trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Anders and Starbuck mush)
After work today, I had to do a bit of grocery shopping. From my parking spot at Spokane Street I wandered up Holgate for the following little expedition.

I started at ABC Supermarket for cellophane noodles, and a few other bits and bobs. Here, I can get not only many asian ingredients but also a good selection of hispanic foodstuffs, all at reasonable prices.

Next onto Delite Bakery where I wanted to sample some goodies. It was hoping in there and I got 2 chicken saiboa and 2 empanda-like things filled with nummy stew. mmmmm. [livejournal.com profile] fixerbard, totally thought of you while waiting in line and deciding what I wanted. In retrospect, I should have picked up some rolls too.

Finally I hit MacPherson's, that glorious (and cheap) temple of fruit and veg.

I love my neighborhood.
trilliumgrl: (Painted Trillium)
Interesting concept. A blog post about a project in Chile that gets slum dwellers a very basic house, but one with services such as electric and sewer, which makes it a vast improvement over their current situation. What I find most interesting is what people start doing to improve this basic house once they have it. The original article is here, but I think the blog post has interesting ideas about formalization of slums, which he has written on before.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Anders and Starbuck mush)
Looks like under the new Canadian citizenship rules, I am a Canadian citizen. I would have to get the piece of paper to prove it, but that does not look that hard. *ponders*

More info: http://www.cic.gc.ca/EnGLish/citizenship/rules-citizenship.asp

I should do a real post one of these days, but I can't seem to get off the hamster wheel long enough to do it.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Default)
Happy (late) birthday [livejournal.com profile] ladykatryna! Hope this year goes smoother.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Anders and Starbuck mush)
I have survived the 3-day meet from hell. I will post my usual breakdown when I stop feeling like the allergy gods are trying to kill me.

One side note though - big props to [livejournal.com profile] seanb for 2 days worth of being lap counter. He did a amazing job.

Sick

Jan. 3rd, 2009 08:40 pm
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Starbuck - Frak You)
[livejournal.com profile] seanb made me mostly stay in bed today. He is no fun. My throat hurts and I am coughing and he seems to think this makes me sick or something. Rotten boy.

On the plus side, I got a lovely holiday present from [livejournal.com profile] grymor. Thank you, there shall be pie. My missing Fed Ex package also showed, meaning that all I need to do now is wrap the holiday presents and get them to the various parties. I also need to plan the holiday meal with the parents, which may have to wait until after the meet on MLK weekend.

Speaking of the meet, it turns out Classic Ladies have heats. I'm still trying to wrap my head around how that happened. I haven't had heats since I was a Senior. This will NOT be a cake walk.

Everything else is coming along. I need to decide what to do for my birthday, which probably means writing a poll in my future. Right now though, I am thinking smoothie.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Chthon)
I am getting a facebook account, using my Hotmail address. This is mostly because of skating, but I'll be adding those of you you are in my hotmail address book. I feel dirty.

Don't worry LJ, you will always be my first love.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Anders and Starbuck mush)
Since the buses off Beacon Hill are completely cancelled and I don't want to walk into downtown on a sore ankle, I am staying home. *waves goodbye to another 8 hours of annual leave*

In other news, I may have to trudge down into the Rainier Valley because I am nearly out of meds. Fun.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Starbuck - Not Drunk Yet)
I finally got into the office at 10:00. They decided to let us go at 3:00 and it took me nearly 2 1/2 hours to get home. I managed to catch a bus right as I left the office, but we had to stop, along with another 150, to wait for a driver change at the Tukwila P&R. I got off the bus in the International District, met up with Sean and grabbed the Amazon shuttle to PacMed. Then we hiked the 2.2 miles back to the house. I fell on my ass twice. Still, I made it home in one piece with minimal damage.

The funny thing in all this? I got work done today. A property which has issues getting things in (a) on time and (b) done right the first time, sent in all of her January files and they were perfect. This was because it was quiet and she paid attention to what she was doing. Dumb as it sounds, that made my day.

Now I'm going to go plot some baking. I believe I promised Sean a Dutch Baby.

Snow Delay

Dec. 18th, 2008 07:02 am
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Morticia - bored)
We have a 1 hour grace period to get to work. I will almost definitely be late, as I need to take a bus into downtown, then a bus to Tukwila. My car, she is going nowhere.

In other news, the Highline School District has now proven how hardcore it is. They are the only school district in the county (and practically in Western WA) on a 1 hour delay rather than 2 hours or being closed. I remember being a kid and having to trudge through snow while the kids in Seattle got to have the day off. Nice to know that some things never change.

Time to go get ready to trudge the 1/2 mile to the bus stop. Joy.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Blue Matter Wheel)
I've been busy recently doing something unusual for me..... falling. I have pretty much gotten out of the habit of falling while skating, yet I have managed to pull it off twice in the space of a week. On Tuesday the 11th I attempted to skate through a cone rather than around it and fell pretty hard. One week later, on Tuesday the 18th, I just decided to trip myself while doing a relay and (yet again) hit the ground pretty hard. Both times, I was wearing leggings so I only lost a bit of skin,but I've got some really impressive bruising. I just had to share because after a few days of healing I have turned such a lovely color.
bruised knee below )
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Simmons Boot)
It's the night before the first meet of the season. I've waxed my legs, changed wheels, packed up, made bread and ran laundry. There is nothing to do but sleep. Of course, I don't want to sleep. Stupid nerves.

Sean says he's going to bed. Guess I should too. Gotta be in Everett by 5.

Quiz Time

Oct. 25th, 2008 08:07 am
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Morticia - bored)
I did this one because it is pretty. I like pretty things.

Art Quiz )
trilliumgrl: (Kyna Doll)
To start, if anyone is looking for an AmeriCorps job, KCHA still has a few positions open.
More Information here )
A few articles which caught my eye and/or caused talk around the office in the last week:

First off - Pierce County Housing Authority is declaring bankruptcy. They are a small agency and the mold lawsuits they got from one of their complexes killed them. I will be interested to see what happens to them next.

Next, from New Jersey, there was a huge screw-up when the Atlantic City Housing Authority opened up for Section 8. I truly wonder what they were thinking at several points. Opening for only 150 people? Just calling out names? So. Little. Planning.

Finally, the candidates on housing. Pretty much what I would expect, very thin, the Republicans only seem to care about homeownership and the Democrats don't really have a plan.
trilliumgrl: (Kyna Doll)
Adipose are so CUTE!

(Yes, I am re-watching Dr. Who)
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Default)
I have Torchwood Season 2. *happy dance*
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Anders and Starbuck mush)
Yesterday, I did something stupid - I (unintentionally) tried to blend my finger. I do not recommend attempting this feat as I am now sport several nasty cuts on the first finger of my left hand. They are nicely covered, thanks to the taping skills of the lovely [livejournal.com profile] seanb, who even cleaned up all the blood I dripped, while dealing with a whimpering, crying girl. Major boyfriend points for him.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Default)
I was watching a bit of the Olympics and the TiVo just switched itself over to Fox. Terminator: the Sarah Connor Chronicles is back! This is an unexpected surprise.
trilliumgrl: (Kyna Doll)
Wow, I've been a little remiss. This post will be lengthy and I still suspect I missed a few items. They are in no particular order and I reserve the right to be vague, since it may have been awhile since i read the book.

The Wild Wood (Brian Froud's Faerielands) by Charles de Lint. I found this hiding on mom's bookcase. The concept for this series is interesting. Brian Froud did a bunch of art, set it down in front of a bunch of authors and had them pick out what drew them and write stories about them. While this is probably not his best work, it is interesting and made me want to finish it. If you like de Lint, it will be familiar territory. The art is standard Froud, but this is not a bad thing. I am tempted to search out the other pieces of the series. Amazon lists at least one other, written by Patricia McKillip.

Interworld by Neil Gaiman and Michael Reeves. This was good. Written as a YA, but enough meat to keep an older reader interested, including my favorite - not explaining every little bloody thing right away (or even at all). Recommended.

Little Brother by Cory Doctorow. Go read this NOW! Ignore the fact that it is in the YA section. This book is incredible. The tech is viable (per Sean), the plot is gripping, the lead character is believable. Go read this and have everyone you know read this, particularly those for whom the YA section is intended.

A Night in the Lonesome October by Roger Zelazny with illustrator Gahan Wilson. Described by one review as "Victorian light supernatural fantasy", this is a good fun read, full of familiar characters such as Jack the Ripper, and Dracula to tell a tall about a night the elder gods might return - all from the perspective of a dog. I love Zelazny and this is a nice fun example of him at his best.

Lost in a Good Book and The Well of Lost Plots by Jasper Fforde. I had the 3rd one of this series sitting around forever , until I got my hands on number 2. Now I must hunt down the next book. These are genuinely clever and funny fantasy mysteries. I was slow to get on the band wagon (so many books, so little time), but I recommend these even if you are not a sci-fi reader they stand along as good mysteries in a world not quite our own.

Blood Noir by Laurell K. Hamilton. The smut starts within the first two chapters, but still, this is better than it's been. There is a mystery and plot beyond sex here and lots of Jason, who is a vast improvement over Richard. Candy for my brain.

Nightwatch by Sergei Lukyanenko. Yes, the Russian vampire book upon which the movie is based. It reads almost as three separate linked novellas, with themes and situations repeating, which is less tiresome than it sounds. The main character is a bit of a dork, and the world on top of ours that has been created is very interesting. I am looking forward to reading the next book in the series.

Uglies by Scott Westerfeld. This is another good reason to go digging in the YA section. Original, interesting, with well-done characters and a gripping plot. This is the first in a series, and he has me hooked. Would probably work for kids even younger than could handle Little Brother. A well-written sci-fi book that happens to be appropriate for the younger set. Go read this.

Urban Shaman by C.E. Murphy. I enjoyed this both as urban fantasy and as a mystery. appropriate use of the gods and the fey, as well as a good bit of humor. Looking forward to reading more.
trilliumgrl: Me, putting on make-up before the wedding (Simmons Boot)
A Seattle Times blog piece on the Olympic oval being built in Richmond. So pretty. http://blog.seattletimes.nwsource.com/olympics/2008/07/heres_your_publicly_financed_a.html

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