primroseburrows: (sentimental jamboree)
Day 10: A song that reminds you of your father.

Well, since I was fortunate enough to have two, I get to post two songs.

My dad and I were both John Denver fans, and we especially liked this one. Somewhere I have a picture of twelve-year-old me standing next to a Toledo scale.

This was my stepdad's favourite song in the world, and for good reason, because it's gorgeous. It was sung at his memorial service, and I always think of him when I hear it. This is Nat Cole's version of Hoagy Carmichael's classic:

meme list )
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Juliana in Anegata. This is just a pretty picture all around:

primroseburrows: (SA: gtheaddesk)
Still frustrated about watching Olympics online. NBC has 'highlights', but to see the whole thing live you have to have TV access to begin with, because they're exclusive like that. BBC is only available in the UK, and CTV keeps saying 'video error', which I'm pretty sure means 'unless you're in Canada, you're SOL.' afsd;kjfasdafsdhlasdf. If anyone has any ideas, lay 'em on me.

I did manage to see the tail end of the ceremony last night, and watched k.d. lang's performance on video this morning. I also watched video of Team Canada and Team USA entering the stadium, but other than that there was ABSOLUTELY NO JOY.

This does not bode well for the rest of the games. I think I'm going to be doing a lot of watching over at Mary's.

Oh, and according to [ profile] bjohan57, a lot of the Twitter coming out of Canada last night about the opening ceremonies was basically 'wtf, where's Paul Gross?', because apparently even though both the GG and the PM were in attendance, Canada isn't properly represented without Paul. Awwww. \o/ Also, yeah, where was he? Did anyone even think about asking him?

In other news, working a night shift tonight. This morning, going somewhere with Mary and Juliana and Amelia and *gasp!* maybe even Caleb OMG.
primroseburrows: (poppy)
My own Remembrance/Veterans/Armistice Day story )

In related news, as a general rule I don't post "In Flanders Fields" every year for a couple of reasons. First, it was written before my country entered the war, about a battle we didn't attend. Although Americans are surely included in the spirit of the poem, the fact is that it really wasn't written for us. Second, enough people post it every year that for me to do it yet again would make it feel more trite and take away from the very real feelings the poem engenders.

Having said all that, I couldn't NOT share this recording, because a. It meets my battle descendant criteria, b. it's a recording, not just another copy/paste, and c. lightning might strike me dead otherwise.

In Flanders Fields

[ profile] _scally found the .flv file, and all I did was press a button to convert it to .mp3. I am not worthy of her mad finding skillz.
primroseburrows: (Isaac)
In honour of Der Tag der Deutschen Einheit (which I honestly didn't know about until LJ told me), here's a picture of [ profile] mr_t00by at the site of the (former) Berlin Wall, with one foot in the East and one in the West:

cut for delicate browsers )

I'd do what LJ's Writer's Block suggests and talk about the Cold War, but my brain is fried from being in two political systems at once last night (AVISO: This condition will likely not last long, you have been warned).
primroseburrows: (Isaac)
But I just found this and I had to post it:

[ profile] mr_t00by never TELLS me when he puts these things up. I have to find them on my own. Geez.

Also, I need suggestions as to what colour to paint his room (note ugly walls in background). He's not giving me any suggestions except "blue". Anything's better than that mud-brown it is now.
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Extreme long and random mass of a thing )

  • I spent a couple days on Block Island, and took pictures!

    look under here )

    I'll post a bunch more when I feel so inclined. I still can't upload pictures from my camera to my computer, but when I get my laptop I'll be able to. I'm also planning on getting Cuthbert fixed so I can rip movies here again and watch 'em on the big monitor.

    aaaand the randomness continues! )
  • primroseburrows: (stan)
    I woke up early this morning, which is odd, because usually it's afternoon before I'm out of bed unless I have to be.

    Today is [ profile] i_am_a_hannah's birthday (yay!), and I've been thinking a lot about what it was like to be her age, with this whole...universe opening up in front of me. I was married at her age, and isn't that weird?

    So anyway, she's up at school this weekend, and this morning it hit me that wow, she's the same age as a lot of the people who were killed at Virginia Tech. And ever since yesterday, every time I think of them, think about all those universes taken away and especially the ones left behind, I keep hearing the same song in my head like it's on repeat loop. So, I'm posting it here because it's a beautiful, triumphant song and maybe I'm supposed to share it and because I really think if the guy who wrote it were asked to give some words of encouragement, this might just be what he'd offer. And it's really for everyone, because like Neil says, there are no Other People. It's all us.

    Stan Rogers - The Mary Ellen Carter

    And you, to whom adversity has dealt the final blow
    with smiling bastards lying to you everywhere you go
    Turn to, and put out all your strength of arm and heart and brain
    and like the Mary Ellen Carter rise again.
    primroseburrows: (Default)
    For some odd reason, there's a fireworks display outside my window. Well, okay, not immediately outside my window, but close enough for me to see it, so Pawtucket or Central Falls or North Providence (I have no idea which because I have no sense of direction whatsoever). Did I miss a holiday? (Hmm, it's stopped now. It only lasted about a half-hour, I wonder what it actually was. Tomorrow is [ profile] i_am_a_hannah's birthday, so maybe that's it. :) )

    Also, I spent the day with my mom, taking her to the cardiologist and the DMV and shopping, and she's really doing fine. The doc's cutting her lisinopril dosage in half, and is considering cutting it out altogether. Yay for one less med! She's also not showing any signs of being short of breath anymore. When I used to go shopping with her, she'd have to keep stopping to catch her breath, and she doesn't now. She says she's tired, but that's it, and my guess is most of her tiredness is the eleventy-million other meds she's on. Since this was what her surgery was supposed to accomplish (not being SOB, not her being tired), I'd say it worked. :) The doc also said she could drive again, and she's very happy for that, because she hates not being independent. So, yay, everything seems to be going along nicely. :D

    In other news, I'm having minor writers' block, and I obviously won't get my [ profile] ds_aprilfools table done in April. I am planning on finishing it, though, 'cause it's fun and I should be able to write again soon. My blocks don't last very long, thankfully. I'm going to work through this one by a. cleaning my room, b. Doing more research for the Barrett's Privateers story, and c. Making a rough outline of the kidfic. Not necessarily in that order, 'cause I'm lazy and hate cleaning my room.

    In still other news, Ellen is back from the car hospital, and is also doing quite nicely. She has brand-y new brake rotors and pads, and a new temperature sensor for the engine, which it looks like will help her in going up hills better. The old one wasn't working. No wonder the poor thing didn't want to go up hills. Her engine sounds great, now. Yay. She's been behaving since she came home. Al the mechanic is a nice guy, and she had Bucky with her the entire time (I found him at the Salvation Army and was going to keep him, but decided Ellen needed company. Yes, I'm odd).

    In conclusion, Paul Gross with a mullet:

    [ profile] omphale23 has labelled the hairstyle the Paullet (in the same post where, I might add, she also commits Aspen Extreme fic). I haven't sufficient words to thank her for either of these things. I am not worthy.
    primroseburrows: (dS:fraserserge2)
    Mom update )

    And because I need an injection of good moodiness,here's some

    post-as-you-go picspam! )

    Well, okay, it started out random.

    I'm suddenly craving a smoothie. Mambo smoothie, to be precise, from the Garden Grille.

    Oh, and also, does anyone get the Hallmark Channel? Because, I'd really like a clear recording of this.
    primroseburrows: (Default)

    Clearly the bullet list is my drug of choice these days:

    • Where is Stan Rogers when we need him?

      He wouldn't have been at all surprised, I'm sure. :(

    • I really want to make a list for [ profile] mission101, but I don't know if I can come up with 101 things I want to do in 1001 days. I want to make them meaningful, you know? I don't want to list something like "start list" and "finish list" and "go to the bathroom".

    • My mother's blood pressure is in the 90/50 range. She also has chronic anemia. She's been dizzy and weak. She's on several BP meds and Lasix. When she told me what her BP was (and it's been somewhat below 90/50) I practically ordered her to not take the Lasix or the BP meds until she saw the doctor. The doctor cut her Lasix in half, and also halved her lisinopril. IMO she needs to not take ANY Lasix. No edema, no symptoms of CHF. She's post-op but doing well considering. Also, one of the side affects of Lasix is ANEMIA. *headdesk* The doc said she may have to go over to Westerly Hospital for blood if her labs come back anemic. Yeah, I'd go with that, but um. I think the fecking meds are causing an exacerbation of the anemia. Of course, I'm not a doctor, nor do I play one on TV. If I did, I'd have a newer car.

      Dear AMA,

      Giving meds isn't always the answer. People aren't robots, they don't always respond the same way.

      No love at all,

      Me, on behalf of my maternal unit.

    • [ profile] songdogmi (not to be confused with [ profile] songdog, although both are Very Nice People) links to this:

      Killing wolves is still illegal in Michigan

      Why was it ever legal? Wolves are LESS AGGRESSIVE than dogs. Do we want to open up dog hunting? I don't live in Michigan, but it seems to me that unless an animal is directly attacking humans/livestock/pets, we should leave it well alone. And anyway, since wolves and dogs are almost identical genetically, how is a hunter going to tell he/she's not going after someone's Malamute? I don't remember any news article about pocket DNA tests being invented for use by hunters. wtf?

      Also? Cutest. Thing. Ever:

      (from this site, which says "wolves need friends, not owners.") See? Fraser was right. *g*

    • Fannish projects are humming along, despite RL issues. Yes, even [ profile] axial_tilt. I've also started writing what will likely be my longest fic ever (no, not the Barrett's Privateers one, although that's in the works and I'm gathering info, 'cause that one's hard). I really like the tiny scene I've written; it's one that's been in my head for weeks, and it turned out pretty good on (virtual) paper.

    • Night shift tomorrow. I'll make the obligatory "entertain me" post, I'm sure. No youTube, though, because Butler Hospital is Big Brother about youTube. :/

    • I'm going to have my Tarot cards read with [ profile] tapped_trish, et. al. on Thursday. I haven't done that in ages. I can read my own, ostensibly, but I haven't in ages.

    • My house is clean save for my room. I'll clean some tomorrow when I'm not writing (see list item re: [ profile] axial_tilt). But my kitchen! My dining room! My living room and bathroom! Yay!

    • Little Mosque holds its own opposite American Idol.

      I cannot tell you how pleased I am about this. LM is cute (not great, but cute and very watchable). AI is teh evil, and shouldn't be shown to kids under, liek, fifty. I loathe it from the depths of everything I have depths of. Bleh. Ick. Ptui. Yay, cute little sitcom!

    • Here, have some Stan Rogers:

      Free in the Harbour

    • ETA: How could I forget to add this? Happy birthday to [ profile] mickeyvt, and [ profile] kupukello! Many happy returns, dears.
    primroseburrows: (me)
    More evidence that [ profile] mr_t00by is indeed my offspring.

    This is from his MySpace page, under the "Who I'd like to meet" section:

    "It's "Whom I'd like to meet" not "Who I'd like to meet". It's the direct object of the sentence, therefore there's an "m" on the end. Learn to talk english more good, Tom."

    *preens* That's my boy. He'll make a fine SIL for [ profile] patchfire.

    Anyway. This is for [ profile] sam80853, so she can use it when her Mary Sue fic is translated into German:

    Okay, now I'm off to do some actual RL stuff (read: housework), and I'm not coming back until at least something is done.
    primroseburrows: (Isaac)


    primroseburrows: (Isaac)
    Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow,
    Creeps in this petty pace from day to day
    To the last syllable of recorded time,
    And all our yesterdays have lighted fools
    The way to dusty death. Out, out, brief candle!
    Life's but a walking shadow, a poor player
    That struts and frets his hour upon the stage
    And then is heard no more: it is a tale
    Told by an idiot, full of sound and fury,
    Signifying nothing.

    Macbeth, Act V, Scene V

    Hello from the night shift, wherein I make twice as much money (if it's a double shift) to be twice as bored as I am on the evening shift.

    Entertain me? You know the drill. Drabbles, picspam (fannish and otherwise), amusing anecdotes, meta, tell me about your day, rec me a fic or a movie or a book or something. *asks nicely*

    Anyway, so, okay, the play )

    As for my wet!room, it ended up being a brief, minor leak, and I actually managed to sleep in my own bed after a fashion. I got to bed at oh-dark-thirty, but when don't I?

    And now, a silly meme, because I can:

    geek, dork, or nerd test )

    Fannish epistolary meme-thing in next post, which may or may not be upcoming. I know, y'all can't wait.

    P.S. After seeing a high school production of the Scottish Play, I really do recommend that elementary schools never try it, no matter how much Mark, Susan, or Bob might try and convince you otherwise. So mote it be. *nods*
    primroseburrows: (waldorf)
    Memeage from everyone and their unspoilt dog.

    Am I spoilt? )

    In other news, [ profile] mr_t00by is back safely from Germany. Whee!
    primroseburrows: (ickleizzy)
    [ profile] mr_t00by is in his room listening to The Who, specifically "Who Are You". My work is done here. :)

    Also, I hab a code. Second day I've called out sick. Am now out of sick days. *coughs*


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