Saturday, December 9, 2006

Michigan is funny

All week long, Aubrey (Walker's brothers wife) and I have been giggling over misspellings on signs and things. This started when, on our way out of Detroit we noticed a McDonalds with a sign reading "Came in and see are new patio." At least they spelled patio right.

It's really quite funny how little proofreading seems to happen here. I wonder what happened with that sign. Did the manager just give someone the box of letters and now that they are up, doesn't want to bother changing them, or has no one noticed?

Anyway, the best one we've found was at the lawyers office the other day. Walker is reading through the paperwork he has to sign for probate, and finds this line: "If anyone contests the estate, there will be a hearing, unless one is specifically requested." He points it out to the paralegal who notices that this has been the written version of this paperwork, mandated by the state since 2003. There is nothing we can do to get it edited so it says what they mean, this is exactly what he has to sign.

But hey, at least in this case, if someone DOES try to contest, we have a valid argument for the courts not to schedule a hearing.

Thursday, December 7, 2006

You know what I love?

SNOW! Pretty snow that I am not going to shovel tomorrow, despite what Walker thinks. It's nice to look at as it floats by the window. Plus it makes all the cars look nicer, and then you can't see the rust.

You know what I don't love?
Double probate. Doesn't that just sound FUN?

Wednesday, December 6, 2006

Oh geez golly

I strongly recommend that anyone out their with children and/or assets get a will. Walker's mother died on Monday and now all her children are here trying to 1) make sure the adopted underaged children don't get shunted back into foster care and 2) learning of the joys of probate.
Did I mention that she has many unpaid bills? That the house will be automatically sold and the funds used to pay those off all at once? Such joy and glee! Merry effin Christmas!

Alternatively, if you have parents or in laws, especially if you are not an only child, I highly recommend asking (politely) if your parent's have wills.

Now if you will excuse me, I haven't slept since 7am on Tuesday morning.

Friday, November 17, 2006

Walker is so cool!


WalkerTonyKanalCharlieAaronOct
Originally uploaded by Maydela.
Well, ignore the fact that he has dressed up as a wizard for Halloween (GEEK!), the vampire he's standing next to is Tony Kanal. Yes, that Tony Kanal, the one with his own wikipedia entry.

Wednesday, November 8, 2006

Thank goodness!

Bush is congratulating the Democrats right now, and is supposed to be announcing that Rumsfeld is stepping down.

Now is the time for happy dances.

Monday, October 23, 2006

My to do list for today

1) Buy a small mouse
2) Rub hot dog on the mouse
3) Laugh hysterically
4) Feed Sadie

Posting maniac

The vet assistants where I've been taking Sadie keep referring to her as a him. I know it shouldn't bother me, especially since it doesn't bug when when people do it to babies (Because really, it's hard to tell.) But it really bugs me here, especially when they say things like ths (exact quote follows) "So Sadie doesn't need to come back for more antibiotics, but we will call in a week and find out how he is doing, and that may change then." I feel like next time I go, I should glue a little pink bow to her head, or possibly change her name to Princess Sadie, Girl Adventurer, and see if they notice.
I think it's because I don't get the feeling that they pay much attention to what I'm asking. Let's not even get into how pissed I was at them on Friday when I had to call twice and got two calls back on the second call with conflicting reports.

Today is a big day

Due to the consistent nagging of a few of Walker's friends, I listed a plushy Ithaqua for sale on my Etsy store today.

Wish him luck. It's too warm here for him and he wants to go someplace colder.

Now I need to make a little trading card for him.

Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Ooooh... shiny

I found StyleFeeder yesterday, and I've been having way too much fun with it. My poor sister was visiting and she had to drag me off the computer. Of course, then she got online to check her e-mail, but we did eventually go play a game together.

Wednesday, October 11, 2006

True Neutral

I joined a quilt block swap recommended by [info]jennicakes. This is my second month in, and my current partner has a color palette of neutral.
It turns out that I am really bad at neutral. I keep trying to arrange fabric and color creeps in. The first block I'm working on is a print I'm embroidering over to tone the colors down, but I'm stuck on the second. I now have two possible choices in my head. The first is this block,
. I've got muslin and a neutral marbled fabric for the star. But Walker suggested that I could applique Switzerland on a block. Because nothing is more neutral then Switzerland. I even found a map that is done in neutral tones, here!
That appeals to me, but I worry that it may be too weird. What do you think?

Monday, October 9, 2006

[info]estrellada and [info]elfflame asked for info on how Spamalot! was.
It was silly. Really, what else did you expect? Extremely silly. The songs that were written for the musical were cute. Tim Curry was good. It's obvious that the part was written for him, since he kept walking off stage during the big musical numbers. Poor pudgy Tim.
But, [info]elfflame You don't ever want to see it.
The Lady of the Lake turns out to be Guinevere. When I realized where they were going, I had to strangle a scream. I did so partially unsuccessfully.

Wednesday, October 4, 2006

Albatross!

Walker and I have tickets to see a preview showing of Spamalot! tomorrow. What makes it even more exciting is that Tim Curry is playing King Arthur. His first time on the stage in London since Rocky Horror, according to the signs.
*happy dance*
It would have been worthwhile to try to see more shows while we are here. Avenue Q is playing, for instance. But there are some scary things. Not only is the musical version of Dirty Dancing playing, but Patrick Swayze is the lead in Guys And Dolls.

Monday, October 2, 2006

I love the British Isles

I was told but a couple of people who knew I was coming over here that I should go bra shopping because they would have my sizes. I am happy to report that this is true. I am now the proud owner of five new bras, including one with a matching pair of panties, one sports bra and one t-shirt bra.
*happy dance*

Sunday, October 1, 2006

For goodness sake

There is a ride based on the horrors of medieval London. I kid you not. I'm more amused by the concept of the Hamburg Dungeons, by the same company. Too bad tickets are $40 per adult or we might consider it for sheer cheesiness factor.
I put pictures from Ireland here. I ran out of space for this month though so all the pictures of the cat at Newgrange are not up.

Saturday, September 23, 2006

Firesika's letter to Donal Logue

Dear Donal,
My friend Shannon says that I may have you, so I would like you to come and impregnate me as soon as possible. I am on three forms of birth control, so it may take awhile, but I am willing to put the effort in if you are.

Sincerely,

Jessica

Tuesday, September 19, 2006

Sika and I are in Belfast now. We tried to go on an art walk on the warf, but it turned out to be less art and more wharf, so we gave up. Although we did like the Harmony Statue because if you look at her in profile from far away it looks like she is holding a pointy thing in the general direction of the south. Yay!
Now the Tesco is closed and we can't get desert or breakfast for tomorrow how sad.

Monday, September 18, 2006

Success!

Walker and I managed to make it all the way to Ireland, without sleeping until 7:30pm local time on Sunday night. Of course, we are awake right now, but I have grand plans to go back to sleep after I'm done here.
I really like seeing the line where night is shrinking behind us, much more then I like seeing the line where dawn is flying towards us.
The Manchester airport is scary. It has a mall inside complete with a Claires and clothing stores. I can see how this works well for people selling things, since I kept walking around (because somehow after more then 12 hours flying I was tired of that) and I was very out of it so I kept thinking "This is cute! And so cheap!" But I decided I wasn't allowed to buy anything at the airport.
I like it here already. I'm so excited to meet Sika in Belfast tomorrow. I hope Walker has fun at Google while I'm gone.

Wednesday, September 13, 2006

Yay promotions

Walker and I are leaving for Dublin, and our Honeymoon, on Saturday. And what am I doing instead of packing and getting ready to be gone for three weeks? Promoting my Etsy shop.
I'm good at doing things at the appropriate time.
I just joined this blog

asked to join two more blogs, sent of business cards for trade...

Hopefully people will be patient with me.

Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Yay vacation!


Walker at Disneyland
Originally uploaded by Maydela.
Walker and I went to Disneyland and the San Diego Zoo last weekend, instead of Michigan for his sisters canceled wedding. This is the only picture that got taken because I forgot to bring more rechargable batteries, and we were too lazy or cheap to buy regular ones. I love Disneyland. I hope 's grand pre Peace Corps plan works out and does involve going to Disneyland.

Thursday, August 17, 2006

Navy Swirl scarf


Navy Swirl Scarf
Originally uploaded by Maydela.
I decided to participate in the Creative Challenge on etsy this week. Unfortunately, it was for a color I don't have much of, but I managed to make two things anyway.
I worked on this one while I was volunteering at KQED on Tuesday. One of the volunteer groups was CLIR (a program for those in their 50's and up to take extension classes at Berkeley), so I got to answer a lot of questions about what I was doing, and why, and how. And lets not forget the "Aren't you sweet!"
I'm not pleased with how the sequins turned out in this photo. Does anyone have any suggestions for how to photograph sequins?

Tuesday, July 25, 2006

Ohhh... Roasted Garlic

Wynne and I went to the Jelly Belly factory tour today.


They have very disturbing food at the Jelly Belly factory, even if you ignore the new roasted garlic and baked bean flavors of Jelly Beans.
Example #1:

Example #2:

Sunday, July 23, 2006

It's too damn hot

I found out today that our thermostat does not register heats over 100 degrees. Wussy thermostat.
On the plus side, it has finally sunk in that when I'm lying around the house thinking it's too hot to do anything, that is the perfect time to go swimming in the unheated pool.

Saturday, July 8, 2006

Somehow, this seems like a bad idea

Now, I love comic books, and I greatly appreciate Stan Lee, but this seems like a bad idea.
And Cell Phone girl is a silly superhero.

Monday, June 19, 2006

Knowing is half the battle

[info]jennicakes and [info]bilum
Walker told me that the hockey players have beards because it's tradition to not shave while you are playing in the Stanley Cup.

Hockey is weird.

Plushy Ithaqua version 2.0

Look what I made!


But what makes him version 2.0?



Speaking of Ithaqua, did you still want one [info]clynne?

Thursday, June 15, 2006

More pictures

Pictures from Chavez' play are here!

My personal favorite:


I feel so acomplished now.

Wedding photos!

Now with organization!
Here are wedding photos. They are even all oriented correctly, and in a discernible order. Thank you Google.

Saturday, May 27, 2006

I heart Google

And not for the obvious reasons this time.

I'm fooling around with their Picasa picture program and it is GREAT. I can make the vast majority of our wedding photos look so much better with it. Less dark, less blurry, less orange. Most of the red eye can go away too, although I have to be careful or people end up with weird grey streaks on their cheeks.
I am very tempted to fix all the pictures, delete the originals from my Dad's site and reupload them. In an actually organized fashion. I bet people would appreciate the organized, at least.

Friday, May 26, 2006

I am so goth it hurts

I am posting this from a Goth club in SF that has internet terminals setup. Oh cruel cruel world!
It is very interesting to be at a goth club somewhere where I don't know the people because I can just lust after the cute ones without knowing their sordid backstories. Very nice. Especially the lady who looks and dances remarkably like Steel, only she's, much better looking.
Tonight's even is sponsored by the Living Dead Dolls, who I assume [info]izzbot knows of. I am wondering if I should get their DVDs for him, but I'm lazy, so I won't.

Oh and [info]buttermint, I have discovered a mew Goth dance style "I learned to dance by playing DDR!". At least it's new to me. There's also a woman dancing very much like the guy who monopolized the stage at the Vogue at my bachelorette party.

Thursday, May 18, 2006

You know what would give me more confidence in the Hayden confirmation hearings?
If this senator (I missed the introduction so I'm not sure which one it is) knew the proper definition of the word "perjure".

Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Since people yell at me when I forget to mention Im coming to Seattle, Im coming to Seattle for pearls birthday.
I will be in Maple Valley actually, since Im staying with pearl and family.
Yay!

In other news, I keep doing something to my browser that makes it so I cant use the apostrophe, because Mozilla thinks I want to find something when I press that button. Do you know how often I use the apostrophe? Very annoying.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

I want to always have a maid of honour, becuase then, there will always be someone to grate cheese for me.

Monday, April 24, 2006

Super-awesome time '06

So far, so good. Lilacs and lily of the valley are both in bloom. I told the florist they would be, but she didn't believe me.
People are fun and all, but right when I was about to get over socialized to the point of crankyness, it was time for Tillie, Sarah and I to go to the Olympus Day Spa. We highly recommend that, if you are ever in or near Tacoma. Ah bliss.
I have an Art Car now, due to a full can of acrylic paint on the road. Too bad it's not in a color I would like to keep on the car. Walker is cranky that I'm not willing to sit on the street at 10pm and clean it off. Too bad, so sad.
I had a fantabulous time at the Bachelorette Party organized by [info]mspurplepearl, thank you muchly to everyone who made it. Here's hoping Izzy continues to wear the sparkly penis deelibobbers when going out dancing. They go especially well with his "Nobody knows I'm a lesbian" shirt.
There is warm laundry on my lap. That's close to bliss too.

Friday, April 21, 2006

I am scary bridal chick now

My Dad even took pictures. Just like when I went to Prom.
Apparently I need to learn to take longer to get ready though. I still have a half an hour until [info]mspurplepearl comes to pick me up. I don't know if I can handle the suspense.

I'm contemplating the advisability of stuffing my cell phone, a lip gloss and keys into my bra while in the house with them. We already had a conversation about why I was putting money and my ID in there. Somehow I don't think I should tell them about the contest Pearl and I had once to see who could put more in their bra.

Monday, April 17, 2006

Sarah! I seem to have forgotten your e-mail address again! Send me an e-mail please.

Sunday, April 16, 2006

Yay con! YAY!!!

It seems wrong somehow that I am less tired after a weekend of drinking and partying then I usually am after a weekend of working at Norwescon. Being virtuous shouldn't tire you out.

Apparently, Sika and I pretend to be drunk WAY too well, because too many people were convinced they'd seen me drunk at Con before.

I have so much more Goth cred when I am with Pearl. Or possibly, it's just that I was wearing so much black on Saturday.

Pearl and I are too sympathetic. We couldn't go longer then an hour on Thursday night and Friday without someone stopping us and telling us all about the horrible direction their life has taken in the last year, in excruciating detail.

Important life lesson: They guy dressed as Spider Jerusalem is only hot until he takes off his pants. Keep that in mind for future drunken escapades.

Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Because I said I would

Here finally are pictures of the scary plushy demons I have made.


This is an Elder Demon from Nethack. Terrifying isn't he? Walker's still trying to figure out which Demon it is, I think we should let Alex decide, since it's a present for him.

Plushy Ithaqua loves to go shopping. He was a BIG hit at Weaving Works. Apparently, we should be knitting him little outfits. I have plans to make some mini Ithaquas from the leftover fabric.
I hope he looks Ithaqua-y enough. There are only two pictures of Ithaqua that I could find on the web, and then the one in the new Arkham Horror. Plus the one short description from the book. "Ithaqua, the Wind Walker, appears as a cloud of fog or snow, huge but human in shape with blazing red eyes. When seen passing overhead, one gets the illusion of two bright stars close together."

Friday, March 17, 2006

The phone company cut our DSL line when they were disconnecting my neighbors. Because we are DSL customers and not phone customers, they won't do service on the weekend, so we won't have internet until Monday after 10am. Assuming they actually show up this time, instead of rescheduling it without telling me like they did today.

I don't mind being without the internet, as much as the fact that this means that Walker won't be able to come home at the usual time, since he won't be able to do work at home. It probably also means he'll spend a lot more of his weekend at work then the previously planned Saturday until noon.

Sunday, March 12, 2006

Poor Kimi Raikkonen

In qualifying for the first F1 race this year, he had the most spectacular accident I've ever seen that did not involve contact with anything other then his own car. His rear wing fell off, causing him to spin 360 degrees in the air, and shearing off his rear right tire.
Speaking of Formula One qualifying. The new qualifying rules are very silly. The announcers are enthusiastic about them, but they also don't understand everything yet.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Today is a great day!

Our new sleeper sofa finally arrived today! We ordered it in the second week of January, so this has been a long wait. It is so comfy to sit on, and the extra pillows make it much easier to prop my cross stitch patterns up so that I can read them. The only thing that feels weird is how much taller this sofa is then our old sofa.
The really best part is that they gave me a 4 hour window in which to expect the delivery today, and it arrived within the first 2 hours. That's always nice.
Excuse me while I go do my happy sofa dance again.

Monday, February 27, 2006

Good news, bad news

It is raining very hard. Hard enough to wash the streets clean. This is good.
Californians act like the rain will harm them, leading to inconsiderate behavior of all sorts. This is bad
Costco had my favorite apple slippers, and now I have a powdered sugar covered chin. This is good.
Apparently, the inconsiderate behavior because of the rain translates into inconsiderate cart behavior inside the Costco. This is bad.

On the way home I saw a woman with an umbrella that looked like a palm tree. I want that umbrella.

Saturday, February 25, 2006

There are four people invited to the wedding with the last name Nelson. Only two of them are related. I think that's hysterical.

Also, I'm glad to see that everyone is as confused by the reply card template suggested by the invitation store as I am. Fortunately, they are confused in ways that I can decipher.

Wednesday, February 15, 2006

Hey firesika

Happy Susan B. Anthony day!!

Wednesday, February 1, 2006

Project Runway

All I want to say is:
Who the hell let Heidi Klum wear that dress on national TV?
It would have been forgivable if it hadn't had a peter pan collar on the right side and a pointed collar on the left. I mean REALLY.
I already got some opinions on shoes, which is why there are only 3 choices left. And yeah, I know that I would probably regret the 21/2" heels if I bought them, but they are so pretty!
The prolem is that I like all three of these equally. Since I can't make up my mind, lets see if democracy can do it for me.

Poll #664566
Open to: All, detailed results viewable to: All

Which shoes should I buy for my wedding?

Friday, January 20, 2006

I've been thinking lately about my general lack of job qualifications. I have an extremely shady job history. I walked out on my last job, I worked under the table as a nanny for 2 years in Canada before that. In fact the vast majority of jobs I've had lasted about 6 months. I also don't have a college degree, since I applied the same kind of commitment and fervor to college that I did to working. The only good things in my job history are my persistent volunteer work for Norwescon and the fact that I worked for myself for the last 3 years, and that is only a bonus because I doubt people will ask in detail how financially viable I was.
Because I think about stuff too much, I've been thinking about what would happen to me if Walker died and I suddenly had to support myself again, or if he got laid off and I needed to get a job. I don't want to work retail again, and I don't want to go to college again. I think the best idea is to work out a good business plan for restarting a custom sewing business, rather then the willy nilly approach I took last time. I have been trying to work on it, and have made infinitesimal amounts of progress, but then I get scared, and I stop trying.

Does anyone have any links to resources for small businesses or sewing business? I need help figuring out what exactly I'm supposed to figure out, and I don't seem to know what I'm looking for because my web searches are never very helpful.

Thursday, January 12, 2006

I bought a new frou frou bathroom cleaner recently, and have just used it for the first time. Now both bathrooms smell strongly of Cucumber. I forsee complaints when Walker gets home. On the other hand, I have read that ants don't like cucumber, so maybe the smell will keep them away next ant season.
I finally got my quilt pictures to upload. If you wish to see them, they are here. Walker swapped the ethernet card, or something and now *poof* the internet works right again. Also the computer hasn't turned itself off since we switched motherboards, so my computer problems may be fixed.
I've probably just cursed myself. The computer is reading this as I type.
*cue scary music*