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Two years ago today, I was sitting in a hotel room in Atlanta where I was working a show. [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 was back here in So Cal where she was getting herself settled in after our epic journey across the country in the Mighty Focus with her incredibly large puppy dog who seemed to enjoy belching in my ear (the dog, not the girl) and her cat tucked safely away in her carrier. We'd trekked across some of the wastelands of this country but eventually made it out here. I reflected on that journey a little bit before I decided to ask her if she wanted to make things official between us. We were of course, already unofficially together but you know, it was a case of it not being "official" until it's "Facebook official" and all... because nothing in the world *really* happens until it's posted on Facebook.

So yeah... two years ago, [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 foolishly agreed to make our relationship official and we've been together ever since. And it's been an amazing two years. She's an incredible woman filled with so much strength, courage, compassion and love. She picks me up when I'm down, encourages me to excel, to be better than I ever thought I could be and kicks me in the ass when I need it. She has brought more joy and happiness into my life than I ever thought possible and I'm grateful for every last moment I get to spend with her. She inspires me and helps me strive to better my world. She's an absolutely amazing person, we fit together so well in so many ways and I feel like the luckiest boy ever.

Thank you for two wonderful and amazing years, sweetheart. You are the best.

So yeah, that happened. :-)

Last night was my sister's birthday. I made her favorite dish... seafood fettuccini. I didn't realize that I made it for her every year on her birthday but apparently, I do! But I know it's her favorite and I only make it that one time a year so I suppose that's okay. I think it turned out pretty well though [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 could probably tell you whether it did or not.

Not sure what the plan for today is... likely a lot of much needed downtime with one another. We'll likely grab some dinner or something but I see lots of mellowness and relaxation in our immediate future. Tomorrow, I has a plan for something but we'll have to see how that goes. There are a couple of factors like Miss Annabelle to consider. But just getting to spend the weekend together will be nice. It always is. And bonus points for her roommate not being around this weekend. That means we can just totally relax and sleep in the air conditioned living room if we so choose! Oh yes, it's all about the simple pleasures in life. lol...


So how about you, my fine, feathered friends? What sort of milestones are you hitting this week? How has the Universe been treating you? Has it given you a warm and gentle hug? A kick to the junk with a steel toed boot? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of your weekend? What is going on in your worlds, my friends?

As usual, this is the place to get anything off your chest that needs to be gotten off! Got a blistering rant to unload? Need to trumpet your joy and happiness? Need to climb up on your soapbox and give somebody a little what fer? Need to fling open the windows and scream out to the world? Got a funny story or a joke? Need a little advice or reassurance? This is the place to do it, my friends. Anything and everything is welcome here. Just drop it all in and let it go! The stage is now yours, grab that microphone and belt it out!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Well Good Saturday, Good People!!! And how fares thee all?

Let me just say, for the record, that it is bloody freaking HOT. We've been living through an agonizing heat wave for the last couple of weeks and it bloooooows. Okay, agonizing for me, some others may just find it mildly sucktastic. I hate the heat though. I'm a winter boy through and through. Give me some cold and possibly rainy weather and I'm a happy lad.

Other than the bloody heat, the week was actually very good. Busy with lots to do but a good week nonetheless. So yay for that!

I'm still playing catch-up on a ton of things so I'm so sorry that I've been MIA... I have many comments to reply to. I'm sorry I've been a slack-ass, sucky LJ friend lately! Now that I will begin having some free time... well, I'm still going to be working on POD II like a madman... but since that is the only real thing left on my plate, I'm hoping to be more of a regular fixture around here again. So hang with me, folks. I'm sorry that I'm way behind but will catch up! Promise!

I'd set aside the morning to finish the last bit of housekeeping on POD I... there were a few edits that had to be made on the piece that I'm swapping out and I also needed to combine all 13 pieces into one document before sending it back to my editor for the final time. So after fighting with Word for a while, I finally got everything loaded into one document... but now some of my formatting is screwed. So I have to go through it all and manually fix everything. Ugh. But hey, once this is done, it's done and gone and it will forever be off my plate. I'm kinda sad about that in a way... it's the first child o' mine that I am releasing out into the wild. I'm hoping against hope that it sprouts some wings and flies! So keep your digits crossed!

Looking forward to tomorrow... I have a sooper seekrit little adventure planned for [livejournal.com profile] pixie117... nothing major huge or anything, but a good bit of fun and geekery will be had, I'm sure. I love that she can go do these silly, fun, geeky little things with me and have a really great time. That makes me a happy boy because I love going and doing the dorky stuff like I have planned for tomorrow. So yay for that too! Hopefully this doesn't cross the super-dork threshold for her though!

Well, I'm done fighting with POD I for the moment. Perhaps, I'll get to sneak in a little time over the weekend to wrap it up and send it on its way. As sad as I will be to see it go, I need to be done with it. Otherwise, I can pick, poke and prod at it forever!

So now I shall turn the floor over to you, my fine, feathered friends! How has your week been? How has the Universe treated you? With a kind and gentle hand? A cold slap upside the head? What have been the highlights and lowlights of your week? What made the final cut and what ended up on the editing room floor? What is the haps in your worlds, my friends?

Once again, this is the place to get anything and everything off of your chests! Need to scream and shout about something? Looking for some advice and reassurance? Need to climb up on your soapbox and belt it out? Need to rant, rave and otherwise foam at the mouth? Need to just tell us about something good in your world? This is the place to do it. Just step right up and grab the microphone... the spotlight is yours!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Day, Good People!!! And how fares thee all on this fine, if sweltering freaking day?

It's bloody hot here. And a bit sticky and humid as well. It's days like this, I'd rather have my happy ass parked on an iceberg up in Alaska. I just don't do heat very well. Which... living in Southern California is a bit problematic. All the more reason for me to flee this cesspool for cooler climates! I hear Oregon and Washington singing their siren songs to me...

Anyway... I just finished lopping off the fifteen pounds of hair sitting on my head hoping that would help. Doesn't seem to be helping too much at the moment. As I shaved my head down, the feline companion looked at me, with what I thought was a very hopeful look in his eyes. I think he was hoping I'd give him a shave too. And I was tempted for a minute. It has to suck wearing a fur coat in this heat all day! But I thought better of the idea because if I did shave him down, he'd probably kill me in my sleep. Not that he doesn't try to already but still.

All in all, it wasn't a bad week. Though I swear to Buddha, one of these days I'm going to snap and bludgeon my coworkers. I think if a jury hears my tale of working woe, there would be no way they'd convict me. They might just give me a thumbs up, a "been there before" look and send me on my way. Right???

Other than work irritation, things weren't bad. Progress was made on both POD I and POD II... POD I is just about ready to be sent off. I just need to set the order of the pieces and for that, I'm hoping my dear [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 will give me a hand. Once that's done and it's off my plate completely, I can focus everything I have on POD II. So keep your digits crossed for me! (for all of my new friends, POD I and POD II are my current writing projects... POD I is hopefully going to be released in September and POD II is a little more complicated... but you can read about it a few entries back if you're so inclined!)

So yeah... there's all of that and the Idol vote going on. Which is nerve-wracking in and of itself since we can't see 2 of the polls being conducted. But we have to wait until freaking Tuesday before the dust settles and we see who the Final 4 left standing are going to be. Yikes. It's going to be a long few days, I tell you.

So it appears that Mittens has made his choice for his Veep... Paul Ryan. Ugh. Could be worse I suppose. Mittens could have picked somebody people actually like, somebody who *isn't* a poor-hating, woman-hating, elitist, homophobic, flip-flopping liar. So there's that, I suppose.

Well, I need to go get myself all put together and get on out the door. Daylight's burnin' as they say! I shall now turn the floor over to you fine folks!

So how has your week been? How has the Universe treated you? With kid gloves? An iron fist? Need to get something off your chest? Need to vent, rant or otherwise explode? Got a funny story, a joke or an inappropriate haiku? Need to jump up on your soapbox and deliver a paint-peeling, toe-curling epic rant? Want to sing somebody's praises, wish them well or tell them to take a long walk off a short pier? Anything and everything is welcome here.

For my new friends, this here is your place to get it all out. You're welcome to rant, scream or otherwise carry on about anything that may be going on in your world. Scream, shout, throw yourself on the floor kicking and crying. This is your place. So step on up, grab the microphone and belt it out!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Morning and Good Saturday Fellow Humans!

How is everybody today? How has your week been, my friends?

I've spent my morning piddling away... tinkering with a current piece, giving my kitter-cat a little love and trying to mentally work through POD II. I also have two of the six pieces for Idol this week nearing completion and I'm more or less happy with them, so that's good. Two down, four to go. *ugh*

I also spent a little time earlier watching videos of tornadoes on YouTube. I'm absolutely fascinated by the sheer power of Mother Nature. Tornadoes just totally and completely fascinate me. Volcanoes are a close second in terms of sheer fascination but for me, tornadoes top the list of things I MUST SEE! Sort of a weird fascination, I know. But hey, something about them just really gets me going. I am bound and determined to go tornado chasing before I'm too old and decrepit to fully appreciate the raw power. A while back, I found this company who will take you on a two-week tour that ranges from the Mexican to the Canadian borders and from the Rockies to the Indiana... so it's a HUGE chase area. But the cost is about $3,000 bucks. So yeah... maybe if I hit it big writing, I'll actually be able to take that tour. Otherwise, I may need to sell a kidney or something. I will make it out there one day, dammit. Just the thrill of seeing these monsters up close and personal would be a rush like I couldn't even imagine. I want and need to do this or I shall not die happy.

Like I said, it's an odd fascination but what are you gonna do?

Here's a little video I ran across for your viewing pleasure. Or dismay.



See? Fascinating and exciting stuff!

Thanks to everybody who chimed in on my update post last night. I'm still feeling a bit stressed and overwhelmed but a lot of the things you said on the post and in private emails means a lot to me. I really appreciate the support and encouragement, you guys. Seriously. I can't tell you how much it means to me. So thanks, guys. I'll keep churning along and we'll see what we see when the dust settles!

I need to get myself together so I can head down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's a bit earlier than normal... we need some time to hang out and relax before we slog through everything that needs to be slogged through today.

So... how was YOUR week, my friends? How has the Universe treated you? Has it given you warm fuzzies? Planted its boot in your ass? What have been the highlights and the lowlights of your week, good people?

Need to get up and shout? Need to get something off your chest? Need to rant, vent and otherwise scream out loud about something? Got a rant you're just dying to unleash? Want to give somebody some hugs and love? Need to hear some kind words today? Anything and everything is welcome here. Just step right up and let it fly!

This here is your stage, my friends. Step on up to the podium, grab the mic and let us know what's going on with you.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Morning, Good People and a Happy Flippin' Saturday to you!!!!

So we've made it through yet another week on this rock. Go us! And what do you find yourselves up to this weekend, my fine feathered friends?

This weekend, the beautiful and amazing [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I have a romantic weekend of... slogging through a ton of words planned. Evil Overlord Gary made sure of it by dropping SIX freaking topics on us (so far) all due on Monday!!! But hey, that just means we've made it to Hell Week in Idol. So it's a mixed blessing to say the least. But I am SO proud of my girl. She's worked so hard on her writing and is really turning out some GREAT stuff. For her to be one of the last 8 left standing says a hell of a lot, in my book. I couldn't be more proud of her. She is totally awesome and I would really suggest that you all read her pieces when she posts them if you're looking for some great stories to read. Her work is really great stuff and I'm so freaking happy for her. And I think you should be too because she's just that awesome! :-)

I'm slightly slogging a bit. My brain is otherwise occupied at the moment so the ideas aren't quite flowing. Hell, they're not even really trickling at the moment. I have a couple of ideas for a couple of the topics but I'm going to need more if I'm going to get to the starting gate this week. Which I'm hoping I can. The fight from here on in is going to be one epic battle so even if you're not playing Idol this season, I would really suggest stopping on in and checking out some of the good stuff being flung about!

No matter what happens though, I've hit my two major goals that I set out at the beginning of the season. One of which was to hit the 100 week mark. I passed that by surviving last week so I'm pretty stoked about that. It's a fairly small club and I'm pretty happy to have been able to join in the fun. That is thanks to you all who've come out, read my stuff and supported me this whole time which has enable me to go on pretty decent runs in my three seasons. So thanks to you guys for enabling me to hit that milestone!

In non-Idol news... yes, there *is* life beyond Idol (just not much of one when you're in the midst of Hell Week and making a push toward the end!!!)... I have some seriously awesome stuff that I'm dying to share. But at the moment, I'm out of time and can't so for now, it's in the Soooper Seekrit Squirrel folder. But it's completely occupying my brain at the moment... I'm completely overwhelmed and a little stressed out by the sheer enormity of the tasks at hand but it's all good stuff so I'm all smiles about it. I'll have to share when I get some time.

Anyway... I need to get myself together, cleaned up and down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's for our ever-so-romantic write-a-thon weekend! Wish us luck y'all!!!

So how has the Universe treated you this week, my friends? Has it embraced you warmly? Kicked you in the junk repeatedly with a steel-toed boot? Has it kissed your cheek? Punched you in the nose? What have been the highs, lows and in-betweens of your week? What's the haps and how the hell are you, my friends?

You all know the drill... need to get something off your chest? Need to rant, vent, spit or otherwise spew? Want to give somebody hugs and encouragement? Want to just shout from the rooftops about whatever crosses your mind? Want to wave your arms in the air like you just don't care? Feel the need to get up on your soapbox and let loose a string of profanities? Anything and everything is welcomed and encouraged here.

The floor is yours, good people. Step up on stage, let the spotlight hit you, grab the mic and let it all fly.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!!!
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Good Weekend Once Again, Good People! And how fares thee all?

There's nothing like the panic and anxiety from something completely unexpected to repair the parts in the machine that had been broken, huh?

Project O' Doom II has been stalled out and was really looking like it needed to be toe-tagged but something I'd done about a month ago on a whim and as an exercise came back to me this week which demanded my full attention. Talk about stuff blowing up in your face... and not even necessarily in a bad way.

Anyway, I took the day off of work yesterday and hammered out about 10,000 words on POD II. I needed to produce about 50 pages plus a full synopsis yesterday and somehow, I managed to do it. And the better thing about it is that I actually liked all of the pages that came pouring out of my head. It's rough and needs some polishing, sure. But I don't think that what I produced yesterday is entirely sucktastic. Though, I've never written a synopsis before so that I'm not too sure about. I am pretty sure that bit blows so I've spent a lot of this morning trying to polish the hell out of it. I don't know how much good it did though.

Unexpected opportunities apparently have a way of focusing the brain and a stress-filled panic can compel you to write like the freaking wind and can unclog the mental machine all in one fell swoop. Amazing. Who knew?

So yeah... my week has been a bit... strange. Good but strange. You just never know when a door of opportunity is going to fly open. I suppose the trick is to not let it fly open and smack you in the nose. Which... this one kind of did but I'm hoping it doesn't leave any permanent marks.

So how about you, my friends? How was YOUR week? Anything unexpected crop up? Or was it pretty much status-quo around your parts? Has it been a good week? A bad week? An in-the-middle kind of week? What's new and exciting in your world? What's old and predictable? What have been the highlights and the lowlights from the week that was, my friends? What is the haps in your worlds?

Once again, this is your sandbox so jump on in with both feet. Need to get something off your chest? Need to vent, scream, cry and wail? Need to thump your chest and give a primal scream? Need to get up on a soapbox and rant to the heavens? Need some words of encouragement or a big hug? Anything and everything is welcome here, as you know.

The spotlight is yours, my friends. Step on up and grab the mic.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth my friends.
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Good day, good people. And happy Saturday to youse guys.

I've been sitting here looking at this screen forever now. And I seriously got nothin' y'all. The ol' noggin is just empty this morning. Something in the machine is broke and just ain't working right. You might say there is a screw or two loose!

So ummmmm....

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So yeah... anyway... I'll just go ahead and turn it all over to y'all.

How has the Universe treated you this week? Has it been kind? Gentle? Good? Cold? Callous? Evil? Has it given you warm fuzzies or a kick in the junk? What's made your personal highlight reel and what's making the Hall of Shame? What is the haps in your worlds, kids?

Need to rant/vent/spew about something? Anything? Need to get something off your chest? Need to air it out? Need to climb up on your soapbox and belt something out? Want to give a special shout-out, warm fuzzies or otherwise, drool on somebody special? Well, this is the place to do it.

You all know the drill... this here is your sandbox, so jump on in and play a while. Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. Just step on up into the spotlight, grab the mic and blow it out. This is your place to get it all out.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Morning and Good Saturday, Good People! Did you all manage to survive the madness that is the 4th? Did you blow off any bodily bits? Or did you manage to survive whole and intact?

I don't know about y'all, but this was just a strange, disjointed kinda week. I never really felt like I got on track or stayed focused on anything. Then again, that seems to be the norm lately.

Words. I don't haz them. Another week with just about nothing substantial put down. This week, we have two entries for Idol due and nothing is working for me. I tried to get my piece down last night for a joint piece with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 that we'd talked about and I kid you not, I started and re-started that piece more than a dozen times last night. I'd get a few paragraphs in and it just stalled out. It just didn't work. Like at all. I'm just lucky we use computers instead of paper these days otherwise the crumpled up pile of crap by my desk would have filled my room and probably would have been responsible for the death of dozens of trees. I tried doing some freewriting and it basically amounted to a long string of profanities.

But the issue is way bigger than just Idol for me. Not having words or the ability to string together coherent sentences into anything resembling a decent story is a big, big problem for me. What I turned out for Idol last week was luck. I just hammered on the keyboard and hoped for the best. I know that my style tends to be a little sparse, dark and gritty but I think that may have been about the darkest, most violent piece I've ever written. I haven't really stepped back yet to dissect it and see what it was all about. Perhaps I'm better off not doing that come to think of it.

But the bottom line is that my head is a very noisy place lately. Like super noisy. And I find that I'm struggling mightily to turn down the volume, to ignore the babble of voices and focus on my work. Actually, struggling might not be the best word... finding it impossible lately is probably more accurate. I'm seriously stuck on a creative Sahara and need to find my way out. Pronto.

Which is a big problem. I need to find a way to quiet the crowd in my head to allow me to work or it will be a bigger problem.

I'm not sure what I'm going to do about Idol just yet... my hope is that I can focus enough to bang out the two pieces I need. After that, I really need to figure out how to turn the noise off and have a really productive week next week. It's getting more frustrating and worrisome as the days go by without any sort of movement or productivity. Ugh.

So anyway... on that cheery note...

How are you all doing? How has the Universe been treating you? Has it been kind and generous? Do your cups overfloweth? Or are they dry and dusty? Have you had a good week? A bad week? An in-between week? What were the highlights and the lowlights of your week, my friends? What is the haps with you?

As always, this here is your playground. Need to stand up and shout? Need to climb up on your soapbox and rail about something? Need to stand upon the mountaintop and scream your lungs out? Need some words of advice, encouragement or support? Need a virtual hug? Need to virtually punch somebody in the nose? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. The spotlight is yours, step on up, grab the microphone and belt it out.

Once again, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends.

ETA: Since I didn't manage to get my Saturday Playlist post up earlier... what in the hell are you all listening to today? Bonus points for linking/embedding your musical selections in the comments!!!
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Good Saturday, Good People.

Well here we are once again... the weekend. And judging by the temperature map from around the country I saw earlier, we're all spending the weekend in the fiery pits of Hell! Yikes, it's hot out yonder. Seriously. I think my eyeballs are sweating.

So in addition to the heat, there is still a whole lot of ick flying around and sticking to a whole lot of people. It's been another rough week for a lot of people I know and love. Which sucks. The Universe is not being kind and gentle lately... to which, I will now tell the Universe to KNOCK IT THE F**K OFF AND EASE UP A BIT, WILL YOU???

Yeah, that should do it.

Ugh... nothing much to report on this end. Nothing that I didn't write about in my previous post this morning. Just stuck in a creative wasteland at the moment. So yeah... seriously, my lack of wordage is so f'ing bad right now that I'm resorting to using "f'ing" and don't have anything insightful or particularly amusing to say here!!! UGH!!!

So on that note, I'm going to toddle off and beat my head against the wall hoping against hope that I'll be able to pound some words into it and I shall just go ahead and turn the floor over to you all. How has the Universe been treating YOU this week? Good? Bad? Indifferent? Had some highs and lows? What have the highlights and lowlights been? What made the final cut and what ended up on the editing room floor?

You guys know the drill... need to get something off your chest? Need to rant or vent a little? Need to shout, scream or otherwise spew? Need to climb up on your soapbox and belt something out? Just make sure to use the appropriate trigger warnings before you do. Ahem.

This here is your playground so jump on in and play a bit! Anything and everything is welcome here. As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!


Oh! One last thing... a special shout-out to my friend [livejournal.com profile] meganleigh85 who is running the Warrior Dash today because she's a nut like that. But she raised some money for charity and is doing a great thing. Hope you had fun and are back whole and in one piece, lady!!!
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Good Morning, Good People! I trust we've all made it through the week alive and relatively sane and intact? Though I know that "sane" is a relative term for many of you folks.

I have to make this somewhat quick as I'm up against it timewise. The Verizon Fios guy was out here to install our new stuff this morning. Good timing since my Charter modem took a dump last night and internet connection pretty much went the way of the DoDo. Charter sucks. The Verizon guy just got everything all hooked up and we're back live so keep your fingers crossed that it's a better service and the technofail issues are a thing of the past!

Obviously, I'm still struggling to find my balance. I haven't posted or been around to comment much all week. I'm still way off-kilter and can't find that balance. There's been highs and lows this past week and I'm just... off. It's not a lot of fun, it's driving me batty and I really need to pull myself out of this pile of garbage. I have to accept that there are things I cannot change no matter how bad I want them to. I have to find a way around some of the heaping piles of mental dogcrap rather than plopping down and sitting in it. I have choices to make but I'm having a hard time pulling the trigger on them. That needs to change. It needs to change like now because it's spilling over into other areas of my world and I don't like that in the least. Such as my writing... I've been pouring out some words here and there but it's total garbage, pure drek and I'm on the verge of scrapping it all and starting fresh. Maybe it would be good to start with a clean slate. I'm just not pleased with my work. So if for no other reason, I need to clear out the mental attic, sweep out the dirt, grime and cobwebs and open some damn windows to let some fresh air in. My work keeps me grounded and helps keep me sane. That space in my heart and in my head where the love and passion for my work resides is a sacred space and I need to treat it as such.

In short, it's past time I stop freaking wallowing and find my [expletive deleted] balance again. Nobody can do that for me but me. So I serve notice upon myself that I am going to kick my own ass until balance and order are restored. Got that, self? Let's just hope the self doesn't hit back too hard!

Anyway... enough of my whinging. There is a lot of bad juju floating around for a lot of people lately. I dunno. There's something in the air that is making The Suck multiply like f'ing rabbits. Lots of people I know and love are mired in their own gunk. And that bums me out to no end. So I guess I just wanted to say to make sure your friends and loved ones know that you're there, that you care, love and support them. Give them a hug to remind them that no matter what they're going through, that you're there by their side and love them with all of your heart. Because to me, that's sort of what it feels like... a lot of people lost and feeling alone out there in the woods that need to be reminded that we love and cherish them. And that together, we'll all get through whatever it is that we need to get through. So I say just take a minute to make those people important to us who are going through a crapstorm feel a little extra special.

So there's that.

Anyway... it's time for me to go fetch my laundry and get my show on the road. So I will leave it all to you folks. How has your week been, my friends? How has the Universe been treating you? Have there been nothing but highs? Nothing but lows? Nothing but something in between? Has the world about you been kind? Unfeeling? What is the good, the bad and the ugly in your worlds, my friends?

This here is your playground. You all know how it works... anything and everything is welcome here, my friends. Need to rant and vent? Need to spread a little love? Need to get something off your chest? Have some news that you need to share? This is the place to do it. So step on up, grab the microphone and belt it out. The spotlight is yours.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Greetings once more fellow denizens of this planet!

Contrary to popular belief, I am alive (and sober) and have not, in fact, been in an alcohol-induced stupor since the Kings won the Stanley Cup this past Monday. If I actually drank, it might be a different story but I don't, so it's not. :-) Sadly, I didn't get to attend the victory parade... boo on that. I *wanted* to go to the rally inside Staples but the first tickets were given out to season-ticket holders and then people swooped in on the others... to sell them. And I didn't have the $200-500 bucks to shell out. So I listened to it on the radio instead but wow, I would have given serious thought to offing somebody for tickets.

I'm way behind on LJ (again) and I'm so sorry. I owe a lot of you some replies and want to catch up with you guys. I love this place and I love all of you. I'm still just trying to pull myself out of my pit of mental-goo and haven't been feeling exactly... social lately. But it feels like the fog is starting to lift so that's a good thing. Hopefully, it will all burn off sooner rather than later.

Also, I've been slogging through the FIVE entries for Idol that are due this week. Though there was some lingering doubts in my head about whether or not I even wanted to continue. I was very close to pulling the plug on myself. I guess it was yesterday that I made up my mind to give it a go and then found out that we now have a SIXTH topic added to the pile. *facepalm* I'm halfway through and like what I've produced so far but I still have halfway to go. I don't know if I'm going to make it. But we'll see what happens.

Other than all of that, things have been pretty normal, I suppose. Again, I'm so sorry for not being around and not being all social like I normally try to be. One thing I desperately need to do is find a balance... I feel like between work and my writing, I don't allocate a lot of time (or like any time) to LJ, like I should be. LJ is my break from the world and I enjoy interacting with everybody. I miss being around as much as I used to be. So I'm struggling with trying to find that balance... maybe I need to start writing earlier in the evening and saving some time at the end to play here. I don't know... I haven't hit on the winning formula just yet. Here's hoping I can do that.

So anyway... enough of my whinging. What's going on with you guys? How was the week that was for you? How did the Universe treat you? Did it elevate you to the champion's platform? Did it send you home in defeat? Did you deliver a vicious hipcheck to the Universe? Or did it hit you from behind and drive your face into the glass? Are you holding the hardware aloft in joyous rapture? Or are you just taking a real quiet plane ride home to lick your many wounds?

You all know the drill... this here is your playground, so come on in. Got a funny story to share? Inappropriate jokes? Dirty limericks or haiku? Need to rant/vent/scream about something? Need to get it off your chest? Got some warm fuzzies to dish out? Want to give a virtual hug? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. So I will step aside now and let you folks have the spotlight. What's on your minds, good people? The spotlight is now yours.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Well we've made it through another week on this rock we like to call home. At least, I hope we all did anyway. Quick headcount... raise your hand if you're still here. Okay, good.

This week was sorta... meh, to be honest. Lots of stuff swirling around like garbage in the streets of my brain. It's all just sort of left me feeling... well... meh. And I don't like feeling meh and it's tough to shake sometimes. But I give it the finger and trudge onward. The good thing is that in an effort to shut out the meh, I've been able to focus on my writing, which is good, and POD2.5 is in full swing. Also good. After a couple of false starts and wrong streets, I'm headed down the right path, I think. I like how it's shaping up and where it's headed. The trick will be to keep up the momentum. Always keep up the momentum.

Speaking of momentum... tonight is Game 5 of the Stanley Cup Finals. My Kings reeled off wins in the first 3 games to go up 3-0 but the Devils battled back in Game 4 and won it. Dammit. I had *hoped* for the sweep. But I know that hockey is a tough sport and the Devils are arguably the best team they've faced to this point. Reeling off the first three was improbably enough. To beat that team four in a row was a pretty tall order. It's a damn good team and you could tell from the opening face-off that my boys were tight and more focused on not making a mistake rather than playing their game. And it's such a game of inches... a half an inch this way or that... they hit the posts twice and the crossbar once... and that game and the series would have been over. But the hockey gods didn't cooperate so now the series goes back to Jersey for Game 5... the Kings are a perfect 10-0 on the road this postseason so I'm really hoping they work that magic, that they come out flying, hitting and lighting up Martin Brodeur and the Devils like a Christmas tree. The Devils will be playing desperate hockey because they're in a one and done situation. The Kings need to match that intensity and desperation. They're still up 3-1 and they really need to finish it. Tonight. You don't want the Devils in a Game 6. They need to stomp the life out of them and hoist that damn Cup tonight. GO KINGS GO!!!

/sports-related talk. You all still with me? Oh good.

So I'll be heading over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's here shortly. Trying to decide what I'm going to make her for dinner tonight. She's not feeling too swift and of course Annabelle is still on the mend so I get to take care of both of them tonight. She shouldn't worry about anything but resting and relaxing so I'll try to make sure that happens.

So I better start putting myself together to head on out.

How was the week for you, my fine, feathered friends? How has the Universe, in all its wisdom treated you? Has it been kind, gentle and forgiving? Or has it callously strapped you to the roof of the car and drive off a la Mitt Romney's dog? What have been the highlights, the lowlights and the in-between lights of your week, good people? What's made the director's cut and what ended up on the editing room floor? What is the haps with you, my peeps?

As usual, this is your place... need to get something off your chest? Got a funny joke or story to share? Something amazing happen to you this week that you need to share? Something sucktastic happen that you can't stop thinking about? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. This is your sandbox to play in so get to it! The floor and the spotlight are yours.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... Spew forth, my friends!
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Good Saturday, kiddies! And how are you today my fine, feathered friends? How was your week and did you make it through unscathed?

I've been frittering away my morning with some LJ'ing, writing and pondering... as you can see by my last post. Ahem.

For a short week, it felt like a long one, I tell you. I'm just thankful it's over. I need to start getting myself together to head on over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's as usual. Poor miss Annabelle had her surgery yesterday so she's in recovery mode. The trick is going to be to keep her calm and mellow. She's a very excitable puppy. lol... So it's going to be a mellow evening in... good thing we have Game 2 of the Stanley Cup finals on tonight! And it's scientifically proven that Stanley Cup hockey aids the healing process so it will be important that Annabelle watch the game. I have no ulterior motives at all. None. Zero. Get those thoughts out of your heads. It's for the puppy!

In all seriousness, I'm keeping everything crossed for Annabelle. This poor pup has been through the freaking wringer the last couple of weeks. I'm hoping that the surgery will be the end of the line for whatever nasty thing was attacking her. Hopefully removing the infected section and the mass amounts of antibiotics she's on will combine to wipe out the infection and she's on the road to a quick, full recovery. I loves that puppy and I know her mama is worried about her. So she needs to get back on her feet sooner rather than later!

So it will be a mellow weekend... we'll likely finish off Season 1 of Game of Thrones. Yay!!! Except boo also because Season 2 won't be out on DVD for a while yet. But I think they're doing such a great job adapting the books to TV. It's a really great series and I'm enjoying the hell out of it. It's a very fun show. We made it through about half of it last weekend so I'm looking forward to seeing more.

There are also a few writerly-type things that have to be done this weekend as well. So she'll be helping me wrap up a few things that need to be finished and put to bed once and for all. So that's a good thing! And of course, there will be lots of downtime. After the last couple of weeks, [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 needs it.

So... on to you, my friends. How was your week? How did the Universe treat you? Was it kind? Cruel? Totally indifferent? What's up in your worlds?

You know the drill by now, I'm sure. Got a funny story to share? A good joke? Or a really bad joke for that matter? Need to get something off your chest? Need to clear the air? Need to get up on your soapbox and rant to the world? This is the place for it. This is where you are welcome to purge whatever is in that brain of yours. Anything and everything is welcomed and encouraged. This is your sandbox so feel free to jump on in!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Greetings one and all! And for those of us in the States, a very Happy Memorial Day weekend to you!!! Unless of course, you don't celebrate Memorial Day. In which case, Happy Saturday to you!

And how fares thee all this fine Saturday afternoon? Assuming you *do* have a 3-Day weekend, what's on tap for y'all? BBQ? Hanging out with friends and family? General rampaging and pillaging?

I for one, am looking forward to a long, mellow as heck weekend. This past week felt sooooo loooooong. But it's over. Now it's time to relax and unwind. I wanted to give a big thanks to everybody that donated and helped boost the signal for Annabelle earlier this week. She seems to be improving which takes a whole huge heap of ick off of [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's shoulders. So both of those are very good things. Hopefully, Annabelle has turned the corner and is starting down the road to recovery. We'll have to keep an eye on her over the weekend and keep her mellow but things are starting to look good. The outpouring of support for [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and her ginormous beast of a dog was seriously amazing to watch. So thank you all... you all made such a HUGE difference.

So in an effort to keep things mellow and relaxing this weekend, we'll be getting into the Game of Thrones series. We'd picked Season 1 last weekend but then everything with Annabelle happened so we never got to watch it. But I'm so insanely geeked up for this. I really loved the books and have heard nothing but good things about the series. Even my sister and her boyfriend got hooked on it and constantly rave about it. When they talk to me about the latest episode they watched, it's all I can do to say, "oh but wait, then this happens..." That's the advantage and curse of having read the books, I suppose! But since we have a clear weekend where we're homebound anyway, it seems like a good time to fire that thing up. So excited. I normally don't get this geeked up about anything on TV but this is an exception. Here's hoping it lives up to the hype and my own excitement!

The bummer of the week is that my computer crapped out on me. As in, it's totally toe-tagged. Done. Kaput. DOA. Went to fire it up to get some work done the other night and got nothing. It wouldn't even turn on. Ugh. I hope I can find a way to get my pictures off the hard drive... I've been slowly moving them all to someplace *off* my computer just in case something like this happened. I had it happen once before and lost a metric assload of pictures. *sigh* Apparently, I wasn't quick enough. The good thing is that I have my laptop though I much prefer typing on a real keyboard. Laptops are convenient and all, should I want to go to the coffee house to work or something but I far prefer desktops. I don't know, it's one of my strange little quirks I suppose. Sort of like the fact that at work, I can only use my left hand for the mouse whereas at home, I can only use my right. If I try to change that, it just *feels* weird and backwards to me and totally discombobulates me. I can't explain it. I'm an odd duck, this I know. So I'm going to have to look for a desktop that's reasonable and go about trying to snag it. Ugh.

Well, I should get myself together and get on the road. It's time to start the weekend. In addition to our Game of Thrones marathon, [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I are going to discuss my current POD (POD 2.5 if you're scoring at home) and try to put the wrapping and bow on POD I... a couple of decisions have to be made so hopefully, if we put our heads together we can finish it off. *fingers crossed*

But anyway... how was *YOUR* week, good people? How did the Universe treat you? Was it with love and kindness? Or was it with a cold indifference? Did it give you warm fuzzies or did it fill you with rage? What were the highlights and lowlights of your week, my friends? What made the final edit and what ended up on the cutting room floor? What was the good, the bad and the ugly of your week, folks?

We have some new faces around here so let me explain... this here is Ye Olde Purge Bucket. This is where you can come to verbally vomit anything and everything. Got a funny story to share? Need some advice? Need to step up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens? Need to fling open your window and shout "You're as made as hell and you're not going to take it anymore?" Do you have the burning desire to share something good and nice with us all? Need to just get something off of your chest? This is the place to do it. Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here! This is your place to sound off about whatever happens to be on your mind! So step on up, grab the microphone and let's hear what you have to say! The floor, is yours...

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!!!

Hope everybody has a fantastic and SAFE weekend!!!
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Good Saturday, my fine feathered friends!!!

Wow... how did it get to be noon already? Yikes! At least I was productive in between all of my screwing off this morning. I managed to finish the first draft of my entry for this week's Idol prompt. I really had nothing until [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 tossed some ideas my way. It was a bit of a tough piece to write, honestly. It's non-fiction this week instead of my typical dark fiction... but hey, it's good to mix things up now and again, isn't it? The subject matter brought up some really nasty memories but hey, it's life. We'll just tweak it this weekend and go from there. At least it's written and I don't have to stress about it anymore. Now, it's just the polls or possible non-polls we have to stress about! :-)

The week was filled with the usual annoyances and lots of not-sleeping-very-wellness. Don't know why but I was up and down all night this week. I think I'm turning into an infant all over again. But at least I got the *best* story out of the week. We have a rep on the east coast... based in New Jersey actually. This guy, Dave, is loud, brash, frustrating and even obnoxious sometimes. He works hard and I do respect they guy and even sort of like him most days. But he's... well... Dave. He's just sort of... different. Anyway, he called me one day to check on some special parts we have to run for a customer... parts we have to manufacture overseas. Anyway, it takes anywhere between 10-12 weeks for us to have these things in house and ready to ship. Dave is notorious for promising things we can't deliver. At one point in our conversation, he'd asked about the lead time and wondered if we could have them in 4 weeks. (you'd think after so long in this biz, he'd know that's not even possible so he should stop asking) So when he asked, I laughed at him and told him that we could have them that quick if he went over to Taiwan and ran the parts himself.

To which he sighs and says... "Not likely. I'm tired of dealing with the yellow race."

I sat there for a minute with my mouth hanging open wondering if that had really just happened. Oh yeah, it did. So all I could do was laugh... I actually thought it was pretty funny. But then I asked him if he realized that *I* was part of that "yellow race."

He responds with... "Oh no, you're not."

"Yeah, Dave, I am. I'm half-Japanese."

"No you're not, you're Mexican. You're just trying to make me feel bad."

This just made me laugh harder. "No, actually I'm not Mexican. My last name is SAI-TO.. does that sound Mexican do you?"

He just stuttered and stammered harder and backpedaled faster than I've ever seen him in the 12 years I've been dealing with him. It made me laugh so hard. And of course, I made sure to speak loudly enough for my officemates to hear my side of the conversation because I thought they needed a laugh too. I even heard my boss laughing his ass off in his office.

Anyway... Dave backpedaled and said something about being able to laugh at ourselves and terminated the call quickly. That just cracked me up to no end. Maybe you just had to be there.

So anyway... that was the highlight from my workweek! Sort of sad, isn't it? I better get myself together and get headed out here pretty quickly. The sand is slipping through the hourglass damn quickly today! Yikes!

So how about you, good people? How was YOUR week? What's new and exciting in your worlds? How did the Universe treat you, my friends? Was it warm and caring? Cold and cruel? A little bit of both? Or perhaps just totally indifferent? What were the highlights and lowlights from your week? Were you mistaken for another ethnicity or gender this week perhaps? What's going on in your worlds, boys and girls?

You know how it goes... this here is your sandbox so jump on in and have some fun! Got a funny story to share? A bawdy joke? Need to get something off your chest? Need to climb up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens? Want to fling the windows open and scream until your throat is sore? Anything and everything is welcome here. The spotlight is now yours, good people... step on up and good, bad or indifferent, tell us what's going on with you!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Good Saturday, Good People! And how fares thee all?

I'm telling you, I was so ready to put this week in the rearview back on like Wednesday so I'm *very* glad that it's the weekend. But hey, I survived so that's a good thing, right?

It's Saturday.... whew. It's been a long week with a lot of suck for a lot of people in a lot of different ways. Just know that if you're going through a rough patch, that I'm keeping good thoughts for you guys. And if you ever need to bend an ear, so to speak, please feel free to shoot me an email. I'm always here to listen. Love you guys!

So I spent the morning kicking back and screwing around online (as evidenced by my post earlier this morning). I also did manage to get my Idol piece for the week written. Well, I have one small scene left to write and some editing to do of course, but it came together nicely. I suppose you could say that my piece this week was inspired a bit by Mother's Day being tomorrow and all. Ahem. But having it more or less done is a good thing and takes away the stress of having to bang it out an hour before the deadline like I did last week. Ugh. Unless it really sucks and has to be rewritten. Which is a possibility. I think the wonderful content editor I have in [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 will be able to tell me if it's a tweaker and keeper or something better left to in a toilet bowl and flushed.

[livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I are in dire need of some downtime. Lots of turn off the brain time is in order. I'm hoping we have time to watch at least a few of the Game of Thrones series. I'm going to swing by the video store and hopefully they'll have it. But we'll see. If nothing else, it will be our new Wednesday night chill-out time viewing since Survivor is wrapping up tomorrow night! Booooo on the no more Survivor thing for a while. And hey, shaddap. We all have our guilty pleasures. Don't judge.

I'm also on the hunt for some new material for POD II. The existing POD II project hit a bit of a bump in my brain and I think it will be best served to be moved to the back burner temporarily until I can figure out the fix for it. I don't want to scrap it as I think there is some good stuff there. But there's a fatal flaw in the design that needs to be worked out before I can turn it loose again. So hopefully, with some conversation and maybe surfing around on the web, I'll come up with a new idea. No, not hopefully. I will come up with a new idea that I can start hammering out beginning on Monday. This will happen. Momentum must be sustained.

Managed to cut my hair this morning. I have the worst hair in the history of hair. It's thick, curly/wavy and just totally unruly. I will never have the perfectly coiffed locks you see in the magazines. So the easiest thing for me to do is just shave it. Not Kojak-style, of course. I don't take it all the way down to my skull. But it is pretty high and tight. And not wanting to pay a barber $20 to do it, I've learned to do it myself. The sister-unit even gave me the Cadillac of hair-shaving things for Christmas one year. I think I've gotten pretty good at it too! Apparently this morning, I was distracted enough by writing my Idol piece and watching epic rap battles that I somehow managed to miss just about the entire back of my dome. Whoops. I thought I was done and about half an hour later, I realized that I had some freaky Asian near-mullet going on. Whoops. So needless to say, I had to correct that little mistake. There's nothing worse than an Asian mullet.

Well, looks like it's about time for me to go hose all of the hair off of me and get myself together to head on over to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place! Hope you all have a fantastic weekend!!!!

So how did the Universe treat you all this week? Was it all sunshine and roses? Or was it scraps on the mulching pile? Did it treat you kindly or were you given a snubbing? What were the highlights and the lowlights of your week? What is going on in your worlds, folks?

You know the drill... this is your sandbox, so feel free to jump on in and play a while. Need to rant or vent about something? Need to sing somebody's praises from the rooftops? Need to get up on your soapbox and verbally obliterate something or somebody? Got a funny joke to share? An amusing anecdote? A dirty haiku or limerick? Anything and everything is welcome and encouraged here. The spotlight is now yours, boys and girls.

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience. Spew forth, my friends!!!
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Well good Saturday, good people!!!! And how are you today, my fine, feathered friends? How has your week been?

Because a couple of folks had asked, I just wanted to let you all know that the sister-unit got the results of her biopsy back and thankfully, she is cancer-free!!! We all breathed a ginormous freaking sigh of relief, I tell you. Thank you again to everybody for your good thoughts and energy. You all are the absolute best and I appreciate the hell out of you. Big, group hug for everybody.

This week has been pretty mellow, which is a good thing. Lots of work on the work front and the typical annoyances but nothing out of the ordinary. Which is a very good thing. Annoying co-workers are sometimes bad for my health... which is ultimately bad for their health because eventually, I'm going to snap and go on a homicidal rampage. Thankfully though, this was not the week for that. So I count that as a big win!

As usual, I'm behind on my El Jay'ing... I went through this morning and tried to respond to older comments and over the last week or so have been doing better about keeping up with you lot of crazies... but I'm still behind! So I'm sorry if I'm slow to respond to anything. I will eventually get there and get caught up. I promise!!! It will happen, dammit! I love you guys and want to stay up on what's going on in your worlds. So thanks for being patient with me and not simply running me out of your journals on a rail when I'm slow and behind. I think with one major thing now officially off of my plate, it will be easier!

On the good news front, major revision operations have been completed and in the battle of Project O' Doom I, myself and my allies have been victorious! Mission Accomplished! Sorry... channeling Dubya there for a moment... spending far too much time dealing with right-wing trolls these days. Ahem. As I was saying, I have finished the major revisions to POD I and now it's one final housekeeping sweep and then this sucker is ready to be set loose upon the earth. I don't quite know how I feel about it yet... meaning, I don't know how I feel about it being done. I look at it and feel totally stoked that I've finally finished a major project. That has me doing cartwheels. Other than that though... it's a really weird feeling for me. I can't explain it to myself let alone anybody else so suffice it to say, it feels weird. lol... lots of being pleased, lots of excitement and lots of other things I can't quite identify mixed in with it.

So yeah... it's finally done. And it does totally rock. The being done part... the "rockitude" of the finished product is not within my power to determine. :-)

So anyway... I should get on the ball and head on down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place. We don't have anything firmly planned today so we'll see what sort of trouble and adventure we can get ourselves into. Her new roomie is moving in today so it might not be a bad idea to make ourselves scarce for a bit while she settles in. Not sure what the day holds yet though. We shall see!

So how about you, good people? What is going on in your worlds? How has the Universe treated you this week? Has it been good, bad or downright ugly to you? What's new and exciting? Old and boring? Have you felt compelled to strap your dog or cat to the top of the car and drive away? Any members of your family maybe? What have been the highlights and lowlights of your week, my friends?

Once again, anything and everything is encouraged here. Got a funny story, dirty joke or suggestive haiku? Feel the need to climb up on your soapbox and throw out a blistering rant? Need to fling open the window and shout to the world that you're mad as hell and aren't going to take it anymore? Need to spread a little love and encouragement around? Need some love and encouragement sent back to you? Well, this is the place to do it. The spotlight is yours so feel free to jump on up and tell us all what's on your mind! This is your playground, so jump up on the monkey-bars and have a go at it!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends! And have a fantastic weekend!!!!
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Greetings once more, fellow travelers on this here rock. And a Happy Saturday to youse guys!

First off, I wanted to thank everybody who sent warm thoughts to my big sis earlier this week. She came through the procedure just fine. Now it's just a matter of waiting to hear back. Which probably won't be until next Thursday. She seems to be doing well overall though I can see the worry in her face sometimes. But she's doing her best to keep that locked down. So for now, we wait. Bleh.

But thank you all for the good thoughts and well wishes. I am just continually amazed by the warmth and generosity of people around here on LJ. A lot of us have never met, will likely (and unfortunately) probably not get to meet and talk over a cup of coffee but the genuine warmth and generosity is amazing and wonderful. I've seen people give from the heart and from the wallet for so many people and have seen them really rally around their LJ friends in all my years here. It really makes me smile and feel good about humanity. I just want you all to know that I appreciate you guys from the bottom of my heart. You are a wonderful and inspiring group of folks. So thank you for being you and for being so kind to me and to one another. It's easy to be cynical and mean these days... and we see it A LOT especially here on the internets but it's nice to see the flip side of that and see such wonderful warmth and generosity from so many people. So thank you.

Well... it was another typical week here. Work, work, deal with idiots at work, work, work, try to avoid prison for stabbing idiot co-workers in the eye with a #2 pencil, work, work... you know, the usual. There were a few wrinkles to the week... my sister's thing for instance. But I did get to spend Monday night and all of Tuesday with [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 who had some oral surgery done. The girl is tough. I'm quite certain I would have been curled up in a ball in the corner whimpering and crying but she came through it feeling okay for the most part. She's had some aches and pains that one would expect from having part of your jaw shaved off but she is a tough, tough girl. And it was nice getting to hang out with her and play "nursemaid". Not that I did much but still. We hung out and I did my best to make sure she was taken care of. Plus I wasn't at work on Tuesday which is a double-bonus!

I am so tantalizingly close to finishing off Project O' Doom I. I started in on the revision/overhaul of the last section last night. After that, it's a matter of reading it over all of the sections one final time and making any last minute tweaks and then finally releasing it back out into the wild. I'm actually starting to get excited about seeing the end of the line for this one. I'm excited to take it to Phase II and see what comes of it. Super excited even. I'm hoping to have that done and off my plate completely by Monday or Tuesday of next week and after that... it shall be set free. And then I can turn my whole focus and attention back on Project O' Doom II which has been feeling somewhat neglected of late. I still take it out and play with it but it doesn't have my whole focus and it knows it so it's fighting me a bit and progress has been a bit slow with it. So hopefully, we can kiss and make up next week and get that rolling again. Which is also exciting for me. Though I probably shouldn't talk about it so much so as to not appear that I'm bragging or beating my chest about it. Ahem.

Anyway... all in all, it was a decent week. Obviously, some worries but I'm going to keep thinking good thoughts and hope that everything turns out for the best. [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I had a bit of an adventure last weekend that you can read about in my earlier post. Not sure what this weekend holds just yet but there may be another adventure in the mix! We'll just see how the poor girl is feeling today.

So what about you, my fine, feathered friends? How was your week? Was it full of stress or did you celebrate 420 and mellow the hell out with a bag of Cheetos and nature show documentaries? What have been the highlights and lowlights of your week? What made the final production and what ended up on the cutting room floor? How has the Universe treated you? With a velvet glove or an iron fist? Has humanity made you believe in kindness again or has it made you want to stab people with a spork more than ever?

This is your place, as you know and you are free to use it as you see fit. Got a funny story? A hilarious joke or a dirty hiaku? All things are welcomed and encouraged here. Get up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens. Get it off your chest and clear the air. Rant away or use the space to give a special shout out to somebody... tell them that you love them! This is your spot to let us know what's on your mind!

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!!!
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Good Saturday one again, good people! Greetings and Salutations, one and all.

And how fares the all this fine day? 'tis sunny and blue skies all around So Cal now. Though yesterday, it rained down in freaking buckets. There was even a little thunder and lightning which was awesome. And a huge waterspout off the coast in Corona del Mar... which would have been super-awesome had I gotten to see it live and in person. *le sigh* One of these days, I'm going to fulfill my dream of going tornado chasing. One day.

Anyway... it was a pretty decent week around these parts. Work was... well... work, which is always somewhat bleh. But you gotta pay the bills so what are you gonna do? I was pretty productive on the writing front and am making some real progress toward finishing out Project O' Doom I while keeping the fires burning on Project O' Doom II as well. I have to be honest, I'm not really *feeling* POD II as much as I was before. I'm unsure of it at the moment. But it could also be that I'm so laser-focused on clearing out POD I that all of my real energy and attention is going there. Once I clear the decks and re-start on POD II full time, with all of my energy and focus going there, perhaps I'll feel better about it again. I don't know. We shall see. I'm just stoked to see light at the end of the tunnel with POD I. Super stoked even.

I was very glad to see my LA Kings take the first two games of the series from the hated Vancouver Canucks... *IN* Vancouver. Now if they can only take the next two back here in LA, it's on to the second round for my boys! They've looked damn good so far in the series. Scrappy, chippy, opportunistic and fierce! Playoff hockey is the best. GO KINGS GO! On the other hand though, my Angels have stumbled out of the starting gate and so far, Albert Pujols isn't looking to be worth the $240 million the team spent on him. But the season is still very young and it's a marathon, not a sprint. I'm sure they'll pull themselves together and win that division handily.

Today, I'm taking [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 on a soooper seekrit adventure. We definitely need some fun and adventure. I'm *pretty* sure she'll enjoy it... I'm *hoping* she will... but we'll see. I'd tell you all what it is but I don't want to give the surprise away since I know she can check El Jay from her phone. Plus, I don't want you all looking at me like I'm a total freakish weirdo. Any more than you already do anyway. But I'm sure I'll write all about it later and maybe even get to include a few pictures of our adventure today!

So what is going on with you all, my fine, feathered friends? What is the haps in your worlds and how has the Universe treated you this week? What have been the highs and lows? The ups and downs? What has been the good, the bad and the ugly for you this week? What sort of adventure do you have on tap this weekend? Or are you making it a mellow, stay inside sort of weekend?

You all know how this works... got a funny story to share? A joke? Riddle? Rhyme? Feel the need to unload and get something off your chest? Need to climb atop a soapbox and rant to the world? Scream at the top of your lungs? Well, this is the place to do it. This here is your place to do it. This is your sandbox, so jump on in and play a bit. Anything and everything is welcomed here. So the spotlight is now yours...

As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends!
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Well Mellow Greetings, Fellow Citizens. What seems to be your boggle? (10 points if you can name the movie)

We've endured and made it to another Saturday, my fine, feathered friends. And how fares thee all? I suppose I should count myself lucky that I'm not posting this from a jail cell as I was *thisfreakingclose* to committing multiple homicides yesterday.

I get along with most of the people in my office building. We're a small company so we're all in relatively close proximity to one another and contact/conversation is inevitable. I can tolerate most of the mouth-breathing, knuckle-dragging, right-wing troglodytes fairly well most of the time. I attempt to find common ground to discuss with them... which 99.9% of the time is sports-related. That really seems to be the only real "bonding* thing we have.

But yesterday, one of them really irritated me. It's possible I was cranky anyway but hearing the sort of blatant racism and ignorance I overheard just sort of pushed me over the edge a bit. My department's office is situated at the far end of the building. Our accounting department is next door and though it's a little ways down the hallway, voices carry. Anyway, as I was sitting there working... rather, working and daydreaming about a life that doesn't involve coming into the office every day... I overhear the bean counter saying something to the controller about Obama and the Trayvon Martin case down in Florida. What I heard next sort of shocked me really.

In response to the bean counter's statement/query, I heard the controller say "Because he's a black president and he's pandering to them.

I think my jaw actually hit the desk. Because he's a black president? Pandering to them? Seriously? I vowed to just bite my tongue and not storm into their office to "educate" them. And I did just that. But a while later, the bean counter came in to my office and I just couldn't quite hold my tongue. I told him, "You know I can hear you guys, right? You know I can hear that ignorant, racist crap you two are spewing, right?"

He looked perplexed for a minute, realized what I was talking about and said, "Well Obama should have stayed out of it and shouldn't have said anything. People get killed every day but because this is a black kid, he decides to hold a press conference? It wasn't presidential for him to say anything."

I replied back with, "Yes, people are killed every, single day. But not every killing has such obvious racial implications nor does every killing capture the attention of the entire country like this has. When something like this sparks a national outrage... and the local authorities *still* haven't arrested the guy... it's very presidential for him to address it."

To which, bean counter replied, "No it's not, he's race baiting."

My jaw hit my desk for a second time. "Race baiting? You do know that the kid was black and the killer wasn't, right? You did hear the killer on the phone with the 911 dispatchers, who told Zimmerman to back off and stop pursuing the kid by the way, say loud and clear 'f**king coons', right? So how is Obama race baiting exactly?"

He just stood there looking at me and it was obvious that he knew absolutely zero facts about the case. He... and the controller for that matter... are just spouting whatever garbage Rush tells them to. It's the Republican way these days, it seems.

I told him that he needed to stop watching Fox News, start thinking and get some actual facts before spouting his ignorant crap. Or just learn to talk quieter so I can't hear him. Apparently, I irritated him because he just turned and walked out of my office. I guess I'm off his Christmas card list but whatever. I loathe ignorance as much as I do bigotry. Bleh. Idiots.


Anyway.... ahem... I suppose that's my contribution to today's Purge Bucket. In better news, Miss [livejournal.com profile] pixie117 and I will be going to see The Hunger Games tomorrow morning at 1030. We figured we stood a better shot of avoiding the mass of squealing children if we went to an early showing. We went to see Insidious a while back and walked in to a theater filled with squealing, screaming and way-too-chatty kids... it got so bad that she had to try to mellow me out because I was getting so agitated and we ended up walking out and getting our money back. But we're both totally stoked to go see this movie. Can't wait!

I also managed to finish off my Idol entry early, for the second week in a row. It will be really nice to not have to stress about it over the weekend. We both managed to finish early last weekend and we had a really nice, really relaxing Sunday. We made dinner and just kicked back and watched a few episodes of Once Upon a Time... I liked the show actually. But it was nice to just be able to totally mellow out. So hopefully, we'll get to have another weekend like that because it was wonderful.

Well... I suppose I should climb down off my soapbox and start getting myself together to head on out. So the floor is yours, my friends. What's going on in your worlds, folks? What was the good, the bad and the in-between in your worlds this week? How has the Universe treated you? What have been the highlights and the lowlights for you?

You know the drill by now. Anything and everything is welcomed and encouraged here. The Purge Bucket is open for your convenience... spew forth, my friends! Have a great weekend!
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Well greetings once again, my fine, feathered friends! And a Happy St. Patty's Day to ya! I'd threaten to pinch everybody not wearing green but that is apparently triggering and causes some folks to lash out violently. And we wouldn't want that now would we?

It is a wet one here in normally sunny Southern California. It's a cold and damp weekend with some estimating up to 4 inches of rain over the weekend. Yeah, yeah, yeah, some of you out there are probably laughing and saying, "pppffffttttt... is that all?" But hey, when you live in a place where it's sunny and 80 degrees on Christmas day, that's pretty significant, I think! I'm thinkin' maybe it's a good night to stay in, hunker down, stay warm, play some video games and chill out. Driving in California is risky on a normal occasion. Throw a little rain into the mix and people lose their damn minds. It's never fun to drive in the rain here because people just freak the hell out. So keep a good thought for me since I'll be getting myself together and trekking on down to [livejournal.com profile] pixie117's place here in a short bit!

So it's been a bit of a lazy morning with the feline and I just sippin' coffee, writing and listening to some tunes. It's been pretty productive and good. There are some things in the works that make me a happy boy. Overall, it hasn't been a horrible week and I've been pretty productive... though I need to sharpen the discipline and time-management skills a little more to increase my productivity... so I'm pretty happy for the most part. Obviously, things aren't "perfect" (not like they are for anybody) and there are still some issues weighing me down, but this has been a better week than the last few. Progress, right?

Anybody else keeping up with the NCAA tourney? How are your brackets holding up? Mine were great after the opening round, having hit on 14 of the 16 games. But it all fell to crap yesterday! Who would have guess that not one but TWO 15-seeds would knock out the 2-seeds they were playing?!?! Mizzou and Duke went down in total flames last night... and with it, my brackets fell apart and my shot at the cash went down the toilet. *sigh* They don't call it March Madness for nothin' I suppose!

So... what are your plans for St. Patty's Day? Partying 'til you puke green substances? Keeping it low-key and mellow? Stuffing your face with corned been and cabbage or opting for something else?

How has your week been, good people? How has the Universe been treating you? What have been the highlights, lowlights and in-between lights of your week? What is new and exciting or old and boring? What do you have in the works and what the hell is going on in your worlds, my friends?

Got a funny story to share? Need a few words of encouragement? Got to get something off of your chest? Need to climb up on your soapbox and shout to the heavens? This is your sandbox, anything and everything is welcome here. The floor is yours. As always, the Purge Bucket is open for your convenience.... spew forth, my friends!
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