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Day 05: Your favourite quote

"No one can make you feel inferior without your consent." ~Eleanor Roosevelt

Future days )


Feb. 15th, 2009 06:28 pm
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You know how you listen to an album for like, a month, and then one day you suddenly really listen to the lyrics. And then that song that, a minute ago, you were thinking "Catchy tune" becomes "oh, wow, I think I love this."

From Fall Out Boy's 27

My mind is a safe
and if I keep it then we all get rich.

My body is an orphanage
We take everyone in.

Doing lines of dust and sweat off last night's stage
Just to feel like you.

ETA: Listen here:
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My mom came down on Friday from Missouri for the start of a two week (ish, sort of open-ended) visit. The reason she came, other than because she ♥ me, is for us to go through all of the family photos and put them in albums with labels instead of letting them languish in boxes for decades. We didn't do much on them Friday or Saturday, because of stuff I needed to do around town, but we put in about 5 hours on them today. Our conversations have consisted of things like this:

Mom: "This was [Cousin A] at Christmas 1991.
Me: "It can't be, the developer stamp on the back says May 1989."

Me *rushing triumphantly out of bathroom in a rush, hair half-wet*: "That was winter 1987, the ones of [Cousin B] holding [Cousin C]'s daughter. It had to be, because she's wearing the jackets we got from the band fundraiser in 7th grade, and it was only cool to wear them that year."

Me *frustrated*: I'm pretty sure we had at least two Christmases a year in the 80s. We definitely have some extra Christmases here."

Seriously, word to the wise, even if you're not doing anything with your photos, put a sticky note on them that says what year they are. Otherwise you end up doing things like calling your sister to ask her what year it was that she was engaged at Christmas (awkward, because said fiancé broke it off) and your sister-in-law to find out if they moved to Texas in '84 or '85.
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"It's my favorite time of day, driving you."

"It's the saddest time of my day, leaving you."
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We're still fighting it... we're still fighting it. And you're so much like me...

I'm sorry.
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"If our job teaches us anything, it's that we don't know what the next President's gonna face. And if we choose someone with vision, someone with guts, someone with gravitas, who's connected to other people's lives, and cares about making them better... if we choose someone to inspire us, then we'll be able to face what comes our way and achieve things... we can't imagine yet."

-West Wing
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When you see this, quote Supernatural in your LJ.

"You're so damaged."

My mood.

Apr. 9th, 2008 12:54 am
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if you think you need to go
if you wanted to be free
there's just one thing you need to know
and that's that you can't count on me.

Oh, Sam!

Oct. 29th, 2007 01:12 am
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Because everything links back to Supernatural:

Mom: Where's your shoe?
Little boy: I don't know.
Mom: Where did you lose your shoe? You can't just lose your shoe. How can you keep walking around after you lost your shoe without noticing it? Where did you lose your shoe? You're crazy.

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When you see this, quote 'Supernatural' and post an SPN macro (optional).

Sam: Mrs. Thompson? Rose?
Creepy Old Lady: *is creepy*
Sam: Hi Mrs Thompson, we're not here to hurt you, it's okay. Rose?
Sam, to Dean: This woman's had a stroke
Dean: But HooDoo's hands on, you've gotta mix herbs, chant, build an altar...
Creepy Old Lady: *still creepy*
Sam: Yeah, so it can't be Rose. Heck, maybe it's not even HooDoo.
Dean: You know, she could be fakin' it.
Sam, sarcastically: Yeah, what d'you wanna do, poke her with a stick?
Dean considers it. Nods.

No macro, cuz I lose at macros. SPN TOMORROW! The CW, 9pm EST. Come on, you know you wanna watch.
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"Neil, it's your grief counselors. We've come to... hug."

Ah, Dean!
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Throwing up is controlled by three little bones in the inner ear.

(singing) "Three little bones from school are we..."

They're called Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego.

And they control hearing and vomiting. Don't know why they go together.

God went... (As James Mason) "Inner ear, you shall have hearing and vomiting as well.

"Yes, that'll be fun."

"No, vomiting's for stomachs. Stomach's control."

"No, for you. I think it'd be fun."

So I went yesterday to get my hearing tested. The reason I did this, since I can't remember if I've mentioned it before, is that I noticed in January that I'm losing hearing in my right ear. The doctor diagnosed me with otosclerosis, which is like getting arthritis in your middle ear apparently. Today I went to see a surgeon to confirm the diagnosis and talk about my options. Picture it, a very serious man explaining to me the functions (or lack thereof) of my inner ear, and all I can think of is a transvestite singing "Three little bones from school are we!" So hard to take that seriously!

The otosclerosis thing is genetic, and my dad had the operation back in the '80s and loves his 'bionic ear,' so I'll probably go that route. Basically, my three little bones are growing together, which stops sound from passing through, so they will go in and separate them and install a piece of Teflon that will pick up and pass on the vibrations. I probably won't have it done until later in the summer, maybe early fall. It's not too big of a deal, apparently, but it still freaks me out a little - the only other surgery I've ever had was getting my wisdom teeth out. The surgeon says this is a piece of cake compared to that though. The other worrying point is that I think it'll keep me off the road for about 6 weeks - he said that they recommend not lifting over 15 lbs for 6 weeks, so there'd be no way I could get my luggage anywhere. Odd that that's a bigger deal than the flying, which only has a two week restriction. I'll have to talk to my work about it, and see when they think it would be best for the schedule; at least I can work from home.
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I'm not usually much for self-help books, but a friend sent a link to this one on Amazon, and I like the table of contents. Maybe one day I'll actually read the book! :D

Too Soon Old, Too Late Smart: Thirty True Things You Need to Know Now
by Gordon Livingston

1. If the map doesn't agree with the ground, the map is wrong.
2. We are what we do.
3. It is difficult to remove by logic an idea not placed there by logic in the first place.
4. The statute of limitations has expired on most of our childhood traumas.
5. Any relationship is under the control of the person who cares the least.
6. Feelings follow behavior.
7. Be bold, and mighty forces will come to your aid.
8. The perfect is the enemy of the good.
9. Life's two most important questions are "Why?" and "Why not?" The trick is knowing which one to ask.
10. Our greatest strengths are our greatest weaknesses.
11. The most secure prisons are those we construct for ourselves.
12. The problems of the elderly are frequently serious but seldom interesting.
13. Happiness is the ultimate risk.
14. True love is the apple of Eden.
15. Only bad things happen quickly.
16. Not all who wander are lost.
17. Unrequited love is painful but not romantic.
18. There is nothing more pointless, or common, than doing the same thing and expecting different results.
19. We flee from the truth in vain.
20. It's a poor idea to lie to oneself.
21. We are all prone to the myth of the perfect stranger.
22. Love is never lost, not even in death.
23. Nobody likes to be told what to do.
24. The major advantage of illness is that it provides relief from responsibility.
25. We are afraid of the wrong things.
26. Parents have a limited ability to shape children's behavior, except for the worse.
27. The only real paradises are those we have lost.
28. Of all the forms of courage, the ability to laugh is the most profoundly therapeutic.
29. Mental health requires freedom of choice.
30. Forgiveness is a form of letting go, but they are not the same thing.
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In the Quotable Quotes Department:

Overheard by my realtor while he was letting us into a home that was located in one of Atlanta's less desirable neighborhoods: "Oh, they're white, they won't be here long."

Announcement by a flight attendant on my flight tonight as we were making our final approach into Phoenix, as they had to pause the inflight movie ten minutes before the end: "Don't worry, we'll turn it back on when we hit the ground *pause* Er, when we land."

Also, in news of the weird, my ex-boyfriend from college just found me on myspace. Blast from the past!
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We had Chinese last night... my fortune: You will soon bring joy to someone new in your life.

Yeah. *sigh* But I'm guessing not in the way I'd like.
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From Overheard in New York:

Oregon Trail Should Come with a Warning Label

Guy #1: You're keep getting dysentery.

Guy #2: Maybe you're just a lousy trail leader.

Girl: At least he doesn't drown every time we cross a river.

Guy #1: Hey, you caulk the wagon, you take some chances.

--79th Street 1 station

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One of the headlines on AOL news today:

Lawyer in Saddam Trial Shot Dead: "This Will Have Grave Repercussions"

Well, yes. I suppose it will, or things will start to get smelly.
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S and I were watching CSI:Miami last night, and the older, salty cop (I don't actually know their names) said to the potential suspect: "What are you, stuck on stupid?"

OMG I so want a t-shirt that says Are You Stuck on Stupid?

In other news. I went off on the apartment complex management today. I'm tired of everything in this building falling apart and the last straw for me was when the emergency stop on the treadmill downstairs came loose - from the painter's tape that has held it on for the last two years - in the middle of my workout. I managed somehow not to hurt myself when I went from 3.5 to 0 mph, mid-jog, in 2 seconds flat, and I'm sure it looked graceful as all hell too.

S keeps laughing at me. I rarely get riled up, but when I do, I guess it's amusing :)

My mood for the last two days has hovered somewhere between ambivalent and piss poor. I spent a good amount of time yesterday making icons which reflect this. I need new hobbies. And to get out more.


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