Dec. 19th, 2015 10:55 am
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
It's finally winter break! 2 weeks off! This past week was busy pretty much every evening after work, and at school it felt more like babysitting than teaching. We did some actual work, and started learning division, so it wasn't a total waste. Still, I think kids should get an extra week off and teachers can use the week to get work done. As my teammate said, the kids were cracked out of their minds all week. We did a lot of holiday lessons and next to nothing that was graded. Trying to treat this week like a normal week would have been a disaster.

I still have stuff going on today and tomorrow. Today is making brownies for a coworker who is actually paying for them (I often bring treats for the staff just because), then I need to get a workout in before the Christmas party later tonight. I slept in until 10 today, and my body is still like noooooooooo be lazy, but I have not hit the treadmill since Wednesday so it's also itching to jog. The party tonight is semi-formal and I have no idea what to wear. I don't have time to go to the mall, either. Well, maybe, but no guarantee I'll find a dress.

Tomorrow is just church at 5. I should make some fudge for the gathering afterward. I would have made cookies but I just don't have time. Fudge is quick and easy - just chocolate chips and condensed milk. Maybe I can make cookies in the morning, but I just need to relax. Well, that and wrap presents. Monday I need to do laundry, pack, and meet Michelle for dinner. She takes care of my bettas when I am out of town, and we have not seen each other since last summer. Early Tuesday morning, I drive to my sister's house in northern California. The weather has been insane, and I hope the Grapevine is not covered in snow. I should map out the route taking 101 north instead of I-5, just in case.

Things to do, things to do...
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
The Tower ravens, for [ profile] msantimacassar (and other Doctor Who fans).

The cage where the ravens were being kept. I think they said they were being caged to protect them from renovation work.

One was out, however.
ringsandcoffee: (London)
I want to go back to England! I keep planning another trip in my mind. Who knows if I'd be able to go again next summer, but I want to. When I hear names of places I've been to on the podcasts I listen to, it makes me long to go even more.
ringsandcoffee: (coffee)
I miss the millions of coffee shops in London. I miss the abundance of coffee shops in the UK in general. If you think the cities you know of have too many Starbucks or whatever, they've got NOTHING on England. You're never far from somewhere with coffee, pastries, and sandwiches.

I tried to finish my trip journal tonight, but got tired and quit. I have 2.5 days left to write up. After that, it will be all the random memories that keep coming to mind.

I also need to post pictures and decide which I want to print. Oh, and find frames for my post cards and photo. I've looked all over for frames, but I think I might have to go the custom route. Collage frames with 3 openings are harder to find than I thought.

Seriously, I miss the coffee shops.
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Darcy little teapot)
-Both the roommie and I got back into town Friday night.
-AC stopped making cold air on Sunday night.
-AC got fixed Monday. Low freon level, the tech said.
-AC sort of stops making cold air again about 6pm today (Tuesday). Tech can't come till tomorrow. House is holding at 85, which is comfortable but it's still 99 degrees outside (almost 10 pm) so can't open the windows.
-I have to be here for the AC tech, but am supposed to be over at my new place to wait for the carpet cleaners between 12-6. I think I will call and see if they can come later in that window.

Hmm, I will post a pic for y'all from my trip. Which to choose...

This is inside the Assembly Rooms in Bath. I felt so Jane Austen-ish then!


Jul. 5th, 2015 11:27 am
ringsandcoffee: (London)
Well I have actually been home for 36 hours now, but whatever. I woke up at 7:30am in London, my plane took off at 1pm, I landed in Chicago 8 hours later, or 3pm local time, took off at 730pm, and landed in Phoenix at 9pm. Ha ha. Then I went to bed about 11:30pm, which was 7:30am London time. So, I was awake for 24 hours (hooray for a coffee in Chicago) but went to bed at a normal AZ time, so no jet lag!

Yesterday I started to unpack, did laundry, got groceries, and went through photos. I took about 2400 between my phone and my regular camera. I will eventually copy some of Natalie's pictures too, though a lot of our photos are basically the same. I was making myself dizzy yesterday rotating at least half of the pics 90 degrees, since I took them with my camera vertically and they appear horizontal on my computer. It was easier to hold the phone vertically. Lesson learned. I could unpack today, but I don't want to. Ha ha. Instead, I want to go to Ikea and look for these metal things to display my magnets. Not sure I want to cover the fridge at my temporary place like I have here. I am not sure how long I'll live at the condo. If I the owners (my friend's in-laws) take more of their stuff out, it might feel more like a home to me.

Yes, pics eventually. I have nothing to do for a while. After a month of being on the go, it's nice to have nothing I have to do for a while. I do want to watch some OUAT though.
ringsandcoffee: (insanerer)
I'm spending the night at Natalie's tomorrow, because she lives 5 minutes from the airport and we have to be there by 6am. EEK! I'm going to England! Well, the UK...Cardiff, Wales, and Edinburgh, Scotland. And France! But mainly England. :D

I will try to post when I can, and I think I can post photos through the app.

Over the past 2 nights I watched Death Comes to Pemberley. It was far better than the book, and that's rare for me to say. Elizabeth actually had a role in the miniseries, and the plot was arranged in a better way. Way to make Colonel Fitzwilliam unlikable though! I woner if I missed that in the book, at least one certain aspect.

Watching that was my effort to keep working on my long Netflix queue. And yet, like last summer, I'm pretty much binging Once Upon a Time again. Not nearly at the same pace, however.

Let me try to post a photo using the app.
ringsandcoffee: (coffee)
Ahhh, it's good to be back. The weather is cooler, and I can get Peet's coffee! That's pretty much all I've done so far, besides drive around with my sister.
ringsandcoffee: (DW Get in the Tardis)
Goals I accomplished this summer: sing karaoke, read a book, try new recipes.

Goals I still need to finish: be ready for the school year to start, finish watching Firefly.

Unexpected accomplishments: weekend in Flagstaff (which felt like a vacation), spoiled the movie Serenity via a Nerd HQ video on YouTube, and spent way too much money.

My digital camera has officially bitten the dust.

I just got totally distracted and started watching the Doctor Who panel from Comic Con. Going to continue that now...
ringsandcoffee: (P&P Lizzie reading)
Comment on this post and I will choose six interests from your profile. You will then explain what they mean/why you are interested in them. Post this along with your answers in your own journal so that others can play along.

Hmm, trying to remember if there was more reason to listing this than the fact that I live here. No, I think the fact that I moved here is why I added it to my interests way back when. I lived in California all my life before coming here 8 years ago for a job. A friend I'd known since 8th grade was already a teacher here, and helped me get a job at her school. Just checked my archive, and yesterday marked 8 years since I arrived.

Jane Austen
Jane, oh Jane. How do I love thee, Ms. Austen? Let me count the ways: Pride and Prejudice, Darcy, all your books, your leading men, your scoundrels, your smart female characters, the way you parts of Sense and Sensibility and Mansfield Park make me wish I could reach into the pages and shake Fanny Dashwood, Mrs. Ferrars, and Aunt Norris...that's just a start to the list. Watching P&P (2005) at [ profile] holbytla's insistence was my gateway into period literature and movies.

Lord of the Rings
This is another fandom I was quite late in entering. Somehow I made it until 2003 before discovering the books existed. ROTK was in theaters when one of my coworkers and my friend [ profile] ewanspotter said I needed to watch the movies. I had no idea what they were talking about. Later on, I vaguely remembered seeing a poster for TTT. Coworker loaned me FOTR, extended edition I think; I watched it and wondered what the heck I had just seen. A day or 2 later I found myself at Blockbuster (and I rarely rent movies) getting TTT. I watched that on a dark and dreary day, and got more into it. By the end of the same week, I was at the theater immediately after work to see ROTK. By then, I was hooked. I saw ROTK 4 times total in theaters and read the books in 6 weeks. My coworker friend was more than happy to feed my addiction, watching the movies over and over, sharing her books and introducing me to the wonderful world of dvd bonus features. Haunting [ profile] ewanspotter on here led me me to start my own LJ so I could fangirl to my heart's desire.

Phantom of the Opera
In 8th grade, we sang a medley of Phantom songs for chorus. I loved them. My chorus teacher read us what I think was an abridged version of Leroux's story. We also watched a made for TV miniseries that I would love to find again. I think it's this one. A year or so later, I got to see the show on stage in San Francisco. Our seats were terrible but I didn't care. What I remember most about that show was how sad the Phantom sounded, and how you could hear his wail travel around the theater as he mourned for Christine. I read the book that year as well, and loved the descriptions of the opera house and the world below it that the Phantom had build for himself. I didn't have much more to do with Phantom until the 2004 movie came out, which I saw twice. I'm not a huge theater-goer, and so for me to see a movie twice (and in 3 days even) at the theater is a big deal.

The movie soundtrack used to live in my car, and is quite good for singing along to, loudly. :D

Road Trips
I've never minded car rides. Well, unless I'm stuck in the backseat and get carsick. Even then, I love going places. Before I could drive, I liked going on random rides with my dad, taking back roads and seeing the sights. I love driving. I love going places, new or old. I love truck stops and convenience stores. I'll drive alone or with someone. Each December, I make the ~13-hour drive to my hometown for Christmas. In 2001, I did an epic, cross-country trip with my dad. Every once in a while, I get an itch and just have to go somewhere for the day. My camera is usually close by so I can document the journey.

I am a teacher, so I probably should be interested in teaching. :) You get used to/better at it, but really, no 2 days are alike. Each day is a challenge. Classes can eat you alive, and that's happened to me. I start again in a few weeks, EEK. I could write a novel on this topic, but will spare y'all.


Jul. 11th, 2012 11:11 pm
ringsandcoffee: (P&P going in LJ)
On this trip, I have:
baked brownies and strawberry cake
saw cousins I have not seen in many years
watched all 14 episodes of The Office U.K. (infinitely more Martin Freeman love now)
camped in Yosemite (but still haven't seen any bears)
NOT been to Target (gasp!)
only been to Peet's twice; 3 times if you count the Peet's/ice cream place in Yosemite
finished the book Emma and Knightly
Eaten dinner at Max's (yum) and Luna Loca (Mom likes it, I think it's ok)

Tonight, I ate pie and watched SYTYCD. Lots of good dancers this season.

Tomorrow, I will see Allison in Santa Rosa. Friday I will see some Sac friends.

Need to upload pictures from my camera, but it's 11pm. Later, later.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST Daniel lightbulb)
I'm going to Boston and the MA coast on Sunday with my sister. The weather says 60s/70s and rainy. I was in SC once when it was raining, and it was warm. That, coupled with living where it's over 100 degrees half the year, means I can't figure out what clothes to pack. All my brain thinks is that it will be hot, thus bring tank tops and shorts or skirts. It's going to be humid, too. BUT! 60s and rain are a bit chilly, right? Sheesh. Help?

Went shopping, and surprisingly Old Navy was the only store that didn't frustrate me. Bought a cute floral skirt.

Betta name update: After a friend fired off a bunch of names, one of which was Presley, I settled on the name Elvis. Not a character, gasp! But, it stuck.


Feb. 12th, 2011 02:38 pm
ringsandcoffee: (astounding)
I work close enough to the airport to be able to watch planes take off and land while on yard duty. Not actually lift off and touch down, as some buildings are in the way, but pretty close. So, I dreamed the other day of taking my measly $1300 savings and randomly picking a city to fly to. Indianapolis crossed my mind. We actually had a layover there when I was 12, but I didn't make it outside of the airport. I don't even know what there is to see in Indy. I spent about that much on my trip to Chicago last summer, and that didn't include a hotel. Needing a hotel for a trip of this sort would cut it quite short.

In my attempt to whittle down the pile of unread books and magazines next to my bed, I read an issue of Conde Nast Traveler last night. Not but a few pages in they featured a pair of earrings, made my local craftspeople or something, that cost $1250. Yes, that much. Here I thought I could go somewhere on $1300, and then I see earrings that swallow the entire budget. People HAVE that kind of money? The rest of the magazine featured several luxury resorts and hotels. Places I can only dream of staying in, some that require small planes or chartered boats to get to. Some of the features astounded me, such as a private plunge pool for each of 49 bures (I think that was the word) at one place, or a 6-to-1 staff to guest ratio at another. Some were on small chunks of islands in the middle of the Pacific. How in the world does one run a resort on a tiny island that serves gourmet meals made with organic ingredients that change daily? Meal planning and grocery shopping for myself is chore enough, and I just have to hop in the car to get what I need. Where do they find people to staff these resorts, especially people who don't mind providing all the luxuries described?

How do I get hired at one of these places?

Random association time: Hearing the song Crazy Love by Hawk Nelson reminds me of Luis, since I first heard it on my way to see him in the hospital. The book by Francis Chan, which inspired the song, is also in my pile of stuff to read. I actually started it, but went back to Our Mutual Friend after a few chapters. I think I'm finally over my OMF obsession.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST nerd alert)
This morning, as I was driving down I-5 in the wee hours of pre-dawn, I stared at the crescent moon and a very bright planet before me. It was so bright that I could see it well after the sun had risen and the sky was blue. I kept looking for/at it until I was no longer facing south. Darn it, needing to watch the road while driving! Not knowing what planet it was, I searched for visible planets, and discovered it was Venus. Then, I read this tidbit:
•During dawn Thursday morning, spot the waning crescent Moon with Venus to its left. Can you follow Venus with your unaided eyes right through sunrise?

Much to my nerdy glee, that was exactly what I was doing! It's as if today was super-nerd day, since I ended the day in nerd-dom as well. Getting near Phoenix, I was really starting to get tired. After passing 411th, 355th, and 339th Avenues, which are out in the middle of nothing, I started watching the odometer and doing mental math to figure out if there was rhyme and reason for having numbered avenues so far out. Freeway exits go as far as 103rd Ave, but I'm not sure about the actual streets since I'm never on that side of Phoenix. My calculations told me there are 8 streets per mile, so I had to keep checking. Eventually I realized that doing the math was keeping me awake. That, or my coffee from 3 hours earlier finally kicked in.

Hmmm, to lug my suitcase and bags out of the car, or to just go to bed.
ringsandcoffee: (bouncing elephant)
In 24 hours I'll be somewhere in the Los Angeles area. Actually, probably still well east of it. I just hope it's not raining, as that will make the drive longer. That's not really so bad, but I hate traffic.

Doing laundry, going to Jen's later, then I will pack. I've got Jane Eyre and Tess of the D'Ubervilles on audiobook, plus a few more playlists created on the iPod. Must do my hair so I look presentable.
ringsandcoffee: (LOST jedi Daniel)
I still miss LOST. The videos with Jacob and MIB a few posts down still crack me up. When bored, I look up other videos on YouTube. Man, maybe I should start going to Comic Cons.

My brain still thinks about work, and wonders why the boss didn't give us the AIMS results. Eh, must think about other, more exciting things, such as CHICAGO!

Or...since I just sat here about 30 seconds with a blank stare, maybe I don't need to think at all. Eating would be good though.

I tried to watch P&P on my laptop laying in bed last night, but only got up to the Netherfield ball before deciding I was too tired. Will continue tonight.
ringsandcoffee: (POTO duhhhhh)
Going to California, going to California, going to California! *does a happy dance* I'm not entirely sure why I'm excited. Vacation, family, friends, Peet's coffee, Togo's sandwiches, and Lake Tahoe. I could have gone somewhere exciting, like New York, but instead I chose to go to my hometown. Cheaper, I guess, and Lake Tahoe! My sister and I will go there the last 3 days of my trip.

I really need to finish packing.
ringsandcoffee: (sup homies)
I found a banana chocolate chip bread mix at Target this weekend, so I made it for movie day yesterday. I added more chocolate chips to the batter. :) I'm eating most of the loaf myself, since Reena and Michelle had only tiny bites yesterday.

I don't understand St. Patrick's Day anymore. All people do is go out and drink. I like a drink once in a while, but just one or two. I'm just not the get sloshed type. I didn't even wear green yesterday - my shirt is in the laundry and I forgot about my tank top.

I finished reading Pride and Prejudice on Monday night. Funny how one of the soundtrack songs just came on iTunes as I wrote that. Anyway, fantastic book. Reading it in three days, especially since it was my first Austen book, meant I missed pretty much all the important details and explanations. Well, missed or I just didn't remember them. I was at Borders tonight, looking for a book as a sad excuse to also get a Javanilla shake. I almost got one or both Charlotte Bronte books, but I have enough unread books on my shelf already. Maybe I'll start Cold Mountain next.

Chick flicks are so cookie-cutter. I finally saw 27 Dresses yesterday, and the general plot was quite predictable. Not that I didn't enjoy it, and the Benny and the Jets scene was awesome, and I so want to steal her wedding, but still cookie-cutter.

Spring break so far has been busy/relaxing. Saturday I got an unexpected call inviting me to the Ostrich Festival, and then I watched movies with Jayme, which I had planned to do anyway. Sunday was church, Green Party at Jenn's (where I played a game called Cornhole) and then Bible study at church again that night. Monday I slept in, though my mind was confused in the morning. After going to various stores, I cleaned the apartment. It was hard for me to relax and just clean, because I felt like I should have been doing more. By the time I adjust to being on break, I'll have to go back to work.

Plans for the rest of break include laundry, sub for a teacher at intersession Friday, Tucson day trip Saturday, and Dad coming on Monday. I still need to call him to make sure he didn't forget or get sick. He's a month shy of 75, after all. Still, he'll be driving here. I bought a travel book for Albuquerque, since I'd like to go there for a few days. All I know there is to do is Sandia Peak tram. I think it's called Sandia Peak. Some mountain over there.

It amuses me that this livejournal started out as a fandom thing (because I kept reading/commenting on [ profile] ewanspotter's) and has since become part personal blog, part fandom thing. Oh, it's also one of my main sources of reading material, since my flist is the second thing I read daily when I get home. Email is first.

My Crock Pot is still in the box. I really need to start using that thing.

So, that's all for now. I think.
ringsandcoffee: (Default)
I should be asleep, but I'm not tired. Tomorrow, I get up early, leave early, and go meet [ profile] ewanspotter!!! WOOT!

I got new tires on my car, and they fixed my brakes too.

I'm so random.

Bye, California.
ringsandcoffee: (JE conversation)
Clothing stores have a conspiracy against me. Something is incredibly wrong when even Old Navy shirts don't fit, and I tried on 5 different ones. All I need are some junky long-sleeved shirts to wear in this cold weather and on my trip. But, noooooooooooo, it is not to be. I did find ONE halfway decent sweater at Wal-Mart of all places. Yes, I was that desperate. Sigh. I guess I'll try Targe one last time when I take the fishes over to Jen's later.

I really need to finish my laundry and pack. It will get done, eventually, since I'm leaving about 4:30 a.m. tomorrow. Yay driving!

I hope my sister's computer plays dvds, since I'm bringing a few movies with me. I'll need my occasional Thornton or Darcy or Rochester fix. Maybe Wentworth as well.
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