Rob/Kristen from Empire photo shoot

Bridal Shower...

Wedding plans are proceeding apace. 26 days to go, and I'm not actually freaking out yet... We still have a LOT to do though.

I finally (well, it was April 25th, I guess that's not that bad considering my track record) posted pics from the lovely Regency High Tea Bridal Shower! :D Danielle, Meisha and I all made dresses (and one of my mom's friends, who is also the cake baker, dressed up too!). Lovely tea fare, croquet, a "turn about the grounds" and then we had an "afterparty" including the menfolk at our apartment.

It's on Flickr. My account is set to public so there shouldn't be any trouble viewing it, but if there is, let me know.

And D, we missed you. :( I wore the blue flower bobbypin you got me so you could be there in spirit. I hope you're enjoying Hawaii!!

Julie's Regency High Tea Bridal Shower!
Rob/Kristen from Empire photo shoot

2008 is over

Some things about 2008:

- I got engaged in January of this year! :D We'll be getting married on May 30th, and I am totally freaking out about the planning. I still have soooo much to do.

- I spent most of this year without Bryon, who was deployed in Afghanistan. It wasn't easy, it wasn't pleasant, and it was definitely lonely, but we got through it. He got back on New Year's Eve, when his dad, Mike and I drove through crappy weather to go get him in Syracuse. It is soooooo good to have him home again.

- This was a reading year for me, no question. His last deployment was when I learned to knit and pretty much knit stuff all year; this year I only knit about 2 inches of a mitten, and that only started in December.

- As evidence, I present to you the complete booklist of 2008. Kinda crazy - 181 books, I think. Compare this to last year when I think I read 65. I'm sure this year I'll get much less reading done. I tend not to read so much when Bryon is around.

- The other big thing that happened this year is that I quit my job and went back to school. Huzzah - it really was about time. Now I'm working on an associate's degree in Web Design, and enjoying it. It would be nice if most of the computer courses I need didn't overlap each other, however, as it makes it hard to cobble out a schedule. I don't regret this decision one little bit. I just hope it works out well.

That's about it. 2008 was an okay year for me, but I'm glad it's over. Let's go, 2009!
omg he's a vampire

Last day of classes.

Yup. Semester is ALMOST over. I just have a whole bunch of projects to get done, and it's my own stupid fault for leaving them this long. *sigh* Happily everything else is all finished except for two finals next week.

Something amazing:
I managed to re-wire the entire entertainment system, and hook up surround speakers, and it all works. Yay!

Something kinda... "huh":
Cast announced for The Last Airbender. Jackson Rathbone? Really? Mind you, this is not a negative for me. I'm happy to give anyone a shot and I actually LIKE him so I'm even MORE willing to give him a shot. :D I'm really happy they went with an unknown karate champ for Aang! Honestly the entire concept of this movie getting made is weird, so anyone they put in the roles is going to seem odd.

Something good:
11 days til my birthday! 13 days til Christmas! Wheeeee!

Working tomorrow and Saturday. Will probably be super-busy.

Hope everyone's doing well. (P.S. I do read LJ way more than I post on it.)

Twilight movie: Group pic

Oh man.

First off, HAPPY BIRTHDAY aurillia!!! :D :D :D

Secondly, I can't believe it's a) almost the end of break week, b) almost December, c) less than a month from Christmas, and d) less than a month from my birthday.

I have a biggggg homework assignment to do tomorrow, and the thought of it has been weighing on me all week (I did get some other homework done earlier in the week). I worked a bit this week, including Black Friday, but it wasn't NEARLY as bad as I was expecting.

And yes, I did see Twilight. I had mixed reactions this first time around; Rob Pattinson did an EXCELLENT job, Kristen Stewart nearly as excellent, and the rest of the Cullens were fine although you really didn't see all that much of them. The humans (Charlie included) were even more endearing and hilarious than they are in the books. Also: bad vamps = awesome. The first two thirds of the movie were perfectly fine despite editing and alterations, but the last third had a lot of things that bugged me, mostly because they were out of character. I still want to see it again, and this time I'll take my mom (Aunt Lisa went with me the first time).

I've managed to finish a couple of books over the break, bake a pumpkin pie (from scratch, including the crust), have a delicious Thanksgiving dinner with my family, talk on the phone to Bryon for half an hour!, and do all of my laundry. Oh, and catch up on Bleach (NEL = AWESOME!!!). So, it's been fairly productive.

What's been going on in your world? :D
Fry - I see what you did there

Yes, I'm still kicking over here.

1. 40 days til my birthday!! :D

2. 6 days til my brother's birthday!! :D

3. This cracked me right up: Twilight: The Lost Script

4. I would also like to point out that I am RUNNING the Twilight pre-release party Saturday night at work. They knew I would have fun with it.

5. I finally took the plunge, and had Fawn (hairdresser) dye part of my hair hot pink. WAHAHAHA. I just didn't want to hit 80 and go, "Crap, I always wished I'd done that once." Besides, I'm a college student again. What better time? Pics are here.

6. We bought a PS3. Once I found out we would have to track down, specifically, the first model (60 gig) in order to have one that would play PS1 and PS2 games, I started searching. After losing several eBay auctions, one of the local GameStop stores got in a used one. We have Soul Caliber IV, Guitar Hero: World Tour, and Rock Band, in case anyone is interested in playing online or something. :D

7. Stressssssssssssssss... lots of homework and a big test this week, plus some longer shifts at work. I am working ALL THREE of my class-free days this week. Bleh.

8. Oh yeah, Halloween! I went as Jem this year. :D :D :D The pics are in my Scrapbook - here.
Other side of the world... Doctor Who

Two things.

1) Programming = AUUUGH. I almost have this one right but I've run into a roadblock.


....that is all.

Oh wait, that's not all. Another big HUZZAH, cuz I was looking up mp3s on Amazon earlier, and it turns out that Keane's new album is their $2.99 Deal of the Day today! :D :D :D I don't mind only having it on mp3 if it means I can get it for $2.99.
Rob/Kristen from Empire photo shoot

Programming logic: where "y is the new x" makes perfect sense

So, first off, HAPPY (CANADIAN) THANKSGIVING to everyone who celebrated yesterday. I forgot to post about it yesterday, which is really pathetic considering I actually thought about it ahead of time, and still forgot.

Secondly, I am proud to say that I figured out another tough exercise in my programming class... I was confused yesterday, but I went to see the tutor, and he basically just let me talk myself through it until I got to the right answer. :D Now I have to write out the pseudocode and then code it in Python. Bleh.

It's going to be a busy next few months. I have some interesting things potentially in the works, and a lot of stuff to get done. Job is still going well, and I still managed to finish a couple of books (Marked and Inkspell [FINALLYYYYYY]). I also am all caught up on How I Met Your Mother now, go me! And am up on Heroes, and nearly up on True Blood. We shall not discuss SG: Atlantis or Joan of Arcadia at the moment, but hey, at least they both have finite quantities. I'm also looking to watch the Romeo and Juliet anime, Chrno Crusade, Freaks and Geeks, and the rest of Moonlight. Eeeep. Oh, and the rest of Doctor Who Season 4.

We are getting closer and closer to when Bryon should hopefully get home. HUZZAHHHH.

I'm off to code or read or something.
I'm with the vampires

House of Night and True Blood mini-rants

Ok, I'm posting these under cuts so I won't spoil anyone who doesn't want to read my mini-rants on both the first House of Night book, and the True Blood TV series.

Admittedly, I've totally cracked and started reading/watching every vampire-themed thing in sight (uhh, minus Anne Rice. I don't think I'll ever have any desire to read those. We were watching Interview at Danielle's last time D was home and I was disgusted to the point that I gave up halfway through and half-fell asleep. I will say, they portrayed the vampires' movements etc. pretty nicely.)—I just can't help it. But you know what? It has cleared something up for me.

I was sort of wondering if I was going to turn into a raging vampire fan. But you know what? The vampire-related stuff I like has nothing very little to do with the fact that there are vampires in it. My favorites? Twilight, obviously, The Historian, Vampire Hunter D: Bloodlust, and so far, Moonlight. In every one of these, when I think about them, I don't think about how awesome or sexy the vampires are. I remember the characters, and the storyline, and how they intertwined.

Edward and Bella both so drawn to each other but trying so hard to do whatever they think would be best for the other person. The family of Cullens creating a lifestyle for themselves that makes them feel less like monsters. And yes, the whole love triangle with Edward, Bella and Jacob.

Two intellectuals swept up in a Europe-wide chase after a legendary figure of evil, trying desperately to save someone close to them. Plus, of course, a very interesting period of history as the backdrop (I learned a LOT from that book, and it made me go read other books on the subject too).

Meier, a vampire, fighting his desires to protect his beloved Charlotte.

And, well, Mick St. John, also fighting his nature to live among humans and munch on some bad guys.

I need self-sacrifice; love; likeable characters... which is why I really don't care for any of the vampires who just go around snacking on whoever they want (a la Anne Rice, and True Blood). Anyway...

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Ok, I'm done with the ranting. It's my last day of break and I'm going to enjoy it, darn it. But I also have some stuff to get done.