snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Lady Amalthea)
From [livejournal.com profile] earthstar_moon:

1. Reply to this post with "ICON ME!", and I will pick five of your icons.
2. Make a post (including the meme info) and talk about the icons I chose.
3. Other people can then comment to you and make their own posts.
4. This will create a never-ending cycle of icon glee.








Her picks:



This is Minty from the super awesome webcomic [livejournal.com profile] kimonos_house. She's super geeky and very cool. This is her Batmint costume she wears sometimes.



This is art from the wonderful animated film version of 'The Last Unicorn.' I found it through various links and thought it was beautiful, so I made an icon of it and another one of the human Amalthea. *points to entry icon*



This is an icon I made from a colored manga panel I fiddled with from the series 'Ouran High School Host Club.' It's a dream sequence the main heroine Haruhi has after discovering, much to her horror, she's actually in love with the doofy, but very sweet Tamaki. She envisions their future together, complete with children. I just thought it was a super cute scene, so I decided to icon it. :DD



A chibi image someone made of Amelia and Zelgadiss from the 'Slayers' series. I like them as a pairing and thought it was a cute icon.



Fox!Robin Hood from the Disney movie from the '70's. I think this was the first version of Robin Hood I ever saw, so I have quite a bit of affection for it. The text is a comment one of the minor characters make.

Someday I will actually make a real full length post...
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Ash -- ear twitch)
Hay guys! Guess what?! I got a shit ton of icons due to me renewing my icon account! 270! I still have a ton of space left (like almost 100) so I'll probably be filling those up gradually too.

And I stayed home today due to major migraine yesterday. It was the worst one I've had yet. I was practically crying when I got home yesterday. I took my meds and went to bed and didn't get up until this morning. I didn't even eat dinner or anything. It sucked. And it was all thanks to the paint fumes from yesterday. The maintenance guys got the brilliant idea of spray painting the water stains on the ceiling in my office. As opposed to cleaning them, replacing them or even waiting until no one was in the office to do it. Not that it did a lot of good since you can still see the water stains. And since I have no ventilation in my office, I was sucking in fumes for most of the day leading to the skull crushing migraine I received.

And, if you want to, it's not too late to submit your email to the Christmas E Card project I'm doing for this year!
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Muse spacey)
Well, this week is going to be interesting at work, to say the least. It seems I have to hand post a rather large check that wasn't posted for some reason last week. It's been labeled as "priority" so that means that's is what I'll mostly be doing this week. It's the largest sized check I've had to hand post before. I think I'm in for quite a ride, guys!

Friday was the nighttime shuttle launch and mom and I went to the beach to try to get pics. They didn't turn out so well. The shots of the moon I got were good, though. The first ones are ones I took a few days prior and the reddish hued ones were ones I took on Friday night. We had planned to eat later on at Friendly's (mmmmm, Orange Sherbet), but it was hella crowded so we decided not to. Someday, though!!

Saturday we both got our hairs cut, because they were getting unruly. Not RPatz unruly, but pretty close, I must say. I didn't do much of anything due to a nasty migraine I had. Urgh.

I was able to scan some images I wanted. MST 20th Anniversary inserts! I mostly scanned them so I could make icons from them eventually, but I thought I'd post them for my MSTis friends to enjoy.

Speaking of which, my icon-fu was active last night. Some album art I wanted to iconize. They're pretty basic looking because my CD reader failed on me and I couldn't access my brushes. I think there's an issue with my CD-ROM drive... *sigh*

Eventually I'll post them on my graphics journal, but I need to set my table up again. All that stuff was on my old computer and I don't know if I saved them or not...

Today in History: 1989
Tens of thousands of people marched through Prague demanding an end to communist rule in Czechoslovakia, but riot police and army paratroopers moved in to crush the biggest challenge to the hard-line communist leadership in 20 years.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Default)
We went to the Post Secret exhibit at the local museum. It was pretty cool. I missed out on painting some walls (which I like to do), but I needed to stay home and work on some things first. Oh well...

I made some icons from the last chapter of Inu Yasha and posted them on [livejournal.com profile] starshine76. You can look if you want. I think I've gotten a little better...

And I have massive pictures! Mostly of my new workspace and the large frog that visited us earlier this week.

snappy! )
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snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (even more smexy Vic)
Well, I got a clean bill of health from the doctor. This was the first time I had to wear a gown though, and I got a little cold. But, he doesn't think I warrant any further testing (i.e. MRI, CAT scan, ect). He did say I most likely suffer from Migraines. He gave me some samples of medication to use for when I have another onset and if they help, then I can get a prescription for it. I also got a tetanus shot (since, apparently I was overdue) and orders for blood work for Cholesterol et al. I have to fast for it, so I'll need to do it in the morning. Probably next Wednesday since I can go home and go back to sleep.

I succeeded in changing out my icons. Apparently, I also gained three more upping my total from 112 to 115. I still have a couple of free slots, so I need to find something to fill them with. Maybe A BSG icon or one of [livejournal.com profile] flamika's Bleach icons (primarily the one with Ichigo and Rukia where she's dragging him somewhere). I also got some Runaways icons in my cache. Mostly Victor… Here in case you wanna take a gander. Free for the taking, unless they say custom, then they're look, but please don't touch.

Speaking of Runaways (nice segue, eh), I was successful in my back issue pursuit. The guy at the comic shop was very helpful. I'm pretty much caught up, although I inadvertently missed issue 21… But volume 7 of the digests is coming out next month, so I'll snatch that up sometime. I also got my paws on the Buffy comic. Score!!

Word of the Day: obliterate
Pronunciation: /o-BLIT-e-rayt/
v 1:to make undecipherable by wiping out or covering over 2:to remove from recognition or memory
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jaina Solo)
Well, I completed my first day of work aka "training." Basically they had me pulling charts today so I could get a hang of the system. It's not really that hard. However, I had to be on my feet all day, and I didn't exactly plan for that when planning my wardrobe today. I had on a really cute skirt and sweater/top combo with these really cute wedge heel shoes. Had I known what lay ahead, I would've perhaps dressed differently. By the end of the day, I was ready to chop my feet off at the ankles. After lunch, I had to resort to chucking my shoes and doing the rest barefoot, relatively speaking (since I was wearing pantyhose). However, my back paid the price for it since I was technically standing on a concrete floor, albeit thinly carpeted concrete floor... But, I do admit to being awfully cute in my Hachi-mode.

Tomorrow I plan on dressing in a nice pair of slacks and comfy shoes, even though I was told I'd be doing more computer work (which was what I thought I was going to be doing today). I hope I can get the hang of the computer program I need to use for the electronic stuff. It took me forever to try and figure out how to use my Photo Shop, and even now there are still some features I'm not 100% sure of, but in that case, I was pretty much on my own.

Speaking of Photo Shop, I bring a few goodies.

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I think the third one is my favorite one. I was trying something new. I couldn't find the border I wanted for the second one, so I had to improvise. I don't have text on it because 1) it looks really good without text and 2) I suck at adding text. I sorta got lucky with the "Darth Sexy" one (and yes, I am that shallow).

Now, I'm off to fix me something to eat, shower and soak my aching feet. Just call me "Tenderfoot" from now on...

Trivia of the day: The best-selling Barbie® doll ever was Totally Hair® Barbie®. She had flowing tresses from the top of her head down to her toes.
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snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Aka no Ou -- blood splatter)
Apparently my Photo Shop-fu was working overtime yesterday and I cranked out three lovelies. Wanna see? Oh, OK. You don't have to twist my arm...


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I made those in response to my post a couple of days ago. I kinda get a kick out of 'em.

Those two I did yesterday. However, I will put up one I made a couple of months ago and feel like showing off:

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One of Jacen and Tenel Ka. I think it turned out pretty good.

And... the coup de gras:

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*gigglesnort*

I like the way this came out, actually. I had to blur a lot of the background due to the fact there were other elements on it. But, it created a cool effect, so I was pretty good.


I was watching 'Revenge of the Sith' earlier and something struck me. If Qui-Gon showed Yoda the Force Spirit technique, and he in turn showed it to Obi-Wan, who showed Anakin? I mean, at the end of 'Return of the Jedi' there he is, all Force Spirity. At the time Yoda was showing Obi-Wan, Anakin was completing his transformation as Darth Vader. Curious. I've never seen it explained anywhere.

Today we have a spaghetti dinner to go to in order to support the youth at our church's annual CIY trip. Of course, I think mom makes the best spaghetti, but I may be a bit a biased.

We're planning on going to my aunt's for Father's Day on Sunday. I need to send Dad an e-mail with my best wishes. Other than that, I have no idea what the weekend holds. I guess we'll have to see.

Trivia of the day: Twentieth Century-Fox studio cut all scenes showing physical contact between America's curly-haired darling Shirley Temple and Bill "Bojangles" Robinson in "The Little Colonel" in 1934 to avoid social offense and to assure wide U.S. distribution. Pre-release showings of the film, particularly in the southern U.S., shocked audiences when the two actors touched fingers during their famous staircase dance sequence.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jaina Solo)
Mom was supposed to wash her sheets this weekend, but she didn't, so guess who had to do it? *points to self* Yup, that's right. Yours truly. And they had to be those waterbed sheets that are attatched at the bottom. I mean, I have a hard enough time trying to fold fitted sheets, waterbed sheets are even harder.

Anyway, last night I was feeling a little punkish. I think it was because I waited too long to eat. I hate it when that happens to me. I mean, I had to wait until mom finished fixing it before I could eat it, and these things take time most of the time. I don't know if I'm hypoglycemic or what. It's a bit of a pain, actually.

I'm having some minor issues with my forum. I mean, if someone's not complaining about one thing, it's something else entirely. Right now, it's on the color scheme. I mean, I personally don't notice it. I don't really pay all that much attention to it, but to a few, I guess it seems horrid. Hey, I didn't even come up with it. It was just 'given' to me when I made the forum. I admit to making the banner, and I think there are complaints about that, too. It's mostly just this one guy on there. He tends to come off as a bit of a know-it-all and it can be grating sometimes. I think he's in school for computer programming or something and he sometimes comes on and says that there are certain things that can be done better. I'm sorry. I didn't get an instruction booklet when I started it. I've been mostly doing it by trial and error. So I'm not exactly an expert or anything. Plus, he just likes to be nitpicky about a ton of stuff anyways. If anyone gets defensive, he gets on his high horse. It's like, he always has to win and he always has to be in the right. It's really annoying... And I know I'm not the only one who feels that way on there...


Sorry. I just needed to vent a little bit. I mean, I like the forum I run, but it's not always easy. *sighs*

An interesting meme I swiped from [livejournal.com profile] elvenmoon:

[livejournal.com profile] snapdragon76's LiveJournal popularity rating is 3.52/10.
[livejournal.com profile] snapdragon76 is more popular than 95.4% of all LiveJournal users.
[livejournal.com profile] snapdragon76 is more popular than 53.8% of their mutual friends.

How popular are you?
LJ Popularity created by [livejournal.com profile] thehumangame.


Hmmm, does this mean I'm semi-popular? It's interesting to say the least.

Oh, I forgot to mention. I made some icons this weekend. Four to be exact. Three are 'Star Wars' related (which I may post) and the other one is me experimenting with text icons. I don't think they turned out too bad, actually.

And I hope I don't get in too much trouble for downloading another song from iTunes. It was only one, though.

Trivia of day: Apricot trees were first cultivated in China, then they made their way to India, Armenia, and Persia. Before the thirteenth century, they arrived in England via Italy.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Amon -- smexy)
I got a bit of a late start this morning. I was wicked tired most of the day yesterday, so I went to bed early. I didn't have my brain party, so it was good. However, mom still needed me to take her to work. I thought to myself, "I'm not really going anywhere today except to my aunt's, and she just lives a block away, so I can walk there." So I let my mom borrow my car today. Tomorrow I'm taking it back, though. I'm trying not to feel anxious about the fact that she has it, and I'm doing good so far.

I put up the testimonials yesterday, so if you want to have a look, just go into my userinfo and scroll down a bit. I have new headers, so it should be easy to spot. If you haven't added one and still want to, you can. Just leave a comment.

I was able to finish my Mikami bg last night. I had to think on how I wanted to finish it up, but then I decided on perhaps a distressed look, like a worn book. I think I was able to do a decent job. I had to put it on ImageShack because Photobucket shrank it.



I think it looks pretty good. I'm not going to change my layout as of yet, but when I do, it'll probably be this one. The default userpic I'll use will probably be Mr. Death.

I was distracted this morning by reading about a series called "Victorian Romance Emma" I believe. There's character cameos in 'And Shine Heave Now' so Erin linked to a site about it. It looks kinda cute.

I don't know how long I'll be at my aunts. If not too long, I'd still like to work on some icons I've been meaning to. I guess we'll see.

Trivia of the day: The game of a cats’ cradle – two players alternately strength a looped string over their fingers to produce different designs – has been around since about 1760.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Kenshin and Enishi faceoff (elevenses))
I had to wake up early in order to take mom into work. Normally I'd still feel a bit annoyed, but this morning was hampered by the fact I didn't sleep well last night. I went to bed at about 11:30 last night, which is early for me. I sailed off to sleep fine, but then around 2:30, my brain decided it's had enough sleep and wakes up. Of course, I have to wake up along with it. So the majority of the night, I'm trying to tell my brain to put a sock in it when all it wants to do is party. Ya-hoo.

This month's Red Tide® is pretty light actually. It came on Monday and now at Wednesday it's tapered off for the most part. So I'm happy about that!!

I want to thank everyone for their testimonials they gave! I shall definitely be adding them soon, like perhaps today! If you haven't yet, and still want to add your own testimonial, go here.

The lady from the apartments called us over the weekend. Mom finally was able to get ahold of her Monday and she said that a two bedroom one bath was opening up. She asked us if we still wanted a two bedroom two bath and we said yes. Space-wise, that's just the best option for us. She said that the rent has been raised to between $805 to $815 a month. When mom told me I was like O_o WTF!! I know inflation is a factor, but it couldn't have been that bad in the course of a few months. We did see in the paper a house 3 bdrm, 2 bath) that was in a neighboring area for $775 a month (with a pool). I told mom she needed to call them!

I didn't get to work on as many icons yesterday as I wanted to. I did make one from the lil' skeleton guy from the inside of 'Death Note' 4, and he turned out pretty cute. I named him Mr. Death. I might trot him out for around Halloween. Also, I'm working on a new background/wallpaper. This one'll have Mikami on it. Not that I still don't adore Takumi! I mean, he's scrumptious, but Mikami is pretty hot too, even though he is a member of Light's Death Squad. So I've enjoyed fondling playing with him a bit. I don't think I'll change things right away, though.


And, according to ANN, Viz has acquired the rights to Watsuki-sensei's (manga-ka of 'Rurouni Kenshin') newest series, 'Buso Renkin' to be released starting in August. I think I'm gonna check it out.

And I broke down and watched the final episode of FMA on YouTube. I just knew I couldn't wait until Saturday. I mean, I'll still watch it on Saturday, but I'm not so anxious now. And I have links to the movie as well if I want to watch it sometime...

Today I plan on stopping by the bookstore to see what they have in. That's pretty much my big agenda for the day. I'll have to see if anything else comes up.


Trivia of the day: Before Wally "Famous" Amos became a well-known cookie mogul in the 1970s and 1980s, he worked for a time as a William Morris talent agent.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Aka no Ou -- blood splatter)
First of all, I want to thank everyone who read and responded to my last post. I appreciate your support during a difficult time for me. I feel a little better now. I'm still worried and anxious about everything, but I don't feel quite as overwhelmed as I did before. So again, thanks...

Anyway, I'm a little annoyed at the moment. I was trying to set up a way for me to pay my bills online instead of sending out checks and having to worry about sending them out on time or them getting lost in the mail and so forth. I was able to set up my Student Loan payments online (after a little scuffle. No one was injured). But my credit card ones were harder. For one, I filled in the right blanks and everything, and it said it couldn't access or find my account or some such. Then another said it needed the three numbers on the back of the card, well I haven't used that card since forever, so I packed it away with my other stuff in storage. So no dice there. *fumes* Online bill paying is supposed to make life easier...

We finished cleaning out grandma's apartment yesterday. The majority of the time was spent removing the shelf paper (and it's residue) from the cabinets and drawers in the kitchen. The adhesive must've been really good, because it didn't want to come off. So we had to work at the remains until it all came off. This is why I never want to use shelf paper for my shelves...

After we finished that, we continued with what we had set out to do in the first place... the rest of the cleaning. I worked on washing out the freezer (which had some sort of lingering odor, I wasn't about to try and figure out what it was). My aunt cleaned the sink and wiped down the counter tops and my uncle worked on the floors. Then when we finished, we needed to wait for the manager to do an inspection of the place before we handed over the keys. She was impressed by how clean we got the place. She joked to my aunt that maybe she should hire us to clean the rest of the units when they empty. The look on my aunt's face said it all. When we left, it felt strange. I mean, grandma lived in there for five years and now we're never going to go back there anymore.

Tomorrow we decided to gather at my aunt's house and start to go through some of the things that are there in order to get ready for the garage sale at the end of the month. Some of the little nick-nacky things are gonna be cleaned and then we'll start pricing. I have no idea how long this whole process is going to take, because not only do we have the stuff at my aunt's house to go through, but the stuff in storage as well. These next few weeks are gonna be busy, I have a feeling.

I reorganized some things in my room last night. I was able to move some more of my manga and DVD's into the other plastic storage boxes I got the other day. Then, the box they were in, I moved some of my other books and things into it, since it was bigger than the one they were in. So I eliminated one whole box. Now I have to try and arrange things in the closet some so I can fit my clothes that are in my trunk (in a black duffel bag) and bring them inside the house if I can. Those were clothes I had stored at grandma's.

Tuesday, since I had a little bit of free time, I made some icons. Three of Aka no Ou (from 'Samurai Deeper Kyo') and one of Rin (from Furuba ch. 123). They turned out pretty decent I think. The Aka no Ou ones I posted on [livejournal.com profile] love_deeper. One of them is also my current usericon. *points*

I'm reading 'Death Note' 4 again (actually reading as opposed to skimming) since [livejournal.com profile] flamika said Takada makes a cameo. So I've been trying to spot her (even though I have no idea what she looks like. It's been kind of a challenge). But I did notice something. In the scene where Raito (or Light. Whatev.) is talking to Misa for the first time, he says to her, "You killed innocent police officers. How is that any different than the man who killed your parents?" This gives me some indication that he hasn't (at least at this point) completely gone over to the Dark Side. He's on the verge, but not there yet. I just thought that was interesting. And you know, I think I want to scan the little skeleton guy inside the front on the first page and maybe make an icon out of him. I think he's kinda neat lookin'.

Trivia of the day: One of the fattiest fishes is salmon: 4 ounces of the delectable fish contains 9 grams of fat.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Rei -- apple)
I hate taking showers on cold mornings. For that brief time before the water warms up, you're exposed, naked as the day you were born, to the elements. Then, after you finish, and you're wrapped in the warm coccon of the heated air within the shower, you have to step out, covered in water as the colder outer air hits you. All I have to say is, better dry off quick.

The icons are... coming along. They don't quite look exactly how I want them to so they're still 'works in progress' you could say. I downloaded some more brushes, so I might give them a whirl. I did finish my Jyuunishi bookmarks, though. Actually there's more than 12 since I included Tohru, Kyo and Akito. I found some pics I can use for my NANA ones.

I think the Red Tide is headed my way. I'm breaking out more and my chocolate craving has returned. Joy.

We're going out to dinner tonight with a friend of ours who moved away a couple of years ago due to a job change. I need to remember to tape CSI tonight since it's the return of Lady Heather. I'm pretty excited. Mostly because I like going out to eat. Although it's not evident by looking at me.

Trivia of the day: An elementary rule of mushroom collecting is never to place edible and poisonous specimens together. The slightest touch may contaminate.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jin -- teh hotness (????))
The aura of death lingers in the air. One of the cats died last night. Not one of our cats, but the cat of the lady we're living with. He had kidney problems and was slowly wasting away. To us, it seemd inevitable he wouldn't last very long. And he didn't. Mom said she'd bury him when she gets home. Right now he's lying in his bed.

Today is going to be somewhat busy for me. I have a number of things I want to do. Like scan a picture, make some more icons, maybe work on the Jyuunishi bookmarks I have an idea to make, start on my resume, ect...

I made a new Kureno/Uo icon yesterday. It's not too bad. I mean, yeah, I've seen better, but for me, it's decent. Better than the first one I made, which is kinda plain. Today, I'm gonna make some Star Wars ones. I'm not gonna post 'em on here, because I want to wait and build some up, so I can post on my graphics journal, [livejournal.com profile] starshine76.

I saw a brief summary for ch. 122 of Furuba on FG. Intense! But there's a scene just ooozing with squeeness! And Kureno's OK, so that's good to hear. But the next one doesn't come out until March. MARCH!!! How cruel!

I watched all of my Sam Cham DVD's yesterday. So I'm pretty much caught up, except for the last disk, which I still need to get sometime. I think I'll get it from Amazon instead of hustling down to Best Buy. There's also a calendar there I want.

Well, I'm gonna check out my FL and get crackin' on the stuff I want to get done today.

Today's subject line is from the short "20th Century Calling." A little crass maybe due to the first paragraph, but oh well... just don't shoot me for it.

Trivia of the day: The Magnum XL-200 in Ohio was the first roller coaster to crack the 200-foot height barrier. <--- I've actually been on this one!!


ETA: Where's my hyper mood icon!!! I know it's there you bastards!!!
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jaina Solo)
We stopped by our old house yesterday. We hadn't planned on it, but we ran into one of our old neighbors and she told us of what our former landlord was doing to fix up the place. So we went and peeked in the windows. I felt like a burglar for some reason. Anyway, he completely replaced the carpeting and repainted the walls and replaced all the windows as well as a new screen door. He layed down tile instead of linoleum, also. There were new kitchen cabinets and a new sink. I was like, "Damn! Why didn't he fix everything up while we we still living there?! What, it didn't matter that it was practically falling apart on top of us?!" I mean, all the stuff he did was stuff that needed to be done in the 7 plus years we lived there, but he never did a damn thing about it. Pissed me off. I hope he loses money on it. I know I'm not supposed to be bitter, but at the moment, I am. And, as if that wasn't unbelievable enough, he went and bought the house a few doors from us!! I was like, "What the hell!! I thought he was in an all fire hurry to sell off all of his property down here so he could move out of state, and he goes and buys another house?!?! Then why was he in such a damn hurry to hustle us out?!" Asshole.

Now that I got that off my chest, on to more pleasant news. I scanned the pictures from the 'Star Wars' New Chronology and made some icons. I think they turned out pretty decent. I might post them on the repective sites, but I don't know yet. Wanna see? OK, you twisted my arm...

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a= Jacen and Tenel Ka, b= Jaina and Zekk.

Not too shabby. I kinda want to use them, but I don't have any other icons I really want to cull at the moment. Maybe some other time.

And I'm rereading Furuba 11 and 12. Now that I've been reading the recent chapters, it's interesting to see the foreshadowing in some of the earlier volumes. It's amazing how much more insight you have everytime you read it all over again.

Trivia of the day: The term “anchorman” was coined with regard to the respected Walter Cronkite on CBS Evening News with Walter Cronkite, likening his lead position to that of an anchor on a relay team. For a time in Sweden, TV news anchors were called “Cronkiters” in honor of Cronkite.
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Default)
Since I won't be posting on Christmas Day, I wanted to get my greetings out early. I'm saying both to cover all bases.

We're going to be going flying tomorrow. I think this time will actually be successful. I don't feel as nervous this time since I know he's instrument rated and has logged in a lot of flying time. I'm not going to be taking my camera though since I don't have a telephoto lens and I doubt I'd be able to really get anything.

Last night was the Christmas Party our Music Minister holds for members of the Worship Team which I am a member of. We made our third annual Gingerbread House contest! Our team made a gingerbread Mobile Home, complete with clothes line in the back yard, a crooked antennae and even a dog with dried blueberries as droppings and food coloring for yellow snow. We didn't win. Mom's team did with their version of "Polar Express Meets Peanuts" but we got points for originality. I should've taken my camera for pictures, but mom had forgotten about it and so we kinda had to rush.

I think I'm gonna need to to another minor icon shuffle after Christmas. Not only did I make a super cute 'Immortal Rain' one from the new cover of volume 7, but I have not only the ES one I made, but the one [livejournal.com profile] xskadi is making for me. I seriously need to work on that stupid table...



I hope everyone has a happy and safe holiday! Here's the Christmas Gift my friend Stampers made for me on ATACT:

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Quote of the day: "To receive a gift, molded from love and sacrifice, selected with care and tied up with all the excitement the giver has to offer, is indeed rare. They don't come along often, but when they do, cherish them." -- Erma Bombeck
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jacen Solo)
Work was good yesterday. I mean, I basically do data entry. Maybe I should add that to my Monster.com profile... Anyway, I might think about bringing a radio or something to listen to as I work. Maybe it'll help the time go by a little easier.

And I was a busy little bunny yesterday. I made some more icons. I think I might've figured out how to do the desaturate thing. Anyway, I followed a tutorial and fiddled around a bit. Mom might've gotten a wee bit annoyed with me at the time since I was supposed to go get dinner. *sweatdrop* Well, anyway, here is the results:

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The images are from a comic series I used to read called 'Meridian.' I had found them when going through a bunch of my disks and found 'em. I like the first one better only because the image itself was light enough to really work well. I still need to figure out a good way to use some brush effects I have.

Last night, after having gotten dinner (at McDonald's. Yes, I know, I'm bad), I bit into my sandwitch only to find... no patty. I was like, "WTF?" So I swiped some of mom's fries to compensate. Hey, she said I could.

And now, another quiz I came across, courtesy of [livejournal.com profile] crzydemona:

The Politics Quiz )

And I find, if I see a meme on someone's journal I take, I save it on Notepad so I can post it on my journal later. *huggles her Notepad*

Quote ofthe day: "Every flower, animal, mountain and rainbow is a product of God's creative imagination." -- Jill M. Richardson
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Akito lookin' pretty (kawaiiayu))
I hate getting up early for work. I guess I'll get used to it eventually, but until then...

There are times I wish I had one of those paper fans that Sanzo uses. I can smack my computer with it when it's acting up.

My Image Trasnfer hasn't been working lately. So now I'm stuck with a bunch of pictures on my camera still. *throttles*

I got a little creative yesterday. I made some icons.

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I'm not entirely sure I'm happy with the text on the second one. I might redo it. Hopefully, if I get the chance and have more time, I'll be posting my reactions to Ch. 115. A lot of things happened. I think we are coming to a close.

I cleaned off a bunch of images from my harddrive. I saved a bunch of stuff on disks, including a bunch of PS brushes. If I need them, I'll just pop the disk in.

I finished the bookmarks too, I liked how they turned out. I think they'll make very nice gifts.

Quote of the day: "The soul can split the sky in two, and let the face of God shine through." -- Edna St. Vincent Millay
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (IR -- Zol the Grim Reaper)
Tonight mom and I have been invited to a Body Works party. Me, I really like this sort of stuff. I love lotions and scrubs and all that jazz. I doubt I'll get anything, but if I get a free foot scrubbing out of it, I'll be happy.

I'm rereading 'The Quiet Place.' Why you ask? Simple. Because of Zyon. I 'fess up. I have a sickness. Sue me.

I reorganized my friends list. Maybe this way it'll take me less time to go through them. I made two catergories: Friends and Communities. The friends one I made private. I also realized just how many friends I have and how many communities I belong to. Wow! I feel so special.

I also added a few more icons to my cache. A Gren one, a new Immortal Rain one (although it isn't Rain himself), and a few NANA ones. And I still have some space! Man, I'm lovin' this 100 icons thing. The next ones I'll have to choose with caution.

Quote of the day: "For the human heart is the mirror Of the things that are near and far; Like the wave that reflects in it's bosom The flower and the distant star." -- Alice Cary
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Wolfwood)
My icons I posted yesterday seem to have been a hit. That makes me happy. And [livejournal.com profile] elantis says she's a fan of the characters! Yayness! Pssst, Emi. There are a few communities and websites about them I can point you towards if you like...

And I know I'm a full-fledged icon maker when I see various magazines and such and go, "I want the font they used for that." I do that with the 'Firefly' opening credits, too.

I was gonna post a pic I took of socks from Japan on here, but my Image Transfer is being uncooperative today. *grrr* A lady we know who goes to our church went to visit her husband who has a gig over there for a few months and she saw them and got them for me. I'm not going to wear them mostly because they're too small for me and also because I don't want to ruin them. One pair is a pair of tabi socks (you know, with the split toe). Once I get my IT to work, I'll post the pic.

Ysa, I came across a book that might be of interest for you. It's called The Roots of Desire: The Myth, Meaning and Sexual Power of Red Hair By Marion Roach. I figure you might be interested in it since you're a red-head at heart.

My Trimax is being slow in getting to me. I guess I've been spoiled by Tokyopop who's usually so prompt. Darn you Things From Another World (Dark Horse's distributor)!! I guess if I wanted to pay a whoooole lot more, I could get it quicker, but I'm far too cheap.

And I got RK 17 yesterday!! Whoo! We're thisclose to the start of the Jinchuu Arc!

Quote of the day: "With lavish hand thou hast spread beauty across the world, and I know love has planned it all." -- Kathryn Blackburn Peck
snapdragon76: this is made of win and awesome (Jacen Solo)
I was somewhat of a busy little bee this weekend.

I did decide to go to the movie night Friday. And I'm glad I did. I had fun. I did tell mom of my little dilemma, but she said if she wanted to do something without me, she would. Makes sense since I do a lot of stuff without her only by myself.

I also made a few icons over the weekend. I felt I needed some 'Star Wars' icons since I already have a 'Star Trek' one. I need to cover all of my fandoms, don't I? They aren't from the movies, but rather the novels (or Expanded Universe as it's called).

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Meet Jaina Solo. Daughter of Han Solo and Leia Organa Solo. Jedi Knight. Pilot. All around good egg. The first image is fron the Essential Character Guide. I was going to scan the image myself since I have that book, but I was lucky enough to have found one online which saved me the trouble. The background wasn't originally purple. I did that myself. Trying to erase around her hair nearly killed me. I made the background purple because that's the color of her lightsaber. I added a light texture from [livejournal.com profile] colorfilter and text and voila! I originally had a border, but I had to adjust the light filter on the original and forgot to put it back on. I may do so eventually.

The second image is from a Japanese cover of one of the New Jedi Order novel series. I didn't do anything to the background. All I did was add a couple of textures and a border. I liked how it came out.

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This is Jacen Solo, Jaina's twin brother. Jedi. Philosopher. Nature lover. Still damn good in a fight, though. Again, the first image is from the Essential Guide to Characters which I also found online as opposed to scanning. I had to erase the background again, but I didn't have as many hair issues. The green background is because his lightsaber is, what else, green. Add another light texture from [livejournal.com profile] colorfilter and text and a border and... there ya have it.

The second one is my favorite (which is why I'm using it). This is from another of the Japanese covers. I did the same thing to this one as I did the second Jaina one, although with a slightly different border. Also, a note to the artist the Japanese publisher commisioned for their covers: Good job, I must say.

A question for you icon makers out there: How do you get a picture where you already merged the layers and... unmerge them? Is it possible? There are some I'd like to save as .psd so I can change some things, but I don't know how to do it. Also, how you you get the half text I've seen on some icons? Thank you.


I've been thinking of making my icon journal into a community so I won't have to sign in in order to post stuff. I only have two entries on it, so maybe I can do it. A lot less hassle.

My computer speakers have been acting funky again. They do that from time to time. So no downloading any songs until they get their act together.

I should be getting my TriMax 6 soon. I've been told we learn a few more things about everyone. *glee*

Quote of the day: "It is surely better to pardon too much than to condemn too much." -- George Eliot (Mary Ann Evans)