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I'm hardly ever on LJ any more, but I can't bring myself to stop this silly tradition. So for those that still enjoy it, here ya go... ;)

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Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!! *love & hugs*

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Who the heck needs gym equipment or Zumba? I just had the workout of my life trying on a pair of control top panty hose!! Sheer Energy my bee-hind. More like sheer perspiration, and slight dehydration. :P

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I hope you had a wonderful Christmas dear f-list. Mine was wonderful. Christmas eve, hubby and I exchanged gifts with each other, and our three Pomeranians. I love our little family! Then on Christmas day, Hubby and I went to my parent's house and had a lovely feast. Good times all around. We'll have another Christmas with my in-laws when they get back from visiting my SIL, so we still have a bit of fun to look forward to. :)

Hoping everyone's enjoying the holidays! *hugs*
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You know you love it. :D

Time to share the The Turkey Story. What Thanksgiving would be complete without it?

Many of you on my f-list are hardened veterans of my annual tradition of posting The Turkey Story. However, there are also many of you on my f-list who have yet to experience the profound trauma awe that only reading this story can bring.

So, without further ado, I present . . . .


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There you go. Turkey trauma to last you the whole year through. :P

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!! *hugs*

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Join the fun tonight on twitter at 7 pm EST. Author Natalie D. Richards will be on hand to answer questions about her new book, Six Months Later, and cool prizes will be awarded throughout the party! To attend use hashtag #SML, and direct questions to @NatDRichards. Hosted by @novablogger & @BloggerFangirl. I'll be there too, look for @tweet_leigh, that's me! I hope to see you there! :D

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I'm pimping a fabulous new Young Adult Fiction novel, Six Months Later, by one of my best friends, the LJ user previously known as rikki_oko. You may have read her Spuffy fics, you may have seen the fanart I made for them. Find out more about her debut novel in my previous post. Check out the graphics work I've done for her on her various sites too! Any and all support, or encouragement you can give is greatly appreciated!!! Thank you! :D
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Hey dear FL & LJ peeps! I have a question for you...

You know how we love to read fanfic, and how lucky we are to have writers that are willing to slave away for no pay? If you've ever been grateful to a fanfic author who benevolently fed your fangirl obessions, this is your big chance to eloquently say OMGBBQ!!THANKYOU!!

Let me bring to your attention a GREAT fanfic author. She wrote some AMAZING Spuffy fics...maybe you've read a few. Color of Devotion, Indigo Overture (OMG!LOVE), Deliverance, Smoke and Mirrors and Downward Spiral. She also started a wonderful Moonlight fic, Heartsick. (I swear I was hanging on every. freaking. word.) If you don't recognize the fics, then maybe you'll recognize her name...She's the LJ user previously known as Rikki_oko. Lovely person, and one of my bestest friends evar. :)

Guess what? SHE'S PUBLISHED. *flails* That's right peeps, you heard it here. Natalie D. Richards debut novel, Six Months Later, is being released today - at freaking Amazon.com (paperback or kindle), and Barnes & Noble!! (paperback or nook)

So if you ever enjoyed her fanfic, or the fanart I made for them....if you ever enjoyed any of my icons...for the love of heaven, puppies, kittens, and SPIKE!! Please support Natalie, and her fabulous book, Six Months Later! Buy. Read. Love. REVIEW. Or your Spuffy fancard will be revoked. ;)
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If you took the time to read this post, thank you. If you go buy, read, & review Six Months Later, BLESS YOU AND ALL OF YOUR PROGENY. Ahem. :P

Here's links to all her important stuff. :)

www.nataliedrichards (web site designed & maintained by your's truly)

@NatD.Richards twitter (like my layout design?)

Natalie D. Richards Facebook (yes, yes. :P)

Six Months Later by Natalie D. Richards on Goodreads

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Completed the LAST AVAILABLE LEVEL (level 425) in Candy Crush Saga yesterday. I'm DONE. They'll eventually add more levels, but I won't play it again. I'm not the kind of person that needs to climb Mt. Everest twice. :P

That's right, CCS. I. Beat. You. Like. A. Rug. Mwahahaha!
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Seeing previews for a Honey Boo Boo Scratch N' Sniff ep.

Sniff.

SNIFF?! Srsly? o_O


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Just when I thought reality TV couldn't get any grosser, it barges into an entirely new level of wrong. There is not enough HELL NO IN THIS WORLD.

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Who else wishes LJ had a "like" button? Yes, Facebook has made me lazy. :P

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Ok, I'm playing Candy Crush Saga (the game that is to be hated with the heat of a thousand suns) and I'm in the Polkapalooza stage (level 396-410, yeah - don't ask). You know the little characters in the vignettes? Well, the guy in this one has a DRIPPING NOSE and it's making me sick. So. Gross. YUCK!! I'll be so glad to get through this section, so I won't have to look at him anymore!

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Dear Candy Crush Saga,

I hate you. You're the most annoying game ever, and yet I can't stop playing. To borrow a quote from Brokeback Mountain, "I wish I knew how to quit you!!".

Sincere burning rage of hell-fire,
Me

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I don't know about you, but I've been emotionally bereft that igoogle is going away in November. I LOVE my igoogle home page. When I first heard the news, I tried right away to find an alternative, and found Netvibes recommended around the net. I gave it a shot, but I HATED it. So I went back to igoogle and figured I'd be like Rose & Jack on the sinking Titanic...clinging stubbornly, until the last. possible. moment. Well, igoogle is annoying, it won't let me stay in my unicorn-rainbows-fantasy-land where I'm never going to be without igoogle. They, unhelpfully, put up a blaring alert at the top of my beloved home page... "NOTICE: igoogle is going away, and leaving an a gaping void in your life, on November 1, 2013" Thanks igoogle. B@stards.

So, I once again hit the search engines for solace, whispering a prayer that somewhere, someone, had found a viable replacement. Behold!! The Interwebz Gods heard my plea!!! I found igHome. It looks and feels a lot like igoogle. Yay! \o/ So. Freaking. Relieved. So here I am sharing the joy, in case anyone else is dealing with the trauma of losing igoogle.

You're welcome.

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I put on my big girl panties and went to my Aunt J's visitation. Hubby went w/me. I had several old family photos - childhood photos of my other Aunts, C & P, and a few of Aunt M. I decided the visitation would be a good time to give those photos to my cousins (daughters of Aunt P), and Aunt M. Aunt P's daughters teared up when they saw the school photos of their mom, as Aunt P passed away 6 months ago (and I only found out when I read Aunt J's obituary). Just giving them those pictures made going worth it.

It really was nice seeing all my cousins. They seemed genuinely glad to see me too. Lots of hugging and sincere glad-to-see-yous. My Aunt M was fake-nice as expected, and I was fake-nice in return like a true Southern Belle. Y'all would be proud. :P I did make a point to mention, to several people, how good Aunt J was to my Mom when she first came to the US, and within earshot of Aunt M. That made me feel better about all of that. I also spent a few moments saying bye to my Aunt J, and thanked her for being so good to my Mom and to me when I was little.

I got asked several times about my bio father - but I knew that would be coming, and was prepared to deal w/discussing him. I basically said he made no effort to stay in touch w/me, and that I pretty much chalked him up as a loser. Everyone felt bad for me, but I told them I was OK with it. They all seem to be disappointed that he's the kind of person who has made no effort to keep in touch with any of his family, including them.

My cousins also want to try to stay in better touch through email/facebook with me, so I'm going to give it a shot. Who knows, it may end up being fun. So all in all, I survived - and I'm glad I went. Even so, I'm now mentally, emotionally, and physically WIPED OUT. Rikki_oko told me to expect that, and she was defintely right. It's weird how this kind of thing can do that to a person, even when it goes well. Hoping I can get a good nights sleep and bounce back. Thank you so much to everyone who took the time to read, and comment on my Conflicted post. Y'all rock. I <3 you!

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I had a phone call yesterday, from my cousin R, whom I haven't talked to in years. He told me his Mom, my Aunt J (my biological father's sister), passed away suddenly on Friday. I'm feeling conflicted, because while I was growing up, and my parents were married - she was very good to my Mom and I, and I was close to my cousins - her sons - who were a few years older than I. Once my parents divorced (I was 14), due to my bio father's rampant adultery, she - and my bio father's entire family dropped my Mom and I like hot potatoes. With fungus.

To complicate matters I've been estranged from my bio father for over 10 years. Not because of any big blow out, or fight, mind you. I just stopped trying. I was the one that always called, and tried to keep some kind of communication/relationship with him - despite all the yucky history we had. Like how his mistresses would call our house and tell me they loved my father and hang up on me (I was only 12 or so). Like he cut off all ties with me when I was in high school, and basically went into hiding for 3 years, to avoid paying child support. Plus, my bio father was just WEIRD. There was always drama with him, my step mom (who was only 6 years older than me), and her 4! kids. I finally got my fill of all the weirdness, and stopped picking up the phone to call him. That's all it took. What little bit of relationship I had with my bio father fizzled into silence that has gone on for more than 10 years now. Heck, I don't even know where he lives anymore. And I am glad to be free of all the drama & weirdness.

About 5 years ago, Aunt J suddenly seemed to want a relationship with me and my Mom. She invited herself over to my Mom & current Step Dad's (who is an awesome guy, that I call Dad) house. It was...awkward. She began inviting us (me and my Mom) to family reunions, that we really didn't want to go to - and had to constantly find ways to decline gracefully. AWKWARD. I mean, she had been good to us way back when, but after my bio father bailed on us - and we were alone and struggling - she was no where to be seen. So we wondered why all the sudden attention to us now, when we were happy and doing fine? I dunno. I ended up sending Aunt J a nice, but honest letter letting her know we'd always love her, but because of the divorce, the lack of contact for years with any of them, and my bio father's failure to keep the family connection alive with me, the situation was awkward for me and my Mom. I never heard anything back from her about my letter, but she did stop inviting us to the dreaded family reunions.

So yeah. Basically conflicted here. Her visitation is tonight, and while I do have a desire to see a few of my cousins - my other Aunt (M) will be there and she was HORRIBLE to my Mom when she was first married to my bio father. My Mom is Japanese, and when she married my bio father, she left her family, her country, everything that was familiar to her and moved to the US and in with my bio father's parents. (my grandparent's) My bio father was still serving in the Air Force overseas, so he wasn't in the US. My grandfather was nice to my Mom, but he was away working most of the time. My grandmother was selfish, and pretty much indifferent to my Mom, though she did enjoy having her clean the house for them. Grrrr. My Aunt M was a senior in HS, and still lived with my grandparents, and she treated my Mom like dirt. Instead of feeling compassion for my poor Mom who felt all alone and scared, and barely able to speak english, she told her she was stupid. Told her she was fat, because she was pregnant with me at the time, and used her belongings - even wearing her clothes - without asking for permission. It was as if my Mom was a sub-human to her, with no rights. My Mom told me how she would hold her pregnant tummy and cry because she was so sad and lonely. Good Lord Almighty I wanted to beat the snot out of my Aunt M, when my Mom told me all the hateful stuff she'd done to her. If only I'd have been there as a grown person, instead of in my Mom's tummy, I would have smacked a bitch. I can't stand that woman. So I REALLY don't want to see her and have her be all fake-nice to me knowing what a hateful bitch she was to my Mom. Then again, a memorial service is not exactly the place to call someone out either, and I wouldn't want to disrespect the sons of my Aunt J, who I genuinely like. So I'd likely have to be fake-nice back, which makes me throw up in my mouth a little. *sigh*

I talked to my Mom and she's conflicted too. She's not going to the visitation (she lives a couple of hours away & has NO desire to see Aunt M), but she might send flowers - or post a virtual tribute.

So I don't know what to do. I live in the same city where everything is being held. Do I go to tonight's visitation, or do I stay away? Stupid family drama. *headdesk*

ETA: Read my latest post, I Sucked It Up, about what I decided to do.

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I'm puny with a bit of fever, but I had to whip up a New Year's graphic of The Baby Dogs. :) Wishing everyone a wonderful, and safe New Year's Eve, and warmest hopes for joy, peace, and many blessings in 2013!! *hugs Flist*

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I know it's Christmas eve, but tonight and tomorrow will be hectic with fun with family. I wanted to pop in and wish everyone a very Merry Christmas! I hope that everyone has a joyful, wonderful, holiday. Love to you all! <3

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Since tomorrow will be a busy day of fun, food, and family - I thought I'd go ahead and post this now. :D 

Time to share the The Turkey Story. What Thanksgiving would be complete without it?

Many of you on my f-list are hardened veterans of my annual tradition of posting The Turkey Story. However, there are also many of you on my f-list who have yet to experience the profound trauma awe that only reading this story can bring.

So, without further ado, I present . . . .


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There you go. Turkey trauma to last you the whole year through. :P

Hope everyone has a wonderful Thanksgiving!! *hugs* 


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I typed this post, about my vacay, WEEKS ago, and my computer ate it. I pop into LJ to post my annual Turkey Story post - and like magic my lost post was recovered! CRAY-ZEE! So I'm posting this sucker while the posting is good! :D

My epic 2012 trip was EPIC!! Had so much fun, saw so much stuff, did so many things!! Here's a breakdown of sorts. :)

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Hi! Long time no see. I felt the overwhelming urge to post, so here I am! :)

I've really gotten back into reading. I was such a snob about eBooks. I pretty much huffed and decided that I liked REAL books. If I paid money for a book, then by gosh - I wanted something to physically set on my bookshelf. Pffft. Now? Not so much. I'm a COMPLETE eBook convert!! OMG I LOVE the ease and convenience of eBooks. Yes, I've gone to the Dark Side...and I LIKE it. ;) 

So I'm all reading and carrying on with my Samsung Galaxy Tablet and I'm loving it. I look back at myself, with my nose turned up at eBooks, and I marvel at my lack of understanding. What was I thinking?! Obviously, I wasn't! Duh! 

I've also discovered Goodreads, and I love it. So if you're a reader, get over there and friend me (shoot me a message there and tell me your LJ name so I'll know who you are!) and start reviewing! It's fun I say! :P I just finished Anna Dressed In Blood, which was awesome....and I'm now reading Dead Until Dark (finally!!).

Oh, and I've also discovered Vampire Diaries. I've been cramming to get ready for S4 that starts next month. I just finished S2 tonight, and I have S3 ordered from Amazon. When it first aired, I tried to watch, but when Vicky was turned....I hated her SO much that I stopped watching. So very glad that my dear friend, previously known as rikki_oko, talked me into giving it another try. Because shortly after the annoying Vicky...the show became CRAZY GOOD. *squee* I adore Damon, and ship the heck outta some Damon/Elena.

Also, I'm going on a fabulous trip with a wonderful friend in a few days! We're going to visit her family in Fairfax, VA, and while there we're going to NYC for 1 night, and Rehoboth Beach in Delaware for 1 night!! I'm so freaking excited!! I've never been to that part of the country and I'm looking forward to it so much. Plus, we're going to the Smithsonian, which has been a total nerd dream of mine since I was a kid!! EEeeeEEeeEEEEeeeee! We're going to shop till we drop, and try all kinds of fabulous restaurants. It's going to be SO AWESOME. Complete girl nirvana!! <3 :D

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