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I’m in such a good mood. In fact, I’m on cloud nine! [author note: I am not in a good enough mood to do any designing, so still nothing here will get done!] A friend of mine who’s been undergoing over a decades worth of treatments for breast and bone cancers is home from a long-term stay in the hospital as of last night and she’s apparently doing great.

Jon gave me the news this morning in a rather ecstatic IM, the details of which I intend to skip. But the gist of it is she’s not out of the woods but she’s definitely getting better and will be home with the kids and hubby for longer this time assuming there’s no emergency.

Yaay, welcome back!



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Ack, driving me insane. Stupid car! The windsheild is cracked beyond repair and my ability to afford a new one’s non existant, but at least it’s getting easier to find Missouri insurance quotes. One of the nice things about living in the 00′s is that we’ve got options for buying insurance that other generations didn’t have, and that’s the ability to get insurance quotes on the internet, many times for free. Actually, if you head to SecureInsuranceQuotes.com you can get a quote on insurance in your local area for free, and not just car insurance, we’re also talking health, life, rental, etc. Very worth the trouble of looking, and not hard to navigate which is a plus.



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Whee! Whee! Whee, I tell you, whee! I’ve just heard some delicious science fangirl news about how I’m a giant geek! :P

Apparently, the History Channel’s fantabulous series The Universe isn’t done for, after all! I assumed, as did many who were fans, that it would be a one-season situation, but apparently it’s coming back for a second season, and very soon! Ooh, the suspense is killing me! So much that I died! Yes, I died, as in dead – me! Two sentences ago! Now I’m a ghost who’s blogging, which is a sight to behold – aren’t you glad you stopped by? You’re seeing the first blog-by-ghost, what a read! This is a history making feat that doesn’t come cheap, and you didn’t even buy a ticket. That’ll be twenty-five cents, please.



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Awww! I got the cutest ever birthday presents! I got them a bit late, so it’s got an extra surprise feel to it, and they’re easily exactly what I wanted. First of all, I bought myself a little black bento (picture will come soon) with a built-in divider, plus Laota and I had to have three nori face punches to make little faces for our onigiri and add some extra cutes to our bentos (pics coming soon for that, too).

Next are two of the best birthday presents I’ve ever gotten – possibly the best, actually. Wil‘s presents are always the best, though, because he knows me better than my own family, lol. He sent a religious pendant and, unlike my own mother, got my semi obsure religion right! I give you the Helm!

Yay!

Yay!

And a gorgeous bento – it’s actually one I’ve been eying ( Is that spelled right? Lol. ), but never could afford. It’s pinkm cream, black, purple and red kimono fabric print with chopsticks, band and bag – aboslutely adorable! I just had to share it, I know the pictures aren’t the most fabulous but they give you an idea of what’s what. :D

Yay!



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Whoo, I’m getting old, or at least it feels like I am. Do you know that I’ve been blogging for over eight years on various sites, I’ve had Beautiful Sin probably six, maybe seven years and I’ve been making sites and in the graphics biz for eleven years? Tha’s just my net life, too, Odin knows how old I really am. Probably a seven or eight, easy. Thanks to Nick for his guess of fourty, which is closer than my guess of seven or eight by a long shot, lol. I’m so looking forward to just relaxing today and gorging on cake – because that’s a healthy way to live, lol.

I’ll write more later, since I can’t for the life of me remember what I had started out writing. It was about DVDs, I know that much, lol.



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I dare you to tell me these aren’t cute, lol. Double dare! This is a rotten picture, but I just had to snap one, even if it was with my horrible, stupid camera phone, lol. I used my bento veggie cutters that I had shipped in from Tokyo, and I just adore them – they’re sakura, ume and orange blossom home made sugar cookies ( about 2/3 of an inch across ) with home made pastel frosting, just big enough to stick in a bento but I doubt they’ll last that long, lol.
Blossom Cookies



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Well, it’s official – today is My Birthday Eve. Pay out, PayPerPost, I’d like a cake, lol. I know, I know, it’s sad that I’ve got to buy my own birthday cake – but it’s something I chose to do, and I’m a damn good baker so I could, technically, bake my own if I wanted to but I want to buy a nine dollar ice cream cake. It’s generic, but it’s good – strawberry shortcake with white chocolate decoration on the top and berry cream ice cream. I’m too old to be obsessing over cake, lol. But, I’m of the mind that I’d like one decent birthday, and this is the first year I’ve had in twenty years that I haven’t had to share ( meaning give ) my celebration to my stepdad. The awful jackass.

See, his birthday was the day before mine so I’d get a piece of cake but I couldn’t blow out the candles, he’d get the cards, he’d get the presents, he’d get pampered and I was expected to be one of the people who did the pampering. I can’t tell you how many times I was the one who baked his cake, bought him presents, made him dinner, cleaned up after him – because my birthday didn’t matter. I know it’s kind of childish to whine about it now, since most people consider birthdays to be something that only children get excited about, but I spent my birthdays until I was seventeen being silently envious and hurt by it. In fact he dominated my mother and Laota‘s birthday celebrations, too, and Christmas, Thanksgiving, Mother’s and Father’s days, school events, church events – if there was attention to be paid, he wanted it paid to him and no one else. He was like a vicious, jealous, mean child and he’d get violent if he didn’t get what he wanted, when he wanted.

After a certain point in my life, though, I think I just accepted it and fell into a life of mundane repetition – no opinions, no backtalk, no promise of a better life. And awful as it is to say, in the months that he’s been gone my life has taken an upswing – it’s not a good life, I’m still landlocked and holding down four jobs with literally almost no pay ( we’re talking maybe $200 a month, if that ), and were it not for PayPerPost, I’d literally have nothing. At least I can afford a cake this year, and, for once, it’s happy birthday to me.



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Here’s something I didn’t know, and knowing me it was most likely common knowledge, but back to my ignorance. I just found out that the holiday trees in Washington D.C. and Rockefeller Center in New York City are lit up with LED Christmas lights from Holiday LEDs which, as you may also already know, are eco friendly ( use 90% less energy than regular christmas lights ). I’ve been wanting some of these LED holiday lights for awhile now, they taunt me because they know I can’t afford them, lol. I love this kind of thing, though, because in my fondest dreams I’m some kind of decorating superhero who’s yard and trees always look professional and everything’s perfectly safe and in tip top shape, all well oiled and choreographed to music like a Las Vegas fountain, lol. Alas, I’m not – I actually royally suck, but I still want these delicious lights. They’re the only LED Christmas lighting of their kind.

See, other LED holiday lighting that’s made especially for the pros isn’t UL approved for an astonishing feat that Holiday LEDs is approved for, and that feat is that, end-to-end, you can connect these bad boys and stretch lights for over a half a mile – oh yes, an entire half a mile – and to add to their safety, they have hard plastic encasement ( is encasement even a word? ) and never get too far above room temperature so you don’t have to worry about moisture getting into them and ruining your lights, or them heating up and burning down your house. The only problem with me getting a string is that I’m ungodly poor and I’d have to steal them, which isn’t out of the question yet but I’d like to wait until I have magical powers.



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The Mist

Nov. 6th, 2007 05:48 am
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Has anyone heard of The Mist by Stephen King? Apparently it’s a newbie in the thriller movie market, though I don’t know how long it’s been around as a book – forever, I know that, lol. I’d heard about the book when I was a kid ( I think? ) so I’d say it’s at least 1981 or before. It’s one of the many Stephen King novels I’ve never read, the reason being that I think Stephen lost his marbles after Carrie, lol.

Don’t get me wrong, I love some of his works – Sometimes They Come Back, in particular – but Carrie was always the crowning achievement in my eyes ( possibly tied with The Stand ). I’ve even thoroughly loved the many film adaptions of his books, and this one, I’m sure, will be no exception.

Carrie, though, was so novel at the time, it wasn’t like any book I’d ever read before, and to punctuate how important it was to the horror novel, how many ‘teenage girl finds out she has magic/psychic powers and breaks out of her shell’ books or films have come along since? Yes, he started a booming, thriving business with that – a whole sub genre to itself.

The Mist is about this town ( I think it’s just a town ) that’s plaqued by an unnatural mist after a thunderstorm, and anyone who goes out into said mist is attacked by monsters – eek! I think they’re putting this out at the wrong time, lol, it’s got Halloweenie written all over it. If you haven’t checked the trailer out, you seriously should if you’re a King fan.

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Oh, funny. I’m having a silly, funny good time, lol. First of all I’ve got what the average Xtian would call ‘Devil Music’ playing in my headphones – a traditional Hawaiian song, very pretty – and secondly I’ve got yet another thing to bitch about, lol.

It’s not even a gripe, so ‘bitch’ is the wrong word, more like rant about something hilarious – and that hilarious thing is the W.O.S., which stands for War On Solstice. It could just as easily have been a war on Halloween, since it’s just as funny. Josh, Nan and Jon have decided to ( and rightly so ) ‘fight back’ against the Christians stealing our holidays. Not only do they steal them, but they later claim that we’re corrupting our own holidays but celebrating them the way they’re meant to be celebrated. Apparently we’re somehow waging war on them by not bowing down and kissing their asses.

An example of this is the fact that they can not give a $h1t about your personal beliefs or feelings with a “Merry Christmas” around this time of year, and let’s be honest Pagans, Jews, Muslims, Aethiests, Agnostics and Heathans – we eat it, don’t we? We just let it go, for the most part. Why? Because we know there’s room for everyone, even if some Aethiests, Heathans and Muslims can’t get that through their head ( you know who you are ). There are more of us just chewing it than are making a stink about it, and now I’m starting to regret my part in that fiasco.

You see, for years and years when someone would say “Merry Christmas” to me, even though I celebrate Solstice – one of the many Pagan traditions from which Christmas has it’s origin – I’d return the sentiment with a “Merry Christmas” right back to them. Why? Because it’s not worth fighting about. After all, the point is still the same, right? I hope you have a wonderful holiday this time of year is how I’d chosen, in the past, to take it. I didn’t really realize that “Merry Christmas” is almost literally a smirk and a rude, patronizing pat on the head from a dominatrix.

Did I just lose you? Let me explain. When someone says “Merry Christmas” to you, they assume that you’ll say it back because there’s no chance that you don’t agree with their beliefs. How do you find out if this is true? The next time someone wishes you a “Merry Christmas”, answer back – wish them “Happy Holidays”. Nothing makes a God fearing W.A.S.P. madder faster than someone who doesn’t fall in line. No, no, Christians don’t just want you to wish them peace on earth and good will towards men – they want you to cower.

This may sound like a big leap to you, and if it does you’ve probably got a Bible in your bedroom. I’m not saying that’s bad, what I am saying is that you don’t understand – and you never will. You aren’t on this side of the black leather cover, you don’t realize what it’s like for those of us trying to keep a foothold in a world that doesn’t want us. And that’s ridiculous because, and let me be perfectly clear about this so there’s no misunderstanding, we were here first – oh yes, first – and most everything you believe is based on what you took from us. Not just pagans, in fact the great majority of your beliefs come right from Judaism. I don’t get how you can think you’re God’s chosen people when he most clearly states that the chosen are Jews – and he does so often. Whatever, what you believe isn’t important to this story, it’s how you act that’s the problem.

Is it so hard to just take that “Happy Holidays” as the well wish it’s meant to be? Why do we have to celebrate only Christmas? Jesus wasn’t even born in December, for Odin’s sake! And if you do a little research – which I know is sort of anti Christian – you’d find out pretty quickly how Christmas came to be on December 25.

While I dislike Christians, I’ve got no beef with Jesus ( I’m not going to correct the name, I’ll just leave it, lol ). I’m not going to pretend he was king of close-up magic, or that he could bend spoons with his mind or anything, but he’s your main man and you should definately get to celebrate his birth whenever you see fit – but, honey, we had dibs so long ago that your Bible claims you weren’t even created yet, so take the hint and let us have our holidays, too, okay? And that goes for Halloween ( Samhain ) and every other holiday you don’t won’t stand for – well, stand for it, because there are a lot of us and we’ve got every right to be here.

So, I’m joining the fight against the War On Solstice officially, woo hoo! Lol.



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I’m about to say something odd, so please stay with me for a moment. Not all of my teeth are sensitive. In fact, I’m not sure if I qualify as having sensitive teeth because I only have a few that are, in fact if cold water touches them I can turn my own brain power into lightening and shoot it out of my fingertips. But most of my teeth are fine, but I use two toothpaste’s anyway. I use a sensitive toothpaste ( Sensodyne ) when I can afford it, which is rarely, and a green tea mint toothpaste for everyday, and Sensodyne really does work – to a point.

A few years back, before I started my occasional romance with Sensodyne, one tooth in particular was so sensitive that I couldn’t even chew on that side of my mouth, because if what I was eating was too hot it about killed me, too cold and it was worse. I wish I’d known then about Biotene Sensitive, a new product that claims to contain the number one sensitivity ingredient and number one dry mouth protection. When I say new, I really mean it’s new to me, apparently Biotene has been available, at least to the Dental and Medical professions for at least twenty years, since that’s how long they’ve been recommending it.

The company sent me a sample to try ( bigger than even a travel sized toothpaste, way bigger than I expected it to be ), and I can’t stop singing it’s praises.

Biotene Sensitive

I sampled Biotene today, and I have to admit I was impressed. You get the same feeling from Biotene – for those of you who use Sensodyne, I’m sure you know what I mean by that – that you get when you use Sensodyne, but Biotene isn’t just a sensitivity or dry mouth toothpaste like the others I’ve tried, it also helps to prevent canker sores, defends against bacteria, plaque and gingivitis and has Xylitol which prevents cavities. Has a toothpaste taste, too, and yes I know it’s weird saying that about a toothpaste, but I want you to use a sensitivity toothpaste and tell me what it tastes like, lol. I’ll comment later on, after a few days, on how well the sensitivity is going – so far it’s great but most sensitivity toothpastes I’ve tried take a few days to really show it’s colors, I hope it’s as good in the long run as it is right now. If it keeps this up, it gets the Faith Everyman Seal of Approval, lol.



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Egg Cooker

Oct. 29th, 2007 09:41 pm
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CROSSPOSTED FROM BEAUTIFUL SIN:

I’ve got my egg cooker thingie! It arrived today in the mail, and it’s bigger than I thought it would be, but I’m just in LOVE with it. It’s a little early birthday present to me. I love presents to myself, I always know just what I want, lol.

It’s got four mold/cooker shapes and it looks like it’ll be very easy to use, so hopefully I won’t screw it up ( lol ), on top of that the seller even wrote and printed out some English language instructions for me, wasn’t that awesome of them? I’m going to marry it. MARRY IT! I love it so much, I’m going to have eggs today even though I don’t particularly crave them, and you’re all invited to the wedding. As soon as I have some pics of the actual eggs, I’ll post all the pics I’ve taken so far with them – Giddy!



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I just recieved an early birthday present from Nan and Jon, something that proves without a doubt that I’ve got friends who know me better than I know myself. They’ve given me a text-to-speech reader so that I can read things on my PC without having to actually read them. Why this is such a big deal is that I’ve got severe dyslexia, I can’t even be sure half of what I write is what I meant to write, but fortunately for me and everyone who wants a good laugh, I’m far too lazy to recheck what I’ve written, lol.

Thanks my present I can buy ebooks in txt or pdf ( even doc, I think ) format on ebay or at bookstores and just read along with the text highlighter instead of struggling to get through a paragraph. I’m telling you, with my mind unable to focus since Ragnorok happened last year and my cup of dyslexic fun it’s like being illiterate because it takes me forever to read anything, and I forget what I’ve read a second after I’ve read it or, even though I understand what I’m reading I don’t understand it. Like I’m in some kind of half-dreamlike state, which is sad because I love to read. I need my eyes checked but I know that won’t happen anytime soon, so this is a neat present. Thanks to Jon and Nan!



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San-X!

Oct. 24th, 2007 08:21 am
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Wheeee! I’ve got San-X downloads on my laptop now! I’m so easily amused, lol. The Japanese language San-X website has a whole list of free downloads including printable Christmas cards and desktop icons, even a PDF menu which is maybe the most sweetimous thing I’ve ever seen.

Plus, my new desktop currently features the adorable Mamegoma seals getting ready in the morning, and it’s sooo cute that it’s physically painful to look at, lol.

I’m easily amused, I know this, lol.



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Clearence!

Oct. 16th, 2007 04:39 pm
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Guess what I got for $2.50!? No, not a dumpster heart transplant, I’m still saving up for that one. I’ve bought myself a tropical table cloth, brand new just marked down because they assume that nobody wants anything tropical in October. Oh how wrong they are!

They obviously don’t understand that I’ve been lying in wait for this, plotting and planning for them to mark it down to the clearance bin to get it for one tenth what they were originally asking for it, and yes I will use it on my actual table like a four year old playing house. It’s too absolutely adorable, I’ll be putting up plenty of stupid pictures you don’t care about as soon as my phone’s charged up enough to take the grainy photos, lol.



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I’m sure you’ve noticed sites that ask for ridicule like Match.com, who have unreasonable prices and promise, at best, the same results you could get at a bar for the price of a drink, and more ridiculously the horrible eHarmony, who have twice rejected friends of mine on the grounds of their sexual preference ( can you believe that crap? ) and yet still charge insane prices. I mean, I’m with you eHarmony – if you want to screen people to make sure you can match them with each other, I get that. And if you want to keep out the loonies? I get that, too, but since when is being gay or bisexual considered looney? I bet you I misspelled looney, lol.

Well, fret no more, my dears for Faith brings you major linkage of the free kind, and yes I do realize that made no sense but bare with me. For everyone who’s looking for that special someone but doesn’t want to file for bankruptcy to do it should check out Flirtbox. Flirtbox is a usa dating site, yes another one, but it’s one you’ll appreciate the link to. This particular dating site has an active forum and state/region specific profiles, and on top of all that it’s 100% free, oh yes, my pretties. I did say free. The design of the site loads really fast, it’s easy to find your way around, the support/forum staff seems friendly and did I mention it’s free?

Why would you bother paying to be matched up with some pathetic, one-dimensional joke just because eHarmony can afford to put a commercial on the air with a clone of that creepy old Orvil Popcornbutter guy? Do you realize that eHarmony and Match.com can afford those commercials because they charge the life out of their members? And I poked around Flirtbox’s forum, FAQ, support, ect – it’s a neat place, I really recommend taking it for a test drive. What could it hurt – nothing to pay means nothing to lose, right? Try it out, you might be pleasently surprised. ;)



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I know exactly what I want to get Nan for her birthday. This sucks, because there’s no way I can pay for it, lol. Well, not at the moment, and I’ve been driving myself crazy trying to come up with the cash in time for the big day so I can not only buy it, but send it, too.

I can’t tell you exactly what it is because I don’t want her to find out about the exact gift yet, I’d rather she just know it’s coming than have it be spoiled for her ( hey, she knows I’m getting her something anyway, right? ), but the color is beautiful and I’m sure it’d fit like a dream, lol. It’s so rockabilly, I love rockabilly and I’ve managed to convince half of people I know that retro rules just by introducing them to it, lol. I hope it’ll even fit her when and if I am able to get it, she’s been losing weight recently and this may end up a horrible disaster but I suppose she can always take it in, right?

Not only is it cute, but there are matching shoes on the website slash webstore I found it on. Hooray, lol.



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Well, cool, lol. Cool-er, at least, cool enough that I could wear my trench coat comfortably yesterday. I’ve been waiting, pining, even scheming for this time of year – I hope the cool weather stays.

Supposidly it’s back up to 80 tomorrow, then drops to 65 ( woohoo! ) on Friday – it’s Football Season! Yes that was wildly random, but the fun thing about FS is that it leads to the Super Bowl – which leads to Thanksgiving, which leads to turkey, which leads to more scheming.

So, yesterday went by without incident – I thought, for sure, these blindly patriotic hillbillies would have said something racist or anti Islam – something. But they didn’t, they didn’t shoot guns into the air to protest Islam this year, either, which I guess is a big deal – step in the right direction.

While I’m not too fond of the religion ( sorry PC Police ), I’m not stupid enough to think that the 9/11 attacks had anything to do with the beliefs – there are radical extremists in every religion. I’m living proof of this, lol.



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I’m hooked on yet another website chock full of pretty things I can’t afford, lol. I’m usually not into luxury home decor, actually I’m best described as a minimalist to a creepy extreme, but some of the things they have at HomeLivingStyle.com are gorgemous, some of the prettiest pretties I’ve laid eyes on, even if they are way, way out of my price range.

The lighting really caught my eye, and the bathroom vanities are very expensive ( for me, at least ), but they’re gorgeous, and they look like they’d be worth the money and even boost a home’s resale value. I’m really not the type to shop for bathroom furniture vanities, I’m a bit on the poverty stricken side and it makes getting too into home decor costlier than it really should be, especially when it runs into the $1000-$2000 range just for bathroom vanity cabinets, but their furniture is so ornate and beautiful it makes you want to sell a kidney, lol.



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I love this time of year. This is the time of year when delicious end of summer sales start, lol. I know, I know, I’m a cheapskate, but I’d rather pay $9.99 for a pair of shoes than the same pair at $59.99, wouldn’t you?

I’ve been greedily lurking on sites with summer sales like OnlineDiscountMart.com, and I’ve found tons of neat stuff. Everything from a grill brush with battery operation ( I want that! Why not me!? ) to greenhouses, and if Laota ever saw the automatic hotdog roller for use on a BBQ, she’d flip and we’d have to buy one, lol.



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