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2013-01-15 12:11 am

January Days of Happy: Day Fourteen: Tea!

I love tea. I find the process of preparing a pot of loose leaf therapeutic and relaxing, an experience I never would have imagines before being introduced to the world of tea-beyond-red-rose-teabags. Learning about and trying new teas has definitely been a pleasant journey to embark on.

Some of my favorites are...

1. Pink Cherry Cider from the Green Teahouse
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2. Bamboozled from David's Tea
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3. Blueberry Bliss from Teavana
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4. English Caramel from Tea + Absinthe
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2013-01-14 06:19 pm
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January Days of Happy Catch-up Edition: Day Thirteen - Books!

Some of the books I am looking forward to reading can be found below. Share with me what's on your reading list, or others you would recommend I try :)

Matched by Ally Condie

Divergent by Veronica Roth

Notorious Nineteen by Janet Evanovich

The Black Jewels trilogy by Anne Bishop
bluegeek: (not be tired)
2013-01-14 06:12 pm
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January Days of Happy Catch-up Edition: Day Twelve!

So I have had quite the busy/crazy early weekend (major preparation for a LARP feast I assist in the throwing of on Saturday, so Thursday through the wee hours of Sunday were rather hectic), and then the crash afterwards which wound up with me relaxing on Sunday, sleeping a full night through sunday night, and then STILL doing far more napping than being awake today. And even in the few awake periods today, I wasn't exactly operating with all cylinders.

I am hoping that this is just my body's way of recovering lost energy and such, rather than the early stages of the death-blargh that everyone and their brother seem to have developed and are readily sharing with everyone they know.

Anyways, I need to do a few days of happiness catch-up, starting off with a few of the recipes that were prepared for the feast the other day.

Oreo truffles )

Spinach and Artichoke Mac and Cheese )

Onion focaccia bread )
bluegeek: (DW - Doctor and Tardis)
2013-01-12 08:07 am

January Days of Happy: Day Eleven - Television

So day eleven is going up late because Yesterday was spent cooking ALLLLLL day for a LARP feast today and being ON TIME for once in my life with my cooking schedule. And then the main cooking/prep group of people told us that they were really, horribly behind. So my cooking buddy and I hopped into my car and drove 40 minutes to their base of operations, cooked with them for 4 semi-disastrous hours, drove home 40 minutes (arriving at 2am and well past DoH time), and then still had to finish OUR stuff that we were no longer on time for.

I went to bed at 4am. After eating a mocha cupcake. My brain is not operational at the moment as a result.

So Cliff's Notes version: Day Eleven is today :)

I don't generally take what opportunity I have to watch much TV (preferring, generally, to indulge in fandom as my relaxation outlet), as well as having only the most basic of cable, but here are a few of the shows that I do follow, as well as ones I'd like to start watching at some point in time and space.

Watching:
Doctor Who
Sherlock (BBC)
Game of Thrones (I have completed season 1 so far)

Want to watch:
Castle
Finish Stargate Atlantis
Downton Abbey

When browsing through the channels at places that have lots of them, I can also be well satisfied with home renovation and house-hunting programs, some cooking programs (wherein people are cooking for fun or in fun competition, not the type with scary people yelling at others and kicking them off the kitchen island and such), and stand-up comedy.

So that's me, what are yo all watching, wanting to watch, wanting to avoid like the plague?
bluegeek: (epic shit)
2013-01-10 07:14 pm
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January Days of Happy: Day Ten - Youtube Edition!

I spend SO MUCH of my chill time idly watching youtube videos as my way to wind down. Here are a few of my favorite Youtube channels and an example of the nifty vids you can find there.

Youtubin'? )
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2013-01-09 09:57 pm
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Hmmm...

Today, I learned that half my coworkers didn't know what the letters of GLBTQ stand for, beyond the 'G' and 'L'. And also that asexuality exists.
bluegeek: (SH - sherlock fingers)
2013-01-09 08:00 pm
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January Days of Happy: Day Nine - Movies

A few of the movies that I am looking forward to...

Movie posters or mockups )
bluegeek: (Tea Solves)
2013-01-08 07:38 pm
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January Days of Happy: Day Eight - Music edition (part two)

Instrumental pieces that I adore may be found below.

More mooooosic )
bluegeek: (Glee - Smiling Tina)
2013-01-07 06:50 pm
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January Days of Happy: Day Seven!

I enjoy gifs, macros, photos... anything that will get me to crack a smile after a long day. Here are some of the gif or gifsets that I enjoy quite a lot.

Gifs! )
bluegeek: (Tea lineup)
2013-01-06 08:06 pm
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January Days of Happy: Day Six - Making my own stuff!

I like baking and cooking, and love learning how to make new things myself. A friend of mine showed me her homemade vanilla extract that she uses in her baking and I wanted to give it a try, given that it isn't actually a difficult process. After about a month and a half of not actually getting started with this project despite having bought all 2 of the ingredients, I finally did the deed today. Hopefully in 6-8 weeks I will have a giant bottle of vanilla extract of my very own creation to use :)

Ingredients:
Lots of cheap vodka (I had a 750ml bottle because that's the smallest cheap bottle the package store I went to had)
6 vanilla beans (mine are Mexican vanilla beans that I bought at Penzey's Spices. I am told that there are a variety of different kinds of vanilla beans, and that they can be found more affordably online, though Penzey's was definitely better than Whole Foods, Fresh Market, and my grocery store).

Process:
Pour off a little vodka if the level of the liquid is very near the top of the bottle, otherwise don't worry about it.
Cut the vanilla beans lengthwise.
Stuff the beans into the vodka bottle and recap.
Invert/shake the bottle once a week for at least 6-8 weeks and watch as it gains more and more color.

Enjoy when baking. As you use up or give away the vanilla, buy more vodka and add to the partial bottle, thereby making more vanilla extract.

Pics )
bluegeek: (Writing)
2013-01-06 07:51 pm

Trope_bingo

OMG, what have I done? Am I really semi-committing to writing at least one thing this year?

The card )
bluegeek: (Tea Solves)
2013-01-05 11:50 am
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January Days of Happy: Day Five - Music Edition (part 1) :)

Here, have some songs that I adore and have been listening to over and over again...

Mooooosic )

Share some of your favs, if you so desire. I would love to hear them.
bluegeek: (SH - sherlock fingers)
2013-01-04 10:28 pm
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January Days of Happy: Day Four - game time!

Mindless and semi-mindless games are one of the ways I chill out after a long (long looooooooong) day at work when I just want to veg a bit as a settle down. To this end, I have been fond of these games:

Z-type: A typing speed and accuracy game.

Casanova: Kissing giraffes and cute (though repetitive) music.

Bejeweled: Matching and strategy and 'splosions and mini quests. I play the version attached to facebook and I am currently addicted.

Silk: Not a competition-type game, but more of a Make Pretty Things! type of game. Very soothing.
bluegeek: (DW - Poke it with a stick)
2013-01-03 10:03 pm
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2013-01-03 10:00 pm
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Request: a specific Avengers gif

Has anyone seen an Avengers inspired gif set that features the Steve & Tony helicarrier crankypants argument/showdown and makes a crack about Tony betting that he could make Steve beg for mercy twice?

I would love to be directed towards this gif set if anyone knows where I could find it.
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2013-01-02 09:22 pm
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January Days of Happy: Day Two!

I loved The Avengers.

Loved.

More than I can express properly in text, even. It led me to finally seeing and adoring Iron Man and Captain America, and appreciating Thor more than I had when I saw it the first time without realizing it was connected to anything. It is even making me consider watching the Hulk movie at some point. It has also opened me to new fic, art, vids, etc.

I have basically been diving into a sea of Avengers fanstuff nearly exclusively for months. This was entirely uncharted territory for me, having zero prior knowledge or exposure to this fandom.

I also love [livejournal.com profile] cleolinda and her Movies in Fifteen Minutes over at [livejournal.com profile] m15m. Always good for a chuckle and reliable in brightening my day.

What do you get when you put these things together?

The Avengers in Fifteen Minutes

And a very happy me.

An excerpt from the work can be found below:

Read more... )

If anyone has suggestions for fic, vids, art, etc, I would love any and all recs. I ship pretty much everyone with everyone and love gen too. I could also use some suggestions for avengers/marvel LJ icons, so help in that area would also be fabulous :)
bluegeek: (not be tired)
2012-07-19 08:20 pm

Call for ideas!

I need help thinking up some prizes for games at a baby shower I am semi-coordinating. Right now, the games I have in mind are: scratch off lotto tickets (2 winners), baby gift BINGO (1-3 winners), guess the belly (it was mom's idea, not mine. I would never force her to do this if she didn't want to) (1 winner), and baby shower taboo (1-2 winners).

Anyone have any other classic or, even better yet, creative or quirky baby shower games? I want to have options.

I also need help to come up with appropriate prizes. This is a Jack & Jill party (men and women) and ages will range from early 20s to possible 80s.

Ideas I have:
Bottle of wine? (such a tease for the mom ;) )
Bath/spa basket?
Gift certificate to ______?
____________ (my mind is filled with blanks)


Got any help for me here, dear friendslist?
bluegeek: (DW - Canton and his gun)
2012-05-13 02:08 am

Movies

Saw The Avengers. Flipping loved it, holy crow.

On fandom front, need fic. Team!fic would be best, but I also ship everyone with everyone. Still love Iron Man (a movie that, I should note, I'd REFUSED to watch until a week ago, then went bonkers for) and think RDJ is the most perfect casting that ever was. Will almost definitely be seeing it again.
bluegeek: (DW - Canton and his gun)
2012-04-19 09:14 pm

Weddings

Just spent $100 on silver formal shoes that I don't like and will never wear again. Then, since I was already having such a fun day I went shopping for new work clothes since I gained so much weight since going back to school. And tomorrow I get to call the bridal shop to make an appointment for my bridesmaid dress fitting.

So my day's going great, how's yours?

ETA: Just so you know, the whining should diminish dramatically in about 1.5 weeks, then even more so in a month. So that's a relief, I'm sure.