|Aug. 31st, 2010 10:11 am Writer's Block: Love is timeless|
What is your opinion of relationships where there is a significant age difference between partners?
Doesn't matter the age physically - what matters is the maturity mentally and emotionally. I've seen the best relationships working out between people with a large age difference and the most difficult relationships end disasterously between two are the same age. Age shouldn't be the deciding factor - we all mature differently and at different rates. Plus, common interests and common views of life make a big difference as well.
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|Aug. 30th, 2010 08:45 pm Baby Update|
**This is an update for my family and, well, since I've been busy/tired/etc, I thought I'd post it here as well, just so people know where I'm at and how things are. This may sound a bit more "upbeat" than my usual posts, but only because I don't tend to tell my family about the random emotional stuff, the gory details, nor the strange thoughts in my head. *shrug* I guess I save that sort of stuff for Karl and here. ;)
In any case, one prego update coming up!!! :D
Hi everyone! *waves* It's been while since I got myself to sit still and do one of these!
I just realized that it's been over 2 months since I last updated!!!! Good grief! I've honestly tried to write some updates but got very busy with work, home, and sleep! Every time I went back to finish the update, I was already into the next week (or week after that...or week after that) and sort of gave up and tried to start over again. *shakes head at self* So, scrapping that, here we are at week 38....
WEEK 38!!!! I still can't believe how fast these 9 1/2 months have gone! It doesn't seem that long ago that I was standing in my bathroom and looking at my positive test a bit dumbfounded (I hadn't honestly expected to be pregnant - I just thought it was stress!) Still, here we are with less than 2 weeks to go (if Kiddo plans to be on the nose with her arrival - she's been pretty on the dot with everything else, so it wouldn't surprise me if she decided to be punctual like her dad and arrive right on the 10th!)
Things seem to be running smoothly. Being in the last month, I now have a prenatal appointment every week. The last two appointments consisted of taking the Group Strep B test (which came out negative, HURRAY!) and getting up to date on what to expect as we get closer to the due date (when to call, when to expect to go to the hospital, what the procedure is if she's running late, etc). At this point, I seem to be gaining about a pound a week and, according to the midwives, have only gained about 18 pounds total (on the low side, but still healthy).
Kiddo is doing good. Last week I had several signs of getting closer to her arrival and at last Friday's appointment, the midwife confirmed that Kiddo had indeed started to drop (she said my consuming of half a large pizza was a good sign also and that Kiddo was dropping enough for my stomach to have room to take in more food!) I've included a few pictures from the past month. They should go in order of 34 weeks, 36 1/2 weeks, and 38 weeks.
The last one in the blue shirt was taken yesterday and, I'm not sure if you can tell from the angle, but my belly had dropped considerable since my Friday appointment. Karl said he could tell as my belly was sitting lower than the table at Fox & Goose than the last time we went! XD
Other than that, all is still going well. The midwives all say I'm in good health and unless something completely unexpected happens, the birth should be pretty uneventful. Hopefully she doesn't take after me who is usually late and/or unpredictable! ;) Karl and I are both packed for the hospital and have our phones and numbers lists ready. We'll update and phone tree everyone as best we can after everything.
Well, that's it for now. Until next time, take care and wish us luck! :) ~j
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|Jul. 30th, 2010 01:52 pm The Friday Five|
Haven't done one of these in awhile....
THE FRIDAY FIVE
1. What is your favorite drink of all time? Does it holda special memory for you or is it just because it tastes good?
**I think my favorite all time drink at the moment is a Thai Ice Tea with Tapioca pearls. I don't know why but not only do I like the flavor but I like nawing on the Tapioca! It's just fun! XD
2. Tea or coffee or hot chocolate?
**Tea or hot chocolate, depending on my mood. I can't have coffee - it rips up my stomach! :(
3. Best summer time drink?
**I'd say either a fruit smoothy or flavored iced tea.
4. Worst soda brand ever?
**It's not the "worst" really, but it's certainly not a favorite of mine - Pepsi.
5. Water: flavored, bottled, carbonated, or regular old tap?
**Can I choose "filtered"?
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|Jul. 28th, 2010 01:50 pm 5 Questions|
Leave a comment saying ":D" and:
-I'll respond by asking you five questions to satisfy my curiosity.
-Update your journal with the answers to your questions.
-Include this explanation and offer to ask other people questions.
1. What's your process when you do a comic? Do you start with the joke, the art, or the scenario? Then what?
**I usually start with the joke/idea – something happens in real life and it will often form into comic panels in my head (but not always the way they happened in real life). I sometimes talk it out with my husband to gauge his reaction if I’m uncertain of my phrasing of dialogue. I will then do a skeleton comic – basically map out dialogue with stick figures; figure out how many boxes I need or if I wish to arrange them differently. Once satisfied, I’ll draw the comic for real in pencil, ink with pen (erasing pencil lines), then color with colored pencils. TADA! Finished comic! :)
2. Have you ever played in any roleplaying games? How did it go, or why not if you haven't?
**I’ve tried D&D when I was little (my sister used to DM the Basic game) but got bored (I was only 8 at the time). I played a little bit of D&D and Star Wars with my boyfriend in high school, but his friends really didn’t think girls should RP and I wasn’t much of a “power gamer”, so that didn’t last long either. About 13 years ago, Karl (who’s now my husband) put together a Shadowrun campaign and invited a bunch of friends to play. My boyfriend at the time got so into it, that he criticized how I played, not having memorized the rule books like he did, etc. It was sort of a turn off. This lasted a few years, but with people leaving college/town, our group sort of dwindled and the game stopped. Still, this promoted others to begin D&D games again and several groups popped up, but I was burnt out and didn’t get involved again until about four years ago. I created a Bard character who started the campaign stuck in donkey form due to a rather upset sorcerer. Her powers were sporadic and the group a bit oblivious to the fact things happened whenever she brayed. She was fun and I was sorry when all was figured out and she got restored to her human form. (If anything, my friend’s cleric would often freeze an enemy and I would knock them over and trample them in battle!) XD Due to some personal issues between some players and lack of time on the DM’s end, that game sort of dwindled out as well and I’m back to being on sabbatical from RPing again.
3. Do you have a favorite theater production you've been involved with? What was it, and why is it your favorite?
**I have two:
~Exit the Body – It was a play I did in high school my Junior year. The production was good and we had a really great cast, but they were very “cliquey” and I never fit in. I often got treated like crap. What I loved about this play was my character Jenny the maid – she was a stereotypical country bumpkin that had the best “stupid” lines. At the end of the play, she ends up being an undercover cop! Every night when we were done, I had dozens and dozens of parents tell me I was their favorite character, much to the dismay of the “drama clique”! (KARMA RULES!) XD
~The Boys From Syracuse – a musical version of Shakespeare’s Comedy of Errors. I was part of the chorus for this my second year in college. It was a huge cast but what made it fun was that practically the whole cast got along! We had a good time in rehearsals and were at Lyon’s or some cast get together nearly every single night! I’m not sure how I passed classes that semester, but that was the most fun. Yes there were the occasional “drama” stuff that happens with any large group, but it wasn’t too bad and how often do you get told by the gay male lead that you’re a “pretty good kisser and could we do that again?” ;)
4. What is an unusual song you would love to choreograph a routine for, but haven't done so yet for whatever reason?
**The song itself isn’t unusual, nor probably is my idea, but I’d like to choreograph the song “Accidentally In Love” by Counting Crows. When I listen to it, each section’s sound/mood changes and reminds me of a different style of dance. I’ve graphed out what dance I want each section to be, but I never got to finish it due to other things in my life and my dance burnout back in the fall of `07. Also, not having danced much in the past 2 years, I sort of feel out of the loop and unqualified to do it the way I’d like. I figure that will forever be on the back burner now. *shrug*
5. You must transcribe a lot of words that you don't often use yourself. What's your favorite? One that makes you smile or grimace whenever you type it?
**Our captioning system at work is actually voice captioning, so instead of typing I get to just respeak what I hear and the computer program will (hopefully) post the caption the way I say it. Our departments biggest menace word is probably “garage”. For whatever reason, and no matter who says it, whenever we have news story that involves a garage, the word will usually come out as “crotch”! So, we always have a good laugh at sentences like, “The man started a fire in his crotch.” Gotta love those caption goofs!
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|Jul. 22nd, 2010 04:33 pm A Ranger???? :/|
I Am A: Lawful Good Human Ranger (5th Level)
Lawful Good A lawful good character acts as a good person is expected or required to act. He combines a commitment to oppose evil with the discipline to fight relentlessly. He tells the truth, keeps his word, helps those in need, and speaks out against injustice. A lawful good character hates to see the guilty go unpunished. Lawful good is the best alignment you can be because it combines honor and compassion. However, lawful good can be a dangerous alignment because it restricts freedom and criminalizes self-interest.
Humans are the most adaptable of the common races. Short generations and a penchant for migration and conquest have made them physically diverse as well. Humans are often unorthodox in their dress, sporting unusual hairstyles, fanciful clothes, tattoos, and the like.
Rangers are skilled stalkers and hunters who make their home in the woods. Their martial skill is nearly the equal of the fighter, but they lack the latter's dedication to the craft of fighting. Instead, the ranger focuses his skills and training on a specific enemy a type of creature he bears a vengeful grudge against and hunts above all others. Rangers often accept the role of protector, aiding those who live in or travel through the woods. His skills allow him to move quietly and stick to the shadows, especially in natural settings, and he also has special knowledge of certain types of creatures. Finally, an experienced ranger has such a tie to nature that he can actually draw on natural power to cast divine spells, much as a druid does, and like a druid he is often accompanied by animal companions. A ranger's Wisdom score should be high, as this determines the maximum spell level that he can cast.
Find out What Kind of Dungeons and Dragons Character Would You Be?, courtesy of Easydamus (e-mail)
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|Jul. 22nd, 2010 04:05 pm BH in ASL|
If you guys haven't seen this before, you might like it.
Queen's Bohemian Rhapsody in American Sign Language
I think he did a beautiful job!
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|Jul. 13th, 2010 12:11 pm Small Update|
(also sort of posted on my DeviantArt page - I altered and added a few things here)
Last week, though short due to the holiday, felt long. I was feeling a bit sluggish most the week, but still was productive. Friday I had another baby appointment (the midwife says all still looks well) and dropped by Joce's to pick up a cross-stitch pattern. I, unfortunately, had to go back to work, but we were able to talk a short bit and I got to meet her not-shy sons (which was a nice change of pace for me, as kids usually shy away and hide if they don’t know me). One even wanted to look under my dress after Joce said I had a baby in my stomach! XD I’m sure she may have been embarrassed but it gave me a good laugh for the rest of the day. :)
Saturday I got sick and wasn’t able to visit family like planned. Still, being in bed all day has its benefits: I finished more than half my book I was reading (Changeling by Yasmine Galenorn) and was wide awake late at night, when it’s cool, and able to make decent progress on my drawing projects for the week. That made me happy! :D
Sunday was mellow, getting projects uploaded on DA and hanging out with some friends. I was feeling good and, luckily so, since we had tickets to see Spamalot that evening – a total blast!!!! I HIGHLY recommend it to everyone, even if you’re not a big Monty Python fan! Granted, baby didn’t like the noise of the audience laughing and clapping (See? It was THAT funny!) and breakdanced all over my belly to let me know her displeasure. I think that is the only time I’ve truly “felt” bruised from the inside!!! :(
Otherwise, I've hit 31 1/2 weeks. If I make it to the full 40 weeks, I only have about 8 weeks to go! Time sure has flown! I seem to alternate days of doubt with positiveness. Otherwise, just trying to stay on top of things I need to do as well as indulge myself in the things I want to do (ie. drawing, reading, crafts, etc)
If you are curious what I've been up to drawing and craft-wise, here is a link to my DA gallery. I've had a bit more difficulty staying motivated, or even just getting comfortable physical-wise, in order to draw or do crafts, but I'm slowly plugging away at it. I've even created small weekly To Do Lists to keep myself focussed on the things I want to accomplish before Kiddo arrives. After that, well, as I told Em, all projects will be just TFN... ;)
I hope all is well with everyone and if not, hugs to all anyways! :) ~j
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|Jun. 21st, 2010 09:56 pm Writer's Block: Acquired taste|
What is your favorite weird food combination? Have your friends ever tried it or do you only eat it in private?
Tea and Rice
Green Tea and white rice preferably. It's something my mother always gave us when we didn't feel good or we eat after our initial meals as sort of a treat (or to clean out the rice bowl of all the rice sticking to the walls).
Most people think it's weird or just too plain, but I like it. I think it must be a Japanese/Asian thing. ;)
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|Jun. 21st, 2010 09:18 am Quote|
`She remembered the lead ammunition in her pocket and offered it to him. “Your balls, Mr. Darcy?” He reached out and closed her hand around them, and offered, “They belong to you, Miss Bennett.”’
~Pride and Prejudice and Zombies by, Jane Austen and Seth Grahame-Smith
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