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Pirate Jenny
01 March 2015 @ 12:04 pm
Leonard Nimoy's death hit me a lot harder than I expected. Not send me into a depression hard but certainly harder than any actor's death has ever hit me before. I've been trying to puzzle out why. I never met him, not even briefly at a signing. His relevance to me is through a little box of light and through pictures projected on a screen. And through some other things he did that most people are only now finding out about. As some people said, it's partly cause he's just always been there. And he has. My first introduction to him was not actually with Star Trek. It was (true to my nature) with In Search Of. How I loved that show. I remember plonking myself in front of the TV every episode, I remember the theme music. I remember his narration. My dad would often watch it with me. Later my dad introduced me to Star Trek. I resisted--I don't know why. But the first full show I watched was "City on the Edge of Forever" and despite Ellison's carping about it, I was hooked.

But I don't think it was his always being around that is the reason this has hit so hard. It's his impact. The outpouring of grief. The idea that one man could touch so many people. It's staggering. Star Treklaunched so many careers in science and space. That Spock himself provided so much solace to biracial people. And to outsiders in general.

And then he went on to various forms of activism. Kept standing for the outsiders. Leonard Nimoy touched the world with his goodness and his humor (who can forget "The Ballad of Bilbo Baggins"?) and his heart. And while we have his legacy, the fact that we will have nothing new from him is what hurts. It's what brings tears to my eyes. For while his was a wonderfully full life, ours is lessened with his loss.
Pirate Jenny
31 December 2014 @ 09:40 pm
So for NYE, I have emptied my DVR and am catching up on Black Sails on demand. (My level of Fios is pretty amazing. I don't subscribe to Starz or Cinemax or Epix but I can get them all on demand. I only found this out about 6 months ago, so I didn't get to watch Black Sails during the season and I was quite sad, as you can all imagine. I mean pirates! I'd seen the first episode because everyone could, so I knew I'd enjoy it. Next up, The Knick, which is also pretty good. We party hard in the Tait household. The husband celebrated by taking a long, hot bath. (He's developed some rather nasty arthritis and he's often in pain after work and Aleve doesn't work with his diverticulitis.) I may have some hot chocolate soon. But we also never go out because of all the stupid people out tonight. T lost his grandfather to a drunk driver long before I ever knew him and I was in a bad accident with a drunk driver a number of years ago. I was lucky and walked away with bruises. No reason to test my luck. Tomorrow I'm finally seeing The Imitation Game with my dad. And spending my B&N gift certificate.

I'm not making any resolutions cause I know how bad I am at those. I am going to try to read more paper books at night, since that's supposed to be better for you and turn off the computer 45 minutes before bedtime. Okay, one resolution.

Hope everyone has a safe, splendid, and fun night. See you all on the flip side (if you're not already there)!
Location: bed
Mood: contentcontent
Shanty: Black Sails
Pirate Jenny
27 December 2014 @ 05:41 pm
Bloody Mary is dead dead dead. The battery is dead. Will not charge. The casing cracked a while ago and the wires started pulling out, which is why I got a new laptop, Dread Pirate, for Christmas. I used the rest of the charge to transfer as much as I could off Mary. I thought I'd transferred all my photos earlier but it seems they didn't all go. Which is not as terrible as it could have been were they not all on flickr. I don't think I'm going to take them all from there and put them back on my hard drive though--I haven't decided yet. It's a lot of work. I'll have to see. It's mostly bird pictures. So unless there are any spectacular ones, I doubt I will. And since the quality of that camera isn't great, it's very unlikely. My sister-in-law sent T a nice point-and-shoot though. I have to download the pics from that still--we just had a hawk visit--actually I think it was a peregrine--this afternoon, so we'll see how those turn out. But I'd also thankfully gotten all the LARP documents off the laptop and onto my tablet before the laptop started acting up and now they're all on here.
Mood: hungryhungry
Pirate Jenny
26 December 2014 @ 03:21 pm
So here are some pictures of my "new" cat, including what I call his tramp stamp.

Watson"s tramp stamp2
Watson"s tramp stamp
Watson gargoyle
Mood: happyhappy
Pirate Jenny
25 December 2014 @ 05:49 pm
I suddenly had an urge to post. So hey guys! Merry Christmas! I know it's been a while so let's see. I'm surviving the merger intact (even got a promotion last year). Hell, I'm working on Anne Rice's new book. Something I never thought I'd say. Also working on the new Dan Jones book which I'm excited about too. It gave me a great punchline. Sadly I don't think they'll change the subtitle. The book is titled 1215 and I had a few coworkers ask me what happened in 1215. I answered the first one seriously, but I couldn't resist replying, "It's the year King John got bitchslapped" to the second. That's now my stock answer.

So what else. Thanks to the merger, I have a sabbatical coming up. Which means at some point in the next 2 years. I will have 9 weeks of vacation. I can't take them all at once (and frankly I think I'd go crazy), but still, that's pretty awesome. Just have to hope T can get the 4 weeks with me so we can do something awesome. If we can get the bucks together, we might be able to. We shall see.

Almost three years ago we lost Lily. She was very ill. It was pretty terrible--she wasn't very old. Maybe ten. Our most amazing vet turns out to work with a hospice program that took her in. So she was apparently able to have some either life-saving or life-prolonging surgery that we simply couldn't afford. We had to sign away our rights to her, but we were both okay with that, knowing someone would be looking after her. And we now have the most ridiculous cat in the world. His name at the SPCA was Creamsicle, but that just wasn't going to stay. He is now Watson. He's huge. Not only pound-wise, but in general. He's 13 inches tall at the shoulder and 19 inches long not including his tail. He has Van markings, which means he's mostly white but has ginger patches. Which, it turns out, match T's hair exactly. So he wasn't exactly the black kitten T wanted--sometimes these things happen. They didn't have any black kittens anyway. And he was only a year old, so nearly a kitten.

Still at our same place in NJ, but once they put the washer/dryer in the unit, it's basically here until we're able to buy our own place. It's not great but it's not terrible. It's acceptable and I don't have a huge amount to complain about.

So that's about it. Basically the same old. Work has been really busy--the two weeks before vacation I was getting up at 5:30 to get to work extra early. At least I like my job. And I can nap on the bus.
Mood: contentcontent
Pirate Jenny
14 September 2014 @ 05:02 pm
On the off chance that anyone reading this isn't friends with me on facebook (hey, look, I'm posting!), I'd like to let you know that there's a new LARP in town. It's old World of Darkness. It's Vampire. We're calling it OmniChron. It's actually Tony's baby. The first game (of three) is Nov. 15 in North Plainfield, NJ.

The hook is that we're encouraging players to bring back one of their favorite character (so long as it's a vampire) from a previous LARP. Doesn't matter if the character was killed off--we have a way around it.

We'd love for players old and new to come.
Pirate Jenny
02 November 2012 @ 12:59 pm
Sorry I haven't been able to update before now, but we lost power. Luckily, that was it. Power is still not back, but my dad kindly came up to get us and bring us back to his place. (Watson is not happy--he's been hiding under the bed for the past 3 hours.)

So as most of you know, New Jersey was slammed. We lost power around 2 p.m. on Monday. Listened to the wind and the rain for the rest of the night. Tony went to listen to audiobooks in the car for a while and felt the car get pushed by the wind. Some big branches came down, but our complex didn't seem to take any hits other than shingles being blown off the roof and some drainpipes pulled off buildings.

Tuesday night we discovered the rest area near us was open. So we had hot food and stuff to drink and watched the TVs. We went back very early the next morning to charge phones and laptop. The wifi was down. Then we drove down to my dad's since we hadn't been able to get through to him. While we were there, his power came on. Unfortunately, we didn't have the cat with us, or any clean clothes, our meds, or anything else, so we had to go back home. This really sucked because it took us 2 hours to get from home to my dad's in the first place (it normally takes 20 minutes) and that ate up most of our gas, even though I'd filled the car Monday before the storm.

Most gas stations in NJ are either out of gas or have no electricity, so the lines are crazy. People are lining up even if they're unsure there's gas at the station (happened to us this morning--the scheduled delivery never made it).

My office has been closed all week. No power, but I've heard there's no water damage. My entire department is okay--only a loss of power for anyone.

So that's the scoop. It's the single worst storm I remember.
Location: dad's
Mood: tiredtired
Shanty: MSNBC
Pirate Jenny
26 October 2012 @ 09:47 am
And tumblr is down!!!!

So here, have a pic of The Tartan Terror in her (sorta) secret identity2012-10-26_06-51-25_648
Location: work
Mood: chipperchipper
Shanty: WNYC
Pirate Jenny
28 September 2012 @ 09:52 am
So those of you on my facebook or tumblr have most likely seen this already. But it's still a little freaky.

Yesterday, the Monmouth County SPCA posted some pictures on facebook and pinterest. One of them was of a cat sleeping. In a very amusing manner, I must say. Here he is.
Watson doppelganger

I saw this and thought it was Waston. I thought it was Watson so much, in fact, I commented and asked when the picture was taken. Turns out it was Tuesday. I can confirm that Watson was sleeping on my bed Tuesday, though much in the same manner as the other cat. (This picture is not from Tuesday, but he always sleeps like this when he's not sleeping on top of my feet.)

watson sleeps

NOTE: I did adopt him from that particular SPCA. I figure they must have had the same parents--I was told Watson came from a house with too many cats. My supposition is when they brought the various cats in back at the end of February--we got Watson in March--the mama cat was pregnant. The doppelcat is obviously smaller than Watson--Watson could never fit in a cat bed. A dog bed, yeah, but not a cat bed. At last measurement, he was 14 inches high at the shoulder and 19 inches long (not including his tail).
Location: my desk
Shanty: WNYC
Pirate Jenny
20 September 2012 @ 10:08 am
Well, there aren't really bad times right now. The bed bugs seem to be gone (knock wood). The new bed is comfy. We're still missing a sofa though (but Jennifer Convertibles is having a big old sale).

Today, I woke up to "The Immigrant Song." Tuesday, I woke up to "Trampled Underfoot." I've been on a Zep high since I learned that the 2007 London concert is going to be a MOVIE!!!! October 17! One night! Then out on DVD in November. Here, have the trailer. It's full of Zeppeliny goodness!

We of course tried to win tickets to the concert, but so did a good portion of the known world. I'm just thrilled someone I know got to go.

Tickets are on sale now! And we have them!!!!!! I'm a little excited.

And today, I get to work on a book about the Plantagenets. Titled, appropriately enough, The Plantagenets.

And in other amazing news, the one issue I ever had with Tony is now gone. A little background: he's had a slight case of asthma for years (diagnosed about 10 years ago, I think). Once before it had gotten bad enough that he had to go to the doc for a shot and treatment, though he didn't get a prescription for an inhaler. Last week it happened again. Extremely bad. So he went to the doc and got a shot and treatment. And was told (again--we'd both just been in the previous Saturday) that he should quit smoking. Actually I think the doc said he had to quit. I wasn't there. And he did! Finally! He posted he was quitting on fb a week ago (that was after 4 days without smoking, so it's been 11 days now). He threw out his cigarettes. I am so proud of him. And now he's pretty damn perfect. Well, for me at least.

And one more thing. My friend tawandaspirit had her second baby yesterday. On Talk Like a Pirate Day! Yar! To be fair, when she didn't go into labor Saturday like she and her husband expected, I told her it would either be yesterday or this Saturday (because of Bilbo and Frodo's birthday), but that I thought it would be on Talk Like a Pirate Day. I should have started a betting pool.

Also, there's been a greenmarket outside our building the past few days and I'm eating pumpkin bread. Nom!