quidditchgrrl: (Be the change you wish to see)
*unfolds from fetal position*

Nothing makes you welcome the relative peace and quiet of your home more than spending a weekend at Grand Assembly.

Good things this year:
The girls placed for the third straight year in SuperTeams competition (for water balloon toss)
The girls placed FIRST for our door decorations (which are in the pictures) in GWA theme (for the first time in a loooong time, we had actually qualified by decorating the doors)
The GWA (from our Assembly) met all of her goals for the year, including more than $10K for Miracle Flights!
We raised more than $1500 for a Rainbow family whose home had been damaged in a flood, then by a fire
We met in the Kenyon Athletic Center, in the basketball arena, the way Grand Assembly ought to be! (And the tubular lights in the picture actually light up in rainbow colors!)

The not-so-good:
Two girls getting sick during Chubby Bunny (which is why you shouldn't CHEW in an attempt to cheat!) - good thing I brought chewable aspirin for post-Bunny tummyaches
Partnering with that, realizing that if you buy marshmallows, they need to be stale, or you need to buy them a couple months in advance, or they will be too sticky
Forgetting to bring cups for Saturday night :(
Not having an older Rainbow girl to help out in the dorms

Wanna see pictures of our gorgeous girls having fun, our door decorations, and life-sized Nerds? Go my album.
quidditchgrrl: (Eat it - Stephen is so better than ALL o)
I should have worn a sign to today's Rainbow reception that said, "I was burnt out and needed a break. That's ALL." Possibly I should have made a blanket announcement on the website as well. Yeesh! The gossip-mongers went home disappointed, I'm sure.

It was much fun, however. I'm mentally tired but glad I went - I doled out punch and compliments for the most part.

Other randomosity:

See? You CAN have rational, well-thought out dialogue about abortion. Then again, most of the people reading my journal aren't wanktards, so I'm not surprised.

Watched Domino last night. Pretty good - I'd forgotten how much I like Mickey Rourke. He's kind of in the same class as Gary Busey, only without the empty-sober face and botox. I'm becoming less of a Keira Knightley fan, however, even though she did a good job here.

How pathetic is my love of this picture? Yes, I think pasty man-legs are sexy. Shoot me (please).

Hope you all are having great weekends catching up on life (or, in my case, the second season of MI-5)!
quidditchgrrl: (I could take him)
I've finally seen the Lost pilot...a couple of days before I receive season 1 from Amazon. :P

Also figured out how my del.icio.us account works - thanks [livejournal.com profile] authenticpoppy!

Rainbow annual report finished and signed off. Holy frijoles, if I had this much trouble getting information entered in the Supreme site, I can't imagine how the older MAs are managing. Thank goodness it's done, though! GOOD NEWS - Grand Assembly sessions will be held at the Kenyon Athletic Center. Yay!

Got roped into giving yet another series of presentations at work - this time an overview of Stephen Covey's Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. *headdesk* However, trading a few hours of preparation for the agonizing hours of the disciplinary process seems a good thing. I wish we could get one of our other staff to jump into these things. It's not that hard!

OMG. Matthew Fox is on TDS. GUH. And he's wearing a gold medallion. Gold medallions + man dickey = teh sex. This is my desktop background at work. Hubba, hubba.

Now returning you to your Olympics/Colbert Report/regularly scheduled lives.
quidditchgrrl: (Jello for Prez!)
I'm starting to feel like [livejournal.com profile] likebunnies - I seem never to come and make a nice, happy entry, only to bitch and whine and moan.

Whinge, etc. )

Ooh! Something good! They played "California Uber Alles" this morning during the Andyman-a-thon! It's the little things, I tell ya.
quidditchgrrl: (Rockin' the burbs)
I love living in the Midwest. Columbus, despite the fact that it's in the Midwest, is a pretty happening kind of place. I can get bubble tea, pad thai, fresh cucumbers, and organic guava without putting up with some holier-than-thou hipster attitude.

ANYWAY. Recap:

1. Violent Femmes. Awesome. Dissonant. Crowd full of people Trying Too Hard. Got squirted with lotion/sunscreen (you can imagine what flashed through my mind when I ended up covered with thick, white goo). [livejournal.com profile] hastyent gets the Good Friend Award for coming along with me!

2. Lodge Bar. Worst.drinks.ever. Don't order from the bar there - just drink bottled beer. Gah.

3. Car wash. I remember why we don't do these things to make money - too much time, energy and sun. We do it for "donations" - a guy driving a Corvette gave us $3 to wash his car. Boo. My face and neck are burnt; I'm using the Honey Bee cream now, for sure! And we have another planned for September 10. *headdesk*

4. Naps. Naps are nice.

5. Ice cream. I have developed allergies to most preservatives, so my choices for ice cream are down to nearly nothing. Nothing but Jeni's Ice Cream, that is. I've been at the North Market at least twice a week all summer long. Today I had basil & pine nut, which was great. The sweet corn and blackberry rocks, too. They have regular flavors, too, but their specialty flavors are wonderful.

6. Cucumbers. 'Tis the season. *crunch, munch*

That is all. Hope most of you had great weekends, or that you can forget that this one ever happened!

ETA: The answers to my last lyric meme are here.
quidditchgrrl: (Default)
Cross-posted to [livejournal.com profile] columbus_eats

The girls organization I help with has put together a cookbook to raise funds.

This is a great cookbook a la the tradition of church cookbooks.

There are 476 pages of recipes, with variations on popular dishes and TONS of really good stuff.

There isn't a lot of frou-frou stuff (I hate to get a cookbook and they call for things that a normal person would never have on-hand at home), it's all easy to make.  I can already see why many of these things are probably traditions for carry-in dinners and working moms who want fresh food without hours of prep work.  The recipes come from all over the US, so there is a lot of variety in styles of dishes and ingredients.

My personal favorites (aside from my own contributions):  Puppy Chow (Chex and chocolate chips mixed with peanut butter), Mushroom Bisque, Boston Baked Corn, Ghost on a Stick (pear halves dipped in white chocolate), and my sister's TO DIE FOR Chocolate Cream Cheese Icing.

The cover is very colorful, there are information pages/equivalency charts.  It's obvious a LOT of work went into this.  Totally worth the $20, you'll actually USE these recipes!

To order your cookbook:  Send a check for $20 (made out to Rainbow Cookbook - IORG) to:

International Order of Rainbow for Girls
PO Box 1868
McAlester, OK  74502

Be sure to include the name and address where you want your cookbook sent.

A little more about the Order of Rainbow )
quidditchgrrl: (World's Smallest Violin)
If you still consider yourself sane after spending four days with 200 teenaged girls, you need to be committed.

I am utterly and completely drained of all rational emotion, and have pretty much spent the last 24 hours crying.  This after doing so well with "emotional filtering".  Bah.

On the way home from Mount Vernon, I saw people gathered around a big chocolate lab that had been hit by a car.  I cried all the way back to Columbus, I just couldn't stand it.  :(

Okay, done with all the negative!

There is something about Bob Mould's voice that makes me happy and feel like I can master the world.  He's getting heavy play tonight, in all of his incarnations.

Now that I'm home, it's time for HBP!  Should I avoid spoilers, or not?  Hmmm...

I think I'm just going to head over to BN on Saturday morning to pick up a copy of the book.  My UK adult version should be here next week.

[livejournal.com profile] hastyent, what are you doing this weekend?  Busy?


Jun. 19th, 2005 02:06 am
quidditchgrrl: (Witching Hour)
Know what I love about The Station Agent?  The realistic elements.  Like when Fin is in the library and the library worker tells him he can't get a card until he brings in a piece of mail.  And he doesn't argue with her.  Nice.

Yes, such is the boring wonder of my life.

I've been reading quite a bit, lately.  I tend to read in spurts and have at least 5-15 books going at any one time.  In the past month I've finished up several new releases.

Smashed: Story of a Drunken Girlhood )

Fat Girl: A True Story )

There are several more, but I realize that reviews are much better received on [livejournal.com profile] 50bookchallenge (though giving myself a quota of books to read in a year is incredibly stressful for me).  So, just two tonight.

Am I the only person who struggles to cut adverb usage?  I use them so much, without consideration.  Annoying.  Grump.  Makes posting a rather longer affair than it ought to be.

Still haven't seen Batman Begins.  We're going out with paternal unit tomorrow for early dinner, so it'll just have to wait until later, drat.  Spent most of Saturday with a couple of the girls, having lunch and practicing pilates in Goodale Park.  Had thai chili ice cream from Jeni's and Fruitips.  Yum-my!
quidditchgrrl: (Tee Hee!)
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The past weekend was one of the best of the year, so far.  Worked a flower sale, helped landscape, and took a nice long nap on Saturday.  Endured Mothers Day as best I could - I hate commerical holidays.  My sister and I did go down and replace the flowers on the graves (mom, grandparents, and nephew).  Had Indian for lunch (yum!) and dinner at Spaghetti Warehouse (sure people were wondering where mom was, since it was just us and Mal isn't showing yet).  Weird.

Oh!  And my dad finally got a new job!  He's working at a machine shop in Columbus with regular hours.  This certainly beats working the night shift at Tim Horton's; no matter what he said about liking the work, third shift is not worth $6/hour.  Very good news, indeed.

Add this and the GoF trailer, plus PP chat, and well...I'm feeling good.

Now, if I can only lure my muse back for a stretch, things would be perfect.


Mar. 29th, 2005 09:41 pm
quidditchgrrl: (Fear the Mighty God of Returns)
In return for my working Sunday, I have tomorrow off.  Thursday, I have to go to a conference in Zanesville, and home after that!  I get Thursday night off once a year (Thanksgiving, if I don't have to go in to take care of the bookdrop), so this is a red-letter day.

Of course, fifteen minutes after this revelation, I get a call for the girls to serve a dinner on Thursday night.  :P  So I don't get to enjoy Thursday night TV, but I have it off all the same.


In other news, Weasley is my King, baby!  I've also been feeling the Dan love lately, too.  Damn hormones.  I blame [livejournal.com profile] taradiane.  *muah*

Now, a question!  I am looking to make some playlists and need some recommendations.  Specifically, I'm making an "If you like [ripoff new band x], try [original/cool band]!" listing.

Who do you think these bands rip off?
--Linkin Park
--Good Charlotte
--Puddle of Mudd/Perfect Circle
--Bowling for Soup
--New Found Glory
--Belle and Sebastian
--The Libertines
--The Killers

Any other ripoff bands?  Who's ripping off who right now?
quidditchgrrl: (Expecting Britney?  If you know whose ic)
I think most of you are aware of this:

I don't know how many of you out there know this, but Supreme Assembly is compiling a cookbook to raise money to replace the central air at the Supreme Temple.

Let's Get Cooking! )

I hope that each person in the community will take a couple of minutes to at least enter a recipe into the database. 

Thanks!  :)

X-posted to [livejournal.com profile] iorg
quidditchgrrl: (Bourne OTP by Hastyent <3)
Well, the counterfeit bill was actually a real one...had it examined at the bank.  I guess it had been run over or wadded up and that's what the weird texture was.  I didn't believe it until she put the pen on the bill and the ink stayed black.

And not to beat a dead horse, but I probably have political opinions that most of you don't (I'm one of the 10% of the population that doesn't necessarily believe that we've been to the moon, for example, crazy as may seem to some of you).  I understand this and keep my mouth shut or deal with the consequences.

To that end, from this interview with Wil Wheaton:

8. What legacy do you expect to leave behind?

I know people who are afraid to examine their own lives, and are consequently stuck in the same unhappy place year after year. When I decided to face the fear, and examine myself...I changed what needed to be changed, and I accepted the rest.  I mean, if I can stare down adversity and occasionally triumph, anyone can.

Amen, Wil.

Miscellaneous RL stuff... )

Hope all of you out there are having a good week, <3 and *hugs* to you all, especially [livejournal.com profile] 1anonymous1, who is dealing with sun poisoning far from home.  Poor b00.
quidditchgrrl: (Bush in my uterus by fantasticicons)
For those of you who've been posting political things in their LJs today, thanks (and yes, [livejournal.com profile] littletort, I threw up a little in my mouth at the idea of health being a privledge, not a right).  I've been catching up on speech-reading, which has taken longer than usual since I have to get up every page or so to pace around and pull my hair.

I am neither Republican nor Democrat (I'm mainly of the opinion that they're one in the same, religious posturing from the GOP aside).  I'm a strong Constitutionalist, registered Green Party member, not beholden to any one person or candidate.

(NOTE that I am NOT referring to the Constitution Party, who are truly scary to behold - just read their platform on  AIDS and "Family")

That said, and as I explained to [livejournal.com profile] 1anonymous1 earlier tonight, I will force myself to vote for the lesser of two evils.  That's what it comes down to most of the time, right?  You vote for the candidate who you feel will screw you over the least, the one who stands on the side of your biggest hot-button issue.  You do what you can for what you believe in, if you're not too well-fed and comfortable to care.

Also (for Misha and Rainbow folks)... )
quidditchgrrl: (Dan Montage by Bayliss)
...just thought you ought to know.

Am crushing majorly on the glasses, thanks a lot, [livejournal.com profile] authenticpoppy. Just about everything strikes me as sexy right now, actually. Unfortunately there is no one to be sexy with at the moment, as Honeybunch is totally uninterested in sex (he's too busy sleeping).

So, am washing clothes so I will have an extra pair of pantyhose to wear up to Kenyon tomorrow, and reading bad pr0n.

/boring post
quidditchgrrl: (The Jake)
That last line? Totally on the mark. The rest, eh. )

Went to see The Lion King last night, twas quite a nice show. <3 the costumes, Julie Taymor is a goddess. My sister and I were shocked to see how many people had showed up to the theatre in jeans and tee shirts. I was wearing a spaghetti strap floral dress and worried that I was under dressed. Um, nevermind.

The girls had their Founder's Day picnic this evening. Minor moments of panic when we realized that our planned group of 30 had swollen to 44, but sending the troops for reinforcements cleared things up right away. But 44 people! We had most of our Pledge group, all but one of our girls, and 3 prospects. Yay for progress!

Gearing up for Grand Assembly next week. Kenyon College is haunted, y0. We're taking the girls on a tour of the cemetary and the other haunted places on campus. Gonna be lots of fun, I can tell already.

I have surgery the week after that, and my recovery time. Have started my core training program. I was surprised that I passed 8 of 10 of the trouble spot exercises and found that my hips are my weak point, not my abs (they are in pretty damn good shape, actually).

Goals for post-op recovery:
Wake up
Remove all tubes and lines from body
Go home
See King Arthur - who cares about the legend? It's all about Clive Owen and Keira Knightley...I may spontaneously combust, or pop a couple of stitches.

Big hugs to [livejournal.com profile] tonksnymphadora, who really, really needs them right now.

And I miss [livejournal.com profile] hastyent even more after I talk to her. :-(

/another long post
quidditchgrrl: (trouble? by rebecca jordan)
Have had this together for about a week, just haven't had time to get it up anywhere, but for those of you in the GG...

Chapter 6 of A Night in Paris is up!

Much thanks to [livejournal.com profile] seakays and [livejournal.com profile] nsmom who provided beta help. >:D<

I'm hoping to be able to devote some time to writing during my recovery period in July and August. I've decided to take the entire six weeks if possible. My job sucks so badly right now, I'm glad I'm having surgery to get me away from the place.

Busy weekend, Friday night Installation (which is always a hellish endeavor), working out and running errands Saturday, and going to the zoo today. I dislike the zoo, although it's a nice zoo, the animals just never look happy to me. Although we did get a good look at a silverback gorilla who ran by our viewing area thumping his chest, and another silverback who perched right against a window and watched us watching him. I just...I dunno, I just don't like to see animals caged up.

Just for the record, Cheney = Voldemort, Dubya = Wormtail. Discuss.

I am so jealous of [livejournal.com profile] rachet, who met Sean Astin this weekend! Wah, I wanna see him too. :'-(

It's late, and [livejournal.com profile] triumvirate has a zillion new posts. Good thing I have to be in at noon tomorrow. *reads*
quidditchgrrl: (ass in gear moira's)
Dude, suckage.

Again, you Ohioans who are HP fans, join the [livejournal.com profile] hp_ohio community! We'd like to have a meetup in each quadrant of the state, maybe plan a fun outing this summer. We like HP, we're not psychopaths. The first outing was quite nice, with [livejournal.com profile] hastyent and [livejournal.com profile] 1anonymous1 in Dayton, where we discussed Ron and whether or not Ron/Draco was even possible.

We finally have a Pledge Group! )

Am still taking my insulin like a good girl. Whether this continues is subject to how much money I have when I run out of Lantus, since that stuff runs $20 a vial. The other insulins I use run that much a vial too. I spend about $120 on meds alone every month; that doesn't encompass needles, test strips, or the other accoutrments of the diabetic. Or I would, if I could afford it. *smites shitty insurance co-pays*

Am also still gaining weight back. :-(( That is an even bigger factor in whether or not I take my meds. Damn it sucks to lose weight, then start gaining it back, all the while being completely deprived of refined sugar and carbs. WAH.

Can anyone tell me how to do multiple cuts in an entry? I try and they keep defaulting back to the top of the first one. *is not LJ savvy*

Wrote a grand total of 250 words on A Night in Paris. I suck at non-smut writing. Plot? What plot?
quidditchgrrl: (ass in gear moira's)
*dusts off long-neglected LJ* I'm baaack! I've been doing much lurking in the past week, five or so minutes at a time.

You know you're uncool when you look in your closet and you have no clothes to go clubbing in )

I'm thinking about doing the 20 LJ friends meme, if I get a chance. My internet to-do list is like 3291512906 items long.

And I missed [livejournal.com profile] nmalfoy's birthday. Hope you had a happy, relatively pain-free one, babe. >:D<

I've been working on my health issues too )

Tomorrow (er, today) I have the day off. I plan to head over to The Happy Greek for lunch. And do my taxes. [livejournal.com profile] hastyent, are you in town tomorrow?

Oh! And [livejournal.com profile] hp_ohio's first meetup is Friday! *dances* Can't wait for that. Must remember camera.

Random thoughts:

Lay's Dill Pickle chips do not taste like dill pickles. Or dill pickle chips, even. Gip.

Only fuckwits send forwards, especially those with racist, inflammatory content, to a mailing list. Sorry, [livejournal.com profile] azurerose, I'd sent off a bottle rocket to her before I'd had any chance to calm down. That is my #1 internet pet peeve, sending on those damned messages. I was shaking, I was so angry, and nearly sent the message to the entire list by mistake. That would have been bad. Yes.

Music Choice rocks. I'm listening to Chilliwack's "My Girl (Gone, Gone, Gone)" -She's gone, gone, gone she's been gone so long, she's been gone, gone, gone so long...
quidditchgrrl: (ass in gear moira's)
Discovered my gall bladder problem may have been connected to the ice cream Honeybunch brought home last week...peanut butter fudge...40% of one's daily fat intake in one scoop! Well, who in the world eats only one scoop of ice cream? Put your hand down, you're lying.

So, my tummy feels much better. The green goblin will remain inside my body for now.

An aside for Misha and my RL friends )

I'm trying to force myself to stay up and get some beta work out of the way, play with the Checkmated queue, and clean out my inbox. Good luck on that one. *snores*


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