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Totes slapping myself in the face because I just realized today that Meera on The Blacklist is Jesminder from Bend it like Beckham.  *facepalm*   
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So it occurred to me tonight while dealing with the remains of a migraine that I never posted about my (entirely too short) trip to Australia to visit Cari. Which really, is a huge shame because even though I had to cancel the trip not even a few days in, was absolutely amazing.

(For those who don't know, my grandmother passed away while I was in Australia, 2 days after I arrived actually. Thankfully Virgin Australia were amazing and worked to get me back home quickly so I could be here for the funeral. So I ended up only spending 4 days there before I had to turn around and head back.)

Lets start with the flight, shall we?  )

Now for the fun part, I left Tucson at 5:30p on Tuesday night, had a jaunt over to LAX, and boarded the plane to Australia at 11:30 that same night.  I arrived in Melbourne around 8:30a on Thursday morning.  After about 2.5 hours in Customs, I finally got out to the Arrivals area and found Cari and realized, holy shit, I'm on the other side of the world *grin* We took it pretty easy that day, I mostly wanted caffeine, food and a shower.  I don't remember much of htat night other than trying to stay awake as long as possible... I think I made it to about 8p?  

The next day the real fun started, we took a lovely drive out to Phillip Island and had lunch by the water, then we meandered around the Koala Conservation park before heading to the Penguin Parade at dusk.  Yes, PENGUIN PARADE.   

A few pics...

Koala and penguin pics ahoy! )
Saturday we headed into Melbourne to grab some lunch, watch some hockey (yes, I went to Australia and watched hockey, this is my life now, lol) and then we were supposed to take a walking ghost tour.  Sadly I had an allergic reaction to a soy hotdog and that cut the evening short.  Still, Melbourne is a beautiful city and I want to go back and explore properly one day.  

S-a-t-u-r-d-a-y! Aka Melbourne proper pics )

Sunday was my last day before heading home, so we hit the beach again.  Because there is no such thing as too much beach if you ask me.  We ended up driving out to Mornington and because I was a silly girl and said sure when Cari asked if I trusted her, we ended up clambering over the rocks for a good half to three quarters of a mile instead of taking the high (and smooth, easy) road along the cliff, lol.  I can't complain too badly though, it was beyond beautiful and definitely the balm to my soul I needed after getting the call about my grandmother.  

Gorgeous beaches )

Sadly Monday I was headed back home.  A 30 hour journey that can only be described as hell.  Left Melbourne at 6a with a connecting flight in Sydney, arrived in LAX around 8:30a on Monday, finally made it home around 9ish that night?  I think.  Long ass trip was long.  Too many hours in one day and too many planes.  I always get the worst jetlag coming home, this was no different.  

I loved what short time I had there, it truly is a gorgeous country, even driving along the highways I was entranced by the rolling fields and green everywhere.  Cari was beyond amazing, and I miss her more than words can say.  It wasn't quite the trip I had planned, but it was one that I will never forget.  And you bet your ass I am going back one day.... several years from now when I have put that plane ride out of my mind.  *grin* 

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Yep, still terrible at the posting regularly thing. Ugh.

Not a lot going on right now, work and more work. But tax season is almost over. (And there was much cheering across the land.)

I am currently balcony-less. New management bought our building and has slowly been doing repairs and I had some cracking on the edges of my old balcony so they said they would have someone out today to fix it. Well it turns out that they could put their hands through the wooden support from the bottom and decided that it all needed to come out. I'm slightly terrified because I spent A LOT of time sitting out there at night with a glass of wine, just looking at the stars, and falling to my death (ok, well I'm only on the second floor, so falling to my massive bodily injury really) just doesn't work for me.


Fannishly, I'm still consumed by hockey. My poor neighbors are prolly not fans and I spend a large part of the games I watch yelling at the tv very loudly. Usually to the effect of OMG PUT YOUR HELMET BACK ON, STAY IN YOUR NET WHAT ARE YOU THINKING STAAAAAAAAAAAY IN YOUR NET and DO NOT TOUCH SHAWZY OR I WILL CUT YOU. *laughs* (My Andrew Shaw feels, too big to contain.)

I am still trying to get my head around the Coyotes roster, and I can't wait to go see them live. I just wish it weren't a 2.5 hour drive from here to their arena. *pout* On the other hand, I am loving the Blackhawks and Penguins this year, altho I worry that Bylsma struck some kind of deal with the devil to keep Sid and Geno healthy for the whole season and that is why various Pens keep getting injured and put in the IR.

In other news, I am also enjoying Sleepy Hollow and Blacklist the most out of the new fall shows. Of course I'm still waiting with baited breath for Almost Human to start up, and for White Collar and Justified to come back to me. TV watching is severely hampered right now by a non functioning Tivo and I am going to suck it up and get the Cox dvr this week because I can rent it for $8 a month instead of having to shell out $200 for a Tivo upfront and then pay $12 a month after that. I love Tivo, but a girl only makes so much money.
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Um, hi :)

So rumors are floating around about LJ and I'm not loving what I am hearing. Setting this up just in case, will most likely cross post until I see which way the wind blows...
darling_lisa: (DT Then Love Me)
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.
darling_lisa: (FOB Pete hip)
Ok, this is a fan-ish mishmash of things, you have been warned.  

First off... Dear Justified, there are no words to express how happy I am to have you back on my tv.  Art and his Marshall stiffie, Tim and his razor sharp sarcasm, Raylan and his everything.  It is my happy place.  And Boyd?  Please pontificate some more,becaus damn.  

Just saw this on Tumblr and I am not sure what to think about it.  But Fallout Boy are scheduled to appear on Jimmy Kimmel on Feb 13.  Or at least that is what his guest lineup says.  (http://www.interbridge.com/lineups.html#JKL)  And yeah.  After all the Keltie BS I figured it was just another attempt to get the fans riled up, but... Jimmy Kimmel.  And I am so afraid to believe it until Pete or Patrick confirm it, but dear gods, please.  After everything Bandom has been through lately, please.  *flails*

Both Iron Man 3 and Star Trek Into Darkness are killing me regularly AND THEY DON"T EVEN COME OUT UNTIL MAY.  The latest IM3 poster triggered a massive capslock texting frenzy and an interview with JJ about Trek caused actual trouble keeping my shit intact.  Must figure out how to be near fangirls when these come out.  I am not entirely sure we will get out of May alive.

White Collar.  OH EL,  Putting the rest under a cut because I don't want to spoil you. )
darling_lisa: (MCR Bad Mikey no cookie!)
Ok, stolen fro [livejournal.com profile] phantisma  and  [livejournal.com profile] badfalcon

Here's how it works. You comment here with a letter. I respond with five words that begin with that letter. You write a drabble (or more) using those words. It can be any fandom or original. Hell, it can be anything you want it to be
Simple enough, right
So we're clear, a drabble is 100 words. And it can be any rating from G all the way to NC-17
Who want's to play? (And who's going to repost this so I can play too?)
darling_lisa: (DT Then Love Me)
Ok, so here is the thing.  You can't write about a couple of teenagers in a California town pushing a trolley around a grocery store putting veg in it and making dinner on the cooker and then to top it off, mention in the same fic that someone ha £5 to spend.

Or rather, you can.  But I am not going to read it.  

Betas exist for a reason, and while I think the idea of your story could be intriguing, I keep getting thrown out of it every few paragraphs because you didn't use one.  So thanks, but no thanks.

darling_lisa: (Anne Hathaway)
Snowflake challenge day 2 is to rec fanworks that you did not create yourself.  

This is always a hard one for me to narrow things down to just a few recs but I love long fic, so I figured I'd go with some of my fave longer stories.. and first one that came to my mind this year was Needs Must by thatotherperv (Suits)

Now you don't actually have to know anything about Suits to enjoy this one, but oh, it is a beautiful Dom/Sub story that just... I never wanted it to end.  So many D/s or BDSM fics focus on the physical aspect of the relationship and it's all kneeling and hand cuffs and spreader bars and there isn't any emotion in them.  This story is ALL about the emotions.  It's about getting into both their heads and it just kills me in the best possible way.  

I've been reading a LOT of Teen Wolf fic lately, and I hate to rec a WIP, but it's currently sitting at ~57k of words so if you read slow maybe it will work?  IDK, but I love, love, love it and I jump whenever i see there is an update.  It's Prince Among Wolves by tylerfucklin

It's a slight AU, Derek and Scott are still werewolves and Stiles is still human, but in a world where the Hale fire never happened and basically the entire show has not happened.  Stiles is hired to be babysitter to Derek's kids and there is so much UST I seriously just want to yell at them both at times.  Great characterization and even though it's kidfic, it's not gratuitous.  

Umm, IDK why I thought of this one, but yeah.  Filling the Niche by Stella_Lost (Hawaii Five-O 2010)

Can there be such a thing as a romantic glory hole fic?  I think this is prolly the closest you will ever find.  

And finally, a tiny fandom rec... Lies to Buy Myself Some Time by k8andrewz (The Unusuals)

Great characterization and spot on dialogue.  Same quirky feel of the tv show. Makes me want to go back and rail at the network all over again for cancelling it.  
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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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So I was chatting back and forth with  [livejournal.com profile] caarirose  earlier tonight in email like we do and I mentioned that i had had Bang the Doldrums by FOB stuck in my head all day and I quoted the line that I used as the title of this post to her.   She replied that even tho it wasn't one of my favorite songs that the lyrics were pretty me anyways.  

And that got me thinking.  I listen to music a lot.  Like, A LOT.  And I tend to make random associations in my head to it.  So when I hear "I know the world's a broken bone, melt your headaches, call it home" (P!atD) I tend to think of Cari because of her love for RyRo and our shared feels about that particular song and the shorthand that it has become for us, and when Heart is singing about "cast my spell of love on you, a woman from a child" I always think of  [livejournal.com profile] ravensword  because Magic Man always reminds me of JDM and where there is JDM, there is Amara.  Whenever I hear Mumford singing "my weakness I feel I must finally show" I am reminded of a million conversations with my beloved  [livejournal.com profile] canadiangoddess  that only make sense to us, and how in so many ways she truly does have part of my brain.  Likewise, the phrase "automatic joy" from AFP's Coin Operated Boy brings to mind a million different thoughts and memories of  [livejournal.com profile] havenward from enabling her writing to the simple glee of hanging out getting drunk together and being dorks and the way i love the words she writes.  Even people I don't know as well have lyrics that strike me, "Look alive sunshine" makes me think of  [livejournal.com profile] sophie_448  because of a pic of her cosplaying Killjoys and Mikey Way is about as close to sunshine as you can come in a human being, and Duran's Last Chance on the Stairway makes me think of  [livejournal.com profile] katzb101.  

Which is just my long winded way of asking... what lyrics remind you of me?  Doesn't matter if it is a song/artist I know or not, I'm curious to see what comes to mind.  :)  

(And if you want to know what lyrics remind me of you, just mention it in your comment and I'll see what pops into my head)
darling_lisa: (DT Then Love Me)
Title: Things that fly but cannot land
Author: Quintenttsy
Fandom: Teen Wolf
Relationship(s): Lydia/Stiles, Allison/Stiles, Allison/Lydia/Stiles, Allison/Danny, Danny/Stiles, Isaac/Scott
Rating: matureish
Word Count: 13k
Summary: If Allison has to explain to one more person that she is not dating her ex-boyfriend’s best friend (and really, she broke up with Scott so long ago that the ‘ex-boyfriend’ part has mostly dropped off that title) she is going to explode. Especially now that Stiles has a girlfriend of his own, a girlfriend Allison is definitely not attracted to. Or jealous of. Danny has no idea what he’s talking about, except for the fact that he actually kind of does.

Link to the Fic Masterpost

Click for art like things... )
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Yes, it's that time of year again (how this happened I have no idea,) and I'm going to start getting ready to send out holiday cards in the next week or two. So if you would like a card just leave me a comment (they are screened) and if you have moved since last year or don't think I have your address, please leave that as well.

As always, there is no need to feel like you have to send me one back (of course I would love it if you do, but really, it's not a thing.)
darling_lisa: (Migraine)
So today? Sucked. Woke up feeling a little nauseated and not so great. That rapidly turned into a raging migraine. I tried to tough it out, took a cocktail of Excedrin, ibuprofin, Benadryl and large amounts of caffeine. No luck. By 11 it felt like I was dying. Literally. My head hurt so much I couldn't breathe. So I gave in and took a Zomig.

Now, normally this wouldn't be an issue, I have the Zomig specifically for this reason. They can only be used to treat migraines, and I refill my RX for them every month because I need them. But in their infinite wisdom, the Insurance companies have decreed that I am only allowed 6 tablets a month. Because that is all anyone could need, right?

Except for the part where it can take anywhere from 2-4 pills to treat ONE MIGRAINE. I get on average, anywhere from 6-10 separate and distinct migraines a month. Now not every migraine requires a Zomig, but the ones that last 5 days? Can eat up my entire month's allotment of pills pretty quickly.

So I try and manage them as best I can, saving the Zomig for the ones that are really bad. As opposed to the ones that are just moderately bad. To give you an idea of my scale I'm using here, imagine your head is in a vise that keeps tightening down with every breath you take. At the same time, your brain is expanding and pressing against the confines of your skull to the point where you swear you can feel cracks developing as your bones threaten to explode outwards. Every beat of your heart causes your veins to pulse and feel as if they are expanding so much they are going to burst out of your body. The light feels like ice picks stabbing into your eyes every time you blink, and any sound louder than a whisper feels like a stadium full of people screaming into your ear at the top of their lungs. Your skin is oversenstive, so even your softest flannel sheets feel like sandpaper rubbing you raw, and your body can't regulate your temperature so you alternate feeling as if you are locked in a freezer with feeling like you have been plunged into the heart of a volcano. And to top it all off, you have nausea worse than the worst case of food poisoning that you ever experienced. Water won't stay down, nothing will. That is a moderately bad migraine for me.

I know I am incredibly lucky to have health insurance through my job, and I thank the Universe constantly for the care that I am able to get. But there is something wrong in our health care system. My doctor thinks I should have a supply of 12 tablets a month, but my insurance carrier limits me to 6 every 30 days. And for those 6 pills, I pay 8x my usual RX co-pay. I can't get a second RX for a different brand of triptan, because the limit applies to all brands. If I wanted to I could pay for the additional 6 out of pocket, but at approx $43 a pill, well that's not going to happen. I have paid for one or two pills out of pocket when I'm having a particularly bad month, but financially I just can't afford that on a regular basis.

I had 3 pills I had been hoarding this month. I am going to England in a week and I wanted to make sure I had pills so I wouldn't miss any of my vacation to lying in bed wishing someone would come park their big rig on my head. But I had to take one of my pills, I could not endure the pain. So now I have 2 left. And if I'm very lucky, I won't need those 2 pills before I leave.

I got a migraine while I was in Canada, I spent most of the day mainlining caffeine and puking in public restrooms because I refused to let my migraine rob me of a day on vacation. I don't want to do that in London, but I will if I have to. I will take my cocktail of OTC meds and pray that I don't end up ruining my kidney and/or liver before I turn 50. I will hoarde my pills like they are the last ones on Earth. I will continue to take meds that are used to treat epilepsy off label on the chance that they are helping reduce the frequency of my migraines, and deal with the side effect. I will go to my Neurologist and ask if there is any new insight into what causes migraines or how to prevent them.

And every month I will get my 6 pills and wonder how long they will last this time.
darling_lisa: (With my suitcase)
I leave tomorrow for Canada to visit [livejournal.com profile] canadiangoddess in Vancouver! I AM SO EXCITE.

Don't think I will have internet access while I'm gone, gonna be a long weekend. On the other hand, I don't have to worry about being spoiled for Dr Who, lol. Going to do my best to get her to at least give Teen Wolf a try tho *grin*

Be good while I'm away... or take pictures if you aren't. ;)
darling_lisa: (MCR Frank heart begins to break)
So what to do on a Monday when you have gotten all of 3 hours of sleep and are wide awake waaaaaay before you have to work? Watch some MCR, of course *grin*

Things of note
- Holy hell I LOVE the energy they all have during Destroya
- Frank looks so peaceful during Yesterday. I really think it will kill me to hear it live.
- Frank arms! He loses his cardi after the first song. Swoon. (Yes,C you can stop laughing now.)
darling_lisa: (MCR Frank pretty princess)
Ok, as I mentioned in a comment on someone else's page, I am high as a kite on migraine meds and can't sleep and bored. SO I'm stealing this from [livejournal.com profile] caarirose (and omg, it took me entirely too many tries to spell that correctly, my brain is leaking out my ears, I swear to god.) (altho to be fair, totes saw this on Nei's {so not going to try and spell that correctly in this state} tumblr as well)

Pick a trope from this list and provide a fandom/pairing and I’ll tell you something about the story I’d write for that combination (i.e. write a snippet from the story or write not!fic or tell you the title and summary for the story I would write)

1. genderswap
2. bodyswap
3. drunk!fic
4. huddling for warmth
5. pretending to be married
6. secretly a virgin
7. amnesia
8. cross-dressing
9. forced to share a bed
10. truth or dare
11. historical AU
12. accidental-baby-acquisition
13. apocalypse fic
14. telepathy
15. High School/College AU

Hit me with whatever, whether I've written it before, if I ship it, cracky or not, I'll do my best :)
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Happy birthday my darling Amara, happy birthday to you! /sing

Ok, so I know your birthday isn't until tomorrow, but I am crashing soon and I have jury duty tomorrow so I won't be around during the day, so I wanted to post some pretties in honor of your birthday.

You are one of my bestest friends in the world darlin, and I look forward to shenanigans together for the rest of our lives *hugs and loves so very much*

Clicky for pretties! )
darling_lisa: (Empires Sean reading bw)
So yeah, have some random icons of Empires.

(Who are Empires? Get thee to their website!


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8 icons below the cut... Sean Van Vleet and Tom Conrad centric )

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