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Mar. 30th, 2013

Hulu to the Rescue

I'm a huge CSI: Miami fan, but due to tv conflicts in my house, I largely missed the last two seasons of the show. So I've been catching up on Season 9 via Netflix. I recently got the last dvd, and spent a couple of hours watching the eps. The next dvd in my que is a Robert Carlyle movie, but when the last CSI ep left two of the main characters in mortal danger, I about freaked out. Even if I rearranged my Netflix que to get the first dvd of Season 10, it wouldn't arrive at my house until Wednesday. Ugh. I did not want to wait that long. I first checked the CBS website, but they've long since taken down their CSIM videos, since the show is no longer on (which I am still angry about, but that's another story). So I tried youtube, but the video never loaded. So I went to the last resort, Hulu, knowing I hadn't previously had any luck finding CBS shows on their site. But low and behold, there it was: CSI: Miami, all glorious 10 seasons of it. My goofy little fangirl heart is super happy, and now I am staying up way too late to watch yet another episode. I'm thinking the fatigue I will feel during church tomorrow will be well worth it. :)

Mar. 15th, 2013

Let's Write Together

For the Let's Write Together challenge at onceuponaland, with the lovely ricksilsa Our prompt was "cold".

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Mar. 2nd, 2013

Adventures in Fan Jewelry

I've been dabbling in jewelry making, mostly beaded items. And I had a neat idea (I think) to use the maps of Middle Earth. (There are other fandoms, I'm sure, that I could apply this to) I've only made one so far, but I'm rather pleased with the results, so I thought I'd share it with you all. I'd love to make them to sell, but I need to figure out if there is even a market for something like this, and what the liscencsing would be like. Let me know what you think. :) I apologize if the photo size is crazy, I haven't figured out how to resize them yet. :p

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Jan. 28th, 2013

Snow Day!!

Yay for Snow Days!! I work in a day care connected to a school, so when the school calls a snow day, so do we. :D Now I have an entire day to.... go through paperwork. :p Ah well, I really needed the day off to get some legal issues dealt with. I never seem to have enough time for that with my work schedule. I felt bad, though, when one of my usual babysitting families asked if I could watch the kids today, and I had to say no. I really hope they aren't upset with me for that. :/

In other news, I was absent all weekend because I was at my church's Women's Retreat. We stay in a hotel for a weekend (complete with pool and hot tub), hang out with each other, and do some serious Bible study. This year's theme was What's In A Name? Our speaker gave us some really fascinating insights into the names of God. There are certain passages I will never look at the same way again, which is good. :) I had a great time and really enjoyed getting to know the other ladies better. Many of them knew me growing up, so it's always nice to learn to relate to them as adults. 

How is everyone else's Monday going?

Jan. 6th, 2013


I'm still in TN, hanging out with my best friend and her family, but I wanted to take a moment to wish jay_of_lasgalen very happy birthday, since I will be on the road tomorrow and unable to post. I hope you have a great day full of blessings and well wishes!

Jan. 3rd, 2013

The Weekend

First things first: Happy Birthday to one of my favorite authors, J. R. R. Tolkien. In honor of his literary awesomeness, I intend to watch LOTR  while I pack for my trip.

Speaking of which, I have just one more work shift to get through, and then I am headed to Nashville, TN, to surprise my best friend, Stephanie, and celebrate her daughter Sophia's (my goddaughter) first birthday. I'm super excited because Steph's husband (Josh) and I have been planning this surprise for a month, and I can't believe we might actually pull this off! I can't wait to see Steph's face when I walk in the door. :) Since she lives in TN, and I live in MI, we don't get to see each other more than once or twice a year. It's especially hard because she doesn't have many friends there, and none of them are close friends, so she tends to miss me a lot. (not that I don't miss her, I just have more close friends living nearby to commiserate and get in trouble have fun with) 

I'm praying it'll be a safe and fun trip. 

Dec. 24th, 2012

Surprise Tears

So, I was at my church's Christmas Eve service, and I almost almost made it through without crying. But then we sang Away In A Manger, and we came to the third verse:

Be near me, Lord Jesus, I ask thee to stay,
Close by me forever and love me I pray.
Bless all the dear children in thy tender care,
And take us to heaven to live with thee there.

Now, ordinarily this is my favorite verse. I get a little choked up singing it, but this year, I completely lost it. Because into my head popped the pictures of 20 sweet children, and all I could think was how their parents (and I), will never hear that verse the same way again.

Merry Christmas!

Wishing all of my friends here on LJ a very merry CHRISTmas.

I hope today and tomorrow are filled with love, family, friends, and all of God's best blessings (whether you believe in Him or not). :)

Have a safe and happy holiday, everyone!

Love and hugs,

Little Mouse

Dec. 12th, 2012

Lord of the Rings Marathon

  On Sunday, I was looking for something to do with my sister, since I'd missed most of her birthday. I discovered that a local movie theatre was showing a Lord of the Rings marathon. Since we're both huge fans, we went to that. It turned out to be the extended editions, so we were there until well after midnight, but it was sooooo worth it. Several things I learned:

1. I'd forgotten how loud those movies are in theatres. :p
2. I'd forgotten how wonderfully detailed they are. You miss that watching them at home.
3. I still cry, laugh, feel breathless, and want to cheer in all the right places.
4. I still want my own epic soundtrack. 
5. I am still incredibly inspired by the actors.
6. I still feel immensely sad when it ends. 

It's gratifying to know that some things never change.

Dec. 11th, 2012

20 in 20 Challenge, part 2

Same song, 2nd verse. A little bit louder and a little bit worse, lol.

Category~ 1 character, 5 relationships. I chose Belle as my character.

1. Bride Price (106)
  "And that is that," Sir Maurice declared, setting down his pen. "Welcome to the family, Sir Gaston."
  As the two men congratulated each other, Belle looked down at her white-knuckled hands. For the price of some land and the promise of more soldiers, she was sold to the highest, and least interesting, bidder.
  "Come, my dear." Belle looked up to find Gaston beside her. "Shall we greet our banquet guests?"
  Belle forced a smile. "Of course," she said, taking his hand and exiting the chamber. So long as he left her mostly alone, she would find some way to make this marriage work.

2. Papa's Arms (110)
  "Papa, Papa!" Belle's hig-pitched coice preceded her down the hallway.
  "Here, Belle!" Sir Maurice called, and the next moment the tiny toddler fairly flew into the library, wide-eyed with fear and clutching a toy bear.
  "What is it, my flower?" Maurice asked, trying to hide the smile that threatened at sight of his disheveled daughter. Belle's curls were in complete disaray, and one slipper had been left behind in her haste.
  "Don't like storms," she whispered. Lightening flashed, followed immediately byt a great thunder clap. Belle shrieked and launched herself into Maurice's lap. He cuddled her close.
  "It's all right, Petal. You're safe in Papa's arms."

3. Girl's Night In (110)
  "You really don't have to do this," Ruby protested. 
  "Yes, I do," Belle insisted. If you're going to be tense during Wolf's Time, then I can at least make certain that the night before is fun."
  Ruby smiled gratefully and accepted the giant bowl of pocorn Belle handed her, snuggling back against her pillows.
  "Now, do we want sappy," Belle held up a copy of P.S. I Love You. "Or ridiculous," she held up Down With Love
  Ruby laughed and deliberated for a moment. "Let's go with ridiculous," she decided. Belle popped the DVD in the player, then joined Ruby, silently congratulating herself on a brilliant idea.

4. Browsing For Forgiveness (110)
  Belle was so preoccupied returning books to shelves that she didn't notice someone in the aisle until she'd run into them. "Oh! I'm sorry..." Belle froze. There stood her former captor, Regina.
  They stared uneasily at each other. The woman still had magic, and Belle was uncertain of her danger.
  Regina recovered first. "I wonder if you could help me? I'm looking for a book for Henry."
  Belle studied the titles. "How about this one?" She selected The Hobbit.
  Regina smiled. "Perfect. I know it won't buy his forgiveness, but it may make a good start."
  Belle tentatively smiled back, and together they headed to the lobby.

5. Something Blue (110)
  Mr Gold never imagined the amount of anxiety he would suffer over the contents of the box. Or rather, whether or not Belle would accept its contents.
  They'd been through so much. Gold made it nigh impossible to love him at times, and yet, she'd persisted with it. That was why he now placed the little box before her.
  "What's this?" Belle asked.
  "Why don't you open it and find out?" Gold said. Belle did as instructed and gasped. Nestled inside, a sapphire ring glittered. Gold cleared his throat. "I cannot get down on one knee as tradition demands, but I'd like to know: will you marry me?"

Author's Choice

1. Fighting Dreams (107)
  Gold cried out, fighting against the blankets. "Bae! No!"
  Belle blinked sleepily. When he cried out again, she sat up in alarm. "Rumplestiltskin?"
  "No... my son..." he moaned, and Belle realized he was dreaming.
  She knelt beside him, craddling his sweat-drenched face in her hands. "Rumplestiltskin, wake up!" He only moaned. She shook him. "Wake up!"
  He gasped, his eyes flying open, chest heaving. "Belle?"
  "It's all right. It was only a dream," she soothed, stroking his hair. 
  "Only a dream," he whispered, his eyes already closing and his breathing calming. Belle held him close, doubting he would remember this in the morning.

2. So Close (109)
  Mr. Gold paused, his eyes fixed on a point further down the street. Just outside Granny's Diner, Belle laughed with Ruby as the waitress put out the "open" sign. The women chatted for a couple of minutes, then parted ways. Gold held his breath, half hoping Belle would come his direction. Instead, she turned to cross the street to the library.
  I don't want to see either of you ever again.
  Gold sighed. It was no more than he deserved. He was still a monster, even if his skin had changed. He didn't know how long he could endure having her so close, yet so far away.

3. Shall We Dance? (110)
  Belle found the ballroom. 
  Eyes closed, hands wrapped around a broom handle, she stepped and spun on smooth marble. All was silent, yet Rumplestiltskin swore he heard an orchestra. She was grace in motion, and he could not stop himself from tapping her shoulder. "May I cut in?"
  Belle whirled around. With a snap of fingers the broom was banished to a corner, and music filled the air. He swept a courtly bow, and Belle's eyes lit up. She curtseyed, and Rumplestiltskin took her in his arms, sweeping her around the room. 
  He couldn't remember the last time he had danced for the pure joy of it.

4. The Magic Box (109)
  "What is that?" Belle asked, pointing at a large black box.
  "Ah, that is a television, or tv for short," Gold replied. 
  "What does it do?"  
  "I don't think I could describe it to you, so why don't I show you?" He bent down and switched it on.
  The screen blazed to life, and Belle jumped back in shock. "Is is magic?" she asked in awe. 
  Gold's lips twitched. "I suppose it is a kind of magic. You're welcome to use it when I'm away. Shall I demonstrate it?" Belle nodded, and the next several minutes were spent teaching Belle to use the "magic box."

5. April Showers (110)
  Spring, Gold noted, did strange things to people. Children waved at him, and adults smiled and said hello. Couples were not as careful about their public displays of affection. His tenants handed him their rent with genuine cheerfulness. 
  Even Belle was affected. One morning, Gold climbed the stairs to tell her that breakfast was ready when he paused. He could hear the shower running, but above that... Gold's jaw dropped. She was singing! She never sang. It wasn't that she was bad- quite the opposite- she just never did it. Though he couldn't understand it, Gold had to admit that not all the changes Spring wrought were bad.

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