The Half-Blood Prince

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No Defence Against A Dark Heart

The same 'thesnapelyone' from LJ, which should be obvious even to the most dunderheaded of readers.

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November 24th, 2008

Woo!

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I started working on a Snupin I abandoned about a year ago - when I stopped writing fandom stuff all together. Kind of exciting, we'll see if it goes anywhere.

November 22nd, 2008

Bang Bang

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I did a pretty sizable friends cut. Pretty much, if we don't comment, and/or I don't see posts from that person anyway, I cut. So I don't expect anyone I did cut to really care. Or notice.

November 21st, 2008

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I'm doing a friends cut. If you have an opinion on this, feel free to comment.

Grrr!

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Yesterday I saw a commercial for a new(!) Alvin & the Chipmunks album. The theme song plays for a bit, as do a few snippets of some truly ear-bleeding covers of pop songs that should never - never - have been recorded. Ever.

In my opinion, the majority should have never been recorded even by the original artists, but that's beside the point. So is the WTF-ery of Jason Lee appearing in that movie.

The point is, thanks to that stupid commercial, I had the Alvin & the Chipmunks theme song stuck in my head all day yesterday. It was painful. It was gut-wrenching. In fact, my stomach was very sensitive yesterday and today, and I am prepared to argue that it was the song's fault. Satan's own lullaby.

Today, I woke up, the song was gone. Hallelujah! I listened to Rage Against the Machine and Prozzak on the way into work, and all was well.

Until this late afternoon, when I am happily tormenting K with my long-buried Southern twang, making up inane songs about students I am entering into Infinite Campus. I know it was revenge when she looked at me and said, "Well at least you got Alvin & the Chipmunks out of your head," with such deceptive innocence.

WHAM! "We're the Chipmunks..." blares to life in my brain. I clutch my skull and bash my head into the desk, shrieking, to a backdrop of K's laughter.

Horrible woman!

November 20th, 2008

Snupin dream

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Let me start off by saying that I haven't had a Snupin dream in at least a year, so I was surprised when I woke up this morning. I'd thought my muse had completely died, but maybe there's hope yet.

So I was Bellatrix, and my sister Narcissa and I worked in administration at Hogwarts.  )

November 18th, 2008

wooly woes

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So I bought this awesome skein of yarn that mum had been oggling with the intent to make her a little one-skein project.. A hat, or a cowl, or something. Then today after I painstakingly find a cowl pattern that is free and the right guage, and even start the darn thing, I learn at lunch that I got my wool allergy from her, and therefore knitting her something that is meant to touch her skin is a stupid idea.

Crapola. I was really wanting to make someone a cowl, too. So now I have to figure out something else to do with it. Thank goodness for Ravelry's advanced pattern search.

More than half the patterns in my favoritest knitting book evar, Victorian Lace Today, have samples knit with Rowan Kidsilk Haze. The name leads me to believe this is a kid mohair/silk blend, which does not contain wool, which would be <3. (Seriously, even baby Alpaca makes me itch). Has anyone on my f-list ever knitted with this before? I need to check it out, but I don't think the LYS carries it, and I don't like buying yarn I can't feel up in person.

November 17th, 2008

Ghost hunting...

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I got to meet the group. At first I was leery of the meeting place... a local Pizza Hut, which, at 7 on a Friday night, I thought would be too packed to have decent conversation. Fortunately they sat us in the back, where it was quiet, and the place actually cleared out pretty quickly. Then I learned the wisdom behind the location... You can sit there for hours, and the wait staff will not bother you.

I was very worried about the meeting, I will admit. Being a part of a ghost hunting group is something I've wanted for a long while. And my personality is an aquired taste. One that most people don't ever aquire. I was nervous about gelling well with the group.

Fortunately, we all got along very well. I had a really great time even when we were just shooting the breeze. So yay, I'm in the group.

Good thing, because I lined up the first investigation. Ha. I'm necessary.

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In other important Snapely news, I finished my beaded lace edge shawl that has been hibernating due to an ungodly amount of garter stitch. Fortunately I pushed on, because even though this thing is simple, it is still beautiful, and I absolutely love the wooden beads. I've always wanted to do a beaded project, which is why I chose this shawl to begin with.

Now that I've finished that, however, I've already picked out my next lace project, and boy is it complicated. YAY. Of course, I'm supposed to be knitting for gifts, so I shouldn't cast on. I shouldn't, I shouldn't, I shouldn't...

November 8th, 2008

I actually made money by knitting

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I think I briefly previously mentioned that I was commissioned to knit a golf club cover for a work friend. Well, I presented the prototype to her last week, and she loved it. And then she insisted on paying double what I charged her for it. And then she ordered five more.

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Can I say how FABULOUS this is? My first taste of knitting for profit. I consider it an amazing triumph. It's made me that much more motivated to design more things for sale. Maybe I will get an Etsy shop up after all.

We'll see if anything else I design actually sells. *L* I do have a design I'm working on right now that hopefully will come together. I really enjoy the process, I just don't have much confidence in my abilities.

November 4th, 2008

Sarah who?

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WOO HOO!

OBAMA!!!

Election Day

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I voted as soon as the polls opened up today at 6:30. There was already a huge line when I got there. More of an early morning turn out than any election I've voted in. I hope that's a sign of better turn out overall.

Went back to sleep when I got home. Discovered I can't sleep lying flat because I cough too hard, so Penny and I grabbed a blanket and curled up in the papasan chair. I just woke up but she's still snoozing away, sprawled out across my middle and right arm. Every once in a while, she wakes and stretches out one paw to brush my cheek. It's so ridiculously cute that I don't want to disturb her.

Ugh, gotta go run errands in town today, must get up from cocoon of warmth.


DON' FORGET TO VOTE!

November 3rd, 2008

HACK

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This cold better not turn into bronchitis.

I called in sick today. I was leery of doing so because I don't know how they're going to find a sub for me tonight, and then what will they do???? But I called and K didn't even recognize my voice. I suppose that's a good sign that you're too conjested to function?

Wow, being awake for an hour has worn me out.

The thing that pisses me off is that I haven't exersized in 6 days, and I was just really getting into the good swing of things where it's fun and you enjoy it... this has so set me back. But, Kr's Gryffindork scarf has seen a lot of progress over the weekend, and so has the Sooper Sekrit Holiday Gift of +5 Awesomeness, which is good, because they're both big projects. The SSHG+5A is literally big, and the scarf is just tedious. Stockinette stitch for a million rounds with nothing to look forward to but getting to change colors intermittently. I really can't stand that. Kr is lucky that I like her Gryffindor ass, seriously, because no one else, ever, is getting one of these damn scarves. Although they did inspire me for another project of my own design. That is certainly not a scarf because scarves are evil.

No matter how many different, interesting, unique, beautiful scarf patterns I see, they are never amazing enough to tempt me. I have knit like four scarves ever, and that is my quota for life. Death to scarves! Damn you scarves and your practicality! Damn your warmth-bringing qualities and fashionability that make you so fun to wear! Let us gather together all of the scarves in the land and burn them! B U R N T H E M!

Oh no, I could never be sucked into an evil cause on a tide of senseless brutality ever, why do you ask? Like I'm so easily enraged by the mundane that channeling that anger towards a more sinister cause is just a step away? Sha.

Truthfully, before I got my cold, I was feeling a lot more peaceful and anger-free in general. Between breathing exersizes, meditation, regular exersize, and the mosh pit where people are free to join in to vent their mindless agression with no mean spiritedness or negative rammifications, I was doing pretty damn good. And then I caught this cold.

Now my chest is filled with the fire of a thousand angry, vengeful suns. And mucus.

November 2nd, 2008

Halloreen

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It was [info]lore's birthday on Halloween! Yay, happy birthday to Lore!

I wanted to do something for her, but aside from having the most awesome date for a birthday ever (HALLOREEN), that also means that Snapely is busy as all get out, not only making ridiculous amounts of preparation for Halloreen and Samhain, but also by getting sick ON Halloreen and suffering through parties while wanting to fall over dead because she had to show off her handmade pirate costume. And go check out a purportedly haunted house for the team to investigate, and all sorts of other stuff.

I do suck. Although we don't talk much now, I really have a lot of respect for [info]lore, and I love that I got to meet her two summers ago (so long ago!) for the DH book release. Any interaction with Lore has been fantastic, between fandom and BPAL decant circles and sitting in a hotel room being snarky and laughing. She always strikes me as warm, wise, funny, and very generous.

It sounds like she had a great birthday, and I wish I'd had time to do more than say happy birthday. Two days late.

Happy Halloreen!

October 29th, 2008

GWAR.

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The first thing I thought this morning when I woke up was, OW. And then, That was so much fun.

For those of you that might not know, GWAR are aliens who have formed a thrash metal band and come to Earth to destroy us all. And we love them for it.

I came back covered in fake blood, green space jizz, and bruises from the awesome pit. I had the vague feeling all night as if GWAR should just offend me, but they didn't. I enjoyed myself, I moshed, I fell down, got picked back up. I lost my shoe, then found it (thankfully) on the edge of the pit. I got crushed during the opening song in the pit to the point where I was having difficulty breathing, but then the crush thinned a little as the entire floor turned into a pit. I had a drunk asshole spill his beer on me while shouting, 'Get out of my fucking way.' I pushed him back, told him to fuck off, got glared at, glared back, and watched him wander away, not so drunk he'd hit a girl. *snerk*

This morning I am bruised, I am still covered in gunk (though I got most of it off my face), and my left ear is ringing like a bitch.

I also discovered that Kingdom of Sorrow, despite having a crappy name and a picture of a knight on a horse for their backdrop, is actually not as bad a band as I feared. But that's probably because the singer is from Hatebreed, the basist is from Black Label Society, and the guitarist is from Type O Negative. Never heard of them before, but they were like the first opening band I've ever seen to actually get a pit going before the main act. And the singer was going on about how it's so great that GWAR gives small bands a chance, and can you believe they sold 30,000 records last year? Uh, yeah, I can. You've got three big metal acts represented in your band. Duh.

Anyway, I am happy.

October 24th, 2008

Angrrr

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I've gone back to meditation and breathing exersizes in an attempt to control/diminish my anger. Really I should never have stopped, but I'm not a creature of habit, and I have to make myself do things. Otherwise I tend to spend all my time daydreaming (and writing vampire fiction and playing with my yarn and drooling over bottles of Absinthe and drooling over all the things on etsy I want to buy...).

It seems to be helping so far. I can practice my breathing exersizes at work when I'm alone in the office and bored.

I've also started walking in preparation for the couch to 5k program I'm going to start (don't have the link here), and I tried to do pushups for that 100 pushups program, but my pushups are sorry at best, and I strained a couple muscles >.< so I haven't had much luck there yet. I've always had weak arms, though.

I woke up this morning and immediately checked my bank balance, just for reassurance. Yay, there is money in there, but I'm not taking it for granted. It didn't cheer me up any. I won't be happy again until Halloween I bet.

Very much looking forward to Samhain. CANNOT. WAIT.

Oh and I am going to a Halloween party at a house that is supposed to be very haunted... Zubrich and I are going to try and get some EVPs. :D

Off the subject, I realized I forgot to mention this: I joined a Harry Potter inspired yarn club on etsy by ShelbyB, who dyes gorgeous colorways inspired by HP. We're one month in, and I got the first yarn, a 100% Merino Superwash sock yarn that is very soft in her colorway 'Mirror of Erised' which is absolutely beautiful. Beautiful enough to convince me to knit socks!

Not that I need another project. I updated my Ravelry and had to take about a dozen more pictures. XD

October 20th, 2008

-.o

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Tybalt, the morbidly obese kitty, attacked my face and clawed my eyeball. Oh my god, it hurts so fucking much.

October 19th, 2008

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I'm doing NaNo again this year! I'll be posting all NaNo related things over at [info]redthirst (it's an asylum because I have a writing partner this year, so we can post about the same thing to the same place). If you are doing NaNo too and will be posting about it at your journal or a writing journal, and you want to be NaNo buddies, let me know here. Feel free to watch [info]redthirst and I will watch you too. OoOOoo.

October 6th, 2008

AS PROMISED

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Just ducking in to share the photos of the finished Tepes hat aka the grumpy!hat.

I am tentatively thinking the hornets may be dead finally...am so sick of sleeping on a cot. Anyhow, I've snuck into my bedroom (ha) to share the photos with one bonus project! (Like it's a treat or something)

The grumpy!hat! )

Extra: Fishnet shirt! )

October 1st, 2008

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I am sick and tired of life, bored to death, and everything I say and do annoys the crap out of me. I need to go hibernate in a cocoon for a while until I re-emerge as someone else.

September 30th, 2008

A Haunting.

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I was watching 'A Haunting' today on the Discovery channel. I like to do this because with the exception of Ghost Hunters, shows about the paranormal just amuse me when they're trying to be dramatic and serious.

During one tale, the family was being terrorized by one of the 7.3 million poltergeists in the Conneticut area, and called in the psychic team 'responsible' for (I don't really remember how they worded this) investigating and 'finding' a demonic entity at the Amityville Horror house, which made me laugh because that story turned out to be a fraud (and demons? Come on). One half of the married psychic duo (Lorraine Warren) was reported to be genuine because her psychic abilities had been "scientifically proven and documented" by the University of California.

So I've decided that when anyone calls my skills into question (about anything), I am going to shoot them down by announcing that my abilities have been scientifically proven and documented by the University of California, too.

Example: "What do you mean, I know nothing about tact? My abilities have been scientifically proven and documented by the University of California!"

Disclaimer: I do actually come from the standpoint of believer of psychic abilities. Even if I hadn't known that this woman purports to have found a demonic entity at a house that was never even haunted in the first place, I would want to know how exactly the University of California (which branch? there are 10) documented and proved her abilities, when they did so, and why exactly they did this. I looked on their website, and there is no 'get your psychic abilities tested!' hotlink, nor can you access articles about studies they did before 1995, which I would assume was when the woman was tested, though I'd have no way of knowing.

In case anyone missed the episode and is dying over it, I will give you the basic formula: A family moves into a new home. One person in the house is being terrorized by something unseen, one of the parents doesn't believe it, then a bunch of crazy stuff happens that freaks everyone out, they all become believers, call in psychics, and move the hell out. No one that ever moves into that house and stays more than a year.

Due to the insane amount of poltergeist style hauntings that seem to come out of Conneticut alone, I wonder how the state even has any residents left. Oh, right. The housing market is so bad that nothing's selling.

September 29th, 2008

Fandom thoughts

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I know that I have been sort of a non-entity in fandom for the better part of this last year (tragically), but looking back over the past 4 years in the Snupin fandom, I feel like I haven't really produced much.

There are some people that you automatically think of when you think of Snupin, people who have produced amazing fic which seems so quintessentially Snupin (yes, the update of the Snupin Library did have some part in inspiring this post), and they have poured their energy into the ship and into [info]lupin_snape that they themselves really define the ship to me. I'm sure everyone has their own idea of who that would be, and some names overlap, and some don't.

I've kind of been in a funk lately, thinking that I really haven't produced anything lasting. Not because I'm eager to get on any lists, because I truly don't care about appearing anywhere (hence this being the best and only place to find 98% of my work outside of RPGs), but still, everyone likes to feel as if they've contributed to something they feel passionate about. Everyone would like to leave their mark.

I don't know if this post will give me more to think of as far as doing something to feel as if I have made a contribution, or if I'll just sulk for a while and eventually get over it (I am so good at sulking, what can I say?), but. Well. There it is.
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