annundriel: ([cplng] Could Use a Drink)
I loved sending holiday drabbles last year, sooo...

If you would like a little ficlet from me on Christmas Eve, please post a request here in the comments. I can't promise anything spectacular, but I'd like to offer something up because you guys are awesome. :) I'm asking now so that I can have time to write them!

Leave a pairing and a little prompt and I'll see what I can do.


I'm fairly comfortable with these fandoms: Due South, Generation Kill, Inception+RPS, Merlin, NCIS, Resident Evil, Sherlock BBC, Southland, Suits, Supernatural+RPS.

Pairing-wise, I most enjoy writing: Fraser/Kowalski, Brad/Nate, Arthur/Eames, Merlin/Arthur, DiNozzo/McGee, Chris/Leon, Chris/Wesker, John/Sherlock, Cooper/Sherman, Harvey/Mike, Dean/Castiel, Jensen/Misha, Sam/Lucifer. I have trouble with Mishalecki and J2M, but I'm happy to do Dean/Castiel/Sam. Femslash and het are also welcome. Mostly I am fairly open with the few random exceptions. :)
annundriel: ([cplng] Could Use a Drink)
Or Happy Late December!

Or Merry Whatever You Might Celebrate!

Happy Weekend?

Whatever you're doing right now, I hope you're all enjoying yourselves and keeping safe.

♥♥♥
annundriel: ([cplng] Could Use a Drink)
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Warm wishes to all my friends, wherever they may be and whatever they may celebrate. ♥

Holidays

Dec. 25th, 2009 11:26 pm
annundriel: ([dd] Freezing That Frame)
Happy December holiday of your choice!!

If there isn't one, Happy December!

My own Christmas was fairly pleasant and low-key. Save for the horrific headache I had most of the day. But painkillers and a nap mostly took care of it and eventually moving stopped making me feel nauseated.

Most fun was probably getting Grandma's Wii set up.

And flailing over District 9 with my brother.

Last night, Dad, Grandma, and I went to mass. (I hadn't actually been since last Christmas. But I still knew it all. Like riding a bicycle.) It was...Well. It was. Typical of our really, really tiny English speaking parish. The music was decent and there was a very nice feeling of camaraderie!

Beforehand, a friend of mine said hi. She has a daughter who is just over two years old. She was explaining to me that she's really been emphasizing that Christmas is a celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ and it's not about Santa and presents. To help, she's told her daughter that if she's not good, Santa won't bring her presents because she hurt Jesus.

"You could tell her that Santa brought Jesus presents when he was born," I said, thinking of the three wise men and their gifts. Y'know. Just trying to be helpful and integrate the different aspects of the holiday.

She just looked at me, wide-eyed, like I was crazy. "But...Santa came after Jesus. Didn't he?"

"Yeah, but...I mean...I was joking. You know, the wise me--Never mind."

I kinda wanted to facepalm right there.
annundriel: ([spn] Illuminated)


This is why there are no ornaments on our tree this year.

Just got back from the annual Christmas cantata. It was good. First time I've been to a church-related activity since going to mass last Christmas Eve (lapsed Catholic is lapsed).

Made weird by the fact that now whenever I hear "angels" I think of, well, Castiel and Uriel and Zachariah. Which does not quite go hand-in-hand with the white-robbed rejoicing, y'know? And inevitably Dean/Castiel. Which made it a whole lot more amusing but also a lot more sacrilegious.

It was hard not to grin or giggle. Though it did get me thinking about how different things might have been in the SPN 'verse for those angels back in the day.

I probably need an intervention.

Holiday

Nov. 26th, 2009 08:36 pm
annundriel: ([cplng] Could Use a Drink)
Happy Thanksgiving to those that celebrate it! To those that don't, the sentiment remains though the holiday does not. I hope everyone had a wonderful day, wherever you may be. ♥

I had stuffing, so I am happy.

Now I am texting Tris about Black Friday and watching this teaser and this trailer for Bioshock 2. Grabby hands may be involved. WANT.

The funny thing about this is that I SUCK at games like Bioshock. I am way too excitable for games in which things attack you and you have to fight. I prefer to watch because then my flailing doesn't ruin anyone's chances. Except Tris rented Bioshock when I was over there last summer and I was actually pretty good at it. Even though parts scared the bejeebus out of me. Visually, aurally. It's a creepy game.

There was a great part while I was playing with Tris where a guy popped out of a bathroom stall I'd already investigated. I jumped and, yes, yelped and Tris screamed. He blamed it on my jumping. But I think we all know he would have done it anyway. After trying to play the game before me, he had to give up. The atmosphere is really effective.

It's just one of those things where I'm so intrigued by it visually and story-wise that I just can't help but be drawn to it. Curiosity really did kill the gaming-cat, didn't it?

Trailer. Other trailer.

I really just want to explore Rapture and not be attacked.

Anyhoo. I'm also trying to work on fic. It's going. But Dean is not being...Dean enough. Heh. When I think, "Quit being problematic, Dean," it sounds like Sam. Maybe I'll try Castiel POV for a while.

I'm also working on the last school board meeting. Levy and levy equalization talk! FUN.

Weekend

Feb. 16th, 2009 12:41 pm
annundriel: ([pd] If You Loved Me)
- Thank you to whoever sent me my anonymous Valentine and left me such nice words at the Valentine's Day Game. Gave me warm fuzzies. I've got a pretty good idea just who's behind it. ;)

- [livejournal.com profile] olivelavonne came to visit me this weekend. We finally exchanged Christmas gifts and, boy, do we know each other well. I got her seasons five and six of Smallville and she got him these guys:



There was much flailing. And then action figure manipulating. Natasha is awesome.

And just because I had my camera out, nothing says giant literary dork like Jane Austen action figures and James Joyce fingerpuppets. He spent senior year on the refrigerator next to the magnetic poetry.



- Had lots of fun. Valentine's we had dinner with Grandma and Mom, since the guys are on their roadtrip. Then Natasha and I watched Wilby Wonderful. Yesterday we saw Confessions of a Shopaholic, which was a lot of fun. Another book I want to reread now. Came home and watched Pineapple Express. Good times.

- The newspaper will be publishing my first anonymous article soon. The events I'm writing about are ones that could get myself and my family unwanted attention from the big fish in our little pond and that is something I would like to avoid.

Day After

Dec. 26th, 2008 07:39 pm
annundriel: ([ff] Zoe/Wash)
I hope everyone is safe and warm and dry. And that the last couple of days have been lovely, no matter what or when you happen to celebrate.

Christmas here was very nice. Very low-key.

I may be more thorough about it once I've got this newspaper feature finished.

Today was spent subbing at the library in Mattawa. I figured, hey, let the lady who has several kids and maybe holiday plans have a nice long vacation weekend. I don't mind filling in.
annundriel: ([cplng] Could Use a Drink)
I awoke this morning with devout thanksgiving for my friends, the old and the new.
- Ralph Waldo Emerson


Warm wishes to all my friends, wherever they may be. ♥
annundriel: (Bored (tc))
I've been in a very "grr argh" mood lately, but only on and off. It's very weird. Or maybe really normal, considering the things that make me go "grr argh" are no different from usual.

I know I'm no saint and I have habits that aren't great, but there are just some things people do that annoy the crap out of me and I have to remind myself not to snap because it'll only make things worse. And I don't want to be a cranky bitch.

Then there's the whole thing where it's Valentine's Day tomorrow and I'm doing my best not to step on any toes. Since Mom's a florist, she gets a little stressed. (Though things have been a lot less stressed here at home this year than I remember.) She's been going to work before six every morning this week and leaving work between three and four. Dealing with stupid people most of the day. It shouldn't amaze me anymore, but I'm always impressed with just how late some people will wait to get flowers for a loved one. You can't come in at four in the afternoon on the day and expect to get a dozen roses. It is not going to happen. And the people that do this seem to do it every year. Learn from your mistakes!

Anyway.

Meanwhile, Project Runway )

I can hear owls outside. It is both really cool and a little creepy. Especially when I have my headphones on and only half hear them.
annundriel: (Could Use a Drink (cplng))
2007 went by really fast. Some big things happened in it (like, oh, graduating from college). Lots of it was great.

So here's to the upcoming year! May it be a good one.

The Haul

Dec. 25th, 2007 11:27 pm
annundriel: (Zoe/Wash (ff))
Mom said I wouldn't be disappointed this year and, boy, she wasn't kidding. Even though I knew about some of it because I was there to put suggest things to her and then do innocent eyes and go, "Gee, I didn't see you buy anything there."

The Haul )

I am so freaking excited about my very own Dooney & Bourke bag. It's pretty and blue and leather. I've wanted one since Franny gave one to Mom a year or two ago. But now I feel like maybe I should buy a new wallet. Which is kind of funny considering it's my brother who needs the new wallet. He's keeping his together with duct tape.

The MP3 player is going to be devoted to videos I think, since I've got my other one for music. So right now I can carry John, Rodney, and the Doctor around in my pocket. Hee.

And it's really been a David Sedaris kind of year for me. Live show for my birthday, ultimate boxed set for Christmas. I love the man, I really, really do. And now I can listen to him whenever.

Cheers!

Dec. 25th, 2007 04:05 pm
annundriel: (Could Use a Drink (cplng))
Merry Christmas!

Or Merry Tuesday, if you celebrate something else. Either way, I hope the day's been good. And if it hasn't, well, I can only send happy thoughts and hugs and general warm fuzzies your way. ♥

I have spent the day flipping back and forth between CSI, SG-1, and The Nutcracker.

Now it's snowing again, which means that maybe the Christmas will end on a white note even if it started on a really drab one.

And there's a new Torchwood trailer, which makes me so very happy. The feeling's only ruined by the fact that I really want to see DW and can't. Oh well, it'll happen eventually.

Bacon?

Dec. 23rd, 2007 10:13 pm
annundriel: (Quietly Rearranged (mummy))
Mom's burning this candle down in the living room. Apparently it's gingerbread. But to me it smells like bacon and maple syrup. It's not a bad smell. Just a little weird.

We're not doing anything special this holiday season. The holidays are not kind to florists and Mom has to work tomorrow. She usually does. But this year we decided that it's just too much trouble trying to deal with the weather in the mountains and Seattle can wait. Besides, we can't leave Grandma and the animals home alone.

So tomorrow it's church in the evening and a family dinner on Tuesday. Nice and quiet.

Cooking

Nov. 22nd, 2007 04:51 pm
annundriel: (Feel Pretty (cplng))
So far, Thanksgiving preparation has been full of "That's what she said" jokes.

"That wasn't so hard."
"That's what she said."

"You can stuff it in."
"That's what she said."


It just doesn't get old.

To everyone that celebrates Thanksgiving, I hope you all have a wonderful one. To everyone who doesn't, eat, drink, and be merry anyway. Life is good and there is pie.

Where Now?

Oct. 31st, 2007 11:25 pm
annundriel: (Hardly Working (btvs))
Today was my first day subbing in Mattawa. Now, non-Central Washingtonians can't really be expected to know where Mattawa is, but I have to share my absolute favorite Mattawa fact. The name, loosely translated from the Wanapum language, means "Where is it?" Which is oh so hilarious. If they didn't have the sign on the highway that said "Mattawa 1 Mile" with an arrow pointing over the hill, you'd never know it was there. Especially before they added the grocery store. For the longest time when I was a kid we'd drive by it and I'd never know it was there.

Speaking of the drive, it's a nice one. Beautiful, even. Except the S-curves scare me a little. On the one side you've got a rock wall. On the other side you've got the Columbia River. And now I'm not looking forward to possibly having to make the trip when it starts getting icy...

But the subbing. It went well. Except for the fact that the computers were down. No internet, no checking in. I could check things out, but I did that by hand. I could have used the offline checkout system, but I'd have to call someone and have the list downloading into the other program and apparently things can get lost that way. This way, I just have to type things up when the computers are back. No big deal.

I also got to practice a little Spanish and smile apologetically a lot. Mostly I read David Sedaris' Naked.

Tomorrow I go back.

Meanwhile, hope everyone had a happy Halloween.

Observances

Oct. 8th, 2007 11:11 am
annundriel: (Hmm (sga))
I love my mom.

On the Dunder-Mifflin Things To Do magnet she's written: "Happy Columbus Day, that rat bastard!"

Because Dr. Tung always liked to tell us, "Did you know we only call Native Americans Indians because Columbus thought he was in India? How fucked up is that?!"
annundriel: (Over the Shoulder (sga))
The weekend was good and relaxing, exactly what I needed it to be. Had some good Mexican food (and a margarita), I slept lots, and put off reading because I can afford to just a little this week. And Saturday I finally got to see Lady in the Water, which I really enjoyed.

Sunday was spent playing Legend of Zelda: The Twilight Princess with Tris. Every time he switched on the GameCube I was all over it. We kicked some serious ass. It all caused Kay to mention that she's glad we get along. Twelve year age difference? Pfui! Anyway, I haven't had that much fun playing an actual game in a very long time. (The Sims does not count.) Part of what I liked about it was the "aha!" moments we'd have. We'd both get stuck, go back and futz around other places, and then, tada!, not stuck anymore!

It was a lot of fun. I'm gonna have to buy some sort of gaming system now, aren't I? I need new ways to waste time wind down.

Really randomly, Mary Poppins must have been an alien. That carpet bag is suspiciously TARDIS-like. Except without the time/space travel. Though you never know where Mary will show up next...

Oh geez, the things that run through my head.

Oh, I did get a wonderful box from my parents from Harry and David for Valentine's Day. Seriously, there is no bad in this box.

Oh, and yes, [livejournal.com profile] ginnith, you've gotten me with this song, too. Darn you! ::shakes fist:: The more I listen to it, the more it kind of gets under my skin. You're always good for some inspiration.
annundriel: (Could Use a Drink (cplng))
Safely back at SU. Woo.

Coming over Snoqualmie Friday was super easy. Got to Seattle mid-afternoon, so we went and saw Casino Royale. It was, to quote the oh so eloquent 10 year old boy in my life, "flippin' sweet." I mean, seriously. I love me some spy movies and I'd almost go so far as to say that, given hardly any time at all, Daniel Craig could be my favorite Bond. Sorry, Mr. Connery. EB is still partial to Pierce Brosnan. Small Casino Royale observation and personal preference )

Saturday we had our Christmas/New Year thing with uncle, aunt, and EB. It was nice, though I really do get tired of all of medical talk. It's not so bad when it's just EB, because she's been doing the "I'm going to be a pharmacist" thing for the last seven years, but the aunt has, like, a big book o' diseases and medicine and that's it. And she used to be a nutritionist. I just don't like that she acts like she knows everything, listening to my dad talk about various things his doctors have told him and hmm-ing over them like she knows all.

Other than that, though, it was a nice evening. We ended up watching all of 1940 House, which was really interesting, though it made me realize that everything I knew about rationing in England I'd learned on Doctor Who/Torchwood.

Speaking of, I'm trying really hard to stay away from Torchwood spoilers. Self-control!

Anyway. Did absolutely nothing for New Year's. Sat up by myself and watched the count down and then went back to watching the SVU marathon on USA because I can never sleep. Thank goodness for Law & Order.

And now it's a new year and I'm feeling pretty good about it and the coming quarter. I've pinpointed some problem things in my life that I am making the choice to get rid of and I feel really good about those decisions. And I'm incredibly grateful to all of my friends who have been around this year to listen and support and push and laugh and generally just be there. So, love to all of you.

Now, time for dinner!
annundriel: (Above Me Only Sky (vle))
Merry Christmas!

We actually managed a white Christmas this year. In fact, it's snowing as I type.

An uneventful couple of days. Yesterday was spent watching Eddie Izzard and Dylan Moran on BBCAmerica and reading David Sedaris. It all worked really well for my mood. Then the whole family went to evening mass where instead of Joseph and Mary we had Joel and Terri. My parents, being the closest married couple to the front of the church, where asked to hold the plaster baby Jesus so we could all worship. If we wanted. Tom and I didn't go up. One, because I'm a little uncomfortable doing that sort of thing and two, because it was our parents and that's even weirder and we couldn't stop laughing. Especially funny because Mom is the only non-Catholic, un-baptized one in the immediate family. Oh, church. Plus, when we got there everything was all locked up. The priest apparently didn't even have a key. Seriously. Only in Royal City.

Then we came back and I stayed up late watching The Soup and Drop Dead Gorgeous and finally writing something after not being at all in the mood for it for days. This morning we all got up, did the present thing, than I lazed about all day because it's Christmas and who needs to actually do things? Not me, that's who.

Had a family dinner, which was very good, and pie, which got stuck in my teeth. Watched Torchwood with Mom. )

The plan is to head back to Seattle on Friday. Winter quarter starts January 3. It's going to be interesting.

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