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Snow and the Winter Olympics

Feb. 14th, 2010 | 11:44 pm


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In other news, I'm absolutely enjoying the Winter Olympics. US athletes have shown amazing skill, fortitude and heart and I'm very proud of how all these athletes have performed. I'm especially estatic  about the Nordic combine silver medal that the US won as well as our first gold in these games for Women's Moguls. But I'm also very pleased that Canada won their first home gold (Men's Moguls). All in all, I can't wait to see how these games play out. I know I'm not very atheletic, but I do love watching the Olympics, both summer and winter games. However, if I had tickets to see only one event in real life, for the winter olympics it would be women's figure skating and for the summer olympics, it would be women's gymnatics.  But since I can watch the games on TV without being there, I'll be here rooting for the athletes, but none more than Team USA.

GO USA!!!!

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Return of Influenza A/H1N1 virus

Apr. 27th, 2009 | 10:08 pm

Well... it's been about a century since we last had a deadly flu pandemic and I sincerely hope we are NOT headed to the next flu pandemic. There are several things that have changed since the Spanish Influenza pandemic (1918-19), and yet there a numerous similarities. 

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All in all, the CDC, HHS and DHS's responses in the US should hopefully limit the viruses progression through the US. Additionally the WHO's and various countries health organizations are doing their part in other foreign countries (especially Mexico) to cease the progression of this illness. Hopefully in the next few weeks, we'll see this thing slow down to a halt with a low mortality rate. My prayers are with those who are ill and those combating this illness.

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Apr. 13th, 2009 | 10:07 pm

So... I know it's been a while but I just wanted folks to know I'm still alive!

I've been missing all my HP friends! I've been out here lurking though.

As some of you may remember, I was excited and anxious about my thesis and finally getting my MS. Well... I had good reasons for the anxiety as I was unable to complete my thesis to my committees approval. So, alas no MS.

I enjoyed the family cruise around Hawaii. It was alot of good times and short lived, but there was alot of insanity too! The boat was uber-sensitive about being antiseptic. (WARNING: Antibacterial/Antiseptic rant ahead)

I mean you couldn't go more than 5 feet without finding some antiseptic sprayer. To top it all off, as the trip progressed the staff made it mandatory that before you entered the dining rooms you had to have your hands sprayed. Within 3 minutes of having the spray on my hands, I started having an allergic response. GAH!!!! Crazy antiseptic cruise-liner creating
superbugs and not preventing them!

(Rant over) But all in all, loved Hawaii. My next adventure though will be during the first 3 weeks of May. My company is sending me off to Greenfield, IN. Apparently it is half-way between Indianapolis and Cincinnati. Anyone know what I can do around that area, since I won't know anyone? Hope to hear soon about what to do.

Take care!

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Christmas Time is HERE!

Dec. 3rd, 2008 | 03:14 pm



Christmas Gift Toy & MySpace Layouts at pYzam.com



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Cause I want a dragon too!

Oct. 4th, 2008 | 02:37 pm

Adopt one today!

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YAY Non-sparkly Vampires and other sci-fi/fantasy stories!

Sep. 6th, 2008 | 11:01 am


So as we head into the Fall season for TV, there's some growing hope for me. I loved the X-Files and I guess after the X-Files 2nd movie, Fox is hoping that Fringe will catch on just as well as the X-Files did for them in the 90's. I really think this is going to be an interesting show and really hope it does well.

Additionally, toshimasa enlightened me to a new Joss Whedon show called Dollhouse also on Fox this Fall. This could be interesting as well with the lead character of Echo being played by Eliza Dushku (aka: Faith from BtVS). So I hope this turns out to be really good but almost seems a bit like Dark Angel... without being genetically engineered, just had their memories erased and re-trained.

Also a new vampire TV show... TrueBlood! Now if you're a fan of Charlene Harris's Souther Vampire Mystery series (aka: Sookie Stackhouse series), you might have recognized that the trailer looks like scenes from Dead until Dark (the first SVM book). There's a reason for it. TrueBlood is the SVM series translated into a TV series. I'm so excited about it but I don't have HBO. *sighs* Yay for NON-SPARKLY vampires!

Another Non-sparkly vampire series.... Anita Blake:Vampire Hunter. Now all my BtVS friends... this is NOT a rip-off of Joss Whedon's series.  Anita Blake is an animator (raises Zombies) who happens to help St. Louis solve preternatural crimes and is a legal vampire executioner. This is another series where the vampires have been granted legal/living status by the US government.  Through the current 16 book series, alot of crap has happened in this series regarding Anita  and if you're the least bit interested, you should definitely read the series. A word of caution though, the series starts off violent but starts to become graphically sexual as the series continues. The sex scenes don't really start until book 3: Circus of the Damned and involves just minor characters but becomes overly gratuatous by book 10 Narcissus in Chains.  The reason I'm going on about this series is because there has been news from the author that she has a writer, producer and movie studio to make a movie and possibly a TV series.

With all the new vampire series/movies making it onto the screen, I'm just afraid that they're going to attribute this to Stephanie Meyer's Twilight series. About that, all I have to say is this. Hamilton's first AB:VH book came out in 1993, Harris's first Southern Vampire Mystery book came out in 2001, and Stephanie Meyer's first Twilight book came out in 2005. BtVS movie was released on 1992 and the TV series started in 1997. Of course the original Vampire story, Dracula by Bram Stroker was published in 1897. So... let's hope  that media doesn't state all of these vampire movies and series is because of Twilight. Let's attribute it to Bram Stroker at least or more modernly Joss Whedon. OK?

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Totally have to get this book!

Jul. 31st, 2008 | 10:56 pm

http://www.borders.com/online/store/ArticleView_talesofbeedlebardpr

Just when you think it's all over... it's not.

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guilty pleasures and fangirlish moments!

Apr. 30th, 2008 | 03:37 pm
mood: gigglyfangirlish

So, while I was waiting for the phone company yesterday at my folks house, I decided to watch Sense and Sensibility. This movie is one of my secret guilty pleasures. 

Now most folks know that Alan Rickman and Emma Thompson are in this film but there are a surprising number of actors and actresses that I dearly love in this movie that I simply must announce.

Kate Winslet  (Marianne Dashwood) -  Finding Neverland and Enigma (oh and that other blockbuster movie about a boat that sinks due to an iceburg)
Hugh Grant (Edward Ferras) - Love Actually and Two Weeks Notice
Elizabeth Spriggs (Mrs Jennings)- HP:PS/SS (The Fat Lady)
Robert Harding (Sir John Middleton) - HP series (Cornelius Fudge)
Imelda Staunton (Charlotte Jennings Palmer)-  HP:OotP (Delores Umbridge)
Huge Laurie (Mr. Palmer) - House
Oliver Ford Davies (Dr. Harris)- Star Wars 1 - 3 (Naboo's gov. Sio Bibble)
James Fleet (John Dashwood)- Phantom of the Opera and Vicar of Dibbly

Also, the soundtrack was written by Patrick Doyle, who has also written HP:GOF, Eragon and Quest for Camelot

It was just a good thing that I was at the house alone. Because each time an actor or actress came on the screen that I knew and hadn't realized was in the film I was squealing like a rabid fangirl!

Yay for guilty pleasures!

 
Edit: Are the HP casting directors secretly picking Jane Austin films to choose their actors/actresses for their adult roles? Or are the HP films just of the same calibre of Jane Austin and William Shakespear? 

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Meme stolen by twinkiehouseelf

Mar. 12th, 2008 | 11:19 pm

Here's how it works:
A. Go to www. photobucket. com (don't sign in)
B. Type in your answer to the question in the "search" box
C. Use ONLY the first page
D. Copy the html and paste for the answer

What is your first name? Genii
genii

What is your favorite thing to do? Travel
travel

Who is your favorite bands lead singer? weird al yankovic
weird al yankovic

What is your relationship status? single but not lonely
Being Alone doesn\'t have to be Lonley....

What is your favorite color? carribean sea blue
The beautiful blue water of the Carribean

Who is your celebrity crush? Michael Shanks
Michael shanks

What music are you listening to right now? Anime music
music

What is your favorite movie? Star Wars: Empire Strikes Back
Empire Strikes Backbr />
What is your favorite time of the year? Spring
spring

Name your favorite beverage? Alcoholic - Margarita on the rocks, Non-alcoholic - java chip frappachino without whip cream
on the rocks
lecker Peppermint Frappucino

Where is your dream vacation? Australia and New Zealand
australia

What is your favorite dessert? Brownies!
Brownies

What do you want to do when you grow up? I don't want to grow up
Growing Up

What do you love most in life? Friends!
Friends

Pick one word to describe yourself. Insane
insane

What is your favorite animal? Red Tail Fox
Red fox with bushy tail

What is your favorite number? e
math

What is your favorite food? Philly Roll (Sushi)
Philly Roll

What is your favorite sports team? Quidditch
Quidditch at the Riverfront

What's one of your favorite guilty pleasures? writing fanfiction
Severus is reading FANFIC!!!

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Stolen from Twinkie and BrewingTrouble

Mar. 6th, 2008 | 12:14 am

bedroom toys
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