osaraba: (sara oni)
HI GUYS! I'M HOOOOOOOME! As I suspected I didn't have time to make the costume I'd wanted to (I guess it'll have to wait til next year), so I need help deciding which old costume to wear to my own Halloween party on Saturday...!

I'm leaning toward the my little pony, just because it's much more comfortable, but it also depends somewhat on whether I can find the wig...

[Poll #1790028]

I'll make another, actually substantial post soon(ish). In the meantime, I get to see an [livejournal.com profile] akamine_chan tomorrow! (Also Panic! and PStump!)
osaraba: (sara)
yeah, that was tonight.

it also involved saying "flatmate" totally by mistake, lots of drinking (red wine + maker's mark), an awesome butch/queen party (in which i went dressed as "yin yang"), and lots of saying hi (and drunken conversation) with old former co-workers!

have i mentioned how much i love my friends? <3333

also, jfc loft apartments at E12th street, just down the block from the strand. fucking A.
osaraba: (sara)
...And all of a sudden I'm extremely into the genderbending aspects of this fandom. The best part is that it's CANON. SO FULL OF WIN.

THIS FANART is like, the hottest thing ever, right now.

Basically I've got nothing else of interest to say, other than I'm disgustingly sick and all I want to do is go home and sleep. But also be able to read fic with my eyes closed. It saddens me that should this ever be possible, it probably will not be within my lifetime. CAN SOMEONE PLEASE MAKE ME INTO A VAMPIRE OR SOMETHING? I FEEL SO CHEATED. I WOULD BE WILLING TO KILL PEOPLE AND/OR LIVE OFF THEIR BLOOD IN ORDER TO SEE THE FUTURE, OKAY!

Anyway, my laptop is back and I've finally been able to update my iPhone with music and in honor thereof I've downloaded the Bronson and Brick soundtracks. They're SO GOOD! And the Brick soundtrack, in particular, has quite a few tracks which I'll probably be using for the playlist for my housewarming party. WE'RE HAVING ANOTHER VINTAGE HOUSEWARMING PARTY! I'M SO EXCITED! (AND OMG THERE ARE WAY TOO MANY PEOPLE TO INVITE EVERYONE I WANT TO.)

Oh yeah, so if you have any suggestions for music, let me know. It's 1880s-1980s this time.

And BTW, buying the Brick DVD was so worth it. The extras (while unfortunately do not include much of JGL) are really fabulous; the director really goes into detail about his ideas and visions and it's wonderful to hear about all the stuff that goes on before the movie even makes it to pre-production. I'm really fascinated by all that stuff!

osaraba: (fma together forever)
so as promised...

the post-Halloween Halloween party was this weekend and was also a big hit. I wanted to invite friends I don't normally invite to our parties and I'm really glad it turned out so nicely! it did turn out to be mostly my coworkers, but as AJ can attest, they are ultra cool people.


last night I watched repo! the genetic opera with [livejournal.com profile] thedreamerworld and [livejournal.com profile] inbredchocobo. OMG IT WAS FUCKING AMAZING AND HOT. so glad I downloaded it a couple of weeks ago! it's dark and gorey and sexy and grotesque (which is THE perfect word to describe it, actually) and exactly along the lines of what I like to see. perfect.

I need to cosplay from it though I haven't figured out exactly what I want to do just yet. I love blind mag but there are a few other characters I wouldn't mind going for as well.

btw, Anthony Stewart head and Sarah brightman! need I really say any more?!

well, except for the part about organ transplants.

which actually (ironically enough) brings me to my next topic-- the one where I'm actually sitting in the waiting room of Mount Sinai Hospital right now, waiting for my parents to get out of surgery? yep, no joke. my mom just donated one of her kidneys to my father.

as shubha said earlier, "aww that's so sweet!"

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osaraba: (laby jareth bah!)
Today's XKCD is absolutely fabulous. And so very true (see the hover text).

So in other news, Saturday was full of birthday parties that I only stayed at for a short time (unfortunately). [livejournal.com profile] dressdragn's ice-cream party was lovely -- I really enjoyed getting to hang and chat with the bunch of you! Also, Anna, your watermelon salsa was FUCKING AMAZING AND I NEED TO MAKE IT ASAP! I don't even like watermelon. AT ALL. But this was just delicious!! [livejournal.com profile] loudnbothered, your party was great -- I was especially happy to see people I haven't seen in forever, like [livejournal.com profile] bondagepenguin! John, I love your house, but please get a fan next time you have that many people over in the middle of the summer! Also, meeting [livejournal.com profile] athena_chan was great, especially having convinced her to ditch her own house party and come to the club with me! =D That was a great time, and definitely scheduled for a repeat next month!

Yep, two industrial clubs in two nights this weekend! IT WAS AWESOME. I used to go more often, but haven't been in the mood for the longest time. The second one had a more interesting crowd but I generally liked the music of the first better. Also, did I mention that I ran into tech friends at the end of the first? Unexpectedly awesome. =D Also, did I mention that I got to step on someone? Um, and I'd like to do it again please? I was pretty beat by the end of the second one, though, and had to just say screw it and take a cab home. Left at 3am to get food (delicious falafel) over near Rivington, I think, but I was already on my last legs.

Got up at 1pm on Sunday, which was really nice, considering I'd only had 3 hours of sleep from 5:30 to 8:30am on Saturday. And I didn't do much, though since I was spending the day with my parents, it wasn't as relaxing as it could have been.

And here I am now at work on Monday. Sigh.

Listen people, I'm looking forward to seeing TRON at the Rubin Museum this Friday. COME AND JOIN ME OR DIE!
osaraba: (tng cowgirls from space)
I had an interesting dream a week or two ago -- that I lived with Jhonen Vasquez in a large house about a 2-minute walk away from the beach. In one of the large hallways, there was a motorcycle on display -- something JV had designed for a movie. It looked all hardcore and badass, with tires very similar to the ones on the motorcycle from Dark Knight. There was a plaque attached on a stand which talked about the motorcycle, and had JV's autograph, as well as the autograph of the director of the movie.


Otherwise, I have quite a few events I'd meant to mention and never did. Like Anna's cookie party, which was lots of fun -- I had such a good time chatting with everyone; it's always nice to discover common interests... and common shoe sizes! Thanks again, Anna, for also allowing us to pick through your shoe collection and play dress-up!

NA holiday party was EXTREME FUN. Again, good times chatting it up with people. I would have liked to stay longer. Alas, the PATH beckoned. Gifts were exchanged and all was good. I enjoyed giving AJ a confusing anagram card along with his gift. Which was quite apropos coming from me, I think. I received a birdie hair clip from Judy (which is EXACTLY what I wanted), a BABY MINK SKULL hair clip from Anna (which is morbid and awesome~!) -- see pic here. I'm not a proponent of animal cruelty, and I'm assuming Anna did not go out and kill the baby mink herself expressly for this gift. Would it be gauche of me to say I had a mental image -- for a moment -- of road-kill being scraped off the pavement? Yes? I thought so; I can be gauche sometimes. It's fun. =D

AND AJ GIFTED ME THE DRESDEN FILES COMIC! AHHH! HOW AWESOME IS THAT? I, of course, devoured it in a day. That's the problem with comics sometimes. ::sigh:: But it was excellent and can't wait for more. I didn't realize, but they will be releasing re-tellings of the Dresden series starting with Storm Front in comic format.

Saw The Day the Earth Stood Still with parents on Xmas day; then The Spirit several hours later with a bunch of friends. Contrary to the opinions of some people, who may have taken the latter too seriously, I enjoyed it immensely. Loved the aesthetic/style/mood of it and it's randomness. I feel like the main character in the movie was its aesthetic and don't feel as concerned with the complaint that the characters lacked depth because I think they're supposed to be caricature-esque rather than fleshed-out.

As for TDTESS... It was pretty eh. I wasn't bored, but it was a boring film. I kept waiting for something to happen and then it ended. Could have done without the Christian symbolism/Biblic mythology, but nothing extremely offensive. Oh, except for the anti-technology "message", which was present, but not overwhelming... until the end. I'd definitely call it a waste of a good $10, but I'm not enraged like I was when I saw Premonition. ::shudder::

I'm still tweaking that chai butter cookie recipe. There was too much flour in that recipe; took out a cup and the cookies came out WAY better. Still a little too hard, though, so I'm going to add a tablespoon or two of water to the dough as well as lower the temperature from 400 to 350. I've got to get these cookies at least a little softer by Winter Johncon as my office potluck is on Tuesday (1/6), and I intend to bring these cookies!

Which brings me to the INSANELY ADORABLE dinosaur cookie (with optional poop) that was brought into being through the collaborative efforts of Maryann, Liz and myself.

More crafty things and possible book reviews later...

I am crossing my fingers about leaving early from work today. ARGH!
osaraba: (sara oni)
I have many things I'd like to say, but not much time in, or energy with, which to say them. That sounded horribly incorrect, but for the life of me I can't figure out how to put it.

In any case, I had a stuffy nose last week and just when I was getting over it (this weekend), I contracted another strain, so I've got a headache, sore throat, and probably a slight fever as my ears are a little sensitive. Unfortunately, I have only myself to blame for not going to bed earlier than 1:30am EVERY SINGLE NIGHT for the last 9 nights, except for last night, when I went to sleep at midnight. =/

Rangers game (vs. Calgary) was on Sunday night (12/7) and they SUCKED. Actually, they weren't playing horribly -- they had a few sparks here and there, but for the most part it seemed like they just weren't in the game mentally. And the score reflected that: another shutout 3-0. Lovely.

Today is my last Japanese class until the end of January, so I look forward to having more free time again. However, I am trying to push myself to actually study before my next class as it will be ALL NEW material and I won't be able to float through the class anymore. Especially if I want to take the JLPT 3kyuu next year. (Oh, can anyone explain what the difference is between the levels now, in comparison, since I heard they added 5kyuu? And also, can anyone recommend a good kanji study book -- like, with exercises? Flash cards only go so far with me; I need other modes of practice to reinforce.)

Work has been EXTREMELY BUSY AND SLIGHTLY STRESSFUL, and I'm pretty sure it should all go away at the end of the month. *PLEASEPLEASEPLEASE*

OH YEAH, [livejournal.com profile] loudnbothered, I wanted to offer my services as Carrie-replacement for your work holiday party, should you need one. No biggie if you've already got someone else in mind/etc.! =D

More busy stuff for the rest of the month--

Sat 12/13 -- Cookie Exchange Party
Sun 12/14 -- Gift shopping, maybe try to get Devils tix in NJ?
Wed 12/16 -- Mudvayne concert (wish I had money to go, but I don't)
Sat 12/20 -- NA Holiday Party
Sun 12/21 -- Japanese movie night with classmates?
Thu 12/25 -- (hang with parents?)
Fri 12/26 -- FREE? - who wants to do something?
Sun 12/27 -- (Yoshi's party/other?)
Wed 12/31 -- New Year's Party
Fri 01/02 -- LIZ LEAVES FOR LONDON for FIVE MONTHS -- I will be SO SAD ;_; that I will have to console myself with partying at Winter JohnCon.
Sat 01/03 -- see above
Sun 01/04 -- more of the above
osaraba: (frankie are you an idiot?)
This looks like a lot of fun. I want to make my own muppet pal! ;_; Wish they'd had this back when I was a kid. (Not that my parents could have afforded that, certainly.)

As I mentioned in a comment to Morgan, I'd love to try this out one day. Sounds like good, silly (and inexpensive) fun.

And I leave you with this meme, taken from [livejournal.com profile] rathshakar...

So I get arrested...DISCUSS!

If you saw ME in a police car, what would you think I got arrested for? Answer me, then if you want, post to your own journal and see how many crimes you get accused of.

To be fair, I didn't respond in his journal, but I do second Joe's thought of it having something to do with alcohol and politics. ^_~
osaraba: (frankie are you an idiot?)
Quick post -- thank yous to [livejournal.com profile] rnothersupieror & [livejournal.com profile] myonlydri for the awesome party! And to Judy, Joe, Morgan & Cube for making it so enjoyable! (And most especially Max, Nimmy & Loki, who captivated me, turned me into a squealing 5-year old girl, and made Joe question whether I was okay.)

For Nicole & Morgan (and anyone else who's interested) -- as promised, please read this extremely amazing, amusing parody-summary-review of Stephenie Meyer's Twilight books.

And for future reference, I'm bookmarking this also extremely-amsuing (in a RAGE sort of way) blog -- the world according to the most tight-assed, repressed, attention-starved girl I've ever had the dubious pleasure of hearing rant.
osaraba: (saimono shuurei blushsmile)
If you were not already aware, more (awesome!!!) pics of the Codpiece Place Housewarming can be found here.

I walk by the Rockefeller Guest House every single day on my way home from work and I think I noticed it once. What an interesting history. I'd love to see pictures of the inside and the courtyard in the back, but apparently they have rarely (if ever) been taken.

There's a contemporary art exhibition at the Initial Access gallery in the UK that I wish I could see. Wallpaper* published an article about the Lightness of Being exhibition today. Four artists' works -- in the medium of neon lights -- are displayed, recalling and reawakening my interest in Bruce Nauman's works from the late 60s into the 70s. (I had the pleasure of seeing "The True Artist Helps the World by Revealing Mystic Truths" while at the Philadelphia Museum of Art, earlier this year.)

I'm taken with Jason Rhoades' installation, and Tracey Emin's I know, I know, I know -- this photograph of it, in particular:

[edit1:] I need to get to the MoMA or the Guggenheim soon. I just saw the modern/contemporary art exhibits at the Met a few weeks ago, and I doubt they've changed yet. And obviously I'm in the mood to view me some contemporary art. If anyone's interested in going on any particular day, let me know!

[edit3:] Oh-oh-oh! Just saw that there will be some Bruce Nauman included in a new exhibit at the MoMA: Here is Every. Four Decades of Contemporary Art (9/10/08-3/23/09).

[edit2:] Oh, and in keeping with the art theme of this post. LOOK AT WHAT MORGAN DID! FUCKING STARRY NIGHT IN ICING ON CUPCAKES!

[edit4:] Also, van Gogh's Starry Night, coincidentally, will be on display at the MoMA from this Sunday until Monday, January 5th.
osaraba: (dn L figure)
There were a few book and movie reviews I've been meaning to post for the last several months. And it's unfortunate, because I don't remember so much about them anymore. Not to mention, there's probably something I've forgotten that I wanted to post about.

reviews within )

As for last weekend -- Johncon was pretty darn awesome! =D It was actually the perfect weekend to be out there. It must have been 5-10 degrees cooler out there than in the city AND (more importantly) there was a pool! =D Lots of pool-related fun occurred, including noodles and swords... and other foam phalluses? (Is "phalluses" the plural of phallus?)

In any case, extreme fun was had! Thanks so much, John, for hosting us (and for inviting me)!

Also? Various barbecued meats were YUMMY!!!

In addition, the rental car I got was a Ford Fusion. It had a sunroof. Which was pretty cool. AND a 6-CD CHANGER! That could READ MP3 CDs! So the playlist was awesome.

Joe and I made a music exchange -- he lent me his 311 Best-Of CD and I gave him a copy of Warp 11's Red Alert. Joe and/or Morgan -- you should let me know what you think!

The only bad thing is that Sunday I woke up with the beginnings of a cold that totally hit me by the time I got home Sunday evening. Went to work Monday but stayed home from work Tuesday. I started to feel better some time after lunch yesterday. And today I've felt pretty consistently well. I still have a cough and congestion, and I'm still a bit more tired/achy than usual, but I'm definitely on the mend. ^^
osaraba: (twice the fun)
It was quite a weekend. Judy stayed over on Friday night in order to bake cookies on Saturday morning. Then Ben came over and baked a cake, and the cake was not a lie. Though it almost was, until John showed up to save the day with chocolate frosting!

So yeah, it was mainly Rockband and Brawl, with a side of Portal for me. <3! Lots of talking and hopping around, dashing in front of the big TV to a chorus of "you screwed me up!"

Thanks SO much to everyone who showed up at the party! And most especially, thanks to everyone who came from far away, and who braved the bus without knowing where they were going, and who brought their game systems and games, and TVs, and air mattresses, and food, and liquor! Speaking of which, Morgan and Joe -- you left your liquor at my place! I'm not sure when or how to get it back to you, since it's so much, but just let me know -- we'll figure something out!

I'm sure that Judy will have some pics up sometime this week.

Was that you, Chris, who put back together my Carbon Dioxide monitor after I knocked it off the wall and couldn't figure out how to put the battery cover back on? (Update: Was told by Chris that it was Cube Chris.) Hahaha. Thanks, btw. =D

And thanks to Will, without whom I may have forgotten to buy the Izzard tickets! (*gasp!*) Though I'm slightly disappointed because the seats are all the way in the back and on the side. =( But tickets were almost all sold out, so... Anyway, for those of you who haven't paid me for those tickets yet, I'd appreciate it as soon as possible. My bank account thanks you. =D
osaraba: (angelina devil)
I've been meaning to post since yesterday morning, but work got in the way. Very busy right now, unfortunately. Though I'm not really complaining -- I generally prefer to be busy at work than not ('cause then I end up feeling vaguely guilty).

busy weekend; lengthy recap )

Like I said, fun times.
osaraba: (bioshock BDLS)
Also, I can't seem to stop running off at the mouth lately. At least, on LJ.

If you want to hear me talk about my weekend... )

And some more good news! My mp3 player is miraculously working again. I finally contacted Creative for a return authorization but decided to check it again before I sent it in -- this time it charged AND my laptop recognized it. I think it just didn't want to be sent away. In any case, I'm very pleased since I can now listen to music again on the train.


Jan. 3rd, 2008 03:44 pm
osaraba: (Default)
I will probably have Rock Band over at my house for tomorrow night. Who, if anyone, would be interested in coming over to play? I know we have NA tomorrow, but we could possibly just leave after comics shopping or ? Let me know if you're up for it or not.
osaraba: (twice the fun)
I didn't notice the time at all, which is, I think, the highest of compliments on New Year's Eve. This New Year's was probably the best I've had in recent memory. Got out of work early on Monday, went over to Judy's where I helped her prepare for her party. Around 6:30pm, people started to show up and it was small and casual until a little later.

I really loved the dancing, and the taking photos, and the not being very drunk as well. Exchanging Portal quotes with the guys and listening to Still Alive from Chris's mix CD was awesome! Also, hanging out with Liz and Juliet and their friends was pretty cool.

OMG KATIE IS THE LIFE OF THE DANCE FLOOR! She totally outlasted and outdanced everyone, including Mario~.

Some of the set list from the dance floor, courtesy of youtube -- which was totally my savior 'cause they had put on the Spice Girls before that. *shudders*

- My Humps / Black Eyed Peas
- Shut Up / Black Eyes Peas
- Fergalicious / Fergie
- Jiggy With It / Will Smith
- Footloose / Kenny Loggins
- Stronger / Kanye West
- The Picard Song
- Smack My Bitch Up / The Prodigy
- Come Baby Come / K7
- Baby Got Back / Sir Mix-a-lot
- Thriller / Michael Jackson
- Ladies' Night / Kool & the Gang
- Closer / NIN

A couple of people we don't see too often showed up, including Jamie -- and Jim. I'm not sure this was really Jim's type of party, but it was nice of him to show up. It was cute seeing Anna run over to meet him at the elevators. =D

It was really weird to have such different groups of friends together at Judy's, but it worked out much better than I thought. I <3 Judy's parties.

As for Katsu, I think I've pretty much had it confirmed that I won't be able to be reimbursed for a rental car, which means Judy and I have to figure out if we'd rather take the bus or shell out more for a car because of convenience. Which also depends on who else would be willing to take the ride and split the cost. Or, there's also taking Jim up on his offer to borrow his car. Which I'd be kind of nervous about because I would really hate taking the risk that I might fuck something up (accident or otherwise) and be held responsible for something that isn't my own. ...but it's so tempting because it's so much cheaper! Argh!

Anyway, I took a cab home at 4am and woke up pretty early the next morning, despite Judy's disbelief that I could, but mostly due to Maryann and AJ coming in to talk to me. ^^; We had a nice breakfast (despite the mediocre food) and met up with people for shopping in the city. FAIL! Only Book-Off and Best Buy were open. Carrie took photos of some of us under the tree at Rockefeller, and we eventually all went our separate ways.

At home I had a lovely time watching the Indiana Jones extras DVD with Liz, Maryann & my mom. Then went to sleep insanely early for me (10:30pm!) and woke up with a cold and sore throat, yay. So I intend to get lots of sleep for the next few days so that I can actually do stuff over the weekend. We'll see if that works.
osaraba: (portal wcc x head)
Real dead bodies; preserved in a polymer, free-standing (as in, NOT BEHIND GLASS CASES!) and amazing. You could get this close!

It took 3 hours to go through the whole exhibit and it would have taken longer had we gotten there earlier and not had to speed up a bit at the end because they closed at 10pm. Certainly, the hook is the fact that they're real bodies. I'm sure there are plenty of ways to get the same information, and even show the same kinds of displays with plastic or other synthetic materials, but I completely admit to being morbidly fascinated. While they have your attention, they put some edumacation into you. Sounds like a good deal to me. =D

If anyone who didn't go is interested in going, I'd be MORE THAN HAPPY TO GO AGAIN.

All the organs & etc. are colored by the exhibitors; pigment production stops after death (hmm, makes sense) and so the color drains away. THE HEART LOOKS BETTER WHEN IT'S NOT RED! Really. It's so cute!

ALSO! In one of the cases was the human nervous system still attached to the eyes and brain and OMG IT WAS DR. MANHATTAN FROM WATCHMEN!!!11! It was really funny because I glanced over and thought, Wait! Where have I seen this recently?! What movie or book could possibly have had this scene in it?! HAHAHA. Obviously, I started reading Watchmen at the exact right time. Really amazing.

JUDY, I WANT TO GO AGAIN WITH YOU! =D Also, I want to go to the Mütter Museum even more now!!!

Maryann sneaked a couple of pics with her cellphone camera, and she sent them to me, but I realize that my phone sucks and I can't save pictures that have been messaged to me onto the microSD card in order to transfer them to my computer. Does anyone know how to get around this with a stupid Samsung phone? I should have taken photos with my cellphone, then I would've been able to do just that. ;_;

That was Sunday. On Saturday was Yoshi's awesome end-of-the-year/birthday party. Games were played, drinks were had, silliness ensued. I gave him RE4 for the Wii. Joshypoo gave him Manhunt2, of which we saw the beginning. It looked interesting, but the beginning was a bit boring. And am I just jaded or was the killing kind of not as shocking as I thought it'd be? (Oh wait, I don't think he did any of the really violent kills, so maybe...) Yoshi drunk is pretty darn amusing. I played more sudoku on the DS than is healthy. I meant to talk to Jerry more than I did. (BTW, if Jerry buys Rock Band this week then there will be Rock Band party at my house this Friday night.) I think we had the quickest L to J to Q44 ride home from Yoshi's I've EVER HAD. It was shocking.

The only bad thing this weekend -- I dl'd Portal but there's a part I can't get past 'cause my computer goes to blue screen. I have the recommended RAM (1g) and minimum processor speed, so my only guess is that my graphics card is not up to the task, and this makes me very very sad. I want to play it more. NOT FAIR!

Party day.

Dec. 20th, 2007 12:25 pm
osaraba: (twice the fun)
Though I completely forgot about it, yesterday was my company's Holiday Party. It was quite amusing. Apparently, every year they have a theme party, and this year it was a western-style "Holiday Hoedown". With square dancers and all. Some people actually got up and joined them. LOLOL~ It was very *snort* amusing. Despite the fact that I sound sarcastic, it was actually quite fun to watch. There was also karaoke -- and boy, some people here can really sing! One of Margaret's friends on the 8th floor belted out a surprising rendition of some oldies song that I know but cannot for the life of me remember at the moment. I'm sure it'll come to me randomly. Another guy sang TLC's Waterfalls and was quite good, undulating hips and all! O_O! He even sang the rap part of it and got it down pat. Everyone cheered quite loudly for him.

They had a Sierra Nevada holiday ale, which was a little darker than my usual taste, but still pretty good -- and which helped me to find the whole show vastly amusing.

In any case, it was a nice way to not do work for the last 2 hours of my workday. As opposed to the usual way, which is trying to look busy while reading fic or comics. ^^;

Afterward was Nerd Avengers Gift Exchange, where I think we all did good. I was more happily surprised by an awesome gift than I have been since... my surprise birthday party in 2005 (if you're one of those "new" friends who hadn't had the pleasure of seeing Maryann with a mullet, you should check out the pics~ LOL).

Judy, Maryann, Chris, Sean and Juliet got together and bought me and Liz a pair of tickets to a Rangers game!!! How awesome is that? It's one of those things I put on my wishlist just for the hell of it, because I wanted it, but knowing that no one would get that. *sniffles* I have such great friends~!

I was surprised again that of all the things on my wishlist, Juliet would get me a book of John Donne's poetry. That's another one I didn't really expect anyone to get me. I'm very excited to start reading it. I'm almost done with American Gods, so that might be next. AJ bought me The Life of Pi by Yann Martel. He said he wanted to get me something different from what I usually read and from what I gather of the book, it surely fits that description. But I look forward to being able to discuss it with him. =D

Judy's gift to NA may just have been the best of all -- she selected photos from the year in which we've become friends and become Nerd Avengers, et al., and published a Yearbook, if you will. It's a really fantastic idea, and it was wonderful to look at the photos she selected and remember -- or wonder -- exactly what was going on at the time. I think the fact that we all have the same group of photos to look at and reminisce about is even better. Next year we should pull it out again and see what we remember then. What a wonderful memento.

And last, but certainly not least. Liz got me a scarf (very cute) and a tin of that tea I'd discovered at a Barnes & Noble in Queens one day -- not the Tazo teas (which suck overall aside from the Wild Sweet Orange) -- Harney & Sons Fine Teas. I randomly tried the "Hot Cinnamon Sunset" tea one day (despite the fact that I don't actually like cinammon all that much), and found that it was spicy and delicious! It's definitely a nice tea for a chilly night, and goes perfectly with a warm cookie. It's described as a medium-bodied black tea with cinnamons, orange, and sweet cloves. It's pretty darn yummy. Nothing has as of yet surpassed my favorite Ten-Ren Chrysanthemum tea, but this is a nice winter alternative. =D

[edit: Best part of the holiday party: lots of leftover food = free lunch today! ]
osaraba: (portal dead in the water)
I went to see I Am Legend on Friday with Judy, Liz, and Juliet. Earlier showings were sold out, so we got tickets for the 11pm showing in Times Square. Which means that after the movie was over at 1am, we stood inside the theater discussing it for a good 50 minutes and I didn't get home til around 3:30am (continuing my recent streak of not going to sleep until 3-4am). Though it was fine because I bumped into Ron (who I met back when I was working at GCS and just the day before found and friended on facebook -- talk about weird coincidences!) at the theater, as well as finished up my NA gift-shopping.

I have a lot to say about this movie and a lot of it is incoherent frothing. BIG SPOILERS )

Despite the badly written second half of the movie, I really enjoyed the first half. I was scared at the appropriate jump-in-your-seat parts. I thought the creepy parts were the coolest! I thought that Will Smith's acting was awesome! The portrayal of a man who's been alone in the city for 3 years was subtle at times and blatant at others. Really well done.

It's just too bad the ending totally ruined all that.

Saturday was Anna's cookie exchange party, which was much fun. Everyone baked such delicious cookies! I took a small sampling of each cookie home and counted myself lucky. There was lots of joking and hentai talk (and translation thereof) being bandied about, which isn't too unusual for this group. ^_~ I think my favorite moment was when Chris came back from the bathroom holding his vest and everyone asked if he was leaving now~. ^^;

Judy and I intended to go to a club later that night, but the whole no-sleep thing caught up with me and after dinner in the village and killing some time at a bar, I was not up to dancing. I was not up to doing anything but being horizontal and unconscious. Got home, once again, at 2am, and did not get to sleep til around 3am.

Sunday. Slept til 2pm! Judy convinced me to get up and meet her in the city for shopping, which probably wasn't as productive as it could have been for her. Had dinner and went home "early". And by early I mean just before 10pm.

Busy weekend was busy.
osaraba: (naruto =D)
More than the two that were available, apparently, so I stood on a chair and did it myself. Obviously, the combined efforts of the 6' and taller club were not enough. ^_~;

Aside from that, the party went off without a hitch. The first floor/living room was the most crowded and gamer-fied it's ever been and probably ever will be (until I have my own living room, that is), with three TVs hooked up to three different consoles and all of them in use. I know that may be par for the course for some, but I was proud of my little gamer party on Friday night.

Using the adapter for the PS2 guitar controller to the PS3 console was a failure. We ended up playing the PS2 version of GH3. Not that I played all that much. In fact, at one point I was mostly hanging out with Raquel, showing her (and dying miserably and frequently in) Bioshock. And then showing her some of Portal, which was lots of fun, and later Guitar Hero 3. Later I saw Maryann helping Raquel to play and thought that it was awesome that even though Raquel is no where near a gamer, she was willing and excited to try stuff out! Raquel's really cool.

A bunch of the guys had Halo 3 going for a while, and there was also some imported Bleach and Naruto game action going on as well.

It was also really nice that my co-worker Aimee and her boyfriend Steve showed up on a last-minute invitation -- all the way from Staten Island, no less! They were very cool and I think they enjoyed hanging out and gaming with everyone. =D

I had a really awesome time, so I really want to thank everyone who showed up! And so now I will list everyone because people like to see their names in lights, right? [livejournal.com profile] loudnbothered, [livejournal.com profile] thedreamerworld, [livejournal.com profile] ddrkaiba, [livejournal.com profile] blackmage137, [livejournal.com profile] rathshakar, [livejournal.com profile] mailliwkuraido, Raquel, Aimee, Steve, Will and Jerry. And, of course, [livejournal.com profile] inbredchocobo and [livejournal.com profile] metallicapixie, who don't exactly count.

Only two members of the NoE crew actually made it, but they seemed to have gotten along very well with NA, so I have hope for possible future encounters as well. =D

I'd post some of the few pics that were taken, but most are blurry.

And on a slight side note, I use the word "awesome" way too much. >_<;

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