bradygirl_12: (chocolate heart)
Happy Valentine's Day, my friends! May your day be a joyous one. :)

Whoops, gotta go get some breakfast. I'll be going to the early showing of Lego Batman with some friends, and then we'll be visiting my sister as she recovers from surgery at home. Enjoy your day! Review to come. ;)

Imbolc

Thursday, February 2nd, 2017 09:35 pm
bradygirl_12: (brady (blue background))
Hope all who celebrate had a good Imbolc today. :)

For everyone, Happy Groundhog Day! :)

I've been enjoying Super Bowl Week. Found out that Tom Brady's mother has been very ill for the last 18 months, just about the length of time he suffered through the witch hunt by the NFL. He got choked up talking about his hero, his father, during Media Night. He's very close to his parents and his older sisters. His parents go to every game, though this year the illness prevented that. When he first moved to Massachusetts to start his career, two of his sisters came from California to stay with him that first year with the Pats. :)

Got an invitation to a Super Bowl party at my sister's. We might get pizza or Subway sandwiches or BunnyGirl might cook. Up to her! :)

Well, going to turn in now. Zzzzzzz!!! :)
bradygirl_12: (jla (lj))
Hi, luvs!

I just realized that it's close to my 10th anniversary here on LJ. I created this journal on October 24, 2006, made my first post on November 12th, and my first fic posting on November 21st (Announcement I: The Ready Room), introducing myself to the DC Comics community here on-line. Little did I know the friends I would make and the prolific writing in my future! Good times, good times. :)

I don't know if I'll come up with something for the anniversary, but I wanted to acknowledge it to all my friends here on my f-list, and who have stuck around when a lot of people took off for shinier baubles platforms. A big THANK YOU to all the people who have encouraged me during low points, celebrated with me in good times, and helped me with gifting me with paid accounts and extra icon userpics, which has really made life here more fun. :)

I've had a great time reading, writing, and hosting my Challenges over the years, too. The 2016 DCU Fic/Art Halloween Challenge is my next-to-last Challenge, as I'm seriously considering doing something special for Wonder Woman next year to commemorate her first ever live-action movie. That will be my grand final Challenge and how better to do it than with one of my all-time favorite characters? :) I'm pretty proud of the many Challenges I've hosted (Complete List here) and another big THANK YOU to all who contributed during these past ten years.

It's been a rainy morning with plenty of fog, but we need the rain after a summer of drought. The leaves are turning bright colors and my sister and I are going to the orchard tomorrow to get fresh apples (can't get any fresher!). Life is good. Enjoy your weekend, my friends! :)

Thank You!!!

Wednesday, September 28th, 2016 06:20 pm
bradygirl_12: (pin-up girl (happy birthday!))
Hi, luvs! What a GREAT birthday I had! Thanks SO MUCH for all the wonderful greetings and goodies! *dances* :)

It was a nice, quiet day. I’d already had My Special Day, courtesy of my sister, so quiet suited me just fine. :)

I received:

Wonderful Birthday Greetings from:

[livejournal.com profile] starsandsea, [livejournal.com profile] gilda_elise, [livejournal.com profile] northernwalker, [livejournal.com profile] paxwolf, [livejournal.com profile] phoenixnz (A Yummy Birthday Cake!), [livejournal.com profile] mithen, [livejournal.com profile] ctbn60, [livejournal.com profile] me_ya_ri, [livejournal.com profile] roxymissrose (Minions!), and [livejournal.com profile] ilovetobefree

Fantabulous Fic from:

A Field Of Poppies by [livejournal.com profile] mithen

Yellow Locks by [livejournal.com profile] starsandsea

A Rosy Day :)

Sunday, September 25th, 2016 07:07 pm
bradygirl_12: (yellow roses)
My sister BunnyGirl won't be in town for my birthday this Tuesday, so she treated me early to my present. Besides, this wasn't a thing meant to be stuffed in after work.

My Day )

Memorial Day Weekend

Friday, May 27th, 2016 11:07 am
bradygirl_12: (captain america sunburst)
Recently I've been researching my father's Korean War experiences as part of a project to get a grave marker for him, and even though he did tell us some hair-raising stories before he died (when my sister and I were adults), I'm finding out more things that make me sad but very proud of my father's service. He was 17 when he joined the U.S. Army in February of 1952 and was shipped over to Korea in early 1953. He took part in battles such as Old Baldy and Pork Chop Hill (the 1959 movie of the same name starring Gregory Peck is exemplary), and he was a Purple Heart survivor. He was able to watch M*A*S*H* and point out what was realistic and what wasn't, having spent time in a unit as a patient. He became the youngest First Sergeant in the Korean theater of operations and later volunteered for jump school to become a paratrooper.

My father was of that World War II/Korean War generation who came back from the war, returned to civilian life and started a family while quietly dealing with his PTSD (known then as battle fatigue). I understand him better now after my research and wish that he could have been spared the nightmares and survivor's guilt, but that's the world we live in, unfortunately.

The Korean War is often referred to as The Forgotten War, which angers me no end. A war and its veterans should NEVER be forgotten and shunted aside. The war began on June 25, 1950, five years after the end of World War II, and a lot of the veterans called back up were resentful of having to run the gauntlet again after surviving World War II. Stories like the case of Ted Williams of the Boston Red Sox were examples, as once again a considerable chunk of his baseball prime years were lost to service (he was a jet ace during the Korean War and was John Glenn's wingman). Others had begun to build lives after the last war and were interrupted once again for a dirty little war that sorely tried skills, patience and faith. Talking with some of the people helping me with the grave marker, I discovered that military people considered Korea an unusually grim and horrific war, even as wars go.

During this weekend of vacation and barbecues and fun, please take a moment to reflect and thank those who came before us to fight our country's wars and who paid a great price for it.

Thank you.

Birthday Plans

Saturday, September 26th, 2015 08:19 pm
bradygirl_12: (pin-up girl (happy birthday!))
Yay, my sister invited me over to her house tomorrow to watch the Pats/Jaguars game. She's going to spring for lunch and I'll get some cool birthday goodies. Tomorrow is gonna be FUN!!! :)

I already got a birthday gift of BunnyGirl treating me to one of the local fairs. She paid for my admission and bought me ice cream! ;) We also went to lunch after and I had baked haddock, saffron rice, and broccoli. We both shared garlic bread for our appetizers and Bunny had minestrone soup for her meal. She also gave me a Star Trek-themed card, which was awesome sauce, of course! :)

G'night, all! I'll try and get on-line sometime tomorrow. Monday for sure! :)
bradygirl_12: (chocolate heart)
Hi, luvs! Happy Valentine's Day! Love you all! :)

Today, of course you should send love to the people you care about, but give yourself a little love, too. We all are too hard on ourselves sometimes. Take a look at a story you wrote and say to yourself, "You know, that isn't half-bad." Same for art or anything else creative that you do.

I'm giving myself the gift of luxury of time today. No chores, just fun. I plan on attending a little Valentine get-together later and tomorrow is when I change decorations for St. Patrick's Day and spring. Decorations as in decorative figurines, stuff to hang on the walls, etc.

My mother was big on holidays and we always celebrated each one. She did extra for Halloween and Christmas (and even had a couple of ceramic turkeys for Thanksgiving!) but even smaller holidays like Valentine's Day saw ceramic angels with hand-painted hearts on their clothes and pretty stuff like a heart-shaped music box get center stage.

My dad was a smart man. He was always prepared every Valentine's Day with a big box of chocolates, red roses, and a nice card. He got little boxes of chocolates for my sister and me, too. :)

So have a great day! We are preparing for another blizzard here starting tonight. Situation normal. ;)

Merry Yule!!!

Sunday, December 21st, 2014 08:59 am
bradygirl_12: (yule (deer))
A Merry Yule to all! :)

The Winter Solstice is upon us! When I woke up around 7:15 this morning, it looked like the middle of the night! ;) Cloudy and a bit rainy here, and snow showers predicted for later.

We won't be having a white Christmas this year. :( It'll be heavy rains and winds on Christmas Eve, clearing by morning. The only good thing about no snow is less worry about clearing it and driving, but the weather may still affect people's plans.

As for today, perfect day for getting all snug under my quilt and having hot pizza! :) Last weekend my sister and her husband came over to watch the game, but I'm going solo today while I watch Tom and the boys compete against the Jets.

Enjoy your day, my friends! :)
bradygirl_12: (pumpkin muffin (bats))
It's been a glorious day! :)

1) Dunkin' Donuts has pumpkin everything back! :) I went out this morning and bought a pumpkin muffin and pumpkin pie doughnut. The doughnut's gone. ;)

2) My sister is helping a friend out with a yard sale. We had a ginormous one last year before the move. This time she's not in charge, just one of the staff. :)

3) I've been watching the Ken Burns documentary, The Roosevelts: An Intimate History and plan to see the finale tonight. I've studied that era of the New Deal so I know a lot of the facts/events but I'm seeing new photographs and newsreels. I enjoy immersing myself in another time. The Great Depression was terrible, but the energy that the New Deal generated to combat it was exciting. And the coming war certainly taxed FDR's considerable political skills! Anyway, great stuff. :)

4: One more: watching The Adventures Of Superman. It's from the black-and-white first season with Phyllis Coates instead of Noel Neill as Lois. Apparently Phyllis came across as 'too tough' and so they replaced her with Noel. I like her and she was tough, too, but they considered her more 'feminine'. Sheesh!
bradygirl_12: (witch (sexy))
Today's positive happenings:

1) Made progress on my two stories for my 2014 DCU Fic/Art Halloween Challenge. Bubble, bubble, toil 'n' trouble! ;)

2) Noticed from my balcony that there is one tree starting to turn colors. Autumn is nearly here! :)

3) Was finally able to connect with my Movie Night buddies and we're on for next week after a long hiatus. We don't care what movie we see, just plan on enjoying the company during an evening out. :)

4) Adding one more: today's my sister's wedding anniversary! :)
bradygirl_12: (brady (smile))
Hi, luvs!

I made my annual pilgrimage to Patriots' training camp yesterday. There was only one session and it started at 9:15, so I had to get ready early and hit the road. I took a water bottle, chocolate bar, binoculars, and wore my Pats cap and Brady jersey. :)

I arrived at Foxboro with time to spare and texted my sister that I'd made it. I managed to get a good spot on the bleachers after stopping to get a hot dog (I knew I'd be hungry before the session was over and I'd lose my spot if I went to get something to eat) and enjoyed it. I sat next to a lady by the name of Jen and we oohed and aahed over the pretty players and talked about football stuff like how our O-Line looked this year and how Revis was as good as advertised, etc.

I trained my binoculars often on Tom and he's lookin' great, as usual! ;) He has a short haircut to start this year and back-up QB Ryan Mallett has the same kind of cut. Tommy is not only the most talented quarterback in the NFL, he's the prettiest! ;)

Gronk was at practice and signed autographs later. He always has a smile on his face and not only is popular with fans but with his teammates as well. The guy enjoys life. I saw him on Whose Line Is It, Anyway? about a month ago and he tried hard (improv can be tough) and the actors appreciated his enthusiasm.

Bill Belichick was in fine form and in complete charge of camp as always. The drills were interesting and there was a variety of them so we fans never got bored. The weather was pretty hot so I was glad to get into my air-conditioned car for the ride home but I stayed hydrated. I did get a mild sunburn. It's been a long time since I got one of those!

Training camp is always a festive atmosphere. It represents a new beginning every year and people just have fun. The players have fun with it, too, when they can, and Tom even acknowledged the crowd with a Victory sign and a smile. :)

It would have been Mom's birthday yesterday so I wanted to do something special. She loved the Patriots and would have enjoyed the trip. I had a very nice day.
bradygirl_12: (lobster dinner)
Hi, luvs!

Since it's getting closer to summer, I thought I'd post this link to the Boothbay Lobster Wharf. Whenever we were in Boothbay on vacation, my family would always visit this place. It was known as The Lobstermen's Co-Op back then, and they've made a lot of changes since our last visit 13 years ago, but the basics are the same: fresh seafood right off the boat in a harbor setting. :) And if you get a craving for lobster, they ship anywhere! :)
bradygirl_12: (steve--diana (wedding night))
Hi, luvs!

Looks like I have posting access today, so a quick Happy Valentine's Day to you all! My thoughts on the holiday are here, if you're interested. Love is love! :)

Who are the most romantic couples in your fandoms? I'd pick Steve/Diana because they are romance itself. They both fell in love with each other at first sight. Yep, it's canon! :)

Clark/Bruce because Clark is just a romantic sap, and despite himself Bruce is drawn to that. :)

Bruce/Dick because Dick has a very similar personality to Clark and can drawn Bruce in. A heart-shaped box of chocolates and a few dozen roses with a sparkling smile wouldn't hurt, eh? ;)

Clark/Dick? Hell, yeah! ;)

Could Steve/Tony from Marvel be romantic saps? Sure! Steve would love doing the old-fashioned bit. And I think Natasha/Pepper and Clint/Coulson could enjoy a good Valentine's Day. Both Pepper and Phil would plan the heck out of the holiday! :) Steve/Thor because of the grand sweep of their powers and personalities. Saps! ;)
bradygirl_12: (aphrodite (queen 1))
Hello, luvs!

Since my posting access is iffy at best, I decided to post this a little early. Besides, I consider this Love Week with Love Weekend tacked on at the end. ;)

A lot of people don’t like Valentine’s Day, and that’s fine. They say it’s too commercial. That’s true. But what modern holiday isn’t? Halloween? Christmas? Even St. Patrick’s Day is commercial now! And it’s always been that way. Whether for religious or cultural reasons, merchants always made a buck off the festivals and holidays as they hawked doves and religious trinkets outside the temples. Corporations will always co-opt.

I like Valentine’s Day because it reminds people to say, “I love you.”

Ah, you say. Shouldn’t that be said the other 364 days a year? Of course. But in chaotic, rushed, modern life, don’t people need a nudge now and again? I feel fortunate to have told my parents that I loved them often before they passed away, but sometimes you take your loved ones for granted. You do everyday things out of love, but isn’t it nice to make a special gesture once in awhile? Valentine’s Day helps us make that special gesture.

The holiday’s marketing is focused on the romantic aspect, but Valentine’s Day is for everyone. And who wants to be in an iffy relationship just for the sake of going out to dinner on February 14th?

Valentine’s Day is for expressing love between parent and child, child and parent, sibling and sibling, friend and friend.

So, a big SHOUT OUT to my friends here on my flist who have done such wonderful things for me in fannish ways (paying for userpics, paid accounts, helping with tapes and DVDs and creative things, birthday fics, etc.) and in RL. When I’ve needed you, you’ve come through for me, even if it’s just to post a fun entry on your LJ for the day. Know that you are loved.

LOVE YOU ALL!!!

*BIG HUGGLES*
bradygirl_12: (christian (oscar winner))
I saw a very enjoyable movie, American Hustle, with my sister this vacation week. I would highly recommend it. Set in the 1970s, it centers around the FBI sting Abscam. It stars Christian Bale, Amy Adams, Bradley Cooper, Jennifer Lawrence and Jeremy Renner. The first four have been nominated (Golden Globes) for Best Actor/Actress/Supporting and Jeremy should be, too. The film has been nominated for Best Comedy.

Many of the movie’s scenes were filmed in Central Massachusetts in a city called Worcester.

BTW, there is a comics connection here: Christian Bale, Amy Adam, and Jeremy Renner have all played comics characters: Bruce Wayne, Lois Lane and Clint Barton. :)

Read about the local color that isn’t New York or Los Angeles. Slightly spoilerish but nothing major. )

Want a break from superhero movies or action flicks that rack up the body count? Tired of comedies that rely strictly on bodily fluid and sex jokes? Then American Hustle might be for you!

Review: Major Spoilers )

Wintry Weather!

Monday, December 9th, 2013 12:56 pm
bradygirl_12: (bat-santa & elves 2)
Hi, luvs! Very wintry weather here, sleet and snow and a generally dangerous mix. I had to go out for a short while but I'm home the rest of the day, working, working, working, but safe! :)

My holiday checklist is pretty good, and most houses in the neighborhood are decorated now. My decorations are glittery bows. Maybe someday I can get a wreath! My mom loved wreathes. I sure miss her and Dad. :(

A little bummed out that my Dreamwidth paid account is expiring tomorrow. No more importing my comms over there! Drat! What's worse is my LJ icons will be going by January 13th. :( That is kind of depressing, because I love to dress up my entries with the different icons. I'd renew the packages myself but I can't for reasons I won't go into, but I'm a little sadface today. *clings to icons*

I'm working on a fairly long Clex story for the [livejournal.com profile] clexmas Holiday Gift Exchange. It was going to be short and then things started happening! :) But so far I have 14 handwritten pages done and am keeping up with typing as I revise.

I'm close to finished with my gift to the 2013 Clint/Coulson Holiday Gift Exchange. I need to go over some things my beta suggested and go over my coding for my entry. I don't want a messed-up code making my story look awful!

Since I'm not hosting a Winter Holidays Challenge this year I haven't been too much in the mood for holiday stories beyond the Exchanges, but who knows? The closer it gets to Yule and Christmas, I might have a short piece or two to post. :)

I have one more Steve/Diana story to post, possibly before the end of the year. I'm stuck for a title but I'm finally getting some ideas. This one has been off-and-on most of the year as I wrote slowly and then didn't have time to edit and then other stuff happened, but it might end up my first posted story of 2014! :)

Thank goodness for [livejournal.com profile] avengerkink! With so many comms and memes dead on LJ, this one is still thriving!

Oops, gotta get back to work! I'll try and squeeze in another post before tonight! :)
bradygirl_12: (jfk (sun))
It was a Friday on November 22, 1963. People we going about their business, eagerly anticipating Thanksgiving the following week and the weekend closer on the calendar. Talk of Christmas presents and plans began to be bandied about. It was a pleasant, ordinary day during the New Frontier, and the President and First Lady were heading to Dallas that day. Most people just tucked that fact away in the backs of their minds if they thought of it at all. It was mostly a political trip, not big state visit or anything, so they concerned themselves with their own lives. The people in Texas were excited by the presidential visit, and others were apoplectic.

An ordinary day in 1963 )
bradygirl_12: (thanksgiving turkey (colorful))
November is Thanksgiving Month, and so the stories feature that delicious holiday:

The First Thanksgiving: Steve explains the first Thanksgiving to Thor and decides that the Avengers ought to celebrate it as a family.

Family III: Competitive Cooking (Or The Year That Alfred Saved Thanksgiving!!! ;)) starts out as a classic disaster as Bruce and Ollie COOK!!!
bradygirl_12: (bat o'lantern 2)
Yay, it’s Halloween! Appropriately cold and foggy this morning. I have a sweater that’s orange-yellow-and-black with a grinning Jack O’Lanterns design that I’m wearing today. ;) I painted my nails blood-red and coated them with sparkle polish. I have my candy ready in my plastic Jack O’Lantern, though if the weather isn’t great with rain, I may get no trick-or-treaters. They have dwindled over the years, alas. Kinda like LJ.

There’s always a special something in the air on Halloween, during the day and especially at night. Maybe it’s magic. ;)

And the Red Sox won the World Series! First time since 1918 they won it on their home field. There were 15,000 fans in 1918 to watch that historic championship (a heckuva lot more last night!), mainly because of the Great Influenza Epidemic and the warning for people not to gather in crowds because of contagion. The Sox won their Series in 2004 and 2007 away.

Big Papi was walked most of the night. The Cardinals finally woke up and stopped pitching to him. There were other heroes, guys like Shane Victorino and Steven Drew knocking in the runs. You know something special was happening when Jacoby Ellsbury was able to wiggle out of a rundown and get back to first base! Lackey and Tazawa and Workman and Koji were fantastic on the mound.

I wish my parents and grandparents had been able to see at least one World Series in their lifetimes, but if there’s a Heaven, they’re smiling down from it today.

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