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09 August 2007 @ 12:26 am
Wow, lots of stuff going on. My summer has been so low key that I feel a little overwhelmed, actually. ^_~ (Haha-- just wait 'til I start my new job. Someday, I'll look back on all this and marvel at how chaos free these few months managed to be.)

My birthday went pretty well. My Mom was here on Tuesday for a little while, and she'll be back next week after her vacation in South Carolina. We really all wanted to take a vacation together this year, but with Sam working and my search for a more permanent teaching position... there was just no way. Plus, I don't think my mom has had time all to herself since... since... well, probably since shortly after my brother was born. ^_~ She and I went shopping and out to see Hairspray, and just generally had a great girl's day. I love talking to her on the phone, but it's always great to be together in person, and be so goofy/rowdy together that we're mistaken for sisters. ^___^ Sam and the girls took me out to Montgomery Inn for a birthday dinner tonight, which was lovely-- Sam got me a gift certificate for Half Price Books (love that place!) and the girls got me the DVD for Ghost Rider. (He's a skeleton, and his head is on fire! Wheee!) In addition, I'd ordered Tanith Lee's book of the Damned and the Film Crew's Killers From Space, both of which managed to come today in the mail. Awesome timing.

Sam had to go into work tonight, but he actually got tomorrow night off. The plan is (if his babysitter comes through) for he and I to go to an adult comedy club down on the Kentucky side of the river, and visit this Italnian resturaunt he's been raving about. He's been to the club before with a musician friend of his, and he's very excited because it's apparently very liberal and gay-friendly. If it's half as good as he says, we should have lovely time.

In the digital world, I know there's been some terrible stuff shaking down between LJ and (mostly) the Harry Potter fandom. Anyone who knows me will probably be able to guess my opinon on these matters-- I didn't even want to comment on it, but things are getting kind of ugly. I love my fandom, but I generally try to avoid conflict, so I may or may not post something more on this, depending on how the tide turns. Any time we have Established Social Majority vs Subculture, it's a lot like Mr. Universe vs Captain Tiny. We're lucky if we get through one round before he sits on us. Does that make witch-hunting and such right? No. But it comes with the territory. The only answer is to keep existing anyway, 'cause you know it pisses 'em off. ^_~
Be subversive, darlings. At the risk of sounding melodramatic-- it's the only hope for a better tomorrow.

Alright-- there. I've said more than I even intended too. Even though it's past midnight, I don't count my birthday as over until it's been exactly twenty-four hours since I was born. (4:55 am, as my mother so enjoys reminding me. ^_~) With four hours left, I think I'll have some raspberry chip icecream and draw.

Much Love,
Emotional Temperature: satisfiedsatisfied
The Band Plays:: "Struggle"-- by Ringside
Amber: superman | best mom everminttown1 on August 9th, 2007 07:04 am (UTC)
Happy belated birthday. I'm sorry that I missed it while away, and let me know if you'd like fic or something in celebration.

♥ *hugs*
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: marthakentgarnettrees on August 9th, 2007 10:54 am (UTC)
*flying tackle hug of DOOM* You're back! The return of Amber is a nice present, indeed. ^__^ Besides, I pretty much considered the Marco/Garrity fic to be an early birthday present-- I've read it at least three times, and should thus be able to comment sometime today with something more substantial than "SSSSSQUEE!"

*hugs again*
gamesiplaygamesiplay on August 12th, 2007 04:27 am (UTC)
Happy birthday, belatedly! I realized in the middle of my week away that I was missing your birthday, wah. Anyway--I actually have a present for you, and I think it's pretty cool, but the thing is... it won't be ready for a while. I can't tell you why because that would ruin the surprise, but I can't give it to you now. You'll forget all about it, and then one day it'll turn up in your mail, promise. :)

*hugs* Missed you.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: rosegarnettrees on August 12th, 2007 07:09 pm (UTC)
The Return of Leigh! *tackles* An auspicious thing, indeed. ^__^ Thank you so much for the birthday wishes. I had a lovely time.

And-- oh! You are such a tease! ^_~ I'm sure I'll love anything you get me, but having you back is a great present, as well. You've got some chaotic weeks ahead, don't you? When does Kenyon start? (I can't believe I won't be going back to class myself, this September. I'll probably spend the whole month wandering about, looking lost. Tsk, tsk.)

I can't wait to hear how your trip went!
gamesiplaygamesiplay on August 12th, 2007 07:17 pm (UTC)
I go back around the 26th of August, I think. I'm trying to keep it vague as long as possible, for my sanity. :) It must be really strange to finish off the summer and not have school looming; I'm going to be in the same place this time next year, and it's hard to imagine. But you're on to bigger and better things, and a great job--so I'm happy for you.
Meredith Bronwen Mallory: jadegarnettrees on August 12th, 2007 07:23 pm (UTC)
Really? Work starts for me on the 24th of August! I will definitely send good vibes your way, for both your sanity and your upcoming quarter.

I can't believe you're on your last year of college! I'll probably be all distressingly blubbery when you graduate. So I apologize in advance. ^_~

But you're on to bigger and better things, and a great job--so I'm happy for you.
You're so sweet. I want to say right now that if this isn't The Best Damn Senior Year Ever for you, then I will beat the universe up, or something. Because you deserve a great time.
(who, clearly, expresses her affection via threats of violence towards vague scientific concepts. ^^)
Epigonelikethesun2 on August 15th, 2007 12:46 am (UTC)
Switching journals, but you know who I am. :)
Wow! So soon. I'm so excited for you, and I can't wait to hear about your first day.

I know, isn't it scary? I can't believe it either. I'm going to be a big maudlin mess when it happens--not because I loved college, just because it's such a weird milestone--so we can blubber together.

Oh, and by the way. I have a small collection of links for you, as a kind of pre-birthday present:
--"In Scorched Glass" got recced on crack_van.
--A friend of mine gave a glowing rec for "There Must Be a Word."
--And there are a couple of people loving you up in comments to a recent post of mine. :D