2008

Dec. 31st, 2008 11:06 pm
yolen: (Mimosa)
Well, the year is almost over. What can I say? This year, one of the worst things that ever happened to me went down. One of the best things to ever happen to me also happened. It was a pretty damn rough beginning, and now the year closes with me feeling lucky, grateful, and blessed. I never had a year with such a high and such a low. Life is weird.

I have high and happy hopes for 2009. I wish you all a fabulous new year. I am hoping for all your fervent wishes to come true...

2008

Dec. 31st, 2008 11:06 pm
yolen: (Mimosa)
Well, the year is almost over. What can I say? This year, one of the worst things that ever happened to me went down. One of the best things to ever happen to me also happened. It was a pretty damn rough beginning, and now the year closes with me feeling lucky, grateful, and blessed. I never had a year with such a high and such a low. Life is weird.

I have high and happy hopes for 2009. I wish you all a fabulous new year. I am hoping for all your fervent wishes to come true...
yolen: (Croc Valentine)
Today has been an utterly shitty day, I can't even get into it here. Trust me, SHITTTTY. But I'm feeling better, so I guess that's good. Am flagrantly accepting any and all good thoughts and energy that a potentially crappy situation will be avoided. Thanks.

But, yesterday was a nice Valentine's Day :). [personal profile] fings got off of work early and I met him in Hoboken. We had a nice dinner at Maxwell's and and sort of sat there a little goofily, marveling over the fact that we've been married for almost 2 years! Our anniversary is a little under 4 months away, still, it seems to be going fast! We walked home, picked up some groceries along the way. When we got home we couldn't really agree on something to watch, but that was ok, he worked on some computer stuff and I crawled into the recliner with many blankets and a book ("The Other Boleyn Girl", it's really good!). After a while I got sleepy and sort of conked out. Fings almost gave me a heart attack when he woke me, even though he tried to be gentle. I was really sleeping! It was just a really nice and companionable low-key evening.

Oh, and I picked up some new books at B&N before I met with Fings, I had a $40 gift card from Christmas. They had a buy 2, get 1 free table and I picked up a biography on Jimmy Stewart, "The Female Brain", and "The Life of Language". It was $34 and some change---I am so brutally spoiled by paperbackswap.com where I am getting so many fabulous books for the price of media mail postage, or worst case paying $3.50 for a credit. SPOILED because I felt scandalized by the price even though it was a pretty decent deal considering the prices of new trade paperbacks at B&N (I should have paid closer to $50 for those 3 books). Oh, paperbackswap, how I LOVE you.
yolen: (Croc Valentine)
Today has been an utterly shitty day, I can't even get into it here. Trust me, SHITTTTY. But I'm feeling better, so I guess that's good. Am flagrantly accepting any and all good thoughts and energy that a potentially crappy situation will be avoided. Thanks.

But, yesterday was a nice Valentine's Day :). [personal profile] fings got off of work early and I met him in Hoboken. We had a nice dinner at Maxwell's and and sort of sat there a little goofily, marveling over the fact that we've been married for almost 2 years! Our anniversary is a little under 4 months away, still, it seems to be going fast! We walked home, picked up some groceries along the way. When we got home we couldn't really agree on something to watch, but that was ok, he worked on some computer stuff and I crawled into the recliner with many blankets and a book ("The Other Boleyn Girl", it's really good!). After a while I got sleepy and sort of conked out. Fings almost gave me a heart attack when he woke me, even though he tried to be gentle. I was really sleeping! It was just a really nice and companionable low-key evening.

Oh, and I picked up some new books at B&N before I met with Fings, I had a $40 gift card from Christmas. They had a buy 2, get 1 free table and I picked up a biography on Jimmy Stewart, "The Female Brain", and "The Life of Language". It was $34 and some change---I am so brutally spoiled by paperbackswap.com where I am getting so many fabulous books for the price of media mail postage, or worst case paying $3.50 for a credit. SPOILED because I felt scandalized by the price even though it was a pretty decent deal considering the prices of new trade paperbacks at B&N (I should have paid closer to $50 for those 3 books). Oh, paperbackswap, how I LOVE you.
yolen: (WOW!!)
Happy New Year!
yolen: (WOW!!)
Happy New Year!

Christmas!

Dec. 24th, 2007 05:04 pm
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
Well, our apartment is clean, roast pork, arroz con gandules, and macaroni & cheese are ready to be eaten; chicken is roasting in the oven. My family should be trickling in soon, with their crazy Puerto Rican ways :P. Hopefully the drama will be low. Oh, and a Christmas miracle! My borderline agoraphobic mother will be coming. Wow. Tomorrow, [personal profile] fings and I have to haul ass to the train station in Hoboken to take the train to Raritan so we can spend tomorrow with his side of the family. Christmas craziness :). But in a good way! A Very Merry Christmas Eve & Christmas Day/Yule to all who celebrate!!

I received a new camera for Christmas! I got it about a week and a half ago, and I finally had fings set it up for me; a Canon A720IS. YAY, 8 megapixels!!!

I will report more Christmas loot tomorrow :).

Christmas!

Dec. 24th, 2007 05:04 pm
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
Well, our apartment is clean, roast pork, arroz con gandules, and macaroni & cheese are ready to be eaten; chicken is roasting in the oven. My family should be trickling in soon, with their crazy Puerto Rican ways :P. Hopefully the drama will be low. Oh, and a Christmas miracle! My borderline agoraphobic mother will be coming. Wow. Tomorrow, [personal profile] fings and I have to haul ass to the train station in Hoboken to take the train to Raritan so we can spend tomorrow with his side of the family. Christmas craziness :). But in a good way! A Very Merry Christmas Eve & Christmas Day/Yule to all who celebrate!!

I received a new camera for Christmas! I got it about a week and a half ago, and I finally had fings set it up for me; a Canon A720IS. YAY, 8 megapixels!!!

I will report more Christmas loot tomorrow :).
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
The Raven
A long time ago, the Raven looked down from the sky and saw that the people of the world were living in darkness. The ball of light was kept hidden by a selfish old chief. So the Raven turned himself into a spruce needle, and floated on the river where the chief's daughter came for water. She drank the spruce needle. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy, who was the Raven in disguise. The baby cried and cried until the chief gave him the ball of light to play with. As soon as he had the light, the Raven turned back into himself. The Raven carried the light into the sky. From then on, we no longer lived in darkness.
From "Northern Exposure", season 3 episode "Seoul Mates," as told by Marilyn Whirlwind.

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A Tlingit Tale:

In the beginning there was no moon or stars. Raven was the most powerful being. He had made all of the animals, fish, trees, and men. He had made all living creatures. But they were all living in darkness because he had not made the sun. One day, Raven learned that there was a chief living on the banks of the river who had a very beautiful daughter who possessed the sun, the moon, and the stars in a carved cedar box.
The chief and his people protected her and the treasure. Raven knew that he must trick the villagers to steal their treasure, so he decided to turn himself into a grandchild of the great chief. Raven flew upon a tall tree over their house and turned himself into a hemlock needle. Then, as the needle, he fell into the daughter's drinking cup, she drank the needle. Inside the chief's daughter, Raven became a baby and soon the young woman bore a son who was dearly loved by the chief and was given whatever he asked for. The stars, moon and the sun were each in a beautifully carved cedar box which sat on the floor of the house. The grandchild, Raven, wanted to play with them and wouldn't stop crying until the grandfather gave them to him. As soon as he had them Raven threw them up through the smokehole. Instantly, they scattered across the sky. While the chief was unhappy, he loved his grandson too much to punish him for what he had done. Now that he had tossed out the stars and moon, the little grandson began crying for the box containing sunlight. He cried and cried and would not stop. Finally, the grandfather gave him the box. Raven played with the box for a long time. Suddenly, he turned himself back into a bird and flew up through the smokehole with the box. Once he was far away from the village he heard people speaking in the darkness and approached them. "Who are you and would you like to have light?" he asked them. They said that he was a liar and that no one could give light. To show them that he was telling the truth, Raven opened the ornately carved box and let sunlight into the world. The people were so frightened by it that they fled to every corner of the world. This is why there are Raven's people everywhere. Now there are stars, the moon, and daylight and it is no longer dark all of the time.
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
The Raven
A long time ago, the Raven looked down from the sky and saw that the people of the world were living in darkness. The ball of light was kept hidden by a selfish old chief. So the Raven turned himself into a spruce needle, and floated on the river where the chief's daughter came for water. She drank the spruce needle. She became pregnant and gave birth to a boy, who was the Raven in disguise. The baby cried and cried until the chief gave him the ball of light to play with. As soon as he had the light, the Raven turned back into himself. The Raven carried the light into the sky. From then on, we no longer lived in darkness.
From "Northern Exposure", season 3 episode "Seoul Mates," as told by Marilyn Whirlwind.

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A Tlingit Tale:

In the beginning there was no moon or stars. Raven was the most powerful being. He had made all of the animals, fish, trees, and men. He had made all living creatures. But they were all living in darkness because he had not made the sun. One day, Raven learned that there was a chief living on the banks of the river who had a very beautiful daughter who possessed the sun, the moon, and the stars in a carved cedar box.
The chief and his people protected her and the treasure. Raven knew that he must trick the villagers to steal their treasure, so he decided to turn himself into a grandchild of the great chief. Raven flew upon a tall tree over their house and turned himself into a hemlock needle. Then, as the needle, he fell into the daughter's drinking cup, she drank the needle. Inside the chief's daughter, Raven became a baby and soon the young woman bore a son who was dearly loved by the chief and was given whatever he asked for. The stars, moon and the sun were each in a beautifully carved cedar box which sat on the floor of the house. The grandchild, Raven, wanted to play with them and wouldn't stop crying until the grandfather gave them to him. As soon as he had them Raven threw them up through the smokehole. Instantly, they scattered across the sky. While the chief was unhappy, he loved his grandson too much to punish him for what he had done. Now that he had tossed out the stars and moon, the little grandson began crying for the box containing sunlight. He cried and cried and would not stop. Finally, the grandfather gave him the box. Raven played with the box for a long time. Suddenly, he turned himself back into a bird and flew up through the smokehole with the box. Once he was far away from the village he heard people speaking in the darkness and approached them. "Who are you and would you like to have light?" he asked them. They said that he was a liar and that no one could give light. To show them that he was telling the truth, Raven opened the ornately carved box and let sunlight into the world. The people were so frightened by it that they fled to every corner of the world. This is why there are Raven's people everywhere. Now there are stars, the moon, and daylight and it is no longer dark all of the time.
yolen: (I got a rock.)
This year for Halloween, we are doing jack shit! Eh, that's ok.

I got to the day care center later on in the day, so I missed most of the babies that were in their costumes. There was a 14 month old dressed as a tiger, and a 2 1/2 year old dressed as Robin Hood. On the walk home from work I saw a lot of people in their costumes. Among the little ones were: a Peter Pan, a witch, a fairy, a hobo. Among the adults a Mike Myers from "Halloween" and a couple dressed as Wayne and Garth from "Wayne's World" (they were across the street from me when I saw them. at first I just noticed a young woman wearing a baseball cap, then I noticed the guy next to her was wearing this terrible blond wig and black glasses, ha. I looked back at her, and sure enough her hat said "Wayne's World. I thought that was pretty neat).

My older brother called me earlier just as I was heading out the door for the center, he wanted to pick me up so I could go Trick or Treating with him and my nephew little J. Dang! It sucked having to say that I couldn't. I haven't seen little J. since his birthday party almost 2 months ago :(. Things have just been kinda crazy on their end of things, and I have class on Saturdays which hasn't helped. Anyway, little J. had been talking for weeks about being Darth Vader and I'm very glad they were able to rustle that up for him. My dad was able to go with them to the mall so little J. could beg for candy, then my brother and the kid headed off for the main drag in Bayonne. I called earlier to see how it was going, my brother said they were about to head into a party that one of the businesses had organized. He told me that he'd been concerned just a few minutes before that a guy in a particularly scary mask would scare little J. and he started to tell him not to be afraid, it was only a mask only to be told "That's ok dad, I can get him with my light saber if he bothers me!". Heh.

Oh, [personal profile] fings just looked this over and said "Hey! We're not doing jack shit! We ordered chinese food!". Ok, so, we are going to stuff ourselves with chinese food and then watch a movie while cuddled up on the sofa ^_^.
yolen: (I got a rock.)
This year for Halloween, we are doing jack shit! Eh, that's ok.

I got to the day care center later on in the day, so I missed most of the babies that were in their costumes. There was a 14 month old dressed as a tiger, and a 2 1/2 year old dressed as Robin Hood. On the walk home from work I saw a lot of people in their costumes. Among the little ones were: a Peter Pan, a witch, a fairy, a hobo. Among the adults a Mike Myers from "Halloween" and a couple dressed as Wayne and Garth from "Wayne's World" (they were across the street from me when I saw them. at first I just noticed a young woman wearing a baseball cap, then I noticed the guy next to her was wearing this terrible blond wig and black glasses, ha. I looked back at her, and sure enough her hat said "Wayne's World. I thought that was pretty neat).

My older brother called me earlier just as I was heading out the door for the center, he wanted to pick me up so I could go Trick or Treating with him and my nephew little J. Dang! It sucked having to say that I couldn't. I haven't seen little J. since his birthday party almost 2 months ago :(. Things have just been kinda crazy on their end of things, and I have class on Saturdays which hasn't helped. Anyway, little J. had been talking for weeks about being Darth Vader and I'm very glad they were able to rustle that up for him. My dad was able to go with them to the mall so little J. could beg for candy, then my brother and the kid headed off for the main drag in Bayonne. I called earlier to see how it was going, my brother said they were about to head into a party that one of the businesses had organized. He told me that he'd been concerned just a few minutes before that a guy in a particularly scary mask would scare little J. and he started to tell him not to be afraid, it was only a mask only to be told "That's ok dad, I can get him with my light saber if he bothers me!". Heh.

Oh, [personal profile] fings just looked this over and said "Hey! We're not doing jack shit! We ordered chinese food!". Ok, so, we are going to stuff ourselves with chinese food and then watch a movie while cuddled up on the sofa ^_^.
yolen: (Croc Valentine)
The Valentine's Day theme on LJ and the Weather Pixie on my userinfo page almost make me want to barf.
yolen: (Croc Valentine)
The Valentine's Day theme on LJ and the Weather Pixie on my userinfo page almost make me want to barf.

Woot!!

Dec. 31st, 2006 05:42 pm
yolen: (WOW!!)
Wishing all a Happy & Healthy 2007!! {HUGS}

Woot!!

Dec. 31st, 2006 05:42 pm
yolen: (WOW!!)
Wishing all a Happy & Healthy 2007!! {HUGS}
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
Merry Christmas!!! Hope everyone is having a good one :).
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
Merry Christmas!!! Hope everyone is having a good one :).
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
I'd like to send out holiday cards, so if you'd like one, please provide me with your name and address. Comments will, of course, be screened :).
yolen: (Charlie Brown Christmas)
I'd like to send out holiday cards, so if you'd like one, please provide me with your name and address. Comments will, of course, be screened :).

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