A post is coming with a summary of [livejournal.com profile] _samalander's visit (spoiler alert: she's awesome) as soon as I finish my h_e secret santa gift. This is the third pattern I've tried out, since I haven't liked the others (okay, that's a lie. I loved the first one buy mom said it looked like a bear and not a cat so I ragequit it). I have to finish tonight because it needs to mail out tomorrow or else it will be late (sobs).

I did finish the final batch of cards though so those should be sent out. I think I may have accidentally doubled up on a few people, because I couldn't remember who had been in the first two batches. So if you get multiple cards from me....congratulations. You win an extra card.

*goes back to crocheting like a busy badger*
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09 December 2011 @ 05:33 pm
This year I decided to put a Christmas tree in my bedroom. I wasn't sure how to decorate it though, so I asked Lauren to help me.

I never should have done that. I really should have known better. I asked her for three colors and three themes. This is what happened:

_samalander: green
_samalander: blue
_samalander: mauve
_samalander: "i must scream but I have no mouth"
_samalander: "the roof, the roof, the roof is on fire"
_samalander: and uh
emmy: I should specify--one word themes
_samalander: "the best part of waking up is folgers
_samalander: oh
emmy: but I like the first one and the last one :)
_samalander: how about
_samalander: Peri
_samalander: noodles
_samalander: barndoor

For everybody's information, they do not sell ornaments or any kind of decorations with Sam's cat on them. JSYK.

So I took the colors and interpreted "barndoor" as "rustic" and/or "nature-y" and ended up with this:

More pictures under here )

Earlier today Mom and I put up all of our outside decorations. I am...always kind of shocked by how many lights we have. Somehow it keeps multiplying each year even though we always solemnly swear to not buy anymore.

Uncle Barry is coming over tomorrow evening and he's going to teach me to cook...something. Apparently I'm not allowed to know what. And then Sunday is Mom's birthday. I got her some fancy jam, an elephant coffee mug, and some candy. For Christmas I'm giving her my old laptop; a stocking full of socks, candy, and more jam(!!!); and some handmade potholders (a set of three: one large, two small). I...may have gone way overboard with her gifts. But I just kept seeing things and going, "Ooooh! Mom would love this! And this! And that! And she ~deserves it~ for being so awesome all the time." And really, she does, because she never gets herself anything that she doesn't need so it's always very easy for me to buy things for her that are special little "just becauses."

Lately it's been hard for me to go to bed at night because all the cats have decided that it is now their bed. And it's a little bed so it's hard to squeeze in there with them. I wish I had a king size bed so that there would be ample room for my wriggly ass and all of them too.
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30 November 2011 @ 11:32 am
My mom just stole all my ideas for Christmas gifts for Chaney.

I don't want to give him money because he'd spend it on something stupid.

adklsjdslkfjaslf I worked so hard to think up awesome things that he would love and now I need to start all over.
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07 November 2011 @ 10:38 am
If I don't have your address, I want it. NOW. I am notoriously bad about remembering to mail stuff out, but just like I said last year, my fingers are crossed that this will be the year that I actually get ALL of my holiday cards out. (Don't believe me? I've got a postcard I meant to send Molly in June still sitting on my desk. Sorry Molly!) Depending on how lazy I get, the cards will either be hand-made glittersplosion cards, or generic Christmas cards.

Comments are screened, but if you'd rather you can e-mail your address to me at megan[dot]c[dot]lim[at]gmail[dot]com.

I feel like there is something else I should be telling y'all but I can't remember what it is, so here is a story (or two) about my wacky mom:

I have been whining for the last few months about wanting a pork loin to cook. I've never done a pork loin before, but I want to try. Unfortunately, I am also cheap and pork loin is just pricey enough that I do not want to spend that much money to experiment. As a joke, I asked for one for Christmas. Now she is threatening to buy one and leave it under the tree all season. That would be a) gross, b) pointless because then it will go bad and I will never get to cook it. Also, this is exactly the kind of crap she teases me with every day.

Still, it's not as bad as when she watched "Blink" and dug out all of the angel statues grandmother has foistered upon us over the years in an attempt to give us God or whatever and arranged them around the house. This continued for THREE MONTHS after she saw the episode. She would move them around every time I left the room.

I'm just glad she hasn't gotten to season six yet.
23 October 2011 @ 10:45 pm
Mommy went to the store and got me a new toy. It sings the Christmas Hippopotamus song and dances. It occurred to me after about fifteen minutes of squeeing and running around that it's probably a baby toy lol. But considering my reaction to it, it's quite fitting.

I think she got it for me in an attempt to keep me from seeking out the giant Christmas hippo light sculpture I saw last year but failed to get. I had mentioned I was determined to get it this year because I really regretted not snatching it up when I had the chance. For some reason, she does not seem very keen to have a hippo chilling on our lawn when we put the deer out.

But still!!!

A new hippo! And it is mine!
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10 December 2010 @ 08:21 am
And that has nothing to do with this entry, I just didn't want it to be untitled.

Still trying to find work (sob sob). I was making someone a scarf, but I keep stopping and it doesn't look like it's going to be done in time for the holidays. I feel kind of like a failure there because I started it during the summer. I just keep getting distracted by other projects.

I'm behind on getting Christmas cards/presents mailed. I managed to get all of my international cards (lol, it was only two) mailed out though. So worst comes to worse, everything else will just be a tad late. The cards don't specifically say anything about Christmas on them, they are more of generic holiday cards, so I guess that works.

Becca keeps talking about moving to California in January. Which. I want her to do what she wants, but all of my friends are slowly moving out of state, and most have no intention of coming back. I'm not outgoing enough to make new friends, so it's getting to the point where, while I can count my friends on two hands, barely a hand of them live within visiting distance. Kind of depressing, actually, even if I am happy that everyone can pursue the sort of lives they want. But I do miss when everyone I cared about was nearby.

Asked Mom about going to Savy's Christmas party this year, but there's no news as to whether it's even going to happen. I'm sad because I was working last year so I couldn't go. Even though I don't know most of the people there, Savy's an extraordinary cook and I like playing with her wee little dog Simba. He's like, the only small dog I can tolerate. Plus, Asian parties equal little red envelopes. I feel bad saying it, but I can't afford to go out and do stuff right now since I'm not working and wanted to GOOD presents for people. I didn't want to get el cheapo things that would fall apart and not get used. And since I celebrate Christmas secularly rather than religiously like some people, the only reason for the holiday is really gift giving. Well. That and the Grandmother coming down to berate me for not being more useful. Which. Who wants to celebrate that?

I've been trying to stay home so that I don't drool over things in stores. There was this gorgeous dress in Macy's I almost bought; it was so pretty. I also keep drooling over blu-ray players, shoes, and toys. I'm so greedy.

I was invited to the geology club party so I might go to that. Pretty sure I was only invited because the VP wants in my pants, but it might be fun. I'm considering taking Geology of Texas next semester. Partly so that I don't take a semester off completely, but also partly because I really want to take it. I'm still on the fence though because I don't have any more financial aid left at my school (hence the need to get my act together and transfer already), so I'd have to pay out of pocket, but I really want to take this class with this teacher because Mr. Hobbs is really amazing.

Okay, this entry is really depressing. Sorry. I'm not actually this ridiculously sad, but lately all the things that have been making me happy have been things like watching Disney channel or looking at my cats be idiots, and I can't really write a whole entry on that. And I do feel bad about only posting fandom things and memes here, since I know there are some of you who actually read it to hear about my life.


I have to go outside now and put up lights. It's relatively warm today, but I am sad I had to get up early on my day off from school. Oh well. Geology final Tuesday then I'm DONE with classes for the semester. And my best friend will be home soon and she always manages to make me laugh. And not because she's funny looking either.
15 November 2010 @ 08:18 pm
♥ bought one Christmas present
♥ bought stuff for my holiday cards (just need glue and a fine tip sharpie now!)
♥ started preparing my address list for said cards
♥ bought HP7 tickets (wooo!)
♥ bought Thanksgiving Day food (nom nom)
♥ rescued a snake

Still to do:
- finish graphic for [livejournal.com profile] heeroluva
- find work
- finish making scarves
- study for geology
- make holiday cards
- buy glue and fine tip sharpie
- start wrapping
- buy brother's Christmas present (bleargh)
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25 December 2009 @ 02:20 am
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05 December 2008 @ 11:07 am
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"DEAR EDITOR: I am 8 years old.
"Some of my little friends say there is no Santa Claus.
"Papa says, 'If you see it in THE SUN it's so.'
"Please tell me the truth; is there a Santa Claus?


VIRGINIA, your little friends are wrong. They have been affected by the skepticism of a skeptical age. They do not believe except [what] they see. They think that nothing can be which is not comprehensible by their little minds. All minds, Virginia, whether they be men's or children's, are little. In this great universe of ours man is a mere insect, an ant, in his intellect, as compared with the boundless world about him, as measured by the intelligence capable of grasping the whole of truth and knowledge.

Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished.

Not believe in Santa Claus! You might as well not believe in fairies! You might get your papa to hire men to watch in all the chimneys on Christmas Eve to catch Santa Claus, but even if they did not see Santa Claus coming down, what would that prove? Nobody sees Santa Claus, but that is no sign that there is no Santa Claus. The most real things in the world are those that neither children nor men can see. Did you ever see fairies dancing on the lawn? Of course not, but that's no proof that they are not there. Nobody can conceive or imagine all the wonders there are unseen and unseeable in the world.

You may tear apart the baby's rattle and see what makes the noise inside, but there is a veil covering the unseen world which not the strongest man, nor even the united strength of all the strongest men that ever lived, could tear apart. Only faith, fancy, poetry, love, romance, can push aside that curtain and view and picture the supernal beauty and glory beyond. Is it all real? Ah, VIRGINIA, in all this world there is nothing else real and abiding.

No Santa Claus! Thank God! he lives, and he lives forever. A thousand years from now, Virginia, nay, ten times ten thousand years from now, he will continue to make glad the heart of childhood.

Many people make fun of me when I tell them that I am nineteen years old and still believe in Santa Claus, but allow me to explain.

I first read this editorial when I myself was beginning to lose faith in my belief of Santa Claus, so as you can imagine, it has always held a special place in my heart. What better time could there have been for me to read these words than when I was in the exact same position as Virginia! It felt as if Francis Church's response had been written just for me.

"Yes, VIRGINIA, there is a Santa Claus. He exists as certainly as love and generosity and devotion exist, and you know that they abound and give to your life its highest beauty and joy. Alas! how dreary would be the world if there were no Santa Claus. It would be as dreary as if there were no VIRGINIAS. There would be no childlike faith then, no poetry, no romance to make tolerable this existence. We should have no enjoyment, except in sense and sight. The eternal light with which childhood fills the world would be extinguished."

What better answer could there possibly be to the eternal "Does Santa Claus exist?" If you believe in love, generosity, devotion, beauty, joy, poetry, romance--any of these things, then Santa Claus exists. That was all the answer I needed. Santa Claus was then, not a person, but a feeling, an emotion. He was the embodiment of all of these things and more, and if you believed in these things, you could believe in him.

I certainly do.

So now, when someone asks me if (or why) I still believe in Santa Claus, my answer is always a resounding, "Yes, I do believe in Santa Clause, because he is all things good in life."
29 November 2008 @ 11:49 am
Because people are already asking me: (If you're getting me something, let me know that so that I can be sure to get you something as well! I don't believe in one-sided gift giving at all. If you are going to spend money on me, you deserve something in return) Also, I have recently come into a HUUUUUGE amount of Christmas cards, so if you'd like a package (or two or ten) let me know.)

Under the cat like everything else I own )

** Just don't spend more on me than you would EXPECT (not want) me to spend on you. Remember that in addition to being my usually cheap self, this holiday season I'm scrimping so I can go to Japan next summer. Post your lists so I know what to get for you guys!! I'm looking to spending about $20-30 on each person I'm getting gifts for, unless I know them super well (then I might spend more) or don't know them too well (then I might spend less). **
08 November 2008 @ 11:50 am
Hey f-list!!! If you want to exchange x-mas cards, comment with your address to this post! I'll screen all the comments, so you don't have to worry about gaining any creepy pedo-internet stalkers!
27 December 2007 @ 11:30 am
More loot will be coming, but I just wanted to share the BEST presents of all with y'all.

Click for Amazing-ness!!! )

I have been wanting these for AGES!! It's a soup mug and a cracker/candy dish. I have seriously wanted these things since I was a kid. I am such a dork for Campbell's stuff with the little vintage kiddies on them. It's the only time I actually like small children--when they are on Campbell's loot! I feel like a princess finally getting this stuff~!

Also, I have been insanely sentimental this month. I've actually cried several times when chatting online with someone simply because of something they said that wasn't even mean...just insanely nice. I've also started crying during movies. It's so weird...I almost never cry and then suddenly WHAM! I'm being moved to tears every few days or so. I mentioned it to Trey when I was chatting with him, and he was all, "This isn't my fault is it? We just started talking this month" and I had to say no. But still....weird coincidence? I don't know, I don't know, I don't know......I just feel so weird crying. I've never been excessively good dealing with emotions before, despite what it may seem--at least, not my own. It's strange to suddenly have to.
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24 December 2007 @ 08:23 pm

Happy Christmas!!

I love you guys. Have a good and safe holiday and don't do anything too stupid! I love you guys.
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I'm really sorry about this, but Christmas just sneaked up and attacked me this year. I'll mail them as soon as I can. You guys can think of them as New Year's cards. Or just say that I'm really early for next year or something! ^__^;

  • Trey/Darwin
  • Kim
  • Gene
  • Sarah
  • Beth
  • Ben
  • Kayla
  • Keri
  • Travis
  • Monica
  • other people I am too lazy to list!

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07 December 2007 @ 08:31 pm
Dear Santa...

Dear Santa,

This year I've been busy!

In June I put money in [livejournal.com profile] lolita_handbook's expired parking meter (14 points). Last Friday I saved a busload of nuns in Angola (326 points). In September I gave [livejournal.com profile] johnnywinner a wet willie, then I took it back (-5 points). Last Sunday I broke [livejournal.com profile] nothingwhat's X-Box (-12 points). In April I committed genocide... Sorry about that, [livejournal.com profile] love_penguin (-5000 points).

Overall, I've been naughty (-4677 points). For Christmas I deserve a moldy sandwich!


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02 December 2007 @ 08:29 pm

An Angel Came Down
Trans-Siberian Orchestra

An angel came down
One night to the earth
A mission from God
To find out the worth

Of everything that
His children had done
Since that winter night
The birth of His son

And then a sound filled the night
In the cold winter air
And in the midst of his flight
It was holding him there

And as he looked toward the earth
For the source of this sound
On that cold winter night
It was pulling him down

To bring something back
This angel was told
That no one could touch
But angels could hold

So on that night
When the sky had cleared
Among all the stars
An angel appeared

And then a sound filled the night
In the cold winter air
And in the midst of his flight
It was holding him there

And as he looked towards the earth
For the source of this sound
On that cold winter night
It was pulling him down
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01 December 2007 @ 11:11 pm
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I ♥ Fred Gallagher.
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04 November 2007 @ 05:07 pm
So...I bought someone's Christmas present a few hours ago. Without leaving the house. I love having a credit card buying people stuff. ^__^

But....by (un)popular demand:

My Christmas Wish Liszt )
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