Any LA people want to go with me?
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In other wonderfully fabulous news, darksylvia and I both have our plane reservations for our Panic At The Disco concert exchange extravaganza! She's flying down here for the Sacramento show (Oct. 12th), then we're both flying back to Seattle for the show up there (Oct. 14th), and then I'm staying a few extra days with her. Because she's so awesome and wonderful and cool.
And did I mention that WE'RE SEEING PANIC AT THE DISCO TOGETHER AGAIN??? TWICE???? That will make 4 times we have seen them together this year. This is also incredibly awesome and wonderful and cool. :-D
I ♥ you Leah!! We get to reinvent ♥ with Panic AGAIN!!!
( Other not-so-good news about my emotional health and my poor sick birdie... )
Hope everything is well with all of you, wonderful f-list people. :-)
Just think, that Mayan prophecy of the end of the world is less than 5 years away now! Whoo-hoo!
On a somewhat more interesting note...
- 2008 is a leap year
- It is the International year of Planet Earth, the Potato and Sanitation
- The iPhone will be released in Canada (hopefully without that annoying "it's still 2007" error)
- Bill Gates will step down from daily duties at Microsoft after 3 decades (I predict this will have absolutely no effect on the frequency with which my father blames Bill for every problem related to technology, commerce and the world in general)
- Summer Olympic Games (XXIX Olympiad) will take place in China
- The US will elect its 44th president (PLEASE VOTE!)
- Due to the previous item,GEORGE W. BUSH WILL NO LONGER BE OUR 'PRESIDENT'!!!! That fact alone makes it a year to look forward to!
Lots of other things will happen too, I'm sure. More starlets will publicly make train wrecks of their lives. Hopefully the writer's strike will come to an end quickly. And it should go without saying that I want war to end and our soldiers to come home.
== AS FOR ME PERSONALLY ==
I'm going to spend 2 or 3 months with my brother and his family near Washington DC! This will mean that plans must be made for east coast fan gatherings and events. Tickets to Randy's play(s) must be acquired. And someone will hopefully volunteer to give me the grand (but affordable) tour of New York City, as I have never been there.
I haven't decided exactly when to go yet, but I'm thinking the earliest I'd arrive would be at the end of March. It really depends a lot on what events will be happening and when. Do I want to see Randy in Antony & Cleopatra in April? Or hope that he'll get a good role in Stockbridge in July (or August)?
Any ideas or advice for me? I'm spending 2 months - possibly 3 - out there for the express purpose of doing some sightseeing, meeting some awesome people and going to some fantastic events. This isn't like that 2 week trip I made with my parents back in May '06 where we had almost every minute of the trip planned out. I will sometimes have a car available to use for short distance trips, but for something longer I'll probably take the train or maybe rent a car if necessary.
The only bad part of all this is that I can't take my birds with me. I could take them, as far as my brother is concerned. He doesn't mind having them at the house with me. But how would I get them there? Has anyone ever heard of taking 2 little parakeets on a cross country plane ride? Right now, the plan is for my other brother and his family here in California to take care of them. My sister-in-law was rather excited with the idea - giving her kids a chance to see what it's like to take care of pets without a long term commitment. Good trial run for them. But I'm going to miss my birdie babies.
It was a gorgeous day here in central California today. The birds were out singing - which my parakeets just love - and looking out the window, I noticed a rather unusual bloom on the top of a tree in our backyard. It's a palm-type tree, although Dad says it's a cypress of some sort, but I've never seen a bloom like this on it before. Before I put my glasses on, I almost thought it was a big cluster of garlic and thought maybe the neighbors were planning some weird Halloween party. LOL In any case, check out the pics for yourself. I put them on Photobucket because they let you view some EXIF data, which the nerd in me is really into.
Oh - the bird in the last 5 photos is on a different tree in the backyard, obviously. Can't remember what kind of tree it is, but I don't suppose it's all that important at the moment.
So does anyone have a more specific ID on the tree with the bloom? For that matter, does anyone know what kinds of birds are visiting me? I really should learn more about the birds we have here locally.( A rather amazing bloom on our cypress tree, and a couple of feathered friends who were apparently ready for their closeups )
Here's my new baby:
I'm thinking of calling her Bailey. I say 'her' but the truth is, it's very difficult to tell at this early age what sex they are. So I kind of want a name that'll go with either sex, in case she turns out to be a he. Hayley has been suggested, and I really like that too, but I can't see it for a boy.
All my birds have had two syllable names ending in Y. Kirby, Colby (who started life as Colette, 'cause I thought he was a she at first), Riley and Kiley... and now... ? Bailey? What do you all think? Any other ideas?
If you're wondering why her beak is partly black, it's because she's so young. She was only fledged a week ago. I wanted one that's young so I can try and teach it to like people. So far she just bites me though, and that beak is sharp! LOL
We took my 3 year old nephew and 2 year old niece with us - they and my sis-in-law are here visiting again (from LA) - and they got to see tiny baby birds and eggs in some nest boxes. They seemed really interested in all of it. It's always fun when you have a chance to see something like that through a child's eyes.
Well, that's it for now. Unless you all want to hear about my physical and pelvic exam yesterday... LOL. At least I don't have to have a mammogram this year - my doc says it safe for me to go every other year until I'm forty, since my mom got breast cancer at a fairly advanced age (72). I go see my thyroid cancer doctor on Monday... I've been feeling really run down for the last month or two, and I suspect my thyroid levels might be off. I actually hope that's what it is, because at least that's relatively easy to fix with medication.
Oh... I have two new wallpapers almost done... watch for a site update announcement soon! :-)
I'm just sharing a pic of my Kiley bird, 'cause she has this one place she loves to perch and it just looks so funny to me...
I have a fan that is right close to her cage, and she flies out of her cage right to it, and hangs head down... sort of... well, like in the picture. And she'll sit there for ages and chatter or sing or just be silent. But I think it's the weirdest thing that she likes to hang partway down the side of the fan, with her head down and her tail up in the air. LOL I think she needs a birdy friend to hang out with.
So my cold is pretty much gone now. My computer still sucks big time though. I ordered more memory for it (huge thanks to beloved4always for the link!), and hopefully it'll be here in a day or two. I think that'll make a big difference, but I suspect I won't be satisfied until I've upgraded from WinME to WinXP now that I used it down at my brother's place in SoCal.
I owe so many people email right now... ::sigh:: And I hate writing email usually. Why is that?
Oh - I have to pimp my dear sweet peach1250 - she uploaded a bunch of stories to FHSA a couple days ago. I finally read Alien Biology 101, Peach! Aren't you proud of me? It's a crazy, fun, wild, hot Clark/Lex story. Yummm. ;-) FHSA, for those who don't know, is a fabulous multi-fandom archive run by my dear friend drkcherry. You'll find it here: http://www.fhsarchive.com/autoarchive/ I did the graphics for the site, btw. :-)
Alien Biology 101
Warnings for raped!Lex, and mpreg - hey, it is an alien story hehe
I haven't read it yet, but Peach and Catlover's "Autobiography of Lex and Clark" is also up. It was a story they were writing on Greatest Journal, much the same way Randall & Cael write their Brian/Justin Journals, and it's now complete, betaed and up on FHSA.
Now, I'll admit I'm rather biased, but I think Peach doesn't get nearly the recognition she deserves. She writes mostly X-Files and Smallville, but she is a Brian/Justin fan too - she's the one who turned me on to Queer as Folk, so anybody who likes my QAF wallpapers owes her a huge thanks. ;-) Her website - which I originally set up for her and did all the site graphics for - is here: http://us.geocities.com/peach1250/
If you want to read a B/J story from her, my birthday present from her fits the bill very nicely. ;-)
Sunshine Makes Me High
I'm not sure what made me decide to publicly love the Peach today in particular, but I do love her and like I said, she doesn't get the recognition she deserves, so show her some love! LOL Or something like that.
K - for those who don't know, I've had at least one budgerigar aka budgie aka parakeet for the past 11 years or so. Love them... they're sweet and pretty and... I love 'em. So anyway, my beloved bird Kirby - my first bird ever whom I'd had for 11 years - died just before Thanksgiving last year. She's been my constant companion throughout my battle with thyroid cancer, and she was very special to me. I do have another budgie - a 3 year old male named Riley. He is lost without Kirby. Just having a rough time of it. And he doesn't like me as much as Kirby did. Kirby belonged to me, and Riley belonged to Kirby. That's the way it was.
So Riley and I have both been mourning the loss of Kirby, but I didn't want to rush into getting another bird. Anyway, a friend of my mom's breeds them, so I finally went over there today and picked one out. A beautiful 9 month old female, white/aqua blue/pale yellow combination. Really pretty and very sweet. I'm sure I'll put pictures up here sooner or later.
But I haven't been able to think of a good name for her yet. All my birds have had 5 letter names ending in Y, so I sort of want to keep with that theme. Kirby - female, Colby - male, and Riley - male. So it can be either female sounding, or more ambiguous like the other names I've used.
So, any ideas?