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2017 appears to be starting off on the right foot at least.  I remember last year, I started by getting the flu that was going around - TWICE.  Things never quite picked up after that.

This year, I hope things are better, both in general and for personal health/ house health/ etc.


potion no. 9 especially )


i'm gonna make this house my home )


i will get things to grow, darnit! )


and i'll have a pretty yard! )


i especially want to improve arch-ing )


i'm really trying to finish old stuff before starting new stuff. really. )

i promise this year will be better! )


i expect to nail this one again... watch me fall on my face )


tum-te-tum-tum - hey, donuts! )


ah, the sweet sounds of saws! )


alms for the poor? anyone? )

So, a final note here - especially with the fannish things and trying to keep up community journals and things, I think the home PC being set up will help a lot.  I've already mentioned the advantages of the pilates up there. :)

-boogieshoes, busy as a beaver
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So, I'm not too late on round-up and to-do lists this year. I finally got around to setting up the office, and this figures into my 'done it' file. Poor Abbie (my dog) is sitting next to me wishing i was sitting on the couch, instead of said office...

Anyway, on to the listy!

household maintenance is expensive! )

*dusts off the house update list* )

This is purely the section for the partierre garden. )

$50/mo doesn't go far )

the SCA is awesome! )

look, i finished stuff! now i have to finish it, lol )

still in mag7 honeymoon... and still biting off more than i can chew here... )

i nailed this one! )

I've always said flexibility is over-rated... )

*runs away screaming* )

*sighs sorrowfully at the wishlist* )

and that's all she wrote today. my wrists have been getting pretty sore lately, probably carpal tunnel or arthritis, so the 2017 To-Done is going to have to wait for another day. Probably tomorrow, since I don't want to lose momentum. In Feb, at my normal check-up, I'm going to ask doc about my wrists, though...

I survived 2016, which turned out to be a shitty year for a lot of people. My hope for us all is that 2017 is much better. We need much better in our lives. And I'm not talking politics, I'm talking good jobs, good friends surviving, and good family of choice loving us. So 2017, take my advice: take off your pants, and slide on the ice!

-boogieshoes, wishing everyone a happy new year
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I'm finally getting around to doing this post, which is one of only 2 posts I try to make certain I do.  The other post is, of course, the yearly round-up.  So it's with mild guilt that I realize I've not posted this until nearly Feb.

Deck the halls of the house with folly... )

Mary Mary quite contrary... )

Yarding by the Garden.... )

Middle Ages Mash-ups )

Stitchy Woman... )

I swear I will be fan-active! .... someday )

bills bills bills )

Personal ADMIN:
  1) Organize household items, including
       a) disaster kit
  2) Transfer data from old laptops to PC, when i get it.
  3) Make the database for my library
  4) File rest of bills from 2012 – and now, also 2013!... and now 2014...2015...
  5) Convert VHS and audio tapes to updated platforms. (Contingent on buying platform converters)
  6) Make a list of cyclical maintenance duties and times due.
9) pay good chunk of personal CC

to my health! )

Furniture Fair (-y Tale) )

Wishlist )

boogieshoes: (fresian)
It's taken me longer than normal to do the goals post for 2015. The large part of this is that I've been sick. In fact, I'm sick again as I write this. However, this too, shall pass, and it's time to get busy.

Maintaining the Manor )

Updating the manor )

SCA Garden )

Keeping up with the Joneses )

SCA life )

Stitching Crazy )

Fanlife goals )

Administrative duties )

Health is a priority )

One day, I will finish this chair! )

My Greed List )
-boogie the busy
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So I wanted to post my Christmas pie-in-the-sky wishlist, because I’m feeling really greedy.

greedy christmas wish list here )

Whatever holidays you celebrate, whether with religious observances or commercial delights or an exuberance of both, Happy Holidays!

-boogieshoes, humming 'Walking in Women's Underwear'
boogieshoes: (fresian)
my birthday is next week.  high on my "most wanted" list is a steamy Escorts AU fanfic.

Buck/ Chris anything.

Supernatural anything.

Kidfic with Buck or Chris the little ones (but not Buck and Chris both little in the same fic).

Sequal to "Loser Takes All" - what happens the next time someone gets in trouble? ;)

I have a special love for Vin is psychic/ gifted in some fashion stories.

I quite like the Yellowstone AU - gen or slash, more please?

Crack!fic... wing fic.... Crossover fic - i lover "Xander's real parents (Xander from BtVS)";  love the Highlander AU fics; how about some more Sentinel/ Mag7 fics, any time, any place, Sentinels known or not. :-)

All that, and if the Lord and Lady are truly pleased with me - a break in the weather.  I'm getting tired of 80% humidity and 95F weather....

-boogieshoes, humming
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i haven't posted for a while.  i think i need to re-dl semagic, because i can't find it.  but anyway,  the real thing is, i've been kind of exhausted for the past week or so, and i'm not sure why.  probably a little burn out at work, coupled with roommate being dramatic at home, coupled with ennervating heat.  maybe coupled with a concerted effort to stick more closely to the LCHF diet than i've done up to this point.  i'm not sure.  the point is, i'm tired, and it's really easy to get depressed when i'm tired.

or rather i should say, it's really easy to let the depression get the best of me when i'm tired.  and it makes me sigh.  and wonder if i'm really worth anything to anybody, etc etc, insert cliches that became cliches because they're so very true here.  i hate depression because whenever i'm tired, i don't just 'get tired', it's like the 'negative messages' tape gets turned on full blast.  it's always there, but usually in the background.  then i get tired for whatever reason, and suddenly, the messages are loud, and even if part of me thinks it's stupid, the other part is pretty sure those bad tapes... are correct.  i hate that.  i hate that i can't seem to root out and pitch the tape.  and i hate that it's so ready to ambush me at the worst times.

and i hate that sometimes going on vacation is a source of anxiety - will anyone talk to me?  will they even notice me?  of course they do, but still...  it's so much harder to *go* on vacation than *be* on vacation, because my brain insists on worrying that nobody cares and i'll be ignored, especially when i'm feeling the very human need to connect to people.

and this is getting more whiney than i was going to be, sigh, which i also hate - that i sound whiney even to myself when i complain about depression.

it's just... i'm tired, and need a break.  (from the depression - i'm not in a place where i need help.  i am in a place where i'm frustrated with my own issues, and projecting myself into the Escorts AU is even more frustrating, because as a client, it'd be like 'dude, i just want to go hang out with someone, and is it not the saddest thing i have to *hire* a friend to do that?!'  and sadly, or perhaps just fucked-up-ed-ly, i want more Escorts stories because i love them.  even though they tend to hit my 'i'm completely pathetic button' along with a lot of my kink buttons.  i'm so weird.)

boogieshoes: (fresian)
The To-Do List is undergoing a lot of changes from the 2013 version, mostly based on lessons learned, and with a goal to keeping better track of all the things I *really* do, which don’t always get put on the list.  The better I know how much I actually do, the less I feel like a slacker when things on this list don’t get done.

the house that boogie built )

Rosemary's Garden... )

SCA where my heart lies )

Mmmm, counted embroidery )

This is not the canon you're looking for... )

Now serving customer #1 )

I shall have my health )

BS the Carpenter )


-bs, busy as a bee

ETA1: 22 Mar, first major update
boogieshoes: (fresian)
Spent the last couple days reading Pern-fic, and decided there just wasn't enough Pern-fic in the world. Then the opening line to this came to me at lunch....

in which Chris drinks coffee... )

-bs, giggling like an idiot
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i've been having major drama with my computer lately, culminating with an emergency buy this weekend. follow along the story now:

so the guest room is being done in 'bad victoriana impression of ancient egyptian' (because an accurate rendering of ancient egyptian furniture, even for the pharoah, would make guests run, instead of be delighted...), and the stencil being used to put grout lines on the wall got, well, gummy, as repeat stencils tend to do. and i decided to clean it with acetone.

this was my first mistake, because i had the acetone sitting higher than my toshiba laptop, and i was tired, and knocked the bottle over, and it splashed on the toshiba. i let it dry, but the keyboard was fried. so i went and bought a cheapy plug-in mouse and keyboard. then i started having problems with weird input bugs, and i thought it might be the old keyboard reading stuff even though i was using the plug-in. i researched at work, dl'd instructions to take out the on-board keyboard, had second thoughts, and bought a wireless keyboard and mouse. the wireless combo worked for a while, especially after i updated the java script that runs things.

then the input bug came back. and i got frustrated friday night, and decided to finally take the inboard keyboard out... mistake #2.

i killed the toshiba. so Saturday morning i went to the local target, and bought new laptop. and an external hard-drive. then i went to the computer repair shop and asked if i could get a data transfer, and a downgrade to windows 7.

the data transfer was relatively successful. they didn't manage to get some of the programs across - like pidgin, the chat client, adobe reader, openoffice - but they got most of the files across, and did get mozilla firefox and thunderbird across. they got my old email file (yay!), but unfortunately, they didn't get my old bookmark file across. which sucks.

so monday (one of those short saturday/ closed sunday places), i picked up the laptop and brought it home and began to remove the crap windows insists on putting on their new boxes. i'd managed to put pidgin back on the new lappy, and gotten to the chatrooms - always the hardest part of a new machine for me - so i could have help if i needed it.

until i deleted the 'bluetooth thing'. yes, mistake number 3. see, i think bluetooth, and think the schizophrenic phone or smartphone type things. i don't think WLAN drivers... guess what this was? back to the computer store, sigh. and out more $$ to get them to undo my stupidity.

needless to say, i'm no longer going to be fixing my own computer. the local repair shop are nice people and don't make fun of me. at least while i'm in the store, hah.

anyway, i need to rebuild my bookmark file, so i'm taking favorite links in the comments for fanfic, writing tips, neat places to shop... etc.

-boogieshoes, the extremely frustrated
boogieshoes: (fresian)
For 2013, the To-Do List is now filled with some House-related items, which is fun.  Mostly.  When it’s not yet another learning experience. *grins*

House-hold doings this year )

Green Bein's )

Lady Brigid the lacksadaisical )

Stitching Monster Me )

Fandom Activity )

Life like a Mentos Commercial )

Wishlist )

-bs, the busy, the greedy, the just darned cool ;-)
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... my libido decides to jump into the atmosphere.  and then i get sad and lonely and at least mildly depressed because i can barely remember the last time i had a sexual experience that wasn't with my right hand, let alone a boyfriend.

to be sure, what i'd like out of a life-partner includes much more on the hugs side, and the understanding that when i'm twitchy and anxious and it's hard for me to let people touch me, i still need hugs, i'm just having issues with my issues. but i'm old, not dead, and my libido comments every so often as well.

and poor Buck Wilmington.  such a sweet, innocent character... who tends to get ranted at when i'm having these libidinous-and-depressed-about-it episodes.  i can't help it.  he chases girls... and i never get chased, so it comes out in frustrated resentment:

"No," Boogie said flatly, watching the pretty woman - taller than her, model skinny, and whom Buck had said was some kind of forensics wiz, and then promptly asked her how to approach.  Boogie thought that what hurt the most was that the only thing that separated the two of them was their looks.  "I know I'm such a fat ugly freak that it's a bloody miracle I've ever gotten laid at all, and it'll probably signal the beginning of Armageddon if I ever manage to acquire another boyfriend, but I don't have to help you twist the knife in my gut."

By the time Buck had finished processing what she had said, she had slipped through the crowd to the bar, paid her bill to Inez, and disappeared through the bar's door.

"Dammit!"  There had been a lot of pain and frustration in her voice, years of it, and Buck hated the thought he might have been the cause of any of it.  He rushed to the door, cursing the crowd, which suddenly seemed intent on blocking him.  He cursed again as he scanned the parking lot, but came up blank.  He knew he was just the catalyst tonight, but no one should have to endure that kind of pain.

~~end ficlet~~

possibly, i'm a whiner.  it certainly feels that way to me, sometimes, especially when i know there are things i could do - like actually going to places to meet people.  but i always feel like i've got a million things to do, and don't have time to date.  really, i've only got myself to blame, because if i actually bothered to prioritize the dating thing, i'd get more hits....

but then there's the part where i struggle with the absolute worst thing people could say to me, which isn't 'no' - but 'yes'.  i know how to deal with 'no'.  'yes' scares the ever-loving sh*t out of me, though.

and thus we come to the conclusion that i'm just a wee bit fucked up....

-bs, mildly frustrated with herself, but at least able to talk about it
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so, i don't usually talk about my work here because this lj is my happy place.  but yesterday, i was asked by a friend about the Boeing 787 Dreamliner's problems with their APU battery. 
this crosses into professional ethics territory for me. )

-boogieshoes, in the rarely-seen business suit
boogieshoes: (cleaning)
that's right, borax, which is sort of like baking soda, vinegar, and bleach - one of those things that's been around forever, the active ingredient in a hell of a lot of stuff, and rather ecologically sound.  Lowe's didn't have it, Target didn't have it, and I almost gave up at Wal-mart.... amazing how different the box looks when they change the packaging.

so with the wal-mart run tonight, i've got the stuff to mop the cement floor, which i will do after a quick vaccuum over the crack in the slab.  then, it's fill the crack with joint compound, do the ceiling while that dries (it'll take a day), touch-up paint the walls, and then paint the floor with a cement-sealer.  *then* i can go buy carpet.  which will be laid down properly, thank you. ;)

in fannish news, i'm progressing well on my mag7 doggies stitching.  i'm on Buck, the german shepherd dog.  i'm having a bit of a debate with myself, and would appreciate the commentary of my fellow fans - Buck doesn't seem to have a 'signature' bandana like Vin does.  in the pilot, he wears a pink one, in One Day Out West, he wears a dark blue one, and in the Collector (which I'm watching as I write this, hah - and Vin is wearing a *brown* bandana!), he's wearing a dark red/ maroon bandana.  the cross-stitch key has the Buck-dog's bandana as dark grey/black (because of the tones used in the piece, it actually 'reads' black). 

i'm planning to change the bandana's color, but i'm not sure what color i should pick.  anyone have any suggestions?

also, if anyone knows more about pic-manipulation and can zero in on the bandana in this picture, it'd probably help people to see exactly what i'm talking about.
clicky for piccies )

-boogie, cleaning mare
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so... upon talking to everybody and ghod down here, it turns out that cracks in a slab foundation is just something that happens in the area.  we've got sandy clay soil and a water table 6' under grade, and rain out the wazoo, and most slabs wind up with cracks within about 2 months of being poured.  as long as it isn't doing the broken off/ tilting at an angle thing - and mine isn't - it's usually ok.

the second part of that was getting the concrete guys in to do their thing.  which they did this afternoon in about 30 minutes.  so now it's joint compound on the crack of some sort, put a water sealer on the cement, and continue.

'continuing' is: re-glaze the ceiling, paint the last two pieces of trim, touch up the blue paint, yellow in the closet, trim paint, put down carpet padding, and carpet.  should not actually take too long, though i'm not sure i'm going to get to it this weekend.  my feet and ankles and a lot of my other major joints have been sore, probably because of the cold.  this weekend might end in a lot of stitching and couch-surfing, which is a-ok with me.

i ended up taking the mag7 doggies with me to work last week, and i'm using it as my 'work project'.  i love this pattern because it stitches up so quickly.  i only just started on the Buck-dog, and i can already see the shapes of his legs and chest.  i manage to do about 2 9" strands to floss a day, maybe a little more.  this wednesday, i went to Micheal's and color matched the kit floss with the DMC selection there.  i didn't get a perfect match on every color - not even most colors - probably because i don't think they had all 425 shades or whatever.  but i got them close enough that when i run out of thread, i can replace with the new thread i brought and just keep going... 7 more times.  (once for me, once for each of the members of the cast.  i hope.)

i'm hoping i can finish this thing, and get it mounted in a shadowbox and the box all tricked out and finished too, before the Mag7 Con in August.  it would be nice to present my first time through the pattern then.  but i'm not even sure i'm going to be able to go to the con - it just depends on the money situation.  *sigh*

all in all, though, doing well.

boogieshoes: (fresian)
.... so i went to the polls today, and did my civic duty by voting.  it was a tough choice.  oh, i'm not talking about the actual candidates on the ballot, but rather who i'd write in. 

a graphic-heavy, tongue-in-cheek review of my preferred presidential race... )

-bs, bs'ing for all she's worth
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because i didn't quite catch the friday prompt post on mag7daybook, and more people will read my lj top-post than a reply to a DW post a couple days old.

any &/any, any AU: Buck's ability to shovel the shit was amazing when the situation called for it.  It was even better when the situation didn't.

because i'm in the housing market:

any &/ any, any AU: what makes a house a home.

because i'm looking to get a CPAP machine to help with my energy levels:

any &/ any (including OMCs or OFCs), modern AU: It took less time than he thought to get used to the sound of the CPAP machine; the steady swoosh-whish a gentle reassurance that all was well.

comment-fic welcome. :)

boogieshoes: (Default)
... are not actually 'short'.  while i'm waiting for news, i've decided on a buffy marathon this weekend, except for time to go get the car's oil changed tomorrow.  ... and i love Xander all over again, hah! (she says as Xander skateboards right into the railing on the front steps.)

also, i find it hilarious that i'm still 'honeymooning' on mag7 stuff... it's only been like... 5 years since i discovered the stuff. :-p

-bs, still excited about house...

'Xander.. is me...  maybe I'll see at you school... since we both... go there...'

have i mentioned Xander kicks ass?
boogieshoes: (Default)
.... is that it's never written fast enough!  Debra Noellert has a new story going on here: ; and if you look at the dates, she's not exactly writing *slowly*.  she is, in fact, updating in a 'timely fashion'.  it's not fast enough for me, because i've *got* to find out what happens next!

*wriggles in impatient anticipation*

and also, i hereby apologize to everyone who's waiting on any updates from me on any stories anywhere - Miss Noellert is outpacing me by a long-shot, and if *i* think waiting for *her* is hard, waiting for *me* must be downright torturous!



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