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As I do each year, I am going to try to send holiday cards. (Last year was one of the most successful since before law school, when I got through more than half of my names.) I am particularly ambitious this year, because with this card making kick I've been on, I want to try to make my holiday cards. (No promises, though.) I've been planning out card designs with a friend, trying to figure out something simple but fun. I like sparkly, shiny cards, so you can expect that, whether I make them or buy them.

So if you'd like a card, please leave a (screened) comment with your address, or, if you're not comfortable with that, you can send me an email at carlamlee at gmail dot com. (Private messaging via LJ or DW is probably not the best way to reach me, though.) I love sending cards, so please do let me know if you'd like to receive one.

(My roommate once told me I single-handedly kept the post office open during the holidays. Considering I didn't make it through my entire list, I laughed.)

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seeksadventure: (Sons of Anarchy great wide open)
As I do each year, I am going to try to send holiday cards. (Last year was one of the most successful since before law school, when I got through more than half of my names.) I am particularly ambitious this year, because with this card making kick I've been on, I want to try to make my holiday cards. (No promises, though.) I've been planning out card designs with a friend, trying to figure out something simple but fun. I like sparkly, shiny cards, so you can expect that, whether I make them or buy them.

So if you'd like a card, please leave a (screened) comment with your address, or, if you're not comfortable with that, you can send me an email at carlamlee at gmail dot com. (Private messaging via LJ or DW is probably not the best way to reach me, though.) I love sending cards, so please do let me know if you'd like to receive one.

(My roommate once told me I single-handedly kept the post office open during the holidays. Considering I didn't make it through my entire list, I laughed.)
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Apparently these entries did not crosspost earlier, so I am doing it manually now.

If you would like to receive a holiday card from me and haven't sent me your address, leave a comment here (comments screend) or email me at carlamlee@gmail.com. I wrote the first batch of cards today, and have cards going out to the following places:

Tempe, Arizona
Tucson, Arizona
Timboon, Victoria, Australia
Clayton, California
Riverside, California
Santa Rosa, California
Chicago, Illinois
Lawrence, Kansas
Olathe, Kansas
North Bethesda, Maryland
Dorchester, Massachusetts
Ann Arbor, Michigan
Lansing, Michigan
Ypsilanti, Michigan
Plymouth, Minnesota
Cape Girardeau, Missouri
Pacific, Missouri
Rolla, Missouri
St. James, Missouri
Brooklyn, New York
Greensboro, North Carolina
Maineville, Ohio
Toledo, Ohio
Hillsboro, Oregon
Memphis, Tennessee
Nashville, Tennessee
Leeds, UK
London, UK
Madison, Wisconsin

Wow, no wonder my hands are tired. Many of those places have multiple cards. I should take a bit of a break, I guess. Maybe I will watch more Pushing Daisies and wrap presents. That's always fun.
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Yes, I realize it is still September, but I learned last year that I need a lot more time to handle holiday projects than I used to need, and my weekends are starting to fill up, too, so I won't have as many as I need closer to the holidays. I thought I'd try to get an early start on cards and wrapping gifts and mailing packages. (I only got through about half of my card list last year, and I still have gift packages to mail from last year.)

So, if you would like a holiday card from me, leave me a comment (comments are screened) or send me a PM or an email.

My goal is 100% of the cards this year. And...go.

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Long time without a post. Sorry about that. I have been busy. Mostly with work, of course, but some social stuff too. I will tell you about a few of the social things, because they were a lot of fun.

In no particular order, some of the places I've been.

+ My sister's marriage ceremony

July 5, [livejournal.com profile] impatienke married Mr. [livejournal.com profile] impatienke in a civil ceremony at the courthouse. Most of the family was able to make it. Next summer, they're having the full social ceremony, and I'll be one of the bridesmaids, but this was nice, too. After, we all went out for a family dinner at our favorite Mexican restaurant, and that was, as always, delicious.

+ My sister's graduation

Back in May, [livejournal.com profile] impatienke graduated with a couple Bachelor degrees. We went down for her ceremony and it was really delightful. I love family events. We also looked at bridesmaid dresses then, which was slightly less fun, since I get bored fast when clothes shopping, but I do love Kris and hanging out with our friends. The next day, the brothers M hosted her graduation party, a hotdog party which I planned for her at her request. It was a blast, and I think she really enjoyed herself.

+ Tessa Gratton's BLOOD MAGIC launch (link to Tessa's photo post about the event)

Tessa Gratton (user name="tessagratton" site="livejournal.com">'s launch party for her debut novel BLOOD MAGIC was held at Rainy Day Books, a Kansas City area independent bookstore. I'd been looking forward to BLOOD MAGIC for awhile now, and though I haven't had the time to read it (such is life), getting to hold it, with its beautiful cover, was amazing. Unfortunately, I worked right up until the event, did some work at the event, and then went back to work after the event, but at least I had the chance to attend. Everyone was charming and funny and so excited for Tessa, and I had a lovely time.

I'd never been to Rainy Day Books even though I drive past it twice a day at least five days a week, generally, because their hours are fairly short, but it seemed to be a nice store with really friendly people, and I hope to go back. (To the store itself; I'll be attending more events, but a lot of their events take place elsewhere, because it's also a very small store.)

+ Fourth of July fireworks

Though none of us wanted to fight the crowds to get spots around the lake to watch the Fourth of July firework display in my hometown (nor did we want to fight the traffic to leave after), a friend tipped us off to a great spot to watch from afar. We had an excellent view, the show was badass, and I saw many Sky Lanterns, though I'd never seen one before. I particularly loved the ones released in formations. June was a busy month at work and July is the same, so it nice to have a few days off for the holiday and for my sister's marriage ceremony. (Even though I did some work remotely.)

+ Partying with the brothers M

The brothers M brought the Shadow up to me a few weeks ago, and we spent some time hanging out around Kansas City. To thank them for bringing me my bike, I took them to Fogo de Chão, which I had serendipitously learned about from a coworker the day before, and it was amazing. I thought we might have some trouble, because I'm not much of a fan of red meat and Jake can't eat pork, but oh, god, so many options. So many delicious, delicious options. We then went on to the Ameristar, where I learned they'd gotten rid of my favorite werewolf slot machine. (I'd only discovered it on Jake's last visit to KC.) Sad! I tend to find casinos boring pretty fast, though I enjoy going with friends, but loved that stupid werewolf slot machine. It told a werewolf story! Technically, it told numerous werewolf stories! I'm going to see if I can't buy one for myself. Because that's just what I need.

+ Writing

Sort of this falls under work. I do less of it than I'd like, but I do what I can.

+ Full mooon

I've done a lot of traveling under the full moon, which I love, driving with it just outside the window. Thursday night, the moon was high when I got home from work, and it reminded me of the summer in Washington, all those late night walks around Redmond, and all the werewolf stories I told myself.

What I haven't been doing is visiting San Diego again, though Kris and I had planned to go over Memorial Day weekend. Alas, there was too much family stuff and work stuff going on to get away. I hope to make it out sometime this fall. Nor did I get to visit Tucson when [livejournal.com profile] karenhealey was in town. Nor did I get to go to Indiana with law school friends. Lots of travel fail lately.

What is coming up:

+ Jim Butcher event sponsored by Rainy Day Books. I'm going with Kris and our friends, even though I haven't liked the series for awhile and haven't even read the last book, I don't think.

+ Chicago trip with law school friends. I'm not sure if this will happen, and it will be a short trip for me if it does, but I want to see them. It's a short, cheap flight, I don't mind a fast turnaround.

+ Mini-writing retreat with some of the Interrobangers. This also may not happen, but if it does, this fall will be awesome.

+ Wiscon 36 in May 2012. Obviously I don't know if this will happen, but it's been awhile since I've gone, and some of the Interrobangers will be there, so I would like to go. Plus I would love to see my friends, particularly [livejournal.com profile] cabell with her new family and [livejournal.com profile] chr0me_kitten, whom I haven't seen since I left Michigan.

+ AMOK AMOK AMOK with Sarah. I haven't seen my bff in person since 2005, and we are highly overdue for a visit full of amok.

+ Motorcycle ride into Kansas. I need some great wide open in front of me and soon.

And of course, work. Which I love most of the time, but is tiring.

It's been so long I don't remember my tags. Huh.

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Hey, dudes! Don't forget I'd like to send you a card if you'll give me your address. The post is here on DW and here on LJ.

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Life is really hectic and fun and new right now, and I had some computer problems, so I'm still struggling to get everything set up and caught up. I promise I'll talk about that later, when I have more time. But right now, I am here with three requests.

One, if you would like a holiday card from me, please leave your name and address in a comment. (All comments will be screened and then deleted once I grab the address.) I know I never managed to send cards during law school, but my roommate and I have both set a goal to send cards this year, and I know we'll encourage each other until it's done. (We are actually right now making and wrapping gifts. Because we are awesome.) I send non-religious cards, frequently something shiny and glittery. I don't think I'm making any cards this year, but maybe. And for many of you, I have cards from previous years, so those will go too.

Two, if you have a similar request post, please leave me a link. I haven't read my flist completely in weeks and I know I'm missing things.

Three, if there is something going on in your life you want me to know, please leave me a comment either with an update or with a link to the post where you talked about it.

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While I am adding books to my Library Thing account and then putting them away, I thought I would make a post about the books I bought today. The Borders store in the mall here is closing and I hit the 60%-80% sales, which included the bargain section.

Will the Real Raisin Rodriquez Please Stand Up? by Judy Goldschmidt
where i want to be by Adele Griffin (Which I thought I'd read from the library, but apparently already own. Damn.)
grief girl by Erin Vincent
The Rules for Hearts by Sara Ryan
Speed Dating (A Dating Game novel for my collection) by Natalie Standiford
The Coyote Road Trickster Tales edited by Ellen Datlow and Terri Windling
Tempest Rising by Nicole Peeler
Shadow Kiss by Richelle Mead
Kiss Me Kill Me by Lauren Henderson
By Blood We Live edited by John Joseph Adams (a collection of vampire stories with a cover that totally plays off The Lost Boys)
Girl, Going on 17 Pants on Fire by Sue Limb
10 lucky things that have happened to me since I nearly got hit by lightning by Mary Hershey

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It took me half an hour online and on the phone trying to find out where I needed to pick up my held mail (USPS, not all that helpful in this), and then I grabbed today's mail only to find a note that not only had they tried to deliver it to me (they weren't supposed to do that) but they'd dropped it off at my apartment complex office (which is standard operating procedure for mail too large for our mailboxes). All that work for nothing, but at least I have my mail.

(I still have a box of mail that arrived before I left for the holidays, too, but I haven't unpacked it yet.)

For my birthday, [livejournal.com profile] das_hydra sent me a pendant from Wyrding Studios on a cord of hand-spun silk. The pendant is called "wishing-star" and it is absolutely amazing. I stopped breathing when I opened it and I keep reaching over to touch it. Thank you again, taB! (She didn't even confetti me in the card. I open her cards gingerly because I know her wily ways, except apparently this time she was out to trick me into caution. WILY!)

[livejournal.com profile] aea sent me The Encyclopedia of the Motorcycle, which is an amazing collection of information. I keep opening it to random pages and basking at the sheer amount of motorcycle information at my fingertips. This is going to be a fantastic asset to my writing. Thank you again!

[livejournal.com profile] lilacsigil and [livejournal.com profile] st_aurafina sent me an amazing box of Australian candies. God, there are these chewy mint pieces that are unbelievably delicious. Mint! Joy! I look forward to rationing out this fantastic candy throughout the gray winter months. Thank you again, dears!

(I've put all the card-shaped things into a pile, because I know I have more cards in that packed box of pre-holiday mail.)

My mail has been crap throughout 2009, so if you sent me something (in a package, not a card envelope) and I haven't listed it here, I never received it.

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I have had a headache all day and I keep feeling like I'm going to be sick. I think I might take myself to bed soon, despite how early it is. Tomorrow is another day for unpacking and organizing and writing, though I doubt I'm actually going to make that submission deadline, unfortunately.
seeksadventure: (battering ram)
Reasons my father is awesome #1098723410987:

I got an email from him today that, among other things, basically said, After you pass the bar in July [note that he is so sure I will pass he doesn't even bother saying I will take the bar, obviously I will just pass it], let's ride up toward Alaska for the month of August, when hopefully it will be warm and dry.

I haven't had the best day, but that cheered me right up. It's not like we haven't talked about this before, but it's starting to feel real. <3

In less than a week, I will be home for Thanksgiving. It can't happen soon enough.
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Jacob has become addicted to Angel the Series. This is both good and bad, as he will now stop and watch it whenever he sees it on television, which is good for me, because I get to see episodes I haven't seen, but bad because he expects me to explain them all to him when he doesn't understand, and unlike when we watched Buffy the Vampire Slayer, I don't know all of what happened in every season. So we both get confused.

However, this does mean that he won't have any room to complain when I buy seasons two, three, and five, so we know what's going on.

~~*
what's been in the mail and thank you notes )

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Stressed now, over paying bills and Jake being out of work and hating my job so much. Don't even want to talk about it, or how in the world I'm going to find the money to send the Berkeley application and fee this week. University of Hawaii, Manoa contacted me and I'm going to email the woman back and ask for a fee waiver, and Harvard's out, I think. The more I read, the less I want to actually go there, even though it was an honor to be recruited. I need to decide on the last two schools, then, and get my act together.

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Right before I fell asleep, I had a thought about the perfect end to the novel. At least, I hope it's the perfect end. It's writing easily, five hundred words in less than half an hour, it flowed so well. I need to get back to it, and I want to watch RotK:EE tonight and oh. So much to do and so little time to do it. So little money. Must stop talking now, until I'm in a better mood.
seeksadventure: (Blue Crush start again)
Happy New Year!

I hope everyone had a splendid evening.

We didn't do much. [livejournal.com profile] kinayla came by for a little bit, but she's sick and has to work tomorrow, so she didn't stay long. [livejournal.com profile] theinvader stopped in on his way to work. [livejournal.com profile] misteraloha and I watched movies all day, cleaned a little, and talked a lot. It was actually very lovely. We watched the ball drop, watched the Central Time Zone celebration, and drank sparkling grape juice, because we had no champagne. I work tonight, 1.30 to 10, but then I'm off Friday, so more cleaning will commence.

Thank you for your phone call, [livejournal.com profile] thestalkycop. I hope you got my text message; I know we were having trouble with it earlier.

Much love to all of you. My bed is calling me soon.

May 2004 be so much greater than 2003 ever was.

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