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Holy cow, it has been forever since I posted here.  Ouch.

Uh, so Hi :D  I'm still around.  Been one of those years where time just kind of slips by.  Lots happened, mostly good, some pretty bad.  But I'm still here, and I guess that is the important one.

So yeah... I'm going to try and update this more often.  I have been sucked into the pretty that is Tumblr, but I find myself missing the conversations more and more, so hopefully I can get back into that here.

Fannishly, I've been sucked into Hockey (the actual game as well as the fandom) and that is pretty much taking up a large portion of my life right now.  I am stupid excited for the start of the regular season and have tickets to see the Coyotes several times already.  I'm also enjoying Sleepy Hollow and Blacklist on my tv.  Looking forward to Almost Human, and really just all the tv back.
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Holy cow, another year gone.  *shaking my head* 

It's been a better year than the one before, and for the most part I can't complain.  Cari and I made a pact that this would be the year of random concerts and it really was.  Starting with Fun. and ending with Steve Carlson in England, and pretty much all kinds of random and wonderful in between.  The William Beckett and Fun. gigs have special places in my heart because Brandi trusted me blindly and went along even though she had no idea who they were... and loved both of them.  It was another year of not being able to see My Chem, and the Green Day concert got cancelled, but i have high hopes that 2013 will be the year for both of them.  

Travel wise, it was another busy year.  Highlights of the year were trips to be part of the wedding of people I love, my first ever trip to Canada, a return to England and shenanigans all over the place.   I hate that my friends live all over the world, but combining my love of travel with the chance to see them?  Made of awesome.   

Work?  Ups and downs, lots of them.  But I survived and I realized that it's ok not to have a consuming passion for my job.  It pays my bills and lets me do the things I want to do.  I am lucky in that regard and I am trying to keep that in mind when it drags me down.   

Mostly this has been a year where I realized that the most important parts of my life aren't whats, but rather whos.  I know, I know, I'm a bit slow on the uptake sometimes.   I'm getting there tho.  Just know that I love you, yes, you.  And you.  And you.  And I am thankful that you are in my life, in whatever way.   

I'm spending tonight with friends and (my second) family.  There will be ridiculously competitive games, drinks and food, probably Eddie Izzard playing in the background at some point and lots of laughter.  I don't have anyone to kiss at midnight because I don't have a boy, and all my girls are scattered to the winds and the people I have here don't understand that sometimes a kiss is just a kiss and doesn't have romantic connotations.  Sometimes it just means I love you and I am glad you are here with me in this moment.  But thats ok, because I will have people I love near.  I hope you have love and laughter tonight and all year long.  

(And if you are the kissing type and in the same boat, know I would give you a kiss at midnight if I could.)

I'm off now, so I'll end with my traditional wish (stolen, as ever, from Neil Gaiman):

I hope that in this year to come, you make mistakes.
Because if you are making mistakes, then you are making new things, trying new things, learning, living, pushing yourself, changing yourself, changing your world. You're doing things you've never done before, and more importantly, you're Doing Something.
So that's my wish for you, and all of us, and my wish for myself. Make New Mistakes. Make glorious, amazing mistakes. Make mistakes nobody's ever made before. Don't freeze, don't stop, don't worry that it isn't good enough, or it isn't perfect, whatever it is: art,or love, or work or family or life
Whatever it is you're scared of doing, Do it.
Make your mistakes, next year and forever.
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darling_lisa: (Scream)

You know that Eddie Izzard skit where he is talking about the differences between American and Foreign movies? The one with Sebastian in the attic with the matches and "Perhaps I better had." And then there is the American version, to whit:

It would be a Room with a View of HELL!
Staircase of SATAN!
Pond of DEATH!

"What are ya doin' with the fuckin' matches! Always in here with the fuckin' matches!"

"Hey, shut up! Hey, you fuck my wife? You fuck my wife? You fuck my wife?"

"I *am* your wife."

"Don't matter! Don't matter! You fuck my wife?"

"Yes, I fucked your wife. I am your wife and I fucked her"

"Ahhhh... Oh no! Space Monkeys are attacking!"

"Jeanne, I love you, even though you fucked my wife."

/Everyone dies in a ball of flame, sad and alone/

That is what my life is like right now. Except it's not funny at all. And in fact I kind of want to cry as I sit here metaphorically shouting "I *am* your wife" over and over but no one listens.

Yes, I realize this makes sense to exactly no one but me.

Fuck my life.
darling_lisa: (Firefly Inara graceful)
So hey, it's December... how the hell did that happen?

If you signed up for a holiday card from me, I sent out the first batch this weekend. I tried to hit everyone overseas since I know mail takes longer internationally. I'm hoping to get the other half out next weekend.

As usual the final month of the year is turning out to be a whirlwind. Mandatory overtime of 5 to 10 hours every week to try and keep up with changes. Wedding this coming Saturday, my company holiday party the Saturday after, gift shopping and preparations for Christmas shoe horned in there somewhere and no earthly idea what is up for New Year's yet.

I still owe some pics from Cari's visit in October and the Vegas birthday bash (AKA Operation: All Your Vodkas Are Belong To ME) which was a huge success. But I'm stymied by not being able to find my transfer cable.

In other news, winter has come to the desert and I am not a fan. We have been having unseasonable rain and cold temps. Tonight we have a hard freeze warning in effect, and it's usually a good month or so before we hit that. I'm hoping it doesn't mean this is gonna be a long cold winter, because as my friends have told me, I'm a delicate desert flower and I can't handle this cold shit for long. *laugh*

Think thats all for now... oh, anyone have a good recipe for Hot & Sour soup? I'm craving it like whoa and would love to make it if it's not ridic.
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Even tho this has been one of the roughest years in recent memory, I have so much to be thankful for. I have my family and have been gifted with the most amazing friends. I am relatively healthy and I have a job that pays me well. I get to travel and see boys in concert and attend weddings of people I love or just explore the world we live in. I am so incredibly thankful for the life I have and the wondrous things in it.

I hope you get to spend today with people that you love and that there is plenty of laughter and good food. I wish I could spend part of the day with you all, but know at least that you will be in my thoughts today. *hugs*
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So yeah... WinCon didn't happen for me this year after all. Last week I had been feeling horrible... exhausted and having breathing issues and entirely too many close calls with my rescue inhaler... and I ended up having to cancel because I like to keep breathing. Basically spent the past 5 days sleeping, only waking to take drugs when necessary and I'm feeling much more human like now. But man.. it hurt to have to cancel. Also? United airlines suck and I am pretty sure I will never book with them again. /rant

In other news, I get a Cari this week and we shall have adventures. And since I was home I got to go to Johnny's first t-ball game ever and I don't care how much crap was in my lungs (seriously, it is not cool when you can hear bubbles popping in your chest when you inhale/exhale,) that alone was priceless. His running to grab my hand and yelling "Aunt Lisa is here! Aunt Lisa is here!" like it was the best thing to happen ever? Fuck me but I love my monsters. (Cari, if you read this before you get here... I am totally going to drag you to his next game on Saturday and I apologize in advance, but I'm a sucker, lol)

Other than the sick thing, I'm doing ok. Today was the last deadline for work so I'm off the phones until mid-January, which is a huge weight off my chest. The weather here continues to be stupid... 100+ in October? Ugh, Arizona sometimes I really don't like you. About 4 weeks until my b-day bash in Vegas and I am so excited to have my girls again I can't even tell you.

Have a tentative Halloween costume picked out, and plans are underway for a Halloween party at Cyn and Drew's. So desperately need to get my Day of the Dead altar up, but it prolly won't happen anytime soon. Signed up for [livejournal.com profile] mininanowrimo at a hundred words a day. Kind of scared that I won't be able to make even that little amount, but I really want to try.

And that is pretty much life in a nutshell for now. Think it is time for another nap.
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Man I love three day weekends! Why can't we have them all the time? Not that I did anything extraordinary or anything, but still.

Matter of fact, I woke up with a migraine this morning and spent a good portion of the day sleeping. It wasn't one of the killer ones, I know it's from being stressed about going back to the phones tomorrow for two weeks, still kind of killed my plans for doing some cleaning today though.

Just 10 days until I fly to Vegas for the Kane show. How is it that this is only my second Kane concert for the year? *shaking my head* Something is wrong in the universe, lol. It'll be another quick in and out trip, the big Vegas vacation won't be until my birthday in November, but it will be good to see people I haven't in awhile.

As for what I did do this weekend... I mostly read and treated myself to the movies. I saw The Help (very good, had me, my mom and my sister all sobbing in the theatre,) and I also caught Don't Be Afraid of the Dark last week. Very Guillermo del Toro. Altho I have to admit I spent a large part of the movie worried about the little girl because Pan's Labyrinth scarred me for life *laugh* (I love Pan's Labyrinth just for the record, but between the creepy monster that ate fairies and the ending... yeah, scarred.)

Bookwise... I reread Melanie Rawn's Dragon Prince trilogy this weekend. Man I love that world. And I've finally started reading the latest George R.R. Martin, A Dance of Dragons. I bought it on the day it came out but wasn't quite ready to start in on it until now. (I love A Song of Ice and Fire as a series, but man it can be depressing and it's not a fast and/or uninvolved read.)

And pretty much that is all I have to babble about right now. I think I'm going to end my weekend by checking out the first episode of Lost Girl, lots of people on my flist seem to like it, so we'll see how it goes.

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