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Although I forgot to officially sign up, I just can't stay away.


+ It must be horror.
+ It must meet the minimum of 60 minutes.
+ It must be a movie.
+ It can only be counted once.
+ You have five wild cards that you can use any way you'd like.
+ (*) Means I have seen it before.
+ (+) Means I liked/loved it.
+ (-) Means I disliked/hated it.
+ (!) Means that its so disturbing that I'll probably never watch it again but still remember it vividly forever.

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Feb. 15th, 2021

My favorite Cartoons (so I can find them later)

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It is frustrating to realize after the fact that the code on most of your post failed and you have to go in manually to fix them all. *sigh*

I haven't been on in FOREVER

Seriously, its been years. I don't know if anyone uses this anymore. You can find me on Twitter as AramintaCrisis.

I am coming back here to beg, really, for some help.

You may remember me. I am still single. My kids are awesome. I have three cats and two dogs and now we need a new place to live.

I severely damaged the cartilage in my knee after doing the Tough Mudder and the Dirty 30 charity runs one week apart.

I was on medication for a year and finally got approved for surgery to "help"

It was the last resort, since I do not qualify for a knee replacement.

It did not help. I am still in nearly constant pain. To add insult to injury, i racked up over $7000 in medical bills that I could not pay, that was my portion AFTER insurance.

My credit is abysmal so I cannot get a traditional mortgage. I cannot afford to pay rent plus pet deposits and/or pet rent and most places will not let me have dogs over 40 lbs. My "little" dog is 42 lbs. He's also 12, has arthritis and cataracts.

I am not going to get rid of my pets. So I have a found a house. It's an old house, in an old neighborhood but the current owner will let me "rent to own".

So, if you could find it in your heart to help us, I would be incredibly grateful.



Ok, when I saw this picture of myself I hated it immediately. I look miserable and fat. But you know what? This was at the end of a 5k I RAN (ok, jogged and occasionally walked but still). Actually, this was the 2nd one I did this year. It was the middle of the day, in freaking JULY and it was 95F outside. It was so hot, I kept that ice cold water bottle in the waistband of my compression shorts because it felt awesome (and kept my hands free; win-win). Also, I had fun.


So what if I’m not where I’d like to be, athletically or weight wise? I’ve lost NINE clothing sizes. More importantly, I’m PROUD of what my body is capable of. That little ensemble I’m wearing is a Medium. No, I don’t have the physique of a Sports Illustrated girl and I probably never will but I don’t even care right now. I may only run a 12 minute mile but I’m a galaxy above when I just used to say, “I can’t run”. To Hell with that. I can and I will.

Update Re: weight loss

It seems my brain hasn't caught up to my body. I'm close to my goal. I'm actually currently wearing my sons' old clothes, an old pair of their shorts and a t-shirt that they've outgrown. I don't feel like I'm nearly as thin as I'd like to be but I'm getting there.

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100 Horror Movies in October


+ It must be horror.

+ It must meet the minimum of 60 minutes.

+ It must be a movie.
+ It can only be counted once.

+ You have five wild cards that you can use any way you'd like.

+ (*) Means I have seen it before.

+ (+) Means I liked/loved it.

+ (-) Means I disliked/hated it.

+ (!) Means that its so disturbing that I'll probably never watch it again but still remember it vividly forever.

Last Years' Challenge:

And lets begin...

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Random update with pictures

I went walking through my property with my mom to check on the wild blackberries. I got quite a few and I took pictures of random flowers and bugs.

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I'm trying to post more often

Pictures from my trip this weekend

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As much as I love civilization, I adore this forest too

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Since I'm all up in eljay today, let me show you the shirt I just bought after telling myself that I don't need any more tshirts

It's a black shirt from Woot

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Stolen from luinthoron

I'm running a test to see who's reading my posts. So, if you read this, leave me a one-word comment about your day that starts with the third letter of your LJ USERNAME. Only one word please. Then repost so I can leave a word for you. Don't just post a word and not copy - that's no fun!
Is there any particular reason that there isn't a kinkmeme for the Witcher?
Is it because Geralt already sexes up everyone in canon?

Or is there one in existance that I just can't seem to locate?

Mar. 8th, 2012

Its time for an unpopular opinion:

I'm extremely emotionally invested in this series, so anytime I say ‘my' or ‘I', just know that I mean my Shepard.

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Drive by post

I overheard Daniel tell his brother last night that if he got sick, he needed to drink Gatorade to replace his electric lights.

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So, for the first time ever I didn't finish my 100 horror movies in a month marathon. I had too much going on in rl. My co-worker/friend was going through a divorce and needed some girl time, we repainted and recarpeted the boys bedrooms as well as the upstairs so I had to remove all of my books (which are currently sitting in boxes downstairs) and the excuses could go on forever... so yeah.

I've replayed Mass Effect 1 & 2 again and bought, and defeated, Assassin's Creed: Revelations which was awesome and kinda heart breaking. I started going to weight watchers in September since my vegan diet was still leaving me heavier than I'd like. I've lost 30 lbs so far and my resting heart rate has dropped by 20 beats per minute but, I still have work to do to get healthy. On the plus side, I'm still not anemic anymore which is still kinda amazing to me.

I've rediscovered my love of anime, I've been watching it in the mornings while I'm on the elliptical. At the moment, I'm halfway through the first season of Black Butler, after that I'm going to start watching Appleseed.

So, not much is different with me otherwise. Same job, live in the same place, read 149 books so far this year (not including cookbooks). Still here, as always.


Nov. 2nd, 2011

Things I learned from Horror Movies

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100 Horror Movies in October

Horror Movie Challenge

+ It must be horror.
+ It must meet the minimum of 60 minutes.
+ It must be a movie.
+ It can only be counted once.
+ You have five wild cards that you can use any way you'd like.
+ (*) Means I have seen it before.
+ (+) Means I liked/loved it.
+ (-) Means I disliked/hated it.
+ (!) Means that its so disturbing that I'll probably never watch it again but still remember it vividly forever.

And lets begin...

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Updating just to update

Book Meme
Grab the book nearest you. Right now.
Turn to page 56.
Find the fifth sentence.
Post that sentence along with these instructions on your LJ.
Don't dig for your favorite book, the coolest, the most intellectual. Use the CLOSEST.

Covet by J.R. Ward
She'd stared out of her beaten face and spoken to him with her blue eyes and her bloody lips, because she'd had no more air left in her lungs to carry her voice.

Aww... that was a sad part.

And now under a cut I will put a list of all the books that I currently own, that I need to read. Maybe it will light a fire under my butt, or at least curb my shopping and my tendency to re-readCollapse ) but honestly, after I'm finished with Covet, I'm probably going to re-read BDB #4 again.

Pointless post

OMG OMG OMG was my first reaction to seeing that there is a cast listed for the movie adaptation of Fallen.

Now, here's the thing. It wasn't a great book but it was alright. I read it at the same time I read Hush, Hush and Sojourner so bits and pieces of each kinda swirl together, since they are all ‘Angel' YA books. I'm not really sure which one I liked better and I didn't care for the sequel of any of them.

What I do remember about Fallen, other than joking with my mom about starting a drinking game for every time we read the word folded (someone needs to buy that girl a thesaurus) is that it takes place at a juvenile detention center.

To sum up... I did not LOVE this book. I didn't even like the second book but I'm (surprisingly) elated that they have a cast for the movie adaption of this book, even if I'm confused that they seem to have two actors listed for each of the main roles. idek


Aug. 23rd, 2011

I've been around. Not updating much because other than work, all I've really been doing is reading. So far this year, I've read 115 books. A bit dull to talk about. Its hotter than I like here and between this dry heat and severe drought my garden is almost dead. The only things that are not dead are my peppers, eggplant and okra. Not that I'm getting any veg from them but they aren't dead so that's something.

I'm going to Dallas this weekend to meet up with Joe and James, my friend Melanie might come up too but I don't know yet. That should be fun.

This past weekend I went to town (I hate saying that) and saw Fright Night and Conan the Barbarian. Fright Night was good, not excellent though, and I thought Colin Farrell did a really awesome job as Jerry. I saw it at 1:20 on a Sunday afternoon and I was the ONLY person in the theater. Added to the ambience, I sat in the front so there was a lot of empty space around me, but not so good for the total numbers of ticket sales.

Watching Conan made me happy. At times, I was outright giddy. I'm convinced if they ever make a Black Dagger Brotherhood movie or tv series, Jason Momoa needs to be one of the brothers. While I was originally thinking he absolutely had to be Wrath, I think he'd be really awesome as Vishous too.

Tonight when I get home from work, I'm going to have to 'help' my son build a solar oven for his science class. Its due tomorrow and he's been putting it off for days. Typical. At least its not difficult and on the plus side, we'll all be better prepared for the inevitable robot uprising when we won't be able to depend on machines any longer the zombie apocalypse where we may be stuck on a roof of a mall or skyscraper camping trips or something.

I'm once again planning on watching 100 horror movies in October, one of my boys is a little excited too since I told him that I'd let him watch a few with me as well (and not just Nightmare Before Christmas) but certainly not all of them. We may have watched a zombie movie marathon this past Saturday but he's certainly not ready to handle an Eli Roth film or anything.

So, thanks for hanging in there and not defriending me. I'm still around, just not online much.
The nearest town with a bookstore (to me) is 35 miles away. It has a population of less than 30,000. There are two movie theaters, a fantastic library, one Starbucks, a mall, only one retail bookstore and two tiny used bookstores. The one retail bookstore is a Waldenbooks.

This really stinks because I'm fairly certain that another bookstore will not be taking its place. I do not live in an area with an abundance of readers. Out of the educated people (not family) that I know (irl), maybe 5 of them read for pleasure. I know that as a customer (even a fairly regular one) I don't have near as much reason to complain as all of the people out of a job but I can't help but feel the loss.

I love the bookstore like I love the library. The promise of the worlds within the world call to me. The loss of it makes me feel hollow... lacking. As if a piece of me has been removed and there is nothing there to take its place. There is still the library, which I support and utilize often. Since I don't live in that town, I pay a fee ($60 a year) to be a member of that library. I don't mind that at all. What I do mind is that the majority of the people at the library are not in the stacks. They're at the computers. They're renting movies. They're sitting in the chairs, using the wi-fi.

If the people at the library aren't checking out the free books and they close the only retail bookstore in town... I think I've read where this is going.

I kinda went off there on my library thoughts. I'm being a little dramatic, I'm aware but, I love reading. I love books. REAL books. I have a kindle but, I love the weight of a real book. The feel of the paper in my hands. Everything about it. I don't get lost in an e-book, not like I do when its on paper. I don't think its imagined or psychosomatic but, I don't understand why either. Its not just the written word, the story, it's the whole package that feels important to me.

I know that I'm not losing my access to books but it bothers me that my options will be limited to buying most of my books off amazon, the used book stores, or driving 60+ miles to get to an brick and mortar book retailer now.

May. 31st, 2011

Hi there.

If you're reading this, then thank you for not unfriending me. Its not that I forgot about eljay, it just seems like I don't have time for it.

I think I'm going to have to severely cut back my flist so that I can read and post all in one day.

I still have my twitter:

I actually have 2 tumblr accounts:
http://occasionaloctopus.tumblr.com/ (My personal)
http://notofuforme.tumblr.com/ (my food blog)

I do have a facebook but I'm on that less than I am eljay so...

Anyway, things are pretty much the same.

Same job. Spent the entire month of March playing Dragon Age 2. Bought another 360 in April so I'm having to play all my games over so that I can have save games for the sequels (ME1 & 2); read about 75 books so far this year. Now that the ice is gone, I've got my garden going and we're in some weird kind of weather pattern that switches between droughts and OMG!TORNADOS!!! every few weeks.

Fun times. I'm not ever going to abandon this journal, just fyi.

Let me share with you

Yesterday morning as I drove to work, I kept hearing Marilyn Manson singing Teddy Bear Picnic. I don't think that version exists but I could be wrong.

As I'm sitting here, working and listening to Abney Park I'm hearing something else in my head. I'm going to share this snippet from when my kids were little.

Eschuchen el tomate.
No es triste?
El no puede cantar.
Pobre tomate.
El deberia poder cantar
fuerte y dulce como el pepino
pero no puede...
Ni siquiera da un silbido.

This song has been running through my head, randomly, for about a decade now.


Random things/thoughts/quotes from (and about) Dragon Age 2
Paraphrasing is likely because I'm at work so I can't play but I can't stop thinking about the game.

I have parent/teacher conferences tonight so I can't go home right after work and play. :(

BTW, I'm only 15 hours in and just started Act II

Every October I watch 100 horror movies that month. It messes with my brain. Nightmares bleed into my reality. So, I'm a little more ‘off' mid-October through about Thanksgiving than I usually am. But honestly, I kinda like twisting my own reality so...

I've been thinking that I need another movie marathon in another part of the year. I was thinking about some Dystopian movies. Not 100 in a month; I don't think I could handle all the negativity. But we'll see. Any suggestions? See any glaring omissions on my list?

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Of course I could also just do a marathon of post-apocalyptic movies. Like I need anymore paranoid fantasies about that.


Feb. 14th, 2011

I started a new game on AC2 again after I downloaded Bonfire of the Vanities and all the secret locations. The Medici home invasion quest was kinda awesome.

This past weekend I took the boys and bought them new mattresses since they are about to be 12 and those little kid/bunk bed mattresses are starting to hurt their backs.

Friday night, the kids were playing at their end of the house and I heard, "Daniel... Drum roll please." A few seconds later, a drum rolled out of the hall and into the living room.

My house is like a Tex Avery cartoon, I swear.

I bought a few games this weekend. Dead Space 2 (which I haven't played yet), Arcania: Gothic 4 (which I'm probably 15 hours into) and pre-ordered the signature edition of Dragon Age 2.
Because I'm just killing time until 5:00, a small picture post of my favorite Captains.

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Hi there

I realize that its been a long time since a proper update. I don't really have anything to update though. I'm still working in the same place, still playing video games, still reading books, still living at the same place...

So, in short nothing is new.

I've been mostly vegetarian for several months now and I have to tell you that I don't think I have ever felt better.

My kids are still awesome :D. I don't know if I mentioned it when it happened but there was the incident where my son was dunking an old stuffed Bob the Builder in the bathtub to make him "TALK! TALK DARN YOU!" Which might worry some other parents but I think that its hysterical.

I'm several months into the "freezing my ass off" part of the year. Can't wait to move to a more tropical climate. After experiencing the OMG HOT and You've got to be kidding me Cold, I prefer the hot. Just saying...

I haven't made icons in many months so I need to get back into practice.

Also, there are several books that I need to bump up the Mt. TBR now that I have found out they will be made into movies.

Some of the series that they are making movies about are The Mortal Instruments, The Hunger Games, Incarceron, Ender's Game, Wicked Lovely, Larklight. So all of those need to be read sooner rather than later. *sigh*

So many books, so little time.

Video games

But I'm still around

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