I know, I know…again with the no posting. Prepare for the randomness. Oh, and better sit tight, this is gonna be a lengthy one. Actually, you might wanna grab a snack first, or pop by the potty. *grinchuckle*
As per usual, life has been crazed. And while I have thought an awful lot about posting, I just haven’t felt like committing anything to the written word. I’ve been very, very introspective as of late, even more so than usual. I believe it’s due, in part at least, to the change of the seasons, the turning of the Wheel. Samhain quickly approaches, and with it, the end of another year. We begin to slow down and snug in to wait out the snowy coldness of another winter, content in the comfort & warmth of home & hearth. The Veil between the worlds is thinning now, and will be at its thinnest Samhain night. This month is an excellent time to do divination work for the coming year, as well as communing with the spirits of ancestors and loved ones. I plan on reorganizing my office & sacred space this weekend, and will be setting up an ancestral altar as well, in preparation for the coming holiday.
Craig’s parents came up from Tennessee and spent the weekend with us. We had a really nice visit. We went out to dinner Saturday night at Flaherty’s, meeting Craig’s sister & her husband there, and Sunday we had dinner at their house, pizza & wings. The sister behaved herself, more or less, though Saturday night at dinner was interesting-she was acting as though she was totally bombed.
Craig’s sister seems to have some issue with me for whatever reason we’ve yet to figure out, and has made things very uncomfortable for us during previous visits. It all became really apparent last year at Yule, and has progressed every since. She’s very rude, and impolite, and downright tacky at times-we don’t even bother making an effort to maintain the relationship anymore, rather we see them only when we have to, usually when the parents are visiting. We have not confronted them really or made it known to the parents what is up, because we’d rather not stir the pot, so to speak.
It sucks because I really wanted that sisterly bond. I don’t have a lot of family, and am an only child, and so I thought it would be so awesome when I got married to suddenly have a “sister.” However, she’s really hurt my feelings & offended me with her actions over the last several months, and though she has offered a scant apology to my husband, she has never apologized to me for any of her rudeness, and in fact, continues to behave the same way much of the time. While I have grown used to it, in a sense, and it no longer hurts my feelings, it still is really irritating, completely ridiculous, and obviously offensive. I have no illusions now of being “sisters,” or even friends, but would happily settle for an amicable mutual toleration.
Work is work. *rolls eyes* I’m hanging in there. Not sure if I’ve mentioned this previously, but a majority of the employees have been given a mandatory unpaid furlough for the week of Thanksgiving, as well as the last two weeks of December & the first week of January. This is to insure we close out the year in the black, I guess. In light of the recent issues I just went through here, as well as the recent layoffs this summer, I will be using my time off wisely. I’ll keep you updated on my progress.
No reviews lately-we haven’t been to the movies in awhile, and pickings have been kinda slim at Blockbuster. Craig did bring home a horrible movie this week on a whim-“Headspace.” He thought it looked good, and it did, it had a lot of bigger names in it than your standard horror flick-no one I remember offhand, though *chucklegrin* The cover was cool…*sheepishgrinshrug* The acting was horrible!!!! The special effects & creature costuming was minimal and poorly done. The acting was horrible!!!! Did I mention that already? We could only stand to actually watch about half of it, we fast forwarded through the rest just to see what happened.
We’ve been watching a lot of TV, rocking the Tivo with shows like “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Heroes,” “Jericho,” “House,” “CSI-Las Vegas,” “Survivor,” “ANTM,” and “Cold Case.” Heroes is awesome, btw!! If you’re not watching it, you should start!
I’ve also been doing a lot of reading. I’ve read most of Charlaine Harris’ Dead series, which is excellent, as well as most of Laurell K. Hamilton’s Meredith Gentry series. I’m just starting her Anita Blake series-just finished the first book actually, and I’m also currently reading the first book of Kim Harrison’s Witch series. I’m really enjoying everything I’m reading right now, and would highly recommend all three authors, especially if you’re into urban fantasy, modern vampire fiction, & the mystery genre. All of these works are fantastic, and feature strong, empowered women who kick butt, which I love! Think “Buffy” all grown up.
Speaking of Buffy, Sarah Michelle Gellar is co-starring in The Grudge 2, which opens this Friday, which also happens to be the 13th, yay! *happygrin* We will be going to see this Friday night. Definitely. I adore SMG. It’s hard to tell from the previews if she’ll be truly co-starring or if she’ll have little more than a cameo appearance type dealie, but either way, she hasn’t done anything in so long, I’ll just be happy to see her on the big screen again. Will post a review ASAP. *happygrinnod*
Craig and I have designated October as Charlie Bucket Month. For the clueless, Charlie Bucket is the little boy in “Charlie & the Chocolate Factory.” In an effort to throw some more money into savings to make up for a few extravagant purchases we made over the summer, we will be living meagerly this month…well, meagerly for us, anyway. What this means is no going out to eat all month, and limiting our grocery shopping to necessities, no wants, and living off what we have stored in the pantry. Very few to no movie rentals, and no going out except maybe once or twice. And while we won’t be eating cabbage soup everyday like the Bucket family, *g* this is quite trying for us as we will be severely limiting our spending. We do things like this from time to time; we make it a game, and it’s fun to see how far you can go…and it’s really nice when you see the payoff as extra money in the savings account, or extra money to play with or travel with. We usually only do it for a week or two at a time though, we’ve never gone a whole month, so this is a little different. We’re doing really well so far-it helps that the parents took us out to dinner a couple times while they were here!! And as I mentioned, we’ll be going to the movies this Friday as well.
We will not be decorating the house for Halloween this year, or handing out trick or treats. Last year, our first Halloween in our new house, we were really looking forward to it, but we only got a handful of kids at the door, and ended up with a huge bowl of leftover candy. Not a bad thing *toothygrin* but I still would have liked some more action at the door. This year, with those stupid freaking skaters down the street, I just don’t feel like putting forth the effort. I just know they would wreck whatever I set up outside-they have no respect-and really, I just don’t think it’s worth it for the very few kids we get. Maybe when we move in a few years, we’ll be in a better neighborhood for that sort of thing. *shrug*
Bishop’s appointment with the handler went really well, btw. They believe they can finish him (earn his championship), but they want us to do some work with him on the choke collar before they’ll agree to handling him. He doesn’t walk really well on a loose lead. And, being a bloodhound, his instinct is to have his nose to the ground. We need to get him walking nicely, with his head up. He’s already made a lot of progress on this, we just need to keep practicing with him. Honestly, we are still kind of up in the air about the whole showing thing. It’s a huge amount of time and money to invest-something to definitely take into consideration, and while we realize we’ve already spent a significant amount of money acquiring the dog, he is a family member and a beloved pet first & foremost. We’re just not sure it’s the right thing for him or for us. We love him, and he loves us so much, I’m not sure how it would affect him to be on the road with the handler for so many days at a stretch. Another option definitely would be to forgo the handler, and just work with him ourselves, but we would be limited to the number & location of shows we could viably attend. I dunno. *s* Still thinking about it, I guess.
I’ve been a little hooked on the whole Lonelygirl15/Cassieiswatching thingee. Mildly obsessed, just a little. Lately though, it’s getting kind of dry. Something is supposed to happen 10/12/06, which is obviously tomorrow, but in the LG15verse, the plot has kinda gone cold. “The Creators” promised some ARG elements, but haven’t really come through on that, and continue to insist that CiW is not canon, though it is clearly the only “game” in town, figuratively speaking.
The CiW storyline has also dried up, IMO. At first the vids were cool, and very creepy/scary. People were going out to the dead drops and finding the clues-the whole thing was moving right along quite nicely. However, Cassie stopped doing dead drops, and started integrating anagrams & morse code into her videos & clues, stepping away from the “on location” shoots that had garnered her so much attention in the first place. While cool & perplexing the first couple of times, the morse & anagrams began to get a little stale when it was all she seemed to be providing and she was simply leaving clues on her YouTube profile. The character Frank was introduced, I believe, in order to pick flagging interest back up, but that turned into a drunken trainwreck as well, with no one really seeming to understand the point or decipher whatever clues she thought she was providing. Frank was removed by his “death” shortly after Cassie released a new vid, along with a new dead drop. The clue was retrieved, but seems to merely reiterate previous information given, IMO. Another new vid reveals even less info. Methinks Cassie has jumped the shark. I’ll hang in there though. I am a wishful thinker, after all.
I think that’s about it for now. If I think of something else, I’ll let ya know. *grinwink*