valiant_queene: (Winter)
Hahaha! It's over. The live nativity scene is finally over. I no longer have to sit in 20 degree weather for hours at a time, turning music and lights on and off and on and off again. The donkey from the innkeeper and his wife's scene tried to make a break out of the park so that was all sorts of fun. And I haven't defrosted in twenty-four hours, so I'm still really cold. I am so sleepy, and I am so sorry that I have been slightly absent for a few days.

And now I'm sitting here with my Chinese food that I can't smell because I now have a cold. Wasn't it just peachy keen of this cold to wait until my last day of work before winter break to floor me and then kick me when I'm down?!

*sighs* I'm so exhausted, and I'm probably going to sleep right through the end of the world tomorrow. XD But I successfully managed to make it through four days of this nativity.

The Hobbit

Dec. 14th, 2012 11:11 am
valiant_queene: unknown maker (Eowyn and Faramir)
I should probably preface this post by saying that I am a huge Tolkien nerd. I mean, really, really huge Tolkien nerd. I've read The Hobbit once a year for 15 years now, and The Lord of the Rings not quite as often. I've read a lot of the other books that his son put together of his notes on the world of Middle-Earth. Yes, I have even read The Silmarillion. Twice.

That being said, I loved the movie. I bought my tickets to a midnight showing over a month ago, and I had been counting down the hours since then. And I got there early last night, suffered through the previews, and completely fell in love.

Yes, there are discrepancies with the book, large and small. Yes, the movie had a very different feel to it from the trilogy. But that's because it is different from the trilogy. The Hobbit was, and is, a children's book. The Lord of the Rings is many things, but a children's book is not one of them.

I adored how so many little things were inserted to tie it into the The Lord of the Rings. The soundtrack was goose bump producing, as usual. The actors were all fantastic. The cinematography was breathtaking. It was all so very, very wonderful.

I'd recommend it to anyone, although I will warn fans of The Lord of the Rings that The Hobbit does have a slightly more cartoonish feel to it.

I have to go to work in a few minutes, otherwise this post would have been much longer than it is. XD

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While I managed quite the comeback in the past three days, I'm still nowhere finished. Hopefully, this renewed interest will continue, and I can get more of it done now that I'm not stressing about a deadline.


Nov. 29th, 2012 11:06 pm
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Nov. 27th, 2012 10:31 pm
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In other news, the performance went well tonight with "The Twelve Days After Christmas." I'm a first soprano that hasn't practiced in a very long while so I felt my voice wavering a lot as I reached the notes up in the stratosphere, but not overly noticeably to the audience apparently.

And it felt like someone had taken my stomach and put it on one of those taffy pulling machines, but I managed to power through that case of severe stage fright. YAY!


Nov. 26th, 2012 11:15 pm
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Nov. 25th, 2012 10:57 pm
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Nov. 24th, 2012 10:53 pm
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Remember when I said I was going to write some more today? I was lying. The family finally left, so there was cleaning to do. And then, don't you just love it when your family drops a family reunion on you two hours before it starts while saying, "Don't forget to bring something for the potluck!" *headdesk*

After that, I had to practice for a party next week. I'm singing a song called "The Twelve Days After Christmas." It's a really fun, silly song, and I suggest you try and listen to it on youtube.

And, I am ashamed to say, I went to see Breaking Dawn, Part II. Don't judge me!


Nov. 23rd, 2012 10:30 pm
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Eh heh, oops again? To be fair, the repairman guy came today to let me know that either I could shell out $800 to repair a washer that was probably going to break again in the next six months, or I could buy a new one.

I just bought a new washer last month! &%@*!

And I still have family from Santa Barbara, California staying with me so I've been spending time with them. They leave tomorrow, so hopefully I'll get back to writing. Maybe?

valiant_queene: (Winter)
Welp, yesterday was crazy. The turkey had to be in the oven by 5 in the morning to be completely cooked in time for the family at 1. I then spent almost the entire morning ironing 32 napkins into pretty designs and then four eight-foot long tablecloths. After that, some of the members of the family that showed up early helped move furniture so we could set up the long tables. Then the food arrived. Funeral potatoes, sweet potato casserole, rice salad, Waldorf salad, rolls, and a ham. We provided the turkey, four different kinds of stuffing, gravy, and beverages.

The actual lunch part went pretty smoothly, although I ended up a little pissed at my uncle and aunt who had brought their foster son with them and then scolded him for not being social enough. I don't know this boy's circumstances, but it bothered me that they were being so critical of him just sitting quietly as he got introduced to 32 people he had never seen before.

And then began the cleaning up. Which took almost the rest of the day. Moving furniture back, vacuuming, washing dishes by hand (since the dishwasher broke on Tuesday, of course).

All in all, a good day, I think. Now, I'm probably going to go back to sleep.
valiant_queene: (NaNoWriMo)
TODAY'S WORD COUNT: 0 (uh, duh!)

I really wanted to type more about today, but I've nodded off twice while trying to post this, so first thing tomorrow I'll write about how today went. Which was much better than I had anticipated, actually.

Hope everyone had a calmer Thanksgiving than I did!

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But you know what? My house is fucking spotless, waiting for 35 people for Thanksgiving tomorrow, almost half of which are allergic to the dog, or the cat, or both. I have everything I need to cook dinner tomorrow, and I have not had a mental breakdown yet. So, I don't even care that I didn't get any writing done today. At all.


Nov. 20th, 2012 10:42 pm
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Nov. 19th, 2012 10:37 pm
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Nov. 18th, 2012 10:07 pm
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There is a 25 pound turkey defrosting in my fridge. A frozen turkey needs 24 hours per 5 pounds of meat to defrost safely. There are going to be 30 people at Thanksgiving this week.

Excuse me while I panic.


Nov. 17th, 2012 10:32 pm
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Today I did something that I haven't done in over six years. I pulled out my violin, tuned it, and played it. I had forgotten just how much I enjoyed playing this instrument.

I think I'm going to try and play more often in the future.

valiant_queene: (NaNoWriMo)

I don't care how small this word count is when I could have written more. I don't care that my supervisor made me drive the big van full of screaming middle school students when I seriously have a phobia of driving. I don't even care that I still haven't been able to buy a free range turkey big enough for almost 30 people yet. And you want to know why?

I HAVE TICKETS TO GO SEE THE HOBBIT! I HAVE TICKETS TO GO SEE THE HOBBIT!!!!! Midnight showing. Reserved seating. Middle row.

The English language does not have the words to completely encapsulate my fangirly, geeky, nearly-hysterical, squeaky, happy-dancing joy. Have I mentioned that I HAVE TICKETS TO GO SEE THE HOBBIT?!


Nov. 15th, 2012 10:00 pm
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I'll admit. I'm seriously losing interest in this storyline that I have going. And I'm not sure what to do about it.

I think what I may end up doing is write the ending and then work backwards from there. I have always been an extremely linear person when it comes to writing. Beginning, middle, end. But that doesn't seem to be working right now. So, we'll see what happens.


Nov. 14th, 2012 09:51 pm
valiant_queene: (NaNoWriMo)

Today was Literacy Night at the school I work at so there was much, much stuff to be done. I had to help set up over 450 trays of sandwiches, cookies, chips, mayo packets, and mustard packets, when the people in charge had only ordered 300 sandwiches (we ended up cutting a lot of the sandwiches in half). As I was making the plates I ran out of plates, plates again, chips, packets of mayo, cookies, plates again, chips again, and then plates again.

Not my favorite day at work. I'm a little bit pissed with whoever was in charge of getting food for this thing.

It ended on a high note, though. Five minutes before the end of Literacy Night, my supervisor lets me out of the cafeteria where I had been cleaning up after the meals I had set up (450 people are freaking messy as hell!). Since it was almost over, and I had finished cleaning up, I went along.

There was a table labeled BOOK SWAP which caught my attention right away. The ladies in charge of that table were trying to get rid of their last books so yelled "Grab as many as you want!" 

Eh heh heh, I am now thirteen books richer. Oops? XD


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