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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] spidra!!!
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Welcome DAHLIA MADELEINE SPIZMAN who arrived at 12:15am May 14.
All 7 lbs and 13 oz. of her.

Good job, [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772 and [livejournal.com profile] mercator_7!!! She's a beauty!
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] chaosloom!!!
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Hey [livejournal.com profile] kalendargirl!

Start here...

then hit Next... then again... keep going... yeah, you get the idea.
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] abditus!
Have a tiki drink "from" me tomorrow!
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Since she will be on a plane heading out for her honeymoon later, I thought I should say it now...

Happy (early) birthday [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772!

Have a safe journey, and find some time to enjoy 070707 tomorrow.
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Happy Birthday [livejournal.com profile] furycom!

(Oh, and America, but you knew that already.)
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Happy Birthday, [livejournal.com profile] devonapple!
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The playlist for the wedding... )


Jun. 20th, 2007 01:31 pm
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I suppose I should post some actual content one of these days, as it has been the typical case of not posting being caused by too much stuff going on in my life.

I recently ended a work contract that lasted about 7 weeks, and coincided with a bunch of things, including two other work projects that are finally done. This means I am available to do some smaller projects over the next couple of months in between everything else going on.

The more interesting things keeping me busy are non-work, of course.

Working backwards:
Sunday I returned safe and sound from my first weekend with CalESAR for wilderness search and rescue training. We went to Henry Coe State Park which is east of Morgan Hill, and turns out to be the largest state park in the state (odd, since most people I talked to had never heard of it, myself included). I am proud to say that I did not get sunburned despite the heat, or get any bug bites! I was even able to keep up with most of the teenager trainees. I enjoyed the knot lesson, and learning how to make shelters with just a parachute cord and tarp. Learning the search types was interesting too. We did have regular visits from a coyote who took a bite out of my Tiva sandals (not while I was wearing them, thankfully), and eventually ran off with [livejournal.com profile] abditus' hat. The next training is in Yosemite, which should be fun.

Over a week ago, on June 8th, as many of you already know, was the wedding of [livejournal.com profile] mercator_7 and [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772. What was special about this, aside from two of some of my favorite people tying the knot, was that it was on a boat which was sailed out on the San Francisco bay. It turned out to be a beautiful day, and was a lot of fun being out on the bay, although predictably windy. The ceremony was held at a calm spot in Raccoon Strait. The Bride and Groom looked lovely and a seemed to enjoy themselves. [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34 made cupcakes for the wedding cake, and I helped out by making name tags for the food and putting together the background music playlist, both which were fun projects.

This made me think of the wedding... )
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I finally called my old roommate, R and asked him to join [livejournal.com profile] gardengirl_34 and I for the Death Cab for Cutie KFOG Toys for Tots concert on December 7. When I told him why I wanted to know what he was doing that night he said he would clear his schedule (probably meaning turning down a catering gig that night to do so). When he went over in his mind what was going on at work that day (turns out a big 100-person catering for a work event) he said that he definitely needed to make sure he can make it to the concert that night.

It was real nice to hear how excited he was upon finding out why I was calling.
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Having recently been to [livejournal.com profile] jenya_leann's birthday party where [livejournal.com profile] inside_edge lead us all in a few rounds of The Birthday Dirge, I thought it apropos to share the lyrics in honor of [livejournal.com profile] emberleo's birthday today.


Pick your favorites, [livejournal.com profile] emberleo, and maybe you can have a say in which ones are sung to you at your party!
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Happy birthday to the pretty lady known here as [livejournal.com profile] jenya_leann!
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Last night was interesting. The feature of the night was attending the reading and signing of The Areas of my Expertise by John Hodgeman.

John and I were in high school together, and knew each other well enough to be friendly, so I hoped he would remember me. To jog his memory, I sent him a brief e-mail message beforehand to avoid that awkward moment where I would have to explain why he should recognize me when he first saw me. As it turned out, he did receive the message, and it worked out well as he was able to recognize me when the right moment came. That moment was during the Q&A portion of the evening when a woman sitting a few rows behind me asked him if he had played D&D as a kid (he brings up D&D briefly in his book). His answer was essentially no, but it afforded me the opportunity to say "You know, John, we would have welcomed you to the club had you asked." He looked over at me and said "Oh, it's Ragani! Hi Ragani!" then went on to explain that we had gone to high school together. He then asked what character I played in D&D. It seriously took me a moment to recall, and eventually said I think I was a thief. He said everyone tended to say they were a thief if the did not want to admit what they had played, and the Q&A went on.

While we queued for signatures, [livejournal.com profile] furycom came over and said hi. I had noticed him earlier, but he had not seen me, so was startled when he heard Hodgman mention my name during the Q&A. It was fun running into someone I knew there who did not expect me, and nice to see [livejournal.com profile] furycom.

When it was my turn to talk to John, he got up and gave me a big hug, had me sit down next to him and told me he had received the e-mail. I had invited my friend, Mike, along, who I had asked to take some pictures with my mobile phone. John handed me Jonathan Coultan's cup of brandy so we could each pose with glasses (they had both taken a brandy sipping break earlier while we listened to an excerpt from the CD of the book).

We talked a bit while he signed the copies of the book that I had (one for Mike, which he signed "Thanks for taking my photo", one for my brother which he signed "your sister is koo koo" and one for me which he signed "I am the Pirate King"). He reminisced about our days working on The Pirates of Penzance for the school play, which I had not even thought about as being the main connection for how we knew each other best.

As for the remainder of the evening.... )
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Just in case you thought I forgot you, [livejournal.com profile] noirem, here is the one I chose for you.

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Apparently no one had mentioned to [livejournal.com profile] i_am_dsh that I had used her likelness in the famous Vermeer painting, Girl with a Pearl Earring, so here it is again for all to enjoy. Please pass this post along to her so she can enjoy it too.

LJ size LJ size

[livejournal.com profile] i_am_dsh with the pearl earring...
Deborah with a pearl earring Deborah with a pearl earring

The photo of [livejournal.com profile] i_am_dsh worked so well with this famous Vermeer painting, I could not resist.

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I am not sure how I managed to find time to squeeze this in, what with the non-stop busy schedule I have had recently. This was one of those ones that just jumped out at me when I saw it, in this case, as being clearly meant for me to use for [livejournal.com profile] angelkatharine. Seeing as she sent me more images the other day I finally had a better image of her to make this work.

Laura, a la Artemis Laura, a la Artemis

This is one of those paintings that just jumped out at me as being perfect for someone specific, in this case Laura. Although, this painting seems to imply a pregnant woman, so I hope Laura does not take this as a hint or something.
Laura al la Artemis, LJ icon Laura al la Artemis, LJ icon

LJ icon cropped version.

Also, this is a reminder to other people I have asked to send me photos of them for this project.

Edit: Thanks, [livejournal.com profile] noirem, for the critical eye. The color has been adjusted a bit to make it blend better.

New Phase

Jun. 19th, 2006 01:33 pm
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Well, the studio/den room in my new place is almost solid boxes and such from my move. Poor [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772 has just enough room to get to her bedroom and use her desk, and her cat cannot even make it over to the nice couch we must have moved in just for her to lounge upon. I did not once need to rent a truck, and I had plenty of help. In fact they ranged from my roommates, to a bunch of the guys in my WoW guild (this includes [livejournal.com profile] archanglekhaos, of course, who is a pre-WoW friend)!

I had the opportunity to give O her birthday gift this weekend (she nearly cried) and R his father's day gift (he nearly cried too) as well as be there to take M out to get burgers and fries for his 6th birthday and give him his birthday gift (he did not cry, but instead immediately brought the 9 Limony Snicket books back to show his mom). I am going to miss seeing them often, and I know they are going to miss me.

Now for the joy of unpacking. And, I have a deadline. I have to be done by the end of the month, or at least have the house looking presentable by then because [livejournal.com profile] psyche7772 is hosting a bridal shower for a friend on the 2nd of July. Any help, even if just to keep me company and motivated is welcome.
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I realized last night that everyone who is helping me move today (not counting my roommate) is from the guild I am now guild master of on WoW. Several are people I got to know in game first, and one I am only meeting today for the first time.

My guild-mates rock!

I fact, I think I have more people and less vehicles than I need. Good thing I don't have much left.
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Happy Birthday userinfoperlandria


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