alwaysamy: (kids)
And ride it, too! 

She's one of those kids -- if she decides to do something, she'll pretty much do it until she figures it out, no matter how long it takes. And in this case, it didn't take long -- start to finish, it took maybe three hours for her to go from training wheels off to pushing off on her own and using the brakes without pitching over them.

If you go here, you'll get a taste of her glee.

alwaysamy: (books)
I just finished The Thirteenth Tale, by Diane Setterfield. WOW. One of the best books I've read in years. It's everything a novel should be, in the most old-fashioned sense of the word, and her style is timeless -- there are no pop culture references here, no mentions of TV or the Internet, or even cell phones. It could be set anytime in the last thirty years or so, and in the end it doesn't matter *when* it's set.

It's got everything -- ghosts, twins, madness, incest, a crumbling old estate, a governess, a secret baby, and most importantly books themselves. The power of story here is the point, and it's magnificent.

I'm finishing up The Sweet Far Thing, by Libba Bray, right now -- I have no idea why it took me so long to get to this book, which is the third in her series. After that, I'm wide open, and remembering what summer usually means to me when it comes to books.

For years, of course, some lucky summers meant a new Harry Potter, and almost every summer means a new Julia Quinn and/or a new Nicci French -- light, sexy or suspenseful beach reads. There's no more Harry (::sobs bitterly::), and I think I've grown out of Quinn and French, much as I liked them in the past.

Any recommendations?

alwaysamy: (kids)
This picture is from last summer, but I don't have a more recent one where their heads are close enough together.

This picture is SO them, too, each of them.

First day of summer down, only ... god knows how many to go.
alwaysamy: (ferris wheel)
almost.

The LJ writer's block question the other day was about your fantasy vacation. Here's mine:

A house in the Outer Banks. Not too big --  don't want much to clean, after all -- with a wide covered porch and a porch swing. Or, even better, one of these rope swings.

It would be walking distance to the beach, and with a deck as well as a porch for sunning and outdoor evenings with bee and cigarettes and music. A couple of kites, some boogie boards, a Frisbee, and bikes.

I'd have a book to work on, and plenty to read. The kids would have the beach every day, and a tower room with games and art stuff for rainy days. There would be room for my mom and dad to come down a few different weekends, and maybe my brother and sister-in-law, too.

S. could supervise some summer-long endeavor, like learning to sail or ride horseback, to keep them all busy while I write and read and make dinner, lots of salads and fresh seafood.

Walks on the beach at night, a couple of evenings spent at the amusement park (little, not Six Flags style) for the arcade and the ferris wheel and the Himalaya and the Spider. (And the funnel cakes.)

Rarely not barefoot. Lots of clean fresh salty air. The sound of the tide and the gulls. Games of Scrabble or Pictionary after dinner.

That's where I'd be.

Meme time!

Jun. 13th, 2009 09:50 am
alwaysamy: (subway A)
It's icon meme time!

1. Reply to this post, and I will pick six of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.

[profile] la_perkins  chose:



This is from the scene in The Shining where Wendy finds Jack's manuscript, which consists entirely of pages of "All work and no play makes Jack a dull boy." Sometimes writing feels just like that.



Ladies and gentlemen, Brendon Urie, of Panic at the Disco. This is from a  photo shoot taken during the "Open Happiness" video shoot -- it's a song commissioned by Coke, featuring all kinds of people, and Brendon's on it. I think he looks like a 40s film star here, thanks for [livejournal.com profile] ailleann23  making this icon for me, and making it B&W. I also think Brendon is just beautiful, and incredibly talented. I may have a bit of a crush.



Grover was always my favorite on Sesame Street. And here he's Super Grover! This is one of my happy icons.



I wanted a sadface icon, and who better than Dean? Although on first glance he simply looks nauseous, doesn't he? Hmm.



From Heathers, one of my all-time favorite movies. I've had days like that.

alwaysamy: (books)
I stole this from Facebook. The object was to sit down and note the first fifteen books that came to mind within fifteen minutes. This is my fairly weird list. A scholar I am not, apparently.

I did this here because I wanted to write a little about each title, and Facebook sometimes seemed a little cramped to me. So. Post your own list! It's fun.



alwaysamy: (bden film star)
Pictures of Gerard Way and Lyndsey Ballato's daughter, Bandit. I'm assuming she didn't arrive complete with a kerchief and a tiny lasso, but I'd like to see, you know?

The new Panic at the Disco album. Stop surfing and going to movies and get to work recording, boys. Kthnxbai.

Nora Roberts' next trilogy. Especially if it's as good as the last one. 

A whole documentary SERIES about gay penguins raising chicks, because that's just made of awesome.

A giant bowl of fresh cherries. I could possibly swing that one later today, though.

alwaysamy: (sam squee)
My friend Jilli, aka The Lady of the Manners, has written a book. And if you go here, you can see the first of several charming videos about it! 

And if you go here, you can see her gorgeously redesigned website, the fabulous Gothic Charm School, where you'll find all sort of tidbits about her new book...

which looks like this: 



Go! Browse, buy! And take note of the subtitle: An Essential Guide for Goths and Those Who Love Them. It's as charming as Jilli herself, and a fascinating read (even for those of us whose Goth stops with a love of haunted houses and an affinity for the Addames).
alwaysamy: (brendon smirk)
Five things that are true for me today:

1) I have not grown out of wanting to be Samantha Stevens.

2) Hair as short as mine is currently needs to be trimmed a LOT.

3) There is always something else to dust.

4) It's more fun to write this entry than do actual work.

5) There are a lot of words most people probably never need to know how to spell.

Tell me some things that are true for you today?
alwaysamy: (grover)
Things I've learned today:

1) Glue apparently does not stick to styrofoam. Hmmm.

2) Elizabeth Taylor is Twittering? IDEK, okay?

3) I'm getting good at coloring my hair without making a mess. With Stephen's help, but still.

4) It's impossible for me *not* to watch 100 Greatest Songs of the 80s. Same goes for singing along with "Keep On Lovin' You".

5) My friends live too far away from me.
alwaysamy: (bden film star)
Because I can't be assed to do anything productive yet this morning.

1) Ashton Kutcher -- strangely adorable or OMG NO?

2) When's the last time you got completely unexpected flowers?

3) What color polish is on your toenails right now?

4) What book are you reading right now?

5) If you could be on any reality show, which one would it be?
alwaysamy: (grover)
Sara's class went to the zoo today, and I got to tag along as a chaperone. It was one of the hottest days of the year so far, which I think stunned the creatures into a general mass coma, but much fun was had. 

See? 









alwaysamy: (bden film star)
It's my old man's birthday. There are cupcakes, and there were nice birthday kisses. 

Sara was dancing to Hannah Montana for us, and stopped in the middle of her "routine". Ben announced, "We're apparently taking a short intermission." Sara WHIRLED on him, pointed finger and all, and said, "I'll send YOU to a mission!" Heh.

I have a dozen red and yellow tulips from the backyard in a vase on my dresser and they smell lovely.

I got tapped for a rush copyediting assignment today, which means a higher rate per hour -- always a plus.

Sara no longer wants to be read to -- she's reading her Dr. Seuss books on her own. I got treated to a full reading of Green Eggs and Ham yesterday.

The new Gaslight Anthem album makes me really, really happy. It's a perfect mix of old-school garage rock, bluesy guitar and vocals, some Springsteen vibes, and the occasional Counting Crows reference. LOVE.

alwaysamy: (bden film star)
Like, late for being a total fangirl, which Panic at the Disco has made of me. Jesus, this boy is so beautiful and so talented, I just ...

::FLAILS::



He looks like a '40s film star. ALL MEN SHOULD WEAR HATS LIKE THAT, PLEASE. Take note, make types.

I approve!

Apr. 15th, 2009 08:38 pm
alwaysamy: (grover)
Liz Claiborne Seamless Underwire for $16.98? Most comfortable bra I've ever worn (if not exactly the sexiest, but hey, it's an everyday bra) and at a price I like very much.

Tiny Butterfinger Easter eggs? So very awesome.

The Umbrella Academy, by Gerard Way, art by Gabriel Ba. I'm not really a comics girl, at least as a reader. I adore the larger than life, so often angsty characters, the mythology, the stories, the metaphors, but they generally only work for me on film. I had to try Umbrella Academy, though, as a huge My Chemical Romance/Gerard Way fan, and it rocked like a very rocking thing. The art alone is gorgeous, but the story is this quirky combination of snark, pathos, pop culture, and action. Love. Word is, they're looking at screenwriters for a movie adaptation, and right now the next two issues of the second storyline are out in stores. 

Tree Tavern frozen pizza. Oh my god, it's like my childhood on a plate. This is available only in the NJ/PA area (possibly NY), and for a long time was completely unavailable, which was completely unacceptable. But it's back! If you grew up in Jersey, you've probably had one, and if you don't agree that they're the most perfect frozen pizza in the history of ever ... please don't tell me, because you make the baby Jesus cry with talk like that. My lovely husband found them in a ShopRite near my parents' house over the holiday weekend, and I nearly expired of sheer glee.






alwaysamy: (panic group)
But I have had wine, so.

I was thinking today that the greatest reality show ever would be a Celebrity Idol. Get a whole bunch of current artists to play, and make it for the charity of their choice if they win. Imagine! 

Brendon Urie (Panic at the Disco) doing country! Patrick Stump (Fall Out Boy) doing Motown! The guy from Nickelback doing show tunes! Christina Aguilera doing ... Barry Manilow! (Or something.) It would be funny as hell, and crazy entertaining, and if the artists could keep their egos wrapped up long enough to get voted off, it would be Made of Awesome. I feel this.

Who has Simon Cowell's phone number?
alwaysamy: (hardison geek)
I never do these. But I'm procrastinating, so.

1) What's the last really good news you heard? For you or someone you care about. 

2) What's the last movie that you walked out of/turned off/ranted about? 

3) Crayons, markers, or colored pencils?

4) Having your back scratched or your shoulders rubbed? 

5) What color are your toenails? 
alwaysamy: (fnl happy)
So on Facebook everyone's been doing these Top Five lists -- Five TV Shows You've Seen  Every Episode Of, Five Movies From Your Childhood, etc.

Here's mine. Five totally guilty pleasure movies I can't not watch if they're on (and sometimes seek out ON PURPOSE).

Coal Miner's Daughter: Okay, it's an Oscar winner, yes, but I'm not even a Loretta Lynn fan! Yet I have seen this movie more times than I can count, I can sing along with the soundtrack in my sleep, and I long ago got over the horror of Mooney marrying a thirteen-year-old girl. (Okay, maybe not completely.) Loretta is so plucky! Or something. 

Malice: Bill Pullman being adorable and clueless! Nicole Kidman being baaaaad! Alec Baldwin, pre-paunch, being sexy and arrogant and strangely almost ethical, if you squint right! House porn! I am a total sucker for this movie.

Con Air: There are no words. John Cusack being awesome. Nicholas Cage's horrible southern accent and convict hair. John Malcovich being a mastermind criminal with a silly nickname. Steve Buscemi being creepy with a random little girl. Lots of things exploding. I love it without reservation. I know, I know, don't judge me.

The Blue Lagoon: Okay, now you can judge me. But it's a leftover from my childhood! It was ... like the Twilight of my preteen years, but with actual (offscreen) we're-so-innocentcakes sex! And it's gorgeous -- that island, the water, the nubile young people, the soundtrack! Sigh.

Sleeping with the Enemy: I don't even know why I watch this one. Julia Roberts makes a fugly boy, for one thing. I think it's the house porn, both the Cape Cod house and the small-town Victorian (which I COVET). And I'm ashamed to say the scene in the theater's costume room makes me swoony with romance.

Okay, now share. What are yours? 
alwaysamy: (dean seriously)
Tomorrow I'm off to Seattle to see many people I love dearly -- some of whom I haven't met in person yet! Very exciting.

If this continues (although, you know, it won't, unless I win the lottery or finally find a sugar daddy), I could start a blog called The Reluctant Traveler. Not that I'm reluctant to *be* in the places I go to, but I'm not the most laid-back person ever when it comes to the actual *travel* part. (Cue rant about discrimination against us poor, hapless, stupid smokers.)

I have learned a lot about how to pack for five days in a single carry-on suitcase, though. I hate to check bags. It's all about one or two pair of shoes that go with everything! And napping on the plane is never a problem for me, either, but man,  I feel for people with extra long legs who are either not in first class or in a bulkhead seat. I'm only 5'4" and the leg room is hard for *me* after two hours.

So, off to the Pacific Northwest for fun, frivolity, flailing, and ... other things that start with F, I guess. (Except that one. Jesus, people.) Back later Monday night ... with a full report sometime Tuesday when I'm less jet-lagged.

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