haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (1_mill_words-H50-steve)
And tomorrow we're off to pick up the kids from their visit to the rellies. We'll stay overnight and be home Sunday. So catching up with flist will have to wait until Monday, when I am on HOLIDAY FOR TWO WEEKS, woohoo! I'm so pleased to be having some decent time off after having worked through Christmas and New Year (in between the stat days, that is) when everyone else was taking their leave. ;-)

And Hubby's well on the way to recovery - he's walking without the moon boot when he can, and tonight I took him out to buy some sturdy summer sandals so he has no excuse to be wandering around in jandals any more.

And I made these )

Oh, and I still haven't figured out the CSS to get my banner back in my header, so if anyone's an expert out there... please help!
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (johnny-haldoor)
Jeez, what am I doing here when I should be in bed?

I guess it has something to do with Being Home Alone. ALL WEEKEND! The cats and I have had the best time catching up on stuff we don't usually do. Okay, the cats usually do the same stuff every day, and let's face it, I pretty much do too ;-) but it's so cool not to have to worry about what everyone else is up to, nor put up with kids arguing, Hubby fussing about money, and everyone interrupting me when I'm trying to write.

Now, I wonder if I can write some more words tomorrow. 1192 so far this weekend, and all of it on a one-shot that's new. I have so many WIPs that it's not funny. My one aim for 2014 is to finish as many of them as I can.

Oh, watched quite a good movie tonight too: 'Devil'. It's an M. Night Shyalaman (sp?) one - he likes his twists. Okay, it's not his best, but I was intrigued and it was kinda creepy, and psychologically freaky there for a bit.

Probably time I got some sleep now! :D
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (johnny-haldoor)
To every one of my flist - whether you've passed midnight or are close to doing so! I was going to get one of those big sparkly graphics to add in here, but then I saw this one, and considering where my mind is most of the time, it seemed more appropriate somehow:

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May 2014 bring all the things you want from it, and none of the bad things! ;-)
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (1_mill_words-not enough)
Are you a member of [livejournal.com profile] 1_million_words? Have you been there lately? Or do you wonder what it's all about and think you'd like to check it out? Go there now and have a look:

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If you are a member already and you've written any words or made any graphics since you last visited, GO THERE NOW! Immediately! Update your 2013 figures here:

Written ~ Image ~ WIPs


We need every word between now and the 31st! We exceeded 1 million words and are seeking TEN MILLION WORDS before this year finishes! We are so close now, so come on, join in with your word and graphics count before the 31st Dec rolls over into 2014, so we can show our fearless leader, [livejournal.com profile] kaige68, what we are made of! GO!
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (1_mill_words-august rush)
I've been working hard all month on getting the pics up at the August Rush Challenge at [livejournal.com profile] 1_million_words, so I haven't been writing as much as I often do, but I managed five banners for the first two weeks of the challenge, and decided that I'd do another five that spoke to me for the second two weeks as well.

My first five (one for each fandom) are here if you want to see them and missed them earlier.

The second five - again, one for each fandom )
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (misc-rainbow books)
NZ has had civil unions for same-sex partners for some years now, but it is only today that full marriage rights have been extended to them. It's about time!

I am extremely proud to live in a country that believes in full and equal rights for people who love each other, no matter what their sexual orientation.

Congratulations to anyone marrying their life partner, today or any day in the future, under these new laws!
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (1_mill_words-august rush)
yesterday, I wasn't feeling the words, but I had time to play around with some graphics, so these are what I came up with from the pics I'd chosen over the last couple of weeks at [livejournal.com profile] 1_million_words August Rush challenge.

Here be five banners - I've chosen one pic for each fandom from random days; just whatever appealed to me as something I could caption )
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (pol-orli)
Most of you know where I live, so you won't be surprised to know how proud I am of all things Lord of the Rings and Hobbit movie oriented. ;-)

Someone recently e-mailed this short clip to me (about 6 mins long) about some of the scenery used in The Hobbit, so I thought I'd share it with any of you who might like to see it and haven't already. I've been to a few of these places, although I haven't actually seen the film sets - although with luck I am joining [livejournal.com profile] ellel on a trip to Hobbiton when she's in NZ in December (so excited about that!!!).

Sorry I can't manage to embed it here (I am a geek in such the wrong way, after all), but here is the link, which makes it come out in full-screen anyway: http://www.youtube.com/watch_popup?feature=player_embedded&v=RRA_eVAyH5c

ENJOY! ;-)
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (H50-steve-fire)
To all my American friends:

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Hope you have a fun-filled Independence Day, and special wishes to anyone who has to work on the day. *hugs*
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (misc-cheesecake)
I know I owe comments! God knows where the time goes! I'm so sorry! I'll get to it tomorrow if I can! On the upside, I have a new pair of sweatpants, a new tape measure and a rubber stamp that says 'made with love especially for you'. The kids also got new clothes, and I made cheesecake for dessert (didn't look like icon though!) as a late b'day celebration for N1D who turned 17 this week (OMG, where does the time go?).

More in due course. *love and hugs all round*
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (H50-steve-1 mill words)
I'm WAY behind on everything again. Work is madness and home life just seems to have more things to do every day, which is not a bad thing, but it doesn't make writing or online time easy to find, but...

I'd love to invite you all along to [livejournal.com profile] 1_million_words, the comm I co-mod with [livejournal.com profile] kaige68, if you have writing time to spare and/or would like to take part in a really friendly, fun-loving, word-loving, graphics-loving, and encouraging place! Our membership is growing daily, and we've already cumulatively outdone the year's target of [livejournal.com profile] 1_million_words and are now aiming for TEN MILLION WORDS by the end of 2013, so come on over and play! There's no pressure, no imposed targets, no compulsory activities and absolutely no need to do anything unless you want to! Slash, het, gen; any and all fandoms; everyone's welcome! Check your dramas at the door and come in for while! ;-)

There's support, encouragement and resources on offer, and plenty of prompts and challenges, as well as fun and friendly people to share your fics and pics with!


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Do pop in for a visit and browse the shelves; if there isn't anything you like there, feel free to walk away, but if you like the idea of contributing to the word pile we're making and/or you need inspiration to get onto creating fics and/or pics, perhaps you'll stay and join us. We'd love to have you. There is no downside! ;-)

PS: If you're already a member but haven't contributed yet (or for a while), come on back for a visit!  There's no shame in being busy.  Any and all words you've posted somewhere count, or if you're working on WIPs you don't want to post until they're done, that's all good too. Count them in our WIP count, and add them to the posted count in due course!  
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (cute-love this life)
I don't usually comment much about the show, but...

I watched 3.22 last night and I have just had a quick look for people's reactions. The one thing that so far I haven't seen anybody mention is the coincidence of this ep airing the week that those girls were found in Cleveland. It's been all over our news, and we're not even American. Do people in America know about it outside of Cleveland or is everyone just not willing to mention life imitating art (to some degree, since yes, things went differently on H50, which I won't go into to so not to spoil anything)?

I was blown away by the coincidence, down to the girl they found being called Amanda. And I will say, I thought it was an excellent episode; some great work by the actors. Yes, there were unrealistic things, but hey, this is entertainment and all TV shows are full of those moments. I don't expect it to be exactly like RL and won't fool myself into thinking it should be.

BUT, OMG, TINSTAC, [livejournal.com profile] msb66! Seriously!
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (CSI-greg-wtf)
Apparently you cannot get a fly off your laptop screen by moving the mouse and pointing the cursor at it!

Fly by!

Apr. 9th, 2013 07:01 am
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (The Following-Jacob/Paul-wanted more?)
YES! I am still alive. I have things and stuff going on, and to say. I still haven't caught up on flist and I feel bad about that. I watched Jacob & Paul SPOILER ) on The Following last night SPOILER )

I will try to get back in the next day or two and catch up/post/do something! *hugs to everyone* What have you all been up to that I've missed? Link or explain; I'm all ears!
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (revenge-sunset)
Two things I'm enjoying a lot this season so far:

1. Revenge. It never stops being fun. Although if Nolan and that girl are getting together, I need a drink. God, I love that boy. I need my own icon with something clever he says on it. Not sure what yet, but I need to work on it, or ask one of you way better icon makers than me to find something PERFECT and make something pretty. Plus, so much pretty on that show. Jack ( there's always a Jack, have you noticed?), Nolan, Daniel, Declan's kinda cute in a 17 yo kinda way, and now Aiden. Oh yes. Much, much pretty. Now, Anyone got any some slash recs with Nolan and any one of the other lads, please?

2. The Following. This is SERIOUSLY creepy TV, everyone. If you like your shows dark and weirdly compelling, this is the one for me this season so far. I loved American Horror Story last year (S1 only so far, S2 to come), but THIS. OH yes. Kevin Bacon is always good, but James Purefoy is deliciously evil. And there are two guys pretending to be gay (OR ARE THEY? Maybe not both of them...) on the side. Someone posted a link of Kevin Bacon & James Purefoy kissing at some press conference too - forget who, cos that's me. Was it you, [livejournal.com profile] halfdutch? Mmmhmm, I could totally get behind slash on this show too.

AND... What is happening to me? I completely forgot to find H50 online tonight and watch it. I was too busy catching up with things I needed to do here at LJ and AO3!!! Oh well, tomorrow is another day as Scallop said in Gone with the Wind. (yes, I did say scallop on purpose. I have this old joke which refuses to allow me use of her real name: 'Frankly Scallop, I don't give a clam').

And that's all she wrote tonight. Oh, but I did write 1202 words on a H50 fic today, which pleased me immensely as that series is now done and dusted, even if it was new yesterday and I still haven't finished any of those *mumblecan'tbebotheredtocount* WIPs. *sigh*
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (writing-quill)
[livejournal.com profile] kaige68 and I were talking... as we do... and we're keen to write a million words this year!

Now obviously we cannot do this alone. I have decided my target for the year is 150K, so as she says, it leaves her with 850K. There's no way Kaige can get that far (she'd die trying though! ;-P), but for anyone who wants to join in, which includes motivating, cheerleading, betaing and all other writery things in order for a group of us to get to A MILLION WORDS in 2013, this is your chance to be involved! Any fandom, any writing you want to count; it's all on!

So come on over here and let us know you're in!
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (scenes-cathedral cove)
Happy New Year everyone! May 2013 bring things you've wanted your way!

I can't seem to make myself post anything I've been meaning to, but I'm making an effort to think about it! The sun came out today, so we took the kids to the beach for the first time this summer - and everyone else had the same idea, obviously! Our favourite local beach was PACKED with cars - before we even got halfway down the metal road to it, a guy stopped his car to tell us not to bother! There were cars lining both sides of the narrow road and it was completely obvious there wasn't a point trying to find parking. So we headed for another beach past it - less well known - and it too was pretty busy, though we managed to park on the metal road and walk down without it taking an aeon. Not the world's greaest beach, but very pleasant and swimming was nice. Sat in the sun for a while after that and just lazed, enjoying the day. Home now and Hubby's got the BBQ underway and I'm sitting out on my brand new deck *beams* writing this. Very very nice, I must say!

I did get a nice swag for Christmas - all things I like/love/want/need, so very happy! I have a photo but I haven't uploaded it. Will post about that when I've sorted the pics. Also need to post reno photos and vids up to 23/12/12, which I'll do eventually too.

In the meantime, here's a writery meme that's going around )
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (Christmas - pohutukawa)
The good news is that Christmas stuff is all pretty much on schedule or done, though now I realise I probably need to get something else for N2D as I've spent about $20 more on her brother and sister than I spent on her...

The bad news is I seem to have gotten way behind on LJ, haven't looked at Twitter in ages, and well, forget updating about the reno! Ha! I even managed to forget to take photos recently, though I put that to rights last night by taking a few. Have to make another video though as a few changes are evident since the last one. We now have a carport roof, the gib-stopping is done in the new rooms, and there are bi-fold doors out onto my deck (which is only half done). I've told one of the guys working here that my priority is the deck and the wall in the room which we're making smaller to make way for a hallway. I have N2D sleeping on a mattress in the lounge (living room) right now as her old room is too messy and full of furniture pushed into the middle. N1D's in the top bunk in LF's room, and there is stuff everywhere it shouldn't be around the house.

BUT! We have a Christmas tree (small, live one in a pot), it is decorated, and I have my peg-lights up holding the Christmas cards that have started arriving. [livejournal.com profile] agdhani, yours has arrived, thank you so much! Also, big thanks to [livejournal.com profile] ladywillin, whose card and gift arrived yesterday. I think I already mentioned [livejournal.com profile] msb66 and [livejournal.com profile] pippii, both of whom sent me cards and gifts which arrived last week. Thank you both again!

I hope you are all doing well! I'll catch up soon. *hugs*
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (misc-nz flag)
1.This day in 1893, NZ women got to vote in their first general election! NZ was the first country in the world to give women the vote. Thank you Kate Shepherd and all your fellow suffragettes and hard workers.

2. The Hobbit premiere is tonight NZ time! They rolled the red carpet out in Wellybob yesterday and anyone who is anyone will be down there checking out the new movie. I wish I could be there, but there was no way to justify that spending. Anyway, I'm sure I'll watch some of it on TV tonight, as one of the channels has a special on from 4pm (not that I'm home by then, but I'll watch some later). I'm not taping because I imagine there will be a lot of nothing going on for much of it, but I'll poke my nose in when I can.

Happy Hobbit Day!
haldoor: Kaige and I like to jump off bridges one after the other; not always in the same order (cute-smiley orange)
snoopy-thanksgiving

To all my American friends! We may not celebrate it here, but I thought I'd just let you know that I'm thankful to have you in my lives. *hugs*

Enjoy your day, and think of me as I attend the world's most boring meeting for work, which is going to last all day. *yawn* Oh well, at least they give us lunch. It won't be turkey, but it had better be tasty. It's the only reason I'm going!

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