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 Connor MacLeod (Highlander)  meets Lord Raiden (Rayden? - Mortal Kombat) and they go on a glorious bar  & back alley dive crawl through China, etc.... and after a truly spectacular brawl one night, they wake up together in the back-seat of a jeep heading toward India with a fallen Great Sage, a demon, a half-demon and a bad-tempered Buddhist priest with a gun and an itchy trigger finger ... Hilarity ensues!   Bonus points if Connor discovers that the existence of Immortals is all Lord Rayden's fault, and frequently calls the errant deity  the equivalent of 'grandpa'....

I'd try to write it myself, but I'm handicapped by not knowing much about the Mortal Kombat universe....
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1. Trying NOT to come down with the cold/flu whatever that plagued Husband and Daughter for most of the month. Miraculously, I seemed to have done it?

2. Books read: Dime Store Magic, by Kelly Armstrong, The Aylesford Skull, and The Last Coin, by James M. Blaylock, Silver Wolf, by Jaycee Bedford. Re-read: The Silver Ghost, The Balloon Man, Something the Cat Dragged In, and The Wrong Rite, all by Charlotte MacLeod (or her alter ego, Alisa Craig). Started reading Guns, Germs and Steel by Jared Diamond (non-fiction).

3. Went to see YU-GI-OH: The Dark Side of Dimensions at the Theatre -- It was fun. No real spoilers, but a) Yugi had a growth spurt, b) Kaiba was snarky and obsessed, and I swear that the last version of the BEWD he summoned looked like it had a frigging STARGATE on its back!, oh, and c) some backstory for Bakura that kind of contradicted what we'd been told before in both the manga and the anime.... Still, it was good to hear those familiar voices again...

And as a side note, Eric Stuart-sama is looking to start recording a new CD. Check out his web page for details.

Still adjusting to the new hours at work and the cut in pay. Doesn't look like there will be any conventions in my future this year, except the local one (ANIME-Zing! in July).

Finished knitting a child's hat, and still working on a ruffled edge triangular shawl.

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Yesterday was Dad's birthday -- he would have been 88.

Back in November, before Thanksgiving, I'd been looking for a small flag with a CUBs logo; we were planning a trip north to visit Husband's aunt, and I thought if I could find a CUBS flag we could stop by the cemetery and I'd put it in the flower holder by his marker. Just a small flag, about the size of the American flags that get placed by veterans' graves on Memorial Day -- but I couldn't find any. Since we were headed up to the suburbs, I figured it would be fairly easy to find suitable CUBs memorabilia...
No such luck. We went to a specialty store, and I asked; apparently, the small flags that I was thinking about were temporarily out of production.... but the store owner mentioned that a LOT of people were buying CUBs World Series decals and putting THOSE on headstones of their departeds. So I picked up a couple of the decals, and we headed south on Sunday. On the way, I started thinking... and when we got to the cemetery, we placed the decal on Dad's marker without removing the backing and took a picture so we could show Mom what it looked like. Then we headed to Mom's house, gave her the decal and showed her the picture, and left the decision up to her -- she thought it was an excellent idea, but better to wait for Spring. So we visited and discussed plans for Thanksgiving, etc.

Anyway, last night I was clearing the end table in the living room and found about a dozen photos from I'm pretty sure the summer of 2007 that had Dad (and Mom) in them. He looked good; he was independently mobile (might have had a cane, though I don't remember one), smiling and his normal easy-going self and I remember he was still able to drive at that point -- he hadn't suffered any of the micro-strokes yet -- and I started tearing up, because Dad in 2007 would have been over the moon about the CUBs, and why couldn't they have won in 2007 when he'd still been with us, and able to appreciate it?

I miss Dad. I'm tearing up now, just writing about it.
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Got into work early today, and got 10 minutes of walking in before any one else showed up. It's easier to walk when no one else is around to ask, 'Mary, what are you doing?', or 'Mary, can you do THIS for me since you're here?' I generally walk up and down the halls and around the sanctuary -- I figure the Omnipotent One won't mind, since I'm making an effort to be healthy. I actually started doing this and the BG monitoring back in December -- I had to get creative with the walking while the sanctuary was decorated for Christmas, but it was all good. I wanted my doctor to be proud of me instead of mildly disappointed next time I saw him -- which unfortunately will be never, since he retired unexpectedly mid-December.

Cue the scramble to find New Doctor! especially since I was almost out of refills on three of my four medications. New doctor is young, so hopefully won't be retiring soon - Plus! on the Minus side, I will have to break her in; AND she's part of a Health Group, which could lead to switch board miscommunication -- has actually already happened: I called to give New Doctor a 'heads up' that my pharmacy would be calling about Prescription Refills, and when Pharmacy called, the switchboard told them 'No Such Patient in our Files'.... fortunately, I'd rather expected some such difficulty occurring and had allowed a few days of leeway before I was actually in dire need. Got it straightened out, and New Doctor wrote two of the prescriptions for an 90 day supply -- I'm surprised the Insurance let her do that.... maybe because she's in an Approved Health Care Group, whereas Old Doctor was an independent GP.

I miss my Old Doctor -- he had a great sense of humor and a practical attitude towards health care.

Efforts to get healthy include Eating Health(ier) -- My new Mantra is "More Salad, Fewer Fries", or as I told Daughter and Husband -- "French Fries are the Enemy!" Baked potatoes and baked sweet potato fries are okay, in moderation, because 'Fiber is Good.' Not making any headway on the 'Eat More Fish' campaign, however. Can't really complain, though; I'm not that fond of fish myself.

Being Thrifty: The rule about not buying more yarn, dvds or books does not apply in the following instances:

1) I need the yarn to finish a current project and am unable to find an adequate substitute in my stash;

2) my four current manga series - 'The Ancient Magus's Bride', 'Kaze Hikaru', 'Master Keaton', and
'Natsume's Book of Friends';

3) the remaining two live action 'Rurouni Kenshin' movies, the "Yuri! On Ice" anime, and 5th series 'Natsume' anime.

4) the OST to "Yuri! On Ice" if it becomes available -- absolutely captivating music, all of it produced for the anime, in multiple styles.

5) The books I have 'on request' at the Used Book Store: "The Captain's Dog" by Roland Smith, and the "Leviathan" series by Scott Westerfield. I placed this order before New Years, so I consider myself obligated to follow through. Actually, I have so much credit at UBS, anything I find there I consider fair game.

I currently have a prayer shawl, and a stocking cap on the needles; plus another two shawls that need additional finishing (crocheted borders, which I have been putting off since I will need to re-teach myself Crochet -- unless I can get someone from the ministry to volunteer?). Last fall I bought a book of knitted hat patterns; I've decided to knit at least one of each in due time.  I've made two so far; one went on the church's Mitten/Hat Tree, and the other I gave to the church's music director for Christmas.  Several I have my eye on for the children of a friend. Various hats have various difficulty ratings, so hopefully I will learn new techniques.

Writing and Fan Fiction:  I am making plans to send the faulty hard drive from three (?) years ago to a friend in Montana, who may be able to retrieve the data.  If The Moffett succeeds, I will have my lost stories back.  Am also continuing to research SteamPunk/Victoriam/Edwardian backgrounds for my FemRyou Bakura Egyptologist cosplay. 

No plans at this time for Conventions, other than the local one in July.  This may change once I get a few  Reduced Paychecks into the bank and work out a budget.


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Last year at this time I was on a ferry heading for Mackinac Island.

This  year, I'm contemplating whether I want to buy another skein of yarn or simply un-knit the last ten rows and finish the shawl at the end of that pattern repeat.  The shawl is plenty long enough, and the yarn has been a PITB to work with,  AND  will be a massive PITB to un-knit.  The colors are pretty, though.

Yesterday Daughter had a chiropractor appointment in the late morning, so afterwards we went to Panera for lunch.  Today she has to work 1-5, so I'm planning to take her over, have lunch (MAYBE at Panera again) and kill time for 4 1/2 hours because it doesn't make sense to come home and go back (normally, Husband would pick her up coming home from work, but today HE has a doctor's appointment).  The King Tut exhibit left our local museum over Labor day - BAH! Humbug!  Maybe I'll go to the Art Museum -- free admission, supposedly, on Tuesdays.

Am on vacation this week, but just found out that Pastor has had a family crisis and will be also gone all week.  I have offered to go in Friday to make sure the Bulletin gets printed....

I have no life.
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about  MediaWest*Con 2016.

As predicted, Daughter was pretty much bored out of her skull -- except when we were in the Dealer's Room where she acted as my Impulse Control (I still managed to spend $80 on 'zines, LOL!), and she did bid on a piece in the Art show which quickly went past her spending limit, even with my offer to 'spot' her additional funds....

My Highlander 30th Anniversary Party actually pulled FIVE guests!!!  -- good thing I decided on the smaller snack trays from WalMart, and even then we donated half the leftover food and utensils to another party Sunday night, and half the Scotch Eggs came home with us... one of the guests was a friend from the SW LARP, and one was a friend from the Richie Reserve yahoo group from back in the day -- she even asked me for the Scotch egg recipe!  It was fun watching the Highlander movie with company...

I also got to spend a little time (and that $80) with my long-ago friends from Ashton Press. And, I got to know the RGB-Brony a little better -- and I apologized for getting snarky on the yahoo-group; I think maybe she understands the 'Old-Timers' mind-set a little better now -- we had some good discussion in the two GB/RGB panels I attended.

The Star Wars LARP is still active, although I only saw three people I recognized.

I don't know if I'll go again.  Long drive, minimal interest in the 'hot' fandoms ...
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Daughter is stressing over her cosplay.... I suggested taking a deep breath; then resolving that if  the cosplay is not ready by Friday morning -- marathon sewing session the night before NOT allowed!!! -- relax, and plan on finishing for Anime-ZING! in July. 

I am NOT going to stress over the fact that the braid attachment for my Bakura wig came WITHOUT the means for actually attaching -- I will figure it out for July.  Likewise the majority of my costume. I did detach the skirt portion of a dark-ish blue SCA gown that can be re-purposed for my 'Fem-Ryou Steakpunk Victorian Egyptologist'....

I DO plan to search the closets for previous years'  SWLARP outfits -- may not fit, oh well!  I have LOTS of 'geeky' T-shirts.....

Husband has loaned me his external DVD drive/player -- I just need to make certain it will work with LeLouche.  Do I have a MediaPlayer program ?  Will need to find out and test run by Thursday.  Do I need speakers?

I have a HIGHLANDER poster created for the Room door.  I have the start of posters for the still nebulous HIGHLANDER 30th Anniversary Room party.  I have recipe (untried) for Scotch Eggs.

I need to un-earth old fanzines to sell, price, and make a list. Am highly tempted to simply set a box with a coffee can in the hall and say "Pay What You Like, or Not At All".

I plan to make BENTO Thursday night to take with us.

M-minus four days and counting......
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Tomorrow is May 1st, which means only 28 days 'til MediaWest*Con..... I have seen the preliminary schedule for Fan Panels --- No mention of Highlander at all!!! yet somehow a 70's-'80's British Cop show that had (as far as I can tell) NO  widespread U.S. distribution (ala DW, or more recently SHERLOCK on PBS) acquired and still has enough fannish interest to merit at LEAST two panels per day in the scheduling.... sigh. 

I'm running out of time if I want to hold a Highlander 30th Anniversary event, either a Panel or in the 'Party Suite' -- and I have seen NO indications of any significant Highlander-fan presence (I lost contact with the HL fandoms back in early 2000's when I went 'dark' due to personal problems -- while I did recognize some names from the Membership List, most of them are from my SW Role-Playing group).
I can still have a small Room Party, I suppose ---  I'd had some grandiose notion of a Trivia Game and Door prizes - HAH! 

Apparently the SW Role Play group is still going...

And those blasted RGB-Bronies will be there. Ugh!

I have a feeling Daughter is going to bored out of her skull by Saturday. 

I need to seriously work on my cosplay:   Fem Victorian/Steampunk Ryou Bakura, amateur Egyptologist.

And it's raining. Bleeehhh.
not_hathor: (Jethro Chow)
Well, it's been an exhausting week -- who would have thought that feeding two prone-to-squabbling Chows soft canned food three times a day would be so much work?  Jethro can't have dry kibble until the vet clears him (this coming Monday! Yays!), and BOTH dogs have developed 'messy bottom syndrome' from the constant diet of canned.  Since Wednesday, I've tried mixing kibble in with Bel's food and have to watch them both like a hawk until both finish so Jethro doesn't eat contraband.... Oh yeah, and the Canned Food feeding instructions read: "Feed one can per 15 pounds of Dogs' weight..... okay, two 60 pound dogs, that's ---- 4 EFFING cans  A  PIECE Per Day, PER DOG!!!!    Not happening, folks, not made out of money.... another reason for mixing kibble into Bel's bowl.  And I discovered first hand how FEW  commercial brand doggie treats are available that AREN'T hard and crunchy!!!


I've been feeding an average 3 cans each per day, on the theory of neither dog is particularly active, and Bel at least could stand to lose a bit of weight (less strain on that damaged leg joint).

I will be damn glad when I can start setting out the self-feed kibble again!!!!

Mom and Odyssia came out for Easter; we had a nice pre-cooked ham (frozen since Thanksgiving, when the grocery store had their hand-dandy  'Buy a Turkey, get a Ham FREE' deal , and re-baked).... Sometimes I wish Odyssia would be a bit more discreet when borrowing DVDs and Manga, especially when Mom is around (Mom does not approve of some of our 'frivolous' hobbies).


Both Daughter and I  have confirmed Mediawest*Con memberships -- the check FINALLY cleared on Thursday!  and I have made my Room Request -- hopefully at the host hotel (Ramada Inn, Lansing) -- Ratzenfratzen 'room lott-- er, reservation system').  I've looked at the lists of proposed Panels and am SHOCKED that there is absolutely NO listing for a HIGHLANDER panel, of any kind!  This year was the 30th Anniversary of the first (and BEST, IMHO) HIGHLANDER movie, with my Best Beloved Connor MacLeod ---

I want to hold a 30th Anniversary Party for the HIGHLANDER  -- but I can't make any plans until I know if I have a room at the Ramada -- It would be REALLY nice if I had any notion that any one else would be interested....

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Today has been a loooonnng day..... got up at 6:45 a.m. in order to take Jethro (the handsome half-Chow in the Icon) to the vet, because at his annual shots & physical two weeks ago the vet spotted a couple of bad teeth (probably why his breath has been less than pleasant the past few months!)  We'd gotten an estimate (roughly in the area of $600) which we could manage (with a bit of juggling and redemption of a matured Savings Bond, just to be safe)..... So dropped the boy off (not a happy camper), and went to work..... Worth noting that ever since our first Chow, Kahvi, went in for a supposedly routine abscessed tooth (which turned out to be bone cancer) and did not wake up from the anesthetic, Lo! some 30 years ago, the undergoing of surgery for any reason of subsequent Fur Babies has been a cause for anxiety in our household ---

I was a nervous wreck all morning, while printing and collating not only the usual Easter morning bulletin, but also the program for this evening's Good Friday service -- to the point that I misprinted 180 Easter Sunday bulletins, and consider myself very lucky that I was able to hand-correct with 'White-Out' tape ... and some other stuff got done.  Oh, and a phone call from the vet with the news that they'd discovered TWO more bad  teeth that needed removal, and that would most likely add another $200 to the bill.

At which point I seriously considered sending an e-mail to the organizers of MediaWest*Con to the effect that if my check for $110 (memberships for myself and Daughter) STILL hadn't cleared the bank by the end of today (mailed Feb. 27!) I was going to consider it LOST by the Postal Service and have my bank do that thing where they void  a check, because the money was needed elsewhere, and maybe we'd try again next year.

Fortunately, when I went home for lunch, I located my ShinyCredit Card statement and discovered that even if the Vet bill ran to $800, I could split the amount between SCC and my Bank Debit Card, and while it might be tight until my next paycheck (at the end of next week), it could be done.

But continued to fret, because The Waiting......

And the Vet called, and said it's done and Jethro wants to come home, can you come and get him?  And I cried a little with relief, picked up Daughter from  her work, and went to rescue my Silly Half-Chow, who can be a pain and a half, but we still love him and things would be way too quiet if he wasn't around.

Sigh.  So Jethro is on soft food for ten days, with a week's worth of pain medication -- oh, and the tab was just over $700.  And he looks silly because they had to shave a front leg for the IV, and a back leg for the blood pressure cuff because his fur is too thick to get a good reading.

And, while my check has still not officially cleared the bank, both Daughter and I received e-mail verification that we do indeed have MediaWest*Con memberships.

So.  Who wants to have a Highlander 30th Anniversary Party at MediaWest this year?  Anyone else going?
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1) Okay, mailed membership applications for me and Daughter to MediaWest*Con --- finally!  I got tired of waiting for Daughter to fill out the form, so I did it for her; if she doesn't like her badge name, she has only herself to blame.

2) Mailed manga to Elder Sister, along with Eric Stuart mini-album CD

3) Posted an 'Umbrella' story over on -- "Flotsam and Feathers", with the first chapter being the first part of 'Chiyogami' which I had posted over on LJ years back.... I had forgotten what a PAIN it is to post on ffn --- I'd goofed up the upload in that I hadn't scrutinized the 'cut & paste' before posting, and discovered that editing AFTER the fact involves deleting the offending chapter and re-posting.  It's still not entirely satisfactory, but I can live with it for now.... which leads to

4) Something screwy over on LJ -- late last week I noticed that I couldn't read comments that had been posted to Friends Page entries -- I was a bit peeved, because half the fun of Friend Pages is reading everyone else's comments..... then Friday I discovered that I was unable to add a comment to a Friend's Page..... then yesterday when I tried to refresh my memory re: someone's comment on one of MY LJ posts, I couldn't access those either!!!




When I went to report the problem, I discovered that other people have experienced this same problem since mid-last week....

Glad I have DW, eh.....

not_hathor: (Jethro Chow)
Okay, that's a bit misleading..... no Death involved this past week, thank goodness, but Taxes is appropriate.... We had our friendly Amerifile man do our tax returns last week -- 1st time for Daughter, lucky kid gets all her money back this time -- the Good news is we get some back too; the bad news is that it's mostly from State, which means, because the State of Illinois is BROKE, we'll get the money ...whenever.  If ever.

Okay, just realized Death IS involved, sort of, because Husband and I have an appointment next week to talk to a lawyer about Wills.  As in, neither of us has one, yet.  And we really should, if nothing else, to determine the disposition of the House should Husband predecease me (I'm not listed on the Title/Deed).  As it sits now, should Husband die over the weekend, his estate (such as it is) would be split three ways -- me, Step-Daughter, and Daughter.  Not begrudging Step-Daughter her share, but I WOULD like to be able to keep living in this house!  In contrast, my estate (such as it is) should be fairly simple -- Husband and Daughter.  Granted, there are some personal items I would like to go to my sisters, and maybe Nephew would like my Classic Marvel comic books,  but hey....

Good grief, I sound morbid this morning ....
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Well, I received a reply from MediaWest*Con, and a membership form.  I'd already pretty much decided that I wanted to take either Daughter or Elder Sister with me (company for the road) ... don't get me wrong, I DO love my sister, but I don't really enjoy having her as a roommate at conventions - she is sort of high maintenance with all her health problems  -- so is Daughter to an extent, but she doesn't talk about them constantly...  plus with her job, Daughter has INCOME and can pay part of her own way....

So Daughter gets the prize.   In a way, this will be her SECOND trip to MediaWest (I was 5 months pregnant the first time); I told her she should really experience it from the outside at least once.  She is already planning COSPLAY. 

Now I just have to crunch the finances a little, having ignored until earlier this week the fact that February tends to have EXPENSES  -- Jethro needs his shots,  gotta pay Amerifile to do the taxes, MAY have to PAY taxes....

Would be nice if I knew for sure that some of my years-ago fandom friends were attending!
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I just sent an e-mail to the organizers of MediaWest*Con, asking for a membership application.

Considering that this is the 50th Anniversary of the original STAR TREK series, and this fan convention originated as a STAR TREK oriented convention, I can't ignore the niggling feeling that MWC's days might be numbered.....

Hope not.  I hope they can keep it going .... a while longer.

Of course, there's still the matter of whether or not I actually decide to go....

If I do, I'm throwing a HIGHLANDER party --- 30 years! Heh heh heh.....
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Considering the events of  December --

Two weeks before Christmas the ceiling in Daughter's room fell in, thanks to shoddy workmanship on the part of Father-in-Law and his JW  'brethren' -- amazing it stayed up THIS long, considering! --  the clean-up and replacement of which cost $500+ for materials, not counting the electric and water bills yet to be received due to the TONNE of laundry done and yet to BE done, and the resultant pre-emption  of Husband's vacation (he and Daughter together did the lion's share of the cleaning, and installing of a new drop-tile ceiling).....

-- I shouldn't even be thinking about Conventions in 2016.  Yet I am.

1. I REALLY would like to attend MediaWest*CON one last time before it folds -- by all accounts, it's been steadily shrinking due to a) the economy, and b) the almost overwhelming availability of free fan-fiction on-line.  Since New! Fanzines! were a large part of the attraction of MWC when I attended during the 90's.  The other big draw, at least on my part, was being able to meet and spend time with fandom friends that I had only ever corresponded with, or only ever saw at conventions.... alas, some of those friends are no longer dwelling on this mortal plane, others have fallen out of contact -- mostly MY fault, as I went dark for about  five years for personal reasons; signing up on LJ (and then DW) was in part an attempt to re-connect with fandom. Didn't work quite as well as I'd hoped it would --   Anyway, I would not be surprised if the Carletons called it quits sometime soon. 
     Pro: Possibility of seeing former fandom compatriots.
     Con: No guarantee that anyone I know will be there.
     Pro: Uphold the legacies of fandoms past -- RGB, Highlander, Stargate:SG1, etc.
     Con: Having to deal with obnoxious upstarts like the RGB-Furry bunch.

    Pro: With dwindling membership, better chance of getting a room at the Host hotel.
    Con: Even with dwindling membership, the ratzen-fratzen Room Lott--er, Reservation system is apparently still in operation.

     Pro:  Cheaper membership than Tardis Con, equal to Anime-Zing.
     Con: 14+ hour round trip drive on a Holiday weekend.

2. Anime-Zing!  Okay, chances are very good that I will go to this one, seeing as Daughter won a free membership for her Puella Magika Madoka cosplay last year, and it's local. This, despite my disappointment in last year's programming and guest line-up.

3. Chicago TARDIS-CON ---
        Pro: I know the route, even though it's driving into the suburbs.
        Pro: Nea will probably be there?
        Pro: Guests are a mixed bag, but surely there will SOMEONE I will enjoy listening to in panels.
       Con (and it's a big one!): Not at all keen on their recent membership policies, and 3rd party registration; what I've heard, especially about last year, seems highly reminiscent of major complaints about the non-lamented CREATION CONs -- too much emphasis on the NAME STARS, and SPECIAL MEMBERSHIP PERKS that don't happen.....

Opinions, anyone?

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Was hoping the weather-watchers were blowing smoke when they predicted snow over last night and into today, but Noooooo! They were right, darn it.... at least we got most of the errands done last night right after supper -- groceries, prescription drop-offs (won't need until Tuesday), new blood-sugar test meter -- had my 3-month Diabetic check-in earlier this week and Doctor scolded me -- need to keep a closer eye on the blood sugar -- oh, and losing  around 40 lbs would be good..... *sigh*  Well, least I won't develop gall stones this time if I do (gall bladder came out in 1999 -- after losing some 40+ pounds a couple of years previous!).

Daughter has the day off today (good thing!); I'm doing laundry and web-surfing (obviously).  Oh, and cleaning house, as Mom and Elder Sister are supposed to come for Thanksgiving.

After re-reading some of LucidScreamer's  YGO drabbles, I was struck by a cosplay idea: a Victorian/Edwardian-era fem-Ryou Bakura.  I've even roughed out a bit of back story, though I'm fuzzy on how to explain the half-Japanese part at that point in history.  Also need an Anglo-cized first name for Ryou...  handwaving on the Japanese Egyptologist father.  Basically,  Daddy Bakura sends daughter Ryou a package from Egypt containing The Ring and some cryptic notes about his recent discoveries in  the general vicinity of Giza.  Ryou does NOT don the Ring (seriously, heavy clunky TACKY!!!), but keeps it close because, GOLD and VALUABLE and MYSTERY....  about half a year later, when Daddy is expected to return to England, another package arrives with Daddy's journal and a note from expedition partners Professor Hawkins and Mouto with condolences -- Daddy Bakura is missing/presumed dead.....

So, 17 yr old Ryou decides to 'chaperone'  younger classmate Rebecca Hawkins'  trip to join her grandfather in Egypt....  Since Ryou is not wearing the Ring, she's not possessed -- but keeping it close results in a bit of bleed-over influence.  Right now, I'm trying to settle on an Ancient Egyptian Thief King- influenced outfit that's still within the strictures of Victorian/Edwardian fashion.  Thinking bright red dress jacket over white blouse and blue riding skirt, utility belt w/pouch for the Ring, boots..... need to find a pattern for the riding skirt.  The Pyramid Collection has some nice steampunk-ish accessories, including a leather-bound blank book (with lapis decorated buckle!) that would be perfect for Daddy Bakura's journal -- but so expensive!!!   Sigh.

Well, it's not like I'm in a hurry and need COSPLAY NOW! for an anime convention in the near future....

not_hathor: (Jethro Chow)
The Daughter starts Week Three  of her part-time job tomorrow. She has complained about sore feet, and heavy bolts of fleece material, and a sore cutting hand, and a co-worker who is a  frequent No-Call No-Show who might be getting the axe soon, and her weird work schedule,  but she seems to enjoy stocking and cash register work.  Her bank debit card showed up yesterday (Saturday).  We shopped and she now has a phone (Husband added her to the family plan) and a watch of her very own, so I get mine back --Whooppee! 

On a sad note, the used book store on our side of the River shut down.  Fortunately, the 90+ dollars of credit I'd built up transferred over to the sister store in Davenport.  This is why I prefer to take the cash at the used video store, even though it's a lesser amount than if I chose credit -- too many times I've built up credit, only to have the vendor go out of business.

Okay.  I promised Lucidscreamer a recipe for no-bake pumpkin/pudding pie.  Keep in mind, please, that this is FROM MEMORY, since I long ago lost the magazine I found it in originally -- but I've made it often enough that I think it's reasonably accurate.  MAY NEED TWEAKING!!!

1) Prepare  two deep-dish bottom crusts of your dietary preference/needs. Bake (or not) accordingly.

2) in a Large mixing bowl, 16 oz. softened low-fat cream cheese, 1/2 can of pumpkin pack, and spices -- 2 tsp of pumpkin pie spice, or a mixture of  ground cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and/or allspice.  If you have a standing bowl mixer, use that until evenly blended.

3) Slowly add  two boxes of low-fat, no/low sugar instant pudding ( white chocolate, vanilla, or chocolate) and three to 3 - 1/2 cups low fat or skim milk and mix at medium speed. 

4) Scrape into cooled pie shells and refrigerate for at least two hours before serving.

5) Top with whipped dairy or non-dairy topping of your choice. Enjoy!

Note: There is a 'Pumpkin Spice' pudding flavor, in which case you might want to skip the spices in Step 2; however, I don't know if it comes in Low/No Fat, so use your discretion.  The original recipe used Chocolate pudding, but I thought that was odd, so substituted white chocolate and vanilla.

My Dad, who was on a low-fat, low sugar diet due to Hypertension and Diabetes gave this pie "Two Thumbs UP!" when I brought it for Thanksgiving and Christmas. 

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I am SO PROUD of her!!!

Okay, the week before I went on my trip with Mom (back in September), the Daughter(for reasons never really explained) suddenly decided she needed to apply for a job at two of our local fabric/Hobby shops.  Which she did.  While Mom and I were braving the wilds of Northern Michigan (Cherries and Bear-ies and Fudge, Oh MY!), I received a text message from Hubby to the effect that he'd taken her shopping for 'work slacks'  -- which led me to think that she'd landed one of those jobs --- um, no, just anticipating, but yeah, she really needed to upgrade from jogging pants....

Now fast forward to a week ago yesterday Thursday -- she was called in for an interview at the Fabric Store.... which went very well... so well, that the manager called back on Saturday and asked if she could start on Monday!  So Daughter promptly checked out the local bus routes, determined which lines and where she had to transfer, and how long it would most likely take; I bought her a bus pass, and  a pair of good padded -sole shoes and a couple of dress casual  blouses, and Monday she went in for what turned out to be a 5 and 1/2 hour shift.  Same on Tuesday and Wednesday.  Thursday and Friday she had the day off.  Yesterday I took a long lunch break and accompanied her to our Bank & Trust as moral support (and with $100 seed money) so she could set up her very own checking account!  

Sigh.  Welcome to the Wonderful World of Grown-ups, baby girl.....

And part of me goes -- 'It's about TIME!' 

Now, all we need to do is get her driving again....
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Thank you, Lucidscreamer, for reminding me.....

Um.   Because I tend to spend my evenings knitting instead of reading these days, I don't seem to read as much as I used to.  However, I do get an hour for lunch, and I've gotten into the habit of setting a timer and reading for 20 minutes during my lunch hour (this of course depends on how much time gets eaten up with errands and fixing up something to actually eat). This seems to work best with anthologies and books that I've read before.  In this fashion I've re-read the first four (and in my opinion, the best) of Lillian Jackson Braun's "Cat Who -- " books, several of Charlotte MacLeod's 'Inspector Rhys',  'Peter Shandy' and 'Sarah Kelling' mysteries,  several of Laurie King's 'Mary Russell's,  a number of manga (Food Wars & Natsume's Book of Friends) and  the first three 'Is It Wrong to Try to Pick Up Girls in a Dungeon?' light novels.

Also, a book I borrowed from my Mom -- "The Guernsey Literary and Potato Peel Pie Society" by Mary Anne Shaffer and Anne Barrows.  The novel is written in the epistolary style, which made it both easier and harder to put down at the end of 20 minutes.... It deals with the experiences of the Channel Islanders (between England and France) during the German occupation of WW2.  According to Mom, she's tracked some distant cousins from her father's (English) side of the family to the Channel islands, which made the novel feel somewhat personal.
 I will have to see if I can find a copy for my own. 

On  the knitting side, I finally finished a Sideways-knit Ruffled edge Shawl which I mistakenly thought would be a fairly quick knit - HAH!   I am almost finished with the Very Berry triangular shawl, despite running out of the yarn -- I have a partial skein of a heavier double weight in very similar shades which I am carefully de-twisting because I REFUSE to buy another whole skein when all I need  are another five - seven rows worth to finish! 

A sad note: Our local yarn Shop, 'The Naked Sheep Yarn Barn' went out of business last month.  It was only operational for seven months; I'm not certain exactly what happened, but I suspect that Cindy and Kelly tried to do too much too quickly (and Kelly being in the hospital for a month certainly didn't help).  I am now not allowed to buy any more yarn for at least six months (I managed to pick up at LOT of skeins during the GOoB sale) unless I absolutely need it to finish a current project.

Can anyone recommend a good Steampunk novel?  I've tried the series by Pip Ballantine, and didn't care for main characters at all (too stereotypical); also a series set in a Victorian era w/ magic which offered up Sherlock Holmes' long-lost niece from his mother's side of the family, but found the magic system too intrusive...  I guess what I'm looking for is something that reads like a cross between the Robert Downey Jr.. 'Sherlock Holmes' movies and 'King Solomon's Mines'   --- 

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.... since last year's were a bust, more or less.

It's supposed to actually get near freezing today -- practically a heat wave!

Christmas was good.... went to vist Mom, gave her knitted slippers and a bar of hand-made Goat's Milk Lilac soap; gifted Elder Sister with a winged trilobite pin, Eric Stuart-sama's newest CD (autographed, even), TARDIS and Dalek - shaped soaps and some anime; Younger Sister and her SO received soaps, gift cards and 'Game of Thrones' trinkets; Youngest sister-tachi's gifts were mailed to Texas, and by all accounts were well received. Husband gave me an Amazon gift card (Yay! Kindle books!), Daughter gave me a Cedar/Sage bath set, and the Noisy Beasts collaborated with a Human and gave me a Badger.

I cannot say enough good things about Maitri's Bath and Body -- Hand-crafted Goat's Milk soaps (unless otherwise noted); great and imaginative scents with fannish themes (Game of Thrones, Doctor Who, Supernatural, to name a few), reasonably priced, and excellent, speedy and friendly service. Almost everybody on my Gift list received a Soap of some sort this year, and I am looking forward to the new scent/flavor she announced for later this month. Methinks I am addicted....

Have been enjoying 'The Librarians' and 'Agent Carter' on the idiot box. 'NCIS' has been a bit rough, emotionally speaking - NCIS:NO is okay, I enjoy seeing Scott Bakula, but that's about it. Alas, AC and NCIS:NO are on different networks, at the same time (had the same problem with 'Agents of SHIELD' last year) - *sigh* NETFLIX-marathoned the first season of SHIELD right after Thanksgiving (and have shamelessly indulged in spoilers since), so we're sort of up to date with that. Have seen 'Forever' a few times; strikes me as a cross between 'Elementary' and 'Forever Knight', not necessarily in a good way.
We don't really watch much television these days -- can you tell?

Also. We have a *LYS! Right here in our Village! Grand Opening was last week, and it is owned/operated by the lady who weaves the rugs/placemats etc. for our annual church bazaar (she and her parents -- both deceased, alas-- also operated a jewelry making supply shop called The Caprock located near my and Elder Sister's alma mater during the time we both attended). They have lovely yarns, some commercial brands, and also local handspun, plus knitting seminars TBA....I found the match to some yarn I was about to run out of, that I was unable to locate elsewhere (not even on eBay). Wheee!!!!!!

*LYS - Local Yarn Shop


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