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Saturday, December 24th, 2016 12:44 pm
I am excited for Yuletide. The past few years when I've had a quiet Christmas morning to myself and been able to read through stories, those have been lovely.

Nearly all of my holiday preparations are done. I have a little wrapping to do. This afternoon I'm going to see Fantastic Beasts at a theater with reserved giant reclining chairs. I have the whole week off. Things are good.
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Saturday, February 9th, 2013 11:09 am
Yesterday morning I was thinking I hoped it wouldn't be one of those overblown weather events. I took this picture of our neighbor's house.

Early Friday 2/8/13

Here it is this morning:

Sat morning 2/9/13

We watched several movies yesterday. I watched Fellowship of the Ring for the first time in quite a while. Today I'm hoping to fit the other two in, or at least The Two Towers. My roommate and his girlfriend are trying to study though so we'll see. I'd rather watch them on the tv than my laptop.

I realized that I missed the anniversary of my first Livejournal - started it and joined the Harry Potter community back in Jan. 2003. It doesn't seem that long ago! I have been lucky to have met lots of fun, smart people through LJ. I'm not on here nearly as much - you're more likely to find me on twitter or sometimes tumblr - but it was a great place to start. <3
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Monday, January 28th, 2013 08:20 pm
Last Thursday I went on a night hike at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The moonlight lit the landscape more brightly than you might expect. It was a clear night and pretty cold; we didn't see any animals, but it was still a lovely walk. We saw a beaver's lodge and area where they had created something of a dam with reeds (kind of like gardening).

Saturday night I sat next to a guy at the bar who told me, among other things, the he traps beavers (as a hobby). Apparently farmers ask him to do so. I asked him if he was going to pay for his meal with beaver skins thrown on the bar and we laughed but I was half serious. What is this, the fucking pioneer days?

Then I went home and watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which is one of the funnier comedies I've seen in a while. It kept having surprise actors like Frances McDormand and Alan Tudyk with a German accent, and Ken Jeong. Which reminds me, I should probably start a Community rewatch since the fourth season is back on Thursday night next week.
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Monday, January 28th, 2013 08:05 pm
Last Thursday I went on a night hike at the Ipswich River Wildlife Sanctuary. The moonlight lit the landscape more brightly than you might expect. It was a clear night and pretty cold; we didn't see any animals, but it was still a lovely walk. We saw a beaver's lodge and area where they had created something of a dam with reeds (kind of like gardening).

Saturday night I sat next to a guy at the bar who told me, among other things, the he traps beavers (as a hobby). Apparently farmers ask him to do so. I asked him if he was going to pay for his meal with beaver skins thrown on the bar and we laughed but I was half serious. What is this, the fucking pioneer days?

Then I went home and watch Transformers: Dark of the Moon, which is one of the funnier comedies I've seen in a while. It kept having surprise actors like Frances McDormand and Alan Tudyk with a German accent, and Ken Jeong. Which reminds me, I should probably start a Community rewatch since the fourth season is back on Thursday night next week.

(cross-posted, apologies for any seeing this twice)
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Saturday, May 5th, 2012 11:36 am
(Also posted at lj.)

I recently was in San Francisco, where I saw a number of old friends including some who have no online presence, which I cannot fathom. The first few days I stayed downtown, near Union Square. My friend Nancy likes to walk and we did lots of walking around the city. We went to Telegraph Hill and climbed to Coit Tower, where the views are amazing.

View, San Francisco and beyond

We also walked along the Embarcadero, went to Alamo Square which has some lovely Victorian homes, ate dinner in the Mission District, etc etc. The next day we drove to Half Moon Bay to see a friend I hadn't seen since high school. The drive was really pretty and less citified than I expected. We returned to the city and stopped at Cliff House near Ocean Beach, where the views again were lovely. This is the remains of Sutro Baths, one of the old attractions at the beach.

Remains of Sutro Baths

There was more touring and eating. Nancy left the next day and I met up with [personal profile] verity at the coffee shop where she writes, which is a great spot in the Mission District. She looks great, SF life is agreeing with her.

I stayed the rest of the time in Fremont with another old friend. She took me to Chinatown, where her father grew up and she spent time with family when her family would go back to visit. I got several squished pennies, which are some of my favorite souvenirs because they are cheap and tacky and SO FUN. I put them in my new squished penny passport.

Pam is also big on walking and hiking so I suggested we see some redwoods. She decided we should go to Big Basin. We hiked for several hours in beautiful country and perfect weather. Here is one of the trees we saw:

Hollow tree, from the outside

The rest of my pictures are here.

Then I went to a sales conference where I survived the team building (so much hate for those, pushes all my anxiety buttons) and drank a lot.

Then I came home and [personal profile] imaginarycircus, her husband and some of his friends and I all saw Avengers at the IMAX 3D and it was AWESOME. I loved all of the heroes except I wish there had been a little more girlpower. Oh well, classic comics and all. That's a minor quibble. AWESOMEx1000
kal: (oh boy)
Wednesday, July 27th, 2011 08:45 pm
Some things:

I need to see this movie. (Link to trailer. Funnee!)

Sunday my roommate's car was broken into (because he left his GPS visible, bad idea). That evening when I was out in the neighborhood one of the guys across the street (where several generations of an Italian family live) started talking to me, apologizing if we heard any yelling, it seems his parents are divorcing. Then he went on to (over)share that he'd kicked his heroin habit.

Really our neighborhood is quite decent.

Echo Bazaar keeps getting better, the designers keep adding more content and it's continuously more creative. You're limited in the number of actions you can take in a day so I am stopped from spending too much time on it. If you like steampunk and choose your own adventure style games, check it out.

I finally saw HP 7.2! I was really pleased to see other characters besides Hermione the trio getting to show how skilled they were. And how much did I love McGonagall and Neville? OMG so much! It was also fun to see the movie with [personal profile] imaginarycircus and David, fellow fans and friends of many years. And Katie made blueberry cobbler! Yum.

I also finally finished A Dance with Dragons. Overall I liked it...but I thought more would happen? And I've had enough of Ramsey Bolton.

It seems like I had more to say but since I wanted to post on Monday and couldn't log on to LJ until today...oh well.

(cross-posted from my lj) (which I am about done with, how hard is it to keep a site up fercryinoutloud?)