mizzmarvel: (tommy's sick - context)
When I woke up this morning, my eyes were stuck closed from watering too much. The perfect way to start the last day of 2011.

Since then, I've been feeling headache-y, nauseated, tired, sore throat-y, and cough-prone. My eyes are so red that I look like a monster's, and I'm soon to run out of orange juice, which leaves me breathless with concern. I don't even have the energy to check if the History Channel's running a marathon of The History of Sex, which I've watched like five times.

But you know? It's okay. It's just a blip. I ended the year financially stable, with a job I love and all the anxiety of the last job gone. It's the best gift I could have ever given myself.

eve

Dec. 24th, 2011 11:46 pm
mizzmarvel: (santa - thuri)
Now there's a present from [livejournal.com profile] horsescanswim under my tree. :D And a card from [livejournal.com profile] derien and [livejournal.com profile] eor!

...I was going to post more, but then I spent a day filled with loudness and family (not mine) and food, so I'm just going to cuddle my cat and collapse. Though I may have to brew up a cup of hot chocolate first.
mizzmarvel: (good god bones - entwashian)
Breaking news: Someone is WRONG on the INTERNET.

I hate this random person's fic (none of you, flist ♥) and I feel like a jerk because my hatred is so darn visceral. I've certainly read many, many worse fics, but this one's over-the-top characterization, blithe ignorance of canon, and stilted melodrama put me over the edge. It's like the written equivalent of nails on a chalkboard

On a happier note, my little stupid $8 Christmas tree now has presents from [livejournal.com profile] magikfanfic and [livejournal.com profile] derien underneath it. :DDD Why isn't it Sunday yet?
mizzmarvel: (santa - thuri)
Still working on my Yuletide story, but I think there may finally be an end in sight. In the meantime, here, have an $8 Target Christmas tree:



Featuring cards from [livejournal.com profile] thepastperfect (which has an AWESOME cartoon of Byron and Jeff), [livejournal.com profile] osprey_archer, [livejournal.com profile] harmonyangel, and [livejournal.com profile] lauren5678 and a present AND cookies from [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory. (Best madeleines in the world or best madeleines in the world? Oh my Goooooood.)

The Hello Kitty stocking is for my cat. Obviously.
mizzmarvel: (santa - thuri)
Step One

- Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friends friends, or just random journals, or [livejournal.com profile] holiday_wishes/[livejournal.com profile] wishlist) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.


My List )
mizzmarvel: (happy halloween!)
I spotted these goodies from Hostess today while I was out shopping.

from the makers of Flash Cakes and Globallz... )

I didn't have it in me to buy them, though. From my experience with Flash Cakes and Globallz, they will taste like something that belongs in one of the middle levels of Hell. What I did buy was a bag of Halloween candy, which probably guarantees that my, like, five year streak of getting a grand total of zero trick-or-treaters will continue.
mizzmarvel: (happy halloween!)
This week on Dimestore Dames, I look at one of my favorite witchy women, Agatha Harkness

Also, here's a meme nabbed from [livejournal.com profile] entwashian:

In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door.' Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and...well, you know the drill. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!

<3 day

Feb. 14th, 2011 11:33 pm
mizzmarvel: (tiana/naveen ftw)
I went to no effort to wear red or pink (my nails are even painted green) and didn't even remember what day it was until I got to work and started hearing people greet each other with, "Happy Valentine's Day!"

Which, okay, maybe I'm just not very observant, but has that always been a holiday we greet random acquaintances with? It's not exactly the same as a generic "Happy New Year!" or "Happy Holidays!" I mean, I just think the Day o' Love is kind of loaded with potential meaning that you don't want to throw at just anyone. Unless they want to give me candy, in which case I'll wish them a Merry VDay until the cows come home.

Anyway, later in the night, as I was marathon-messaging people on OKCupid and looking at pictures of wedding dresses, I was like, "Yeah, it really is Valentine's Day all right."
mizzmarvel: (christmas lights - misce_lee_eous)
It's well after New Year's, and I think it's high time my building's superintendent took the Christmas lights in the courtyard down. Mostly because I've almost forgotten what it's like to go to sleep not bathed in dull, yellow-y light.

And even if this weren't directly annoying to me, I'm a purist; by January 2nd, I expect Christmas lights to at least be kept off. Otherwise, what the heck? Just wasting electricity for funsies?
mizzmarvel: (madrox: scholars - iconzicons)
Last night consisted of dinner and karaoke with [livejournal.com profile] poisonivory, [livejournal.com profile] queenitsy, [livejournal.com profile] harmonyangel, [livejournal.com profile] second_batgirl, and others. It was all fun and frolics until the end of the night, when I discovered my wallet was missing and I sobbed pathetically.

But then it turned out it was under the booth at the restaurant the whole time, so no need to cancel credit cards and mourn the sentimental items I stupidly keep in there (the receipt from when I bought my cat, a 50 cent coin my dad gave me, etc.) Moral of the story: stick to purses that zip closed on top.

Anyway, let's look at some books.

books read in December )

Total number of books read in 2010: 178. Not too shabby!

my rituals

Dec. 31st, 2010 03:00 pm
mizzmarvel: (uhura is pretty (awesome) - entwashian)
I generally consider myself a logical person by nature. I believe in the power of science, the intrinsic beauty of evolution, and the vast potential of the human mind. Whether God or gods come into this, I'm not sure; I'm an agnostic, so I suppose I'll find out someday, one way or another.

But despite that, my days are ruled by ritual. Every day, there are dozens of things I'm compelled to do because, in a vague sense, I feel like I must in order to keep my world going. I don't know if this is an obsessive-compulsive thing, but either way it's ridiculous. I took a lot of anthropology classes; I've studied these sorts of things extensively and can talk about them in a dispassionate, academic sort of way. But I still have to do them.

My daily rituals are so routine that they're not a hassle. But on special occasions, they sometimes get really complicated. The worst is when I fly somewhere. I won't go into too much detail, but among other things, I have to wear my lucky travel shirt for the first leg of the journey (I've owned it since maybe eighth grade, and I don't know what I'd do if something happened to it) and I must be holding the emergency instructions for the entire time I'm in my seat. I have to; it's my part in keeping the plane safely in the air.

And today, New Year's Eve, has special rituals too. I shave every part of me that needs shaving. In the shower, I scrub harder than I do any other day of the year. All my clothes must be absolutely clean -- no second-day jeans today. I'm washing away the old year and all the negativity that came with it, so I can start the new year totally fresh.

I'm just want better things from 2011. I'll do whatever I can to make it so, even if they make no sense.
mizzmarvel: (christmas ducks - iconzicons)
The year I was five, I desperately wanted a Little Tikes dollhouse for some reason. Why? Who the hell knows. It looks totally unexciting now, and I already had an awesome, homemade dollhouse I had no intention of abandoning, but I think the lights turned on or something.

My parents, with three kids and one salary, pretty much laughed at me when I begged for it, but this was before the world crushed my heart into a lump of cold diamond, so I still had high hopes. Hopes that were launched into the stratosphere when my parents told me one day near Christmas that I was absolutely not to go into the garage.

Now, I was an abnormally good kid; my rebellions were few or mild. And even though they refused to answer my incessant demands as to whether they were hiding a dollhouse in there, I didn't even attempt to sneak in the garage.

However, I had to know. So a couple days later, I was alone playing in the backyard and -- to my mind, casually -- constructed a makeshift step-stool of crates and boxes up to the one window into the dark garage. Peering in while on tiptoe, I could just make out the giant Little Tikes box.

Unfortunately, what I hadn't counted on was my mom witnessing everything from the kitchen window. She called me inside and demanded to know what I was doing. I tried to deny it, and then switched my story to admitting to, okay, trying to look in the window, but I hadn't seen anything, really! My parents were furious with my disobedience, though, and announced that they were taking back the dollhouse immediately. I was crushed, and after that, the garage was no longer off limits; the box was gone.

Christmas Eve rolled around. Traditionally, that night was spent with my grandparents, when we opened presents from the family. (Christmas Day was when we opened gifts from Santa.) Present after present was opened, and finally all mine were unwrapped. Needless to say, no dollhouse. I had pretty much resigned myself to it at this point.

One present was left, though, and my dad brings in this big box for my baby brother Tyler, who was barely a year old. Since it was about five times bigger than him, my parents ordered me to help him unwrap it, which, whoa, salting the wounds a little, right? Glumly, I tore off the paper...it was my Little Tikes dollhouse.

Cue me losing my freaking mind.

Well played, Mom and Dad. This is still my very happiest Christmas memory.

Later, I ditched the lame plastic family that came with the house and made it an awesome Barbie condo and temporary puppy hospital.
mizzmarvel: (scrooge - iconomicon)
I gave four people at work donations to Oxfam in their honor as holiday presents. They have program similar to Heifer International in that you can choose specific gifts for those that need them, but in a wider range of prices and choices. One person got books for children, another got toys, and two got honeybees (because supporting honeybees is a cause that's really close to my heart).

Now, I have two facets to my personality that don't really mesh well. I love giving gifts, but I'm also a tightwad. So I started getting buyer's remorse. Getting four was a little over the top -- only two people really needed to get something. And even though I'd already donated the money and printed out the cards and given them away, I started berating myself for spending too much because pennies make dollars (this is one of my life's mottos, I am not even kidding a little bit) and I could have used the money.

And then I realized I was conceptualizing it on what luxuries I could have bought for myself with that money, and I felt really ashamed.

I'm incredibly privileged to live in a wealthy country and have a job that supports a modest amount of comfort. It wasn't always this way; there were times in my childhood when I only had food, toiletries, and shelter thanks to charity. I need to be better about remembering the generosity of others and paying it forward; if the kindness of others didn't help me grow as a human being, what was the point?
mizzmarvel: (christmas lights - misce_lee_eous)
Today's major accomplishments:

1. Actually mailed my international holiday cards (did those first so I could just go to the post office rather than deal with stamps), then went straight to the bank, walked a mile to the library and then back, and picked up groceries on the way home.

2. Collapsed onto my bed with exhaustion.

3. Baked a potato for the first time (I have sub-remedial cooking skills).

4. Watched some Hoaders, which freaked me out so much that I cleaned up my junk mail pile.

5. Wrote some probably nonsensical captions for work; I'll pick at them later.

Tomorrow and the next few days are going to be much busier, but it'll all be worth it on Friday, when I get a week of vacation time.
mizzmarvel: (christmas ducks - iconzicons)
My Yuletide story is finished! *struts around*

Now maybe I'll actually have time to do holiday cards this weekend. They still might show up late, but at least they'll be ready for Decemberween.
mizzmarvel: (eomers_elf - bucky)
Top accomplishments of the day:

1. Lots of work-work done.

2. Wrapping presents for the child I'm sponsoring this Christmas, even though my cat wanted to stretch out across the paper, nuzzle all the presents, play with the tape, etc.

3. Write 700 words of Yuletide.

4. Change pretty much all my passwords EVER. THANKS GAWKER.

NOM NOM NOM

Dec. 4th, 2010 11:57 pm
mizzmarvel: (Default)
Shopping is incredibly exhausting, but it all works out when it ends with me having three jumbo boxes of my very favorite holiday version of my very favorite candy -- GOBSTOPPER SNOWBALLS.

These may last me the week.
mizzmarvel: (santa - thuri)
1. I went to a new dentist today, and omg. I was treated to the following: clean facilities, prompt appointment, nurse who didn't fumble her way through the X-rays, friendly dentist who explained everything he was doing and realized I do not have incisors (seriously, my last dentist insisted that I did; I guess I hallucinated having them removed ten years ago) and didn't once comment on my freakishly small mouth and who was hot, and main dentist who looked like a mad scientist and praised my cavity-free teeth.

I shouldn't be so thrilled at getting basic, customer-friendly treatment, but I am.

2. The winter holiday season is stressful to me because it requires me to spend money, which I instinctively prefer to hoard like a squirrel with a cheekful of acorns. But on the flip side, I love giving gifts. Why can't they just all be free?

That said, though, I'm almost done with my holiday gift shopping, I think. There are a few stragglers here and there, but it's all stuff I have planned anyway. And it's only December 2! Since when am I ever on top of stuff? I think last year I was furtively buying stuff on the last shipping day before Christmas.

Speaking of gifts, I got a card from [livejournal.com profile] cynicalpeach yesterday, and presents from [livejournal.com profile] thuri! Which I should have waited to open, but I actually panicked and thought maybe I had bought myself some things and forgot about them. But instead they were wonderful, awesome surprises, and I love them so much and both of you. <3
mizzmarvel: (christmas lights - misce_lee_eous)
It's a tradition in my family not to put up the Christmas decorations until after Thanksgiving.

Step One

- Make a post (public, friends locked, filtered...whatever you're comfortable with) to your LJ. The post should contain your list of 10 holiday wishes. The wishes can be anything at all, from simple and fandom-related ("I'd love a Snape/Hermione icon that's just for me") to medium ("I wish for _____ on DVD") to really big ("All I want for Christmas is a new car/computer/house/TV.") The important thing is, make sure these wishes are things you really, truly want.

- If you wish for real life things (not fics or icons), make sure you include some sort of contact info in your post, whether it's your address or just your email address where Santa (or one of his elves) could get in touch with you.

- Also, make sure you post some version of these guidelines in your LJ, or link to this post (it'll be public) so that the holiday joy will spread.

Step Two

- Surf around your friendslist (or friends friends, or just random journals, or [livejournal.com profile] holiday_wishes/[livejournal.com profile] wishlist) to see who has posted their list. And now here's the important part:

- If you see a wish you can grant, and it's in your heart to do so, make someone's wish come true. Sometimes someone's trash is another's treasure, and if you have a leather jacket you don't want or a gift certificate you won't use--or even know where you could get someone's dream purebred Basset Hound for free--do it.

You needn't spend money on these wishes unless you want to. The point isn't to put people out, it's to provide everyone a chance to be someone else's holiday elf--to spread the joy. Gifts can be made anonymously or not--it's your call.

There are no rules with this project, no guarantees, and no strings attached. Just...wish, and it might come true. Give, and you might receive. And you'll have the joy of knowing you made someone's holiday special.


My List )
mizzmarvel: (homer hungy - iconzicons)
When I went to get my much-anticipated Thanksgiving dinner, I discovered that McDonalds had closed more than an hour early. UGH. Luckily, Burger King keeps its promises, but it just wasn't the same.

Sorsha, being more of a traditionalist, really enjoyed her meal of turkey & giblets in gravy, courtesy of Fancy Feast.

Now I'm just waiting for the $10 sale at Threadless to start. DON'T JUDGE ME, I'M ONLY BUYING THREE TWO THIS TIME. And I have $10 in coupons, so whatevs. STOP LOOKING AT ME.

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