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Thankfulness #118: Beautiful Day

Today was a beautiful day – I like it either warm or else cold and damp. I know, it’s weird. Other people see a wet, foggy, drizzling day, with temps in the 40s or 50s and they stay indoors. I go “whoo hoo!” and run outside because I love it. The brisk breeze, the little burn of each prickly drop of moisture as it smacks your face – I find it invigorating. I think I was a viking in a past life. Or British, maybe.

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Anyway, we went to Omaha to do some pokemoning. I made my target steps, so hey, that’s something, and we walked all around the mall, down to where it hooks on to Heartland of America, which we’ve never done before. It’s not as far as I thought it was. The whole mall area is really neat, with lots of fun sculpture benches, cool paths, little bridges and some giant slides (alas though no one was on the slides for a change, there was a lake at the bottom of them).

It was still beautifully misty after dark, but by then we were no longer pokemoning by then (I’m not crazy).

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In other news, I sent the book off to round 2 betas, though I still need to flesh out chapter one and two a little bit. But, I needed to get it sent ff so the betas had time to read it without having to rush as the last minute. It’s not their fault I’ve been slow because I do things like go to the park instead of staying home and working.

And now I leave you all to do some of that work.

Have a brisk weather kind of day!

Jo 🙂

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(The eye shadow was worth sharing.)

 

Trompe L’oeil

It’s time again for Blogophilia, the fun blog group where Marvin gives participants topics to use in their blog for the week. This week’s are:

Ecrits Blogophilia Week 4.10 Topic: “The Girl Can Rock!”
**BONUSES:
Hard (2 pts): Quote Darth Vader
Easy (1 pt): Mention ‘Trompe L’oeil’

 

I had to look Trompe L’oeil up. Apparently it’s when an artist creates the illusion of 3D with 2D objects, like that guy who draws those awesome chalk monsters on the sidewalk. I had no idea that had a name, but I guess I should have known. The art community is full of labels and names for every twibbly tiny thing. It drives me nuts because it’s all an elitist thing to show how artsy they are over everyone else… Though the world and social media in particular say to Give yourself to the Dark Side, I’ll leave that rant for another day. Not because the girl can rock, but because she’s too tired to rock. Ha ha!

Since y’all came here for something, here’s some photos for no reason.

 

 

 

Thankfulness #114

Today I am grateful for words search function, which makes it easy to look for words – or things like tabs – in a word document. Today I am using it to look for words I overuse in the book and delete them. I’m not very far down the list because there were 1495 instances of “that” I am still working through…

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Me in my snazzy headphones that already have a short in them… the bro needs to see if he can fix them.

I did get out and do some pokemoning:

ANd I made hoemade dumplings for dinner

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Which are super easy to do, by the way.  Just flour, egg, baking powder and water mixed up and the broth is just chicken stock/broth and water with a little salt and pepper. The most tedious mart is dropping them into the pot. But they are worth it.

And now back to work.

Have a dumpling kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #76: Nature

Today we headed out to Waubonsie state park to check things out for Mel’s upcoming wedding. We measured stuff, got a general layout, and now she can focus her ideas better. The next step is to get her on pinterest – ha ha!

While we were out there we saw a lot of deer. A lot. At one point there were eight or more of them together! Of course, they were always on the other side of the car from me, even when we turned around and went back. In fact I caught a picture of the last one running across the road so that they could be on the opposite side:

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of the others, these were the best pictures. Can you see them? It’s kind of hard with the leaves. They really do blend in well.

I’ve always been fond of Waubonsie – we used to go there for family picnics when i was a kid, but I especially enjoyed it as it looked a lot like Southern Missouri does at this time of year, including the scraggly pine trees. I miss going out to all the parks with hubby like we used to. now our only outing day tends to be grocery shopping in Council Bluffs…

Though at the end of the month we’ll be going on an outing to Florida, which I am looking forward to.

And if I want to go to Florida, I need to get this *&%* book done, so I am outta here!

Have a nature kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Christmas

Christmas has come and gone, but it went well. We got those cookies done:

I finished making Mom’s present – the body is paper mache, the wings are cloth stretched over wire, and the fur is feathers. I am pretty proud of how it came out since I had no idea what I was doing and no directions of any kind:

 

I can’t say the weather was as cooperative, but though we didn’t get snow, we got some beautiful frost on Christmas Eve:

That day I also got an awesome early birthday present. A pair of lucky socks and an amazing homemade heating/cooling pack set whose cover matches the super amazing towel quilt (which I have my feet covered up with right now, incidentally):

That night we had our annual party, which involves enough munchies to last the entire week as leftovers 😉

Since we have a dinner with extended family on Christmas day, we opened our presents that night, too. We were supposed to give exclusively homemade gifts (or at least mostly homemade – like I had t-shirts printed up, but I designed them and did the art work) but some of us *cough* the brother*cough* didn’t want to cooperate with that, and of course Dad always just gives everyone gift cards. So, in the end we relaxed it and said we could buy stuff, which turned out good for me, because my dad is impossible to make something for. However, he did good with an airplane calendar, Trek jammies, and one of the two 35 MM film frames from the OS Star Trek (the other is still – hopefully- being shipped)

The hubby got a clock, a minion dish to keep all the stuff out of his pockets in, and an awesome Weedle shirt designed by me (and printed at Allied Shirts)

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The bro also got a shirt, a LotR coaster set, and a Millennium Falcon blue tooth speaker.

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And I cleaned up with a neck pillow ala hubby (he pulled out the stuffings and filled it with corn so I could heat it up for my neck – yes, people have been thinking about my neck this year!), a demon Harry from mom (Harrys are a legitimate thing in our house, we have a whole bunch of them from when we were kids that mom made – I apparently don’t have any photos uploaded except for the last Harrys we got, which was probably ten years ago.), while the brother opted for a large towel pillow, however it is waaaay too big, so we have to do some alterations on it (yes, I have a thing for the towel-y texture of towels. I find it immensely comfy). And then Santa (aka also the hubby) saw fit to gift me with a Ninja Coffee bar and some coffee:

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So I had to try that out:

Yummy!

Christmas day was really warm, and we had the big family dinner that I didn’t get any photos of. mainly because it was so short that what time there was I spent either in the kitchen cooking or eating. Not sure why it was so short, since the weather was nice, but it went well, so that’s what matters. Hubby and I had plenty of time afterwards to clean up, do dishes, do some internet stuff, and then go look at Christmas lights. Essex usually has an amazing display, but this year they didn’t have very much at all. I guess people there had the same problem I had with not really feeling it this year. Though I admit, I finally got to hear some REAL Christmas music on the drive there and back – you know, stuff that is actually about Jesus and the angels, and all the stuff Christmas is based on rather than “Happy Holidays” and “Baby it’s cold outside”, and all the other secular crap that Slacker and those kind of subscription services play (don’t dare play the real stuff, do we?) so that did give me a burst of Christmassy feelings right there at the end. Now I know next year to f*** Slacker and all the rest and listen to the local country station (yeah, not being a fan of modern country, who knew??)

Also, going to Essex gave me the chance to take some gyms, and have some fun Christmas Pikachu fights:

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Monday we finally hit the AMC in Council Bluffs to see Rogue One:

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It was a good movie, and we all knew how it had to end because none of those characters are in Episode IV. Which is a shame because they are good characters. Seeing a young Leia and Peter Cushing in the movie was surprising – the wonders of CG – and I did miss the last five minutes because I had to run to the bathroom *sigh* but we’ll buy it when it comes out, so not a huge deal.

So, there was my Christmas. Now we’re back to business as usual-ishness (at least until New Years weekend). Hope your holiday was just as good!

Have a ninja coffee maker kinda day!

Jo 🙂

Thankfulness #35 & New Banners

Today I was thankful for the brother and hubby getting the outside lights up. Though there is a strand that needs fixed, so pics will wait until tomorrow, but I’ll give you a hint: it looks festive. 😉

In other news, I wasted some time today making new banners for this blog. Now when you load a post, you’ll get one of 26 snazzy banners (including the original one). Go on. Hit refresh. you know you want to. Yeah, it’s just the photos thumbnails that change. but, for people like me who want to see them all, I won’t make you refresh a billion times.

Ta-da:

It’s weird. I skipped winter photos, because they’re too “seasonal” but found autumn pictures “okay” for year round use. Go figure. I guess it’s the same kind of thing that lets me leave skeletons up all year, but not elves and reindeer.

And now I go to take a shower. Oh! wait! I did have one other exciting thing – I caught a second ditto! Right here in Villisca. Boom!

And now I am going to take my bath. Have a ditto number two kinda day!

Jo 😉

 

 

Thankfulness #14: My Snifty Camera/ Super Moon

Today I am thankful for my snifty Nikon. Despite it’s advancing years, sticky lense, and aggravating buttons, in the end it does the best it can with what it has. Basically, I just took it out to get some snaps of the super moon:

I’m convinced for the billionth time I need a bigger zoom than 200.

Aside from that I spent the day with hubby. We finished last season of NCIS New Orleans and watched the first episode of this season. Was surprised to see Brody go, but I am rubbing my hands together at The Christopher/Sonja tension, so that’s good. While we watched TV we broke out the funnel cake kit we’ve been saving for a special occasion:

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They turned out waaaay better than the mess we tried on our own last year. Namely hubby said it was the metal ring that made the difference.

After lunch (we’re adults, we can eat funnel cakes for lunch!) we started Final Fantasy XIII-2 – finally!

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I wasn’t sure about it at first, but before we left the first chapter we had both a Moogle companion and got to ride a chocobo, so BOOM! I’m on board. Plus Noel is kinda hot, though with Sareh being engaged to Snow there won’t be a romance with them, which is kinda sad, but if she betrayed Snow at this point I’d have to be furious, so better they don’t do that.

I did get some Nano words in, and I’m planning to get back to it after this posts. Haven’t caught up yet, but I will.

Have a super moon kinda day!

Jo 🙂

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