Jamie Bamber is weird.

There. I've said it. It's not that I don't like him, or don't find him attractive, but...!!! The television camera is much kinder to him than its still counterpart. Every time I see a picture of him in a magazine, (most recently in Out), I just, I don't know. I get all giggly and embarrassed because he just looks goofy.

In less fannish news, the past two weeks have been crazy. We went to Silent Weekend in Tampa, which started off with a bang-literally-as we were in a four car pile up on I4. We were all okay, if not a little miffed. It just proved that a tiny Toyota Corolla is no match for a Jeep Liberty, a Ford Explorer, and another Jeep Liberty. We got to sleep in really close quarters, they reserved a king room for the four of us. Whee! But, we all played nice. The conference was great, I got to work on the reception skills that I still so desperately need. The only thing I was a little disappointed by was the lack of new classes for intermediates. I guess I should get my butt in gear and become an advanced.

Mom arrived last week. Yay! She was at a conference all last week, so I didn't feel guilty about working, which is so often the case when she's here. I realized I can never come out to her. Not sure how I feel about that. In denial.

On the 4th, we went to see the fireworks at Epcot. I don't know who designed this year, but they were fantastic. Totally worth the hassle of going to Epcot on the fourth.

Yesterday, we went to Magic Kingdom and waited about an hour for Pirates of the Caribbean. There's normally no way in hell I would wait 15 minutes for Pirates, but it was the grand reopening with the new Jack Sparrow characters, and it was Pirates day. It had to be done. Saw Dead Man's Chest. It was okay. I laughed, I cried, I peed my pants. Okay, I only did one of those things. You pick which. I need to see it again before I can say anything relevant. BUT THE ENDING!!1!! OMGWTFDMC!!!!

That's about all for now. Had to work today, did a little shopping afterward. Just lazing around now. Trying to get silly Jamie Bamber pics out of my head.
Greetings from Denver (Westminster, actually, but who knows where that is)! Vacation so far has been a blast! Rochester was wonderful, but pretty busy the whole time I was there. So now that I'm in Colorado...I thought I'd let you know what went on!

Monday: Besides being irritated THOROUGHLY by the check-in clerk at the airport (if you tell me you can take a traveler's check, you better damn well be able to give me change for it), everything was smooth. Got to Rochester and had to finish work with NY Matt (he's a manny). It was the best birth control I could ever come up with. Anyway, after he was finished, we went to a restaurant called Aladdin's that was nice whole and organic based foods. Very nice.

Tuesday: Seems to be a little fuzzy. I recall staying with NY Jen for the day (shopping, maybe?) and we went up to her grandparents' cottage by the lake when NY Matt got off work. Stayed the night...it was GORGEOUS up there. Pictures later. We had a fire down on the beach and NY Matt went skinny dipping (for about 15 seconds...it was COLD!!!)

Wednesday: Spent the day at the cabin. WALKED 4.4 MILES...I KNOW! But the payoff was a fantastic view from a little chapel. Relaxed and basically got ready for the whirlwind that would be the rest of the week. Went home and watched Lost (OMGWTF!!!)

Thursday: NY Matt and I went to Niagara Falls. I wish it had been sunny, but whatev. We took the Maid of the Mist up to the falls...again, pictures (hilarious pictures) forthcoming. On our way back to the US, we stopped at the Duty Free! Yay cheap alcohol and chocolate! We hurried to get NY Matt's tux fitted at the dress shop. And then went to dinner at NY Jen's parents' house with her family and NY Matt's Dad and Stepmom.

Friday!: Ran around like chickens with heads cut off. I had to pack for the move to the hotel. We had to get NY Matt's hair cut and I had to go to the store. And we had to meet his cousins to let them in the house. And...and...you get the picture. Rehearsal went off well. Found out I was getting walked down the aisle by Michael, her really cute brother!! Rehersal dinner was great! Then we went to NY Jen's folks' house for after rehersal dinner hilarity. We played dominoes (with rules I've never played before, but...) and I got into a shouting match with one of her brothers because I said I voted for Kerry. Did one JagerBomb. It was my undoing. Anyway, back to the hotel for a really bad night of sleep!

Saturday!!: We had a spa day before the wedding. We got pedicure, manicures, hair and makeup done. I felt like a princess. We ate a little lunch and got into dresses for pictures. Then off to the church!! I'd say the wedding went off without a hitch, and from the bride and groom's perspective it did, but Christina, the maid of honor, tripped while trying to rearrange NY Jen's train, and I TOTALLY DROPPED JEN'S BOUQUET ON IT'S HEAD WHILE THEY WERE LIGHTING THE UNITY CANDLE! Oh, well. Hope they didn't get it on the video. Pictures and then the reception!!! The reception was a blast, even though I knew very few people there. I, along with the bride and groom, got hammered. I stopped counting at 7 drinks...and that was only 3 hours into the reception. There was dancing and general fun. When we got back to the hotel, I had and interesting search for water, as that's all Jen really wanted. But the front desk came through for us!

Sunday: Woke up feeling strangely fine. No hangover at all. I was tired, but didn't feel bad. It was fantastic. I packed for my flight and we went back to the 'rents' house for Brunch! Ate and lounged around until it was time for me to leave. First flight, awful. It was in one of those pack of gum planes to Philadelphia. I was not impressed, and I started feeling not so great. So when I got to Philly, I upgraded to First Class. Score! I paid way too much for the upgrade, but it was worth it. I got plastered in First Class (I didn't have anyone sitting next to me, score again!) and generally loved life. The showed King Kong. Wow. What a bad movie that was pretty good at the same time. Adrien Brody is SO sexy-ugly.

Monday: Went shopping with the fam at Kohl's. Got some nice new duds. We went to dinner at a Japanese place for Christie's birthday and I got to meet her boyfriend (!!!), Bill. I thought I was a dork. That's all we did. :D

Tuesday: Went shopping again! Twice! GOT TO GO TO HOBBY LOBBY!!!!ONE! And various other places that were obviously not as exciting as hobby lobby. After dinner, we went back to Kohl's with our $90 coupon from Monday and bought pajamas. Score.

Wednesday (Today!!): Not much so far. Christie's graduation is today!!! So excited.


Anyway, much love from Colorado. If anyone needs anything from this side of the continent, just let me know.
VACATION!!!!!!! Aggies and grandmas and grandpas and FREEBIRDS! and good mexican food and Aggie football game and First Yell with Bill Engval and Midnight Yell and Graham and real barbeque and yay!

And tonight's scifi Friday!!!!!

I haven't been motivated to do any packing...that's gonna bite me on the ass here in a few hours.

I have a big Space: Above and Beyond post, but I'll save it for while I'm waiting in the terminal tomorrow.

VACATION!!!!!! yay!
I just got bitchsmacked by my mom for no (okay, very little) reason and I can't even stay pissed at her because her birthday's tomorrow.

She sure does know how to get me to shut my mouth, though (it's by telling me I sound just like my dad, in case you need ammo in the future).
With no outside encouragement from me whatsoever, MY LITTLE SISTER HAS BECOME A STAR WARS GEEK!!one!

I'm sorry to be so capslocky about it, but...my sisters and I have never lived together, and I try very hard not to impose my geekitude onto them. Chris and I have always loved Harry Potter together (in fact, she loved the books far before I even heard of them). But the other day, I sent an email to the Colorado fam with some pictures attached (including this one )) because the stepmom wanted to see how good the camera they got me for Christmas is.

So, I got an email from Chris yesterday that said thanks for sending the pictures...especially the star wars one because i've just recently become a star wars freak! Then she goes on to tell me that all her friends are and they're jedi and she's a padawan and how they fight with plastic lightsabers and I swear I almost cried. My father is probably having a heart attack. I have a feeling he really doesn't want those two to turn out like me...but...MWAH!!!!

And her favorite movie is (insert giggle here) Episode 2. That couldn't have anything to do with Hayden, and the fact she's 18, ya think?

In less geeky news, my vacation got approved! Yay! So I will be going to College Station and visiting my mom and eating freebirds and finally seeing Bonfire Memorial and going to an Aggie Football game (which I haven't done since the week after bonfire fell) and going to First Yell (my first) with Bill Engvall as the special guest and visiting my grandparents. Yay! I guess I'm going to have to get out the Aggie primer and relearn all the yells. But I still know Beat the Hell Outta t. u. Whoop! (In retrospect, that wasn't that much less geeky, oh well).
I knew something would happen to screw today up. My mom kept me up basically all night, first with the watching the BSG mini (which I kind of forceD her to do) then with the snoring. Through the sleep, I think I remember her saying she liked it...that's good, 'cause you're watching it tonight, no matter what. So after waking up to snoring the fifteenth time, I moved to the couch (apx. 4:30 am). That was fine until Andre woke up. So, since Matt had an opening shift at MK this morning, I moved to his room and shut the door (apx 6:30). That solved the bird issue, but my subconscious took over and made me get up so I wouldn't miss the DHL driver who's supposed to deliver my replacement phone today.

So basically, I'm just trying to stay awake until someone else in the house wakes up...at that point, I'm getting back into MY bed and taking a nap.

If I wasn't so tired, I know I would be squeeing with joy for today. Today is my first all-new BSG, as I came to the fandom at the end of April (still thanking the gods for [livejournal.com profile] lizardlaugh. I am excited. Really. And we're going to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory this afternoon. Am excited by this very much as well, even though it doesn't sound like it. I don't think I'll make it to a midnight buying of HBP...I guess I'll just have to wait and see...I might be wound up enough after BSG.

Okay, everyone have a super day. As soon as my new phone comes I'm sure I'll be fine.

Yay!

Jun. 23rd, 2005 11:52 am
centerspire: ([asl] Kelly)
I'm off to Silent Weekend in Tampa! I'm so excited (even though I haven't been practicing). This will be one of those wake-up calls I need that says "hey, stupid, you need to practice more!" I'll have the Sidekick with me, but probably won't be making posts/comments. I'm sure no one will miss me, seeing as this is my first post in almost a week.

And now, I offer, a condensed rant. In which I gripe about everything that's bugging me right now in as few words as possible:

I hate my job (who the fuck schedules someone in at 3 am after a vacation day?). I hate working in general. My grandfather's back in the hospital. My dad has the emotional capacity of a teaspoon (and is also being a dick). My mom is crazy. Andre won't shut the fuck up. I have to pack and be ready in less than 2 hours. Both my shoulders hurt like mad.

Wow. I thought I had more. Hmm.

Kisses all around.
I got my midnight Star Wars tickets! And the vacation to go with, so I'm off for Star Wars Weekends!

I wish I was more excited. Those three exclamation points are really lying. I haven't been excited about anything this week. I think it's because I'm sick, my grandpa's still in the hospital and I'm staring down a crazy work week. Oh well, I'll be excited later.

On another note, am I the only one who didn't really like Wednesday's Alias? Joel Gray just doesn't do it for me as Clone!Slone.

Kisses.
Being 1000 miles away is making it tough to get accurate information about my Papaw. Apparently, my Memaw can't really remember the day he fell, and the evidence shows that it was about a week between the time he fell and the time he got to the hospital. Protective Services is questioning my dad and aunt as to why he didn't get treatment for so long. I wish I could barge in there and yell "because my grandpa is a stubborn fool and my grandma's crazy," but that probably wouldn't go over so well with Protective Services either.

And the surgery information I had was bad as well. They fixed a shunt into his knee that will prevent blood clots (it will be with him for the rest of his life) on Tuesday (the day he was admitted), and the surgery on Thursday was to repair his hip. So I guess he's not having a replacement, but I doubt he'll be able to walk again.

At the end of all this, both my grandparents will probably end up in the home. That just makes me so sad. They are both fiercely independent and proud, and I'm not sure either of them will be happy in a home, especially if they choose to stay in Texas, since there's really no one there to visit them.

In January, when my mom went to visit them, she told me they needed some form of in home care, and I told my dad, but he insisted that they were fine. I wish he would have listened.

After that visit, my mom expressly forbid me (ha) to leave my job so I could move home and take care of them, even for a short time. Now I don't know what to do. I'm just so lost in all of this.

This is more than I generally share with anyone, even my closest friends, but I needed to get it off my chest.
My grandfather is in the hospital. He broke his hip after a fall. Okay, he's 89 and has had chronic knee problems since I was a kid...this is not unexpected or unbelievable. What defies logic is that he fell LAST WEEK. He would not let my grandmother call anyone. He stayed on the floor for a week. I don't even know where to go with that. Apparently, the doctors found a blood clot in his knee (most likely the cause of the fall), so it's really good that he finally got to the hospital. But sheesh.

Anyway, I'm kind of standing by, waiting to see if I need to fly home or not. Who knows?

I did about $400 worth of retail therapy today, it would have helped more if the news had come first, but, what do you do?
After what seems like an eternity, I've decided to at least sunbathe next to the LJ pool. I've missed some of the LJ love from my friends...and just added my first RL LJ buddy (hi, Bruce). My computer is still crap, but I'm hoping Buttercup can make it a lean, mean internet machine...or, you know, at least make it actually hook up to the internet.

I'm well...Dad & crew's visit: good...Mom's visit: long (and good)...new job:very good...Matt&Juan's breakup ("seperation"):good in the longterm...not so good now. My whole attitude has changed with the new job, I'm not sure if it's because I'm living comfortably now or I'm away from guests, or it's just a job that I like, but I'll take happy any way I can get it.

More later...I'm not going anywhere (as far as I know...only for sunblock and drinks with umbrellas)

Kel
Yes, even better than the XBOX. My mom shows up at my work last night out of the blue. My mom, who live 18 hours away, drove here to surprise me. ::cries:: I don't even know what to do, I'm so happy.

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