basildestiny: (Matthew)
I have decided NOT to create an anonymous journal. At least, not for the reasons which I was considering. Instead, I'm going to try to keep a personal journal. These days it seems so difficult to find the time for anything, but I think that's much better than putting private and personal details out on the internet. Perhaps, they might help someone, but if that's the case, then I should be able to post them under my own name. At least, that's how I am feeling today.

I have also decided that I want to be a little more informative of my viewpoints. When I considered bleeding heart liberal a term to describe me well, I had several misconceptions. The greatest of which was that the Republican party (and therefore all conservatives) were essentially Purebloods in the Harry Potter series. You could sum them up by saying they clung to old ways simply because they were either time long held or else it gave them more power. Now, I'm sure there are people who are like that. And I know there are Republicans that feel that way. Ironically, I would label these politicians: Progressive Republicans. People like John McCain. But I have found that a lot of conservatives don't feel this way at all. They aren't tattooing themselves and pledging allegiance to the Dark Lord.

Additionally, it's frustrating to me to try to have a conversation with anyone these days who doesn't know what a Progressive is. So I'm going to do my best to define the political term. I think you'd be surprised to find out that they aren't all their name implies. Much like the Affordable Care Act isn't exactly affordable either. But you give something a benign name and force your opponents to come up with the burden of proof.

I'd also like to list the things that conservatives believe. I can't consider myself a Republican, because frankly the party isn't standing for the things I believe in. John McCain is nothing like what I'd want in a president. He is much better than the current one, but he's not my ideal for sure. And I'm tired of people repeating the same old media talking points as though the media were unbiased.

I know most people in this country don't care about listening to the other side. Conservatives are aligned with the Dark Lord and that's it. They don't care about people. How could they possibly care about people if they want the government to shut down. Much less, they would welcome these non-essential jobs to go away. How heartless to suggest taking jobs from others. And yet, it's so easy to watch a business shut down and shrug and say the economy is hard and that's just how it is. Except, it's never like that for the government, is it? And it keeps getting bigger and bigger.

And then we have to paint ourselves into a corner talking about Obamacare. Because the stinking thing hasn't even fully bloomed yet so we can only talk in supposition. And instead of having a rational conversation, we get things thrown in our face. The same rhetoric from the President, which is very shady. Yes, it's the law and has been for three years. So were Jim Crow laws. Remember when slavery was legal? Was it the right thing to do? Do we have the money to fund it right now. They are giving so many exemptions to political groups right now, why can't we do that for a year to make sure everything is in place? But instead, he's going to go out and blame the GOP in Congress. The ones who have the Constitutional right to decide what gets funded. Thirteen Trillion Dollars in debt and let's raise the debt ceiling and let's keep printing more money.

I get it! There are sick people out there who need this bill. There are government employees who are suffering without jobs right now. But guys, there will always be sick people and there will always be people suffering without jobs. Can we stop shouting that for two seconds and just logically look at the facts without getting bogged back down into the "We can't let a single person suffer at all ever!" Since when was that the job of the government? Life is hard. It's not always fair. Sometimes bad things happen to good people, but that doesn't mean that we just press ahead spending money we don't have.

And so, I want to define the Progressives because that's exactly what they do. They get you so frothing at the mouth at the other side that you join them. The best part is that they'll shout and point fingers at the other side for doing something "despicable" and yet they are the very ones doing it!

Here's a recent example with Harry Reid. When asked if the House would pass a resolution to allow children with cancer into clinical trials, all he can do is repeat the talking points that he knows he's supposed to hit. That is to blame the Republicans. And then, when she keeps asking he says "Why would I want to do that?" Obviously, he has no answer to her. He has no intention of doing what she asks because he's not in touch with reality or his base or children with cancer. The whole point is that he's not going to do anything for anyone until it's clear that it's all the fault of the Republicans and they make the first move by doing the only thing that won't get veto'd or turned down.

Any way, those a few recent decisions.

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Friday, December 26th, 2008 01:41 pm
basildestiny: (Default)
WHY IS CHRISTMAS OVER?!?!? I want Christmas all year. And I don't just mean the friendly holiday spirit. I want Teh Music too. Just one station that plays the good stuff. Classic Bing, Frank, Harry Connick Jr's Mary's Boy Child. My brother-in-law didn't even know who Bing Crosby was!!!!!!!!!! I don't care if he's only 23. NOT AN EXCUSE!

Work is less than fun. I want to be at home with family. Christmas itself was too much running around even though it was a truly awesome one.

Puppies are so much work. Our extra puppy is exhausting and stubborn.

ETA: Phone posting for the lose. Tiny buttons are so hard to press some times.

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Tuesday, December 23rd, 2008 04:46 pm
basildestiny: (Tired Chakotay)
I have SIX dogs in my house.

I have decided that Sasha looks like a real life verison of Scooby Doo. Maybe I'll post some pictures of her when I get home.

The next few days are going to be crazy. Tonight I go home and wrap presents (because I totally haven't started yet). Then tomorrow work 9 a - 5 p (I get off 1/2 an hour early b/c we close at 5 p). Go home, let six dogs out, take four dogs over to my mom's house and have Christmas there. Christmas, wake up too early for a day off and go to the in-laws, spend half the day there, then off to grandparents then home again to let six dogs out again.

I get tired just thinking about it.

Survey Meme

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2008 03:37 pm
basildestiny: (Tyrael)
Oooo the wrongly named Controversy Survey. Lawl.

Read further )

My defense on my DK is looking amazing! Nearly to 540 now. I do miss bear tanking. I knew how to do it. Yesterday I was doing an AoE and breaking sheep the whole time, but I didn't even realize it. I had just respecced and used the spell rotation listed. Oops, one of those spells was for AoE tanking. I have so much to learn as a new class. I think I'm going to be changing my spec again, 3rd time since hitting 80. I want a little more Blood/healing. But I need to try a few things out when the servers come back up.

OMG I need to go to the DMV. I think our registration expired on the car and I don't remember getting the letter to renew. It just popped up in our bill reminder in MS Money and I keep forgetting to go get it renewed.

DING 80!!

Sunday, November 30th, 2008 10:25 pm
basildestiny: (Tyrael)
I finally hit 80 today with my DK.

It was right after our Alliance Leaders Guild Raid. We all got Black Bear Mounts for free from Thrall for taking down all four of those suckas. Woot! Horde has cooler leaders. XD

Friday, I think it was, our guild got server first Naxx clear! Woot! We were, of course, still grinding. And we'll be turning around and doing it again later.

In the meantime, we'll be doing instance farming with our friends.

This is good news for TR. I can finally catch up!

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Thursday, November 27th, 2008 11:13 am
basildestiny: (Tyrael)
So I got a Blizzard icon. It's not from WotLK or even WoW. Though there are creatures very similar to this guy in the Death Knight area. This is Tyrael, the Arch Angel, from Diablo 2 and 3. He was just too cool to pass up.

DK is now 75. We just finished the UC quest which was totally the coolest thing ever!!! I was crit-hitting for 11-17K. It was so delicious. Plus I laid down my AoE right at the end before Jaina stopped the brawl and that was totally cool. My screen filled up with damage. YES!

I'm sick of Matt's priest's rest XP btw. DIAF!

State of the Pups
WoW has eaten my brain. Last month it was lack of inspiration, then it came back liek whoa, but then WoW said "Y0, wazzup? Miss me, fo'?" I despise end of the month posting, but I may be doing some of that. If notifs allow.

Zack quit the IPD suddenly and unexpectedly. I didn't see that one coming. It's totally canon and makes sense. He's not even bored like he was when he first arrived. Of course things have evolved from that day. Cloud was always gone and freaked out by him. Aeris was chasing whatever tickled her fancy and he found having a conversation was 10 times more difficult than it had been in the past. Now he's got roomie Cloud and things sorted with Aeris. And somewhere in the background, Yuffie may one day black mail him.

Hiro ... More on him later!

Pacey is Pacey. Joey is on the island. HOORAY! I need to go back to that EP and see if there's a tag waiting for which I didn't receive a notif. He'll be getting his item soonish maybe. I like that he developed a thing for Polly, but then they kind of went their own ways once they left the Compound Crash Room. It's more angst for him. So he's right on track, but ... as loathe as I am to say it, I need to post with him more. He needs to network and I need to rein him in from time to time.

Future: I need to make reqs which I may not this month. That would push a new pup off to Q2. That's fine. I wasn't going to bring anyone for a while. Having said that, I am inspired to bring someone other than Annie.

I need to sit down and work out a TR tagging plan. As it is, I have no time for TR in the evening anymore. So I need to make space during the day for it. I do not want to give it up, I just have to find a space for it.

Now to make mashed potatoes and head off to the in-law's.

basildestiny: (Wolfy Cloud)
I took some screenshots, but I need to actually make an icon.

More important though is why is it every time I think I'll just log on real quick to get something done, THEY ARE DOING AN UPDATE?!?!? And why is that I get these urges every TUESDAY?! I only had a few minutes so I figured I'd just hop on, finish a quest for Matt and sort through my gear (that is overflowing my bank now!), but alas, not happening.

PS Netflix on the Xbox rules! Of course, I just got it working on my laptop. Figures.
basildestiny: (Wolfy Cloud)
I'm addicted to Talk Radio. I have an addictive personality. I have a tendency to really get into something and then get sick of it after a bit. We'll see how things go.

LOL Rush. He totally just took my phrase! Jerk. XD

I feel bad for Dems that were like "I'm not voting for Hilary." Oh well. You're getting her anyway. Her and her husband. You've got to wonder if that wasn't part of the deal, but then she did say some pretty harsh things to Barrack. (Oh and I have to use Barrack because I have heard Obama so much lately the word has lost its meaning. You know when you hear or say a word so many times that it starts to sound weird? Yeah, that's what I'm talkin' 'bout.) They were very critical statements which makes it really weird that he wanted her.

Of course, as some have already heard, it's not surprising given how many Clinton White Housers have been tapped for the Obama White House. He's starting to look like a talking head with the change campaign phrase. So far, it's looking like change back. We'll see, of course.

So the CEOs of the Big Three Automakers are going to carpool together to their next congressional meeting. I totally have images of a little car and three execs crammed in. That is totally not how it will be, but the image is lawlarious.

I was also going to make a comment about fiscal spending and responsibility, but whatever. There it is.

Why is it that Americans have such a sense of entitlement? Everyone else has such and such, we need it too.

In more fun news, WoW news, that is, our guild attempted 25 man Naxx last night. I think they got through the 1st wing and then the boss on the 2nd wing. Matt and I are still leveling so we weren't there, but we've been out of the game for nearly a year so we're not looking to steal raid positions.

My DK hit 70 on Saturday and we swamped out his DK for his priest. I am not looking forward to playing my druid. Anyway, his priest had tons of rest XP so he's already into 74, while my DK is 73. Leveling will probably slow now though with our vacation officially ended.

ETA I realized that I really need some EWF Greatest Hits. I would say shame on me for not buying any of these albums before, but I didn't need them in the past. I could just listen to my mom's albums. Sad face.
basildestiny: (Blue Moonlight)
Or a cold hunger that drives me endlessly. You pick your favorite.

So we rolled Death Knights. We're now about halfway through 64. The goal is 70 by Sunday. At which point, Matt will switch to his main, his priest, and I will continue with the DK which will be my main tank character. Once those two hit 80, we'll be going back to level up with my druid and his DK, with the intention of my druid becoming my healer.

Eventually I'll go back to my 49 hunter and get him all the way up and one day, my warlock and my priest.

I owe a lot of things at TR. Well like 5 tags, but I've got a goal now in WoW that I want to meet before I go to back to work. And Parkman is on the island! Hiro should say hello.

In other news, I've been married three years now. Yay!
basildestiny: (Pacey / Happy)
The past two nights have been a whirl. Friday night, I slightly overcooked a roast. And tried to get back into playing a game I haven't played in 10-12 months. So much has changed for the druid class without much changing at all. Finding mods and the right UI is such a pain. Not to mention that I didn't train after I specced so I was wandering around with level 1 skills--no wonder I was taking like a nub. D:

Last night I was much better. I still didn't have my UI the way I wanted it. I copied someone else's but it seemed to have things that doubled up and other things I just didn't want that I couldn't tell from the UI screenshot. We went to Dalaran and it was amazing! Aerith was there. I said hello. I asked her if she'd seen Cloud lately, but she didn't answer. I wanted to ask her who made her that flower cart, but who knows. That's a much bigger one than Zack remembers building.

My favorite part is the new way you can carry pets and mounts. It's an older feature, but it's my favorite. I also bought a companion pet collar and fetch ball in Dalaran. I wish they had pets you can buy in that pet shop. It seriously is my favorite part of the game.

I need to work on my leatherworking. I also need to go through my inventory. I have three types of gear right now: tanking, cat DPS, and back up healing (from trips through Kara and other places so many times that we were DE-ing perfectly good gear). I also have about 3 sets of resist gear in the bank. That's why I do not miss nor want to pick back up tanking.

TR folks, I owe tag backs from Pacey. And there's a few things I want to tag. My apologies for distractions.

I am now on vacation! It's our anniversary week and we always take the time off.
basildestiny: (Shep Hush Face)
Oh yeah! Bought it anyway! And our friend had two copies of the collector's edition! Woot! What's so lawltastic about that is my dad bought a copy and had been intending on playing the game, but does not have the collector's edition.

I'm installing now. I have to reload the whole game because my hard drive crashed this summer, but what better time. The best part about it is that I sent my husband a scroll of resurrection and got a free month from him renewing his account. Woo!

So time to wait for this download to finish. I'm at 3% 607 MB/6.5 GB.

I'm trying to get all of the guild info added back like ventrillo. And trying to figure out where the laptop fits into all of this. Will I put vent on my laptop or desktop? Will I hook my headset into the laptop or desktop? Such decisions weigh heavy upon me.

Also I get to use my netspeak more. Like L-O-L. And "Let's gank 'em."
basildestiny: (GH Cloud / Jason)
I secretly harbor an intense desire to play this game! With the 10 man instances, we could easily get back into this game and play it as a game should be played--that is casually. The unfortunate and ironic part is that I'd have to convince my husband! We don't really need to play a game that would cost us $150 to get back into playing (because of course we'd have to locate collector's editions and then pay for two accounts again.)

There's always hoping that his friend from work will try to convince him, but if he hasn't tried already ...

Well I should really be leaving for work right now. So peace out.
basildestiny: (Bloody Zack)
I got my present today. The funny thing was that I picked it up myself too. I'm so, so, so really, very happy to finally have my own laptop! It took me hours to get everything loaded and all of the settings right, but I think I finally have it. I still have a few games I want to load as in Diablo 2 and Dungeon Siege, but that will have to wait until tomorrow.

I am just overjoyed to finally have ITunes up and running. I made the terrible mistake of trying to a) import my library from my desktop and b) get Genius working. Neither of those should be updating while you are trying to do anything else on your computer.

Also I had never realized just how large my desktop monitor was until I stared at this one. Now I'm roving all over trying to find text on that one.

And now for the TR news. I've been struggling with having anything to say in the game. I love my pups, but real life or rather REAL LIFE has been stamping out anything creative I've felt. I'm glad I got my post in before reading my flist because I'm again wiped out and bowled over now. I think though I can say that I'm back.

I know it's expected, but I really don't want to weigh in on the latest commentary about Prop 8. Cut for Length )

Also in the REAL LIFE and marriage column, there's a divorce looming somewhere over there that has me heartbroken. I hate that it is going to affect so many people. Mostly I hate being powerless to stop it. I wish I could do or say something other than what I'm doing. Vagueness.
basildestiny: (Yay!Chakotay)
Yay, yay, yay! I'm really excited. Especially since Matt is going to pick it up tomorrow. I want, I want! Of course I think he's spending way more on me than he should. Also there's no way I can wait another month and a half for my present. Which means I'll get nothing on the actual day. Kind of a letdown if you have nothing to open and there aren't that many presents for anyone else. Guess that means that dogs get lots of little presents just so we have something to open.

It makes me laugh that there is an actor named Michael Weston and that he's on House. And that I like him.

My NaNoWriMo progress is terrible. My TR progress is terrible. I still want to crawl into a hole and hide. Until forever. Boring.


Saturday, November 8th, 2008 09:47 am
basildestiny: (Blue Moonlight)
Not the show as in the other meaning. Though the show is adorable.

This is the one I meant the other day, the Fairness Doctrine.

Shire News Network is LOLtastic. Use of the words "breeds enough Eeyores" and a campaign ad for Col Tigh. Don't get me wrong. It's still a satirical, conservative show, but satirical! I love sarcasm and satire and really, really lame puns. Like when my dentist said "We're rooting for you," I laughed.

This is old news, but LOL to Rahmbo! That's a great name. And Josh Lyman is based on him. I'm just waiting to see Ainsley in the White House.

Also did anyone have trick-or-treaters this year? We never get them so that wasn't a surprise. However, my mom didn't have any at all and she usually has one after another. My in-laws didn't have any either and they usually have a few.


Friday, November 7th, 2008 09:52 am
basildestiny: (Default)
I miss those good old shows of the 80s and 90s that came on during TGIF. Step-by-Step, Family Matters, Dinosaurs. It's not that these were wonderful shows, it's just the celebration of Friday night tv. Stinking X-Files--that comment being ironic because I was an X-Phile.

So Wednesday I outed myself as being a right-wing conservative. (Not that this was a surprise for some of you.) My amiable attitude makes me want to crawl back into a hole and hide because I truly hate offending people and I really want folks to like me. However, I'm moving on, learning and growing and pushing forward.

Free Speech Protection Act
The latest Obama administration plan that has conservatives up in arms cut for length )

I'm out of time for now, but later I might mention this call I heard the other day listening to the radio show, Stand To Reason. It was very interesting.

Everyone have a great Friday!

basildestiny: (Yay!Chakotay)
Doesn't that just make your spine tingle with excitement? )

Our water was out in the neighborhood on Tuesday. I was making chicken dumplings and I think I might have ruined it because of the lack of water. I'm very sad.
basildestiny: (Default)
I shared my early voting experience in this post.

This album was sitting on my desk in a pile of other CDs I need to put away. This is the first song on the album. It's a great traveling song.

My sister called and we chatted for a bit. That was nice. She convinced me to do NaNoWriMo this year.

I caught up with a friend from high school who I has missed at the reunion. As a result of some news from that conversation, I've reached out to some other friends. It's so fascinating to see my personal growth over the years. To find out the things I've become aware of. You know 12 years ago, friendships were a natural and important part of my life. Now they are very difficult to manage and maintain. There just isn't enough time in the day to visit with people it would seem. And now I had to make time. We only make time for things that important to us and having relationships hasn't been one of those things. Fascinating!

I'm cooking chicken and dumplings. Just the chicken is cooking at the moment. I've got to go cook some breakfast now too. I put in for a crazy shift at work. Friday and Monday will be 12.5 hour days. Saturday at 6.5 hour day. It's a 30 hour week and it's a crazy length, but I figure it's best to get the time out of the way. Besides, if you know you're going to be there all day, you just relax and let your mind deal with being there. It seems to go faster that way. But I'll need to get into the habit of making precooked meals or easy to cook meals, especially for Friday and Monday.

I also took Chakotay out yesterday for some training. We went to PetSmart. He did the Bambi on ice thing when we talked in the front door. He was pretty good though. He needs work still, but it wasn't that bad. I bought him a frisbee and then we went to the dog park. He immediately picked up the frisbee throw. That's been a lifelong dream of mine--to have a dog that catches a frisbee. I'd read all sorts of ways to train the dog to go for the frisbee. So it was funny that Chakotay immediately figured out what I wanted. He even managed to catch a few tosses mid-air! And as usual, there was a kid in the park who wanted to toss it for him as well. This kid was awesome though. Chakotay didn't like this one pug. I think he was trying to play with it, but he has a dominant sort of play that isn't a wanted behavoir. After a few skirmishes, I put him back on the leash. I should have brought the longer lead so I could correct him, but I know for next time. This kid, though, comes straight up to us. A big german shepherd on leash usually equals people giving him a wide berth. Not this kid. He asked if the dog was ok and immediately launches into what I would call guy play with the dog. That is rough house petting including give him the big ol' thunderous pat on the side. He was completely unworried about the dog. And as a result, Chakotay was immediately relaxed and went into submission. Now of course, I don't recommend everyone do this to any dog that worries them. It was only because I was standing there and I knew how Chakotay would react that I let the kid pet him. But still it said a lot for that kid and I was impressed.

Now off to finish dinner!
basildestiny: (Default)
When I get to play my favorite music nonstop for a solid month. I have many great classic Christmas songs. I've been prematurely singing them at work already because we have our gift catalog and it's very festive (apart from having a hideous paisley pattern on the front--that I'm told of very lovely by my favorite co-worker).

So here it is 2 am (for the second time) and I'm listening to the three versions of The Christmas Waltz that I own. My favorite version remains Michael W Smith despite having a Doris Day version and a Frank Sinatra version. I did hear an amazing version by Clay Aiken, but it wasn't on ITunes later year. Another favorite is Marshmallow World but only the Dean/Frank versions. Bing might have known those guys, but he simply cannot do that song justice. I also adore I Believe by Dean.

I changed my theme on Vox journal which was still Christmas from last year. I also moved to a Fall theme for LJ and updated my default icon.

I should be sleeping though. I blame Stranger Than Fiction. I just love the cleanness of that movie. The shots are so beautiful. Maybe Harold Crick should come to TR.


Wednesday, October 29th, 2008 10:40 pm
basildestiny: (Annoyed Chakatoy)
I am in a crappy mood. I care about stuff, but I want to pretend like I don't so I don't accidentally hurt someone's feelings. I don't want to be passive though.

It's such a conundrum. And by that I mean it is completely pointless.

Meh, meh, meh.

ETA: I'll just be glad when election time is over and we can stop the mud slinging on LJ.

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