mellificent: (Xmas - purple star)
Well, I was sort of saving this until closer to Christmas, but I don't seem to feel like writing anything else right now, so here you go! Some variation of this seems to float around every year, but I ganked this one from azurekitty, I think. (My way of doing this kind of thing is to copy it, delete the other person's answers and then let it sit for a day or two so I'm not just regurgitating their answers, hopefully! Which is why I also sometimes forget where I got them...)

1. Eggnog - Yay or Nay?
Nay - can't stand it. It's gross. (Don't worry, you're allowed to disagree with me. Just because I think it's gross doesn't mean you have to!)

2. Do you say "Merry Christmas" or "Happy Holidays"?
Really, I didn't used to think twice about it one way or the other. But nowadays, well, this is what the "War on Christmas" has done for us - every time somebody says "Merry Christmas" I wonder whether it's a greeting or a political statement. (This is especially true if it's a business we're talking about.) It's funny, though, "Merry Christmas" still pops out of my mouth sometimes - it's what I was brought up with, I guess. In writing I'm much more likely to say "Happy holidays" without even thinking about it. Kind of strange, but there you are.

3. Does your family have any special Christmas Eve traditions? Share them, if you'd like.
We say "Christmas Eve Gift!" to one another, along with a hug and/or kiss. I guess that's the gift, see. Also my grandmother (who is gone now) used to always try to open a gift on Christmas Eve, even though we don't do that in my family. That was a tradition, too - everybody waited for her to do it (and I suspect she knew that perfectly well).

Other than that, the tradition is that the grown-ups sit around and drink and the kids play games and squabble. (That's just what everybody does, right?) And we have some sort of casserole or something for supper that isn't too much trouble to prepare - we save the big meal for the next day. But you're allowed to dip into the desserts so everybody still gets utterly stuffed anyway. Some years we have gone to the carol service in the past, but the last time we went it turned out to be contemporary and not real carols at all, which infurated me. So I am on strike there unless somebody guarantees me the real thing.

4. What is your favorite Christmas song?
I think maybe I'd have to go with some of those real old-time Christmas carols on this - "Angels We Have Heard on High" maybe.

5. What is your favorite Christmas memory?
My mother pretending she heard the reindeer bells, when we were little. We got so excited.

6. What is your favorite Christmas movie?
White Christmas, I guess, even though I am not especially a Bing Crosby fan. (My sister and I particularly like to make jokes about the "Sisters" number.)

7. What's the best gift you've ever gotten? What about the worst?
We had a discussion on Twitter the other day about toothbrushes as a bad gift. (It began with talking about giving toothbrushes at Halloween, which is a whole different matter.) I think it was when I was 17 that we were on a trip and my mother wrapped up toothbrushes and gave them to my sister and me as gifts. We both thought that was very silly, although I suppose we should have been more gracious about it. (We were 17 and 16, it's not an age where one tends to be gracious about things like that.) I know we got some other gifts that year but that's the one I still remember. On the other hand, we were in TELLURIDE. SKIING. That was a damn good gift, right there. So maybe that year was the best and worst all wrapped up in one.

8. Do you leave cookies out for Santa?
Only if there are kids around, which in recent years there haven't been. The kids presumably go through this ritual at their own houses.

9. Do you believe in Santa? If not, who convinced you that he’s not real?
I'm a natural skeptic, I stopped believing when I was 7 or 8. I pretended I did for a couple more years, though - I was afraid if I admitted it I wouldn't get presents any more!

10. Do you go caroling?
Not in years. In high school I was in choir and we did actually go around and carol at people's doors in the old-fashioned kind of way. Even in the 70s this seemed pretty retro and a lot of people didn't seem to know how to respond.

11. Have you ever gotten a kiss under the mistletoe?
Yes, but mostly not anybody terribly interesting. Seems like back in high school, a million years ago, some boy that I thought I liked did kiss me, but I don't even remember who it was any more. That's sort of sad, I wish I remembered!

12. Who would you most like to encounter under the mistletoe?
I dunno, Karl Urban, maybe. Sadly, I can't even think of a particular celebrity crush to mention right now.
mellificent: (Dr Who - giant robot)

As I have undoubtedly said before, I have never understood that "5 random things make an entry" meme. I find it unaccountably annoying, somehow. Why 5? What's wrong with three? or seven, for that matter? (Which isn't to say that I'll stop with three, anyway, I'm just sayin'.)

I've been reading back over my old Holidailies entries, and maybe I should resolve with Stef to talk LESS about the holidays, odd as that may seem. (Everybody needs to read Stef's entry, in any case, because it's awesome.) I can just refer you back to the last five-years-plus of old Holidailies entries for pretty much any particular holiday subject, anyway.

I've been doing this for more than 5 years, actually, if not quite from the beginning, but the oldest ones were on Diary-X and are long-gone. There's lots of whining about that in the LJ archives, too, if you're interested. (Also some on my old Whys and Wherefores blog, which I had forgotten about until I went looking for the CW bit that I linked yesterday. There are also some resurrected entries from Diary-X over there - the link above is to one - that I had forgotten were there, and I can't say that I remember exactly where I resurrected them from, either. Maybe I had just saved some of them on Notebook or somewhere like I'm doing with this one now.)

I'm at work and it's slow, so this might be a long entry. Or if it gets really long, I might go ahead and post it and start another one! Hopefully it won't be THAT slow, though, or it's gonna be a long afternoon. Generally I am good at finding ways to fill my afternoons on slow days, though. I read Go Fug Yourself, or look at Pinterest, and I used to fool around with Glitch, a year or so ago when I was still all into that. I mention that because I was just over  there - although being there generally seems kind of useless now, since it's about to shut down. I had a bunch of credits, though, so I bought some wardrobe stuff, just the same (see below) - I think it's appropriate that I go out wearing a tiara! (Old joke which a few of you will get...)

In other game news, our current one is Guild Wars 2, which I am not going to talk about too much right now, because I'm sure there will be one or more entries about at a later date, assuming I follow past patterns. I will say, though, that my sylvari elementalist is up to level 75, now, since I've been playing her exclusively. And the reason for that is that Col, my normal game-playing partner, has been off writing a novel. (Not doing NaNoWriMo, or he'd be done now - theoretically, anyway. He's just writing a novel.) Anyway, sticking with one character is not something I normally do, much, and it does do wonders for leveling. 80 is the cap in this game, so I'm going to get there, and soon. I'm not anywhere near done with the story part of the game, though.

Really completely random thing: my dad got stung by jellyfish so many times that he became immune. (I think it was Guild Wars that reminded me of this, because there are jellyfish pets. They are much cooler than real jellyfish. Or cooler than the jellyfish that I have personally encountered, anyway.)

I am amused that half of the Holidailies entries I have read so far are something to the effect of, "Fuck, why did I sign up for this?" I've been doing this long enough that I have quit panicking about it. I always manage to think of something to say. It's never great art, but oh well. (That could be my motto in life, actually.)

My Glitch character:

mellificent: (Xmas - pink aluminum)
I haven't done a silly meme thing in ages. So here you go:

You Are a Caramel Brulée Latte

You are sophisticated and classy. You tend to be more of a simple pleasures type of person.
You understand how important quality is, and you're not fooled by cheap knockoffs or imitations.
You are understated and elegant. You have a lot of natural grace, and it takes you far.
Your tastes and influences are a blend of new and traditional, high brow and low brow. You mix it all together beautifully!

Ha, sophisticated and classy, understated and elegant. Not really so much, but okay. Also I'm pretty sure I've never had a caramel brulee latte in my life. (Unless that was what that thing was that I got at Christmas a couple of years ago and then threw away. I remember that I didn't like it but I don't remember exactly what it was.) I drink lattes all the time, and actually there's one sitting next to the computer right now, but I like my lattes unadorned by syrups and cremes and such.

Also, the local Starbucks has a huge sign in front that says "OPEN CHRISTMAS DAY." Poor baristas.

Etsy fame

Feb. 19th, 2010 12:52 am
mellificent: (winter trees)
I mostly have been neglecting my little Etsy store terribly - but look, somebody put me into a Treasury! This is way cool.


(Mine is at the bottom left.)

Hmm, I had some other random things I was going to say, but then I saw this and got excited and forgot what the other things were, except for the little bit of linkage below. Maybe I'll remember later.

I am amused by this slideshow of Obama Feigning Interest in Mundane Things - but actually, my personal view of Obama is that he is such a geek, he probably really was interested.

One more, and it's a meme, but it's a really cool one, unlike any other meme I've ever seen. (I bet some of you have seen it already) - What Type Are You? (and that's "type" as in "font")  Me? I'm Universal.
mellificent: (Jack-o-Lanterns)
Gosh, I almost forgot my Halloween haul for this year!

My LiveJournal Trick-or-Treat Haul
mellificent goes trick-or-treating, dressed up as Corpse Bride.
anjea tricks you! You get a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
columbina gives you 1 mauve mint-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
miz_hatbox tricks you! You lose 1 pieces of candy!
mslilly gives you 4 yellow vanilla-flavoured pieces of chewing gum.
nonelvis gives you 6 tan grape-flavoured pieces of bubblegum.
peebles tricks you! You get a block of wood.
profrobert gives you 16 dark green cola-flavoured wafers.
seweccentric gives you 7 orange spearmint-flavoured gumdrops.
ursulahitler tricks you! You get a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
xeney gives you 5 orange cola-flavoured wafers.
mellificent ends up with 38 pieces of candy, a 3.5-inch floppy disc, a block of wood, and a 3.5-inch floppy disc.
Go trick-or-treating! Username:
Another fun meme brought to you by rfreebern.

Ooh, floppy disks, cool!
mellificent: (lotus)
Somebody on my Facebook friendslist posted this, and I got interested and wrote a bunch of stuff. (As usual, I'm not tagging anybody but I would be interested to see the answers if you feel like doing it!)

1) When was your wedding day?
May 2nd, 1987

2) What day of the week was it?
Saturday (and like this year, it was Derby Day)

3) Did you get married in a church?
No, we had both the wedding and reception in my parents' back yard. They lived in the country at the time and it was a big back yard - room for tables and a gazebo and all kinds of stuff.

4) How many people in your wedding party?
Three - Rob's dad was the best man and my sister was the maid of honor and my cousin was a bridesmaid.

More wedding stuff here! )

26) How long have you been married?
Twenty-two years. It blows my mind.
mellificent: (baa)
This is actually surprisingly close to my real attitude toward the holidays.

Your Christmas is Modern

Your wish for the New Year is more happiness.

For you, Christmas is secular holiday. Religion doesn't play a big part in it.

You are patient when it comes to Christmas. You don't celebrate too early, and you don't like seeing holiday decorations in October.

You like Christmas traditions, but you're not uptight about them. You do things your way.

You have some preferred ways of celebrating Christmas, but you're open to compromise.

You love Christmas. You enjoy almost every aspect and tradition of the holidays.

You give a bit during the holidays but nowhere near as much as you'd like to.

mellificent: (Xmas excess)
Things that made me happy today:
-- coffee
-- the necklace I made to give my mother-in-law (blue and green Czech glass)
-- reading So You Want to Be a Wizard (more A Wrinkle In Time than Harry Potter, but good)
-- shopping, even though I didn't buy much
-- the holiday decorations on the gigantic houses in the River Oaks area in Houston
-- sourdough bread from Central Market

So I made my more-or-less annual trip into the horror that is Houston traffic today to go shopping. The traffic wasn't really too too horrible, and in fact I drove around considerably more than I really needed to, just to look around. In fact, I think it's fair to say that the purpose of these trips is as much to get in the holiday mood as much as it is to actually shop. I generally do get some shopping done, just the same. (See last year's entry for actual numbers, although I didn't spend anything like that amount today.)

I usually do this on a Thursday or Friday, and so I was trying to decide how much of the reduced foot-traffic I saw today was the economy, and how much was just that it was Tuesday. I suspect it was both. There were a lot of parking spaces at Highland Village, but the stores I went in mostly seemed to be doing decent business - except for West Elm, which was almost deserted. There were a lot of people in Pottery Barn and Crate and Barrel - particularly the latter. There was an exceptional number of very fashionably-dressed women in Pottery Barn, but that may just be that women like that don't work and so they're free to wander around shopping on weekdays. Or maybe it has something to do with that this particular Pottery Barn is about two doors down from Tootsie's, a very chi-chi women's clothing store. I don't know. Usually I buy some ornaments and stuff like that at one place or another, but today I didn't. That might have partly had to do with the economy, too - or it might just be that I can't really justify buying ornaments for the tree I haven't bothered to put up.

I spent the most money in Central Market, actually. I don't think I'd been in there in a couple of years, and I'd forgotten how much stuff they keep around this time of year that's gift-able. We are supposed to be holding down our gift-giving to the minimum this year, more or less, but I sabotaged that by buying, among other things, a big jug of maple syrup for Rob. (Is that a weird gift? He had expressed interest in having some, and it's very expensive. [ profile] columbina has already informed me that giving my father-in-law apples is a rather odd choice, but Rob came up with that idea so I don't take any responsibility. I just bought some nice organic apples that looked like they might survive the trip, and I added some locally-grown honey to it, that seemed like something most people would like.) (Also, I pointed out to Col that if the apples came from Harry and David and cost about three times as much, nobody would think it was odd at all. Which he agreed was a valid point.)

Something I noticed on the tollway coming home - and to a certain extent in Houston proper - is the number of roofs still held together by blue tarps. There are still quite a lot of them, three months after the storm.

Today's Holidailies prompt was "Write the annual holiday card/brag letter for your family." but I have already done that. (And I wouldn't exactly call it a "brag letter" except in the sense of "Can you top this?" -- Which, come to think of it, is one reason I didn't send it to people who are local - because many of them can.)
mellificent: (sheep)
I almost forgot that [ profile] anjea  tagged me on this:

The rules are that for 8 days you have to post something that made you happy that day. Tag 8 people to do the same.

I will go along with the posting but not the tagging. I don't like to tag.

I can post more than one thing that made me happy, right?
-- the omelet I had for dinner (even if it barely deserves the name - it was yummy, if rather messy)
-- the silly Christmas decorations that turned up all over WoW today, and the goblin contraption that turns you temporarily into an elf
-- the pretty card I got in the mail from [ profile] athenais 
-- my back stopped hurting. That's important.

(We'll see if I can remember to do this again tomorrow!)

And I hope some of you do feel like playing along - it's not exactly a painful thing to do!

mellificent: (Maleficent)
I don't think I've done this one recently.

01. What are your nicknames?
Mel is a nickname, as are mellificent and mellicious and all the silly variations. Those are the main ones these days.

Cut to spare those bored by too many memes! )

mellificent: (baa)
I think I do this one every year, but somehow it always comes out rather amusing:

On the twelfth day of Christmas, mellificent sent to me...
Twelve politics drumming
Eleven restaurants writing
Ten cats a-gardening
Nine books advertising
Eight texas a-reading
Seven candles a-singing
Six museums a-quilting
Five co-o-o-omputer games
Four used bookstores
Three equal rights
Two new orleans
...and a space in a history.
Get your own Twelve Days:

mellificent: (baa)

Your rainbow is shaded violet.


What is says about you: You are a creative person. You appreciate beauty and craftsmanship. You are patient and will keep trying to understand something until you've mastered it.

Find the colors of your rainbow at
mellificent: (sheep)
Your result for The Which Lolcat Are You? Test...


73% Affectionate, 50% Excitable, 42% Hungry

Protector of truth.

Slayer of darkness.


Longcat may seem like just a regular lengthy cat, but he is, in fact, looong. For proof, observe the longpic.

It is prophesized that Longcat and his archnemesis Tacgnol will battle for supremacy on Caturday. The outcome will change the face of the world, and indeed the very fabric of lolcatdom, forever.

Be grateful that the test has chosen you, and only you, to have this title.

To see all possible results, checka dis.

Take The Which Lolcat Are You? Test
at HelloQuizzy

(Fair warning before you go and take it yourself: it makes you register before it'll give you a result. So if you aren't going to want to register - I'm looking at you, [ profile] columbina  - don't go and take it in the first place, or you will be very pissed off and I will say "I told you so.")

mellificent: (baa)

Your Inner Child Is Happy

You see life as simple, and simple is a very good thing.

You're cheerful and upbeat, taking everything as it comes.

And you decide not to worry, even when things look bad.

You figure there's just so many great things to look forward to.

(from [ profile] melissamh )
mellificent: (Buffy quote: Nancy tribe)
(Because I am still pretty brain-dead today, a meme.)

From [ profile] amandapage , and [ profile] unselko :

Where is your mobile phone? in the bedroom, I think
Where is your significant other? sleeping
Your hair colour? brown with too much gray
Your mother? No longer with us
Your father? Long-winded
Your favourite thing? computer
Your dream last night? don't remember
Your dream goal? Enough money to retire on
The room you're in? living room
Your hobby? WoW
Your fear? unemployment
Where do you want to be in 6 years? why 6 years? I have no idea. (Here, I suppose, or in the Hill Country.)
Where were you last night? here
What you're not? productive
One of your wish-list items? iPod
Where you grew up? small-town Texas

The last thing you did? played WoW
What are you wearing? t-shirt from Penney's, jeans
Your TV? Mom's old one
Your pets? none
Your computer? dead (new one on the way)
Your mood? variable

Missing someone? Mom
Your car? New!
Something you're not wearing? bra
Favourite shop? Sephora
Your summer? Summer? Wasn't that years ago?
Love someone? well, yes
Your favourite colour? today? let's say green
When is the last time you laughed? a few minutes ago
When is the last time you cried? yesterday, I think
mellificent: (baa)
From [ profile] nonelvis  and several others. Bear in mind that I am not an adventurous eater, and that's going to color a lot of these answers.

I'll be nice and cut for length )
mellificent: (breathe)
It took me about half a dozen trips out of Galveston to realize that there was something wrong with this picture: coming off the Causeway, there's one house over on the right side, at Virginia Point. Only thing is, it used to be a whole row of houses. That's really the starkest picture I've seen yet - in person, anyway - of what the hurricane did. (And I don't literally have a picture, unfortunately, but it'd be really hard to get a picture that really told that story, anyway. Particularly since you're not allowed to stop on the Causeway to adjust your camera.)

I worked a half-day again, and we got a lot done this afternoon. I think we might actually pretty much be ready for the movers on Thursday. I found a Shiner Bock beer carton (vintage 1982 or so, if I recall correctly) very soggy and absolutely full of mold-covered childhood mementos that I had forgotten all about. But y'know? If I had forgotten the existence of most of them, why on earth have I been hauling them around all these years? I'm finding it hard to mourn that stuff too too much.

Incidentally, here is our new Ikea furniture, although it's cuter than in the picture. We got the bed with the storage underneath (no headboard) and the storage unit. I'm sort of sorry we didn't buy a chest but I didn't see them at the time.

It occurs to me that what our ugly temporary "office" needs - it's actually a former Payless Shoe Source, if that tells you anything - is some Halloween decorations. I wonder how that would go over.

Things are getting back to normal! It's a meme! )
mellificent: (baa)

Your Taste in Music:

Eighties: Highest Influence

Adult Alternative: Highest Influence

Classic Rock: Highest Influence

Nineties: Highest Influence

Alternative Rock: High Influence

mellificent: (sheep)

Your Mind is Red

Of all the mind types, yours is the most impulsive.

If you think it, you do it. And you can get the bug to pursue almost any passion.

Your thoughts are big and bold. Your mind has no inhibitions.

You tend to spend a lot of time thinking about love, your dreams, and distant places.

(from [personal profile] profrobert)
mellificent: (baa)
I got tagged by [personal profile] columbina  earlier today, but ignored it at the time, because the books available at work are just too boring. I was thinking that at home I would end up with The Blue Sword or something (which is what I've been (re)reading) but no, when I remembered it, the closest book at hand was not exactly that.

From page 123:

"Place both ends of the chain through the hole in the shell, front to back. Slip the ends through the loop before you pull it through. Tighten the slip knot so that the circle hangs securely."

(This might be much more interesting if you pretend that you don't know it's talking about a necklace. But unfortunately, it's actually from Bead Simple: Essential Techniques for Making Jewelry Just the Way You Want It.)


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