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Just got back from San Diego Comic Con. Spent all day yesterday in Ballroom 20 seeing panels from my favorite TV shows. No spoilers given, except some for Flash. Comic Con is an absolute zoo but the panels are great.
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My last day in the UK. Going to miss the meat pies, chocolate caramel shortbread, and Costa Coffee.

Vacation

Jul. 13th, 2014 08:01 pm
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Returned last night from our annual camping trip to the Eastern Sierras. We bought a new used trailer and spent the first two days getting the electrical system to work and installing a new water pump. After that all systems worked well. I ran the Twin Lakes 5 mile race. I was able to complete it without stopping or walking, but it was at the blistering pace of 12 minute miles (sloooow). Also caught and released about 125 trout during those two weeks. And treated myself to malts, which I only buy on vacation because of all the calories. Yum!!!

2014!

Dec. 31st, 2013 07:43 pm
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Happy New Year to all my friends here on Dreamwidth. I wish you all many blessings in the New Year.
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Last night I saw the play "the Rabbit Hole", which is about coping with the loss of a child. Today I went with my brother to see "12 Years a Slave". Am I a masochist or what?

Spain

Aug. 19th, 2013 07:25 pm
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Our plans for our trip to Spain in September are coming along nicely. My adult children, who are coming with us, would like us to stop at a theme park near Barcelona (we're making time for this - should be fun) and we are going to try to see a Barca soccer game (go Messi!). My husband isn't coming back with us, though. He's decided to take an extra week of vacation and go hike the Alps followed by Oktoberfest in Munich. The rest of us don't have that luxury. He swears he's just checking it out for when he and I go later. Yeah, right!
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Just read the latest Buffy comic. The scene with Spike and Dawn was just beautiful in its simplicity. Kudos to the writer for that. Got me good.

Sci Fi Con

Feb. 17th, 2013 07:46 pm
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I went to the Grand Slam SciFi Summit yesterday. I went to see James Marsters, of course, but was pleasantly surprised to see Sir Patrick Stewart, Bruce Boxlietner, and Catherine Hicks (Annie Camden! I used to watch 7th Heaven). And Jasika Nicole! From Fringe! She is so cute - prettier in person than on TV even. And very warm.

James seemed in very good humor. At the autograph table he was personalizing the autographs and giving people a lot of time. I think he made some new fans.
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Wishing all my friends on Dreamwidth a Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year.
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Is there anything better for the holidays than Seasonal Spuffy? Such a lovely gift from so many talented people. I am enjoying the heck out of it.
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Wishing [personal profile] coalitiongirl a very happy birthday tomorrow. Have fun!
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I'm currently in the throes of hunger from the liquid diet that I'm forced to engage in to prep for my dreaded COLONSCOPY!!!!!

I can't wait for tomorrow afternoon when it's over. There may be malts and chili cheese fries in my future.
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I haven't been able to get to my Dreamwidth account for 2 weeks! I brought my iPad camping in the hopes of checking emails and reading fic a couple of times during vacation. My hubby always spends at least one day a week, while on vacation, reading emails from his work. My problem? I forgot my log in and password for Dreamwidth! And I didn't write it down in my password page. Luckily it's bookmarked on my home computer but I missed everyone's posts. Now to catch up.

By the way, it was a very successful camping and fishing vacation. I caught and released 77 trout. Achieved the Super Grand Slam, which is catching the five main species of trout in the eastern Sierras: rainbow, brook, brown, cutthroat, and golden. First time doing that. And my husband did even better! Also, I had three malts during vacation, which is the only time I ever order those delicious, calorie laden drinks. Yum!

Comic Con

Jun. 6th, 2012 05:38 pm
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My friend and I tried twice to get San Diego Comic Con tickets but we were denied each time. She's a Hallmark ornament collector and wants to get the exclusive Comic Con ornaments. She discovered that they have them at the New York Comic Con so we are going there instead. Now I find out that James Marsters is going to be at San Diego Comic Con. Rats! Maybe someone interesting will be at the New York one.

Baking

Mar. 5th, 2012 02:41 pm
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Spending my day off baking bread. Yeah, I can't believe it either. I've never had any luck using yeast (except at work, growing it). Made a honey wheat loaf - came out a little dense but it sure tastes delicious. The French bread loaf is on the rise right now. Hope it does OK. This could be the start of a new hobby! What next, cinnamon buns?
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I posted this on LJ but I thought I better give it a shot here. It's a little one shot I came up with that I thought I'd share, warts and all. Very amateurish, but helped a bit by input from Mabel Marsters (thank you!). Season 6, Afterlife, fluff.

I have no idea how to do a "read more" cut thing on DW so here it is in its entirety.



"That's what I had to do".

Spike's heart sank at that sentence. Buffy was real, alive, and standing above him on the stairs. And yet, what she had to go through to get there. It tore him up inside. But he managed a half smile as he said, "Done it myself".

A million thoughts ran through his mind. How could this be possible? What kind of power would be able to resurrect Buffy? A benevolent power would not have left her in her coffin. How foolish was that? Something the Scoobies would do.....Oh no. It all made sense. The countless evenings he had to watch the Nibblet so they could have their little meetings. The power and arrogance he noticed from Willow. He would not be surprised if they were responsible for this.

Spike broke out of his reverie to concentrate on what was in front of him.

"Dawn, is the first aid kit in the bathroom upstairs?"

"Yeah, in the cabinet under the sink," she replied.

"Good. Buffy, pet, could you go upstairs to the bathroom and wait for me? I'll be right up to take care of your hands. Just give me a 'mo with your sis." Buffy gave no reply but did slowly turn and ascend the stairs.

After Buffy disappeared from view, Spike touched Dawn's shoulder and led her into the kitchen.
"Nibblet, do you remember how your big sis likes her tea?"

"Sure, Spike. Lots and lots of milk and sugar. Did you want me to make her a cup?"

"If you would, please. But I need a bit of a favor." Spike glanced at the front doorway, brow furrowed. "If the Scoobies come back while you're down here, could you stall them? Make sure they don't come upstairs?

Dawn had already put the kettle on and was looking for the tea bags. "I guess. Why?"

Spike found the tea bags himself and put them in front of Dawn. "Just want things a little quiet for Buffy. She's a bit traumatized right now and doesn't need them mucking about just yet."

"OK. Consider it done." Dawn gave Spike a wide grin and went back to her tea preparations. Spike gave Dawn a slight nod and then headed up the stairs.

Spike found Buffy sitting on the closed toilet seat when he entered the bathroom. She hadn't turned on the light so he found a scented candle on the counter and lit it, using his lighter. He then found the first aid kit in the cabinet and removed the antiseptic and some bandages.
"Here now, let's wash those hands up before I bandage them."

Buffy walked to the sink with hands raised, then Spike tenderly took them and carefully washed the dirt and grime from the wounds.

Buffy looked up at Spike and asked "How long was I gone?"

"One hundred forty-seven days yesterday, one hundred forty-eight today but today doesn't count. How long was it for you, where you were?

"Longer".

Spike dried off Buffy's hands and applied the antiseptic. Then, as he was bandaging them up, he looked at her and said, "Everyone is OK. Giles, your Scooby friends, they've all been managing. I've been helping with the patrols and all." Buffy remained quiet.

Just as Dawn was heading up the stairs with the tea, the front door burst open and the Scoobies rushed in, all talking a mile a minute.

"Is she here? Have you seen her?"

Dawn glared at them and asked, "Who are you talking about?"

Willow replied, "Buffy! We saw her in town! She's back! We did it! We brought her back, Dawnie!"

Dawn thought Willow looked a little too proud about that accomplishment, however she had to admit to being overjoyed at Buffy's return. But now she had to keep them away.

"Buffy's back? She's not here! You guys have to find her! Please? What if those demons hurt her and left her somewhere?"

Xander looked at the others and said, "She's right, guys. We should probably look around some more. I think those demons have left. Let's give the town one more look."

And with that the gang left, although Anya did not look too happy to be leaving. "But I'm tired!", Dawn heard her say as she went down the front walkway.

"All bandaged up, luv". Spike took Buffy by the hands and guided her to her bedroom.
"Just have yourself a lie down, while I bring in the candle". Buffy quietly responded, "OK" as she walked to her bed. She took off her shoes and then put the pillow against the wall. She then climbed onto the bed and leaned against the pillow. As Spike walked in with the candle, Dawn followed behind, carrying the cup of tea.

"Here, Buffy, have some tea", Dawn said as she handed the cup to her sister.

Spike placed the vanilla scented candle on the nightstand then turned on the clock radio that was situated there. After setting the radio to a classical music station, he turned the volume on low and knelt next to the bed.

"I know where you were, pet. A hero like you could have gone nowhere but heaven. The Bit and I are very glad to have you back, but we know it must be hard for you to be here"

Dawn gave a little gasp at these words then went silent as Spike continued.

"But we want you to know that you can find your own heaven in life's little pleasures. The feel of warm bedclothes, the gentle dancing light of the candle, the scent of vanilla, the taste of a good cuppa, and the sound of music." Spike rose and gave Buffy a small smile.
"We'll be downstairs if you need anything. Just relax and enjoy, Slayer. Come on, Nibblet, let's leave your sister be."

"I missed you, Buffy", Dawn said as she left the room, Spike following behind. As they were leaving they heard Buffy whisper "thank you".

Spike closed the door and lingered there while Dawn went downstairs. And then he let the tears fall.

Hilarious

Feb. 3rd, 2012 06:06 pm
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Just saw the funniest play the other night. It was a version of Alfred Hitchcock's 39 Steps. There were only 4 actors playing a multitude of parts. That's where some of the humor comes in - sometimes a rack with a suit on it would play a part. Plus pretending they were on a train with minimal props - just outrageous. I don't know where they might play next but check it out if you can. Perhaps it's touring the country.

Season 9

Jan. 20th, 2012 05:14 pm
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I am so glad I reread the first 4 comics before I read #5. It's just amazing how many details I miss the first time around. Now I know what everyone is talking about!. Definitely have to do this more down the road.
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Did anyone miss me? :) I was in Orlando, Walt Disney World to be exact, to watch my daughter run the Disney Marathon. It was her first and I'm proud to say she finished in a little less than 4 and a half hours. No walking! We also park hopped for 4 days and yesterday went to Islands of Adventure at Universal to see The Wizarding World of Harry Potter. Boy, is that place impressive. So's the ride, although I can get a bit of motion sickness. Not enough to keep me from going on it twice.

It was nice to spend some time with my daughter and son, although I missed the hubby, who elected to stay home because he was so busy at work. Now to get crackin' on all the fic I missed!

Happy 2012

Dec. 31st, 2011 08:43 pm
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Happy New Year to all. Hope it'll be a great year. Enjoy the holiday!

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