jasmineskie: (Shy on boat by Loyaldreamer)
Weird subject, right? ;) This is just a ramble, and sometimes I hate coming up with titles.

I used to do a lot of needlework what seems like eons ago. Crocheting, rudimentary knitting, sewing, cross-stitch, needlepoint, even a little quilting. (I used to make teddy bears and various stuffed toys too.) I put the needlework away when I had cats who thought the whole thread pulling through canvas thing was just an invitation to sit on my lap and hunt the pretty strings. ;)
cut because this got long )
jasmineskie: (Viggorli Heart'nSoul by JenLynn820)
Happy Valentine's Day to those on my flist who celebrate, Happy Anti-Valentine's Day to those who loathe it, and happy hump day to all us M-F types. ;) I was going to write a little something to commemorate the day, but I fell asleep instead (don't ask; my sleep schedule's been totally screwy lately). :/ Maybe this weekend.

LJ has apparently decided to hold my comment notifications hostage while they worked on the Cupid costume for the goat and frillied up the main page. Uhm... if I compliment the goat on his seasonalness, can I have my comments please?

Congratulations to all the writers nominated for this year's Slashy Oscars! :D Good luck to everyone. My stories don't qualify since they're all f-locked now, in case anyone's wondering if anything I wrote was nominated.
jasmineskie: (CK by Caplinicons)
Somebody shot our garage with a paintball gun. Not exactly sure when. I have a feeling it was really early Sunday morning, like around 5:00 a.m., because I heard the pop, poppoppop of either pistol shots or cherry bombs, both of which are illegal in my neighborhood, but I wasn't about to get out of bed to go find out which one it was. Today I got home while it was still light enough to discover Peptol Bismol pink paint up high on the front of the garage and the remains of a paintball pellet in the driveway. :/ Joy.

I'm hoping the paint will wash off with a hose, although it's too cold outside to hook up a hose to any of the outside faucets. If not, I guess either hubby or I will be climbing up the ladder at some point with a scrub brush or a paintbrush. *sigh*

Now, I had several thoughts about this (after the immediate WTF?? reaction wore off).

1. The paint is pink. Pink. Isn't that a wussy color for paintball?? "Dude, you shot me with a pink pellet! You lose points for that."

2. Our garage is a medium silver-grey color. The pink at least sort of goes with the regular paintjob. Thank god it wasn't neon yellow or day-glo orange. *shudder*

3. What kind of a whacked out person runs around at five in the morning on a Sunday with a paintball gun?? Shooting at houses?? Dude -- get a life.

4. At least the whacked out person didn't shoot out a window. This is just annoying. Replacing a broken window is expensive.


Feb. 13th, 2007 05:00 pm
jasmineskie: (Orlando SunnyGrin by Jenlynn820)
Which one of you lovely people gave me a LiveJournal gift certificate? What a cool surprise! Thank you so, so much. *mega-hugs and snuggles*

Comments are screened in case you want to identify yourself for a proper thank you. :)
jasmineskie: (Writer working by Loyaldreamer)
Hubby was out of town on Sunday, so I met up with [livejournal.com profile] loyaldreamer after she got off work and we went to see Catch and Release.

It's a good movie. Not great, but a good story about finding out more about a loved one after they die than you knew before and then coming to terms with not only the loss, but the realization that your loved one had a whole secret life you knew nothing about. Not in any sinister way, far from it. I'm not going to go into spoiler territory here so I won't get specific about the big secret, although I think the trailer kinda gives it away (if I remember right).

Every now and then I run across a story -- either a movie or a book or a short story -- that becomes so real to me while I'm immersed in the story that it's almost a physical shock to walk out of the movie/put the book down and resume my real life. Maybe it's part of being a writer, or maybe it's just part of the territory of having a vivid imagination. Whatever the reason, that was the reaction I had to Catch and Release. The characters were so real to me, they could have been my neighbors. People I know. People I'd like to know. They weren't perfect; the situations they found themselves in weren't played up to near-unreality for either laughs or tears. It felt real, which is about the best compliment I can give.

Catch and Release won't ever be a blockbuster. It doesn't have the elements of a blockbuster, or at least what's come to be a blockbuster in modern Hollywood. I'm glad the people involved didn't try to make it into something it wasn't because I think that would have spoiled the story the movie wanted to tell. I crossed the line into the world of the story, and even a day later, I'm still expecting to see Kevin Smith wandering around the living room in that beach-towel bathrobe reciting quotes from Celestial Seasonings tea boxes. ;)
jasmineskie: (Mulder Spooky by Caplinicons)
Interesting, but kinda long list memes, so they're under cuts.

From [livejournal.com profile] clex_monkey89:

Bold the series that you've seen for 3 or more episodes. Underline the series that you've seen them complete. If you want, add three more series (keep it in alphabetic order).

Adding Brimstone, Anything But Love, and Scarecrow & Mrs. King )

From [livejournal.com profile] loyaldreamer:

So how this goes, below the cut is a fairly comprehensive list of all the major theatrical releases of last year. Bold the titles that you have seen (whether in theaters or on DVD). Out of the ones you bolded create a top 10 list of movies for the year and explain. Feel free to put a few select titles for "Honorable Mentions" at the end.

Last year's movies )


Feb. 1st, 2007 10:26 pm
jasmineskie: (Will Turner by Loyaldreamer)
Something tells me Will Turner is going to be a very dark, kickass character in the next Pirates movie.

jasmineskie: (Viggo voice by me)
Peace, Molly Ivans. You'll be missed.

Molly Ivins dies of cancer at 62 )
jasmineskie: (A/L Follow by me)
For [livejournal.com profile] charly2004:

For me *g*:

yes indeedy, just spent too much money on this... )
jasmineskie: (Orlando SunnyGrin by Jenlynn820)
Drinks all around!

Happy Birthday to [livejournal.com profile] viggosterri, [livejournal.com profile] araestel, and [livejournal.com profile] orlisheart!! I hope you have a wonderful day, ladies. You most certainly deserve it. *hugs*
jasmineskie: (Viggo WhatKindOfLife by me)
Every time politicians in the US want to curtail civil liberties, they blame it on the need to protect us from "terrorist organizations." Right. When I first heard about the Real ID bill, I thought it was a joke. It isn't. Welcome to the land of Big Brother.

How Real ID Will Affect You.

Back when I wrote "Future Perfect," I imagined a future some six or seven years from now when everyone would need a standardized ID card to get on a plane. I thought it was fiction. Apparently that fictionalized future is going to get here sooner than I thought.

Dear LJ

Jan. 23rd, 2007 09:22 am
jasmineskie: (Shy Destiny by Loyaldreamer)
You know, changing a thing that's been working fine does not necessarily make it better. I liked the old default header/menu thingie. I knew where everything was. I'm sore and cranky this morning, and I would really rather not have to search for things just because someone in the Six Apart office needed to justify their existence by redoing something that didn't need redoing.


Disgruntledly yours,


Jan. 15th, 2007 04:54 pm
jasmineskie: (Orlando Fade by Loyaldreamer)
Obviously should not follow up seeing Children of Men at a matinee with Marilyn Hotchkiss Ballroom Dancing & Charm School at home on dvd. Am now a meepy mess. *sniffles*

Don't get me wrong. Both movies are outstanding in completely different ways, and I would recommend both of them highly. Just... you know -- bring the tissues.

But yeah... now I need to watch something fun. Maybe I'll haul out Pirates. Yeah, that'll do.
jasmineskie: (Orlando Bongos by Caugraphics)
New Year's Eve is perhaps not the best day to run across a picture of yourself taken some twelve years ago when you weighed about half a person less than you do now. :/ Of course, I think I existed on lettuce and cottage cheese back then, and I played a lot of tennis. And I still thought I was fat. Silly, looking back on it.


I was in Borders yesterday looking for a new half-price calendar to record daily word counts. Saw a new Meg Cabot book that nearly made me laugh out loud: And Size 14 Is Not Fat Either!. Considering my rant of a couple of weeks ago, it's nice to know it's not just me who finds the whole obsession with super-skinny kind of ridiculous. Speaking of super-skinny, Nicole Richie has apparently written a novel: The Truth About Diamonds. Huh. I saw that too. I wish her good luck with it. I wish every writer good luck with their books. Except, maybe OJ, but luckily that project tanked before it saw shelf space.

Off to do some writing of my own. Happy New Year's, everyone.


Dec. 29th, 2006 11:58 am
jasmineskie: (Snoopy by peaces_icons)
Now, these New Year's resolutions I could probably keep. Except, you know, finding a better [livejournal.com profile] soar38 because I don't think that's possible. ;)

In 2007, jasmineskie resolves to...
Drink four glasses of viggo every day.
Overcome my secret fear of unnecessary evils.
Learn to play the orlando.
Volunteer to spend time with movies.
Give some spoonsofcoffees to charity.
Find a better soar38.

Get your own New Year's Resolutions:

Thank you so much to [livejournal.com profile] tiniowien and [livejournal.com profile] vock for the lovely Christmas cards I received this week. :D *hugs*

I had a cool Christmas. Kind of low key and laid back. My family and friends know me well. :) I got oodles of books and dvds and PSP goodies and fandom things, including a sinfully soft Jack Sparrow throw and a Pirates hoodie. *g* I expect to spend this weekend writing, since I'm still woefully behind in my 'zine story. (I will get it done, guys, I swear.) I'm also way, way behind in reading all the wonderful fics at [livejournal.com profile] vo_xmas and all over my flist. I'll get there.

Happy Friday, everyone!
jasmineskie: (Will Hiro face by Loyaldreamer)

But why is the jasmineskie gone?

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:

And GIP by [livejournal.com profile] loyaldreamer. :D

The greatest trick the Devil ever pulled was convincing the world jassy didn't exist.

Which movie was this quote from?

Get your own quotes:
jasmineskie: (Snoopy by peaces_icons)
Thank you so much for the wonderful cards from [livejournal.com profile] metamaura (cute picture!), [livejournal.com profile] namarie120 (cute bookmark!), [livejournal.com profile] alilacia (awww... cute story!), [livejournal.com profile] pyleanelf, [livejournal.com profile] sveta_111 (thank you for the traditional wish *hugs*), [livejournal.com profile] sarkka, [livejournal.com profile] nurseowens, [livejournal.com profile] jule1122, [livejournal.com profile] carynita, [livejournal.com profile] rhodynne (*giggles*), [livejournal.com profile] rae_isha (what a beautiful card!), [livejournal.com profile] elanna9 (wonderful picture!), [livejournal.com profile] claireyfairy1, [livejournal.com profile] chaosmanor, [livejournal.com profile] rifleman_s (twice! *g*), [livejournal.com profile] dissonant_dream, and [livejournal.com profile] lady_razzle. Whew! You guys made checking my mail so much fun this week! Thank you all so much. :D *hugs*

I was tagged for this by [livejournal.com profile] shegollum:

List seven songs you are into right now. Post these instructions in your livejournal along with your seven songs. Then tag seven other people to see what they're listening to.

I listen to a lot of Christmas music this time of year. Instead of single songs, here are the albums I've been listening to:

December, Chris Botti
Wintersong, Sarah McLachlan
The Gift, Eric Tingstad and Nancy Rumbel
Hymns, Carols, and Songs About Snow, Tuck Andress
Merry Christmas, Bing Crosby
The Carols of Christmas, Windham Hills collection
Greatest Holiday Classics, Kenny G.

I'm tagging whoever wants to do this. :)

And since it's almost Christmas here, I just want wish everyone a Merry Christmas, happy holiday, or happy Monday. ;) I wish you and your families peace, joy, and love. *hugs*


Dec. 18th, 2006 01:19 pm
jasmineskie: (Oregon coast by me)
I guess I know I've moved on mentally from one profession to another when I have no problem spending money to attend writing workshops, but it annoys me greatly that I just had to spend big bucks to order audio CLE CDs so I can do a mass cram on the CLE I need a month before the deadline. :/

Now if I could just make the kind of money writing that I make in my day job, that would be good. :) Someday...
jasmineskie: (Snowy lantern by enriana)
So this weekend wasn't as restful as I'd hoped. The snow yesterday turned the streets into skating rinks, which made getting anywhere a major deal. When people are chaining up their cars a mile from my house next to a golf course I drive by every day on the way to work, you know the streets are bad. :P

Today hubby and I did a little last minute looking around, sorta Christmas shopping. The first mall built in this town, the one I went to as a kid, is being torn down and rebuilt by its new owners after the first of the year. We strolled around the few shops that are still there -- bought a silly, dancing penguin at a curio/christmas gift shop, walked past sad-looking closed and empty stores down the mall to the last remaining comic shop in town. While we were there, a band in the center of the mall starting playing Christmas carols. I'd thought it was a brass band from the glimpses I caught while they were setting up. It turned out to be a tuba band. :) There was something very cool, very quirky, about that -- Christmas carols played on tubas by people of all ages in a mall that's closing down. We also went to what was left of Tower Records; that will be gone in another day. As if I wasn't feeling nostalgic enough this time of year.


Dec. 15th, 2006 10:57 pm
jasmineskie: (Snowy lantern by enriana)
It's been a bitch of a week, work and frustration and just plain gotta-get-this-stuff-done wise. I unwound tonight by watching White Christmas. :) And having some wonderful lavendar lemongrass tea that [livejournal.com profile] em_ee_ell sent me. *yum!*

And playing around with this word list thing [livejournal.com profile] chocmarsh posted in her journal. She dared anyone to finish it by the 20th. I can't resist a challenge like that. *g*

1. Write a list of ten words that... )
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