ladyiapetus: (Christmas: Purple Ornament and Garland)
And so another Christmas has come and (almost) gone. It was fairly decent as far as my standards go. Christmas with my dad's side of the family isn't happening until next Saturday (New Year's Eve), so all I've had to deal with is my mom's side of the family. It was a little weird this year with Grandpa being in the nursing home and all.

Got a Wacom Bamboo tablet for my laptop, and so far it's working out pretty well with PhotoImpression. Right now the only project I have to show for it is this:

Warning: crappily colored manga below )

Yes, it's Kotone Amano from the Xros Wars manga, colored in PhotoImpression with my new Wacom. I can only improve from here.
ladyiapetus: (Christmas: Purple Ornaments)
Ahh, another year another fairly decent Christmas. Got a new digital camera to replace my old one which had crapped out on me earlier this year. It's basically a newer model of the one I had before (Nikon Coolpix), but hopefully it'll have a longer lifespan than that one had. The slipcase for my laptop is going to have to go back, though, as it's just big enough to be too small.

And thanks to Mom, I now want soap in my stocking every year.

Had to order a new USB cable for my external hard drive. Right now I have to position my hard drive in rather creative ways to get it to connect to the laptop. Hopefully this'll take care of the problem.
ladyiapetus: (Christmas: Purple Ornaments)
Ahh, another year another fairly decent Christmas. Got a new digital camera to replace my old one which had crapped out on me earlier this year. It's basically a newer model of the one I had before (Nikon Coolpix), but hopefully it'll have a longer lifespan than that one had. The slipcase for my laptop is going to have to go back, though, as it's just big enough to be too small.

And thanks to Mom, I now want soap in my stocking every year.

Had to order a new USB cable for my external hard drive. Right now I have to position my hard drive in rather creative ways to get it to connect to the laptop. Hopefully this'll take care of the problem.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
Well, Christmas has been over for...*checks clock* about fourteen minutes now. Had a fairly good run this year. Mom and Dad surprised the hell out of us by getting a Wii. A few of the games that came with it we probably won't be using so I'm going to see about donating them to the library. At least that way I know they'll get used. And while I suck at some of the Wii games (-9 at pool. Go me!), I discovered that I haven't lost a step when it comes to Super Mario 3.

Received some more sweaters for work. The brother totally surprised me by getting me jewelry, a nice necklace from C.J. Banks. Also got the first two seasons of NCIS and the third season of CSI: NY.

We got Tiger a new collar and a catnip mouse for his first Christmas. So naturally, he spent most of his time tunneling through the wrapping paper on the floor (though he might have had a little 'nip high going at the time). And it's damn funny watching him trying to chase the Wii cursor on the television screen.

No Christmas Day with the Gyorkos clan this year due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, everyone's coming to our house on Saturday. At least that gives us some time in between Christmases to get the house ready for company again. So, since we had nothing to do today (besides try the new game system out) some of the Beitel clan got back together for lunch out.

In non-Christmas news, I've discovered Numb3rs. Snagged the first season from the library the night before last, and I've been watching random episodes. I think I could get into it.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
Well, Christmas has been over for...*checks clock* about fourteen minutes now. Had a fairly good run this year. Mom and Dad surprised the hell out of us by getting a Wii. A few of the games that came with it we probably won't be using so I'm going to see about donating them to the library. At least that way I know they'll get used. And while I suck at some of the Wii games (-9 at pool. Go me!), I discovered that I haven't lost a step when it comes to Super Mario 3.

Received some more sweaters for work. The brother totally surprised me by getting me jewelry, a nice necklace from C.J. Banks. Also got the first two seasons of NCIS and the third season of CSI: NY.

We got Tiger a new collar and a catnip mouse for his first Christmas. So naturally, he spent most of his time tunneling through the wrapping paper on the floor (though he might have had a little 'nip high going at the time). And it's damn funny watching him trying to chase the Wii cursor on the television screen.

No Christmas Day with the Gyorkos clan this year due to scheduling conflicts. Instead, everyone's coming to our house on Saturday. At least that gives us some time in between Christmases to get the house ready for company again. So, since we had nothing to do today (besides try the new game system out) some of the Beitel clan got back together for lunch out.

In non-Christmas news, I've discovered Numb3rs. Snagged the first season from the library the night before last, and I've been watching random episodes. I think I could get into it.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol. This is my all-time favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story. And it's made even more bittersweet by the fact that it's the Muppet family's first production without Jim and Richard.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
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The Muppet Christmas Carol. This is my all-time favorite adaptation of Charles Dickens' classic story. And it's made even more bittersweet by the fact that it's the Muppet family's first production without Jim and Richard.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: Christmas Past)
*sniffs the air*

Mom is making peanut brittle.




The Christmas season has finally begun.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: Christmas Past)
*sniffs the air*

Mom is making peanut brittle.




The Christmas season has finally begun.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
Well, another Christmas has come and almost gone. Got just about everything I asked for - CSI Miami season 2 and the special edition of Shadow Chronicles, a new watch and new bedsheets.

The folks totally surprised me with a new iPod nano (Gen 3, 8GB w/video), as apparently Mom forgot that I already had a regular iPod from three Christmases ago (I had originally gotten a Creative Media mp3 player which crapped out on me in less than a month, and the store let us exchange it for an iPod). The Nano came with a portable speaker system (which is docking adaptable for the first and second generation Nanos but not third, natch), and my original plan was to dock the old iPod in the stereo and use the Nano as my portable mp3 player. But then the brother expressed interest in having a larger-gig iPod for all of his music, since all he has is one of the discontinued Minis, so I passed my old one on to him. So everything worked out all right on that score.

I'm contemplating naming the new iPod. So far all I've come up with is 'Fred'. *shrugs* I'unno.

Tomorrow is another day off of work (yay!), but I'm not sure what we're going to be doing yet. I'm hoping we do a shopping/movie day up in Rockford.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
Well, another Christmas has come and almost gone. Got just about everything I asked for - CSI Miami season 2 and the special edition of Shadow Chronicles, a new watch and new bedsheets.

The folks totally surprised me with a new iPod nano (Gen 3, 8GB w/video), as apparently Mom forgot that I already had a regular iPod from three Christmases ago (I had originally gotten a Creative Media mp3 player which crapped out on me in less than a month, and the store let us exchange it for an iPod). The Nano came with a portable speaker system (which is docking adaptable for the first and second generation Nanos but not third, natch), and my original plan was to dock the old iPod in the stereo and use the Nano as my portable mp3 player. But then the brother expressed interest in having a larger-gig iPod for all of his music, since all he has is one of the discontinued Minis, so I passed my old one on to him. So everything worked out all right on that score.

I'm contemplating naming the new iPod. So far all I've come up with is 'Fred'. *shrugs* I'unno.

Tomorrow is another day off of work (yay!), but I'm not sure what we're going to be doing yet. I'm hoping we do a shopping/movie day up in Rockford.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
Christmas was a bit more low-key this year. I received, among other things, a wall charger for my iPod and a new set of headphones (my others were getting a bit ratty). Supposedly I'm also getting the 20th Anniversary Robotech soundtrack, but that's still in the mail. But I've got an iTunes gift card so that'll tide me over as far as music goes.

Didn't do too shabbily as far as gift cards go. My Best Buy cards are going to DVDs, but I'm not sure if I want to get the first two seasons of CSI: Miami, or the first season of CSI: Miami and the Gummi Bears DVD set. Oh well, see when we get there.

This afternoon its off to my aunt's house (a different aunt, not the one who owns the Newfoundlands) for Christmas with Dad's side of the family.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: We Reach For You)
Christmas was a bit more low-key this year. I received, among other things, a wall charger for my iPod and a new set of headphones (my others were getting a bit ratty). Supposedly I'm also getting the 20th Anniversary Robotech soundtrack, but that's still in the mail. But I've got an iTunes gift card so that'll tide me over as far as music goes.

Didn't do too shabbily as far as gift cards go. My Best Buy cards are going to DVDs, but I'm not sure if I want to get the first two seasons of CSI: Miami, or the first season of CSI: Miami and the Gummi Bears DVD set. Oh well, see when we get there.

This afternoon its off to my aunt's house (a different aunt, not the one who owns the Newfoundlands) for Christmas with Dad's side of the family.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: Christmas Past)
Ookay, it's 5 to 8 on a snow day and I'm not sleeping in. You'd think I'd take advantage of this opportunity after having to get up at the crack of dead all the rest of this week.

Snagged this from [livejournal.com profile] germankitty.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate. I've never had eggnog before, and I don't think I'll start. I mean, nogging eggs...that's just wrong.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
In all of my twenty-five years on this planet, Mom and Dad Santa has never wrapped a present he's put under the tree. When I was younger we had to wait until Mom and Dad got up to take stuff out of the boxes, though.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or clear?
We used to put colored lights on, but for the past fifteen years or so we've used white. Except for Mom's purple/tacky tree. That gets purple lights.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope. Not even the fake, plastic mistletoe.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Normally we wait until a few days into December. But this year with Dad going back to Singapore, the Christmas roof lights went up the day after Thanksgiving. Mom put up the garland and the porch lights this week, but the lights decided to crap out on her after she put them up. Looks like we're probably going to have to wait for Dad to come home to fix that problem. In-house decorations probably won't go up until either this weekend or next week. The tree normally goes up in the first part of December, but again this year we'll have to wait until Dad comes home.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Taco platter.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Hmm...don't have a specific favorite holiday memory. Although I do still remember the Christmas Eve where I set my hair on fire somewhat vividly. That's one I probably won't forget. Oh, and there's also the Christmas story I wrote for first grade. Our assignment was to write about Rudolph's nose going out and how he fixed the problem. Other kids wrote about Rudolph changing the light bulb in his nose; I wrote my first crossover by having TenderHeart Bear of the Care Bears using his Care Bear Stare to make Rudolph's nose glow again.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
When I was in middle school. My mom basically sat me down in my room and asked, "You know there's no such thing as Santa, right?"

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We used to do it on Christmas Eve afternoon, before relatives came over to our house to celebrate (or we went to one of their houses). Now we actually do it on Dec. 23 so that we have more time on Christmas Eve to get stuff ready, since everyone just comes over to our house now.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?:
Love it when I don't have to scrape it off my car and drive in it. Speaking of, I think my car's half-buried already...

12. Can you ice skate?
Never tried.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
My favorite would definately have to be the CozyHeart Penguin plush (old school) I got a few years ago. When I was a little kid, CozyHeart was the only Care Bear toy I had, and Mom made me sell her along with a bunch of my other stuffed animals. When I started collecting Care Bears I always checked flea markets, but the only Cousins the vendors ever had were SwiftHeart, BraveHeart, LotsaHeart and GentleHeart.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Seeing the decorations out and stuff. It always makes the house seem brighter and more festive.

15. What is your favorite Holiday dessert?
Ooh, boy. Tough choice between my mom's sugar cookies and her peanut butter Rice Krispie squares. And her peanut brittle. And peppermint stick ice cream is always good...mmm, peppermint stick ice cream...

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
We don't really follow through with it now, but since my dad's side of the family is so big we had to draw names for the gift exchange. There were two pools - one for the grandkids and another for the adults. We drew names when we had our Thanksgiving get-together.

17. What tops your tree?
When I was younger, we had a foil star that went up at the top of the tree. When we moved into our current house, we traded in the star for an angel. A few years ago we switched out the angel for a purple (naturally) needle.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I like to do both. It's part of why I joined [livejournal.com profile] holiday_wishes.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
I like any Christmas song when its sung by the Muppets ;) In all seriousness, I'd have to say its a three way tie between "When the River Meets the Sea", "True Blue Miracle" (from Chrismas Eve on Sesame Street) and "Carol of the Bells" as performed by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: Christmas Past)
Ookay, it's 5 to 8 on a snow day and I'm not sleeping in. You'd think I'd take advantage of this opportunity after having to get up at the crack of dead all the rest of this week.

Snagged this from [livejournal.com profile] germankitty.

1. Egg Nog or Hot Chocolate?
Hot chocolate. I've never had eggnog before, and I don't think I'll start. I mean, nogging eggs...that's just wrong.

2. Does Santa wrap presents or just set them under the tree?
In all of my twenty-five years on this planet, Mom and Dad Santa has never wrapped a present he's put under the tree. When I was younger we had to wait until Mom and Dad got up to take stuff out of the boxes, though.

3. Colored lights on tree/house or clear?
We used to put colored lights on, but for the past fifteen years or so we've used white. Except for Mom's purple/tacky tree. That gets purple lights.

4. Do you hang mistletoe?
Nope. Not even the fake, plastic mistletoe.

5. When do you put your decorations up?
Normally we wait until a few days into December. But this year with Dad going back to Singapore, the Christmas roof lights went up the day after Thanksgiving. Mom put up the garland and the porch lights this week, but the lights decided to crap out on her after she put them up. Looks like we're probably going to have to wait for Dad to come home to fix that problem. In-house decorations probably won't go up until either this weekend or next week. The tree normally goes up in the first part of December, but again this year we'll have to wait until Dad comes home.

6. What is your favorite holiday dish?
Taco platter.

7. Favorite Holiday memory as a child:
Hmm...don't have a specific favorite holiday memory. Although I do still remember the Christmas Eve where I set my hair on fire somewhat vividly. That's one I probably won't forget. Oh, and there's also the Christmas story I wrote for first grade. Our assignment was to write about Rudolph's nose going out and how he fixed the problem. Other kids wrote about Rudolph changing the light bulb in his nose; I wrote my first crossover by having TenderHeart Bear of the Care Bears using his Care Bear Stare to make Rudolph's nose glow again.

8. When and how did you learn the truth about Santa?
When I was in middle school. My mom basically sat me down in my room and asked, "You know there's no such thing as Santa, right?"

9. Do you open a gift on Christmas Eve?
We used to do it on Christmas Eve afternoon, before relatives came over to our house to celebrate (or we went to one of their houses). Now we actually do it on Dec. 23 so that we have more time on Christmas Eve to get stuff ready, since everyone just comes over to our house now.

11. Snow! Love it or Dread it?:
Love it when I don't have to scrape it off my car and drive in it. Speaking of, I think my car's half-buried already...

12. Can you ice skate?
Never tried.

13. Do you remember your favorite gift?
My favorite would definately have to be the CozyHeart Penguin plush (old school) I got a few years ago. When I was a little kid, CozyHeart was the only Care Bear toy I had, and Mom made me sell her along with a bunch of my other stuffed animals. When I started collecting Care Bears I always checked flea markets, but the only Cousins the vendors ever had were SwiftHeart, BraveHeart, LotsaHeart and GentleHeart.

14. What's the most important thing about the Holidays for you?
Seeing the decorations out and stuff. It always makes the house seem brighter and more festive.

15. What is your favorite Holiday dessert?
Ooh, boy. Tough choice between my mom's sugar cookies and her peanut butter Rice Krispie squares. And her peanut brittle. And peppermint stick ice cream is always good...mmm, peppermint stick ice cream...

16. What is your favorite holiday tradition?
We don't really follow through with it now, but since my dad's side of the family is so big we had to draw names for the gift exchange. There were two pools - one for the grandkids and another for the adults. We drew names when we had our Thanksgiving get-together.

17. What tops your tree?
When I was younger, we had a foil star that went up at the top of the tree. When we moved into our current house, we traded in the star for an angel. A few years ago we switched out the angel for a purple (naturally) needle.

18. Which do you prefer, giving or receiving?
I like to do both. It's part of why I joined [livejournal.com profile] holiday_wishes.

19. What is your favorite Christmas Song?
I like any Christmas song when its sung by the Muppets ;) In all seriousness, I'd have to say its a three way tie between "When the River Meets the Sea", "True Blue Miracle" (from Chrismas Eve on Sesame Street) and "Carol of the Bells" as performed by the Trans Siberian Orchestra.
ladyiapetus: (Aelita: Glow)
So...Christmas. Had Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family Saturday and Christmas with my dad's side of the family at my Aunt Kay's house yesterday (didn't get as slimed as much by their Newfoundlands that much this year, thank God). Christmas Eve without Grandma was...easier to get through than I anticipated. Maybe it's because last year at this time she was in the nursing home recovering from surgery, so I was used to her not being there. Who knows?

If you're interested in my Xmas take, click the cut )

Today was everyone's day off, so not much got done around our house today except maybe laundry. And the dishes. And half of my brother's and my bathroom got cleaned (I know, because I cleaned my half). We went and saw a movie this evening: The Family Stone. It was a pretty good movie, although a bit more serious in places than I was expecting. And was it me, or did the actor who played Thad (the deaf brother) bear some resemblance to John Tartaglia from Avenue Q?

Well, tomorrow it's back to the old grind. It's the end of the year which means inventory time, which means a ton of shelfreading and courting the risk of going permanently cross-eyed. Hopefully the kids will be better behaved than they were last week (I almost killed that one kid for giving me a heart attack; next time they attempt to climb on the furniture, their butts are out the door). I think I'm working with Monica again.

P.S. - I am so addicted to [livejournal.com profile] sages_of_chaos.
ladyiapetus: (Aelita: Glow)
So...Christmas. Had Christmas Eve with my mom's side of the family Saturday and Christmas with my dad's side of the family at my Aunt Kay's house yesterday (didn't get as slimed as much by their Newfoundlands that much this year, thank God). Christmas Eve without Grandma was...easier to get through than I anticipated. Maybe it's because last year at this time she was in the nursing home recovering from surgery, so I was used to her not being there. Who knows?

If you're interested in my Xmas take, click the cut )

Today was everyone's day off, so not much got done around our house today except maybe laundry. And the dishes. And half of my brother's and my bathroom got cleaned (I know, because I cleaned my half). We went and saw a movie this evening: The Family Stone. It was a pretty good movie, although a bit more serious in places than I was expecting. And was it me, or did the actor who played Thad (the deaf brother) bear some resemblance to John Tartaglia from Avenue Q?

Well, tomorrow it's back to the old grind. It's the end of the year which means inventory time, which means a ton of shelfreading and courting the risk of going permanently cross-eyed. Hopefully the kids will be better behaved than they were last week (I almost killed that one kid for giving me a heart attack; next time they attempt to climb on the furniture, their butts are out the door). I think I'm working with Monica again.

P.S. - I am so addicted to [livejournal.com profile] sages_of_chaos.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: Christmas Past)
Well, the Christmas holiday didn't go too badly for me. Got a bunch of nice sweaters and a couple nice pairs of pants from my folks. Also received an extra CD-ROM drive for the computer. Total take went like this:

  • Three sweaters, two shirts, a pair of courderoy pants and a pair of jeans.

  • Extra CD-ROM drive for the computer, and a new ream of paper for the printer (I was so not amused by that last one)

  • Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now album

  • One of those Italian modular charm bracelets, complete with five charms (two of which arrived by mail two days after Christmas)

  • A boxed set of all four of Manheim Steamroller's Christmas CDs, plus their book A Night Like No Other

  • A storage case for my CDs

  • Treasure Planet and The Dark Crystal on DVD

  • $50 in gift cards for Barnes & Noble (from my grandparents)

  • $10 from my other grandma

  • A new Care Bear Cousin to add to my Care Bears collection

  • A brand new, 2003 silver dollar


All in all, not too bad. Christmas Eve kind of sucked because my grandparents were sick with the flu or...something. Either way they weren't able to make it to church and they weren't able to come to our house either. What makes it majorly suck was that yesterday was their wedding anniversary (25th; Grandma Alice is my grandpa's second wife. Grandma Cheryl died before I was born). We were supposed to take them out to dinner at the same place where they had their wedding reception, but Grandma was still too sick to go. So we ended up postponing it.

Christmas Day was spent at my Grandma Merce's house in Rockford. I spent most of my time talking with the adults and my cousin Kristen. It still boggles me that she is two years younger than I am and raising two daughters pretty much by herself, and not doing too bad a job of it. On the other hand I barely said a word to my other two cousins, who I used to be ultra-close to. Damn weird.
ladyiapetus: (Muppet Christmas Carol: Christmas Past)
Well, the Christmas holiday didn't go too badly for me. Got a bunch of nice sweaters and a couple nice pairs of pants from my folks. Also received an extra CD-ROM drive for the computer. Total take went like this:

  • Three sweaters, two shirts, a pair of courderoy pants and a pair of jeans.

  • Extra CD-ROM drive for the computer, and a new ream of paper for the printer (I was so not amused by that last one)

  • Joni Mitchell's Both Sides Now album

  • One of those Italian modular charm bracelets, complete with five charms (two of which arrived by mail two days after Christmas)

  • A boxed set of all four of Manheim Steamroller's Christmas CDs, plus their book A Night Like No Other

  • A storage case for my CDs

  • Treasure Planet and The Dark Crystal on DVD

  • $50 in gift cards for Barnes & Noble (from my grandparents)

  • $10 from my other grandma

  • A new Care Bear Cousin to add to my Care Bears collection

  • A brand new, 2003 silver dollar


All in all, not too bad. Christmas Eve kind of sucked because my grandparents were sick with the flu or...something. Either way they weren't able to make it to church and they weren't able to come to our house either. What makes it majorly suck was that yesterday was their wedding anniversary (25th; Grandma Alice is my grandpa's second wife. Grandma Cheryl died before I was born). We were supposed to take them out to dinner at the same place where they had their wedding reception, but Grandma was still too sick to go. So we ended up postponing it.

Christmas Day was spent at my Grandma Merce's house in Rockford. I spent most of my time talking with the adults and my cousin Kristen. It still boggles me that she is two years younger than I am and raising two daughters pretty much by herself, and not doing too bad a job of it. On the other hand I barely said a word to my other two cousins, who I used to be ultra-close to. Damn weird.

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