lillian13: (deserve it)

Gakked from dremiel:

In 2011: I will turn 47. I am working full-time as a desktop publisher and trainer at a mid-sized software and hardware engineering firm. I've lived in my current apartment for almost 7 years now, and I share it with Ripley the Wonder Cat and Spencer the Fearless. I'm taking a class in coppersmithing where I'm almost done with my first bowl (!). I just put in my application for the Austin Celtic Festival in November and once again I'll try to get into the Blue Genie Christmas show. I'll be selling my jewelry at the World Horror Convention in April. I'm going back to San Diego Comic Con in July--I already have plane tickets and a place to stay. I plan on getting things put up for sale on my etsy page by the end of March.

In 2001: I was 37. I was living in a small duplex in a much more central area of town. I had just started messing about with bead stringing and it was taking over from sewing and cross stitch as my creative outlet of choice. My cats were Rissa, Bogart, and Tommie. I had been working for the mid-sized software and hardware engineering firm for not quite a year. I wasn't on the internet as much as I wanted to be since I had dialup like everyone else. I only vaguely knew what fanfiction was. I had just started gaming again with most of my old crew and a few new ones. I had a shiny new DVD player and felt very high-tech. I was not volunteering to work any conventions as I had done the Art Show for two World Fantasy Conventions pretty much back-to-back. Within a year I would lose both Bogart to a car and Tommie to complications of long-term diabetes, and move to another duplex where I was burglarized twice.

In 1991: I was 27. I was living with friends in a double-wide mobile home in Arlington, TX and working my first real job out of college as a GIS technician at a regional Council of Governments. My mother's cancer was coming back, and she would be gone in a year. I was going back to Austin as often as I could, since Arlington had all the charm and grace of a parking lot. Living with the friends was interesting and uncomfortable at the same time. (They were both serious drama queens and the fights could be epic. One is still my friend, one isn't.) I was very, very broke and paying off my debts through a debt consolidation service, so I didn't go to many movies or go out much. I did sew a lot and made a lot of weird stuffed animals. Helped run another convention.  Had a fling with a friend, which I will never regret. Had Tommie and Bogart. Developed an eternal loathing of filking.

In 1981: I was 17. Living in the dusty hell that is Midland, TX and a senior in high school. Need I say more? I was planning on going to another WorldCon (went to my first when I was 16), Denvention 2. I would get my braces off right before graduation. I was working at WaldenBooks in the mall, driving a white Malibu, and I had just about 2 friends in all the world. (I still keep up with one of them.) I would go off to college later that year (Trinity U in San Antonio), where I would fall in love and discover that I wasn't cut out to be an engineer after all. (It took longer to figure out I wasn't cut out to be a geologist either.) My mother was alive. My oldest brother was alive. My father was alive. My sister still had her act together, and I was playing D&D with her and our boyfriends. I read a lot and was writing Star Wars fanfic without even knowing what that was. I could not wait to leave Midland and never come back.

In 1971: I was 7. Living in Midland, in first grade. Was reading at about a sixth grade level (or higher). Star Trek was in reruns and I couldn't understand why there weren't any new episodes. Played all over the neighborhood and made things with my grandmother, who taught me how to sew by hand and with a sewing machine. I remember reading On the Back of the North Wind. I was checking books out of the library with my own card. Laugh-In made me laugh even though I didn't get all the jokes. I spent holidays with my daddy and my sister in Houston; one brother lived with us. I came back from Houston wearing a headband and saying "man" a lot. My oldest brother came to visit and I thought he was the coolest grownup ever. I'm pretty sure I had an accent you could cut with a knife.

A meme

Feb. 10th, 2011 10:16 pm
lillian13: (i can do zat)
I almost forgot--since I replied to this on another list, I need to pass it along:

I promise to send something handmade to the first 6 people who leave a comment here. (Be awesome and post this on your own journal and send things as well! Everyone can use surprise presents.)

The only rules:
1. It must be handmade by you and,
2. it must be sent to your 6 people sometime within 2011.

If you would like something handmade (and with me its almost certainly going to be jewelry), reply to this post.

I will send things anywhere on planet Earth that gets mail. I've screened the comments, so feel free to leave me your address and your two favorite colors. And important information, like "I can't wear pierced earrings!".
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When you see this message, post in your journal with your favorite Season 5 SPN quote.

Because Castiel + technology = funny....

Castiel's Voice mail: Why do you want me to say my name? (sound of random phone buttons being pushed)


Castiel: (Into
cell phone) This isn't funny, Dean, the voice says I'm almost out of minutes!

Will watch the finale tomorrow night when I'm not so tired. You know what's worse than getting up an hour and a half early to do training for folks in Bangalore? Coming in an hour and a half early only to find an email canceling the training. (One of them was sick, but still....)

Song meme

Mar. 11th, 2010 09:25 pm
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Stolen from [ profile] othercat .

Go to Pop Culture Madness ( and select the year you became 18. Snip the top 50 songs (or however many may be there) from the list and paste the list in your journal. Bold the ones you like, strike the ones you dislike, italicize the ones you know but don't care one way or another, and leave the ones you don't know as plain text.

1. Apache - Sugarhill Gang
2. I Love Rock and Roll - Joan Jett & The Blackhearts
3. Mickey - Toni Basil
4. Through The Years - Kenny Rogers
5. Open Arms - Journey

6. 867-5309 (Jenny Jenny) - Tommy Tutone
7. Eye Of The Tiger - Survivor
8. You Dropped A Bomb On Me -
Gap Band
9. Chariots of Fire Title Theme - Vangelis
10. I'm So Excited - Pointer Sisters
11. Ribbon In The Sky - Stevie Wonder
12. On The
Wings Of Love - Jeffrey Osborne
State of Independence - Donna Summer
14. We Got The Beat - GoGos
15. She's Got a Way - Billy Joel
16. Rock This Town - Stray Cats

17. Up Where We Belong - Joe Cocker & Jennifer Warnes
18. Tainted Love - Softcell
19. One Hundred Ways - Quincy Jones and James Ingram
20. Who Can It Be Now - Men at Work
21. Get Down On it - Kool & the Gang
Turn Your Love Around - George Benson
23. Let It Whip - Dazz Band
24. Planet Rock - Afrika Bambaataa
25. Gloria - Laura Branigan
26. Everybody Wants You - Billy Squire
27. Always On My Mind - Willie Nelson
Don't You Want Me - Human League
29. I Want Candy - Bow Wow Wow
30. Waiting On A Friend - Rolling Stones
31. Genius Of Love - Tom Tom Club
32. Goobye To You - Scandal
33. Situation - Yaz
34. Circles - Atlantic Starr
35. Memory - Barbra Streisand
36. Abacab - Genesis
37. Cool (Part 1) - The Time
38. Juke Box Hero - Foreigner
39. Hot In The City - Billy Idol
40. Hard To Say I'm Sorry - Chicago
41. Murphy's Law - Cheri
42. You've Got Another Thing Comin' - Judas Priest
Jack and Diane - John Cougar (Melloncamp)
44. Leader Of The Band - Dan Fogelberg
45. Workin' For A Livin' - Huey Lewis and the News
46. Working For The Weekend - Loverboy

47. Truly - Lionel Richie
48. Mama Used To Say - Junior
Paperlate - Genesis
50. I Wouldn't Have Missed It For The World - Ronnie Milsap

lillian13: (leverage)

From [ profile] dremiel :

When you see this, post your favorite Leverage quote.

Nathan: How we doing, how’s the search?
Eliot: I haven’t started yet.
Nathan: Okay, you know, I haven’t gotten one answer I was looking for today. What is it that you’re doing? What’s going on?
Eliot: I’m cutting onion. De-veining shrimp. Pan searing some scallops. I got 200 people I need to feed, all right, back off!
Nathan: Okay, okay.
Eliot (smiles): What, you think the only thing I know how to do is bust head?
Nathan: Nooo, well, yeah.
Eliot: Look, pull a knife like this, it cuts through an onion, a knife like this, cuts through, like, eight Yakuza in four seconds. Carnage, screams. People are like knives. Everything’s in context
lillian13: (working)
01. Comment to this entry saying 'ICONS!' and I will pick 6 of your icons.
02. Make an entry in your own journal and talk about the icons I picked!

[ profile] wolfsharkpicked these icons:

The lovely and talented [ profile] alexandral; she had the base pic and I asked for the text (taken from Thoughtcrimes). Plus, I think it's a really good picture of Joe.

I don't know who I stole this from, but I love it, since I am a huge fan of the Evil Overlord Rules.

This is actually a picture of a fridge magnet, and it pretty much sums up my relationship with my jewelrymaking and money. :-)

In my opinion, one can never have enough Pratchett. And I know several people for whom that particular quote is a given. 

I want to say this is a Buffy quote. But it kind of sums up my answers to a lot of things.

Hey, I always bite the heads off the gummi bears first--kills 'em quick and clean.
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Firstly: If you've been tagged, you must write your answers in your own LJ and replace any question that you dislike with a new, original question. (I didn't dislike any of the questions, so I didn't bother replacing any.)

Secondly: Tag eight people. Don't refuse to do that. Don't tag who tagged you.

Memes! Memes are fun! )

I tag: [ profile] dremiel, [ profile] alycorn, [ profile] wolfshark, [ profile] chickwriter, [ profile] tsarina, [ profile] vickita, [ profile] bastardsnow, [ profile] blueraccoon.
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The questions are a bit too skewed towards the boy side of nerdy. I demand parity! says I'm a Kinda Dorky Nerd God.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get geeky images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!
lillian13: (Default)

Your result for The 3 Variable Funny Test...

the Wit

your humor style:

You like things edgy, subtle, and smart. I guess that means you're probably an intellectual, but don't take that to mean pretentious. You realize 'dumb' can be witty--after all isn't that the Simpsons' philosophy?--but rudeness for its own sake, 'gross-out' humor and most other things found in a fraternity leave you totally flat.

I guess you just have a more cerebral approach than most. You have the perfect mindset for a joke writer or staff writer.

Your sense of humor takes the most thought to appreciate, but it's also the best, in my opinion.

You probably loved the Office. If you don't know what I'm
talking about, check it out here:

PEOPLE LIKE YOU: Jon Stewart - Woody Allen - Ricky Gervais


The 3-Variable Funny Test!
- it rules -

Take The 3 Variable Funny Test
at HelloQuizzy

...except for the Woody Allen part. I despise Woody Allen.
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Stolen from [ profile] bellatemple: says I'm a Cool Nerd God.  Click here to take the Nerd Test, get nerdy images and jokes, and write on the nerd forum!

Class starts again tonight! I'll try to have pictures of my first attempt at chasing/repoussage up this week.
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What Kind of Serial Killer Would You Be?
Your Result: Organized and Mission-Oriented

You're a planner. You'd carefully plot each murder, and carry it out methodically. You'll kill them in one location and move them to another later, and you'll study up your forensic science. The good news is, you're much harder to catch.
You'll have a specific reason to kill. You'll target a specific group, like prostitutes or members of a minority, and you'll believe their deaths are justified on the grounds that you're "cleansing" the earth of that particular kind of people. You'll think you're helping society.

Disorganized and Mission-Oriented
Organized and Hedonistic
Disorganized and Hedonistic
Organized Visionary
Organized and Goal-Oriented
Disorganized Visionary
Disorganized and Gain-Oriented
What Kind of Serial Killer Would You Be?
Quiz Created on GoToQuiz

...yeah, and I make really good spaghetti sauce, too. *om nom nom nom spaghetti sauce*

Book meme

Jan. 16th, 2009 07:18 pm
lillian13: (Default)
Grab the book nearest you. Right now. Turn to page 56. Find the fifth sentence. Post that sentence along with these instructions in your LiveJournal. Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. use the *closest*.

I reached, and lo! there was a stack. Here are the 2 with words on page 56:

Unfortunately, there's no such easy cure for facials, but you've acquired various coping strategies over the past four years in DBA: a ristretto and a trip to the bathroom first, so you're awake and comfortable; a copy of the agenda and a full battery charge on your old-fashioned folio, so you can scribble notes on it and do what-if modeling on the fly; and a chunk of time allocated ahead of schedule so you know what the hell you're meant to be talking about. -- HaltinG StatE, Charles Stross (Just discovered this writer--I tore through The Atrocity Archives and The Jennifer Morgue in a couple of days; this one is almost as good.)

The bases of the Nillsonia leaves are broad, so it seems likely that the stem was a stout structure. --The Encyclopedia of Pre-Historic Life (Bought at Half Price Books because it was old enough to have line drawings of dinosaurs and bones, which I want to use for my chasing and repoussage project this semester.)
lillian13: (snail)
It was over 70F today, and humid. Tonight it's supposed to get to freezing, and tomorrow it's supposed to be in the 40's. I'm staying in and making cookies on Sunday.

I mailed off the last of the Christmas presents today. I hope I sent everyone their cards!

Then I did a Bad Thing--I went to Central Market without a list, and without eating first. I did buy only things I knew I would eat...I'm cooking my lovely small steak, and having a good red wine tonight. Mmmmm.

And, a meme!

Your result for The What type of MAN turns you on Test...

Action movie star

You scored 80% masculine, 59% athletic, 73% exotic, and 56% refined!

You love a manly man and you don't have time for boys. You like someone who looks exotic and who takes care of his body and hygiene. That is a good idea in case you are trying to eat jello shooters off of his beautiful 6 pack. Someone like.....Jean-Claude Van Damme, Belgium's hottest export. But let's face it, the whole point of this was to look at a bunch of hot guys. If you liked what you saw, please rate my test!

Take The What type of MAN turns you on Test
at HelloQuizzy

...yeah, not much of a shocker.
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Jewelry Death March Totals

Coin bracelets
: 6 need clasps and to be put in the tumbler, should make 3-4 more 12 in tumbler all 12 done
Silver leaf set: 0/2
Copper/bronze leaf set: 0/2
Ammonites wrapped:1/3
Orthoceras wrapped: 0/3
Random stones wrapped: 0/4
Coins wrapped: 5/5
Earrings made: 5/10-ish
Bookmarks made (if time permits): 0/8

Turkey sandwiches eaten: 1 2 3
Crappy movies watched so far on preview weekend: 1.75 5 6 (300, Turistas, August Rush, Infection, Eastern Promises, Resident Evil 3)
Food discovery of the day: Scharffen Berger Dark Chocolate Covered Ginger

Gads, my productivity was in the toilet today. I kept half-starting projects and then dropping them. Got some earrings done, thank God. Then I gave it up and went to feed animals. Went to BookPeople and got most of my Secret Santa stuff (I'm going with a Texas theme), including the Leslie magnet set. (I may scar her for life or scare her back to Florida.)

But man, I'm going to have to get a lot done tomorrow and Monday-Thursday nights.

And because everyone else is doing it, the Poetry meme:

The "Be Pete Wentz" Poetry Meme

01. Put your music player on shuffle
02. The first lines of twenty songs = a poem; the first line of the twenty-first song is the title

You took my love and ran away )

Here I am

Sep. 18th, 2008 10:16 pm
lillian13: (Default)
Take a picture of yourself right now.
Don't change your clothes, don't fix your hair...just take a picture.
Post that picture with NO editing.
Post these instructions with your picture.

Wow, my hair looks reddish with the flash... and the chlorine (water aerobics tonight!). Normally it stands up like Joe Flanigans. Look at that nice, shiny Irish face!

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Shamelessly stolen from both

[personal profile] slodwick and [personal profile] seperis:

You are in a mall when the zombies attack. You have:
1. one weapon.
2. one song blasting on the speakers.
3. one famous person to fight alongside you.

* Weapon can be real or fictional; you may assume endless ammo if applicable. Person can be real or fictional.

1. While a lightsaber has its appeal, I'll take that ridiculous mini-gun from Predator. I prefer to make my kills from a distance, please.
2. "Welcome to the Jungle", Guns 'n' Roses.
3. Tony Stark. He'd make all sorts of inappropriate comments about women and guns and then whip up some wonderful zombie-destroying machine from the contents of our pockets. Then his private helicopter would pick us up. The end.

I have now done 4 FrameMaker training sessions in 3 days. EIGHT HOURS of teaching intelligent (thank goodness) folks how to use FrameMaker. I are tired, and I have 2 hours before I can leave. But it's water aerobics day! I love water aerobics day! And I just had chocolate cake, so I need water aerobics!


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I was given the letter  W by [personal profile] dremiel. Let's take the iPod for a spin, shall we?

10 15 songs from my iTunes:

 Walk Like an Egyptian, The Bangles--C'mon, you know you danced to this.

(We're Not) The Jet Set, John Prine and Iris Dement --I don't like love songs. But I like this.

Werewolves of London, Warren Zevon--Best werewolf song ever recorded.

Werhner Von Braun, Tom Lehrer--The best satirist ever.

Whistling in the Dark, They Might Be Giants--I must always have a TMBG song on a music list.

When I'm Up I Can't Get Down, Oysterband--One of the first songs of theirs I ever heard. Still a favorite.

Whiskey River, Willie Nelson--I live in Austin. I like Willie.

When You Wish Upon a Star, Glen Miller--Big band is the music of my childhood; my mother listened to it. I still love it.

White Wedding, Billy Idol--Another one you will never admit to dancing to.

Who's That Girl?, Eurythmics--I love Annie Lennox's voice. Love. It.

Wicked Sensitive Crew, Dropkick Murphys--Obligatory Murphy's song. Very funny.

Working in the Coal Mine, Devo--Remember Heavy Metal? Sure you do.

The Wreck of the Barbie Ferarri, John Hiatt--One of the best songwriters out there.

Wrong Again, Kirstie MacColl--A lovely song from someone taken from us far too early.

Who Wants to Live Forever?, Queen--Big ol' Highlander nerd here.

Take, enjoy. If you want a letter of your own, ask in the comments!

Book meme

May. 11th, 2008 11:09 am
lillian13: (Default)
 Gacked from [personal profile] ffutures, a meme!

The following is a list of Hugo, Nebula and World Fantasy Award winning novels (not including retro-Hugos)
Bold the ones you’ve finished
Italicise the ones you’ve started but not finished
Underline the ones were you’ve seen the film/tv show

This will be my first week without therapy jewelry class. No classes for me this summer, because of upcoming carpal tunnel surgery and--hopefully--a new place to live. (Actually, my new 'job' is getting my flabby butt in shape. I have a meeting with a personal trainer at the Y this week.)  Maybe I'll be able to take a hot glass shaping class at UT Informal later this summer.

I saw Speed Racer yesterday. It's really a lot better than the reviews make it out to be. It's obvious that the Wachowski brothers are huge fans, and the script is pretty good. I loved the art direction--shiny--and the actors are all having a good time.
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Received from [profile] stellaluna_:
Ten things that I love that begin with R, in no particular order

1. Rice--sticky rice to be exact. Or brown rice. Mmmmm. Rice.
2. Rounders--Matt Damon! Poker! This is Oceans 11 for the blue-collar set, and one of my top 10 movies.
3. Raiders of the Lost Ark--I saw this over a dozen times the summer it was released. Still one of my favorite movies.
4. Ripley from Alien/Aliens, etc.--Best female role model ever...I named my cat after her!
5. Rodney McKay--Stargate: Atlantis' crankiest genius. I like him because he's not particularly pretty or nice.
6. Rick from Casablanca. World-weary but idealistic. Plus Humphrey Bogart. Can't beat Bogart.
7. Reading--Books, magazines, fanfic, etc. I cheerfully admit to being a junkie for the written word.
8. Road Trips--Going somewhere cool, just taking a trip out to San Antonio to the zoo or some little town for BBQ. 
9. Rocks and minerals--Ever since I was a little kid I loved stopping at rock shops and I always came back from summer camp with more cool rocks than I had space for. Now I make jewelry with them and I love them more than ever.
10. Rainbows--Schmoopy, yes, but I always get excited about seeing one. I grew up in the desert, and rainbows mean rain, which is always welcome!

Reply in comments and I will assign you a random letter.

They Might Be Giants concert tonight! Woo hoo!


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