Mom’s lesson on how to drink like a lady

My mom is unique. Really. Sometimes it’s in a truely marvelous way, like she’s the best mom ever, and everyone should bow down to her. Other times… Well, she’s my mom. I’m obligated to be embarrased of or by her at times. It’s in the Daughter Handbook. *Girl Scout Honor*

In comparison to some other Moms I know, I have to admit, my mom’s pretty damned cool. How many people have mom’s that used to be a DJ, and would test songs on her kids using the “If my kids dance around like maniacs to it, the crowd will love it” method? Or insist, that even if we were born with two left feet, that we must, and I mean MUST, know how to do every version of the Electric Slide, The Bird, The Chicken Dance, a little bit of swing dance, and how to “Drop it like it’s hot”?

She also took me out for my first legal drink when I turned 21.

We were living in New Jersey, just on the other side of the Ben Franklin Bridge. My original plans? Go to Philly with a couple of friends and do the “traditional” bar crawl of the South Side, and see how many free drinks I got before my friend drove me home. Yeah, didn’t happen. My best friend’s girlfriend decided to have a drama fit, so he drove me home before the sun set. Bum. Mer.

So, Mom insisted in taking me out. First stop, the Burger King drive through. Can’t drink on an empty stomach, don’t ya know? Then we drove. And drove. And drove. We drove around for about 2 hours trying to find a bar with the right “vibe”. I don’t know what she was looking for exactly, but what we ended up doing has affected my tastes in bars ever since.

We ended up at the bar two buildings down from where I worked, and less than 5 minutes (if you hit EVERY red light) from home. It was a total blue collar dive bar, and I’ve felt more comfortable in places like that since. Brightly lit bars/clubs with trendy music and/or DJ’s, “Mixologists”, and the trappings that go with it don’t do it for me. Give me a dimly lit, smokey place with a friendly bartender that knows how to pull a draft with just the right amount of foam, knows your basic, classic coctails, and doesn’t charge an arm and a leg for them. Great, cheap food is a plus.

So, we go to the counter, and Mom orders 2 Long Islands. One for her, one for me. I go snag a table nearby while she stays put, watching the bartender mix them. Did I mention Mom used to be one? So she knows what goes into one. The 4 white wells, triple sec (or, if out, Country Time Lemonade), and coke.

“Ohhhh shit… Oh shiiiiit. God damnit.. Shit shit shit.”

Now, I look young for my age, so of course, I had to show my ID. The bartender was sweet, and told me happy birthday. Then, promptly adjusted Mom’s order so I’d start my birthday off with a kick.

Did we get Long Islands? Oh, noooo. We got Texas Tea’s. Not just that, but heavy handed Texas Tea’s. What’s a Texas Tea, you ask? Okay, first off, the Long Island is actually a family of drinks. There’s the classic, the Tokyo Tea (which has Midori added to the mix), the Long Beach (replace the coke with a splash of cranberry and orange juice), and the Texas Tea. There are probably other variations, but these are the most common. All start with the same basic ingredients, known as the 4 white wells. These are the basic clear liquors that are most common in drinks: vodka, gin, white rum, and tequila. So, a Long Island is a shot each those 4, triple sec (an orange liquor) or bar syrup (think simple syrup), and coke. Easy, right?

So, a Texas Tea is special. You take the 4 white wells, the triple sec and coke… Then add another shot of tequila. Everything’s bigger in Texas, right? Well, this bartender went heavy handed. He didn’t just put a shot of everything in, he put in about double the alcohol, almost no ice.. And could barely fit in the coke.

It was AWESOME.

So, Mom taught me how NOT to drink. See, addiction runs strongly in my father’s side of the family. Well, in my father. And she didn’t want me to become an alcoholic, so she wanted me to have a horrible hangover the next day. One of those “I’m never drinking like that again” kind of nights. So, she had me push the orange slice down to the bottom, and drink the whole thing through the straw, then eat the orange.

If you want to get drunk fast, that is the way to do it. If you’d rather savor your drink… Don’t. Doesn’t help that on top of doing that (first time drinking hard liquor. I had had beer/wine coolers before, though) my older brother, in his infinite wisdom, said that I must -MUST- have a shot of Jager since he couldn’t be there. (He was in Iraq on his first deployment).

Yeah… I was DRUNK. Only things I remember from that is the bar TV was on ESPN, comparing Alex Trebek and some other Alex that played baseball (cause they were both Canadian), with me and Mom rooting for Trebek, me insisting that I could walk a straight line (it was diagonal. Straight, but not forward.), and my step dad chewing my mom out for getting me so wasted, and then driving me home while she, herself, was drunk.

Thank god that Mom and I are both cheap dates.

As it is, her little lesson has stuck with me. While I do enjoy the taste of a coctail once in a while, I stick to her “rule” of only imbibing a handful of times a year, typically holidays, plus one freebie. I rarely get drunk off my ass because I seriously don’t like the feeling. I’ve only gotten very drunk once, and I swore to never repeat it. (We were out celebrating a friend’s birthday, it was my first time drinking sake, and I honestly don’t remember getting in my friend’s car to go home, nor singing “Twinkle Twinkle” in the backseat. Never. Again.)

Now, I do go to a bar quite often (once or twice a week after work), but I can count on one hand (with fingers left over) how many times I had a drink in the past 4 years of going there. The bar has a cool atmosphere, ginormous breakfasts for dirt cheap, coffee to die for that does NOT taste like the crap Starbucks shits out, and wi-fi. The bartender knows me by name, knows what I want when I say “I’ll have my usual”, and asks me what cool new music is out.

And, more times than not, it’s Mom that wants to go, not me. Oh well.. Just means she has to pick up the tab. 🙂

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March 17, somewhere in the air between Austin, TX and Baltimore, MD…

So, this has been an interesting month for everyone’s favorite Pixie. I’ve been working on my goal list (yay, for staying in my budget, and busting out a song for SongFight!), am currently flying home from the South By SouthWest festival, where I got to meet up with many friends, my vamp, and make contacts with other musicians in my field (Canadians are some of my favorite people right now.)

Alas, this past month has not been without it’s tragedies. A year (to the day) after my stepdad was cremated, we were burying my final grandparent, my maternal Gma. She was 88 years old, going on 21, and crazy cool up until the last moments. Telling baudy jokes, teasing the spouses/significant others of her 20 gagillion grandkids… We were at my uncle’s house afterwards, and read through all of the memory cards that people filled out. Highlights were as follows:

1)      The time she bought a case load of VHS porn at a garage sale, thinking they were educational/tourist films, and insisting on watching “Debbie Does Dallas” after Thanksgiving dinner cause “It’s been so long since we were last there… I think I’d like to see how it’s changed!” And then, when she found out just what she bought, she passed them on to a cousin’s husband… Then wanted to know if he’d watched them all 6mos later, cause she wanted them back. She payed $5 for that box, she wasn’t just going to give them away!

2)      The time she called the police because she insisted her granddaughter’s roommates kidnapped her, and refused to let said g-daughter talk on the phone. Reality? They were busy hauling boxes down 3 flights of stairs to a U-Haul cause they were moving to a new apartment, and honestly didn’t have the time to talk. Gma was in Indiana, G-Daughter was in Oregon. Somehow she convinced the PDX PD to go check out the situation. G-Daughter, her roommate, and the friend that was there to help had to show their ID to the police AND the Campus PD (They were in a college dorm at the time), and rip through boxes of books to find where the boarding pass stub from her flight went off to, to prove she came of her own volition. Everyone involved was 21+. To the day she died, Gma still insisted she was kidnapped.

3)      Indiana law is that once you hit age 65 or so, you have to renew your driver’s license yearly with the written exam. (I think. Someone can correct me if it’s changed.) Well, when she was about 69, she went down to renew her license. She failed the test by 1 question. Was she going to let that slide? Oh HELL no. She made my mother drive her across the county to another DMV (cause the internet was slow as molasses back then, so it hadn’t been received that she failed the test yet) so she could take the test and get her renewal. She missed the SAME DAMNED QUESTION! (Honestly, it was a bit of a trick question. “A tractor trailer takes how long to come to a complete stop?” Answer, according to the test “300 yards, or 4 football fields.” A football field is 100 yards. Now you see why so many people get it wrong. The math just does not compute!) So my mother had to drive her to the last DMV in our county, right before closing time. THANK GODS, Gma finally passed the damned test. Mom flat out told her, “Next time, you’re driving yourself. This is ridiculous!”

I loved my Gma. She was a second mom to my sisters and I, since Mom moved in with her after my parent’s divorce (Gpa passed away when I was a baby). And we had such a close bond. A selfish part of me was hoping that she would hang around just a bit longer, since she only had 2 granddaughters left that were unmarried (myself included), but she always said that four years ago, she saw the light. Apparently it is as pretty as everyone with NDE’s says. She saw my Gpa and other loved ones, and was happy, cause she knew where she was going. But, she told that light “You can just hold your horses until I am good and ready. I’ve still got too much to do down here.”

My Gma outlasted all of her siblings, her husband, and one of her sons-in-law (my stepdad). At the time that she passed, she had 3 children (Mom, my uncle, and my aunt), 12 grandkids (even though 2 technically were step-grandkids), and 11 great grandkids. My mom jokes that my sisters and I are slacking on the kid department, since the only children from us are 2 dogs and 6 cats, all told. No two-legged kids yets.

Next thing. I’m on an airplane. Whee. Wait, scratch that. I hate heights, hence the Acrophobic in front of my name. But, I am returning home from the South By SouthWest Music and Film festival. I spent almost a whole week in Austin, catching up with my friends and musicians whom I adore. And I got my cute new baby, my laptop! (I’ll add pictures when I get the chance)

I got on my plane early on Monday, and landed in Texas around 4pm. I had a 2 hour layover in Chicago, and proceded to stuff my face with a gyro, 2 cheeseburgers, and 2 orders of fries while there. I hadn’t eaten since 4am, and was STARVING. My friend picked me up at the airport, we went to grab my badge (Platinum, baby!), meet another friend who works for South By, and proceeded to meet up with “The Canadians”, aka a whole bunch of musicians we know from Canada. They were all super sweet and constantly hugging or chinking everyone’s beer’s. We hit a shop called Wild About Music, where I got a solar powered phone charger (Hot pink and awesome), and a girlfriend bought a blingy piano bracelet. Then we all headed to Halcyon for beers while waiting for the rest of our group, then on to the Chronicle party. The band playing (can’t remember the name, and the info is in my checked luggage) was awesome. Smooth singer with a highly talented band to back her up. There was tons of free food and it was oh so good. Several types of quesadilla’s, gourmet grilled cheese sandwhiches (Tim, Socks, and Choke took those off my plate), homemade tamales of pure yum, nachos, some of the best guacamole ever, and taquitos. Free beer was flowing (we all chose Heineken, cause it was in the big cans, vs the 12 oz cans) and everyone was chilling out and having a good time. We didn’t leave until about midnight to go “home”.

The next morning, we had to be up bright and early, cause I was volunteering at SXSWCreate, an interactive panel about hacking the planet to make it better. I so totally want a maker bot. I was drooling over them the entire time they were running. I met the guy who invented Code Hero, the video game that teaches you how to make video games. Also, he’s the guy who designed the Tactical corsets!!! He is now, and ever more, my hero. There was the local Hackerspace crew there, demonstrating things they built, and how hacking isn’t evil. A guy from the College of Lockpicking was there, giving lessons and selling kits. I can get myself out of handcuffs now, and pick up to a 5 pin tumbler lock. 6 pins, and I get stuck. A guy did a talk on these habi-pods he designed after Katrina. They’re super awesome, lightweight, and can fit 4 comfortably. FEMA is apparently looking at them for disaster relief, to replace the trailers. Another guy gave info on turning a shipping container into a comfortable living space, and also how to make a manufacturing facility out of one. He did it in Kenya to make inexpensive, attractive, stoves, and he was seeing profit within 4-6 months after start up.

As soon as my volunteer post was done, I booked my booty over to the Flamingo Cantina for the Nerdcore Showcase. Since they don’t serve food, I hopped next door to the Casino El Cantina, and saw my first celebrity!! Mike Pinchek (I think that’s his name. The husky bald guy that does music news and reviews for VH1) was sitting by me while I ordered food. SO COOL! No, I didn’t get the nerve to ask for his autograph. He was in a conversation, so I didn’t want to be rude. Also, I got super shy. So, fast taco, went outside, waited… And waited… Then ran in, got to hang in the green room before the show with the performers, cause I’m awesome like that, and rocked out.

Brandon Patton (aka Bl4k Lotus) was on first, and was great, as usual. I was sitting next to MC Frontalot, and we did the swaying, sing along with the lighters in the air thing, together. Next up, after a brief intermission while they set up the turntables, was Adam Warrock. He actually made Justin Beiber’s “Baby” palatable, by sampling the beat and turning it into “June”. Check it out. Following him was Thesis Sahib. Very interesting to say the least. He has a hat that has mic distorters sewn into it, you can’t see his mouth, and he makes his backing music on the fly with a modded GameBoy. Also? He’s an artist, with a book out of his prints and a matching vinyl of soundscapes to match each image. Very nice.

Next on deck were the Thought Criminals. kHill and I have been friends for awhile, so it was great to finally see him perform live. They had a guest star, Jennifer, who played the triangle on “All the Coins”. They apparently had a distorted mic, cause when she played, it mimicked the coin sound from Mario Bros. After TC, it all starts to get mixed up in my head cause I’d A) had a couple of drinks and B) everyone helps everyone else, so one person would be on, and then everyone else would hop up for songs they were featured on. I think, next, was Ghettosocks and Timbuktu, aka TeenBurger. That was just so smooth and great. I know, I’m saying great and awesome too much. Sue me. After them was More or Les, with one S featuring FreshKils on his M-1000. Socks and Timb jumped on stage to perform “Pop ‘n Chips”. Jesse Dangerously was up next, and he only lasted one song before he ripped off his shirt. And yet, miraculously, the flower he had stuck in his beard? Didn’t budge an inch. JD was awesome, and spent a song or two on the floor in the middle of the crowd, so we could jam with him.

Mark Schaffer, aka Schaffer the Darklord, was next. He did some of my fave songs, like “Bender”, “Tom Girl”, “Cat People”, and more. The man moves TOO GODS DAMNED FAST for a human to get a decent photo of him performing. I think, 1 out of every dozen isn’t a total blur. After this point is where I screwed myself over. Unfortunately, I needed a bathroom break. But, I was thinking that my friend (or her boyfriend-type-person) would hold my spot. I come out, and she’s heading to the greenroom, dragging the guy behind her. Oh, well. I grabbed a quick smoke while they tore down the stage so MC Frontalot and his band could set up, started showing the pics to the artists, and had a random woman (I think she was with YT Cracker) buy me a blue Kamikaze. Luckily, the FC is set up oddly, and has seating built into the wall in levels. I got on the highest level in the corner so I could see most of the stage and get decent pics. Only had to get down so I could get better shots of Vic-20 and Sturgis.

Next day? Slept in til like, 1pm. We didn’t get in til 2h30am. The plan for Weds was basically snag free food, free stuff, then head to Malaia for the BackBurner Crew, DualCore, MC Lars, YT Cracker, & Megaran/Random show. I went through the entire trade show. Got free ear plugs from HP Cloud Services, a few free shirts, tons of business cards (most pitched), candy, bottled water, beer, music downloads and CD’s, and a RUNNUR strap purse thing. About 4h30 I went on the hunt for the College of Lockpicking party with Ayapoh and her bf. Had some odd (tho tasty) gourmet pizza while Ayapoh and the bf learned to pick locks. Next, was scurrying over to Malaia, since we were 2 of the 4 Merch Girls for the show.

Una Problema. We had no table. SXSW had a hard time finding a table for the turntables, let alone find one for merchandise. The manager of Malaia is a royal dickwad. NO ONE was using the tables along the wall, but could we move and use them? No. Could we use the curved table thing their DJ uses? No. Could we use an outlet so we could keep the laptop with the point of sale program running? Technically, no. Did we hide the charger under a pile of our purses? Yes.

But, we found a table! Someone’s bf bought a really nice table off of a hobo in a parking garage for $10. We didn’t ask questions, just whipped out the ducttape and started laying out the merch. Unfortunately, we were back by the entrance, so seeing the show was impossible through the crowd, but we were dancing and singing along to every song. And everyone was giving us shoutouts from the stage. I went on the hunt for decent food, since next door the IFC Roadhouse was taunting us with the smell of maple syrup and popcorn. Found this lil cart called Funk In Chicken. It’s a skewer about 18” (if not longer) full of bits of chicken and toast covered in an awesome sauce. I picked up 4 BBQ and 1 Sesame (for us to split), and fought my way back to the club. Apparently, best food decision ever. People either scarfed it down fast (ie: Schaffer ate the Sesame one in like, 2 seconds flat, I swear. One second, full skewer. I turn to take a drink of soda, and his skewer is bare.) or shared bites with some of the guys who had finished performing. My payment from Schaffer for the one I gave him? He has to come to Pittsburgh sometime for a show, and give me ample notice.

The club was rocking til 2am, when everyone (save us) was told “You don’t have to go home, but you can’t stay here, so get your butt out.” All the guys signed CD’s I bought from them. Socks gave me one of his CD’s for free (I had run out of cash, but he apparently was planning on it before then). Hugs were passed around, and apparently the trek getting the merch table back to the guys’s hotel room (and all but one Canadian was drunk of their booty) was hilarious. I missed out on that. I was on my way back to my buddy’s place to crash. Thursday was nice and slow. We rode the light rail in (omg, if you have a major event happening, run the public transit more than only once an hour.) and went off in search of food. Maggie Mae’s had free bbq and the fixin’s available, so I stuffed my face with Ayapoh. We then went exploring, played with lego’s at the convention center, and got feather extensions in our hair. We then split apart. I went to the Nerdcore BBQ, which is a yearly event for those in the know. The onion rings were great, but I didn’t really like the rest of my food. Hung out with the guys for a bit, then went back downtown, and back to Maggie Mae’s. I thought it was across the street from the Alamo Draft House where my friend was seeing a movie. Wrong. Didn’t know there were 4 locations. So, I went to the Iron Cactus to wait. The bartender was able to charge my phone, but only if I bought a drink. I normally drink a Long Beach. The bartender had his own spin on that drink family, called a “Lights Out”. I lost count after the 6th bottle of liquor used… So, halfway through the drink, which tasted like a peachy lemonade, the alcohol snuck up on me. Whoo. I was fairly tipsy by the time I got back to SXSW HQ to meet up with my ride so I could go sleep and pack up my stuff.

Friday was pure win. Woke up, hangover free, and packed my things. My Jadey had driven into town the night before (she’s from Texas), so she came by, picked me and my things up, and we went for a girl’s day out. First off, Cheesecake Factory for noms. We were so full, no cheesecake :,( . We asked our waiter if he knew anyone who would know the best play to get manicures. He asked the resident gay guy (not one of the many waitresses/hostesses), and said we were in for a treat. So, mani-pedi’s. We spent THREE HOURS getting massages and all this random pampering done. Oh, it was wonderful. And, “Where The Heart Is” was playing on the tv, so we got to grab a chick flick at the same time! Next stop was Office Depot. Why, you may ask? Well, Jadey insisted she owed me two birthday presents. So, let’s bring Pixie into the modern age with a laptop. Oh, it’s so pretty!!!! I got a Toshiba, and it’s gunmetal blue and so sweet… *sigh* Luckily, there was a Ross’s next door. I got so much free stuff, I needed another suitcase to check! It’s purple and spins and is just generally cool.

Using Yelp!, we found a hole in the wall Vietnamese restaurant and had some wonderful pho. I had the pho rau with steamed veggies, and Jade had the one with a bit of everything in it. Duc biet or something. The walls were decorated with art for sale, and one wall was Nintendo Pixel art made out of meltybeads. Very cool looking. We then left with our leftovers, cause one serving was HUGE, and tried to find a way downtown so I could give my friend back her housekey, and possibly meet up with a couple of friends, to introduce them to Jade and take last pictures/give hugs goodbye. Unfortunately, traffic was INSANE, so Jade dropped me off outside of where my friend was so I could do a quick drop off, and she drove in a circle back to me. Due to this issue, we gave up on meeting up with my friends (getting down to the key hand off position took an hour, alone), and went back to the hotel. Went to bed, then woke up insanely early, nommed a waffle in the shape of Texas, then hopped on the courtesy shuttle to the airport. And now, here I am, writing this in the air on my way home. As soon as I get a chance, I’ll be uploading this to my blog.

Til next time!

Accompl.sh AKA Trying to improve myself through a list of goals

Thanks to a friend of mine I found out about Accompl.sh. It is a goal checklist app where you write out at least 10 goals (the prior minimum was 101, but they lowered it for ease of use) and try to complete them in 365 (or, in this year’s case, 366) days. I am currently writing up my goals. At this time I’m at about 40, but I hope that by the time I’m done writing, I’ll have close to 101, cause it seems like fun.

One of my goals so far is to update this blog at least once a month. I also have general goals to help better my life, such as making a budget that will actually work, try to get healthier, and organize myself better. So, maybe y’all would like to join me in this? Yes, it’s after Jan 1, but your year starts the day you lock in your goals list, and ends a year later, so it is a true year. (Goals: 45)

Your goals don’t need to be major changes in life, or unattainable. I mean, a friend of mine, one of her goals is to craft something. It doesn’t matter what it is, she just wants to make something with her hands. Of course, crafty me added it to my list, in addition to a couple of other craft related goals, like making a pair of socks. The site even gives you inspiration, by giving you a peek at what other people have put on their lists, challenges that users have submitted, etc. (Goals: 51)

So, now I’m going to stop typing for now. When I’ve finighed my 101 goals, I will type them here. (Goals: 60)

AcrophobicPixie’s Goals for 2012

  1. Make a budget that is simple
  2. Stick to said budget
  3. Preplan any grocery shopping to stay within budget
  4. Try to use coupons once, not switching brands to do so
  5. Open a savings account
  6. Try to have at least $700 in said savings account, unless an emergency prevents me from doing so
  7. Pay all of my bills on time
  8. Write at least twelve songs (Average of one a month)
  9. Compete in at least four SongFights
  10. Take above twelve songs (also four SF submissions if they are extra) and release it as an album of some sort
  11. Have confidence in myself
  12. Make plans with friends more often
  13. Meet an online friend IRL
  14. Show more appreciation to my family and friends
  15. Be more social – Outside of the PC
  16. Cut down on how addicted I am to my phone
  17. Bring my camera and take pictures more often
  18. Send Christmas/Yule cards
  19. Keep my inbox caught up and orderly
  20. Cook more, versus eating out
  21. Be more active
  22. Drop down to a healthier weight
  23. Clear my closet of clothes that are the wrong size/ruined
  24. Try to quit smoking (Or at least cut down by half)
  25. Cut down on my soda intake to a maximum of three cans per day
  26. Keep up on housework (At least 15 minutes every other day)
  27. Get a new (to me) couch to replace my sectional
  28. Buy proper bookshelves
  29. Reorganize my books/magazines
  30. Get a proper desk
  31. Get a new computer
  32. Get the information needed to plan going back to school
  33. Go to at least one concert
  34. Update my blog at least once a month
  35. Update my website at least once this year
  36. Organize my craft supplies
  37. Make something crafty for my home. It can be useful, decorative, or whatever. But I have to craft it myself in some way or other.
  38. Crochet/Knit an afghan
  39. Crochet/Knit a pair of socks
  40. Finish/Frog at least 50% of prior WIP’s
  41. Stop being so nosey
  42. Have a reason to wear heels at least once a month
  43. Get a wonderful haircut
  44. Start buying a more flattering wardrobe
  45. Watch less TV
  46. Have “Ladies Night” on Skype at least once every other month
  47. Try new recipes
  48. Get Cricket fixed (Poor thing)
  49. Paint something (Picture, room, etc)
  50. Organize the apps on my phone, and get rid of unneeded ones
  51. Organize my pantry
  52. Keep a list of my pantry’s contents
  53. Get my own internet provider (versus mooching off of Mom)
  54. Try to switch Cricket to a wet diet
  55. If the above works, try to switch Cricket to a raw/semi-raw diet
  56. Talk to my Gma at least once every other week
  57. Be a better daughter
  58. Be a better sister
  59. Be a better girlfriend
  60. Spend at least 30 minutes a day playing with Cricket
  61. Try to do my local radio station’s “Word of the Day” sentence at least once a week
  62. Stop apologizing for things I don’t/can’t control
  63. Go to the doctor at least once (Outside of Workman’s Comp claims)
  64. Go to the dentist at least once
  65. Look into getting a better job than I currently have
  66. Dress myself better (when outside of my work uniform)
  67. Start the process to get my driver’s license again
  68. Get some form of local identification
  69. Try to cut down on my swearing
  70. Try to be nicer to people in general
  71. Keep up with my DNS friends on a regular basis
  72. Pay my DNS dues on time (In other words, before the duesmaster starts yelling)
  73. Spend at least two nights each PVP week active in the corp
  74. Send at least 10 friends a note/txt/card for their birthday
  75. Keep my alcohol consumption to within my “Rule” of roughly 5 times a year
  76. Go on a walk at least once a week
  77. Spend more quality time with my boyfriend without either of our families
  78. Learn more about Autism Type PDD
  79. Make Cricket’s “Baby Book”
  80. Decorate one room in my home
  81. Keep up on my favorite webcomics
  82. Support at least one of my favorite webcomic artists at least once
  83. Buy at least one album by a favorite artist, versus downloading it (Unless it’s pay to download)
  84. Watch the news at least three times a week
  85. If I start a project, set a deadline for it’s completion that is possible
  86. Add any crochet/knit projects to my Ravelry account
  87. Update Ravelry project with pictures both in progress (if possible) and finished
  88. Cancel/Delete accounts on websites I no longer frequent
  89. Check in on forums once a week
  90. Do not lose my social life irl to social media (ie: Twitter, FB, forums)
  91. Contact at least one friend a week to keep up with them
  92. Participate in at least one Ravelympics event
  93. Read at least 5 non fiction books
  94. Get rid of books I only read once
  95. Do -something- with my Warhammer figurines
  96. Write a children’s book of Norse mythology (Or at least halfway through)
  97. Set up a personal altar space
  98. Either fix or set up a system to keep doors to rooms shut when needed
  99. Do one thing each pay period for fun
  100. Retest for my HAM license
  101. Get a simple HAM setup

 

See? I did it! 101 goals for the next year. Told you I could. And if I could, you can too! Give it a go. It’s not like the world will end if you don’t complete them all. But at least you’ll have proof that you wanted to, and something to keep your mind on track.

So now, I’m going to leave you so I can get started. I think I’m going to tackle the budget goals, first. Sounds like a good plan, right? Right. So, until next time, have fun, enjoy your lives, and I’ll be seeing you shortly!

It gets better

I know I don’t blog as much as I say I would, and I’m sorry. But this is important.
If you haven’t heard of the “It Gets Better” project, please look into it. It is a wonderful movement to help teens realize that life will get better. It’s geared towards LGBT teens, but this blog is geared towards vampires & swans, so that is where I’m dedicating it to. I know, I know… It should be a video, but I get highly emotional at a drop of a hat, and with my thick accent, adding tears would make me that much more unintelligible. Hence the written word.
Many of you know me as the bubbly, outspoken Acrophobic Pixie. If you really knew me, especially when I was a teenager, you would be shocked. Gods, I’m so damned quiet, shy, and introverted, it’s ridiculous. I almost missed out on meeting the love of my life due to it.
In high school, I was the shy loner kid who didn’t fit in anywhere. I was in marching band, but I didn’t have any real friends there. I was on the academic teams, even medalling at state Academic Decathalon, but I didn’t feel close to anyone there. I wasn’t freaky enough for the Goth crowd, etc. I grew up in a smallish town in the middle of nowhere Indiana. If you went to the wrong church, you were shunned. So, try to imagine being pagan, with your closest friend being a vampire. To top that off, add normal things girls get bullied over. I was over weight, didn’t have the latest fashions, etc. My parents divorced when I was 6, and then had a fairly nasty custody battle when I was 10. I was physically ripped from my mother’s arms because a family member didn’t want to acknowledge that she existed.
My life has not always been pretty. I know it’s hard to believe, but I have made stupid choices in my life. I have contemplated suicide. Several times. I KNOW how it feels to think that it can never get better, that the pain will stop. It will get better. Trust me.
I have gone through a lot in my life. I have been through what, to me, was hell on earth. I have survived through a dysfunctional family and home life as a child. I have survived an abusive relationship. I have survived being evicted, homeless, needing the help from total strangers to live. I have survived being the butt of bully’s jokes, being mentally and physically abused by people and feeling like you can’t do anything right.
But, like Dan Savage and his husband, Terry, said, it gets better.
I’m not nearly as extroverted as I wish I could be, but I now have many friends, from all over the world. I have met the love of my life, and we have been discussing marriage. I have a steady job, where it doesn’t matter who you are, or where you’re from. My life is a hell of a lot better than I ever thought when I was a teenager. God, if I could go back in time and talk to myself, I would. I would hug younger Pixie, and tell her how awesome we become. We have people who love us, who respect our opinions. We have started a support network for members of the vampire community that had, heretofore been fairly ignored. I’ve had a hard life, but it’s gotten so so so much better. I just hope that you, whoever you are, you can try to believe me. I don’t know you, might never know you, but you’re awesome. You’re special, and nothing anyone says or does can ever change that. You deserve to be whoever you want to be.
Whoever you are, I love you. And you totally deserve it. Never ever let anyone tell you you don’t. I. Love. You. That’s it. Finito. The end. And I’m totally tearing up atm. I’m going to go cuddle with Cricket, mah baby demon kitteh.

Soooo…. stuffs

Things have been… okay… in Pixie Land. I mean, I’m alive, I have a job, a roof over my head, et al. I’m still with the same boyo that I’ve been with for *gasp* 7 months. 😀 Things are doing fairly well.

But, due to me needing things like money, etc, I’ve been working a lot of overtime and the like. And, because of this, I’ve been insanely busy. Only thing I’ve been able to do online, really, is checking my im’s and doing my radio show. I’ve not even been able to play my video games as much as I’ve wanted to. Which makes me sad. But obviously, if I barely have the time to do that, I can’t really be fucked to keep my finger on the pulse of the community like I probably should.

Only thing I’ve been doing, community wise, really, is hanging out with a couple of the guys from the local house. Yeah, I know. Didn’t know there was a house here. But the guys are sweet, and fun to hang with. My lil brother even opened up to them, and a couple of months back, gave the whole house valentines. It was adorable. We’re trying to plan a movie night so we can all hang out and not necessarily talk community business. I’m thinking crappy vamp movies. Hehehe.

I’m working myself back up to being as active as I used to be. It’s just going to be hard, cause, well… No offense to the young bits out there, but I kind of got used to kidlets going “But Pixie… How do I do [insert random thing here]” It’s been so quiet, it’s lovely 😛

So, it’s latish, and I need to take a nap and get ready for work. I’ll update as I can.

GRAH!!! Personal Rantage

First off, the following rant is solely the opinion of me, personally. It is not the opinion of any association I’m a member/representative of.

Rant: Start –

I hate stupid people.

Seriously.

First off, I’m sure most of you know who Jonathon “The Impaler” Sharkey is. That idiotic twit who claims that he’s a direct descendant of Vlad Dracul. Really. And he’s apparently now a member of the Republican party, oath and all, and is running for the presidency in 2012. Yeah, like he’s actually going to make it.

Here’s why I can’t stand the guy. He’s 45 years old, and has publicly announced (in a news interview, no less) that he hasn’t dated a girl over the age of 19 in several years. And yet, in his “proclamations” of what he’s going to set into motion when he becomes president, he will impale and torture pedophiles. He just last week supposedly married his latest 19 year old girlfriend. With in a couple of weeks after he was told to desist in contact with his last teenage girlfriend. I feel pity for that poor girl. She’s a victim of his brain washing and I hope she wisens up quickly. She deserves better, and needs time to adjust to not being a kid anymore before shacking up with a guy nearly DOUBLE her age!

But, I digress. I have nothing against the poor girl, other than her choice in men.

My problem is with Sharkey. He was invited to be “interviewed” by the masses via #sangspace on DalNet a week or so ago. It was honestly the WORST waste of my time I’ve ever seen. Sharkey didn’t even show up himself, his wife showed up, and typed his “responses” after cleaning them up so there wouldn’t be massive flaming. When people asked serious questions, he ducked and dodged actually giving an answer, after stalling for about 5-10 mins before even starting to type to waste time. He basically said that everyone in the vampire community, save for him, his wife, and a few special few, are all fakes. Nice.

Supposedly he’s going to be on Larry King tonight after the Chelsey Handler segment, along with Don Henrie, the twit Vampyra, and Seregon O’Dassey.

Prominent vampyre elders from the four largest
havens in the U.S.” are appearing on Larry King tonight (after Chelsea Handler’s
segment) on CNN at 9 PM ET to discuss the “alarming phenomenon of real vampyres
‘coming out of the coffin’ in America”. “How will this affect you and your tax
dollars, are your kids safe, and should vampires be counted in the census? All
these questions and more as we take your phone calls tonight on Larry King
Live

Yeah. They are the 4 leading members of the community. Ha. Haha. Hahahahahahaha. *wipes a tear from her eye from laughing so hard* Oh, I needed a good April Fools day joke. Thank you, Larry.

No offense, but no one, really, in the community takes any of these four people seriously. I mean, yeah, Don used to be the poster child, thanks to Mad Mad House, but honestly? Not any more. Seregon is an idiot model/b actress who’s trying to improve her career by claiming to be a vamp, Vampyra just worries me, and well, you’ve heard my rant. What I want to know is when did these four become “trusted leaders” of the community. I mean, if you ask most people involved in the ovc, they’ll typically say “Go check the roster for the VVC (Voices of the Vampire Community) for community leaders”. I mean, they let my happy ass in the group. And I’m not a non-scandelous donor. I’m known for having views and opinions that aren’t considered “The Norm” for a donor. Oh well. But I still have an actual brain and know how to use it.

*sighs*

I’m just frustrated. First, I’ve been having tons of icky shit happen in my real life, and now this idiocy. Lovely. Just what I needed. I’m going to go curl up in my bf’s lap and just try to relax.

Holiday insanity

So, yeah. Most of December there were no posts by me. Oh well. There’s this thing called the holidays. It kind of took over my life, but not in the way you expected.

Remember how I said that I was going to be laid off for 6 weeks? Yeah… Didn’t happen. And I had that second job lined up, so for a good chunk of this month I’ve been going insane working two jobs, getting very little sleep, etc. That, and I’ve had a few personal health issues. *shrugs* What’s a girl to do? I mean, I’ve barely had time to spend with family or the boyfriend. It sucks.

So, anyways, I’m keeping this post brief.

I just want to wish all of you a happy holiday season, and that y’all have a good holiday (whatever you celebrate) and a Happy New Year.