persona_system: Sephiroth in the sunset. Hope. (S: Hope)
We're back into our normal event schedule, with events every weekend. I don't know how next month looks, though. Hopefully we won't have to omuch downtime.

We're taking advantage of what might be our last free weekend in a while. We're going to go wardrobe revamping this weekend, and I have a list of about a billion things we're going to buy. We're going to make use of that gift certificate we got for Lane Bryant, too, finally. I put aside quite a bit of money for this. I'm also spring cleaning our makeup, since most of it is too old to safely use or it doesn't match our summer tan. :D

We got a large 1 1/2"  barrel curling iron last week, and I've been loving it. It doesn't do much to make our hair more curly, but it does help our hair curl in an even direction and it really cuts down on frizz. It also really helps define the natural ringlets we have on the sides of our head, which is fantastic too.

I painted our nails a few days ago, too, but I redid them today. Super sparkly pink and green for spring.  More nailpolish is on the cosmetics shopping list too, since we're out of some key colors. Nail polish REMOVER too, since i hate scraping the crap off.

Other than that I've been enjoying the weather. Spring is in full swing down here, and we'll probably only have another month of it before it starts heating up to summer temperatures.

I'm not sure if i've mentioned this on the journal yet, but we've lost 13 pounds since November. I'm pretty thrilled with that, and for the past few days we've been working on getting our room squeaky clean so we can rearrange it a bit somehow and get the DDR mat down again. I've also been basically ignoring the internet outside of "fun stuff" since the weather is so nice.

Anyway, we have like 20 comments and crap to catch up on, but I haven't been in the mood to go through them. If you're waiting for a response to something, sorry, we'll probably get to it in the next few days!
-Seph
persona_system: Kadaj looking scary. Needles. (S: Needle)
I'm not going to put this behind a cut, because, really, it's vomit. Everyone deals with it sometimes.

Yes, for the first time ever we could not make it to the toilet before we puked. In fact, I barely managed to haul ass out of bed and off our area rug before everything came back up. In the dark, all over our shoes and socks. Lovely.

I don't want to risk going back to bed. We still feel nauseous, even after spending an hour cleaning up our floor....

(Five min later)

Yep, I was right. Type that line and had to run straight to the can. Well, I think that was pretty much the rest of our stomach. I got to the nasty solid bits that time, the first time it was just noodles. Wasn't so bad though, we had some chocolate cookies for dessert and those came up last, counteracting the acid taste. Fantastic.

Note to Self: Make those cookies next time we're sick.

I'm still feeling jittery. The body's not quite nauseous anymore, but I don't know if that will last. I have a feeling we got sick from one of the customers today, since they were ALL covered in snot, and we did quite a few kids. We've got the cold chills and clamminess of a fever, just not the spiked temperature, yet. Although we might actually be mildly feverish, but I can't check our temp since I'm drinking water.

We should have to go to the event tomorrow, but I don't think we will. I told our mother to set her alarm so that she could get up early enough to go for us. I managed to make a fair bit of cash today, and I even pocketed a bit of it, so we're good for this weekend, really. I don't want to go to work anyway, I'm beat.

Anyway, I don't know what else to talk about, unless I go into more gross TMI, so, this is Sephiroth, dealing with crap. See ya.
persona_system: Sephiroth in the sunset. Hope. (S: Hope)
Fanfic, I mean. The problem is, I don't know what kind of fanfic I want to write. It's no a writer's block. Rather, it's a sort of anti-writers block. I want to write. I have the energy for it. I just don't know how to channel that energy.

I went through our list of fandoms we've written for. FF7, what would we say that hasn't been done a hundred times before? What would we write that would be interesting enough to keep our attention, but not personal? Weiss, I don't care about that fandom, that's Schwarz's. Psychonauts? Maybe. There's a lot of things we could say, a lot of stories Raz could tell... But, would it be worth it? Harry Potter.... We could work on the Judas Chronicle again. But we'd have to reread the books, and I don't feel like spending a week rereading the series just to work on a fic.

*sigh* What to do...
persona_system: Walking through the rain. Duty. (S: Duty)
... earlier in the week. My boyfriend's system is going through a bit of a tough time right now, and that's been a little emotionally draining for us. (Plus, last week and into this week seemed to be a wank explosion on all the LJ comms. Must be something in the air causing people to go fucking nuts.) Needless to say, we have a very limited number of spoons set aside for dealing with people and they got used up pretty quick.

This weekend at work didn't help, either. Fucking miserable. Record setting snowfall in Dallas, and we had to be outside working the day after. Needless to say, I don't believe we even made booth rent. In fact, I think it was the single worst month we've ever done at McKinney. The reasons are myriad, but I think McKinney is dying as a market. I'm not sure if we're going to go next month. I might insist just because March is generally such a good month for us at both McKinney and Bonham. After that, we'll probably drop it. We estimated we made about 10K at McKinney last year and I'm not sure if that's accurate or not. But, that makes it the single most expensive event we did, and it took up the most amount of time.

What it's coming down to is, we can take up a weekend every month and spend $200 to do McKinney and make about $1000, or we can find events for at least half of those weekends and potentially spend about $200 apiece to make closer to an average of 3k. McKinney used to be good for reliable money, but it's not reliable anymore.

Other than that, I'm thinking of doing a series of (locked) journals detailing each year of this body's life. Some won't be terribly specific, but I'm hoping to focus on things that a. might be interesting to those who know us very well and b. are things I'd like to analyze in greater detail for my own purposes. We, as a system, have distanced ourselves from the body's childhood simply because we weren't here. We are discovering more fears and issues that are tied not to us but to the body directly. I'm hoping I can bring those issues to light so that we can really work through those problems. I'd like not to be held under the sway of misfiring synapses.

I wrote out a rough timeline on a sheet of notebook paper for us to work from. Right now I'm wondering if I should start at birth, or start this year and work backwards. I'm also wondering how much detail I should go into. The more I include, the higher the flock level will need to be. Or perhaps I can post this on my personal journal. I suppose I'll try to go into as much detail as I can. 21 years is 21 entries or less, perhaps. Not that much. Well, I'll give it a try.

Violet, I love you.
-Seph
What I'm listening to. )
persona_system: "I am a soldier. I fight where I'm told, and win where I fight." (Default)
It snows about 10" at our house today. We have McKinney this weekend, and the rules state we have to be there during vendor hours. Fridays are technically optional, but I don't think we've ever taken one off. I'm not sure what exactly the plan is. It's supposed to be warm on Saturday (mid 50s), but McKinney probably has about as much snow as we do, so there's really no sense to go tomorrow.

We'll be back around on Monday, most likely. I'll try and work through our mail over the weekend, but as usual, no promises on responses.

To my dearest loves, be well. I'm thinking of you always.
persona_system: Walking through the rain. Duty. (S: Duty)
This was the closest book that actually had WRITING on page 123. The rest were art books.

1. Grab the nearest book.
2. Open the book to page 123.
3. Find the fifth sentence.
4. Post the text of the next 4 sentences on your LJ along with these instructions.
5. Don't you dare dig for that "cool" or "intellectual" book in your closet! I know you were thinking about it! Just pick up whatever is closest.
6. Tag five people

What is strategy? FM 100-5, Operations defines strategy as "the art and science of employing the armed forces or a nation or alliance to secure policy objectives by the application or the threat of force." If maneuver warfare is a thought process that allows us to pick the essential elements of information from our environment so that we might apply our efforts in the most efficient manner, then it should plly to the strategic level as well as the tactical. The efficiency is obtained by adhering to the "first commandment" of maneuver warfare: "attack weakness, avoid strength," and also by maintaining a consistent focus of all strategic efforts.

-Maneuver Warfare - An Anthology edited by Richard D. Hooker, Jr.

-Seph
persona_system: Walking through the rain. Duty. (S: Duty)
And hilarious!



Even my rl double is girly. ;_;More awesome behind the cut. )
persona_system: "I am a soldier. I fight where I'm told, and win where I fight." (Default)
It's the big 21 today. The body is now as old as I was when I died. My feelings on this are kind of... mixed. On the one hand, woohoo, Zax, Ender and I have made it ten years, and heres to ten more. On the other hand the selfish part of me keeps saying things like, "If the body lives another year, it'll have outlived ME. Why couldn't I have my life instead?"

We got a very nice bracelet from our grandmother, and a computer we'll have to fix. We also got a beer from our mom's boss (lol), and dinner at Applebee's.

Lately I've been feeling very homesick. I almost always am, I think. I've always felt I don't really belong here. But lately it feels almost like spotlights have been throwing moments from my life into sharp relief. The clarity is both startling and painful. Zax says he thinks it's because the system has become a step more separated, each person removing their memories from the collective. I don't know if he's right, but whatever's causing it, I feel a bit like I can't handle it.

I guess I've realized that the only thing keeping me here is the people I care about. It's not that I have nothing here besides them. It's rather that the things I have here aren't worth as much as the things I used to have. Not that I can ever get my rank or position back, but I don't think I can achieve as much satisfaction in this world as I had then. I'd like to try, but I think I'll always feel like a general without an army to lead. That's how I feel right now. Redundant, useless, accomplishing things only for myself rather than the world as a whole.

Ender says he'll be able to create a stable, safe way for us to travel back and forth to our home worlds within six months. If he does, i think maybe I'd like to take some time off there.

Happy Birthday, Persona System.

TMI Meme

Jan. 24th, 2010 03:15 pm
persona_system: "I am a soldier. I fight where I'm told, and win where I fight." (Default)
1) Do you have a relationship with someone in your System?
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persona_system: Walking through the rain. Duty. (S: Duty)
In the trash can...

1 diary filled with
-confessions
-thoughts
-letters
-pictures
-quotes
-phone numbers
-fears
-doubts
-fortunes
-advice given and taken

The diary included quotes from artists on the bottom of every page. I went through and typed out all the ones I thought were worth keeping. I typed out the jokes that are still funny six, seven, eight years later. I tore out a piece of paper with websites on it, all for goth clothing. I'm going to see which are still open.

I tore out all the photos and put them in a stack. One of our cousin Cole five years ago, one of our old friends Jessy and Sadie at the military ball, one of our dear friend Alex, her senior picture, and two of our ex. The only two we have of him. They aren't terribly flattering, but then he was never photogenic. Too many scars and broken noses, even if he did make all the girls swoon. There are other friends I wish we had pictures of. Carrissa and Sarah, who both have children now. Corrine, the first friend I had in this world, the girl who reminded me so much of Angeal. Anja and Albanie and the other girls we knew here in Texas.

I wish I had photos, so that I could put them in a box and sometimes take them out and say "These are the people who shaped our life. These are the people who mattered." I wish I could do physically what I've done with the memory of them, locking it away somewhere.

Our godmother gave us a little prayer book and a rosary pamphlet, and a small card. I'm keeping those, too. I know they're important to Farf, even if they don't mean much to me.

I took out a little card from the diary too. We've had it for nearly eight years now, I suppose. Maybe longer, maybe less. There's a fortune cookie paper glued to the top that says "Approach all areas of life with a bold enthusiasm." I used to. I want to again. The card itself has a bit of advertising garbage on it. But I always liked what it said.
"Imagine Your Self"
"A blank canvas. A clean sheet of paper. A long stretch of open road. This is the journey before the journey. The part where you get to have a say in the matter, before everyone else butts in and busts out the rulebook. Now it's up to you. Show everyone exactly what you're made of. Prove that you're not just another face in the crowd. Don't go unnoticed. And don't blend in. Life is what you make it."

There's a sagebrush branch. It still smells sweet. It still smells like home. But the scent has faded over the years. It isn't a clear as it used to be. It used to be like a sharp ringing bell, calling to mind all the images of loved ones, of friends, of hopes and dreams and a childhood that was never mine. Now the memories are as faded as this branch. I want to send it to someone. I want to send it to someone I care about, or someone I don't care about, or someone I hate. Anyone. I want to send it away to them and say "Look! This is the symbol of the place I used to call home!" I want to throw it in their face angrily, maybe. Or maybe show them how that home was as sweet and imperfect as this branch of sagebrush grown in the desert.

There's also eight letters from our ex. And that's where I stand at the crossroads. Maybe I'll read them one last time and throw them all away. Or maybe not. I'm afraid of doing something I'll regret. I've decided. I'm keeping two of the letters. The rest are going in the trash. That relationship is over. It's been over for a long time. I don't need it anymore. I don't need any of that anymore.

I'm not going to keep living in the past. I can't let it keep consuming me. I can't keep clinging to long-expired dreams and half-forgotten memories. This is it. This is the end of the past and the beginning of the future. I might not have those old friend by my side anymore, the ones from the photographs. But I have new friends. I have a new life.

Loves, I'm thinking of you. I want to move forward. Move closer to you, and further from the things holding me back.

-Sephiroth
persona_system: "I am a soldier. I fight where I'm told, and win where I fight." (Default)
Thank you, Kristi, for the lovely book! I've heard about it, and it sounds pretty fascinating. :) 

Other gifts under the tree on the coffee table included...
District 9 (From Sephiroth, to the system)
An electric votive candle in a Japanese Lantern. Pretty cute! (From Grandma)
$100 from Grandma (Thank the Gods!)
A "travel calculator", ... because we spend so much time traveling. This is one of those "thanks, grandma -_-; " gifts. ^_~
Some expensive soaps (Rosemary-Lavendar, Orange-Cloves, Almond-Oatmeal) and lotion (Sandalwood) From the rents
Some more hair ribbons, one with skulls and another in navy with white laced stitching around the edge. Very lolita.

So, overall much better than I had been expecting (nothing)! And our grandma also sent some cookies and coffee to the whole family, so that should go nice with dinner.

Speaking of which, we have to start it soon and I don't want to leave our mother to cook all of it, but we have a pounding headache that will not go away. Our fever didn't come back last night, but it seems all that uncomfortableness decided to focus itself on our lymphatic system. Our neck is aching something feirce, but I'm glad because that normally means we'll be over whatever's plaguing us pretty quick.

Anyway, Merry Christmas to all!

persona_system: Sephiroth in the sunset. Hope. (S: Hope)
Feeling pretty crap. Hopefully it clears up a bit before we have to cook on Christmas.

Christmas/Christmas Eve is when Zax and I really hit it off with Violet. We've been sort of considering it our unofficial anniversary, because there isn't really date where we became an official couple. So, here's a public anniversary to you.

This is going to sound totally cheesy, (but probably not as cheesy as their real anniversary gift will be) but I found this song not too long ago and I think it pretty much sums up my personal feelings both when we first met you, love, and my feelings now heading into the end of our first year together. I think we've linked you this song already, right? Because we can't get it out of our head. ;)


It's the season of grace coming out of the void,
Where a man is saved by a voice in the distance.
It's the season of possible miracle cures,
Where hope is currency, and death is not the last unknown,
Where time begins to fade
And age is welcome home.

It's the season of eyes meeting over the noise,
And holding fast with sharp realization.
It's the season of cold making warmth a divine intervention.
You are safe here, you know now.

Don't forget.
Don't forget I love
I love
I love you.

It's the season of scars and of wounds in the heart,
Of feeling the full weight of our burdens.
It's the season of bowing our heads in the wind,
And knowing we are not alone in fear,
Not alone in the dark.

Don't forget.
Don't forget I love
I love
I love you.
persona_system: Sephiroth in the sunset. Hope. (S: Hope)
This comes up at least once a week, without fail. I never watch TV. I don't like TV. I don't watch any shows. I don't watch TV on my computer. I don't read episode synopses of the hottest shows so I can converse about it. I DO NOT WATCH TV.

Cut )

I don't like the behaviors it promotes. Screaming rages, adults having tantrums, emotional abuse, back-stabbing, lying, cheating, manipulating people... Unhealthy relationships are the norm on most shows. Characters obsess after their object of desire for 'years', and women swing wildly between doing anything to please their man and doing everything to treat their man like shit.

I don't like the stereotypes.
I don't like seeing a cast of dozens of characters forced into their own little slot. This is especially noticeable with women, but I think it's now coming full circle back around to the men. Women do not have to act like love-struck idiots longing for a man to make them complete. They don't become overbearing harpies the minute they become mothers-in-law. They don't have to have screaming fits when they don't get their way, or weep at their desks while their friends circle around and console them. They can fall somewhere in the middle ground.

Likewise, men do not have to be playboys, jackasses, or loveable dopes. They don't have to be clueless or insensitive. They don't have to be Homer Simpson. And while we're on that subject, there's no need to put down the men just to prove how strong the women characters are. If they're strong, they'll stand on their own as equals. And no, gay men are not all effeminate twinks or leather-bound bears.

I find it incredibly sad and funny that so many men and women have worked for years to further the cause of equal rights, but their work is being undone by something as simple as an electronic box. Why are women and minorities discriminated against? Why has so much of the work gone to waste? Because the people spreading the equal rights message (and the people hearing the message) go home at night and turn on the TV and laugh at the 'crazy woman' stereotype or the hispanic stereotype.

(On a more personal note, and can't count the number of times a certain situation has played out on blogs and personal correspondance. A woman who is very feminist links to a TV episode or movie scene, talking about how hilarious/charming/wonderful it is. I click on the link and I'm immediately struck by how very anti-feminist and counter-productive the program is to the feminist cause. Ladies and gentlemen, please. If you want women to get equal recognition, then wake up and realize that supporting negative portrayals of women IS NOT the way to go about it.)

I don't like that many people become so conditioned to hearing the TV that they have to leave it on all the time. The excuse I normally hear is 'I need background noise.' Life has background noise. Even in the middle of nowhere, there is background noise, whether it's the wind or the house creaking or traffic and people on the street outside. That's a bullshit excuse. What it really means is that these people have become so conditioned to having the TV that they're bored without it. They're aimless. They're lonely. And rather than finding a hobby or enjoying peace and quiet, they need this crutch.

Anyway, I saw a few too many stupid articles and comments today, so that's my little rant to get it all out of my system.

(Also, we might potentially be going driving tomorrow, and I'm trying to get myself out of the panic attack loop I'm stuck in.)

persona_system: Sephiroth in the sunset. Hope. (S: Hope)
And I love all of them. Some aren't quite what I was hoping for, but they're all nice scents.

My initial impressions... I haven't worn any of them yet. I know the scents change on skin and over time. After we shower this evening I'll put one on and see how it smells. :D

Tempest - A bit cold,  smells like laundry detergent. Very fresh. There's a hint of water in it, but it's not enough to make up for the laundry detergent scent. Definitely not what I was hoping for, but it's pleasant.

Lightning - Very similar to tempest, but with less detergent and more orange. It's almost citrusy, and more cold than Tempest. It's definitely a sweeter smell, but neither really live up to the description. I'd definitely get Lightning again, but not more me.

Niflheim - Very sharp. It has that same hint of orange as Lightning, and maybe some mint? It's definitely a more masculine smell, but it's not unpleasantly so. Very bleak. This is probably my favorite of the bunch.

Antony - Also nice, but very stereotypically masculine. I was hoping for a little less mint to this one, because in the vial it comes across as being a lot like aftershave.

Moscow - This is floral out the ass. There's a lot of lilac and lavendar, and maybe lily or orange blossom? It smells like a flower garden, but it's not sickly sweet. This would be a good spring scent.

Cathedral - Exactly as it was described. Leather and sandalwood and a little bit of incense. The next time we order I'll be picking up more from this series.

We also got two extra imps. :D
The Phantom Wooer - Classic perfume. Darker florals without the minty crispness. This is a really classic scent, and I like it.

Defututa - This one is crazy sweet. Very very girly. It smells a bit like kid's orange toothpaste, with the citrus and sugar smell. But it's also got some bubble gum in there, or maybe cotton candy. Miku loves it. It's a much more childish scent than the other's too, which is nice.
persona_system: Sephiroth in the sunset. Hope. (S: Hope)
We're on a roll! Anyway, to wash out some of The Angst from the past few days...

It's that time of year again. That's right, Sephiroth's Baking Marathon. We got the latest issue of Family Circle in the mail yesterday, and it's jam packed with stuff I'm itching to try out. I'm sure I'll be uncovering some other recipies to add to this list, but here's the start...

Twisted Berry Nut Bread (pg108)
Holiday Carrot Cake (pg110)
Stained Glass Cookies (pg116)
Rocky Road Shortbread (pg118)
Gingerbread somethings
French Toast Cupcakes (pg126)

Also on the agenda this year...
Gingersnaps
Shortbread
Meringues
Macaroons
Deco'd sugar cookies
Pumpkin Pie
Oatmeal Cookies
Zax's cookies
Rice Pudding
Pumpkin Pudding

More pressingly, I have to find time to throw together a peach cobbler this weekend, and an apple something next week. I might just do an apple pie.

So much to bake, so little time! Speaking of little time, it's after midnight and we have a long weekend ahead. Toodle-loo!
persona_system: Walking through the rain. Duty. (S: Duty)
Today's the big day. The day we're tackling The Room. In capitals. Fayt, Raz, and Nagi got started this morning and got about halfway through, and now Zax and I are taking over. Well, we took over, and now I'm trying to get someone else to volunteer to finish the job. What a pain in the ass this is. I think I'm going to clear the floor in a few minutes and un-roll our rug. That'll give me something to kneel on while I sort and vacuum. But, it needs to be thoroughly vacuumed, too, so... We'll see.

Anyway, the body has a killer headache and we've got hours more work in here. At least it'll be done and clean. We'll be able to actually USE our room. I'm probably going to rearrange a bit, too, once all the junk is cleared out and put away.

Zax and I are thinking of you, Strife. Love you!

-Seph

Zax says: This is such a hassle. Why does she have to come days before one of the busiest events of the year?
persona_system: Walking through the rain. Duty. (S: Duty)
This next week is going to be incredibly hectic. As if the past few weeks haven't been hectic enough.

First I wanted to do some pimpage of a comic I absolutely adore. MS Paint Adventures. Specifically, the latest ongoing story, Homestuck. http://www.mspaintadventures.com/?s=6 In fact, I adore Homestuck enough that I bought the first volume of the soundtrack, and I'm eagerly awaiting the next volume.

In true MSPA style, the story starts out as a simple thread about a boy and his adventures and quickly begins following the stories of his friends and strangers from other dimensions. For really dedicated MSPA readers there's a lot of in-jokes and references to past Adventures (especially Problem Sleuth and Jailbreak). Remember, though, these comics aren't meant to be funny. They're ADVENTURES. Many pages are animated, many have sound, and some even have interactive mini-games. The soundtrack has some truly amazing chiptune pieces, too. ;) I particularly like Aggrieve and Showtime (Imp Strife Remix), and my newest favorite Explore. (Warning, don't watch the page if you don't want to be spoiled!) 

Anyway, fangirl squeeling out of the way, our grandmother (on our father's side) is coming into town on Thursday. This means the entire house has to be completely cleaned and scrubbed down by WEDNESDAY, and we have to work all weekend. Our mother is going to put in some major cleaning time, and we will be, too, next week. Of course, after we're done with the event this weeked we have to go to Dallas to restock, and we have to process all the new product for Paris Pumpkin Fest NEXT weekend. Our grandmother will be "helping" us with that event. So it's like a quadruple workload or something.

I also have to figure out a selection of pictures we've been working on to show her, and I need to practice the piano a little more this week. (Yeah, like I'll have time for that!) I wanted to get it tuned, but there's just no way we can afford the extra expense with winter coming up. We need to be a coat and shit, and that's a lot more important, sadly.

So, with this crazy schedule we're probably going to be very much Not Present until our grandmother leaves. After Paris, the events should start getting a little slower and it won't be such a mad rush. I've enlisted the help of some people (notably Fayt, Albel, and Potter) to deal with the stress level and help answer mail, messages, etc. Raz has volunteered for work tomorrow, which will give Zax and I a much needed day off before the craziness starts.

But, I know we won't get to write some letters that need to be written, and Zax has a bunch of posts he wants to finish and that's not likely to happen either. I hate... I hate putting that kind of thing off, because it's really fucking important to us. But at the same time, I don't know what else we can do besides basically take a week off from being online. I mean we'll try to pop on a few times a day like always, but we won't be 'present.'

So, for those that we're going to miss, and those who simply can't live without my amazingly sexy presence, I send my love to you! And, Violet? Love you, my light. Miss you.

-Seph
persona_system: "I am a soldier. I fight where I'm told, and win where I fight." (Default)
Well, so we have a bit of a secret to talk about. For the past 10 months or so Zax and I have been in a relationship with a member of another multiple system. Specifically Violet, one of the Cloud's of Rainbow-Avalanche. I've sort of wanted to mention this sooner, but at the same time we all like our privacy. Well, we talked about coming out into the open with it this afternoon, so here I am posting about it.

I feel sort of nervous. I mean, I've wanted to let everyone know basically since we started "dating", but then... I don't want to think about other people's reactions or anything like that. It's like... I want everyone to know about his totally awesome thing and how happy Zax and I are with him, but at the same time I want to keep it all to myself.

So yeah. I guess this is probably a surprise for... well, almost all of you. I know VS have all known since the very beginning, and I also wanted to thank them all for being so supportive and understanding with us as we've gone through our ups and downs. Especially when I was mooning over how awesomely awesome Violet was. You guys are seriously awesome friends.

Anyway, so yeah... There's my announcement. Between Zax and Violet I have TWO awesome boyfriends, and we all couldn't be happier. :)

Thinking of you, love!
-Seph
persona_system: Kadaj looking scary. Needles. (S: Needle)
The leaves aren't turning yet, but the last hot days of summer have passed. Saturday was a beautiful sunny day, up until about 5pm when the event ended and a storm rolled in, and we packed up in the rain. Yesterday was a little gloomy. We spent half the day cleaning up the dining room, which is our business room. There's still a bit of work left to do, but most everything is organized and neat.

We also helped our mother take down the curtains in the dining room. They were sheer light blue, and in any other house they'd have let in plenty of light. But our house is so dark we need as much light as we can get. We tossed them in the wash, and we'll probably just fold them up and put them away somewhere. Instead, we put some white butcher paper over the bottom part of the window, and a little over the top half. So about three quarters of the window is just white paper. It sounds trashier than it looks. We need to tape the paper down a little better in a few places, but overall it turned out pretty nice, and it certainly brightens the room considerably. Plus, it looks very simple, which is an improvement from the ornate and cluttered drapes.

Other than that, our cold is on the upswing, and I bruised our hip pretty badly yesterday because I'm a clumsy fuck. Needless to say, we slept like shit last night. It was a little colder than we've gotten used to, damp, and our entire left leg hurt like a bitch.

I took the dogs outside for a few minutes and played with Grace. Chaplin, our dog, doesn't like to play with us much. But Grace is a huge sweetie and really playful. We have several large trees in our yard that constantly shed branches, and today there was a five foot tree-limb, about two inches in diameter, in the yard. Grace always goes for the largest sticks possible, so it was pretty funny to see her running around trying to keep the branch up. Then, she decided she'd come get me from the back steps, but we have a metal dolly by the back path for hauling our retail stuff around, and the branch caught on the dolly and tipped it over. For some reason she's terrified of any and every kind of dolly, so it took me a few minutes to coax her back into the backyard.

I've been having a blast with Sim City 4. I've started quite a few smaller cities. Mostly I was working on building super ritzy communities, but with my latest project I'm trying to build slowly and keep the budget perfectly balanced. It's a farming community, but i think I'm going to have to move it more towards manufacturing, because otherwise I'll run out of land area! :D

Hopefully Legend of Mana will arrive today. I don't know how eager I am to play it right now, but I don't want it getting lost in the mail or something.

I put a new scent in our Scentsy thing for fall. Maple Butter Pecan or something. And I baked some Banana Spice cookies yesterday. They were so moist that it's more like banana spice crumb goms, but they're delicious anyway.

Also, thinking of you, love.
-Seph

X-posted from DW to LJ and IJ

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