jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Words - Soup of the day: WHISKEY!)
1. It's Friday.

2. It's Friday. Trust me, this really deserves two points this week.

3. Pumpkin Buttered Rum. Hot dark rum, with a bit of spiced pumpkin butter & brown sugar stirred in? Why, yes, I'll have a bowlful, please.

4. Most everything is packed up and ready for the move tomorrow. We're hiring professional movers for the first time ever - EXCITING! I look forward to sipping my pumpkin buttered rum on the wood floor while they carry the couch in. (Rule #82 of moving - always prominently label the box with the alcohol.)

5. Hot Daily did a TWO PART picspam of sexy in space this week, and goddamn, they covered just about everyone I've ever lusted after or currently lust after on television. Farscape! Star Wars (original and prequel)! Vintage SF! Battlestar Galactica! Firefly! All the Dr. Who! Star Trek! EVEN MOAR STAR TREK!

Serious mood-lifter, guys, go check it out.
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (AD - Chareth Cutestory)
No pictures of my costume this morning, since I couldn't find my eye patch before work, so here's one of my coworker's cute dog:



I walked into the kitchen to discover a wizard explaining his theory about how all things magical end up in Albania to the head of the SF office, who is a proper pirate. I do enjoy my coworkers.

In other news, moving plans have kicked into high gear:
1. We had an open house on Sunday at the place we're currently renting for new potential tenants - our landlords are really great, and we know how it is from the other side, so it was the least we could do to help them find new renters. The dogs managed to contain themselves to just joyously greeting all of the new folks coming through. Panda, of course, got himself chased by a two-year-old screaming, "Doggie, doggie, hi doggie!"

2. We started packing. One room 80% done, a thousand boxes to go.

3. We met our new roommate! He seems like a really nice guy - just turned 30, somewhat geeky (ComicCon & BlizzCon sort of geek), and apparently cooks a mean Thai dish. I think we'll all work out well. *crosses fingers*

Oh, and from [livejournal.com profile] thistlerose

In honor of All Hallow's Eve, I'm inviting trick-or-treaters to my 'door'.

Comment "trick-or-treat" to this post and I'll give you a treat. Treats can be anything that strikes my fancy (pics of fave actors or pairings, one sentence fics, graphics, a few words why I'm glad to have you on my flist, etc. etc.). The more "houses" to visit the more fun it'll be, so go ahead, open your journal and help spread the fun!
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It's Friday, have a question meme!

1. Do you sleep with your closet doors open or closed?
They remain in a state of permanent "however the last entity to access the closets left them" - i.e. I close them, unless there's a suitcase or pile of clothes resting on the floor of the closet in the way, Abhi leaves them open unless the dogs have been making dog-nests out of the pile of clothes (in which case he nudges the clothes in enough to shut the closet doors). Because he's heartless like that.

The dogs push the doors open with their noses if there's a crack so they can sleep on our clothes.

We're all adults here, and this isn't at all an indicator for how the rest of this meme shall go.

2 through *deep breath* 99 here )
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Oh, gosh, I don't even know how to recap everything that has happened since I was last here. So, numbered list.

1. We're moving. We're moving? (Apparently, we're moving. (Whee?))

I actually absolutely adore the house we're renting out right now (three fruit trees, nice yard for the dogs, LOTS of windows and sunshine), but my commute is a hellish ~3 hours round trip, so we're moving up to SF proper. Abhi'll have ~40 minutes each way on the freeway, but he loves to drive (weirdo) and he can commute with coworkers who live in the city, if he likes. I'll be doing the walk-subway-walk thing, about 30 minutes each way, which is fine and dandy.

The house we're moving to is ALSO absolutely adorable, and I think I'll end up liking it there, but it's happening fast, so I'm still all, "erm, what?" We saw the place on Craigslist last Thursday, went to the open house Saturday, put in our applications that night, and are signing the lease tomorrow. Which means a trip to the bank today, because between first month's rent, last month's rent, regular deposit, AND pet deposit we're looking at over $11k in upfront costs. O.o I know. Oy vey, San Francisco, I love you as a city, and I love living here, but you're ridiculously priced, and Google & Facebook's hiring sprees are not helping. (Also, dogs, you with your needs for a yard and a pet-friendly living space, you are the ultimate luxury good. I hope you're satisfied with yourselves.)

I'll miss South Bay's sunshine. Also, we need to get a roommate to help with costs (clearly), and I'm slightly leery, but mostly hopeful? Do any of you know a cool someone in SF looking for a room? We're really nice folks, and we have the cutest dogs ever:
together, they outweigh me by a good bit )
2. (How is this only two?) I, um, have a job interview tomorrow. IT IS ALSO VERY SUDDEN AND I AM NOT PREPARED! I applied on Friday, they emailed me on Monday, and since I currently work two blocks from their office, we're just jumping straight to the in-person interview. It's an analyst position at a small non-profit advocacy group in the energy field, and I'm really excited about it. But I'm trying not to jinx it all by getting too excited, you know? The job was sent to me by a coworker who thought it'd be a good fit - all of the mid-level staff in my group are trying to jump ship asap, so we're all searching out jobs & emailing them around to each other late at night - when we're still in the office. Anyway, I'll be studying all of tonight for this interview. And trying to decide what to wear. *crosses fingers*

3. We went on a vacation road trip to the Pacific NW, and it was absolutely fantastic. I think the best moment for me (other than seeing both sets of grandparents) was stepping into the redwood forest and just taking a deep breath. My first strong memory is of playing tag in the redwood forest that my preschool was located in, and that scent just brought all of that "home" feeling back. Crater Lake was the favorite of Abhi's & his parents, unsurprisingly - it's absolutely magnificent, and a must see if you're ever in Oregon. (Oh, and we spent one night in the village of Ferndale CA, which was a vague inspiration for the town of Enterprise in [livejournal.com profile] seren_ccd's fantastic Chapel/McCoy fic Take Off Your Kid Gloves. If you haven't read it, you really ought, because it's everything fun PLUS there's some wickedly delightful McCoy imagery.)

And then we came home and all of the work I'd left for a week was still waiting to get done. *headdesk*

4. Fandom! I have lots on my to-do list:*shakes head8 )
5. We're going back to the east coast next weekend for one of our best friend's wedding. Flying into DC, where I'll be able to work out of my company's HQ for a couple of days (maybe give my 2 weeks notice? eeeeek! *crosses fingers again*), then driving up to NYC. Again, I think it'll be great time, but, man, the timing could not be worse in terms of our finances and general life busyness.

6. I have some more running/exercise/energetic mixes to post! I've actually had them ready to go for a few days, but I didn't want to overwhelm anyone with even more music last week.

7. In my spare moments (hah.) I've been reading through the archives at Mark Watches, which I found out about via [livejournal.com profile] fandomsecrets, oddly enough. His enthusiasm is infectious, and now I really want to rewatch BSG & Avatar. And Firefly. And go search out fics in those fandoms, maybe.
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Words - This week in the universe)
Good things today:

1. Australia now gives people three gender options for their passport: female, male, and X. And it's been added onto the growing list of countries (including the US, I was pleased to see) that does not require surgery for transgendered individuals to change the gender listed on their passport.

2. I signed up for the Kirk/Sulu holiday exchange and am ├╝ber-excited for both my own eventual gift art/fic and for all of the great Kirk/Sulu fics & art that will come out of the exchange. Y'all should sign up too!

3. A planet orbiting two suns has been discovered., which is neat for both Star Wars & Star Trek fans alike. (I pay so much more attention to astrophysics and astronomy news now than I did before getting into SF fandoms.)

4. I claimed, erm, three fics for mixes and one for art at [livejournal.com profile] startrekbigbang, which is... a lot. But I've got a pretty easy workload for the foreseeable future, and not much going on, writing-wise, so I think I'll be okay.

5. It's finally Friday! And I'm on vacation all of next week for a much needed vacation up the coast & into Oregon. \o/ (If I'm betaing your fic for a bigbang, never fear, I'm printing everything out and will keep pounding away at things.)
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Words - Give me liberty)
So, last weekend Abhi, a couple of friends, the dogs, and I went on a three-day backpacking trip in Desolation Wilderness, which is southwest of Lake Tahoe.



Roughly 87% of it was fantastic. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (AD - Busy Day)
So, a bunch of things have occurred since we last talked, internet!

1. I dropped out of [livejournal.com profile] het_bigbang. *sadface* I probably could have pushed to get my story done by the deadline, but I'll be traveling during that week (on the Pacific NW Roadtrip of Awesome), and would really rather concentrate on having Fun Times than revisions. Plus internet access will be hella iffy - I think we'll be in the uninhabited northeast corner of California on posting day, and at Crater Lake the day before.

However, I still really love this story and will get it finished sooner or later. Preferably sooner so that I can stop hogging all of the library's Berlin Airlift books. (Also, historians, why do you hide all the hilarious stories in the endnotes?)

2. The husband and I went to Outside Lands with a few friends. Outside Lands is SF's music festival, smaller than Coachella, but with much better food. It was Abhi's first music festival, and so fantastically organized and with so many great bands (oh, the scheduling woes of three great bands on three stages at the same time) that I fear I've ruined him for anything else.

long list of who we saw, and more importantly, what we ate )

3. We went to the SF Street Food Festival in the Mission last weekend, and I will not detail even more food again, but it was delish and I love this city and its wack-a-doodle chill folks.

4. If you got all the way through that, then you rock, and should fill out this meme I've genked from all over, especially if you're a new person!

meme )

Edit:
5. There's a five that I forgot! I'm in the process of making a number of mixes for my best friend, who has been temporally transferred from her home in Bangalore to work on a project in England (somewhere... not London). Anyways, we're jogging buddies, and she's been having motivational issues, so I'm pulling together a bunch of fun songs to run to. One mix will be Bollywood, one will be dance/electric, one will be un-ironically awesome pump-it-up songs like Eye of the Tiger, and one will be indie-ish summer-y stuff. And maybe more, depending.

If anyone has song suggestions, they'd be extremely welcome. I'll post the mixes here once I get them all done. I've never really pulled together my running music, so this has been a fun process. (And also needed - see above for all of the nomnomnoming of unhealthy fried food I've been doing of late. But it's so worth it. *still dreaming about funnel cake*)
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Summer)
Things that are good:

1. I finally organized all of my new music and am now grooving out at work to a mix of The Strokes, Foster the People, The Vaccines. One of my best friends, Thal, is a complete music aficionado - he sends out a new album recommendation via email/dropbox every week and it always rocks. (We are close as anything, Thal, me, and Abhi (my husband). The three of us were roommates in college and had the craziest adventures, from eating spoonfuls of wasbi to unplanned 48-hour-long roadtrips to holding a Heretic Party where Abhi had a steak & Thal had pork ribs. God, college was so much fun. He's is getting married this weekend in NYC - a civil ceremony - and we aren't able to be there, which sucks, but there'll be a big South Asian shindig in October which we'll be at.)

2. Netflix is suppose to start streaming ALL of the Star Trek shows TOMORROW. Oh, this will make my life so much happier, especially if I can win over Abhi on the TOS crack.

3. Indian food leftovers for lunch today, and probably for the next four months. There are some... issues when my inlaws come for a long visit, but the food is not one of them.

4. Live tv last night, instead of the usual DVR, and we stumbled across the premiere of Love in the Wild, which was just as ridiculous as it sounds. Maybe more. And then we were treated to the local news teaser telling us about a new, maybe-over-the-line photo-judging website, Homeless or Hipster? The concept of which, uh, we laughed at a lot, because have you seen the Mission in SF? I hope the hipsters never go away, because my morning walks to the office would be so much more boring.

5. It finally feels like summer here - after lots of cloudy and even gasp rainy days. Srsly, though, Californian residents just aren't equipped to deal with rain after April. The populace here panics at rain in the summer as much as DC residents do when faced with half an inch of snow.
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I got back from my week of surf camp last Friday, and then spent most of the weekend passed out.

It. Was. So. Awesome.

Despite being a water fiend in general, I never had much of a chance to surf when I was a kid (I raced sailboats with my dad instead). The few times I have gotten out on a board have been some of the best hours of my life, no joke. So when we moved back to California from DC, I decided I was going to take up surfing as my sport of choice. Thus, surf camp.

It may have been the best vacation of my life. )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (Rainbow Dash)
This was the easiest day of all to pick.

Day Six: Favorite female-driven show:

My Little Pony: Friendship is Magic


I wasn't quick to join the new My Little Pony bandwagon. I saw it sweeping through some of the forums I read in February, but kinda rolled my eyes at the whole thing, thinking it was some sort of ironic hipster joke.

Then I watched an episode.

The animation is adorable. The songs are fun and catchy without being earworms unlike the entire Backyardigans' repertoire. The jokes, while not operating on two levels like most of Pixar's, are indeed enjoyable to both children and adults. But the real joy of MLP, at least to me, is the cast of characters and the perspective the writers show in using them.

See, this show is like crack to children. I have a niece and three nephews living close by who I babysit on occasion, and an episode of MLP is the ultimate reward now. All of them - from the almost-three-year-old to the seven-year-old - adore this show and its characters. They relate to these girl ponies and their lessons about friendship. Rainbow Dash is a favorite among the boys, of course, but, you know, everyone loves Rarity too. My niece, the oldest of the bunch, has mentioned more than once that she's going to go look something up in a book "like Twilight does". That alone would endear this show to my heart forever, but I already love it 'cause it's just so much fun.

No extra bits today - go to Equestria Daily for all your pony needs.

Rest of the days )
jactrades: Mole from Arrested Development (I heart)
Digression here )

Favorite Female Characters

Day Two: Favorite supporting female character:


Natalie Hurley from Sports Night

Oh, Natalie. You're Dana's kickass second-in-command and also her best friend and support. You know what needs to be done before Dana, Casey, or Dan can even mention it, and you'll give them shit if that's what the situation calls for. You can run the show if needed, though, AND make the right editorial calls when doing so. You get one of the best geek guy ever, and you two are adorable together. You're not afraid of taking heat and criticism to do the right thing, either. You're wrong sometimes, but you're willing to face up to that and get your act together. I totally want to be your BFF.





Rest of the days )

Also, this is related to nothing, but the fanmix I recced on my rec journal today? I'm on my third time through, and it's still rocking my socks. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon. (The related fic & art are also wonderful, but you can't really look at stuff while doing household chores.)
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So, today started out with an abject refusal to get out of bed for my team's 7am status call (the horror of working with East Coast folks). I ended up taking the call in my pajamas while still curled up in bed, hugging the laptop for warmth. It's been raining and cold for the past three days - it's MAY. I don't live in San Francisco basically to avoid weather like this.

But... the sun came out by noon, and then good things happened, so, ultimately, getting out of bed today was (eventually) worth it:

shiny things )
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The husband and I are in need of a larger vehicle so we've been spending our free evenings sipping lukewarm coffee and listening to passive-aggressive sales pitches at new & used car dealerships in the area. It's Good Times™, and last night's episode was the best:

Salesdude: "Look, I'm selling you this as low as I possibly can. You can look at The Form - I'm literally only making eight dollars (woe be unto me) from this transaction. And I'm taking a risk on getting my money back from the trade-in on your current car."

Us: *blank faces*

Salesdude, continuing: "So, of course, we don't actually have the vehicle you want. It'll have to be shipped from dealership-in-SmallTown-two-hours-away. That'll add an extra $500 to the final cost."

Kittens follow... )
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This weekend pretty much rocked from start to finish.

First: Two Door Cinema Club at the Fillmore on Thursday night. Walked from the office in SoMa through the Tenderloin (which was looking nicer than I expected it to) to Japantown, where I grabbed some quick sushi before meeting up with Abhi and a friend & getting in line. We didn't get Fillmore apples on the way in, but, hey, wabi-sabi and all that. Everything else was amazing. The opening acts were good, the crowd was churning, totally in a mood to dance it all out, and the venue was perfect for the intimate, pumped up performance of Two Door Cinema Club (oh, Fillmore with your chandeliers, bouncy dance floor, killer sound system, and psychedelic posters, I love you). It was the band's last performance of their tour (other than playing at Coachella), so they gave it all too. And to top it out, we got free posters on the way out.

I've been listening to Two Door Cinema Club every free moment since. If you haven't heard of them, well...


Second: My grandparents were in town this weekend, so Abhi & I headed over to my dad's for some good food and card playing until late at night on Friday. Rinse and repeat Saturday night too. Lots of Oh Hell, 29, and Dummy Rummy.

Third: Played cricket with a bunch of Indian friends (mostly Abhi's coworkers & one of mine, plus a few random people) on Saturday morning. I dropped an easy catch while fielding, but manged to get a fair number of runs in while batting, at least for a white person. They all enjoyed laughing at how I kept dropping the bat after a hit, rather than running with it. Muscle memory from pick-up baseball in grade school, I guess.

Fourth: Sleeping and reading most of the day away Sunday. Although we did take a nice walk with the dogs (the weather? GORGEOUS) to the tandoori wrap place a couple of miles away for lunch. And I did some storyboarding for a ST vid I desperately want to make, so, um, there was some productivity? Mostly it was just a perfect lazy Sunday.

aaaaand... back to the work week. I'm still a bit sore from cricket, which means I need to step up the exercise to get ready for surf camp this summer.
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So, you know how they talk about feral vidders? Today, I made a - um, let's go with the term "vid" - that places me solidly in that category. With a large side order of "dropped on her head five or six times as an infant". And, no, I'm not gonna share it with the class.

Also, the husband started watching the first season of Star Gate SG-1 in the living room while I was working on said vid in the library. And then he played some Fable 3. He still maintains he's not a geek. *rolls eyes*

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