ladylarkrune: (FFVI: In the Sunset)
[livejournal.com profile] docnerd and [livejournal.com profile] peasant007 are both visiting at the moment so it is mandatory to document this on film.

I have a shitty camera. You should be aware of this.

Also the pictures are large.

Cut )
ladylarkrune: (El Hazard - Just Kill Me Now)
And it was too.

Things got done. Stuff was accomplished. And dear gods I talked a lot.

Friday was fun and despite a delayed plane or two, I got the chance to meet [livejournal.com profile] rosefyre and [livejournal.com profile] regacylady for dinner and secrets. It was fun. They are short, as expected. And Rose, I may have something for you...

The meeting itself got a lot done. But gods I was out of words by the time I was done. The cookout afterward was a lot of fun and it was great to have so many people there. Alice and Sean really did a good job of organizing it.

After the cookout, we went to Jim's for talk and poker. I played. And I did well. It was a buy-in game of Texas hold-em for $20. And I ended the night with $80. Not bad. Especially considering we only had 6 players.

The trip back. That was hellacious. A late flight from Baltimore made me miss my flight to GR. Then I had to fight to get put on standby for the next availible flight and then that flight was delayed. I finally got home. Just now. When I should have been home at 4:30pm. Ugh.

So in conclusion, Friends are fun but getting to see them can be a pain.
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: What have you done that is ge)
Goes out to [livejournal.com profile] rosefyre who sent me a 10 coupon to renew my account. I hadn't gotten around to renewing it yet, mostly because I haven't posted in ages, and it really was nice. So big *hus* to her and a giant thank you. I really appreciate it.
ladylarkrune: (Happy Birthday)
Make [livejournal.com profile] hellbuny take you someplace special and not work too hard. Also you deserve to sleep in and have a nice drink!

Maybe a good Merlot!

*hugs*
ladylarkrune: (Let the Light Shine)
One of my friends, and Otakon peeps, rocks the galactic muffin!

Read about his decision to take his wife's name.

It is seriously full of awesome. And he is a pretty awesome guy.
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: What have you done that is ge)
Where does the time go? Really I wonder.

Let's see. End of month came and went with more than it usual craziness. We hit record numbers this month. My department accounted for 3777 repos and we are just one division. The total for the whole company was 9685 repos. That is a heck of a lot of cars picked up. It was a record-breaking month. The reward, we can wear jeans on Friday and they are buying Pizza for the office tomorrow. I laughed. I get to wear what I want all the time (I haven't looked at my work shirts in 6 months) and I can have Pizza when I want it which is about once every 6 months and I got my fill at Otakon.

Moving on, since noone wants to hear me talk about my work unless it is the fun part - like guys running out in their skivvies chasing after thier car at 3am, to Otakon Stuffage.

I am the Section Chief of Human Resources this year. I am working on my budget but I still need to get in touch with a few people. The budget is smaller this year than last so I am having fun with that. But it is coming together. I still need to talk with Hotels, Gofers, and Staf support. I know what Spec Ops needs and I still need to find a new head of that. The search for a Chief of Staff is going well. Hopefully there will be an announcement soon. There is so much stuff to do and so little time to implement it. I wish I could go to the meeting on the 25th but that is not happening.

Writing front. Well I am writing. But it is not on my fanfics. I know bad, Lark! But with everything going on with Work and Otakon I haven't had the inclination like I should. I am probably going to buckle down for NaNoWriMo and do something like "Finsh a story, Yo!" with that month.

Right now I am working on telling some Sims2 style stories. Let me tell you that I have never yelled at my laptop like I have lately. I am doing an Asylum challenge with [livejournal.com profile] lennoxmacbeth as the star. I like to torture my friends. But this shouldn't be news for you all. ^_^ Here is the linky -- don't kill me because of the crappy picture taking. Although for those of you who play, i dare you to play Spot the Cameraman Mode pictures. They are there. Just not many of them since they cause Blue Screens of Death when I use them too much. Hence part of the screaming. *Begs Mac for an Advertising like banner for the story* You know my photoshop skills suck the galactic muffin.

I still need to mail out the prizes for the Max Challenge contest. But Money is killing me right now. Thank you vet bills.

Speaking of the pets. Rikku is very cuddly needy. She jumps up on my lap while I am working and cuddle sleeps. It is very cute. Shika wants to, but his hip is still bugging him I don't think the weather helps. He is just so happy to be alive that he will bound around the house while being gimpy. I am slowly starting to harden myself to the fact that it is very likely that Shikamaru will not live for very long. I am going to do my best to keep him going and the walks and playing fetch help some. But I think that his hip isn't going to improve and there will be a time where his quality of life is going to deteriorate to the point where it isn't a joy for him anymore. That is the day I am dreading. Until then, he still loves to play fetch and tug the disemboweled remains of squeaky toys with Rikku. He loves her and is currently cuddled against her sleeping. The cats are the cats. Affectionate, easy going, although Rin has taken to fighting with Rikku over who can sit on my lap. He claims he had it first. And he is right since he is the oldest pet in the house.

But that is generally what is going on with me. Today I am going out shopping with my mom at the Asian food store and Farmer's Market. Then later I am heading over to Josh's for Battlestar Friday. But for right now, Coffee!!!! and Dinner.
ladylarkrune: (Going Someplace)
I don't know how else to describe it, but I am feeling content - happy even. And I love it!

I switched from the not so good water exercise class to a water aerobics one. For now it is only on Tuesday nights but once my body is more accustomed to working out, I am going to up it to two nights a week. The first class I went to had a interim intructor but even so I already feel better about it. There are people there who are willing to talk to me and are closer in age. And many of the drills that we do feel good and I can feel my body's reaction to them. I was a bit achey the following morning to the point where I am pretty sure that twice a week would be too much now, but I have hope.

Saturday, I went with my parents to see 1776 which was put on by the local civic theater. It was very well done. The actors were phenominal and a few of them had voices that I would just love to listen to for ages. Especially the courier's actor. Oh my gods, was his tenor so sweet and poignant that it brought a tear to my eye. Just lovely. And of course there was the personal amusment factor, in the role of Abigail Adams was a girl I knew from high school and had done theater with. She apprently had just returned to the area after being the lead singer on a cruise ship. I was amused and pleased. Her acting had improved greatly as had her voice. She was a good singer in High School but her voice had an edge to it that really could grate. It still isn't my favorite, but it is better. In all, I had a good time and the History Major in me was amused by the subject and the actual quotes. I was even more pleased that the program book had liner notes about the actual historical veracity. So people were learning, while being entertained. It was great!

Today, I am going to go see Prince Caspian with my father at the cheap movies. It will be good. I really like having a second run movie theater here again. It makes movie watching easier for me.

Finally, I am looking forward to [livejournal.com profile] davez coming to visit. I haven't seen him in a while - not since the "Hi! Bye!" that is Otakon. I look forward to talking with him and hanging out. Even if we have different schedules it will be fun.

Hopefully if this keeps up I will be able to get a lot of stuff accomplished. I like being in a good mood.

Now if only I can figure out what triggered this so I can keep feeling this way.

I like being content, dammit!
ladylarkrune: (Harley Grinning)
Happy birthday [livejournal.com profile] vegeta_no_oujo and [livejournal.com profile] aishuu. I hope it is a good one for you two.

*hugs*
ladylarkrune: (CI: Partners)
I've discovered that unless I have something to say, I don't tend to post on LJ.

My life is boring - I mean who wants to read about it? Certainly not me.

There is one fairly exciting bit going on. [livejournal.com profile] lennoxmacbeth my hiveminding friend from Mediaminer is visiting this week over her spring break. It's been a very laid back affair. We've hung out a lot, gabbed about writing and art, and in general been cool about the whole thing. I went and got her on Friday meeting her in this little truckstop town up in Wisconsin.

Which by the way, Wisconsin has the funkiest deer crossing signs ever.

We got back in time for us to sleep for most of the day on Saturday. That night I took her out for Sushi at Tokyo Grill - which has the best Sushi in Grand Rapids. And we stopped in at Horrocks which a local supermarket/Nursery that has the best produce in town. Since then we've had crablegs that I found on sale at D&W and we got her set up with the Sims2. Today we had corned beef and cabbage. We're going to have left overs for a little while.

I have managed to accomplish one of my goals of introducing her to Eddie Izzard. Other than that we haven't done anything that is really noteworthy other than have a nice visit.

No hot lesbian sex scandal here. No, not at all. ~_^
ladylarkrune: (Show me your tears)
I'm always one of the last to post about friends dying. Probably because I don't know what to say. That is doubly true in this case.

I first met Steve Pearl at Katsucon 5. It was the same con that I met Toshi, Jeff, Kayt, Bill, Pocky and others. At that time, he hung around Jeff and Bill a lot and I remember thinking of him as Pookie not Steve for much our relationship with each other. He was quiet, gentle, sweet and honestly one of the nicest people I have met. He also knew his Anime but his knowledge wasn't ever like he was lording it over you it was more that he was excited to share what he had learned with other fans. He was just Pookie.

I remember talking with him about all sorts of things and the group conversations that I had with Jeff, Bill and he. It wasn't always about anime but the conversations were always interesting.

We lost touch in a while back - when Jeff had a falling out with him. But we would talk on ICQ randomly. But even that stopped after a while. I never considered Steve a "lost" friend like I consider other people. We just lost touch. And now we've lost him. So wherever you are, Steve, you're missed. And we'll have to talk again.
ladylarkrune: (Julia)
Today I attended the memorial service. As I expected and hoped for, lots of people were there. About 3000 people crowded the EGR gymnasium to pay tribute to Jimmy. I was happy to see that the school and his parents had asked some East Alumni, Current Students, and Teachers to speak on his behalf. In Addition, the Band played and the choir sang, while they were off-key (the band moreso than the choir) you could tell that they were trying their best to honor Kabookie.

I think that this service was more for the community than his family, but I am glad that I attended. My favorite speakers were Bar (a retired Government teacher and the football coach) and Mr. Cwayna, The Principal. Bar related a lot of nice anecdotes about Jimmy and his life and Mr. Cwayna addressed on why Jimmy was such a great human being.

And he was. He was a funny little guy with a smile and hug for everyone.

I was really lucky to know him.
ladylarkrune: (Julia)
A friend of mine died Wednesday. But he just wasn't my friend, he was the friend of every East Grand Rapids High Schooler from the mid seventies until his death. Ostensibly he was a custodian. But in reality he was the manager and mascot of all of East's sports teams and the school itself. He was always there with a ready hug and sympathetic ear, it didn't matter who you were: Popular or shunned Jimmy liked you.

He was born with Down's Syndromw but never let that stop him. He was a great guy who couldn't read very well but could remember where every football was or a student's name long after they graduated.

I remember the last time I saw Jimmy. I had stopped in to interview a teacher for one of my college courses when Jimmy stopped me in the hall, calling me by name even though I had graduated seven years ago. He gave me a big hug and asked how I was doing. He remembered that I had been on the swim team and that I was on the Quiz Bowl in high school and asked if was still doing those. When I told him no, he smiled and said "I bet you found something better!" I nodded and told him about my desire to be a teacher. He gave me another hug and told me that I would make a great one cause I had a good heart.

Jimmy was a great teacher because he had a good heart. The best of hearts. He didn't teach any specific subject but he taught people to love and accept anyone even if they were a little different. Wherever he is now, I suspect that he is still giving big hugs and cheering the kids of East Grand Rapids on to victory.

We love you Bookie and we miss you.

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