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Spent yesterday afternoon laughing at Twilight. I admit, I read the books...and enjoyed them in a "these are so bad, but I just can't help myself" kind of way. But the over-the-top melodrama that's bearable on the page is so incredibly laughable on screen. My friend and I were giggling throughout.

Then, off to a birthday party for a work friend. Find my work friends and I all have the bad habit of only socializing with each other at parties when there's a mixed group of the host's friends. I try to remember to mingle more, but never quite manage (at least it's a positive sign for how well I get along with my coworkers).

Then, the antidote to Twilight. Went to see Repo: The Genetic Opera, which was all kinds of entertaining. The crowd was reminiscent of high school and Rocky Horror in a lot of ways. The movie itself was actually pretty darn good (I was a little trepidatious considering it was directed by the guy who does the Saw franchise, which I can't stand...but I wanted to see it cause of Anthony Stewart Head). Loved the mixed bag of casting...besides ASH, there was the brilliant dichotomy of Sarah Brightman and Paris Hilton. Anyway, if you get the chance, I recommend it (though not if you're in any way squeamish about blood).

That was a midnight show followed by an entertaining ("You'll have to forgive us, we're pretty drunk now") Q&A by the director and one of the co-writers/actors. So not home til about 3 and since I'd caffeinated myself to stay awake for the movie, I came home at 3 and baked for a party today.

Today's party was a 1st birthday/trim-trimming party. Somehow I always forget that, not only do my friends who were hosting have a a baby, but so do 75% of their friends. Four babies about age one, and one around two. Plus several friends expecting. Yikes! Great and all (had fun playing with the wee ones), but so outside of where I am in my life right now (also enjoyed giving the wee ones back to their parents whenever the fussing started).

Two weeks and counting til CO time.
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Am very much looking forward to my unThanksgiving-esque Thanksgiving. Heading to a friends house to celebrate with her and her brother. She's making spanakopita and the like. I'm making/bringing baklava. And before/after the meal, we're going to dork out over some Dr. Who. Should be grand.

I've actually been off work this whole week and have been reveling in doing as much nothing as possible. Well, if I define nothing as reading, knitting, watching movies, going to VT for a day, going for drinks with friends, etc. The last two basically being ways to ensure I don't spend the WHOLE week in my apartment (close, but not quite the whole week...)
taerowyn: (Amused)
With my birthday party, I was entertained seeing all my different groups of friends intermingle. There were current work friends, those from a former job, CO people who have also moved to Boston, school friends, etc. Just these disparate worlds connecting in odd ways at one venue.

So today, when I was reading a friend's post talking about actors on shows that hang out and are friends (Firefly cast springs to mind), I started to think about the different groups that could gather at a party cause of a actor/director/writer's job connections and then what kind of fun connections/crossovers could come out of it.

First thing that sprang to mind was David Hewlett (SGA) working with Joss Whedon (Firefly) cause of the Jewel Staite connection (which doesn't seem too big a stretch seeing as backstage info from both shows seems to indicate people get along great).

What's would your dream "party" connection be?
taerowyn: (Attitude)
I'm officially old now (aka 30). I'm actually firmly in the "it's just a number" camp of whether or not to stress about milestone birthdays, but have been entertained finding out which friends are in the "ohmigod, are you OK?" camp.

Did throw a great "Last night of my 20s" party on Saturday. Always fun to get you separate groups of friends a-minglin'. Somebody brought champagne so we did a midnight toast to my new decade.

The actual day was Honkfest/Oktoberfest. Met up with friends, drank beer, bought some fun stuff, and of course listened to the bands. Was chatting with (possibly chatted up by? I can never tell) on of the drummers from one of the bands.

And then, have the wonder of a three-day weekend for my birthday. Of course, today did involve SOME work, but I balanced it out by doing the work in my PJs, which is always better.

My evening plans involve movies and knitting (so out of character for me), so all in all? My thirties have been good so far :oP
taerowyn: (Moderation)
MMmmmmmm...lovely weekend and it's still got hours more to go. And, added bonus, the sun is finally back (hooray for the sun!!!).

Had an old friend from CO out to visit. She got in late Friday night...after falling asleep on the train and missing her stop, which really wouldn't be as funny if it weren't for the fact that this is the third train mishap she's had in visiting me, twice in LI and once here. It's odd that she now lives on LI and is attending the school that bought my bankrupt school. To add to the connections, her brother went to college in CO with Boy Roommate and his friend who were over last night and his friend actually knew her brother.

OK, strange coincidences and happenstances to the side. Yesterday was a fun day, despite the deluge. We joked that we should probably go from church to temple to mosque til we found the right one to repent in to stop the rain. A week of rain is a bit much, but at least it's finally stopped.

Anyway, we started off with brunch at a coffee house that does amazing crepes. Split a pesto chicken one and a nutella-banana one (mmmmmmmm!). Off to Target to try to find Red Sox Monopoly for her hubbie with no luck.

Got back to the apartment and tried to catch the T for a trip to the Gardner museum, but the deluge won and we gave up, got the car and went to see a movie. Saw Good Night and Good Luck, which is a biopic about Edward R. Murrow and CBS taking on McCarthy. Really, REALLY good. I'd read some reviews that there were undertones of political commentary on today...they weren't undertones, they were just flat out tones. But, despite the lack of subtlety, they still did a phenomenal job. It was pure genius to not have an actor for McCarthy and just use old film clips of him. The cinematography was fabulous and the messages (one about the political atmosphere and the other about the wasteland that is TV) were spot on and well-conveyed. I highly recommend the film.

Since the movie was at the Fenway theater we stopped at a souvenir store to see if they had Red Sox Monopoly with no luck. Thankfully the BU Barnes and Noble did.

After that we hit Harvard Square, which, of course, meant the Harvard bookstore. I got some great used books (Stiff: The Curious Lives of Human Cadavers and Why Things Bite Back: Technology and the Revenge of Unintended Consequences both of which I've been meaning to read for awhile now and Beluga Days, which I didn't even know existed til yesterday, but....belugas!!!). I'm sure it'll take me forever to get around to read them considering the length of my "to read" list, but such is life. Then it was dinner at Legal Sea Foods. Yummy lobster and crab ravioli as well as some crab legs. We stopped by Finale on the way to the car to pick up dessert.

Home meant watching Mystic River with Boy Roommate and his friend. I'd already seen it and my assessment still stands...good movie, ends too abruptly and despite all the twisted minds of the male characters the freakiest character of all is Laura Linney because of her final speech...just...gah!

Off to the train station early this morning to drop my friend off. I've been relaxing all day today and then this evening is a yummy birthday dinner with school friends, work friends and even some CO friends so good times will be had. More on that after it happens. Hooray for the almighty weekend (and for the reappearance of the sun, of course!)
taerowyn: (Happy ME)
Yeah!

I love birthdays. I love my birthday and other people's birthdays and just...birthday, birthday, birthday *bounce, bounce, bounce* I know lots of people stop caring about (or having any desire to count) birthdays after 21, but that will never be me.

So my day today... Woke up and opened my cards from my folks and my present from [livejournal.com profile] eeyorekdm (Thank you!!). Off to work.

Work was fairly good in it's own right, no pre-big-event panic and the boss is leaving town tomorrow so there was the promise of respite. Received two dozen mixed color roses from my grad school buddies (which I learned later - after sending a thank you to all - was actually mostly from one friend, so I sent him a snail mail thank you as well). Had cake from my coworkers that was really yummy. Received lots of online birthday wishes throughout the day.

Then home, where the Roommates made dinner, but first had totally decorated the apartment with streamers and balloons and such. Got a gift certificate to the beading store (crafts!) and two books (books!) from Girl Roommate and Visiting Roomate respectively (the decorations were Boy Roommates present). Had yummy tacos and the world's laregest birthday cake, baked by Boy Roommate.

My parents present was a gift certificate to a day spa, which I am totally calling tomorrow for an appointment. I get a facial, manicure, pedicure, haircut and make-up over a 4.5 to 5 hour period...mmmmmmm pampering.

The rest of my evening was phonecalls (and sadly, missed phone calls - Sorry [livejournal.com profile] eeyorekdm).

So that's my birthday. Well that and a dinner out with as many people as I can manage on Sunday. Thanks for all the birthday wishes!
taerowyn: (Content)
Well, Saturday went well (despite my waking up ten minutes before I was suppose to be at work or ten minutes after I should have left for work, however you want to look at it. After that adrenaline boost, the day went fairly well, even with the weather not cooperating. I heard mostly positive reviews. A bit of gripping for people who couldn't sit with their guests at lunch...you know, the guests they didn't tell us they were bringin. But overall...things were good.

Count me as relieved that it's over and I can finally get back to a semi-normal schedule.

Yesterday was just relaxing all day and then going to a party with the coworkers. It was just what was needed to completely unwind from the stress of the past few weeks. Good food, good beer and lots of laughs.

Went apple picking in the rain today, which was actually much more pleasant than it may sound. Came back with more apples than I know what to do with so if anybody has any great apple-based recipes, please share.

Came home to find a box from [livejournal.com profile] eeyorekdm waiting for me (which confuses me, cause isn't there no mail today?) It's my birthday present, but I'm going to be good and wait til it's actually my birthday before I open it.

Now I'm going to do some grocery shopping and then do some mix of reading, cleaning, movie watching, and Photoshop fiddling for the rest of the afternoon/evening.
taerowyn: (Serenity)
Went and saw Serenity...again. Dragged both my roommates...again. This time I also brought four other friends as well. Three of them loved it, the other said it was "meh," but then admitted to not really liking the Star Wars--even the first ones--so his opinion is kind of suspect.

I noticed a few more things this time around and of course they're kind of spoilery so... )

So even after three viewings, I think it works and works well. Even knowng everything that was going to happen, (or perhaps because of it?) I was still on edge during the climax.

It was interesting to see it in a non-fan audience. I was as aware of the them as I was the movie itself. They seemed to engage. All the comedic lines (and there are so many good ones) got lots of laughs and there was even a smattering of applause at the end...though that could have come from some diehard fans.

Is it bad that I want to see it again?
taerowyn: (Zoe)
So I have just had, what could quite possibly be, one of the worst weeks of my life. If you read [livejournal.com profile] schwa242's journal, you know that part of it that makes everything else pale in comparison, but suffice it to say that my Boston life is somehow managing to compete as a comparable emotional drain at this point (but only because it's coming from two fronts).

I just...yeah, really, I don't know. Just happy this week is over cause it sucked beyond the telling of it. There were rants and tears and more rants and more tears (some of the tears at work which is all kinds of awkwardness) and I just ... nope still don't know....

I think the problem is that on the little issues I'm too close and on the big issue I'm too remote and that may not make sense to most (if not all) of you, but there it is.

I have memories of stories but not memories of events. I have memories of impressions.... a laugh. A smile. And yeah, we may not have been in contact that much and we may not have been that close but to know...to really know that there will be no more of that laugh...no more of that smile...

OK, enough tears for this week.

The next one will be happier, I promise. But for now...well sometimes a girl needs to wallow.

Going solo

Jul. 15th, 2002 08:00 am
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Went to the Lodo Music Festival. I was told that the gates closed at 5 which meant I had to hang around for 4 hours to wait for Cowboy Mouth to play. Turned out I could have gotten there anytime, but since the web said they played at 9:45 and they actually started at 8:15 it worked out ok. I'd have been pissed if I showed up just to catch the end of their show.

I got a strange reaction from a friend when I told her I was going to the concert alone. She was just so shocked and impressed. Why is it so out of the ordinary to do things alone? I go to movies alone, eat alone and yes, go to concerts alone. I do enjoy company, but if nobody can make it I'm not going to deprive myself of the entertainment just because I'll be *shudder* alone. Why do people find that so hard to do?

Strange

Jun. 7th, 2002 02:36 pm
taerowyn: (Sad Girl)
While I was out on my lunchbreak, a friend who I haven't heard from in ages (yes [livejournal.com profile] eeyorekdm, that friend) and who I'd basically regretfully given up on called me at work. Huh? Unfortunately, when I returned the call nobody was home. I wonder whats up?
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My lesson learned from yesterday? Buying for two year olds is hard. I was shopping for a birthday present for my friend's daughter and everything was either for little babies or for 3+. Grrrrrrrr. I'm sure that she is advanced anough to handle the 3+ stuff that is marked thus because the makers think two year olds aren't intelligent enough/don't have the hand-eye coordination to handle it (as opposed to the ones marked 3+ due to small parts) but I don't know how much of a stickler her mom is about it. Oh well, stuffed animals are always good.
taerowyn: (Horny Caught)
Had a girls' night with Mom and her friends on Tuesday. My single status came into question. What is it about poeple with Significant Others trying to make sure everybody else has one too? Yes, I'm single. But guess what, I don't put any effort into not being single because I have yet to meet anybody worth the effort. Heck, I barely put any effort into meeting people.

I'm single and I like it about 97% of the time. The other 3% is either when people are a) grilling me on why I'm single, b) trying to set me up with "this really great guy, he lives in Kansas, he's bald...you should let him send you a picture, we already sent him yours." c) those occassional moments, usually occuring around happily married friends or while watching sappy movies when I think "Gee, that would be nice." But really most of the time I'm good being single, that's why I make no effort to change it. It's just not a priority in my life at the moment. Why can't some people just accept that? And think, I'm not even 25 yet. What are people going to be like if I'm still single in a decade?

Of course, maybe it's not that I put in no effort. We could go to the explanation of my two closest guy friends who combined have told me I am scary, intimidating and abrasive. Possibly I am these things because I'm not trying my darndest to "catch myself a man." Who knows. I'll put in the effort when I find a guy who isn't intimidated. How's that sound?
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Marriage, marriage everywhere!! Two FCHS alums and current LJers are getting married in a few days, a member of "the six-pack," who I've known for years, is getting married in July and buying a house. What's with my friends and the marriage and the kids and the grown-up stuff?! That's just soooo far removed from where I am right now. I'm thinking save money for grad school, get my degree, get my career going and then I'll think about these things. At the very least it's going to be several years. I can't even contemplate being ready for stuff like that right now.
taerowyn: (Happy Beluga)
Yeah! I'll be heading back East in 23 days and I'll be going with more money than I thought. Not only will I have tax refund money, but my boss told me that this paycheck will reflect my six-month raise that I didn't know I was getting.

I get to see [livejournal.com profile] eeyorekdm and maybe [livejournal.com profile] ercsk if he goes against the grain and actually tries to contact us. I get to go back to school and see my beach and my friends and my beach and Buckley's (not to mention John the bartender) and my beach. YEAH!
taerowyn: (Happy Beluga)
Went to China Palace this weekend with some friends. I don't think I've been there since high school. We ordered drinks from the "Exotic Cocktails" list and discovered that "Exotic" must be chinese for "lots and lots of rum!"

Said goodbye to an old high school buddy. He's off to go backpacking around the Himalayas for seven weeks. How amazing is that? Another high school friend will be moving to Korea for a teaching job. And here I am, spending my days in glamorous Ft. Fun. Those apps to Imperial College and such are looking better and better. Just give me time...oh wait, I have too much of that...patience, I just need patience.
taerowyn: (Happy Beluga)
OK, so I have been having one hell of a good weekend so far, and as I was drinking rum and coke's tonight and the caffeine has hit me, as it sometimes does, where coke at 10 still has me up and hyper at 3, I feel the need to share. Much Sharing )
taerowyn: (Thoughtful Book)
You should all feel very lucky. I started this entry eariler, but my computer fritzed. Now I am much more content as my belly is quite full of some delicious homemade broccoli and cheese soup that had potatoes and carrots and all sorts of other yummies in it.

But still, the need is there to purge, and as I haven't done any "real" journaling in a long time Enter at your own risk )

Pathetic

Mar. 8th, 2002 10:32 pm
taerowyn: (Depressed imp)
Yes folks it's Friday night and yet again we find Katy hanging out at home. What a social butterfly!

I did have plans damnitall. I was going to meet Kim & CO. at her place at ten and we were going to go out dancing. I told her I may or may not show up, 5:30 mornings make 10:00 very late, but she said they'd be there 'til 10. I get there at 5 'til and they're gone and her friend who was still there said they're going to the Matrixx (the xtra x for xtra schnazzy...in their minds) and oh by the way they have a dress code so those jeans you're wearing won't do, but you're cute, you might not have a problem.

So let's see I can 1) go to the club, hope I get in, but possibly be turned back at the door, or 2) Drive across town, change, then turn around and drive back across town and hope I can track down my friends. As you can see I opted for door #3 drive home, rant about the situation online and then read a good book until I fall asleep. Hey, sounds like a damn fine evening to me.

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