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badkarma_one
14 January 2011 @ 05:12 pm

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The great clean-out continues. I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices
don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media,
or Priority. Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@...
with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you.
PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as
soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking!

A Handful of Snowflakes & Other Trek Tales Classic Trek gen 6
Archives Classic Trek gen 7
Boldly Writing Classic Trek reference 8
Captain's Log 1 Classic Trek gen 3
Captain's Log 2 Classic Trek gen 5
Despatch 41 Classic Trek gen 5
Enter-comm 6 Classic Trek gen 8
Eternal Triangle III Classic Trek gen 15
Fallen Angel Classic Trek gen novel 4
Fallen Star Classic Trek gen novel 8
Federation Classic 2 Classic Trek gen 8
Fermata Classic Trek gen 9
Grope Classic Trek adult 5
Kin of the Same Womb Born Classic Trek gen novel 8
Mind Meld 2 Classic Trek gen 20
More Trek Tales Classic Trek gen 4
Nuages Four Classic Trek gen 9
Nuages Six Classic Trek gen 9
Nuages Two Classic Trek gen 9
One Way Mirror Classic Trek gen novel 16
Orion 34 Classic Trek gen 8
Orion 35 Classic Trek gen 8
R&R XIX Classic Trek adult 20
Saurian Brandy Digest Presents: Sojourn Classic Trek gen novel 6
Tantalus 4 Classic Trek gen 6
The Best of Plak Tow Classic Trek gen 5
The Compleat Kershu Fighter Classic Trek gen 10
The Displaced Classic Trek gen novel 8
The Farthest Frontier 2 Classic Trek gen 5
The Third Verdict Classic Trek gen novel 10
Vault of Tomorrow 1 Classic Trek gen 15
Vault of Tomorrow 10 (cover art missing) Classic Trek gen 10
Vulcan Madness (used) Classic Trek gen novel 8
Whisper of the Wind Classic Trek gen novel 10
 
 
badkarma_one
14 January 2011 @ 07:15 am
Good show last night, but a rotten cliffhanger to leave us on until February 3rd. We knew the revelation was coming, but I didn't think it would leave us screaming for three weeks.
 
 
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badkarma_one
13 January 2011 @ 04:19 pm
Permission granted to forward to any and all applicable lists:

The great clean-out continues. I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media, or Priority. Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you. PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking!


All Hallows Eve    Real Ghostbusters    gen novella    5   
Ecto-3    Real Ghostbusters    gen    12   
Nexus    Real Ghostbusters    gen novel    10   
We Got One!      Real Ghostbusters    gen    10   
We Got One! Four of a Kind    Real Ghostbusters gen 14   
We Got One! Third Time's the Charm Real Ghostbusters gen 12   
Xanadu    Real Ghostbusters    gen novel    10   
Curses    RGB/SG-1    gen novel    12   
Food of the Gods    RGB/SG-1    gen novel    12   
Keymaster    RGB/SG-1    gen novel    12   
Paths of the Dead    RGB/SG-1    gen novel    12   
Door to Heaven    Stargate SG-1    gen    20
Gateway to Eternity    Stargate SG-1    gen    18
No One Gets Left Behind    Stargate SG-1    gen    20
Perchance to Dream    Stargate SG-1    gen novel    11
Redemption 4    Stargate SG-1    gen    16
Redemption 5    Stargate SG-1    gen    18
Redemption 6    Stargate SG-1    gen    18
The Return of Robert Makepeace    Stargate SG-1    gen novel    10
The Seventh Chevron 1    Stargate SG-1    gen    15
The Seventh Chevron 2    Stargate SG-1    gen    16
The Seventh Chevron 3    Stargate SG-1    gen    15
The Seventh Chevron 5    Stargate SG-1    gen    18
The Seventh Chevron 6    Stargate SG-1    gen    16
The Seventh Chevron 7    Stargate SG-1    gen    13
The Wings of a Butterfly    Stargate SG-1    gen novel    10
Tribute 1    Stargate SG-1    gen    20
 
 
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badkarma_one
13 January 2011 @ 10:20 am
I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media, or Priority.  Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you. PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as soon as the payment clears).

Battlestar Galactica Season 1   Opened, never viewed  $12
Battlestar Falactica Season 2.0 Opened, never viewed $10
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badkarma_one
12 January 2011 @ 09:53 am
The first batch for today. I'll be posting Star Trek (TOS, TNG, and DS9) and Stargate  zines today as well.

I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media,
or Priority. Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you. PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking!

Anything Goes 7 (revised) multifandom gen 6
Choice Parts multifandom gen 15
Crazy Quilt 1 multifandom gen 8
Crazy Quilt 2 multifandom gen 8
Crazy Quilt 3 multifandom gen 4
CrossSignals 6 multifandom gen 10
Diverse Doings  1 multifandom slash 11
Diverse Doings 10 multifandom slash 13
Diverse Doings 11 multifandom slash 13
Diverse Doings 12 multifandom slash 13
Diverse Doings 2 multifandom slash 14
Diverse Doings 4 multifandom slash 13
Diverse Doings 5 multifandom slash 11
Diverse Doings 6 multifandom slash 13
Diverse Doings 8 multifandom slash 13
Diverse Doings 9 multifandom slash 13
Fireside Tales multifandom gen 12
For Those Who Came in Late Vol 2 multifandom reference 10
Liaisons II multifandom slash 15
Of Dreams and Schemes 5 (mispunch) multifandom gen 10
Panning for Pyrites multifandom poetry and art 6
Psychic Investigations 3 multifandom gen 12
Psychic Investigations 5 multifandom gen 12
Reckless Emotion multifandom gen 14
Remote Control 11 multifandom gen 14
Remote Control 13 multifandom gen 14
Remote Control 18 multifandom gen 16
Remote Control 19 multifandom gen 16
Remote Control 20 multifandom gen 16
Remote Control 21 multifandom gen 16
Remote Control 3 multifandom gen 16
Remote Control 4 multifandom gen 14
Remote Control 6 multifandom gen 15
Remote Control 7 (used) multifandom gen 12
Remote Control 9 multifandom gen 14
Remote Control Goes to War 1 multifandom gen 13
Remote Control Goes to War 2 multifandom gen 13
Shipped First Class 1 multifandom ship fiction 15
Storms multifandom gen 3
The Eyes Have It -- 8th Case File multifandom gen 11
The Eyes Have it -- Case File 5 multifandom gen 11
Warped Space 31/32 multifandom gen 8
Warped Space 39 multifandom gen 8
Whatever Gets You Through the Night multifandom adult/slash 10
 
 
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badkarma_one
11 January 2011 @ 05:47 pm
The last batch for today. I'll be posting Star Trek (TOS, TNG, and DS9), Stargate, and multifandom tomorrow.

I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media,
or Priority. Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you. PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking!



Lines in the Sand 1 Rat Patrol gen 16
Lines in the Sand 2 Rat Patrol gen 16
Lines in the Sand 3 Rat Patrol gen 15
All Hallows Eve Real Ghostbusters gen novella 5
   
     
     
     
Ecto-3 Real Ghostbusters gen 12
Nexus Real Ghostbusters gen novel 10
We Got One!   Real Ghostbusters gen 10
We Got One! Four of a Kind Real Ghostbusters gen 14
We Got One! Third Time's the Charm Real Ghostbusters gen 12
Xanadu Real Ghostbusters gen novel 10
Food of the Gods RGB/SG-1 gen novel 12
Keymaster RGB/SG-1 gen novel 12
Paths of the Dead RGB/SG-1 gen novel 12
The Eyes Have it Simon & Simon Special Simon and Simon gen 9
Far From the Home I Love SW/Mag 7 gen novel
Come to Your Senses 3 The Sentinel  slash
Below the Surface 3 (used) Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen
False Faces Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen novel
Operation Corporate Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen novel
Ghost Riders 2 Western gen
Ghost Riders 4 Western gen
Ghost Riders 5 Western gen
Wide Open Spaces 8 Western gen
Cursum Perficio X-Files gen novel
Il Traviato X-Files slash novel
Sanctuary X-Files gen novel
The Skeptic and the Believer 2 X-Files gen
The Skeptic and the Believer 3 X-Files gen
To the Fullest X-Tent X-Files gen
X-Rated X-Files 3 X-Files adult
 
 
badkarma_one
11 January 2011 @ 05:42 pm
The great clean-out continues. I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices
don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media,
or Priority. Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com
with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you.
PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as
soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking!




Airwolf: The Final Chapter Airwolf gen  3  
Deadly Maneuvers A-Team gen 12  
More Than Just a Team A-Team gen novel 6  
Jabberwocky - The Slash and Adult Stories Blake's 7 adult/slash 5  
Jabberwocky Pts 1-4 Blake's 7 gen 10  
Jabberwocky Pts 5-8 Blake's 7 gen 10  
Jabberwocky Pts 9-13 Blake's 7 gen 10  
Jabberworky Pt 14 -- Malodar Blake's 7 gen novel 6  
May King (used) Blake's 7 adult/slash 13  
Tales from the Rebel's Return Blake's 7 gen 2  
Deryni Archives 1,2 3,4,5,7,8,12 Deryni letterzine $1 each  
Jellybaby Chronicles Dr.Who gen 3  
Myth Makers 1 Dr.Who gen 5  
Myth Makers 2 Dr.Who gen 3  
Myth Makers 3 Dr.Who gen 3  
Myth Makers 4 Dr.Who gen 3  
Myth Makers 5 Dr.Who gen 3  
Unforgotten Sins Equalizer gen novel 12  
Knight Time Forever Knight gen 11  
Home to Roost Garrison's Gorillas adult/slash novel 10  
The Tiger and the Dragon 1 Kung Fu the Legend Continues gen 16  
Eternally Bound LOTR slash novel 23  
Promises to Keep  MacGyver gen novel 14  
Captives  Magnificent 7 gen novel 12  
Choices Magnificent 7 gen novel 10  
Nothing to Chance Magnificent 7 gen 15  
The Book of Counted Sorrows Magnificent 7 slash novel 14  
1983 UNCLE HQ Yearbook Man from UNCLE gen  6  
Against the Wind Vol 1 Pt 1 Man from UNCLE gen novel 30  
Against the Wind Vol 1 Pt 2 Man from UNCLE gen novel 30  
Clandestine Affairs 2 Man from UNCLE slash 20  
Relative Secrecy 4 Man from UNCLE slash 20  
Sex, Lies and UNCLE (cover art missing) Man from UNCLE slash novel 10  
The Paladins Affair 2 Man from UNCLE gen 14  
The Sacrifice Affair Man from UNCLE slash 20  
 
 
badkarma_one
11 January 2011 @ 05:36 pm
The great clean-out continues. I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices
don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media,
or Priority. Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com
with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you.
PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as
soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking! More to come shortly!




A Tremor in the Force 10 Classic Star Wars gen 18
A Tremor in the Force 3 Classic Star Wars gen 18
A Tremor in the Force 4 Classic Star Wars gen 15
A Tremor in the Force 6 Classic Star Wars gen 18
A Tremor in the Force 7 Classic Star Wars gen 18
A Tremor in the force 8 Classic Star Wars gen 18
A Tremor in the Force 9 Classic Star Wars gen 15
Against the Sith Issues 1-4 Classic Star Wars letterzine 6
Alderaani Imperative Classic Star Wars gen 20
Alliance and Empire  (used) Classic Star Wars gen 15
Alliance and Empire 2 (used) Classic Star Wars gen 15
Bright Center of the Universe  3 (damaged pages) Classic Star Wars gen 10
Bright Center of the Universe 5 Classic Star Wars gen 17
Carbonite Maneuver Classic Star Wars gen 20
Collected Circle of Fire I Classic Star Wars gen 15
Contraband 1 Classic Star Wars gen 13
Contraband 2 Classic Star Wars gen 13
Contraband 3 Classic Star Wars gen 13
Crossed Sabers III Classic Star Wars gen 13
Docking Bay 5 Classic Star Wars gen 15
Dragon's Teeth Classic Star Wars gen novel 20
Far Realms 6 Classic Star Wars gen 17
From a Certain Point of View  Classic Star Wars gen 8
From a Certain Point of View 3 Classic Star Wars gen 11
Hoth or Bust Classic Star Wars gen 12
Imperium 5 Classic Star Wars gen 15
Kessel Run  Classic Star Wars gen 20
Kessel Run 2 Classic Star Wars gen 20
Legends of Light 2 Classic Star Wars gen 17
Millennium 1 (1980) Classic Star Wars gen 13
Never Say Die Classic Star Wars gen/ship 18
On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah Classic Star Wars gen 12
On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah 4 Classic Star Wars gen 12
On a Clear Day You Can See Dagobah Again Classic Star Wars gen 12
Skywalker 5 Classic Star Wars gen novel 20
Southern Knights 2 Classic Star Wars gen 16
Turnabout Vol 2 Classic Star Wars gen novel 8
Timeframe 5 Classic SW, Indiana Jones gen 6
Far From the Home I Love SW/Mag 7 gen novel 13
 
 
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Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
badkarma_one
08 January 2011 @ 12:36 pm
I'm trying to reclaim storage space in the house, so I'll be listing CDs, DVDs, some books, as well as fanzines in the next couple of days.

I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media, or Priority.  Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you. PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as soon as the payment clears).

Heroes season 1 opened, never viewed $10
Heroes season 2  Factory sealed $15
L&O Criminal Intent season 1 opened, never viewed $12
Lost season 1 opened, never viewed $12
Lost season 2 opened, never viewed $12
Simon and Simon season 1 Factory sealed $15
Smallville season 1 opened, never viewed $12
Smallville season 6 opened, never viewed $12
   
     
     
     
     
     
     
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
badkarma_one
08 January 2011 @ 12:23 pm
I'm trying to reclaim storage space in the house, so I'll be listing CDs, DVDs, some books, as well as fanzines in the next couple of days.

I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media, or Priority.  Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you. PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking!

A Beautiful Mind James Horner $6
Atlantis: The Lost Empire James Newton Howard $6
Bicentennial Man James Horner $6
Con Air Mark Mancina/Trevor Rabin $6
Contact Alan Silvestri $6
Enemy at the Gates James Horner $6
Field of Dreams James Horner $6
Final Fantasy Elliot Goldenthal $6
Finding Nemo Thomas Newman $6
Glory James Horner $6
Gods and Generals various artists $6
In and Out Marc Shaiman $6
Jaws John Williams $6
Jurassic Park John Williams $6
Legends of the Fall James Horner $6
Men of Honor Mark Isham $6
Patch Adams Marc Shaiman $6
Pleasantaville Randy Newman $6
Poseidon Klaus Badelt $6
Ransom James Horner $6
Saving Private Ryan John Williams $6
Star Trek Voyager Jay Chattaway $6
The Last Samurai Hans Zimmer $6
The Mummy   Jerry Goldsmith $6
The Mummy Returns Alan Silvestri $6
The Musketeer David Arnold $6
The Perfect Storm James Horner $6
The Phantom David Newman $6
The Princess Diaries John Debney $6
Thin Red Line Hans Zimmer $6
Troy James Horner $6
Twister various artists $6
War of the Worlds John Williams $6
Windtalkers James Horner $6
 
 
Current Location: home
Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
 
badkarma_one
I'm trying to reclaim storage space in the house, so I'll be listing CDs, DVDs, some books, as well as fanzines in the next couple of days.

I'm only shipping to the US right now. Prices don't include postage -- depending on weight, items can go First Class, Media, or Priority.  Please post here or send an e-mail to mommybird1119@hotmail.com with a listing of what you're interested in, and I'll calculate a total for you. PayPal preferred, but I can also accept Postal Money orders (items will ship as soon as the payment clears).

Thanks for looking!


98 Degrees: And Rising $5
Anna Nalick: Wreck of the Day $5
Atmospheres: Dolphin Dance $3
Backstreet Boys : Backstreet Boys $5
Beth Nielsen Chapman: You Hold the Key $5
Billy Ocean: Greatest Hits $5
Celine Dion : Celine Dion $5
Celine Dion: Falling Into You $5
Celine Dion: The Colour of My Love $5
Celine Dion: Unison $5
Celtic Dance $5
Celtic Moods $5
Chuck Mangione: Classics $5
Edwin McCain: Messenger $5
Edwin McCain: Misguided Roses $5
Evan and Jaron: Evan and Jaron $5
Huey Lewis and the News: Time Flies $5
LeAnn Rimes: How do I Live $1
Liz Phair : Liz Phair $5
Liz Phair: Somebody's Miracle $5
Matthew Sweet: 100% Fun $5
Melissa Etheridge: Yes I Am $5
Michael Buble: Michael Buble $5
Nsync: Nsync $5
Rascal Flatts: Feels Like Today $5
Reba McEntire: The Best of Reba McEntire $5
REO Speedwagon: The Hits $5
Ryan Cabrera: Take it All Away $5
Ryan Cabrera: You Stand Watching $5
Seal : Seal $5
Solitudes: Forest Piano $3
Suzanne Ciani: Pianissimo $5
Talking Heads: Naked $5
The Irish Rovers: Years May Come, Years May Go $5
Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers: Greatest Hits $5
 
 
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Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
Current Music: chirping birds
 
 
badkarma_one
14 April 2010 @ 08:20 pm
A Meme.

Rules: Bold all of the following TV shows which you've ever seen 3 or more episodes of in your lifetime. Italicize a show if you're positive you've seen every episode of it (thus far). If you want, add up to 3 additional shows (keep the list in alphabetical order), but you must delete one show for each one that you add.

Okay -- bear in mind that I'm going to be 55 in July and I watched a LOT of these older shows in first-run (when there wasn't much else to watch, with only three networks and three independent stations, even in a market the size of the NYC metro area)....

24
7th Heaven
ALF
Alias
American Idol/Pop Idol/Canadian Idol/Australian Idol/etc.
Angel
Arrested Development
Babylon 5
Babylon 5: Crusade
Batman: The Animated Series
Battlestar Galactica (the old one)
Battlestar Galactica (the new one)
Baywatch
Beavis & Butthead
Beverly Hills 90210
Bewitched
Blake’s 7
Bonanza
Bones
Bosom Buddies
Boston Legal
Boy Meets World
Buffy the Vampire Slayer
Castle
Chappelle's Show
Charlie's Angels
Charmed
Cheers
Clarissa Explains it All
Columbo
Commander in Chief
Coupling
Crossing Jordan
CSI
CSI: Miami
CSI: NY
Curb Your Enthusiasm
Dark Angel
Dark Skies
DaVinci's Inquest
Dawson's Creek
Dead Like Me
Deadliest Catch
Deadwood
Degrassi: The Next Generation
Designing Women
Desperate Housewives
Dharma & Greg
Different Strokes
Doctor Who
Dragnet
Due South

Emergency!
ER
Eureka
Everwood
Everybody Loves Raymond
Facts of Life
Family Guy
Farscape
Fawlty Towers
Felicity
Firefly
Frasier
Friends
Futurama
Get Smart
Gilligan's Island

Gilmore Girls
Grey's Anatomy
Grange Hill
Growing Pains
Gunsmoke
Happy Days

Hercules: the Legendary Journeys
Hogan's Heroes
Home Improvement
Homicide: Life on the Street
House
I Dream of Jeannie
I Love Lucy

Inuyasha
Invader Zim
Invasion
Hell's Kitchen
JAG
Jackass
Joey
Kim Possible (Don't ask ;) I babysit, nuff said.)
Kung Fu
Kung Fu: The Legend Continues

La Femme Nikita
LA Law
Laverne and Shirley
Law and Order: CI
Law and Order: SVU
Little House on the Prairie

Lizzie McGuire
Lois and Clark: The New Adventures of Superman
Lost
Lost in Space
M*A*S*H

MacGyver
Malcolm in the Middle
Man from UNCLE
Married... With Children
Melrose Place
Miami Vice
Mission: Impossible
Mod Squad

Monk
Mork & Mindy
Murphy Brown
My Life As A Dog
My Three Sons
My Two Dads
Mythbusters
NCIS
Ned Bigby's Declassified School Survival Guide
Nip/Tuck
Numb3rs
One Tree Hill
Oz
Perry Mason
Power Rangers
Press Gang
Prison Break
Profiler
Project Runway
Quantum Leap
Queer As Folk (US)
Queer as Folk (UK)
Rat Patrol
Real Ghostbusters

Red Dwarf
ReGenesis
Remington Steele
Rescue Me
ROME
Roseanne
Roswell
Sanctuary
Saved by the Bell
Scooby-Doo, Where Are You?
Scrubs
Seaquest DSV
Seinfeld
Sex and the City
Six Feet Under
Slings and Arrows
Smallville
So Weird
South Park
Spongebob Squarepants
Square Peg
Star Trek
Star Trek: The Next Generation
Star Trek: Deep Space Nine

Star Trek: Voyager
Star Trek: Enterprise
Stargate Atlantis
Stargate SG-1
Starsky & Hutch
Superman
Supernatural
Surface
Survivor
Taxi
Teen Titans
That 70's Show
That's So Raven
The 4400
The Addams Family
The Amazing Race
The Andy Griffith Show
The A-Team
The Avengers
The Beverly Hillbillies
The Brady Bunch
The Cape
The Cosby Show

The Daily Show
The Dead Zone
The Dick Van Dyke Show
The Flintstones

The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
The Golden Girls
The Honeymooners
The Jeffersons
The Jetsons

The L Word
The Love Boat
The Magnificent Seven
The Mary Tyler Moore Show
The Monkees
The Munsters

The O.C.
The Office (UK)
The Office (US)
The Powerpuff Girls
The Pretender
The Real World
The Shield
The Simpsons
The Six Million Dollar Man
The Sopranos
The Suite Life of Zack and Cody
The Twilight Zone
The Waltons
The West Wing

The Wonder Years
The X-Files
Third Watch
Three's Company
Traders
Twin Peaks
Twitch City
Unfabulous
Veronica Mars
Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea
Whose Line is it Anyway? (US)
Whose Line is it Anyway? (UK)
Will and Grace
Wings
Xena: Warrior Princess
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badkarma_one
07 February 2010 @ 07:10 pm
I like Peyton Manning, which is why I'm rooting for the Colts instead of the Saints in the Super Bowl. Mainly, though, I watch for the commercials. It will be interesting to see if there are any good Budweiser commercials (aka, any with the Clydesdales) this year, but InBev doesn't seem as inclined to do them as Anheuser-Busch was, which is a flippin' shame.

And there seem to be more commercials in the game than there is actual football. But that's okay.

But it was great to see the NCIS commercial -- maybe that will attract more viewers. I'd love to see it hit #1 in the ratings.
 
 
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Current Mood: contemplativecontemplative
 
 
badkarma_one
01 February 2010 @ 11:06 am
Permission to forward:

Here's an additional list of zines for sale.

Prices do not include postage (zines can be mailed media or priority, or first
class if they're light enough). If you're interested in anything on the list,
please e-mail me at Kathya1119@hotmail.com, so I can tell you if it's still
available. I accept PayPal, checks, or postal money orders as payment.

I hope you see something you like!


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Current Mood: hopefulhopeful
 
 
badkarma_one
31 January 2010 @ 08:49 pm
Here's an additional list of zines for sale. These are primarily new zines I edited/published myself.

Prices do not include postage (zines can be mailed media or priority, or first
class if they're light enough). If you're interested in anything on the list,
please e-mail me at Kathya1119@hotmail.com, so I can tell you if it's still
available. I accept PayPal, checks, or postal money orders as payment.

I hope you see something you like!


May King Blake's Seven slash/adult $13
Diamonds and Hyenas Kung Fu the Legend Continues gen $12
The Tiger and the Dragon 1 Kung Fu the Legend Continues gen $16
Remote Control Goes to War 1 military multifandom gen $13
Diverse Doings 1 multifandom slash $11
Diverse Doings 10 multifandom slash $13
Diverse Doings 12 multifandom slash $13
Diverse Doings 4 multifandom slash $13
Diverse Doings 9 multifandom slash $13
Remote Control 11 multifandom gen $14
Desert Dispatches Rat Patrol gen $10
Flanking Maneuvers Rat Patrol slash $11
We Got One! 4 Real Ghostbusters gen $14
The Seventh Chevron 7 Stargate SG-1 gen $13
Unforgotten Sins The Equalizer gen $12
Below the Surface 8 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen $12
Below the Surface 9 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen $12
False Faces Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen $11
Grenada Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen $10
Operation Corporate Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen $10
The Nexus Chronicles 1 Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea gen $9
Two of a Kind Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea slash $9
The Skeptic and the Believer 2 X-Files gen $12
X-Rated X-Files 3 X-Files adult $5
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badkarma_one
31 January 2010 @ 08:44 pm
I'm cleaning out a lot of the zines I brought along with us to Florida, as
storage here is more limited than it was at our house back in NJ (no basement!).
This is the first batch, and I'll be adding more as I empty more boxes. Most are
used, but some are copies of zines I edited and published.

Prices do not include postage (zines can be mailed media or priority, or first
class if they're light enough). If you're interested in anything on the list,
please e-mail me at Kathya1119@hotmail.com, so I can tell you if it's still
available. I accept PayPal, checks, or postal money orders as payment.

I hope you see something you like!


Zine title fandom genre price
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Current Mood: busybusy
 
 
badkarma_one
14 January 2010 @ 10:13 pm
Slowly but surely, the house is getting organized. Oh, I'm using a bookcase as a bookcase but I'm also using it as a printer stand -- and I bought a TV stand to use as a stand for my multifunction device and newer laser (bought when I thought the old LaserJet 2100 had died -- but, like Lazarus, it came back to life. That's an 11-year-old workhorse -- it's printed countless zine masters, zine covers, all sorts of material for Eclecticon, plus letters, horse pedigrees, booklists, DVD lists, printouts, PayPal labels -- you name it, that baby has given it to me).

I thought I'd get away with two large bookcases (Wal-Mart, $29.00 each. Say what you want about Wally World -- and I'll no doubt agree with you -- but spending is a big consideration right now, and I got three of those for a little more than I would have paid for one smaller one in Ikea -- without the 90 minute drive), and two small ones, but I realized once the TV stand (bought at Wal-Mart) was placed next to the desk (bought at Wal-Mart), I'd have room for one more tall bookcase. And after I started finagling room in the small hallway between the two spare bedrooms, I realized that if I moved the small DVD cabinet we've had for over 10 years from the the short wall between the bird room and the second bath to the longer wall just opposite (alongside a larger version of itself that's just about as old), the new DVD cabinet (bought at Wal-Mart) could go on the short wall -- and then I could go get two black DVD cabinets and put them on either side of the black TV stand (guess where I bought that, too?), where they give the impression of an entertainment center. And, wonder of wonders, I have empty shelves on a couple of them! But two spots will soon be filled -- JAG 10th season and Emergency 6th season DVDs will be out soon -- YAY! Now if I could get the second half of 4th Season Voyage, but there's no news about that. Come on, Fox -- it's the last flippin' set! Release it, already!

Anyway, there are three large bookcases in the office, one small one in the bird room (next to the desk from -- you guessed it) which holds my Blood Horse stallion registers and my color inkjet. The other small one is still sitting in the garage. It may end up in the dining room, or maybe in the front hallway, though I really want to find a console table for that spot. And I just love putting those 'assembly needed' pieces together. I do most of the work, while I use Bobby for brute force and heavy lifting.

Two of my Sonia Hillios Classic Trek prints are up over the TV in the office. It sits on a diagonal, and the prints bracket it. And my big one, the tribute to Gene Roddenberry with scenes from TOS, is in the hallway over the DVD cabinets. My Basset Hound plate, Arabian horse plate, and snowy owl plate all are hanging, my Yankee 2010 calendar is by my desk in the office, and my Basset Hound calendar is in the bird room over the desk. Pepper (who misses nothing) gave her input while I hung the Arabian plate and the Basset calendar "What's that?" "It's a Basset Hound calendar. See? Doesn't that look like Emily?" To which I received enthusiastic head-bobbing). My Kirk, Spock, and TOS Enterprise plates need hangers (I've cleaned two Wal-Marts out of the correct size), as do my TIE fighter and Millennium Falcon plates, and I need to figure out where to put my ANH, TESB, and ROTJ plates (maybe on top of the bookcases once they're a little more full and stable). My 2001 Yankee plate is in the living room on top of the stereo cabinet, where it belongs.

And I'm on a mission to replace every single switchplate and faceplate in the house. Between Wal-Mart and Lowe's, I just might have it finished by the end of the weekend.

And Spring Training tickets go on sale tomorrow! Wish me luck -- I want to get tickets to at least two games.
 
 
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badkarma_one
14 January 2010 @ 05:21 pm
I've listed used and new books and DVDs (stuff I bought on impulse, or bought duplicates of) on Amazon, hoping to kill two birds with one stone (I can hear Pepper yelling at me for that old saw -- but I digress) -- to scrounge extra money and to get this gorgeous house to stop looking like a storage unit -- we only have so many closets, so many DVD and bookcases, and there are no basements in Florida (and Bobby has placed the garage off-limits -- can't say as I blame him, since I have the two spare bedrooms all to myself). There are still stacks of book boxes in the front hall, dining room, and part of the living room, as well as in my office, the bird room, and the little sitting room I'm using as a temporary office -- and they need to GO.

They're an eclectic listing -- some of Bobby's old horror novels, police procedurals, and Destroyer books are part of the mix. Mine range from contemporary romances, category romances, paranormals, urban fantasy, Star Trek books, Stargate books, SF, fantasy, non-fiction, as well as a few old books from my father's library. A good many are out of print, and even more are new. I'll be adding more as I read Mount TBR and decide whether to keep them or not.

You can see them at http://www.amazon.com/shops/kathya11. I hope some of you will see something you want to buy.

And once I get my head above water, I'll be listing zines for sale, too (mostly gen, some slash, in a variety of fandoms). I need to sort out the sale zines from the keepers, and that's going to be a big job. The newer Criterion Press zines I still have left will go up first.
 
 
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badkarma_one
21 December 2009 @ 08:44 am
The tile went down last Thursday and Friday, the room was painted a bright spring green on Friday, the trim and inner surface of the door to the hall were painted a french vanilla shade on Saturday, I painted the closet doors a darker green as an accent on Sunday and touched them up on Tuesday, then painted the outer surface of the door (cream, to match the trim in the hall and in the bathroom), the trim and bathroom door, the other doors and trim in the hallway on Friday, and got the TV stand and desk finished on Saturday, and moved the cages back in on Saturday as well.

Yesterday was organization day. I don't believe how much stuff I'd brought with us -- but since there are no large parrot stores near us and Petsmart's selection is so dismal for bird items (not to mention expensive! Their prices for Zupreem pellets are ridiculous) that people in the area depend on quarterly bird fairs in the Orlando area, I'd stocked up at ParrotPalooza, taking full advantage of their 20% off that weekend, the extra coupons they gave out on certain toy lines, and my extra 30% off coupons on the expensive stuff. That really helped me save on the 20-lb bags of Maintenance and Fruit Blend, as well as on the huge bags of their own Ultimate Blend (birds act like it's crack -- it's a mix of dried fruits, nuts, some seeds, yogurt chips, and veggies, and pellets, and it smells divine).

We bought a 7-drawer Sterilite in Wal-Mart, and most of the toys are in there -- though the bigger pinatas are in the closet (which is going to do double-duty with my keeper books that won't go into the bookcases -- which are still in the garage pending assembly of the TV stand and desk for the office -- the gently-read books being listed on Amazon and Bare Escentuals going up on eBay), along with a couple of playstands and the cleaning materials. I still need to figure out where the HEPA filter is going.

It's a nice, bright room -- I think the birds will like it. I know I will.
 
 
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badkarma_one
13 December 2009 @ 05:15 pm
Thursday and Friday, the tile guys were here, and tiled the two small bedrooms (the larger one is my office; the smaller one is the bird room). They were done by 10am on Friday, and they did a great job.

Friday around noon, my in-laws (Bobby's two brothers plus one sister-in-law, who is the wife of Bobby's oldest brother) made the four-hour drive up from SW Florida to help us work on the house. It was very chilly here -- in the 50s midday on Friday (and 30 degrees warmer at the corresponding time today). It was a bit of a shock to the South Florida contingent, who drove up wearing shorts and golf shirts (Gloria also cooked a ton of food and brought it with her -- it kept us fed all weekend, and was DEE-licious). We ate lunch, they started painting, and I left to take Molly for her rabies shot. When I got back, I worked with Bobby's middle brother to put together two large bookcases and two smaller bookcases.

The bird room was to be a soft, silvery sage green -- at least, according to the paint I chose from the chip in Lowe's. It turned out to be a light spring green instead (not lime, not mint, but something sort of in between, and surprisingly pretty. The woodwork and interior side of the door are a French vanilla shade. The closet bifold doors (which definitely need a second coat) are a medium golden-green, which I chose from the same paint chip; it's true to the chip, and is a nice accent, but in the same color family, since it has a lot more yellow in it. The tile in there is a buff shade with grey veining, and the grout is a soft grey.

The office is a pale aqua, almost the same shade as my room back in NJ. It has white trim and doors, and the tile is a pale grey with a blueish-grey veining; the grout is the same soft grey.

The laundry room is a light spring green, but it's darker than I'd thought (probably because there are no windows). The interior doors are a much lighter shade of green in the same family.

The second bath is a light, pearly grey, which I thought was going to be just a bit darker, according to the paint chip. It doesn't hit you over the head, and is very pretty. The same color continues out into the small hallway that connects the two bedrooms and the bath, tying the hall and bath together. The trim and doors in the hallway and the bath will be a mushroomy-colored cream (yes, she who is deathly allergic to mushrooms chose a shade close to Instant Death. Ironic, eh?).

The only things we didn't get done in a half day of work on Friday, a full day on Saturday, and three hours this morning were the trim in the laundry room and the trim/doors in the second bath and hall. My in-laws are true painting dynamos! It would have taken us a week or more to do what they did in a couple of days. And they're meticulous, as well.

The birds won't go into their room until I'm absolutely certain the fumes are gone. Since I still need to give the closet doors in there a second coat (man, are they streaky!), I don't see that happening until Thursday. But we have two desks to put together (one for each room) and two TV stands (ditto), then I have to redo the hookups for the satellite receivers and DVD recorders/VCRs in both rooms, so we'll be occupied until they can go into their new digs.

Pepper was hysterical while they were here. She's usually very quiet when people she doesn't know very well are here, but she was on stage all weekend. She said her name ("Pepper Agel!") constantly, called the dogs, repeatedly asked what we were doing and what was going on, and demanded pizza. I don't think my in-laws realized how chatty this little girl is.

The dogs were upset by all the comings and goings, but things will settle down now -- the washer and dryer should be here within a week (I hope!), and the sofa and chairs will be here in January. With luck, we'll have most of the boxes cleared out of the living room by then.... I have a couple of lighted ornaments in the dining room window, and we bought a small pre-lighted Christmas tree for the living room. That will be up by the end of the week. Next year, we'll get a bigger one and do it up right.
 
 
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badkarma_one
08 December 2009 @ 08:35 pm
Last Monday, we had ceiling fans installed in the master bedroom, my office, the bird room, and out on the lanai. The installer actually arrived earlier than he'd told us (a phenomenon we seem to be seeing a lot of here). I looked at Bobby and said, "Does he remind you of anyone?" He looked at me, grinned, and said "Gibbs." The guy was a dead ringer for a shorter, slighter Gibbs (circa the eps after Hiatus -- moustache and all).

He'd never seen NCIS and he wasn't familiar with the name Mark Harmon, but I told him that MH used to play college football, and he could check out the eps on USA.
 
 
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badkarma_one
08 December 2009 @ 07:44 pm
I saw this mentioned on another journal, read it, and loved it. It's sweet, and perfectly timed for the season. Enjoy

http://file40.net/file40g/manger.html
 
 
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badkarma_one
08 December 2009 @ 06:30 am
So we ordered the washer/dryer combo with pedestals -- which will make doing laundry much easier on our horribly painful backs (not to mention my knees, which get worse every day).

Have I mentioned the laundry room has a built-in table (covered in crap at the moment) and two double-door cabinets hanging over the area where the washer and dryer are intended to go? Nice, handy, and already in use (I have the extra pads for my Shark steam mop living there).

Sunday, Bobby looks at me and says "I don't think they'll fit under the cabinets."

Yesterday, my brain finally reminds me to find out how tall the w/d set is with pedestals. So I call Lowe's, and the guy (Rick) in Appliances very kindly measurs them for me -- 54 inches.

Bobby and I head out to the laundry room with a tape measure -- the space is a hair under 54 inches. NO way will they fit -- and I want those pedestals, damnit!

Back to the phone, to see if they have shorter pedestals. Rick answers again, tries to look it up -- and their connection to Lowes.com is down. I try here at home -- same thing. He takes my number and promises to call back.

I plop myself on the couch to watch 2nd season NCIS and wait for the phone. Rick finally calls back and says they have 10-inch pedestals they can order for us (the ones we ordered are 14-plus inches), but they won't be here until December 21st. Crap! With any kind of luck, the washer/dryer set will be here long before that (they had a huge demand for them that weekend -- which isn't surprising, since the set was effectively half off), and I don't want to postpone delivery so everything arrives at once, so I ask him if the set comes first, will the delivery guys install them, them move them onto the pedestals once they arrive. He's not sure, but tells me he'll find out and call back tomorrow (now today).

Five minutes later, the phone rings. He called their operations manager, who said it would be no problem, since we're buying all four pieces from them. They'll be happy to do it.

I cannot imagine that happening in New Jersey.
 
 
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badkarma_one
07 December 2009 @ 04:01 pm
Enjoy, guys:

http://community.livejournal.com/ncisdrabble100/360032.html?view=1260128#t1260128
 
 
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Current Mood: cheerfulcheerful
 
 
badkarma_one
07 December 2009 @ 09:38 am
On the twelfth day of Christmas, badkarma_one sent to me...
Twelve dolphins drumming
Eleven dvds piping
Ten conures a-leaping
Nine cds dancing
Eight vttbots a-baking
Seven cockatoos a-gardening
Six roses a-cooking
Five aircra-a-a-aft carriers
Four soundtrack cds
Three basset hounds
Two paranormal romances
...and a secretariat in a sex and the city.
Get your own Twelve Days:
 
 
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badkarma_one
06 December 2009 @ 12:04 pm
In Florida, that is. I still can't believe we're here.

After packing that seemed to take years, two days of four movers (really great guys -- three were Yankee fans and there was a token Met fan completing the group) shlepping our entire lives out of the house where we lived for nearly 18 years, an emergency dentist visit for Bobby the morning we left, and a horriffic 27 hours spent in two cars (one Freestar with three parrots in travel cages on the middle seat and the older of each Basset/JRT pair in a large crate, and one Equinox -- which was keyed the night before we left -- with the younger of each Basset/JRT pair -- with both cars stuffed to the gills with stiff we didn't want to have the movers take) driving from NJ to FL, sleeping in said cars in two different rest stops in North Carolina in the middle of the night because no hotel would take us with all those critters in tow, we finally drove up to the front of our new home at 4pm on Sunday November 22nd. Our stuff arrived on Tuesday, and the movers were here and gone in three hours.

We slept on an Aerobed (which was surprisingly comfortable! We got the version with the headboard from Costco) for the first few nights -- we'd left our old mattress and box spring behind in NJ, and bought a new set the day after we got here, which was delivered on Black Friday (I actually get up without a backache in the morning now!). Said Black Friday brought the DirecTV installer, so we now have service in the living room (viewable from the kitchen and the sitting room off the master suite, which is where I have the desktop set up temporarily, and which is also the temporary home for the parrots (still in their travel cages, which are actually pretty roomy) because my office and the bird room need to have tile laid (parrots and carpets are not a good mix, and neither are carpets and office chairs), and each room needs to be painted (light aqua with bright white trim for the office, and a soft sage green with french vanilla trim for the bird room). The tile installers are coming on Thursday and Friday (the earliest they can get here -- which means we have two pallets of tile and installation materials in the garage instead of my van), and Bobby's two brothers and our sister-in-law are coming up to help from Friday to Sunday, so the TV and satellite boxes have to take up residence in the living room, and the big bird cages are going out onto the lanai for a power-washing. The guest bath and laundry room need to be painted, too -- a soft grey for the bath, to coordinate with the grey/pink marble-pattern ceramic tile, and a soft green for the laundry room. We still have to choose colors for the master suite -- like the spare bedrooms and guest bath, it's construction-grade white in both at the moment; apparently, the people who owned the house before never bothered to have anything painted but the great room and kitchen).

Thanksgiving was takeout from Bob Evans, nuked and eaten in our dining room (seated in lawn chairs at our former kitchen table, which is now our dining room table, and which needs a set of four golden oak chairs to complete it. We had two rolling chairs from a different dinette set in the kitchen, since we did the a la carte thing when we bought them -- we liked the table, but not the chairs that went with it, and the chairs from the other set, but not the table). We'll do the same thing for Christmas

We have a new couch (a sleeper sofa -- full-sized, which means new sheets and blankets since our bed is queen-sized) and two recliners that are solid colors that pick up the sofa's print (black Friday weekend sales again) on order from a local furniture store (four to six weeks for delivery, which is making Bobby nuts), and we got a new dinette set from the same store -- a small round table with two chairs in an espresso finish; the chairs have padded seats in a light gold faux suede, which matches (more or less) the two barstools we got in Wal-Mart (and have yet to put together).

The office needs a desk and printer stand, and the bird room needs a smaller desk for my laptop and old printer; each room needs an office chair, too. And the office needs about half a dozen bookcases, plus possibly a small sofa or another recliner so I can watch TV in comfort. The office was supposed to be the guest room, but now with the sleeper sofa on order for the great room, I may rethink that.

And we have no washer and dryer yet. Lowe's had a Black Friday Weekend special on a Whirlpool Duet front-loading high-efficiency set -- $998 for both, delivered/installed, which nearly made me swallow my teeth. Costco wanted $1899 for the same set with pedestals, but even after you add the pedestals in, the Lowe's deal is still cheaper (and I'm praying the pedestals fit under the cabinets in the laundry room. I think they will, but I'm still sweating it -- we forgot about the cabinets being there when we ordered the set last Saturday. We remembered yesterday in a classic "Oh crap!" moment). We were given a tentative delivery date of December 7th or after -- they sold so many, they cleaned out the manufacturer's warehouse stock. The sooner, the better -- we've got clean clothes, but the hamper is filling quickly.

The house still looks like a storage unit -- there are piles of boxes taller than my head in the dining room, still more along one wall in the great room, and the triple window that looks out into the back yard is completely blocked. Most of these can't go anywhere until the two rooms are finished, though some are our china, crystal, and occasional pieces, and I don't feel like messing with them right now.

But I got the kitchen set up first thing, and now we're working on the bedroom. I keep a running list of what we need, and we seem to be in either Wal-Mart or Lowe's every other day or so picking up stiff we need. And I've been in Barnes and Noble three times. :) We found a NY-style pizzeria called PizzaVito in the same shopping center where B&N is located, and were very happy to do so, because NY-style pizza is next to impossible to find here. When we were leaving, a pizza box with crusts in hand (for the birds, of course! It passed the Pepper test, BTW -- that little bird loves her pizza), a woman driving in the parking lot stopped and asked me if it really was NY-style pizza -- she saw my Mickey Mantle tee shirt and figured I'd know (turns out, she's a Newark transplant). It was excellent pizza, but we live outside their delivery area.

And we christened the house with multiple playings of STXI -- one of the few DVDs I'd brought with me (the rest of the collection was shipped), followed by even more multiple viewings of the 2009 World Series film DVD (I never get tired of watching the World Series highlights), then by several eps of TOS once I found the box with the TOS DVDs. We're on to the first season of NCIS now (Bobby needed his Gibbs fix), and we've been watching the YES Network whenever it has Yankees content on. I still have to find about half a dozen boxes of DVDs, and a Sterilite tub filled with bathroom stuff (shampoo, q-tips, cotton balls, toothpaste, etc.) is out there somewhere.

We've been eating out most of the time (breakfast is quick -- an English muffin and milk for me, raisin bread and coffee for Bobby), though I made homemade chicken soup on Friday. We'll probably have what's left for dinner tonight. If I feel ambitious (and have any energy left after we finish with the bedroom), I'll make chicken salad with what's left of the soup chicken. Or maybe we'll have chili dogs.
 
 
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badkarma_one
05 November 2009 @ 12:51 pm
Last night (or was it early this morning?) the New York Yankees won their 28th World Championship!

I managed to stay up for the end -- I took a nap earlier, and dozed through parts of the game (bad Kathy). But I watched the eighth and ninth innings, and yelled out loudly enough to wake Suzie (who thought it was morning and started ordering me to 'turn the light on'). I did no, however, wake Bobby, who somehow managed to sleep through the cacophany of John Sterling's "Ballgame over! World Series over! Thhhhheeeeee Yankees! Win!" blaring out of not one, but both bedroom radios). He came out to the living room at some point during the postgame, asked the score, and went back to bed.

No more baseball now until March -- and we'll be going to Spring Training games. But no more baseball means I can go back to watching regular TV (and I forgot to tape SVU last night, but I think it was a rerun, anyway), and actually getting some sleep at night instead of staying up until 1 or 2, and still getting up by 6:30.
 
 
badkarma_one
04 November 2009 @ 07:20 am
I posted this to a Cockatoo list yesterday, in a thread about the negative aspects of comparing current pets to those who have passed over, and I thought I'd repost it here and expand it.

BJ, a Miniature Schnauzer, who was my dear, sweet, heart-dog, has been at the Bridge for a very long time. He and I had an incredible bond, and it nearly killed me when he passed. He was 12, and it happened so suddenly. Even our vet was shocked, because he had an infection that spread from a pulled tooth to his liver, but he never showed any symptoms until the evening before he passed. Twenty years later, we still don't have another Schnauzer, though I think we will in a few years. I miss him so much. I've found a bunch of photos as I pack, and when I see that sweet little bearded face, I feel a wash of love, followed by incredible sadness.

At the time we lost BJ, we had two other dogs -- Barney, a Beagle, and Davey, a Basset Hound. We called Davey Cousin It, and Thinglet (among other names, like Dude, Doodles, Bugsy, and Bug Juice), and swore he was an alien scoping out Earth for an invasion. He was so funny, and downright weird (he used to sleep on top of the picnic table in the back yard -- with his butt hanging off the side), but no less loveable for all that. He loved me, and I loved him, but while we had BJ, he knew BJ was my Number One, and never tried to usurp BJ's place.

When we lost BJ, Davey decided that the way was free for me to become his person. I'll never forget that night, when we were getting ready for bed. My husband looked at Davey and said "Mommy needs you now," and he charged right over to me and into my arms, and I cried my eyes out into his coat. He didn't take BJ's place in my heart, but he deepened his own. His nutty tendencies disappeared (well, most of them -- he still loved to pull the afghan off the back of the couch and down on top of him), and we started calling him Mr. Perfect. My girlfriends referred to him as a gentleman, and he really was.

Barney passed away in December of 1996 (two days after his 16th birthday), and poor Davey was an only dog (not my choice, but my husband erroneously thought it was better for him). Thirteen months later, we lost Davey suddenly to a brain tumor, and it nearly killed both of us. I still can't think about that day without tearing up. He was only 12, and we thought we'd have him several years more.

My husband was adamant -- no more dogs. Well, there was no way I was going to live my life without one, but I bided my time (unfortunately, my job at the time was pure hell, and my blood pressure skyrocketed -- and being dogless didn't help. And this was before we had parrots, so for the first time in a very long time, I had no pet to love). One day in September of 1998, we went to the mall. We looked at the puppies in the pet shop, and Bobby fell in love with a 3-month old female Basset. I didn't want a pet-shop dog -- I wanted to go to a breeder or to rescue, because I hate the thought of supporting the hells that are puppy mills but by that point, I would have made a deal with the person I hated the most to get a dog back into my life. So we brought her home. I called in sick for two days to keep her company.

Talk about strange -- she didn't want to be petted, or held, or snuggled; didn't like toys, or treats, or dog food -- or people food! But in four months we loved that very non-Basset behavior out of her, and I can proudly state that by the time her first birthday rolled around, she possessed the requisite Bassitude, and she loves us as much as we love her.  My sister-in-law called her 'the sweetest creature God ever made', and she truly is sweet. When we brought our first Jack Russell home in 1999, she thought we'd bought him for her! I can still see the look on her face when we held him out to her to sniff -- it was as if she was asking me "Is he mine? Can I keep him?" Molly and Tucker are best buddies to this day.

In 2002, we adopted a rescue Basset -- Emily was five months old and had been dumped on the street a month earlier. How do you do that to a baby puppy? I fell in love with her as soon as I saw her photo. There were trust issues in the beginning, and she's still very protective of her food -- and is very different than Molly. She's very possessive of me, too -- if I pet one of the other dogs, Emily scoots right in between us. And at bedtime, her favorite place is in my arms.

And both of them are different than Davey. I compare the girls to him, but not negatively. I truly believe we rescued Molly, even though we bought her from that pet shop -- if a family had purchased her on impulse, thinking she was a cute Hush Puppy dog (hah!), and had to deal with her early behavior, she would have ended up in a shelter -- and heaven knows where she would have ultimately ended up. With us, she has a home where her idiosyncracies are tolerated (she goes into the bedroom and barks into my closet while my husband makes the dog dinners -- and we have no idea why....), if not embraced.  And I think my Davey had a hand -- er, paw -- in getting Emily to us, to a home where he knew she would be loved and secure.

Then there's Katie, who came home with us in February of 2005. We'd gone to a pet fair the previous October, and fell in love with a year-old rescue Basset. We applied to adopt her, but she went to a family with kids. That broke my heart, so Bobby suggested getting another Jack. We contacted our breeder, but she had no puppies from Tucker's female line, but his half-sister was supposed to come into heat soon.

Only she didn't. But there was a litter from the same female line available -- Tucker's mama (what a sweet dog she is)was their great-great grandmother. Once again, it was love at first sight when I saw Katie, and we went down to see her. She was 6 weeks old, little (she fit into the palms of my hands, and they're not large), and mostly white, with tan ears. She's a rough coat, as opposed to Tucky's smooth. We put a deposit on her, and went back in two weeks to bring her home.

And that's when the differences popped up. Instead of snuggling on my chest and sleeping like Tucker had, she had to drape herself across my shoulders, like a cat. He's a snuggly kind of dog, and she prefers to be on her own. She's a smart little thing, but stingy with her kisses -- whereas Tucker will kiss you until the cows come home. He'll eat dog food (it has to be Cesar, though) -- Katie has to start with two slices of American cheese, and won't finish her dog food (also Cesar) until the other dogs come in from eating their dinner (did I mention she eats on the bed? The Bassets eat (Pedigree cans and Eukanuba dry at the moment -- we switch dry food every so often because they get bored and leave it in their bowls) with me in the kitchen, and Bobby takes the JRTs into the bedroom for their meal -- Tucker is on the floor, and Katie is on the bed with him).

 
 
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Current Music: WFAN sports talk radio
 
 
badkarma_one
27 October 2009 @ 08:04 am
The good, of course, is my beloved Yankees winning a 40th American League pennant on Sunday night. Diehard that I am, I stayed up until the end of the postgame -- and those of you how know early I tend to get up will understand what it means when I tell you I went to bed at 1:45am. And I was out of the house by 8am to head to Modell's (after a delicious breakfast at the Lighthouse and a stop for my papers) to get my Championship tees: the clubhouse tee (which runs small, as opposed to the Division shirt, in which a large fits like an XL), the 2009 roster tee, a long-sleeved championship tee, and the 'Time for 27 -- the World Series comes home to the Bronx' shirt, which has been out for a while, but which I refused to get until they were in the World Series, because in relation to sports, I'm a superstitious son of a gun. Modell's opened at 5am, and by the time I got to the one in Union at 9:15, there were about 15 people there, snatching up Yankee gear from two tables at the front of the store.

The bad -- packing. We have estimators from two different moving companies coming later this week. I'm just about out of copy-paper boxes (which are the perfect size for DVDs, paperback books. magazines, and, of course, fanzines. The living room is filled with boxes stacked higher than my head (im a lot stronger than I look), with more books in the bedroom begging to be boxed up, and more boxes in the basement.
 
 
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Current Music: Boomer and Carton in the Morning on the radio
 
 
badkarma_one
18 October 2009 @ 02:17 pm
Okay -- the verdict is in -- I officially like Fringe. I haven't seen any current eps because it conflicts with the ABC shows I tape on Thursday nights (not that I've had time to watch any of them...), and the living room DVR/VCR have been busy with Yankees games. But once I get everything set up in Florida, I'll be able to record it, too, as well as The Mentalist. Three TVs, four hookups. DirecTV, no cable (even though people keep telling me cable works better in Florida, cable there is missing one essential to my life -- the YES Network. No way I'm going to live with watching only 30 Yankee games on TV. I need my boys, and the other programming YES provides (pre-and postgames, Yankeeography, Centerstage, Yankees Magazine, Yankees on Deck, Yankees Classics). We'll have to get the Extra Innings package in order to see all of the games since we're out of the Yankee footprint (and even then we'll be shut out of non-Fox Saturday afternoon games, becaue Fox is tun by a bunch of bastards -- but hell, I've known that since Alien Nation was killed back in 1990).

Anyway, back to the original subject of this post. I bought the Castle first season DVD in Costco last week, and have been watching it this morning. I like. A lot. ow I have to start recording those, too.

Next up -- Leverage.

 
 
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badkarma_one
18 October 2009 @ 09:14 am
Many of you know we have parrots. I probably spend more on them than I do on my other mundane addiction, Bare Escentuals. When I go to a parrot store, I feel like a kid in a toy store, and have a ball getting toys for them. I love handling the toys, looking them over while deciding if our parrots will like them, ignore them, or be afraid of them.

Yesterday was Parrot Palooza, an event hosted by Bird Paradise in Burlington NJ every October. Free speakers, free food (big soft pretzels, soda, bottled water, hot dogs, burgers, and food brought in from Carabba's Italian Grill), 20% off everything in the store (except birds and Harrison's bird food), a chinese auction (you get tickets with each purchase for a month before the event, plus at the event). Over the six years, it's gone from a single day to two full days and a Friday evening meet-and-greet with the speakers. People come from all over the Eastern Seaboard -- I've met people from Maine, Virginia, Florida, and Pittsburgh.Bird Paradise even contracts with local hotels for discounted rooms, and there was a actually a tour bus there yesterday.

This will be my last one, since our move to Florida looms, and coming back for a day-long event, plus hauling the stuff I buy back on the plane, would be cost-prohibitive. I drove down in the rain (which wasn't as bad as they're forecast -- and I'm glad I went yesterday instead of today, because today's weather promises to be a lot worse), stopped at a rest stop on the NJ Turnpike (they have a Dick Clark's American Bandstand Restaurant there, and it has a fabulous breakfast -- the best hash browns ever!) stocked up on food and toys, got a new carrier for Mookie for the drive to Florida, hauled it all out to the car, did two more rounds of shopping, then settled in to listen to the first round of seminars (Sally Blanchard, Lara Joseph, and Dr. Irene Pepperberg, who worked with Alex, the famous African Grey) were the speakers. There was a film crew there from Nova, filming an episode on Dr. Pepperberg (I'm guessing it's on her work after Alex's death, which continues with two other Congo Greys. I wish she'd bring a Timneh Grey into the mix -- they're just as smart as the nominate species)

After the seminars were over, I went into the room where the speakers had their sales tables set up to talk with Sally and Dr. Pepperberg a bit before the next round of talks. I got an Alex tee and mouse pad (to replace the mouse pad my husband spilled coffee on).

As I was walking away to buy yet more toys and food, I heard "Excuse me - miss? Excuse me" very softly behind me. I wasn't sure he was talking to me, but I turned to see a young man with a sheet of paper in his hand. Turns out, he was a producer from Nova, and the crew had filmed me talking to Dr. Pepperberg, and they needed me to sign a release.

Hey, no problem -- I filled it out, and as I did, I asked him if they'd gotten the Yankee logo on my jacket. He wasn't sure, but he told me he was a Red Sox fan, so we segued into a discussion of the ALDS where the Angels ran all over the Red Sox. (Side note -- Burlington is in Philadelphia Phillies territory, and so many people with Phillies gear stopped me and told me they wanted to see a Yakees/Phillies World Series. So do I, for that matter -- seeing Don Mattingly in a Dodgers uniform is just plan -wrong-, and I certainly don't want to see hin dressed that way in Yankee Stadium.)

But the hell of it is, I went out with minimal makeup yesterday -- I got up later than I'd planned, so I did the quick weekend version -- no foundation, no eye color other than liner -- just brows, mascara, blush (Healthy Radiance, actually), and lipstick. And if they use that shot in the episode, I'll be on the episode sans my Bare Escentuals! Oh, the pain!
 
 
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badkarma_one
16 October 2009 @ 02:14 pm
We got our monthly bill from the guy who cuts our grass in Florida. There are vines growing in the shrubs (icky, nondescript shrubs that do nothing for the look of the house) around the front door and around the AC unit near the garage door. Apparently, they provide a nice little habitat for 'snakes and other creatures', according to Mesnel (our landscape guy). Oh, fun.

I'm guessing the 'other creatures' are geckos, which I saw a lot of when I was down there in August -- and they're much cuter than the one on the GEICO commercials. Bobby isn't fond of snakes, though, so we need to find a solution before we move in. I e-mailed Mesnel back to ask for his recommendation.  My idea is to rip everything out and replace it with small river rock, then put in planters with seasonal plants, maybe even miniature roses.
 
 
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badkarma_one
16 October 2009 @ 02:05 pm
We turned the heat on two weeks ago when it first got cold -- nothing. We let it go because the warm weather came back, and because PSE&G is next to impossible to get in touch with at the best of times.

I called again on Monday, and got through -- after 40 minutes on hold. The earliest they could have arrived was yesterday, but we had things to do, so we made arrangements for this morning. We made do with two space heaters -- one in the bedroom, and the one I had in work (the Council offices were like a meat locker, though I never used it after the Genius moved my desk to Finance), which I moved from room to room as I needed it.

Well, it turns out that this was PSE&G's fault -- at their insistence, we had to have a new gas meter installed. When the installer arrived, he shut off the furnace to work on the meter, and never turned it back on again after he re-lit the pilot! We had no clue, because when we checked, the pilot was on, and the switch was hidden. Nevertheless, PSE&G is charging us a $25 re-light fee (even though the pilot was on) because we called for a service call within a certain window (early September through late October) -- yeah, they want you to test your heat in the middle of August, when it can be 90 in the shade.

And from what I've seen, the power company in Florida is no better.
 
 
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badkarma_one
14 October 2009 @ 07:27 pm
Stolen from Andieshep:

1) Post a list of up to 20 books/movies/anime/TV shows/video games/bands etc. that you've had an obsessive fannish love or interest in at some time in your life.

2) Have your f-list guess your favorite character/member from each item.

3) When someone guesses correctly, strikethrough the item and put the name of your favorite character next to it.

So, with no further adeiu and in no particular order, here they are:

1) Rat Patrol  Dietrich
2) Voyage to the Bottom of the Sea  Chip Morton
3) Classic Trek  Kirk
4) Aliens Hicks
5) Lost in Space
6) The Cape
7) Magnificent Seven Chris Larabee
8) JAG Bud Roberts
9) NCIS Tim McGee
10) Man from UNCLE Illya
11) Stargate SG-1 Colonel Jack O Neill
12 ) M*A*S*H
13) Magnum PI
14) Emergency! Johnny Gage
15) Midnight Caller
16) ST:Enterprise Trip Tucker
17) ST: Deep Space Nine
18) Star Wars
19) Stoney Burke  Cody Bristol
20) Real Ghostbusters

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badkarma_one
11 October 2009 @ 04:09 pm
Borrowed from Ithildyn:

Instructions: Open up your iTunes and fill out this survey, no matter how embarrassing the responses might be.


How many songs total:
4994

How many hours or days of music:
45.7 days

Most recently played:
Enter Sandman, Metallica (I was gettin' in that Mo in the ninth mood for tonight's game)

Most played:
I don't keep track of that.

Most recently added:
Sorry, by Buckcherry

Sort by song title:
First song:
Abacab, by Genesis
Last song:
867-5309/Jenny by Tommy Tutone

Sort by time:
Shortest song:
7th Inning Stretch, 0:14, Gin Blossoms
Longest song:
Alabama, (Crimson Tide Soundtrack) 23:50, Hans Zimmer

Sort by album:
First album:
 Absolute Hits, Billy Squier (I only downloaded a couple of songs from that one from iTunes)
Last album:
*61, soundtrack by Marc Shaiman


Search the following and state how many songs come up:
Death: 47
Life: 94
Love: 169
Hate: 14
You: 515
Sex:  0
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badkarma_one
11 October 2009 @ 03:21 pm
Borrowed from Themis:

1. First thing you wash in the shower?
My left arm

2. What colour is your favourite hoodie?
My NY Yankees hooded sweatshirt (which will undoubtedly become my winter coat in a few weeks!) is navy and grey.

3. Would you kiss the last person you kissed again?
Absolutely -- considering it was my husband.

4. Do you plan outfits?
I used to, when I worked -- now it's jeans and  Yankees tee shirt.

5. How are you feeling right now?
Anxious -- I should be packing and I'm procrastinating.

6. What's the closest thing to you that's red?
The lid of one of the WB Mason ream paper boxes I packed some DVDs in.

7. Tell me about the last dream you remember having.
Theeeeee Yankees win!

8. Did you meet anybody new today?
Nope. The same old regulars were in Quick Chek when I went over for the Sunday papers.

9. What are you craving right now?
Chinese food -- and we'll probably end up with pizza,

10. Do you floss?
I should....

11. What comes to mind when I say cabbages?
Corned beef

12. Are you emotional?
Yes.

13. Have you ever counted to 1,000?
Good heavens, no.

14. Do you bite into your ice cream or just lick it?
Lick.

15. Do you like your hair?
I love it -- it's a gorgeous shade of silver-pewter-salt-and-pepper that makes total strangers stop and compliment me.

16. Do you like yourself?
I sure do.

17. Would you go out to eat with George W. Bush?
Not in this lifetime.

18. What are you listening to right now?
The end of the Red Sox/Angels playoff game on TBS. The Sawx may actually keep alive to play another day. I want those two teams to bludgeon each other for the full five games of the ALDS, so they're emotionally compromised when they meet the Yankees in the ALCS.

19. Are your parents strict?
They've both been gone a few years now, and they really weren't -- but they didn't have to be. I was one of those good kids who never got into trouble. I was easy to find -- in my room reading or watching TV.

20. Would you go sky diving?
Not in this lifetime!
.
21. Do you like cottage cheese?
I love it -- but not with fruit.

22. Have you ever met a celebrity?
Actors and writers at conventions, writers online, and politicians (congressmen, senators, governors) through my job.

23. Do you rent movies often?
Not any more.

24. Is there anything sparkly in the room you're in?
Yes -- some Bare Escentuals eye colors.

25. How many countries have you visited?
I've never left the US.

26. Have you ever made a prank phone call?
No way.

27. Ever been on a train?
Innumerable times.

28. Brown or white eggs?
White.

29. Do you have a cell phone?
Yup. the new iPhone.

30. Do you use chap stick?
Yup.

31. Do you own a gun?
Not personally....

32. Can you use chop sticks?
I used to be good with them when I was a kid.

33. Who are you going to be with tonight?
My husband and dogs, listening to the radio broadcast of the Yankees/Twins game (while it tapes in the living room).

34. Are you too forgiving?
Eternally so.

35. Ever been in love?
Yes, with my husband -- and I still am.

36. What is your best friend(s) doing tomorrow?
Packing up the house to move (I married him 30 years ago).

37. Ever have cream puffs?
Not only have I had them, but the ones I bake are the best you'll ever taste.

38. Last time you cried?
Don't remember.

39. What was the last question you asked?
"What do you want for supper?"

40. Favorite time of the year?
Late spring and all summer long.

41. Do you have any tattoos?
Only the ones God gave me -- they're called freckles.

42. Are you sarcastic?
Yup.

43. Have you ever seen The Butterfly Effect?
Nope.

44. Ever walked into a wall?
I've lost count of the times.

45. Favourite colour?
Blue.

46. Have you ever slapped someone?
Nope.

47. Is your hair curly?
No.

48. What was the last CD you bought?
I downloaded the ST XI soundtrack from iTunes.

49. Do looks matter?
The looks of what?

50. Can you ever forgive a cheater?
I forgave A-Rod....

51. Is your phone bill sky high?
We tend to think so -- A&TT charges an arm and a leg for our wirless plan, and Verizon does the same for the house phone/DSL.

52. Do you like your life right now?
Pretty much.

53. Do you sleep with the TV on?
Nope -- I leave the radio on to lull me to sleep and drown out my husband's snoring, though.

54. Can you handle the truth?
That depends on whose version of the truth it is.

55. Do you have good vision?
I used to.

56. Do you hate or dislike more than 3 people?
No.

57. How often do you talk on the phone?
Not nearly as much as I did before I retired -- my job involved a lot of phone time, since I was the administrative assistant for our five City Councilmen, and also answered the main City Hall number (thanks to budget cuts adn employee reshuffling).

58. The last person you held hands with?
The last human was my husband. I have to qualify that because our Cockatoo likes to reach one claw out of her cage and hold one of my fingers -- and she's a little person in her own right.

59. What are you wearing?
Jeans, a Firefly tee with Jayne Cobb on the front, and the saying "Let's be bad guys."

60. What is your favorite animal?
Horses, dogs, parrots.

61. Where was your default picture taken?
It's Rags to RIches winning the Belmont Stakes in 2007 (so kindly made for me by Amedia)

62. Can you hula hoop?
I was pretty good when I was a kid, and I undoubtedly could still do it.

63. Do you have a job?
Not any more! I am blissfully retired!

64. What was the most recent thing you bought?
The Sunday papers.

65. Have you ever crawled through a window?
Not that I recall....
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badkarma_one
Interesting as in the Chinese curse:

http://www.paulickreport.com/blog/one-third-fewer-keeneland-november-weanlings/

The TB industry is in a sad state due to the economy.
 
 
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badkarma_one
04 October 2009 @ 12:43 pm
...the greatest racehorse the world has ever seen was put down due to laminitis.

Secretariat: March 30, 1970 – October 4, 1989

RIP, Red.

I still get chills and am moved to tears whenever I see the film of his Belmont win. I would have loved to have seen him race at age 4, and older, but financial considerations related to his late owner's estate settlement forced his retirement.

His genes live on, though, in the progeny of three of the most influential sires in the TB world today: Storm Cat (pensioned), A.P.Indy, and Gone West (recently euthanized), all out of Secretariat mares. He never really duplicated himself in a son, though Risen Star won the Preakness and Belmont, and if he hadn't had such a rotten trip in the race, might have beaten Winning Colors in the Kentucky Derby (he showed). And the great Lady's Secret was the best of his racing daughters (though she never reproduced herself when she was bred, despite being bred to prominent stallions like Seattle Slew, Alydar, and Mr. Prospector. I always wondered what she would have produced if she'd been bred to Stage Door Johnny, this doubling up on the Princequillo in her pedigree, or to Sir Ivor, thus doubling up on Secretariat's dam Somethingroyal, or even to an *Herbager-line stallion like Big Spruce, *Grey Dawn II, or Bounding Basque).
 
 
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badkarma_one
04 October 2009 @ 11:41 am
Not a rant -- just an honest question.

For decades, K/S was the predominant slash pairing in Trek fandom.  Then along comes the Reboot, and bam! I see Kirk/McCoy coming out of the woodwork, and there are a lot more stories with this pairing than there are K/S -- at least, that I've seen.

I'm not going to say it's wrong -- I'll just say it doesn't work for me.

What I'd love to know is, why the K/Mc slant in Reboot fanfic instead of the more traditional K/S. Is it because Spock was paired with Uhura in the movie? That certainly hasn't stopped slashers in the past.
 
 
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Current Music: snoring Basset under the table
 
 
badkarma_one
04 October 2009 @ 10:44 am
I received an e-mail from Sephora the other day -- bring in 5 used cosmetics and get $10 off a new purchase -- the offer is good until 10/12. You have to be a Beauty Insider (their customer loyalty club) and you have to bring in the printed e-mail.

Hmmm...I've got a couple of Avon mascaras that I'm about ready to toss (an aside -- I am incredibly ticked off at Maybelline for discontinuing Unstoppable mascara. It was the best mascara I ever used -- so, naturally, they stop making it), and a couple of lip liners that have had it, plus a broken lipstick -- I can take those in and get $10 off on the new Bare Escentuals Happiness kit (which I was going to get anyway).

I keep asking  myself why I keep buying makeup beyond the basics -- I don't use it to the extent I did before retired, though I do use it when I go shopping. I won't ever go anywhere but the gym and QuickChek without the basics (brow color, eyeliner, mascara, blush, lipstick), but the truth is, I'm addicted. And really, the stuff makes me look good. I've gotten so many compliments on my skin since I started using it in 2004 (one woman actually used the word 'exquisite'. It's not the skin -- it's the makeup). And I've found that it's actually improved the condition of my skin.
 
 
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badkarma_one
03 October 2009 @ 06:26 pm
As I do every summer, I've gotten into the habit of grilling everything outside -- if the weather was too bad, we'd call for pizza ("Pizza! I want pizza!" I swear, she starts as soon as I walk past the bird room with the pizza box in my hands). So we ate lots of barbecued chicken (cutlets or skinless/boneless thighs, marinated for a couple of days in my own homemade 'kitchen sink' barbecue sauce -- we preferred the thighs for their taste and consistency, as well as the way they caramelized on the grill), boneless spare ribs, hot dogs, the occasional shell or porterhouse steak, shrimp (marinated in garlic and olive oil for at least two days) -- and when Shop Rite had filet mignon on sale for $4.99/lb (and they do starting tomorrow), I'd buy one, butcher it myself, and use the larger filets on their own and the smaller as 'barbecued surf and turl' -- filet and grilled shrimp. I use the trimmings for pepper steak (the best pepper steak you will ever have!). The ubiquitous side dish was a salad -- lettuce (Boston and red leaf for me, iceberg for Bobby -- I cannot convince him to eat lettuce that is healthy) topped with beefsteak tomatoes from Costco (since we didn't put any plants in this summer), topped with homemade Russian dressing.

Now, with it getting cooler, I have to get back into the habit of cooking inside. Tonight I beat the dickens out of chicken cutlets, sauteed them in some olive oil, and served them with green beans sauteed in butter and a bit of white wine, a lot of garlic (but not enough), and topped them with Rao's marinara sauce (the only jarred sauce I will ever use -- it tastes as good as fresh, and better than my own).

Tomorrow it's pot roast day -- my french onion soup pot roast, made from scratch. It's super easy -- sear the beef well all around (I use bottom round, about 3 lbs or so), deglaze the pan with a bit of water (or wine, if you prefer), add three tablespoons of sweet butter, then slice two large sweet onions and saute until soft. Take the pot roast, put it on top of the onions, pour in one 48-oz can of beef broth, cover, and cook over low heat for 2 hours, turning every 20 minutes or so. When it's done, take it out and let it rest for about 15 minutes, and turn the heat up on the liquid that remains in the pan (I serve it as it is, but you can thicken it if you care to). I serve it with a green veggie (usually plain green beans), and my killer mashed potatoes (killer because they contain butter, heavy cream, and sour cream). Slice the roast against the grain, and store whatever is left in the juices. The two of us usually get two dinners and a lunch out of one roast. And it's better the next day.
 
 
badkarma_one
03 October 2009 @ 11:52 am
Stolen from [info]jubal51394 (and altered slightly to allow for the feathered kids in my life)


If I Didn't Have Pets...

I could walk around the yard barefoot in safety.
My house could be carpeted instead of tiled and laminated.

All flat surfaces, clothing, furniture & cars would be free of hair,
And all electronic items wouldn't be coated with powder down.

I wouldn't have to trash clothing because one of the parrots decided to nibble on it.

Our freezer would be filled with people food instead of bags full of
Frozen veggies, bean mix, and Beak Appetit.

When the doorbell rings, it wouldn't sound like a kennel,
And I could get to the door without wading through fuzzy bodies who beat me there.

When the pizza delivery arrives, we could eat in peace,
Instead of hearing  "I want pizza!" coming from the bird room every five seconds.

I wouldn't be at the beck and call of a parrot (who's smarter than a lot of people I know)
Demanding I put the light on, feed her breakfast, or put the radio on.

I could sit on the couch and my bed the way I wanted,
Without taking into consideration how much space
Several fur bodies would need to get comfortable.

I could get up in the middle of the night without having to worry about tripping over multiple Bassets.

I would have money, & no guilt to go on a real vacation.

I'd be able to sleep past 5am if I wanted to, instead of following four furbabies to the back door.

I would not be on a first-name basis with numerous veterinarians, as I put their yet unborn grandkids through college.

I wouldn't get strange looks from supermarket cashiers when I (with my silver hair)
Buy three dozen jars of baby food for birdie bread.

I wouldn't spend more in Petsmart than I do in Shop-Rite.

The most used words in my vocabulary would not be: out, sit, down, come, no, stay, quiet, stop that, & leave him/her/it ALONE.

I would be able to have a phone conversation without a jealous parrot talking so much
That I can't hear the person on the other end of the line.

My house would not be cordoned off into zones with baby gates or barriers.

My house would not look like a day care center, with toys everywhere.

I wouldn't save every single plastic grocery bag I get for poop patrol
Or every newspaper I read for birdcage liners

I would no longer have to spell the words B-A-L-L, F-R-I-S-B-E-E, W-A-L-K,
T-R-E-A-T, R-I-D-E, and G-O.

I would not have as many leaves INSIDE my house as outside.

I would not look strangely at people who think having ONE pet ties them down too much.

I would not have to answer the question 'Why do you have so many animals?' from people who will never have the joy in their lives of knowing they are loved unconditionally by someone as close to an angel as they will ever get.

How incredibly  EMPTY my life would be!!!
 
 
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badkarma_one
03 October 2009 @ 10:35 am
I love McAbby fanfic -- it's puppy love, but better. :)  I've loved it from the time I first saw Tim onscreen in Sub Rosa.

I'm looking for recs -- short, long, novel-length. UST, early days of the relationship, established relationship. Got any music vids? I'll take those, too!

Yes, I'm greedy -- I want it all!
 
 
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badkarma_one
02 October 2009 @ 07:43 am
I didn't start watching this one when it premiered last season because of a conflict. I'd heard the buzz, though, and bought the DVDs last week when they came out.

I'm kind of ambivalent about it. I like a couple of the characters, the first episode was good, and the idea is intriguing. But so far (I'm on the second disk, ep 5), it doesn't give me that 'gotta watch it' feeling that I need with a show.

So, can anyone convince me that I should keep watching?
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badkarma_one
30 September 2009 @ 06:39 pm
Speaking of packing, I tossed a few hundred old videotapes over the last couple of garbage days, plus old Eclecticon paperwork, badges, miscellaneous paraphernalia. The garbagemen must hate us. I'm washing towels and sheets, only keeping two sets of sheets upstairs (one on the bed, one in the closet), and we'll be using only our oldest towels. I'll pack the rest, and toss the old ones when we leave.

I've got a plan -- basically, I triage each room. Go through what we have, and toss the obvious stuff. I set aside the stuff I know I want, as well as the questionable stuff that needs to be looked over again. That gets me working room. It also frees up boxes for me to reuse to pack the good stuff in. We've got one wall of stuff left -- there's more Eclecticon stuff there (including two large coolers we used in the con suite for perishables, since the con suite had a sink, but no fridge). There's a huge stack of tapes down there, which means more trashing of stff I have on DVD, and more packing of tapes which are irreplaceable (stuff like the 1985 Breeder's Cup, with Lady's Secret's win, and the retirement ceremony of Creme de la Fete, a hard-knocking claimer who was incredibly popular at the NYRA tracks. I loved that horse -- he won 40 of his 151 starts. He was a professional racehorse).

The basement holds two big jobs -- packing up zines (sales zines and my keepers) which are in the basement as well as up here in my office, and going through my father's baseball cards. He had some good cards (no, no 1952 Mickey Mantle rookie or T-206 Honus Wagner), but most of the stuff isn't worth shipping to Florida. I'm keeping the obvious stuff -- Ken Griffey Jr's rookie card (I think we have two), any Yankee cards from any era. I'm also taking the cards from the 1940s onward that have value, and will resell those when the market comes back.

The majority of the cards are being donated the the Bayonne Dept. of Recreation. I called my friend Pete, who's the supervisor, and asked him if he wanted them to give to the kids in the various programs as prizes, and he jumped at it.  I have them set aside in the basement -- he had them in pages in albums -- over 100 of them! -- and we spent a couple of weeks going through them after Bobby was released from the hospital in 2005 after his appendix went blooey. Some are still in pages, and others have been sorted out into baggies; the best are in sleeves and hard protectors and those are well away from the chaff. So once I have them finished up, Pete will come down and get them (parking stinks at City Hall, and I don't have a clicker any more to get into the basement).
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"Some idiot smuggled a koala onto a submarine."

It was intended as a non-sequitur, but damn, the Voyage fan in me jumped up and did handsprings.

An idea for a Nexus Cycle/NCIS crossover has been percolating in my mind. It's logical, considering that JAG already exists as part of Nexus. Chip and Lynn would be retired from NIMR at this point, running Diamond Shamrock Farm for Dietrich and Bridey (who'd both be up in years at this point). Brian would be in pre-vet at UPENN, Michael would be out of Annapolis and either at NUPOCS or assigned to a submarine, and both Andrea and Shawn would have graduated college and be working the farm with their parents. (For those of you who don't know, Diamond Shamrock Farm is a Thoroughbred breeding farm, and made its first appearance in The Last Ride Raid, a Rat Patrol zine novel set toward the end of WWII, which I cowrote with L C Wells).

This is tentative now, but I'm thinking Lynn would receive a death threat from an organization like the Animal Liberation Front, or an actual attempt would be made on her life. Now, would NCIS come in as a result of Chip being a retired admiral (2-star), or as a result of there being a death threat on the family of a serving Naval officer (Michael)? Or would Harry Nelson just pull strings?

I can see Lee Crane putting together a detail (Sharkey, Riley, Kowalski) and flying them to the farm on FS-1 as a protection detail -- would there be a bit of friction between them and the NCIS team?

Would Gibbs drink all of Lynn's coffee supply? (That would be like drinking the Pacific dry...)

With Tim's dad being Navy, I can see a possibility of a connection. We don't know what he did (other than Tim's statement that he lived The Great Santini -- ouch), so maybe he TDY'd at NIMR, then was hired by Nelson for his particular skills. Tim is of the age to have gone to school with Lynn's older brothers younger kids -- and her brother owned a computer game company at that time -- so maybe this is where the young Tim was exposed to computers?). Jack's oldest daughter is a former NIMR public information officer who marries an astronaut, and has written two successful technothrillers (Crash Dive, set on a submarine, and Night Trap, set on a carrier) -- maybe she and Tim have the same agent?

These are the kind of ideas that rumble through my brain (brain and brain -- what is brain?) as I clean out the basement and pack.
 
 
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27 September 2009 @ 08:16 pm
This weekend saw a three-game series with Boston, which ended up with a sweep of Boston -- the Yankees' 100th win this season! They also clinched the AL East division title and have the best record in baseball, which gives them homefield advantage throughout the postseason.

Home runs -- one from my Melky (the Melkman delivers!), one from Teixiera, a win for Andy, and the 44th save for Mariano.

Tuesday (Barnes and Noble new book day), I'll hit Modell's for the division champion tee shirt -- which I hope will be followed by three more (one as they win each of the three postseason series).

God, I love this team.
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Mister Big Mouth of the faked bloody sock had this to say about Alexander Emanuel Rodriguez, aka A-Rod, Yankees third baseman (and the lightning rod for all criticism):

"His problem has always been that he's a guy with holes and you can pitch to those holes," Schilling said. "For a guy that's as good as he is, he still strikes out a lot. Guys who strike out a lot tend to have a tough time in October."
 
Once again, Mr Blowhard proves he shouldn't be allowed out in public without a keeper.

"Guys who strike out a lot tend to have a tough time in October." Hello? Anyone home in that swelled head of yours, Mr. Schilling? Do you know anything about baseball other than the years you played? Or are you just pandering to the fans in Boston again?

Has this numb-brain ever heard of names like Babe Ruth or Reggie Jackson? High-strikeout hitters, both of them -- and Reggie is the all-time strikeout leader, with 2,597 -- as well as 13th on the all-time home run list, with 563. A-Rod is 9th, with 581). Babe Ruth's career needs no explanation, and Jackson is known for his clutch play in October with both the As and the Yankees (where he was given the name Mr. October for his performance in the '77 and '78 World Series -- hitting 3 home runs on three pitches off three different Dodger pitchers. His first plate appearance resulted in a walk, but if you count the homer he hit in the 5th game in LA, he hit homers in four consecutive at-bats, since while walks count as plate appearances, they don't count as at-bats).

I completely and utterly detest Schilling (I think the way he has used his blogs and interviews to bash the Yankees and also Yankee fans. I don't like trash talk in general, and the Yankees never engage in it -- though that has never stopped their opponents. But bashing fans is a whole 'nother kettle of fish entirely), and if he had ever been signed by the Yankees, he is one player I would never have embraced. Yeah, we say you root for the laundry (to me, changing team allegiance is like changing your blood type), but the man has no redeeming qualities, and despite his ability as a pitcher, he never deserved to wear the pinstripes.

He's a showboat who loves the limelight -- and entertained the thought of running for Ted Kennedy's Senate seat. That would surely have brought on Armageddon.

Put a sock in it, Curt.

 
 
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25 September 2009 @ 09:59 pm
Playing with the layout to see if I like it better.
 
 
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25 September 2009 @ 08:36 pm
http://cbsncis.wetpaint.com/page/Abby+and+McGee
 
 
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