matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Cogito_Ergo_Snark)
Have been trying to log onto the pirate signal all afternoon and evening, but it didn't manage to go through until just now at the stroke of ten PM. Odd since this is my usual hour to hop on to tag RP entries, etc.

Two long, tiring days at work, back to back (I specifically asked to work the holiday yesterday, as it's time and a half and I need the cash). Still have not called Verizon as I have just been too darn busy between work, etc. The three of us went to the cemetery last night to put flowers on my grandfather's grave. Dad even went to the trouble of adding a curved stone above the headstone to keep the soil from washing down and filling in the lettering on it (as it's apt to do).

Finished reading the first third of the Gormenghast trio and am quite a bit of a way through book two (whilst waiting for the pirate signal to become clear), surprised at how much I'd forgotten, but then again, it was ten years ago that I first read the bricks, and that wasn't the best time in my life, either so those two years are a bit of a haze anyway (broken engagement, working, etc.). In case anyone's wondering how I first found out about it, it was from seeing the previews for the miniseries on the local PBS station, and then spotting the omnibus edition at the Pollard Library in Lowell a week or two later.

And yes, I was a bit of a Steerpike fangirl from the start.

The night I got the laptop, I'd also hit up the Salem Barnes & Noble, where I'd picked up the first of Richard Kadrey's "Sandman Slim" series, aka "Stark's canon" to the [livejournal.com profile] carpe_ho_ras crew. You know you're part of it when you think of something as "so and so's canon".
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (It's a Wonderful Life)
...And another goes up in it's place. We've started phasing out the big Christmas tree by putting up a smaller tree, this time one of those wire-frame trees with multi-colored lights which usually show up in people's yards. In this case, we've bent up the ends of the branches so that I can hang my mom's huuuge collection of angel ornaments on them. It may not glow quite as brightly as the big tree, but it's a good way to ease away from it. The tree will come down on Candlemas (Feb. 2nd), but for now, I'm in the process of putting it up, which could take a while since we've got a choir's worth of angel ornaments.
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Nativity)
My dad and I put up the outdoor nativity scene just before supper tonight: we had a few problems with loose bulbs in some of the figures, but other than that, we set it up without a hitch. It's a little early to set it up, but we've both got work tomorrow, so we thought it was better to set it up tonight. We've even got the Magi and their camel up, too, marching along the snowbank toward the stable. They aren't lit up yet, but they'll be lit for Epiphany. Setting it up that way really puts it all into perspective.

I just have to finish putting the ornaments on the big tree downstairs and decorate the inside of the house, which I'll do tomorrow, after work... well, the tree will actually wait till later in the evening, while we're watching "It's a Wonderful Life" on TV. It's one of my little traditions.

I read recently that in some South American country, it might have been Venezuela, some of the nativity scenes are a little unusual: besides the traditional figures, folks add other figures like little statues of modern-day folks and even cartoon characters and action figures. I know that the Traddie types would have a aneurysm over something like that, but I thought it sounded really clever: hey, it's part of inculturation.

G.K. Chesterton on the dark side of Christmas )
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Passion_of_the_Christ)
And I don't even know *why* I was miserable. I slept good last night, I took my vitamins and my 5-HTP, and the weather has improved vastly. I spent most of my shift grinding my teeth, unable to stand being around so many people. I almost collapsed from mental exhaustion. I also found out I'll have to work on Monday, but at least it's only for four hours, and it's time and a half pay, so it evens out.

A couple of bright spots: the store had a paperback book sale, and in amongst all the dreadful romance novels, I found a copy of William Gibson's "Pattern Recognition", which I snapped up for a couple of dollars. And my dad did a test of the Flag of Lights (For the new folks reading this, here's the story of the Flag of Lights. The blue lights are a little messed-up -- some have gone out, or gone missing -- so he'll have to replace those. But it looks good!
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (The_Sandman)
Just been hanging up birch branches over our porch light against any unwelcome faerie visitors (Or at least I *think* that's why we put them up: it's an old English tradition on the eve of St. John's Day), as well as listening to Mendelssohn's "Midsummer Night's Dream" music (I have *got* to find the complete recording of that...). And I added a new tradition: Reading "The Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream", as collected in the third book of the trade paperbacks, "The Sandman: Dream Country". I think I even heard of an English Lit teacher using the comic in a unit study... and with good reason: Neil sure knows how to blend history and myth together.

"Things need not have happened to be true. Tales and dreams are the shadow-truths that will endure when mere facts are dust and ashes and forgot."

-- Dream, speaking in "The Sandman: A Midsummer Night's Dream"

Eastertide

Mar. 27th, 2005 11:12 pm
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Alleluia! HE IS RISEN!! )
matrixrefugee: the word 'refugee' in electric green with a background of green matrix code (Default)
I wore my "Irish Princess" baseball cap to work today: at least three pepple commented on it, not including K. the supervisor. Her response was, "I've seen a bunch of people wearing 'Irish Princess' stuff; I think I'm gonna make a shirt that says 'Irish Queen'." I added that my wearing the "Irish Princess" hat was partly the truth, and I went on to tell her about the geneology my mom had done. Come to find out the Mulhares are descended from a family of the nobility that had its own castle in County Clare. At Christmas, Mom gave me a scarf made in the tartan of Co. Clare (green, blue, gold and maroon), which I've been wearing with pride all this week. We've found out that the name was originally O Maolchairill, which means "servant of the horse lord", and we've also got a family crest, a field vert with three argent herons dexter (translation: a green shield with three silver herons facing stage right). Motto: "Per ardua surgo" ("I rise through adversity" -- that fits us!).

For dinner, Mom cooked "praties in their jackets" (baked potatoes -- yum!) and she *tried* baking an Irish pound cake last night (for some reason it has to chill overnight), but she ran out of sugar in the middle of it, so she had to finish prepping it tonight... which means we'll be having our cake and eating it too, tomorrow night. Spread the Irish cheer!

I leave you with a quote from Neil Gaiman's "American Gods", where the hero, Shadow, meets Mad Sweeny the leprchaun:

"What do you do?" [said Shadow]

The bearded man lit his cigarette. "I'm a leprechaun," he said with a grin.

Shadow did not smile. "Really?" he said. "Shouldn't you be drinking Guinness?"

"Stereotypes. You have to learn to think outside the box," said the bearded man. "There's a lot more to Ireland than Guiness."

"You don't have an Irish accent."

"I've been over here too f[*]cken long."

"So you *are* originally from Ireland?"

"I told you. I'm a leprechaun. We don't come from f[*]cken Moscow."

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