to run around in it.  Rain doesn't bother me in the slightest.

I spent the day doing laundry, something that never seems to be finished.  Seriously, where does that one sock go?  Sock Heaven, or does the dryer simply eat it?  Currently, I am sitting at the kitchen table at my Grandma's house watching Avatar with my friend Brandon.  He's never seen it before, and got sucked in as we ate dinner, which consisted of Pizza Hut's cheesey bites pizza and some pasta.  Not the healthiest of dinners, but it was yummy and I didn't really see anything in the fridge.

I was planning on finishing my book, Tempest Rising, today, but so far that hasn't happened.  It's an urban fantasy, which is a genre that's turning into a "surprise, surprise" kind of thing.  I've been reading a lot of urban fantasy, but you know what?  I enjoy it.  I'm actually in the middle of four books, two of which are collections of stories.
1. Tempst Rising  (so close to being finished, I think after I take Brandon home and get myself home, I will curl up in bed and get this book over and done with)
2. On The Prowl  (two out of the four stories down, and enjoyed both so far)
3. Mother Tongue: English and How It Got That Way
4. The Victorian Fairy Tale Book

And thus, I take my leave so I get home, read a bit and then get to sleep.
Tomorrow I can sleep in and then it's off to see Tron: Legacy. I think we're seeing it IMAX.
Nighty!

Dana [userpic]

Animal Video

December 17th, 2010 (09:09 pm)
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current location: Gma's House: kitchen
current mood: amused
current song: tv: Avatar

I don't know if anyone has seen this video...I haven't stopped laughing.



Dana [userpic]

Christmas and Movies

December 15th, 2010 (04:10 pm)
content

current location: Gma's House: Kitchen: Dining Room Table
current mood: content
current song: tv: E!: E! News

Firstly, Christmas cards have been finished and sent out.  I can't be sure when they will arrive, but they are on their way.  I'm surprised I had such an easy time at the post office.  There was a line, but it moved along quickly, and aside from this lady who cut in front of me, insisting she had only stepped away for a second, it was relatively unpainful.

Second, I finally saw Tangled.  *dances*  I gotta say, I had been waiting to see this movie for the longest time, so I was expecting to be blown away by it.  Now, I'm not saying I wasn't, because I absolutely loved this movie.  It's just that, I don't know, it took a little bit for me to get into the movie.  Or, maybe it was more the fact that I didn't really care for Mother Gothel or the characters from The Snuggly Duckling tavern.  And some of the music, eh, it was okay.  But over all I really did enjoy the movie.  Rapunzel was fun, and I kept having Ariel flashbacks (anyone else?), Flynn was pretty cool, and I want a Pascal.  I'm assuming that everyone has seen this movie, but I don't think this will be too spoilery, but did anyone else cry when the King cried before he and the Queen released the lanterns?  Because I just about bawled like a baby.  And the song, I See the Light?  Love it.  Who knew Zachary Levi could sing?



Later tonight I'm getting together with friends so we can celebrate our Christmas.
Hope you all are having a great day.

Oooh, and look at that, a post that has nothing to do with books!  XD

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Thanks!

December 13th, 2010 (02:49 pm)
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Thank you for the milk and cookies, nerhegeb!


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Last night...

December 13th, 2010 (12:31 pm)
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Last night was an interesting night.

We had gotten together for my Nino David's birthday (and by "nino", I mean my uncle, if you are unfamiliar with the term).  Family and friends got together at his house out in Tustin, but I ended up being a little late thanks to work.  By the time I arrived and was helping myself to a plate of room temperature pizza, everyone was gathering around the island in the kitchen to sing Happy Birthday.  Thankfully the birthday cake was frozen (yes, frozen and no, it wasn't an ice cream cake), so while it sat out to defrost, we all moved into the living room by the Christmas tree so my uncle could open his presents.

After the last gift was opened, my Nino David got everyone's attention as he presented small wooden sleigh with toy presents and lights to his daughter Rebecca's boyfriend Ronnie, saying that it was a gift he had made for Ronnie's grandmother or some other family member because they had had a recent birthday.  Ronnie pulled Rebecca over to show her the gift, then promptly got down on one knee.

There was an engagement ring in the sleigh for my cousin!

Rebecca said yes when Ronnie asked her to marry him and then it was hugs all around and congratulations.  We were all excited, though I was a little sad, because my sister Darla wasn't able to be there (she and our cousin, Rebecca, are very close).  After a few minutes, we seemed to split in two groups, one in the living room and then another in the kitchen...and then, Dakota, the dog, bit Rebecca's friend Jenny.  We went from being happy and excited, to confused and panicked.  Rebecca and my Aunt DeeDee took Jenny to the hospital, where she ended up getting 28 stitches above her eye, where she was bit.  We have no idea why Dakota attacked.  She's always been a pretty gentle dog, but we think she might have been scared by a baby gate that fell over.

Looks like no one will forget the night Ronnie asked Rebecca to marry him.


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Book Cover Art

December 9th, 2010 (02:59 pm)
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I recently read Cry Wolf, an urban-fantasy  with werewolves and witches by Patricia Briggs.  It wasn't until I was finished with the book that I realized I had enjoyed it as much as I had (it had been a slow read, and I found myself putting it down often, but in the end, I was drawn into it and found it was actually pretty interesting).  I'm actually reading its sequel, Hunting Ground as we speak.  Anyway, the point of my post...

I fell in love with the cover art.


Yes, I know green is my favorite color, but it's not the green that draws me to it.  The artwork itself is beautiful.  The detail on Anna, from her curly hair to her freckles...I don't know, I just love it.

So, it made me wonder: what are your favorite novel covers?