aderam: (Feed Scotty)
And where exactly did the old year go?

I had a truly lazy holiday season, sprinkled with work and not much else. On New Year's Eve I worked for two hours (on of my coworkers had a split shift - a stupid thing where she was scheduled to work 10-3 and then 6-8 or something like that - so I took the 6-8 part. It covered my beer for the night) and then had a few friends over to my place to hang out and drink and be generally relaxed and happy. And that was good. They left shortly after 1:30am and managed to catch the last bus.

We're still running the Hobbit at work. And I still love the music. But next week we're going from 4 shows down to 2 shows per day. Because no one is coming to the 11:30am or the 10:30pm anymore. But it means that everyone's shifts are cut down which sucks, because minimum wage is not enough to cover living expenses when I have a decent number of shifts. But I'll have some time off and maybe I'll get some writing done.

It's January now which means I should hear back about that archaeology job in Calgary soon. And if I don't hear back in a week I'm going to email them just so I can know for sure. I'm super nervous. I really want this job. I would be working in my field and actually earning enough money to live and things would be good! So wish me luck! (At least if I don't get this one there's still others I know will be hiring in a couple of months.)

And some things that happened in 2012 (in no particular order):
- Finished Grad School - I may have had to rewrite a comprehensive exam, but I still finished - Aderam, BAH, MA
- Didn't go on a dig and didn't go to Europe - (unlike the last four years)
- Survived two and a half months of unemployment
- Got my first full (ish) time job. - Working at the movie theatre
- Grandfather died. Down to 1 of 6(ish) grandparents
- Turned 25
- Purchased my first set of new goalie pads
- Attended two weddings

Places I slept in 2012 (other than home):
- Paradise, Newfoundland
- Edmonton, Alberta
- Waterton Lakes, Alberta
- A hotel (on the highway going to Waterton), British Columbia
- Toronto, Ontario
- Kingston, Ontario
- Calgary, Alberta
- Victoria, British Columbia

Which means that I didn't leave Canada at all this year (despite going from end to end). That's weird.
aderam: (Humbug)
Today is the longest night of the year!

I've got my Solstice candle lit and it will keep the light going through 'til dawn. I'm still working out a lot of things about my pagan practice (and probably will be for the rest of my life) but lighting a candle on Solstice is something that my Mum started doing when I was a kid, and it's a tradition I like to maintain. It makes me think of Egyptian mythology: the Sun god Ra going through the underworld every night and fighting against the serpent Apophis ("Dead false god," says Teal'c), and the priests who would pray all night to help him in his journey. Tonight is the longest night of the year. Ra can use every little bit of help.

(*Sidenote: my spellcheck thinks that "Apophis" should be "Sophism". What are you trying to say, computer?)

Today the sun set at 4:17 (I checked the exact time). And it was fairly clear today so it was actually still pretty light out when I was out getting groceries at 3:30. The other day it was so overcast that it seemed like it was getting dark around 2:30 - so this was a good day.

I made sure to get my candle lit as the sun went down. It was still fairly light outside even though it was not in my apartment.

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Then I started making myself a Solstice Feast! Someday I think I'll have people over for a Solstice celebration. But for now it's good to work things out on my own. For dinner I got myself a small lamb roast and made carrot soufflé and Yorkshire puddings to go with it. Very successful:

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It was my first time making Yorkshire puddings, but I had my Dad's recipe and it turns out they're dead simple. I replaced the sesame oil with olive oil because I didn't have any of the former and they tasted great to me anyway. I should definitely make them again. I've made the carrot soufflé before, although I think this is the first time I've done it with an electric mixer. In theory it should have been fairly simple too, but I cut the recipe in half (since there is only one of me) and I don't think that turned out as well as it could have. Still tasty, but not as good as it's been in the past.

Things I forgot: mint sauce and gravy.

Overall it was a great success despite my tiny kitchen.

Also - Raspberry porter (Made by the Tree brewing company) is just as good as it sounds.

I was going to make some apples (fried with brown sugar and brandy) for dessert, but after six Yorkshire puddings and almost half of a lamb roast and a carrot soufflé I'm rather stuffed in the best possible way. So I'm having mini candy canes for dessert instead. :)

And I got myself a tiny Christmas tree!

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Happy Solstice everyone!

Christmas

Dec. 13th, 2012 04:18 pm
aderam: (Humbug)
We had our work Christmas party last night (When you work in a theatre this means that we ordered pizza, drank beer - those of us who are of age - and watched Elf on the big screen). And I've actually managed to send off the packages to all three of my parents (one is confirmed to have arrived). And I'm almost done gathering things for my brother and his wife - who are celebrating late because he's at sea. So I'm actually doing pretty well in terms of organization.

But it still seems like it's coming out of nowhere really. How the hell is it Christmas already?

I guess part of that is that I didn't have any exams or papers to finish up for the first time in who knows how long. And part of that is certainly that it's still not that cold in Vancouver (although some of the locals disagree).

And part of that is that I'm just not that into it. I'm not visiting anyone over the holidays. My roommate is off to visit with her parents. And I have some friends who are staying in town. They're probably planning something for Christmas Dinner with those of us who are around, and I'll happily join in if I'm not working - but I probably am working.

I did, on the other hand, book off the 21st. So I can celebrate Solstice in my own way. I have to get myself a candle and I think I'm going to make myself a feast. But I'm not yet clear on the details.

I know I'm supposed to be sad that I'm not going "home" to visit with family and having the stereotypical happy Christmas with all the family traditions. But I'm actually kinda looking forward to figuring out my own traditions and getting some alone time. Plus, I'm going to be working a lot - the Hobbit is going to be super busy! - so yeah.

It's coming faster than I was thinking. And I'm not going anywhere. And that's fine by me.

I hope you all have a Happy Holidays! However you chose to celebrate them (or not).
aderam: (Elizabeth Grin)
Our landlord just brought candy to our door. It's like reverse Trick-or-Treating!!!!

#Best Landlords Ever

Halloween related things that are also awesome: The Canucks' mascot Fin, an Orca, dressed as a banana for Halloween! Evidence from the Pumpkin carving at Canucks Place (Apologies for small photo, it was the only one I could find). Yes that is a man dressed in an orca costume, wearing a banana costume on top! - It's very meta. :)

M and I are just finishing up dinner dishes (her - I did the cooking) and then we'll be heading over to Ir's place to watch Hocus Pocus with Bette Midler and a very young McGee from NCIS as Thachary Binks. It's going to be sweet.

And tomorrow: Buying as much cheap candy as I can carry!
aderam: (Default)
Life's been pretty busy, but generally good.

This weekend we had an awesome Thanksgiving dinner with seven of the usual crowd. I made cheesy mashed potatoes which is a family tradition (and even moreso - I'm always the one who makes it) - and they were a big hit.

Tonight I'm going to a poker game which is a tradition among some of the department. Buy in is $10, and it's reasonably competitive - but I'm resigned to loosing everything. As long as it's a fun time with the guys I'm cool with it. So that should be fun - I should make myself a poker hands cheat-sheet before I go.

The NHL hockey season has started up again and the Canucks are playing right now. I'm listening to the game. And it's currently 5-4 for Philidelphia in the 3rd period. I dislike the Flyers at the best of time, but this is not helping. Although I'm still not too worried about the game.

I bought a new knitting pattern and I think that I'm going to use it for a Christmas present. But I think that I need to get one more ball of yarn, since I might not have enough. I'm excited to start. ;)

Why are all of the books for my next two presentations in German and French? The French is okay - but Deutsch? Lame. I do not speak German. Oh well, I've got enough time to Google Translate what I need. My main text for the shipwreck I'm looking at is called "Das Wrack". Oh Germans - you're so ... German.

I get to make stone tools in my Anthro class. Partially that's awesome, but partially I'd rather just find some good stones and shape them to make a wall instead. Bifacial what? Although our TA did his Masters' Thesis on stone tools used in high-risk situations like hunting polar bears and sea lions. And that is wicked cool.

Anyway... dinner calls!
aderam: (Arthur Crown)
I went on a longer-than-anticipated walk around Stanley Park today because the weather was so lovely. It was longer than anticipated because I was being conservative in my original plans for how far I would go, and then didn't want to stop yet when I got the the easy place to turn back. So naturally I kept going, and naturally the pit stop place was further than I really wanted to go. And even more naturally the nearest bus stop was on the other side of the Park. So I walked all the the eastern seawall, from near the Yacht Club up to Lion's Gate Bridge, had to back-track to find a trail that would take me up to the café - which was up a cliff from the seawall walking path - and then walk the length of the Park along the causeway to get to the bus. Needless to say I stopped for food at the café before trekking back to the bus stop. It was a glorious day for walking. But I think next time I might try for something with easier stopping points. According to the map I got to almost 5km around the seawall. I have no idea how long the causeway was, but I think I walked about 8k today, in roughly three hours. Not bad for a day's work.

Tomorrow is New Year's Eve. I'm going to head to a pub with one of the other people from my department who's not off elsewhere at the moment. I'm looking forward to it actually. I don't hang out with her all that often because her desk is on the other side of the Reading Room, but I think she's really cool. So it should be nice to spend a bit more time with her. Hopefully some other people will come too. New Years is best with more people.

New Year's coming also means that the author reveal for Yuletide is just around the corner. Before that happens, I thought I'd do a little round up of what I've liked best. I'm by no means done with the archive yet, and I haven't hit up anyone else's recs lists yet either.

Things that were awesome about this year's Yuletide:

- the Archive is awesome. I'm so glad everything's been switched over now. I think it's really easy to navigate and the comments are set up very well. Also the Kudos button? Amazing. I always feel like I don't get what I actually want to say across in comments, or I have no idea what to say at all, so the button is great because it's an easy way to say "I liked this a lot!" without having to worry about what to say.

- I finished! This was probably the busiest I've been right before the Yuletide deadline, so I feel like this was a great accomplishment for me. I even thought about not signing up this year - Grad School will do that to a person. But I succeeded, and I've been getting some good feedback so far.

- My Gift Fic! It's All in a Day's Work, a RED fic about William Cooper. And it's pretty much exactly what I wanted from that fandom. Danger and excitement mixed with bizarre humour. I especially like the conversations Cooper has on the phone with his kids.

- On the Burning Deck, Swallows and Amazons. It's Nancy in the London Blitz, and it's wonderful in so many ways! I love it. It took my breath away in places, and just generally filled my heart with glee in others. I didn't even know I was looking for fic like this. I especially like the use of sailing metaphors, and the way the author brought in all of the different characters. Normally I don't bother going back to see who the authors were after the reveal, but I'm secretly hoping that this author has been prolific in fandoms I know, but who I've never read before so I'll have lots of new things to read.

- Mariposa Grove (A Caelo Usque Ad Centrum), Santuary. The Five being awesome with each other. Love the scope of it and the glimpses of the characters as they change.

- The Dying Gaul, Highlander: The Series, the Sculpture. This is putting Methos in the centre of things as part of the origins for one of my favourite statues. It brings together two of the things I like best: Methos and Classics. There needs to be more Methos in Rome fics out there, seriously.

- The Fic Your Fic Could Be Like, Old Spice Commercials. This fits the bizarre tone of that commercial so well. It made me laugh.

- Mountains, Molehills, Lilo and Stitch. Post-movie awesomeness featuring David (and everyone else too).

I was a little surprised that there wasn't any Blood and Smoke Series by Tanya Huff fic this year. Usually there's a good contingent, I even contributed to it a couple of years ago. But there was nothing at all this year. Very strange, but I suppose that's how these things go.

So have you read anything in Yuletide? What did you like best?
aderam: (Serenity)
This is the long night.
This is the dark night.
This is the cold night.
This is the night of last hope.
This is the night of the little spark.
This is the night of turning from darkness.
This is the night of turning toward light.
This is the night of wonder.
The long night is here:
come to us, you spirits;
together let us fill the long night with light,
calling all beings to warm themselves at our fire.


Or if you'd rather:

We are grey. We stand between the Darkness and the Light.
I am grey. I stand between the candle and the star.


I had a few things that needed doing today so I didn't get home to light the candle until about 5pm, which is about an hour after sunset. But I figure the gods will forgive me that. I was thinking fire-y thoughts on the bus as I was coming back. So there's always that.

I likewise didn't have time to go grocery shopping and cook myself something nice. Instead I stopped in at McDonald's, which seemed appropriate because of all the preservatives. ;)

I also handed back my marking to my prof today. He thanked me, and let me know that he was going to praise me to high heaven on the report he had to give the department. Also he said that he was going to take me out for lunch sometime in the new year as a thank you. Which is pretty awesome, I'd say.

It got me thinking about cycles of life though. Today is the day that term ends for me. It's also the longest night of the year - everything will be lighter from here on out. And it's the full moon. Beginnings and Endings. It'll come back around.

So Happy Solstice! And have a great break if you're one of us lucky people who gets one. Think good thoughts for my brother, he went off to sea again yesterday.
aderam: (Default)
Happy Easter to all those who celebrate and happy Easter chocolate to everyone else! (You know I actually didn't know until two years ago that there was such a thing as "Easter Dinner" where you went and spent time with family and had a feast, usually with ham. No one has ever accused me of being a good Christian. Of course being a Pagan might have something to do with that...)

Normally Easter means nothing more than some chocolate and other candy-goodness in association with two days off of school. Although lately it's been the start of Spring exams (oh gods, my brain has been taken over by Latin. Just as I was typing that I thought to myself "hunh, that's an x so it counts as two consonnents and that means that the e is long" this of course only applies when one is scanning Latin poetry to find the metre. I am such a nerd). But this year we found out that all the families on our street do an Easter-Egg hunt every year. We just got in from going out and searching to find all the eggs that were hidden in Tall places that the little kids couldn't reach, and it was GREAT. I love my neighbourhood. Our awesome neighbours who organized it and got everyone to donate candy also gave us the unwrapped candy that they got because they didn't want to put them in the eggs in case they got wet, "for while you're studying for exams," she said.

What a great idea!

Also we got a big snowfall last night so everything is white even though it isn't cold and it makes finding colourful plastic eggs just that much easier.

Also Also I got some virtual candy on my LJ. Thanks [livejournal.com profile] hobbitbabe! It's always nice to get candy from your (other)mother. Hope you're having a good holiday!
aderam: (Elephant - aderam)
Hey everyone! How's it going?

It's Christmas once again and for the first time that I can remember I'm not really feeling it. I got some great things from the family (the kind of stuff that shows they were thinking and not just trying to find something, anything to put under the tree) this afternoon (that's right, I didn't wake up until 10 and that was because [livejournal.com profile] hobbitbabe was really excited and was already here by then).

I kinda wish that I'd gotten my Yuletide storylast week because that's when i was all excited about it and now I don't have the excitement that I should have for the story. (And I REALLY should have excitement because it's a good story! My author wrote Dead Zone Walt/Johnny for me with great vision angst. And I really like it (Thanks Santa!!!), I'm just not feeling the squee.)

(I'm going to blame hormones for that one because there's nothing like starting your period while opening presents and then frantically looking to make sure that you haven't already stained your new Wonder Woman underwear. Which, of course I was wearing over my pajama pants because that's what one must do with Wonder Woman underwear. And never fear the underwear was saved by the layers.)

Also I made mixes of music for the family this year and while I was doing that I was thinking about what I would put as a mix for me and kept coming up with music that I LOVE instead of music that describes me, so I decided that it's a futile idea to make a mix of music that describes yourself. What I am going to do is actually make that mix of music I love and then upload it (as soon as I figure out how) so that all of you lovely people can enjoy. It'll be a Holiday Season present instead of a Christmas Present, because I'm too lazy to make it up for right now and also I'm starting to be inclined to avoid the more Christmasy aspects of Christmas.

And shouts out to [livejournal.com profile] kuwdora who made an awesome list of House/Wilson recs for me over here which is AMAZING and tided me over in an extremely enjoyable way before the yuletide archive opened. SHe also made me a pretty wallpaper which is currently on my desktop. Thanks again Abby!
aderam: (Sometimes the Dragon Wins - aderam)
Hallowe'en is so the best holiday if only because it's the only (okay maybe one of only a few) day of the year when you can be passed by a knight in shining, full aluminium foil plate mail on roller blades, who stops to wish you a safe journey home.

I'm fairly certain that this man was at the same party as me, but I'm even more certain that I don't know him at all. I love my nerd school, and this excuse for awesomeness.
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Today we had an exibition game for Rugby so that we who haven't played before could get some experience. There was a Sevens tournament going on so we ended up playing in the tournament (although that wasn't the original plan) and then we played a short game with fifteen as is usual. (The difference between Sevens and normal Rugby is that in Sevens there are only seven players on the team (usually there're fifteen) and the halfs are only seven minutes long instead of forty. As such it's a much faster game.) It was good fun, and we just got our new uniforms for this year. They're royal blue with white and blue stripes on the sleeves and a collar that looks like someone cut off the flappy parts. They fit tighly so that they're harder to grab at, and we have strippy socks to match and white shorts. I'm going to buy myself some spandex and rugby shorts tomorrow so that I have some of my own for practice and the like. Also I'm going to think very annoyed thoughts at the postal service so that my brother's cleets arrive tommorrow. They were supposed to get here on Friday, but they didn't. According to the web-tracker thing they're in Dieppe, NB. Pah. Hopefully they'll get here by tomorrow, otherwise I have no idea what I'm going to do for our game.

I had soemthing else that I wanted to say, but I can't remember what it was. I'm really tired and kinda sore after today's games.

I think I'm going to have a nap.

OH! Now I remember. I've decided that I'm going to go visit Jamie and Company for Thanksgiving instead of having people out here or just hanging here with the boys. I've already bought some plane tickets, and I'm looking forward to seeing him again since I haven't seen him in over three months. I should e-mail him and Adam with my flight times...

But maybe I'll nap first...

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