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vriad_lee July 29 2014, 11:38

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мы пробыли в израиле 10 дней в апреле. у меня за это время случился эффект погружения - я выучил алфавит и стал компульзивно читать все надписи на улице. очень приятно бывало встретить знакомое слово типа ШАУРМА, ЛАК или НИССАН. но в основном конечно вокруг была белиберда, да еще неправильно прочитанная, т.к в письменном иврите почти отсутствуют гласные. приехал домой, накачал кучу курсов, но как отрубило. стоило только выйти из среды, интерес пропал.

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orangerful July 28 2014, 02:32

hiccup the useless and his dragon toothless

Started listening to How to Train Your Dragon this week. FANGIRL ALERT: IT IS NARRATED BY DAVID TENNANT! He reads it with his lovely Scottish accent. You can probably get it for free through your public library (that's how I got it, through Overdrive.)

But, it's weird because the story is VERY different from the movie. I know I shouldn't be surprised, I've read enough books and seen enough movies to know they changes things but I guess I wasn't thinking it would be THIS different. Right now, I might actually be leaning towards the movie as better...but we will see. It might just be the shock. Right now, Toothless is not a cute little dragon but sort of a brat? Hiccup is still a sweetheart but his relationship with Toothless is not the same.

Maybe when I finish the book I'll rent the movie again. I haven't seen it in awhile but I'm pretty sure the dragons in the movie did not speak, yeah?

Also reading The Girl with All the Gifts. I didn't remember requesting this book but the cover has a blurb from Joss Whedon so I am assuming that is how it got on my radar. It's an adult book, I know, you're shocked. We will see if I can get through it before the 3 weeks are up.
orangerful July 27 2014, 17:19

it's a red glowy thing, everyone knows red glowy things are bad!

Games for Gold freebie game on Xbox is Behemoth's Battleblock Theater. I've played Castle Crashers so I was familiar with the company but I hadn't tried this one before and who can say no to free? IT IS SO MUCH FUN! Platformer with a bit of puzzle solving, but mostly jumping around and collecting little gems. Lots of replay value. And the co-op mode adds a whole new level of gameplay because you have to help each other out by tossing and catching the other player. Clever level design too. Anyone else playing?

I need to pick a new game to start. I tried to do ACIV but I think I need something different since I only just finished ACII last month. Plus, I was just miserable at the stealth stuff LOL. Might try Fable Anniversary since Tim bought that awhile ago. Or maybe try to finish up LEGO Lord of the Rings, which I was making lots of progress on. Yes yes, my life is so complicated. :)

It's Sunday, give me a break!
orangerful July 25 2014, 00:28


We go through all the new books that arrive at our branch to make sure everything is in the catalog correctly. It helps us stay up to date with new titles, but when it's that time of the month and ALL the romance series arrive, we mostly sit there and giggle like idiots about all the cowboy shiekh's baby mama books. This title was the one that made me go into a fit on the desk today. I mean, SERIOUSLY?!?

I am so ready to go home, it's been a long day!!! At least I have tomorrow off. I love my Fridays off, even if I mostly spend them in my pajamas. :)

orangerful July 24 2014, 15:54

new book alert!

ZOMG just found out one of my favorite authors has a new book coming out in October!!! :D

Glory O'Brien's History of the FutureGlory O'Brien's History of the Future by A.S. King

I may need to do a post later about the awesome that is A.S. King. Her books are just some of the most beautiful things I have ever read. They are true Young Adult novels, with older teens dealing with real issues, but not in a "special edition" kind of way - it feels real (which is funny since each book has this tiny little element of magic to it...little twists of fate or alternate realities or different ways of thinking that help each character cope with their life - it's hard to explain really).
orangerful July 22 2014, 14:09

pet peeve

I do not like it when someone sends me instructions in VIDEO format and
only video format. When I'm at work, I don't have easy access to sound on
my computer (hello, LIBRARY) so it's a bit of a hassle to find headphones
and sit and listen to a 20 minute video on how to log into a Wiki and
manage a page. Just TELL me in writing. The video can be a supplement, but
I prefer to read instructions and work through something.

This also applies to news articles I want to read and then click to find
out it's a video only report. LAME.
orangerful July 22 2014, 04:05

gee whiz, Fargo is a pretty good show, eh?

We're about 4 episodes into FX's FARGO miniseries (mini-series? single series? how do these one season shows even work?)

I wasn't sure what I thought of it at first but now it's starting to come together in a very weird way.

Billy Bob Thorton and Martin Freeman are, of course, awesome but I'm really REALLY in love with Allison Tolman as Molly. She's just so great. Colin Hanks is doing well too, though any time he gets upset, I still just hear his Dad doing Woody's voice in Toy Story...

Anyone else watch this show? I didn't really hear much about it until it was over and then a few people asked if I had watched it and when I said no, they zipped their lips and walked away! Such teases!

EDIT: oh wtf, there will be a second season but no Molly??? A-screw that! She's my favorite part!
orangerful July 20 2014, 23:29

zip me down

Oh my goodness, that was SO MUCH FUN!

I will admit, I was freaking out as we stood in line for our first little mini-zip. I had been discussing this adventure with my friend at work and she pointed out that ziplines and rollercoasters have things in common and suddenly I was scared! But once I got through the first two zips, it was SO FUN! Crazy. But FUN! I'm so glad I did it. It was an amazing way to experience Harper's Ferry National Park.

Oh, and this icon is SO appropriate. They had us walk up one bridge and it was so wobbley and had a few large gaps, all I could think of was Shortround hollering at Indy.

The guides from River Riders were an awesome bunch. They were very friendly and personable, silly but still professional. They knew how to put everyone at ease and they checked up on all of us every time we landed safely. They took safety VERY seriously. If a coupon arrived in the mail for a free zipline, I would totally go again. If you're looking for a place to go for this sort of outdoor excursion, I think you will be happy with River Riders.

But now it's time to save up my money for a different adventure - San Francisco! Just a month away!
orangerful July 19 2014, 22:05

because I'm tacky!

I feel like I haven't posted in ages but I just looked at my journal and realized I was posting pretty regularly this week...it was just all Weird Al videos LOL. I did get my copy of Mandatory Fun in the mail this week. (if you think you might want it, Amazon has the mp3 album for $6 right now). Anyway, I like the album a lot and I'm really hoping that Al gets to #1 on the charts because he deserves it after all these years.

This week was exhausting. Shit going down at work that I'm not even going to talk about because it just makes me angry to think about it. I did have fun on Monday though! My friend and I took off together. The original plan was to go to DC to see a play, but the temp was almost 100 out and thunderstorms were in the forecast so we decided to just go kayaking at the part about 20 minutes away, which was super fun. I hadn't been on a kayak in years. I'd totally do it again though. Except this time I would apply MORE sunscreen.

Tomorrow, my gang and I will go on a big adventure - a zip line canopy tour of Harper's Ferry! Last year we had been talking about bucket list kind of things and Carol mentioned she'd always wanted to go zip lining. I found this place on Living Social and decided we had to do it! It's a 3 hour tour of the canopy, a combination of bridges and zip lines. It's going to be scary but fun. I mean, it says 5 year old can do this! I'm braver than a 5 year old right?? Plus, with the "polar vortex" spinning nearby us the weather is just gorgeous! We were so worried we would melt in the July heat but it looks like we might need to wear jeans now.

Just watched this new Sims 4 Gameplay walkthrough and I am so excited about this game, even if it just looks like a prettier version of Sims 3...still, this walkthrough was oddly hilarious. You don't have to watch the whole thing, just the last bit when they start to throw the party because the "finale" of the video made me LOL.

...man now I want to play some Sims...ttyl

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