kaydeefalls: angel will charge double for both (double for both)
Survived the hurricane, clearly. It was very windy and rainy in DC, but really, nothing to write home about. We didn't even lose power. I hope everyone who was in the storm's path made it through equally uneventfully. ♥ I did make the somewhat less than intelligent decision to drive home from the party at 12:30am rather than crash the night, which, wow, even a vastly downgraded not-hurricane is kind of exciting-in-a-bad-way to drive in. But I didn't panic and drove slowly and safely and I'm fine, so! Life experience, right there. And as it turned out, my choice to head out to the party did indeed save my car damage, ironically enough, though not storm-related. When I got back to my street, the car parked exactly where mine HAD been before the storm had had its side mirror whacked off, presumably by some careless driver. This has happened to me before on that street. If I had stayed home, it would have been MY side mirror, AGAIN. Lucked out there, I guess. Poor bastard.

Seeing the video of the storm surge flooding Battery Park creeped me out a lot. I may not live in NYC anymore, but I'm still a New Yorker at heart, and I went rollerblading down there all the time as a teenager. I'm sure they'll clean it all up and it'll be perfectly normal by the next time I have a chance to visit the city, but still. WEIRD AND UNNATURAL.

UNRELATEDLY. While the epic XMFC/Inception fusion is in beta, I've been working slowly on my [livejournal.com profile] femgenficathon fic, and hopefully will finish it up either tonight or tomorrow. So. Would anyone be willing to do a quick beta on an XMFC Angel gen fic? Just a quickie, should be less than 3k words when it's done. I'm a little nervous about handling 1960s racism in an inoffensive manner, in particular, though it's not the focus of the fic as a whole. Anyone? As ever, I will gladly trade my own beta services in exchange.
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I am seriously ODed on cake. And there's still more in my fridge. Now I remember why birthdays only come once a year, because jesus christ I have had too much cake over the past two days.

I've been failing on RL friends left and right these past couple of weeks. Urg. Oh well. Tomorrow morning I'm getting on a bus and going up to NYC for the first time since Thanksgiving, and tomorrow night I intend to get smashingly drunk with my closes friends from high school, and it will be marvelous. One pitfall of being an introvert, I suppose, is that I have many friendly acquaintances and very, very few real friends -- but I was extraordinarily lucky in my high school friendships. I can count on one hand the people I can truly, completely Be Myself with, and I will be seeing two of them at the same time tomorrow night, which makes me deeply happy. And almost makes up for the fact that the real reason I'm going to NYC this weekend is to sort out the last of my stuff at my parents' place, because they're moving out of my childhood home this summer. WEIRD. But inevitable, I know.

Oh, right, TV meme.


Day 11 - A show that disappointed you

X-Files went tragically downhill, and Sports Night had the Dating Plan (ARGH), and West Wing lost Sorkin and RTD's Whoniverse went batshit and really, any show that lasts long enough is bound to disappoint somehow. But -- and I say this with love -- the big one for me is Merlin. Which, okay, I adore the characters. I adore the fandom. I adore the ridiculous crack. But while it has flashes of brilliance, the show's writing is never, ever at the level I want it to be, and it deeply frustrates me. Two full seasons, and they fucking refuse to alter the status quo -- how much longer do I need to suspend my disbelief that no one knows Merlin uses magic? How much longer will Morgana -- and, to a lesser extent, Gwen -- continue to be relegated to the background, apart from rare her-centric episodes that try to cram a season's worth of wasted character development into forty minutes? How can you give us these four brilliant, well-rounded, funny, clever, loving, courageous characters and write such banal and empty plots for them? (There are exceptions to all of these complaints, obviously.)

But seriously, I say this out of love. Because while the silly fun is lovely, really, I think this show has the potential to be so much more. We have moments -- the Mordred arc, the entirety of "Sins of the Father", everything Gwen ever says or does. And maybe I'm asking for too much, but it wouldn't bother me so much if I didn't think it could be so much better. For the most part, I'm just left with a sense of wasted potential.

So I stick with the fandom instead, where the writing, as a whole, sets the bar much higher.
kaydeefalls: TARDIS parked outside Millennium Centre (aliens in cardiff)
THE CRACK FROM DOCTOR WHO IS REAL WTF: as photographed by NASA.

That totally made my day, in a slightly-creeped-out sort of way. It's like it's my birthday or something!

Oh, wait. It is. Huh. So, yeah, I'm 25 now. Woot.
kaydeefalls: pretty pretty st stephen's green (going to my happy place)
1. I am making the most amazing Strawberry Cupcakes for my housemate's birthday, you have no idea. I love trying new recipes for baked goods, and I'm adding my own cream cheese icing (from scratch, natch), which I added some of the extra strawberry juice to, and OMG, guys. NOM.

2. I had a surprisingly good evening yesterday. Unexpected good things are awesome.

3. The weather is glorious, so I wandered down to explore the monuments for two hours. DC is a very pretty city. Over the past week or so, I've reached a sort of zen-ish settling-in place here, and I'm fairly certain that barring sudden job acquisition elsewhere, I'm going to stay in the DC area for another year or so. I have friends here independent of my work, I'm starting to build cred in the smaller theaters, and I don't want to move across country to start from scratch all over again. So: DC it is. Now I just need one of the jobs I've applied for to come through.

It's amazing how much more at peace with myself I've become since making that decision. Even job stress doesn't bother me anymore -- I know I can always work box office or something to make ends meet while waiting for a proper job to come through. I'm still on the fence about leaving my field of choice -- I've got a couple of admin assistant positions for non-performing arts organizations bookmarked, but I'm hesitant to give up this quickly. I still have five weeks to find something I want to do first. But gainful employment is kind of key here. Ah, well, we'll see.

4. I'm finally watching Merlin (and Life) now that I've allowed myself new fandoms again. Silly good fun.

5. A certain extraordinarily awesome intern at my theatre (HI!) knitted me a Ravenclaw scarf. Seriously, how awesome is that? TOTALLY AWESOME. I will wear it always -- um, once it's not summer, anyway. :D

6. Meme! I will do a commentary track on any of my stories, like the audio extra on a DVD, talking about what went into it and my general thoughts on it. I've posted this meme before (ages ago), and no one bit then, and probably no one will now. But it sounds like fun, so if anyone's interested, hit me up. Since I'm in a bit of a writing lull while my Big Bang is in beta...
kaydeefalls: wash's dinosaurs: "curse your sudden but inevitable betrayal!" (curses! foiled again!)
The show I'm ASMing opens tomorrow. So tonight I baked snickerdoodles. Obviously.

Yeah, I'm not sure why I'm wired like this, either.

In fandom news, Dollhouse continues its two-episode streak of actually being a good show ("Have you not seen my drawer of inappropriate starches?"), I continue to be easily distracted by the Obvious And Epic Love Of Winters And Nixon (that weird look they exchange at Carentan! REPLACEMENTS!), and my [livejournal.com profile] tardis_bigbang fic is clocking in at about 10,000 words with no goddamn end in sight. I've been hammering out the plot a bit more, and hopefully should have no problem getting to the necessary 15,000 words for the draft due in a month, but I'm worried that this thing is going to need way more than 20,000 words to complete itself, and that I'm less confident about. On the plus side, my life is calming down significantly now that my show is opening -- I actually will have a couple of evenings free every week, and when I'm backstage during the shows, I have a decent amount of downtime to spend writing in my notebook. So here's hoping? I've been way too distracted by BoB fandom lately, it's hard getting back into a Torchwood mindset at the moment. But I'd really like to finish this thing, so.

My apartment smells like cinnamon. Mmm.
kaydeefalls: edna with flames reflected in glasses doing this: :D (ever so slightly evil)
Okay, grating carrots SUCKS. But if the batter is anything to judge by, I just made some DAMN TASTY carrot cake. With a side of KICKASS cream cheese icing. I know I baked this for my housemate's birthday and all, but she'd better play nice and share with the rest of the house, because awesomeness of this caliber is meant to be shared. It is far too much awesome for just one person.

This recipe is definitely a keeper. For the next time I feel like spending HALF AN HOUR GRATING CARROTS, so, not so much anytime in the near future. But still.
kaydeefalls: pretty pretty st stephen's green (going to my happy place)
Bernie Mac passed away.

He was a really funny guy. Damn.
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I just killed a mosquito, and got bright red blood smeared on my hands as a reward for my effort.

Okay, given the new itchy bite on my ankle, the blood is probably actually my own, but still: EWWWW.

WHAT

Jul. 21st, 2008 08:44 pm
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (srsly?)
Holy shit, two people I was friendly with my first couple of years in college just got MARRIED.

Okay, I knew they were engaged, and they'd been dating since my first year, BUT STILL. She's MY AGE, he's only a year older, and they're MARRIED WTF.

It deeply disturbs me that I am at the age where this sort of thing is not uncommon.

Um, hi. Yes, I am still in Italy, though I return home Wednesday. I just had to interrupt the travel broadcasts for that.

WIN.

May. 10th, 2008 08:36 am
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (and i find it kinda funny)
Cell Block Tango...with Disney villainesses.

Also, it is a bitter, bitter irony that the one day of the week I can sleep in, I jolt awake at exactly 7:15am (when my alarm goes off the other six days of the week, except without alarm today) and CANNOT FALL BACK ASLEEP. Oh cruel world. Maybe I'll manage a nap later or something.

oh, hey!

Apr. 30th, 2008 07:22 pm
kaydeefalls: calvin and hobbes bopping butts (bop.)
I was all grumptastic about being tired all the time and my long-ass day at work, and then I remembered!

I'm gonna see Jonathan Coulton on Saturday!

ALL WE WANNA DO IS EAT YOUR BRAINS!
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (so stick around)
I just fielded a phone call from someone who seemed perfectly content to just rant at me for five solid minutes, with no particular desire to be transfered over to anyone else. Not in an attacking sort of way, mind; just, he had a certain idea about where our business should be going, and wanted to share. With someone. And then eventually came to the conclusion on his own that he should be talking to marketing instead, thanked me and hung up.

That was kind of entertaining, in a bemusing sort of way. I wish I hadn't spent so much of his monologue trying desperately to think of someone, anyone, he should be transfered over to, and just let him wear himself out instead.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (working girl)
Yeah, so amazon.com is having a DVD sale. So I kinda caved and spent half this week's paycheck on West Wing seasons 1-4.

Oops.

Also, have spent all afternoon baking peanut butter cookies, because there is yet another birthday among my cast. They're...kind of mediocre. Mainly, they're just a bit too dry. I think I should have ignored the recipe and used regular peanut butter instead of chunky, but I don't know if that would have actually solved the issue. Oh, well. They taste fine, anyway, and these are the risks of trying out new recipes. I don't think I'll use this particular one again.

Damn, the snow is really coming down. I wonder if we're going to cancel the show tonight? It's definitely putting a crimp in my plans, because I was going to go to Kinko's and print out a bunch of stuff and photos for my director's portfolio to send out this weekend, but I don't want to walk it through the wet and muck, because yeah, snow + paper does not a good combo make. Argh. I hope Kinko's is open on Sunday, because that'll be my only other real chance to do this. Stupid Easter. Stupid snow. WTF, spring?
kaydeefalls: shocked posner looking up at grinning scripps (posner/scripps)
Chicago is celebrating St. Patrick's today, apparently. The pubs have been open since noon, the Irish pride is out in force, and green-clad bands of drunks are roaming the streets. And this was at 2 o'clock in the afternoon.

There are many March birthdays involved in this show. Today is our box office's birthday -- she's also the wife of a cast member. She requested chocolate, so I am now baking chocolate cookies with chocolate chunks. The first batch just came out of the oven a few minutes ago. It is...hmm, slightly undercooked, but very gooey and chocolately. Mission accomplished.

blather.

Mar. 15th, 2008 11:58 am
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (just the bitch of living)
I don't want to go to the gym right now, but I really should. Mainly I don't want to go because today is my monthly weigh-in and measurement day with them, and I've had a bad month on the eating-healthy front due to all the stress and show happening and things. My weight's been bouncing around in a two-pound range for the whole month, and am currently on the upper end of that. Which in my actual life, I don't care about, because, um, it's just two pounds, y'know? I'm comfortable with my weight and my body right now, and while I'd like to lose about five more pounds, I don't really care if it takes me a year to get there. But the fitness people at the gym get all OH NOES YOUR BODY FAT % HAS GONE UP A WHOLE POINT!, which kind of makes me grumpy. So I don't want to go.

I started working on my Remix fic at work yesterday. It's...diverging further from the original fic a lot more than I usually do for remixes. But then again, my remixes are usually fairly weak, so maybe this will be a better fic overall? Eh, who knows.

The show's improving with every performance, and we actually got a favorable (albeit rather poorly-written) review in the Chicago Reader. I've also been going out with cast members after practically every show so far, which is, well, kind of odd for me, having a social life. I go to bars! Regularly! This is very strange. But fun, and for the first time since September, I'm not appallingly lonely most of the time, which is a definite plus. Also, have developed an unfortunate crush on one of my actors, the one I hang out with the most and am generally friendliest with and ride the train home with every night. Odd, though, because he's really not my type in many ways, and yet. Eh, it's more fun than bothersome just now, and it helps whenever I tilt toward emo-ness to remind myself that he's a smoker and I don't actually want to hook up with someone who tastes of cigarettes.

Okay, shutting up now. Goodness I'm dull.

spring?

Mar. 12th, 2008 11:55 am
kaydeefalls: pretty pretty st stephen's green (going to my happy place)
Man, you know it's been a really bad winter when you look at the 10-day weather forecast and get ridiculously excited about the fact that the temperatures are all in the upper 30s or even 40s F. I've started taking WALKS again. I might be able to wear my lighter jacket once or twice in the weeks to come!

Christ, this winter has been obscenely long and miserably cold, even by Chicago standards. Remind me to never move any further north than this.

In other news, last night we had the first read-through for the new works festival I'm directing two plays for. Nifty. My plays, they have their flaws, but they sound a lot better when read aloud by actors, which makes me more optimistic about this than I have been. (They're new works. They aren't exactly polished yet.)
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (do we all have our thinking caps?)
As pointed out by [livejournal.com profile] kalliopeia: a very interesting comparison of Clinton and Obama's work in the Senate. Because I really needed any more reasons to support Obama.

In other news, I'm very proud of myself right now. I was craving greasy Chinese food for lunch like whoa, but forced myself to remember that I had, in fact, packed myself a salad to eat, so I reluctantly grabbed it out of the office fridge. Making salads? Is not something I do. Ever. I've been grudgingly teaching myself to eat them more often, because when I'm buying at least one meal a day from the food court near work, I really need to choose the healthier options or I'll gain back every pound I've managed to lose over the past few months and then some. And then I got sick of paying $6 or more for a single damn salad, so I decided to make my own at home this morning and pack it.

SO GOOD. I don't know how on earth I managed that, given how poorly stocked my fridge tends to be these days. Lettuce, carrots, turkey cold cuts, and low-cal Honey Dijon dressing -- and the secret weapon. Blueberries. I've been eating them on my breakfast cereal for the past couple of days, which is tasty, but they totally transform a boring salad into pure awesomeness. That was a damn good lunch right there. And I've got some edamame to snack on this afternoon. For dinner, alas, I do have to brave the fast food options on my way to rehearsal, but I've gotten pretty adept at picking out the healthier choices.

If you'd told me a year ago what my eating habits would be right now, I'd have laughed myself sick.
kaydeefalls: calvin and hobbes hugging (happy hugs)
I've never been much of a fan of Valentine's Day. The four V-Days that fell during my relationship with Dave, we deliberately ignored. It just always seems like an excuse for people in love to gloat about it while those without partners are made to feel twice as lonely. But I am determined not to be depressed about it today, so I brought a bag of Hershey's dark chocolate kisses in to work and have given one to every single one of the people in this office (there are about 60 of 'em), and have discovered to my satisfaction that making people I barely know surprised and happy, just for a few seconds, really does wonders for brightening my own day. So it shall be a happy Thursday. I decree it so.

A few of them thought the Big Boss had set me up to it. Silly people. We all did find heart-shaped cookies on our desks when we came in this morning, and that does kinda trump a tiny piece of dark chocolate, but still. Also got a fair few jokes about kisses, but hey, I figure no one really objects to a kiss from a cute girl on Valentine's Day. ;)
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (hey jude)
Merry Christmas to those who celebrate! I love being a mixed breed -- all the winter holidays are mine for the merry-making. Also, I skipped out on Midnight Mass, thank goodness, though the family just got back from it. Now I'm just waiting for Yuletide to go live, and boggling at the amount of stories uploaded -- makes me feel guilty to've only written one...
kaydeefalls: theater as viewed from the wings (i live on the stage)
Rehearsals moved into the actual performance space. So much love. Stage! Sets! Lights! Very exciting. Tomorrow's the understudy rehearsal, but since Ado Annie's understudy can't make it, I get to stand in for Ado Annie. That should be...interesting. But I do secretly really kind of miss acting, so it'll probably be good fun.

Holiday card from [livejournal.com profile] azewewish! Thank you! Cute card. ;) Speaking of which, if you want cards + drabbles from me, please do comment here. Definitely more likely to be New Year's cards instead of Christmas, because I won't have time to futz around until this show goes up, but still.

[livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic is about to hit 10,000 words, and still going strong. Holy shit, I've created a monster. At least the climax is actually in sight. And at around 3:30 am last night I had a sudden bolt of inspiration, and wrote a scene that creeps the fuck out of me, in a good way. I'm loving on this fic more than I have the words to express. Hopefully, it'll get people other than me off as well, which is always chancy when I go into this particular sparkly happy place in my writingness.

Oi, [livejournal.com profile] newredshoes, up for dinner/DVD-watching Friday or Saturday night? I can has free time, weirdly enough.

so there

Dec. 11th, 2007 12:22 am
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (rules rules rules)
Oh, wow, everyone seemed to be in a shitty mood in rehearsal tonight. Except me. I just kept out of everyone's way instead. Jeez. Just one of those days, I guess.

Also, I think it should be stated that I have had BSG: Razor in my possession for the better part of a week now, but I will not allow myself to watch it until I've finished my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic. You should all be very proud of me. Stupid fic, insisting on being plotty and LONG.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (hey jude)
Things that are made of win tonight:

1. Snow. Unlike the snow on Saturday, which was sleety and haily and icy and gross, the snow tonight was picture-perfect, and the drive through Evanston after rehearsal was somewhere beyond beautiful. Also, excellent snowball-making snow. :D

2. Rehearsal. I love this show so very very much. And one of the girls in the cast invited us all out to dinner/drinks/ice skating for her birthday on Saturday. Which made our choreographer go OMFG NO DANCERS ICE SKATING NO NO NO, but we'll all probably ignore her anyway. And pay the price later when Dream Laurey breaks her ankle or something. Er.

3. PRINCE CASPIAN TRAILER ZOMG. It's funny, because I just had a long conversation about Narnia with a friend. I don't love the books anymore, because they really aren't all that well-written and the religiosity makes me feel a little ill, but these movies are totally reawakening my inner five-year old in a very good way. Well, I always liked the first couple of books best anyway. Also Caspian is ridiculously attractive.
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (token jewish icon)
Happy Chanukah, everybody!

In other news, endorphins are made of win, and the show is going really well. Rehearsal tonight should be awesome, especially now that we're mostly running through it, which means I take lots of notes for the director and choreographer, which means I actually feel useful these days. And I'm mostly not sick anymore. It is a good day.

ow.

Nov. 29th, 2007 12:08 am
kaydeefalls: blank with text: "white. a blank page or canvas. so many possibilities..." (bad day)
Life would be halfway decent right now if I didn't have the sore throat from hell. Usually, these things creep up gradually on me, which at least gives me some warning. Today, I was on my way back from the gym, swallowed, and my throat randomly exploded. Metaphorically, of course. Chicken soup helped temporarily. DayQuil did next to nothing, although I got through rehearsal without too much misery, so maybe it worked more than I thought. Ever the optimist, I've just downed some NyQuil. And will now proceed to pray, or something. I do not have time to get sick right now. Really no. Hopefully, it'll dissipate eventually without getting worse first.

Also, shit, I really need to get cracking on my [livejournal.com profile] yuletide fic. It's somewhat disheartening to have 2000+ words written and yet know you've barely gotten started. Wah. And [livejournal.com profile] crack_van fandom overview to write up in a few days, although I've at least mostly finished collected my recs for the month. I suppose it's just as well my temp agency sucks and hasn't found me any new work for the past week and a half.

But the show's going well, so that's something.
kaydeefalls: "you certainly know your trash," deasey said. (i know my trash)
Anyone out there know any good sewing tricks for clothing alterations? I've got a nice pair of trousers (not jeans) that are just too damn long, because I'm short and it's incredibly difficult for me to find pants that actually fit and they all wind up being too long. I want to shorten them a few inches without, y'know, making them look shitty. Advice? I'd rather not have to hunt down and pay for someone else to do this for me.

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