lothiriel_1: (Banzai)
(Apologies to my FaceBook friends, who will get a sense of deja vu whilst reading this.)


Yesterday was fantastic. I'd been monitoring the forecast on weather.com all week, and cringing at the "showers" that were predicted for yesterday. However, while the day dawned overcast and cool, it warmed up considerably and rain never made an appearance (although it did get pretty humid). I arrived at the grounds by 9:10ish (after an hour's drive) and waited in the highly unorganized traffic line to get onto the grounds and pay my admissions and parking fee. That task done, I was able to go into the festival itself.

Celtic goodness )
lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
Had a very pleasant visit back home, with good (if a bit cool) weather to top it off. Didn't go on the whale watch, but I did eat a plentiful amount of seafood during my week + stay - pad thai with shrimp at a restaurant in Newburyport, boiled lobster at Barnacle Billy's in Ogunquit, fried clam strips at Woodman's in Essex, and baked haddock at Westside in Peabody. Om nom nom nom.

The drive south was mostly uneventful with traffic only becoming a problem in Virginia (naturally). Still, I managed to make it home in a little over 9.5 hours, which is a southbound record for me. The cats were almost out of their minds with happiness to see me, and they have both been pieces of furry Velcro since. I took today off to recover from the drive and do things like grocery shopping, laundry, and, most importantly, garden maintenance.

click here for gardening goodness )

I've thoroughly enjoyed having this little green patch this season, and I've been learning a lot about what I want to plant next year and how I want to do it.
lothiriel_1: (opus singing bon jovi)
I'm home in MA for about a week and a half, which has the basic meaning of "I am not currently at work and therefore I am happy." I made the drive yesterday in 9.5 hours, which is pretty good time. Hit a bit of traffic on the Garden State Parkway, but nothing too rotten.

Weather currently is either just overcast, or overcast and raining. I was a good girl and went for a 30 minute run this morning after breakfast. My challenge during this break is to not slip up on the exercise or Weight Watchers. Seventeen pounds down - about half-way there.

I'm writing this from the public library in Danvers, since, while Mom does have her computer hooked up, she still doesn't have internet service. So she and I are side-by-side at the library, typing away.

Activities to look forward to whilst here at home:

* Playtime with Jen and the boys!
* Whalewatch!
* Sleeping in!
* Dinner with aunt and uncle!
* Lobstah!
* More sleeping in!
* Trip to LL Bean outlet!
* Not working!

Hope everyone's spring is going well!
lothiriel_1: (perched hawk)
A CREED

Out of the womb of time and dust of the years forgotten,
Spirit and fire enclosed in mutable flesh and bone.
Came by a road unknown the thing that is me for ever,
The lonely soul of a man that stands by itself alone.

This is the right of my race, the heritage won by my fathers.
Theirs by the years of fighting, theirs by the price they paid,

Making a son like them, careless of hell or heaven,
A man that can look in the face of the gods and be not afraid.

Poor and weak is my strength and I cannot war against heaven.
Strong, too strong are the gods; but there is one thing that
I can

Claim like a man unshamed, the full reward of my virtues.
Pay like a man the price for the sins I sinned as a man.

Now is the time of trial, the end of the years of fighting.
And the echoing gates roll back on the country I cannot see.

If it be life that waits I shall live for ever unconquered,
If death I shall die at last strong in my pride and free.


Vimy Ridge, 1916

From A Highland Regiment, E.A. Macintosh
lothiriel_1: (Banzai)
Pick an artist or band and answer the following with only their songs. Choose wisely as some of your favorites could have a limited discography.


Rush

1. Are you a male or female: "Cinderella"

2. Describe yourself: "Driven"

3. How do you feel about yourself: "Finding My Way"

4. Describe your ex boyfriend/girlfriend: "Losing It"

5. Describe your current boy/girl situation: "Ghost of a Chance"

6. Describe your current location: "Subdivisions"

7. Describe where you want to be: "A Passage to Bangkok"

8. Your best friend is: "Closer to the Heart"

9. Your favorite color is: "Red Barchetta"

10. You know that: "Time Stand Still"

11. What's the weather like: "Distant Early Warning"

12. If your life were a television show what would it be called: "Mystic Rhythms"

13. What is life to you: "Open Secrets"

14. What is the best advice you have to give: "Leave That Thing Alone"

15. If you could change your name what would it be: "Tom Sawyer"
lothiriel_1: (Default)

Yes, I'm still around.  Can't access LJ from work anymore, so there went that pleasant, time-killing activity.  *sigh*

So, what have I been up to lately?
 

  • Accomplished - one Master's of Science in Biology, diploma received, sigh of relief breathed
  • In progress - Scotland trip album scrapbook (getting close to being finished)
  • In progress - Job hunt for new position (no luck yet)
  • In progress - weight loss (Weight Watchers joined, going fairly well)
  • Traveled to - Savannah, Georgia, for work-related course (American Indian Cultural Communications)
  • Celebrated - 39th birthday (*gulp!*)
  • Hosted - Dad and stepmother over President's Day weekend (went very well)
  • Received - both Federal and state tax refunds (YAY!)
  • Learned - "Wilt Thou Go to the Barracks, Johnny?" Scottish highland (recruiting) dance
Looks like most of you have been pretty busy as well.  Hope you all had pleasant and safe winters - spring/Ostara is only a few days away!

lothiriel_1: (opus singing bon jovi)
... and how glad I am that you are a 45 minute drive away, for I fear that I would be a lot poorer if you were closer.

It was my day off today. Got my hair cut in the 'Burg late morning, then immediately drove south to Richmond to the closest Whole Foods and Trader Joe's locations I have. Why the trek just to get to a grocery store? I plan to make Cullen skink soup for my lunch this upcoming week, and I seriously doubted the possibility of the local crappy Food Lion of having the main ingredient (smoked haddock, or finnan haddie). I'd called Whole Foods yesterday to ensure that they did have the item needed, hence the trip down.

Oh my.

Ever been to a Whole Foods store? Think Trader Joe's, but more expensive and HUGE. It was quite overwhelming, and I'm glad I'd picked a small cart for my selections, because it would have been very, very easy to go barking moonbat crazy there. As it was, I only got two bags of items and it was more expensive than a regular trip to Big Target. The smoked haddock was kind of spendy, though - guess I won't be making this dish too often.

After Whole Foods, I drove another block down the road to Trader Joe's to pick up a small number of items, including their yummy yogurt and frozen latkes. I've been craving latkes for weeks now (Food Lion doesn't even have the latke mix, and asking an employee about it only gains you a strange look), and I heard that Joe's has frozen ones that were pretty good. So I had some of those tonight, topped with sour cream. Mmmmmm...
lothiriel_1: (Default)
A little late to the party today, but

HAPPY BIRTHDAY [livejournal.com profile] elissa_carey!!!!
lothiriel_1: (Default)
HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO [livejournal.com profile] badseed1980!!!!
lothiriel_1: (bill milquetoast opus)
Wow, it's been a while since I've updated. Let's start out with a VERY photoshopped picture of the Ring of Brodgar.




Why yes, I did get some new software and toys to play with.

Yule and Christmas were quiet )

New Year's was quiet )



And now, for your reading pleasure, a 2008 quiz-thing:

1. What did you do in 2008 that you’d never done before?
*** Drive on the left side of the road.

Read more... )

38. Quote a song lyric that sums up your year.

"High in the misty Highlands,
Out by the purple islands,
Brave are the hearts that beat
Beneath Scottish skies.
Wild are the winds to meet you,
Staunch are the friends that greet you,
Kind as the love that shines from fair maiden's eyes.

Towering in gallant fame,
Scotland my mountain hame,
High may your proud standards gloriously wave,
Land of my high endeavour,
Land of the shining river,
Land of my heart for ever,
Scotland the brave."
lothiriel_1: (bring down dumb men)
Consider this to be a PSA of sorts. Apparently the base decided to do some technological housecleaning over this past weekend. There are several websites that I can no longer access from work, LJ being one of them (And USAJobs.gov being another - what the hell?!?!).

Therefore, I have a vastly decreased amount of time in which to post and/or respond to posts. Meh. Wouldn't be so bad if I actually had enough work to keep me busy all day.
lothiriel_1: (Banzai)

YES!!!!

lothiriel_1: (take cover)
My oral comprehensive exam is this afternoon, from 1:00-3:00.





* flailing like no one's ever flailed before *
lothiriel_1: (Default)
Because it's Monday, and I'd much rather be anywhere else right now, therefore, most of my responses are based on my current mood...

1. Where is your cell phone? Pocket
2. Your significant other? Non-existant
3. Your Hair? Controlled
4. Your Skin? Clean
5. Your mother? Retired
6. Your favorite thing? Coffee
7. Your dream last night? Forgotten
8. Your favorite drink? Coffee
9. Your dream/goal? MASTER'S!!
10. The room you’re in? Basement
11. Your ex? Unknown
12. Your fear? Failure
13. Where do you want to be in 6 years? Massachusetts
14. Where were you last night? House
15. What you’re not? Sleeping
16. Muffins? Please
17. One of your wish list items? Money
18. Where you grew up? Massachusetts
19. The last thing you did? Signed
20. What are you wearing? Sweater
21. Your TV? Old
22. Your pets? Purr-y
23. Your computer? Functional
24. Your life? Hectic
25. Your mood? Stressed
26. Missing someone? Always
27. Your car? Pixie
28. Something you’re not wearing? Perfume
29. Favorite Store? Bean's
30. Your summer? Short
31. Like someone? Potentially
32. Your favorite color? Blue
33. When is the last time you laughed? Yesterday
34. Last time you cried? October
35. Who will respond to this? Unknown
36. Whose answers are you anxious to see? Anyone's
lothiriel_1: (gagging goldfish)
About a month ago, I updated my profile on Match.com to reflect that I'm interested in men (it was originally set for women, but it appears that there aren't any quality single women in my area).

Since making the updates, I've gotten several "winks". Here's where I start shaking my head in dismay. Seriously, do people actually READ the profiles they click on before choosing the "wink" option? My main beef is with the ones who apparently have no concept of distance. My profile says that I'm looking for people within a certain distance radius from me. I wouldn't mind adding on another 10-20 miles for someone who really piques my interest, but really, Alabama? California? South Carolina? The U.K.? Long distance relationships don't work for me - it makes spending quality time with someone difficult.

And the "no smokers" thing? That is NOT NEGOTIABLE. Any winks from someone with a profile that states he's a smoker in some capacity will get an immediate "no thanks" response. Also, my definition of "physically fit" does not normally include people who have more chins than a Beijing telephone directory. Sorry.

Dating sucks.
lothiriel_1: (going nuts)
Things I WANT to do today:

1. Leave work. Now.
2. Go straight home.
3. Take a nap.
4. Play with my scrapbooking stuff all night
5. Stay up late and sleep in tomorrow.


Reality:

1. I'm stuck here for another 2+ hours.
2. I need to go to the gym.
3. I need to prepare for my oral comprehensive exam as much as possible. It's next Friday (OMGs!! OMGs!! OMGs!!).
4. I have to open the store tomorrow morning, so sleeping in isn't possible, therefore staying up really late isn't advisable.

It's almost over, it's almost over, it's almost over...
lothiriel_1: (don't blame me)
I was in line at 0510, checked-in, voted, and back out the door in an hour, total. The line when I left was down the side of the building, doubled-back, and down the parking lot past the front entrance. I've NEVER seen a turnout like this! So freaking awesome!
lothiriel_1: (dandelion break)
I just sent the responses to Dr. K's comp exam questions to him via e-mail, with the result that I (hopefully) have completed 2/3 of the process. I still have Dr. R's questions left to answer, but since he's given me a 3 hour time limit, at least I won't have to spend all of next weekend taking a test. Not sure when I will sit down to do those questions, but they will be done by next Sunday at the latest.

Then all that will be left to do is finalize my paper and study for the oral comps.

I am tired...

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