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13 March 2015 @ 09:34 am


 
 
Where: home
Feeling: hungryhungry
Noise: people leaving for work
 
 
Jan
05 April 2015 @ 12:23 pm
What a terrible time to be without a DVR. Tonight at 9 PM Central, American Odyssey begins on NBC, Wolf Hall starts on PBS, and Salem season 2 (Witch War) returns on WGN. Not to mention I've missed Dovekeepers on CBS and A.D. The Bible Continues on NBC. The Ten Commandments is on tonight as well, but I've seen it so many times (we had to show it to our 6th RE classes at St. Ann Catholic Parish, during the years I taught there), I can do without it.
I think I'm going to watch Wolf Hall, and figure out some way to see the others later on (American Odyssey on Hulu tomorrow, and Salem on repeat tonight at 10 PM).

Having local channels only really sucks.​

I'm taking my grumpy butt to bed for a nap.

Cheers,
Jan
 
 
Where: home
Feeling: sleepysleepy
Noise: Basil snoring
 
 
Jan
13 March 2015 @ 07:14 am
With the completion of my new blog design (the second in as many months), I thought I'd leave a few words.

Spring is trying to get a foothold here in Eastern Iowa. There remain huge piles of filthy snow in many corners, and mud puddles are all that's left of most of the frozen patches. Saturated grass and wide swathes of thick mud will grab at your shoes (or paws in Basil's case) if you're not careful.

Welcome sunshine has replaced white skies, and the accompanying warmth is such a lovely change. As I write this, there is a great deal of honking going on outside, as the Mallards are returning to the pond in front of my apartment. The pond is still 50% ice covered, but where the water flows freely, the ducks have made a claim.

It's not quite capris weather, due to the fact that in the wee hours (the time my shift ends), the temps are still stuck in the 30's. I'm very ready to ditch khakis and black pants in favor of bare calves and shins. I will be patient though, because without heat in my car, bare skin albeit hands on the steering wheel, can cause a chill pretty darn quick, once the sun goes down.

I hope you're adjusting better than I am to daylight savings time. It'll take me at least another week or so before I get over feeling discombobulated.

Cheers,

Jan
 
 
Where: home
Feeling: exhaustedexhausted
Noise: peace and quiet
 
 
Jan
28 February 2015 @ 04:54 am
I still check LJ regularly, but as you can see it's been a long time since I've posted anything.

So I'm not gone, just not active. You can catch up with me on FB, Pinterest, Tumblr, Twitter & We Heart It.

Cheers,

Jan
 
 
Jan
24 December 2014 @ 01:04 am
I have to go into work at noon, so I'll make this short.

After work I've been invited over to my brother's for snacks and treats. My niece Alyssa has been fighting the flu this week, so the family get together hinges on whether she's feeling better. I'll be disappointed if she's still sick and very understanding, since two weeks ago while visiting Cassie in Denver, I had my own bout of flu. What a terrible way to spend your vacation. Luckily, two and 1/2 days later I was well.

As is family tradition, on Christmas Day we all meet up at my Aunt Barb's for lots of food and great company. I look forward to this very much every year. I love festive family gatherings, and I'm very blessed with the opportunity to celebrate the major holidays with my extended family.

I wonder how my biological family will be spending the holidays? They'll be in my thoughts, especially since my cousin Larry is very into genealogy, and I'm sure we'll be discussing what I've found out about my half sisters, mother and maternal grandparents.

Basil is already conked out, so on that note I'll say good night.

Merry Christmas to all and much love,

Jan
 
 
Where: home
Feeling: tiredtired
Noise: The History of England podcast
 
 
 
Jan
27 November 2014 @ 06:53 am
Well it took me a while, but I finally sat down and composed an FB message to send to both of my half sisters. I was so nervous about it, but once I got started I hit my stride. I did however, edit it at least 5 times.

I also sent both of them friend requests.

Today, I received a notification that 1 of my sisters "liked" a comment I made in the Iowa Adoptees Search group. Well, that's something right?

At least 1 of them read my message and decided to check out what I'd posted on the group. I can only imagine what she thought, but at least she had a positive response.

So as my thoughts run wild over this tiny move forward, I'm trying to analyze what this means. And I'm dying to know her reaction. It's so hard to be patient, but I am SO very glad she has made this first step. Anything or nothing could happen now, and I have to just cool it and wait.

Oh my goodness I have so much to be thankful for this year!

Happy Thanksgiving everyone!



Cheers,
Jan
 
 
Jan
28 September 2014 @ 12:23 am
I guess after having to put up with Doctor Who splitting series in half and making us wait for months on end before starting again, should make the waiting now for the remainder of Outlander in April, easier to bear.

I do have the rest of Outlander to read, and for my birthday on Tuesday I bought a paperback copy of Dragonfly in Amber, so I have that as well to keep me company.

Speaking of reading Outlander, this is my second time through and I'm finding it a bit weird. As I'm reading, my brain inserts the bits from the tv show that aren't in the book, and it often becomes a confusing mishmash. It helps to reread whichever particular section I'm in the midst of - just to clarify things. And my dreams... They are all Outlander all the time now. Not unpleasant at all, but I don't ever remember dreaming of the book the first time round.

The midseason finale was quite an adventure. They were wet during most of it, and must have been freezing - while filming in Scotland. I wonder if they ever have warm weather there? It's no wonder folks wore so many layers of clothes, and slept under furs. I would've been sick all the time and perpetually freezing. I don't think I'd have lived as long then as I have now.

Tomorrow Starz is having an Outlander marathon of all eight episodes back to back. Can't decide if I'll watch it, since I have it all on my DVR.

You know something weird? This is the first episode that I haven't automatically watched two or three times after the initial viewing. What's keeping me from doing that do you think? Perhaps because I know the 'end' is coming and I think if I don't watch it again, I can keep the 'end' at arms length? Strange.

 
 
Where: home
Feeling: pensivepensive
Noise: crickets in the night
 
 
Jan
21 September 2014 @ 09:23 am
The blog Outlander Pod has all of the beautiful HUGE photos from last night's episode. I was on the fence whether or not I should retouch them, but in the end I decided not (they're all over the internet now, and I mean everywhere).
So here they are in thumbnail form, so click to see them in their full amazing glory.



Aren't they lovely?

I also wanted to add that my initial disappointment in the episode totally evaporated by the time I watched it for the 3rd time. I'm now left with a glow of happy, sweet, romantic and HOT memories. Holy cow are the sex scenes incredible. Unlike Game of Thrones full frontal in your face treatment of nudity, Outlander makes it all so sexy and wonderful (and doesn't leave you feeling like you need to go to confession). A bit of backstory - Jamie is a virgin when he and Claire couple for the first time, so it's awesome to watch him blossom into an eager and totally engaged lover. I love the scene when Claire audibly expresses her pleasure during their lovemaking and Jamie's reaction - it's priceless. <3 <3
 
 
Where: home
Feeling: hungryhungry
Noise: The Scot and the Sassenach Podcast
 
 
Jan
20 September 2014 @ 09:58 pm
So tonight's episode of Outlander was "The Wedding". I'll admit something right off, I was a bit disappointed, but only because this section in the book is so rich with detailed description. I'm still getting used to the adapting of it all into visuals.
It was beautifully photographed, and visuals told much of the story sans narrative. The underlining emotion brought me close to tears more than once. And the music as always was so hauntingly beautiful. Lit merely by candlelight, the ceremony warmed my heart and sent it flying with hope to the sky.
Jamie was just as he should be, tender and loving, with much reverence for the woman who had become his bride. I'm certain Sam Heughan sent the millions of fans hearts fluttering, every time he spoke a word or too.
The lovemaking was very well done. So much passion and and exploration, of what's now begin the beginning of the expression of a love, that constantly amazes them at it's depth and consumes them joyfully throughout their lives.
 
 
Jan
17 August 2014 @ 11:20 am
Hmm, is it a coincidence that I'm a huge fan of Doctor Who and Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series? Both are about time travelers. Interesting...

James Purefoy finally got married again. So much for his serial monogamy. I hope he can manage more than a decade with the new wife. Considering his previous relationships, that could prove to be a challenge. I hope it works out.

I've had to cut ALL milk products from my diet, due to my lactose intolerance. No more low lactose foods - even they make me feel ill now. How will I ever live without sharp cheddar cheese?

Starz' new Outlander series makes me all kinds of happy. I finally got my butt in gear and ordered a copy of "Outlander", the first book in the series from Amazon, to replace mine which was ruined when my apartment flooded in June. I had the first seven books, so I do want to eventually have them all again, adding the newest two as well.

This has been the best summer weather-wise that I can remember. I could live with 70ish degree temps all year 'round!

Basil is being such a cuddle bug today. I think he's trying to tell me that I need to get some sleep.

How did I ever get along without OnDemand? I'm hooked on so many tv shows it's ridiculous. It takes the better part of the weekend just to get caught up!

Well, I think I'll take the hint from Basil and get some shuteye after all.

Enjoy your Sunday my friends!
 
 
Where: home
Feeling: hungry, thirsty, sleepy
Noise: hum of very distance traffic