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It's been a while since I've posted anything! I've been pretty busy, but am currently snowed-in on a day off from work, and have some time.

In news, on December 26th I was unexpectedly landed with a new family member. It's a long story, but this is one of the three cats that belonged to Jae and Steph back when we used to share an apartment. I've always adored her, and when she needed a new home the day after Christmas, I took her in (and with only a couple of hours of advance notice, too). She's adapting well to the new environment - although the introductions did mean lots of hissing and growling and general cat unhappiness in my little one-bedroom apartment for a while there. She and MingMing have now settled into a mutual avoidance routine, for the most part, with only the occasional "Oh, yeah, I'm not happy you're here," hiss for the sake of appearances. Both have lived in multiple-cat homes before, so I have no doubt that they will eventually warm up to one another enough to cuddle up together.

Anyhow, without further delay, I present Kamikaze, also known as "Kami." (Previously known as "Dizzy," a name that I've always hated, and which she seemed quite happy to abandon - she responded to "Kami" without any hesitation.)


More under the link, as well as some of MingMing, and a single shot of Waldere. )

Rupali

Dec. 8th, 2010 05:26 pm
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Rupali arrived yesterday. Her head is going out to Lyn Raftis for a faceup this week, but here's a quick-and-dirty shot of her anyway. ^__^



I was without a computer for the last two weeks of November, thanks to a failure in my power adapter and then some shipping issues. So I've been pretty limited in what I could do online until this last weekend when the new adapter arrived, as I only had an iPod and a Kindle to access the internet on. ^_^;; Have you ever tried to write HTML on an iPod? It's possible, but NOT easy. So while the website framework is done now, I've still got a lot of content to create, write, and upload. But that's the easy part. I'm pleased with the progress I made despite the limitations of the tiny touchscreen, though!
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So, anyone gonna' try NaNo this year? I'm not feeling it (still - my writing mojo is completely absent, has been for...a while), so I'm taking a pass. I think I will make it my goal for the month to finish my website, instead. It's been sitting half-completed for far too long (over a year) now.
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(Ironic that this should happen right after I posted about my vague, hormone-induced desire to pop out the next link in my evolutionary chain.)

I woke up and found that one of my anole eggs had hatched! I was starting to think they weren't fertile, because they've all just been going wrinkly and dark and hardening. BABY LIZARD IS TINY!!

Here's hoping he/she/it survives the night, because I have to go to work and can't stay here to care for it. Not that there's much I could do, anyway. It's probably best that I'm not going to be fluttering around making "BABY LIZARD, BABY LIZARD" noises at it while it tries to sleep. I guess they've got about a 30-40% survival rate in captivity.

First thing in the morning, I have to swing by the PetCo and get a vial of flightless fruit flies. Even my tiniest crickets (just under 1/4" long) appear to be too large for this little dude(tte?), as I don't have any proper pinheads.

UPDATE 23:45 - Pictures! I have pictures!

As you can see, its head is almost comically large in comparison to its body. It's also WAY too small to determine the gender yet. The body is about an inch long from snout to the tips of the rear toes, and the tail is about another inch and a half from base to tip. Tiny, TINY baby anole!

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I can always tell when I must be nearing ovulation, because I suddenly find babies more interesting. This can be annoying, especially since I've generally always found babies slightly disturbing with maybe a half-dose of that's-kind-of-neat-but-why-is-it-falling-over-like-that thrown in. Also, there's the added bonus of having sat in a chair when I was four years old and watched my mom give screaming, bloody birth to my younger sister (she had an episiotomy with me, and it ripped back open), which pretty much killed my desire to ever have ANYTHING that large come out of my vagina.

So right now, I want to produce a baby. Of course, I know this will go away in four or so days, and I know that I'll look back on it and think I must have been NUTS, but right now...I want a baby.

**sigh**

I don't want a father figure in the picture. I just want the kid. I like the idea of being a single mom, even though I know it's a hell of a lot more work.

Urgh. Four days. Then it will go away. Four days.

Cheeses

Sep. 19th, 2010 09:29 pm
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One of my coworkers has this as his desktop wallpaper on one of the office computers. He has it up specifically to annoy a few of the Bible-thumper members of our staff, and it seems to be working, but I think it's pretty cute. Anyway, I'd like to talk a bit about cheeses.

I like cheese. I like many, many different kinds of cheese. There are some cheeses that I don't like - there are entire cheese families, in fact, that I don't care for. But there are far more that I adore. Here are a few of my favorites (the descriptions have been stolen from various places around the internet, with my editing and some comments added).

Cablanca )
Bergenost )
Rembrandt (Gouda) )
Petit (P'tit) Basque )
Pierre Robert )
Tintern (Cheddar) )
Black Mountain (Cheddar) )
Cotswold )
Dubliner )

Okay, that's probably enough for now.
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I really admire Cory Doctorow's work. His narratives are both interesting and and pertinent to modern events - his stories function as commentaries on popular society, culture, and technology, with the added bonus of having fun characters and instruction-manual-style endnotes on the research behind the book and the gadgets in it. I love this, how transparent he makes things for the reader. (For those who aren't familiar with him, go take a look - he makes all his stuff available for free, on his website, and still manages to make the best-seller lists with his books!)

He's got a very interesting commentary on the iPad up on BoingBoing, and it really touched on some of the things that are driving my own uneasiness with the current trend in modern media technologies. The user as a consumer rather than an innovator being a big one. I'm the first to admit that I'm not the most techy of people - there are many things about computers and other tech that I almost know, but don't quite have a firm grasp on. But I don't want to be relegated to the role of helpless, resourceless consumer. I want to still be able to crack things open, get at their guts, and risk breaking them myself in order to make them work the way I want them to work.

Gave In

Sep. 16th, 2010 02:08 am
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I just ordered the new Kindle. (Just the wifi version, not the wifi+3G, as I don't have any need for the 3G capabilities. Plus, I plan on loading most things onto it manually from my laptop, so I probably won't even use the wifi all that much.)

I also shelled out the extra $4 for overnight shipping, so it will be delivered tomorrow (Friday).

I'm stupidly excited about this thing. I already bought an EVA cover for it, from China, and it should be here sometime next week or the week after.

In other news, I'm once again trying my hand at making a crew cut wig for Hunter. (The faux fur was a miserable failure, totally the wrong texture.) To that end, I'm spending all of my free time hand-tying kanekalon, four strands at a time, to a Monique wig cap onto which I have added French lace edges. Once it's done (which will probably be sometime next year, if my current progress is any indicator) I'll cut it down to the right length and style. Hopefully.
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Organizing a doll meetup (hike/picnic) in the Bellingham, WA area. Hike will be the Bagley Lakes trail, near the Heather Meadows parking area on Mt. Baker Highway. It's a very easy 1.5 mile loop, and really beautiful. Tons of photo opportunities. Picnic will follow the hike (after we've all worked up an appetite).

All local doll people who are interested, check out the planning thread on DoA.
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Apparently I accidentally paid my credit card bill TWICE this month. I am now a pretty hefty chunk of change overdrawn on my bank account.

Life, she loves me.

At least I have food in the freezer and cash for crickets. I am good to go. Not happy, but good to go.
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Well, wish me luck. I'll take all I can get. Leaving in two hours to drive south for my Oral Board Examination/Structured Interview and Writing Assessment for the Special Agent (Criminal Investigator) position. It's about a two hour drive. I don't have to be there until 1:30 pm, but I'm aiming for EARLY, just in case of traffic. If need be, I'll hang out in a cafe or something until it's closer to time for me to go inside.

For the occasion, I have a brand spanking new suit made by Kasper. It's delicious. Has very faint pin striping woven into the texture of the fabric, but is all black with no color change. Also, new shoes, earrings, socks, etc.

I need to go buy some crickets, possibly get the oil on my car changed, and then come back home and start getting ready. Whew! It's gonna' be a LONG day.

Pet Spam

Jul. 24th, 2010 10:45 am
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Title is fairly self-explanatory, I think.

Waldere on the glass wall of his terrarium. (He's not missing toes on his left front foot, they're just folded under.)

Bunch of large pet pictures under the cut. )

Holy CRAP!

Jul. 8th, 2010 03:38 pm
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I just got a call from ICE! Finally, some progress on one of the positions...and it's NOT the one I expected! I've been scheduled for my personal interview and writing assessment for the Criminal Investigator (CI) position, which is an 1811. I was expecting I'd have much higher chances of landing the IEA job, since I'm kind of overqualified for it, while I'm only just qualified for the CI.

Of course, after this interview there will be the "structured interview," then the background investigation, and then more waiting for an EOD offer and academy...but ANY forward progress is good news!

I go in for the test and interview on August 4th.
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Want to see some awesomely terrible pictures of me? As well as several of my local friends? Check out the Mad Tea Party entry over at Absynthe & Arsenic.

Home Safe!

Jun. 10th, 2010 08:27 pm
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After some minor delays and almost getting bumped to another flight, I am home safe and happily unpacking.

Cheers!
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ACK! My plane to Oakland leaves here tomorrow at noon, and I'm absolutely not ready. @_@ I have so much crap to do still. I have to pack(!), which means I need to do laundry. I also need to clean my apartment a bit more, because my sister will be living here, taking care of my animals, for the ten days I'll be gone. I need to get the doll stuff located, sorted out, and packed, I need to vacuum, I need to go to the laundromat to wash some linens (comforter is too big to fit in my washer here in my apartment) so my sister can sleep in a nice, clean bed. I still need to make a headset for Darryl (though I might just bring the supplies with me and do that while I'm in California).

I'm pretty sure I'm forgetting things, too.

EDIT (06/01/2010, 07:42): Okay, I'm ready to go! I've got two more things to do, but I can't do them until an hour or so from now, anyway. And I've still got just over 3 hours before I have to check in for my flight. I'm packing up my laptop now, so if anyone (GJ, that's you) needs to get in touch with me, it'll have to be on my cell.

CPL

May. 28th, 2010 04:31 am
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Finally got around to going in to the local police department yesterday and filling out my CPL form, so I should have a concealed-carry permit waiting for me in my mailbox when I get home from California on June 10th.

Yay! My gun is pretty much the ultimate concealed-carry pistol. It's tiny and can fit in my pockets without even needing a holster to disguise the shape. And yet I have been unable to carry it, because I kept putting off going in to fill out the form, since it's only open two days a week, and it's at an inconvenient time. Daniel (one of my coworkers, ex-military) has been doing the same thing, and he finally told me last weekend that I needed to come pick him up from his apartment on Thursday, and that we'd just go in and do it together. I laughed, but we did, and now we're both eagerly awaiting our new licenses.

That is all.
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So, I've always known my eyes were kind of strange. I've got this orangey-brown area around the middle of each iris. People occasionally comment on it, because it becomes more apparent when my pupils change size, or in certain lighting.

Imagine my surprise when I discovered this weird thing has a name, and a cause! I apparently have "central heterochromia." It's not as rare as the other kinds of heterochromia of the eyes (where one eye is a completely different color from the other, or where one or both eyes have big blobs of different colors in them), but it's not terribly common, either. However, it might explain my lifelong aversion to sunlight, since it's often connected to low levels of melanin in the eye. I work graveyards because sunlight gives me a headache, has since I was little.

It's also very difficult to take pictures of your own eye.


And here's the right side. )
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Alright! No one should be getting any more random "please help me, I'm stranded in Africa" eMails from me. I have recovered control of my account.

Thanks for your patience, everyone. ^_^
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Hey, everyone! No, I am not from Nigeria, and I do not need your assistance illegally transferring large sums of money across international boundaries. My Yahoo eMail account got hacked. Unfortunately, I can't do anything about it, since Yahoo locked down my account within an hour or so of it happening. I can't access it for at least 24 hours, while their tech team bumbles around trying to figure out what to do. ^_^;; Sorry about the weird spammage.

I happened while I was using the internet at work, which is unsecured wifi, so I suspect someone had a sniffer program running and picked up my password as I typed it in, but there are dozens of other possible explanations, so your guess is as good as mine.