Merlin Holiday Recs
Spikeitaly
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Please share your favorite winter holiday themed recs HERE!



I love holiday stories so I recommended four favorites:

lamardeuse's "What Child is This?"

eurydice's "The Road Taken"

lady_ragnell's "No Matter How Far You Roam"

asilentherald's "Winter Break"

Go share your favorites!

Thank You
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
Thank you, everyone, for the birthday wishes and v-gifts. It made a wonderful day even better. The mister and I went to five places we'd never been before and each one was a delight. Barbecue, a long (much needed post barbecue) walk, beer, music and a meet up with friends to sample our friend's delicious new hoppy American brown ale now being brewed at a brewery we'd never visited. There were cupcakes and candles and lots of laughter. It was pretty much a perfect day.

Computer Woes
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
After months of ever more frequent crashes and freezes, it's time to take the desktop in for some obviously overdue maintenance. Here's hoping a clean up and an upgrade will quickly clear everything right up *fingers crossed*

On a completely different note, yesterday on my walk I took a left where i usually take a right and ten feet away there were about twenty wild parakeets in the middle of the street chattering as they splashed about in a rain puddle. There are several colonies here in Austin and I've been seeing the random two or three on bird feeders in our neighborhood but this is the first time I've seen so many so close up. It was a wonderful way to start the day.

Fail.
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
So far this weekend has been a bit fail. We planned to see a singer/songwriter yesterday and the mister didn't get home until the guy was ten minutes into his set. We ended up eating and drinking in instead. Why is it that when one component of a plan falls through I don't get dinner out, too?

Today we set out to see Guardians of the Galaxy only to discover that the only two seats together in the theater were in the first row. Really? It's like this movie doesn't want me to see it. Well, it doesn't want me to see it with the mister.

We've got a friend's going away party and a favorite brewpub's 15th anniversary party this afternoon, so let's see if we can finally pull a win out of this! If not, I'm going to bed and sleeping through Labor Day.

Unaccomodating Accomodations
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
I don't know what it is about my husband and me but hotel desk clerks take one look at us and give us that room that would have picky guests balking: traffic noise, fiddly air conditioner, across from the elevator/ice machine/pool/deaf guest with television blasting into the wee hours.

Some of these things are readily apparent and we have them change our rooms. Unfortunately, the spotlight illuminating the hotel's flagpole right outside our window wasn't noticeable until I turned off the light after midnight. After a brutal travel day of lost luggage, walking and driving in torrential rain, and squelching around in wet shoes (see above re: lost luggage), I wasn't going to roust the mister so we could change rooms after he'd been asleep over an hour. Who needs sleep?

On a plus note, one more state capitol under our belt, excellent barbecue lunch, excellent Rye IPA at a brewpub a 10 minute walk from the hotel, great people watching when the skies opened as we were enjoying our beer, the a fun Kinks cover band at a record store that has great beer on tap. I consider this day a draw!

Antiques Roadshow
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
Two tickets to the Antiques Roadshow taping this morning just fell into my lap and I'm sitting here wondering if I want to go or not. I'm not a spontaneous person and last time (in San Antonio) I had a panic attack when the appraiser put my mother's pearls in her mouth (yes, that thing where they test if a strand of pearls is real against their teeth is true *shudder).

I'd have to root around and pick a couple things, get myself down to The Convention Center downtown and hang around for three or four hours with a bunch of strangers. Does any of that sound fun without prior mental preparation? To me it sounds a bit like torture.
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KMM Recs
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
I am totally doing this. It's not like I'm not there every day anyway :D



I signed up for the Kink Me Merlin Rec Challenge
at merlin_hotrecs</lj>!
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Spikeitaly
brunettepet
Just got back from yet another California obli-cation. This time it was a funeral so there was a ton of family time in formal wear. The Santa Anas were blowing and it was nearly a hundred degrees both days. Nobody has air conditioning because Santa Barabara just doesn't get that hot. Until it does.

Wearing a suit and nylons at an afternoon graveside service in the blazing heat is not recommended. Seals barking in the background as a beloved aunt is being put to rest was a saving grace.

Archive of Our Own
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
Is anyone else having trouble with Archive of Our Own? Some times stories won't load at all and if they do I can't post a comment. I'm not sure if this is because of my wonky internet connection or not so I'm curious if anyone else if having trouble.
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SXSW 2014
Spikeitaly
brunettepet
It's only Day 4 of the music portion of South by Southwest and I'm already feeling a bit burned out. Great band after great band playing right up my pop alley and they all start to blend together. The free beer is not flowing as freely this year (which is a very good thing) but it's still hard to keep each act straight. Yesterday started with The Crookes from Sheffield, Triptides from Indiana and September Girls from Dublin. Then a trip across town to see Boogarins from Brazil, Lost Tapes from Barcelona, The Pains of Being Pure at Heart from NYC, Ski Lodge from Brooklyn and Withered Hand from Scotland. Each one of these bands really brought it and this was probably one of half dozen (or more) shows they were putting on over the four day festival. I hope Austin is treating them all well!

It will all be over Monday and I will be back to my fic reading and commenting ways for a couple days and then it's my brother's wedding...I'm already exhausted!

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