Sayin' Hi

Oct. 24th, 2012 07:24 pm
evaine_lj: (Rubber Duckie Evaine)
*WAVES AT [livejournal.com profile] madandy* Hi there, Toots! No comments available on your post so I'll welcome you back here. :)

*Big Ole Hugs*
evaine_lj: (Charlie Brown Evaine)
I haven't posted here since September 29, 2011. *sweeps away cobwebs, dust and tumbleweeds* So I horned in on a Twitter conversation between [livejournal.com profile] glam_ang and [livejournal.com profile] glammetalkitten about how they missed LJ and how difficult it can be to squee and indeed, have an actual discussion in 140 characters. And being as I can be very long-winded, I thought it behooved me to join in their LJ Revival! :)

So what's Ev been doing? Well... I'm retired now. Early retirement at 55 years old and it's wonderful! Just not having to hear that damned alarm clock every morning is bliss. :) Now, you'd think that this would give me all the time in the world to indulge in all kinds of fannish and fun things, but the reality is I never seem to get around to doing all that I want to do!

So what have I been doing? Well...

On the writing front, I have been nerdling about with some original fic, nothing past the first few pages and planning stages though. I've been RPGing over at JournalFen in The Establishment and having a wonderful time exploring the um, ins and outs of a kinky sex club. It's also interesting and fun having writing partnerships. I wish more folks would join up. (The pups I play are Matt Bomer, Adam Levine, Colton Haynes, Anna Trebunskaya, Pat Monahan and Shemar Moore)

Fandoms? Well, I can't say that I'm immersed in any actual fandoms right now and I miss it. The Est takes up time and brain power, but there's always room for more, I figure. Hey, I'm retired! *LOL* I do on occasion read the odd DC fic - especially if it's Roy and Dick because they will never not be my OTP of the DC Universe. I've also dipped into Hawaii Five-O and White Collar. There's not been much on the rockbandom side of things that's interested me, I have to say. There's too much 'noise' over at Rockfic these days to entice me to join in - although I continue to lurk to see what's happening. (I also think that missing Julie accounts for my reticence there as well.) They just all sound so YOUNG for the most part.

What am I watching on TV? OMG, I must be watching All The Shows. *LOL* I don't miss Dancing with the Stars, Hawaii Five-O, Revolution, The Voice, Criminal Minds, The Shonda Shows, The Amazing Race, Survivor, Arrow, Once Upon a Time, Grimm and there are others that I enjoy almost as much. *LOL* AS for Arrow, because I know some of my buds are watching too, I love it. It's ARROW, for God's sake! (Archers... I love Archers... yes, Hawkeye rules almost as much as Green Arrow... almost... and Katniss is very, very cool.) I think Arrow is going to take a few episodes to hit its stride and I wish Ollie would lighten up a little, he's really not that much All Bizness. That's the one deviation from canon I don't like. I can deal with the other changes from the comics - Smallville taught me how to do that. *LOL*

What am I reading? Well, the past while I have been immersed in m/m romantic/erotic/adventure/mystery novels and short stories. There are some really terrific authors out there. As everyone knows, I love my romance, and this genre puts a new flavour into the mix that I find quite delicious. I have read (and as a result, written) things that I never, ever would have thought I would enjoy so much. As a result of this new love of mine, I'm also helping out a couple of my favourite authors on their porn blog. I am the Guest Post Wrangler for Coffee and Porn in the Morning, aka CoP. What that means is I'm the contact for all the guest posters on the blog, I schedule, format and upload their posts, and do the contest drawings. Heidi and Marie are two of the nicest women and terrific writers too.

Oh, my comics! Well... *g* I re-entered the comic world with the start of the New 52 from DC. I don't do Marvel hardly at all. ANYWAY... the New 52 offered me a chance to start from 'scratch' and not feel as if I've missed everything important. I was pulling 25+ books a month, but now I'm down to 11, I think. AND I'm behind. *LOL* I don't have the Tim, Damian, Jason angst that I get from many corners of the fandom, I think, because the only true Robin is actually Dick Grayson and all others are pretenders.

Have I rambled on long enough? 140 characters... PFFFT!!
evaine_lj: (Matt's Sexy Small Smile)
I'm just glad there's no jumping off the bridge going on! *LOL*

So... ganked from [livejournal.com profile] tasyfa and [livejournal.com profile] iamjw

Leave me a comment with the corresponding number(s) and I'll tell you:

1. Five ways to my heart.
2. Something I feel strongly about.
3. A book I love.
4. Things I want to say to an ex.
5. Five pet peeves.
6. What I ate today.
7. How important I think education is.
8. I'll put my music player on shuffle and write the first ten songs that play.
9. Five people I find attractive.
10. My opinion about my body and how comfortable I am with it.
11. What I wore today.
12. My zodiac/horoscope and if I think it fits my personality.
13. Something I always think "what if..." about.
14. Something that I'm proud of.
15. A problem I have had.
16. Five items I lust after.
17. My fears.
18. How I hope my future will be like.
19. Something that I miss.
20. Five words/phrases that make me laugh.
21. Something I'm currently worrying about.
22. Things I like and dislike about myself.
23. A quote I try to live by.
24. Somewhere I'd like to move to or visit.
25. Five weird things that I like.
26. One thing I'm excited for.
27. Responders choice. (i.e. something not already on this list.)

Let's see if anyone's left out there. *g*
evaine_lj: (Default)
So here's the picture.

Me and Maks

I am STILL walking with my head in the clouds! I'm just SO glad that he was so lovely, charming and sweet. We chatted for a moment, as you do, and all the while we spoke, he was so attentive, looking me in the eyes.

*Happy Sigh*

(x-posted to JF)
evaine_lj: (Default)
Just a few of observations this noon hour.

I would really like to read some good Neal/Keller smut. (It's one of the few things in White Collar fandom that the pup wouldn't have a fit over, I'm told. *LOL*) But you know, it's damned hard to find!

I'm watching this show on HGTV called House Crashers, and the host reminds me of Alex O'Loughlin from Hawaii Five-O. He could be Alex's not-quite-as-hot but still cute older brother. *LOL* His name is Josh Temple, I think.

I kinda wish there was some sort of recc listing over at AO3. Or maybe there is and I just haven't found it.
evaine_lj: (Default)
It's the beginning of August already! Where the hell does the time go?

I'm certainly feeling better than this time a month ago. My breathing is much better and I'm not getting pains any more when I try and fill my lungs. The drugs seem to be doing their job because all my blood tests are, to use the doc's words - "perfect". I do think, however, that the coumadin is screwing with my digestion a little. I never really had trouble before, but since coming out of the hospital, on those hot and humid days mostly, I have problems. It's a bit of a pain, because I start feeling a lot better, getting energy back, beginning to be able to do things again (including tagging) and then the stomach thing hits me and I'm out of things for 2 - 3 days and I have to start all over again. I have to say bless you all, to my writing partners for their patience with me as I tag in fits and starts. *hugs them all*

I'm still trying to deal with Julie's passing. It's difficult. I miss her so much. I don't know that I've ever had such an instant connection with someone the way I did with her. You know how Anne Shirley (Anne of Green Gables) spoke about "kindred spirits"? Julie was my kindred spirit. She was my best friend and the sister I never had - trite as it sounds, it's very true. This is a difficult subject for me to talk about - someone I trust very much suggested that with my being sick and all that I haven't been able to grieve properly, and I think she's right.

On the upside, I've not had a cigarette since June 7th in the evening. And it's not been so bad, I have to say. Yeah, I get cravings and urges every now and then, but they pass really fast. I actually have 3 whole packs of smokes in the bookcase right behind me. Folks say that I should get rid of them, but you know what? It kind of gives me more power to know they're there and I've not touched them.

And the little kitty has a name. Rika. She is named after a character from Phantasy Star 4 - Michael's favorite video game of all time. She's settling in fairly well. She and Squirt have achieved detente and I expect that before another week is gone, they'll be bffs.

I guess the final piece of news it that I caved and signed up to AO3 after the latest clusterfuck at Live Journal. OTW still rots my socks but AO3 seems to be a fairly stable place to store my fics, so... upload them I will. I have no clue if I'm doing it right. *LOL* They all seem to use a TON more tags than I do, sometimes you can read the story just by reading the tags and the warnings! *LOL*

And that's about it for how things are with me. :)

Cross-posted to JF.
evaine_lj: (Matt's Sexy Small Smile)
Ganked from [livejournal.com profile] iamjw

Pick your five favorite TV shows (in no particular order) and answer the following questions about them. Don’t cheat!

1. White Collar
2. Dancing With The Stars
3. Criminal Minds
4. Castle
5. Hawaii Five-O


Who is your favorite character in 2? (DWTS)
Character is a loosely used term when talking about a reality show, yes? But um... Maks, of course. :)

Who is your least favorite character in 1? (White Collar)
Well, it was Kate, hands down. Now, however, I'd have to say... um... well, I guess Sarah, 'cause I don't know if Alex is going to be back this season.


What is your favourite season in 5? (Hawaii Five-O)
*LOL* It's only had one season, so... Season 1.

What’s your favourite ship in 3? (Criminal Minds)
Oh, there are SO many to choose from! But I'd have to say, the relationship between Morgan and Garcia. They manage to touch my heart in just about every episode.

How long have you watched 1? (White Collar)
Since the beginning. Showtime aired the show at the same time it premiered on the USA network, so that'd be... maybe 2 and a half years? It's in Season 3 now.

How did you become interested in 3? (Criminal Minds)
Well, way back when, the network advertised the premiere of the series using a Metallica song as a plot point. I heard of this through my Metallica fandom and of course, HAD to watch. I've been hooked ever since.

Which show do you prefer, 1, 2, or 5? (White Collar, DWTS, Hawaii Five-O)
Oh Lord! I can't really choose between White Collar and DWTS. (H5-O loses out to White Collar, you see.) The only way I can choose is to say that if both were playing at the same time, I'd watch DWTS because full episodes of White Collar are available on the internet and full eps of DWTS are not.


Which show have you seen more episodes of, 1 or 3? (White Collar, Criminal Minds)
I have seen all episodes of both of them, so Criminal Minds, simply because it's been on TV for more than twice as long as White Collar. :)


How would you kill off your favorite character in 1? (White Collar)
It would be the Best Con Ever, because Neal CANNOT die.

Would a 3/4 crossover work out? (Criminal Minds, Castle)
I think it would, yes. *g* Castle's reaction to Reid would be a treat to see. And Beckett teaming up with Prentiss? Total woman power!! Yeah, it could work and be fun at the same time.

Pair two characters in 1 that would make an unlikely, but strangely okay couple. (White Collar)
Hmmmm... OH! I think June and um... God, I can't remember his name, the FBI suit guy that ended up taking Neal to that museum event about paper or something? (God, it's sad to feel my age. *LOL*)

Has 5 inspired you in any way? (Hawaii Five-O)
I don't know about inspired, but it did give me a little bit of faith that yes, you CAN remake a fondly remembered series and have it work.

Over all, which show has a better cast, 3 or 5? (Criminal Minds, Hawaii Five-O)
Criminal Minds. I love the pretty on H5O, but the CM cast is just totally all-round awesomesauce!

Which has better theme music, 2 or 4? (DWTS, Castle)
Well, seeing as I can't bring the Castle theme music to mind and the DWTS music is pretty much ingrained there, I have to say Dancing With the Stars.

And why are there not more questions having to do with #4?? I feel it got short-changed. *g*
evaine_lj: (Lars says... Interesting)
Because [livejournal.com profile] and_ed wanted to know what I thought of Supernatural as I start from the beginning, I thought I'd bullet point as I watched. Yes, this is me coming late to the party. *LOL* But one saving grace - I can find the seasons on DVD for a really good price. *g*


* Jeffrey Dean Morgan! *squee*

* Baby Sammy was the focus of the 'whatever' in the beginning - interesting...

* Jared was such a BABY!! His voice isn't as deep as I know it. He's adorable! And Jensen? Lord, does that boy have a mirror in an attic somewhere? He's hardly changed at all!

* Somehow I had the impression that Dean was the one that had to be talked into things, not Sam. (I remember watching an episode or two from the beginning, but obviously my memories lie to me. *g*) Yep, I've obviously done the role reversal thing.

* God, Jared is so lanky!

* It strikes me that what I'm seeing as the boys interact together is almost the exact opposite of how the present brothers interact. Dean is the um... inappropriate one as opposed to NoSoul!Sam. And Sam is the logical voice of reason, not Dean.

* I'm liking Smartass Dean very much. *g*

* How did Dean get to the spooky house so damned fast?

* Okay, was NOT expecting the burning Jess.

Totally enjoyed the pilot episode. This bodes well. I think I have time for another. :)
evaine_lj: (Default)
I just heard from Bruce. Julie made it through the surgery just fine and is resting in ICU for tonight and tomorrow. Due to the HUGE snowstorm blowing through, Julie's mom and her son, Ian, forbade Bruce from driving to the hospital today (and I know Julie wouldn't have wanted him out in it either - we talked about that Monday night) so that's all he really knows. The surgeon's office closed up early, so he couldn't get any further info from them either. All we know is that we're waiting for the pathology report.

Keep thinking those good thoughts and prayers that I know you all are. We INSIST on good news coming out of this. Enough is enough!

I'll post as soon as I hear more news. Hopefully sometime tomorrow evening.

Julie would tell me to say that she loves you all! And *HUGS*
evaine_lj: (Default)
Hi all! Got an email from Julie's Bruce...

"Problem found and corrected, patient holding up about as well can be expected -- all told, a very successful procedure with recovery well under way."

Thanks for all your good thoughts, wishes and hugs everyone! I'm going to try and give her a call, this evening or tomorrow probably, and I shall pass everything on.

*HUGS*
evaine_lj: (Evaine - Lars Wall)
Julie's back in the hospital. She'd been suffering from terrible abdominal pain and having trouble eating and all, as you might know from her journal. So she went back in the hospital and they've finally diagnosed the problem. Scar tissue from her August operation was blocking her small intestine. So, she's going back into surgery this afternoon/this evening to have it removed.

So good thoughts and prayers and the like are very welcomed!
evaine_lj: (World Domination)
Tonight I go to see Metallica.

METALLICA!!!

For the first time ever!

I will be in the same enclosed space as Lars! I will be breathing the same air as Lars, James, Kirk and Rob! (Never mind the tons of other people. *LOL*)

I am FINALLY beginning to get excited because the day I thought would never come is HERE!!!!

I'M SEEING METALLICA IN LESS THAN 12 HOURS!!!!!
evaine_lj: (California Cowboy)
Okay, this is ridiculous. I have my winter slippers on - the ones that are like boots. It's the first time my ankles have been warm all day. It's going down to the low 50s overnight, if not lower. And it's still freakin' AUGUST, people! AUGUST!

On the up side, however, I did finally get myself a new mouse today. I loved my old one. I'd had it for... oh hell, probably 5 years? A Logitech wireless. But it finally gave up the ghost. I couldn't click and drag, nor could I highlight a piece of text any longer without trying for 50 times - and that's not a lie! So I got a new one, and it's SO pretty. Baby blue with lilies on it. If you're curious, it's here. And the best thing? I only paid $30 for it! Bargoon!!

I worked some more on my epic today. Chapter 8 is finished!! Whoo hooo! I may even get a start on Chapter 9 tonight. The past 3 weeks have seen me writing almost every day/night and it feels wonderful! Kudos have to go out to [livejournal.com profile] cobrasnaps who regularly gets out the pom poms to cheer me on and, of course, to [livejournal.com profile] joolz82253 who keeps begging for more. They're both great motivators and every little bit helps!

I got to chat with [livejournal.com profile] tasyfa on the IM today and that made me a happy camper. I've missed our chats.

Then there was this that made the fangurl in me squee ... well, like a fangurl.



James is sitting ON LARS' KNEE! I mean, seriously, have you ever seen such a thing??? Oh, and the other fellows? They're a German band called Die Toten Hosen which I'm told means The Dead Pants. ROTFL!! Thank you, Trinny!!! Made my day!

Tomorrow is the big Nascar Nationwide race here in Montreal. Big doin's around here, ya know. I'll be watching on the tube, of course, cheering on local boy Patrick Carpentier. It's supposed to rain, but I think, if it's not too bad, they'll just haul out the rain tires and the race goes on!

And that's about it for the view from here. I'm wishing all my flisties a LOVELY weekend!



Please???

Aug. 25th, 2009 03:50 pm
evaine_lj: (James Sweet Smile)
Hi guys! I have a favour to ask my flisties.

I find that I'm in desperate need of the song "In Your Eyes" by Peter Gabriel. MP3, MP4, it doesn't matter. I don't have it in my library and I LOVE that song and I really need it. *grin*

So if any of you lovely people on my flist have it and would mind sharing... I'd be forever grateful!!
evaine_lj: (Default)
I just got a long email from Julie - well, longer than 5 lines. *LOL* She had a visit with her surgeon today to get the rest of her stitches out and she gave me free rein to share with you all. She'd put it all on her LJ, but she's still having alot of trouble staying sitting for longer than 5 or 10 minutes. That should improve faster now that the stitches are all gone.

Anyway... here's what she wrote...

"I did tell you my legs are killing me. Reggie said it's the anesthesia that's finally working it's way out of my body and it should last only a few days.

OK... the good news. He removed 99% of the cancer. All I'll need is a few rounds of chemo and radiation and that should commence in a week or so. I see Wilson Thursday? Wednesday? And we'll discuss. Those treatments will get rid of the rest.

The bad news is my liver has cancer but it's in in the "good" part and an operation and some follow-up treatments will take care of that. Curci's looking at the operation part in about 7 weeks and I'll only be in the hospital 3-4 days. Oh I SO do not want another operation but it won't be was severe as the last one. It has to get done.

Yuck.

The liver cancer is not related to Marty at all. It's just a fluke I got it at the same time. *RME*


So, I think, all in all, that things are way more positive than not. As she said further on in the email, the professionals all say she's doing fabulously well and that's how she's going to look at it. She's very anxious to get back online and tell you all this herself, that I can tell you. And she's also very touched with all your good wishes. Keep them coming because they're always needed!

Oh, BTW, Reggie is the home nurse that comes to visit every couple of days to help Julie get settled with the stoma, bag and all that stuff. After hospital care and all. Her name is Regina, but they all call her Reggie and Julie likes her alot. The damned bag is, of course, far from Julie's favorite thing, but I think she's dealing very well with it. It's a part of her life now and she hates it, but as she says, she'll just have to learn to deal. And she will, because she's one strong and determined woman!

*HUGS* to you all from Julie and from me!

evaine_lj: (Seriously?)
Okay, so I follow alot of fic coms - band fiction coms, comic coms, TV show coms and I've come across this once or twice... and then again today. I just don't get it, maybe someone out there can 'splain it to me.

There's a post for a new fic. The notes are written with an absence of capitalization - it's like the person couldn't find the SHIFT key, or it was broken or something. Curious, I take a look at the fic. No problem there, all capitalized as it should be. WHY THE FUCK do people do that? Don't they realise at the very least that the notes are often seen as a reflection of the writing within? I know I seldom will go any further if the note and accompanying post are lacking those and punctuation and all.

Why do people DO that? Annoys the fuck out of me.



evaine_lj: (Evaine - Lars Wall)
I spoke to Julie this afternoon for a good 45 minutes! It's SO good to hear her voice and hear that laugh of hers (even though she's trying hard NOT to laugh because it hurts.). She's doing well. Came back from a visit to the surgeon's today where she had 50 staples removed from her abdomen and 25 from her butt. And there are still more to be removed next week. So, you can understand why she's finding it very hard to sit in a chair for any longer than 5 minutes even with a throne of pillows. She's tried a donut pillow as well, but all that does is pull on everything as you can imagine.

She had asked a couple of times about the size of Marty but because of the problems she had with all the prep she had to take (she kept throwing it up), it was really hard to tell. The surgeon held it in his hand, the surgeon assistant told her today, but it was all covered in the gunk that the prep was supposed to get rid of, so she couldn't really tell the exact size. Julie says she will keep asking, but you know, that's a fact you need to know!

Her visit to the doc's today was a positive one, despite all the staple and stitch pulling. She's healing very nicely in spite of how it seems, and they now have a really good idea of what kind of cancer they're dealing with and can tailor her treatment to deal more efficiently with it.

I told her that everyone had sent their love and best wishes and she wanted me to tell you that she loves you all and appreciates all the good thoughts and healing vibes you're sending her way. She so wants to get back online and do all the things she loves to do, but it's going to be a little while still.

So keep her in your thoughts, and before long she'll be back among us. I'll keep you posted until then!



evaine_lj: (HOwdy)
My big news of the day is that I actually posted a fic! Go me!! And not just any fic, my friends, a Metallica fic. It's up over at Rockfic and because it's a short fic - 835 words - I also posted it on my writing journal, [livejournal.com profile] evainefic. Y'know, in case someone might want to read. (Shameless pimping and I'm ashamed of myself.)

I know some of you are hoping for news from Julie. I can tell you that she's settling in at home, dealing with the after-surgery pain. I mean, this was a HUGE thing, lots of stitches and all, so she's having a lot of pain to deal with. She can't sit at the computer for any longer than 5 or 10 minutes max at this point, so quick emails is the order of the day.

I got some good news at work at the end of last week. Our job profile revision FINALLY got released. We've only been fighting for this since November of 2006 when we took over a whole bunch of job duties from a department in Ontario. And, thank God, we got our profile upgraded! Yep... I'll be getting a raise! And a pretty decent one. *nodding* Works out to about $120 a week.

Thanks to some bigtime encouragement from [livejournal.com profile] joolz82253 and [livejournal.com profile] cobrasnaps I've been working hard on the epic "The Saint Unforgiven"... "The Unforgiven Saint"? Not sure which sounds better, but... anyway... I am actually writing just about every day! And every day that I'm not writing, I'm plotting and musing and figuring things out. It feels DAMNED good!

And it's FINALLY hot here. I mean, it feels like summer at last! There's actually been sun for 3 days running, with 3 more forecast. For this summer, that's unusual!

Be well, my flisties! *HUGS* to you all!



evaine_lj: (Life is Good)
I just spent the last half hour talking to Julie on the phone. She's coming home from the hospital today! YAY!!!! She sounds really good. The operation was a total bitch and a half, and the pain afterwards... well, let's just thank God for Good Drugs, yeah? But she sounds wonderful! Tired after our long talk, of course, but she does sound wonderful! I'm sure she'll bring everyone up to day on her own LJ when she's had a chance to get home and settled and relax in the next day or two. But she did tell me that the doc got all of Marty (well, maybe except for those few stray cells she'd been talking about) and that she'd probably be resuming chemo in a couple of weeks when she gets more of her strength back.

It's amazing how reassuring it was just to hear her voice and her laugh. Bruce was NOT the best at in depth reporting. *LOL* But he's a man, right? And he did his best.

So Julie's coming home!! YAY!!!!



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