ladylarkrune: (My Spirit Dances)
I am playing the random Apoc and the only playables I have are the apoc family itself and 60 spawned townies. I have no pets, no subhoods, no universities and no NPCs other than the Mailman, paper boy, and driver - thank you clean neighborhoods.

So I about fell over when I got this pop up.



Really? Robin Goodfellow? Really? Why yes I would love to meet Puck. Alas it is not to be since I can't accept network questions until Intelligence is lifted. But still. I want to meet this random sim my game has spawned!
ladylarkrune: (Naruto - Gaara - Ignoring you)
So as I'm standing in the kitchen waiting for the hot water to finish heating. I am struck by the most insidious plot bunny...

Anita Blake/Criminal Minds Crossover.

Olaf finally can't keep the urges in and starts killing again. And he wants Anita to join him. The BAU is called in because a long dormant serial has finally resurfaced and this time they are going to catch him.

I am never going to write it. But the bunny is there now, gnawing at my brain going 'You know you want to...' And part of me does, I want to see how it ends. But I think that I can control the urges, besides I have enough unfinished stories now that I don't need more.

Still, it is fun to think about. And I thought I would share... Aren't I generous?

So does anyone else get random plot ideas while they are doing the most mundane things or is it just me?
ladylarkrune: (Food and Drink)
There is a part of me that both loves and hates this time of year.

I love the fact that I can get fresh, crisp apples and other fruits and vegetables. I like watching the leaves change color. I like the Warm days and cool nights.

What I do not like is the fact that my allergies go nuts. The lack of sun starting to hit. And the neverending cheer squad training. If I never hear "F-I-R-E Fire up! Fire Up! Fire up!" again I would be massively happy.

But I did get fresh apples, squash and cauliflower at the farmer's market. And Horrocks had a sale on NY strip and beef tenderloin. I will be butchering tonight and making a nice stew with the scraps.

It fits with the cool night.
ladylarkrune: (The Sadist in Me)
People keep telling me that Sim!Lark makes the scariest faces. I would like to challenge that and put it to the test.

So here is a list of the simselves with their pictures so you can decide who is scarier...

Cut to save friends pages )

[Poll #1446543]
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: What have you done that is ge)
I do not get it. At all. At all, at all.

I keep getting invites from people for it and my drivers want to know if I have one or a Mysapce page, and I don't get why people seem to want me to get one.

So explain to me the benefits of it and why I should bother. I like LJ and I need another site to check like I need a hole in my head.
ladylarkrune: (Nausicaa Dreaming)
What is this fluffy white stuff that is falling from the sky and spreading itself in a blanket across my yard and roof?

And why did the weather report fail to mention this when I checked yesterday?

Raking leaves today has now gone right out.

Republic of Tea's Comfort and Joy blend is really nummy.

I should probably take a nap and then write for a few hours. I managed to caption about 50 slides for my next update. I hate the random restart pictures because I have to figure out where the game crashes happened. So far I have a folder that has two fires that never happened because the computer crashed midway through taking pictures of them and then when I restarted the game they failed to occur. I also have at least one fight that never happened.

I think I will need to publish an album of stuff that never happened thanks to the Blue screen of death. I never had problems until I started picture taking.

On the plus side, yesterday I read two absolutely fabulous Naruto fanfics that just made my day. One had an amazingly interesting premise about why exactly the Kage Bunshin is a Forbidden Jutsu.

I love Spanish Guitar.

My house is slowly recovering from my fits of depression. The kitchen is now no longer a sea of dirty dishes and I have taken out the recycling.

Pazu loves curling up under my laptop and kneading my feet.

I cannot pimp StreamingSoundtracks.com enough.

I am debating if I want to put my tree up this year. I didn't last year because of bills. But this year is more stable, kinda. But I am still not sure if I want the hassle just for me.

I need to re-pot my aloe plant. It is now about 2 feet tall and 3 feet wide and tips its ceramic pot over unless I prop it up against a wall.

Homemade chicken fried rice is yummy.

I love my new windows.

I still can't get over that it is snowing big Hollywood flakes.
ladylarkrune: (What are you doing?)
That you need cake!!!!

That is why I am up early after going to bed later than I wanted to, 9am, I am having a giant cake craving. Which I am solving with brownies.

So I guess in reality, the cake really is a lie, since the cake is going to be a brownie.

Vuja de

Aug. 21st, 2008 02:20 am
ladylarkrune: (Labyrinth: Walls have Eyes)
I think that I am seeing things wrong.

The world record holder in the 100m hurdles, Daylon Robles, looks waaaay too much like the head of video ops, Desmond. It was eerie.

I need more coffee.
ladylarkrune: (Spike: Talk to the Hand)
My parents are full of awesome. They brought me KungFu Girl White Riesling.

I can't wait to try it. And the label art is really quite pretty.

Amused

Aug. 5th, 2008 06:39 pm
ladylarkrune: (Naruto - Kakashi - Yay Porn)
Prepping for Otakon - who isn't? - and I decided I should probably check the carry-on flight restrictions.

While I am happy to be able to carry a lighter and nailclippers again. Some of the things on the list just amuse the hell out of me. Because you know that the only reason why they got included on this list is because someone had to answer a question asked about the item more than once.

If you want to read and chuckle here is the link.

I got a good belly laugh at some of the items.
ladylarkrune: (The Sadist in Me)
I am in love with this comic

It makes me laugh lotsly

ladylarkrune: (Spike: WTF)
Apparently I've been on LJ for 7 years now. The hell!!!

I certainly don't have the posts to support that.

On another note: My summer movie want -- Sharks Eating Snakes on a Plane. You think the studios would go for it?
ladylarkrune: (Spike: Talk to the Hand)
As of now, I have seen 41 of the 80 best picture winners.

Jon Stewart is one of the better hosts on record. His giving up his bit to let the winner of best original song give her speech was well done and his one liners were nicely zinging.

Rehearsal is something the presenters need to look into.

Tilda Swinton needs to be allowed to ramble on about her agent and George Clooney's dedication more often

However she needs to ditch the glad trash bag she used as a dress.

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis were the living embodiement of Gomez and Morticia Adams.

No really . . . .

Johnny Depp and Vanessa Paradis

Other than that it was pretty much boring crap. They need to bring back Cirque du Soliel or something to liven the show up. Or at least have a film or two nominated for the top awards that people have actually seen.

Not that I am complaining mind you, but I've had no interest in seeing any of the nominated films other than Juno. And I hate to say it but there were good performances this year like Imelda Saunton in Harry Potter that people have actually seen and aren't a bad choice for a nomination. And dammit Oscar needs to start paying attention to anime - not this year perhaps. But definitely last year - where was Paprika? Satoshi Kon needs his Oscar people!
ladylarkrune: (Naruto - Gaara - Ignoring you)
Every time I see OTW, I think "One True Wank" rather than "Original Transformitive Works."

Also the first time I saw OTW I tried to figure out what pairing or moresome it was for. Shows how much I follow fandom politics.

Google fun

Jan. 8th, 2008 09:28 pm
ladylarkrune: (FFX - This is my story)
So I googled myself. I found a lot that wasn't me and a bit that was. Under my nickname, I found myself in anime and fanfiction circles. For my real name, I am listed as a Florida Notary and a high school graduate. Not much else. Nothing that an employer would really throw a fit over or try to suprise me about. I'm actually amused about the Notary part.
ladylarkrune: (WTF)
It was about Healthcare and Health Insurance and how it doesn't work in the U.S. and how to make it better. There is too much of a strain on Medicare and Medicaid. Not to mention there are people out there with no insurance because it is too expensive to pay for it on their own. I've been there. I've gone with Pnuemonia and Brochitis without seeing a doctor because I couldn't afford to go without insurance.

My current doctor has a good solution, for $360 a year for a single person or $520 for a family you get unlimited doctor's visits, lab work in house, flu and pnuemonia vaccines and I don't know what else. It works out to $30 a month for a single person and it is nice. But even that is really expensive for some people and it doesn't cover prescriptions.

So while I was dreaming I started thinking about things. Like what if people could pay $10 per person a month for basic medical care - things like physical, vaccines, and the "I've got the Flu/Brochitis" that we all run into. And it included basic prescriptions as well - antibiotics, ear drops, cough syrup, etc. Have part of it subsidized by some charity like the Gates Foundation and also by the government who wouldn't have the influx of people using the ER as doctor's offices. I think it would really work for children and single/newly married people without insurance and without the option of getting insurance through their workplaces.

I just think of all the things that could be prevented with maintanence rather than letting it fester to the point of life threatening. I also would have less problem with illegal immigrants using this than I do with them getting Medicaid - at least they are paying something. The other thing about this idea is that it really doesn't have to have a lot of MDs - Nurse Practioners, Physician's Assistants and the like could take care of a lot of it.

There is apart of me that knows it would never work. It just would be nice for people without to be able to go to the doctor if they needed and not have to worry about insurance.
ladylarkrune: (Romance)
How oddly appropriate that the first snow of the season to stick to my car be on Thanksgiving.

Have a great one all!!!
ladylarkrune: (Blowing Bubbles)
Pisces
Feb 19 - Mar 20
Follow your instincts. Get a receipt for all your droid purchases.Those Jawas may be cute and cuddly, but they can't be trusted.

This horoscope is highly amusing. My geek love is showing!
ladylarkrune: (Naruto - Shikamaru - Give a Damn)
Just a quick update to let people know that I will not be talking to anyone today - at all - I will not answer my phone. I hate April Fools Day.

However here is the supposed Origin of Said holiday.
April Fools' Day began in the 1500s when the Gregorian calendar took over from the Julian. Those who forgot the change and attempted to celebrated New Year's (previously celebrated on the 1st of April) on the wrong date were teased as "April fools."

It's of undetermined Veracity according to Snopes.com. But it is interesting to say the least.

This is also my favorite April Fools Joke.
(From Wikipedia)
  • Taco Liberty Bell: In 1996, Taco Bell took out a full-page advertisement in The New York Times announcing that they had purchased the Liberty Bell to "reduce the country's debt" and renamed it the "Taco Liberty Bell." When asked about the sale, White House press secretary Mike McCurry replied tongue-in-cheek that the Lincoln Memorial had also been sold and would henceforth be known as the Ford Lincoln Mercury Memorial.[7]
  • ladylarkrune: (What are you doing?)
    As of today at 1:00pm there are 1,248,179 registered fanfiction.net users. My user number is 44,604. That means that there is more than 1.2 million accounts registered after me. Excuse me while I goggle for a bit.

    That is bloody insane.


    And just for fun ^_^

    "A study in the Washington Post says that women have better verbal skills than men. I just want to say to the authors of that study: "Duh"
    --Conan O'BrienĀ 
    ladylarkrune: (B5: Shoot me)
    But nothing works quite so well at getting me out of my chair and destressing. It is that moment when I can stop and think and allow myself to refresh. I don't smoke much at home, unless I get stressed. But I smoke at work - I have reason but it isn't worth going into - and I smoke on car rides. I decided a couple of years ago that if I was going to so smoke, then I was going to do it right. So my current lung charring cancer stick of choice are Djarum Supers. I started off with the originals and then wandered into Splash. I never liked Bali Hai and the Interationals. The Lights are okay. But my favorites are the Supers and Blacks. I've even tried the Filterless ones - got them for a friend for Giftmas. They taste good and smell better than regular cigarettes.

    Besides the get me away from my evil co-workers. So yay!

    Why am I talking about smoking? Because it is a con weekend and I won't be seeing my people in the Bar like I want to. So I am visualizing sitting with them and all of my other missing friends. Smoking a Clove with a Martini in one hand listening to the exploits of Chad and Brad or some other con story.

    I miss those days.

    ...

    Feb. 5th, 2007 07:37 pm
    ladylarkrune: (Spike: Talk to the Hand)
    Spork.
    ladylarkrune: (Nausicaa Dreaming)
    Two things today have made me do that.

    The first was my parents telling me that Steve Irwin died. I hadn't really thought much of him while he was alive but I respected that he captured the interest of the world and got them engaged in biology and zoology. I think he died as he lived and the odds caught up with him, but I still wish that he were still around to ensnare another generation of would be croc hunters.

    The second was Spike Lee's documentary "When the Levees Broke" I don't really have words for it. But it is immensely powerful and makes you realize that even though New Orleans is no longer in the news, that it still needs help. I think that the parts that affected me the most was the Medical Examiner talking about his problems, the story of a young man who found his mother in the house, and the old man who was told he was getting only $600 from his flood insurance.

    Just wow.
    ladylarkrune: (Let the Light Shine)
    Servant Leader -- How?

    Committed Christian -- are they insane?
    ladylarkrune: (Blessed Be)
    I came home sick today - again. I still think it is food poisioning which so makes me never want to go back to Johnny Carino's. Not only is it flavorless but it makes you hurl for days after. Not a good combination.

    I really didn't want to be sick today - or yesterday for that matter. I have my six month review coming up tomorrow and it never good to miss in that time.

    I've been wandering LJ land - Just randomly seeing if I can find people I know or want to know. So far I have run into an old classmate/part-time boyfriend. His journal really isn't all that interesting to me -- all psuedo artsy photos. [livejournal.com profile] janscottfrazier takes oodles better pictures so I guess I am spoiled.

    I've decided I really hate people who take pleasure in trying to be superior to everyone else and also like to whine just to deliberatly cause trouble or force themselves to become martyrs. Gods it is so juvenile. The most recent case of it that I have encountered is so hypocritical it isn't funny. I want to yell at her you can't have it both ways. Okay for you, not okay for everyone else.

    It is stupid and I am getting myself mad just thinking about it.

    I don't want to be mad. It isn't useful in a situation like this.

    But really it has come down to the simple fact that people disgust me. Small minds & small hearts are stifling the rest of the world.
    ladylarkrune: (Lunch!)
    I am going to share some of my favorite receipes that double as good quick eating for lots of people and end up feeding them pretty easily. These are not receipes to loose weight with. However with a average cost of less than $5.00 you can feed a lot of people for very little. Even less with sales.

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    1: Bohemian Spaghetti

    Ingredients:
    1 Package of Bacon (any kind other than maple)
    1 Meduim Onion (Chopped)
    1 Can of Tomato Sauce *small*
    1 can of diced tomatoes
    1 box of thin spaghetti

    Instructions:

    - Cut the bacon into 1-inch pieces (no need to be exact) & fry in a non stick pan
    - When the bacon is lightly crispy, add the chopped onions & saute until golden brown.
    - Drain about half of the grease (leave the rest for flavor)
    - boil the spaghetti in a VERY large pot. (you are going to need it to combine with the sauce
    - add the diced tomatoes & sauce & lower temperature to lowest setting.
    - drain the spaghetti, but do not rinse, & put back in the pot.
    - combine sauce & noodles and let sit for 5 minutes.
    - Serve

    This is one of those receipes that taste better on the second day.

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    Mac n' cheese Tuna Noodle Casserole -- this is a receipe my ex boyfriend taught me.

    Ingredients:
    2 boxes of mac n/ cheese -- I like Kraft but it works with all.
    1 cup of milk
    4 tbsp butter
    1-2 cans of Cream of Mushroom Soup -- I prefer campbells (one for dryer casserole 2 for wetter)
    1 can of mushrooms (salted please)
    1 can of green peas
    1-2 cans of tuna in water (oil does not work)

    Instructions:
    in a large pot, make the mac n/ cheese according to the instructions on the box (use slightly less butter)
    combine the rest of the ingredients & mix thouroughly. When the sauce is hot, serve.

    _________________________________________________________________________________________________________

    Mama Konecki's Goulash

    Ingredients:
    1 box of Macaroni
    1 can of stewed tomatoes
    1 can of cream corn
    1 lb. of ground beef
    1 small onion finely chopped.
    (salt & Pepper to taste)

    Instructions:
    Boil the macaroni until tender drain & set to one side. In same pot, brown ground beef & add in onion. After the onion is lightly brown. Add the stewed tomatoes & corn. Then stir in the macaroni. Serve.

    This is also a recipe that is good the second day.

    -----------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    These are mostly for a certain friend who has a picky eater in their family who is also low on funds. These are great receipes for leftovers and they are quick & dirty. I usually only make these on game days when I am cooking since they are quick and they feed a lot of people.

    I have several other receipes that I use. But in general I am an intuitive cook. I can't tell you my receipe for fried rice or curry or schezwan or Chicken & dumplings because it changes regularly based on what is in the house and how many people I am cooking for.

    I also don't tend to make many salads or vegetarian foods because I like my meat and I got over saladed at college.
    ladylarkrune: (Leilia)
    I need to take a moment away from my house stuff and worry about a few of my friends.

    I haven't heard from [livejournal.com profile] lurkerdrome yet. Nor has anyone else on my Flist.

    I am glad that [livejournal.com profile] miriamwebster got a chance to post. Damn -- but Portland, OR, just damn.

    I haven't heard from [livejournal.com profile] kagomeshikon since her post about potentially having cancer.

    A bunch of my friends have suffered deaths in the family recently. While others are going through financial shit.

    I just hope things get better for you out there. I mean I just can't imagine what so many people are going through. You are in my thoughts. Even if I am not posting about it much.
    ladylarkrune: (Skirt)
    Emmy awards -- Emmy Idol . . .

    Donald Trump & Megan Mulvaney singing the theme to Green Acres . . . That's just wrong. Wrong, I tell you!

    I like Awards shows -- it gives me the chance to catch up on my mending.

    Nothing really to say -- just I'm not dead. Although I wish I could sleep like them more often.
    ladylarkrune: (Skirt)
    Anime Condoms
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ch0ng/18866098/

    Panty Vending Machine
    http://www.flickr.com/photos/ch0ng/19087991/
    ladylarkrune: (Freaky Ring)
    The basement at my work is haunted.

    We have file boxes falling over at no provocation. Lights flickering off and on. And random door knocks that when I answer the door noone is there.

    Kinda Amusing.
    ladylarkrune: (Silly)
    While going through the files at work I stumbled upon this gem.

    St. Peter's Lutheran Church

    And the question that goes through my mind is this -- didn't Luther have an issue with all of the Saint Worship? Because I am pretty sure that the basis of most Protestant religions is the eschewing of saints and the cult of saints.
    ladylarkrune: (Fuji Sleeping)
    Just sharing this.

    It falls into the realm of just plain wrong.

    http://gprime.net/video.php/nintendothemesacappella
    ladylarkrune: (Silly)
    Barbie and Ken are breaking up! After 43 years they are calling it splitsville. Read about it here.

    If she can't make it with her proportions, what chance do the rest of us have?

    EDIT: Six Days . . .
    ladylarkrune: (The Sadist in Me)
    Seven Days . . .
    ladylarkrune: (Silly)
    If you are not a Green Non-Human then you have no chance of killing Goku.

    That is all.
    ladylarkrune: (Faye)
    This is going to be kinda Random. Just me reflecting really.

    ********************************


    I hate mornings. I really do. I especially hate them right now when I have to make a 90 mile commute to go to classes. It sucks. I got up late this morning, so I was late to class. Not a great start may I tell you.

    ********************************


    My drive is really fricking boring. At least it is during the day or at night. But at sunrise or sunset the sky becomes absolutely beautiful. There is this cherry or crabapple tree along the way that looks like a Bonsai. Absolutely gorgeous when it is silhouetted against the sky with the sun gleaming crimson behind it. Today I was treated to an extra sight on my trip home. As I drove into Down Town GR, there were literally thousands of birds flying around in unison. I was reminded of a school of fish they were that coordinated. They swooped and dove as one and for me one huge ball then separated into groups of over 200 individuals. It was quite amazing.

    ********************************


    I was actually happy with the new Buffy episode overall. Although I really could do without the magic=drugs metaphors. This is not an after school special, people. But Spike was great! Tara was awesome! I hope they finally sign Amber Benson to become a regular. The Halfrek/Spike scene is generating tons of speculation. Woohoo. And I really enjoyed the Clem and Sophie moments.

    ********************************


    Reread Mercedes Lackey's Diana Tregarde series. I still love her set-ups for the stories. But I think she ends things a little too quickly after the final conflict and leaves too many loose ends.

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    My dog is old. Maybe too old. She's turning 13 in May and is completely deaf, has cataracts and has arthritis. She also has survived one bout of leg cancer. But we are finding growths again. We made the decision tonight that we are not going to do anything heroic to save the dog. She's had a good life. But it still hard..

    ********************************


    WTF!!!! It costs over 800 to rent a U-haul to move to Florida! Frigola!

    ********************************


    Stupid Figure Skating Judges. I am glad their ass is finally getting racked over the coals. And the judging system should be changed.

    ********************************


    End random thoughts that I had today
    ladylarkrune: (Faye)
    Fun Facts from the 1500s

    * Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, even in June they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

    * Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water. Following him, the same water was used by the other men, the sons, the women, and finally the children. Last of all came the babies. By then, the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "don't the baby out with the bath water."

    * Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw, piled high. It was the only place for animals to get warm. So all the dogs, cats, and other small critters (including mice, rats, and bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "it's raining cats and dogs."

    * The roof was not always effective in stopping things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Thus, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That is how canopy beds came into existence.

    More Fun Facts later on

    Hope you enjoy
    ladylarkrune: (Faye)
    Fun Facts from the 1500s

    * Most people got married in June because they took their yearly bath in May and were still smelling pretty good by June. However, even in June they were starting to smell, so brides carried a bouquet of flowers to hide the body odor.

    * Baths consisted of a big tub filled with hot water. The man of the house had the privilege of the nice clean water. Following him, the same water was used by the other men, the sons, the women, and finally the children. Last of all came the babies. By then, the water was so dirty you could actually lose someone in it. Hence the saying, "don't the baby out with the bath water."

    * Houses had thatched roofs-thick straw, piled high. It was the only place for animals to get warm. So all the dogs, cats, and other small critters (including mice, rats, and bugs) lived in the roof. When it rained, it became slippery and sometimes the animals would slip and fall off the roof. Hence the saying, "it's raining cats and dogs."

    * The roof was not always effective in stopping things from falling into the house. This posed a real problem in the bedroom, where bugs and droppings could mess up your nice clean bed. Thus, a bed with big posts and a sheet hung over the top afforded some protection. That is how canopy beds came into existence.

    More Fun Facts later on

    Hope you enjoy
    ladylarkrune: (Faye)
    Random thought of the moment.

    Clue is a kick ass movie. I love it. It has such great lines and is severely underappreciated.

    So hooray for "Clue"

    Thus ends the random thought of the moment
    ladylarkrune: (Faye)
    Random thought of the moment.

    Clue is a kick ass movie. I love it. It has such great lines and is severely underappreciated.

    So hooray for "Clue"

    Thus ends the random thought of the moment

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