commander30: (Doof leap for JOY)

(first pic was from family pics taken yesterday, second pic from today)

Would you believe Lydia is one year old today? Because I can't. And yet I can, miss "I can stand up by myself and keep insisting on using the spoon myself during meal times (even though I'm nowhere near proficient with it, I still want to do it myself dammit)".

Happy birthday, sweetie!

(Day four of the Petz gameplay will be up... sometime. After this past week and especially today I just need to relax and do absolutely nothing for a bit.)
commander30: (Commie)
Well, I figure it's been awhile since I've done a true life/fandom update here.


We'll start with Lydia, of course. She'll be eight months old in about a week and is definitely keeping us on our toes. She eats everything (whether it's actually edible or not), talks and babbles all the time, and is fascinated by any new thing. She has two teeth, sits up on her own perfectly, finally decided that she likes rolling around (especially in her crib or when I'm trying to change her diaper), and while she's not crawling yet, she's definitely getting close.

Unfortunately, she'll soon be sporting a helmet twenty-three hours a day. :( She's been in physical therapy for a few months because of torticollis (basically, she usually has her head cocked to one side) and it's caused the left side of her head to get flattened. So the helmet will get her head evened out, and supposedly may help her even hold her head level, too. I know, I know, in the grand scheme of things this is pretty minor and if this is the worst problem she'll ever face, then she's got it made. I just can't imagine wearing that helmet will be comfortable, especially when she sleeps.

Gix is still doing fine too. Still working at the university, still composing and arranging, will be the music director for the community theater he's involved with for the third year in a row this coming June. He just recently had another one of his flute choir pieces have its premiere with a featured low flutes expert soloist:

As for me, I'm still working for the city and playing in flute choir (not the one Gix wrote that piece for, lol... I'm in a much smaller, less formal one). Seeing as I've barely lost any pregnancy weight (and was overweight to begin with even before I got pregnant) I'm trying to get into the habit of working out a couple times a week. Of course, since I work full time, spend the evening with Lydia until her bedtime (around 7 or 7:30 usually), and also since Lydia is a very early riser (between 5 and 6 most mornings... urgh, can't taaaaaake iiiiiiiiiiiittt...) I don't have a whole lot of time in the evenings, especially considering I've been going to bed pretty early lately because I know that little chatterbox baby in the next room will be waking me up at 5:30 lol. Plus there's all the house chores and upkeep that we can't really put off anymore, so I've been trying to keep on top of all of that too.

So as you can imagine, I really haven't had much time for much else. I've been scrapbooking and coloring a little bit, but mostly I've been playing Pokemon on my 3DS. So here's the thing--despite being a 90's kid, I've never actually played any Pokemon games until now. Obviously I knew what it was (I distinctly recall my classmates in sixth grade trading Pokemon cards during lunch), but seeing as the only video games I ever played as a kid were actually computer games, it was just something I never got in to. Gix, on the other hand, is a huge gamer and was really determined to get me hooked on it. I actually started playing X back when I was pregnant with Lydia, believe it or not. I played about halfway through the game but then kind of forgot about it until after Lydia was born. I then finished the game, caught all of the Pokemon I could in that game, and then Gix so so kindly decided to fuel my oncoming addiction and bought me Omega Ruby out of the blue lol. So as of right now, with his help, I have a living dex of 713 Pokemon species, and the only ones I'm missing are the mythical ones that will be released throughout the year anyway. (I was super excited to get my Mew and Celebi!) I've even been going on the GTS to get various form differences of them too. I am a little too proud of the fact that I have acquired all of the non-event patterns of Vivillon. It took a lot of doing! lol so anyway, this whole paragraph is to shake a fist at my husband for getting me hooked on this game... it was no surprise that I, being the completionist I am, literally had to "catch em all".

I still haven't lost my love for cartoons, but it's been pretty dormant right now. The cartoon I've been watching the most of is Mickey Mouse Clubhouse, which really isn't too bad a show for the little kid set. Lydia LOVES it, especially the Hot Dog Dance--she freaks out when it comes on at the end of every show.:p But fear not, friends, for these next few years are shaping up to be a great time for us fans of nostalgic cartoons... potentially. I'll wrap this entry up as if it were old times and give my thoughts on two old favorites of mine that are getting rebooted soon.

First, The Powerpuff Girls reboot. My feelings on this are... mixed. I think it's horrible that Cartoon Network didn't even ask the original VAs of the Girls to reprise their roles (especially learning that they all said that they would have happily done so if they had been asked back). I suppose it's nice that they're giving new female VAs their time in the spotlight. But it still seems really suspect that the rest of the (mostly male) cast still have the same voices, you know what I mean? And watching the clips that CN have been posting to the PPG Facebook page lately, I'm less than impressed with the new choices. Blossom sounds super generic, and Bubbles... she just doesn't sound like Bubbles at all. She's missing that sweet, bubbly quality to the voice that's obviously necessary for the role. I can live with the new Buttercup... she's passable and is obviously making an effort to infuse the voice with Buttercup's spunk and personality. But Blossom and Bubbles' new voices just aren't doing anything for me.

With that said, I am pretty pleased with the action I felt from the new clips. It may not sound like the Powerpuff Girls, but it looks like the Powerpuff Girls, if you know what I mean? I'm glad that the Girls' updated look didn't stray too far from the originals either. Watching the clips, I thought, "Yeah, I recognize this. I recognize this as PPG." If I turn the volume off, I can enjoy it even more! ;)

I will probably tentatively be giving the show a chance when it debuts... whenever it debuts. Next month, I think?

The one reboot I am super excited for is the DuckTales reboot coming next year: LOOK AT THAT TEASER IMAGE. MY DREAMS HAVE COME TRUE. Okay, so calming down a bit, the majority of the criticism I've seen regarding this first look is that the style looks too similar to the new Mickey Mouse shorts, so let me just go on the record and say that I LOVE THE SHIT out of those shorts (the humor, the design, the plots... everything), so of course I'm totally on board with this redesign. My biggest fear when they first announced this was that it would be CGI, so I am of course relieved and ecstatic to see them doing more with this traditional style! And of course, if Donald will be more of a major character this time around, that would be the cherry on top. Hoping that underused characters from the original show like Gladstone Gander and Ludwig Von Drake (still my fave Disney character) get some more love, too!

I'll wrap this rambling entry up now. Hope everyone's doing well. :)
commander30: (Doof leap for JOY)
-Lydia is three months old as of this past Saturday and doing really well! She eats like a horse and is already in six month sized clothing. She also babbles and smiles a lot!

-My birthday is this coming Saturday and I'll be 29... last year of my twenties. Does that mean it's my last year before I'm really old? ;) I kid, I kid. We're going to the Husker game against Northwestern because I hate myself and want to cry on my birthday. (We're 3-4 this season, and those four losses have all literally been in the last SECONDS of the game. It's heartbreaking to be a Nebraskan this year, lol. But they played a good game last weekend, so hopefully they keep their act together for my birthday too!)

-However, we'll probably be leaving after the halftime show, and not just because I don't want to see them lose again. It's because we're moving! WE CLOSED ON OUR HOUSE TODAY! That's right, after the first house we wanted not accepting a VA loan and a string of houses we were really interested in getting bought ten minutes afterwards, we found a beautiful house still on the (very in-demand) school district I wanted to stay in, 3 bed 3 bath, built-in 2-car garage, HUGE backyard, impeccable upkeep from the seller, only one block away from the assigned elementary school (and again, in a very in-demand and fantastic school district)... and it was still available! Gix viewed it on a Thursday, I went with him again on a Friday, we made an offer Saturday, and after a little back and forth that night... we both came to an agreement. And today we closed on the house! We have the keys! WE HAVE A HOUSE, GUYS. This is still so hard to believe. I could hardly get Gix to even think about buying a house even a few months ago. I think the realities of having Lydia made him change his mind. And... WE HAVE A HOUSE! Still can't believe it. We're going to be moving over as much as we can starting tonight, and my parents will be coming on Monday with a U-Haul with furniture I inherited from my grandma to help us move the big stuff! Hopefully by the end of the day Monday we'll be mostly moved in!

-Today is also my stepson's tenth birthday! Gix talked to him on the phone a few days ago and told him about the house, but it'll be fun to actually call him to wish him a happy birthday from his new bedroom. :)

-Sam's Club was offering free membership for a year to new moms last month. I wasn't sure if it was real or not, but I emailed my info and sure enough, I got a card in the mail about a week ago! We took it in and got signed up, and oh man is it nice to be able to get stuff at Sam's without having to go with my mom and pay her back. The $2 gallon of milk alone is worth it. :D

That's about it. Life's been going great! 2015 has been a great year (knock on wood). So excited for the future!

commander30: (Commie)
As always, LJ's always the last place I post lol

cut for big cute baby pic )

Lydia was born on Friday the 17th at 2:42 PM, weighing a perfect seven and a half pounds and measuring a perfect twenty inches. We couldn't have done that better if we tried. ;)

I'm still healing from the episiotomy I had to have (seriously, TMI here, but I finally pooped this morning after being terrified to try this entire weekend and I've never been so proud of myself) and obviously trying to figure out this whole parenting thing. The husband and stepson have been a big help. All three of us are so happy to have the little sweetie finally join our family. :)
commander30: (Commie)
Crossposted from my Facebook account, because after thinking it over, I realized that it applied here, too:


I feel like this is something I should throw out there regarding myself, since I've gotten involved in two debates already today and it's not even noon:

I actually hate to argue. Like I really, really DETEST it. I always feel like a horrible person anytime I state a viewpoint to someone that I know differs from theirs. The problem is, though, I see every side to every issue, and thus it's often really hard for me to form a firm opinion on anything.

So if I do make a comment on something you post that brings up a different side, please don't take it as me disregarding your opinion. (Quite the contrary, in fact: chances are if I see a post that's 100% the other side, I may post a comment defending your side.) I just don't want to see ANY opinion disregarded, because almost every issue that I see debated, I can see merits on both sides of the coin.

I don't mean to stir the pot with my comments, and if I've ever said something that rattles you, I am sincerely sorry. Sometimes my comments rattle myself, to be honest. And for the record, seeing every side to nearly every issue sucks, because I often feel rattled and shaken every time I open my mouth. Just please know that if I ever debate something with you, it's not because I think that you or your opinion is stupid. I think you are all awesome people who come from such a wide range of life stories to all reach your own individual viewpoints, and I don't think any one of you is any more right or wrong than anyone else. :)


I guess it's been awhile since I've updated my LJ. Haven't had a whole lot to talk about--just been keeping busy with life these past few months. So consider this just my checking in and letting those of you reading this that I'm still alive and well. :)
commander30: (Red and Wembley on a swing)
Well, may as well post an update post. Sooooo...

-James and I celebrated our first wedding anniversary last month, woo. Hard to believe it's been that long already (but on the same token, it's hard to believe we've only been together for two years, it seems like a lot longer). :)

-I got a very nice raise at one of my jobs (as in, it's about 50% more than what I had been making). The university I work at had a year-long process to evaluate their workers' salaries and make them more competitive, and basically, since I have a master's degree they changed my pay rate to reflect that. YAY!

-James (who works at the same university) ended up getting screwed out of his raise for a bullshit reason, but that's okay because shortly after that, he got promoted to a job that pays over twice as much as what he had been making before and is making more than he would have with the supposed pay increase he was getting anyway. XD

-I haven't really been into fandom at all (big surprise there, I know), but I am planning on writing an entry for [ profile] anti_bella's newest theme. Other than that, I've been watching a lot of Price is Right on YouTube, mostly for nostalgia (while I am branching out a bit, I'm mostly sticking to the Bob Barker/Rod Roddy episodes because those are the ones I grew up with) but also because the reactions the contestants have when they win just can't be beat. XD

-I'm also playing Sims 3 again... with Sims 4 announced for launch next year, I figured I should get my money's worth out of all the money I've dropped on expansion packs for 3. ^^; The Sexsmith legacy is pretty much toast, unfortunately, and I don't know if I'm going to start another legacy or not, but it feels good to be playing again--AND playing on a computer that doesn't make it buggy and/or constantly crash. :)

-Still playing Petz, and almost have every purebred breed in all ten colors.

-I'm at the heaviest weight I've ever been, so I'm working out six days a week with the My Fitness Coach for the Wii. Even if I don't lose any weight, I'm still sticking with it, because a week from today I'm heading out to Colorado with my parents and older brother to climb hopefully two mountains, but if not two then at least one. :) I'm looking forward to it; I' haven't gone mountain climbing in over two years now and I'm looking forward to getting away for even just a few days.


Just gonna leave this here. :)

That's what's new with me, I guess. Hope everything is going well with all of you. :)
commander30: (Commie)
Okay, so why is LJ saying that I updated an hour ago? And yesterday it was saying I last updated on Wednesday. What the hell?

I figured I might as well update for real and see if that fixes it. :/

So, um...

-James got me hooked on Doctor Who. For a few months now, in fact, but I haven't made it official here yet, so... I'm making it official. :) I wouldn't at all call myself a "Whovian", though, at least not to the extent James and his dad are. I've only seen some of the very very first episodes with the First Doctor, and the current series starting with when Clara joined. So the only Doctors I'm at all familiar with are One and Eleven, natch. :P And I still don't understand the show that much, but I'm definitely enjoying the ride. Also: OMG WRITERS STOP SHIP-TEASING ME WITH ALL THAT DOCTOR/CLARA I KNOW YOU'RE JUST FAKING ME OUT AND YOU'RE DOING A DAMN GOOD JOB OF IT TOO DAMN YOOOOOOOOOU (shipper on deck) ^^;

-I'm somewhat embarrassed about the next show I've gotten hooked on, but it's still so damn hilarious I just have to recommend it. "Hmm, really, Commander's actually somewhat embarrassed to like this? Well, what's the genre she always says she doesn't care for--anime, she can't stand most anime. But if she were to like anime, it would be some big sweeping epic and not some perverted show about a high-school girl just trying to get laid..." OKAY FOR SERIOUS I HAVE NO SHAME

(And it's not just me. When I grabbed the video to link to it and the song started playing (and it IS an awesome song, you've gotta admit), James started singing along.) ;)

Okay, so explanation for THAT one. James got Hulu Plus, which we can actually watch using our Wii, so... we sort of kind of have TV again, wut. So we were going through all the shows and deciding if we should try one out, and one of us (I don't remember who) jokingly suggested to find the most ridiculous-sounding anime title we could find. We come across "B Gata H Kei: Yamada's First Time" and we both say "oh God, this sounds perfect", we start it up, get a "the following program is intended only for mature audiences" warning, and then in the show some of the first words out of our heroine's mouth are "I want to have one hundred sex friends!" and yeah. We're dead. My God. XDDDDD

Seriously though, this show is freaking hilarious. James and I were dying of laughter (intended, of course) the entire show. And you actually get to care for the characters throughout the run, too, so much that I found the manga online because I had to know if Yamada and Kosuda finally, FINALLy do it. (They don't in the anime, not for lacking of trying, mainly because they're both awkward virgins and Yamada's also a PSYCHOPATH, although they get really damn close.) They do, and I was happy, so I think I ship them, too. XD Here's the manga--and it should go without saying that both it and the anime are not safe for work (they're not hentai, though). Or kids. But if you're an adult at home who wants to laugh your ass off, I can't think of a better suggestion. XD

-We also got all three Guitar Heroes for James's PS2. I played the games a few times back when they were super-popular and my younger brother's friends brought their PS2 over to our house (so this was obviously back when I was in high school) and was absolutely HORRIBLE at it, even on easy. But James discovered that you can play the game with just a regular PS2 controller rather than the guitar, and THANK GOD. I'm not horrible at getting the fret buttons hit, but it's remembering to strum at the same time that always kills me, but with the controller, all you have to do is press the buttons! Mind you, I'm still not great by any means (and I'm still on easy, and only playing bass), but I'm a lot better than I was. James and I started a co-op career on 3 (I think) and we're not doing too shabby. Again, though, I'm making him play the guitar on the guitar controller, since he's a lot better than me.

-We leave to get Asher one week from today! And editing the previous comment--his mother did change her phone number, and did get a hold of us. So we're all good to go!

So, in short--still alive, still existing online. In fact, I'm on LJ a lot, although most of my activity is reading and commenting on the das-sporking community nowadays. :)


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