annathepiper: (Viva Las Vegas Smug)

But since it IS getting to be that time of the year*, just in case anybody** might be, like, y’know, stumped for ideas or anything, I note this and also this, this, this, and this.

Also, these or these are always lovely.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. ;)

* By which I mean, that “roughly Solstice through late January time of year when I really shouldn’t be buying anything”, and
** By whom I mean, certain specific persons. If you’re not sure if you’re one of those specific persons, feel free to ignore this post!

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

annathepiper: (Viva Las Vegas Smug)

But since it IS getting to be that time of the year*, just in case anybody** might be, like, y’know, stumped for ideas or anything, I note this and also this, this, this, and this.

Also, these or these are always lovely.

And that’s all I’ve got to say about that. ;)

* By which I mean, that “roughly Solstice through late January time of year when I really shouldn’t be buying anything”, and
** By whom I mean, certain specific persons. If you’re not sure if you’re one of those specific persons, feel free to ignore this post!

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

annathepiper: (Buh)

I am generally about as low maintenance as it is possible to get with one’s hair. “Have I washed it lately?” and “have I brushed it lately?” are about the only hair-related questions I ask myself, and regardless of what the answers are, I find that there are few hair issues I can’t solve by stuffing it into a scrunchy and hiding it under a hat. I also very rarely get it cut or styled.

But that said, every two and a half to three years or so, I hit a point where my hair becomes officially Annoying, and it is time to whack it off and start over again. I have now reached that point. This time around it’s underscored by the fact that my beloved userinfosolarbird and I are going to a nice dinner on Tuesday night, at which I must dress more formally than usual, and so I wished to do something to my hair to maximize its ability to look decent without me having to do anything to do it.

Therefore she and I went to Great Clips yesterday and a very nice lady gave me the shortest haircut I’ve had in some time. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have Starbuck Hair now, and given my affection for my and Dara’s Crazy TV Girlfriend, this is not a bad thing. I do however promise to not paint weird things on walls, to run afoul of crazy Cylon stalkerboys, or go off on a last doomed mission to find Earth. (I make no promises about avoiding swooning, though, if either Jamie Bamber or Michael Trucco happen to show up.) Also, now I totally want a Galactica flight jacket all over again.

Behold my Starbuck hair!

Shorthaired Anna is Shorthaired

Me the day after my March 5 2011 haircut!

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

annathepiper: (Starbuck)

I am generally about as low maintenance as it is possible to get with one’s hair. “Have I washed it lately?” and “have I brushed it lately?” are about the only hair-related questions I ask myself, and regardless of what the answers are, I find that there are few hair issues I can’t solve by stuffing it into a scrunchy and hiding it under a hat. I also very rarely get it cut or styled.

But that said, every two and a half to three years or so, I hit a point where my hair becomes officially Annoying, and it is time to whack it off and start over again. I have now reached that point. This time around it’s underscored by the fact that my beloved userinfosolarbird and I are going to a nice dinner on Tuesday night, at which I must dress more formally than usual, and so I wished to do something to my hair to maximize its ability to look decent without me having to do anything to do it.

Therefore she and I went to Great Clips yesterday and a very nice lady gave me the shortest haircut I’ve had in some time. In fact, I’m pretty sure I have Starbuck Hair now, and given my affection for my and Dara’s Crazy TV Girlfriend, this is not a bad thing. I do however promise to not paint weird things on walls, to run afoul of crazy Cylon stalkerboys, or go off on a last doomed mission to find Earth. (I make no promises about avoiding swooning, though, if either Jamie Bamber or Michael Trucco happen to show up.) Also, now I totally want a Galactica flight jacket all over again.

Behold my Starbuck hair!

Shorthaired Anna is Shorthaired

Me the day after my March 5 2011 haircut!

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

annathepiper: (Christmas Yahoo Anna)

As y’all know I’ve grown quite fond of daily stops to visit the nice boys who run the table for Frank’s at Pike Place. I know a few of them by name and a few more of them by face at this point, and several of them know me.

One of them, a young rather cute fellow of Asian extraction, told me he was learning how to take pictures and asked if I could be a guinea pig for him. I said sure, and he promised me prints when he got the picture developed, while I thought to myself OH RIGHT that actually has to happen for pictures on real film, doesn’t it?

When I stopped by tonight for my usual raspberries (and by ‘stopped by’ I mean ‘sneaky excuse to bid them all a pleasant holiday’, and by ‘all’ I really mean ‘the really cute one with the glasses and the ponytail, but I didn’t say that in my Outside Voice’), he gave me two copies of the pic! One was too dark but the other wasn’t half bad, so I snapped a pic of it with my iPhone to share here.

Even though it’s kind of meta to post a picture of a picture of yourself, no?

Raspberry Girl

Raspberry Girl

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

annathepiper: (Christmas Yahoo Anna)

As y’all know I’ve grown quite fond of daily stops to visit the nice boys who run the table for Frank’s at Pike Place. I know a few of them by name and a few more of them by face at this point, and several of them know me.

One of them, a young rather cute fellow of Asian extraction, told me he was learning how to take pictures and asked if I could be a guinea pig for him. I said sure, and he promised me prints when he got the picture developed, while I thought to myself OH RIGHT that actually has to happen for pictures on real film, doesn’t it?

When I stopped by tonight for my usual raspberries (and by ‘stopped by’ I mean ‘sneaky excuse to bid them all a pleasant holiday’, and by ‘all’ I really mean ‘the really cute one with the glasses and the ponytail, but I didn’t say that in my Outside Voice’), he gave me two copies of the pic! One was too dark but the other wasn’t half bad, so I snapped a pic of it with my iPhone to share here.

Even though it’s kind of meta to post a picture of a picture of yourself, no?

Raspberry Girl

Raspberry Girl

Mirrored from annathepiper.org.

annathepiper: (Smile)
Here's a general update in the life of me!

I'm definitely grooving on the new job. The atmosphere of the office is very casual and relaxed, and I'm going to like this whole Agile/Scrum mode of getting projects done. I really like the idea of sitting down as a team at the beginning of a month and going, "Okay, we're doing these things, can you do this and you do that and you over here do this other thing", and then we all just go do it.

Also, I am desperately in love with the chair they gave me. It's super-comfy. It's leather. I can lean back in it and work and my back doesn't complain. At all. I will be able to put up with a lot at this job if they just let me keep this chair. <3

And I don't know if it's all the extra walking, the stress release of not having to worry about looking for a job, or both, but my energy level has gone up considerably. Sleep's still weird and I'm having to rely on sleep meds to knock myself out in the evening, but at least I'm starting to feel a lot more like myself than I have in months. Of course, this could also be tied in with not having to have any more saline fills either. But whatever the reason, I'm happy with it.

I am delighted to discover that one of my teammates is the lead singer for a local band called The Wages of Sin. He describes them to me as very Pogues-like, and while I haven't listened to enough of the Pogues for an informed opinion, I can authoritatively state that they do remind me a lot of Captain Tractor. This is a very good thing. It was also very cool to just be able to music-geek with him and provide evidence (a la the old Three Good Measures MP3s) that while I am strictly an amateur when it comes to making music, I do at least know what I'm talking about.

Should also note that another (former) coworker of mine, Eric Goetz, is a musician too. He's in a band called Central Services, and I plan to be checking them out next. Though they'll have to fight with Angelique Kidjo, the Chieftains (I mean, seriously, people, why the hell haven't I bought more Chieftains before now), Alexander James Adams, [livejournal.com profile] vixyish and [livejournal.com profile] tfabris, and [livejournal.com profile] s00j for my musical attention. I've got a lot of recently acquired music I need to get caught up on.

Speaking of music, [livejournal.com profile] solarbird has been doing open mikes again and had a very good time last night at the open mike at the Wayward, as well as doing a bit of open filking at Rustycon. I myself am saving my energy to drop in on Conflikt. So for the filk-inclined among you, I mean at least the ones who don't already know about it, you might consider coming by Conflikt and helping a little filk convention get its feet under it for its second year.

Last but not least I am in the middle of reading Jennifer Crusie and Bob Mayer's jointly written romance Agnes and the Hitman, and I am enjoying it immensely. I mention this by way of handing out props to the fine ladies at Smart Bitches Trashy Books, without whom I would never have known about this quite entertaining duo. More on this will of course be forthcoming in a review post.

Miles since September 30th: 195.7
Miles out of Hobbiton: 3310.3
Miles out of Minas Tirith: 473.3
Miles to Hobbiton: 1151.7
annathepiper: (Hard Day)
Apparently my ability to use Twitter is at least tonight full of FAIL!

So I got set up on the web with this thing yesterday, right? Tonight there I am at Rite Aid waiting for them to fill a prescription, and they tell me it's going to be half an hour because apparently the entire population of Lake Forest Park is filling prescriptions tonight and they're all backed up. I therefore think, okay, fine, if I have to sit here being bored I'll play with Twitter and see if I can get my phone to talk to it.

So I fling it a test message, since I'd previously noted the proper number. And it sends me back a message telling me to reply with my name, by way of confirmation. I do that. But by "my name" what it really means is "my ID", so I wind up accidentally creating an extra account.

Argh, I think. So then I try to jump on Lake Forest Park Town Centre's public wireless to see if I can go to twitter.com and fix it. The wireless works okay, but not the part where I go to the actual Twitter homepage, because at that point it asks me if I want to download the file "login" to my Documents directory. "Da hell?" I think, but there seems to be nothing I can do about it. Apparently Twitter.com does not talk to my handheld's ancient version of Windows Mobile Internet Explorer.

So okay then, I think, I'll fix it when I get home. I get home. I find out how to activate the web access for a Twitter account and get it to ping the extra one I created.

The problem is, that's also the point where I think, okay fine, so I should set this thing up to talk to my actual desired Twitter account. It won't let me, because I've already associated my phone number with the extra account.

Again with the argh. So I go to my actual account's settings and tell it to delete my specified mobile device, and I try again to activate the web portion of the extra account JUST so I can then delete the stupid thing.

However, what I actually wind up doing then is creating a SECOND extra account.

Yet more argh. I learn from the Twitter TOS that you can delete an account by sending "delete me" from your device, and I do manage to pull that off. But I've still got the first extra account in limbo and I can't figure out how to kill it.

A support request has been sent. We'll see if the Twitter folks can drive a stake through it for me.
annathepiper: (Default)
Just in case anybody's interested, I've just joined Facebook. I'm mostly looking ahead to use this as a tool later for when I have that ebook out and available, but in the meantime, hey, all y'all are welcome to fling me Friend requests. I've already flung out several myself. You can search for me up there by my name, Angela Korra'ti.

And I'm on Twitter too as annathepiper. Use there is likely to be minimal, but mostly I joined Twitter to follow Sean McCann's Tweets!

Right then

Nov. 3rd, 2008 12:07 pm
annathepiper: (Hard Day)
I just got the hammer lowered on me at work. Joy.

I can't say I'm terribly surprised by it. The newspaper industry has been struggling for a while now; certainly it's been for as long as I've had this job. Add to this that the economy is sucking, and, well, there ya go.

It's pretty gentle as layoffs go, though. I have been told my last day is December 12th, that I will get 2 1/2 weeks severance pay, and that I may have today and tomorrow as paid days off to cope. I am to talk to HR at 2 about COBRA and such, which is the main reason I'm not actually going straight home and am instead logged on from Pacific Place.

I may have to go see me a zombie movie tomorrow though. Under the circumstances it feels like a good thing to do.
annathepiper: (Sky Full of Dreams)
And now, for the sake of making this something besides the Operation Rebuild Anna's Bosom Show, and because I'm way too damned grumpy, a list of some things which don't suck:

  1. Even if the weather sucks with a mighty and vociferous sucking, I can come home to a cozy fleece-and-flannel blanket, and a spouse who will make me hot chocolate. Good hot chocolate, with real marshmallows, because she refuses to buy packet cocoa.
  2. Friends who bring me amusing audiobooks to listen to and therefore make me expand my reading exposure. [livejournal.com profile] sksouth, I'm lookin' at you.
  3. Related to previous, Louis L'Amour's Trail Mix Vol. 1, my first introduction to works by this author. This particular audiobook is narrated by Willie Nelson, who's amazingly apt for the material.
  4. Friends who bring me new music to listen to. Again, [livejournal.com profile] sksouth, most notably for getting me interested in buying Angelique Kidjo, Habib Koite, and Gaelic Storm. Also [livejournal.com profile] technoshaman, for relentless plugging of Gaia Consort.
  5. [livejournal.com profile] mamishka, for encouraging [livejournal.com profile] solarbird and me to actually go see Gaia Consort.
  6. Jam yesterday, 'cause yeah, I needed that. Thank you, [livejournal.com profile] pocketnaomi, for bringing pie!
  7. [livejournal.com profile] mamishka again, for playing Star Wars Trivial Pursuit, at which she and I are still fairly evenly matched.
  8. Getting to go to [livejournal.com profile] kathrynt and [livejournal.com profile] llachglin's house over the weekend, to celebrate their little girl Lillian turning 2. I am in awe of that kid every time I see her.
  9. Kind lurkers who leave me links to surprise Alan Doyle video, because few things cannot be helped by addition of The Doyle. Thank you again, Alicia!
  10. Even on days when work happens to annoy me, it is always good to remember that I do actually have a job.
  11. Continually photogenic kitties.
  12. Friends who, even though they now live in an entirely different city from me, still remember to email me on their iPhones in the middle of a Great Big Sea show. I wish I could have been there with you, [livejournal.com profile] fredpdx!
  13. Even in a year where my own ability to produce new words has been sorely challenged, there yet remain an abundance of nifty books for me to read. I still have to keep skewing the national reading average, doncha know.
  14. Forthcoming spinoff series Caprica, because you betcha, I'm going to keep paying attention to anything that the BSG crew puts out once BSG is over.
  15. Continuing decent medical support as I inch my way towards having a bi-boobular chest again. ;)
  16. Nice, soothing chamomile tea.
  17. And, because many things are also improved by zombies, a nifty little short film about how young love can't be stopped even after a zombie apocalypse.

How about you all? Tell me about some things that don't suck.
annathepiper: (Blue Hawaii Grin)
Monday afternoon, by way of taking advantage of a day off from work, [livejournal.com profile] solarbird and [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat and I went to go see Cloverfield.

(Which is, by the way, a quite tight and intense little movie--but for the love of god, be warned, if you're prone to any kind of motion sickness, sit way, way back in the theater. Also consider taking some Dramamine beforehand.)

(Also, we had the new teaser for the forthcoming Trek flick in front of the movie, which I have to admit really rather made my little fangirl heart go pitter-pat, particularly when the first few notes of the familiar theme song welled up over the pan shot across the under-construction saucer section of the Enterprise... and, well, gosh. <3 Man, I hope they don't screw this up. I'm really in an Original Trek mood after giving Dara the remastered DVDs of the first season, so yeah. Bring on the new kids, and here's hoping they do the old familiar characters justice.)

(But I digress.)

I mention the Cloverfield excursion mostly because both beforehand and afterward, we popped into Barnes and Noble. I had a couple of coupons I wanted to spend, and the first one went to me picking up another Waifs CD. I offered the other to Dara, but she couldn't think of anything she really wanted to get even though she waffled for a bit on the very first season box set for The Avengers. (ETA 10:08pm: Dara says I got the season wrong--it's second series Avengers she was interested in. My bad!) So I settled on spending the second coupon on the last box set for Remington Steele.

Which of course was very foolish of me to do two days before my birthday--because Monday night at dinner, I learned to my chagrin that [livejournal.com profile] risu was of the opinion that I Really Shouldn't Have Done That, to which I went "ah" and immediately resolved to not open up the package so that I could take it back to B&N and swap it for something else. *^_^*;;

I did that today, and settled on two CDs: In All Things by Leahy, since I do have quite the long string of good luck with Celtic-flavored Canadian bands, and also The Best of the Chieftains, because I keep saying I should damn well have some Chieftains, so now I do. I'm pretty sure that there is a law written down somewhere, probably in Ireland or Scotland, that all fans of modern Celtic music should own at least one Chieftains CD. And I am a law-abiding citizen!

Anyway, it turned out that the extra box for Steele was actually a get-well present rather than a birthday, but most welcome nonetheless. And between that and the gifts from Dara and Paul, it has been a very DVD-heavy birthday, with emphasis on the Swoonable and the Funny. In the Swoonable corner, we have Steele (the 4th and 5th season box set), the second season of MacGyver ("his mind is the ultimate weapon", says the tagline on the box, to which Paul added that this is scary given that it lives under the ultimate mullet), and, to crown off the lineup, 3:10 to Yuma, the Crowe/Bale edition. BOOYA. And over in the Funny corner, we have the 11th collection for Mystery Science Theater 3000 as well as Eddie Izzard's Definite Article.

[livejournal.com profile] technoshaman has come over to help Dara with a server swap, and he brought a card with him which was very cute. My boss even gave me a card today as well. All in all, as birthdays go, a pretty fine one indeed. <3
annathepiper: (Default)
So as part of the mad frantic rush to get ready to go to Japan, [livejournal.com profile] solarbird and I decided that we need our hair in a state that won't embarrass us when overseas. With this lofty goal in mind, I told the stylist this afternoon to make it short, cute, and low maintenance. It also helped that I was in a mode of "okay tired of all the tangles in my hair now".

The result is this, which oddly enough looks a lot like the last short haircut I had. Which was in fact the last haircut I had at all, which was for my Google interview in December of 2005. So I've just lost another nearly two years' worth of hair.

And, it looks a little more like my icon now. Hee.
annathepiper: (Blue Hawaii Grin)
And it has been made a good birthday indeed. I got surprised with a cake at work, first off--the contractor who's been working with me teamed up with our lead to get me a tasty chocolate cake from Whole Foods. The same cake I actually got for the lead last month, actually, but that's not a bad thing. Any cake that calls itself Chocolate Eruption gets mega points from me!

Then I came home to find the tasty homemade cake made for me by my beloved [livejournal.com profile] solarbird, which we all shared after dinner while I opened up the loot. To wit:

  • One $30 Barnes and Noble gift card (always a good choice). You can imagine how fast this will burn a hole in my little pocket. Especially now that [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat has advised me that B&N is having a "buy one set of TV-related DVDs, get another one free" thing. There's some Doctor Who and Remington Steele calling my name, oh my yes.

  • The one remaining Carbon Leaf album I didn't own yet, which is the live one, Five Alive!. Yay!

  • One rack for all my weights, which makes me very happy indeed. Now this means I can put all my weights upstairs in the guest room where I can work out without disturbing [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat. "Under his desk" not being really a convenient place for my weights to have been stored, for any parties concerned. (Meanwhile, OOF but I haven't touched those weights in far, far too long. It was a workout all by itself moving them all upstairs, I'm here to tell ya. My arms still feel it, even as I'm typing this now. Also, note to self: keep the guest room door closed, to keep out the cat, who left a few unpleasant surprises therein. Meh!)

  • I didn't actually get this as part of my birthday loot, technically, but I must also express my appreciation to [livejournal.com profile] kathrynt and [livejournal.com profile] jessicac, who got me the Masterharper of Pern CD that came out a while back. I am informed that it is full of flute music, and also that it does not suck. Said [livejournal.com profile] kathrynt, "Flute, and Pern!" Which apparently sums me up for her.

Many thanks to all who expressed their felicitations, and much love for [livejournal.com profile] spazzkat and [livejournal.com profile] solarbird, who do indeed know me well. Big hugs to you all! ^_^

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