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Misc: dork

Real Life

Today is my last day at my current job. As far as I know they have no plans to give me a going away party (despite all the things I did for the company and all the crap I went through). Therefore I bought my own cake and will be taking it to work; giving myself my own going away party. If no one else is going to show me some appreciation then I'm going to do it myself! XD

For inquiring minds who want to know, I got another job at a bigger and better company as part of their management team. I'm excited for the change. :)
Christmas: Happy Holidays

I went to Wal*Mart this morning...

The first thing to greet me as I walk into Wal*Mart is an obscenely loud rendition of a song featuring a red-nosed animal, allowing himself be enslaved by a fat, old man to prove his worth to his peers.

As you walk through the aisles it's like 2 buckets of red and green paint spontaneously exploded all over the store, and holiday cheer is the last thing on the sales associates' minds as they too are decked out in the festive colors. You can tell which of them will be leaving their shift soon and avoiding the mass of angry and frustrated holiday shoppers, there to buy the good cheer they've been promised by multiple commercials on the TV and radio, and the ones who are in it to the death. Grim faced, they watch the increase of shoppers for the day with dread, knowing this could be their last Christmas season on earth--and most definitely will be their last Christmas in retail, God willing.

Candy and baking goods assault the senses on almost every aisle. They're featured on hand towels, kitchen wear, clothing, and toys. One would think that no other food existed this time of year besides cookies, cakes, candy canes, and chocolates in various molded shapes representing four-legged mammals and fat old men. In a couple of weeks these items will be replaced by diet bars, low calorie meals, protein shakes, obscenely used Shake Weights, gym clothes, and other items meant to counteract the highly marketed foods of death from before the day of the season. Perhaps there will be a time when the diet industry will find a way to nationalize a holiday of their own.

And so, I make my way through the city-sized store, my cart before me like a shield to ward off panicked, glazed-eyed shoppers resembling scared rabbits or perhaps rabid wolves ready to attack at the slightest provocation. I could mention that the cart can double as a weapon, but that would mean admitting to using it that way myself, and I don't want to be connected with innumerable people who have been run over by these metal contraptions of greed.

But the trip isn't as horrifying as it could have been, and I am visiting this soon-to-be war-torn battlefield before the real troops arrive to pillage in the name of peace on earth and good will towards men. On that day, no man, woman, or child will be spared, as toys are bought, gift packs that no one in their right mind would buy any other time of the year are snatched away, and confused husbands and boyfriends ransack the jewelry section for cheap goods their wives and/or girlfriends will eventually return. And, in the end, these materialistic items will be placed at the foot of a dying tree with a heavy sigh of relief, knowing they’ve done all they can, and hoping that their offering will be good enough.

I will not be returning to Wal*Mart again this season. I made my list, checked it twice, stocked up on what I needed, and picked up a few things for myself because I was so nicely naughty this year. For the rest of you who have to venture out into those buildings of doom, I wish you luck, and a very, merry Christmas season.
Misc: 焔の錬金術師

Con Panels

I think this is probably more of a 'Real Life' post than one that's public, but I'd like to get as many opinions as possible on this, so... sorry? (not really XD )

Anyway, my local anime con (Anime Banzai) is coming up the beginning of October, and I generally do a fanfiction panel about posting fanfiction (which I really enjoy).  Most likely I'll end up doing it yet again.  However, I'd like to do a few more panels this year (including trying to get them to let me do a shounen-ai panel, which might be difficult because they're such a PG13 con, but we'll see).

Anyway, the question I'd like to ask is this:  What type of panels would you like to see at an anime convention or what type of panels do you think would be interesting?

Mostly, I'm trying to get some ideas because the panels at our con seem a little stale (meaning, they tend to have a lot of the same panels year after year).  Now that we're going to a larger venue, we'll have the room to actually have more panels, and to also have late night panels (which is part of the reason why I think I might have a good chance at getting the shounen-ai panel passed). 

I'd kind of like to do another fanfiction panel (though I'm not sure what topic would be interesting or informative) as well as one on doujinshi.  But yes, any other ideas or suggestions would be fabulous. <3

Misc: &lt;3 Morally Bankrupt

Real Life Post

Okay well, it's been a while since my last real life post, so I thought I'd go ahead and make one.

As you know, AWA is drawing close (and if you didn't know,then you do now ^_~ ), and even though I don't leave until next Wednesday, I've been trying to decide what I want to take with me and all that fun stuff. I decided that it would be a good idea to print out some fanfiction to read on flight because it seemed that it was going to be a rather long flight (though it seemed longer by the fact that I was going two time zones over).

I don't read as much fanfiction as I'd like, for various reasons, and doing so on the flight seemed like the perfect time. So I chose out several from my "I really want to read these stories eventually" list and started copying and pasting the chapters into my word processor for easier printing. I guess I didn't realize just how many pages it would be. *laughs*

In only two stories, in Verdana 8 point font, I have almost 300 pages in 2 stories. I'm preeeeeeetty sure that will last me for both flights (which, with the short layover is about 5 and a half hours each way). Unfortunately, I'm almost out of black ink, and I only have about... 200 pages of paper left. So I'll be making a trip to my local office supply store to replenish my supplies before trying to print all of that.

What stories did I choose? I'm sure you're asking yourself this (or maybe not XD But I will assume that some of you are wondering ). Well, I decided on Unconditional (link doesn't go to LJ) by loreamaraand Pawns by velvet_mace. I'm sure both will be excellent and I'm looking forward to reading them.

I'm looking forward to seeing old friends, and meeting offline some of the people I've met online. I'm also excited to be going to Georgia. I've never been to the eastern half of the U.S. before. The furthest east I've been is Texas earler this year, but that's more central U.S. rather than eastern U.S. I'm also looking forward to cosplaying again! I'm especially excited to be cosplaying with hikaru_9, who is my ever awesome Ed.

And yeah, that's about it for me on the real life front at the moment. ^__^

As for fic... I may or may not get more posted before I go. I do have the first chapter of this one story I started because of animanga_maniac, which all started over a discussion about people skipping over the more... unsavory... parts of sex in fanfiction. And of course, since I have no qualms about writing squick worthy things, I decided to take up the challenge (which, to me, hasn't been all that squick worthy yet). The fic actually has no real point, but mostly just focuses on Roy and Ed's 'every day-ish' relationship. *laughs* I... might post that one today or tomorrow or something.  >_>;

Wow, okay, this update is becoming a book! Hope ya'll have a nice day! <3
Misc: Duty

Real life post

So, I haven’t done a ‘real life’ post in a while, but since I have the time right now, I decided to do one.

I’m not one who generally likes soups or juices, but because I've been sick recently, I’ve found myself subjected to both. Juice and soup just seem to be the thing you’re supposed to eat/drink if you’re sick. I feel so cliché because I’ve had both chicken noodle soup and orange juice (though actually it was orange pineapple juice) today.

When I was a kid, my mom would always buy Sprite or 7up for us (my brother and me) when we were sick. Sometimes she mixed orange juice mixed in with it. I think it was something that her parents did when she was sick as a kid (buying them soda, maybe not those brands though, I don’t know). I don’t really like soda pop very much, so I haven’t really kept that tradition going as I became an adult.

I think chocolate should be a designated sick food *laughs*  Although I just had this unsettling mental image of chocolate juice with chocolate soup.  I'm not so sure how good that would be.  Perhaps I should just stick to orange juice and chicken soup.

What foods do you usually have when you don’t feel well? Are they the same things you were given when you were a kid? Also, what foods seem to be designated ‘sick foods’ (or rather, food that is cliché to give people when they’re sick) where you live?
Misc: Domestic

Cheddar Crust Meatloaf

Okay so, I've had several people threaten my life if I didn't post this ask for this recipe, so here it is.  I've had some problems trying to get LJ to accept my tables (which I did in Word), but let's hope that this time it will work... 

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Misc: dork

Star Trek

So I went to go see the new Star Trek movie last Saturday and I thought it was really good.  I think it was pretty standard as far as Star Trek plot lines go, but I enjoyed it a lot nonetheless.  I thought they did a really good job taking the characters, shining them up, and making them new again.  The special effects were awesome (though what do you expect from Hollywood nowadays?), and I think the actors did a very good job filling the roles they were given.

My favorite characters from the original series are Leonard "Bones" McCoy and Montgomery Scott (before anyone asks, no I don't ship them! XDDD ), and so I was particularly anxious to see how the new actors would measure up.  I thought they did a pretty good job.

As far as Star Trek movies go for the original series, I think Star Trek IV will always be my favorite (I think it has something to do with Scotty talking to the desktop computer *laughs* just kidding), though I also have a huge love for Star Trek: Generations.  (Can we see a theme developing with these movies I'm listing?) 

Out of all the series though, I'm really much more of a TNG (The Next Generation) fan, than I am of TOS or any of the others after TNG.  It's probably because I started watching it when it first started and followed it faithfully until the show ended.  I tried to get into DS9, but after the first season I just sort of dropped it, and I didn't watch any of the other series after that.


Have you seen the movie?  What did you think about it?  Are you a long time fan or someone who is recently being introduced to Star Trek?  If you're an old fan, what series/movies did you like best?  If you're a new fan, are you interested in seeing the previous movies (or series) or are you satisfied with the new movie?

Note: Questions not meant to cause any wank.  I'm just curious. ^_^
Misc: well fuck

Cosplay Advice

Cosplay Advice

   When choosing the materials for your cosplay, be sure to think about how you're going to clean your it.

2:  When making an FMA military uniform, do not use real leather and dry clean only fabric for the buttskirt (what else are you supposed to call it?).  It will cost you unholy amounts of money to have cleaned because you cannot clean it at home (the home dry cleaning kits are not made for leather).


Dry cleaning attendant:  That will be about $50 each because of the leather.
Z: O_o  To just clean one of them (the buttskirts)?
Attendant: Yeah, sorry.
Z: ... *inspects buttskirts by feeling and sniffing fabric*  Yeeeaaah... I think we can hold out for a little while yet...