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LJ friending policy: anybody's welcome to friend me and read and comment at any time. A large portion of my posts are public anyway. I don't automatically follow everybody back, sorry. I've got more than 200 folks I read, plus 60+ communities/feeds/etc. LJ is enough of a timesink that I should probably cut back more in favor of other stuff like writing articles. Or stories. Or napping. And I won't be insulted if you unfriend me at any given time. Every day is Friend/Unfriend Amnesty Day around here!
Added pics of me and the dogs. (12/2008)
Added links to other social stuffies. (5/2009)
Added friend policy. (7/2009)
Updated job and other random stuffs. (12/2011)
Mar. 21st, 2013 | 09:16 am
- Lots of cake!!
- Glittery nail polish w/ extra glitter and some glitter on the side
- A Phineas & Ferb lunch bag and a homemade pocket sized Perry the Platypus
- A new purse
- Two dresses (one is pink, one is green)
- Two pairs of shoes (one pair is pink, one pair is silver)
- Wreck-It Ralph -- which I am going to watch with Boyfriendguy as soon as I'm done typing this!
- Lots of birthday greetings from my friends & family which make me so happy and warm n fuzzy
- Old Navy gift cards
- Did I mention the glitter?
- And the cake????
- A pink ribbon-on-leather cuff bracelet
I freaking love my birthday. And I love all of you! <3
Looking at my list of gifts so far... I am forced to conclude that I am mentally 12 years old forever.
Feb. 9th, 2013 | 12:00 pm
One of this year's resolutions was to start LJing more often. Maybe set a day of the week that is my weekly update day or something. I'd like to post at least once a week. I'd like to catch up with everybody, and get back that sense of community I used to feel before I hermited it all away.
So... okay. I just got the notice to renew my account and if I'm going to be paying cash monies for this thing I'd damn well better use it.
Dec. 6th, 2012 | 07:28 am
Rune Day! Haven't done one of these in a while!
Leave me a comment, I'll leave you a rune. Easy peasy. You can have a question in mind (you don't have to tell me) or you can see what the Universe has to say. Feel free to share your rune, spread the word, invite your pals.
Happy holiday of choice, loves! <3
Nov. 5th, 2012 | 08:20 pm
The crafty panel was super fun, and we invented the Tiny Soda Can Hat:
It was originally going to be a tiny soda can candle holder, but we started putting them on our heads and a new fad was born. Lots of strangers took pictures of me wearing it. :D
My very-first-at-a-con reading went well, and the other two writers who were also reading had very kind things to say about my story. <3
And on my day of rest (today) I went to meet with a potential wholesale client for rugs. I brought in nine rugs, she bought all of them right there. I AM EXCITE.
Oh, and then voice actress Grey DeLisle sent me a DM on the Twitter. I feel like a rock star.
Nov. 1st, 2012 | 06:29 am
My schedule is as follows, for easy stalking:
Stitch and Bitch - Friday
Sellwood Fri Nov 2 12:00pm-1:00pm
Yarn, hand-sewing, and chatter. A quiet place to stitch and bitch.
(*)Elizabeth Fellows, Aimee C. Amodio, Elaine Teadtke
Ross Island Fri Nov 2 2:00pm-3:00pm
What is theme? How do you develop theme in your writing, or should you
even try? For the sake of future graduate students studying your
brilliant prose, learn about this often-neglected aspect of
(*)Richard A. Lovett, Annie Bellet, Aimee C. Amodio, Wendy N. Wagner
Playing with Blocks
Hamilton Fri Nov 2 3:00pm-4:00pm
When ideas fail to materialize. Having trouble thinking up new story
ideas? What to do when your muse skips town.
(*)Aimee C. Amodio, Kamila Miller, Dave Duncan, Steven Barnes
Stitch and Bitch - Saturday
Sellwood Sat Nov 3 9:00am-10:00am
Yarn, hand-sewing, and chatter. A quiet place to stitch and bitch.
Elizabeth Fellows, Aimee C. Amodio, (*)Elaine Teadtke
Broadway Sat Nov 3 12:00pm-2:00pm
Make decorative art objects from civilization's most common leftovers:
plastic bags, cardboard and soda cans.
Aimee C. Amodio, (*)Shauna McKain-Storey, Mana Conrad
I AM SO EXCITED FOR THIS PANEL YOU HAVE NO IDEA SERIOUSLY.
Writers of the Future
Morrison Sat Nov 3 3:00pm-4:00pm
Much more than a contest, this can be a stepping stone to a published
career. Come find out about this contest, what it takes, and what it can
do for you.
(*)Ken Scholes, Aimee C. Amodio, Stoney Compton, David W. Goldman
Stitch and Bitch - Sunday
Sellwood Sun Nov 4 9:00am-10:00am
Yarn, hand-sewing, and chatter. A quiet place to stitch and bitch.
(*)Elaine Teadtke, Aimee C. Amodio
Writers of the Future Reading
Grant Sun Nov 4 11:00am-12:00pm
Writers of the Future winners read their work.
Aimee C. Amodio, K.C. Ball, Blake Hutchins
YES THIS IS MY FIRST TIME DOING A READING AT A CONVENTION. LEVEL UP!
My personal goal for the weekend is to get a picture with EVERYONE who is dressed as an Avenger. So if you see anybody of the heroic persuasion, please send 'em my way!
Oct. 16th, 2012 | 09:17 pm
So I was wearing it to work today.
As I was walking through the store, a customer starts giving me weird looks. She's holding a pillow, looking at the pillow and then at me, the pillow and then me, the pillow and then me. So I stop and ask if I can help her.
She says, "My couch is REALLY RED and I'm not sure if this pillow will go." And she's eyeing my dress.
So I take the pillow and hold it up against my skirt so she can compare the two. I even flipped it over so she could see both sides. Good thing I wasn't wearing some other color of dress, huh?
Oct. 11th, 2012 | 08:39 am
Whoever suggested acid reflux might be right... bleh!
Oct. 7th, 2012 | 08:01 am
Oct. 5th, 2012 | 12:14 pm
I've strained/irritated/pissed off my Achilles, but it's greatly cheered up by my spiffy new space bootie that I get to wear for 2 weeks. I'm super thankful that nothing seems to be torn or broken, just unhappy!!!
Sep. 29th, 2012 | 12:29 pm
Sep. 25th, 2012 | 10:51 pm
So. He had an ultrasound and a bunch of blood tests. His bladder is so full of blood that they couldn't see anything else (apparently blood cells are big and overshadow small stuff like bacteria). His bladder walls are inflamed, and there's sediment and a mass that might be a blood clot (I hope it's a blood clot).
He's also got a fungal & bacterial skin infection. So he's got like 5 different kinds of meds, and hopefully the antibiotic part of the meds will clear up the bladder issue. If he's still peeing blood in a few days, back to the vet we go.
This dog. Complicated. I am going to lose my mind.
Sep. 25th, 2012 | 08:41 am
We're rushing to the vet once again.
This time, he appears to be peeing blood.
Internets, have you met my accident prone son?
Sep. 21st, 2012 | 11:05 am
I think Boyfriendguy wants to go run errands and stuff, but I dunno if I'm feeling that ambitious. :/
Sep. 20th, 2012 | 07:22 pm
*bumps jukebox with hip, gives thumbs up*
Sep. 18th, 2012 | 06:26 pm
I love doing large rugs -- and am on my 2nd special order large rug with a 3rd possible in the near future -- but after a certain size, they're unwieldy to do on my lap. And my dining room table is not big enough.
Sep. 13th, 2012 | 08:39 am
Nine years ago today, I went to the Rutland, VT Humane Society to look at dogs.
I visited a sad-looking little tan dog out in the yard, and she wanted no part of me. Not interested at all - sniffing was way more important. So I decided I'd think on it and give it more time.
Halfway home, I started crying and turned around and went back for that sad-looking little tan dog.
In nine years, I've seen her go from timid -- she would submissive piddle if I raised my voice for any reason -- to confident. She's smart enough to know which toy I'm asking her to get, and stubborn enough to not want to share the bed with Moose.
Sep. 12th, 2012 | 07:17 pm
-- coworker to me this evening, as we were closing the store/making up funny songs
Sep. 10th, 2012 | 07:13 pm
When he was 23, my friend Steve killed himself, and though I don’t think of him every day, I do think of him often, and I wonder what kind of life he’d have now if he’d gotten help for his Depression. Being 40 and recalling being 23, I can’t imagine a person ending a life that is just beginning.
I thought about Steve today when I read Jenny Lawson’s post about suicide and depression.
Talking about suicide makes me think suicidal thoughts, which is probably one of the stupidest triggers in the history of the world.
Nonetheless, it’s important that we do speak up and that we’re aware of the dangers inherent in the world we live in. And it’s not just about those of us with mental illness. About one in four adults suffer from a diagnosable mental disorder in a given year. That means if you think about your 10 favorite people in the whole world two of them could be at risk of suicide. That’s why it’s so important to recognize the warning signs and to know how to get help for yourself or others. If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide call 800-273-TALK, or click here for resources.
But for today let’s talk about the positives. Let’s talk about why we’re still here. Let’s talk about the words that help us get through. Let’s talk about the pictures and places and songs that saved us, because maybe they can save others.
I’m here because my daughter saves me every day.
The words that help me make it through are “Depression lies.”
I haven’t ever talked about this in public, but today’s a good day to start.
I haven’t ever felt suicidal, but I do have Depression and Anxiety. I suffered for no good reason for decades, until I couldn’t reconcile my awesome life with feeling terrible all the time. Talking therapy wasn’t ever enough for me, and I was very resistant to medication, because I believed (and continue to believe) that we are an over-medicated culture.
But, still, I wouldn’t just sit around and suffer if I had a treatable non-mental illness, so I went to a doctor, and I got better. Now, I take some medication every morning, and it has made all the difference in my life.
I remember the first week after I started meds, Anne and I were out for a walk. I felt her hand in mine, and realized that I didn’t have any lingering tension or unhappiness just buzzing around in my skull. I was just enjoying a walk with my wife, and holding her hand.
And I began to cry, because I was so happy.
“It’s like I was in a loud room for so long, I didn’t know how loud it was,” I said, “and all I have now is the ringing in my ears.”
She squeezed my hand and I said, “I’m going to remember that ringing in my ears, so I never go back into that room again.”
That was about four years ago, and I’m happy to say that I’ve stayed out of the room. I can actually enjoy my friends, my family, and my life. I have bad days from time to time, but I know they’ll pass, and — most important of all — I may have Depression, but Depression doesn’t have me. I know that’s sort of corny, but it’s pretty accurate, too.
So, please, if you or someone you know suffer from Depression — with or without thoughts of suicide — please talk to someone, and get help from a doctor. As Jenny says, Depression lies, and you don’t need to let it control your life.
Sep. 7th, 2012 | 11:11 am
Lots of stressy work dreams, or real life-ish stuff (my grandmother with Alzheimer's forgetting my name, winning a contest I didn't actually win, etc.)
One I want to remember for the WTF factor so I'm writing it down: it was an Avatar: the Last Airbender dream where Aang had died and Katara had to pretend to be the Avatar in order to keep things going. (Conveniently forgetting the part where Avatar dies = new Avatar being born to keep the cycle going.)
OH GOD my dream brain is writing weird fanfic.
Sep. 6th, 2012 | 08:13 pm
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Jul. 12th, 2012 | 08:15 pm
Aaaanyway. I have mild sleep apnea, and had the choice of a CPAP machine or an oral appliance (*snort* I said "oral") to help reduce the number of incidents (where I stop breathing) per night.
I decided to try the appliance, and got ... fitted? Not sure if that's the right word... for it today. It was FREAKING COOL.
The doc squirted this purple foam/gel stuff onto a U-shaped thingy and pressed it onto my teeth. 20 seconds later, the foam hardened into solid plastic. It was really cool in a nerdy way. And then he drilled/ground/filed/shaved it until he was happy with the placement of my jaw and I tested it out for a few minutes to make sure it wouldn't cause me any pain. It didn't, so they took an impression of my upper and lower teeth (more foam goo, this time it was blue) and off I went.
I'll have my new mouthpiece in about a month. I wonder what it will be like to sleep better? I've almost always had trouble sleeping. I hear talk of more energy, improved mood, better memory, better concentration... any of the above would be freaking delightful!
Jul. 11th, 2012 | 10:33 am
A coworker suggested taking the rugs outside, putting down a blanket so they're not on the grass directly, and setting up a little picnic. Which is a super-cute idea, and I'm gonna try that today I think.
I'm kind of missing the old apartment, the kitchen was well lit and looked really nice (I think) in rug pics. The kitchen here is not as well lit and looks pretty scruffy. The back porch is okay for pics, but again, the general scruffiness of my apartment/apartment complex isn't very appealing.
I may end up hauling the rugs somewhere else to take pics, but I think that'd be a last resort.
Any other photo-lovin' folks have ideas for setting the stage? The rugs range in size from 20" diameter to 5 feet long, so I like to try to include some kind of reference item in the photos so you can tell at a glance how large the rug is. (In the old kitchen, I always took one pic in front of the stove, so you could have a rough idea of how big a rug was immediately.)
Jul. 9th, 2012 | 08:17 am
Apparently I'm in need of a nails icon...
Jul. 8th, 2012 | 08:41 am
I posted these on FB last week, but didn't remember to post them here. A magazine featured one of my rugs in a photo-article-thing on luxury camping! (Click for biggenz.)
In preparation for the feature, I set up a website for my hot rug action: RugEmpire.net. There, now you can see one thing I've been up to in the past few months.