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Crossposted this everywhere, so apologies if you're reading this twice.

Hey everyone,

Sex Change Hospital (ugh, never did like that name) is finally airing in the US. For those of you lucky people who have cable, you can watch it on WETV (Women's Entertainment) Tuesdays at 11PM (couldn't air it any earlier, WE?).

For those of you who don't know, my father in law, Jackie, is transgendered. She agreed to have her surgery filmed for this documentary. My husband Shawn and his brother Jonathan appear as the supportive sons.

Jackie is in episode 4 and it should air next week. For those of you without cable, let me know if you'd like to see our dvd copy. Warning: graphic surgery footage.
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In that confused state where I know I need to shop for ingredients and plan dinner but don't have a clue what I want. (Bah, it's already 6PM and dark outside! I want summer back!) Tempted to drive to Trader Joe and see what Joe has already made. Hmm...

Last night I made chickpea noodle soup and it turned out really well. I spiced it up quite a bit so it even had a kick to it. Chickpeas are becoming my new favorite ingredient, you really can do anything with them. I already told Shawn that I'm going to demand he makes this the next time I'm sick.

+ and -

Oct. 22nd, 2008 06:27 pm
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+ Halloween is coming up! Yay!
- Still uncertain about plans. Might be a couple parties to attend on Friday, but I want plans for Sat too!
+ Had brunch and went shopping with a good friend today.
+ Bought lots of cute stuff. Like a candle for a friend's birthday, a cute skirt to wear dancing this Sat night, a skirt for my Halloween costume, a couple shirts and a roomy tote bag.
- The candle broke at some point. Boo!
- Probably spent too much money.
+ Everything that I did buy was hella cheap. Like, $5-$15 range.
+ Put back some stuff that I wanted. See? I'm frugal! Kinda!
+ Found perfect boots that I want want want.
- Look at that price tag! Damn!
+ Going to stalk them on zappos until January, when the price gets slashed.
- Means I have to wait until January.
+ Had a mini-high school reunion on Sunday with two very old friends.
- Other friend who was supposed to come wasn't able to because her boyfriend threw a hissy fit.
- Beginning to dislike Mr. New Boyfriend.
+ Good friend's birthday this Sat. Dancing to britpop music at Panic!
+ Shawn's been making a lot of homemade applesauce. It's delish.
+ It's nice to have a gourmet husband ;)
+ Probably going to make chickpea noodle soup tonight.
+ Also hanging out with [ profile] eyeinject to work on my Halloween costume.
+ Day off tomorrow with Shawn.
+ It's happy when the +'s outweigh the -'s.

buffy meme

Sep. 17th, 2008 02:11 pm
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Stolen from [ profile] heathergalaxy.

When you see this, post another Buffy quote in your LJ. Let's see how long this can go on.

"In my world people wear chains and we ride them like ponies!" -Vampire Willow
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Hey Chicago people (or people who would like to visit Chicago this particular weekend)...

Come give us a hug and buy us a drink at our Anniversary/Birthday party on the 30th. Great music, drink specials and appetizers too! If you say "robots do it better" at the door, you get a discounted cover. For serious!

robots do it better
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Okay, so I might have fudged the answers a bit.

Your results:
You are Catwoman
The Flash
Wonder Woman
Green Lantern
Iron Man
You have had a tough childhood,
you know how to be a thief and exploit others
but you stand up for society's cast-offs.

Click here to take the Superhero Personality Test

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Shawn and I came back from our trip to Wiscon on Sunday night. There was much pouting and dragging feet about this because we really didn't want to leave early. Unfortunately, I couldn't get out of work on Memorial Day, and I made some good money, so I can't complain too much. Even though we missed the dessert salon and the parties and more hang out time with friends we never get to see enough. There's always next year.

Highlights included:

1. The Friday night party where Shawn built a spaceship out of a wine bottle and tin foil. Will post pictures possibly tomorrow. The theme was Robot Liberation, which caused Shawn and I to sing this song for the rest of the night:

2. Shawn's dad having one of her (for those of you new to my lj, Shawn's dad is a MTF trans, a lovely woman, and we're very proud and supportive of her) amazing paintings in the art show (it was the one of the naked Barbie in space, if you didn't know this).

3. The Farmer's Market! We totally brought a cooler with us specifically for this. We brought back squeaky cheese curds, homemade jam, tomato basil cheese spread, and homemade applesauce. Yum.

4. [ profile] heathergalaxy's panel about what a vegetarian/vegan world would look like. It was very thought-provoking, although I find it annoying that every veggie discussion eventually gets derailed by questions of, "But what about protein? Where in god's name do you get your protein?!?!"

5. It was too nice out to be inside all day, so I took a walk around Madison and looked at all the stores. Didn't see clothes that I wanted to buy, but I went into their apothecary and loved it. It was kind of like the Merz Apothecary, where I worked for a couple years, but it was a bigger space so it was nice and spread out instead of all shoved into this tiny little space. I bought a green tea clay mask that I'll probably try out today.

6. I think my favorite panel was Fairy Tales for a New Generation of Girls. It featured retellings of fairy tales by five different authors, and there was a nice discussion about why fairy tales are still so compelling, the original dark versions compared with the Disneyfied versions, and all the different ways of subverting them. I use a lot of fairy tale imagery in my own writing, so it was a lot of fun.

7. There were other panels that ranged between good and meh that I'm not getting into. In any case, we ended the trip in a large group getting Japanese food for [ profile] kesyrah's birthday. We even split a bottle of plum wine that was delicious.

We were sad to leave, but it turns out it was actually a good thing we did. An especially killer strain of stomach flu circulated the convention, and we managed to avoid it. Between leaving early or traveling back home a day later sick as a dog, I'll take leaving early.

It turns out we also missed drama. Extreme Drama! I was considering not posting it, because it's the kind of thing that's better to ignore, but it really pissed me off. I'm not going to post any links because the whole thing was just infuriating, but here's my own retelling of what happened. Feel free to not click the link if you're sick of the story and would prefer it just go away. you want snark? Oh, I'll give you snark! )

Okay, off to start the day (at 1:30PM). Must put down the squeaky cheese curds!
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Sicksicksick. I called in today and don't feel bad about it. I might call later tonight and tell them to mark my books out tomorrow. I'm currently heating up a Wolfgang Puck veggie soup. And now I'm going to watch more Gilmore Girls.


Nov. 12th, 2007 10:59 am
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Okay, so I haven't posted in two days, but I worked all weekend so there you go. Shawn met up with me last night and we had drinks with some of my coworkers, which was a lot of fun. The downside is that all I want to do now is laze around in a hungover stupor, but there are things that need to be done. Like putting away more dishes, taking a shower, doing some minor grocery shopping.

Was that three shots of Cuervo last night? Yeah, maybe not the best idea.
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Thanks for the comments, all. It was a fantastic time.

Just spent the day having brunch with a friend, put away clean dishes and clean laundry, then did some knitting while watching netflixed 90210. Yes, I rented the first season, I'll admit it. I think I might be done with it though. At first the hideous 90's fashions (parachute pants! reeeeaally thick eyebrows! ripped up jeans! gold lame!) and heavy handed plots were super-amusing, but now it's already getting old. Oh yes, I remember Brenda being super-whiny about everything and Brandon being all, "I can't do that, it's wrong! Okay, I'll do it anyway, but I'm going to feel really guilty about it. Because it's wrong." Oh yeah, and two drinks = alcoholic. But I did get to laugh a lot when Brenda and Kelly giggle over how cute their algebra teacher is. "How did Mr. So-and-So become an algebra teacher when he's so dreamy?" Then they zero in on the dreamboat algebra teacher with the most godawful mullet you've ever seen! Oh, 1990!
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Thanks [ profile] crowjoy

Reply to this post and i'll respond with at least 3 things i like/love/adore/admire about you. Then post to your own journal to spread the love-plague.
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So a recent favorite book of mine, Julie/Julia, is going to be turned into a movie starring Meryl Streep as Julia Child, and someone I've never heard of who has starred in Disney movies as Julie. It's being directed by Nora "When Harry Met Sally" Ephron.

I'm not sure how to feel about this because although I'll definitely check out the movie, I just know that it's going to be a watered down chick movie. And of course the book is chick lit and it's about cooking, so of course it should be a chick movie, but I'm pretty sure they're going to take out all my favorite parts. Nora Ephron, please include the following bits:

1. When a coworker at Julie's job asks if she's a Republican and a different coworker scoffs, "Republicans don't wear vintage!"

2. The fact that she and her husband are huge Buffy the Vampire Slayer fans.

3. Vodka gimlets.

4. Julie's unapologetic potty mouth. I especially loved when a tourist asked her for directions to New Jersey as she was outside with a frying pan practicing how to flip an omelet, and she responds, "Lady, you are hell and gone from fucking New Jersey."

5. The 10-20 pounds of "butter fat" that is gained over the year.

6. Julie's frequent, more-obnoxious-than-cute meltdowns.

7. The maggots that are discovered breeding under the drip pan by the sink.
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Going to hang out with friends after I post this, yay for that. I finally get to witness this thing called "Guitar Hero."

Yeah, that's all I got. My brain tends to be extra-mushy after a 10 hr work day on Saturday. I'm off to drink wine and watch people pretend to be rock stars.
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I'm completely stressing myself over this whole new job thing right now, so I need to tell myself this: It is not the end of the world if you don't get this. If New Job doesn't happen, then you can focus on grad school and maybe try getting a part time library job. Maybe that would be better anyway.

nablo me

Nov. 1st, 2007 08:07 pm
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I was seriously thinking about giving nanowrimo a go again this year. I've tried twice and failed. One year even gave me a nice, potential little novel that unfortunately fizzled out. But this month is already shaping up to be busy so I'm not even going to attempt. Instead, I'm going to try the far easier (and much wussier) nablopomo...National Blog Posting Month. So instead of cranking out a novel in November, I'll just be posting every day. I think it'll be nice to see what comes out.

I had my third interview today, and it seemed to go well, but the owner said she'd get back to me by Monday. Meaning I'm going to be in AGONY all weekend. Not going to write about that...instead I'll write that I just made sweet potato, black bean soup. Threw in some allspice and cayenne and it came out a little spicier than I expected, but still good.

Okay, post #1 finished. I'll try to be more interesting as I go.
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This weekend was full and good. On Saturday Shawn and I went with our friends Lisa and Ben to a Maplewood Halloween party. It was full of booze and dancing and awesome costumes, just as much as you expect from a Maplewood party. My costume came out just right and I can't wait to put it on again. Will post pictures when I get a chance.

Then yesterday I went to my very first roller derby game. I've never been able to go because they're usually on Saturday and I work Saturdays till 7. The last two games are on Sundays, which is free and clear for me. I'm the type of person who is disinterested in every type of sport, but derby is a sport with girls in miniskirts and fishnets with a punk rock soundtrack, so what's not to like? Also, instead of two teams trying to put a ball in a certain place (always sure to make me yawn), you have two teams trying to put a girl on skates in a certain place. So now I know the rules a bit more, and I will actually understand what [ profile] kesyrah, [ profile] deladejavoo and [ profile] happyelfling are blogging about.

I have my second interview on Friday. Eeee! I hope they tell me right away if I have the job or not because I'll need to start telling my clients if I'm going somewhere else. I already told a couple on Saturday, just "I'm in the process of interviewing right now, and it might not happen, but if you call and I'm not here anymore, I'll be at this place."
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Please sign this here petition to protest uber-anti-abortion Susan Orr being appointed Acting Deputy Assistant Secretary for Population Affairs (man, that job title is a mouthful!).

I haven't been keeping up on current affairs, except in the most tenuous ways, because it keeps getting more and more depressing. I need to tune in more, because exciting things are happening as the Bush administration finally draws to a close, but I still get depressed when I hear Democratic candidates quizzed about how many times a week they go to church, or side remarks about Hilary's big thighs. Because we all know that a woman with big thighs can't possibly lead a nation!

All I want is for my government to be smart. I don't care if they are religious. In fact, I'm more likely to vote for them if they aren't. And education isn't everything, but for goddess sake, tell me you believe in evolution! It's depressing that admitting you have some kind of scientific knowledge can make you lose votes in this country. Stop telling me that you sing in the church choir every Sunday. Stop telling me that your greatest hero is your mom. Stop playing dumb for America. Use one big word in a sentence, and you have my vote!

And if you are against abortion, then fine! Let's work together to stop it. Those of us who are pro-choice don't necessarily like abortion, it's just that sometimes the condom breaks and you're eighteen and about to go to college and what are you gonna do? And I'm not talking about myself there...I have never never never had an unplanned pregnancy because I have always used some type of birth control, and what do you know? It works! Let's join hands and teach young kids about the wonders of birth control. Let's develop new kinds of birth control that works better and doesn't throw female hormones out of whack so much. My mom talked to me about birth control long before sex was even much of an urge for me, and that worked out so much better than if she ignored the subject and just told me never to have sex.

Of course, now that I'm a grown up and don't really plan on having kids ever, my mom would probably kill for me to mess up my birth control.


Oct. 17th, 2007 11:02 am
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I'm interviewing with a new spa right now. The first interview just went really well, and I'm feeling very positive about this.

I'm going to need a waxing model next week, possibly Friday. Is there anyone who a. gets or wants bikini waxing, b. doesn't mind if a couple other people are watching, and c. is off next Friday?

Yeah, that probably isn't going to happen.
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Mercury retrograde has totally been kicking our asses. I thought we got a head start on it with the car catching fire, but Mercury retrograde likes to make itself known in small, annoying ways. Yesterday our router for our computer broke, so we didn't have an internet connection. And since we have Vonage, that means our landline was down too. And I had left my cell phone uncharged, so for most of the day I didn't have any means of communication whatsoever. Damn you, Mercury!

Shawn was off today, and we ran around doing errands, like buying a new router, picking up our sexy new red steel trash can, getting the car an oil change, etc. So things are working, and we could check our messages. My mom had been calling and getting all freaked out because I wasn't returning her calls. Also, someone called about a job interview. Eeee! I'm not going into details, but let's just say that this would be a Good Thing.

So Friday evening has been spent making up for lost internet time, and for Shawn to play video games, since he had to spend entirely too long talking to customer service reps.


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