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Happy St. Patrick’s Day!

My "I'm Irish!" socks

My “I’m Irish!” socks

I could not find my leprechaun socks this morning, they must be in the wash, so I had to settle for my “I’m Irish” socks. They’re ok, just not as cool as the leprechauns.

My automotively adventurous(?) weekend

Technically the Weasley car, but, could've been my car on the 101 last Thursday.

Technically the Weasley car, but, could’ve been my car on the 101 last Thursday.


So last Thursday, my brakes went *poof* on me, while I was on the 101. I pressed the brake pedal to the floor, but no response. Yay? Thank Hyundai for hand brakes! Using what I’m guessing was only ever supposed to be used as a parking brake, I made it off the freeway, up the hill to Universal, and into a parking space in the Jurassic garage. (There was no way I was going to let a little brake failure keep me from Harry Potter preview night!)

Me, in line for the Castle Ride at Wizarding World

Me, in line for the Castle Ride at Wizarding World


After my totally awesome evening at Wizarding World in Universal Park, I got back to my car and found the brakes were working again, so I drove to my mechanic in Hollywood (with my hand on the hand-brake the whole time) and left my poor broken car while I took a $40 taxi ride home.

Friday, Miss Emily kindly drove me through the rain back to Hollywood. I hung around until they finished working on it, playing with their adorable garage kitty, Tiger Tail, then left for home at 6pm, into the heart of rush hour. It wasn’t long before I noticed that the car SQUEALED IN PAIN every time I stepped on the gas, and that the temperature gauge was spiking every time the car was in motion. ALL VERY WRONG. So I took the car back on Saturday.

Tiger Tail was a big fan of my yarn. I even got a leg-full of claws at one point. (Totally my own fault, of course.)

Tiger Tail was a big fan of my yarn. I even got a leg-full of claws at one point. (Totally my own fault, of course.)

An hour later they told me it was the water pump, which would take five hours, which meant they couldn’t work on it until Monday. Oh yay, a weekend with no car.

Miss Jane came from Glendale to pick me up and drop me in West L.A., after which she returned home. Seriously, she should be nominated for sainthood!

And then I had no car for the rest of Saturday.

Or Sunday.

Monday morning, Miss Ahree picked me up to drive me to work, where I stayed until 3:45, when Miss Molly drove me to Hollywood on her way home. (Saints, all of them!) I’d called the garage earlier to check on the car, and they said it should be ready by 6pm.

Should.

It wasn’t.

After replacing the water pump, the temp gauge was still spiking and they didn’t know why. ARGH! I was starting to run out of people to call for rides, so I got myself a shiny rental instead. It’s a shiny blue 2015 Hyundai Accent, and it’s adorable, although I can’t see the hood, like, at all, which is less good. And the brakes are either on or off, no in-between, so I’ve been throwing myself against my seat belt a lot. But, CAR! YAY CAR!

My shiny blue rental. She's so purty!

My shiny blue rental. She’s so purty!

So of course this morning the garage called to say it was all fixed–the thermometer they’d replaced on Friday had been defective. Well, tough cookies, garage, I got this rental for two days and I’m going to drive her for two days, so there! Also I’m swamped, and the only reason I took time out to write this post was to test the excerpt field and the featured image, and to see if they appear in the subscribed email. 😀

Anyway, that was my Adventures in Car-Owning for this week. Hopefully for the year, too.

ETA: Well phooey, this theme doesn’t have a featured image option. DAMMIT.

Yet another test, for Creative Commons

I am testing to see what is sent to subscribers when there is a CC licensing set to the post. Whee! Crazy fun!

And since no one wants to see just another boring test post, here are some pics I took at Saturday’s Kings vs. Ducks game. Sadly the Kings lost 2-3, but it was still a great game.

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

An epic fight broke out at the Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

An epic fight broke out at the Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Bailey at the Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

Bailey at the Kings (2) vs. Ducks (3) at the Staples Center, 3/5/2016

All images: 

Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivatives 4.0 International License

Hopefully the added restrictive images license will appear directly above this.

This is a test. This is only a test.

I’m testing the Jetpack subscribe feature, to maybe be used with my company’s updated blog. But first we have to know what the email looks like when subscribers get notified of a new post. So, here are some cool pictures!

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My bebehs Zeva and Jack, being nice to each other. Well, Jack is usually nice, but Zeva tends to be, well…..moodier?

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The sis and I in her kitchen on New Year’s Eve, 2016. I was testing out my Apple Watch’s capability of remotely triggering the camera in my iPhone. Pretty sweet!

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Jack likes plastic. I don’t know why. So this is him sleeping, cuddled up to my yarn bag for my current project.

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Deer on the hillside! I was walking down the hill after work, and there they were! It’s my favorite part of my job, the random deer sightings.

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Peeps from my pool league, watching the game on table 10.

Ok, so that’s my little test post. Time to hit “publish” and see what ends up in my email. 🙂

Books I read in 2015

Another post! So soon after the last one! And it’s another list.

I keep track of my books read over at LibraryThing.com, but I figured this might be a good place to put them as well. I started way more, but I find I get bored faster these days, and give up on a lot of meh books before investing too much time into them.

So, these are the books I finished in 2015.

19. You’re Never Weird on the Internet / Felicia Day (November)
18. Furiously Happy / Jenny Lawson (November)
17. Kitty Saves the World / Carrie Vaughn (October)
16. Low Midnight / Carrie Vaughn (October)
15. Spellcasting in Silk / Juliet Blackwell (October)
14. Heart of Evil / Heather Graham
13. Phantom Evil / Heather Graham
12. Evil Games / Angela Marsons (really creepy)
11. Playing for Keeps / Mur Lafferty
10. Wayward / Blake Crouch
9. Pines / Blake Crouch
8. Die Again / Tess Gerritsen (June)
7. Silent Scream / Angela Marsons (June) (really good)
6. A Vision in Velvet / Juliet Blackwell (May)
5. Dead Heat / Patricia Briggs (May)
4. The Book of Life / Deborah Harkness (April)
3. Shadow of Night (reread) / Deborah Harkness (April)
2. A Discovery of Witches (reread) / Deborah Harkness (March?)
1. No Ghouls Allowed / Victoria Laurie (January)

My goal for 2016 is to finish more books than 2015. So far I’m at 3.